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534 11th St. Frankfort, MI 49635 | PH 231-352-4641 | FAX 231-352-5066

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The Frankfort-Elberta Area School District is located in Frankfort, Michigan in Benzie County and is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, 45 miles west of Traverse City. The school population for the 2018-2019 school year is 485 students, eager to learn. Educators are dedicated and caring and always look out for the student's best interest. M-STEP and standardized test scores are consistently above state and region averages.

Our School Board welcomes community input at the monthly meetings. To see the schedule of upcoming board meetings visit the School Board page.

Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools open enrollment window for schools of choice will be from August 14 to August 29, 2019. Enrollment will be open for all grades kindergarten through 12. If parents have any questions about the process, please call Frankfort-Elberta Area School’s Superintendent’s Office at 231-352-4641.

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Late Start Wednesdays

We will be welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 3 to start the 2019-2020 school year. As part of our school improvement process, we continue to develop strategies to enhance instruction with the ultimate goal of improved student performance. Starting September 11, we will be implementing Late Start Wednesdays. During the past three years the district leadership team and staff have been working very hard to meet the needs of all our students. Just as we encourage our students to have a growth mindset, we too are looking at new ways to serve our students and families.

In order to continue this vital work of school improvement, we are changing the way we provide professional learning for staff. We will continue to develop strategies to improve how we meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. The new approach will strengthen all areas of our school community, focusing on our fundamental belief:

Every Student Every Classroom Every Day

The research is very clear that professional learning needs to be frequent, consistent, and ongoing. The Late Start Wednesdays will improve staff collaboration while maximizing learning opportunities to improve strategies in both the academic and non-academic needs of our students. This will also keep teachers in front of your children, as professional learning will take place less often during the instructional day, meaning fewer rotating substitute teachers.

The late starts will take place every Wednesday of the school year except for September 4, October 16, October 30, and November 27. On Late Start Wednesdays, the school day will begin at 9:15 a.m. Bus pick-up will be adjusted on Wednesdays, with breakfast being served even with the late start time.

Note, the preschool program will not have a late start. Preschool will begin at the regular start time all five days due to state and federal guideline requirements.

The purpose of the Late Start Wednesdays is to enhance your child’s education. This idea is not designed to inconvenience our parents, guardians, or family members. In order to make this as easy as possible for families with elementary age students, FEAS has developed the option for parents to drop their child(ren) off at the normal school time if needed. Supervised study time/reading/educational games will be provided. If this option is necessary to accommodate work schedules, please contact the school to discuss this arrangement in advance so we can assure adequate adult supervision is in place.

Students in grades 7-12 have the option to come at the regular time to get caught up on school work such as online classes or homework. Students will be supervised if they choose to arrive early on Wednesdays. We recognize many of our students are very busy as we encourage them to be involved with a number of activities outside the classroom. Late Start Wednesdays can also be a way to help students recharge their batteries mid-week.

We appreciate your support of our students and staff at FEAS. Any change comes with questions and possible clarifications. FEAS school administrators will be in their respective offices preparing for the 2019-2020 school year beginning Monday, August 5. Please call if you have any questions about Late Start Wednesdays or any other questions regarding the upcoming school year.


Jeff Tousley

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