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...

Board Passes Budget With No Tax Increase

Following five months of budget review, including three work sessions, the Franklin Special School District passed the 2017-2018 budget on Monday, July 17. This year’s $48 million budget provides exceptional academic programming and supporting resources, competitive employee benefits and strategic infrastructure improvements. “I am extremely proud to work with Board members who collaborate with our leadership team and employees to develop a budget that supports the district’s short-term and long-range objectives,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. The following are highlights of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget budget: A 2% cost of living increase for all FSSD employees. Eligible employees will also receive a step increase.   Funds to support Phase 2 of the 1:1 device transition, enabling Poplar Grove Middle to purchase Chromebooks for grades 5-8! Freedom Middle completed its 1:1 initiative in February 2017 with Chromebooks for all students.An additional instructional technology specialist to support the district’s growing technology integration, including training and support for teachers, students and staff. Continuation of the tuition reimbursement program, which encourages employees to seek advanced degrees. The total program amount is $30,000. Continued support of the tuition waiver benefit enabling the children of full-time FSSD employees to attend FSSD schools. An increase in the amount paid to employees for unused sick leave when they retire from $30.00 a day to $50.00 a day. The FSSD is one of the few districts in Tennessee that offers this employee benefit. The continued payment of 100% of full-time individual employee insurance...

‘Big Backpack Giveaway’ Set for Aug. 5 at Liberty Elementary

On Aug. 5, GraceWorks, in collaboration with other groups and agencies, will distribute backpacks filled with school supplies at the 2017 Big Backpack Giveaway to help students in need. The Big Backpack Giveaway will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty Elementary, 600 Liberty Pike, and will include music, food and fun for the entire family. Children are required to be present to receive backpacks. Many of the school supplies are provided by the United Way Patricia Hart Society’s Stuff the Bus Campaign and Publix. The event has been sponsored by area churches, civic groups, businesses and individuals for 14 years. Details and Donors The backpack giveaway was made possible by a $4300 grant from the Nashville Predators and generous individual donations to The Big Payback, presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Still needed are 1-to-2-inch three-ring binders and composition books. Cash donations are also welcome and will allow organizers to purchase required supplies that have not been donated. Supplies can be dropped off at GraceWorks by July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash donations can be sent to GraceWorks Ministries, 104 Southeast Parkway, Franklin, TN 37064. Please put “backpacks” in the subject line of checks. You may also donate online quickly and securely by clicking here. Please choose the backpack option for your...

Bracamontes Added to FSSD Instructional Technology Staff

The Franklin Special School District is making good on one of the Board’s strategic planning objectives by hiring a third Instructional Technology Specialist to help teachers plan effective and innovative lessons using technology and online resources. Josh Bracamontes will join the two current Instructional Technology Specialists on July 10 to begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are excited to welcome Josh to the FSSD family,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden.  “His passion for maximizing student learning through the use of technology and his collaborative approach in working with colleagues were evident during the interview process.” “We are beginning the first full year of the 1:1 laptop/device phase-in in the middle school grades and that has required a significant amount of time from the 5th-8th grade IT Specialist,” Snowden continued. Snowden expects Bracamontes, as the third IT specialist, to greatly relieve the departmental load and provide teachers with more time to meet and plan with teaching teams, to provide differentiated professional learning opportunities and to model and co-teach with technology rich lessons in the classrooms. Bracamontes comes to the FSSD from Maury County Schools, where he most recently served as Dean of Students at Hampshire Unit School, a K-12 campus, for the past year. Prior to that position, he has been a general music teacher, a band teacher and a math interventionist. His leadership experience includes instructional coaching, serving as a member of the school leadership team, mentoring new teachers, and serving as a PTO liaison. As a teacher, Bracamontes earned the distinction of a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and was the Hampshire Unit School Teacher of...

Liberty Elementary Named Model School for Behavior Program

The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) has named Liberty Elementary School in Franklin Special School District a Bronze Level Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) Model of Demonstration School. Of the 1800 schools across Tennessee, only 25 schools are Model of Demonstration Schools. “We are extremely proud of the work the teachers, staff, and students have put into this positive behavior framework,” said Liberty Elementary principal Cheryl Robey, Ed.D. “The RTI2-B framework puts a methodical process in place to ensure that all students work to their full potential in academics, social and emotional well-being, with the guidance and support of the faculty, staff and administrators.” The Tennessee Behavior Supports Project (TBSP) is funded by the Tennessee Department of Education and consists of three regional support contracts. The Middle Tennessee region is served by Vanderbilt University. TBSP provides professional development and support to schools on addressing the behavioral and social needs of students through Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B). Tennessee schools must first complete the Tennessee Behavior Supports Project’s RTI2-B Tier I Training before applying to be an RTI2-B Model of Demonstration School. Liberty Elementary attended the training at Vanderbilt University in May 2016 and was selected as Bronze Level by the Model of Demonstration Committee based on the extent to which it has implemented the core features of RTI2-B. The possible exemplar levels are Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Information on these 25 model schools was shared with the Tennessee Department of Education. Liberty Elementary was recognized along with the other model schools at the State’s Partners in Education Conference in February and will...