Character Under Construction

Our Character Counts

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century American civil rights leader

“We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to values, principles, and the education they need to make them good citizens.”

Sandra Day O’Connor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

It is a widely held belief that much of the violence exhibited in school today can be prevented by teaching the children essential values of character. In keeping with this belief, the State of Tennessee has mandated that character education be taught in the schools. Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1007(a) states “(a) The course of instruction in all public schools shall include character education to help each student develop positive values and improve student conduct as students learn to act in harmony with their positive values and learn to become good citizens in their school, community, and society.”

In compliance with the mandate, the Franklin Special School District has incorporated a character education component in the curriculum. The program, under the leadership of counselors, is called Character Under Construction, and is implemented in coordination with a county-wide character education initiative by the same name.

The county-wide initiative, which is overseen by a group of business leaders, educators, church leaders, parents, and service organizations, has nine character building words to be emphasized in Williamson County. Each trait has been assigned to a particular month to be emphasized not only in our schools, but throughout Williamson County.

Although there is flexibility in how each school in the FSSD administers the Character Under Construction program, each adheres to the county-wide schedule of emphasis on character words. In order to reinforce the program in school, parents are asked to emphasize the monthly character words at home. It is the goal of the FSSD to help students develop positive values, improve conduct and become good citizens in their school, home, community and society.

The monthly Character Builders are:









Character Under Construction Pledge (written by FSSD Counselors)

  • I pledge to be a person of character.
  • I will show respect for myself and others.
  • I will be responsible in what I say and do.
  • I will show perseverance when I keep on trying.
  • I will show caring with my actions.
  • I will show courage when I do the right thing.
  • I will be a good citizen in my school and community.
  • I will be trustworthy and tell the truth.
  • I will show cooperation as I work with others.
  • I will be fair in how I treat others.

For more information, please contact Instructional Facilitator for Student Support Services, Dr. Lee Kirkpatrick.

hotline-logo_just redHomework Hotline is a subscription service that has been sponsored locally by Sonic for our students in grades 1-8. It is available each afternoon to provide free tutoring, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Monday – Thursday.

Homework Hotline has highly qualified teachers in:

  • language arts
  • elementary, middle and high school math,
  • science  – including AP chemistry
  • Spanish
  • social studies, including history, geography, and much more

Bilingual assistance is available in six languages, including Spanish.

In Nashville and surrounding areas, dial  615-298-6636. If out of the immediate area, Sonic Drive-Ins provides a toll free number: 1 888 868-5777.

These services are  free, thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Maddox Charitable Fund, Metro-Nashville Public Schools, Sonic Drive-Ins, the Scarlett Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nissan, Tandem Realty, and MyTV 30/CW 58/Fox 17.




The mission of the FSSD Instructional Technology Department is to integrate technology seamlessly, providing students with a rich educational experience while equipping students and staff with the technology skill set needed to function successfully in an increasingly digital society. The FSSD Instructional Technology Specialist is committed to advancing and supporting an environment which maximizes the integration and use of technology by students and staff, thereby allowing them to reach their full potential to adapt, manage, and participate in a digitally literate world. Academic achievement is enhanced when the implementation of technology tools is combined with sound instructional practices. The FSSD is committed to collaborating with teachers, administrators, and students to enrich teaching and learning through the use of technology.

Instructional Resources 

The Instructional Technology Department has compiled a listing of  online resources to assist students, parents and school staff with finding and using appropriate and instructionally sound web sites and digital textbook companions. Please click the button below to visit the list of resources for each category:

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Instructional Technology Specialists 

FSSD Central Office Annex
1406 Cannon St.
Franklin, TN  37064


FSSD Be Nice signThe Franklin Special School District is part of the Be Nice way of life, one of many schools and governmental agencies across Williamson County who strive every day to represent themselves with character and kindness. 

Our schools reinforce the Be Nice message, which is simply treating other people the way you want to be treated by being kind, respectful and generous. 

Learn more about the FSSD’s Be Nice way of life!