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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendents Message for April 2016

Colleagues, Stakeholders, Shareholders, and Community Members –

It’s been several weeks since my last communication and I wanted to be able to share with you the amazing progress that FIS continues to make each and every day. We are creating new opportunities for students and families at a rapid pace. One such opportunity, is that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year (next year), all students accepted as tuition students will pay $1 a day for tuition for Kindergarten through 12th Grade. This is a massive reduction in tuition from $1000 a year to $175.

Frankfort Independent Schools – Student Success:

STLP State Champions and Award Winners – WOW!

The team of students that created the film "Frankfort High Speaks" won first place in the Documentary Category. Aiden Schank took first place in the digital music category. Congratulations to our STLP State Champions!

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for student to design, make, connect and learn.

Capital Area Art Guild Winners

Best of Show - Savanna Frye - 3D sculpture - -Dragon

1st Place - Claire Irish - 2D Collage - Blue Vase

3rd Place - Ainye Rogers - 2D Collage - Lemon Vase

2nd Place - Alex Luther - 2D Drawing - 151

2nd Place - Emerson Hardin - Computer Design - Romi the Witch

1st Place - Destiny Romans - Mosaic - Mermaid Under the Sea

3rd Place- Zoe Antennucci - Mosaic - Monster Under the Sea

Honorable Mention- Ellen Williams - 2D Drawing - Repunzel

Honorable Mention - Jordan Taylor - Mosiac - Crabby 1

Honorable Mention - Emerson Hardin- Computer Design - Godesses

Honorable Mention - Grace Yocum - 2D Painting - Night or Day? Roar!

Honorable Mention - Zach Smith - 2D Painting- A Piece of my Heart

Mark your calendars for May 12th when FHS students will turn the downstairs of FHS into an art gallery! We will be a stop on the Downtown Frankfort ArtWalk. These artworks will be showcased as well as many others!

Frankfort Independent Schools – Quick Wins:

1. Tuition is $1 a day for students K – 12th Grade (versus $1000 for the year).

2. $3 million dollar renovations (QZAB) are moving at a spectacular pace and improving our learning spaces at Second Street School and FHS – come by and visit!

3. Seamless Automation – Frankfort Independent Schools has moved to seamless automation for Human Resource practices and Payroll. This has allowed for us to become more efficient and effective as a school system while also being able to provide a first class experience for stakeholders, employees, and community members. This is new for Spring 2017.

4. Presentation to Frankfort Chamber of Commerce on March 9 (see attached) – I have included a presentation from March 9 to the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce. There are many specific ways to be involved to continue to grow FIS. Please read and review this presentation carefully and continue to influence our local supporters to get even more involved in a specific way.

News from Director of Student Services – Heidi Givens

Preschool applications for 2017-18 are now being accepted.

Frankfort Independent Schools offers free preschool to all eligible 3 and 4 year olds in the school district. Eligible children include 3 and 4 year olds with developmental delays and 4 year olds that qualify for free or reduced lunch. We are also accepting tuition students for preschool on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, we offer a Wraparound Child Care Program and accept Child Care Assistance.

Applications can be found on our district website or by stopping into the Early Learning Academy at 959 Leestown Lane. For more information, please call Heidi Givens, Director of Student Services, at 502-875-8661.

In addition, Kindergarten Registration for 2017-18 begins Tuesday, April 18 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Second Street School. For more information, please call 502-875-8658.

Nomination for CKEC Outstanding Special Educator

Each year, districts in the Central KY Education Cooperative nominate a special education faculty member (special education teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist) for the CKEC Outstanding Special Educator Award for their outstanding work in special education.

Input from the FIS community is being sought regarding who should receive this nomination for the 2017 award. If you would like to nominate a faculty member, please complete the form in the following link. Please enter his/her name in the form below, as well as provide a description as to why you feel he/she deserves this nomination. Nominations without a description will not be considered.



News from Second Street School PTSA President Natalie Wilkerson

First, see below summer Theatre performances and workshop opportunities downtown at the Grand Theatre.

Second, attached is a flyer that gives details for Second Street's April 28th Panther Ninja Night, sponsored by the Wellness Committee and SSS Food Services. It promises to be a night of fun activities and delicious food!

Also, the PTSA will be holding elections for next year's School Based Decision Making Council soon. Two parents will be elected to seats on the Council, which meets monthly to make decisions on school policy. This is a great way to get involved and informed about the nuts and bolts of Second Street School. If you are interested, please fill out the attached self-nomination form and email it back to us at sssfrankfort@gmail.com or drop it off at the front desk by next Monday, the 24th. If you know of someone who would be interested, please pass this information along to them. If you have any questions, please let us know.

And finally, the PTSA board will meet next week to lay out a schedule of activities for the rest of the year, including our final membership meeting of the year (to be held in May). At this meeting we will be electing officers for next year, so if you would like to join the board, please reply back to this email to let me know!

Have a great week everyone and hope to see you soon!


Second Street School PTSA


President: Natalie Wilkerson

VP Membership: Jennifer Oberlin

VP Programs: Christa Burton

VP Ways & Means: Amy Tolliver
VP Communications: Jeremy Wooldridge

Treasurer: Michelle Starkweather

Secretary: Susan Coblin

Principal: Dewey Hensley
Teacher Representative: Bobby Driskill

Staff Appreciation Chair: Sara Wellman

Reflections: Cindy Aossey

Thank you to our "Cub" sponsors!!!

Frankfort Vision Center Bluegrass Realty & Investments


Children's summer programming begins June 13!

Once again we will feature 6 live children's summer shows on Tuesdays at 10am. Show dates are as follows: June 13, 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25. Tickets $5 per show or purchase a season pass for $20 (six shows for the price of 4!).
Mark your calendars!

School and other groups please contact Bill Cull to book: 502.226.4157 or billcull@aol.com or info@grandtheatrefrankfort.org


Thanks to McAllen Solutions our
2017 Children's Summer Matinee sponsor!


June 13 - Shuling Fister - Chinese dance

June 20 - Mary Hamilton - Storyteller

June 27 - KY Shakespeare

July 11 - Zoe Speaks - music of Carla Gover and Mitch Barrett

July 18 - The Misty Mountain String Band - Folk, Americana & Bluegrass music

July 25 - Madcap Puppets - Puppetry and more!



This summer we will again host two workshops/camps for children ages 8-14. Cost is $175 per camp. Dates: June 19-23 & July 17-21.

Call our ticket office 502.352.7469 to register your child.

Deposit of $100 is due at registration.


Mark Your Calendar – FIS Calendar Events

April 26th – Frankfort High School Early Release Day

April 28th – Wellness Fair at Second Street School (6 PM – 8 PM) (See attached flyer)

May 2nd through May 12th – AP Exams

May 22nd through May 26th – KPREP at Second Street School (See last year’s summary)

May 30th through June 9th – KPREP at FHS (See last year’s summary)

May 27th – Senior Prom at 7:00 PM

June 7th – Kings Island Senior Trip (All Day)

June 7th – Underclassmen Awards at FHS (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)

June 8th – Senior Awards Day at FHS (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM)

June 9th – Senior “Cry Day” at FHS (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM) ; Graduation Practice at the Civic Center (1 PM – 2 PM) ; Graduation at the Civic Center (7 PM – 8 PM)

Research and Articles To Think About:

Nine Blocks for a World Class Education System (see attached)

Equality vs. Equity –


Cultural Competency and Diversity -


I sent the message below to our staff yesterday (4/17) as a reminder about the work we do each day. You can be a game changer too! As I told them, I wrote this from the heart.

Every child has a story, every story has it’s challenges, and every challenge has a fork in the road. Every fork in the road requires guidance, and that guidance must encourage the child to choose their own path. Every path has different experiences and every experience has a new path. Every new path is an opportunity. Every new opportunity opens the mind, the heart, and empowers the soul. Empowering the soul brings about hope. Hope is a game changer for students.


It’s starts with knowing every student’s story and guiding them towards a new future story based on encouragement, new experiences, new opportunities, and a new hope.

Be a game changer!

It’s all about transforming lives! Thanks for being committed to our city and our children!


Houston Barber – Superintendent

Frankfort Independent Schools

We ARE Frankfort!


Frankfort Independent Schools is a community based school district, committed to academic excellence, personal achievement, and professional integrity. We provide learning opportunities in a caring, safe and healthy environment, responsive to each student, in collaboration with families and the community.


Transforming lives by instilling 21st century skills and inspiring lifelong learning in every student through an unparalleled experience and tradition of excellence.