August 31, 2020

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FHS Updates

A Message from FHS Principal Michael Vuolo

Hello Saber Families,

We cannot wait to see you this week. As we all come back to school, we may have questions about where a room is or where our locker is located.

Shared here are maps of FHS that you can use to refresh your memory (or start to think through where your 1A class is).

Map - upper, lower, locker.pdf

All of your teachers and staff will have copies of these when we return. We all will be experiencing our first day of the 2020-2021 school year together.

Make it a great day and see you soon,

Mr. Vuolo

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.

1st Day Reminders

Note that your student will only attend one day this week. If your student is absent on the day that corresponds with their last name, please notify Attendance using this form. Your student can only attend on the day listed for their last name.

Please remind your student to bring a copy of their schedule (either printed or digital) until he/she is familiar with their classes and locations. Your student should also be aware of the afternoon bus route number as FHS has many buses in a double row in front of the building (with staff to help locate buses for several days).

Here are some of the new signs your student will see at FHS.

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FHS Bell Schedule and Lunches

This week is orientation week and when students attend on their assigned day they will have their A day classes in the morning and B day classes in the afternoon. On these orientation days, students will be running through all eight of their classes (seven in the Virtual Program) on an adjusted bell schedule. Please see our adjusted staggered start schedule here. Whether students are attending classes in-person, or reporting virtually, they will be expected to report at the times listed on the schedule.

Starting on Tuesday, September 8th we will transition into our daily Bell Schedule. September 7th will be a B day and FHS will alternate A and B days thereafter.

Did you know that your student can see their lunch assignment listed on 3rd block by looking at the room number followed by E (early lunch), S (split lunch), or L (late lunch).

Most days classes begin at 7:20am and the day ends at 2:34pm. Early release Thursdays will begin on Thursday, September 10th. Early release dismissal is at 1:56pm - please note that your student will be home earlier on Thursdays starting September 10th.

FHS Links & Tips

Do you often have questions? What time do classes start and end? Who is your student's school counselor? How can I put money in the lunch account?

Check out FHS Information Links & Tips document which offers some quick links to navigating the Franklin High School website and finding those answers. You will find the FHS Bell Schedule and much more. View this document and check out some of the handy links.

Attendance Process Update - Hold the Phone - Literally!

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.

FHS Student IDs

This year returning students will receive a 2020/2021 FHS Student ID with last year's photo (taken at either FPMS or FHS). Students new to the District who missed our Friday photo opportunity should contact the office for picture options.

Students should carry their ID each day. IDs are required for early dismissals/late arrivals, in the Tech Depot for computer issues and in the Library Media Center. We hope to have a school photo day later in the school year for our yearbook and purchase opportunities and will update IDs at that time.

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Fall Sports update

Some of our fall sports are in full swing (Girls Swim & Dive, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Girls Golf, and Girls Tennis).

Just a reminder the following sports start the week of September 7th:

Boys Soccer


Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball

If you have not already done so please 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. To ensure clearance for participation, physicals should be completed and submitted during online registration prior to the first day of practice/tryouts.

Student Parking

Does your student plan to park at FHS this semester? Parking tags will be available for pick up this week on the day your student is in attendance. Due to the unusual circumstances this year, students can park in designated student parking areas the first two weeks of school without a parking tag. Your student will have until September 14th to purchase parking and must display their tag.

How does a student obtain a parking tag? Students can pick up the tag in the office ONLY on the day assigned for classes (a reminder that each student is only here one day the first week of school). The office is available for parking information/tags either before or after school when the student is present in the building for classes and when the following is complete:

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
  • If not completed 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.

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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.

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.