Friday, January 10, 2020
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NO SCHOOL January 13th, 14th, and 20th
1st Semester Progress Reports
Also included in the mailing is an informational letter and results from your child's fall and winter i-Ready Reading & Math benchmark assessments. These assessments do not factor into a child's progress in their Franklin classes.
- Monday, February 17 from 3:00-8:00PM
- Thursday, February 20 from 3:00-8:00PM
Conferences will be scheduled for 12 minutes in length, with a buffer of 3 minutes in between conferences in an attempt to stay on schedule and allow time for parents to move between classrooms. Similar to the fall, parents can sign-up for only 2 time blocks. If you wish to visit with more than two, please reach out to the teachers directly.
Mt. Mercy Partnership (Professional Development School)
8th Grade Parents: High School Transition Information
This is a quick reminder that your student will be participating in the following upcoming 8th grade transition activities:
Washington High School
- High School Orientation at Franklin with Washington counselors (January 16 at 11:45 AM)
- Freshman Orientation at Washington High School (January 21st at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium)
- High School Registration at Franklin Middle School with Washington counselors (February 18th)
Kennedy High School
- High School Orientation at Franklin with Kennedy counselors (January 31 at 11:30 AM)
- Freshman Orientation at Kennedy High School (February 10 at 6:30 PM)
- High School Registration at Franklin Middle School with Kennedy counselors (TBD)
Jefferson High School
- Performing Arts Assembly (February 11 at 9:30-10:45 AM)
- Freshman Orientation at Jefferson High School (February 18 at 6:30 PM)
- High School Registration at Franklin Middle School with Jefferson counselor (TBD)
Students will be expected to attend the events associated with their currently assigned high school. If you need to pick up an in district permit you can do so in the counseling office or print one off from our Franklin Counseling page. Counselors will work individually with any students attending high schools other than Washington and Kennedy. Thank you for your understanding and assistance as we get ready to prepare your child for their transition into high school
Attention 7th Grade Parents
One of the goals of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools focuses on the overall health and well-being of our students including efforts to enhance student learning. A social and emotional screening, using the Pediatric Symptom Checklist, is completed annually for all students in PK, 3rd, 5th, 7th grades and high school in our district.
The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is a research-based screening tool, which identifies potential areas of concern; it does not provide any emotional or behavioral diagnosis. It is intended to provide you information regarding your child’s social and emotional development. The school nurse or school counselor will contact parents by letter and/or phone call for students who have scores of concern. Parents will not be contacted if the student scores are not of concern.
If you have any questions or concerns about this screening program or would like to see the checklist prior to administration, please contact your school nurse or counselor. If you do not want your child to participate in the screening, please notify the counselor in writing or by phone. The scheduled days for Franklin Middle School are; 1/27/20 in Jones and Hebrink and 1/29/20 in Suthers.
January 17 Activity Day
6th Grade is planning an activity day Friday, January 17th at Franklin Middle School. The purpose is a day of collaboration and team building. As a result, we will not have academic classes that day. Instead, half of the day will be spent at the Cedar Rapids ice skating rink and the other half of the day will be spent with their homeroom classes.
Lunch will be provided at school. However, students can bring a small snack as part of our homeroom celebration. We thank you in advance for only sending snacks that contain no peanuts as we have student with severe allergies.
7th STEAM Trip
We will take cash or check payments in the Main Office starting in April 2020.
Franklin Facebook Page
We had a very successful first year of opening the Franklin Bolt Closet. For families new to Franklin, this closet provides new and gently used clothing, new socks and underwear and all personal hygiene care items for the underserved students who are part of the Franklin family. We protect the students’ privacy by only having the counseling and health center staff know who utilizes the closet. Monthly we will feature one item the closet is in need of.
For December/January, we are now accepting winter items such as new/lightly used hooded sweatshirts, stocking hats, gloves.
We also accept monetary donations and have volunteer shoppers for the Bolt Closet. Thank you for your support and helping to ensure every student comes to school clean, appropriately dressed and ready to learn!
Agenda & Budget Items
See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.
City Bus Transportation (Free)
Students — Ride the Bus on Us! All CRCSD, Kirkwood and Coe students can now ride the City bus free all year. High School and College students – just show a student ID to ride free. Elementary and middle school student do not need ID. http://cityofcr.com/transit
- Parent: "What'd you do today at school?"
- Student: "Nothing"
- Parent: "Is there anything I should know about going on at school?"
- Student: "Nope"
If this is occurring at your house, check out the two links below that will take you to ways we communicate announcements to students. These same announcements are read during the school day; both morning and afternoon.
Monday, January 13 & Tuesday, January 14 (NO SCHOOL)
Wednesday, January 15
- Start of 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester
Thursday, January 16
- Girls' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Roosevelt
- Boys' Swimming @ Mercer Aquatic Center in Iowa City
Friday, January 17 (Winter Activity Day)
Saturday, January 18
- Marion Honor Band
Monday, January 20 (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, January 21
- Girls' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ North Central Jr. High
- Boys' Swimming City Meet @ Linn-Mar Aquatic Center
Thursday, January 23
- Girls' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Linn-Mar Excelsior