News in a Flash

Franklin Central HS: 2020-21, Issue #9, 9-28-2020

FALL BREAK: October 3-18

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THIS WEEK: Don't Forget to Enter Your Attendance!!!

ALL students that are learning ONLINE (Edmentum or Cohort group) MUST enter attendance using the button in their Infinite Campus page.

MCPHD Updated Guidance

Last Friday the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) announced that they were updating their "Return to School" mandate for junior high students. MCPHD did NOT make any changes to the schedule for students at the high school.


All of our FCHS Flashes should continue attending per the hybrid or fully online schedule they have selected.

Thursday, October 29 - PSAT Day ***Adjusted Schedule***

All Sophomores and Juniors A-Z (Hybrid and Online Only) will attend school in person Thursday 10/29 from 7:30am-1:00pm.


All Freshmen and Seniors A-Z will attend virtually.


Sophomores and Juniors (Cohort 1, Cohort 2, and Online Only) will be taking the PSAT on 10/29. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 and students will be dismissed at 1:00. Breakfast and lunch will be served and bus transportation will be provided at this adjusted time.


The PSAT/NMSQT measures readiness for college, qualifies students for the National Merit scholarship program, and is practice for the SAT.

Update to Semester Grading Practices

The current hybrid schedule and fluidity of the rest of the semester necessitated a re-evaluation of our semester grade practices to best reflect continuous student learning. Weighing the concerns of teachers and the community, the secondary admin team made a decision about how grades are figured. Historically, the following weights were used to calculate semester grades:

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Moving forward, this is how we will calculate grades for the semester:

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Quarter 1 becomes an update (mid-term) and the grade configuration becomes a continuous grade until the end of Quarter 2.


Rationale for New Weights:

Q1 only had 18 days of in-person learning in a course for a student. Given that Q2 still has the potential to be fluid and is dependent upon Marion County orders, it is possible that we could have more in-person learning. The previous way of calculating grades gave the same weight for the 1st nine weeks learning as it did the 2nd nine weeks learning but the student didn't have the same supports, structure, and learning opportunities. Therefore, this NEW weight will allow the student to take a cumulative grade toward the semester grade which is the official grade on a transcript for that course. It also allows for learning to be continuous in a semester as we move forward instead of causing the arbitrary stop in learning.

Assessment make-up opportunity

Students now have the opportunity to make up missing quizzes and tests on Friday mornings. Students must talk with or email their teacher AND must sign up using the google form linked to any teachers' Canvas page. Both must be completed so we can have the assessment ready fro them to take.

Tests may be taken in Room 700 from 7:30-10:30. Students must have their own transportation.

Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our traditional parent-teacher conference format had to be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual conferences are now being set up by teachers for this Thursday, October 1, between the hours of 2:30 and 6:00. No conferences will take place on-site, but rather from the comfort of your own home. The building will be closed to visitors during those times. Staff members will be reaching out to make appointments.

Commended Scholars

In addition to Kathleen McCoy, our most recent National Merit Semi-Finalist, several FC seniors have been recognized by the College Board for their outstanding PSAT scores. Matthew Amy, Megan Garyson, and Nikhil Gloyeske have all been named Commended Scholars. Congrats to these seniors!

All-Township Cleanup

The Civic League has re-scheduled the All_township Cleanup that typically happens in the spring for October 3rd.They had to delay it because Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and DPW suspended the dumpster program when COVID hit. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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New Options for Calling in Absences: (317) 803-5535

Compulsory attendance laws still apply!!! If your child is out for any reason, it is imperative that you contact the attendance line and report the reason for the absence.


When calling the attendance line to report and absence or requesting an early dismissal, please be sure to listen to all of the options available. There is now a third attendance voicemail.


The three lines are-

Covid symptom line: To be used if experiencing symptoms or exposed only.

Absence line: To be used for non-Covid related symptoms or other reason for absence (funeral, appointments, etc.)

Early dismissal line: To be called two hours in advance in order for the student to leave early.

*Please note that the best way to report early dismissal is to send in a note with your student to be taken to the Attendance Office in the morning before classes begin, to receive their pass for early dismissal.*


Thank you for your help in streamlining our attendance reporting!

Virtual College Visits

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit Naviance.com for a current list of virtual college presentations. Don't miss out on the chance to hear directly from college reps about admissions, programs etc... Butler, Purdue, IU, Vincennes, Earlham, DePauw, Valparaiso and several out of state schools have already secured time slots and are ready to recruit FC students, so sign up soon! Be sure to check often as additional colleges will continue to schedule visits throughout the semester. Students should contact their counselors with log in questions.

Seniors needing transcripts

Franklin Central currently utilizes the electronic transcript service Parchment to send all transcripts on behalf of students and graduates. Seniors will need to go to Parchment.com and create their own account (don't forget to keep your username and password handy). From there students can send transcripts to any email address (including to self) for free while they are a student at FC. It's easy, convenient and fast!

NEW ATHLETICS WEBSITE

The athletic department has a new website - FCFlashes.org. Please visit that site and check out the National Special Olympics Banner Franklin Central earned last year!

Home Athletic Events: Expectations and Procedures

Our next home football game is this Friday against Fishers, we need your help to make ALL of our FC sporting events run as smoothly as possible to help guarantee we continue to have home events!


All bleachers will be marked off with red tape--- DO NOT SIT ON OR STAND IN FRONT OF THE SEATS WITH RED TAPE. This goes for both indoor and outdoor events with bleacher seating. Families will have enough space to accommodate multiple members in a set of seat. IN THE STUDENT SECTION: There should only be one person per unmarked space. Just because you might be able to squeeze two people in between the red tape doesn't mean you should. PLEASE HELP YOUR TEAM by following the expectations set forth.

IHSAAtv has a new Hoosier Crossroads Conference page! Find all your

@HoosierCConf

webcasts in one spot. https://ihsaatv.org/Crossroads/


Franklin Central event tickets will be sold only online through https://fcflashes.org/ and will only be presale. Tickets are $6 for varsity events, $5 for freshman events. Marion County Health Department has limited the seating capacity at outdoor venues to 1000 and indoor venues to 250.


Fans can watch broadcasts for $10 on the IHSAA website (IHSAATV.org) or on the IHSAA TV apps on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV. The link below takes you directly to the FCHS streaming page on IHSAATV.org:


https://www.ihsaatv.org/franklincentralhs/


Franklin Central Athletics will be operating under strict COVID guidelines as established by the IHSAA and Marion County. All spectators will need to wear masks at the games. Everyone will be asked to social distance and sit together as families.


Buy your tickets at GoFan


We will have concessions available under the state guidelines of offering only pre-packaged products at our home events.


We do have t-shirts and face masks that will be sold out of the athletic office if you are interested.

DRIVERS EDUCATION INFORMATION

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HEARING SCREENING INFORMATION

On 11/30/2020 and 12/1/2020 FCHS will have their annual state mandated hearing screenings. Any student who is new to the district and all 10th grade students will have their hearing screened during this time. The day your child's hearing will be screened will be according to their scheduled cohort day. If you do not want your child's hearing screened during this time due to COVID-19 concerns, please, email Jenise Lawrence (jenise.lawrence@ftcsc.org).

Return to School Guidance- UPDATED 9/4/2021

The end of last week brought another update from the MCDPH, available in the graphics below. FTCSC has also issued guidance for the return to school. Specifics about the plan including updates, FAQs, and resources are available on the district's website. Click on the link below to go directly to the page.


FTCSC Return to School Plan

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