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Friday, May 20, 2016

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11:15 Dismissal on Thursday, June 2

Principal's Message

Where has the time gone? We are into single digits of days remaining in the school year. I think educators say this every year, but it's amazing how quick the end of the year comes. As a building we make it a focus to end the year expecting a lot of ourselves and our students. We want to continue to push our students academically while also taking time to celebrate the great work that has been accomplished during the year. We hope your students take time to reflect on their year and the lessons learned will make them better moving forward, whether that be here at Franklin or our 8th Graders next journeys to high school.


Our 2016-2017 Franklin yearbooks have arrived and we will begin selling them next week, Monday, May 23rd. The cost for the yearbook will be $10. Students may bring cash or checks made payable to Franklin Middle School and pick one up in the main office or you can click on the link to School Cash Online and pay for them with a credit card. If you choose this option, we will see that your student receives their yearbook the following day. HURRY, yearbook supplies are limited so order yours today!!

2016 Franklin Talent Show

For the second straight year we were fortunate to have some wonderful talent showcased to our entire school. On Thursday, May 12 students were treated to a talented and funny group of emcees, top-notch singers, graceful dancers, and masterful pianists. It goes to show just the portion of talent that walks our halls each and every day. We'd like to thank Mrs. Chris Edgerton for her help in putting the show together along with all her hard work with the students.

In addition to performing for our school, the students put on the same show the following night to benefit a local food pantry and donations to go towards our National History Day group.

  • Ronisha Techau – “Listen”
  • Diamond Roundtree – “Rise Up”
  • Julia DePanfillis – “Lost Boy” accompanied by Drew Paoli
  • Drew Paoli- playing “Pachelbel Cannon” his own arrangement
  • Gabby Kilgore – “All About Your Heart”-
  • Rhiannon Walsh – “Titanium”
  • Noah Loehr, Katie Jensen, Maddie Hobel – “This is Gospel”
  • Zachonae Roberson, Lauren William- “Pretty Hurts”
  • Ben Joens- “All of Me”
  • Jesse Koozer – “Lay Me Down”
  • Nicole Techau - “Someone Like You”
  • Sophie Lindwall- “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” accompanied by Noah Loehr-
  • Chloe Malone – “Count on Me” accompanied by Gabby Kilgore

See pictures and names of our performers below.

8th Grade Recognition & Awards Assembly

Parents of 8th graders will receive a letter next week with details about the 8th Grade Recognition Assembly. This will take place the last day of school on Thursday, June 2 at 9:45 in the school auditorium. The program should conclude around 11:15 when school is dismissed. These are some important reminders you'll see in the letter:

  • This last day of school is a “dress up” day for all students. Dress up does not mean formal attire; however, we will be asking students to dress a notch or two above their normal daily school attire. All school rules apply regarding attire.
  • Parking is limited because of the neighborhood that surrounds Franklin, and this assembly is typically well attended, so please plan accordingly. If the weather cooperates parking will be available in the grass to the north of our main parking lot.

We look forward to seeing families and friends as we celebrate our 8th grade class. Click on the following link to view the letter:

8th Grade Celebration Party

Thursday, June 2nd, 1-4pm

1 Zach Johnson Drive North East

Cedar Rapids, IA

It has been the tradition at Franklin Middle School for the 8th grade class to have an end of year celebration party. This year the 8th Grade Celebration Party will be held at the Elmcrest Country Club on the last day of school which is Thursday, June 2nd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The rain date will be Friday, June 3rd. The students will be asked to pay a small entrance fee with scholarships being available. (In previous years the fee has been $5) The entrance fee will include pool time, a drink and ice cream, but we are asking for cash donations from parents to help cover additional expenses. If you are able to provide a cash donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Any and all amounts are welcomed!! Checks should be made out to Franklin PTA and turned into the office by Wednesday, May 11th. Chaperones are also needed for the party. If you are interested, please indicate that below.

Questions? Please email

Please follow the link for electronic invitation:

Important Dates for 2016-17

With the school year winding down we've already begun planning for next. Please be sure to add the following items to your calendars.

Back to School Extravaganza

Thursday, August 18 (3:30-7:30)

First Day of School

Tuesday, August 23

Be sure to bookmark next year's calendar. You can find it at the following link:

6th Grade Landfill Trip

Sixth grade students had the opportunity to visit the Cedar Rapids/Linn Solid Waste Agency. This field trip is very timely, as this generation of students will be seriously impacted by climate change, and it’s important that they make positive environmental decisions. Jason Evans, the Education Coordinator, takes students through the Resource Recovery center. They are shown the hazardous waste area (families can bring ANYTHING to the center to be disposed of safely), the massive recycling area, as well as the Free Paint, Cleaners, etc. Area. Drop off products you don’t want and pick up ones you do for FREE. Students are also taken to the top of the landfill to see how our garbage is managed! Ms. Colbert led an activity on energy consumption, while Brooke Butler covered how composting works and introduced everyone to vermicomposting (worms eating garbage!!).

8th Grade Financial Literacy Fair

8th Grade students attended the Financial Literacy Fair coordinated by Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection. This was the culminating event of their year of learning about the world of work through I Have a Plan Iowa, Junior Achievement, and social studies classes.

Students researched careers and chose one they were interested in and used the entry annual wage to calculate their monthly take-home pay after taxes. At the fair students had the opportunity to “spend” their money on housing, insurance, transportation, utilizes, clothing etc. At the end, each student had an individual conference with a financial counselor to go over their budget sheet and discuss their spending choices.

The volunteers who staffed the booths had as much fun as the students. They also commented over and over about how wonderful Franklin student were to work with!

Upcoming Concerts

With the end of the year around the corner we are also wrapping up our fine arts concert. Referencing an all-call and email that was sent out, this Spring's Vocal Concert has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to our students and families.

With our two upcoming concerts we want to remind you that we expect a full house. Please plan to arrive early and help us by filling all open seats in the front, middle, and rear of the auditorium.

Orchestra Concert

Monday, May 23 @ 7:00PM

Band Concert

Thursday, May 26 @ 7:00PM

We look forward to seeing you.

PBIS Cookout

On Friday, May 20th the Franklin student body and staff were treated to an all school cookout during lunch. Lunch was extended to 40 minutes and students were served hamburgers and/or chicken sandwiches hot from the grill. With the additional time they could play games, dance, talk, or just sit and soak up some sun. While it was chilly most enjoyed getting outside and just being able to kick back and enjoy some loosely structured time to unwind. As a building we try to do a cookout of this type as part of our PBIS program. Both during and fall and spring we schedule some time to reward students for coming to school and doing their best.

Free Dental Sealants

FREE Dental Sealants are coming to Franklin Middle School starting Thursday, May 26. Provided by HAACAP and St. Luke’s Dental Clinic. Information and a consent form will be coming home with your student on Monday, May 2. Return completed form to the health office. All Franklin students qualify for this free opportunity.

Summer Opportunities

Are you looking to keep your student active and busy during the summer? Outside of our Activities Office we have information about a number of different camps/programs occurring this summer at local high schools and around the area. Encourage your child to take a look at the activities that would be of interest to them.

Check out our Virtual Backpack for more information:

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 23

Orchestra Concert, 7:00PM

Thursday, May 26

Band Concert, 7:00PM

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day-NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

7th Grade Class Trip to Guthrie Park

Thursday, June 2

6th Grade Class Trip to Super Skate

Last Day of School, 11:15AM Dismissal