Principal Tornopsky's News

We are all an essential piece!

Principal's Point of View

The first few weeks of school have flown by. Students are now in a routine and the middle school students have adapted to one way hallways quite nicely. This year our focus is on students, parents, families, and our staff understanding that they are all an "Essential Piece". All of us combined, leads to the success of our students. It is so important to keep communications open and let us know if you are in need of assistance for your student, or just share good news and things that are happening at home. I want to know the families of my students and I want to be involved. I would love to come to a recital, football game, or some outside activity that your student is involved in. I feel it is really important that the students really know and feel that I care about them. I bet if they invite a teacher to an activity outside of school, they would love to attend as well.

Parents also be aware, that you may provide input for a teacher's evaluation, as appropriate, by sending an email to the principal by May 15, 2019.

Employees of the Month

Sara Hulbert is our teacher of the month for August. This is Ms. Hulbert's first year teaching and we are so lucky to have her here in Kindergarten. She is a natural with her students and all our students. In addition to her teaching certification, Ms. Hulbert is also a licensed nurse. On the rare occasion that Nurse Heather is not in, Ms. Hulbert jumps in on her break to cover the clinic. She is a wonderful addition to our staff and a pleasure to see with our students.


Mr. Dexter Savage is our employee of the month for August. This is Mr. Savage's 5th year at Franklin Academy and this year, in addition to teaching 2 classes, he is also our Math Coach. Mr. Savage inspires our students and staff alike. He mentors some of our middle school students and help them to make better choices on a daily basis. In addition, the teachers can't say enough about the encouragement and support he gives them in the math department on a consistent basis.

IB PYP Update

We are currently in our second year of candidacy for the IB PYP program. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

The PYP draws on research and best practice from a range of national systems with a wealth of knowledge and experience from international schools to create a relevant, engaging, challenging and significant educational framework for all children.

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) provides a shared curriculum for primary schools throughout the world. It does not replace the district scope and sequence or the state requirements but expands on them providing breadth and depth to understanding for primary age children. In addition, it provides the students with an international perspective that relates their world in the U.S. and Florida to a larger global community. The curriculum is designed as an interactive whole, that eventually encompasses the full range of disciplines and adds to the district and state guidelines.


Please join me on September 5, 2018 at 5:30 PM for an IB information meeting for all families with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. It will be a night to learn more for the families and your involvement while enjoying our international dessert buffet.

Great Things I Recently Noticed on Campus

  • Ms. Feders, middle school science teacher, worked alongside her students with Pan Balance Scales.
  • Coach Johnson has completed her girls volleyball tryouts and the first game is September 6th at our campus. Join me in cheering on our team at 4:30 PM.
  • Coach Hodge is coaching the boys flag football team and their first game is on September 4th. Please check the website for game locations.
  • Morning safety patrols are doing an excellent job getting to their posts on time and helping with car line.
  • Kindergarten and first grade have begun learning literacy using Fundations. Ask your student who Echo the Owl is.