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Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm I welcome the beginning of yet another school year. This year our doors will open to students on Wednesday, August 9th. The 2017-18 promises to be a year of change and year of opportunity.
Several CHANGES are being implemented this year. All students in grades 7 and 8 will attend Franklin County Middle School. Sixth grade students residing in the Brookville attendance area will also attend Franklin County Middle School. The grade level span at Brookville Elementary will increase to include fifth grade students. A before and after latchkey program is available at three locations: Brookville Elementary, Laurel School, and Mt. Carmel School. HeadStart services will continue at Brookville Elementary and have been added at Laurel School. Daycare for 12 month olds to 5 year olds is being offered at Laurel School.
A two tiered transportation system will be implemented. High School and Middle School students will be transported to and from school in a much more direct and efficient manner than in previous years. A second tier will transport elementary student directly to and from school, eliminating transfers and wait times. Many students will experience reduced time spent on the bus and a much more direct route to school and home.
Several staff changes have occurred over the summer. Many in the form of retirements; others due to family commitments, new job opportunities, etc. We will fondly remember those that have retired but also look forward to making connections with new staff members. In addition, many staff members have changed teaching assignments, grade levels, or buildings for this school year.
As a result of these changes many new OPPORTUNTIES have been created for our students. Course offerings at the middle school and high school have increased. Existing programs have been expanded and new programs have been added. In addition to the “traditional curriculum”, all seventh and eighth grade students will now have the opportunity to enroll in agriculture, business, engineering, and foreign language classes at Franklin County Middle School. Dual credit courses at the high school continue to increase, as well as the introduction of an “Internship Program” and the addition of an IMPACT period. At the elementary level, one-to-one technology, supported by Chromebooks, will begin at grade three. Services such as latchkey, daycare, activity buses, and online registration have been added to meet the needs of our families.
The mission of the Franklin County Community Schools states, “We exist so children can excel”. The school administration, faculty and staff, and Members of the Board of School Trustees are committed to making changes necessary to help our students excel. This year, we will be kicking the school year off with the theme “Destination Excellence”. Our goal is to remove barriers, better utilize resources, and provide the support needed for all students during their journey toward excellence. In the words of American inventor, Joy Mangano, “Your destination might not end up being exactly what you envisioned to start with, but if you stick it out and work through the challenges, what you end up with will be far better than you could have ever imagined.”
Yours in Education,
Dr. Debbie Howell, FCCSC Superintendent
2017 AGstravaganza Outreach Event Hosts K-8th Grade FCCSC Students
How do pollinators benefit our crops? What crop species are prevalent in Indiana? How does farm machinery make modern agriculture more efficient and affect our food prices? What steps of production occur from the chicken egg to the meal on your plate? Why is grain dangerous, and how can you stay safe on the farm? These are all questions that Agriculture Education and FFA students answered through hands-on educational activities with 1,200 Kindergarten through 8th Grade students of Franklin County Community Schools participating on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th.
Agriculture Education students have been planning the outreach event all year. From selecting important agricultural topics to creating fun and engaging, but yet differentiated activities for students of a wide range of grade levels, the Agriculture Education students were responsible for the planning of a very large and important event.
Community organizations were also involved in the day – The Farm Service Agency, Farm Bureau, Extension Service, as well as members of our Franklin County Agricultural community were involved in the education of various Agricultural topics.
Agriculture Education students collaborated on presentations ranging from grain safety to … Continue reading
In just four short months, Brookville Middle School teacher, Samantha Walter, is already receiving accolades from her students. Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Howell, is pleased to announce that Mrs. Walter has been selected as Franklin County’s December “Educator of the Month”. Mrs. Walter was nominated for this recognition by a student in her classroom.
Mrs. Walter joined the Brookville Middle School staff in August of this year. She is currently teaching sixth grade at the middle school. While Mrs. Walter is new to the Franklin County Community School Corporation, she is not new to teaching. Prior to making the move to Brookville Middle School, she has been employed as a teacher in the Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation and the Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation.
Mrs. Walter grew up in southern Ontario, Canada. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Masters in Education from D’Youville College, in New York. In addition, she has earned her certification in Mild Disabilities through Indiana Wesleyan University.
The student that nominated Mrs. Walter for this recognition, states that Mrs. Walter is “very caring and she is really good at helping me with my homework and … Continue reading
This month’s featured STARS of EXCELLENCE are Ellie Robenstine, Brookville Elementary; Hannah Ison, Brookville Middle School; Alex Hodapp, Franklin County High School; Darin Terry, Laurel School; and Shelby Rosenberger, Mt Carmel School. >>Click HERE to read more.<<
“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Coach Pat Riley
The Franklin County Community Schools takes great pride in celebrating Veterans Day each year. This Veterans Day is no exception. Programs to honor our veterans are planned for each school. Veterans, parents, grandparents, and community members are invited to attend. Click here to read more>>>