Franklin e-Newsletter

Monday, June 29

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Happy Summer

We hope you're enjoying your summer. We would like to thank all our students and families for a great year. The last day is always bittersweet as we say goodbye to our 8th graders. We had a wonderful 8th Grade Awards' Assembly and the rest of our students had a wonderful day doing their culminating events. Summer is a great time to enjoy with families, recharge batteries, and prep for the approaching school year. With the 4th of July right around the corner we'll be back before you know it.

Back to School Night

For families of returning students please add the date for our Back to School night for Thursday, August 20. With school starting on a Monday we will be modifying how we do this night and 6th Grade Orientation. Rather than being on separate nights we will combine them into one. This night will still be used to get schedules, take school pictures, sign up for sports, drop off materials, and receive your locker information. More information will sent as part of our summer mailing in early August, but the tentative times are 3:30-7:30. We're also planning on a hot dog cookout for all our Franklin families.

We look forward to seeing all our families.

Summer Construction

While the hallways at Franklin remain empty that doesn't mean all is calm. After students left on that Friday, June 5 construction projects began. The following construction projects will be taking place this summer:

  • 3rd Floor Restroom Renovation: Both the boys' and girls' restroom will be completed remodeled to be ADA compliant. Everything from the fixtures to the walls will be completely new.
  • Tuckpointing: The northern half of the front of building will have the grout/mortar replaced. The other half was done last summer. This will help water damage that has occurred due to the age of the building.
  • Cement Work: Various spots around the building.
  • Parking Lot Resurface: North lot
  • Tennis Courts Resurface

Projects like these (and others throughout the district) are made possible due to the passage of PPEL: Physical Plant & Equipment Levy. Thank you to the voters of Cedar Rapids that helped make this possible.

Honor Roll

We are very proud of the hard work all our students did in the classroom. Please follow the link to A & B honor rolls for 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

Dows Contests

The Dows Contest is a great way for Franklin students to showcase their talent in writing or art and earn prizes for exceptional work. The contest ran from March 30th to May 1st, 2015. This is a yearly event at Franklin and is made possible by the Dows Family Trust administered thru the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation.

Congratulations to all our participants this year for their extraordinary submissions we received. Follow the link to view the pictures:

Middle School Change of Hours

In a follow-up from a letter that was sent with students' grades I have provided the picture showing how middle school hours will change next year. Here is the rationale behind the change:

  • The first and last day of school is unchanged for middle school. The 11:15am dismissal on the last day is to accommodate the 8th grade awards ceremonies.
  • The regular school day has been lengthened by 10 minutes per day. This will decrease the chance of snow make-up hours this year. We are allowed to “bank” these minutes against snow days that may occur.
  • The number of District Early Dismissal Days has been reduced this year. There were 12 District Early dismissal days in 2014-15. Next year, there will be four.
  • Middle School Early Dismissal Days are new for 2015-16. The middle schools will be modeling a system used at Jefferson High School for several years. From 2:15pm-3:30pm on Wednesdays, teachers will meet in collaborative groups to discuss curriculum, teaching techniques, and how to best meet the needs of individual students. In the education world, we call these meetings PLC (Professional Learning Community) meetings.
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8th Grade Awards Assembly

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A big thank you to Ed & Molly Kempf of Impact Photo for their time and efforts to archive our events and take pictures. To view all the pictures follow the link and enter the password: FMS.

8th Grade Student Message

This year we invited any interested 8th grader to submit a speech that would be the main message for our Assembly. We had a number of wonderful entries that made the decision extremely difficult. Ashley Schuttloffel earned the honor to represent her classmates with a moving speech regarding Lessons Learned While at Franklin. Her speech touched on "being a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday". Wonderful job, Ashely! Thank you.

To read the entire speech click on the link below:

8th Grade Award Winners