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...

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...

2017-2018 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 Saturday, 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. 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 2017 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 the school office. Thank you for helping us to plan for next year by registering before the May 1...

Walk Across Williamson Challenge March 1-31

Walk Across Williamson Challenge The annual Walk Across Williamson Challenge is back for its ninth year with an all-new 5K Run/Walk for students, parents and teachers to enjoy. Individual schools may create their own team and train together at their school location. In addition, there will be a Senior 1-Mile Run/Walk and a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. The first 1,000 runners to register for the race will be chip timed. Staff and students will be tracking their activity during the month of March with the goal of walking across Williamson County, which is the equivalent of 1,800 minutes of physical activity. From March 1 – 31, 2017, we would like our students and their families (ages 4 and up) to record, each day, the number of minutes they are physically active, including time spent at PE, participating in after-school activities, workouts in the gym, or engaging in active free play with your family.  Coordinated School Health will award mini grants to schools based on participation and activity minutes. Activity Log Information Flyer Celebration EventSunday, April 92:00- 5:00 p.m.Inaugural Walk Across Williamson 5kHarlinsdale Farm For more information, contact FSSD Coordinated School Health Coordinator Lisa Chatman, 615-472-3847. Event sponsored by the Williamson County Health...