Franklin MS Weekly Update - February 17

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Rising 7th Grade Orientation Visits on February 13 and 14


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Officer Jim Smith with his 20 Year Service Award

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Students buddy reading, choosing non-fiction topics, recording winners of the Jazzy Awards, and reading about Langston Hughes in our library.


Franklin Families and Students,

Good Afternoon!  We hope that you all had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. It was an exciting week at Franklin MS with many events going on in the building.

On Monday and Tuesday, we welcomed Future Falcons from our feeder elementary schools for a Rising 7th Grade Tour & Orientation. There was a wonderful energy in the building as our incoming students got to see our school, meet our staff, and get to know many of our current Falcons. Our Performing Arts department showcased their talents with musical and theatrical performances, and a student-led panel gave a presentation about a “day in the life” at Franklin. Students learned about our many exciting electives that we offer at Franklin and were able to take part in several Q&A sessions. The visit finished up with student-led school tours. It was a busy morning, and we were thrilled to meet our rising 7th grade students in person! We encourage all families to click here for information on Academic Advising and Course Registration.

This week we also took the time to celebrate our amazing School Resource Officer as we celebrated SRO Appreciation Day on February 15. Officer Jim Smith recently received his 20 Year Service Award from the Fairfax County Police Department. We are so fortunate to have Officer Smith as part of our Franklin MS family. You can read more about Officer Smith by clicking here. Please join me in thanking Officer Smith for all he does to keep our school community safe.

Finally, we would also like to highlight an upcoming program that our school will be hosting called Hidden in Plain Sight. Hidden in Plain Sight is a family focused community awareness program to educate families on current trends and signs of risky behavior among teens. The Student Services Department and PTA are partnering with Fairfax County Police Department to bring Hidden in Plain Sight to Franklin Middle School on February 21st at 6:00 PM and a possible encore on February 28th. Sign-up is required, and translation services are available. Please click on the links below for more details.

Hidden In Plain Sight Details

Sign-up for Hidden In Plain Sight

You are always welcome to contact me at  if there is anything our team can do to support your student or your family.

I hope that all of our Franklin families enjoy the long weekend.


Dustin Wright



Important Dates

February 20 - No School - George Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day

March 2 - 2 HR Early Release at 12:15 PM (No After School Program)

March 3 - No School - Student Holiday and School Planning Day

March 8 - Franklin MS PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM


Into the Woods, Jr. Auditions

Auditions are open for Franklin’s spring musical, Into the Woods Jr.! Audition videos are to be submitted no later than February 22. Students can join the Franklin Drama Schoology group using the code 8B99-8FDG-2R5V8 to view the audition packet, which includes important dates, music, and instructions for submitting an audition. Reach out to Ms. Hoffman with any questions (, or students can stop by room SD-2 for more information.


Yearbook Information

We have a new yearbook class at our school and they have been working hard on our yearbook!  Ordering information can be found here. The deadline to order yearbooks is April 24. Please contact Kelly Barlow with any questions.


Franklin MS After School Program Information

Please click here to see the Activities for February 20 - March 3. New activities include:

  • Dance Team – Practices are on Mondays, 2nd block (3:35 – 4:35)
  • Touching Hearts Club – Tuesdays, both blocks (2:35 – 4:35)
  • Falcon Minds Matter – Wednesdays, 1st block (2:35 – 3:35)

Please click here for the description of each club. We hope your child has found an interest in one or more of our after school activities. As a reminder, many of our clubs are “open enrollment” meaning students are welcome to start attending whenever they are ready. For questions regarding the After School Program, please email Mrs. Mollé.


Screen Activity Reports

Parents can get information about their child's activity on their FCPS laptop. Sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week.


Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

What should I do before my child grows up? Please click here for information from Career and Transition Services on future planning for elementary and middle school students in special education.


FCPS Strategic Planning

At Fairfax County Public Schools, we believe that learning happens best in community. When we have equally high expectations for each and every student, we all benefit. Excellence, equity, and access to opportunity are essential for achieving success in all aspects of life. Together, they foster growth, development, and high achievement for all students as they prepare for a world yet to be imagined.

Read more about how FCPS strives to ensure excellence, equity, and opportunity for every student.


Eating Disorder Parent Information

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. This information may be found by clicking here.


Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a new Federal Communications Commission program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at or by calling 877-384-2575.


Let’s Talk College Presentation at Chantilly HS on March 6

The presentation What to do in High School to be College Ready will be on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM in the Chantilly HS Auditorium. This presentation is geared toward rising freshmen, sophomores and their parents, but is open to all. Please contact Khristie Greiner with any questions.


Institute for the Arts at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Institute for the Arts (IFTA) is a 2 or 4 week arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th-12th grade who like to express themselves through the study of dance, fashion, music, theatre, and visual art. This program will be July 5-28 at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please click here for more information.


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