Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, October 26

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New Fax Number: (319) 558-2640

Offices closing at 1:30 on November 2 Due to Professional Learning

Fall Conference Follow-up

We would like to thank all the families that attended fall conferences this past Monday and Thursday. We appreciate the support of our families and the relationships we're able to build to assist students both academically and socially.

We're also grateful to our amazing PTA and volunteers who provided our staff dinner on Monday. What a terrific spread of soups, breads, and desserts. Thank you to our following parents, by last name: Attwood, Baldwin, Burkamper, Caldwell, Canfield, Chawla, Gale, Greco, Jacobo, Kunstorf, Longwisch, Novak, Paricka, Parlet, Pitcher, Semaan, Snitkey, Swanson, Vick, White, Wray, Zieser.

2nd Quarter Begins

The first quarter for exploratory classes ended on Friday, October 26. Students will begin their new exploratory classes on Monday. Please see the picture below for the exploratory rotation schedule. Teachers will help students out on Monday to ensure they know the appropriate location and route to class.
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Mix It Up Day @ Lunch

The national Mix It Up Day was held on Tuesday. With building happenings, we held our day on Thursday. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. While schools can register to host a Mix It Up event on any day of the year, millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day, held in late October.

Our Franklin Student Council was vital in organizing and managing the three lunch shifts and communicating the outcomes for the days. Our goal was for students to meet and talk with students they might not typically associate with. Topics of discussion were provided as well as our staff going around to help facilitate those conversations.

In addition to lunch, in homeroom the past two weeks, teachers guided the students through a lesson to speak to past experiences. Students were asked to take a moment to reflect on their experiences with intolerance, isolation and bullying. This could be an interaction with a peer or an adult, inside of the school or out in the community. They could have been the perpetrator or the victim. These experiences were placed anonymously on a "brick" and placed on a wall in their grade level appropriate hallway. During lunch, students each went and took down a brick to signify how they can be part of a larger community where these types of experiences no longer occur. Be sure to ask your child about their experience.

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.

Safety Drills

In the past couple weeks, you received an e-mail from Communications Director, Akwi Nji, about the safety drill required by Iowa State Code. We want to follow up with that e-mail and communicate the drills that we conducted last year during the 2017-18 school year. You will find those dates below:


  • 08/30/17 9 am
  • 11/15/17 8:45 am
  • 04/04/18 1:00 pm


  • 09/05/17 8:45 am
  • 02/22/18 10:00 am


  • 08/31/17 8:45 am
  • 11/14/17 8:45 am
  • 05/08/18 9:30 am

So far this year we have conducted 2 fire drills, 2 tornado drills, and 1 lockdown drill. We will continue to perform these drills throughout the year. As always, if you have any questions concerning the work of our drills, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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Picking Up & Dropping Off

With us a quarter into the school year, we'd like to remind you of the procedures for picking up and dropping off your child. With the winter weather approaching we appreciate you driving cautiously as you pass by 20th Street. If you drop your students off in the morning, please make sure they're being dropped off on the same side as the building. We DO NOT want students crossing 20th Street. Also, in the mornings, please do not park your cars in front of the building. This makes it difficult for other cars to drop off their child. If you're waiting with your child, or need to come in the building, please park towards the bottom of the street or in a parking space. We appreciate you taking a couple extra minutes to help us out and keep our students safe.

Fall Sports Recap

Cross Country

This past cross country season proved to be challenging one due to all of the rain that we had. On the few non-rainy days that runners were able to compete, they did a fantastic job. We started off the year at the Cherry Hill Invitational where we had three top ten performances for the girls which included a first place by Abby Richey, which was then followed by a top ten performance by John Lorenz. As the season continued, all runners continued to improve throughout practices and meets and as a coach I couldn’t have more pleased. Unfortunately, a lot of that hard work was not able to be showcased due to the crummy weather. I appreciate the time and effort put in by all the runners, but I would also like to recognize support and patience of parents throughout this difficult season.

7th Grade Volleyball

The 7th Girls Volleyball team had a great time learning about volleyball and competing for the first time against different schools in our area. The girls learned a great deal about the many components of volleyball and there was improvement at all levels. The girls worked very hard during practices and improved tremendously as they ended their short season. Coach Schulte will be offering announcements in early November regarding additional opportunities to play volleyball with various clubs in the Cedar Rapids. The volleyball club season typically include try-outs followed by practices and games during the winter months. Best of luck to all the young athletes as they continue their journey of volleyball and all the additional sports and activities they will continue to explore.

8th Grade Volleyball

8th grade volleyball was an excellent group of girls this year! This is my first year at Franklin and coaching here and they provided numerous moments of determination, leadership, teamwork, fun, and humor. I was very impressed by the motivation and cheering they did for each other, regardless of whether they are in the same peer group during school or not. Each student improved in their volleyball skills and there was a noticeable difference between the first day of practice and the last. Congratulations on finishing your season and being a spectacular group of kids!

Girls' Soccer

The Franklin Girls soccer team finished their season with a record of 2 wins, 2 losses and a tie. Their only losses were to 3-year undefeated Excelsior and a 1 goal loss to a very strong Oakridge team. 2 lopsided wins over Roosevelt and Wilson and a tie with continual City Champ contenders Harding rounded out the season. Franklin has not tied or beaten Harding in the last 10 years. Franklin was joined by a few girls from McKinley this year due to their small numbers. It took a bit of adjusting, but in the end it worked out well. The girls played aggressively all year and their efforts payed off. I am very proud of their play on the field, but most proud of the way they welcomed and handled themselves with the addition of the players from McKinley. I know that some new friendships were formed and all the girls learned some valuable lessons about the importance of tolerance and acceptance!

7th Grade Football

Coach Brune and Coach Suthers would like to thank the players and parents of the 7th grade football team for a great season. Although our record (1-4) may not reflect a winning season, the efforts of our athletes did. This was a year of growth. We had many athletes where this was their first year of organized football and putting on pads. These athletes learned a lot about football, responsibility, accountability and playing as a team. We are very proud of the effort that players put into each and every game and practice. As the season progressed we actually grew in numbers, which shows that the pride players were showing on and off the field, was rubbing off on others. This year’s players were not ones to shy away from hard work, they were at practices consistently, whether they were rainy and wet or 89 degrees when it should have been 59 degrees, they were there. Our one win came against McKinley at Kingston Stadium where we pulled out a 20-6 win with a blocked punt and some long runs. Unfortunately, we were not able to play a reserve game that day, but they were able to get in a full game against an experienced Prairie team, where they held there own with some great tackling and a turnover. We look forward to seeing these players grow over the year by participating in other sports and coming back out next year as 8th graders, who this year were 4-0-1 and had the same record as we did last year. Congratulations and keep growing on and off the field. GO BOLTS!!

8th Grade Football

The 8th grade football team capped off an undefeated season (4-0-1) on Monday with a hard-fought, come from behind victory over Harding 14-8. The strength of the team was a stellar defense that allowed only 14 points through five games. Consistent effort at each practice allowed for continuous improvement during the season which led to us playing our best football at the end of the year.

Boys' Tennis

The Franklin tennis team finished with a record of 9-0 this season. The reserves finished 8-0. The team was 18-0 the past two seasons. We had 20 players out for tennis and everyone finished the season. All of the players made improvements this season. They set a goal at the start of the year to go undefeated and they achieved it. During the year I received several compliments from other coaches about our level of play and even more importantly, our sportsmanship.

New Information

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Fall Musical

The Vocal and Drama programs have teamed up to include more than 100 students in their production of "Spamalot (Young@Part Edition)!" It's a comedy based on the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," in which King Arthur and his knights go on a quest, encountering many ridiculous obstacles. November 8 & 9, 7 p.m., Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 300 20th St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets are $5 at the door (cash or check).

Continuing Information

Tutoring Available

So far we've had three tutoring sessions available for students. With that said, we have room for many more students to attend. Tutoring is every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00. We'll have between 5-10 Washington students each week with one staff member supervising. If transportation is a barrier, please let us know so we can help out. We want students to attend.

If you're interested in your child attending tutoring please contact our Counseling Office at (319) 558-2258.

Bolt Closet

This year, in cooperation with our PTA, we're beginning the Bolt Closet. The Bolt Closet will provide students in need with a variety of different items. We encourage you to look at the flyer for items that can be provided to students and families. We're also accepting donations from families to help furnish the store. At this time of year we're asking for new or lightly-used sweatshirts, coats, and jackets in middle school sizes or brand new underwear. If you have items you're wanting to donate, they can be dropped off in the Attendance Office. If you have any questions about the pantry, please contact Ben Ethier, Engagement Specialist, at or (319) 558-1544.

Hy-Vee Receipts & Box Tops

We would appreciate your support in our collection of Box Tops for Education and Hy-Vee Receipts. There are collection bins in our main office and can be dropped off at any time. Later in the year we will hold Homeroom competitions for the receipts. Annually, we have amazing support for our families that comes back to benefit our students.

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Franklin Office Hours

During the school year, our Main Office hours will be 7:30-3:30. We need to encourage our students to take care of any communication prior to the office being closed. Most days, they will not have access to the phones in the main office after 3:30. If your child is staying after school for an activity or sport, please make plans with them prior to them leaving for the day.

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, October 29
  • Girls Swimming @ Washington

Tuesday, October 30

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Taft / 8th @ Home

Thursday, November 1

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ Wilson

Monday, November 5

  • Girls' Swimming: @ Washington

Tuesday, November 6

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Linn-Mar Excelsior / 8th @ Home

Thursday, November 8

  • Boys' Basketball: 7th @ Home / 8th @ McKinley
  • Fall Musical, "Spamalot" @ 7:00

Friday, November 9

  • Fall Musical, "Spamalot" @ 7:00