September 14, 2020

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FHS Updates

A Message from Mr. Vuolo

Good Afternoon FHS Students, Parents, and Caregivers,

Again our students and staff did an amazing job. We continued to acclimate to new routines and procedures. Whether they are doing so virtually or in-person, our students engaged in four full days of instruction.

Again, our reopening procedures are meant to help us open successfully and remain open. Last week we created our seating charts for each lunch, continued to report directly to our first block class, stayed seated during lunch until dismissed (we must clean up and mask up before we stand up), sanitized desks/tables/work stations within each block, and worked on exiting the building when our day is complete. We will continue to turn our new routines and procedures into habits. We have to stay safe to stay open and healthy.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

FHS Administration

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Congratulation to our National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

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Student Parking Tags Now Required

A reminder that if a student does not have an FHS current parking tag, they can no longer park on school property during school hours. Tags are still available for purchase to qualified student drivers. Stop in the office for questions or read the parking requirements posted on the FHS website under Students>Parking.

Work Permits

From mid March until the end of September there was an Executive Order suspending the requirement of students to apply for a work permit. Now that schools are again open, we are issuing work permits. Students under the age of 16 are required to have a work permit and must provide a letter from the employer, parent signature, birth certificate, social security card and $10 to the office at the time of application. A work permit will be issued and the student will be reimbursed $10 from their employer.

Students who started employment during the executive order should now be sent in with the documentation by their employer and apply for a work permit.

FHS Safety Drills

During the 2020-21 school year, FPS will be conducting all of our state mandated safety drills. However, a change for this year is that parents will be notified in advance of when the drills will take place. Parents will have the opportunity to keep their children at home on the morning/afternoon/days the drills would be conducted if you do not want your child in close proximity to other children during the drill.

For your reference, per the state of Wisconsin, this is a list of our planned drills for the school year.

At FHS, we will conduct the following drills in the month of September:

  • Fire Drill - Thursday, September 17th (AM)
  • Lockdown Drill - Tuesday, September 22nd (PM)

Principal Vuolo Throws the First Pitch

Last Wednesday, the Milwaukee Milkmen put a spotlight on GPS Education Partners, a work-based learning partner who provides opportunities for students at Franklin High School and other area schools. We are proud of our partnership with GPS and the chance to support their recognition. Although he is not quitting his day job, his pitch did make it to home plate at the Milkmen game on Thursday.
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Lunch - Mandatory Table Assignments

Students have table assignments to promote social distancing. Please remind your student that this seating plan is mandatory. Lunch tables will look very different this year as they are spread out throughout the Cafeteria and Saber Center lobby to promote distancing. Tables will also have seats that remain empty so there will be fewer students at each table.

Lunch Changes on Monday, September 14th

The USDA has informed the District that they are starting a program where all children can receive free meals through December 31, 2020, or until the funding is exhausted. Beginning Monday September 14, 2020, Franklin Public Schools will join this program and make lunch meals available at no cost to all children age 18 and younger regardless of free/reduced lunch status.

It is important to note that student allergen information will not be available at the point of distribution of the meals as this program requires a different procedure. Therefore, it is important that each family view and discuss with their children the allergens in that day's meals. Please check online for the menu as menus are subject to change. There will be one menu online for virtual student meal pick-up starting the week of September 14th. The pick-up time will remain 8:30 to 9:00 Monday thru Friday at FPMS. We have had a lot of no shows so please mark it on your calendar.

The USDA program will provide one free meal per student per day. Students at the high

school and middle school can still purchase an additional entree if they choose to do so. Individual milk purchases, separate from a meal, are not free under this program, so the student’s lunch account will be charged.

We are happy we can provide this service to the children of Franklin!


If you are planning on ordering lunch during the week of September 21, we ask that you complete this meal interest survey indicating your lunch preferences by 11:59pm this coming Tuesday, September 15. Filling this out a week ahead of when needed helps our food services team to better plan for the upcoming weeks and improve the lunch experience for your child.

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Update Regarding Homecoming 2020

FHS will not host a homecoming dance this semester and will move traditional homecoming gatherings or events, such as PowderPuff and a likely parade, to the spring. Student Senate will sponsor a Spirit Week and in-school activities in October. We recognize that this year will be untraditional but we will do all we can to make it remarkable and memorable.

Thursdays - Early Release

Every Thursday has dismissal is at 1:56pm - please note that your student will be home earlier on Thursdays starting this week and continuing throughout the year.

Students who remain in the building after 1:56pm for practice must remain in the Library under staff supervision until their practice begins.

AP Students - Virtual and In Person - Very Important

AP Exam Ordering Is Underway - Action Needed by September 24

All AP students, both virtual and in-person learning, should have received the two-page electronic handout found here in their AP courses the first week of school. Please read this document carefully for details, including the exam schedule on the second page. AP students should have also viewed the brief informational presentation found here.regarding the My AP site and exam ordering procedures. Students must log-in to their My AP Account (, join the appropriate course section (or exam-only section, if applicable) with the join code given to them by their AP teacher(s), and MUST opt-in to ordering each exam, if they wish to do so, in My AP for each class. Each exam costs $95 (AP Seminar is $143). Fee waivers are available for students with demonstrated financial need (see Student Services for a request form). Students who may need accommodations on AP exams per an IEP or 504 Plan should see Mr. Decker in Student Services this fall. All exam orders online on My AP and payment submissions in Student Services (exact cash or check made out to Franklin High School with student name and AP exam name[s] in memo line) are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Please see Mrs. Oost or Mrs. Bednar in Student Services if you have questions at any time. We wish you the best in your AP classes this year!

Annual Robotics Recycling Drive

Pass the word about this once a year community event. Located in our southeast parking lot (near the large digital sign), on Saturday, September 19th from 9am until noon. No TVs, monitors, light bulbs, paper, wood, 100% plastic items or alkaline batteries. All proceeds to Saber Robotics. If you clean out that garage or basement, here is a list of items to recycle.
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A Message About Masks and Dress Code

With the start of a new school year, there are some updates to the FHS Student Handbook that we need students and parents to be aware of. These changes are not reflected in printed copies of Student Planners for 2020-21. They are reflected in the live version of our handbook that is posted on the high school web page. Please take some time to review the updated policies regarding mask wearing and the student dress code.

Mandatory Use of a Mask

Our mask wearing expectations for students are as follows:

  • Masks are mandatory for all students and must be worn until such time the administration of Franklin Public Schools determines they are no longer mandatory. There may be exceptions if medical documentation is submitted stating there is a health related reason that it may be unsafe to wear a mask.

  • Students must put their mask on prior to entering the building each day.

  • Students must wear masks at all times inside the building, the exception being when students are seating at their table in the cafeteria.

  • Students must wear an appropriate mask, which is defined as:

    • Appropriate fitting; not requiring frequent adjustment

    • Be made with at least two layers of breathable material

    • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin

    • Fit comfortably against the side of the face

    • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the student to remain hands-free

    • Mask styles, themes, or decorations must comply with dress code policies.

  • Students must wear their masks correctly.

    • Wash your hands before putting on your mask

    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

    • Make sure you can breathe easily

    • Avoid touching/adjusting your face mask (if you need to adjust, do so from the elastic/straps

  • When removing masks during lunch or when socially distanced in outdoor spaces, students should take care to store their masks properly.

    • Use a lanyard for your mask if you choose to do so.

    • Masks can be stored in a pocket or bag when they are not being worn

    • To remove masks:

      • First perform hand hygiene and will handle your mask using the strings or earloops.

      • Fold the mask in half (lengthwise or widthwise) so that the outside portions are touching each other. Place it carefully into your pocket or bag if you don't have pockets.

        • If using a paper bag, roll the top to close it. If using a plastic baggie, leave it open.

If a student does not follow expectations for mask wearing, school personnel will:

  • Reiterate expectations for mask wearing

  • Seek to understand the reason why the student is not wearing a mask

  • Offer options for remedying the situation.

If a student chooses not to comply with redirection for mask wearing:

  • Administration will intervene and the student will be sent home

    • Administration will have the student in a self-contained, supervised space while refusing to wear a mask

    • A phone call will be made to the family to immediately pick up their student from school.

  • First offense:

    • Student is sent home

  • Second offense:

    • Students and parents meet virtually with administration and/or students services personnel to review behavior contract which states requirement for mask wearing prior to returning

    • Student and family needs to agree to comply prior to returning

Dress Code


Students should attend school each day in attire that allows them to be ready and able to learn in any and all learning environments. Franklin High School believes that the responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and his or her parents or guardians, and appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. We expect students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

School-directed changes to a student’s attire or grooming should be the least restrictive and disruptive to the student’s school day. Any school dress code enforcement actions should minimize the potential loss of educational time. Administration and enforcement of the dress code will be gender neutral and consistent.

Minimum Safe Attire

Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel. Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities, including physical education, science labs, shop classes, and other activities where unique hazards or specialized attire or safety gear is required.

  • Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts).

  • Students must wear shoes at all times.

  • Sleepwear, including pajamas, is not permitted in school.

  • Hats, hoods, and other head coverings will be permitted in common spaces, hallways, and the cafeteria. Teachers will communicate classroom expectations around head coverings in an academic setting. If a student chooses to wear a head covering to school, a teacher may ask that the covering be removed for various reasons, including but not limited to 1) conducting labs, 2) working with certain equipment/machinery, 3) testing/assessment or 4) physical safety in PE. Students are expected to know and abide by these expectations. In the event that these expectations are not met by a student, progressive discipline will be applied.

  • Clothing must cover the chest, torso, and lower extremities. Shorts must be of an acceptable length that does not result in excessive exposure. Pants, shorts and skirts must be worn in a fashion in which undergarments are not visible. Short-shorts, tight shorts, and revealing shorts are considered inappropriate. If clothing has holes, the holes must meet the standards in which undergarments must not be visible. Clothing must cover undergarments. Clothing must not be see-through.

  • Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, criminal activity, gang-related activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited.

A selection of apparel is available for this purpose in the high school health room. Failure to comply with these requests will result in school consequences.

In no situation will FHS allow dress or grooming that would, in the opinion of the administration, be disruptive or interfere with the learning process, be unsafe or harmful, be not in keeping with good health standards, the cause of excess maintenance problems or be considered vulgar or indecent.

Students in violation of the dress code will be required to change dress to gain compliance, and may be subject to additional disciplinary action.

Wisconsin Statutes 120.13

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Please read this letter for additional information. Click on the graphic for an enlarger version.

The FHS Community values student wellness. During the scheduled school day, our team is available for ALL students.

FHS Student Services Team Members:

Dr. Amy Dwyer, School Psychologist, Claire Sorge, School Social Worker,

Keith Decker, School Counselor, Diane Gilroy, School Counselor,

Mandy Kluck, School Counselor, Amy Oost, School Counselor
What is STOPit?

FPS Continues To Use STOPIT App For Incident Reports

Over the course of these first two weeks of school, all students are participating in a presentation about how to utilize the “StopIt” app. The motto with using the StopIt app is “if you see something, say something.” We utilized this app last year as a way for students to submit any concerns for school or personal safety (bullying, unusual behavior, concern for other students, etc.), and we will continue to use it this year. Below is a 2-minute video that explains StopIt:

FHS Parent Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up of students is in front of the Saber Center for the Performing Arts.

In order to provide the safest and most efficient process for our student drivers, walkers and those riding the bus please do not drop off or pick up students at the FHS Main Entrance or the gym entrance. Do not enter the bus traffic flow to the main entrance, or enter the Student Parking lot (north entrance by the Baseball and Football fields) and attempt drop off or pick up.

Thank you for observing this traffic pattern for the safety of our students and staff.

Yearbook Purchase and Senior Pictures

Our amazing yearbook advisors, Molly Sawicky and Kristen Miller, have a new webpage to answer all of your yearbook questions. You can always find this information on the FHS website under the "Student" tab or you can use this link.

You are able to order the yearbook now or anytime until January 31st. Senior photo information is available on the yearbook site. Yearbook questions should be directed to Molly or Kristen.

New Absence Reporting Procedure

Important - please do not email or call the attendance line for absences, early dismissal or late arrivals.

When your child is unable to attend school for any reason, we ask that you fill out THIS FORM located as a button on the Home Page and “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website to report/excuse ANY absence. This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. The form can be submitted from your phone or other mobile device, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Responses to the items on this form will be used to enter, code, and track absences in our system. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential, and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.

Meet our School Counselors

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2020 Fall Play - Tinkerbell

Fall Play auditions are right around the corner beginning the week of September 14th. Please review all of this information including general and audition information - it should be a fun way to start the year.

Performances are scheduled for November 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th - watch future Weekly Bulletins for information on ticket sales.

Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF)

Franklin High School has been a WEF site for many years but unfortunately all fairs in the state have been cancelled for the 2020/2021 school year. WEF is hosting monthly virtual fairs which will include college information, virtual college visit info and interactive financial aid sessions. Check out the information for virtual WEFs and registration. Note that at this time you can register for the fair(s) but cannot log into each fair until the event.

In addition, watch for information in future bulletins about NACAC Virtual College Fairs which are free national college fairs.


Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.

Use Your Student ID As Your Franklin Public Library Card

Franklin Public Schools students now have the ability to opt in to a service that will allow them to use their Franklin School District Student ID to check out print and digital resources from the Franklin Public Library. Any Franklin Public School student is eligible for this service even if the student does not live within the city of Franklin.

If your child already has a public library card, the student ID will be added to his/her public library account. When checking out print or digital materials from the Franklin Public Library, either card can be used. Students under age 16 need parental permission to opt in.

Please complete this form by September 30 to opt in to this service.