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

Friday, October 20, 2023

Superintendent Karen MaGuire talks with Anne Bergen about the Tri-County School Building Special Election (video)

Superintendent Karen MaGuire talks with Anne Bergen about the Tri-County School Building Special Election as well as an alternative to the traditional career path.

Franklin TV video link ->

Superintendent Karen McGuire talks with Anne Bergen about the Tri-County School Building Special Election (video)
Superintendent Karen MaGuire talks with Anne Bergen about the Tri-County School Building Special Election (video)

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Little Music School open house - Weds, Aug 23, 2023

Join us Wednesday for FSPA’s Little Music School OPEN HOUSE!

Individual appointments available for a complimentary introduction to this unique children’s music program.

Ages 18 months to 5 years, Call FSPA 508-528-8668 to schedule a time for you and your child!

Director: Kim Rezendes  email at ->

“This program helped my daughter learn to follow directions, interact with her peers, and have FUN – all while learning music!”

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

You are invited to the Sculpture Park Rededication - Traveling School of Fish - June 7 at 5 PM

You're invited to join us on the evening of Wednesday, June 7th, 2023 at 5 PM at the Franklin Sculpture Park (rain date Thursday, June 8th at 5pm). For a rededication ceremony for the Franklin Art Center installation "School of Fish"
The public art was installed in 2014 and will now receive a refresh with the help of the Franklin Public Schools Art Director Adam Gooder, Art Teacher Caroline Whelan, Jefferson Principal Stefani Wasik and local artist Amy Adams.
The refreshed installation will be updated yearly by new students and the work will be retitled "Traveling School of Fish".
Join Jefferson students, families, faculty and more for a community celebration of art and engagement.
Event Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 5:00 PM

photo from 2015 of the "Art School of Fish"
photo from 2015 of the "Art School of Fish"

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Please Support the Y’s 7th Annual Community Backpack Drive

Operation Backpack is now underway at the Hockomock Area YMCA and seeks the support of local businesses and individuals. Committed to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children and strengthening the community, the YMCA has a hefty goal of 3,000 fully stocked backpacks delivered before the school year begins this fall. 

students with backpacks from community drive YMCA
students with backpacks from community drive YMCA
“Convening donors and volunteers to support area families in need reflects our Y’s commitment to serve and strengthen our communities together,” says Jim Downs, CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Having access to backpacks and supplies is an integral part of a student’s success. As many families continue to face financial hardships due to the pandemic and the cost of living, we are working to make sure that kids have the supplies they need to start the upcoming school year off right.”  
New supplies and backpacks are requested now through August 14th. The Backpack Drive is a collaborative effort made possible by the YMCA staff, program participants, partners and neighbors to provide kids the confidence that comes when boys and girls are able to go to school prepared. 

Donation bins are located at all Hockomock Area YMCA facilities: Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street, Foxborough; Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin; Mansfield Arts & Education Center, 40 Balcom Street, Mansfield; and North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro.  

“Fulfilling our mission is only possible because of the dedication of staff, volunteers, donors and partners who support our cause of enhancing lives and enriching communities,” says Eric Kevorkian, Chair of the Hockomock Y’s Board of Directors. “Your support with this Backpack Drive will help children and neighbors in need in our 15 town service area.”  

YMCA delivering stuffed backpacks
YMCA delivering stuffed backpacks
Community members who would like to sponsor the Backpack Drive are asked to contact Katie Moore at 508-643-5265 or Sponsorship levels range from $500–which will provide 10 backpacks to students in need–through Presenting Sponsor at $25,000, which is a giving level ensuring that 500 children will receive needed supplies. Be sure to inquire about all sponsorship levels by contacting the Y today. 

In addition to monetary donations, the Y is requesting the following supplies: backpacks for all ages including pre-k, elementary, middle school and high school, pencils and colored pencils, highlighters, washable markers, rulers, crayons, glue sticks, spiral notebooks and scissors.  A donation of $50 will cover the cost of a single fully stocked backpack. All the details to support this initiative are available at:
If a member of your family or someone you know is in need of a backpack, a request form can be found online at  
About Hockomock Area YMCA: 
Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.  
Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit  

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Franklin TV: Even More YouTube

 We’re Expanding Our YouTube Channels

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 07/10/2022

In early May we began live-streaming our government meetings, along with some school sports and events on YouTube. The programs were also posted as videos. For those who “do video” (and yes, we do), YouTube is where folks expect us to be. YouTube is a video destination.

What we said in May:
Get with the program. We’ve all been so advised at one point or other. In this case, it’s about getting you to the programs you want – exactly the way you want them.
We’re now posting our programs on YouTube. It’s familiar. It’s what we all know. It’s immediate. You can now watch our key meetings and events LIVE on YouTube. They will also be there for replay. In a world where we all want what we want – when, where and how we want it, YouTube fills the bill.
In these past two months our YouTube videos have been well received, and now we’re going all in. We’re simplifying our website (for your convenience of course). We’ve organized our YouTube streams into Public Access, School and Government channels so it works just like our three local cable channels. This also enables us to livestream multiple events simultaneously. (We’re often busy that way.)

Just click on the appropriate channel logo on our home page. It will take you to our YouTube Live link for that channel’s scheduled livestream event.

Our YouTube Access, School and Government channels also have earlier programs and meetings, all organized as Video on Demand playlists. Watch any time.

Note: When you visit our YouTube channels you can also choose to Subscribe.
Now you can get with the program directly – whenever you want.

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching.

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online   

Friday, December 31, 2021

Franklin's Event Outlook: Dec 31, 2021 to Jan 6, 2022

This is your Community Calendar.  As we close out 2021 and open 2022, a few reminders. 

1 - This Community calendar displays both the community and Cultural events
The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

2 - The Town of Franklin calendar displays the official town committee and board meetings

3 - School meetings and events are found on the School district calendar (and in many cases on the calendars of individual schools).

4 - Action: To submit a community or cultural event, please use this form:

Friday, December 31
Day off for New Year's Day
New Year's Eve
6:00pm - Light up Franklin!

Saturday, January 1, 2022
New Year's Day
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)

Sunday, January 2, 2022
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Hill: "CDC clarifies mask guidance for schools"

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending the continued use of masks and social distancing in schools after issuing new guidance last week that stated vaccinated people do not need to wear masks.

On Saturday, the CDC released an Operational Strategy for K-12 schools in which it pointed to data that suggest schools that abide by mask mandates and social-distancing requirements have been able to safely remain open.

In the post clarifying mask guidance for schools, the CDC argued that schools need to make efforts to remain open as a way to combat "systemic health and social inequities" among students of color."

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Franklin Public Schools: Home Schooling vs. Remote Learning

Home Schooling is an available option for some families who wish to provide every aspect of their child's education. To begin a home schooling, you must notify the Office of Teaching and Learning (annually) of your intent to homeschool, prior to the start of the school year. The requirements involve preparing an educational plan for approval by the Franklin Public Schools. Assessment/progress results will also need to be submitted and approved at the end of the school year. 

Upon approval of a homeschool plan, your child will be withdrawn from the Franklin Public Schools and the resources associated with the Franklin Public Schools will no longer be available to you. This includes, but is not limited to, curriculum materials, books, and Chromebooks. 

It is important to note that home schooling is different from remote learning. The remote learning model is being provided to all students enrolled in the Franklin Public Schools during the pandemic. This encompasses curriculum, instruction, assessment, and materials provided by the Franklin Public Schools for all students. 

Teachers are assigned to teach classes as they typically would in person. Students will complete a full day of education at home that is a blend of online learning, class facetime with peers and teacher(s), and independent work. When schools are able to transition back to either a hybrid or fully in-person model of instruction, all students engaged in remote learning will be a part of that transition back to school. 

If you decide to homeschool your child, you will need to provide a letter of intent, along with an educational plan for the 2020 - 2021 school year to Franklin Public Schools by September 4, 2020..  You can email this information to Dr. Joyce Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning,  at   Once Dr. Edwards reviews your plan and approves it, we will send you a confirmation via email.

For reference, the approved Return to School plan is found here

Franklin Public Schools: Home Schooling vs. Remote Learning
Franklin Public Schools: Home Schooling vs. Remote Learning

Saturday, August 15, 2020

"it has been the greatest honor to serve for and with you"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin: 

"After nearly three years on the Town Council, Eamon McCarthy Earls has resigned from his role as a town councilor.

“Drawing inspiration from my experiences helping to craft bylaws and policies for Franklin, in the examples set by some of our leading citizens who work in law, among them state Rep. Jeff Roy, School Committee member Judy Pond Pfeffer or former state Rep. James Vallee, I’m embarking on the process of becoming an attorney,” said Earls, 26, during Wednesday’s council meeting.

His resignation is effective Sept. 6, he said, as he plans to attend the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia starting next month. He told the Daily News that time will tell which area of law he chooses to focus on, but said he’s interested in public policy and municipal law.

According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ranking of the nation’s best law schools, the Antonin Scalia Law School was ranked at No. 42 overall out of 198 schools, and fourth for part-time law programs."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 

Additional info from the Town Council meeting where this announcement was made can be found in this recap

Monday, April 27, 2020

“A huge piece of art is not just the creating process, but also the sharing process”

Great article in Edutopia featuring our own Ms. Doherty!

"Can the Arts Go Digital?

Christine Doherty, an elementary art teacher in Franklin, Massachusetts, said she had always shied away from using technology but realized she would have to embrace it to connect to all 540 of her students at two different schools during school closures.
Doherty created a YouTube channel ( where she reads books to her students or leads them through easy art activities such as drawing and coloring.
She quickly found that online platforms allow students to continue sharing and talking about their artwork, just as they would in school. During her live video instruction time, students can type an H, for hand, into the chat box to indicate they want to share their work and place it up to the screen for other students to see. “A huge piece of art is not just the creating process, but also the sharing process,” she said."
Read the full article online

Christine Doherty @MsDoherty_ART

Friday, January 31, 2020

"accidentally reports every student absent"

"The parents and guardians of students attending John F. Kennedy Memorial School received quite the surprise on Thursday morning - a message reporting their child as being absent.

Just after 10 a.m., an error caused by the district’s automated absentee notification system notified each family affiliated with the Pond Street elementary school that their child was not present, according to Superintendent of Schools Sara Ahern.

“We use an automated system to send out messages to parents/guardians when we are not contacted by them to notify us when a student will be absent for the day,” said Ahern. “A mistake was made and the message was sent to all Kennedy Elementary School families at approximately 10:09 a.m.”

She said the error was “caught right away and a clarifying message was sent promptly at approximately 10:14 a.m.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

FPS Voice Podcast - Social Media / Q&A

FPS Voice Podcast
Episode 1: Social Media and Q&A

Our first full podcast episode is here! Dr. Sara Ahern and Mr. Paul Peri recap key points and takeaways from our Social Media event, including tips, resources and what our faculty and administration see happening in Franklin Schools related to social media use. 

Our Q&A session covers questions on the 
  • 2020/2021 calendar
  • Kindergarten registration
  • High School Sports
Tune in and subscribe!

FPS Voice Podcast - Social Media / Q and A
FPS Voice Podcast - Social Media / Q and A

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

“Adapting and changing can sometimes be scary"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Carol Lynch has been packing school lunches for kids since the mid-1980s, first for her own children, then for her grandchildren. For her, buying lunch from school has never really been a consideration.

“It’s nothing against the lunches they serve,” said Lynch, who has helped raise two generations of children in the same Plymouth home. “For me, food has always been about family. No one can put personal touches on food like a parent or grandparent. (Whether it’s) a Thanksgiving meal or a quick school lunch, I just like to use food as a way of showing my love.”

But given all of the children across the state who do take part in their school’s lunch programs, food service departments have the complex task of designing menus that meet an ever-growing diverse student population. There are allergies and food restrictions, pressure to offer newer and healthier choices while also increasing participation rates (read: more revenue), and federal food guidelines that are changing under the current presidential administration.

“What’s on the menu today?” is more complicated now than ever before."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

“Adapting and changing can sometimes be scary"
“Adapting and changing can sometimes be scary"

The Franklin Food Services page

The lunch menus for each school

Lunch payment accounts

Sunday, September 23, 2018

FSPA Introduces New Faculty

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) is excited to welcome three new faculty members this fall. 

Meghan Love joins FSPA’s ballet faculty. Love has taught ballet, tap and jazz to 3-14 year olds in after-school programs throughout New Mexico and was an Adjunct Professor at New Mexico State University teaching Jazz Technique I. She served on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre for the Children’s Division and at the Mason Gross Extension Division at Rutgers University. In 2012 she became full-time National Training Curriculum staff for ABT. 
Meghan Love joins FSPA’s ballet faculty
Meghan Love joins
FSPA’s ballet faculty

In the spring of 2018, she was chosen to be part of a competitive professional development program, Boot Camp for Emerging Leaders in Arts Administration, offered through New York Foundation for the Arts. Most recently, Love was the Manager of the National Training Curriculum and the ABT/NYU Masters Program, instructing in both programs, and she is currently an ABT Affiliate Examiner.

Joining FSPA’s voice faculty this year is Sam Jones. Jones received both his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Vocal Performance as well as his Master of Music in Contemporary Improvisation (with Honors and a Music-in-Education Concentration) from New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston. 

Jones won the competitive “Spark” Grant Award to launch his album, as well as NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musician Grant to direct, produce, and star in a gender-blind production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, benefiting the local Boston nonprofit BAGLY to support LGBTQ+ youth.

The music department also welcomes guitar instructor Andres Abenante. Abenante holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory. Specializing in Jazz, Rock, Improvised, Classical and Latin styles, Andres has extensive performing experience throughout the east coast. He has recorded two albums and has served as served as Music Copyist and Transcriber for Eddie Palmieri. Andres currently teaches at the Warren-Prescott School in Cambridge as well as the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.

It is not too late to register for all programs at FSPA. Complimentary trial classes are encouraged and enrollment is ongoing throughout the year. An All-Access Pass is available for prospective students and includes tickets to an upcoming FSPA production, a tour of the school and trial group classes. FSPA, founded in 1985, is located in The Felix Cataldo Block in downtown Franklin. The facilities includes extensive studio space, Recital Hall, The Spotlight Shop and the new Intermission café. FSPA Academy, a full-time academic program, is housed next door at 32 Main Street.

For more information about all programs visit, call 508-528-8668, or stop by the school at 38 Main Street in Franklin.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection - Aug 18-19

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

The backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes on the weekend of August 18/19 and on Monday, (August 20th) until noon. 
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!

Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:

or here:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Russian School of Math - Franklin is currently enrolling students for Summer School

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Russian School of Mathematics located in downtown Franklin at 9 Summer St., Franklin Center Commons!

RSM-Franklin is currently enrolling students for the Summer School classes July 10 - August 17 and can serve families from Franklin and the surrounding communities.

Our mission is to help our students develop mathematical excellence and lifelong critical thinking skills using our unique curriculum and exceptional teachers.

Our summer course offerings include:

  • Math for Grades 1-6: These courses hone students' analytic skills and enhance their number sense by introducing them to abstract concepts.
  • Preparation for High School Math: Our courses in Algebra and Geometry will build up pre requisite skills and front load the key concepts of high school math.
  • SAT-preparation classes
  • Contest Level Math: Students are introduced to non-straightforward problems - opening them to the intrigue of math in the world. Students are also prepped for various national and international math competitions.

You can read more about our program online at

Russian School of Math - Franklin is currently enrolling students for Summer School
Russian School of Math - Franklin is currently enrolling students for Summer School

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Summer Program - Oceans of Fun for 1st Graders

Summer Program 2016 
Oceans of Fun for Entering 1st Graders
One-week sessions:
July 11 to 14, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
July 18 to 21, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
July 25 to 28, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

at Jefferson Elementary School
This curriculum-based enrichment class uses an ocean theme:
  • focus on reading, writing, math skills review
  • phonics, letter/sound recognition and basic sight vocabulary
  • journal writing
  • learn about sea creatures and treasures of the sea
  • science center
  • creative art projects
  • different activities each week
Each day, please bring a snack and your backpack.

Tuition: $120 per week
FPS- Lifelong Learning | 355 East Central Street | Franklin | MA | 02038    

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Monday, September 8, 2014

La Cantina Wine School

On my walk Sunday, I found that the recent work setting up the small office space on Union St was not going to be a campaign office. The sign proudly announces the home of La Cantina Wine School.

La Cantina Wine School
La Cantina Wine School

There was an article last year by the Milford Daily News about La Cantina.
Did you know Franklin has a school that teaches you how to make wine in the Italian tradition? This article in the Milford Daily News introduces us to Bob Vozzella and La Cantina Wine School.
On Saturday, Professore di Vino Vozzella, as he has taken to calling himself, taught a group of students how to press the grapes, which had fermented a couple of weeks within special tubs. The wine would be a zinfandel.  
Wearing black T-shirts with the words "Crush Crew," they were scooping the rich violet grapes into the press. The work left their hands covered in the same color.  
Robert Alario, one of the pupils, enrolled at Vozzella’s school to relive some of his childhood. "I use to make wine with my father," the 59-year-old Fitchburg resident said. "This brings back incredibly fond memories."
Read more:  (subscription may be required)

Last year's posting to Franklin Matters appeared here

You can find out more about the wine making school by visiting their webpage

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Preparing for school lunches - lunch lady heroes and more

It is time to get back to school so that means it is back to either making lunches or getting lunch in the cafeteria. In this TED Talk, Jarrett Krosoczka talks about his lunch lady and lunch lady heroes!

You can find more about Jarrett with his TED bio page

or on his own website

And while we are on the topic of school lunches, Lisa Leake has some good ideas and recipes to help create healthy lunches.

Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food website
Lisa Leake's 100 Days of Real Food website

Follow this link to read her post on tips to making school lunches:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reminder: early dismissal today

From the Parmenter School sign today:

Early dismissal today
PCC meeting 3/15
Auction at CBS Scene in Sat 3/16