News and Events
Archery Team on a Roll
The Elks are on quite a run this year with The Elkhorn Archery Team finishing second over all in the Middle School division this weekend at the 3rd Annual Williamstown Archery Tournament. Also placing individually were Caleb Frazee with a 4th place Middle School Male scoring a 273 and Sidney Scott finishing in 5th place for the Middle School Females with a score of 272.

Congratulations to all the EMS archery team for another great finish this season!! Go Elks!!!  

EMS Students Selected to Honor Band
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the KMEA District 7 Middle School Honor Band:

7th Grade

Taryn Ritchie

Monica Avalos

Chaeli Evans

Ben Mauer

Callie Shouse

James Waddle

Clay Witt

Dylan Stinnett

Cole Dudley

Dalton Kemper

8th Grade

Olivia Hagg

Tre Taylor

Wyatt Flick

Alyssa Goldie

Ashley Pereira

Sasha Sairajeev

Patrick Greenlee

Cameron Smith

Ethan Brewer  

6th Grade Academic Showcase
EMS recently placed 5th overall in the 6th grade Academic Showcase. 
The following students earned individual awards:

Nikitha Dharani 1st Place - Science

Cooper Hendrix 3rd Place - Language Arts

Shelby Smith 4th Place – Arts & Humanities

Jonathan Cook 4th Place – Mathematics

Laken Ellis - 5th place Written Composition  

Archery Team Has Great Outing
The EMS Archery team had a great showing this weekend at the Frankfort Archery Classic hosted by Western Hills High School. The Elks finished in 2nd place over all in the middle school division with a score of 3,107. There were also three individual archers that medaled in their divisions. Logan Goode placed 2nd in the middle school male division with a score of 285, Sidney Scott finished in 4th place for the middle school female division with a score of 274 and Allen Slaughter placed 5th in the middle school male division with a score of 279.

Congratulations to all the EMS archery team for another great finish this season!! GO Elks!!!  

Softball Team Does Good Deeds
The EMS Softball Team spent both Saturday and Sunday doing good deeds around Frankfort.  Saturday, they rang the bell for the Salvation Army.  
Sunday, they provided a Christmas party for the residents of Morning Pointe. They sang, provided cookies and punch, and offered Christmas cards. 
Thanks, Lady Elks for representing EMS in a positive way. 
Caught Doing Something Good Award
The PTSA is happy to present an award program for EMS students who are “Caught Doing Something Good”. EMS staff can nominate a student that they catch "doing something good”. This can be before school starts, during the school day, or at after school activities.

No good deed should go unnoticed, so all nominees will be honorable mentions and receive recognition on the ELK news and social media sites. Three good deeds (one per grade per month) will be deemed the winners and receive a prize package including a school store gift certificate, a certificate of recognition given to them in our special segment on the ELK news, recognition on our social media sites and be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini (winner drawn at the end of the school year).

We hope that this will help to highlight the great students at EMS and encourage kindness through out our school and community. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in this program, please post here or email us at
School Store
Beginning this Friday 12/5, we will have a school store every Friday morning from 8-8:35.We will have many items, pencils, pens, erasers, bookmarks, school spirit items and much more, all items priced from $.25 to $2.00!! We will also be selling school t-shirts at the store, $10 each. Be sure to bring $$!

The store is sponsored by the PTSA and funds will be used to support school needs!

Students Win Art Contest
Recently, 16 EMS 6th grade students had their artwork entered into the Improbable Bauble competition at the Headley Whitney Museum. The competition includes students from Fayette, Scott, Woodford, Jessamine, and Franklin counties. 
We are proud to announce that Aron Chagoya won the overall 1st place award. 
Amelia Roney received a judge's award. 
All of the works will be displayed from 11/22-12/21 at the museum. Admission is free for students 18 and under. 
Congrats EMS, and Ms. Sheridan, our art teacher. #MovinOnUp
EMS Choir Named Legacy School
Congratulations to our Choral Program for being recognized by Kentucky State University and the FIRST school selected to be a Legacy Collaborative School.  Another way EMS is #MovinOnUp! 
Mr. Hoofnagle Named SS Teacher of the Year
Jamie Hoofnagle, 6th grade SS teacher at Elkhorn Middle, was named Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Council of Social Teachers.   
Dodgeball Tournament
The Dodgeball Tournament will be held Friday, December 5th.  Get a team together and come on out! Contact Jennifer Rhoades at or Dawn Welch at 
6th Grade Girls Basketball Wins State Championship!
A huge MovinOnUp congratulations to the EMS 6th grade girls basketball team.  The team won the State Championship this weekend! Way to go, Lady Elks! 
Another shout out to Brooklynn Miles, who was named MVP of the tournament! Your fellow Elks are proud of you and all your accomplishments! 
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet every Friday from 8am-8:30am in the theater. You don't have to be an athlete to join. Also, if you could and would like to be a speaker at a meeting, please email  
EMS Goes to Toyota
Cathy Crump's 8th grade Business and Careers classes went to Toyota yesterday and The State Journal tagged along.  Read the article here. /uploads/05F38EFC-E3CC-4B40-9ECE-5D01F3C4F28E/statejournal.pdf 
Students Earn Bronze Award Pins
Congrats to Laken Ellis and Jordan Harris who received their Bronze Award pins, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Way to go, Elks!  
Message from the Principal

EMS School Family,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall Break and are getting energized for the second nine-week grading period of school. The end of the first quarter was on Friday October 3rd and teachers will be finalizing this week. Students will receive their first nine-week grade report on Friday October 17th. Please keep an eye out for this and ask your students about it. Since student achievement is our ultimate goal, there are a few things I would like share with you concerning their progress and where we go from here.

We have finished our first round of MAP testing and our teachers will be analyzing the results this coming week. As in the past, we will use the MAP assessment scores to identify students for assistance and interventions during the school day as well as outside of it. Please look carefully at your students’ grades, individual reports on K-PREP, and their most current MAP score to get a good idea of their progress at this time. If you have concerns about your student and where they stand, please contact their teachers immediately to set up a conference. We offer services to students after school as well as part of the Extended School Service program. If you would like more information on ESS, please contact Ms. Allison Lorenz here at school or by email at

We are proud to announce that FCPS has purchased Compass Learning to assist our students both in and out of school. Compass Learning is a learning software that creates activities and lessons tied directly to your student’s most recent MAP score. At school, we are using it as part of our Response to Intervention program, but it is accessible outside of school and useful to students of all levels. If you would like for your student to access Compass from home, go to Once there, the username is your student’s ID number, the same one they have on their agenda book. Their password is their birthdate with slashes, but without any leading zeros (for example April 12, 2000 is 4/12/2000). The final box, which currently states “ODYSSEY” needs to be backspaced out and replaced with “franklin county”. Once you’ve logged in, Language Arts and Math activities are already loaded and ready to use. If you have any questions about using Compass Learning at home, please contact our Assistant Principal Kevin Faris at

Many of our parents and students would like to know what our State Assessment scores tell us. We will have a question and answer session at our next PTSA meeting for those interested, but also I wanted to include a written explanation for you as well. I do want you to know that our school leadership and all of our teachers break down this data as much as possible and use it to develop action plans to increase student performance. Believe me when I tell you, while this may seem like a lengthy explanation, this is purely a summary and hits the highlights of what our scores tell us and what our teachers are doing to improve.


Overall Score

Percentile in KY


Assistance Category

Elkhorn Middle


(up from 56.6)


(up from 25)

Needs Improvement / Progressing

Focus School

Met Annual Measurable Objective

AMO Goal = 57.5


· We are considered to be progressing, which is a very good thing. Overall our scores went up.

· We are labeled a focus school. This is defined by the state as a non-duplicated student gap group score in the bottom 10% of the state, has an individual group of students scoring significantly low or has a graduation rate less than 60 for two consecutive years. Focus schools are identified based on federal requirements.

K-PREP Assessment






P + D

P+D% Away from 80%






















Social Studies














Language Mechanics







· While the GAP scores may be a cause for EMS being labeled a Focus School, it is apparent that there is an issue with teaching the core standards to all students across the school. This will require more attention to walk through data for teachers as well as feedback on their planning, observations, reflections, and use of PLC time to understand what students are missing out on.

· MAP Analysis being conducted by teachers on October 18th using graphs to represent student levels of achievement and intentional strategies to be used for three levels of achievement. Analysis and strategies for improvement will cover Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

· Literacy Design calendar created for all content areas except Math with specific requirement for assistance by District Literacy Coach. Assistance will include planning, resource collections, and quality feedback for students throughout the process, and reflection at the end of each piece.

· Language Mechanics have to be a priority in 6th grade. Specific activities for all students to participate in will include:

o A language portion to accompany the ODW practices.

o A weekly sentence to work on for editing – which focuses on a specific skill, such as how to use quotation marks, etc.

o Scaffolding instruction for those who lag behind, and use of Academic Interventions to continue working with individual students.

o Daily bell ringers that focus on grammar work

· Math – All lesson plans and walk throughs will focus on the five strategies for assessment associated with MDC.

· All departments will meet monthly for vertical alignment purposes and curriculum and instruction concerning the most prominent standards.

· Hold students accountable for proficient work by providing as many opportunities as possible for them to receive feedback, further instruction, and time to complete or re-do assignments that have not yet met the proficiency standards. This is a process we began last year and will continue to stand our ground with student accountability.

EXPLORE Assessment





















Meeting Benchmarks







Meeting Benchmarks







· All areas except Reading Benchmarks improved from last year.

· We have implemented a schedule in Advisory for 7th grade as well as 8th grade teachers to work explicitly on the EXPLORE preparation. We will continue these lessons as to prepare our students to answer the different types of questions asked by EXPLORE as compared to KPREP. Teachers analyze and understand that there are certain skills (21st Century) required for students to perform well, i.e. reading and interpreting charts and graphs for the Science portion of the test, and searching for the main idea in a Reading Passage.

Program Reviews


Curriculum and Instruction

Formative and Summative Assessments

PD and Support Services

Admin. / Leadership Support and Monitoring

Total Points


Arts and Humanities






Needs Improvement

Practical Living and Career Studies






Needs Improvement








· The characteristic scores range from 0-3 (0 – Non-Existent, 1 – Needs Improvement, 2 – Proficient, and 3 – Distinguished). For a total score, the four standard scores are added resulting in a single number ranging between 0-12 for each Program Review. Below 8 is Needs Improvement, 8-10.7 is Proficient and 10.8 or higher is Distinguished.

· 24 points is the number required to be Proficient. Our total score was a 22.3

· Current focus on PLCS Review will prioritize indicators rated as No Implementation or Needs Improvement Activities that have already occurred and are planned for the year to address these needs are as follows:

o Demonstrator

o Activity

o 2.b – Curriculum

o Purchas the Spark Curriculum and sufficiently train the new Health / P.E. Teacher

o 2.e – Integration Opportunities

o All teachers set aside time and document in lesson plans the opportunities they create for students to be physically active.

o One PLC meeting per month devoted to planning and documenting inclusion strategies for Program Review.

o 5.b – Use ILP data – No Implementation

o Teachers have already participated in a training to understand the uses of the ILP data in constructing future plans for students. These opportunities can be included in regular lessons throughout the year.

o 5.d – Monitoring of ILP Completion – Needs Improvement

o Schedule for the whole school has been created to allow each Advisory class to work on ILPs with their students. Schedule is being followed and all students should be finished by Christmas with the use and revisions of ILPs to follow in the second semester.

o 1.c and 1.d – Assessments – Use of Summative Assessments to develop intervention plans and develop student growth

o All teachers will complete summative assessment reflections and relate to their new Student Growth Goals throughout the year

I certainly hope this helps you as the student, parent, teacher, or community member understand what we are looking at with Assessment scores, as well as what we at EMS will be doing to improve our levels of student achievement and public perception. We have a great staff and a great group of students and I am confident that we will continue to progress towards our goals. Please feel free to contact us if you ever need any further clarification or have any questions about what we are doing for our kids at EMS.


Willie Bartley


Elkhorn Middle School


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EMS Vision


Parents of EMS Walkers and Car Riders,

 First, let me thank all of you for your patience and willingness to work with us as we alter our dismissal procedures.  I wanted to take a moment to explain the reasoning behind some of the changes and also to let you know what our procedures will be for the remainder of the year. 

 We moved our walkers and car riders to wave three because of a supervision need within the building.  This is difficult for parents to see because they are not in the building but when students are dismissed, they need supervision.  We only have a certain number of teachers available to be in multiple places, so the best possible place for our students is in the regular classroom with their teacher.  They will remain with their last period teacher until 3:35 pm when they are dismissed.  Please plan your arrival to EMS according to this time.  Backups and delays occur when there are many people in the parking lot waiting at once. 

 We all realize that the design of our parking lot is not ideal for the dismissal of 200+ students at one time.  Unfortunately, we must deal with what we have.  The safety concerns have come from students crossing the parking lot to get to cars parked on the other side as well as three cars lined up in what is meant to be a parking spot and a travel lane.  For this reason we will no longer permit parking on the sides of the lot designated for driving at any time.  There are three visitor spots in front of EMS to be used during the day for quick access and there are plenty of parking spaces throughout the rest of the lot at any time during the day. 

 Beginning Monday September 9th, no parking will be permitted on either side of the lot.  Any car coming into EMS will be asked to park unless simply slowing down to pick up a student waiting on their ride.  There will be two crosswalks painted for students to use in front of the main entrance and in front of the gym entrance.  These crosswalks will be monitored by a teacher on duty who will stop traffic to allow students to cross.  Once students are in the middle they will use the sidewalk to find their car and get in with no other need to cross traffic.  Once all cars are parked and students begin using the crosswalks normal traffic laws and regulations will be in force.  Also, please know that these changes will not affect morning drop-off procedures.  Thank you all for your continued support.    



 Willie Bartley

Principal – EMS 

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Elkhorn Middle School
1060 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
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