Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 7

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From making slime to Poetry Palooza, students are engaging in many fun activities at the end of the year.

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

It has been a fun week celebrating our former Falcons that are currently seniors at Chantilly HS and Oakton HS!  Yesterday we hosted our former students and did our first-ever senior walk through the halls.  It was a great reminder to our current students about what lies ahead for them, and a wonderful opportunity for our staff to celebrate the successes of their former students.  Today I had the honor of attending the graduation ceremony for Chantilly High School.  As one of the student speakers shared today, we are here to celebrate huge life events, such as graduation, but we also need to celebrate the small events that got students to this point.  As we approach our last few days of this school year, I encourage you to spend time with your child(ren) and celebrate their achievements this year - the growth they have achieved in all areas of their lives and the new skills they have mastered.  The learning that happens in these short 2 years of middle school will carry our students through as they make their way toward the larger celebration of high school graduation and beyond.  I am so proud of our students and what they have accomplished this year!

As a reminder, next week is a short week and on our last day of school on Wednesday, we will have a 2 hour early release.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

June 10 - End of The Year Celebrations

June 12 - Last Day of School, 2-Hour Early Dismissal

 

🎉End of the Year Celebration

Our End of the Year Celebration is Monday, June 10! The theme is The Future is Bright so encourage your kids to wear bright clothing that day.  The PTA has planned an inflatable obstacle course, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, friendship bracelets, and popsicles.  The 8th graders will also get Kona Ice.  There will be a few additional surprises just for the 8th graders to help send them off to high school with great memories.

All activities will be outdoors, so send your student with sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle. There will be grab and go lunches available for purchase, or students can bring a lunch. 

  • 7th Grade Celebration:  8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • 8th Grade Celebration:  11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

The PTA is covering the costs with membership dues, spirit wear sales, Dining Days, etc.  Additional donations would help them make sure the day is extra special.  If you'd like to contribute, you can donate via PayPal here or by dropping a check off at the school.

https://www.paypal.me/FranklinMiddleSchool

 

Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early. Franklin MS will have a 2 hour early dismissal.

 

✍️The Gauntlet: Franklin Middle School’s Literary Magazine has Arrived!

The Gauntlet is a student-run publication featuring artwork and writing from throughout the 2023-2024 school year. This year's inaugural edition features spooky creations, realistic memoirs, and passion writes. View the digital magazine here.

A huge congratulations to all of the students that were selected for publication in this year's edition, and a hearty thank you to the Creative Club for reviving the school's literary magazine. You won't want to miss this exciting new publication. 

 

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12. Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health aide, Donna Long, at 703-904-5110.

 

🥗Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

 

After-School Program - Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.  The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding.  The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data.  The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality.

Thank you for completing the survey and for your support of the after-school program.  This survey is FCPS approved. Approval Number is 24234.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCQKSN8

All survey responses are due by June 7, 2024.

 

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically.  We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.  This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people.  Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are.  Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry.  Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month.

 

💃Oakton HS Dance Team 2024-25 Tryouts

If you love to dance and want to be involved in your school, come try out for the Oakton High School Dance Team!  Tryouts will be held June 10, 12, and 13 for the 2024-25 team selection.  Not sure if you have all of the skills for the dance team?  Fill out the form and come to tryouts anyway!  You will have the opportunity to learn skills, and dancers are often selected based on potential ability to pick up the needed skills!  Sign up to get more information about tryouts with this Tryout Interest Form link.  Check out the Dance Team website for more information about the team and what to prepare for tryouts.  Contact Coach Rowley at [email protected] with questions.

 

💃Chantilly HS Dance Team Tryouts

Want to be a part of something special? Tryouts will be on:

  • June 12 - 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
  • June 13 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • June 14 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join here to stay updated.

 

Chantilly High School’s Charge Ahead

Chantilly HS is offering three One-Day Freshman “Introduction to Chantilly” sessions.  Students can attend on August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM.  Students will have a chance to learn how to navigate high school life as a Charger.  The cost is $50 per student and registration is first come first serve until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

 

Oakton High School - Save the Date

Activities and Athletics Summer Dates to Know

  • Fall Sports Tryouts: Begin August 5
  • Jump Start: August 6 - August 7 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • We will be hosting a two-day optional Jump Start program to help prepare rising 9th grade students for the 2024-2025 school year.  Oakton teachers will lead sessions on topics including study skills, literacy and math skills, as well as a fun and exciting introduction to Oakton High School. Participants will get to hear from Oakton teachers and students regarding questions they have for the upcoming school year.  Participation is $40.00 which will include an Oakton t-shirt for each participant.  If you are interested in your rising 9th grader attending, please fill out the registration form here.  Payment will be made at a later date.  Email rising 9th grade administrator, Martha Rodeheaver, at [email protected] with any questions.
  • Orientation and Cougar Kickoff:  Thursday, August 15
    • We will send more information as we get closer but will always post on our website: Oaktonhs.fcps.edu.  
  • Back to School Night: Tuesday, August 27
  • Homecoming 2024: Week of September 16

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 31

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Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

As we wrap up these last few weeks of school, we continue celebrating our students as much as possible!  This week, we hosted the final performances of the year for our band and orchestra students.  As our band director, Mr. Hill, stated, it is so impressive to see how much our students have grown this year!  At one point, another parent leaned over to me and shared that the talent level on display is what one might expect of a high school group, not of a middle school group.  I firmly believe both of these sentiments to be true - our students have grown so much and our musicians are so talented!  Thank you to Mr. Hill and Mrs. O’Connell for your leadership of these groups, and to Ms. Hatzakos, who celebrated with her choral students last week.  Tonight our celebrations continue, as we host our annual 8th grade semi-formal dance.  We can’t wait to see our 8th graders all dressed up for what will surely be a fun night!  Thank you to the many families who are supporting our dance in some capacity and making this event a success.  

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing our students next week for their last 5-day week of the year!  Please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

May 31 - 8th Grade Semi-Formal Dance

June 6 and 7 - Laptop Collection

June 10 - End of the Year Celebrations

June 12 - Last Day of School, 2-Hour Early Dismissal

 

💻Laptop and Laptop Charger Collection Dates

FCPSOn laptops and chargers will be collected from FMS students during lunch periods using the following schedule:

  • Thursday, June 6 - 7th grade students
  • Friday, June 7 - 8th grade students

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. We ask that the student please see Mr. Simons or Mrs. Baker to have their names, ID number, and laptop barcode recorded. Families will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed.

Please have your students remove all stickers, writing, and world language shortcuts that they put on their laptops before turning in the laptops.

Please help your child account for their FCPSOn laptop and charger. Families are responsible for any lost or irreparable damage at the following costs:

  • Laptop - $481
  • Charger - $23

Payments for lost or damaged items can be made through the main office by check payable to Franklin Middle School (memo: Student Name) or through MySchoolBucks. Families will not be charged for laptop carrying cases but we ask that they be returned to the school for future use. Any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Burrowbridge at 703-904-5228 or at [email protected].

 

🎉End of the Year Celebration

10 days until our End of the Year Celebration on June 10!  The theme is The Future is Bright so encourage your kids to wear bright clothing that day.  The PTA has planned an inflatable obstacle course, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, friendship bracelets, and popsicles.  The 8th graders will also get Kona Ice.  There will be a few additional surprises just for the 8th graders to help send them off to High School with great memories.

The PTA is covering the costs with membership dues, spirit wear sales, Dining Days, etc.  Additional donations would help them make sure the day is extra special.  If you'd like to contribute, you can donate via PayPal or by dropping a check off at the school.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to FMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention From and emailing Ms. Smith at [email protected] at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12. Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

 If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health aide, Donna Long, at 703-904-5110.

 

🥗Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

 

After-School Program - Parent Survey

Below is a link for a quick survey about the Middle School After-School Program. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. The survey is an important component of the after-school program evaluation and is critical for future funding. The more responses we receive, the more valuable and reliable the data. The responses not only allow us to assess the impact of the after-school program but they help drive program improvement and program quality.

Thank you for completing the survey and for your support of the after-school program.  This survey is FCPS approved. Approval Number is 24234.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCQKSN8

All survey responses are due by June 7, 2024.

 

🩺Sports Physicals 2024-2025 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for all students interested in school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   

  • June 3: Oakton HS

  • June 4: Chantilly HS

These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.  Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

 

☀️ Enjoy Fun and Resources at the Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

 

💃Oakton HS Dance Team 2024-25 Tryouts

If you love to dance and want to be involved in your school, come try out for the Oakton High School Dance Team!  Tryouts will be held June 10, 12, and 13 for the 2024-25 team selection.  Not sure if you have all of the skills for the dance team?  Fill out the form and come to tryouts anyway!  You will have the opportunity to learn skills, and dancers are often selected based on potential ability to pick up the needed skills!  Sign up to get more information about tryouts with this Tryout Interest Form link. Check out the Dance Team website for more information about the team and what to prepare for tryouts.  Contact Coach Rowley at [email protected] with questions.

 

👟Oakton HS Cross Country Interest Meeting

Rising freshmen are invited to an interest meeting on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 PM in the Oakton HS cafeteria.  If interested students and/or parents can't make the meeting, please reach out to Coach Kate Vanderstelt or Team Parent, Sherry Lewis.

 

💃Chantilly HS Dance Team Tryouts

Want to be a part of something special? Tryouts will be on:

  • June 12 - 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
  • June 13 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • June 14 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join here to stay updated.

 

Chantilly High School’s Charge Ahead

Chantilly HS is offering three One-Day Freshman “Introduction to Chantilly” sessions.  Students can attend on August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM.  Students will have a chance to learn how to navigate high school life as a Charger.  The cost is $50 per student and registration is first come first serve until July 28.  Students will receive a Class of 2028 T-Shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A sandwich. Register today to secure your spot. 

Registration link: https://forms.gle/9eL8UB9ydgg3uyuGA

Payment via students www.myschoolbucks.com

 

Quick Links

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Facebook | Instagram

Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 24

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We are grateful for an active After-School Program! This week was the final week of late buses and After-School Activities for this school year. 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

We have certainly had a lot going on here this week at Franklin Middle School!  On Monday and Tuesday, we celebrated our newly inducted 7th grade National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members and the pinning of our 8th grade NJHS students.  Then on Wednesday, we had our end of year awards ceremony in which we celebrated the academic and growth accomplishments of our students.  On Thursday, we celebrated our choral students in their final performance of the year.  In my message to students on Wednesday I asked them to always remember to not only celebrate their achievements but also their growth along the way.  Middle school is a transformative time and students really begin to forge their own paths and understand their true identities.  With that comes many challenges and obstacles to overcome.  While it might not always turn out the way they (or we) want, every opportunity gives us the chance to reflect on what they learned and how they have grown.  I could not be more proud of the growth our students have shown academically, socially, and personally.

This week also brought a challenging situation to our school, which resulted in me sending a message to the community yesterday.  I am so appreciative of the notes I have received from families about this topic but even more so, the feedback I have received from students about how you shared my letter with them.  We face many challenges as a society but that partnership between home and school creates such a powerful and supportive community from which our students can learn how to be the best versions of themselves.  So thank you for taking the time to have those conversations amidst the chaos of your work/school week.  I will continue to share resources and will communicate the ways in which we are continuing the conversation with our students and staff as we move into next school year.  

I wish you all a wonderful holiday weekend as we honor the sacrifices of those who gave everything.  As always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

May 27-  Memorial Day

May 31 - 8th Grade Formal

June 6 and 7 - Laptop Collection

June 10 - End of The Year Celebrations

June 12 - Last Day of School, 2-Hour Early Dismissal

 

Memorial Day Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

 

🪩8th Grade Formal 

Franklin will host the 8th Grade Formal on Friday May 31, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Tickets for the formal will be $5.00 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks-School Store through next Tuesday, May 28. No tickets will be sold at the door.

If you would like to volunteer to help for the evening or are able to supplement with some donations for the dance please fill out the sign up genius. We will provide pizza, drinks and cookies.

8th Grade Formal - Volunteer Sign Up

Donations Sign Up - Drop off by 5:00 on May 31

 

💻Laptop and Laptop Charger Collection Dates

FCPSOn laptops and chargers will be collected from FMS students during lunch periods using the following schedule:

  • Thursday, June 6 - 7th grade students
  • Friday, June 7 - 8th grade students

All ESY, Young Scholar, and IMAGINE students will keep their laptop and charger. They will return it after their program ends. Additionally, any student who wants to keep their laptop over the summer for educational purposes may do so. We ask that the student please see Mr. Simons or Mrs. Baker to have their names, ID number, and laptop barcode recorded. Families will need to bring the laptop back before the beginning of the next school year to exchange it for one that has been updated and refreshed.

Please have your students remove all stickers, writing, and world language shortcuts that they put on their laptops before turning in the laptops.

Please help your child account for their FCPSOn laptop and charger. Families are responsible for any lost or irreparable damage at the following costs:

  • Laptop - $481
  • Charger - $23

Payments for lost or damaged items can be made through the main office by check payable to Franklin Middle School (memo: Student Name) or through MySchoolBucks. Families will not be charged for laptop carrying cases but we ask that they be returned to the school for future use. Any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Burrowbridge at 703-904-5228 or at [email protected].

 

🎉End of the Year Celebration

We're getting close to the End of Year celebrations!  The PTA has lots planned, including an inflatable obstacle course, giant Connect 4, giant Jenga, friendship bracelets, popsicles for the 7th graders and Kona Ice for the 8th graders.  There will be a few additional surprises just for the 8th graders to help send them off to high school with great memories.

The PTA is covering the costs with membership dues, spirit wear sales, Dining Days, etc.  Additional donations would help them make sure the day is extra special.  If you'd like to contribute, you can donate via PayPal here or by dropping a check off at the school.

Thank you to all who have volunteered to support the celebrations.  There are a few volunteer spots left for the 7th grade party and for set-up early in the morning.  Set-up will be complete by 8:30 a.m. You can sign up to help here.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to FMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention From and emailing Ms. Smith at [email protected] at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15 PM on Wednesday, June 12. Medications left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

 If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact your school health aide, Donna Long, at 703-904-5110.

 

🥗Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

  🩺Sports Physicals 2024-2025 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for all students interested in school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   

  • June 3: Oakton HS
  • June 4: Chantilly HS

These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.  Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

  ☀️ Enjoy Fun and Resources at the Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

 

Oakton HS Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Presentation

Unfortunately, there are unforeseen circumstances which cannot be controlled and the HIPS Presentation for 05/30/24 at OHS must be cancelled.  A notice will be sent out to those who have registered for the presentation.  My goal for next school year is to have a HIPS presentation in the Fall and Spring, open to parents and staff.     

 

💃Oakton HS Dance Team Spring Prep Clinic

If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2024-25 school year or the year after, the Dance Team is holding a Prep Clinic May 28 and 30 from 4-6pm at Oakton HS, open to students in grades 7-11.  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts.  If you are interested in participating in the Dance Team Prep Clinic, complete the Spring Prep Clinic Interest Form to receive the registration form and information.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at [email protected].

  👟Oakton HS Cross Country Interest Meeting

Rising freshmen are invited to an interest meeting on Monday, June 3 at 6:00 PM in the Oakton HS cafeteria.  If interested students and/or parents can't make the meeting, please reach out to Coach Kate Vanderstelt or Team Parent, Sherry Lewis.

 

♟️Chantilly HS Chess Tournament

Chantilly  HS will host a Chess Tournament on May 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM for K-6 and K-8 sections.  If you have any questions contact [email protected].  Use this link to register pre-registration link.

  🏈Chantilly HS Football 

Interested rising 9th Graders may begin joining us for strength and conditioning sessions at CHS Monday/Wednesday/Thursday from 3:10-4:15. Additionally, we have a parent/guardian info meeting scheduled for May 29 at 7 pm in the CHS library.

Scan the QR Code to sign up for more information from Coach Curry and alerts from Chantilly HS Football.

  💃Chantilly HS Dance Team Tryouts

Want to be a part of something special? Tryouts will be on:

  • June 12 - 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
  • June 13 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • June 14 - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join here to stay updated.

 

Quick Links

3300 Lees Corner Road Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-904-5100
Attendance: 703-904-5151 | Web | Facebook | Instagram

Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 17

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The Music Man, Jr. performances continue through the weekend!

Photos by Heather Regan Photography

 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

It is hard to believe we have less than 1 month remaining in the school year!  We have many end of year activities and culminating events so please review upcoming dates below for anything that might be of interest to you and your family.  Last night we had our opening night of our spring musical, The Music Man Jr.  There are 3 additional performances, including tonight and one tomorrow afternoon and evening, to check out our incredibly talented students!  Tickets are selling quickly so please secure your spot if you are able to attend!  I also want to thank our director, Sierra Lockrem, as well as the countless parent volunteers who have helped to make these performances so successful.

In addition to reviewing the calendar for these last few weeks of school, I also encourage you to continue monitoring your child’s grades, including SOL scores, in Parentvue.  I recognize there is a lot of testing and projects involved as we wrap up the school year so please reach out to your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about grades, retakes or need any support with your child. 

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and hope to see you this weekend for our musical!  Please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

  Important Dates

May 16-18 - Spring Musical - The Music Man, Jr.

May 20 - NJHS 7th Grade Induction Ceremony

May 21 - Math SOL

May 21 - NJHS 8th Grade Pinning Ceremony

May 21 - Chorus Concert at Rocky Run MS

May 23 - Last Day of After-School Activities

May 27-  Memorial Day

May 31 - 8th Grade Formal

 

FMS Drama Presents The Music Man, Jr.

Purchase tickets now the shows:

  • Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students

 

SOL Test Updates

Thank you for your support as we navigate the SOL Tests. We are excited for students to demonstrate what they have learned and the skills they have developed this year!

Upcoming Test:

  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL Tests- Updated Bell Schedule

Receiving Scores – Students will receive scores from the SOL from their content teacher once scores have been received back. After scores have been shared with students, teachers will also post the SOL score in the gradebook as a not-for-grade assignment so that parents/guardians can also see the scores. 

Testing Materials – Please ensure your student has a book or other reading material for after they have finished their test (no eReaders allowed). Classrooms remain in a testing environment to ensure all students are able to focus and do their best, so it is important that students can engage in something independently, without technology, after their test is submitted.

 

National Junior Honor Society Ceremonies

We are excited to welcome families for our annual National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) ceremonies.

Seventh Grade Induction Ceremony- Monday, May 20 2:45 PM-- Gym

Please join us as we induct our 7th grade members into NJHS. Students who have been accepted into NJHS have received communication via Schoology about their membership. The induction ceremony will take place in the gym and start promptly at 2:45 PM, doors to the gym will open at 2:35 PM. We ask that you plan your arrival as close to 2:35 as possible to not interfere with dismissal traffic. The ceremony should last approximately an hour. Students can leave with their family after or stay for second block and take the late bus home.  Questions: Contact Ms. Bridenbaugh

Eight Grade Pinning Ceremony—Tuesday, May 21 3:00 PM-- Gym

Please join us as we recognize the service and academic accomplishments of our 8th grade NJHS members as they receive their service pin. The Pinning ceremony will begin at 3:00 PM and should last approximately an hour. We will have a brief reception after the ceremony. Students may leave with their family after the ceremony and reception or stay to take the late bus home.  Questions: Contact Ms. Tourtellotte

  End of the Year Celebration

Thank you to all who have volunteered to support the 8th grade End of Year celebration.  More are needed to ensure the 7th graders have a great time as well!  The 7th grade party will run from 8:30-10:30 the morning of June 10, 2024.  

You can sign up to help at either or both events here. 

In addition, your membership dues go a long way towards paying for the party, but additional donations would help them make it extra special. You can support via PayPal here.

 

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversation with Dr. Michelle Reid

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to the conversation.

Upcoming Community Conversation:

Pre-registration for the Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided based on staff availability. Event is open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

 

Student Intention Forms 

The school year is almost over and we are preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.  If you are moving over the summer and your child is not returning to FMS next school year, please notify us by completing the Intention From and emailing Ms. Smith at [email protected] at your earliest convenience. This information will enable us to prepare transcript information so that it is available when requested by your child’s school.

 

Franklin MS 8th Grade Formal 

Franklin will host the 8th Grade Formal on Friday, May 31, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tickets for the formal will be $5.00 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks-School Store through May 28, 2024. No tickets will be sold at the door for the dance and must be purchased in advance. 

If you would like to volunteer to help for the evening please complete the google form to indicate your availability to volunteer for the evening.

8th Grade Formal - Volunteer Sign Up

 

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 12:15pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student. 

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

If you have any questions, please contact your school health aide, Donna Long, at 703-904-5110.

 

Student Laptop Chargers

Students are responsible for charging their laptops every night so that they are able to fully participate in learning throughout the school day. Please check in with your student to ensure they have a charger and are actively keeping their school laptop charged. This will be particularly important prior SOL testing days. If your student needs a replacement charger, the cost is $23.00. You can purchase one through MySchoolBucks, or send in cash or check.

 

Oakton HS Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Presentation

Oakton HS will have a Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) presentation for the Oakton Pyramid.  HIPS is a community awareness program to enlighten parents through a unique learning experience encompassing insights into potentially risky behavior.  The presentation will be at OHS in the Lecture Hall on May 30, 2024 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 

 

Oakton HS Dance Team Spring Prep Clinic

If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2024-25 school year or the year after, the Dance Team is holding a Prep Clinic May 20, 22, 28, and 30 from 4-6pm at Oakton HS, open to students in grades 7-11.  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts.  If you are interested in participating in the Dance Team Prep Clinic, complete the Spring Prep Clinic Interest Form to receive the registration form and information.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at [email protected].

  💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

Chantilly HS Chess Tournament

Chantilly HS is hosting the Charger Chess Tournament on Saturday, May 25, from 9:00AM-5:00PM. Entrants will play in three different sections based on grade level. For more information please email [email protected] or scan the QR Code to register.

 

 

Chantilly HS Football 

Interested rising 9th Graders may begin joining us for strength and conditioning sessions at CHS Monday/Wednesday/Thursday from 3:10-4:15. Additionally, we have a parent/guardian info meeting scheduled for May 29 at 7 pm in the CHS library.

Scan the QR Code to sign up for more information from Coach Curry and alerts from Chantilly HS Football.

 

CyberPatriot Camp at Chantilly Academy

Chantilly Academy is supporting STEM and cybersecurity education by hosting an AFA CyberPatriot Camp this summer! This camp welcomes students of all skill levels, so we encourage anyone interested in cybersecurity to register. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect yourself and others from cyber threats on a variety of operating systems. 

Dates: June 24-28

Where:Chantilly Academy (4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA)

Cost: $200 for the week (includes materials, camp t-shirt, and lunch each day)

Who: Rising 5th-8th Graders

https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/cybercamp

Questions can be directed to Sam Jonsson at [email protected].

 

MS Sports Physicals 2023-2024 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 10

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Good afternoon, Franklin Families,

Thank you so much for your generosity, kind words, and overall support this week for Teacher Appreciation Week!  We are so grateful to have such talented and passionate staff members at Franklin MS so thank you for helping to celebrate them.

This week we began our SOL testing window with the 8th grade science test.  Our students did a phenomenal job preparing for and taking the test.  Because these scores are normed with districts across the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are experiencing some delays in receiving these scores.  Our expectation is scores will be available to share with students and families next week through Parent/StudentVue as an ungraded task in the gradebook.  Your child’s teacher will communicate with you directly once scores are posted.  Next week, we continue with our testing with the Reading SOL on Tuesday for both 7th and 8th grade students.  As a reminder, we have an adjusted bell schedule on that day to allow for a longer testing window.  Please reach out to your child’s English teacher or counselor if you have any questions about the Reading SOL test.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms!  Also, best wishes to our track team as they compete in their final meet of the season!  Please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

  Important Dates

May 11– Track Meet at Centreville HS

May 14 - Reading SOL

May 16-18 - Spring Musical - The Music Man, Jr.

May 20 - NJHS 7th Grade Induction Ceremony

May 21 - Math SOL

May 21 - NJHS 8th Grade Pinning Ceremony

May 21 - Chorus Concert at Rocky Run MS

May 23 - Last Day of After-School Activities

May 27-  Memorial Day

May 31 - 8th Grade Dance

 

SOL Test Updates

Thank you for your support as we navigate the SOL Tests. We are excited for students to demonstrate what they have learned and the skills they have developed this year!

Upcoming Tests:

  • Tuesday, May 14: Reading SOL Tests
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL Tests

Receiving Scores – Students will receive scores from the SOL from their content teacher once scores have been received back. After scores have been shared with students, teachers will also post the SOL score in the gradebook as a not-for-grade assignment so that parents/guardians can also see the scores. *Please note, there has been a delay in receiving Science SOL scores. We are hopeful to have scores sometime in the next week.

 

📖Testing Materials – Please ensure your student has a book or other reading material for after they have finished their test (no eReaders allowed). Classrooms remain in a testing environment to ensure all students are able to focus and do their best, so it is important that students can engage in something independently, without technology, after their test is submitted.

  Student Laptop Chargers

Students are responsible for charging their laptops every night so that they are able to fully participate in learning throughout the school day. Please check in with your student to ensure they have a charger and are actively keeping their school laptop charged. This will be particularly important prior SOL testing days. If your student needs a replacement charger, the cost is $23.00. You can purchase one through MySchoolBucks, or send in cash or check. 

  FMS PTA Updates

The FMS PTA would like to thank everyone who helped to make Teacher Appreciation Week special for FMS staff!  Everyone was so appreciative.  

Next up: they are in the thick of planning the end of year celebrations, to be held on Monday, June 10. The 7th graders will enjoy it in the morning and the 8th graders a bit later.  They've planned games, crafts, a DJ, and more.  They'll provide more details to enable you and your child to plan shortly. In the meantime, they wanted to let you know now that volunteers are needed to ensure the day goes smoothly.

You can sign up to help at either or both events here.

In addition, your membership dues go a long way towards paying for the party, but additional donations would help them make it extra special. You can do that via Pay Pal here.

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

8th Grade Formal - Save the Date 

Franklin will host the 8th Grade Formal on Friday, May 31, 2024 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Tickets for the formal will be $5.00 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks in the School store starting Thursday May 16 thru May 29. No tickets will be sold at the door for the dance and must be purchased in advance. 

If you would like to volunteer to help for the evening please complete the google form to indicate your availability to volunteer for the evening.

8th Grade Formal - Volunteer Sign Up

 

FMS Drama Presents The Music Man, Jr.

Purchase tickets now for any of the four shows:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 7:00
  • Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.

 

 

Oakton HS Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Presentation

Oakton HS will have a Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) presentation for the Oakton Pyramid.  HIPS is a community awareness program to enlighten parents through a unique learning experience encompassing insights into potentially risky behavior.  The presentation will be at OHS in the Lecture Hall on May 30, 2024 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 

 

 

Oakton HS Dance Team Spring Prep Clinic

If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2024-25 school year or the year after, the Dance Team is holding a Prep Clinic May 20, 22, 28, and 30 from 4-6pm at Oakton HS, open to students in grades 7-11.  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts.  If you are interested in participating in the Dance Team Prep Clinic, complete the Spring Prep Clinic Interest Form to receive the registration form and information.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at [email protected].

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

MS Sports Physicals 2023-2024 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

 

CyberPatriot Camp at Chantilly Academy

Chantilly Academy is supporting STEM and cybersecurity education by hosting an AFA CyberPatriot Camp this summer! This camp welcomes students of all skill levels, so we encourage anyone interested in cybersecurity to register. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect yourself and others from cyber threats on a variety of operating systems. 

Dates: June 24-28

Where:Chantilly Academy (4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA)

Cost: $200 for the week (includes materials, camp t-shirt, and lunch each day)

Who: Rising 5th-8th Graders

https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/cybercamp

Questions can be directed to Sam Jonsson at [email protected].

  👟Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

There are several new clubs in the After-School Program that have started for students.

  • Kindness Rocks
  • Code: Empower 
  • Tea Time 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

The last day for the After-School Program will be Thursday May 23.

 

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Students worked hard during the Virginia Fitness Test.

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

This week, as we closed out the Month of the Military Child, I had the opportunity to connect with many of our military-connected students at Franklin MS.  My dad served as a Captain in the Army and my father-in-law as a Captain in the Navy so this is a topic that is close to my heart.  I am so thankful for the commitment and sacrifice the members of our military make and am equally grateful for the support provided by their families.  We have officially begun the process to achieve the Purple Star certification as a school, which signifies our commitment to supporting our military families throughout their time at Franklin MS.  As part of this process, our military-connected students provided me with some great feedback about their experience and I look forward to continuing those conversations in the future.

Next week, we shift our focus to celebrating our staff for Teacher Appreciation Week!  Thank you so much to our PTA and the many volunteers who have committed to our celebrations next week, and the generosity of our families to make this week extra special.  As we have done in the past, I would like to extend the opportunity for our families to recognize a staff member that may have gone above and beyond to support your child or your family.  If you are interested in recognizing a staff member, please fill out this google form.  We will be surprising staff with these messages throughout the week.  Thank you for helping to make this a fantastic week!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  As a reminder, our SOLs begin on Tuesday so please double check the schedule (below) for your child.  As always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

May 4 - Track Meet at Madison HS

May 5 - Orthodox Easter

May 7 -  8th grade Science SOL

May 10 - Music field trip to Kings Dominion

May 11 - Track Meet at Centreville HS

May 14 - Reading SOL

May 21 - Math SOL

 

SOL Testing Dates and Schedule

SOL testing will occur in May on “Testing Tuesdays.” Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is present and ready for testing. Students need to have a fully charged laptop and their charger each day.

  • Tuesday, May 7: Science SOL (8th grade only)
  • Tuesday, May 14: Reading SOL
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL

 

Month of the Military Child Celebration

April was the Month of the Military Child.  Mrs. Case had a chance to recognize and celebrate Franklin’s military-connected students.  They enjoyed donuts and were able to connect and share their experiences.

 

FMS Counselors Recognized by VDOE

This year, Franklin students shared feedback with the Virginia Department of Education through the annual School Climate Survey.  The survey data provide schools with information on school climate, safety, and working conditions in order to maintain a safe and orderly school environment conducive to learning.  According to the state-wide results, Franklin MS School Counselors were identified among the top five middle schools in the Commonwealth for making positive connections with students.  Thank you to our wonderful counselors!

 

Save the Date for the 8th Grade Formal

FMS 8th Grade Formal, May 31 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  More information to come.

 

Orthodox Easter 

A joyful Easter to our Orthodox Christian community! Many Orthodox Christians in the U.S. celebrate Easter according to the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, which differs from the Western date we are most familiar with. Easter is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the Son of God.

 

Bike to School Day

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try.  Wednesday, May 8, is the official Bike to School Day. You can register as a school, family, or neighborhood. Plan your ride whether you ride to school, to a park, or just within your neighborhood. Register for Bike to School Day.

 

National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8.  We want to thank Noreen Dorion, our PHN at FMS, and Donna Long, our School Health Aide for everything they do for our students and staff. FCPS appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. School nurses are essential to our community and work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.   

 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.  Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

FMS Drama Presents The Music Man, Jr.

Purchase tickets now for any of the four shows:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 7:00
  • Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.

 

Join the FMS PTA

Consider volunteering for the PTA.  Several positions will be open next year including President, Vice President and Treasurer.  PTA volunteers, members, and parents like you keep appreciation events, author visits, and End of the Year celebrations going for our students and staff.  Click here for more information and any questions.  Thank you for your support.

 

Girls Beauty and Wellness Club

Teen girls grades 8-12 Beauty and Wellness Club.  Build relationships, learn about dealing with social media, build confidence, and have fun.  Starting Tuesday, May 7 from 5:00- 6:00 PM.

Sully Community Center
13800 Wall Rd., Herndon VA
(transportation provided)

More information: 703-322-4475
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs

 

Oakton High School Band Fundraiser

Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" or order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band.

  Oakton HS Dance Team Spring Prep Clinic

If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2024-25 school year or the year after, the Dance Team is holding a Prep Clinic May 20, 22, 28, and 30 from 4-6pm at Oakton HS, open to students in grades 7-11.  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts.  If you are interested in participating in the Dance Team Prep Clinic, complete the Spring Prep Clinic Interest Form to receive the registration form and information.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at [email protected].

 

Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

MS Sports Physicals 2023-2024 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

 

Chantilly Color Guard Clinics

Chantilly HS Color Guard will hold two clinics on April 30 & May 7 during the second block (3:35pm) of the After-School Program. The clinics are open to all that are interested. For More information scan the QR code below.

Recruitment Video - Chantilly Color Guard - FMS

 

CyberPatriot Camp at Chantilly Academy

Chantilly Academy is supporting STEM and cybersecurity education by hosting an AFA CyberPatriot Camp this summer! This camp welcomes students of all skill levels, so we encourage anyone interested in cybersecurity to register. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect yourself and others from cyber threats on a variety of operating systems. 

Dates: June 24-28

Where:Chantilly Academy (4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA)

Cost: $200 for the week (includes materials, camp t-shirt, and lunch each day)

Who: Rising 5th-8th Graders

https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/cybercamp

Questions can be directed to Sam Jonsson at [email protected].

 

 

👟Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

There are several new clubs in the After-School Program that have started for students.

  • Kindness Rocks
  • Code: Empower 
  • Tea Time 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

The last day for the After-School Program will be Thursday May 23.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - April 25, 2024

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The Franklin Track Team is enjoying the first season ever of middle school track in FCPS. Go Falcons!

 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

As I shared in my community message on Wednesday, this week in Falcon Time we spent time learning about the power of our words.  Specifically, we dug into recognizing our intent does not always match the impact felt by others.  As reflected in our school improvement and innovation plan, one of our priorities at Franklin MS is to ensure every student feels a sense of belonging here.  While many factors contribute to that sense of belonging, the language we use and the way we show respect to one another plays a large role in building that sense of belonging for every individual.  As I walked through the school during these lessons this week, I heard really insightful and reflective conversations from our students.  I am proud of their ability to reflect and identify ways they can collectively contribute to a positive environment here at school.  I have also received several messages from families sharing how they have had recent discussions at home about this topic and I encourage you to continue having those conversations.  This is a goal that will not be accomplished with one week of Falcon Time lessons, but rather, something we will continue to work on through the rest of this year and in future years.  I truly appreciate your partnership on this as we continue to build upon this great sense of community.

On another note, this week we celebrated Administrative Professionals Day!  I would like to take a moment to thank our incredible office staff, including my administrative assistant, Cindy Horan, office assistants Cynthia Davenport and Kathy Yangas, finance technician, Tracy Harbold, and student services assistant, Kristine Smith.  These 5 individuals ensure the efficient operation of our school and are truly at the heart of the school.  I am so proud to have them as members of our Franklin community and am grateful for all they do.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal 

Important Dates

May 3- Teacher Workday

May 4- Track Meet at Madison HS

May 7-  8th grade Science SOL

May 10 - Music field trip to Kings Dominion

May 11– Track Meet at Centreville HS

May 14 - Reading SOL

May 21 - Math SOL

 

Exclusive Interview with Stuart Gibbs

Thank you again to the Franklin MS PTA for bringing author, Stuart Gibbs, to visit last week. To learn a little more about the author, watch this exclusive interview put together by the Falcon News Crew.

 

Save the Date: SOL Testing Dates

SOL testing will occur in May on “Testing Tuesdays.” Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is present and ready for testing.

  • Tuesday, May 7: Science SOL (8th grade only)
  • Tuesday, May 14: Reading SOL
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL

 

Chantilly High School Sports Pyramid Night

The Chantilly High School Pyramid night will take place April 29.  All Chantilly Pyramid students who come to the game will be admitted for FREE with a paying adult.

  FMS Drama Presents The Music Man, Jr.

Purchase tickets now for any of the four shows:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 7:00
  • Friday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.

 

Yearbook Orders Due May 5

Franklin MS 2024 yearbooks are on sale through May 4.  The cost of the yearbook is $30.  Families may order online by clicking here (school code 5330).  Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

Oakton High School Band Fundraiser

Support the Oakton HS Bands by eating at MOD Pizza in Vienna on Tuesday, May 7. Mention "Oakton Band" or order online through the MOD app or website, using code: "MODGIVES25" and 25% of proceeds will go to the Band.  Feel free to share the flyer and make sure to tell everyone to mention "Oakton Band" at MOD Pizza on May 7.

 

Oakton HS Dance Team Spring Prep Clinic

If you love to dance and are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance team for the 2024-25 school year or the year after, the Dance Team is holding a Prep Clinic May 20, 22, 28, and 30 from 4-6pm at Oakton HS, open to students in grades 7-11.  The clinic will teach a variety of skills and choreography that will be helpful for preparing for tryouts.  If you are interested in participating in the Dance Team Prep Clinic, complete the Spring Prep Clinic Interest Form to receive the registration form and information.  If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Rowley at [email protected].

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

MS Sports Physicals 2023-2024 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

 

Chantilly Color Guard Clinics

Chantilly HS Color Guard will hold two clinics on April 30 & May 7 during the second block (3:35pm) of the After-School Program. The clinics are open to all that are interested. For More information scan the QR code below.

Recruitment Video - Chantilly Color Guard - FMS

 

CyberPatriot Camp at Chantilly Academy

Chantilly Academy is supporting STEM and cybersecurity education by hosting an AFA CyberPatriot Camp this summer! This camp welcomes students of all skill levels, so we encourage anyone interested in cybersecurity to register. This is an opportunity to learn the importance of cybersecurity and gain the skills to protect yourself and others from cyber threats on a variety of operating systems. 

Dates: June 24-28

Where: Chantilly Academy (4201 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA)

Cost: $200 for the week (includes materials, camp t-shirt, and lunch each day)

Who: Rising 5th-8th Graders

https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/cybercamp

Questions can be directed to Sam Jonsson at [email protected].

 

👟Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

There are several new clubs in the After-School Program that have started for students.

  • Kindness Rocks
  • Code: Empower 
  • Tea Time 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

The last day for the After-School Program will be Thursday May 23.

 

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Bestselling author, Stuart Gibbs, visited Franklin!

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

We had a super busy but fantastic week here at Franklin Middle School!  As you can see from the pictures above, we welcomed New York Times bestselling author, Stuart Gibbs, to Franklin MS on Wednesday!  All students were able to participate in his presentation and many students took advantage of the opportunity to get autographed copies of his books.  I’d like to give a huge thank you to our PTA for their generosity in contributing funds to support this event.  

This week we also welcomed members of the Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division as they supported us with the planting of 7 new trees on our property.  These trees were provided to us through a Fairfax County grant program, funded by the Tree Preservation and Planting Funds and supported by Sully Representative Kathy Smith.  Members of our Get2Green team participated in the planting of the trees and were eager to learn more about the many benefits of having trees in our community.  Please check out our social media accounts to see pictures from this great event!

Last night we hosted Stone Middle School for the first of what we hope will become an annual tradition of basketball games with them.  Our Falcons came up short but we had a fantastic crowd cheering on our student athletes.  Participation in sports and extracurricular activities is one of several important ways to support the overall success of our students and we look forward to continuing to expand opportunities for our students to become involved at Franklin MS.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.  Best of luck to our track team in their competition tomorrow, as well as to our musicians performing in the solo and ensemble festival at Carson Middle School!

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

April 20 -  Track Meet at McLean HS                             

April 22-24 -  Religious Observances

May 2 -  Basketball Game vs. Liberty MS at Liberty MS

May 3 -  Teacher Workday

May 4 -  Track Meet at Madison HS

May 10 -  Music field trip to Kings Dominion

 

Yearbook Orders Due May 5

Franklin MS 2024 yearbooks are on sale through May 4.  The cost of the yearbook is $30.  Families may order online by clicking here (school code 5330).  Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

Save the Date: SOL Testing Dates

SOL testing will occur in May on “Testing Tuesdays.” Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is present and ready for testing.

  • Tuesday, May 7: Science SOL (8th grade only)
  • Tuesday, May 14: Reading SOL
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL

 

🌎Earth Week: April 22-26

Next week is Earth Week! While we all work hard to protect our planet each day, Earth Week gives us a chance to learn about new opportunities and make commitments to do even more. We will be doing activities at school and families can complete the attached BINGO board. Each day next week has a theme and we will be having spirit days to match:

  • Monday: Earth Day -  Wear green
  • Tuesday: Watershed Day - Wear blue
  • Wednesday: Zero Waste Day - Wear white
  • Thursday: Climate Change Day - Wear red
  • Friday: Wildlife Day - Wear a nature print

 

Oakton HS Dance Team 2024-2025 Tryout Information Meeting

If you are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance Team for the 2024-2025 season, there will be virtual informational meetings on Thursday, April 25 at 3:15 PM and 7:00 PM (sign up to receive the Google Meet link here).  Coach Rowley will give out tryout information and answer questions about what a year on the dance team is like, as well as the tryout process.

 

Passover

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

 

Theravada New Year

In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. 

 

👟Oak Hill Fun Run - Register Now

Mark your calendars and get ready to run!  The Oak Hill Fun Run is happening on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 AM.  This is a fun event for the whole family and all proceeds benefit Oak Hill Elementary Students.

Register online at the PTA website by April 22.  The fee is $25 per participant and includes a t-shirt and race bib.  There is an additional $2 charge for shirts 2XL or higher.  

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

MS Sports Physicals 2023-2024 School Year

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out: Volunteer registration.

 

👟Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

There are several new clubs in the After-School Program that have started for students.

  • Kindness Rocks
  • Debate Club
  • Code:Empower (4 Sessions)
  • Tea Time 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

The last day for the After-School Program will be Thursday May 23.

 

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Chantilly Pyramid Art Show

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

It was such a pleasure viewing the many talents of our students at last week’s Chantilly Pyramid Art Show!  I encourage you to take a moment to review the pieces highlighted in the photos above.  Thank you to our amazing art teacher, Ms. Tammy French, for organizing our student art work and contributing to a great evening with our pyramid schools.

As you begin to plan for next week, please note several important events.  On Tuesday the 16th, our 8th graders will all be taking the Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) assessment at the beginning of the day.  7th graders will be reporting to Falcon Time to complete a choice board of various activities.  On Wednesday, we welcome author Stuart Gibbs to Franklin MS!  All students will have an opportunity to hear from him and sample his many works.  Wednesday is also Purple Up day, in which we celebrate our military-connected youth.  We encourage all students to show their support for our military families by wearing purple.  And lastly, we are excited to host Stone Middle School Thursday evening for a student basketball game with tip-off at 6:00 PM.  It’s going to be a great week at Franklin MS!

Finally, all students received their 3rd quarter report cards today in Falcon Time so please take a moment to review that with your child and set some goals for the 4th quarter.  I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers and/or counselor to discuss any concerns or additional supports your child might need.

As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I wish you all a wonderful weekend and best of luck to our track and field team as they have their first competition tomorrow at Langley HS!

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

Important Dates

April 16 - Integrated Reading and Writing SOL Test for 8th Graders

April 16 - Dining for Dollars at Piero’s Corner

April 17- Purple Up Day! Month of the Military Child

April 17 - Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs 

April 18- Basketball game vs. Stone MS

April 20- Track Meet at McLean HS                             

April 22-24 - Religious Observances

 

📱Cell Phone Policy Reminder

An important reminder regarding in the Student Rights & Responsibilities document (SR&R) for the coming school year is the regulation to limit cell phone use during the school day for middle school students.  Students will not be permitted to use their cell phones, earbuds, smart watches, and other similar devices during the instructional day from 7:30 AM to 2:15 PM.  Phones must be silenced and kept away for the duration of the school day.  Storage may be in a locker, backpack, pencil bag, etc., during the day.  Thank you for your support and partnership.

 

🍝 Dining for Dollars at Piero’s Corner on April 16

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars on Tuesday, April 16 at Piero’s Corner in Franklin Farm.  Come in between 5:00-8:00 PM  let them know that you're there for the Franklin fundraiser.  Franklin will receive 20% of the sales which will go directly to supporting the students and staff of FMS. 

 

💜 Purple Up! On April 17 to Support Military Families

April is the Month of the Military Child.  Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday April 17.  Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students.

 

🏀Basketball Game on April 18

There's a middle school basketball game this coming week!  The Franklin MS Falcons take on the Stone MS Panthers at Franklin Middle School on Thursday, April 18.  Tickets are $5.00 at the door - cash only.  The girls' game starts at 6:00 PM, followed by the boys' game at 6:45 PM.  Please note that only current Stone and Franklin students and their families can attend the game.

 

📖Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs

All students will hear from New York Times Bestselling Author, Mr. Stuart Gibbs, during our author visit at Franklin on April 17 during the school day.

The family book club will be on April 17 at 7:00 PM at Rocky Run MS to discuss with other families and the author himself.  Thank you to the Franklin and Rocky Run PTA for sponsoring this evening event.

 

🧩Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

 

Save the Date: SOL Testing Dates

SOL testing will occur in May on “Testing Tuesdays.” Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is present and ready for testing.

  • Tuesday, May 7: Science SOL (8th grade only)
  • Tuesday, May 14: Reading SOL
  • Tuesday, May 21: Math SOL

 

🥁Oakton Band Auditions

Calling Oakton-bound 8th graders! Oakton High School band is holding 8th grade band auditions.  If you are a rising freshman and plan to participate in band, please join us for auditions from 6:30-8:30 PM on Monday, April 15 (Woodwinds) and Tuesday, April 16 (Brass/Percussion).  Enter OHS through Door 1, and look for Oakton band students or parents to guide you to the Hospitality room and Band room.  If you cannot make it on the assigned night, feel free to come at the other time. Learn more about Oakton Band.

 

💪Oakton High School Band Fitness Fundraiser

Support Oakton HS Bands at a free and fun fitness fundraiser!  Try out a HIGH Fitness class at the OHS gym on Saturday, April 13 at 10am.  The format is all cardio with great music and no equipment needed!  This class is for all ages and fitness levels.

 

💃Oakton HS Dance Team 2024-2025 Tryout Information Meeting

If you are interested in trying out for the Oakton High School Dance Team for the 2024-2025 season, there will be virtual informational meetings on Thursday, April 25 at 3:15 PM and       7:00 PM (sign up to receive the Google Meet link here).  Coach Rowley will give out tryout information and answer questions about what a year on the dance team is like, as well as the tryout process.

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

👟Oak Hill Fun Run - Register Now

Mark your calendars and get ready to run!  The Oak Hill Fun Run is happening on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 AM.  This is a fun event for the whole family and all proceeds benefit Oak Hill Elementary Students.

Register online at the PTA website by April 22.  The fee is $25 per participant and includes a t-shirt and race bib.  There is an additional $2 charge for shirts 2XL or higher.  

 

👟Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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Engineering 2 students are programming their VEX robots to complete obstacle courses.

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break!  We are now officially in the 4th quarter of the school year!  This quarter is such an exciting time of year, including field trips, end of year activities and awards celebrations.  It is also the time of year full of state-required and end of course exams.  We recognize students sometimes get anxious during this time of year, whether it be about upcoming assessments or perhaps about the transition to high school, so we ask you please keep us posted if you notice any changes with your child.  I am so proud of how hard our students have worked this year and how much they have grown and I want to partner with you to ensure they finish the year as strong as possible.

In addition to celebrating the start of the 4th quarter and, finally, a sunny day, this week we are also celebrating several staff members and a student!  This week is National Assistant Principals Week so I would like to give a huge shout out to Ms. Forrest Reid and Ms. Sarah Burrowbridge for their never-ending support and commitment to our students and community.  Yesterday we also celebrated National Librarian Day, in which we honored our fantastic librarian Ms. Sheri Ruffle!  We are so grateful for the support Ms. Ruffle provides our students each day, as well as her collaboration with our staff.  Next, we are celebrating the nomination of one of our special education teachers, Ms. Julia Hills, for the Fairfax County Special Education PTA Award!  Ms. Hills is a strong advocate for our students and an exceptional partner with our families.  Lastly, we celebrate our 7th grade student, Laura, for her Gold Key award-winning short story in the Scholastic Writing Contest!  Congratulations to these staff members and our student!

As a reminder, tonight is our pyramid art show at Chantilly High School.  I am excited to see the talent of our students on display for our community and the talent of our entire pyramid.  Please see the flier below for additional details and I hope to see you there!  And lastly, I know there is great excitement about the solar eclipse this Monday.  I ask you to review the information found below with your child about how to remain safe during the eclipse, particularly as your child is riding the bus or walking home.  

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

📆Important Dates

April 5 - Chantilly Pyramid Art Show

April 10 - Student Holiday, Religious Observance Day- Eid

April 16 - Integrated Reading and Writing SOL Test for 8th Graders

April 16 - Dining for Dollars at Piero’s Corner

April 17- Purple Up Day! Month of the Military Child

April 17 - Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs

April 22-24 - Religious Observances

 

🎨Chantilly Pyramid Art Show is Tonight

Join us tonight for the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The art show will feature artworks from: Chantilly HS, Franklin MS, Rocky Run MS, Brookfield ES, Greenbriar East ES, Greenbriar West ES, Lees Corner, ES, Oak Hill ES, and Poplar Tree ES.  Families are invited for fun activities and to view featured artwork. There will also be food trucks, so come hungry!

 

📚School Library Month

At Franklin, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. We greatly appreciate our librarian, Mrs. Ruffle, for all that she does. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

 

👏National Assistant Principals Week

Join NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring the enormous contributions of our amazing assistant principals, Sarah Burrowbridge and Forrest Reid.

 

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 PM and end around 4:32 PM, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 PM  Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

 

National Arab American Heritage Month

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

 

🍝 Dining for Dollars at Piero’s Corner on April 16

Please consider supporting our PTA with Dining for Dollars on Tuesday, April 16 at Piero’s Corner in Franklin Farm.  Come in between 5:00-8:00 PM  let them know that you're there for the Franklin fundraiser.  Franklin will receive 20% of the sales which will go directly to supporting the students and staff of FMS.

 

🥁Oakton Band Auditions

Calling Oakton-bound 8th graders! Oakton High School band is holding 8th grade band auditions.  If you are a rising freshman and plan to participate in band, please join us for auditions from 6:30-8:30 PM on Monday, April 15 (Woodwinds) and Tuesday, April 16 (Brass/Percussion).  Enter OHS through Door 1, and look for Oakton band students or parents to guide you to the Hospitality room and Band room.  If you cannot make it on the assigned night, feel free to come at the other time. Learn more about Oakton Band.

 

💜 Purple Up! On April 17 to Support Military Families

April is the Month of the Military Child.  Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday April 17.  Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students.

 

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction.  Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills.  It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 PM, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth.  Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home.  Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

 

💪Oakton High School Band Fitness Fundraiser

Support Oakton HS Bands at a free and fun fitness fundraiser!  Try out a HIGH Fitness class at the OHS gym on Saturday, April 13 at 10am.  The format is ALL CARDIO with great music and no equipment needed!  This class is for all ages and fitness levels.

 

🥤Oakton Mugs for Sale

The Oakton PTSA is selling mugs to raise money for their All Night Grad Party. If you have a student attending Oakton next year, consider  purchasing a Cougar mug.

  👟Athletic Physicals

Athletic physicals are required for middle and high school student-athletes.  Beginning May 1, 2024, FCPS high schools will offer athletic pre-participation physical exams for students interested in middle school sports during the 2024-25 school year.   These events serve as the primary fundraiser for our high school athletic training programs and each exam costs $50.  Rising middle school students are eligible to receive a physical at no cost although donations to the HS athletic training program are welcomed.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged; walk-in appointments may not be available.  You can register here: Student registration.  Once your registration is received, the school’s athletic trainer will contact you to confirm your appointment time.  Athletic physical exams must be completed on this form: FCPS Middle School Sports Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form (PPE).

If you are a medical professional (MD, DO, NP, PA, ATC, PT, EMT, etc.) interested in volunteering your time in support of these events, please register to help out:  Volunteer registration.

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 22

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Students visited alpacas during Stress Less, Laugh More Week.

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

We have had an incredible week here at Franklin Middle School!  Beginning last Friday evening, we had a great turnout at our annual Franklin MS vs. Rocky Run MS basketball game.  While we did not return home with the trophy, our students and staff played their hearts out and our fans were so supportive!  We even had the honor of hosting Dr. Reid, our division superintendent, for the event!  Thank you to our students, families and volunteers for making this such a successful event and a special thank you to our after-school specialist, Chris Tippins, and his team for organizing the night.

We continued the fun and excitement from Friday night into this week for our second annual Stress Less, Laugh More week!  It was a week filled with therapy dogs, alpacas, spirit days, games and overall fun.  I wish to extend my gratitude to our community for their donations to the event and a huge thank you to our counselor, Kim Gallagher, for planning this entire week!  The last week of the quarter is always a challenging time but the events this week helped to remind us all how we can effectively manage stressful times.

As a reminder, our school offices will be closed next week for Spring Break.  We will resume normal office hours on Monday, April 1, 2024.  April 1st and 2nd are both student holidays so we look forward to welcoming our students back to the building on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.  This spring break is an important time for our students, families and staff to rest and recharge as we prepare for the final quarter of the year and all of the excitement that comes along with that.  Students should not have any assignments due or tests administered immediately upon return to school from the break.  Additionally, I have asked our staff to disconnect from work as much as possible so should you have any questions for staff, please know they will be offline until their return on April 1st.  

I wish you all a wonderful spring break and joyous holidays for those who are celebrating during this time.  As always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

 

Important Dates

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

April 1 - Teacher Workday, No School for Students

April 2 - Staff Development Day, No School for Students

April 5 - Chantilly Pyramid Art Show

April 16 - Integrated Reading and Writing SOL Test for 8th Graders

April 16 - Dining for Dollars at Piero’s Corner

April 17 - Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs

 

✅Principal Evaluation - Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

On Monday, March 18, Franklin Middle School parents/guardians were sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form.  This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school.  These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5.  When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

 

🌷Office Closed – Spring Break

During the week of March 25-March 29 all offices at Franklin Middle School will be closed.  We are happy to assist you in advance of spring break or immediately following our return. 

While students do not have school on April 1 (Teacher Workday) or April 2 (Staff Development Day), the main office will be open on those days.

 

📰PTA News and Updates

Thanks to those who were able to join the PTA meeting on Tuesday evening.  Here is the recording for anyone who missed it.  Please reach out to PTA President, Anne Lake, if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

 

🧩Neurodiversity Affirmation Week

This week, the Fairfax County School Board officially recognizes Neurodiversity Affirmation Week for the very first time, with this year's celebration being March 18-24.  This week, we encourage you to take a moment to honor and celebrate the neurodiverse students and staff members who enrich our school community.

  Good Friday on March 29

This week we recognize those in our community observing Good Friday.  This year's Good Friday artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Summer S.  On this day, Christians observe the commemoration of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for those who believe.

Summer’s artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.  Learn more about the challenge:  https://bit.ly/47oHw2j

  🐰Easter Sunday on March 31

A joyful Easter to all in our community who celebrate!  This year's Easter artwork was created by Falls Church High School student Dayanara M.  The springtime celebration of Easter is the most important Christian holiday.  It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, who sacrificed so that Christians may have life with God after death. #OurFCPSThis artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.  Learn more about the challenge.

 

🎨Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5

Please save the date for the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The art show will feature artworks from: Chantilly HS, Franklin MS, Rocky Run MS, Brookfield ES, Greenbriar East ES, Greenbriar West ES, Lees Corner, ES, Oak Hill ES, and Poplar Tree ES.  Families are invited for fun activities and to view featured artwork. There will also be food trucks, so come hungry!

 

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 PM and end around 4:32 PM, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 PM.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

 

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction.  Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills.  It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.  Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 PM, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth.  Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home.  Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

 

📚Join a Family Book Club with Stuart Gibbs

Franklin families are invited to join a book club to read and discuss a book by New York Times Bestselling Author, Stuart Gibbs.  The family book club is an opportunity to read a book as a family and then come on April 17 at 7:00 PM at Rocky Run MS to discuss with other families AND the author himself.  Thank you to the Franklin and Rocky Run PTA for sponsoring this evening event.  Sign up to join the conversation - spots are filling up fast!

All students will hear from Mr. Gibbs during our author visit at Franklin on April 17 during the school day.

 

💪Oakton High School Band Fitness Fundraiser

Support Oakton HS Bands at a free and fun fitness fundraiser! Try out a HIGH Fitness class at the OHS gym on Saturday, April 13 at 10am.  The format is ALL CARDIO with GREAT MUSIC and no equipment needed! This class is for all ages and fitness levels.

 

⛱️ Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers 

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1 — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open.  VIP Camp costs $100 to attend.  Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship.  This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

  Teens in Action Camp - Fairfax County Neighborhood Community Services

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services are hosting Spring Break Camps across Fairfax County at the Community Centers. The Spring Teens in Action Camp will run from March 25-March 29 from 8:30am-5:00pm. The camps are open to Rising 7th -12th grade students. 

Information can be found below by scanning the QR Code in the attached flier and see the attached applications. For more information please contact the community centers hosting the Teens in Action Camps.

English TIA Application

Spanish TIA Application

 

Chantilly Ice Hockey Club 

Chantilly High School is seeking rising freshmen who are interested in playing hockey.  If you are interested in joining or want more information about the CHS Ice Hockey Club please contact Kelly Morgan  [email protected].

 

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA. This update was sent earlier today with conflicting messaging around the date of the PTA meeting. We apologize for any confusion. The information below is now correct.

 

Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

The PTA has a lot going on at Franklin over the next few months and we're excited about it!  We hope to see you at the virtual PTA meeting on Tuesday evening.

The Franklin MS PTA

 

💻Virtual PTA Meeting This Week - Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 PM

Please use this Zoom Link to access Tuesday's meeting at 7:00 PM.

  • Author Visit with Stuart GibbsEvening Family Book Club on April 17, 7:00-8:30 -  Spots are filling up quickly
  • Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 6-10
  • End-of-year Parties for 7th & 8th grade:  This is a great way for the students to close out another successful year!
🍫Stress Less, Laugh More Week

This is an FMS-sponsored event, including but not limited to alpacas and therapy dogs!  Thank you to everyone who donated snacks for the staff to kick off the week.

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA.

 

Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

The PTA has a lot going on at Franklin over the next few months and we're excited about it!  We hope to see you at the virtual PTA meeting tonight.

The Franklin MS PTA

 

💻Virtual PTA Meeting TONIGHT - Tuesday March 19 at 7:00 PM

Please use this Zoom Link to access tonight's meeting at 7:00 PM.

  • Author Visit with Stuart GibbsEvening Family Book Club on April 17, 7:00-8:30 -  Spots are filling up quickly
  • Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 6-10
  • End-of-year Parties for 7th & 8th grade:  This is a great way for the students to close out another successful year!
🍫Stress Less, Laugh More Week

FMS-sponsored event, including but not limited to alpacas and therapy dogs!  Thank you to everyone who donated snacks for the staff to kick off the week.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 15

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Eighth grade students visited Chantilly HS and Oakton HS to learn about organizations, clubs, and sports to join next year.

 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

Our 8th graders had an amazing day today at their high school activities fairs!  We are so grateful for the partnerships with our high schools to allow our students this chance to visit and see what opportunities might be available for them as they transition into 9th grade.  A special thank you to our parent volunteers who helped to make this such a successful experience for our students today.  

The excitement our 8th graders were feeling from their high school visits today also continues for our entire student body tonight for our annual Franklin MS vs Rocky Run MS basketball game!  Please join me in cheering on our Falcons to another year of victory tonight!  Our staff game tips off at 5:00 at Chantilly HS so please bring your loudest voices and enthusiasm to our side of the gym!  For families dropping off their child at the event, please be sure to be back by 8:15 to pick up your child.  

Lastly, we are kicking off the final week of the 3rd quarter and the week before spring break next week with our Stress Less, Laugh More week!  We have therapy animals coming to visit our students, fun games during lunches, activities during advisory and a great spirit week in store for all of our students!  Thank you so much for your generous donations to our Signup Genius for items for the week.  

Have a wonderful weekend and please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.  Go Franklin!  Beat Rocky!

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

📆Important Dates

March 15 - Franklin vs Rocky Run Basketball Game at Chantilly HS

March 18 - 22 - Stress Less Laugh More Week

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

April 1 - Teacher Workday 

April 2 - Staff Development Day

April 16 - Integrated Reading and Writing SOL Test for 8th Graders

April 17 - Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs

 

📌Principal Evaluation - Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

On Monday, March 18, Franklin Middle School parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form.  This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school.  These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

 

🏀Franklin vs Rocky Run Basketball Game - March 15 at Chantilly HS

The Franklin Girls’ and Boys Basketball Teams will play tonight at Chantilly in the Battle for Route 50!  Cash sales will be available at the door.  Concessions will be available at the game - CASH ONLY. Parents must pick up their students by 8:15 PM.

  • Doors open at 4:30 PM
  • Staff Game at 5:00 PM
  • Girls’ Game at 6:00 PM
  • Boys’ Game at 7:15 PM

All students must be picked up by 8:15 PM.

  🤖Franklin Robotics Team Places in State Championship

Team co-drivers, Hayden Tsuji, Kaichen Liu and their robot named ‘Ben’s Brows’ competed against 18 other VEX IQ Middle School teams from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ben’s Brows, Kaichen and Hayden earned a spot in the Finals and after an exciting day of Qualifying Matches. Overall they finished 4th place in the Virginia Middle School VEX IQ State Championships, being squeezed out of 3rd place by a single point.

 Kaichen Liu and Hayden Tsuji finished the Virginia Middle School VEX IQ Season overall in the top one-third of VEX IQ Middle School teams in Virginia.

 

 

Congratulations to the Falcon Robotics Team for an exciting robotics competition season!

 

💜Stress Less, Laugh More Week Begins March 18

We are excited to kick off Stress Less, Laugh More Week starting Monday, March 18! Our students will spend time throughout the week learning ways to manage and minimize their stress. Students will also have the opportunity to visit with therapy animals. Please click here to see the schedule of our daily themes. If you would like to learn more about mental health resources, please visit the FCPS Mental Health page and the Family Resource Center. We appreciate your support and hope this is a helpful and fun week as we focus on our mental health and wellness.

  • Music Monday - Dress like your favorite band/artist
  • Therapy Animal Tuesday - Dress in animal print head to toe
  • Wellness Wednesday - Wear workout clothes or jerseys
  • Take a Trip Thursday - Dress like you're going on vacation
  • Fun Friday - Wear pajamas

 

🎤 Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs 

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 PM, in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School.  Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl.  The material discussed is suitable for students in grade 6 and higher.  Together, as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and sometimes fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation.  Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

 

🌷Office Closed – Spring Break

During the week of March 25-March 29 all offices at Franklin Middle School will be closed.  We are happy to assist you in advance of spring break or immediately following our return. 

While students do not have school on April 1 (Teacher Workday) or April 2 (Staff Development Day), the main office will be open on those days.  

 

📸Stay Connected on Social Media

Do you want to see more pictures of what's happening at Franklin? Follow along on Facebook and on Instagram @FCPSFranklinMS to stay connected to what's happening at school.

  ✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open.  Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6.  Please participate!  Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages.  Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online.  Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link.  Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

 

🎨Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5

Please save the date for the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The art show will feature artworks from: Chantilly HS, Franklin MS, Rocky Run MS, Brookfield ES, Greenbriar East ES, Greenbriar West ES, Lees Corner, ES, Oak Hill ES, and Poplar Tree ES.  Families are invited for fun activities and to view featured artwork. There will also be food trucks, so come hungry!

 

😎 Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

 

📖Join a Family Book Club with Stuart Gibbs

Franklin families are invited to join a book club to read and discuss a book by New York Times Bestselling Author, Stuart Gibbs.  The family book club is an opportunity to read a book as a family and then come on April 17 at 7:00 PM at Rocky Run MS to discuss with other families AND the author himself.  Thank you to the Franklin and Rocky Run PTA for sponsoring this evening event.  Sign up to join the conversation.

All students will hear from Mr. Gibbs during our author visit at Franklin on April 17 during the school day.

 

💻Techstravaganza at Thomas Jefferson HS

This year will be the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at TJHSST.  Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia.  In previous years, more than 4,500 students have participated in over 70 labs presenting STEM activities.  Exhibitors include TJHSST clubs and volunteers from organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

Admission is free and there will be food for sale.  Here is the registration form.  More information about the event can be found at tjtechstrav.org

 

💃Oakton Dance Team Clinic - After-School

Monday, March 18 and Thursday, March 21 during the 2nd Block of the After-School Program, the Oakton Dance Team Clinic as part of the After-School Program.  There will be a time for them to teach  dance skills and choreography along with a Q&A about the Oakton Dance Team.  Click the link to sign up for the sessions.

Oakton Dance Clinic Interest - MS After-School Program Interest

 

🌻Spring Teens in Action Camp - Fairfax County Neighborhood Community Services

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services are hosting Spring Break Camps across Fairfax County at the Community Centers.  The Spring Teens in Action Camp will run from March 25 - March 29 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. The camps are open to Rising 7th -12th grade students. 

For more information please contact the community centers hosting the Teens in Action Camps.

English TIA Application

Spanish TIA Application

 

☀️Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA.

This update was sent yesterday, but the links did not work. The links are updated below.

 

Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

The PTA has a lot going on at Franklin over the next few months and we're excited about it!  Check out the opportunities to get involved below, and note the request to support Stress Less, Laugh More this week.  We hope to see you at the PTA meeting next week.

The Franklin MS PTA

 

🍫Stress Less, Laugh More Next Week

FMS-sponsored event, including but not limited to alpacas and therapy dogs!  They will also have several games and activities that require small treats or prizes.  Click here to support them by sending in treats and prizes by Friday, March 15.

 

💻Virtual PTA Meeting on Tuesday March 19 at 7:00 PM

Zoom link will be sent next week. 

  • Author Visit with Stuart GibbsEvening Family Book Club on April 17, 7:00-8:30
  • Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 6-10
  • End-of-year Parties for 7th & 8th grade:  This is a great way for the students to close out another successful year!

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This message is from Franklin MS on behalf of the PTA.

 

Dear Franklin MS Community Members,

The PTA has a lot going on at Franklin over the next few months and we're excited about it!  Check out the opportunities to get involved below, and note the request to support Stress Less, Laugh More this week.  We hope to see you at the PTA meeting next week.

The Franklin MS PTA

 

🍫Stress Less, Laugh More Next Week

FMS-sponsored event, including but not limited to alpacas and therapy dogs!  They will also have several games and activities that require small treats or prizes.  Click here to support them by sending in treats and prizes by Friday, March 15.

 

💻Virtual PTA Meeting on Tuesday March 19 at 7:00 PM

Zoom link will be sent next week. 

  • Author Visit with Stuart Gibbs:  Evening Family Book Club on April 17, 7:00-8:30
  • Teacher Appreciation Week:  May 6-10
  • End-of-year Parties for 7th & 8th grade:  This is a great way for the students to close out another successful year!

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - March 8

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Seventh grade scientists modeled mitosis using Oreo cookies

 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

This week we celebrated our incredible social worker, Ms. Elyse Brunais, during National School Social Worker Week!  We are so grateful for the endless support Ms. Brunais provides our students and families each day.  She consistently goes above and beyond to find solutions for families and is a staunch advocate for all students.  Thank you, Ms. Brunais for everything you do for our Franklin community!

I also would like to give a special shout out to our students who competed in this year’s Real Food for Kids competition last weekend at Hayfield Secondary School!  Their “Salsata with Z Chips and Dill Dip” was a crowd favorite and led to many repeat customers at their table!  Thank you to Ms. Siri Jeffry for leading our three chefs in this competition and highlighting the many talents of our Franklin students.  Please check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for pictures from the event.

This weekend is also an opportunity for our band and orchestra students to highlight their talents at their annual assessment.  We wish all of our musicians the best of luck this weekend and are so proud of the growth you have shown this year!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

Important Dates

March 11 - Religious Observance

March 13 - Band and Orchestra Spring Concert

March 15 - 8th Grade Field Trip - High School Activities Fair

March 15 - Franklin vs Rocky Run Basketball Game at Chantilly HS

March 18 - 22 - Stress Less Laugh More Week

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 25 - 29 - Spring Break

April 1 - Teacher Workday 

April 2 - Staff Development Day

 

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins.  Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark.  Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. 

Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

  Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March 11 is an O day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact Mrs. Case regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

  💻New Policy Regarding Broken Laptops

We want to make sure all students have the tools they need to succeed, which is why we are implementing a new policy for broken laptops.  If your student's laptop needs a repair, we will take care of it at no cost the first time.  However, if the same part breaks again, there will be a small fee to cover the cost of replacement.  Here are some of the prices for commonly damaged parts:

- Laptop screen: $85.00

- Keyboard: $32.00

- Bezel: $8.00

Students can bring their laptops to Mr. Jones in room 106A for repairs.  We encourage students to take care of any issues now to ensure they have a fully functioning laptop for SOL testing in May.  Remember, the first repair is on us!

 

📃Screen Activity Reports

Parents can get information about their child's activity on their FCPS laptop. Sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week.

 

🏀Franklin vs Rocky Run Basketball Game - March 15 at Chantilly HS

The Franklin Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams will play against Rocky Run Middle Schools on Friday, March 15.  Tickets on sale for $5.00 via MySchoolBucks starting March 4.  Cash sales in all lunches starting March 7 - March 15.  Limited Tickets will be sold at the door.  Concessions will be available with cash only.

  • Doors open at 4:30 PM
  • Staff Game at 5:00 PM
  • Girls’ Game at 6:00 PM
  • Boys’ Game at 7:15 PM

All students must be picked up by 8:15 PM.

  📆Save the Date: VIP Summer Camp

This summer FCPS Middle School After-School Program and Neighborhood & Community Services present VIP SUMMER CAMP.  Rocky Run MS site will serve rising 7th and 8th graders from Franklin MS, Katherine Johnson MS, Liberty MS, Rocky Run MS and Stone MS.     

VIP Camp will run from July 1-August 1 at Rocky Run MS and transportation will be provided. 

Applications will open on March 12.

  📖Join a Family Book Club with Stuart Gibbs

Franklin families are invited to join a book club to read and discuss a book by New York Times Bestselling Author, Stuart Gibbs.  The family book club is an opportunity to read a book as a family and then come on April 17 at 7:00 PM at Rocky Run MS to discuss with other families AND the author himself.  Thank you to the Franklin and Rocky Run PTA for sponsoring this evening event.  Sign up to join the conversation.

All students will hear from Mr. Gibbs during our author visit at Franklin on April 17 during the school day.

  🎨Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5

Please save the date for the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The art show will feature artworks from:  Chantilly HS, Franklin MS, Rocky Run MS, Brookfield ES, Greenbriar East ES, Greenbriar West ES, Lees Corner, ES, Oak Hill ES, and Poplar Tree ES.  Families are invited for fun activities and to view featured artwork. There will also be food trucks, so come hungry!

  ✅Family Engagement Survey is Now Open

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3 to Friday, March 22.  Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district.  Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight.  A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website.  Paper surveys will be available in our front office.  Please stay tuned for more information.

 

💉Immunization Clinic from Fairfax County Health Department

The Immunization Clinic is open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the county, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date.  Appointments are recommended for faster service.  Learn more about the Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic.

 

🎭Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts.  IFTA is a two- or three-week summer Arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades.  Students create their own schedules in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance from nearly 60 courses offered.  Transportation is provided from around the county.  Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify.  Check out the Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

 

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation.  The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.  Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

  ⚖️Equity in Education Month

FCPS — in conjunction with the Virginia School Boards Association — observes March as Equity in Education Month, a division-wide opportunity to deepen our commitment to creating a climate and curriculum where all students receive the resources they need to reach their fullest potential. 

 

💖National School Social Work Week

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week.  Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best.  Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential.  Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. We are grateful for our social worker, Elyse Brunais.  Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

 

🚌Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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Our After School Program offers a variety of activities for students.

 

Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

As you may recall, next week’s schedule has been altered to accommodate Virginia’s primary election on Tuesday, March 5th.  Schools will be closed that day, although our main office will be open for the morning, should you have any questions or need anything.  Because this schedule change was made after the official division calendar was published, our A/B period schedule is impacted.  After receiving feedback from the Franklin MS staff, we have decided to shift Wednesday, March 6th from a B/even day to an all-period anchor day.  This will allow students to see their A/odd day teachers twice next week instead of just once.  For clarity, Monday will be a B/even day normal schedule, Wednesday will be an all-period anchor day (schedule below), Thursday will be an A/odd day normal schedule and we will conclude the week on Friday with our normal B/even day schedule.  We are sharing this information with students during our morning news and social media accounts but want to be sure families are also supporting with the messaging.  

I also would like to bring to your attention the Family Engagement Survey, which opens this weekend.  I ask that you consider sharing feedback through this survey, as it significantly helps us, both as a school and an entire school division, to ensure we are supporting our families as much as possible and creating meaningful partnerships.  The survey remains open until March 22nd so I appreciate your consideration.

Lastly, please make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, March 15th for the annual Franklin MS vs Rocky Run MS basketball game!  The first game tips off at 5:00 and it is sure to be a fun and action-packed event!  Franklin MS is the defending champion and we need your spirit to ensure we retain our title!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

Important Dates

March 5 - Student Holiday, School Planning Day

March 11 - Religious Observance

March 13 - Band and Orchestra Spring Concert

March 15 - 8th Grade Field Trips to High School Activity Fairs

March 15 - Franklin vs. Rocky Run Basketball Game

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day.  As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open.  SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

 

March 6 Anchor Day Bell Schedule

Students will visit all class periods for an anchor day on March 6.

  Real Food for Kids Competition

This Saturday March 2, four Franklin students will compete in the Real Food for Kids Competition at Hayfield Secondary.  The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is an annual event that gives students in the National Capital Region a platform to influence and change what is served in their school cafeterias.

Come out and support our Franklin team: Alana Levitan, Vy Nguyen and Samantha Hagy as they compete against 11 other schools in the DC Area.  You will be able to try their healthy, amazing school lunch entry of Salasta and Z Chips!  RSVP here to attend the event!

 

Middle School Sports 

Track Parents Zoom Meeting - Thursday March 7 at 6:30 PM (Link to follow)

There will be a parent Zoom Meeting on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 PM for all parents that have completed the MS Sports Registration.  At the meeting we will discuss the upcoming track season, meet the coach and discuss the schedule for the spring.  Zoom Link will be emailed by March 4.  More information can be found below on the Franklin Cross Country/Track page.

Franklin Track Information 

All FCPS Middle Schools will field Track teams in the spring.  Interested MS Athletes will need the following to participate in Track in the Spring.

The FCPS Physical Form, Emergency Care Card and MS Sports Registration must be completed before a student can begin practicing.  More information can be found on our website about Cross Country & Track or you can visit the FCPS MS Athletics Website.  Students that participated in Cross Country in the fall and have completed all of the required forms and registration do not need to complete the forms again.

 

Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5

Please save the date for the Chantilly Pyramid Art Show on April 5 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. The art show will feature artworks from: Chantilly HS, Franklin MS, Rocky Run MS, Brookfield ES, Greenbriar East ES, Greenbriar West ES, Lees Corner, ES, Oak Hill ES, and Poplar Tree ES. Families are invited for fun activities and to view featured artwork. There will also be food trucks, so come hungry!

 

Yearbook Information

Franklin MS 2024 yearbooks are on sale through May 4.  The cost of the yearbook is $30.  Families may order online by clicking here (school code 5330).  Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

Immunization Clinic from Fairfax County Health Department

The Immunization Clinic is open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the county, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date. Appointments are recommended for faster service. Learn more about the Fairfax County Health Department Immunization Clinic.

 

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3 to Friday, March 22.  Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district.  Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight.  A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website.  Paper surveys will be available in our front office.  Please stay tuned for more information.

 

Chantilly High School’s Charge Ahead

Chantilly High School is offering three Freshman Orientation options.  The choices to attend a 1-Day session are either August 6, 7, or 8 from 9:00-1:00 PM.  Students will get a chance to get to know us, ease any anxiety, and learn how to navigate high school life here as a CHARGER.  It’s so fun and you don’t want to miss out!  The cost is $50 per student via MySchoolBucks which includes a Class of 2028 t-shirt, snacks, and a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich.  Registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis until July 28.  Register today to secure your spot.

 

Franklin vs Rocky Run Basketball Game - March 15 at Chantilly HS

The Franklin Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams will play against Rocky Run Middle Schools on Friday, March 15.  Tickets on sale for $5.00 via MySchoolBucks starting March 4.  Cash sales in all lunches starting March 8.  Concessions will be available with cash only.

  • Doors open at 4:30 PM
  • Staff Game at 5:00 PM
  • Girls’ Game at 6:00 PM
  • Boys’ Game at 7:15 PM

All students must be picked up by 8:15 PM. 

 

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

Supports for Students with Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

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Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 23

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Good afternoon, Franklin Community,

It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up the month of February next week!  Related to that, we are officially at the halfway point of the 3rd quarter.  This is a great opportunity to connect with your child over the coming days to review current grades in StudentVue/ParentVue and ensure your child is on track to successfully completing the quarter.  As a reminder, teachers have office hours every week during Falcon Time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Additionally, homework club is a regular part of our after-school program and students can make appointments to stay after with teachers.  

Next week our assistant principals will be meeting with all students for a midyear Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) review.  This is an opportunity for us to review behavioral expectations, specifically those outlined in our Falcons CARE matrix.  As you review your child’s grades with them, I ask you also review their attendance with them, including any class tardies.  While we understand there are inevitably times when a student is late to a class, we do have concerns if a student is coming consistently late to a class and missing valuable instructional time.  We appreciate your support in reminding your child of the importance of coming to class on time.

Lastly, I would like to officially welcome our new administrative assistant, Ms. Cindy Horan, to the Franklin Community!  Cindy’s first day with us was Tuesday and she has done an amazing job transitioning into this new role.  I look forward to you having the chance to connect with her sometime in the near future.

I wish you a wonderful weekend and, as always, please reach out to me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Michelle Case

Interim Principal

Important Dates

February 26 - 29 - WIDA Testing

March 5 - Student Holiday, School Planning Day

March 6 - Anchor Day - Students will report to all periods this day

March 11 - Religious Observance

March 15 - 8th Grade Field Trips to High School Activity Fairs

March 15 - Franklin MS vs. Rocky Run MS Basketball Game at Chantilly HS

 

 

Sully District Budget Town Hall - February 29

Please join Sully District School Board member Seema Dixit and Supervisor Kathy Smith for a joint town hall as they present the proposed FY 2025 Budgets and take your comments. Details of the Fairfax County budget can be found here. If you would like to ask a question regarding the FY25 Budget, please send an email to [email protected] with "Budget Town Hall" in the subject. Detailed information about the FCPS FY25 Budget can be found on our website and also detailed below.

When: Thursday, February 29

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Rocky Run Middle School Lecture Hall

Address: 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151 

*If American Sign Language or language interpretation is needed, please submit your request by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27.

 

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

On Saturday March 2, four Franklin students will compete in the Real Food for Kids Competition at Hayfield Secondary.  The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is an annual event that gives students in the National Capital Region a platform to influence and change what is served in their school cafeterias.

Come out and support our Franklin team: Alana Levitan, Vy Nguyen and Samantha Hagy as they compete against 11 other schools in the DC Area.  You will be able to try their healthy, amazing school lunch entry of Salasta and Z Chips! It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 AM.  Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon.  Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region.

 

Track Parents Zoom Meeting - Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 PM 

There will be a parent Zoom Meeting on Thursday March 7 at 6:30 PM for all parents that have completed the MS Sports Registration.  At the meeting we will discuss the upcoming track season, meet the coach and discuss the schedule for the spring.  Zoom Link will be emailed by March 4.  More information can be found below on the Franklin CC/Track page.

Franklin Track - Information

All FCPS Middle Schools will field Track teams in the spring.  Interested MS Athletes will need the following to participate in Track in the Spring.

The FCPS Physical Form, Emergency Care Card and MS Sports Registration must be completed before a student can begin practicing.  More information can be found on our website about Cross Country & Track or you can visit the FCPS MS Athletics Website.  Students that participated in Cross Country in the fall and have completed all of the required forms and registration do not need to complete the forms again.

 

Yearbook Request: Submit Your Holiday Photos

The yearbook class is creating a page about different holidays that Franklin families celebrate. Submit a photo of your student or your family celebrating a holiday, along with a brief description, to Anne Baker.

Franklin MS 2023 yearbooks are on sale through May 4, 2024. The cost of the yearbook is $30.  Families may order online by clicking here (school code 5330).  Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.

 

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days. 

 

Public Schools Week - February 26 - March 1

Public Schools Week is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools. 

 

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from March 3 to March 22.  Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district.  Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight.  A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website.  Paper surveys will be available in our front office.  Please stay tuned for more information.

 

Franklin MS After-School Program Information

Click Here to learn more about the After-School Program 

All students that stay after-school for academic support, clubs or activities must have a completed After-School Registration Form.  The After-School Registration only needs to be completed once for the 23-24 SY.  

There are many activities to choose from in the After-School Program each day. Students that may have an interest in starting a club can reach out to Mr. Tippins. 

Bus Transportation for the After-School Program is available Monday - Thursday.  There is no transportation on Fridays for the After-School Program and dismissal is by parent pick up only.

 

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