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FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events

Jan. 20th. MLK Day (No School)

Jan. 24th End of Second Quarter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another Successful Parent-Teen Book Club!!

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

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

Breakfast Reminder at FMS

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

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

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

WIDA Access Testing February 4th-13th

Attention ESOL Parents/Guardians:

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

FMS Winter Musical - Frozen Jr.!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

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

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

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

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

Institute for the Arts (IFTA): Camps and Institutes

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

FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast Reminder at FMS

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

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

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

FLE Parent Preview Night - January 13th

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

Look forward to seeing you on January 13th.

Positivity Project Student Survey Opt-in Form

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

FMS Winter Musical - Frozen Jr.!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Geography Bee is Back! - UPDATE

Geography Bee UPDATE

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

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

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Best Buddies T-Shirt Orders!

This year Best Buddies is ordering shirts! For those who are unfamiliar, Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Orders are due January 31st. Shirts are navy with white writing. Please let me know if you have any questions. Order forms are located here.

FCPS School Psychologists on Twitter

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

FLE Parent Preview Night Rescheduled for Monday, January 13th

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

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

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

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

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

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FLE Parent Preview Night Rescheduled for Tonight

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Rescheduled for Tonight - FLE Parent Preview Night

We will be having our annual Parent Preview Night for FLE (Family Life Education) tonight, Thursday, January 9th.  7th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 5:30 pm. 8th grade parents are invited to preview the curriculum at 6:00 pm.  The preview meeting will be at Franklin Middle School in Room 120, located directly beside the entrance to the gym.  All preview materials will be “online”.  Parents will need to bring their login information for FCPS 24-7 (blackboard) in order to access SIS Parent View page.  FCPS laptops will be provided.  There will be Health and PE teachers available to answer any needed questions.

Sorry for the late notice.  We look forward to seeing you tonight.

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Schedule for January 9th, 2020

Hope everyone in our wonderful community is enjoying their day off and were safe from the hazardous and icy conditions this morning.

Tomorrow's schedule will be an Even Block day for our staff and students. If we are delayed, we will be on the 2-hour delay schedule.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

 

Sharon Eisenberg

Principal

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On behalf of Franklin Middle School and its entire staff, we wish all of our community a safe, warm, and enjoyable winter break over the next few weeks!  Please take this time to focus on spending time with your friends and families and come back refreshed for a strong start in 2020!

Thanks and enjoy your break!

 

Sharon Eisenberg

Principal

Franklin Middle School

Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Pre-Arranged Absences

Pre-arranged absences must be approved in advance. Please send written notification (signature required) with your student to the main office at least one week before the scheduled absence detailing the student name, the dates of absence and the reason for the absence. A pre-arranged absence form will be filled out and reviewed by the student’s counselor and teachers or administrator.

FLE Parent Preview Night

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

Look forward to seeing you on January 7th.

U.S. Secret Service Cyber Safety Presentation January 7 at 6:30pm

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kyo Dolan, from the Investigative Unit of the Cyber Policy, Strategy and Outreach division of the U.S. Secret Service will present and have activities on parent-teen cyber protection, the latest information on the dark-web, internet responsibility and more.  Please join us on January 7 at 6:30 pm in the Franklin Middle School Library! We would love to have a big turnout - all are welcome!   

Curriculum Nights for Chantilly and Oakton HS

Oakton High School

Please join us for Curriculum Night on Wednesday January 8, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm.  The purpose of Curriculum Night is to give parents an opportunity to speak with Oakton staff members about course offerings to help their students make the most informed decisions in the registration process.  We have outlined the schedule and opportunities for the evening here.  

Chantilly High School

Please join us for Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6:00-7:45pm.  The purpose of Curriculum Night is to give parents an opportunity to speak with Chantilly HS staff members about course offerings to help their students make the most informed decisions in the registration process.  We have outlined the schedule and opportunities for the evening here.  

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals - January 6, 2020

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to your child’s school counselor no later than January 6, 2020.  No late referrals will be accepted. AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.  If you have any questions, you can contact Lea Fadden at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu.  

Positivity Project Student Survey Opt-in Form

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates: Next Meeting is January 7th

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

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

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

The Geography Bee is Back! - UPDATE

Geography Bee UPDATE

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs Closed for Winter Break!

General After-School Information

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

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Calendar Reminder: Winter Break Is December 23 to January 3, 2020

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar. Franklin Middle School and its entire staff wish all of our community a safe, warm, and enjoyable winter break over the next few weeks!

Pre-Arranged Absences

Pre-arranged absences must be approved in advance. Please send written notification (signature required) with your student to the main office at least one week before the scheduled absence detailing the student name, the dates of absence and the reason for the absence. A pre-arranged absence form will be filled out and reviewed by the student’s counselor and teachers or administrator.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals - January 6, 2020

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to your child’s school counselor no later than January 6, 2020.  No late referrals will be accepted. AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.  If you have any questions, you can contact Lea Fadden at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu.  

Positivity Project Student Survey Opt-in Form

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

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

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

Dining for Dollars December 16th!

This month we have partnered with the Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A for a Spirit Night on Monday 12/16 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of sales to the PTA when you mention Franklin Middle School or show the flyer from our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/). 

The address of the Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A is 3454 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151.

The Geography Bee is Back! - UPDATE

Geography Bee UPDATE

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

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

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals - January 6, 2020

Parents or guardians of seventh grade students may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to your child’s school counselor no later than January 6, 2020.  No late referrals will be accepted. AAP Level IV services are available to students in grades 3-8.  Students may be found eligible for full-time placement in AAP Level IV Center classes through a central selection process and receive a highly challenging instructional program in science, social studies and English.  Multiple criteria are reviewed by a central selection committee to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. More information about AAP services available at the middle school level may be found on the FCPS public website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.  If you have any questions, you can contact Lea Fadden at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu.  

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

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

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

Dining for Dollars December 16th!

This month we have partnered with the Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A for a Spirit Night on Monday 12/16 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of sales to the PTA when you mention Franklin Middle School or show the flyer from our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/). 

The address of the Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A is 3454 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151.

The Geography Bee is Back! - UPDATE

Geography Bee UPDATE

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, December 9th - Friday, December 20th
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Picture Retakes December 2nd

Missed your opportunity for pictures? We are doing another round of retakes this coming Monday, December 2nd in the Cafeteria during PE classes! Students that do not want their original pictures can return theirs in exchange for the retakes.

Dr. Brabrand visits Franklin MS

Yesterday morning, Dr. Scott Brabrand, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, came to visit Franklin Middle School and got to visit classrooms in action. Many of the students and staff that got to meet him were very excited about his visit! Thank you for visiting and experiencing our wonderful school and community!

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

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

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

Inclusive Schools Week! December 2nd - 6th

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually around the country. This year Franklin Middle School will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week from Dec 2-6. This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have Franklin Middle School. We also hope this week will encourage conversations about how to be more accepting and appreciative of those who are different from each of us. Each day of the Inclusion Week, students and staff are encouraged to wear various colors listed below. The celebration of Inclusive Schools Week will create a fundamental commitment to relationships among staff, students, and the community of Franklin.

Book Fair December 2nd-6th

The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner for those looking to foster a child's love of reading and curiosity. Books make great gift for your teacher or a relative and ALL English teachers have a wish list posted in the library. The Book Fair is right after Thanksgiving and all children will have an opportunity on Monday December 2nd to check out the books and buy them that day and during the week before school, during learning seminar and then after school. 

The book fair allows the library to raise funds and earn free books from Scholastic to continue to stock their shelves with the latest books and great new authors that the Public Library has yet to carry. This event is a wonderful resource we hope you will help support. 

Volunteers Needed with Book Fair

In order to make this event a success, the librarians need a little help and a sign up genius is attached.The Slots are for early drop off 7:10 am or arriving early for pick up from school. Please consider volunteering for 30 minutes to help out.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AFA72BABFB6-franklin1

The Geography Bee is Back! - Mark your calendar!

Franklin is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 2019-2020 National Geographic GeoBee!  All students will participate in an in-class written preliminary round on December 2nd to establish our school’s top finalists.  After that, a maximum of 10 finalists will compete in the Franklin Middle School GeoBee scheduled for January 16 afterschool in the gym.  Parents of finalists and students are welcome to attend on 1/16, so mark your calendars. The final winner for Franklin MUST be prepared to potentially go to the state finals on March 27.

Important Dates:

Dec 2 - In-Class Preliminary Rounds.  

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs Reminder that there will be NO after-school activities on Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th!!!

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, November 24th - December 6th.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

2019 Franklin Parent Engagement Survey Follow Up

We are in the process of conducting a brief follow-up survey based upon the results of the Parent Engagement Survey that was administered last spring. Your input will help guide our programming and communication in order to better meet the needs of the community. The results of this survey are confidential. Click here to access the survey.

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Mark Your Calendars!  November 19 is our next Dining for Dollars fundraiser event!  This month we have partnered with Piero's Corner and Baskin Robins in Franklin Farm.  They have generously offered to donate a percentage of the sales from dining that evening to the PTA.  Come out to enjoy some awesome Italian cuisine at Piero's and finish off the evening with your favorite frozen treat of the 31 flavors before the holiday hustle starts!

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

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

Inclusive Schools Week!

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually around the country. This year Franklin Middle School will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week from Dec 2-6. This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have Franklin Middle School. We also hope this week will encourage conversations about how to be more accepting and appreciative of those who are different from each of us. Each day of the Inclusion Week, students and staff are encouraged to wear various colors listed below. The celebration of Inclusive Schools Week will create a fundamental commitment to relationships among staff, students, and the community of Franklin.

The Geography Bee is Back! - Mark your calendar!

Franklin is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 2019-2020 National Geographic GeoBee!  All students will participate in an in-class written preliminary round on December 2nd to establish our school’s top finalists.  After that, a maximum of 10 finalists will compete in the Franklin Middle School GeoBee scheduled for January 16 afterschool in the gym.  Parents of finalists and students are welcome to attend on 1/16, so mark your calendars. The final winner for Franklin MUST be prepared to potentially go to the state finals on March 27.

Important Dates:

Dec 2 - In-Class Preliminary Rounds.  

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

FMS After-School Programs Reminder that there will be NO after-school activities on Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th!!!

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, November 24th - December 6th.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

2019 Franklin Parent Engagement Survey Follow Up

We are in the process of conducting a brief follow-up survey based upon the results of the Parent Engagement Survey that was administered last spring. Your input will help guide our programming and communication in order to better meet the needs of the community. The results of this survey are confidential. Click here to access the survey.

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

Book Fair December 2nd-6th

The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner for those looking to foster a child's love of reading and curiosity. Books make great gift for your teacher or a relative and ALL English teachers have a wish list posted in the library. The Book Fair is right after Thanksgiving and all children will have an opportunity on Monday December 2nd to check out the books and buy them that day and during the week before school, during learning seminar and then after school. 

The book fair allows the library to raise funds and earn free books from Scholastic to continue to stock their shelves with the latest books and great new authors that the Public Library has yet to carry. This event is a wonderful resource we hope you will help support. 

Volunteers Needed with Book Fair

In order to make this event a success, the librarians need a little help and a sign up genius is attached.The Slots are for early drop off 7:10 am or arriving early for pick up from school. Please consider volunteering for 30 minutes to help out.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AFA72BABFB6-franklin1

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2nd Parent-Teen Book Club Registration opens Today, November 20th @ 8:00 AM

Dear Franklin Families,

The Google Form to register for the second Parent-Teen Book Club opens on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 8 a.m.  Use this link to reserve your spot.  

Five titles will be offered:

  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • We Beat The Street by Davis, Jenkins & Hunt
  • The Distance Between Us (YA version) by Reyna Grande

Groups will fill up fast so sign up to be a part of this amazing experience today!  Feel free to contact Mrs. Radcliffe keradcliffe@fcps.edu) with any questions.  

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

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Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Mark Your Calendars!  November 19 is our next Dining for Dollars fundraiser event!  This month we have partnered with Piero's Corner and Baskin Robins in Franklin Farm.  They have generously offered to donate a percentage of the sales from dining that evening to the PTA.  Come out to enjoy some awesome Italian cuisine at Piero's and finish off the evening with your favorite frozen treat of the 31 flavors before the holiday hustle starts!

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

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

Outstanding Employee Awards

Greetings Franklin Community,

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! You will be able to submit a nomination for Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below using the google form link https://forms.gle/GWQEeX9XhzgMr98Y8 . You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. 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.

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 New Principal

Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

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

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

Outstanding Professional Employee 

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

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

Nominations are due by November 22, 2019.

Healthy Regards,

Zena I. Chapman, Ed.D.

Director of Student Services

Franklin Middle School

2019 Franklin Parent Engagement Survey Follow Up

We are in the process of conducting a brief follow-up survey based upon the results of the Parent Engagement Survey that was administered last spring. Your input will help guide our programming and communication in order to better meet the needs of the community. The results of this survey are confidential. Click here to access the survey.

All "A" Honor Roll November 19th

The All “A” Honor Roll will take place on Tuesday, November 19th during Learning Seminar.

 

Thanks,

Dept. of Student Services

The Geography Bee is Back! - Mark your calendar!

Franklin is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 2019-2020 National Geographic GeoBee!  All students will participate in an in-class written preliminary round on December 2nd to establish our school’s top finalists.  After that, a maximum of 10 finalists will compete in the Franklin Middle School GeoBee scheduled for January 16 afterschool in the gym.  Parents of finalists and students are welcome to attend on 1/16, so mark your calendars. The final winner for Franklin MUST be prepared to potentially go to the state finals on March 27.

Important Dates:

Dec 2 - In-Class Preliminary Rounds.  

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

Mar 27 - Virginia State Bee.  

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

PTA, NJHS and Staff Volunteers build "Butterfly Garden"

On Sunday, November 10th, volunteers from the Franklin MS Parent-Teacher Association, students from the National Junior Honor Society and FMS staff came together to construct a butterfly garden at the back of the school building between exits 6 and 7. It took a good amount of work ethic to create this nice addition to our grounds. The end result is something our insect pollinators and our students can enjoy for years to come. Thank you PTA! Thank you all volunteers!

Next Week's Bell Schedule Modified for Finance Park Trip

The bell schedule for next week will be as follows to minimize disruption and missed time in classes for the Finance Park field trip:

  • Monday, November 18th - Odd Day
  • Tuesday, November 19th - Even Day
  • Wednesday, November 20th - All Period Day
  • Thursday, November 21st - All Period Day
  • Friday, November 22nd - All Period Day
Need Volunteers for Finance Park Trip

Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,

 Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer for Finance Park.  We are still seeking assistance for our trips to Finance Park. 

What is Finance Park?  It is simulation of a real-life personal finance budgeting experience in which students will become an adult with families, salaries, credit, and financial obligations.  They will be making decisions based on buying a home, a vehicle, as well as budgeting for student loans and health care. 

What does it mean to be a volunteer?  The time commitment is 5 hours including a 1 hour training the morning of the trip, prior to your child arriving at Finance Park.  You will use your knowledge and experience to guide students through a digital and hands-on experience.  Finance Park Volunteer Video

 The dates for the trips are listed below, if you are interested and for additional information please contact Mike LaMay at mplamay@fcps.edu with the following information- your child’s name, your child’s Civics teacher, and the date you are available.

  •  November 20th Mr. LaMay
  • November 21st Mr. Caslavka
  • November 22nd Mr. Phillips
FMS After-School Programs

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, November 18 – Friday, November 22.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

2nd Parent-Teen Book Club Registration opens November 20th

Dear Franklin Families,

The Google Form to register for the second Parent-Teen Book Club opens on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 8 a.m.  Use this link to reserve your spot.  

 

Five titles will be offered:

  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • We Beat The Street by Davis, Jenkins & Hunt
  • The Distance Between Us (YA version) by Reyna Grande

Groups will fill up fast so sign up to be a part of this amazing experience today!  Feel free to contact Mrs. Radcliffe keradcliffe@fcps.edu) with any questions.  

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

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

Book Fair December 2nd-6th

The Book Fair is coming to the Franklin MS library during the week of December 2 through 6.  More information will be coming as we get closer to Book Fair.

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Principal Selection Panel Volunteers Due Tomorrow 11/15!

The PTA has been asked to identify volunteers to advise FCPS in their selection of our next Principal.  If you are interested in serving on the principal selection panel and available on 12/9 from 7:30 am and 4:00 pm, please send the information below by email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com

 

Name

Mailing Address

Home Phone

Mobile Phone

Email Address

Grades/ages of children/programs involved in/or role in school

Additional information you would like to pass on to FCPS

Dining for Dollars – 11/19

This month we have partnered with Piero’s Corner and Baskin Robins in Franklin Farm. The PTA will receive a percentage of the sales from dining that evening (6 pm-9 pm).  Diners must tell their server they are there to support Franklin for us to get credit for the meal. Come out to enjoy some awesome Italian cuisine at Piero’s and finish off the evening at Baskin Robbins!

Follow the FMS PTA on Facebook!

The PTA posts the latest information on PTA events on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fmsptainchantillyva/.  Please follow us and share our page with other Franklin parents!

 

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Franklin MS Tardy Policy begins on Wednesday, November 6

Franklin Middle School believes that on-time attendance is a learned skill that will serve our students well as they strive for success. Our school-wide expectation is for students to arrive on time for each class. Accordingly, the behavior of being tardy has a negative effect on the classroom environment and student learning.

During the first quarter, all students have become very familiar with our daily bell schedule and have learned how to navigate our building using their individual class schedules. In addition, students have successfully learned how to open lockers, how to take the quickest route to be timely, and how to manage time between class periods. Franklin staff members have facilitated the learning by providing prompts, warnings, and strategies to students who have shown struggles along the way.

Beginning with the second quarter on Wednesday, November 6, all Franklin students will be accountable for following our school tardy policy. You may find and print our tardy policy here, or you can find it posted on our Franklin public website. Prior to November 6, you are encouraged to look at ParentVue to determine if your child has developed some patterns of tardiness during the 1st quarter. Thank you for having a conversation with your child about your expectations for arriving at school on time and for being timely throughout the course of the school day.

Our doors open at 7:10 for bus arrival and parent drop-off. All Franklin students are allotted 20 minutes each morning to arrive at their initial class period on time. Students attending breakfast are dismissed from the cafeteria no later than 7:25 am and allotted 5 minutes to arrive on time to the initial period of the school day. Classes begin promptly at 7:30 am.

Throughout the school day, all areas of our school building are able to be navigated within the four minutes allocated between class periods. Additionally, students have the ability to request excused passes from their teachers for any legitimate reasons for being late to their next class. Any extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending classes on time should be communicated to the school in advance.

The tardy policy and procedures are intended to teach and reinforce positive attendance habits. We believe that the partnership between the school and the home is vital to promote responsible time management skills. Thank you.

Activating Weekly Progress Reports in ParentVUE

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. 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.

As a reminder, FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 8 during first quarter grading and report card generation.

2019 Franklin Parent Engagement Survey Follow Up

We are in the process of conducting a brief follow-up survey based upon the results of the Parent Engagement Survey that was administered last spring. Your input will help guide our programming and communication in order to better meet the needs of the community. The results of this survey are confidential. Click here to access the survey.

Veterans Day Parent Coffee this Monday, November 11th

The Franklin Middle School Department of Student Services cordially invites parents to attend an informational parent coffee session in the the FMS Library this Monday, November 11th, 2019 in the FMS Library from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We are excited to see our parents and especially our Veterans!

To Veterans and Active-Duty Service Personnel and their Families:

The Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite you to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we would hope you can join us at this event. 

The event will take place on November 12 (Tuesday) at Chantilly High School.  The performance portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a dessert reception (and a thank you gift for all of our attending veterans!)

Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at the following link: chantilly-thanks-our-veterans.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com.

Need Volunteers for Finance Park Trip

Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,

 Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer for Finance Park.  We are still seeking assistance for our trips to Finance Park. 

What is Finance Park?  It is simulation of a real-life personal finance budgeting experience in which students will become an adult with families, salaries, credit, and financial obligations.  They will be making decisions based on buying a home, a vehicle, as well as budgeting for student loans and health care. 

What does it mean to be a volunteer?  The time commitment is 5 hours including a 1 hour training the morning of the trip, prior to your child arriving at Finance Park.  You will use your knowledge and experience to guide students through a digital and hands-on experience.  Finance Park Volunteer Video

 The dates for the trips are listed below, if you are interested and for additional information please contact Mike LaMay at mplamay@fcps.edu with the following information- your child’s name, your child’s Civics teacher, and the date you are available.

  •  November 20th Mr. LaMay
  • November 21st Mr. Caslavka
  • November 22nd Mr. Phillips
FMS After-School Programs

Odyssey of the Mind –

  • We still looking for one more parent to coach an Odyssey of the Mind team. If you are interested and able to help, please email our Odyssey of the Mind coordinator; fmsomcoordinator@gmail.com.

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, November 11th – Friday, November 22nd.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

Update:  PTA Meeting November 12.  We welcome parents to join us for a general membership meeting on November 12 at 6:30 in the Library.  We have rescheduled our Cyber Safety presenter from the Secret Service  for the January 7 meeting - stay turned!!  

For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Mark Your Calendars!  November 19 is our next Dining for Dollars fundraiser event!  This month we have partnered with Piero's Corner and Baskin Robins in Franklin Farm.  They have generously offered to donate a percentage of the sales from dining that evening to the PTA.  Come out to enjoy some awesome Italian cuisine at Piero's and finish off the evening with your favorite frozen treat of the 31 flavors before the holiday hustle starts!

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

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

Spanish II Speaking Exams November 14th and 15th

Spanish 2 speaking exams will be November 14th and 15th. They are cumulative, not unit-specific. Students have been provided materials to study and prepare for this important FCPS-mandated exam. For further questions, please contact Aaron Lam at ralam@fcps.edu or Christy Poole at CLPoole@fcps.edu

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

Book Fair December 2nd-6th

The Book Fair is coming to the Franklin MS library during the week of December 2 through 6.  More information will be coming as we get closer to Book Fair.

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Franklin MS Tardy Policy begins on Wednesday, November 6

Franklin Middle School believes that on-time attendance is a learned skill that will serve our students well as they strive for success. Our school-wide expectation is for students to arrive on time for each class. Accordingly, the behavior of being tardy has a negative effect on the classroom environment and student learning.

During the first quarter, all students have become very familiar with our daily bell schedule and have learned how to navigate our building using their individual class schedules. In addition, students have successfully learned how to open lockers, how to take the quickest route to be timely, and how to manage time between class periods. Franklin staff members have facilitated the learning by providing prompts, warnings, and strategies to students who have shown struggles along the way.

Beginning with the second quarter on Wednesday, November 6, all Franklin students will be accountable for following our school tardy policy. You may find and print our tardy policy here, or you can find it posted on our Franklin public website. Prior to November 6, you are encouraged to look at ParentVue to determine if your child has developed some patterns of tardiness during the 1st quarter. Thank you for having a conversation with your child about your expectations for arriving at school on time and for being timely throughout the course of the school day.

Our doors open at 7:10 for bus arrival and parent drop-off. All Franklin students are allotted 20 minutes each morning to arrive at their initial class period on time. Students attending breakfast are dismissed from the cafeteria no later than 7:25 am and allotted 5 minutes to arrive on time to the initial period of the school day. Classes begin promptly at 7:30 am.

Throughout the school day, all areas of our school building are able to be navigated within the four minutes allocated between class periods. Additionally, students have the ability to request excused passes from their teachers for any legitimate reasons for being late to their next class. Any extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending classes on time should be communicated to the school in advance.

The tardy policy and procedures are intended to teach and reinforce positive attendance habits. We believe that the partnership between the school and the home is vital to promote responsible time management skills. Thank you.

Activating Weekly Progress Reports in ParentVUE

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. 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.

As a reminder, FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 8 during first quarter grading and report card generation.

2019 Franklin Parent Engagement Survey Follow Up

We are in the process of conducting a brief follow-up survey based upon the results of the Parent Engagement Survey that was administered last spring. Your input will help guide our programming and communication in order to better meet the needs of the community. The results of this survey are confidential. Click here to access the survey.

Please Help Chantilly HS Promote Safety and Security at Football Games

Chantilly HS Varsity Football is having its best season in many years and crowds at home games have been growing in size. Chantilly HS encourages and appreciates it when community members share in their success by attending home games, but we have experienced some problems with younger students that come to games unattended by a parent or guardian. If your middle or elementary aged child wants to attend a football game, they are welcome to do so as long as a parents or guardian comes with them. Thanks for your help.  

Scott F. Poole, PhD

Principal

Chantilly High School

Veterans Day Parent Coffee this Monday

The Franklin Middle School Department of Student Services cordially invites parents to attend an informational parent coffee session in the the FMS Library this Monday, November 11th, 2019 in the FMS Library from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. We are excited to see our parents and especially our Veterans!

To Veterans and Active-Duty Service Personnel and their Families:

The Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite you to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we would hope you can join us at this event. 

The event will take place on November 12 (Tuesday) at Chantilly High School.  The performance portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a dessert reception (and a thank you gift for all of our attending veterans!)

Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at the following link: chantilly-thanks-our-veterans.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com.

Need Volunteers for Finance Park Trip

Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,

 Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer for Finance Park.  We are still seeking assistance for our trips to Finance Park. 

What is Finance Park?  It is simulation of a real-life personal finance budgeting experience in which students will become an adult with families, salaries, credit, and financial obligations.  They will be making decisions based on buying a home, a vehicle, as well as budgeting for student loans and health care. 

What does it mean to be a volunteer?  The time commitment is 5 hours including a 1 hour training the morning of the trip, prior to your child arriving at Finance Park.  You will use your knowledge and experience to guide students through a digital and hands-on experience.  Finance Park Volunteer Video

 The dates for the trips are listed below, if you are interested and for additional information please contact Mike LaMay at mplamay@fcps.edu with the following information- your child’s name, your child’s Civics teacher, and the date you are available.

  •  November 20th Mr. LaMay
  • November 21st Mr. Caslavka
  • November 22nd Mr. Phillips
FMS After-School Programs

Odyssey of the Mind –

  • We still looking for one more parent to coach an Odyssey of the Mind team. If you are interested and able to help, please email our Odyssey of the Mind coordinator; fmsomcoordinator@gmail.com.

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/1/2019; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, November 4th – Friday, November 8th.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Updates

The next PTA Meeting will be November 12 at 6:00 pm in the Library.  An Investigator from the Secret Service Cyber Crime Team to lead a discussion on cyber safety for middle school students and provide a short demonstration.  For information on the PTA, please visit the PTA Website, or send an email to franklinmiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.  Future PTA Meetings are scheduled for January 7, February 11, March 10, April 16, May 12, and June 9.  

Mark Your Calendars!  November 19 is our next Dining for Dollars fundraiser event!  This month we have partnered with Piero's Corner and Baskin Robins in Franklin Farm.  They have generously offered to donate a percentage of the sales from dining that evening to the PTA.  Come out to enjoy some awesome Italian cuisine at Piero's and finish off the evening with your favorite frozen treat before the holiday hustle starts!

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

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

Fairfax Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to 8th grade students during Social Studies class.  

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying and harassment, and questions about personal health, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child.

The survey will be administered to 8th grade students on November 8, 2019. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete THIS FORM and return it to the main office no later than October 18, 2019.

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Please Help Chantilly HS Promote Safety and Security at Football Games

Chantilly HS Varsity Football is having its best season in many years and crowds at home games have been growing in size. Chantilly HS encourages and appreciates it when community members share in their success by attending home games, but we have experienced some problems with younger students that come to games unattended by a parent or guardian. If your middle or elementary aged child wants to attend a football game, they are welcome to do so as long as a parents or guardian comes with them. Thanks for your help.  

Scott F. Poole, PhD

Principal

Chantilly High School

Federal Impact Aid Forms Due Monday, October 28

FCPS schools are asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Monday, October 28. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Oakton HS PTSA Screening of Movie "Angst"

Oakton High School PTSA cordially invites you to a free screening of the IndieFlix Original film “Angst”, a new documentary about anxiety.

The film features candid interviews with teens dealing with anxiety and valuable tools to manage the condition. Following the 55-minute film, please stay for an open a dialogue among families, community leaders and panel experts.  Monday, October 28 - 7pm Oakton High School Auditorium Doors open at 6:30pm

All are welcome and suggested for ages 12 and above. Reserve your tickets today and let’s start a conversation. For more information and to RSVP, visit 

https://oaktonhsptsa.ptboard.com/

Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology.

Franklin Middle School throughout the school year as an FCPSOn School focuses on several topics that deal with different aspects of Digital Citizenship.

September dealt with Social Media and October dealt with Online Presentation, both lessons are available for download below: 

September / October

Students and families are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with technology, their media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments. 

Developing good Digital Citizens does not stop when Digital Citizenship week ends on Friday. We hope to facilitate more lessons throughout the school year from Common Sense Media and work towards becoming a Common Sense Media Certified school!

To Veterans and Active-Duty Service Personnel and their Families:

The Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite you to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we would hope you can join us at this event. 

The event will take place on November 12 (Tuesday) at Chantilly High School.  The performance portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a dessert reception (and a thank you gift for all of our attending veterans!)

Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at the following link: chantilly-thanks-our-veterans.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers needed to provide hearing and vision tests to students on 10/28.  

No experience is needed, training will be provided to volunteers on the spot!  

Tests will be given in the morning from 7:15am - 11:00am and afternoon from 11:00am - 2:15pm.  

Five volunteers are needed for each session.  

Please sign up using the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545A5A922A6FE3-parent

Vision and Hearing Screening - Monday, October 28th

Monday, October 28th will be our vision and hearing screening for all 7th grade students and students new to Fairfax County Public Schools. Please remember to bring your glasses!

Laptop Cases and Laptop Care

We wanted to send out a couple of reminders about taking care of the student devices that were checked out at the beginning of the year and make sure that they care for their devices throughout the school year.

  • Please encourage your students to only hold the necessary equipment and accessories in their school-issued cases or their personal ones. Weighing down or over-packing the cases can result in unnecessary damage to the laptops and cases. Our Tech Team has seen a large amount of laptops with cracked or broken screens as well as ripped cases. Much of this is caused by students using them as backpacks for their school books and supplies.
  • Students need to be aware they are responsible for their laptops, cases, and chargers. We have had instances of students lending out their laptops and chargers and not having them returned by their fellow peers as well as leaving them in their classrooms and on top of lockers. These items are not to be shared among others.
  • Updates to the computers need to be done inside the school network as they cannot be updated from home. Please encourage your student to restart their computers twice a week early in the morning before classes begin. 
  • If a student forgets their laptop device, they do not get a loaner from the help desk, there are loaners available in each classroom. Loaners are only provided upon a laptop being serviced by the help desk.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to email Ryan Richardson, our School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS) at rdrichardso1@fcps.edu.

Future Quest October 26, 2019

FUTURE QUEST is coming to Northern Virginia on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.!

FUTURE QUEST is a FREE college and career conference for students with disabilities, and the families and professionals who work with them. This is a full day of informative and interactive presentations on a huge variety of topics related to transition from high school to post-secondary life. In addition to the presentations, FUTURE QUEST also features an extensive resource fair, with over 40 vendors, and a book sale highlighting materials related to transition to life after high school.

FUTURE QUEST will be held at the Johnson Center at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Free parking and paid parking are available. Food is available for purchase in a variety of restaurants throughout the Johnson Center.

PRE-REGISTRATION is available at the FUTURE QUEST website: futurequestgmu.org On-site Registration will also be available at the door.

Please visit the website to view the list of presentations, the schedule of events for the day, books for sale, and much more!

For more information: Leanne Kidwell lkidwell@lcps.org ; 571-252-6540 Looking forward to seeing you at FUTURE QUEST on October 26th!

FMS After-School Programs

Odyssey of the Mind –

  • We still looking for one more parent to coach an Odyssey of the Mind team. If you are interested and able to help, please email our Odyssey of the Mind coordinator; fmsomcoordinator@gmail.com.

General After-School Information

  • The after-school program will not convene on the following days before holidays; 11/1/2019; 11/25 – 11/26/2019; 1/17/2020; 1/24/2020; 2/14/2020; 4/3/2020; 5/22/2020
  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 8.
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Schedule

Here are the dates for the PTA Meetings for Franklin Middle School. Any changes to the schedule will be updated on the PTA Website. Contact information is located here.

November 12, 2019

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

December Board meeting TBD, no December General membership meeting

January 7, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

February 11, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

March 10, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

April 16, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

May 12, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

June 9, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

Fairfax Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to 8th grade students during Social Studies class.  

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying and harassment, and questions about personal health, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child.

The survey will be administered to 8th grade students on November 8, 2019. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete THIS FORM and return it to the main office no later than October 18, 2019.

3D Cardboard Self-Portraits

Mrs. French’s 3D Art students created self portraits using cardboard and a variety of techniques taught in class to add detail to their masterpieces. Excellent kudos to these very talented students!

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

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Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Students will be bringing home the Federal Impact Aid Forms tomorrow Tuesday, October 22nd and every form must be signed, dated, and returned to their 1st Period Teacher by Thursday, October 24th.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 24. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

FCPS Digital Citizenship Week - October 21-25

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology.

Franklin Middle School throughout the school year as an FCPSOn School focuses on several topics that deal with different aspects of Digital Citizenship.

Students and families are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with technology, their media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments. 

Developing good Digital Citizens does not stop when Digital Citizenship week ends on Friday. We hope to facilitate more lessons throughout the school year from Common Sense Media and work towards becoming a Common Sense Media Certified school!

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Picture Day Reminder - This Monday

Picture Day forms were sent home this week with students and need to be brought in this coming Monday, October 21st for any photo packages!

To Veterans and Active-Duty Service Personnel and their Families:

The Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite you to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we would hope you can join us at this event. 

The event will take place on November 12 (Tuesday) at Chantilly High School.  The performance portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a dessert reception (and a thank you gift for all of our attending veterans!)

Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at the following link: chantilly-thanks-our-veterans.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers needed to provide hearing and vision tests to students on 10/28.  

No experience is needed, training will be provided to volunteers on the spot!  

Tests will be given in the morning from 7:15am - 11:00am and afternoon from 11:00am - 2:15pm.  

Five volunteers are needed for each session.  

Please sign up using the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545A5A922A6FE3-parent

Laptop Cases and Laptop Care

We wanted to send out a couple of reminders about taking care of the student devices that were checked out at the beginning of the year and make sure that they care for their devices throughout the school year.

  • Please encourage your students to only hold the necessary equipment and accessories in their school-issued cases or their personal ones. Weighing down or over-packing the cases can result in unnecessary damage to the laptops and cases. Our Tech Team has seen a large amount of laptops with cracked or broken screens as well as ripped cases. Much of this is caused by students using them as backpacks for their school books and supplies.
  • Students need to be aware they are responsible for their laptops, cases, and chargers. We have had instances of students lending out their laptops and chargers and not having them returned by their fellow peers as well as leaving them in their classrooms and on top of lockers. These items are not to be shared among others.
  • Updates to the computers need to be done inside the school network as they cannot be updated from home. Please encourage your student to restart their computers twice a week early in the morning before classes begin. 
  • If a student forgets their laptop device, they do not get a loaner from the help desk, there are loaners available in each classroom. Loaners are only provided upon a laptop being serviced by the help desk.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to email Ryan Richardson, our School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS) at rdrichardso1@fcps.edu.

ASCD Meet and Greet

Link to Event Page:   https://www.fcps.edu/event/acsd-meet-and-greet

Tuesday, October 22 2019

7 - 9 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School

The FCPS School Board’s Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is hosting a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, October 22 from 7 - 9 pm at Luther Jackson Middle School located at 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.  

 Come to learn more about the ACSD and meet special guest, Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.  

Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about special education supports and services through conversation with central office staff from the following programs and offices:

  • Assistive Technology Services (ATS)
  • Related Services (Communications Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Education, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired)
  • Adapted Curriculum & Applied Behavior Analysis
  • K-12 General Curriculum, Early Childhood, & Behavior Intervention Services
  • Twice Exceptional Learners
  • Office of Procedural Support
  • School Psychology Services & Social Work Services

Join the Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) for their meeting before the Meet and Greet at the same location from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  Rachel Bailey will be presenting on “Preparing Children for Adulthood While Still Letting Them Be Kids”.

For additional information please contact Michael Bloom at msbloom@fcps.edu.  

Future Quest October 26, 2019

FUTURE QUEST is coming to Northern Virginia on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.!

FUTURE QUEST is a FREE college and career conference for students with disabilities, and the families and professionals who work with them. This is a full day of informative and interactive presentations on a huge variety of topics related to transition from high school to post-secondary life. In addition to the presentations, FUTURE QUEST also features an extensive resource fair, with over 40 vendors, and a book sale highlighting materials related to transition to life after high school.

FUTURE QUEST will be held at the Johnson Center at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Free parking and paid parking are available. Food is available for purchase in a variety of restaurants throughout the Johnson Center.

PRE-REGISTRATION is available at the FUTURE QUEST website: futurequestgmu.org On-site Registration will also be available at the door.

Please visit the website to view the list of presentations, the schedule of events for the day, books for sale, and much more!

For more information: Leanne Kidwell lkidwell@lcps.org ; 571-252-6540 Looking forward to seeing you at FUTURE QUEST on October 26th!

FMS After-School Programs

Odyssey of the Mind –

  • We still looking for one more parent to coach an Odyssey of the Mind team. If you are interested and able to help, please email our Odyssey of the Mind coordinator; fmsomcoordinator@gmail.com.

General After-School Information

  • Transportation is available to students staying after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – departing Franklin at 4:45 PM. The late bus schedule is posted on the after-school bulletin board in the cafeteria and on your child’s grade level google classroom. Please be aware that the after-school late bus numbers and routes may differ from your child’s normal school day bus route. Please use the Kiss-and- Ride to pick-up your child from the After-School Program.
  • Please see below for the After-School activities for Monday, October 21 – Friday, October 25. .
  • Students who plan to stay after-school must notify their parent/guardian BEFORE the 2:15 dismissal bell and should report to the cafeteria with all their belongings after the 2:15 dismissal bell for after-school check-in.
  • The majority of clubs/activities is open enrollment; however, due to limited capacities some will require registration. If registration is needed, it will be posted on your child’s grade level google classroom.

General Schedule of After-school:

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

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

2:40 – 3:40 – 1st block activities

3:40 – 4:40 – 2nd block activities

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

Fall After-School Activities List and Descriptions

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

Franklin Middle School PTA Schedule

Here are the dates for the PTA Meetings for Franklin Middle School. Any changes to the schedule will be updated on the PTA Website. Contact information is located here.

November 12, 2019

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

December Board meeting TBD, no December General membership meeting

January 7, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

February 11, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

March 10, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

April 16, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

May 12, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

June 9, 2020

6:30 pm - Board meeting

7:00 pm - General membership meeting

Fairfax Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth-serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to 8th grade students during Social Studies class.  

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, or misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying and harassment, and questions about personal health, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety.

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child.

The survey will be administered to 8th grade students on November 8, 2019. A copy of the survey will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youthsurvey beginning October 4, 2019. If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete THIS FORM and return it to the main office no later than October 18, 2019.

Author Visit to FMS: Ben Mikaelsen

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

Yearbooks for Sale

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

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

Best Buddies Update

All Applications due 10/21

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To Veterans and Active-Duty Service Personnel and their Families:

The Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite you to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception. We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we would hope you can join us at this event. 

The event will take place on November 12 (Tuesday) at Chantilly High School.  The performance portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a dessert reception (and a thank you gift for all of our attending veterans!)

Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at the following link: chantilly-thanks-our-veterans.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com.

MOD Pizza & Sweet Frog Dining Day

Come support the Franklin Middle School PTA by going to MOD Pizza and Sweet Frog!! 

At checkout be sure to tell them you are there to support Frank Middle School so we can get credit for this event!! 

When: Tuesday, October 15th All day

Where: MOD Pizza and Sweet Frog, Greenbrier Shopping Center Fairfax, VA

What: “I’m here to support Franklin Middle School!” 

Have a great meal for a good cause! Thank You for your support!!

Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers needed to provide hearing and vision tests to students on 10/28.  

No experience is needed, training will be provided to volunteers on the spot!  

Tests will be given in the morning from 7:15am - 11:00am and afternoon from 11:00am - 2:15pm.  

Five volunteers are needed for each session.  

Please sign up using the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545A5A922A6FE3-parent

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