Showing posts with label language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label language. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Seal of Biliteracy achieved by 11 FHS students in second year of program

"Congratulations to all of our @FranklinHS  world language scholars who earned the MA Sate Seal of Biliteracy! We are so proud."
Based upon students in photo, at least 11 achieved this biliteracy award
Based upon students in photo, at least 11 achieved this biliteracy award. Stay tuned for an update on what the total is. 

Shared from Twitter:

Seal of Biliteracy introduced to School Committee in Sep 2019 with a planned implementation for 2020-2021 school year. 5 students were announced in June 2021. Per the photo, 11 students have reached this achievement this year. (Being verified if total is 11 or ??).(Confirmed as 11.)

2021 achievement announcement ->

Program introduction to School Committee in Sep 2019 ->

"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"

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Franklin Public Schools: MCAS Presentation - 11/23/21

Among the agenda items for the Franklin School Committee meeting Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021 is an update on the recent MCAS statistics for the Franklin School District.

You can view a copy of the report here or below:

Franklin Public Schools: MCAS Presentation - 11/23/21
Franklin Public Schools: MCAS Presentation - 11/23/21

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Federal "Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17"

"The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

"This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic, while also working on important tax administration responsibilities," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Even with the new deadline, we urge taxpayers to consider filing as soon as possible, especially those who are owed refunds. Filing electronically with direct deposit is the quickest way to get refunds, and it can help some taxpayers more quickly receive any remaining stimulus payments they may be entitled to."

Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Individual taxpayers will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the taxes paid by May 17."

Additional info from the IRS on the delay and what it means can be found at the IRS page
IRS expands help to taxpayers in multiple languages with new forms, communication preferences 

Quick note that the tax extension applies only to Federal taxes. MA has not yet indicated they would go along with the delay.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Social Security in Plain Language

 Social Security Matters Blog
Social Security in Plain Language

Some of the terms and acronyms people use when they talk about Social Security can be a little confusing. We’re here to help you understand all you need to know.

We strive to explain your benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to communicate clearly in a way “the public can understand and use.” This can be particularly challenging when talking about complicated programs like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare. If there’s a technical term or acronym that you don’t know, you can easily find the meaning in our online glossary (

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lifelong Community Learning: Intro: to English as a Second Language

Introduction to English
as a Second Language
Adults 18+
for you or someone you may know

Starting October 3, 2019

8 Tuesdays
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Improve your conversational English language comprehension. This introductory class focuses on conversational English and is designed to assist adult learners who want to improve their English language comprehension in a welcoming environment.
Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak St., Franklin, MA 02038
FPS- Lifelong Community Learning | 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 02038
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"

Conversational Italian for the Traveler

DATES:  6 Wednesdays, February 6 - April 3

TIME:  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

LOCATION:  Franklin High School

COST: $80

Buongiorno! Are you planning a trip to Italy? Through situational vocabulary
framed in a cultural context, you will learn the basics to make a stay in Italy
even more pleasant. Get ready to learn about greeting, sightseeing, ordering
food and shopping – Italian style!

Register online

Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"
Traveling to Italy? Take the course "Conversational Italian for the Traveler"

Monday, March 19, 2018

In the News: Storytime Fiesta at the Library; civics day in Medway

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The library will add a linguistic twist to storytime later this month when students from the Spanish National Honor Society read books and lead activities about Spanish culture. 
The first of the three events will take place on March 31, when there will be singing, dancing, cultural snacks and arts and crafts. The effort is being led by Franklin High School senior and Spanish National Honor Society member Letticia Pierre-Louis. 
She thought it would be a good idea to combine her work at the library with her honor society volunteer requirement to create an event that would benefit and educate the younger generation. 
The Storytime Fiesta isn’t just about learning a bit of Spanish, Pierre-Louis said, it’s about appreciating the culture surrounding the language around the world."

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Storytime Fiesta - March 31
Storytime Fiesta - March 31

"State and local officials described Medway High School’s inaugural Civics Day as a time to begin passing the torch to the leaders of tomorrow. 
Students got a chance to interact with local leaders during the Friday morning event and State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, gave a speech about the importance of community engagement. 
The event also had a competitive component – a quiz competition to determine who had the best grasp of local issues. 
Teacher Aubrie Rojee, who organized the event, has a passion for civics and wants to teach students about the responsibility of being good citizens in a democracy."

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Malouf recognized for her work in French education and culture by French Consul General

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin is pleased to announce the recognition of Mireille Malouf, our esteemed Middle School French teacher, as a Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of the French Academic Palms.

This venerable organization was originally created by Napoleon in 1808 and recognizes individuals for their outstanding service and active expansion of French education and culture.
Mireille Malouf, Middle School French teacher
Mireille Malouf,
Middle School French teacher
(BFCCPS school photo)

Madame Malouf’s nomination was prepared by the Consul General Valéry Freland and approved by the Ministry of French National Education in Paris. This designation was announced by the French Prime Minister in July and awards were presented by the French Consul General, Valéry Freland at a reception at the Résidence of France in Cambridge on September 7th.

Mireille Malouf has been employed as the Middle School French Teacher at BFCCPS since November 2003. The school’s French program has absolutely thrived under her direction. Students faculty and staff participate in the annual Semaine Francaise (French Week) a celebration of French language and culture. Additionally, students in Grade Seven attend a four day overnight trip to Quebec that she thoughtfully and tirelessly plans and implements to the delight of parents, students, faculty and staff.

"We could not be more proud of Madame Malouf; we are thrilled to celebrate her well deserved designation as Chevalier in the French Academic Palms. Mirielle’s commitment to students and her passion for French is simply unmatched. She is an absolutely treasured member of our community." – Mrs. Heather Zolnowski, Head of School, Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

We invite you to review photos and video of the presentation here. Félicitations, nous sommes tellement fiers de vous!

About Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s mission is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service. Our mission is supported by four distinct, yet interconnected pillars that provide for a collaborative, rigorous education for all students. These pillars guide, direct and define the school in all it does.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"The The Impotence of Proofreading," by TAYLOR MALI

Time for a little fun with language. Words are important. Using the right one at the right time is so critical for success. Taylor's performance takes liberty with proof reading to an extreme (and is full of double entendres).

On the stage with Taylor Mali is Billy Collins, a good and humorous poet in his own right.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

English Language Learners (ELL)

ELL - English Language Learners

presentation by Linda Waters

A review of the four year initiative

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI)

DOE had found Franklin in "noncompliance status" in 2004

not a service to teach curriculum, focused on teaching English as a language

two .5 ELL teachers, both half-time; one for elementary and one for middle school
one full time ELL teacher

close to 100 teachers with some level of training in this area

February 2008, DOE has found Franklin in "compliance" with the mandate

29 students designated as ELL
10 students designated as Former ELL (FELPs)

current languages being spoken by these students
Vietnamese, Spanish, Gujarti, Hindi, Cebuano, Telugu, Chinese, Bulgarian, Swahili, Russian, French, Arabic, Krio, and Portugese
22 kindergarten students identified as possible ELL's

Lisa talking about teaching the children who have trouble with the English language
other students in the classroom are helpful providing assistance
meets with students once a week as she is only part-time
get support to the regular teachers so they can provide help

Helen talking about the same program as provided to the secondary education students

Q - Armenio
This is one of the state unfunded mandates

Q - Trahan - Help for families?
The Franklin library provides a program in English as a Second Language for adults in the community. (side note - yes, I can vouch for this program as I participate as a tutor in this program.)

Q - Rohrbach - with 22 kindergartens possible, is this a growing trend?
Yes, it is. Given the other communities nearby, it is not surprising that we will gain some of these other languages.

Q - Roy, this was a result of a statewide ballot initiative

Lisa describes how she uses photos to elicit the students involvement in building their vocabulary, disposable cameras are good for this. Link the objects to the words.
Use total physical response to build the recognition of the verb and the word.

Social language develops very quickly with interaction amongst their peers, the curriculum language takes longer (up to six years) to develop. Many of the students are also coming into the system with little schooling in their background or sometimes large gaps in their schooling (due to civil war in their former country).

ELL staff have two roles, one to teach the students and one to teach the teachers
kudos to the ELL teachers and to all the staff to make this program so successful