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FMS Back to School Info
Classes will resume at Franklin Middle School on Monday, August 25, 2014. For a list of supplies needed for class, use the link on the right. We are looking forward to a great year. See you soon!
Parent Drop-off/Pick-up
All students arriving by car will be dropped off and picked up at the front of the Middle School. The area at the back of the building will be designated for bus loading and unloading only. There will be signs to help direct vehicles to where they should go. Students should go directly to their designated area until school begins.

When school starts, where do I go?
School starts on Monday, August 25, 2014. School hours are 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All students should report to the gym upon arriving at school on the first day of class. On Tuesday, all boys in Athletics will report to the Football Field House and should be dropped off at the Field House by way of the drive on the visitor’s side of the football field. All girls in Athletics will report to the Middle School gym and should continue to be dropped off at the front of the Middle School. Seventh graders and new students to FMS must bring their completed physical form before they can participate in athletics.

Schedules
Students should bring their schedules with them when they report for classes on August 25th. Any student who does not have a schedule should report to the Middle School Office.

REMINDER: There are no more schedule changes.
FISD Season Football Tickets On Sale
Season tickets for the 2014 varsity season will be available for purchase on the following dates:

August 19 – August 22, 2014 - reserved seating will be available to be purchased by last year’s purchaser only.

August 25, 2014 - reserved seating will be available to be purchased by general public.

Cost is $25.00 per seat. Tickets may be purchased at the Franklin ISD Administration Building, 1216 West FM 1644 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For questions call 979-828-1900.

**CHANGE IN SALES**
Reserved seats will no longer be sold at the gate. They can be purchased pre-season at the Administration Building or after August 30th at the High School office by 3:00pm on game day.
Meet the Teacher Night - September 9
Meet the Teacher/Parent Night
Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be a copy of your student’s schedule available for you to pick up near the front office if needed
Immunizations
Parents of students who will enter 7th grade in the 2014-2015 school year should pay special attention to the vaccine requirements needed to attend school. . Please be aware that students without the required immunizations or a valid exemption will not be allowed to start school.

Additional vaccine requirements for students entering 7th grade:
· 2 doses of varicella
· 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) if 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria containing vaccine
· 1 dose of meningococcal

Updated shot records are due in the FMS front office by Friday, August 8, 2014.
Sports Physicals Required for All Athletes
In efforts to increase safety and prevention in athletics, FISD is requiring ANNUAL physicals for all student-athletes. Annual screening of athletes is imperative because medical conditions can change from year to year and the development of subtle issues may be overlooked. The pre-participation exam is designed to help identify athletes that may be at risk for medical issues before he or she participates in a sport.

Physical can be obtained by your primary physician or orthopedic doctor. Mass sports physicals were offered by FISD on May 22. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Marissa Jones at mjones@franklinisd.net or 979.255.5409.
Book Signing, Meet and Greet with Author, J.T. Cope IV
Franklin High School and Franklin Middle School recently hosted a book signing and meet-and-greet with author J.T. Cope IV. The 1998 FHS graduate was at the middle school and the high school on Friday, Feb. 7th. Cope talked about and signed copies of his book, Countryside, The Book of the Wise.
Pennies for Patients
Student Council hosted The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Pennies for Patients campaign, a program in which students across the country are raising funds for cancer research and services for patients. More research is needed, because in spite of advances, leukemia causes more deaths among children than any other cancer. Every penny counts, and we thank you for your support. The totals are in and THE BOYS have won the ice cream party for bringing the most spare change for our Pennies for Patients campaign! The boys brought a total of $177.37 and the girls brought a total of $92.82. Together they raised $270.19! Thank you parents for helping make this year's program a success.
FISD Moves to Nine Week Grading Cycles for 2013-14
Franklin ISD is moving from six-week grading cycles to nine-week cycles beginning 2013-14. Currently, the six-week grading cycles are not necessarily six weeks due to the mandated school start date and the end of the first semester prior to the Christmas holiday. The longer grading cycles will allow students and teachers to have more time between end-of-grading period summative exams. There are positive benefits to having more time within grading periods. For example: Curriculum can feel less rushed within a nine-week period versus a six-week period; teachers can spend less time calculating grades and more time planning for the classroom with four rather than six annual major grade reporting periods; and the students should have an opportunity for additional instruction to relearn material for mastery before the end of the grading period.

The new cycles affect UIL (University Interscholastic League) eligibility check-points. However, the ability to regain eligibility remains on a three-week cycle. To aid parents and teachers in understanding the new UIL eligibility calendar, the district will post a guide detailing eligibility checks. If you have any questions, your child’s teacher, coach or organization sponsor along with any administrator are available to help.
EZMeal App Available for Online Free/Reduced Applications
Franklin ISD is working to make applying for free and reduced meals a more private and hassle free experience. New this year is the opportunity to complete an online free and reduced price meal application. A link to the application EZMealApp can be found on the school website under the parent tab or by clicking on this news title. Paper applications will also be mailed to all households and copies will be available in the school office at each campus if preferred. Contact Sandra Baxter, School Nutrition Director at 979-828-7007 if you have questions.
New and Improved EZSchoolPay
In our continuing effort to provide the best experience and value possible, EZSchoolPay is updating their web site with a new look and feel. The new and improved user-friendly version provides the same key features you already find beneficial, including:
• Fast posting of payments -- Within minutes, a student has access to newly posted funds,
• Viewing children's transactions, and
• Low balance reminders and messages
You can also enjoy new features such as:
• Connectivity to a new EZSchoolPay mobile app for the device of your choice,
• Multilingual availability, and
• Full Shopping Cart functionality
**Your existing username and password for EZSchoolPay will remain the same.
If you have any questions about this or any other matter related to EZSchoolPay, please do not hesitate to contact us at khubbard@harriscomputer.com
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