October 3, 2019
In this Edition:
  • Message from Superintendent Juan Cruz
  • NEW Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program
  • The Latest in our New Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program
  • Windmill Springs Seeking Volunteers for Playground Build
  • Shirakawa School Unveils New Community Garden
  • Youth Vaping in Santa Clara County: Resources and Ways to Learn More
Message from Superintendent Cruz
Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

The school year is now in full swing and I wanted to take a moment to let you know what a privilege it is to serve as the Superintendent in Franklin-McKinley School District. In the month of September, I had a chance to visit schools during Back-to-School Nights, Cafecito's, and other school events. It was great to see the excitement and happy faces of our students as they were welcomed by our staff.

This school year during our annual staff convening I shared with our teachers, school leaders, and support staff the importance of student voice. Listening to our students enables them to be a part of the decision-making, helping us as adults to solve challenges, and provide a sense of belonging. This is a theme we will continue to work on this school year and one of the main reasons I am meeting with groups of students at all 16 schools throughout the next couple of months. I look forward to hearing what they have to say and how we can continue to make FMSD schools the best they can be for our students, families, and the community.

I hope you enjoy the fall break! We have much to look forward to this school year and I hope that you enjoy our latest updates. 


Juan Cruz
Superintendent of Schools
Latest News
Check out our latest news coverage as we celebrated and honored Captain Jason M. Dahl, pilot on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. This year marks the 18th year since September 11, 2001. Hillsdale School was renamed after Captain Jason M. Dahl, who attended the school as a child in 2002. Click here for the KTVU story. Additionally, click here for the latest news coverage on vaping, how we are exploring solutions and raising awareness.
Upcoming Events
Fall Break (Schools Closed)
October 7-October 11, 2019

Playground Build Day
October 18, 2019
Windmill Springs School

Parent Meeting with the Board of Education
October 22, 2019
College Connection Academy

Board of Education Meeting
October 22, 2019
District Service Center
NEW Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program Coming Fall 2020
Franklin-McKinley School District (FMSD) is excited to announce the launch of a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program, tentatively scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2020. We will be starting the program with two kindergarten classes. This program will be open to any child turning 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020 who lives within the FMSD boundaries and those who live outside the area as well. The location of the program will be determined at a later date. We invite you to learn more about the program at one of our upcoming information nights:

October 17, 2019
McKinley Elementary

October 24, 2019
District Service Center

November 7, 2019
Dahl Elementary
The Latest in our New Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program
Windmill Springs School kicked off the new school year welcoming its first two kindergarten classes in the Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program and with new facility upgrades! Students in the Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program are learning 50% of the day in English and 50% of the day in Vietnamese. Check out the video to see our newest Kindergarten students learning and having fun.
Windmill Springs School Seeking Volunteers for Playground Build
Volunteers from the Sharks Foundation, Windmill Springs School and the community will join KaBOOM! on Friday, October 18, 2019 to transform an empty space at the school into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours! The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families at Windmill Springs School and the surrounding community.  

To bring this playground to life, we need LOTS of volunteers! If you are able to volunteer, please click here to sign up.
Shirakawa School Celebrates New Garden:
Planting the Seeds of the Future
Shirakawa School, along with its community, neighbors and volunteers unveiled the new Community Garden this past month. The Garden was made possible as part of a school fundraiser (Over $5,000 raised by students and school community) and through the support of local volunteers from the San Jose Project, Local Sheet Metal Union, and Mason Union. Council Member Maya Esparza was a critical component in partnering the school with the local unions to help finish the school project. The purpose of the garden is to provide a nice space for students and parents to enjoy before the start of school and afterschool. Additionally, the new garden will be used as a learning environment for students during the regular school year to plant various fruits, herbs, and other vegetation/plants.  
Youth Vaping in Santa Clara County:
Resources and Ways to Learn More
A new report from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health shows almost 1 in 3 Santa Clara County Teens Have Tried Vaping. The following data was collected in the 2017-2018 school year and administered to Santa Clara County 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. There were 9 high schools and 9 middle schools who participated in the California Student Tobacco Survey for a total of 6,669 students. 
  • ´╗┐Overall tobacco use was still relatively high among students in Santa Clara County (13.9%) driven mainly by the high rate of e-cigarette use.
  • 1 in 4 stores that sell tobacco in Santa Clara County are within 2 blocks of a school.
  • 23% of the retailers surveyed illegally sold tobacco products to underage youth.
  • ´╗┐One third (35.2%) of 8th grade students who had not tried tobacco products were susceptible to trying one in the future.
  • 8th grade students were most susceptible to e-cigarettes (26.9%) and cigarettes (22.7%)

What do these vaping devices look like? Click here for emerging electronic tobacco products.
Upcoming Parent Workshops
What you need to know about teen vaping & marijuana use?
October 10, 2019

Drug Awareness
November 6, 2019
Sylvandale Middle School
653 Sylvandale Avenue

Board of Education Resolution passed on June 25, 2019 in support of local government action to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use through tobacco sales restrictions.