FSSD Represented on Governor’s TNReady Panel – Online Feedback Requested

On September 4, several Franklin Special School District teachers and administrators were able to participate in a roundtable discussion, along with other educators from across the region, with Governor Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen about the difficulties of the 2018 administration of TNReady testing.  The Governor plans to take the feedback from the six events held across the state, as well as from an online form available to anyone who wants to provide input, and formulate a report by the end of September. The input will guide the discussion on TNReady assessment timelines, vendor selection, and the meaningful communication of the value of assessment results. The listening tour panels consisted only of educators; however, the state welcomes input from all teachers, staff, parents, and community members. If you would like to provide your input through the online engagement process, please go to www.tn.gov/governor/contact-us/listening-tour-feedback.html Hosted at Freedom Middle School, Governor Haslam and Commissioner McQueen listened as teachers, principals and testing administrators shared their experiences and frustrations regarding last year’s testing process. Feedback from around the region included concerns over lack of computers for testing, online testing failures and delayed test results. “Governor Haslam and Dr. McQueen were very receptive to each person’s input,” said FSSD Student Performance Supervisor Dr. Kay Boan, who was an invited member of the panel. The discussion was led by Wayne Miller, former executive director of Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), who is serving as a consultant to the state on this project. Boan said the preponderance of concerns was for online delivery, particularly in schools without 1:1 technology, and for high school...

Schools to Begin Using New Visitor Entry Procedure Oct. 23

If you have visited our schools in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a new video phone in the entry area close to the office door. This equipment is part of our school’s safety plan and will require a new school entry procedure for visitors. As a pilot for this procedure, Liberty Elementary is in its second year using the video phones. The video phone system enables all exterior school doors to remain locked during the school day, which provides an extra layer of protection and is a national standard in school safety. Signage will be clear and visible when the video phone system becomes operational on Tuesday, October 23. Office staff will be sure to remind you to sign in and show your valid government-issued photo ID if you plan to leave the office area for another area of the school as we currently do. The new procedure will only take a few more seconds to enter your child’s school, but it is a critical part of our campus safety plan. To see how simple the new procedure will be, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/60qnjwh5b0s We are excited that our district is able to provide this system in all FSSD schools and office buildings using a state safety grant and at no cost to our schools and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we begin to implement this plan. Thank you for your support and for being a positive part of your child’s school safety...

FSSD Evening of Code

  FSSD Evening of Code Please join us for an Evening of Code on Thursday, December 6th from 5:00 PM-7:30 PM at Freedom Intermediate School. The community is welcome to come and see what the students of Freedom Intermediate are learning about computational thinking! There will be various stations for students and adults to complete including: Dash and Dot Robots, Raspberry Pi Minecraft, Raspberry Pi Selfies, Raspberry Pi Physical Computing, Snap Circuits with Arduino, Scratch, Google CS First, Code.org, and Microbits! This will be an evening of learning and fun for all!     ...

Check your child’s bus stop and times online before Aug. 8

The Franklin Special School District is excited to welcome students back for a half day on Wednesday, August 8. Students will dismiss three hours early, but will have an opportunity to eat lunch before they leave. Additionally, please be advised that bus stop times will fluctuate the first two weeks of school as ridership stabilizes. Prior to the first day, please confirm your child’s bus stop location and time as these may change each year. The easiest way to check this is by going online to https://ewa.edulogweb.com/FRANKLINSPTN01web/webquery   We request parents to remain at the bus stop with your child 10 minutes before the posted time until your route stabilizes and times become more predictable. We also encourage parents of younger students to wait for your child at the stop in the afternoon. As a safety precaution, if a young child does not have an older sibling or adult at the stop or expresses a concern about safety, the driver has the prerogative to return the child to the school for a parent to retrieve. Please review the 2018-2019 Bus Rules and Regulations with your child so the expectations are known before they ever board the bus.    Finally, as you drive through town in the coming weeks, please remember to slow down when you see a school bus and NEVER pass a stopped bus. Students depend on the bus stop arm to cross the street safely. The Franklin Police Department is paying special attention to the safety of our students as school resumes and has provided important information in this news release: https://franklinpdnews.com/2018/08/06/school-back-in-session-this-week-keeping-kids-safe-top-fpd-priority/   If you have any questions about your...