Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 14

Franklin Families and Students, 

Good afternoon. It has been a fast-paced week at Franklin. We got started on Monday and Tuesday with our Reading SOL assessments and it finished with exciting learning opportunities inside and outside of the school.

As we plan for the Math SOLs next week, please remember that our in-person and our virtual students will both follow a modified bell schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday. A link to the bell schedule on May 18 & 19 can be found here. 

With the announcements by the CDC this week, I am hopeful for a return to normal summer and fall activities. FCPS has not changed their guidance around mask wearing and social distancing. We will continue to follow the layered mitigation procedures established by FCPS and follow all Virginia Department of Health expectations, which include the wearing of masks for all staff and students until directed otherwise.  

I continue to be proud of the effort and mindset on display by all of our students and the dedication and commitment of our hard-working staff. Do not hesitate to contact me directly at if there is anything we can do to support your student and your family. 


Dustin Wright



Upcoming Events

May 25 - Spanish Language Rising 7th Grade Family Orientation

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual


SOL Testing

  • Virtual Students Testing on Monday, May 17
    • SOL testing will continue the week of Monday, May 17. 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.
    • On Monday, May 17 testing ends at 11:30 AM. Please plan to pick your child up by that time. Students who complete their SOL early and have a ride may be dismissed and permitted to call for a ride home as early as 9:45 AM.
    • Walkers and bicyclists will be dismissed at 11:00 AM, based on the availability of our crossing guard.
    • Parents of students who are testing on Monday, May 17 should refer to a previous email message from Mrs. Davenport regarding bus stops and times for SOL testing on May 17. Please contact the main office with questions about bus transportation for SOL testing.
  • In-Person Students Testing on Tuesday, May 18
    • All Tuesday 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.
    • Here is the testing calendar with times and links to the adjusted Bell Schedules for Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19.
  • 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).

Please click here for Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing: 2021 Information for Franklin Middle School.


National Junior Honor Society 7th Grade Applications and 8th Grade Pinning

7th grade students: Invitations to apply were emailed to eligible students on Monday, May 10.  Please check both parent/guardian primary email and student email accounts. All students with a third quarter cumulative GPA of at least a 3.75 received an invitation to apply. Applications are due by May 28, no later. Click HERE for more details about NJHS and the application process at Franklin. Please email Kara Taylor with additional questions.

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 and 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

There is still time to check out books from the library. If you need a recommendation, try these lists: Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, Mrs. Ruffle's Book Talks, or Always Available Ebooks for Franklin Middle School, or email Mrs. Ruffle.

All printed library books that were checked out this year are due back to the library by June 7. Books can be returned in school to the blue mailbox outside the library doors. For virtual students, books can be returned during curbside library on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ruffle.


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

  • Students can find detailed information about all clubs and activities in their grade-level Google Classroom or the student After School site.  
  • Chantilly High School Cheer will be hosting a virtual interest meeting for rising 9th graders on Monday, May 24th at 3:30 PM. Students should fill out this Google form in order to receive the link prior to the meeting. Please contact Coach Barden for more information.
  • If you have any questions about the After School program, please feel free to contact Mrs. White.

VIP Summer Program – Rocky Run MS will be the site for this year’s VIP Summer Program for the Western Fairfax schools (presented by FCPS and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services). This will be an in-person camp experience that will run from June 28 – July 29 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM).  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of recreational activities (sports, art, theatre, etc.). Click here to access the online camp application.

Molle picture 5.14.2021


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.


Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Program

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Program team has created a new quarterly newsletter to share with parents, students, and staff. The newsletter includes information about the program, the SAPS role within the school, substance abuse, parent tips, and useful resources for substance abuse concerns. The newsletter also features links to presentations by SAPS which were recorded earlier in the year in case you missed one and would like to see it. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the SAPS for the Chantilly Pyramid, Carrie Glasgow or contact the Office of Student Safety and Wellness at 571-423-4270. The newsletter can be found at the following link:

Click here for information on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Programs through FCPS.


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