Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, February 23, 2018

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Spring Break: March 12-16

Principal's Message

Good news seems to be at a premium in our country. It seems common place that we shield students from the news due to another conflict or controversy. However, in the past couple weeks, we couldn't be any more proud of our students and school. On one hand we had one of the most amazing single acts of kindness I've ever seen from a student, and on the other, we had our students stand up and show support and come together around a message of kindness. Watching the news since last Wednesday, you see now more than ever, today is the time for students to stand up for what is right and make sure their voice is heard...and what a powerful voice they can have.

Thank you for sending us great kids.

Bolts in the News

HRS-Level 1 Survey

We've almost reached our 30% Parent participation for the High Reliability Schools: Level 1-Safe & Collaborative Culture survey. As of Thursday, we were at 25%. Thank you to all of those that families that took the time out of their day for the survey. If you have not yet taken the survey, it's not too late. We would appreciate your help. Please click on the link below.

The window for the survey closes on Monday, March 5.

Safety Drills

On Wednesday you received an email informing you of our lockdown drill that we conducted on Thursday. For our lockdown drill we were joined by members from our Central Office and Cedar Rapids Police Department. Prior to the drill, our staff reviewed the expectations with our students of what we would do in the event of an emergency. Staff members went through possible scenarios using the response of Run, Hide, Fight. We encourage you to visit with your child about the drill and what they would do in the event of an emergency.

We want to use this section to discuss the drills we conduct on a yearly basis. During a year we do the following drills:

  1. Fire: 3x
  2. Tornado: 3x
  3. Lockdown: 2x

If you have any questions about our safety drills please don't hesitate to contact us.

Bolts in the Community

Math Counts

MathCounts is a nationwide competition that students in grades 6-8 complete against others and alongside their peers solving problems that are at a high level of math. Franklin begins “training” for the competition with 7th and 8th graders. 6th graders at Franklin compete in Math Olympiads. Franklin then select a team of four students to attend a local level at College Community competing against other local schools from the area. This year the following students were selected to represent Franklin: Ishan Chawla, Aidan McGrane, Nick Burkamper, and Annika Twedt-Ball. These four students did a great job representing themselves and Franklin Middle School.

Introduce A Girl to Engineering

On Feb. 22, Allyssa, Delana, Taylor, Libby, and Lexi attended "Introduce a girl to Engineering" at Rockwell Collins. The girls listened to guest speakers about girls in engineering, experienced and engaged themselves in activities that represent various of engineering careers, and toured the facility. The girls represented themselves and Franklin MS that Mr. Smith raved about and was extremely proud of how they handled themselves. Way to go!!

Kennedy Band Carnival

Come celebrate music at the Kennedy Band Carnival Friday March 2nd; 4:00-8:30PM. Wristbands are $7 each or $20 for a family of 4. There will be carnival games, a silent auction, prizes, concessions for purchase, cotton candy and sno-cones. Franklin Jazz bands will perform at 6:00PM and 7:00PM.

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:

Hy-Vee Receipts

We've had a great turn-in response to the Hy-Vee receipts this year. The last day receipts will be counted towards this year's total is March 30. You can continue to submit receipts, but they will be used towards next year's total.

We will have one final homeroom challenge. This will be the week of March 5-9. We'll introduce the homeroom challenge to students beforehand and offer some rewards for the winners.

2nd Quarter PARRT Awards

This week we held grade level assemblies to hand out 2nd Quarter PARRT Awards. PARRT is the way we teach expectations throughout the building. This acronym stands for Personal Best, Active Listening, Respect, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. At the end of every quarter we will distribute awards for students who have met the following criteria:

  • No grade lower than a C
  • No office referrals
  • Absent from school 2 or less days
  • No missing work
  • 3 or fewer late assignments

Besides being recognized in front of their peers they also received a certificate with the following items to be redeemed: 4 front of the line lunch passes, eat lunch with a friend in the student lounge, 20 Bolt Bucks, and 1 homework pass.

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

Annabelle Atwood, Mauricio Barrios, Ryan Miller, Courtney Willis

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7th Grade

Allie Baker, Katherine Earl, Aaron Johnson, Kirsten Keiper

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8th Grade

Taylor Ciabatti, Emily Oldorf, Lanie Wood, Tavian Wray

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Other Information

Thursday Tutoring

After school tutoring with Washington High School students continues on Thursday until the end of the year unless otherwise announced. Tutoring goes from 3:00-4:00 and is supervised by Franklin Staff. Students that attend are also provided a snack. If you're interested in your child attending please contact our Counseling Office.

Vocal Concert Update

In the PTA Calendar & Handbook there's a Vocal Concert scheduled on Tuesday, February 27. There WILL NOT be a concert on this date. The next Vocal Concert will be on Tuesday, May 22. Please stay tuned for more 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

Friday, February 23

  • Jazz Band @ Coe College Jazz Summit
  • Illumination Show Choir @ Marion Masquerade

Monday, February 26 (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, February 27

  • Wrestling @ Wilson

Thursday, March 1

  • Wrestling @ TAft
  • Band Concert, 7:00PM

Friday, March 2

  • Kennedy Band Carnival

Saturday, March 3

  • NEIBA Jazz Festival in Waterloo
  • Illumination at Xavier Xtravaganza

Monday, March 5

  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM in 300 Conference Room

Tuesday, March 6

  • Wrestling @ Prairie

Thursday, March 8

  • Wrestling vs. McKinley & North Central
  • Spring Musical, 7:00PM

Friday, March 9

  • Spring Musical, 7:00PM