Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.FMS Important Announcements Upcoming Events
May 8th - Bike to School Day
May 10th - Band Field Trip to King's Dominion
May 13th - 24th - Spring SOLs
May 29th NJHS 7th Grade Induction
May 30th NJHS 8th Grade Pinning
May 31st 8th Grade Formal Dance
June 3rd -7th FCPSOn Student Computer CollectionBell Schedule for Next Week
Monday - Even Block
Tuesday - Odd Block
Wednesday - Even Block
Thursday - Odd Block
Friday - All Period DayBike to School Day
Thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials around the country will celebrate the benefits of biking and walking to school during National Bike to School Day. Franklin students, please join in the fun by biking to school on Wednesday, May 8th. Students who participate will receive a gift from the Health and Physical Education Department. If you have questions please see one of the P.E. teachersScience Career Day Presenters Needed
Franklin’s Science Department is looking for presenters at our annual Science Career Day on Monday, June 10th. If your career is related to science or engineering, and you would like to share your enthusiasm about your profession with our students, we would like to invite you to present at our Science Career Day. If interested, please contact your child’s science teacher, or Mr. Ferko, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Science Career Day coordinator. We appreciate your active involvement in inspiring the future generation of scientists and engineers!
Franklin’s Science TeachersSOLs Begin May 14
Please contact Lea Fadden, School Test Coordinator, at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu, with any questions regarding SOLs.
SOL CALENDAR with Bell Schedule
Geom & Algebra
Reminders for SOLs
- Students need to bring their charger each day to school, especially during SOL testing. Computers used for SOL testing must be plugged in per VDOE regulations.
- If a student has lost his/her charger, they need to bring $38 to the front office to purchase a new charger.
- If the student computer needs to be fixed, please bring it to the Help Desk as soon as possible to ensure it gets returned in time for SOL testing.
This year, the main Standards of Learning (SOL) testing window has significant overlaps with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting. The SOL testing window begins for high schools on Monday, April 29, and for elementary and middle schools on Monday, May 6. All schools must complete SOL make-up tests and retakes by Friday, June 7. Ramadan begins the evening of Sunday, May 5, and ends with Eid-al-Fitr on Wednesday, June 5.
FCPS welcomes and encourages engagement with parents and guardians of students affected by this overlap. School staff will work with parents and guardians to make schedule adjustments or determine how best to address students’ needs. For example, it may be possible to schedule testing early in the day when energy levels are likely to be highest.
If you have a child in an SOL grade-level who will be fasting to observe Ramadan this year, contact Lea Fadden, School Test Coordinator, at Lea.Fadden@fcps.edu to take advantage of possible scheduling options.
Bus Ridership Requests
In support of student safety and accountability, all bus riders are to get on and off their assigned FCPS bus at their assigned FCPS stop.
- For extenuating circumstances, please contact, assistant principal, Rob Gibbs in advance by phone or email. Administration will do it’s best to accommodate based on the situation.
Any long-term requests for stop changes, bus route changes, or special requests will be should be forwarded to Area 3 Transportation at (703) 249-7000.
Walkers and Bicyclists
All walkers will either live within the 1 mile radius and/or have a walking pass (purple pass) provided in advance with administrative approval.
Students are expected to:
- Cross Lees Corner Road at the intersection of Thorngate and Lees Corner; no exceptions (not even Old Dairy and Lees Corner)
- Use the proper crosswalk, and walk their bike or carry their skateboard across the crosswalk
- Continue to walk the bike or carry their skateboard while on school property
- Use the bike racks
- Wear their helmets
- The bus loop and our parking lots are NOT drop-off points for students
- Kindly direct parents to the Kiss ‘n’ Ride line to drop off students
- Parents are permitted to park and walk with their child from the parking lots to the school to assist a child in need or for an office visit
We would like to send a big thank you to our local businesses that so generously supported the Solo & Ensemble Festival last weekend held at Franklin Middle School!HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEKEND!
7th Grade NJHS Membership – Application DUE 5/10
7th grade students received notification that they qualified for membership into the Franklin MS chapter of the National Junior Honor Society through their Learning Seminar on Tuesday 4/30. They also attended a mandatory meeting on 5/1 during LS to gain access to the application.
The next step is to apply! Qualifying 7th grade students MUST complete an application in order to be considered for membership.
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- 4/30 – Qualifying students received an invitation/contract to be reviewed and signed by both parent & student.
- 5/1 – Mandatory meeting was held during Learning Seminar during which students gained access to the ONLINE application. If your child qualified and was absent, please make sure THEY reach out to Mrs. Taylor either by email or through Learning Seminar to get the code for the NJHS Google Classroom. They MUST join the classroom in order to have access to the application.
- 5/10 – Signed contract (YELLOW FORM), online application & payment FINAL due date. No extensions. This includes anyone on the Music Field Trip to Kings Dominion, so plan ahead!
Questions? Contact Mrs. Taylor at email@example.com. For additional information please click on the Franklin NJHS website: https://franklinms.fcps.edu/academics/national-junior-honor-societyFMS WORLD LANGUAGES PALS FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
May 30-June 3, 2019
April 30-May 3, 2019
May 21/22, 2019
May 15/16, 2019
May 28/29, 2019
May 28/29, 2019Student Services Updates:
Student Services Updates:
Last week, Franklin students celebrated College Day and discovered their teacher’s paths to college and what colleges they attended. The week culminated with former Franklin students, current Chantilly High School students, speaking to the school, live during learning seminar. Students learned first-hand, from students who were once in their same situations, how, why and where they are going to college next year. We loved having our former FMS give back to the Franklin community.
On Wednesday, April 24, FMS students in the College Partnership Program took a field trip to James Madison University. The purpose of this trip was to inspire students toward preparing for the college selection process as they enter high school. On this trip, students were given a walking tour of the campus, information about college admissions and experienced JMU student life by having lunch in the JMU student dining hall. Students also had an opportunity to visit the JMU bookstore, where some students decided to purchase items with the JMU logo. Go Dukes!
This week, 8th grade students developed their 4-year high school plan in Naviance Family Connection with their school counselor. This plan can be modified at any time through the Naviance portal. It was an awesome academic planning exercise to prepare students for thinking about high school courses.Donations Needed
In conjunction with the Positivity Project, the personal development classes are doing a service project. We are collecting hygiene products and schools supplies for the Bethany House Emergency Shelter. The Bethany House is safe shelter for people escaping abuse. It is our goal to show support for members of our community and to let them know that they are important and we care. We welcome the any donation from our Franklin MS community. Please bring your donated items to room 218, or place them in the box in the green pod workroom. The deadline for the collection is May 6.
Thank you for your support.Franklin MS After School Program
The last day of After-School Activities and Late Buses is Thursday, May 30th!
Upcoming Activities –
May 8 – Cupcake Wars Interest Meeting – 1st block – 2:30 – 3:40
May 9 – Chantilly Color Guard Clinic – 2nd block – 3:40 – 4:40
May 13 – Best Buddies Meeting
May 16 – TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS – 3:00 – 4:30 – Audition forms can be found on students grade level google classroom and in the cafeteria. Audition forms are due on Tuesday, May 14th. Parent signature is required. The talent show will be on Thursday, June 13 during school in the gym.
May 16 – Chantilly Color Guard Clinic
May 17 – Last day of After-School Bowling League
May 22 – Cupcake Wars
May 23 – Cupcake Wars
May 29 – Art Club
May 30 – LAST DAY OF AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND LATE BUSES
May 31 – 8th GRADE FORMAL DANCE! 6:00 – 8:00 PMAfter - School Activities - April 29 - May 10 Reminder About School Food Accounts
Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account. All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in JuneIs your rising high school student interested in participating in a HS sport? If so, a VHSL Physical Form is required.
While you are welcome to obtain a physical from your physician, the FCPS Athletic programs also support you in completing this task. The Chantilly High School Athletic Training Program will be completing physicals on June 5th . Physicals are $50 and by appointment only. Click to Pre-register as a student!
For more information regarding the Chantilly High School Sports Physicals and the Athletic Training Program, please visit https://chantillysports.org/main/teamheadline/id/155/headlineid/49223204 or contact the Chantilly High School Head Athletic Trainer, Katelyn Bishop, at KABishop@fcps.edu.INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS
Dates: Monday, July 1 — Friday, July 26 (No classes July 4 and 5)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Location: Fairfax High School
IFTA is an arts enrichment and academic program for students currently in grades 6–11. Students have 4 classes that they select from over 80 courses in dance, music, theatre, visual art, and fashion. Students entering grade 9 may take the Online Health & PE (HPE9) course and students entering grades 9-12 may take the Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance (EPF) course as one of their 4 classes.
Registration: Open now through Sunday, June 16
Our next Best Buddies meeting will be after school on May 13th. Hope to see you there!!
How much screen time? That is a question all parents are asking as technology and mobile technology continues to saturate our society. We have all heard that Silicon Valley executives are not allowing their children to use screens. The article “How much screen time? Silicon Valley parents are still trying to figure it out” by Ana Homayoun of the Washington Post, dives into this topic and shreds some light on the issue and provides resources and tips as a parent.
Screen time at school is also a concern for Teachers and Administrators. I wanted to let you, the parents, know that devices at school are not used continuously all day. There's a mix of screen time and non-screen time in each class. The time on the devices is more about student creation and engaging students to explore the curriculum they are learning. They also use the devices to engage in class discussions and collaborative work.