School Pictures are in the mail. If you ordered school pictures from Lifetouch during registration, you should receive them in the mail by the end of next week. If you didn’t receive them, please email Elizabeth Avila (eavila@pps.net). If you didn’t get a chance to order pictures but you would like to, please contact Lifetouch directly at 1-866-955-8342 and give the original ID: EVTP36J6K and what day they had their picture taken, and Customer Service should be able to help you order. 

    Required ParentVue Student Information Verification Due by October 31st. In the past, schools would confirm updated student information by sending home the verification forms in the registration packet mailed out in August and returning them at registration. In an effort to save paper and ensure we have the most current information in our system,, PPS is now requiring families to update information yearly directly in ParentVue. Even if all the information in Synergy is correct parents/guardians must verify the information is current.

    • Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline is October 31, 2020.

    • Beginning on November 1, 2020, if parents have not submitted the online Yearly Verification, they will receive the following message upon login:

      • The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue.  

    • The only options for the parent are to click Begin Yearly Verification or Logout.

    • When logging into ParentVUE to confirm your student's Yearly Verification please make sure you choose the second option in the list. Please select "Yearly Verification is Currently Open" to begin the process. 

    • ParentVUE Activation Key Letters, for parents who have not created their ParentVUE accounts, were distributed to families on October 19, 2020, via School Messenger.

    • The ParentVUE flyer, along with Yearly Verification resources, can be found on the ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information district website.

    For questions please contact Sorena Dibble (sdibble@pps.net)

    Juniors! Western Aerospace Scholars is accepting applications. If you or your student is interested in the aerospace industry, this is an opportunity to learn more about it, meet peers with a similar interest, and possibly earn college credits through University of Washington. This program is open to any current junior who is a resident of Oregon and Washington. For more information and to apply please go to their website: https://museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/was 

    FHS Online Student Store is now open! 50% of proceeds from our store will support local nonprofits during this very difficult time. Offering T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Beanies & Scarves! Visit the store today! 

    Did you miss textbook checkout? Please review this guide to know if you need to checkout textbooks. If your course is not listed on the guide, you have nothing to pick up. Please email bazar@pps.net if you still need to checkout (or return) any textbooks.  Library staff will be here on Wednesdays from 12:00-4:30 to meet you with books and other materials at the external doors closest to the library in the East Parking Lot (near the cafeteria and Clinton Park tennis courts). Look for our pink sign on the door. Face masks are required.

    Do you need a Chromebook or a Hotspot during Distance Learning? Franklin staff will be available to checkout Chromebooks and Hotspots in the main entrance courtyard off of Woodward Street every Wednesday from 1:30-4:30.  Masks are required. Please email Dan Green at dgreen@pps.net if you have any questions. 

    If you prefer not to wait until Wednesday, please note that the PPS District Office is available to distribute, exchange and service Chromebooks every day from 9am to 1pm.  

    More information about this service can be found here.

    Counselling News:

    Virtual Meetings with College Admissions Representatives: Attention Juniors, seniors, and parents/guardians: If you are interested in learning more about a college, whether it's the programs they offer or about their admissions requirements, we encourage students to attend a virtual meeting with a College Admissions Representative. This year, these visits will be held virtually and district-wide. A list of upcoming college visits can be found here; meeting links will be added as each date nears. Additional schools will continue to be added, so check the list frequently. IF you do not see a school of interest listed, that school may be attending a different virtual event. Other virtual college events may include breakout sessions, campus tours, meet and greets, and student panels. You can find many of these on the internet, but here is a list of a few to check out.

    Trades and Career Opportunities Available: If your student is interested in trades and career opportunities, there are also some great virtual events taking place, such as Build Oregon on Oct. 6th & 13th. Students should check their email for notifications from our Career Coordinator about these upcoming events!

    PTSA News:

    PTSA Wreath & Garland Sale


    It's never too early to start thinking about winter holiday decorating, especially this year when we could all use a little extra cheer. The PTSA is selling 24" wreaths and 75' garlands, both hand-crafted locally. Our volunteer team will even deliver them to your Portland metro home on Tuesday, 11/24 or Wednesday, 11/25. The sale runs through Sunday, 11/1 at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca8a923a0ff2-wreath2. If you have a couple hours the Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving (there's no school all week) to help with deliveries, please consider signing up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ca8a923a0ff2-wreath3. Thanks for your support of your PTSA!

    Join the PTSA!

    Our PTSA's main purpose is to serve the needs and desires of its members in promoting the health, welfare, safety and education of children and youth. The best way to support these efforts is to join as a parent member. The easiest way to sign up is through your SchoolPay account: https://pps.schoolpay.com/login

    Library News:

    FAST StorySLAM Info Meeting 12:35pm Oct 28 If you want to find out more and/or register for the 2020-21 StorySlam & requisite workshops-Join us in Google Meets Nickname: storyslam2020 (must be in your pps account to access). Contact jforsythe@pps.net or sjchildspdx@gmail.com or afrazee@pps.net for more info. 

    FAST StorySLAM 12/4 & Workshops 11/16-11/20 (register by Nov 10): Led by FHS drama teacher Josh Forsythe and former FHS librarian Sandra Childs through Zoom. Must register to participate in the 2020-21 FAST StorySLAM. 8 student storytellers will perform their work LIVE in front of a muted ZOOM audience on 12/4 with a chance to compete at the City wide slam on 2/25. Each storyteller has 5 minutes to tell an original real/true story based on our 2020-21 theme:Borders. Watch last year’s FAST StorySLAM HERE.  Check out Storytelling Tab on FHS Toolbox  and The Moth  to listen or watch how this thing rolls.To participate as a storyteller r Register by Nov 10 For more info contact: Ayn Frazee afrazee@pps.net Sunny Childs sjchildspdx@gmail.com  or Josh Forsythe jforsyth@pps.net 

    FAST StorySLAM Dec 4th 7:00pm:  Hear our 8 storytelling finalists perform true original 5 minute stories and compete for a slot at #TruthBeTold. ALL FHS community is welcome to attend as muted audience. FREE. More info soon about how to attend that LIVE Zoom event. 

    Franklin Students featured in WITS Anthology  I'm excited to share that four of our Franklin students will be featured in the Literary Arts Writers in the Schools published anthology and will share their work live during the Portland Book Fest in November [ live event details here: https://literary-arts.org/event/pbf-wits-2020/ ]  Each year, WITS publishes an anthology of exemplary student work in poetry, prose, drama, and comics. Students are encouraged to submit their work to the anthology editor, which is compiled into a book and shared with schools and the community.

    The Franklin students published in the 2019-20 anthology are:

    Lucia Weisberg

    Hannah Nellen

    Elena Siekmann

    Katy Lei


    Katy Lei’s poem “Orange as Oranges” was chosen as the title piece. From this poem, the line “The Seeds to Plant the Future” was chosen as the title of the anthology. Katy Lei and Elena Siekmann will be submitting videos to be aired at the virtual anthology launch on November 11 at 4 p.m. 


    New eBooks available for check out in the Franklin High School Digital Library!  The Franklin Library has recently purchased 31 brand new eBook titles since the beginning of the school year. In addition, we applied for and received 10 fantastic Anti-Racist eBook titles through a grant from Hachette this fall. Ebooks have not been an emphasis for purchase in the past, so we're creating this exciting new collection from scratch and adding titles that students will benefit students academically and for pleasure reading. Some of the new titles include:


    Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

    So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

    Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

    Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

    The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

    Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance by Jason Reynolds and Samira Ahmed

    The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

    Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab 


    You can check them out by navigating to: http://library.nwtoolbox.org/common/welcome.jsp?site=125&context=pps

    And scrolling down to the eBooks carousel OR by clicking on the SORA app link at the top of the page. Use your PPS log in to access. Email Ms. Frazee if you have any questions about downloading eBooks. 


    School Social Worker Services:

    Please note these important financial assistance opportunities available next week!

    1. PDX Assist Program  $500 prepaid Visa debit cards to help families impacted by COVID pay for food, rent, utilities, etc.

    Q. When will the website be open to accepting applications?

    A. The application form will open in two rounds: on Tuesday, October 27 at 9 AM and Friday, October 30 at 1 PM.

    Q. How many total applications will be accepted? How long will the submission window be open?

    A. 1,400 applications will be accepted during each round on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application form will close once the limit is reached for each round.

    2. Here are Org and their Target Demographics that are providing COVID Relief Rent Assistance and Household Assistance Gift cards. You will need to reach out to the individual agencies for their phone contact info.

    CVRRP = Rent Program          CVHAP = Gift Cards

    For the rent you just need to do a phone intake and let them know you’ve been affected by COVID and how, make less than 80% of the median income, and be a Multnomah County resident. They will need a lease agreement and then they will talk to your landlord to confirm payment details. Each household is eligible for up to $6000. For rent between March 2020 through Jan 2021.

    The gift cards are for Portland residents and it’s just doing a call with someone to verify contact info, Covid impact, and that you make less than 80% median income. They are not asking for ID or any other documentation. 


    Jed McClean, Cell: 971-319-4087, jmcclean1@pps.net

    Quan Nguyen, Cell: 971-413-9881, qnguyen1@pps.net

    Amanda Mayernik, MSW Intern, amayernik@pps.net

    **Also visit the FHS Resource Center webpage in both English and Español with regular resources updates**

    Club News


    We will be offering a modified 2021 season due to covid restrictions. 

    Regrettably, OISA will NOT be hosting any competitions this season. We will use this season to practice as a team. 

    Riders must have previous snowboarding experience. 

    Practices: Wednesday nights for 10 weeks beginning January 6, 2021

    Where: At Mount Hood Meadows 

    How: Riders will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the mountain

    Team fee: We anticipate roughly $350 to cover all coaching, insurance and a team hoodie – cost will be finalized when we have a clear idea of team size for the season

    Passes: You will need to renew or purchase a season pass $309–$519 until Nov 8

    More info is available HERE and you will need to fill out our contact form if you plan to join this season.


    Athletic Academic Requirements

    An athlete’s eligibility to participate in OSAA sponsored sports depends, among other things, on:

    • The student-athlete’s grades AND

    • The student-athlete making satisfactory progress toward meeting graduation requirements

    Eligibility Based on Student-Athletes Grades





    For the previous semester