Technology Update for Grades 5 – 8

Technology Update for Grades 5 – 8: My Child Has a Laptop – Now What? Now that all 5th through 8th grade students have devices to use throughout the day at school, it is time to give you an update on how the 1:1 implementation is going. It is amazing to see how quickly the students have adapted to the responsibility that comes with more access. After an overview of expectations and acknowledgement of appropriate use, the students are off and running with their teachers, using the many online and computer-based resources that the Chromebooks and MacBooks provide.  Great Job! New Internet Filtering Program Provides Added ProtectionAs an additional layer to our current web filtering program, the FSSD is partnering with Securly, a company that specializes in cloud-based web filtering. With so many new devices in use, the district added this extra level of protection to help provide teachers with monitoring assistance, allowing them to concentrate on teaching and assisting students. Securly uses algorithms to alert school administrators when a student has searched for inappropriate content or used pre-determined “red flagged” words in internet searches.  It specifically audits for words associated with cyberbullying, self-harm, or other inappropriate content. If a flagged word is detected, it generates a notification in real time to school-level administrators, who can quickly intervene if necessary. Inappropriate search results are blocked and alerts are sent to the administrator for follow up if warranted. This double-layered approach is designed to keep students protected while they collaborate with teachers and peers using their devices in a safe and secure online environment. Coming Soon:  Google Student Emails and Online...

FSSD Receives Exemplary Status in Achievement on State Accountability Report

Maintaining its position in the top tier of school districts across the state on academic achievement and accountability, the Franklin Special School District received notice of Exemplary Status in Achievement, Achieving Status in Subgroups and Achieving Status as a Final Determination.  Based on this week’s release of TNReady achievement data for grades 3-8, out of all 146 Tennessee school districts, Franklin Special retains its impressive ranking in all tested areas:  5th in Math 7th in English Language Arts 9th in Science  Achievement results provided for End of Course (EOC) testing also shows an excellent upward trend in student achievement and growth. These EOC tests reflect the growth of students who are taking the high-school credit courses of Algebra I or Geometry. “We are happy to see that these higher-level classes are continuing to provide our students who seek upper level courses with excellent instruction,” Snowden said. Remaining on trend with last year’s results, 100 percent of FSSD Geometry students scored proficient or above, which is now categorized as “On Track or Mastered” (compared with the state-wide average of 25.8 percent) and 80.2 percent of Algebra I students “On Track or Mastered” (compared with 15.1 percent statewide).  “In the era of new and rigorous testing, it is rewarding to see firsthand how well our students performed on this new assessment,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “Our teachers have remained consistent to the charge of meeting students’ needs and ensuring success. I am extremely proud of the careful planning, consistent effort and dedication, the mindful balance that is struck between testing and all other aspects of student learning in our school...

Attendance Matters: Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

We need our families’ help with an important goal this year. Because we know that attendance has a direct impact on academic success, we want to see every student attend school every day and for the full day.  Why is This Important?We want your child to succeed in every aspect of life and it starts right here with being present at school. Attending school regularly is so important for your child’s success because it not only helps your child academically but it also helps them socially as well. While some absences are unavoidable, research shows that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. For example, missing 2 or more days per month, or 18 days over the course of the year, means they have missed 10% of the yearly instruction! Some Great Tips to Get Out the Door Help your children establish a regular bedtime and morning routine. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before. Help your children get to school every day unless they are truly sick. Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session. Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to help out. Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school or show other signs of not wanting to go to school. Other ResourcesFor more information on school attendance, please review the FSSD policy (6.200 Attendance) online at www.fssd.org (under the School Board tab, choose Online Policy Manual) or...

Businesses Needed to Exhibit or Sponsor Nov. 9 Career Fair

The 16th Annual World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.  We are currently in need of business partners to sponsor and/or exhibit in this comprehensive career day, designed to inform 8th-  grade students about their career possibilities. The Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. We are taking an active role to introduce students to career opportunities and other emerging careers by offering more career education within the curriculum. The World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers. For more information or to find out how to participate, please visit the 2017 World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day...