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Friday, April 15, 2016

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Dows Contest Winners

On Friday, April 8 we held our annual Dows Awards Assembly in our IMC. This event brought together students that submitted entries in the area of the visual arts and creative writing. What a tremendously talented group of students who were honored in front of their peers, given the opportunity to share their work, and eat a lot of cookies.

We would like to thank Mrs. Stephanie Cornell, Dr. Tiffany Carr, and Mrs. Julia Clair for all their hard work organizing this yearly event and putting together a wonderful ceremony. A big thanks is also needed for the Dows family whose gratitude makes this event possible every year.

Follow the link for our list of participants, award winners, and bunch of great pictures be sure to check out the link:

Upcoming Receipt Challenge

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Keep saving those receipts. We will have one final Homeroom Receipt Challenge before the year ends. Our last challenge brought over $153,000 in receipts. We are scheduling our next challenge for April 25-29. We would love to surpass our total from last year which was $270,000. So far this year we are just over $190,000. We appreciate your support.

Spring Sports

The change in weather brings us to our next sports' season. The sports currently in season are: Girls' Tennis, Boys' Soccer, and Boys/Girls Track. This is a great opportunity to get out to the courts/field/track and cheer on our Franklin students.


Soccer: Kyle Clark & Mark Walker

Tennis: Brian Jeffords & Allison Melchert

Track: John Hebrink, Josh Hetrick, Caroline Wieland, Scott Brune

Click on the link for all the information and schedules:

Activities Concert * DATE CHANGE *

A number of our Franklin jazz band students are also members of Franklin’s National History Day team. These students have done outstanding work this year and were recently honored with selection to the state competition. Unfortunately, the date of this state competition conflicts with our scheduled Activities concert on Monday, April 25. The Activities concert includes the Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band One, and Jazz Band Too.

Because of this new conflict, we have rescheduled the spring Activities Concert for Tuesday, April 26, at 7:00pm. We understand that moving a concert date this late is inconvenient for families, but we feel that this is the fairest solution for our jazz band students and families. Please make this change on your family calendars, and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Incoming 6th Grade Information Parent Night

Thursday, April 21st, 6pm

Franklin Middle School, 20th Street Northeast, Cedar Rapids, IA, United States Abbott Auditorium

This event is for parents and students that will be 6th Graders at Franklin in the 2016-17 school year. We will begin in the Auditorium at 6:00PM with a brief overview of middle school. The second part of the evening will allow families to walk around the building, get the lay of the land, and ask any questions they might have about next year.

Spotlight Students

This year we are recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. At least every month teachers will select six students from their respective grade level. PARRT is the curriculum we use with our students to teach appropriate and expected behaviors in the school and positive relationships with their classmates. PARRT stands for:

P: Personal Best

A: Active Listening

R: Respect

R: Responsibility

T: Trustworthiness

6th Grade

Alyssa Below, Taylor Ciabatti, Finn DeBoom, Allison Hayes, William Ritchie, Liberty Wickham

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7th Grade

Henry Clymer, Gaby DuPont, Alleah Hilgendorf, Shay Larson, Ella Mortenson, Ella Toms

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8th Grade

Branden Barnes, Hailey Boehm, Noah Loehr, Betsy Marlow, Curtis Ratzer, Ellie Yancey

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Summer Opportunities

Are you looking to keep your student active and busy during the summer? Outside of our Activities Office we have information about a number of different camps/programs occurring this summer at local high schools and around the area. Encourage your child to take a look at the activities that would be of interest to them.

8th Grade Canoe Trip

The annual 8th grade canoe trip down the Maquoketa River will be held on Friday, April 29th (rain date is Friday, May 6th). The cost for the trip is $15. All 8th grade students should have received a letter detailing the information and a waiver form to attend the trip from their 6th period teacher. Permission forms, waivers and payments need to be turned in to the Franklin Main Office by Friday, April 15th. Please direct any questions you may have to Mr. Jeffords at 558-1519.

Smarter Balanced Assessments

To keep you informed of the direction our state is moving in terms of annual assessments, I wanted to provide you with a little bit of information about next year. That Iowa Assessments (formerly ITBS/ITED) will be replaced by a new test titled Smarter Balanced Assessments. With it being April, there's no need to flood you with a bunch of information at this point, but I wanted to provide you with the information in case you would like to participate in some practice tests so you know how your child will be assessed next year.

Click on the link for the practice test:

You don't need to enter any information to log on, but you can choose the grade level and subject area. Good luck!

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 18

Boys' Soccer vs. Regis

Tuesday, April 19

Girls' Tennis @ Oak Ridge

Track Meet @ Prairie Pointe

Thursday, April 21

Girls' Tennis vs. McKinley

Track Meet @ Washington HS

5th Grade Information Night for Incoming 6th Graders

6:00-7:00PM in the Auditorium

Monday, April 25

Boys' Soccer @ Harding

Tuesday, April 26

Girls' Tennis @ Regis

Thursday, April 28

Track Meet @ Washington HS

Girls' Tennis vs. Excelsior

Friday, April 29

8th Grade Canoe Trip

Rescheduled Track Meet @ Linn-Mar (Rescheduled from 4/7)