Dear Franklin Families,
We are getting so close to the beginning of the school year! It is not the school year any of us wanted or imagined. But over the past weeks, the tremendous support of our community, and the determination and grit of our staff, give me the confidence that we can make this a successful year.
There has been so much change over the summer, and we know it is hard to keep up with all the information. In this week’s email, I will try to highlight the most important information and share dates of upcoming virtual meetings where you can learn more. There is a tremendous amount of information here. I have done my best to simplify and trim down to just what you need to know right now. Hang in there – you’ll get through it all.
If you know any families who are not receiving my emails – please let me know! We want to be sure we are connecting with everyone.
First Day of School: Tuesday, August 18
Attendance for the 1st day of school is extremely important! Did you know that the funding we receive from the state is based on your student’s attendance on the 1st day of school? If your student is absent from school on the first day, we lose about $400 in funding each day until your student attends. If just 10 students miss the first day, that’s $4,000 of lost funding for our school. We can do a lot with $4,000!
Because we are starting school remotely, students must have a direct contact with a teacher or other member of our school staff to be counted present for the 1st day. This means every student must attend a virtual class, or send an email to their teacher, or respond to a phone call.
Please be sure that your student is ready to learn on August 18, and watch for communication from your teachers. The strength of our school depends on every student!
Overview of Plan C
- We will start the year in Plan C, with 4 weeks of remote learning for all students. At this time we plan to offer onsite orientation and Crew activities for all grades; the schedule is provided below in this email.
- Chromebooks are available for all students who need them. If you haven’t received yours yet, please feel free to reach out to us or come to campus on Monday, August 17th between 9:00 and 2:00.
- During Plan C, students will participate in daily “live” online classes, and will complete other lessons off-line. Crew will meet online daily.
- All materials and assignments will be posted to Canvas. New families (and anyone else) – we will help you learn all about Canvas before school begins.
- Attendance will be taken for every class. Students will complete a short assignment or exit ticket to be counted present. Attendance rules are in effect, and students are required to attend every day school is in session unless they have an excused reason for an absence.
- Grading expectations will be the same as “regular” school years. The policies established by the state last spring are no longer in effect.
Masks and social distancing are required on campus.
If you were unable to come at the designated date/time, we will also distribute Chromebooks on Monday, Aug 17, from 9am – 2 pm. Please come to the Community Room (by the main entrance to the new building).
New Parent/Student Technology Training: Aug 17, 5:30 pm
(AKA “Find Your Way to School!”)
All new parents and students are invited to a special Orientation on Monday, August 17, 5:30 pm. During this Orientation we will show you how to log into your school email account, your Chromebook, and Canvas. Think of this as training on how to get to school this year!
Click here to join the meeting: Link for Aug 17 New Parent/Student Technology Training
In-Person Crew Orientation & Activities
We plan to provide onsite Crew orientation for students. Students will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire, temperature check, and wear a mask while on campus.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
- 9 – 11 am: 5th grade
- 1 – 3 pm: 9th grade
Wednesday, Aug 19
- 9 – 11 am: 6th grade
- 1-3 pm: 10th grade
Thursday, Aug 20
- 9 – 11 am: 7th grade
- 1 – 3 pm: 11th grade
Friday, Aug 21
- 9 – 11 am: 8th grade
- 1 – 3 pm: 12th grade
School Supply Lists
The School Supply Lists are posted to our website, under Academics. At this time, the most important thing to consider is how to help your student create or establish a good learning environment at home.
Please note that we are asking families to contribute a $35 consumable fee per student. This fee will help offset the cost of the Chromebook and materials (including hand sanitizer) that will be used throughout the school year. If this fee is a financial hardship for your family, we understand. If you are in the position to “pay it forward” for another student – we appreciate your generosity. Investing in Chromebooks to provide one for every student, along with the upfits and extra cleaning supplies required for a safe school year, have stretched our budget! While this fee will not cover our costs but will help us in a challenging year.
FSI Parents have organized a Facebook Page where families can communicate and collaborate to support one another through this period of remote learning. Our hope is that we can all work together to ensure that our community response is inclusive and supportive of all our students! Thank you to the parents who have begun this process – we appreciate you! The Facebook page is a closed group, so you will need to respond to a few questions to be added to the group.
You can find more information and link to the Facebook page here.
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 seems anxious, sad, or unhappy: Bryan Wilson is our middle school counselor, and Katherine Becker is our high school counselor
I think my child is being bullied, or other behavior/discipline concerns: Tony Freeman, Middle School Principal or Sarah Jean Smith, High School Principal
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 orfrequent 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: Donnie Stahlke, Director of Special Services
My child has an IEP, and I have questions about the services provided: Your child’s Exceptional Children teacher is your first contact:
- Grades 5 – 6: Tammy Leahy
- Grade 7: Meagan Barnhard
- Grade 8: Kelsey Stamps
- MS Resource Room: Meaghann Denkenberger
- Grade 9: Lindsay Furst
- Grade 10: Paul Szumski
- Grade 11: Jennifer Nathanson
- Grades 10 -12: Serena Campbell
I have questions about sports: Kim Burke, Athletic Director
I want to know more about after or before-school services: Chad Gerber ,Beyond the Bell Coordinator
I want to know more about your band program: Loren Melton, Band Director
I have questions about your school bus: 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 am interested in volunteering and or donating items to the school: Andi Morrel Volunteer Coordinator
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
Executive Director, Michelle Vruwink: email@example.com
HS Principal, Sarah Jean Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Principal, Tony Freeman: email@example.com
EC Director, Donnie Stahlke: firstname.lastname@example.org
College Counselor, JaneAnne Tager: email@example.com
HS Counselor, Katherine Becker: firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Counselor, Bryan Wilson: email@example.com
Director of Operations, Deeana Bennett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Services Coordinator, Erinn Otten: email@example.com
Director of Technology, Matt Mikulski: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Family Engagement, Drew Fowler: email@example.com
Brandie Dallara, ELA & Social Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy McKay, Science & Math: email@example.com
Donna McCulloch/Ashley Price: Math: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Irene Bush, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Keller, Math: email@example.com
Samuel “Latt” Berry Foster:, Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Clendenin, Social Studies: email@example.com
Ethan Burns, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Carhart, Math: email@example.com
Nick Liu, Science: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Myers, Social Studies: email@example.com
Lindsey Wehrli, ELA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucas Myers, Math: email@example.com
Elizabeth Post, Social Studies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wes Davis, Science: email@example.com
Lora Hawkins, English I: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Lubos, World History: email@example.com
Jill Padfield, Math 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoe Manickam, Earth Science, Adventure Ed: email@example.com
Matt Reynolds, Civics & Economics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cameron Ranslow, English 2: email@example.com
Marcel Duhaime, Math 2: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Bragdon, Biology: email@example.com
Katie Washburn, AP Seminar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Head, English III/AP Lang: email@example.com
Meghan Moore-Hubbard, American History: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teshale Byan, Math 3 & AP Calculus: email@example.com
Mary Smith, Chemistry, Conceptual Physics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Humphrey, English IV & AP Lit:: email@example.com
Tess Barnes Dunn, American History II, AP Research: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teshale Byan, AP Calculus: email@example.com
Austin Proctor, Physics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Fine: Pre Calc, Math 4: email@example.com
MS & HS PE: Kendra Orians, firstname.lastname@example.org
HS PE & Athletic Director: Kimberly Burke, email@example.com
MS Art, Art 1, Photography: Debbie Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Art: Kati Robbins, email@example.com
MS Tech & Computer Science: Adrienne Fortune, firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Guidance (and counselor): Bryan Wilson, email@example.com
HS Theatre, Freshman Seminar: McKenzie Eury, firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Theatre: Chris Martin, email@example.comASL
French: Stephanie Hellert, firstname.lastname@example.org
HS French, PE: Chad Gerber, email@example.com
MS Spanish: Heather Kabat, firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Spanish: Hanna Walden, email@example.com
ASL: Desiree Delbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve made it all the way to the end, congratulations! Way to demonstrate persistence, inquiry, and action!
Bolts Together! We’ve got this, with your help.