Honors Program Info Meeting Set for Feb. 1 (Rising 5th Grade Families)

The Franklin Special School District’s vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All is the basis of all instructional programming. Because the FSSD is committed to a deliberate focus toward individualized and personalized instructional experiences, the district offers an Honors Program for qualifying students in grades 5-8. By the time students enter the fifth grade, some have reached a level of academic proficiency which enables them to participate in a learning environment which delivers faster-paced curriculum, more rigorous and complex instruction that emphasizes more in-depth study, analytical thinking, and creative problem solving. The FSSD will host an Honors Program Parent Information meeting at Freedom Intermediate School February 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to families of current 4th grade students (rising 5th graders) and presenters will address issues such as eligibility criteria, the admission process, and qualification notification....

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.    ...

Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of parent meetings for parents of students with disabilities. The purpose of these meetings is to increase parent understanding of special education, improve dialog between school and home, and increase parental involvement in the schools. Working together, we hope to improve services for students with disabilities and increase student achievement. The topic of the first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is:  Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start Thursday, November 30, 20176:30-7:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive  FSSD parent Brooke Mabry will present information based on her personal experiences – what to do and what not to do. Take advantage of Brooke’s personal experience on this topic. She wants to share this valuable information in order to save other parents some of the headaches she and her husband have encountered along their journey. The three main points of the presentation are: 1) It’s never too early to start planning. 2) You can manage the process in stages. 3) You have support along the way. You will learn how to build your team and develop your plan to provide financial security for your child with special needs. Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring by emailing FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at farrareli@fssd.org. If you have any questions, please call Beth Farrar...

FSSD Receives Exemplary Status in Achievement on State Accountability Report

Maintaining its position in the top tier of school districts across the state on academic achievement and accountability, the Franklin Special School District received notice of Exemplary Status in Achievement, Achieving Status in Subgroups and Achieving Status as a Final Determination.  Based on this week’s release of TNReady achievement data for grades 3-8, out of all 146 Tennessee school districts, Franklin Special retains its impressive ranking in all tested areas:  5th in Math 7th in English Language Arts 9th in Science  Achievement results provided for End of Course (EOC) testing also shows an excellent upward trend in student achievement and growth. These EOC tests reflect the growth of students who are taking the high-school credit courses of Algebra I or Geometry. “We are happy to see that these higher-level classes are continuing to provide our students who seek upper level courses with excellent instruction,” Snowden said. Remaining on trend with last year’s results, 100 percent of FSSD Geometry students scored proficient or above, which is now categorized as “On Track or Mastered” (compared with the state-wide average of 25.8 percent) and 80.2 percent of Algebra I students “On Track or Mastered” (compared with 15.1 percent statewide).  “In the era of new and rigorous testing, it is rewarding to see firsthand how well our students performed on this new assessment,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “Our teachers have remained consistent to the charge of meeting students’ needs and ensuring success. I am extremely proud of the careful planning, consistent effort and dedication, the mindful balance that is struck between testing and all other aspects of student learning in our school...

Attendance Matters: Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

We need our families’ help with an important goal this year. Because we know that attendance has a direct impact on academic success, we want to see every student attend school every day and for the full day.  Why is This Important?We want your child to succeed in every aspect of life and it starts right here with being present at school. Attending school regularly is so important for your child’s success because it not only helps your child academically but it also helps them socially as well. While some absences are unavoidable, research shows that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. For example, missing 2 or more days per month, or 18 days over the course of the year, means they have missed 10% of the yearly instruction! Some Great Tips to Get Out the Door Help your children establish a regular bedtime and morning routine. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Help your children get to school every day unless they are truly sick. Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session. Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to help out. Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school or show other signs of not wanting to go to school. Other ResourcesFor more information on school attendance, please review the FSSD policy (6.200 Attendance) online at www.fssd.org (under the School Board tab, choose Online Policy Manual) or...

Businesses Needed to Exhibit or Sponsor Nov. 9 Career Fair

The 16th Annual World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.  We are currently in need of business partners to sponsor and/or exhibit in this comprehensive career day, designed to inform 8th-  grade students about their career possibilities. The Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. We are taking an active role to introduce students to career opportunities and other emerging careers by offering more career education within the curriculum. The World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers. For more information or to find out how to participate, please visit the 2017 World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day...