Sept 28, 2020

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FHS Updates

Admin Message

Good afternoon parents, caregivers, and students,

Thank you for another great week. We know that news of our first case of a student that was in attendance earlier this week at Franklin High School tested positive for COVID-19 was challenging. We took immediate action and followed the protocols and procedures we have in place. With our district and school staff and local health department, we will continue to quickly identify, notify, and quarantine or exclude any students or staff who may have come into close contact with the individual and who may be at risk of getting sick.

Again, here are a few essential behaviors that you and your child can continue to practice to minimize your risk of contracting COVID-19:

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people outside of your immediate household.

  • Wear a facial covering or mask.

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Thank you for your partnership and diligence in maintaining the health and safety of our school and community.

This week marks the end of our first month of school. We will hold virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences next week, October 8, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Please be on the lookout for another message this week for our sign up links/process. Our conferences are meant to offer time for brief conversations regarding your student's progress. If you require a more lengthy discussion regarding your student or are unable to meet within the time and space available, please email or call the teacher and arrange a mutual time to meet. Every day is an opportunity to connect. Never hesitate to reach out.


FHS Administration

PSAT / NMSQT Important Information for Juniors

Hello Juniors:

If you are a college bound student we highly recommend taking the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT at Franklin High School on Wednesday, October 14th OR Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 am.

The PSAT (Pre-SAT) / NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test):

  • Assesses academic skill levels and college and career readiness

  • Prepares students for college admissions testing.

  • Provides access to college planning resources

  • Allows Juniors to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program

  • Connects students with colleges and universities

  • Offers suggestions for improvement of academic skills on college admissions tests

Sign up for the PSAT /NMSQT by filing out one of the attached forms to select your date. Please note that spots are strictly limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. By filling out the form you will reserve your spot. You may only fill out one form. However, your reservation is not final until you turn in your $17 fee to Student Services no later than October 2nd. We will accept cash or check payable to Franklin High School.

***Priority signup for juniors only will be until Tuesday, September 29th at which time Sophomores will be allowed to sign up.

Students will receive a Student Guide with additional information about the PSAT and National Merit Programs, test-taking tips, and an official practice test.

On testing day students should arrive at the library to be seated for the test at 7:15a. Students should come prepared with #2 pencils and a calculator (extra batteries or a backup calculator are also encouraged).

Select ONE test date

Wednesday, October 14th

Thursday, October 29th

Diane Gilroy


Senior Picture Due in November


  • Digital copy required

  • Size: Standard 2x3 wallet only

  • Type: Digital copy at 300 dpi's minimum. The image must be taken with a high resolution camera set at the highest mega pixels.

  • For best quality - standard head shot, vertical pose

  • No props/hats of any kind

  • Deadline: Friday, November 6th

You (or your photographer) should use this form to submit your senior photo

New Family Fan Attendance Policy Effective Now

Jordan Hein, FHS Athletic & Activities Director, shares the following updating regarding spectators at home events.

This is effective now for home events only.

Live Streaming FHS Sport Events

You don't have to miss the action at our fall sporting events. How can you watch? The fall sports are live streamed and available on The Saber Roar YouTube channel. If you miss a live event, it is available on the channel to view. Go Sabers!

Thanks for Using the Absence Reporting Procedure

Thank you parents for using the new process for attendance. It is 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.

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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.
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Work Permits - Now and Those Students Who Started Jobs During March to September

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.

September - National Suicide Prevention Month

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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.

2020 Fall Play - Tinkerbell

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

Don't miss this drama department upcoming event.

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.

Free to attend - REGISTER HERE

WEF is offering a monthly virtual college fair from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., followed by 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. interactive financial aid presentation brought to you by College Goal Wisconsin.

  • Wednesday, 10/7
  • Sunday, 11/8
  • Wednesday, 2/10
  • Wednesday, 3/10
  • Sunday, 4/11

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.

Meet our School Counselors

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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.