FDR Middle School

December Newsletter


Please review all information in this newsletter as it includes some updated policy changes and procedures FDR Middle School will be following moving forward.

Ben Franklin Middle School Construction Update

Construction continues to move along at a nice pace. This time next year, we will be preparing for a move into the new building! We're so excited for our students and staff!


We have recently seen an increase in the inappropriate use of cell phones with fake Instagram accounts, text messaging, phone calls and pictures being taken of others without their consent. For this reason we are changing our cell phone policy moving forward. Please read below.


First Marking Period Report Cards

Our First Marking Period ended on November 16 and our report cards were posted to your parent portal two weeks ago. Please visit your parent portal to review grades and your child's progress thus far.

We have 6 Core Classes in Middle School and students must pass 5/6 Cores in order to successfully be promoted to the next grade level. Students must pass with a 60% or better.



Social Studies

Music / Physical Education (Must pass 1 out of 2)

Specials (Must pass 3/4)

Please review Icampus and Canvas weekly with your child to make sure that assignments are being completed and any missed work is being made up.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 2nd Marking Period Progress Reports

Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Student Early Dismissal

Friday, December 24, 2021 - No School - Winter Break

Monday, December 27 to Friday, December 31 - No School - Winter Break

Monday, January 3, 2022 - School in Session

Dismissal / After School Sports Spectator Policy / 5 PM Buses

We dismiss all students at 2:45. If students aren't part of our after school program through the YMCA or part of one of our athletic teams, they are expected to go home at the end of the day.

We have a no student spectator policy for our after-school sports program unless otherwise communicated. This means that unless a student has a sibling on the team and is with their parents, no students are permitted to A) stay after school to watch a game or B) leave school and come back to watch a game.

Our 5 PM buses are for athletes and after school program students only. Students are not permitted to leave school at 2:45 to go to a friends house and then return to FDR at 5 PM to take the bus home. Any student found returning to school to take the 5 PM bus home will be denied access to the bus.

Attendance Office

Please email our Attendance Secretary, Mrs. Maryann Carey at maryann.carey@bristoltwpsd.org to communicate early dismissals, absences and to send absence and doctor's notes.

Saturday Detention

Saturday Detentions will be assigned as discipline consequences for inappropriate behaviors while in school. If your child is assigned a Saturday detention, they must serve their detention on the date that it is assigned. Failure to complete the assigned hours will result in the exclusion from extra-curricular activities.

Saturday detentions are held at Truman High School from 8 am to 12 and are assigned in 2 hour increments. Students must arrive before 8 am or they will not be permitted to enter and will be required to attend at the next scheduled date.

Students must bring school work or a book to read while there and are not permitted to use electronic devices.


Please speak to your children about the harms of Vaping and how it is illegal to possess and Vape in school. We have seen an increase in Vaping at school recently and this is a behavior of concern.

1st Offense - In place of a citation, student/parents have the option of purchasing Vape Educate online and complete the course. Proof of completion is required. Cost of Vape Educate $20.

2nd and subsequent Offenses - Student is cited and assigned additional consequences.

Lost and Found

Please have your children visit the Lost and Found outside of the Auditorium and in our Cafeteria if they are missing clothes!
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Student of the Month

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Student Council Spirit Days

Please visit the following link to see pictures from our October Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and our "Almost Anything But a Bookbag day"


Upcoming FDR Spirit Days

December 8th - Western Day

December 15th - Ugly Holiday Wear

December 22nd - PJ day (Free) and Bingo which is open to the first 100 students who pay. $5 for 10 games and lots of great prizes to be won.

Vocal Thunder Choral Festival

Four of our students represented FDR in the Vocal Thunder Choral Festival at Newtown Middle School on Friday, November 19th. Congratulations to Brian Guzman, Jayden Braun, Liam Donnelly and Nick Mauro on a job well done! Vocal Thunder is for male singers in grades 6-9. This year's participants were led by guest conductor, Mr. Matthew LaPine. Vocal Thunder is sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association and this is the 9th year the festival has occurred. The students were joined by vocal music teachers Mrs. Gancarz, Mrs. Levan, and our Cairn University student teacher, Ms. Puttbach.
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Mrs. Klemp's Design and Modeling Class

Mrs. Klemp's Design and Modeling classes are building prototypes of an ankle and foot orthosis while learning about the design process. Awesome job!

7th Grade Volleyball Unit

Our 7th grade students started a volleyball unit this week. They focused on learning the proper technique for the bump and set.

Our Health and Physical Education Staff dressed up for Twin Day!

Mr. Volpe's ELA Classes Genius Hour Projects

Mr. Volpe's ELA classes have been hard at work on their Genius Hour Projects! Keep up the great work!
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