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Friday, March 11, 2016

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** SPRING BREAK March 14-18 **

Spring Forward...Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour.

Iowa Assessments

Last week all students took part in the Iowa Assessments. The theme for the week that we stressed with our students was Personal Best. After spending time with their homeroom teachers going over their previous year's scores we made it a point for students to meet or exceed their growth. We appreciated students being on time and giving each test their best effort.

If the timeline holds consistent with last year, we should expect to see results in late April or mid-May. When we have an idea of the release we will be sure to communicate it to the family.

Assessment Thank Yous

We would like to extend our gratitude to the number of parents and families that either donated their time or snacks that were given to students during the testing week. We are fortunate to have amazing and supportive families at Franklin. So much of what we do would not be possible if not for the hard work of our families. Thanks to the following:

Snacks: Tina Erb, Elisabeth Langemo, Stacy Below, Deann LaGrange, Charu Chawla, Michelle Novak, Tyera Hess, Stacey Below, Dawn Herkelman, Michelle Stevens, Kay Staudacher, Staci Wray, Kristina Canfield, Angie Beer.

Snack Distribution: Lydia Barger, Kristina Canfield, Rafael & Amari Jacobo, Karen & Cael Knox, and Kay Staudacher.


This week you should have received a letter and email informing you of this spring's conferences. The window for sign-up opened on Wednesday and will close midnight on Sunday, March 20. We encourage you to look through your student's Powerschool to decide on a single teacher to conference with.

  • Thursday, March 24 from 3:00-8:30PM
  • Monday, March 28 from 3:00-8:30PM

If you did not receive the letter or would like additional details about conferences please check out our website:

Spring Musical: Alice in Wonderland

Franklin Blood Drive

The Franklin Student Council we be sponsoring a Blood Drive on Thursday, March 24th. Any adults in the building and parents who would be interested in donating please let Ms. Dvorak know. You can contact her through her email: We've exceed our goal with over 25 donors, but would love to see more.

Student Spotlight

This year we are recognizing students who exemplify what it means to do your PARRT at Franklin. We call this feature our Spotlight Students. At least every month teachers will select six 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

Savannah Andrews, Jackson Bowman, Katie Conyers, Ella Hoeger, Landon Moore, Makayla Woodard

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7th Grade

Isabella Blocklinger, Giuseppe Gianforte (not pictured), Josh Horne, Gabby Kilgore, Alexis Papesh-Castellanos, Mya Swyers

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8th Grade

Leah Crilley, Sophia Jasper, Blair Johnson, Darrian Roberson, Nic Singleton (not pictured), Josh White

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Can you solve the following problem? "After a 20% reduction, the price of a computer was $800. What was the price of the computer before the reduction?" Our MathCounts team can and did solve many other problem-solving questions just like this. Congratulations to our Mathcounts team for getting 4th place during our regional competition at Prairie Schools on February 27th. The team consists of Emma Ohrt, Lexie Olson, Trevor Erb, and Ben Joens. (Answer: $1000)

Congratulations, Ben Joens

A big congratulations goes out to 7th Grader, Ben Joens on two tremendous accomplishments. Ben qualified for the State Geography Bee and will compete in Cedar Falls on April 11. Ben also qualified for the state Mathcounts Competition. Unfortunately both of these events occur on the same day so Ben had to make the tough decision to choose one...Ben chose the State Geography Bee! Best of luck!

Picking Up & Dropping Off

The following message went out as an all-call and email to all Franklin Families last week:

The issues with cars double and triple-parked have increased in the recent weeks and it’s becoming a safety concern. We’ve had some close calls this year and our number one concern is the safety of our students. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has made frequent trips to the area during dismissal and have been known to issue tickets. There are numerous spots to pick up and drop off your child. We would benefit from families using these alternate locations rather than double and triple parking and stopping your cars to have students cross the street to get into vehicles. Below is a list of alternate locations available for pick-up (areas highlighted in red on the picture).

Please see the picture below for alternate spots to meet your child. We would appreciate your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our students.


  • Lower B Avenue (by the tennis courts)
  • 21st street (Street located behind the school. Please leave clearance for the buses to exit.)
  • Alley next to the field area on the north side of FMS
  • D Avenue
  • C Avenue
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Upcoming Receipt Challenge

Keep saving those receipts. We will have one final Homeroom Receipt Challenge before the year ends. Our last challenge brought over $153,000 in receipts. We are scheduling our next challenge for April 25-29. We would love to surpass our total from last year which was $270,000. So far this year we are just over $190,000. We appreciate your support.

Friends of Franklin

Want to support Franklin? Check out our page that has information about our Friends of Franklin. We are extremely appreciative for the amount of support that our PTA has provided us. If you've seen our video announcement system in the school it was made partially possible because of the PTA purchasing 4 TVs.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 11

"Alice in Wonderland" Musical, 7:00PM

March 14-18

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, March 24

Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-8:00PM

Friday, March 25

No School

Monday, March 28

Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00-8:00PM

Opening night for the spring musical, "Alice in Wonderland" was Thursday, March 10. This outstanding performance features 70+ cast and crew members. The students performed a teaser for all Franklin students on Tuesday and did a matinee later in the day for local elementary schools. If you didn't make it for opening night be sure to get here for their final performance on Friday, March 11 @ 7:00PM.