August 15th 2022

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It was wonderful to see our incoming 6th graders having a blast at our Transition Course this week! I am especially grateful for the teachers and support staff who made these days possible.

Here are some family tips for the transition from elementary to middle school:

  • Be familiar with our Counselors- Bernadette Van Lith (6th),, Ellen Montenero (7th), and Mindy Greco (8th), Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions.

  • Talk regularly with your child about their day (both academic and social) and what questions they have about the middle school setting.

  • Check your core area teacher’s agenda (usually linked to their email). This is a great way to stay up to date on what is going on instructionally in the classroom.

  • Come to Open House and/or Open School days (more info below) and walk with your child through their day. This is a great way to help your 6th grader build confidence! You will also be able to form connections with teachers right away.

  • Reach out to me, Jenna Rosienski (Principal), Jordan Stephans (Associate Principal), or John Brandes (Associate Principal) We are here to help you and your child find success here at Forest Park!

~Ms. Rosienski

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First Days Of School - Staggered Start

Forest Park Students will follow the district's staggered start for 5k-8th grade students.

Students with last names starting with A-K will report to school on Thursday September 1st. They will not attend school on Friday September 2nd.

Students with last names starting with L-Z will report to school on Friday September 2nd. They will not attend school on Thursday September 1st.

All students will report to school on Tuesday September 6th.

For more info on the staggered start, please click HERE.

Forest Park Athletics & Activities Update

Registration for Forest Park's athletic teams is now open online!

If your student is interested in joining one of our athletic teams, parents must upload a current/valid physical form when registering the student online. THIS form must be completed and signed by both the doctor that completed the student's most recent physical exam as well as by the parent. Any student that does not have a current/valid physical form uploaded with their registration will not be able to participate in athletics at Forest Park Middle School. We do not accept paper copies of the physical form in the office; physical forms must be uploaded with the online registration.

If your child is interested in participating in cross country, girls basketball, poms, or cheerleading, please make sure to get them registered and upload a current/valid physical form as soon as possible as these sports start soon! Practices/ tryouts for these sports will begin on September 6 and athletes will not be able to participate if they do not have a current/valid physical form uploaded with their registration.

Please visit this site to register your child for athletics!

  • Cross Country (6th/7th/8th) **starts Sept 6

  • Girls Basketball (7th/8th) ***starts Sept 6

  • Poms (6th/7th/8th) **starts Sept 6

  • Cheerleading (6th/7th/8th) **starts Sept 6

  • Boys Basketball (7th/8th)

  • Wrestling (6th/7th/8th)

  • Girls Volleyball (7th/8th)

  • Track and Field (7th/8th)

If your student is interested in joining one of our activities, sign up will be completed at the first meeting for that particular activity/club. Sign up will NOT be done online. Students should listen to announcements for when each club/activity will start. This information will also be shared in our weekly bulletins, on our athletic and activities website, and on our Forest Park Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at

Open School Days: Monday August 22nd & Monday August 29th

Open School Days offer a relaxed format for families to visit Forest Park to walk their student’s schedule, practice opening lockers and stop in the office to pay student fees, ask questions, etc. We highly encourage taking advantage of this opportunity!

**Please note, teachers will not be in the building on these dates and we require any visiting student to be accompanied by an adult.

Join us on Mon 8/22 or Mon 8/29 any time between 8am-4pm!

Student Schedules - coming August 22nd!

We are almost done finalizing our student schedules!

You will receive an email from the district letting you know when student schedules are ready to be viewed in PowerSchool. We are hoping this will be on or around August 22nd. Please remember that if you look in PowerSchool now and see classes listed that these could change slightly while this process is completed. Likewise, if you look in PowerSchool and don't see any classes listed this is only an error that will be fixed once schedules are complete.

Thank you so much for your patience!

Forest Park Spirit Wear Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars! Starting Monday August 22nd until Monday September 5th, Forest Park's online spirit wear store will be open. We will have a variety of options for wildcat wear like tshirts, crew neck sweatshirts, hoodies and polos! This online store will only be open for 2 weeks. We will share the online store link with you on Monday August 22nd - stay tuned!

FHS Youth Cheer Friday Night Football Clinic

Register your 1st through 8th grader now for our one night youth cheerleading clinic on Thurs 9/8 so your child can perform at the Friday 9/9 Football game! Learn cheers, dances, jumps, tumbling & stunts with your Franklin High School Cheerleaders on Thursday to then cheer & perform at halftime of the Franklin Varsity football game on Friday night. Click flier at side for more details and for all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

FHS Dance Youth Football Clinic for K-6

Register your Kindergarten through 6th Grade child for a FUN night with the Franklin High School Dance Team! Your child will learn a pom routine from the State Champion Franklin Varsity Dance Team and perform at halftime during the Franklin Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23rd. For all details, requirements and to register, please click here.

Open House: Thursday September 15th

Students and families are invited to Forest Park's Open House on Thursday 9/15 from 4pm-7pm. This is a great time to visit with teachers, tour the building and stop in the office to pay student fees. We will have no formal presentations from teachers during Open House.

School Supply Lists

School supply lists for 6th, 7th and 8th graders can be found on our website HERE.

Picture Day

Forest Park's picture day will take place on Wednesday September 28th during the school day. More info to come!

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

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.

Guidance Counselors

Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor

Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor

Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor