Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 27

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Dear Franklin Families,  

Good afternoon! We hope that you have had an enjoyable week full of health, wellness, safety, and time with loved ones and friends. Our staff has been thinking about all of you and we miss you! Thank you for your continued support and understanding. The entire Franklin staff is truly grateful for the care and compassion we have seen demonstrated during a time when there are so many changes occurring around us. We are strong and resilient, and I am confident that together we will accomplish great things during the remainder of the school year. I am incredibly proud to be a part of such an amazing school community!

The Franklin MS staff is looking forward to collaborating online next week to plan for the kick-off of Distance Learning for all students on April 14, 2020.   We will be engaged in online professional development sessions and collaborating as a full faculty and in departments.  I look forward to sharing a schedule for learning with all families and students at the end of next week!

We will all be adjusting to new schedules and new formats for teaching and learning and ask for your patience and support as we collaborate to support all of our students.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, always feel free to contact me at  dpwright@fcps.edu.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Resources for You and Your Family

Here are a few quick links to resources from FCPS:

 

FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard)

All FCPS parents have access to their child's FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) account. Teachers will use this tool to share content with students and families during this time of distance learning.

If a teacher primarily uses their FCPS Google Classroom to share material, they will note it in FCPS 24-7 Learning to be sure parents are aware of content being shared. Parents do not have access to FCPS Google accounts, but may login with their child to view the content. 

Your FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) login is the same as your SIS ParentVue login.

FCPS 24-7 Learning Resources

SIS ParentVUE Resources

FCPS Communication Tools

 

Library Resources

All FCPS students have access to district-purchased ebooks and audiobooks through Destiny Discover and MackinVIA. Students can read ebooks and listen to audiobooks on the MackinVIA website or download the MackinVIA app to any device, using the blue Fairfax County button, NOT the Follett sign in.

Explore the Destiny Discover library catalog to find FCPS-purchased ebooks and audiobooks. Students also have access using the desktop icon on their school-issued laptop. For more information on how to use and access ebooks and audiobooks, you can use the tutorial found on the Library Google Site (accessed with a student's fcpsschools account).

Finally, for even more titles, the Fairfax County Public Library offers a wide selection of ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines. If you do not have a library card, sign up for one on their website and gain instant access to these digital resources and more!

 

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Franklin MS Technology Support

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Dear Franklin Families,               

Good afternoon! Our staff has been thinking about all of you and we miss you! We encourage you to continue to implement safe social distancing practices and we hope that your family and loved ones have stayed healthy during this challenging time.

Following the announcement from Governor Northam yesterday that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the year, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding student technology. Because our school is an FCPSOn participant, we are fortunate that all of our students have been issued laptops. We know that some of those laptops may not be working correctly and we wanted to offer an opportunity to provide some support.

Technology Support:

If your student laptop is not working or if there is a problem with your charger, please complete this form and we will notify you of a time to visit Franklin MS later this week.  During this tech support session, there will be sanitizing stations and numerous safety procedures in place to promote social distancing. Students or parents will not be able to access the building or lockers during this time. While students should be accompanied by parents when they attend this session, we ask that parents please remain in their cars.

Essential Items:

Student access to personal lockers is not permitted at this time.  However, we know that some of you may have a personal item such as eyeglasses, medication and musical instruments that you may now need at home.  If you believe you have an essential personal item at Franklin that you will need in the near future, please complete this form and a Franklin staff member will contact you to arrange a time to pick up these items. 

Students should complete these forms using their fcpsschools.net Google accounts.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at dpwright@fcps.edu  if you have any questions.

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
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A Message from Franklin MS - March 19

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Dear Franklin Families,

I hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. I recognize that we are all currently facing many challenges today, and it appears we will be facing this situation for many more weeks ahead of us. We must follow the protocols and guidelines provided by the CDC and the government by social distancing from each other and monitoring vulnerable citizens and family members. I realize there is much anxiety and fear, but please know that we need to stay calm, care for one another, and stick together. It is important that we model these attributes for each other and for the children and young adults in our households and communities.

Let’s try and make this time as beneficial as possible. Over the last several days, my family has started to adjust to our new normal. We are trying to settle into some routines and have found that the things we thought would work great a few days ago, need to be adjusted. We are all recalibrating, and it is ok that it is challenging and difficult. We have spent our time learning together, being outside together, enjoying an appropriate amount of screen time together, and much more. Our new favorite board game is Ticket to Ride, our house was invaded by a Leprechaun on Tuesday, and my youngest daughter learned to ride a bike without training wheels yesterday. As one of the adults in our family, I am balancing all of that with trying to answer some of the tough questions our children are asking about what is going on and doing a lot of wondering on my own about what lies ahead in the weeks and month in front of us.

At Franklin MS, we continue to follow the expectations around learning and school operations that have been communicated by FCPS. Our staff has been virtually reaching out to students to provide optional activities that can be enjoyed during our time away from school. I have been conducting virtual meetings with our awesome staff members so we can connect with one another and have a dialogue about how we can support each other and the Franklin community. Finally, I am extremely grateful to our Superintendent and the entire FCPS Leadership Team who have been working tirelessly to lead our division through this challenging time and to develop answers to the many questions that we all have.

Over the next several weeks, please utilize the resources that are below and other online resources to keep structure and balance in your child’s life and for your family. These are just a few resources and I will continue to share more. If you aren’t already, please be sure to follow us on Twitter (@FCPSFranklinMS). Beginning next Monday, I will be posting daily messages, challenges, activities, and resources for our students and families. Additionally, feel free to contact me via email at dpwright@fcps.edu at any time.

I recently came across the following thought that has an unknown author:

Sometimes we are tested, not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.

Every one of us that is reading this message has experienced a lot of change in the last few weeks, and there is probably more to come, and that is ok. But, it will also be an opportunity for all of us to discover our strengths. Our strengths as individuals, as families, as a school, as communities, and as a society.  I encourage all of us to discover our strengths and to use them to model a sense of calm, to care for one another, and to work together. By doing this, I am confident we will find the way forward.

Thank you for all that you do to support our students and the Franklin community.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

FCPS Continuity of Learning

Our division has developed a plan for continuity of learning while school is closed. Our goal is for students to read, write, communicate, and engage in continued learning experiences during this period. The first two weeks of school closure (Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities posted on FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. Student work will be neither required nor graded. These activities will be across the content areas so each child can choose activities that suit their interests

Middle School Continuity of Learning Resources

 

Food Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency continues to evolve, we understand that individuals and families in our communities may have food assistance needs.  To make it easier for you to find food resources, the county has developed a searchable map that includes all food distribution sites, including Fairfax County Public Schools, community meal distribution sites, food pantries and other related services.  You can enter your address, select how many miles from your address you want to search and select from the food distribution and assistance sites to find the name, address, hours (if available) and driving directions.  

Additionally, many nonprofit and faith-based organizations provide supplemental food and other services to our students and families. Their needs are ongoing.  Here is a link to resources in every part of Fairfax County that need the support of our generous community

 

Mental Health and Community Resources

Concern over the new virus can make children and families anxious.  While there is uncertainty about the spread of the disease in the US, acknowledging the level of concern in any family member is appropriate.  The resources found here will help you help children cope with anxiety by providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm. This link also includes several resources that have been created by leading mental health experts on how to have age-appropriate, fact-based and reassuring conversations with you children about the outbreak and the steps they can take to stay healthy.

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The Parent Resource Center (PRC) of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators, and community members. We provide access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.

 

 

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A Message From Franklin MS - March 15

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Dear Franklin Families,

I appreciate your patience as we adapt to the ever-changing situation related to Covid-19.  We are grateful for your support and understanding during this challenging time.  The priority of FCPS remains the safety and well-being of our students, staff, families, and our community. We will work to stay in touch with our families and maintain communication.  Franklin MS is closed to all staff and students until further notice. 

You can find the most up to date information on the FCPS website: www.fcps.edu and on Twitter @fcpsnews. You can read Dr. Brabrand's message from earlier today in its entirety, including information on the expanded availability of grab and go meals, at www.fcps.edu.

I encourage our community to practice social distancing. Interacting face-to-face with friends and neighbors through apps like FaceTime and video chats can help to practice social distancing while not falling into social isolation.  Social media may allow engagement with others as well, but we want to caution our families not to become over-reliant on apps that promote likes over personal contact. We encourage you to make phone calls, talk to friends, and keep in contact over this time. The world has pressed pause on our school year -- take this time to slow down, stay home, and support one another.

Information on what we will do with 3rd quarter is still in process.  Please be patient and know that the entire county and state are dealing with this and decisions around grading, testing, and SOL assessments have many implications, therefore this will take additional time to determine next steps. 

I recognize this is a difficult time and you and your children may be experiencing a variety of feelings that can impact mental health.  Should you or a loved one be in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

- Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077

- Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org

- Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)

Please continue to direct students to the optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. Teachers will not be providing required work or assignments at this time.

I will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and support. Again, if you have questions, please feel free to send me an email at dpwright@fcps.edu

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Learning Activities:
  • FCPS will promote digital and online resources to FCPS students that will provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction. This work will not be required nor graded. 
  • Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu.
  • Students can access the FCPS online library catalog for FMS to find electronic books, audio books, and lots of other resources from any computer from the following link: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/100358
Food Distribution:

Beginning tomorrow, March 16, FCPS is expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside of the schools.  

Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:

Annandale Terrace ES, 7604 Herald St., Annandale

Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church Braddock ES,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale

Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly

Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke

Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd.Centreville

Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield

Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna

Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston

Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield 

Graham Road Community Center,  3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir

Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon

Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 

London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville

Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria

Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax

Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria 

 

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A Message from Franklin MS

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Dear Franklin Families,

At this point, it is likely that you have received the communication from Dr. Brabrand that our schools will be closed until April 10. I want all of our Franklin families to know that we are all in this together.  While our physical building isn’t open for the community and we are asked to maintain social distance, I encourage our students and families to continue to remain connected to one another. Use the technology we have at our disposal to reach out to your loved ones and friends. During our time apart, continue to foster the connections and relationships built through school and activities. By working together and caring for each other, we will find the right way forward.

As we prepare for the extended closure, the Franklin Office will be open on Monday, March 16 between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm for students to pick up laptops, binders, musical instruments, and other resources. Please check in at Door 1.

As additional information becomes available, we will communicate that to you as quickly as possible. We understand that this is a difficult time and that families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this closure. If there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

dpwright@fcps.edu

 

ParentVue Accounts

This weekend, the FCPS IT Team will be pushing out emails to any parent who does not currently have a ParentVue account. Please sign up if you do not have an account as this will be important for distance learning.

 

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites to students (more sites may be added), from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites below to pick up a lunch during that time period.

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville • Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

 

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A Message from Franklin MS

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Dear Franklin Families,

A message was sent to you yesterday from FCPS designating Monday, March 16th as a Student Holiday. This will provide an opportunity for staff to prepare for the possibility of distance learning in the event of a school(s) closure. We will use this day as a staff training day and all staff will report to work. 

Please continue to closely monitor your email and the Coronavirus Update Page on the FCPS public website for information and updates.  I’ve included a link of FAQs which is available in multiple languages. Additional resources are available below that will help all of us stay informed.

Additionally, it has come to our attention that our Franklin Student Planners contain a typo on page 2 under 2019-2020 School Year Calendar. To clarify, Friday, March 13th is a regular, even-block school day and student attendance is expected as scheduled.

Please feel free to continue to reach out to me with questions and concerns. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

dpwright@fcps.edu

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A Message from Franklin MS

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Dear Franklin Families,

Thank you for sharing your concerns and questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) with me. Student and staff safety is always our first priority.  I can assure you we are following all guidance and protocols from the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure that our school is clean and safe. I encourage you to refer to the email message sent out last evening by FCPS  Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand. 

The Virginia Department of Health is closely monitoring and investigating any reports of illness potentially associated with Coronavirus throughout the state. To protect individual confidentiality, health officials do not share specific details regarding their health investigations but they work in close coordination Fairfax County Health Department staff to follow up on all reports of illness that may impact public health. Health department staff are currently in the process of conducting contact investigations throughout the community to determine any potential exposures to individuals with people who tested positive for COVID-19. To this point, the health department has not communicated direct connections to illness with FCPS or Franklin MS. However, if parents or staff are contacted by health department personnel, they should follow instructions and notify our staff with this information.

According to the health department, the risk of this illness to the general American public remains low. At this time, the following people have an increased risk of infection:

  • People who have (or had) close contact with people diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Health care workers who cared for patients diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Travelers returning from countries where COVID-19 is widespread
  • People who live in places where there is community spread are at a slightly increased risk of exposure. However, in other communities, including Fairfax County, the risk to the general public remains low.

To learn more about how health department staff conduct their investigations, or anyone with specific questions involving the ongoing situation, should call the Health Department: 703-267-3511 or the Virginia Department of Health: 1-877-ASK-VDH3.

This is a rapidly changing situation and information is being shared as it becomes available.

Please continue to reach out to me with questions and concerns and check https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update for the most current FCPS information regarding this situation.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

dpwright@fcps.edu

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Franklin Weekly Update - March 6th

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Dear Franklin Families,

It feels like Spring is in the air and it was nice to see some warmer temperatures this week. I had the opportunity to meet several Franklin families at the Parent Coffees on Tuesday and Wednesday and I look forward to continuing this outreach throughout the next several months. I hope to take advantage of any opportunity I have to connect with the Franklin community. Currently, I am in the process of visiting all of the elementary schools that send students to Franklin as well as the three high schools that our students primarily attend as 9th graders. This has been a valuable opportunity to learn about the experiences of our students before and after they attend Franklin and to foster strong partnerships with these schools in order to set our students up for successful transitions.

A big congratulations goes out to our Franklin MS Geography Bee Champion, 7th grader William Evangelista, for qualifying for the Virginia State Geography Bee!  He took the National Geographic state qualifying exam after winning our school-based bee in January and he will be representing Franklin MS at the state finals on March 27th at Longwood University. A big thank you goes out to Kara Taylor, William’s History teacher and the organizer of the Franklin MS Geography Bee. Way to go William!  Good luck!

Finally, with all of the information in the news about COVID-19, I wanted to provide you with a few updates as well as some excellent resources available from FCPS. Our teachers and staff at Franklin MS are committed to continuing to provide a healthy environment for all and reinforcing with our students the importance of following proper handwashing procedures before eating and after sneezing, coughing, or using the bathroom. Our custodial staff have been directed to sanitize all surfaces and high-contact areas such as doorknobs, handrails, light switches, and water fountains. Please remind your students to use good hygiene and if a student is showing signs of a cold or the flu, they should stay home. A variety of resources about coronavirus from the FCHD and updated FAQs from FCPS have been posted at https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update. Do not hesitate to reach out to the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all that you do to support the students at Franklin MS.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

dpwright@fcps.edu

Grade 8 Writing SOL

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 10 and March 13.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school as soon as possible.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 8 take the English: Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test. The test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your child’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.

Students may not bring electronic devices into testing rooms, including phones and smartwatches

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact the School Test Coordinator, Lea Fadden at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu.

Franklin MS Writing SOL Schedule

Tuesday, March 10 (Odd Day: 1,3,5,7,LS)

  • Students in odd period English classes will take the multiple choice component starting at 7:30.

Wednesday, March 11 (Even Day: 2,4,5,6,LS)

  • Students in even period English classes will take the multiple choice component starting at 7:30.

Thursday, March 12 (Modified Odd Day: 3,7,5,1,LS)

  • Students in odd period English classes will take the short paper component starting at 7:30.

Friday, March 13 (Modified Even Day: 4,6,5,2,LS)

  • Students in even period English classes will take the short paper component starting at 7:30.
SOL Testing and FCPSOn Devices

All Franklin students will be using their FCPSOn Devices for SOL testing. Please ensure your student’s laptop is working and that they have their power charger.

*Students should have done health checks in their Learning Seminars on March 4th through the 6th with their teachers to ensure that their devices are updated with the latest software, any absent students can do this health check March 9th*

All students taking an SOL test will need to bring a fully charged laptop and power charger with the exception of students who opted out and use their own device. 

Failing to bring in a device on testing days could impact a student's ability to participate in testing on the scheduled SOL testing date.

Upcoming Events

March 9th - Best Buddies Meeting (1st Block 2:40-3:40 pm, bring your t-shirt)

March 9th - Spring Picture Day

March 10th - PTA Meeting

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 27th - Faculty Basketball Game vs Rocky Run (@Chantilly HS) 7 pm

March 31st - Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning

6-7:30 pm

April 1st - Parent-Teen Book Club - 7 pm

April 16 - Chantilly Pyramid Art Show (@Chantilly HS) - 6-8pm

Student Services Updates Dear Rising 7th Grade Parents and Guardians:

As we are completing the last steps in Academic Advising and the Course Selection process, we want to be sure that you have had the opportunity to review your child’s course selections for the 2020-21 school year. If you have not already done so, please log into SIS ParentVUE and click “Course Requests” on the left.  All online course selections are due by March 13th.  After that date, you will need to contact the FMS School Counselor who is assigned to your child’s elementary school to request a schedule change.

Additional Information:

  • Music Program-Students who have selected Band, Chorus, or Orchestra will be placed according to his or her level of performance. FMS School Music Directors will be consulting with Elementary Music Directors regarding placement. Auditions may be held during the spring.
  • World Languages offerings for 7th graders are the following:
    • French Part A, a full year course (which is basically half of the French 1 course) and the part B, full year course is completed in 8th Grade for High School Credit.
    • Spanish Part A will not be offered, only French Part A
    • Spanish 1, a full year High School Credit Class.
    • To earn an advanced degree diploma, a student needs to successfully complete 2 years of 2 different languages OR 3 years of one language.
    • Students can graduate without taking a language, but will not earn the advanced degree diploma, but rather a standard diploma.
  • Algebra 1 Honors- All students who are currently in Advanced 6th Grade Math are placed in Math 7 honors. A final placement will be determined once we received the Iowa Scores and Math 7 SOL scores in June. We will send letters in June to those who qualify as well as those who do not.
  • Intervention Classes- Students who may need additional support or who have not successfully passed a SOL, may be placed in an Intervention Class for the 2020-21 School year. This intervention class will replace an elective.
  • Jump Start- Jump Start is a transition program that will be held from August 3-7. Information regarding the Jump Start program will be sent to the Elementary schools the week of April 13th.

 Franklin Middle School Department of Student Services

Dr. Zena I. Chapman, Director of Student Services, zichapman@fcps.edu

Mrs. Teresa Wyne, Student Services Assistant, TWyne@fcps.edu

Professional School Counselors

Brookfield, Lees Corner - Mrs. Tammi Bailey-Case, tlbaileycase@fcps.edu

Cub Run, Oak Hill, Navy - Mr. John Basta, jbasta@fcps.edu

Waples Mill, Hunters Woods - Mrs. Kathy Hudson kahudson1@fcps.edu

Parent Liaison

Mrs. Cecilia Goldstein, czgoldstein@fcps.edu

PTA Updates

Next PTA Meeting - March 10 

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on March 10 at 6:30 pm in the FMS Library.  We are a small but mighty group and we will start planning staff appreciation events, end of school year celebrations and start building our leadership team for next year! 

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

Screenagers: The Next Chapter Movie Screening

Wednesday, March 18 - 7pm
Oakton High School Auditorium (Door 6)
Doors open at 6:30pm

Oakton High School PTSA cordially invites you to a free screening of Screenagers Next Chapter on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Dr. Delaney Ruston's film examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

Reserve your tickets today and let’s start a conversation. All are welcome and suggested for grades 6 and above. For more information, visit Screenagers: Next Chapter to see the preview.

Family Engagement Policy Open Meetings

FCPS families, staff, students and community members are invited to
attend any of the following Family Engagement Policy open meetings to
provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can
also participate virtually in each of these meetings.

Family Engagement Policy Open Meetings
March 12, 2020 (9-10 a.m.) at Lake Anne ES Cafeteria

March 17, 2020 (7-8 p.m.) at Gatehouse Café

March 30, 2020 (7-8 p.m.) at West Potomac HS Auditorium

Link to join virtually
Dial–in information
1-571-392-7650
PIN: 8210692975

Save the Dates for Chantilly HS Chargin’ In – Schedule Pickup & 9th Grade Parent Program

        Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Freshmen Orientation – Opportunity for a tour & meet your teachers

        Thursday, August 20, 2020

We regret to inform our incoming freshman class of 2024 that our annual Charge Ahead (freshman orientation) Program will be canceled this summer due to the replacement of our HVAC units in the building. Thank you for your understanding. 

Franklin MS After-School Programs

Mark your calendars – the Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game will be on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Chantilly HS.

  • 6:00 pm FMS vs. RRMS Staff
  • 7:00 pm FMS girls team vs. RRMS girls team
  • 8:00 pm FMS boys team vs. RRMS boys team

After-School Skating Event – Wednesday, March 18th  

On Wednesday, March 18th we will host our annual after-school skating event. Skating is open to all students and is free of charge. In order to skate, students must turn in a signed permission slip by Friday, March 13th. Please click here for a permission slip or students can pick up permission slips in the cafeteria during their lunch or the main office. There will be a DJ and the event is always a blast! Skating will conclude at 4:30 PM for late bus dismissal. Students must use the skates provided by Skatetime. Please e-mail Mrs. Mollé, cemolle@fcps.edu with any questions you may have.

After-School Activities - March 9th - March 13 Quick Links:

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Franklin Weekly Update - February 28

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Dear Franklin Families,

We are excited to announce the Molly Bridenbaugh, one of our 7th Grade History teachers, was selected as the Outstanding New Secondary Teacher for the Chantilly Pyramid. She will now go on to compete at the Region Level with the other pyramid winners from Region 5. We are very proud of Molly and we are grateful for her endless dedication to her colleagues, our families, and most importantly, our students. Way to go Molly!

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all that you do to support the students at Franklin MS.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Upcoming Events

March 3rd - Student Holiday (No School - Teacher Workday)

March 9th - Best Buddies Meeting (1st Block 2:40-3:40 pm)

March 9th - Spring Picture Day

March 10th - PTA Meeting

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 27th - Faculty Basketball Game vs Rocky Run (@Chantilly HS) 7 pm

March 31st - Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning

6-7:30 pm

April 1st - Parent-Teen Book Club - 7 pm

April 16 - Chantilly Pyramid Art Show (@Chantilly HS) - 6-8pm

Bell Schedule for Monday, March 2nd-6th

March 2nd - Odd Block Day

March 3rd - No School for Student Holiday

March 4th - Even Block Day

March 5th - Odd Block Day

March 6th - Even Block Day

PTA Updates

Parent Coffee with the Principal

You are invited for coffee and conversation on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm or Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 am - 9:45 am.  Come meet our new Principal, hear his goals and share your voice as we continue to strengthen our Franklin Falcon community.

Next PTA Meeting - March 10 

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on March 10 at 6:30 pm in the FMS Library.  We are a small but mighty group and we will start planning staff appreciation events, end of school year celebrations and start building our leadership team for next year! 

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

Scholastic Art Awards of 2020 Exhibition and Ceremony

Fairfax County Public Schools will be presenting an exhibition honoring Regional Scholastic Gold Key and Silver Key Award Winning Students from the Fairfax County Art Region until Sunday, March 15th at Northern Virginia Community College's Ernst Cultural Center located on the Annandale Campus.

There will be an Award Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 starting at 7:30 pm and doors will open at 6:30 pm.

One of our Franklin students will be represented as 8th grader Hannah Erbe’s Cardboard Self-Portrait received a Silver Key and will be honored this night. Congratulations to Hannah for this outstanding achievement and representing our school with your award-winning artwork!

Franklin MS After-School Programs

Mark your calendars – the Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game will be on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Chantilly HS.

Drama Club – Ms. Young will be holding Drama Club after school the last Wednesday of each month for both blocks. Students must sign-up on their grade level google classroom. The sign-up for Wednesday, February 26 is available on google classroom for students to sign up.

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, March 2nd - Thursday, March 13th.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level Google Classroom.
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Franklin Weekly Update - February 21

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Dear Franklin Families,

Our school recognized Custodian Appreciation Week to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our amazing custodial team.  We are very fortunate to have a great team at Franklin that is dedicated to supporting our school, our families, our staff, and most importantly, our students. 

We were also excited to host a performance by the Army Voices ensemble from Fort Meyer. They performed and worked with the students in our choral program. The opportunity to interact and learn from the members of this ensemble was an experience that will leave a lasting impression on our students and staff.

Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all that you do to support the students at Franklin MS.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Upcoming Events

March 3rd - Student Holiday (No School - Teacher Workday)

March 9th - Best Buddies Meeting (1st Block 2:40-3:40 pm)

March 9th - Spring Picture Day

March 10th - PTA Meeting

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 27th - Faculty Basketball Game vs Rocky Run (@Chantilly HS) 7 pm

March 31st - Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning

6-7:30 pm

April 1st - Parent-Teen Book Club - 7 pm

Third Quarter Reminders

Welcome! As you are making the transition back to school, please review the following office procedures to ensure that all students are safe and accounted for each school day and to minimize disruption of classroom instruction time.

Next PTA Meeting -  March 10th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

Parent-Teen Book Club - April 1st

The last meeting of the Parent Teen Book Club will take place on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 7 p.m. @ Franklin Middle School.  We will be welcoming author Ben Mikaelsen and each of the titles offered will be one of his books.

Registration opens on February 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  Groups will fill up fast so be ready to sign up on Thursday to be a part of this amazing experience!  Use this link or QR code (above) to sign up.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Radcliffe keradcliffe@fcps.edu) with any questions.  

If you are unfamiliar with the Parent Teen Book Club, this is an exciting event for parents and students to read together and to discuss books.  Through this experience, parents, and students can learn from each other’s perspectives and begin to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences among themselves.  This is a great opportunity to communicate with your teenager as he/she moves forward in shaping an identity and in making good choices for the future.

Franklin MS After-School Programs

Mark your calendars – the Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game will be on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Chantilly HS.

Drama Club – Ms. Young will be holding Drama Club after school the last Wednesday of each month for both blocks. Students must sign-up on their grade level google classroom. The sign-up for Wednesday, February 26 is available on google classroom for students to sign up.

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, February 23rd - 28th.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level Google Classroom.
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SR&R Update and Surveys

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SR&R Updates on Friday, February 21st

On Friday, February 21, all Franklin students will be taking part in a  mid-year review of the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities that will be facilitated by school administrators. Review sessions with grade-level teams will take place in the theater throughout the school day. Additionally, all middle and high school students will review the sections of the SR&R video that address bullying and sexual and gender-based harassment. Thank you for supporting our school's efforts to foster a safe and positive atmosphere at Franklin.

 

Positivity Project VIA Survey to be available on Tuesday, February 25th

On Tuesday, February 25, the VIA Survey will be available to students whose family opted-in to have their student take the VIA youth survey. It will be made available to opt-in students through the grade-level Google Classrooms. The VIA youth survey is designed for children aged 10-17. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. Students take the survey by entering a class code provided by their teacher. Once they enter the class code, they are prompted to provide their first and last names so the teacher can match results to the student. Once the survey is complete, the teacher provides the results to the student.

Parents and guardians who opted their student to take the survey may want to prompt their student to complete the survey and share the results with them. Taking the survey allows students to access an individualized report about their strengths within the framework of the Positivity Project.  This can help students to make individual connections to the character traits and lessons, which can be empowering and provide personal meaning.

Parents and/or guardians may preview the survey by going to VIA’s website at: (www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey).

National SpeakUp Technology Survey available until Thursday, February 21st

The Department of Information Technology is sponsoring the annual SpeakUp survey on digital technology. All parents, students, teachers, and administrators are invited to participate in this national survey. The SpeakUp survey helps us gauge how technology is being used to support learning and identify areas of success and challenge. We can also see how FCPS compares to other school districts via the national results of this survey. Please consider taking this survey by visiting https://Speakup.Tomorrow.org/D/ZHCA and selecting your school from the drop-down menu. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be available until February 21. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. We hope you will make your voice heard and help us with planning for technology in the future.  For more information about the survey, please visit: https://tomorrow.org/Speakup/. Thank you for your help!

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Franklin Weekly Update - February 14

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Dear Franklin Families,

We celebrated Kindness Week at Franklin during the past five days. This was a great opportunity for our students and staff to reflect on the many ways we can show kindness. Acts of kindness can be big or small. They can be seen or unseen. A smile, a quick hello, or a helping hand in a moment of need will all make a big difference to the person who receives this act of kindness.  I was recently reminded of the words of Maya Angelou who said "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Thank you for all that you do to help our students demonstrate kindness and compassion toward others every day. 

I would like to invite all of you to one of two Parent Coffees that will take place during the first week in March. The first one will be on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM and the second one will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM. During both events, I will take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, to discuss my goals for my first few months at Franklin, and to hear your voice as Franklin parents and community members. 

I hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday weekend. 

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Upcoming Events

February 17th - President's Day (No School)

March 3rd - Student Holiday (No School - Teacher Workday)

March 9th - Best Buddies Meeting (1st Block 2:40-3:40)

March 9th - Spring Picture Day

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 27th - Faculty Basketball Game vs Rocky Run (@Chantilly HS)

March 31st - Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning

Grade 8 Writing SOL

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 10 and March 13.  It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school as soon as possible.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 8 take the English: Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) test. The test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your child’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.

Students may not bring electronic devices into testing rooms, including phones and smartwatches. 

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact the School Test Coordinator, Lea Fadden at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu.

  Franklin MS Writing SOL Schedule

Tuesday, March 10 (Odd Day: 1,3,5,7,LS)

  • Students in odd period English classes will take the multiple choice component starting at 7:30.

Wednesday, March 11 (Even Day: 2,4,5,6,LS)

  • Students in even period English classes will take the multiple choice component starting at 7:30.

Thursday, March 12 (Modified Odd Day: 3,7,5,1,LS)

  • Students in odd period English classes will take the short paper component starting at 7:30.

Friday, March 13 (Modified Even Day: 4,6,5,2,LS)

  • Students in even period English classes will take the short paper component starting at 7:30.
  SOL Testing and FCPSOn Devices

All Franklin students will be using their FCPSOn Devices for SOL testing. Please ensure your student’s laptop is working and that they have their power charger.

*Students will need to do health checks in their Learning Seminars on March 4th through the 6th with their teachers to ensure that their devices are updated with the latest software*

All students taking an SOL test will need to bring a fully charged laptop and power charger with the exception of students who opted out and use their own device. 

Failing to bring in a device on testing days could impact a student's ability to participate in testing on the scheduled SOL testing date.

Next PTA Meeting -  March 10th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

Franklin MS After-School Programs

Mark your calendars – the Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game will be on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Chantilly HS.

Basketball Team Tryout Information:

  • Girls team tryouts will be on Wednesday, February 19

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.
2nd Annual Chantilly Pyramid Spotlight on Student Learning: Media Balance and Well Being

Franklin Middle School

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join all the Chantilly Pyramid schools for our 2nd Annual Spotlight on Student Learning! 

This event will provide information for families on how to help students develop a healthy relationship with technology as well as highlighting what types of learning experiences our students are having in our classrooms.

Evening Agenda 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Kick-Off

  • Teacher Panel addressing the importance of media balance both inside and outside of the classroom.

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Showcase of Student Learning

  • See how Chantilly Pyramid students are learning and creating using digital tools. 

  Who are the Chantilly Pyramid Schools?

Brookfield Elementary | Greenbriar East Elementary | Greenbriar West Elementary | Lees Corner Elementary | Oak Hill Elementary | Poplar Tree Elementary | Franklin Middle School | Rocky Run Middle School | Chantilly High School

NJHS Students and Parents (8th Grade Students)

A few reminders about NJHS membership. In order to maintain status as an NJHS member, students are required to:

  • Complete 15 service hours in service of an FCPS school (separate from and in addition to Civics Service Learning Hours)
  • Maintain a 3.75 cumulative GPA
  • Uphold the Pillars of NJHS

Final GPA calculations will be done at the end of the 3rd quarter and service hours are due Friday, May 1, 2020.  There will be no exceptions made to the service hour deadline, hours must be completed and have a verification form turned in to Ms. Bridenbaugh.  Students who are at risk for not maintaining their GPA after 2nd quarter grades have been added will be contacted by NJHS sponsors in the coming days and a letter will be mailed home to parents of those students

If you have any questions or concerns you can reach out to Molly Bridenbaugh (NJHS Faculty Co-Advisor) at mbridenbaugh@fcps.edu

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Eating Disorders Fact Sheet

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Dear Franklin MS Parents:

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems.  These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable.  In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders.  This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes.  Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups.  Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder. Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern.  It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

After reviewing the information in this letter, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

https://www.aedweb.org/

  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

www.feast-ed.org

  • National Eating Disorders Association

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237

Additional resources may be found at:

  • Virginia Department of Education

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml, under the section titled, Eating Disorders.

 

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Click here for the fact sheet on Eating Disorders. Translations are available on request.

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Franklin Weekly Update - February 7, 2020

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Dear Franklin Families,

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

During my first week at Franklin, I have been truly impressed by the talented students and the dedicated teachers and staff. As I have visited classrooms all around the building, I have observed focused, determined students working hard to achieve high levels of academic success. I have also witnessed students collaborating with each other, taking risks, seeking out challenges, learning from their mistakes, and overcoming adversity. There is much to be proud of at Franklin and I would like to thank you for everything you do to support our students.

I would like to invite all of you to one of two Parent Coffees that will take place during the first week in March. The first one will be on Tuesday, March 3 from 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM and the second one will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM. During both events, I will take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, to discuss my goals for my first few months at Franklin, and to hear your voice as Franklin parents and community members. I hope to see you there!

Finally, I would like to ask for your help in celebrating a special group of Franklin staff members. At our school, there have been several acknowledgements throughout the week, but please help me recognize our Student Services team during National School Counseling Week. Franklin MS is fortunate to have a fabulous group of school counselors who are dedicated and committed to supporting the students at Franklin. They help our students be successful in all aspects of their middle school experience. THANK YOU to all of our counselors!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

Upcoming Events

February 4th - 14th WIDA Testing

February 17th - President's Day (No School)

March 3rd - Student Holiday (No School - Teacher Workday)

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 27th - Faculty Basketball Game vs Rocky Run (@Chantilly HS)

March 31st - Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning

PTA Meeting - February 11

Please join us February 11 in the FMS Library at 6:30 pm and learn more about cyber protection and vaping.

Cyber Protection

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kyo Dolan from the U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with the National Safe Schools Institute (NSSI), will present on parent-teen cyber protection, as well as the latest information on the dark-web and internet responsibility.

Learn what you can do to help keep your child safe.

For your awareness, this presentation will be filmed. Anyone wishing NOT to be filmed should identify themselves prior to the presentation to ensure they will not be photographed.

Vaping

Phoebe Zuo, School Public Health Nurse with Fairfax County Health Department, will be also present for a short informational briefing and demonstration on vaping devices and also will be available to answer questions.

We would love a big turnout - all are welcome!

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

WIDA Access Testing

Attention ESOL Parents/Guardians:

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test will be administered to all Franklin ESOL students (Levels 1-4) February 4-13, 2020.  This test is comprised of four different components—Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking—that all ESOL students are required to complete. It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school on or during the testing dates.   Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude

FMS After-School Programs

Mark your calendars – the Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game will be on Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm at Chantilly HS.

Basketball Team Tryout Information:

  • Boys team tryouts will be on Wednesday, February 12
  • Girls team tryouts will be on Wednesday, February 19

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, February 10 – Friday, February 14.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.
Kindness Week February 10th - 14th Chantilly Pyramid Presents: Spotlight on Student Learning Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

Welcome Franklin Falcons!  Franklin Middle School is excited to welcome writer Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, next spring on April 1, 2020.  In preparation for this author visit, part of each student’s school supplies are to purchase a copy of Touching Spirit Bear.  When Ben is here in the spring, he will sign personal copies of the students’ books.  If you do not purchase a copy, Franklin Middle School will have copies available for students to borrow during the school year.  Franklin Middle School prides itself on building literacy for all students and we incorporate ten minutes of reading in fifth period two times per week.  Beginning the week of September 23, 2019, students will be reading Touching Spirit Bear.   Prior to beginning work on Touching Spirit Bear, students should have another book to read during fifth period.  Thanks for supporting literacy at Franklin Middle School. Photo credit: Scholastic.com

Yearbooks for Sale

You’re in it, but did you get it? Don’t miss your chance to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. When you order now you will receive a free personalized nameplate. Click on the link below and order yours today.

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A Message from Franklin MS

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Franklin Families,

Good afternoon. I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you at the end of my first day as the Principal at Franklin MS. This is a wonderful school and I feel fortunate to have joined this community.

Today was a great day! I had the opportunity to meet teachers and staff, to visit classrooms throughout the building, and to interact with a lot of our students. I was greeted with a warm welcome everywhere I went, and I was impressed by the teaching and learning that I saw on display.

I will be communicating with all of you on a regular basis and in a future message there will be additional information about opportunities where I will be able to meet with all of you. Until then, please know that I am very proud to have joined the Franklin family and consider it an honor and a privilege to be the Principal.

I hope to see you at Franklin soon.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

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FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events

February 3rd - 7th Counselor Appreciation Week

February 4th - 14th WIDA Testing

February 17th - President's Day (No School)

March 3rd - Student Holiday (No School - Teacher Workday)

March 10th - March 13th - SOL (English) Multiple Choice and Writing

March 31st - Spotlight on Student Learning

Happy Retirement, Mrs. Eisenberg!! It’s a very special day for our own Mrs. Eisenberg as she retires today and enters this new phase of life! A truly great principal is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget! Thank you for your many years of service here at Franklin Middle School. We hope that you enjoy your retirement and that you will be truly missed here at Franklin Middle School!

Photo Credits: Donna Long, Region 5 Twitter, Franklin MS Twitter 

WIDA Access Testing February 4th-13th

Attention ESOL Parents/Guardians:

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test will be administered to all Franklin ESOL students (Levels 1-4) February 4-13, 2020.  This test is comprised of four different components—Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking—that all ESOL students are required to complete. It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school on or during the testing dates.   Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates: Next Meeting is February 11th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and-Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

2:15 – Dismissal bell, students who are staying after-school will go to their locker, grab all their belongings and head to the cafeteria. Each table will be labeled with the club/activity. They find the correct table (ex. Chess Club) and will sign in and have a seat at that table. Everyday students will report to the cafeteria for sign-in.

2:40 – Club/activity sponsors will come to the cafeteria to get their group and take them all together to the correct room.

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

4:40 – Students will report back to the cafeteria for late bus dismissal.

All students will report to the cafeteria after the 2:15 dismissal bell to sign-in for after-school. If additional sign-ups are required an activity, they can be found on your child’s grade level google classroom.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, 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, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

*UPDATE* Next Best Buddies meeting will be February 3rd from 2:40-3:40 during 1st block!

Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

FMS Student Wins Silver Key Award FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

Welcome Franklin Falcons!  Franklin Middle School is excited to welcome writer Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, next spring on April 1, 2020.  In preparation for this author visit, part of each student’s school supplies are to purchase a copy of Touching Spirit Bear.  When Ben is here in the spring, he will sign personal copies of the students’ books.  If you do not purchase a copy, Franklin Middle School will have copies available for students to borrow during the school year.  Franklin Middle School prides itself on building literacy for all students and we incorporate ten minutes of reading in fifth period two times per week.  Beginning the week of September 23, 2019, students will be reading Touching Spirit Bear.   Prior to beginning work on Touching Spirit Bear, students should have another book to read during fifth period.  Thanks for supporting literacy at Franklin Middle School. Photo credit: Scholastic.com

Yearbooks for Sale

You’re in it, but did you get it? Don’t miss your chance to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. When you order now you will receive a free personalized nameplate. Click on the link below and order yours today.

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5330

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FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events

Jan. 24th End of Second Quarter

Jan. 23rd through 25th - Frozen Jr. Musical - SOLD OUT

Jan. 27th and 28th - Teacher Work day (No school for students)

Jan. 30 - Rising 7th Grade Student Orientation 9:45 - 11:45 am

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed for Students January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 29. Today, January 24, is the last day of the second quarter.

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

SIS Grade Book and Report Card Modules to Be Down Until February 1 at 6 a.m.

The Student Information System (SIS) Grade Book and Report Card Modules will be unavailable until Saturday, February 1, at 6 a.m.

FMS Winter Musical SOLD OUT!

Tickets are SOLD OUT for our Winter Musical, FROZEN JR!

Due to popular demand, all tickets for the remaining shows have been sold and there are no more tickets left.

We thank everyone that attended yesterday's performances and all who have bought tickets for the next two days!

WIDA Access Testing February 4th-13th

Attention ESOL Parents/Guardians:

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test will be administered to all Franklin ESOL students (Levels 1-4) February 4-13, 2020.  This test is comprised of four different components—Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking—that all ESOL students are required to complete. It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school on or during the testing dates.   Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates: Next Meeting is February 11th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and-Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

2:15 – Dismissal bell, students who are staying after-school will go to their locker, grab all their belongings and head to the cafeteria. Each table will be labeled with the club/activity. They find the correct table (ex. Chess Club) and will sign in and have a seat at that table. Everyday students will report to the cafeteria for sign-in.

2:40 – Club/activity sponsors will come to the cafeteria to get their group and take them all together to the correct room.

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

4:40 – Students will report back to the cafeteria for late bus dismissal.

All students will report to the cafeteria after the 2:15 dismissal bell to sign-in for after-school. If additional sign-ups are required an activity, they can be found on your child’s grade level google classroom.

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, 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, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

*UPDATE* Next Best Buddies meeting will be February 3rd from 2:40-3:40 during 1st block!

Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

FMS Student Wins Silver Key Award FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

Welcome Franklin Falcons!  Franklin Middle School is excited to welcome writer Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, next spring on April 1, 2020.  In preparation for this author visit, part of each student’s school supplies are to purchase a copy of Touching Spirit Bear.  When Ben is here in the spring, he will sign personal copies of the students’ books.  If you do not purchase a copy, Franklin Middle School will have copies available for students to borrow during the school year.  Franklin Middle School prides itself on building literacy for all students and we incorporate ten minutes of reading in fifth period two times per week.  Beginning the week of September 23, 2019, students will be reading Touching Spirit Bear.   Prior to beginning work on Touching Spirit Bear, students should have another book to read during fifth period.  Thanks for supporting literacy at Franklin Middle School. Photo credit: Scholastic.com

Yearbooks for Sale

You’re in it, but did you get it? Don’t miss your chance to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. When you order now you will receive a free personalized nameplate. Click on the link below and order yours today.

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5330

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FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events

Jan. 20th. MLK Day (No School)

Jan. 24th End of Second Quarter

Jan. 23rd through 25th - Frozen Jr. Musical

Jan 21st - Parent Coffee Night "High School and Beyond!"

Jan. 22nd Rising 7th grade AAP Parent Night 5:30 pm

**This session is for Parents of students (who are Level IV AAP qualified) and interested in our community-based AAP program at Franklin.**

Jan. 22nd Rising 7th grade Curriculum Night; Electives Fair 6 pm, Main presentation 6:45 pm

Jan. 27th and 28th - Teacher Work day (No school for students)

Jan. 30 - Rising 7th Grade Student Orientation 9:45 - 11:45 am

Another Successful Parent-Teen Book Club!!

The second of three meetings for the Parent Teen Book Club (PTBC) occurred this past Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 and April 1, 2020 and was a packed night with over 150 participants. Parents and students have been working on reading together one of the five book selections.  The evenings book selections were: Petey, The War I Finally Won, We Beat the Street, The Distance Between Us, and Uglies.

The link for the third PTBC will open on February 27th, 2020.  Hope you will be able to join us then!  Any questions, please contact Karen Radcliffe at keradcliffe@fcps.edu 

Breakfast Reminder at FMS

Every morning, our doors open at 7:10 am and our cafeteria serves breakfast. Students are encouraged to come and enjoy a meal prior to starting their school day. Breakfast runs from 7:10-7:25 am.

Students should report to the cafeteria upon arrival with their belongings and then visit their lockers afterwards. All students are dismissed from the cafeteria by 7:25 and have the remaining 5 minutes to report to their initial class period.

Please encourage your student to attend breakfast in the morning so that they are ready for their school day. Thank you.

WIDA Access Testing February 4th-13th

Attention ESOL Parents/Guardians:

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs test will be administered to all Franklin ESOL students (Levels 1-4) February 4-13, 2020.  This test is comprised of four different components—Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking—that all ESOL students are required to complete. It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school on or during the testing dates.   Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude

FMS Winter Musical - Frozen Jr.!

Tickets are now on sale for our Winter Musical, FROZEN JR!

Frozen runs January 23-25th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased online and at the door (Tickets will not be sold during lunches.)

Student Matinee performance on 1/23 at 3:00pm! As part of our After School program, Franklin students can purchase a ticket to our Matinee preview performance on 1/23 at 3:00pm and ride the late bus home at 4:45. Use code “FRANKLIN” to purchase tickets to our student matinee.

TICKET LINK: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15638/franklin-middle-school-theatre

Email Jaclyn Young jmyoung@fcps.edu with any questions.

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates: Next Meeting is February 11th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and-Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

2:15 – Dismissal bell, students who are staying after-school will go to their locker, grab all their belongings and head to the cafeteria. Each table will be labeled with the club/activity. They find the correct table (ex. Chess Club) and will sign in and have a seat at that table. Everyday students will report to the cafeteria for sign-in.

2:40 – Club/activity sponsors will come to the cafeteria to get their group and take them all together to the correct room.

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

4:40 – Students will report back to the cafeteria for late bus dismissal.

All students will report to the cafeteria after the 2:15 dismissal bell to sign-in for after-school. If additional sign-ups are required an activity, they can be found on your child’s grade level google classroom.

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, 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, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

The Institute for the Arts is a summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11 who are interested in performing arts, visual arts, and fashion. Registration begins February 3rd, 2020. Click here for more details.

FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

Welcome Franklin Falcons!  Franklin Middle School is excited to welcome writer Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, next spring on April 1, 2020.  In preparation for this author visit, part of each student’s school supplies are to purchase a copy of Touching Spirit Bear.  When Ben is here in the spring, he will sign personal copies of the students’ books.  If you do not purchase a copy, Franklin Middle School will have copies available for students to borrow during the school year.  Franklin Middle School prides itself on building literacy for all students and we incorporate ten minutes of reading in fifth period two times per week.  Beginning the week of September 23, 2019, students will be reading Touching Spirit Bear.   Prior to beginning work on Touching Spirit Bear, students should have another book to read during fifth period.  Thanks for supporting literacy at Franklin Middle School. Photo credit: Scholastic.com

Yearbooks for Sale

You’re in it, but did you get it? Don’t miss your chance to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. When you order now you will receive a free personalized nameplate. Click on the link below and order yours today.

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5330

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Finding the True Meaning of History: Dr. Brabrand's Visit to Franklin MS

Students in Molly Bridenbaugh's class gathered in groups to review and discuss documents.

Here is Dr. Brabrand's Weekly Video Message that spotlighted our school in action!

Being in schools and observing our classrooms is the best way to see our Portrait of a Graduate in action. While I was at Franklin MS, I met Molly Bridenbaugh and her 7th grade history class. Students showed me how they were collaborators and communicators, by working together to review historical documents about Andrew Carnegie to determine what impact he had on American society.

I also learned that Ms. Bridenbaugh is an FCPS graduate and a second career teacher! We have been working so hard to recruit teachers #Back2Fairfax and we are so glad that Ms. Bridenbaugh found her true passion with our Fairfax family.

I also had a chance to visit with Mrs. Poole's Spanish class. I wanted to be sure they know how important it is to be a global citizen by committing to learn a second language.

Please watch this video to hear from Principal Sharon Eisenberg, and see her amazing students and staff at work!

Breakfast Reminder at FMS

Every morning, our doors open at 7:10 am and our cafeteria serves breakfast. Students are encouraged to come and enjoy a meal prior to starting their school day. Breakfast runs from 7:10-7:25 am.

Students should report to the cafeteria upon arrival with their belongings and then visit their lockers afterwards. All students are dismissed from the cafeteria by 7:25 and have the remaining 5 minutes to report to their initial class period.

Please encourage your student to attend breakfast in the morning so that they are ready for their school day. Thank you.

FLE Parent Preview Night - January 13th

We will be having our annual Parent Preview Night for FLE (Family Life Education) on Monday, January 13th.  7th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 5:30 pm. 8th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 6:00 pm.  The preview meeting will be at Franklin Middle School in Room 120, located directle beside the entrance to the gym.  All preview materials will be “online”.  Parents will need to bring their login information for FCPS 24-7 (blackboard) in order to access SIS Parent View page.  FCPS laptops will be provided.  There will be Health and PE teachers available to answer any needed questions.

Look forward to seeing you on January 13th.

Positivity Project Student Survey Opt-in Form

Parents and guardians, please be on the lookout for your student to bring home a Positivity Project (VIA) survey parent letter and opt-in form.  Positivity Project is Franklin’s school-wide positive support system that focuses on relationships as the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. Positivity Project provides FCPS schools with the training, strategy, and resources to inspire students to build positive relationships by recognizing strengths in themselves and others . FCPS requires parental permission for children aged 12 and under to take the survey according to VIA’s privacy policy.  The VIA survey is for your student to identify their strongest character traits out of the 24 traits highlighted by the Positivity Project.  Students will be bringing home the parent letter and opt-in form back on December 13th.  If you choose to have your student participate in the survey, please fill out the opt-in form located on the backside of the parent/guardian letter and have your child turn the form back into their Learning Seminar teacher as soon as possible.  Extra copies of the opt-in form are available from the main office upon request or by printing the provided link form here. Thank you for your cooperation!

FMS Winter Musical - Frozen Jr.!

Tickets are now on sale for our Winter Musical, FROZEN JR!

Frozen runs January 23-25th. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased online and at the door (Tickets will not be sold during lunches.)

Student Matinee performance on 1/23 at 3:00pm! As part of our After School program, Franklin students can purchase a ticket to our Matinee preview performance on 1/23 at 3:00pm and ride the late bus home at 4:45. Use code “FRANKLIN” to purchase tickets to our student matinee.

TICKET LINK: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15638/franklin-middle-school-theatre

Email Jaclyn Young jmyoung@fcps.edu with any questions.

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates: Next Meeting is February 11th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Is your Student Looking for Service Learning/Volunteer Hours?  The FMS PTA posts volunteer opportunities that will qualify for civics service hours on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please visit and follow the Franklin Middle School PTA - Chantilly VA page on Facebook for information on volunteer opportunities throughout the year!

Members Wanted!  There is still time to join the PTA.  Your membership donation is tax-deductible and goes to support your school community!  Visit the PTA Website and join today!

The Geography Bee is Back! - UPDATE

Geography Bee UPDATE

All students have taken the first preliminary qualifying round this week.  Results are being tabulated and students who were the top scorers will be notified on Monday 12/9.  Those students will receive a Learning Seminar pass to report to their Social Studies teachers for a second round of preliminary qualification on Tuesday 12/10.  From this, we will determine up to 10 finalists for the final FMS oral geography bee to take place on January 16, 2020 in Franklin’s gym after school.  We are super impressed by our students’ geographic knowledge!  Good luck to all!

Parents of finalists and students are welcome to attend on 1/16, so mark your calendars. The final winner for Franklin MUST be prepared to potentially go to the state finals on March 27.

Important Dates:

Jan 16 - Franklin MS Geography Bee.  Maximum of 10 finalists will participate. Winner will take a proctored state qualifying test.

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

Email Mrs.Taylor at kmtaylor@fcps.edu if you have questions or go to https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/student-experiences/geobee/ for more details.

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

2:15 – Dismissal bell, students who are staying after-school will go to their locker, grab all their belongings and head to the cafeteria. Each table will be labeled with the club/activity. They find the correct table (ex. Chess Club) and will sign in and have a seat at that table. Everyday students will report to the cafeteria for sign-in.

2:40 – Club/activity sponsors will come to the cafeteria to get their group and take them all together to the correct room.

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

4:40 – Students will report back to the cafeteria for late bus dismissal.

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

All students will report to the cafeteria after the 2:15 dismissal bell to sign-in for after-school. If additional sign-ups are required an activity, they can be found on your child’s grade level google classroom.

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, 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, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

Welcome Franklin Falcons!  Franklin Middle School is excited to welcome writer Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, next spring on April 1, 2020.  In preparation for this author visit, part of each student’s school supplies are to purchase a copy of Touching Spirit Bear.  When Ben is here in the spring, he will sign personal copies of the students’ books.  If you do not purchase a copy, Franklin Middle School will have copies available for students to borrow during the school year.  Franklin Middle School prides itself on building literacy for all students and we incorporate ten minutes of reading in fifth period two times per week.  Beginning the week of September 23, 2019, students will be reading Touching Spirit Bear.   Prior to beginning work on Touching Spirit Bear, students should have another book to read during fifth period.  Thanks for supporting literacy at Franklin Middle School. Photo credit: Scholastic.com

Yearbooks for Sale

You’re in it, but did you get it? Don’t miss your chance to purchase a 2019-20 yearbook. When you order now you will receive a free personalized nameplate. Click on the link below and order yours today.

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5330

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FLE Parent Preview Night Rescheduled for Monday, January 13th

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Rescheduled for Monday, January 13th - FLE Parent Preview Night

*UPDATE* - FLE PARENT PREVIEW NIGHT NOW ON JANUARY 13TH, 2020

Due to Curriculum Night at Chantilly HS tonight, we are rescheduling the event for this coming Monday, January 13th!

We will be having our annual Parent Preview Night for FLE (Family Life Education) Monday, January 13th.  7th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 5:30 pm. 8th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 6:00 pm.  The preview meeting will be at Franklin Middle School in Room 120, located directly beside the entrance to the gym.  All preview materials will be “online”.  Parents will need to bring their login information for FCPS 24-7 (blackboard) in order to access SIS Parent View page.  FCPS laptops will be provided.  There will be Health and PE teachers available to answer any needed questions.

Sorry for the late notice and correction.  We look forward to seeing you Monday.

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