New Visitor Safety Protocol in Effect 2017-2018

In a continuing effort to prioritize the safety and security of our school campuses and the students and employees therein, the Franklin Special School District Board of Education amended its Board Policy 1.501 (Visitors to School/District Properties – Security Management) on May 8, 2017. Please remember as we begin the 2017-2018 school year, “all visitors shall be required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID when they enter any school building or office during normal hours of operation and all visitors may be subject to a background check.” If you do not have a current government-issued photo ID, please speak to the school principal or assistant principal and they will be glad to assist you. Those who are simply visiting the office for the purpose of speaking to staff, filling out paperwork, or dropping items off do not need to present identification. However, anyone who wishes to visit an area beyond the office must abide by this revised policy. Public schools are not public places and school officials have a duty to protect the students while they are on campus. While visitors and guests are always welcome, supervision of those visitors is a very serious obligation and we are proud that our school board has deemed this a priority by placing it in policy. As we begin our school year on August 10, we respectfully request that all visitors adhere to this new policy and thank you for your understanding and...

K-8 Family ‘Meet and Greet’ at Schools on Aug. 8

Families of students in grades K-8 are invited to a Meet and Greet event at the individual schools on Tuesday, August 8th from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. This drop-in style event provides parents and students with an opportunity to meet teachers, receive student class assignments/schedules, turn in missing forms or documents, learn about PTO, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

Wiemers Named Assistant Principal at Freedom Intermediate

Freedom Intermediate School principal Dr. Joel Hoag has tapped one of his own staff members, Pax Wiemers, to step into the role of assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year. “During his time at Freedom Intermediate, Mr. Wiemers has proven himself to be an effective and engaging teacher, a thoughtful and collaborative colleague, and has garnered the respect of his peers through his consistent display of servant leadership in all of the roles he has taken on at our school,” Hoag said. “We are excited that our new assistant principal not only understands our school culture, but has helped cultivate it during his nine years here.” Administrative leadership has been a goal of Wiemers’, who was in the 2016 inaugural class of the FSSD’s Leadership Intern program, where participants experienced the day-to-day responsibilities of school leaders by shadowing principals throughout the year. He also holds an Education Specialist’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. At Freedom Intermediate, Wiemers’ teaching experience includes 5th and 6th grade social studies as well as his most recent post as the school’s digital literacy and technology teacher. Prior to his arrival in the Franklin Special School District, he taught reading and science in the 5th and 6th grades in private schools. He holds a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, both from Tennessee State University. Wiemers will be stepping into a position vacated by the retirement of former assistant principal Kirk Alexander at the end of July. “We will miss Mr. Alexander’s calm and methodical manner that was an anchor for those who worked with him throughout...

Free Summer Reading Program Offered for Grades 5-7

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with the Gentry Educational Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a FREE summer reading program in three sessions to rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.  Students will meet at Freedom Intermediate School from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, for the following sessions: June 12 – 15 (Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt) June 26 – 29 (Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman) July 10 – 13 (Woof by Spencer Quinn) You may choose one session or all three depending on your student’s interest and availability.  During these sessions, students will read a different intermediate-level novel selected from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Association (VSBA) list and activities and discussion will center around the book’s content. Breakfast and lunch are provided. To enroll your child for any or all of the three sessions, please stop by the Freedom Intermediate School Office and complete the registration form. Enrollment is limited so please be sure to come by  prior to the deadline on Friday, June 9, at 1:00...