Friday, January 27, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Jan 27, 2023 to Feb 3, 2023

What's this? Groundhog Day is upon us next week! With so many choices to keep busy, not surprising that time just flies on by. Make some time for yourself (and family/friends) to slow down and take it easy. The year is a long one, best taken one day at a time!

Friday, January 27

5:30pm - Blue Jazz Trio (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

Saturday, January 28

10:00am - Winter Farmers Market (Fairmount Fruit Farm)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am - Train Town exhibit (HO scale replica of Depot Station) (Franklin Historical Museum)

10:30am - Lunar New Year Celebration (Franklin Public Library)

12:00pm - Cousins Maine Lobster (food truck) (La Cantina Winery)

5:30pm - Backyard Swagger (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

8:00pm - Diane Blue (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

Sunday, January 29

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm - Train Town exhibit (HO scale replica of Depot Station) (Franklin Historical Museum)

3:00pm - Women In Business Meeting (Escape into Fiction)

Tuesday, January 31

6:00pm - Poetry for the People - January (Escape into Fiction)

Wednesday, February 1 = First Day of Black History Month

1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - Franklin Art Association (Franklin Senior Center)

Thursday, February 2 = 67 Degrees 3rd Anniversary

6:30pm - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance - monthly meeting


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Veterans Memorial Walkway Update - Order by April 1 for install by Memorial Day 2023

The next engraved brick installation on the Veterans Memorial Walkway on the Franklin Town Common is scheduled to coincide with Memorial Day in May

An engraved brick makes a great birthday or Mother's or Father's Day gift for your special veteran or current military service member. Brick order forms are available in the Town Hall and Senior Center lobbies as well as on the Veterans' Services page on the Town web site.

The deadline for ordering is April 1, 2023. Call the Veterans' Services Office for more info: (508) 613-1315. 

Thank you to all who have supported the Walkway Project!

Veterans Memorial Walkway Update - Order by April 1 for install by Memorial Day 2023
Veterans Memorial Walkway Update - Order by April 1 for install by Memorial Day 2023

FHS girls hockey team tops KP 2-1 on Thursday

Via, we share the results of the winter sports competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, January 26, 2023. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Girls Hockey = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 2 – Final

Josh Perry,  Managing Editor of, provides the game recap
"When the two teams met way back in the second week of the season, King Philip pulled out a one-goal victory that gave the Warriors momentum at the start of the league campaign. As the final horn sounded on Thursday night’s game at Pirelli Veterans Arena, the Franklin players raced together to celebrate, and the cheering lasted long after the Panthers made their way back to the locker room.

After taking a two goal lead through two periods, Franklin was outshot 11-2 in the third and went on the penalty kill twice, but managed to hold off KP’s charge and pull out a 2-1 victory. Franklin’s adds a new dimension to the league standings, as the Panthers face co-leader Canton on Saturday and, with the Warriors and Bulldogs due to face-off next week, have the chance to insert themselves right back in the title mix.

“We’ve had a lot of battles this year,” said first-year Franklin coach Mike Lubin. “Today, we wanted to take those close games, those close ties, close losses, and turn them into wins. We stayed composed. We stuck to our game plan and that’s what I’m proud of them for, the effort, everything from start to finish.”

Continue reading the game recap ->

For a photo gallery from this game ->

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin players celebrate after Lindsey Dennett’s second period goal put the Panthers ahead 2-0 over rival King Philip. (Josh Perry/
Franklin players celebrate after Lindsey Dennett’s second period goal put the Panthers ahead 2-0 over rival King Philip. (Josh Perry/

The 5 Franklin elementary schools each launch a student voice podcast!

  • Oak Street Voices

  • Keller Talks

  • Kennedy Voices

  • Parmenter Voices

  • Jefferson Talks

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter for January 2023

Franklin Public Schools

District Newsletter

January 2023

22-23 School Calendar

Feb. 1 - Early Release Day

Feb. 20 - 24 - February Break (No School)

Access the 22-23 School Calendar 

This newsletter has been revised to reflect Panther Pride Night event details. Panther Pride Night will be held on Thursday, February 2nd 

from 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Crazy for Composting!

Keller Hawks and Sullivan Huskies

Big impact can start with a small change. At the Helen Keller/ Annie Sullivan complex, students have adopted a composting program! A change in their lunch time routine encourages students to sort their discarded food scraps and containers into designated bins to be composted. This collaboration with the Town of Franklin Department of Public Works aims to reduce the amount of waste, while creating opportunities for connected learning and community building. Following such a successful pilot, we aim to expand the program to more schools in the district!

The program was highlighted on NBC10 Boston's Climate 2022 Report, be sure to check out the segment if you missed it!

Mr. Walsh's AP Government class had the opportunity to chat over zoom with White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Franklin High School Alumni Jennifer O'Malley Dillon! Students heard first hand about the many responsibilities for the Deputy Chief of Staff and how O'Mally Dillon's career path brought her to this role. The Franklin High School Pantherbook news club covered the story. Read all about it as told from an FHS student here.

Panther Pride Night

Calling all 8th grade students and families! Looking to learn more about what it means to be a Franklin High School Panther? You're in luck! Franklin High School will host its annual Panther Pride Night on Thursday, February 2nd from 6PM-7:30 PM!

We invite you to come visit the school to learn about all of the fantastic extracurricular, athletic, and academic opportunities available to our prospective students.

Learn more via our event page.

Superintendent Entry Plan Update

Building Based Listen & Learn

As part of the Superintendent Entry Plan, Mr. Giguere has been holding listening sessions throughout the district to connect directly with various faculty, staff and advisory group.

These building based meetings allow Mr. Giguere the ability to engage with each group to learn more about their experiences and provide greater insight into the district's strengths and opportunities for growth.

Mr. Giguere continues to learn and grow in his new role through this process along with attending The New Superintendent Induction Program (NSIP).

"My goal is to understand further the strengths/positives and the challenges/areas of improvement so that I can make recommendations and share my findings with the community at a later date." - Mr. Giguere

Redistricting Analysis Update

The Redistricting Advisory Committee has continued meeting to preview, refine and prepare draft scenarios to be presented to the Franklin Public School Community in March.

Keep an eye out for community forums dates and other opportunities to provide feedback on the draft scenarios produced from the redistricting analysis process.

Once the School Committee votes on a scenario, boundary adjustment or other recommendation, next steps will be outlined with the community.

The Redistricting Advisory Committee has established guiding principles to outline the considerations during the redistricting analysis process. You may review the guiding principles here.

To better outline the redistricting analysis process, we have created a webpage to update the community on our efforts. Learn more via our Redistricting Analysis page.

New Student Application for ECDC

The new student application is available for the 2023-2024 academic year at the Early Childhood Education Center

Access the application here.

Learn more about ECDC in this welcome presentation.

All other grades can register via Aspen at any time.

MCAS Testing Dates

High School MCAS Dates

English Language Arts

Grade 10: March 28 & 29


Grade 10: May 16 & 17


Grade 9: June 6 & 7

Middle MCAS Dates

English Language Arts

Grade 6: April 4 & 5

Grade 7/8: March 29 & 30


Grade 6: May 9 & 10

Grade 7/8: May 2 & 3


Grade 8: May 9 & 10

Elementary MCAS Dates

English Language Arts

Grade 3: April 25 & 26

Grade 4: April 11 & 12

Grade 5: April 4 & 5


Grade 3: May 10 & 11

Grade 4: May 17 & 18

Grade 5: May 15 & 16


Grade 5: May 8 & 9

High School MCAS Retest Dates | English Language Arts: November 9 & 10, March 8 & 9

Math: November 15 & 16, March 14 & 15 | Science: February 1 & 2

From the School Committee

Supporting Students with Specialized Instruction

On January 10th, 2023 the Franklin Public Schools delivered a presentation on Special Education to the School Committee You can access the slideshow presentation here.

Please join us for our next School Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 at 7pm.

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

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Inclusionary zoning moved to Town Council by unanimous Economic Development Steering Cmte vote (audio)

FM #926 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 926 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Economic Development SubCmte Plus meeting held in hybrid format on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. 

  • Chair: M Hamblen, C Frongillo, G Jones, P Sheridan, B Wierling, G Rondeau, B Hunchard
  • Town Administration: J Hellen, M Cerel, B Taberner, A Love (remote)

Discussion on the Inclusionary Zoning proposal and in particular items on the Use Regulations Schedule. After multiple votes to narrow down the choices around a couple of items in the table, agreement was reached and the full inclusionary zoning referral was made unanimously.

The recording runs two hours and thirty-five minutes, so let’s listen to the Economic Development SubCmte Plus discussion on January 25, 2023. Audio file ->


The agenda doc for the meeting can be found here ->

The Franklin TV replay for this session is available ->

My notes via Twitter can be found in one PDF here ->



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calculator put together by Planning Dept for discussion at meeting
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