Sunday, January 10, 2021

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Jan 12, 2021

School Committee Meeting - Agenda

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance 
Moment of Silence

I. Routine Business
A. Review of Agenda
B. Citizen’s Comments
In the spirit of open communication, “the Committee will hold a public participation segment (also called Citizen’s Comments) about matters not related to an agenda item at the beginning of each regular School Committee meeting. The Committee will listen to, but not respond to any comment made…. A Committee member may add an agenda item to a future meeting as a result of a citizen comment…. The Committee will hear public comments related to an agenda item when the Chair deems appropriate during the Committee meeting. Topics for discussion during the meeting must be limited to those items listed on the Committee meeting agenda for that evening…. ” - from Policy BEDH
C. FHS Student Representative Comments
D. Superintendent’s Report

II. Guests/Presentations
A. Oak Street Elementary School Update – Brad Hendrixson

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. FHS Athletics if Remote
I recommend approval of the plan for athletics if remote as discussed.

B. Student Opportunity Act Plan 2021-2023
I recommend approval of the Student Opportunity Act Plan 2021-2023 as discussed.
(no document released)

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. Personnel Update

B. Kindergarten and Grade 1 Survey Summary (document posted at Schools page  doesn't display all the charts properly) (doc updated 1/11/21)  https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/k_1_full_in_person_survey_summary_and_by_school_0.pdf

C. School Reopening Status Update (1/8/2021)

V. Information Matters
A. School Committee Sub-Committee Reports (e.g. Ad Hoc Supt. Evaluation, Ad Hoc Facilities Analysis, Budget, Community Relations/Public Schools Advocacy, Policy, Transportation)
B. School Committee Liaison Reports (e.g. Joint PCC, Substance Abuse Task Force, School Wellness Advisory Council, Franklin Racial & Social Justice Task Force)

VI. New Business
A. To discuss any future agenda items

VII. Consent Agenda
A. Approval of Minutes
I recommend approval of the minutes from your December 22, 2020 School Committee meeting as detailed.
B. Executive Session Minutes
I recommend approval of the Executive Session Minutes from the December 22, 2020 School Committee meeting to be released as detailed.
C. Keller Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $790.56 from the Keller PCC for supplemental supplies as detailed.
D. Scholarship
I recommend acceptance of a check for $5,000.00 from Thomas A. Wagner for the Wagner Scholarship as detailed.
E. Music Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $60.00 from Franklin Music Parents for in-house enrichment as detailed.
F. Leuder’s Annual Gift
I recommend acceptance of a check for $75.00 from Leuder’s Environmental, Inc. for supplemental supplies as detailed.

VIII. Payment of Bills Dr. Bergen
IX. Payroll Ms. D’Angelo

X. Executive Session
 A. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §21(a)(3) to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining with the FEA as an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on
the bargaining position of the School Committee and the chair so declares.
B. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A §21(a)(2) to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with nonunion personnel.
XI. Adjournment

The agenda doc (including connection info) can be found in the meeting packet folder

Do your part Franklin!
Do your part Franklin!

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda - Jan 13, 2021

Finance Committee meeting - Jan 13, 2021 - 5:00 PM

Agenda
1. Call to Order
2. Public Comments
3. Approval of Minutes
a. December 15, 2020
4. Stormwater Presentation
a. Stormwater Management Plan
b. Stormwater Brochures
5. COVID-19 Update
a. Vaccination Schedule
6. Future Agenda Items
7. Adjourn


Please find the agenda and links for the upcoming Finance Committee Meeting posted here https://t.co/dW6mG0DmbO  

Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/UIdhW47lPI



rain garden at Parmenter, one of many examples of stormwater mitigation that can be found around Franklin
rain garden at Parmenter, one of many examples of stormwater mitigation that can be found around Franklin


Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021

The FAA is a rigorous, 3-year interdisciplinary pathway offered at Franklin High School for grades 10, 11, and 12. Using multiple intelligence and interdisciplinary teaching models, students experience their academic courses (English, History, Science) with strong connections to architecture, design, music, theatre, visual arts, and video production.

The Franklin Arts Academy prepares a diverse community of aspiring scholars and artists to be successful in their college and professional careers and to be engaged members of our democratic society. The FAA operates as a focused learning community within the comprehensive school system of Franklin High School. The FAA offers both Honors and College Preparatory course levels. 

Entrance to the FAA for upcoming 10th and 11th graders  through an application and review process.

To find out more, join us at our Info Night!

For the complete notification flyer

Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021
Franklin Arts Academy - Info Night - Jan 13, 2021


FHS girls hockey lose to Canton 5-2 on Saturday

From HockomockSports.com we share the FHS sports results: 

Girls Hockey = Canton, 5 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Canton set the tone early with three goals in the opening period to earn a second straight win over Franklin. Lizzie Tassinari, Payton McDonough, and Ellie Roberts scored in opening frame for the Bulldogs. Franklin scored twice inside a minute in the second to get within one with Shaw Downing and Lyndsey Atkinson scoring back-to-back. Roberts added a second to give Canton some breathing room and Tess Khoury tacked on a late insurance goal. 

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS girls hockey lose to Canton 5-2 on Saturday
FHS girls hockey lose to Canton 5-2 on Saturday

Pantherbook: "The Franklin Food Pantry’s Food Elves Make Biggest Impact Yet to Fight Hunger"

From Pantherbook we share the following:  

"As COVID-19 cases continue to grow each day, so do the lines for food pantries across America. According to NPR, nearly 1 in 4 households have experienced food insecurity this year, which can be described as the lack of constant access to sufficient amounts of food needed to live a healthy life. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 10.5% of all American households (13.7 million) experienced food insecurity at some point in 2019. The image below displays the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level."

the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level
the 4 main levels of food security and describes how households are affected at each level


Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Jan 8, 2021

Hello Everyone!


Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center - https://www.franklinma.gov/fsc

Link to the Senior Center Calendar - https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/day 

Link to Franklin Matters - https://www.franklinmatters.org/

Link to the Town's webpage - https://www.franklinma.gov/


Make sure you check out our upcoming events next week.  We have a wonderful zoom event "Nature Around Us", an in person Stampin' Up! Craft and one of my favorite monthly events "Name That Tune!"  Details are listed below in the Upcoming Events section. 


Tips

Paul Eugene - Power Hi Low chair aerobics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpjbPX7T5zk 


10 minute indoor walking workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaX-YbOi3I 


15 minute guided meditation to find peace in uncertain times

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W19PdslW7iw 


Music

Back to the 50's - Oldies Mix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fznknLKU44&t=42s 


Edward Yudenich (8 years old) conducting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v436IGbKL_o 


Perfect Duet - Karolina Protsenko and Daniele Vitale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af2Tff8m9Uw 


Some of the most unusual instruments in the world!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYHMVlQezA 


Just for Fun

The history of Franklin Ma 1910-1919 by Joe Landry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPvh7OszN6A&feature=youtu.be 


Marionette Puppet Painting Skills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjZVQUMJevs 


23 very cool sculptures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh6QiH9ZVSk 


The Mysterious history of Lover's Eye Jewelry

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-mysterious-history-lovers-eye-jewelry


Humor

Grandparents 100% having more fun then you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIPBgIIa090 


Jeanne Robertson - Be Careful Were You Sit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAc7fsEeQbQ 


Kindness Matters

Cop escorts 5 year old to school after his father dies in the line of duty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk-cKr6EvSo 


11 year old crochet artist Jonah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL_m5w0wS-k 


Attached you will find:

  1. Donna's Puzzle packed "It's Puzzling" Activity worksheets.  Get your brain ready for these! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vMp4Pew6qqik_9L3Ij-XyxfK0fhM547O/view?usp=sharing

  2. Franklin Senior Center January Connections Newsletter https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GCqt1Fx_Qn5ODuJDpQBw8cbOhPhnUhA9/view?usp=sharing


Upcoming Events email adoggett@franklinma.gov to attend unless noted otherwise.

*Monday Jan. 11th at 1pm Tele Bingo call the Senior Center to play 508-520-4945

*Tuesday Jan. 12th at 11am - Nature Around Us - A photo journey with Renata Gilarova. 

Email adoggett@franklinma.gov to attend

*Tuesday Jan. 12th at 5pm - Quarantini Time a virtual, social, cocktail hour.

*Tuesday Jan. 12th at 1pm - Audio Book Discussion- email mgunderson@franklinma.gov 

*Wed. Jan. 13th at 11:30am - Stampin' Up! - IN PERSON - Valentine's Day Craft and cards

Space is limited you MUST register to attend. Email adoggett@franklinma.gov 

*Wed. Jan. 13th at 1pm - Know The Skin You're In - Via conference call with Nurse Trish 

How your skin changes with age.  Bring your questions. Call to register

*Wed. Jan. 13th at 4pm - Caregiver Support Group - email elaine.owens@verizon.net 

*Thursday Jan. 14th at 10am- Discussion Group - call to sign up

*Thursday Jan. 14th at 1pm - Tele Bingo call the Senior Center to play 508-520-4945

*Thursday Jan. 14th at 6:30 - NAME THAT TUNE! Music, Fun and laughs on our zoom game 

show. Whether you know your music or just want to have fun this is sure to entertain

 You!  Email adoggett@franklinma.gov to attend

*Friday Jan. 15th at at 11am - Sunshine Zoom - for members with memory loss - 1 hour of 

 games and socialization. Email adoggett@franklinma.gov to attend. VIA ZOOM



Plus Exercise, Yoga, Discussion Groups and more.  Check out our newsletter or online calendar for a full list of all activities available https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-senior-center/pages/connection-newsletter


*Curbside Cafe - SPECIAL Chicken Quesadillas order here https://www.franklinma.gov/Curb 



Love, virtual hugs and good health to you all!  We are still here for you!  Please feel free to email Donna and I with questions, concerns or just to check in!

Ariel & Donna


Please feel free to share this email with anyone you think might enjoy it.  If you want me to add someone to the email blast list just send me a message with their email in it. 


REMEMBER:

When searching for information about the Coronavirus, COVID-19 please use caution!  Unfortunately there are many false sites that contain viruses and malware that can threaten your computer.  Many look like real sites.  Your best bet is to go directly to the CDC, WHO or your local government page (links below).   

https://www.cdc.gov/ 

https://www.who.int/

https://www.franklinma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/coronavirus-information-portal-updates-here


MEMORY CAFE!

For those of you who attend our Memory Cafe events I invite you to learn more about attending a VIRTUAL Memory Cafe through Zoom!  There are many options to choose from.

https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/cafe-connect/



--
Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Jan 8, 2021
Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - Jan 8, 2021


Franklin Interact Club - drop off location changed

"Due to an overwhelming response of generosity and donations received, we are forced to move our collection drop off to a new location going forward.  
You may continue to arrange pick up times, but drop offs will be Saturday’s thru Feb 6, 12 - 2 PM, 249 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038. 
Thank you all for your support!!"


Reminder info on the collection in operation through Feb 6

recent collection
recent collection

Franklin Interact Club donation items sought
Franklin Interact Club donation items sought


CommonWealth Magazine: some school districts rollback opening in person; new testing plan announced


"Amid rising cases, districts roll back reopening plans"

"DOZENS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS shifted to remote learning for at least two weeks after the holidays in an effort to keep the virus out of schools in the event students and parents traveled or engaged in large-person events during the break.

Brockton, which has an 11.85 percent community positive test rate, is delaying its return to in-person learning for almost 400 high needs students, which was set for mid-January, by at least two weeks. Pre-K and kindergarten students, which have been remote, would return February 8.

Continue reading the article

"A shopping bag that held the key to safe school opening"

"A LITTLE BEFORE 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Liz Ruark started out from the small Worcester County town of Harvard on the 30-mile drive to Kendall Square in Cambridge. Nestled on the floor of the backseat of her Subaru Forester was a Home Goods tote bag whose contents were key to the community’s goal of keeping its schools open while also holding the COVID-19 pandemic at bay.

Ruark, a parent of two Harvard public school students, has helped spearhead a five-month effort that culminated in this week’s launch of free weekly coronavirus surveillance testing of all students, teachers, and staff in the rural district. The cargo she was rushing to a Cambridge lab held specimens from the 713 people who showed up throughout the day to have nasal swabs taken at four outdoor testing stations set up outside the town’s combined middle-high school building."
Continue reading the article

Gov Baker's press conference on Thursday, Jan 7 announcing the new testing plan

The press release with details on the new testing plans for schools (and limited funding for this)

New MA interactive dashboard for COVID-19 reporting  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting

Town of Franklin (MA) COVID-19 status per new MA dashboard
Town of Franklin (MA) COVID-19 status per new MA dashboard



MA hospital capacity per MA COVID-19 dashboard
MA hospital capacity per MA COVID-19 dashboard


FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)

FM #429 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 429 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council, selected guests, and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, the public was remote via Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the full two hour twenty-seven minutes meeting into two logical segments:
  • First - covers the opening through the Hazard Mitigation Plan presentation/discussion to the approval of it. It includes the second Legislation action item - the authorization for the Beaver St interceptor project (1 hour and 36 minutes)
  • Second - covers the remainder of the Legislation for Action items through to the close of the meeting (51 mins)
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this agenda. 

Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of Jan 6, 2021.  



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Agenda document (and released supporting materials in one PDF) 
https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/01-06-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf

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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/ 

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" 

FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)
FM #429 Town Council Meeting - P2of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)

FM #428 Town Council Meeting P1of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)

FM #428 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 428 in the series. 

This session shares the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council, selected guests, and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, the public was remote via Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the full two hour twenty-seven minutes meeting into two logical segments:
  • First - covers the opening through the Hazard Mitigation Plan presentation/discussion to the approval of it. It includes the second Legislation action item - the authorization for the Beaver St interceptor project (1 hour and 36 minutes)
  • Second - covers the remainder of the Legislation for Action items through to the close of the meeting (51 mins)
The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this agenda. 

Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of Jan 6, 2021.  

 
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Agenda document (and released supporting materials in one PDF) 
https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/agendas/01-06-2021_town_council_agenda.pdf

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

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/ 

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!

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

You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters" 

FM #428 Town Council Meeting P1of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)
FM #428 Town Council Meeting P1of2 - 01/06/21 (audio)