Friday, April 29, 2022

Reminder: Rail Trail Road Race 5K - May 7, 2022 - Help this SNETT fund raising effort!

The biggest fundraiser of the year for the the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC). We hope you will join us and the Tri-Valley Front Runners in support of the local SNETT rail trail.

Date: May 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022
Rail Trail Roadrace 5K - May 7, 2022

Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21

Volunteers are needed for the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Franklin Garden Club's annual Beautification Day in downtown Franklin and the Town Common on the morning of Saturday, May 21.

Dozens of volunteers are needed to help plant red, white and blue flowers on the downtown bridges and in barrels in front of businesses. Volunteers with trucks are also needed to help pick up trays of flowers at Fairmount Fruit Farm, 887 Lincoln St., Franklin. Community service hours are available to students needing volunteer opportunities.

If you can volunteer, please email Beautification Chair Eileen Mason at

We appreciate the support of these sponsors who make the beautification efforts in the downtown Franklin possible. Platinum sponsors are Chaffee Property Group, Inc., Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C., RI Motorsports and Detail, and Eileen Mason of ReMax Real Estate. Gold sponsors are D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Dean Bank, and Encore Music Academy And Recording Studios. The silver sponsor is Safford Insurance.

Shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page

Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21
Volunteers needed for Beautification Day - May 21

Veterans Coffee Social - May 2022 - All Vets Are Welcome!

May 2022 Coffee Social - All Vets Are Welcome!

Join Us May 4 at 10:00 AM at the Senior Center!

Veterans Coffee Social - May 2022  - All Vets Are Welcome!
Veterans Coffee Social - May 2022  - All Vets Are Welcome!

MA Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day - May 4

"MA Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day is only ONE week away! Schools: “Gear” up for this event on Wednesday, May 4th (which also happens to be Star Wars Day) by registering here" 
MA Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day - May 4
MA Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day - May 4

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, Apr 29, 2022

  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Friday

9:00a/12:00p /6:00p Chapters – Jim Derick  Insightful, life-affirming stories and interviews

10:00a/1:00p/7:00p Music to Lift the Spirit - Jim Derick & Frank Falvey

11:00a/2:00p/8:00pm Senior Story Hour – Senior Center Scribblers Group

  • Franklin All Access TV - Our Public Access Channel (Comcast 8, Verizon 26) = FRIDAY

7:00 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Repeat Offenders
7:30 am Sons and Daughters of Italy: Carlo Geromini
9:00 am Frank Presents: Alberto Correia
10:00 am Physician Focus: Straight Talk on Pain Medication
10:30:00 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
11:00:00 am Senior Connection: Mental Illness
11:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: Repeat Offenders
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Peppers
12:30 pm Sandya: Crepes
1:00:00 pm Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
1:30:00 pm Pizzapalooza: Meat-Lovers Pt. 1
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 8
7:00 pm SAFE Coalition: The Hamlins
8:00 pm Senior Connection: Mental Illness
8:30 pm The Black Box: Wicked

  • Franklin Pride TV - Our Educational Channel (Comcast 96, Verizon 28) = FRIDAY

7:00 am Public School Event: FHS Pops Night 05-09-18
8:30 am It Takes A Village: Gretchen Scotland
9:30 am FHS Boys Varsity Tennis: v Mansfield 04-15-22
11:30 am FHS Varsity Softball: v Mansfield 04-22-22
2:00 pm All-Town Showcase: Band
7:00 pm Lifelong Music: Band & Chorus
8:30 pm Let's Talk Sports: Episode 1
9:00 pm FHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse: v Foxboro 05-06-21

  • Franklin Town Hall TV - Our Government Channel (Comcast 11, Verizon 29) =  FRIDAY

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 04-21-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 04-21-22

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online     

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Thursday, April 28, 2022

"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - This Weekend at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Please join us as the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School brings to life Charles Schulz's beloved comic and Clark Gesner's classic musical, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang's here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn't give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and "blockhead," himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine's Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.

The script features songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you're keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find "Happiness," You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

Ticket Pricing:
General Admission: $17
Student: $13
Senior Citizen: $13

Show Times:
Friday, April 29 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 30 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 1 - 2:00 PM

Performances take place this weekend at BFCCPS located at 500
Financial Park. 

Night of the Arts - at FHS, free admission - April 29, 2022 - 5:30 PM

The FHS National Art Honor Society is hosting a Kids Hands on Art event this Friday, April 29 from 5:30-7:30 PM. 
The theme this year is "around the world" so kids will be able to learn about and try art from all over. There will also be a snack table and gift table that everyone can purchase from.

Admission is free!

Night of the Arts - at FHS, free admission - April 29,  2022 - 5:30 PM
Night of the Arts - at FHS, free admission - April 29,  2022 - 5:30 PM

Special School Cmte Mtg - Superintendent Deliberation - 04/26/22 (audio)

FM #784 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 784 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares the Special School Committee - Superintendent Deliberation meeting held Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 

There was only one item on the agenda: Deliberation on the candidate of Superintendent of Schools - Assistant Superintendent Lucas Giguere

  • The Special School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, Apr 26 at 6 PM resulted in a new School Superintendent, current asst Superintendent Lucas Giguere was approved b y a 7-0 roll call vote 

  • Chair Denise Spencer opened the meeting with a review of the process to date. Each member of the committee commented on the development of their decision before the vote to approve. After a brief 5 minute recess during which Chair Spencer confirmed the offer and acceptance by L Giguere, she asked for volunteers for the contract negotiation subcommittee to be formed and begin work immediately

  • Meeting adjourned with a 7-0 roll call vote. Two members were remote for this and the regular meeting hence the roll call voting for all decisions (Stokes, Whitmore)

  • The meeting recording runs about 22 minutes (excluding the ~5 min recess time) Audio file ->


Meeting agenda-> 

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new Superintendent Lucas Giguere at the regular School Cmte meeting with FHS student science fair winners
new Superintendent Lucas Giguere at the regular School Cmte meeting with FHS student science fair winners

FHS baseball and girls lacrosse teams post wins on Wednesday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday: 

Baseball = Foxboro, 2 @ Franklin, 8 – Final 
– Franklin pushed across three runs in the first inning, two more in the third, and never looked back in a win under the lights over Foxboro. Evan Raider and Henry Digiorgio had back-to-back sacrifice flies to plate a run apiece and Jase Lyons had a two-out RBI single to plate Chris Goode (HBP) to seize and early 3-0 advantage. Digiorgio added an RBI double to score Goode (double) in the third, and Lyons added another RBI base hit to extend Franklin’s advantage to 5-0. Eisig Chin added an RBI triple in the sixth for the Panthers, and Joe Tirrell brought two home with a base hit to left. Jacob Jette got the win on the mound for the Panthers, allowing two runs (one earned) one three hits and one walk, striking out four. Ryan LeClair had two hits and scored a run for Foxboro.

  • FHS JV Baseball
Baseball is such a fun game W was nails 3.2ip 4h 0ER 2k S Winer 3.1ip 0h 0ER 2-4 2r RBI and one unharmed ump 2-5 2r RBI 2-4 1r RBI 2-3 1r 3RBI 1-2 (3b) 2r RBI #CantBeatTheCompete #MoreWhaleLeftTomorrow

Girls Lacrosse = Taunton, 3 @ Franklin, 20 – Final 
– Franklin had over a dozen players find their way onto the scoring sheet in a big win over visiting Taunton. Kenzie Baker and Jamie Tanner finished with three goals apiece to pace the offense. Cali Melo, Maddison Szala, and Aria Cordeiro each scored for Taunton.

  • FHS girls JV lacrosse
17-0 W over Taunton. 15 different goal scorers led by . Great defense all around with notching the shutout. High energy practices upcoming.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
For other results around the Hockomock League 

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - April 2022

The newsletter was shortened for publication here. To view the full text, visit this page ->

Note:  The previous newsletter sent on Monday, April 25th, 2022 stated that Friday, May 6th, 2022 was no school. There WILL be school on Friday, May 6th, 2022. All Franklin Public Schools will operate on a HALF DAY schedule to accommodate for staff professional development, with the exception of the Early Childhood Development Center which will have no school on half days. We apologize for any confusion and thank you for your understanding.

Franklin Public Schools
District Newsletter
April 2022
Last day of school is now June 22nd due to the snow days on 1/7 & 2/4.

A Day of Giving at Horace Mann
The HMMS Kindness Club teamed up with the ADL Peer Leaders, Spectrum Club and the Art Club to sponsor "A Day of Giving for the Ukrainian Refugees". In the days leading up to the Day of Giving, the ADL peer leaders shared stories about some of the Ukrainian refugees on the morning news. The focus of these stories were around the humanitarian needs of this group of people. In addition, the Art Club provided a large banner in the entryway reminding students of the upcoming "Day of Giving" and the Spectrum Club made bookmarks for students who donate.

The Kindness Club was able to raise over $1,000 to donate to the Massachusetts non-profit Sunflower of Peace, which provides medical supplies as well as humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees.
Full STE(a)M Ahead!
Three FPS schools have been accepted into the Massachusetts OpenSciEd Cohort Program. In partnership with Boston College, we will work towards a OpenSciEd Equitable Instruction (OEI) Initiative. This program focuses on curating the highest standard of middle school science curriculum. Through this partnership, the district will receive grant funding, on-site support for professional development and curriculum enactment during our three year implementation plan.