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.






Excellent Educator Forms in Schools 9.24.14

FSEEF Excellent Educator nomination forms are going home with students soon.  Please take the time to visit our link on Survey Monkey to vote for a deserving educator.


Beasley House After Hours 9.24.14

A Chamber of Commerce After Hours will be held at the Beasley House for Community and International Education on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 4:30-6:00 p.m.  Members of the community are invited to meet our new Chinese instructors, tour the house, and receive more information about international education in Simpson County Schools and Community Education programs.  The Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, Franklin Rotary Club, and Simpson County Schools partner to make international opportunities a reality for Simpson County students.

Pearls Night Out Scheduled 9.24.14

The first ever “Pearls Night Out,” a casual evening of conversation, is scheduled for Thursday, October 16 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Brick Yard Cafe.  Women of all ages are encouraged to attend and help us support education in our community through our Power of the Pearl fund.  Our guest speaker will be Dana Banton, teacher at Simpson Elementary and a mom whose youngest child just “graduated” from Imagination Library.  Dana will give us some insight into how Imagination Library impacts children who participate.  Appetizers will be provided.  Please help us strengthen the strand by coming out on October 16.

FSEEF Board Awards First Round of 2014-15 Funding 9.24.14

At its regular monthly meeting, the FSEEF board of directors reviewed several grants.  We are excited to announce funding provided to Simpson County Schools.

Franklin Elementary– purchase of technology to supplement their classroom sets for Pre-K and K

Franklin Simpson Middle School–purchase of technology for Social Studies and Language Arts classrooms as well as Math classroom.  Additional funding to purchase keyboards for music classes.

Franklin Simpson High School–purchase of World Drumming Curriculum for music program.

Thanks to all who applied.  Our next meeting for grant consideration has been moved to Monday, December 1.  Applicants should plan accordingly.



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!!