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November / 17 / 2017
Message from Superintendent Cruz
Dear Franklin-McKinley Community,

Our teachers and students have been busy stretching themselves to maximize learning since August. It's hard to believe we are only a few weeks away from saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming the new year. We have been busy training staff on our new Language Arts curriculum ensuring that our students are ready to take on the grade level challenges. We know how important literacy is to the overall success of our students in being college and career ready.

In other news, the Franklin School Modernization Project is progressing and has completed many renovations to existing buildings as well as the construction of new buildings. Some of these new buildings include the A classroom wing, multi-purpose room, and shade structure. Check out this video for a quick tour with Mr. Jacinto, Franklin School Principal.


Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Break
November 22-24, 2017

Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
District Service Center
645 Wool Creek Drive
Vision Screening And Your Child's Performance In School
Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems (Source: The American Optometric Association) . Early identification of a child's vision problem can be crucial because children often are more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early.

The Vision To Learn Van brought its mobile vision care clinic to Shirakawa School on the morning of October 25, 2017. Dr. Duy and Robert conducted free eye exams, were able to successfully help 20 students pick out their own frames, and receive a FREE pair of glasses. It was a great experience for everyone!

Vision to Learn will be at Santee Elementary on January 24, 2018 starting at 8:45 a.m. To reserve your child's eye exam, please call (408) 283-6039.

Remembering Captain Jason M. Dahl
Hillsdale Elementary first opened in 1955 and was renamed in 2002 after a former student, Captain Jason M. Dahl, who was the United Airlines pilot of Flight #93 on September 11, 2001. The staff works very hard to keep his legacy as a hero alive by emphasizing with students the need for positive character traits, such as honesty, respect and responsibility.

On November 2, 2017, Dahl Elementary hosted a day of remembrance in honor of Captain Jason M. Dahl.

Developing Strong Readers: Tips & Tools for Parents
Parents, grandparents and other caregivers can do so much to support reading development. The link below includes some fun and great tips that you can use throughout the year to make reading a regular and enjoyable part of your family routine. Visits to the local library, bookstore and even yard sales are great places to find books for child.

FMSD in the News
October was LGBT History Month and Franklin-McKinley School District shared what we are doing to build safe & inclusive schools for ALL students. Additionally, some resources parents and the community should be aware of. Check out the full interviews on Despierta Area de la Bahia below.

Univision: LGBTQ Segment #1:  Click here
Univision: LGBTQ Segment #2:  Click here
Franklin-McKinley Recognizes Global Learners
The Franklin-McKinley Global Learners Student Recognition Program recognizes our children for their many successes, gifts and talents. The Global Learners Program promotes a climate of achievement and encourages all students to strive to become true “global learners.” Students are recognized for achievement, leadership, and citizenship. Congratulations to all students recognized this week at the Board of Education Meeting.