Dear Franklin families,
It’s the final week of our 1st semester, and the final week of school for 2020. I’m sure we are all ready to usher in a new and better year! Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first of many lasts for the year. Every year is bittersweet as our seniors enjoy their last sports event, their last school dance, their last performance, and this year the balance feels a little too heavy on the bitter. And yet, it was a sweet day to watch our 1st two senior cross country team members run their last FSI race. Congratulations to seniors Quinn McMullan and Connor Phillips for a great, sweet, short season!
And while we are thinking about our seniors – college acceptances have started to roll in! We’ll be featuring all seniors who wish to share their good news on social media. So class of 2020 – if you have good news to share, please let us know. This week, five students were accepted to Appalachian State through early admission. Well done seniors – we are so proud of you!
We know this has been a very challenging first semester. Remember that students have the opportunity to raise their Quarter One grades through their performance in Quarter Two. There are many options for extra support – reach out if you or your student is struggling. Your Crew leader is your advocate, or reach out to a teacher if you are worried. We truly want to help in any way we can.
I love that we always have a reason to say thank you to our community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our holiday gift program. Watching all the gits flow in this past week has made our hearts grow at least three three sizes each day! Thank you also to everyone who has contributed to our Teacher Appreciation holiday program. Instead of hosting a meal this year, we are purchasing dinner for our staff to enjoy safely. We have already received enough contributions to purchase a meal for everyone! If you would like to help, the link to contribute is here: FSI Holiday Teacher Appreciation. These funds will be used strictly for staff appreciation purposes.
We love our FSI community and how you are supporting us through a difficult year. Thank you from the bottoms of our ever-expanding hearts!
COVID and Plan B Updates- Reminder of Special Board Meeting
Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Board meeting or shared their input in writing. Many students spoke or wrote, and they made us all so proud. Whatever their personal feelings were, they came prepared, they were respectful and gracious, and they recognized the views of others. In other words- they were true Bolts!
This Tuesday, the Board will hold a special meeting to decide how we will transition to Plan B. There will not be public comments during this Board meeting; if you have not yet shared input with the Board you may email Co-Chair Alisa Hove (email@example.com) or Al Glicksberg (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please keep your remarks to 250 words or less. The meeting will be held via Zoom and as always is open to the public.
Regardless of the Board’s decision on Dec 15, we will be fully virtual the week of January 4. The 4th is a teacher work day and one of the 5, state-mandated remote instruction days. There will be no synchronous classes, Crew, or teacher office hours; students will have a short lesson to complete online. Synchronous classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5th. We will not have any in-person activities at school during the week. This is to ensure that any staff or students who traveled or were exposed to more people over the holidays have time to isolate at home.
As we head into the holidays, please stay safe and well. In meeting with our local health experts, my biggest take-away was the role each of us plays in slowing the spread of COVID. We all must do our parts to keep ourselves and our community safe. Plan a quiet holiday at home if you can. Wear your masks whenever you are indoors or unable to keep a safe space between you and others. Bundle up and enjoy your break outdoors as much as possible! We care about you and we care about our community, and together we can make a difference.
Be well, enjoy the break, and here’s to a hopeful new year.