Bracamontes Added to FSSD Instructional Technology Staff

The Franklin Special School District is making good on one of the Board’s strategic planning objectives by hiring a third Instructional Technology Specialist to help teachers plan effective and innovative lessons using technology and online resources. Josh Bracamontes will join the two current Instructional Technology Specialists on July 10 to begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are excited to welcome Josh to the FSSD family,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden.  “His passion for maximizing student learning through the use of technology and his collaborative approach in working with colleagues were evident during the interview process.” “We are beginning the first full year of the 1:1 laptop/device phase-in in the middle school grades and that has required a significant amount of time from the 5th-8th grade IT Specialist,” Snowden continued. Snowden expects Bracamontes, as the third IT specialist, to greatly relieve the departmental load and provide teachers with more time to meet and plan with teaching teams, to provide differentiated professional learning opportunities and to model and co-teach with technology rich lessons in the classrooms. Bracamontes comes to the FSSD from Maury County Schools, where he most recently served as Dean of Students at Hampshire Unit School, a K-12 campus, for the past year. Prior to that position, he has been a general music teacher, a band teacher and a math interventionist. His leadership experience includes instructional coaching, serving as a member of the school leadership team, mentoring new teachers, and serving as a PTO liaison. As a teacher, Bracamontes earned the distinction of a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and was the Hampshire Unit School Teacher of...

Liberty Elementary Named Model School for Behavior Program

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) has named Liberty Elementary School in Franklin Special School District a Bronze Level Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) Model of Demonstration School. Of the 1800 schools across Tennessee, only 25 schools are Model of Demonstration Schools. “We are extremely proud of the work the teachers, staff, and students have put into this positive behavior framework,” said Liberty Elementary principal Cheryl Robey, Ed.D. “The RTI2-B framework puts a methodical process in place to ensure that all students work to their full potential in academics, social and emotional well-being, with the guidance and support of the faculty, staff and administrators.” The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education and consists of three regional support contracts. The Middle Tennessee region is served by Vanderbilt University. TBSP provides professional development and support to schools on addressing the behavioral and social needs of students through Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B). Tennessee schools must first complete the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project’s RTI2-B Tier I Training before applying to be an RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School. Liberty Elementary attended the training at Vanderbilt University in May 2016 and was selected as Bronze Level by the Model of Demonstration Committee based on the extent to which it has implemented the core features of RTI2-B. The possible exemplar levels are Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Information on these 25 model schools was shared with the Tennessee Department of Education. Liberty Elementary was recognized along with the other model schools at the State’s Partners in Education Conference in February and will...

Wiemers Named Assistant Principal at Freedom Intermediate

Freedom Intermediate School principal Dr. Joel Hoag has tapped one of his own staff members, Pax Wiemers, to step into the role of assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year. “During his time at Freedom Intermediate, Mr. Wiemers has proven himself to be an effective and engaging teacher, a thoughtful and collaborative colleague, and has garnered the respect of his peers through his consistent display of servant leadership in all of the roles he has taken on at our school,” Hoag said. “We are excited that our new assistant principal not only understands our school culture, but has helped cultivate it during his nine years here.” Administrative leadership has been a goal of Wiemers’, who was in the 2016 inaugural class of the FSSD’s Leadership Intern program, where participants experienced the day-to-day responsibilities of school leaders by shadowing principals throughout the year. He also holds an Education Specialist’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. At Freedom Intermediate, Wiemers’ teaching experience includes 5th and 6th grade social studies as well as his most recent post as the school’s digital literacy and technology teacher. Prior to his arrival in the Franklin Special School District, he taught reading and science in the 5th and 6th grades in private schools. He holds a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, both from Tennessee State University. Wiemers will be stepping into a position vacated by the retirement of former assistant principal Kirk Alexander at the end of July. “We will miss Mr. Alexander’s calm and methodical manner that was an anchor for those who worked with him throughout...

Free Summer Reading Program Offered for Grades 5-7

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with the Gentry Educational Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a FREE summer reading program in three sessions to rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.  Students will meet at Freedom Intermediate School from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, for the following sessions: June 12 – 15 (Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt) June 26 – 29 (Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman) July 10 – 13 (Woof by Spencer Quinn) You may choose one session or all three depending on your student’s interest and availability.  During these sessions, students will read a different intermediate-level novel selected from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Association (VSBA) list and activities and discussion will center around the book’s content. Breakfast and lunch are provided. To enroll your child for any or all of the three sessions, please stop by the Freedom Intermediate School Office and complete the registration form. Enrollment is limited so please be sure to come by  prior to the deadline on Friday, June 9, at 1:00...