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Friday, December 1, 2017

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Holiday Break: December 22-January 1

Congratulations Mrs. Shanley!!!

Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association (NEIBA) announces 2017 Philip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award recipient


The Philip Sehmann Excellence in Teaching Award (High School level, Middle School level, Elementary level) is given in memory of Mr. Sehmann who had a highly distinguished career as Director of Bands at Crestwood Community Schools. This award is presented to those individuals who meet the criteria of excellence, dedication and commitment to the value of instrumental music education in our schools.


Valerie Shanley is in her 24th year of teaching young band students in Northeast Iowa and currently works with sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids. Previously, she taught at McKinley Middle School (Cedar Rapids), Excelsior Middle School (Linn-Mar), and the Olin School District. Shanley earned Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.


Ms. Shanley will receive this award December 2 at a luncheon hosted by NEIBA in Oelwein, Iowa.

Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge

We're approaching the Holiday season. This means many of you will be hosting family and friends for breakfast, brunches, lunches, and dinners. We would appreciate, if you shop at Hy-Vee, to save your receipts. At any time these receipts can be dropped off in the main office. Annually we are receive a monetary award based on the dollar amount of receipts we collect.


We will conduct another Homeroom Receipt Challenge. Save those receipts and contribute to your child's homeroom. The Challenge will be December 11-14.


Your help is great appreciated.

From Our Counseling Office

6th Grade Career Day

On November 14th, Workplace Learning Connection and Franklin Middle School worked together to bring 6th grade students a career exploration event. The goal of this event was to give your students a chance to hear about careers that fall within the 6 Career Pathways that they are or will be studying with their school counselor and the Kuder Visions Academy program. This event was meant to be exploratory in nature. Students have a variety of interests and it would be impossible for every student’s individual career choices to be represented. Our hope was that the students would approach this opportunity with an open mind and with an attitude that this is a chance to hear about something they haven’t considered before or about a career that they might have incorrect assumptions about. Our 6th grade students heard about careers such as, chef, paramedic, police officer, pharmacist, surety underwriter, education outreach coordinator, director of education, community relations specialists, and director of communications.

College to Career Exploration Field Trip

On October 31st our 8th graders had the opportunity to visit a college campus. The visits included a brief presentation regarding the college and was followed by a brief campus tour. Students attended UNI, Iowa or Kirkwood. Students who attended Kirkwood also transitioned to Modern Piping and learn about the many different trades needed to run a successful company. Our 8th graders will be registering for high school in the near future and will also attend a Financial Literacy Fair in late spring at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Hiawatha. High school transition dates and information can be found on the Franklin Web Site, click on Our School then scroll down to Counseling. We will be updating the transition information in the near future. If you have any questions feel free to contact the counseling department 558-2258.
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Open Minds, Open Doors

On Thursday October 19th, 25 girls had the opportunity to visit Coe College for the Open Minds Open Doors conference. The event offered our students the opportunity to learn about career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The workshops were voluntarily conducted by professional working women who introduced a variety of careers in the Cedar RapidsIowa City Corridor. The students had the opportunity to walk around Coe College and attend sessions located throughout the campus. We look forward to this event every year and plan to return fall 2018.

Student Spotlight

This year we're again recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. Twice a month teachers will select four students from their respective grade level. PARRT is the curriculum we use with our students to teach appropriate and expected behaviors in the school and positive relationships with their classmates. PARRT stands for:


P: Personal Best

A: Active Listening

R: Respect

R: Responsibility

T: Trustworthiness

6th Grade

Stormie Geater, Elyssa Keffer, Zane McFall, Marissa Schaldacker

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7th Grade

Addyson Alber, Rachel Frischkorn, John Lorenz, Dominic Mann

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8th Grade

Shellbyann Brown, Salaah Jung, Sumaiya Kellum, Olivia Weis

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Snow Bucks

That is right. It is snow Snow Bucks at Franklin and the students ar collecting these as staff see them doing their PARRT. Snow Bucks can only be used as part of the Franklin North Pole display. The display has gifts that can only be bought with Snow Bucks. Snow Bucks will be the only thing used from Nov. 27th through December 19th. The North Pole display will be in the 3rd floor display cases. Gift will continue to be added to this display from November 27th through December 15th. Starting on Dec 18th and through Dec 21st students names will be called who have put their name in the raffle box (by the Bolt Store). If their name is called they receive a chance to buy the item(s) with the amount of tickets they have. When the prize is gone it is gone. It will not be replaced. Names will continue to be called until all of the North Pole gifts have been purchased. Students can put as many tickets in the raffle as they want, they just need to remember they have to have the number needed to "buy" the gift they may want.


On December 21 several large prize item will be raffled off. These prizes will not have to be purchased but instead they will be won by some lucky Franklin Student who has put their signed Snow Buck in the raffle box. Snow Bucks melt after Dec. 21st. Student will not be able to be use these tickets again. It will be important for students to get them spent before the melt comes. The Bolt Store and the regular Bolt Bucks will come back out starting on January 2nd. Gifts can be for students, family members, or friends. This is a great way for them to do their holiday shopping.


We are always looking for donations. Such items ranging in price from $5.00 to $20.00 dollars. Gender neutral is the best. Such things as games, gift cards, candles, t-shirts, sweat shirts, things for youngsters under the age of 5, etc. It is a special time for our kids to do some holiday shopping for family members they might not otherwise be able to do.

Salvation Army Bellringing

The Franklin Student Council members will again be participating in our annual Bell Ringing Activity. We will be at the Fareway on First Ave. in the Town and Country Mall. We will cover the time slots of 10:00-12:00 on Friday, Dec. 8th, 15th and then Monday, Dec. 18th and 21st. We welcome any parents or older siblings (college students back for break) to help out by facilitating a one or two hour shift on any of these days. It is easy work by either standing inside the breezeway at the store or actually standing outside and singing along with the kids. The kids will be delivered and picked up so no need to worry about transporting students. The time goes fast and it is truly a great experience to meet and interact with the public. Please e-mail or call Kathy Dvorak if you can volunteer an hour or two of your time.

Spring Musical

Auditions for the Spring Musical, "James and the Giant Peach Jr.," are in 3 weeks: Thursday, December 7 (3-5pm) and Friday, December 8 (1:30-3:30pm).

Students only need to attend one audition day, and can leave when they are finished.

Please note, this is the Broadway show (by McDonald/Pasek & Paul), not the movie version: https://www.mtishows.com/roald-dahls-james-and-the-giant-peach-jr

We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Forrest Green will be our Music Director (his upcoming projects include "Fun Home" at Hancher and "Wild Party" at TCR). And of course Mr. Jackson Bartelme will return with his top-notch skills, coaching our cast in both acting and singing!

Drama Club will have a meeting for all parents (before auditions) on Dec. 4, 7:30-8:00pm to discuss the musical's rehearsal schedule.


- Drama Director Kelly Shriver Kolln

"She Can"

SHE CAN is a program with the mission to build confidence in young middle school girls to

create empowered women of the future. SHE CAN is a project created by students at Iowa BIG, a project based learning school that gives students the opportunity to learn through real problems in our community. Our team is determined to show middle school girls that their ideas are extraordinary, and let your daughter know that SHE CAN make an impact on our community now instead of waiting for later.


Please see the attachment below for more information.

Other Information

Waiting in the Morning

The colder weather has finally arrived. With the change in temperature we wanted to provide information about waiting in the morning. We encourage students to dress appropriately. Students will wait outside until the temperature goes below 25 degrees.

Friday Theme Days

One of our ways to create a sense of community and school spirit is Theme Fridays. Please see the picture below for the list of this year's themes. We love to see as many students participate as possible.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, December 4

  • PTA Meeting is canceled
  • Girls' Basketball Begins
  • Boys' Swimming Begins


Thursday, December 14

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Taft