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...

FSSD Schools Join Statewide Drive for Hurricane Victims

Franklin Special School District schools are proud to join a statewide school supply drive to benefit school districts in Texas who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. This supply drive, called Tennessee Volunteers For Texas, will begin Saturday, September 2, throughout Williamson County. While the Williamson County Ag Center will serve as the main collection point, all eight FSSD schools will also have collection bins in their buildings. The districts will be collecting only new items in their original form. Those items include: backpacks college or standard ruled paper #2 pencils scissors glue crayons Monetary donations are also highly encouraged and may be made through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which has set up a special website for the Tennessee Volunteers for Texas initiative at www.cfmt.org/williamson-gives. The priority for those donations will be to help the schools and the students who have been impacted by Harvey. “We are proud to be a part of this flood relief effort for the school communities affected in Texas and know our Franklin families will rise to this challenge,” said FSSD Superintendent Dr. David Snowden. “We saw the strength and heart of the Franklin community when we organized a similar effort following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and I have no doubt the same compassion will fuel this drive as well.” In addition to the FSSD’s partnership, other sponsoring agencies include Williamson County government and schools, as well as the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). TOSS Executive Director Dale Lynch said that school districts across Tennessee reached out to him for ways to help and is glad that...

Lottery Grant Provides Funds for After School Care

As news of multi-million dollar lottery wins circulate this week, many do not realize that 100 percent of unclaimed prize money in Tennessee goes to support afterschool educational programs through grants. Since the Tennessee lottery’s inception in 2002, the General Assembly has required lottery money to benefit education through college scholarships, early childhood and afterschool programs. One such grant was recently awarded to the Franklin Special School District’s Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) program through the Tennessee Department of Education. Over 100 Franklin families will now be able to access the MAC program on a sliding scale and with scholarships, thanks to a 3-year, $397,197 Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) grant. MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks wrote the LEAPS grant, and is thrilled to be able to serve FSSD students who typically cannot afford to pay for after school care. “We look forward to the wonderful opportunities that the LEAPS grant will provide our students over the next three years,” Parks said. “We know there is a need for tuition assistance and are excited to be able to provide high quality care and programming to families who need to know their children are being well-cared for anytime school is not in session.” MAC was awarded $132,399 a year for three years to provide scholarships to children both during the school year as well as during holidays, snow days or summer breaks. Due to the limitations of the grant, only Title I schools (Franklin Elementary, Freedom Middle, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle School) are eligible for the grant monies; however, the grant funding frees...

7th Graders Must Submit Updated Immunization Form

As a reminder, all students entering 7th grade are required by law to show proof of a Tdap booster and two doses of the chicken pox vaccine, or a documented history of the disease. While many students may have already received these vaccines as part of their routine immunizations, 7th grade students must have these documented on a Tennessee immunization form, which is available from your child’s physician or the Williamson County Health Department. The Health Department in Franklin is offering a free walk-in immunization clinic July 24-August 11 from 8:00-11:00 and 12:30-4:00. Please submit the immunization form to your child’s school office prior to the first day of class on August 10. By law, students without the updated vaccine and form will not be able to start the school...