Franklin MS Weekly Update - January 15

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Franklin Families and Students, 

As I typed this message earlier this morning, the view out of the window in my office afforded me the opportunity to see a beautiful sunrise come up over our school. Even in these challenging times, there are moments of joy and beauty that can recharge our soul and spirit.  

Thank you to all of the families who joined us at the Equity Town Hall on Wednesday evening. We were thrilled to be joined by our Sully District School Board member, Mrs. Stella Pekarsky. It was an excellent opportunity for us to listen and learn. If you were unable to join us or have additional thoughts to share, you can do so by clicking here.

Please take a few minutes with your student to review the schedule for next week. The details can be found below. It is the last week of the 2nd quarter and we want everyone to finish strong. 

If there is anything I can do to support your family, do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu. Thank you for all of your efforts to support your student this year. The entire Franklin MS staff is very grateful. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Student Schedule for Week of January 18

Monday, January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 19 - Synchronous Learning Day (Odd Day)

Wednesday, January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

Thursday, January 21 - Synchronous Learning Day (Odd Day)

Friday, January 22 - Synchronous Learning Day with 2 Hour Early Release (Even Day)

Bell Schedule and Early Release Bell Schedule

 

Service Learning to Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In partnership with FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Volunteer Fairfax will begin offering virtual, family-friendly service learning activities on January 16. 

To learn more about the MLK, Jr., Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

 

Academic Advising Information

During the next several weeks, students will begin working with their families and counselors to select classes for next year. This is intended to be a collaborative process and we encourage you to reach out to a member of our Student Services team at any time during the process. Students will receive instructions from their counselors about deadlines for course selection for the 2021-22 school year. For additional information, please review the information found here, visit the Online Course Catalog or feel free to reach out to your student’s counselor. Thank you for your support during this important process for our students. 

 

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on January 21 at 6:00 PM

We are hosting a Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on January 21 at 6:00 PM. Please help us get the word out to any future FMS Falcons! Rising 7th Grade families will have the opportunity to learn more about the core classes and electives courses that Franklin has to offer. The format will include a synchronous meeting at 6:00 PM and numerous asynchronous resources that we will share. Our feeder elementary schools will be sending a link for the event next week to all of their 6th grade families.

 

Library Updates

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., please explore this collection of library print and electronic books about MLK Jr. and related people and topics. If you have questions or suggestions please contact Mrs. Ruffle.

Curbside library checkout will not take place next week because of student holidays. Curbside library will resume on Monday, January 25.

 

PTA Meeting on January 26 at 7:00 PM

Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the evening includes a presentation from the Crossroads Family Counseling Center (Virtual School Reboot: Making School Fun Again).

  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.

 

Upcoming Events

January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 19 - Synchronous Odd Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 21 - Synchronous Odd Day

January 21 - Franklin MS Curriculum Night at 6:00 PM

January 22 - Even Day 2 Hour Early Release - End of the 2nd Quarter

January 25 - No School - Teacher Workday

January 26 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM

February 9 - Virtual Parent Coffee at 6:00 PM

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Franklin MS Equity Town Hall

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The Franklin MS Equity Town Hall is Tonight!

We would like to invite all of you to join us this evening for an Equity Town Hall that we are hosting at 6:00 PM. A link for the session can be found below. Our dialogue will be supported by Neicy Semper, who is the FCPS Region 5 Educational Specialist for Equity and Cultural Responsiveness. Please consider joining us for this important opportunity to listen, learn, and connect.

Click here at 6:00 PM to join our Equity Town Hall  

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - January 8

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Franklin Families and Students,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well after a very challenging week for our region and our Nation. We know the events at the Capitol Building may have impacted us all in different ways and we hope you and your child had a safe space to process those feelings. As we enter into the last few weeks of the second quarter, we will continue to do our very best to support our students and families during these difficult times. Please know that our teachers, counselors, administrators and clinical staff are all here for our students and families. 

As the Superintendent shared earlier this week, the Return to School (RTS) plan for in-person learning is currently paused. Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2. Additional updates regarding the impact of the RTS pause can be found below.

I would like to invite all of you to join us next week for an Equity Town Hall that we will be hosting.at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13. A link for the session will be sent out next week. Our dialogue will be supported by Neicy Semper, who is the FCPS Region 5 Educational Specialist for Equity and Cultural Responsiveness. Please consider joining us for this important opportunity to listen, learn, and connect.  

You are also encouraged to review some of the other upcoming events that are featured below as they will be great opportunities to connect with the Franklin community. 

I am committed to keeping the FMS community informed in the weeks and months ahead and as soon as we have additional information about the Return to School plan, we will share it with all of you. Please contact me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu if there is anything our school team can do to support your student and family. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

We are excited about the new murals that are going up at FMS!

 

Return to School Updates
  • Monday, January 11 - This Monday will remain an asynchronous learning day for our students. Asynchronous activities will be available for our students and they should review the Google Classroom sites for all of their classes. 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.
  • Bell Schedule - Because we will not be transporting students to school during the pause in our RTS plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12 as previously advertised. We will continue to use the current bell schedule and will communicate any future changes in advance.
  • January 19 & 21 - Due to the pause in the Return to School plan, Tuesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 21 will now become synchronous days of virtual instruction. Students will follow the normal “odd day” class schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  Upcoming Events

January 13 - Franklin MS Equity Town Hall at 6:00 PM

January 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday

January 19 - Synchronous Odd Day

January 20 - No School - Inauguration Day

January 21 - Synchronous Odd Day

January 21 - Franklin MS Curriculum Night at 6:00 PM

January 22 - Even Day 2 Hour Early Release - End of the 2nd Quarter

January 25 - No School - Teacher Workday

January 26 - PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM

February 9 - Virtual Parent Coffee at 6:00 PM

  2021 Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions

This spring our school, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Education, is conducting the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions of students, teachers, and staff. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in each school. This information will be used to guide educational practices that produce a safe and supportive school environment. Even as we adapt to new instructional circumstances this year, this survey is important for understanding the impact of the pandemic on school climate and conditions, and continuing to monitor our progress towards recovery. The Virginia School Survey becomes a tool to guide instructional practices that provide support for all students in Virginia’s schools.

All Franklin MS students will be eligible to participate in the survey. The survey is voluntary and your child can decide not to participate. No action will be taken against you, your child, or the school if your child does not participate. Survey and opt out information will be sent to parents and guardians via email on Monday, January 11. Thank you for your cooperation in this important study of Virginia's schools.

  Academic Advising

Academic Advising will take place in the coming weeks, and counselors will be meeting individually with students to discuss course selection for the 2021-22 school year. The Student Services Office will provide opportunities for rising 8th grade students to learn more about the core and electives courses that Franklin has to offer. Information on high school courses will also be provided to rising 9th graders.

Parents and guardians will receive an email from the Student Services Office next Tuesday with important dates and information to help with the course selection process.

Information regarding high school classes and course descriptions for Oakton High School may be found by visiting the Oakton High School Online Course Catalog.

The recorded presentation from Chantilly’s Curriculum Night and Curriculum Fair provides an opportunity for families to learn about Chantilly High School and their course offerings.

  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 Update - January 3

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021 at Franklin MS! We hope that all of you had a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable Winter Vacation. Here are a few updates for tomorrow and the days ahead. 

Before the break we shared with you that, beginning this month, Mondays will transition to asynchronous days for our students. This means the typical Check & Connect session we have on Mondays at 8:00 AM will not take place. A few details about how tomorrow will work 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. 

Our virtual instruction schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 5 using the same schedule from the first half of the school year.

Please feel free to contact our main office at 703-904-5100 with any questions. 

-Franklin MS

 

  Return to School Updates

FCPS division leaders will be sending several updates in the coming weeks. For your planning purposes, we wanted to share the following information with you. These updates will be in place at all middle schools throughout FCPS.

  • The Franklin MS school day will be adjusted to 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM and this change will go into effect on January 12.  Our start time has remained the same, but our school day finishes 15 minutes earlier. 
  • FMS students will have asynchronous instruction days on January 4, 11, 19 & 21 to support Return to School planning for our staff. Teachers will provide independent learning activities for our students on these days. 
  • FMS students that have selected in-person instruction will return for the hybrid model at the end of January. 7th graders are scheduled to return on January 26 and 8th graders are scheduled to return on February 2.  

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - December 18

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Franklin Families, 

As we head into the Winter Break, I want to thank all of you for your support and partnership this year. Our staff is extremely grateful that Franklin MS is located in such a wonderful community. This has been a school year unlike any other and we appreciate the very important role you have played. 

In the weeks ahead, there will be a lot of information shared about the Return to School plan. I have included some key updates below and we will host a Return to School Information Session on January 19. 

I would like to share my sincerest wishes to all of you for a safe, healthy, and enjoyable next two weeks. While some of our traditions may look a little different this year, it is also an opportunity to create new memories. I hope that all of our students and families have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

With Gratitude, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Return to School Updates

FCPS division leaders will be sending several updates in the coming weeks. For your planning purposes, I wanted to share the following information with you. These updates will be in place at all middle schools throughout FCPS.

  • The Franklin MS school day will be adjusted to 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM and this change will go into effect on January 12.  Our start time has remained the same, but our school day finishes 15 minutes earlier. 
  • FMS students will have asynchronous instruction days on January 4, 11, 19 & 21 to support Return to School planning for our staff. Teachers will provide independent learning activities for our students on these days. 
  • FMS students that have selected in-person instruction will return for the hybrid model at the end of January. 7th graders are scheduled to return on January 26 and 8th graders are scheduled to return on February 2.  
  Academic Advising and Course Selection for School Year 2021-2022

Oakton High School Counselors will meet synchronously with current 8th graders (Rising 9th graders) during Falcon Time from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM on January 8, 2021, and Chantilly High School Counselors will meet synchronously with current 8th graders (Rising 9th graders) during Falcon Time from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM on January 13, 2021.

High School Counselors will present information to students about course options and provide information on high school sports, clubs and other activities. Franklin Middle School Counselors will be meeting with students individually or in small groups to review course selections and provide academic advising from mid-January through mid-February.

In addition, Chantilly HS will host a virtual Curriculum Night on January 7, 2021 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Oakton High School will be posting a pre-recorded 9th Grade Parent Presentation for rising freshmen parents to view in January. They will also provide an opportunity for a live Q&A for our rising freshmen families. Dates and Times will be announced when we return from winter break. 

We will be sharing additional academic advising information for our current 7th graders after winter break.

  Library Updates

Thank you again to all of the students and family members who have come to Franklin to pick up library books so far this school year. We will continue the curbside service in January and hope to see even more students. Have a wonderful winter break and keep reading!

  Lifetouch Proofs and Picture Packets Available for Pickup

Students who were photographed in November have Lifetouch proofs and picture packets available in the office for pickup. If you have already placed an order online for school pictures, you do not need to pick up the proof packet. Please ring the doorbell at Door 1 between 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM to pick up your packet. Please note that the office will be closed the week of December 21 - 25 and on December 31 - January 1. Parents and guardians may contact the Lifetouch Customer Care Center with any questions at:1-800-736-4753.

  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 After School Program

The After School Program staff would like to wish the Franklin community a wonderful, safe holiday and happy New Year. After School Activities will resume on Monday, January 4th. We look forward to working with you in 2021! 

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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

  Franklin MS Office Hours During Winter Break

Our school office will be closed the week of December 21-25, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, December 28.

The office will be open December 28 - 30 from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

We will be closed December 31 - January 1, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

  Service Learning Opportunities

If your student is interested in service learning opportunities, please visit the FMS PTA Facebook page.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - December 11

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon!  I am excited to send you this message because we have some good news to share. Earlier this week, we were able to celebrate two members of the Franklin staff as part of the Outstanding Employee Awards program. 

Please help me in congratulating these two amazing  educators for all of their contributions to their colleagues, the community, and most importantly, to their students. After being recognized at the school level, they will now go on to be considered with other nominees from the Chantilly pyramid.  Congratulations to Ms. Rhoden and Ms. Cacner!

Outstanding Teacher

Melissa Rhoden

Outstanding Operational Employee

Laurie Cacner

 

Our Superintendent shared several updates last night with the School Board about the Return to School plan and the presentation that was shared can be found here. Additional information will be shared division-wide early next week. FMS will also be scheduling parent and family information sessions after the Winter Break

The weather this weekend looks like it will be beautiful and I hope all of you have an opportunity to relax and recharge. Thank you for all that you continue to do to support your student’s success at Franklin MS. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Lifetouch Proofs and Picture Packets Available for Pickup

Students who were photographed in November have Lifetouch proofs and picture packets available in the office for pickup. Please ring the doorbell at Door 1 between 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM to pick up your packet. Please note that the office will be closed the week of December 21 - 25 and on December 31 - January 1. Parents and families may contact the Lifetouch Customer Care Center with any questions at:1-800-736-4753.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

After-School reminders:

  • After-School Programs are open for enrollment at any time unless the programs are full. Check out some of the new clubs we have recently added – Car Club, Aerospace Engineering, Origami, Spin Bike, Rocket League, SAGA Club, and Cricket club. As the weather gets colder and students are indoors more, we hope they try joining or rejoining some of the clubs they have always loved – Basketball Academy, Travel Club, Famous Battlegrounds, Art Club, Knitting, and Creative writing.
  • Students can find more information about the After-School Program in their grade-level Google Classroom and on the student After-School site.
  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

Virtual After-School Activities - December 14 - December 18   Franklin MS Office Hours During Winter Break

Our school office will be closed the week of December 21-25, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, December 28.

The office will be open December 28 - 30 from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

We will be closed December 31 - January 1, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

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Parent and Family Virtual Coffee at 4:00 PM

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Parent and Family Virtual Coffee 

The Franklin MS Admin team will be hosting another Parent and Family Virtual Coffee this afternoon at 4:00 PM. The session will begin with an update from our Student Services team about some of the resources that are available to support our students and the remainder of the time will be reserved for questions and concerns. A link for the event can be found below. 

Please click here to join the Parent and Family Virtual Coffee at 4:00 PM

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - December 4

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We hope that all of you had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving last week. Even though it looked different this year, it was still an opportunity to reflect on the moments of joy and positivity in our lives. We are grateful for all of the messages of thanks and appreciation that were sent to the FMS staff last week from our families and the community.

In an effort to continue to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students, schools throughout FCPS will be offering Catch Up Days during the 2nd quarter. At Franklin MS, these days will occur on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11 and more information about the purpose of them can be found below.

The FMS Admin team will be hosting another Parent and Family Virtual Coffee at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, December 9. The session will begin with an update from our Student Services team about some of the resources that are available to support our students and the remainder of the time will be reserved for questions and concerns. A link for the event will be sent out on December 9.

As we receive more information each day about the ongoing pandemic and the impact it is having on schools, families, and students, I know that many of you may be wondering about the status of FCPS and Franklin MS. The Superintendent and his team will be delivering a Return to School Update to the School Board on December 10. Following that meeting, we will be sure to provide you with updates that are specific to Franklin MS that will help you and your student prepare for the weeks and months ahead.

Please feel free to contact me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu if there is anything we can do to help you as we continue on this journey together. We are grateful for your partnership, trust, and support.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Catch Up Days on December 10 and 11

FCPS has directed all schools to add two Catch Up Days to their school calendars. The Catch Up Days at Franklin MS will take place on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11. 

These will be synchronous instruction days, attendance will be taken, and all students will follow their regular schedule. To allow our students extra time to submit missing assignments, complete reassessments, and receive additional support, no new content will be delivered by the FMS staff on these days. 

Students will also be able to use this time to work on assignments due in the future or to complete extension activities.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

After-School reminders:

  • After-School Programs are open for enrollment at any time unless the programs are full. Check out some of the new clubs we have recently added – Car Club, Aerospace Engineering, Origami, Spin Bike, Rocket League, SAGA Club, and Cricut club. As the weather gets colder and students are indoors more, we hope they try joining or rejoining some of the clubs they have always loved – Basketball Academy, Travel Club, Famous Battlegrounds, Art Club, Knitting, and Creative Writing.
  • Students can find more information about the After-School Program in their grade-level Google Classroom and on the student After-School site.
  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.     

 

Franklin MS Office Hours During Winter Break

Our school office will be closed the week of December 21-25, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, December 28.

The office will be open December 28 - 30 from 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

We will be closed December 31 - January 1, and will reopen at 7:00 AM on Monday, January 4, 2021.

 

Scoliosis Information for Parents and Guardians

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe. It generally occurs during the growing years, especially during the growth spurt from 10 to 17 years of age. Scoliosis is more frequently noted in females and when there are other affected family members. It is not caused by anything a child or his or her parents did or failed to do, although a minority of cases are associated with other medical conditions. Early detection is essential to help avoid complications that include back pain, fatigue, reduced exercise tolerance, deformity, and, in severe cases, problems in heart and lung function.

Treatment may involve bracing. Severe curves may require spinal surgery. The need for treatment is best determined by a trained medical professional. If you suspect your child may be affected, contact your physician or your school nurse for a physician referral.

Methods for Early Detection of Scoliosis

Direct your child to stand up straight, barefoot, with arms hanging freely at the sides. Boys should stand with shirts off; girls may wear halter tops.

  1. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
  2. Is one shoulder blade more prominent?
  3. Does the spine seem to curve sideways?
  4. Is one hip higher than the other?

Direct your child to bend forward at the waist with arms extended toward the floor.

     5. Is there a hump in the rib region?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should make sure that your child is screened by a doctor. The school public health nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian.

 

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 24

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Franklin Families and Students, 

On behalf of the entire staff at Franklin Middle School, we would like to wish each and every one of our students and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that in the coming days all of you have the opportunity to stay safe and enjoy the time to relax and recharge.

We are very thankful for all of the Franklin families and community members that support our students. In a school year that is unlike any other, we are grateful for everything that you have done this year, big and small, seen and unseen, to set our students up for success. We appreciate the strong school-to-home partnerships that have been fostered that allow us to work together to provide our students with a successful educational experience. 

With Gratitude,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 20

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! Thank you to all of our students, staff, and families for your hard work, dedication, and support that made this a successful week at Franklin!

We know that there is a lot of information being shared right now about the operating status of FCPS. I would like to provide you with more information  about the current health metrics in FCPS and the health mitigation strategies for reopening schools.

At this time, there are no changes to the current operating status at Franklin and our instructional schedule for next week will remain unchanged. All students will have their Check and Connect session on Monday morning at 8:00 AM and we will follow our normal schedule on Tuesday. 

I also would like you to Save the Date for two events that will take place in January at Franklin. We will host an Equity Town Hall on January 13 and our annual Curriculum Night will take place on January 21. More details will be shared in the coming weeks about both of these important events. 

As we look forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we want to encourage our families and students to disconnect from school and technology during this time. To support this, the FMS staff will not be assigning any work over this break or have large projects and tests occurring immediately upon our return. We will follow a similar practice during the winter and spring breaks.

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

Sincerely,  

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Spring AAP Screening (Deadline for Referral Form is December 1)

If you are interested in your child being screening for the Advanced Academic Program, please see the information below:

For more information regarding the Spring screening process, please contact your child’s counselor.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

After-School reminders:

  • 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. 
  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Orders due November 26

The PTA is offering a second chance to get Spirit Wear. There will be no more opportunities to buy until the Fall of next school year. Some new items have been added, and the favorites are still included to choose from. Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Thursday, November 26 at 11:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Please click here to order your Franklin MS spirit wear. Distribution of orders will be before the winter holiday break, with scheduled pick-up windows held outside of school. Families will be contacted with pick-up information when the orders are in. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator with any questions.

 

FCPS Employment Opportunities

Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.             

Substitute Teachers

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend a Virtual Substitute Information Session. For more information, visit the FCPS Substitute Teaching Opportunities webpage.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 13

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon! It has been a busy week at Franklin and we continue to start the 2nd quarter with a lot of positive momentum. A big thank you to all of the families and students who attended our yearbook photo events on Monday and Thursday. Even though it was only for a few moments, it was exciting to have our students in the building again and to reconnect with so many of them. As long as the health conditions allow, we plan to offer other opportunities like this throughout the school year. 

The FCPS School Board met last night to receive a Return to School update from the Superintendent and his team. A recording of the meeting is available here and the slidedeck used during the presentation can be found on the school board website. As more decisions are made at the division level, we will host additional Franklin Town Halls to inform our community about what the Return to School plan will look like at FMS. 

On Wednesday of this week, all of our students were able to take part in a Veterans Day presentation during their Falcon Time session. They engaged in reflective discussions about the importance of honoring our veterans and what Veterans Day means to them. 

On behalf of the Franklin Middle School students and staff, we would like to express our gratitude to all of the men and women, and their families, who have served our nation as members of the United States Armed Forces.

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

Community Message

 

Important Upcoming Events

November 16 - Math Inventory Assessment

November 16 - Art Supplies Distribution from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

November 16 - National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Member Meeting at 1:30 PM (8th Grade Student Members only)

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Math Inventory Assessment on November 16

This year, all FCPS students taking Math 7, Math 7 Honors, Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Algebra Honors are required to take Math Inventory pre and post assessments for the purpose of measuring student growth. The assessment is ungraded and not intended to measure current grade level standards. Franklin students will take this assessment on Monday, November 16 to begin at the conclusion of the News Show during Check and Connect.

During this week’s math classes, students have received instruction on how to log in and how to complete the assessment. Please encourage your child to attend Monday’s Check and Connect with their Falcon Time teacher and to take this 25-30 question CAT assessment until 9:30 AM or until the test concludes.

 

Art Supplies Distribution on November 16

Mrs. French will be distributing watercolors and any remaining art supplies to all of her art students on Monday, November 16 from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM.  This drive-through process is an opportunity to visit the school to gather instructional materials that are not available in a digital format and to say hello.

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.
  • Vehicles will enter the bus loop and pull ahead to the pick-up station near Door 2.
  • Families and students will stay in their vehicle.
  • Vehicles will exit the bus loop near Old Dairy Road. 

All Art, Engineering, and FACS materials are part of a student fee included in course enrollment and are preferably payable using MySchoolBucks, but can also be paid by cash or check through the main office.

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 its programs, services, and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to facilitate the pickup of materials should contact Mr. Gibbs (ragibbs@fcps.edu) as soon as possible.

Families who cannot pick up art materials on Monday are welcome to come to Franklin each weekday between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Please use the Door 1 intercom and our front office staff will be happy to assist you.

 

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Member Meeting on November 16 (8th Grade Student Members Only)

We will have our first meeting this Monday, November 16 at 1:30 PM. This meeting is for current 8th Grade NJHS members only. Members may access the meeting through our NJHS Google Classroom (all members already have access) and use the Google Meets link in the banner. We will be discussing member expectations, leadership opportunities, GPA minimums, and service. The meeting will be recorded and posted in our NJHS Google Classroom should a member not be able to attend. 

 

Using Google Classroom to Support Your Student at Home

As the first quarter closes and we move into our second quarter, the partnership between the school and home continues to be important for monitoring student progress and performance in the virtual setting. Google Classroom is the Learning Management System (LMS) that all of our Franklin teachers are using to assign, collect, and grade school work. 

Since it is web-based, parents and guardians have access to their child’s Google Classrooms from a computer or smartphone once they enter their child’s username (studentID#@fcpsschools.net) and password. There are a number of features in Google Classroom that make it easier for parents to identify missing or late assignments. Please take a moment to review this short video created to help parents and guardians navigate their child’s Google Classroom account. Consistent access to your child’s Google Classroom account is an important way you can work collaboratively with teachers to help your child be successful with distance learning. If you have any general questions about Google Classroom, please reach out to our School-based Technology Specialist Ryan Richardson (rdrichardso1@fcps.edu).

 

Franklin MS After School Program

After-School reminders:

  • 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. 
  • The after-school program will not meet on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24.  

If you have any questions about the After-School Program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Mollé (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

 

School Board Votes to Make Changes to 2020-21 Calendar

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to make Inauguration Day (Wednesday, January 20, 2021) a holiday for Fairfax County Public Schools students and employees, and Juneteenth (Saturday, June 19, 2021) a holiday for employees that will be observed on Friday, June 18, 2021.

On the 2020-21 school year calendar, January 20, 2021, had been listed as an instructional day for students and regular workday for all employees.

Previously, during every fourth year, Inauguration Day was designated as a holiday for students and employees. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently authorized its 2021 holiday schedule, which includes Inauguration Day as a holiday for Fairfax County employees. 

In an effort to further create an inclusive environment, Juneteenth was included as a holiday in 2020; it was recently included by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as a holiday for county employees. Virginia has also passed legislation to observe Juneteenth as an official holiday for state employees.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

 

Outstanding FCPS Employee Awards

Each year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees through an employee awards program. Nominations are now open for the Outstanding FCPS Employee Awards. Franklin families will be able to submit a nomination for Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below using the google form link. Nominations may be in one or more category. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link will have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20. Please reach out to Zena Chapman with any questions.

Outstanding Teacher 

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

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

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

Outstanding Leader 

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

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

Outstanding Professional Employee 

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - 2nd Chance to Purchase!  Orders due November 26

The PTA is offering a second chance to get Spirit Wear! There will be no more opportunities to buy until the Fall of next school year. Some new items have been added, and the favorites are still included to choose from. Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Thursday, November 26 at 11:00PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Please click here to order your Franklin MS spirit wear. Distribution of orders will be before the winter holiday break, with scheduled pick-up windows held outside of school. Families will be contacted with pick-up information when the orders are in. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator with any questions.

 

Service Learning Opportunities

If your student is interested in service learning opportunities, please visit the FMS PTA Facebook page.

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Franklin MS Update - School Pictures and FLE Preview

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Lifetouch School Pictures at FMS Tonight

Lifetouch photographers will be at the school to take individual student portraits today from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM this evening. Please use the Sign Up Genius to sign up in advance for individual time slots.

We will be doing a drive through system for school pictures (see photo below). To ensure that the event runs as efficiently for all our families, please arrive at your scheduled time. Vehicles should enter the Kiss ‘n’ Ride parking lot to the right of the building next to the playing fields, proceed forward to the access road, and drive around the back of the school building to Exit 5. Parents and guardians should remain in their vehicle. Please ask your student to wear a mask, which will be taken off for the picture. With staff direction, students will exit their vehicles, enter the building at Door 5 for a temperature check and proceed to the photographer in the building. Parents and guardians may pick up their students on the blacktop (between Doors 4 and 5) and continue around the loop to the front of the building to exit. Photographers and staff will adhere to social distancing and recommended health protocols. 

Orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVT9DJDD3. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at: UCanswers@lifetouch.com.

Thursday, November 12 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Sign-Up Genius for School Pictures on November 12

 

 

Family Life Education Virtual Information Sessions on November 12 

There will be a Virtual Parent Preview Night today, Thursday, November 12, at the times listed below for parents who would like to meet the teachers and ask any questions pertaining to the upcoming FLE (7-8) curriculum.  HERE is the link to attend the grade level sessions at the times listed below. Parents and guardians will need to have their FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent Vue username and password available for the session.

 

7th Grade Students

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

8th Grade Students

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Prior to attending, it is recommended that parents and guardians view the detailed Middle School (7-8) program descriptions online. FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent Vue https://www.fcps.blackboard.com.

As a reminder, parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, 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.

Any parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form.  An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of. The actual opt-out form is not required. Opt-out emails or scanned forms should be addressed to Mr. Howes at: srhowes@fcps.edu with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - November 6

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Franklin Families and Students,

We are off to a great start in the 2nd quarter of the school year. After a long weekend, we would like to thank all of our students for the energy they brought to their classes this week.  We hope to see many of their smiling faces at our opportunity for yearbook photos next week!

Please remember that today is the last day to complete the Intent Form if you wish to change your July decision of learning location from in-person to virtual or from virtual to in-person.  We need your responses by 7:00 PM tonight.   We cannot make changes after this time due to the planning required to implement concurrent instruction.  

Wednesday, November 11th will be a 2-hour early release day and the bell schedule can be found below. Additionally, the FCPS School Board approved a change to the calendar that makes Inauguration Day on Wednesday, January 20 a holiday for all staff and students.

The weather for the next few days looks amazing! I hope that all of you have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Early Release Schedule for Wednesday, November 11

On the morning of Wednesday, November 11, Franklin students will have the opportunity to view a special Veterans Day presentation during their Falcon Time session. Afterwards, teachers and students will be engaged in reflective discussions about the importance of honoring our veterans and what Veterans Day means to them. This is a two hour early release day for students, and we will follow the bell schedule below.

 

  2020-2021 Franklin Middle School 2 Hour Early Release Virtual Bell Schedule

 

Time

Period

Minutes

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Period  2

50 minutes

8:35 AM - 9:25 AM

Period 4

50 minutes

9:40 AM - 10:30 AM

Period  6

50 minutes

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Period  8

50 minutes

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Lunch

30 minutes

 

 

Lifetouch School Pictures on November 9 & 12

Lifetouch photographers will be at the school to take individual student portraits on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12 at the times listed below. Please use the Sign Up Genius to sign up in advance for individual time slots

We will be doing a drive through system for school pictures (see photo below). To ensure that the event runs as efficiently for all our families, please arrive at your scheduled time. Vehicles should enter the Kiss ‘n’ Ride parking lot to the right of the building next to the playing fields, proceed forward to the access road, and drive around the back of the school building to Exit 5. Parents and guardians should remain in their vehicle. Please ask your student to wear a mask, which will be taken off for the picture. With staff direction, students will exit their vehicles, enter the building at Door 5 for a temperature check and proceed to the photographer in the building. Parents and guardians may pick up their students on the blacktop (between Doors 4 and 5) and continue around the loop to the front of the building to exit. Photographers and staff will adhere to social distancing and recommended health protocols. 

Orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVT9DJDD3. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at: UCanswers@lifetouch.com.

Monday, November 9 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday, November 12 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Sign-Up Genius for School Pictures on November 9 and 12

 

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - 2nd Chance to Purchase!  Orders due November 26

The PTA is offering a second chance to get Spirit Wear! There will be no more opportunities to buy until the Fall of next school year. Some new items have been added, and the favorites are still included to choose from. Purchases are online only and ordering is open until Thursday, November 26 at 11:00PM. No late orders will be accepted and all sales are final. Please click here to order your Franklin MS spirit wear. Distribution of orders will be before the winter holiday break, with scheduled pick-up windows held outside of school. Families will be contacted with pick-up information when the orders are in. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator with any questions.

 

Student Recognition for Nila Elangovan

Congratulations to Nila Elangovan, an 8th grader at Franklin who authored and recently published a children’s fiction novel. Nila’s book, The Adventure to the Ancient City is available on Amazon. Congratulations to Nila on this impressive accomplishment.

 

Outstanding FCPS Employee Awards

Each year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees through an employee awards program. Nominations are now open for the Outstanding FCPS Employee Awards. Franklin families will be able to submit a nomination for Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below using the google form link. Nominations may be in one or more category. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link will have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20. Please reach out to Zena Chapman with any questions.

Outstanding Teacher 

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

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

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

Outstanding Leader 

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

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

Outstanding Professional Employee 

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons 

 

Franklin MS After School Program

After-School reminders:

  • 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.

 

Family Life Education Virtual Information Session on November 12 

Fairfax County Public Schools 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.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, 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.

There will be a Virtual Parent Preview Night on Thursday, November 12 at the times listed below for parents to meet the teachers and to ask any questions pertaining to the FLE (7-8) curriculum in November.  Links for the meetings will be sent on Thursday afternoon, November 12.

 

7th Grade Students 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM 8th Grade Students 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or 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 Update - Main Office Closed on November 3

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good Afternoon. 

The FMS main office will be closed on Tuesday, November 3 and it will reopen on Wednesday, November 4. 

Our school is a polling place and it will remain open for voting on November 3.

-Franklin MS

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 30

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!

We hope that you have had a great week. It has been exciting at Franklin as we welcomed back some of our students to in-person instruction on Monday. I am very proud of the hard work our teachers, staff, families, and students have done to make this transition a successful one.

It is hard to believe that today is the end of the 1st quarter. I would encourage all of you to review the message all FCPS families received from Dr. Brabrand yesterday and the video that accompanied it.

Thank you to those of you who were able to join me for our Parent and Family Town Hall on Wednesday night. If you were unable to attend, the links below will provide you with a recording of the session and a copy of the presentation that was used during the event.

Parent and Family Town Hall Recording

Parent and Family Town Hall Presentation Slides

I know that this is a lot of information to consider and that it is a difficult decision to make. We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If your circumstances have changed and you would like to change the choice you made in July, please complete the form found at the link below by November 6 and we will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space. This deadline has been extended to allow our families additional time to make this important decision. We will strive to minimize the impact of this transition, however, some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences. 

Complete This Form to Update Your Choice by November 6

Thank you again for your partnership during the 1st quarter of the academic year. In a school year unlike any other, we are grateful for everything you are doing to support your student!

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Student Holidays on November 2 & 3

Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3 are student holidays. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete new asynchronous assignments. Regularly-scheduled classes will resume on Wednesday, November 4. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

 

 

Library Curbside Checkout

Thank you to students and family members who have picked up and returned books at Library Curbside Pickup.

Library Curbside is on Monday from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM each week.

Please have your student follow the directions below to place a hold for curbside pickup.

  • Login to your Destiny Discover account.
  • Search or browse for the books you would like to read.
  • Click HOLD.
  • Ignore the Destiny notification that your book is ready.
  • Check your @fcpsschools.net email on Fridays to see if your book is ready to be picked up.

Please contact Sheri Ruffle with any questions (sruffle@fcps.edu).

 

School Pictures on November 9 & 12

Lifetouch photographers will be at the school to take individual student portraits on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12 at the times listed below. Please use the Sign Up Genius to sign up in advance for individual time slots. Photographers and staff will adhere to social distancing and recommended health protocols. Orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVT9DJDD3. For assistance with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at: UCanswers@lifetouch.com.

Monday, November 9

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, November 12

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sign-Up Genius for School Pictures on November 9 and 12

 

 

Service Learning Opportunities

If your student is interested in service learning opportunities, please visit the FMS PTA Facebook page.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

Our after-school program had a successful first quarter. A few after-school reminders:

  • New Clubs – Aerospace Engineering and Cricket Club. They will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 23

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!

We hope that you and your family are having a great week. Thank you to our families who were able to join us for our Virtual Parent Coffee on Wednesday afternoon. We had the opportunity to celebrate our successes from the start of the 2020-21 school year, share resources, provide updates on the return to school plan, and answer questions. We look forward to continuing these conversations and connecting with our families!

We welcome our first group of students back to our school building for in-person instruction beginning next week. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. To learn more, visit the FCPS Student Health and Safety Guidance Document here. Thank you to our staff and our families who have been partnering together to make this a successful transition.

During the next week, families in the Franklin community will be receiving updated information from FCPS on the Return to School plans for our students. Franklin MS will host a Return to School Town Hall on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 PM. This will be an opportunity to ask questions regarding the FCPS Return to School plan and to learn about what it will look like at FMS. A link will be sent out for the session on Wednesday afternoon and we will share a recording if you are unable to attend.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly at dpwright@fcps.edu at any time if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to support your student and your family. Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Sincerely,

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Two Hour Early Release on Friday, October 30

All FCPS schools will follow a two hour early release school on Friday, October 30. All students will receive synchronous online instruction that day and the modified bell schedule can be found below. 

Class Period Start Time End Time 2nd Period 7:30 AM 8:20 AM 4th Period 8:35 AM 9:25 AM 6th Period 9:40 AM 10:30 AM 8th Period 10:45 AM 11:35 AM Lunch 11:45 AM 12:15 PM

 

 

School Pictures Save the Date - November 9 & 12

We will be offering an opportunity for in-person individual school pictures at Franklin MS. Lifetouch photographers will be at the school on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12, at the times listed below. Families will be asked to sign-up in advance for individual time slots and we will adhere to social distancing and recommended health protocols. More information about online ordering and a SignUp Genius will be sent out next week.

Monday, November 9

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, November 12 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Advanced Academic Programs Update

Due to the ongoing pandemic, adjustments have been made to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year. Below are some important notes and information:

Fall AAP Screening

  • Fall screening is only for grade students new-to-FCPS since January 2020.
  • Referral Form (emailed to schools before October 30, 2020)
  • Completed (digital) files have to be submitted by November 12, 2020.

If you would like your child to participate in the Fall Screening, please contact your child’s counselor before October 30th.

Looking Ahead to Spring AAP Screening

For more information regarding the Spring screening process, please contact your child’s counselor.

 

Paperless Report Cards

Families have the opportunity to “Go Paperless” and receive online only report cards. Going paperless for report cards will not impact any other mailings from FCPS. To take advantage of the paperless option, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVue, then go to “My Account” and select “Go Paperless.” All parents/guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all of your associated students, no matter what the school level.

 

Attendance Procedures

Attendance is taken 5 days a week. If your child will be absent for any part of the day please report to the school through one of the following:

  • Attendance/Tardy Email:  franklinmiddle.attendance@fcps.edu
  • Absence/Tardy Phone Line (recorded message): 703-904-5151
  • Report an absence online

 

PTA Family Dinner Night at Mod Pizza on October 25

It’s football season and with that comes Pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at Mod Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 25 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase.  Click here for more information.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

Our after-school program had a successful first quarter. A few after-school reminders:

  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

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Franklin MS Virtual Parent & Family Coffee - Today at 4 PM

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Franklin Parents and Families, 

Good Morning!

We are hosting a Virtual Parent and Family Coffee at 4:00 PM this afternoon.

During this session, the FMS Leadership team will be available to answer questions and listen to your feedback about how we can support your students and your family in our current virtual instructional model. Please click on the link below at 4:00 PM to join the session.

In the near future, we will host a series of additional opportunities for dialogue with our community. The focus of these future sessions will be the Return to School plan that is being developed by FCPS and what that will look at Franklin MS.

Thank you for your support and partnership!

Click Here to Join the Virtual Parent & Family Coffee at 4:00 PM

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 16

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Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon! We appreciate all of your support as we continue to work and learn alongside each other throughout this school year. It is hard to believe that the 1st Quarter will be over in two weeks! I wanted to highlight some important upcoming dates for the FMS community.  

October 21 - Virtual Parent Coffee with the FMS Leadership at 4:00 PM

October 25 - PTA Family Dinner Night at Mod Pizza on October 25

October 30 - Last Day of 1st Quarter & 2 Hour Early Release 

November 2 & 3 - Student Holidays

November 11 - 2 Hour Early Release

We will send out the link for the Virtual Parent Coffee on Wednesday morning. During that session, the FMS Leadership team will be available to answer questions and listen to your feedback about how we can support your students and your family in our current virtual instructional model.

In the near future, we will host a series of additional opportunities for dialogue with our community. The focus of these sessions will be the  Return to School plan that is being developed by FCPS and what that will look at Franklin MS. 

Please have a restful weekend. We love our Falcons and if you need anything, please reach out to me at dpwright@fcps.edu at anytime. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

  Mondays @ Franklin 

We appreciate your partnership and support with ensuring your students are accessing asynchronous virtual learning and our Check & Connect sessions on Mondays.  

All Franklin students should attend the Check & Connect session from 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM and they should use the link for their 4th period Falcon Time class. Check & Connect will occur every Monday morning and we will utilize this time as an opportunity to continue to develop relationships at Franklin. It will allow our staff to foster connections with our students and for our students to get to know their classmates. 

Additionally, our staff will invite selected students to attend intervention sessions to receive targeted academic support ahead of the instructional week. To support student attendance during these intervention blocks, our front office staff will be sending communications through email to the parents and guardians of students who have been requested to attend an intervention session.

Thank you for your support!

  Art Supply Distribution on Monday, October 19

Mrs. French will be distributing additional art materials to all of her Art students on Monday, October 19 from 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM.  This drive-through process is an opportunity to visit the school to gather instructional materials that are not available in a digital format.

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.
  • Vehicles will enter the bus loop and pull ahead to the pick-up station near Door 2.
  • Families and students will stay in their vehicle.
  • Whenever possible, materials will be placed in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • Vehicles will exit the bus loop near Old Dairy Road. 

All Art, Engineering, and FACS materials are part of a student fee included in course enrollment and can be paid using 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 its programs, services, and activities.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to facilitate the pickup of materials should contact Mr. Gibbs (ragibbs@fcps.edu) as soon as possible.

If you are unable to stop by the school on Monday, you are welcome to come to Franklin each weekday between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Please use the Door 1 intercom to communicate with the staff and our front office staff will be happy to assist you.

  Digital Citizenship Week, October 19-23

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 19-23, 2020! This year’s theme is We Are All Digital Citizens! Digital Citizenship Week was established by Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Last year, Franklin was recognized as a Common Sense Media School and we look forward to continuing our focus on explicitly teaching safe and healthy online behavior. We started lessons during Falcon Time this last Wednesday with a focus on digital footprints and online identity. In an effort to create meaningful learning opportunities, we are connecting these lessons to our Positivity Project character traits and social emotional learning.

Each day next week will support a daily question about being a digital citizen. As families, we encourage you to reach out to your student and discuss these questions at home.

 

Student Daily Focus Question

Parent Resource

Monday

 

Check out these five tips to Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives from Common Sense Education.

Tuesday

How can I keep my private data safe?

Learn about useful privacy settings in this article from Common Sense Media on How to Tell Who Your Kid Is Talking to Online⁠—and How to Keep Their Convos Cool.

Wednesday

How can I build a digital footprint I'm proud of?

Help your child create a positive digital footprint with the tips from this article from Parent Zone.

Thursday

How can I think critically about the things I see, create, and share?

Learn the five questions you should teach your students to consider when consuming and creating media by watching this Common Sense Education Video.

Friday

How can I communicate kindly, build relationships, and stand up to hate?

Check out these six tips to Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior from Common Sense Education.

 

On the evening of Friday, October 23 students and families are encouraged to practice media balance by taking a break from screens to engage in real-world experiences and quality time with their family.

Try some of these ideas:

  • Have a device-free dinner and focus on connecting as a family. The #DeviceFreeDinner campaign by Common Sense Media comes with a wonderful 3-page Family Starter Kit that includes tips for getting started, a printable Family Commitment Pledge, and even a printable sign for designating the place (e.g., basket, box) families will place their devices during dinner. The Family Dinner Project also has a wealth of great conversation starters geared towards children of different ages.
  • Have a family board game night instead of playing video games or watching TV.
  • Make a phone call or write a letter to a family member or friend instead of sending a text or email.
  • Spend time outside as a family and leave the phone behind.

FCPS has also developed a Digital Citizenship Online Course for Families with Teens. This four-module online course has been developed for  parents/guardians and their teen(s) in grades 7 and up. After viewing the Introduction, parents should start with Module 1: Parents Only and then use Modules 2 - 4 with their teen(s). Modules 2 - 4 are designed to support family conversations about the topics related to digital citizenship. Families are encouraged to work through the course at their own pace and complete any module or activity of interest. While these modules won’t teach you everything you need to know, they provide a solid foundation upon which your family can build. For more resources on digital citizenship click on the link below.

FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families

  Franklin MS After School Program

Our after-school program is off to a great start. Thank you to all of the students who signed up to participate! We still have openings in plenty of our activities and we are adding more activities as the weeks progress. A few reminders:

  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

 

Service Learning Opportunities

If your student is interested in service learning opportunities, please visit the FMS PTA Facebook page.

  PTA Updates

Join the Franklin Middle School PTA

Welcome to a new year at Franklin! We have exciting plans to help support our children and school! Once again, we will be conducting our combined School and Friends of Franklin PTA Membership Drive. You can find the membership form here and questions can be sent to membership@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org. Please take a few minutes to learn more about our organization by visiting our website. We are looking forward to a great year at Franklin MS. 

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a great way to contribute to the PTA in a very effortless way during these times. AmazonSmile customers can now support Franklin Middle School PTA in an effortless way via the Amazon shopping app on IOS and Android mobile phones! Simply click here to sign up today. We value your continued support.

  Updates from Oakton HS and Chantilly HS

From Oakton HS: This year, even though our performances are on hold, our band will march on! In place of our regular door to door donation collections, Oakton Band is holding a Virtual Tag Day, taking donations online and by mail through October. If you have already donated, thank you!

We understand that many families in our community have been deeply changed by current events and cannot support us with the generosity of years’ past. However, if you are able to give, the band needs your support more than ever this year. This year, band students are fundraising toward instruments, equipment, repairs, specialized instructors, student leadership training and band community events. 

Click here to support the Oakton HS Band Boosters or mail a check payable and to the attention of: BBOHS at 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181 

 

From Chantilly HS: Please consider supporting the music programs of Chantilly High School Each organization will receive a percentage of your generous donations. Collected contributions will be used for instrument purchases, sheet music, professional A/V editing for virtual performances, special individualized instruction and other necessary equipment.

Click here to support the Chantilly HS Band Boosters or mail a check payable and to the attention of:  Chantilly HS Band Boosters at 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - October 9

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Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon. We hope that you had a great week. Thank you everyone who joined us on Monday afternoon during our Parent and Family Office Hour event. If you were unable to attend, I would encourage you reach out to your student's teachers if you would like to connect with them. We are looking forward to another opportunity to engage with our community during our Virtual Parent & Family Coffee Session on October 21 at 4:00 PM. We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 12 is a school planning day and a student holiday. 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 on this student holiday and the Check n’ Connect session will not occur. Our class schedule will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

Best wishes for a fun and enjoyable long weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright 

Principal

 

Library Curbside Checkout Starting on October 12

We are excited to announce that the Curbside Library Book Pickup program will begin on October 12 from 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM, and October 14 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Students may place up to 5 books on hold in the library catalog.  Please have your student follow the directions below to place a hold for curbside pickup.

  • Login to your Destiny Discover account.
  • Search or browse for the books you would like to read.
  • Click HOLD.
  • Ignore the Destiny notification that your book is ready.
  • Check your @fcpsschools.net email on Fridays to see if your book is ready to be picked up.

Please contact Sheri Ruffle with any questions (sruffle@fcps.edu).

 

Student Fee Invoices

We would like to provide you with an update about student fees that may apply to selected FMS students. Some of the elective courses at Franklin include student fees for consumables used as part of the curriculum. Information about these fees can be found in the course syllabus. Parents and guardians will receive an electronic invoice for any student fees through the online MySchoolBucks system. While payments such as credit cards and electronic checks are the preferred method, cash and checks are also accepted. Please contact Tracy Harbold at TLHarbold@fcps.edu if you have any questions about this process. 

 

Restarting Computers

It is recommended that students restart their computer from home once a week. The FCPS Windows license requires that the computers “check in” with our network every few months. If you receive a message saying your license has expired you can connect to the Fairfax wireless network outside any FCPS school building and then restart your computer to reactivate the license.

 

PTA Family Dinner Night at Mod Pizza on October 25

It’s football season and with that comes Pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at Mod Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 25 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase.

 

PTA Membership Information

Welcome to a new year at Franklin! We have exciting plans to help support our children and school! Once again, we will be conducting our combined School and Friends of Franklin PTA Membership Drive. You can find the membership form here and questions can be sent to membership@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org. Please take a few minutes to learn more about our organization by visiting our website. We are looking forward to a great year at Franklin MS.

 

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a great way to contribute to the PTA in a very effortless way during these times. AmazonSmile customers can now support Franklin Middle School PTA in an effortless way via the Amazon shopping app on IOS and Android mobile phones! Simply click here to sign up today. We value your continued support.

 

Virtual Parent Coffees with the FMS Leadership Team

We are committed to communicating key updates, important information, and resources that families can use to support their students. One of the ways we will continue to do this is to offer monthly Virtual Parent Coffees with the FMS Leadership Team. These virtual sessions may feature one or two main agenda items or updates, but they will be primarily dedicated to addressing questions and concerns from our families. The Virtual Parent Coffees will take place on the dates below and links will be sent out prior to the event. 

October 21 at 4:00 PM

November 18 at 4:00 PM

December 9 at 4:00 PM

 

Franklin MS After School Program

Our after-school program is off to a great start. Thank you to all of the students who signed up to participate! We still have openings in plenty of our activities and we are adding more activities as the weeks progress. A few reminders:

  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

 

 

SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form 

Each year, parents and guardians are requested to complete and return a Parent and/or Guardian Signature Sheet to acknowledge receipt of the Student Rights & Responsibilities: A Guide for Families booklet. This year, parents and guardians will need to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources electronically at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Dr. Zena Chapman (zichapman@fcps.edu).

 

Family Life Education Virtual Information Session on November 12 

Fairfax County Public Schools 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. Curriculum resources and Opt-Out information can be found here.

There will be a Virtual Information Session for parents and guardians to meet the teachers and to ask any questions pertaining to the FLE (7-8) curriculum on November 12 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

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 - October 2

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!

Fall is in the air and it is hard to believe it is already October! As we continue to work together to support each other during a school year unlike any other, we have several upcoming events that will allow you to continue to connect and engage with the school and community. Some of these include our Parent Office Hours on October 5, the start of our Library Curbside Checkouts that begin on October 12, our School Spirit Wear Sale, and a socially distanced PTA Family Dinner Night. 

We hope that many of you can join us at the upcoming Parent and Family Office Hours from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM on Monday. During this event, small groups of our teachers will be available in content-specific video sessions that you can drop into at any point during the 90 minute event. For example, you might start in English, then head over to World Languages, and finish in the Health and PE session. Our staff will not be delivering presentations during the sessions. Rather, the focus will be on answering your general questions about the course content, instructional and grading practices, and curriculum resources.

If you are interested in attending this event, you will need to pre-register using the information found below and the links for each session will be sent to you on the morning of October 5. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor, or administrator with any questions. 

I always welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions at dpwright@fcps.edu

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. 

Sincerely, 

Dustin Wright

Principal

 

Parent and Family Office Hours on Monday, October 5

As part of our Back to School Night offerings, parents and families will have the opportunity to meet teachers virtually during our Parent and Family Office Hours event on Monday, October 5. These are open sessions with our staff, so only general questions about the course, content, instructional and grading practices, attendance, make-up policies and curriculum resources may be answered during this time. Questions specific to a particular student may be addressed through individual conferences arranged directly with the teacher or through the student’s counselor.

The Parent and Family Office Hours are scheduled for October 5 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM and will occur through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU). If you will be attending this event, we ask that you register in advance before October 4 using the form below. All registered families will be emailed BBCU links on the morning of the event. We look forward to connecting with you next week.

Please click here to register for the Parent and Family Office Hours.

 

PTA Spirit Wear Sale - Orders Due October 10

Spirit wear is now available for purchase online. Please click here to order your Franklin MS spirit wear. Online ordering is open until Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 PM. No late orders will be accepted, and all sales are final. Distribution of orders will be in late October, with scheduled pick-up windows held outside of school. Families will be contacted with pick-up information when the orders are in. Please contact our Spirit Wear Coordinator spiritwear@franklinmiddleschoolpta.org with any questions.

 

Save the Date for a PTA Family Dinner Night at Mod Pizza on October 25

It’s football season and with that comes Pizza! Support our PTA with Dining for Dollars at Mod Pizza in Greenbriar Town Center on Sunday, October 25 from 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Please be sure to mention the fundraiser for Franklin Middle School at the register before you pay in order for our PTA to receive a donation equivalent to 20% of the purchase.

 

Library Curbside Checkout is Coming!

Curbside pickup of library books will begin on October 12 from 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM, and October 14 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Students may place up to 5 books on hold in the library catalog.  Please have your student follow the directions below to place a hold for curbside pickup.

  • Login to your Destiny Discover account.
  • Search or browse for the books you would like to read.
  • Click HOLD.
  • Ignore the Destiny notification that your book is ready.
  • Check your @fcpsschools.net email on Fridays to see if your book is ready to be picked up.

Please contact Sheri Ruffle with any questions (sruffle@fcps.edu).

 

SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form 

Each year, parents and guardians are requested to complete and return a Parent and/or Guardian Signature Sheet to acknowledge receipt of the Student Rights & Responsibilities: A Guide for Families booklet. This year, parents and guardians will need to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources electronically at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, please fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Dr. Zena Chapman (zichapman@fcps.edu).

 

SIS Weekly Progress Reports to Parents Set to Start Monday, October 5

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update Account”. Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.

 

Thomas Jefferson HS Admissions Update

For eighth grade students and parents who are interested in applying for the TJHSST class of 2025, please note that there may be changes to how the application process may be conducted. Superintendent Brabrand outlined the proposed changes that can be found here. At this time, the application process is not available. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can view the TJ Admissions website.

 

Franklin MS After School Program

Our after-school program is off to a great start! Thank you to all of the students who signed up to participate. We still have openings in plenty of our activities and we are adding more activities as the weeks progress. A few reminders:

  • 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 (cemolle@fcps.edu).

  Attendance Procedures

Attendance is taken 5 days a week. If your child will be absent for any part of the day please report to the school through one of the following:

  Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools 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.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, 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.

There will be a Virtual Parent Preview Night for parents to meet the teachers and to ask any questions pertaining to the FLE (7-8) curriculum in November. More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or 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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