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Franklin Middle School: Mini e-Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Happy Friday and greetings Franklin families. We just wrapped up our first full week of the school year and we're off and ready to go. The explanations and demonstrations of routines are behind us and we're able to focus on classwork and after-school activities.

One item that often comes up from new and returning parents is how they can help their child be successful. As students transition from elementary to middle school or from one grade to the next, there comes an increase in expectations and the work often becomes more challenging. By the third week most students have received homework in at least one of their classes. We want our students to stay on top of their assignments, be aware of deadlines, and not let work pile up. One way to do this is to use their planners. Parents can help monitor by making it a part of their evening routine.

Need to Contact Attendance

If you need to contact our attendance office please contact them directly at 558-2162.

Safety Tip: Drop-off & Pick-up

We've witnessed some close calls this year and in the past as students are dropped off and picked up. In order to keep our students safe we ask for your cooperation and make sure that you are parking on the same side of the street as the building. This will limit the number of students that are crossing the street. We appreciate your cooperation.

Participating & Spectating

During our grade-level meetings we stressed getting involved. As staff members there's nothing better than watching our students representing Franklin as they compete against other schools or perform on and off stage. We also enjoy their classmates being supportive of them by attending performances and competitions. For our students spectating we've asked they do their PARRT by following these expectations: Be a good sport, watch event and cheer appropriately, respect those around you, use appropriate language, and represent Franklin in a positive manner. We want our students to attend these activities, but students that are unable to participate appropriately will be asked to leave.

PTA & Ways to Give Back

The Franklin PTA held their first meeting of the 2014-15 school year on Monday in the IMC Annex. If you missed it, meetings are scheduled the first Monday of every month. Monday's meeting included a review of last year's budget and volunteering opportunities for the year. Listed below are several opportunities to become involved in this great parent group.

  • Membership: Join the Franklin PTA
  • Sign-up Genius: With Fall season sports underway, we are in need of volunteers to sell concessions at Football, Tennis, Soccer, and Volleyball events. We are also looking for items to be donated to our concessions stand. These items are all available at Sam's Club and/or Costco stores. All items can be dropped off in the Main Office.
  • Hy-Vee: Save your Hy‐Vee grocery receipts and turn them into Franklin Middle School. Hy‐Vee will donate to FMS $1 for every $200 in receipts collected. All receipts any Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy‐Vee Food Stores and Hy‐Vee Drugstores dated from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 can be turned in to the FMS Main Office. Last year we received a check for $1256.00!
  • Box Tops for Education: Clip and send the portion printed “BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION” to school and have your student place them in the canister in the main office or give them to one of the PE teachers. Last year we earned $813.80.
  • Target: Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to Franklin when you use the Target Red card (Target Credit Card). For more information or to sign, go to or call 1-800-316-6142. Last year, Franklin earned $787.75 through Target’s Take Charge of Education Program.

8th Graders-I Have A Plan

Your student has spent three periods in the computer lab this week exploring careers on a state sponsored website called I Have a Plan Iowa ( This website contains a wealth of information for students, parents and educators.

Your student has explored and selected a career cluster and possibly a specific career to contemplate. In the early spring they will go back to the lab and complete a Four-Year Plan for high school using the insight gained from exploring this website.

More information will be shared about the Four-Year Plan after high school registration has been completed in February. If you have question about this process, ask your student or call the Franklin counseling office. 558-2258

Your Little Moment of Inspiration

During the week of September 6 we held grade-level meetings in the auditorium. One of the first items we discussed was leadership. The video below was a humorous yet informational approach to leading and the courage it takes when it's not the popular thing to do. It also touches on the courage it takes to follow. Our challenge to students is to find positive ways to be a leader in our building. Enjoy the clip!
First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy