Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 15

Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon. I hope that all of you have a chance to enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather today. It is hard to believe that this time next week will be the start of Memorial Day Weekend.

We continue to be proud of the hard work being demonstrated by our students and staff as they collaborate and learn together in our digital learning environment. I visited several History classes where there were excellent discussions about the Cuban Missile Crisis taking place and I received a great refresher lesson on mean, median, mode, and scatter plots in some of the 7th grade math classes I dropped in on. Keep up the great work!

Below my email signature, you will find some important information about yearbook orders that are due next week, a few tentative dates for some of our end of the year events, and student locker item pick-up info.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Thank you for all that you do to support our Franklin students. 


Dustin Wright



FMS 2019-2020 Yearbook - Orders Due Next Week

Although the end of this school year has looked a little different, there are some traditions that will remain in place, and one of those is the Franklin MS Yearbook. If you are interested in ordering one, you can do so here. All orders need to be placed by May 22nd and there are a limited number of yearbooks available. The timing and delivery of the yearbooks are not finalized at this time, but we will share additional details in the coming weeks. 


Tentative End of the Year Event Dates

We are working hard to finalize virtual versions of some of our traditional end of the year events at Franklin. Below is a tentative schedule. We will finalize this schedule by the end of next week. 

Virtual 8th Grade NJHS Ceremony - Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 PM

More details will be sent about this in the coming weeks. We will also be sharing information about the application process for aspiring 7th grade NJHS members. This virtual event will be recorded and made available to families. 

Virtual Student Awards Ceremony - Wednesday, June 10 at 3:00 PM

This virtual will be recorded and made available to families. 

End of the Year Item Drop-Off and Pick-Up - June 11 & 12

We will be setting up a process where students and families can pick-up any end of the year materials (yearbooks, certificates, etc) and drop-off any resources or materials (textbooks, library books, calculators, music uniforms, etc.) that need to be returned to Franklin. There will be a separate process at another date for laptops and we hope to share that information with you soon. 


Student Locker Item Pick-up: Monday and Tuesday for 8th Graders

We recently received guidance from FCPS regarding the protocols they have put in place for the pick-up of student belongings that are still at school in lockers. Throughout this process, our top priority is the safety of our students, families, and staff members.  In this email, you will find details about the process Franklin MS will implement for a curbside pick-up of student belongings. Additionally, if there is any student medication in our Health Room, you will be contacted separately. Finally, we will schedule a separate event in June for students to drop off school-owned materials (laptops, library books, etc.) and to pick-up any End of the Year materials.

Our curbside locker item pick-up will occur on the following days. Eighth grade students may pick-up their locker items on May 18 or 19 based on student last name and seventh grade students will follow a similar procedure on May 26 or May 28. 

Monday, May 18 from 9:00 AM -  1:00 PM - 8th grade (Last Name A-L)

Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00 AM -  1:00 PM - 8th grade (Last Name M-Z)

Tuesday, May 26 from 9:00 AM -  1:00 PM - 7th grade (Last Name A-L)

Thursday, May 28 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - 7th grade (Last Name M-Z)

All student items contained in hallway lockers and gym lockers will be bagged and labeled for curbside pickup in the bus lane. Below is an outline of the pickup process:

  1. Students and families should arrive between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM on their designated pickup day.
  2. Drivers should enter the school campus through the Kiss ‘n Ride parking lot. 
  3. Please provide a Franklin staff member with your student’s last name which will be radioed ahead to a staff member in the bus loop.
  4. All of the bags will be alphabetized by last name on our curb and Franklin staff members will assist in locating the bag and loading it in the car.
  5. Families will only be able to pick up the belongings of their own student.

In our ongoing effort to promote healthy practices and to promote social distancing, vehicle occupants are encouraged to remain inside their cars.  

Students who are unable to pick up their bagged items on the dates above  should email their grade-level administrator to make other arrangements. 

7th grade administrator: Rob Gibbs –

8th grade administrator: Forrest Reid –

The student locker item pick-up is completely optional and if there is nothing in your locker(s) of personal value, there are no additional actions you need to take at this time. We will store any unclaimed bags until the end of the school year and at that time, the contents will be discarded or donated.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if there is anything else we can do to help.