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Franklin Middle School

1200 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
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The FMS newsletter contains important information the will help all students and families gain important knowledge regarding the calendar, athletics and activites, daily procedures as well as student recognition.

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Beginning of the Year Information

Mission/Vision Statements

Mission Statement

The Franklin Middle School community will provide a high-quality education to develop responsible learners and productive citizens.

Vision Statement

Franklin Middle School is committed to the academic and social success of each student through high expectations, rigorous curriculum and innovative technology. Students will become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and life-long learners. Involved parents are essential components to each child's success.



Technology Management Plan


As the computers are distributed we remind parents and students of the Technology Management Plan that Franklin Middle School has in place.

Student Discipline

Discipline Code

Congratulations to the students and parents for their continued support of our Discipline Code. To continue to improve the discipline in the Springfield Public Schools remains a high priority to School District #186. It is Franklin's priority, and the parents, along with the student's responsibility, to provide for the welfare and safety of all students. To meet this responsibility, any student having in his/her possession a weapon that will do bodily harm (this includes any knife of any size), tampering with the fire alarm system, starting a fire in the building, furnishing/selling of controlled substance (drugs), or refusing to stop fighting when told to stop by school personnel, will be immediately suspended for ten days, recommended for expulsion from the regular program of the Springfield Public Schools and, when appropriate, the school administration will contact the proper law enforcement agency and assist in prosecuting the offender. We promote a safe learning environment for our students, staff, faculty, administration, and guests.

Student Information

Breakfast Program

Breakfast is served each morning in the cafeteria. Students eligible for a free or reduced lunch are entitled to the breakfast. Students participating in the breakfast program should enter the west doors of the school by the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m.

Gym Clothes

Students are required to change clothes and dress appropriately for P.E. class. Students will not dress for P.E. the first few days. Specific guidelines regarding acceptable dress will be given to students during the first week of school. It is imperative that your child follow the dress code for P.E. class.

Hot Lunch Program

Lunch will be served on the first day of school. Students who bring a sack lunch have the option of purchasing ala carte items. Franklin has a closed campus; therefore, students will not be allowed to leave school for lunch at any time. Your child will receive an application for free and reduced priced meals. If you qualify, according to the guidelines in the letter, complete the form and return it to the main office on or before the first day of school or as soon as possible. Be sure to provide all information requested. Parents/Guardians may put money on their child's lunch/breakfast account through the cafeteria.

Parents/Guardians Who Provide Transportation to School

Please avoid the east driveway to the school (shopping center side of the building)when providing transportation. The driveway becomes very congested due to special buses and teachers arriving at school. Parents may drop students off in front of the school at the east end of Outer Park Drive along school property. Please do not use the Town and Country Shopping Center property for parking, dropping off and/or picking up students.

Physical Exams for Athletes

Students who plan to participate in the interscholastic athletic program are required to have a physical exam card on file in the school office dated within the last year. Make your student's appointment now so he/she can be eligible at the beginning of the season. The physical form may be obtained in the school's main office. District #186 offers boys' and girls' cross-country and girls' basketball in the fall, boys' basketball and girls' volleyball, along with poms, in the winter, and boys' and girls' track in the spring.

Student Absence and Tardy Procedures

If it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, parents/guardians are required by state law to report the absence to the school each day. Please call the school's office, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., and report your child's name, grade in school, and reason for absence. The telephone number is 217.787.3006.
Tardiness: Tardy to class means a student is not seated in his/her assigned seat when the bell rings. When this happens it is called a "sweep" and the result is uniform issuance of administrative detention(s).

Students arriving to school late will report directly to the guidance office to receive an admit slip before going to class. Students arriving late to school may be excused for the following conditions: (1) Parent reports to the office with the child to receive an admit slip; (2) Parent may call the school office (217.525.3164) explaining reason for tardiness; (3) Student may present a note signed by his/her parent/guardian to the guidance dean. School personnel will determine if the tardy or absence is excused or unexcused. All students requiring an early dismissal must check out through the guidance office prior to leaving school.