I want to welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year for Simpson County Schools! School starts on Wednesday, August 9th and our staff is busily preparing for the return of our students to shiny, clean and well-equipped classrooms. Our vision is to be a world-class educational system empowering all students to graduate LIFE-READY – and we define life-ready as academically and socially prepared for college and/or careers! To that end, our mission is simple – to develop all children to their fullest potential and prepare them for the next level of life! Our expectations are very high for every student and employee in our school system. To meet this important vision and mission, we focus our efforts on five fundamental questions that drive the work in our schools:
- How will we build positive, professional relationships with students, their families and one another?
- How will we ensure all students are taught the standards and skills to be college and/or career ready in the 21st century?
- How will we make sure our students have learned the standards and skills?
- How will we “fix it” when students fall short of our learning goals?
- How will we provide enrichments and “stretch learning” for students who are already meeting or exceeding our learning goals?
We will maintain a laser-like focus on these guiding questions in our work throughout the school year to provide personalized learning for every student and build on our successes!
The 2016-2017 school year was amazingly successful! Simpson County Schools is rated a Distinguished District by the state assessment and accountability system! One of our most important goals is graduating students with a college and/or career readiness credential as defined by the state and over 90% of our 2017 graduates earned credentials as college and/or career ready. FSHS continues to thrive and excel, earning a Distinguished Rating for the 4th straight year! U.S. News and World Reports named FSHS One of the Best High Schools in America rating it in the top 6% nationally and #20 in Kentucky! The Kentucky Department of Education has once again designated it a HUB School for its performance and a model of excellence. After three straight years with a Proficient Rating, Franklin-Simpson Middle School slipped to Needs Improvement. The school team worked extremely hard implementing some new systems and structures to enhance instructional effectiveness. Our elementary schools made significant progress on the state assessment scores last year with both Simpson and Lincoln Elementary schools earning Proficient Ratings! In fact, SES was only one tenth of a point from Distinguished! Efforts continue to boost student learning achievement in all of our schools as we focus on the learning needs of every student we serve.
A big part of our Life-Ready vision includes the work in our schools on the Leader in Me and Renaissance Programs, both of which foster student leadership, service, and engagement. These programs teach and inspire the use of timeless principles of effectiveness and success. We promote the idea that people must lead themselves effectively to achieve success and there are many ways to be a leader and contribute positively to society. Now in our fifth year of implementation, we are continuing to see growth in our students learning to live principled-centered, service oriented lives on a daily basis.
While academic learning is our top priority, students have many opportunities to grow toward our life-ready vision through involvement in our many clubs, student organizations, and athletic teams! We have a rich tradition of excellence across all of these extra- and co-curricular activities. Last year, our FSHS Wildcat Football Team achieved an undefeated regular season and made it all the way to the Class 4A State Football Championship! Our Boys Basketball Team was rated throughout the season among the Top 20 teams in Kentucky! Finally, we closed out the year with the FSHS Baseball Team winning the region and competing at state losing a hard-fought game to the eventual state champions! These are just a few examples of the excellence achieved by our students in many areas. It was a stellar year and we look forward to great involvement and competition by our students this year!
Education is a people business and it is our people who make our schools great! We have amazing students with an array of talents and abilities. Our teachers, administrators and support personnel are committed to our students and their well-being. Our Board of Education: Brigette Crawford, Heidi Estes, Jennifer Stone, Nancy Uhls and David Webster, are focused on student learning and efficient operations that results in high levels of performance throughout our school system. We have supportive parents and community members who enrich the lives’ of our students in many ways. We are very appreciative of this and invite continued community involvement and support for our schools.
The mission of the SCS Central Office Team is to provide exemplary leadership, service and support to our students, staff and schools. We have a talented team of people at our Central Office who are committed to this mission and our vision for the district. Shelina Smith is our Chief Academic Officer, leading the Teaching and Learning Division to ensure excellence in learning achievement across our schools. Amanda Deweese is our Chief Financial Officer. As the CFO, she will lead all business functions in the district to ensure our financial resources are invested efficiently and wisely to achieve our goals. Whittney Maxwell is our Specialized Instructional Programs Consultant. She will lead our efforts to implement effective intervention supports for students who need extra support meeting our learning goals. LeAnn Fisher is our new Instructional Supervisor, coordinating the development of the district curriculum, consulting with our schools on instructional and assessment issues, and assisting with the district assessment program. Supporting instructional technology is our Technology Integration Specialist Krista Jackson. Helping us recruit and hire the very best folks to work with and around our students is Dr. Milli McIntosh, Director of Human Resources. Joey Kilburn is our DPP/ Student Support Services Coordinator. He leads and supports efforts to make our school safe and healthy places for students to learn and grow. Mr. Kilburn is also our District Athletic Director. Craig Delk is our new Director of Operations and Community Relations. He will work with our maintenance, custodial services, and transportation to ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency, in addition to assisting the superintendent with community relations efforts. Sarah Richardson heads up our Food Service Program, which will offer free breakfast and lunch for all students this year! Scot Perdue, our District Technology Coordinator, leads our technology initiatives with the help of Technology Specialists Tyler Wilson and Seth Armour. Our School Psychologists, Jacquetta Johnson, Briese Chapman and Melissa Pennycuff provide expertise and support for students with special needs. Community Education Director Robin Hollingsworth has her office at the Beasley House. She coordinates many community-based activities that benefit our students, schools and community. None of us could do our jobs well without the help of our administrative support team – Kim Crabtree, Ruth Britt, Lesley Forshee, Julie Traughber, Robin Clark, Kim McAbee and Michelle Guess. Again, our Central Office team is focused on providing exemplary leadership, service and support to our schools centered on the learning needs of our students. Feel free to contact us at 586-8877 for assistance with any issue, need or question you may have about our school system.
We are continuously working to improve our school system. I invite you to help us in our mission to develop all childen to their fullest potential, prepare them for the next level of life, and to graduate them college and/or career ready! We welcome your feedback – positive or negative – on the job we’re doing serving the youth of Simpson County. Remember, investing in our youth is an investment in our future – and our children are worth our commitment, time and resources!
Dr. Jim Flynn
Simpson County Schools
430 S. College Street
Franklin, KY 42134
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Vision: To be a world-class educational organization empowering all students to graduate life-ready – academically and socially prepared for college and careers!
Mission: To prepare all students to their fullest potential and prepare them for the next level of life!