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...

2018-2019 Online Registration Period April 1-30

The Franklin Special School District online registration period for all new or currently enrolled FSSD pre-kindergarten through 7th grade students is April 1-30. Beginning Sunday, April 1, please visit FSSD Registration and choose either the New Student Registration link or the Returning Student Registration link.  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 will need to 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 have not already set up your Family Access account or you need help accessing your established account, please contact your school office. Your family’s unique user name will allow you to access all of your FSSD students. All 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, there will be computer kiosks or stand-alone computers available in each school 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 before the May 1...

Director of Schools’ Message Regarding School Safety

FSSD parents and families: Yesterday’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left us all with feelings of sadness, frustration and anxiety. Our hearts go out to the parents and families affected by this tragedy. With this in mind, I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of the safety measures that we have in place in all of our schools. We work from a Safety Plan that is coordinated with local law enforcement and first responders and we practice these plans by regularly holding drills in our schools. Franklin Special School District administrators meet regularly with first responders to discuss responses to potential dangers and district personnel routinely participate in county-wide mock drills to problem-solve various safety threats with those who would typically be responding to a school emergency. Because of our collaborative approach with law enforcement and emergency responders in safety planning, these individuals have immediate electronic access to critical safety information to reference in the event of an actual school emergency.  Such plans include detailed campus information, evacuation plans, and critical contact information for staff and emergency responders. Based on best practices nationwide, our school administrators, faculties and staff are trained to use many different methods to protect themselves and their students. These methods are situational and empower the staff and students to make critical decisions based on training. For the past five years, we have been fortunate to have School Resource Officers (SRO) on our campuses every day, whose first priority is protecting the school’s occupants. These deputies are provided through the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and are specifically trained to anticipate and recognize threats...

Student Health Reminders

While not at critical levels, our schools are seeing an increased number of student absences due to illness, including flu. We would like to remind parents of our district’s wellness policy: Students with a temperature of 100 or greater should NOT be in school until they are fever-free for a full 24-48 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students with vomiting or diarrhea should be symptom-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.  If you do not have a thermometer, or you are unsure if your child is well enough for school, please bring them to the school nurse before they go to the classroom.  Please monitor you child for signs of the flu, such as fever, headache, body aches, dry cough and fatigue. Your doctor can give a quick swab test to determine if they have the flu. To prevent the spread of illness, school staff will continue referring students who do not look, act or feel well to the clinic and remind students to practice good hand washing and to cover coughs and sneezes.  In addition, custodians are diligently cleaning water fountains, faucets and other surfaces....

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....

FSSD Student Art Exhibit Opens Jan. 27 at the Frist

Franklin Special School District student artists will be on exhibit at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Nashville beginning this weekend. Two pieces of art from each grade level at each school have been selected for display. The exhibit will open on Saturday, January 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and is free to all members of the school community.  Each year FSSD has the privilege of participating in this exhibit of student work.  Please come and support our talented student artists and their wonderful art teachers.  The show runs through February 11.  For more information, please contact the Frist Center at (615)...