State Suspends Testing in Grades 3-8

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education announced that Part 2 of the TNReady/TCAP testing in grades 3-8 is suspended for this school year. This pronouncement follows a strained testing year, with the failed attempt at online testing due to technical difficulties by the state’s assessment vendor, Measurement Incorporated, late arrival of paper and pencil testing for Part 1 of TNReady/TCAP, and another shipping delay this week. Every district, including ours, has not received all necessary testing materials in time for the Part 2 testing window. Our teachers and students have worked extremely hard this year in preparation for the testing transition, which has been utterly disappointing in its rollout.   Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen offered districts the option of testing in grades/subjects where complete testing materials have been received. The multiple failures by Measurement Incorporated have removed the opportunity for equitable accountability for students, teachers, schools and school districts across Tennessee. With the numerous breakdowns in the rollout of this new test administration, the Franklin Special School District believes it is in the best interest of our students, teachers and families to not administer Part 2 of the state assessment, even in the grades where we have received all testing materials. The only students who will continue forward with 2016 state testing are those currently taking high school math courses, Algebra I and Geometry.   “We appreciate the work of our students and teachers in preparation for the new assessment and we are confident our students would have been able to demonstrate significant knowledge and understanding. We look forward to that opportunity in future years,” said Director...

Register Now for Summer Coding Camps

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with Nashville Technology Council and We Build Tech to offer our rising intermediate and middle school students the opportunity to attend Scratch Coding Camps this summer.  Space is limited, so register early! Scratch Camp (click for flyer)Rising 5th and 6th GradersJune 27 – July 1, 20169:00 – 3:00Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane Great introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primmer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition:  $200 (payable online to NTC when you register)Camp Requirements:  All equipment and supplies for the camp will be provided by the Nashville Technology Council.  Each student will need to bring his or her lunch to camp each day.  This camp also requires each student have an email address.  The email address allows students to save their work. Register Now Scratch Camp (click for flyer)Rising 7th, 8th and 9th GradersJune 27 – July 1, 20169:00 – 3:00Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy 96 WestGreat introduction to computer programming. Students will generate more than a dozen different programs in this drag and drop educational language. Students will also learn how to create their own blocks, debug faulty code and push their projects up to a shared space. A strong primmer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Age Range:  7th – 9th grade Experience...

Jamba Juice Fundraiser

Franklin Special School District – All District Fundraiser All Proceeds go to the Playground Fund Thursday, April 14th 3-6pm 20% of ALL sales at BOTH Jamba Juice Locations go to us!!! Downtown Franklin 504 W Main St (by Sweet CeCes) OR Cool Springs 1844 W McEwen Dr Ste 100 (by Firehouse Subs)   Tell your high school students, your neighbors, your friends!...

Provide Feedback on State Science Standards

The State Board of Education launched the science standards review website (here) to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K–12 science standards. This is the second and final opportunity for public review and feedback on the new science standards, which were first publicly reviewed in fall 2015 and then revised by Tennessee educators over the past several months. Data collected from the website during this second review period will again be given to a team of Tennessee educators to review and will inform their revision of the state’s science standards. After revisions, the committee will propose the revised science standards to the State Board of Education for first reading in July 2016. The state board’s final reading of the revised standards will be in October 2016, and implementation will take place in the 2018-19 school year. This is an important opportunity for educators, parents, and members of the public to share their perspectives and suggest revisions to our current science standards. The deadline for providing feedback is May...

Food Drive for Graceworks’ Food Pantry

Food Drive for Graceworks’ Food Pantry The middle schools in Franklin Special School District and Williamson County will have a food drive April 4th – 22nd. This drive will benefit the Graceworks Food Pantry. Students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to Poplar Grove Middle School from April 4th-22nd to support this cause.   GW’s Wish List:  GraceWorks’ current fuel bag wish list includes individually packaged milk, meals with meat, cereal, fruit cups, applesauce, mac and cheese, juice boxes, granola bars, peanut butter crackers fruit snacks/raisins, pudding/jello cups, salty snacks, jif-to-go, sweets, propel/gatorade, popcorn and ramen.  All food should have an expiration date of 2016 or later.  All food collected must be individual or regular family size portions.  A 50 pound bag of rice for example, would be collected and given to GraceWorks, but its weight will be excluded from the contest.   $1=3 pounds: Cash donations are very helpful to GraceWork, particularly for the Fuel Bag program. All cash donation will be included in the challenge by assigning a weight of 3 pounds per dollar.   Any checks should be made out to “GraceWorks” with the name of the school in the notes section.   The school to collect the highest weight per student and the school to collect the highest total weight will each receive $1,250 and a trophy. Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group is sponsoring this contest. The details for the contest can be found at www.darrellwaltrip.com/hungerchallenge.   We appreciate your help in serving our...