May 9th, 2022

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Forest Park Administration

MAP Testing - This week!

This month, along with all other Franklin students in 5K-8th grade, your son/daughter will be participating in MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments in math and reading. The testing window for the test is May 9 through the 20th. MAP is an online assessment in reading and math that Franklin teachers and professional staff use to determine your child’s achievement levels and academic growth in an effort to improve teaching and learning. This is the final MAP test of the school year.

The testing schedule for Forest Park is as follows:

  • 6th - 5/11 and 5/12

  • 7th - 5/11 and 5/12

  • 8th - 5/10 and 5/11

The MAP assessments are important for several reasons:

  • The results provide teachers and families with a report measuring a student’s achievement and growth.

  • It is used along with a series of other information (quality of classroom work, classroom assessments, observations, and projects, etc) to monitor your child’s progress.

  • The results can be tracked over several years.

It is important that your child come to school rested and ready to fully participate in the assessment. They should come to school with a fully charged chromebook. Please encourage your child to:

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Eat a good breakfast.

  • Keep a positive attitude.

  • Listen carefully and follow directions.

  • Do his/her best!

Though the MAP assessments are important, it is only one measure of your child’s progress in school. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teachers and other school staff to get a full picture of your child’s school success. Additional general information about MAP is available at www.nwea.org.


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Supt Search Update

Our Board of Education continues to make progress on the hiring of the next Superintendent. Please see the newest update in the Superintendent Search process that was posted to our website here on Friday.

FPS Test Message Follw-Up

As shared earlier this week, on Tuesday, we sent an opt-in text message to all parents and guardians. This message came from number 67587 and stated:

  • Franklin Public School District alerts. Reply Y 2 confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt


We apologize if this message came across as confusing or sent up any flags where you would think this might be spam. As the text message states, in order to opt-in to receive messages from Franklin Public Schools, please reply to that message with a Y for ‘yes.’ Upon replying to the text message with Y, you will receive a confirmation. You can learn more about this service at schoolmessenger.com/txt Please note that text messages from FPS will come from 67587.


IF YOU NEED HELP: If you did not receive this initial message last Tuesday afternoon, please fill out this form to provide us with some information so we can look into this. Also, if you choose to reply with STOP to this or any future FPS text messages, you will not receive any messages from FPS going forward. If you did this by mistake, please communicate this to us using the same form here.


Rec Soccer Partnership Program This Summer

The Community Education & Recreation Department is proud to partner with Challenger Sports to offer soccer opportunities for our youth ages 3-14 this summer. Challenger Sports runs over 3,500 professionally staffed summer camps and year-round coaching programs for players of all ages and abilities. In addition to helping develop your child’s core soccer skills and understanding of the game, Challenger's camp philosophy encourages children to: become independent learners; to develop socially; and to better understand the meaning of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership. Our innovative curriculum will engage, educate and entertain your child and will make this one of their most treasured soccer memories. Click here to register


UMPS Bowling Fundraiser Event

Saturday, May 21, 2022, the Franklin United Music Parents organization (UMPS) is hosting a 9 Pin Tap Bowling Fundraiser at Root River. $15 per bowler gets you 3 games plus your bowling shoe rental. Cash prizes and a 50/50 raffle are also part of the event. The registration deadline is this coming Sunday, May 15th. Go to this link for all details or if you want to volunteer to help.


Summer Youth Musical - Frozen Jr Auditions

Forte Theatre Company is holding auditions for their summer youth musical production, Frozen Jr! Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, this enchanting show will bring Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life on the Saber Center stage!

Auditions: May 24th & 25th, 4-6 pm (please sign up for one 15 min time slot)

Audition location: FHS Choir Room

Ages: 10-18

Callbacks: Thursday, May 26th, 4-8 pm

Rehearsals: June 28th thru July 28th

Performances: August 5th - 7th at the FHS Saber Center

More info at www.fortetheatrecompany.org/youth-musical-summer-2022


Student And Family Assistance Program Launched

As we communicated with all families last Monday, Franklin Public Schools has entered a partnership with Advocate Aurora Health Care to provide counseling options for students and families on a variety of topics. The well-being of our students and families is paramount in helping us to be a better community. The Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) is operating now and is available to all students and members of their households within our district AT NO COST and offers up to (4) free one-hour sessions with a licensed counselor per issue on a variety of topics related to mental health. Please click here to read our original communication that contains the phone number to begin your services, a flier with more information and an informational video.


Order Your Yearbook Today (there is a limited supply left!)

Order your FPMS yearbook today! Visit jostensyearbooks.com to place your order.


If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Karisa Stiglitz, at karisa.stiglitz@franklin.k12.wi.us

Covid-19 Updates


  • CASES ON THE UPTICK: We have been experiencing more positive COVID-19 cases this week amongst students and staff across the district. This is consistent with what is being seen in and around the community. We ask families to please be diligent in keeping your children home when they are experiencing symptoms or are sick. Please continue to report any symptoms or sickness through the online absence reporting form process.

  • TESTING CHANGES: Walk-in on-site testing through FPS is no longer available for students and their family members. Students and their family members who are at home and need access to testing are recommended to visit a community testing site. For more information, please visit the Summit Clinical Labs website or the DHS Community Testing page here. Students who are present at school and in need of access to testing can be tested in their building through the ongoing partnership between FPS and Summit Clinical Labs. For more information about testing, click here.

  • As shared in this update from the March 11th Newsletter, we will resume publishing dashboard updates if the Milwaukee County rating moves to high.

9th Grade Transition Days Happening In August

Check out the flyer to the left for more information about the 9th grade transition days taking place in August at the high school.

Student Birthdays For Next Year's Forest Park Planner

If you would like your student's birthday to be included in Forest Park Middle School's 2022-2023 student planner, please complete THIS form by Friday May 13th. This form can be filled out for any incoming 6th, 7th or 8th grader.


There is a $5 fee for any birthday included in the planner and parents will be assessed this fee in August during Back-To-School-Online-Check In.

Franklin Saber Robotics Lego League Info Night For Pre K-8th Graders

Hot off their recent trip to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Texas, the Saber Robotics team would like to hold an informational session to share about the FIRST Lego League that is a great way to get involved with robotics in the future. This parent and student informationals session will be held on Wednesday, May 11th in the Franklin High School Library from 7pm to 8pm. If you have a child in the PreK through 8th grade that is interested in legos, click here to read more about this meeting and plan to attend!


Saber Center Community Feedback

The Saber Center for the Performing Arts will be opening up to more community-focused events and activities and Franklin Public Schools is seeking feedback from the community on what types of events are desired at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts. To access our Saber Center Feedback Survey, you can click/tap the associated QR code, scan the code with your mobile device or go to tinyurl.com/scfdbk in your browser. If you know community members that are not parents in the school district (and do not directly receive our newsletters), please pass them the survey so they can offer feedback too! The survey will also be included in our OPENING DOORS insert in the City Newsletter that goes out to all city mailboxes around May 20th. The survey will close at the end of May. Thank you for taking the time to offer feedback that will impact the programming we can offer for the community.


8th Grade End Of Year Events

We are excited to celebrate the promotion of our 8th grade students to high school with a ceremony and dance in June!


8th grade families would have received an email on Friday April 22nd with additional details about these events, including a permission form to be filled out by a parent/guardian for any student that would like to attend the dance.

Franklin Culture Fest Is BACK!

We have not been able to hold a Culture Fest since early 2020, but we are gearing up for the return of Franklin Culture Fest! See the ad to the left for all details and click the image if you want to sign up to help showcase your culture!

Franklin Health Department Bike Rodeo!

The City of Franklin Health Department is hosting a “Bike Rodeo” on Saturday, June 4 from 9am-11:15am by appointment only (allow one hour). Participants will receive a free helmet, a free bike safety check, a certificate of completion, a free bike license (Franklin residents only) and get to ride through an obstacle course! Online registration for this event will open today MONDAY, APRIL 25th. Make sure you have a Franklin Community & Education Recreation Department account created for recreation programming signups. Visit https://franklinwi.myrec.com to create an account if you don’t have one yet. Click on the attached flyer for more information about how to register

Spring/Summer Rec Guide Is Out!

The Community Education & Recreation Guide for Spring/Summer is available online! Click here for the Spring/Summer guide. Registration opens online Monday, April 25th at the registration website here! Make sure you already have an account created to help your registration process to run smoothly.


Franklin Spring Sprint 2 Mile Run/Walk

Click the accompanying flyer for all details and click here for registration for this event taking place on Saturday, May 14th.

Looking For Athletics Summer Camp Information?

Check out this Summer Camps Athletics page on our website that houses all the known and upcoming summer camp offerings including youth football, volleyball, basketball, and wrestling!


Youth Football Registration Is Open Through May 31st

Registration is open for the next season of Franklin Sabers Youth Football. Please register for the grade level your child will be in for the 22-23 school year.

Franklin Public Schools Is Hiring!

We are hiring for Food Service Workers ($15/hour starting wage, full and part-time), Kids Club Workers (working with students before and after school), and Custodial Aides ($17/hour starting wage, full and part-time).


Click on the images below to go right to the postings and join a great team!

Parent Drop off & Pick Up Reminders

Earlier this year, we shared videos for morning drop-off and pick-up procedures. For drop off and pick up please continue to use the loop through our overflow parking lot. When there is snow, the cones that mark the loop are removed. Please continue to form the loop even when the cones are not present. Continuing to have the extra loop through the parking lot helps us move traffic off of Forest Hill Avenue.


For morning drop-off, please remember to allow the outside lane to be clear of standing traffic so that teachers can use the outside lane to access the staff parking lot. For additional information about our procedures please see the following video.


Thank you for all of your help to make our morning and afternoon traffic as smooth as possible!

Did Your Student Lose Their Student ID?

Students can purchase a new student ID by bringing $5 (cash only!) to the main office. Student IDs take approximately one week to get printed/shipped to us from the photography company. Once we receive the replacement we will get the new ID to your student.

REGISTRATION FOR 22-23 IS NOW OPEN FOR NEW FAMILIES!

Our registration is now open for next school year for new families to the district and next year’s 4K. You can find all the necessary details on our website here. Please note that students already enrolled in our schools do not have to have a new registration completed. You may utilize the “Create Account” and “Forgot Password” buttons on the registration page to complete your registration or gain access if you have created an account in the past. Please help us share that registration is open with any new families to the area or those with younger children that would be entering 4K or 5K!


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Absence Notification Procedures

Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.


Like last year, we will be asking parents/guardians to use THIS FORM to report student absences. The attendance form is also located as a button on the main school webpage and under the “Parents Information” section.


This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals

If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).


If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.


Please remember to use THIS FORM for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.

Dropping something off for your student?

If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.


In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.

Franklin Public Schools is Hiring!

We are hiring for Food Service Workers ($15/hour starting wage, part-time) and Bus Drivers ($21/hour starting wage, other bonuses, paid training through First Student in Muskego).


Click on the images below to go right to the postings and join a great team!

Check Out the Forest Park Facebook Page!

The Forest Park Middle School Facebook Page is now being updated regularly and you can head there to see the newest spirit wear photos from this week. Be sure to LIKE or FOLLOW the page so you get notified about updates!

Catch Up On District News

Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Guidance Counselors

Ellen Montenero, 6th grade counselor

ellen.montenero@franklin.k12.wi.us


Mindy Greco, 7th grade counselor

melinda.greco@franklin.k12.wi.us


Bernadette VanLith, 8th grade counselor

bernadette.vanlith@franklin.k12.wi.us

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