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Franklin Middle School Interscholastic Athletic Program Sportsmanship is #1

Janesville’s Middle School Athletic Program offers students a wide variety of athletic experiences for any boy or girl who is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to become a member of an athletic team. It is our goal that every student who is scholastically eligible finds a place on one or more of our no-cut athletic teams. We feel that the value students receive from their association with athletics will have a lasting and worthwhile influence upon their development into adulthood.

Participation, performance, and competition in an athletic program should focus on the opportunity for students to develop and exhibit skills to the best of their abilities without pressures to determine individual or group superiority and with equal value placed on each activity. Goals related to this philosophy are:

  • Building self-esteem
  • Developing skills
  • Expanding interest in lifetime and leisure activities
  • Providing opportunity for personal and social growth
  • Encouraging participation of all students
  • Helping prepare middle school students for high school athletic participation

Additionally, school personnel believe that athletic programs are an integral part of the District’s total educational program. In this context, we must remember that is the responsibility of an athlete in particular and athletics I general, to subjugate themselves to the total educational program.

Diversity is strength, and what America is all about. With this diversity, though, we are faced with more and more challenges. Each of us has a role to play in making society a better place. We can all do our part and make A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!

Parents and Guardians

Please show good sportsmanship while you watch your son or daughter participate in our athletic program.


August 28 – October 24, 2017 Football (7-8)

September 6 – October 18, 2017 Girls’ Softball (8) ~ Co-Ed Golf (6-8) Co-Ed Tennis (6-8)


October 30, 2017 – December 14, 2017 Boys’ Swim (6-8) Girls’ Volleyball (8)


January 3, 2018 – February 14, 2018 Girls’ Swim (6-8) Boys’ Basketball (8)


February 26, 2018 – April 13, 2018 Wrestling (6-8) Girls’ Basketball (6-8)


April 16, 2018 – May 31, 2018 Co-Ed Track (6-8) Girls’ Soccer (8) ~ Boys’ Soccer (8)


FOOTBALL: Mr. Adams, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Larson, Mr. Pajerski

GOLF: Mr. Schenzel SOFTBALL: Ms. Swenson

TENNIS: Ms. Owen

BOYS’ SWIM: Mr. Riley

GIRLS’ SWIM: Ms. Wilson

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Mr. Erickson, Ms. Mattison

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Mr. Gardner, Mr. McCulloch


WRESTLING: Mr. Larson, Mr. Adams

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Mr. Pajerski


TRACK: Mr. Adams, Mr. Hibbs, Mrs. Jordan

August 2019

Franklin Family Newsletter - August 2019

It is August, which means it is time to begin thinking about the school year. The August edition of Franklin’s Newsletter is filled with important information about things to do in preparation for the start of school, as well as significant dates and events during the first month of school. Please plan to either complete all components online or attend Student Registration on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The School District of Janesville will use the online registration process again this school year. Many of the forms required for registration will be available online on our district website:  Online registration is open and available to parents. If you do not have the ability to register online, you can access computer resources at the public library or contact our Student Services office at 608-743-6026 for alternative methods of registration. Computers will also be available at Franklin Middle School during Registration Day for any parents that need to complete the online registration. Student photographs will not be taken on registration day. Instead, Lifetouch will be here on September 3, 2019 during Ready, Set, Goal Conferences to take your student's photograph. Please check the Franklin Middle School Website: for pricing and the link to pre-order packages online.

Parents will be able to deposit money into student lunch accounts and receive other important school information, including athletic forms. At registration, students will receive their schedule for next year and parents will be able to schedule their Ready, Set, Goal Conference. Please call the school office at 608-743-6000 if you have additional questions.

School Fees:  School fees are $37.00 for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  The yearbook fee is $16.00. Payment of fees is due at registration on August 19, 2019. Checks for fees and yearbooks should be made out to Franklin Middle School.  You can write one check for both school fees and a yearbook or make one check for multiple students that you may be registering. You may also pay your student's school fees, any athletic fees, or deposit any lunch money online through the Infinite Campus Portal. Yearbooks can only be purchased at Franklin or through Josten's website. Watch your email for more information about purchasing yearbooks through Josten's, please.

Transportation:  If your child will be riding the city bus this school year and you have questions about routes and the service, a representative from JTS will be available during the Student Registration Day on August 19th. School bus routes have been traditionally published in the Janesville Gazette prior to the start of school. You may wish to study them carefully to notice any changes. Questions concerning riding the yellow school bus can be forwarded to Mr. Bill Samborski, District Transportation Coordinator at 608-743-5016.


Student Registration Day

Monday, August 19, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Online Pre-Registration is now available on The School District of Janesville Website:


Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

From Dr. Urness

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year students and parents!  We hope that everyone is able to relax and enjoy what remains of the summer because the staff is ready to teach (and learn) at Franklin Middle School. 

Ready, Set, Goal Conferences: Franklin will kick off the first day of school, September 3, 2019, with teacher-parent-student conferences known as Ready, Set, Goal Conferences.  The purpose of Ready, Set, Goal Conferences is to review previous work contained in the student’s portfolio, set goals for the upcoming school year, and answer any questions about Franklin’s policies, procedures, and expectations.  At the Ready, Set, Goal Conference, students and parents will meet with a Franklin staff member (almost always the student’s advisor) to cover informational material.  We feel that Ready, Set, Goal Conferences go a long way toward making the start of the school year a positive and successful experience for everyone.  Parents and students will schedule a time for their Ready, Set, Goal Conference via SignUpGenius. Important Note:  The only required attendance time on September 3, 2019 for your student is during their 20 to 30 minute Ready, Set, Goal Conference.

The staff and I look forward to seeing students and parents on Registration Day, August 19, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019, for Ready, Set, Goal Conferences.  Please feel free to contact the office at 608-743-6000, if you have any questions before that date and throughout the school year.  Franklin is a great place because of the students, parents, and staff members.  We strive to provide an excellent adolescent educational experience for students so that they are prepared for high school and beyond. Enjoy the rest of your summer break so that we are ready to get to work right away on the first day of school. Here is to a fantastic school year at Franklin Middle School.


Welcome, from the Student Services Center!

The Franklin Middle School Student Services Center welcomes you to Franklin Middle School. Ms. Konstanz and Mrs. Clarquist will begin work full-time on Monday, August 19, 2019. We encourage you to contact us if you have any information we need to know to help make your child’s year a success.

Once students begin school full time (September 4, 2019) we are very involved in scheduling concerns. We ask that you make an appointment, if you need to see us, so that we can reserve time for you. All schedule changes must be submitted in writing to the principal. Please feel free to call the Student Services Center at 608-743-6026 for an appointment or for any other questions.

See you on Registration Day, August 19, 2019!

Student Services Staff

Ms. Konstanz – 608-743-6027

Mrs. Clarquist – 608-743-6028

Mrs. Amundson, Secretary – 608-743-6026

Mrs. Wilker – 608-743-6121


Ready, Set, Goal Conferences

For the past several years, Franklin Middle School has kicked off the new school year with Ready, Set, Goal Conferences. These conferences give parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss work done in a student’s portfolio and goals for the upcoming school year.

Like previous years, this day is not a usual day of school for students. You and your student will schedule a time during registration day to come to Franklin on September 3, 2019. We have time slots from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. You and your student are only expected to be at school on September 3, 2019 during the time you scheduled for this conference. If you have any questions about Ready, Set, Goal Conferences, you may call the main office at 608-743-6000.

Please remember, the only required attendance on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3, 2019, is during a student’s scheduled Ready, Set, Goal Conference. Parents will schedule a conference time during registration.


Back-To-School Dance

The Franklin Athletic Department will be hosting a back-to-school dance on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. The cost of the tickets will be $5.00 when purchasing during the lunch hours or at the door on September 20th. Advanced ticket sales will start on Wednesday, September 17, 2019 during each lunch period here at Franklin. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase during the dance.


Breakfast at Franklin Middle School

Franklin offers a breakfast program to students. Breakfast is free to ALL students. Students may enter the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. to receive a breakfast. Breakfast items may be eaten in the cafeteria. Students may not transport open food through the halls.


4, 3, 2, 1 Grading Scale

The standards are aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math, and the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in all other subject areas. Student achievement is measured based on student ability to meet the standards put in place for specific content areas.  Depending on the level at which a student is able to meet a standard, the student achievement will be evaluated on a 4,3,2,1 grading scale.  These numbers do not correlate with letter grades.  The grading scale is similar to the Janesville Elementary Schools and is detailed in the chart below.  It is the objective of the District for students to obtain 3’s, while offering them the chance to demonstrate higher level thinking, resulting in 4’s.  Teachers will determine if a standard is met through a variety of assessments.  In addition, specific teacher comments regarding life skills such as responsibility and attitude will also be reported by subject area.  Parents will be able to view ongoing progress on Family Access, and report cards will be sent home with students at the end of each quarter.  The last report card of the year will be mailed to parents.

4.0) In addition to 3.0 performance, demonstrates in-depth understanding and application that goes beyond the learning goals.

3.0) Demonstrates mastery regarding the information and/or processes (simple or complex) of the learning goals.

2.0) Demonstrates mastery regarding the simpler details and processes, and demonstrates partial understanding regarding the more complex ideas and processes of the learning goals.

1.0) With help, a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes and some of the more complex ideas and processes of the learning goals.



We have painted areas in our front circle to assist with dropping your student(s) off in the morning. Please pull forward to the lowest numbered slot so that cars can enter from N. Crosby Avenue.


Fall Fundraiser

September 11 – 25, 2019

Again this year we will have a drive-thru order pick up on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Just stop, hit your trunk release, and the order will be placed inside your vehicle! Check the Franklin website for further details please.


Franklin Middle School Athletics

Season One sports offered to Franklin Middle School students are as follows:

Football (7-8th Grade)

Softball (8th Grade)

Golf (6-8th Grade)

Tennis (6-8th Grade)

Football equipment handout will take place on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Football practice will start on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. Golf, Softball, and Tennis practice will begin on August 26, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. Please stop by the Athletic Station during Registration on August 19, 2019 to receive information regarding Franklin Middle School’s five sports seasons, applicable fees, and other important information. PE T-shirts will also be available for purchase during registration at the Athletic Station for $8.00.



Franklin Middle School is providing an opportunity for all students new to Franklin to participate in a program called "Taking Flight." On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, four two-hour sessions will be offered to all incoming sixth graders as well as any new students transferring to Franklin from other schools. New students will be given the opportunity to walk through their schedules, find all of their classrooms, practice with their lockers and discuss important topics such as the Franklin Foundations and our school procedures and expectations.

Experienced Franklin students are often "the best teachers." To promote their leadership skills and further forge relationships among Franklin students, current students, under the guidance of our Student Services Department, will act as models and mentors as they assist and help coach new students. We have incorporated some fun games and scavenger hunts to make this exciting for everyone.

Your student is invited to join us for one of the two-hour sessions offered on Tuesday, August 20th. Participation is not a requirement. It will serve as an opportunity for new students to become more familiar with Franklin and work out some of the anxieties with starting middle school. Sessions will be offered from 8:00-10:00 a.m., 10:30-12:30 p.m., 1:30-3:30 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sessions are limited to 30 students per time slot.

If you are interested in signing up your student for the Taking Flight program and have not already done so, you will have the opportunity to sign up during Franklin's Registration Day on Monday, August 19, 2019.

Feel free to contact Katie Clarquist at with any questions regarding this opportunity. She will check and respond to emails periodically throughout the summer.

We look forward to meeting with your student and helping them with their transition to Franklin Middle School!

Julie Konstanz – School Counselor – 608-743-6027 or

Katie Clarquist – School Councelor – 608-743-6028 or

Brandee Wilker – School Psychologist – 608-743-6121 or


Rec Night Information

Although held at Franklin, Rec. Nights are events sponsored and operated by Janesville’s Leisure Services.  Leisure Services rents the building from the school district.  They are in charge of supervision and policies related to Rec Nights.  They always have several paid Leisure Service staff members at Rec Night, and parent volunteers are always encouraged to help out. Please contact Leisure Services if you would be able to help out with any future Rec Nights.  The Leisure Service Staff always strives to contract one off-duty Janesville Police Officer to be on duty; however, this is not always possible.  

If you send a check to cover the entry fee, please make out the check to “Janesville Leisure Services.”

We do know that many of the problems that have occurred over the years related to Rec Night actually happen when the event has ended, and students are waiting outside for rides.  Rec Night ends at 9:00 p.m., so please pick up your student at that time.

If you have any Rec Night questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Leisure Services at 608-755-3030

2019-2020 Rec Night Dates:

Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020


We Need Junior Achievement Volunteers

Classroom volunteers are needed to help Junior Achievement (JA) prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  JA classroom programs use community volunteers to teach K-12 students how to become successful business owners, good employees, effective money managers and good citizens. 

What would I do as a JA volunteer?

Attend an informational meeting to learn how to become a JA volunteer.

Choose the grade level, class, and school where you’d like to volunteer. (You can choose your child’s classroom.)

Attend a training session with JA staff to review your classroom kit of materials.

Contact your assigned teacher to work out the classroom visit schedule.

Lead 5-7 hands-on sessions in the classroom.  Most classroom visits are 30-45 minutes long but there are some single afternoon or single day opportunities available.  All materials are age-appropriate for students and contain fun activities that teach important lessons about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills. Teachers are present in the classroom to provide support, if needed.

Have fun.

How do I sign up?

Contact Melanie Hawkins at the JA office in Janesville.  Email to or call 608-754-8760.  For more information about JA, go to


National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

Dear Parent or Guardian: We are pleased to inform you that Franklin Middle School will be implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) while participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2019-2020 School Year.

What does this mean for you and your children attending Franklin Middle School?

All Franklin students are eligible for a free breakfast and a free lunch daily. This does not include extra milk, cold lunch milk, or ala carte purchases.

The district will still be requesting applications from households with a student participating in the CEP; however, receipt of free breakfast and lunch meals does not depend on returning it. Completing the application is still necessary for other programs and may be used to determine if your household is eligible for these additional benefits.

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at 608-743-5132.


Jim Degan, SNS School Nutrition Manager

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider


Child Find Notice

“The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services for the School District of Janesville at 743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this Spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Kimberli Peerenboom at the school district address above.”


Aviso Detectar al Niño

“El distrito escolar tiene que localizar, identificar y evaluar a todos los niños residentes con discapacidades, incluyendo a los niños con discapacidades que asisten a escuelas privadas, sin importar la gravedad de sus discapacidades.” El distrito escolar tiene un programa de educación especial para localizar y evaluar a todos los niños con presuntas discapacidades, quienes son residentes del distrito y que no se han graduado de la escuela preparatoria.  Cuando se solicite, el distrito escolar evaluará a cualquier niño residente que no se haya graduado de la escuela preparatoria para determinar, si es apropiada una referencia para educación especial. Una solicitud puede hacerse contactando a Kimberli Peerenboom, Director de Servicios al alumno del Distrito Escolar de Janesville al 743-5061, o escribiéndole a: 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Anualmente el distrito lleva a cabo evaluaciones del desarrollo de los niños en edad preescolar. Cada una de las habilidades motoras, comunicativas y sociales del niño son observadas en varias áreas de juego. Se pesa y mide a cada niño y su audición y visión son revisadas. Se utiliza la información para proporcionar al padre un perfil del desarrollo actual de su niño y proveer sugerencias para las actividades de seguimiento. Los padres aprenden acerca de los servicios comunitarios disponibles para ellos y hablan con representantes de agencias que dan servicio a las familias. La información de la evaluación también se utiliza para determinar si un niño debe ser examinado por presunta discapacidad. Cuando el personal de la escuela razonablemente cree que un niño, es un niño con una discapacidad,  refieren al niño para una evaluación por el equipo del Programa Educativo Individualizado (IEP) del distrito escolar. Las evaluaciones del desarrollo serán parte de las examinaciones del kínder esta primavera. Espere las fechas en su escuela local.

Un doctor, enfermera, sicólogo, trabajador social o administrador de una agencia social que razonablemente crea que un niño que se le llevó para recibir atención es un niño con una discapacidad, tiene el deber legal de reportar al niño al distrito escolar en el cual el niño reside. Antes de referir al niño, la persona que hace la referencia tiene que informar a los padres del niño que se hará la referencia. La referencia tiene que ser por escrito e incluir la razón por la cual la persona cree que el niño, es un niño con una discapacidad. Otros quienes razonablemente crean que un niño, es un niño con una discapacidad, pueden también referir al niño al distrito escolar en el cual el niño reside. Una referencia de un niño que reside en el Distrito Escolar de Janesville puede enviarse a Kimberli Peerenboom a la dirección de arriba del distrito escolar.


School District of Janesville

The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children.  The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.  This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities.  This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.

The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities.  Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health.  This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services.  Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record. Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

 The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.

●  "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.

●  "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.

●  "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.

●  "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records:

●  The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school district will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information. Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.

●  The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask [Name of] School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

●  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without consent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent.

●  The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.



Distrito Escolar de Janesville requiere ubicar, identificar, y evaluar a todos los menores con discapacidades, incluyendo a menores con discapacidades que asisten a escuelas privadas en el distrito escolar, y menores sin hogar. El proceso de ubicar, identificar y evaluar a menores con discapacidades es conocido como intervención temprana o “child find”.  Esta agencia lleva a cabo las siguientes actividades de intervención temprana cada año. Este aviso informa a los padres de los registros que el distrito escolar creará y mantendrá como parte de sus actividades de intervención temprana. Este aviso también informa a los padres de sus derechos sobre cualquier registro creado.

El distrito escolar reúne información de identificación personal de cualquier menor que participa en las actividades de intervención temprana. Los padres, maestros, y otros profesionales proporcionan información a la escuela en relación al desempeño académico, conducta y salud del menor. Esta información es usada para determinar si el menor necesita servicios especiales de educación. La información de identificación personal directamente relacionada con el menor y mantenida por la escuela es un registro de alumno. Los registros de alumno incluyen datos mantenidos en cualquier medio incluyendo, entre otros, medios de almacenamiento informáticos, cintas de video y  audio, película, microfilm, y microficha. Los registros mantenidos para uso personal por un maestro y que no se encuentran disponibles para otros y los registros disponibles sólo para las personas involucradas en el tratamiento psicológico de un menor no son registros de alumno.

 El distrito escolar mantiene diferentes clases de registros de alumno.

●   Los "Registros de Progreso" incluyen notas, clases que el menor ha tomado, el registro de asistencia del menor, registros de vacunaciones, registros obligatorios de detección de plomo, y registros de actividades extracurriculares de la escuela. Los registros de progreso deben ser mantenidos por lo menos cinco años después que el menor deje de matricularse.

●   Los "Registros de Conducta" incluyen registros como pruebas psicológicas, evaluaciones de personalidad, registros de conversaciones, declaraciones escritas relacionadas específicamente con la conducta del menor, pruebas relacionadas específicamente al logro o medición de la capacidad, registros de salud física aparte de registros de vacunación y detección de plomo, registros de agentes del orden público, y otros registros de estudiante que no sean “registros de progreso.” Los registros de agentes del orden público se mantienen separadamente de otros registros del alumno. Los registros de conducta pueden ser mantenidos por un lapso no mayor de un año después de la graduación del menor o después que el mismo deje de matricularse, a menos que el padre especifique por escrito que los registros pueden ser mantenidos por un periodo de tiempo mayor. El distrito escolar informa a los padres cuando los registros de alumno ya no son necesarios para proporcionar educación especial. A solicitud de los padres del menor, el distrito escolar destruye la información que ya no es necesaria.

●   Los "datos de directorio" incluyen el nombre del estudiante, dirección, teléfono listado, fecha y lugar de nacimiento, campo principal de estudios, participación en actividades y deportes oficialmente reconocidos, peso y altura de los miembros de los equipos atléticos, fechas de asistencia, fotografías, grados y premios recibidos, y el nombre de la escuela más reciente a la que haya asistido previamente el estudiante.

●   Los "registros de salud física del estudiante" incluyen información básica de salud sobre un alumno, incluyendo los registros de vacunación del alumno, una tarjeta de emergencia médica, un registro de primeros auxilios y medicina administrada al alumno, y una tarjeta de permiso atlético, un registro sobre la capacidad del alumno de participar en un programa de educación, cualquier registro obligatorio de detección de plomo, los resultados de cualquier prueba de detección de rutina, como una prueba de audición, visión o escoliosis, y cualquier seguimiento a dicha prueba, y cualquier otra información básica de salud, como sea determinado por el superintendente del estado. Cualquier registro del alumno relacionado con la salud física del mismo que no sea un registro de salud física del alumno es tratado como un registro de cuidado de salud del paciente según las secciones 146.81 a 146.84, de los Estatutos de Wisconsin. Cualquier registro del alumno sobre prueba de VIH es tratado como se proporciona en la sección 252.15, de los Estatutos de Wisconsin.

La Ley de Derechos Educativos de la Familia y la Confidencialidad (FERPA, por sus siglas en inglés), la Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA), y la sección 118.125, de los Estatutos de Wisconsin, proporcionan a los padres y a los estudiantes mayores de 18 años ("estudiantes aptos") los siguientes derechos respecto a sus registros de educación:

●   El derecho a inspeccionar y revisar los registros de educación del estudiante dentro de los 45 días posteriores a la recepción de  la solicitud. Los padres o los estudiantes aptos deben enviar al director de la escuela [or appropriate school official] una solicitud escrita que identifique el(los) registro(s) que ellos desean inspeccionar. El director puede hacer arreglos para el acceso y notificar al padre o al estudiante apto sobre el momento y lugar donde los registros pueden ser inspeccionados. El distrito escolar cumplirá con la solicitud sin retrasos innecesarios y antes de cualquier reunión sobre un programa educativo individualizado, o cualquier proceso de audiencia pendiente, y de ninguna manera después de cumplirse los 45 días posteriores a la fecha de la solicitud. Si cualquier registro incluye información sobre más de un menor, los padres de dichos menores tienen derecho a inspeccionar y revisar sólo la información sobre su niño o a ser notificados sobre esa información específica. A solicitud, el distrito escolar entregará al padre o al estudiante apto una copia de los registros de progreso y una copia de los registros de conducta. A solicitud, el distrito escolar entregará al padre o al estudiante apto una lista de los tipos y la ubicación de los registros de educación recolectados, mantenidos, o usados por el distrito para educación especial. El distrito escolar responderá a las solicitudes razonables de explicaciones e interpretación de los registros. Un representante del padre puede inspeccionar y revisar los registros.

●   El derecho a solicitar la enmienda de los registros de educación que el padre o estudiante apto crea que son incorrectos o engañosos. Los padres o estudiantes aptos pueden pedir que el distrito escolar de [name of school district] corrija un registro que según ellos es incorrecto o engañoso. Ellos deben escribir al director de la escuela, y claramente identificar la parte del registro que desean cambiar, y especificar por qué es incorrecta o engañosa. Si el distrito decide no corregir el registro, el distrito notificará al padre o al estudiante apto de la decisión y el derecho a una audiencia sobre la solicitud de enmienda. Información adicional sobre los procedimientos de audiencia será proporcionada al padre o al estudiante apto cuando se le notifique del derecho a una audiencia.

●   El derecho a consentir la divulgación de la información de identificación personal en los registros de educación del estudiante, salvo en la medida que las leyes federal y estatal autoricen la divulgación sin consentimiento. Las excepciones están indicadas en 34 CFR 99.31, reglamentos de la Ley de Derechos Educativos de la Familia y la Confidencialidad; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, Ley Que Ningún Niño Se Quede Atrás – o ”No Child Left Behind” del 2001;  y la sección 118.125(2)(a) a (m) y sub. (2m), de los Estatutos de Wisconsin. Una excepción que permite la divulgación sin consentimiento es la divulgación a los funcionarios de la escuela con intereses legítimamente educativos. Un funcionario de la escuela es una persona empleada por el distrito como un administrador, supervisor, instructor, o miembro de apoyo del equipo (incluyendo equipo médico o de salud y personal de la unidad de orden público); una persona miembro de la junta directiva de la escuela; una persona o compañía la cual ha sido contratada por el distrito para realizar una tarea especial (como por ejemplo un abogado, auditor, consultor médico, o terapeuta); o un padre o estudiante miembro de un comité oficial, como por ejemplo un comité disciplinario o de agravios, o que ayuda a otro funcionario de la escuela a desarrollar sus labores. Un funcionario de la escuela tiene un interés legitimamente educativo si éste necesita revisar un registro educativo para cumplir con su responsabilidad profesional. A solicitud, el distrito divulga los registros educativos sin consentimiento a los funcionarios de otro distrito escolar en el cual un estudiante busca o pretende matricularse. También, el distrito divulga "datos de directorio" sin consentimiento, a no ser que el padre notifique al distrito que estos no pueden ser divulgados sin previo permiso de los padres.

●   El derecho a presentar una queja con el Departamento de Educación de los E.U. sobre presuntas fallas del distrito en el cumplimiento de la Ley FERPA. El nombre y dirección de la Oficina que administra la Ley de Derechos Educativos de la Familia y la Confidencialidad  o FERPA es: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.




Registration Day

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Optional Teacher Work Day


Monday, August 19, 2019

Taking Flight


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Teacher Work Days


Tuesday, August 20 – Friday, August 23, 2019

Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)


Monday, September 2, 2019

Ready, Set, Goal Conferences

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (by appointment)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Picture Day


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Full Day for Students


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Fundraiser Kickoff


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Back to School Dance

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (in the gymnasium)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fundraiser Turn in Date


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Rec Night

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Picture Re-Take Day


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. (by appointment)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (by appointment)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

No School for Students


Thursday, October 24, 2019

No School for Staff & Students


Friday, October 24, 2019

Middle & High School Only

End of First Quarter

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fundraiser Distribution


Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Franklin Phone Numbers

Main Office


Attendance Office


Asst. Prin. Office


Student Services


Athletic Office



October / November 2019

Franklin Family Newsletter

October - November, 2019

News from Student Services

Peer Mediation - Making a Difference

We are happy to report that thirteen students in grades 7 & 8 are peer mediators trained in communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills to help peers resolve conflicts. Student Services Staff Julie Konstanz, Katie Clarquist, and Brandee Wilker are the Peer Mediation coaches.  We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and grateful for your support.

Aliana Carillo-Roeling     Bella Cassioppi        Alan Dezeeuw

Griffin Eldridge                Naomi Floren           Marley Galvan

Adam Green                   Jamari Howell          Landen Raymond

Teagan Sedwick             Addison Riley-Lein   Charlie Simmons

James Tearman

Special Event for Families

“Parenting the Digital Generation”

On October 1, Mike McGowan will present “Parenting the Digital Generation” to Franklin families and school staff from across the district.  Mr. McGowan is a nationally recognized speaker; he will share valuable and practical information during his engaging presentation.  Earlier in the day, Mr. McGowan will work with and trained our Franklin peer mediators.

Academic Career Planning (ACP) - Becoming College & Career Ready

In an effort to support Academic and Career Awareness and Planning, school counselors conduct individual ACP meetings with all 8th grade students and their parents/guardians.  Many families have already signed up for their meeting.  We encourage everyone to get this on their calendars.  Sign up is easy; follow the appropriate link below for your child’s team:

8A sign up (Advisors = Denewellis, Meyer, Schroedel, Stark, Zartman)

8B sign up (Advisors = Mauel, Gardner, Forst, Moore, Mock)

Contact either school counselor with questions:

·Mrs. Katie Clarquist (8A) - 608-743-6026 or

·Ms. Julie Konstanz (8B) - 608-743-6027 or

Social Emotional Learning

During Advisory on Mondays, students participate in SecondStep Lessons to develop life skills that will help them be successful in and out of school.  A family letter outlining topics and skills addressed is included in this newsletter.  You are also encouraged to check out ParenTeenconnect, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides recommendations and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

We want your child to be successful in school, and that means going beyond the basics. Excelling in academic classes is important, but students also need to know how to learn, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.  

Franklin students are participating in the Second Step Middle School Program, which focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:

Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.

Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.

Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.

Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can't be avoided, think about other people's perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.

If you have any questions about the Second Step Middle School Program, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselors Ms. Konstanz (608-743-6027 or jkonstanz@janesville.k12.wi.ur) or Mrs. Clarquist (608-743-6028 or for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills and concepts that lead to success in school and in life.

Welcome from PTSA

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year from Franklin’s PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association). We are here to provide support and activities to enrich the educational experience of ALL Franklin students.

We appreciate your support, whether it is in the form of volunteer hours or simply joining PTSA and supporting our budget with your dues. YOU can decide how involved you would like to be.

We meet on the third Monday of each month except December (no meeting) at 4:30 p.m. in Room 105. We encourage all PTSA members to attend meetings if they can, but it is not a requirement of being a member. We also encourage any Franklin Middle students to attend our meetings and invite them to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

You can join the Franklin PTSA at any time during the school year, but we hope you will consider joining now and supporting our efforts. Dues are just $10.00 and will help support teachers’ needs throughout the year to further our children’s education! If you need a form, you can pick one up in the main office or have your child ask to bring one home.

We look forward to working with you and serving your children. Here’s to a great year with our wonderful Franklin staff, students, and families! Please like Franklin PTSA on Facebook to be kept informed.

Amanda Giron – President

Tiffany Rinehard – Vice President

Angie Denewellis – Secretary

Aimee Smith – Treasurer

Franklin Middle School PTSA Email:

Fall Fundraiser Distribution

November 12, 2019; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

We will again be using our *Drive Thru Pick Up Lane for this year’s fundraiser.  Parents will be able to drive thru the parking lot, hit your trunk release and your order will be placed inside your vehicle.  You do not even need to get out of your car.  Distribution day will be Tuesday, November 12th from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Any questions or concerns about this fundraiser may be addressed to the main office at 608-743-6005.  Thank you for your support of Franklin Middle school!

*The distribution will be in the cafeteria if we are experiencing inclement weather.

Absence and Attendance Issues

Please remember, if you are calling about a student absence, medical appointment, medication, dropping off lunch money, need to get a message to your student, or requesting homework, please call the attendance office.  You can reach Mrs. Leckey at 608-743-6032 or Ms. Basurto-Bonilla at 608-743-6031 or you can call the attendance line at 608-743-6030 if you have questions.

Picture Retake Day is Coming!

 If your son or daughter missed getting his/her picture taken during Ready, Set, Goal Conferences, he/she can have their picture taken on Thursday, October 17, 2019.  If you are not satisfied with the portraits you already received for your student, your student can return their portrait packet on retake day and they will be re-photographed free of charge.

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2019

No School for Students Thursday, October 24, 2019

Conferences 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2019

No School Friday, October 25, 2019

Franklin Middle School Yondr Program

Franklin Middle School will be using a system called “Yondr” this year to improve teaching and learning by making classrooms cell phone-free learning environments. We understand that cellphones have great value, but the use of cellphones by students has increasingly become a source of distraction, antisocial behavior and conflict both at home and at school.

Research shows that the mere presence of cellphones in the classroom can be detrimental to student performance. According to a survey and report from Common Sense Media that involved 1,240 interviews with parents and their 12 to 18-year-old children, 50% of teens feel addicted to their mobile devices, and 59% of their parents agree that their kids have a problem putting their devices down (U.S. News & World Report).

How does the Yondr case work?

A Yondr case will temporarily lock once your child places his/her phone in it. Though your child's phone will be silenced, all notifications, calls and messages will still be transmitted to the phone. Yondr allows your child the comfort of staying in possession of his/her phone, but takes away the urge of constantly looking at it, texting in the moment, monitoring social media or calling friends in another class.

Who will use the Yondr cases?

All FMS students will be using Yondr during the 2019-2020 school year. Students in possession of a cell phone will place their phone inside a Yondr case during 1st hour and lock it in front of their teacher. Each student is responsible for returning the numbered case to their 1st-hour teacher at the end of the day. Students will have the opportunity to unlock and use their phones at lunchtime. If a student needs to leave school early, unlocking bases will be available in each teacher’s classroom, the Assistant Principal’s office and the Attendance office to allow for a quick dismissal. Yondr cases are school property and failure to return a case and/or damage to school property could result in in-school consequences. Refusal to use a Yondr case could also result in school consequences.

What if there is an emergency?

There are many instances when parents need to communicate information to students. Most of the time, students are unable to act on these issues until after school. In these cases, students can just read messages at the end of the day or during lunch time. If it is crucial that a student respond immediately, students can unlock cases in the Assistant Principals office or the Student Services Office. In case of a school emergency, administrators and teachers have communication devices. In addition, Franklin Middle School has a full-time Janesville Police Officer assigned to the school and Franklin has a “direct-connect” radio for immediate communication with the Janesville Police Department.

How can I get in touch with my student?

In the event a parent/guardian needs to contact their student, they can call the school attendance office, and their child will be given the message. If the student needs to contact his or her family member, he or she will be allowed to call from the attendance office during passing time.

In an effort to best serve your child, we are asking for your support in the adoption of Yondr to teach our students responsible cellphone use while at school. Yondr is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools.

We want to assure families that you can reach your student as you have in the past, by calling the attendance office at 608-743-6030. We recommend adding this number to your contact list for easy access.


There will be no formal vision screening of students in the middle schools of the School District of Janesville. However, if you have a concern about your child's vision, please report this to the school office and the school nurse will conduct a vision screening on your child. Here are some signs that might indicate your child has a vision problem:

 Squinting when reading

 Turning head sideways to see materials

 Burning, itchy, watery eyes when reading

 Statements of eyes being tired after reading a short time

 Leaning forward to see an object better

 Closing one eye when reading or looking at something

 Holds materials very close to eyes

 Constant eye rubbing

Box Tops For Education

Franklin Middle School receives $.10 for every box top from General Mills.  Our goal is to collect 20,000, which will be $2,000.  The money that is raised will help fund student activities.  Students may turn these in to their advisory teacher or to the main office at Franklin. If you have questions about Box Tops for Education, please contact Mrs. Sullivan at 608-743-6111.

Breakfast Reminder

Students can enter the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. Monday - Friday through the main doors to pick up a bag breakfast, using their cafeteria accounts.  Breakfast is free for all Franklin students.

Students must exit the cafeteria by 7:55 a.m.

Students can eat breakfast during morning advisory.  Students may not bring in outside food items.

Lunch Reminder

From: Ms. Paulos, Kitchen Manager

All Franklin students are eligible for a free lunch daily, using their cafeteria accounts. This does not include extra milk, cold lunch milk, or ala carte purchases. If your student will be purchasing an extra milk, cold lunch milk, or ala carte items, please remember there are no cash purchases; all money must be deposited into lunch accounts by 10:00 a.m. through Infinite Campus or by sending money to school with your student.  If you are sending lunch money with your student, they must place their money in the green box in the main hall outside of the attendance office.  Students may bring money in an envelope from home, which should include the student’s full name, amount enclosed, and ID number, or use envelopes provided.

Helpful Hint:  If your student brings money in an envelope from home, they do not have to wait in line to put it in the blue box.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (4-8 P.M.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (4-8 P.M.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2019 (4-8 P.M.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2019 (4-8 P.M.)

The FMS ID Department is also hosting a Scoopie Night at Culver's on W. Court St. on;

Monday, November 11, 2019

Please stop in for a meal or a treat to support the FMS Scoopie Nights.

Franklin Athletics

   Season 1

(August 20 - October 17, 2019)

Football (8th Grade)

(August 26 – October 8, 2019)

Girls’ Softball (8th Grade)

Golf (6th - 8th Grade)

Tennis (6th - 8th Grade)

Season 2

(October 18 – December 6, 2019)

Boys’ Swim (6 - 8th Grade)

Girls’ Volleyball (8th Grade)

Season 3

(December 10 – February 4, 2020)

Girls’ Swim (6th - 8th Grade)

Boys Basketball (8th Grade)

Season 4

(February 5 - March 20, 2020)

Girls’ Basketball (8th Grade)

Wrestling (6th-8th Grade)

Season 5

(April 6 - May 18, 2020)

Girls’ Soccer (8th Grade)

Boys’ Soccer (8thGrade)

Track (6th - 8th Grade)

If you have any questions, please contact:

Franklin Middle School Athletic Director:

Mr. Jameson Pajerski at 608-743-6021

Athletic events can be found on the Franklin Middle School Homepage:, under athletics, athletics calendar.

Rec. Night Information

Although held at Franklin, Rec. Nights are events sponsored and operated by Janesville’s Leisure Services.  Leisure Services rents the building from the school district.  They are in charge of supervision and policies related to Rec. Nights.  They always have several paid Leisure Service staff members at Rec. Night, and parent volunteers are always encouraged to help out. Please contact Leisure Services if you would be able to help out with any future Rec. Nights.  The Leisure Service Staff always strives to contract one off-duty Janesville Police Officer to be on duty; however, this is not always possible.  

If you send a check to cover the entry fee, please make out the check to “Janesville Leisure Services.” The cost to attend Rec Night is $6.00

We do know that many of the problems that have occurred over the years related to Rec. Night actually happen when the event has ended, and students are waiting outside for rides.  Rec. Night ends at 9:00 p.m., so please pick up your student at that time.

If you have any Rec. Night questions or concerns, please feel free to contact: Leisure Services at 608-755-3030

2019-2020 Rec Night Dates

(7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

October 4, 2019

November 15, 2019

January 10, 2020

February 21, 2020

April 17, 2020

May 15, 2020


 We have painted areas in our front circle to assist with drop off in the morning. Please pull forward to the lowest numbered slot so that cars can enter from North Crosby Avenue.


Students are expected to abide by all established codes of conduct and board policies, as outlined by the student handbook and as stated in rules established by building principals for each school.

All students must help to establish and maintain a safe and educationally conducive environment.  When it becomes necessary to investigate student misconduct, students have a duty to cooperate and answer questions truthfully and completely.  Students who are dishonest, uncooperative, and/or are evasive will be subject to disciplinary action up to and/or including a recommendation for expulsion.

Franklin Middle School

PBIS School Rules

Franklin Middle School is a working and learning community for both students and staff. We expect everyone in the building to know and follow these three basic rules:

BE SAFE. We will promote safety at all times and we will prohibit individuals from engaging in unsafe actions. The school expects students to listen to staff members and follow directions the first time they are given.

BE RESPECTFUL. We will promote respect at all times and we will prohibit unkind words and actions. Unkind words and actions include inappropriate language (foul, abusive, harassing, insulting, vulgar, etc.) and physical aggression (hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, etc.).

BE RESPONSIBLE. We will promote responsibility at all times and we will prohibit irresponsible actions. The school expects individuals to take care of their own property and to show consideration for the belongings of others.

These three rules reinforce the school’s main expectation: Teachers have the right to teach and students have the right to learn in a safe, respectful, and responsible environment.

Students who are unwilling to follow our school rules will receive logical and appropriate consequences in accordance with school district policies, and local and state laws. Students can expect to see and hear the school rules reinforced at all times in every area of the school. Teachers may also have additional expectations for student behavior. Teachers will explain their classroom expectations and the consequences for positive and negative behavior.


Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to Franklin the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair in the LMC during conference week and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair Dates: October 21 – 24, 2019

Shopping Hours: During school hours (October 21 – 23, 2019)

During Conferences (Wednesday; 4 – 7:00 p.m. & Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

NEW In-School and Online Shopping Options! With Book Fair eWallet, a safe and convenient digital payment account, your student can shop the fair cash-free! And if you’re not able to attend the Book Fair, try our new online shopping option. We’ve partnered with The Scholastic Store TM  to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to your home (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online at:

Please take note that we now have to charge sales tax on all Scholastic Book Fair purchases.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!


Mrs. Brenda Nolte

Library Media Specialist

Franklin Middle School


As a school with a low-income rate of 63.77% Franklin Middle School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a Schoolwide Title I Program. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state's challenging academic standards.  Schoolwide Title I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.   

Schoolwide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education.  Copies of the Schoolwide Title I Plan and the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request. Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6006 or to request a copy.


ClassLink is how students and staff can use a single-sign on password to access much of their software, as well as their e-textbooks and e-resources. For example, every student has access to Quaver music, an educational music curriculum that’s fun and engaging. In addition, staff are able to access their teacher edition textbooks, as well as MyLearningPlan. There are literally hundreds of software titles to explore, including OverDrive, which gives you and your students access to Audiobooks for free.


All staff and students are encouraged to use Google Drive for all of their file and folder needs. Google Drive makes sharing files/folders effortless, and directly links to Google Classroom, making all files/folders available anywhere at any time from any device – and even allows you to color code them for easy management. There is unlimited space in Google Drive/Google Classroom, so please consider using this for your storage. If you have any questions, please contact your Innovation Specialist.


All staff and students in grades K-12 have access to several online tools to assist with student learning and data collections. Snap and Read will read text to students, (in over 90 different languages) plus provide older students with note taking tools and citation tools. Quizbot is a teacher tool that uses Google Forms to create, send, and grade quizzes. Quizbot takes any website, or Google Doc and auto creates a quiz. Co-Writer assists students who have difficulties with spelling, plus it assists students learning what vocabulary should go with a topic. Word Bank auto creates a word bank from any article of website assisting students with understanding new vocabulary, and pointing out key vocabulary. UPAR, assists teachers by providing data about a students ability to read text independently and or do they comprehend text better if it is read to them by a human or computer. If you have any questions, please contact your building Assistive Technology representative.


Decisions about whether to cancel school are made in coordination with both the Janesville Transit System and the Van Galder Bus Company as well as the passage of city streets, safety of rural students and information from the county highway department and city street department.  The final decision to delay or close rests with the Superintendent.  If school is not cancelled and families do not feel it is safe for their child to come to school, then they should keep their children home.  Families should remember to call in the absence to the school.

The Superintendent will continue to have the option of delaying the start of school by an hour.  If this occurs, the School District will continue to have special education, early childhood, and kindergarten classes.  Elementary School class will begin at 9:20 a.m. and middle and high school classes will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Universal Free Breakfast will be served on delayed start days.

Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification. We urge you to supply your student's school with your contact information and updates as changes occur.  WCLO and additional radio and TV stations will be contacted regarding school closings or delays.  Closing and delay information will be posted no later than 6:00 a.m.  In order to keep district phone lines open for general operations we suggest parents not call the district for closing information.

Our schools do not close early in an attempt to avoid incoming snow or ice storms.  This decision is to protect children who may get home before their families and have no access or supervision at home.  There also will be no athletic contests and no practices on days school is called off for weather reasons.  The gyms will also be closed.

On days when school is in session but weather has progressively gotten worse, cancellations for after school or evening athletics or extracurricular activities will be announced by 2:00 p.m. on WCLO radio that day.  Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification.


Every precaution has been taken to protect students and staff members during periods of severe weather.  Students and staff are made aware of predetermined areas of shelter to which they move during severe weather warnings.  During times of weather warnings, students will be kept in their shelter areas beyond normal dismissal times and staff will remain with them.  For safety reasons students will not be released until either the National Weather Service or local police or fire officials issue an “all clear” signal.  Children will not be released to families during the time of a weather warning.  Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification to let parents know when students will be released.

Kindergarten Enrollment

2020-2021 School Year

School District Residents

If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2020 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District.  Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office.  You may enroll anytime during the two week period.  

Weeks of December 2–6 and December 9-13  

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    M/W/F both weeks 

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Thursday, December 5, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Thursday, December 12, 2019

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 13, 2019.  Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation.  When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification.  If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process.  Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center.  If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.  The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2020 if they are turned in by December 13th.  If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school.  In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.  

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.  

Non-District Residents

If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2020 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT.  The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 3 to April 30, 2020.  Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.


Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year.  Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live. 

The open enrollment application period for the 2020-2021 school year is from February 3, 2020 – April 30, 2020.  Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at  Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 3, 2020 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission).  Applications turned in prior to February 3rd will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 3rd but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.

Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.

An application is required for each sibling in the family.  For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.

Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied.  The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.

If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 608-743-5152.  

Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue).  Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2020-2021), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow).  Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2019 only.  Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office.    Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2020.  Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office.  If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area. 

Open Enrollment or

Public School Choice 

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move.  This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free.  To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2019-2020 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application.  Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2020.  This year applications will be accepted February 3 – April 30, 2019.  

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.


If you will be moving from your current home address please contact Franklin Middle school office at 608-743-6000 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school.  Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 608-743-5152.  The New Student Enrollment Office is open year round.

If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 608-743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 608-743-5072 or 608-743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.


Hello, my name is Molly Grodey. I will be one of the ID teachers here at Franklin. While it is my first year of teaching I have been at Franklin for almost a full year already. I did my last field study here and I was able to come back to do my student teaching during the 2019 second semester! I have one dog, Blaze, and one horse, Grace. I love training and showing dogs and horses in my free time. I am excited to be here at Franklin.

Hello, my name is Amanda Spranger and I am the Academic Learning Coach here at Franklin. I have worked for the School District of Janesville for 19 years, with 15 years as a 7th grade teacher. In my free time I love spending time with my family and being outdoors. I am looking forward to learning and growing from the amazing staff here at Franklin Middle School.

Hello, my name is Krista Twist and I will be teaching Math and Reading in the 7A House here at Franklin. This is my 20th year of teaching, the previous 19 years being at Edison Middle School. I taught 6th grade for 15 years and the last four years in 8th grade math. I’m a little nervous about moving into the 7th grade, they are a very unique age group! I am extremely excited to be joining the Franklin Family. I have been married for 17 years. My son is a 7th grader and my daughter is a 3rd grader. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach at Franklin, and I am really looking forward to working with its amazing staff! Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

Hello, my name is Nicole Heling. I will be teaching band with Ms. Little and orchestra with Ms. Wohead. This is my 7th year of teaching and all have been with the School District of Janesville. I have worked with all levels of students from kindergarten through high school in instrumental music. I’m very excited to work with Ms. Little, Ms. Wohead, and Mrs. Maenner in the music department and to be back at Franklin.

Hello, my name is Brianna Dorry and I am the new 7A Science/Reading teacher. I lived in Janesville my whole life. I have wanted to teach since I was four-years old (I even received an overhead projector for a birthday gift when I was ten!) I used to teach my cousins, they hated me! I did give them recess time! I like to say I am the reason they all three made it into the challenge program! I am married to my wonderful husband and we have a beautiful daughter who was two in September, she keeps me very busy and entertained when I am not here at Franklin. I am an avid reader, I love to do anything with art (I have an art minor), and I find joy in creating new and unique lesson plans. I am also a major Friends fanatic, and I am going to see some of the best episodes in theatres. I am going on my 5th year of teaching, the past four have been over at Madison Elementary in 5th grade. I am so excited to be in middle school and joining this awesome team!