January 9th, 2023
Good afternoon, families!
Just a reminder you should have received course requests forms for the 23/24 academic year for your current 6th and 7th grade student. More information about course requests can be found below.
I am excited to share with you some updates regarding our schedule. In order to gain feedback from staff, we assembled a team of 18 staff volunteers representative of all core areas and encore groups. The Middle School Experience team collected data from the greater staff and sorted feedback into themes. The main features of our new schedule reflect a 2-4 person house structure, core plus minutes absorbed back into all other classes, a chance for students to be exposed to all encore areas, and a flexible advisory period. We look forward to continued collaboration with our teachers and staff as we begin our planning for next year!
Have a great week!
MAP Testing - This Week!
We will administer our Winter MAP Growth Reading and Math Testing on these dates:
6th & 7th Grade: Tuesday, January 10th and Wednesday, January 11th in core classes.
8th Grade: Tuesday, January 10th - Thursday, January 12th in core classes. This is to accommodate for the high school counselor visits that are planned on these dates.
6th/7th Grade will test during 1st/2nd Hours & 8th Grade should test during 3rd/4th Hours
Make-up testing for any student that is absent or didn’t complete a session must happen by Friday, January 20th.
As the assessment is administered on the student’s chromebook, please make sure they bring it to school each day fully charged. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast on testing days.
Parent Drop-Off Reminder
Lost & Found Items - Claim Your Items By January 31st!
***Items that are currently in the Forest Park Lost and Found will only be available for students to claim until January 31st! After that time the, items will be disposed of.
Our lost and found is overflowing with items waiting to be claimed by their owner! From jackets, hats and sweatshirts, to water bottles, lunch boxes and pencil cases, we have an abundance of student items that need to be reunited with their family. Students can check the lost and found at anytime during the school day, and parents are allowed to check the lost and found before or after school. The lost and found is located near the gym near the event entrance.
Please note that our lost and found is emptied at several points throughout the year as we do not have the space to hang onto items all year long.
Good Luck Wildcats!
Good luck to our boys basketball teams as they play in the Jr. SEC Conference Tournament this week on Monday and Wednesday! Go Wildcats!
Athletics & Activities Updates - Girls Volleyball Starts Soon!
7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the volleyball team need to be registered and have all forms completed before tryouts. You can register your child using this link. Your online registration MUST include a valid/current physical form, otherwise your student will not be allowed to tryout. Tryouts are scheduled for January 18 - 20. Our coaches will be sending more information regarding tryouts this week to any family that has completed registration online.
Practices are Monday-Thursday on dates when teams do not have matches. Practice will take place from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Volleyball Coaching Staff
8th Grade Gold - Molly Sawicky firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Black - Mackenzie Phillips email@example.com
7th Grade Gold - Emily Singer firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade Black - Karisa Stiglitz email@example.com
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Baseball Culver's Fundraiser
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Monday, January 9th is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and we would like to honor our School Resource Officer, Amy Hempe. Officer Hempe has been with the Franklin Police Department for almost 10 1/2 years. Aside from working within Franklin Public Schools, she has been involved with being an Evidence Technician, part of the Crime Prevention Unit, and a negotiator on the Hostage Negotiator Unit. She helps to lead Citizen Academy Classes to teach others about evidence collection and crime prevention. One of her favorite things to do prior to joining us in FPS, was to host several school groups or scout groups for tours at the Police Department. Officer Hempe shared some thoughts with us about her career: "My career allows me the opportunity to directly influence our youth in our community, and this has always been one of the most rewarding parts of my job!" Thank you to Officer Hempe and all law enforcement for partnering with us and helping to keep our community safe!
Join Forte Youth Productions for a Theatre Workshop at Forest Park! Students will focus on acting, vocal production and theatre skills through improvisation, theatre games, and scene work. Parents are invited to attend a special showcase at the end of the session.
Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
February 1 - March 22 (8 weeks)
$100 / 8 weeks
Location: Choir Room
Instructor: Randall Dodge
This workshop is limited to 20 students to ensure personalized attention. Register today!
Forte Theatre Company is the first professional theatre company in Milwaukee's Southwest suburbs, as well as the sister organization of Character Kids. Questions? Contact us at email@example.com or 414-366-3634.
It's Getting Cold Out There!
K-6th Grade Dance Clinic With FHS Varsity Dance
Attention dancers in K-6th grade - come sign up to learn a dance routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and have an opportunity to perform at halftime during the Franklin Basketball game at FHS on Friday, January 20th. The clinic begins at 5:30pm with the game starting at 7 and the girls will perform at halftime. Dancers should dress in comfortable gym attire. The cost for the event is $35 per participant ($25 for an additional sibling) and all proceeds are for team fundraising for items such as transportation, costumes and competitions. Registration includes pizza, cookie, juice, t-shirt, bow and Poms.
Click here to fill out the registration form and please register by the end of the day on Tuesday, January 10th. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Order A Forest Park Yearbook Now!
Course Selection Coming In January For Our 6th and 7th Graders!
6th & 7th Grade Families: We are excited to begin planning for next school year!
A large part of this process is course selection which will occur in January. The school counselors will be providing all current 6th and 7th grade students information in order to review the selection process. Encore elective options will be discussed in detail at this time. Students will begin to choose encore electives that are appropriate for their interests and future planning. Students will have a course selection sheet to help in planning. Students will be asked to share this preliminary selection sheet detailing their choices and discuss it with their families. Families will then register for courses online through PowerSchool.
Stay tuned for more information regarding the online registration process!
If you have any questions regarding courses and course selection, please email your student's guidance counselor:
6th grade - Bernadette Van Lith, email@example.com
7th grade - Ellen Montenero, firstname.lastname@example.org
8th grade - Mindy Greco, email@example.com
Course Selection Timeline For 8th Graders
January 10 - 11 - FHS Counselors at FPMS: The high school counselors will be instructing 8th graders on requirements, course options and programs to help them select classes for 9th grade and plan for future years as well.
January 30 - Freshman Preview Night at FHS - 6pm to 8:30pm (New Format!):
**6:00-7:00 pm – Open House
Opportunity for personal conversations with high school staff from all academic and elective departments in the Main Commons and in Elective Classrooms
*High School Ambassadors will guide you to your desired locations
**7:00-7:15 - Welcome (Saber Center)
Introduction & Welcome to Franklin High School
Directions for the Presentations and Tours
**7:15-7:45 and 7:45-8:30 – Presentation / Tour Options (pick two)
Tour of Elective Departments - meet the teachers, see classrooms / shops / labs
Activities / Athletics Presentation - Mr. Jordan Hein
Counselor Presentation (Registration / Course Selection)**
**Counselor presentation will be recorded to be viewed later
February 7-10 - FHS Counselors at FPMS: High School Counselors will work with all 8th graders in small groups and connect with each student individually to review and finalize their course selections for 9th grade
Registration For Next School Year Is Now Open!
Registration opens at noon on Monday, December 5th for the 2023-24 school year on our website here. Registration is for any new families to Franklin or new students looking to register for next year in 4K, 5K or up through 12th grade. If you have any friends or family in Franklin that plan to have children attend Franklin Public Schools next year, please pass this information along to them! Registering early helps to get all information in our system for planned communications.
Please note that any student that is already attending Franklin Public Schools DOES NOT need to register for next school year as a new student. This includes students already in Preschool Speech, Early Childhood, and 4K. All parents/guardians will be required to review your student’s data during our summer Back-To-School Online Check-In process. Any family who knows a student will not be returning for the next school year should notify your school’s main office staff.
Clinical Psychology Associates Services
We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.
How To Report Your Student Absent
As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.
This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.
Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.
If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance & Absence Policy Information
We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.
Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.
When it comes to illness…
Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.
If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.
Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow up could lead to building level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.
In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.
FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes
Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.
Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.
If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.
Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals
If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).
If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.
Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.
Dropping Something Off For Your Student?
If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.
In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.
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Catch Up On District News
Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
All past newsletters are stored on our website here