Young Scholars Institute Registration Period Open

The Young Scholars Institute has posted its 2016 schedule of classes and registration form. Sponsored by the FSSD, YSI offers challenging, exploratory classes designed for independent and highly motivated learners. The courses are academically and artistically challenging. The 2016 Young Scholars Institute will be at the Poplar Grove campus, 2959 Del Rio Pike. The Junior Scholars program serves students who have completed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades (ages 7-10) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Elementary side of the building. Senior Scholars serves students who have completed the 5th grade and above (ages 11-14) and will be housed in the Poplar Grove Middle side. The dates for 2016 Institute are June 6-10 and June 13-17. For more information or to download the brochure and registration form, visit YSI...

Walk Across Williamson 2016 Spans Month of March

Walk Across WilliamsonDid you know that by averaging 60 minutes of physical activity every day during the month of March, a person can walk across Williamson County! From March 1 – 31, 2016, we want our students and their families (ages 4 and up) to record each day the number of minutes they are physically active, including time spent at PE, participating in after-school activities, workouts in the gym, or engaging in active free play with your family.  At the end of the month, calculate the total number of minutes each of you were physically active in your Activity Log, and enter your information electronically at Walk Across Williamson online. Activity Log Contest Rules Celebration EventsSaturday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m.-10 a.m. at: Pinkerton Park Brentwood Library Nolensville Elementary Fairview Recreation Department Longview Recreation Department in Spring Hill Registration will begin at 8:30am. Each event will include a fitness demonstration, a one-mile walk, drawings and prize announcements (must be present to win). For more information, contact Coordinated School Health Coordinator Lisa Chatman,...

FSSD to Split TNReady English/LA Test into 2 Days

Districts across the State received some good news on Feb. 18 from the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education regarding the TNReady English Language Arts (ELA) test. When the decision was made to go to a paper and pencil test rather than online, districts were told that students in all grade levels would have to complete the writing portion of the ELA test in one day, rather than the two days originally planned. This change would have required our students to respond to two different writing prompts over the course of 150 minutes in grades 3-5 and 180 minutes in grades 6-8. Districts across the state, including ours, immediately began appealing this decision to the state as an undue burden on students. Commissioner Candice McQueen notified districts on Thursday, Feb. 18, that they will be granted the flexibility to split the ELA assessment into two days. We think this is extremely important for our students and will provide them the best opportunity to more accurately demonstrate what they know and are able to do. We are extremely appreciative to Commissioner McQueen for allowing this assessment flexibility.  We are especially appreciative of her willingness to listen to our concerns and to make decisions that are truly in the best interest of students.   Sincerely, David L. Snowden, Ph.D.Director of SchoolsFranklin Special School...

Update from the Director of Schools About TNReady Schedule

Latest Update (Feb. 17, 2016):   The FSSD has determined that the week of March 7-11 will be used to administer TNReady (Part One) of math and English/language arts, and TCAP (Part One) of social studies in the required grades of 3-8. This decision follows the State’s announcement on February 8 that all districts will move to a paper and pencil format rather than online for these required state assessments. Individual schools will send out specific testing calendars and times closer to the week of testing. While the new assessments are important indicators of your child’s level of content mastery, the test results will not be a part of your student’s final grade this year.  We thank you once again for your understanding and patience as we work to fulfill the state’s testing requirements.     Original Post (Feb. 12, 2016):  On Monday, Feb.8, the State Department of Education announced its decision to abandon the online format of the TNReady math and English/language arts tests as well as the social studies assessment, making the move to paper and pencil for the tested grades of 3-8. As districts across the State began the first administration of the online assessment, the State’s vendor experienced significant procedural and operational issues that resulted in the Tennessee Department of Education’s decision to discontinue online testing.  I want you to know that I am extremely proud to serve as the FSSD Director of Schools. Your children have worked very hard to prepare for TNReady and, regardless of the format, they are prepared to successfully complete the tests. Let me also assure you that the time, effort, and work of teachers and students in preparation for online testing is not wasted. The FSSD is committed to the integration of technology at all levels in appropriate learning environments. It is our goal to ensure that when students leave our district, they...