Friday, May 22
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! No School on Monday, May 25
Yearbooks for Sale
We will also have these for sale at the spring fine arts concert on June 1.
Iowa Assessment Reports
Statements for students who still owe district Consumable Material Fees will be sent out next week. Statements have previously been mailed with student’s trimester report cards. Payments may be paid with a credit card online at www.SchoolCashOnline.com or by cash or check at the Franklin Middle School Main Office. Any outstanding payments not made by Wednesday, June 17th will be sent to collections.
Franklin Variety Show
- Paul Linville, Van Novak, Cael Joens - MC
- Arianna and Evelynn Calderon – “Show You”
- Nala Gauvin– clarinet solo – “Minuetto”
- Jaydin McMickle-“Valerie”
- Jason Techau- dance
- Diamond Roundtree and Zachone Robertson - "Halo"
- Maddy Abu-Nameh- piano solo
- Shay Larson/Jessie Koozer – “Stay”
- Ben Joens- piano solo
- Dominique Martin - “Let it Go”
- Amelia Spreitzer – “Mercy”
- Julia DePanfillis/Drew Paoli – trumpet duet
- Paige Downs/group - “Count on Me”
Jade Barnes and Mandy Myers ran the lights and Miguel Jacobo did sound.
Spring Leadership Conference
On April 8th 6th, 7th, and 8th grade members took part in the State Student Council Spring Leadership conference in Marshalltown. Students listened to a keynote speaker talk about internet safety. This is currently a hot topic and students often do not recognize the risks they are taking by posting personal information or sharing information with friends on the internet. Student also were given information about the Red Cross and Job Corps. This was helpful for them to learn about ways they can volunteer and help out in their communities.
Families Helping Families
The Franklin Middle School Student Council was able to donate a $250 dollar check to the Families Helping Families organization. The money was raised through sales of Santa Grams during December. Leanne Loehr, outgoing President of the organization selects the check from current Student Council members in April.
Spring Planting in Czech Village
On Tuesday, May 19th a group of Student Council members took time out of school to take part in the spring planting of the village planters. This is the fourth year our group has helped out. Student’s plant annuals and then mulch them in order for them to require very little care during the summer. We encourage families to visit the village. As the student council members discovered, there are many unique shops and foods to try out.
8th Grade Assembly
- This last day of school is a “dress up” day for all students. Dress up does not mean formal attire; however, we will be asking students to dress a notch or two above their normal daily school attire. All school rules apply regarding attire.
- Parking is limited because of the neighborhood that surrounds Franklin, and this assembly is typically well attended, so please plan accordingly.
We look forward to seeing families and friends as we celebrate our 8th grade class. Click on the following link to view the letter: https://crk12.ae-admin.com/assets/23/6/2015_8th_Grade_Parent_Letter_on_Letterhead2.pdf
2015-16 District Calendar
Link to calendar .pdf: http://www.cr.k12.ia.us/assets/1/6/CR_Calendar_15-16_Alternate_Aug_24.pdf
2015-16 Middle School Hours *IMPORTANT NOTICE*
The fine details are still being worked out and we will communicate them as they become available. In regards to middle school athletics we will continue with the normal start time. During the time from dismissal to practice on Wednesdays we will provide coverage and supervision for student-athletes as they wait for their practice to begin.
PACT Night at Franklin Middle School
Who: Future 6th, 7th and 8th grade PACT students
What: An opportunity to hear from current PACT students about the activities
When: Thursday, May 28th
Time: 6:30PM-8:30 PM on the 4th floor at Franklin
Why: To sign up for next year’s PACT activities
Questions: Contact Ms. Siebenga 558-1975 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Financial Literacy Fair
This past Wednesday, Franklin 8th graders participated in a Financial Literacy Fair Field Trip at the Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection Center off of Boyson Road in Hiawatha. All 8th graders in Linn County take part in this valuable experience. For the past six weeks, Social Studies students have been able to participate in activities coordinated through Junior Achievement guest speakers. Topics have included: careers, budgeting, saving, debit vs. credit cards, credit score, and insurance.
Goals for the field trip:
1. Apply knowledge of careers
2. Understand career choices and basic financial education
3. Discover what it means to get a job
4. Practice greeting and meeting people
5. Practice presenting themselves in a professional manner
6. Develop a budget plan
Students arrived with their budget sheets. Franklin students spent time researching careers, average salaries, and figuring out their net monthly budget (after taking out federal and state taxes, FICA, and Medicare). They traveled to various booths at the fair, making decisions about savings, student loans, housing, transportation, utilities, food, clothing, insurance, etc. At the end of the field trip, they totaled their expenses and met with a financial counselor to discuss their spending choices.
Discussions about your personal family budget will only enhance your student's learning!
Comments after the field trip included:
- “You shouldn’t buy cable if you can’t afford a TV!”
- “I learned how to be better at budgeting. Also, taxes are a pain!”
- “I learned how to budget. Don’t spend money on what you don’t need.”
- “Plan your budget before you spend.”
- “Insurance is expensive! Especially if you have a speeding ticket and are self-employed.”
- “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
- “Everything costs money so make sure you can pay for what you have.”
- “Be careful with your money.”
- “You shouldn’t buy stuff you don’t need unless you know you have the extra money to afford it.”
- “I had a reality check about life and money.”
- “It’s hard to get everything you want.”
- “Bills are expensive. Don’t go into debt.”
- “I shouldn’t have gotten a pet.”
- “I should have planned ahead to save more.”
Canoe Trip Re-cap
On Monday, May 18th the Franklin student body and staff were treated to an all school cookout during lunch. Lunch was extended to 40 minutes and students were served hamburgers and/or chicken sandwiches hot from the grill. With the additional time they could play games, dance, talk, or just sit and soak up some sun. While it was chilly most enjoyed getting outside and just being able to kick back and enjoy some loosely structured time to unwind. As a building we try to do a cookout of this type as part of our PBIS program. Both during and fall and spring we schedule some time to reward students for coming to school and doing their best. We plan to continue this activity during the 2015-2016 school year.
Lace Up 4 Learning
There are 3 traveling trophies, one for elementary school, one for middle school, and one for high school. The traveling trophies are awarded each year to the school that has the highest percent of combined participants. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of participants by the total student body.
Home page: http://www.laceup.cr.k12.ia.us/index.aspx
Green Team Celebration
(See the video below from this week's celebration)
Spring Concert Times Adjusted
- 6th Grade: Concert begins at 5:45 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 5:30, Orchestra 5:20)
- 7th Grade: Concert begins at 7:00 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 6:45, Orchestra 6:40)
- 8th Grade: Concert begins at 8:15 (Call Times: Vocal & Band 8:00, Orchestra 7:55)
We appreciate the support you've offered to these groups and hopefully the minor adjustments help that stress level of getting your students dropped off and being able to find a parking spot. Assuming the weather cooperates we will allow families to park on the lawn north of our northside parking lot.
Kennedy Show Choir Camp
June 15-19th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Family performance on Friday (19th) at 12:00pm
Location: Kennedy High School choir room, Cost: $65
Join us for the 5th annual KCL show choir camp, taught by Kennedy show choir alumni, with proceeds to benefit the Kennedy Choral Program. Camp enrollment is open to ALL 5th-8th graders across the Cedar Rapids area interested in show choir. YES! If you will be in 5th grade in 2015-2016 you are welcome to come to the camp. Students will spend the week learning vocal parts and choreography and getting a taste of what show choir is like. Camp will conclude with a performance for our families. If you have any questions, please contact Jake at 319-651-0409 or email@example.com
8th Grade Party
Friday, June 5th 2015 at 1-4pm
Cedar Rapids Country Club 27th Street Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
The students will be asked to pay a small entrance fee of $5 with scholarships being available. The drinks and a snack will be provided by the Cedar Rapids Country Club but we are asking for cash donations from parents to help cover additional expenses. If you are able to provide a cash donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Any and all amounts are welcomed!! Chaperones are also needed for the party.
To view the invitation please follow the link: