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Due to a conversion by the state, e-mail will be down for our district beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th through 6:00 a.m., Monday, March 19th.  If e-mail is sent during that time, it may or may not reach its intended destination.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we make this transition. 

Community School Safety Forum Scrabble pieces spelling out the word Scrabble

The Woodford County Schools will be hosting a community school safety information and listening forum on Tuesday, March 13th, at 6:00 in the Woodford County High School library.  District administrators will share current practices and we will have Jon Akers, executive director from the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools, and Versailles police chief Jim Fugate in attendance as well.  There will also be a time to hear suggestions for improvement from attendees.

Food Service Survey Mixed veggies

Parents and students!  Please take a minute or so to complete this survey from Woodford County Schools Food Service.  Your input is greatly appreciated and will help us continue to provide healthy, enjoyable meals for our students. Click "Read More" to take the survey.  Thank you!


Attendance March Madness Attendance list

It's time for Attendance March Madness!!!  This is the 2nd annual competition for Woodford County Schools.  Teams are made up of each grade level at each school along with Safe Harbor Academy.  These teams will compete across the district for best attendance.  The competition will run March 12th through March 30th.  The winning team will receive a flag to hang in or near their room and each student will win a free meal from Bojangle's.  Students with perfect attendance during the contest will be placed into a drawing for some great prizes.

Please encourage your student to be in attendance and may the best team win!

Here's more information and the bracket for 2018

Talking to Children About Violence Picture of yellow lockers

In light of the recent tragedies across the nation, we have added some information for parents under the "Parent Resources" area of our website that you may find helpful.

You may click here to see an informational flyer or visit our Parent Resources page.

Kindergarten Early Entry Kindergarten student using an ipad

Kindergarten Early Entry

Woodford County Schools works to serve the needs of students in the community beginning with ensuring students are provided the best foundation for success. To be eligible for Early Entry, with early entry being defined as a student who does not meet the age requirements as designated in KRS, a student must meet the following guidelines and follow the process described:

  1. Student must turn 5 on or before December 31 of the Kindergarten Entry Year.
  2. Application submitted expressing desire to be screened for Early Entry prior to June 1 preceding the year of entry.
  3. Demonstrate general academic readiness through meeting the criteria of “Kindergarten Ready” on academic measures using the BRIGANCE© kindergarten screen.
  4. Score in the 90th percentile or above on all 5 areas of the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning™, Fourth Edition. (DIAL™-4 five areas: Concepts; Motor; Language; Self-Help; Social-Emotional)
  5. Guardians complete a conference with district official to ensure full awareness of all known factors related to the guardian decision to pursue early entry.
Self-Advocacy Skills for Gifted Students Raised hands

Student workshops and parent information session, with guest speaker Deb Douglas.  March 8-10.

New Immunization Guidelines Immunization Picture

There are NEW IMMUNIZATION GUIDELINES for the 2018-2019 school year.  All students in preschool through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.  To meet this requirement, a current Certificate of Immunization Status must be provided to the school showing the dates your child received the two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. 

How Am I Doing? #ObserveMe QR code to survey

Welcome! Please visit Simmons and observe me and our school.  Look for the #ObserveMe posters throughout the school and scan the QR code to give me feedback on the following:

  • Do we have an inviting school culture, where everyone feels welcome and valued?

  • Am I holding all students to high behavioral standards?

  • Am I serving as a model instructor, providing feedback and support within the building?

  • What can I do to ensure every student reaches their highest potential?

  • What can I do to make sure I’m building leadership capacity and ownership with all staff members?

Thank you for supporting Simmons!

Tiffany Cook, Principal


#ObserveMe   QR code    

You can also take the survey now by clicking HERE.                     

Updated Make-Up Day Plan Snowy Road

The recent inclement weather has caused our calendar to move into the make up day schedule.  As of today, school will now be in session on May 24th

Simmons Chorus at Versailles Tree Lighting Simmons Chorus

The Simmons Chorus helped to kick off the holiday season, performing at the Downtown Versailles Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Gifted Students

In Spring 2018, Woodford County will welcome Deb Douglas to facilitate an all-day student workshop on empowering gifted children to take charge of their own education through self-advocacy.  Any and all identified gifted students in Woodford County Public Schools grades 5-12 are invited to attend.  This interest survey is to help us plan an experience that will benefit as many students as possible.  It is not an official registration. Please respond by December 10. Questions?  Contact Michelle Cason, District Gifted & Talented Coordinator, michelle.cason@woodford.kyschools.us https://goo.gl/forms/zmtdelHwU0WNYnd62

Dress Code Policy Updates and Reminders

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the temperatures fall, I am reminding families of the Simmons Dress Code and the most recent update to this policy.  A copy of the Dress Code is linked below, but I want to highlight the updates.  Jackets and heavy coats are not allowed on in the building or during class.  While I understand students may be cold in their classrooms, we encourage students to wear a solid white shirt under short sleeve shirts.  Students will be allowed to wear lightweight fleece jackets that are solid colored as long as they have no graphics or patterns on them.  Small logos are acceptable, but no large logos will be permitted.  

As always, if you need assistance with uniforms please contact our Family Resource Center at 859-879-4677.

Thank you for your continued support and please let me know if you have questions.  

Tiffany Cook

Principal, Simmons Elementary


Simmons Dress Code Policy 11/2017

Código de vestimenta del estudiante de Simmons 11/2017

Simmons In-School Turkey Trot Nov. 20!

Free vector graphic: Turkey, Thanksgiving, Poultry - Free Image on ...To promote physical fitness, Simmons will be having an in-school Turkey Trot on Nov. 20.  Students and staff will be encouraged to run/walk one mile (or more!) during the school day. 

Dress code for the day is comfortable athletic clothing and tennis shoes. This event will be outdoors, so be sure to send your child with warm clothing for outside activity - jacket, hat, etc. We are looking forward to a FUN RUN to kick off the holidays!

WoodfordREADS Kickoff!

Woodford Reads LogoLet's read "The Spray Paint Mystery"!

The Woodford Educational Endowment Foundation is joining with the Woodford County Public Schools to encourage our students to read!  #WoodfordREADS (Read Explore And Discover Success)  The kickoff will be on Monday, November 20th.  The book for this year's initiative will be "The Spray Paint Mystery" by Angela Shelf Mandearis.  Mr. Hawkins, Superintendent of Woodford County Public Schools, will read the first chapter to some of our students along with WC Public Librarian, Becky Munoz, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift.  Here's a flyer to tell you more about this exciting partnership to make reading fun!

Daylight Savings Time Ends Soon!

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Remember to "fall back" this weekend!

Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 5th.
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Parent Fall Break Survey

We want to hear from you!

There are numerous implications with both keeping or not keeping fall break in the calendar.  The purpose of this survey is NOT to survey all of the different possible scenarios keeping or eliminating a fall break could potentially mean to the development of the 18-19 calendar recommendation.  Rather, the purpose is to get a general idea to what extent our parents want to keep or not keep fall break in the calendar.  Your individual responses will not be shared with the committee.  Only the overall results will be shared.  If you have already responded via the parent email that was sent, no need to complete survey again as your response has been recorded.  Thank you.


Woodford County School Board to Meet at Simmons Oct. 23

The Woodford County School Board will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at Simmons Elementary on October 23 at 6:00pm, in the library.

All interested community members are invited to attend.

Special Called SBDM Meeting Oct 23

Woodford County Board of Education meeting will be held at Simmons October 23rd @ 6:00.

Prior the Board meeting, the Board has requested to meet with SBDM to discuss progress and the status of Simmons.  They are meeting with each of the schools to discuss progress and next steps. 

This is notice of this meeting on October 23 at 5:00 in the Simmons Library. 


Super Attendance Award

Congratulations to Simmons Elementary School!
They've been awarded the Super Attendance Flag
for their August Attendance!

The Bulldogs ADA was 97.85% last month earning them the right to fly the flag over their school through September.
Way to go, Simmons!

Click here to see how the other schools did!

Book Fair

Stack of BooksIt's Book Fair time!!! The fair will open on Friday, September 8th for Grandparent's Day Lunch.  It will be open everyday from 7:45 - 3:00 Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15th (closing at 12:00).  Family Night will be held Thursday, September 14th from 5:00 - 7:30 in conjunction with Wellness Night. Come out for fun and shopping!!

No School - Monday, August 21st

Picture of solar eclipseSolar Eclipse Day - No School

Woodford County Schools ordered eclipse glasses for our students; however, they have not arrived yet.  Therefore, school will not be in session on Monday, August 21st.  ETC will also be closed on Monday.

Photo credit: Time


PTA General Meeting

Join us for the first general PTA meeting on August 15th at 5:00 in the library.  Learn how you can become part of Simmons Elementary by signing up to volunteer!!


SBDM Election May 22 vote

Parents and Legal Guardians –

It is time to elect two Parent Representatives for the Simmons SBDM, 2017-18 school year. Biographies of the candidates are posted below and in the front window of the school.  Ballots will be available May 22 from 7:15 – 3:00 pm.

Shawn Coffey

Jennifer Gray

Lauren Mitchell

Kristen Wilson

PTA Board Members Needed

It is that time of year again. The time for the PTA board to rotate off, and you vote in new members. The PTA board year starts over the summer, so we would like to have spots filled before the end of the school year. There are several openings on the board. We will only meet every other month, but we do need to plan the activities and fundraisers for the school. This is not a huge time commitment, and is done mostly in the evenings. If you are interested in serving on the PTA board, please contact our principal, Tiffany Cook, or the PTA president, Tori Johnson by May 17th.  Elections (if necessary) will be held May 22nd during the day in the Front Office.  All PTA board positions are available and we look forward to working with you to ensure Simmons kids have a wonderful 17-18 school year.

Thank you!

Tori Johnson

                                                            PTA President




SBDM Nominations

SBDM Nominations are due by noon on May 18th. Click here to learn more details. 

Attention 4th Grade Parents!

Washington, DC Spring 2018 Information Meeting. If you are interested in your child going to Washington, DC next spring as a 5th grader, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you come to our informational meeting on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 in the gym. This meeting is going to be VERY quick and will just give you some information that you need and that you will find helpful in planning for this trip next year. See you on the 17th!!

Kick off to Kindergarten

K Event

Simmons to DC! Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Simmons to DC


Simmons Elementary 5th grade students recently visited Washington DC. They had a week of hands on learning and memory making. Simmons Elementary also had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Watch the video above to see this wonderful experience. 

Tomb of Unknown Soldier


Woodford READS...."The Mouse and the Motorcycle"

Stack of books
Earlier this week, Mr. Hawkins kicked off our
Woodford READS Program.
Click here to check out pictures of our of kids reading! 

Infinite Campus App Update

Infinite Campus LogoAttention Parents!

Recently there was an update to our Infinite Campus program, which in turn called for an update to the Infinite Campus App that many of you may use to monitor your students homework assignments and grades.  In the past, the app required an alpha code be entered to access your child's information.  With the update, users are now asked to enter the county and state of the school district their child is enrolled in currently.  This information should only need to entered with the initial download of the app.  However, you may be asked to log in with your username and password when using the app.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail our District Student Information Systems Coordinator, Kathy Kurtz, at kathy.kurtz@woodford.kyschools.us.

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Woodford READS - Coming Soon!!

A picture of a stack of three booksLove reading books with your kids?  Woodford READS is for you!

To support the important foundation of early literacy, we are excited to launch Woodford READS (Read, Explore and Discover Success).  Soon after returning from spring break, a common chapter book will be given to every student in grades PK-5.  The book is the student’s to keep.  Mr. Hawkins will kick off the program by reading the first chapter from the book with a group of students from one of our elementary schools.  This will be videotaped and placed on our website.  What we will then ask is for each family to take a few minutes each night and read a chapter from the book together.  For our preschool and early primary students, a parent, another adult or an older sibling can read the chapter to the child.  This helps expand the student’s vocabulary and build important literacy skills.  For our intermediate students, we would like for the child to read to an adult or even to a younger sibling.  While the book might be below the normal reading level of the child, they can practice reading with fluency and expression.   Be sure to click Read More for additional information below.

First Annual Attendance Madness Final Results

Our Attendance Madness has drawn to a close and the

Northside Elementary Kindergarten Class
is our big winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Asher and his K kids!

The final bracket can be seen here.  


Important Information Regarding Wind Chill Delays and Closings Snowy Fence

How Does the Wind Chill Affect School Being Delayed or Closed?

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of school or cause school to be  closed all together. One such factor is the wind chill on a given day. On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and closely monitor the weather conditions. There are two possible scenarios that come from the National Weather Service: a Wind Chill Advisory and a Wind Chill Warning. The National Weather Service in Louisville, KY defines the two as the following:

  • Wind Chill Advisory: Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.
  • Wind Chill Warning: Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.
School Uniform Event

Graphic on Uniform Drive July 31st 2017

Grandparent's Day Lunch

Apple It's time for the annual Grandparent's Day Lunch!  Join your grandchild for lunch on Friday, September 8th.  Please call the office if you need to know what time they have lunch.  Pictures will also be taken and the book fair will be open!

Open House - Welcome, Simmons Bulldogs

We can't wait to see you, Bulldogs!  Join us August 3rd to meet your teacher, drop off school supplies, and get excited about 2017-2018.  

K - 2 teachers will be available 5:00 -6:30

3 - 5 teachers will be available 6:00 - 7:30

*Letters with your homeroom teacher's name will be mailed to home addresses beginning July 26th.


Wellness Night

Wellness Night Flyer

Wellness Night Flyer Spanish

School Start and End Time Change for 2017-2018

On Monday, May 22nd, the WC Board of Education met and approved the following changes to the school day start and end times.

All elementary schools will begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
Early release will be at 12:40 p.m.

Middle and high school students will begin their day at 8:15 a.m.
and end at 3:15 p.m.

Early release for these students will be at 1:15 p.m.

Safe Harbor Academy will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
Early release will be at 1:00 p.m.

The 2017-2018 School Calendar was also approved.
It can be seen by clicking here.

School Supply Lists for 2017-18

Grade level supply lists for the 2017-18 school year are now available, so you can take advantage of sales over the summer!

Access the list HERE or from the menu on the left.

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Meal Prices for 2017-2018

The meals prices have been set and approved for the
upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Please find them in the table below.

Level Breakfast Lunch
Elementary School $1.30 $2.65
Middle School $1.30 $2.80
High School and Alternative School $1.55 $3.00
Adult $2.50 $4.00
Reduced $0.30 $0.40


Student Accident Insurance

If you are interested in purchasing student accident insurance for your student, use the link below to access information.  Forms will also be sent home in back to school paperwork.  


Simmons Elementary

830 Tyrone Pike
Versailles, KY 40383

Phone: 859-879-4670
Fax: 859-873-6914