Franklin Special School District
E-News for Parents and Community Members
Essay Contest Honors Favorite Teachers
Students in grades 1 through 12 are invited to participate in Barnes and Noble's My Favorite Teacher Contest
How It Works: Students
write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in
English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced
their life and why they appreciate and admire them. A signed entry form should be submitted in person or by mail to the local store.
Forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2012.
What Students Get: The
students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will
receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local
store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.
What Teachers Get: The
winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local
Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging
their achievement, together with a set of five
(5) Classic Starts® series.
Moore Elementary Loses Beloved Teacher Linda Cope
Elementary is mourning the loss of beloved kindergarten teacher and
stalwart pioneer of the school, Linda Kay Cope, who passed away on
December 30. Mrs. Cope was known for her endless patience, warmth and
compassion, extensive educational knowledge, and boundless love of her
family, friends and fellow educators.
Mrs. Cope was the person co-workers sought out to hear advice, to gather creative ideas for
the classroom or to receive suggestions on how to help children succeed
in the classroom.
"Linda was the ultimate kindergarten teacher,"
said Moore Elementary Principal Lisa Burgin. "Her classroom was always
bright and inviting, a perfect place for children to begin their school
career. She was extremely patient and always won the love and respect of
her students and their families. Linda was a wonderful mentor and
friend to the entire Moore Elementary staff. She will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Cope began her 48-year teaching career in Florida before
joining the Franklin Special School District in 1970 at Franklin
Elementary School. She spent the past 21 years at Moore Elementary as a
kindergarten teacher and was among the esteemed educators who helped to
lay the strong foundation for that new school, which was built in 1990.
She also spent many years before and after school serving as a Site
Director for the FSSD Morning and Afternoon Care (MAC) program.
Career Ladder Level III teacher, Mrs. Cope was dedicated to the concept
of lifelong learning. After having spent her early education in New
York, she moved to a warmer climate to earn her undergraduate degree in
education at Florida State University. While working full time, she
earned her Master's Degree in Education from MTSU. She was named Moore
Elementary's 2000 Teacher of the Year, a title she fully deserved.
Mrs. Cope is survived
by her son, Christopher Ashley Cope and his wife Emily; her beloved granddaughter, Anna Kate Cope;
and her sisters, Vicki Lafian (Tom) McDonald & Caroline Thomasina Lafian.
Student Artists of the Month
Artwork by Jamie Spiegel
Poplar Grove Middle
student Jamie Spiegel
was the Student Artist of the Month for January. She
completed this beautiful landscape painting in Mary Ann Kolpak's art class. Jamie's artwork was
featured on the front of the employee birthday cards in January and she was recognized by the Board of Education at its monthly meeting.
Artwork by Sophia Cox
Moore Elementary first-grade student Sophia Cox
Student Artist of the Month for February. Students in Kelly Selfe's art
class studied native American blankets and created their own work of art using lines, shapes, and patterns. Sophia's artwork is
featured on the front of the employee birthday cards in February and she
will be recognized by the Board of Education at its February meeting.
Franklin Special School District
507 Highway 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064
Student-Named K-9 Begins Duties
The Franklin Police Department K-9 Unit has inducted three new dogs into
its program to officially begin their service on Franklin streets:
Thor, Jager, and Bolo have graduated from their 20-week
training class. Bolo, assigned to Officer Chris Hollingsworth, has a
special tie to the Franklin Special School District.
is a police term that means "Be On the Look Out." The name was chosen
by FSSD students who participated in a district-wide vote last May.
began using the new name immediately. The Police Department will make
for Bolo to meet the students who gave him his name in the coming
Click on the map for the full zoning map
School Board Chooses Dual Zone Approach in Rezoning
School Board approved a dual zone proposal on January 9, 2012, intended to provide
socio-economic balance among the district's seven schools. After 14 months of
research, data discovery and many attempts to draw equitable attendance zones, the Board approved a scenario that moves the least number
of students and allows most of the district's current students to remain in their
existing zones through the eighth grade.
The approved proposal is a five-zone plan that includes two dual zones (Johnson Elementary/Poplar Grove
and Franklin Elementary/Poplar Grove). In
this plan, approximately 7 percent of the district's students will be rezoned in the
2012-2013 school year. All other students will finish in
their current school feeder pattern (elementary/intermediate/middle). Of those rezoned, more than three-fourths will attend a school within two miles of their home.
in the fall of 2012, Poplar Grove will be a zoned school. It will share the
northern part of its zone with Johnson Elementary and the southern part of its
zone with Franklin Elementary. Families living in these dual zone areas are
within two miles of either of the two schools in the zone.
* Click here to read a detailed summary of the Dual Zone Plan
What Does the Rezoning Accomplish?
For the past several years, the School Board noticed a free and reduced lunch application pattern emerge that pushed several of the district's schools out of balance, essentially causing socio-economic segregation. Beginning this school year, there were over 50 percentage points between the school with
highest number of students on free and reduced lunch and the school with the
FSSD Board of Education has a long history in advocating for and supporting
social, economic, racial, ethnic, and academic diversity throughout the
district. The FSSD's ultimate responsibility is to grow academically and
socially successful and responsible citizens of the world. Within this context, the district believes that all students receive a
richer social and educational experience when its classrooms reflect the larger
community's diversity. These
experiences often lead to a broader understanding of the world in which they
live and must succeed.
What Does the Research Show?
that students in schools with high poverty are less likely to continue to
secondary education, potentially less likely to have middle class income and
thus likely to continue the cycle of poverty. Low-income students educated in schools with a more balanced
ratio of middle class students are positively influenced to strive for higher
goals educationally, behaviorally and socially. Knowledge from higher achieving students is shared informally with classmates
all day long.
integration benefits low-income students; at the same time, middle-class achievement is shown not to
decline in the cases where a strong core of middle-class children remains present.
What Are the Board's Expected Outcomes?
While change is always difficult, intentionally zoning a
diverse student body enriches the classroom and provides a broader experience for our students
and better prepares them for the life experiences they will have as they grow
What Is the Transition Schedule?
Families who will move to new schools next year have been notified through the mail by Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. The letter explains the move and the otions available for eligible third- and seventh-students to be grandfathered in their current school without transportation. Principals will soon be mailing welcome packets to the families as well, outlining transition activities planned for the rezoned students and their families.
* Research cited is from Turnaround Schools That
Work: Moving Beyond Separate but Equal, Kahlenberg)
The FSSD has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding hte rezoning plan approved in January by the Board of Education.
If you have a specific question not answered in the ones submitted here, please email it to email@example.com
. We will do our best to answer your question with a quick email response.
Libraries Benefit from Teen's Book Drive
Trevor Presson Trevor Presson FSSD libraries are the grateful beneficiaries of a Million Page Book Drive
sponsored by local student Trevor Presson, a senior at Independence
High School. An avid reader himself, Trevor wanted to share his love of
books with students who may not have the resources to purchase them on
their own. The
goal was to collect enough books to total at least a million pages. With
the help of the local community, including a school-wide drive at
Sunset Middle, students in all seven FSSD schools will have more
resources at their disposal.
New and used books were donated and
the librarians have all divvied up the resources according to greatest
need. Books that had a little more "love" and were not able to be placed
in circulation will be given to children who visit the district's
Story Bus this summer. The Story Bus is a mobile reading program whereby
children can board the air-conditioned bus/library and read on their own
or have stories read to them by certified teachers and volunteers. Each
child leaves the bus with a new or gently used book.
Age-appropriate book donations are always accepted and appreciated at all FSSD schools and the Central Office for use in the libraries or the Story Bus.
Fifth-Graders Battle Cancer With Math
Students in Lisa Weston's fifth-grade math classes at Freedom Intermediate School
wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with leukemia so
they came up with an idea to raise money and practice their math skills at the same time. Weston presented the idea of a Math-a-Thon to her students as a way of relating to another student in the fifth -and sixth-grade school who was battling leukemia. The students immediately latched on to the idea and began completing a rigorous math booklet full of problems.
Students completed the math booklet with the pacing of a marathon - slow and steady - finishing the race in just 14 days. "The math
problems correlate with the fifth grade curriculum requirements, so the concepts I was
teaching in class were being reinforced through the Math-a-Thon
problems," Weston said. "When it was all said and done, 34 students fulfilled their
commitment by completing the math and collecting pledges." St. Jude's Research Hospital, a leader in tackling childhood cancer, was the beneficiary of the students' good will, receiving $1,323.
Freedom Intermediate 5th grade Math-A-Thon participants
|"Child Find" event aims to assess and serve preschoolers with special needs|
In an effort to identify children who have disabilities and
may need special services as a result of their disability, the FSSD is holding its annual "Child Find" event on Friday, February 24, from 9:30-12:00 at the Williamson County
Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike. Child Find is a drop-in event for children zoned for the Franklin Special School District. As
part of the program, parents will be offered an opportunity to have their
children (ages 2 ˝ to 5 years) undergo a free developmental screening.
"The purpose of our Child Find event is to identify children
with special needs so we may begin to offer them the services they need prior
to entering school for the first time," said Brenda Hughey, FSSD Supervisor
of Special Populations. "Sometimes what parents may need for their child
includes a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed
specifically for the child, or a referral to other agencies providing special
Free developmental screenings include hearing, speech and language, motor skills and learning skills. This is not a screening for kindergarten placement, but a public service for early detection of possible delays in development. Parents must stay with their children throughout hte screening process. A Spanish translator will be available.
For more information, please contact Nathan Travis at
FSSD Co-Sponsors Walk Across Williamson |
Walk Across Williamson (WxW) is a joint
effort between the Franklin Special School District, Williamson County Schools, the county Health Department and the county Health Council.
This is an endeavor to promote a family fun
and healthy activity.
"activity minutes" on the days they are active
during the months of February and March:
Participants may join the effort at any time during the walk period.
Some is always better than none and WxW is
designed with that purpose in mind.
On Saturday, April 21, there will be a
celebration gathering at Liberty Elementary
School, 600 Liberty Pike in Franklin,
from 9-10 a.m. The celebration
will include special guests, give-aways and
drawings for prizes. Adult participants who
have met the weekly program goal will earn
chances for the prize drawings. Those who
meet the overall goal of actually Walking
Across Williamson during the 9 weeks (a
distance of 90 miles) will be eligible for
an additional prize drawing. (Participants
must be in attendance to be eligible for the
Let's get the New Year
started on the right foot by walking and/or
being active in some form or fashion. Walk Across Williamson and the WCS Activity
Contest is a way of Adopting Healthy Habits! Support your school and your health by
For more information, contact FSSD Coordinated School Health Supervisor, Lisa Chatman, at 472-3847.