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...

“A Culture of Kindness” Bullying Prevention Seminar Oct. 20

The Franklin Special School District is proud to partner with STARS – Nashville to present Bullying Prevention: A Culture of Kindness on Thursday, October 20, at 6:00 p.m. at Freedom Middle School. The guest speaker will be Rodger Dinwiddie, Executive Director of Nashville STARS and Past President of the International Bullying Prevention Association. The focus of the seminar will be on understanding the impact of bullying on students, families and the community, as well as the necessity of developing the social, emotional competence of caring about others and how important this skill is in every area of our lives. “There are countless programs, strategies and ideas to address the insidious issue of bullying. And, while there is great research around what does work, there is no dispute that focusing on developing a culture of kindness is one of the most successful ways to address aggression and bullying in all its forms,” according to Mr. Dinwiddie. “The FSSD has made a commitment to support students and families through a focus on kindness via the Be Nice campaign.” This seminar is open to anyone who wants to hear more about how to develop a culture of kindness that will reflect the character traits you want to see in our youth. Event Flyer (English) Event Flyer...

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 6 through July 15 (excluding the week of July 4 – July 8): Mondays:  June 6, 20 and July 11th    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...

Young Scholars Institute Registration Period Open

The Young Scholars Institute has posted its 2016 schedule of classes and registration form. Sponsored by the FSSD, YSI offers challenging, exploratory classes designed for independent and highly motivated learners. The courses are academically and artistically challenging. The 2016 Young Scholars Institute will be at the Poplar Grove campus, 2959 Del Rio Pike. The Junior Scholars program serves students who have completed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades (ages 7-10) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Elementary side of the building. Senior Scholars serves students who have completed the 5th grade and above (ages 11-14) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Middle side. The dates for 2016 Institute are June 6-10 and June 13-17. For more information or to download the brochure and registration form, visit YSI...

Walk Across Williamson 2016 Spans Month of March

Walk Across WilliamsonDid you know that by averaging 60 minutes of physical activity every day during the month of March, a person can walk across Williamson County! From March 1 – 31, 2016, we want 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.  At the end of the month, calculate the total number of minutes each of you were physically active in your Activity Log, and enter your information electronically at Walk Across Williamson online. Activity Log Contest Rules Celebration EventsSaturday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m.-10 a.m. at: Pinkerton Park Brentwood Library Nolensville Elementary Fairview Recreation Department Longview Recreation Department in Spring Hill Registration will begin at 8:30am. Each event will include a fitness demonstration, a one-mile walk, drawings and prize announcements (must be present to win). For more information, contact Coordinated School Health Coordinator Lisa Chatman,...