Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 16

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! We hope that you had a great week. There has been a lot of information shared by our division and our school recently and I wanted to acknowledge that it can be a lot to keep track of! We are here to help you and your family as we continue to navigate this unchartered school year together. Feel free to reach out to us at any time if you have a question, no matter the size. Our main office number is (703) 904-5100 and my email address can be found below.

I wanted to take this opportunity to ask for your help. As we prepare for our many end of the year activities that rely on technology, we need to make sure that all of our FCPSOn student laptops are updated and ready to go. All students will receive directions for completing the “Technology Health Check-Ups” during Falcon time next week. If virtual students have difficulty completing the health check up on their own, they are welcome to come to an optional session on Monday, April 26 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM that will be supported by our Technology Team. There is no need to make an appointment and if you are able to visit the school so your student’s laptop can receive these critical updates, we would be very grateful.

Even though there is much to still accomplish this year, as we look to the future, we are excited that our students will return to Franklin MS five days a week next Fall. We will continue to practice the mitigation strategies and remain safe for all students and staff. If you would like a tour of our school or to discuss what this will look like next Fall, please feel free to reach out to me at dpwright@fcps.edu and we will coordinate a visit to the building.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Thank you for all of your support. 

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Month of the Military Child - “Purple Up!” on April 21

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and thank children from military families for their contributions and sacrifices. To show our support, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to "Purple Up!" on April 21 for military children. Please click here for more information.

  Last Chance to Order a Franklin MS Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  Grading Update from FCPS

2020-21 End of Year Grading Flexibility for Middle School Students 

During the current 2020-21 school year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has  adopted a grading policy change to provide flexibility for students in middle school to  designate their current school year courses as “Pass” or “No Mark” status instead of a  letter grade for their final mark.  

As you review your middle school student’s third quarter report card, please consider the flexibility that will be applied to final marks: 

  • Students receiving a final mark of “D” or “D+” in any course will be automatically assigned a mark of “P” (pass) as the final mark at the end of the school year. ● Students receiving a final mark of “F” in any course will be automatically assigneda mark of “NM” (no mark) as the final mark at the end of the school year.  ● Students may select a mark of “P” (pass) for any courses for which a passing grade is earned for the final mark. ○ Action Needed: Should you wish to designate one or more courses as Pass status for anticipated grades of “A” through “C-”, the Pass-No Mark Status Form linked here: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se358.pdf must be submitted to your school counselor/Student Services by May 10, 2021.  
  • Students and families are encouraged to carefully consider the option to request a Pass instead of a passing letter grade or final mark. Additional information including considerations and frequently asked questions are available at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary

An additional option is available for high school credit bearing classes taken in middle school. High school credit-bearing courses will be reflected on the middle and high school transcripts. In  accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students  who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be  omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for  the course. Parents must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course. The request to expunge as well as guidelines and  the procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school can be found  at the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

  Franklin MS School Counselors School Counselor Student Last Name Contact Email Tammi Bailey-Case A-G TLBaileycase@fcps.edu Kathy Hudson H-N KAHudson1@fcps.edu Joanne Fraundorfer O-Z JFraundorfer@fcps.edu

 

  College Day on April 30

The Chantilly Pyramid will host its annual College Day on Friday, April 30. If your child has a favorite college shirt, please encourage them to wear it on this date. Our staff will be providing some interesting and fun information about colleges to our students throughout the week.

  Library Updates

All students should continue to use the library by checking out ebooks through MackinVia and placing holds on printed books from the library catalog, Destiny Discover.

If you are an in-person student, Mrs. Ruffle will deliver library books you place on hold to you in your classroom.

If you are learning from home, you can come to school to pick up books you place on hold during curbside library on Mondays from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM or Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please wait for an email from Mrs. Ruffle to tell you the books are ready for you.

Please email Mrs. Ruffle with questions, if you need help finding something you love to read, help with a project, or with ideas for the library.

  Franklin MS Virtual After-School Program

After school clubs and activities are open for enrollment at any time unless the programs are full.

  • Check out our new activities that we recently added: American Sign Language, Fremont Debate Academy, Journalism Club and Scratch Programming.
  • To sign up for these clubs or any other After School activities, students should visit their grade-level Google classroom where they can access the After School Google site.
  • It’s not too late to take advantage of our free After School program!

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

  PTA Updates

PTA is looking for Board as well as committee positions for next school year. We will have openings for President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as multiple other committee member positions. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact the PTA President at president@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org.

Please join us for our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. A link for the meeting will be sent closer to the date.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 9

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon! We had a wonderful week at Franklin MS and it was great to reconnect with our virtual and in-person students after Spring Break. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the communication you have received from Dr. Brabrand and FCPS this week about expanded opportunities for in-person learning and how that will impact us at Franklin MS. 

FCPS has shared that due to the drop in community transmission rates for the week ending 4/7/21, middle and high schools are able to join elementary schools in considering a 3 feet social distancing strategy in classrooms where mask use is universal. 

The ability to move to 3 feet social distancing means that middle and high schools may be able to return more students to four days of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year, if space and staffing allow.

At FMS, we are considering this new guidance alongside the following criteria to determine how many of our current in-person students can participate in four days of in-person instruction each week. 

  • Identifying students using the MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) process focused on specific student needs for four days of instruction.
  • Space constraints including current occupancy, size of classrooms, and available lunchroom space based on the 6 ft. social distancing expectation for secondary schools that cannot maintain cohorts (students not changing groups throughout the day).
  • Maintaining sufficient space for ALL students to eat lunch without a mask, 6’ apart, and all facing the same direction. 
  • Minimizing changes to student and teacher schedules for the fourth quarter. 

As we consider all of this information, we will complete the following by Tuesday, April 13:

  • Assess each classroom's capacity for adding students and determine how many seats are available by class and by period.
  • As capacity allows, invite students who are currently attending two days a week to attend four days a week.
  • Franklin MS will reach out to families directly if there is capacity for a current in-person student to attend four days each week. There is no need for you to contact the school to request your preference. 

It will be our goal to include as many of our current in-person students in school four days a week as we can, while keeping our safety and health protocols as a priority. Thank you again for your continued support as we work through this together as a school community. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time at dpwright@fcps.edu with any questions. 

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

April 12 - Spanish Language SOL Information Night at 6:30 PM

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School or Check-In

 

Spanish Language SOL Information Night on April 12

Please join us for a Spanish Language SOL Information Night on Monday, April 12 at 6:30 PM on Google Meet. A link to the meeting will be sent on Monday.

Los invitamos a una sesión informativa en español acerca de los exámenes de SOL el lunes 12 de abril a las 6:30 en Google Meet. Les mandaremos el enlace el lunes.

 

Library Updates

April is National Poetry Month. The entire Franklin community can access poetry from our library with these links: April is Poetry Month and Novels in Verse or by searching “poetry” in Destiny Discover. If you need more suggestions, please contact Sheri Ruffle.

 

Franklin MS Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

Middle School Value in Prevention (VIP) Program - Save the Date

Rocky Run MS will be the site for this year’s VIP summer program for the Western Fairfax schools (presented by FCPS and Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services). The dates of the program are June 28 - July 29. Rocky Run MS VIP site will serve rising and current middle school students from: Franklin, Lanier, Liberty, Rocky Run and Stone Middle Schools. Applications and more information coming soon. Please contact Courtney Mollé for more information.

 

Franklin MS Virtual After School Program

New Clubs Beginning This Month:

  • Journalism Club – Students will investigate stories and learn how to write and think like a journalist. Journalism Club meets on Mondays at 2:30 PM.
  • Scratch Programming – This is an entry level course for students who are interested in learning coding. Class meets on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM.
  • American Sign Language Club – Did you know that you can get college credits for Sign Language? In ASL Club, students will learn the basics of signing. ASL Club meets on Thursdays at 2:30 PM.
  • Fremont Debate Academy – Students will learn argumentation and research skills, which they will then apply in tournaments. Debate Academy meets on Thursdays at 4:30 PM.

For more details or to enroll in these activities, students should visit the Google After School site. If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

 

Virtual After School Activities - April 12 - 16

 

Family Life Education Instructional Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Franklin Middle School will be teaching the Human, Growth and Development (HGD) Lessons on the following dates:

  • 7th graders April 13 to 16
  • 8th graders April 20 to 23 

All lessons are designed to be gender-specific, and students will be receiving a new gender-specific BBCU link.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who opt-out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt-out forms are available online for Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle. Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form. An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of. The actual opt-out form is not required. Opt-out emails should be addressed to Mr. Howes at srhowes@fcps.edu with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent Vue https://www.fcps.blackboard.com. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/in/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 26

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! It was an exciting week at Franklin MS in our virtual and in-person learning environments. As the 3rd quarter comes to a close, I am very proud of the hard work, perseverance, and commitment of our students and staff. We finished the grading period strong and we are heading into the 4th quarter with lots of positive momentum.

We would like to send our best wishes to each of you for an enjoyable Spring Break next week. It is our hope that it is a time for all of you to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends.

As we continue to work through the final months of the school year together, please feel free to contact me at dpwright@fcps.edu at any time if there is anything we can do to help or if you have any questions.

The entire Franklin staff is grateful for everything you are doing to support our wonderful community and our amazing students.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events
  • March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School
  • Monday, April 5: Student Holiday & Teacher Workday - No Asynchronous Work or Attendance Check-In
  • Monday, April 12: Spanish Language SOL Information Session at 6:00 PM
  Franklin MS Office Closed During Spring Break

Our school office will be closed during the week of March 29 - April 2. We will resume normal office hours on April 5.

  Spring Break Travel Information from FCPS 

Here are some tips to be aware of as families make plans for Spring Break:

  • Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.
  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions. Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID 19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their students at home for 14 days after they return from travel; however, it is not required.
  • Per the Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment Form, parents and guardians have committed to a daily health screening of their children attending in-person instruction. These daily health screenings  will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19. Updates and information is here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/travel-to-areas-with-widespread-ongoing-community-spread/https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • There will be no After School activities on Friday, March 26th. All clubs and activities will resume on Tuesday, April 6th. Have a great, safe Spring Break!
  • If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.
  Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Franklin Middle School will be teaching the Human, Growth and Development (HGD) Lessons on the following dates:

  • 7th graders April 13 to 16
  • 8th graders April 20 to 23 

All lessons are designed to be gender-specific, and students will be receiving a new gender-specific BBCU link.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who opt-out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt-out forms are available online for Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fleParents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form. An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of. The actual opt-out form is not required. Opt-out emails should be addressed to Mr. Howes at srhowes@fcps.edu with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent Vue https://www.fcps.blackboard.com. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/in/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

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SOL Family Information Session Recording and 2 Hour Early Release Reminder

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SOL Family Information Session Slides and Recording

We would like to thank our Franklin community for attending the SOL Family Information Session on March 24. If you were not able to attend, you may see the presentation, along with a recording of the session by clicking on the following links:

As a reminder, to assist with scheduling SOL testing we need all families to fill out the following Intent Form and return your decision by March 31, 2021.

All testing timelines and schedules will be finalized in early April. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Lenore Ale, our School Test Coordinator, or your student’s counselor.

  2 Hour Early Release on Friday, March 26

Friday, March 26 is a 2 Hour Early Release. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM. The early release bell schedule for March 26 that will be followed by In-Person and Virtual students can be found below.

 

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Franklin Family SOL Information Session Tonight

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Franklin Family SOL Information Session Tonight

We will be hosting a virtual Franklin Family SOL Information Session tonight about the assessments that will be administered this Spring. This session will take place at 6:00 PM, and it will be recorded if you are unable to attend. Please join us by clicking on the link below.

Please click here to join the Franklin Family SOL Information Session

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 19

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

As we finish this week together as a school community, I wanted to take the opportunity to address the tragic events that occurred a few days ago in Atlanta. We have been increasingly alarmed by the rise in anti-Asian bias and violence over the past year and are saddened by the shootings in Georgia this week that have served to bring this important issue forward for many in our country.

At Franklin, we remain fully committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming school community for all of our students and families. We denounce all forms of discrimination, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic standing, or personal circumstance. We aspire to have a school culture where each and every student feels included, seen, and heard. We stand with FCPS and the response they shared earlier this week regarding Increased Violence Against Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders  https://www.fcps.edu/response-aapi-harassment.

We will continue to work daily to foster a sense of belonging for all members of the Franklin school community and are here to provide additional support to individual students as needed. If you feel that your child is in need of additional social or emotional support during these challenging times, please contact us so that a counselor can get in touch with your family. In addition, here are some resources that you might find helpful in addressing these complex issues at home:

Thank you for all that you do to support your student and the Franklin community.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events
  • March 24 - Franklin Family SOL Information Session from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • March 26 - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break Holiday
  • April 5 - Teacher Workday - No School or Check-in for Students

 

SOL Updates
  • We will be hosting a virtual SOL Information Session next week about the assessments that will be administered this Spring. This session will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00 PM and it will be recorded if you are unable to attend. A link for the session will be sent out next week.
  • Earlier this afternoon, all FMS families should have received a message about completing an SOL Testing Intent Form. We are asking that all families complete this online form by March 31. This form will be discussed in detail at our Information Session next week. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any additional questions.
  Library Updates

Students can find books about inspiring women of all ages and from all walks of life and areas of expertise at: Celebrate Women’s History. Remember to stay safe, keep reading and keep in touch. Please email Mrs. Ruffle with questions, if you need help finding something to love to read, help with a project, or with ideas for the library.

  School Pictures

Students who were photographed by Lifetouch this week will have proofs and pre-ordered picture packets sent to Franklin MS in late April. Parents and guardians may order school pictures online at www.mylifetouch.com. The Picture Day ID for Franklin MS is EVT2XR22X.

  Franklin MS 2021 Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • New Club Alert – Speak to Empower (STEP) is a youth led program that was founded by two current FCPS high school students. Their focus is on cultivating public speaking and leadership skills within middle schoolers around FCPS. STEP will meet on Fridays from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
  • To enroll in this activity or to view the complete list of clubs and activities on offer, students should visit the Google After School site. 
  • Students should check out the “Clubs by Day” and “Club Descriptions” sheets for club information and schedules. If you have any questions about the After School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.
Virtual After-School Activities - March 22 – March 26   Quick Links

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 12

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!

I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable week and that you were able take advantage of the beautiful weather. One of my favorite parts of the school day is welcoming students and families as they arrive each morning, and this is even nicer when it is sunny and warm out!

This week saw Franklin MS welcome 7th grade students back to our building for in-person instruction. It was an exciting week and I am very proud of our students and staff. As a school, we learned a lot this week and we will use this knowledge to continue to support our in-person learners and our virtual learners in having a positive experience for the remainder of the year. 

Our school was thrilled to host several special guests today. Our Sully District School Board Member, Ms. Stella Pekarsky, our Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, our Region 5 Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Becky Baenig, and the Executive Director of Communication, Ms. Helen Lloyd, joined us at Franklin this afternoon. They were able to tour our building, visit classrooms, and meet students and staff members. We are grateful for their continued support, leadership, and advocacy. 

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few upcoming events at our school:

  • Please save the date for a Family Information Session about the SOL Assessments that will be administered this Spring. This session will take place on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00 PM and it will be recorded if you are unable to attend. 
  • FMS students will be taking School Photos next week and there are opportunities for in-person and virtual students. More information and a sign-up form for virtual students can be found below. 

Always feel free to contact me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback. Thank you for all that you are doing to support your student this year. We are very grateful. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events
  • March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  • March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  • March 24 - Franklin Parent and Guardian SOL Information Session from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • March 26 - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 29 - April 2 - Spring Break Holiday
  • April 5 - Teacher Workday - No School or Check-in for Students
  School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled with Lifetouch for the dates and times listed below. Families with virtual students may select an appointment time on Monday, March 15 by clicking here for the Sign Up Genius. In-person student groups will participate during the school day on March 16 and March 19.

Parents and guardians may order school pictures online at www.mylifetouch.com. The Picture Day ID for Franklin MS is EVT2XR22X. This will be the last opportunity for school pictures for the 2020-21 school year.

Students who are attending Franklin MS in-person will be photographed on March 16 and March 19 during the school day. Please contact the main office at (703) 904-5100 with questions.

March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

  Franklin MS 2021 Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  Library Updates

Take a “reading field trip” with these books from our library: Reading Field Trip. Learn about places and people from near and far, even from different times. If you have questions or ideas for the library, please contact Mrs. Ruffle.

  Attendance Reporting
  • In-person students should attend in-person on their assigned days
  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Franklin MS through the Attendance Process
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: (703) 904-5151
  • Absence/Tardy Email: FranklinMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online
  Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are returning to in-person learning may bring medication to the Health Room Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, with any questions.

  SOL Updates

Franklin students are scheduled to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) starting on May 3, 2021 and will run until June 4, 2021. This includes students who are taking classes virtually as the SOL tests cannot be taken at home and will require them to come to school for their scheduled tests. The tests that are scheduled to be given this year are:

  • Reading 7
  • Reading 8
  • Science 8
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Algebra 1 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Algebra 2 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Geometry (Verified Course Required for Graduation)

Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is allowing parents to refuse SOL testing for their student for this year. Should you want your child to opt out of testing this year, please fill out the following form by March 31, 2021 so that scheduling the tests can be finalized. Testing schedules and dates will be released at the beginning of April.

If you decide to refuse an SOL test associated with a verified course required for graduation, your child will need to take the appropriate SOL test in the Fall of 2021. If you have any questions, please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Lenore Ale.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • New Club Alert – Speak to Empower (STEP) is a youth led program that was founded by two current FCPS high school students. Their focus is on cultivating public speaking and leadership skills within middle schoolers around FCPS. The interest meeting for this program is on Friday, March 19 at 3:00 PM.
  • To sign up for this and other activities, students should go to their grade-level Google Classroom or the student After School site.
  • Students should check out the “Clubs by Day” and “Club Descriptions” sheets for club information and schedules.

It’s not too late to take advantage of this program!

If you have any questions about the After School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White

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Franklin MS Update - In Person Instruction Information

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon. This message includes several important reminders for our 7th grade students who are returning for In Person instruction this week. Don't hesitate to reach out to our main office at: (703) 904-5100 with any questions. 

Have a great day!

-Franklin MS

  Morning Arrival and Student Drop-Off
  • The building will open at 7:15 AM. Kiss & Ride and Walking students should not arrive before this time. Please see the map below for Kiss & Ride drop-off information.
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25 AM. Instruction begins at 7:30 AM.
  • Please call the main office (703) 904-5100 if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have access to FREE breakfast and lunch each day, including items to accommodate dietary restrictions.  Please do not drop off lunches, water bottles or snacks.
  • Music teachers understand when students forget their instruments.  Please do not drop off forgotten instruments, as we cannot guarantee they will get to the student's class.
  • Please make sure your student has a fully charged laptop and charger that is labelled with their name for each day of in-person instruction.
  Attendance Reporting
  • Students should attend in-person on their assigned days.

  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online.
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Franklin MS through the Attendance Process
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: (703) 904-5151
  • Absence/Tardy Email: FranklinMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online
  Transportation Information

Parents of students who have selected in-person instruction are able to view their child's bus route assignment using the SIS ParentVue account. The image below will help you find the information in ParentVue. Earlier this month, the FCPS Transportation Team sent a notice to all families about their student’s route assignments. If you have not checked your student’s route assignment, please do so as soon as possible. If there is an issue with the route assignment, families are asked to call Area 3 Transportation at (703) 249-7000. It is suggested that students plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early in the morning. Franklin families can also contact our Main Office at (703) 904-5100 with any additional questions. 

 

Student Schedules and SIS ParentVUE Account Information

The SIS ParentVUE Account (Student Information System ParentVUE Account) is the FCPS secure solution for accessing information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and links to FCPS 24-7 information. Your child’s schedule is also available in SIS ParentVUE. If you have questions about SIS, please call the main office at (703) 904-5100 or contact Kristine Smith.

 

SIS StudentVUE Resources

SIS ParentVUE Resources

FCPS 24-7 Learning Resources

FCPS Communication Tools

  Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are returning to in-person learning may bring medication to the Health Room Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, with any questions.

  Chrome Sync

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords will be available as an option starting on February 18th. Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website. If your child is logging into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

  Cloth Masks and Face Coverings Required for In-Person Instruction

If your child will be returning in-person, please review the types of masks that are approved for student use. Students must wear a mask to school. We recommend students have an extra mask in their backpack.

The following cloth masks/face coverings are acceptable and supported by FCPS:

  • Gaiters with 2 or more layers - NEW
  • Cloth masks/face coverings with 2 or more layers – NEW

Please refer to the following resources for detailed information: Your Guide to Masks.

The following cloth masks/face coverings are NOT supported by FCPS:

  • Gaiters with a single layer - NEW
  • Face masks/face coverings with exhalation valves/vents
  • Cloth masks/face coverings with a single layer - NEW

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 5

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Franklin Families and Students,

We had an exciting week at Franklin MS as we supported virtual students and in-person students simultaneously for the first time.

I am extremely proud of our 8th graders as they led the way during this transition. As in-person and virtual students this week, their positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and focus on the safety and health of others allowed our school to have a great week. We can’t wait to support our 7th grade students in the same way next week!

I would also like to thank our entire staff for their perseverance, hard work, and student-centered focus during the week. As they supported our students in school and at home, we were able to celebrate our successes and learn from the bumps in the road.

As we continue to move through this transition as a school community, please know that all of our FMS students matter. Regardless of the location they are learning from, we will be focused on making the remainder of the school year a positive experience for each one of them.

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events
  • March 8 - Student Holiday & Professional Development Day for Staff - No Asynchronous Work or Attendance Check-In
  • March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  • March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  7th Grade In-Person Self-Guided Student Open House Session

We will be hosting a 7th Grade Student Open House Session at Franklin MS on Monday, March 8 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Families will have the opportunity to sign their student up for a 20 minute in-person walk through of their schedule.

Please note that this event is for students only. Parents will be asked to wait in their vehicles. We will follow all FCPS health and safety protocols during the session. Prior to coming to Franklin MS, please review the FCPS Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not come to the school.

Please click on the appropriate link below to access the Sign Up Genius.The Sign Up Genius will close the day before the event at 6:00 PM. Feel free to call the school office at (703) 904-5100 with any questions. Thank you!

7th Grade Student Open House on Monday, March 8 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  School Pictures

School pictures have been scheduled with Lifetouch for the dates and times listed below. Families with virtual students may select an appointment time on Monday, March 15 by clicking here for the Sign Up Genius. In-person student groups will participate during the school day on March 16 and March 19. This will be the last opportunity for school pictures for the 2020-21 school year.

Students who are attending Franklin MS in-person will be photographed on March 16 and March 19 during the school day. Please contact the main office at (703) 904-5100 with questions.

March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

  Franklin MS 2021 Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  Transportation Information

Parents of students who have selected in-person instruction are able to view their child's bus route assignment using the SIS ParentVue account. The image below will help you find the information in ParentVue. Earlier this month, the FCPS Transportation Team sent a notice to all families about their student’s route assignments. If you have not checked your student’s route assignment, please do so as soon as possible. If there is an issue with the route assignment, families are asked to call Area 3 Transportation at (703) 249-7000. It is suggested that students plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early in the morning. Franklin families can also contact our Main Office at (703) 904-5100 with any additional questions.

  SOL Updates

Franklin students are scheduled to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) starting on May 3, 2021 and will run until June 4, 2021. This includes students who are taking classes virtually as the SOL tests cannot be taken at home and will require them to come to school for their scheduled tests. The tests that are scheduled to be given this year are:

  • Reading 7
  • Reading 8
  • Science 8
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Algebra 1 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Algebra 2 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Geometry (Verified Course Required for Graduation)

Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is allowing students to opt-out of SOL testing for this year. Should you want your child to opt out of testing this year, please fill out the following form by March 31, 2021 so that scheduling the tests can be finalized. Testing schedules and dates will be released at the beginning of April.

If your child decides to opt-out of a verified course required for graduation, they will need to take the appropriate SOL test in the Fall of 2021. If you have any questions, please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Lenore Ale.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program

A few reminders:

Spaces in some of our virtual clubs are filling up fast so don’t delay in signing up!

We have three new clubs that started this week –

  • Getting Buckets Basketball Academy – Join Coach Quincy and Mr. Bergesen live from Stone MS on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
  • Beat Mr. A. Food Challenge - limited to 25 students. Join Mr. A. on Thursdays from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • FutureSmart Club – with a chance to win a college scholarship!  Ms. Gove will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 PM. – 3:30 PM

There is something for everyone in the Virtual After School program. Students can check out the full list of activities and more details in their grade level Google Classroom and on the student After School site. As a reminder, the After School program is free to students. If you have any questions about the After School Program, please contact Mrs. White.

Virtual After School Activities - March 8 - March 12   Quick Links

 

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Franklin MS Calendar Updates

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We wanted to share a friendly reminder about two calendar updates.

  • March 5: Two Hour Early Release – 12:00 PM Student Dismissal
  • March 8: Student Holiday & Professional Development Day for Staff - No Asynchronous Work or Attendance Check-In

On both days, teachers will participate in a variety of professional development and planning activities and will not be available for office hours. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments or complete the attendance check-in on the March 8 student holiday. The early release bell schedule for March 5 that will be followed by In-Person and Virtual students can be found below.

Please feel free to contact our Main Office at 703-904-5100 with any questions. Have a great finish to your week.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

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Franklin MS Update - In Person Instruction Information

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon.

This message includes several important reminders for our 8th grade students who are retuning for In Person instruction this week. Don't hesitate to reach out to our main office with any questions. 

Have a great day!

-Franklin MS

 

Morning Arrival and Student Drop-Off
  • The building will open at 7:15 AM. Kiss & Ride and Walking students should not arrive before this time.
  • On time arrival for students is no later than 7:25 AM. Instruction begins at 7:30 AM.
  • Please call the main office (703) 904-5100 if you need to drop a student off late or pick up early.
  • All students will have access to FREE breakfast and lunch each day, including items to accommodate dietary restrictions.  Please do not drop off lunches, water bottles or snacks.
  • Music teachers understand when students forget their instruments.  Please do not drop off forgotten instruments, as we cannot guarantee they will get to the student's class.
  Attendance Reporting
  • Students should attend in-person on their assigned days.
  • If a student must attend virtually on an in-person day, a parent/guardian will be asked to verify that the student is attending online.
  • To report a change in attendance (i.e. appointment, sick, etc.), please contact Franklin MS through the Attendance Process:
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line: (703) 904-5151
  • Absence/Tardy Email: FranklinMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu
  • Report an absence online
  Transportation Information

Parents of students who have selected in-person instruction are able to view their child's bus route assignment using the SIS ParentVue account. The image below will help you find the information in ParentVue. Earlier this month, the FCPS Transportation Team sent a notice to all families about their student’s route assignments. If you have not checked your student’s route assignment, please do so as soon as possible. If there is an issue with the route assignment, families are asked to call Area 3 Transportation at (703) 249-7000. It is suggested that students plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early in the morning. Franklin families can also contact our Main Office at (703) 904-5100 with any additional questions. 

  Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are returning to in-person learning need to bring medication to our Health Room. Our staff will be available to receive student medication Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, with any questions.

  Chrome Sync

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords will be available as an option starting on February 18th. Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website. If your child is logging into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 26

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon! I hope that you have had a good week. While looking out my office window as I write this message, it sure is nice to see sunshine and warmth compared to the snow, freezing rain, and ice that we experienced this time a week ago. 

8th grade students who have selected In-Person instruction will be returning to Franklin MS on beginning on Tuesday, March 2. Our 7th grade In-Person students will return to school starting on March 9. The chart below shares the days of the week students will attend in-person instruction. Our staff is excited and ready to support all of our students, virtual and in-person, as we work through this transition and finish the school year strong. 

Please take a few moments to review this entire message as it contains a lot of important information. I have highlighted a few key topics below. We will also be sending some final reminders for our In-Person students on Monday afternoon. 

  • We will host two Self-Guided Student Open House sessions that will allow our in-person students to visit our school before the first day of in-person instruction. Details about these sessions and an electronic appointment sign-up form can be found below. The 8th grade sign-up form will be available until Sunday afternoon at 6:00 PM.
  • Earlier this month, the FCPS Transportation team sent a notice to all families asking them to review their student’s bus route assignments using their SIS ParentVue account.  If you have not checked your student’s bus route assignment, please do so as soon as possible. Information that will help you access SIS ParentVue can be found below.  
  • Students who are returning to the building for In-Person instruction are encouraged to check out the resources available on our Grade Level Google Classroom pages. These include a Returning to Franklin video, a template for creating your daily schedule, and activities that will help students find their classes and navigate their way around our building. 

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for an enjoyable weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

  Upcoming Events
  • March 5 - 2 Hour Early Release
  • March 8 - Staff Development Day - No School for Students
  • March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  • March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)
  Transportation Information

Parents of students who have selected in-person instruction are able to view their child's bus route assignment using the SIS ParentVue account. The image below will help you find the information in ParentVue. Earlier this month, the FCPS Transportation Team sent a notice to all families about their student’s route assignments. If you have not checked your student’s route assignment, please do so as soon as possible. If there is an issue with the route assignment, families are asked to call Area 3 Transportation at (703) 249-7000. It is suggested that students plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early in the morning. Franklin families can also contact our Main Office at (703) 904-5100 with any additional questions. 

  Self-Guided Student Open House Sessions

We will be hosting two in-person Student Open House Sessions at Franklin MS, which will take place on the dates and times listed below. Families will have the opportunity to sign their student up for a 20 minute in-person walk through of their schedule.

Please note that this event is for students only. Parents will be asked to wait in their vehicles. We will follow all FCPS health and safety protocols during the session. Prior to coming to Franklin MS, please review the FCPS Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not come to the school.

Please click on the appropriate grade level below to access the Sign Up Genius.The Sign Up Genius will close the day before each event at 6:00 PM. Feel free to call the school office at (703) 904-5100 with any questions. Thank you!

8th Grade Student Open House on Monday, March 1 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

7th Grade Student Open House on Monday, March 8 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  WIDA ACCESS Exam - March 1

Students taking the second half of the WIDA ACCESS exam on Monday, March 1 should arrive at Franklin by 7:30 AM. Students need to bring their laptop with their charger and should wear their face masks. Bus pickup information is the same as last Monday’s exam. Please contact Brandon Clarke with any questions.

  SOL Updates

Franklin students are scheduled to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) starting on May 3, 2021 and will run until June 4, 2021. This includes students who are taking classes virtually as the SOL tests cannot be taken at home and will require them to come to school for their scheduled tests. The tests that are scheduled to be given this year are:

  • Reading 7
  • Reading 8
  • Science 8
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Algebra 1 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Algebra 2 (Verified Course Required for Graduation)
  • Geometry (Verified Course Required for Graduation)

Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is allowing students to opt-out of SOL testing for this year. Should you want your child to opt out of testing this year, please fill out the following form by March 31, 2021 so that scheduling the tests can be finalized. Testing schedules and dates will be released at the beginning of April.

If your child decides to opt-out of a verified course required for graduation, they will need to take the appropriate SOL test in the Fall of 2021. If you have any questions, please contact our School Testing Coordinator, Lenore Ale.

  Library Updates

As some students return to in-person school, all students should continue to use the library by checking out ebooks through MackinVia and placing holds on printed books from the library catalog, Destiny Discover.

If your student is attending Franklin for in-person learning, Mrs. Ruffle will deliver the library books you place on hold to your classroom.

If you are learning from home, you can come to school to pick up books you place on hold during our Curbside Library program on Mondays from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM or Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Mrs. Ruffle will send you an email when your books are ready for pickup.

Please email Mrs. Ruffle with questions, if you need help finding something to love to read, help with a project, or with ideas for the library.

  School Pictures

School picture dates have been scheduled with Lifetouch for the dates and times listed below. Families with virtual students will be able to select an appointment time on Monday, March 15, and in-person student groups will participate during the school day on March 16 and March 19. This will be the last opportunity for school pictures for the 2020-21 school year.

A Sign Up Genius for the Monday, March 15 evening session will be included in the News You Choose update on March 5. Students who are attending Franklin MS in-person will be photographed on March 16 and March 19 during the school day. Please contact the main office at (703) 904-5100 with questions.

March 15 - School Pictures for Virtual Students from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

March 16 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

March 19 - School Pictures for In-Person Students (during school hours)

  Franklin MS 2021 Yearbook

Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks are on sale through April 19, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program

We have three new virtual activities beginning in March.

  • Getting Buckets Basketball Academy will begin on Wednesday, March 3
  • FutureSmart Club will begin on Thursday, March 4
  • Beat Mr. A. Food Challenge will begin on Thursday, March 4

It is not too late to participate in the after school program, and we have opened up spots in some of our clubs that were previously closed. We have something for everyone! Students may access the After School Google site (through their grade level Google classroom) for information, including announcements, schedules, club descriptions, and enrollment links. If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White

  Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

Parents or guardians who chose in-person learning for their child are required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. The commitment form is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Additional information is available at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document.

The Health Screening Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Kristine Smith if you need a hard copy sent to you.

  Cloth Masks and Face Coverings Required for In-Person Instruction

If your child will be returning in-person, please review the types of masks that are approved for student use. Students must wear a mask to school. We recommend students have an extra mask in their backpack.

The following cloth masks/face coverings are acceptable and supported by FCPS:

  • Gaiters with 2 or more layers - NEW
  • Cloth masks/face coverings with 2 or more layers – NEW

Please refer to the following resources for detailed information: Your Guide to Masks.

The following cloth masks/face coverings are NOT supported by FCPS:

  • Gaiters with a single layer - NEW
  • Face masks/face coverings with exhalation valves/vents
  • Cloth masks/face coverings with a single layer - NEW

 

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Franklin MS Self-Guided Student Open House Sessions Sign Up

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Self-Guided Student Open House Sessions

We will be hosting two in-person Student Open House Sessions at Franklin MS, which will take place on the dates and times listed below. Families will have the opportunity to sign their student up for a 20 minute in-person walk through of their schedule.

Please note that this event is for students only. Parents will be asked to wait in their vehicles. We will follow all FCPS health and safety protocols during the session. Prior to coming to Franklin MS, please review the FCPS Health Screening Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not come to the school.

Please click on the appropriate grade level below to access the Sign Up Genius. Feel free to call the school office at (703) 904-5100 with any questions. Thank you!

 

8th Grade Student Open House on Monday, March 1 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

7th Grade Student Open House on Monday, March 8 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 19

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon. I hope that this message finds you safe and warm during the winter weather that we have experienced during the last few days. During all of the snow and ice, we have been keeping busy at Franklin with our preparations for the upcoming transition to a hybrid learning model at our school and across FCPS. There is a lot of information in this message, but I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a few resources:

  • Thank you to everyone who attended our Return to School Family Information Session on Tuesday. A link to the presentation that was shared during the session can be found here and a recording of the session can be found here.
  • Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 will be asynchronous independent learning days for all Group 8 students at FMS. Teachers will provide asynchronous activities that can be accessed via Google Classroom. 
  • We will host two Self-Guided Student Open House sessions that will allow our in-person students to visit our school before the first day of in-person instruction. Details about these sessions can be found below and an electronic appointment sign-up form will be shared on Monday, February 22.

If your student is returning for in-person instruction, we would like to encourage you to start thinking about the classroom supplies they will need with them on the days they are in the building. Teachers will be sharing curriculum-specific requirements, but in general, we are encouraging students to pack light because they will have their laptop, lunch, and backpack with them all day. Some things to be considering at this point would be a water bottle, a pair of headphones, and an extra mask to have just in case.

We know that the upcoming transition will be a significant one for our students who are returning for in-person instruction and for those who will continue learning virtually for the remainder of the year. Our staff is here to support you and your family throughout this process. Do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu with questions, feedback, or if there is anything we can do to help. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events

February 25 -  Asynchronous Day for All Group 8 Students

February 26 - Asynchronous Day for All Group 8 Students

March 5 - 2 Hour Early Release - In-Person/Synchronous Day

March 8 - Student Holiday

  Return to School Family Information Session Recording

On Tuesday, February 16, Franklin MS hosted a Return to School Family Information Session. Click here for a link to the presentation that was shared during that session. Click here if you would like to watch the recording from the session.

  Asynchronous Instruction on February 25 and 26

Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 have been identified as teacher preparation days. These days will be asynchronous days for all Group 8 students. Students will be assigned asynchronous work for each of their classes that will be available through Google Classroom. If your student is not in Group 8, you will continue to have in-person instruction on these days. 

  Self-Guided Student Open House Sessions

We will be hosting two in-person Student Open House Sessions at Franklin MS, which will take place on the dates and times listed below. Families will have the opportunity to sign their student up for a 20 minute in-person walk through of their schedule. A Sign Up Genius will be sent to the community via News You Choose on Monday, February 22 at 12:00 PM.

Please note that this event is for students only. Parents will be asked to wait outside the school building. We will follow all FCPS health and safety protocols during the session. More information will be provided in the Sign Up Genius.

 

8th Grade Student Open House

Monday, March 1 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 

7th Grade Student Open House

Monday, March 8 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  Student Medication

Parents and guardians of students who are returning to in-person learning may bring medication to the Health Room beginning on Tuesday, January 23. Staff will be available to receive student medication Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. As a reminder, students may not carry medication during the school day. Please click here for information on School Health Services and a link to medication authorization forms. Please contact our School Health Aide, Donna Long, with any questions.

  WIDA ACCESS Exam

Students taking the WIDA ACCESS exam on Monday, February 22nd should arrive at Franklin by 7:30 AM. Students need to bring their laptop with their charger and should wear their face masks. Bus pickup information was shared with students and sent via a text message. Please contact Brandon Clarke with any questions.

  Chrome Sync

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords will be available as an option starting on February 18th. Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website. If your child is logging into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

  School Pictures

We are currently working with Lifetouch to schedule make up school pictures in mid March. Times will be available for both in-person and virtual learning students. As updates become available, we will notify you through our weekly News You Choose.

 

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

Parents or guardians who chose in-person learning for their child are required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. The commitment form is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Additional information is available at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document.

The Health Screening Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Kristine Smith if you need a hard copy sent to you.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • New Club Alert – FutureSmart Club will begin on Thursday, March 4. This club will help students make real-life decisions about personal finances, as well as how to achieve important goals around saving money, education and career planning, and budgeting. To enroll, students should go to their grade level Google classrooms, where they can get to the After School Google site and sign up.
  • Students can join after school clubs and activities throughout the year. Please take advantage of our free After School Program!

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mollé.

  World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 Credit Exam for World Languages will take place in March of 2021. Students who take the credit exam have the opportunity to earn up to three (3) credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. In order to offer the test in all languages while maintaining a safe testing environment, some languages will be tested online and some will be tested in person.

  • These languages will be tested online between March 2, 2021 and March 10, 2021:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • These languages will be tested in person on March 13, 2021 and March 20, 2021 (Saturdays):  Amharic, ASL, Bengali, Farsi, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Registration opens Monday, February 8, 2021, at 8:00 AM and closes at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2021. All students must register for the exam through their school counselor by February 26, 2021. Please contact Zena Chapman with any questions. Click here for additional information about the FCPS Credit Exam for World Languages.

  TJ Intermediate Math Open

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be hosting the 31st annual TJ Intermediate Math Open (TJIMO) on April 24 this year. The contest will be virtual and you may register through this link.

As in past years, TJ Intermediate Math Open (TJIMO) is meant to be a fun and educational experience, and no prior competition math participation is required. Please carefully read the instructions in the form and make sure to save the "Edit Responses" link so you may edit your submission later. 

Please note that each registered student must be taking geometry or below this school year (2020-21). Please contact the VMT Officers with any questions.

  TJHSST Freshman Application Process

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Process will open on February 1, 2021. The application will be available online starting Monday, February 1 at 8:00 AM and the application deadline is Friday, February 26 at 4:00 PM.

Click here for more information regarding the eligibility requirements and application process. If you have additional questions, please contact your student's 8th grade counselor.

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Franklin MS Return to School Family Information Session Tonight

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Franklin MS will host a Return to School Family Information Session tonight at 6:00 PM. This presentation will provide a detailed look at how Franklin MS will support the Return to School plan. It will include information about safety measures, procedures, and what the daily life of a Franklin Falcon will look like. We look forward to connecting with you tonight. Please click on the link below to join the session. If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and shared with the community on Friday.

Return to School Family Information Session, February 16 at 6:00 PM

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 12

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. I hope that you have had a great week. It has been a busy one at Franklin and I am fortunate that I had many opportunities to connect with our families, staff, and students. We had a Student Supply Distribution event, two Return to School listening sessions, a Spanish-language Town Hall, and we just finished our second week of welcoming students to our building for targeted interventions. Each opportunity was a reminder that our school resides within a community full of supportive families, dedicated educators, and amazing students. 

Looking ahead to next week, we will continue to offer opportunities for the Franklin school family to connect. This newsletter contains detailed information below, but I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a few of them:

  • Our new bell schedule and lunch schedule will begin on February 16. 
  • We will host a Return to School Family Information Session on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 PM. This will be a formal presentation that will focus on the safety measures, procedures, logistics, and instructional models that will be in place as our students return to the building for in-person instruction in March. 
  • Our students will attend a school-wide Virtual Assembly during one of their Falcon Time periods next week.
  • We need your help to complete a Health Screening Commitment Form for all students who are returning for in-person instruction. This can be submitted in ParentVue and the links and instruction can be found below. 

We hope that the upcoming holiday weekend provides an opportunity for you to rest, relax, and recharge. Please know that we are grateful for everything that you are doing to support your student.

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events
  • Monday, February 15 - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School
  • Tuesday, February 16 - New Bell Schedule Starts & Return to School Family Information Session at 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 17 - Rising 7th Grade AAP Information Night at 6:00 PM
  Return to School Family Information Session on February 16

On Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 PM, we will provide a Return to School Family Information Session. This presentation will provide a detailed look at how Franklin MS will support the Return to School plan. It will include information about safety measures, procedures, and what the daily life of a Franklin Falcon will look like. Please join us by clicking on the link below.

Return to School Family Information Session on February 16 at 6:00 PM

  New Bell Schedule Starts on February 16

Beginning on February 16, a new Bell Schedule for ALL students will begin and the school day at Franklin will be 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Click here for the Franklin MS Bell Schedule.

 

  Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

Parents or guardians who chose in-person learning for their child are required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. The commitment form is available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Additional information is available at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document.

The Health Screening Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Kristine Smith if you need a hard copy sent to you.

  Presidents’ Day Holiday on Monday, February 15

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, for the Presidents' Day Holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 16th. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

  Black History Month at Franklin MS

Students at Franklin have been learning about African American role models, both past and present. They discussed how the life stories of modern role models such as Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman exemplified perseverance. Additionally, as part of their unit on World War I, 7th grade history students learned about the contributions of the Harlem Hellfighters, an all-black Infantry unit. This group served as a segregated unit under French command in Europe and spent a total of 191 days at the front lines, more than any other American unit. Private Henry Johnson even earned the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery in fighting off around 30 German soldiers to protect his unit. The students will be moving on to learn about the amazing cultural contributions made by African Americans in the Harlem Renaissance. In 8th grade civics, students discussed the work of the Freedom Riders, a group of student activists who rode buses across the country in their efforts to promote civil rights.

  TJ Intermediate Math Open

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be hosting the 31st annual TJ Intermediate Math Open (TJIMO) on April 24th this year. The contest will be virtual and you may register through this link.

As in past years, TJ Intermediate Math Open (TJIMO) is meant to be a fun and educational experience, and no prior competition math participation is required. Please carefully read the instructions in the form and make sure to save the "Edit Responses" link so you may edit your submission later. 

Please note that each registered student must be taking geometry or below this school year (2020-21). Please contact the VMT Officers with any questions.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • New Clubs – Animal Crossing, Cooking, Games Club, Harry Potter, Mars Landing Crew, and Marvel Club. Other clubs that have reopened enrollment include Film Club, Knitting, Photography and Running Club.
  • Students can join after school clubs and activities throughout the year. Please take advantage of our free after school program!
  • Students can find more information about the After School Program in their grade-level Google Classroom and on the student After School site.

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mollé.

 

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Franklin MS Family Information Sessions on Monday, February 8

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Please join us tomorrow for one of our Family Information Sessions about the Return to School (RTS) plan. These sessions will not feature a formal presentation. Rather, this will be an opportunity for us to hear your questions, concerns, and input.

We will host two identical sessions on Monday, February 8 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Please join us for the one that works best with your schedule by clicking on the link below. We look forward to connecting with you tomorrow.

Family Information Session, February 8 at 9:00 AM

Family Information Session, February 8 at 6:00 PM

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 5

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! As many of you have heard, the FCPS School Board has recently approved a Return to School timeline that will go into effect later this month. I wanted to share some of key dates from this timeline with you and preview some of the resources that we will have in place to support our students and families through this transition.

Franklin MS students who have elected to attend school in-person will return to school on the following schedule: 

8th Grade - Week of March 2

7th Grade - Week of March 9

Selected Students in Special Programs - February 16

Students who have elected the in-person option will attend school at FMS two days a week and participate virtually two days a week. Students will be notified of the two days they will attend in-person and families can also check their student status in SIS ParentVue. Students who have elected to remain virtual will maintain their regular schedule.

Beginning on February 16, a new Bell Schedule for ALL students will begin and the school day at Franklin will be 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

In the weeks ahead, we will be sharing numerous activities, events, and resources with our students and families that are intended to ensure a successful transition during this Return to School timeline. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • On Monday, February 8 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM we will host Virtual Listening Sessions about the Return to School timeline. These sessions will not feature a formal presentation. Rather, this will be an opportunity for us to hear your questions, concerns, and suggestions. Links will be sent through News You Choose on Sunday afternoon.
  • On Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 PM, we will provide a Return to School Family Information Session. This presentation will provide a detailed look at how Franklin MS will support the Return to School plan. It will include information about safety measures, procedures, and what the daily life of a Franklin Falcon will look like.
  • During the month of February, we will use our Falcon Time class periods to provide our students with videos, activities, and even a few school-wide virtual assemblies that will help them prepare for the upcoming transitions.

As we plan for this transition, please know that we are committed to supporting all of our FMS students. We will be dedicated to the success of our students who elected to attend in-person and our students who decided to remain virtual. 

I know that there will be a lot of information shared with you in the coming weeks and that there will be a lot to process. Please know that we are here to help, and you are encouraged to contact us at any time.

Thank you again for everything you have done to support your student during the school year so far. As we transition into a new phase, we look forward to continuing to partner with you.

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, February 8 - Return to School Family Listening Sessions at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
  • Monday, February 8 - 2nd Semester Elective Supply Distribution and Math 7 Packet Pick-Up from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 9 - Virtual Hispanic Parent Coffee at 7:00 PM
  • Monday, February 15 - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School
  • Tuesday, February 16 - New Bell Schedule Starts & Return to School Family Information Session
  • Wednesday, February 17 - AAP Parent Night Meeting for Rising 7th Grade Parents at 6:00 PM
  Monday Attendance Reminder

Please note that students are required to complete the online check-in / attendance form on Mondays for the remainder of the year. All FCPS schools are required to note attendance on Mondays. Students are expected to check in and work through asynchronous assignments each Monday. A few details about Monday attendance can be found below. 

  • Attendance will still be taken on Mondays and students will be contacted by their Falcon Time teachers with a virtual attendance activity that needs to be completed by 12:00 PM.
  • Asynchronous activities will be available for our students and they should review the Google Classroom sites for all of their classes.

 

Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a time when the country highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of Black Americans. Click here for a message from our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand. Additionally, Franklin MS students will engaging in curriculum and activities about this important topic in several of their classes. 

The Fairfax County Public Library has several programs celebrating Black History Month. Please click on the links below for more information or contact the Fairfax County Public Library.

Kwame Alexander Virtual Visit on Monday, February 22

Teen Mic Night on Tuesday, February 23

Teen Art Contest

  2nd Semester Electives Supplies Distribution and Math 7 Packet Pick-Up on February 8

Students enrolled in 2nd semester Art, Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), and Engineering classes will have the opportunity to pick up supplies on Monday, February 8 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Paper math packets will also be available for Math 7 students (Math 7 Honors students do not need to pick up packets).

For the health and safety of our staff and our FMS families, we will use a drive-thru pick up process to distribute materials. Distribution procedures will be as follows:

  • Social distancing guidelines will be in effect and please review the health screening questions found here before visiting FMS.      

  • Visitors are highly encouraged to wear a faceguard to help protect our staff members.   

  • Vehicles will enter the Kiss ‘n’ Ride lot and proceed to the access road, drive around the rear of the school building, and visit each station for their student’s materials.

  • Please print and complete this short form to help the staff by providing your student’s name, class, and class period #.

  • Families and students will stay in their vehicle. Whenever possible, teachers will place student supply kits in the trunk of the vehicle.

  • Vehicles will continue along the access road to exit at Old Dairy Road.

  • For Art, Engineering, and FACS, supplies are part of a student fee included in course enrollment and are most efficiently paid through MySchoolBucks.

Franklin MS will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of our programs, services, and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to facilitate the pickup of materials should contact Mr. Gibbs as soon as possible.

  Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As additional student groups return to school in person, parents and caregivers are asked to complete a Health Screening Commitment form before student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home should they become ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Kristine Smith if you need a hard copy sent to you.

  PTA Chipotle Fundraiser on February 10

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars at the Chipotle in Franklin Farm on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. If ordering online, use the code: 3X664BQ. Fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during the date and time above. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

  World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 Credit Exam for World Languages will take place in March of 2021. Students who take the credit exam have the opportunity to earn up to three (3) credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam. In order to offer the test in all languages while maintaining a safe testing environment, some languages will be tested online and some will be tested in person.

  • These languages will be tested online between March 2, 2021 and March 10, 2021:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
  • These languages will be tested in person on March 13, 2021 and March 20, 2021 (Saturdays):  Amharic, ASL, Bengali, Farsi, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Registration opens Monday, February 8, 2021, at 8:00 AM and closes at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2021. All students must register for the exam through their school counselor by February 26, 2021. Please contact Zena Chapman with any questions. Click here for additional information about the FCPS Credit Exam for World Languages.

  TJHSST Freshman Application Process

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Process will open on February 1, 2021. The application will be available online starting Monday, February 1 at 8:00 AM and the application deadline is Friday, February 26 at 4:00 PM.

Click here for more information regarding the eligibility requirements and application process. If you have additional questions, please contact your student's 8th grade counselor.

  Franklin MS After School Program

As the 2nd semester has started, a few new clubs have been added to our virtual after-school activity list.

  • New Clubs – Animal Crossing, Cooking, Games Club, Harry Potter, Mars Landing Crew, and Marvel Club. Other clubs that have reopened enrollment include Film Club, Knitting, Photography and Running Club.
  • Students can join after-school clubs and activities throughout the year. Please take advantage of our free after-school program!
  • Students can find more information about the After School Program in their grade-level Google Classroom and on the student After School site.
  • Students should check out the “Clubs by Day” and “Club Descriptions” sheets for club information and schedules.  

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mollé.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - January 29

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. Thank you for a great 1st week of the new semester. Any type of transition like this takes a team effort to be successful, and I am proud of the work that our staff, families, and students did to make this a smooth one.

Next week is National School Counseling Week and I would like to ask all of you to help me recognize the wonderful Student Services Team that we have at Franklin. We have shared a some additional information in the message below. Please join me in saying THANK YOU to our school counselors for providing a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and the entire school community!

Please save the date for two Family Information Sessions about the Return to School (RTS) plan that we have scheduled on February 8. These sessions will give us an opportunity to listen to your questions and to share what the RTS plan will look like at our school. We will host two sessions on that day at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM and a link will be sent out when we are closer to the event. Both sessions will be identical and we hope you can join us for the one that works best with your schedule.

You are always encouraged to reach out to me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu with questions, suggestions, or if there is anything our team can do to support your students.

Best wishes for an enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 2 - School Board Return to Work School Session

Monday, February 8 - Return to School Family Information Sessions

                                     at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Monday, February 8 - 2nd Semester Elective Supply Distribution

                                     and Math 7 Packet Pick-Up

Tuesday, February 9 - Virtual Hispanic Parent Coffee at 7:00 PM

Monday, February 15 - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School

  National School Counseling Week, February 1–5

National School Counseling Week 2021, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 1–5. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success. This special week honors school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Thank you to our Student Services Team

for all you do for our students, parents,

teachers and the entire school community!

 

Zena Chapman, Director of Student Services

Tammi Bailey-Case, Counselor (A-G)

Kathy Hudson, Counselor (H-N)

Joanne Fraundorfer, Counselor (O-Z)

Kristine Smith, Student Services Assistant

  2nd Semester Electives Supplies Distribution and Math 7 Packet Pick-Up on February 8

Students enrolled in 2nd semester Art, Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), and Engineering classes will have the opportunity to pick up supplies on Monday, February 8 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Paper math packets will also be available for Math 7 students (Math 7 Honors students do not need to pick up packets). For the health and safety of our staff and our FMS families, we will use a drive-thru pick up process to distribute materials. More details will be provided in your student’s Google Classrooms and in next week’s News You Choose.

  TJHSST Freshman Application Process

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Process will open on February 1, 2021. The application will be available online starting Monday, February 1 at 8:00 AM and the application deadline is Friday, February 26 at 4:00 PM.

Click here for more information regarding the eligibility requirements and application process. If you have additional questions, please contact your student's 8th grade counselor.

  Library Updates

The American Library Association gives awards for Children’s and Young Adult books and authors each year. Many of the titles that were announced as winners for 2021 are in Franklin’s library and you can access them here: ALA Award List TItles. If you have questions or comments, please contact Sheri Ruffle.

  Franklin MS After School Program

As we start the 2nd semester, a few new clubs have been added to our virtual after school activity list.

  • New Clubs starting this semester – Animal Crossing, Cooking, Games Club, Harry Potter, Mars Landing Crew, and Marvel Club. Other clubs that have reopened enrollment include Knitting, Photography and Running Club.
  • Students can join after school clubs and activities throughout the year. Please take advantage of our free after school program!
  • Spaces in clubs are limited so students are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  We want our clubs to be interactive and engaging, which will not be possible if the groups get too large. 
  • Students can find more information about the After School Program in their grade-level Google Classroom and on the student After School site.
  • Students should check out the “Clubs by Day” and “Club Descriptions” sheets for club information and schedules.

If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mollé.

  PTA Chipotle Fundraiser on February 10

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars at the Chipotle in Franklin Farm on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation. If ordering online, use the code: 3X664BQ. Fundraiser online ordering is only valid through pickup during the date and time above. Thank you for your support of our PTA!

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Franklin MS PTA Meeting - January 26

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The Franklin MS PTA Meeting is Tonight at 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Franklin MS PTA meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the evening includes a presentation from the Crossroads Family Counseling Center. We hope to see you there!

Click here to join the PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM

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