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STEM Opportunity for Middle School Girls
Tech Savvy prepares you to be a scientist,
engineer, or technology expert. A special session
for your parents and families shows them how to
help you on your path to college and a career.
Are you ready?
Who: Girls in grades 6–9
Where: Kentucky State University
Exum Center
400 East Main Street
Frankfort KY 40601
Date: Saturday, May 17
Doors open @ 8:15am for breakfast
Program begins at 9:00 am
Box Lunch provided
Program ends at 3:00 pm
Cost: $5.00
Sponsor: AAUW Bluegrass Central Branch
with grants from
Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
HERD Reward Friday
HERD reward for 3rd nine weeks report cards will be Friday, April 18.  Healthy snacks will be sold and all money will go to the American Red Cross Hero Campaign.   
The spring book fair ends Friday, April 18th. All forms of payment are accepted.  Come check it out!  
Archery Team Successful
The EMS Archery team shot in a pre National tournament this weekend at Anderson County Middle School and placed second in the middle school division with a score of 3212. Individual archers that also medaled were Elizabeth Jamison with a 4th place finish in the female middle school division and Allen Slaughter with a 4th place finish in the male middle school division. Congratulations to all the archers on a great job! GO ELKS!! 
Odyssey of the Mind
EMS Odyssey of the Mind Teams had an outstanding showing at the Competition at EKU on March 29th. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. This year EMS had 3 teams of students competing at the State Tournament at EKU. All three teams did well and we are very proud of them all! 1st and 2nd place winners at State Competition advance to the World Finals Competition at Iowa State University on May 28th-31st. One of our teams did advance to this level of competition! Congratulations to the following EMS students for advancing to the state Odyssey of the Mind competition: “The Drivers Test” Problem—1st Place— (advancing to World Finals) Christian Thompson, John Bullock, Niki Rajendran, Evan Smither, Caitlyn Barnes, Julia Blackburn, and Allen Slaughter
“The Stackable Structure” Problem—5th Place— Jonah Fern, Parker Sornberger, Wyatt Flick, Cole Dudley, Camden Good, Logan Johnson, and Peyton McElmurray

“The Not So Haunted House” Problem— 3rd Place—Cassy Dycus, Tre Taylor, Olivia Hagg, Sasha Sairajeev, Chloe Greenidge, Madison Ellis, and John Lowe
EMS St. Jude Math-A-Thon Fundraiser
We're hosting a fundraising event to raise money to help St. Jude find new treatments for cancer and other deadly diseases. Join us to help St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children.
By fundraising or donating to support St. Jude, you can ensure no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. And because St. Jude freely shares their research with the global medical community, every child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.
Thanks for helping us reach our goal for the kids of St. Jude!  
Awesome Job By EMS Girls Track Team!
Congratulations to the Elkhorn Middle School girls track team for their 2nd place finish at the Western Hills meet. 
Regional National History Day Winners
Students from Elkhorn Middle School competed at the Regional National History Day Competition on Saturday, March 22nd. EMS had two students entered in historical paper, two in individual documentary, two in group documentary, one in individual exhibit, and six in group exhibit board. Every student from Elkhorn Middle was selected to advance to State Competition at U of L on Saturday, April 26th. Those moving on to State are:
  • Rishabh Kapoor--- paper
  • Sasha Sairajeev---paper
  • Aish Balaji----individual documentary
  • Niki Rajendran----individual documentary
  • Bailey Harrod and Parks Mason----group documentary
  • Allen Slaughter----- individual exhibit
  • Aaliyah Jones, Abigail Willhoite, and Dalton Kemper----group exhibit
  • Caitlyn Barnes, Julia Blackburn, and Olivia Hagg----group exhibit
These students have put a lot of time and energy into:1. Choosing their topic, 2. Researching primary and secondary sources, 3. Writing their scripts, 4. Creating their final product, and 5. Defending their thesis, research, and final product before judges (usually college professors that are experts in their category).  
Congratulations to EMS 7th & 8th Grade Bands!
Mr. Chris Collins, EMS Band Director is proud to announce that both groups earned distinguished ratings at KMEA District Band Assessment held at the University of Kentucky.  Students have worked very hard and have dedicated a lot of time and practice for this event. Please congratulate these students when you see them!
Your support of the arts and our band program is much appreciated.  
Governor’s Cup Results - March 15th
This weekend was an awesome experience for our EMS academic team!
Quick Recall- 48 quick recall teams competed at the State Level. EMS was the runner-up in pool play and advanced to the single elimination portion of the tournament with the top 24 teams. We lost to Beaumont by 2 points in our fourth round (33-31). The kids battled and represented EMS well! It was an intense match and came down to the last few questions.
FPS- Our FPS team came in 11th place!!! They have worked so hard all year long and did an amazing job during their competition!! They missed medaling by one place! What a great accomplishment for our first year competing in FPS in years!
Written Assessment:
Parks Mason competed in Arts and Humanities and placed 31st in the state.
Christian Thompson competed in Social Studies and placed 16th in the state.
Sasha Sairajeev competed in Science and place 35th in the state.
Niki Rajendran and Caitlyn Barnes also competed in Alternate FPS competition.  
KUNA Team - Excellent Job
We received the Best Native Attire Award
The students’ dance was fantastic (performed in front of approximately 900)
N. Rajendran and J. Bullock’s proposal was selected for presentation in front of the General Assembly (900 people) and their proposal was passed!
G. Wallace received an Outstanding Delegate Award for getting up and debating
E. Smither ran for Secretary General and came in 2nd which will make him the President of the Security Council for next year. His name will be on the front of the program.
K J Morgan received a plaque for outstanding ambassador.
Yay EMS students!!!!  
Teacher Spotlight
We are proud to recognize Ms. Allison Lorenz, EMS 8th grade Social Studies teacher. She is one of 50 contributing editors to a new, award-winning website devoted to promoting the teaching of Lincoln documents in the K–12 and undergraduate classrooms. These contributing editors, now rightly recognized as public historians, are bringing back to classrooms around the world not only their own insights, but also those of hundreds of colleagues. Ms. Lorenz is not only credited as contributing editor, but also under best projects.
Lincoln Digital History
FRYSC Parent Workshops
Franklin County Public Schools FRYSC Parent Workshops
"Partnering with parents and community to EMPOWER families.”
You are invited to the first of many parent workshops sponsored by FCPS Family Resource Youth Service Centers
“Its summer time, what do I do with my kids?”
Why it's important to keep kids in a routine over the summer and what activities are in Frankfort and Franklin County that kids can do? Join us and find out!
Date: Tuesday, April 22 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room
Free Lunch 11:00-12:00 Free Childcare & Guest Speaker 12:00-1:00
There will be resources for ALL age groups, including high school students!
JOIN US!!!  
Aitken Wins Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee
Franklin County Public Schools hosted our first annual Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee Competition for grades 4-8 on Monday, February 17, 2014.
Six students competed for the title of District Spelling Bee Champion: Emily Ross (Hearn), Daniel Ward (Collins Lane), Abishel Karthik (Westridge), Nikhil Akula (Bridgeport), Laken Ellis (Peaks Mill) and Robert Aitken (Elkhorn Middle).
The district winner, Robert Aitken, will represent Franklin County at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on March 15, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  
Yearbooks on Sale
2013-2014 Year-book orders are being taken in the gym in the mornings from 8:00 to 8:30. Before winter break they are $20.00 after winter break they are $25.00. Order your year-book now.  

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 

Elkhorn Middle School
1060 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone (502) 695-6740

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

Youth Services Center
Director Ms. Beckee Seals
Assistant Jaquetta Corathors 
Office Staff
Attendance Mrs. Brandy Clay
Bookkeeper Mrs. Silvia Viso
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