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Input Needed on Upcoming Budget Years Next school year will present a challenge to not only Franklin County Schools, but all school districts across our state. On Monday, January 3, the FCS Board of Education’s Budget Committee held a meeting to discuss the budget for the upcoming school year. Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Doug Moore gave a presentation to board members regarding the budget and the issues that exist in regards to potential loss to particular funding and more. Several FCS employees, including school administrators, teachers, and more were in attendance at the meeting. Moore concluded the meeting by telling those in attendance that, “if the General Assembly delays in approving a budget for 2011-12, we will begin to experience the dilemma of needing to make decisions about the number of teachers we can hire before the start of school.” SEE BUDGET PAGE 3

Kindergarten Registration Dates announced for kindergarten registration. Page 3

Computer Skills Class Helps Adults Business Education students at FHS help adults in their community learn computer skills in a fun way. Page 4

Franklin County Schools Our Future, Our Commitment, Our Students


NC Local Grown Produce Served in School Cafeterias

Barbara Bartholomew (left), FCS Child Nutrition Supervisor, and Shirley Dupree (right), FCS Child Nutrition Training Manager, hand out bags filled with fruits and nutritious goodies to students at Franklinton Elementary School in November at the school’s nutrition fair. These nutrition fairs are held at various schools throughout our district throughout the school year. The North Carolina Farm to School Program originated in 1998 with strawberries being the first product to be offered to schools. This program is designed to directly benefit North Carolina farmers and school children. Products are harvested from farms in our state on Sundays and served in cafeterias as early as Monday of the same week. North Carolina farmers benefit by having an increased market for their crops. North Carolina school children benefit by having locally-grown produce that is served to them at the peak of freshness. Nutrition Education tidbits are often provided to students during the week the produce is served. Students increase their consumption of fresh fruits and veggies and learn tips on how to lead healthy lifestyles. In the past twelve years, the program has grown tremendously with over fifteen items being offered this school year. Items include: watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, squash, zucchini, and more. Students enjoy these products in Franklin County Schools’ cafeterias at peak-growing seasons throughout the school year. Farmers in the North Carolina Farm to School Program are required to be GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) certified and must carry at least two million dollars worth of liability insurance.



FCS Board of Education Continues Hard Work and Dedication

FCS Board of Education as of December 2010 Regular Meeting: Front (Left to Right): Debra Brodie, Synthia Richardson, Paige Sayles (Chairwoman), and Dr. Bobbie Richardson. Back (Left to Right): Rev. Dannie T. Williams, Gilbert Johnson (ViceChairman), and Bernard Hall.

Chairwoman Paige Sayles, Vice-Chairman Gilbert Johnson, and Bernard Hall are sworn in to office at the December 2010 BOE Meeting by Clerk of Superior Court Alice Faye Hunter (right).

Dr. Bobbie Richardson is sworn in to office at the December 2010 BOE Meeting by Clerk of Superior Court Alice Faye Hunter (right). Richardson replaces John May, who declined the elected seat.

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Bunn Resident Donates Book to BES Media Center

Continued from page 1 “This will be a critical issue since it directly impacts children and families. Other decisions must be made, but this is the one that most directly affects our students,” Moore continued. “Other decisions would adversely impact students, but ultimately, students are assigned to a teacher.” The presentation can be viewed on our district website by clicking on the “Budget Presentation 2011” link on the navigation menu on the left side. In addition, the district has set up an online suggestion box to collect comments from FCS employees and members of the community. All submissions are anonymous. To access the suggestion box to leave your comments, visit the FCS website at and click on the “Budget Suggestion Box” link in the left navigation menu.

Linda Mimnaugh (center), a resident of the Bunn area, donated the book “Klinger, The Story of Honor and Hope” to the Bunn Elementary School media center. The book is written by Betsy Beard who now lives in Lake Royale. The story is about a horse that dreams of being the fastest race horse, but is chosen to pull the wagon that carries fallen American soldiers at Arlington cemetery. The book was written to honor the author’s son, Brad, who lost his life in Iraq in 2004. Pictured accepting the donation is BES Media Specialist Christy Tharrington (left) and Principal Jewel Eason (right).

LMES Fourth Graders Use Candy to Learn Geometry

—Joe Baisley

Kindergarten Registration Dates Announced Children must turn five years old on or before August 31, 2011 to be eligible to attend. Date


April 1 April 5 April 7 April 8 April 12 April 13 April 14 April 15

Youngsville Elementary Franklinton Elementary Edward Best Elementary Laurel Mill Elementary Long Mill Elementary Royal Elementary Bunn Elementary Louisburg Elementary

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Students in Natasha Vonklinger’s fourth grade class at Laurel Mill Elementary collaborated with LMES CRT Maria Collins to do an activity in math class to review the concepts of lines, rays, angles, and the types of triangles. The students used Twizzlers, M & M’s, and chocolate chips to demonstrate the various ideas.



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FHS Computer Skills Class – “It Is Never Too Late To Learn”

Business Education students from Franklinton High School interacted and taught a group of 20 adults word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and email skills on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 during the fall. Adults, 50 and older from the Franklinton community, who have little or no computer experience, expressed an interest in learning how to use computers. Each week, the students were eager to teach the adults. The ratio of student, who serves as the teacher, to adult, who serves as the student, was one to one. The adults were amazing! The students were amazing! At the end of each class, refreshments were served. This provided an opportunity for adults and students to get to know one another. Refreshments were provided through monies from a United Way grant. After learning how to use e-mail during the final class held on Wednesday, December 15, the adult participants were given gifts. In addition, one lucky winner won a digital camera. Food was also served, as well as a certificate presentation to all participants. The students and sponsors sang holiday songs before everyone left at the end of the session. Sponsors for this after-school program were FHS Business Teachers Evelyn Crudup, Gloria Kearney, and Dottie Averette.



FHS Travels to North Carolina Central University for Science Field Trip

Recently, students from Franklinton High School ventured to Durham to view North Carolina Central University's science labs and facilities. They also participated in discussions led by NCCU professor John Bang regarding a career in the field of science. Students were also treated to a tour of the campus and encouraged to interact with both faculty and students. Above, students take a brief break from the activities to pose for a picture.

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Acclaimed Children’s Authors at NCCAT Writing Seminar

Carole Boston Weatherford (right), award-winning author of more than two dozen books, presented readings, facilitated writing activities and offered inspiration to 18 teachers from across North Carolina when they gathered last week for a seminar entitled "Teaching Writing through Children's Literature." Among the attendees was Bunn Middle School 6th grade language arts teacher Trude Kibbe (left). In this interdisciplinary approach to teaching writing, Mrs. Kibbe and her colleagues read, discussed, and critiqued books written for children. John Claude Bemis, author of “The Nine Pound Hammer” and “The Wolf Tree,” was the keynote presenter who guided teachers through the world of children's literature using writing exercises and prompts designed to inspire and help students write more effectively. Both authors live and write in North Carolina.



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Laurel Mill Elementary School Happenings

This is a picture of the LMES Yellow Brick Road. The school’s Relay team is supporting the American Cancer Society’s theme of this year’s Relay For Life event of “We are off to Find a Cure” by selling bricks in memory or honor of people who have had cancer. The whole school community has gotten involved and they have enjoyed watching their road grow! The staff and students at Laurel Mill are Off to Find a Cure—one Brick at a Time!

The above picture supports the LMES school theme of “Inch and Miles-The Journey to Success,” along with their PBIS Program. “Inch and Miles” is a book by the legendary Coach John Wooden which builds a pyramid of character traits. The picture is of our pyramid with each staff member’s picture and a envelope. Anyone can write an encouraging note to our staff members and students and place it in their envelope. The staff and students have enjoyed supporting each other in such a positive manner.

The above pictures are from the LMES More at Four classroom. Pictured to the left is two LMES students in the Sensory Center. In the right picture, the MAF the class is pictured doing academic work. Ms. Wrenn and Ms. Alston change the contents of the table often to go along with the season or what they are discussing for the week. This particular day, the students had “snow” to play in. The fake snow is instant snow that is a material that is mixed with water and expands to look like snow. The students had a fun making snow balls and building snowmen with the snow.



Franklinton Elementary School Happenings

Students recently had a visit at FES from Blackbeard the pirate. He came and did a presentation to the fourth grade classes on the history of Blackbeard the pirate.

Christiana Lancaster and Casey Conyers are juniors at Franklinton High School that are teaching nutrition lessons to several classes at Franklinton Elementary School. They are taking Medical Science I with Mr. Clayton, and part of the requirement is that they complete a service learning project in their community.

Franklinton Elementary first grade students participated in a Community project at Britthaven Nursing Home in Louisburg. Parents of the first graders donated items for the residents of the nursing home, which included tissues, snacks, crackers, sugar free juices, and sugar free candies. This project was led by first grade teacher Linda Villa, and included other first grade teachers Donna Hight, April Duke and Chrisanne Groce-Battes. There was a wonderful turnout of parents and students. The students sung five carols to the residents and had a wonderful time of holiday cheer.

Third graders participated in making homemade hot chocolate and reading the recipe to make it just right. They were using their skills to be ready to read all of the recipes that appear on the third grade End-Of-Grade test in May. The students had fun with this wonderful treat, especially with the recent cold weather!

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FCS Teachers Honored at Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas Awards Luncheon for Grant Awards

Pictured from left to Right: Lynn Powell (Youngsville Elementary), Lacy Coley (Royal Elementary), Thomas Glenn Morris (Franklinton High School), Phil Price (Chief Operating Officer and Assistant General Manager, Wake Electric), Fred Keller (Manager of Member & Energy Services, Wake Electric), Kimberly Leonard (Louisburg Elementary), and Maria Styers (Franklinton High School). Absent are: Nikki Valentine (Royal Elementary) and Trude Kibbe (Bunn Middle).

Seven teachers from Franklin County Schools were among 150 educators from across the state honored on Friday, November 19 at the annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. Wake Electric awards up to $3,000 to teachers for innovative classroom-based projects. After this year’s awards, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will have provided more than $7.6 million dollars in funding for more than 7,000 projects in subjects ranging from mathematics to the arts. Grant awards in FCS included: Trude Kibbe (Bunn Middle— $1,400), Maria Styers (Franklinton High—$1,054), Thomas Glenn Morris (Franklinton High— $1,456), Kimberly Leonard (Louisburg Elementary—$600), Lacy Coley (Royal Elementary—$600), Nikki Valentine (Royal Elementary—$1,434), and Lynn Powell (Youngsville Elementary—$2,000).


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Chef from Johnson and Wales Visits FHS Foods Class Franklinton High School Foods I and II students were treated with a visit from Johnson and Wales culinary demonstrator Robert Penry. In addition to cooking pumpkin muffins with them, he reinforced classroom topics such as safety, proper measurement, kitchen sanitation and food preparation terms. He shared his experiences in the culinary field and talked about Johnson and Wales University as well as the importance of selecting a college and career with care. He is pictured here with FHS student John Williams.

Elementary Grading Update Franklin County Schools is embarking on a pilot grading system for grades K-2 which focuses on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Earlier in the year, notification about this new system was sent through various handouts given at the school level. This information is also available on the school system website at It is the school system’s desire to help parents understand what specific skills their children know or need to work on in the areas of math and reading. We believe this is much more meaningful than just giving a reading and math grade with no feedback on what the child knows or doesn’t know. We value your input on ways to communicate effectively on the academic expectations of your children. Working together, we can accomplish great things. If parents have suggestions for elementary report cards, please direct them to Linda Frederickson, FCS Director of Elementary Education and Federal Programs at 496-2600 or by e-mail at

Make-Up Days from December Snow Days The make-up day from schools being closed on Thursday, December 16 will be on Monday, February 21 (originally a Teacher Workday). The make-up day from schools being closed on Friday, December 17 will be on Friday, March 25 (also originally a Teacher Workday). These are the make-up days approved by the Board of Education when the original calendar was approved.

Flu Vaccines are Important for All Our state recently had its first fatality of the flu season. It is shown that the flu is now widespread statewide. It is not too late to get your flu vaccine. Several locations in the area are still administering the vaccine. The vaccine can reduce the chances of getting the flu by up to 90 percent. Get your vaccine today to help prevent the flu!

Would you like to receive First Thursday each month via e-mail? If so, please feel free to subscribe to our mailing list! You will receive an e-mail notice each month with the link to the newest First Thursday edition posted to our district website. Send an e-mail to Joe Baisley, Public Information Officer, at and we will make sure you are on the list! We currently have a large amount of parents and members of our community on the subscriber list. Don’t worry, the security of your e-mail address is handled with the highest priority! The subscriber list is private and e-mail addresses will not be released at any time to anyone. In addition, it will not display on the e-mail that is sent out each month.


Our F uture, Our C ommitment, Our S tudents Computer Skills Class Helps Adults SEE BUDGET PAGE 3 Barbara Bartholomew (left), FCS Child Nutri...

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