Showing posts with label Central Office. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Central Office. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines

Denise Spencer (she/her) (@DSpencerFSC) tweeted on Tue, Nov 22, 2022:
Have a question or concern and you're not sure who to reach out to?  
Our Central Office has put together a helpful cheat sheet on Community Communication Guidelines (ex. reach out to teacher for abc, reach out to principal for xyz).  or ->

 Shared from Twitter ->

Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines
Franklin Public Schools: Community Communication Guidelines

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Graduation! It’s a Happening Thing

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/24/2020

"There are some things that just can’t not happen. High School Graduation is one of them. It’s an undeniable rite of passage, and our FHS Panthers will not be denied. Normally, we celebrate this milestone in the FHS gym for a few hours. This year’s graduation will happen in like manner, but it will take place over several days.

We are working with school officials to record each and every student’s moment. One-by-one, with safe social distancing, each student will walk the stage as per usual to receive his/her diploma. Each student, accompanied by his/her family, will experience that well-deserved, special moment of accomplishment. Their families deserve this celebratory moment of achievement as well.

This will take several days to record each student safely and edit all of their moments into the graduation program, scheduled to air on Friday June 5th at 7PM, and repeated several times thereafter.

Our 2020 Graduation may be happening in slow motion, but we hope and trust that all good things that spring from dedication and accomplishment will come to each and every student – not just in the fullness of time, but in the fullness of youth.

Even when we must be separately prerecorded, community television can bring us all together.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. And, thank you for watching

Note: There is also a planned car parade for graduating students and families. We are in the midst of planning our coverage of this unique and fun event. As they say – stay tuned.

This event might become one memorable example of a new tradition – a new way that we can all celebrate the good moments in new ways, not just this year, but every year. I’m good with that.

Our heartiest congrats to all of our 2020 Panthers on Parade. Panthers rule!"

For the complete Franklin.TV and WFPR.FM radio schedule check out the program guide

Additional updates will be posted to the FHS graduation page as they become available
Graduation! It’s a Happening Thing
Graduation! It’s a Happening Thing

Monday, June 24, 2019

FM #167 - Joint Budget Subcommittee Meeting - June 19, 2019 (audio)

FM #167

This internet radio show or podcast is number 167 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The joint budget subcommittee is comprised of members of the Town Council, School Committee, and Finance Committee and supported by members of the Town Administration as well as the School District Central Office.

Plans have started for an override to be put before the voters for the FY 2021 budget. The specific amount and details remain to be finalized. The timing of the override vote also remains to be determined.

My notes from the meeting

The one page handout with the projected deficits referred to

Agenda doc

Without further ado, here is the audio recording (approx 90 minutes).


Additional References:
The prior Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting was held in Sep 2018

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FHS Unified Basketball had a great night with the Challenge!

What a night! Unified Sports and the Food Pantry Challenge
What a night! Unified Sports and the Food Pantry Challenge

Monday, February 5, 2018

Franklin Kindergarten Registration - Feb 12-13

Kindergarten registration for students entering in the fall of 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018   9:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2018   3:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM

Franklin Municipal Building
355 East Central Street
Third Floor Training Room

Can be found on this Town of Franklin webpage

The documents in the left column need to be completed and brought to registration. If unable to attend the scheduled dates, please bring the forms to the office of the Superintendent after February 14 between 7:30 A.M and 4:00 P.M. 

The documents in the right column are informational.

Franklin Kindergarten Registration - Feb 12-13
Franklin Kindergarten Registration - Feb 12-13

Friday, September 8, 2017

Franklin Public Schools: Letter of Inclusivity

Dear Franklin Community,

Each school year is a fresh start and as always we are excited to begin this new year. However, the entire administrative team of the Franklin Public Schools would be remiss if we did not share how recent events have caused us to reflect on acts of intolerance across the nation and within our community. We watched in horror as the events of Charlottesville, Virginia unfolded. Despite our greatest efforts to be inclusive, we are not immune to incidents of hate and bias. As former Superintendent Sabolinski stated in her June letter to the community, there was graffiti depicting swastikas at the three school complexes over the course of last year. These painful incidents are an affront to our core values and have caused us to take pause and engage in discussion about the culture we want in our schools. Our overarching goal is to ensure that each child and family is welcomed and safe in our schools. To that end we will be taking actions throughout this school year to meet this goal.

The Franklin Public Schools has been resolute in its enduring commitment to inclusive schools. Our Core Values speak to respecting the Dignity and Diversity of all individuals and cultures. This belief serves as a pillar of strong school climates and the foundation upon which we build a comprehensive educational experience for each student. We will not tolerate, accept or condone acts or speech that are hateful, racist, anti-semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, or gender-biased. We are, as a community, simply better than that.

In the coming school year, our schools will be engaging students in learning experiences that reinforce and promote acceptance and respect. lnclusivity will be a focus of our school and district goals, as reflected in the school and district improvement plans. Our pre-school and the elementary schools will address these issues through age-appropriate discussions and learning experiences through Responsive Classroom practices. The middle schools will be implementing A World of Difference program which promotes respect, acceptance, and inclusivity. The high school and middle schools will engage students in advisory lessons (and through the curriculum, where appropriate) that focus on topics such as the impact of hate, intolerance, bigotry, anti-semitism, and racism.

We invite parents to join us in our effort to eradicate hate from our school community and encourage you to talk with your children about the contents of this letter. Some helpful resources are as follows:

Franklin is a strong community. With your help, we can collectively nurture a learning environment where each child and family feels valued, safe, and respected.


(view the signatures of Superintendent Sara E Ahern, members of the Central Office and all the principals in the PDF copy below)

Franklin High School
Franklin High School

Sunday, August 20, 2017

End of School Year status update provided on School Improvement Plans

Catching up to share the summary for the School Committee (SC) held on Tuesday, August 8.

The School Committee heard updates from all the schools and the Central Office on the progress made on the Improvement Plans during the 2016-2017 school year. The updates were provided by the school principals. The presentation docs are shown below. You can follow the links to my notes recorded during the meeting for other details of the conversation. The full video of the meeting is available for replay by Franklin TV and that link is also found below.

After the schools provided their update, the Central Office, Superintendent Sara Ahern and Assistant Superintendents Peter Light and Joyce Edwards provided a preview of the District Improvement Plan for the coming school year. An offsite planning session was planned for Aug 16-18 during which the plan would be discussed, reviewed and refined to bring back to the SC for the Aug 22 meeting.

Note: the presentation docs include the status updates also provided at midyear. If you have seen those, you can skip to the end of year details listed for each school.

Middle Schools and High School

Elementary Schools

District Improvement Plan preview

the ball fields at FHS were getting water earlier this week
the ball fields at FHS were getting water earlier this week

Meeting video available for replay on demand by Franklin TV