September 7, 2020

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FHS Updates

A Message from our Administrators

Good Afternoon FHS Students, Parents, and Caregivers,

Thank you for a great orientation week.

Our students and staff did an amazing job reopening our school. As we told students during our morning announcements, while our routines and procedures may be different, our mission as a school and district has not changed.

We expect everyone to be responsible, engaged, and respectful. Now, more than ever, the words that make up Saber Pride are a call to take individual responsibility to keep our school open and rise to the moments to come.

We shared the following information with our students, detailing many of our new procedures and routines.

These are meant to help us open successfully and remain open. With all of our students learning in-person or virtually and more and more students participating in activities in the upcoming weeks, it is crucial that we follow protocols. We look forward to seeing all of our students learning in-person back on Tuesday and our students in our virtual program together digitally as full classes.

Students, please review these again and remember, our individual choices can and will not only impact our present, but also our future. We are confident in you and committed to your personal growth and well-being.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

We look forward to starting our year together!

FHS Administration

First Day of the Regular FHS Schedule Begins Tomorrow

Welcome to September - we hope Orientation Week helped your student transition to this new year at FHS. Your student should bring a copy of their schedule and the afternoon bus route number until they are totally familiar with those items.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8th will be a B day. Your student should plan to be in their 1B class at 7:20am and we will be using our daily bell schedule for movement from class to class and for our lunches.

The 3B class listed on your student's schedule will indicate which lunch to attend (we have 3 lunches). After the room number for 3B you will see E for early lunch, S for split lunch and L for late lunch (for example, room C308L) and you can see the timing of those lunches on our Bell Schedule.

FHS Parent Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up of students is in front of the Saber Center for the Performing Arts.

In order to provide the safest and most efficient process for our student drivers, walkers and those riding the bus please do not drop off or pick up students at the FHS Main Entrance or the gym entrance. Do not enter the bus traffic flow to the main entrance, or enter the Student Parking lot (north entrance by the Baseball and Football fields) and attempt drop off or pick up.

Thank you for observing this traffic pattern for the safety of our students and staff.


Lunch tables will look very different this year as they are spread out throughout the Cafeteria and Saber Center lobby to promote distancing. Tables will also have seats that remain empty so there will be fewer students at each table. Where students are seated on Thursday (our second B day) and Friday (our second A Day) will become their assigned table. They will need to be at the same table each lunch period. Please remind your student that this seating plan is mandatory.

Thursdays - Early Release

Early release Thursdays will begin this week on Thursday, September 10th. Early release dismissal is at 1:56pm - please note that your student will be home earlier on Thursdays starting this week and continuing throughout the year.

AP Students - Virtual and In Person - Very Important

AP Exam Ordering Is Underway - Action Needed by September 24

All AP students, both virtual and in-person learning, should have received the two-page electronic handout found here in their AP courses the first week of school. Please read this document carefully for details, including the exam schedule on the second page. AP students should have also viewed the brief informational presentation found here.regarding the My AP site and exam ordering procedures. Students must log-in to their My AP Account (, join the appropriate course section (or exam-only section, if applicable) with the join code given to them by their AP teacher(s), and MUST opt-in to ordering each exam, if they wish to do so, in My AP for each class. Each exam costs $95 (AP Seminar is $143). Fee waivers are available for students with demonstrated financial need (see Student Services for a request form). Students who may need accommodations on AP exams per an IEP or 504 Plan should see Mr. Decker in Student Services this fall. All exam orders online on My AP and payment submissions in Student Services (exact cash or check made out to Franklin High School with student name and AP exam name[s] in memo line) are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Please see Mrs. Oost or Mrs. Bednar in Student Services if you have questions at any time. We wish you the best in your AP classes this year!

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Blue Shirt Day

Did you notice once a month our Digital Sign on 51st Street mentions "Blue Shirt Day"?

FHS Staff wear blue shirts to promote Kindness and Saber Pride (respectful, responsible, and engaged behavior). Students are welcome to join us on Wednesday in this celebration of Saber Pride and kindness. First Blue Shirt Day is Wednesday, September 9th.

Annual Robotics Recycling Drive

Pass the word about this once a year community event. Located in our southeast parking lot (near the large digital sign), on Saturday, September 19th from 9am until noon. No TVs, monitors, light bulbs, paper, wood, 100% plastic items or alkaline batteries. All proceeds to Saber Robotics. If you clean out that garage or basement, here is a list of items to recycle.

Fall Sports update

Just a reminder the following sports start this week:

Boys Soccer


Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball

Be sure to Register for 2020 High School Fall Sports here. Students registering for Athletics must have a current physical examination on file in the Athletics office before the student is authorized to participate in practice/tryouts. Clearance for participation, physicals should be completed and submitted during online registration prior to the first day of practice/tryouts.

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Franklin Students Building a House Once Again

For the second year in a row the FHS Construction II students partnered with Tim O'Brien Homes to start a house build project in the Ryanwood Manor subdivision in Franklin. The house will be built by students from the ground up with 43 contractors helping them along the way.

Way to go Sabers!

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Please read this letter for additional information.

The FHS Community values student wellness. During the scheduled school day, our team is available for ALL students.

FHS Student Services Team Members:

Dr. Amy Dwyer, School Psychologist, Claire Sorge, School Social Worker,

Keith Decker, School Counselor, Diane Gilroy, School Counselor,

Mandy Kluck, School Counselor, Amy Oost, School Counselor

Yearbook Purchase and Senior Pictures

Our amazing yearbook advisors, Molly Sawicky and Kristen Miller, have a new webpage to answer all of your yearbook questions. You can always find this information on the FHS website under the "Student" tab or you can use this link.

You are able to order the yearbook now or anytime until January 31st. Senior photo information is available on the yearbook site. Yearbook questions should be directed to Molly or Kristen.

New Absence Reporting Procedure

As we prepare for the start of the school year, we want to alert all parents that Franklin is implementing a new attendance procedure due to the impact of COVID-19. When your child is unable to attend school for any reason, we ask that you fill out THIS FORM located as a button on the Home Page and “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website to report/excuse ANY absence. This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. The form can be submitted from your phone or other mobile device, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Responses to the items on this form will be used to enter, code, and track absences in our system. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential, and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

This form was designed to help us rapidly assess possible cases of COVID-19 so that we can mitigate the spread of the virus. After completing the form, you may receive a follow-up phone call from one of our health and nursing services staff with either follow-up questions or additional information.

To help families transition to this new system, we are still allowing parents to call in your child’s school’s absence line to report your child absent through October 2. As of October 5, this form is the only way you will be able to notify us of your child’s absence. When calling, please be as detailed as possible with regard to the reason your child is absent. If you call the school absence line, and your child is ill, it is likely that you will receive a follow-up phone call from a district staff member.

Parents will no longer be able to send an email to report their child absent.

We advise that you bookmark this form on your computer or make a home screen shortcut on your phone for quick access. The form is the same across the district and can be used for ANY type of absence.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

Student Parking

Your student has until September 14th to purchase parking and display their tag. Starting Monday, September 14th all vehicles parked in FHS lots must have a current parking tag.

Students can pick up the tag in the office before and after school. Prior to pick up:

1) Read the information regarding parking rules posted on our website – click here

2) Have completed a parking application

  • If the parking application information was done during Back to School Online Check In, this step is complete, no paper application will be required.
  • If not completed online in Back to School Check In, print the Parking Application from our website and bring it at the time assigned. All parking information must be complete to receive a parking tag.

3) Pay for parking –cost is $100 per semester (pay for one or both)

  • Pay online using parent access (preferred method) using Parent PowerSchool access
  • Pay with cash or check made out to FHS at time of tag pick up

4) No outstanding fees

5) Back to School Online Check In must be complete

6) At time of tag pick up show valid Driver License

7) At time of tag pick up show current liability insurance on vehicle registered to park at school (per Board policy) – please check that this document has current dates

Completion of all of the above will result in the student receiving a parking tag that allows parking on Franklin High School property. A reminder that parking is a privilege and can be revoked without refund (as posted on website and in complete information accessed through the website). On September 14th (and after), if your student does not have a valid 2020/2021 FHS parking tag their vehicle should not be on the property during school hours. Students may only park in areas designated for student parking or risk suspension of their tag.

Meet our School Counselors

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2020 Fall Play - Tinkerbell

Fall Play auditions are right around the corner beginning the week of September 14th. Please review all of this information including general and audition information - it should be a fun way to start the year.

Performances are scheduled for November 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th - watch future Weekly Bulletins for information on ticket sales.

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF)

Franklin High School has been a WEF site for many years but unfortunately all fairs in the state have been cancelled for the 2020/2021 school year. WEF is hosting monthly virtual fairs which will include college information, virtual college visit info and interactive financial aid sessions. Check out the information for virtual WEFs and registration. Note that at this time you can register for the fair(s) but cannot log into each fair until the event.

In addition, watch for information in future bulletins about NACAC Virtual College Fairs which are free national college fairs.


Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Use Your Student ID As Your Franklin Public Library Card

Franklin Public Schools students now have the ability to opt in to a service that will allow them to use their Franklin School District Student ID to check out print and digital resources from the Franklin Public Library. Any Franklin Public School student is eligible for this service even if the student does not live within the city of Franklin.

If your child already has a public library card, the student ID will be added to his/her public library account. When checking out print or digital materials from the Franklin Public Library, either card can be used. Students under age 16 need parental permission to opt in.

Please complete this form by September 30 to opt in to this service.