Franklin e-Newsletter

January 30, 2015

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Conference Re-cap

We would like to thank all the families who showed up to our two evenings of winter conferences. One of the main reasons for our change in formats was to allow families the opportunity to visit with as many families as possible. One the average our teachers visited with 30 families. Some of our teachers visited with 50-60 families. If you were unable to attend and wish to visit with your child's teachers please contact the staff member directly or call the main office.

High School Registration

On Tuesday, 8th grade students attended presentations by Ms. Herrity (CRK) & Mr. Metzger (CRW) introducing high school registration. This is the kick-off to what will be a busy time period for 8th graders. We encourage you to visit with your child and attend the upcoming orientation meetings at Kennedy and Washington. Please see the information below.

Tuesday, February 3: Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Washington HS,6:30-9:30 p.m. VERY important meeting for all Washington bound families to attend!

Thursday, February 5: Freshman orientation for parents AND students @ Kennedy HS, 6:30-9:30PM. VERY important meeting for all Kennedy bound families to attend!

Tuesday, February 10 9:00-11:15AM: HS activities assemblies at respective high schools. All students will be bussed to either Wash. or Kennedy for these assemblies.

Week of February 9-13: All 8th graders will turn in a draft of their HS registration to Franklin counselors

Friday, February 20: All 8th graders will finalize HS registration with HS counselors @ Franklin

2nd Quarter PARRT Awards

This week we honored Franklin students who qualified for the 2nd Quarter PARRT Award. PARRT 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 2nd Quarter follow the link:

Upcoming Assessments

Iowa Assessments

The testing window has been determined for this year's Iowa Assessments. Middle school students around the district will be testing Monday, March 9-Thursday, March 12. All students will test March 9-12. Expanding Opportunity students will report to their respective high schools for classes on March 12. EO students will make up any tests missed when they return from the high school.

For information addressed in the district assessment parent letter please follow the link to the virtual backpack:

NAEP Tests-8th Graders Only

NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public. A random selection of Franklin 8th graders was determined through NAEP. Parents of students selected to take the test were notified in an e-mail on Monday of this week. The test will be administered on Wednesday, February 18.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Winner

8th Grader, Lydia Kilgore, was selected as the Franklin recipient of the MLK Award. Winners from all local middle and high schools were honored on Monday, January 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel & Convention Center. The ceremony was held over the lunch hour with learning sessions that followed in the afternoon.

Click on the link for a list of past recipients:

Fine Arts Honors

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Marion Honor Band

Congratulations to our Franklin students recognized as part of the Marion Honor Band. Brenna McRae, Betsy Marlow, Madelyn O'Brien, Maria Mooney, & Hannah Krejci participated in the Marion Honor Band on Saturday, January 17. They rehearsed with 7th graders from 50 other Iowa schools and gave a concert at the end of the day. Great job!
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Middle School Honor Orchestra

On Saturday, January 24 selected students from the Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar, and Marion School Districts participated in the Metropolitan Orchestra Festival. Franklin was fortunate to have 19 students participate:

6th Grade: Josh Horne, Priya Kearny, Sophie Lindwall, Alexis Bearbower, Sydney McElree, Ben Wilding.

7th Grade: Keegan McRae, Hannah Novak, Skylea Trout, Hannah Gerke, Raelyn Stecker, Andrew Stevenson.

8th Grade: Anastasia Margellos, Lydia Kilgore, Havan Kaplan, Olivia Kennedy, Julia Narhi, Mary Weston, Dean Wibe.

We are very proud of the students and their directors, Ms. Stern & Ms. Brown.

Moment of Inspiration/Reflection

"The Process"

At this week's 7th grade PARRT Assembly Mr. Baylor referenced a video that he observed in Mr. Ellis' class. While the brief clip follows a collegiate football coach, the message itself can be transplanted into all aspect of life. Listening to visiting high school staff members the process was emphasized as they start prepping for life after middle school. For our 6th and 7th grade students it's never too early to begin thinking where they presently are and what's needed to achieve goals-personally, academically, on the stage or playing field. If you don't have 15 minutes I would encourage you to watch the first 5 minutes and see how it can translate to life and academics.

Thanks to Mr. Ellis for sharing.

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