Friday, May 20, 2022

Celebrate with PRIDE - June 26, 2022

Join the Franklin LGBTQ+ Alliance for an afternoon of celebrating.

LGBTQ+ and allies will be at the Franklin Town Commons 
performing, creating, dancing, singing, eating, and drinking. 

Come to the community party!

#FranklinCANCelebrateWithPRIDE - June 26, 2022
#FranklinCANCelebrateWithPRIDE - June 26, 2022

Performances: Krisanthi Pappas and an open mic (with day of sign up)

Activities: Community Art, Selfie Station, Crafts, Art Show, Ask a Sociologist

Venders: Escape into Fiction LGBTQIA+ Book Sale, Chrissy’s Beads, BFCCPS Rainbow Ribbons, Love People Gifts

Thank you to our community partners: Franklin High School’s SAGA, OUT MetroWest, MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Franklin Interfaith Council, Franklin Public Library, and Franklin Senior Center

Please check back and follow for updates and parking information.

If you are interested in volunteering or submitting art, please email

When: Sunday, June 26, 12 - 4 PM

Follow the event on Facebook ->

FHS baseball and boys tennis teams post wins on Thursday

Via  we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday:
Baseball = Franklin, 8 vs. Framingham, 6 – Final 
– Franklin rallied to erase an early deficit and went ahead with a big fifth inning, let the lead slip away, but rallied once again to secure a win over Framingham. The visiting Flyers struck for three runs in the second and once in the top of the fifth to claim a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Franklin’s offense came alive with five runs for a 6-4 lead but that quickly evaporated after Framingham tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth. But once again Franklin responded as Joe Tirrell delivered an RBI triple to score Ben Jarosz (triple) and Ryan Gerety followed with an RBI single to left to put Franklin ahead for good. Gerety had two hits while six other Panthers had one hit, including Evan Raider who had two RBI on the day. Raider, the Panthers’ fourth pitcher, earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four in 2.2 innings of work. Austin Campbell tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief early in the game, allowing one hit and two walks with one strikeout.

Softball = Franklin, 3 vs. Abington, 9 – Final

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ King Philip, 0 – Final 
– Franklin beat both the rain and rival King Philip, taking a 5-0 sweep on the road to clinch at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. The Panthers took all five matches in straight sets with Vayshanv Malhotra (6-1, 6-2), Sameen Shaik (6-1, 6-0), and Drew Mahoney (6-2, 6-1) taking care of business in singles action, and the teams of Thomas Broyles and Tyler Fitzpatrick (first doubles, 6-2, 6-3) and Jay Gorgas and Ahan Shetty (second doubles, 6-3, 7-5) sweeping doubles action.

Girls Tennis = King Philip @ Franklin – Postponed to 5/25

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Good things take time...

"What dream of yours are you nurturing right now? 🌷

Making quick progress or getting fast results certainly sounds nice, and in our fast-paced world, it can seem like things must be completed in an instant.

But taking things step by step and making progress daily is what generates real results. So if a goal seems too large right now, the thing to do isn’t to speed up.

👉🏽Instead, embrace the power of slow and work towards your finish line with patience and discipline. Let all the good things you’ve been chasing come and catch you, and remember that no matter how small your efforts may feel, things will come together sooner than later."

Via The Good Life Project on Instagram ->

Good things take time...
Good things take time...

High School Summer Pass: Planet Fitness Invites Teens to Work Out for Free All Summer


'High School Summer Pass' Program Allows High Schoolers Ages 14 – 19 to Get Active at Planet Fitness' 2,200+ Locations in the U.S. and Canada From May 16-August 31

New Study Finds that While Almost Half (48 Percent) of American Teens Admit they Struggled with Mental Health for the First Time Ever During the Pandemic, Nearly All (92 percent) Agree Regular Physical Activity Helps Them Feel Much Better Mentally

Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, is inviting high schoolers ages 14 – 19* to work out for free at any of its more than 2,200 Planet Fitness locations throughout the United States and Canada from May 16 through August 31 as part of the High School Summer Pass initiative.

High School Summer Pass was formally known as Teen Summer Challenge, which was the first program of its kind launched in 2019 and saw more than 900,000 teens sign-up and complete more than 5.5 million workouts over a three-and-a-half-month period. Starting today, high schoolers can visit to pre-register, and get a reminder to formally sign up when the program officially kicks off on Monday, May 16. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club.


According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, less than 15 percent of teens met the 60-minute daily physical activity recommendation during the pandemic.** And a national study*** commissioned by Planet Fitness found that 93 percent of American teens want to stay healthy and active over the summer months, but many lack motivation or access to do so. High School Summer Pass offers a solution for teenagers eager to stay active when school sports programs, gym classes and after school activities wind down. 

Planet Fitness To Open Its Doors to Teens FOR FREE All Summer Long
Planet Fitness Opens Its Doors to Teens 
FOR FREE All Summer Long

"As the leader in fitness, we believe we have a responsibility to provide a welcoming, safe, and Judgement Free environment for high school students to improve their physical and mental wellness, particularly given the challenges they have and continue to face in the wake of the pandemic," said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. "Our study found that nearly all (92 percent) high school students agreed that when they are regularly physically active, they feel much better mentally. Fitness is about feeling good, too, and our hope is that High School Summer Pass empowers teens to create life-long workout habits to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives."

To further motivate high schoolers to make fitness a priority, all participants who sign up starting May 16 are automatically entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia), and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer****. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs.


To uncover how high schoolers view health and fitness today, Planet Fitness commissioned a national study in partnership with Material to shed light on mental and physical health from both teens' and parents' perspectives.  Although negatively impacted by the pandemic, teens are ready to make a commitment to getting healthy, both physically and mentally.

Key findings include:

  • Physical Fitness for the Win. Despite three in five teens (60 percent) reporting their usual health and fitness routines were severely disrupted over the last two years, nearly all (89 percent) of their parents credit regular exercise and physical activity as helping their teens cope with the challenges of the pandemic. And nearly all (92 percent) teens agree that when they are regularly physically active, they feel much better mentally.
    • Although many teens make exercise and fitness a priority in their life (65 percent), there are significant barriers to doing so. In fact, 78 percent of teens note that just having access to a place to work out and being able to do so with friends (72 percent) would benefit their health and fitness journeys.
    • A majority of teens who exercise also agree that physical fitness makes them feel healthier (61 percent), stronger (57 percent) and happier (50 percent). It also provides the meaningful health benefits of more energy (69 percent), increased strength (64 percent) and stress relief (61 percent).
    • And 84 percent of teens agree that there has never been a better time than now to focus on their health.
  • Mental Health Takes Center Stage. Almost half (48 percent) of teens admit that they struggled with mental health for the first time during the pandemic. And more than half (51 percent) explain they currently struggle with anxiety.
    • Parents are overwhelmingly concerned about how the past two years have impacted their teens' mental health (71 percent), overall health (66 percent) and physical fitness (60 percent). And 71 percent are equally concerned for their high schooler's academic progress and preparedness for college.
    • That said, more than four in five teens report they are feeling hopeful about what's to come in the future (85 percent) and that the pandemic showed them how strong they really are (82 percent).
  • Let's Get Talking. Parents have overwhelmingly spoken more regularly to their teens over the past two years about topics like self-esteem and confidence (92 percent), exercise and working out (88 percent) and mental health (82 percent). The majority of teens today also say they are now more open and communicative about their feelings (79 percent).
  • Screen Time, More Time. A majority of parents (55 percent) also report the time their teens spends on social media has increased since the start of the pandemic. In fact, many parents feel their teens are spending more time being sedentary than active – 54 percent noted their teens text more today, 52 percent saw an uptick in playing video games and 50 percent of parents say their teen is spending more time watching TV.
    • And more teens agree they spend too much time in front of screens than they did right before the pandemic (61 percent in 2022 versus 52 percent in 2020).


In addition to free in-club fitness training that all High School Summer Pass participants will have access to, the certified trainers at Planet Fitness have also designed 15 trainer-led workout videos and 10 downloadable workouts – encompassing cardio, strength, toning and sports circuits – just for high schoolers (across all fitness levels). This content will be available on the Planet Fitness App and at starting May 16.

This summer and all year-round, Planet Fitness' top priority continues to be keeping its members and employees safe and is the first fitness brand to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The rating recognizes Planet Fitness' leadership in adopting the leading framework to ensure a safer and healthier environment for its employees and members across all of its more than 2,200 facilities.

Enhanced COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols at its well-ventilated and spacious clubs include:

  • Touchless check-in via the free Planet Fitness App – available to all High School Summer Pass participants
  • A Crowd Meter on the Planet Fitness App that allows members to check club capacity in real-time before even leaving the house
  • Increased sanitization to continually clean and sanitize high-touch areas, with cleaning stations available for member use
  • Mask policies in accordance with local guidelines

For more information on High School Summer Pass, including how to sign up for the free membership at any of the more than 2,200 Planet Fitness locations nationwide, visit

*Teenagers ages 14 – 19 can visit any Planet Fitness location in the United States. Teens must work out at the location they sign up at and are not permitted to use other locations. Teens under 18 must sign-up with a parent or guardian in-club or online at Once the parent or guardian waiver is signed for teens under 18, teens can work out alone. Students who are already 18 do not need a parent or guardian to be present during the sign-up process.
** Association of Children's Physical Activity and Screen Time With Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic, JAMA Network Open
*** Online survey conducted by Material to 1,012 nationally representative American teens aged 15 – 18 and their parents, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
****No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., who are 14-19 years of age (with parent approval if under age of majority). Begins 12:00 am ET on 5/16/22; ends 11:59 pm ET on 8/31/22. For Official Rules, visit

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2021, Planet Fitness had 15.2 million members and 2,254 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 90% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

More Perfect Union - wfpr: 048 - Roe V. Wade (with Jesse Mermell) (audio)

"In this episode, the group sits down with Jesse Mermell to talk about the pending Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision; what that decision would mean for the U.S., the policies in states like Texas that has made abortion more difficult, the work in front of America to better protect women with legislation, and what listeners can do to help."

Audio file -> 

Franklin.TV: A More Perfect Union (audio)
More Perfect Union - wfpr: 048 - Roe V. Wade (with Jesse Mermell) (audio)
  • or 102.9 on the FM dial = Monday

11 AM 2 PM and 8 PM A More Perfect Union – with Dr. Michael Walker-Jones,
Representative Jeff Roy and Dr. Natalia Linos

Franklin Public Schools: COVID-19 Dashboard as of May 18, 2022

The weekly FPS COVID-19 dashboard is now available to view here:  or


Franklin Public Schools: COVID-19 Dashboard as of May 18, 2022
Franklin Public Schools: COVID-19 Dashboard as of May 18, 2022

"Housing Supply Action Plan is a step in the right direction"

Via Ed Cafasso

"The Biden Administration’s Housing Supply Action Plan is an important step toward increasing the affordable housing supply, especially changes to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and to HUD financing. Can it get done in mid-term election season?" 

"Multifamily and financing industry officials said President Joe Biden’s newly released 13-page Housing Supply Action Plan is a step in the right direction to increase the affordable housing supply but questioned how much could be accomplished—particularly changes to the popular Low Income Housing Tax Credit program—without legislative action this year as the mid-term election season heats up."

Continue reading the article assessing the plan

Find the White House Housing Supply Action Plan online:

1 million is a big number

The info graphic tells the story of the progression of COVID deaths as the pandemic started and proceeded along (thus far). 

One million is a big number. They attempt to put it in perspective to help us understand the impact.

Consider also that studies show a single death has an impact on an average of 9 other people; immediate family, etc. So the 1 million milestone is really an impact on 9 million.

And we are seeing the secondary effects of this with the great resignation, supply chain issues, etc.

Scroll to see the info graphic from the Washington Post:

1 million is a big number
1 million is a big number

Health Department - Weekly Wellness Update - May is skin cancer awareness month

"May is skin cancer awareness month. Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.  
Learn more at:"

 Video link ->

Franklin TV and schedule for Friday, May 20, 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: The New Opioid Dangers
7:30 am Memorial Day 2021
9:00 am Frank's Musings: Return to Ukraine
10:00 am Physician Focus: Oral Health
10:30 am Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
11:00 am Senior Connection: Sleep
11:30 am Norfolk County Prevention Coalition: The New Opioid Dangers
12:00 pm Brook'n'Cookin': Quinoa
12:30 pm Sandhya: Donuts
1:00 pm Mass Department of Public Health: CO-VID 19
1:30 pm Pizzapalooza: White Pizza
2:00 pm New England Candlepins: Fall 2019 Show 1
7:00 pm SAFE Coalition: Michelle Palladini
8:00 pm Senior Connection: Sleep
8:30 pm The Black Box: Broadway in Franklin 2022

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

7:00 am Public School Event: Elementary Music Pt. 1 06-04-18
8:30 am It Takes A Village
9:30 am FHS Boys Varsity Tennis: v Sharon 05-05-22
11:30 am FHS Varsity Softball: v Attleboro 05-09-22
1:30 pm All-Town Showcase: Chorus and Orchestra
3:00 pm Battleship Cove: Preserving the Fleet
5:30 pm FHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse: v Oliver Ames 05-02-22
9:00 pm FHS Varsity Baseball: v Taunton 05-11-22

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

8:00 am Zoning Board of Appeals: 05-05-22
2:00 pm Zoning Board of Appeals: 05-05-22

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, May 19, 2022

Ben's Books - RI Public TV does an episode on the books in the Franklin Library (video)

Vicki Earls, Franklin Library Head of Reference and James Johnston, Franklin historian, contribute to this RI Public TV episode on Ben's Books.  

"There are dozens of U.S. towns named for famous patriot, diplomat, writer, scientist, and inventor, Benjamin Franklin - but the very first was a local community with a lasting legacy. Rhode Island PBS Weekly's Pamela Watts explores how an unexpected gift of books, bestowed by Franklin upon the townspeople, helped inspire an educator to launch the country's public school system.

Video link ->


The photo album of Ben's Books when they were most recently unveiled in April of 2018
a close up of some of Ben's books at the Franklin Public Library
a close up of some of Ben's books gifted to Franklin, now viewable in the Public Library

Franklin For All: 05/16/2022 via YouTube (video)

Via YouTube, Franklin TV shares the second Franklin For All Forum that was held on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The meeting was held at THE BLACK BOX. It was hosted by MAPC via Zoom and broadcast via Franklin TV as well as live streamed. 

Emma Battaglia, MPAC hosted the session and made the presentation with 11 recommendation for Franklin to consider. The presentation document link is provided below.

This recording runs about 70 minutes

Franklin Matters notes captured via Twitter and shared in summary form 

The audio recording is also available for your listening pleasure

Emma Battaglia, MPAC
Emma Battaglia, MPAC 

Making Sense of Climate #9 with Ted McIntyre - 05/12/22 (audio)

FM #800 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 800 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Thursday, May 12, 2022.  

Ted helps me “make sense of climate” and we hope this helps with your understanding as well. 

If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session 

The recording runs about 48 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Ted McIntyre as he helps me “make sense of climate.” 

Audio file ->


Articles referenced

The MA Legislature needs to step in. 

Healey files to reject DPU plan crafted by utilities

Example of $$ co-opting perhaps legitimate local concerns. MA needs to build its own power… but this is a threat to managing the grid plan on a national level 

Environs fought building stuff in 1970, but now want to build stuff,. how manage???

Theoharides goes to German wind company

This is an equity issue (only a tiny fraction of humans will ever fly) and a challenge to linear thinking. Would the sun still come up if you couldn’t  get to Beijing in 12 hours? 


See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( 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 or

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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FHS baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, and both boys and girls tennis teams post wins on Wednesday

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

Baseball = Franklin, 12 @ Milford, 0 – Final (5 inn.) 
– Holding a 3-0 lead after four innings, Franklin found its groove in the fifth and exploded for nine runs to secure a win at Fino Field. Eisig Chin had an RBI double early in the fifth, Evan Raider blasted a two-run triple, and Jacob Crisileo had a two-out RBI triple to give the Panthers a 12-0 lead. Jack Marino (two RBI, run) Jase Lyons (two runs, RBI), and Joe Tirrell (two RBI) also had two hits for the Panthers. James Kuczmiec tossed a five-inning complete game shutout for the Panthers, allowing a pair of hits and walks to go along with four strikeouts to get the win. Sophomore Keith Lee went 2-for-2 for the Scarlet Hawks.

Softball = Milford, 2 @ Franklin, 10 – Final 
– Milford jumped ahead with two runs in the top of the third but Franklin quickly responded with seven runs in the bottom half and went on to secure a big win over the visiting Scarlet Hawks. Sophomore Camille Bonina launched a two-run home run in the top of the third to put Milford ahead 2-1. In the bottom half, Franklin had its first five batters reach base including a two-run double from Hailey Fales as the Panthers jumped back ahead 4-2. Avery Chalk and Dana Stott had back-to-back RBI singles and Katy Liberman smacked a two-out, two-run double to push Franklin’s lead to 8-2. Junior Kiera Kotwicki earned the win for the Panthers, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks, striking out four in a complete game effort.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 11 vs. Longmeadow, 16 – Final
Panthers have a long way to go for the win.   Franklin 11, Longmeadow 16

Davis: 5G, 1A
Sacchetti: 1G, 1A
Hansen: 2G, 2A
Alexander: 1G
Palmieri: 1A

Girls Lacrosse = Franklin, 9 vs. Notre Dame Academy, 7 – Final
Boston Globe's Trevor Hass has the game recap ->

The Boston Herald also provides a game recap ->

Boys tennis = Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final 
– Franklin’s experience was on full display as the Panthers used five seniors in the lineup to knock off visiting Milford. Senior Vayshnav Malhotra and senior Sameen Shaik both won 6-0, 6-0 at first and second singles, respectively, while senior Drew Mahoney earned a 6-0, 6-1 win at third singles. The senior tandem of Thomas Broyles and Tyler Fitzpatrick captured a 6-2, 6-0 win at first doubles and Franklin’s sophomore pairing of Ahan Shetty and Jay Gorgas captured a 6-0, 6-1 win at second doubles.

Girls tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final 
– Franklin took all five matches in straight sets to take down Milford and stay in first place in the Kelley-Rex division with three matches to go. Izzy Trull (6-2, 6-1) Chloe Essum (6-3, 6-2), and Sarah Schiavo (6-1, 6-2) swept the three singles matches for the Panthers while Vedika Vinayak and Lexy Winkler secured a 6-2, 6-3 win at first doubles, and Amulya Jayam and Nihara Lijan captured a 6-4, 6-4 win at second doubles.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Public Schools: District Newsletter - May 2022

Franklin Public Schools

District Newsletter

May 2022

21-22 School Calendar

5/20 - No School for KINDERGARTEN ONLY.

No School 5/30 - Memorial Day

Last day of school is June 22nd due to the snow days

All Aboard for Bus Registration

Bus Registration for the 22-23 School Year is open! Families must register each student individually and submit a partial payment before June 13th to guarantee their seat. Our online registration via FamilyID makes it easy.

Access details on how to register via our transportation page.

Nap time is anytime for our furry friend Ben Franklin - therapy dog at the Franklin Police Department. Officer Spillane and Ben visited students at the ECDC this past month. As always, his visit was filled with expressions of endearment from students and faculty.

Our Keller Hawks took flight on a long overdue field trip to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary! Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time to make this trip possible.

Elementary takes on the Innovation Nation Program!

We're excited to partner with Thermo Fisher Scientific on bringing the Innovation Nation program to Elementary Schools the week of May 16th. The program provides faculty with presentations, lab materials, and instructions to guide students through a variety of hands-on and digital activities exploring concepts in life science, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The events are designed to spark passion and confidence in our students around different STEM topics, exposure to Thermo Fisher STEM professionals and an opportunity to engage with supportive adults.

FHS - New Beginnings

High School Experience:

Have an 8th grader? Then you may want to consider signing them up for High School Experience - a two day program design specifically for incoming FHS Freshmen. Brought to you by the FPS Lifelong Learning Institute. Program will be held August 9-10 from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Attendees will...

  • Tour and learn to navigate your their NEW school
  • Meet and greet with FHS faculty and peers
  • Participate in team-building activities
  • Learn how to read an FHS class schedule
  • Communicate with upperclassmen student leaders to learn the 'ins and outs' from an 'expert'
  • Receive their High School Experience T-shirt and lots more!

Register your student here.

Class of 2022 Graduation

The road to graduation for our Seniors is nearing its bittersweet end. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm. Guests will be admitted entry at 6pm and graduates will report to the Gym by 5:30pm. The ceremony location is expected to be on the FHS Pisini Football Field if weather permits. Graduation will be live streamed by FranklinTV.

Visit the Graduation page for updates as the big day nears!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AAPI Heritage month was designated to commemorate the contributions and celebrate the impact made by AAPI individuals to American history, culture and accomplishments. This display was made by some students at Oak. Students were able to learn about influential AAPI figures and connect with classmates regarding their families and traditions.

Free and Reduced Lunch Information

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can no longer extend current child nutrition waivers past June 30th. As a result, schools in Massachusetts and across the country will no longer be able to provide universal free meals after June 30th, 2022. 

The application for free and reduced meals will be available in Mid-August. We encourage families to keep and eye out for future communications about when the application is available so they may apply as the new school year begins to ensure there is no loss of benefits to students.

22-23 School Calendar

During the April 12th School Committee meeting the 22-23 School Calendar was revised to include professional development days.

You may view the calendar here.

From the School Committee

During the May 10th School Committee meeting, Central Office staff delivered a presentation regarding Student Discipline Procedures. You may access the presentation here.

Save the date! Our next Saturday Social will be on June 4th from 1pm-3pm at Birchwood Bakery Swing on by for a chat!

Please join us for our next School Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm.

Budget Season

The budget is an iterative process. The School Committee voted on a final budget on April 12. Finance committee met May 12th and Town Council budget meetings will be on May 25th and May 26th.

Learn more about the FY 23 Budget here.

Happy Spring to our FPS Families, Faculty Staff and Franklin Community!
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