Franklin e-Newsletter

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Great First Week

Week one is in the books. Thanks to all the students and families for making it a successful first week of school. The opening days of school can often be challenging as we reacquaint ourselves with our school/work routines. It also happens to be a week where we do a lot of rules/procedures/expectations in our building to set the high standards that make Franklin a great place to be. With week two on the horizon, we're ready to get in the swing of the content and instruction. Thanks for all your support in Franklin Middle School.

Keep a lookout for these newsletters in your inbox and throughout all our social media platforms. The goal is to send these out to families every two weeks.

New Information

Franklin Open House & Community Dinner

In our efforts to build community between our wonderful families and school staff, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 17 for our first annual Franklin Open House and Community Dinner. The open house will go from 5:30-8:00PM. We encourage you to bring your student as we look for the following outcomes:

  • Travel with your student through their daily schedule.
  • Meet your student's teachers and learn about the happenings in their classroom and details about their content/curriculum.
  • Join us for a community dinner and meet other Franklin families at the conclusion of the scheduled rotations.

We hope to see you on Tuesday, September 17. Go Bolts!

Student Tutoring

We're fortunate to have former Franklin students who come back to help our students in a variety of academic and organizational needs. Beginning Tuesday, September 10 Washington High School students will be available for drop-in tutoring sessions. This will run every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM. Students will be supervised by a Franklin Staff Member. Snacks will also be available for students.

See the video below that provides details about this opportunity.

Franklin Volunteer Tutoring Program

Fall Sports

The fall sports' seasons are underway with practices beginning this week for cross country, girls' volleyball, girls' soccer, football, and boys' tennis. We hope our 7th and 8th Grade students will get involved in at least one co-curricular activity. We find students who are involved in activities outside of school have a stronger connection to our building and their classmates due to the camaraderie they're able to build with their teammates.

Please check out the picture attached to this story. This was taken from the Iowa High School Athletic Association about the importance of our students and families showing sportsmanship at all our activities.

Follow the link to the schedules for these seasons:

Upcoming Fundraiser

Stay tuned to a special e-Newsletter/handouts providing you information about our upcoming fundraiser. For those "veteran" Franklin families, we have changed our fundraiser due to the dwindling returns we were seeing from the magazine sales. We'll start our fundraiser with a kickoff assembly on Monday, September 9. Rather than selling items, this fundraiser will concentrate on a pure donation-based platform.

Check out the link for background information:

City Bus Transportation (Free)

Students — Ride the Bus on Us! All CRCSD, Kirkwood and Coe students can now ride the City bus free all year. High School and College students – just show a student ID to ride free. Elementary and middle school student do not need ID.

Infinite Campus

Thanks to all our families for all you've done as we've transitioned student information systems to Infinite Campus. A few reminders of items to complete:
  • Complete online verification as soon as possible.
  • Pay book fees ($56 full pay) through the Parent Portal or complete the educational benefits survey to see if you qualify for free or reduced fees.


Does this conversation sound familiar?

- Parent: "What'd you do today at school?"

- Student: "Nothing"

- Parent: "Is there anything I should know about going on at school?"

- Student: "Nope"

If this is occurring at your house, check out the two links below that will take you to ways we communicate announcements to students. These same announcements are read during the school day; both morning and afternoon.

Common Area Expectations

We believe it's important for our students to understand what it means to be successful throughout our building. This year, Franklin changed our language to the Guidelines for Success. Using this language, we use the acronym B-O-L-T-S. During the first week of the school year, all students went through our common areas and heard from our staff how they're successful in each of those areas. See the pictures below for some of these sessions. We've also included our matrix for all our common areas.
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Franklin Apparel Orders

Show your Bolt Pride! Get your child, and yourself, equipped with Franklin apparel. Throughout the year, we'll have different apparel orders available to families. All orders are taken care of electronically. The first store is open by clicking on the form below.

Continuing Information

Important Need to Knows

Building Schedule

See the picture below for a copy of our 2019-2020 building schedule.
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What are school hours?

Our school hours are Monday-Thursday: 7:50-2:50 & Friday: 7:50-1:20. Fridays remain an early dismissal to allow staff members time for professional development. We consider this time extremely valuable and would appreciate having students gone as close to dismissal as possible so meetings can begin on time. Our offices are 7:00AM to 3:30PM Monday-Friday.

What is the Cell Phone Policy?

As technology continues to make life easier, and has done wonders for communication, it has also created more challenges. In a school setting it has created obstacles such as cheating and cyber bullying. Students struggle with appropriate cellphone use and tend to disrupt the learning environment with these items. Due to the many distractions a cellphone can create, students are required to turn cellphones off when entering the school building and keep them off during the school day. At the end of the school day when the student is leaving school they may resume use. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in the restroom and locker room for any reason.

For further details, please see the Franklin Handbook/Calendar. A digital copy is available on the Franklin website.

Where do students wait before school?

We have designated areas for our students to wait in the morning to ensure an organized flow into the building and appropriate supervision of all our students. Morning supervision of Franklin Staff begins at 7:30AM. Due to this, if at all possible, we ask for students to be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 unless they're planning to eat breakfast that begins at 7:25AM. Students eating breakfast will enter through the main parking lot doors.

In the morning students will wait in the following areas:

  • 6th Grade: Front of the building. Students will enter through front doors.
  • 7th Grade: Northern portion of building. Students will enter through main parking lot doors.
  • 8th Grade: Upper B Avenue Entrance. Students will enter through B Ave. door.

At 7:43 students will be allowed indoors. The 7 minutes is adequate time for the students to get to their locker, grab their appropriate materials, and arrive into their classroom for morning announcements.

Where to Drop Off & Pick Up?


For the safety of our students and staff we encourage you to carefully read through the map below. The cooperation and patience of all our families is essential as we orchestrate the hustle and bustle of the morning and afternoon.

We encourage families to plan ahead for a designated drop off and pick up location. The front of the building (20th Street) is a very busy street before and after school. There are better alternatives for families that are less congested. We encourage you to consult your summer mailings with a flyer for locations. You can also see the picture below.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, September 2 (NO SCHOOL)

Tuesday, September 3

  • Classic Illumination Show Choir Auditions, 3:00-5:00PM

Wednesday, September 4

  • Fall Musical-"Into the Woods" Auditions, 3:00-5:00PM

Thursday, September 5

  • Fall Musical-"Into the Woods" Auditions, 3:00-5:00PM
  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Home/8th @ South East Jr. High
  • Cross Country @ Cherry Hill Park

Monday, September 9

  • PTA Meeting, 11:00AM
  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Taft/8th @ Home
  • Girls' Soccer @ Regis

Tuesday, September 10

  • 8th Grade Football @ Home vs. Harding
  • Boys' Tennis vs. Oak Ridge @ Washington

Thursday, September 12

  • 7th Grade Football @ Home vs. Regis-LaSalle
  • Girls' Volleyball: 7th @ Home/8th @ Wilson
  • Boys' Tennis @ McKinley

Franklin Open House & Community Dinner

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 5:30-7:30pm

300 20th Street Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA

Come with your student and do the following:

  • Go through your student's schedule
  • Meet all your student's teachers and learn about their class and expectations
  • Join our Franklin Community with an all-school dinner available in our cafeteria