FHS Principal's Newsletter 11/18/22

Compiled with help from the PTSA


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*There will be no newsletter next week. Happy Thanksgiving, Conference Week and Fall Break to all students, staff and families!

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, November 19th, 12:00-2:00pm, Cafeteria: Latino FAFSA/College Event

Monday, November 21st-Friday, November 25th: NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 21st: In-Person Conferences in the Gyms (no appointment needed)

Tuesday, November 22nd: Virtual Conferences (by appointment only)

Thursday, December 1st, 6:00pm, Library: Franklin Talks-Parent Version

Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00am-12:00pm: First Boost Opportunity (see below)

Tuesday, December 6th: Franklin Talks-Student Version

Thursday, December 8th, 7:00pm, Auditorium: FHS Has Talent

Friday, December 9th-Saturday, December 10th, 7:00pm, Auditorium: Winter Dance Showcase

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Franklin Families and Students,

As we prepare for the Fall Break it is only fitting to share my sincere gratitude and appreciation to our entire Franklin community.

Thanks so much for your unwavering support and commitment to our school mission and vision. Your trust and faith in our staff allows us to confidently provide innovative instruction and supportive services aimed at promoting and growing our students in all areas of their lives. As shared in our mission statement, ”providing a diverse and supportive environment, our educators, families and community prepare our students for a strong future and appreciation for lifelong learning and service.” This is a collaborative effort that asks teachers, staff, families and partners to work in unison and carry out their designated role. This is a labor of love that cannot be accomplished alone. I am so grateful for the manner in which we all lean into the work, for the benefit of our students.

As a school community we have countless reasons to be so thankful.

Our staff looks forward to seeing everyone November 21st and 22nd for Family-Student-Teacher conferences and continuing our work together. Wishing everyone a wonderful break and an enjoyable time with your loved ones.

Franklin STRONG,

Chris Frazier

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NEXT WEEK: Conferences

At Franklin we believe that the role of conferences is to further the relationships and engagement of our families and students. This year’s conferences will take place Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd. We ask that students attend conferences along with their parents or guardians. Each conference will be up to 10 minutes in length. Please know that you may contact our teachers by email at any time throughout the year and are not limited to these conference times.

  • Monday, November 21st: In-person, in the gyms, NO appointment needed
  • Tuesday, November 22nd: Virtual, by appointment ONLY

For in-person conferences on Monday, November 21st:

  • Families and students can arrive and walk into the gym building to speak with the teachers. No appointments are needed (see schedule below).

For virtual, by appointment ONLY conferences on Tuesday, November 22nd:

  • Online conference scheduling is open to families to make their own virtual appointments with teachers at myconferencetime.com/franklinhs. The scheduling window will close Monday, November 21st at 7:30pm.

  • For families with Interpretation Services, Conferences can be scheduled for 20 minutes as needed.

We look forward to connecting with families and working in partnership to support our students’ academic and social-emotional success.


Monday, November 21st (In-person, in the gyms, NO appointment needed)

  • Conferences 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Staff Lunch 12:00-1:00pm
  • Conferences 1:00-4:30pm
  • Staff Dinner 4:30-5:30pm
  • Conferences 5:30-7:45pm

Tuesday, November 22nd (Virtual, by appointment ONLY)

  • Conferences 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Staff Lunch 12:00-1:00pm
  • Conferences 1:00-4:30pm
  • Staff Dinner 4:30-5:30pm
  • Conferences 5:30-7:45pm

How to Make a Virtual Conference Appointment for Tuesday, November 22nd

  • Prior to scheduling, please have your student’s schedule with their teachers' names found through ParentVue. Contact Sorena Dibble with questions about ParentVue.

  • For questions on virtual scheduling through MyConferenceTime, please contact Nicci Kaufman by email or at: 503-916-5140 ext. 84347

  • For questions about Interpretation Services, please contact Jill Register by email or at 503-916-5140 ext. 84347

NEW: Boost Invitation

Boost is an opportunity for students to spend some extra time focusing on an offered course that they are struggling with (earning less than a C). Our first boost for the 22-23 school year will be offered Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00am-12:00pm. Snacks will be provided. Check in with your teacher if you'd like to attend.

We are offering the following courses (based on the teachers who have agreed to attend):

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • English 1
  • English 3
  • English 5
  • English 7
  • Spanish 1-2 & 3-4

Contact Alice Headley for more information.

NEW: Franklin Talks

On Tuesday, December 6th all staff and students will embark on a series of four conversations, centering race and equity, entitled Franklin Talks. Our Franklin Equity Team with administrators are leading this work. Franklin Talks are opportunities throughout the year for us to gather as a community and engage in collective conversations in order to gain a deeper understanding and compassion for our lived experiences through an equity lens. We are also seeking to cultivate the skills needed to be powerful and effective communicators and racial equity leaders, both spotlighted as crucial attributes in our Portland Public Schools Graduate Portrait. This year we will be examining school through an equity lens.

These discussions will be offered four times over the school year and held during the school day. We will have an assembly schedule on the following days for these guided conversations, held with your student’s second period teacher, a trained co-facilitator, and a trained student leader:

  • December 6th: Physical Environment
  • February 15th: Access to Education
  • March 15th: Representation in the Curriculum
  • May 19th: Reimagining Schools

When we looked at our Successful Schools Survey (PPS Climate Survey) results from last year, we noticed a few responses which highlight the need to prioritize these conversations. In the following three questions regarding talking about and responding to issues of race, Franklin lagged behind other district high schools by approximately 4 percentage points:

  • How often do students have conversations about race, even when they may be uncomfortable?
  • When there are major events that deal with race, how often do adults at school talk about them with students?
  • Are you encouraged to think more deeply about issues of race?

In addition, our students have asked to talk about race and equity, and these results demonstrate that we need to engage in this work together. Over the past several years, our staff have had training and practice learning and growing individually and in community as racial equity leaders. However, we are missing hearing the crucial voices, perspectives and lived experiences of our students. As we move into this year, we know there will be discomfort as we experience growth and change. After all, that’s what education is all about, and what being a lifelong learner entails. We also know that as a community this is the right step to take as we learn and grow and work towards building a more inclusive school community and just world.

NEW: Franklin Talks- Family Version - Save the Date

Thursday, December 1st


Franklin High School Library

Focus: Franklin Talks overview, ground intention, & physical environment of school. Families will receive the same presentation and learning as students and staff

NEW: 1984 Donors Choose Campaign

Please consider supporting this Donors Choose campaign from FHS educator Tereza Bottman: "My goal is to provide access and to engage all our students, especially English Language Learners, and others from historically underserved groups, by using the recently published graphic novel adaptation of George Orwell's 1984."

NEW: SafeOregon Program

Since September 2017, Portland Public Schools has been encouraging its community to utilize the SafeOregon tip line to report unsafe situations including threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation, or self-harm. All tips reported through SafeOregon are immediately routed to a tip line technician 24/7.

SafeOregon is funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. The tip line provides a secure means for a person to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations.

Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:


SafeOregon Posters

SafeOregon Brochures:

SafeOregon – English

SafeOregon – Spanish

SafeOregon – Vietnamese

SafeOregon – Chinese

SafeOregon – Russian

SafeOregon – Somali

Remember “If you see something or hear something, say something”

Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

FHS Gives Back

FHS Gives Back is live! Donations will be collected in the class-specific bins in the main hall until December 16th. Cash donations can also be made on SchoolPay. The class that donates the most will win a prize.
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NEW: Falls Grounds Clean-Up Thank Yous

Huge thanks to Susan Rose, Hannah Kramer, Ali Perrin and all the other volunteers (many of whom were students) who spent the afternoon of November 12th weeding, mulching and clearing out the garden spaces around campus. If this ongoing effort sounds like something you'd like to help with, please contact Susan Rose to get involved...and watch for more clean-up days to come!
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NEW: BottleDrop Challenge

From now until December 1st, Oregon BottleDrop will match 20% of our total blue bag bottle/can deposit donations. Please help us make the most of this generous campaign!

There are two ways to support us through BottleDrop:

  • You can pick up a blue bag in the main office that is pre-labeled with the PTSA's account info, fill that bag up with beverage containers and return it to any BottleDrop location (including most Fred Meyer & Safeway locations). Our account will automatically be credited.
  • If you already have your own Bottle Drop account, you can search for Franklin High School PTSA and transfer funds to our account.
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NEW: Site Council Survey

Franklin's Site Council wants to hear from parents how Franklin is doing. We'll use the information from this survey on communication, sense of belonging, and safety to inform planning for the school. Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback. For more information on Site Council, please see our webpage. Questions can be emailed to the council chair, Kathleen Fleming. Thank you for your time!
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NEW: Important Dates for Seniors

NOW: Graduation Orders: Orders for graduation items are now being accepted. To participate in Franklin’s Commencement Ceremony all students must wear a cap, gown and tassel. To place an online order, please go to Jostens' website. If paper is preferred, order packets are available in the counseling office. It’s encouraged to order as early as possible. Payment is not required at the time of placing an order.

November 15th: 1st Quarter Report Notices Franklin sends notices by mail to families of seniors who may be in danger of not passing a course required for graduation. Counselors reviewed 1st quarter grades as well as overall graduation requirements to determine who will receive notices. If you received a notice please reach out to teachers (of specific classes), Martin Rodriquez (for CRLEs, resume, My Plan essay requirements), as well as your counselor (for anything related to graduation requirements).

December 15th: Diploma Submission Form Due It's time to submit a request for your diploma. This is your opportunity to decide how you want your name to appear on your diploma. Will it be your full name or just first and last? Parents or Guardians may also have suggestions, so consider including them in this important decision. Please use this link to submit your Diploma Submission Form. We must receive your Diploma Submission no later than December 12th. If no submission is received, your full legal name from Synergy (first, middle, and last) will be used and printed onto your 2023 Diploma. There is no cost for your diploma. Every senior who completes all graduation requirements is awarded a diploma by the school.

Valuable information and important dates will be posted on the Senior Corner regularly. We encourage you to visit this site often. If you have any questions not found on the Senior Corner, you may contact Sheila Dygert in the Counseling Office. Thank you!

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NEW: Winter Dance Showcase

Dance at Franklin's Winter Dance Showcase is coming up on Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th. They will need lots of community support to put this show on so please consider lending a hand if you are able. Every volunteer sign-up will get two free tickets to one of the shows, so this is a great option for dance and non-dance families alike!
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REMINDER: Franklin Athletic Boosters Winter Newsletter

Catch up on the latest FAB news with their winter newsletter.

Game Schedules

Because game schedules are subject to frequent, often last-minute changes, we don't publish them in this newsletter. Please bookmark this page to have easy access to up-to-date game info.

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