Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, October 20, 2017

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No School-Monday, October 30

Fall Conferences

Thanks to those families who came to our first evening of conferences on Monday night. If you still wish to attend conferences and have not signed up please contact our main office. Our final evening of fall conferences is Thursday, October 26 from 3:00-8:30PM. We ask that students attend the conferences along with their family.

From Our PTA-Volunteer for Desserts

The Franklin PTA is sponsoring the teacher's meal on Thursday, October 26 for conferences. Follow the link for the sign-up if you can volunteer desserts for the meal.

Magazine Sales

We'd like to thank all the students and families that helped during this year's magazine sales. In previous e-Newsletters we've mentioned where the money goes to support our students. A big thanks also goes out to our staff and volunteers for helping with the accounting. Those that volunteered their time included: Dorea Burkamper, Julia Clair, Jennifer Edwards, Dawn Herkelman, and Deb Ptacek. See the totals below for our sales:

Total in Sales=$14,609

  • 6th Grade: $6,780
  • 7th Grade: $5,367
  • 8th Grade: $2,462

Total Participants=138

  • 6th Grade: 59 (Anika Goldensoph-Top Seller)
  • 7th Grade: 46 (Jazmine Martin-Top Seller & Building Top Seller)
  • 8th Grade: 33 (Jazaree McKiernan-Top Seller)

Upcoming Concerts

In the coming weeks we have our first concerts of the year. This is always an exciting time of year to see and hear our students opening performances. Personally, I enjoy the growth and noticeable difference from their previous year and from fall-to-spring. Our students and directors have been working hard to get students ready and I know you'll be in for a treat. A reminder to families to allow plenty of time for the performance as parking is a premium around the building.

Vocal Concert-Tuesday, October 24

  • 6th Grade, 6:15PM
  • 7th & 8th Grade, 7:30PM

Orchestra Concert, Monday, November 6 @ 7:00PM

Band Concert, Tuesday, November 7 @ 7:00PM

Please see the Concert Etiquette below to allow the students to perform, directors to direct, and audience the atmosphere to enjoy the performance.

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Dance Marathon

Franklin will be hosting its twelfth dance marathon on Friday, November 10th from 1:30-3:30 P.M. in the lower gym. It is open to ALL Franklin students and admission is only $5.00. For those new to Franklin, this is not your average middle school dance. No awkward slow dances, no waiting to be asked to dance, and no talent necessary! All students are expected to dance as fast as they can and as much as they can, with appropriate breaks for snacks of course!

For those unfamiliar with dance marathon as a charity fundraiser, this event is affiliated with the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon and the Children’s Miracle Network. Funds raised help support pediatric cancer patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Each year we are blessed to have numerous college students affiliated with Dance Marathon join us. In fact, some years we have had some of our very own Franklin alumni return to dance with us as U of I student dancers. It’s good fun for a good cause. We hope you can join us this year too!

The last six years our dance was made even more special by the presence of Jack Hoeger, a pediatric cancer survivor and his family. Jack is now a sophomore at Kennedy, but his sister is still a Franklin Bolt, so please take this opportunity to come celebrate Jack’s journey with them. If you want to learn more about Jack and his fight against cancer, you can check out Jack’s own You Tube video “Get to Know Jack” by Livestrong Jack.

Franklin Apparel

We're excited to offer apparel orders to our Franklin students and families. Check our new inventory of t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, shorts, and more. All orders are paid for online and will be delivered to your home. Our first order's window will close on October 10 and we'll reopen the next window October 16.

Follow the link to the online order form:

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.

Fall Sports Recap

Cross Country

This year’s boys and girls cross country was a pleasure to work with. The highlight of the year for the girls team was a 3rd place finish at the Center Point Middle School Invitational and at the same meet, a 9th place finish for the boys. It was a delight to see the growth of each runner from the beginning of the year to the end. Most runners thought it was a significant task to complete a two mile run at the beginning of the year, but most would agree towards the end it was nothing to worry about. I wish both the boys and girls good luck throughout the rest of the school year.

Girls' Soccer

The Franklin Woman’s Soccer team finished a very successful season against difficult odds. The team was only 14 girls strong and faced a very difficult schedule of opponents. What the team lacked in players, it made up for with a nice mix of heart, work ethic, talent and teamwork! The girls were forced to play 2 games each contest and had little or no rest during games. The players also averaged about 98% attendance the entire season including morning practices! The team finished the year with a very respectable 3-3 record!

7th Grade Volleyball

Coach Williams and Coach Schulte would like to congratulate the 7th grade volleyball players for having an outstanding season! All the girls showed so much growth from where they started at the beginning of the season to where they ended! Each player developed an understanding of what it takes to be a Student-Athlete this season. It is always amazing to see a bunch of girls come together and form a bond with one another because of a common interest. We encourage our players to stay involved, be nice to one another, and have a great school year!

8th Grade Volleyball

The 8th grade volleyball team had an exceptional season! Their dedication surfaced both on and off the court. After each game, players reflected on their strengths and weaknesses and attacked those weaknesses during practice. Off the court, they were academic geniuses and maintained all passing grades. It is not always easy being a student athlete, but these women did a tremendous job! Best of luck in the future!

Boys' Tennis

The Bolts set out to defend their city championship from last year. We had 20 players come out and complete the season this year.We certainly had some talented players and plenty of depth. The players took great pride in building on last year’s success. This year the team went 9-0 and claimed their second straight season championship. This makes two years in a row of undefeated season for the Bolts. The reserves went 8-1 for the second year in a row. That means our 8th graders managed to go 18-0 in the top 6 and 16-2 if they played in the reserve matches. This certainly sets the bar high for our 7th graders who will return next fall.

7th Grade Football

This years Franklin football team grew a lot over the course of the season. Although the team went 1-4 on the A squad and 1-3-1 in B games they showed that they were willing to work hard and improve as the season went. The squad was a little smaller then what Franklin is accustom to, but they played with a lot of heart. Players wanted to improve week to week and they did. This was definitely apparent on the defensive side of the ball as they began shutting down opposing offenses. The two highlight games were against crosstown rival Harding and Southeast Iowa City. Both teams came into the game with about twice as many players as Franklin, but this didn't deter the Bolts. Harding was only able to score on an interception before the half and after a punt return in the 2nd half, otherwise the Franklin defense was able to shut them down. Franklin's win came against Southeast in an 8-6 nail biter. Franklin's defense was able to keep Southeast out of the end zone on a two point conversion in the last 1:30 of the game for the win. Throughout the season the players played hard and were always looking to improve. They played with great sportsmanship and were willing to play wherever they could to help the team. They were truly team players and did their personal best. Congratulations on a great season! GO BOLTS!

8th Grade Football

The 8th grade football team wrapped up their season last week and finished the season 2-4. The kids did a great job of staying committed through the highs and lows of winning and losing and were able to show a tremendous amount of improvement from the beginning to the end of the season. We were able to secure a big win over our east side rival Harding, and our last game of the year at Kingston stadium against McKinley was a fun experience for the entire team.

Box Tops & Receipts

We would appreciate your support in our collection of Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee Receipts. There are collection bins in our main office and can be dropped off at any time. Later in the year we will hold Homeroom competitions for the receipts. Annually, we have amazing support for our families that comes back to benefit our students.

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, October 23

  • Girls' Swimming @ Washingotn

Tuesday, October 24

  • 6th Grade Vocal Concert, 6:15-7:00PM
  • 7th & 8th Grade Vocal Concert, 7:30-8:30PM

Friday, October 27

  • End of the 1st Quarter

Saturday, October 28

  • Regional Mock Trial @ Linn County Courthouse

Monday, October 30

  • No School for Students

Tuesday, October 31

  • Girls' Swimming @ Washington
  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Oak Ridge/8th @ Home

Thursday, November 2

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home/8th @ IC Northwest

Franklin Blood Drive

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 3-7pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Please contact Kathy Dvorak at or by (319) 558-2452.