March 29, 2021

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FHS Updates

Congratulations to the Franklin High School National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

Classes Resume Tuesday, April 6th, an A Day

FHS administrative and student services offices will be closed over Spring Break.

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FHS Prom Update

The Prom Committee is moving forward. Save the date for juniors and seniors for the evening of Friday, June 11th. More information will be coming soon!

Senior Night Recognition

Wednesday, June 2nd has been identified as the night FHS will recognize our Senior honor students. Traditionally we recognize students with a 3.5+ (unweighted) GPA, select scholarships and students of the year for each high school department. More information on how the evening will work to be shared in the coming weeks.
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Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF)

The final virtual WEF for this school year is April 11th. With Covid there were no in person fairs this year, but we encourage students to check out the virtual Wisconsin Education Fairs. For more information, here is a link to the website. Virtual WEFs give students access to over 150 post secondary options.

Students - don't forget to register here (on the Main page of the WEF website upper right corner.

FHS Spring Musical Live Stream Tickets On Sale

We are so pleased to announce that our students at Franklin High School are able to showcase their talents this April for our Spring Musical and we have a very unique way for you to watch them!

The Spring Musical will be held April 8-11. Students will be performing live at our Saber Center and the public can watch them from home via Live Stream. Unfortunately, there are not in-person tickets for this event other than for immediate family members of the performers. Live Stream tickets do have to be purchased in advance in order to watch the live stream of any of our (4) shows.

See more information about the show and secure a live stream ticket at our Saber Center ticketing information page here:

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FHS March Madness Spirit

Teams formed, games played, spirit high. Good job Saber! Wooooooo!
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Q: I heard that some teens ages 16 and older can be vaccinated. What are those details?

A: On Monday, March 22, individuals ages 16 and older with certain medical conditions that have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19 became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals over 16 years of age are anticipated to become eligible for the vaccine around May 1st. Of note, the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine that is currently approved for use for individuals who are 16 and 17 years old.

Q: If my child meets the conditions above and receives the vaccine, does the child have to quarantine if they are a close contact to someone while at school?

A: The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated their guidelines surrounding the need to quarantine among individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to DHS, because of the likely reduced risk of transmission (spread) of COVID-19 from those who are vaccinated, and the individual and societal benefits of avoiding unnecessary quarantine, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • The individual is fully vaccinated (i.e., exposure to someone with COVID-19 happened at least two weeks after receiving the last dose of their vaccine series), and

  • The individual has not had any symptoms of COVID-19 since the current exposure

Q: What if I get a message from the nurses at FPS that my child has to quarantine as a close contact and my child has been vaccinated and meets the above criteria?

A: If your child has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and received communication about meeting criteria to be considered a close contact to an individual with COVID-19, you will be provided with instructions to contact the nursing services team. A nurse will verify your child’s immunization status and will confirm that your child does not need to quarantine.

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Q: I have heard about the possibility of youth having heart issues during physical activity after having a COVID-19 infection. What are some details about that?

A: As more information is learned regarding the long-term impact of having COVID-19, there is growing evidence that children who have recovered from COVID-19 are at a higher risk of suffering from myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis is a known cause of sudden cardiac death during exercise in young athletes. The initial signs of myocarditis are often silent until more serious concerns become apparent. While the number of children who have been diagnosed with myocarditis is low, an evaluation of the heart after a COVID-19 infection is critical to detect this condition and ideally, prevent a poor health outcome.

Q: How is FPS addressing students returning to physical activity after a COVID-19 infection?

A; In accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, and Children’s Wisconsin, along with various reputable organizations and health care systems, Franklin Public Schools nurses will be working with students who have had a COVID-19 infection with associated moderate or severe symptoms to obtain clearance from a physician or licensed practitioner prior to returning to participation in athletics and strenuous exercise. The goal is to ensure that student-athletes, who are at risk for cardiac injury following a moderate to severe COVID-19 infection, are evaluated by a provider prior to resuming activity in order to decrease the chances of sudden cardiac arrest. This is similar to our process that requires clearance for students with traumatic brain injuries or concussions prior to allowing them to resume strenuous activities at school.

Q: If my child had a moderate or severe COVID-19 infection, how will I know what to do when it comes to resuming physical activity at school?

A: Nursing services will communicate with the families of all students with COVID-19 to gather information and complete an evaluation of symptoms. A nurse will contact families to provide further instruction to the parents or guardians when activity participation clearance from a health care provider is required. Based on existing data, it is anticipated that the requirement for obtaining clearance for activities will be infrequent. If the student-athlete experiences moderate to severe symptoms of illness and/or if physical exam findings are concerning to their health care provider, additional testing may be warranted.

Q: What is some guidance around how my child should resume physical activity after having a COVID-19 infection?

A: While the focus of our safety practices will be on student-athletes with moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19 illness, information about the likelihood of cardiac injury in children with mild or no symptoms is still being studied. To ensure the safety of all children, it is essential that anyone with COVID-19 rests for at least 10 days with no exercise after a positive test.

For those with no symptoms or mild symptoms of illness, it is best to wait to return to sports or strenuous exercise until all of their COVID-19 symptoms have resolved completely. For these children, the decision to evaluate the individual further can be made by health care providers on a case-by-case basis.

For those with moderate to severe symptoms of illness, clearance from a physician prior to returning to sports or strenuous exercise in addition to the resolution of all COVID-19 symptoms is required.

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Sleep Well Franklin & Be Well

National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Duration Recommendations:

A summary of the new recommendations includes:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)

  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)

  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)

  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)

  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)

  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)

  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)

  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours

  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

“This is the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety,” said Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, chief of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. “The National Sleep Foundation is providing these scientifically grounded guidelines on the amount of sleep we need each night to improve the sleep health of the millions of individuals and parents who rely on us for this information.

Sleeping leads to improved alertness and cognitive functioning. With a good amount of sleep, we are able to make clearer decisions and take care of ourselves and others.

The Saber Roar

Stories include:

Musical promo

Library Ladies

Robotics Team

80-90's slang

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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.

Summer Learning

Summer Learning will be offered for students entering ninth through twelfth grade from June 17 to July 23 (no school on July 5) at Franklin High School.

You will have the opportunity to register for the summer learning program online between March 22 - April 11. Course requests are evaluated AFTER all requests have been submitted. Scheduling is NOT done on a first come basis. Students will be scheduled by lottery based on course availability. For students selected, families will be asked to confirm interest. For students not initially selected, they will be automatically added to waitlists and offered seats based on student commitments, class size, and staffing. Registration for credit recovery will be available at a later date as well.

For more details of the program, please read the program overview and course offerings. To register your child for the Summer Learning Program, complete this form by April 11.

Spring/Summer Rec Guide is Out!

Our new Spring/Summer Rec Guide is out! Click on the ad below or here to go to the Community and Rec page where the new guide is located. Registration for Spring/Summer programming is open! Sign up now!