Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. On Thursday, August 11, 2016, our students will return to what is going to be an awesome year.
Principals, teachers, and staff have worked extremely hard this summer to prepare schedules, classrooms and the curriculum to meet the needs of all students. This year there will be an intense focus on the individual student. As a school district, we need to make sure that every school is meeting the needs of all students by making learning engaging and relevant. As we focus on the individual instruction and needs of students, we increase student achievement and ensure that students are prepared for college, career and life.
We have included information below that will assist students and parents in having a great school year. Students and parents, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help and we want to help. If there are additional supports and resources needed, contact the school or district immediately.
As we focus on the individual student, attendance will also be maintained closely. I encourage all students, parents and guardians to review the new attendance policies. We have additional supports in place to help each student to be at school every day. It is critical that students attend school this year as we raise the academic expectations higher in 2016-2017. Again, students, parents and guardians, if you need assistance with attendance, please contact the district office. We have staff ready to help.
Students, parents and guardians, please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you need assistance. You can reach me by phone by calling 606-845-5851 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, as I am in schools every day or out in the county, please feel free to stop and talk with me. I value your feedback and suggestions.
I hope everyone has an exciting first day and a great school year. The 2016-2017 school year is going to be awesome.
Brian Creasman, Superintendent
Fleming County Schools will open for the 2016-2017 school year on Thursday, August 11, 2016, to approximately 2350 students. August 11 is a full day for students, with both breakfast and lunch being served.
This year’s school calendar can be viewed on the Fleming County Schools’ web page using the following link:
New Staff for the 2016-2017 School Year:
Fleming County High School
Zachary Allen, Panther Prep Interventionist
Laura Walker, Special Education Teacher
Carmen Pinilla, Spanish Teacher
Sandra Cornette, Guidance Counselor
Gregory Clark, Math Teacher
David Cooley, Science Teacher
Dallas Cox, English Teacher
Cassie Engle, Family/Consumer Science Teacher
Brandon English, Custodian
Kevin Fulton, Health & Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
Hillary Howard, English Teacher
Becky McDowell, School Nutrition Manager
Cara Perry, English Teacher
Ricky Pollitt, Custodian
Melanie Rogers, Special Education Teacher
Matthew Taylor, Panther Prep Interventionist
Lisa Williams, Math Teacher
Simons Middle School
Cara Ryver, Language Arts Teacher
Yuli Shang, Chinese Teacher
Shawna Singler, Math Teacher
Mark Williamson, Science Teacher
Ewing Elementary School
Allison Newsom, Elementary Teacher
Flemingsburg Elementary School
Kira Fouch, Elementary Teacher
Jana Fife, Elementary Teacher
Jacqueline Fryman, Instructional Assistant
Nicole Jackson, Elementary Teacher
Stephanie Jones, Elementary Teacher
Yujie Jia, Chinese Teacher
Anita Murphy, Custodian
Jodi Plank, Library/Media Specialist
Dana Case, Bus Monitor
Ward Elementary School
Tammy Cline, Custodian
David Reid, Custodian
Melanie Thompson, Elementary Teacher
Brandon Bowen (HES/WES), Elementary Teacher
Keith Coleman (FCHS/SMS), Band Director
In Fleming County Schools’ continuing effort to assist all students in becoming college and career ready and to meet our attendance percentage goal of 97%, the Fleming County Schools’ attendance policy will continue to be implemented. Every student, upon enrollment, will receive a handbook containing both the new attendance policy and the discipline code. Every student and parent should read the full policy and make themselves familiar with the changes.
The major points of the policy are:
- Five (5) parent excuses—written note or contact from parent required for ALL students at all grade levels.
- Eight (8) health care provider excuses—documented note.
- Special consideration will be given for absences exceeding the above number if the student has a one-time per condition Chronic Illness Verification Form on file with the school for chronic conditions and/or on-going treatment causing frequent absences or tardies from school. (Form will be available from each school upon request from parent.)
- Early check out from school will be excused with a health care provider excuse (if available), excused by the school nurse or health aide, parent excuse if available, or a verifiable family emergency.
- All notes/contacts MUST be presented to the school within five (5) days after the absence or tardy or it will remain unexcused.
To see the full attendance policy, please refer to the handbook that will be distributed to all students upon registration. The policy will also be available for viewing on Fleming County Schools’ webpage.
All Fleming County Schools will use the same grading practices throughout the district for the 2016-17 school year. The following grading scale will be used in all schools to communicate student progress:
- All assessments will be tied to specific standards.
- Grades are based on student mastery of the standards (20% formative and 80% summative).
- Effort, participation, extra credit, behavior, attendance will NOT be included in student grades.
- Incomplete or missing work will be indicated in Infinite Campus as a “Missing Assignment” which calculates as a “0” until the work is submitted. If not completed by the end of the grading term, the score will remain a “0”.
- “Re-takes” will be permitted and encouraged during the formative/learning stage. This will happen only on a case-by-case basis for the summative stage. Summative grades should be final.
- Mid-term grade reports will be issued at the mid-point of each quarter.
- Report cards will be issued at the end of each nine-week period or quarter.
More information about Fleming County Schools’ grading and reporting policy and procedures can be found on the district webpage.
Extended School Services:
Fleming County Schools will operate an Extended School Services (ESS) program at each school. This program allows extra time before school, during the school day, after school, and/or during the summer for instruction/tutoring to be available to those students who are at risk academically.
Any student entering Fleming County Schools for the first time must provide the school with a copy of a physical examination form and an up-to-date Kentucky immunization certificate. Also, an official copy of the state certified birth certificate must be presented when enrolling a student. A vision exam performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist is required of all kindergartens by January 1, 2017. A dental exam for kindergarteners must be done by January 1, 2017, performed by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, or health department.
Sixth grade students must also have a physical examination form and an up-to-date Kentucky immunization certificate. For more information, contact Jennie Applegate, School Nurse, or Fleming County Health Department at (606) 845-6511.
The Fleming County School District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. This year all Fleming County Schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision. All students will receive one breakfast and one lunch meal at no cost regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Educational Benefit Forms must still be filled out on all students (one per household) and turned in with your student(s) paperwork.
Parents are encouraged to use www.myschoolbucks.com to pay for any second meals or a la carte items offered at each of Fleming County School cafeterias using your Visa, Master Card, or Discover Card. The District School Nutrition program will continue to assume the cost associated with using this service. Participation in myschoolbucks is strictly voluntary and you may enroll at any time.
Families interested in the daily menus have three sources for locating this information. Yearly color coded menus will be distributed at the beginning of the school year and can also be viewed on the Fleming County School web page. New this year is the mobile app www.mealviewer.com which can also be found on Fleming County School web page. K- 8 students and staff members will use: http://schools.mealviewer.com/school/SimonsMiddle
We will be implementing Breakfast in the Classroom at Flemingsburg Elementary School this year. All students will have the chance of eating their breakfast in the classroom with their teacher from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Please contact Jan Anderson, School Nutrition Director, with any questions or concerns at 606-845-9003.
Each of Fleming County’s schools offers a variety of services, both curricular and extra-curricular, to meet the needs of students in each area of identified giftedness (general intellectual, specific academic, creativity, leadership, and visual/performing arts). The gifted education committee at each school works with parents of gifted students to develop an individual Gifted Student Service Plan each year. A copy of this plan is given to parents at the beginning of each school year, and a report of student progress on the individual plan is sent home to parents at the end of each semester.
For more information about Fleming County Schools Gifted/Talented Program, contact Lesia Eldridge, District Gifted/Talented Coordinator, at (606)845-5851.