Honors Program Info Meeting (Rising 6th-8th Graders) on Feb. 1

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 Franklin Special School District’s vision of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All is the basis of all instructional programming.  The FSSD will host an Honors Program Parent Information meeting at Freedom Intermediate School on February 1, 2018, 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 admission process, and qualification notification....

Honors Program Info Meeting Set for Feb. 1 (Rising 5th Grade Families)

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. By the time students enter the fifth grade, some 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 February 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to families of current 4th grade students (rising 5th graders) and presenters will address issues such as eligibility criteria, the admission process, and qualification notification....

Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of parent meetings for parents of students with disabilities. The purpose of these meetings is to increase parent understanding of special education, improve dialog between school and home, and increase parental involvement in the schools. Working together, we hope to improve services for students with disabilities and increase student achievement. The topic of the first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is:  Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start Thursday, November 30, 20176:30-7:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive  FSSD parent Brooke Mabry will present information based on her personal experiences – what to do and what not to do. Take advantage of Brooke’s personal experience on this topic. She wants to share this valuable information in order to save other parents some of the headaches she and her husband have encountered along their journey. The three main points of the presentation are: 1) It’s never too early to start planning. 2) You can manage the process in stages. 3) You have support along the way. You will learn how to build your team and develop your plan to provide financial security for your child with special needs. Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring by emailing FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at farrareli@fssd.org. If you have any questions, please call Beth Farrar...

Lottery Grant Provides Funds for After School Care

As news of multi-million dollar lottery wins circulate this week, many do not realize that 100 percent of unclaimed prize money in Tennessee goes to support afterschool educational programs through grants. Since the Tennessee lottery’s inception in 2002, the General Assembly has required lottery money to benefit education through college scholarships, early childhood and afterschool programs. One such grant was recently awarded to the Franklin Special School District’s Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) program through the Tennessee Department of Education. Over 100 Franklin families will now be able to access the MAC program on a sliding scale and with scholarships, thanks to a 3-year, $397,197 Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) grant. MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks wrote the LEAPS grant, and is thrilled to be able to serve FSSD students who typically cannot afford to pay for after school care. “We look forward to the wonderful opportunities that the LEAPS grant will provide our students over the next three years,” Parks said. “We know there is a need for tuition assistance and are excited to be able to provide high quality care and programming to families who need to know their children are being well-cared for anytime school is not in session.” MAC was awarded $132,399 a year for three years to provide scholarships to children both during the school year as well as during holidays, snow days or summer breaks. Due to the limitations of the grant, only Title I schools (Franklin Elementary, Freedom Middle, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle School) are eligible for the grant monies; however, the grant funding frees...

‘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...