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Friday, January 29, 2016

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PTA Meeting - Monday, February 2

1st Semester Grade Reports

Grade reports were mailed out this week. By the time you're reading this hopefully you received them. If you did not receive you student's grade report please check the address listed in Powerschool. The address labels are taken directly from that system so if the address is not accurate it will ship back to the building.

Coe Tutoring

We are happy to announce that our collaboration with Coe College will continue this school year. On Wednesdays after school we'll have approximately 13-15 students available to work 1:1 or in small groups with students from 2:15-3:30 in the Franklin IMC. Students will be provided a snack. Our students that took part in this program received academic as well as organizational support. This opportunity is free of charge and students will be provided a snack.

If you or your student is interested please contact our Counseling Department (558-2258) so we can help organize students on the Wednesdays. This will begin Wednesday, February 3 and will continue through the end of the second semester college schedule.

(Special note: due to the early dismissal on February 10 we will not have tutoring)

Counseling Department

8th Grade Transition to High School Information

Dates and times can be found on the Franklin Website, Our School, Counseling. There are links to the high schools with more information regarding courses and graduation requirements.

January & February Registration Activities

  • January 7,8th and 12th – All 8th Grade, High School Planning with Counselors in Lab 334, ihaveaplan
  • January 21st – Washington and Kennedy Assembly at Franklin during school day
  • February 2nd - Incoming Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Washington HS Auditorium, 6:30 PM. VERY important meeting for all Washington bound families to attend!
  • February 4th - Incoming Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Kennedy HS Auditorium, 6:30 PM.
  • February 18th – Washington and Kennedy High School Registration during school day

District Permits

Please follow the link for information concerning the district permits for the 2016-17 school year:

If you have any questions please contact our Counseling Office.

Iowa Assessments

Before long students will be settling in to take the Iowa Assessments. The window for assessments is February 29-March 11. Our format for this year's tests will be similar with students testing Monday, February 29-March 3. The following days will be used for make-ups.

One thing we try to do for our students is to provide snacks during the Assessments. This is made possible through the generous donations of our parents. There will be a sign-up for parents willing to donate items such as Gogurt, bananas, string cheese, and granola bars. We're also offering an incentive for students to be here on all testing days.

Dows Contest

The 23rd Annual Dows Contest will be open for entries beginning on Tuesday, January 19th. The Dows Contest is a great way for Franklin students to showcase their talent in writing and/or art and earn cash prizes for exceptional work. The contest runs from January 19th to February 24th, 2016.

This is a yearly event at Franklin and is made possible by the Dows Family Trust administered thru the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

We encourage all students to participate and submit their original writing and art work creations. Entries must be submitted to Dr. Carr or Ms. Rose by 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 24th, 2016. Please make sure that all contest rules are followed and that entries are submitted along with the appropriate entry forms. Please click on the links below for more information.

Please see Ms. Rose or Dr. Carr with questions.

Paper Needed!!!

If you have spare reams of paper lying around the house we would appreciate a replenishment of our supply. We have nearly gone through the entire supply that was brought at the beginning of the year and the more donations we have the less money out of our building budget we need to spend.

Hy-Vee Homeroom Receipt Challenge

The results are in and all the Hy-Vee receipts have been totaled. Everyone did an amazing job for Franklin. During our receipt challenge over $153,000 in receipts were brought into Franklin. That combined with what we had previously, brings our total to over $194,000 in receipts. That equates to $970 for Franklin. Great job Bolts!!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated. We would like to especially thank Ms. Cornell and Ms. Hollingsworth’s classes for totaling all of the receipts. It was quite a job!!

The class with the most receipts and the winner of the class pizza party is Ms. Davies 6th hour class. They brought in a total of $20,446 in receipts.

If you still have receipts at home and didn’t get them in, you can still drop them off in the main office or save them for our next challenge. We still have until the end of April to collect receipts for this year.

Geography Bee Results

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On Thursday, January 28 ten student finalists participated in the school Geography Bee Finals. Thank you to our Social Studies' teachers and students for their hard work and participation. The final was broadcasted over our TV network with Ben Joens earning the title of school champion. Congratulations to all our finalists and a special congratulations to Ben!

Below were this year's finalists: Jackson Barker, Logan Brunscheen, Sam Earl, Connor Eisenmann, Josh Gilbert, Ben Joens, Brody Lovell, Abby Owens, Colton Studacher, Caleb Yoder.

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Regional Competition Results

Last Saturday, January 23, Franklin students participated in the Regional Future City competition at Prairie Point Middle School. The theme this year was recycling. There were 46 projects competing from around the state of Iowa. The team of Bodase made it to the final round of five. This team included: Josh Horne, Hugh Duffy, Zelda Siegel, Braden Hoyer and Marquiese Snead. They presented their project for a team of special judges including radio personality, Scott Schulte, and others. Bodase earned the 4th place trophy overall.

Other teams winning awards included the City of Life winning the “Most Sustainable Food Production System” award. Team members included: Raafa Elsheikh, Rahma Elsheikh, Lydia Mackey, Layla Eckhardt, and Lauren Krzywicki.

Winning the award for the best moving part was: Derinkuyu. Team members included: Kira DeBrower, , Connor Rissi, Yemurai Tavaziva, Olivia Metzger and Quinn Dunn.

The Future City project includes: building a model, writing an essay of 1500 words, making a power point about SIMS city, and presenting a presentation. All points are calculated to determine the 5 finalists.

All students who participated in Future Cities can be very proud of the hard work and effort that was put into their projects! They were absolutely amazing! Franklin had over thirty students participate in Future Cities this school year and will celebrate with a pizza party this coming week.

A special thanks to Mr. Salamon, our engineering mentor, who guided us in all of our engineering endeavors.

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The annual Metropolitan Orchestra Festival was held on Saturday, January 23 at the Paramount Theatre. This is always a special night and we're extremely proud of our Franklin students who participated this year. The song selection this year included classical tunes in addition to songs from Queen, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. This year's participants included:

6th Grade

Holly Altfillisch, Meena Ramadugu, Alyssa Valley, Liam Charters, Abby Owens, Nathan Schmidt.

7th Grade

Josh Horne, Priya Kearny, Elli Palma, Ronish Techau, Elise Fashimpaur, Ben Wilding.

8th Grade

Keegan McRae, Hannah Novak, Nicole Techau, Tawney Hess, Skylea Trout, Hannah Gehrke, Raelyn Stecker, Andrew Stevenson.

Student Presidential Straw Poll

We appreciated the work our students and staff put into this year's Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Students learned about the candidates and what on earth a Caucus is. The official vote was taken on Tuesday, January 26. The candidate of choice from our student body was Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders.

Concession Help Needed

We try open our concession stand during our sporting events. This is a great way for our PTA to make money. Each event we tend to make over $100. This adds up and provides great support to our students and school. In order for us to run the concession stand we need at least one adult willing to volunteer their time. Without an adult we are unable to have the stand open. Please see the sign up on the link below for the remaining home events. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Girls' Basketball


Friends of Franklin

Want to support Franklin? Check out our page that has information about our Friends of Franklin. We are extremely appreciative for the amount of support that our PTA has provided us. If you've seen our video announcement system in the school it was made partially possible because of the PTA purchasing 4 TVs.

PTA Sign-Ups

Follow the link below to the PTA SignUpGenius page that will take you to all available sign-ups to support upcoming events. This page will be edited throughout the year.

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 1

Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Home, 8th @ Excelsior

Thursday, February 4

Girls' Basketball, 7th @ Oak Ridge, 8th @ Home

Tuesday, February 9

Wrestling @ Iowa City West

Thursday, February 11

Wrestling @ Harding

Activity Concert, 7PM in Auditorium

Saturday, February 13

Illumination @ MoShow Show Choir Competition