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Quaker Forecast

November 28, 2022

Dear Franklin High School Families,

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this week we will be going into the month of December! This school year is going by very fast!

FHS Athletics for this week

Friday, December 2nd
Girls JV Basketball / 4:00 PM / Nathan Hale HS
Boys JV Basketball / 5:30 PM / Nathan Hale HS
Girls Varsity Basketball / 7:00 PM / Nathan Hale HS
Boys Varsity Basketball / 8:30 PM / Nathan Hale HS

A Note of Support and Acknowledgement

The terrible events that occurred in Colorado Springs leave our hearts deeply saddened. Numerous people have been injured, traumatized, or lost friends, family, and chosen family as a result of this horrendous crime. We recognize the brave individuals who intervened, as well. We stand with the LGBTQIA+ community in our school, the surrounding south-end community, and beyond. Hate has no place here at Franklin High School and will not be tolerated. We must commit to protecting, supporting, and maintaining safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ staff and students on campus. We believe all students should have their identities affirmed, feel safe and welcome, be their whole selves, and see themselves reflected in their experiences at FHS.

Thank You, Ms. Kelly (Head of School Safety @ FHS)!

Since starting at FHS in 2016, Ms. Kelly has made an incredible impact on our school community. Our FHS students would describe Ms. Kelly as, “that auntie that is always on your case but you know she’s got love for you.” Thank you, Ms. Kelly, for your years of protection and dedication to our students. You will be missed! Ms. Kelly’s last day at FHS is Dec. 2nd, and we wish her all the best in the next chapter of her life!

Have an amazing week!

Sincerely,

Dr. Williams
Principal
Franklin High School
“Excellence is our standard!”

Dear Franklin High School Community,

As I reflect on all that has occurred at FHS these past few months, I am thankful and grateful to be part of such a dynamic and caring school community!

FHS Schedule for this week

Monday 11/21Regular Block Schedule
Tuesday 11/22Regular Block Schedule
Wednesday 11/23Regular Wednesday Schedule
Thursday 11/24No School
Friday 11/25No School

Art Quake Showcase
Congratulations to our Art department for the incredible work they are all doing with our students. Our community SHOWED UP for the showcase this past Wednesday. There were performances by the band and orchestra, improv team, and acting scenes from the upcoming show: Almost, Maine! Franklin has a rich history, rooted in creativity and the arts, and continued access to these creative outlets is important for all students!


Makeup Picture Day – Tuesday 11/22/22
Students who have not taken their picture yet will receive a pass on Monday during 3rd period that will identify when they will have their photo taken in the Auditorium on Tuesday. Running Start students have received an email with this same information. Students will need this pass in order to leave class to have their photo taken. Lastly, since students are receiving ID cards, the wait may be longer than photos taken in the past, and timing is not predictable.

A Note from Admin About Hall Passes
With guidance from the Safety Committee, SIT, security, and families, our leadership team will begin meeting with students and their families over the next few weeks to provide intervention around class attendance and engagement. After these family meetings, the leadership team will determine the next steps and communicate these steps with the necessary staff members. These family conversations may result in changes to what a student has access to the building, with the goal of increasing attendance in class and overall student engagement.

Dear Franklin High School Community,

We want to thank you for your communication and support this week. It has been a challenging time and we continue to keep all those who are a part of the Ingraham community in our hearts.

As some of you may have heard, there is a districtwide student walkout planned for 9:50 a.m. this morning related to gun violence prevention. The plans for this walkout have students proceeding to downtown Seattle and congregating at Seattle City Hall. I do want to note that while this is not a school or district-sponsored event, Franklin HS supports students exercising their rights to engage in political expression and civic engagement in a peaceful manner.

Should you and your student decide that this is something that your student will take part in, we ask for your assistance with attendance. As Washington state law requires that we maintain accurate attendance records, communication about your student’s attendance is important. To excuse your student’s absence, please have your student complete the attached Civic Engagement Activity Form (linked below) to the attendance office Monday morning before the walkout. Related to the demands that this student walkout is promoting, please note that Franklin High School is actively in the process of hiring a social worker to join our team.

CivicEngagementActivityExcusedAbsenceFormADA.pdf 

Respectfully,

Dr. Williams 
Principal
Franklin High School
 

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Message from Superintendent Jones
The Nov. 12 Update sent to families,

Superintendent Jones said: Gun violence is something no student, family, or educator should have to endure. Tragic events like this hit home especially hard. As a community, we can steer our students away from violence. We can teach our children the value of tolerance. In his comments at last week’s Seattle School Board meeting, Superintendent Jones introduced a safety initiative comprised of three elements: A district-wide safety and security audit Creation of a community action team Launch of a child well-being council Watch Superintendent Jones’ video message to learn more. As a reminder, our community has access to the SPS Safe Schools Hotline. You can use the SPS Safe Schools Hotline 206-252-0510 to report any threats to SPS schools. This phone number is managed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dear Franklin HS Community,
Welcome to the month of November! Some of you may not know about the two young men and Franklin students that died this school year— Omar Abdulle (who would have been an 11th grader) in late August, just before school began and Liban Ahmed (who graduated from Franklin in June 2022) died just last weekend. There are no words that can do justice to the impact the loss of these two young men had on our students and staff. Although I was not able to personally meet these two young men, I have been told by both staff and students that these young men were respected, loved, and adored by many fellow students and faculty. I also want to acknowledge and apologize that recognition for Omar did not take place in September, during our first week of school. Going forward, I am committed to ensuring that we have a clear, consistent Franklin protocol for recognizing and acknowledging our students and staff when we experience a loss or tragic event.

Sincerely,
Dr. Williams
FHS Principal


Upcoming Dates

  • Special Bell Schedule 11/9 & 11/10 for Veteran’s 4-Day Week
  • The last day to pre-order yearbooks for $50 is 11/9
  • Picture Make-Ups & Retakes on 11/22
  • Last JV Football game on 11/7 at FHS

FHS Athletics

Winter sports start soon! Sign up for wrestling, boys’ & girls’ basketball, co-ed ultimate frisbee club, gymnastics, & boys’ swim & dive.

“Coaching the Game of Life”
This week, the Seattle Medium published an article highlighting the importance of mentorship in our community. Franklin’s very own, Coach Craig Jackson, was proudly interviewed and featured! Although this article focuses on the impact coaching makes on our student-athletes -we believe the message applies beyond our athletics program. Relationships with students in the classroom and beyond class periods are proven to have a positive impact on how students view education, improve school attendance, help with interpersonal skills and reflect on lifestyle decisions. Let’s continue to focus on the whole student by building and maintaining relationships in meaningful ways. Congrats again to Coach Jackson on the newspaper feature!

October 31, 2022

Dear Franklin HS Community,

We are cruising through the month of October, and it has been fun visiting classrooms and observing the awesome teaching and learning that is taking place at Franklin High School. The students and staff are working hard and having fun!

Updates from the Levy Team

The levy team will be hosting tutoring sessions in room 310 after school for one hour, during advisory each day, and one Saturday each month. Please reach out to Christina Black for additional information at cmblack@seattleschools.org

Other Important Updates

Athletics This Week

  • 10/24: JV Football v. Ingraham at FHS 4:00 PM
  • 10/27: Cross Country District Championship at Lower Woodlands