Franklin e-Newsletter

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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News & Information

PTA Meeting

We'd like to invite our families to our next PTA meeting on Monday, April 5 at 11:00AM. Due to the conditions in our community, our meetings continue to be conducted virtually. We'll review our budget along with building news for the spring.

Click here for Zoom link to meeting

Spring Conferences

The window for spring conferences is March 29-April 9. The format for spring conferences will be conducted similar to this fall. Your student's advisory teacher has or will soon be calling you to schedule your virtual conference. We'll update families on their student's academic progress through i-Ready and answer any questions you might have about your student. Prior to conferences, the students will be putting together their slides that will help guide the conversation.

For families wishing to speak with a different teacher besides their student's Advisory teacher, we encourage you to reach out to them directly. We look forward to our opportunity of continued collaboration.

Final School Day Announced

In last Friday's District communication the final school day was announced. The final day for students and staff for the 2020-21 school year will be Friday, June 4. We will use the same 1:20 dismissal time for students that day.

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

Last Friday our district communicated information about this year's Iowa Assessment of Student Progress or ISASP. I've provided a link to this communication below. At least 95% of our students need to be tested AT FRANKLIN regardless of learning environment. Students will not have the ability to test at home. The window for testing is April 19-May 14.

In-person Learners

For our in-person learners we will test the week of April 26. Tests will be spread out during the week, scheduling one test a day. We will have an altered schedule that week to accommodate the assessment. The plan right now is to test from 8:30-10:00AM Tuesday-Friday with the exception of 8th Graders completing their Science test (8th Grade only takes it) on Monday. It will be extremely important for students to be on time each morning so they have the appropriate amount of time to complete their assessment. Students who are absent through the week or miss the morning testing will make it up in the afternoons or a different day.

Remote & CRVA Learners

We will work with Remote & CRVA families to schedule the logistics regarding transportation and lunches. The plan for Remote & CRVA families is to test Monday and Tuesday of their respective week from 9:50AM-1:30PM. You'll see the scheduled dates below.

  • 6th Grade: April 19-20
  • 7th Grade: April 26-27
  • 8th Grade: May 3-4

Remote and CRVA students will use a different entrance to the building and will test in separate locations with staff supervision. In the coming weeks we'll provide additional information and details.

Other News

Conditions for Learning Survey

Our school is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 6-8 This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our school will conduct the survey for our In-person learners on Thursday, April 15 or Friday, April 16. 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. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.

Follow the link to the letter below with additional information about the Conditions for Learning Survey.

High Reliability Schools Survey

Part of our work these past few years has been to implement the High Reliability Schools Framework. The HRS Framework is based on research that guided the design of 5 levels of operation to support schools in their school improvement efforts. These five levels include: Safe and Collaborative Culture, Effective Teaching in Every Classroom, Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, Standards-Referenced Reporting, and Competency-Based Personalized Learning.

In the coming weeks we'll ask students, staff, and families to complete stakeholder-specific surveys. Over the past few years we've been fortunate to have a great turnout of family responses. We'll be sending specific communication out regarding these surveys. Be sure to look for these emails with additional details and a link for your as family members to complete a brief survey offering our building feedback on how to continuously improve.

Continuing Information

Reporting Absences & Illness

Please remember to call your students in if they're at home ill. If you call before or after school hours you can leave a message with our Attendance Office. The number is 558-2452 (Option #1). We would also appreciate you call ahead of time if you need to pick up your student before our end of the day dismissal. This makes it easier for us to get the students a pass so they know the time they need to be dismissed with less of a disruption. It should also decrease your wait time.

If students are ill during the school day they should report to our Clinic to be seen by our Nurse or Health Secretary. We've seen an increase with students calling/texting parents from their cell phones rather than going to the clinic. Please help encourage your students, if they contact, to report to the Clinic where they can be assessed and parents contacted if needed.

Weekly Progress Reports

Beginning next week families with an email entered in Infinite Campus will begin receiving weekly updates in their inbox. These updates will include the following information:

  • i-Ready: Time on task, Lessons Passed, and Lessons Completed
  • Gradebook & Progress on content standards
  • Attendance

We encourage you to check your email. Our building expectation for students is they spend 45 minutes/week on Reading & Math lessons.