History of Franklin Elementary

Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet is named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the most extraordinary human beings the world has ever known. Born into the family of a Boston candle maker, Benjamin Franklin became on eof the most famous Americans of his time. He helped found a new nation and defined the American character. He was a writer, civic leader, inventor, ...genius. His writings in "Poor Richard's Almanac" are still popular today. The first Franklin Elementary School in San Diego was built in 1903 at Union and F Street and was called the 5th Ward School. It moved to its present site at 4481 Copeland Avenue in 1929.

The Franklin Way

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist and diplomat.  At Franklin Elementary STEAM Magnet, we are all scientists and diplomats.

Scientista person learned in science; a scientific investigator.

 Diplomat – one employed or skilled in diplomacy (skilled in working with others without arousing hostility). 

Franklin scientists and diplomats are:

  1. Respectful – “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”*
  2. Responsible – “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”*
  3. Innovative and creative – “To cease to think creatively is to cease to live.”* 
  4. Risk Takers – “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”*
  5.  Problem Solvers – “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.”*
  6.  Goal Setters – “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.*
  7.  Friendly/ Team Builders – “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”*
  8.  Hard Workers/Doers – “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”*
  9. Learners – “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”*
  10. Fun loving – “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”*

At Franklin, we acknowledge the hard-working scientists and diplomats who exhibit these character traits. Students are recognized at our monthly Flyer Rally, which is held on the first Friday of each month. 

*Benjamin Franklin quotes.


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