Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 14

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Morning. We hope that all of you are having a great start to your summer!

This message will be our final communication for the 2021-2022 school year. There will be periodic updates throughout the summer and you are always welcome to contact our main office if there is anything we can do to help your student or your family.

Here are a few Save the Dates for the summer and the upcoming school year:

  • The Franklin MS Summer Jumpstart Program will take place from August 2-5. Please see the information below for more details.
  • Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue/ParentVue on the morning of August 18.
  • We will host a Welcome Celebration on the afternoon of August 18. This will be a fun event where students will have the opportunity to visit all of their classrooms and meet their new teachers.
  • The First Day of School is on August 22!
  • Our school will be participating in the Asha-Jyothi 5k at Fairfax Corner on September 18.

We have also included some additional information below that will help you in the months ahead.

  • A New Assistant Principal at FMS
  • Report Card information and Timelines
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Student Laptops in the Summer
  • Jumpstart Registration Information

I wish everyone in our Franklin family a happy, healthy and joyful summer.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Proud Principal

 

A New Assistant Principal at FMS

We would like to share some exciting news with all of you! After an extensive interview process, we are thrilled to announce a new member of the leadership team at our school. It gives us great pleasure to share that Sarah Burrowbridge will be one of our Assistant Principals at Franklin Middle School. During the last year, Sarah has made a big impact at Franklin as our Instructional Coach and we are excited to see her continue that work in a new leadership role within our school family.

This is Ms. Burrowbridge’s 18th year in public education. She has served in a number of leadership capacities throughout her time as an educator including as an Intervention Coordinator and Instructional Coach at the middle school level.   Prior to that, she spent 15 years in the classroom with 5th and 6th grade students. 

Ms. Burrowbridge is originally from New Jersey.  She attended the College of William and Mary as an undergraduate and began her teaching career in Washington D.C. through the DC Teaching Fellows program.  She then completed her Masters in Education at American University and a Masters in Education Leadership from George Mason University. Additionally, she is a researcher and published author that is committed to lifelong learning. In her free time, Ms. Burrowbridge loves to spend time with her husband and four children traveling, reading and playing sports.  

Please help us in congratulating Sarah Burrowbridge on her new role at Franklin Middle School!

 

Report Cards

Final Report Cards can be viewed in SIS ParentVue the week of June 13. A copy of your child’s final report card will be mailed home the week of June 13. 

 

Summer Office Hours and New Student Registration

The Franklin MS main office will be open this summer from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer office hours will begin on June 21. The office will be closed on Monday, June 20 and Monday, July 4. Please contact Jade Horne with any questions. For new student registration, please complete this form.

 

Laptops and Chargers

All FCPSOn laptops and chargers are due back to Franklin unless previous arrangements have been made for a student to retain these items over the summer.

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. A parent or guardian will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed. 

 

Franklin MS Jumpstart 2022

Your student's transition to middle school is very important to us! This year we will be offering an optional Jump Start program to our rising 7th grade students. Students will be able to register to attend one of the two day sessions.

  • August 2 and 3 from 9:00AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 4 and 5 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Students will have an opportunity to meet staff members (administrators, counselors, and some teachers), tour the building, get a couple middle school tips for success, hear about our after-school program, and more. Please click here for the registration link. Registration will open on Wednesday, June 1. If registering multiple children, a separate registration form must be completed for each student.

Registration Deadline: In order to be efficient in our staffing and assignments, we are requesting that all applications be returned by Friday, July 22. Students will be placed and accepted on a rolling admission basis. Please contact Courtney Mollé for further information.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 10

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Franklin Families and Students,

As this school year comes to an end, we have so much to be grateful for in the Franklin Middle School community.

Despite so many challenges, our resilient students made tremendous strides academically, socially and emotionally this year. We are extremely proud of each and every one of them.

Our amazing teachers and staff members partnered with you to teach, support and love our kids. This was a school year we’ll never forget, and I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful students with us this year and supporting our staff in so many ways. Through our school-home partnership, we made Franklin MS a place for learning and joy.

I wish everyone in our Franklin family a happy, healthy and joyful summer.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Proud Principal

 

Thank you to the FMS PTA for sponsoring our End of Year Celebrations!

 

Report Cards

Final Report Cards can be viewed in SIS ParentVue the week of June 13. A copy of your child’s final report card will be mailed home the week of June 13. 

 

Laptops and Chargers

All FCPSOn laptops and chargers are due back to Franklin unless previous arrangements have been made for a student to retain these items over the summer.

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. A parent or guardian will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed. 

 

Franklin MS Jumpstart 2022

Your student's transition to middle school is very important to us! This year we will be offering an optional Jump Start program to our rising 7th grade students. Students will be able to register to attend one of the two day sessions.

  • August 2 and 3 from 9:00AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 4 and 5 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Students will have an opportunity to meet staff members (administrators, counselors, and some teachers), tour the building, get a couple middle school tips for success, hear about our after-school program, and more. Please click here for the registration link. Registration will open on Wednesday, June 1. If registering multiple children, a separate registration form must be completed for each student.

Registration Deadline: In order to be efficient in our staffing and assignments, we are requesting that all applications be returned by Friday, July 22. Students will be placed and accepted on a rolling admission basis. Please contact Courtney Mollé for further information.

 

 

Summer Office Hours and New Student Registration

The Franklin MS main office will be open this summer from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer office hours will begin on June 21. The office will be closed on Monday, June 20 and Monday, July 4. Please contact Jade Horne with any questions. For new student registration, please complete this form.

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Franklin MS Updates and Reminders

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Franklin Families and Students,

We have had a wonderful last week of school at Franklin Middle School.

In the message below, you will find several updates and reminders to help your student prepare for a great day tomorrow. There is information about our Early Release bell schedule, Grab-and-Go lunch options, and much more.

Please feel free to contact our main office with any questions.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

2 Hour Early Release Bell Schedule for Friday, June 10

 

Grab-and-Go Lunch Available on Friday, June 10

A Grab-and-Go school lunch is available to any student who would like one tomorrow. Students who wish to pick up lunch should go to the cafeteria at dismissal and exit through Door 2 to their buses.

 

Laptops and Chargers

All FCPSOn laptops and chargers are due back to Franklin MS unless previous arrangements have been made for a student to retain these items over the summer.

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. A parent or guardian will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed.

 

Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, June 10 at 12:15 PM. Medication left in the clinic after June 10 at 12:15 PM will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Donna Long at (703) 904-5110.

 

Lost and Found Items

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, June 10, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 3

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. I hope that you have had a great week.

It is hard to believe it, but we have made it to the month of June! We have one more week left in the school year and our staff and students are ready to finish strong and end the year on a high note. There will be several opportunities next week for our students to celebrate their success this year, reflect on the growth that has occurred, and set goals for what lies ahead. I would encourage all of our families to have similar conversations with your students.

I would like to also use this space to put a spotlight on all of the former Franklin Falcons who graduated Oakton HS, Chantilly HS, and several other area high schools this week. Congratulations on this great achievement. We are very proud of you!

Finally, on behalf of the entire Franklin MS staff, I would like to express our gratitude to all of the parents and family members who have supported our students this year. It has been an incredible journey and our partnership with you has been the key to our students' success.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Oakton HS and Chantilly HS Graduation Events 2022

 

Upcoming Events

June 3-7: Student Laptop Collection

June 8: 7th and 8th Grade Celebrations

June 10: Last Day of School, 2 Hour Early Release

  End of Year Celebrations on June 8

Our Franklin MS PTA is working hard to plan End of Year celebrations for our students on June 8 (7th Grade at 9:05 AM and 8th Grade at 10:40 AM). Please click on the links below if you are interested in donating an item or helping out with a celebration. Thank you for your support!

7th Grade End of Year Celebration Sign Up Genius

8th Grade End of Year Celebration Sign Up Genius

 

English Language Learners’ Presentation of Learning

Students reflected on Portrait of a Graduate skills by collecting artifacts that demonstrated their learning throughout the year. They reflected on each artifact and made connections to how their learning will help them on their road to graduation. Each student also created a vision board displaying what is important to them as they plan for the future. Students expressed how much they appreciated learning about other cultures from their classmates, and how much their English language skills have improved this year.

Students reflecting on Portrait of a Graduate skills in the Library

 

Library Updates

Thank you to all students and staff who checked out over 8,000 books from the library this year. All books are due back to the library now so others may use them. Please contact Mrs. Ruffle if students are unsure if they owe books to the library.

There are recommendations for summer reading on the Summer Reading Choice Board that is posted in the Schoology Library Course. 42 students won a free book to read this summer by participating in multiple activities and giving feedback on the choice board. Remember to keep reading, stay safe, and keep in touch!

Students in the Library

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The after school program for the 2021 – 2022 school year has ended. We had a successful year and offered about 30 different activities. We hope your child was able to find an activity to enjoy. Thank you to all the students who participated!

 

Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, June 10th at 12:15 PM. Medication left in the clinic after June 10th at 12:15 PM will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Donna Long at (703) 904-5110.

 

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA). VA State and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians to make a request to have that course expunged from the student’s record.

Please contact your child's school counselor and submit the completed Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  

 

School Physicals and Immunizations (Medicaid and Uninsured children ONLY)

INOVA Health Systems/Cares Clinics will be holding Back To School Health Fairs for all students 5 years and older: school physicals and immunizations (Medicaid and Uninsured children only). Appointments are required. Please call: (703) 698-2550 to schedule your appointment.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer
  • For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public-school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. 
  • Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 22-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes.

 

We Speak Public Speaking Summer Workshop

We Speak is a free public speaking summer workshop for 6th - 8th graders sponsored by three Oakton High School rising senior students. At We Speak, students will learn strategies to overcome public speaking anxiety and oration techniques to engage audiences. We Speak is a great opportunity for students to practice their public speaking skills and improve their public speaking confidence in order to prepare for high school and higher level classes.

Already have summer plans? Not to worry! We Speak does not require a large time commitment. We Speak will be running from June 25 to July 23 and only meets once a week on Saturdays from 2 - 4 PM. Snacks will be provided! We hope to see you this summer! Please click here for more information or contact us by email at: [email protected].

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 27

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

As a nation, we continue to process the horrific events that unfolded this week at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts continue to be with that community as they grieve an unimaginable loss. Although these events impact us all in personal ways, one thing we all have in common is our condemnation of these senseless acts of violence.

We want you to know that the safety of our school, and the children and staff within it, is our highest priority. In collaboration with FCPS, we are continually working to review, practice, and refine all of our safety and security routines and procedures. The tremendous responsibility and trust that you give us each day when you send your child to Franklin MS is constantly on our minds.

Today, about 12 of our students walked out of our school this morning in response to this week’s events. Students were outside for about 15 minutes before returning to class in an orderly fashion. FCPS respects the rights of our students to engage in a peaceful process and express their opinions through speech and other ways as long as it is done respectfully, does not interfere with the rights of others, and does not disrupt learning in the school.  

Please also know that we are here for you if you would like additional support for your child. In addition to all of the resources that were shared by FCPS earlier this week, the National Association of School Psychologists also has a helpful resource to support you when you are talking with your child about school violence.

Thank you for your continued partnership and trust.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

 

Upcoming Events

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

June 3-7: Student Laptop Collection

June 8: 7th and 8th Grade Celebrations

June 10: Last Day of School, 2 Hour Early Release

 

Musical Scientists

Grade 8 science students have been creating their own instruments to perform as a band. Each instrument must have at least two tones, and each band must have a variety of instruments. In this project, students are applying what they have learned about sound this year through hands-on learning.

Grade 8 Science Students

 

Laptop and Laptop Charger Collection Dates

FCPSOn laptops and chargers will be collected from FMS students during lunch periods using the following schedule:

  • Friday, June 3 - All 8th grade student and any 7th grade students leaving Franklin MS
  • Monday, June 6 - All 7th grade students returning to Franklin MS
  • Tuesday, June 7 - Any remaining 7th and 8th grade students

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. We ask that the student please see Mr. Jones or Mrs. Baker to have their names, ID number, and laptop barcode recorded. Families will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed. 

Please help your child account for their FCPSOn laptop and charger. Families are responsible for any lost or irreparable damage at the following costs: 

Laptop - $481

Charger - $23

Payments for lost or damaged items can be made through the main office by check payable to Franklin Middle School (memo: Student Name) or through MySchoolBucks. Families will not be charged for laptop carrying cases but we ask that they be returned to the school for future use. Any questions or concerns, please contact Rob Gibbs at 703-904-5228 or at [email protected].

 

Chantilly High School Summer Theatre Program

The Chantilly HS Theatre Department will be hosting its annual Summer Theatre Program for rising local 8th - 12th graders. This program is open to performers, designers and technical theatre students who will put on a live production of "Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother" the last two days of the camp. Camp Dates: Tuesday, July 5th - Saturday, July 16th (No camp on Saturday, July 9th or Sunday, July 10th).

Participants must fill out the two google forms below

https://forms.gle/dry5wBJe6M8o66Hs8

https://forms.gle/D2UhAd3P7EmFKK966

Families can read the play at playscripts.com and search "Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother”. Auditions will be submitted virtually by Tuesday, May 31st and should be sent to: [email protected]. Audition sides will be posted online by Friday, May 20. Auditions do not have to be memorized, but please ensure you have created fun and engaging character choices! The cast list will be finalized on Friday, June 3 and students will be able to pick up their scripts from Chantilly High School.

  Oakton Dance Team Junior Dance Camp

Please click here for information on the Oakton Dance Team Junior Dance Camp in June. The dance camp is for rising 1st - 8th grade students, and will be offered on June 14 - 16 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM each day. Please click here or contact Coach Karen Rowley for more information.

 

Chantilly High School Cross Country Team Interest Meeting

The Chantilly High School Cross Country Team is holding an interest meeting for rising 9th graders who might be considering running next fall. The meeting will be on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM. Please click here for more information.

 

Oakton High School Cross Country Team Interest Meeting

The Oakton High School Cross Country Team is holding an interest meeting on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 PM in the Oakton HS cafeteria. Please click here for more information, or contact Coach Matthew Kroetch.

 

Save the Date for the Asha-Jyothi 5K and Fun Run on September 18

Please save the date for the 11th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, September 18 at Fairfax Corner. For every participating school registration, Asha-Jyothi will generously donate back to the school every dollar raised to be used towards school technology needs. The school with the most registrations wins a state of the art Innovation Lab. Please visit the Asha-Jyothi webpage or click here for more information.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 20

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon! It has been a busy and productive few weeks at Franklin MS.

We had an awesome 8th grade dance last Friday night. It was a fun celebration for our students and a great way to kickoff the last month of the school year. I would like to send a huge thank you to our PTA and all of our parent volunteers who were a part of this event. We couldn’t have done it without you and we can’t wait until next year!

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all of our families for their support during the last several weeks as we completed our SOL assessments at Franklin MS. Earlier this week, we finished our final round of school-wide testing and we will complete make-up assessments in the coming days. Everything went very smooth and we are proud of our students and staff!

Although there are only three weeks left in the school year, we are still here to help! Always feel free to contact me at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to support your student and your family.

All the best,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

NJHS Ceremonies on May 18 and May 19

 

Upcoming Events

May 26: Last day of After School Activities

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

June 3-7: Student Laptop Collection

June 8: 7th and 8th Grade Celebrations

June 10: Last Day of School, 2 Hour Early Release

 

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

The schedule for May 23 – May 27 can be found here.

For questions regarding the After-School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 13

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Franklin Families and Students,

We were fortunate to host several special guests at our school yesterday to celebrate the success of the Franklin Middle School Culinary Challenge team. These students-chefs were joined by Mrs. Stella Pekarsky, our FCPS School Board Chair and Sully District Representative, Ms. Rebecca Baenig, the Region 5 Assistant Superintendent, the leadership team from Real Food for Kids, and members of the FCPS Food and Nutrition Services team. We would like to share our gratitude to all of them for their support of our students!

They were here to celebrate Ellie Whiteman, Hannah Lee, Anvita Gandi and Janya Pate and their teachers Mrs. Jeffry and Mrs. Spencer. This awesome team created a dish so tasty and nutritious that it has been chosen to be added to Fairfax County Public Schools lunch menus. The students developed their dish when they entered it in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, a competition for students across the D.C. area earlier this spring.

The Culinary Challenge team calls their entrée the Vegejita Wrapadilla. It is a quesadilla stuffed with green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions. They serve it with a black bean/corn/tomato salad, alongside guacamole and a slice of watermelon sprinkled with chili powder and lime zest. You can learn more  about this their success in this statement from Fairfax County Public Schools. Also be sure to check out the spotlight our students received from WJLA. Congrats to our students!

As we head in to the home stretch of the school year, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team if there is anything we can do to support your student.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Proud Principal

 

The Vegejita Wrapadilla: Franklin Middle School Team Creates Winning FCPS School Lunch Offering

Anvita Gandi, Janya Patel, Hannah Lee and Ellie Whiteman

  Upcoming Events

May 17: Reading 7 SOL

May 18: Reading 8 SOL

May 18: NJHS Grade 7 Induction Ceremony

May 19: NJHS Grade 8 Pinning Ceremony

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

  Bike Safety Unit in 8th Grade Physical Education Classes

Students in 8th grade have been participating in the Bike Safety Unit in PE classes. Students are learning the anatomy of a bicycle and how to become a better rider. Also reviewed are safety rules for biking. Check out these fun pictures below!

8th Grade Students participating in the Bike Safety Unit in PE

 

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall on May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM, incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

 

Spring SOL Testing Calendar

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and possible changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. It is important that students are in school on-time on these testing days. Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

Tuesday, May 17 - Reading 7 SOL

Wednesday, May 18 - Reading 8 SOL

A few items to note related to testing:

  • If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  
  • Local alternative assessments have been approved by the state of Virginia in Grade 7 History, Grade 8 Writing and Grade 8 Civics and Economics. Teachers will be using an alternative assessment in those classes in lieu of an SOL test. Those assessments occur within the classroom setting throughout the second semester.

Parent Permission to Retest Form

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete the Google form below. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

Please complete this Google Form as soon as possible to provide consent for your child to retest, if needed. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Franklin’s school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke.

 

Expunging High School Credits

High school credit courses taken in grades 7 and 8 become part of the student’s high school transcript and are included in the calculation of the high school Grade Point Average (GPA). VA State and FCPS regulations permit parents/guardians to make a request to have that course expunged from the student’s record.  

Please contact your child's school counselor and submit the completed Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School Form.  

 

COVID-19 Updates from FCPS

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

The schedule for May 16 - May 20 can be found here.

For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 6

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! I have some exciting new to share with you about one of our school leaders.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Rob Gibbs, one of our awesome Assistant Principals, for taking the next step on his leadership journey. Mr. Gibbs will be the new Assistant Principal at Floris Elementary School in Herndon next year. While we are sad to see him leave our school family, we are grateful for the positive impact he has made at Franklin and we know great things are in store for Mr. Gibbs in the future. We are also excited that he will be staying in Region 5 and will be just around the corner at Floris!

Rob Gibbs has been a part of the Franklin MS community for 19 years. He has spent time as a Health & PE teacher, Assessment Coach, and during the last six years, Mr. Gibbs has been an Assistant Principal at our school. During this time, he has been a strong partner with our families, our staff, and our students. Mr. Gibbs will remain in his current position for the rest of the school year and he will begin his new role at Floris ES this summer.

In the coming weeks, we will begin the process for selecting a new Assistant Principal for our school community. We will also be sure to communicate some of the ways we can show our appreciation to Mr. Gibbs for his passion, dedication, and commitment to the entire Franklin MS community.

Please help us share a big congratulations to Mr. Gibbs!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

We had a wonderfulTeacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Franklin! Our gratitude goes out to all of the Franklin families for your generosity and kindness that made this a special week for our staff. We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the Franklin PTA for everything they did this week to make our staff feel very appreciated. They went above and beyond and our staff is very grateful.

 

Franklin MS Kindness Tree in the Main Lobby

Students wrote messages to teachers and staff this week

 

Upcoming Events

May 11: Math 7, Math 7 HN SOL

May 12: Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry SOL

May 13: 8th Grade Dance

May 17: Reading 7 SOL

May 18: Reading 8 SOL

May 18: NJHS Grade 7 Induction Ceremony

May 19: NJHS Grade 8 Pinning Ceremony

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday

 

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall on May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM, incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

 

COVID-19 Updates from FCPS

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online.

 

Spring SOL Testing Calendar

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and possible changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. It is important that students are in school on-time on these testing days. Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

Wednesday, May 11 - Math 7, Math 7 HN SOL

Thursday, May 12 - Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry SOL

Tuesday, May 17 - Reading 7 SOL

Wednesday, May 18 - Reading 8 SOL

A few items to note related to testing:

  • If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  
  • Local alternative assessments have been approved by the state of Virginia in Grade 7 History, Grade 8 Writing and Grade 8 Civics and Economics. Teachers will be using an alternative assessment in those classes in lieu of an SOL test. Those assessments occur within the classroom setting throughout the second semester.

Parent Permission to Retest Form

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete the Google form below. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

Please complete this Google Form as soon as possible to provide consent for your child to retest, if needed. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Franklin’s school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke.

 

Student Laptop Chargers

Students are responsible for charging their laptops every night so that they are able to fully participate in learning throughout the school day. Please check in with your student to ensure they have a charger and are actively keeping their school laptop charged. This will be particularly important prior to SOL testing starting next week. If your student needs a replacement charger, the cost is $23.00. You can purchase one through MySchoolBucks, or send in cash or check. 

 

SCA Presents an 8th Grade Dance on Friday, May 13

We hope your 8th grade child will be able to join us on Friday, May 13 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM for an eighth grade dance. Tickets are $5 and will need to be purchased on the MySchoolBucks School Store anytime between Friday, May 6 and Thursday, May 12. Students must also turn in a signed permission slip in order to attend. Permission slips are due to the main office by Thursday, May 12. For questions regarding the dance, please email Mrs. Mollé

 

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The schedule for May 9 – May 20 can be found here. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

Oakton HS Robotics Team STEM Open House on May 14

Want to learn more about STEM and robotics? Want to drive a robot used for competition? The Oakton High School robotics team is hosting a STEM Open House Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Activities include driving a robot, making DIY gadgets, learning about our robotics team, and more!  Please help the team plan for the event and keep everyone safe by indicating your arrival time on this sign up

 

Chantilly Athletic Boosters Girls Basketball

Any girls interested in playing basketball at Chantilly next year, please fill out this google form so Coach Regan can let you know about offseason workouts, summer camp, and other events. We are looking forward to seeing you and can’t wait for you to join the Charger family!

Basketball camp will be held at Franklin MS July 11 - July 15 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM. For more information and to register, please view this flyer. Parents can email Coach Josh Regan with questions or for more information.

 

Quick Links

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 2-6

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon.

Today is the start of Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Franklin Middle School and we need your help! Throughout the week, there will be a lot of celebrations and we are extremely grateful to the Franklin MS PTA for the generous and thoughtful week of recognition they have planned for our hard-working staff.

I would also encourage all of our students and families take a few minutes this week to recognize our staff in a way that is meaningful to you. Below are a few suggestions that might spark your imagination! Even the smallest gesture will have a big impact on a teacher at our school.

  • Write a Note or email your teachers, letting them know how much you value them.
  • Share a Memory with your teacher of a favorite moment from class this year, a funny story, or a day that had a positive impact on you.
  • Brighten Their Day by Brightening the World by performing a good deed/act of kindness in your teacher’s honor. Be sure to send them a note to let them know what you did!
  • Remember Our Specialists by sending thank you messages to our specialists, assistants, office staff, and support staff.

The teachers and staff at Franklin MS are an amazing group of dedicated, passionate, and committed educators. They are extremely grateful for the school-home partnerships that we have forged with our FMS families.

Thank you for helping us celebrate and recognize our staff during this special week.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 29

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon and Happy Friday.

We were fortunate to host several special guests at our school earlier this week for the planting of our brand-new pollinator garden. The student leaders in our Urban Gardening Club were joined by Mrs. Stella Pekarsky, our FCPS School Board Chair and Sully District Representative and Mr. Chris Herrington, the Director of Public Works and Environmental Services for Fairfax County. We would like to share our gratitude to both of them for their support of our students!

I am very proud to be associated with these awesome FMS student leaders and staff members and I am grateful for all of their commitment, dedication, and hard work in connection with this project. I am also excited that we got to highlight the powerful partnership between our school, the division, and the county government that made yesterday’s event a reality. We will be sure to share additional photos in a few weeks once the plants begin to bloom!

Our entire staff is looking forward to a great finish to the school year during these next six weeks and we appreciate everything you do to help your student be successful each day at Franklin.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Pollinator Garden Planting on April 27

  Upcoming Events

May 2: Religious and Cultural Observance

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5: Science 8 SOL

May 11: Math 7, Math 7 HN SOL

May 12: Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry SOL

May 13: 8th Grade Dance

May 17: Reading 7 SOL

May 18: Reading 8 SOL

May 18: NJHS Grade 7 Induction Ceremony

May 19:  NJHS Grade 8 Pinning Ceremony

 

Spring SOL Testing Calendar

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and possible changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. It is important that students are in school on-time on these testing days. Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

Thursday, May 5 - Science 8 SOL

Wednesday, May 11 - Math 7, Math 7 HN SOL

Thursday, May 12 - Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry SOL

Tuesday, May 17 - Reading 7 SOL

Wednesday, May 18 - Reading 8 SOL

A few items to note related to testing:

  • If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  
  • Local alternative assessments have been approved by the state of Virginia in Grade 7 History, Grade 8 Writing and Grade 8 Civics and Economics. Teachers will be using an alternative assessment in those classes in lieu of an SOL test. Those assessments occur within the classroom setting throughout the second semester.

Parent Permission to Retest Form

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete the Google form below. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

Please complete this Google Form as soon as possible to provide consent for your child to retest, if needed. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Franklin’s school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke.

 

Student Laptop Chargers

Students are responsible for charging their laptops every night so that they are able to fully participate in learning throughout the school day. Please check in with your student to ensure they have a charger and are actively keeping their school laptop charged. This will be particularly important prior to SOL testing starting next week. If your student needs a replacement charger, the cost is $23.00. You can purchase one through MySchoolBucks, or send in cash or check. 

 

SCA Presents an 8th Grade Dance on Friday, May 13

We hope your 8th grade child will be able to join us on Friday, May 13 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM for an eighth grade dance. Tickets are $5 and will need to be purchased on the MySchoolBucks School Store anytime between Friday, May 6 and Thursday, May 12. Students must also turn in a signed permission slip in order to attend. Permission slips are due to the main office by Thursday, May 12. For questions regarding the dance, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

 

National Junior Honor Society Updates

7th Grade Families: Students who have been found eligible to apply for National Junior Honor Society will be contacted during the week of April 25 with information about the application process. In order to apply, students must have achieved a cumulative 3.75 GPA during their 7th grade year. Students will receive a welcome letter detailing the application process and a membership contract through their Falcon Time teacher. Families of eligible students will receive an email to the enrolling parent email address. If you have questions during the application process please contact Molly Bridenbaugh.

8th Grade Members: Information to come in early May regarding the Pinning Ceremony. Students should check the NJHS Schoology Group in May for important updates.

Save the Dates:

May 18, 2022: 7th Grade Induction Ceremony 3:00 PM

May 19, 2022: 8th Grade Pinning Ceremony 3:00 PM

We are excited to be able to welcome family members to attend our ceremonies in person this year.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The schedule for April 25 – May 6 can be found here.

For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

Chantilly High School Mainstage Production

Chantilly HS Drama Department invites you to our performance of the classic Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods”. Come see this amazing cast and crew in what will truly be an epic production!

Click here to order tickets.

Please visit the Chantilly Drama website for more information.

Four Show Dates at Chantilly High School:

April 27-30 at 7:00 PM

 

Oakton High School Spring Musical

Oakton High School Theatre is excited for their upcoming spring musical, The Addams Family!  They’re creepy and they’re kooky, seem ‘cause they’re spooky.

May 5-6 and May 13-14 at 7:00 PM

or May 14 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are on sale at www.OaktonDrama.org.

 

Oakton HS Robotics Team STEM Open House on May 14

Want to learn more about STEM and robotics? Want to drive a robot used for competition? The Oakton High School robotics team is hosting a STEM Open House Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Activities include driving a robot, making DIY gadgets, learning about our robotics team, and more!  Please help the team plan for the event and keep everyone safe by indicating your arrival time on this sign up

 

Chantilly Athletic Boosters Girls Basketball

Any girls interested in playing basketball at Chantilly next year, please fill out this google form so Coach Regan can let you know about offseason workouts, summer camp, and other events.  We are looking forward to seeing you and can’t wait for you to join the Charger family!

Basketball camp will be held at Franklin MS July 11 - July 15 from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM. For more information and to register, view this flyer.

 Parents can email Coach Josh Regan with questions or for more information.

 

Quick Links

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Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 22

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. The beautiful weather today is a great way to finish our week of learning and growing together at FMS.

We are about to head into a very busy and exciting time at Franklin MS during the next 7 weeks. There will be a lot going on and I am committed to providing all of you with the information and timely communication that you and your student will need for the end of the year to be a success.

In this email, you will find important information about some of the following topics. Detailed information about each of these can be found below.

  • Spring SOL Calendar
  • National Junior Honor Society Updates
  • End of the Year Updates for the After School Program

Finally, we would like to congratulate the 60 FMS students who recently participated in the AMC 8 Math Competition. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. This contest was given in 1,739 schools and over 70,000 students participated throughout the nation. Locally at our school, the 1st place award went to Weizhi Chen, 2nd place was Songhang Lin, and Marisa Rubano and Claire Liao were in 3rd place. Congratulations to all of the Franklin Falcons who participated! 

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all that you do to support your student.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

April 29 - Music Department Field Trip

May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3 - Religious and Cultural Observance

Coming Soon - A Brand New Pollinator Garden at Franklin MS!

 

Chantilly Pyramid Art Show

 

Congratulations to Ms. French’s art students for their exhibition at the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 20. Read more about the Art Show and see more wonderful pictures on our website!

 

Rising 7th Grade Open House on April 28

Please see the information below for all families with rising 7th grade students (current 6th grade students). We look forward to welcoming you to our Open House on April 28. This event is for students who will be new to Franklin MS and entering 7th grade for SY22-23.

We are looking forward to meeting you at our Rising 7th Grade Open House on Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Franklin Middle School!  Students and families will have the opportunity to do self-guided tours throughout the buildings, learn about our after-school and summer programs, and connect with Franklin staff members. Additionally, the Franklin PTA will be hosting food trucks, including 2 Smooth Dudes and Kona Ice, so families may purchase dinner throughout the evening.  Our PTA is excited as well to meet our new families and welcome them into the Franklin MS community!  

In an effort to ensure an opportunity for all families and students to experience this event and have questions answered, we are encouraging staggered arrival times. Below is the timeline we are encouraging families to follow, if at all possible.

  • 5:00 - 5:30 - Last name A-H
  • 5:30 - 6:00 - Last name I - P
  • 6:00 - 6:30 - Last name Q - Z 

 

Report Cards

Third quarter report cards were distributed this week. Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are also open to view the report card electronically. Please contact your child’s subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your child’s academic progress.

 

National Junior Honor Society Updates

7th Grade Families: Students who have been found eligible to apply for National Junior Honor Society will be contacted during the week of April 25 with information about the application process. In order to apply, students must have achieved a cumulative 3.75 GPA during their 7th grade year. Students will receive a welcome letter detailing the application process and a membership contract through their Falcon Time teacher. Families of eligible students will receive an email to the enrolling parent email address. If you have questions during the application process please contact Molly Bridenbaugh.

8th Grade Members: Information to come in early May regarding the Pinning Ceremony. Students should check the NJHS Schoology Group in May for important updates.

Save the Dates:

May 18, 2022: 7th Grade Induction Ceremony 3:00 PM

May 19, 2022: 8th Grade Pinning Ceremony 3:00 PM

We are excited to be able to welcome family members to attend our ceremonies in person this year.

 

Spring SOL Testing Calendar

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and possible changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. It is important that students are in school on-time on these testing days. Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

 

Thursday, May 5 - Science 8 SOL

Wednesday, May 11 - Math 7, Math 7H SOL

Thursday, May 12 - Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry SOL

Tuesday, May 17 - Reading 7 SOL

Wednesday, May 18 - Reading 8 SOL

 

A few items to note related to testing:

  • If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  
  • Local alternative assessments have been approved by the state of Virginia in Grade 7 History, Grade 8 Writing and Grade 8 Civics and Economics. Teachers will be using an alternative assessment in those classes in lieu of an SOL test. Those assessments occur within the classroom setting throughout the second semester.

Parent Permission to Retest Form

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-399 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8. If you believe that your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete the Google form below. A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

Please complete this Google Form as soon as possible to provide consent for your child to retest, if needed. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Franklin’s school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The schedule for April 25 – May 6 can be found here.

Below is a link for an important 5-minute Middle School After School Program survey. The survey is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the After School Program but they help drive program improvement and program quality.   

All survey responses are due by April 22, 2022. Thank you for your time!

Click Here to Complete the MSAS Parent Survey 2021-22

Late Bus Update - There will be a 4th late bus day added to the schedule. All FCPS Middle School After School Programs were awarded ESSER Grant funding. A portion of this grant will fund an additional late bus day. The 4th day of late buses will start on Tuesday, April 26.

As a general reminder, many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

Attendance Information

Absences or Late Arrivals

Please report absences and late arrivals by calling the Attendance LIne at: (703) 904-5151 or emailing [email protected]  by 9:00 AM. You may also use the Online Attendance Form located on the Franklin MS website.

Early Dismissal

To minimize disruptions to the classroom learning environment, please have your student bring a note to the main office detailing the student name, date, time you will pick up your student and the reason for the early dismissal. A pass will be issued to your student to be released from class. Please do not use the attendance line to request early dismissal.

 

Oakton High School Sports Health Screening and Pre-Participation Physical (PPE)

The Oakton High School Athletic Training Program is offering an opportunity for students to receive a sports health screening and pre-participation physical (PPE) on Tuesday May 17, 2022 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Our team physicians and certified athletic trainers will be on hand to provide a thorough screening including a postural exam, flexibility evaluation, and information regarding what each of those assessments mean. If, during the screening or physical, the physicians find something that is questionable to them regarding your child’s health, they may request further evaluation by another physician. We are asking for a donation of $50 for the PPE. To pre-register for a PPE, go to: https://forms.gle/dSNCjto7nUtkr4Uk7  and follow the links to Athletic Physicals (PPE). The link is now active. You can also find a link to the new Physical form at that site. Walk-ins are also welcome on that evening but we ask for a $60 donation at that time. You can pay for the PPE through my school bucks at the following link: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/catalog/getproduct?requestAction=ViewAll&clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&productGroupKey=ZZIOEEZJBP0RROF&view=&productKey=ZZ5QPAELMZYWA2U

If your son or daughter is thinking of playing a sport, he/she will need to have a VHSL pre-participation examination (PPE) completed on the official VHSL physical form. This exam must be dated after May 1, 2022 in order for your son/daughter to be eligible to participate on any team, including pre-season conditioning. The physical exam on page 3 must be completed and signed by a physician, a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant (MD, NP, PA, or DO). Please contact Oakton High School for more information.

 

Chantilly High School Mainstage Production

Chantilly HS Drama Department invites you to our performance of the classic Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods”. Come see this amazing cast and crew in what will truly be an epic production!

Click here to order tickets.

Please visit the Chantilly Drama website for more information.

Four Show Dates at Chantilly High School:

April 27-30 at 7:00 PM

 

Oakton High School Spring Musical

Oakton High School Theatre is excited for their upcoming spring musical, The Addams Family!  They’re creepy and they’re kooky, seem ‘cause they’re spooky.

May 5-6 and May 13-14 at 7:00 PM

or May 14 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets are on sale at www.OaktonDrama.org.

 

Quick Links

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 15

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We have had a great start to the 4th quarter at FMS! Our students and staff have been hard at work as they prepare for the final two months of the school year and the beautiful weather this week has allowed many of our students and teachers to extend their learning environments to outdoor spaces on our school campus.

I wanted to call your attention to a few important events that will be taking place in the Franklin community next week. Please mark your calendars for two events on Wednesday, April 20.

The Chantilly Pyramid Art Show will be take place at Chantilly HS from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. We would love for you all to join us at this fun-filled event showcasing all of the talented students within the Chantilly community. There will also be a raffle, a Make it/Take it Art Experience for elementary-age students, and several food trucks. We hope to see you there.

We will also be recognizing the Month of the Military Child next week with a Purple Up Day on Wednesday, April 20. FCPS is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community and recognize their strength and resilience. I grew up in a military home and on behalf of our entire staff, I would like to take the opportunity to recognize our military-connected youth and families for their service and contribution to our community.

I always encourage you to reach out to me directly at [email protected] if there is anything our team can do to support your student. Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

April 20 - PTA Dining for Dollars - Panera at Fairfax Towne Center

April 22 - Religious and Cultural Observance

April 29 - Music Department Field Trip

 

PTA News and Events

 

Panera Dining for Dollars on Wednesday, April 20

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars on April 20 at Panera in the Fairfax Towne Center. Click here for more information. Please show the printed flyer or produce a copy on your phone and mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. You may also order online and enter code PRFUND at checkout.Thank you for your support of our PTA!

 

 

Month of the Military Child  

April is the Month of the Military Child. To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 20 for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

 

Library Updates

April is Poetry Month and a poem-a-day from our library collection will be posted in the Library Schoology course each school day. Please contact Sheri Ruffle for more poetry!

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Update

FCPS has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22, 2022:

  • Optional weekly screening testing for all schools
  • Diagnostic testing for symptomatic students and staff at FCPS drive-through sites

Our last day for screening testing here at Franklin MS will be April 20. If students or employees have symptoms and need to get tested, the following options are available:

  • COVID-19 Testing - Fairfax County Health Department offers COVID-19 testing at various sites throughout the county.
  • At-Home Test Kits - Students leaving the school CARE Room with symptoms of illness are provided an at-home test kit. 
  • Test-To-Stay Program - In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), FCPS is providing access to the Test-To-Stay program for students who have been identified as a close contact when an outbreak has been declared. This program is available to any student who meets eligibility criteria and whose parent/legal guardian has provided consent for their participation. 

While we are encouraged by the continued decline in COVID-19 cases in our community, we are also committed to keeping our schools safe for all to learn and work in person. Please continue to do your part to maintain a healthy learning environment by using prevention strategies including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, monitoring for illness, and staying home when sick.

  Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services

 

Beginning April 14, FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website, including information on how to opt-out your student if you do not want them to have access to this free service.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is available in the following instructional video: Tutor.com: How it Works-Middle and High School

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The schedule for April 18 - April 22 can be found here. Does your child love to bake and decorate? If so, they should attend the Cupcake Wars interest meeting on Wednesday, April 20 during first block with Ms. Jeffry and Ms. Spencer.

Late Bus Update - there will be a 4th late bus day added to the schedule. All FCPS Middle School After School Programs were awarded ESSER Grant funding. A portion of this grant will fund an additional late bus day. The 4th day of late buses will start on Tuesday, April 26. As a general reminder, many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

  Lost and Found

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, April 22 any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 1

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! Congratulations to all of our students and staff for a successful finish to the 3rd quarter. We are grateful for the support we have received from all of you that has helped us get to this point. Although we are headed into the final stretch of the school year, there is much to look forward to and to be excited about.

We would like to share a big BRAVO to the cast and crew of last weekend’s production of High School Musical. Our students were amazing! A special thank you goes out to Ms. Hoffman, Ms. Bridenbaugh, and Ms. Coleman for guiding our students on this journey. We also need to share our gratitude with all of the parent volunteers who helped make this performance a reality.  

I would like to encourage all of you the complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey that was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now or Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Finally, on behalf of the entire Franklin MS staff, we hope that all of our students and families have a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break! Enjoy this time with family and friends and we will see you on April 11!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

High School Musical, Jr.

High School Musical, Jr.

 

Upcoming Events

April 1 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break

April 15 - Religious and Cultural Observance

 

 

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Spring Window

As previously shared, FCPS is using the SEL Screener to identify social-emotional learning needs to inform student supports. Information about your child’s fall screener was recently mailed to families. Franklin Middle School plans to have students take the spring SEL Screener the week of April 18, 2022. Additional information can be found on the SEL Screener webpage.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please email our school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke. If you opted your child out in the fall, you do not need to submit this request again.

 

Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 20

Hello Chantilly Pyramid community! We are so excited to present to you our Chantilly Art Pyramid Show featuring artwork from Brookfield Elementary, Greenbriar East Elementary, Greenbriar West Elementary, Lees Corner Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Poplar Tree Elementary, Franklin Middle, Rocky Run Middle and Chantilly High School students.

Our show is on April 20 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Chantilly High School. We would love for you all to join us! It will be a very fun-filled event showcasing all of our talented students within the pyramid. There will also be a raffle and Make it/Take it art for our little ones. We also have two food trucks and one dessert truck for your convenience. We thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

Free Online Tutoring Services for All Students Coming Soon

All FCPS students will soon have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost. Funds to support Tutor.com for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24 will come from an ESSER III Unfinished Learning Grant.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat.

Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology.

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians.

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. All FCPS families will soon receive an email including an online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form has been sent home with every Franklin MS student. Click here for more information.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

The schedule for April 11 - April 22 can be found here.

Late Bus Update - There will be a 4th late bus day added to the schedule. All FCPS Middle School After School Programs were awarded ESSER Grant funding. A portion of this grant will fund an additional late bus day. The 4th day of late buses will start on Tuesday, April 26.

As a general reminder, many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé. The last day for all after school programs and late buses will be on Thursday, May 26.

 

Franklin MS Office Closed During Spring Break

Our school office will close at Noon on Friday, April 1. The office will be closed during the week of April 4-8. We will resume normal office hours on April 11.

 

Lost and Found

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria when they return from Spring Break. At the end of the school day on Friday, April 15 any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

 

OHS Dance Team 2022-23 Tryouts

If you love to dance and want to be involved in your school, come tryout for the Oakton High School Dance Team! Tryouts will be held April 11-13 and April 19-22, 2022 for the 2022-23 team selection. Not sure if you have all of the skills for dance team? Come to tryouts anyway! You will have the opportunity to learn skills there, and dancers are often selected based on potential ability to pick up the needed skills. Please register for tryouts with this Tryout Registration link. Check out the Dance Team website for more information about the team and what to prepare for tryouts. Please reach out to Coach Rowley with any questions.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 25

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Franklin Families and Students,

We have one more week in the 3rd quarter and I am proud of the way our students and staff our finishing strong. There has been lots of excitement around FMS recently including three different field trips today. Our College Partnership students made a visit to JMU, the Oakton-bound Rising 9th graders visited OHS for an Activities Fair, and our choral students were performing at their State Assessment. Way to go, Falcons!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the acts of service that our students are performing around our school and in the community. You will see several students in action below as they spent time with Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Phillips beautifying our school grounds. Additional service-learning opportunities can also be found through the PTA webpage and Facebook page.

Finally, the deadline for ordering an FMS yearbook is almost here. Be sure to place your order by Friday, April 1.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for your continued support.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

March 31 - 2 HR Early Release, End of 3rd Quarter

April 1 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

April 4 - 8, Spring Break

  2 Hour Early Release on Thursday, March 31

Please click here for the early release bell schedule

 

College Partnership Trip to James Madison University on March 25

Oakton High School Activities Fair on March 25

After School Skating Event on March 17

NJHS students helped spread mulch in front of our school

 

Student Laptop Chargers

Students are responsible for charging their laptops every night so that they are able to fully participate in learning throughout the school day. Please check in with your student to ensure they have a charger and are actively keeping their school laptop charged. This will be particularly important prior to SOL testing in the spring. If your student needs a replacement charger, the cost is $23.00. You can purchase one through MySchoolBucks, or send in cash or check. 

 

Yearbook Information

Franklin MS 2022 yearbooks are on sale through April 1, 2022. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

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FMS PTA News and Updates

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PTA News and Updates   The Franklin MS Virtual PTA Meeting is Tonight at 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Franklin MS Virtual PTA meeting tonight at 7:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!

 

Click here to join the Virtual PTA Meeting

 

 

PTA Dining for Dollars Tonight

FMS is partnering with Panda Express and Sweet Frog today, March 24, for our latest Dining for Dollars. Put away those dishes and swing by for dinner, dessert, or both. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 18

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Franklin Families and Students,

It was a great week at Franklin Middle School and I continue to be incredibly proud of our students and staff. There are several exciting events coming in the next few weeks I wanted to highlight some of them for all of you:

  • High School Musical, Jr. on March 25 and 26 - Please consider joining us for High School Musical Jr., presented by the Franklin MS Drama Department. Performances will be on March 25 and 26. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and are available for purchase online or at the door. Please click here for more information. Thank you for supporting our students!
  • Culinary Competition Success! - On March 5 at Hayfield High School, 7th graders Anvita G., Hannah L., Janya P., and Ellie W. impressed 10 judges at the Real Food For Kids Culinary Lunch Competition. They proudly represented Franklin MS and took home 2nd Place and the Community Choice Award. The team provided 200 tastings to the public that came to learn about their dish. Please congratulate our students on a very successful weekend!
  • PTA Dining For Dollars Fundraiser on March 24 - Mark your calendars! FMS is partnering with Panda Express and Sweet Frog on Thursday, March 24 for our latest Dining for Dollars. Put away those dishes and swing by for dinner, dessert, or both. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. We are grateful for all that you do to support our students.

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

Real Food for Kids Culinary Lunch Competition on March 5, 2022

 

Upcoming Events

March 22 - 23 - School Pictures

March 25 - 26 - Spring Musical

March 31 - 2 HR Early Release, End of 3rd Quarter

April 1 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

April 4 - 8, Spring Break

 

 

SY22-23 Academic Advising Updates

All our students have had a chance to meet with their school counselor individually to select courses for next year. Students and parents can view their course selections in their SIS account under the Course Request.

Please note the following important items and feel free to contact your child's School Counselor with any questions.

  • This list is NOT a schedule, but a confirmation of the courses entered into the Student Information System.
  • Music Courses - Students who have signed up for the music courses (Band, Orchestra and Chorus) will initially be placed in the beginner level until auditions and placements have been completed. Please know that music directors will work with counselors to make the appropriate updates.

 

Spring SOL Testing Calendar

The spring SOL testing calendar can be found below. Details about testing days and possible changes to the bell schedule will be communicated regularly to students ahead of the testing window. It is important that students are in school on-time on these testing days. Please avoid scheduling appointments during this time.

 

A few items to note related to testing:

  • If a student is absent on their testing day, makeup tests can occur throughout the testing window.  
  • Once all tests are complete, there is a retake window for any student whose first attempt score is in the 375-399 range. Parents must provide permission for the student to retake the test.
  • Local alternative assessments have been approved by the state of Virginia in Grade 7 History, Grade 8 Writing and Grade 8 Civics and Economics. Teachers will be using an alternative assessment in those classes in lieu of an SOL test. Those assessments occur within the classroom setting throughout the second semester.

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Franklin’s school test coordinator, Brandon Clarke

 

School Pictures on March 22 and 23

Lifetouch photographers will be at Franklin MS to take individual student portraits on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 during PE Classes. Photographers and staff will adhere to social distancing and recommended health protocols. Orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVT4VQ7W8. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or email at: [email protected].

 

 

Yearbook Information

Franklin MS 2022 yearbooks are on sale through April 1, 2022. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

The schedule for the next two weeks can be found here. New clubs include:

  • Be Kind to Your Mind (Mondays, 1st Block)
  • Chantilly Field Hockey Clinic (Thursdays, 2nd Block)
  • Henna Club (Thursdays, 1st block – begins on March 24)
  • Rubik’s Cube Club (Wednesdays, 2nd block)

As a general reminder, many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

 

PTA News and Updates

 

PTA Volunteer Request

The PTA is looking for volunteers to lead the committee for the 8th grade end of the year party. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact the PTA President, Heather Tomasek.

 

Save the Date - PTA Dining for Dollars on March 24

Mark your calendars! FMS is partnering with Panda Express and Sweet Frog on Thursday, March 24 for our latest Dining for Dollars. Put away those dishes and swing by for dinner, dessert, or both. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

 

 

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FMS Student Services Parent Coffee on Friday, March 18

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Student Services Parent Coffee on March 18

We invite all families to join us virtually at our Student Services Parent Coffee, March 18, 2022  from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM to learn more about the Socio-emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. Specifically, we will take a deeper look at the FCPS SEL Screener, review screener questions, and learn how to interpret the SEL screener results. We will also share some ways we are supporting students here at Franklin MS and some ways families can support students at home. To access our parent coffee, please click here to join us on Zoom. For those who are unable to join live, the session will be recorded and posted on the FMS Parent Schoology page following the presentation. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) at our March Parent Coffee!

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