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...

Bracamontes Added to FSSD Instructional Technology Staff

The Franklin Special School District is making good on one of the Board’s strategic planning objectives by hiring a third Instructional Technology Specialist to help teachers plan effective and innovative lessons using technology and online resources. Josh Bracamontes will join the two current Instructional Technology Specialists on July 10 to begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are excited to welcome Josh to the FSSD family,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden.  “His passion for maximizing student learning through the use of technology and his collaborative approach in working with colleagues were evident during the interview process.” “We are beginning the first full year of the 1:1 laptop/device phase-in in the middle school grades and that has required a significant amount of time from the 5th-8th grade IT Specialist,” Snowden continued. Snowden expects Bracamontes, as the third IT specialist, to greatly relieve the departmental load and provide teachers with more time to meet and plan with teaching teams, to provide differentiated professional learning opportunities and to model and co-teach with technology rich lessons in the classrooms. Bracamontes comes to the FSSD from Maury County Schools, where he most recently served as Dean of Students at Hampshire Unit School, a K-12 campus, for the past year. Prior to that position, he has been a general music teacher, a band teacher and a math interventionist. His leadership experience includes instructional coaching, serving as a member of the school leadership team, mentoring new teachers, and serving as a PTO liaison. As a teacher, Bracamontes earned the distinction of a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and was the Hampshire Unit School Teacher of...

Free Summer Reading Program Offered for Grades 5-7

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with the Gentry Educational Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a FREE summer reading program in three sessions to rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.  Students will meet at Freedom Intermediate School from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, for the following sessions: June 12 – 15 (Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt) June 26 – 29 (Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman) July 10 – 13 (Woof by Spencer Quinn) You may choose one session or all three depending on your student’s interest and availability.  During these sessions, students will read a different intermediate-level novel selected from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Association (VSBA) list and activities and discussion will center around the book’s content. Breakfast and lunch are provided. To enroll your child for any or all of the three sessions, please stop by the Freedom Intermediate School Office and complete the registration form. Enrollment is limited so please be sure to come by  prior to the deadline on Friday, June 9, at 1:00...