Five-Year Strategic Plan Approved by Board of Education

FSSD Five-Year Strategic Plan (2019 – 2024)  REACH 2024: The five-year strategic plan, approved by the Board of Eduction in January 2019, has been developed over a period of 9 months. The goals and strategies take into consideration the previous plan, feedback from the AdvancED accreditation review team in 2018, input from the FSSD Leadership Team, the School Board, community members, faculty, staff, parents and students.  This plan has a five-year outlook but will be reviewed and modified annually by the Board of...

2019-2020 School Calendar Approved

The Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar at its January 14, 2019, meeting.  2019 – 2020 School Calendar In developing the school calendar, the district takes the following into consideration: Input from School-Level Representatives:  A large committee with representation from many stakeholder groups across the district provides general guidance to the Associate Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning, who coordinates the calendar work. The committee includes teachers, school administrator, paraprofessionals, representatives from the FSSD Education Association and PTO, as well as Central Office administrators and staff, who help to formulate a draft calendar, knowing there are some non-negotiable state requirements. The committee members focus all work through the calendar design process on two guiding concerns: What is best for teaching and learning and what is best for students and families. Once a working draft is created, the committee members gather to review it, offer feedback and/or make modifications. From this feedback, a final draft is formulated. The Director of Schools is engaged in this process throughout the various stages and ultimately recommends a final calendar to the School Board. Correlation to the Williamson County calendar:  Because we have many families with children in both the FSSD and Williamson County Schools, the district tries to correlate its calendar, as much as possible, to the Williamson County Schools calendar. Uninterrupted Instruction:  One of the primary considerations in developing the calendar is to purposefully create uninterrupted instructional periods between major holidays. ...

FSSD Honors Program Information Meeting Jan. 31

Parents of 4th-7th grade students who are interested in learning more about the Franklin Special School District Honors Program are invited to join us for an Honors Program Parent Information meeting on Thursday evening, January 31, at Freedom Intermediate School. The event will be split into two presentations. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. The first presentation is for families of current 4th grade students and will begin at 6:00 pm. The second presentation begins at 7:00 and is for parents of current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.  We encourage all families interested in the Honors program to attend the meeting. Information and presentations will be available on www.fssd.org under Announcements on February 4 for those unable to attend the...

8th Grade Presentation on Social Media Consequences Jan. 15

Parents and 8th- grade students are invited to a special presentation by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Assistant Special Agent Matthew Espenshade, who will share the risks and consequences of posting hoax threats to schools and other public places. This special presentation will beheld January 15 at 6:00 PM in the Freedom Intermediate School theater. In the aftermath of tragic shootings such as the ones at Santa Fe High School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the FBI and law enforcement around the country place significant emphasis on responding to every post with possible federal charges and jail time considered. Williamson County Juvenile Court District Attorney Jay Fahey will also be on hand to share his experiences with local student social media posts that have ended with some life-changing consequences. This is an important topic for both parents and students, so we hope you will come together for a shared understanding of this topic....

TCAP Testing Dates Announced for Spring

The Franklin Special School District has announced the following TCAP testing dates this spring. The testing window is April 15 – May 3, 2019.   TCAP Testing Schedule for FSSD Grades 3 and 4 April 15   English Language Arts, Part 1 (writing) – (80 minutes) April 16-17   Make-ups for ELA, Part 1 (if needed) April 18   Science Field Test (50 minutes) April 23   English Language Arts, Part 2 (35 minutes) and Part 3 (35 minutes) April 24   English Language Arts, Part 4 (30 minutes) and Math, Part 1 (45 minutes) April 25   Math, Part 2 (30 minutes) and Part 3 (40 minutes) April 26-29  Make-ups   TCAP Testing Schedule for FSSD Grades 5 – 8 April 15   English Language Arts, Part 1 (writing) – (80 minutes for grade 5; 85 minutes for grades 6 – 8) April 16-17   Make-ups for ELA, Part 1 (if needed) April 18   Science Field Test (75 minutes) April 23   English Language Arts, Part 2 (40 minutes for grade 5; 50 minutes for grades 6 – 8) and Part 3(40 minutes for grade 5; 50 minutes for grades 6 – 8) April 24    •  English Language Arts, Part 4 (40 minutes for grade 5; 45 minutes for grades 6 – 8) •  Math, Part 1 (45 minutes for grade 5; 40 minutes for grades 6 – 8) OR •  Algebra or Geometry Part 1 (35 minutes) April 25    •  Math, Part 2 (30 minutes for grade 5; 35 minutes for grades 6 -8) OR •  Algebra or Geometry Part 2 (50 minutes) •  Math, Part 3 (40 minutes for grade 5; 50 minutes for grades 6 -8)...

FSSD Welcomes Leslie Duke as Human Resources Supervisor

Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that the Franklin Special School District has hired Leslie Duke as Human Resources Supervisor to replace Dr. Roberta Hill, who is retiring January 3. Duke comes to FSSD from Rutherford County Schools, where she has been working as a Certified Human Resource Analyst for the past four years. She will begin on December 13, 2018, spending about a week shadowing Hill. “We are excited to have the experience that Leslie will bring right from the start,” Snowden said. “In her most recent position she has played an integral role in recruiting, policy compliance, licensing requirements, and orientation of new employees. These are needs that school districts must have met on a routine basis and the ability that she will have to jump right in is crucial.” In addition to her valuable human resources experience, Duke also has a teaching background, which will be pivotal as she will be called up on to remediate issues for both certified and non-certified personnel. She was a Reading Intervention Teacher for four years in RCS before being called to serve at the Central Office in Human Resources. Duke received her undergraduate degree in communications from University of Tennessee Chattanooga, her master’s degree in teaching and administration from Trevecca Nazarene University and hours toward an educational administration degree from Bethel University. Dr. Hill will be retiring January 3, 2019, after 21 years with the FSSD. She came to FSSD to help lead Freedom Middle School as an assistant principal in 1997 from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Almost four years later, in 2001, she was hired as Human...