Franklin High School

5405 SE Woodward St
Portland, OR 97206
Ph 503-916-5140

FHS Bulletin

Nov 16, 2018

Schedule Next Week

Monday November 19 NO SCHOOL - Conferences
Tuesday November 20 NO SCHOOL - Conferences
Wednesday November 21 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
Thursday November 15 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break
Friday November 16 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving break

Calendar Full Calendar

  • November 16, 7:00 - 8:30pm: FAST Story Slam
  • November 19 & 20: NO SCHOOL FHS Parent-Teacher conferences (details to come)
  • November 21-23: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving break)
  • November 28, 6:00 - 8:00: Discover Franklin (for next year's freshman)
  • November 29, 7pm: FHS PTSA General Meeting (counselling questions answered!), Room M-221
  • December 4: Tara Westover author visit to FHS and evening event at the Schnitz
  • December 5, 7pm: Auction Committee Meeting, Room M-221 (all welcome)

Newsletter Highlights

  • Principal's Notes
    • [NEW] General information from Principal Frazier
  • School News
    • [NEW] Free Wi-Fi available for students
    • Franklin Gives Back
    • Conferences are coming
    • [NEW] Parent Presentations During Conferences
    • Free flu shots!
  • PTSA / Volunteer News
    • [NEW] FHS PTSA General Meeting, Nov. 28, 7pm, counselling questions answered!
    • Chaperone freshmen trips to PSU
    • Help with Discover Franklin, Nov. 28 (donate treats or staff a table)
  • Library
    • [NEW] Author Event: Tara Westover
    • [NEW] FHS Library open during conferences
    • [NEW] Overdue and Lost Books
    • [NEW] Congratulations to our students Jovita, Macy, and Bianca
    • [NEW] Vote for next year’s OBOB books
  • Fundraising
    • Fred Meyer Rewards -- new number and find out how much we raise!
    • Franklin Athletic Boosters Update
  • Club News
    • [NEW] Red Cross Club Blood Drive
  • Community News
    • [NEW] Host an Italian student. Your child will be invited to Italy!
  • Athletics
    • [NEW] Conference week practice schedules

Main Newsletter

Principal's Notes


Next week we as a school have an opportunity to grow; that opportunity is Parent-Teacher conferences. Parent-Teacher conferences are a vital part of the educational triangle as teachers, families, and school supports (admin, counselors, and partners) collaborate and connect for the benefit for our students. Research shows that students do better in school when families get involved. Attending parent–teacher conferences is one way to be involved and help your child succeed.

A Parent--Teacher conference is a great opportunity to:

  • discuss your child's progress
  • share your child's strengths and needs
  • work with the teacher to help your child do well in school
  • Identify other systems of support

Additionally we encourage you to also bring your student. Who better than the student to share their experience and hear about their successes and opportunities for growth.

While we are aware that not everyone may be able to attend conferences; we highly recommend that you reach out to your student’s teacher via email or phone should you have questions comments or concerns about your student’s progress.

As a school we are better together and we look forward to working with you next week.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month – November marks National Native American Heritage Month. Franklin wants to bring insight and knowledge about Native Americans and Alaskan Natives creating a culture that is inclusive in our school. In the final week of November we will be celebrating with activities and educational information. This is a school-wide celebration as we recognize and honor the many contributions of Native American and Alaskan Natives to our country and community.

FHS Mascot Name Change Committee – This past Tuesday the Portland Public School Board approved the proposal for the Mascot Identification Committee, as per PPS Resolution No. 5649. The Franklin High School Mascot Identification Committee (FHSMIC) will be formed with the intention of creating a process by which community stakeholders (students, staff, parents, alumni, and school community partners) will have the opportunity to provide suggestions to the FHSMIC for possible mascot names. This is not a decision making body. This group is charged with assisting in facilitating the process, gathering mascot names, and providing recommendations for the Superintendent and PPS School Board. There will be an opportunity for two FHS Parents to serve on this committee.

Interested parents should reach out to Cameron Vaugh, from the PPS Office of Communications and Public Engagement, via email at:

Franklin STRONG,

Chris Frazier

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School News

Free Wi-Fi available for students: If not having Wi-Fi at home is getting in the way of you completing your school work, please stop by the counseling office and pick up a form about a FREE hotspot from Sprint. See Alice in counseling with questions.

FHS Gives Back: As we enter into the holiday season, we start a tradition called FHS Gives Back. Franklin will sponsor around a dozen of our own families who are in need of a little extra support for the holidays. It runs until December 7th. Student leadership (ASB) will be collecting the following items to deliver to the families:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Clothes
  • New or lightly used toys
  • Toiletries
  • Money

They will place bins in the main hallway sorted by grade. Please bring in items or send them in with your students. There will also be a "Giving Tree" on Sorena's desk (she does attendance and sits at the back of the main office) where you can grab an ornament with a gift idea for one of the families and make a purchase. Please tape the ornament onto the gift and leave it in teacher Marc Appell’s box or bring it to him in room SS-014.

Conferences are coming

  • Dates: Monday November 19th and Tuesday November 20th
  • Schedule: 8:00 - 11:30 AM, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, and 5:00 to 7:30 PM both days.
  • Location: Conferences will take place in the Gym Complex (Student schedules will be available for pick up in the gym lobby.)
  • FHS Digital Resources & Tips for parents/students:
    12:55 - 1:15pm & 4:30 - 4:50pm
    Sunny Childs, Library Media Specialist
  • Parking: Street Parking only.
  • Student Attendance: FHS encourages students to attend conferences with their parent/guardian. Having students attend helps eliminate confusion between students and parents/guardians, and allows for a richer conversation with meaningful dialogue. Please come at a time when you can attend with your student(s).

Presentations for Parents during Conferences: Join us in the library during converesncs November 19th & 20th for presentations on:

  • ParentVue Access and monitor student grades and attendace: 12:30 - 12:50 PM & 4:30 - 4:50 pm
  • FHS Library Program: Tools, Tips & Tricks for student success 12:55-1:15pm; 4:55-5:15pm.

More chances to get your flu shot for FREE at the FHS Health Clinic: The Franklin School-Based Health Clinic has flu shots available for students and a limited supply for family members. Students can make an appointment for a flu shot any time. In addition, the clinic is teaming with the FHS PTSA to provide flu shots (free of charge) to community members at the following special events:
Parent Teacher Conferences, 11/19/18 - 11/20/18 (morning only)

School Board member Julia Brim-Edwards gets her flu shot
during the FHS Harvest Festival clinic.
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PTSA / Volunteer News

FHS PTSA General Meeting, Nov. 28, 7pm, counselling questions answered! Join us for our November PTSA General Meeting where we will hear from FHS counsellor Holly Vaughn Edmonds about everything you need to know about how the counselling office works and what services are available to students. In addition, our outgoing career counselling coordinator Raquel Liaz will introduce her newly hired successor and answer questions about her program.

Chaperone freshman trips to PSU: Our freshmen academies are visiting PSU throughout the year and they need chaperones to join them. There are 10 trips and you can sign up for one here.

Help with Discover Franklin, Nov. 28: We are welcoming 8th grade families from the Franklin feeder schools. Can you provide a friendly face or yummy treats? You can see what we need on our sign up here. If you want to stay & volunteer for the full event just sign up for both shifts. Desserts can be homemade or store-bought. Some GF and Vegan would be lovely! Please drop off food in the main office the day of the event (before 5:30pm) and CLEARLY mark it "Discover Franklin."

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Author Event: Tara Westover: We have a few seats left for Tuesday December 4 to see The NY Times bestselling author of Educated here in Franklin Library for a Q & A during 4th period and for evening lecture at the Schnitz (bus leaving FHS at 6:15). Turn in permission slips (get in library or links here) by Nov 26. Educated tells the true story of Westover, raised by extremist survivalists, escaping her brutal home to attend school for the first time at 17.

FHS LIBRARY IS OPEN DURING CONFERENCES: students can work quietly or use computers for school work. Parents can hear presentations from Sheila in counseling and Sunny from the Library. Students or parents can return, renew, and check or clear student records.

Lost Books! All materials 6 weeks or more overdue will be marked “lost” on Friday, November 16th. Please return or renew overdue materials and anything marked “lost” (including materials from other schools or past years). The Library is OPEN during conferences. Stop by to see your student’s record, clear charges, return/renew books. Novel sets still used in class should not be returned and do not need to be renewed. If you have questions or concerns please contact or see library staff.

Congratulations to our students Jovita, Macy, and Bianca who were featured authors at this year’s Portland Book Festival! Pictures here.

One election down. One to go: Vote for best books in Good Reads Choice Awards 2018.

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Fred Meyer Rewards—new number and find out how much we raise!We have 133 households signed up to link their Fred Meyer Rewards card to kick back money to the FHS PTSA. That earned us $550 last quarter! Imagine how much we could earn to support our students and teachers if all 1,800 Franklin families signed up. It doesn’t cost you a cent, just sign up and Fred Meyers donates money for each dollar you spend. If you go to sign up here, we have a new account number: EI267. The old one is still valid but this is the new one that will appear on the website.

Franklin Athletic Boosters Update: Tour Franklin Athletic Boosters have been busy! Check out our October 18th update

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Club News

Red Cross Club Blood Drive, Nov. 28:Every 2 seconds, somebody is in need of blood. Help save a life today by donating blood at our school’s first blood drive of the year, hosted by Red Cross Club! You must be at least 16 years old; you do not need a parental consent form if you're 17 and over, but if you're 16, please remember to pick up a parental consent form in the main office. Make sure to eat breakfast and bring your student ID card on November 28! Parents are also welcome with their state-issued ID (such as a driver license). Here are the available times:

  • Period 1 (8:15am - 9:30)
  • Period 2 (9:45- 10:50)
  • Period 3 (10:50 - 12:20pm)
  • Lunch (12:20 - 12:50)
  • Period 4 (1:00 - 2:15) - *LIMITED SPOTS*

Student can sign up in the office or anyone can email with your with your full name, period you would like to donate, and phone number.

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Community News

Host an Italian student. Your child will be invited to Italy! Ergon, an Italian based organization partnering with NorthWest Student Exchange, is looking for families to host a 16-17 year old Italian student for a semester or school year, next year. Ergon program ensures a unique cross cultural opportunity: the Italian families offer your son or daughter direct exposure to Italian culture through an all-expenses paid summer vacation in Italy, and Ergon sponsors the flight! Ergon specializes in a rigorous selection process ensuring that students are academically strong, responsible, and proficient in English; we devote great care to matching students with host families. Students are fully insured and arrive with pocket money for all expenses, including recreation activities and vacations. Our Italian students have attended Lincoln, Cleveland, Sunset, Riverdale, Wilson, and Central Catholic HS with excellent experiences for students and families alike and have enjoyed being part of the school community. Our current and past Portland host families are happy to share their experience with you. To learn more, please visit our website at and email

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Franklin Conference Week Athletic Practice Schedules

Monday November 19:
  • Boys Basketball Freshman/JV Warner Pacific 10:00-12:00
    Varsity Dalzell Community Gym 10:00-11:30
  • Girls Basketball Varsity Warner Pacific 12:00-2:00
    JV/JV II Dalzell Community Gym 11:30-1:00
  • Swimming All Mt Scott Pool 3:45-5:00
  • Wrestling All 10:30-1:30
Tuesday November 20:
  • Boys Basketball Freshman/JV Warner Pacific 10:00-12:00
    Varsity Dalzell Community Gym 10:00-11:30
  • Girls Basketball Varsity Warner Pacific 12:00-2:00
    JV/JV II Dalzell Community Gym 11:30-1:00
  • Swimming All Mt Scott Pool 3:45-5:00
  • Wrestling All 10:30-1:30
Wednesday November 21:
  • Boys Basketball All 8:00-10:00
  • Girls Basketball All 10:00-12:00
  • Swimming All Mt Scott Pool 3:45-5:00
  • Wrestling All 10:00-12:00
Friday November 23:
  • Boys Basketball All 8:00-10:00
  • Girls Basketball All 10:00-12:00
  • Swimming TBD
  • Wrestling All 10:00-12:00
Saturday November 24:
  • Boys Basketball All 8:00-10:00
  • Girls Basketball All 10:00-12:00
  • Swimming Off
  • Wrestling Off
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Note: The Principal's Bulletin is delivered via email every Friday. We run general items for 3 weeks unless there is a good reason to run them longer. To submit an item please email: by 4pm Thursday for inclusion in that Friday's Bulletin.