Showing posts with label improvement plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label improvement plan. Show all posts

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Recap - School Committee - good work and progress highlighted room for opportunity on communications remains as school year closes

Quick Recap:
  • Update on the Virtual learning academy (VLA) provided. This 'virtual school' served the remote students for all the elementary schools and without explicitly saying so found disparity among the different schools by grade level and brought the students to a good place for this challenging year. Interesting stat - 270 students started the year, 220 finished (50 went into school with return of in person learning).
  • Update on the District Improvement Plan for their diversity, inclusion and equity work highlights the need for additional communications as many in the community were unaware of this work being done with a cross section of stakeholder representation. For a recent example, the FHS incident report was shared only with the direct FHS community and not the broader Franklin community
  • Davis Thayer transition moves to next phase as building materials, etc. get determined to move or whatever. Decision to turn building over to Town is still a future item, timeline TBD.
  • Workshop planned for July session in place of regular meeting, discussion of an outside audit a possible topic to find out what we have, where we could be and plan accordingly. The 3rd party view would augment the info provided to the Committee


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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session

 

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album

https://photos.app.goo.gl/F9uRGSN6ejSb3GkR8


The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #schcom0608

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23schcom0608&src=typeahead_click 

 

Agenda document - https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/agenda-6-22-21

 

Meeting packet folder - https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/june-22-2021-school-committee-meeting-packet

 

  • Real time reporting underway for the School Committee meeting, last one of this school year #schcom0622
Virtual Learning Academy update
District Improvement Plan - goals update
Discussion action items
Reopening status
Information matters
  • Information matters, reminder in budget brochure to be shared; policy meeting July 28; workshop at July 27 meeting in lieu of regular meeting #schcom0622 Next meeting July 13, mostly routine things; raising possible outside audit for workshop discussion
  • Dr Bergen comments on last day of school year. #schcom0622
Consent agenda
  • Consent agenda motion to approve, seconded, desire to split them as D'Angelo was not part of the two meetings, she abstains from both of those separate votes; other three combined passes 6-0 (Spencer left) via roll call #schcom0622
  • Motion to adjourn, passes 6-0 via roll call That's all for tonight, catch you next time!

  

Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

 

good work and progress highlighted room for opportunity on communications remains as school year closes
good work and progress highlighted room for opportunity on communications remains as school year closes


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

FM #516 & 517 - School Committee Mtg - 04/13/21 (audio)

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, numbers 516-517 in the series.

These sessions share part of the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee members, Central Office personnel, and key guests were in the Council Chambers; the remainder, along with the public, were remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the just 2 hour and 15 minute meeting into 2 logical segments:

  • First - covers the opening up through the Parmenter presentation (approx. 60 mins)
  • Second - picks up the district improvement plan updates through to the closing (approx. 73 mins)


The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes. The meeting packet folder will hold the other documents released for the meeting.

Let’s listen to this segment of the School Committee meeting of Apr 13, 2021

Audio file #516 = 
https://player.captivate.fm/episode/a3f13b0b-71e0-47ad-8fac-eb30fb7adf01

Audio file #517 = https://player.captivate.fm/episode/7b81fd46-1a36-4eec-85c5-7ca01316eb30


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Agenda doc   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_4-13-21.pdf

Revised Budget pages https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/budget_changes.pdf   

Budget information   https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget/pages/fy2022-budget

Parmenter presentation doc   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/parmenter_20-21_school_committee_update_presentation.pdf

Meeting packet folder
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/april-13-2021-school-committee-meeting-packet

My notes from the meeting
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/04/recap-school-committee-approved-fy-2022.html  

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FM #516 & 517 - School Committee Mtg - 04/13/21 (audio)
FM #516 & 517 - School Committee Mtg - 04/13/21 (audio)

 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Franklin, MA: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Oct 13, 2020

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.
 
 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.”


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.    Superintendent Evaluation Evidence Presentation 2019-2020  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/suptevalevidence_presentation_to_sc_10-13-20.pdf
B.    District Improvement Goals 2020-2021  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/dip_initiatives_to_sc_2020-2021.pdf

III.    Discussion/Action Items
A.    District Improvement Plan
I recommend adoption of the 2020-2021 District Improvement Goals as discussed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_dip.pdf
B.    Policy - 2nd Reading/Adoption
I recommend adoption of the following policies as discussed:
A.    EEAEC - Student Conduct on School Buses
B.    EEAJ - Motor Vehicles Idling on School Grounds  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_b_-_policy_0.pdf
C.    Reduction of Pay to Ride Fees
I recommend approval of the Pay to Ride bus fee to be set at $130 for the 2020-2021 school year as discussed.  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_c_-_pay_to_ride.pdf
D.    MASC Resolutions (#1, 4-6)
I recommend adoption of the following MASC resolutions as discussed:
A.    Resolution #1: MCAS and High Stakes Testing
B.    Resolution #4: Lowering the Voting Age for Municipal Elections
C.    Resolution #5:Supporting Increased Federal Support and Stimulus Funding for Public K-12 Education
D.    Resolution #6: Retention of Medicaid Revenue   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_d_-_resolutions.pdf

IV.    Discussion Only Items
A.    Resolution #2 COVID-19 State Funding
B.    Resolution #3 School Committee Anti-Racism Resolution

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)

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 September 22, 2020 School Committee Meeting as detailed.
B.    Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the Executive Session Minutes from your September 22, 2020 School Committee meeting to be released as detailed.
C.    Parmenter Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $980.00 from the Franklin Community (coordinated by Heather Sansoucy & Kristen Gillen) for supplemental supplies at Parmenter Elementary School 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), move to go into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to potential litigation and collective bargaining with the FEA/RN Unit as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the School Committee and the chair so declares, and not to reconvene in an Open Session.

XI.    Adjournment

Documents released for the meeting can be found in the meeting packet folder on the Schools page   https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/october-13-2020-school-committee-meeting-packet
 
 
Franklin, MA:: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Oct 13, 2020
Franklin, MA:: School Committee Meeting - Agenda - Oct 13, 2020

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Live Reporting: Guests/Presentations

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Student Passion Project Presentation (Parmenter students)

  • French club learning words, songs and making posters
  • Animal rescue club has made dog toys and bird feeders
  • Hometown heroes club learning about veterans who served for the country
  • "??" collected coats/hats/mittens, 'reach out and read' for national reading month 
  • Best Buddies - all about helping everyone make a friend, became the 9th elementary school to become an official chapter of Best Buddies



B. Elementary School Improvement Plan Updates
all six elementary principals with assistant principals in support at meeting


presentation doc to be added later (released by FPS on Wednesday)

adjustment counselors were a positive impact, thanks for funding the balance to provide support across the elementary schools

counselors help to model lessons for teachers, will help to problem solve with teachers

Mo Willems, pigeon referenced as a student interest at Davis Thayer

wait list in pilot with YOU Inc, working out scheduling and insurance issues as well as finding other counselors (as YOU Inc expands)

Q - on scoring and how it is being evaluated? will the program go forward, what is the criteria to say yes or no

A - still developing the scoring calibration and we'll see the data later this year to see what progress if nay has been seen

improved communications on tardies and absences between administration and parents

developing a more unified approach to planning via the "Understanding by Design" (UbD) framework across the 6 schools
used "Portrait of a Graduate" as an example of the backward planning required. If that is the end, what do we need to do to get there

Genius Club = recess and lunch club at DT to allow for more time to explore a project or learning they want

some students are able to exit their interventionist period with good progress and meet grade level expectations

Q - what is an academic interventionist?
A - a qualified teacher individual working part time to provide individualized instruction in conjunction with the math and literacy specialists

working differently in the different schools in some cases due to the Title one funding restrictions

two way communications, coordinating with Anne Marie Tracey to prepare one-pager guides on K registration, etc.; help with website to make better updates

(FHS Diversity Club participated at Keller PDD day, possible visit to Town Council meeting? what the students said others in the community likely should hear)

capital expense possible with the architect looking at all the buildings
interventionists are still being explored and is an area of great opportunity

the needs of the students are challenging, every year it is increasing, you can't invest enough in that, you can always do more

different number of hours from school to school for intervention

PCC's are supportive of the side projects



Tuesday, March 3, 2020

FM #214 Superintendent's Recommended Budget for FY2021 (audio)

FM #214 -This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 214 in the series.

The School Committee meeting of Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 featured, among other items, the first look at the school budget for FY 2021. Remember, we are currently operating in FY 2020 which runs through June 30, 2020. The Fiscal Year 2021 budget will provide funding for the next school year as it covers July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The Superintendent's Recommended budget came out of the gate asking reasonably for the critical needs to be met. Some several hundred thousands of other requirements didn't make the 'critical' cut. There is another $1.2M in unmet needs NOT included in the budget as shown.

The math problem comes into this as the whole of Franklin's budget can only grow about $3M. So even if the critical needs budget was desired, and ALL of the $3M went to the schools. One, that leaves police, fire, DPW, Library with no increase for anything over what they had least year. Two, that also means $900K of the critical needs doesn't make the budget this year.

Of course, the gap will get resolved before the budget is finalized in June, the real question is how. What and where will the cuts come from? Expecting $3M to be 'found' is unrealistic.

Both School Committee Chair Anne Bergen and Superintendent Ahern outline that this is the start of the budget process. The last page of the presentation doc (shared here so you can follow along) provides the next steps timeline.
https://www.slideshare.net/shersteve/fps-fy-2021-superintendents-recommended-budget

The budget discussion segment of the meeting runs approximately 35 minutes so without further ado, let’s listen as Superintendent Ahern and School Business Manager Miriam Goodman present the first look at the school budget for FY 2021.  Audio file -https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HWPDngJX




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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

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

screen capture of a budget slide during the meeting presentation
screen capture of a budget slide during the meeting presentation


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Live reporting: Recommended budget FY 2021


B. FY21 Superintendent’s Recommended Budget

Sara and Miriam Goodman making the presentation
(copy to be added later when made available by the District)



Also available on the Town of Franklin page
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/files/supt-rec-budget-presentation

Town allocation not yet available (that is the amount the Town of Franklin will provide)

budget drivers focusing on "critical needs"
as identified by the planning process and district improvement plan details (covered in other meetings) 

Assume Town of Franklin gets $3m in expected revenue, with schools proposing an increase of $3.9m over last year we have a math problem
Assume Town of Franklin gets $3m in expected revenue, with schools proposing an increase of $3.9m over last year we have a math problem
Another $1.2M in unmet needs NOT included in the budget as shown

Additional budget documents can be found on the Town of Franklin page  https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-district-budget/pages/fy-2021-budget

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Live reporting: District Improvement Plan - Update on SEL


C. DIP Goal #1 Update – SEL
Lucas Giguere, Paula Morano

(presentation doc to be added later)




Asst Superintendent leading those present through a reflective breath exercise during the meeting
Asst Superintendent leading those present through a reflective breath exercise during the meeting




https://sites.google.com/franklinps.net/sel/self-management-janfeb-2020

https://www.slideshare.net/shersteve/social-emotional-learning-update-2112020

Check out the SEL focus of the month
Check out the SEL focus of the month

Q - accessibility?
A - yes, coming, how to reach those without technology (i.e.paper) and translations where needed



Friday, October 4, 2019

“State of the Schools” 2019-20

From Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools:
"This letter is the first “State of the Schools” letter I plan to issue. Each year, as the school year gets under way, as Superintendent of Schools, I will communicate about the major matters of the Franklin Public Schools.
District Focus Areas and Strategy for Improvement
We kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with all faculty and staff gathering together on opening day. As Superintendent, I shared remarks emphasizing the importance of developing relationships with students and getting to know each child and family. This effort supports the District’s focus on personalized learning and cultural proficiency, as outlined in our District’s Strategy for Improvement.
Administrators and educators initiated various activities and projects to uncover more about the students in front of them, as well as their families. We believe this investment will pay dividends over time, in both the development of social-emotional and academic skills, and towards building more empathetic and caring school communities.
This work also supports our VISIONING effort Portrait of A Graduate . Throughout last spring, we engaged educators, community members, students, and families in the process of identifying the essential skills students will need for their futures in a modern, technologically, globally interdependent world. We are excited to unveil a draft community consensus later this fall for further feedback and refinement."

Continue reading the "State of the Schools"
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-EHP-vmSbqQGHTJymLnWMujqrZyPhPwl/view?usp=sharing




“State of the Schools” 2019-20
“State of the Schools” 2019-20


Saturday, September 28, 2019

School Committee Meeting Recap: Start times put on 'pause'; elementary school improvement plans approved

The School Committee meeting held Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 revealed some interesting news. 

The early release of MCAS data shows that the JF Kennedy Elementary School and the Davis Thayer Elementary School were recognized by the State DESE for their results. As the full set of MCAS data is understood, there will be an update to the community later this fall.

The ECDC and elementary school improvement plans for the 2019-2020 school years were presented and approved. Copies of the presentation documents are included here. Links to the individual improvement plans are available.

The school start time update provided the greatest shock (or disappointment) to some but it was a rather practical move. The effort to study changing school starts times has been 'paused.' Given the effort required with the upcoming budget cycle (and a significant budget shortage to be dealt with - likely raising the infamous 'o' word) along with the study to start on the potential closure of Davis Thayer (which would also require a redistricting of the entire school population - a major effort), and the need to actually continue the day to day operation of education the current school population, it was a wise move.

The presentation copy for the school update is shared below. 
 

  • The Superintendent's Report
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/superintendents_report_to_school_committee_september_24_2019.pdf







Additional details captured live during the meeting can be found in my notes
  • Live reporting: Discussion Only items through to C...
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/live-reporting-discussion-only-items.html
  • Live reporting: Discussion/Action items
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/live-reporting-discussionaction-items.html
  • Live reporting: School Start Times Update
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/live-reporting-school-start-times-update.html
  • Live reporting: Elementary School Improvement Plan...
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/live-reporting-elementary-school.html
  • Live reporting: School Committee - Sep 24, 2019
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/09/live-reporting-school-committee-sep-24.html

 
elementary school principals presenting their School Improvement Plans
elementary school principals presenting their School Improvement Plans

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Live reporting: Elementary School Improvement Plans - school year 2019-2020


2. Guests / Presentations a. ECDC and Elementary Schools – School Improvement Plans
Kelty Kelly, early childhood education 
SEL committee rebooting implementation plans for 'cozy corner' or 'green zones'
added physical development aspects to revision on their report card
what the children should be doing and where they are at the moment

develop a playgroup for parents of children with early intervention (EI) transition process (covered by Federal law for the families in the home through age 3, then covered by schools)

using community garden to help infuse science into the classroom
developing an FEF grant proposal for children with mobility issues
team committed to work developing use of large touch screens effectively in the classroom

2nd year with school council
working on core values, survey to last year and this year, as well as staff

exploring a relationship with Dean College on a new bachelor program in early education

clarification on EI (expanded above)

what is digital literacy for preschool students? that is what they want to explore, use of short video clips integrated into the classwork and enrichment of the material

"all children can"
all the ECDC teachers are special educators

(photo of principals to be added later)
(group presentation document not available tonight, to be shared when available later)

new homework guidelines
professional development opportunities (understanding by design or UbD)

reviewing current special ed practices to ensure meeting needs of students
implement a continuum of enrichment and interventions

2-way communication to further enhance engagement with the schools community and community in general
create clear focus areas for school councils

clarification homework policy, not a change, just spreading the word

passion project tapping into the students interest with a formal structure

are the schools working independently how is the sharing working?
some schools at different stages but the goal is to develop and share across
want to ensure the lessons are complete and vetted before sharing across

are you keeping baseline data on interventions to see what works 

The documents released for this meeting can be found on the School District page
https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/september-24-2019-school-committee-packet  Additional documents will be added to this page post meeting (generally during the business day after the meeting)