FHS Principal's Newsletter 1/27/23

Compiled by the PTSA


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Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 27th: End of Semester One/NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, February 8th, 6:00pm, Library: Franklin Talks - Parent Version

Saturday, February 11th, 7:00-10:00pm, Melody Event Space: Winter Formal

Wednesday, February 15th: Franklin Talks - Student Version

Friday, February 17th: NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 20th: NO SCHOOL

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Dear Franklin Families and Students,

We are proud to announce that the Successful Schools Survey is here, and we want to hear from you!!

Each year the Portland Public Schools community has an opportunity to participate in the Successful Schools Survey. The results will be used to help each school understand the needs of your students, staff and families, as well as support the development of your school climate and improvement plans.

Survey window: January 27th - February 28th

Take the Family Survey Here

The Successful Schools Survey provides many benefits to our district and school community as it:

  • Is the only time PPS hears from students, staff, and families system-wide

  • Gathers data which will help PPS/FHS understand experiences at our school/s

  • Addresses school climate; which is a key component influencing outcomes for students

  • Enables us to see improvements from last year to understand how our work in schools has changed perceptions

  • Will be used as to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement

Our students will have an opportunity to take part in the survey in their English classes on designated dates provided by their teacher.

Successful Schools Survey FAQ

What is the Successful Schools Survey?

The Successful Schools Survey is our annual district-wide school climate and feedback survey. These surveys provide students, families, staff, and leaders an opportunity to provide feedback on their school’s climate and their experiences at school.

Who will be surveyed?

Students, families, and staff will be surveyed. Every student in grades 3 through 12 in PPS will be given the opportunity to take the survey. All families in the District will have the opportunity to take the survey regardless of their students’ grade level. The survey will be available in English, Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese. A school leadership survey will also be provided to building leaders.

How is this different from other surveys in PPS?

There are many district wide surveys that serve various purposes. The Successful Schools Survey provides students and families an opportunity to share their feedback about their school environment, learning environment, and their safety while at school. We do not have any other surveys for students that serve this purpose. The questions in the staff and leadership surveys will align to the student and family questions.

What will be covered?

For students, topics that will be covered are: teacher-student relationships, sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, engagement, cultural awareness, and diversity and inclusion. For families the topics included will be: school fit, school climate, barriers to engagement, and school safety. The SEL survey will measure: grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness and emotional regulation. The staff and school leader surveys will align to topics in the student and family feedback surveys.

What is the timeline?

The current launch date for the Successful Schools Survey is set for January 26th - February 28th. The student survey window will be open for 3 weeks.

How will students, families, and staff take the surveys?

All student surveys will be administered online, anonymous, and not tied to students or teachers. Franklin students will take the survey during an English class period during the survey window. Families will have the opportunity to take the survey through a link that will be provided. School-based staff and leaders will receive the survey link via their work email. All surveys will be translated into PPS’s five supported languages: Spanish, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

What will be required of schools?

Surveys will be done electronically, so it will require coordination of technology. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Principals will provide time for staff to take the survey during the work day, however the survey can be completed at any time during the survey window.

How will participation be monitored?

The goal for participation is 50% for the family survey and 90% participation for students, staff, and leaders. This will ensure results are representative of our students and families. System Planning & Performance will provide weekly updates on response rates for survey coordinators and school principals.

How will the results be used and shared?

These data are longitudinal and, when paired with professional learning, will help inform PPS planning and continuous improvement. PPS leadership will facilitate professional development opportunities to train staff on how to use the data. The results will be available by Mid-April, which will support school and District level planning for the coming year. Results will be posted via an online dashboard. School principals, staff and school climate teams will be able to use survey results to communicate with families and staff about School Improvement Plans for the coming school year.

Franklin STRONG,

Chris Frazier

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NEW: Franklin Talks - Family Version

We are preparing for Franklin Talks - Family Version next month. It will be another great opportunity for conversation and for us to learn and grow together.

Please save the date for the upcoming:

Franklin Talks - Family Version

Wednesday, February 8th


Franklin Library

NEW: Forecasting Update

We are about halfway through the forecasting process. Students & families should be reviewing the forecasting guide and having discussions about selections. Please choose thoughtfully and understand that students will not be allowed to make changes (other than level changes) in the fall. Course offerings and staffing decisions are based upon student forecasting. If you have any questions, please see your counselor.

NEW: SUN's Resource Fair Fundraiser

Our SUN Family Resource Navigators team is having a Spring Resource Fair Fundraiser in order to host a resource event in March. SUN hosted a similar event at Franklin in April 2022 and at Woodmere Elementary in June 2022. The date, location, and time of the event is TBD as they see what items they are able to provide. Please consider making a donation if you are able, and you can read more about the Family Resource Navigators here.
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LGBTQ+ Parent Support Guides

PPS has created an LGBTQ+ Parent Support Guide. The PPS Office of Student Support created this resource for PPS students, families and staff alongside dozens of K-12 GSA students, GSA leaders and other PPS staff. This resource has been vetted by our PPS legal team to assure the sharing of this resource with PPS families.

Caregiver Support Guide - English

Caregiver Support Guide - Spanish

Please see the PPS LGBTQSIA+ Supports page HERE for additional information

NEW: Evening Scholars Dates & Information

Eventing Scholars will be wrapping up its fall term next week.

Here is a quick guide to some important dates:

January 30th: Registration for Spring term begins

February 16th: Registration for Spring term ends

February 22nd: Spring term begins @ FHS

May 24th: Spring term ends @ FHS

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NEW: Franklin Strong Winner

Students have the opportunity to be recognized by a staff member for demonstrating Franklin STRONG values. Each week we will draw a name from the nomination box and the student will receive a gift card.

Please join us in congratulating this week's winner:

Aiden Walters, 11th Grade

Thank you so much for your continued support of promoting STRONG values within our community.

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Pronoun Pins

We want to thank our FHS PTSA for the amazing support in purchasing a button maker for the library this year! We've made over 100 pronoun pins that students have been so excited to pick out at the checkout desk in the library - free of charge. Our PTSA is really making a difference in student lives every day.
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NEW: Spring Sports Season Opportunities

Spring Season Sports: Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Boys & Girls Golf, Boys & Girls Tennis

Tryouts Start Monday, February 27th

Tryouts start on Monday February 27th for Baseball, Softball Track & Field, Golf (B/G), and Tennis (B/G). Tryouts typically last three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). Cut sports will finalize their program Thursday of the first week.

Stack Team App

Franklin High School is seeking to streamline all communication across 20 programs in the athletic department. Athletes and parents, please take a moment to download Team App on your Smart Phone App store. Create a username and password and search for “Franklin - HS (insert sport).” www.teamapp.com.

Register on FamilyID

If you are not sure if you have completed a sports registration for this school year, log in into your FamilyID account and look for completed registrations, “2022-2023 Spring Sports Registration”. Cleared athletes will show Registration Status: Completed and Approval Status: Approved. Please do not submit multiple registrations for this school year. If you registered in a previous season in the 2022 - 2023 school year, please use that username and password to register for the upcoming seasons. SIGN UP HERE


The athletic department will begin clearing students for participation now. Please make sure all documents (updated physicals) are attached to your account before February 27th. Make sure you have either uploaded a physical or emailed the Athletic Director or Athletic Secretary - this is particularly important for our 9th grade athletes. If you cannot upload to familyID, please contact the athletic office. Athletics Directory - Click Here.


In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled in 2.5 credits (typically 5 classes) and have passed at least 2.5 credits the previous semester or 1.5 credits the previous quarter. Students must also be on track to graduate which means they have to have completed a certain number of credits prior to the start of the year:

  • Freshmen: No HS Transcripts yet

  • Sophomores: 4.5 credits completed

  • Juniors: 10 credits completed

  • Seniors: 17 credits completed

NEW: Girls' Tennis Informational Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, February 1st during Tutorial in Room M-101 if you're interested in joining the girls' tennis team. All are welcome. There will be an optional practice after the meeting so bring your tennis gear (we have extra rackets if you don't have one). Questions? Contact Coach Miller or DM us on instagram.

Game Schedules

Because game schedules are subject to frequent, often last-minute changes, we don't publish them in this newsletter. Please bookmark this page to have easy access to up-to-date game info.

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Keeping Students and Staff Safe During the Winter

We ask that all families and students be mindful of the PPS Communicable Disease protocols as we look to keep our students and staff healthy during the winter.

PPS takes these steps to ensure healthy school environments so that in-person learning can continue. In accordance with CDC guidance, we are also urging families to take steps to protect themselves and minimize the spread of communicable diseases in our schools. Such precautions include:

  • Keeping your student home when they are sick
  • Making sure your student gets a flu shot
  • Keeping your student up-to-date on the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters.
  • Masking - people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask
  • Washing your hands and avoiding touching your face

If your student presents symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, or shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider right away.

You can also use the Self-Screening Tool to monitor symptoms or consult with your school nurse for your student’s return to school date.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is extremely important to us. We are keeping close track of the trends in our state and on the local level. PPS will continue to take all the steps necessary to maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff in the coming months.


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