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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
- Kindergarten Meet and Greet
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- BoE Executive Session
6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
- BoE Regular Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
District Announcements
The Franklin Lakes Board of Education has announced that a Board seat is available due to the  resignation of Michael Ben-David.  The Board plans to fill this vacancy by appointment, which appointment  will run through the next reorganization of the Board on or about January 2016.
If you are a registered voter in the Franklin Lakes School District seeking to serve in this position, please submit your letter of interest and list of qualifications or resume to Michael J. Solokas, Business Administrator/Board Secretary by 12:00 noon on Friday, August 28, 2015.  The legal requirements to become a member of a local board of education in New Jersey are set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1 and Franklin Lakes Board of Education Bylaw 9113.
Letters can be delivered in person or mailed to 490 Pulis Avenue, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 or by e-mail to msolokas@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us.  Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Education at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in accordance with the procedures contained in Franklin Lakes Board of Education Bylaw 9113.
If you have questions about Board of Education service please feel free to e-mail the Board of Education at BOE@franklinlakes.k12.nj.us.
Revised 2015-16 District Calendar
Please click HERE for the Revised 2015-16 District Calendar.
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
Celebrate the 2014/2015 School Year
What a great year we have had!  I can’t believe all of the things I learned about our schools and our children.  As I think back on my first year as your Superintendent, all I can do is smile.  I knew from the beginning that Franklin Lakes was going to be special, and I thank you all for making this a memorable year.
The past week has been full of celebration and reflection.  Memorable Moving Up ceremonies took place on Monday and Tuesday for our fifth grade students at CRS, HMR and WAS.  The halls echoed with the sounds of joy as everyone at each school “Clapped Out” the fifth graders, to wish them well in Middle School.  On Wednesday, our eighth grade students graduated, and will be moving on to high school.  They have accomplished many things and are truly ready for this next chapter in their lives.
As I reminded the FAMS class of 2015, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small things compared to what lies within us.”  Our children are well prepared to take the next step on their educational journey, and I want to once again congratulate all of our students on a job well done.
Summertime is here and I hope you are planning to play, read, create, and have fun with your families and friends.  I am sure we will have great stories to tell when we see one another again in September.  Enjoy the time away from school, and treasure all of the memories you make.
I wish you all a relaxing, safe, and refreshing summer break.
All the best,
Dr. Lydia E. Furnari
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.
School Announcements
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

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.
Important Immunizations - Incoming 6th Graders

In-coming 6th Grade Parents

Please, submit your child’s most recent physical report and their immunization record.  Without a current Tdap and Menactra vaccine your child may not attend school.

Immunization Records can be dropped off at the school 8:30am-3:00pm, or mailed to the Nurse at:

Franklin Avenue Middle School
c/o Mary Jane Vinci
755 Franklin Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417


Sports Update
Click here for link to directions for all athletic events:

If you plan to participate in any sports you must contact Mrs. Vinci to submit health records.
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