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....

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 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)...

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....

Welcome Back to School: Winter 2018

Dear Parents, Happy New Year! The new year has certainly brought with it the arrival of cold winter weather. We have been working all week to ensure our buses and buildings are ready to go as students return to school tomorrow, January 5. It’s important that we work together to make sure students are prepared to go to school in cold weather. FSSD maintenance and custodial staff have been in the buildings this week to ensure the heat is working properly and that pipes are not frozen. During this cold snap, we have been keeping the heat on in the schools throughout the night to ensure there is no lag in the morning warm-up. We also will make sure our buses are ready in the morning by starting the engines early so the warming process will be underway when they leave to pick up your children. We encourage you to remind children to dress warmly. Your child’s bus should always arrive within five minutes of its scheduled time. On these chilly mornings, you may consider waiting with your child in a warm car until the bus comes. We look forward to the possibilities that this new year holds and are excited to welcome your children back into our schools tomorrow. Warmest Regards, Dr. David SnowdenDirector of...