Franklin Family News

January 2022

From the Desk of Principal Anderson

Happy New Year!

I was reading the December newsletter, in which I stated it was 71 degrees on the first of December. What a difference a month makes! However, with the current drought, I refuse to complain about the depth of the snow; the inconvenience of all mountain passes closing; and school closures-again. We need the snow to replenish aquifers and reservoirs- we will adjust accordingly.


The current school calendar does not have built in snow days. Therefore, any school closure will be made up in June. Please plan summer vacations accordingly. Unofficially, at this writing, we now attend school through June 17th.

Also, if it has been a rough year and there is a need in your household for winter clothing, please do not hesitate to call the school. We have several resources we can tap into to help out. And, maybe it is not your family but one you know, that works too. There is no reason a student should be without a coat, hat, mittens, and boots. We are here and we want to help! 573-2100.

Shovel your sidewalks-it is your duty. Too many students have to walk in the street because sidewalks are impassable. Hand them a shovel and they can help clear your sidewalk and maybe, the neighbors.

Lastly, traffic congestion on 19th is tough most days-the snow exasperates it. Remember for a short time in the morning and at the end of the school day, 19th is one way, with a right turn only on Tieton.


Thank you to everyone who turned out. We learn with each sale and, with the bitter cold, we used the gym for the line. People were toasty and made out like bandits. Our items are eclectic and determined by World Vision (a COSTCO affiliation), but the price is right-earned by the good acts of your student. See the pictures below. The next sale will be in late spring.


The end of the 2nd quarter, and/or first semester, is January 21. Midterm grades should be out soon and students have plenty of time to turn in missing or late work. If you do not know how to access grades, ask your student to access them-they do know how.


I was 13 and watching the evening news with my parents when Walter Cronkite announced that: “At 6:05 P.M. on Thursday, 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King was shot dead while standing on a balcony outside his second-floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.” Even as a middle-school student, the senselessness of his death left a profound impact on me…as did his message of non-violent protest. So we honor his work on January 17th, a school holiday, and I hope his words will resurrect the feelings of unity so many of us felt back then.

Wishing all of you a peace and happiness in 2022.

Principal Anderson

Holiday Assembly Fun

Prior to the holiday break, we had a wonderful opportunity to get our students together and had an assembly for each grade level. It was a fun chance to do some friendly competitions such relay races, searching for gummy fish in whipped cream, and the candy cane toss. It was also a great chance to showcase the amazing talents of our jazz band, under the direction of Mr. Petilo. Thank you to all of our students and staff who participated, it was great to spend some time together as a Franklin Family!

Winter 2 Sports

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Girls Basketball Schedule

  • 1/26/22: Franklin @ Wilson
  • 1/31/22: Lewis and Clark @ Franklin
  • 2/7//22: Franklin @ Washington
  • 2/14/22: Wilson @ Franklin
  • 2/16/22: Franklin @ Lewis and Clark
  • 6th Game vs Washington TBD
Wrestling Schedule

  • 1/26/22: Wilson @ Franklin(3:30)
  • 1/31/22: Franklin @ Lewis and Clark(3:30)
  • 2/7/22: Washington @ Franklin (4:45)
  • 2/14/22: Franklin @ Wilson (4:45)
  • 2/16/22: All City Championships @ Eisenhower H.S (4:45)
  • 6th Wrestling Match TBD


Civil Rights and Equity

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX – Dr. Marcus Pimpleton, Executive Director for Racial and Educational Justice, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7014,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): ADA/Section 504 – Omar Santoy, Director of Student Services, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7221,;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX/ADA – Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7039,

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington

Relay Services by calling 7-1-1- or 1-800-833-6388.

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