Showing posts with label unified basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label unified basketball. Show all posts

Friday, July 29, 2022

Franklin Unified Basketball Team visited the State House on Thursday

Via Lisa Berger

"FHS unified basketball/team mass at the State House!!! What a great day and honor!! Thank you Representative Jeff Roy!"

Via State Representative Jeff Roy:

"It was a treat having the beloved Franklin Unified Basketball Team in the State House yesterday to be honored by the House and Senate for sportsmanship and bringing home the gold medal. The visit included stops in my office, the House and Senate Chambers, and the Gov’s office."

 Via Senator Becca Rausch:

"You all are all stars, @FranklinHS Unified Basketball! It was an honor to welcome these gold medalists and young leaders into the Senate chamber today. Congrats again on your huge victory, and thank you for representing MA at the @specialolyUSA . We are so proud! @TOFranklinMA"

FHS Unified team visit to State House for tour
FHS Unified team visited the State House for tour

FHS Unified team visited the House Chambers
FHS Unified team visited the House Chambers

Additional photos can be found in the first two tweets

Shared from Twitter - https://twitter.com/lburger81/status/1552750772395311104

and   https://twitter.com/jeffroy/status/1552963510379872257

and   https://twitter.com/BeccaRauschMA/status/1552762598503899143

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

FM #831 - Town Council Meeting - Audio Recording - 07/20/22

 FM #831 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 831 in the series. 

This session shares the Town Council meeting conducted on Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022. The meeting was held in the Municipal Building Council Chambers. 


After the two recognitions, the Council took a brief break for photos and resumed their session. 

a. Proclamation: Margaret (Peg) Simpson

b. Proclamation: FHS Unified Basketball Team


The Council entered Executive session to discuss multiple contract approvals and returned to open session to vote on the 6 contracts before formally closing the meeting.


The show notes contain a link to the Town Council agenda.


The recording runs just about 3 hours (excluding the break and Executive Session). Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of July 20, 2022.

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-831-town-council-meeting-07-20-22


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Town Council agenda

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/july_20_2022_town_council_meeting_agenda.pdf


Town Council video (YouTube)  https://youtu.be/xsn7kOA_S9I 


Photos from the meeting can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/tptZmBMX44z85Px79


My notes in this ThreadReader PDF ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y8HddB5SGMKVe_vvGpy_5seRpyASnCsT/view?usp=sharing


My recap of the meeting was shared here -> 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/07/recap-town-council-recognizes-100th.html 


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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.

 

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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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Chair Tom Mercer with the FHS Unified Basketball team
Chair Tom Mercer with the FHS Unified Basketball team

Councilor Melanie Hamblen with Margaret (Peg) Simpson
Councilor Melanie Hamblen with Margaret (Peg) Simpson

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Recap: Town Council recognizes 100th birthday, FHS Unified Basketball team, grants TIF for Plansee, approves 6 contracts

Quick recap:
  • Margaret (Peg) Simpson was recognized for her 100th birthday. The FHS Unified Basketball Team was recognized for the Special Olympics Gold medal
  • The elections workers for the Sept primary and November election were approved. Early voting will be available the week before the Sept 6 State primary. All voting will be held at Franklin High School. The Council also approved resolutions approving for the police security coverage and other election details per recent legislation
  • The Elks Riders presented a donation of $1000 for Veterans Services
  • The Old South Meeting house expression of interest results were reviewed. The Council consensus was to proceed with an RFP for residential use with covenants to keep the property affordable, maintain the historical exterior and give priority to Franklin residents. The Town will prepare such paperwork to bring back to the Council for approval before putting it as a public offering
  • After a contested discussion, the Council approved tax increment financing (TIF) for Plansee USA LLC to expand their current location. Lack of understanding of the process and purpose of the TIF incentive apparently drove the discussion. The TIF financing is limited to specific industrial zones but the Council can expand it if they chose to do so. Vote was 7-2 for the TIF
  • The process of accepting the Davis Thayer School was formally started by the Council. The deed paperwork will proceed. Eventually a committee will be selected to determine the best use of the site
  • A "friendly 40b" application process was developed by the Town and presented to the Council for their review and understanding
  • The five year fiscal forecast was not yet ready for sharing but given the current inflation effects, it is anticipated that the FY 2023 budget will be difficult to complete as funded. An example was touted as the SNETT trail work put out to bid was expected to be in the $200K arena, the bids received back ranged from $300K to 800K. Stay tuned, we'll help to keep an eye on this inflation effect during the year as it could have major implications for future budgets
  • The Council entered executive session to discuss the status of contract negotiations and returned to open session to approve 6 contracts. Apparently with an increase of 2.5% which highlights that the School Committee's approval of 4% increases for the teachers contract is an issue to be worked as things progress
My full set of notes via Twitter from the meeting ->

Photos from the meeting can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/tptZmBMX44z85Px79

The Franklin TV recording of the meeting ->  https://youtu.be/xsn7kOA_S9I




Margaret (Peg) Simpson and Councilor Melanie Hamblen
Margaret (Peg) Simpson and Councilor Melanie Hamblen

Council Chair Tom Mercer and the FHS Unified Basketball team and coaches
Council Chair Tom Mercer and the FHS Unified Basketball team and coaches

Veterans Officer Shannon Nisbett with the Elks Riders accepting the donation
Veterans Officer Shannon Nisbett with the Elks Riders accepting the donation

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

"The Power of Unified Sports" - Tyler Morrill's story (video)

"You may have seen Tyler Morrill’s buzzer beater moment at the @2022USAGames, securing gold for Team Mass Basketball. But what you didn’t know was that before finding @FHSSports  Unified Basketball, Tyler lived a very different life.

Check out his story: youtube.com/watch?v=6q_tGw"

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/SpOlympicsMA/status/1536387817290584064


Monday, June 13, 2022

FHS Unified Basketball team gets a gold medal welcome home! (video)

"Congratulations to the @FranklinUnified  on Bringing Home the Gold!!!"

"Welcome back @FranklinUnified  this was the first basketball team to qualify at the @SpecialOlympics  for Team Massachusetts…and they brought home GOLD! Congratulations"

Video 1 Shared from Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/editorvar/status/1536131176490012673 

Video 2 shared from Twitter ->  https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1536095160685273088



Sunday, June 12, 2022

FHS Unified Basketball team scheduled to return at 3:15 today

Requested to be updated to 3:15 PM - Their flight was delayed. 

"Hey Franklin community! Join us tomorrow afternoon, Sunday 6/12 at 2:30 at FHS to welcome back our Unified basketball gold medalists!! "

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/daniellew815/status/1535733413197623299 

"This crew took on magic kingdom today (Saturday)! Well deserved! Way to go Team Mass/Franklin Unified! So proud!"

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/lburger81/status/1535802921480339456 

This crew took on magic kingdom today (Saturday)!  Well deserved! Way to go Team Mass/Franklin Unified! So proud!
"This crew took on magic kingdom today (Saturday)! Well deserved! Way to go Team Mass/Franklin Unified! So proud!"

Saturday, June 11, 2022

FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!

The FHS Unified Basketball team, representing Massachusetts at the Special Olympics games won the Gold Medal in the final of the High School Interscholastic Division B finals on Friday. The team topped Oregon 37-35 after reaching the finals by topping Connecticut on Thursday by a 27-26 score.

"We did it!! This team❤️🥳. GOLD! When you play as friends, with heart, and have fun, great things happen!❤️🏀. The continued support is overwhelming!"

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/lburger81/status/1535293035197628416 

Special Olympics official results ->   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qPKFiHq532meRFCM5R6PoiaacReHslH9/view?usp=sharing


FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!
FHS Unified basketball team brings home the Gold!

Friday, June 10, 2022

CBSNews: "Franklin High School's Unified Basketball team competes in Special Olympics in Florida" (video)

"A very special opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida included a team from Massachusetts. 
Franklin High School's unified basketball program is the first from Massachusetts to qualify for the Special Olympics. 
And they are as special as it gets. 
"They have come here and they have shown everybody what they're made of; their compassion, their 'supportsmanship,' their abilities on that court. There are no words to express how fantastic this group of 10 really is," coach Lisa Burger told WBZ-TV."

Continue reading the article on view the video online -> https://www.cbsnews.com/boston/news/franklin-high-school-unified-basketball-team-gold-medal-games-special-olympics-orlando-florida/ 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"

Meet Team Massachusetts!  
Did you know these 10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified  make up the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!?
"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"
"the first Unified Basketball Team to represent Massachusetts at the national level!"

Check out the team bio's ->  https://gameon.specialolympicsma.org/basketball-roster?hsLang=en

10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified
10 athletes and Unified partners from @FranklinUnified  

Friday, May 13, 2022

School Committee recap: FHS Unified basketball team appears and presentation/discussion on approaches to student behavior

FM #794 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 794 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the regular Franklin, MA School Committee meeting held Tuesday, May 10, 2022.  6 members present, 1 absent.

Quick Recap:
  • FHS student updates, Superintendent report highlight a number of events and accomplishments around the district (Superintendent report usually posted day after meeting but last couple are missing)
  • FHS Unified basketball team appeared in Council Chambers. They will represent MA in the Special Olympics this summer. A special recognition for a program that has made great strides through the years and around the district
  • Presentation and discussion on “Approaches to Student Behavior” a highly interesting and engaged conversation. Very impressive approach, note that it does take time (i.e. people power) to implement and manage.
  • The School Committee entered executive session to continue work on their contract negotiations. 
The meeting opened at 7 PM and ran approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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Franklin TV Video link -> https://youtu.be/JcjrcaHzf90 

--------------

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 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"

FHS Unified basketball students & teachers provide an update
FHS Unified basketball students & teachers provide an update

Monday, May 2, 2022

Sunday, April 17, 2022

WBZ has coverage of FHS Unified Basketball scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 19

WBZ does a piece on the Franklin Unified Basketball team scheduled for airing next week.




Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym

"On 4/25/22, there will be an event for Team Massachusetts! In coordination with this event, we are kicking off a fundraising campaign for all things Unified, Team Massachusetts and Special Olympics.

Please consider donating and joining us! givebutter.com/vWXn33"

Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym
Franklin Unified Basketball fund raising event April 25 - 6 PM at FHS Gym

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30

Let’s get everyone ordering!

Please help the Franklin High Unified Basketball Team represent the state of Massachusetts at the USA Special Olympics games this June!!

Our very own Franklin High Unified Basketball Team is going! 

WHEN????  Wednesday, March 30   all day

Jersey Mikes Subs will be giving 100% of the proceeds to the Unified Team!!!

Please support our team!!!!!


Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game!
Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game!


BTW - "Franklin High School Unified Basketball - taking the court tonight at the Celtics game! Lifetime of memories! So PROUD!  @SpOlympicsMA  @MIAA033"

Shared from Twitter:   https://twitter.com/FHSSports/status/1506809929499394050

Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30
Help the Unified Basketball team by getting a Jersey Mike's sub on March 30

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Team Massachusetts USA Games Training Camp (video)

"Team Massachusetts got together for a weekend in March for a USA Games Training Camp. We got to know each other with team building games, bowling & even a freezing cold New England Revolution Game! On Sunday we learned a team dance and sat in on classroom sessions that taught us more about the Games. We can't wait for Orlando!"

The FHS Unified Basketball team is part of Team Massachusetts, You might recognize a few faces in the video. Thanks to KateLuvs2Laugh for the tip to the video!


Friday, February 4, 2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Quick Recap:
  • The major portion of the meeting was spent on special education and student services in support of the 17% of the district students needing such services. Always a cost factor for the budget, the costs are rising but the number of students receiving such services is holding steady.
  • Great background info for this new Committee (and for the public) on how services are provided, how the in district programs help to reduce costs. Specific details on exactly how much were not available at this session but will be for the up coming budget cycle.
  • The update on the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle it is continuing to provide the schools and their operations was staggering.
  • The capital budget was approved and it now moves forward to a discussion with Finance Committee before going to the Town Council for approval.
  • The budget adjustment to the current year budget was approved.
  • FHS Unified basketball team trip to US Special Olympics was approved. This is the first MA team to represent the state at this event. No cost to district, supporters group prepared to cover any incidental expenses for the individuals if needed.
  • Entered Executive Session to address three items and (fortunately) while the agenda posted initially said they would return to open session, they did announce they wouldn't.
Audio recording to be available in a couple of days.

View the full Twitter thread in the embedded PDF file below or download to read from here ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/11L35-x8AUhH3qbg3VYwNCy6pTsv4iSmP/view?usp=sharing

Note this Threadreader service makes it easier to share the Tweets including the photos within the 'stream.' For meetings where the thread has less photos, I'll copy the text but where there are photos, this is so much easier to keep it all together.



Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics
Recap: School Committee hears about (1) special education program, (2) daily challenges of pandemic, and approves trip to US Special Olympics

Friday, December 3, 2021

FHS Unified Basketball Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022

Special Olympics MA (@SpOlympicsMA) tweeted Thu, Dec 02, 2021:
Earlier this week, the Franklin High School Unified Basketball Team was surprised with some VERY exciting news! 🏀👀

Check out this short video to see where they're headed this summer 🤩🏰

https://t.co/CmMcN0QJUg
FHS Unified Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022
FHS Unified Basketball Team selected for Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando 2022


Shared from Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SpOlympicsMA/status/1466425320635043847