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Middle school matters: Franklin Middle School
03/07/2016

In honor of national Middle Level Education Month, this March we are taking a closer look at Baltimore County Public Schools’ wonderful middle schools. Every day during March, one or two more school profiles will be posted. To see all that have been posted, please click here.

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Principal: Charlyne G. Maul (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Cedarmere, Franklin, Glyndon, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, and Timber Grove

School website: http://franklinms.bcps.org/

Academic achievements

“We just finished Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) testing, and our scores went up from the 40s into the 60s. We did a really good job at getting students to look at their scores, set their own goals, and sharing that with parents.”

Recent award

“We were recently chosen as the Maryland School Breakfast winner for the year. We increased the number of students eating breakfast here by implementing a ‘grab and go breakfast.’ Our prize includes a $5,000 reward check, having our teacher lounge made over by IKEA, an upcoming visit from an NFL player, and a big celebration on March 11.”

Special academic programs offered

“We now offer Spanish to Grade 6 students.”

“We also have implemented some all-male math classes, with male math teachers. They are going really well.”

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

“We hold a Dragon Ball (intramural basketball) competition every winter.  Every homeroom has a team, and everyone gets to play if they wish to. It is organized like March Madness. It really gets everyone engaged and moving in the winter. It ends every year with a Hoops for the Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association.”

Afterschool music programs – including jazz band and concert choir – are very popular.

Special school traditions

“One of our biggest events is Battle for the Bell, a fundraiser in which our teachers play Franklin High School teachers in a basketball game. The whole community comes together for this special tradition with Franklin High.” This annual fundraiser, which began in 2006, supports The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Bet you didn’t know…

Franklin Middle School was built in 1914 to house Franklin High School. “It’s a historical building, complete with bomb shelter, boot scrapers for farm boys, and a place to tie your horse.”

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