September 13th 2021

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MAP Testing

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, students will participate in the fall administration of the Measure of Academic Progress assessment (MAP). As the assessment is administered on the student’s chromebook, please make sure they bring it to school each day fully charged. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast. Below is an approximate testing schedule for each day:


  • 6th and 7th Grade: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

  • 8th Grade: 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

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Forest Park Administration

Franklin Public Schools is Hiring!

We are hiring for Food Service Workers ($15/hour starting wage, full and part time), Kids Club Workers (working with students before and after school), and Bus Drivers ($21/hour starting wage, other bonuses, paid training through First Student in Muskego).


Click on the images below to go right to the postings and join a great team!

PAWS Dining For Dollars

Forest Park's parent group, PAWS, will be having their first Dining For Dollars event of the year on 9/22. Enjoy some delicious pizza at Domino's on 76th street (414-425-1511) while supporting our school! No coupon needed! A portion of the day's sales will go back to Forest Park.

Lunch Menu Updates & Swapped Items

Our FPS Food Service Department is currently experiencing a number of changes in food supply offerings due to shortages or certain items. If you have a child that has certain dietary needs or restrictions, please review the online Nutrislice menu offerings for your building more closely so you can be aware of any food items that may have been swapped. Our Food Service staff is updating the menu daily with changes and they expect regular updates and food replacements for the foreseeable future.


Saber Marching Band Invite This Saturday

Franklin High School is proud to host the SABER MARCHING BAND INVITE 2021 this Saturday, September 18th at Sullivan Stadium! Gates open at 4pm and you can view the schedule, parking information and all other details here. There are 12 bands scheduled to perform at the event. Bands will be judged in the areas of music performance, visual performance, music general effect, visual general effect, percussion, and colorguard. Individual class placement awards will be given to all participating bands. Concessions will be open and FHS will be selling Pop's Popcorn, student shout-outs, and 50/50 raffle tickets at a booth by the home stands. Come spend Saturday night under the lights and enjoy high local high school bands performing!


Bus Reminders


  • Bus Driver Shortage: Please review this document that we shared on August 31 with all families to make you aware of how a bus driver shortage could impact our bus routes and how we will communicate this with you in the event we can not secure a driver for your child’s route.

  • Bus Riders Wear Masks: Any individual on a school bus (or any public transportation) is federally required to wear a mask. Please make sure your student has a mask before heading to the bus. Even if students are choosing not to wear a mask while at school, a mask must be worn on the bus at all times. Thank you.

  • Need a Bus Change or Addition? If you have any additions or changes needed for the busing of your child, please use this Bus Change or Addition Form.

  • Bus Drivers Needed: We are continuing to support First Student in their recruiting efforts. First Student provides $21/hour starting pay, a $1500 sign-on bonus, paid CDL training, 20-hours a week guaranteed with extra hours available, a child ride-along program, and no experience necessary. If you are interested in a career with First Student or know someone who may be, please pass along this opportunity. All hiring information for bus drivers is here.

Early Childhood Community Playgroup

Learning is Child’s Play is an inclusive playgroup for 3 year olds to promote sharing, turn-taking, and friendship skills facilitated by the Franklin Public School Early Childhood Staff at Ben Franklin Elementary. The program runs from October 6, 2021 to May 25, 2022. To see all details and the registration form, please view this flyer.


FEF Children's Consignment Sale at FPMS on Sat. 18

Come shop our huge selection of clothes, toys, bikes, nursery items, and more on September 18th at Forest Park Middle School. Doors open at 8:30 am. After 12:30 pm most items are 1/2 off! Items donated from the sale benefit area nonprofits and charities. For more information, check our website at FranklinEducationalFoundation.org .


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Picture Day - September 22nd

Forest Park's Picture Day will be held on Wednesday September 22nd during the school day. Picture make-up/re-take day will be held in October for any student that missed our original picture day or for those that want to re-do their photo.


Virtual students are welcome to come on Wednesday September 22nd to get their photo taken. Please email Betsy at betsy.halat@franklin.k12.wi.us for more information and to set up an appointment time.


Pictures can be ordered online here:

https://orders.schoolandsportpics.com/ordering

Use the drop down menu to select your school name.

Use this coupon code to save 10% off of your order if placed prior to
picture day:

Fall100371


SEL Curriculum

We want your child to be successful in school, and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, students also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others. We will be using Second Step® Middle School, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management, impulse control, problem solving, and empathy. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include: Mindsets and Goals: Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives. Recognizing Bullying and Harassment: Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment. Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and apply strategies to manage their emotions and reduce stress. Managing Relationships and Social Conflict: Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict. Beginning in September, students will begin work in Unit 1: Mindsets and Goals. If you have any questions about Second Step® Middle School, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school!

School News

Check out this weekly school update, created by our Journalism Core Plus!

Forest Park Athletics and Activities

Forest Park is proud to offer a variety of sports and clubs for our students to participate in. Registration for Athletics and Activities for the 21-22 school year at Forest Park Middle School is done completely online. Click HERE for more information about how to sign your student up for sports and clubs.

SAGE Club

One of our goals at Forest Park Middle School is to ensure that all students feel safe and connected. We will be offering Sexuality and Gender Empowerment (SAGE), as a club after school. SAGE works to bring people of different sexual orientations and gender identities together in a safe environment to promote respect, friendship, and support. SAGE clubs unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community, so our meetings will be structured to promote social connections. Our mission is to create a safe space for students and staff. We are inviting ALL students to get involved in SAGE! If students are interested in joining SAGE, parents must sign their student up HERE.


Meeting Dates:

10/12- Tuesday

11/17- Wednesday

12/16- Thursday

1/11- Tuesday

2/16- Wednesday

3/16- Wednesday

4/21- Thursday

5/18- Tuesday


Time: 3:15-4:00 PM

Location: D108

Drama Club

The FPMS Drama Club is excited to perform our Winter play on January 14, 2022 at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts Stage. The title of our 2022 play will be released soon.


The Drama Club is looking for students who are interested in auditioning/acting and students who are interested in tech crew. More information regarding the 2022 play can be found on the FPMS website at https://sites.google.com/franklin.k12.wi.us/fpmsdramaclub/home. Sign up HERE!

Poms starts this week!

Poms practice will begin this Tuesday. If you are interested in signing your student up for poms, please click HERE for more information on how to register online. Those wishing to participate in poms must hav a valid/current physical form uploaded with their online registration. If you have questions about poms, please email our poms coach, Karisa, at karisa.stiglitz@franklin.k12.wi.us.

Anime Club

What is Anime Club? It is a place for students to meet with other students who are interested in Japanese anime to socialize, read manga, watch anime shows, and create anime artwork. This club is FREE to join. Learn more about Anime Club HERE.

Google Updates Restrictions for 4K-12 Accounts

As of September 1, Google changed their access to some of their Google services for all 4K-12 education Google accounts. Students in FPS started to see the effects of these new restrictions this week. Google has implemented these restrictions to protect student privacy and security and to restrict content designated as over 18.

The new restrictions enforces Google's Safe Search feature and limits YouTube access to videos categorized for education and appropriate for under 18. More details from Google can be found here.


Absence Notification Procedures

Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.


Like last year, we will be asking parents/guardians to use THIS FORM to report student absences. The attendance form is also located as a button on the main school webpage and under the “Parents Information” section.


This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Visitors & Volunteers in Schools

In regards to visitors or volunteers, any person entering any school building during the school day when children are present for school is required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should be worn at all times when in the building, and the visitor/volunteer should limit direct contact with others and maintain social distance (6 feet or more) when able.


Visitors and volunteers who are outdoors during the school day where students are present are required to wear a mask unless they have been vaccinated. Visitors or volunteers in the building after school, in locations where students are not present, are not required to wear a mask.


Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals

If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).


If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.


Please remember to use THIS FORM for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.

Dropping something off for your student?

If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.


In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.

Join Volition Franklin Youth

Volition Franklin Youth is a youth action group that empowers healthy decision-making. We’re passionate about substance misuse prevention and being a positive peer influence. We carry out many of the coalition’s initiatives, and most of our work happens in schools, at community events, and over social media, to reach other students.


Meetings will take place the first and third Thursday of the month after school from 3:15pm to 4pm in Room D108. Our first meeting is Thursday, September 16th, 2021.


If your student is interested in learning more about Volition Franklin Youth, please contact Ms. Henry (Adult Advisor) at ehenry@franklinwi.gov to learn more about our meetings!

Franklin Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts



Tryouts for Franklin Youth Girls Basketball’s 2021-2022 season will take place September 13th–16th.


Seethe schedule for each grade below:


4th Grade

Monday, September 13th from 6-7:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary

Wednesday, September 15th from 6-7:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary


5th Grade

Tuesday, September 14th from 6-7:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary

Thursday, September 16th from 6-7:30 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary


6th Grade

Monday, September 13th from 7:30-9:00 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary

Wednesday, September 15th from 7:30-9:00 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary


7th Grade

Tuesday, September 14th from 7:30-9:00 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary

Thursday, September 16th from 7:30-9:00 pm at Ben Franklin Elementary


8th Grade

Tuesday, September 14th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Forest Park Middle School (Gym 3)

Thursday, September 16th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Forest Park Middle School (Gym 3)


Players can either register in advance at www.juniorsabers.org (tab for Girls Basketball | Tryouts) or can show up and register at the door on the night of tryouts. For questions regarding tryouts or the youth girls’ program, please send an email to saberscoachmike@gmail.com

Franklin Youth Boys Basketball Club

Tryouts for the Franklin Youth Boys Basketball Club (FYBBC) 2021-22 season will take place between September 12 – 16 per the following schedule:


Sunday, September 12 @ Franklin High School

6th grade 10:00 -11:30 am

7th grade 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

8th grade 1:30-3:00 pm

Monday, September 13 @ Forest Park Middle School

4th grade 5:45-7:00 pm

5th grade 7:15-8:45 pm

Tuesday, September 14 @ Forest Park Middle School

4th grade 5:45-7:15 pm

7th grade 7:30-9:00 pm

Wednesday, September 15 @ Forest Park Middle School

6th grade 5:45-7:15 pm

8th grade 7:30-9:00 pm

Thursday, September 16 @ Forest Park Middle School

5th grade 5:45-7:15 pm


Players will be expected at both tryout dates. Pre-registration for tryouts is mandatory and registration will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th. Please visit their webpage here for online registration and contact information if you have questions.

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

Ellen Montenero, 6th grade counselor

ellen.montenero@franklin.k12.wi.us


Mindy Greco, 7th grade counselor

melinda.greco@franklin.k12.wi.us


Bernadette VanLith, 8th grade counselor

bernadette.vanlith@franklin.k12.wi.us

New -- SPEAK UP SPEAK OUT FORM

The District has joined “Speak Up Speak Out Wisconsin” for threat or incident reporting. This takes the place of our previous “StopIt” reporting form. Click on this link to view the new form. You will notice as you start typing the name of your school, the choices for schools narrows so you can select your school. By selecting your school, this report goes to the principal or local law enforcement when needed. The video linked below gives a good overview of how “Speak Up Speak Out Wisconsin” works and is good to review with your family.
Speak Up Speak Out WI