Franklin High School

5405 SE Woodward St
Portland, OR 97206
Ph 503-916-5140

FHS Bulletin

Sept. 12, 2020

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Newsletter Highlights

  • Principal's Notes
    • [NEW] General information from Principal Frazier
  • School News
    • [NEW] Advanced Scholar Program 2020 - 2021 - Sign up by 9/25
  • PTSA / Volunteer News
    • [NEW] Community Parent Zoom Meetings: Sept 15th - 9th & 10th grades; Sept. 22nd - 11th & 12th grades
    • [NEW] Join the PTSA!
    • [NEW] Voter Registration
  • Library News
    • [NEW] Introducing Ayn Reyes Frazee, the new teacher-librarian at FHS!
    • [NEW] Textbook Checkout Schedule
    • [NEW] Make-up Textbook Pickup times
  • SUN News
    • [NEW] Academic Tutoring
    • [NEW] ASPIRE Mentoring
    • [NEW] Basic Need Assistance
    • [NEW] School and Community Partners
  • Club News
    • [NEW] 2020 - 2021 Club Charter
    • [NEW] 2020 - 2021 Club and Activity List

Main Newsletter

Principal's Notes

Franklin Families,

This past week we concluded our Soft Start schedule. I want to thank our students and teachers for their engagement these past few weeks as we began the relationship building process. We acknowledge that the transition has been difficult at times and we are grateful for the patience and understanding demonstrated by our entire community.

Starting Monday, September 14, teachers will begin introducing academic content to students. It is imperative that students make every effort to attend both their synchronous and asynchronous class sessions to ensure a strong start. The Franklin HS Instructional Schedule is attached.


Student Attendance Update - NEW

To address the numerous circumstances regarding a student's education amid a pandemic and that of a distance learning model, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has changed attendance protocols.

The following protocol is based on the most recent ODE guidance released August 11, 2020.

Evidence of attendance

Evidence of student attendance will be measured in at least one of the following ways within a 24 hour period:

  • A. Participating in a video class
  • B. Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication app, or email
  • C. A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for younger students, with the parent
  • D. Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based platform or via email
  • E. Turning in complete coursework on a given day.

HS teachers are required to take attendance for every period taught i.e., both synchronous and asynchronous classes.

New this year attendance will NOT be reported live.

Attendance will be recorded in Synergy the following school day (by 9:30 am) to ensure that all forms of attendance/participation can be recorded accurately from the previous school day. Autodialer will call families at noon for the previous school day’s attendance informing them of any non attendance/participation days/periods.

Student Attendance Example

Monday 9/14 Tuesday 9/15
Period 1 - Absent Period 3 - Present
Period 2 - Absent Period 4 - Present
Period 3 - Present Period 1 - Present
Period 4 - Present Period 2 - Present

In the example above the autodialer would call home on Tuesday 9/15 at noon, indicating that the student missed Periods 1 & 2 on Monday 9/14.
*Attendance for Friday will be reported on the next school day (Monday or Tuesday if there is a Monday holiday)

Parents/guardians are still asked to report if their child will be absent. Please email the Attendance Secretary at or call via phone at 503-916-3543. Email is preferred, to assist with documentation.

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Canvas and Student Email - Basics

Portland Public Schools has moved to a new Learning Management System called Canvas. This platform is a replacement of Google Classroom.

Please use this guide as a quick reference on the basics of using Canvas.

For help accessing student email accounts please use this quick guide.

If you need a student password reset, please use this link to request one. For any other technical issues, please email Dan Green at

Franklin Focuses on Equity

Each week we will share, highthight, or introduce a concept or topic related to our climate and equity work. This section will allow us to learn, use common language and create an opportunity to discuss climate and equity related topics; allowing us to collectively grow as a school community.

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Equality: Treating everyone the same and giving everyone the same thing regardless of individual need.

Equity: Giving people what they need based on what an individual requires to be successful given the systemic barriers to opportunity.

Every person's needs are different, just as every person is unique. Being equity centered requires us to recognize and honor those differences and give people what they need to be successful.

Franklin STRONG,

Chris Frazier

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School News

Advanced Scholar Program 2020 - 2021: Franklin’s Advanced Scholar Program provides mentoring and peer support for our college-bound students. As a part of the program, students are required to take Advanced Placement and/or Dual Credit classes and maintain a 2.75 GPA to help prepare them for college applications as well as help them practice many of the academic and self-management skills they will need in college. We encourage all 10th-12th grade students to apply, even if you have not participated in the program in the past.

Please complete this form:

DUE: Friday, September 25th, 2020
Please email Anna York ( with any questions.

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PTSA / Volunteer News

Community Parent Zoom Meetings: Principal Chris Frazier is hosting a series of community parent meetings on Zoom as the school year gets underway. First he will focus on 9th and 10th grade on Tuesday, September 15th, followed by meetings focused on 11th and 12th grade on September 22nd. Parents are welcome to attend any of the meetings, but most of the info will be geared to the specific grade level. Meetings will be recorded and posted on the PTSA Facebook page the following day. Here are the Zoom invites for this coming week (9/22 zoom links will be in next week's newsletter):

Amber Wagner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: FHS Community Meeting for Freshmen Parents
Time: Sep 15, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Topic: FHS Community Meeting for Sophomore Parents
Time: Sep 15, 2020 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Join the PTSA!Our PTSA's main purpose is to serve the needs and desires of its members in promoting the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth. The best way to support these efforts is to join as a parent member. That can be done on SchoolPay or on the Oregon PTA website here: ($2.50 convenience fee applies). Thank you!!

Voter Registration: Parents, did you know that your students can register to vote if they are at least 16 years old (if they are under 18, they will not receive a ballot until an election occurs on or after their 18th birthday)? The deadline to register for the upcoming November 3rd election is Tuesday, October 13th. In order to register, you (or your student) must be: a U.S. citizen, a resident of Oregon, and at least 16 years old.

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Introducing the new FHS Librarian: I'm Ayn Reyes Frazee and I'm the new teacher-librarian at FHS. As you know, superstar librarian Sunny Childs retired over the summer. I'm moving into a beautiful library space and I'm excited to continue to build the strong program that Sunny has worked so hard to cultivate. I'm looking forward to bringing more student voice to the library program, and to helping the library continue to feel like a warm, welcoming, and safe space for students that reflects the interests and identities of everyone who walks in the door - and thinking of creative ways to bring this energy to our virtual library experiences this fall! If you have any ideas, please share, I love bringing student visions for the library to life.
Email is the best way to reach me: Please follow our new library Instagram page for important updates and to see what we're up to @FranklinLibraryPDX

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Textbook Check Out Schedule

10th GRADE STUDENTS:***If you were scheduled to pick up during our cancelled Thursday or Friday times, please come on Wednesday or Thursday (click on link below for scheduled times)

The safety of our students, staff and our entire community is our highest priority. We ask that you follow the state mandated social distancing expectations and wear a mask or face covering. If you or anyone in your household has experienced a fever or persistent cough within the last 72 hours, please stay home.

Grade 9 Students (click on link below for detailed times):
Sep 14 & Sep 15 from 3:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Grade 10 Students (click on link below for detailed times):
Sep 16 from 1:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. and,
Sep 17 from 2:45 P.M. to 5:45 P.M.

Make Up Day For All Grades (click on link below for detailed times):
Sep 18 from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

See the schedule by student last name.

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SUN News

Academic Tutoring Request Link Starting September 28. If you have any questions please contact Claudia Cedeno @

ASPIRE Mentoring Request Link Students will be matched with a mentor volunteer to assist with the college application process and/or a tutor to help with staying on track.

Basic Need Assistance Request Link SUN can assist with basic needs such as food, school/ learning supplies, hygiene and cleaning products, emergency rent and utility resources.

School and Community Partners Link Franklin partners with many community partners and organizations to support Franklin students and families.

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Note: The Principal's Bulletin is delivered via email every Friday. We run general items for 3 weeks unless there is a good reason to run them longer. To submit an item please email: by 4pm Thursday for inclusion in that Friday's Bulletin.