Simpsonville Spotlight!

Mr. Hicks' Parent Newsletter: Fall Edition

Thank You!

Thank you for your support in making the first few weeks of school so smooth! Our teachers and staff have loved getting to know all of our new Bobcats! In the boxes below, you'll find highlights from the start of our school year, as well as some important upcoming dates and pieces of information.


Over the course of this week, the district mailed out login directions for Shelby County Public Schools' new Learning Management System, Empower. With Empower, you will have the ability to check on your child's academic progress digitally throughout the school year without having to wait on a progress report!

In order for you to be able to use Empower to the fullest, there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Empower should be checked weekly, not daily. Our teachers will enter in academic information throughout the week, so checking the system on a Thursday or Friday will give you the best and most complete picture of your child's current progress.
  • Report cards will still be sent home. These reports will be printed from Empower and will be sent home with students in the same way that our previous report cards have been delivered.
  • Empower has a feature where parents can send messages through the system; however, sending an email or making a phone call is still the fastest way to contact our staff.
  • PLEASE feel free to contact us if you have any questions! We will work our best to help with the transition to our new system. If you'd like a walkthrough of Empower features, we will have two Empower information tables set up at our Parent-Teacher Conference Night on Thursday, November 7th.
  • For additional information about Empower, feel free to explore Shelby County Public Schools' Empower Information for Parents Website.

Upcoming Events

  • October 28th - November 1st: Red Ribbon Week! (Monday: Wear a Simpsonville Elementary Shirt, Tuesday: College Day, Wednesday: Pajama Day, Thursday: Dress Like a Book Character Day, Friday: Wear Red)
  • Saturday, November 2nd - PTO Family Movie Day @ Shelbyville Cinemas 8, 9:00 AM
  • Tuesday, November 5th - PTO Papa John's Night
  • Thursday, November 7th - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, November 14th - Latino Night @ Simpsonville Elementary, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 19th - Fall Picture Retake Day
  • Thursday, November 21st - Simpsonville Elementary's Exhibition Night