Franklin MS Weekly Update - June 4

Franklin Families and Students,

Good afternoon! Thank you for another great week at Franklin Middle School. In the coming days, as we reflect on the journey that we all took together this year, please know how grateful we are for your support throughout the entire school year.

There is a lot going on next week at FMS and you are encouraged to review the information in this message for more details. Here are a few things that I wanted to highlight:

  • The Franklin MS PTA is an amazing organization and they are looking for FMS parents who are interested in joining this important work. Our PTA will have Board Member openings for President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as a few other committee member positions. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact our PTA President, Marcela Rivera, at
  • We are excited to share that a new Director of Student Services will be joining the Franklin MS family following the retirement of Dr. Chapman at the end of this year. Michelle Lyttle will be our new Director of Student Services and she will officially join our staff on July 1. She is joining the Franklin Middle School team with eight years of administrative experience, most recently as an assistant principal at Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Vienna where she has served the past four years. Our community will have several opportunities to get to know Ms. Lyttle over the next few months and we can’t wait for her to get started in July. Welcome to Franklin!

Finally, I had several opportunities this week to interact with the entire K-12 program that FMS is a part of. During the last week, I have met with nearly all of the 6th graders that will be coming to Franklin next year as 7th graders. The excitement and enthusiasm of these future Falcons was awesome! I was also fortunate to represent FMS at the graduation ceremony for Chantilly HS on Wednesday evening and I will attend Oakton’s next week. Congratulations to all of the former Franklin Falcons who are graduating this month!

I frequently introduce myself as “the proud principal of Franklin Middle School” and these two interactions with our future and former students added to the sense of pride I receive from working with our current group of amazing students every single day.

Best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.


Dustin Wright


CHS Graduation Picture

Dr. Wright was honored to represent Franklin MS with the pyramid principals at the Chantilly HS graduation this week.


Upcoming Events

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


Student Services Update

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 that day. We are excited about this new addition to our end of the year celebrations. 


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


NJHS Updates

7th Grade

Thank you to the students who submitted their applications to join Franklin's chapter of NJHS by the May 28th deadline. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance by Monday, June 7, 2021. The email will only be sent to your email address, not your parent/guardian. Please be on the lookout. Only students whose application was accepted will receive an email. The induction ceremony will take place in the Fall of the 2021-2022 school year. Information about the ceremony will be communicated through News You Choose and through the student NJHS Google Classroom/Schoology accounts. Still have questions? Email Mrs. Taylor at

8th Grade- Pinning Ceremony

We are excited to celebrate the success of our 8th Grade NJHS members virtually on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. Please join our Pinning Ceremony at this link:

If you are unable to attend live, the ceremony will be recorded and shared with the community.

In person students will receive their pin through their Falcon Time teacher on June 9 and virtual students can pick up their pin during laptop collection.


Library Updates

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

Students can continue using ebooks over the summer. During the summer, rising 7th and 8th graders will be able to log in to Franklin's Destiny Catalog and use Franklin's MackinVia ebooks (Always Available ebooks, Ebooks just for Franklin). Rising 9th graders will be able to use Destiny through their high school once this school year has ended. If you have 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.


NASA’s Girls in STEM 2021

Registration for NASA’s Girls in STEM 2021 virtual event is now open. Designed to inspire middle school students, this event features women working in STEM fields at NASA Glenn Research Center. This event is limited to the first 80 registrations received. Registration Deadline: June, 18, 2021.


Chantilly High School Dance Team Green Days and Tryouts

Chantilly High School’s Dance Team Green Days (practice clinics before tryouts) and Tryouts are coming up soon. Green Days will be every Monday, June 14 - July 19, in the Chantilly High School’s Cafeteria (Door 11) from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Tryouts will be July 26 and 28. For more information about the team and tryout process, please contact Coach Heidi Stafford.


Oakton High School Football Skills Camp

The Oakton High School Football program is hosting a Skills Camp June 8-10 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Oakton High School. Skills Camp is open to rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade athletes at all skills levels and positions. Cost is $40 per student.

High School coaches and players will work one on one with each camper on change of direction, balance, strength, speed and more. Please click here for a registration link (click on Football and scroll to Skills Camp). Families may contact Coach Mel Morgan for more information.


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