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Franklin Families and Students,
After last week’s weather-related school closures, it was wonderful to get 2022 started with our students and staff this week. While it was great to have our building full this week, I know that this remains a complex time for all of us. I am sure that the recent COVID surge, the forecast of another winter storm, and the upcoming finish to the 2nd quarter is weighing on the minds of our students, staff, and families.
We are here to support your students to finish the quarter strong next week. They have been doing so well all year and I’m confident this positive momentum will continue. Our staff will offer an extended Office Hour session on Tuesday to help students complete any last-minute assignments. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers or counselors if you have any questions.
In the event we need to shift to virtual instruction due to a weather-related closure next week, our students and staff have been hard at work this week to prepare for a smooth transition. They have been practicing Zoom sessions, double checking their links, and ensuring the laptops are functioning correctly. Additional information about the supports for Virtual Learning that we have in place at FMS can be found here. Our school will reach out to you directly on Tuesday morning in the event there needs to be a shift to virtual instruction due to inclement weather.
Finally, please help us spread the word to any future Franklin Falcons that our Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night virtual event will take place on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 PM. We will be sending a link for the session directly to the families of Rising 7th graders on Monday morning.
Please feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to support your student. Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend.
January 17 - No School - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday)
January 20 - End of Quarter 2 - 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM (no After School Program)
January 21 - Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day
January 24 - Student Holiday - Staff Development Day
January 26 - PTA Virtual Meeting at 6:30 PM
Academic Advising Season - Save the Dates
Rising 7th Grade Franklin Curriculum Night: Franklin’s Virtual Curriculum Night will take place on January 18. The event is for Rising 7th graders and families for the 2022-2023 school year. More information will be sent directly to those families on Monday.
Rising 8th Grade Franklin Town Hall Meeting: This virtual event on February 2 is for our Rising 8th graders and their families to learn more about the course selection process for 8th grade. More information will be shared in January.
Academic Advising: Franklin students will begin the academic advising and course selection process mid-January. Students will learn about courses and programs through Falcon Time. The course catalog is now live on our website and more information will be shared in the coming weeks.
Franklin MS After School Program Cancelled Next Week
With the surge in COVID19 cases and the new variant, FCPS is going to be limiting many activities in the schools. To that end, we will be holding off on middle school after school activities. We are hoping in person activities will resume by Tuesday, January 24. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.
Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to read about the life and legacy of Dr. King. Students can read about MLK Jr. with books from the FMS Library.
Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Information for High School Students
Is your child interested in a career path that includes fine and performing arts, design, or communications? Are they interested in the language fields of American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese or Korean? If so, Fairfax Academy might be a great fit for them as they plan for high school.
Fairfax Academy, housed within Fairfax High School, is one of six career and technical education centers in FCPS offering elective courses with a career emphasis. Students attending Fairfax Academy explore college and career options in arts and communications fields, develop marketable career skills for entry level work, and build an academic foundation that prepares them for success in college.
Your child’s Franklin MS counselor will be happy to discuss application to the Academy during Academic Advising.
Career and Technical Education Summer Enrichment
This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to dive deeper into CTE program areas, encourages career exploration, and helps develop useful skills. Current 7th - 11th graders are eligible for this enrichment camp. Registration is open from February 1 - June 10. There are a limited number of seats for this camp. To guarantee a spot, register early. Please click here for more information. For questions, please contact Beth Mehr.
PTA News and Updates
PTA Virtual Meeting on January 26 at 6:30 PM
The next PTA Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 26 at 6:30 PM. A link to the meeting will be sent out closer to the date.
PTA Membership Information
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. Please take a few minutes to learn more about our organization and our Membership Drive by visiting our website.