Sunday, June 24, 2018

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - June 26, 2018

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.

“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
a. Review of Agenda
b. Citizen’s Comments
i. In the spirit of open communication, “the School Committee will hear public comment not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee Meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment” – from Policy BEDH
c. FHS Student Representative Comments
d. Superintendent’s Report

2. Guests / Presentations
a. Personnel Presentation – Ms. Lisa O’Keefe Trainor, Director of HR

3. Discussion / Action Items
a. Policy – Second Readings/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:

  • JQA – Financial Assistance Policy
  • JQA-R – Financial Assistance Application & Procedures
  • EFD – Meal Charge Policy
  • EFD-R – Meal Charge Policy & Procedures
  • JFAA-R – School Admission/Residency

4. Discussion Only Items
a. Annual Report

5. Information Matters
a. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Budget; Community Relations;
Policy; Transportation; Public Schools Advocacy; Ad Hoc Superintendent’s

b. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC; Substance Abuse Task
Force; School Wellness Advisory Council [SWAC]; School Start Times Advisory
Committee [SSTAC]; MASC)

6. New Business
a. To discuss any future agenda items

7. Consent Agenda
a. Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from the June 12, 2018 School Committee meeting.
b. Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the executive session minutes from the June 12, 2018 School Committee meeting for release.
c. Transfers
I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
d. FHS Scholarships
I recommend acceptance of 3 checks totaling $5,915.55 for FHS Scholarships as detailed:

  • $340.00 Paul Castelline Scholarship (various donors)
  • $5,000.00 Keiichi Katanosono Scholarship (Katanosono family)
  • $575.55 Keiichi Katanosono Scholarship (various donors)

e. Davis Thayer Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $218.37 from O’Connor Studios for supplemental supplies at Davis Thayer Elementary School.
f. Horace Mann Middle School – Surplus Lights
I recommend approval of the request of Rebecca Motte, Principal of Horace Mann Middle School to declare old lighting as surplus as detailed.

8. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen

9. Payroll Mrs. Douglas

10. Correspondence

11. Executive Session
a. Negotiations with non-union personnel
b. Strategy discussion with respect to pending litigation

12. Adjournment

The agenda document can be found online

The documents released for this agenda can also be found online

the key to learning
the key to learning

Franklin TV to broadcast the Super 8 final

Thanks to Jay Horrigan for posting that the FHS Super 8 baseball game will be broadcast by Franklin TV

"Franklin TV is thrilled to announce that starting Monday, Franklin residents will be able to see Franklin TV's broadcast of the Super 8 Championship game between Franklin High and Central Catholic, primarily on our Educational channel -

  • Channel 96 if you have Comcast 
  • Channel 28 if you have Verizon
Check out our program guide at for airtimes."

The TV schedule is found in this PDF file

Monday - 6/25 - 09:30 AM Baseball Super 8 Final
Tuesday - 6/26 - 07:00 PM Baseball Super 8 Final
Friday - 6/29 - 06:00 PM Baseball Super 8 Final
Saturday - 6/30 - 09:31 AM Baseball Super 8 Final

Franklin TV to broadcast the Super 8 final
Franklin TV to broadcast the Super 8 final

In the News: What are 'American cars'?; 4th of July celebrations mapped

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

"The most American-made cars may not be made by the most American car brands. 
Four out of the top 10 most American-made vehicles of 2018 are made by Japanese brand Honda, according to the annual report from 
“It’s part of the globalization of automotive manufacturing,” Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder said in a phone interview. “The brand on the vehicle isn’t the only part of the equation of what makes it American.” 
The Honda Odyssey, for instance, is built in Lincoln, Ala., and is made with 75 percent domestic parts. Compare it with Buick, which is considered to be as American as the red, white and blue in its badge: the Buick Envision crossover is manufactured in China with only 2 percent domestic parts, said Wiesenfelder."
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"Fourth of July celebrations begin at the end of June and carry on through Wednesday, July 4, with parades, barbecues, fairs and fireworks. 
Here is a map of activities from the North Shore to the Cape, whether you plan to stay close to home for the holiday weekend or will spend the weekend at the beach. Zoom in to take a look at what is happening in your area and click on each icon to learn more about the event."

Franklin's 4th of July schedule can be found online

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Franklin Historical Museum: "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" and Photo Scanning Party- Jul 8

The bridal gown exhibit at the Franklin Historical Museum continues through the months of July and August. 14 beautiful gowns are on display that cover one hundred years of fashion. Our earliest gowns date back to the 1890s with their high fashion leg of mutton sleeves and whale bone enhanced bodices. Our 1990’s gown, worn by Cheryl Vendetti, brings back that one hundred year old fashion of the large puffy sleeves made popular again by Princess Diana. 

Three generations from one family are represented in the gowns worn by Gemma Crosta, Debbie Pellegri and Rona Pellegri. The unique and popular parachute gown, worn by Emma Velluti Rabioli is on display again this year. It was very sad to learn of Emma’s recent passing, but we are honored to have her silk parachute gown, and story, at the museum. Emma’s dress, with its simple design yet impressive 15 foot train, is so large, it has its own room to be able to see its full size. Also on display are the gowns worn by Franklin icon, Stella Jeon and beloved teacher, Palma Johnson.

The Second Sunday Speaker Series will focus on our wedding theme during the exhibit. Something Borrowed Something Blue is a presentation on wedding traditions, superstitions, fashions and cultural influences over time. Why does the bride throw her bouquet? A piece of cake under your pillow? Does rain on your wedding day bring good luck? When did brides start wearing white? Find out Sunday July 8th at 1:15PM for this fun and interesting presentation on the history of wedding traditions and fashions.

Also on July 8th, the Franklin Historical Museum invites you to join us for our first Photo Scanning Party. We’d love to see your family wedding photos, so bring them in to have them scanned and added to the museum’s photo collection. Borrowing on the idea from other area historical museums, and their success in collecting photos and preserving local history, we encourage Franklin residents to share their photographic history with us. For this first scanning party, Franklin residents can bring in their family wedding photos, have them scanned, and preserved within our photo collection. Tell us the story that goes with the photo, names, dates, location and your family will become part of our shared history.

The Franklin Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central Street. Admission is always free and we are handicap accessible.

several of the bridal gowns on display
several of the bridal gowns on display

Gold Medal Win Propels Tegra Medical Co-op to National SkillsUSA Competition

How do you top a silver medal? If you’re Ethan Blake you top it with a gold!

Ethan is a junior at Blackstone Valley Tech, a vocational high school in Upton, Massachusetts USA and a co-op in Tegra Medical’s Accupoint department where he uses a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine to grind intricate points on different types of medical needles. He earned his medals in a competition for high school students called SkillsUSA, which is a partnership of education and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Ethan Blake,Tegra Medical Co-op (courtesy photo)
Ethan Blake,Tegra Medical Co-op
(courtesy photo)

SkillsUSA holds competitive events in which students participate, initially at a local level, then progressing to state and national events. Ethan participated in the CNC Milling Specialist category, which is part of the manufacturing sector. 

The other sectors encompass 102 diverse skills such as graphic design, carpentry, plumbing, welding, nursing, culinary arts, information technology, robotics, and firefighting. “SkillsUSA is an amazing program,” says Ken Giacomuzzi, Tegra Medical Tool Crib Coordinator and a volunteer with SkillsUSA. “It helps kids be job-ready immediately after they graduate.”

Much to his own surprise, Ethan aced a written test to win a silver medal in his local district’s competition in March – his first time competing. This qualified him for the Massachusetts state competition in April. He prepared by honing his programming skills, which until then had been largely self-taught. This effort paid off, as the competition included two hours of programming a part on a simulator, followed by 15 minutes of execution to see if it ran successfully.
“I was the last one to do the test,” noted Ethan. “We didn’t get any feedback until the award ceremony the next day. But I felt pretty confident. I really enjoy programming, and I had time to test my work before my two hours was up.”

 During the execution phase the program ran flawlessly, earning Ethan a perfect score, a gold medal and a ticket to the national competition in Kentucky June 25. To top it off, local college New England Tech grants scholarships to gold medal winners.

Ethan is excited about competing at the national level where he’ll be joined by his parents and brother, as well as his friend and classmate Jack Mandella, whose gold medal in welding also earned him a spot in the competition. “We are proud, excited and not surprised at his success,” says Ethan’s boss at Tegra Medical, Tom Rabe. “From day one he’s been a model employee who absorbed and picked up the job quicker than we ever imagined. He’s proven, especially with winning gold at SkillsUSA, that the sky is the limit for him.” About Tegra Medical.

Known as the company that brings medical devices to life, Tegra Medical is focused exclusively on the medical device industry, providing end-to-end solutions from prototyping to full production, and from complex components to finished medical devices. Offering a wide range of manufacturing technologies, the company creates devices used in cutting-edge procedures for leading surgical, interventional and orthopaedic companies. Tegra Medical has four locations in the U.S. and Costa Rica and is ISO 13485 and FDA registered and QSR compliant. The company combines a broad spectrum of capabilities with a can-do culture to deliver exceptional quality, solutions, speed and service.

"a groundbreaking victory for Americans’ privacy rights"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. 
The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain cellphone tower records, an important tool in criminal investigations. 
Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information “is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled.” Roberts wrote that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements” as they are captured by cellphone towers. 
Roberts said the court’s decision is limited to cellphone tracking information and does not affect other business records, including those held by banks."
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You can read the full Supreme Court decision here