FSSD Opens Cafeteria So Children Eat Free All Summer

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the eighth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of June and July.  The 2017 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 30. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.25. The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Central Office Annex Cafeteria 1406 Cannon Street May 30 through July 31 (closed July 3-7) Breakfast Service: 8:00 – 8:30 AM • Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle summer programs, Cadet Place,...

Come aboard for reading fun on FSSD’s Story Bus Plus this summer

The Story Bus Plus program is a free community service offered in the summer by the Franklin Special School District and designed to foster a love of reading in children. It offers reading time and storytelling to children ages 4 through the 4th grade (younger if accompanied by an adult). Children may choose a good book, curl up on a beanbag and read or have books read to them. Whatever the format, children are sure to have a good time aboard the Story Bus Plus. The bus is staffed with certified teachers and paraprofessionals who love reading with children. Parents may sign their children on board for up to 45 minutes while shopping. This is the amount of time that children generally remain interested and enjoy their stay on the bus. For smooth operation of The Story Bus Plus program, parents must adhere to the time limit. Also, a cell phone number must be provided at the time of drop off in case a parent needs to be contacted. The Story Bus Plus will be at the locations below June 5 through July 14 (excluding the week of July 3 – July 7): Mondays:  June 5, 19 and July 10th    Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community700 West Meade Blvd.9:00 – 12:00 Tuesdays:Between Kroger & Target3064 Columbia Avenue9:00-12:00 ThursdaysPublix at Franklin Market Place1031 Riverside Drive9:00-12:00 For more information, please contact Gina Looney, Story Bus Plus Coordinator, at...

Summer Coding Camps Open for Rising 5th-9th Graders

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with Nashville Technology Council to offer our rising intermediate and middle school students the opportunity to attend Scratch Coding Camps this summer.  Space is limited, so register early! Scratch Camp (click for details)Rising 5th and 6th GradersJuly 17 – 21, 20179:00 – 3:00Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane Scratch is great introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition: $200 (Scholarship opportunities available)Camp Requirements:  All equipment and supplies for the camp will be provided by the Nashville Technology Council.  Students will need to bring a packed lunch each day.  This camp also requires each student have an email address.  The email address allows students to save their work. Register Now Scratch Camp (click for details)Rising 7th, 8th and 9th GradersJune 17 – 21, 20179:00 – 3:00Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy 96 WestScratch is great introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Age Range:  7th – 9th grade Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition: $200 (Scholarship opportunities available)Camp...

FSSD and Franklin Parks to Host Input Meeting for Recreation Programming

In a joint session with the City of Franklin Parks Department, the Franklin Special School District invites all who are interested to attend an interactive public input meeting on Thursday, April 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Freedom Middle School Gym, located at 750 New Highway 96 West. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to officials with the FSSD and the City of Franklin Parks Department as it relates to providing recreational programming at the school campuses of Johnson Elementary, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove. Design architects will be on hand to listen to your input, answer any questions and gather feedback.  Invitation Flyer English...

Kindergarten Roundup Set for Friday, April 21

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION is online this year and parents may enroll students between April 1 – 30, 2017. However, we want all parents and rising kindergarten students to attend our annual Kindergarten Roundup, held on Friday, April 21. This is an important milestone for all parents and future kindergartners! This day is designed to provide families with a fun opportunity to hear more about the school, take a tour, turn in registration materials, and sign up for a kindergarten screening date. Parents are urged to drop in with their rising kindergartner between 8:30 and 3:00. Rising kindergartners must be at least 5 years old on or before August 15 to enroll. Kindergarten Roundup Flyer English...

TNReady Testing Window April 17 – May 5

Next week, our students will begin taking the TNReady assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, and Math and the field test in Social Studies. The testing window is April 17—May 5. FSSD 2017 TCAP/TNReady Testing Schedule The assessments for each subject will be administered over several days. Please see the information that was sent home from your school to learn more about your child’s grade level testing schedule. The Tennessee Department of Education has posted resources on its web site that are designed to help foster a greater understanding about TNReady, the state testing program for students in grades 3-12. These guides walk through many of the questions we have heard from parents and outline the changes, particularly to the timing and structure, that have been made for the upcoming school year. Please click on the links below to learn more about TNReady: 2016-2017 TNReady Parent Guide Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities The guides can be also be viewed online at TNReady Parent Resources. On this web site you will also find information about testing times and a link to Frequently Asked Questions. If users are not able to find the information they need, there is a form on that site through which they can submit a question to the...