Welcome to Benjamin Franklin School. As we enter into the summer months and vacation time begins, I would like to thank our parents, staff, students, and community partners for your role in making the 2014-2015 school year a success.
We began the year by showing gains and moving up on the Wisconsin Department on Instruction School Report Card from Meets Few Expectations to Meets Expectations. We ended our school year by celebrating the success of being designated as a PBIS School of Merit in Reading and School of Distinction in Behavior, awarded by the Wisconsin RTI Center.
Students in grade K3-6, were given many opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They dissected frogs, created experimented with rockets, egg drops, and observed a variety of specimens. We also participated in our first MPS District Science Fair. As part of Project Lead the Way, our 7th and 8th grade students learned how to use measuring tools to build houses and create a board for electricity along with other STEM Projects.
During the 2014-2015 School Year, we have celebrated many firsts. We had our first College Day Parade where the Art Teacher, along with your child’s classroom teacher worked with each student to select a college or university of his/her choice to represent during the parade. As a result and combined efforts of all staff, the entire student body was able to participate in the parade.
Benjamin Franklin School also had its first Chess Club. Our coach challenged students to sharpen their skills in Chess, held scrimmages with students from Siloah Lutheran School, and entered our team in district level competitions. One student won his first match as a result of hard work and great coaching.
We also held our first Autism Breakfast. The event helped parents better understand how children with Autism learn. They also learned what support and resources are available.
We had a great cheerleading squad this school year. They lead pep rallies for school assemblies and cheered on Saturdays for the Franklin Basketball Team. The cheerleaders finished the year without missing a game and by remaining eligible during the entire season.
We held over 18 parent involvement events. A record number of parents that attended developed positive relationship with other Franklin Community Members and learned about Standards-based Instruction, Attendance, PBIS, Assessment, Tutoring, and other school related topics.
Our basketball teams and softball team have celebrated both wins and losses; however, our motto is “We Never Lose, We Win or We Learn!”
As we graduate our 8th graders off to high school and transition our students to a new grade level, we want our parents to continue the legacy of Defying Gravity by encouraging reading over the summer and planning for how you will improve attendance with your child for the 2015-2016 School Year. As a staff, we will continue to work hard to ensure that Benjamin Franklin will be recognized as a top performing school in academics, athletics, and other student activities. As we strive for excellence, we are moving from Good to GREAT.
Katrina F. Fisher
Principal, Benjamin Franklin School