Books from Heroes Program Begins with Emergency Responders

The Books from Heroes program is sponsored by the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) library media centers and is designed to promote literacy by providing children with the comfort of a good book from a trusted community servant. While school personnel promote reading to students on a daily basis, sometimes people of influence outside of school can create the largest impact. We are excited to partner with the Franklin Fire and Police Departments in distributing the books to children. The books collected for this program are fully funded by donations collected during school book fairs. After screening the donated books for age-appropriate content, a school library media specialist sorts the books into two levels: elementary and middle. If you would like to know more about this program or provide donations for books, please contact FIS Library Media Specialist Dinah Wade at...

2nd Annual Race for the Stars 5K and Fun Run March 4

Help the Freedom Middle School Athletic Department raise money for much needed additions, improvements, and repairs to equipment and facilities by signing up and participating in the 2nd Annual Race for the Stars 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, March 4, from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM! Current 5th graders or younger can sign up for the Fun Run with a portion of your registration fee going back to the Physical Education Department at your FSSD school of choice. All other race participants can sign up for the 5k that will start and end at Freedom Middle School. Fun Run participants will receive a race shirt and a participation medal. 5k participants will receive a goody bag, race shirt, and top winners will receive prizes. The 5k race will be professionally timed. Prizes will be given to the top female and top male finisher overall, as well as the top male and female in each age category Read more...

FSSD announces Teachers of the Year

In what has become an annual tradition, FSSD Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden surprised two teachers in their classrooms, carrying a bouquet of balloons and an important announcement. The unannounced visits were to inform the teachers that they had been selected to represent the district as the FSSD Elementary and Middle School Teachers of the Year. Andre White of Johnson Elementary is the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Cheryl Warden of Freedom Middle School is the Middle Grades Teacher of the Year. Their impressive work history, leadership activities and community involvement all combined to place these two teachers at the top of a list of very respected FSSD educators.   Elementary Teacher of the Year Fourth-grade teacher Andre White is a 20-year teaching veteran who has worked at Johnson Elementary for only the past two years. “I am very proud for Mr. White to be chosen as FSSD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year,” said his principal, Tosha Robinson Baugh. “He is the definition of a ‘highly qualified’ educator. He is extremely dedicated and goes above and beyond for not only his students but also all of the students at Johnson Elementary. This honor is very well deserved.”   Teaching math and science with the oldest students in the school, Mr. White strives to reach every child. During math, he incorporates three rotating centers, each designed to reinforce skills using varied approaches, such as direct teacher instruction, independent work, and video-based instruction depicting him teaching skills as a character named Mr. Smooth. “The video enables me to utilize my love for technology in the classroom. It also allows my...

FSSD Pre-Kindergarten Application Process Open for 2017-2018

  What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2012 and August 15, 2013, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to be placed on the list to receive application materials. Applications will be mailed to families requesting information no later than...

Special Ed Parent Support Group to Discuss ADHD and Related Issues

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of support 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 meeting is Tuesday, March 7,  from 6:30-7:30 PM at Franklin Elementary School Media Center, 1501 Figuers Drive. The topic of this meeting is ADHD and Related Medical Disorders in Students. Child care is available. After spending 25 years in pediatric practice, C. A. Stilwell, Jr., MD now specializes in ADHD and related problems and offers consultations on behavior issues. He received his BA degree with Honors in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He completed his Medical Degree, Internship and Residency Training at Vanderbilt. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of the America Association of Christian Counselors, a professional member of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Board of Health for Williamson County. If you have any questions, please call FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar Herren at 615/794-6624 or...