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Friday, December 19

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Holiday Break December 24-January 4

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Principal's Message

The holiday times not only offer a time to be with friends and family, but also a time to reflect. Reflection is important to not only understand where we've been, but where we're going. It was author, Nicholas Sparks who said, "Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that". Today's world offers us many challenges. This is true not only for our students given the academics, extra-curriculars, and social pressures placed upon them. Us adults encounter the same pressures. At Franklin we're fortunate to have great families. We're proud to work together and welcome the chance to build bigger and better relationships between school and home.

We wish your family the very best over the break. If patterns hold true, the return back will fly by and soon our 8th graders will be planning for high school and our returning students will find their niche in the Franklin community-fostering strong relationships and a a work ethic to make them successful in and out of the classroom.

Lucas Ptacek

1st Trimester Honor Roll

Students who made the 1st trimester A & B Honor Roll will receive their certificates during their Period 6 class next week. You can also see the list of students who qualified by following this link:

Replacement of Frankly Speaking

Parents of older Franklin students are probably familiar with the publication Frankly Speaking that went out at the end of every trimester. With the addition of the e-Newsletter that goes out every week we will be discontinuing the Frankly Speaking as it once was. We will still do an end of the year publication that will go out to all incoming, current, and outgoing students. Our goal through these e-Newsletters is to provide you with up-to-date news and stories of Franklin Middle School.
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New Website

Be sure to check out the new Franklin website. All new district sites went live on Friday, December 12. We are excited for the new format and will be working to keep it updated and with information useful for students and families. We encourage you to add this to your favorites and check it frequently. Follow the link:

Snow Bucks

Our display is nearly empty after our days of Snow Bucks. This PBIS activity not only rewards students for their positive behavior, but it also puts them in a position to win prizes for their friends and family. It was great to see the excitement with students as they selected their prize and hear how they would use it. A great big thanks to the Franklin Staff for donating gifts and to Mrs. Dvorak for all her hard work putting this activity together.

Winter Conferences

It's not too early to begin thinking about Winter Conferences. Please add Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27 to your calendars. For organizational sake we have divided the following nights based on last name.

  • January 22: Last names beginning with (A-K)
  • January 27: Last names beginning with (L-Z)

If you're unable to attend on your designated night please visit the other. We appreciate the feedback that parents provided for the format of the fall conferences and we have decided to go with a similar format again for the winter. Parents do not to schedule ahead of time, but we ask that parents keep conversations to 5 minutes out of respect to other parents. An email will go out when we return from break addressing the details of the conferences that will allow you to plan your visits accordingly.

8th Grade Ski Trip

8th Graders will be taking their annual ski trip to Sundown Mountain on Friday, January 30. Students were given a packet with complete information about the day. If you'd like to view a copy please follow the link: The information page with signatures and money are due back by January 10. If you have any questions please contact the main office.

Project Lead the Way

Attention 8th Grade Parents: High school registration is just around the corner! If your child enjoyed taking Engineering Tech class with Mr. Matson, there a courses utilizing the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum at the high school level too. Both Washington and Kennedy offer an introduction course entitled “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED) as well as “Principles of Engineering” (POE). Both of these courses are offered as dual credit (via Kirkwood or with a passing test score for University credit) as well as being weighted just like AP classes (5.0 scale). In addition, the Kirkwood Regional Center in Hiawatha offers other courses for juniors and seniors if they want to continue the PLTW engineering pathway. Visit to see Project Lead the Way’s courses and what PLTW is all about or contact Mr. Matson with questions.