Special Ed Parent Support Group to Discuss ADHD and Related Issues

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 meeting is Tuesday, March 7,  from 6:30-7:30 PM at Franklin Elementary School Media Center, 1501 Figuers Drive. The topic of this meeting is ADHD and Related Medical Disorders in Students. Child care is available. After spending 25 years in pediatric practice, C. A. Stilwell, Jr., MD now specializes in ADHD and related problems and offers consultations on behavior issues. He received his BA degree with Honors in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He completed his Medical Degree, Internship and Residency Training at Vanderbilt. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the America Association of Christian Counselors, a professional member of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Board of Health for Williamson County. If you have any questions, please call FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar Herren at 615/794-6624 or...

HSI Agents to Discuss Online Predators/ Cyber Safety on Jan. 17

The Franklin Special School District is again partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to present Project I-Guardian on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM in the theater at Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane. The information presented will include examples based on local investigations to help parents, teachers, and others better understand how children can become victimized online. This special parent session is not suitable for children, so please plan accordingly. This informative and frank discussion will be presented by HSI Special Agent/Group Supervisor Dennis Fetting, who will explain the risks of online activity while also arming attendees with knowledge and resources. By partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NetSmartz and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the HSI Project I-Guardian program is a powerful tool to help children and parents understand the risks they will encounter while exploring the digital world. The HSI agents will hold special age-appropriate presentations the week of January 9 to students in grades 5-8. For more information, please contact FSSD Safety Coordinator Celby Glass at 615-472-3117, or Instructional Technology Specialist (5-8) Cindy Cook at...

State Seeks Input on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

The State Department of Education has been working over the past year to draft a plan to transition from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The State plan is built on the work started in partnership with school districts through Tennessee Succeeds.  The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has a detailed explanation of the federal act and what it means for Tennessee school districts in its SCORE Sheet (Dec. 2016).  Parents and local community members can view Tennessee’s plan and provide the State with public comment via the ESSA website.  A direct link to the feedback form is here. The public comment period will be open through Jan. 31, 2017. All input is welcome, although groups are encouraged to provide feedback as one entity.   Over the past two months, the State has heard from more than 600 parents, educators, students, district and school administrators, school board members, advocates, and community members who have attended ESSA town halls. This turnout during a busy holiday season exceeded expectations so two more town halls have been scheduled: Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. ET at Tennessee High School in Bristol If you can’t make it to an in-person discussion, the State website has the handouts from these town halls, a video from one of the presentations as well as the presentation itself, and an online survey that mirrors the exit ticket questions asked of town hall participants. You can RSVP for the two new town halls here....