Five FSSD Teachers Receive National Board Certification

The Franklin Special School District is proud to announce that five more teachers have achieved Certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This brings the number of teachers who have gone through the national certification process through the FSSD district to 35 since 2001. Of that number, 23 continue to hold the certification and are still in the district. This year’s class of National Board Certified teachers from FSSD includes: Patrick Bourn – Franklin Elementary School, music Deborah Higdon – Franklin Elementary School, special education Karen Hummer – Franklin Elementary School, 1st grade Melissa Miller – Franklin Elementary School, 1st grade Drew Wilkerson – Johnson Elementary School, 1st grade National certification is a rigorous self-evaluation process. This certification recognizes that a teacher has been judged by peers as one who is accomplished, makes sound professional judgments about student learning, and acts effectively on those judgments. It is a symbol of teaching excellence. Although voluntary, it is achieved through a performance-based assessment that takes nearly a year to complete. The FSSD Board of Education holds national certification in such high regard that it reimburses the candidate almost two-thirds of the total cost of the three-year program. In addition, the FSSD rewards a successfully certified teacher with a $4,000 annual supplement for the 5-year period of certification, which may be extended if the teacher completes a renewal process. In return, the students reap the benefits of a stronger, more reflective teacher focused on student engagement.   Another support provided to FSSD teachers who choose to participate in the rigorous process of national certification is local support, headed by Human Resources Supervisor Dr....

Welcome Back to School: Winter 2018

Dear Parents, Happy New Year! The new year has certainly brought with it the arrival of cold winter weather. We have been working all week to ensure our buses and buildings are ready to go as students return to school tomorrow, January 5. It’s important that we work together to make sure students are prepared to go to school in cold weather. FSSD maintenance and custodial staff have been in the buildings this week to ensure the heat is working properly and that pipes are not frozen. During this cold snap, we have been keeping the heat on in the schools throughout the night to ensure there is no lag in the morning warm-up. We also will make sure our buses are ready in the morning by starting the engines early so the warming process will be underway when they leave to pick up your children. We encourage you to remind children to dress warmly. Your child’s bus should always arrive within five minutes of its scheduled time. On these chilly mornings, you may consider waiting with your child in a warm car until the bus comes. We look forward to the possibilities that this new year holds and are excited to welcome your children back into our schools tomorrow. Warmest Regards, Dr. David SnowdenDirector of...

Honors Program Info Meeting (Rising 6th-8th Graders) on Feb. 1

Because the FSSD is committed to a deliberate focus toward individualized and personalized instructional experiences, the district offers an Honors Program for qualifying students in grades 5-8. The Honors Program is ideal for students who have reached a level of academic proficiency which enables them to participate in a learning environment which delivers faster-paced curriculum, more rigorous and complex instruction that emphasizes more in-depth study, analytical thinking, and creative problem solving. The Franklin Special School District’s vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All is the basis of all instructional programming.  The FSSD will host an Honors Program Parent Information meeting at Freedom Intermediate School on February 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is open to families of rising 6th-8th grade students and presenters will address issues such as eligibility criteria for Honors or High School Credit classes, the admission process, and qualification notification....

Board Member Bell Achieves “Master” Status

Allena Bell, a member of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education, was called on stage during the Tennessee School Boards Association’s (TSBA) annual conference in November as one of nine school board members across the state to receive the TSBA Level 5 Boardsmanship Master School Board Member certification. With this designation, Bell joins two other Master level board members on the FSSD Board – Chairman Tim Stillings and Vice-Chairman Robert Blair.  To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers a Master School Board Member certification to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in activities outside of local school board obligations. There are five levels of recognition in the TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program. Level V board members must have earned credits in the appropriate categories and submitted a portfolio consisting of: sample policies, references from colleagues, self-evaluation, presentations, advocacy and a written essay.  Master Ambassador Also presented at the conference was a Master Ambassador Award to Allena Bell for her “outreach efforts to increase community awareness and understanding of public education issues,” according to TSBA. This is the second Master Ambassador Award Bell has received. The first was presented to her in 2015. Bell was appointed by the Board of Education in 2013 to fill a vacant seat and was subsequently elected in 2014 to serve a four-year term.  She currently serves as the School Board’s Treasurer.  She is an active volunteer in the schools, serving in many different capacities for the individual schools. Her work outside FSSD is with...

Homeland Security Agent Talks About Digital Dangers

In the Digital Dangers short video series, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Dennis Fetting explains why parents need to be aware of various online sites and apps and the dangers they present. Go to Parent Information – Safety – Internet Safety to see the list of topics that Special Agent Fetting discusses. Digital Dangers is produced in cooperation with Williamson County Schools.    ...

Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of parent 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 topic of the first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is:  Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start Thursday, November 30, 20176:30-7:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive  FSSD parent Brooke Mabry will present information based on her personal experiences – what to do and what not to do. Take advantage of Brooke’s personal experience on this topic. She wants to share this valuable information in order to save other parents some of the headaches she and her husband have encountered along their journey. The three main points of the presentation are: 1) It’s never too early to start planning. 2) You can manage the process in stages. 3) You have support along the way. You will learn how to build your team and develop your plan to provide financial security for your child with special needs. Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring by emailing FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at farrareli@fssd.org. If you have any questions, please call Beth Farrar...