Franklin MS Summer Update

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon! We hope that all of the dads in our community had an enjoyable Father's Day this weekend. 

As we transition to our summer operations, we wanted to share a few important Save the Dates with all of you. For the next few months, we will stay connected with you via the school website and special issues of this newsletter.

  • Rising 7th Grade Parent Virtual Coffee - We will have an opportunity to come together virtually on Wednesday, July 28 at 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The FMS leadership team will provide updated information about the start of the school year and will be available to answer your questions. 
  • Jumpstart 2021 - More information is available below about this exciting opportunity for students who will be new to our school in the Fall. It will take place on August 5, 6 & 9 and we are asking all students to register by July 9. 
  • Student and Family Welcome and Orientation - Our school community will come together on Wednesday, August 18 to collectively welcome back the school year. This will be a time for students to tour the school, walk their schedule, and to reconnect with old and new friends. 

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer. We are grateful for all of your support this year.

We will see you in August!

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Franklin MS Jumpstart 2021

Your student's transition to middle school is very important to us! This year we will be offering an OPTIONAL Jump Start program to our new students:

  • Rising 7th graders
  • Rising 8th graders who were fully virtual during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Rising 8th graders who are NEW to Franklin

On selected dates in August, students will have an opportunity to meet some staff members (administrators, counselors, and some teachers), tour the building, get some middle school tips for success, hear about our after-school program, and more. Space is limited to 150 students per session, so please commit to being available before registering. If we have low enrollment in any one session, we may condense sessions to maximize our staffing. Updates will be communicated in advance. Please click here for the registration link. If registering multiple children, a separate registration form must be completed for each student.

Registration Deadline: In order to be efficient in our staffing and assignments, we are requesting that all applications be returned by Friday, July 9; however, if space is still available, we will accept registrations after that date. Students will be placed and accepted on a rolling admission basis. Please contact Courtney Mollé for further information.

  Summer Office Hours and New Student Registration

The Franklin Middle School main office will be open this summer from 9:00 AM –1:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Summer office hours will begin on June 21. The office will be closed on Friday, June 18 and Monday, July 5. Please contact Jade Horne with any questions. For new student registration, please complete this form.

  COVID-19 Vaccine - How to Schedule Your Child’s Second Dose

FCPS’ in-school COVID-19 vaccination sites were a great success! With the school year ending, FCPS will not be hosting vaccine clinics for the second dose. If your child received their first dose, please remember to schedule their second dose. This Second Dose Information Sheet explains how to proceed. FCPS is considering hosting another first dose clinic during the summer for students ages 12 and up. Please stay tuned for more information.

  Immunization Update

While the COVID-19 vaccination is NOT required by schools for the 2021-22 school year, many other vaccinations are.

Seventh-grade students need:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older

Twelfth-grade students need:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older

More information on new immunization requirements is available online.

  Summer Learning Opportunities

FCPS has compiled a list of programs conveniently on one webpage

  Schoology Update

Fairfax County Public Schools’ contract with Blackboard ends on June 30. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology will be used division-wide starting in July.

Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space

Students will have a Schoology account by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • your child’s class 
  • your child’s assignments and participation
  • your child’s calendar
  • teacher comments, scores, and feedback

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account

More information about Schoology is available online

  No-Cost Meals Continuing Throughout the Summer - June 28 - August 5

FCPS is providing all students access to no-cost meals from June 28 - August 5 at meal kit sites and on bus routes. More info at: https://bit.ly/35ync0g.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 11

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Franklin Families and Students,

Happy last day of school! We have had an excellent week of celebrating our students and all that we have accomplished this year. As I have reflected on the school year this week, it is amazing to see how far we have come this year…..and how we have done it together as a school community.

We are asking for your help in collecting any FCPSOn Student Laptops and Chargers that have not yet been returned to the school. 

  • A curbside laptop and charger collection will take place on June 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All vehicles should enter at the Kiss & Ride parking lot entrance.
  • Laptop drop-off by appointment only is available on June 15-16. Please contact Les Jones at gljones1@fcps.edu to schedule a drop-off.

All FMS families will receive one more Weekly Update in the coming days with some important Save the Dates for the summer and the upcoming school year. After that, we will stay connected over the summer via the school website and special issues of this newsletter.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer. We are grateful for all of your support this year.

We will see you in August!

Your Proud Principal,

Dustin Wright

  8th Grade Pinning Ceremony

On June 7 we celebrated our 106 National Junior Honor Society members who earned their service pin. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, a recording has been posted to the NJHS Google Classroom.

Students attending school in-person received their service pins as a part of our Falcon Time awards celebration this week. Students attending school virtually will be able to pick up their service pin as a part of laptop return.

Congratulations again to all of our NJHS members for their hard work and leadership over the past two years at Franklin Middle School. We wish you all continued success as you move on to high school.

  Library Updates

Thanks to everyone for using library materials this school year--over 4000 books (including printed books and ebooks through MackinVia and myON) were checked out by students and staff.  

Students can continue using ebooks over the summer: rising 7th and 8th graders will be able to log in to Franklin's Destiny Catalog and use Franklin's MackinVia ebooks (Always Available ebooks, Ebooks just for Franklin) and can continue to use myON as well.

Rising 9th graders will be able to use Destiny through their FCPS high school once this school year has ended.

If I don't see you this summer: take care, keep reading, and keep in touch - Mrs. Ruffle.

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Franklin MS Update - June 10

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FMS Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon!

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to provide you with some important updates and reminders to help all of our students have a successful last day. Please feel free to call the main office at (703) 904-5100 with any questions.

Thank you for a great year!

-Franklin MS

  Two Hour Early Dismissal & Grab-and-Go Lunch 

The last day of school at Franklin will feature a two-hour early release dismissal. Our school day will end at 12:00 and we will follow a modified bell schedule. This schedule will be followed by our in-person and our virtual students. 

A complimentary Grab-and-Go lunch will be available to all students during our dismissal at the end of the day. 

 

  Laptop Return Update

All students will need to return their FCPS issued laptops and chargers at the end of this school year. Many Franklin MS students have already returned their equipment. Below is information for families regarding additional opportunities for laptop and charger return.

Laptop & Charger Return for All Students

  • A curbside laptop collection will take place on June 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All vehicles should enter at the Kiss & Ride parking lot entrance.
  • Laptop drop-off by appointment only is available on June 15-16. Please contact Les Jones at gljones1@fcps.edu to schedule a drop-off.

Reminders for All Students

  • Please remove all stickers and decals from the laptop
  • When returning their laptop, all students should also return the charger and carrying case
  Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, June 11 at 12:00 PM. Medication left in the clinic after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Donna Long at: (703) 904-5110, or your School Public Health Nurse, Mary Ellen Wolf at: (703) 904-5135.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 4

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! Thank you for another great week at Franklin Middle School. In the coming days, as we reflect on the journey that we all took together this year, please know how grateful we are for your support throughout the entire school year.

There is a lot going on next week at FMS and you are encouraged to review the information in this message for more details. Here are a few things that I wanted to highlight:

  • The Franklin MS PTA is an amazing organization and they are looking for FMS parents who are interested in joining this important work. Our PTA will have Board Member openings for President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as a few other committee member positions. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact our PTA President, Marcela Rivera, at president@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org.
  • We are excited to share that a new Director of Student Services will be joining the Franklin MS family following the retirement of Dr. Chapman at the end of this year. Michelle Lyttle will be our new Director of Student Services and she will officially join our staff on July 1. She is joining the Franklin Middle School team with eight years of administrative experience, most recently as an assistant principal at Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Vienna where she has served the past four years. Our community will have several opportunities to get to know Ms. Lyttle over the next few months and we can’t wait for her to get started in July. Welcome to Franklin!

Finally, I had several opportunities this week to interact with the entire K-12 program that FMS is a part of. During the last week, I have met with nearly all of the 6th graders that will be coming to Franklin next year as 7th graders. The excitement and enthusiasm of these future Falcons was awesome! I was also fortunate to represent FMS at the graduation ceremony for Chantilly HS on Wednesday evening and I will attend Oakton’s next week. Congratulations to all of the former Franklin Falcons who are graduating this month!

I frequently introduce myself as “the proud principal of Franklin Middle School” and these two interactions with our future and former students added to the sense of pride I receive from working with our current group of amazing students every single day.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,  

Dustin Wright

Principal

Dr. Wright was honored to represent Franklin MS with the pyramid principals at the Chantilly HS graduation this week.

 

Upcoming Events

June 7 - End of Year Student Celebration

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual

June 11 - Last Day of School, Students Dismissed at 12:00 PM

  Student Services Update

Our Student Award Ceremonies will look a little different this year at FMS. During our Falcon Time class (4th period) on Wednesday, June 9, we will present a virtual ceremony to our entire school. A recording of this will be shared with the community. Additionally, all of our students will be celebrated individually with their Falcon Time peers during the remainder of the class period that day. We are excited about this new addition to our end of the year celebrations. 

  FCPSOn Laptop Return Update

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to provide you with some updates about the process we will use to collect the FCPSOn student laptop. 

Laptop Return for In-Person Students

  • Laptop collection will take place during the school day on June 9 -10

  • If your student will not be in school on June 9 - 10, please contact our main office to set up an alternate laptop drop-off time

Laptop Return for Virtual Students

  • If attending the End of Year Celebration on June 7, virtual students who have an alternate means of attending virtual classes during the last week of school may return laptops to the FCPSON room during the celebration

  • A curbside laptop collection will take place on June 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

  • Laptop drop-off by appointment only is available on June 15-16

Laptop Return Reminders for All Students

  • Please remove all stickers and decals from the device

  • When returning their laptop, all students should also return the charger and carrying case

  NJHS Updates

7th Grade

Thank you to the students who submitted their applications to join Franklin's chapter of NJHS by the May 28th deadline. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance by Monday, June 7, 2021. The email will only be sent to your fcpsschools.net email address, not your parent/guardian. Please be on the lookout. Only students whose application was accepted will receive an email. The induction ceremony will take place in the Fall of the 2021-2022 school year. Information about the ceremony will be communicated through News You Choose and through the student NJHS Google Classroom/Schoology accounts. Still have questions? Email Mrs. Taylor at kmtaylor@fcps.edu.

8th Grade- Pinning Ceremony

We are excited to celebrate the success of our 8th Grade NJHS members virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. Please join our Pinning Ceremony at this link:

https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/78bc2816-58f4-4f0d-82b7-209031185633

If you are unable to attend live, the ceremony will be recorded and shared with the community.

In person students will receive their pin through their Falcon Time teacher on June 9 and virtual students can pick up their pin during laptop collection.

  Library Updates

All printed library books are now due. Please help students remember to return their library books so that others may use them. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Ruffle

Students can continue using ebooks over the summer. During the summer, rising 7th and 8th graders will be able to log in to Franklin's Destiny Catalog and use Franklin's MackinVia ebooks (Always Available ebooks, Ebooks just for Franklin). Rising 9th graders will be able to use Destiny through their high school once this school year has ended. If you have questions, email Mrs. Ruffle.

Learn about the Summer Reading Program for all ages sponsored by Fairfax County Public Library: Tails and Tales Summer Reading, Teen Reading Challenges Activity Badges,  Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults, and Using Beanstack to Track Your Progress.

  NASA’s Girls in STEM 2021

Registration for NASA’s Girls in STEM 2021 virtual event is now open. Designed to inspire middle school students, this event features women working in STEM fields at NASA Glenn Research Center. This event is limited to the first 80 registrations received. Registration Deadline: June, 18, 2021.

  Chantilly High School Dance Team Green Days and Tryouts

Chantilly High School’s Dance Team Green Days (practice clinics before tryouts) and Tryouts are coming up soon. Green Days will be every Monday, June 14 - July 19, in the Chantilly High School’s Cafeteria (Door 11) from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Tryouts will be July 26 and 28. For more information about the team and tryout process, please contact Coach Heidi Stafford.

  Oakton High School Football Skills Camp

The Oakton High School Football program is hosting a Skills Camp June 8-10 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Oakton High School. Skills Camp is open to rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade athletes at all skills levels and positions. Cost is $40 per student.

High School coaches and players will work one on one with each camper on change of direction, balance, strength, speed and more. Please click here for a registration link (click on Football and scroll to Skills Camp). Families may contact Coach Mel Morgan for more information.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 28

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! I would like to start this message by thanking our families, our staff, and our students for all of their hard work and support during the last three weeks as we completed our SOL assessments. Earlier this week, we completed the majority of our testing and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support. 

When we return to school next Tuesday, it will be the month of June and there is a lot going on at our school. Here are a few highlights:

  • We will be hosting an opportunity for our students to celebrate the year together on Monday, June 7. All of our in-person and virtual students are invited to attend, but they must sign-up in advance for one of the two sessions. Students will have a chance to connect with their peers, enjoy some time outside, and receive/sign previously purchased yearbooks. Transportation is not provided so students will need to live within walking distance or be dropped off and picked up. More information and the sign-up link can be found below. 
  • Our Student Award Ceremonies will look a little different this year at FMS. During our Falcon Time class (4th period) on Wednesday, June 9, we will present a virtual ceremony to our entire school. A recording of this will be shared with the community. Additionally, all of our students will be celebrated individually with their Falcon Time peers during the remainder of the class period. We are excited about this new addition to our end of the year celebrations. 
  • The NJHS Pinning Ceremony for 8th graders will take place virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. A link for this ceremony will be shared with all NJHS members that are attending the event. The 7th Grade induction ceremony will take place in the Fall.
  • Our teachers will be sharing SOL scores with their students beginning on Tuesday, June 1. The scores will appear in the SIS gradebook as an ungraded assignment. Official SOL score reports will be available in SIS ParentVue in mid-July.
  • The Last Day of School is on Friday, June 11 and it is a two-hour early release. Our school day will end at 12:00 PM. The bell schedule that day will allow our students to connect with all of their teachers one final time. 

On behalf of the entire FMS staff, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright 

Principal

  Upcoming Events

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 7 - End of Year Student Celebration

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual

June 11 - Last Day of School, Students Dismissed at 12:00 PM

  End of Year Student Celebration

We are ready to recognize a year of hard work and success with celebration for our 7th and 8th grade students. This event will take place at Franklin Middle School on Monday, June 7.

7th Grade Students (9:00 AM - 10:45 AM)

8th Grade Students (12:30 PM - 2:15 PM)

This event is for all of our virtual and in-person students. Bus transportation cannot be provided, so parents and guardians will need to make transportation arrangements for their student to attend.

Students will be able to enjoy fun outdoor and indoor activities with their friends and classmates during their celebration session. These sessions are only open to current Franklin students and all students will be required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing as they enjoy the activities.

Celebration sessions are by grade-level. Students who are interested in participating should select only ONE time slot to attend during their grade-level celebration. Be sure to check with your friends so you can encourage each other to celebrate together. Please sign up by clicking on the sign up below.

Registration will close on Thursday, June 3 at 3:00 PM.

Franklin MS End of Year Celebration Sign Up

  FCPSOn Laptop Return Update

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to provide you with some updates about the process we will use to collect the FCPSOn student laptop. 

Laptop Return for In-Person Students

  • Laptop collection will take place during the school day on June 9 -10. 
  • If your student will not be in school on June 9 - 10, please contact our main office to set up an alternate laptop drop-off time. 

Laptop Return for Virtual Students

  • If attending the End of Year Celebration on June 7, virtual students who have an alternate means of attending virtual classes during the last week of school may return laptops to the FCPSON room during the celebration.
  • A curbside laptop collection will take place on June 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • Laptop drop-off by appointment only is available on June 15-16.

Laptop Return Reminders for All Students

  • Please remove all stickers and decals from the device. 
  • When returning their laptop, all students should also return the charger and carrying case. 
  Yearbook Orders, In-Person Sales and Distribution Update

Yearbook Orders: We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through Monday, May 31. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Families are encouraged to order yearbooks online. Online ordering will close at the end of the day on May 31.

In-Person Yearbook Sales: We have a limited number of yearbooks that will be available for purchase in person during lunch periods on June 4 and June 9. Students may purchase yearbooks on a first come, first serve basis. Yearbooks are $25, and students may pay with cash or by check (made out to Franklin Middle School).

Yearbook Distribution: In-person students who pre ordered yearbooks will be able to pick up their yearbooks during lunch on June 4 and June 9. In-person and virtual students will have the opportunity to pick up their yearbooks at the Student Celebration on Monday, June 7. After June 7, families of virtual students may come to Door 1 between 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM to pick up their yearbooks. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

  National Junior Honor Society 7th Grade Applications and 8th Grade Pinning

7th Grade Students: Applications to join are due today, May 28, and extensions will not be granted. Invitations to apply were emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10. Please check both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 received an invitation to apply. Click HERE for more details about NJHS and the application process at Franklin. Please email Kara Taylor with additional questions.

8th Grade Members: NJHS members who are eligible to receive their Service Pin were contacted via their @fcpsschools.net account by Ms. Bridenbaugh on Monday, May 24.This email contains congratulations and details regarding the pinning ceremony. An assignment has been posted in Google Classroom for members who are receiving their pin in order to be recognized at the ceremony. We are also looking for students interested in speaking during the Pinning Ceremony. Students should reach out to Ms. Bridenbaugh (mbridenbaugh@fcpsschools.net) if they are interested.

The Pinning Ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. A link to join the ceremony will be provided as we get closer to the event.

  Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, June 11 at 12:00 PM. Medication left in the clinic after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Donna Long at: (703) 904-5110, or your School Public Health Nurse, Mary Ellen Wolf at: (703) 904-5135.

  COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program

Franklin MS has been selected as one of four schools in FCPS to serve as a pilot location for COVID diagnostic and screening testing. Student consent forms have been emailed home and can also be found on our website. All student testing is optional and no students will be tested without a signed parental consent form. Completed consent forms can be dropped off by your student in our main office or can be emailed to Jade Horne.

  Library Updates

Please help students remember to return their library books, so that others may use them. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Ruffle.

Learn about the Summer Reading Program for all ages sponsored by Fairfax County Public Library:  Tails and Tales Summer Reading, Teen Reading Challenges Activity Badges,  Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults, and Using Beanstack to Track Your Progress.

  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.

Click here to join the PTA Meeting on June 1 at 7:00 PM

  Oakton High School Dance Team Tryouts

Oakton High School’s Dance Team tryouts are coming up soon. Tryouts will be May 24 - June 4. To find out more information about the team and tryout process, students should fill out the Tryout Interest Form. Students completing the interest form will be included in a Tryouts Google Classroom where they will receive more information. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Karen Rowley.

  Oakton High School Junior Dance Camp

Please click here for information on the Junior Dance Camp at Oakton High School from June 15 - 17. This camp is open to students entering grates 1-8 in September 2021. Please contact Coach Karen Rowley with any questions.

  Oakton High School Cross Country Interest Meeting

The Oakton High School Cross Country Team is hosting an interest meeting on June 2 at 5:30 PM for rising freshman runners. Please contact Coach Kroetch for more information.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 21

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Franklin Families and Students, 

It was a wonderful week at Franklin. The students and staff demonstrated positive attitudes, teamwork, and perseverance throughout the week. Some of our 8th grade students finished up the week by sharing encouraging messages with their classmates as a part of our Positivity Project initiative.

Here are a few helpful updates as we plan for the weeks ahead:

  • We are heading into the home stretch of our SOL assessment schedule with our 8th grade Science SOL on Monday and Tuesday. To support the assessment sessions, our in-person and virtual students will both follow a modified bell schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday that can be found here
  • Franklin MS has been selected as one of four schools in FCPS to serve as a pilot location for COVID diagnostic and screening testing. Student consent forms have been emailed home and can also be found on our website. All student testing is optional and no students will be tested without a signed parental consent form.  Completed consent forms can be dropped off by your student in our main office or can be emailed to jahorne@fcps.edu
  • While we continue to be encouraged about the availability of vaccines and the updated guidance on mask policies, we will continue to follow the layered mitigation procedures established by FCPS and follow all Virginia Department of Health expectations, which include the wearing of masks for all staff and students until directed otherwise.  

Be on the lookout next week for information about several End of the Year events for all students including school-wide award ceremonies and student celebrations. It will be an exciting finish to a very memorable year. Thank you for all of your support along the way.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events

May 25 - Spanish Language Rising 7th Grade Family Orientation

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual

 

SOL Make-Ups

If your student was absent for one of their scheduled SOLs and you would like them to have the opportunity to participate in a make-up, please email the school testing coordinator, Lenore Ale, as soon as possible. 

  SOL Testing

The week beginning Monday, May 24 is the last week of scheduled SOL testing at Franklin Middle School. This week's test is Science and it is for 8th grade only.

  • Virtual Students Testing on Monday, May 24
    • Testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • On Monday, May 14 testing ends at 11:00 AM. Please plan to pick your child up by that time. Students who complete their SOL early and have a ride may be dismissed and permitted to call for a ride home as early as 9:00 AM. Please only pick your child up early after you receive a text or phone call requesting a pick up.
    • Walkers and bicyclists will be dismissed at 10:30 AM based on the availability of our crossing guard.
    • Parents of students who are testing on Monday, May 24 should refer to an email message from Mrs. Davenport regarding bus stops and times for SOL testing on May 24. Please contact the main office with questions about bus transportation for SOL testing.
  • In-Person Students Testing on Tuesday, May 25
    • All Tuesday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules for Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26.
    • All 7th graders will report to their first period classes on Tuesday during the Science SOL testing block.
  Yearbook Orders

We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 31, 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.

  National Junior Honor Society 7th Grade Applications and 8th Grade Pinning

7th grade students: Invitations to apply were emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10.  Please check both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 received an invitation to apply. Applications are due by May 28, no later. Click HERE for more details about NJHS and the application process at Franklin. Please email Kara Taylor with additional questions.

8th grade members: NJHS members who are eligible to receive their Service Pin will be contacted by email to their @fcpsschools.net account by Ms. Bridenbaugh on Monday, May 24.This email will contain congratulations and details regarding the pinning ceremony. Members who are ineligible for their pin either due to not maintaining the required 3.75 GPA or failure to complete the service requirements have already been contacted regarding their membership status.

The Pinning Ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM.  A link to join the ceremony will be provided as we get closer to the event.

  Library Updates

Thank you to everyone who has used the library to check out books this year.  Please help your student remember to return any books they are finished reading.  If they have books from last school year they can return them to Franklin even if the books are from another FCPS school library.  If your student is learning virtually you can return books during curbside library on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm near the main entrance at door #1.  If you want to check to see what books your student has from the library, they should log in to Destiny Discover, click the three bars in the upper left and then select check outs.  Please contact Mrs. Ruffle if you have any questions or if you need assistance.

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program

Our Virtual After School program ends on Friday, May 28th and we have had a great year. This student enrichment program inspired creativity, provided challenges, teamwork and fun. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful club sponsors and to all of our students who participated so enthusiastically in activities. We look forward to seeing many of our students again in next year’s After School program. If you have any questions about the After School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

Virtual After School Activities - May 24 - 28

  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.

  Fairfax Summer Recharge: Free Child Care Program

Fairfax Summer Recharge offers free child care during Summer 2021 for children and youth of families who have low and moderate income and who live in Fairfax County, Falls Church City and Fairfax City. Families must be impacted by COVID-19 due to financial hardship or limited access to child care and be caring for a child or youth with behavioral or emotional health needs. Fairfax Summer Recharge: Free Child Care program. Applications will open at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, June 1.

The program has limited space and all applicant families must be able to include accurate and complete contact information for their chosen child care provider at the time of application. We believe this time before June 1 will give interested families the lead time they may need to line up a provider. Note that participants who used Fairfax Kinship Respite to Recharge in 2020-21 or the Winter/Spring 2021 Fairfax Recharge: Free Child Care programs are not eligible to participate in this summer program. Please click here for more information.

  Oakton High School Dance Team Tryouts

Oakton High School’s Dance Team tryouts are coming up soon. Tryouts will be May 24 - June 4. To find out more information about the team and tryout process, students should fill out the Tryout Interest Form. Students completing the interest form will be included in a Tryouts Google Classroom where they will receive more information. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Karen Rowley.

  Oakton High School STEM Open House

Want to learn more about STEM and robotics? Want to drive a robot used for competition? The Oakton High School robotics team is hosting a STEM Open House Saturday, May 29th from 1:00-4:00 pm. Activities including driving a robot, making DIY gadgets, learning about our robotics team, and more! CDC and FCPS regulations will be in place, so make sure you bring a mask and socially distance.  Please help the team plan for the event and keep everyone safe by indicating your arrival time on this sign-up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa4a9292-oakton;  Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Gwen Harter and the Robotics Business Team.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 14

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon. It has been a fast-paced week at Franklin. We got started on Monday and Tuesday with our Reading SOL assessments and it finished with exciting learning opportunities inside and outside of the school.

As we plan for the Math SOLs next week, please remember that our in-person and our virtual students will both follow a modified bell schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday. A link to the bell schedule on May 18 & 19 can be found here. 

With the announcements by the CDC this week, I am hopeful for a return to normal summer and fall activities. FCPS has not changed their guidance around mask wearing and social distancing. We will continue to follow the layered mitigation procedures established by FCPS and follow all Virginia Department of Health expectations, which include the wearing of masks for all staff and students until directed otherwise.  

I continue to be proud of the effort and mindset on display by all of our students and the dedication and commitment of our hard-working staff. Do not hesitate to contact me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu if there is anything we can do to support your student and your family. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Upcoming Events

May 25 - Spanish Language Rising 7th Grade Family Orientation

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual

  SOL Testing
  • Virtual Students Testing on Monday, May 17
    • SOL testing will continue the week of Monday, May 17. All Monday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • On Monday, May 17 testing ends at 11:30 AM. Please plan to pick your child up by that time. Students who complete their SOL early and have a ride may be dismissed and permitted to call for a ride home as early as 9:45 AM.
    • Walkers and bicyclists will be dismissed at 11:00 AM, based on the availability of our crossing guard.
    • Parents of students who are testing on Monday, May 17 should refer to a previous email message from Mrs. Davenport regarding bus stops and times for SOL testing on May 17. Please contact the main office with questions about bus transportation for SOL testing.
  • In-Person Students Testing on Tuesday, May 18
    • All Tuesday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules for Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19.
  • Laptop Reminders for All Students
    • All students will use their FCPS issued laptop to take their SOL tests. It is very important that they make sure their device passes the FCPS Health Check and has the latest version of the required testing software installed. For virtual students, this means a trip to an FCPS school building where they can connect to the FCPS network (this can be done from most school parking lots at any time of day). Here is the information that was shared with students through their Falcon Time Classes.
    • Students are expected to bring their fully charged laptop and their charger with them for testing.
    • Students also need to bring pencils and a book to read after the test (they will not be able to use any electronic devices until the testing block is over).

Please click here for Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing: 2021 Information for Franklin Middle School.

  National Junior Honor Society 7th Grade Applications and 8th Grade Pinning

7th grade students: Invitations to apply were emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10.  Please check both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 received an invitation to apply. Applications are due by May 28, no later. Click HERE for more details about NJHS and the application process at Franklin. Please email Kara Taylor with additional questions.

8th grade members: Mark your calendars for the 8th grade pinning ceremony on June 7, 2021. Members will receive their NJHS pins if they have maintained a 3.75 GPA and have completed the Service and Leadership assignments by the May 14 deadline. These have been posted each month throughout the year. For more information, members should see the documents posted in the NJHS Google Classroom. Details about the pinning ceremony will be sent soon.

  Library Updates

There is still time to check out books from the library. If you need a recommendation, try these lists: Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, Mrs. Ruffle's Book Talks, or Always Available Ebooks for Franklin Middle School, or email Mrs. Ruffle.

All printed library books that were checked out this year are due back to the library by June 7. Books can be returned in school to the blue mailbox outside the library doors. For virtual students, books can be returned during curbside library on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ruffle.

  Yearbook Orders

We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 31, 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
  • Students can find detailed information about all clubs and activities in their grade-level Google Classroom or the student After School site.  
  • Chantilly High School Cheer will be hosting a virtual interest meeting for rising 9th graders on Monday, May 24th at 3:30 PM. Students should fill out this Google form in order to receive the link prior to the meeting. Please contact Coach Barden for more information.
  • If you have any questions about the After School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

VIP Summer Program – 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 and Community Services). This will be an in-person camp experience that will run from June 28 – July 29 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM).  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of recreational activities (sports, art, theatre, etc.). Click here to access the online camp application.

  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.

  Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Program

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Program team has created a new quarterly newsletter to share with parents, students, and staff. The newsletter includes information about the program, the SAPS role within the school, substance abuse, parent tips, and useful resources for substance abuse concerns. The newsletter also features links to presentations by SAPS which were recorded earlier in the year in case you missed one and would like to see it. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SAPS for the Chantilly Pyramid, Carrie Glasgow or contact the Office of Student Safety and Wellness at 571-423-4270. The newsletter can be found at the following link: smore.com/5q4xe.

Click here for information on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Programs through FCPS.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 7

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We had a wonderful Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Franklin! Our gratitude goes out to all of the Franklin families for your generosity and kindness that made this a special week for our staff. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the Franklin PTA for everything they did this week to make our staff feel very appreciated. They went above and beyond and our staff is very grateful.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some important updates and upcoming events at our school. There is additional information about many of these topics in the main section of this message. 

  • The administration of the SOL assessments begins at our school on Monday, May 10. Please review the important information below for Virtual and In-Person students who will be taking these assessments next week.
  • Earlier this week, FCPS shared information about the Limited Virtual Program that will be available during the 2021-2022 school year. That communication contains a lot of information and I encourage you to read it carefully if you are interested in this option. Please be sure to note that the first step in the process, the Intent to Apply form, must be submitted by May 9. No action is necessary if you wish your child to return to in-person learning in the Fall.

I will close by sending best wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all of the mothers that are a part of the Franklin community.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  SOL Testing
  • Virtual Students Testing on Monday
    • SOL testing begins Monday, May 10. All Monday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • All Monday testing ends at 11:30 AM. Please plan to pick your child up by those times. If your student finishes testing before the end of the block, you are welcome to pick them up earlier. Students will be permitted to call their parents for a ride. 
    • Parents of students who are testing on Monday, May 10 and Monday, May 17 should have received an email message from Mrs. Davenport regarding bus stops and times. Please contact the main office with questions about bus transportation for SOL testing.
  • In-Person Students Testing on Tuesday
    • Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules for Tuesday test days.
  • Laptop Reminders for All Students
    • All students will use their FCPS issued laptop to take their SOL tests. It is very important that they make sure their device passes the FCPS Health Check and has the latest version of the required testing software installed. For virtual students, this means a trip to an FCPS school building where they can connect to the FCPS network (this can be done from most school parking lots at any time of day). Here is the information that was shared with students through their Falcon Time Classes.
    • Students are expected to bring their fully charged laptop and their charger with them for testing.
    • Students also need to bring pencils and a book to read after the test (they will not be able to use any electronic devices until the testing block is over).
  National Junior Honor Society Updates

7th grade students: Invitations to apply will be emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10.  Please be on the lookout as they will be sent to both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 will receive an invitation to apply. Once invitations have been sent, applications will be due by May 28, no later. Please email Kara Taylor with questions about the 7th grade application and membership process.

8th grade members: Mark your calendars for the 8th grade pinning ceremony on June 7, 2021. Members will receive their NJHS pins if they have maintained a 3.75 GPA and have completed the Service & Leadership assignments by the May 14 deadline. These have been posted each month throughout the year. For more information, members should see the documents posted in the NJHS Google Classroom. Details about the pinning ceremony will be sent soon!

  Library Updates

Announcing great Comic Con fun with Fairfax County Public Library. Virtual events are on Saturday, May 8. Please register by clicking on the links below.

Star Wars Cosplay with the 501st: Join the 501st Legion virtually to hear about how they make all their Star Wars Cosplay. Geared toward teens and adults.

Fandom Food Trivia: From Second Breakfast to Butter Beer, food in all kinds of forms shows up in our favorite books, movies and shows. Join us for Fandom Food Trivia. Geared toward teens and adults.

How to Make Comics with Wendy Xu: Learn the basics of drawing comics with Wendy Xu, illustrator, comics artist and co-creator of Mooncakes. Geared towards middle school and older.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Trying to earn your Comic Artist badge. Join us at this event to earn some of the requirements for your badge. Scouts can earn a FREE "Meet an Author" patch. Complete the following survey.

  Yearbook Orders

We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 31, 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

Just a reminder that it’s not too late to join a club or activity.  Students can enroll at any time throughout the year unless the program is full. To sign up for After School activities, students should go to their grade level Google Classroom and the student After School site.

Chantilly High School Cheer will be hosting two virtual interest meetings: 

  • Monday, May 10th from 2:30-3:30 PM and Monday, May 24 from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • If your student is a rising 9th grader and is interested in learning more about the Cheer program, then they should attend one of these sessions. Students must fill out this Google form in order to receive the Google meet link prior to their selected meeting.  Email Coach Barden at chantillyhscheer@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming Open Gyms for Chantilly Cheer

  • Friday, May 7th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Friday, May 28 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost is $12
  • Location - Stingray All Stars in Ashburn, VA

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

Virtual After School Activities - May 10 - 14   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.

  Chantilly Summer Theatre Program

Chantilly High School is thrilled to offer the Chantilly Summer Theatre program this July. Open to any rising 8th – 12th graders, this program offers a multitude of opportunities for student technicians and performers. This is a great way to get on or back on stage or behind the scenes – you do not have to go to Chantilly High School to participate. This link provides all the information regarding the summer program; if you have any questions, feel free to email:  chstheatrecamp@gmail.com.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 30

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We hope that you have had a wonderful week. It is amazing to think that when we return to school next week, it will be the month of May! Even though the finish of the school year is quickly approaching, there is still much to accomplish and learn. I continue to be proud of our teachers, staff, and especially, our students as they work hard every day to finish strong. We are excited about some of the activities that we are planning in the final weeks of the school year to recognize the effort and success of each one of our students.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some important updates and upcoming events at our school. There is additional information about many of these topics in the main section of this message. 

  • Congratulations to Zach Schulz, an 8th grader at FMS, who received two awards at the Global Classrooms DC, Spring 2021 Model UN Conference. Zach was awarded Best Delegate in his Committee and a Conference-wide Research Award. Way to go Zach!
  • The final deadline for ordering a Yearbook is approaching fast. We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 9, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330.
  • The administration of the SOL assessments begins at our school on Monday, May 10. All Monday and Tuesday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules that we will use on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 10 - 28. Additional information about the SOL assessment at FMS can be found below.

Finally, next week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Franklin. We are extremely grateful to the Franklin MS PTA for the generous and thoughtful week of recognition they have planned for our hard-working staff. I would also encourage all of our students and families take a few minutes next week to recognize our staff in a way that is meaningful to you. Below are a few suggestions that might spark your imagination. Even the smallest gesture will have a big impact!

  • Write A Note and email your teachers, letting them know how much you value them.
  • Share A Memory with your teacher of a favorite moment from class this year, a funny story, or a day that had a positive impact on you.
  • Brighten Their Day by Brightening the World by performing a good deed/act of kindness in your teacher’s honor. Be sure to send them a note to let them know what you did!
  • Remember Our Specialists by sending thank you messages to our specialists, assistants, office staff, and support staff.

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful weekend. Thank you for all that you continue to do to support your student and our school community.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

  PTA Request for Volunteers

May 3-7 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for all the hard work our staff do every day to make our school a great place to learn and work! The PTA has several treats planned for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are in need of volunteers to help with setup at the school next week. Please contact Marcela Rivera at: president@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org if you are interested in volunteering.

  National Junior Honor Society Information

8th grade members: The Service & Leadership Assignments deadline is Friday, May 14 at 2:15 PM. These assignments must be submitted in the NJHS Google Classroom by this time. They have been posted each month throughout the year. For more information, members should see the documents posted in the NJHS Google Classroom.

7th grade students: Application invitations will be emailed to eligible students soon. Once invitations have been sent, an announcement will be included in the News You Choose email.

Please direct any NJHS questions to Kara Taylor, 7th grade advisor or Molly Bridenbaugh, 8th grade advisor.

  SOL Information

Some important reminders as we approach the start of testing:

  • All students will use their FCPS issued laptop to take their SOL tests. It is very important that they make sure their device passes the FCPS Health check and has the latest version of the required testing software installed.  For virtual students, this means a trip to an FCPS school building where they can connect to the FCPS network (this can be done from most school parking lots at any time of day). Here is the information that was shared with students through their Falcon Time Classes.
  • Students are expected to bring their fully charged laptop and their charger with them for testing.  
  • Students also need to bring pencils and book to read after the test (they will not be able to use any electronic devices until the testing block is over).
  • Students have the option to bring a highlighter, a water bottle, and a computer mouse.
  Food Services Update

Franklin MS food services staff will begin serving hot lunches to our in-person students next week. This FCPS video demonstrates how hot meal service will be implemented under current health and social distancing guidelines. Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free of charge for our students. Click here to view breakfast and lunch menus for Franklin MS. Please encourage your child to participate in our hot meals program beginning on Tuesday, May 4. 

  Franklin MS Virtual After School Program
  • New Club Alert -  Yoga Club begins on Monday, May 3 at 3:30 PM
  • Becoming Me with the Girl Scouts - please use this form to register for the Lanier, Liberty, Franklin, and Rocky Run Middle School Becoming Me series. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Bauer or call 703-372-4345.
  • To enroll in After School activities, students should visit the Google After School site, where they can find more detailed information on each club. If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.
  Eating Disorder Parent Information

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

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

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

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

Additional resources may be found at:

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health.  They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life.  Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes.  Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Weight is NOT the only indicator of an eating disorder, as people of all sizes may be suffering.

Eating disorders affect  both males and females of all ages.

Key Things To Look For Around Food:
  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks meals or treats  for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy

Key things to look for around activity:

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather,  lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)

Other Risk Factors:

  • Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
  • Asks often to be reassured about how they look
  • Stops hanging out with their friends
  • Not able to talk about how they are feeling
  • Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting”

If Your Child Shows Signs of a Possible Eating Disorder

Seek help from your doctor as soon as possible; a child with an eating disorder should be seen by someone who understands the treatment of eating disorders.  The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

How to Communicate With Your Child
  • Understand that eating disorder sufferers often deny that there is a problem.
  • Educate yourself on eating disorders
  • Ask what you can do to help
  • Listen openly and reflectively
  • Be patient and nonjudgmental
  • Talk with your child in a kind way when you are calm and not angry, frustrated, or upset
  • Let him/her know you only want the best for him/her
  • Remind your child that he/she has people who care and support him/her
  • Be flexible and open with your support
  • Be honest
  • Show care, concern, and understanding
  • Ask how he/she is feeling
  • Try to be a good role model- don’t engage in ‘fat talk’ about yourself
  • Understand that your child is not looking for attention or pity
  • Seek professional help on behalf of your child if you have ANY concerns
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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 23

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

It has been an exciting week at Franklin MS and I have been proud of the efforts of our students, teachers, and staff. There are seven weeks remaining in our school year and our staff is committed to filling them with memorable experiences for all students. We have been sharing a message with our students about “finishing strong” and heading into the next school year with positive momentum.

Earlier this week, our Superintendent shared a message about the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota. I wanted to echo Dr. Brabrand’s sentiments and share that the conclusion of this portion of the trial is yet another step in the ongoing discussions and work that needs to be done about race and respect in our school and community. As we have discussed in the past, our mission at FMS is to ensure all of our students feel seen, heard, and welcome to learn and grow. My hope is that out of these events, we continue the conversations, realize our personal areas of growth, and learn and work together to improve our school community. Please know that our staff is equipped with resources regarding processing current social justice events in their classrooms. We will continue to provide students and staff a safe place to reflect, learn and grow from these events. 

I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some important updates and upcoming events at our school. There is additional information about many of these topics in the main section of this message. 

  • Congratulations are in order for our amazing Director of Student Services, Dr. Zena Chapman, who recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of this school year. During her 33 year career in education, Dr. Chapman has touched the lives of countless students, families, and staff members and she has left a positive impact everywhere she has worked. We will have several opportunities to celebrate her as we bring the year to a close. But, for now, please help me in saying a huge CONGRATS to Dr. Chapman and a tremendous THANK YOU for her service to our school!
  • As we transition next week to providing four days of in-person instruction for our current in-person students, please be sure to review some of the important updates below about arrival times, Kiss & Ride, and bus transportation so we have a successful start on Tuesday. 
  • We will be offering “FCPSOn Laptop Health Check-Ups” for virtual students at our school on Monday, April 26 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This is a critical step that we needs to be completed to ensure our technology is prepared for the upcoming SOL assessments and other End of the Year activities. This session will be supported by our Technology Team and there is no need to make an appointment. Feel free to swing by the school at any time between 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Monday. We hope to see you there!

Best wishes to all of you for an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. Always feel free to contact me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu if there is anything we can do to support your student and your family. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Morning Arrival and Student Drop-Off Next Week

Below are some important reminders for our students who are transitioning to in-person instruction four days a week starting on Tuesday, April 27. Please reach out to our main office at: (703) 904-5100 with any questions.

  • The building opens 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.
  Transportation Information

We are excited to start 4-day in-person instruction starting this Tuesday, April 27th. For many families, bus transportation plays an important role for a smooth transition into 4-day instruction. Area 3 Transportation has done their best to prepare for bus route adjustments ahead of this transition.

To ensure the accuracy of bus stop pick up and drop off times prior to Tuesday, we are asking parents and guardians to verify their child’s transportation information by logging into ParentVue.

We anticipate a smooth transition for our FMS families. However, if you do experience any transportation concerns, please call the Area 3 office at 703-249-7000.

  Adopt-a-Highway Program

Last Sunday, FMS staff members, along with some of their family members, conducted a spring litter patrol as part of the VDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program. Led by the FMS science department, Franklin Middle School has adopted Lees Corner Road. 

  SOL Information

Seventh and eight grade students will take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at Franklin MS starting in May. Please click here for specific information pertaining to testing and options.

Click here for the SOL Testing Calendar

Click here for the SOL Bell Schedule

  IMAGINE Summer Program at Franklin MS 

Franklin will be hosting the IMAGINE Summer Program. This free-three week program is designed to improve students’ literacy and math skills through engaging project based learning. The program runs from July 12 to July 30. Invitations were emailed to families of students who teachers identified as potentially benefiting from this program. For more information or questions, please contact Brandon Clarke

  College Success Program Information Night

Families are welcome to log in to the virtual College Success Program Information Night on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 PM. Information will be shared about different enrichment programs for students that promote college and career readiness. Please click here for more information and a link to the session

  College Day on April 30

The Chantilly Pyramid will host its annual College Day on Friday, April 30. If you 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.

  Yearbook Orders

We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 8, 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

There is still time to read and vote for the Virginia Readers' Choice Award. In order to vote, students should read at least 4 of the 10 titles. Students can check printed books, ebooks, and eaudio books out from our library with this collection: Virginia Readers' Choice. To vote, please complete this form. The deadline to submit votes for Franklin MS is May 28. Learn more about Virginia Readers' Choice here. If you have questions or comments, please contact Mrs. Ruffle.

  Franklin MS After School Program
  • Upcoming New Club -  Yoga Club begins on Monday, May 3. During this club, students will explore the mind, body and soul connection via their yoga practice. Classes are designed to introduce yogis to the foundational postures and a power style flow connecting your breath to your movement. To enroll, students should go to their grade level Google classroom, where they can access the After School Google site and sign up.
  • Students can join clubs and activities throughout the year. It’s not too late to take advantage of this free program! If you have any questions about the After School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.
Virtual After School Activities - April 26 - 30   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 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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