Showing posts with label boston magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label boston magazine. Show all posts

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Saturday, January 30, 2021

“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston

"As is the case with so many of Boston’s beloved destinations, it’s hard not to think about the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and get a little bummed out. All the celebrations that would normally take place in its giant shadow, like the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectaculars, the BSO performances, and all the free-to-all concerts held there every year, have been canceled. One of the loudest publicly-accessible outdoor spaces in the city has gone quiet, and dark.

But a new month long public art project slated to take over the Hatch Shell this winter will change all that, and in the process, give Bostonians something they have no doubt been craving of late: something cool to do outside.

Beginning later this month, the stage will host what the Esplanade Association is calling a “four week illumination and sound experience.” Called Hatched: Breaking through the silence, it will include laser-projected animations that will fill the 40-foot-tall arch, as well as music that can be played through smartphones and portable speakers.

It debuts on January 22, and viewings will last 15 minutes and run every 20 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night through February 21. It’s free to all, and the Hatch Shell’s lawn will be open to anyone who wants to see the show up close while keeping a safe distance apart."
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“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston
“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston (Rendering via the MF Dynamics)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Franklin's Sculpture Park one of "Five Hidden-Gem Outdoor Sculpture Parks to Visit on a Quick Trip from Boston"

Boston Magazine's Nathan Tavares writes:

"The town of Franklin manages this petite park, spreading out over just about an acre at the past site of the now filled-in old town pool, where you can now float around the 13 sculptures. Opened in 2014, the park’s gentle walkway curves around a pond, showcasing view of local wildlife and artwork, like the painted PVC pipes of “The Trees of Life” that rise from the water, and Buddy Olson’s giant welded steel bear named “Ursus.” Many of the artworks were created by students from the Franklin Art Center and elsewhere, so bring the kiddos here to spark some creativity."

Free admission. Daily, dawn to dusk. Panther Way, Franklin, MA. 

Read all about the other four "hidden-gem" sculpture parks 
2 works of art at the Park
2 works of art at the Park

Other photos taken at the end of September on a walk around the Sculpture Park

Friday, April 13, 2018

“I believe it is impossible for these photographs to be viewed on their own merits any longer"

Change of plans. Guess I won't be going to the ICA to see The Brown Sisters photos after all.

"Following reports that the famed photographer and longtime Massachusetts College of Art and Design professor acted inappropriately with students, Nicholas Nixon’s best-known collection of pictures has been removed from the Institute of Contemporary Art. 
His work, The Brown Sistersis a series of photographs taken of his wife and her three sisters every year since 1975. They’ve been on display at the ICA, along with dozens of his other photographs, for months in an exhibition called “Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision” and had been scheduled to remain there another 10 days."
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Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Friday, September 1, 2017

Franklin listed #40 among the Best Public School Districts in Boston 2017

From the social media feed, we share the listing of the Best Public School Districts in Boston 2017 as published by Boston Magazine.

Follow the link to find the interactive chart. Franklin is listed as #40.

"Use the chart below to explore our exclusive ranking of 125 districts in Greater Boston. Sort by what matters most to you—SAT scores, class size, AP participation, and more. PLUS: See more from our annual schools feature."

Franklin listed #40 among the Best Public School Districts in Boston 2017
Franklin listed #40 among the Best Public School Districts in Boston 2017

Monday, September 7, 2015

How do you define 'best' by money spent or results achieved?

Realtor Warren Reynolds does the analysis on the Boston Magazine school rankings to summarizes that the methodology "penalizes Franklin."
"For its 2015 school rankings, Boston Magazine says it chose a methodology that lessens the importance of academic performance (as measured by standardized test scores). Instead, in a self-described effort to reward school districts that spend more money, Boston Magazine says its calculations intentionally favor districts with high costs per pupil, small class sizes and high teacher to pupil ratios:

“. . .we rewarded schools that have smaller class sizes, lower student-to-teacher ratios, and higher rates of per-pupil spending, among other characteristics. In response to criticism of such rankings, we’ve also tried to deemphasize test results. We still take standardized test scores into account—but we reduced the weight of those scores within the overall rankings.”
This “spending over academic performance” weighting seems to have penalized Franklin in Boston Magazine’s analysis. Franklin schools are known for achieving solid test results while spending LESS per pupil than many other top performing school districts in the Commonwealth. The Franklin School District’s limited budget helps keeps Franklin’s real estate taxes a lot lower than most other communities in MA that have good schools, but that seems to count for little in the eyes of Boston Magazine."
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Continue reading Warren's article here:

So for good school performance with less out of your pocketbook, chose Franklin!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In the News: "Best Schools" issue

Several MetroWest and Milford area school districts made Boston magazine’s annual "Best Schools" issue, which hit newsstands this week. 
Among the towns on the list are Wayland (No. 9), Weston (No. 11), Sudbury (No. 16), Westborough (No. 17), Holliston (No. 18), Hopkinton (No. 28), Southborough (No. 30), Northborough (No. 39) and Medway (No. 42). 
The magazine compiled data released by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, ranking schools in the municipalities in 20 different categories, including average class size, student-to-teacher ratio, rates of college acceptance, and SAT and MCAS test scores

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You can view the full Boston Magazine listing here.

I find it noteworthy that Franklin did make the listing in the 62 position. While many of its rankings across the 20 categories were competitive with the schools ranked above it, there was one category were Franklin ranked next to last of the 62. Wrentham was the only school district of the Top 62 that spent less per pupil than Franklin. They spent $10,506 (ranked 58th overall) to Franklin's $10,708 (ranked 62 overall)

Another example of the best 'bang for the buck' that Franklin gets for what we choose to spend.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Boston Magazine says spending more is a big deal!

The Boston Magazine has just published its Top 50 high schools inside the i495 beltway around Boston. Franklin did NOT make this listing and as I looked at the data, I began to wonder why.

I made a copy of the Top 50 and then added Franklin to work with a listing of 51 schools. When you look at the data this way, Franklin compares very well.

  • When looking at the enrollment, only 8 high schools are larger!
  • When sorting by Student-Teacher ratio, only 7 schools have a greater ratio that Franklin
  • When looking at the graduation rate, Franklin ties with Cohasset and still beats 11 other schools
  • When looking at the MCAS English scores, Franklin ties with 9 schools and beats 7 more
  • When looking at the MCAS Science scores, Franklin ties with Hingham and Marblehead and beats 25 more!
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Reading scores, Franklin beats 7 schools
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Writing scores, Franklin ties with Pentucket, Ashland and Lynnfield and beats 8 more
  • When looking at the Avg SAT Math scores, Franklin beat 15 other schools
  • When looking at the Percent AP Proficiency scores, Franklin beat 15 other schools
  • When looking at the # of AP Classes offered, only Boston Latin beat Franklin!
  • When looking at the # of varsity sports offered, Franklin ties with Concord-Carlisle and Cohasset and still beat 21 other schools
  • When looking at the # of clubs offered, Franklin tied with Norwell and still beat 19 other schools
So the weighting of some of the data had to be the cause for Franklin not to be in this Top50. There were two categories where Franklin did not do so well:
  • When looking at the MCAS Math scores, Franklin beats 4 schools
  • When looking at the percent going to college, Franklin ties with Cohasset and Reading and beats one other school (Ashland)

Why were the MCAS Math scores apparently weighted more than the Avg SAT Math scores?

Why was the percent going to college weighed so high? Isn't high school supposed to prepare you for life?

I think the real driver behind why Franklin is not on this listing has to do with money. Only Georgetown spends less than Franklin on this listing of the Top50! I believe that if the weighting on the per pupil expenditures was considered differently, that is spending less would actually be better than spending more, Franklin would have made this listing!

The Milford Daily News article is here:

The Boston Magazine listing is here:

My copy of 51 schools can be found here: