Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yes, exercise is good for learning

The exercise initiatives at Davis Thayer were featured at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday. There is a growing body of evidence supporting exercise as good for the overall health of individuals, especially in a learning environment.

The results of the 'school climate' survey conducted with the parents and staff during the Apr-May 2014 period were shared and discussed last night. The one thread that ran through all the results was a good opportunity for improved communication. From getting an increased participation in the survey to a better understanding of the effectiveness of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, you can tie to communications.

community entrance at FHS
community entrance at FHS

The School district used to be at the forefront of using social media tools to communicate but it has dropped off recently. The School Committee blog was last updated when? Yes, the Twitter account usage at the high school is good. Finding appropriate methods of communicating with all segments of the school district remains the key challenge. If they solve that, the survey results will themselves be more accurate as the information captured will better reflect reality.

I included the two policy revision documents here. The one on 'gifts to staff' should be required reading for all parents to ensure their year end and special occasion gifts to teachers are compliant with the State ethics policy. Yes, the State ethics policy drives this and is applicable to all Franklin school and town employees.


My notes recorded live during the School Committee meeting on Tuesday:
The proposed policy update on "gifts to staff"



The proposed policy update on "political activities of staff:



FHS girls and boys soccer teams win

Hockomock Sports writes about the Franklin vs. Taunton boys soccer game.
The Taunton Tigers and Franklin Panthers did battle Tuesday afternoon at Aleixo Stadium in Taunton's final home game of year. The Panthers spoiled the swansong of Class of 2015 winning 3-0 over the same Tigers that they eliminated from last year’s state tournament.

The Tigers were the better team for most of the first half and Marc Desousa did not have to make many saves early. However, one of the ones he did was on a wide open Scotty Donaldson in the fourth minute.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


In the 12th minute, Franklin's Ben LaBelle took down Taunton's Austin Botelho in the box, earning himself a yellow card and giving the Tigers a penalty. Yuri Valente took it for Taunton but his shot missed wide to the left.

"When you get chances like that and you don't take advantage if just kills you," said Taunton coach David Purpura.

Continue reading the article here:
http://www.hockomocksports.com/blog/panthers-overcome-slow-start-to-win-at-taunton


The FHS girls soccer team played their last home game. It was "senior night" to recognize the seniors playing their last regular season home game. Hocokmock Sports reports on the final score:
Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 2 - Final - Meg Adams and Alexis Stowell scored in the final 15 minutes to give the Panthers the win. Taunton goalie Kayla Wentworth made 18 saves in net.
You can find all the results from Tuesday's action in the Hockomock League here
http://www.hockomocksports.com/blog/hockomock-schedule-scoreboard-102114

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Girl Scout Troop hosting holiday party - Oct 25th


"HOSTED BY FRANKLIN GIRL SCOUT TROOP 80637 Wear your costume! When: Saturday, October 25th 2pm-4pm Where: St. John's Church, 237 Pleasant Street, Franklin Cost: $5 per child, families welcome! What to expect: Games, crafts, face paint, food and lots of fun!! WhO: All elementary age students, Girl Scout membership is not required, but parental supervision is required." - Reply to this email to comment on this post.
   
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When: Saturday, October 25th 2pm-4pm
Where: St. John's Church, 237 Pleasant Street, Franklin
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Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Halloween Party
Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Halloween Party

Find out more about the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at their webpage
http://www.franklinfredastaire.com/

or on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/fredastaire.franklinma

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live reporting: Closing

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
13 students recognized for scholarship

attended the NEASC model school conference, heading into accreditation next year; Maureen heading out next week on a visit, will be back in December to talk about the timeline for what needs to be done

Horace Mann Middle School Community Read - Monday, Nov 10th
"Unbroken"

Channel 5 - wake up call
Oct 30th - Remington

Ladybug 5K was a fun event

next meeting will be in the training room

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
policy subcommittee continues to work its way through the manual


School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.
FEF Fund raiser at the elks 


7. Executive Session

Personnel Update

motion to go to executive session to not return to public meeting
seconded, passed 5-0 via roll call

Live reporting: policy revisions and action items

3. Discussion Only Items

Policy – First Readings:
1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
policy terminology brought into alignment with the State ethics law on gifts
it is for everybody, not just in schools, this applies to all public employees 
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff
adjusted wording after consulting with attorney


4. Action Items

a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0

b. I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading:

1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff
motion to send to second reading, seconded, passed 5-0

c. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip for FHS students to New Hampshire on November 2, 2014 for US Senate Campaign events as detailed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0

d. I recommend approval of the field trip for Parmenter students to travel to Providence, RI on April 16, 2015 as detailed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0

e. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip to NY City for the 8th grade chorus students on May 9, 2015 as detailed.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0


Live reporting: School Climate Survey Results

2. Guests/Presentations


b. School Climate Survey – Summary – Maureen Sabolinski

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/school-committee-davis-thayer-update.html


Issued last year from Apr 4 to May 5, may have been part of the low response rate from parents

64% response from staff, 29% response from parents; good for an initial survey

will target Jan 2015 to release this year (stay tuned here for info when it is released)

each school received a set of data based on the specific school, this will be posted to the school webpages and used in planning processes

Aspen parent portal available for middle and high school parents

92% says they feel their child is safe on the bus

high levels of collaboration within the schools, somewhat a reflection of mandates and a lack of professional development time

a gap in perception between parents and staff particularly in the advanced placement courses, will be looking to tease out why this is so and what can be done with it.

incorporated into the instructional goal setting process
principals are doing site level analysis
exploring ways to improve communications is one key effort

looking to get an increased participation rate with next roll-out in Jan 2015

O'Malley it is a commendable report, although I am struck by the fact that it is an opinion report and hard to get actionable responses for this data; need to get to a point where opinions are backed by signatures

Raw data is kept by K-12 Insight
I can send the individual results for each school
the comment sections were not available to us

you could only do the survey once, even if you have multiple students

may have been a vocabulary issues (i.e. parent portal = Aspen)

how do you get parents involved in decision making?
You get parents in to understand the math program and get feedback, we don't do enough of that. At the high school, we did curriculum night, probably the first time in 15 years we did that. Need to have the conversations between parents and teachers on what is expected of their child




Live reporting: Fitness initiatives

2. Guests/Presentations

a. Davis Thayer Update – Evemarie McNeil

Stefani Wasik
Mrs. Christopolous


You can find the copy of the presentation here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/school-committee-davis-thayer-update.html


BOKS = Build Our Kids Success
received a grant for this before school initiative

involves the whole school community

slotted for 40 and have 60 looking to get to it
can use more volunteers to help expand the program
Reebok also offers formal training on the program

Bobcat fitness club
teaching classroom movement breaks
once month each class comes down to the gym
to learn exercises that can be done in class at the desk

Energizing brain breaks in the classroom
http://www.energizingbrainbreaks.com/

The Brain Breaks blog http://brainbreaks.blogspot.com/



Live reporting: School Committee - Oct 21, 2014

Present: Douglas, O'Malley, Clement, Mullen, Trahan
Absent: Rohrbach, Jewell

1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments - none

Review of Agenda - no adjustments

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the October 7, 2014 School Committee Meeting.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 5-0

Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
motion to approve and pay bills, seconded, passed 5-0 (note two separate motions and votes for separate warrants)

Payroll Mrs. Douglas

FHS Student Representatives
voter registration effort underway to get 18 at the time of the Nov election
over 700 students attended the first homecoming dance in the new facility

Panther Pride night 5:30 - 8:00
interactive displays in various class rooms around the high school
peer leaders will be stationed around the high school

Correspondence: none


Tuesday, 10/21, Franklin HS Varsity Girls Soccer Team's SENIOR NIGHT!

No matter the weather, senior players will be announced onto the field at 6:25pm and the kick off will be at 6:30pm at the Franklin High School turf field (Pisini Field, Oak St, Franklin). 
The Franklin varsity girls soccer team is having a phenomenal season and is undefeated with a record of 12-0-2 (in league 11-0-2)! 
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
Wet or dry, please come out to recognize the 9 seniors on the team this year and cheer on the varsity girls soccer team as they play Taunton HS. 
2015 Senior Varsity Girls:
Leah Benson #25Taylor Cogliano #2Lindsey Mastaj #10Erin Conley #5Julianne Pisani #22Nicole Ellin #11Jane Scafati #19Haley Frank #18Tracy Pisani - Team Manager
Thank you for your support! Go Panthers!

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Oct 21, 2014

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

AGENDA
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."


1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the October 7, 2014 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none
Franklin Public schools - "the key to learning"
Franklin Public schools - "the key to learning"

2. Guests/Presentations

a. Davis Thayer Update – Evemarie McNeil
b. School Climate Survey – Summary – Maureen Sabolinski

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/school-committee-davis-thayer-update.html

3. Discussion Only Items

Policy – First Readings:
1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff

4. Action Items

a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend moving the following policies to a second reading:
1. GBEBC – Gifts to Staff
2. GBI – Political Activities of Staff
c. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip for FHS students to New Hampshire on November 2, 2014 for US Senate Campaign events as detailed.
d. I recommend approval of the field trip for Parmenter students to travel to Providence, RI on April 16, 2015 as detailed.
e. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip to NY City for the 8th grade chorus students on May 9, 2015 as detailed.

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session

Personnel Update

8. Adjourn


School Committee: Davis Thayer Update, School Climate Survey

Davis Thayer Elementary School will provide an update on their fitness initiatives at the School Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 7:00 PM.





spotlight on Davis Thayer Elementary School
spotlight on Davis Thayer Elementary School


Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski is scheduled to talk about the results of the survey conducted earlier this year. The survey was sent to school staff and to school parents.




The full agenda for the school committee meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-oct_21.html

30 wooden Piggy Banks - an exhibit at the Norfolk Public Library


On view in the Library foyer for the month of October will be a special exhibit of over 30 wooden Piggy Banks designed and built by Peter Mulliken of Franklin from 1984 through 2014. 
Example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank
Example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank
Mr. Mulliken taught basic woodworking at the Dexter School in Brookline, MA for 41 years, retiring in 2012.

Peter designed a different bank each year for his "new" second grade class. The piggy banks represent the planning, design and execution of the major woodworking project for the second grade students (ages 6-8) at the prestigious private school from 1984 through 2012.

Project plans and drawings for some of the banks will be on display in addition to basic woodworking reference books Peter found helpful while teaching the students.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, scout and 4-H leaders (and kids!) should plan on stopping by to view this fun exhibit.
2nd example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank 
2nd example of Peter Mullikan wooden piggy bank


Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk Public Library

For more information about the Norfolk Public Library, visit their webpage here
http://library.virtualnorfolk.org/

"We wanted to make the transition easier for him"

Milford Daily News reports on the efforts of Franklin firefighters coordinating with Tri-County students to build a ramp at Richie Elgar's home.
Elgar has put as much time into his rehabilitation as he did for his wrestling workouts. Last year, he was the state vocational wrestling champion, winning the Division 3 Central Sectional at 106 pounds. 
It’s not surprising, Carlucci said, given Elgar’s character. 
"Ritchie will be successful in whatever he does," he said. 
A fund set up to raise money for Elgar’s recovery has raised nearly $15,000. Those wishing to contribute can visit: www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/7245/ritchie-elgar-s-recovery-fund.

Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News (subscription maybe required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20141021/NEWS/141029579/1994/NEWS


Related post
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/09/he-spent-first-few-weeks-in-hospital.html

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lincoln St - construction progress (photo essay)

On my 'tour de Franklin' cycling ride around town on Saturday, I made a few stops along Lincoln St to capture photos of the progress to share here.

good advice
good advice

flat stretch along Lincoln as mentioned during Town Council meeting Wednesday
flat stretch along Lincoln as mentioned during Town Council meeting Wednesday

timely ripples in the water
timely ripples in the water

sidewalk area was ground out to prepare for the epoxy coat to be added
sidewalk area was ground out to prepare for the epoxy coat to be added

epoxy coat being added
epoxy coat being added

the finished look
the finished look

the finished look - close up
the finished look - close up

Related articles:

The Town Council meeting last Wednesday
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/trick-or-treat-but-no-alchohol.html

The Milford Daily News write up of the Lincoln St discussion
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/10/they-came-in-and-really-hit-ground.html



Tour de Franklin - Saturday's 'reporting by cycling around'

Saturday's 'tour de Franklin' was done via bicycle. So much was happening I could not have walked around in time to catch it all. This was a variation on the theme of 'reporting by walking around'...

I started with the Ladybug 5K at the Kennedy School. Franklin Police had positioned the speed warning sign on Pond St. While stopped to take a couple of photos, it seemed to be an even split between cars meeting the speed limit and those exceeding the speed limit.




Next stop, the yard sale at Franklin Federated Church



Next stop the Library Book Sale




Next stop, not just one Boomer out on the Dean campus, there were two on Saturday




Out to DelCarte to capture some photos and a new video with more sunlight on the autumn colors




Heading out Daniels St, I passed the Hoffman Farm getting ready for hayrides to the pumpkin patch




What wasn't shared with Facebook along the ride you'll get to see first here.

On the Town Common, members of the Franklin Garden Club were caught in the act of their fall clean up. They graciously spent a minute or two away from their hard work to let me capture the photo.

members of the Franklin Garden Club fall cleaning on the flowers around the monuments
members of the Franklin Garden Club fall cleaning on the flowers around the monuments

The back door to the Guru Restaurant was open. I peeked in to catch a brief confirmation from the carpenter doing some work that Guru is planning to open again. The owner and menu would remain the same. He couldn't provide a timeline on when. So that is good news for those that miss the Indian fare served here.

the back door at Guru
the back door at Guru

The parking lot behind the Post Office is now paved and parking spot striped. The lot is privately owned and the spaces are to be rented/leased by the Post Office for their vehicles.

parking lot behind the Post Office downtown
parking lot behind the Post Office downtown

There will be additional photos (and the DelCarte video)  to share this week.

FYSA: Spring 2015 Soccer Registration is Open!


Spring 2015 soccer registration is open! 
Click here to register: http://www.franklinyouthsoccer.org/registration 

Registration cost is $65 per player (family max of $195).
Pee-Wee registration cost is $40. (uniform costs additional if needed)
Late fee of $30 will be assessed after NOVEMBER 15
 
The age groups stay the same from Fall to Spring (just as school grade stays the same).
High School Travel teams will also be formed for the spring season U16 and U18.
 
We will try to keep the spring schedule close to what the fall schedule currently is and as can be seen on our website. However, the schedule may change as we try to work with the town for field space and to limit conflicts with other sports like lacrosse. 
So please understand that we can not give you an exact time/day for games and practices until early spring. 
Please email if you have any questions: info@franklinyouthsoccer.org 
Don't forget to register before November 15th.


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www.franklinyouthsoccer.org
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