Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start

The FSSD Special Education department is hosting a series of parent meetings for parents of students with disabilities. The purpose of these meetings is to increase parent understanding of special education, improve dialog between school and home, and increase parental involvement in the schools. Working together, we hope to improve services for students with disabilities and increase student achievement. The topic of the first meeting for the 2017-18 school year is:  Planning for Your Special Needs Child’s Future: It’s Never Too Early to Start Thursday, November 30, 20176:30-7:30 PMFranklin Elementary School Media Center1501 Figuers Drive  FSSD parent Brooke Mabry will present information based on her personal experiences – what to do and what not to do. Take advantage of Brooke’s personal experience on this topic. She wants to share this valuable information in order to save other parents some of the headaches she and her husband have encountered along their journey. The three main points of the presentation are: 1) It’s never too early to start planning. 2) You can manage the process in stages. 3) You have support along the way. You will learn how to build your team and develop your plan to provide financial security for your child with special needs. 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 by emailing FSSD Special Populations Supervisor Beth Farrar at farrareli@fssd.org. If you have any questions, please call Beth Farrar...

Free Summer Reading Program Offered for Grades 5-7

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with the Gentry Educational Foundation and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer a FREE summer reading program in three sessions to rising 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.  Students will meet at Freedom Intermediate School from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, for the following sessions: June 12 – 15 (Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt) June 26 – 29 (Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman) July 10 – 13 (Woof by Spencer Quinn) You may choose one session or all three depending on your student’s interest and availability.  During these sessions, students will read a different intermediate-level novel selected from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Association (VSBA) list and activities and discussion will center around the book’s content. Breakfast and lunch are provided. To enroll your child for any or all of the three sessions, please stop by the Freedom Intermediate School Office and complete the registration form. Enrollment is limited so please be sure to come by  prior to the deadline on Friday, June 9, at 1:00...

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 5 through July 14 (excluding the week of July 3 – July 7): Mondays:  June 5, 19 and July 10th    Franklin Estates Mobile Home Community700 West Meade Blvd.9:00 – 12:00 Tuesdays:Between Kroger & Target3064 Columbia Avenue9:00-12:00 ThursdaysPublix at Franklin Market Place1031 Riverside Drive9:00-12:00 For more information, please contact Gina Looney, Story Bus Plus Coordinator, at...

Summer Coding Camps Open for Rising 5th-9th Graders

The Franklin Special School District is partnering with Nashville Technology Council 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 details)Rising 5th and 6th GradersJuly 17 – 21, 20179:00 – 3:00Freedom Intermediate School, 840 Glass Lane Scratch is 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 primer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition: $200 (Scholarship opportunities available)Camp Requirements:  All equipment and supplies for the camp will be provided by the Nashville Technology Council.  Students will need to bring a packed lunch 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 details)Rising 7th, 8th and 9th GradersJune 17 – 21, 20179:00 – 3:00Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy 96 WestScratch is 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 primer for someone who is new to coding or just needs a refresher course. Age Range:  7th – 9th grade Experience Level:  Beginner – no prior coding requiredStudent Tuition: $200 (Scholarship opportunities available)Camp...

FSSD and Franklin Parks to Host Input Meeting for Recreation Programming

In a joint session with the City of Franklin Parks Department, the Franklin Special School District invites all who are interested to attend an interactive public input meeting on Thursday, April 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Freedom Middle School Gym, located at 750 New Highway 96 West. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to officials with the FSSD and the City of Franklin Parks Department as it relates to providing recreational programming at the school campuses of Johnson Elementary, Freedom Intermediate and Freedom Middle and Poplar Grove. Design architects will be on hand to listen to your input, answer any questions and gather feedback.  Invitation Flyer English...