September / October 2017
Posted on 08/25/2017

Welcome to Franklin Pierce Schools and the 2017-18 school year! We are excited by the return of the 8,000 eager young minds and the start of another eventful and productive year. Our 1,000 talented, caring, and committed teachers and support staff are ready to make the FPS Vision – “every student graduates from high school prepared to succeed in post-secondary education” – a reality. Achieving this vision requires everyone (i.e., parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, business people, etc.) to join with us in supporting the educational success of our children. Never forget that our public schools are still the great equalizer that provide for the greater good of our children, our families, our community, and our Nation.

We, at Franklin Pierce Schools, understand that in order to develop our students into contributing citizens, we must make every effort to address the “whole” child. This means that we strive to make academics, athletics, performing arts, visual arts, world languages, career and technical education, leadership, and community service integral to our students’ educational experience. We do this regardless of who the child is, their circumstance or their background – we strive to educate the WHOLE of EVERY child.

On the horizon you will see continued efforts strengthening our core instructional programs, more sophisticated collaboration with the analysis of student work, instructional decisions based on appropriate data, and the use of research-based interventions for extended learning. We will be working on deepening our efforts in closing the achievement gap, reducing/eliminating disproportionality for suspensions, and continuing to increase our effectiveness and efficiency in all departments. Additionally you will see a stronger focus on equity, cultural competence, and family engagement and outreach, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma-informed practices at all of our schools.

We will be laying out the course of planning, designing, sequencing, staging, and constructing the new facilities our citizens have generously allowed us to do over the next 5-7 years. We will also be readying our campaign for the upcoming renewal of our 4-year M & O (Enrichment Levy) and 4-year Technology Levy for our election to take place on February 13, 2018. Rates will actually reduce over the course of the next four years and our campaign will, once again, be led by the FP Citizen’s for Schools Committee.  Your support and assistance in this effort is always encouraged and appreciated. In the meantime, we are staying the course and moving forward with the same passion and fervor we have in the past.