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Thursday, May 19, 2022

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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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Finance Committee closes out budget hearing series with FPS and Tri-County Q&A, vote to approve budget

FM #796 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 796 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee budget hearing #3 for the FY 2023 Town of Franklin budget held on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 7 members of the Finance Committee were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 1 member was remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. 
  • Chair Bill Dowd opens the Finance Committee, 8 members participating (although by time of vote 1 member had left leaving a 7 member vte). This is the last of three sessions on the FY 2023 budget
  • This session covered Franklin Public Schools, Tri-County Regional Voc Tech and Norfolk Agricultural. Representatives from the first two schools were present for the discussion and Q&A. 
  • Interesting questions for both schools. More interesting for the future will be what will happen with the Tri-County feasibility study underway. As a regional school, the approval process for a new school is complex. There is also not a lot of history/precedent for such. Stay tuned as this could get interesting with 11 communities involved.
  • The budget as recommended and presented ultimately passed unanimously 7-0
The recording runs about an hour and eighteen minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting May 12, 2022.


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L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke
L - R: Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Dan Hanes, Tri-County Supt K McGuire; Tri-County SchCmte member Dr Peter Wernicke

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Finance Committee: Budget Hearing #3 - Education & Budget Vote - May 12, 2022 - 6:30 PM

 Finance Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet 
Thursday, May 12, 2022  - 6:30 PM


1. Call to Order

2. Public Comments

3. Approval of Minutes

4. FY23 Town Administrator Operating Budget Hearing continued...
FY23 Town Administrator Budget Materials website

a. Education:
i. 300 Franklin Public School District
ii. 390 Tri-County Regional Vocational School District
iii. 395 Norfolk County Agricultural School

5. FY23 Town Administrator Operating & Enterprise Budget Final Recommendation.

6. Future Agenda Items

7. Adjourn

The agenda document includes remote connection info ->

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open

Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open! Families must register each student individually before June 13th to guarantee their seat.  
Our online registration on FamilyID makes it easy.  
Visit our transportation page for registration details: or
Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open
Franklin Public Schools: Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Franklin Police on FHS baseball vs Sharon incident

"Franklin Vs Sharon Baseball Game Incident 

It was brought to our attention by the Franklin School Department that fans at a Franklin High School baseball game yesterday (Thursday) allegedly made antisemitic, racist, and homophobic epithets towards players of the Sharon baseball team.

The Franklin Police Department in no way supports or condones this alleged behavior. The matter is currently being investigated by the Franklin School Department. The FPD will assist the School Department if needed but there is no current criminal investigation into the matter.

If information arises that warrants a criminal investigation one will be opened."

Shared from the Twitter thread beginning with ->

Franklin Observer also reports on the incident
Franklin Police on FHS baseball vs Sharon incident
Franklin Police on FHS baseball vs Sharon incident

Friday, May 6, 2022

COVID-19 weekly date updates (post vacation bump seen)

1 - 
The weekly Franklin Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard is now available to view here:

Franklin Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard
Franklin Public Schools COVID-19 dashboard

2 - 

"Most of MA is now in the high COVID “Community Level” zone, since we have hit the (lagging indicator) hospitalization threshold. CDC guidelines say to now wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, including in schools. I expect no response or even acknowledgment. #DontLookUp"

Shared from Twitter ->

Most of MA is now in the high COVID “Community Level” zone
Most of MA is now in the high COVID “Community Level” zone

3 - 
"Reported #Worcester #COVID19 daily new case rate (2 wk avg, per 100k people) continues to increase in step with #Massachusetts state-wide trends.
Explore data for your town/city here:
While Nathan reported on Worcester, the Franklin data (shown below) tracks in similar manner albeit on a lesser level.

the Franklin data tracks in similar manner
the Franklin data tracks in similar manner