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Friday, May 4

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Important News-Final Day Dismissal Time

So you can plan accordingly, the dismissal time for our final day on Friday, June 1 is 11:15AM. Please note this is a different than our normal Friday dismissal. 8th Graders will be dismissed immediately after their 8th Grade Awards Assembly. 6th and 7th Grade will be dismissed by bell at 11:15.

Upcoming Activity Day

We are closely watching the weather for this coming Wednesday's Activity Day. If the weather does not look promising, we will use our make-up day of Wednesday, May 23. Our students will be at the following locations. Students have received the appropriate information about their day:


  • 6th Grade: Solid Waste Agency, Landfill, and Activities at school
  • 7th Grade: Movie Theater & Guthridge Park
  • 8th Grade: Canoe Trip in Monticello

From the Clinic

Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

The state immunization rules require:

  • Student entering 7th Grade (if born after September 15, 2000) – 1 dose of Tdap vaccine
  • Students entering 7th Grade (if born after September 15, 2004) – 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine

If your student has not received these vaccines they need to get them before the first day of school in August. Contact your health care provider or Linn County Public Health to have your student get these required immunizations. Please call the Franklin School Health office at 558-2076 if you have questions.

Conditions for Learning Survey

In the next few weeks during your child's Exploratory class, they will take a survey titled Conditions for Learning. This survey is created through the Iowa Department of Education. This survey, which is required as part of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan, covers student engagement, safety and school environment. Principals may administer the survey at any time of their choosing within the survey window. The survey is made up of 36 items, as well as questions about student demographics; the survey takes an estimated 15-20 minutes to complete.


If you wish for your child to not participate in the survey, please let the Main Office know.

Sixteen Franklin Students Compete in Iowa State National History Day

On Monday, April 30th sixteen Franklin students traveled to the Iowa Events Center for State National History Day. These students were: Nick Burkamper, Sam Lindwall, Ethan Longwisch, Kyle Pratt, Zoey Akers, Amelia Basler, Katie Earl, Lucy Niemuth, Emily Cline, Jessica Cline, Julia Greenlee, Jessica Cline, Meena Ramadugu, Annika Twedt-Ball, Allie Hayes, Emily Oldorf, and Piper Jackman. The event started at 9:00 AM and concluded with awards at 5:00 PM.


The students competed in various categories including performance, website, and documentary.


We had several groups make it to the final round including: Meena Ramadugu with her website on the Oslo Accord, Julia Greenlee with her documentary about prohibition, the group of Zoey Akers, Amelia Basler, Lucy Niemuth, and Katie Earl with their performance about Lucy Burns and Alice Paul, and Jessica Cline with her individual performance about morality in theater.


Advancing to Nationals this summer at the University of Maryland will be Meena Ramadugu, an 8th grader, whose website titled, “The Oslo Accords: A Compromise to End Decades of Conflict” was amazing.


Alternates to Nationals is the group of: Zoey Akers, Amelia Basler, Lucy Niemuth and Katie Earl with their performance titled: “Alice Paul and Lucy Burns: Conflict and Compromise for Women’s Voting Rights.” This is also a major accomplishment to end up 3rd in the state of Iowa.


Earning a special social award was the 7th grade boys’ group of Kyle Pratt, Ethan Longwisch, Nick Burkamper, and Sam Lindwall with their group performance: Victor Frankl: The Conflict and Compromise of Finding Meaning.


All of the students enjoyed their day in Des Moines representing Franklin at the State NHD competition!

3rd Quarter PARRT Awards

Last week we held grade level assemblies to hand out 3rd Quarter PARRT Awards. PARRT is the way we teach expectations throughout the building. This acronym stands for Personal Best, Active Listening, Respect, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. At the end of every quarter we will distribute awards for students who have met the following criteria:


  • No grade lower than a C
  • No office referrals
  • Absent from school 2 or less days
  • No missing work
  • 3 or fewer late assignments


Besides being recognized in front of their peers they also received a certificate with the following items to be redeemed: 4 front of the line lunch passes, eat lunch with a friend in the student lounge, 20 Bolt Bucks, and 1 homework pass.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 7

  • Track Meet @ Linn-Mar
  • Boys' Soccer @ Linn-Mar Excelsior


Tuesday, May 8

  • Girls' Tennis vs. Taft


Wednesday, May 9

  • Student Activity Day (Grade Levels @ Various Locations)


Thursday, May 10

  • Track @ Kennedy
  • Girls' Tennis vs. Regis


Monday, May 14

  • Boys' Soccer vs. Regis


Tuesday, May 15

  • Spring Sing, 6:00 in Auditorium


Thursday, May 17

  • City Track Meet @ Prairie Point



8th Grade Awards Assembly

Friday, June 1st, 9:15am

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

This event is families of 8th Grade students. Families should have received a letter through US Mail the week of April 30 informing them of details for the day. Please click on the the link for a copy of that letter.