FSSD’s Commitment to Excellence Evident in 2018 TNReady Results

The release of TNReady results August 16 demonstrates Franklin Special School District’s continued commitment to maintaining high levels of achievement and growth. “We are very proud of the district’s results,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “The FSSD continues to be one of the top performing school districts in the state. We are proud of the work of our teachers and students that places us again in the top 10 districts in all grade bands (3-5 and 6-8)  and all tested subjects.” The FSSD is one of only five school districts state-wide to hold this distinction. Snowden said the district is pleased with increased proficiency and growth in ELA/Literacy as this has been a focus for improvement in recent years. The district brought its ELA/Literacy growth score up from a 1 to a 5 this year. Another highlight the district is celebrating is the increase in growth in Science (from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018). The FSSD’s overall composite, which includes ELA/Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies, also improved from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018. Other district achievements include: Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in ELA/Literacy. Of particular note was the growth of 5th-graders with 14% more students proficient in 2018 and 3rd grade with 9% more students proficient in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 fell slightly in Math. Fifth-graders again showed strong performance with 5% more students scoring at the proficient level in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in Science. Fifth-graders continued to shine with 6% more students proficient in 2018....

Check your child’s bus stop and times online before Aug. 8

The Franklin Special School District is excited to welcome students back for a half day on Wednesday, August 8. Students will dismiss three hours early, but will have an opportunity to eat lunch before they leave. Additionally, please be advised that bus stop times will fluctuate the first two weeks of school as ridership stabilizes. Prior to the first day, please confirm your child’s bus stop location and time as these may change each year. The easiest way to check this is by going online to https://ewa.edulogweb.com/FRANKLINSPTN01web/webquery   We request parents to remain at the bus stop with your child 10 minutes before the posted time until your route stabilizes and times become more predictable. We also encourage parents of younger students to wait for your child at the stop in the afternoon. As a safety precaution, if a young child does not have an older sibling or adult at the stop or expresses a concern about safety, the driver has the prerogative to return the child to the school for a parent to retrieve. Please review the 2018-2019 Bus Rules and Regulations with your child so the expectations are known before they ever board the bus.    Finally, as you drive through town in the coming weeks, please remember to slow down when you see a school bus and NEVER pass a stopped bus. Students depend on the bus stop arm to cross the street safely. The Franklin Police Department is paying special attention to the safety of our students as school resumes and has provided important information in this news release: https://franklinpdnews.com/2018/08/06/school-back-in-session-this-week-keeping-kids-safe-top-fpd-priority/   If you have any questions about your...

Free Immunization Clinic Offered July 30-Aug. 10

The Williamson County Health Department, located at 1324 West Main Street in Franklin, is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 30-August 10 with no appointment necessary.  The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 am and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.  Also, this year the Williamson County Health Department has an online option for immunization forms. Families new to Tennessee no longer have to sit and wait at the Health Department for forms to be completed. They can simply fill in the online form and attach their records and the Health Department will be able to email their new TN Immunization Records to start school.  7th GRADE STUDENTSAll students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster. While many students may have already received this vaccine as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have this documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. Students new to FSSD will need all required vaccines documented on this form and proof of a physical exam to enroll.  These forms are available from your child’s physician or from the Williamson County Health Department.  The forms should be submitted prior to the first day of class to the school your child will attend for 7th grade.  It is recommended that you contact your child’s physician in the immediate future to obtain the needed vaccines and updated immunization form.  Area physicians are typically very busy in late July and early August and it may be more difficult to obtain the immunization and form prior to the first school day.  Students will not...

FSSD Pre-K Opening Still Available! Apply Now!

We still have spots open in the FSSD Pre-K Program! Apply Now! What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a...

Student Health Reminders

While not at critical levels, our schools are seeing an increased number of student absences due to illness, including flu. We would like to remind parents of our district’s wellness policy: Students with a temperature of 100 or greater should NOT be in school until they are fever-free for a full 24-48 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students with vomiting or diarrhea should be symptom-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.  If you do not have a thermometer, or you are unsure if your child is well enough for school, please bring them to the school nurse before they go to the classroom.  Please monitor you child for signs of the flu, such as fever, headache, body aches, dry cough and fatigue. Your doctor can give a quick swab test to determine if they have the flu. To prevent the spread of illness, school staff will continue referring students who do not look, act or feel well to the clinic and remind students to practice good hand washing and to cover coughs and sneezes.  In addition, custodians are diligently cleaning water fountains, faucets and other surfaces....