Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Live reporting: Discussion only to Closing

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – First Reading
  1. IKB – Homework Policy
  2. JICH – Substance Abuse Policy
Dr Ahern came to last policy subcommittee meeting, and will be coming to the next one
what it does not say is that there will not be any homework
extraordinarily diverse views on homework

  • articulate what the value of homework is and why it is used
  • there is a balance between school work and home life
  • encourage collaboration on larger projects among the teachers at a school

included research on best practices as well as what other districts are doing

a ripe opportunity to have a rich conversation on the topic, the conversation to be continued

communication on what the homework is intended to accomplish seems to be a cause of some of the problems

This is a revision but not the end of the discussion

reminder of addressing issues at the teacher/principal level before raising beyond

how will the homework policy be reflected in the school improvement plans?

O'Malley wants last sentence of proposed policy removed (it had been as written in prior versions)
likely will be more of a discussion item as well as a vote when it comes to the final reading

-------  need to leave to participate in a work meeting

4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $375.00 from the Remington PCC for field trips.
c. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $4,880.00 from the Oak Street PCC for inhouse enrichment and supplemental supplies.
d. I recommend moving the following Policies to a second reading:
  1. IKB – Homework Policy
  2. JICH – Substance Abuse Policy

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. Motion to Adjourn 

Dr. O’Malley

Live reporting: Special Education Presentation

  • b. Special Education – Debbie Dixson
Asst Directors
Paula Marano
Ellen White

(Note: Schultz arrives at 7:10 PM)

brain frames training started with 40 special education teachers, now over 100 general teachers trained

a resource on brain frames can be found here

registered behavior technician - training underway and certification available from Pearson

iReady an online tool, piloted in elementary, provided diagnostic and blended learning strategies
aligned with curriculum and state standards

more on iReady can be found online

issue with delivery services to students either out of district if there are needs that can't be met, or if they can be serviced within the district. Always an ongoing discussion

the slide summarizing the category of student disabilities serviced for the student population is rather interesting

15.11% of the total Franklin student population is on an Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Derek Donahoe
ECDC, Remington, FHS
recipient of the Latham Award, will be speaking at Fenway Park later this week

has had equal access to materials through technology
has a computer with him that allows for access to Google products
takes the train once a week, learns about purchasing items
has a one-on-one aide
has had great teams of teachers, looks forward to high school and to what else he can learn

updates planned for the District website to provide more and better information on the programs and resources available

future speakers/training

  • Jessica Minahan - scheduled for ED day to start school


  • Sarah Ward, executive functioning session scheduled for special ed teachers in the Fall



Sara Mulcahey, Co-Vice-President of SEPAC
provides an overview of the SEPAC organization and programs

Wrobleski family story
2 children on IEPs, for different reasons

the abc's are important but being able to dress and feed herself is also quite important

Live reporting: School Committee - June 27, 2017

Present: Bilello, Scofield, Douglas, Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz (arrived 7:10PM) Jewell
Absent:  none

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda
no changes

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the June 13, 2017 School Committee.
motion to approve, seconded, pass 6-0

Recognition of Susan Childers for excellent minutes, leaving this position after this meeting

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations

  • a. Ffion Titmuss – Salutatorian, FHS Class of 2017 – Poetry Recitation
Personal - Tony Hoagland

Franklin Public Schools: Special Education Presentation - June 27, 2017

This is scheduled for discussion at the Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

The full agenda for the School Committee meeting can be found here

sunrise over Horace Mann
sunrise over Horace Mann

Franklin School For The Performing Arts (FSPA) To Host July Open Houses

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will host summer Open Houses on Wednesday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 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 in music, dance and drama.

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 extensive 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 TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the program builds upon TECCA’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.
Franklin School For The Performing Arts To Host June Open Houses
FSPA To Host Open Houses

FSPA’s summer session runs June 26 through August 22 and fall classes begin on September 11. Registration for summer and fall is ongoing. Call (508) 528-8668 or visit www.FSPAonline.com for more information, including the FSPA catalogue, summer brochure and fall class schedule.

Annie Walsh - Underclassman of the Year leads FHS girls lacrosse award selections

Hockomock Sports has published the 2017 season ending awards for girls lacrosse.


Gianna Cameron – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin freshman Gianna Cameron stepped in between the pipes for the league’s top program and put together a stellar rookie campaign, as Franklin retained the Kelley-Rex division title and returned to the state semifinal. Cameron allowed only 5.9 goals per game and saved 58.2 percent of the shots she faced. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Gianna is a very talented goalie, and was consistent in net all year! She made some incredible saves and was the difference maker in many of our close games.”

Grace MacCallum – Franklin – Defense
Franklin junior Grace MacCallum was a major factor for the league champion Panthers, as part of a defensive core that allowed 142 goals this year, the fewest of any Hockomock defense. MacCallum pulled down 42 draw controls, 42 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers this year, helping Franklin finish 22-2 and win the Div. 1 East title for the third time in four years. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Grace did a great job on defense and on the draw for us this season. She has a knack for coming up with big interceptions and ground balls!”

Annie Walsh – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin sophomore Annie Walsh put in an MVP-caliber season as both the focal point of the Panthers attack and one its key contributors on the defensive side of the ball. The 2017 Underclassman of the Year (see below) scored 79 goals and recorded 15 assists, while shooting 54 percent. Walsh also had 91 draw controls, 53 ground balls, and 52 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Annie had a fantastic season as our do-it-all midfielder. I am looking forward to watching her continue to get better!”


Grace McDermott – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Grace McDermott provided leadership and tenacity in the Panthers league-leading defense that helped propel Franklin to the top ranking in the state, a national top 25 ranking, and a third Div. 1 East title in the last four years. McDermott finished the year with 27 draw controls, 38 ground balls, and 32 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Grace did an excellent job as both a captain and starting defender this year. Her determination and work ethic on the field is unmatched, and she will truly be missed!”

Erin Walsh – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin freshman Erin Walsh jumped right into the starting lineup during her rookie campaign and put together an all-star season, joining her sister Annie in the Panthers midfield and as one of the team’s top finishers. She finished with 56 goals and 14 assists in her first varsity season, while shooting 48 percent. Walsh also had 21 draw controls, 36 ground balls, and 19 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Erin was a spark for us in the midfield this year! Her stick skills are unreal, and her competitiveness really showed.”

Caroline Lounsbury – Franklin – Attack
Franklin senior Caroline Lounsbury wrapped up her impressive career for the Panthers with 50 points this spring (39 goals and 11 assists), helping spark a Franklin offense that scored a league-high 311 goals. Lounsbury also chipped in with 24 gound balls and 10 caused turnovers. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Caroline is one of the most improved players to come through the Franklin program. Her athleticism, speed, leadership, and scoring ability played a huge role for us this year!”

Underclassman of the Year - Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh
Underclassman of the Year - Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh

Underclassman of the Year

"Franklin sophomore midfielder Annie Walsh has been named the 2017 HockomockSports.com Girls Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year after helping the Panthers clinch a sixth straight Kelley-Rex division title, fifth outright title in a row, and another undefeated run through the Hockomock. 
Walsh led Franklin with 59 goals (fifth best in the league) and was second on the Panthers with 13 assists. Her 72 points was tied for sixth best in the Hockomock and she passed the 100-goal mark for her career this spring, as she helped the Panthers finish 22-2 and win the Div. 1 East title for the third time in the last four seasons. 
“Even with a talented group around her, so much of the Franklin offense ran through Annie this season,” said HockomockSports.com Managing Editor Josh Perry. “But, Annie did a lot more than score goals. She also helped back defensively and often forced the turnover or made a play on defense to get Franklin back the ball.”
Continue to read the full article to find all the award selections around the Hockomock League  https://hockomocksports.com/awards/girls-lacrosse/2017-2/

Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28

Jamie Barrett in concert at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 AM.

Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28
Jamie Barrett Concert - June 28

This was shared from the Town of Franklin Library page

In the News: Library hosts petty zoo, seniors often targeted for scams

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

"A long line of excited children formed for their chance to pet baby chicks, bunnies, goats and ducks at the Franklin Public Library Monday morning. 
“We can’t wait, we really want to pet the goats,” said Franklin’s Christina Beaupre, 8, who was waiting with her brother Zach, 11, and friends Morgan Trulby, 7 and Peter Bryan, 11. 
Animal Affair, a traveling petting zoo, was visiting as part of the library’s summer programming. The library offers special events throughout July and August that include the petting zoo, a pajama dance party, pirate party and Harry Potter party."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"Last month, a former Lowell building inspector was convicted of larceny after swindling an elderly neighbor out of her home. A year ago, authorities accused a Raynham woman of scamming her stepfather out of $200,000. And just last week, a Waltham man pleaded guilty to a securities fraud scheme that stole $82,000 from victims including a senior citizen and his own girlfriend. 
Those incidents are among countless examples of financial abuse and exploitation of elders in Massachusetts. 
“Financial abuse is an extremely important topic in the commonwealth,” said David P. Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging. “We need to make everyone aware of the extent that this is going on and the issues involved in it.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

the Franklin Senior Center
the Franklin Senior Center

Monday, June 26, 2017

Public hearing - June 28 - 7:00 PM to gain feedback on Cultural District proposal

The Franklin Town Council will hold a public hearing on June 28, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers of the Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central Street, so residents, businesses and interested parties can learn about and comment on the proposed Franklin Cultural District and related goals. 

Art and culture related organizations and the general public are invited to attend and provide input. 

Information about the proposed Franklin Cultural District can be obtained by contacting the Dept of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) at 508-520-4907 or at the Town of Franklin website www.franklimna.gov.

Matt Kelly, Chairman


3rd Annual Cultural Festival to showcase the arts that happen here in Franklin

3rd Annual Cultural Festival to showcase the arts that happen here in Franklin

To: Town Council
From: Jamie Hellen
Re: Cultural District Committee and State Designation

We are requesting the Town Council approve two resolutions that will:
1. Establish a town committee of no more than seven members to coordinate the big picture marketing and public relations strategy of the Franklin Downtown Cultural District; and
2. Approve of the town staff forwarding our application to the state for approval.
These resolutions are required by the state.
Now that the downtown infrastrastructure is complete, the next phase of the downtown revitalization is to help foster a creative economic development atmosphere. Already we have seen new private investment with the Horace Mann plaza and other new small businesses, including Teddy Gallagher's
Pub, the Little Shop of Olive Oils, Dharani Grill and more.
Additionally, the many cultural events have been seeing increased participation and this district will help to promote and market these events to a wider audience.
Finally, with the library renovation and expansion project opening in the Fall, we believe there are additional opportunities to offer new attractions, such as the Benjamin Franklin exhibits, to a wider audience where people can also eat and shop in Franklin. This is the right time to have some additional public relations for the downtown.
Setting up this Cultural District will:
● Help promote and market the Downtown attractions to a wider audience;
● Receive free marketing and promotion from the state;
● Give the town a $5,000 seed grant for local marketing and public relations activities for downtown Franklin (we spend the money at our discretion);
● Coordinate big picture marketing policy for the district and downtown;
● Help foster additional investment in the arts and culture communities in town.

Additional documents for the Town Council meeting can be found 

Civetti, Alexander, among FHS boys lacrosse awards

Hockomock Sports has published the 2017 season ending awards for boys lacrosse.

"Franklin junior attacker Eric Civetti has been selected as the 2017 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. Civetti paced the Panthers’ powerful offense and helped Franklin clinch its fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title, going a perfect 11-0 in league play. 
“Eric is one of the most gifted offensive players that the Hockomock has seen in recent history,” said HockomockSports.com Editor-in-Chief Ryan Lanigan. “Even with opposing defenses putting plenty of attention on him, he still found a way to score.” 
For the second straight year, Civetti led the Hockomock League in scoring. He scored a league-best 79 goals – more than 20 more than the next player on the list – and added 21 assists for a league-high 100 points in 2017. He also scored four goals in Franklin’s opening playoff game against Xaverian."

Continue reading the article online

2017 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Eric Civetti
2017 Hockomock Sports. com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Eric Civetti


Connor O’Rourke – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin junior Connor O’Rourke continued to impress between the pipes for the Kelley-Rex division champion Panthers. O’Rourke recorded 169 saves on the season and was among the league leaders in save percentage (64%). O’Rourke was also voted a Hockomock League All Star by the coaches. “He’s an outstanding ball stopper and tremendous clearer of the ball, he was our Team MVP voted on by the players,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s a major reason for our success the past two years.”

Wyatt Arsenault – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Wyatt Arsenault was a big reason why the Panthers posted yet another perfect league record and emerged as a top team in the state. The Panthers were incredibly impressive in league games, allowing just 22 goals in 11 games. Arsenault played a big role in helping Franklin record three shutouts and was among the best in the league at clearances and ground balls. “Wyatt is a steady, cerebral defender that is very tough to beat one-on-one,” said FHS coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s constantly calling out defensive responsibilities to his teammates.”

Packie Watson – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin senior Packie Watson was a key piece for the Panthers, who clinched their fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title. Not only was Watson, a four-year varsity player, a threat on the offensive end with 23 goals and 20 assists, he was an outstanding wing player on face offs. His leadership played a big role in Franklin’s cerebral offense. He will play at Springfield College next year. “Packie is a coach’s dream. He’s a throwback two-way midfielder and one of the best team leaders we’ve ever had at FHS, respected by all the coaches and players in the league.”

Eric Civetti – Franklin – Attack
Franklin junior Eric Civetti was once again one of the best offensive players in the league during the 2017 season. After a strong freshman year in 2015, Civetti has been the league leader in points each of the last two seasons. This year, he finished the regular season with an even 100 points — 79 goals and 21 assists. Civetti scored four goals in Franklin’s opening playoff game against Xaverian. The junior, already committed to Rutgers University, has compiled 280 points already in his three years on varsity with one season remaining.

Jacob Alexander – Franklin – FOGO
Franklin sophomore Jacob Alexander continued his dominance at the face off X during the 2017 season. One of the reasons that Franklin posted a perfect 11-0 record in league play and an impressive 16-4 record in the regular season is because Alexander dominated at face offs, giving the Panthers possession after possession. Alexander won 330 of the 387 draws he took, an incredible 85% success rate. He was also selected as the HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. “Jacob is one of the best FOGO’s in the entire state,” said FHS coach Lou Verrochi.


Patrick Morrison – Franklin – Defense
Franklin sophomore Patrick Morrison followed up a strong rookie season with another impressive year in 2017. One of the smartest defenders in the league, Morrison was quick to turn defense into offense. His size and IQ gave him the advantage over many opposing attackmen. The sophomore, who is committed to Rutgers, scooped up 64 ground balls and was responsible for a lot of turnovers. “He’s an outstanding defender, he covered all the best attackmen from teams we faced this year,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He’s threat to score any time he clears the ball.”

Sam Arsenault – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin senior Sam Arsenault might not have been in a lot of the headlines, but was a vital part of Franklin’s division winning squad this season. Arsenault was a big reason that the Panthers’ offense – which was the highest producing unit in the league – fired on all cylinders. “Eric [Civetti] may have produced more points but Sam did all the little things that often went undetected like backing up shots, the feeds and setting picks among other things,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “He would have been the top attackman on many teams we played this season.”

Nitin Chaudhury – Franklin – Utility
Franklin junior Nitin Chaudhury was an X-factor for the Kelley-Rex winning Panthers in 2017. Whether it was on the offensive end or the defensive side, Chaudhury always seemed to make plays. He developed into a very dangerous player on the offensive end, finishing the season with 25 goals and 10 assists. “He’s one of the most dynamic midfield dodgers in the state,” said Franklin head coach Lou Verrochi. “Some teams put a shutoff on him because of it. There’s absolutely no quit in him, he can run all day.”

2017 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year Jacob Alexander
2017 Hockomock Sports .com Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year Jacob Alexander

Franklin sophomore midfielder Jacob Alexander has been selected as the 2017 HockomockSports.com Boys Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year. Alexander was by far the best face off specialist in the Hockomock League and was one of the best in the entire state this season.
Alexander, who was selected to the HockomockSports.com First Team for the second straight season, dominated throughout the entire year. His ability to earn possession to start the game, or to keep possession to help the Panthers make a run, played a big role in Franklin clinching its fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title with an undefeated (11-0) league record.

Register O'Donnell Promotes Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Promotes Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell reminds homeowners who are in the midst of struggling to pay their mortgage or are facing a foreclosure that there are consumer programs available to help them out.

Register O'Donnell stated, "While the eastern Massachusetts economy has been robust, some of our neighbors have faced economic hardship. To help those having difficulty paying their mortgage, my office has partnered with reputable agencies by promoting their services when it comes to mortgage modification and foreclosure issues. Consumers can contact either the Quincy Community Action Programs at (617) 479-8181 x-376 or Neighbor Works Southern Mass at (508) 587-0950. Another option would be the Massachusetts Attorney General's HomeCorps program at (617) 573-3333. These agencies provide a range of assistance from helping with the mortgage modification process to providing legal services to stave off a foreclosure as well as offering several forms of credit counseling. Additional information can be found on the Registry's website, www.norfolkdeeds.org under the Support tab."

The Register also had a cautionary warning for consumers. "Please be careful and utilize the right source for your needs such as a non-profit or state agency as cited above. Unfortunately, foreclosure rescues and mortgage modification relief are becoming a growing scam. Some unscrupulous private companies look to charge consumers outrageous prices for services and make unrealistic promises to them."

Generally, during the past several months, a statistical review has shown foreclosure activity has been trending downward, particularly Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings - the first step in the process. "With that said," noted O'Donnell, "we realize that while Norfolk County is a destination location to both live and work, there are still some of our neighbors facing economic hardships. During the month of May, there were 22 foreclosures recorded at the Registry and 60 Notice to Foreclose mortgage filings initiated against homeowners."

Register O'Donnell concluded, "The Registry is proud of its commitment to helping those facing a mortgage delinquency or foreclosure by directing them to the appropriate agency that can hopefully put them back on the road to financial recovery. I urge people who feel that they need such services to contact the agencies referenced above."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website at www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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phone: 781-234-3336
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831

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