FSEEF Walk, Run, Roll 5K Scheduled for November 15 8.28.14

??????????FSEEF is excited to partner with many of the local veteran’s organizations and auxiliaries to bring our Walk, Run, Roll 5K:  Honoring Our Veterans…Educating Our Community to the FS Park on Saturday, November 15.

We are currently seeking sponsors for our 5K and invite you to join us in a meaningful event honoring our local veterans and raising awareness for FSEEF programs.  Visit our webpage for more information about registration, the race course, etc.



Please contact Laura Smith for sponsorship information.


Learn More about “Power of the Pearl” 2.7.14



Power of the Pearl is a new fund being established at FSEEF.  We invite you to learn more about this unique opportunity for women to become involved in this fund.  An event for women only is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The link below will take you to our Power of the Pearl webpage for more information.






FSHS West Campus SNAP ED receives funding 8.28.14

The FSEEF board of directors held its first monthly meeting of the 2014-15 school year on Monday, August 25.  The board is pleased to award $750 to FSHS West Campus for their Friday meal preparation.  Led by SNAP ED Assistant Caren Gibson, through the UK Extension Service, students learn how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.  They learn the basic sciences behind cooking processes, skills to follow a recipe, food costs and comparative shopping skills.

We are pleased to provide support for this program which enables our students to learn skills that will help them be healthy throughout their lives.



Brooke Portmann Receives FS Alumni Scholarship 6.23.14

The FS Alumni Fund congratulates Brooke Portmann as 2014 recipient of the FS Alumni Fund scholarship.  Brooke is the daughter of Charlie and Penny Portmann.  She plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall.  The FS Alumni Fund scholarship is the result of FS alumni contributions.  This years award was $5,000 payable in the fall ($2,500) and spring provided Brooke maintains a 3.0 gpa.  Congratulations, Brooke!

Brooke Portmann 2014 FS Alumni Scholarship recipient.

Franklin & Crawford Receive FSEEF Scholarships 6.23.14

Shelby Franklin and Caitlin Crawford were unanimous choices for the FSEEF scholarships.  Annually, FSEEF awards two $2,000 scholarships to FSHS seniors planning to major in an education-related field of study in college.

Shelby is the daughter of Phil & Melissa Franklin.  She plans to attend Brescia University and major in Elementary Education.  While at FSHS, Shelby was a starting pitcher for the Lady Cats softball team and involved in other extracurriculars.

Caitlin is the daughter of Mike & Bridgette Crawford.  She is attending Western Kentucky University in the fall with a major in Elementary Education.  Caitlin played second base for the FS Ladycats softball team and was involved in several other organizations as well as part of her church youth group and mission team.

Congratulations, Caitlin & Shelby!

Shelby Franklin

Caitlin Crawford

Krista James Named FSEEF Excellent Educator 5.29.14

May 14, 2014 236Mrs. James’ multiple nominations included the following student comments:  “Mrs. James is supportive and focused on grades of students, she is always willing to help others, she is very dedicated to her students’ learning, and she shows she cares about every one of us.”  One student wrote, “I’ve had Mrs. James for three years now, and I am never disappointed in her class. She makes the classroom a great learning environment with activities and discussions.  When I enter her class, I know I will leave learning something new.  Mrs. James is also a friend, not just a teacher; she can relate to you and cares very much about her students.  She wants every student to succeed, even at her cost.  Personally, she has inspired me greatly to become a better writer.”  


Mrs. James has been involved with public education for the last seven years, all in the Simpson County School System. In the past she has taught Pre-AP English 9 and 10 and English 9 and 10.  Currently she teaches AP United States History and US History to her high school students. 


Mrs. James’ hometown is Marie Stein, Ohio.  She has attended Western Kentucky University where she received her degree in Middle Grades English and History.  She also attended the University of Cumberlands where she earned a degree in Reading and Writing K-12.   


“Watching my students generate connections with the content and seeing them be proud of themselves” are two of her favorite parts of her current occupation!  She has been married to Ted James for 20 years.  They have one daughter, Jodie James, a Vol State grad in PTA.  They also have one son, Ben James, a 7th grader at FSMS.  In her free time, Mrs. James enjoys reading, running, and cooking.      

Thank you, Mrs. James, for your dedication to Simpson County students!!

Jennifer Emberton Named FSEEF Excellent Educator 5.14.14




The Franklin-Simpson Excellence in Education Foundation is proud to name Ms. Jennifer Emberton as an Excellent Educator in the Simpson County School System. She received numerous nominations from her students. Below are some of the comments made by her students:

She is always happy.
She is nice, smart, and overall, an awesome teacher.
She is always nice and she gets work done.
She is always optimistic and a good teacher.
She is funny, sweet, and has an awesome smile.
I like the way she uses other things, like games, in teaching social studies.

In Ms. Emberton’s own words:

“After graduating Western Kentucky University in 2012, I was offered a position in the school where I completed my student
teaching (under Mr. R. McDougal and Mrs. C. Phillips; two great educators!). At this time, I am a student at Western Kentucky University, seeking a master degree (rank II) in Library Media Education, with an endorsement in Educational Technology.
I have been teaching in Simpson County since 2012. Currently, I am teaching sixth grade social studies on team Hope at Franklin Simpson Middle School. I have previously taught seventh grade language arts (I enjoy teaching both subjects) and have sponsored several clubs at FSMS: FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program), Battle of the Books (student initiated reading incentive program), and I will be sponsoring the Wildcat News Program for the next school year. Last year, I worked with an ASL (American Sign Language) group of students, a GT (gifted and talented) news letter team and a robotics class.
Growing up in the small city of Scottsville, my parents, Jerry and Sheila Whitney, taught me the value of hard work, a good education, and giving back to the community. I attended church regularly as a child and that had a great impact on my life! My husband, Gabe Emberton, is a minister, works at Franklin-Simpson EMS, Monroe Co. EMS, Allen Co. EMS, and is a volunteer firefighter for Cedar Springs in Allen County. Gabe’s support, and leadership of our family, influences my life daily. I am thankful to have him as my partner in life. We hope that our sons have the same desire to help others and to give back to their community.
My favorite part of my job? That is easy to answer… my students! I can tell you about each of them. What they want to do when they get older, what they are good at, what skills they do best, what they look like when they know something… or when they don’t. As I type this, a smile comes over my face… because of them. They are the best! Each of them has their own talents, opinions, skill set, and experience. I value that. I value the people they will become and who they are now. Also, knowing that each of these students will grow up to be part of a community… and challenging them now to consider what part they will be in that community.
My passion in education is evident in the work I do with technology. There are many types of technology out there and students need exposure to these twenty first century skills. I spend most of my time, outside of the classroom, staying up-to-date on these new skill sets. This has become my hobby (my husband would be the first to confirm this!). I constantly research new ways to teach digital citizenship, financial literacy, computer coding, and job skills (like interviewing, creating resumes, and even writing college admission letters). I am very passionate about my students going into the world being college/career ready, but also being global minded.
One last thing, I love working for Simpson county schools! The support and guidance I receive from my principal (Mr. C. Delk), assistant principals (Mr. M. Barnum and Mrs. L. Fisher), team teachers (Ms. M. Harris, Ms. E. Duvall, & Mr. J. Staggs), and parents daily, is enough to make my job easy. All of the people I work with in the Simpson County district provide the foundation for success. These individuals work hard to make sure the school environment, and student, needs are met every day. They have given me the opportunity to grow and continually develop my skills. I am blessed beyond measure. Thank you again for this recognition!”

We thank Ms. Jennifer Emberton for her dedication and love of the Franklin-Simpson School System and community. We are a better community because of teachers like Ms. Emberton!!

FS Hall of Fame Induction & Reception 5.2.14

Simpson County Schools and Franklin-Simpson High School  celebrated the induction of the second class in the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame on April 25, 2014.  The event was held at FSHS .  Many alumni and community members gathered to celebrate our school community’s rich heritage and these distinguished recipients of the Hall of Fame recognition.

The Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees:
Mary Ann Fleming Copas

*       Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1955
*        1960 graduate of Western Kentucky University with degrees in English and French
*        Taught English, French and Journalism in F-S system for 27 years
*        Worked for the Department of Education and Kentucky Treasury Department in Frankfort, KY
*        Taught at Western Kentucky University
*        Directed school plays during her tenure at FSHS featuring student Annie Potts, who went on to star in television and film
*        Her English class is considered by many graduates of FSHS to be the key to their success in college and life

Brad Kelley

*       Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1974
*        Secretary of FFA and Kentucky High School Conservationist of the Year
*        Founded Commonwealth Brands, a Kentucky tobacco company
*        Owner of historic Calumet Farm in Kentucky and Lonely Planet travel guidebook
*        Environmental and wildlife conservationist, supporting many species including rhino, tapir, wild cattle and antelope
*        Formerly largest shareholder of Churchill Downs
*        One of the largest landowners in the United States

Joe “Joker” Phillips, Jr.

*        Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1981
*        Quarterback for 2 Class AAA State Championship Teams at FSHS in 1979 and 1980
*        Wide Receiver at University of Kentucky 1981-1984
*        Played for NFL Washington Redskins 1985 and 1987
*        Head football coach University of Kentucky 2010-2012
*        Long-time supporter and sponsor of youth football in Franklin-Simpson Schools

Annie Potts
Franklin-Simpson High School Class of 1970

 *        Received BA in theater from Stephens College
*        Has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway Productions
*        Appeared and created iconic roles in “GCB” and “Designing Women”
*        Appeared in numerous films including Ghost Busters I and II, Pretty in Pink, Lifetime’s FIVE, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Who’s Harry Crumb, King of the Gypsies, and Corvette Summer for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination
*        Voiced the memorable “Bo Peep” in Toy Story I & II

FSHS and the Simpson County Schools have a rich history and many alumni who have distinguished themselves, as well as many others who have made significant contributions to our school system.  In the Fall of 2012, it was announced the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame would induct its first class in 2013, which included Ronnie Clark, Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, Dr. David Patterson, and Kenny Perry.

“This is a time to celebrate our graduates who have distinguished themselves and others who made a difference for our school system,” said Superintendent Jim Flynn.  ”We look forward to celebrating this class of inductees with a wonderful ceremony and reception in their honor.”
Annually, the school district will add another class to the Hall of Fame, which will be located in the Commons Area of FSHS, which is a beautiful area to highlight the Hall of Fame Inductees.


To see Annie Potts video, follow this link.  https://www.dropbox.com/l/SgPimOZmystQ3mutxT2pyH1

The rules for nominations to the Franklin-Simpson Hall of Fame:

*          Graduates of any Simpson County School will be considered.  Non-graduates and graduates from outside Simpson County will be considered based on extraordinary contribution to the Franklin-Simpson community.

*          Nomination shall include the completed nomination form and may include up to 5 letters of recommendation (no more than 2 pages), and any other documentation deemed appropriate (not to exceed 5 pages).

*          A nomination shall be considered for a three-year period or until induction, whichever occurs first.  A nominee not selected during the three-year period may be re-nominated for additional three-year periods.

*          The selection committee will be appointed by the superintendent of schools on a yearly basis.

*          The selection committee will determine the number of inductees each year.

To nominate an individual for the FS Hall of Fame Class of 2015, download this form and return to Simpson County Board of Education by November 1, 2014.  FS Hall of Fame Nomination Form

FSEEF Awards Second Quarter Funding 5.6.13

The Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation board of directors awarded $2,500 to the weight training program at Franklin Simpson High School toward the purchase of new equipment for the Joker Phillips Field House and approved a donation of $1,500 to FSHS Project Graduation 2014.  The board also approved a $5,000 commitment to the Chinese Program which is in partnership with Western Kentucky University, Simpson County Board of Education, Franklin Rotary Club, and FSEEF.  FSEEF scholarship recipients were also chosen and will be announced at Senior Awards Night.

Power of the Pearl Celebration Raises Funds for Imagination Library 5.1.14

A little behind with this post, but we are so blessed and completely overwhelmed at the response to our Power of the Pearl Celebration.  The contributions and kind words just keep coming!  We had a dynamic group of mothers, daughters, educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders at our event to fellowship, socialize, and be inspired by Eloise Hadden.  Mrs. Hadden is from Auburn, KY and has been an active volunteer and philanthropist her entire life.  A retired home economics teacher, she understands and was happy to share how being involved and passionate about your community can both enrich your life and bless others.

Special thank you to our event co-chairs Teresa Perkins and Jerri Tarpley as well as Debbie Wyatt and Jane Forshee.  Megan Wright was terrific in designing our logo and invitations!  The Franklin Simpson High School Catering Cats delivered an amazing meal while the FSHS horticulture students assisted with décor.  Special thank you to Taegan Strain, Emma & Preslee Kelly (piano students of Cindy Sopko) for entertaining us during dinner.

Approximately $4,000 was raised in support of this years’ project:  Imagination Library which provides FREE books to Simpson County children ages 0-5 every month.  We are overwhelmed with the response to our inaugural event and hope that each of our Pearls will join us in being positive, passionate, and purposeful about our community and its future.

Fundraising will be ongoing.  If you would like to join us as a “Pearl,” visit our online giving site www.firstgiving.com/FSEEF to contribute or contact Laura Smith at powerofthepearl2014@gmail.com for more information.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about Power of the Pearl events and volunteer opportunities.

Power of the Pearl Celebration co-chair Teresa Perkins welcomes everyone to our event.







Spring Break!! 3.28.14

springbreak3The FSEEF office will be closed during Spring Break, but we will be checking email and voicemail during that week.  Please feel free to contact us and we will be back in touch as soon as possible.  Safe travels and HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!