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August 2018

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 Thursday, August 16, 2018. You may register your child any time from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and also from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 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: http://www.janesville.k12.wi.us.

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 4, 2018 during Ready, Set, Goal Conferences to take your student's photograph.

Please check the Franklin Middle School Web Site http://franklin.janesville.k12.wi.us/ 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 2018-2019 school year. The yearbook fee is $16.00. Payment of fees is due at registration on August 16, 2018. 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. Starting this year, yearbooks will no longer be available to purchase through the Infinite Campus Portal. Yearbooks can still 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 16th.

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 Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Online Pre-Registration is now available on The School District of Janesville Website: http://www.janesville.k12.wi.us

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year From Dr. Urness

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 4, 2018, 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 4, 2018 for your student is during the 20 to 30 minute Ready, Set, Goal Conference. The staff and I look forward to seeing students and parents on Registration Day, August 16, 2018, and again on September 4, 2018, 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!
608-743-6026

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 27, 2018. 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 5, 2018) 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 16, 2018!

Student Services Staff

Ms. Konstanz - 608-743-6027
Mrs. Clarquist - 608-743-6028
Mrs. Amundson, Secretary - 608-743-6026
Mrs. Wilker - 608-743-6121

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences 2018-2019 Fall Conferences: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. No School for Students Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018 Friday, October 26, 2018 Spring Conferences: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. No School for Students Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Thursday, March 7, 2019 Friday, March 8, 2019

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 4, 2018. We have time slots from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You and your student are only expected to be at school 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 is during a student’s scheduled Ready, Set, Goal Conference. Parents will schedule a conference time during registration.

Supply Lists See Page 9 of this newsletter or you can also check the homepage on the Franklin website for the 2018-2019 school supply lists.

Back to School Dance

The Franklin Athletic department will be hosting a back-to-school dance on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Tickets will be $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advanced ticket sales will start on Monday, September 17th during each lunch period here at Franklin. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase during the dance.

SAVE THE DATES SCOOPIE NIGHTS CULVER’S ON W. COURT ST. 4:00-8:00 p.m.

October 17, 2018
January 16, 2019
March 20, 2019
May 1, 2019

 

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.

FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE:

Release of Pupil Directory Data Information Wisconsin Statutes provide that schools or school districts may legally release a pupil’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 member of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs (The School District of Janesville will consider videotapes the same as photographs), degrees and awards received, name of the school most recently previously attended by the pupil. Such information may be withheld if the district is advised by the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student (18 years of age or older) to do so. If it is your wish to not allow such information to be released, and if you are the parent, legal guardian, or eligible student, you will need to make that choice when registering your student through Infinite Campus. Please note that if you do make the decision to withhold this information, your student's name and/or picture will not appear in the yearbook, any musical or academic brochures, the Janesville Gazette or any information pertaining to school sports.

Child Find Notice “The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including 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 the Supervisor of Special Education Services for the School District of Janesville at 608-743-5061, or by writing to them 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 the Supervisor of Special Education Services for the School District of Janesville at the school district address above.

It’s the Law in Wisconsin Kids Need Shots for School! To attend school in Wisconsin, students must show they’ve had immunizations. The following table lists the minimum required immunizations for students in grades 6-9.

Immunization Requirements for the 2018-2019 School Year

Age/ Grade DTP/Dtap Tdap Polio Hepatitis B MMR Varicella
Grade 6-10 4 1 4 3 2 2

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE AT 608-743-6030 If your child needs immunizations they can receive them from their local doctor or the Rock County Health Department (608-757-5440). These immunization requirements can be waived by claiming a health, religious, or personal waiver. Contact the Franklin attendance office at 608-743- 6030 to claim a waiver.

Life Touch Photography 2018-2019 Prices and Packages Jeff Cochard Area Manager jcochard@lifetouch.com 1-800-244-4373 Please check the Franklin Middle School Web Site http://franklin.janesville.k12.wi.us/ For pricing and the link to pre-order packages online.

Registration Day August 16, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Ready, Set, Goal Conferences and Picture Day September 4, 2018 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

STOP, DROP, AND GO! 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 North Crosby Avenue.

Franklin Middle School Sports Season One sports offered to Franklin Middle School students are as follows: Football (7-8th Grade) Softball (8th Grade) Co-Ed Golf (6-8th Grade) Co-Ed Tennis (6-8th Grade) Football Equipment Handout will take place on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 8:30-10 a.m. Football, Golf, Softball, and Tennis practices will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. Please stop by the Athletic Station during Registration on August 16, 2018 to receive information regarding Franklin Middle School’s five sports seasons, applicable fees, and other important information.

Fall Fundraiser

Fundraiser September 13-26, 2018 AGAIN THIS YEAR, DRIVE-THRU ORDER PICK UP TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018 Stop, hit your trunk release, and the order will be placed inside your vehicle! Check the Franklin website for further details.

http://franklin.janesville.k12.wi.us

"TAKING FLIGHT" Franklin Middle School is providing an opportunity for all students new to Franklin to participate in a program called "Taking Flight." On Monday, August 20, 2018, 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 Monday, 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 Thursday, August 16, 2018. Feel free to contact Katie Clarquist at kclarquist@janesville.k12.wi.us 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
jkonstanz@janesville.k12.wi.us

Katie Clarquist

Student Services Specialist 
608-743-6028
kclarquist@janesville.k12.wi.us

 

Brandee Wilker
School Psychologist
608-743-6121
bwilker@janesville.k12.wi.us

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.

2018-2019 Rec Night Dates

All Rec Nights are from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Friday, January 11, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019

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 mhawkins@jawis.org or call 608- 754-8760. For more information about JA, go to www.jawis.org.

 

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 2018-2019 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.

Sincerely,

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider

School Supply List

 

Interscholastic Athletic Program

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.

SEASON 1

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)

SEASON 2

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

SEASON 3

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

SEASON 4

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

SEASON 5

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

MEET YOUR COACHES

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

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Mr. Riley

WRESTLING: Mr. Larson, Mr. Adams

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Mr. Pajerski

BOYS’ SOCCER: Mr. Adler

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

October/November 2018

News From the Student Services Center

Peer Mediation – Making a Difference

We are proud to report that our school-wide Peer Mediation program has never been stronger! Sixteen students in grades 7 & 8 are peer mediators trained in communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills to work with peers to resolve interpersonal conflicts peacefully. 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.

2018-2019 Peer Mediators
Jessenya Arambula-Etchell Bella Cassiopi Cash Davis   
Kevin Gallagher Marley Galvan      Addie Miller
Carson Purdy-Hilts Deezle Richards Addison Riley-Lein
Lilly Pfister  Rylan Pagel    Arwen Peart
Emma Roberts  Teagan Sedwick Sarah Zimmerman
James Tearman     

Student Ambassadors – Making Connections

Moving to a new school can be a time of uncertainty, confusion and anxiety. FMS Student Ambassadors work with new students to become familiar with our school and welcome them to the school community. They tour the building, review procedures and expectations, practice their schedules and lockers, and meet other students. All students are invited to let us know if they would like to be an ambassador for a new student.

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

Franklin Middle School is a “community of learners that does whatever it takes to help students achieve and succeed at high levels so that everyone is college and career ready by high school graduation.” To support this, 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! Just click on this link:  ACP SignUp Genius. Contact either school counselor with questions:

Welcome from PTSA

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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 or 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 3rd Tuesday 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. We are excited to see and work with some of our Student Council representatives this upcoming year! If we are going to be PT”S”A, we really want to include the “S.” What a great opportunity for students to learn responsibility and leadership skills!

You can join the PTSA at any time during the school year, but we hope you will consider joining now and supporting our efforts. Membership forms are available in the main office. Dues are $10.00 and will help support teachers’ needs throughout the year to further our children’s education!

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.

President Amanda Giron
Vice Presidents April Brown
Co-Secretaries Kathy Murray & Angie Denewellis
Treasurer Amy Pennycook

Fall Fundraiser Distribution

November 13, 2018; 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 the order will be placed inside your vehicle.  You do not even need to get out of your car.  Distribution day will be Tuesday, November 13th from 3:00-4:30 p.m.  Any questions or concerns about this fundraiser may be addressed to the main office at 743-6005.  Thank you, for your support of Franklin Middle school!

Absence and Attendance Issues

Please remember, if you are calling about a student absence, medical appointment, medication, dropping off lunch money or requesting homework, please call the attendance office.  You can reach Mrs. Leckey (608-743-6032) or Ms. Basurto-Bonilla at 608-743-6031 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 18, 2018.  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
  • No School for Students Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Conferences 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wed. October 24th
  • No School for Students Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Conferences 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thurs. October 25th
  • No School Friday, October 26, 2018

Franklin Middle School PTSA will be taking orders for Spirit Wear this fall. Please ask for an order form during your conference.

Franklin Middle School Yondr Program

Franklin Middle School will be piloting a system called “Yondr” this year to improve teaching and learning by making certain 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 pilot the Yondr cases?

All 6th grade students will be piloting Yondr during the 2018-2019 school year. All Franklin students are not allowed to use their cellphones during class time without specific teacher permission (no cell, bell to bell). If a student is using a cell phone (theirs or someone else’s) without specific teacher permission, they will be asked to walk the phone to the Assistant Principal’s (AP) office. Listed below would be the result of using a cell phone in class without permission:

  • First Offense - Student will turn in their phone to the Assistant Principal’s office for the remainder of the day.
  • Second Offense - Student will be issued a Yondr case for 5 days through the AP office.
  • Third Offense - Student will be issued a Yondr case for the remainder of the quarter through the AP office.

Offenses reset at the end of each quarter.

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.

VISION SCREENING

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

DENTAL SERVICES AT NO COST TO YOU!

The School District of Janesville will be offering dental services during the school year to any student in the school district. These dental services will be offered at no cost to the family.

A registered dental hygienist will be providing a dental exam and dental sealants. The dental sealant is placed on your child's molars and is the single best practice for preventing cavities in these teeth.

If you have or are having trouble getting your child into a dentist or don't have dental insurance, than this service is for your child. Services will be provided right at school and you will not need to leave work to transport your child to a dental office.

If you are interested in having your child receive these dental services, please contact the office at your child's school to obtain a permission form. Complete this form and turn it in at the school office. If you have any questions or concerns about this service, please call Ian Hedges with Health Net at 608-974-1921.

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 Mr. Adler at 743-6120.

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.

Save The Dates
Scoopie Nights -W. Court St.  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (4-8 P.M.)
  Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (4-8 P.M.) - Hosted by FMS Peer Mediation
  Wednesday, March 20, 2018 (4-8 P.M.) - Hosted by FMS Student Services
  Wednesday, May 20, 2018 (4-8 P.M.)
  FMS Al Pro Department - Monday, October 29, 2018 (4-8 p.m.)
 

FMS ID Department - Monday, November 19, 2018 (4-8 p.m.)

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

Franklin Athletics

Season 1 (August 27 - October 12, 2018)

  • Football (8th Grade)
  • Girls’ Softball (8th Grade)
  • Co-Ed Golf (6th - 8th Grade)
  • Tennis (6th - 8th Grade)

Season 2 (October 19 - December 7, 2018)

  • Boys’ Swim (6 - 8th Grade)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (8th Grade)

Season 3 (December 10 - February 8, 2019)

  • Girls’ Swim  (6th - 8th Grade)
  • Boys Basketball (8th Grade)

Season 4 (February 11 - March 29, 2019)

  • Girls’ Basketball (8th Grade)
  • Wrestling (6th-8th Grade)

Season 5 (April 1 - May 24, 2019)

  • Girls’ Soccer (8th Grade)
  • Boys’ Soccer (8thGrade)
  • Co-Ed Track (6th - 8th Grade)

If you have any questions, please contact: Franklin Middle School Athletic Director: Mr. Pajerski at 743-6021

Athletic events can be found on the Franklin Middle School Homepage: franklin.janesville.k12.wi.us, 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.”

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

2018-2019 Rec Night Dates (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
October 5, 2018 February 15, 2019
November 16, 2018 April 5, 2019
January 11, 2019 May 17, 2019

Milk Moola : From : Mrs. Jordan

Franklin is registered with Kwik Trip’s Milk Moola program.  Kwik Trip gives the school a nickel for each cap or UPC symbol that we collect.  Milk caps can be turned in to advisors, Mrs. Jordan or the 7A team center.  Students turning in 200 milk caps can earn a Rec Night or Dance ticket.  Thanks for your participation!

STOP, DROP, AND GO!

 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.

DISCIPLINE

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.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR!

Franklin Middle School will be holding our annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair during the October 24th & 25th Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The book fair will be held in the LMC, please stop by before, during, or after your conference to buy great books and other items.

Thank you to all parents and staff members who volunteered their time to assist with Registration Day on August 16, 2018!

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

October 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Under the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” federal law schools receiving federal Title I funds are required to notify parents of their right to ask for and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher(s).  Specifically, you have the right to request the following:

  • Whether your child’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which he or she teaches. 
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
  • The baccalaureate degree major of your child’s teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.
  • Whether your child is provided services by instructional aides and, if so, their qualifications.

All teachers in the School District of Janesville have a bachelor’s degree and a large percentage have advanced degrees.  In addition, all instructional aides meet current school district qualification.  You can check on the state certification of your child’s teacher by accessing the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website (user name “view” password “1234567”) at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/slsis/tel/lisearch.html or by contacting us at 608-743-6005. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Charles Urness

Principal

For more information on teacher qualifications or the reporting requirement for teachers and instructional aides under the No Child Left Behind legislation, contact:

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing (608) 266-0986

WEATHER - INCLEMENT WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

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 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.

WEATHER - SEVERE WEATHER/TORNADO

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.

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.”

Kindergarten Enrollment

2019-2020 School Year

 

School District Residents

If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 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 3–7 and December 10-14      
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m  Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m  Thursday, December 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018.  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, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th.  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 2019-2020 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, 2019 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 4 to April 30, 2019.  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 608-743-5152.

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 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019.  Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.  Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 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 4th will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th 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 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 (2019-2020), 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, 2018 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, 2019.  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 608-743-5152 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 2018-2019 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 2019.  This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019. 

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 608-743-5152. 

MOVING???

If you will be moving from your current home address please contact the 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.


Hi, my name is MaKenna Barrett and I am teaching 7th grade reading and science at Franklin. I recently graduated from the UW-Green Bay and I am very excited to begin my teaching career. My hometown is McHenry, IL where I like to spend time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to an amazing year!

Hi! My name is Amanda Rogers and I will be teaching students with disabilities in 7B this year. I was born and raised in Janesville (Jackson, Edison, Craig), went to college at UW-LaCrosse and then moved to Atlanta, GA where I taught 8th grade math for five years. After that I took fours years away from public education to travel through Europe and Asia teaching adults and being a student a bit myself. All that time, though, I really missed working with middle schoolers, so I returned to the classroom last year as an 8th grade math and social studies teacher in Beloit. I am excited to be back “home” in Janesville now and look forward to working with you all!

Hello! My name is Amber Kenaan. I am a Special Education Program Support Teacher here in the School District of Janesville. While my office is currently housed here at Franklin, my position allows me to enjoy supporting our students and staff throughout the district. Working within the field of special education is a longtime passion of mine and I feel privileged that I get to work with some of the most interesting and complex kids across the district!

Hello, I am Leanne Fielhauer. I am teaching 6B science and reading this year. I am super excited to be at Franklin during my first year of teaching. During my college years, I worked in Special Ed., coached in a sports ministry, and was a counselor for a YMCA afterschool and summer camp. When I am not at school, I am haning out with my three older sisters, who all happen to be teachers! I love being outdoors and cooking as well. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you guys! Go Falcons!

Hello! My name is Katie O’Connor and I am the new 6A reading teacher. For the past four years I have taught middle school reading and social studies (both 6th and 7th grades) in Sun Prairie, WI. I am originally from Janesville and made my way through Washington Elementary, Franklin, and Parker High School before graduating in 2008. I am passionate about reading and look forward to sharing that with both the staff and my students.! If you ever need a good book recommendation or one to borrow, please come and ask! OH and although I am loving my new position, I will be taking a short break at the end of January to welcome my first child! Baby O’Connor is due January 25th!

Hello! My name is Ashley Kleven. I am a new paraprofessional in the Al-Pro room. I have three children, Emma 11, Trevor 4, and Luke 2. My children attend St. Mary’s School in Janesville. We live on a hobby farm in Clinton, WI. I am looking forward to a great school year here at Franklin.

Hello everyone! My name is Jing Gao, I am the new Chinese teacher of 7th and 8th grade here at Franklin. This is my third year working for the School District of Janesville. I was born and raised in China, I had worked as a high school English teacher before I moved to the states. I love cooking and traveling. I am very excited to be a part of Franklin Middle School.

Hi! My name is Abby Parent. I am a 6th grade social studies and reading teacher here at Franklin Middle School, and this is my first year teaching! I graduated from UW-Whitewater with my Bachelor’s degree in education. I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan (Go Pack Go!) and I love spending time with my family and friends. I am very excited to be a part of the Franklin Family, and I hope I can continue to be a Falcon!

Hello! My name is Darrel Moore. I will be the 8B US History teacher. I have been a teacher for 20 years. I attended Franklin when it was a junior high. I taught 7th grade social studies for five years here at Franklin before being sent on a secret mission to bring down Edison Middle School from the inside. I have two boys. Diego is 13, he is sensitive and creative. Isaac is 3, he is my athletic one. I coach softball and hockey for the district. Stop in and say hi...the Zombies are hungry.

Hi, I am Melinda Ott. I will be the traveling 6th grade art teacher here at Franklin. After 13 years of experience teaching art to elementary artists I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career with your middle schoolers.

Hello! My name is Heidi Bakke. I am very excited to have the opportunity to join the Franklin team as your new nurse! I have been a nurse for a little over 10 years. Before coming to the Janesville School District I was an inpatient nurse at Beloit Hospital. I joined the district last year and had five elementary schools. I have three children, Ayla is 4, Kendall is 2/12, and Bode is 1.

Hi! My name is Theresa (Teri) Spenske. I am the new paraprofessional in 6A. This is my second experience at Franklin, I also worked at Parker High School. Not only have I worked for the School District of Janesville, but I have also opened my home as a foster parent. I have five children, two girls and three boys. My eldest daughter is 32 and my youngest son is 12 (they also share a birthday). I have been married to my amazing husband, Doug for 23 years. I enjoy camping and watching my kids play their sports. I look forward to working with the Franklin team this year!

Hello! My name is Kelly Hausknecht. I am the new traveling art teacher here at Franklin. I am looking forward to working here with all of you.

Franklin Middle School Calendar Information

For a full calendar and school information

please visit our website: http://www.janesville.k12.wi.us/fra

8th Grade Washington DC Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Wednesday, October 3
PTSA Meeting 4:30 p.m. in Room 105 Tuesday, October 16
Picture Retake Day   Thursday, October 18
Season 2 Sports Begin Boys' Swim 6-8th Grade & Girls' VB 8th Grade Monday, October 19
No School for Students Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24
No School for Students Conferences 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m Thursday, October 25
No School   Friday, October 26
End of 1st Quarter   Friday, November 2
Quarter 1 Report Card Distribution   Thursday, November 8
Franklin Middle School Fundraiser Pick Up Day FMS Parking Lot 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13
Rec Night 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 16
PTSA Meeting 4:30 p.m. in Room 105 Tuesday, November 20
No School for Students   Wednesday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break   Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23
Season 3 Sports Begin Girls' Swim 6-8th Grade & Boys' BB 8th Grade Monday, December 10
Orchestra Concert 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 10
Winter Band Concert 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium Tuesday, December 11
Choir Concerts 6th - 6:00; 7th - 7:00; 8th - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13
Musical Tryouts for Franklin students   Monday, December 17 - Wednesday, December 19
Winter Break Begins - No School   Monday, December 24
School Resumes   Tuesday, January 2, 2019
PTSA Meeting 4:30 p.m. in Room 105 Tuesday, January 15, 2019
End of First Semester   Thursday, January 17, 2019
Teacher Work Day (No School for Students)   Friday, January 18, 2019
Quarter 2 Report Card Distribution   Friday, January 25, 2019

Franklin Middle School...Keeping You Informed

Editor: Dr. Charles Urness  608-743-6005 or curness@janesville.k12.wi.us

Design & Layout: Mrs. Laurie Knutson 608-743-6006

For questions or concerns, please call Franklin Middle School at 608-743-6005

Franklin Phone Numbers
Main Office 743-6005
Attendance Office 743-6030
Asst. Prin. Office 743-6007
Student Services 743-6026
Athletic Office 743-6021