Franklin High School

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

FHS Bulletin

Sept 13, 2019

See older bulletins in the Archive

Schedule Next Week

Monday September 16 B Day
Tuesday September 17 A Day
Wednesday Septempber 18 B Day
Thursday September 19 A Day
Friday September 20 B Day

Calendar Full Calendar

  • September 15, 4pm: PPS Student Film Festival at Hollywood Theater
  • September 17, 6:30-8:30: Back to School Night
  • September 17, 20, lunch: Multnomah County Library registers Freshmen
  • October 1: Pizzacato Donation Day (Division St. Pizzacato)

Newsletter Highlights

  • Principal's Notes
    • [NEW] General information from Principal Frazier
  • School News
    • [NEW] Advanced Scholars program for African-American students, 9/8
    • [NEW] Advanced Scholars program for Latinx students, 9/24
    • No holes in ID cards!!
    • Student Film Festival FREE (for students) at Hollywood Theater
    • Back to school night, Sept. 17, 6:30-8:30
  • PTSA / Volunteer News
    • [NEW] Volunteers needed at back to school night, Sept. 17
  • Fundraising
    • [NEW] Pizzicato Donation Day, October 1
  • Library
    • [NEW] ONLY 20 TIX LEFT: Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale
    • [NEW] LAST CALL for Multnomah County Library Cards
    • Library pass policy and hours
  • Athletics
    • [NEW] Big thanks for Tailgate support
    • [NEW] Weekly Schedule

Main Newsletter

Principal's Notes

Franklin Families,

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.

Student Parking

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!

Franklin STRONG,

Chris Frazier

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School News

Advanced Scholars program for African-American students, 9/18: Advanced Scholars will be hosting the Higher Ground Affinity Group lunch on Wednesday 9/18 from 11:25-1:30 in the library. All African-American students are invited to attend. Please RSVP by 9/13 by returning the green invites to Anna York (M-234 or in her box in the office), or contact her via email

Advanced Scholars program for Latinx students, 9/24: Advanced Scholars will be hosting the Listos Affinity Group lunch on Tuesday 9/24 from 11:25-1:30 in the library. All Latinx students are invited to attend. Please RSVP by 9/20 by returning the orange invites to Anna York (M-234) or in her box in the office), or contact her via email

NO holes in ID cards!! Student ID cards are now a TriMet Hopper Pass and you CANNOT punch a hole in the card. If you punch a hole in the card is deactivates the card and the Hopper Pass will no long work. If students want to hang it on a lanyard, it should be put in a plastic sleeve to hang on the lanyard.

Student Film Festival FREE at Hollywood Theater, Sept. 15, 4pm: You’re invited to the first ever Best of PPS Film Fest hosted by the Hollywood Theater on Sept 15th at 4pm. We had 65 films submitted from multiple high schools in the district and 5 out of the 11 films selected for the Official Selection are from Franklin. PPS staff and students get in free. Please see below for more information about the event Please come out and support our young filmmakers!

Back to School Night, September 17, 6:30-8:30pm: SAVE THE DATE FOR Back to School Night. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet teachers and learn about school programs.

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PTSA / Volunteer News

Volunteers needed at back to school night: If you’ve got a bit of time before Back to School Night on Tuesday 9/17, come help your fellow parents by handing out schedules! Any help is greatly appreciated: Sign up here.

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Franklin Wrestling Fundraiser: Atlas Pizza on Foster will donate 20% of all sales (Dine in, Takeout and Delivery) on Sunday September 15th from 5 until closing.

Pizzicato donation day, Oct. 1: Pizzicato on Division will donate 20% of ALL SALES ALL DAY on Tuesday, October 1st to the FHS PTSA. This includes eat-in, take-out, delivery, gift cards and anything else you could plan ahead, and bon appetit!

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ONLY 20 TIX LEFT: Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale: Free tickets/ transportation to see Margaret Atwood on September 25. Bus leaves FHS at 6:20pm. Permission slips are in library and due back by 9/18. Interested parent chaperones email

LAST CALL for Multnomah County Library Cards: MCL will be at FHS on Sept 17 & 20 during Lunch and Sept,17,20 during lunch. Free resources! Great services! Students need MCL card for CCE and other courses.

Library Pass Policy & Hours: Library Closed during Textbook Checkout except to return materials or pay charges. Starting Sept 10-- students can drop in to use the library during class time with the permission of their classroom teacher and a task specific hall pass or during their Early Dismissal/Late Arrival with their ED/LA sticker on their ID card. The Library is open during lunch, before and after school.

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Big thanks for tailgate support: A big thank you to everyone that helped with the Franklin Athletic Boosters Opening Night Tailgate and Varsity Football home opener. So many people were involved that we can't begin to list them all. The Franklin community is very fortunate to have such an amazing group of active volunteers. If you are looking for a way to get involved, please check out our website at

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.