Five FSSD Schools Named Tennessee Reward Schools

While all FSSD schools did extremely well on state testing in achievement, five schools met all of the measures the state uses to assign the designation of Reward School. Congratulations to Freedom Intermediate, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary and Poplar Grove Middle! Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee and includes the top 5 percent of schools for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for student growth. This year, 318 schools in 85 school districts, about 20 percent of schools in the state, earned Reward status. Reward Schools are generally those that are improving in terms of achievement and growth for both all students and student groups. According the state website, the new accountability framework is based on principles that all schools can be successful and all Tennessee students must be served well. It includes a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism and discipline, ACT performance, and TNReady scores, to make a determination. All schools are rated both on how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and black, Hispanic, and Native American students. In addition to the five Reward Schools, FSSD was also named an Exemplary District by the State. It is one of only 14 across Tennessee to receive this...

Schools to Begin Using New Visitor Entry Procedure Oct. 23

If you have visited our schools in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a new video phone in the entry area close to the office door. This equipment is part of our school’s safety plan and will require a new school entry procedure for visitors. As a pilot for this procedure, Liberty Elementary is in its second year using the video phones. The video phone system enables all exterior school doors to remain locked during the school day, which provides an extra layer of protection and is a national standard in school safety. Signage will be clear and visible when the video phone system becomes operational on Tuesday, October 23. Office staff will be sure to remind you to sign in and show your valid government-issued photo ID if you plan to leave the office area for another area of the school as we currently do. The new procedure will only take a few more seconds to enter your child’s school, but it is a critical part of our campus safety plan. To see how simple the new procedure will be, please watch this short video: https://youtu.be/60qnjwh5b0s We are excited that our district is able to provide this system in all FSSD schools and office buildings using a state safety grant and at no cost to our schools and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we begin to implement this plan. Thank you for your support and for being a positive part of your child’s school safety...

Parent Seminar: Inclusive Friendships for Students With or Without Special Needs

In order to foster understanding and improve inclusive peer relationships among students, the FSSD Special Education department is hosting a parent meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Franklin Elementary School Media Center at 1501 Figuers Drive. Haley Hatchell, Community Engagement Manager for Best Buddies Tennessee, will be joining us to talk about the importance of inclusive friendships for students with and without special needs. Best Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring. If you have any questions, please call FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at 615/794-6624 or...

Director of Schools’ Message Regarding School Safety

FSSD parents and families: Yesterday’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left us all with feelings of sadness, frustration and anxiety. Our hearts go out to the parents and families affected by this tragedy. With this in mind, I wanted to take a moment to make you aware of the safety measures that we have in place in all of our schools. We work from a Safety Plan that is coordinated with local law enforcement and first responders and we practice these plans by regularly holding drills in our schools. Franklin Special School District administrators meet regularly with first responders to discuss responses to potential dangers and district personnel routinely participate in county-wide mock drills to problem-solve various safety threats with those who would typically be responding to a school emergency. Because of our collaborative approach with law enforcement and emergency responders in safety planning, these individuals have immediate electronic access to critical safety information to reference in the event of an actual school emergency.  Such plans include detailed campus information, evacuation plans, and critical contact information for staff and emergency responders. Based on best practices nationwide, our school administrators, faculties and staff are trained to use many different methods to protect themselves and their students. These methods are situational and empower the staff and students to make critical decisions based on training. For the past five years, we have been fortunate to have School Resource Officers (SRO) on our campuses every day, whose first priority is protecting the school’s occupants. These deputies are provided through the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and are specifically trained to anticipate and recognize threats...

Columbia State to Offer Discount for Coding Camps

Columbia State Community College is partnering with the FSSD to offer our students a discount for its summer coding camp opportunities. FSSD students who register by Friday, May 25 using the promo code “FSSD” will receive a discount on registration. Camps are available for students ages 11-15. CSCC Coding Camp Flyer and Registration Information (English and Spanish...

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...