News and Events
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!  
Football Fundraiser
The Football Team will have a fundraiser at Pizza Inn Monday, August 25 starting at 5:30pm.  The team will receive 10% of the night's sales and all tips.  
SBDM Special called meeting
Thursday, August 21, 5:30pm. 
Franklin County Schools Attendance Update
We have updated our attendance policy and procedures.
A copy of the new policy is located on the district webpage on the Parents page.
Attendance Policy
Medical Excuse Form

You may also access the new policy in the student’s CODE of ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR HANDBOOK (which was given to every student in our school system.)
Together, we can work to improve student achievement and reduce truancy in Franklin County.

Kyle B. Sexton
Director of Student Services
Start and End Times
Doors open in the morning at 8:00.  Classes begin at 8:40. 
Classes dismiss at 3:20 in 3 waves.  Waves 1&2 are busses.  Wave 3 is walkers and car riders.  Parents who are picking up students should park in a spot rather than along the sidewalk.
Twitter with EMS
  Twitter with EMS
See the link on the right side of this page near the bottom.
Thanks Mr. Faris
Message from the Principal

Dear EMS Family,

First I want to thank each and every one of you for a truly amazing start to the new year. We are so excited to be back in session and have very high hopes for our students and staff for 2014-2015. One of our goals at EMS this year, beyond student achievement and preparing our kids for high school, is to ensure timely and positive communications through as many avenues as possible. We want all of our students, teachers, parents, and community members to know that our doors are always open to you if there are issues, concerns, or times to offer assistance or positive news. All of our teachers’ contact information should be on our school’s website. We are also very excited to have such support from our PTSA. You can gain a great deal of information from their EMS PTSA Facebook page as well as the EMS Twitter feed at @AntlerAlerts.

We want all of our parents and students to know that providing a safe and positive environment for our students is our number one concern. We want a place where students are not afraid to take risks with their learning and where they are comfortable in their learning environment. We have many procedures in place and supervision responsibilities to ensure student safety and an efficiently run school. These procedures can be found in the first few pages of our Agenda Books that all students have. These agenda books contain a great deal of information and provide a wonderful means of communication between our teachers and parents. While all of our teachers gave out a syllabus at the beginning of school, there are more immediate assignments that need to be communicated to students and parents. The agenda book is a wonderful way for students to keep track of these assignments as well as the teachers’ websites. We also have many teachers who will be using Remind101 this year. If you haven’t heard about it, please ask your student or ask your teacher if they will be sending out notifications this way.

For general “back to school” questions and answers as well as further opportunities to meet teachers and to participate in some fun educational activities related to EMS, we will have a Back to School Night on August 26th beginning at 5:00 pm. In the meantime, please pay close attention to a few items.

  1. Students will begin taking their MAP assessments next week. Please communicate the importance of these tests and encourage you kids to try their hardest. We use these assessment results for a number of decisions regarding students such as placement, growth goals, additional services if required, and it will impact their grades. The MAP assessments will be administered 3 times per year and parents will be able obtain their child’s progress reports at any time.
  2. There are a number of extracurricular activities that EMS offers and there is no better way for students to get involved and represent our school. Please inquire with your teachers, coaches, bulletin boards, websites, and through announcements to see what would be available and of interest to you.
  3. 8th grade students: A Washington DC Trip for 8th graders only is scheduled for April 6th- 9th (Spring Break). There will be a parent/student meeting for the trip on Back to School night August 26th. This trip will allow students the opportunity to see some of the best our nation’s capital has to offer while deepening their understanding of the social studies curriculum in a fun, hands on way. The trip is totally voluntary and absolutely extracurricular, students will not be missing any school and will not have assignments to complete. The trip is open to both team Thunder and Lightning, but contact Ms. Lorenz for any questions after the meeting on the 26th.
  4. Also for 8th grade students, we will take the EXPLORE test on September 17th and 18th. Students will be working on preparation through their Advisory classes until this time. Parents and students please take this test seriously as it is part of our school’s accountability, provides a representation of our students’ achievement levels, and gives insight to how students will score on the PLAN and the ACT at the high school level.

I truly hope the year has started as well for you as it has for us. Please know that we will always make ourselves available for you to provide the best possible learning experience for your child here at Elkhorn Middle School. We look forward to working with each and every one of you throughout the year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.


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
Phone (502) 695-6740

Assistant Principal Mr. Kevin Faris
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Wendi Rogers

Youth Services Center
Director Ms. Beckee Seals
Office Staff
Attendance Mrs. Brandy Clay
Bookkeeper Mrs. Silvia Viso
Labor Day - No school
Mon Sep 1 2014
Hearn SBDM Meeting
Tue Sep 9 2014
Book Fair
Mon Sep 29 2014
to Fri Oct 3 2014
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