Franklin e-Newsletter

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

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Principal's Message

These end of the year newsletters are always bittersweet. There's the obvious excitement of summer ahead and some time off for all, but on the other side we have a group of superb students leaving us to high school. I would like to thank our outgoing 8th Grade students and families for their resilience and support of Franklin Middle School. I will go on record as saying I don't think any class through Franklin has had to endure more, but through it all took on the challenges and changes and came out stronger in the end. Please join me in thanking them.

We also use this e-Newsletter to welcome our incoming 6th Grade families. Welcome to Bolt Community. We're excited to have you here and even more excited that next fall is finally looking like we can resume our traditional middle school model. I hope to see as many of our incoming students as possible at this summer's 6th Grade Academy. You'll find the form to sign-up below.

We wish you a safe and relaxing summer. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything we can help you with. Check out the information in this e-Newsletter for important items for this summer and next fall.

8th Grade Awards Assembly Recording

This year's 8th Grade Awards Assembly again had to take on a different look. For the second straight year we have recorded our annual assembly. This by no means diminishes the outstanding accomplishments of our students. Check out the link below for the recording. You'll also find an electronic copy of the program.
Franklin's Eighth Grade Ceremony

Summer Information

Franklin Apparel Order

During the year we will offer several opportunities for Franklin families to put in apparel orders. These orders are all done online through a credit card and will be mailed directly to your home. This is a great way to show your Thunderbolt Pride, especially for our students new to Franklin.

The order form is located below. Orders should be placed prior to June 17.

Summer Academies

We've put together information for this summer's academies. We're having our traditional 6th Grade Academy this summer for our incoming new students to Franklin. In addition, we've added opportunities for our returning 7th and 8th Graders to come to academy as well. Our goal is to ensure ALL our students have the opportunity to come into the building, meet students and staff, and feel ready for the new school year. See the forms below and sign your students up if interested.

6th Grade Academy

Summer 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Message from Franklin PTA

As we say goodbye to the 20-21 school year the Franklin PTA is planing and preparing to welcome new and existing students in August.

We are looking to fill vacant board positions for the upcoming year. The available positions are Vice President, Secretary, and Volunteer Coordinator. If you have questions about the open positions or volunteering in any capacity please reach out to the Franklin PTA at

Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in August.

News & Information

Back to School Night

Reserve Thursday, August 19 from 3:30-7:30 PM on your calendars for Franklin’s Back to School Night. This night will be used for school pictures, receive schedule and locker information, drop off materials/supplies, meet students and staff, turn in physicals/medical information, sign-up for activities, and more.

Franklin Back to School Night

Thursday, Aug. 19th, 3:30-7:30pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Summer Building Hours

Summer hours for the building begin Monday, June 7. The main office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We encourage you to call the main office at (319) 558-2452 before coming to the building, to ensure someone is available. We will have a number of construction projects impacting our main entrance. Visitors will be encouraged to use the B Ave. entrance if coming to the building.

Athletics & Physicals

If your student is planning to participate in any sport during their 7th and 8th Grade year, they will need an updated physical. Cedar Rapids Physical Forms can be printed from the Franklin web page. Physicals should be turned into the Main Office.

Annual Verification

Annual Verification is an online form that you access through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This confirms your student’s enrollment for the upcoming school year. Set a reminder on your calendar to complete this important task any time after July 1. See the following flyer for more information and details.

Summer Mailing

Our families will receive their Back to School Mailing the last part of July/early part of August. This will include, but not limited to, the following items: welcome letter, district calendar, health information, supply list, staff contact information, Back to School Night details, activity information, and more.

Summer Food Program

The Food and Nutrition Department will be sponsoring open Summer Food Programs at seven sites this summer. Operating open sites means any child age 18 and under is able to pick up breakfast and lunch from June 7 through August 13 between 10:30-12:30, Monday - Friday at the following sites. Grant, Grant Wood, Johnson, Pierce, Roosevelt (RCCBA), Truman, and Viola Gibson. See flyer.

Summer i-Ready Availibility

If you’re looking for learning opportunities for your student, we encourage you to use i-Ready with your child. Our goal during the school year is 45 minutes/week in the areas of Reading & Math through their personalized pathway. See the following i-Ready flyer on how you can plan with your student to create a routined schedule in addition to ways to support. i-Ready will be available through Tuesday, July 20.

Summer Device Care

With summer around the corner, the Cedar Rapids Community School District IT team has a few housekeeping items for student devices. As explained in the student device acknowledgement, students are borrowing a Chromebook that they are responsible for over several years. Students must take care of the device appropriately, and only students and parents/guardians are allowed to use the device.

Students who are completing fifth through 11th grade will take their Chromebooks home this summer, with the expectation that they will bring them back on the first day of next school year.

If you plan to leave the Cedar Rapids Community School District your device will need to be returned to Franklin Middle School. Please call our main office at (319) 558-2452 prior to coming to the building to ensure someone is here.

CRCSD Summer Chromebook Expectations