Franklin Elementary Fall 2023

Welcome Back!

It's been a long, hot summer here in Wichita Falls. We hope your family got the opportunity to enjoy some cool activities during summer vacation! We are so thrilled to welcome both our returning and new families and students back to school. At Franklin, we are honored to have the chance to be a part of your child's education. We are looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Murdock, Principal

Mrs. Alfert, Assistant Principal

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First Day of School, August 16th

Parents/Guardians are welcome to bring their student into school on the first day of school.

We do ask that you bring your student in through the front doors and make sure NOT to park along the curb nearest the school.

We ask that Parents/ Guardians DO NOT enter the classrooms and drop their student off with their teacher at the classroom door.

Our School Nurse will be available in the nurse’s office to collect medication and help complete medical if forms needed.

Please make sure your child's teacher knows how they are getting home.

Visitors to the Campus

**NEW & VERY IMPORTANT: If you are on campus to volunteer, eat lunch with your child or attend a classroom activity you MUST complete the WFISD volunteer background check prior to your arrival on campus. This has to be completed only once every school year. Click here for direct link to EZ Communicator for background check.

For the safety and security of our students and staff, all visitors must sign in and out through the EZ Volunteer system located at the entrance of the school by the office. A driver license or state identification card must be scanned in the front office prior to the visit. Name badges are required to be worn by all visitors while on campus and must be easily visible to staff.

Franklin Daily Schedule

Please have your children on campus by 8:10 am so they are ready to move classes at 8:15am.

Daily Schedule

7:45 am - School doors open

7:45 am -Students go directly to their homeroom for breakfast/morning activities upon arrival

8:10 am - Breakfast ends

8:15 am - Tardy, Classes begin

3:45pm - Dismissal

Lunch Schedules

Kindergarten: 11:25-11:55

1st Grade: 11:05-11:35

2nd Grade: 11:50-12:20

3rd Grade: 12:00-12:30

4th Grade: 11:00-11:30

5th Grade: 11:45-12:15

Dress Code

Ben Franklin Elementary Standardized Dress Code - Click here for detailed dress code

The Lion’s Den clothes closet is available to assist students with uniform needs.

Please contact the front office for more information.


  • Franklin spirit t-shirts, Collared with sleeves, Logos smaller than a quarter, Long sleeve shirt underneath

  • Any solid color, Franklin spirit shirts

Slacks, Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Skorts, and Dresses

  • Docker-style, Traditional Denim, Shorts, Skirts/skorts, Uniform dresses, Tights under shorts/skirts

  • Shorts/skirts/skorts: mid-thigh length is appropriate, knee length is preferred

  • Denim, Navy Blue, Black, Gray, Khaki (shades of brown)


  • ALL students will have recess and/or PE everyday. They need to wear shoes appropriate for playing and being outside.

Spirit Dress Days

  • Wednesdays - College/University (not professional sports teams) t-shirt and standard dress bottoms

  • Fridays - Any WFISD school t-shirt and athletic shorts/pants or standard dress bottoms

If a student is out of dress code compliance, he/she will be sent to the Assistant Principal’s office to call home for a change of clothing. Clothing will not be provided by the school for dress code violations. Administration has the final say in matters not addressed specifically in the dress code.

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If your child is not inside the classroom and ready to learn at 8:15 a.m., they will be counted as tardy.

If your child is absent please contact the school before 10 a.m. and send a note to school within 72 hours of returning.

If you are going for perfect attendance this year, please keep your minutes below 200 to qualify.

Edie Castro, Attendance Clerk

940-235-1156, extension 57003

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Drop-Off and Dismissal

In order to provide a safe environment for our students, we ask that you follow these guidelines while dropping off or picking up your child. Also, please see the attached map.

  • All students will have designated pick-up numbers; parents must display this number when picking up all students, whether they are car riders or walkers.

  • Be patient. Waiting a few extra minutes is worth the safety of our children.

  • Remember that Speedway Avenue is a one-way street going east to west (toward Taft) from 7:30-8:45 am and 3:00-4:00 pm. The street between the Forum and the school is also one-way going south to north. Camelot Drive, behind Franklin, is one-way going west to east (toward Harrison) from 7:30-8:45 am and 3:00-4:00 pm.

  • Parents are welcome to walk up and collect students, but cannot leave a car parked on the curb nearest the school or on the street between the Forum and Franklin.

  • Siblings: The oldest siblings will be escorted by a teacher to the youngest sibling in the family for pick-up.

  • Pay attention to the Safety Patrol. They may not direct traffic. Their job is to ensure that students cross the street safely.

  • The Forum has asked that parents refrain from using their driveway and parking lots.


Morning Drop-Off at Franklin

  • Kindergarten through 5th grade students will be dropped off in front of school on Speedway.

  • All students will enter the building through the front doors.

Kindergarten Dismissal

  • Kindergarten will be dismissed on the east side near the Forum.

  • When arriving for dismissal, please have the student car tag easily visible and pull up to a cone as one becomes available.

  • Once parked at a cone, wait in your car for your student to load

  • Parents will remain in the car on the curb nearest to the school, by a cone and their student(s) will be delivered to the car.

  • Parents will not park on the curb nearest the Forum. It is extremely unsafe for students to cross this street to enter or exit a car. The Forum Street has a pick-up lane and a drive thru lane only. There is not enough room for 3 lanes of traffic.

  • Once a student is in a car, traffic moves north to Camelot Street and must turn right toward Harrison.

3rd & 5th Grade Dismissal

  • 3rd and 5th grade will be dismissed on the north side, at the back of the building, on Camelot Dr.

  • When arriving for dismissal, please have the student car tag easily visible.

  • 3rd and 5th grade parents can only pick-up on the curb nearest building. The left hand lane is for thru traffic only.

1st, 2nd & 4th Grade Dismissal

  • 1st, 2nd and 4th grade will be dismissed from the front of the building along Speedway.

  • Parents can only pick-up on the curb nearest Franklin. The left hand lane is for thru traffic only.

  • When arriving for dismissal, please have the student car tag easily visible

Car Riders' Safety Reminders

Please remember…

  • Slow down in school zones.

  • Be sure to know the new pick-up location for 2nd and 5th graders.

  • Do not park on the curb nearest the school and exit vehicle.

  • For the safety & security of all students, please do not use your cell phone during pick-up/drop-off times.

  • No parking in handicapped without a placard, red zones, or marked areas for no parking.

  • Adults must have the student(s) car tag to pick the student up from school

  • Make a plan with your child before they come to school in regards to pick up and make sure the teacher knows the plan daily

  • If you plan on picking your child up early or changing who picks your child up from school, please send a note to the homeroom teacher. If extenuating circumstances arise call the office before 3:00 p.m.

  • Notes must be sent with students if they plan on going home with a friend after school. Students will not be allowed to call home for this during the day.

  • No smoking on campus inside of vehicles

  • No animals on campus

Bus Transportation

Durham Bus Tracker - Allows you to view your student's current bus location.

If you have questions/concerns about the bus service, please contact Durham

Transportation at 940-766-2113.

Bus riders are not allowed to take a friend home with them on the bus.

Cafeteria Information

Breakfast is free of charge for all students each morning in their homeroom Breakfast begins at 7:45 and ends at 8:10 a.m.

Lunch is $3.15 for students plus a variety of add-ons and snacks are available for purchase.

Supper for all student will also be provided free of charge for any student afterschool.

To pay for school lunches:

Mrs. Pinera will be in attendance at Meet the Teacher if you would like to use that time to put money on your student's account.

To access the menu:

To fill in the free/reduced lunch application:

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From the Nurse's Office

If your child needs to take medicine at school, please come to the nurse’s office for a medication form. This must be filled out by your doctor before we can administer any medication. The medication brought to school must match the medication form and be in the original bottle.
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Electronic Devices

According to the student handbook, students are permitted to bring cell phones to school; however, phones must remain turned off for the entire school day. A student who uses the cell phone during the school day will have it confiscated. A parent must come to school to pick up the cell phone.

All other electronic devices are prohibited including, but not limited to: iPods, mp3 players, handheld video games, etc., unless prior approval is granted by the principal.

The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen cell phones or electronic devices.

Family Gradebook Access

Family Access

We would like to encourage you to utilize the district’s electronic gradebook. This is a great way to stay informed about your child’s grades and progress.

Previous users:

Go to: Skyward Family Access

-Use the same username and password as last year

New users:

Please contact Marilynn Adams in the front office for login information.

Grade Level Teacher Conference Periods

All of the Kinder-5th grade classroom teachers have their conferences scheduled each day while their students attend Art, Music, or P.E. We encourage all of our parents to contact your child’s teacher first whenever a concern may arise. Our teachers are professional educators and are very willing and capable of solving your educational problems.

If you visit your child’s teacher and still feel a need to discuss the specific situation, please feel free to give the office a call. Our primary concern is making sure that all of our students have a positive learning experience and feel good about themselves at our school.

Teacher Conference Periods

Specials: Art, Music, PE - 9:00 -9:45

Kindergarten - 10:30-11:15

1st - 2:05-2:50

2nd - 9:45-10:30

3rd - 12:30-1:15

4th - 1:15-2:00

5th - 2:55-3:40

WFISD Student Code of Conduct

Select the "Parent" page to locate the district's code of conduct for students. If you would like a hard copy, you can request one in the office.

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