Franklin e-Newsletter

Wednesday, June 6

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Congratulations 8th Graders

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Principal's Message

We approached another end of the year and ushered out another wonderful group of 8th Graders. Those that attended the 8th Grade Awards Assembly on Friday, June 1 heard the theme from our student speakers: Your Jungle Tiger Moment. While the assembly was unique to 8th Graders the message should resonate with all our students. Below you'll find pictures from the assembly with our special guest. The additional pictures represent The 5 Truths of Learning according to Trevor Ragan and his Train Ugly series. This list was presented to 8th Graders as they move on to their respective high schools, but are parting words to all our students as we go into summer break. Take some time to look at the pictures below.


With that said, we wish all our families the very best this summer. To our 8th Graders and families, thank you for your support over the last three years. It was a pleasure to take the middle school journey side-by-side with you. I hope the experiences in their three middle school years will propel them into four successful years in high school. We can't wait to see their achievements. For our returning families, we look forward to seeing your student(s) in a short couple months as we prepare to watch their academic and social growth.


Enjoy your summer, take time to relax with friends, families, and loved ones. Please don't hesitate to reach out if we can assist in any way over the summer.

8th Grade Award Winners

Please see the attachment below for a list of our students who received awards during this year's 8th Grade Awards Assembly.

Summer Office Hours

This week we begin our summer hours in the office. During the summer the main office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8:00AM-3:00PM. If you're needing to come into school, you may wish to call before coming. The main office number is (319) 558-2452.

Summer Mailings

Current 6th-8th Grade families will receive grade reports as well as Iowa Assessment results in the next couple weeks. Staff is working to finalize grades this week and will then be sent out through the US Mail.


Families of Franklin students next year will receive the summer mailing in early August. Be on the lookout for this mailing for all the information you need to know about the 2018-19 school year.

2017-18 Franklin Yearbook

The full-color Franklin Yearbook is available for purchase in the main office for $15. Checks should be made out to Franklin Middle School and delivered to Jennifer in the main office. If your child still wishes to purchase a yearbook you can get them over the summer.

Hy-Vee Receipts

This year Hy-Vee presented award checks to all schools participating in the Cash 4 Students fundraising program. Franklin’s check was for $1596.78! A huge thank you for all the students, families, and staff that turned in their Hy-Vee receipts. Franklin will continue in the program so keep saving your receipts! We will accept receipts from April 1st, 2018 until March 31st of 2019- feel free to drop off receipts this summer to the main office. For more details, please see the flyer below.

Spotlight Students

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

Brooke Dunkel, Jack Novak, Cole Pruitt, Brooklyn Tompkins

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7th Grade

Malika Khurana, Adeline LeHew, Luke Toms, Elise Tuttrup

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8th Grade

Katie Conyers, Alyssa Valley, Caleb Yoder, Madelyn Zaputil

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Spring Sports Recap

Girls' Tennis

The Franklin Girls’ Tennis Team had a fantastic season! The season started off with extremely challenging weather conditions. Nearly every available practice time before the start of the matches was during windy and cold temps in the 30’s and low 40’s. The players were determined and did the best they could preparing under less than desirable conditions. Each and every one of the 42 players improved as the season progressed. By the time the season wrapped up, the team had won approximately 64 games while only losing 8. Coach Jeffords and Vallad are very proud of all of the girls for dealing with the crowded courts and difficult weather conditions and very much appreciated and enjoyed their dedication and positive, fun demeanor!

Boys' Soccer

The boys soccer team finished their season at 2-4 this year, highlighted by victories over rivals Harding and McKinley. The boys always played with lots of effort and hustle and improved every week throughout the season.

7th Girls' Track

It was a rough start for the seventh and eighth grade girls track teams this year due to cold weather conditions. The girls did a wonderful job coming each day prepared to run even when temperatures were frigid. Then as the season progressed, and temperatures began to warm, so did performances. In the end, some of the very best performances were saved for the ten team City Meet. Some High lights from the 8th grade City Meet include, a 3rd place finish by Haven Diehl in the 200-meter hurdles, just missing a school record, and Maddie Meeker’ s 3rd place finish in the long jump. High lights from the 7th grade City Meet include Katie Earl’s 2nd place finish in the long jump, Brooklyn Martin’s 4th place finish in the 100-meter dash and Charlotte Ottemoeller and Anna Tarvestad with a 5th and 6th place finishes in the 800 meters. All in all it was a fantastic season and a great group girls to work with.

8th Girls' Track

It was a rough start for the seventh and eighth grade girls track teams this year due to cold weather conditions. The girls did a wonderful job coming each day prepared to run even when temperatures were frigid. Then as the season progressed, and temperatures began to warm, so did performances. In the end, some of the very best performances were saved for the ten team City Meet. Some High lights from the 8th grade City Meet include, a 3rd place finish by Haven Diehl in the 200-meter hurdles, just missing a school record, and Maddie Meeker’ s 3rd place finish in the long jump. High lights from the 7th grade City Meet include Katie Earl’s 2nd place finish in the long jump, Brooklyn Martin’s 4th place finish in the 100-meter dash and Charlotte Ottemoeller and Anna Tarvestad with a 5th and 6th place finishes in the 800 meters. All in all it was a fantastic season and a great group girls to work with.

7th Boys' Track

Eighteen boys participated in track and field this year. It was a great group that worked hard and worked together as a team. Student Athletes explored different events to determine which distance or field event best suited their current development. All athletes improved their times and results significantly. Nearly every year our hurdlers break one or more records, and this year it was the shuttle hurdle team of Leighton Charters, Braden Gladwin, Colby Dolphin, and Seth Woods. In the City/Metro meet our Bolts took 5th out of 10, which was about as good as a small squad could do against much larger teams.

8th Boys' Track

Though the spring wasn’t great, the 8th grade boy track team has had both individual and group success. There was marked improvement from every track athlete and the future looks bright from many of these athletes. The Thunderbolts finished either first or second in every meet they participated in during the season. The finished 4th in the city meet. Roman Young broke the shot put record with a put of 42’5”. The Sprint Medley team of Willis, Dutton, Young and Bowman were one second off the school record running a time of 1:48. The 4X400 team of Boeckmann, Sprague, Armon and Bowman were 6 seconds off the school record with a time of 4:06. Tj Robertson nearly earned two school records in individual events. Tj threw the shot a distance of 42’0” and was 0.5 seconds off the 200m hurdle record with a time of 28.1.

From the Clinic

Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

The state immunization rules require:

  • Student entering 7th Grade (if born after September 15, 2000) – 1 dose of Tdap vaccine
  • Students entering 7th Grade (if born after September 15, 2004) – 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine

If your student has not received these vaccines they need to get them before the first day of school in August. Contact your health care provider or Linn County Public Health to have your student get these required immunizations.

Future Events

8th Grade Football Camp

Please see the attachment below regarding this summer's football camp for 7th and 8th Grade students. This year's camp will be August 21 & 22 from 4:00-6:00PM.

2018 Back to School Extravaganza

Monday, Aug. 20th, 3:30-7:30pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Be on the lookout for a mailing that includes information on next year's Back to School Extravaganza. This night will be structured in similar ways as previous years. Students will drop off supplies, take their school picture, receive their IDs and schedules. We will also have an all-school hot dog feed. We look forward to seeing you.