Frankfort CUSD 168

#FutureReady: St. Louis - April 28-29, 2015

About Us

Frankfort CUSD 168 is located in West Frankfort, Illinois just 107 miles from St. Louis. The K-12 Unit District houses more than 1800 students and includes four schools - Denning Elementary School (K-2), Frankfort Intermediate School (3-6), Central Jr. High School (7-8) and Frankfort Community High School (9-12). The district includes nine administrators, 120 certified staff members and more than 75 support staff.

A New Commitment to #FutureReady Schools

Mrs. Ashley Smith's Kindergarten Class at Denning Elementary School begins each day with a SmartBoard activity to create excitement and stimulate digital learning. This is just one example of District 168's commitment to creating #FutureReady Schools.
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CJHS Students Embrace B.Y.O.D. Program

Central Jr. High School is currently in its third year of a B.Y.O.D. Pilot Program that has become a model for southern Illinois school districts. Under the direction of Principal Charley Cass, students in 7th and 8th grade have the option to use pre-approved mobile devices for classroom instruction and digital learning.

BYOD helps our students:

  • Embrace mobile technology,
  • explore content more quickly and efficiently,
  • and gives our staff the opportunity to teach digital citizenship.

Currently, the CJHS faculty and staff are in the early stages of exploring Flipped Classrooms and the use of Chrome Books for 1:1 learning as part of the district's #FutureReady initiative. To learn more about the CJHS B.Y.O.D. Program, please contact Mr. Cass at You can also follow him on Twitter at @CharleyCass.


Community Engagement (Social Media)

Frankfort CUSD 168 is a leader in social media strategies after launching its official school district hashtag (#wfredbirds) at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Today, the #wfredbirds hashtag has become the No. 1 source for parent and community engagement through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. To enhance the social media experience, each school displays "Tweets of the Week" each day via Apple TV and TagBoard, a web-based program that creates a safe and fun presentation model. A total of 110 faculty and staff members are now active Twitter users.

"There's nothing more powerful than telling your own story and promoting all the wonderful things happening in our schools each day. Our school district hashtag gives us the opportunity to celebrate our success on our own terms. It's been a game changer for our school district."

-Dr. Greg Goins, Superintendent

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#FutureReady Team Selected to Present at 2015 Conference

The Frankfort CUSD 168 #FutureReady Team has been selected to present at the 2015 IASB/IASA/IASBO Joint Annual Conference on November 20-22 in Chicago. The team will present as part of the Share Your Success Panel on Social Media Strategies for Community Engagement. The Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials is recognized as one of the nation’s largest state education conferences and annually draws more than 5,000 Illinois school board members and administrators.

Central Junior High School Video (Social Media)

Social Media 168

Frankfort Intermediate School Video (FIS Updates)

February 13, 2015

Frankfort Community High School Video (Redbird Report)

Redbird Report 5: The Happening
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#WFredbirds Class of 2015

District 168 - Web-Based Solutions

  • Smore (eNewsletters)
  • Voxer (Mobile Phone App for Group Chats)
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