Showing posts with label high school. Show all posts
Showing posts with label high school. Show all posts

Friday, January 13, 2023

New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM

"A new book club is coming to #EscapeIntoFictionBookstore!

Thursday 1/26/23 at 6 PM

First #book will be Heartstopper #1

This group is geared for all #lgbtq middle school and high school students, and those who are #lgbtqally"
shared from Instagram ->

New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM
New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM

Friday, October 14, 2022

Franklin (MA) School Committee meeting Oct 11, 2022 (audio recording)

FM #862 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 862 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022. The meeting was conducted in the Council Chambers with one member remote so a roll call vote was recorded every time where needed. 

School Committee Chair Denise Spencer opens the meeting at 7:00 PM. 

Key items on the agenda

Legislator of the Year Award presented by MASC to Senator Becca Rausch

Improvement plan presentations and discussion for 

  • Middle schools (Horace Mann, Remington, & Annie Sullivan)

  • Franklin High School

MASC resolutions reviewed & voted on as amended

Creation of a Redistricting Advisory Council approved

The show notes contain a link to the full agenda and to my notes & photos captured via Twitter during the meeting. 

The recording runs about three hours, thirty minutes, so let’s listen to the Franklin School Committee on Oct 11, 2022. Audio file ->


School Committee page -> 

Meeting agenda doc


Meeting packet folder


My notes captured via Twitter and compiled into one PDF doc ->

Photos from the meeting (mostly screen shots of the presentations not yet posted to the packet folder) 

YouTube video replay for this meeting ->


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Legislator of the Year Award presented by MASC to Senator Becca Rausch
Legislator of the Year Award presented by MASC to Senator Becca Rausch

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022

 Franklin School Committee
October 11, 2022 -7:00 PM
Municipal Building – Council Chambers

Call to Order Ms. Spencer
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Payment of Bills Ms. Spencer
C. Payroll Ms. Stokes
D. FHS Student Representative Comments
E. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. 2021 MASC Legislator of the Year Award
B. 6-12 School Improvement Plans
III. Discussion/Action Items
A. FPS Middle School Improvement Plans
I recommend approval of the Middle School Improvement Plans as presented.
B. FPS High School Improvement Plan
I Recommend approval of the High School Improvement Plan as presented.
C. Policy - 1st Reading
I recommend moving policy JICH - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug use by students to a second reading as discussed.
D. MASC Resolutions
I recommend approval of the following resolutions:
1. Regarding Sanctuary Laws for Transgender Students
2. To Increase the Maximum Balance Allowed by the Special Education Reserve Fund
3. Membership of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
4. Preserving Local Governance of Massachusetts Schools
5. Personal Financial Literacy Education
6. Establishment of a Regional School Assessment Reserve Fund
E. Redistricting Sub Committee
I recommend the establishment of a “Redistricting Advisory Committee” to the School Committee as discussed.

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. none

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
B. School Committee Liaison Reports

VI. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your September 27, 2022 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $225.00 from the Franklin Music Boosters for in-house enrichment as detailed.
C. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $1100.00 from the Keller PCC for field trips as detailed.

VII. Citizen’s Comments

VIII. New Business
To discuss any future agenda items

IX Adjournment

Meeting agenda doc with remote connection info

Meeting packet folder

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022
Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Oct 11, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

NFHS Releases 1st High School Sports Participation Survey in 3 Years

Editor's note: The data is an interesting read. The question not answered here is if the sports participation declined 4%, what was the overall school enrollment doing during the same period. There is an overall school population declining trend and it may be more interesting to put these participation numbers in that full context.

"After collection of sports participation data was interrupted the previous two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) was able to compile its High School Athletics Participation Survey for the 2021-22 school year – its first official report since 2018-19.

Although the total of 7,618,054 participants in 2021-22 is down four percent from the 2018-19 figure of 7,937,491, high school sports are on the road back after schools in many states were unable to offer programs in normal fashion during portions of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

The 2021-22 total is composed of 4,376,582 boys and 3,241,472 girls, according to figures obtained from the 51 NFHS member state associations, which includes the District of Columbia.

"Given what has occurred in our country the past three years, we believe a decline of only four percent in participation totals from 2018-19 is pretty remarkable,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, CEO of the NFHS. “We know some states that were able to complete surveys in 2020-21 reported participation increases this past year. So, we are very optimistic that trend will continue in the years to come as schools fully recover from the effects of the 2020 shutdown.”

Among the top 10 boys sports in participants from 2018-19, golf was the only sport to register an increase – up just under four percent with 148,585 participants and surpassing tennis as the eighth-most popular sport. Golf was one of the few sports to increase on both sides of the ledger as girls participation was up one percent to 80,829 participants.

Perhaps the biggest storyline in boys participation totals, however, is the sport of football. While boys 11-player football was down three percent (1,006,013 to 973,792) – less than the overall survey average of four percent – participation in 6-, 8- and 9-player football registered a 12 percent increase – from 31,221 to 34,935.

The slight movement from 11-player to other versions was seen in school sponsorship as well. While the number of schools with 11-player football dropped by 514 (14,247 to 13,733), the number of schools offering 6-, 8- or 9-player football increased by 227 (1,563 to 1,790).

And gains by girls playing football were even greater. In all four versions of the game (11, 9, 8, 6), girls participation increased 39 percent from the 2018-19 survey – 2,604 to 3,633. Additionally, the increase in girls flag football was 40 percent – 11,209 to 15,716 participants.

Altogether, boys and girls participation in all versions of football decreased only 2.2 percent – from 1,051,047 to 1,028,976.

“Certainly, the football numbers are encouraging after the previous report from the 2018-19 season,” Niehoff said. “The movement from 11-player to other versions of the game continues to be attractive to schools in some states, and the growth of girls flag football continues to gain ground in more areas of the country.”

Beyond golf, baseball experienced the best showing among top 10 boys sports from the 2018-19 survey with a decrease of only 1,736 – 482,740 to 481,004 – and remained fourth in popularity behind football, outdoor track and field, and basketball.

The other change in the boys top 10 sports was wrestling, which nudged cross country for sixth place – 231,874 to 231,387. Wrestling was down six percent from the previous survey while cross country had the biggest decline at 14 percent.

Other boys sports outside the top 10 that experienced significant gains from 2018-19 were volleyball (up 4.6 percent) and bass fishing (10,626 participants). 

Volleyball continued its rise in popularity among girls sports and was the only top 10 sport to register an increase from three years ago. With 454,153 participants, volleyball is only 2,500 participants behind track and field for the No. 1 participatory sport for girls. In addition, the emerging sport of girls sand/beach volleyball increased from 2,237 to 6,489 participants. 

Among other girls top 10 sports, soccer moved ahead of basketball to No. 3 behind track and field and volleyball, with softball remaining fifth. Cross country, swimming and diving, and competitive spirit registered the biggest declines the past three years among top 10 sports with 13-percent drops.

In addition to flag football, girls wrestling continued its recent surge in popularity with a 50 percent increase since 2018-19 – 21,124 to 31,654 participants. A total of 32 states now offer separate state wrestling championships for girls.

While most of the traditional sports experienced some level of decrease since 2018-19, the 2021-22 survey showed a dramatic rise in Unified sports participation. With only 5,541 combined participants from 10 states in 2018-19, this year’s survey indicated 47,909 combined participants in almost 20 states.

In addition to Unified sports participants, the survey indicated another 7,689 combined participants in Adapted sports. The 55,598 combined participants in Unified and Adapted sports represents a 163 percent increase from three years ago.

“It is great to see a growing interest in several emerging sports, as well as programs like Unified and Adapted programs,” Niehoff said. “Our goal continues to be to involve as many students as possible in high school sports and other activity programs.”  

This year’s survey indicated participation by high school students in 69 different sports, as well as 16 Adapted sports and 16 Unified sports. In addition to those previously noted, some of the more popular other sports (combined participation numbers) were bowling (57,219), field hockey (56,091), ice hockey (42,092), water polo (37,379) and weightlifting (25,257).

With an increase of about 20,000 participants, Texas topped the list of state participation with 846,161. Texas was one of 14 states that enjoyed a gain in participation since the 2018-19 survey. California retained the No. 2 position with 762,823 participants despite a drop of more than 60,000 from three years ago.

Other changes in the top 10 involved Ohio moving to No. 3 with 378,354 participants, followed by Pennsylvania (315,097), Illinois (314,839), New York (313,404), Florida (291,504), Michigan (271,423), New Jersey (264,139) and Massachusetts (215,848).

The NFHS High school Athletics Participation Survey was started in 1971 and was compiled in its current form through the 2018-19 school year and now resuming annually with the 2021-22 survey.

Following is a link to a partial report of the full survey. The full survey will be available soon on the NFHS website at"

Shared from the NFHS site

Saturday, September 24, 2022

"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"

"A new tool to determine MIAA alignments will be implemented starting with the current alignment cycle, which will go into effect for the 2023-24 school year.

The formula, presented at Thursday’s virtual board of directors meeting, will be based on competitive equity. Previously, enrollment was used as a baseline, with factors such as co-ops and vocational status moving a school up or down.

“The goal for this equity tool is to remove as much subjectivity as possible by using real, measurable data,” said Jared Shannon, Wahconah athletic director and vice chair of the MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee.

The equity formula focuses on stability and high-needs numbers, as reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and would create a baseline alignment that schools can then appeal. Data points include English language learners, public assistance, SNAP, transitional aid, MassHealth, homelessness, and foster care, among others."
Continue reading about the new MIAA alignment process (subscription may be required)


"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"
"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Behind stall doors | Caroline Williams | TEDxAmherst (video)

Via State Rep Jeff Roy: 

"I met Caroline Williams three years ago when she was a student at Medway High School. She shared her passion for an issue involving menstrual equity that we turned into a piece of legislation. She has been a fierce advocate for the bill and shares herstory in this TEDx talk called Behind stall doors. It’s a great public health and civics talk. I’m honored to have crossed paths with her and her passion and enthusiasm for policy change is illuminating."

Link to Tedx video ->


Monday, May 2, 2022

US News & World Report publishes high school rankings

For the "In Case You Missed it" (ICYMI) category, as I almost did - even after a loyal reader pointed me to it, the US News & World Report published the school rankings recently. Franklin High School slots in to the listing at #79 in MA and #1927 in the US.

Full report can be found online (filtered to MA) -

The Franklin page is here ->

screengrab of the FHS page
screengrab of the FHS page

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Calling all middle/high school students! Senator Rausch schedules Youth Legislative Forum April 25 via Zoom

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Hi ,

Are you a student in my district? Join me for my Spring Youth Legislative Forum on Monday, April 25 from 7-8 PM on Zoom!

This pandemic has been a difficult time for our communities, but particularly young people in our Commonwealth. I want to hear from students across my district about the issues facing our communities to inform my legislative work. In this forum, I also hope to give youth an opportunity to participate in the democratic process, providing space to discuss current legislation on Beacon Hill and students' policy priorities.


Youth Legislative Forum 4/25/22

This event is open exclusively to high school and middle school students living or studying in Attleboro, Bellingham, Dover, Franklin, Medfield, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Sherborn, Wayland, Wellesley, and Wrentham. If you know of any students interested in politics or community engagement, feel free to invite them!

If you have any questions, please email Evan Berry, Communications Director, at See you soon!

Yours in service,  

Senator Becca Rausch   

Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

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

Shared from Twitter:

Sunday, March 27, 2022

FHS Theatre Company: open final dress performance for CAVE Dreams - Apr 1

Friday, 4/1 at 3:30 we will be hosting an open final dress performance for the FPS community. While admission is free, we appreciate donations to support our program. If you can't make Friday, our performance in front of the METG judges will be on Saturday, 4/2 at 3:30 ($15)
For more about the Mass Educational Theater Guild (METG) =  and for the Regional competitions ->

FHS Theatre Company: open final dress performance for CAVE Dreams - Apr 1
FHS Theatre Company: open final dress performance for CAVE Dreams - Apr 1

Friday, March 11, 2022

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

MIAA follows DESE allowing mask guidelines to expire Feb 28, 2022;

"An update on #MIAA Mask Guidelines #OneTeamOneMIAA #patience #theendisnear "
Shared from Twitter:

MIAA follows DESE in mask guidelines allowing them to expire Feb 28, 2022
MIAA follows DESE in mask guidelines allowing them to expire Feb 28, 2022

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Monday, December 13, 2021

Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021


"From the cast of Franklin High School’s Mamma Mia! to a Dean College faculty member, Franklin community members from all backgrounds were able to express themselves on stage on December 8th, 2021. Mackenzie Atwood, FHS senior, had the emcee position for the first half of the night and, expectedly, provided a very entertaining experience for the audience members. She kept the audience constantly engaged through small anecdotes about the participants and subtle quips. (Notable audience members included Steve Sherlock and Dr. Sara Ahern). Atwood started the night off by highlighting her recent experience at the October school committee meeting and emphasized the importance of “speaking up for people who can’t speak up for themselves.” She later conveyed her experiences as an openly gay student through an original poem– a beautiful one, might I add. Participants in the latter portion of the night were introduced by Jamele Adams, the leader of the Franklin Freedom Team. "

"An Accepting Community – Meghan Whitmore

For those of you who don’t know, Meghan Whitmore is a transgender woman who delivered a heartfelt speech on Open Mic Night about her experience transitioning and the reception she received afterward. Her moving words illustrated the importance of inclusivity, and Whitmore even stressed how touching it was to have people accept her as a woman."


"Love One Another, Stand for Change – Jamele Adams

Needing no introduction due to his large impact on Franklin, Jamele Adams immediately captivated his listeners when he began to recite his poem. Although he was a participant in the event, Adams also played a significant role in organizing Open Mic Night, so when I broached the idea of making it an annual show, he enthusiastically replied, “More than once a year, hopefully, this could happen once a week!“, elaborating on the fact that “the Open Mic affected everyone in this space […] Folks shared that they were absolutely moved and then at the end when people were asked to write about how they were inspired, they shared how they were inspired […] People were moved in the space. People shared their narrative because they trusted in the space, and the energy was powerful and welcoming, and warm, supportive, and filled with advocacy for love. “
Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season

"This #MIAA memo regarding Winter Masking guidelines was recently sent to schools. #patience #understanding #OneTeamOneMIAA" 

 Shared from Twitter:

MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season
MIAA continues mask policy used for Fall sports to start Winter season

Sunday, October 17, 2021

2020-21 Globe Scholastic Awards: Franklin again earns Dalton Award

Franklin High Scholl earned the Dalton Award for 2021 by recording a 77.23% winning percentage across all the varsity sports across all the seasons in the school year 2020-2021

Dalton Division 1 is for schools with enrollments of 1,400 and up
ERNEST DALTON: Dalton was the Globe’s high school editor from 1938 to 1970. He died in 1971.

  • 2021 - Franklin
  • 2020 - Franklin
  • 2019 - Franklin
  • 2015 - Franklin
  • 2012 - Franklin
Boston Globe article on awards for 2020-2021
Table with percentages across all the Divisions

2020-21 Globe Scholastic Awards: Franklin again earns Dalton Award
2020-21 Globe Scholastic Awards: Franklin again earns Dalton Award