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FTIS Names Brian Robinson as next Superintendent

The Fort Thomas Independent Schools announced today that the Board of Education has selected Brian Robinson as the next superintendent to lead our district  Robinson will return to Fort Thomas, where he spent the majority of his professional career as a government teacher, assistant principal and administrator in central office, culminating with a nine-year stint as principal at Highlands High School from 2008-2017. 

“Mr. Robinson clearly stood out from a group of incredibly impressive candidates and I am so pleased that he will be coming back to the Fort Thomas schools  He’s a great leader and a tireless advocate for students and teachers,” said Jeff Beach, the Board representative on the superintendent search committee.

Updated School Day Schedules

FTIS Board of Education approved the amended 20-21 calendar March 30,2021 to reflect NO SCHOOL on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

We will be adjusting our school days from April 12-May 28 to add 5 minutes each day. 


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HHS Theatre Presents "Young Frankenstein" Young Frankenstein poster

Highlands High School tackles the hilarious Mel Brooks classic!

Students from Highlands High School’s Theatre Department will take the audience on a hysterical trip to Transylvania for Young Frankenstein.

Young Frankenstein tells the tale of Frederick Frankenstein, a notable New York neuroscientist who is forced to travel to Transylvania in order to claim his recently departed grandfather’s estate. Upon his arrival, Frankenstein is greeted by a myriad of eccentric characters, including a hunchbacked henchman and a voluptuous, yodeling lab assistant, who try to convince Frederick to continue in his grandfather’s dark work. However dismissive at first, Frankenstein eventually comes around after a dream inspires him to take up his family’s heinous cause. With his eyes set on conquering death, Frankenstein succeeds in creating life. However, his victory soon turns to chaos as a series of hilarious mistakes throws the village into hysteria.

Young Frankenstein is directed by Jason Burgess, longtime theatre director at Highlands. Of the production, he says, “This musical version of Mel Brooks’ parody is simply brilliant and hilarious. They have done a fantastic job of adding comical songs but keeping the classical lines and storyline that everyone remembers.”



Fort Thomas Independent Schools Ranked Best School district in Kentucky

For the fourth year in a row, Fort Thomas Independent Schools was ranked the Best School district in Kentucky by

Dr. Karen Cheser, Superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools, said she is proud but not surprised considering the top-notch school community.

“We are so thrilled for and proud of the wonderful people that make up our school community in Fort Thomas for such a distinguished honor," said Dr. Cheser. "This is a special place filled with hard workers and high achievers. encompasses all of our accolades, social media and reviews, so a top ranking in Kentucky truly could not have happened without everyone's contribution: teachers, students and our entire community.”

Cheser said that Fort Thomas Independent Schools is fully committed to developing the whole person, as evidenced by the creation and implementation of "Portrait of a Graduate".

These competencies--Courageous Leader, Empathetic Collaborator, Global Communicator, Curious and Critical Thinker and Creative Problem Solver--are points of emphasis both in and out of the classroom and are designed to prepare students to flourish after graduation.

Additionally, they earned the top ranking in the safest school category and were in the top four of every category.

#1 Best School District in Kentucky

#1 Safest School District in Kentucky

#2 Districts with the Best Teachers in Kentucky

#3 Best School District for Athletes in Kentucky

#4 Best Place to Teach in Kentucky (#1 in NKY)

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FREE Lunch- All School Year!

Upon return on January 4, our lunches for all students will be at no cost for the basic meal.  Each day each child will be able to receive one free hot lunch throughout the rest of the school year as we continue to participate in the current USDA program.  We are hopeful that this will reduce the financial burden for many during our COVID pandemic.  If students would like additional sides, drinks, entrees, or a la carte items, our normal pricing prior to NTI will be in place for the extras.  For our community and remote learners requesting lunch, you are able to pick up each school day at either Highlands Middle School or Highlands High School from 11:30am-12:00pm.  Please report to the gym doors at either building to pick up your child's lunch during these designated times.

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If you need to report a positive case or a close contact, notify the school nurse:

Johnson/HMS- Mandy Cowans, Moyer/Woodfill-Mary Moore, HHS- Rhonda Wassom

In collaboration with Gravity Laboratories and St. Elizabeth, our nurses will be able to administer Covid RT-PCR tests to employees, students, and parents who have symptoms or exposure with expedited results generated between 12-24 hours. Contact school nurse if this is needed. 

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