Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events
August 14th & 16th Computer Distribution
August 21st Computer Distribution
August 21st Falcon Flyover (schedules and lockers)
August 22nd New Student Orientation
August 26th First Day of SchoolPrincipals Summer Message
Dear Franklin Families,
It is hard to believe that the school year has already coming to a close. This year has truly been a whirlwind! As we wrap up, I would like to a few moments to personally extend a thank you to our incredible school staff who works very hard on a daily basis to guide our children and help them learn and grow. I would also like to thank our PTA board and our parent volunteers for the hours of dedication to help enrich our school and build a sense of community for our students. To all our parents, I would like to say thank you for trusting us with your children, and for your investment and support to provide a quality education for our children.
As I reflect on the school year, I am encouraged by many positive things that have happened within our building from PBL project, blended learning, SOL test scores, Capstone project and so much more.
In closing, I am excited about the upcoming school year. On behalf of the staff at Franklin MS, we wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe summer break. We will be working this summer to creating the master schedule and planning for a successful 2019-2020 school year. Our outstanding custodial staff and secretaries are making sure the building and all the important behind-the-scenes effects are in top running order and ready for August. We look forward to hearing about all the fun and exciting learning experiences your families have enjoyed over the summer!
Best to all,
Mrs. EisenbergCourse Selection Forms
Course selection verification forms were mailed home last week. All course changes/corrections for the 2019-2020 school year must be made to Tami Stubblefield by June 24th. Please email TLStubblefie@fcps.edu or return the form received in the US Mail. If you did not receive a verification form, please call our main office at 703-904-5100.
Parents, for your planning purposes, 7th and 8th grade students will be able to pick up their FCPS computers on the following dates:
7th grade students :
(9 am -11:00 am | last name A-M) & (12:30 pm to 3 pm | last name N to Z)
8th grade students :
(9 am -11:00 am | last name A-M) & (12:30 pm to 3 pm | last name N to Z)
3 pm - 5 pm (open to both 7th and 8th grade students)
**Please be aware that distributing the computers will take around 15 to 20 minutes. Students will no only receive the device, charger and case, but will need to setup the device and go through a brief tutorial of expected and appropriate use.**
Families can also have the option of providing their own case, if they wish to not be responsible for potential damages to the FCPS case provided to them at the end of the 19-20 school year. You can find an approved case option on the 19-20 school supply list. students should bring the case with them at the time of device pickup.
Families also have the option of providing their student with their own laptop, in place of FCPS device. If you choose this option the device MUST have the following and you must fill out and turn in this form to the front office:
- 13" or 15" screen
- Built in keyboard
- Running fully functioning operating system (MacOS or Windows 10)
FCPS is also not responsible for any damages, maintenance or installation of software on family purchased device.Student Services Updates:
Save the Dates:
Our annual Falcon Flyover, where students pick up their schedules and set up lockers, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st during the day, with the New Student Orientation the following morning of Thursday, August 22nd. If you have questions, please email Tami Stubblefield at TLStubblefie@fcps.edu
We are looking forward to another fantastic year at Franklin!
2018-19 Updates for Naviance/Family Connection and Student Learning Plan
Naviance Student is the new, mobile accessible experience, and will no longer be named Family Connection. This experience will help students answer the questions that will shape their future. Who am I? What do I want to do in my future? How will I get there? How Will I Succeed? Naviance Student is easy to use with familiar layouts and workflows and, just like Family Connection, it is accessible to both students and parents. Students will continue to access Naviance Student via their FCPS 24-7 learning site and parents can view their student’s account as it is a part of the FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View.
The Student Learning Plan will be changing its name to align with the Virginia Department of Education and will be referred to as the FCPS Student Academic and Career Plan effective for the 2018-19 school year. All tasks previously completed within the Student Learning Plan will remain in the student’s Academic and Career Plan which is stored in Naviance Student, formerly known as Family Connection.
For more information, please review the Academic and Career Plan https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning/student-learning-plan or the Academic and Career Plan website or watch this YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/IiwZMJuyMtYPlease review letter requiring Parent Verification by July 10, 2019. The letter can be found by clicking here. 2019-2020 School Supply List
the supply list for the upcoming school year is now available via our school website. We are strongly encouraging families to purchase their own laptop case this year and we have a school approved option linked on the supply list. If you do purchase a case, please bring it with you to laptop pickup.HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY SUMMER AND THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!
Summer vacation means more free time for students. FCPS wants to help you support your child this summer when they engage in the online world. If their device is internet-enabled, please consider the following tips and resources:
Educate yourself and your children.
Digital citizenship is learning process and your child will need sustained support from parents and teachers. Visit bit.ly/fairfaxdigcit for a fun and interactive parent-child course that can help your family start conversations about navigating the online world.
Establish rules and expectations.
Have you thought about the rules you want to establish with your child for setting up accounts and the privacy settings you expect your child to use? What are your expectations and how will you monitor and mediate your child’s online activities? Not sure where to start? Try these tip sheets, media agreements, and device contracts (translations are located on the FCPS 24-7 Parent View tab).
Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly Together.
Parents should help kids balance screen time. But parents also play a role in sharing the joy of screens with their kids. Parents can model the use of technology for creation, discovery and connection. Parents can help kids understand and interpret the media the use, when we experience it with them.
Help your child monitor and manage their screen time.
It’s easy to spend hours on a device, especially when it's new. Use these guidelines and strategies to help your children learn how to monitor and manage their screen time so they will have the ability to find balance when you’re not around. In the end, remember you are the parent and you make the rules.
Discuss privacy settings and accounts.
Teach your child to protect their personal information and model the use of privacy settings. Discuss why these settings are important and teach them how to make privacy setting choices for every app and service they use. This resource can help you get started.
Give your child action steps.
Discuss potential situations that may arise before they happen and give your child action steps. Do they know what to they can do if cyber bullied, harassed, or if someone sends them something they don’t want to see? Every difficult situation is an opportunity to help prepare them for life beyond your home. These short parent advice videos, which can be filtered by topic and age, can help you identify action steps you can share with your child.
Teach your child to assess risks and make good choices.
Online communication is public and permanent. Talk with your children regularly and remind them that what they do online can impact future opportunities. Their online reputation can also affect their relationships in the face to face world.