FSSD Student Art Exhibit Opens Jan. 27 at the Frist

Franklin Special School District student artists will be on exhibit at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Nashville beginning this weekend. Two pieces of art from each grade level at each school have been selected for display. The exhibit will open on Saturday, January 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and is free to all members of the school community.  Each year FSSD has the privilege of participating in this exhibit of student work.  Please come and support our talented student artists and their wonderful art teachers.  The show runs through February 11.  For more information, please contact the Frist Center at (615)...

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...

Five FSSD Teachers Receive National Board Certification

The Franklin Special School District is proud to announce that five more teachers have achieved Certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. This brings the number of teachers who have gone through the national certification process through the FSSD district to 35 since 2001. Of that number, 23 continue to hold the certification and are still in the district. This year’s class of National Board Certified teachers from FSSD includes: Patrick Bourn – Franklin Elementary School, music Deborah Higdon – Franklin Elementary School, special education Karen Hummer – Franklin Elementary School, 1st grade Melissa Miller – Franklin Elementary School, 1st grade Drew Wilkerson – Johnson Elementary School, 1st grade National certification is a rigorous self-evaluation process. This certification recognizes that a teacher has been judged by peers as one who is accomplished, makes sound professional judgments about student learning, and acts effectively on those judgments. It is a symbol of teaching excellence. Although voluntary, it is achieved through a performance-based assessment that takes nearly a year to complete. The FSSD Board of Education holds national certification in such high regard that it reimburses the candidate almost two-thirds of the total cost of the three-year program. In addition, the FSSD rewards a successfully certified teacher with a $4,000 annual supplement for the 5-year period of certification, which may be extended if the teacher completes a renewal process. In return, the students reap the benefits of a stronger, more reflective teacher focused on student engagement.   Another support provided to FSSD teachers who choose to participate in the rigorous process of national certification is local support, headed by Human Resources Supervisor Dr....

Student Health Reminders

While not at critical levels, our schools are seeing an increased number of student absences due to illness, including flu. We would like to remind parents of our district’s wellness policy: Students with a temperature of 100 or greater should NOT be in school until they are fever-free for a full 24-48 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students with vomiting or diarrhea should be symptom-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.  If you do not have a thermometer, or you are unsure if your child is well enough for school, please bring them to the school nurse before they go to the classroom.  Please monitor you child for signs of the flu, such as fever, headache, body aches, dry cough and fatigue. Your doctor can give a quick swab test to determine if they have the flu. To prevent the spread of illness, school staff will continue referring students who do not look, act or feel well to the clinic and remind students to practice good hand washing and to cover coughs and sneezes.  In addition, custodians are diligently cleaning water fountains, faucets and other surfaces....