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...

Kindergarten Roundup Set for Friday, April 21

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION is online this year and parents may enroll students between April 1 – 30, 2017. However, we want all parents and rising kindergarten students to attend our annual Kindergarten Roundup, held on Friday, April 21. This is an important milestone for all parents and future kindergartners! This day is designed to provide families with a fun opportunity to hear more about the school, take a tour, turn in registration materials, and sign up for a kindergarten screening date. Parents are urged to drop in with their rising kindergartner between 8:30 and 3:00. Rising kindergartners must be at least 5 years old on or before August 15 to enroll. Kindergarten Roundup Flyer English...

TNReady Testing Window April 17 – May 5

Next week, our students will begin taking the TNReady assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, and Math and the field test in Social Studies. The testing window is April 17—May 5. FSSD 2017 TCAP/TNReady Testing Schedule The assessments for each subject will be administered over several days. Please see the information that was sent home from your school to learn more about your child’s grade level testing schedule. The Tennessee Department of Education has posted resources on its web site that are designed to help foster a greater understanding about TNReady, the state testing program for students in grades 3-12. These guides walk through many of the questions we have heard from parents and outline the changes, particularly to the timing and structure, that have been made for the upcoming school year. Please click on the links below to learn more about TNReady: 2016-2017 TNReady Parent Guide Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities The guides can be also be viewed online at TNReady Parent Resources. On this web site you will also find information about testing times and a link to Frequently Asked Questions. If users are not able to find the information they need, there is a form on that site through which they can submit a question to the...

Business Sponsors/Exhibitors Needed for Career Exploration Day

The 15th Annual World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.  We are currently looking for business partners to sponsor and/or exhibit in this comprehensive career day, designed to inform 8th-  grade students about their career possibilities. The Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. We are taking an active role to introduce students to career opportunities and other emerging careers by offering more career education within the curriculum. The World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers. For more information or to find out how to participate, please visit the 2016 World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day...

“Meet and Greet” on Aug. 4 for 5th-8th graders

Rising intermediate and middle school students in grades 5-8 and their parents are invited to a Meet and Greet event at their individual schools (Freedom Intermediate, Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove Middle). This drop-in style event provides you with an opportunity to receive your student schedules, turn in missing forms or documents, and receive important back to school information. Interpreters will be...

Honors Program (High School Credit Courses) Summer Testing July 14

The vision of the Franklin Special School District (FSSD) is to provide Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All. Because the FSSD is committed to providing a more deliberate focus on individualized and personalized instructional experiences, the FSSD offers high school credit-bearing Algebra I or world language classes (French or Spanish) for qualifying students in grades 7-8. If you believe your child has reached a level of proficiency which will make him/her a good candidate for Algebra I or world language in middle school, you may request that he/she take the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT), a standardized measure specifically constructed to indicate mathematics aptitude for Algebra and/or the Modern Language Aptitude Test-Elementary (MLAT-E). Students who meet the IAAT score criteria will become eligible to participate in FSSD’s Algebra I classes in either 7th or 8th grade. Students who meet the MLAT-E score criteria will become eligible to participate in FSSD’s world language classes beginning in 7th grade. The IAAT and/or MLAT-E test will be administered at Freedom Intermediate School, Freedom Middle School and Poplar Grove Middle School for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The IAAT Test will be administered at 12:30 p.m. and the MLAT-E will be administered at 2:00 p.m.  (NOTE: Students will test at their ZONED SCHOOL on the day of testing.) Summer Testing Registration Form:  Please complete and return to your child’s school. English...