Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tri-County senior Zachary Keeler selected as 31st annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School senior Zachary Keeler, of Bellingham, has been selected as the recipient of the 31st annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award.

The Engineering Technology student received the award during a ceremony and dinner on Thursday, April 13, at the Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

The Outstanding Vocational Student Award is presented each year by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) to one student from each vocational technical high school in Massachusetts. 

The award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their local school district and to the statewide vocational education system. Recipients must have excellent attendance, a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and vocational-related work experience. The students must demonstrate leadership qualities, technical competence, involvement in the community and extracurricular activities.
Tri-County senior Zachary Keeler selected as 31st annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award
Tri-County senior Zachary Keeler selected
as 31st annual Outstanding Vocational Student Award

Zachary, son of Kristen and Scott Keeler, is a natural leader. He was accepted into the National Honor Society in his junior year and was awarded the Cougar Culture award for his exemplary achievement in areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

At Tri-County, Zach is a respected athlete leading the way in football, basketball and baseball every year. He was named captain of the varsity baseball team in his sophomore year and the varsity football captain in senior year.

In addition to a lengthy list of athletic activities, Zach began competing in SkillsUSA in the 10th grade, a full grade ahead of most of his peers. Zach competed in Urban Search and Rescue at SkillsUSA and won a Silver Medal at the state competition and competed in the Stratasys Extreme Redesign competition and finished in the top 10 nationally. He is participating in a NASA sponsored project called HUNCH where he has developed a microgravity casting/molding system for astronauts to use in space. Zach was invited to New Jersey to present this project to NASA officials.

Zach’s coursework includes Advanced Placement Physics and Calculus. Engineering is Zach’s chosen career program where he has to work on teams to develop resolutions and design more effective and efficient products. Zach has worked a cooperative education job at Hamilton Storage Technologies. He has contributed to designing new tools, manufacturing bio-refrigeration systems, and resolving design flaws with the automated liquid handling systems.

The Bellingham native plans to continue his Engineering education where he will major in Electromechanical Engineering.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Agricultural Commission discussion rescheduled for Thursday, April 27

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
April 27, 2017
6:00 PM
Room 205

Agenda

1. Agricultural Commission Presentation and Discussion



Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)


Related post on the proposed Agricultural Commission
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/03/franklin-agriculture-commission-is.html

MDN article on Agricultural Commission
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/04/in-news-agricultural-commission.html

Note: notified of meeting date change on 4/25/17 just before noon.




Race for Recovery - May 7 - 8:00 AM

Race for Recovery - May 7 - 8:00 AM

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

This is the inaugural year of the SAFE 5K Run by the SAFE High School Peer-to-Peer Program!
Join us on Sunday, May 7, 2017 for a beautiful Springtime 5K!

This was shared from the SAFE Coalition page

Both FHS lacrosse teams top Mansfield on Wednesday

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, April 26.



Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 15 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final
– Franklin sophomore Jacob Alexander dominated at the face off X, Connor O’Rourke and the Panthers defense pitched a shutout in the second half and four different players scored at least twice in the Panthers’ big win. Alexander won 16 of 17 face off attempts while O’Rourke made seven saves. The Panthers defense had a lock down effort in keeping Mansfield to its lowest output of the year. Eric Civetti had five goals and one assist, Packie Watson had two goals and two assists, Chase Tanner scored twice and had one helper and Nitin Chaudhury found the back of the net twice.

Girls Lacrosse = Mansfield, 4 @ Franklin, 15 – Final
– Eight different players found the back of the net as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season with a key division win. Jordan Jette had two goals and two assists, Kelsey MacCallum netted a hat trick and Nicole Houlihan scored twice for the Panthers. Head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino praised the defensive work of Grace MacCallum, who forced three turnovers and had five draw controls.

For the other scores around the Hockomock League on Wednesday
https://hockomocksports.com/wednesdays-schedule-scoreboard-042617/

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

You're invited to ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day (May 20, 2017)





You are invited to the following event:
ACTION and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day
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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a morning of grassroots activism and education supporting the importance of arts and arts education in our culture.

Action and IMPACT is a FREE program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, Cultural Alliance of Medfield, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASSCreative.

Agenda:
8:15 - 9:00:            Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:15:              Welcome Address

9:15-9:30:               Why Advocate?...the economic and cultural impact of the arts and what advocacy can achieve

9:30-9:50:              Your Arts Story "Elevator Pitch"…using your personal story to advocate for change

9:50-10:10:            Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities

10:15-11:00:          Educational Workshop Session 1

11:00-11:45:          Educational Workshop Session 2

11:45-12:00:          Wrap up & Social Media Call to Action…one last advocacy action!

Workshops:

Tips for Successful Grant WritingBarb Gardner, Franklin Cultural Council & Lillian Gould, MFA
Barb, a grant writer for Tufts University, and Lillian, a grant writer for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, will offer specific tips and information on ways to improve your future Cultural Council grant applications, as well as resources for finding other grants and suggestions on ways to write a successful grant app.

Leveraging PR & Email MarketingTamara Starr, Franklin Cultural Council
Tamara is a former Content Producer for the Boston Globe and former editor of Patch.com and knows what it takes to grab the attention of the press. This workshop will focus on how to write a great press release, managing relationships with editors, examples of impactful "letters to the editor" that support your arts and advocacy message, and more!

Community Engagement through Social MediaCharity Stolarz & Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Learn to leverage the power of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect to your community and amplify your message. Charity and Taylor will give you a crash course in the basic usage of the most popular social media platforms, along with tips and advice on which platforms are best suited for use in various circumstances. You'll get tools and techniques to boost your reach and maximize engagement with your target audience, and a chance to practice posting, liking, sharing and retweeting in real time with a workshop full of new social media followers. No social media experience necessary! 

Lobbying Your Town for Arts FundingJean Mineo, Cultural Alliance of Medfield
Jean successfully lobbied the town of Medfield 3 years ago to match Mass Cultural Council funding. She, in conjunction with the MCC, developed a Toolkit and Webinar on the topic outlining the successful strategies to use as well as pitfalls to avoid when approaching your town for funding.

The Ins and Outs of How to AdvocateMA Representative Jeff Roy & Andre Green, MASSCreative
Representative Roy will talk to us about the issues he faces regarding State arts funding budgeting, the objections his colleagues might have to supporting the arts, and how to successfully address those objections when advocating. Andre, Political Director at MASSCreative, will then expand on our earlier elevator pitch activity to guide people in coming up with talking points and "scripts" for advocacy meetings with legislators, giving time to role play these meetings with Rep Roy and others.

Art Builds Business Builds Art: Creating Symbiotic Corporate/Arts Relationships
Local businesses and arts organizations can create mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationships. Corporations offer sponsorship and funding for the arts, while the arts foster a desirable work environment, increased efficiency and morale, and build competitive advantages for businesses. This workshop will explore those relationships and how to create them within your community.

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FSPA All Access Pass For Prospective Students To Feature Complimentary Spring Concert Tickets And May Open Houses

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is pleased to provide prospective students with complimentary tickets to FSPA Spring Concert performances as part of the school’s All Access Pass program. Families are invited to learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance and drama. 

The Spring Concert shows provide a dynamic way to experience what the school has to offer across many dance disciplines, voice, acting, instrumental music, and musical theater programming. Spring Concert performances will be presented on Saturday, May 20 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Franklin High School Auditorium, located at 218 Oak Street. Featuring FSPA students of many ages and levels, Spring Concert is presented in an audience-friendly, 90-minute format.

FSPA will also host spring Open Houses on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 24 from 4-8 p.m. at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, observe classes and rehearsals, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) - annual Spring Concert - May 20 and May 21
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) - annual Spring Concert - May 20 and May 21

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school offers classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. 

FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano. An unparalleled calendar of performing opportunities features musicals, plays, ballets, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater and dance company showcases, and more. Many FSPA students are also cast, by audition, in the affiliated Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual season of shows. FSPA TALENT offers management services for young performers who elect to pursue professional opportunities.

FSPA is also pleased to offer FSPA Academy, an academic alternative for students seeking a challenging curriculum in a supportive, flexible environment that encourages their creative goals. Provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in collaboration with the Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA), the program builds upon MAVA’s state-approved online curriculum and features an enhanced emphasis on arts, language, and culture, including Music Theory, foreign language conversation classes, field trips and more. 

In addition, a new FSPA AfterSchool enrichment program offers supervised recreational experiences, including games, crafts and other creative arts activities, for students in grades K-5. The program begins at the close of the regular school day, with transportation available from Franklin and Medway schools.

Prospective students and families should call FSPA at 508-528-8668 to reserve their complimentary tickets and schedule a trial class or tour of the facilities. Classes continue at FSPA through June 19 and the summer session begins on June 26. Registration for summer and fall is ongoing. Visit www.FSPAonline.com for more information, including the FSPA catalogue, summer brochure and fall class schedule.

In the News: man arraigned on drug charges

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A local man was arraigned in Wrentham District Court Wednesday on several drug charges - including one that he made methamphetamine - resulting from a March hazmat response to his house. 
Paul Therieau, 52, of 84 Stewart St., pleaded not guilty to manufacture of a class B substance, possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, possession with intent to manufacture a class B substance, possession of a class B substance and four counts of attempting to commit a crime. 
There was much discussion over Therieau’s conditions of release, as prosecutors wished to prohibit him from possessing any chemical that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. When it was pointed out that common household chemicals like alcohol fell under that category, the defense and prosecution were given until May 4 to compile a list. In the meantime, Therieau remains free on personal recognizance."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170426/franklin-man-arraigned-on-meth-charges

Franklin SEPAC: APRIL 2017 Workshop Reminder - Please join us!!

REMINDER!

Franklin SEPAC invites you to join us on

Thursday, April 27th at 7 PM

for the following workshop:

Financial Planning for Special Needs Children


presented by
Michael Weiner

We are pleased to welcome back certified financial planner, Michael Weiner. Michael is an expert in helping special needs parents plan for the future of their children. He uses his own experiences to speak to families, breaking down complex legal and financial terminology in a way that is easy to understand, helping parents to take advantage of the programming that is out there for their loved ones. If you are parent thinking ahead about your child's financial future then this workshop is not to be missed.

It is never too early to start planning!

This workshop will be held in the third-floor training room of the Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, Franklin.

As always, this workshop is free and open to everyone. Please spread the word! We hope to see you there.


Franklin SEPAC: APRIL 2017 Workshop Reminder - Please join us!!
Franklin SEPAC: APRIL 2017 Workshop Reminder - Please join us!!


About Franklin SEPAC: 
The mission of the Franklin Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children. This group provides regular forums for Pupil Personnel Services and parents to share information and discuss pertinent issues; develops, maintains and shares tools and a resource guide; and raises awareness of children with special needs. 
We host monthly workshops educating parents on special-needs topics. We also hold support groups, fun meet-ups for the kids (like October's Halloween Party at Tangerini's Farm), and donate educational supplies to the Franklin Public School Special Education programs. We are a volunteer-run organization and need donations to help alleviate the costs of the above-mentioned programs. We receive our primary funding through an annual "Evening of Comedy" fundraiser that we host in April. www.franklinsepac.org

FHS Career Day - April 28

A Career Day will be held at Franklin High School on Friday April 28 between 7:30 and 9:30 AM. Sponsored by the PCC and FHS staff, it will provide an opportunity for all juniors to meet with local professionals. 

Guest speakers, the majority FHS parents, will discuss their occupations and career "pathway." Featured will be 37 members of our community who work in Heath, Business, STEM, Arts, and Government/Human services.


FHS Career Day - April 28
FHS Career Day - April 28

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Are in Effect Starting Monday April 24

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Are in Effect Starting Monday April 24, 2017 Automatic Lawn Irrigation is Restricted To One Day Per Week On Trash Day.
  • No lawn watering between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • No holiday delays for watering.
  • No lawn watering is permitted on other days of the week.
  • Hand watering of lawn and landscape is permitted anytime.

Due to the on going dry conditions, the summer Water Conservation Measures have been put in place. The summer Water Conservation Measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption. 

During the summer months, the Town experiences excessively high demands for water due to lawn watering. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year. 

Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and State restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the Town of Franklin must place mandatory water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months.

A total of 1-inch of water once per week from rain and watering promotes the healthiest lawns. Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200.

Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water conservation measures, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Franklin's drinking water wells, so please water wisely! If you receive a violation warning from the DPW, please call 508-520-4910 and let us know you have a private well.
Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Are in Effect Starting Monday April 24
Mandatory Water Conservation Measures
Are in Effect Starting Monday April 24, 2017


Every Drop Counts

Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water every day? But we can all reduce our water use by as much as 30 percent by taking a few simple steps, such as installing WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures and using water efficiently in our yards. Did you know that the town of Franklin pumped over 990,000,000 gallons of water last year?

The Town of Franklin DPW is committed to protecting the future of our national and local water supply through water-efficient practices, products, and services. That is why we are partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring to you WaterSense, a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform as well or better than your existing products.

The Town is now offering rebates for installation of high efficiency clothes washers and toilets! Please click here for more information!


Why Should You Care?



  • Using water efficiently will conserve supplies for future generations
  • Protecting and preserving the nation's water supply is critical to our economic future and human health
  • WaterSense labeled products and services perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts
  • Purchasing WaterSense labeled products can help you protect the environment and help you save money on your utility bill

Lawn Watering Tips

According to the University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension System, lawns require only one inch of water weekly either from rain or irrigation or a combination of both. Watering a lawn lightly on a frequent basis, rather than watering deeply once per week, encourages shallow rooting and crabgrass while making the lawn more susceptible to drought injury.

The Town is now offering rebates for installation of rain barrels! Please click here for more information!


Test Your WaterSense

Think you know everything there is to know about water? You can’t be sure until you’ve played EPA’s “Test Your WaterSense” online quiz! Maneuver the water-efficiency hero Hydro through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters such as Sogosaurus and Drainiac.


WaterSense Labeled Products

Stay tuned as WaterSense labeled products become available at a store near you! EPA maintains an online directory of labeled products that can be found here.


Learn More

What is water efficiency? You can learn more about water efficiency and water saving tips for water consumers. Learn about the benefits of water efficiency and find links to related resources and state initiated programs.


For Kids! Learn all about Water!


This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage
http://www.franklinma.gov/water-sewer-division/pages/water-conservation

Franklin Art Association features Dianne Parnelli Miller - May 3

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin.

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by oil painter, Dianne Parnelli Miller, a Boston based artist.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information log on to www.franklinart.org.

oil painter, Dianne Parnelli Miller
work image by oil painter, Dianne Parnelli Miller from webpage
For more about Dianne Parnelli Miller, visit her webpage
http://diannepmiller.com/

Take a Chance on a Raffle to help the SAFE Coalition


Take a chance to help the Safe Coalition
Take a chance to help the SAFE Coalition
$20 per Chance
for a
$1000 Basket of Scratch Tickets*


Only 500 Raffle Tickets to be Sold


Drawing @ 1:30 pm, May 22, 2017


SAFE Coalition 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Franklin Country Club, 672 E. Central St, Franklin, MA


To Purchase: Contact Rita Graci (bgraci@comcast.net)


SAFE Coalition Raffle
SAFE Coalition Raffle


† Winner need not be present
* Massachusetts State Lottery

This was shared from the SAFE Coalition page
http://safecoalitionma.com/2017/03/26/enter-the-safe-coalition-raffle-today/

Plant Night - Hosted by FHS Green Team - May 15

Plant Night 

Hosted by FHS Green Team

May 15 in the FHS cafeteria

5:30pm-7:30pm

DIY Terrariums, Food, Drink, and Music



Plant Night - Hosted by FHS Green Team - May 15
Plant Night - Hosted by FHS Green Team - May 15

Franklin High School - Summer 2017 Strength and Conditioning

Building Better Athletes

Mission:
The mission of the 2017 Summer Strength and Conditioning program is to create and develop a strong work ethic among our student athletes; through proper running mechanics, lifting form and technique athletes will maximize performance on the court, field and ice. Strength and Conditioning will instill and build upon self confidence not only in body but also in mind. Dedication to this program creates a culture of what it means to be a Panther.

High School Strength and Conditioning

Athletics are becoming increasingly competitive at all levels. Athletes who are stronger, run faster, move quicker and jump higher have the competitive advantage over others. The Franklin High School Strength and Conditioning Program will optimize your athletic ability, maximize performance, and reduce the potential risk for injury. The comprehensive summer training program will build self-confidence, increase muscular strength and endurance, enhance explosive power, and improve flexibility, speed and agility.

Every student enrolled in this program is guaranteed to get stronger, faster, & quicker!  All participants will learn proper running mechanics (arm action, first step quickness, foot speed and agility) and be engaged in level appropriate strength training (powerlifting & Olympic lifting).  Every session will include a dynamic warm-up, speed, quickness and agility drills, injury prevention exercises, core training, and flexibility. 

In addition to the general speed and conditioning workouts, athletes will learn how to apply their newfound movability into their sports. A portion of each session will teach the athletes how to apply these techniques on the court, field, or ice.

Middle School Strength and Conditioning (incoming grades 7&8)

Each training session will be devoted to an age appropriate workout that mirrors the High School Strength and Conditioning Program. All participants will learn proper running mechanics (arm action, first step quickness, foot speed and agility) and be engaged in age appropriate strength training & plyometric training.  Every session will include a dynamic warm-up, speed, quickness and agility drills, injury prevention exercises, core training, and flexibility. 

Middle School Fitness and Games (incoming grades 5-7)

The middle school fitness and games program will focus on overall fitness, speed and agility training. The first half of each session will be devoted to an age appropriate workout (a combination of body weight exercises, fitness, core work, flexibility and learning proper running mechanics). The second half of each session will involve team games that require a high level of physical activity that balance fitness and fun. 

Registration and Cost
The cost of all Strength and Conditioning sessions for the summer of 2017 is:
Early registration and payment fee (Registration and payment must be received before June 19th) $150
Late registration (Registration and/or payment received on or after June 19th) $165
*T-Shirt Option - If you would like to purchase a T-Shirt for 2017 Summer Strength and Conditioning be sure to check the box on FamilyID and include your size. The cost is an additional $15
Please complete the on-line registration before making payment. You can register on-line @ familyid.com/programs/franklin-high-school-strength-and-conditioning-program-2017
Payment can be made electronically via Unibank, or checks may be made payable to Town of Franklin.
Checks can be brought to Athletics office or mailed to:
Franklin High School
℅ Athletics Department
218 Oak St.
Franklin MA, 02038
early morning sunrise at FHS
early morning sunrise at FHS 

What To Bring
All participants will be expected to wear the proper athletic clothing (shorts and tee shirt) and the appropriate athletic footwear.
Participants must also bring a water bottle for refilling during the program. Keeping well hydrated is essential for staying healthy on hot days. There will be a water cooler for refilling bottles available at all program.
No concessions will be sold during program.
The program is not responsible for the valuables (wallets, cell phones) of participants.

Schedule

All programs run Monday –Thursday from June 26th – August 17th (July 4th and 5th will be OFF)
All high school sessions are restricted to students attending Franklin Public Schools.
High School sessions are denoted with an *.
Each high school session is targeted at a specific sport.  Franklin High School students entering grades 10-12 can attend any of the first 3 workouts if there are scheduling conflicts. Incoming 9th grade boys are MUST attend the 11:00-12:30 session.

Early Bird *
Football
Boys entering grades 10-12
6:30AM-8:00AM
Incoming 9th Grade Boys *
All Sports (except Freshman Football)
11:00AM-12:30PM
Sleep In *
All other Boys Sports grades 10-12 and Freshman Football (This is a change from 2016)
8:00AM-9:30AM
Middle School Strength and Conditioning for Boys
Boys entering grades 7&8
11:00AM-12:30PM
For The Girls *
All girls sports and Sports
Girls entering grades 9-12
9:30AM-11:00AM
Middle School Fitness and Games
Overall fitness and games
Boys and Girls entering grades 5-7
12:30PM-2:00PM
Middle School Strength and Conditioning for Girls
Girls entering grades 7&8
9:30AM-11:00AM

Below is the link for athletes to sign up:

Click here to sign up via Family ID Link

Director of Strength and Conditioning - Matthew McLaughlin M.S. Strength and Conditioning Bridgewater St. University; CSCS, USAW

Matt has 7 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at Wheaton College, Bridgewater State University, United States Olympic training center, Attack Athletics, and Athletic Based Training.  Matt has worked with athletes from the elementary, middle and high school level as well as DI-III colleges, and professionals. Matt has also spent 2 years prior to coming to FHS working under former director Liane Blyn.   

Matt was a 4 year college basketball player at Bridgewater State University, where he helped lead his team to their first ever trip to the DIII NCAA tournament "Sweet 16" round.  After graduating with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science he went back to BSU for his Masters in Strength & Conditioning, and began competing in Olympic weightlifting.  He competed in the collegiate nationals 2 years in a row (2011-2012) in Shreveport Louisiana.  He currently trains with Co-Director Mike Masto in hopes to compete once again!

Matt has put together programs tailored to each specific sport and level of ability for each athlete, allowing them to maximize their time at workouts. To prepare these workouts for 7 sessions and each individual sport, Matt will spend at least an additional 14 hours a week in prep. He will be responsible for modifications in program design due to injured athletes, or any limitations that may arise.  Matt will run the teaching component of our staff orientation training to ensure all coaches are using effective methods of instruction.  

Director of Administration - Michael Masto M.S. Physical Education, Teacher Education West Virginia University; M.S. Athletic Administration, Endicott College

Mr. Masto is entering his 8th year in Franklin Public Schools and has served in numerous roles related to this program's success. The most pertinent, is his role with the summer Strength and Conditioning program. Since the start of this program in 2013, Mike has served as an Assistant Coach to Liane Blyn since the program started,  and aided Liane as the program jumped from 150 participants in 2013, to 613 in 2016!. Mike has served as a Coach of numerous Sports here at Franklin High School including: Swimming and Diving, Football, Lacrosse and Basketball.

Mike has his masters in Athletic Administration and will be primarily responsible for the organization of the program. His focus is the athlete, and whatever it takes to help that athlete succeed. Should there be any questions regarding Strength and Conditioning you can reach Mike at, mastom@franklinps.net