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Friday, May 31, 2019

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End of the Year Dates & Dismissal Times

The end of the year is quickly coming upon us. Students and Staff are wrapping up items in the classroom. We want to be sure information for the final day is clear. Please see the details below.


Last Day of School

  • The last day of school is this coming Thursday, June 6. This will be a 1:20 dismissal for all students except 8th Graders.
  • 6th Graders will be off campus in the morning at a movie.
  • 7th Graders will be around the building doing different activities inside and outside.
  • Lunch will be served to all students on the final day of school.

8th Grade Awards Assembly

As of writing this, the last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, June 6. This day will be a 1:20PM dismissal. Here are the details for the assembly.


  • Assembly will begin at 9:15AM in the Franklin Auditorium. Parking is tight. Please plan accordingly so you can park and be in the auditorium for the start of the assembly.
  • We expect the assembly to end no later than 11:15AM.
  • At the conclusion of the assembly, 8th Grade students can go home with their families
  • If students need to stay behind, they can remain in the building until the 1:20PM dismissal. Lunch will be served.
  • If 8th Grade parents have a younger sibling they want to go home at the conclusion of the assembly, please call our Attendance Office before Thursday so we can plan for their dismissal.

Yearbooks Are In!!!

Yearbooks have arrived and available for pick-up by students. We've already had a large number of students pick up their online order or purchase from the main office. If you ordered one for your child online, or wish to purchase for $15, please stop into the main office. We'll keep selling yearbooks until they're gone.

Hy-Vee Cash4Students

A huge thank you to HyVee for their support of our local schools through their Cash4Students. Thanks to the help of our families, Franklin received a check/gift card in the amount of $1,457.04.


While the collection date for the current year has passed, we are already accepting receipts for next year. If you have receipts from any Cedar Rapids/Marion Hy-Vee Grocery, Drug, or Gas they can be dropped off in the main office.

Spring Sports Recap

Girls' Tennis

The Franklin Girls’ Tennis Team finished up their season in fine fashion. After being asked to divide the team up into 2 even teams, the Thunderbolts proceeded to go a combined 18 wins and no losses. Each and every girl put forth an excellent effort and had to endure a rollercoaster of weather patterns throughout the season. A special shout out goes to Katelynn Kock, Kathryn Zylstra, Dagny Hall and Lucy Niemuth who all finished the season undefeated! Kathryn Zylstra also finished her Middle School tennis career an impressive 18 wins and zero losses!!! Way to go Kathryn, and way to go Franklin Girls Tennis!!!

Boys' Soccer

The boys soccer team completed their season last week with a record of 1-5, highlighted by a come from behind win over rival McKinley. The boys endured a tough season full of hectic weather, injuries, and low numbers. The resiliency and perseverance shown by every player throughout the season is something to be proud of.

Girls' Track

It was a great start for the 7th and 8th grade girl’s track team this year. Our first competition took place at Xavier against Regis and Wilson and was a great first experience for a lot of girls. As we continued through the season, performances continued to improve with each meet that we ran in. We were also very fortunate to avoid most of the rainy days and were able to compete in five out of the six meets that were scheduled. The girls saved some of their best performances for the 7th and 8th city meets. At a very warm, and toasty, 8th grade city meet, Addy Alber had one of her best performances of the year in the disc throwing 79’ 9” along with Sage Slessor and Charlotte Ottomoeller in the open 400. Sage ran a time of 1:09 followed by Charlotte with a time of 1:11. At the girls 7th grade city meet, Ciana Johnson posted two personal bests, where she placed 3rd in the 100 meters running a time of 14.06 seconds followed by another 3rd place finish in the 200 meters running a time of 29.31 seconds. In the 100 meter hurdles Amari Jacobo placed 4th running a time of 21.31 seconds. Finally, Keistin Candia set a personal best of 12’ 7” in the long jump and Allie Brown placed in 5th in the shot-put throwing 22’ 8.5”. It was a very enjoyable season working with both groups of girls who put forth great effort. As always, it was sad to see the 8th graders move on, but at the same time, very exciting to see what next year will bring.

Boys' Track

Twenty Bolts 7th grade track boys had a great season! We battled the rain at times, but made a lot of progress understanding our strengths in different events and setting personal records. We won 3 of the five smaller meets we participated in during April, and achieved moderate success at the All-City meet against much larger teams. Our shuttle hurdle team of Thor White, Jamari Benson, Colton Carver and Isaac White was one of the fastest in the area, as was our sprint medley team of Logan Aswegan, Isaac White, Colton Carver, and anchor Miles Parlet. Ben Kniffer, Aswegan, and Parlet proved to be near the top in their individual events, also.


More importantly, all of our students worked as a team. Many boys ran in events they weren’t crazy about just to help the team and found success in a new event. I was proud of our team spirit!


The 8th grade Franklin boys track team finished 6th in the city this season. Although the boys didn’t have the numbers to compete for the top spot in the city, the guys worked hard and competed well throughout the season and at the city meet. The Bolts won three triangular meets this season, had numerous time drops and a large number of PRs. Seth Woods finished 7th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.99 and 11th in the long jump with a best of 15’6”. Davonn Jeffries finished 9th in the shot put with a throw of 34’5”. The shuttle hurdle team of Woods, Kinne, Saryoung and Charters finished 4th with a season best time of 1:10.18. Leighton Charters also finished 9th in the 400m dash with a time of 1:03 and 8th in the 100 M hurdles with a time of 17.28. Ian Lucas ran a time of 6:10.45 to finish 12th in the city. Overall, the boys had a great season and improved each week.

2019 Spring Sing

The 2nd Annual, "Spring Sing" was another huge success at Franklin Middle School The event consisted of 30 soloists/small groups, Ukulele performance, "Steppin" Movement Company, 6th grade choir, 7/8th grade choir, Classic Show Choir and the award winning, "Classic Illumination Show Choir". The event is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their singing and dancing talents.