FSSD’s Commitment to Excellence Evident in 2018 TNReady Results

The release of TNReady results August 16 demonstrates Franklin Special School District’s continued commitment to maintaining high levels of achievement and growth. “We are very proud of the district’s results,” said Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “The FSSD continues to be one of the top performing school districts in the state. We are proud of the work of our teachers and students that places us again in the top 10 districts in all grade bands (3-5 and 6-8)  and all tested subjects.” The FSSD is one of only five school districts state-wide to hold this distinction. Snowden said the district is pleased with increased proficiency and growth in ELA/Literacy as this has been a focus for improvement in recent years. The district brought its ELA/Literacy growth score up from a 1 to a 5 this year. Another highlight the district is celebrating is the increase in growth in Science (from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018). The FSSD’s overall composite, which includes ELA/Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies, also improved from a 3 in 2017 to a 5 in 2018. Other district achievements include: Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in ELA/Literacy. Of particular note was the growth of 5th-graders with 14% more students proficient in 2018 and 3rd grade with 9% more students proficient in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 fell slightly in Math. Fifth-graders again showed strong performance with 5% more students scoring at the proficient level in 2018. Percent of proficient students in grades 3-8 increased in Science. Fifth-graders continued to shine with 6% more students proficient in 2018....

All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

FSSD Pre-K Opening Still Available! Apply Now!

We still have spots open in the FSSD Pre-K Program! Apply Now! 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 receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a...

FSSD Online Registration Period Opens April 1

Please mark your calendars for the FSSD online registration period, which runs from April 1-30. Beginning Sunday, April 1, parents of all new or currently enrolled FSSD pre-kindergarten through 7th grade students may go online at www.fssd.org to the Registration link under Parents and Students. 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 must 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 need assistance with your Family Access 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 2018 or later, are submitted to your child’s school either electronically or physically.   As a convenience, each school has computer kiosks or stand-alone computers available 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 for 2018-2019 before the May 1...

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 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...