FCS PRESS RELEASE
March 5, 2012
Contact: Dr. David Clendening, Superintendent
Teachers and administrators from Franklin Community Middle School recently presented in San Francisco at Beyond School Hours XV: Bridging Learning Time, an annual gathering of the nation’s top education professionals and thought leaders. While at the conference, FCMS representatives shared their journey through the first year of their Blue Key program with other educators. This presentation provided participants with a complete manual overview with steps to emulate a successful program that boasts a wide variety of classes and outstanding community partnerships.
FCMS teacher and Steering Committee member Kat Carter said, “You never know what you’ve got until it’s compared to what others don’t have. I was reminded of how fortunate our school and corporation is to be able to come together to develop such a successful program. I sensed our audiences during our presentation were in such need of a program like ours, and were truly going to utilize our methods.”
Those attending were also able to attend workshops offered at the conference. They used this time to gather valuable information on other successful activities to infuse into the current program. Committee members have already identified additional student driven enrichments and study table improvements that will be implemented this fall. While most new concepts will be introduced to the program in the fall, FCMS is excited to start offering some opportunities now.
The FCMS Blue Key program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. It is an afterschool program offered to middle school students, and provides enrichment programs, study tables, and small group tutoring sessions. The FCMS Blue Key program is unique as it has 92% participation of middle school employees, as well as a certified teacher from every core content subject area available for additional help on homework.