Friday, January 15, 2016
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** NO SCHOOL Monday, January 18 **
End of 1st Semester & Grades
The end of the semester also marks the end of the 2nd Quarter and a new rotation to their quarter Exploratories (Art, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, and Wellness). For the most part students' schedules will remain unchanged.
P: Personal Best
A: Active Listening
Wynter Fason, Vivian Lin, Kyra LaGrange, Tyler Orme, Colton Staudacher, Austin Ybarra
Logan Bentley, Sofia Burke, Raven Dochterman, Savannah Franklin, Henry Lin, Yemurai Tavaziva
Avary Heinrich (not pictured), Hannah Krejci, Ben Peckosh, Diamond Roundtree, Alex Schweer, Parnell Theroith
8th Grade Transition to High School Information
Dates and times can be found on the Franklin Website, Our School, Counseling. There are links to the high schools with more information regarding courses and graduation requirements.
January & February Registration Activities
- January 7,8th and 12th – All 8th Grade, High School Planning with Counselors in Lab 334, ihaveaplan
- January 21st – Washington and Kennedy Assembly at Franklin during school day
- February 2 - Incoming Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Washington HS Auditorium, 6:30 PM. VERY important meeting for all Washington bound families to attend!
- February 4 - Incoming Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Kennedy HS Auditorium, 6:30 PM. VERY important meeting for all Kennedy bound families to attend!
- February 18th – Washington and Kennedy High School Registration during school day
Please follow the link for important 8th Grade Registration Information: http://franklin.cr.k12.ia.us/academics/8th-grade-hs-registration/
If you have any questions please contact our Counseling Office.
The 23rd Annual Dows Contest will be open for entries beginning on Tuesday, January 19th. The Dows Contest is a great way for Franklin students to showcase their talent in writing and/or art and earn cash prizes for exceptional work. The contest runs from January 19th to February 24th, 2016.
This is a yearly event at Franklin and is made possible by the Dows Family Trust administered thru the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.
We encourage all students to participate and submit their original writing and art work creations. Entries must be submitted to Dr. Carr or Ms. Rose by 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 24th, 2016. Please make sure that all contest rules are followed and that entries are submitted along with the appropriate entry forms. Please click on the links below for more information.
Please see Ms. Rose or Dr. Carr with questions.
January 29 - Student Activity Day
The grade level is planning to take a community building field trip to Westdale Bowling Center. We will be going Friday, January 29th, with busses departing at 10:00AM and returning around 2:30PM.
Students can bring their own lunch, purchase it at the bowling alley, or order one from school. If you’d like to see the food menu at the bowling center, feel free to visit the website; a basket averages $7 and a pop $3. Kids may also bring money for Lazer Tag ($5), lazer maze ($3), pool, video games, or snacks. Bowling and shoes will be covered by the team.
This is a school trip. Students that are not attending the ski trip will attend school unless they're call in and excused.
One thing we try to do for our students is to provide snacks during the Assessments. This is made possible through the generous donations of our parents. There will be a sign-up for parents willing to donate items such as Gogurt, bananas, string cheese, and granola bars. We're also offering an incentive for students to be here on all testing days. Students will earn a soda during lunch. We'll be accepting soda donations as well. Stay tuned.
Receipts, Receipts, Receipts
We will be hosting another challenge later in the spring...stay tuned. As always, we will accept receipts at any time during the school year. Hy-Vee is a wonderful supporter of education as we receive a check every spring that depends on the amount of money collected.
PACT: Future Cities
Future Cities is a project based class where students design a model of a city that would exist 100 years in the future. This year’s theme is “Waste Not, Want Not.” The students did research and then wrote an essay, built a model, turned in a SIM city power point, and a project plan. The students also wrote and performed an original presentation, including visuals to better explain their model and all of its features. The budget for the model is $100.00 and it is highly encouraged to use recyclable materials. The students began work on their project at the end of October and are now finishing up the class. The students learned a variety of skills including, working with scale, measurement, chemical processes, and other scientific topics. They also learned about the engineering process of coming up with an idea and revising it until it works.
The Franklin Future Cities classes recently held an in-school competition to determine the teams that would make it on to the Regional Competition on January 23rd at Prairie Point Middle School.
The teams that advanced were:
- Kibou City- Elise Fashimpaur, Priya Kearny, Elizabeth Evans, Julian Martin
- Chengshi Shenghu- Lydia Mackey, Raafa Elsheikh, Rahma Elsheikh, Lauren Kryzwicki, Layla Eckhardt
- Bodase- Josh Horne, Braden Hoyer, Marquise Snead, Hugh Duffy, Zelda Siegel
- New Derinkuyu- Kira DeBrower, Connor Rissi, Quinn Dunn, Yemurai Tavaziva, Olivia Metzger
Other entries included:
- Noosphere -Sophia Lindwall, Emma Ohrt, Max Lutton , Brody Lovell, Liam Wahe, Grace Niemuth, Garrett Watson, Nic Ryan
- Katah Jasup - Sophia Jasper, Katie Jensen, Noah Loehr, Chloe Soukup
The competition was held on January 4th in the Franklin Little Theater and the following adults served as judges: Mr. Ptacek, Ms. Ramsay, Ms. Rose, and Ms. Clair. Their help was appreciated very much, especially since the points were so close for all 6 of the entries. The students, advancing or not, all learned a multitude of skills through the process about working together. We invite everyone to Prairie Point on Saturday, January 23rd starting at 9:00 AM to view projects from all over the state of Iowa. It will be a great day for everyone!
Student Presidential Straw Poll
Students will be discussing and comparing the presidential candidates from the two main parties (Democratic and Republican) during the next couple of weeks in their social studies classes. Franklin has been invited to participate in a state-wide Student Presidential Straw poll on Tuesday, January 26. On January 26th, students will then vote in their social studies classes and votes will be tallied and reported back to the state of Iowa. It will be interesting to see who Franklin students are supporting in comparison to other students across the state. It is important for students to understand the civics foundation that Iowa was built upon, so that they will be inspired to take part in civics in their communities in the future. Secretary of State, Paul Pate, is promoting this hands-on activity across the state of Iowa. With the Iowa Caucuses approaching, it is a great time for Franklin families to discuss the various candidates and how they compare. Questions regarding this activity may be directed to Deb Siebenga, Franklin PACT coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost & Found
Concession Help Needed
Friends of Franklin
Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Home, 8th @ Harding
Thursday, January 21
Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Taft, 8th @ Home
Boys' Swimming @ Kennedy
Saturday, January 23
Metro Orchestra Performance @ Paramount Theater
Monday, January 25
Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Home, 8th @ Regis
Wednesday, January 27
Boys' Swimming City Meet @ Linn-Mar
Thursday, January 28
Girls' Basketball, 7th @ IC Southeast, 8th @ Home
Friday, January 29
Kennedy Band Carnival
Franklin Pep Band @ Roughriders Game