Monday, January 11, 2021
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News & Information
End of 1st Semester
Students will have their pictures taken during the school day. We will rotate all our cohorts through. All students, whether you purchase a packet or not, will have their picture taken for school IDs.
Remote & CRVA Learners
We will offer time after dismissal for families to drop their students off for a quick walk through picture process. Families can arrive any time between 1:45-3:00PM. To maintain social distancing we will have students dropped off at the Main Entrance (Door #1) along 20th Street. Students will go through the entrance and then to the Student Lounge. At this point, families will drive through the main lot to our B Avenue entrance. After students have their picture taken they will exit out the B Avenue (Door #2) where you can pick them up. We will have staff in the hallways to help direct students.
Re-takes will be Friday, March 26. Times TBD.
Masks & Water Bottle
We appreciate our students and families keeping one another safe by wearing their masks throughout the school day. We've gone through a number of our disposable masks that are available for students if they forget. We would appreciate it if students have multiple masks they can use throughout the day so we don't have to keep purchasing new ones. Thank you for your support in helping with this.
Water BottlesAll students received a CRCSD water bottle when we returned to school. Because of our COVID regulations, the spigots to the fountains are turned off. The only part of our water fountains that do work are the bottle fillers. We encourage students to have a water bottle during the day they can use to get water.
Long before Iowa football fans began waving, Franklin Middle School students were giving their all to support kids with cancer at University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Our past fourteen dances have combined to raise over $75,000, and we were looking forward to our fifteenth year. However, like so many events in the past year, our fundraiser will be a little different this year. While we cannot hold an actual dance, we will still be holding our “Money Mash” competition, selling t-shirts, holding snack sales (prepackaged items only), and challenging students to become “spirit dancers” by raising $25 or more for the cause. In addition, we will have a competition between grade levels to see who can raise the most for our cause with a movie reward on the line.
For those of you who are new to Franklin, let us first explain why we do it. It started years ago with an eighth-grade language arts class writing some pen pal letters to a sick child. It then ballooned into a mini dance marathon complete with pizza and bake sales, in the hopes of helping more children. Unbeknownst to us our first year, we had a cancer survivor within our student body, who knew all too well the many struggles associated with cancer. Even harder to believe is the fact Franklin has had a cancer survivor or current cancer patient walking the halls every year since! It would be an easy year to just give up; everything about 2020 was a struggle after all. However, we know the kids and their families still need our help, especially after 2020!
So, we continue our work to support both our Franklin friends and all the children being treated for life threatening illnesses at the University of Iowa. The funds we raise provide for free summer camps, an annual Adventureland trip, crafts and activities at the hospital, improved facilities, wigs, holiday gifts, some family assistance and more! See below for more information on our fundraising activities. This is a great opportunity to get your student to earn some extra dollars for a very good cause while completing some extra chores around the house for you!
Virtual Donation Option
Congrats Mock Trial
Mock Trial: Zooming Against All Odds
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The 8th grade mock trial team recently finished in the top four of the virtual Iowa Middle School Mock Trial State competition organized by Mr. John Wheeler, Director of ISBA for Law and Civic Education at The Iowa State Bar Association It was the first middle school virtual state mock trial competition in the country and as Mr. Wheeler said, “All eyes are on Iowa.”
Overall, it proved to be a success for all teams involved and especially for our Franklin team. Although it was an unprecedented season, the middle school students all rose to the occasion. Here is our story.
We scrimmaged against Taft Middle School in October to get the feel for the Zoom mock trial competitions. In order to be ready for the virtual competitions, we prepared such things as making our backgrounds look professional, practiced sharing computer screens for exhibits and adjusted camera angles so we could be viewed properly by the judges. Judges rated each of our participants on a ten-point scale, regarding their performance during the trial. The team with the highest point performance would move on. Judges would also nominate students they felt were top attorneys and witnesses for each round.
Our journey to state started in November. We competed in a play-off round starting with 88 schools and then made it to the top 32 teams. We competed again and advanced to the state tournament, which included the top 24 teams from the state.
The Iowa State Middle School Mock Trial Tournament took place the first week in December. We competed as both plaintiff and defense and found out on Thursday, December 3rd that we had advanced to the final 8 teams.
We competed Friday night, December 4th and advanced to the Final 4. All of this, including the awards ceremony, was done by Zoom. By that time, we were all jumping and screaming with joy during our post team Zoom meetings that became a norm. It was an unbelievable feeling!
The Franklin team ultimately did get beat by the eventual state champion team from Harding Middle School on Saturday morning, December 5th. It was a close match and the team once again performed very well.
The team consisted of: Geniva Bann, Cade Beck, Sophie Beltz, Miriam Legge, Brian Li- (named all state attorney), AJ Miller, Vivian Tarvestad, Abby Wilcox. Coaches: Deb Siebenga & Scott Shoemaker.
Pick-up & Drop Off Locations
For entrance, Doors 1 & 2 (Main Entrance & B Ave) are the primary doors to be used for entrance into the building. Door #7 is a primary door for bus riders. Please do not use Door #7 for pick-up or drop-off.
More than anything else, we would appreciate your PATIENCE. Thank you in advance for your support.
Health & Safety Guidelines (UPDATE)
CDC updated its quarantine duration guidelines on December 1st and Linn County Public Health (LCPH) adopted the guidance effective December 2nd. CRCSD will align with LCPH guidance. The newest guidance provides parameters on shortened duration of quarantine. Please visit our CRCSD Health and Safety Hub for more information.
Reminder: CRCSD will follow Linn County Public Health’s guidance regarding “close contact” definition, as it aligns with CDC recommendations. On November 12th, LCPH released updated guidance for contact tracing and quarantine related to the definition of “close contact.” Throughout the pandemic, CRCSD has worked closely with LCPH and will continue this partnership within our specific county. While this updated local county guidance is a departure from the Iowa Department of Public Health, LCPH is aligning their guidance with CDC recommendations in order to mitigate the current high rate of Linn County community spread.
- Close contact is defined by CDC, and subsequently LCPH, as: Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset or testing.*
- Living in the same household as a COVID-19 positive person
- Direct physical contact with a COVID-19 positive person (hugged or kissed them)
- Exposure to respiratory droplets from a COVID-19 positive person (sneezed on, coughed on, etc.)
*Even if you had a mask on. Please note this is the significant differentiator between CDC/LCPH and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines.
Please review the attachment below that addresses symptoms and guidelines our district will follow with your students.
Updated District Calendar
If you have any questions regarding the Book Fee, please call the Main Office at 558-2452.
Attendance remains one of our top priorities and is key to a student’s success. Attendance will be taken each day and monitored throughout live instruction. We will have proactive collaboration between home and school if attendance and engagement becomes a concern.
For in-person and remote learners, if your student has a pre-arranged absence or is unable to attend their scheduled classes, please call our Attendance Office at (319) 558-2162 to have it documented.