MARCH 11, 2022

Franklin District Bi-Weekly Newsletter | 2021-22 #15

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Consider Yourself Lucky!

Every day we can consider ourselves lucky for many reasons. In Ms. Talwar’s classroom, they have kept a celebrations tree lit and the students are currently decorating it with shamrocks filled with reasons why they consider themselves lucky. We assure our students and ourselves that luck plays a role in our lives, but hard work and perseverance help us get to the things in life that make us feel lucky.

FPS has worked hard this year to achieve the goals of our Coherence Plan. We have worked on building an understanding of ways to provide greater access to universal instruction for all students. And at each of our schools, our MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) data shows that we are making progress towards achieving their school improvement goals.

In addition, our athletic and activities teams have been extremely successful. Our football and gymnastic teams are the best in the State. Our Poms program was recently ranked 5th overall at the national competition and the highest-scoring team from Wisconsin. And we have many other teams and individuals that have qualified and placed high in regional, sectional, and state competitions. This Saturday, March 12th, we are proud to host the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Franklin High School, which is a qualifier for the state event. Our Robotics Team at FHS has advanced to the World Championship for the first time since 2010. Our art, music, and FBLA programs are all competing at the state level as well and have received high levels of recognition.

And we are not finished yet! We will be continuing to work to achieve and set new goals to ensure that Frankin Public Schools is a Better Place to Learn.

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Judy Mueller

District Administrator

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As a reminder, the District Calendar and all building calendars can be found here.

All of our calendars are able to be subscribed to! Follow the steps at the top of the District Calendar for how to subscribe. You will also see our 2021-22 AND 2022-23 Calendar Events in your own calendar app on your device!

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Leadership Announcements

As we continue to move into the spring, we are already busy planning for the next school year and beyond. Franklin Public Schools has been busy recruiting and interviewing for new district leadership.

Please click on the images below to see the recent announcements of Mr. Andrew Chromy as our next Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations (replacing Mr. Jim Milzer, who is retiring after 31 distinguished years with FPS) and Mrs. Steff Jewell as our new Ben Franklin Elementary Principal (replacing Mrs. Mary Shannon, who is also retiring at the end of this school year).

Click on their images below to read the full announcements.

FPS Summer Learning Program Opens Monday!

Our FPS Summer Learning Program is gearing up! Different from past years, this year’s Summer Learning Program will only be a 4-day program Monday through Thursday. The reason for this shift stems from our commitment to honoring staff time and family time during the summer. We often see lower student attendance on Fridays and Mondays due to family trips or travel. Offering a more condensed program will help us to properly staff the program and provide the flexibility for families and students to enjoy their summer while not missing out on the learning opportunities we offer.

We are currently putting the finishing touches on some of the offerings but our Summer Learning Program webpage will be updated on Monday to include all relevant information. In addition, the program offerings, including the registration form, will be emailed to all families this coming Monday, March 14th. Registration will be open from Monday, March 14th through Sunday, April 3rd, and please note that like last year, registration is NOT first-come-first-serve. Families will have 3 weeks to register for programming. Watch your email or check the webpage on Monday for more information!

NOTE: Those looking for a Friday offering for your child can check out our Kids Camp programming below...

Kids Camp Summer Offerings

The Community Education & Recreation Department will once again be offering Kids Camp this summer for children who have completed 5K through those entering 6th grade. Click here or on the image to view all details. Registration opens Wednesday, April 13th.

If your child is enrolled in FPS Summer Learning and wants to attend Kids Camp, there is a bus to Ben Franklin for Camp after FPS Summer Learning ends around noon. Kids Camp is also offered on Fridays if you are looking for options for your child since there is no FPS Summer Learning on Fridays.

WSMA Festival This Sat 3/12 At FHS!

The Franklin Music Department is proud to host the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 12, at Franklin High School (press release here)!

It takes many volunteers for this event to run smoothly. Please consider volunteering for a few hours and enjoying wonderful music while you do. Please use this link to sign up. If you have any questions, please email United Music Parents at

Recent Franklin High School Accolades

This has been a busy few weeks for our FHS winter sports wrapping up and other activities and clubs competing in various competitions. Here are a few recent highlights:


The Franklin-Muskego Gymnastics Team returned to the top of the WIAA Team State podium with a stellar performance last at the WIAA State Gymnastics meet! The Sabers and Warriors set a season personal best with an overall score of 147.6820. Congrats Coach Katie Moore and team!


Congrats to the Franklin Visual Arts team who won the state regional for the first time in school history! The team qualified for the state competition in Madison on April 1st. Way to go, Sabers!


Franklin High School's very own Saber Robotics (Team 2506) traveled up North to Duluth, MN last weekend to participate in the First Robotics Club's Week 1 Lake Superior Regional event. The team was awarded the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award sponsored by NASA. This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school or organization and community AND qualifies them to travel to the World Championship in Houston, TX in April. Congrats and good luck, Saber Robotics!

FEF Spring Children's Consignment Sale at Forest Park

Calling all consignors, volunteers, and savvy shoppers! The Foundation is once again hosting its semi-annual children's consignment sale and they are looking for more volunteers to help on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. There are also a few more spots for sellers for those interested in cleaning out closets for a little cash. Go to the FEF Children's Consignment website for information on selling, buying, and volunteering!

And big THANK YOU to Kumon Math & Reading Center of Franklin-West for sponsoring this event!

FHS Spring Musical "Matilda" Tickets On Sale!

Our FHS Spring Musical now has ticket pricing and information on our Saber Center for the Performing Arts website here.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Saber Manufacturing Spring Sale!

The FHS Student-run company, Saber Manufacturing, is launching this spring season’s order form beginning today, Monday, March 7th. We have a variety of items to offer, which you can see in the accompanying picture. The order form closes on Friday, April 1st! If you have any questions, please contact Saber Manufacturing via email at Thank you so much for your support!

For more information, check out our website or

Twitter: @SaberManufactu1

Instagram: @sabermanufacturing

Facebook: @SaberManufacturing
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Supt Search Update & Survey

Our Superintendent Search continues to move forward. This week, School Exec Connect has been conducting focus groups and open forums with students, staff, parents, community members, and business owners to collect feedback to help inform the candidate profile for our next district leader.

These events concluded yesterday, Thursday, March 10th. However, our Superintendent Search Survey is still open through this coming Monday, March 14th. If you have not yet completed a survey, please do so before the end of the day Monday.

Please continue to check our Supt Update page on our website for the newest information.

Connect With A School Board Member

Would you like to speak to a Franklin school board member in person? Two board members will be available 30 minutes before regular meetings to speak with you informally. Board members can also be reached by email or phone.
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Early last week, the Center for Disease Control updated their recommended framework and guidance (here) which impacted how some of our protocols and procedures will operate moving forward.

In response to the changes in guidance, the Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday, March 3rd, and voted to update some of our protocols. You can read the full details of those updates in this document here.


Here is today’s FPS COVID-19 Dashboard. Currently, under the new CDC framework released last week, Milwaukee County sits at low. Beginning next week, we will not publish a dashboard unless the Milwaukee County rating moves to high. We also will not be using the 1.5% metric to determine masking unless we are in the high category. If the county enters high, we will resume publishing a dashboard and inform families of any changes or updates. We would also resume using the 1.5% metric to track new positive cases for a 7-day period. Required masking would only occur at a building if the 7-day positivity rate exceeds 1.5%.

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FPS continues to partner with Summit Clinical Labs to offer On-Site COVID-19 Testing for students, families, and staff. This document contains information about where our current testing stations are set up if you need access to testing.

Looking ahead: During Spring Break (Monday, March 21st through Friday, March 25th), On-Site COVID-19 Testing provided by Summit Clinical Labs will only be available at the ECC District Office from 8a-4p during that week.

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Registration for 22-23 Is NOW OPEN for New Families!

Our registration is now open for next school year for new families to the district and next year’s 4K. You can find all the necessary details on our website here. Please note that students already enrolled in our schools do not have to have a new registration completed. You may utilize the “Create Account” and “Forgot Password” buttons on the registration page to complete your registration or gain access if you have created an account in the past. Please help us share that registration is open with any new families to the area or those with younger children that would be entering 4K or 5K!

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