Farmer to Assume Principal Role at Freedom Middle School June 1

In a Friday afternoon faculty meeting, Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that Dr. Charles Farmer has been selected to assume the role of principal at Freedom Middle School upon the retirement of Dr. Kristi Jefferson. Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden said he knew Farmer was the perfect fit after hearing about his passion to return to a school leadership role that would allow him more direct connections with students. Farmer is currently Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools (Middle and High Schools) for Williamson County Schools, a position he has held since 2014.  “I am humbled and excited to have been selected,” Farmer said. “I’ve enjoyed my current role immensely; however, when the Freedom Middle position opened, I took the opportunity to reflect on why I became an educator in the first place. I’m at a point in my career where I’ve gained just enough wisdom to understand that supporting students, families and school staff is my heart’s desire.” Farmer points to Freedom Middle Schools strengths of diversity and connectedness as the driving factors that caused him to apply. “I’m personally drawn to the size and diversity, but I really love the family feel that emanates from the district, sister schools and those I’ve met at Freedom Middle thus far,” he said. His first priorities as principal include “meeting as many different people with connections to the school as possible so I can gain an even better understanding of all the great things happening in the school community.” After the interview process was complete, Snowden had no doubts about Farmer’s ability to connect with students, faculty and...

MAC Hiring Summer Staff Now

The FSSD MAC program is hiring now for its summer camp. If you, your children, friends, family or neighbors are looking for a summer job, please pass along the following information. We are looking for eager and loving individuals to care for children, and we can’t think of a better place to look than within our own FSSD family. Our summer workers need to be at least 18 years old, so if you know of graduating high school seniors, those home from college, retirees or part-time workers looking to supplement their income, please send them to us! We also now have positions open for college interns! MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks will work to design an internship program with any college student studying in the areas of early childhood education, arts education, non-profit management, development and grant-writing, or sports and recreation management. Interested applicants don’t have to wait until summer begins. They can start immediately in any of our afterschool programs and then transition to the summer program, held at the Central Office Annex on Cannon Street, when the summer program begins May 29. Here are the details: HoursHours are as flexible as you need them to be! If you need hours to work around another job or summer classes, we are happy to create special schedules for you.  If you prefer routine, our standard daily shifts are 5 hours, mornings and afternoons. (examples: 7-12 or 8-1 for mornings and 12-5 or 1-6 for afternoons). We can also offer longer shifts, such as 9-4 Mondays through Fridays. PayPay ranges from $9.47 to $11.91 for applicants based on similar experiences. However, teachers and...

FSSD Online Registration Period Opens April 1

Please mark your calendars for the FSSD online registration period, which runs from April 1-30. Beginning Sunday, April 1, parents of all new or currently enrolled FSSD pre-kindergarten through 7th grade students may go online at www.fssd.org to the Registration link under Parents and Students. If you have a returning student, you will need to be prepared to log in to your Skyward Family Access account. Skyward will even auto-translate into dozens of world languages. The registration process must be completed for each child and you will receive all notification and confirmation of your registration through Family Access, including notices of important deadlines and the required information. If you need assistance with your Family Access account, please contact your school office. Your family’s unique user name will allow you to access all of your FSSD students. We are happy to report that required documents, including proofs of residency and immunization updates, may be submitted electronically through the registration process. Please remember, your child is not fully registered until all required documents, including the two proofs of residency dated February 2018 or later, are submitted to your child’s school either electronically or physically.   As a convenience, each school has computer kiosks or stand-alone computers available during the month of April for parents in need of online access or assistance with this process. If you need language assistance, please make an appointment with the parent liaison through your child’s school office. Thank you for helping us to plan for next year by registering for 2018-2019 before the May 1...

2017-2018 TNReady Testing Schedule

Our students continue to study grade level curriculum as they prepare to show what they have learned on the upcoming TNReady assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Math, and Social Studies. The 2017-2018 testing window is April 17—May 4.  TNReady Testing Schedule This year, 3rd and 4th grade students will test on five different days and 5th-8th graders will test on six different days. Typically, two tests will be administered on a single day with a total testing time for both of 90-95 minutes. The time for both Science and Social Studies assessments for 3rd and 4th grade students has been cut in half this year to allow for more robust assessments in ELA. 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. These guides walk through many of the questions we have heard from parents and provide information about schedules, types of questions on TNReady, supports for students, ways parents can help their child prepare, and scoring. Please click on the links below to learn more about TNReady: 2017-2018 TNReady Parent Guide Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities These guides can be also be viewed online at TNReady Parent Resources. On this website, you will also find specific testing information for each grade level....

Applications Available for Peer Role Models in Special Ed Preschool

Franklin Special School District provides a Special Education Preschool program to meet the needs of three- to five-year-old children who have developmental delays. This school-based program may include positive peer role models in each Special Education Preschool class. The inclusion model provides a wide range of learning opportunities and the least restrictive environment that is both stimulating and challenging for the children in these classes. This special education preschool program promotes belonging, friendships, understanding of uniqueness and acceptance of others who are different. The school day is 6 hours – generally 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Monday through Friday beginning the first day of school. We are currently accepting enrollment applications for typically developing positive peer role models to be considered for this program. Eligible students must be 4 years old by September 30, 2018 and reside in or have a parent employed in the Franklin Special School District. (This is a tuition-based program for peer role models.)   Preschool Positive Peer Model...

FSSD Pre-K Applications Now Accepted for 2018-2019

What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to be placed on the list to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a valuable element in Franklin Special...