Showing posts with label communications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label communications. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Franklin School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee gets to work at first meeting

The Community Relations Subcommittee of the Franklin School Committee met as scheduled Monday, Dec 11, 2023 at 6 PM. I joined the meeting webinar about 5 minutes after the start. My notes captured during the session are shared below.

Quick recap:
  • Members of the Committee are Al Charles, Erin Gallagher, and Ruthann O'Sullivan. Apparently Charles in the Chair. He referred to the agenda to keep the meeting moving along.
  • Superintendent Giguere also participated to provide some background and insights. Fresh views should help this group. 
  • Reviewed the standard annual events to participate in, learned of the contract firm to assist the School District with crisis management and overall communications. This group can leverage some of that capacity to help spread the word
  • Meetings will be monthly on the second Monday so next session scheduled for Jan 8, 2024.

My notes captured via Twitter
  • Supt Giguere participating. Charles and he have experience of this subcmte's work done previously, respectfully the two new members are getting up to speed.
  • Discussion about interrelationship with Town Council & School Committee, regular meetings at TA and Supt level. Joint Budget subcmte also a key piece around the budget development and process. Possible budget workshop for SchCmte to include Central Office & principals ...
  • The principals can add more details around particular initiatives as they are closer to the need and benefits.
  • Major annual events Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival, etc. Reference to have all communications point back to the webpage, updating the page to help reinforce.. the message. The proper answer to a question/topic, etc. How does this committee handle or have a possible role in sourcing info from the community to help info the SchCmte and or Central Office to address?
  • First how to be informed, second how to respond/address. Part of the newsletter would also include how to provide feedback, question, etc.
  • Desire to have a regular link to use for the newsletter so overtime people could go there for updates and info.
  • Contracted services with John Guilfoil jgpr.net
  • A sports story coming on the multiple coach of year awards announced recently. In addition, FHS won a sportsmanship award. The firm can also provide a workshop to create a communication strategy.
  • Farmers Market community table presence, legislative forum didn't happen last year, consider to bring back. Outreach to private daycare org to build awareness, relationship, etc.
  • Need to be careful on the theme and purpose of legislative forum, if it goes forward. Did have opportunity to meet regionally last year with local representatives and other districts, on the budget, if that happens again, will let folks here know to participate
  • Meetings second Monday of the month, Jan 8, 2024. Motion to adjourn, seconded, passes via roll call 3-0 That's all for tonight catch you next time!

Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM
Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Sub Committee
December 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd floor Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

● Define Purpose of Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy Subcommittee
● Review Committee Goals & Establish FY24 Goals
● JPGR Overview & Partnership
● Known FY24 Community Events


Remote participation info included in agenda doc

Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM
Franklin Public Schools: Community Relations Subcommittee - Dec 11 at 6 PM

Monday, September 11, 2023

Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting - Sep 11 at 6:00 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
September 11, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd floor Training Room

AGENDA
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Harvest Festival Planning




Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting - Sep 11 at 6:00 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting - Sep 11 at 6:00 PM

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

In this conversation with Supt Giguere we talk of the prep for the new school year and much more (audio)

FM #1051 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1051 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin School Superintendent Lucas Giguere. We had our conversation in person at Franklin High School on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. 


At a high level our topics were:

  • School year prep

  • One year anniversary as Superintendent

  • State funded free lunch

  • District hiring status

  • Budget analysis per Joint Budget Cmte underway

  • Comprehensive School Facility Planning about to begin process

  • Reminder on communications and when to escalate

The recording runs about 32 minutes so let’s listen to my conversation our school Superintendent Lucas Giguere. Audi file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1051-fps-supt-lucas-giguere-08-23-23


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Superintendent’s page ->  https://www.franklinps.net/district/superintendent 


Free lunch notification ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/08/franklin-public-schools-letter-to.html 


Back to School Letter & checklist -> https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/backtoschool_family_letter_2023-24.pdf 


School budget ->  https://www.franklinps.net/fy24budget 


EduSpeak glossary -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/superintendent/pages/eduspeak-glossary-educational-terms-acronyms 


Communication guidelines -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/families/pages/communication-guidelines-fps-families 



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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

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


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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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Franklin (MA) School Supt L Giguere
Franklin (MA) School Superintendent Lucas Giguere

Friday, August 25, 2023

Master Plan Update Committee discusses timeline, outreach, survey and more in 2 hour session (video)

The Master Plan Update Committee met as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2023 beginning at 6:30 PM. I joined the meeting in progress at about 7ish (after the Police Station committee completed in the Council Chambers.)


The Franklin TV meeting video replay link ->    https://www.youtube.com/live/1sLTy6XZK48

Brief recap 
  • Discussion on branding efforts complicated by heavy web presence of Franklin Tennessee and wanting to avoid confusion with them
  • Will have booth at Harvest Festival, discussion on logo, branding desire to have something ready to handout or engagement with community at booth
  • Proceeding with "Form Franklin's Future"
  • Recommendations from multiple members to obtain input in map based form, for multiple good reasons to help visualize and work with qualitatively, if not quantitatively
  • extended discussion on survey and use of an incentive to increase participation, action to run this by the Town Attny for 2 answers, one if the committee could do so (per meeting likely not); alternatively, might another non-town org (i.e. Dean College) run the survey (and include incentive) to enable the data to be used by the committee. Amy to get answers
  • Amy to create spreadsheet for committee members to use to add orgs and other contact points for outreach effort
  • The 2020 update to the Master Plan is the one to use for status of which of the prior plans objectives and actions items were completed or not. Ginelle has marked up the spreadsheet with color coding on completion status and will share to the drive from other members to work with
  • Meeting adjourns
My full set of notes captured via Twitter can be found in one PDF

Master Plan Update Committee discusses timeline, outreach, survey and more in 2 hour session (video)
Master Plan Update Committee discusses timeline, outreach, survey and more in 2 hour session (video)

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Franklin, MA: Master Plan Update Committee - Agenda for July 26, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Town of Franklin 
Master Plan Update Committee 
Agenda - July 26, 2023

3rd Floor Training Room

1. Community Outreach Plan
● Review draft
2. Establish Mission and Goals
3. Subcommittee Meeting Schedules


Agenda doc also contains remote participation info -> 

 

Franklin, MA:  Master Plan Update Committee - Agenda for July 26, 2023 at 6:30 PM
Franklin, MA:  Master Plan Update Committee - Agenda for July 26, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The Franklin Food Pantry hiring a Communications Manager

The Pantry is hiring!
This is a great opportunity to join a growing and very worthy organization!

Check us out!

The Franklin Food Pantry hiring a Communications Manager
The Franklin Food Pantry hiring a Communications Manager

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - March 29 (virtual only)

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
March 29, 2023 - 5:30 PM
Virtual Only


A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be
discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
●  Legislative Forum

The agenda doc contains remote participation info -> 


5th Annual Legislative Forum scheduled - Monday, April 10, 2023
5th Annual Legislative Forum scheduled - Monday, April 10, 2023

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Reminder: Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator

Communications Coordinator Job Opening

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has a job opening for a communications coordinator, approximately 25 hours per month. 

The communications coordinator is responsible for all written communications, including media releases, social media, website updates, and electronic newsletters. 

Please email the Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) executive director for more information or to apply (Downtown.Franklin@yahoo.com).

Small social media or PR agencies are also welcome to send proposals.

Visit the Downtown Partnership page here ->   https://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/

Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator
Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator


Communications Coordinator Job Opening
The Franklin Downtown Partnership has a job opening for a communications coordinator, approximately 25 hours per month. 

The communications coordinator is responsible for all written communications, including media releases, social media, website updates, and electronic newsletters. 

Please email the Franklin Downtown Partnership (FDP) executive director for more information or to apply. 

Small social media or PR agencies are also welcome to send proposals.

Visit the Downtown Partnership page here ->   https://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/



Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator
Franklin Downtown Partnership is looking for a Communications Coordinator


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).  
https://t.co/c6l4mKrV8c  or ->   https://www.franklinps.net/district/families/pages/community-communication-guidelines

 Shared from Twitter -> 

https://t.co/GO25OuL4kn

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

Friday, November 4, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum & discusses other communication efforts (audio)

FM #871 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 871 in the series. 


This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022. The meeting was conducted in the 3rd floor training room. No remote participation was enabled for this session per their agenda.


Chair Denise Spencer opened the meeting. School Committee members Al Charles and Camile Bernstein, Superintendent Lucas Giguere, and Marketing Communications Specialist Lily Rivera were also present with me recording the session.


The show notes contain a link to the agenda and to my notes.


The recording runs about 63 minutes, so let’s listen to the Community Relations Subcommittee meeting of Nov 1, 2022.


Audio file ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-871-school-cmte-community-relations-subcmte-mtg-11-01-22


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Subcommittee agenda

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/community_relations_sub_comm_agenda_11.1.2022.pdf 


My notes in this ThreadReader PDF -> 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ux6z6Z1tM9LZxSbULqzurSMSZXPLPHvd/view?usp=share_link 


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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

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


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!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum
Community Relations Subcommittee starts planning for Legislative Forum


Sunday, October 30, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
Tuesday November 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Legislative Forum
● School Committee - Communication Request Form
● Generate ideas to support two way communication within community


Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM
Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Agenda - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin School Committee - Community Relations Sub Committee
Tuesday November 1, 2022 - 6:00 PM

Location: 3rd Floor Municipal Building – Training Room


A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

● Legislative Forum
● School Committee - Communication Request Form
● Generate ideas to support two way communication within community

Agenda doc -> 

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting - Nov 1 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

"The stakes can be very high when the Department of Children & Families intercedes between a parent and their child. Now imagine if the parent doesn’t speak English.

That’s what happened to Juan Abad, a Dominican immigrant who’s been a Lynn resident for roughly a decade. Abad didn’t know he had fathered twins until one of them died from severe physical abuse inflicted by the mother’s boyfriend. The state’s Office of the Child Advocate reviewed the horrific case and found that DCF failed to protect the three-month-old baby. The mother, who along with her boyfriend was charged in connection with the baby’s death, called Abad to tell him he was the babies’ father and that the surviving twin, Anthony, had been put in foster care.

And so began Abad’s five-year ordeal to get custody of Anthony, in a case that was hampered by DCF’s language-access shortcomings. The case exemplifies the inconsistent and more than often substandard language access practices across state government agencies. Even though it is required by federal law to provide timely and culturally competent oral language services to individuals with limited English proficiency, the law is rarely enforced."

Continue reading the Boston Globe article online (subscription may be required)

Coincidentally, the biliteracy achievement award issued by the Commonwealth recognized 5 students from FHS last year and 11 for this year. Each student achieved this with at least 2 languages. I recall a School Committee meeting that revealed that there are more than 20 languages spoken in the halls and corridors of FHS.
 

"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"
"Nearly 1 in 4 people in Massachusetts speaks a language other than English at home"

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Franklin School Committee: Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting

Municipal Building - Training Room (Virtual Link in Agenda)

Thursday February 17, 2022 - 6:00 PM


A G E N D A

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

  • Call to Order
  • Review Community Relations Subcommittee goals
  • Legislative Forum - Date, Questions
  • Coffee Chat
  • Confirm schedule for upcoming meetings


Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Meeting agenda - Feb 17 - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

First Universalist Society in Franklin is hiring for their "Church Operations and Communications Manager" position

Church Operations and Communications Manager

The Church Operations and Communications Manager supports the mission and goals of FUSF, a Vibrant, Energetic, and liberal congregation, by providing leadership and professional expertise to a broad variety of functions necessary for the effective planning and day-to-day operation of the church. The incumbent has broad responsibilities across the entire operation. Reporting to the Minister, the Church Operations and Communications Manager works with other staff, church officers, boards, committees/teams, and volunteer leaders in all facets of this process from visioning to implementation.

The Church Operations and Communication Manager’s primary roles encompass:
Internal Communications including
o handling email, phone and in person inquiries,
o manage and update communication tools and serve as the primary resource for congregants using these tools including Google G-Suite, fusf.org email addresses, Breeze database and Mailchimp,
o Coordinate, edit, update, create, and deliver the: Google calendar, and E-Newsletter,
o supporting the internal congregation and operations structure and being the initial entrance point into the church.
External Communications responsible for our Website, and social media campaign execution and administration.
Church Office Management including Clerical Support
Bookkeeping including account updating and reconciliation via QuickBooks
Support Building and Facilities Management, including custodial supervision.

Must possess excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication skills; be technically proficient with many office and communication tools, be independent, self-motivated, and reliable, be well organized, detail oriented and able to multitask all with a friendly smile.

The position has a competitive salary, generous benefits, and 4 weeks of paid vacation during the summer.

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to: Bo.Kinney@fusf.org


screen grab of FUSF.org webpage
screen grab of FUSF.org webpage

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)

 FM #715 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 715 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Franklin, MA School Committee Community Relations Subcommittee meeting held on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: all of the subcommittee members were in the 3rd floor training room, at least one other member the public joined via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


Denise Spencer, Al Charles, Camille Bernstein, Superintendent Sara Ahern, Communications/Marketing Specialist Lily Rivera


The recording of the public meeting runs just 55 minutes 


The link to the meeting agenda is included in the show notes. The link to my notes taken during the meeting is also provided.


Let’s listen to the Community Relations subcommittee meeting of Feb 1, 2022

Audio file ->  
https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-715-school-cmte-community-relations-subcom-mtg-02-01-22


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Meeting agenda doc ->   

https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/agendas/community_relations_sub_comm_agenda_2-1-22.pdf 


My notes captured during the meeting (via ThreadReader)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mrr40dEwuavAiGdmLea1BHLwsKz-9tnl/view?usp=sharing 



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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

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


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!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)
Community Relations Subcommittee - meeting 2/01/22 (audio)