New Visitor Safety Protocol in Effect 2017-2018

In a continuing effort to prioritize the safety and security of our school campuses and the students and employees therein, the Franklin Special School District Board of Education amended its Board Policy 1.501 (Visitors to School/District Properties – Security Management) on May 8, 2017. Please remember as we begin the 2017-2018 school year, “all visitors shall be required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID when they enter any school building or office during normal hours of operation and all visitors may be subject to a background check.” If you do not have a current government-issued photo ID, please speak to the school principal or assistant principal and they will be glad to assist you. Those who are simply visiting the office for the purpose of speaking to staff, filling out paperwork, or dropping items off do not need to present identification. However, anyone who wishes to visit an area beyond the office must abide by this revised policy. Public schools are not public places and school officials have a duty to protect the students while they are on campus. While visitors and guests are always welcome, supervision of those visitors is a very serious obligation and we are proud that our school board has deemed this a priority by placing it in policy. As we begin our school year on August 10, we respectfully request that all visitors adhere to this new policy and thank you for your understanding and...

Wiemers Named Assistant Principal at Freedom Intermediate

Freedom Intermediate School principal Dr. Joel Hoag has tapped one of his own staff members, Pax Wiemers, to step into the role of assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year. “During his time at Freedom Intermediate, Mr. Wiemers has proven himself to be an effective and engaging teacher, a thoughtful and collaborative colleague, and has garnered the respect of his peers through his consistent display of servant leadership in all of the roles he has taken on at our school,” Hoag said. “We are excited that our new assistant principal not only understands our school culture, but has helped cultivate it during his nine years here.” Administrative leadership has been a goal of Wiemers’, who was in the 2016 inaugural class of the FSSD’s Leadership Intern program, where participants experienced the day-to-day responsibilities of school leaders by shadowing principals throughout the year. He also holds an Education Specialist’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2015. At Freedom Intermediate, Wiemers’ teaching experience includes 5th and 6th grade social studies as well as his most recent post as the school’s digital literacy and technology teacher. Prior to his arrival in the Franklin Special School District, he taught reading and science in the 5th and 6th grades in private schools. He holds a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, both from Tennessee State University. Wiemers will be stepping into a position vacated by the retirement of former assistant principal Kirk Alexander at the end of July. “We will miss Mr. Alexander’s calm and methodical manner that was an anchor for those who worked with him throughout...

Kindergarten Roundup Set for Friday, April 21

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION is online this year and parents may enroll students between April 1 – 30, 2017. However, we want all parents and rising kindergarten students to attend our annual Kindergarten Roundup, held on Friday, April 21. This is an important milestone for all parents and future kindergartners! This day is designed to provide families with a fun opportunity to hear more about the school, take a tour, turn in registration materials, and sign up for a kindergarten screening date. Parents are urged to drop in with their rising kindergartner between 8:30 and 3:00. Rising kindergartners must be at least 5 years old on or before August 15 to enroll. Kindergarten Roundup Flyer English...

State Seeks Input on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

The State Department of Education has been working over the past year to draft a plan to transition from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The State plan is built on the work started in partnership with school districts through Tennessee Succeeds.  The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has a detailed explanation of the federal act and what it means for Tennessee school districts in its SCORE Sheet (Dec. 2016).  Parents and local community members can view Tennessee’s plan and provide the State with public comment via the ESSA website.  A direct link to the feedback form is here. The public comment period will be open through Jan. 31, 2017. All input is welcome, although groups are encouraged to provide feedback as one entity.   Over the past two months, the State has heard from more than 600 parents, educators, students, district and school administrators, school board members, advocates, and community members who have attended ESSA town halls. This turnout during a busy holiday season exceeded expectations so two more town halls have been scheduled: Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. ET at Tennessee High School in Bristol If you can’t make it to an in-person discussion, the State website has the handouts from these town halls, a video from one of the presentations as well as the presentation itself, and an online survey that mirrors the exit ticket questions asked of town hall participants. You can RSVP for the two new town halls here....