“Social Skills for Students with Disabilities” to be Addressed at Parent Meeting

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of support 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 first meeting for the 2016-17 school year is Tuesday, November 1, from 6:30-7:30 PM at Franklin Elementary School Media Center, 1501 Figuers Drive. This meeting will focus on social skills for students with disabilities. Child care is available.  If you have any questions, please call Beth Herren at 615/794-6624 or...

“A Culture of Kindness” Bullying Prevention Seminar Oct. 20

The Franklin Special School District is proud to partner with STARS – Nashville to present Bullying Prevention: A Culture of Kindness on Thursday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m. at Freedom Middle School. The guest speaker will be Rodger Dinwiddie, Executive Director of Nashville STARS and Past President of the International Bullying Prevention Association. The focus of the seminar will be on understanding the impact of bullying on students, families and the community, as well as the necessity of developing the social, emotional competence of caring about others and how important this skill is in every area of our lives. “There are countless programs, strategies and ideas to address the insidious issue of bullying. And, while there is great research around what does work, there is no dispute that focusing on developing a culture of kindness is one of the most successful ways to address aggression and bullying in all its forms,” according to Mr. Dinwiddie. “The FSSD has made a commitment to support students and families through a focus on kindness via the Be Nice campaign.” This seminar is open to anyone who wants to hear more about how to develop a culture of kindness that will reflect the character traits you want to see in our youth. Event Flyer (English) Event Flyer...

State Extends Deadline to Dec. 15 for Feedback on Social Studies Standards

The State Board of Education launched the social studies standards review website to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised social studies standards for grades K–12. This is the second opportunity for public review and feedback on the social studies standards. The initial social studies standards review website was made available for public comment last winter. The website drew over 63,000 public reviews from more than 1,400 reviewers. The data were shared word-for-word with the educator advisory teams during the summer to directly inform their review and revision work.  Data collected from the website during this second review period will again be given to a team of Tennessee educators to review and will inform their revision of the state’s social studies standards. After revisions, the committee will propose the revised social studies standards to the State Board of Education for first reading in January 2017. If approved, the new social studies standards will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year. The 2018-19 school year will serve as a transition and training year for educators on the new standards. This is an important opportunity for educators, parents, and members of the public to share their perspectives and suggest revisions to our current social studies standards. The deadline for providing feedback has been extended to December...

Neighborhoods Encouraged to Complete “Walkability Checklist” for Safer Path to School

The FSSD is partnering with Franklin Tomorrow in conjunction with Mobility Week (Sept. 12-16), a county-wide initiative focused on exploring ways that our community can work collaboratively to reduce traffic on our roadways. A few ways that the schools can be involved are by promoting school bus ridership and carpooling, and helping to identify safe routes to school for walkers and bike riders. Franklin residents are encouraged to conduct “walkability audits” of their neighborhoods so that information can be collected by Franklin Tomorrow and reported to the City of Franklin. “We are encouraging people to involve their children in the walkability audit because they can be really observant of hazards or obstacles that we as adults might not see,” said Brad Thompson, who is chairing Franklin Tomorrow’s Transportation Committee. “I went through the checklist in my neighborhood this past weekend with my kids and they really enjoyed it.” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey echoed the value of exercise, saying, “The Capital Invest Priorities include $250,000 per year for ‘sidewalk gaps.’ This will be helpful in identifying potential projects.” If you would like to use the walkability checklist created by Franklin Tomorrow to rate the “walkability” of your neighborhood, especially as it relates to your child’s path to school, please download it, fill it out and submit it to Franklin Tomorrow at the address listed on the form. The best way to do this is to walk the path as you would on a normal school day, and notice the challenges, the surroundings, and the infrastructure as you go. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to create...

You are Invited to Help us Kick Off Mobility Week on Sept. 12

The Franklin Special School District is proud to be a partner in Mobility Week, which kicks off on Monday, September 12, with School Day! Mobility Week, presented by Nissan and hosted by Williamson, Inc. (the chamber of commerce in Williamson County), is a county-wide initiative focused on exploring practical ways that individuals, commuters, corporations, schools and small businesses in Williamson County can work collaboratively as a community to reduce traffic on our roadways. Each day will promote a different way to “activate” in your community. There are many ways that parents and students can get involved with Mobility Week’s School Day. School leaders are encouraging students to walk, bike, or ride the bus to and from school on Monday, September 12. Parents could consider organizing a “School Pool” program to carpool with other parents in your neighborhood. We are excited to host the official kickoff event for Mobility Week on Monday, September 12, 9:00 a.m., at Freedom Middle School, 750 Highway 96 West. If you are able to attend, we would love to see you at this event, which begins with a FrankTalks lecture hosted by Franklin Tomorrow and Williamson, Inc. FrankTalks will feature a panel on school bus transportation, innovations in school bus safety, technology tools for parents to better track their child, as well as ways to improve walkability around area schools and in neighborhoods as children walk to their bus stops. The event will start with a ribbon cutting and coffee social at 9:00 a.m. Directional signs will point to parking in the adjacent Poplar Grove Middle School lot and how to enter the building for the...