Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts

Friday, November 11, 2022

Friday, October 7, 2022

Mike Lubin Named Franklin High School Varsity Girls’ Ice Hockey Coach

Franklin High School has appointed Mr. Mike Lubin as the school’s new Varsity Girls’ Ice Hockey Coach! Coach Lubin previously served as Assistant Coach for the Panthers.

He has been a part of the FHS Girls’ Ice Hockey program since 2018. Prior to joining the Franklin, Lubin was a member of the Auburn High School Ice Hockey coaching staff from 2008-2016.

“We are so excited to have Coach Lubin step into the head coach role for our Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey program here at Franklin High School!” said Karrah Ellis, Franklin’s Director of Athletics. “Coach Lubin has an extensive hockey coaching background and we are looking forward to the upcoming season,'' said Ellis.

For more information please contact Karrah Ellis at

About the Franklin Public School District:
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.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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Did you know that Tri-County Athletics has a newsletter to subscribe to?
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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports - 12/09/21 (audio)

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 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

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FHS Athletics link -> 


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FHS sports twitter listing -> web page -> 

Franklin TV - event streaming -> 


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FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports
FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Memo to FHS Community: Upcoming FHS State Tournament Varsity Athletic Contests

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.

Thank you,

Joshua Hanna, 

Principal Franklin High School 

Sara Ahern, 

Superintendent of Schools

Purchase your tickets to the Franklin MIAA tournament games using the GOFAN app below.
Memo to FHS Community: Upcoming FHS State Tournament Varsity Athletic Contests
Memo to FHS Community: Upcoming FHS State Tournament Varsity Athletic Contests

Friday, August 27, 2021

MIAA statement on indoor mask wearing mandate

MIAA (@MIAA033) tweeted on Thu, Aug 26, 2021:
Read #MIAA statement from Executive Director Bob Baldwin regarding the recent indoor mask wearing mandate by @MASchoolsK12  

MIAA statement on indoor mask wearing mandate
MIAA statement on indoor mask wearing mandate


Friday, August 6, 2021

Head's Up: MIAA has changed their high school scheduling system

Thanks to Medway Athletics (@MedwayAthletics) for tweeting earlier this week:
"Looking for Fall Schedules

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)…   or directly for Franklin High School go to

More updates including iPhone/Android App coming soon. Please be patient."
Found via Twitter:   Note: I swapped out the Medway High link for the FHS link.

While we are on the MIAA webpage, what are the schedules for each of the seasons (as it stands now) for the 2021-2022 school year?

Head's Up: MIAA has changed their high school scheduling system
Head's Up: MIAA has changed their high school scheduling system

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Pantherbook: "FHS Athletes' Perspectives on Fall II "

Take a look at FHS Athletes' Perspectives on Fall II 
@FranklinHS @FHSSports
Direct link to Pantherbook

The football field is partially covered in a snowbank and the track is slightly wet from the weather.
The football field is partially covered in a snowbank and the track is slightly wet from the weather.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Strive Ninja Warriors now hiring - "Kids Fitness Coach"

"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."

Strive Ninja Warriors hiring - "Kids Fitness Coach"
Strive Ninja Warriors hiring - "Kids Fitness Coach"

Thursday, December 10, 2020

“The mission has been to gain full recognition for this group”

 The Boston Globe has the following:
"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. "

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

For more about the MIAA, visit their page
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 8, 2020

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
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

C. FHS Student Representative Comments
D. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Winter Athletics Update - Tom Angelo

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy – 2nd Reading / Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:
1. JJEA-Crowdfunding Policy
2. GE-Telework Policy
IV. Discussion Only Items
FY 21 Budget Updates
B. Kindergarten and Grade 1 Full and In-person update
C. Reopening of Schools Status Report 12/4/2020
D. Updated School Committee Presentation Schedule

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Ad Hoc Facilities Analysis, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council, Franklin Racial & Social Justice Task Force)

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your November 24, 2020 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. FHS Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $29.69 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. for in-house enrichment at FHS as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen
IX. Payroll Ms. D’Angelo
X. Executive Session
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

Document released for this meeting can be found in the meeting packet folder

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 8, 2020
Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 8, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020

“The kids are ecstatic. The kids are absolutely thrilled”

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."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
The Nov 1 letter shutting sports down with delay to hybrid until Nov 16
The Nov 5 letter with the test plan for athletes

“The kids are ecstatic. The kids are absolutely thrilled”
“The kids are ecstatic. The kids are absolutely thrilled”

Thursday, November 5, 2020

FHS Path To Return To Play/Perform

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)

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.


Joshua Hanna 
FHS Principal

Tom Angelo
FHS Athletic Director

Sara Ahern 
Superintendent of Schools 
FHS Path to Return to Play/Perform
FHS Path to Return to Play/Perform


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Hockomock League post-season plans for Fall I Athletics

"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.

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."
For the individual post-season plans for cross country, field hockey, golf, and soccer

Hockomock League post-season plans for Fall I Athletics
 Hockomock League post-season plans for Fall I Athletics

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Town of Franklin parks and fields opening May 25; playgrounds remain closed

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!

arial view of FHS athletic fields
arial view of FHS athletic fields

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Dr. Matzkin at FHS on Sept 11 to talk about female athletes

"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."

Elizabeth Matzkin (Twitter profile photo)
Elizabeth Matzkin (Twitter profile photo)

Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief of Women's Sports Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In the News: blueberry picking time; former Dean AD recognized

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"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.”

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the blueberry sign on Union St at Gianetti's
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."

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced

Good news to share via the Franklin Area Network:

"I wanted to share the recent release of the 2018 Pop Warner Little Scholars. These scholars are being recognized for academic excellence and Franklin has 38 scholars this year, more than any other district in the Hockomock league.

These students are 6-8th graders that must first qualify with a excellent GPA to submit an application where they then have to provide community service and extra circular activity information. I think it speaks so highly of the great job Franklin schools are doing to provide excellence in academics while also producing well rounded students.

These scholars will be honored at an awards banquets in March at Gillette Stadium hosted by the National Pop Warner Organization. "

You can find more about the event here: 

Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced
Franklin Pop Warner Little Scholars announced

You can find the full Pop Warner Little Scholar listing here

Or here

Friday, January 26, 2018

"focuses on making sure the student’s time in athletics is also a learning experience"

In the arena of "Where are they now?" Christopher Schmidt, former vice principal at FHS is doing well as Athletic Director at Nipmuc Regional HS. 

Has it already been three years?  From the Milford Daily News and Twitter 
"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.”

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Nipmuc Regional HS Athletic Director Christopher Schmidt
Nipmuc Regional HS Athletic Director Christopher Schmidt