Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 7

Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon. We had a wonderful Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Franklin! Our gratitude goes out to all of the Franklin families for your generosity and kindness that made this a special week for our staff. I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the Franklin PTA for everything they did this week to make our staff feel very appreciated. They went above and beyond and our staff is very grateful.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some important updates and upcoming events at our school. There is additional information about many of these topics in the main section of this message. 

  • The administration of the SOL assessments begins at our school on Monday, May 10. Please review the important information below for Virtual and In-Person students who will be taking these assessments next week.
  • Earlier this week, FCPS shared information about the Limited Virtual Program that will be available during the 2021-2022 school year. That communication contains a lot of information and I encourage you to read it carefully if you are interested in this option. Please be sure to note that the first step in the process, the Intent to Apply form, must be submitted by May 9. No action is necessary if you wish your child to return to in-person learning in the Fall.

I will close by sending best wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all of the mothers that are a part of the Franklin community.


Dustin Wright


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SOL Testing

  • Virtual Students Testing on Monday
    • SOL testing begins Monday, May 10. All Monday testing begins at 7:30 AM. Please plan to drop your student off between 7:10 AM and 7:25 AM to ensure they have time to make it to their testing room.
    • All Monday testing ends at 11:30 AM. Please plan to pick your child up by those times. If your student finishes testing before the end of the block, you are welcome to pick them up earlier. Students will be permitted to call their parents for a ride. 
    • Parents of students who are testing on Monday, May 10 and Monday, May 17 should have received an email message from Mrs. Davenport regarding bus stops and times. Please contact the main office with questions about bus transportation for SOL testing.
  • In-Person Students Testing on Tuesday
    • Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules for Tuesday test days.
  • Laptop Reminders for All Students
    • All students will use their FCPS issued laptop to take their SOL tests. It is very important that they make sure their device passes the FCPS Health Check and has the latest version of the required testing software installed. For virtual students, this means a trip to an FCPS school building where they can connect to the FCPS network (this can be done from most school parking lots at any time of day). Here is the information that was shared with students through their Falcon Time Classes.
    • Students are expected to bring their fully charged laptop and their charger with them for testing.
    • Students also need to bring pencils and a book to read after the test (they will not be able to use any electronic devices until the testing block is over).


National Junior Honor Society Updates

7th grade students: Invitations to apply will be emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10.  Please be on the lookout as they will be sent to both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 will receive an invitation to apply. Once invitations have been sent, applications will be due by May 28, no later. Please email Kara Taylor with questions about the 7th grade application and membership process.

8th grade members: Mark your calendars for the 8th grade pinning ceremony on June 7, 2021. Members will receive their NJHS pins if they have maintained a 3.75 GPA and have completed the Service & Leadership assignments by the May 14 deadline. These have been posted each month throughout the year. For more information, members should see the documents posted in the NJHS Google Classroom. Details about the pinning ceremony will be sent soon!


Library Updates

Announcing great Comic Con fun with Fairfax County Public Library. Virtual events are on Saturday, May 8. Please register by clicking on the links below.

Star Wars Cosplay with the 501st: Join the 501st Legion virtually to hear about how they make all their Star Wars Cosplay. Geared toward teens and adults.

Fandom Food Trivia: From Second Breakfast to Butter Beer, food in all kinds of forms shows up in our favorite books, movies and shows. Join us for Fandom Food Trivia. Geared toward teens and adults.

How to Make Comics with Wendy Xu: Learn the basics of drawing comics with Wendy Xu, illustrator, comics artist and co-creator of Mooncakes. Geared towards middle school and older.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Trying to earn your Comic Artist badge. Join us at this event to earn some of the requirements for your badge. Scouts can earn a FREE "Meet an Author" patch. Complete the following survey.


Yearbook Orders

We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through May 31, 2021. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.


Franklin MS Virtual After School Program

Just a reminder that it’s not too late to join a club or activity.  Students can enroll at any time throughout the year unless the program is full. To sign up for After School activities, students should go to their grade level Google Classroom and the student After School site.

Chantilly High School Cheer will be hosting two virtual interest meetings: 

  • Monday, May 10th from 2:30-3:30 PM and Monday, May 24 from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • If your student is a rising 9th grader and is interested in learning more about the Cheer program, then they should attend one of these sessions. Students must fill out this Google form in order to receive the Google meet link prior to their selected meeting.  Email Coach Barden at for more information.

Upcoming Open Gyms for Chantilly Cheer

  • Friday, May 7th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and Friday, May 28 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost is $12
  • Location - Stingray All Stars in Ashburn, VA

If you have any questions about the After-School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

Virtual After School Activities - May 10 - 14

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PTA Updates

PTA is looking for Board as well as committee positions for next school year. We will have openings for President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as multiple other committee member positions. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact the PTA President at

Please join us for our next PTA Meeting on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. A link for the meeting will be sent closer to the date.


Chantilly Summer Theatre Program

Chantilly High School is thrilled to offer the Chantilly Summer Theatre program this July. Open to any rising 8th – 12th graders, this program offers a multitude of opportunities for student technicians and performers. This is a great way to get on or back on stage or behind the scenes – you do not have to go to Chantilly High School to participate. This link provides all the information regarding the summer program; if you have any questions, feel free to email:


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