March 22, 2021

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No classes Friday - Classes resume Tuesday, April 6th

FHS Updates

FHS March Madness

A tradition at FHS for a number of years, March Madness is back (Covid style). Competitions & Pep Assembly (for seniors only due to limited numbers allowed), prizes and Spirit Days for all!

Join the March Madness spirit FHS!

· Monday – Athletic Jersey Day (ANY apparel that represents ANY team – show your fan loyalty!)

· Tuesday – Super Hero Day (Heroes are all around us ….... recognize those we admire by

dressing up as them! Superman, for sure! Essential workers, you bet! Teachers…absolutely.

· Wednesday - Groutfit Day (wear gray & gray & gray today!)

· Thursday - College & Career Day (College apparel or dress up as you would in your future career!)

· Friday – no classes

Check out the March Madness Week Schedule

Check out the adjusted Thursday Bell Schedule (note that 4th block is BEFORE 3rd block)

FHS Energizers Perform

The Franklin High School Energizers are excited to be performing Virtually at the Chicagoland Showcase for their 4th year. The Energizers are one of 11 performing groups at Franklin High School. This is their fourth year as a competitive show choir. This year’s group is composed of 30 singers/dancers on stage. The 2021 competition show titled “Don’t you Worry About a Thing” is based on the idea of “No Stress”. This is just one of the 6 songs that they have been working on for their Competition show titled. "Better When I'm Dancing".

Enjoy their performance linked below.

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FHS Spring Musical Coming Soon

We are so pleased to announce that our students at Franklin High School are able to showcase their talents this April for our Spring Musical and we have a very unique way for you to watch them!

The Spring Musical will be held April 8-11. Students will be performing live at our Saber Center and the public can watch them from home via Live Stream. Unfortunately, there are not in-person tickets for this event other than for immediate family members of the performers. Live Stream tickets do have to be purchased in advance in order to watch the live stream of any of our (4) shows.

See more information about the show and secure a live stream ticket at our Saber Center ticketing information page here:

Summer Learning

Summer Learning will be offered for students entering ninth through twelfth grade from June 17 to July 23 (no school on July 5) at Franklin High School.

You will have the opportunity to register for the summer learning program online between March 22 - April 11. Course requests are evaluated AFTER all requests have been submitted. Scheduling is NOT done on a first come basis. Students will be scheduled by lottery based on course availability. For students selected, families will be asked to confirm interest. For students not initially selected, they will be automatically added to waitlists and offered seats based on student commitments, class size, and staffing. Registration for credit recovery will be available at a later date as well.

For more details of the program, please read the program overview and course offerings. To register your child for the Summer Learning Program, complete this form by April 11.

Coherence Plan Family Focus Group Sign Up Form

As we shared last week, the Franklin Public School District is in the process of refreshing our Coherence Plan for another three years. If you are interested in participating in a family focus group around this work, please complete this interest form by this coming Friday, March 26th (the start of Spring Break).

Participants in this family focus group will have the opportunity to learn about the future of our strategic work and provide input on that direction. The meeting will be a one-hour virtual family focus group on Wednesday, April 7th from 5:30-6:30 PM. This focus group will consist of 20-25 people from across elementary, middle, and high school families. The focus group will be facilitated by Melissa Matarazzo, an external coach with the Studer Education Group.

If we receive more than 25 requests to participate in the group, participants will be randomly selected. Please consider joining this opportunity to help shape our future strategic work. Thank you for your continued support in helping Franklin Public Schools become a better place to learn, better place to work, and part of a better community.

FHS AP Exam Information

FHS AP Students and Families, please see the message here for information regarding this year's AP exam administration in May. This was also emailed to all AP students and parents/guardians.

It is all of our goal to once again have a smooth, safe, and successful AP exam administration this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Jonas, Mr. Vuolo, or Mrs. Oost as soon as possible. We are very proud of all of your hard work on your AP courses this year, and we wish you the best as you prepare for your exams!

Spring Sports Registration Continues

Spring Sports Registration is Open - is your student planning to participate in a Spring sport?

All registration must be completed online prior to the first practice of your student's sport. Spring sport registration links are now accessible.

All athletes need a sports physical exam at least once every 2 years and cannot practice without completing the registration and having a current physical on file in the Athletic Office.

Need a new physical? Bring this form to your physician.

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Affirmations for Students

One of the easiest and most impactful things we can teach our students to positively reprogram their self-talk is the proper use of affirmations. We can also provide them with tried and true affirmations for teens that have helped millions of their peers.

Here are several key strategies you can teach your students about using affirmations:

  • Affirmations must be firm, defined statements. Conditional affirmations are not nearly as effective. Avoid words like “hope,” “should,” or “wish” because these are soft and lack the confidence to be effective.

  • Keep affirmations in the present tense. They should not be something you will become in the future; they should always speak to what you are now.

  • Repetition and frequency is critical. We all know the power of repetition when building new habits. The thoughts we have today are simply habits we’ve solidified throughout our lives, so applying affirmations frequently is the key to rebuilding them. Just before bed at night and first thing in the morning are the two most powerful times to employ affirmations.

  • While saying affirmations to yourself is a start, saying them out loud is more powerful. Writing them down is even more potent. The most impactful time to make an affirmation is in the moment of need (e.g. saying or writing the affirmation, “I am good at math” while you are taking a math test).

  • It is important to manage the number of affirmations. Prioritize the top 3 to 5 and start off by focusing on those. You can always expand into new areas over time.

The Saber Roar

Stories include:

* Shamrock Shake Giveaway

* Visual Arts Team

* Color Guard

* St. Pat's Day Booth

The Saber Roar St. Patrick's Day Special 1216 3/17/21


Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Spring/Summer Rec Guide is Out!

As shared last week, the new Spring/Summer Rec Guide is out and registration opened this past Wednesday! Be sure to go here to view the Rec Guide and to register for all of our great Spring and Summer programming!