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....

Homeland Security Agent Talks About Digital Dangers

In the Digital Dangers short video series, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Dennis Fetting explains why parents need to be aware of various online sites and apps and the dangers they present. Go to Parent Information – Safety – Internet Safety to see the list of topics that Special Agent Fetting discusses. Digital Dangers is produced in cooperation with Williamson County Schools.    ...

SAE International Grant and Nissan Provide STEM Resources

Students in three FSSD schools have had the unique opportunity to make meaningful connections in their middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes using materials and resources provided by SAE International and Nissan. These hands-on activities correlate with the Next Generation Science standards and the Tennessee Academic standards. In August, teachers from Freedom Intermediate, Poplar Grove Middle and Freedom Middle gathered together to learn how to teach students using STEM resources such as gravity cruisers, motorized toy cars, gliders and fuel cells. This professional learning centered around the A World In Motion® (AWIM) curriculum, and was offered by the SAE Foundation and supported by Nissan, which is headquartered in Franklin.  In mid-September, a host of Nissan volunteers came to the three schools to assist students who were in various stages of putting the materials together to create one of the three projects the grant provided. Poplar Grove and Freedom Intermediate sixth-grade student teams designed and constructed a vehicle powered by gravity. The gravity cruiser consisted of a weighted lever connected to an axle by string, which rotated on its fulcrum; as the weight descended it caused the axle attached to the string to rotate, propelling the cruiser forward. At both Poplar Grove and Freedom Middle, eighth-grade students used a PEM Fuel Cell as the primary power source, then teams designed, built, and tested prototype vehicles, all the while analyzing data. Poplar Grove seventh-graders used the AWIM materials to construct electric gear-driven motorized cars, which involved writing proposals, drawing sketches, and working with models to develop a plan to meet a specific set of design requirements. The movement to STEM-based classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is growing as the...

Technology Update for Grades 5 – 8

Technology Update for Grades 5 – 8: My Child Has a Laptop – Now What? Now that all 5th through 8th grade students have devices to use throughout the day at school, it is time to give you an update on how the 1:1 implementation is going. It is amazing to see how quickly the students have adapted to the responsibility that comes with more access. After an overview of expectations and acknowledgement of appropriate use, the students are off and running with their teachers, using the many online and computer-based resources that the Chromebooks and MacBooks provide.  Great Job! New Internet Filtering Program Provides Added ProtectionAs an additional layer to our current web filtering program, the FSSD is partnering with Securly, a company that specializes in cloud-based web filtering. With so many new devices in use, the district added this extra level of protection to help provide teachers with monitoring assistance, allowing them to concentrate on teaching and assisting students. Securly uses algorithms to alert school administrators when a student has searched for inappropriate content or used pre-determined “red flagged” words in internet searches.  It specifically audits for words associated with cyberbullying, self-harm, or other inappropriate content. If a flagged word is detected, it generates a notification in real time to school-level administrators, who can quickly intervene if necessary. Inappropriate search results are blocked and alerts are sent to the administrator for follow up if warranted. This double-layered approach is designed to keep students protected while they collaborate with teachers and peers using their devices in a safe and secure online environment. Coming Soon:  Google Student Emails and Online...