Student Opportunities

Student in front of project board at Project Forum.

Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology, located in Roanoke, VA, is one of eight schools established by the Governor of Virginia to create special educational opportunities for students with aptitude and interest in science, mathematics and technology. The school utilizes the combined resources of the participating school divisions to provide programs which facilitate the acquisition of scientific and technical knowledge through laboratory investigation and research. Students, who apply for and are accepted to the Governor's School, attend half a day to take science, math, and research classes. The students acquire credit necessary for graduation from high school, and they earn college credit as well. Students take away the knowledge they have gained through texts, lectures, and labs. They also take away the knowledge they have acquired from "real world" experiences. These experiences include presentations by visiting scientists, a mentorship in the field of their choice, and various field research. The following are photos from the 2016 Roanoke Valley Governor's School Project Forum:

Dr. Church and school board members at Project Forum.Franklin County student award winners at Project Forum.Franklin County student award winners at Project Forum.
Franklin County Administrators and School Board Members at Project Forum.Franklin County Administrators and School Board Members at Project Forum.

Summer Residential Governor's School (SRGS) Current 10th and 11th grade students interested in applying for Summer Residential Governor's School programs should contact Mrs. Jerri Weaver in the FCHS Guidance Department by November 14, 2018. This application process is time sensitive and students should be mindful of the application process timeline and deadlines. Specific information regarding Summer Residential Governor's School programs and applications forms can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/

Franklin County Public Schools' timeline for the Summer Residential Governor's School process is as follows:
October/November 2018: Summer Residential Governor's School advertised via: gifted website, FCHS morning announcements, and Franklin County Public Schools call out system to current 10th and 11th grade students.
November 14, 2018: Deadline for students interested in applying to Summer Residential Governor's School programs to notify Mrs. Jerri Weaver, FCHS Guidance Counselor.
January 12, 2019: Statewide adjudication at Radford University for students applying to Visual & Performing Arts Summer Residential Governor's School programs.
February 12, 2019: Completed Summer Residential Governor's School application due to Mrs. Jerri Weaver, FCHS Guidance Counselor.
February 15, 2019: School selection committee meets to rank submitted applications using rubric provided by Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
February 15-20, 2019: Students whose applications are not sent forward for state-level consideration are notified by Franklin County Public Schools via mail.
February 20, 2019: Summer Residential Governor's School applicant information sent to the VA Department of Education by Franklin County staff.
Mid-April, 2019: Student notifications sent directly to student’s home address, from VA Department of Education, indicating status of application
*For additional questions regarding the Summer Residential Governor's School process in Franklin County Public Schools, please contact Jodie Robinson, Gifted Coordinator at 540.483.5138 or jodie.robinson@frco.k12.va.us

Governor's Foreign Language Academy (GFLA) Current 10th and 11th grade students interested in applying for Governor's Foreign Language Academy programs should contact Ms. Rebekah Garrett (room 157 Tech B) in the Franklin County High School Foreign Language Department by November 5, 2018. This application process is time sensitive and students should be mindful of the application process timeline and deadlines. Specific information regarding Governor's Foreign Language Academy programs and applications forms can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/foreign_language/language_academies/

Franklin County Public Schools' timeline for the Governor's Foreign Language Academy process is as follows:
October /November: Governor's Foreign Language Academy advertised via: gifted website, FCHS morning announcements, and Franklin County Public Schools call out system to current 10th and 11th grade students.
November 5, 2018: Students interested in applying to a Governor's Foreign Language Academy need to give his/her name to Ms. Rebekah Garrett (room 157 Tech B) and receive additional information about the process and deadlines.
November 20, 2018 – Deadline for Governor's Foreign Language Academy applicants need to distribute the 2 teacher recommendation forms included in the GFLA application to the FCHS staff members they would like to complete a recommendation on their behalf.
December 7, 2018: Deadline for students interested in GFLA to submit completed applications to Ms. Rebekah Garrett in room 157 Tech B.
December 7, 2018: Deadline for FCHS staff members to return completed recommendation forms directly to Ms. Rebekah Garrett.
Week of December 10, 2018 –School selection committee meets to determine which applicants move forward using the evaluation criteria provided by the Virginia Department of Education.
Week of December 18, 2018: Letters mailed to students whose applications were not selected to move forward for state-level consideration
December 17-19, 2018: Students notified of on-line foreign language testing date by Ms. Garrett
January 10-11 & 14-15, 2019: Student applicants recommended by the selection committee will complete online testing during the school day at FCHS. Ms. Garrett will notify students of the testing time and location.
Practice tests are available online:
https://stamp4s.avantassessment.com/avant/do/samplelogin (French, German, and Spanish)
https://www.languagetesting.com/actfl-latin-interpretive-reading-assessment (Latin)
January 25, 2019: Governor’s Foreign Language Academy applicant information sent to the VA Department of Education by Franklin County staff.
Mid-April, 2019: Student notifications sent directly to student’s home address, from VA Department of Education, indicating status of application
*For additional questions regarding the Governor's Foreign Language Academy process in Franklin County Public Schools, please contact Jodie Robinson, Gifted Coordinator at 540.483.5138 or jodie.robinson@frco.k12.va.us

Piedmont Regional Governor's School, located in Chatham, Va is held the last two weeks of June and is sponsored by the Virginia State Department of Education. It is available for students in grades 4-7 and offers a variety of classes suitable for identified gifted students. The combination of small classes and an excellent teaching faculty provides students with an atmosphere that is ideal for learning. Teaching strategies and techniques employed by these highly trained faculty members offer students the opportunity to participate in learning experiences that include investigative research, creative thinking and problem-solving and product-oriented activities. The drama class presents a musical production as the culminating event for their two week experience. In order to apply for admission to the Piedmont Regional Governor's School, identified gifted students must complete an application which is given to them at their school. The completed form should be returned to the Gifted Program Coordinator or Instructional Coach as noted. Data is collected for all applicants. Students with the highest number of points will be accepted.

VA Junior Academy of Science
The 2019 Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Research Symposium will be held on May 21-23, 2019, at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. VJAS, a state chapter of the American Academy of Science, is dedicated to the advancement of science by discovering and encouraging scientific aptitude among Virginia’s middle and high school students. VJAS has been ranked among the top three Junior Academies in the nation for nearly three decades and serves over 40,000 students per year.

In developing science research to present at the Academy, students learn how to conduct research, draw conclusions, and make public presentations. All student science research receives feedback from experienced scientists and science educators. Students who present at the Research Symposium have an opportunity for publishing their science research and receive awards and scholarships.

The deadline for submitting papers for this year’s Symposium is February 20, 2019. VJAS continues to be an outstanding example of how mathematics and science programs around the Commonwealth are using different teaching and learning resources to improve student achievement of the state’s learning standards. Relating science, mathematics, and engineering concepts to practical applications, first-hand experiences, and systematic research have proven to be a formula for student success across the STEM disciplines.

For more information, including the VJAS Handbook and how students can become involved in the VJAS, please visit http://www.vjas.org or contact Susan Booth, VJAS director, at susan.science@gmail.com


Student with art project at Summer Enrichment CampGATEWAY Summer Enrichment Camp
Summer Enrichment Camp is held the last two weeks of June and is sponsored by the Franklin County Public Schools Gifted department. Students in grades 3-5 spend a week immersed in a theme based setting that focuses on activities grounded in the arts, technology and research. Our theme for 2016 was "The Renaissance Awakens!" 2019 Summer Enrichment Camp will be held June 24-27. Invitations will be sent home with students in early May. View our summer camp photo gallery here.

Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to attend day trips which focus on History, Music, Science, Technology, The Arts, and working together as a team. Click here to see a sample itinerary from the June 2013 Middle School Enrichment Camp experience. 2019 Middle School camp will be held June 17-20. Invitations will be sent home with students in early May. Check out all the fun we have had over the past few years by clicking here.


Chess clip artFranklin County Public Schools Chess for Kids Program
The Franklin County Gifted Program sponsors a Chess for Kids Tournament each December. Over 200 students from all 12 elementary schools in Franklin County participate in the tournament annually.
Participants in the tournament play three matches at the beginner and intermediate levels. Players in the advanced level play four matches. Students who win three matches are awarded a chess medal during the awards ceremony that follows match play. Each chess player receives a Certificate of Participation. School teams are awarded trophies at both the beginner and intermediate levels based on a score generated by the number of wins for the team and the number of players on the team. Advanced level participants compete on an individual basis. The 2018 Chess for Kids Tournament will be held on Friday, November 16th at Benjamin Franklin Middle School West Hall. Match play began at 3:00 p.m. with an awards ceremony following at 6:00 p.m. in the East Hall Gym. Photos of the 2012 Elementary chess winners are listed below.

Individual Medal Winners:

Beginner Medal Winners
Intermediate Medal Winners
Advanced Medal Winners
Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Beginner Level Team Winners:

Burnt Chimney
Windy Gap
Callaway
1st Place - Burnt Chimney 2nd Place - Windy Gap 3rd Place - Callaway

Intermediate Level Team Winners:

Callaway
Snow Creek
Windy Gap
1st Place - Callaway 2nd Place - Snow Creek 3rd Place - Windy Gap (Tie)
     
Burnt Chimney
   
3rd Place - Burnt Chimney (Tie)    


This way to fun clip artGATEWAY Game Night
Come join the fun and spend the evening playing a variety of games that will engage your brain. Compete against GATEWAY peers from across the county - a fun, enriching way to make new friends.
Upcoming Events:
Elementary Game Night*: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Rocky Mount Elementary School.
Click here to view photos from previous game nights.
Middle School Game Event*: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 2:50-4:30 in the Media Center at Benjamin Franklin Middle School East Hall.

*Signed parent permission slip required for attendance. Permission form invites are sent home with students at the school level.


Superintendent, Dr. Church, with spelling bee winner and alternate.Franklin County Public Schools Spelling Bee
Franklin County Public Schools’ annual Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Roanoke Times and the GATEWAY program. This is the culmination of school spelling bee competitions from throughout the division. Schools with grades 5-8 are eligible to compete in the spelling bee. This bee is an educational program sponsored by Scripps Howard newspapers and local school divisions across America. It is designed to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English. The 2019 Franklin County Public Schools Spelling Bee will be held, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the East Hall Auditorium of Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Families and community members are invited to attend this event. An awards ceremony is held following the completion of the spelling bee.

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