2016-2017 School Calendar Now Available

The Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar at its February 8, 2016, meeting.  2016-2017 FSSD Calendar In developing the school calendar, the district takes the following into consideration: Correlation to the Williamson County Schools calendar:  Because we have many families with children in both the FSSD and Williamson County Schools, the district tries to correlate its calendar, as much as possible, to the Williamson County Schools calendar. Support from School Teams:  School Teams provided input and feedback into the calendar design process, including teachers, principals and Central Office staff, who helped to guide discussion. The school teams gathered feedback from the faculties at their respective schools, which was used to make modifications on the final calendar approved by the School Board. Instructional Days Prior to Testing:  One of the primary considerations in developing the calendar is to purposefully create uninterrupted instructional periods between major holidays. By law, school districts must take into account the number of student instructional days prior to State testing (TCA...

Parents Encouraged to Apply for Pre-K Now

What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Program all about?  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.  We help children prepare for kindergarten socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-Kindergarten 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 them through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play.   Your child may qualify for Pre K during the 2016-2017 school year. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2011 and August 15, 2012, live in The Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires that school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged.  Then 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 Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday beginning in the morning and ending in the early afternoon. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a Teacher and Paraprofessional. The program is free of charge.  For more information call Lee Kirkpatrick, Student Support Services Supervisor (615) 591-2802 or any FSSD elementary school and ask to be placed on the list to receive application materials....

TNReady Survey Component Online

To better understand instructional practices in the areas of English/Language Arts and Math, the Tennessee Department of Education is asking Tennessee students in grades 3-8 to answer eight survey questions when they complete the TNReady Assessments in these subjects. The total time anticipated for this survey is less than 5 minutes. It is important to note that the survey questions are not required and students may skip them by clicking “Next” at the top of the screen without answering the questions. Information gathered from student responses is used by the Tennessee Department of Education to examine instructional practices across the state. Parents who have questions or concerns about the survey may contact their child’s principal. English/Language Arts Survey  English Spanish Math Survey  English...

FSSD Announces Teachers of the Year

In what has become an annual tradition, FSSD Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden surprised two teachers in their classrooms Monday, Feb. 1, carrying a bouquet of balloons and an important announcement. The unannounced visits were to inform the teachers that they had been selected to represent the district as the FSSD Elementary and Middle School Teachers of the Year. Megan Medders of Moore Elementary is the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Emily Phy of Poplar Grove Middle School is the Middle Grades Teacher of the Year. Their impressive work history, leadership activities and community involvement all combined to place these two teachers at the top of a list of very respected FSSD educators. Elementary Teacher of the Year First-grade teacher Megan Medders has worked at Moore Elementary for the last five years of her eight-year career in education. “I am incredibly excited that Mrs. Medders has been selected as the FSSD Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is so deserving of this honor,” said her principal, Lisa Burgin. “Mrs. Medders consistently provides her students with interactive and engaging learning experiences that challenge her students. Her creative and inviting classroom environment is student-centered. She differentiates instruction for all types of learners, and creates a supportive space in which the children feel appreciated and respected. Her enthusiastic teaching style is infectious and a joy to watch.”   Working with some of the youngest learners, Medders works hard to ensure they begin their journey in school with confidence and joy. “I believe strongly in differentiation and creating a class environment where students feel accepted and comfortable to take risks,” she said. Keeping...