Junior Pilot Flash

Jan./Feb. 2017 ~ Franklin Township Middle School East

JPF Staff - Grace Lyons, Hannah Poindexter, Jacy Thomas, Kelsey Johnson, and Riley Hall

High School Scheduling (8th grade parents only)

Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 7pm

6215 South Franklin Road

Indianapolis, IN

Students will complete their Course Selection Sheet during math class the week of January 23rd as follows:

Mr. Mann's Class on Monday, January 23

Mrs. Devoy's Class on Tuesday, January 24

Mr. Gillmore's Class on Thursday, January 26

Mrs. Bramell's Class on Friday, January 27


No school on Jan. 16, 2017 in observation of MLK.

FTMS East school hours are as follows:

M, T, TH & F: 7:00 AM - 2:15PM

W: 7:00 AM - 1:40 (Early Release)

Attendance phone number: 317-803-8190.

From the Principal'S Desk


On January 23rd we will reorganize PRIDE in response to our current academic data. Students will be moved based on their grades in all courses as of January 19th. From the parent perspective here is what you need to know:

PRIDE is not really changing. What we have done is better design our existing classes to address the specific needs of our students. The result is that a student will receive more or less support based on their academic grade. For example, a student with a current D or F, will receive support on goal setting, planning, and organization, while a student with an A or B would not be required to complete the same process. However, the A/B student would still have the time and space to complete homework and receive assistance as needed.

The most common issue we talk to our students about is the ability to take control of their own situation and thus control the outcome. Often when adversity hits, 12-14-year-old students are unsure of how to respond, feeling like there is nothing they can do. Our goal will always be to support our students through these inevitable struggles while providing them with, and showing them how to use, tools that they will need in HS, College, and beyond.

Thanks for supporting us in this endeavor.

ISTEP Important Dates

The first round of ISTEP testing will take place on the following days during your child's ELA and Math class: Monday, February 27th; Tuesday, February 28th; Thursday, March 2nd; and Friday, March 3rd (6th and 7th only). Your assistance in ensuring that your child is in attendance on these days is very much appreciated.

Around FTMS East

FTMS East Athletics

Greetings Flashes Fans,

FTMS Wrestling started the season on a high note with a solid win over Greenwood, 63-45 on Tuesday 1/10. This match took place at FCHS alongside the Varsity Flashes wrestling team while they competed against Greenwood as well. The middle school wrestling team also competed against Greenfield Central on Thursday 1/12 defeating the Cougars 75-28. The team will host Mt. Vernon on Tuesday 1/17 and travel to Chapel Hill on Thursday 1/19 and then compete in the Grizzly Cub Super Duals at Franklin Community on Saturday 1/21.

FTMS East 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball lost close contests at Southport this past Tuesday 1/10. The 7th grade fell in a thriller to the Cardinals 33-34. The 8th grade lost 15-20. East 7th and 8th also competed in the annual FTMS West “Around the World” Tourney and fell to Fall Creek (HSE) on Wednesday 1/11. They will host Chapel Hill at home on Thursday 1/19.

The Annual East vs. West Chick-Fil-A Challenge will occur January 19th – January 23rd at Southport Road Chick Fil A. Make sure to show your patronage and school spirit when placing your order and mention “East is Beast” or “West is Best” to have your order counted in the challenge. The school with the most sales will win the annual challenge. The winner will be crowned at the East vs. West Boys Basketball game on January 23rd, hosted this year at FTMS East, with a special halftime presentation in the main gym during the 8th Grade “A” game. Go FLASHES!

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Chess Club

Chess Club call-out meetings:

The 6thgrade students will be meeting on Tuesdays and 7th & 8th grade will be meeting on Thursdays from 2:15 to 3:45 PM. Parents are responsible for transportation home. If you are interested please turn in your form no later than Monday, January 23rd to the front office. The season will end with a tournament before Spring Break. The Chess Club will begin meeting Tuesday, January 24th. Please contact Mr. Smith with any questions robert.smith@ftcsc.k12.in.us or 317-803-8102

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News from the Clinic Kerra Waters, RN

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FTMS East Guidance Counselors

Mr. David Thompson



6th Grade Counselor Last Name N-Z
8th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Kyle McClarnon


6th Grade Counselor Last Name A-M
7th Grade Counselor

Guidance Counselor News

At Middle School East, we are always trying to utilize technology to better improve the student experience. For this reason, we have added the Bullying Report Form for the district to the guidance website to make it easier for students to be able to fill out in a more anonymous way. This will allow the students to fill out the form in the comfort and security of their own home with their parent or guardian. This form is set up with notifications so that it will notify the school counselors upon the completion of the form.

Also available is a school counselor sign up form. The school counselor will be notified at the completion of this form as well.


Stay Connected!

FTCSC School Board

As most Franklin Township residents are aware, our school system is currently searching for a new superintendent. The school board would like to have your input. There will be a public meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the administration building.

At this meeting participants will be given the opportunity to be informed of the criteria for choosing our new superintendent. The meeting will be conducted in a small group format. During these groups, you will be given the guidelines that will be used to select our new leader, and have the opportunity to provide input on the characteristics that you envision
the next superintendent would have. Those guidelines are based on the Franklin Township Community School Corporation's Strategic Plan. Following are the four aspects of that plan:

- Academic Excellence and Learning - Creating the best possible environment to nurture academic potential

- Budget and Operational Systems - Being fiscally responsible

- Governance and Communication - Focusing on informed communication
and decision making

- Climate and Culture - Promoting effective and positive relationships among staff, students, parents, and community

These are all strengths that we will be looking for in our new superintendent. We look forward to seeing you the 23rd.

The Franklin Township School Board

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Infinite Campus

Infinite Campus provides valuable information for parents including grades, attendance, assignments, messages from the teacher, and district wide messaging. Use IC to update personal information such as: email, phone number, and/or address. Remember to sign-up for an IC account from your home computer.

For more information, email ichelp@ftcsc.k12.in.us


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