Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Franklin Elementary School. Our goals have not changed: we are still committed t to ensure an excellent education for all students and we will accomplish this task by providing rigorous lessons and instruction that will bring out the greatness that dwells within all of them. Our mission is always to encourage and educate students to be confident, knowledgeable, responsible and productive citizens in an ever changing world. It is with your assistance that we will be able to accomplish this task.
Our staff utilizes various teaching techniques to meet the student’s learning styles in order to best educate them in the foundational skills such as mathematical computations, reading fluency and comprehension. We use technology to assist in the instruction of our lessons. Smart Board technology, Renaissance Learning tools and Study Island are just some tools we use to compile data to help prepare lessons that will advance our students academically and to help them think more critically about what they are learning.
We are very proud of our “Citizens of the Month” program, where each month a student from each class to chosen Each month a positive character trait is highlighted, and students who exemplify that trait may be nominated from their class to become the “Citizen of the Month”. Students are honored with their picture displayed in the foyer of the building and join me in “a lunch with the principal event”. Some other programs we take part in are: a 911 Remembrance ceremony, International Peace Day, Helping hands, 5th Grade Buddy reading (to our 1st and 2nd grade students) and Big Brother, Big Sister just to name a few.
I believe as Malala Yousafzai said: “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” As the school year progresses, you will come to realize that I am your child’s biggest advocate here in the school. I will work tirelessly to ensure that they are welcomed here and will provide an atmosphere that is positive, caring and focused on learning, which are my top priorities. Their journey will be one that I truly hope they will enjoy and look forward to on a day to day basis.
Parents you play such an integral part of this journey. I ask that each day you take time to discuss the day your children had at school. To review homework with them and to ensure that they get enough sleep and are prepared for the challenges that awaits them during the next school day. I ask the students to come to school each day with their minds and thoughts set for learning, to be ready for the aforementioned challenges that will await them at Franklin.
Let us all work together to ensure a great school year, my door is open, ideas are welcomed and I again look forward to a great school year.
Everett B. Thompson