HSI Agents to Discuss Online Predators/ Cyber Safety on Jan. 17

The Franklin Special School District is again partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to present Project I-Guardian on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 PM in the theater at Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane. The information presented will include examples based on local investigations to help parents, teachers, and others better understand how children can become victimized online. This special parent session is not suitable for children, so please plan accordingly. This informative and frank discussion will be presented by HSI Special Agent/Group Supervisor Dennis Fetting, who will explain the risks of online activity while also arming attendees with knowledge and resources. By partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, NetSmartz and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the HSI Project I-Guardian program is a powerful tool to help children and parents understand the risks they will encounter while exploring the digital world. The HSI agents will hold special age-appropriate presentations the week of January 9 to students in grades 5-8. For more information, please contact FSSD Safety Coordinator Celby Glass at 615-472-3117, or Instructional Technology Specialist (5-8) Cindy Cook at...

State Seeks Input on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

The State Department of Education has been working over the past year to draft a plan to transition from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The State plan is built on the work started in partnership with school districts through Tennessee Succeeds.  The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has a detailed explanation of the federal act and what it means for Tennessee school districts in its SCORE Sheet (Dec. 2016).  Parents and local community members can view Tennessee’s plan and provide the State with public comment via the ESSA website.  A direct link to the feedback form is here. The public comment period will be open through Jan. 31, 2017. All input is welcome, although groups are encouraged to provide feedback as one entity.   Over the past two months, the State has heard from more than 600 parents, educators, students, district and school administrators, school board members, advocates, and community members who have attended ESSA town halls. This turnout during a busy holiday season exceeded expectations so two more town halls have been scheduled: Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. ET at Tennessee High School in Bristol If you can’t make it to an in-person discussion, the State website has the handouts from these town halls, a video from one of the presentations as well as the presentation itself, and an online survey that mirrors the exit ticket questions asked of town hall participants. You can RSVP for the two new town halls here....

FSSD and MAC Winter Break Holiday Schedule

The Franklin Special School District schools and Central Office will be closed December 22 through January 3. Faculty and staff will return Wednesday January 4. Students will return Monday, January 9. January 4 – District Professional Learning Day (course catalog) January 5 – School Professional Learning Day January 6 – Administrative Day January 9 – Students and All Staff Return     MACMAC will be open at the Holiday Site, 1406 Cannon Street, on the following schedule: Dec. 22 – Open Dec. 23-25 – CLOSED Dec. 26-29 – Open Dec. 30-Jan. 2 – CLOSED Dec. 4-6 – Open If you need to reach the Holiday MAC Office, please...

Honors Program Info Meeting (Rising 6th-8th Graders) on Jan. 12

The Franklin Special School District’s vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All is the basis of all instructional programming. 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 FSSD will host an Honors Program Parent Information meeting at Freedom Intermediate School on January 12, 2017, 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 registration process, testing dates and formats, and qualification notification....

FIS Requests Donations from Book Fair for New “Heroes” Program

This holiday season, the Freedom Intermediate School Library Media Center would like to bring joy to our community through the gift of reading. Our Winter Book Fair with Scholastic will be held December 12th-16th at Freedom Intermediate School. We have a special wish list this year to benefit children who have been touched by tragedy. We will be collecting new books and donations to buy books to give to the Franklin Police and Fire Departments. These brave public servants will carry the books in their vehicles so they may give them to children they meet as first responders to local emergencies. To get this initiative started, we have selected several books that will be available at the Book Fair for purchase and donation. Receptacles for both Police and Fire departments will be in place at the Fair to collect the purchased books and/or monetary donations. We are excited to report that both departments will have representatives come to school during the Book Fair to talk with students about their favorite books. Please encourage your neighbors and friends to attend our Book Fair, make a donation, or shop our online fair to donate books to this new community reading program! You can shop online from December 4-17 at: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/freedomintermediateschool The Book Fair will be December 12-16 in the FIS Lobby. Monday- Friday: 7:00AM-2:00PMThursday evening from...