Walk Across Williamson Challenge March 1-31

Walk Across Williamson Challenge The annual Walk Across Williamson Challenge is back for its ninth year with an all-new 5K Run/Walk for students, parents and teachers to enjoy. Individual schools may create their own team and train together at their school location. In addition, there will be a Senior 1-Mile Run/Walk and a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. The first 1,000 runners to register for the race will be chip timed. Staff and students will be tracking their activity during the month of March with the goal of walking across Williamson County, which is the equivalent of 1,800 minutes of physical activity. From March 1 – 31, 2017, we would like our students and their families (ages 4 and up) to record, each day, the number of minutes they are physically active, including time spent at PE, participating in after-school activities, workouts in the gym, or engaging in active free play with your family.  Coordinated School Health will award mini grants to schools based on participation and activity minutes. Activity Log Information Flyer Celebration EventSunday, April 92:00- 5:00 p.m.Inaugural Walk Across Williamson 5kHarlinsdale Farm For more information, contact FSSD Coordinated School Health Coordinator Lisa Chatman, 615-472-3847. Event sponsored by the Williamson County Health...

Young Scholars Institute Registration Open

The Young Scholars Institute has posted its 2017 schedule of classes and registration form. Sponsored by the FSSD, YSI offers challenging, exploratory classes designed for independent and highly motivated learners. The courses are academically and artistically challenging. The 2017 Young Scholars Institute will be at the Poplar Grove campus, 2959 Del Rio Pike. The Junior Scholars program serves students who have completed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades (ages 7-10) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Elementary side of the building. Senior Scholars serves students who have completed the 5th grade and above (ages 11-14) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Middle side. The dates for 2016 Institute are June 5-9 and June 12-16. For more information or to download the brochure and registration form, visit YSI...

Books from Heroes Program Begins with Emergency Responders

The Books from Heroes program is sponsored by the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) library media centers and is designed to promote literacy by providing children with the comfort of a good book from a trusted community servant. While school personnel promote reading to students on a daily basis, sometimes people of influence outside of school can create the largest impact. We are excited to partner with the Franklin Fire and Police Departments in distributing the books to children. The books collected for this program are fully funded by donations collected during school book fairs. After screening the donated books for age-appropriate content, a school library media specialist sorts the books into two levels: elementary and middle. If you would like to know more about this program or provide donations for books, please contact FIS Library Media Specialist Dinah Wade at...

2nd Annual Race for the Stars 5K and Fun Run March 4

Help the Freedom Middle School Athletic Department raise money for much needed additions, improvements, and repairs to equipment and facilities by signing up and participating in the 2nd Annual Race for the Stars 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, March 4, from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM! Current 5th graders or younger can sign up for the Fun Run with a portion of your registration fee going back to the Physical Education Department at your FSSD school of choice. All other race participants can sign up for the 5k that will start and end at Freedom Middle School. Fun Run participants will receive a race shirt and a participation medal. 5k participants will receive a goody bag, race shirt, and top winners will receive prizes. The 5k race will be professionally timed. Prizes will be given to the top female and top male finisher overall, as well as the top male and female in each age category Read more...

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, 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. Andre White of Johnson Elementary is the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Cheryl Warden of Freedom 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 Fourth-grade teacher Andre White is a 20-year teaching veteran who has worked at Johnson Elementary for only the past two years. “I am very proud for Mr. White to be chosen as FSSD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year,” said his principal, Tosha Robinson Baugh. “He is the definition of a ‘highly qualified’ educator. He is extremely dedicated and goes above and beyond for not only his students but also all of the students at Johnson Elementary. This honor is very well deserved.”   Teaching math and science with the oldest students in the school, Mr. White strives to reach every child. During math, he incorporates three rotating centers, each designed to reinforce skills using varied approaches, such as direct teacher instruction, independent work, and video-based instruction depicting him teaching skills as a character named Mr. Smooth. “The video enables me to utilize my love for technology in the classroom. It also allows my...