Check your child’s bus stop and times online before Aug. 8

The Franklin Special School District is excited to welcome students back for a half day on Wednesday, August 8. Students will dismiss three hours early, but will have an opportunity to eat lunch before they leave. Additionally, please be advised that bus stop times will fluctuate the first two weeks of school as ridership stabilizes. Prior to the first day, please confirm your child’s bus stop location and time as these may change each year. The easiest way to check this is by going online to https://ewa.edulogweb.com/FRANKLINSPTN01web/webquery   We request parents to remain at the bus stop with your child 10 minutes before the posted time until your route stabilizes and times become more predictable. We also encourage parents of younger students to wait for your child at the stop in the afternoon. As a safety precaution, if a young child does not have an older sibling or adult at the stop or expresses a concern about safety, the driver has the prerogative to return the child to the school for a parent to retrieve. Please review the 2018-2019 Bus Rules and Regulations with your child so the expectations are known before they ever board the bus.    Finally, as you drive through town in the coming weeks, please remember to slow down when you see a school bus and NEVER pass a stopped bus. Students depend on the bus stop arm to cross the street safely. The Franklin Police Department is paying special attention to the safety of our students as school resumes and has provided important information in this news release: https://franklinpdnews.com/2018/08/06/school-back-in-session-this-week-keeping-kids-safe-top-fpd-priority/   If you have any questions about your...

All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

Farmer to Assume Principal Role at Freedom Middle School June 1

In a Friday afternoon faculty meeting, Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden announced that Dr. Charles Farmer has been selected to assume the role of principal at Freedom Middle School upon the retirement of Dr. Kristi Jefferson. Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden said he knew Farmer was the perfect fit after hearing about his passion to return to a school leadership role that would allow him more direct connections with students. Farmer is currently Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools (Middle and High Schools) for Williamson County Schools, a position he has held since 2014.  “I am humbled and excited to have been selected,” Farmer said. “I’ve enjoyed my current role immensely; however, when the Freedom Middle position opened, I took the opportunity to reflect on why I became an educator in the first place. I’m at a point in my career where I’ve gained just enough wisdom to understand that supporting students, families and school staff is my heart’s desire.” Farmer points to Freedom Middle Schools strengths of diversity and connectedness as the driving factors that caused him to apply. “I’m personally drawn to the size and diversity, but I really love the family feel that emanates from the district, sister schools and those I’ve met at Freedom Middle thus far,” he said. His first priorities as principal include “meeting as many different people with connections to the school as possible so I can gain an even better understanding of all the great things happening in the school community.” After the interview process was complete, Snowden had no doubts about Farmer’s ability to connect with students, faculty and...

Mercy Behavioral Health Offers Summer Camps at Freedom Middle

Our partners at Mercy Community Healthcare are offering rising 7th-9th grade students an amazing summer camp opportunity! In a grade-specific weeklong camp setting, students will have fun working on building healthy relationships, practicing self-control, increasing self-esteem and team building. The camp, at Freedom Middle School, will be supervised by Andrea Holman, one of Mercy’s school-based licensed clinical therapists. The camp is billable to most insurance plans with behavioral health components and fully covered by TennCare. For more information or to register, contact Andrea at 615-794-0987 (ext 3573).       2018 Summer Flyer (ENG) 2018 Summer Flyer...

Free breakfast and lunch over summer ensure kids don’t go hungry

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the ninth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July.  The 2018 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 29. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.50.  The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Summer Dining Site Johnson Elementary School  •  815 Glass Lane May 29 through July 27 (closed July 2-6) Breakfast Service:  8:00 – 8:30 AM  •  Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle...

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 4 through July 20 (excluding the week of July 2 – July 6): Mondays (June 11, 25, and July 9) Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community 700 West Meade Blvd.  10:00 – 1:00                                  Tuesdays (Between Kroger & Target) 3064 Columbia Avenue 9:00-12:00                              Thursdays (Publix at Franklin Market Place) 1031 Riverside Drive 9:00-12:00                   ...