Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, November 17, 2017

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NO SCHOOL-November 23-25

Principal's Message

In the spirit of the season ahead I would like to extend our thanks to our staff and families. We are fortunate to have a community of people working together to better each and every student in our building. We appreciate the cooperation of our families because we know that working together is a benefit for all. With the brief break next week we hope you're able to spend time with loved ones. From our family to yours, we wish you the very best.

Dance Information-$4650.55 Woohoo!!!

Most students go racing for the door on a Friday afternoon. So what could possibly entice a few hundred middle school students to stay after school for a couple extra hours? A fundraiser might seem an unlikely answer, but Franklin Middle School knows how to put the ‘fun’ in fundraiser. Friday, November 10th, students and staff celebrated life at the school’s twelfth dance marathon. This event is held each year in conjunction with the University of Iowa Dance Marathon to raise money for children facing cancer and other serious illnesses at the University of Iowa Hospitals.


It is Aristotle who first put forth the idea that “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Dance marathon is the perfect embodiment of this concept. It has touched the hearts of so many students, who have danced on to touch the hearts of so many others. Franklin alumni have continued to be involved in dance marathon at Washington and Kennedy High Schools and various colleges. We have even had some students return to Franklin as U of I Dance Marathon dancers!


With Mr. Baylor away at a class this year, Mr. Ptacek became the victim of choice and took three pies to the face on dance day, including one from Dayton Gage. Another pie awaits, as our top fundraising spirit dancer had to leave early! Jack Hoeger, who has inspired Franklin students over the past five years with his personal survivor story, also returned to throw a pie again, this time in Mr. Jefford's face.


An especially big thank you to ALL the spirit dancers who went beyond to raise at least $25 to help kids with cancer. Our top three spirit dancers all raised $100 or more! Donations of candy and beverages from Hy-Vee Food and Drug stores helped fuel our students as they danced. The Irish Democrat and Godfathers provided gift cards for spirit dancer prizes, and our PTA president and parents made big donations to our bake sales.


Our guests from the University of Iowa were impressed with our students’ energy and dance skills! They were also amazed at the longevity of our fundraiser, as it has been around since most of them were in middle school. Perhaps the most unbelievable fact is that while our dance did not originate for any particular student, Franklin has had a student directly affected by cancer each and every year of our dance. Some were survivors in remission and others were current cancer patients. Nothing underscores the importance of this fundraiser more than that one sad fact.


Over the past eleven years, Franklin has raised over $60,000 in conjunction with the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. Our total this year came in at $4650.55. These funds help provide a wide variety of services and programs for the children and families affected by pediatric cancer. Thank you for all your support! With your help, Franklin continues to educate not only minds, but hearts as well.

1st Quarter PARRT Assemblies

This week we held grade level assemblies to hand out 1st Quarter PARRT Awards. PARRT is the way we teach expectations throughout the building. This acronym stands for Personal Best, Active Listening, Respect, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. At the end of every quarter we will distribute awards for students who have met the following criteria:


  • No grade lower than a C
  • No office referrals
  • Absent from school 2 or less days
  • No missing work
  • 3 or fewer late assignments


Besides being recognized in front of their peers they also received a certificate with the following items to be redeemed: 4 front of the line lunch passes, eat lunch with a friend in the student lounge, 20 Bolt Bucks, and 1 homework pass.

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

Jenna Baker, Jack Groth, Owen Kilgore, Jenna Moore

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7th Grade

Ishan Chawla, Julia Greenlee, Madison Law, Neveah Standifer

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8th Grade

Holly Altfillisch, Elizabeth Cline, JD DeGraft-Moffat, Pipa Ritchie

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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

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.

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.

Tutoring Available

We are fortunate that a group of Washington students will be coming over to Franklin on Thursdays after school to work with students from 3:00-4:00PM. Tutoring began on Thursday, October 5. Students will receive a snack while there. If you're interested in attending the tutoring sessions please contact our main office or email me.

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, November 20
  • Girls' Swimming-City Meet @ Linn-Mar
  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Harding/8th @ Home


Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24

  • No School


Tuesday, November 28

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Prairie Black


Thursday, November 30

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