Showing posts with label good experience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label good experience. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

School Committee hears of summer learning, approves MOU with Cafeteria workers (video)

The School Committee met as scheduled on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. The Franklin TV video is available for replay. For their second meeting in a row, they accomplished business (including an Executive Session) in under an hour. 


an update on summer learning was shared
an update on summer learning was shared

Friday, May 20, 2022

Good things take time...

"What dream of yours are you nurturing right now? 🌷

Making quick progress or getting fast results certainly sounds nice, and in our fast-paced world, it can seem like things must be completed in an instant.

But taking things step by step and making progress daily is what generates real results. So if a goal seems too large right now, the thing to do isn’t to speed up.

👉🏽Instead, embrace the power of slow and work towards your finish line with patience and discipline. Let all the good things you’ve been chasing come and catch you, and remember that no matter how small your efforts may feel, things will come together sooner than later."

Via The Good Life Project on Instagram ->

Good things take time...
Good things take time...

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness. Apply now for a table this summer!

 Via the Franklin Farmers Market:

"Did you know we have a table available for FREE to any non-profits in the area?

That’s right, our Community Table is the perfect place to spread your mission to the local community and make connections!

Head to the link in our bio to apply for your spot today!"

Link => 

Follow the Farmers Market on Instagram

Did you that the Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness?
Did you that the Franklin Farmers Market is a place to grow your nonprofit awareness?

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Attention Class of 2026 - registration for your High School Experience is open

"Attention Class of 2026!!  
Join us for 2 fun days at the High School Experience in August. We can't wait to show you what FHS is all about!! "

Download copy of the flyer as a reminder ->

Attention Class of 2026 - registration for your High School Experience is open
Attention Class of 2026 - registration for your High School Experience is open

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Tri-County RVTHS Seniors Gaining On-The-Job Experience

Senior Legal and Protective students have secured co-ops and internships in their preferred fields to help them gain valuable work experience before they graduate high school. The Legal and Protective Services shop is a criminal justice-based practical career program. The curriculum covers many aspects of criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, civics, police field tactics, investigation techniques, C.S.I., self-defense, critical thinking, leadership, psychology, and public service.  The two-teacher shop is led by an attorney and a veteran police officer.  

Teaghan LeBlanc
Teaghan LeBlanc

Teaghan LeBlanc pursued an internship with the Millis Police Department her junior year due to a relationship she built through volunteering and community participation as early as middle school. LeBlanc reorganized the records department, proving herself to be a valuable resource to the department. Chief Soffayer appointed her as a part-time dispatcher for the department in November due to her hard work. "I joined Legal and Protective Services at Tri-County because I had an interest in law enforcement, and this shop afforded me opportunities to explore the field, as well as start earning certifications that will help begin my career," says LeBlanc of Millis.

Erica Godfrey
Erica Godfrey
Erica Godfrey of Plainville has secured an internship with Nora Tyer-Witek, the Clerk of the Court for the Federal District of Rhode Island. Godfrey has the opportunity to observe criminal hearings and questions of constitutional law. Godfrey also makes recommendations to the Clerk about a plain-language initiative for layperson court filings. “Erica is extremely punctual and interested in the work of the court and has expressed very creative thoughts and ideas about the material we have observed and discussed. She has been extremely professional – just like a real member of the court staff,” commented Godfrey’s supervisor.

A'Neysa Cleveland of Plainville is training as a domestic violence advocate and educator at New Hope, a local domestic violence shelter and resource center. Her internship will give her the experience, trainings, and connections to pursue work in this field after her graduation.

Bret Mathews
Bret Mathews

Bret Mathews is gaining experience at the Franklin Fire Department by going on ride-alongs in the fire engine, observing the dispatch department, and assisting with administrative work at the station. "I'm learning so much about how the station is run, what is in the ambulances and engines, and how everything works," said Mathews of Millis. The station has been especially helpful in giving guidance to help Bret select the most efficient way to pursue postsecondary coursework in this essential field. Mathews’ supervisor says, “Bret is doing a great job at Franklin Fire Department.  He is always professional.  He is not afraid to ask questions and had participated in everything he has been asked to do such as ambulance and engine operations, and training evolutions.”

After years of volunteer work at the station, Trevor Runyan of Medway secured an internship with the Medway Police Department. He participates in ride-alongs, observes dispatch operations, and assists with administrative work.

Mullaney Harris holds an internship at Uxbridge District Court, where she observes arraignments, bail hearings, and trials and also assists the clerks and probation department with administrative matters. “Since the start of her internship, Mullaney has proven to be a valuable asset to the Clerk’s Office. She speaks highly of her vocational program as she applies the knowledge and skills she has learned there to her work here,” Harris’ supervisor says of her hard work. Harris is gaining valuable experience and making invaluable connections with professionals in the field. “I've been dreaming of a job in the legal system since I was eight years old. There are so many options for me to pursue and all of them give me a direct opportunity to make positive changes in society which is all I have ever wanted to do,” commented Harris of Uxbridge.

Jake Slook of Franklin is interning with the Medfield Fire Department. He goes on ride-alongs and handles incoming administrative phone calls. He is fine-tuning his plans after graduation with the assistance of the professional connections he has made. Slook is participating in the Medfield Fire Cadet Program to help prepare for his future.

Thomas Ruth
Thomas Ruth
Thomas Ruth is working with the Franklin Town Government through an internship with the Department of Public Works. He is learning first-hand how the citizens rely on their town government to provide well-planned, environmentally-sensitive, cost-effective infrastructure and services to promote public health, personal safety, transportation, and economic growth. “My internship prepares me for the real world,” said Ruth of Blackstone.

Many Tri-County students utilize their senior year to use the skills learned in their career program towards a co-op or internship. The connections they make and the experience they gain allows them to add practical experience to their college applications and professional resumes. Students appreciate the opportunity to grow their skills and connections prior to graduation. “Through co-op, I have grown as a student, professional, and person. I'm tremendously grateful for the dispatchers, officers, admin, and Chiefs who've mentored me the past year and a half,” commented Teagan LeBlanc of Millis.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Non-toxic social network alternatives to Facebook

I had the good fortune to participate in a couple of Good Experience Live (GEL) Conferences in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Mark Hurst is an insightful engaging thought leader. He continues to write and broadcast on tech topics. HE is the owner founder of the Creative Good agency.

His Good Report has a post on 'non-toxic social networks'. This is one place where we can look at what he shares and explore the options to replace Franklin Matters on Facebook. Stay tuned as we explore. If you have any experience with what is listed, please feel free to share via email or comment.

"Here's our favorite non-toxic social network: Mastodon.

Why: Today's giant social networks make money on surveillance, manipulation, and amplification of toxic content. If you're tired of the garbage on Twitter and Facebook, head over to Mastodon: a decentralized, non-corporate network of Twitter-like servers. Without the constant need to monetize "engagement," Mastodon provides a more civil, low-key platform for posting and networking. And it's free.

(On Mastodon, follow Good Reports founder Mark Hurst:"

Mark's Good Report also has a listing on RSS Readers to add to what I shared yesterday.

For those interested in a deep dive into my archives, here are the collected writing for each of the GEL Conferences in (the links should still work although the webpages has been dormant for years).

Non-toxic social network alternatives to Facebook
Non-toxic social network alternatives to Facebook 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"You're not going to believe what I am about to tell you"

Every once in a while, something comes along that just stops you in your tracks. 

Gives a pause. 

Causes you to take a deep breath. 

This is one of those times. 

Take a few moments to read and experience this comic from The Oatmeal.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Watch Denzel Washington's Life Advice on YouTube

Aspire to make a difference!   
"He is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day. May his quotes inspire you to work hard to make your dreams a reality."

Thursday, May 13, 2021

High School Experience Franklin calls for the Class of 2024

HSE Franklin (@HseFranklin) tweeted on Wed, May 12, 2021:

Class of 2024! Want to feel more connected to FHS, your classmates, & teachers?
Join us this summer at a transition program made just for YOU! Sign up now:
@FranklinHS @FranklinPSNews @FranklinMatters @FPSLearning @Fhs2024 @FHSPantherbook @fhspanthertv
Shared from Twitter:

High School Experience Franklin calls for the Class of 2024
High School Experience Franklin calls for the Class of 2024

Friday, August 7, 2020

High School Experience cancelled - Refund Processing defined

Via Twitter we share that the High School Experience scheduled for next week has been canceled due to the on-going development of plans to re-open schools. Something to replace next week's event is being planned for FHS incoming freshman. Stay tuned for further updates.
High School experience cancelled
High School Experience cancelled - Refund Processing defined

Franklin radar picked up via Twitter

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Reminder: sign up for the High School Experience

HSE Franklin (@HseFranklin) tweeted at 0:08 PM on Fri, Jul 17, 2020:

"Only 2 Weeks left to sign up for the High School Experience! Don't miss this awesome introduction to FHS!

Registration Closes July 31st!

Reminder: sign up for the High School Experience
Reminder: sign up for the High School Experience

Friday, July 10, 2020

Register for the FHS High School Experience in August

"Heading to @FranklinHS in the Fall? Join us at the High School Experience to tour the building, get your schedule, make new friends, & so much more! 
Sign Up Now:"
Meant for rising 9th graders

  • Each student will attend the program for a single day between August 11th and August 13th (8:30 am-12:30 pm). Days will be assigned by HSE staff and communicated on or before August 5th.
  • Students will be divided into small teams (based on state and local regulations) that they will get to collaborate with and build relationships with. All activities will be completed within this small team.
  • Students and staff will be required to complete a health screening upon arrival at the program and will be required to wear a cloth face covering throughout the program. Students are asked to provide their own face covering.
  • Activities will be designed to encourage distancing and limit the sharing of materials. Hand washing/sanitization breaks will be built into the day.
  • Due to significant budgetary impacts, there will not be an HSE t-shirt this year.

The Franklin radar found this on Twitter:

Register for the FHS High School Experience in August
Register for the FHS High School Experience in August

Saturday, July 28, 2018

"So we have the remembering self and the experiencing self, and they're really quite distinct"

"Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21

Back again for the 2017 season, the Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile will be hitting the road this summer bringing a free Fenway Park and Red Sox baseball experience to fans throughout New England. The Red Sox Showcase is a transportable Fenway Park featuring an interactive baseball program that will let kids and families get into the game, and experience baseball like the pros.

The centerpiece of the Showcase is a customized 15-foot panel truck that transforms into a massive Red Sox experience with interactive games and activities, allowing fans to test their baseball skills, all under the backdrop of a replica Green Monster scoreboard, Fenway Park’s iconic left field wall; including:
• Batting cage
• The Red Sox virtual reality experience
• Pitching accuracy stations
• Steal 2nd base challenge
• Green Monster selfie station
• Giant Jenga

The Red Sox Showcase, powered by T-Mobile is a part of the Red Sox Calling All Kids initiative, which aims to provide greater access to Red Sox games, enhance kids experiences at Fenway Park, and celebrate and strengthen the game of baseball in the community. 

For more information on Calling All Kids, please visit, and for the full schedule of dates and locations, please visit

Sunday, May 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21
The Boston Red Sox are Bringing the Fenway Experience to
HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day in Franklin on Sunday, May 21

For more information on the HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day

HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day
HMEA’s incredABLE 5K Day

Saturday, October 1, 2016

"These programs are self-funded through enrollment fees... it's an efficient program,"

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

"District officials said the schools' summer programs made the grade this past season, citing record attendance at the High School Experience and offerings in the math, science, art and music departments. 
Discussing the programs with the School Committee, Pandora Carlucci, director of the district's Lifelong Learning department, said the schools offered about 13 different programs, providing dozens of courses and multiple initiatives. 
Carlucci said a forensic science class - in which such topics as fingerprints and blood spatter analysis were explored - has been a perennial favorite. 
She said there were classes for both high school and middle school students, and noted that it was a good opportunity for the younger children to see what was possible at the high school."

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The two documents used for the presentation and discussion with the School Committee can be found here

discussion of the high school experience for the incoming 9th grade class
discussion of the high school experience for the incoming 9th grade class

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Real time reporting: School Committee - Sep 27, 2016

Present: O'Malley, Schultz, Douglas, Jewell, Scofield, Bilello, Bergen
Absent: none

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the September 13, 2016 School Committee Meeting.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas

FHS Student Representatives
1. Nicolas Gnaman 2. Alexander Chitarra
student reps both participating in sports and had away games so they couldn't get to the meeting tonight

Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Summer Program Update – Dr. Pandora Carlucci

part 2 of the lifelong learning presentation to the School Committee on Tuesday
part 2 of the lifelong learning presentation to the School Committee on Tuesday

Pandora - They start now to prepare for next August. We get support from everyone from Central Office to the High School. It makes such a difference.

O'Malley-  I have said it before and I'll say it every time I can, this is a very impactful program for the high school.

Lifelong learning - part 2

approx 360 students enrolled in the programs after school
celebrated National Playdoh day, next month National Dictionary Day

Lifelong Music Academy

all the music programs consolidated in one program

  • strings, 130 enrolled, 62 are brand new players
  • band school, 67 students, 52 new
  • honors chorus, 25 students
  • private music lessons run out of the high school, 44 students enrolled

workshop offering on surviving adolescents
bus trips to shows at PPAC in Providence
expand and emphasize community and family

Note - work intervened and I was unable to continue reporting on the meeting. When the video is available for replay, I hope to catch up to it.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

In the News: Budd to Supreme Judicial Court, FHS experience week

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

"The Governor's Council on Wednesday confirmed Kimberly Budd to a seat on the Supreme Judicial Court. 
Budd has served as a Superior Court judge since 2009 and had been overseeing all criminal courts in Middlesex County. 
Budd on Wednesday is the third of Gov. Charlie Baker's nominees to the state's highest court to be confirmed unanimously in recent weeks. 
"She has been a law and order judge on the Superior Court, and she will continue to be a law and order judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court," Councilor Jennie Caissie said"

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"More than 350 incoming are getting their first glimpse of life at Franklin High School this week.
The school is running its ninth annual "High School Experience" program, a multi-day introductory event. 
"It acclimates students to the school," said Kristin Cerce, the director of the program. "They get to meet their teachers and their peer mentors; they get a tour of the building; and they get a taste of high school academics." 
They also get their Google Chromebooks, she said, bringing them into the school's 1:1 technology initiative."

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Franklin High School
Franklin High School