Showing posts with label teacher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teacher. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tri-County Teacher, Kimberly Zogalis, Receives Official Citation Award

Tri-County Regional is pleased to announce that Kimberly Zogalis, a Computer Information Systems teacher at Tri-County Regional, was honored to receive an Official Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate in recognition of her Exemplary Contributions to Student Success during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Senator Richard Ross and Representative Elizabeth Poirier visited Tri-County Regional to present the congratulatory citation to Mrs. Zogalis. Other attendees for the presentation included Stephen Dockray, Superintendent, Jean George, Director of Vocational Programs, and Scott O'Brien, Head of Guidance.

Mrs. Zogalis, a resident of North Attleboro, is one of two Tri-County Regional teachers who have been named as a Mass Insight Education and Research award recipient for her exemplary work in the AP STEM Program. The teachers are a part of the 29 Massachusetts Advanced Placement (AP) teachers being recognized for their outstanding contributions to student success during the 2016-2017 academic year.

"We appreciate Senator Ross and Representative Poirier for taking the time to come to Tri-County to present the State Senate's Official Citation in recognition of Kim's ongoing commitment to Tri-County students," said Stephen Dockray, Superintendent. "We value our teachers who go above and beyond in ensuring our students have the skills and tools necessary to be successful in their academic and vocational programs."

(Photo courtesy of Tri-County Regional. Pictured from l-r: Stephen Dockray, Superintendent of Tri-County Regional; Senator Richard Ross; Kimberly Zogalis, Tri-County Regional Teacher & Citation Recipient; Representative Elizabeth Poirier; Jean George, Vocational Director, Tri-County Regional; and Scott O'Brien, Head of Guidance, Tri-County Regional)
(Photo courtesy of Tri-County Regional. Pictured from l-r: Stephen Dockray, Superintendent of Tri-County Regional; Senator Richard Ross; Kimberly Zogalis, Tri-County Regional Teacher & Citation Recipient; Representative Elizabeth Poirier; Jean George, Vocational Director, Tri-County Regional; and Scott O'Brien, Head of Guidance, Tri-County Regional)

Tri-County RVTHS located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Remembrance of Alice Wiggin - (1878 - 1966)

Shared by Robert Percy, Franklin Historical Commission:

In 1885, two seven year old girls moved to Franklin, and lived in two newly built houses right next to each other on Crescent St. One was May Fales; the other was Alice Wiggin. They would become fast friends, and remained best friends for the rest of their lives.

Alice Wiggin taught English at Franklin High School for 42 years, starting as a young woman. She had attended Radcliffe College, one of the finest womens’ colleges in the country. By all accounts she was a talented and beloved teacher. The 1929 Franklin High School yearbook, the Oskey, was dedicated to her. In it, her students say:
She is a master of the art of teaching English literature… She is a critic capable of grasping and explaining her subject with clearness and precision by the use of short and simple words… She shows a remarkable breadth of judgment, a patience that never wearies, a quiet enthusiasm which no difficulty can distort or destroy, and great insight which can give richness to literature and new meanings to old dogmas.

This is powerful praise from her students. They go on to say:
As a friend, she loves her pupils for what they are, radiating to them by precept, sympathy and example, what she would have them be. Her creed — “Be a friend; the rest will follow.”
We are here today because of something that happened much earlier. In 1911, an eight year old girl and her four younger siblings were abandoned at South Station in Boston by their mother. This little girl was Sophie Aronofsky, who later came to live with a foster family in Franklin. At first, the soft-spoken Sophie was a student in Alice Wiggin’s English class. 

Because she showed such great promise as a student and as a human being, Alice took a great interest in her, and she came to live at Alice’s house. Alice encouraged Sophie to apply to Radcliffe College, which she attended from 1919 to 1923. Inspired by Alice’s example, Sophie went on to become a high school teacher in Duxbury and Quincy, and teacher of French, Latin, and English in California.

We are honored to have Sophie’s family here today. Sophie’s daughter Sarita Jo Mattson has powerful and loving memories of traveling from California to Massachusetts to stay with Alice multiple times while her mother was battling

cancer: once in 1948 when she was eight, for an entire year in 1952 when she was 12, and again at age 16 in 1956. Alice would also visit Sophie and family in San Diego several times while Sophie was battling cancer there.

Alice had a brilliant and active mind, but she was not the best housekeeper. Items were piled high everywhere, but visitors and neighbors and guests of all kind were always welcome.

In the words of Sarita Jo Mattson, Alice’s house was sort of a mini retirement home. Living with her was another Franklin High School teacher named Doc Fraser. Another was Frank Weaver, a visually impaired piano tuner, along with his wife Florence. The couple lived with Alice for the remainder of their lives. Alice also cared for two other foster daughters: Alice Dutton and Elizabeth Stewart Kubli, and for Sophie’s brother Samuel and sister Lil.

In later life, Alice would read new books for the Town Library and advised them on what to buy. Alice was a good cook and enjoyed cooking and eating. She helped people in need by cooking for them and delivering meals to their houses. She drove neighbors and friends to doctors’ appointments.

Alice passed away from a heart attack in 1966 at the age of 88. The whereabouts of her remains was a mystery for some time. We are honored and humbled that she rests here, in the place she cared so much about, in the town she has done so much for.

Her lifelong friend May lived to be 100, and rests here with her husband, brother… and her dear friend Alice. In this place of remembrance, their close bonds remain.

Union Street Cemetery 
Franklin, MA 
November 18, 2017

A Remembrance of Alice Wiggin - (1878 - 1966)
A Remembrance of Alice Wiggin - (1878 - 1966)

Mary Olsson before the unveiling
Mary Olsson before the unveiling

those who gathered pose for a photo
those who gathered pose for a photo

Alice Wiggin Recognition - 11/18/17

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Help! Looking for Middle School Science Teachers

Sharing this for the middle school science teachers among our readers! Geoff is one of my extended network of social media network buddies. He does great work and if he can help science teachers, that is worthy of sharing!

Legends of Learning screen grab
Legends of Learning screen grab

Help! Looking for Science Teachers

I need your help. My company – Legends of Learning ( – is looking for science teachers to demo our alpha games. This is the very first batch of what will soon become an offering of hundreds of games for Earth and Space, Life, and Physical Sciences.  If you know any science teachers, particularly those in grade 5-9, please refer them via this form or email me.

Our games are grounded in curriculum standards, the very learning objectives that teachers use to create their lessons. These games help teachers make their classrooms fun, engaging, and productive learning environments.

By the way, I began the Legends of Learning journey four month ago with 10 other entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. We are committed to helping teachers serve America's children with new engaging methods of teaching their curriculum through our ed games.

So you can see these games are exciting for us!  Your help in referring teachers will make a big difference!

I would love to hear what's new with you. How is work and life?  Any big plans for the New Year?

Thanks again, and Happy Holidays.

Geoff Livingston
CMO and Co-founder
Legends of Learning
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

In the News: Pond St sold, finally; d'Entremont recognized as 'digital innovator'

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Town Council approved, by a six to three vote, the $1.56 million sale of a Pond Street property for a condominium development. 
The development would call for the construction of no more than 99 units on the 33-acre, town-owned property. Sixty-nine of those units would be two-bedroom, while the remaining 30 would have three bedrooms. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting spoke about the features of the proposed development. 
"There would be a 150-foot wide buffer (between the development and Pond Street)," he said Wednesday. "There would be 17 acres of open space on the perimeter."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"A Horace Mann Middle School teacher has been named a "digital innovator" by PBS Learning Media for his use of technology in the classroom, the school announced this week. 
The designation allows seventh-grade social studies teacher James d'Entremont access to a year of professional development tools to further advance his ability to enhance student achievement through technology."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Twitter profile photo for Jim d'Entremont
Twitter profile photo for Jim d'Entremont

FHS Mr DiBona will be honored - Apr 13

Barnes and Noble is having a teacher appreciation night on April 13. 

A former student wrote an essay about Mr DiBona for a Barnes & Noble "Favorite Teacher Contest",... and he won!! 

There is a ceremony on April 13 at 6pm at the Barnes & Noble in Bellingham. All are invited. Come and support him for that honor on that occasion!

Mr DiBona teaches English at Franklin High School.

screen grab of Barnes and Nobel event page
screen grab of Barnes and Nobel event page

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In the News: Silipo recognized, Housing Authority groundbreaking ceremony

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

Franklin native Leah Silipo was recently awarded the Harvard Club of Boston 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. 
Silipo was one of five high school teachers in New England to be selected as a recipient of the award this year. She joined other teachers and over 200 student winners of the Harvard Club’s Prize Book Award at a celebratory breakfast on Oct. 7, held in their honor at the Harvard Club of Boston. 
Salipo was raised in Franklin and is a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She has been teaching at Sharon High School for 12 years.

Read the full article online here (subscription may be required)

The Franklin Housing Authority will have a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a housing building on Plain Street. 
The event, set for Monday morning, will celebrate the beginning of work on an eight-unit facility set to house state Department of Developmental Services clients. 
Lisa Audette, the town's Housing Authority agent, said the work is an exciting development for the authority. 
"It's a fantastic opportunity for DDS clients," she said. "There is a need for this type of housing."

Read the full article online here (subscription may be required)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Franklin News from the Twitterverse

How teachers set up their classroom is part of the 'hidden' curriculum. I know this to be true for one K Teacher I am close to. Now I find that others approach the classroom in the same way.


Artificial turf is still in the news here and there. Crumb rubber still being objected to but no major inroads being made, yet. This article talks of one county in Virginia that is trying organic infill.


Kyle and Luke Florio
Kyle and Luke Florio

You can play football even if you can can't hear the whistles. Two Franklin kids could use your help to fund their playing time.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Parent's Wishes for His Child's Teachers: Chris Kennedy at TEDxWestVancouverED

"Chris Kennedy is the father of four young children and the husband to an amazing woman. 
When not busy as a husband and father he is the Superintendent of Schools with the West Vancouver School District. 
Chris is a passionate teacher and strong advocate for public education. You can connect with Chris through his Culture of Yes blog— and on Twitter @chrkennedy."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Paul Castelline, former FHS Math teacher

The Franklin network informs me that Paul Castelline who was "a math teacher at Franklin High School for 31 years" has passed away.

Paul Catelline obituary page
Paul Catelline obituary page

You can find his obituary online here

Saturday, July 19, 2014

summertime bookworm buzz

Summertime, school is out. What does one teacher do? Read and write!
The book-a-day challenge continues and I have read 55 books over the past 27 days. My goal is to reach 68 books to mark the 68 days of summer AND to review them all on Goodreads and here, on the blog. How is your summer reading going so far?
Mrs Williams is a 4th grade teacher here in Franklin and very busy reading and writing this summer.

front page of The Shiny Red Apple
front page of The Shiny Red Apple

For those parents with 4th graders looking for books for their young readers, check out Mrs Williams blog The Shiny Red Apple,

and her book list and reviews on Goodreads

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"The process is over"

What happened to the teacher in the incident reported at the opening of schools? The update from the School Committee meeting on Tuesday as reported by the Milford Daily News is:
The Franklin High School teacher accused in August of serious misconduct was fired last week following an internal investigation. 
The school district’s attorney found that the instructor showed "conduct unbecoming of a teacher," said Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski, who would not go into further detail. 
"The teacher was represented and had due process," she said on Tuesday.

You can read the full article in the MDN here:

When the video replay of the School Committee meeting is available you can view it here

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Job Opening: part-time Teacher

A great local school, Sunrise Montessori School, is looking for a part-time teacher. Candidates should be EEC Lead Teacher or Teacher Certified.  Please call 508 541 8010 or e-mail your resume to: 
For more information about the school see the website:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Central Falls, RI in the news

At one time, Central Falls was the most densely populated square mile in the US. It is now in the news as the Superintendent is preparing to fire all the high school teachers.


The school apparently is failing its students. The Superintendent wants to make changes. The Teacher Unions is hold its ground to make changes "upon negotiation".

Read the full article here

and more here

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

seniority or performance?

Good questions raised by Dr Scott McLeod in this posting on the use of seniority or performance to retain teachers when faced with layoffs.

Teacher layoffs: Should seniority rule?

from Dangerously Irrelevant

Thursday, January 29, 2009

quarterbacks and teachers

... effective mentoring of a new teacher can make an enormous difference in that person's ability to become a "star" teacher. But the problem, he argues, is that the process of mentorship is much too haphazard. As he says, "It's like training NFL quarterbacks by randomly sending them out to teams - some CFL teams, some Division III teams, some Division I College teams, some community teams, and a few to NFL teams."


If Matt Cassell can thrive in the NFL, after essentially zero college quarterback experience, what exactly is New England doing right? And what can the rest of the league learn from them?

I would go further and ask "What can school districts learn from this?" Teacher development will even tougher in times of lean budgets when mentoring stipends are not allocated. Teacher development is tough already with much of the community not appreciating or fully understanding "professional development days". These "professional development days" are looked for by many parents as "get-away days" for long weekends.

You should be involved in the discussion on the cost benefit analysis of each school budget dollar. With budget cuts looming, what stays in the budget will be critical to maintaining a healthy learning environment.

Read more of this article about "teachers and quarterbacks" by Malcolm Gladwell here.

Be active in the school budget process.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

"probably my favorite teacher"

GateHouse News Service
Posted Dec 12, 2008 @ 01:19 PM


Ninety-year-old Palma A. (DeBaggis) Johnson, who inspired her students to convince the Legislature to make the ladybug the official state insect, was struck and killed by a truck while walking to church Thursday morning, according to the obituary provided by Ginley Funeral Home.

Johnson, born in Franklin, taught Latin at Franklin High School from 1939 to 1944, and returned to teaching at Redland Park Kindergarten and the Kennedy Elementary School after her children were grown.

Thirty-four years ago, Johnson inspired her students at Kennedy - and legislators - to change the law and adopt the ladybug as the state insect.

read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Everybody today must get a prize"

Posted Dec 03, 2008 @ 12:17 AM


What are we teaching kids about life?

There are a few things that must be clearly understood today. The rise and fall of our economic system depends on what we teach our children.

If we do not assume our roles as adults, teachers and mentors and teach a few absolutes, we are setting ourselves up for generations of failure on the world stage. First, greed is bad. Second, the inability to defer gratification is bad. Third, in life, somebody wins and somebody loses at different times. Fourth, to win with grace is good. Fifth, to lose with grace may be better. Sixth, laziness is bad. Seventh, there is a social contract to care for all members of society and to respect their equality as members of the human race.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"Doc, can you help me study?"

By Joyce Kelly/Daily News staff

Sun Nov 02, 2008, 06:39 PM EST


Don Roemer, affectionately known as "Doc" to his students and colleagues, spent 37 years in a job he loved.

"I loved it. I loved teaching," said Roemer, a Franklin resident who worked for 27 years as an English teacher at Wayland High School, and 10 years prior as an English professor at Northwestern University and Northeastern University.

Life felt a bit empty when he retired three years ago, so he decided to fill that hole by returning to his passion, he said.

For the past year, he has volunteered as a part-time teacher working alongside a few full-timers at Franklin High School, in a pilot program he proposed last October to Franklin Superintendent of Schools Wayne Ogden. Ogden is the former assistant superintendent of Wayland Public Schools.

"I really wanted very much to have something to do with education. I missed being with the kids. I may be old, but I have a lot of experience, a lot to offer," Roemer said.

"I never got tired of the teaching, I never got tired of the kids, but I did get tired of correcting papers," Roemer said.

As a volunteer, he gets the best of both worlds: giving students one-on-one academic attention, without having to pour through essays and tests, as well as a flexible, albeit, confusing rotating schedule, he said.

Read the full article in the Franklin Gazette here

A video clip by Joyce Kelly interviewing Doc can be seen here:

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