Franklin schools show off their skills learned in new programs

Published 1:33 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The STREAM Art and Robotics Club at J.P. Jr. King Middle School showed off the art work they made and the robots they had built this year during the expo on Wednesday. -- Rebecca Chappell | Tidewater News

The STREAM Art and Robotics Club at J.P. Jr. King Middle School showed off the art work they made and the robots they had built this year during the expo on Wednesday. — Rebecca Chappell | Tidewater News

On Wednesday, during the Franklin City Public Schools State of the School Address and Excellence Expo, students and staff showed off some of things they have been working on over the school year.

The event started off with a presentation of colors by the Franklin High JROTC and then went on to the national anthem by the FCPS Jazz Bank and Tynette Anderson of Franklin High and J.P. King Jr. Superintendent Dr. Willie Bell then gave a speech on the progress of the schools and noted all the initiatives the teachers, staff and students had been taking over the year to improve scores and their learning experience.

The Excellence Expo highlighted several of the classes and group activities that are being offered in Franklin Schools. Sheets on the presentations of excellence were given out and described as followed:

•LEGO League (S.P. Morton): Learn how participating students completed their robot, decided on the challenges to complete, and all about the competition with their Trash Trek challenge this year.

•Girls on the Run (S.P. Morton): Learn how participating girls learned healthy lifestyle habits, healthy eating habits and focused on self-esteem and empowerment.

•Type II Post Office (S.P. Morton): Learn how participating students have started a post office at S.P. Morton.

•Bright Starts Promethean Table (S.P. Morton): Learn how Pre-K students participate in instructional activities using the Promethean Table.

•Reading and Math SuccessMaker (S.P. Morton): Learn how students use SuccessMaker with the use of the Surface Pro Tablets.

•Parents as Partners (J.P. King): Learn all about the history and success of the Parents as Partners program.

•STREAM Robotics (J.P. King) Learn about and see a demonstration of the robots that students built and programmed using their LEGO robotics kits.

•7th Grade Extravaganza (J.P. King): Learn about instructional activities demonstrated in Math, Social Studies and Reading.

•Multimedia (J.P. King): Learn all about how students work as a team to solve problems using creativity, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. The JPK Library Media Center is not just for books anymore. After school it transforms into a crazy imaginative, hands-on, tech-savvy place to be.

•STREAM Art Club (J.P. King): Learn about the works of art created by the Art Club.

•Intramural Sports: (J.P. King): Learn about the athletic opportunities that are available for middle school students and the success of the intramural program.

•The Adventures of AVID (J.P. King): Learn about the purpose of the AVID program and activities that students participate in through the program.

•Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens (Franklin High): Learn about the JROTC program: the benefits of the program, successes of the students the future of the JROTC program.

•Special Olympics/Champions Together (Franklin High): Learn all about the Special Olympics program, how students can participate, the activities and tournaments related to Special Olympics and how one can become a volunteer.

•AVID Advancement Via Individual Determination (Franklin High): Learn what the AVID program is all about and how participation in the program is beneficial to students’ success.

•Open Campus (Franklin High): Learn about the various programs at Open Campus and how these programs are positively impacting FCPS students

•Opportunity, Inc. (Franklin High) Learn about the purpose of OPP, Inc. program and see displays of furniture made by students in the Building Trade Academy.

•BOT 1610: Builders of Tomorrow (Franklin High): Learn about the history of Franklin’s Robotics program, and see a demonstration of the robots.

Each one of these groups had their own station, and community members and parents were able to go around and hear presentations given by the students, about why they like this program and what they have learned in it.