Schools to Begin Using New Visitor Entry Procedure Oct. 23

If you have visited our schools in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a new video phone in the entry area close to the office door. This equipment is part of our school’s safety plan and will require a new school entry procedure for visitors. As a pilot for this procedure, Liberty Elementary is in its second year using the video phones. The video phone system enables all exterior school doors to remain locked during the school day, which provides an extra layer of protection and is a national standard in school safety. Signage will be clear and visible when the video phone system becomes operational on Tuesday, October 23. Office staff will be sure to remind you to sign in and show your valid government-issued photo ID if you plan to leave the office area for another area of the school as we currently do. The new procedure will only take a few more seconds to enter your child’s school, but it is a critical part of our campus safety plan. To see how simple the new procedure will be, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/60qnjwh5b0s We are excited that our district is able to provide this system in all FSSD schools and office buildings using a state safety grant and at no cost to our schools and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we begin to implement this plan. Thank you for your support and for being a positive part of your child’s school safety...

Five FSSD Schools Named Tennessee Reward Schools

While all FSSD schools did extremely well on state testing in achievement, five schools met all of the measures the state uses to assign the designation of Reward School. Congratulations to Freedom Intermediate, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle! Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee and includes the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. This year, 318 schools in 85 school districts, about 20 percent of schools in the state, earned Reward status. Reward Schools are generally those that are improving in terms of achievement and growth for both all students and student groups. According the state website, the new accountability framework is based on principles that all schools can be successful and all Tennessee students must be served well. It includes a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism and discipline, ACT performance, and TNReady scores, to make a determination. All schools are rated both on how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and black, Hispanic, and Native American students. In addition to the five Reward Schools, FSSD was also named an Exemplary District by the State. It is one of only 14 across Tennessee to receive this...

FSSD 1 of 14 Exemplary Districts Celebrated by State

Late Friday afternoon, districts across the state waited anxiously for the Tennessee Board of Education to ratify the Department of Education’s accountability results, which places schools and school districts in several distinct categories. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the 2018 District Designations as well as the Reward and Priority schools, which are two key designations under Tennessee’s school accountability system. There are 147 school districts across the state. The FSSD is one of only 14 districts to be named Exemplary. The good news didn’t stop there, though. Five of the eight FSSD schools were named Reward Schools, another top designation. “We were very excited and extremely proud of the Accountability Results released Friday. Being an Exemplary district and having 62% of our schools designated as Reward Schools are noted accomplishments,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. This was the first year Tennessee implemented its new school accountability model, which looks at multiple measures of success based mainly on the results of the TNReady tests given to students in grade 3-12 each spring. According to the Department of Education’s website, districts designated as exemplary are generally exceeding expectations on average for both all students and each historically underserved student group. “All of these positive results are due to the work of our passionate, dedicated and talented teachers, the hard work by our students and the support of parents, school and district leaders and the School Board,” Snowden...

FSSD Represented on Governor’s TNReady Panel – Online Feedback Requested

On September 4, several Franklin Special School District teachers and administrators were able to participate in a roundtable discussion, along with other educators from across the region, with Governor Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Candice McQueen about the difficulties of the 2018 administration of TNReady testing.  The Governor plans to take the feedback from the six events held across the state, as well as from an online form available to anyone who wants to provide input, and formulate a report by the end of September. The input will guide the discussion on TNReady assessment timelines, vendor selection, and the meaningful communication of the value of assessment results. The listening tour panels consisted only of educators; however, the state welcomes input from all teachers, staff, parents, and community members. If you would like to provide your input through the online engagement process, please go to www.tn.gov/governor/contact-us/listening-tour-feedback.html Hosted at Freedom Middle School, Governor Haslam and Commissioner McQueen listened as teachers, principals and testing administrators shared their experiences and frustrations regarding last year’s testing process. Feedback from around the region included concerns over lack of computers for testing, online testing failures and delayed test results. “Governor Haslam and Dr. McQueen were very receptive to each person’s input,” said FSSD Student Performance Supervisor Dr. Kay Boan, who was an invited member of the panel. The discussion was led by Wayne Miller, former executive director of Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), who is serving as a consultant to the state on this project. Boan said the preponderance of concerns was for online delivery, particularly in schools without 1:1 technology, and for high school...

Businesses Needed to Exhibit or Sponsor Career Quest 2018

Career Quest will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018. This comprehensive career day provides eighth-grade students in the Franklin Special School District, Williamson County Schools and public, private and home school students with valuable information about the many career opportunities available. The schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee and are taking an active role in introducing students to current and emerging career opportunities by offering more career education within the curriculum. Career Quest engages students in authentic learning about careers.   For more information or to find out how to participate, please visit the Career Quest 2018...

Freedom Middle School Homecoming

  Join the Freedom Middle School Stars to celebrate 25 years of FMS Football! Fan Fest will begin at 4PM and the game begins at 6PM! Face painting, games, fun zone, t-shirts, and half-time contests are part of the fun! Join us for tailgating and a Fish Fry beginning at 4PM! See the flyer for details!   FMS homecoming poster FMS homecoming poster...