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REGROUP messages sent out from Franklin High School

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Sent 6/25/20 to Class of 2021 Families regarding Senior Yearbook Portraits

Hello Class of 2021 Families,

Please click HERE to view important information from Yearbook Advisor Ms.Taranto regarding your student's senior portrait for the yearbook. The link to this information can also be found on the FHS Website, Class of 2021 page. 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Taranto : [email protected]

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Sent 6/16 to all FHS families -end of year memo

Dear Panther Families:

Well...here we are.  We are three days away from the official end of a school year like none of us has ever seen.  Let’s begin by celebrating the close of the 2019-2020 school year (almost!), a wonderful graduation ceremony, and the declining numbers of Covid-19 across our state.

As we usually do, we will attempt to condense the information into shorter bullet points, but please reach out to administration with any and all questions/thoughts/reactions/comment.

  • Thank you isn’t enough, but it is a start.  Thank you to all parents, guardians, and supports who have helped our students throughout the year, but especially the past three months.  There have been times where you have played the role of teacher, counselor, friend, parent, and quarantine enforcer...often all simultaneously.  We know it hasn’t been easy.  And we appreciate it!
  • Classes are still in session through this Thursday.  
  • This week will be an opportunity for student and staff passion projects, clarification & reinforcement, goodbyes, and a chance to make up any work that is not yet completed.  Students should reach out to specific teachers with questions.
  • As is always the case with the last day of school, this Thursday is officially a half day.  That means the remote learning hours at FHS will shift from 8:30 to 10:30.
  • Yearbooks have JUST been delivered to FHS.  Be on the lookout for communication from the yearbook staff for plans around distribution.
  • We are currently in the midst of our material collection process for Grades 9-11.  Thank you to the many staff who have helped last week and this week!  Individual student schedules for collection were emailed last week.
  • Chromebooks will NOT be collected over the summer!
  • Please click here for our suggested summer reading list.  This year’s theme: “Our Journey, Our Franklin.”
  • A separate communication will be forthcoming when end of the year grades are available online.
  • We encourage you to keep a close eye on the upcoming budget meetings and proceedings in the coming weeks.  Most meetings are available to join via zoom and are live-streamed on the Franklin Public Access TV website.
  • At this time, MUCH is still very unknown about what next year will look like.  As Dr. Ahern shared, there is a town wide task force dedicated to the reopening of Franklin schools in the fall.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • As we conclude, we wish you, your children, your families, and your friends a tremendously safe, healthy, and relaxing summer.  We wish we could be delivering this message in person, but please know we are thinking of all of you.

 

Paul Peri
Bill Klements
Maria Weber
Cathy Klein
Jenn Santosuosso
Ryan Augusta
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Sent 6/15/2020 to all Franklin Public Schools families regarding re-opening of school Fall 2020

Please click HERE to view a letter from Franklin Public Schools detailing latest updates on the process for determining Fall School re-opening

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Sent 6/2/2020 FPS Joint Statement sent to all Franklin Public Schools Families

Click HERE to view a letter from the Franklin Public Schools

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Click here for information on Awards Night for Seniors, and Senior parade routes.

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Sent 5/29/2020 to all Senior Families regarding Diploma Ceremony information:

Hello FHS Class of 2020 Students, Families, Friends and Loved Ones...
Please click on the link below and read through the accompanying information.
 
 
 
The 2020 Graduation Committee is excited to share the following with you:
 
Diploma Ceremony June 1-3
 
Each senior has been invited to take part in a Diploma Ceremony next week. Graduates will arrive in cap and gown and all family members must be in masks or face coverings. Please park in front of the high school and enter the community entrance nearest the gym at your designated time. (Each student has a unique time to enter).  Please remain in your vehicle until your time to enter. 
(See Diagram Below).  Here is the list of times for graduates.
 
When you enter the building, you will enter the gym and follow the signs. Each student will have a two minute window to get your diploma, cross the stage, have the administrators read your name and be professionally filmed and photographed. The video will be part of the Graduation TV broadcast airing Friday night, June 5th at 6:00pm.
 
Following the diploma ceremony, you and your family will exit the gym at the back left corner of the gymnasium.  You may then enter the turf in front of the school where there will be three photo stations.  At your photo station, there will be a Franklin High School backdrop and a professional photographer to take pictures of you and your family. Your family is welcome to take any pictures during this time.  (These professional photos will be available on a Class of 2020 smugmug) Note: You will have about 6 minutes at the photo station before the next graduate will be coming in. Please be timely so we do not get back ups. Once finished at the photo station, you and your family will exit the turf by the gate closest to the parking lot.  
 
Please note, ALL photos taken on the turf by the professional photographers will be posted on smugmug and will therefore be accessible by any graduate. If you are not comfortable with your graduate and family photo being posted on a communal website, please do not get photographed on the turf.  Thank you. 
 
We appreciate your adherence to all safety protocols to make this a safe and enjoyable moment for all.  This event is for immediate family members only and everyone is expected to be in masks and maintain safe social distancing.  We appreciate your desire to interact with your peers, but this will not be the time to congregate as it will violate the social distancing protocol that we must adhere to.
 
In case of inclement weather, we will move the photo stations inside to the cafeteria, Auditorium and Library. Please make every effort to be on time as we are attempting to create 432 individual diploma ceremonies.  If you miss your time, we will attempt to reschedule you for Thursday, June 3rd.
 
We are so excited to see you have your graduation moment!  
 
 
P.S.
 
On Friday, June 5th, Franklin High School seniors are invited to join the town for the first ever graduation parade!
 
Franklin Police will escort the graduates through town, circling the town common and with a final culminating at FHS.  
 
Exact parade routes will be released soon, as will the exact times, however, we would like to invite the community to prepare to celebrate the class of 2020 by lining our parade routes!  We owe huge thanks to Lieutenant West as we continue to work together to put the final touches on this part of the celebration!
 
After the parade, the graduation ceremony will be aired on Franklin TV and streamed on Youtube.  
 
Sincerely,
2020 Graduation Committee

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Sent 5/14/20202 to Senior Families regarding updated plans for Graduation and end of year for seniors:

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates and Families,

We truly hope this finds everyone healthy and safe!  On behalf of the Class of 2020 class officers and advisors, we are so excited to share the Graduation Plans for June 5th!  We know not everyone was able to see this week’s digital school committee meeting where much of this plan was originally presented and we are aware of the number of questions that exist in the Franklin community around our upcoming graduation ceremony. Much of what is contained below was presented publicly for the first time Tuesday night at the School Committee meeting.  The video of the Zoom call presentation will be posted to Franklin Public Access website showcasing the slideshow and the article from the Milford Daily News can be found here.  We also recognize this is an extensive notification and we apologize for its length.  We just want to ensure that we cover as much as we are able to at this time!

Planning for this monumental event has been ongoing since before the closure, as a high school graduation ceremony is a very special moment in a person’s life.  As a community, we hope that this plan captures the best of what we are able to do in this unique time.  We have been working in conjunction with other towns, administrations, and have had eyes and ears to what other schools are doing around the country.  We are in line with the majority of high schools in America, and especially with those in the Hockomock League and around Massachusetts.

Our hearts go out to the Class of 2020, as they have lost so much.  We fully recognize that family, friends, and graduates want to be physically together, however due to local/state/federal guidelines we are not able to pull together 450-7,000 people in a manner that is safe or in keeping with appropriate guidelines.  Our truest sincerest hope is that this blend of virtual pre-recorded speeches, in conjunction with a town-wide community celebratory parade and diploma ceremony will create an incredibly memorable event.

We want to reiterate and highlight that each graduate will have their moment!  Each graduate, upon reaching the front of the FHS building, will have their name called and will ‘walk across the stage’ to receive their diploma.  Photographers will be on site, as will local news and cable television.  We continue to work with the outstanding Peter Fasciano with Franklin TV and Radio.  It is our hope that the day’s celebrations will be broadcast on Franklin Public Radio 102.9 FM.

As conversations continue with different community stakeholders (central office staff, facilities, police, fire, students, parents) some details are yet to be finalized.  However, we are excited to share the following:

  • The FHS Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 5th.  Times are yet to be determined.
  • The FHS Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be a blend of pre-recorded online speeches and events as well as a live parade/diploma presentation for the graduates.
  • Speeches, military honors, the national anthem, and other recognitions will be filmed ahead of time and broadcast through Franklin Public Access.
  • There will be an opportunity for students and their families to drive to the high school, maintain physical distancing, and for students to receive their diplomas.
  • Some information can be found below.  Further details on this topic will be forthcoming.
  • We are working on finalizing details of some sort of celebratory parade route before or after the diploma pickups.  These conversations are ongoing with the Franklin Police Department.  This will be an opportunity for the town to come together in support of our graduates and their families as they roll through our town.  Specific details of location, time, staging area for parade(s) will be forthcoming.

The 2020 Graduation Plan - All plans subject to change

 

May 25-29-The class president, vice-president, valedictorian, salutatorian, principal and superintendent each present their graduation speech at FHS at specific separate times.  These speeches are pre-recorded for the June 5th graduation day.

Students will report to FHS to turn in chromebooks, other materials, settle obligations, and pick up individual boxes with caps, gowns, honor cords, records, and other materials typically distributed during the days leading to graduation.  Further communication on this topic will be forthcoming.

June 1-3-Graduation staging will be set up at FHS (either inside or on the turf field) and during specific scheduled times each graduate will report to FHS with their family, in their cap and gown, and will be provided with a picture opportunity.  The class officers will be asking for these pictures to be submitted to them for a graduation video.

June 5-Graduation Day!  Students and families are invited to decorate their cars and details of parade route(s) will be shared at a later time.  

Graduates will enter through Panther Way where the faculty and staff of FPS/FHS will applaud and celebrate the Class of 2020.  

Graduates will then enter the driveway in front of the building.  Much like the two podiums on stage during graduation, Mr. Klements will be staged at the main entrance and Mr. Peri will be staged at the community entrance.  Students will be directed to which location (prior to and during the ceremony) to accept their FHS diploma.

Why June 5th?

  • The Health & Safety of our Class of 2020 is the #1 priority and any plan for graduation cannot place students’ heath at risk.
  • All students must be included and no decision will be made that excludes students from participating in graduation
  • Public Safety & Medical Personnel are available in adequate numbers to maintain the safety of all participants. 

Currently:

  • Stay at Home Advisory extended to May 18th by Governor Baker, with further announcements coming soon
  • Current Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Executive Order restricts gathering to 10 or fewer
  • Anyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask in public as of May 6
  • Governor Baker’s Four Phase Plan is beginning on May 18
  • The state of Rhode Island and many communities throughout MA have cancelled events for July & August
  • Up to 20% of the senior class has either life threatening allergies or underlying medical issues that make them higher risk for exposure.  This number increases when we look at extended family.

Utilizing this date of June 5th brings the following benefits and challenges:

  • ALL students are able to participate
  • This original date of graduation brings a sense of closure to senior year
  • We would still hold open the possibility of future celebrations in the fall (e.g. cook-out, recognition/celebration near Thanksgiving, etc.)
  • Franklin Police and Fire Departments are currently available to assist with this event
  • Medical personnel from Franklin Public Schools are available
  • Risks to student health are minimized by this approach
  • Students are able to receive their diploma but are not standing together, in person as a complete senior class
  • Physical distancing and gathering size restrictions do not allow for the same number of guests or in-person family participation on campus
  • A significant portion of the senior class has either life threatening allergies or underlying medical issues that make them high risk for exposure during an in-person graduation

At this time, we are all having to find ways to celebrate life’s great moments differently.  As we work to celebrate and honor the tremendous accomplishment of our graduates, we will continue to do our best to make them, their families, and our community proud.  Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Franklin High School and our Class of 2020.

Sincerely,
FHS Administration and FHS Senior Class Officers and Advisors

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5/11/2020 Sent to Senior families regarding "Adopt a Senior" Facebook page:

Dear Class of 2020 parents, guardians, and families,

As you may be aware, a Facebook page has been created for the seniors of Franklin High: “2020 Franklin High School (MA) Adopt a Senior”.  While it is not officially connected with Franklin High School, we are emailing you to help spread the word.

The Class of 2020 is made up of over 425 outstanding seniors and currently there are over 250 parents that have posted a photo of their student along with a very brief bio.  Once the photo is posted a member of the community “adopts” the senior and arranges for a gift to be dropped off at the student’s home.  Currently every student has been “adopted” and there are over 586 members on this page.
In our collective efforts for equity, please check out the Facebook page “2020 Franklin High School (MA) Adopt a Senior” for more information.  Additionally, you may also contact Daniela Masters [email protected] or Laura Gagnon [email protected] with any questions.

Thanks and appreciation to Daniela Masters, Laura Gagnon, Roseanne Szczepanowski and Nicole Nesbit along with our community celebrating our seniors during this remarkably unique time!

Sincerely,

FHS Administration

 

Sent May 8th to all Senior families regarding last day of online learning for Senior class:

Hello Panther Families-

As we head into the weekend we wanted to share with you the news that May 22nd is scheduled to be the final day for remote (online) learning for the members of our Class of 2020. There will be much more planned in terms of celebrations, collection of items, distribution of caps, gowns, records, and materials.  These will take place between May 22nd and graduation.

Meetings with key community stakeholders are on-going.  While it will look a little different this year, we have every confidence that the remarkable Franklin community will come together to honor our graduates in a special and meaningful ceremony.

Our administration would like to highlight the incredible leadership of Class President Danny Harrington, Vice President Chorr-Kin Chin, Treasurer Adam Gendrea, and Secretary Breanna Atwood in conjunction with class advisors John Leighton and Dustin Picillo.

Much more to come,

FHS Admin

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Sent 5/6/2020 to all FPS families regarding selection of new FHS Principal

Dear Franklin High School Community,
 
I am very pleased to share the news that Mr. Joshua Hanna has accepted my offer to be named the principal of Franklin High School. 
 
We were fortunate to have three excellent candidates emerge as finalists from a rigorous and thorough search process. Candidates were interviewed by an Interview Committee composed of faculty, administrators, parents/guardians, students, and two School Committee members. Finalists joined the district in a remote site visit to converse with students, parents/guardians, administrators, and faculty/staff in mid-April.  Feedback from the visits was reviewed and considered carefully and references were checked.  I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the members of the Interview Committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Lucas Giguere and Director of Human Resources Lisa Trainor.  I would also like to thank members of our student focus group, parents/guardians, administrators, and faculty/staff members who contributed feedback. 
 
Mr. Hanna has been serving as Assistant Principal at Hopkinton High School since 2013.  Prior to this role, he was a Social Studies Teacher and Social Studies Department Head at Natick High School. While in Hopkinton, Mr. Hanna has guided work around social/emotional learning, founded the Passion Project Club for the Class of 2023, created the Top of the Hill Program, led the Crisis Response Team, and served as designated school official for the F1 International Student Program. Mr. Hanna received a Bachelor’s Degree from Framingham State in History and he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons College.
 
We look forward to welcoming Mr. Hanna to the PANTHERS community. More communication from Mr. Hanna will be forthcoming as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
Kind regards,
 
Sara Ahern
Superintendent of Schools

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Sent 5/4/2020 to all FHS Families regarding general updates:

Hello Panther students and families,

We hope you are healthy and well.  We wanted to begin by hanging a sign on the fact it has been a bit since one of our communications has come out of the high school.  Over the past few weeks as there have been multiple emails from the schools and the district office, we didn’t want to overwhelm anyone with too much communication.  Having said that, as the calendar shifts to May, we wanted to reach out with some updates from the past several weeks.  Some of what is found below has been communicated previously.

Academics/Grading

  • As always, should you have questions about any of your children’s academics or assignments we encourage you to contact their teachers directly.
  • A reminder that all assignments and grades for Quarter 4 will be graded on a Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) and will not be factored into the end of the year average.
  • School committee has recently approved a temporary policy that gives teachers discretion to raise the final average for students by a maximum of three points for students who have put forth a very strong effort throughout this unusual end to the year.
  • Please note: this is intended to recognize students whose performance would have been strong enough to naturally raise their average during an ordinary grading period.

FHS staff and administration are not in a position to honor any requests to raise averages beyond what was presented to and agreed upon by the School Committee.  Thank you for your understanding.

News/Events/Accolades

A news story from Channel 5, featuring our senior boys
The original video (currently over 16K views!)
Unified music sings “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys
Panther News, Special Edition: May 1, 2020 (Panther TV is definitely a youtube channel worth following, by the way!)
A news story from Channel 10, featuring three of our lacrosse players
Some positivity from our 40% club, in the form of haiku
A letter from Conlon H, FHS ‘20, to his fellow classmates
Kudos to Ryan D, FHS ‘20, for her incredible effort to help our community!
As always, we encourage you to follow both the Franklin High twitter page as well as the Class of 2020 twitter page for up to date information and updates
A tremendous thank you to Signs by Cam for help with many of our community initiatives and always being a Franklin First community partner
 

Seniors/Graduation

  • Thank you to all community members who have sent in ideas/thoughts/suggestions about how to make the Class of 2020 graduation a celebration worthy of our tremendous graduates!
  • We have been in constant contact with our central office, class officers and advisors, and state and local officials.  More information will be forthcoming soon with updates and plans.
  • In the meantime, we ask all students to PLEASE observe physical distancing and refrain from gathering in large groups...especially on/near school grounds.  Even well intentioned moments of fellowship could jeopardize our ability to design future plans and events.  Thank you!

As always, we are here for you, thinking of you, and miss you all!

Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, Ms. Klein, Ms. Augusta, Ms. Weber, and Ms. Santosuosso

PS-Today begins Teacher Appreciation Week!  Be on the lookout for additional communication and opportunities to recognize our incredible staff!

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Sent  5/4 from the FHS PCC to all FHS Families regarding teacher appreciation week:

Hello Parents and Guardians!

We hope you and your families are all healthy and faring well as we make our way through this pandemic.

Getting right to business, tomorrow kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week and although our teachers aren’t in the building they are still hard at work researching the best ways to teach, running classrooms remotely, correcting students' work and keeping the learning happening. In the past due to your generous donations we’ve been able to show our appreciation for the teachers with a week long celebration that included a breakfast, luncheon, candy bar and raffle.

Things are looking a little different this year but we’d still like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for what they’ve done and continue to do for our children.

We’d love to be able to honor the 180 staff that support our children by sending each staff member a token of appreciation. If you would like to participate please go to your paypal account and donate to: [email protected]. Please put your name and “teacher appreciation” in the notes section for tracking purposes.

We greatly appreciate your consideration. Please feel free to contact
myself or Deb Matthy if you have any questions.

With gratitude,


Wendy Mollo                                 Deb Matthy
[email protected]                  [email protected]

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Sent 4/21/2020 to all FPS Families regarding extension of the school closure to the end of the school year:

Dear Franklin Families, 
 
Update on School Closure
Earlier today, Governor Baker announced that schools will be closed through the remainder of the school year.  As such, FPS will continue with Remote Learning, following DESE guidance, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We anticipate additional DESE guidance will be issued towards the end of this week.
 
At the top of our minds at the moment is our graduating senior class; we are thinking of you and recognize the difficulty of hearing this news today. FHS administrators sent a message earlier today and conveyed that they are meeting with class officers and advisors later this week. We wish to emphasize excerpts from their message, which was shared with the Class of 2020 and families:
 
“Even before this news we have been monitoring communication from the state as well 
as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  We are collecting ideas and have begun exploring different options for non traditional graduation ceremonies.... 
We are considering ALL options for how to keep (or reinvent) traditions to maintain the once in a lifetime atmosphere of the end of senior year.  We are considering alternate locations, timelines, processes, digital events, etc...
And MOST importantly.   We miss you all, we love you, our hearts ache for what you have already missed, and we are constantly brainstorming ways to recapture the magic of your senior year!”
 
Indeed, we miss our students and our hearts go out especially to the members of our senior class and their families. We will continue to communicate with the Class of 2020 as well as the community about the developing plans and celebrations.
 
With the announcement of school closure, we anticipate opening the buildings again, thereby providing students with an opportunity to retrieve items.  More information will be forthcoming about this.
 
We have received several questions about refunds of user fees, in light of today’s announcement.  As mentioned at the April 14, 2020 School Committee meeting, refunds for user fees are under consideration, depending on the type of fee.  More information will be coming soon about this and we appreciate your patience.
 
Feedback on Remote Learning
 
The first two weeks of Phase II of Remote Learning have concluded and the District is eager to gather system-wide feedback from our families and from our students.  We will use this information to guide conversations and make adjustments, as appropriate. Please use the following link(s) to complete the surveys relevant to your family:
 
 
MS/HS Parent/Guardian Survey:  https://forms.gle/sHwju4Wy9pT8EjFq9
 
Parent/Guardian surveys will close on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 8 PM.
 
Tomorrow, a survey will be sent directly to students in grades 6-12 to their @franklinps.net email addresses to learn more from them directly about their remote learning experiences.  Please ask your child to check their school e-mail address.
 
School Lunch
Our Food Services Department has just been awarded a DESE/USDA grant, allowing for expansion of our offerings.  Please see the additional attachment with an important update about school lunch being offered, Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 1 PM to any child 21 years or younger within Franklin.
 
Sincerely,
Franklin Public Schools
 
Please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 508-553-4819 with any questions.  Please leave a voicemail. Although we are working remotely, voicemails are sent to email and will be responded to in a timely fashion.

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Sent 4/21/2020 to all Seniors and their families regarding plans for graduation activities:

Good Afternoon FHS Class of 2020 and families,

We hope you and yours are safe, healthy, and well.  We are thinking of you. We know there are many questions about upcoming plans for graduation.   We, like you, are still processing the governor’s decision to close school for the remainder of the school year.

Even before this news we have been monitoring communication from the state as well as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  We are collecting ideas and have begun exploring different options for non traditional graduation ceremonies. We also recognize there are many ideas floating around in Franklin and on social media.

In addition to graduation, we are also thinking about other important matters to seniors including Senior Week, final grades, Awards Night,  etc. We have meetings planned for this week with the senior class advisors and class officers and will share that information as soon as we are able.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We know there is misinformation out there.  Please be wary of rumors. Any information about plans, postponements, cancellations, or anything in between will come either from the high school, central office, and/or your class officers.
  • We are considering ALL options for how to keep (or reinvent) traditions to maintain the once in a lifetime atmosphere of the end of senior year.  We are considering alternate locations, timelines, processes, digital events, etc.
  • Something we are also taking into account is the size of the FHS Class of 2020.  Some ideas we are hearing that work for some schools could be difficult to implement with a class of more than 450 graduates.
  • And MOST importantly.   We miss you all, we love you, our hearts ache for what you have already missed, and we are constantly brainstorming ways to recapture the magic of your senior year! 

Truly and sincerely, we will find a way to see you soon!

Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, Mrs. Klein, Mrs. Weber, Mrs. Santosuosso and Mr. Augusta

 

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Sent 4/15/2020 to all FPS families more information about remote learning

Dear Franklin Families,


I hope that this communication finds you and your family well. As we continue with Week 2 of our Remote Learning Plan (RLP) we wanted to provide you with information on several topics: MCAS Testing, Deepening Learning, and Grading Practices. If you have questions, please be in touch with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) or the school principal. I am also happy to answer questions as needed. We miss your children and hope that you are all staying safe.


MCAS Testing Spring 2020
As you likely have heard in the news, MCAS testing for this spring has been canceled for
Grades 3-10 due to the extended closure of schools.
For high school students, there are still unresolved topics related to the MCAS competency determination that is required for high school graduation. As soon as we get more information pertaining to high school students from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, we will pass this along to you.


What does it mean to deepen learning for high school students?
For our high school learners, this can mean a variety of things during this period of remote
learning. Opportunities must be provided for all learners to continue, reinforce, enrich, extend, deepen, and advance their learning. We understand the pressure for students to develop skills and acquire content knowledge in preparation for the next course in a sequence or for college and careers. Content will be carefully selected by our teachers to advance the curriculum in thoughtful ways to ensure that students will be able to be successful with new material in the remote learning environment. We also know and fully understand that there will be impacts on our work when we return to school and into the next school year as some students will excel in learning at home and others may not. Our job as a district and within each school will be to meet each student where they are and to work toward success for each child.
Reinforcing, deepening, enriching and extending, or advancing knowledge and skills is the heart
of the Remote Learning Plan (RLP). Every school, college, and university in the world is facing the same sort of dilemmas as the Franklin Public Schools. We have already heard from colleges that non-traditional grading systems for term 4 will not impact our students in the college application process. More specific information on grading will be forthcoming.
Families can best assist students by creating a schedule and routines that support participation in
our virtual learning environment and with at-home independent academic expectations. The Remote Learning Plan specifically states that parents should not be put in the position of needing to be the teacher. If your child is struggling with content, skills, or meeting the academic expectations of the teachers or if your child needs more challenging work, please reach out to the teacher. This is no different than if we were physically in school. Communication becomes even more essential as the teachers no longer see your students as regularly.
We are just beginning week 2 of the Remote Learning Plan and there is a learning curve for both
teachers and students. Please be patient with us and let us know where we have hit the mark and been successful for your family and where we may need to adjust our practice. We know that we won’t be perfect, but we all want the very best for each of our students. We will be seeking formal feedback about the student experience from families soon.


Grading Within the Remote Learning Environment
The primary approach for high school students in our Remote Learning Plan calls for an
emphasis on learning to the fullest potential and providing access for all students. Many staff, students, and families have ongoing concerns related to Covid-19 which may hamper their ability to “do school” as usual. Minimizing the emphasis on grading is a deliberate effort to reduce the anxiety about grades, and hopefully overall anxiety, during a very stressful time in our lives. We respectfully ask that you encourage and support your child(ren) to participate in all learning activities, either with their class or independently, to the fullest extent possible.
 

Students at the high school level will be graded either Pass or Not Pass (P/NP) for assignments
during this period of closure. Participation and assignment completion is expected from students.
However, we recognize that there may be times that students cannot complete an assignment and we have directed teachers to be flexible about this. Final exams for the year have been canceled as we feel that when we return to school, it is far more important to use all available time for teaching and learning rather than assessing.
Pass/ Not Pass grades will be used through to the end of the year. The calculation for the final
grade for each course for the year will be done using the following parameters:

  • Term grades for terms 1, 2, and 3 will have equal weight in the calculation.
  • Term 4 will be graded Pass/Not Pass and will be considered by the teacher in assigning the final grade for the year.
  • The final grade for the year, in most cases, will be no lower than the grade earned for the first 3 terms.
  • Students will have the opportunity to improve upon the grade earned during the first 3 terms by demonstrating growth and mastery of the content concepts and skills. Simply achieving a P is not enough to increase the grade as growth must be in evidence. Teachers will provide greater detail on how this can be done in each course.
  • A grade of NP in term 4 may cause this grade to go down, in some cases.

In summary, the basic stance of the grading for the last term during the period of closure and
potentially for the cumulative grade of the year is to hold students harmless in this unique situation.

The GPA for all students is calculated using the grade for the entire year. Individual terms grades
do not (and have not) been a part of that calculation. Therefore, there is no impact on the GPA by using the P/NP system in term 4. The GPA impact, as always, is up to each student to determine for themselves in that grades are earned, not given. If a student is willing and able to demonstrate growth since the end of term 3, teachers will have the discretion to increase the final grade from the earned average of the first 3 terms as they consider the final grade for the course for the year.

We certainly understand that this approach is a departure from traditional grading. In many ways,
it creates new opportunities for us to consider learning and growth in new ways. We encourage students to work collaboratively with their teachers throughout Term 4 to ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

Thank you,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent April 14th to all FHS Families (including those with 8th graders) regarding an update to the FHS Principal Search:
Dear Franklin High School and Franklin Grade 8 Families,

Good evening. As you likely know, we are engaging in a search process for the next FHS principal. The Interview Team is to be commended for their work last week in interviewing semi-finalists and forwarding 3 candidates to me as finalists. I would like to thank the Interview Committee, Chaired by Assistant Superintendent Lucas Giguere and Director of Human Resources Lisa Trainor, for their work.
This committee was composed of teachers and staff, administrators, parents/guardians, students, and two School Committee members. They spent many hours interviewing candidates and deliberating. We are most grateful to their work.

The finalists were announced at this evening’s School Committee meeting and are:

Mr. Rick Arena: Currently the Assistant Principal at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School(G-D), Rick Arena has served the students of those communities for most of his career. A graduate of Bowdoin College with a master’s from Simmons, he was a high school teacher for fifteen years, innovative travel and club advisor, coach, a Dean and an Assistant Pr incipal. He has been involved in significant scheduling and curriculum changes, created and taught several courses and served as G-D’s first football and lacrosse coach.
The one constant is his focus on having students place a high value on individual progress and the contributions they can make beyond the classroom. He has a lifetime record of serving the common good through organizations such as the Kidney Transplant/Dialysis Association, elected Town Meeting, Cub Scouts, youth sports and civic and social groups. Rick enjoys hosting large family events, working on house projects, exercising, music and cooking. He lives on a pond in Westford with his wife, two sons, a water-obsessed lab and a very mellow cat.

Mr. Josh Hanna: Mr. Hanna holds a Master of Science in Education degree in Educational Leadership from Simmons College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in US History from Framingham State University. He has worked at the Hopkinton High School since 2013 as an Assistant Principal. He previously served as a Social Studies Teacher and Coach at Natick High School from 2000 - 2013.
 
Mr. William Klements: Mr. Klements is currently in his fourth year as the deputy principal at Franklin High School. He has also served as an assistant principal at Sharon High School and prior to that taught English at Norwood High School. He has taught at the Boston College School for Continuing Education and began his career as an educational researcher conducting site visits and conducting data analysis in conjunction with the National Science Foundation. Mr. Klements holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College and Masters in Education from Boston College and Endicott College. He lives in Plainville with his wife and five children.
 
As a next step, each candidate will participate in a virtual “site visit”. Typically we host finalists to our school, providing an opportunity for groups to engage with the candidate and for the candidate to learn more about the school. We will try to replicate this as best we can in a series of virtual meetings with principals, central office leadership, the high school leadership team, faculty/staff, a student focus group, and a parent/guardian focus group. Most of these will be closed to participants, but the parent/guardian focus group will be broadcast in order for families to be able to view the candidates and their interactions among focus group members.
Additionally, I will interview each candidate and conduct reference checking. Following the visits, I will seek feedback from each group. The feedback I get from the process is very valuable to me in making what I consider to be one of the most important decisions a Superintendent makes.

Virtual Site Visits will be conducted on Tuesday, April 21; Wednesday, April 22; and Thursday, April 23.

More information will be coming soon about the opportunity for families to learn more about each candidatethrough the virtual forums
Please contact me at 508-553-4819 or via email ([email protected]) if you have any questions.
Kind regards,
Sara Ahern
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
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Sent 4/7/2020 to families of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students regarding reviewing course selections for next year:

Good morning, 
 
I hope you and your family are doing well in these challenging times. As we continue to prepare for next school year, we are in the process of creating the master schedule and want to give all families an opportunity to review the courses that were requested during the course selection process which occurred in February and early March.
 
The current list of your student's course requests can be viewed in Aspen via the student Aspen login by going to the My Info top tab, then the Requests side tab.
 
Requests can also be viewed via the parent portal by selecting the student name then going to the Schedule side tab, Requests side tab.
 
The courses listed in the top box are the current requests. The courses in the bottom box are the recommendations that teachers made in January. Student schedules, when created this spring, will be made based on the course requests at the top, not the teacher recommendations. (Please note, the courses listed are current requests and are not guaranteed. Every effort is made to meet each and every student requests but that historically is not the case. Resolution to any potential conflicts will occur in May and June.)
 
If there are changes to the requests that you wish to make, please reach out to your student's guidance counselor by email no later than Tuesday, April 14th. While changes may be possible after this time, the likelihood of getting all requested classes does decrease. 
 
If you need help resetting an ASPEN password, please reach out to Marybeth Dolan ([email protected]).
 
 
Thank you,
 
FHS Guidance
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Sent April 6, 2020 from the Superintendent's Office:
 

Dear Franklin Families,


Remote Learning Presentation

We would like to thank those who could join us last night as we presented the FPS Remote Learning Plan and answered questions. A recorded version of the presentation can now be found on our YouTube channel at the following link:  https://youtu.be/zTFW_Vpqnhk


We apologize for our technological difficulties and appreciate the patience everyone exhibited.  

Chromebook Borrowing

We appreciate that everyone is adjusting to the remote learning framework this week.  As noted, we will seek feedback to monitor the roll out.

We anticipate that there will be requests for Chromebooks. We would like to allow for a few more days of adjustment as everyone gets used to this new framework. We will be back in touch with further information about another round of Chromebook borrowing.

Kindly,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent 4/6/2020 to all Seniors and their families regarding local scholarships:

Good afternoon Class of 2020,

We hope this email finds you all hanging in there and staying healthy.  

As mentioned in prior communications, we have significantly changed the local scholarship process for this year, given our circumstances.  We hope you find the digital forms easy to use.  

PLEASE read the instructions carefully and reach out to your guidance counselor with any questions. There have been some changes to various requirements; everything is spelled out in the document. 

We have pushed the deadline back to Monday, April 20th at 3:00 PM.  

All the information you need to complete the Local Scholarship information can be found here.  

Be well!

FHS Guidance

 
 

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Sent Sunday, April 5, 2020 to all FHS families regarding tomorrow's start to remote learning

Good Evening FHS Community-

We know there has been much communication from both FHS and the district. As such, we are keeping this as short and concise as possible.  You will find three categories in this letter...Schedule, Grading, Behavior

Dr. Ahern sent out a link last week for a community forum (linked here) for any FHS specific questions.  This will take place tonight at 7:00.  We encourage you to attend. Mr. Peri and Mr. Klements will be present as well.

Schedule:  If you not had an opportunity to go through the district’s Remote Learning Plan, it is most important to note that sessions begin tomorrow, Monday 4/6 at 10:00am.  The schedule for the week can be found by clicking HERE.

Grading:  Final grades for Q3 will be shared with students and families during the second half of this week.

 We recognize there are many questions about grading for Q4.  Students will be graded on a Pass/Not Pass system for the quarter.  In answer to several of the most common questions

  • Q4 will not impact students’ overall academic standing or GPA, except in the event of a NP

The year end average for students who earn a P, will involve averaging the first three quarters.  Should a student demonstrate increased mastery of skill/content, teachers will be empowered to raise the final average.

Students are expected to put forth a good faith effort.

Teachers will demonstrate incredible flexibility and communicate frequently with the families of students who are not participating.

Behavior:  Lastly, we have already received several complaints/concerns about students behaving inappropriately during our new phase of online learning.  For many reasons, this is unacceptable. Teachers are balancing their own family’s needs in an effort to make this plan work.  Rude, disruptive, or inconsiderate behavior by students will not be tolerated. Thank you for reinforcing this message with your children!

Sincerely,

Franklin High School Administration

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Sent Thursday, April 2, 2020 to all Franklin High School families as a follow up to the previous information from Dr. Ahern:

Good Evening High School Staff and Families-
 
This comes as an FHS specific follow up to Dr. Ahern’s email from earlier this afternoon.   We encourage you to go through the Remote Learning Plan (RLP) as there is much useful information contained within.  However, with acknowledgement that it is lengthy, we wanted to write to clarify a few questions and provide reassurance in regards to tomorrow’s “Soft Launch.”
 
Regarding the “Soft Launch” on Friday, April 3rd
The spirit of Friday’s launch is to re-establish communication with staff and students. Many teachers and students have been doing so, which is great!  
Some teachers have already sent out invitations to their classes for something called Google hangouts, or Google meet.   This is NOT a requirement, but is a nice way to connect face to face. It is also an opportunity to ensure that all parties know how to send, receive, and connect via Google.
Included in the RLP is a schedule for when classes will meet Mon-Fri.  We recognize that tomorrow is not as scheduled. If anyone has a conflict...that’s OK!!
At a minimum we are asking students to check their email and their Google Classroom pages tomorrow, and we are asking staff to communicate with their students in some way.  Google meet, email, postings on Google Classroom...we’re flexible! Just connect with one another!
 
We very much recognize that there may be some classes that conflict tomorrow.  This is ok! If a conflict does exist tomorrow, students may choose what class to ‘attend’.  As we head into our schedule for Monday, this will no longer be an issue.  
 
Thank you for your time, patience, flexibility and understanding as Franklin Public Schools enters Phase II of its Remote Learning Plan. 
 
Be well and stay safe!!
 
FHS Administration

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Sent Thursday, April 2, 2020 to all Franklin Public Schools Families regarding remote learning:

Dear Franklin Families,

We want you to know that we are thinking about our students and families at this difficult time. We are all missing our regular routine and our connections with the children who attend Franklin Public Schools.

Remote Learning Update

As you are aware, Governor Baker extended school closure through May 4 and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provided districts with updated guidance on remote learning. We have been spending time aligning to this updated guidance and are prepared to begin phase II of Remote Learning on Monday, April 6.  There is a “soft launch” of the learning plan tomorrow, April 3, where teachers who have yet to connect with students this week via Google Meet will be doing so. 

We are pleased to share the Franklin Public Schools Remote Learning Framework, accessible by the following link: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fID4qLBUoxvsQ28MaqFDzm-kpnxdXEXmUxNQPn1vfAI/edit?usp=sharing

An important distinction from our phase I message is that student participation is expected. Connection to school and educators is very important for students at all times, and especially now with the disruption we are experiencing.  We recognize that our students, families, educators, and leaders are doing something they have never done before. As a result, we know that it will be imperfect. Additionally, we know there must be flexibility within the structure; it is a balance we are trying to strike.

Questions 

District administrators will be holding Google Meet calls by level on Sunday, April 5, 2020, in order to share some brief thoughts about the plan and to answer questions.  

We invite you to ask questions ahead of time by completing the following form: https://forms.gle/vFCCkr6jBW9oywMTA

We will hold these virtual meetings at the following times, which you can access via a live stream:

ECDC/Elementary Schools

Live stream link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/6b95aa95-32ff-48f6-a425-07edcb108b65

Sunday April 5, 2020 at 5 PM

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Middle Schools

Live stream link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/1c015a61-de41-4c92-9f32-27984c2b337b

Sunday April 5, 2020 at 6 PM

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Franklin High School

Live stream link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/39cd3395-eb78-4ddd-a365-c993f159047b

Sunday April 5, 2020 at 7 PM

Questions will be answered during the presentations, which we will record and publish to our Coronavirus portal.  Additionally, the form will be open during the presentation to ask questions at that time.

We will be monitoring Remote Learning over time, seeking feedback from all groups, and making adjustments along the way.

You can expect to hear from me again tomorrow, prior to the weekend.

Kind regards,
 
Sara E. Ahern
Superintendent of Schools

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Sent Sunday, March 29th to all FHS families regarding Q3, Q4 school work, moving forward:

Good Afternoon Panther Families-
 
Once again, we hope this finds you in good health.
 
We are writing with some updates, with much more to come.   There will be further communication about what is coming next, but this is in regard to what can be expected for Quarter 3 grades.
 
At this point, the decision has been made to close quarter 3 grades under the following stipulations:
 
  • The last day of the quarter will be considered March 12th.   Based on previous communication to, from, and with teachers, most of this work should already be completed.
  • Students will have the ability to make up any remaining quarter 3 assignments during the week of March 30 through April 3rd.  This can include work that was missing prior to school closing on March 12th. Your teachers will be demonstrating flexibility and understanding during this unique phase in this process. We encourage you to reach out to them directly with questions about your assignments and grade. Teachers will be checking and replying to emails daily.
  • Quarter 3 grades will be available on Aspen sometime after April 6th (more to come on this).
  • Quarter 4 will begin on April 6th (much more to come on this).
  • Work that has been done online in the interim (between 3/12 and 4/6) will not be graded. As the district deemed this 'optional enrichment'
  • Your teachers will use the following as their guiding focus...quarter 3 grades should strive to be a true representation of student progress.  This will be much more of a fluid process than any of us have previously experienced.
 
Your teachers have been working incredibly hard and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. We appreciate your grace and patience as we navigate this together.
 
Looking forward to when we can see each other again,
 
FHS Administration

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Sent Wednesday, March 25th to all Franklin Public Schools Families regarding extended closure:

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

As you may know, Governor Baker announced earlier today that he signed an executive order that all Massachusetts schools will remain closed through April, opening no earlier than Monday, May 4, 2020.

Both the Governor and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner explained how the Department has been working to develop new guidance about Remote Learning in light of this extension. Superintendents are expecting to receive this guidance tomorrow and, after reviewing it, we will follow these guidelines and work cooperatively with the Franklin Education Association to build upon our initial engagement and enrichment since last week.

Per Commissioner Riley’s announcement this afternoon, our plan will begin in early April.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we continue to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We sincerely hope that you are feeling well and that your families are staying safe.

Kind regards,

Sara Ahern

Superintendent of Schools

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Sent Tuesday, March 17th to all FPS Families from the Superintendent's Office-many updates

Good evening, 
We apologize for the lengthy e-mail, however we wish to cover numerous matters related to enrichment opportunities, learning resources, and continued engagement during this three week closure.  -- FPS
 
Dear Families,
 
We hope that you are doing well as we all navigate this unprecedented time in education and society. We hope that the information below provides some guidance in “Keeping the Learning Alive” at home. This information was also shared with teachers today and our purpose in sharing it with you is to ensure that students and families are on the same page with regard to expectations. There is no one right answer as to how to do this but we share a common goal: we all wish the very best for our students while they are not in school. Flexibility is key as things continue to change and shift. We will continue to communicate directly with you and encourage you to reach out via email to your child’s teacher(s) or principal if you have questions or comments.  Together, we will get through this! 
 
This letter will be translated into multiple languages and posted to our webpage on March 18, 2020.
 
Counseling Support
This is a stressful time and support is available to you and your family. If someone in your Franklin family, including your child is in crisis, where they are a threat to themselves or others, you should call 911.  As always, if you feel that someone in your Franklin family, including your child would benefit from outpatient mental health services we encourage you to utilize the INTERFACE Referral Service, which is free to all Franklin residents.   
 
Teaching and Learning
Logistical Items:
 
  • Report Cards (Pre-K and Elementary) 
 
Report cards will be generated and sent home upon return to school.
Progress reports will also be sent home upon return from school.
 
  • Grading
Grading is suspended until we return from school. Teachers may provide feedback on anything students choose to share electronically while out of school. 
Teachers have been asked to complete any grading for assignments that were turned in on or by Thursday, March 12. If appropriate, feedback will be sent to students and families electronically.
Report card dates, etc. will be reviewed and revised as needed upon return to school 
 
Expectations of Teachers for Keeping the Learning Alive:
  • Communication
  1. Teachers and principals will be checking their email daily. Responses should come to you in a reasonable period of time, but please understand that they too are dealing with the impacts of the Coronavirus in their own homes. 
  2. Teachers will be reaching out to students and families to reconnect. We have asked that they establish a predictable, routine check-in process. We believe that it is critical that students and teachers maintain the connections that have been formed. Relationships are the most important aspect of the home/school partnership, especially during times of stress, such as this unusual extended closure of school. 
  3. You may also hear from school adjustment counselors, special education teachers, specialists, Unified Arts teachers, etc. Again, the goal is to maintain connections with our students. Your help in facilitating this is greatly appreciated. 
  4. If you have a specific need that we can help with, please email or reach out to your child’s teacher(s) or principal. We are here to help and support both students and families. We care deeply about and miss our students.  
 
  • Instruction:
  1. The goal of “Keeping Learning Alive” is to provide enrichment opportunities and resources to students and families. There is to be no NEW or forward instruction during the time that we are out of school. While we are working to allow for Chromebook borrowing and connecting families to low cost Internet access, not all students have the learning support they need to complete/learn new work. Therefore, the emphasis is on enrichment, practice, and depth.
  2. You will shortly begin to see teachers sharing resources with you to “Keep Learning Alive”.  These resources may come from the new FPS Learning page, DESE curated resources (coming soon), or from the teacher/team/grade.This is not online coursework; it is enrichment and alternative learning opportunities.
  3. We are not transferring responsibility for learning or homeschooling to families.These activities are optional for families and student participation is not required. We do encourage it, to the extent possible for your family. 
  4. We do encourage you to set a regular routine with your children and hope that you will choose to participate in some of the activity suggestions coming your way. A sample schedule for younger children is shared on the family resources section of the FPS Learning page.
  5. The materials you receive will not replicate a regular school day.
  6. Please connect with your child’s principal if you need Internet access. There are some low-cost options available to you.
 
Our faculty is eager to connect with students and is/has been actively planning from home to make resources available to children. For us, it was so heartwarming and uplifting to connect with hundreds of our educators across the district during two live virtual calls earlier today. We are all invested in supporting students during this difficult time.
 
For questions about the FPS Learning Plan, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Joyce Edwards ([email protected]).
 
Student Services
New Referrals/Initial Eligibility:
We, along with other schools in the Commonwealth, will freeze evaluation, referral, and individual education plan distribution timelines for all students in a referral cycle during school closure.  This means that as soon as schools open again, the timelines will commence as is required by state and federal regulations.
 
Annual Reviews/Evaluations in Process:
We, along with other schools in the Commonwealth, will freeze evaluation, annual review, and individual education plan distribution timelines for all students on IEPs and 504s during school closure.  This means that as soon as schools open again, the timelines will commence as is required by state and federal regulations. Team Chairs will be working with families to understand the impact of the closure on students and to reschedule meetings.
 
Home ABA Services:
Home ABA services funded by Franklin Public Schools will be suspended until further notice.
 
Home/Hospital Tutoring:
Home and Hospital Tutoring occurs outside of the school buildings, and as such, families can decide whether or not they will allow tutoring staff into their homes.  As a practice, Franklin Public Schools does not provide tutoring when school is not in session. For students currently receiving home or hospital tutoring, please understand that our ability to send contracted service providers into homes is contingent upon student’s and staff’s perceived health and wellness in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.
 
OOD/Residential Placements:
For students in Out-of-District day or residential placements, Franklin Public Schools will follow the attendance recommendations of the individual school or facility.  If the Out-of-District day school is in session, we will continue to transport your child.
 
365 Day Residential Placements:
For students in 365-day residential placements, Franklin Public Schools will follow the attendance recommendations of the individual school or facility. 
 
For Questions about Student Services, please contact your child’s special education liaison, service provider, principal, or the Director of Student Services, Ms. Paula Marano ([email protected]).
 
English Language Development
Teachers from the English as a Second Language Department will be reaching out to families with information and supportive materials later this week.  
 
Once again, we cannot stress enough that our goal for this time out of school is to maintain the positive relationships we have with students. We are here to help and welcome your comments and suggestions. This situation is new for all of us and your collaboration is encouraged and welcomed. Please take care of yourself and your family.
 
Respectfully,
 
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Monday, March 16th to all FPS Families-coronavirus information updates from Superintendent's Office

Dear Franklin Families,

Hello.  We are thinking about you at this difficult time. 

As we begin to plan enrichment learning opportunities and curate resources for families during the time of school closure, we are reaching out regarding device access. 

If your grade K-8 child does not have a home device with which to access the digital resources please complete this form to request a Chromebook for use during this time: https://forms.gle/C6USf4w2WStx7cRQ8. Please complete this by noon on Tuesday, March 17.

If you are unable to complete this form electronically, please e-mail your child’s principal to request a Chromebook. 

Building principals will soon share the times when the building will be open over the next few days for children to pick up essential items and, if requested, borrow a Chromebook for educational purposes. We will apply appropriate social distancing practices during this time.

Here is a reminder about access to Grab and Go Breakfast/Lunch:
 
During this period of closure, families who feel that their student would benefit from having a grab-and-go lunch and/or breakfast may pick up meals via the back driveway of Franklin High School between the hours of 11:30 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday. If transportation is a concern, please reach out to the Student Services Office at (508) 553-4811 by 12:30 PM who will assist you.
Breakfast -- cereal, yogurt, juice
Lunch -- sandwiches and salad options
Stay safe and be well.

Kindly,
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Sunday evening, March 15th, to all Franklin Public Schools families regarding extension of school closure

Governor Baker announced that public and private schools in Massachusetts will be closed for three weeks, through April 6. Therefore, Franklin Public Schools will be closed until April 6th, planning to resume operations on Tuesday, April 7th. 

Our last day of school is still expected to be Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

A key emphasis of the Governor is that this measure is designed to promote the slow of the Coronavirus infection through the practice of social distancing.  This article may be helpful to you in understanding what behaviors help to support this measure:

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day” by Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH,

To summarize the article, the author advises no playdates, no movie theaters, no parties, no sleepovers, among other social behaviors. The author suggests taking care of yourself and family members and, although challenging, that everyone practices social distancing. 

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Sent Sunday, March 15th to all FHS Families regarding a change in the day where students will have access to retrieve belongings

Good Afternoon Franklin Families-
 
We apologize for the change in plans, but due to continued cleaning of the building, we are moving the time for students to access FHS to gather their materials.
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Instead, the time will now be Wednesday, March 18th, between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.  The building will NOT be accessible to students or staff tomorrow, March 16th.
 
On Wednesday, all students should access the building through the main entrance.
 
While Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, and other administration will be in the main office, teachers and staff will NOT be present.  This is a window of time designed for students to access any materials they may need during the coming weeks
 
Further communication about classes and academic expectations will be forthcoming.
 
We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and please know that we are already looking forward to seeing one another again!
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, Mrs. Weber, Mr. Augusta, Mrs. Santosuosso, and Mrs. Klein

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Sent Saturday, March 14th to all FHS families regarding FHB building being open Monday 3//15 from 9AM to 12 Noon for students to pick up belongings:

Good Evening Franklin Families-
 
This communication comes as a followup to recent communications from our central office.
 
For any FHS students who need to access the building to pick up chromebooks, instruments, books, or any other materials  the building will be accessible on Monday, March 16th, between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.   
 
All students should access the building through the main entrance.
 
While Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, and some assistant principals will be in the main office, teachers and staff will NOT be present.  This is a window of time designed for students to access any materials they may need during the coming weeks
 
Further communication about classes and academic expectations will be forthcoming.
 
We hope you are staying safe and healthy, and please know that we are already looking forward to seeing one another again!
 
Sincerely,
Mr. Peri, Mr. Klements, Mrs. Weber, Mr. Augusta, Mrs. Santosuosso, and Mrs. Klein
 

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Sent to all Franklin Public Schools families 3/13 regarding closing schools from March 13th through March 27th

Good afternoon,

After much consideration, out of an abundance of caution, Franklin Public Schools will be closed through March 27, 2020. We recognize that this creates a disruption in our daily lives. We did not make this decision lightly, but the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Please CLICK HERE for more town and school-based information.  Additional details will be forthcoming later today from FPS administration.

Kindly,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent to all Franklin Public Schools families 3/12 regarding the closing of schools Friday, March 13th

This notice is to inform you that the Franklin Publioc Schools will be clposed Friday, March 13th. SAT's on Saturday, March 14th are cancelled. Click HERE to view a letter from Superintendent Sara Ahern.

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Sent to Seniors and their Families regarding FHS Local Scholarships

Good afternoon FHS Seniors,

Thanks to the amazing generosity of local families and businesses, Franklin High School is able to award scholarships for post-secondary education to graduating seniors.  These scholarships will be announced at our Awards Night in May.  
Information on this year's local scholarships can be found HERE  In addition, a copy of the scholarship application is also included.  Please read the instructions on the packet/application very carefully.  
The application deadline for all FHS Local Scholarships is Monday, April 13th by 2:15 (no exceptions).   Please return completed scholarship applications to the FHS Guidance office. 
As always, please reach out to your son/daughter's guidance counselor with any questions.  

Thank you, 

FHS Guidance

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Sent March 12th to all FHS Families- MICCA concert cancelled tonight

Unfortunately, the All Town Band MICCA Showcase Concert scheduled for this evening at FHS has been cancelled.

FHS Music/Theater Department

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Sent March 11th to Senior Families regarding All Night Party tickets
Senior Families,
Time is flying by - but if you haven't purchased your child's All Night Party ticket - it is not too late!
The cost of the ticket is $90 and there are three ways to purchase - 
 
1. Have your child drop off a check to our box in the high school's main office
2. Pay online at:  www.fhsallnightparty.com
3. Mail a check (write your student's name on the memo line) to - 
  • FHS ANP
  • PO Box 15
  • Franklin, MA 02038
If you have already paid, thank you and please disregard this email.
If you require financial assistance, please reach out to the high school's main office.
Any questions, please reach out to:  [email protected]

 

Thank you,

Eve Pellecchia
Chair – ANP
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Sent March 10th to all Franklin Public School Families regarding an update on Coronavirus protocols:
Good afternoon,
Please sclick HERE to view an update from the Superintendent about Coronavirus. This update and translated versions will be posted on the FPS website tomorrow.
Kind regards,
Franklin Public Schools
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Sent March 9th to Families of 10th graders regarding tomorrow's MCAS Infrastructure trial: 
Good Afternoon students and families of the Class 2022!
Tomorrow we will be having our MCAS Infrastructure Trial. 

A few key things to keep in mind:

  • This is just a trial.  It is to test internet connectivity and allow students to refamiliarize themselves with how the test works on their chromebooks.
  • PLEASE send students to school tomorrow with fully charged chromebooks.
  • We will have a limited number of loaner chromebooks for students who bring their own devices.
  • We will be testing tomorrow during second period.

Thank you, and enjoy this beautiful afternoon!

FHS Administration

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Sent March 8th to all FranklinPublic Schools families regarding Coronavirus:
Click HERE to view a letter from FPS Superintendent Ahern regarding an update on Coronavirus
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Sent March 6th to all 10th grade families regarding Sophomore Banquet (Spring Fling) contracts, tickets
Hi Class of 2022 Students and Families,
 
We hope all is well. We are sending a copy of the Sophomore Banquet Contract to you. For the banquet on March 27th, we are requiring students who are bringing a guest to have the contract signed and shared to us by March 25th. Guests can only be from the Class of 2023. Please click the link for the banquet contract.
 
Also, please check your email to ensure you've paid class dues. You would have received an email from Abby Leone-Murphy or Alyssa Taranto (Class of 2022 Class Advisors) if you still owe class dues.
 
The link to pay class dues or purchase Banquet tickets on Unipay is here.
 
Please reach out with any questions. 
 
Sincerely,
Abby Leone-Murphy and Alyssa Taranto
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Sent March 6th to all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade families regarding -no more parking passes available
Good afternoon:
 
At this time, we have reached capacity for our three student parking locations (FHS lots, Horace Mann, and the skating rink).  As such, we will not be able to issue any new parking passes.  Should space become available between now and the end of the school year, a follow up to this message will be sent with information on procedures for obtaining a pass.
 
As a reminder, students who have not been issued a parking pass this school year are not permitted to park in any of the (3) FHS parking locations (FHS lots, Horace Mann, the skating rink).
 
Thank you for your attention and understanding.
 
FHS Administration
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Sent March 6th to all FHS Families regarding deadline to register for Spring Sports

This is a reminder that registration for FHS Spring Sports on Familyid.com closes on Wednesday, March 11th at 11:00 pm.

Your son/daughter must be registered on Family ID and have a valid physical turned in to the Athletic Office by March 11th in order to participate on Monday, March 16th.

Thank you,
The Athletic Department
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Sent March 3rd to All FHS Families-Monday Communication #4
Good Afternoon Panther Families!
 
We need to begin this memo by bragging just a little/a lot about an unbelievable list of accomplishments just from this weekend.  The hard work of our staff and our students is truly coming to fruition. This also couldn’t be done without much support from home.  Thank you!!
 
It seems like Panthers were everywhere in the state over the past few days:
  • Our Mock Trial Team finished in the Sweet 16 with tremendous scores and individual efforts
  • Our drama program won and advanced to the semi-final round in competition
  • Several of our art students were recognized at MAEA awards ceremony in Boston
  • DECA continues to crush it as they competed at the state level this weekend
  • Samhita Modak won and advanced in Poetry Out Loud
  • Cheer won the Hockomock!
  • Many team and individual accomplishments in track and field, swimming, as well as wrestling
  • Girls Basketball won and advanced-Tuesday night @WPI 7:45
  • Boys Hockey won and advanced-Thursday...just changed @Bourne 5:15
  • Boys Basketball won and advanced-Friday night @Worcester State 6:00
...and that was just this weekend.  As we tweeted out recently, if we missed anything please know it wasn’t from a lack of trying.   THANK YOU to everyone who makes these tremendous student accomplishments possible. So much Panther Pride!!!
 
We would also like to recognize and acknowledge that Franklin High School has recently experienced an uptick in staff that is currently out of the classroom.  From maternity leaves to personal health issues, we are working hard to find skilled, licensed, long term substitutes. Our department heads, our administrators, and our teachers are working each day to ensure that the highest possible levels of education are occurring.  Should you have any specific questions please reach out to administration.
 
Finally, due to all of the above mentioned successes, the senior class has a conflict this coming Friday between the Senior Banquet and playoff games in Worcester.  More information will be forthcoming.
 
Enjoy your day tomorrow, and we will be communicating again soon with even more examples of Panther Pride!
 
Sincerely,
 
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Jenn Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Cathy Klein, Supervisor of Special Education
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Sent March 2nd to all FHS Families regarding the mandatory Extracurricular Activity Fee
To Franklin High School Families:
As you may be aware, there is a once yearly $75 participation fee for non-athletic, extracurricular activities.  This fee applies only to those students who join an after school extra-curricular club or organization with the exception of National Honor Societies, Student Government, Peer Mentors, Peer leadership, SAGA, Community Service Club and Best Buddies.  
One $75 Extracurricular Activity Fee payment gives a student the opportunity to join as many clubs or activities as he/she wishes!.  Please note, this fee has increased by $25 from previous years.  While we are always reluctant to increase any fees at the building or district level, this allows for us to continue to provide a robust offering of clubs and activities that meets the needs and passions of our large and diverse school community.
 
At this time,  any student who wishes to continue his/her participation in one or more activities must have paid the $75 Extracurricular Activity Fee.
This fee allows us to continue to offer an array of activities that appeal to the varied interests of our students.  Please note that for many activities, the $75 Extracurricular Activity Fee will be the only cost.  For some clubs, such as the Ski Club, there will be additional costs related to the variety of optional activities offered to members.
Any family that qualifies for the federal free lunch program will be exempt from the $75 Extracurricular Activity Fee.
 
 
The Unibank payment link is also located on the FHS Website -click on Online Payments in the middle of the home page and select Extracurricular Activity Fee from the list of payments
On the Unibank payment site, you can pay by electronic check, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Please note, if you pay by credit card, there is a $2.50 processing fee added by Unibank; there is a 25 cent fee if you pay by electronic check. 
If you are unable to pay online, you may send in a check for $75, made payable to the “Town of Franklin,” and have your student drop it off in the Main Office. If you opt to pay the fee by check, make sure “Activity Fee”, your student’s name, and student ID number are on the memo line of the check.
It is unfortunate that we have to add this fee to the others you already pay.  Thank you for your understanding and support.  
For a current list of our clubs and activities (other than athletics) please click HERE
If you are unsure as to whether or not you have already paid this fee for your student this school year, please contact Ms. Michelle Hart by email at:  [email protected]
 
Yours truly,
Paul Peri
Principal
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Sent February 28th to all Franklin Public Schools families regarding Coronavirus:

Good morning Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We are aware that many families and staff members have concerns and questions related to the news of the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and how it may impact our local schools and community.  As a district, we are remaining informed of the health advisories being issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other agencies.  For your reference, you may wish to view the following links, which are providing regular updates and recommendations:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets-

While this is a public health concern, the CDC and MA DPH continue to report that the immediate risk to the general public remains low at this time.
Please see the attached letter for additional school-based information related to prevention. 
Kind regards,
Franklin Public Schools
 
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Sent February 28th to all FHS Families from the Superintendent's Office regarding Social Awareness Newsletter
 

Good Afternoon

Please click here to view the attached Social Awareness Newsletter.

Thank you,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent February 26th to all FHS Families regarding the search for a new FHS principal

Dear Families of the Franklin High School Community,

Please click to see the invitation regarding an opportunity to serve on the search committee for the next Principal of Franklin High School.

If you need the invitation translated, please contact Lisa Trainor by email at [email protected] or (508)-553-4838.

Thank you
Lisa Trainor
Director of Human Resources
Franklin Public Schools
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Sent February 24th to all Senior families regarding Senior T-Shirts:
 
Dear Senior Parents & Guardians,
As we count down the days until graduation, life seems to become more and more hectic.
As of right now, we are pleased to announce that we have opened the portal for buying Senior T-Shirts! 
The Senior T-Shirt purchase portal on UniBank is open.
Click here to go to the Unibank purchase portal.  T-Shirts are $15.00 each.
Like our other sales, this is a fundraiser dedicated to our senior week, banquet, and the rest of our exciting upcoming events. We hope that this fundraiser is successful as it will help determine the price of senior week tickets. 
 
Thank you so much for your cooperation throughout the past four years, and we hope that you buy a shirt!

 

Best,
2020 Class Officers

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Sent February 13th to All Junior Families regarding College applications/search process meeting:

Dear Parents/Guardians of FHS Juniors and Members of the Class of 2021:

The Guidance Staff of Franklin High School would like to invite you and your son/daughter to attend an informational meeting on the college application/search process. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday evening, March 5th in the FHS Auditorium from 6:30-8pm.

We are pleased this year to have admissions counselors from Boston College, Dean College, and Framingham State University.  They will be sharing their admission expertise with you and answer any questions you may have. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 5th. 

Heather McVay, Director of Guidance

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Sent Monday, February 10th to all FHS Families regarding the status of Mr. Peri possibly leaving FHS

To The Panther Community,
 
It is with a full heart that I am writing to tell you I have accepted the position of Weston High School Principal starting July 1, 2020.
 
I am honestly struggling to put into words the appreciation and gratitude I have for the personal and professional relationships that I have developed over the past twenty-two years.  Thank you is not enough for the support, the opportunities, and the immensely rewarding experiences. It has been an honor and a pleasure to have served the Franklin Community and I will remain fully committed to this outstanding school to the very end.
 
Dr. Ahern will be in touch with the Franklin High School staff, students and families to share the next steps in the hiring process for a new FHS principal.
 
Again, thank you.  
Truly and sincerely,
 
Paul Peri
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Sent Monday, February 10th to all Class of 2020 Families regarding Yearbook Ads
Class of 2020 Families:
 
What better way to show your student how proud you are of them, than an Ad in the Yearbook.
Our school is offering parents the chance to CREATE & purchase your student’s very own custom yearbook ad to be included in their book this year. 
You can create the ads online at the link below:
 
The creation process is very simple & straight-forward. Just upload your images, choose a template, place the images & type in your copy.
That being said, please keep in mind that all orders must be submitted by this Thursday, February 13th.
For more information check out our Info Sheet or email [email protected]
 
Thanks & have a GREAT day!
 
Alyssa Taranto
Yearbook Advisor: Get Your Book Now
FAA Co-Advisor
Franklin High School
 
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Sent Monday, February 10th to all Juniors and their families regarding PROM information:
Dear parents and guardians of the Class of 2021,
 
We hope this email finds you well. We are writing to communicate the details of the Class of 2021’s PROM this year.  
  • Prom will take place on Friday May 8th, 2020 at Lombardo’s 6 Billings Street, Randolph, Massachusetts 02368.  The prom itself will run from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  
  • This is a half day of school for FHS students.  Students are not permitted to miss school on the day of PROM or be dismissed early.
  • The Class of 2021 will be providing mandatory transportation to Lombardo’s from FHS and back.  Therefore, students are required to arrive at FHS between 5-5:15 pm to check-in and take the bus.  We welcome family and friends to meet at FHS for pictures!!  
  • The bus will leave from Lombardo’s at the end of the night at 11:00 pm and arrive back at FHS by 12:00 am. 
  • Prom tickets cost $110 per student and must be purchased online through Unibank.  Tickets will be on sale from February 26th, 2020 through March 31st, 2020.
  • All students of the Class of 2021 are required to fill out a prom contract in order to attend prom. They can find the contracts in the main office or house offices at FHS.  Contracts must be completed and turned in to house offices by March 31st, 2020.
  1. If the student and their guest are both from the Class of 2021, they are each required to fill out and complete this contract.
  2. If a Class of 2021 student is bringing a guest who is from another grade at FHS, the Class of 2021 student must complete this contract along with the bottom part of the second page. They must get an administrator to sign off on the contract.  
  3. If a Class of 2021 student is taking a date from another school, the class of 2021 student and their guest must complete this contract. 
Please feel free to reach out with any questions!
 
Thank you,
Jenna Calcagno & Shannon Martin
Class of 2021 Advisors
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Sent Tuesday February 4th to all FHS Families regarding various updates:
 
Hello Panther Families!
 
We are writing this morning with an assortment of updates of all things FHS.  
 
  • We are now five days into the new semester.  Quarter 2 grades should now be visible on Aspen.  
  • As is being done in other buildings around the district, FHS will be having a lockdown DRILL in the coming days.  As is our custom, when this occurs we will be sure to announce repeatedly and clearly that this is a drill, and we will make every effort to minimize academic disruption.
  • We met with the seniors last week during Advisory period to review class meetings and go over the upcoming process for senior perks that begin on Monday, February 10th.
  • In order to participate all students must be in good standing (passing all their classes, no incompletes, no detention hours/credit recovery owed, not owe any money for chromebooks, lunch, etc.)
  • When seniors have directed study last period they can leave early.  They should sign out in the main office.
  • When seniors have directed study first period, they are permitted to come in late.  They must arrive prior to second period and check in at their house offices.
  • We will be meeting with freshman and sophomores on Friday of this week to review school expectations.  We are noticing an increase in the number of students lapping, taking time out of class, using cell phones, and wearing hats and hoods.  We will be reaffirming our expectations and how we will be working together.
  • Our new library media specialist, Ms. Danielle Earle, began today!  We are excited to once again have a licensed librarian back in our building.
As always, please reach out with any followup, thoughts, or questions.
 
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Cathy Klein, Supervisor for Special Education
Jennifer Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
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Sent Thursday, January 30th to Freshman Families regarding Class Dues:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Greetings from the Class of 2023!
We are currently planning our Freshman Banquet as well as our first fundraiser.  We have also launched our Class Dues campaign. 
These dues will help defray the cost of the class's activities and functions, such as Freshman Banquet coming up on April 3rd.
Class Dues are $30 per year or $110 for all four years, if paid at one time.
The Class of 2023 Dues payment portal on Unibank is accepting payments now.
 
Click HERE to pay your Class of 2023 Dues on Unibank

Sincerely,

Class of 2023 Officers
          President: Ravin Chaudhury 
          Vice President: Audria Hawkins
          Treasurer: Ji-Yann Chin
          Secretary: Lindsay Duchak
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Sent Wednesday, January 29th to 9th, 10th and 11th grade FHS Families:

Dear FHS Parents/Guardians,

Course Selection
Starting in early February and continuing into the month of March, all students in grades 9-11 will be selecting courses for next year.  This presents an excellent time to talk with your children about their interests, abilities, and future aspirations.  Encourage them to consider the most beneficial selection of courses in light of their future plans.  It is important that they create a schedule that ensures their eligibility for the type of post-secondary path they seek, allows them to explore different academic and elective interests, and keeps in mind the necessity for maintaining a balance in their lives.  

The Program of Studies is a resource that describes all courses at FHS for 2020-2021 school year.

Teachers will be making recommendations for students through ASPEN and students will work on their course selections with their guidance counselors during their English classes between February 3rd and March 6th. 

Please feel free to reach out to your son/daughter’s guidance counselor at any time during this process.

Heather McVay
Director of Guidance
 
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Sent Tuesday, January 28th to all FHS Families regarding All Night Party Decorator Team Meeting Feb 3rd
FHS Parents & Guardians:
 
We welcome you to join the All Night Party(ANP) Decorator Team meeting on Monday February 3 at 7 PM in HMMS/Oak St cafeteria.  
 
The All Night Party will provide the Class of 2020 with a safe and fun evening to celebrate their graduation with their classmates.  As Decorators, we transform HMMS hallways into a unique theme that sets the excitement for the ANP.  
 
If you are creative or just enjoy being part of a wonderful group, please join us.  
 
If you would rather help in another way, please visit our website www.fhsallnightparty.com to see the other ways in which you can help make it a great event.
 
Hope to see you Feb 3!
 
All Night Party Committee
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Sent Monday, January 27th to all FHS Families regarding tonight's PCC Meeting: 
Franklin High School Parents/Guardians,
Just a reminder that there is a PCC Meeting tonight, Monday, January 27th at 7:00 PM in the FHS Library/Media Center.
The guest speaker will be Mrs. Heather McVay, Director of Guidance. 
We hope to see you there!
 
FHS Administration
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Sent Monday, January 27th to all 10th graders and their failies regarding Class Dues:

Hello Class of 2022 Families,
 
We are continuing to collect Class Dues throughout the year.
 
As a reminder, in order for your student(s) to attend events, class dues need to be paid and up to date before the event.
 
You can pay $30 per year or $110 to cover all 4 years of Class Dues.
 
You can pay by cash, check made out to the "Town of Franklin", or through Unibank, our online service.
 
  • To pay Class Dues for 1year online via Unibank, click HERE
  • To pay Class Dues for 4 years online via Unibank, click HERE
If you did not pay last year's dues, you are still responsible to pay those, unless you are new to Franklin High School this school year.
 
Please contact us with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Class Advisors

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Sent Friday, January 24th to all FPS families regarding School Safelty protocols:

January 24, 2020

Dear Franklin Community,

Our schools will soon be engaging in a second round of lockdown drills in collaboration with our School Resource Officers.  Specific communications about these drills will be issued from the schools directly in the coming weeks.  

We thought this to be a good time to share the following information with FPS staff and families regarding the District's threat assessment protocol, communication, and general school safety practices.  This message will become part of our regular back to school information in the future.

As referenced in the Superintendent's September Message to the Community on School Safety, Franklin Public Schools is committed to ensuring a safe and nurturing educational environment for our students, staff, and community.

This overview is generalized to preserve a level of operational security for the school district and law enforcement.  However, we feel it is important to share this information as a means to be as transparent as possible.   

For more information, please click HERE

Sincerely,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Thurdsday, January 23rd via Aspen to all Seniors and their Families regarding Diplomas:

SENIORS:

At this time we will be ordering diplomas and we would like to make sure we have accurate information for you.

Please log into your Aspen student portal and view your first name, middle name, and last name in the MY Info top tab/MY DETAILS side tab/Demographics middle tab. Make sure all are spelled correctly. This is how your name will appear on your diploma; FIRST MIDDLE LAST. If all spellings are correct, you are done.

If you see "NMN" in the middle name field, that stands for No Middle Name and that will NOT appear on your diploma. You can use the Diploma Name Change Form to change how your name will appear on your diploma if there is a spelling error, or if you want it to appear a different way. When making a change, please include first, middle, and last names as you would like them to appear.

Use this form ONLY IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE from the way your name appears in Aspen. If you do not want to make any changes, you do not have to complete the form.

All diploma name changes must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020.

FHS Administration

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Sent Thurdsday, January 23rd to all Franklin Public Schools Families regarding Lifelong Learning's Summer Programs:

Good Afternoon

The Lifelong Learning Institute is excited to announce our 2020 Summer Program! The attached PDF includes a schedule of program offerings and links to additional information. Registration will open on Wednesday, January 29th. We look forward to seeing you in July!

Click to view a PDF with information on our Franklin Social Skills groups that will begin the week of February 24th.  

Christopher Nayler, Director
508-553-4822

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Sent Tuesday, January 21st to all Franklin Public Schools Families regarding MCAS testing dates:

Dear FPS Families,
The 2020 MCAS testing dates can be found at this link. As always, if you have any questions, please let your child's teacher or school principal know. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy the long weekend and stay warm!

Joyce Edwards, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Franklin Public Schools
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
508-553-4821

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Sent Tuesday, January 21st to all Senior families regarding yearbook Ads

Good Afternoon!
 
We just wanted to reach out to you to offer you a chance to show your student how VERY MUCH you appreciate them & show them how proud you are of them!
 
Our school is offering parents the chance to CREATE & purchase your student’s very own custom yearbook ad to be included in their book this year. 
 
You can create the ads online at the link below:
 
The creation process is very simple & straight-forward. Just upload your images, choose a template, place the images & type in your copy.
 
That being said, please keep in mind that all orders must be submitted by February 13th.
 
For more information check out our Info Sheet or email [email protected]
 
Thanks & have a GREAT day!
 
Alyssa Taranto
Yearbook Advisor: Get Your Book Now
Franklin High School

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Sent Tuesday, January 21st to all Seniors and their families regarding sending mid year grades to colleges:

Good morning, 
With the end of 2nd quarter quickly approaching, many of you will need to send mid year grades to colleges. You should send mid year grades to colleges if:
          - Colleges have communicated that they would like them.
          - You have not yet received a decision from a college.      
In order to request your grades be sent, please stop by the guidance office sometime in the next couple of weeks to fill out a form.  Note:  Grades should be available to be sent the week of February 3rd. 
Please note:  Mid year grades will NOT be sent if you do not request them. 
Please reach out to your guidance counselor with any specific questions.
Thank you,
Heather McVay, Director of Guidance

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Sent Friday, January 17th to all Franklin High School Families:

Good evening,

Please see the attached letter, which is an update from the Superintendent.
 
Kind regards,
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Friday, January 17th to all Franklin Public School Families from the Superintendent's Office

Good evening,

Please view the following update from the Superintendent. It is an abridged version of a more detailed letter sent to FHS families.

Kind regards,
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Friday, January 10th to all Franklin Public School families regarding the below message sent to Franklin High School families:

January 10, 2020

Dear Franklin Families,

The e-mail that follows this brief message was sent earlier today to high school families and we feel it is important to share it with all Franklin parents/guardians. The video to which we refer may also be circulating among students at other grade levels.

We wish to take the opportunity to emphasize the District’s core value of inclusivity and our emphasis and commitment to making our schools safe and welcoming for all.
 
Counselors, administrators and trusted adults are available to support all students. Additionally, we ask for your help in discussing appropriate use of social media with your children.  Please read the message below.

Regards,
Sara Ahern
Superintendent

 

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Sent Friday, January 10th to all Franklin High School families regarding a video that was circulating:

January 10, 2020
 
Dear Franklin High School Families,
 
We are writing to make you aware of a concerning video that has been circulating among students on social media.  This video contains statements that are profoundly offensive based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  We condemn such statements; they violate our core value of inclusivity and threaten the safe and welcoming environment we have committed to provide for each student, family, and our faculty/staff.
 
The administration promptly initiated an investigation based on our protocol of responding to incidents of hate and bias. Please know that a big part of our response is ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff.  Counselors, administrators, and other trusted adults are available to anyone who feels they need support.
 
We ask families to talk with their children regarding the appropriate use of social media and if your child has received a copy of the video, to delete it, as continued sharing perpetuates deep hurt across the community.
 
If you would like a resource to assist you in talking with your child, these links may help:
 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.
 
Sincerely,
Paul Peri, FHS Principal
Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools                     

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Sent Thursday, January 9th-to all 11th grade families regarding Jostens class ring day:

Dear parents/guardians of the Class of 2021,
 
This week, the students of the Class of 2021 attended a presentation from Jostens. As a way of promoting the ‘in-school’ order day for the students to order their class rings, Jostens will be at FHS during lunches next Thursday January 16th. 
Please view the attached video and flyer for more information.
 
Thank you and have a great weekend,
Jenna Calcagno and Shannon Martin
The Class of 2021 Advisors

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Sent Monday, January 6th to all FHS families from the Assistant Superintendent regarding a homework survey

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great break and that your children are now back in the swing of things. The districtwide Homework Committee has been charged with monitoring the implementation of the new Homework Guidelines this year. To that end, we are surveying all teachers, administrators, families, and students in middle school and high school. Please complete the family survey (one survey for each child in your household) to help us gather the needed data. The Homework Guidelines are also linked below for your reference. Surveys will close on 1/13. Thank you for your help with this.

High School Family Survey

Homework Guidelines

Joyce Edwards, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Franklin Public Schools
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
508-553-4821

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Sent Monday, January 6th to all 9th and 10th grade families and students regarding FAA application deadline:

Dear FHS Families,
 
The deadline to apply to the Franklin Arts Academy (FAA) for the 2020-21 school year is this Friday, January 10th.   
 
If your child is intending to apply, teacher recommendation forms should have given to teachers as soon as possible if they have not already.  Those teachers will submit their forms to guidance directly.  All other materials, essays, applications, and artwork, should be submitted to the Guidance office.
 
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!   
 
Carolann Tebbetts, M.Ed, MFA
Director of  Fine and Media Arts, and FAA
Franklin Public Schools
[email protected]  508-613-1400  ext. 1640

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Sent Thursday, 12/19 to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade FHS families regarding the Summer STEM trip to Europe:

Dear FHS Parents,
 
Just a reminder that the last day to enroll in the Summer 2020 STEM trip to Germany and Switzerland is TOMORROW, Dec 20th!
You can view the Google Slide presentation with information which also includes instructions on how to enroll.
Please send Emily Ayers an email with any questions at: [email protected]
 
We look forward to having an amazing trip!
 
Thank you

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Sent Thursday, 12/19 to all FHS families regarding a Yearbook Shout Out:

Dear FHS Parents,

Looking for a creative way to tell your student, “I love you and I’m proud of you”?  Place a shout-out ad in the yearbook!
Whether your student is a senior or a freshman, a shout-out ad is always a great idea.  In the future, seeing your message will bring a smile as they remember your love and support during these important years.  And, it’s easy to create a recognition ad. Just send us a copy of your favorite photo(s) and compose your message or design it yourself!

For more information click below:

Parent Yearbook Shout Out

Ads are due by February 13, 2020

Reserve a space for your ad today, to say how proud you are.  Just like the yearbook, your message will be a permanent memory
 
If you have any questions, you can reach the Yearbook Staff at [email protected]
Sincerely Yours, 
The Yearbook Staff 
& Alyssa Taranto 
Yearbook Advisor

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Sent Tuesday, 12/17 at 12:30 PM to all FPS Families regarding accelerated dismissal this afternoon due to weather

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 
 
Accelerated Dismissal Called
 
Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,
 
We continue to monitor weather conditions and the forecast calls for some icing to continue in our area this afternoon and then a brief change to snow again between 6-8 PM.
 
As a result of the forecast, the Franklin Public Schools will begin releasing high school and  middle school students in an accelerated fashion on Tuesday afternoon, December 17, 2019, but it will not be on an early release schedule.  
 
Middle school and high school will dismiss 15 minutes early to get the buses on the road. Elementary schools will dismiss at normal times.  The thought behind this is that any delays in travel caused by weather conditions may still allow for the elementary students to arrive at home on time and safely.
 
All afternoon and evening activities for Franklin Public Schools will be cancelled today, Tuesday, December 17, 2019. There will be no late bus service after school.  
 
Solutions families – The Solutions Program will open as usual.  Solutions staff are assessing the weather; if a decision is made to close Solutions early, a Solutions staff member will contact each family to advise them of the early closing time.
 
Sincerely,
 
The Franklin Public Schools

 

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Sent Tuesday, 12/17 AM to all FPS Families regarding weather/school opening:

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We have been monitoring the forecast carefully and have been remaining apprised of road conditions in Franklin.  Roads and sidewalks in Franklin have been pre-treated and temperatures will remain in a zone where the salt should have an effect, resulting in melting.  Snowfall totals have been downgraded in our area.

As a result, Franklin Public Schools will open on time today.  As a friendly reminder, parents/guardians may choose to not send a child to school if they feel road conditions are not safe.

Emergency busing will be in effect in the morning and students walking or waiting along routes will be offered rides by our drivers.

Sincerely,

Franklin Public Schools

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Sent Monday, 12/16 to families of Seniors regarding College Application deadlines:

Good morning,
 
As we approach the holiday break, we want to remind students that if you have any January 1st or 2nd college application deadlines and you need materials sent to these schools, you must notify your guidance counselor before Wednesday, December 18th.  Materials will not be sent over vacation.
 
Once students apply to college, they should get in a routine of checking their emails regularly.  Frequently, colleges ask students to set up portals so that they can monitor their admission status.  Additional information is typically requested through these portals, as well as admission decisions.   
 
We wish everyone a restful vacation!

FHS Guidance
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Sent Tuesday, 12/11 to all FHS Families regarding vaping:

Dear Franklin Families,
The Franklin Public Schools Substance Abuse Task Force has curated the following information in response to the steady rise in popularity of vaping, the use of electronic vapor products (EVP), and the series of vaping-related deaths. It is important that you and your students understand the health risks of vaping and we hope to enlist your help.
In light of this national health crisis, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopted the country's strictest ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to a rise in youth vaping and an outbreak of severe vaping-related lung injuries. This law follows Governor Baker's temporary statewide ban of all sales of vapes and vape products from September-December, 2019.
This notification contains tools, articles, and resources from a variety of public health organizations that support our work.
 
 
We encourage you to review this material and share it with your family, friends, and community members. For more information, please contact:

Lucas Giguere
Assistant Superintendent

Kristin Letendre
Director of Health & Physical Education

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Sent Thursday, 12/5/2019 to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade parents/guardians regarding the FHS Summer Trip to Germany and Switzerland

Dear FHS Parents/Guardians,

Please click this link for an invitation to an upcoming meeting to share information about our next FHS international trip.  This time we will be heading to Germany & Switzerland in the Summer of 2020!

Thank you,
FHS Administration

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Sent to All Franklin Public School student families on Tuesday, 12/3/2019 regarding weather

Tuesday December 3, 2019

We have been monitoring the storm closely and have been in contact with our DPW department, who has been working long hours on snow removal and road treatment during this long duration event. 

Due to the snowfall overnight and forecast for accumulating snow to last to mid-morning and continued snow showers until noon, the Franklin Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  

Hockey practice this morning will also be cancelled.

The district and school offices will open at 10:00 AM.

Please take extra care to stay safe.

Sincerely,
Franklin Public Schools
 
Sent Monday afternoon, December 2nd to all FHS Families regarding afterschool activities:
Monday, December 2, 2019 

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We continue to monitor weather conditions and the forecast calls for snow to continue in our area through the afternoon and into the evening with falling temperatures. 

As a result of the forecast, all afternoon and evening activities for Franklin Public Schools will be cancelled today, Monday, December 2, 2019.

Sincerely,

The Franklin Public Schools
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Sent Monday morning, December 2nd to all FHS Families regarding weather:
Monday, December 2, 2019 

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

We have been monitoring weather conditions and the forecast for today very carefully.  Additionally, we have been communicating with both DPW and Facilities regarding the treatment of the roads and snow removal around our schools. Based on the current conditions, Franklin Public Schools will open on time on Monday, December 2, 2019. 

Given that some sidewalks may be slippery, emergency busing will be in effect in the morning and students walking or waiting along routes will be offered rides by our drivers.

Sincerely,

The Franklin Public Schools
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Sent Monday, 12/2/2109 to all FHS Families-Monday Communication #3

Good Evening Panther Families!We hope everyone had a restful (and homework free!) Thanksgiving break!  December clearly made its presence known this morning, but it is nice to be back in a nice warm school with students and staff who are ready to go! 

We received a lot of positive feedback on our last concentrated/bulleted memo.  So here’s another one.

  • PSAT scores will be released to all students during the week of December 9th.  In order to access scores, students must register and create an account through the CollegeBoard.  
  • We have several concerts coming up!  Our students have been working very hard.  Come out for what is sure to be a series of amazing performances!
  • Wednesday, December 4th @ 7:00 pm: Chorus and Orchestra
  • Tuesday, December 10th @ 7:00 pm: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
  • Friday, December 13th is a scheduled half day.  Students will be dismissed at 10:55.
  • Friday, December 20th will be our last day of school before winter break.  Classes will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.
Any parents/guardians interested in serving on this year’s FHS School Council should email Sandy Stanton, [email protected], with their contact information.  One meeting per month, January-May.
 
If you haven’t already done so, we ask that you please bookmark the high school website, and follow us on Twitter in an effort to stay up to date with key events happening in & around FHS.   Thank you!
 
Go Panthers!!

 

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Cathy Klein, Supervisor for Special Education
Jennifer Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
 
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Sent 11/19/2019 to all FHS Families regarding Winter Sports Registration:

FHS Families,

This is just a reminder that registration for Winter Sports will close this Thursday, November 21st at 11PM.
If you have not already done so, please register on FAMILY ID
Physicals are due to the Athletics Office by Thursday 11/21 as well.
Payment for Winter Sports will open the week of December 9th

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Sent 11/18/2019 to all FHS families regarding school picture re-take day:

FHS Families,
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19th is School Picture re-take day at Franklin High School.
If your FHS student missed their original School Picture day, or had their picture taken and is unhappy with the results, they can have a re-take tomorrow. Those unhappy with their picture package need to bring the package with them to the re-take.
Students needing re-takes will be called down by grade on the PA system during the day tomorrow from roughly 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
 
FHS Admin

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Sent 11/18/2019 to all FHS families regarding PCC Meeting:

Good Morning!
Just a reminder that our PCC is meeting tonight at 7:00 in the FHS Library Media Center.
We hope to see many of you there!!
FHS Administration

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Sent 11/14/2019 to Class of 2022 families regarding the blanket fundraiser

Hello Class of 2022 Families,
As a reminder, we are running a blanket fundraiser to benefit our class! You can purchase the blankets on UniBank through tomorrow, Friday November 15th. We have extended the paper orders of the blankets until Monday, November 18th (brought to Ms. Taranto or Mrs. Murphy's mailboxes). Please see this link for more information. The money we raise goes to the banquet, the prom next year, and senior week activities!
Also, we are collecting class dues. You can pay $30 per year or $110 for all 4 years. You can pay by cash, a check made out to the "Town of Franklin", or through Unibank, our online service. Please use
this link to pay dues through Unibank. If you did not pay last year's dues, you still have to pay. However, if you are new to the school this year, you do not owe money for last year.
Please reach out to Class Advisors Alyssa Taranto or Abby Leone-Murphy with any questions.
Sincerely,
Abby Leone-Murphy and Alyssa Taranto
Class of 2022 Advisors

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Sent 11/14/2019 to all FHS Families regarding the ALL NIGHT PARTY Decorators Meeting

To all FHS Parents & Guardians:
 
Join the All Night Party(ANP) Decorator Team on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 PM in HMMS/Oak St. School cafeteria.  The All Night Party will provide the Class of 2020 a safe and fun evening to celebrate their graduation with their classmates.  
As Decorators, we transform HMMS hallways into a unique theme that sets the excitement for the ANP.  If you are creative or just enjoy being part of a wonderful group, please join us.  
 
If you would rather help in another way, please visit our website www.fhsallnightparty.com  
 
Hope to see you November 19th.  
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Sent 11/13/2019 to all FHS Families from the Superintendent's Office regarding SEL Focus of the month
Dear Franklin Families,
We are excited to roll out the Franklin Public Schools SEL "Focus of the Month." Our goal is to provide teachers and families with strategies that support students' social and emotional learning skills development. November and December is Self-Awareness month, and each school is participating in this initiative.
 
We encourage families to participate, as well! For more information and links to our SEL website, please click HERE
 
Thank you in advance for supporting this important work.
Sincerely,
Franklin Public Schools
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Sent 11/13/2019 to all FHS Families regarding the Next PCC Meeting

Good Morning!

Please click here for the agenda for next week's PCC meeting.
We will be meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, 11/18/19.
We will have guests from the SAFE Coalition and FPD as we discuss vaping & other chemical health issues.
Hope to see you there!!!
 
Sincerely,
FHS Administration

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Sent 11/12/2019 to all FHS Families from the Superintendent regarding Emergency Bus Service

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Dear Franklin Families,
Due to the forecast for frigid temperatures and cold wind chills this evening and early morning and the potential for lingering icy spots on roads and sidewalks, the Franklin Public Schools will be utilizing emergency busing tomorrow morning, Wednesday, November 13, 2019.  Students who do not normally ride the bus who are walking or waiting along the route will be picked up by our drivers.
We do not anticipate a need for emergency busing in the afternoon.

Please take steps to appropriately prepare for tomorrow’s weather.  Boots or appropriate footwear, warm coats, hats and gloves or mittens will be critical in the morning hours.

Sincerely,

The Franklin Public Schools

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Sent 11/6/2019 to all FHS Families regarding the lockdown drill at FHS:

Dear Panther Families,
 
Today at 10:30 am, in conjunction with the Franklin Police and Fire Departments, we conducted our first of two annual Lockdown Drills.  These drills are required by the state to ensure smooth and effective safety practices.
 
We are pleased to share that the Lockdown Drill was a success and we were back to business as usual in a matter of minutes.  
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at FHS.
 
Sincerely,
 
Paul Peri and the Administrative Team

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Sent 11/5/2019 from Superintendent's Office to all FHS families:

You are invited to attend a sleep education evening with Dr. Judith Owens, Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  She will be sharing her expertise about children and sleep as well as matters related to school start times in districts across Massachusetts and the country.  It will be held Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Franklin High School in the Lecture Hall.
 
Kindly,
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent 11/4/2019 to all FHS Families:

Good Morning Panther Families!
 
As the calendar flips to November, it seems we all have more things on our plates every day.  As such, this memo is intentionally brief with critical bulleted info. As always, reach out with any questions!!!!
 
After our last communication we would like to begin this one by celebrating that there were no issues with drugs or alcohol at any point during our recent homecoming weekend.  Our work in this area is never done, but we’ll celebrate responsible decision making at every opportunity!
  • Our next PCC meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, November 18th at 7:00.  More information will be forthcoming.
  • For the first time ever, our FHS Drama Department is selling tickets online!  Please click here for advance tickets to our upcoming show, Almost, Maine.  You won’t be disappointed!!
  • There will be no school on November 5th (Election Day) and November 11th (Veterans Day).
  • Panther Pride Night is scheduled for this Thursday, November 7th, from 5:30 to 7:30.  This is an opportunity for this year’s 8th grade students to come to FHS and get a first hand look at all of our clubs, sports, and activities.  Please tell your friends and neighbors!
  • It was wonderful seeing so many parents and guardians during the two days of conferences.  If you were not able to connect with your child’s teacher(s), please do not hesitate to reach out.
  • And a HUGE thank you to our PCC and Hospitality Committee and all those that donated for the incredible Thursday morning breakfast and coffee!  MUCH appreciated!
  • We are pleased to announce that Cathy Klein is once again a part of the FHS administrative team.  She is a familiar face in a (slightly) new role, Supervisor for Special Education Programming.
Many of our athletic teams are in the midst of playoff runs.  Good luck to all athletes competing across the state!!

 

Go Panthers!!

 
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Cathy Klein, Supervisor for Special Education
Jennifer Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal

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Sent 10/22/19 to Senior Families regarding Caps and Gowns

Dear Families of the FHS Class of 2020,
 
Please see below for a copy of information that was sent to your students earlier this week.
FRANKLIN - Seniors:
 
Below is a link to order your Caps & Gowns – and other Graduation Items. The deadline has been extended to November 8th.
 
FRANKLIN  – GRAD ORDERS – click here! Browse different packages for caps and gowns.
 
EXTENDED GRAD ORDER DEADLINE IS NOW FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH!
 
You can also call 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) and place you order over the phone.
 
Also – see the Special Class Jewelry PROMOTION for SENIORS ONLY below!
Promo Code = Grad40

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Sent 10/21/19 to all FHS Families regarding Parent Conference Sign-Ups

Good Evening Panther Families!!
To sign up for a Parent Teacher Conference at FHS please go to this link  
 
Step 1: click the checkboxes next to all the teachers you wish to see and click 'Submit' on the bottom of the page.
Step 2: Enter your students' information then your information. Include your email address. After pressing submit you will immediately receive an email with a link to pick times.
Step 3: Pick conference times and press "Confirm and Submit" on the bottom. 
You will then receive a confirmation email, you can also revisit that link to remove and change your appointment. 
 
As always, if you are unable to schedule a time with one or more teachers, please email that staff member directly and we will make every effort to find a mutually agreeable time.
 
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you October 29th and 30th!!
 
FHS Administration

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Sent 10/21/19 to all FHS Families regarding the Homecoming Dance

Dear Panther Parents, Guardians, and Families,
 
This Saturday night marks our annual Homecoming Dance.  We wanted to reach out with a few important points:
 
  • All students must be present in school on Friday, October 25th in order to attend the football game on Friday and/or the dance on Saturday.
  • There will be mandatory class meetings for 9th and 10th grade during school this week to review behavioral expectations.  We will share copies of that presentation with families later this week.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the door for the cost of $10.  Tickets purchased online prior to Friday are $8.
  • Doors open at 6:45 pm and check-in will occur until 7:30.  Students are not permitted to enter the building after 7:30.  
  • This dance is for Franklin High School students only.
  • The dance ends at 10:00 pm, however students may begin leaving at 9:30.  Please make every effort to pick up your children no later than 10:00.
  • Should a student need to leave before 9:30, a parent needs to come into the building to pick up their child.
  • Annually, students wear dresses/shirts and ties.  Students are not permitted to wear high heels on the gymnasium floor, so comfortable footwear is encouraged!  Appropriately fitting attire is also encouraged!
  • Breathalyzers will be on site, as will Franklin Police.  As always we are looking for a night full of laughter, dancing, and friends without any drugs, alcohol, vaping, or dangerous behavior.
  •  
It is important to note that Franklin High School has gone three full years incident free at dances.  It is because of positive decision making and behavior like this that other events and travel can occur.  We hope to continue this positive track record. Thank you for anything and everything you can do at home to ensure that our students have an enjoyable, memorable, safe evening with their peers.
 

Sincerely,

FHS Administration

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Sent 10/21/19 to Families of 11th grade students:

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2021,

The Class of 2021 is currently hosting an Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie and Butter Braid fundraiser! For this fundraiser, all members of the class of 2021 have the option to sell items.  The proceeds will go towards the Class of 2021 account to lower future costs. The most exciting part about this fundraiser is that it can directly lower the cost of your child’s prom ticket if they choose to participate! The class is offering the following discounts based on the number of items sold. 

 If a student sells 5 items they will receive $10 off their prom ticket:

  • 10 items, $20 off
  • 20 items, $45 off
  • 30 items, $70 off
  • 40 items, $85 off
  • 50 items, 1 Free Prom Ticket 
If your student is interested, selling forms can be picked up in Mrs. Calcagno and Ms. Martin’s classrooms (315 or 317). All sales must be completed by 10/29/2019. The pick-up date for the cookies will be 11/22/2019, more information about the pick-up will be provided at a later date. 
We hope that this fundraiser provides a great opportunity to make your prom tickets more affordable while getting some baked goods in time for your holiday season!
If you are looking for more information about prom, we will send another communication out after the new year. We do not currently know the price of tickets, but we do know that prom will be held on May 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Students will be required to take buses provided by the school that is included in the price of their prom ticket. 
 
Thank you,
Class of 2021 Officers

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Sent 10/18/19 to all FHS Families regarding substance issues

Good Afternoon Panther Families!

Happy October!!  We very much enjoyed meeting or reacquainting ourselves with you several weeks ago during our curriculum night.  Whether you were able to make it out or not, we hope to see everyone in a few weeks time at parent/teacher conferences scheduled for October 29th and 30th.  We will be sending out more information on this topic next week.
 
Despite the many successes of the school year to date (the best club fair in years, smooth starts in the classroom, outstanding drama and music performances, advisory, strong beginnings for our sports teams, and a great turnout at our first PCC meeting of the year), in this communication we are going to be focusing on a growing concern by the FHS administration.
 
Already this year we have seen a dramatic and frightening increase in the number of drug and alcohol violations by our students.
 
We have seen a rise in the number of students using and carrying vapes and juuls.  We have had multiple instances of students carrying and smoking concentrated THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) oil in an electronic device more frequently called a “dab pen”.  We have had students under the influence at extracurricular events.
 
To put the above facts into perspective: since the start of school, we have had over 20 incidents that fall into one of the above categories totalling over 200 days of suspension from school.
 
What follows are a few other alarming facts:
We are not so naive as to think that we have caught all students who are choosing to break our behavioral expectations.
Students have told us they will purchase items online with Visa/Mastercard gift cards.
Students will sometimes have these items mailed to a friend who is able to check the mail before his/her parents come home, or sent to a neighbor’s mailbox if they know that person is out of town.
The research is growing so plentiful that we made a conscious choice not to link to it in this communication.  However, should anyone like a copy of the literature all they need to do is ask.
 
We are asking for your help to keep our students/your children safe.  What we are noticing is that many students will keep vapes/dab pens, etc in their backpacks.  For any students who drive, their car is the most frequent place where they will keep/use substances that include but aren’t limited to vapes, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana.  Again, this is not alarmism, but just instances we have discovered during the first two months.
 
We will continue doing what we can as an administration.  None of the following options are preferable, but some of what we are considering or planning includes:
 
Administration will be meeting with the freshman and sophomore classes next week to reiterate expectations and potential consequences.  The presentation will be emailed to all parents and guardians later next week.
 
  • More frequent use of breathalyzers at games, dances, and other extracurricular events
  • A greater alliance with and dependence upon Franklin’s Substance Abuse Task Force in order to provide resources to students and families struggling with addiction
  • Closing of a number of student bathrooms during the school day
  • Supporting all FHS athletic teams as we move toward a school-wide zero tolerance policy; a chemical health violation could potentially result in dismissal from the team
 
A quick refresher of potential consequences according to the FHS handbook
  • Possessing a vape/electronic cigarette on campus carries a suspension of one day out of school suspension (OSS) and one day in school suspension (ISS) for a first offense
  • Being found under the influence of drugs/alcohol carries a suspension of 5 days OSS
  • Refusing a breathalyzer is considered to be an admission of guilt and follows the appropriate consequences
  • Being in possession of drugs or alcohol on your person, belongings, or your vehicle carries a suspension of 10 days of OSS and an expulsion hearing
  • Athletic consequences:
  • Any chemical health violation results in a minimum loss of 25% of the season for the first offense.  Some teams already have a zero tolerance policy.
  • Any chemical health violation results in the immediate loss of captaincy
Please be aware that we are also working with our central office and community resources to develop cessation programming in an effort to help curb these behaviors in our students.
 
Once again, we wish we were not the bearers of this news, and fully recognize that the actions of some students are impacting many.  But as we have shared multiple times during private conversations, any time we have one of our teenaged students under the influence the potential is there for many sober students and community members to be hurt as well.
 
Thank you for everything you do to support us in keeping your children safe and our schools drug and alcohol free.
 
Go Panthers!!
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal

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Sent 10/10/19 to all 9th, 10th and 11th grade FHS Families regarding school picture days

FHS Students and Parents/Guardians of 9th, 10th and 11th graders:
FHS School Picture Days are next week on Tuesday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 16th.
Tuesday, October 15th  is a Day 3 (DEFGA)
Wednesday, October 16th is a Day 4 (BCDEF)

Students will be photographed according to this schedule:

  • 9th graders-during their Biology Classes
  • 10th graders-during their US History 1 Classes
  • 11th graders-during their US History 2 Classes

If that class does not meet on Tuesday, students will be photographed on Wednesday. Have your student figure out whether they will be photographed on Tuesday or Wednesday. They will be photographed the first time that class meets during those 2 days.

Order your photo packages from LIFETOUCH before picture days by clicking HERE

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Sent 10/7/19 to all FHS Families regarding MCAS results:

Dear Families,
MCAS results from Spring 2019 will be mailed home on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Click Here for a letter with additional information. When you receive your students' scores, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or the school principal if you have questions. I am also available to answer any questions you may have. 
Thank you.

Joyce Edwards, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Franklin Public Schools
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
508-553-4821

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Sent 10/7/19 to 10th grade Families:

Hi Class of 2022 Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year! We are writing with some updates/requests!
First, the Homecoming game is Friday, October 25th. For this game, we are seeing if any families have a truck and/or trailer attached that they wouldn't mind driving during half-time of the football game. The trailer is for the class officers to design a float to be displayed showing class and school spirit! If so, please contact Abby Leone-Murphy or Alyssa Taranto.

Also, we are running a blanket fundraiser! We are going to be selling the blankets through Friday November 15th. Please click the link for more information! The money we raise goes to the banquet, the prom next year, and senior week (can you believe we are already thinking about senior week?!) activities!

Finally, we are collecting class dues. You can pay $30 per year or $110 for each year. You can pay by cash, check made out to the "Town of Franklin", or through Unibank, our online service. Please see the link to pay through Unibank. If you did not pay last year's dues, you still have to pay.

Please let us know if any questions come up.

Sincerely,
Abby Leone-Murphy and Alyssa Taranto
2022 Class Advisors

 

Sent 9/25/19 to all FHS Families regarding Curriculum Night 9/26

Good Afternoon Panther Families!
Please click here to view a letter detailing tomorrow night's Curriculum Night at FHS.   Please feel free to print the information, as it is designed for you to write in your child's schedule and room numbers.
We can't wait to see everyone tomorrow!
Sincerely,
FHS Administration
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Sent 9/25/19 to FHS Families of Juniors regarding Junior Parent Night 10/10

Good afternoon, 

The FHS Guidance Department will be hosting an  informational night for parents of juniors focused on topics related to the college search/post secondary planning process on Thursday, October 10th from 6:30-8:00pm in the FHS Auditorium.  

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Standardized Testing
  • Timeline
  • Searching/Visiting Colleges
  • Naviance

We look forward to seeing you on October 10th.

Sincerely,
FHS Guidance Department
 

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Sent 9/20/19 to all FHS Families from Superintendent Sara Ahern

September 20, 2019

Dear Franklin Families and Faculty/Staff,

I am writing as it is a good time to provide some information about school security and safety.


Some Information Related to the Newly Issued PSA

You may have heard about or seen the Sandy Hook Promise PSA that was issued within the last day or so. This video contains some content that is very difficult to watch.  It reminds us all of the importance of our safety and security practices in the unlikely event of an active shooter situation.


As parents/guardians, you may wish to prohibit your child from viewing the PSA.  New research is pointing to negative mental health consequences including increased anxiety and hypervigilance among children from exposure to active shooter training and media coverage. As a school system, we try to strike a balance between informing/preparing our students with tools to keep them safe while shielding them from overexposure. 

Children’s belief that adults around them know what to do to protect them helps them cope with their anxiety and stress related to school safety worries. You can assist them and us by providing reassurance, as developmentally appropriate, to your children in this regard.  At the end of this letter, we provide an informative reminder about our safety practices.
You may be looking for resources to assist your child.  This resource, from the American Psychological Association, may be of assistance to you: http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/school-shooting.aspx

Counselors, teachers, and administrators are available to help any student who may be experiencing difficulty. Please reach out to any member of the administration if we can be of help in any way.  The School Resource Officers are also an avenue of support for questions and concerns from families.


Information about How We Respond When We Receive a Report of a Threat

We have seen an increase in students and families exercising the "see it-say it" aspect of our safety protocols and we thank you for that. It reflects on the positive relationships and supportive culture of our schools.  When we receive a report of an alleged threat, the school administrators launch an investigation in collaboration with the Franklin Police Department. The credibility and seriousness of the threat must be determined by this team, who are trained in making this determination. Based on the nature of the facts determined from the investigation, the school administrators will take appropriate steps.  The police may, as well, if appropriate and based on their investigation. Administrative measures often include support and safety plans for the students involved. Interventions are put in place and may include therapeutic support. Disciplinary consequences may also be applied, if appropriate. When communications are issued to families, privacy laws require us to keep certain information confidential.  We are balancing providing the community with information and assurances of safety with the privacy rights of those involved. In all cases, we wish to assure you that we take these reports with the utmost seriousness and collaborate with our school resource officer partners to investigate and respond appropriately. We are so fortunate to be supported by a stellar team of five School Resource Officers and their supervising officer. 
An Informative Reminder of Safety Practices in FPS

The safety and well-being of Franklin students and staff are our highest priority.  Our buildings remain locked and well-supervised when school is in session; all visitors must check-in at reception upon arrival and present identification. Organizations that use our facilities after hours are required to have a door monitor that supervises the entry and exit of guests to our buildings.

Security cameras provide coverage around all of our buildings.  Additionally, we have a capital plan in place to upgrade and add to our security cameras and other security features to enhance coverage.  We have open communication with the Franklin Fire and Police Departments, and our response teams regularly review and practice safety protocols and procedures through training with staff and students.  We continue to refine our practices through continuing education on best practices within the field of school safety. Last year (the 2018-19 school year), the entire faculty and staff across the district engaged in deeper training with experts in the field based on new information and practices.  We will continue to reinforce this in 2019-20.

We also stress climate and culture in each of our schools, centering our work around core values and relationships.  It is important that each student feels connected to an adult and we strive to ensure we have supports in place to help students in crisis.  We emphasize the importance of speaking up when there is a concern, and we have examples when students, parents/guardians, and staff have come forward to bring a concern about a friend or classmate to an administrator's attention. 


As always, parents/guardians or staff members with concerns about safety should contact the building principal with specific questions.


Sincerely,

Sara Ahern

Superintendent of Schools

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Sent 9/20/19 to all FHS Families regarding the last day to buy Chromebook Insurance

There is limited time remaining to purchase Chromebook Insurance for the 2019-2020 school year.  The cost of Chromebook Insurance is $40 per student for this school year. 

To purchase Chromebook Insurance, click here. You can also find the link for this payment on the FHS Website under ONLINE PAYMENTS.

You can also pay by check, please make a check out to Town Of Franklin for $40.00. Please list student name, student ID number, and the words CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE on the memo line of the check. 

If you have written a check to purchase Chromebook Insurance and have given it to your student to drop off in the FHS Main Office, please make sure your student has done so by the 23rd of September. No late payments will be accepted.

LAST DAY TO PURCHASE INSURANCE IS SEPTEMBER 23rd.

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Sent 9/17/19 to Families of 9th and 10th grade students-Health Exemption letter

Dear FHS Parents/Guardians of 9th and 10th grade students,

Franklin High School has a comprehensive health education program that has been developed by our professional staff under the guidance of the community health education advisory council. The overall goal of the program is to continue efforts begun in earlier grades to promote the health and well-being of our students, and to help them make wise and informed decisions during their teenage years and beyond.

Human sexuality education is part of the health education curriculum and includes topics such as dating and dating violence, relationships and communication skills, prevention of sexual abuse, pregnancy, birth control, abortion, gender education, as well as the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

If you would like to review these materials at the school, you are welcome to do so. Please call or email Kristin Letendre, Director of Health Education, at 508-613-1660 or [email protected] to arrange a convenient time.

During the course, students will be able to ask questions, which will be answered factually and in an age appropriate manner. Each student’s privacy will be respected, and no one will be put on the spot to ask or answer questions or reveal personal information. Material will be presented in a balanced, factual way that makes clear that people may have strong religious and moral beliefs about issues such as birth control and abortion, and that these beliefs must be respected.

Under Massachusetts law and School Committee policy, you may exempt your child from any portion of the curriculum that primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues. To receive exemptions simply send me a letter requesting an exemption for your child. No student who is exempted from this portion of the curriculum will be penalized. We will provide an alternative assignment to students who are exempted.

We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience this school year. If you have any questions about sex education or any other matter concerning your child’s health education, please call Ms. Letendre.

Yours Truly,
Paul Peri, Principal
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Sent 9/16/19 to all 11th and 12th grade Families/Students-PE Pathway Selection Form

FHS Class of 2020, and Class of 2021,

Guidance requires all students in grades 11 and 12 to complete the online Pathways to PE form to let them know how you will achieve your PE requirement this school year. Once you complete this brief form your response will be sent to your Guidance Counselor.  
Please note, anyone selecting Pathway#2 or Pathway#3 will be required, at the end of the school year, to complete a Pathways to PE Documentation of Participation form (located in the FORMS CABINET on the FHS Website under Students/Families)  and return it to Guidance by June 1st. 
Those students in 9th and 10th grade do not need to complete the Pathways to PE onlne form.
 
Sincerely,
Guidance
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Sent 9/16/19 to all FHS Families-Monday Communication
 
Good Evening Panther Families!
 
We are happy to report that today as we started what is only the thirteenth day of school, in a good way, it feels like we have been back much longer than that.  Students are falling into their routines, we have spent considerable time building relationships and getting to know one another, and everyone is settling into a groove.  
 
-To begin our communication, please take note of the following dates:
  • Monday, Sept. 23rd, at 7:00pm: our first PCC meeting in the FHS Library Media Center.  Please come out to meet new members of the board, discuss the upcoming year, and meet key staff members...including the FHS admin team.  Please click here for a more detailed letter from our PCC.
  • Thursday, Sept. 26th, 6:30-8:30: FHS Curriculum Night.  Parents/guardians spend the evening following an abbreviated version of their children’s schedules, learn about curricula, and meet the teachers.  Please note: this evening is NOT designed for individual conferences about students.  
  • Friday, Sept. 27th: Scheduled ½ day.  Dismissal at 10:50.
  • Monday, Sept. 30th: No School in observance of Rosh Hashanah
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9th: No School in observance of Yom Kippur
  • Friday, Oct. 11th:  Scheduled ½ day.  Dismissal at 10:50.
  • Monday, Oct. 14th: No School for Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29th and Wednesday, Oct. 30th: Parent Teacher Conferences.  More info to come
 
-We would like to recognize the inconvenience and disruption caused by automated call about chromebook insurance that was sent out yesterday morning.  While that did not come from the high school, it was our families that were impacted. Thank you for your understanding.
 
-Several notes on parking at the high school
Students should only be parking in their assigned lots, with their placard hanging visibly from the rearview mirror.
No students should be parking without a pass or permission.  Parking without permission will lead to progressive discipline.  Staff will be conducting checks of the parking lots.
We are asking parents, guardians, and anyone picking up or dropping off students to PLEASE AVOID student lots.  Half in jest, the student lots are scary enough places already during entrance and dismissal without extra drivers and cars idling.  Thank you for your help with this.
 
-Our practice of having students turn in their cell phones at the beginning of the period is going very well.  Staff are reporting it is like a breath of fresh air not having to constantly battle against the distractions and student feedback is overwhelmingly positive as well.  Again, students still have access to their phones during passing time, at lunch, during directed studies, and in all evacuation/lockdown situations.
 
-Athletics are now in full swing, and as usual our teams are off to an incredibly strong start throughout the league.  Please visit the athletics website for a wealth of information, including individual team schedules.  Clubs and activities are beginning as well! We will be communicating information about our FHS Club Fair in the coming weeks as it becomes available.
 
-Finally, some important information for families of the Class of 2021 with information about the upcoming PSAT Exam.
 
The PSAT will be administered at FHS on Saturday, October 19th from 7:30 am - 12:00pm.
 
  • Members of the FHS Class of 2021 are eligible to take the exam.
  • Students from other schools/districts must take the exam at their own school.
  • There is no makeup date for the PSAT.
  • There is a $25 fee to take the exam.  Students must register online to reserve a test.
  • Online registration begins September 9th and will end on Wed., 9/18 at 4pm.  Please register your 11th grade student for the PSAT by clicking HERE
  • Students who receive free/reduced lunch, may register through their guidance counselor.
  • Students will be receiving additional information, as well as a full-length practice test, during their US History classes at the end of September.
  •  Please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor with any questions.
 
Go Panthers!!

Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Ryan Augusta, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Santosuosso, Asst. Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal

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Sent 9/16/19  to FHS Families of Juniors (class of 2021)-PSAT Info for Juniors

This email is a reminder of the upcoming PSAT registration deadline of this Wednesday, 9/18 for Juniors only 

PSAT Information for Class of 2021

  • The PSAT will be given at Franklin High School on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 7:30am – 12:00pm
  • Members of the Class of 2021 at Franklin High School are eligible to take the exam.
  • Students from other schools/school districts must take the exam at their own school.
  • There is no makeup date for the PSAT.
  • There is a $25 fee to take the exam.  Students must register online to reserve a test.
  • Online registration will end on Wed., 9/18 at 4pm.  Please register your 11th grade student for the PSAT by clicking HERE.   This link may also be found on the FHS website under ONLINE PAYMENTS.
  • Students who receive free/reduced lunch may register through their guidance counselor. As a reminder, free/reduced applications must be filled out at the beginning of every school year.  

Students will be receiving additional information, as well as a full-length practice test, during their US History classes at the end of September. 

Please reach out to your son/daughter’s guidance counselor with any questions.

Thank you,

FHS Guidance

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Sent 9/16/19  to all FHS Families -DECA Information

Hello Panther Families,
DECA is a business oriented organization that focuses on improving educational and career opportunities in marketing, management and entrepreneurship for students.
FHS DECA meets every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school in room 147. 
Students develop business/marketing plans to pitch to judges at the regional level, at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, at the state level (if qualified), at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, and at the National Level (if qualified), in Nashville,Tennessee this year.
All students (Grades 9-12) interested in learning about business are welcome to stop by and explore!
Questions? Contact DECA Advisor Mr. Carmo at [email protected]
Thanks,
DECA Leadership Team

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Sent 9/16/19 via Aspen to FHS Families of Seniors (class of 2020)-College Information

 Good morning, 

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Today, we want to share some information about the following:  (Please click the links in the email for the information)

1. FERPA and how it relates to your college applications and sending information to colleges.

2.  College Reps Visiting FHS - How to sign up  (only students will be able to access this form)

3.  Reminder - we are asking all seniors to fill out this form, so that we may begin meeting individually with students to discuss timelines, etc.  

One additional reminder, the Guidance Staff will be hosting a College Planning Night for parents of seniors this Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm in the FHS Auditorium (students are also encouraged to attend).  We will be discussing topics related to the college admission process and answering any questions you might have.  

As always, please reach out to your guidance counselor with any questions.  

FHS Guidance

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Sent 9/15/19 to all FHS Families 

There is limited time remaining to purchase Chromebook Insurance for the 2019-2020 school year.  The cost of Chromebook Insurance is $40 per student for this school year. 

To purchase Chromebook Insurance, click here. You can also find the link for this payment on the FHS Website under ONLINE PAYMENTS.

You can also pay by check, please make a check out to Town Of Franklin for $40.00. Please list student name, student ID number, and the words CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE on the memo line of the check. Drop the check off in the FHS Main Office no later than September 23rd. 

LAST DAY TO PURCHASE INSURANCE IS SEPTEMBER 23rd.

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Sent 9/11/19 to all FHS Families:-Required forms for all students

Dear Parents/Guardians of all FHS Students,

It is the time of year when I remind you of the online forms you are required to complete for your FHS Student(s). If you have already completed the required forms for your student for this school year, thank you!

If not, here is what we need from you ASAP:

Parents of 9th graders (and upperclassmen new to FHS this year) are required to complete these forms for your student, if you have not already done so:

Parents of 10th, 11th and 12th graders are required to complete these forms, if you have not already done so for your student(s) for this school year:

Please note: all of these forms can be found on the FHS Website/Students /Families Tab/Forms Cabinet.

If you would prefer to complete paper versions of the forms, they are available in the FHS Main Office.
If you cannot remember if you completed a form, completing it again is ok. We would rather have a duplicate form than no form on file for your student.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in completing these important 2019-2020 forms for your student(s).

Sincerely,

Ivy Patten
FHS Student Registrar

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Sent 9/9/19  to all FHS Families

Annual TEST for Mass Notification System – Franklin Public Schools
 
We will be conducting a test of our “Regroup” mass notification system on Monday, September 23rd at 4:00 P.M.    This test will send out a phone message to all of your contact numbers in our student & employee databases. 
 
Parents/Guardians, please be sure that your phone numbers and email addresses are up to date at your child’s school office. For FHS contact information changes, click HERE
 
Staff members please update your information through the employee self service module in Munis.  The link and instructions are in The All School Staff Team Drive – Important Links Document.   If you do not know your employee ID number, please check with your building secretary.
 
Thank you for keeping your contact information current!
 
Franklin Public Schools

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Sent 9/9/19  to all Families of FHS Juniors - Class of 2021

PSAT Information for Class of 2021
The PSAT will be given at Franklin High School on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 7:30am – 12:00pm
 
Members of the Class of 2021 at Franklin High School are eligible to take the PSAT exam.
Students from other schools/school districts must take the exam at their own school.
  • There is no makeup date for the PSAT.
  • There is a $25 fee to take the exam.  Students must register online to reserve a test.
  • Online registration will begin today, September 9th and will end on Wed., 9/18 at 4pm.  Please register your 11th grade student for the PSAT by clicking HERE
  • Students who receive free/reduced lunch may register through their guidance counselor.
Students will be receiving additional information, as well as a full-length practice test, during their US History classes at the end of September.
Please reach out to your son/daughter’s guidance counselor with any questions.

Sincerely,

Heather McVay, Director of Guidance

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Sent 9/8 to all FHS Families:

There is limited time remaining to purchase Chromebook Insurance for the 2019-2020 school year.  The cost of Chromebook Insurance is $40 per student for this school year. 

To purchase Chromebook Insurance, click here. You can also find the link for this payment on the FHS Website under ONLINE PAYMENTS.

You can also pay by check, please make a check out to Town Of Franklin for $40.00. Please list student name, student ID number, and the words CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE on the memo line of the check. Drop the check off in the FHS Main Office no later than September 23rd. 

LAST DAY TO PURCHASE INSURANCE IS SEPTEMBER 23rd.

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Sent 9/5 to all FHS Families:

Hello FHS Parents and Guardians!

Deb Matthy and I are once again organizing a Hospitality Committee and are looking for
volunteers who would be interested in joining. This group will be supporting the teachers by
hosting a few breakfast/coffee events, one on September 27th after the open house, one on
October 31st following the parent/teacher conferences and another will be scheduled for a date
in the January/February time frame.

If you would like to help us out with baking or buying please send a quick email to
Wendy Mollo at [email protected] or Deb Matthy [email protected] with your
name and email address and we’ll add you to the list to receive the emails.

Later in the year we will gear up for the Teacher Appreciation celebration which will take place
in May. An email will go out to all FHS families giving them the option to participate.

Thank you so much for your time and generosity!

Sincerely,
Wendy Mollo
Deb Matthy

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Sent 9/4 to all FHS Families:

To those students interested in auditioning for Mock Trial:

There will be a meeting tomorrow (Thursday 9/5) night from 7:00-8:30pm in the FHS lecture hall.  Coaches and returning members will assist prospective mock trial attorneys and witnesses in their preparation.  Auditions will be in early October.

We apologize for the short notice.  If you cannot attend, you may still audition.  In that case, please see Mr. Walsh or Mr. Perkins on Thursday or Friday or contact us via email, 

 
Mike Walsh
US National Government & Politics and US History Teacher
Mock Trial Coach
Franklin High School

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Sent 9/4/19 to Senior Families only:

Good morning and Welcome Back! 

The Guidance Staff will be hosting a College Planning Night for parents of Seniors on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm in the FHS Auditorium.  We will be discussing topics related to the college admission process and answering any questions you might have.  

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th at 6:30 pm. 

In addition, we will be hosting a Financial Aid Seminar, sponsored by MEFA, on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.  More information to follow.

Thank you!
Heather McVay
Director of Guidance
508-613-1442

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Sent 9/4 to all Franklin Public Schools Families

Dear FPS families,

Now that the school year has started, we wanted to briefly check in with you about the summer work that your students were assigned, either optionally or as a requirement. Please provide your feedback on the survey below so that we can ensure that our summer work practices are effective for all stakeholders. Click on the survey link below that matches your student(s) current grade(s). 

For families with students in Grades 1-5

For families with students in Grades 6-8

For families with students in Grades 9-12

With appreciation,  

Joyce Edwards, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Franklin Public Schools
355 East Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
508-553-4821

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Sent 8/26/19 to all FHS Families

Dear Panther Families,

This email is to clarify and elaborate upon the changes in cell phone practice that was mentioned in our message at the end of last week.  We anticipate the change to result in a little bit of angst for a few students, but wanted to reassure all students/parents/families that we are making these changes in the best interests of both the classroom as well as our students and their well-being.

In regards to thoughts and questions about student safety, we want to be clear that in the event of a lockdown or building evacuation, students will have access to their phones.  Staying on the topic of safety, we also remind families that phones will be within several feet of students, students will still have chromebooks, staff will have access to their own phones, and there are landlines and emergency call buttons in every classroom.

In recent years, student cell phone usage during instructional time has reached a tipping point making these changes necessary.  In making these changes, however, we deliberately made a decision NOT to ban cell phones. Students will still have access to them before and after school, during passing times, and during lunch.

Additionally, we have included below a substantial collection of articles/research that speak to the issues associated with increased cell phone usage among teens.  These include but are not limited to: vision problems, increased anxiety, risk of obesity, depression, cheating, and decreased attention span, let alone the impact on social skills.  We realize there are many articles to sift through, so we included a collection of quotes that resonated with us as we were compiling the research.

We also stressed with our faculty earlier today that this will be implemented consistently around the building and that staff will be employing progressive discipline, in conjunction with meaningful conversations for those students struggling to meet the expectations.

The research and anecdotes from other school systems and countries dealing with this show increased levels of achievement and happiness.  Sounds good to us!

We will be communicating this to students over the PA during first period tomorrow and in more detail at the class meetings scheduled within the first cycle of the school year.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank you,

FHS Administration

 

“After only a few days of having no phones in class, many students reported feeling more focused and engaged in the classroom. The teacher stated they had never seen their classroom readier to learn and believed the new program could reinvigorate education throughout the entire school and beyond.  

After the program had been implemented for a year, a large number of students reported feeling less stressed and distracted during class. Most importantly, students reported a boost in their grades and overall knowledge of the subject.” 

“The bottom line is kids can’t control their cell phone use. [App developers] figured out how to channel our fundamental human drives — the drive to compete, achieve, master new skills, connect socially, escalate in social status, tell stories and engage in narrative — to an online environment that’s gratifying, feels good and is hyper customizable. Addictive content isn’t a problem when there are natural limits, but there aren’t any because we made it pocket sized and added wireless access,” he said. 

“The result of cell phone addiction, he said, is a toxic online social environment, a decline in mental health, shorter attention spans, less physical activity, less productivity as passions are diverted to the online world and decreased academic performance.” 

“The group cited several reasons for the change including ongoing problems of students taking photos of tests, cheating on tests, online bullying, texting each other to vape in the bathrooms and not interacting with each other during lunch periods. Additionally, school counselor Karen Graves said that she frequently has students who are unable to function in class because of something they saw posted online or because someone did not immediately respond to a text.” 

“The ultimate goal, he said, is to change the culture by creating a standard of behavior with the policy, providing education to explain why the policy is important and ingraining the value of less phone time and more face-to-face interactions in students.”

“Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that promotes safe technology and media for children, reported that "50 percent of teens 'feel addicted' to mobile devices." The report also stated that 78 percent of teens check their devices at least hourly, and 72 percent of teens feel the need to immediately respond to texts, messages on social networks, and other notifications. The paper also found that multitasking—for example, toggling between multiple screens or between screens and people—impairs a child's ability to learn and work effectively.”

“The Negative Effects of Too Much Screen Time

Whether you keep the TV on all the time or the whole family sits around staring at their smartphones, too much screen time could be harmful. Here's what some of the research says:

Obesity: Too much time engaging in sedentary activity, such as watching TV and playing video games, can be a risk factor for becoming overweight.1

Sleep problems: Although many parents use TV to wind down before bed, screen time before bed can backfire. The light emitted from screens interferes with the sleep cycle in the brain and can lead to insomnia.2

Behavior problems: Elementary school-age children who watch TV or use a computer more than two hours per day are more likely to have emotional, social, and attention problems.

Educational problems: Elementary school-age children who have televisions in their bedrooms do worse on academic testing.

Violence: Exposure to violent TV shows, movies, music, and video games can cause children to become desensitized to it. Eventually, they may use violence to solve problems and may imitate what they see on TV, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.”

“According to the market-research group Nielsen, adults spend over 11 hours per day interacting with media. That's up from 9 hours and 32 minutes just four years ago. Of that 11 hours, 4 hours and 46 minutes are spent watching TV. According to an oft-cited 2016 report by Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of 9 hours per day interacting with media, not including time spent for school or homework. For kids ages 8-12, the same Common Sense Media survey report found that they spent 6 hours per day interacting with media”  

“San Diego State University psychologist Dr. Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor Dr. W. Keith Campbell discovered that after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks.” 

Peggy Scallon, MD, medical director of the FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders program in Oconomowoc.

“There are huge implications for youth,” Dr. Scallon says. “What are they not doing when they’re on screens? What experiences are they missing out on?”

The distractions of the screen mean less time for homework, physical activity, family interactions, and face-to-face time with peers. Without these necessary social interactions, kids are growing up unprepared and unable to cope—sometimes creating an unhealthy environment for their mental well-being.

“We know that anxiety and depression are correlated with high levels of screen time,” Dr. Scallon says.

The content on the screen matters just as much as the amount of time spent on them. Teens grow up looking at airbrushed models on Instagram or seeing friends doing something fun without them. Dr. Scallon warns that some then perceive their own life as unglamorous in comparison.”

https://rogersbh.org/about-us/newsroom/blog/how-does-screen-time-affect-...

https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/11/11/too-much-screen-time-linked-to-...

https://bestlifeonline.com/screen-time-vision/

https://www.theepochtimes.com/teacher-fed-up-with-students-using-phones-...

https://www.record-courier.com/news/20190825/schools-battle-cell-phone-a...

https://www.verywellfamily.com/the-negative-effects-of-too-much-screen-t...

https://www.myopiainstitute.com/eye-care/video-effects-of-excessive-scre...

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-scary-lasting-effects-of-too-much-...

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/tech-happy-life/201812/how-much-...

https://www.wgu.edu/heyteach/article/how-deal-cell-phones-school1808.html

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Sent 8/26/19 to all FHS Families

Hello Panther Families!!

Franklin High School Staff is so excited to share our newest project with you.  We spent the summer putting together a video to show you how much we are looking forward to welcoming everyone tomorrow!

By design many of us pushed ourselves beyond our comfort zones in an effort to put a smile on your faces, show a different side, and let you know that we are working every day to build a school where you want to be.

A huge thank you to Mr. Nick Bailey and Ms. Heather Moreau for all of their work with this video, helping to bring our vision and high hopes to life.

We’ll see everyone tomorrow!  click to : Enjoy the show!

FHS Staff

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Sent 8/23/19 to all FHS families:

Good Afternoon Franklin Panthers!

The first day of school is right around the corner, and we could not be more excited to once again have our hallways and classrooms full of students!!  After Day 1, our goal is for each of our students to be even more excited to be returning on Day 2!!

Instead of focusing exclusively on rules, syllabi, and curriculum on Day 1, our staff will be starting the year by focusing on students, relationships, and creating a safe and welcoming environment.  In an effort to streamline that, we are covering some basics and logistics in this email. Please read through the information below.

The first day of school for our students is this Tuesday, August 27th.  We can’t wait!

If you haven’t bookmarked our high school website, found here, please do so!  There is a wealth of information to be found.

Students and families should be aware that this year FHS will be implementing a new student cell phone practice.  As students enter each classroom, their cell phones will be placed in a hanging organizer and will not be utilized during instructional time.  At the conclusion of class, students will retrieve phones and will have access to them during passing times. Cell phones usage will continue to be permitted before and after school,  during passing times and during lunch. Significant amounts of research continue to showcase the negative impacts of cell phone addiction. We ask for families’ help and support in reinforcing these expectations.  More information to come.

Please click here for an introductory welcome from the newest member of our administrative team, Ms. Jennifer Santosuosso, our second floor assistant principal.

On our website, under Students/Families, is our incredible online school store.  Grab your back-to school gear here!  Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Champion and more are all available!

Chromebook insurance must be purchased annually.  We STRONGLY encourage all families to purchase insurance; the link to do so is here.  The cost has risen to $40.  The increased cost is a result of a large number of insurance claims in recent years and, therefore, a larger premium; we ask students to take extra care with their Chromebooks to minimize breakage.  

Student schedules are now visible through Aspen.  Please email guidance counselors with scheduling questions. Should you need your aspen password reset, please email our student registrar, Ivy Patten, at [email protected]

We are pleased to announce that based on a more favorable state budget, which was approved over the summer, the high school will NOT be implementing or collecting a parking fee for the 2019-20 school year!!  Any students who still need to pick up their parking pass should stop by the 3rd floor house office.

There will be much more information on many topics to come in the first week of school.  

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, concerns, or moments of Panther Pride!

Go Panthers!

Franklin High School Administration