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    Principal's Welcome
    Posted on 08/16/2019
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    Principal's Welcome Back Letter 

    August 2019

    Welcome Back Franklin Families!

    We hope that you have all found time to enjoy family and friends this summer! Enclosed in this packet you will find several pieces of information that will assist you in getting the school year off to a positive start!

    MANDATORY NINTH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE: 9th grade students will report to the gymnasium for Orientation and Summer Bridge on Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th at 8:45 a.m. on both days. The program will run until 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3rd and until 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 4th. Students will meet their 9th grade peers, work with upper-grades, and participate in Link Crew activities, tour the school, and meet ninth grade teachers and counselors. Students will also gain strategies for being successful in 9th grade at Franklin High School. Attendance is mandatory on these days. Ninth grade is a pivotal year for high-school success, and 9th grade specific activities will help students with their transition to high school. Families are welcome to join us for a coffee hour on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:00am in the Commons. You will have an opportunity to meet and hear form the Franklin PTSA, as well as the administrative and counseling teams and ask questions if you’d like to. The commons is our cafeteria and is located on the 1st floor.

    10th – 12th GRADE ORIENTATION: Orientation for 10th-12th grades will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm throughout the first and second floor of the main building. At this time, students will have an opportunity to check out lockers, purchase ASB activity stickers, apparel, and yearbooks. Students may drop in during this time, and there will be no formal program.

    NEW THIS YEAR. All student schedules will be available on The SOURCE on August 30th, 2019 at 4:00 pm. If your student is missing a class or has been placed in an incorrect class, please contact your school counselor to inquire about making changes. We will also provide an opportunity to make requests in writing at orientation and counselors will work to accommodate those requests during the first week of school. We may also be able to accommodate requests to change elective courses on a space availability basis. We will not make schedule changes for teacher requests or personal preferences, however. THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS HONORED AFTER THE FIRST FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, September 4th is first day of school. 9th Graders will report to the auditorium at 8:45am for part 2 of Orientation and Summer Bridge. 10-12th graders will report to school at 10:30 am. First week bell schedulePDF

    SCHOOL PHOTO SCHEDULE: Student photos for yearbook and school IDs will be taken during school on Thursday, September 5th. Make-up photos will be September 12 and retakes will be October 14. Order ahead of time at Picture ID # - LS119018Q0

    FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES: Students will have an alternate bell schedule the first week of school. Please refer to the bell schedule document in this packet for more details.

    CURRICULUM NIGHT: Curriculum night will be October 10, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

    ADVISORY: We are excited to continue our work in advisories to enhance support for everyone at Franklin. Research shows that students have more successful experiences in school when they are connected to one positive adult mentor in the building. Each student will be assigned to an Advisory class that meets four times a week and is worth ¼ credit (0.25 per semester) to focus on the following skills:

    • Building positive relationships and community with other students and staff in our building;
    • Learning skills to help students enhance their academic performance, monitor their own academic progress, increase social-emotional intelligence, and develop leadership skills; and,
    • Career and College exploration to develop their High School and Beyond Plan.
    • QTV, Recognition and Celebration

    STUDENT SUCCESS and the FRANKLIN HANDBOOK: As you know, your student’s success in high school is important as it opens so many doors for life beyond high school. All students will be issued the Franklin and Seattle School’s standards for success for academic performance, career and college readiness habits and behaviors. This packet contains important information about Franklin High School expectations as well as a full school-year calendar. Please review the packet and sign the Student Covenant in order to ensure all of us are clear about Franklin’s expectations for excellence. Students who do not complete the covenant will not be able to participate in Franklin High School field trips, extra-curricular activities or other activities that extend beyond the classroom. We ask that you assist in the education process in a few ways:

    1. Make sure your scholar attends every class every day, on time;
    2. Check in to see that your student is keeping up on class work;
    3. Make sure there is a quiet workspace at home where homework can be completed;
    4. Come to school events;
    5. Know your student’s friends!
    6. It is important that free and reduced lunch forms are turned in immediately! You can also complete this form online on the Seattle School District website.

    METRO/LIGHT RAIL TRANSPORTATION: All Seattle Public Schools (SPS) students are eligible to receive an ORCA card. SPS is sending out an ORCA request form to every student. You must complete the form and return to school to receive your card. If the card is lost, it will be deactivated, and a fee will be charged for a replacement. Replacement cards take time to reproduce. You will be responsible for transportation to and from school until the new card arrives. Take every precaution to ensure that you do not lose these cards! If you have questions regarding transportation, please contact Ms. JJ Wilkerson via phone at 206 252-6158 or via email at You may also contact the SPS Transportation office at 252-0900.

    TEEN HEALTH CENTER: Our Franklin Teen Health Center is a FREE service for students to get medical care and is operated by Kaiser Permanente, with funding support from the City of Seattle’s Families and Education Levy. For routine care, students need to complete a registration form with their parent/guardian’s signature. Please note this signature is not needed for confidential care. The THC is staffed full time with a clinic coordinator, a nurse practitioner, and a mental health counselor. They can be reached by calling 206.326.2750.

    We are extremely excited about the start of this new school year. When we each do our part, Franklin will continue to be an anchor in our community and a stage for launching our amazing young adults into their future! Let us do our best to keep our 108-year proud tradition alive!

    Enjoy your last few days of summer!

    Thank you,

    Andrew O’Connell
    Principal, Franklin High School
    Class of 1997

    Franklin High School Contact Information

    Main Office – 206.252.6150
    Attendance Office – 206.252.6154


    Name Title
    Andrew O’Connell Principal
    Annie Patu Assistant Principal
    Jeffrey Lam Assistant Principal
    Edith Bocker Administrative Assistant
    Becky Libert Fiscal Specialist

    Counseling Department

    Name Title
    Tony Foland Counselor (last names A – G)
    Natalie Weinstein Counselor (last names H – O)
    Corey Goldstein Counselor (last names P – Z)
    Darrell Lee Counselor (students receiving ELL services)
    Laurie Johnson Registrar

    Activities & Athletics

    Name Title
    Scott Griggs Athletic Director
    JJ Wilkerson Assistant Secretary
    Jolene McCann Activities Coordinator

    Health Services

    Name Title
    Andrea Kurtzman School Nurse (Mon-Thurs)
    Adrienne Gallimore School Nurse (Friday)
    Ronica Hairston THC Clinic Coordinator

    Academic Department Chairs

    Name Title
    Erin Burkhart Math
    AJ Katzaroff Science
    Olivia Geffner Social Studies
    Lisa Rice Language Arts
    Vangie Peaslee English Language Learning (ELL)
    Anna Cortese (co-chair) Special Education
    Matt Carter (co-chair) Special Education
    Zach Benvenga Physical Education (PE)
    Lana Salisbury Career Technical Education (CTE)
    Cara Rodman World Languages
    Quinn Longhurst Library
    Sara Call Visual/Performing Arts


    Name Title
    Jim Jeffries Assessment/AP Coordinator
    TBD School Psychologist

    Safety & Security

    Name Title
    Kelly Eldred Security Specialist
    Greg Taufaasau Security Specialist
    Dave Rosario Security Specialist