Franklin MS Weekly Update - May 28

Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! I would like to start this message by thanking our families, our staff, and our students for all of their hard work and support during the last three weeks as we completed our SOL assessments. Earlier this week, we completed the majority of our testing and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support. 

When we return to school next Tuesday, it will be the month of June and there is a lot going on at our school. Here are a few highlights:

  • We will be hosting an opportunity for our students to celebrate the year together on Monday, June 7. All of our in-person and virtual students are invited to attend, but they must sign-up in advance for one of the two sessions. Students will have a chance to connect with their peers, enjoy some time outside, and receive/sign previously purchased yearbooks. Transportation is not provided so students will need to live within walking distance or be dropped off and picked up. More information and the sign-up link can be found below. 
  • Our Student Award Ceremonies will look a little different this year at FMS. During our Falcon Time class (4th period) on Wednesday, June 9, we will present a virtual ceremony to our entire school. A recording of this will be shared with the community. Additionally, all of our students will be celebrated individually with their Falcon Time peers during the remainder of the class period. We are excited about this new addition to our end of the year celebrations. 
  • The NJHS Pinning Ceremony for 8th graders will take place virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. A link for this ceremony will be shared with all NJHS members that are attending the event. The 7th Grade induction ceremony will take place in the Fall.
  • Our teachers will be sharing SOL scores with their students beginning on Tuesday, June 1. The scores will appear in the SIS gradebook as an ungraded assignment. Official SOL score reports will be available in SIS ParentVue in mid-July.
  • The Last Day of School is on Friday, June 11 and it is a two-hour early release. Our school day will end at 12:00 PM. The bell schedule that day will allow our students to connect with all of their teachers one final time. 

On behalf of the entire FMS staff, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. 


Dustin Wright 



Upcoming Events

May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

June 7 - End of Year Student Celebration

June 8 - Primary Election Day - All Students Virtual

June 11 - Last Day of School, Students Dismissed at 12:00 PM


End of Year Student Celebration

We are ready to recognize a year of hard work and success with celebration for our 7th and 8th grade students. This event will take place at Franklin Middle School on Monday, June 7.

7th Grade Students (9:00 AM - 10:45 AM)

8th Grade Students (12:30 PM - 2:15 PM)

This event is for all of our virtual and in-person students. Bus transportation cannot be provided, so parents and guardians will need to make transportation arrangements for their student to attend.

Students will be able to enjoy fun outdoor and indoor activities with their friends and classmates during their celebration session. These sessions are only open to current Franklin students and all students will be required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing as they enjoy the activities.

Celebration sessions are by grade-level. Students who are interested in participating should select only ONE time slot to attend during their grade-level celebration. Be sure to check with your friends so you can encourage each other to celebrate together. Please sign up by clicking on the sign up below.

Registration will close on Thursday, June 3 at 3:00 PM.

Franklin MS End of Year Celebration Sign Up


FCPSOn Laptop Return Update

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to provide you with some updates about the process we will use to collect the FCPSOn student laptop. 

Laptop Return for In-Person Students

  • Laptop collection will take place during the school day on June 9 -10. 
  • If your student will not be in school on June 9 - 10, please contact our main office to set up an alternate laptop drop-off time. 

Laptop Return for Virtual Students

  • If attending the End of Year Celebration on June 7, virtual students who have an alternate means of attending virtual classes during the last week of school may return laptops to the FCPSON room during the celebration.
  • A curbside laptop collection will take place on June 14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • Laptop drop-off by appointment only is available on June 15-16.

Laptop Return Reminders for All Students

  • Please remove all stickers and decals from the device. 
  • When returning their laptop, all students should also return the charger and carrying case. 


Yearbook Orders, In-Person Sales and Distribution Update

Yearbook Orders: We have extended the deadline to purchase Franklin MS 2021 yearbooks, and they are on sale through Monday, May 31. The cost of the yearbook is $25. Families may order online by clicking here. Our school order number is 5330. Families are encouraged to order yearbooks online. Online ordering will close at the end of the day on May 31.

In-Person Yearbook Sales: We have a limited number of yearbooks that will be available for purchase in person during lunch periods on June 4 and June 9. Students may purchase yearbooks on a first come, first serve basis. Yearbooks are $25, and students may pay with cash or by check (made out to Franklin Middle School).

Yearbook Distribution: In-person students who pre ordered yearbooks will be able to pick up their yearbooks during lunch on June 4 and June 9. In-person and virtual students will have the opportunity to pick up their yearbooks at the Student Celebration on Monday, June 7. After June 7, families of virtual students may come to Door 1 between 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM to pick up their yearbooks. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.


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

7th Grade Students: Applications to join are due today, May 28, and extensions will not be granted. 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. Click HERE for more details about NJHS and the application process at Franklin. Please email Kara Taylor with additional questions.

8th Grade Members: NJHS members who are eligible to receive their Service Pin were contacted via their account by Ms. Bridenbaugh on Monday, May 24.This email contains congratulations and details regarding the pinning ceremony. An assignment has been posted in Google Classroom for members who are receiving their pin in order to be recognized at the ceremony. We are also looking for students interested in speaking during the Pinning Ceremony. Students should reach out to Ms. Bridenbaugh ( if they are interested.

The Pinning Ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. A link to join the ceremony will be provided as we get closer to the event.


Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the clinic must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, June 11 at 12:00 PM. Medication left in the clinic after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Donna Long at: (703) 904-5110, or your School Public Health Nurse, Mary Ellen Wolf at: (703) 904-5135.


COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program

Franklin MS has been selected as one of four schools in FCPS to serve as a pilot location for COVID diagnostic and screening testing. Student consent forms have been emailed home and can also be found on our website. All student testing is optional and no students will be tested without a signed parental consent form. Completed consent forms can be dropped off by your student in our main office or can be emailed to Jade Horne.


Library Updates

Please help students remember to return their library books, so that others may use them. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Ruffle.

Learn about the Summer Reading Program for all ages sponsored by Fairfax County Public Library:  Tails and Tales Summer Reading, Teen Reading Challenges Activity Badges,  Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults, and Using Beanstack to Track Your Progress.


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.

Click here to join the PTA Meeting on June 1 at 7:00 PM


Oakton High School Dance Team Tryouts

Oakton High School’s Dance Team tryouts are coming up soon. Tryouts will be May 24 - June 4. To find out more information about the team and tryout process, students should fill out the Tryout Interest Form. Students completing the interest form will be included in a Tryouts Google Classroom where they will receive more information. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Karen Rowley.


Oakton High School Junior Dance Camp

Please click here for information on the Junior Dance Camp at Oakton High School from June 15 - 17. This camp is open to students entering grates 1-8 in September 2021. Please contact Coach Karen Rowley with any questions.


Oakton High School Cross Country Interest Meeting

The Oakton High School Cross Country Team is hosting an interest meeting on June 2 at 5:30 PM for rising freshman runners. Please contact Coach Kroetch for more information.


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