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|Tri-County RVTHS Athletics - Winter 2022 - 2023 Newsletter|
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|Tri-County RVTHS Athletics - Winter 2022 - 2023 Newsletter|
The Franklin Public School District strives to nurture a safe, supportive, inclusive and collaborative learning environment in each of our 10 schools. We believe in providing an engaging and rigorous curriculum with exemplary instructional practices that will support and challenge students to reach their full potential through personalized learning opportunities. Our goal is to develop the necessary social-emotional, academic, and career skills for each Franklin student, so that they will be a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.
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FM #677 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 677 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin High School Athletic Director Tom Angelo. We had our conversation in person at FHS. The office was mostly quiet although you’ll catch the bell to change classes during our session.
We talk about:
How Tom got to FHS in 2016
Program insights including the development of the Unified teams
Credit goes to the coaches, the student athletes, and the community
Shout outs to HockomockSports.com and Franklin TV for coverage of the sports
Special shout outs to Trainer Jen (Jen Edmunds) and Athletics Secretary Susan Jacobson
Retirement at end of school year and how Tom will keep busy
Links to the key references are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 47 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Tom Angelo
FHS Athletics link -> https://www.franklinps.net/franklin-high-school/athletics-department
FHS Athletics Twitter account -> https://twitter.com/FHSSports
FHS sports twitter listing -> https://twitter.com/i/lists/823290154886512641
HockomockSports.com web page -> https://hockomocksports.com/
Franklin TV - event streaming -> https://franklintv.vod.castus.tv/vod/?nav=live%2Fch2
We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.
This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
How can you help?
If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
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If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com
The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
I hope you enjoy!
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|FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports|
"Hockomock League - Winter reminders for athletes and spectators. Please read. Thank you!"Link to Hockomock League page with statement -> https://t.co/saDw79kV0L or
Dear Franklin Families,
We are writing to inform you of concerns due to recent fan behaviors during our varsity games. In recent weeks, there have been several instances of students exhibiting unruly, inappropriate, disrespectful, unsafe, and unsportsmanlike behavior during games. This includes behavior among middle and elementary students. This behavior is unacceptable. Disrespectful fans will be asked to leave the event. Fans are also not allowed to exit and re-enter the event.
We have noticed that many younger students are attending games unaccompanied by an adult. Dropping children off at games unattended poses significant safety concerns.
Effective immediately, all non-Franklin High School students, including Franklin middle school and elementary school students, must be accompanied and supervised by an adult throughout the duration of all varsity games. Unaccompanied children will need to be picked up by their parents / guardian.
At Franklin High, we pride ourselves on demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity on the field/court, and it is expected that our fans exhibit the same behavior off the field/court (see FHS Spectator Code of Conduct).
Fan cheering and team support are welcomed parts of sporting events and can directly impact our athletes. Appropriate cheering, done in good taste, can contribute to a positive game environment. Inappropriate cheering, or excessive jeering, has an adverse effect on the players, the game, other fans, and does not represent our school or community values. We have all been enjoying cheering on our outstanding teams this season and wish for their continued success.
We ask that parents/guardians talk to their children about their behavior during sporting events, and we are hopeful that this issue will subside with this new rule in place. We appreciate your cooperation.
Principal Franklin High School
Superintendent of Schools
|Memo to FHS Community: Upcoming FHS State Tournament Varsity Athletic Contests|
Read #MIAA statement from Executive Director Bob Baldwin regarding the recent indoor mask wearing mandate by @MASchoolsK12
|MIAA statement on indoor mask wearing mandate|
"Looking for Fall SchedulesFound via Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedwayAthletics/status/1422624455109533704?s=03 Note: I swapped out the Medway High link for the FHS link.
The @MIAA033 has changed its scheduling system and the MIAA App is no longer being used.
Please visit the ArbiterLive link below (a work in progress)…
https://arbiterlive.com/ or directly for Franklin High School go to https://arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=7918
More updates including iPhone/Android App coming soon. Please be patient."
|Head's Up: MIAA has changed their high school scheduling system|
Take a look at FHS Athletes' Perspectives on Fall II
|The football field is partially covered in a snowbank and the track is slightly wet from the weather.|
"If you love fitness, coaching and you are great with kids... Strive Ninja Fitness is the place for you!We are currently looking for enthusiastic and driven individuals to join our fun and growing team!What do we do?We are a ninja warrior/obstacle fitness facility… we help kids and adults develop skills on obstacles that you might see on the TV show American Ninja Warrior or in Obstacle Course Races.But what if I'm not a ninja?Prior Ninja Warrior/Obstacle experience is not required, but it certainly helps to be excited about the idea of Ninja/Obstacle training (since that is what we do!). Being a fan of the TV show American Ninja Warrior is a plus! We will train you to help deliver outstanding gym experiences for our customers."
"The MIAA Board of Directors took a crucial first step Wednesday in providing urban schools across Massachusetts a larger voice in high school athletics and other business.
By a 20-0 vote, the board agreed to create an urban schools ad hoc committee to serve as an advisory resource to various MIAA committees. Avery Esdaile, athletic director for Boston Public Schools, addressed the board on behalf of a group of ADs from urban areas across the state, which has been meeting regularly to address challenges and other issues their programs face.
“We want to see the group get to, and ultimately be a resource and utilize the different people and experiences that we have, and help out others in the association,” Esdaile said. "
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters 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…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH
Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.XI. Adjournment
|Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 8, 2020|
From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Izzy Arnold received her first COVID-19 test Saturday morning.
“It was kind of uncomfortable,” the Franklin High junior soccer player said. “But nothing I can’t handle.”
And that sentiment accurately sums up the past week for Franklin High students and administrators.
A party on Oct. 31 at a home in Franklin, where up to 50 high school students failed to practice social distancing or wear masks, forced Franklin High School to shut down until Nov. 16."
|“The kids are ecstatic. The kids are absolutely thrilled”|
FHS Varsity Student Athletes / Performers, Parents / Guardians, and Staff,
We know that these past few days have been frustrating with the disruptions to the anticipation of both hybrid school as well as games / performances.
Understanding that out of doors events have been determined as safe by our health and safety officials, we are writing with a solution to allow for games / performances to begin on November 9, 2020.
FHS is in the process of looking to team up with a local healthcare provider to allow for large scale Covid-19 tests to be administered on site at Franklin High School. We are aiming to hold this on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Plans are still developing with the idea that students will be given the opportunity to take the test and upon receiving a negative test result would then be cleared to play / perform in upcoming scheduled events.
Because we are still working on the feasibility of this, the workaround (in order to get testing accomplished in a timely fashion -- Rapid Test results are back within 1-2 days and PCR tests take 4-5 days), student athletes/performers may obtain Covid-19 tests independently. Upon proof of testing negative, they would be cleared to play/perform in next week’s scheduled events.
We will also ask that players/performers complete one additional step of filling out a survey each day of play to assure ourselves and others that everyone is safe. This survey screens players/performers about Covid-19 symptoms and exposure to the virus, as well as asks participants to attest that they did not attend any large gatherings over the 10/30 - 11/1 weekend that did not practice social distancing or wearing of masks including the Halloween party that resulted in the 2 week cancellation of events.
All school handbook rules regarding participation in extracurriculars still apply.
Here is a link to COVID testing sites in MA (if unable to attend 11/7/20 or if we are unable to host a testing site on the FHS campus) https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13
We wish we could offer testing to all of our students in order to return to school in hybrid instruction. At this time, it is not feasible to test approximately 600 students each week. Additionally, the outdoor nature of these activities is being considered as compared to the indoor nature of school and other clubs and activities. We sincerely hope that more robust testing is available in the future in order to facilitate as much in person teaching and learning as possible.
We wish to extend our regret that the golf tournament was held on Monday and that the timing of the event did not facilitate participation of those players. Many aspects of managing through this pandemic are out of our control and require additional time for us to develop novel responses.
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the students who had been scheduled to play and acknowledge this loss of experience for you and your families.
"It has been the primary goal of the Hockomock League Athletic Directors to make the Fall 1 Sports experience as normal as possible under these difficult COVID circumstances. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to give our student-athletes a competitive season within the game and spectator modifications that were issued from EEA, DESE, and MIAA. We thank our district School Committees and Superintendents for their support of these extracurricular programs. Our players, parents, coaches, officials, and media outlets have respected the rules of the game and the rules of the home venue to make this season a success.For the individual post-season plans for cross country, field hockey, golf, and soccer https://t.co/p1AMfpA8p0
On that note, it is with great enthusiasm that the Hockomock Athletic Directors announce that each Fall 1 sport will have a postseason championship. Golf and Cross Country will host their traditional single-event championships. In addition to awarding the league division winner based upon regular season records, Field Hockey and Soccer will, for the first time, host a seeded, crossover league tournament, called the Hockomock Cup. These championship events will provide our athletes a postseason lost by the cancellation of MIAA sectional and state tournaments. Please see the details below for the structure of each championship or tournament."
| Hockomock League post-season plans for Fall I Athletics|
In accordance with the Governor's plan, we will be opening all fields & parks, & their associated parking lots, Mon. May 25th.
Playgrounds will remain closed due to the high frequency of surface touching on equipment.
Please follow all social distancing requirements to stay safe! https://t.co/G78vx00lOM
In accordance with the Governor's plan, we will be opening all fields & parks, & their associated parking lots, Mon. May 25th. Playgrounds will remain closed due to the high frequency of surface touching on equipment. Please follow all social distancing requirements to stay safe! pic.twitter.com/G78vx00lOM— Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) May 19, 2020
|arial view of FHS athletic fields|
"We are fortunate to have Dr. Matzkin here on Sept 11 to talk to our female athletes, families and coaches on injury prevention, bone stress injuries, Relative Energy Deficiency and sports specialization.
Free to the public!
7 PM in the Franklin High School auditorium."
We are fortunate to have Dr. Matzkin here on Sept 11 to talk to our female athletes, families & coaches on injury prevention, bone stress injuries, Relative Energy Deficiency and sports specialization. Free to the public! 7pm in the Franklin High School auditorium. https://t.co/vTj4YpmU7r— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) August 31, 2018
|Elizabeth Matzkin (Twitter profile photo)|
"From afar, the several acres of 8-foot-tall bushes look like just that - bushes. But a closer look reveals thousands of blueberries ripening in the July heat, most deep-blue and the size of a nickel.
Blueberry season is here, and Gianetti’s U-Pick-Blueberries Farm is ripe for the picking on Fridays and Saturdays until late August.
A trip to the produce department, said part owner Pam Gianetti, pales in comparison to visiting a plantation. For $3.95 a pound at Gianetti’s, families can spend hours combing the five-acre property for the perfect pick.
“The taste is better,” said Gianetti. “I’ve been eating these blueberries since I was 4. We have six different varieties and I can tell which variety I like best. They all have a slightly different taste.”
|the blueberry sign on Union St at Gianetti's|
"Former Dean College director of athletics John Jackson joined two other athletic administrators being inducted into the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame recently.
Jackson, who was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year on three separate occasions (2002, 2010 and 2014), will be inducted alongside Ron Case, the former athletic director at Rowan College-Gloucester County and Mary Ellen Leicht, the former CEO of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The honor for Jackson comes after he spent 37 years in various roles at Dean College — including 27 as the director of athletics. His tenure with the Bulldogs began in 1980 when he took over the men’s basketball program and guided them to 120 wins in ten seasons — the most in the history of the program."
|Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced|
"Only three years into the job, Nipmuc Regional High School Athletic Director Christopher Schmidt has gained statewide recognition for his morale and achievements.
Schmidt was awarded the Massachusetts Secondary School Athletic Directors’ Association (MSSADA) Theodore “Ted” Damko Award because of his clear dedication to student athletics, and overall attitude, according to Principal John Clements.
The Damko Award is granted to athletic directors in Massachusetts that have been on the job for three to five years. There are awards for each individual district, and an overall state winner, which Schmidt was named.
“When Chris joined us, one of things we recognized about him is how passionate he is about being an athletic director,” Clements said. “He just hit the ground running. He’s had so much impact not only with success on the field, but more importantly in the pride behind Nipmuc Athletics.”
#NipmucPride is excited to announce that Athletic Director Christopher Schmidt has been selected for state-wide recognition as the recipient of the MA Secondary School Athletic Directors’ Association Theodore “Ted” Damko Award.” Congratulations Mr. Schmidt! pic.twitter.com/JYmptqa0IC— Mendon-Upton RSD (@MendonUptonRSD) January 22, 2018
|Nipmuc Regional HS Athletic Director Christopher Schmidt|