Showing posts with label jefferson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jefferson. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In the News: Rep Roy office hours, FSPA auditions scheduled, Council to hear about Pond St, Jefferson School updates

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

State Rep. Jeffrey N. Roy, D-Franklin, announced that constituent office hours will be held for the months of January and February on the following days: 
Jan. 29: 10-11 a.m., Elizabeth’s Bagels, 456 W. Central St., Franklin. 
Feb. 18: 8:30-9:30 a.m., Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., Franklin. 
Feb. 27: 9-10 a.m., Medway Muffin House, 116 Main St., Medway. 
Christopher Yancich, his legislative aide, will accompany him.

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Franklin School for the Performing Arts will host Massachusetts-area regional auditions for Broadway Artists Alliance of New York City on Jan. 24 at 38 Main St. 
A complimentary master class will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m., followed by a dance audition from noon to 1 p.m. and individual appointments for songs and monologues from 1 to 3 p.m.

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The Town Council at its meeting this week will continue to discuss possible uses for a town-owned parcel on Pond Street - a topic that has some neighbors worried. 
The council has scheduled time during its Wednesday night meeting to consider the subject. 
For some time, the town has been looking for uses for the 33-acre plot, which abuts Interstate 495.

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All-school meetings, an outdoor learning space and a new approach to learning math are among the accomplishments at Jefferson Elementary School this year, according to an update from Principal Linda Ashley and Assistant Principal Sarah Klim. 
Ashley told the School Committee at a recent meeting one of the biggest developments is implementation of all-school meetings, in which all students attend a morning session about a particular topic.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Live reporting: Jefferson / FHS Guidance Presentations

2. Guests/Presentations

b. Jefferson Elementary Update
– Linda Ashley, Sarah Klim

video slide show highlighting activities throughout the school year

c. FHS Guidance Update
– Heather McVay, Josh MacCreery & Jennifer D’Amico

first change is they really are the Franklin guidance dept. covering grades 6-12

developing a curriculum model to spend more time in the classroom rather than just one-on-one with students

guidance seminars developed career seminars
worked with seniors, then freshman, juniors and sophomores

survey showed reduced stress among students with college process, more knowledgeable about scholarship process

student feedback was highlighting that they appreciated the importance of the transcript and how much freshman year really meant to the overall process

worked with the Juniors beginning in January
general info to the larger classes, and then dig deeper into the specifics during the 1-on-1
Naviance - ins and outs of the program and search options

met with the sophomores in the 4th quarter
preparing for junior year and career options
the career plan is a fluid doc but it is started and can be modified as the student progresses through high school

first comment on the high school that has raised a space issue where the prior planning for the new school clearly had not been prepared for the changes in the guidance program (nor could it realistically have been prepared for).

Jennifer D'Amico covered the middle school program

curriculum delivered differently at the 3 middle school but the content was consistent across the schools

first time for middle schools to get exposed to career inventory and career options; look at themselves as a learner, a worker

also looking at developing a curriculum to cover the 5th to 6th grade transition

O'Malley - guidance is the glue that makes schools go, I am impressed
I am impressed with how far we have come
having councilors talk to the 8th graders and their parents is great
having councilors in the classrooms is great
How does the high school or middle school handle a student with a personal or family issue?

Jen - They incorporate the family in the response at the middle school

At the High School, rely heavily on the adjustment councilors and work together with assistant principals as well as part of the team to approach the student situation

Jewel - Concerned about dealing with the problems and not being able to get to the student who can excel; how much with problems versus dealing with the excellence that is required?

With any problem, there is that underlying problem; the communications with the individual teachers is ongoing and priceless; the team approach is key

The great thing about the seminar is being out there creating a presence with the students; at the high school there is the three people to provide support. At the middle school, there is only the one person. 

Maureen - there is also the school psychologists at each of the schools who are good resources. There have been three years of moving walls, to get to this point. Looking to expand further to the kindergarten so it will truly be K-12

Jewell - it is important to get to the students early to get them excited about the STEM arena. Do you use professionals for some examples

One of our goals is to host a career fair for student, if a student has an interest, we do reach out to those where we can. the Senior Project is one particular area that addresses that well.

Clement - How do you strike the balance between showing them options and setting the path? It is good we are giving them the tools

Jen - they explored the options, these are considerations, what is may change many times, it is more about the future planning, not making the final decision

Rohrbach - I know from a parents point of view how overwhelming this can be. This is excellent, thank you

Mullen - When you stop and think about it, you realize how much it has changed over the last several years. Thank you

The seminars are helpful in getting the general info out and are able to have a focused discussion with the individual students

Jen - One of the things to be added to the middle school is to get a better feel on how much the numbers will help in predicting the rising student populations

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Attention Elementary Parents - Info Night on new Math Program and Report Cards

From the Franklin Public Schools:

We will be running 3 information nights for parents to introduce our new elementary math program and elementary report cards, which will be issued in December. Information on these two important topics will be presented by teachers, math specialists, and administrators on the following nights:

Parents of children at Jefferson and Parmenter
Wednesday, November 5th at Jefferson Elementary 
Parents of children at Oak Street and Kennedy
Thursday, November 6th at Oak Street Elementary 
Parents of children at Keller and Davis Thayer
Wednesday, November 12th at Keller Elementary

Each evening will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

If you cannot attend on the evening designated for your child’s school, please feel free to join us for one of the other presentations.

All materials will also be posted to school and district webpages after the last presentation.

Ladybug rug at JF Kennedy School
Ladybug rug at JF Kennedy School

This was posted to the Franklin Schools webpage here

Monday, September 29, 2014

Franklin Public Schools: Upcoming Events


FHS Curriculum Night on September 30 

Follow your FHS students' schedule and experience HS all over again

Remington / Jefferson Challenge

2K or 5K road race and complete SPARTAN Obstacle CourseSunday 10/5 at 10:45  at Remington/Jefferson       Races begin at 11:00Two Obstacle Courses ( 1 for adults and 1 for children)Great snacks and food available
See Remington/Jefferson web site and click onto PCC

Downtown Harvest Festival Sunday October 5th 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Food, entertainment and fun- see Downtown Partnership web site for event schedule and sponsor list

JFK Ladybug Race

Kennedy School fun run on October 27th  at 9:30 a.m.See JFK PCC web site for details

This e-mail has been sent to you by FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message.

To save searching for the sites mentioned here they are:

Remington Jefferson Challenge
Remington Jefferson Challenge
Visit this page for more info and to register

Ladybug 5K Road Race
Ladybug 5K Road Race
Visit this page for more info and to register

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has more info about the Harvest Festival on their page here

Monday, June 16, 2014

Last day for Kindergarten today

It is that time of year, kindergartners finish today and the remaining classes finish on Friday. Unfortunately, Keller-Sullivan doesn't finish until Monday (6/23) due to a day they missed for a facility problem.

Parmenter sign with end of school schedule
Parmenter sign with end of school schedule

6/16 is a "Kind" last day
6/16 is a "Kind" day
Let's hope all the last days of school are kind ones!

The last day of school notice on the Franklin schools page can be found here

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Update: Remington/Jefferson Exterior

An update from the Facilities Dept via Town Administrator Jeff Nutting regarding the exterior photos of the Remington/Jefferson school building that were shared here on Sunday:

As a followup to your pictures the other day about the water at the RJ please see memo from Facilities



Hi Jeff, 
Mike and I walked the entire exterior of Rem/Jeff. As pictured in Franklin Matters, there are a number of areas where water sheds from the roof onto the brick and leaves a staining of moss/mold. Fortunately, this mold is exterior and not capable of penetrating the interior of the building. However, it does leave an unsightly appearance on the affected areas. For some reason, the roof was designed to shed water as it currently does.As the weather changes and gets warmer, the brick will begin to dry out and the staining will become less noticeable. We will power wash the brick. 

While waling Sunday also in rain but much lighter, I snapped these photos of Parmenter and Davis Thayer. Both of these buildings have the roof extending over the building wall a good 10-12 inches. As indicated in Dana's email, that appears to be the 'root' cause.

Parmenter roof showing the overhang
Parmenter roof showing the overhang
Davis Thayer roof showing the overhang
Davis Thayer roof showing the overhang

Sunday, April 27, 2014

new kind of 'green' ?? - (photo essay)

While walking in the rain on Saturday, I was able to capture some photos of the Remington Jefferson building. Some parts of the building remained dry in the light rain. Some parts did not.

back side of building (gym)
back side of building (gym)

facing the Jefferson playground area
facing the Jefferson playground area

close up of the window sill and below show in the photo above
close up of the window sill and below show in the photo above

wet corner, close up it is ugly
wet corner, close up it is ugly (see below)
close up of the wet corner
close up of the wet corner

Jefferson side of building
Jefferson side of building

as good as water is, it does cause damage
as good as water is, it does cause damage

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Proposal for dugouts for the softball fields at Remington-Jefferson

On the agenda for the School Committee meeting this Tuesday is a proposal for the installation of dugouts for the softball fields at the Remington-Jefferson school complex.

This document outlines the proposal and includes photo samples of dugouts on other softball fields in Franklin

The full School Committee agenda can be found here

Sunday, August 4, 2013

PanMass Challenge makes a water stop in Franklin

As noted the annual PanMass Challenge bike riders made their water stop in Franklin on Saturday morning. The riders left Sturbridge and began to arrive at the Remington-Jefferson School complex around 7:30 AM. I stopped by to take some photos, a couple of brief videos and managed to see a couple of the riders I had contributed to. I missed finding the other riders but as you can see in the photos, most are all wearing the same shirt. They all have their safety helmets on and when on a bike, they can be hard to pick out of the crowd.

It is heartwarming to see the welcome provided by so many of the volunteers, friends and family and equally heartwarming to see so many riders. When folks can come together like this for a good cause, it is a special time!

The entrance:

In the middle of the water stop:

The entrance on Washington St

coming in to the water stop

the helmet decorations helped to find riders

Team Kermit

coming around the bend

food, refreshments, medical assistance and a DJ playing up beat music

once the riders arrived, they had some fun to find who they were looking for!

Town Administrator Jeff Nutting

Marty Middelman and his family

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rep Roy: Jefferson 4th Graders visit State House

Eighty Jefferson Elementary 4th Graders from Franklin took a field trip to Boston where they enjoyed a State House tour. The 4th Graders, accompanied by four teachers and a number of parent chaperones got the opportunity to take the guided tour, enter and see the House of Representatives’ Chamber and speak with their State Representative Jeffrey Roy (D), State Senator Richard Ross (R) and representative from State Senator Karen Spilka’s office. 
“It was great to see such an engaged group of 4th Graders from Jefferson Elementary School,” noted Representative Jeffrey Roy (D – Franklin). “We had some great discussions about what we do in the State House and several expressed interest in working here someday. I hope to have the chance to work with them.” 
Jefferson elementary 4th graders
Jefferson 4th Graders

“A visit to the State House is an excellent way to give our students the opportunity to experience our state’s history first hand,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “It is important for them to have an understanding of state government and their valuable role in civic engagement.” 
“I truly enjoyed meeting with the students and teachers from Jefferson Elementary School,” said Senator Richard Ross. “It is so heartening to meet with students who are engaged and interested in state government, as well as the rich history of the Massachusetts State House.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cupcakes for Jefferson

Come to The Cake Bar on Thursday, April 18th and help support the Jefferson Elementary PCC!

Cupcakes for Jefferson
Thursday, April 18th
The Cake Bar
The Cake Bar

The Cake Bar
17 E Central St.
Franklin, MA
(508) 553-8700

The Cake Bar specializes in gourmet sugar confections, made from scratch in small batches. Their cupcakes, and dessert bars promise to please your palette through their unique twists on classic dessert favorites. Some of their flavors include Sticky Toffee, Trifecta, Pinkalicious, Simply Carrot and Cookie Monster – just to name a few!

No forms are necessary - just drop in and pick up some cupcakes. We'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

PMC Franklin Kids Ride

PMC Franklin Kids Ride is now open for registration. Kids 3-14, please join us to raise money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The ride is Sunday, June 9th at Jefferson Elementary School. 

Please like the event page, PMC Franklin Kids Ride 

Register at:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jefferson and Oak St School Tours (video)

Realtor Warren Reynolds has posted his photos, videos, and summaries of the school tours of the Jefferson Elementary School and the Oak St Elementary School.

Here’s your chance to see the inside of the Jefferson Elementary School in Franklin, MA.  Jefferson Elementary is one of the most recently built schools in town, as amply demonstrated by the video and photo tour of the school provided below.

Take a few minutes to tour the inside of the Oak Street Elementary School in Franklin, MA.  The school got a full renovation in 2004.  As the videos and photos below show, this is a beautiful primary education facility!

Hopefully these posts will tempt you to join one of the remaining school tours this year. The one for Keller/Sullivan ended up getting canceled due to the snow (the new date has not been set yet). The tour of Franklin High School is scheduled for Apr 26th at 6:00 PM

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jefferson PCC fundraiser at 99 Restaurant

This Thursday, February 28th is the Dine for a Cause fundraiser at Restaurant 99. Join us at Restaurant 99 in Franklin to benefit the Jefferson Elementary PCC! If you're still recovering from vacation last week or just looking to spend a family night out, we'd love to see you there.

Visit anytime between 11:00am and 10:30pm and let them know you're there for Jefferson.

Come support our Franklin community!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Remington-Jefferson School Tour (photo essay)

Remington-Jefferson Tour

It was cold Thursday evening in Franklin and the lights of the Remington-Jefferson building cast a warm welcoming glow.    

Remington-Jefferson Tour

If you looked down at the building from the sky, it is laid out like an airplane with a main central section and two wings. Much of the central section are areas that are used by both schools; cafeteria, library, and gymnasium. The tour started on the lower level of the Jefferson side, went up to the second floor and crossed over to Remington to eventually finish on the lower level of the Remington side.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

In most elementary classrooms, this a familiar sight with the chairs up to help the cleaning process.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Jefferson does have modular units, the corridors are distinct as they have the rack of hooks along the walls. The modular units are basically boxes with four walls with windows and doors but no closet space. These modulars were just budgeted for removal as they are no longer needed.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Bags on each chair provide individual reading materials for the student. They get rotated out for units of study from the in room reading collection or the central school library.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

One of the architectural details in the library that I was not aware of previously is that the ceiling is shaped like a book open for reading. Both my daughters attended Remington Middle School so I have been into the school before for parents night and musical performances. I had not been into the Jefferson side.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

In addition to the computer lab, Remington uses "cows" computers on wheels; carts with laptop or netbook computers that can be wheeled into a classroom.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

A view down the Remington stairwell as we crossed over the center section into the wing.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Yes, every seat is this class has been replaced by an exercise ball as an experiment. There are physical benefits from sitting like this especially for the long periods that the students are required to. They are also testing a stand up desk (not pictured).

Remington-Jefferson Tour

The science lab on Remington side is located under one of the two roof peaks to take advantage of the space offered.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

An integrated art project, the students researched the artist to paint chair in his/her style.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Here is a close up of a chair for Piet Mondrian, a Dutch painter.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Another architectural detail found throughout the building are triangular windows. This is an attempt to pick up the Benjamin Franklin story of his kite experiment.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

The cafetorium is one of the main common areas. half the cafe is used by Remington, the other half by Jefferson. The divider wall can be opened up for the school performance where the stage is used.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

We got a view of the Jefferson small gym. As we went around to the Remington side, it was being used by a basketball group.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Jamie Barrett's music room

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Another interesting architectural detail; the bench built into wall, the wall line broken up with the different brick colors and material.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

The Jefferson entrance from inside looking towards the door.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Positioned just inside the entrance is the wood carving done for Jefferson.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Back to the Remington entrance where the tour ended.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

My thanks to the School Committee for scheduling these tours and in particular to Paula Mullen and Susan Rohrbach who participated in this tour. Thanks extends of course to the principals, Paul Peri (Remington), Linda Ashley (Jefferson) and Sally Winslow, Asst Superintendent. Brian Wildeman, Asst Principal for Remington was also quite helpful on the tour with timely demonstrations.

Remington-Jefferson Tour

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jefferson - School Improvement Plan

The School Improvement Plan for 2012-2013 is scheduled for review and discussion at the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012.