County Library System will receive a regional community
leadership award from Region 111 of the Washington Association of School
Administrators (WASA) on Friday, May 17. WASA’s Region 111 membership is
comprised of all Pierce County public school districts. The Association is
recognizing Pierce County Library for its partnership efforts with Franklin
The Library System and School District initiated an effort at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year to provide a library card to each of the 7,500 students enrolled in the School District. By December, every student had received their own library card. As part of this program – dubbed “Card in Every Hand”– the Library System also began monitoring card usage. Since December 2012, students have checked out an average of 2,262 items per month. As both the Library System and School District are committed to seeing that number grow, the organizations identified data monitoring as an important first step in determining progress. “We want our students to be lifelong readers because studies show that avid readers are strong learners,” said Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools. As the Library System and School District promote reading among the students, both organizations will track the data to monitor progress. The “Card in Every Hand” project was quite an undertaking, and it required an ongoing commitment of several staff from both the Library System and school district.
Franklin Pierce Schools has refinanced its 2005 bonds in order to
take advantage of lower interest rates.
The recent refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers a total of
over $370,000 during the next four years.
Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent, emphasized that these savings flow
directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies and are not available for
District expenses. “This is a direct
savings to our community members in the form of taxes they expected, but will
not have to pay,” Dr. Hewins said.
Franklin Pierce School Board accomplished these savings by approving the
issuance of refunding bonds at its meeting held on April 9, 2013. The District has been monitoring bond market
conditions. Recent low interest rates allowed the District to exceed its
savings target. Interest rates averaged
0.97% on the new bonds compared to 5.05% on the old debt.
Each year, the Franklin Pierce PTA Council honors and recognizes individuals from each of the district's schools with PTA awards at the Golden Acorn Banquet. The event is designed to honor the service and contributions that local PTAs contribute on behalf of students, and the dedication of exceptional volunteers.
Franklin Pierce PTA's Golden Acorn Banquet Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 @ Midland Elementary School Social Hour - 6:00 p.m., Dinner - 6:30 p.m., Ceremony - 7:15 p.m. Pre-registration: $20 / Pay-At-Door: $25 Please RSVP and send payment to: Justine Schliebe, PTA Council Treasurer
At the School Board of Directors meeting held
the evening of May 14th, the School Board unanimously approved new
administrative appointments recommended by Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent for
the 2013-2014 school year.
Mr. Lance Goodpaster will become the
Assistant Superintendent effective July 1. Mr. Goodpaster is currently Principal
of Evergreen Primary School in the University Place School District, where he
has been since 2002. He started his public education career in Franklin Pierce
Schools twenty years ago, as a teacher at Christensen Elementary School. He is
currently working on his Superintendent Credentials through Washington State
University. “Franklin Pierce is a special place. I am thrilled for the opportunity to return and
contribute to the outstanding work being done in support of students,” said
Goodpaster. Mr. Goodpaster will replace Mr. Tim Stensager, who has been hired
as the Director of Data Governance at the Office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction in Olympia.
Mrs. Brandy Nelson will become the Principal
of James Sales Elementary effective July 1. Mrs. Nelson began her public
education career in Franklin Pierce Schools in 2002. She has taught first
grade, second grade, and has most recently been an instructional coach and
administrative intern. “I am excited and honored to stay in Franklin Pierce
Schools, working alongside the dedicated staff of James Sales Elementary as we serve
students and their families,” said Nelson. Principal Nelson will replace Mrs.
Kristen Schroeder, who has been hired as the Principal of Firgrove Elementary
School in the Puyallup School District.
“The appointments of Asst. Supt. Goodpaster
and Principal Nelson are an added strength to our already strong administrative
team. Both are professionals who represent the values of Franklin Pierce
Schools, believe strongly in serving the needs of the whole child as a path to making
each student academically successful, and have demonstrated a commitment to
working collaboratively with parents and the community to build a strong educational
system,” said Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent.
In addition to the new administrative
appointments, Superintendent Hewins also wishes to acknowledge a retiring
administrator – Mr. Gary Benson -- who has served the students and families of
Franklin Pierce Schools for the past 21 years. Mr. Benson’s public education
career began 40 years ago as a teacher in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in
North Carolina. He came to Washington State in 1983 to teach in Bremerton
School District and later on as an Assistant Principal in the Oak Harbor School
District. Mr. Benson served as Ford Middle School’s Principal from 1993 until
2010, at which time he was promoted to Executive Director of Human Resources
and Interim Executive Director for K-12. Franklin Pierce Schools extends our
deep gratitude to Mr. Benson for his service and his many accomplishments providing
a quality education to thousands of students.
Franklin Pierce Schools will again be conducting our high school commencement
exercises at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. All three high schools will hold their
respective ceremonies on Saturday, June 8 for the graduating Classes of
Franklin Pierce High School will begin at 11:00 a.m.
GATES High School/New Pathways School will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Washington High School will begin at 4:00 p.m.
For more information about each graduation, contact the school's main office.
Beginning next year, students will have more options to enroll in CTE courses and be exposed to the exciting world of CTE.
CTE is a critical component to helping students connect academic coursework with their future career, which allows for improvements in academic achievement and performance, and career exploration and development.
New courses will include:
Keithley Middle School (KMS) will have an Agriculture Science course avaialble for 7th and 8th grade students.
Ford Middle School (FMS) and KMS will have a Multimedia Production and Photography course.
Franklin Pierce High School
(FPHS) will have an Aerospace Manufacturing and Composites course, while Washington High School (WHS) will receive equipment to strengthen its current Aeronautical Engineering course.
Both FPHS and WHS will have a Medical Interventions course that will complete the three-course series through Project Lead The Way. FPHS will also receive another science lab, to be equipped over the summer.
FPHS will have an Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology course.
GATES High, FPHS, and WHS will have an Applied Biology course. This course will be available to students who did not pass their biology end-of-course (EOC) exam.
Brookdale Elementary will have a Medical Detectives course that will be incorporated into the Excel Program for highly capable students.
KMS will have a Medical Detectives and Green Architecture courses.
The Natural Science Resource Center (NSRC) will be adding a demonstration literacy garden for elementary students.
Midland Elementary will receive six raised beds for students to plant.
Brookdale Elementary will receive two more raised beds, for a total of six, for students to plant.
James Sales Elementary will receive four raised beds for students to plant.
The NSRC will add wheelchair accessible raised beds for community members and students with limited mobility. Top soil will be donated by H and B Topsoil.
“The value of bringing these additional courses into our district is that students will further engage in math and science in ways that will concrete their success in becoming ready for college and career,” said Sly Boskovich, Assistant Director of CTE.
1973, a group of educators in Franklin Pierce Schools created a permanent
scholarship to honor the memory of Albert T. Reihs. Mr. Reihs served education in the Midland
area for 35 years. He had been a teacher
and principal of Midland Elementary School, retiring in 1968.
Franklin Pierce Education Association gave $1000 to start an endowment to fund
the scholarship. Other contributions
came from PTA groups in the district and from friends and co-workers who knew
Mr. Reihs. The Albert Reihs Memorial
Scholarship Association was incorporated to administer the fund.
Nelson, Franklin Pierce High School Class of 1973, became the first recipient
of a $200 scholarship. 40 years later,
the scholarship continues to be awarded each year. This year two graduating seniors, one each from
Franklin Pierce and Washington High Schools, will receive a $750 scholarship in
memory of Mr. Reihs.
those 40 years, the Association has grown and changed. It is now known as the Franklin Pierce
Foundation and awards scholarships to students graduating from all of the high
schools in the Franklin Pierce School District.
The Foundation hopes to award 34 scholarships to members of the Class of
2013, worth a total of $25,200. With
these scholarships, the foundation will have awarded over a quarter million
dollars since its rather small beginning in 1973.
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