Poplar Grove Post

March 2018



The 3rd quarter is quickly coming to a close as March 9th is the last day of the quarter. On February 22, we hosted the annual Faculty vs. Students basketball game. I am proud to say the faculty remains unbeaten! Thank you to all that played, helped, cheered, laughed, and fell down. Admission to the game was a canned good. As a result of your generosity, we collected a BUNCH of canned goods and $219.25 for Graceworks!

I would like to thank students, parents, and teachers for the hard work displayed in the first three quarters of school. I know the 4th quarter of school will be full of fun activities, but it will also be chock-full of learning opportunities. Please see below for some important dates during the month of March.

March 16 - Report Cards Issued

March 20 - School iGuardian Presentations

March 21 - Spring Pictures

March 23 - Early Dismissal Day

March 26-30 - Spring Break




DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2018

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Freedom Middle School

Join us for vendor giveaways, door prizes, student performances and more! This is a FREE event to provide our staff, students and families information and services our community partners have to offer. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


A new prediction based on a recent study indicated that 57% of children currently in the US, could be obese by the time they turn 35. Concerned parents can make efforts to prepare and provide healthier meals at home, plan scheduled meal times, limit screen time, encourage sports participation and more active leisure time, instead of sedentary activities.


I am seeing students with respiratory viruses, including influenza, strep throat and the stomach virus. As a reminder, parents please keep your children home until they have been fever free for 24-48 hours, without fever reducing medicine and when THEY ARE FEELING BETTER FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS! Sending your child to school too soon after some of the viruses circulating in the community, predisposes them to relapse and the development of secondary complications from their illness.

Spirit Night at Wild Wing Cafe

Tuesday, March 6th, 4-8pm

545 Cool Springs Blvd Suite 195, Franklin, TN 37067

10% of net food sales during that time will be donated to us



Fifth Grade continues to move along preparing your children for Middle School life as 6th-8th graders. We continue to work hard in our classes and encourage each other through the struggle that sometimes comes up in lessons we're learning.

We finally reached the hill top in math and completed our unit in fractions, but we continue to visit and revisit these concepts regularly in our Spiral Reviews. We've started working in Algebra, and it's been a fresh change of pace.

Science classes are working on tracking the constellations, and they're using a fun, sticky, yet yummy approach to marking them:). Marshmallows always make a lesson more enjoyable!

We will be going on our next Field Trip on March 7 on a Walking Tour of Nashville to hear about the history of Nashville and it's contributions to the Civil War and beyond. We will be walking past a building where the center of the Slave Trade Auction Box centered town. I imagine it will be a hallowing place and an incredible reminder of the ugly in our world. As educators, it's our hope that we learn from these mistakes so NEVER to make them again.

In the photo, kids are swallowing up the books Wonder and A Wrinkle in Time. If you haven't seen the movie Wonder, I highly recommend it for the whole family. The new movie for A Wrinkle in Time comes out this Spring and will be another great family movie.

They continue to inspire our team with their ideas and perseverance. We are so lucky to be a part of their growing up!

Just a quick reminder that slime isn't allowed in the 5th grade hall. The 5th grade team would like to ask that students leave the slime at home. Thank you!


Sixth grade students in Mrs. Hayes' Language Arts class are reading The City of Ember and The Giver. Both novels are about dystopian societies that assign jobs to 12 year olds. Classes participated in "Assignment Day" to receive their jobs from the Mayor of Ember and the Chief Elder from The Giver. Dr. Orman enthusiastically played both these roles. Students then wrote about their job requirements and were allowed to apply for a new job. Roles assigned included a variety of jobs of everything from trash sifter to engineer. The students enjoyed Ember trail mix and Can You See the Color trail mix as they completed their written assignments.​


In Language Arts students have been working on a novel in a "book club" format. The students read on their own and meet up once a week, in class, to complete an analysis of the text. They are always excited and willing to get together with their chosen group to chat! They were excited to choose the book with their group. Thank you to the library for setting up the lists for choosing and allowing us to get excited about our choices of novels!


Our 8th grade STEM class invited their peers from Mrs. Nash's class for a fun chemistry lab. Students teamed up to demonstrate how to create a Valentine's Day design. Using Borax, students placed beautifully shaped pipe cleaners in a supersaturated solution to create crystals. Eighth grade is chock-full of leaders!



TCAP Testing Schedule for FSSD 5th-8th Grades

April 16—May 4, 2018

April 17, Tuesday - ELA, Part 1 (writing) – (80-85 minutes)

April 18, 19, 20 - Make-ups for ELA, Part 1 (if needed)

April 20, Friday - Turn in ELA, Part 1 to CO by noon (mandatory)

and may be turned in sooner.

April 26, Thursday - ELA, Part 2 (40-50 minutes) and Science, Part 1 (48 minutes)

April 27, Friday - ELA, Part 3 (40-50 minutes) and Science, Part 2 (47 minutes)

April 30, Monday - ELA, Part 4 (40-45 minutes) and Social Studies, Part 1 (50 minutes)

May 1, Tuesday - Math, Part 1 (40-45 minutes)

Algebra or Geometry, Part 1 (35 minutes)

Social Studies, Part 2 (50 minutes)

May 2, Wednesday - Math, Part 2 (30-35 minutes)

Algebra or Geometry, Part 2 (50 minutes)

Math, Part 3 (40-50 minutes)

Algebra or Geometry, Part 3 (60 minutes)

May 3, Thursday - Make-ups*

May 4, Friday - Final day to turn in answer documents

All answer documents must be turned in to CO by noon on Friday, May 4 (mandatory) and may be turned in sooner.

*Make-up testing (except ELA, Part 1) can take place throughout the testing window.

NOTE: STAR Reading and Math windows: Grades 5-8: April 9-20

Voluntary Pre-K Program 2018-2019

Voluntary Pre-K is a state funded program for families who meet income qualifying guidelines

Families who have children who were born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014 are eligible to apply

Classes meet Monday-Friday in FSSD schools.

Parents provide transportation.

For application information call: 615 591-2802

See below for more information.


What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play.

Your child may qualify for Voluntary Pre-K during the 2018-2019 school year.

To be eligible children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in The Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways.

The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts to first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect.

Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation.

For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to be placed on the list to receive application materials. Applications will be mailed to families requesting information no later than February 23. .

Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a valuable element in Franklin Special School District’s commitment to provide excellence in teaching and learning for all. If you have questions please contact:

Dr. Lee Kirkpatrick

Student Support Services Supervisor

Franklin Special School District

1406 Cannon Street

Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 591-2802