Board Member Bell Achieves “Master” Status

Allena Bell, a member of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education, was called on stage during the Tennessee School Boards Association’s (TSBA) annual conference in November as one of nine school board members across the state to receive the TSBA Level 5 Boardsmanship Master School Board Member certification. With this designation, Bell joins two other Master level board members on the FSSD Board – Chairman Tim Stillings and Vice-Chairman Robert Blair.  To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers a Master School Board Member certification to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in activities outside of local school board obligations. There are five levels of recognition in the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program. Level V board members must have earned credits in the appropriate categories and submitted a portfolio consisting of: sample policies, references from colleagues, self-evaluation, presentations, advocacy and a written essay.  Master Ambassador Also presented at the conference was a Master Ambassador Award to Allena Bell for her “outreach efforts to increase community awareness and understanding of public education issues,” according to TSBA. This is the second Master Ambassador Award Bell has received. The first was presented to her in 2015. Bell was appointed by the Board of Education in 2013 to fill a vacant seat and was subsequently elected in 2014 to serve a four-year term.  She currently serves as the School Board’s Treasurer.  She is an active volunteer in the schools, serving in many different capacities for the individual schools. Her work outside FSSD is with...

Homeland Security Agent Talks About Digital Dangers

In the Digital Dangers short video series, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Dennis Fetting explains why parents need to be aware of various online sites and apps and the dangers they present. Go to Parent Information – Safety – Internet Safety to see the list of topics that Special Agent Fetting discusses. Digital Dangers is produced in cooperation with Williamson County Schools.    ...

Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of parent 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 topic of the first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is:  Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start Thursday, November 30, 20176:30-7:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive  FSSD parent Brooke Mabry will present information based on her personal experiences – what to do and what not to do. Take advantage of Brooke’s personal experience on this topic. She wants to share this valuable information in order to save other parents some of the headaches she and her husband have encountered along their journey. The three main points of the presentation are: 1) It’s never too early to start planning. 2) You can manage the process in stages. 3) You have support along the way. You will learn how to build your team and develop your plan to provide financial security for your child with special needs. Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring by emailing FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at farrareli@fssd.org. If you have any questions, please call Beth Farrar...

SAE International Grant and Nissan Provide STEM Resources

Students in three FSSD schools have had the unique opportunity to make meaningful connections in their middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes using materials and resources provided by SAE International and Nissan. These hands-on activities correlate with the Next Generation Science standards and the Tennessee Academic standards. In August, teachers from Freedom Intermediate, Poplar Grove Middle and Freedom Middle gathered together to learn how to teach students using STEM resources such as gravity cruisers, motorized toy cars, gliders and fuel cells. This professional learning centered around the A World In Motion® (AWIM) curriculum, and was offered by the SAE Foundation and supported by Nissan, which is headquartered in Franklin.  In mid-September, a host of Nissan volunteers came to the three schools to assist students who were in various stages of putting the materials together to create one of the three projects the grant provided. Poplar Grove and Freedom Intermediate sixth-grade student teams designed and constructed a vehicle powered by gravity. The gravity cruiser consisted of a weighted lever connected to an axle by string, which rotated on its fulcrum; as the weight descended it caused the axle attached to the string to rotate, propelling the cruiser forward. At both Poplar Grove and Freedom Middle, eighth-grade students used a PEM Fuel Cell as the primary power source, then teams designed, built, and tested prototype vehicles, all the while analyzing data. Poplar Grove seventh-graders used the AWIM materials to construct electric gear-driven motorized cars, which involved writing proposals, drawing sketches, and working with models to develop a plan to meet a specific set of design requirements. The movement to STEM-based classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is growing as the...

Arnold Named Associate Director for Finance and Administration

Franklin Special School District Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced today that Charles Arnold has been hired as Associate Director for Finance and Administration with an official start date of December 1, 2017. The post was previously occupied for the past 13 years by John McAdams, who retired in October. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Arnold to the FSSD,” Snowden said. “He brings extensive experience in the areas of educational and other governmental finances.  He will most definitely be an asset to the FSSD Leadership Team.” Arnold served in a similar position in the Murfreesboro City Schools for over eight years from 1999 to 2007.  His more recent experience has been as the chief financial officer for Dawson McAllister Association, a not-for-profit organization located in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  Mr. Arnold has also served as the chief financial officer for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He also served as Director of Financial Management for six years with the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment. Working directly under the Director of Schools, Arnold will oversee the work of all finance and administrative departments, including transportation, maintenance/landscaping, student health, human resources, MAC extended care, safety and child nutrition. Arnold’s degree is in Business Administration (Accounting) from Middle Tennessee State University and is a Certified Public...