Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, January 16


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Principal's Message

Last week was a nice transition back after break, but we were fortunate to have as "normal" of a week as possible. It's amazing how fast the second half of the year goes. Before you know it we'll be wrapping up for the year. With that aside, we have a lot of work left to do. Ask any staff member and they will tell you how great it is to see the growth of our students. We want to continue to work together to help your child and our students. Please let us know how we can be supportive in this endeavor.

Have a great weekend!


You have/should be receiving a letter in the mail informing you of conferences. We would love to see as many parents as possible. Below are the dates.

  • January 22: Last names beginning with (A-K)
  • January 27: Last names beginning with (L-Z)

If you're unable to attend on your designated night please visit the other. We appreciate the feedback that parents provided for the format of the fall conferences and we have decided to go with a similar format again for the winter. Parents do not to schedule ahead of time, but we ask that parents keep conversations to 5 minutes out of respect to other parents.

For your planning purposes there are a couple staff members who will only be here certain nights. Mr. Hilton will only be here Tuesday, January 27. Ms. Stern will only be here Tuesday, January 22. Mr. Clark will need to leave on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00PM. Ms. Schnell will be available after 6:30PM each evening. Ms. Fitzgerald will need to leave Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00PM. Sign-up sheets will be available at their designated tables if they are unavailable during the time of your visit.

8th Grade & High School Registration

Below are key dates for both students as parents as we begin the transitional phase for our 8th graders into the high school.

Tuesday, January 27 11:45-12:45: Large group assemblies for Wash/Kennedy with HS counselors. Information will be distributed to all students! (Wash in Aud.; Kenn in Lil’Theater)

Tuesday, February 3- Freshman: orientation for parents AND students @ Washington HS, 6:30-9:30 p.m. VERY important meeting for all Washington bound families to attend!

Thursday, February 5: Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Kennedy HS, 6:30-9:30 p.m. VERY important meeting for all Kennedy bound families to attend!

Tuesday, February 10 9:00-11:15AM: HS activities assemblies at respective high schools. All students will be bussed to either Wash. or Kennedy for these assemblies.

Week of February 9-13: All 8th graders will turn in a draft of their HS registration to Franklin counselors

Friday, February 20: All 8th graders will finalize HS registration with HS counselors @ Franklin

Franklin School Activity Day-January 30

On Friday, January 30 students will be taking part in our activity day. This should be a great day filled with fun and camaraderie with teachers and classmates. Information, if not already provided, will be sent home with students soon. If you have any questions we ask you to contact the "contact person" with each individual activity. We look forward to a wonderful day!

National Geographic Geography Bee

On Thursday we held the final round of our Geography Bee in the IMC. Preliminary rounds were held in students' Social Studies' classes. The Top 10 contestants were: Jackson Barker, Cedric Brunscheen, Sam Earl, Layla Eckhardt, Maria Enos, Josh Gilbert, Ben Joens, Cael Joens, Brody Lovell, and Raelyn Stecker. When it was all said and done we had two final candidates: Jackson & Cedric. It was close, but our school champion was Cedric. Congratulations to Cedric. He will now take the written test in order to qualify for the state finals in Cedar Falls.
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8th Grade Service-Learning Project

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From Our Clinic

WHO’S GETTING IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET? A survey of teenagers by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that:

  • 1 in 5 teens has tried Vicodin, a powerful and addictive narcotic pain reliever
  • 1 in 10 has tried OxyContin, another prescription narcotic
  • 1 in 10 has used the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall for nonmedical purposes
  • 1 in 11 teens has admitted to getting high on cough medicine.

According to the Iowa Youth Survey, 3 in 5 teens say that prescription drugs are easy to access in their parents’ medicine cabinet. You can find out more information at Even if your children aren’t teens yet you can start now by practicing safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Children watch and learn from you. You can safely dispose of those outdated and unused medication at the Cedar Rapids Police Department or other nearby places.