Franklin MS Weekly Update - January 14

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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.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

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.

If Fairfax Academy sounds like a good fit, please click here for more information, or contact Maria Martin, Fairfax Academy Counselor, by email or by phone at: (703) 219-2384.

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.

 

Quick Links

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - January 10

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Franklin Families and Students,

Welcoming our students, staff and community back into the building after the Winter Break is one of my favorite things to do as a principal. The opportunity to say Happy New Year to everyone in-person was delayed by a week because of the winter weather, but I am glad I had the opportunity to do so this morning. In this message you will find some important Health and Safety Information as well as several updates about the upcoming Academic Advising process for Rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students.

Health Reminders and Resources:

Even in these uncertain times and with all the challenges we are facing, we are able to continue to provide a safe learning and work environment. FCPS has multiple layers of prevention we will continue to deploy to mitigate COVID-19 transition in schools to include universal masking, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, and requiring that students and staff stay home when sick.

Please review the most recent Guidance for Returning to School After Quarantine, Pause or Isolation and the FCPS operating plan for the next three weeks, which can be found here.  

How You Can Help:

  • Please keep your student or students home if they are not feeling well; this is not just about COVID, it is also cold and flu season and we all want to keep our students and staff healthy. 
  • Sign your child up for optional screening testing and make use of our diagnostic testing if your child has symptoms. 
  • To best curb this surge and mitigate to decelerate, please put an extra couple of masks in your child’s backpack in case they lose theirs during the day, and remind them of the expectation for everyone to wear their masks over their mouth and nose. 
  • Remember to complete the online attendance form or call the attendance line (703-904-5151) if your child will be absent.
  • If your child has been exposed to a COVID positive case and needs to quarantine or if your child has tested positive, please contact Dustin Wright or Michelle Lyttle to determine next steps. We are happy to help navigate our families through the school side of this process.

Our FMS staff will continue to partner with you to maintain the health and safety of our school, as well as keep you up to date on changes.

We just finished a great day at our school and we are looking forward to a safe and healthy week at Franklin. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

  Upcoming Events

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 next week. 

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 in the coming weeks.

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. The current dates are below.  Please check each school’s website, as dates may change.

Oakton High School - January 12 (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Chantilly High School - January 12 (6:00 PM - 7:45 PM)   

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

With the surge in COVID-19 cases and the new variant, FCPS is limiting many activities in our schools. To that end, we will be holding off on any middle school after-school activities. We will reevaluate by January 14 and make a determination at that time of any next steps. Likely and hopefully we will go back to normal operations at that time.

 

PTA News and Updates

 

Save the Date - Chipotle Family Dining Night on January 12

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars at the Chipotle in Franklin Farm on Wednesday, January 12 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. If ordering online, use the code: AZ3L4PV. Fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during the date and time above. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

 

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.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - December 17

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Franklin Families and Students,

As the final day of school in 2021 comes to a close this afternoon, I have reflected on the range of emotions our entire school community has experienced this week. The threats that were connected to our school at the end of last week were unsettling for students, families, and staff. We continue to be grateful to all of the FMS community members who reached out to share their awareness, concerns, questions, and feedback.

These events allowed our entire school to put an important focus on the physical and emotional safety of our students every single day. Our student’s safety always has been, and will continue to be, our number one priority. This has also been an opportunity for us to learn and grow about how we can support and communicate with our community during times like these.

As we moved through the week, we have also placed great value on the smiles, celebrations, and laughter we have seen in our students. This is a time of year when we can reflect upon, and appreciate, all of the wonderful people that make FMS so special, and this starts with our students. 

Thank you for your continued support and trust in our school. We are grateful to have the privilege of working in this community in service to our students and their families. On behalf of the Franklin MS staff, we wish all of you a safe, warm, and relaxing winter break over the next few weeks!  Enjoy the time with your families and friends and we look forward to an amazing year in 2022.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Chorus Concert on Decmeber 7 and Band Concert on December 9

 

The Urban Gardening Club has been busy working on a vertical growing unit for our school’s main stairway.

 

Upcoming Events

December 17 - No After School Program

December 20 - 31 - Winter Break - Office Closed

January 3 - School Resumes, Gray Day, Periods 2, 4, 6 and 8

 

Congratulations to our Franklin MS Outstanding Employees

Every year, FCPS facilitates an Outstanding Employee Recognition Program. Below are the Franklin MS Staff members who have been nominated as outstanding employees.

Outstanding Teacher: Jeannine Domedion

Outstanding Professional Employee: Joni Fraundorfer

Outstanding Operational Employee: Kathy Yangas

Outstanding Principal: Dustin Wright

It is an honor to be recognized as an outstanding employee and the work of these employees reflects the dedication of our entire Franklin MS Staff.

Kathy Yangas, Dustin Wright and Joni Fraundorfer

(Jeannine Domedion not pictured)

 

Academic Advising Season - Save the Dates

Rising 7th Grade Franklin Curriculum Night: Franklin’s Virtual  Curriculum Night will take place on January 18th. The event is for Rising 7th graders and families for the 2022-2023 school year. More information will be sent directly to those families. 

Rising 8th Grade Franklin Town Hall Meeting:  This virtual event on February 2nd 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 in January. Students will learn about courses and programs through Falcon Time after returning from winter break. The course catalog is now live on our website and more information will be shared in January.

High School Curriculum Nights: Rising 9th graders are invited to attend curriculum nights for their respective high schools. The current dates are below.  Please check each school’s website, as dates may change.

Oakton High School - January 5th (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Chantilly High School - January 12th (6:00 PM - 7:45 PM)   

  PTA News and Updates

 

Save the Date - Chipotle Family Dining Night on January 12

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars at the Chipotle in Franklin Farm on Wednesday, January 12 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. If ordering online, use the code: AZ3L4PV. Fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during the date and time above. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

 

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.

  Winter Break - Franklin MS Office Closed

The Franklin MS office will be closed during Winter Break, December 20 - December 31, 2021. For urgent needs, please contact FCPS at: (571) 423-2000. We look forward to seeing you back on Monday, January 3, 2022. Happy Holidays!

 

Library Updates

Thanks to families, students and staff for supporting the Fook Fair. By making more than 200 purchases, you allowed us to donate books to 15 of our amazing teachers, and 20 students were able to win for getting caught reading or wishing for a book. Keep reading over Winter Break!

 

Schoology for Parents

View this short video to see how to use Schoology to view updates from your student’s teachers, your student’s assignments, and more.

 

Yearbook Information

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

 

Family Life Education (FLE) Virtual Information Session on January 5 

There will be a Virtual Parent Preview Night on Wednesday, January 5, at 6:30 PM. This opportunity is for parents who would like to meet the teachers and ask any questions pertaining to the upcoming FLE (7-8) curriculum. Parents and guardians will need to have their SIS Parent Vue username and password available for the session.

Please click here to attend the combined 7th and 8th grade-level sessions from 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

Prior to attending, it is recommended that parents and guardians view the detailed Middle School (7-8) program descriptions online. FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights to are available for parents online in Schoology/SIS Parent Vue.

Human Growth and Development (HGD) Timeline

  • 7th Grade HGD classes will be taught January 25-28
  • 8th Grade HGD classes will be taught January 31-February 4
  •  All HGD classes will be gender separate

Emotional and Social Health (ESH) Timeline

  • 7th and 8th ESH classes will be taught February 7-25

Parents and guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, click here for opt-out forms. Any parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form. An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of. The actual opt-out form is not required. Opt-out emails or scanned forms should be addressed to Mr. Howes at: [email protected] with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name

 

School Improvement and Innovation/ESSER Plan

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas. Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs. Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students. Schools are required to create plans in Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding. An overview of our School Improvement and Innovation/ESSER Plan is on our website.

 

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Franklin Middle School Book Fair - December 6-10

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Franklin Middle School Book Fair December 6-10

 

The Franklin Library will have a Scholastic Book Fair for students from December 6 to December 10. Students can make wish lists and purchases before school from 7:10 AM to 7:25 AM and during Falcon Time. A digital flyer and book trailers are posted in the library Schoology course under "Ways to Get Involved" then "Book Fair". Paper flyers will be given in Falcon Time as well. Payment may be made by cash or a check written to "Franklin Middle School". Family shopping time is on December 8 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the library. Thank you for supporting reading and the library. Please contact Mrs. Ruffle with any questions.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - December 3

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Franklin Families and Students,

Thank you to all of our students, staff, and families for a great week at FMS. It was awesome to see everyone jump right back into impactful work and engaging learning experiences after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

I have been very impressed by the sense of service that has been on display by our SCA student leaders. Their hard work and dedication has created a holiday food drive for our community. There is more information below and we would love to have you participate. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

We are also excited that our musical ensembles are performing again. Congratulations to Ms. Bradner and our Orchestra students for an outstanding performance last night with the Chantilly HS Orchestra. The FMS Band and Chorus students will be performing next week. We hope to see you there!

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

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Orchestra Concert on December 2

 

Upcoming Events

December 6 - 10 - Book Fair

December 7 - Chorus Winter Concert at 7:00 PM

December 8 - Religious and Cultural Observance

December 8 - Book Fair Family Shopping - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

December 9 - Band Winter Concert at 7:00 PM

 

 

Library Updates

The Franklin Library will have a Scholastic Book Fair for students from December 6 to December 10. Students can make wish lists and purchases before school from 7:10 AM to 7:25 AM and during Falcon Time. A digital flyer and book trailers are posted in the library Schoology course under "Ways to Get Involved" then "Book Fair". Paper flyers will be given in Falcon Time as well. Payment may be made by cash or a check written to "Franklin Middle School". Family shopping time is on December 8 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the library. Thank you for supporting reading and the library. Please contact Mrs. Ruffle with any questions.

 

Spirit Week - December 13-17

 

SCA would like students to participate in a Spirit week from December 13 – 17. This event is optional for students, but should they participate, all outfits should be school appropriate and follow the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R).

 

  Student Council Association Holiday Food Drive

The Student Council Association is hosting a holiday food drive to support our local food bank. Families are welcome to donate non-perishable items from November 30 - December 14. Students may drop off non-perishable items in the main lobby. Our goal is to donate at least 2,000 food items to our local food bank. Thank you for your support.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

We have had over 450 students attend the After School Program. If your child has not yet participated, it’s not too late! Many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Two new clubs starting next week include Robotics and Origami Club. Please click here and check out the schedule for the next two weeks. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The Fairfax Health District and FCPS is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 at ten clinics located at schools across Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Click here for up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities.

PTA News and Updates

 

PTA Gift Card Drive

Franklin Middle School is collecting donations of gift cards to help FMS families in need during the winter holidays. Please consider a donation of any amount in a regular or electronic gift card. We would like to consider stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Burlington that offer a variety of shopping options. If interested, please consider making a contribution.

Please email E-gift cards to our Franklin Middle School social worker, Elyse Brunais. Gift cards may also be mailed to the address below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Franklin Middle School PTA President, Heather Tomasek or Franklin Middle School social worker Elyse Brunais. Thank you for supporting our community.

Franklin Middle School

attn: Elyse Brunais

3300 Lees Corner Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

 

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.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 23

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Franklin Families and Students,

During this season of gratitude, we want to take a moment to express how thankful we are that every one of you is a member of the Franklin MS community. We are grateful for all of that you do to support your student’s success at FMS and for the partnership and trust you place in Franklin. Thank you for helping to make our school such a special place for our students.

On behalf of the entire Franklin Middle School staff, we would like to extend our warmest Thanksgiving greetings to you, your family, friends and loved ones.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 19

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Franklin Families and Students,

There is much to be proud of this week at Franklin and I would encourage you to take a few minutes to check out some of this good news below. Here are a few highlights:

  • Congrats to all of the students who were recognized as part of our 1st Quarter Honor Roll program.
  • Fourteen FMS Falcons were recognized as Rising Stars for their accomplishments this quarter. Way to go!
  • Our PTA and our SCA are leading the way with acts of kindness and service to our community. The Student Council is organizing a Holiday Food Drive with a goal of collecting 2000 items and our generous PTA is putting together a Gift Card Drive for families in need around the holidays.
  • Help us celebrate all of the students who competed in our After School Top Chef Lunch Competition. The winning team will go on to represent FMS at the Real Food for Kids Organization Culinary Competition in March.

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

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events

November 24 - 26 - No School Thanksgiving Holiday

  Honor Roll Recognition

We recognized 518 students for achieving All A and A/B Honor Roll for the first quarter. Additionally, we recognized 14 Rising Stars who were nominated by a teacher for their hard work and improvement over the first quarter. Congratulations, students, on all of your hard work!  Certificates were distributed during Falcon Time today.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Beginning Tuesday, November 16, the Fairfax Health District and FCPS will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, at ten clinics located at schools across Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Click here for up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities.

  Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards. To submit a nomination for a Franklin Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on the associated link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school 

district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 23. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lyttle, Director of Student Services.

 

Library Updates

Two books I recently read from our library are sequels: Pax: Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker and Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling.  A message I received by reading these is that we are all learning about ourselves, which can be painful at times, yet we all have experiences, knowledge and kindness to share.  I am thankful for the inspiration, reminding me that all of our students and staff are learning and growing. I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving break, and hopefully some time to read - from your librarian, Mrs. Ruffle.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

Our program will be closed on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23. Activities resume on Monday, November 29. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

On Monday, November 15, four culinary groups competed in a challenging Top Chef Lunch Competition after school. The theme of the competition was “Buy Local, Eat Local”, where 50% of their ingredients had to be sourced from somewhere in Virginia. The groups were challenged by cost and nutrition restrictions to create a lunch that could be served as part of the school lunch cafeteria rotation. The winning group is moving on to representing Franklin at the county-wide Real Food for Kids Organization Culinary Competition that will be held in early March at Hayfield HS. Four teachers and one student judged the groups on their meals according to taste, creativity, cost, and nutrition, as well as following the theme. The winning group was Janya P. and Anvita G. who impressed judges with their Knockout Quesadilla.  Runners up by a very close margin were Ellie W. and Hannah L. who also created a delicious quesadilla meal. Daniel S., Sophia D., and Mariangel M. made their own whole wheat rolls from scratch with an incredibly healthy but delicious potato/veggie soup.  Finally, Mandy T. and Rachel S. made a scrumptious tomato, cheese, and ham sandwich on whole wheat that would surely please middle and high schoolers. All of the groups were incredibly thoughtful and well prepared for the judges' questions. A huge congratulations to all that took up this challenge and a big thank you to Ms. Jeffry and Ms. Spencer for running the event.

  Student Council Association Holiday Food Drive

 

The Student Council Association is hosting a holiday food drive to support our local food bank. Families are welcome to donate non-perishable items from November 30 - December 14. Students may drop off non-perishable items in the main lobby. Our goal is to donate at least 2,000 food items to our local food bank. Thank you for your support.

 

Children's Holiday Wonderland Concert at Oakton High School

The Oakton High School Band will perform at a Children's Holiday Wonderland Concert on December 11 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Please visit the Oakton Bands Webpage for more information and to purchase tickets.

 

Franklin MS Office Hours

Our school office will be closed November 24 - 26, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, November 29.

  PTA News and Updates

 

PTA Gift Card Drive

Franklin Middle School is collecting donations of gift cards to help FMS families in need during the winter holidays. Please consider a donation of any amount in a regular or electronic gift card. We would like to consider stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Burlington that offer a variety of shopping options. If interested, please contribute by November 30.

Please email E-gift cards to our Franklin Middle School social worker, Elyse Brunais. Gift cards may also be mailed to the address below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Franklin Middle School PTA President, Heather Tomasek or Franklin Middle School social worker Elyse Brunais. Thank you for supporting our community.

Franklin Middle School

attn: Elyse Brunais

3300 Lees Corner Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

 

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.

 

Quick Links

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 12

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Franklin Families and Students,

This week we honored and recognized our veterans and the role of the military in our country. Yesterday, all of our students were able to take part in a Veterans Day presentation that included musical performances and contributions from members of the military. Our students engaged in reflective discussions about the importance of honoring our veterans and what Veterans Day means to them. On behalf of the Franklin Middle School students and staff, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women, and their families, who have served our nation as members of the United States Armed Forces.

I would also like to continue the theme of gratitude and say a big THANK YOU to the Franklin PTA for providing a delicious luncheon this week for all of our hard-working staff members. Our entire team enjoyed this special treat and we are grateful for the support of the PTA and our school community.

Finally, we have some exciting news to share about one of our FMS student musicians! One of our 8th graders, Ella Kim, is an accomplished classical pianist. Ella, and her sister Emma-Grace, have been invited by NPR’s From the Top and Classical WETA, DC’s classical radio station, to do an Instagram Takeover of @ClassicalWETA for the next few days where they will be sharing insight into their daily lives as young classical musicians. The Instagram Takeover will conclude with an interview on Classical WETA’s Facebook page on Saturday evening, November 13. Way to go Ella!

Best wishes to all of our FMS families for an enjoyable weekend of beautiful Fall weather.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

November 17 - School Picture Make-Up Day

November 24 - 26 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Report Cards

First quarter report cards were distributed during the school day today. Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be open for middle school families on Saturday, November 13 at 6:00 AM. Beginning in the second quarter, report cards will be only mailed to the families who have not opted in for "Go Paperless" in SIS. Parents can opt in for “Go Paperless” via ParentVue by clicking the checkbox just under your account details. Please contact your child’s subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your student’s academic progress.

 

Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards. To submit a nomination for a Franklin Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on the associated link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 23. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lyttle, Director of Student Services.

 

TJHSST Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students - The application opened on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 PM and will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 PM. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email with any questions.

 

School Pictures

Students have received their Lifetouch proofs and pre-ordered picture packets. For assistance with ordering new packages or additional pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 or by email at: [email protected]. Picture make-up day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

We have had over 400 students attend the after-school program so far. If your child has not yet participated, it’s not too late! Many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. The After School Program will be closed on Friday, November 19, Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23. A new activity starting next week is Handcraft Hangout Club. You can check out the schedule for next week here. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

Schoology Tips for Parents and Guardians

Please use the FCPS Schoology link (http://lms.fcps.edu) to log in to Schoology, using the same username and password that you use to access SIS ParentVUE. Once you are logged in, click on your name in the top right corner to view a list of your students. Select your student’s name to view Schoology as the student. This is the best way to see what assignments are coming up. Remember to use SIS ParentVUE as the gradebook of record. Please contact Anne Baker with any questions.

 

Attendance Information

Absences or Late Arrivals

Please report absences and late arrivals by calling the Attendance Line at: (703) 904-5151 or emailing [email protected] by 9:00 AM. You may also use the Online Attendance Form located on the Franklin MS website. Please do not use the attendance line to request early dismissal.

Early Dismissal

To minimize disruptions to the classroom learning environment, please have your student bring a note to the main office detailing the student name, date, time you will pick up your student and the reason for the early dismissal. A pass will be issued to your student to be released from class. Please come to Door 1 with a photo ID to pick up your student. You will be asked to sign your student out in the main office.

 

Scoliosis Information for Parents and Guardians

Please click here for information on scoliosis and methods for early detection (translated forms available). If you have any concern that your child may have scoliosis, make sure that your child is screened by a healthcare provider. The school Public Health Nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian. Please click here for more information on scoliosis.

 

Quick Links

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 5

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. Our students were only at FMS for three days this week, but we made the most of them to get off to a great start to the 2nd quarter. Our students and staff finished the day on Wednesday with one of our Team Time events. We have scheduled these throughout the year to foster positive relationships, connections, and school spirit at Franklin.

We are also continuing to prepare for some of the Veterans Day recognitions that will be taking place next week. There is still time for members of our community to be involved and more information can be found below.

Finally, it is the time of the year where we have the opportunity to share our gratitude and recognize the outstanding staff at FMS.

To submit a nomination for a Franklin Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on the associated link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category).

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 23. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Lyttle, Director of Student Services.

Always feel free to contact me at [email protected] if there is anything we can do to support your student. Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend to all of our FMS families.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM - No After School Program

November 17 - School Picture Make-Up Day

November 24 - 26 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Report Cards

First quarter report cards will be distributed during the school day on Friday, November 12. Beginning in the second quarter, report cards will be only mailed to the families who have not opted in for "Go Paperless" in SIS. Parents can opt in for “Go Paperless” via ParentVue by clicking the checkbox just under your account details. Please contact your child’s subject teacher and/or counselor for any questions regarding your student’s academic progress.

 

Veterans Day 2021

Franklin Family, are you or a family member a veteran or someone who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, please consider the following opportunity. The Franklin MS Civics team is creating a video compilation of Franklin Community members who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, to go with a music tribute from our wonderful music department. If you would be willing to share a part of your story or experiences with us, we would love to hear from you so we can share what you have to say with our students. A link to an interest form can be found here, and in the FMS all school schoology page. Thank you for your consideration, time and service.

 

Schoology Information for Parents and Guardians

Please visit our website for directions on how to navigate Schoology to view your child’s upcoming and overdue work. You will also see a link there for directions on downloading and using the Schoology App on your smartphone. Look for more resources on our All Parent Schoology Course.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

All Franklin students are welcome to attend the After School Program. There is no After School Program on early release days or student holidays. Our program will also be closed on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23. Late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. The schedule for next week can be found here. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

Library Updates

November is Native American Heritage Month so check out this list of books from Franklin's library about inspiring Native Americans, both famous and fictional.

 

Lost and Found

We have accumulated many misplaced items. Please encourage your student to check for their lost items in the lost and found area in the cafeteria. At the end of the school day on Friday, November 12, any remaining items will be donated to a local charitable organization.

 

School Pictures

Students have received their Lifetouch proofs and pre-ordered picture packets. For assistance with ordering new packages or additional pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 or by email at: [email protected]. Picture make-up day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17.

 

Yearbook Information

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

 

PTA Gift Card Drive

Franklin Middle School is collecting donations of gift cards to help FMS families in need during the winter holidays. Please consider a donation of any amount in a regular or electronic gift card. We would like to consider stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Burlington that offer a variety of shopping options. If interested, please contribute by November 30.

Please email E-gift cards to our Franklin Middle School social worker, Elyse Brunais. Gift cards may also be mailed to the address below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Franklin Middle School PTA President, Heather Tomasek or Franklin Middle School social worker Elyse Brunais. Thank you for supporting our community.

Franklin Middle School

attn: Elyse Brunais

3300 Lees Corner Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

 

TJHSST Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students - The application opened on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 PM and will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 PM. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email with any questions.

 

Scoliosis Information for Parents and Guardians

Please click here for information on scoliosis and methods for early detection (translated forms available). If you have any concern that your child may have scoliosis, make sure that your child is screened by a healthcare provider. The school Public Health Nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian. Please click here for more information on scoliosis.

 

Veterans Day Event at Chantilly High School

November 11 - 7:00 PM at Chantilly High School

For Veterans, active military personnel, and their families. Please come and enjoy a night of performances and a reception.

Masks are mandatory.

You must sign up to attend by using this form.

 

Quick Links

 

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 29

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The FMS Community,

Good Afternoon on this wet and rainy day. Although it is gloomy and overcast outside, there is much to celebrate at Franklin. Our students and staff have just completed the first quarter of this school year and I am extremely proud of their efforts. We also recognized this accomplishment with a fun Spirit Week that saw lots of participation throughout our school.

First quarter report cards will be distributed during the school day on Friday, November 12. Beginning in the second quarter, report cards will be only mailed to the families who have not opted in for "Go Paperless" in SIS. 

I hope that the long weekend is an opportunity for our students to relax, recharge, and enjoy being middle school students in a safe and responsible way.

As always, any member of the Franklin community can reach out to me directly at [email protected]. Your feedback, questions, and concerns are always appreciated.

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Cupcakes for Franklin Staff were baked and decorated by FACS 2 students.

 

Upcoming Events

November 1 - No School - Student Holiday and Teacher Workday

November 2 - No School - Student Holiday and Teacher Workday

November 4 - Religious and Cultural Observance

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM - No After School Program

 

TJHSST Application Process

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST)  Application Process for Eligible 8th Grade Students - The application opened on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 PM and will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 PM. Detailed information is posted on the TJ Admissions Office website. Please contact the TJ Admissions Office by email with any questions.

 

Federal Impact Aid Survey Information

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax exempt property. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home with all students earlier this month. If you have not already done so, please check with your child to obtain the form. If an additional copy of the form is needed, please contact Kristine Smith. For more information on the Federal Impact Aid form, please click here for more information.

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.

 

Veterans Day 2021

Franklin Family, are you or a family member a veteran or someone who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, please consider the following opportunity. The Franklin MS Civics team is creating a video compilation of Franklin Community members who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, to go with a music tribute from our wonderful music department. If you would be willing to share a part of your story or experiences with us, we would love to hear from you so we can share what you have to say with our students. A link to an interest form can be found here, and in the FMS all school schoology page. Thank you for your consideration, time and service.

 

Library Updates

Thank you to all students and staff who have been responsible library users this first quarter of the school year. Over 3000 printed books and ebooks have been checked out from the library this year. We have more than 250 new books on the way based on requests and newly published items. Please help students remember to return books they are finished reading to the library, or renew those they still want to finish. Please contact Mrs. Ruffle with any questions or check in the Schoology Library Course.

 

Franklin MS After School Program Information

All Franklin students are welcome to attend the After School Program. There is no After School Program on early release days or student holidays. Our late bus days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with parent pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays. New activities include the Urban Gardening Club, Flag Football, and a Top Chef interest meeting. Many of our clubs are “open enrollment”, meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. The schedule for next week can be found here. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

School Pictures

Students have received their Lifetouch proofs and pre-ordered picture packets. For assistance with ordering new packages or additional pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 or by email at: [email protected] Picture make-up day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17.

 

Yearbook Information

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

 

Veterans Day Event at Chantilly High School

November 11 - 7:00 PM at Chantilly High School

For Veterans, active military personnel, and their families. Please come and enjoy a night of performances and a reception!

Masks are mandatory! 

You must sign up to attend by using this form

 

Quick Links

 

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 22

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Franklin Families and Students,

Next week will bring us to the finish of the 1st quarter of the school year. I am extremely proud of the work ethic, perseverance, and resiliency that has been on display by our students and staff. At the same time, our students and staff are also showing us that they are amazing collaborators, communicators, and creative thinkers. While there is still much to be accomplished this year, we are off to a great start and we are very grateful for all of your support.

Our 7th graders participated in a Science field trip this week to explore the watershed at Cub Run. I would like to thank our staff members for all of their efforts that made this a safe and successful trip and to all of the parents who volunteered their time to be chaperones this week. We are hopeful to offer several more relevant and authentic learning experiences like this one to our students throughout the year.

The first Franklin Spirit Week of the year will take place next week. More information about the events can be found below. Please note that students are not able to wear costumes during our Sprit Week.

As always, any member of the Franklin community can reach out to me directly at [email protected]. Your feedback, questions, and concerns are always appreciated.

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

7th Grade science students participated in a watershed field trip this week.

 

Upcoming Events

October 29 - End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM - No After School Program

November 1 - No School - Student Holiday and Teacher Workday

November 2 - No School - Student Holiday and Teacher Workday

November 4 - Religious and Cultural Observance

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM - No After School Program

 

Digital Citizenship Week

This week students learned more about digital citizenship during Falcon Time lessons. We discussed how to take inventory of their online habits, how to be responsible decision makers when they are online, and how to deal with digital drama. We have several resources for parents to support these conversations posted to our Schoology All Parent Course.

 

Federal Impact Aid Survey Information

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax exempt property. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home last week with all students. If you have not already done so, please check with your child to obtain the form. If an additional copy of the form is needed, please contact Kristine Smith. For more information on the Federal Impact Aid form, please click here for more information.

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.

 

National Junior Honor Society Information

8th Grade students who applied and were accepted to NJHS in the spring of 2021 received an email on October 8 in their fcpsschools.net account with information regarding the Induction Ceremony. We ask that students please submit the form included in that email no later than Monday, October 25 if they would like to be inducted into NJHS. Please encourage your student to check their inbox for this email. As part of this email, students will be invited to join a Schoology group. This group will be our primary source of communication with members this year.

The Induction ceremony will be after school on October 27. Students will attend the ceremony in person. This is a late bus day, so students can ride the late bus home or be picked up at the end of the first block by an adult.

Parents, we will be emailing you a link to view our live stream of the ceremony early next week.  If you have not received the link by the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 26, please contact Ms. Bridenbaugh.

 

Veterans Day 2021

Franklin Family, are you or a family member a veteran or someone who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, please consider the following opportunity. The Franklin MS Civics team is creating a video compilation of Franklin Community members who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, to go with a music tribute from our wonderful music department. If you would be willing to share a part of your story or experiences with us, we would love to hear from you so we can share what you have to say with our students. A link to an interest form can be found here, and in the FMS all school schoology page. Thank you for your consideration, time and service.

 

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 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with parent pick up on Tuesday and Friday. New activities include; Urban Gardening Club, Flag Football, and a Top Chef interest meeting. The schedule for next week can be found here. Please email Mrs. Mollé with any questions regarding the After School Program.

 

PTA Gift Card Drive

Franklin Middle School is collecting donations of gift cards to help FMS families in need during the winter holidays. Please consider a donation of any amount in a regular or electronic gift card. We would like to consider stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Burlington that offer a variety of shopping options. If interested, please contribute by November 30.

Please email E-gift cards to our Franklin Middle School social worker, Elyse Brunais. Gift cards may also be mailed to the address below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Franklin Middle School PTA President, Heather Tomasek or Franklin Middle School social worker Elyse Brunais. Thank you for supporting our community.

Franklin Middle School

attn: Elyse Brunais

3300 Lees Corner Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

 

School Pictures

Students received their Lifetouch proofs and pre-ordered picture packets this week. For assistance with ordering new packages or additional pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 or by email at: [email protected]. Picture make-up day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17.

 

Yearbook Information

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

 

Lost and Found

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

 

Quick Links

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 15

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon and Happy Friday! I hope that you have had a good week. I am looking forward to attending the Oakton High School Homecoming Game this evening. It looks like it will be a great night for this community event and I hope to see many of you at the game!

We have several events coming up during the next month where we hope to partner with you so we can accomplish everything successfully. In the coming weeks we will have our first PTA Community Dining event at MOD Pizza, Federal Impact Aid Surveys will be going home, and our students will take the Youth Survey and SOS Screener. Additionally, all of our 7th grade Science students will go on a watershed field trip, our Civics team is sponsoring a Veterans Day recognition program, and our new NJHS members will officially be inducted. It is a busy time at FMS and we are glad that there are so many opportunities for our students.

I would encourage all of our students and families to check out some the information about our After-School programs at Franklin. We got started at the end of September and we are off to a great start. If your child plans to attend an after-school activity, you must complete the Registration Form in advance. The Program Preview offers general information about what is available and if you have any questions about the After-School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

 

Upcoming Events

October 17 - PTA MOD Pizza Community Dining Event Fundraiser

October 18 - 20 - 7th Grade Science Field Trips

October 29 - End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM

 

Federal Impact Aid Survey Information

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax exempt property. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be sent home before the end of October. Please be on the lookout for this important form to be sent home with all students. Click here for more information.

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5.

 

PTA Community Dining Event at MOD Pizza on October 17

It’s football season and with that comes pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 17 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase. Click here for more information. Thank you for your support of our PTA.

 

Yearbook Information

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

 

Library Updates

Fall for the Book festival is October 14-31 and has online events for everyone. Fall for the Book is Northern Virginia’s oldest and largest festival of literature and the arts. All events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of sponsors including the Fairfax County Public Library, George Mason University, the Fairfax Library Foundation, and the City of Fairfax.  Please click here for more information.

 

National Junior Honor Society Updates

8th Grade students who applied and were accepted to NJHS in the spring of 2021 received an email on 10/8 in their fcpsschools.net account with information regarding the Induction Ceremony. This ceremony will be after school on October 27. Students will be able to attend in person and we will invite parents to join us virtually. More details to come about virtual streaming for parents. This is a late bus day, so students can ride the late bus home or be picked up at the end of the first block by an adult. Please encourage your student to check their inbox for this email. As part of this email, students will be invited to join a Schoology group. This group will be our primary source of communication with members this year.

In an ongoing effort to refocus NJHS around the 5 Everyday Pillars the service requirement is going to be changing this year. Students will not be required to complete 15 service hours in service to an FCPS school, instead students will be completing a series of short character building activities over the course of the year. NJHS will also be sponsoring several service opportunities throughout the year, members will be required to participate in some way for at least one of those service opportunities.

After our induction ceremony, members will participate in a digital “Member Meeting” via our Schoology group. More detailed information regarding the changing service requirement will be presented to members during that presentation.

We look forward to a productive year of NJHS. If you have any questions, please contact the NJHS sponsors, Ms. Molly Bridenbaugh or Mr. Fletcher Phillips.

 

Veterans Day 2021

Franklin Family, are you or a family member a veteran or someone who is currently serving in the armed forces? If so, please consider the following opportunity. The Franklin MS Civics team is creating a video compilation of Franklin Community members who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, to go with a music tribute from our wonderful music department. If you would be willing to share a part of your story or experiences with us, we would love to hear from you so we can share what you have to say with our students. A link to an interest form can be found here, and in the FMS all school schoology page. Thank you for your consideration, time and service.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 8

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Franklin Families and Students,

I hope that all of you had a successful week. Our students and staff have been working hard as we continue to move through the 1st quarter of the school year. Monday is a Student Holiday and our staff will be using this time to engage in professional development opportunities.

At this point in the quarter, I would encourage all of our families to take some time in the coming days to discuss with your student what they are working on in their classes. This is also a good opportunity to take a look at their progress this quarter which can be viewed in SIS ParentVue/StudentVue. Don’t hesitate to reach out directly to your student’s teacher with any questions about specific assignments and assessments. If you have any trouble accessing SIS ParentVue, please contact our main office and we will connect you with a member of our Technology Team.

As always, any member of the Franklin community can reach out to me directly at [email protected]. Your feedback, questions, and concerns are always appreciated.

I hope that the long weekend serves as an opportunity for you to spend some extra time with family, friends, and neighbors.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

October 11 - Student Holiday - School Planning Day

October 17 - PTA MOD Pizza Community Dining Event Fundraiser

October 18 - 20 - MWEE Field Trips

October 29 - End of First Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release at 12:15 PM

 

PTA Community Dining Event at MOD Pizza on October 17

It’s football season and with that comes pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 17 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase. Click here for more information. Thank you for your support of our PTA.

 

National Junior Honor Society Updates

8th Grade students who applied and were accepted to NJHS in the spring of 2021 received an email on 10/8 in their fcpsschools.net account with information regarding the Induction Ceremony. This ceremony will be after school on October 27. Students will be able to attend in person and we will invite parents to join us virtually. More details to come about virtual streaming for parents. This is a late bus day, so students can ride the late bus home or be picked up at the end of the first block by an adult. Please encourage your student to check their inbox for this email. As part of this email, students will be invited to join a Schoology group. This group will be our primary source of communication with members this year.

In an ongoing effort to refocus NJHS around the 5 Everyday Pillars the service requirement is going to be changing this year. Students will not be required to complete 15 service hours in service to an FCPS school, instead students will be completing a series of short character building activities over the course of the year. NJHS will also be sponsoring several service opportunities throughout the year, members will be required to participate in some way for at least one of those service opportunities.

After our induction ceremony, members will participate in a digital “Member Meeting” via our Schoology group. More detailed information regarding the changing service requirement will be presented to members during that presentation.

We look forward to a productive year of NJHS. If you have any questions, please contact the NJHS sponsors, Ms. Molly Bridenbaugh or Mr. Fletcher Phillips.

 

PTA Gift Card Drive

Franklin Middle School is collecting donations of gift cards to help FMS families in need during the winter holidays. Please consider a donation of any amount in a regular or electronic gift card. We would like to consider stores like Walmart, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Burlington that offer a variety of shopping options. If interested, please contribute by November 30.  

Please email E-gift cards to our Franklin Middle School social worker, Elyse Brunais. Gift cards may also be mailed to the address below.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Franklin Middle School PTA President, Heather Tomasek or Franklin Middle School social worker Elyse Brunais. Thank you for supporting our community.

Franklin Middle School

attn: Elyse Brunais

3300 Lees Corner Road

Chantilly, VA 20151

 

Service Learning Volunteer Opportunities

There are many volunteer opportunities available for students who decide to do in-person activities for service learning. Please visit the Franklin Middle School PTA Facebook page for a list of opportunities.

 

Federal Impact Aid Survey is Coming Soon

The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax exempt property. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid forms will be sent home before the end of October. Please be on the lookout for this important form to be sent home with all students.

The deadline to return the completed form is Friday, November 5th.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

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 in advance. New activities starting next week include Flag Football, a Yearbook interest meeting, and an Urban Gardening Club interest meeting. The schedule and club descriptions can be found here. For questions regarding the After-School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

TJHSST Freshman Application Process

Is your 8th grader interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology? If so, please click here for more information. Applications will be available on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 PM. Please contact your student’s counselor for more information.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 1

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Good Afternoon!

Today marks the start of October which brings with it many of the enjoyable activities and traditions that occur in our homes, communities, and schools during the Fall months.

I would like to thank everyone who attended our Student Services Virtual Coffee earlier this week. There were some great discussions about the resources available to families during the two-year middle school journey. This was the first of many community outreach events that will be taking place this year.

The Franklin PTA had their first meeting of the year this week and they are off to a great start! All families are encouraged to join the PTA and to look for an opportunity to get involved. A great way to find out more information is to visit the PTA website or to contact our PTA President. I would like to take this opportunity to put on a spotlight on the first PTA Community Dining Event of the year at Mod Pizza on October 17. More information on how to be a part of it can be found here.

In closing, I would encourage all Franklin MS families to review the message sent to you yesterday by our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, regarding several concerning trends on social media. We will continue to address this topic at our school, and I am asking for your partnership in speaking with your children about the serious nature of these acts and the consequences they will face if they participate. 

During August and September, we have a learned a lot about how to make every day at FMS a positive experience. As we begin October, we will continue to learn, reflect, adjust, and grow together as we move through the year as a school community. We are grateful for your continued support and partnership to make this a successful school year for all of our students.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

October 4 - 8 - Hearing and Vision Screening

October 11 - School Planning Day, Student Holiday

October 17 - PTA MOD Pizza Community Dining Event Fundraiser

 

PTA Community Dining Event at MOD Pizza on October 17

It’s football season and with that comes pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 17 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase. Click here for more information. Thank you for your support of our PTA.

 

Best Buddies Interest Meeting on October 6

We will have an interest meeting for students on Wednesday, October 6 from 2:40 PM - 3:40 PM. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Please visit the Best Buddies webpage or contact Julia Hills or Gail Dryer with any questions.

 

TJHSST Freshman Application Process

Is your 8th grader interested in applying to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology? If so, please click here for more information. Applications will be available on Monday, October 25 at 4:00 PM. Please contact your student’s counselor for more information.

 

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. The schedule and club descriptions can be found here. For questions regarding the After-School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.

 

Digital Resources Consent Form

Due to some changes to YouTube this year, your student will not be able to view YouTube videos for class if you have not completed the Digital Resources Consent Form. You can review the tools used at Franklin here. Please reach out to Anne Baker if you have any questions.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities Parent Signature Sheet

Students recently participated in Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) presentations and activities. An important part of the SR&R process is the partnership Franklin has with its parents and guardians through the completion of the SR&R Parent Signature sheet as acknowledgement of receiving the SR&R handbook electronically. Parents and guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the hard copy Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

  AAP Advanced Academics Fall Screening

This pertains specifically to those students newly enrolled in FCPS and attending after January 2021. Information regarding the Level IV Advanced Academics Program in FCPS can be found here. The referral form and optional screening materials are due to your child’s school counselor no later than October 7, 2021 if you would like to pursue eligibility (final decisions to be shared in December). Students who do not have cognitive testing score on file will be offered the opportunity in mid-October to take the CogAT. Please contact your child’s counselor with questions.

 

CogAT Testing Information

On October 15, Franklin will be administering the CogAT to 7th grade students who do not have an ability test score on file. The CogAT is used as one piece in determining AAP eligibility. Most students who will be tested are those who are newly arrived to Fairfax County Public Schools this year. We will contact your family directly if your child is eligible for this assessment. Families of students who were assessed in a prior year may also request that their child take a one-time retest of the CogAT. Please submit this request to Brandon Clarke.

 

World Language Credit Exam

This year’s World Language Credit exam will be administered November 16, 17 and 18 at Robinson SS, Centreville HS and Edison HS. For more information about the exam, please visit the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam web site. Students interested in registering for the exam may reach out to their school counselor prior to October 13, 2021.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

While FCPS is providing meals free of charge to all families this year, families who qualify for free and reduce-priced meals can also receive additional benefits, such as P-EBT, the Virginia children’s health insurance program called Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), and/or Medicaid, as well as other assistance programs. The link to apply for free and reduce-priced meals can be found here - https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

 

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