FSSD Pre-K Opening Still Available! Apply Now!

We still have spots open in the FSSD Pre-K Program! Apply Now! What is the Franklin Special School District/State of Tennessee Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program? Voluntary Pre-K provides a high quality educational program through an active learning approach. Young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to Kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you walk into a Pre-K classroom you may see children playing house, putting on a puppet show, or building a miniature town with blocks and little people. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play. To be eligible, children must have been born on or between August 16, 2013 and August 15, 2014, live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways. The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts first serve students who are economically disadvantaged. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Language Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect. Children attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Monday through Friday for a six hour day. Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation. For more information call any FSSD Elementary School or Lee Kirkpatrick at (615) 591-2802 and ask to receive application materials.  Voluntary Pre-K has proven to be a...

Free breakfast and lunch over summer ensure kids don’t go hungry

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy time with friends and family, but for many children, summer can mean many hungry days. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the ninth consecutive year, the Franklin Special School District is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer a Seamless Summer Food Service program (SSFS) to children. The SSFS helps to bridge the summer hunger gap by providing free breakfast and/or lunch to kids 18 and under at community sites during the months of May, June and July.  The 2018 Seamless Summer Food Service program kicks off Tuesday, May 29. The program’s goal is to significantly reduce child hunger over the summer months so there are no forms to fill out or qualifications to meet. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.50.  The FSSD will host an open dining site throughout the summer available to the community on a walk-in basis. FSSD Summer Dining Site Johnson Elementary School  •  815 Glass Lane May 29 through July 27 (closed July 2-6) Breakfast Service:  8:00 – 8:30 AM  •  Lunch Service: 12:15 – 12:45 PM Community partners and off-site serving locations include: FSSD Summer Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) and WeeMAC, Franklin/Williamson County Boys & Girls Club, Franklin Housing Authority, Franktown Open Hearts, The Gentry Education Foundation, Williamson County Parks & Recreation at Academy Park, Franklin Estates Mobile Home Park, Mid-Cumberland Head Start, My Friend’s House, FSSD Young Scholars Institute at Poplar Grove, Franklin Police Department’s Teen Academy, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle...

Come aboard for reading fun on FSSD’s Story Bus Plus this summer

The Story Bus Plus program is a free community service offered in the summer by the Franklin Special School District and designed to foster a love of reading in children.  It offers reading time and storytelling to children ages 4 through the 4th grade (younger if accompanied by an adult).  Children may choose a good book, curl up on a beanbag and read or have books read to them.  Whatever the format, children are sure to have a good time aboard the Story Bus Plus.  The bus is staffed with certified teachers and paraprofessionals who love reading with children. Parents may sign their children on board for up to 45 minutes while shopping. This is the amount of time that children generally remain interested and enjoy their stay on the bus.  For smooth operation of The Story Bus Plus program, parents must adhere to the time limit.  Also, a cell phone number must be provided at the time of drop off in case a parent needs to be contacted. The Story Bus Plus will be at the locations below June 4 through July 20 (excluding the week of July 2 – July 6): Mondays (June 11, 25, and July 9)Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community700 West Meade Blvd. 10:00 – 1:00                                  Tuesdays (Between Kroger & Target)3064 Columbia Avenue9:00-12:00                              Thursdays (Publix at Franklin Market Place)1031 Riverside Drive9:00-12:00                              For more...

MAC Hiring Summer Staff Now

The FSSD MAC program is hiring now for its summer camp. If you, your children, friends, family or neighbors are looking for a summer job, please pass along the following information. We are looking for eager and loving individuals to care for children, and we can’t think of a better place to look than within our own FSSD family. Our summer workers need to be at least 18 years old, so if you know of graduating high school seniors, those home from college, retirees or part-time workers looking to supplement their income, please send them to us! We also now have positions open for college interns! MAC Supervisor Amanda Parks will work to design an internship program with any college student studying in the areas of early childhood education, arts education, non-profit management, development and grant-writing, or sports and recreation management. Interested applicants don’t have to wait until summer begins. They can start immediately in any of our afterschool programs and then transition to the summer program, held at the Central Office Annex on Cannon Street, when the summer program begins May 29. Here are the details: HoursHours are as flexible as you need them to be! If you need hours to work around another job or summer classes, we are happy to create special schedules for you.  If you prefer routine, our standard daily shifts are 5 hours, mornings and afternoons. (examples: 7-12 or 8-1 for mornings and 12-5 or 1-6 for afternoons). We can also offer longer shifts, such as 9-4 Mondays through Fridays. PayPay ranges from $9.47 to $11.91 for applicants based on similar experiences. However, teachers and...

Special Ed Parent Support Group to Meet May 15

Here Comes the Sun:  How to have a successful summer with your children! Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive This is the last in a series of support meetings that the FSSD Special Education department is hosting for parents of students with disabilities. However, all parents are welcome to this meeting!  Download Flyer (English or Spanish) FSSD’s Behavior Consultant, Autism Consultant and Occupational Therapist will present this session on how to have a successful summer with your special needs children. Topics include: Staying on schedule, creating routines/procedures for the home setting, social opportunities and incorporating independent work & activities. They will also present academic resources to include: apps and other internet resources to use at home to promote academic skills, typing programs, talking to your child’s teacher (getting a list of sight words, what does a school day look like and how can you “re-create” a similar structure at home). The final topics include summer programs geared towards sports/recreation as well as those geared towards the creative arts. Child care is available. Many of our special education teachers and paraprofessionals donate their time for you to attend this very important meeting. You do not need to make reservations for child care, but it would be beneficial if you would let us know how many children you plan to bring. If you have any questions, please call FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at 615/794-6624 or 615/238-1867....

MAC is the perfect “staycation” destination for Spring Break!

No plans for Spring Break? Let MAC do the planning for you… Open Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29, MAC has lots of fun activities planned! Examples include soccer, arts and crafts, field trip to Brentwood Skate Center, bug exploration and candy making, kite-flying, and an Easter egg hunt and Spring Party on the last day! Please print and complete the Spring Break Registration Form if your child will be attending at the Holiday Site. Form must be submitted by Tuesday, March 20. SPRING BREAK 2018 REGISTRATION...