Simpson Co. Schools GT Newsletter

Simpson Co. Schools Gifted & Talented Resources

Simpson County KAGE Meeting - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Join us for the Simpson County KAGE chapter's Fall meeting on Tuesday, November 19, from 5:15-6:00 p.m. at Edge Academy. We'll learn about the different programs and services currently being offered for Primary Talent Pool and Gifted & Talented students K-12 in Simpson County Schools and recent projects and learning opportunities students have been involved in. We'll also be holding our chapter's annual election for officers and sharing information and on upcoming KAGE events.

2019 Night of Innovation - November 14, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at FSMS

Don't miss this year's Night of Innovation on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Franklin-Simpson Middle School - hands-on, minds-on fun for the entire family!


  • Grab a tasty dinner and snacks from local food trucks
  • Test your throwing skills with the crew from Bowling Green's The Flip'n Axe
  • Learn airbrushing technique from Darrell Holder
  • Try your hand at woodburning, soldering, braiding, and a variety of other arts & crafts
  • Enjoy the fantastic footwork of the WKU's Alpha step team
  • Make & take your own scented sea salt scrub, glass magnets, and magazine beads
  • Visit a demonstration and lift your brush to try out fresco painting with artists Mike & Leslie Nichols
  • Test drive Sphero, Cue, and Dash robots at the robot corral
  • Be amazed by liquid nitrogen ice cream and kitchen science experiments
  • Go behind the scenes of the entertainment business with improv acting, DJ/scratching, and theatrical makeup classes
  • Young children can enjoy the sensory playroom in the cafeteria
  • Creativity and maker challenges in the library
  • and much, much, more....!

GT Coordinators & Resource Teachers

Jamie Arney joining the team as Elementary Writing Consultant & GT Resource Teacher

Simpson County Schools is thrilled to welcome Mrs. Jamie Arney back to the team as a part-time Elementary Writing Consultant & GT Resource Teacher. She'll be working across the district with elementary teachers and students, including students at Simpson Elementary identified for Primary Talent Pool (PTP) and students at Lincoln Elementary identified as GT in English Language Arts/Reading.


Mrs. Arney retired from Simpson County Schools in 2019 after 33 years of teaching at Franklin-Simpson High School. She attended Lipscomb University and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BA double major in English and French. She received my Masters of Arts in Education from WKU in 1988. Mrs. Arney is a former newspaper, yearbook and French teacher as well as department chair for the English department at FSHS. In her final ten years of active teaching, she taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition to juniors.

Mrs. Arney is also heavily invested with the National Math and Science Institute and AdvanceKY with whom she works, as needed, as a national consultant. She has participated in the state mock Advanced Placement (AP) scoring for many years. In the spring of 2012, she was a nominee for the National Math and Science Institute's Advanced Placement teacher of the year award as well as one of three excellent educator award recipients for Simpson County selected by the Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation. Mrs. Arney was selected high school Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Lion's Club in May of 2013.

Mrs. Arney has been married for almost 34 years to her husband, John, a local independent businessman. Their children are Morgan, a nurse at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital; Mary Patton Chandler, a biology teacher at Franklin-Simpson High School; Payne, a graduate of FSHS; and Maddie a senior at FSHS and gifted harpist.

The Summit at Franklin-Simpson Middle School

The Summit has started off with a bang this school year with many great projects! 6th-graders have created Shark Tank products and then presented them to their classmates and a group of "sharks" (potential investors). They have recently started working on their cultural podcasts where they are reading a book over a specific culture and then creating their own podcast to share what they've learned. 7th-graders are currently working on researching the question "Do middle school students need a recess?" They are not only researching the question but creating a scale model of what an ideal middle school "playground" should look like. 8th-grade began the year by developing non-profit organizations to address one of the United Nation's seventeen Global Goals for Sustainable Development. They are now celebrating October's Global Diversity Awareness Month by creating memorials/monuments to honor the different groups of people in America as a way to celebrate what makes us unique.
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Edge Academy

Edge Academy is off to a great start in 2019-2020 for our second year of enrichment for participating 4th and 5th-graders from Lincoln Elementary! Students have been exploring a wide variety of topics including population growth and sustainability; learning about data collection, data analysis, and basic statistics; elements of color theory; the science of surface tension and more. 4th-graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud #GRA2019 of Kelly Yang's book, "Front Desk" and 5th-graders are reading the #GRA2018 selection, Alan Gratz's award-winning book, "Refugee." Both groups have tackled a couple of BreakoutEDU challenges with intense competition as the teams collaboratively problem-solve to be the first to unlock the mystery box!

4th-grade Exploration Labs this semester are Machine Dissection and Superhero Lab. Machine Dissection students are currently taking apart desktop computer towers and learning about the functions of different components including the CPU, hard drive, motherboard, etc. Superhero Lab is researching mythological god and goddesses from around the world and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

5th-grade Exploration Labs for fall are Flight & Rocketry and Under the Sea. The Under the Sea team is learning about different oceanic organisms and ecosystems and researching ocean pollution and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and will be starting on an art installation project of large-scale sea creatures. The Flight & Rocketry group has been learning about the four forces of flight, testing paper airplane designs, learning how to use an altimeter to measure the apex of rockets, and is getting ready to begin construction of solid-fuel model rockets for active launch later this year.

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