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Scholastic Bowl fields a team consisting of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Students who are interested in participating should have a quick recall of facts as well as a strong academic background in a variety of subject areas. Team members have an opportunity to travel, compete against some of the top teams in the state and to win team trophies. The team is coached by Dave Knoepfle and Ray Zinnen.
Clubs and Activities
The yearbook staff is selected via an application process. Staff members meet as needed at various times throughout the year. Amy Mariotti is the sponsor.
The Beta Club is a national service organization for any student who achieves honor roll status. The students do community service for the school and also volunteer their time for other community functions. Weekly meetings are scheduled and students continuously support Franklin and other organizations in the building. Beta Club is sponsored by Angela Johnson, Ray Zinnen, Amy Mariotti and Terri Gifford.
National Geography Bee
Franklin Middle School 7th grade students participate in the National Geography Bee play off by qualifying in a progression of classroom, school and state bees that are similar to spelling bees. First prize at the national level is a $50,000 scholarship.
Science projects which emphasize scientific methods of problem solving are completed by 735, 736, 835 and 836 science classes and any other student who wishes to participate. The fair, which is held in late February, usually displays 200 projects. The top 12 projects advance to regional competition at LLCC, sponsored by the Illinois Junior Academy of Science, in March. State competition is in May at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall.
Concert Choir: 6th grade, 7th grade & 8th grade
Shelley Shaw is the director.
Kingsley Keys is the director.
8th Grade Art
7th Grade Art
6th Grade Art
Art Club meets after school. Students are selected through an application process. Art Club participates in "Festival of Trees" competition as well as the CWLP refrigerator decorating contest.
Sue Krumrei is the sponsor.
Mathcounts is an enrichment program created by professional engineers to spark an interest in mathematics for 7th and 8th grade students. Students who wish to join must feel comfortable working in groups/individually on math problems. The program starts in early September and ends in February. The top nine students of the program (base on a test score) compete against other schools in regional competition and may advance to state and national competition.
Dave Knoepfle is the sponsor.
Boys/Girls Cross Country
Open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grade student who enjoys a fast two mile run. Cross country practice begins in August and competition runs through the middle of October.
The girls' basketball season begins in September and goes into December. Any girl is welcome to come and tryout for either the 7th or 8th grade team.
Lauren Quandahl is the coach.
6th grade girls basketball is a separate program. The games are played on Saturdays. The season begins in September and ends in December.
Erica Quandahl is the coach.
The boys' basketball program begins in October with tryouts for both the 7th and 8th grade teams. Emphasis is placed on building fundamental skills and using team strategies. The season continues into February.
Coaches are Dave Brewer and Ray Zinnen.
6th boys' basketball is a separate program that starts in October, ends in January, with games played on Saturdays.
Volleyball tryouts are held in December for both 7th and 8th grade girls. The teams not only sharpen their skills, but also better themselves by learning team work and being able to accept challenges. The season ends in March.
Emily Preckwinkle and Megan Hasselbring are the coaches.
6th Girls Volleyball is a separate program starting in January, ending in March, with games played on Saturdays. Coaches are Lauren Quandahl and Mary Lou Dobron.
Open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grade boy or girl who wishes to play golf for enjoyment. Outings will be on Monday afternoons at Pasfield Park for six weeks beginning in September.
Boys And Girls Track & Field
The Franklin Track and Field team is one of wide acclaim on the local and state levels. This unique group has won and placed in several state track and field meets. Open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grade student. (February - May)
Cheerleading begins in August and ends in February. Tryouts are open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Abby Harms is the coach.