Message From The Principal
Great things are happening at Franklin Avenue School. Our Stars are soaring as they learn the required curriculum as well as how to become responsible citizens and good friends to one another. Our focus continues to be 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Creative Problem Solving, Collaboration, and Communication. Last year, the district’s work with our Critical Friends at The Tri-State Consortium helped teachers to tweak and tailor existing lessons to target those 21 Century Skills.
Classes are off to a great start. Students are getting to know the routines and expectations of their new teachers. As I visit each classroom, I witness students who are engaged in their learning. Whether they are studying ELA, math, science or social studies, students are excited about learning. Our students in kindergarten through second grade have a new science resource called Stemscopes. This comprehensive program focuses on inquiry based science instruction. We will grow the program to grades three and four next September. In math, students have become mathematicians as they better understand the concepts that they are exposed to in Engage NY. They can decompose numbers, do a tape diagram, and solve a problem using several strategies.
Great and exciting learning is happening in Franklin’s Makerspace. We have a green screen, video editing equipment, a 3-D printer, a carving machine, several sewing machines, tools, circuits, robots, and lego robotics. The children are visiting in small groups during FLEx; they are also having a chance to visit with their full class. As a kick off, students will work in small groups to design, plan, and build the largest tower. The best part of the Makerspace’s philosophy is that failure is an opportunity to rethink your project.
We continue to use PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) as our character education program. Rather than focus on rules, we focus on expectations, which teachers and staff establish early on in the school year. Adults give tickets to students who exhibit appropriate behavior. Classrooms and the school set goals for positive school-wide rewards. Early this school year, we had a kick off assembly reviewing the expectations and having students give examples of what those expectations look like. At that time we dedicated our new Buddy Bench, which students can go to if they need a friend with whom to play. We talked about empathy and how our Franklin Stars can reach out to a friend in need.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns about your child. You can reach me by phone, email, or, of course, in person.