We are three weeks into the school and things are still busy, but beginning to settle down. This week we conducted our first school wide evacuation drill and held our first round of tutorials. During the tutorial period students were very productive and we were excited by the turnout. Students are encouraged to use this time to visit their teachers for support, test prep or make up, or a quiet place to study. Students are asked to either be meeting with a teacher in classroom or working quietly in the library; tutorial is an academic period that we hope students will utilize.
I also want to thank the FHS Boosters for hosting such a lively Tailgate last week for our opening varsity football game. It was an amazing community building event and an excellent start to our fall sports season.
Lastly, we are excited to see everyone next Tuesday at Back to School Night from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet staff, be introduced to your child’s teachers, and learn about various programs and opportunities within our school. The evening will begin with a welcome in gym followed by teacher presentation in classrooms.
Updates & Reminders
National Merit Scholar Semi-finalists
Congratulations to Tyler Mapes and Arthur Feidelson for be recognized as National Merit Scholars Semi Finalists.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Global Climate Walk-Out
On September 20, 2019, we expect a large number of students at PPS to join students around the world in taking part in the Global Climate Strike. Organizing students have shared that students are planning to walk out of class and march to Portland City Hall around 10:00 am, and then march to a Climate Justice Festival at OMSI from 11:00 -12:00pm that will provide education and enrichment opportunities to learn about climate change and the climate justice movement. The festival will include art, trainings, climate movement orientations, music tents, film screenings, food trucks, and a place to build community with events scheduled to end around 5:00 pm.
While the district is not sponsoring this action, PPS does recognize students’ right to freedom of expression. We also recognize that this student-led action involves learning opportunities and aligns with our Climate Justice Resolution #5272. In addition, the PPS Vision, PPS reImagined, includes a graduate portrait where students have a critical understanding of race and climate justice issues, and show activism on those issues.
Franklin Administration does anticipate that some students will participate and leave school this day. Please note that once students leave our campus for unsponsored events, we can no longer guarantee their safety. We encourage families to discuss expectations with their student(s) about their participation, safety, and communication if they leave their campus.
We’ve recently experienced several student cars parked illegally on campus and throughout the neighborhood. Cars have blocked drive ways, gates, and areas reserved for Emergency Medical Teams. Illegally parked cars on campus or in the neighbor are subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Please communicate with your student about these circumstances.
This week’s STRONG Recognition:
Throughout the week students are recognized by staff members for exhibiting Franklin STRONG values as students Strive to be Thoughtful, Respectful, Organized, Neighborly, and Generous. Students put these “STRONG tickets” in a box in the main office and a name is pulled from that box each week to acknowledge and celebrate that particular student.
Renika Weliever: Grade 9
Recognized by: Ms. Gromko
Renika will receive credit at the Lightning Mart – the FHS Student Store!