Dear Franklin families,
We have a long newsletter for a very short week! Before any of that, please pause and click this link for a short and sweet message from our students.
On Tuesday, Nov 29, we are holding our one day Annual Fund. You will hear a lot from us over the next two weeks about our Annual Fund but we promise – it’s one big push and then you won’t hear about Giving Tuesday again for a whole year! We will be livestreaming on Facebook all day from 8 am to 6 pm, with videos showcasing different programs and parts of our community along with live updates on our fundraising. Mark your calendars, find us on Facebook, and plan to join us! Here’s the schedule for the day:
- 8:00 am: Live Kickoff with the Middle School News Crew on our construction site
- 9:00 am: Bus Transportation & Beyond the Bell Programs
- 10:00 am: STEM at FSI – you’ll be amazed by how much our kids are doing!
- 11:00 am: Spotlight on our 11th grade Learning Expedition
- 12:00 noon: LIVE Concert! Lightening round thank yous for donations
- 1:00 pm: Theatre at FSI
- 2:00 pm: Visuals Arts at FSI
- 3:00 pm: Environmentalism & Science
- 4:00 pm: Crew!
- 5:00 pm: LIVE at 5! Learn more about the nuts & bolts of our FSI building!
- 6;00 pm: Oh Yeah! It’s a gym! Spotlight on athletics & what the gym will mean to our school
We have a big goal this year – we need to raise $45,000 from families and friends and $35,000 in Corporate Sponsorships. While this is our largest goal ever – we would exceed this goal if every family could give $10 a month for each student we serve. We know this goal is an easy ask for some families and not possible for others. Please take time to think about what the FSI community means for your family and plan a gift that works for your family. Here are actions you can take RIGHT NOW to help us meet our goal!
- Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Nov 29. Put this link right on your calendar so that you remember to go online and make a gift! Give Today
- If you are on Facebook – share our Giving Tuesday event! Invite your friends and family members to join us every hour on the hour, from 8 am – 6 pm. Or just ask them to join you in giving? It only takes a minute and their gift may change a life. It’s cliche but true!
- Send an email, text, or social media message to your friends and family asking them to give. Make it personal – what does Franklin mean to your family? After three of the hardest years for schools in decades, the larger community knows that schools need help to heal. Our friends and family have an interest in the work we do. Include this link to give: Give Today
Do you own or manage a local business? We are currently seeking Corporate Sponsors! There are many benefits for corporate sponsors – including the opportunity to be recognized during our Giving Tuesday Annual Fund Drive. If you or your business would like to sponsor an hour of programming, please contact me (email@example.com) or Micah Usher (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss a contribution, or just click here! Become a 2023 Corporate Sponsor!
A couple special shoutouts to our students!
Our middle school robotics teams competed in a First Lego League Qualifier Tournament in Charlotte Saturday. They did a spectacular job representing our school. Students presented an innovations project, explained their design process and demonstrated CORE values such as teamwork, innovation and inclusion. They also participated in a robot game where they got an amazing 200 points! Well done Robotics team!
And, our high school theatre club premiered the play “Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm”, based on a true life mystery at the Diana Wortham Performing Arts Center. It was a high quality performance with a great opportunity for the audience to interact with the cast and playwright. Bravo HS Theatre!
Our School Store is Open! Get your FSI & Bolts gear and represent your school in style!
Tees, hoodies, scarves and more – check it out! FSI School Apparel Store
Thankfully, there are no events this week. Enjoy Fall Break!
Nov 23 – 25: Fall Break – no school
Mon, Nov 28, 3:15 – 5 pm: MS Musical “Honk Jr” Audition Workshop
Tues, Nov 29
- 8 am – 6 pm: Giving Tuesday! Give here! Join us on Facebook here!
- 3:15 – 5:30 pm: MS Musical Auditions
Thurs, Dec 1
- 3:15 – 5 pm: Cast Read-Through of Honk Jr
- 6:30 pm: Info Session for Prospective Families. Sign up here
Sat, Dec 3, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm: Checkmate Challenge! FSI Chess Tournament. See more info below!
Keep up with all our events on our Community Calendar!
FSI Checkmate Challenge Chess Tournament! Dec 3
Calling all chess players! FSI is hosting a chess tournament on Saturday, December 3, 2022, in the community room. Sections include K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8, and K-12. You can learn more and register at https://new.uschess.org/fsi-checkmate-challenge-scholastic-chess-tournament. Cost is $15 for advance registration, or $18 for registration that morning, with a $3 discount for siblings. US Chess Membership is required–go to uschess.org to register or renew a registration. We are also looking for parent volunteers to help with set-up, registration, and concessions. Please contact Evelyn Becker at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer.
FSI Food Pantry
The FSI food pantry will provide supplemental nutrition to families experiencing short or long term financial difficulty and food insecurity. Food bags containing non-perishable items will be distributed Friday afternoons. To request supplemental food assistance, please contact your child’s school counselor
High school: Mary Kinsey Hyche at firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle school: Jennifer Negron at email@example.com
You can also complete this google form: Food Pantry Form
Responses to the form are sent to the counselors and all information will be kept confidential.
If you would like to contribute to the food pantry, please contact Matt Speed, Nutrition Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Assistance Program
Our Holiday Assistance Program is starting back up as we head into the winter season. This program is intended to support families at our school who may need help purchasing gifts for their children for the holidays and who have not accessed other local Holiday Assistance Programs (Eblen, Salvation Army, St. Nicholas Project, etc.). All information in this form will go directly to Jennifer Negron (Middle School Counselor) or Mary Kinsey Hyche (High School Counselor) and will be kept confidential. Once we receive your form we will follow up with an email to collect/provide more information.
Weather Closures/Delays & Remote Learning Days
It’s getting cold out there! We’ve enjoyed a lovely long and warm fall. With the onset of colder weather, we want to remind families about weather closures & delays. FSI is not part of Buncombe County or Asheville City Schools, and we may make decisions about delays and closures differently, based on our student population and transportation. We will announce weather closures and delays in a few ways. Parents will receive phone calls or text messages through our BrightArrow messaging system. We post information on WLOS – on their weather closures and delays section. We also send emails.
Under State guidelines, schools are allowed up to 5 remote instruction days for weather or other emergencies. Please note: If your student would be unable to participate in a remote instruction day, we can assign chromebooks for use at home. Generally, remote instruction days will not be used to introduce new content or ideas – we understand the limits of remote learning. Students may be able to use a home computer or tablet to complete assignments. If your student does not have access to a tablet or computer at home AND you did not already receive one from school, you can check out a chromebook during school hours (7:45 – 4 pm) daily.
Calling all AI enthusiasts! Applied Data Science Winter Program by MIT Alumni
Inspirit AI is a live online 25-hour pre-college AI program that prepares students passionate about the social sciences for an AI-driven future, guiding them to build impactful projects like covid spread detection, exoplanet search and fake news detection! Students learn in small-group classrooms, and cohorts for beginner and advanced coders are available. Apply for winter 2022 programs by Dec. 10th. Please find the high school program application here and middle school application here. Feel free to contact our program coordinator Jared at email@example.com with any questions.
Host an Intern!
All FSI Seniors complete a Senior Project. The project requires 24 hours of career exploration, a journal of reflection, and a presentation to community members in the late spring. Please email JaneAnne Tager (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in hosting a HS intern!
COVID & Flu Updates: PCR Testing on Monday
As of Friday, we had no reported active COVID cases in school. We are also tracking flu cases, with 2 possible cases reported last week.
PCR Covid Testing will be provided on Monday this week. Testing for high school students will be available from 11:30 – 1 pm in the collaboration space on the first floor of Big Ben. High school students can come on their own during lunch. Testing will then be available in Einstein, Parks, and Johnson for students in grades 5 – 8; nurses will let students know when they are available in each building.If you are new to Franklin or did not provide consent last year, you can sign in to give consent below:
- Parental consent for students under age 18: Click here: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent
- Student consent – age 18 and up: Click here: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/invite-by-code
- Our school access code is FRANKLINSI. You will need this to complete the consent form
- You only need to provide consent once
Connect with Canvas
As a school, we use Canvas as a system to help students and parents keep connected with assignments and grades. This is a schoolwide program, though of course high school students use Canvas differently and more than our youngest students. Parents and guardians can download the Canvas app and connect with their student’s account. Click here to learn how to do this – it only takes a few minutes but you do need your student’s help! Canvas Family App How To.
Middle School News Videos
8th Grade Theatre students are writing, filming, producing, and directing the news Monday and Friday each week. Click on the folder below to see the news each week!
Habitat for Humanity Student Group
The Habitat for Humanity Student group will no longer meet during SMART period. The group will meet on Tuesdays during lunch in room #226.
New Club – Middle School Creative Writing!
This new club will be hosted by 6th grade ELA teacher Ashley O’Dell and is being started at the request of students. The club will meet 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, and 2nd and 4th Fridays each month from 3:30 – 4:30. Club starts this Friday, November 18, in Ms. O’Dell’s room.
Math Cub Returns!
Math club is back! Math club is open for all our students – ALL GRADES – and it is a great opportunity for students to explore the beauty and application of Math outside their classrooms. Math is a subject full of creativity and opportunity that many students enjoy. Besides the academic benefits, math club is also a great way to meet new people and develop teamwork skills. In the past, our students have had a unique opportunity to compete at regional and national levels. This year, we are planning to participate in some of these competitions. Math club will be meeting on Tuesdays right after school from 3:30-5:00 PM in the New Building room #224. Our first session will be on Tuesday, November 8. If your child is interested in participating, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Byan at email@example.com.
Middle School Drama Club
All grades 5th-8th!
Directed by Chris Martin and Music Directed by Sandi Wilson
Choreographed by HS student, Lakai Munleon
How to Audition
You will sing a song from the show after learning it at the Audition Workshop. Stay tuned for songs at the audition workshop. You will also read from the script. Audition scenes at audition workshop for preview. See email Mr. Martin sent out with all audition links to the script, characters, registration, and sign up times. Email Chris Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Register to Audition and Set Crew- Click Here!
Audition Time- Click Here!
Character List- Click Here!
Script- Click Here!
Song Tracks- Click Here!
Drama Club Newsletter for more info- Click Here!
High School Drama Club
Use this QR code to stay clued in on FSI HS Theatre news with our monthly
Chess: Do you like to play Chess or do you want to learn?! Join FSI’s Chess Club and learn from our expert instructor, Mr. Bruce Roth. Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. starting September 27 and running through December 13. The winter semester will begin January 10, 2023, and end April 25, 2023. Students will meet in the Community Room with Beyond the Bell from dismissal until the class begins! All grades and levels are welcome!! The fee is $50/per semester or $100/per year. All checks must be payable to Bruce Roth. For more information, contact Bruce Roth at 828 230 5139 or by email at email@example.com
BIPOC Student Union (BSU):The BSU offers a safe space for students to share their experiences and to identify ways our school can address specific and systemic racism. Community mentor Bruce Waller is returning to support our BSUs, joining faculty sponsor Keith Knox. BSU is open to all students who identify as People of Color. HS BSU currently meetings Fridays at lunch in Dr. Hawkins classroom. MS BSU starting soon.
Film Club! This club is returning from last year and meets alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 – 4:45. Email Michaela Mamone-Peeples for more information.
Girls who Code will meet every other Monday after school from 3:15 – 4:30 in Edison 19. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
MS GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance)
Starting 9/16! MS GSA (gender and sexuality alliance): Middle School GSA meets every Friday 3:15-4:30pm. We welcome everyone and work to empower LGBTQ+ lives. Contact email@example.com to join.
HS GSA will begin meeting this Thursday during HS lunch. This will be a kickoff/information gathering meeting. Date/time may be changed based on student schedules and input. For more information, contact MK Hyche, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Justina Powell, email@example.com
High School Studio Art Club
Mondays, Starting September 19, 2022
3:45 – 5:00, Big Ben, first floor Art Room #133
Hosted by Ms. Jen firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Studio Art Club is a place to gather with other creative teens who have a genuine interest in the visual arts. Folks will have a place to chill, work on art, listen to music, have tea, and to inspire and be inspired. The Studio is where friendship, collaboration, feedback, sharing, and support come together to make magic! You do not need to commit to showing up every week. However, advance registration is required to attend as you’re able to. Register here: https://forms.gle/czLbV186Ep7K31gb9
Mountain Bike Club
Bent Creek Trail Work Day: Wednesday, Dec 14, from 2:00 – 5:00. After the dig, stick around for PIZZA as a reward for the hard work. This event is REQUIRED for any current and future TEAM riders. If you aren’t able to make this date, please be in touch and be prepared to find an alternate trailwork day you can attend. Sign Up Genius (click here!) to help with communication and to keep track of our number of participants. Please save this date and register ASAP.
Mountain Bike SWAG! FSI’s Mountain Bike Team would like to offer our community team apparel. That’s jerseys, hoodies, and new for 2023, GLOVES from Cognative MTB. Gloves will cost $25 to club members, T-shirt style jerseys are $50, 3 pocket full zip race jerseys are $70, and screen printed hoodies are $80. Gloves will be available in January and jerseys will arrive in February. Pre-order yours now to ensure your size is available! Email Ethan Burns, email@example.com, to order.
Fall and winter events: Put these dates on your calendar, and then look for an email / Sign Up Genius with more details about each one in the weeks before. Dates are subject to change
- Thurs, Dec 1 – NICA / MTB TEAM Info Session @ FSI, 6:00 – 7:00
- Wed, Dec 14 – Bent Creek Trail Work – 2:00 – 5:00
Enjoying MTB Club and want to get more serious about mountain biking? Please think about joining the MTB Team and racing NICA races in the spring! We will have an info session 6:00, Thursday, Dec 1 at FSI. Some quick facts: practices start in January, first race is 3/19, cost is $220 plus $25 dollars per race, and some financial aid is available. This will be FSI’s 4th season of racing! Contact Ethan Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Science Olympiad Club
Do you geek out on all things science? Are you a competitive person who needs a medal hanging around your neck to prove your science prowess? This is a science competition against other schools in our area with a potential to move on to state and national levels. Science Olympiad will meet in Room 141 from 3:30-4:15 every Friday. Open to MS and HS students! Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Middle School Robotics
Middle School Robotics team meets Thursdays, 3:15pm to 4:00 pm in the Middle School Tech room (Edison 19).
Who do I go to when….
Whether you are new or returning to Franklin, we know you will have questions, and we want to help you find the best person to answer them, quickly and efficiently. We hope this little guide will help you navigate!
I have a question about my child’s grade, an assignment, or something specific to one class: Start with your child – what do they know? Then, the classroom teacher
I’m worried about my child’s overall progress, or progress in multiple classes: Your child’s Crew advisor can help coordinate a team response or meeting
My child will miss school: For short-term absences (illness, doctor’s appointments, etc), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring a written note to the front office. Notes must be received within 48 hours of student’s return to school. Longer-term or frequent absences (5 days/quarter) require documentation from a medical care provider.
I’ve contacted a teacher, but the problem isn’t resolved: Your child’s Principal
I think my child may need special education services or accommodations: Paula Dowd, Director of Exceptional Services
My child requires medication during the school day, has a special health need, or has tested positive for COVID: Contact our school nurse, Jessica Perraud
I have a question about enrollment, student records or I need a copy of my student’s report card or transcript: Erinn Otten, Director of Student Services
My student needs a chromebook, hotspot, or help with technology: Matt Mikulski, Technology Director
My child has an IEP, and I have questions about the services provided: Your child’s Exceptional Children teacher is your first contact:
- Grade 5: Brittany Davenport
- Grade 6: Tammy Leahy
- Grade 7: Meagan Barnhard
- Grade 8: Donnie Stahlke
- MS Resource Room: Meaghann Denkenberger
- Grade 9: Lindsey Wehrli
- Grade 10: Greg Wingard
- Grade 11: Paul Szumski
- Grade 12: Gretchen Kehrberg
- HS Occupational Course of Study: Kelsey Reid
I have questions about sports: Kim Burke, Athletic Director
I want to know more about after or before-school services: Martha Rutherford, Beyond the Bell Coordinator
I want to know more about your music program: Sandi Wilson, Director of Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles
I have questions about your school bus or student parking: Deeana Bennett, Director of Operations
I am interested in carpooling/ride-sharing: Check out our carpool facebook group (you need to request to join):
I want to know more about college planning, including advanced courses like AP and Dual Enrollment, financial aid, or the college application process: JaneAnne Tager, College & Career Counselor
I have high level concerns or questions about the school, such as a problem that hasn’t been resolved through my principal, an immediate school safety concern, or more general questions about the school’s philosophy, approach, or plans for the future: Michelle Vruwink, Executive Director
Our Teaching Teams for 2022-2023!
Brandie Dallara, ELA & Social Studies: email@example.com
Jennifer Ryan, Science & Social Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Pauley, Math & Social Studies: email@example.com
Ashley O’Dell, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Keller, Math: email@example.com
Samuel “Latt” Berry Foster:, Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan Baptista, Social Studies: email@example.com
Jared Gallow, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoe Wallce, Math: email@example.com
Nick Liu, Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Nyanga, Social Studies: email@example.com
Kyle Wilson, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
AJ Jones, Math lead: email@example.com
Rhneea Riddle, Math Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Knox, Social Studies: email@example.com
Makesha Gordon, Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lora Hawkins, English I: email@example.com
Jerry Lubos, World History: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Baron: Math 1 & 2: email@example.com
Jessica Bragdon, Earth Science/ AP Earth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Reynolds, Civics: email@example.com
Justina Powell, English 2: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcel Duhaime, Math 2: email@example.com
Gabrielle “Gabe” Isaac: Biology: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Head, English III/AP Lang: email@example.com
Tess Barnes Dunn, American History, AP Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teshale Byan, Math 3 & AP Calculus: email@example.com
Mary Smith, Chemistry, Forensics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Humphrey, English IV & AP Lit:: email@example.com
Lexi Johnson, World History: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teshale Byan, AP Calculus: email@example.com
Elizabeth Joslin, NC Wildlife (Science) & EcoWarriors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Fine: Pre Calc, Math 4: email@example.com
MS PE: Anne Gillis: firstname.lastname@example.org
HS PE & Athletic Director: Kimberly Burke, email@example.com
MS Art: Jennifer Lipsey Edwards: firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Art: Kati Robbins, email@example.com
MS Tech & Computer Science: Adrienne Fortune, firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Counselor: Jennifer-Raé Negron, email@example.com
HS Theatre, Art of Argument: Julia Wharton, firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Theatre: Chris Martin, email@example.com
MS/HS Music and Orchestra: Sandi Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org,
French 1: Mackenzie Arnold: email@example.com
French2 & 3 and HS, PE: Chad Gerber, firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Spanish: Hanna Walden, email@example.com
MS & HS Spanish: Heather Kabat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adventure Ed: Jessica Potter-Bowers, email@example.com