Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ben's Books - RI Public TV does an episode on the books in the Franklin Library (video)

Vicki Earls, Franklin Library Head of Reference and James Johnston, Franklin historian, contribute to this RI Public TV episode on Ben's Books.  

"There are dozens of U.S. towns named for famous patriot, diplomat, writer, scientist, and inventor, Benjamin Franklin - but the very first was a local community with a lasting legacy. Rhode Island PBS Weekly's Pamela Watts explores how an unexpected gift of books, bestowed by Franklin upon the townspeople, helped inspire an educator to launch the country's public school system.

Video link ->


The photo album of Ben's Books when they were most recently unveiled in April of 2018
a close up of some of Ben's books at the Franklin Public Library
a close up of some of Ben's books gifted to Franklin, now viewable in the Public Library

Franklin For All: 05/16/2022 via YouTube (video)

Via YouTube, Franklin TV shares the second Franklin For All Forum that was held on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The meeting was held at THE BLACK BOX. It was hosted by MAPC via Zoom and broadcast via Franklin TV as well as live streamed. 

Emma Battaglia, MPAC hosted the session and made the presentation with 11 recommendation for Franklin to consider. The presentation document link is provided below.

This recording runs about 70 minutes

Franklin Matters notes captured via Twitter and shared in summary form 

The audio recording is also available for your listening pleasure

Emma Battaglia, MPAC
Emma Battaglia, MPAC 

Making Sense of Climate #9 with Ted McIntyre - 05/12/22 (audio)

FM #800 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 800 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Thursday, May 12, 2022.  

Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted McIntyre as he helps me “make sense of climate.” 

Audio file ->


Articles referenced

The MA Legislature needs to step in. 

Healey files to reject DPU plan crafted by utilities

Example of $$ co-opting perhaps legitimate local concerns. MA needs to build its own power… but this is a threat to managing the grid plan on a national level 

Environs fought building stuff in 1970, but now want to build stuff,. how manage???

Theoharides goes to German wind company

This is an equity issue (only a tiny fraction of humans will ever fly) and a challenge to linear thinking. Would the sun still come up if you couldn’t  get to Beijing in 12 hours? 


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> 


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FHS baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, and both boys and girls tennis teams post wins on Wednesday

Via, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday:

Baseball = Franklin, 12 @ Milford, 0 – Final (5 inn.) 
– Holding a 3-0 lead after four innings, Franklin found its groove in the fifth and exploded for nine runs to secure a win at Fino Field. Eisig Chin had an RBI double early in the fifth, Evan Raider blasted a two-run triple, and Jacob Crisileo had a two-out RBI triple to give the Panthers a 12-0 lead. Jack Marino (two RBI, run) Jase Lyons (two runs, RBI), and Joe Tirrell (two RBI) also had two hits for the Panthers. James Kuczmiec tossed a five-inning complete game shutout for the Panthers, allowing a pair of hits and walks to go along with four strikeouts to get the win. Sophomore Keith Lee went 2-for-2 for the Scarlet Hawks.

Softball = Milford, 2 @ Franklin, 10 – Final 
– Milford jumped ahead with two runs in the top of the third but Franklin quickly responded with seven runs in the bottom half and went on to secure a big win over the visiting Scarlet Hawks. Sophomore Camille Bonina launched a two-run home run in the top of the third to put Milford ahead 2-1. In the bottom half, Franklin had its first five batters reach base including a two-run double from Hailey Fales as the Panthers jumped back ahead 4-2. Avery Chalk and Dana Stott had back-to-back RBI singles and Katy Liberman smacked a two-out, two-run double to push Franklin’s lead to 8-2. Junior Kiera Kotwicki earned the win for the Panthers, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks, striking out four in a complete game effort.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 11 vs. Longmeadow, 16 – Final
Panthers have a long way to go for the win.   Franklin 11, Longmeadow 16

Davis: 5G, 1A
Sacchetti: 1G, 1A
Hansen: 2G, 2A
Alexander: 1G
Palmieri: 1A

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 9 vs. Notre Dame Academy, 7 – Final
Boston Globe's Trevor Hass has the game recap ->

The Boston Herald also provides a game recap ->

Boys tennis = Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final 
– Franklin’s experience was on full display as the Panthers used five seniors in the lineup to knock off visiting Milford. Senior Vayshnav Malhotra and senior Sameen Shaik both won 6-0, 6-0 at first and second singles, respectively, while senior Drew Mahoney earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The senior tandem of Thomas Broyles and Tyler Fitzpatrick captured a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles and Franklin’s sophomore pairing of Ahan Shetty and Jay Gorgas captured a 6-0, 6-1 win at second doubles.

Girls tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final 
– Franklin took all five matches in straight sets to take down Milford and stay in first place in the Kelley-Rex division with three matches to go. Izzy Trull (6-2, 6-1) Chloe Essum (6-3, 6-2), and Sarah Schiavo (6-1, 6-2) swept the three singles matches for the Panthers while Vedika Vinayak and Lexy Winkler secured a 6-2, 6-3 win at first doubles, and Amulya Jayam and Nihara Lijan captured a 6-4, 6-4 win at second doubles.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - May 2022

Franklin Public Schools

District Newsletter

May 2022

21-22 School Calendar

5/20 - No School for KINDERGARTEN ONLY.

No School 5/30 - Memorial Day

Last day of school is June 22nd due to the snow days

All Aboard for Bus Registration

Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open! Families must register each student individually and submit a partial payment before June 13th to guarantee their seat. Our online registration via FamilyID makes it easy.

Access details on how to register via our transportation page.

Nap time is anytime for our furry friend Ben Franklin - therapy dog at the Franklin Police Department. Officer Spillane and Ben visited students at the ECDC this past month. As always, his visit was filled with expressions of endearment from students and faculty.

Our Keller Hawks took flight on a long overdue field trip to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary! Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make this trip possible.

Elementary takes on the Innovation Nation Program!

We're excited to partner with Thermo Fisher Scientific on bringing the Innovation Nation program to Elementary Schools the week of May 16th. The program provides faculty with presentations, lab materials, and instructions to guide students through a variety of hands-on and digital activities exploring concepts in life science, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The events are designed to spark passion and confidence in our students around different STEM topics, exposure to Thermo Fisher STEM professionals and an opportunity to engage with supportive adults.

FHS - New Beginnings

High School Experience:

Have an 8th grader? Then you may want to consider signing them up for High School Experience - a two day program design specifically for incoming FHS Freshmen. Brought to you by the FPS Lifelong Learning Institute. Program will be held August 9-10 from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Attendees will...

  • Tour and learn to navigate your their NEW school
  • Meet and greet with FHS faculty and peers
  • Participate in team-building activities
  • Learn how to read an FHS class schedule
  • Communicate with upperclassmen student leaders to learn the 'ins and outs' from an 'expert'
  • Receive their High School Experience T-shirt and lots more!

Register your student here.

Class of 2022 Graduation

The road to graduation for our Seniors is nearing its bittersweet end. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm. Guests will be admitted entry at 6pm and graduates will report to the Gym by 5:30pm. The ceremony location is expected to be on the FHS Pisini Football Field if weather permits. Graduation will be live streamed by FranklinTV.

Visit the Graduation page for updates as the big day nears!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AAPI Heritage month was designated to commemorate the contributions and celebrate the impact made by AAPI individuals to American history, culture and accomplishments. This display was made by some students at Oak. Students were able to learn about influential AAPI figures and connect with classmates regarding their families and traditions.

Free and Reduced Lunch Information

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can no longer extend current child nutrition waivers past June 30th. As a result, schools in Massachusetts and across the country will no longer be able to provide universal free meals after June 30th, 2022. 

The application for free and reduced meals will be available in Mid-August. We encourage families to keep and eye out for future communications about when the application is available so they may apply as the new school year begins to ensure there is no loss of benefits to students.

22-23 School Calendar

During the April 12th School Committee meeting the 22-23 School Calendar was revised to include professional development days.

You may view the calendar here.

From the School Committee

During the May 10th School Committee meeting, Central Office staff delivered a presentation regarding Student Discipline Procedures. You may access the presentation here.

Save the date! Our next Saturday Social will be on June 4th from 1pm-3pm at Birchwood Bakery Swing on by for a chat!

Please join us for our next School Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm.

Budget Season

The budget is an iterative process. The School Committee voted on a final budget on April 12. Finance committee met May 12th and Town Council budget meetings will be on May 25th and May 26th.

Learn more about the FY 23 Budget here.

Happy Spring to our FPS Families, Faculty Staff and Franklin Community!
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