January 23rd, 2023
Good afternoon, families!
In prior communication, I described some of the adjustments to our schedule for the 23/24 academic school year. As we continue to plan and prepare for the adjustments, more updates will be shared on what students' experiences will look like at Forest Park.
At our January 17th professional development, The Middle School Experience team facilitated work regarding a potential advisory period with our entire staff. Staff worked in their professional learning communities to determine what they “Think” “Puzzle” and would like to “Explore” in terms of an advisory period. Some of the themes generated from this activity are listed below.
At our next Middle School Experience team, we will dive into some research on advisory periods and review staff feedback. We look forward to our continued learning on how we can create the best experiences for our students here at Forest Park Middle School!
Thank you for your partnership,
UPCOMING FRANKLIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION HAPPENINGS
Youth Risk Behavior Survey - Next Week!
During the week of January 30th, Forest Park Middle School will take part in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction. Students will be asked to fill out an anonymous, online questionnaire that takes about 25-35 minutes to complete. If you would like to review the questions on the survey, a copy of the survey is available on the Wisconsin DPI website at the following link. In addition, survey participants will be asked to answer the questions in Module 1 & 2 and Pg. 25 in the following link. The results of this survey help schools and the community to improve health and safety programs.
The survey is voluntary. If you do not want your student to participate in the survey please fill out the following form before 1/30/23 or send an email to John.Brandes@franklin.k12.wi.us. In the email please include your student’s name and grade level.
Forte Youth Productions Presents "The Music Man Jr!" This Weekend!
There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian in this classic musical comedy. Filled with wit and warmth - as well as some of Broadway's most iconic songs - this is family entertainment at its best! This heartwarming stage adaptation features a fantastic cast of 10-18 year olds from throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area, including some young Franklin thespians! With a running time of 75 minutes, this is a great opportunity to introduce young ones to the magic of live theatre at our own Saber Center for the Performing Arts at Franklin High School! Get your tickets now for this weekend!
Friday, January 27 @ 7 pm
Saturday, January 28 @ 7 pm
Sunday, January 29 @ 2 pm
Click here for tickets that range from $12-$15
Teen Cookies & Canvas Event At Franklin Public Library
Join us for an afternoon of painting and cookies on Tuesday, January 31st from 4:30-5:30pm! Paint an original or recreate a favorite masterpiece. We provide canvas, paint, brushes and treats. This free program is open to grades 6-12. Registration is required. Please see the flyer for details on how to register!
Community & Rec Dept Upcoming Highlights
As the winter months drag on, your Community Education & Recreation Department wants to highlight a few opportunities available to your family:
American Red Cross Babysitting courses for children 11+. The next class is Monday, January 23rd & Tuesday, January 24th from 5-8pm at FHS. Participants must attend both evenings to receive certification. There are a few spots available yet! See this webpage for more information.
The next session of Glee Club (ages 6-12) and Theater (ages 6-12) begins Thursday, February 2nd. Both classes will run on Thursdays for 6 weeks at FHS. Spots are still available! Register ASAP for these fun and creative classes. See this webpage for more information and other activities being offered by the Rec Department.
Student Engagement Survey
Lost & Found Items - Claim Your Items By January 31st!
***Items that are currently in the Forest Park Lost and Found will only be available for students to claim until January 31st! After that time the, items will be disposed of.
Our lost and found is overflowing with items waiting to be claimed by their owner! From jackets, hats and sweatshirts, to water bottles, lunch boxes and pencil cases, we have an abundance of student items that need to be reunited with their family. Students can check the lost and found at anytime during the school day, and parents are allowed to check the lost and found before or after school. The lost and found is located near the gym near the event entrance.
Please note that our lost and found is emptied at several points throughout the year as we do not have the space to hang onto items all year long.
Athletics & Activities Updates
Outdoor Club has been busy making birdhouses and fishing lures (see below). The fishing lures that they are currently working on will be used during their end of the year fishing trip!
Yearbooks are currently on sale for the 2022-2023 school year! You can order your yearbook at jostens.com. You will also receive emails from Jostens with reminders to order a yearbook for your child! Yearbooks are $40.
If you have any questions about athletics or activities, please feel free to contact our athletic and activities coordinator, Karisa Stiglitz, at email@example.com
Parent Drop-Off Reminder
Join Forte Youth Productions for a Theatre Workshop at Forest Park! Students will focus on acting, vocal production and theatre skills through improvisation, theatre games, and scene work. Parents are invited to attend a special showcase at the end of the session.
Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:30 pm
February 1 - March 22 (8 weeks)
$100 / 8 weeks
Location: Choir Room
Instructor: Randall Dodge
This workshop is limited to 20 students to ensure personalized attention. Register today!
Forte Theatre Company is the first professional theatre company in Milwaukee's Southwest suburbs, as well as the sister organization of Character Kids. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-366-3634.
It's Getting Cold Out There!
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Course Selection Timeline For 8th Graders
January 10 - 11 - FHS Counselors at FPMS: The high school counselors will be instructing 8th graders on requirements, course options and programs to help them select classes for 9th grade and plan for future years as well.
January 30 - Freshman Preview Night at FHS - 6pm to 8:30pm (New Format!):
**6:00-7:00 pm – Open House
Opportunity for personal conversations with high school staff from all academic and elective departments in the Main Commons and in Elective Classrooms
*High School Ambassadors will guide you to your desired locations
**7:00-7:15 - Welcome (Saber Center)
Introduction & Welcome to Franklin High School
Directions for the Presentations and Tours
**7:15-7:45 and 7:45-8:30 – Presentation / Tour Options (pick two)
Tour of Elective Departments - meet the teachers, see classrooms / shops / labs
Activities / Athletics Presentation - Mr. Jordan Hein
Counselor Presentation (Registration / Course Selection)**
**Counselor presentation will be recorded to be viewed later
February 7-10 - FHS Counselors at FPMS: High School Counselors will work with all 8th graders in small groups and connect with each student individually to review and finalize their course selections for 9th grade
Registration For Next School Year Is Now Open!
Registration opens at noon on Monday, December 5th for the 2023-24 school year on our website here. Registration is for any new families to Franklin or new students looking to register for next year in 4K, 5K or up through 12th grade. If you have any friends or family in Franklin that plan to have children attend Franklin Public Schools next year, please pass this information along to them! Registering early helps to get all information in our system for planned communications.
Please note that any student that is already attending Franklin Public Schools DOES NOT need to register for next school year as a new student. This includes students already in Preschool Speech, Early Childhood, and 4K. All parents/guardians will be required to review your student’s data during our summer Back-To-School Online Check-In process. Any family who knows a student will not be returning for the next school year should notify your school’s main office staff.
Clinical Psychology Associates Services
We are proud to continue to partner with Clinical Psychology Associates (CPA) to offer on-site counseling services at Country Dale, Pleasant View, Forest Park and Franklin High School. For information about CPA’s services and therapists or to get started with an appointment, please visit our website.
How To Report Your Student Absent
As a reminder, when reporting a student absent for any reason, please communicate this using the online absence/attendance form here. This is a NEW form this year so if you bookmarked or made a shortcut to the old form from last year, please update. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form as it really helps to streamline our processes. The form is located on our website under Parent/Student Info as well as a big button on each school’s home page.
This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.
Please remember to use our attendance form for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences.
If you have any attendance related questions, please contact our attendance secretary, Sadie, at email@example.com.
Attendance & Absence Policy Information
We want to make sure everyone understands the current status of how absences are handled in Franklin Public Schools per our Board Policy 5100 around Student Attendance.
Per Board Policy, students can be excused for up to 10 days during the school year. Excused absences include if a child is sick or a parent reports a student out of school for any variety of reasons. As a student nears 10 cumulative absences, families can expect communication from Franklin Public Schools to ensure that you are notified of the total number of absences and to outline what occurs past 10 days of absence in a school calendar year.
When it comes to illness…
Please share any documentation from your child's health care provider if/when available so that our district nursing staff can plan for the child's timeline to return to school and that the child’s absences are coded appropriately.
If your child is not physically well enough for school for more than 10 days during the school year, please work with our district nursing staff to develop and implement a plan to meet the child’s health needs to ensure that the child is present as often as possible.
Unexcused absences are noted when there is no parent/guardian communication or documentation around a student absence. We must follow up on Unexcused Absences, and if habitual, this follow up could lead to building level staff and/or administration exploring truancy measures.
In addition, below is a copy of the communicable disease decision tree we shared with all families earlier in the year. Please continue to use this to help you and your family decide if your child is well enough to attend school. Thank you for your help and understanding related to absences.
FPMS Afternoon Pickup Notes
Parents & Guardians - thank you for being flexible and responding to the changes we have made outside for afternoon pickup. We ask you to please review the diagram below, in particular to the “curb pickup site” where you will pick up your child(ren). When prompted to move forward, we ask that you please pull up as far as you can along the curb so we can load as many vehicles as possible along the curb. Please do not stop, even if you see your child waiting at an earlier spot. Children can walk to meet you. Please review the other notes below:
Student Handbook Updates
One Day Alternate Bus Pass
If your student will be riding an alternate bus home with a friend, please complete THIS FORM by 11am on the on the date of this change. The bus company requires consent from both parents/guardians; in other words, one parent/guardian for each student must submit this form in order for us to make this change happen. Staff in the school office will then complete the appropriate paperwork for each student to take with them on the bus.
Forms that are not completed by 11am on the date of the change run the risk of not being processed in time for dismissal. Bus drivers will not allow extra riders on a bus without proof of both parent and school approval.
If you have any questions, please call the Forest Park office at 414-529-8250.
Early Dismissals & Late Arrivals
If you come to pick up your student during the school day, we ask that you do not enter our building but instead pull up into the circle driveway outside of our main office. Your student will be watching for you and we will send them out to your car when they see that you have arrived. If you are waiting longer than a few minutes for your student, you may call our main office to check in (414-529-8250).
If you are dropping your student off late for any reason, you do not need to come into the school with your student. Please pull into our circle driveway outside of the main office where your student can enter and check in. We will give your student a pass to class and update their attendance at that time.
Please remember to use the absence reporting form on our website for ANY attendance related notification including students leaving early, arriving late or full day absences. Please do not send notes with your student to notify us of these changes.
Dropping Something Off For Your Student?
If you are dropping off a forgotten item for your student (lunch, Chromebook, etc.), please use our drop off cart located inside the main entrance near the office. To limit the amount of traffic in/out of our main office, we ask that you leave the item(s) on the cart and clearly label the item(s) with your student's first and last name. Post it notes and pens are provided on the cart.
In an effort to reduce the amount of interruptions to students and teachers in the classroom, most items will be delivered to students during their 3rd hour class unless the item is clearly needed right away (for example, the student's Chromebook). If an item is dropped off after 3rd hour, we will get the item to the student as soon as possible.
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Catch Up On District News
Please be sure to read the newest District Newsletter that comes out now every Friday. You can access all the issues here.
Bernadette VanLith, 6th grade counselor
Ellen Montenero, 7th grade counselor
Mindy Greco, 8th grade counselor
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