Frankfort High School Newsletter

November 20, 2020


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There will be no school next week, Nov. 23-27. Classes will resume on the FHS Virtual Schedule on Monday Nov. 30. Students are expected to be logged into the Monday Morning Meeting at 8:00 Monday morning to hear the important announcements and instructions.

In Summit, the Blue Line will stop moving over this Thanksgiving Break. This means students will not get behind during break, but it is a good time for students to get caught up on work they have not done so far this semester.

Upon returning to school Nov 30, there are 3 week left of this first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Some classes are semester long classes, therefore they will be finishing the course up. Ask your student if they have work they need to be completing sot hey can finish the semester strong.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, be safe and stay healthy.

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Summit Success

This week teachers worked to target students who had gotten off-track with support and resources. As of Thursday, here is what was accomplished:

  • 17% of students are off track in only 1 Project
  • (9 more students are fully on track with projects that were not on Monday)
  • 20% of students are off track in 1-2 PFAs.
  • (18 students have moved from 1-2 off-track to on track)
  • 73% of students have set a goal in the last week.
  • 76% of students have had a mentor meeting in the last 2 weeks

While these moves can look small, we have also had a fairly large impact on those a little further off track:

  • PFAs
    • The number of students off-track in 5+ PFAs has gone from 10% to 9%
    • The number of students off-track in 3-4 PFAs has gone from 11% to 7%!
    • The number of students on track with PFAs number has gone from 53% to 63%!

21% of our school has moved closer to being on-track or have gotten on-track in 3 days. Teachers are reaching out to students, and there are always opportunities to get any needed support. If your student is in need to support encourage them to reach out to their teacher or feel free to start that communication yourself.

Survey for Freshmen and Sophomores

FHS will be surveying all 9th and 10th grade students. Students should be receiving the survey in their school email.
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Graduation Announcements, Caps & Gowns for Class of 2021

Hello Class of 2021 Seniors!!

The Herff Jones Company will be providing Frankfort High School's Official Graduation Announcements, Caps & Gowns, and Senior Year Keepsakes for the Class of 2021.

Enclosed in this email you will find all the information needed to order your official graduation items.

Seniors will be bringing home the graduation ordering information packets. However, this email and attachments includes everything that you need.

Click here to order online:

Click here for the senior grad item catalog: Senior 2021 Graduation Catalog

Several of the "Early-Delivery" items that are ordered such as 2021 souvenir tassels, t-shirts, hoodies, etc will be delivered at school in December.

Therefore, we ask that all orders be placed no later than December 1, 2020. We will be delivering these "Early Delivery" Senior Items at your school later in December. All other senior items ordered including the cap/gown and graduation announcements will be delivered in April 2021.

For ease of ordering and payment, the Herff Jones Company is offering a deposit system for the larger graduation orders. The final balance will not need to be paid in full until April 1, 2021.

Deposit System:

Order total: $0-$100 = Full Payment

$100-$300 = $100 Deposit

$300+ = $150 Deposit


Here is how to order:

Online at:

Mail your order form to: Herff Jones Company

11505 Commonwealth Dr

Suite 103

Louisville, KY 40299

Please call our Herff Jones Office if you have any questions. 502-240-0505. Thank you.

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Senior Pictures & Baby Photos DUE DATE for Yearbook

Senior pictures are DUE for the yearbook by March 1, 2021. The yearbook staff will use the photos seniors submit for the Senior Section. They ask the seniors to turn in the photo, a baby photo and their "Senior Quote" by March 1 to be included in the 2021 yearbook.

Please email the original size photo from the photographer to Usually 3/4 body shot, or head shots look the best in the yearbook. Full body, or standing full length pose tend to make the Senior's face too small on the page.

Gear Up KY's FAFSA Frenzy

FAFSA Frenzy Continues

  • GUK’s FAFSA Frenzy campaign will run through December 30.
  • Responses to PSC Event Planning question on your SST tool are mandatory.
  • When possible and appropriate, please follow and share FAFSA Frenzy posts made via GEAR UP Kentucky social media:

In January, we will recognize the schools with the largest total number of completions, the largest percentage of completions and the most improved FAFSA completion rate.

Missed an Issue of the Weekly FHS Newsletter? Scroll to the bottom to find Archived Newsletters!

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Reporting positive COVID-19 Students

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Order Class Rings Now

The deadline for ordering your class ring is December 1--- to receive your ring in March 2021. Packets can be picked up at the school. However, everything you need to order is included here too. See attachments.

Orders must be placed either online at: or by mail at the address below--or turned in at your high school guidance office.

Order forms can be found in the class ring order packets.

An $80 Deposit is required to place your order. Final balances are due prior to receiving your ring in March 2021.

Click here to shop and order online:

Click here for the virtual class ring catalog: High School Class Ring Catalog

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KY Governor's Scholars Program Application Available

The 2021 Governor's Scholars Program (GSP) application is available online. It is a five week, residential summer program for the most outstanding Juniors in Kentucky. Frankfort High School can only recommend four student candidates to the state, so it can be pretty competitive. The minimum criteria for applying includes the following:

  1. Current Junior
  2. Resident of Kentucky
  3. Completed the ACT, PSAT, or SAT

The application is quite extensive and is due back to Mrs. Richardson by December 13th.

GSP website and Application -

Youth Salute Deadline Dec. 2nd

Personal emails have been sent to Juniors who meet the GPA requirement for Youth Salute. In order to be eligible for this recognition, students must:

1. Be a high school junior (senior class of 2022).

2. Have at least a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. through their sophomore year. (Any student who attains a 3.0 G.P.A. by the end of the fall semester of their junior year may submit a late application by January 15th, 2021)

3. Have held or currently hold TWO LEADERSHIP ROLES to which they were chosen by their peers or an adult leader within the past two years in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

Students must participate in each of the following activities:

1. Completion of the online Application Form.

2. Virtual orientation for information about the program, photography session and photographic displays.

3. Be photographed by Holifield Photography for school banner and online media recognition.

4. Attendance at the Leadership Program & Awards Ceremony co-sponsored by Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College and Transylvania University.

Apply Online…

Applications are due by December 2, 2020. Let Mrs. Richardson know if you have any questions or concerns.

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The 2021 GSE Experience and Opportunities to Learn More

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) will begin accepting applications for summer 2021 on Monday, Nov. 16. GSE brings teens together from around the state of Kentucky, immerses them in a creative space, and arms them with the tools they need to unleash their entrepreneurial spirits. While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, 11 new businesses have already been launched by young alumni of the GSE program. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation. In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, entrepreneurs qualify for some $3 million in scholarship opportunities from Kentucky's universities and colleges.

GSE has scheduled seven virtual events on Hopin this fall for prospective applicants and their families to showcase the GSE experience and dive into the application process. The link to register is below, as well as the schedule for events.

Virtual Learning Events for GSE

Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4-5 p.m. ET

Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 4-5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 4-5 p.m. ET

This free, prestigious program will take place on Northern Kentucky University's campus in the summer of 2021. All current 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students are welcome to apply.

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George S & Stell M Knight Essay Contest

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest information can be found on line at and then tab to Education or one can just Goggle George S. & Stella M. Knight Contest. The site will explain in great detail the rules of the contest and discuss the theme this year.

The student will submit an original essay of between 800-1200 words based upon an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or establishment of the US Constitution.

Local winners receive $200, $100 or $50. State level winners $500, $200 and $100. National winners receive $5000, $2500 and $1000. The local Chapter had several winners this past year.

The deadline to email the essay packet to is the 19th of December 2019.

FHS Website with Important Info

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Missed a Newsletter One Week?

School Calendar has Changed

The FISD Board voted to change the school calendar to accommodate the COVID late start to the school year. View the new calendar below.

Important changes:

No fall break in Oct.

Fall break the week of Thanksgiving

One week Spring Break

Out in May

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FIS Has Homeless Assistance Available

Frankfort Independent now has assistance for the homeless. If you would like additional information, please contact:

Kelli Hume

FIS Homeless Coordinator

875-8658 Ext 2243

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