Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, February 28, 2020

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Spring Break, March 16-20

New Information

HRS Survey

In the past couple weeks, parents received an email inviting them to complete the High Reliability Schools (HRS) Survey. Some parents may have completed this during conferences. If you have not completed the survey, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes by clicking on the link below. The results from the survey are used to develop our School Improvement Plan.

Conference Thank You

We'd like to thank all our families who came out for our winter conferences. We appreciate the ability to work together to make all our students successful. We also want to thank our wonderful PTA and parent volunteers who provided our staff dinner on Monday, February 17. We are continually blown away by the support of our families. It was a delicious spread and we're extremely appreciative.

Materials Refresher

With us heading towards spring break, now is a perfect time to check out your student's supplies. Pencils are always in need, especially with the upcoming assessments.

We also are looking for donations of Kleenex. We've blown through our supply (pun intended) and if you're willing to donate we'd greatly appreciate it otherwise we'll need to use our building budget for additional supplies. A huge thank you to the families that have already donated.

Statewide Assessments

Before we know it, our statewide assessments will be here. The window for this year's Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress is April 20-May 8. Franklin students will test in the mornings the week of April 20 and use the following weeks for make-up tests for students absent or needing additional time. In what's become a tradition, we will kickoff our testing with our Pancake Breakfast provided by Alliant Energy.

Last year, the state of Iowa moved to the ISASP from the traditional Iowa Assessments. The change in format brought the addition of a writing test, along with Language Arts, Math, and Science (8th Grade only). While there's a recommended time frame for the tests, students will have unlimited time as long as they're showing progress towards finishing. More details will come.

If you wish to review portions of this test, or to provide practice for your child, you can view through the following website.

Picture Re-takes

Lifetouch Photography will be here the afternoon of Friday, March 6 for picture re-takes. These pictures are available for any student who would like another photo taken from their fall session at Back to School Night. We'll also have any student who was not photographed in the fall.

Picture packets are available for pickup in the main office.

Staying Healthy

(The following message has been shared on our district's website. You can view the entirety of this article through the following site)

There is an expanding global outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease the virus causes has been named COVID-19. We understand that the spread of COVID-19 is a growing concern for our nation and our local community. The health and safety of our students and entire CRCSD community is our top priority.

Please take a moment to review this information as it relates to COVID-19, the prevention of the spread of additional viruses including influenza, and how CRCSD is responding. You may also wish to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for detailed information about the virus.

2nd Quarter Spotlight Students

This year we have revamped our Spotlight Students. The Spotlight Award is our way to recognize the amazing things our students are doing in and out of the classroom. Staff members use the Franklin's Guidelines for Success as the criteria to select students.

The Guidelines for Success are:

B: Be Responsible

O: Opt to do Personal Best

L: Lead with Integrity

T: Treat People & Property with Respect

S: Strive to be Safe & Orderly

On Wednesday, February 19, students were recognized with a group photo, awarded their certificate, and provided a small treat for all their hard work.

6th Grade

Elijah Parlet, Brayden Mesch, Noah Van Meter, Cameron Baker, Eddy Ngiriweneza, Briggs Meyer, Arianna Rieck, Aleena Mosley, Charlie Young, Elijah Williams, Graci Heinrich, Payton Melerine, Sammi Andrews, Anthony Walker, Bera Abel, Braelon Redenbaugh, Keondre Wilson, Darren Harris, Gretta Robinson, Daetrian Gibson, Shaylee Jacobs, Norah Lochausen

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7th Grade

Nathan Ruth, Mattie Piersall, Jaelon Butler, Madi Matheny, Sinead Brennan Allen, Robert Tucker, Dichon Britt, Deborah Julis, Gia Cole, Evan Schmidt, Ace (Payton) Bates, Angelo Fry, Molly Owens, Maysa Hamilton

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8th Grade

Lillian Sharp, Logan Aswegan, Amanti Wood, Daraiya Hurt, Jackson Packingham, Justice Daywitt, Owen Vick, Landon Boeckmann, Rayden (Rose) Powers, Rose Dumas, Josiah Wickum, Lydia Appleby-Sparrow, Allee Brown, Samantha Galloway

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Sports Write Ups

7th Grade Girls' Basketball

The Franklin Bolts 7th Grade Girls Basketball team had a great year! We had two awesome wins against Wilson and Roosevelt. Our final record was 2-7. The biggest accomplishment that we had was how much the girls improved. They came to practice each day and worked hard to get better. Besides our two wins, the most fun game to coach was when we played Oak Ridge. We were only down two points at halftime and it was a close game for a majority of the third quarter. It was a great season and I can't wait to see what these girls do in 8th grade and high school.

8th Grade Girls' Basketball

The 8th-grade girls basketball team worked hard and improved throughout the year. The season presented many challenges for the players but the girls had one of their best games against Oak Ridge at the end of the season. As the players move on to high school, I hope they continue to play and improve. The members of the team that completed the season were: Anaya Conner, MiNeisha Davis, Rose Dumas, Sam Galloway, Mya Jackson, Keniya Keith, Shaliya McNeal, Ava Sales, Lilly Sharp, Janiah Smith, Brooklyn Tompkins, Soraya Toney, and Courtney Willis. Thanks for everything ladies!

Boys' Swimming

This year's boys season was amazing! We had a great group of young men. Our team consisted of 13 Franklin swimmers and 6 McKinley. The guys worked super hard and learned what being on a team means. With many illnesses and Christmas break, the guys came back in full force for a third place win at the City Meet. This year I was able to coach with Coach Lewis, Head women's coach for Washington High School. This was her first year coaching middle school.

We both can't wait to see how this group of young men do next year. We have some amazing swimmers coming back next season.

Thank you parents for all your support!!!

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 March/April, we are now accepting spring items such as new/lightly used hooded sweatshirts, shorts, and t-shirts.

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, March 2. 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

Friday, February 28

  • Jazz Band One & Too @ Coe Jazz Summit

Saturday, February 29

  • Classic Illumination @ Western Dubuque

Monday, March 2

  • PTA Meeting, 11:00-12:00
  • Winter Band Concert, 7:00PM

Tuesday, March 3

  • 7th & 8th Grade Bands @ NEIBA
  • Wrestling @ Roosevelt

Thursday, March 5

  • Wrestling @ McKinley

Friday, March 6

  • Picture Make-up Day
  • Kennedy Band Carnival
  • Classic Illumination @ Jefferson Show Choir Invitational

Tuesday, March 10

  • Wrestling @ Taft

Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20

  • Spring Break