Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, March 9, 2018

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Spring Break: March 12-16

Principal's Message

A well-deserved break is on the horizon. A reminder to students and families that next week is Spring Break in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Our main office will be closed next week. We hope the break is relaxing for your families and provides a time to refresh and recharge before the big push to end the year. Once we return the time will fly and the last day will be here before we know it.

Updated School Calendar

With recent school delays and closings, there's been an adjustment to last day of school. Please note that the last day of school is currently scheduled for Friday, June 1. This was originally scheduled as a make-up day on the calendar. This will be the day of our 8th Grade Recognition Assembly and also an early dismissal. Please be on the lookout for more information. An amended calendar is attached below.

Iowa Assessments

Please note the Iowa Assessment window is April 2-12. The number of tests students take this year has drastically decreased. Student will only be tested in the areas of Math, Reading, and Science. With the change in testing we will be assessing students on Tuesday, April 3-Thursday, April 5. We will do one section of tests each day. The testing period will be 9:52-11:08 each day. We will have an altered schedule for each day of testing. More information will follow with more details.

For EO & TASL students we will communicate with families about their schedule for the week.

Congrats, Jazz Band One!

Congratulations to Jazz Band 1 on their outstanding performance at the Coe College Jazz Summit on Friday. Jazz 1 earned 2nd place amongst 15 middle school jazz bands from across the state of Iowa. Grant Lapointe was awarded the outstanding middle school soloist for the festival with his solos on tenor saxophone, with Phillip Perea earning a runner-up solo award for his solos on the vibes. Outstanding solos were also performed by Ishan Chawla, Annika Twedt-Ball, Julia Greenlee, Cora Johansen, Hannah Snitkey, William Barker, Colton Staudacher, Rachael Stevens, Emily Cline, Parker Willis, Luke O’Brien, Josslyn Ovel, and Jessica Cline. Congratulations Jazz Band 1!

Franklin Jazz 1 also received a “Superior” rating a the recent NEIBA jazz festival, which is the highest rating a band can receive. Four of our band members were recognized with “Outstanding Solo Performance” awards: Phillip Perea, Julia Greenlee, Miles Lapointe, with Grant Lapointe being recognized as the Outstanding Soloist for the festival.

Congrats, Illumination!

Illumination is an auditioned show choir consisting of 60 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Franklin Middle School. The ensemble began rehearsals in September and competed at four show choir competitions in 2018. Mr. Griffin was very proud of the group’s dedication and perseverance over the season. The ensemble placed 6th place at the Great River Show Choir competition in Davenport, 5th place at the Washington Mo-Show Show Competition and 2nd place at the Marion Masquerade competition. With each performance, the group absorbed the critiques and improved their show considerably. At the fourth and final competition at Xavier High School, Illumination overcame a 4th place day-round score and after an outstanding evening performance was awarded the Grand Champion prize, including Best Choreography and the People’s Choice Award. The ensemble competed against Cedar Rapids Harding and Roosevelt, Oak Ridge Middle School’s Ovation, Cedar Rapids Regis, Cedar Rapids LaSalle, West Delaware and Mazzuchelli Middle School from Dubuque.

Illumination’s success in 2017-2018 is the foundation and beginning of a reputable choral music program at Franklin Middle School. If your child wants to become involved in the choral music program please contact Mr. Griffin at There are also summer plans for the 21st Annual Summer Sing Performing Arts/Show Choir Camp at Franklin for students grades 6-9. If interested please contact Mr. Griffin

HRS-Level 1 Survey

A huge thank you is needed for all of you that took time out of your busy lives to do the HRS Parent Survey. I'm proud to say that we had 32% of our families take the survey. This is remarkable. We were one of the few schools in the district that met the threshold for all stakeholder groups. With all the surveys from students, staff, and families, we will have the data points to make an informed and appropriate School Improvement Plan. Thank you again for your time.

Spring Sports

Shortly after spring break we'll begin the Spring Sports' season open to any 7th or 8th Grader. If your child is interested in going out for a spring sport they'll need an up-to-date physical and a signed concussion form.

  • Girls' Tennis: Coach Brian Jeffords
  • Boys' Soccer: Coach Kyle Clark
  • Girls & Boys' Track: Coaches Scott Brune, Merecedes Hayes, John Hebrink, and Josh Hetrick

Student Cell Phone Policy

We want to take the time to remind families of our cell phone policy. We've had numerous occasions where parents are texting/calling their child during the day for them to be dismissed without notifying our Attendance, Main Office, or Clinic. We have 100+ phones in our building and would appreciate important messages needing attention to go through one of our offices by contacting (319) 558-2452. While we understand the convenience that cell phones create, we're also aware of the distractions they can be if not used at appropriate times. If you'd like to reference our policy please follow the link to our handbook and go to page 8:

Spotlight Students

This year we're again recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. Twice a month teachers will select four students from their respective grade level. PARRT is the curriculum we use with our students to teach appropriate and expected behaviors in the school and positive relationships with their classmates. PARRT stands for:

P: Personal Best

A: Active Listening

R: Respect

R: Responsibility

T: Trustworthiness

6th Grade

Landon Boeckmann, Amari Jacobo, Trinity Jensen, Rolend Stewart

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7th Grade

Kalvin Bell, Rose Nodland, Ella Sears, Isabella Staff

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8th Grade

Naomi Juvenary, Wilsee Kollie, Cayleb Taylor, Annika Twedt-Ball

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Other Information

Waiting in the Morning

The colder weather has finally arrived. With the change in temperature we wanted to provide information about waiting in the morning. We encourage students to dress appropriately. Students will wait outside until the temperature goes below 25 degrees.

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, March 12-Friday March 16

  • Spring Break-NO SCHOOL