Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Live reporting - Discussion only items

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – First Reading
IHBG Homeschooling

The policy itself was published previously and can be viewed here

based upon discussion, the revisions seem to be in the area of school sports and activities (i.e  prom, etc.)

probably 20-30 children in the district, some families have multiple students

Doug Hardesty - home schooling their 9th grader
where can I get a copy of the policy?

Roy - it is published on the web as well as on Franklin Matters

motion to move policy to second reading as amended by Jeff Roy (references to MIAA policy signed)

Franklin, MA

Live reporting - high school improvement plan

c. Franklin High School’s School Improvement Plan – Peter Light

The presentation for this section was posted to Franklin Matters earlier Tuesday. You can view it here:

10% target, actually increased 48% on advanced placement courses taken

MCAS is all about Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in the subgroups (special education in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math)

Principals Council (see members listed in presentation above)

teacher goals being tied into 2 of the 3 goals of the improvement plan (the first three are multi-year goals and school wide)

Mullen - have you considered not doing summer reading?
Light - how do you increase the passion for reading with students who are reluctant to read? We want students to learn, that excites them over the summer and are going that way.

Sabolinski - we need to define the purpose for summer reading? Having a hiatus year is good to provide the time to sit back and reflect on what we are doing and what we should do.

Franklin, MA

Live reporting - FHS Update

b. Franklin High School Update – Peter Light
DiLorenzo, Folan

reconfigured office personnel and responsibilities

reduced overall infractions from 4907 (07-08) to 4228 (08-09) to 3580 (09-10)
disruptive behavior dropped from 614 to 563 to 239 for same periods
cutting class only area of concern 157 to 140 to 277 showing an increase in the same periods
Possession of a controlled substance 3 to 2 to 2 (for a population of 1600 students)

out of school suspensions
07-08   187
08-09   190
09-10   114

team effort in the building, keeping students in the classrooms
The Alternative Discipline Program, an eight session program, part counseling part academics
Social suspensions - if a student is suspended for a period of time, can't participate in school activities or functions while on suspension

continuous improvement
focus on school culture - Rachel's Challenge (continuing as Friends of Rachel)
bullying and peer interaction, respectful relationships

instructional support teams - being put into place for the second half of the year

(need to add audio of the Peter Light re-telling of the Rachel Challenge presenter story)

on Athletic front, impact concussion testing is underway, started with the spring to establish a baseline in event that a student athlete did get a concussion, we would have some data to work with

looking to add five instructional support teams, to be implemented in the second half of the year
targeting 50-60 students in danger of failing a single subject for the year
an advance form of Response To Intervention (RTI) being implemented in the elementary and middle schools

Special Education Services Assessment being planned for Sp 2011

Arts Academy functioning for grade 11 with plans for that class to move up next year in grade 12 and then expand downward to grade 10 to cover three grades

Alternative Learning Program now located in H wing and by being integrated into the building provide greater access to the programs being offered in the school for the students

Robert Lima - Data Dashboard

"a vehicle to access state-wide and national test summaries for FHS"
sound of motorcycle revving up

  • convenient one stop shopping
  • click and view
  • provide lens into the data

comparison to Hockomock League as well as the DESE 'comparable' schools

wonderful comparison to the schools with the click of a link, chart and table data available

can't wait to see this in production, especially the cost per student comparisons are staggering
Franklin does get a big bang for the dollars we spend and the results the students get


  1. centralized in-house source for data
  2. data being incorporated into strategic planning
  3. online delivery of testing reports, moving further to a paperless system

access to the data will be available next Weds, Oct 20th

Cafasso - are you going to take this to the middle schools and PCC's?
Light - yes, we did this last year and plan on doing so this year. I think it was beneficial but the real ipact would be for the parents, if it helped them make a decision. At the end of the day, our students do compete with others for seats in the college class.

You won't need to have an Edline account to access the data, the data dashboard will be available on the FHS homepage and available to all

The reports are prepared secure PDF files, other interactive options can be requested, other data sets can be requested, it would take time to prepare and would be available in a later version.

Sabolinski - we are changing the culture on how we are using the data, the K-8 data will be available, both for transparency and analysis for program improvement

Roy - I do want to echo Roberta's comment on opening this to the greater community. Imagine if you only gave us a little more resources, look were we could go. We did try to go from good to great and have had to put that aside

Franklin, MA

live reporting - Senior Project

2. Guests/Presentations:
a. Franklin High School – Senior Project Presentation – Sascha Werner D’Angelo, Peter Light

a workplace/career environment during the last quarter of the high school senior year

  • long term skill building
  • research paper writing skills
  • experiential learning
  • Long lasting impact on learning

Student centered, parent involved, Senior Project Proposal Panel
Project Mentor
Site advisor

The 5 P's for the Senor Project:

  1. Proposal
  2. Paper
  3. Project
  4. Portfolio
  5. Presentation

3rd quarter course to help prepare
research methodologies, business ethics, communication skills, etc.

Courses are completed during 3rd quarter, 4th quarter is solely the project full time

a huge variety of site used for the Senior Project

71% strongly agree had a positive effect, 29% agree

60% strongly agreed that the project helped to determine the career choice

57% strongly agreed that the project helped their transition to college

54% strongly agreed that they learned communications skills

100% recommended that incoming seniors should consider taking the course

63 seniors in the program this year, up from 21 three years ago

Looking to expand the project into other areas in the future. Adding a leadership/community portion, an academic portion, an arts project - to create a capstone type program

Cafasso - I hope you will pursue the other types of projects.

 Sabolinski - there is a great deal of work on the capstone aspect of the senior year

Roy - how have the colleges received this program?
All the colleges (about 15 thus far this year) were impressed with the program at this level, it has helped the students college application status

All sites have provided positive feedback and looking for more students to continue in the future

Sabolinski - imitation is good flattery, other districts are inquiring on how we are doing this program.

Franklin, MA

Live reporting - School Committee Meeting

Present: Douglas, Rohrbach, Mullen, Roy, Trahan, Glynn
Absent: Cafasso

1. Routine Business
meeting recorded by Franklin Matters in addition to Verizon and Comcast
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the September 28, 2010 School Committee Meeting. motion to approve, passed 6-0, 1 abstain

Payment of Bills Mr. Glynn motion to approve, passed 7-0
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Panther Pride for all 8th graders, next Weds evening (10/20)

Correspondence: none

Franklin, MA

Franklin High School - Improvement Plan 2010-2011

The School Improvement Plan for 2010-2011 for Franklin High School is on the agenda for the School Committee meeting, Tuesday, Oct 12th. The document they will use for the presentation and discussion can be viewed here:

FHS School Improvement Plan 2010-11

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document.

Franklin, MA

You can help the Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry is looking for the following items to service their clients as they approach the holiday season.

Franklin Food Pantry Needs Fall2010

The items can be left at the Food Pantry during their open hours, or in the wooden box on the porch.

Please check the 'good though" or "use by" dates before leaving your donation. If the items are expired, the Pantry can not use them.

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the document.

Franklin, MA

Calling all media makers!

Local bloggers, photographers, writers; we are all media makers. Let's get together to share and learn from each other on what we do and how we accomplish it. The Southern New England Media Makers are gathering Sunday, October 17th at Morin's Diner in Attleboro.

You can respond via the Facebook page here:

Or leave a comment or email me.

Franklin, MA

Franklin, MA: Citizens Rail Trail Committee - meeting 10/12/10

Proposed Agenda for Oct 12, 2010
Location: Franklin YMCA 45 Forge Hill Road
Start Time: 7:30PM

I. Call to Order / Introductions of New Attendees
A. Introduction of new attendees
B. Review & approve minutes of previous meeting
C. Ask for volunteer to keep minutes of meeting

II. Report from our representative from DCR
A. Gates & Grading
B. Staining of Kiosk & Roof & Acrylic Glass

III. Membership Committee Report
A. Committee to report on membership activity
B. Do we still have glitches in the Membership process?

IV. Report from Finance Committee
A. Report from Treasurer

V. Report of Fund Raising Committee
A. Report on fund raising activities
a. Report Road Race Committee

VI. Report from Grant Writing Committee
A. Sept 17th Grant Writing Workshop
B. Committee to submit Grant Application

VII. Report on addition of Network Solutions web site
A. E-mail
B. Remote monitoring

VII. Unfinished Business:
A. Business plan in the making
B. Distribute new brochures

VIII. New Business

IX. Set Date & place for Next Meeting and Adjourn

Franklin, MA

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Impact, Effect, Purpose"

Via Wesley Fryer, Writing at the Peed of Creativity, comes this 9 minute video presentation from Zoe Sprankle on "Impact, Effect, Purpose."

Franklin, MA

FPS: Homeschooling Policy Proposed Revision

One policy revision on the agenda for the School Committee meeting for Tuesday, Oct 12th is the policy for homeschooling. The proposed revision can be reviewed here:

FPS Policy IHBG Homeschooling-R9!25!10-DRAFT

Note: exactly what the change is to and from would have to be compared to the existing policy. The Policy Manual can be found here:

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to view the doc on Franklin Matters

Franklin, MA

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Harvest Festival 2010

As a member of the Franklin Downtown Partnership, I enjoyed having a table on Main St during the recent Harvest Festival. My table was well positioned to see the Dean College students do their dance routines.

I was able to meet a number of folks. Some of them acknowledged reading Franklin Matters. One lady made my day when she said that she reads it everyday during her work lunch time.

There were also quite a few folks to whom I handed out a Franklin Matters business card with the URL so they could find it and read it. As I have mentioned before, this site is not about me. This site is all about Franklin and what matters here. My goal is to continue to share valuable information so that my fellow citizens and voters can cast an informed ballot whenever they go to the polls.

My readership goal is to reach at least 10,000 voters (we currently have over 19,000 registered voters).
I have a long way to go so you can help:

  • If you like what you read here, please tell your friends and neighbors.
  • If you don't like what you read here, please tell me.

Franklin, MA

Economic Development Summit: Schedule

The schedule of events for the Economic Development Summit being held in Franklin, MA on Oct 27th.

Franklin Eco Dev Sum Schedule

The announcement for the Summit can be found here:

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - 10/12/10

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the September 28, 2010 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Glynn
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations:
a. Franklin High School – Senior Project Presentation – Sascha Werner D’Angelo
b. Franklin High School Update – Peter Light
c. Franklin High School’s School Improvement Plan – Peter Light

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – First Reading
IHBG Homeschooling

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,500.00 from the YMCA/Stop & Shop Healthy Futures Grant for field trips, supplies and supplemental curriculum materials for the Annie Sullivan Middle School.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $200.00 from the ASMS PCC for field trips.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from the Jefferson PCC for Field Trips for Jefferson Elementary School students.
d. I recommend approval of the recurring field trip for Middle School Chorus students to New York City to see a Broadway show on May 7, 2011 as detailed.
e. I recommend approval of the FHS School Improvement Plan as detailed.

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
a. Enrollment Comparison
b. FHS Feasibility
c. HMMS Principal Search

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

Franklin, MA

"We need the community behind us"

Brad Sidwell, athletic director at Franklin High School, said his staff takes a similar approach.
"We are certainly are proactive in telling our kids what the expectations are coming into games," Sidwell said. "(Drinking) is just not tolerated by any means."
Sidwell said Franklin's field layout somewhat hampers the district's ability to crack down on bringing things in and out of the stadium.
"You're better off having more people helping out and being vigilant," Sidwell said. "We are certainly on the lookout for kids who are suspicious. You want an enthusiastic environment where people enjoy coming to the games to cheer, but even one of those situations (with drunk students) puts a black eye on the whole community, so you want to be on top of it."
Read the full article on drinking measures for high school football games here

Franklin, MA