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Friday, November 14

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End of 1st Trimester Approaching

We are quickly approaching the end of 1st Trimester. Next Friday, November 21 marks the end of grades for trimester long courses. Grades will be sent home by US Mail the couple weeks after we return from Holiday Break.

Save Your Hy-Vee Receipts

Many of you will be heading to Hy-Vee over the next couple weeks preparing for the annual Thanksgiving feast. Did you know you can bring your receipts into Franklin where we'll receive money back from Hy-Vee at the end of the year? Bring in receipts from Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vees at anytime during the year and help your school.
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Mock Trial Teams to State!!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Siebenga and the three mock trial teams that competed at Kirkwood Community College on November 1. Two of the three teams qualified for state and will travel to Des Moines for the state competition November 17-18. Our third team nearly made state with being a couple points short. Franklin is extremely proud of all our participants who put in all the time and hard work. Their work definitely showcased their passion.

Iowa Opus Honor Choir

Congratulations to the following students for being named to the Iowa Opus Honor Choir: Lauren Beer, Cael Joens, Lydia Kilgore, Paul Linville, and Madelyn O'Brien. They will perform in Ames next Thursday. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Fitzgerald for her help with the students.

Franklin Spirit Wear

The PTA is once again selling Franklin spirit wear. Orders are due by Monday, December 1st. Forms can be returned to the main office. Franklin apparel make great holiday gifts. Please follow the links that will take you to the apparel and order forms.


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Dance Marathon Recap

We'd like to take time time to thank all the students and parents for all their help making this year's Dance Marathon another success. From the looks of it the students had a great time while helping a great cause. Mr. Brian Jeffords and retired Franklin teacher, Nancy Cole, put a lot of time and work into making this event what it was. A big thank you to them. We also want to thank the nearly 20 students who came from the University of Iowa to help pump up our students and lead and facilitate the dancing that happened. After it was all said and done the Franklin students raised over $5,000 that will be donated to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
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PARRT Assemblies

During the week of November 3-7 we held grade level assemblies to hand out 1st Quarter PARRT Awards. PARRT is the way we teach expectations throughout the building. This acronym stands for Personal Best, Active Listening, Respect, Responsibility, and Trustworthiness. At the end of every quarter we will distribute awards for students who have met the following criteria:

  • No grade lower than a C
  • No office referrals
  • Absent from school 2 or less days
  • No missing work
  • 3 or fewer late assignments

Besides being recognized in front of their peers they also received a certificate with the following items to be redeemed: 4 front of the line lunch passes, eat lunch with a friend in the student lounge, 20 Bolt Bucks, and 1 homework pass. To see the list of students who qualified for 1st Quarter follow the link:

Art Projects


On Monday Ms. Carr and a group of students painted a plow blade. Be on the lookout during the winter months for the one designed by Franklin students. The Paint a Plow program allows children the opportunity to see a snow plow up close, paint the inside of the blade, and gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of snow removal operations. The painted blades are then used on snow routes near the school or daycare which decorated the blade, giving children the chance to catch their artwork in action as crews keep Cedar Rapids’ streets clear of snow.

Arts Alive Showcase

Pieces of Franklin artwork are on scene at the ELSC throughout the month. The unveiling occurred last Saturday from 9:30-12:00. These provide exemplary examples of work from Art Club. Great work by the students!

Fall Fine Arts' Concerts

Thank you to all the parents who attended Thursday evening's fine arts concerts. This was our first concert of the year and we appreciated all of those that came to support their child and the arts. Our students and directors worked extremely hard to get ready for their performance. Thanks to all our directors: Ms. Davies, Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Shanley, and Ms. Stern. Our next concert is scheduled for Monday, February 23.