Tuesday, February 11, 2014



February 12


Lincoln's Birthday



February 18
FOF Meeting, 6 p.m.

LSC Meeting,

6:30 p.m.
School Improvement meeting


Babysitting provided



February 22

Ice Skating Party, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

at McFetridge


March 3 - 7

ISAT Testing Week



  Tuesday, March 18

FOF Meeting, 6 p.m.

LSC Meeting, 7 p.m.

Babysitting provided


 Friday, March 28

Full Day of School!


 Monday, April 7

Report Card Pickup


LSC/FOF Elections


 Tuesday, April 22

FOF Meeting, 6 p.m.

LSC Meeting, 7 p.m.

Babysitting provided


 Friday, April 25

Rock the Walk!


 Saturday, April 26

Rock the Auction!


    Tuesday, May 20

FOF Meeting, 6 p.m.

LSC Meeting, 7 p.m.

Babysitting provided






8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
From the Principal


Dear Families,


First and foremost I want to express my sincere apologies for the tone of my letter yesterday. I did not intend to upset anyone and I am sorry that I did. I've heard from many of you since I sent that letter and now I want to clarify the standardized test information.


I am proud of our teachers. They work hard all year long to prepare our students for a variety of achievement tests-the ISAT, the Selective Enrollment test, NWEA, and others. The work that they do is not only to prepare for standardized tests but, more importantly, to prepare your children to be excellent students overall, and teach them skills, including how to take test, that will serve them well throughout their school years.


There are a number of tests that we will administer and their results are used in different ways.  


� The SQRP: CPS has developed the SQRP to rate the schools in the system. Therefore, our scores on the SQRP will be used to rate Franklin, along with every other CPS school.


� The ISAT: The ISAT will still be used for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The data will be reflected on our school report card. Additionally, the ISAT data is a valuable tool for our teaching staff at Franklin. We use the ISAT data to differentiate and individualize instruction. It helps us get better at our practice and set priority goals, especially with the new Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWPprocess that is happening right now. We also know that prospective families look at ISAT, NWEA, and other data when considering schools.


I want to clarify an important point: you may opt out of the ISAT and any test. I apologize that I did not give you accurate information on this point in my letter yesterday.


I also want to be clear with you on this point: my hope is that most families will allow their children to take the test so that we as a school can have all the tools available to us to help us focus our instruction, identify gaps in achievement among the diverse population for our school and work toward continuous improvement in our teaching.


Franklin is a school with so much talent. Our teachers and students achieve in both academics and the arts. We have a supportive group of parents, teachers, and community. To weather challenging times, our community can and must come together to make it work-and to thrive. I want focus on this aspect of Franklin and continue that good work.


My sense of urgency yesterday was driven by my concern that if many students opt out of the ISAT, the results can change the nature of our scores on the State Report Card, not to mislead or confuse you.


As always, I welcome your feedback and questions. I hope that this note helps ease any tension and clears up any confusion from yesterday's note. We are all in this together and I support any decision you make on testing. I know Franklin families will do the right thing for their children and for the school community.




Margie D. Smagacz, NBCT


Franklin Fine Arts Center  /  225 W. Evergreen, Chicago, Illinois 60610  /  773-534-8510
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