Showing posts with label students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label students. Show all posts

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Scammers follow the news about student loan forgiveness





Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

By Terri Miller

Hearing a lot about federal student loan forgiveness in the news? You're not alone — scammers are, too. You might get a call from someone saying they're affiliated with Federal Student Aid (FSA) or the Department of Education.

 (They're not.) They'll say they're following up on your eligibility for a new loan forgiveness program, and might even know things about your loan, like the balance or your account number. 

They'll try to rush you into acting by saying the program is available for a limited time. But this is all a scam. 

What else do you need to know to spot scams like this?

Read more ->  https://consumer.ftc.gov/consumer-alerts/2024/04/scammers-follow-news-about-student-loan-forgiveness




Scammers follow the news about student loan forgiveness
Scammers follow the news about student loan forgiveness

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FHS student art on display at the FAA gallery within Escape Into Fiction through March 16, 2024

FHS student art on display at the FAA gallery
FHS student art on display at the FAA gallery
"The Franklin High School Art Student Exhibit opened at the FAA Gallery at Escape Into Fiction Bookstore on February 17 and will continue until March 16. Here are a few photos of the gallery.  
Please make a point to come by for a visit to see the the work of this talented group of young artists!
We would like to invite everyone to attend the opening reception on February 29 from 6—8 PM at the FAA Gallery."




Saturday, February 3, 2024

Reminder: FHS restores Community Services Hours as a grad requirement; Non-profits - Let's be ready to take advantage of this!

 At a recent Franklin School Committee meeting, Josh Hanna, the Principal of FHS, provided an update on the program of studies at the high school. The update is scheduled annually and gives the community a preview on significant course changes, adds, etc. before the students start registering for the next school year.

One key aspect that was announced can benefit the Franklin area nonprofits; the restoration of Community Services Hours as a graduation requirement at FHS. This becomes effective with the graduating class of 2028.


“Beginning with the class of 2028 Franklin High School students are required to complete 20 hours of community service as part of the requirement for graduation”  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/2024-2025_fhs_program_of_studies_.pdf 


As you have community service hour opportunities, please let Josh know. Please also give advance notice. He plans to be the central contact for now. He also plans to add a section to the FHS newsletter which goes out every 2 weeks to spread the word. Josh’s email is -> hannaj@franklinps.net 


Sample of a recent school newsletter -> https://t.co/Dv0lAS1YAz


If you want to listen to the meeting to hear the update the audio is available ->

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2024/01/school-committee-hears-about-oak-st-fhs.html

(due to some technical difficulties that night, the broadcast video is not yet available)



FHS restores Community Services Hours as a grad requirement; Let's be ready to take advantage of this!
FHS restores Community Services Hours as a grad requirement; Let's be ready to take advantage of this!

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Tri-County students help this Pirate Ship Come Ashore in Medway

Months of work and collaboration resulted in a plentiful supply of play structures for youngsters in nearby Medway, one of many collaborations between Tri-County students and community entities. In this case, members of our Carpentry Program completed easels, sinks and a two-story Pirate ship for use on the playground at McGovern Elementary School.

Carpentry students and instructor Mr. Mark Spillane were on hand to cut the ribbon earlier this week
Carpentry students and instructor Mr. Mark Spillane were on hand to cut the ribbon

While our Carpentry students and instructor Mr. Mark Spillane were on hand to cut the ribbon earlier this week, other programs played a crucial and integral role in the project coming to fruition. Engineering students assisted with the plans and design ideas while our Plumbing students helped design faucets for the outdoor sinks. Finally, members of our Auto Technology program pitched in by repairing and servicing a trailer to transport the 1,500-pound wooden ship from Franklin to Medway. Understandably, the pirate ship has been the most popular attraction for McGovern students thus far.

Earlier this week, the entire McGovern Elementary School student body and its principal Ms. Amy McDonald gathered along with Medway Superintendent Dr. Armand Pires and Facility Director Mr. Michael Grennon. On hand accompanying Spillane were TC Superintendent Dr. Karen M. Maguire, School Committee member Tracy Stewart, Principal Dana M. Walsh and Vocational Director Pamela Olsen.

Since its founding in 1977, the mission of Tri-County's Regional Vocational Technical High School is to provide an excellent comprehensive technical and academic education to regional high school students. State-of-the-art technical skills and knowledge are enriched and complemented by a solid foundation of academic skills. Creative and cooperative partnerships between area employers and a dynamic staff at Tri-County guarantee the continued growth and development of exciting programs designed to prepare graduates for careers in the twenty-first century. The school proudly services the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole and Wrentham. For more, visit the school online at www.tri-county.us or any of our social media platforms.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Franklin Police Dept Missing Person Alert: Jazlyn Rodrigues, 15, of Franklin

"The Franklin Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in locating Jazlyn Rodrigues, 15, of Franklin. Jazlyn Rodrigues is a Hispanic female with dark curly hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, black pants, and black sneakers.
She was last seen on October 10, 2023, around 7 pm after leaving her residence at 200 Woodview Way in Franklin. Jazlyn is entered as a missing person in NCIC.
Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is advised to contact 911 or the Franklin Police Department at 508-528-1212."

Shared from -> https://twitter.com/franklinpolice/status/1712204140854624278 

and

https://www.facebook.com/franklinmapolice/posts/pfbid0bXAcVXERxLQdkqM9wiV7RSxf5KxAEqsKvhapvEyQo6y6uYuk5FSeBQwkQSCAUU99l?__cft__[0]=AZUKE_vqo2r4VtAko4qLCAvzS5ODU3vK3Pe83oInt37F6oXjWlxEUyT7BXfM8hWM5vEK3VWbJgNEWKrmlbiRrj4W8UNKkvjv4bRSQhI43rImlAS1w6nMiTOhVsd_0xfy3QSPltcSKttiAVG0hHSlqvDz&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

Franklin Police Dept Missing Person Alert: Jazlyn Rodrigues, 15, of Franklin
Franklin Police Dept Missing Person Alert: Jazlyn Rodrigues, 15, of Franklin

Friday, September 29, 2023

Middle, high school, & college students can sign up to join the Franklin Food Elves this season

Join the Franklin Food Elves to raise funds for the Franklin Food Pantry! Your participation helps ensure that our neighbors have a brighter holiday season! All funds raised will purchase fresh produce, a variety of proteins, groceries, personal care items, and household cleaning products.

In 2022, more than 240 middle, high school, and college students raised more than $93,000 for The Pantry through the Food Elves Campaign! Our wonderful Food Elves solicited funds in their neighborhoods and through crowdfunding to give their neighbors some holiday cheer.

The deadline to register as an in-person Food Elf is November 8, 2023.
The deadline to register as an online Food Elf is November 30, 2023.

What does it take to be a Food Elf? https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Food-Elves-FAQ-2023.pdf

Middle, high school, & college students can sign up to join the Franklin Food Elves this season
Middle, high school, & college students can sign up to join the Franklin Food Elves this season

Saturday, September 16, 2023

School Committee hears of and approves the District Improvement Plan & FHS trip to Far East in 2025 (audio)

FM #1061 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1061 in the series. 


The Franklin (MA) School Committee met on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 as scheduled.  Six members were present (1 absent - Bernstein).


Quick recap

  • Update from Superintendent Giguere on school opening, so far good, academic year has opened in heat which everyone worked through, over 800 faculty, over 4600 students

    • Successfully hired all teachers, down to 11 ESPs needed, 2 open spots for interventionists, thanks to all who were part of the process

    • Migrant housing update: refers to the press release, DESE also alerted District, families joining on a staggered basis, approx. 25 school age children with the families already housed, collaborating to enroll, register and get them welcomed to the schools, funding assistance to be provided, dollars remain unconfirmed. Updates to be provided as info is available

  • Introductions of the new administrators from around the district

  • Next up, the district improvement plan (DIP), slides not yet posted to the meeting folder, so pix will be captured for an album to be shared as we go https://photos.app.goo.gl/LxQbpaU4Ft8qPFS86   

    • Committee members asked and received clarifications on points made during the DIP presentation, in the action items, the DIP was approved as presented by 6-0-1 (6 for, none against, 1 absent)

  • Presentation on a proposed trip to Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand for spring of 2025. Presentation copy can be found   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/discussion_action_a_-_vietnam-cambodia-thailand_trip.pdf   

    • motion to approve trip as presented was seconded and passed by 6-0-1

  • Consent agenda was recommended for approval and it passed by 6-0-1

  • A round of updates from the various subcommittees on meetings held and or scheduled (details in the video and in my notes)


Let’s listen to the School Committee meeting of Sep 12. 


The total meeting audio runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-1061-franklin-ma-school-committee-mtg-09-12-23



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School Committee page -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee 


Franklin TV video for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/live/G-8ECoHrh8M?si=r9hZow6Jim8WXGxS&t=59 


Meeting packet folder -> https://www.franklinps.net/district/meeting-packets/pages/september-12-2023-school-committee-meeting-packet 


Agenda doc & remote participation info ->    https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/scagenda_9-12-23.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting and then in a single PDF for easy reading https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QdkJB2fxemPuN_nCWV6Dmq9tdc_QQsIh/view?usp=drive_link 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial


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 something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

 

For additional information, please visit franklin.news/ or 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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Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Sep 12, 2023 Meeting
Franklin, MA: School Committee Agenda for Sep 12, 2023 Meeting

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Franklin Public Schools: Letter to Community regarding Meals at no cost to students

Dear Parents/Guardians and Caregivers,

As the start of the school year approaches, we are excited to share updates regarding school meals. Earlier this month, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted to make universal free school meals for all students permanent. This means that breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at no cost to all students through the 2023 - 2024 school year!

Please note that even though meals will be free for all, it is important for families to still complete the Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2023-2024 school year if you believe you might qualify.

You can view and complete the application here: {https://linqconnect.com/}.

We strongly encourage families to submit this form as it allows us to establish eligibility for P-EBT benefits, waive transportation fees and other district fees for those who qualify, and serve families most effectively.

In addition, please consider applying for SNAP, the federal nutrition program that provides eligible residents with monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries. More SNAP information can be found at gettingsnap.org or by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Finally, while breakfast and lunch are served at no cost to students, any second meal, milk, water, or a la carte items are subject to charges. Only the first reimbursable meal for breakfast and lunch are at no cost for students.

● Breakfast would include a main entrĂ©e, usually a grain, with fruit and milk. For lunch, a student must take three out of the five components (grain, meat/meat alternate, fruit, vegetable, milk), with one being a fruit or vegetable.
● Second meals, additional milk, water, and a la carte items must be purchased with prepaid funds from the student's Titan account or with cash as long as the account is in good standing. Students are not allowed to charge these items.

We thank you for your patience. As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to provide nourishing and healthy meals to all Franklin students, so please reach out to us at 508-613-1477 with any questions or concerns.

Best,

Lucas Giguere
Superintendent of Schools


Shared from the original copy posted here ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/16bmRRzpYHWwpSlGd--A7U2LmAaVrgPjf/view

Franklin Public Schools: Letter to Community regarding Meals at no cost to students
Franklin Public Schools: Letter to Community regarding Meals at no cost to students


Sunday, August 13, 2023

FHS Strength & Conditioning Program recognizes their "Athletes of the Summer"

We heard during the recent School Committee meeting update on summer programs that the Strength & Conditioning sessions were popular with almost 400 students participating. 

The Instagram account for the program shared a 2 part "Athletes of the Summer" series of photos to recognize some of the student for taking part and doing well.

The first photo of each of the 2 part series is share here. You can click through to each art to view the remaining photos.

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Franklin Police graduate students from the "2023 Leadership Academy"

Via Franklin Police Dept: 

"Please join us in congratulating all of the graduates of the 2023 Leadership Camp"
Shared from Instagram -> (view additional photos)   https://www.instagram.com/p/CusU7rKrgtE/

Franklin Police graduate students from the "2023 Leadership Academy"
Franklin Police graduate students from the "2023 Leadership Academy"


Friday, July 14, 2023

MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop

MSAA (@MSAA_33) tweeted on Thu, Jul 13, 2023
Updated description! "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop presented by Jeff Perrotti, Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ  @MSAA_33 on July 25. 
Register Now! https://t.co/Or3D9mRvcQ @PrincipalJQuinn @PrincipalGarden @PrincipalKim @YGB70 @SDubzinski https://t.co/SyllzD9lrn
Shared from -> https://twitter.com/MSAA_33/status/1679506557938159617

MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop
MSAA: "Promoting Resilience and Healthy Outcomes for LGBTQ Students" Workshop


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

State Facts for Students: MA summary via Census.gov

School is out for the summer but learning is really life long. Exploring the data available from Census.gov is worth spending sometime on. 

An email from them arrived in my Inbox and as it touted ice cream caught my eye. 
"What’s your favorite flavor(s) of ice cream? Did you know there were 427 U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert makers in 2020, 23 more than a decade earlier (2010)? 
Students can explore this and other cool data like the total number of kids in the U.S. ages 8 to 14 and the total number of U.S. amusement parks. 
What better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than to enjoy a frozen treat while using our State Facts for Students data tool to discover oh-so-sweet stats!"
I did explore the State Facts for Students page to obtain the summary for MA. I would have to go deeper into the data to get the details on how many ice cream makers there are in MA. 

 

National Ice Cream Month
National Ice Cream Month

Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Empty Bowls Club talks about awareness of food insecurity and how the ceramic bowls help (audio)

FM #984 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 984 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club. Brenna Johnson, FHS ceramics teacher, and club advisor. The Empty Bowls students introduce themselves as we around:  Katie Sawyer (President of the Club), Caroline Bruso (Vice-President), Hannah Tory, Samantha Taylor, Annabel Perez-Kocis, and Julia Spanek.


L-R Sherlock, Tory, Johnson, Bruso, & Sawyer
L-R Sherlock, Tory, Johnson, Bruso, & Sawyer

We had our conversation in the ceramics studio where the Empty Bowls are created. Three of the students actively took part in the conversation, three others were busy working on various projects. It is crunch time to get it all done for May 18. We talk about the nature of this event, creating awareness for food insecurity, and making bowls to help remind folks. 


Let’s listen to this conversation about Empty Bowls and raising awareness of food insecurity here in Franklin. 


Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-986-empty-bowls-2023-04-27-23


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Get your tickets for Empty Bowls ->   bit.ly/EmptyBowls2023 


The Empty Bowls dinner benefits from a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council & Mass Cultural Council


Food Pantry page-> https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/ 


The poem for the FHS Empty Bowls Club as mentioned

https://www.quietpoet.com/2023/03/please-should-not-be-needed.html 


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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 something here, 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/  or www.franklin.news 


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"


Disclosure: I am a proud sponsor of the Empty Bowls event and a long time supporter of the Franklin Food Pantry.


A set of avocado inspired vases will be for sale at the Empty Bowls Silent Auction, Thurs. May 18th, 6-8pm in the FHS cafeteria
A set of avocado inspired vases will be for sale at the Empty Bowls Silent Auction, Thurs. May 18th, 6-8pm in the FHS cafeteria