Franklin MS Weekly Update - September 30

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon.

When our students return to school next week, it will be October! There is a lot happening at Franklin and we are excited for what lies ahead. Be sure to check out the wide variety of choices your student can be a part of during our After School program. This is a great way for all Franklin Falcons to meet other students, share their talents, and be leaders in our school.

During the next several weeks, we will also be using this Weekly Update as an opportunity to highlight several important people at our school. We will start by spotlighting our amazing Family Liaison, Mrs. Janet McFadden.

Family Liaisons work in the schools and community to help families connect with the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. The Family Liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races and help families understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can also help our families to become aware of resources within the community.

At Franklin MS, we are grateful for the support and work of our Family Liaison, Janet McFadden, who is also fluent in Spanish. We encourage you to reach out to Janet at 703-904-5236 or [email protected] at any time. She is here to support our families and our students.

Always feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] with questions, feedback, and suggestions.

Thank you for all that you do to support your student's success at Franklin.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

October 5 - Student Holiday, Religious and Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur

October 10 - Student Holiday/Staff Development Day, Religious and Cultural Observance - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11-13 - MWEE Field Trips, 7th Grade Science Classes

October 19 - PTA Dining for Dollars - Chipotle at Franklin Farm

October 20 and 21 - School Pictures

October 24 - Student Holiday, Religious and Cultural Observance - Diwali

October 28 - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 1st Quarter

October 31 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

All Franklin students are welcome to join the after school program. If your student has not yet participated, it’s not too late! Most activities are drop in and your child will not need to sign up in advance. Our late bus days are Mondays - Thursdays. A couple new activities include Dungeons & Dragons, Fencing, Volleyball, and a Best Buddies interest meeting. The schedule for the next two weeks can be found here. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

Community Visit with Dr. Reid at Oakton HS on October 11

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.    

 

From Oakton HS - DIGPINK Volleyball Night on October 13

Please click here for information on DIGPINK Volleyball Night at Oakton HS on October 13. This is the first DIGPINK night to be hosted since pre-Covid due to the restrictions at events and school renovations so we are hoping to make this a large family friendly event. Please join us for a great night of volleyball and support a great cause. This year we will be playing Madison for our DIGPINK night.

 

FMS PTA Dining for Dollars on October 19 - Chipotle at Franklin Farm

Please consider joining us at Chipotle in Franklin Farm on October 19 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our October Dining for Dollars Fundraiser. Dine in and let them know you are there for the Franklin fundraiser or order online and use the code WCBCBVD to make sure that Franklin MS receives 33% of the sales. Thank you for your support!

 

FCPS Tabletop Exercise

On Monday, the Franklin MS Crisis Team participated in an FCPS Tabletop Exercise with members of FCPS Office of Safety and Security team. At this meeting we were able to talk through how we would react and lead students and staff through various emergency situations such as Lockdown; Secure the Building; Stay Put, Stay Tuned; and Shelter in Place. Safety drills will continue to be reviewed and practiced. Fire evacuation drills are practiced monthly and we will communicate further information about the frequency of other safety drills. We take all practice drills very seriously so that in the case of an emergency, staff and students will be calm and prepared.

At the end of our training, Franklin MS was recognized for our preparedness and knowledge of best practices. Please view this video to learn more about each type of drill and click here to access the FCPS Safety and Security website.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - September 23

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7th graders spent this week learning about experimental design

 

Franklin Families and Students,

We hope that you have had a wonderful week! Our students and staff continue to engage in exciting learning opportunities each day as they build on the positive momentum from the start of the school year. Monday is a student holiday and our staff will be using this time to engage in professional development opportunities. We will be reconnecting with the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate, exploring strategies that provide access to rigor for all students, and beginning our journey with Presentations of Learning.

It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of September, which means we are about a month away from the end of the 1st quarter. I encourage all of our families to take some time in the coming weeks to connect with your student about what they are working on in their classes. This is also a good opportunity to take a look at their progress so far this quarter, which can be viewed in SIS ParentVue/StudentVue. If you are interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes, please click here for more information and to sign up. You are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about a specific assignment or class.

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our first PTA meeting last night. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the meeting is available here. We are grateful for your continued support of the Franklin PTA.

During the first few weeks of the school year, I have enjoyed hearing from so many of our families. Always feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] with questions, feedback, and suggestions.

Enjoy the beautiful Fall weather this weekend!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

September 26 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious and Cultural Observance - Rosh Hashanah

September 28 - 29 - VGA Testing

October 5 - Student Holiday, Religious and Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur

October 10 - Student Holiday/Staff Development Day, Religious and Cultural Observance - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11-13 - MWEE Field Trips, 7th Grade Science Classes

October 19 - PTA Dining for Dollars - Chipotle at Franklin Farm

October 20 and 21 - School Pictures

October 24 - Student Holiday, Religious and Cultural Observance - Diwali

October 28 - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 1st Quarter

October 31 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

September Celebrations and Recognitions in our Community: National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

Newsies, JR. Audition Workshop Information

Newsies, JR. Audition Workshop will be on Tuesday, September 27. Everyone planning on auditioning should attend to learn the audition song and dance. Auditions will be on Wednesday, September 28 or Thursday, September 29. Students should choose one date and plan to stay after school from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Rehearsals begin on October 6, and will be Monday - Thursday after school until 4:30 PM. The dates of the show are January 13, 14, and 20 at 7:00 PM and January 21 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. 

Audition packets and music are available for pickup with Ms. Hoffman (SD-2). Please contact Sierra Hoffman with any questions.

 

PTA Dining for Dollars on October 19 - Chipotle at Franklin Farm

Please consider joining us at Chipotle in Franklin Farm on October 19 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our October Dining for Dollars Fundraiser. Dine in and let them know you're there for the Franklin fundraiser or order online and use the code WCBCBVD to make sure that Franklin MS receives 33% of the sales. Thank you for your support!

 

Virginia Growth Assessment Fall Testing Dates

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards.

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA.Please click here for more information about Virginia Growth Assessments.

 

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Math: Wednesday, September 28

Reading: Thursday, September 29

Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.

 

Please make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days. If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

 

TJHSST In-Person Information Session for Interested Candidates

Learn more about applying to Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology for the 2023-24 School Year

When:  October 6, 2022

Where:  Little Theatre at FMS

Who:  Any 8th Grade Student Interested in Applying to Thomas Jefferson

Time: 9:50 AM -10:30 AM (Falcon Time)

TJHSST encourages all of families to view the 31-minute presentation prior to the October 6 student presentation. The in-person student presentation will be a very condensed version of this video since the purpose of the personal visits is to answer any and all questions.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

We enjoyed a great first week of the after-school program. It’s never too late for your child to join. If your child plans to attend an after-school activity, you must complete the Registration Form (required for all Franklin students). Most activities are drop in and your child will not need to sign up for in advance. We have late buses Mondays – Thursdays. Check out the club descriptions along with our two week calendar. Clubs are added throughout the school year so students should check schoology and the cafeteria bulletin boards for updated and added club information. For questions regarding the After-School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

School Pictures on October 20 and 21

Please save the date for school pictures! Lifetouch photographers will be at Franklin MS to take individual student portraits on Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 during PE Classes. Orders may be placed in advance online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID:EVTFRRRMR. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or email at: [email protected] Please click here for more information.

 

Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ASCD)

The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year. Please click here for more information.

 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Fall Screening

For students NEW to FCPS since January 2022

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and any optional screening materials to their child’s school counselor no later than Friday, October 14, 2022.

AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8. Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process where multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about the screening process as well as an overview of AAP services available at the middle school level may be found here.

If you have any questions about this process please reach out to your child’s counselor or Franklin’s Advanced Academics Resource Coach, Meg Dombro, at [email protected]  

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - September 16

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! It has finally started to feel like Fall around the Franklin MS campus and there are many great events that accompany this time of year. I am looking forward to attending football games at Chantilly HS and Oakton HS over the next few weeks!

I also wanted to put a spotlight on some events in our community that are taking place this weekend.

  • Sully Community Center Grand Opening on Saturday: Please help us in welcoming the Sully Community Center to our neighborhood. It is right around the corner from FMS! The grand opening will be on September 17 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM. Click here or visit the Sully Community Center webpage for more information. For information on the Sully Community Center Teen After School Program, click here.
  • ASHA-JYOTHI 5K Run/Walk on Sunday: We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18 at Fairfax Corner at 8:00 AM. Participating staff, students and/or their families can sign up here. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. Thank you for your support!

Finally, even though it is only September, we wanted to let you know that you can start placing your orders for a Franklin MS Yearbook now. We have a new yearbook class at our school and they are already off to a great start! Ordering information can be found here.

I am always available for your questions, suggestions, and feedback. I can be reached directly at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to support your student or your family.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

September 28 - 19 - VGA Testing

October 5 - Religious and Cultural Observance - Yom Kippur

October 10 - Student Holiday/Staff Development Day, Religious and Cultural Observance - Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 19 - PTA Dining for Dollars - Chipotle at Franklin Farm

October 20 and 21 - School Pictures

 

Newsies, JR. Audition Workshop Information

Newsies, JR. Audition Workshop will be on Tuesday, September 27. Everyone planning on auditioning should attend to learn the audition song and dance. Auditions will be on Wednesday, September 28 or Thursday, September 29. Students should choose one date and plan to stay after school from 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM. Rehearsals begin on October 6, and will be Monday - Thursday after school until 4:30 PM. The dates of the show are January 13, 14, and 20 at 7:00 PM and January 21 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. 

Audition packets and music are available for pickup with Ms. Hoffman (SD-2). Please contact Sierra Hoffman with any questions.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

Our After School Program and late buses will start on Monday, September 19. If your child plans to attend an after school activity, you must complete the Registration Form (required for all Franklin students). Most activities are drop in and your child will not need to sign up in advance. Check out the club descriptions along with our two week calendar. Clubs are added throughout the school year, so students should check Schoology and the cafeteria bulletin boards for updated and added club information. Please review the general information guide for additional after school information. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

September is Attendance Awareness Month

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

 

 

SIS ParentVue Weekly Progress Reports

Are you interested in receiving weekly progress reports to stay informed about how your child is doing in their classes? Find out more and sign up HERE.

 

SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet

Please log on to your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge review of this document OR sign and return the Signature Sheet to your child’s school by September 30, 2022. We will also be sending home a paper option to sign and return.  

 

Virginia Growth Assessment Fall Testing Dates

In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards.

Please note that the Math assessment is NOT given to students taking a high school credit course, so Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II students will not be assessed. All students take the Reading VGA. Please click here for more information about Virginia Growth Assessments.

 

Fall VGA Testing Dates

Math: Wednesday, September 28

Reading: Thursday, September 29

Each assessment will take place at the beginning of the day.

   

Please make sure that your child brings a fully-charged laptop on these days. If at all possible, please avoid making appointments for which your child would need to be absent on these days.

 

School Pictures on October 20 and 21

Please save the date for school pictures! Lifetouch photographers will be at Franklin MS to take individual student portraits on Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 during PE Classes. Orders may be placed in advance online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID:EVTFRRRMR. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or email at: [email protected] Please click here for more information.

 

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9 and 10, at Centreville HS, West Springfield HS, and Edison HS. Thirty languages will be included. Please click here for more information and a list of the languages offered.

The World Language Credit Exam assesses language proficiency. Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language. The Credit Exam requires students to write multiple well-developed essays about personal experiences using complete sentences and at least three cohesive paragraphs. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass-or-fail credits (levels one, two and three) in the language.

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 AM and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Late registrations will not be accepted.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

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. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement

Resources:

Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270. For further information and support, please contact Ally Jacobi, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.

 

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Franklin MS PTA Updates - September 13

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA.

 

MOD Pizza Dining for Dollars on Thursday, September 15

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars this Thursday at MOD Pizza in Greenbriar Shopping Center. Come in or order online or through the app anytime that day and let them know that you're there for the Franklin fundraiser or provide this code:  MODF10274 and Franklin will receive 20% of the sales. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Online Ordering Open until Friday, September 16

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to purchase spirit wear online for the upcoming school year. Whether your student is new to Franklin MS as a seventh grader, returning as an eighth grader, or you are a staff member, we are excited to present several options for showing off your Franklin MS spirit! Our online spirit wear store is now open. This is the only chance to order spirit wear for this school year. Please click here to order. Password: teamFMS

Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Friday, September 16 at 10:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Distribution of orders will be in mid-October. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Sophine Dy, with any questions. All profits from purchases directly support learning and events at Franklin MS. Please click here for more information. Thank you for supporting our school community and PTA!

 

Support ASHA-JYOTHI 5K Run/Walk and Help Students in Need - Sunday, September 18

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18 at Fairfax Corner at 8:00 AM. 

Participating staff, students and/or their families can sign up here. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants. Thank you for your support!

 

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2022-23 Franklin MS PTA Executive Board

President -  Heather Tomasek -- [email protected]

Vice President - Marcela Rivera -- [email protected]

Treasurer - Kristi Brookes -- [email protected]

Recording Secretary - Pontea Amiri -- [email protected]

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - September 9

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon. It is hard to believe that we are at the end of our third week of the school year! We appreciate all of the hard work from our staff, our families, and our students that have helped get us to this point. I continue to be extremely proud of all our FMS Falcons.

Thank you to all of the FMS community members who were able to join us for the Virtual Back to School Night event earlier this week. If you were unable to attend, the resources shared at this session can be found at the links below. 

You are also encouraged to take the opportunity to view welcome videos from our School Board Members.

We would like to ask for your help with completing the Digital ResourcesConsent Form as soon as possible for your student. This will allow your student to access all of the online instructional resources this year. If you have multiple children, you will need to complete the form for each child individually. Thank you for your help with completing this important form.

Finally, please take a few minutes to learn more about the Franklin MS PTA and Membership Drive by visiting their website. The Franklin MS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the educational success and overall wellness of every student at Franklin MS by encouraging strong parent, family and community involvement.  Please click here to join the PTA! 

All FMS families are always encouraged to reach out to me directly at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to support your student.

I hope that all of you have a safe, healthy and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

September 15 - PTA Dining for Dollars - MOD Pizza at Greenbriar Town Center

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

September 19 - After School Program Begins

September 22 - PTA Meeting (virtual) at 7:00 PM

September 26 - Student Holiday - No School (Teacher Workday)

September 26 - Religious and Cultural Observance - Rosh Hashanah

September 28 - 29 - VGA Testing

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

Our After School Program and late buses will start on September 19. Late buses will run Monday – Thursday. The club schedule and descriptions will be posted during the week of September 12. Please click on the link below for general After School information.

For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

World Language Credit Exam

The exam assesses reading and writing language proficiency in languages other than English. Students who take the exam may earn up to three World Languages credits for levels one, two, and three for the language of the exam. The credits may fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma. The FCPS World Languages Credit Exam is also an approved assessment for awarding the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. The exam is offered one time per school year. A student may participate in the exam two times per language, once per year, between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

The exam is available for students in grades 7 through 12 who have proficiency in one of these 30 languages.  Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language and respond to the writing prompts in the language of the exam.

The exam is paper-pencil and students will respond in their own handwriting in the language of the exam. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 AM and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please click here for more information.

 

Parent/Guardian Access to Family Life Education Lessons in Schoology

Parents/Guardians are able to preview FLE lessons in Schoology. A folder, Parent Preview - FLE Instruction, contains links to the lessons, slide presentations, and media for which FCPS has purchased streaming rights. Some media titles may only be available for parents to view at the school. *** FLE Opt Out forms are available on our website. These forms are ONLY to be completed and returned if you want to opt your child OUT of any or all FLE lessons. Please click here for information on Parent/Guardian access to FLE Materials in Schoology.

 

TJHSST In-Person Information Session for Interested Candidates

Learn more about applying to Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology for the 2023-24 School Year

When:  October 6, 2022

Where:  Little Theatre at FMS

Who:  Any 8th Grade Student Interested in Applying to Thomas Jefferson

Time: 9:50 AM - 10:30 AM (Falcon Time)

 

School Pictures on October 20 and 21

Please save the date for school pictures! Lifetouch photographers will be at Franklin MS to take individual student portraits on Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 during PE Classes. Orders may be placed in advance online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID:EVTFRRRMR. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or email at: [email protected]. Please click here for more information.

 

PTA Updates   Save the Date for MOD Pizza Dining for Dollars on September 15

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining fo rDollars at MOD Pizza in Greenbriar Shopping Center. Come in or order online or through the app anytime that day and let them know that you're there for the Franklin fundraiser or provide this code:  MODF10274 and Franklin will receive 20% of the sales. Click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to purchase spirit wear online for the upcoming school year. Whether your student is new to Franklin MS as a seventh grader, returning as an eighth grader, or you are a staff member, we are excited to present several options for showing off your Franklin MS spirit! Our online spirit wear store is now open. This is the only chance to order spirit wear for this school year. Please click here to order. Password: teamFMS

Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Friday, September 16 at 10:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Distribution of orders will be in mid-October. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Sophine Dy, with any questions. All profits from purchases directly support learning and events at Franklin MS. Please click here for more information. Thank you for supporting our school community and PTA!

 

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Franklin MS PTA Updates - September 6

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Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

Welcome back Franklin families! The year is off and running and on behalf of the Franklin Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA), I'd like to welcome all of our new and returning families and students back to school. I'd also like to take a few minutes to introduce you to the PTA.

What is the PTA?

The PTA is a group of parent volunteers who donate their time in a variety of ways to support the school and help to create community and educational connections with the school, teachers and parents. We too are working parents so we understand the time constraints and scheduling of busy families.  

What does the PTA do?

The PTA works with the school and community to support events such as author visits, end of the year celebrations, student enrichment opportunities, community programs, and teacher appreciation events, etc.

How can I help?  Do I have to volunteer my time?

The PTA is 100% volunteer run! We are always looking for people to help with events but in order to have those events, we need your financial support.  Those finances come from our memberships (that's you and me). We have membership levels from $10-$100 and every little bit helps to fund those school and student activities. If you don't have time to volunteer, please consider becoming a member and making a financial contribution.  

Ready to become a member? Here is the link to become a member and support our school.

What other ways can I help?

We want to reach as many families as we can and help get them involved in school activities. The following is a Google form to find out what you'd like to see happen at FMS and how you can help, PTA INTEREST FORM.

Please follow these steps to translate this form into another language.

  1. Open the form
  2. Right click on the form
  3. Select translate
  4. Click on the blue lettering on the right hand side of the address bar
  5. Click on the down arrow and select your preferred language (over 60 to choose from)

PTA WebsitePTBoard - Franklin Middle School PTA 

MembershipMemberHub

Retail FundraisingEffortless Fundraising. This link will take you right to our website where you can support our school just by shopping like you normally do. Just follow the links to connect your rewards to FMS PTA. No selling candy bars or wrapping paper!

Once again, welcome back and thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Heather Tomasek

President, FMS PTA

 

2022-23 Franklin MS PTA Executive Board

President -  Heather Tomasek -- [email protected]

Vice President - Marcela Rivera -- [email protected]

Treasurer - Kristi Brookes -- [email protected]

Recording Secretary - Pontea Amiri -- [email protected]

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - September 1

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!

It has been a great second week of the school year at Franklin Middle School. Our students and staff are settling into positive routines, developing relationships with each other, and forming their new classroom communities. This work will continue throughout the year as we keep the needs of our students at the center of all that we do.

We have some opportunities for all of you to connect with our school community in the coming days and I wanted to highlight those below:

  • Back to School Night – September 7 at 6:00 PM: We hope that you can join us for our Back to School Night event on Wednesday, September 7. This will be a virtual event via Zoom that features a synchronous presentation from the FMS Leadership Team. A Zoom link will be sent on September 7, and this session will be recorded and shared with the community if you are unable to join us at 6:00 PM. The session will feature updates about our focus for the school year, a preview of a day in the life of our students, and a spotlight on the supports that will be in place for your student this year. There will also be an opportunity for families to submit questions. We hope that you can join us at this virtual event!
  • Teacher Welcome Videos on Schoology: Now that we are in the 2nd week of the school year, we want to help you get to know your student’s teachers. Please take the opportunity to visit our FMS Parent Schoology page to view Welcome Videos from all of our teachers.  The videos can also be viewed from your child’s FMS All Student Schoology page. If you need any help with accessing the welcome videos, Schoology Resources can be found here or you can contact [email protected].

I am always available for your questions, concerns, and feedback at [email protected]. Our team is here to support you and your student.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

 

Important Dates

September 2-5 - Labor Day Holiday

September 7 - Back to School Night at 6:00 PM (virtual)

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

September 19 - After School Program Begins

September 22 - PTA Meeting (virtual) at 7:00 PM

September 26 - Student Holiday - No School (Teacher Workday)

September 26 - Religious and Cultural Observance - Rosh Hashanah

September 28 - 29 VGA Testing

 

Welcome Messages from our School Board Members

Please take the opportunity to view a Back to School Welcome Message from our School Board members by clicking on the links below:

Stella Pekarsky, Sully District Representative

Laura Jane Cohen, Springfield District Representative

Karl Frisch, Providence District Representative

Karen Keys-Gamarra, Member-at-Large

Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Chair Member-at-Large

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

Our After-School Program and late buses will start on September 19. Late buses will run Monday – Thursday. The club schedule and descriptions will be posted during the week of September 12. Please click on the link below for general After School information.

For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to purchase spirit wear online for the upcoming school year. Whether your student is new to Franklin MS as a seventh grader, returning as an eighth grader, or you are a staff member, we are excited to present several options for showing off your Franklin MS spirit! Our online spirit wear store is now open. This is the only chance to order spirit wear for this school year. Please click here to order. Password: teamFMS

Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Friday, September 16 at 10:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Distribution of orders will be in mid-October. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Sophine Dy, with any questions. All profits from purchases directly support learning and events at Franklin MS. Please click here for more information. Thank you for supporting our school community and PTA!

 

Support ASHA-JYOTHI 5K Run/Walk and Help Students in Need

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18 at Fairfax Corner at 8:00 AM. All proceeds that we raise will go towards supporting our students and teachers at Franklin Middle School. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money back to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

Participating staff, students and/or their families can sign up here. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants. Thank you for your support!

 

World Language Credit Exam

The exam assesses reading and writing language proficiency in languages other than English. Students who take the exam may earn up to three World Languages credits for levels one, two, and three for the language of the exam. The credits may fulfill the World Languages requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma. The FCPS World Languages Credit Exam is also an approved assessment for awarding the Virginia Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy. The exam is offered one time per school year. A student may participate in the exam two times per language, once per year, between grades 7 through 12. In other words, students have two chances per language to earn credits by taking the exam.

The exam is available for students in grades 7 through 12 who have proficiency in one of these 30 languages.  Students must be able to read and comprehend exam instructions and writing prompts in the exam language and respond to the writing prompts in the language of the exam.

The exam is paper-pencil and students will respond in their own handwriting in the language of the exam. Students earn credit based on the level of proficiency demonstrated by their writing.

All students must register for the exam through their school counselor. Registration opens Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 AM and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Late registrations will not be accepted. Please click here for more information.

 

Parent/Guardian Access to Family Life Education Lessons in Schoology

Parents/Guardians are able to preview FLE lessons in Schoology. A folder, Parent Preview - FLE Instruction, contains links to the lessons, slide presentations, and media for which FCPS has purchased streaming rights. Some media titles may only be available for parents to view at the school. *** FLE Opt Out forms are available on our website. These forms are ONLY to be completed and returned if you want to opt your child OUT of any or all FLE lessons. Please click here for information on Parent/Guardian access to FLE Materials in Schoology.

 

TJHSST In-Person Information Session for Interested Candidates

Learn more about applying to Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology for the 2023-24 School Year

When:  October 6, 2022

Where:  Little Theatre at FMS

Who:  Any 8th Grade Student Interested in Applying to Thomas Jefferson

Time: 9:50 AM - 10:30 AM (Falcon Time)

 

Community STEAM Opportunity

Please click here for information on a STEAM event that will be held at Franklin MS on September 10. The goal of this event is to generate interest in STEAM subjects for Elementary and Middle School students by having STEAM-related subject matter experts (e.g., engineers, medical, artists, and educational professionals) deliver information and/or demonstrations to spark interest among younger students. Proceeds from this Career Fair will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local area STEAM organizations. Please note - this is not a Franklin/FCPS-Sponsored activity. For more information please click here or email: [email protected].

 

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Save the Date for Community Conversation

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FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid, to visit Chantilly Pyramid for a Community Conversation on August 31

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation on Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Chantilly High School. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - August 26

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! Thank you for all of the support that helped us get off to a great start to the school year. Our staff and students have collaborated all week as they established warm and welcoming classroom communities, they got the ball rolling on positive relationships and connections, and they started putting in place routines and procedures that will set us all up for success this year. I am very proud of both groups.

I wanted to highlight several opportunities in the coming weeks for you to engage with the Franklin community and show your school spirit. You can find additional information about each of these opportunities at the bottom of this email. 

  • Virtual Back to School Night - September 7
  • Community Conversation with FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid at Chantilly High School - August 31
  • PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Orders Due September 16
  • Asha Joythi 5k Run/Walk - September 18

It was a privilege to have your students back in the building this week and we are excited about the year ahead. At Franklin MS, our students are at the center of all that we do and we will strive to hear every voice and value every strength.

Always feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if there is anything our team can do to support your student. Best wishes for a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

August 31 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

September 2-5 - Labor Day Holiday

September 7 - Back to School Night at 6:00 PM (virtual)

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

  Upcoming Lockdown Drill 

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

 

Back to School Night (virtual) on Sept. 7

We hope that you can join us for our Back to School Night event on Wednesday, September 7. This will be a virtual event via Zoom that features a synchronous presentation from the FMS Leadership Team. The link will be sent on September 7, and this session will be recorded and shared with the community if you are unable to join us at 6:00 PM. The session will feature updates about Schoology, Health and Safety Procedures, our Interdisciplinary Teams, After School Activities, and supports that will be in place for your student this year. There will be an opportunity for families to submit questions. We hope that you can join us at this virtual event!

 

FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid, to visit Chantilly Pyramid for a Community Conversation on August 31

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation on Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Chantilly High School. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Orders Due September 16

We are pleased to offer an opportunity to purchase spirit wear online for the upcoming school year. Whether your student is new to Franklin MS as a seventh grader, returning as an eighth grader, or you are a staff member, we are excited to present several options for showing off your Franklin MS spirit! Our online spirit wear store is now open. This is the only chance to order spirit wear for this school year. Please click here to order. Password: teamFMS

Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Friday, September 16 at 10:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Distribution of orders will be in mid-October. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator, Sophine Dy, with any questions. All profits from purchases directly support learning and events at Franklin MS. Please click here for more information. Thank you for supporting our school community and PTA!

 

Support ASHA-JYOTHI 5K Run/Walk and Help Students in Need - September 18

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday September 18 at Fairfax Corner at 8:00 AM. 

Participating staff, students and/or their families can sign up here. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants. Thank you for your support!

 

Beginning of Year Required Forms

Please update your child's required forms via WeCare or email hard copies to Ms. Kristine Smith at [email protected] Please help us go paperless by updating back to school forms electronically. Click here for more information.

 

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As part of our ongoing effort to streamline paper processes and transition to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs are available in SIS ParentVUE:

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-outs listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a SIS ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Further information can be found on the SIS Parent Account Overview web page under Student Information. For further assistance, parents can enter a Parent Support Request

 

Library Updates

The National Book Festival will take place on Saturday, September 3rd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The festival will be in person this year and some author events will be livestreamed, including talks by E. Lockhart, Jason Reynolds and Soman Chainani/ If you can't make it that day, recorded author talks are posted after the festival on the Library of Congress Website.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

Our After-School Program and late buses will start on September 19. Late buses will run Monday – Thursday. The club schedule and descriptions will be posted during the week of September 12. Please click on the link below for general After School information.

For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are attending Franklin MS need to bring medication to our Health Room. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, or our Public Health Nurse, Christina Redden, with any questions or to set up an appointment to drop off medication.

 

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Save the Date for Community Conversation

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FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid, to visit Chantilly Pyramid for a Community Conversation

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation on Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Chantilly High School. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

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Franklin MS Return to School Update - August 19

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good morning!

We would like to thank all of the students, parents, and family members who joined us yesterday afternoon at our Welcome Celebration. It was a wonderful event and there was a great energy in the building. This was a powerful way for us to start the year as a school community and establish the critical connections and relationships that will be the foundation to student success.

I would encourage all of you to review the information at the bottom of this message with your student, including the updated FCPS cellphone policy. You will find several important reminders that will help us have a successful first week of the school year. 

The most common theme I heard during the Welcome Celebration yesterday was about the positive energy that came from reconnecting with our students. They are the reason we come the FMS every single day and we can’t wait to begin our journey together this year. We are grateful for the trust you place in us as they return to Franklin MS and we take this responsibility very seriously.

Always feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns, or if there is anything our team can do to support you.

Thank you for all that you have been doing to help your student have a great start to the school year.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  First Day of School Reminders
  • The building will open to students at 7:10 AM. Kiss & Ride and Walking students should not arrive before this time. Please see the map below for Kiss & Ride drop-off information.
  • Kiss & Ride can often experience delays during the first few weeks of the school year and we encourage you to consider this as you plan your morning travel schedule. 
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25 AM. Instruction in our classrooms begins at 7:30 AM.
  • Please call the main office (703) 904-5100 if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have need to have access to their 4 digit PIN number if they would like to purchase a breakfast and lunch each day. Staff members will be available to support students who have forgotten their PIN number. 

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities Update - Personal Device Away for the Day

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to limit cell phone use during the school day for middle school students. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones, earbuds, smart watches, and other similar devices during the instructional day from 7:30 AM to 2:15 PM. Phones must be silenced and kept away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc., during the day.

We recognize this new policy may be a shift for some students and families this year. Schools are partnering with parents to help students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class. Please talk to your child(ren) before the start of the school year about these new expectations. Families are encouraged to review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.

Expectations will be emphasized with all students during orientation and beginning of school activities. Thank you for your support and partnership.

  Attendance Reporting

To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Franklin MS through the Attendance Process:

  Bell Schedule

We will be implementing a new bell schedule for the 2022-2023 school year. The school day will start at 7:30 AM and end at 2:15 PM. The bell schedule can be found below and here is a link to it as well if you want to save or print it. Please click here for the Blue/Gray FMS School Calendar.

 

  Transportation Information

As we prepare for children to come to school and go home on buses this fall, we ask you to be aware of possible adjustments to routes and scheduling. Franklin MS will keep you informed of changes as soon as information is available. Your patience and understanding as we make adjustments is appreciated. Franklin MS and FCPS are working hard to address the need for drivers and plan for transportation in a way that has the least impact on students. Find out more about bus routes on the FCPS website and download the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.

Please call the Area 3 Transporation Office at: (703) 249-7000 with questions about transportation for your student or to report late buses.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to review their Parent Vue account in Student Information System (SIS) for updated bus route assignment information before the first day of school on Monday in the event their have been updates or changes.

  Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are attending Franklin MS need to bring medication to our Health Room. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, with any questions.

 

FCPSOn Laptop Distribution

Laptop distribution will occur on Wednesday or Thursday in your student’s PE class. Additionally, student passwords often expire during the summer. All students will reset their passwords when they get their FCPS Laptops during the first week of school.

 

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Student Chats & Welcome Celebration

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Franklin Students and Families,

Good morning!

Our school will be hosting Welcome Back Student Chats later this morning. If your student would like to attend this virtual session, they can join us at the following links.

7th Grade Welcome Back Student Chats at 11:00 AM

8th Grade Welcome Back Student Chats at 12:00 PM

Additionally, we hope to see all of our students and families at the FMS Welcome Celebration tomorrow afternoon. Information about this event can be found below.

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Franklin Welcome Celebration on August 18

We will host a Franklin Welcome Celebration on the afternoon of Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM for students and families. This will be a fun event where students will have the opportunity to visit all of their classrooms and meet their new teachers. To better provide for parking and to ensure enough time to navigate the building and meet staff, we encourage FMS families to arrive at the time below according to the first letter of your student’s last name.

Last Name Time  A-L  

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

  M-Z     2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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Franklin MS PTA Welcome and Updates

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA.

 

Message from the 2022-2023 PTA Board

 

Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! The Franklin Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group of parent volunteers who graciously donate their time in a variety of different ways to support the school. The PTA creates community and educational connections with the school, teachers and parents. Your membership and donations go right back to supporting events and programs for our students, faculty, and community such as End of School Year Celebrations, Teacher Appreciation Week, school beautification and guest speaker visits.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about our organization and our Membership Drive by visiting our website. Please click here to join the PTA! 

Please email Heather Tomasek if you are interested in volunteering to help support the PTA.

The first meeting for the 2022-2023 school year will be held in September, and future meetings will be every other month. We hope to see you there! Dates and times will be sent to the community via News You Choose. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you for your support!

 

2022-23 Franklin MS PTA Executive Board

President -  Heather Tomasek -- [email protected]

Vice President - Marcela Rivera -- [email protected]

Treasurer - Kristi Brookes -- [email protected]

Recording Secretary - Pontea Amiri -- [email protected]

 

Please be sure to visit our table at the Franklin Welcome Celebration on Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

 

 

We invite students to join us during the Franklin Welcome Celebration on Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM for a treat from the Anita’s Frozen Cotton Candy truck!

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - August 12

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We hope that you had a great week.

The excitement is building for the start of the new school year. We had two community events this week and there are more planned in the days ahead. Our staff members have started returning to FMS full of energy and their classrooms are looking great. 

We have a few opportunities for our students and families next week that we wanted to highlight below.

  • We hosted a Parent and Family Information session earlier this week and the slidedeck that was displayed is available here.
  • We will host Student & Principal Welcome Chats on Wednesday, August 17. This will be an opportunity for students to connect with Dr. Wright and other members of the staff. 7th graders will meet at 11:00 AM and 8th Graders will meet at 12:00 PM. Links for these virtual sessions will be sent out on Wednesday morning and posted on Schoology.
  • The Franklin MS Team will be heading out into the community on the evening of Wednesday, August 17. Please see the information below for details, times, and locations. We hope to see you there!
  • We will host a Franklin Welcome Celebration on the afternoon of Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM for students and families. This will be a fun event where students will have the opportunity to visit all of their classrooms and meet their new teachers. To better provide for parking and to ensure enough time to navigate the building and meet staff, we encourage FMS families to arrive at the time below according to the first letter of your student’s last name.
Last Name  Time  A-L   1:00 PM - 2:15 PM   M-Z    

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

         

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our main office at 703-904-5100 or contact me directly at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

August 17 - Student Welcome Chats from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

August 17 - Community Visit from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

August 18 - Student Schedules available in SIS StudentVue/ParentVue

August 18 - Franklin Welcome Celebration from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

August 22 - First Day of School

September 7 - Back to School Night at 6:00 PM (virtual)

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

 

Community Visit – Brookfield Elementary School and The Fields of Chantilly Apartments

On Thursday, August 17 from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM a team from Franklin Middle School will be at Brookfield Elementary School and The Field of Chantilly Apartments. This is an opportunity to meet our team, pick up school supplies and community resources, drop off required vaccination information and have any questions answered you might have. All are invited to stop by either of these locations. 

 

Beginning of Year Required Forms

Please update your child's required forms via WeCare or email hard copies to Ms. Kristine Smith at [email protected] Please help us go paperless by updating back to school forms electronically. Click here for more information.

 

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Franklin MS Updates - August 9

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon! We hope that all of you are having a great week. . 

This is a quick reminder that we will host a virtual Parent and Family Information Session tonight via Zoom at 6:00 PM. The session will be recorded if you are unable to join us. Please click here to submit a question that can be answered during the session.

Please click here to join the session at 6:00 PM

Please feel free to contact our main office at 703-904-5100 if there is anything we can do to support your student or your family. You are also encouraged to reach out to me directly at [email protected] with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

We look forward to seeing you at some of our kickoff events next week!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Important Dates

August 9 - Parent and Family Information Session at 6:00 PM via Zoom

August 11 - Self-Guided Open House from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

August 17 - Student Welcome Chats from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

August 18 - Student Schedules available in SIS StudentVue/ParentVue

August 18 - Franklin Welcome Celebration from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

August 22 - First Day of School

September 7 - Back to School Night at 6:00 PM (virtual)

September 18 - Asha-Jyothi 5K at Fairfax Corner

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities Update - Personal Device Away for the Day:

An important update made to the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to limit cell phone use during the school day for middle school students. Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones, earbuds, smart watches, and other similar devices during the instructional day from 7:30 AM to 2:15 PM. Phones must be silenced and kept away for the duration of the school day. Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc., during the day.

We recognize this new policy may be a shift for some students and families this year. Schools are partnering with parents to help students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class. Please talk to your child(ren) before the start of the school year about these new expectations. Families are encouraged to review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users.

Expectations will be emphasized with all students during orientation and beginning of school activities. Thank you for your support and partnership.

 

Self Guided Open House on August 11

All students and families are welcome to visit our school building for a Self-Guided Open House on Thursday, August 11 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. There will not be a formal presentation and our teachers will not be present during this event. It is simply an opportunity for students and families to visit our building, to become familiar with your new school, and to meet the Administrative and Student Services Teams.  

 

Franklin Welcome Celebration on August 18

We will host a Franklin Welcome Celebration on the afternoon of Thursday, August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM for students and families.This will be a fun event where students will have the opportunity to visit all of their classrooms and meet their new teachers. To better provide for parking and to ensure enough time to navigate the building and meet staff, we encourage FMS families to arrive at the time below according to the first letter of your student’s last name.

Last Name Time A-L 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM M-Z 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

 

Beginning of Year Required Forms

Please update your child's required forms via WeCare or email hard copies to Ms. Kristine Smith at [email protected] Please help us go paperless by updating back to school forms electronically. Click here for more information.

 

Immunization Reminders

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we encourage everyone to Be Wise, ImmunizeImmunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics.

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

 

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue/ParentVue on the morning of August 18. Please see information below for SIS StudentVue/ParentVue account access and information.

 

Laptops

All students will be provided with a school laptop. Laptops will be distributed during the school day the week of August 22.

 

Digital Resources Parent Consent Form

All families will need to review the digital tools used at Franklin and submit the Digital Resources Consent Form prior to August 26 so that students will be able to access resources and activities needed for their classes. Students will not be able to access YouTube, among other tools, without parent consent. 

 

Student Medication Drop Off

Parents and guardians are encouraged to drop off medication prior to the first day of school, or on the first day of school, August 22. The Health Room will be open for medication drop off during the Franklin MS Family Welcome Celebration on August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Parents may drop off medication for their student during that time, or on August 17 – 19 between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Appointments are suggested, but not required. Please click here for more information and medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, or our Public Health Nurse, Christina Redden, with any questions.

 

Transportation Updates

Parents/guardians should review their Parent Vue account in the Student Information System (SIS) for updated bus route assignment information.

 

ParentVue and StudentVue

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access allows parents and students access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

ParentVue:

StudentVue:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All middle school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available

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. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

 

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Franklin MS Summer Updates - July 22

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon. We hope that all of you had a great week!

Please review the information below for several important updates from our school and from FCPS. During the next month, we will be providing regular updates that will help our Franklin students and families prepare for the upcoming school year. You are always welcome to contact our main office if there is anything we can do to support 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.
  • We will host a virtual Parent and Family Information Session via Zoom at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 9. A link for the event will be sent out in August and the session will be recorded if you are unable to join us that evening.
  • All students and families are welcome to visit our school building for a Self-Guided Open House on Thursday, August 11 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. There will be not be a formal presentation and our teachers will not be present during this event. It is simply an opportunity for students and families to visit our building, to become familiar with your new school, and to meet the Administrative and Student Services Teams.  
  • Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue/ParentVue on the morning of August 18.
  • We will host a Franklin Welcome Celebration on the afternoon of August 18 from 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM for students and families. 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 Back to School Night will be virtual this year and it will occur on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 PM.
  • Our school will be participating in the Asha-Jyothi 5k at Fairfax Corner on September 18.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable finish to your summer.  We will see you in August!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Immunization Reminders

As we begin to look ahead to the 2022-23 school year, we encourage everyone to Be Wise, Immunize! Immunizations are required for public school entry and help keep children protected from many diseases. Many children missed their well check-ups and their recommended childhood immunizations during recent years of disruptions from COVID-19. It is critical to catch up now to keep children healthy and protect them from serious diseases.

Please check with your healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on required immunizations for the 2022-23 school year as soon as possible. If your child needs a vaccine to complete their records, you can make an appointment with your healthcare provider or visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for a schedule of child immunization clinics.

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

 

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022. Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

  Franklin Middle School Supply List 2022-2023

Please take a moment to review this suggested list of school supplies for our start to the school year. If you need assistance with providing a backpack and school supplies for your child for the current school year, please contact the main office.

 

Summer Office Hours and New Student Registration

The Franklin MS main office is open this summer from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please contact Jade Horne with any questions. For new student registration, please complete this form.

 

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. 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.

 

 

SOL Results

If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE. Use a web browser to log into your SIS ParentVUE account. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today

 

Summer Meal Service

Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Available Later 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 yearLearn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. 

 

Tutor.com - Available Summer 2022

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com via archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

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