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Senior Newsletter #4-February

Senior Newsletter #4

February 9, 2018


Attendance Policy for Seniors

A senior student must not have more than 6 unexcused absences during the school year. After the 6th unexcused absence, the student will be denied the opportunity of participating in ALL graduation exercises (including Senior Breakfast and the Graduation Ceremony) for their senior class.  The student will receive his/her diploma if he/she meets graduation requirements, but will forfeit the opportunity to participate in graduation exercises. Students may pick their diploma up in the front office on Monday AFTER commencement.


Seniors Must Graduate College or Career Ready

To graduate, ALL seniors must be either college or career ready as defined by KDE & the Simpson County BOE.  Even if a student meets the 32-course work credit requirement, he/she will not receive a diploma if one of the following are not met:


  1.  To be College Ready, students must meet the ACT Benchmarks of: English-18, Math-19, Reading-20 or make the equivalent scores on the KYOTE College Placement Exam.

Passing Scores on KYOTE Exams

  • A passing score on the KYOTE college readiness mathematics placement exam is a normalized score of 22 or higher.
  • A passing score on the KYOTE college algebra placement exam is a normalized score of 14 or higher.
  • A passing score on the KYOTE reading placement exam is a normalized score of 20 or higher.
  • A passing score on the KYOTE writing placement exam is a normalized score of 6 or higher.


  1. To be Career Ready, students must complete 3.0 credits in a KDE approved career pathway, earn a state issued industry certificate in that area, and pass one of the following academic components: ACT Workkeys-Silver Certificate, ASVAB-50, ACT-meet benchmarks, or KYOTE-passing score or higher.


College & Career Ready Counselor

Mr. Satterly is FSHS’s College & Career Ready Counselor. He is located in the CTE office.  Mr. Satterly is here to help provide resources to students transitioning to college, the military or the workforce after graduation. Mr. Satterly’s office hours are Mon/Wed/Fri from 10:30-11:30 and 2:00-3:00.  Tues/Thurs office hours are 10:30-3:00.  Students can see Mr. Satterly for the following:

  • Picking up a College Day Visit Form;
  • Needing to contact a military recruiter;
  • Applying to college;
  • Getting information about colleges; and for
  • FAFSA help starting in October.





  • Cap & Gowns- Any senior that has not ordered a cap and gown and still needs one, will need to order online at www.jostens.com. Type “Franklin” and KY in the high school search boxes. Choose Franklin Simpson HS; click on cap & gowns; scroll down to the bottom of the page to order just a cap & gown unit.


  • College Visits- College visits for seniors are excused absences as long as the following procedure is followed.  1. Schedule college visit with college.  2. Get a College Day slip from Mr. Satterly at least 1 week in advance.  3. Have all your teachers sign it.  4. Turn it back in to Mrs. Mefford the next day.  5. Visit your college AND bring back a school excuse.  6. Turn your school excuse in to the excuse box in the front office the day you return.


  • Letters of Recommendation- Sometimes college applications or scholarships will require letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community members.  If you need a recommendation letter, you need to give the person you are asking at least 2 weeks’ notice AND provide them with a resume. Your resume should include any clubs/activities you have been involved in, any leadership roles you have had, AND what things you learned or were responsible for while a member.  A list of clubs is simply not enough information for someone to write you a quality letter. The resume should also include any awards won, community service experience (with descriptions), any paid job experience (with descriptions) and your goals for life after high school.  Make it easy for your teacher or me to write that letter for you!!



I’ve Filled out the FAFSA, Now What?


  • Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)—the result of your FAFSA. You will receive your SAR by e-mail or by mail. If necessary, make changes or corrections and submit your SAR for reprocessing. Your complete, correct SAR will contain your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)—the number used to determine your federal student aid eligibility. If you do not receive your SAR within three weeks of submitting your FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select "Check Status of a Submitted FAFSA;” or you may call 1-800-4-FED-AID.


  • Your school might request additional information from you. Be sure to respond by any deadlines, or you might not receive federal student aid.


  • First-time applicants: Review award letters from schools to compare amounts and types of aid being offered. Decide which school to attend based on a combination of (a) how well the school suits your needs and (b) its affordability after all aid is taken into account.


  • Keep in touch with the school you have chosen to find out when tuition and fees are due, whether your financial aid will cover those expenses completely, and how much (if any) extra financial aid will come directly to you once your tuition and fees are paid.


  • Pay special attention to letters or e-mails from schools, and contact the financial aid office if you do not understand what the school is offering you.


  • Follow all directions on the FAFSA and on any communications from your school.


  • Once you have decided on a school, be sure to fill out the housing application and pay all housing fees.


  • Sign up for a New Student Orientation date to schedule your classes for the fall.




Juniors and seniors wishing to attend Prom must be in good standing, which means no suspensions for the school year, no more than 6 unexcused absences and no more than 6 unexcused school tardies for the school year.




ACT testing dates                       Registration Deadline                 Late Registration Period              Registration Fee

April 14                                     March 9                                    Mar 10-23                                 $46.00 (no writing)

June 9                                       May 4                                May 5-18                            $62.50 (plus writing)

July 14                                      June 15                                      June 16-22


The June testing date is given at FSHS. Neither of the April nor July testing dates are given here at FSHS.  You will have to go to Bowling Green to take the ACT for these dates. You can stop by Mrs. Tyler’s office and get an ACT flyer with instructions for registering online at www.actstudent.org




SAT testing dates                        Registration Deadline                 Late Registration Deadline           Registration Fee

March 10                                   February 9                                 February 28                               $46.00 (no essay)

May 5                                       April 6                                      April 25                                     $60.00 (with essay)


Registration is online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.


Scholarship Reminders (from last newsletter)


Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarship Program **State**

KFB will award 83 county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Requirements include:  3.5 cumulative GPA or a 23 minimum ACT score, and be a child of a KFB member.  Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler or downloaded at https://www.kyfb.com/federation/youth-development/scholarships/kentucky-farm-bureau-education-foundation/. Postmark deadline is February 28th. 



New Scholarships


KHSAA Sweet 16 Scholarship Application**State**

Four, one-time, $1,500 scholarships will be awarded by KHSAA and Whitaker Bank.  The scholarship is open to any senior student athlete who participates in any KHSAA sanctioned sport.  Scholarships will be awarded based on excellence in 3 areas—Academic Achievement, Leadership and Community Service. Requirements include a school photo, letters of reference and verification by Athletic Director.  Applications can be downloaded at http://khsaa.org/application-for-whitaker-bankkhsaa-sweet-16-scholarship/ and are due by February 28th.


SKYCTC Scholarships**SKYCTC**

Several scholarships for incoming freshmen are available for SKYCTC.  Visit https://southcentral.kctcs.edu/costs_and_financial_aid/typesoffinancialaid/scholarships/index.aspx for more information and scholarship requirements.  Hurry!  Deadline to apply is March 1st!


George Crafton Memorial Scholarship **State**

A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a Kentucky high school senior studying Agriculture. Students wishing to major in the fields of conservation of natural resources will be favored.  Applicants must be enrolled in college at the time the scholarship is presented.  Go to http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/Scholarships.aspx to apply.  Postmark deadline is March 1st.


UK Wilbur L Price Scholarship**UK**

This is a full in-state tuition scholarship for one year only to an incoming freshman majoring in Chemistry at UK. Applicant must show financial need. Two letters of recommendation are required.  You may access an application and recommendation form at https://students.as.uky.edu/scholarship-application. Deadline to apply is March 1st.


Citizen’s First WKU Scholarship**Local WKU**

This is a $1000 scholarship given to a FS graduate who will be going to WKU.  Requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA and 2 letters of recommendation (extracurricular and school related).  Applications can be picked up in the guidance office from Mrs. Tyler. Deadline to apply is March 2nd.


Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society Scholarships **State**

Eleven $1,000 scholarships are available to deserving Kentucky seniors.  Requirements include:

  • The applicant and/or parent of applicant are legal residents of Kentucky.
  • The applicant has been admitted as a full time student to a degree program at a recognized educational institution in the country.
  • The applicant is currently a full time high school student in Kentucky, graduating in the spring of 2014.
  • Summary of activities and accomplishments.
  • One page essay on your educational goals and future ambitions.
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Copy of transcript and letter of admission to college.


Applications and more information can be found at www.biacs.org/scholarship.html. Applications must reach the scholarship committee by March 13th.


Gilbertine Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund **Local**

The Gilbertine Moore Scholarship is made available through a trust fund established by the late Mrs. Gilbertine Douglas Moore.  This $10,000 renewable scholarship is established for graduating seniors of Franklin-Simpson High School who have a financial need to such an extent that he or she would otherwise be unable to attend college. Requirements include:

  • 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrated high moral character throughout his/her high school career
  • Copy of parent/guardian’s 2013 tax return (to determine financial need)
  • 2 letters of recommendation- 1 teacher; 1 employer, community leader or teacher
  • 500 word essay


Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler and are due back to Mrs. Bills by 3:00pm March 23rd.  Late applications will not be considered.


Thomas Cecil “TC” Stubblefield Scholarship**Local**

TC Stubblefield was a student at FSHS who passed away his senior year of high school in 2014.  His family provides a FSHS senior with a $500 scholarship each year in TC’s memory.  This scholarship is open to any senior that will be attending college full time in the fall. Essay is required.  Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler in the guidance office.  Completed applications are due back to Mrs. Bills by March 29th.


Commonwealth Credit Union Scholarships**State**

Interested applicants must be high school students, members of Commonwealth Credit Union and accepted as an incoming freshman at an accredited college, trade school or university. Four $1,000 scholarships will be given out.  Minimum 2.8 GPA is required.


Scholarship applications can be found at https://ccuky.org/scholarshipinfo/scholarships.php and should include the following:

  • Official high school transcript;
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one school personnel, one community);


Deadline is March 31st.  Questions can be directed to Betsy May at 1-800-228-6420.


ServiceOne Credit Union Scholarships**SKYCTC or WKU**

Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a senior enrolling full-time at SKYCTC or WKU with a minimum 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA at time of application submission.  The applicant must have a family member (parent, grandparent, brother, sister or in-law or step-relative of the same degree) that is a member of Service One Credit Union. Employee’s & board members’ children are not eligible. Applications can be found at https://www.socu.com/products-services/students/ and must be submitted by March 31st.  


Middle Tennessee State University Biology Department Scholarships **MTSU**

The Biology Department at Middle Tennessee State University has three $1,500 scholarships available to first-semester freshman.  The recipients of the awards must be graduating high school seniors, must declare Biology as their major and be entering MTSU for the fall semester.  Successful applicants will also need to demonstrate an interest in the life sciences and have career aspirations in a biological field.  The scholarships will be awarded based on the students’ ACT scores, high school GPA, and answers to essays.  In order to apply, a student must have an ACT score of 25 or better and a high school GPA of 3.5 or above.  The deadline for application is March 31st.  See Mrs. Tyler for an application.


Gerald F. Healy KY Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship **State**

This $1,000 scholarship will be given to the dependent child of a Kentucky Law Enforcement Officer or Telecommunicator.  Requirements include two letters of recommendation, a letter about yourself and a copy of your letter of acceptance to college.  Applications and more information can be found at http://klemf.org/scholarships/.   Applications must be post marked by March 31st.


Simpson Water Scholarship **Local- WKU or SKYCTC**

A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a FSHS senior who meets the following criteria:


  • Resident of Simpson County
  • Be a child of a Simpson County Water District customer
  • Enroll at either Western or SKYCTC in the fall
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Majoring in one of the following: Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology, Business, Accounting, Chemistry, Water Utilities Management, Drafting or AutoCAD, Agriculture, or Public Health.


Applications can be downloaded at http://www.simpsonwater.com/resources/scholarship/. The deadline to apply is April 1st.


Carl D. Perkins Assistantship **State**

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) annually awards two scholarship grants for students pursuing CTE studies in Kentucky postsecondary institutions. A one-time, $500 grant is awarded to a high school senior who is entering college, and another one-time, $500 grant is awarded to a postsecondary student who is continuing college studies.  Minimum 3.2 GPA required.  Applications are in Mrs. Tyler’s office and must be received by April 1st.


Kentucky Federation of Republican Women Scholarship**State**

The KFRW seeks to grant one scholarship annually in the amount of $1,000 to a high school senior girl who has been politically active during her high school career.  The qualified applicant will graduate in 2016, is a registered Republican and plans to enroll at an accredited college or university in Kentucky.  Completed applications include the following:

  • Completed application form
  • One-page typed essay about a Republican woman you admire or who has influenced your life & why
  • Official copy of high school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation


Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler and must be mailed to KFRW Scholarship Chairman, Tina Fox no later than April 2nd.  


Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute **State**

Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute announces Scholarship Awards for current high school seniors or GED recipients.  Eligible participants must live in modular or manufactured homes who desire to further his/her education. Seven Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.  All entries must be postmarked by April 1st. Winners will be announced in May. Applications are available in Mrs. Tyler’s office.?


Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship **Regional** (Application opens February 12th)

Fifteen students within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40-county coverage area will receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship. 


 Requirements include:

  • Applicant must live & attend school within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40 county home coverage area.
  • Applicant’s parent must be a current Bluegrass Cellular customer who has received service for a minimum of 12 months and is in good payment standing.
  • Must enroll full time in a 2-year or 4-year college/university, or technical school.
  • Applicant cannot be an employee or immediate family member of individuals who are employed by Bluegrass Cellular.
  • Applicant must have 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Applicant will be scored by the following- 45% financial need, 25% academic achievement, 20% school/community involvement, 10% personal essay and from two letters of recommendation.


Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler or downloaded from https://bluegrasscellular.com/news/download/index/id/145 and must be postmarked by April 2nd.   


LendEDU Scholarship**National**

LendEDU is offering 2- $1,000 scholarships. Essay required. For more information and to apply, visit https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarship-application/.  Due date is April 15th. 




UK College of Engineering annual Engineers Day

Engineers Day is open to all elementary, middle and high school students and their parents and friends. A drawing will be held for a $4,000 scholarship to a qualified high school student.  Contests with prizes, demonstrations, experiments and guided lab tours will be the focus of the day.  Engineers Day is Saturday, February 24th.  For more information, go to www.engr.uky.edu/eday.


U of L Public Health Preview Day

The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences is hosting a Public Health Program Preview Day on Saturday, Feb. 24. Attendees will interact with faculty, students, and staff to learn more about the field of public health and our nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Representatives from financial aid, housing, and other university resources will be available to answer questions. We will provide attendees with application fee waivers to help turn interested students into applicants. To register, go to http://louisville.edu/sphis/future-students/preview-day-registration.


Kentucky Wesleyan College Open House

KWC’s Spring Open House – February 28th from 10:30am-2:00pm.  There will be tours of campus, plus students and their families can get information on the over 40 academic majors and pre-professional programs offered, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, student life at KWC, NCAA Division II college athletics and more. Students may sign up by visiting https://kwc.edu/admissions-open-house/.


University of Louisville-Jefferson Community & Technical College Campus

This Ultra Information Session is designed for students wanting to attend U of L, but will begin their path at JCTC. Those students who do not meet U of L’s admissions requirements or have not completed the Pre-College Curriculum requirements by graduation should attend.  Sessions will be held on Feb 20th, March 22nd, April 19th & May 17th from 6-7pm EST at JCTC in Louisville.  For more info and to register, visit http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/ultra/programs-events/parent-student-info-session.


Kentucky State University

KSU will be holding their Spring Open House on March 25th.   Students may apply for admission on site, if they have not already applied.  Students will need to bring a completed admissions application and an official high school transcript.  Go to www.kysu.edu/openhouse for more information.


Bluegrass Cellular’s Drive Now. Text L8R. PSA Contest

This contest is eligible for all high school students in the Bluegrass Cellular’s Service Area.  Students are challenged to produce a short television public service announcement (PSA) that discourages others from texting while driving. Videos must be 29 seconds.  Guidelines for the contest can be found at bluegrasscellular.com/psacontest.  Submission deadline is April 22nd.


Spencerian College Med Camps

Need more hands-on experiences in the medical field before you decide what to major in?  Spencerian College Med Camps may be for you.  From scrubbing in on mock surgeries to running medical labs to reading x-rays, students will be exposed to a variety of medical experiences. Camps are located at either the Louisville or Lexington campuses from June 12-17th. Cost is $495 for the Louisville camp and $395 for the Lexington camp.  To register, visit http://spencerian.edu/medcamp/.


LendEDU Scholarships 101 Video Course

We have found that most of the content out there about finding and winning scholarships is dry and boring. This is why we broke down the entire process into 6 separate videos that are easy to watch and digest. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and learn everything there is to know about scholarships!  Visit https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarship-video-course to check it out.