Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, April 10

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Principal's Message

We would like to thank all students and their families for their adjustment and adherence to the extended day schedule. There were very few late arrivals on the first day back from break. I know you received numerous reminders, but we are extremely appreciative for your cooperation.

3rd Quarter Grades

3rd quarter grades will be given out to students on Monday, April 13. These reports include final grades for Art, Computer Science, Engineering Tech, and Wellness. Please check with your child to see that these get to you.

Track Help Needed

Do you love to volunteer? Do you love track? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions you're in luck. We could use your help with the two track meets we host. The dates are Tuesday, April 14 & Thursday, May 14 and are hosted at Washington High School. If you're able to help out in any capacity please give Mrs. Dvorak a call at 558-3561 or email kdvorak@cr.k12.ia.us

PTA Meeting Rescheduled

May's PTA Meeting has been re-scheduled for Monday, May 11. We meet in the IMC Annex from 11:00-12:00. We welcome all new and returning members.

Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students

During the week of April 20th-24th we will be having a friendly competition between 6th period classes. The current collection "year" for Hy-Vee receipts ends April 30, 2015. Receipts are valid if they are from a Cedar Rapids or Marion Hy-Vee Store or Gas Station. *Casey's gas station receipts, nor receipts from surrounding Hy-Vee Stores are valid for this program. Students are asked to scour their homes and turn in their receipts during their 6th period class.


For every $200 collected in receipts, Franklin receives $1. To date we have collected $129,000 in receipts for a total of $645. Last year we received a check from Hy-Vee for $1256.00 for the $251K in receipts we collected. The 6th period class to collect the most receipts during this week will receive a pizza party so start collecting!

National History Day

Franklin had twelve students advance to the State National History Day Competition coming up on Monday, May 4th in Des Moines. These students and their projects were:


  • Performance: “ Arthur Collins: Advancing Communication”- Luke McGrane, Jack McGrane, Jackson Barker, Dylan Sines
  • Performance: “The Beatles: A Legend Continued”- Izzie Wilcox, Katie Wittman, Rami Scheetz, and Olivia Kennedy
  • Website: “F.M. Hubbell: The Des Moines Dreamer- Building a City” – Lexie Olson and Mya Swyers
  • Exhibit: “ Dominic Jacobetti: Hero of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan”- Matthew Haile
  • Website: “Stephen Hawking”: Logan Pratt


Congrats to all the students involved! We're extremely proud of the way these students and all the other NHD with how they represented Franklin. Best of luck at state.

Kirkwood ACCESS Scholarship

For some middle school students, a college education seems an impossible goal. That's why a generous Cedar Rapids citizen has provided funding for up to $6,000 towards the Associates degree at Kirkwood Community College. One FMS 8th grade student will be selected to receive this generous scholarship that will be announced at the 8th Grade Awards Assembly on the last day of school. Please click here for more information and to fill out an application. All applications are due in to the counseling office by Friday, April 17th.

Dows Contest

The 22nd Annual Dows Contest is now open for entries. The Dows Contest is a great way for Franklin students to showcase their talent in writing or art and earn prizes for exceptional work. The contest runs from March 30th to May 1st, 2015. Please click here for more information.

Congrats, Isaac!

Isaac Twedt-Ball, a silver medal Optimist speech winner, will be participating in the Optimist Zone Championships tomorrow in Fairfax. He is an 8th grader and his focus of his speech is technology and how it has inspired him to press onto the future.

8th Grade Canoe Trip Information

8th Graders were given information about the annual canoe trip on Friday, May 15. All eighth grade students will participate in a canoe trip down the Maquoketa River. The rain dates are Friday, May 22nd. Monticello Canoe Rental is located just off Highway 151 near Monticello, about 45 minutes from Franklin Middle School. We will leave Franklin at 9:00 a.m. and return about 2:45 p.m. The cost of the trip is $15.


Students not attending the canoe trip will report to school unless called in by a parent/guardian. Please sign the permission slip below and the enclosed waiver and have your son/daughter return them to Mr. Jeffords by Friday, April 24th.


Please click on the following link to access the forms:

http://franklin.cr.k12.ia.us/activities/8th-grade-canoe-trip/


Students not attending the canoe trip will report to school unless called in by a parent/guardian.

Mr. Kelsey's Critters

The 8th graders are currently learning about Mendelian genetics in science class. Last week they put that knowledge to use making their own “critters” that were quite genetically diverse. Maddy Abu-Nameh was quoted as saying that “it’s so cute and can I take it home?” The students will also use the critters to understand how traits can be blended and share dominance as well.

8th Grade Celebration Party

Friday, June 5th, 1pm

550 27th Street Drive Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

It has been the tradition at Franklin Middle School for the 8th grade class to have an end of year celebration party. The party is hosted by parents and held at a location close to Franklin Middle School. This year the 8th Grade Celebration Party will be held at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on the last day of school (June 5th) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (with a rain date of Monday, June 8th).


An invitation will be going home with your student in May. The students will be asked to pay a small entrance fee with scholarships being available. The drinks and a snack will be provided by the Cedar Rapids Country Club but we are asking for cash donations from parents to help cover additional expenses. If you are able to provide a cash donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Any and all amounts are welcomed!! Checks should be made out to Franklin PTA and turned into the office by April 17th. Chaperones are also needed for the party.


To download the form please follow the link:

http://franklin.cr.k12.ia.us/assets/23/6/Franklin_8th_Grade_Celebration_Swim_Party_-_donations.pdf