Showing posts with label physical education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label physical education. Show all posts

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Kids Heart Challenge at Kennedy School beginning Jan 30, 2022

"All the @jfkladybugs are excited for Kids Heart Challenge to begin next week.  
Over the past 5 years we have raised $57,823 for the @AmericanHeartMA !  Our goal this year is $12,000!  
Be on the lookout for the envelope next week."

Shared from Twitter:

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Goodness from the Twitterverse!

#1 - 
Jeff Melo (@Coach_MeloPE) tweeted at 1:19 PM on Wed, Apr 08, 2020:
@OakStElementary @jfkladybugs @parmenterschool @DT_Bobcats @JeffersonLabs @KellerSchool
@FPSHealthPE @FranklinPSNews @MrBanksPE @MrsCartersPE @MrsDoylePE @coachnordberg @MrMcCabePE @MrHendrixson @somegoodnews

Coming soon...



Franklin Police (@franklinpolice) tweeted at 7:55 PM on Wed, Apr 08, 2020:
Making people happy one song at a time!


James H. Barrett (@MusicWithMrJHB) tweeted at 8:37 PM on Wed, Apr 08, 2020:
Acapella... first time using this app... wrote and recorded this in like 5 minutes... totally goofy... @franklinculture @FranklinMatters @JeffersonLabs @DT_Bobcats @FCC02038 @FranklinHSMusic @RMS_Remdawgs @FranklinPSNews @FranklinEdOrg Thanks 4 listening!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)

FM #238 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 238 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Kristin Letendre, Health and PE Director for the Franklin Public School district as well as a teacher at FHS. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about her work on the School Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC), on the Social Emotional Learning Committee, and importantly about keeping learning alive with her approach to mindfulness and a daily practice shared via Twitter.

This recording runs about 20 minutes, so listen to my conversation with Kristin and hear how a mindful approach can really provide help for us to be present during these challenging days.


The Twitter account for FPS Health PE =

The Social Emotional Learning Committee has created this SEL page with resources and a monthly focus

Kristin is an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State 

Resources shared by Kristin as mentioned during our conversation:


Mindfulness Book Recommendations

  • Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration  by Meera Lee Patel
  • Made Out of Stars: A Journal for Self-Realization by Meera Lee Patel
  • The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr. Patrizia Collard
  • Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day by Jennie Marie Battistin
  • Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are by Aimee Chase
  • Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in Everyday by Matthew Sockolov
  • Choose The Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness by Tal Ben-Shahar, PHD

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

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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.

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FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)
FM #238 Kristin Letendre - Mindfulness in a pandemic 4/03/20 (audio)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

School Committee - Recap of 10/15/19 meeting

Catching up to this recap (apologies for the delay, was spending time on the election prep which was more important at the time).

  • The Superintendent's Report announced the authors visit to the three middle schools. This visit was funded by an FEF grant. 
  • FHS students along with FHS teachers Kevin McCarthy and Mike Walsh provided an update on their trip to Germany this summer. 66 students participated in what was summarized as a success!
  • NEASC Two-Year Update – Paul Peri and William Klements provided an update that FHS did receive the accreditation. In the final report, there were 9 highlighted recommendations; 3 were completed outright and 6 of the 9 deal with 21st century and are connected with the Portrait of a Graduate work already underway.
  • Joyce Edwards and Kristin Letendre provided and update on the Health and Wellness program (presentation copy found below)
  • Policy updates on the meeting procedure were approved
  • The Superintendent's new contract was approved (1% increase in line with other contracts)
4 FHS students providing the update on the trip to Germany
4 FHS students providing the update on the trip to Germany

The Superintendent's Report

MetroWest Slides
The agenda and other  documents released for this meeting can be found

Franklin TV has the video of this meeting available for replay
Additional details can be found in my notes captured live during the meeting
  • Live reporting: Consent Agenda to Closing
  • Live reporting: Discussion Only Items
  • Live reporting: Discussion - Action Items
  • Live reporting: School Committee - October 15, 2019

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Two quick updates on Tinkergarten

Two quick updates on Tinkergarten, the new outdoor classes that were recently announced as coming to Franklin. (1) they are a MA based company (2) they just announced additional capital funding to help them expand their leader recruiting efforts.

"Tinkergarten announced on Tuesday it has raised a $5.4 million Series A round of financing led by Owl Ventures, with additional investment from existing investors Omidyar Network (the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam) and Reach Capital.
The Northampton, MA-based company uses an online platform to organize outdoor educational activities for kids ages 1-8 years old. A mix of learning and play, activities are conducted by trained “leaders,” people with a passion for teaching who can be educators, scientists, artists or even attorneys."

Read more about the capital funding here

ICYMI - the prior posting on the Tinkergarten classes coming to Franklin

image from Tinkergarten webpage
image from Tinkergarten webpage

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Live Reporting: Health and Physical Education Curriculum Review

This document is scheduled for presentation and discussion at the Franklin, MA School Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

(photo of group presenting to be added later)

in house teacher driver process looked at instructional processes to understand and revise the curriculum

SWOT analysis performed to start
incorporated survey feedback to develop plans for next steps

Kristen Letendre

  • Nick Goldman, Oak St

400 parents at elementary level, 85% felt not enough time for PE
majority of parents say PE and Health programs meet expectations

see page 13 for recommendations from the survey results

  • Greg Rakovic, Annie Sullivan

middle school program begins on page 14

survey results provided, student results found on page 17 

looking to increase health and PE

parents looking for more communications; hence increase use of Instagram and Twitter use

  • Michelle Hess, FHS

high school program begins on page 20

survey results on page 24
similar results in that the program is well received but more time should be spent on Health/PE

schedule issues where not enough sections of a class is available

looking to reduce number of health units and increase movement or PE time
revising the bullying curriculum to remove redundancies

  • Kristen

currently providing 30 minutes a week, SHAPE recommendation is for 150 minutes

major takeaways found on page 30

clarification on adjustments to come in removing redundancies, not reducing time overall

Live Reporting: Heath and Physical Education Curriculum Review
Live Reporting: Heath and Physical Education Curriculum Review

BOKS program is limited to 30 students at Oak St, offered through Lifelong Learning
started as a partnership with Reebok and the YMCA with a grant funding it, parents and elementary schools do it differently 

major life topics are being chunked into a short amount of time
SOS curriculum (signs of suicide) 

sexting is covered in bullying and cyber aspects as well as in dating topic

partnerships with Y, Town Recreations, St Mary's CYO, and others to get placements for kids who have desires to participate and may not have the funds to do so

Remington did receive and FEF grant for snowshoes