Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, January 10, 2020

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NO SCHOOL January 13th, 14th, and 20th

New Information

1st Semester Progress Reports

With the end of the first semester, progress reports will be mailed home to all Franklin students. We are sending these out through US Mail the week of January 20. You should see these towards the end of the week, if not the beginning of the next. With our staff using Learner Centered Assessment (LCA) these are progress reports, not final grades.

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.

Winter Conferences

Towards the end of January you will receive letters in the mail with directions on signing up for winter conferences. Sign-up will be completed electronically or by contacting the main office. See the dates and times for conferences below:

  • 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)

Mount Mercy University is excited to begin a new Professional Development School partnership with Franklin Middle School. During the month of January, seven Mount Mercy students will be spending all day every day at Franklin Middle School as part of a dynamic and sustainable university-school partnership focused on creating rich learning experiences for preservice teachers and K-12 students. Mount Mercy students will work with their university professor in a general methods of teaching course taught onsite at Franklin and spend the majority of their day in a Franklin classroom working with teachers and students. The Mount Mercy University professor will remain in the building to observe and offer guidance. This Professional Development School (PDS) arrangement allows for a seamless integration of the methods teaching course students are taking with the day to day life of actual classrooms. Under this arrangement, the whole school, staff and students become partners in the education of these new teachers!
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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

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 Grade

The 7th graders will be going bowling on the 17th of January to celebrate all the learning that we have done in the first semester of the year. We will be going in two different groups to Lancer Lanes and May City Bowl in order to accommodate the 7th grade numbers. Unfortunately, Westdale Bowl has closed, so we were unable to return. After bowling we will return to Franklin for lunch and finish the day with some fun team building activities.

8th Grade

8th Grade will take their annual trip to Sundown Ski Resort in Dubuque for the Franklin Activity Day. 8th Graders have received information during their homerooms about details for the day. Please see the attachment below that includes the permission slip and needed information for the day. If parents would like to chaperon, please reach out to Mr. Jeffords:

7th STEAM Trip

On December 18th Franklin 7th graders attended the STEAM II Institute at Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha. At the event hosted by Kirkwood's Workplace Learning Connection, students learned about career paths in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Using interactive sessions with professionals from their represented field, students learned about a typical day in the life of someone in that career, the steps necessary to become employed, and skills unique to that profession. Franklin students attended sessions such as, Tech in Transportation by CRST, STEAM + Manufacturing= Rewarding Careers by New Leader Manufacturing, Engineering of Cereal by General Mills, Your Drive Saves Lives by National Advanced Driving Simulator, Arts in Television by Titan TV, Hands only CPR by Mercy Medical Center, Occupational Therapy in Action by Kirkwood College OTA Academy among others.

Yearbook Order

Yearbooks will be here in May- prepay online for yours today! Our 2019-2020 yearbooks will be in full color and arriving to Franklin mid-May 2020. You are now able to order/prepay online at The cost per yearbook is $15.00.

We will take cash or check payments in the Main Office starting in April 2020.

PTA Updates

Franklin Facebook Page

Did you know Franklin PTA has a Facebook page? Check out the link below and be sure to "Follow" the page to keep you updated on all Franklin PTA events.


We currently have just under 50 members in our Franklin PTA. Families are encouraged to join at any time during the year. You'll find a link below to the electronic copy of the membership form. Even if you're not able to volunteer during the school year, we'd love to have you join as a member.

Bolt Closet

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 agenda and treasurer items from our December meeting. We welcome all parents to our PTA meetings. They take place the first Monday of every month from 11:00-12:00. Our next meeting is Monday, February 3. If you're not able to attend the meetings, we encourage you to get involved by helping with our concessions and other sign-ups. Stay tuned for future communication involving these.

Continuing Information

Student Tutoring

We're fortunate to have former Franklin students who come back to help our students in a variety of academic and organizational needs. Beginning Tuesday, September 10 Washington High School students will be available for drop-in tutoring sessions. This will run every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Students will be supervised by a Franklin Staff Member. Snacks will also be available for students.

See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.

Franklin Volunteer Tutoring Program

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.


Does this conversation sound familiar?
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

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