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Kindergarten and new student registration is now open.  To register, click on
“Resources for Parents” and select the “New Student Registration” link.
Early adolescence is a challenging stage in the development of all children. They are growing physically, intellectually, and socially more during these years than they have at any other time in their lives. The Franklin Avenue Middle School community recognizes this fact and provides students with the proper support and encouragement so that they may leave middle school with the skills requisite for a successful career in high school and beyond.

Upcoming Events
District Announcements
2015-16 District Calendar
Please click HERE for the 2015-16 District Calendar.
Teacher Recognition at Franklin Lakes Public Schools
Congratulations to this year's Bergen County Teacher Recognition Award/Educational Service Professional Recipients:  Ms. Christine Rizzi for Colonial Road School, Ms. Eileen Antonison for Franklin Avenue Middle School, Ms. Robin Smolenski for High Mountain Road School, and Ms. Jessica Colligan for Woodside Avenue School.  Each year, recipients are recognized at the first May Board of Education Meeting as well as honored alongside fellow Bergen County educators at a County luncheon held at the Fiesta in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.  Pictured with the recipients are Principal Christine Gagliardo, Principal Jaclyn Bajzath, Dr. Lydia E. Furnari, Superintendent of Schools, and Principal Joseph Keiser.
Franklin Lakes Rec Camp

It's a Hall of Fame summer at Franklin Lakes Recreation Camps!  Click HERE for the flyer.  Click HERE for the Registration form and Click HERE for the Health Card.

New Student Registration
Dear Incoming Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to the Franklin Lakes School District!  We are pleased to inform you about the new streamlined procedure for registering new students entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  We have implemented an electronic open registration process for the 2015-16 school year.  We hope this new procedure will simplify the registration process for both our new families and for our staff.
In order to begin the open registration process, please click on the link below:
Open Registration
Once you have completed and submitted your initial registration, you will be contacted shortly by the appropriate school(s) with further instructions on how to complete the registration process.  Parents of students who will enter Kindergarten in September 2015 may register their children who were born on or before October 1, 2010.
We look forward to your active participation and support.  I am confident that our district will provide a dynamic, comprehensive and meaningful program to meet your child's educational needs.
Lydia E. Furnari, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PARCC Update
Please click HERE for an important update on the PARCC Assessment.
School Announcements
FAMS Art Show
 The 2015 FAMS ART SHOW will be Thursday, May 14th from 6:00-7:00PM in the FAMS Lobby area.  Please come and view the artwork our talented students created this year in Grade 7/8 GT Art classes.  Additionally, 7th Grade GT Art will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind, hand-painted chairs by FAMS students.  All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We hope to see you there!
PLC Helen Cogger Food Drive
PLC Helen Cogger Food Drive
Monday, May 11th - Friday, May 22nd

FAMS and the PLC will be kick off their annual Food Drive starting Monday, May 11th. We will accept any type of food or household items you'd like to donate! Please take this opportunity to clean out your pantries, providing those in need with food and supplies. Springtime leaves our food banks dangerously low, as most families tend to donate during the holiday seasons. FAMS wants to make a difference, and we need your help to do so! Please bag or box any donations you'd like to give, and write the student's name and homeroom number on the bag. You can send in the donations with your child, or drop them off in the front lobby anytime over the next two weeks. All proceeds will be donated to the Center for Food Action in Mahwah, which feeds over 90 towns in our region. Thank you!

FAMS Graduation
Eighth Grade Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Indian Hills High School in the auditorium and begin promptly at 6:30 pm. Following the graduation ceremony, allowing some time for families to take pictures, we will provide transportation to bring the eighth graders to their celebration dance. The dance will begin at 8:00 pm and will conclude at 11:00 pm.

Students/Patriots of the Month

FAMS would like to congratulate our Students and Patriots of the Month for April. 

The Student and Patriot of the Month program provides recognition for students who exhibit positive behaviors and exemplary performance.  Selected students will receive a certificate and a congratulatory breakfast sponsored by the FAMS PTA for their accomplishments.
  Student of the Month Patriot of the Month
6th Lexi Petruzzella Abdel El-Samna
  Shannon Cicero Michaela Halbach
7th Jackie Schwartz Andrew Romano
  Lina Giampa Blake Dixon-Patrick
8th Max Berezovsky Megan Casesa
  Remy Goldberg Ben Kearney

Marking Period 4 Benchmark Assessment Schedule

Marking Period 4
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
June 1-2
June 2-3
June 9
June 10
June 9
May 20
May 27
June 8
June 11
June 5
June 4
June 8
June 5

Math Placement Assessments
Each year, current 6th and 7th grade students at Franklin Avenue Middle School are evaluated in Math based on multiple criteria consisting of several assessments.  Below are the dates of the upcoming Math assessments:
  • IOWA Algebra Assessment - Monday, March 33 (special schedule)
  • Math Knowledge Assessment - Friday, April 24 (In class)
  • Math In Focus Assessment - Friday, May 29 (In class)

CEP Promising Practice Award
Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, the Character Education Partnership recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.  I am proud to announce that Franklin Avenue Middle School has received a National Promising Practice award in 2014 for the Living Lessons program.

Living Lessons is a community-wide program that was funded by FLEF, FAMS PTA, FLEA, and the Municipal Alliance and helped students, staff, and volunteers to realize the importance of reaching out to others, embracing their differences, respecting diversity, and learning how to deal with and overcome challenges by exploring stereotypes, prejudices, bias, discrimination, and noting how people have risen above these hardships to succeed in life.  Living Lessons has been a part of FAMS since 2012 and is offered on an every other year basis.  It is our sincere hope that this fantastic program and collection of presenters continues to touch the lives of the children and adults in Franklin Lakes for years to come.
FAMS Teacher of the Year 2015
Congratulations to Ms. Eileen Antonison who was selected by the Bergen County Teacher/Education Services Professionals Recognition Program or "Teacher of the Year" for Franklin Avenue Middle School.  Ms. Antonison was nominated and then selected by a panel of judges that included administrators, teachers, and parents.

Congratulations Ms. Antonison!!
Sports Update
Click here for link to directions for all athletic events:

Track & Field
Tuesday's June 2 conference track meet is at Pascack Valley High School (200 Piermount Ave in Hillsdale).  Please see Mr. Tuttle and Ms. McLaughlin with any questions.

Softball -  
FAMS Daily Bulletin
For sports information, see Athletic Schedules and Direction link on the side bar.  
Click here for link to directions to athletic events.
Tuesday's June 2 conference track meet is at Pascack Valley High School (200 Piermount Ave in Hillsdale).

May 27 - 8th Grade NJASK testing
May 27 - Wetzel Pretzel $3.50 (all lunch periods)

IMPORTANT DATES: *Student laptops will be collected for Summer maintenance on the following dates.
  • 8th graders June 9th
  • 7th graders June 15th
  • 6th graders June 16th
Please make sure to come to school on that day with your computer, black carrying case and power supply. If any part is missing you will be charged for the replacement.
From the Nurse's Office:

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate up to date babysitting course that teaches life and safety skills.
Where: Hackensack UMC
When:  Saturday June 28, 2015 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:    $70.00
*To register call 551-996-2401 or email cprtraining@hackensackumc.org
Questions?  Interested? see Mrs. Vinci

*REMINDER TO ALL STUDENTS:  You should ALWAYS be prepared to go outside for recess everyday. Students must go to their lockers before arriving in the MPR with all the items that you will need.

LOST & FOUND - If you have lost school supplies, clothes, a lunchbox, or other personal items, PLEASE stop in the office.

Attention students:

We remind all students to examine their clothing choices each morning before arrival to school. Be reminded that FAMS has guidelines that can answer your questions regarding appropriateness of attire. We all appreciate your cooperation. Stop by the office with any questions.

Some reminders about school procedures:

  1. Please arrive to school on time! Attendance is taken at 8:05.
  2. Remember we only allow walking in the hallways. Safety first!
  3. Follow all bus safety rules. There are no assigned seats.
  4. Notice the rotation for recess for the first marking period. It is posted in all homerooms and of course the MPR. We will only use the rotation when the weather is warm enough to go outside.
  5. If you plan to leave the MPR for any reason at lunch time, you MUST sign out first. If you will be with a teacher, you will need to show a pass!
  6. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted to be used throughout the day.

*Note that the school store is open to students during their lunch periods on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.  Snacks are available for .75 cents.  Please do not bring in bills larger than $5.00 as we are not able to make change.

  • When students arrive to school in bad weather, you will be waiting inside the building until the 8:00 am bell.  All students will enter through the door by the gym and then proceed to the following locations:
    • 6th grade - front hall by Rooms 157 and 158
    • 7th grade - MPR
    • 8th grade - gym lobby

>You must go to your locker before arriving in the MPR for lunch.  Bring everything you will need for lunch, including money and jackets.  Students will not be permitted to return to their lockers.  Please do not go anywhere without signing out.
> If going to Alternate Lunch or the Library, remember your sign-out number and use the same number when signing in at your destination. Alternate Lunch eats in the Alt. Lunch room, Library eats in MPR-no food is allowed in the Library.
> If parent is dropping off your lunch, it is your responsibility to look for you lunch in the white basket near the stage.  If you need assistance, ask an adult for help.
> Remember that students must adhere to the guidelines regarding bags and backpacks and dress code.  If you have any questions, please stop by the office.
"The FAMS library is closed both before and after school. No student is allowed to be in the library without a teacher present.

- Is open in room 225
*Before school at 7:15 am 
*After school until 3:30 pm

  • Animal Club - will begin Wednesday, January 14th, in Room 210, from 3:00 - 3:30 pm.  Please arrange for prompt pick-up.
  • Book Club - will meet in room 144 until 3:45
  • Chemisrty Club - Meetings in room 210
  • Drama Club - "Fidler on The Roof"- Cast list is located on the window in the main office.  Please see Miss Stein or Miss Kayser.
  • Art Club Mrs. Behrens
  • Book Club - Meeting on January 6th from 3:00 - 3:45 pm.  We will read Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, chapters 1-7.  (meets on Tuesdays).  See Ms. Glemboski with questions.
  • Environmental Club - Will meet 1-2 Tuesdays a month after school in room 237 until 3:30. All grades are welcome. See Ms. Antonison for details. 
  • Photography Club - The club will be meeting on Wednesdays during October and November from 3:00-3:30 pm.  This club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Bring your cell phone or digital camera.  There also are school cameras available to borrow.  See Mr. V. for more info!
  • Tennis - Contact Mr. Colón
GT ART -  
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 1
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 2

  • 6th Grade, meets on Tuesday and Thursday (during lunch)
  • 7th Grade meets on Day 2
  • 8th Grade meets on Day 1
Sign out of of the lunch room and bring your lunch to Room 114.
SPORTS:  See Our Athletics Page

For Full Schedules and field directions please visit our Athletics page
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