All Schools Host “Meet and Greet” on August 6

All FSSD schools are hosting a Meet and Greet “drop-in” style event on Monday, August 6, from 3:30-6:30 PM. Students and their parents are invited to get together with friends and faculty and take advantage of this opportunity to meet your teacher and classmates, receive a schedule, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

*Extra Credit – Williamson Loves Libraries Event at the WCPL

*Extra Credit Opportunity – Students who attend the Williamson Loves Libraries event at the Williamson County Public Library on Tuesday, Feb. 20th (drop-in anytime between 3:30-7:00) can receive extra credit in his/her Language Arts Class.   The WCS and FSSD school librarians are partnering with the public librarians to sponsor a fun event to celebrate all the great things libraries have to offer. Drop in at the main branch library and have fun getting to know what your library has to offer! Sponsored by The Williamson Library Association. Williamson County Public Library – Main Branch 1314 Columbia Ave. Franklin, TN  37064...

Donate Books for our Used Book Sale

PGS Used Book Sale Jan. 22-26: Please DONATE any gently used books and DVDs.  Donation boxes are in both front lobbies.  If you are able to VOLUNTEER at the Used Books Sale, signup here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49a9af28aaff2-used  Please plan to SHOP at the Used Book Sale January 22-26 in the PGES lobby.  Hardbacks are only $1.00 and paperbacks are only 50¢.  All proceeds go directly to the library media...

Parents, please sign-up to volunteer at our Book Fair

Our fall Scholastic Book Fair will be in the PGES Lobby Monday, Nov. 13th – Friday, Nov. 17th. Please plan to shop and/or send money with your child to shop at the book fair. This is a fundraiser for our library media centers and a great way to get new, popular books at a great price. If you are interested in helping with the book fair, please sign-up below: 1. Click or paste this link:https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2083226/false#/invitation 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. Carissa Zelnik at carissazelnik@yahoo.com Andrea Laycock...

SAE International Grant and Nissan Provide STEM Resources

Students in three FSSD schools have had the unique opportunity to make meaningful connections in their middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes using materials and resources provided by SAE International and Nissan. These hands-on activities correlate with the Next Generation Science standards and the Tennessee Academic standards. In August, teachers from Freedom Intermediate, Poplar Grove Middle and Freedom Middle gathered together to learn how to teach students using STEM resources such as gravity cruisers, motorized toy cars, gliders and fuel cells. This professional learning centered around the A World In Motion® (AWIM) curriculum, and was offered by the SAE Foundation and supported by Nissan, which is headquartered in Franklin.  In mid-September, a host of Nissan volunteers came to the three schools to assist students who were in various stages of putting the materials together to create one of the three projects the grant provided. Poplar Grove and Freedom Intermediate sixth-grade student teams designed and constructed a vehicle powered by gravity. The gravity cruiser consisted of a weighted lever connected to an axle by string, which rotated on its fulcrum; as the weight descended it caused the axle attached to the string to rotate, propelling the cruiser forward. At both Poplar Grove and Freedom Middle, eighth-grade students used a PEM Fuel Cell as the primary power source, then teams designed, built, and tested prototype vehicles, all the while analyzing data. Poplar Grove seventh-graders used the AWIM materials to construct electric gear-driven motorized cars, which involved writing proposals, drawing sketches, and working with models to develop a plan to meet a specific set of design requirements. The movement to STEM-based classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is growing as the...