Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, April 26, 2019

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New Fax Number: (319) 558-2640

End of the Year Dates & Dismissal Times

We want to ensure we've communicated the change in dismissal days for the end of the school year, as well as the return of Friday dismissals.


Last Day of School

  • The last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, June 6. This will be a 1:20 dismissal for all students except 8th Graders.
  • Lunch will be served to all students on the final day of school.


Friday Dismissals

  • The following Fridays will be a 1:20 dismissal.
  • May 17, 24, and 31

Conditions for Learning

Good morning. Next week, April 29-May 3, Franklin students will complete the Conditions for Learning Survey. The Iowa Department of Education has included Conditions for Learning as part of the plan under the new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey (Survey) to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Franklin Middle School has joined the state in this important work!

PTA All-School Party

Last year, our PTA began the tradition of holding a post-assessment celebration in the form of a PTA All-School Dance. This party is also used as a fundraiser for our PTA who is amazing with the support they continue to provide our students and staff throughout the year. This year's party will take place on Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:50. We will run a Friday schedule to accommodate the party. See the details below:


  • $3 admission (students will give money to their homeroom teachers)
  • We will be outside with the following activities: DJ, Photo Booth, and games
  • Concessions will be available for purchase
  • Kona Ice will be on site to purchase shaved ice
  • Students not wanting to participate will have locations in the building


We look forward to this awesome day as we end the year.

Start of the Day-On Time

As the year's gone on, we've noticed the number of students arriving late to school in the morning has increased. We certainly understand the circumstances that come around each day that make for unforeseen circumstances. When students arrive to school late in the morning, they are missing out on instruction. We appreciate any support you can provide to ensure our students are in the classrooms by the start of the day, 7:50.

All School Activity Day

Our upcoming Activity Day will be on Wednesday, 22. Your student's teachers will be sending information home with details. These are the tentative locations for the day:

  • 6th Grade: Organized activities around the building
  • 7th Grade: Guthridge Park & Movie
  • 8th Grade: Cleveland Park & Kernels' noon game

8th Grade Awards Assembly

As of writing this, the last day of school is scheduled for Thursday, June 6. This day will be a 1:20PM dismissal. Letters will go out to families next week in the mail, but we want to provide you a few details for the day:


  • Assembly will begin at 9:15AM in the Franklin Auditorium.
  • We expect the assembly to end no later than 11:00AM
  • At the conclusion of the assembly, 8th Grade students can go home with their families
  • If students need to stay behind, they can remain in the building until the 1:20PM dismissal. Lunch will be served.


Be on the lookout for the letter in your mailboxes at the end of next week for further details on the day.

HRS Survey-Thank You

The window for this year's HRS Surveys closed, after several extensions due to weather, on Friday, March 8. We had tremendous support from our families and we want to thank you. We had the most parent responses out of all the middle schools with 92. This shows the investment and dedication our families have to help make Franklin a better place. We anticipate receiving the data in May, at which point our building teams will make plans to focus on for the 2019-20 school year.

PACT-National History Day

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Triumph and Tragedy in National History Day

National History Day competitions were held all over Iowa during the month of March. Franklin students chose to participate in either the Grant Wood competition held in Iowa City on March 16th or the Sullivan Brothers Competition held in Waterloo on March 29th. National History Day is a competition held all over world in which students can choose from a list of projects and then compete against students from other schools. This year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy.” The project categories are as follows: Exhibit, Performance, Website, Documentary, and Paper. Each of these can be done with other group members or individually, except for the paper which is always an individual project. PACT Students at Franklin begin their National History Day experience in January and work on their projects during the 3rd quarter. A trip to the University of Iowa library is a highlight and so helpful in finding unique primary sources for the projects. With lots of snow days in January and February this year, it was difficult to get everything completed on time. However, Franklin still advanced sixteen students to state. The State NHD competition will be held in Des Moines on Monday, April 29th at the Iowa Event’s Center. Students then compete for the opportunity to advance to Nationals at the University of Maryland in June.


Here is a list of those students and their category qualifying for State NHD this year:

  • Luke O’Brien: Individual Performance- (7th grader)
  • Emily Cline-Individual Performance (8th grader)
  • Amelia Basler, Leighton Charters, Katie Earl, and Lucy Niemuth- Group Performance (8th graders)
  • Geniva Bann- Individual Exhibit (6th grader)
  • Molly Owens and Averie Keck- Group Performance (6th graders)
  • Owen Kilgore and Jack Novak- Group Exhibit ( 7th grader)
  • Kyle Pratt and Sam Lindwall- Group Documentary (8th graders)
  • Cade Beck, Miriam Legge and Abigail Wilcox- Group Performance (6th graders)

Continuing Information

Supplies Refresher

With us being past the midpoint of the school year, it's a great time to check with your students and their supplies. See the notes below:


  • Make sure your student has several pencils in their trapper and locker-a large amount of students coming to class without pencils.
  • Needing donation of Kleenex for classrooms, please bring to the main office anytime.

Neighborhood Courtesy

With Franklin Middle School's location, we'd like to make sure we're being good neighbors to those that live around the building. When picking up and dropping off your child, please be courteous by allowing room for them to pull in and out of their driveways. This has especially been an issue in the mornings along B Ave. Thanks in advance for your help.

After-School Tutoring

Tutoring occurs every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 with our awesome volunteers from Washington High School. The schedule should remain consistent throughout the rest of the year, occurring every Tuesday. If we receive notification that it's canceled we will announce over Twitter and on our website.

Cell Phone Policy Review

We've had an increase in the number of phones that have been confiscated. Our cell phone policy is they should not be out during the school day from 7:50-2:50. If students don't want to leave them in their lockers, they can have them in their binders or pockets, but should not be out at any time. If student's phones go off or if they're found using it, we follow these procedures:


  • 1st Time: Student turns over phone. It's checked in and documented in the main office and they can pick it up after school.
  • 2nd Time: Student turns over phone. It's checked in and documented in the main office. A parent will need to pick up the phone and student will serve a 30-minute detention.
  • 3rd Time: Student turns over phone. It's checked in and documented in the main office. A parent will need to pick up the phone and student will serve a 2-hour detention on Friday.


We encourage parents to contact our main office at 558-2452 if you need to get an immediate message to your student. We can get these messages to students throughout the day.

Waiting Before & After School

We want to make you aware of when our staff is out to supervise before and after school. Our morning supervision begins at 7:30AM. If at all possible, we ask that students not be dropped off any earlier than that. In the afternoon, supervision is outside until shortly after 3:00PM. If students are walking home, we ask they get on their way immediately after dismissal.

Getting Messages to Your Child

We understand there are messages you may need to get to your child during the day. We ask for your help in the best way to do so. Our building cell phone policy says phones should be put away/off/silenced from 7:50-2:50. If you need to contact your child during the day, we ask you call the attendance office, 558-2162, and leave a message. Thanks for your help with this.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 29
  • Boys' Soccer vs. Harding


Tuesday, April 30

  • Girls' Tennis: Orange @ McKinley/Blue vs. Regis Green


Thursday, May 2

  • Track vs. Harding & Wilson at Kennedy


Saturday, May 4

  • Band & Orchestra @ Adventureland


Monday, May 6

  • Boys' Soccer @ Oak Ridge


Tuesday, May 7

  • Girls' Tennis: Orange @ Harding/Blue vs. Oak Ridge Red


Wednesday, May 8

  • Girls' Tennis: Orange vs. Wilson/Blue @ Harding (make-up from 4/25)


Thursday, May 9

  • Track vs. Oak Ridge & Taft at Washington
  • Girls' Tennis: Orange vs. Taft Purple/Blue @ Taft Gold


Friday, May 10

  • All School PTA Party, 1:30-2:50