Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, March 20

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Spring Break March 23-27

Principal's Message---Click Below

Please click below for a fun, animated version of the principal's message for this e-Newsletter.

Additional Minutes Added

We want to remind all families that our schedule will be extended by 20 minutes when we return from spring break on Monday, March 30. (Click on the picture to see the entire schedule) We'll be sending an all-call reminder on Wednesday, March 25. Here are important pieces of information to remember:

  • School start time: 7:50AM (for both full days and early dismissals)
  • School end time: 3:00PM (early dismissal times of 12:30 will stay the same
  • Buses will arrive 10 minutes earlier in the morning and arrive home 10 minutes later.
  • Breakfast will start earlier. We're looking at starting breakfast at 7:25. We will adjust if needed based on timing the first few days back.
  • Students will be allowed to enter the building starting at 7:40.

Please see our website or the CRCSD homepage for more details:

IMPORTANT: Pick-up & Drop-off

We would really appreciate everyone's cooperation during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Please do not have your child cross 20th street. This is a safety concern as well as the fact that it backs up traffic when vehicles stop. We understand the congestion that occurs before and after school so your patience with other parents and vehicles is appreciated. Our #1 concern is the safety of our children. We have witnessed some close calls this year and we want everyone to make it to and from school in an orderly fashion.

New Additions (and voices) to Franklin Staff

We are excited to welcome two new staff members on board who will be voices you hear when calling our Attendance or Counseling Offices. Nicole Weaver is our new Attendance Secretary and Cara Evans is replacing Jackie Reece who retired at spring break after many wonderful years at Franklin. Join us in welcoming Nicole and Cara.

Spring Sports Begin

Sign-ups for spring sports was held before break. This spring 7th and 8th grade students can participate in girls' tennis, boys' soccer, and boys/girls' track. Prior to participating students need to have an up-to-date physical and a signed concussion form. Please follow the link to information, forms, and schedules for all sports:

Spring Musical

"Adventures of a Comic Book Artist"

The Franklin Middle School Drama Club presented "Adventures of a Comic Book Artist" on Thursday, March 19 & Friday, March 20. This was the culminating product of over 10 weeks of work. Our students put on a special teaser production on Tuesday for the entire student body. This was a great warm-up for their afternoon production to some of our feeder schools: Arthur, Garfield, Kenwood, and Pierce. A special thanks to our directors-Mary Sullivan, Lynne Rothrock & supervisors-Kelly Shriver-Kolln, Jerry Davenport, Paul Salamon, Kelly Shriver-Kolln and Dena Jansen. Including the cast and crew we had well over 50 students participate.

Thursday's production was fantastic and very entertaining. If you're reading this Friday afternoon you have one more chance to view the production---Friday, March 20 at 7:00. Admission is $5 and we hope to see as many as you there.

Japanese Student Visitors

On Thursday, March 19 our 6th and 7th grade Student Council members hosted eight Japanese Exchange students. This has become an annual event. The exchange students are in the United States for two weeks and visit other schools in the area. Students visited Franklin for half the day and shadowed the students as they went to their morning classes. They finished their visit eating our school lunch. To remember their visits we gave them each a Franklin PARRT t-shirt.
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State Geography Bee Finalist

Congratulations to 8th grader, Cedric Brunscheen on making it to the State National Geographic Geography Bee. This is the second level of the national competition. Cedric won our building Bee back in mid-January. In order to qualify for the state competition Cedric needed to pass a test. We are proud to say that he did so and we wish him the best of luck when he competes March 27 at the University of Northern Iowa.

National History Day

Forty-three students from Franklin Middle School traveled to Iowa City today (Friday, March 20th) to compete in National History Day. The competition took place the Old Capitol near the University of Iowa campus.

The theme this year is “leadership and legacy.” All of the students chose a person or a group of people and focused on that theme. Students had the choice of choosing a website, an exhibit, a documentary, a paper, or a performance to enter in the competition.Extensive research was done over the last quarter as part of this PACT class, and the project required extensive bibliographies. Many students’ bibliographies contained over fifty resources. In addition, many students have first-hand interviews as part of their primary sources.

The top two projects in each category will advance to the State Competition in May in Des Moines.

Franklin Receives Energy Star Award

We were proud to be awarded the Energy Star Recognition for 2014. Buildings receive a 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score. This score compares your building’s energy performance to similar buildings nationwide. A score of 50 represents median energy performance, while a score of 75 means your building performs better than 75 percent of all similar buildings nationwide — and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. The overall score for Franklin was 88/100 and was one of the top scores in the district. Accepting the award is the Franklin Green Team headed by Ms. Kolkmeier.

TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)

To 6th Grade Parents:

Your 6th grade student is required to have a TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) immunization before entering 7th grade. The immunization has to be given after the age of 11. (See attached Fact Sheet) Check with your doctor now to determine if they need a TDaP. You will need to have documentation that your student received this shot before the beginning of next school year. You can turn this in to the health office anytime. If you need assistance in getting this immunization please call the health office at 558-2076.

Follow the link to the attachment: