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...

FSSD Opens Cafeteria So Children Eat Free All Summer

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the eighth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of June and July.  The 2017 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 30. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.25. The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Central Office Annex Cafeteria 1406 Cannon Street May 30 through July 31 (closed July 3-7) Breakfast Service: 8:00 – 8:30 AM • Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle summer programs, Cadet Place,...

Come aboard for reading fun on FSSD’s Story Bus Plus this summer

The Story Bus Plus program is a free community service offered in the summer by the Franklin Special School District and designed to foster a love of reading in children. It offers reading time and storytelling to children ages 4 through the 4th grade (younger if accompanied by an adult). Children may choose a good book, curl up on a beanbag and read or have books read to them. Whatever the format, children are sure to have a good time aboard the Story Bus Plus. The bus is staffed with certified teachers and paraprofessionals who love reading with children. Parents may sign their children on board for up to 45 minutes while shopping. This is the amount of time that children generally remain interested and enjoy their stay on the bus. For smooth operation of The Story Bus Plus program, parents must adhere to the time limit. Also, a cell phone number must be provided at the time of drop off in case a parent needs to be contacted. The Story Bus Plus will be at the locations below June 5 through July 14 (excluding the week of July 3 – July 7): Mondays:  June 5, 19 and July 10th    Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community700 West Meade Blvd.9:00 – 12:00 Tuesdays:Between Kroger & Target3064 Columbia Avenue9:00-12:00 ThursdaysPublix at Franklin Market Place1031 Riverside Drive9:00-12:00 For more information, please contact Gina Looney, Story Bus Plus Coordinator, at...