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FMS to Host UIL Academic Meet
Students from four schools will be competing in the west zone academic competition on Tuesday, December 10th here in Franklin.
School will be released at noon that day to accommodate the competition.
If you are interested in helping with the hospitality room, please contact Tina Cole.
Upcoming Dates to Know
Dec. 3 - One Act Play competition
Dec. 5 - UIL writing events, FMS Basketball vs. Hempstead
Dec. 6: 7th/8th band all region auditions
Dec. 9: FMS basketball vs. Hearne
Dec. 10 - Early Release @ 12 p.m., UIL Academic Meet
Dec. 11 - GT Science Club, 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 12, 14 - FMS girls basketball @ Teague tournament
Dec. 16 - FMS basketball
Dec. 19 - 8th grade EXPLORE test
Dec. 20 - End of 2nd nine weeks, Early release, 1 p.m.
2012-2013 Yearbooks Available for Purchase
ATTENTION Parents and Students!
The 2012-2013 yearbooks are now available for purchase!
High school/middle school books are available at the High School for $45
Elementary books are available at Reynolds Elementary for $16
Get your little piece of Franklin history today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Immunizations Required for Seventh Grade Students
These are the immunizations required to enter 7th grade:
- 2 doses of varicella for students entering 7th
- 1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for students entering 7th grade, if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-diphtheria-containing vaccine
- 1 dose of meningococcal for students entering 7th grade
More information about school vaccine requirements is available on the Immunization Branch website at www.immunizetexas.com (click on the ‘School and Childcare’ link).
A Message from EZSchooPay
If you use EZSchoolPay to pay for your child's lunch, you may have received an email appearing to be from EZSchoolPay asking for information. This is a statement on the EZSchooPay Website. "Several school districts have notified us about a new "phishing" scam which is pretending to be an official notice from EZSchoolPay. The email mentions a new tax, with a link asking for updated information. Remember that EZSchoolPay will never ask you for your password or other personal information in an email, and emails such as this aren't from EZSchoolPay."
Does your student get excited about books he/she is reading? Do they sit and tell you all the details about the book? If that is your student, encourage them to write a book review! Students can write book reviews on the FMS Online Card Catalog https://franklinisd.follettdestiny.com. Have your student log in (using username and password they would use to get on computers at school), select the book they have read, then click on write a review. It's easy and fun for other students to see what other people thought about the book.
To stay informed of changes in athletic schedules please log onto the FMS website, click on Athletics, then Athletic Schedules and add your email to the bottom of the schedule. You will receive email messages when a change is made in the schedule.
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