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April 10th-to senior families

Hello Seniors-

 We have to first thank you for all of your love, kindness and support of one another (and of us) during this incredibly difficult time.  It may seem trivial to send this message today in light of all that is going on, but due to timelines and our promises, we had to get it to you…

 
So, beginning April 11th, the first day of Quarter 4 members of the Class of 2018 that are in good standing will be permitted to arrive late to school on the days they have a directed study first period of the day, and leave early from school on the days they have a directed study last period of the day.

 
Please be aware that as we are piloting this for the first time, we may be communicating further should changes need to be made to the process outlined below.

 
In order for students to be considered in good standing they must:

  • Owe no detention hours, nor have any other outstanding discipline
  • Owe no credit recovery sessions
  • Be passing all of their classes
  • Until Quarter 3 grades are posted (shortly after we return from April break), Quarter 2 grades will be the basis for eligibility.
 When students are arriving late after first period they must:

  • Have their ID so that they may enter the building.  
  • Report to their house office to check-in
  • Arrive in time to check in and make it to their second period class on time at 8:50
  • Should students arrive late to their second period class, it will be considered a tardy
 When students are leaving early after their fourth period class they must:

  • Stop to sign out in a book in the hallway outside of the main office
  • Remain in their fourth period class until the end of the period, at 12:55
  • Students who are scheduled for fourth lunch may leave at 12:30, but must still sign out
  • All students must sign out and leave through the main entrance
 Failure by our students to follow any of these procedures being put into place could result in the loss of the senior perk.

If students have questions about their eligibility, they should stop in to their house office.

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March 18th

Good Morning Panther Families!


Today’s memo is intentionally short, as each point is important and we don’t want them to get lost in a lengthier memo.


  • Parents and guardians, PLEASE do not text your student during the school day.  Thank you.

  • Please click here for a family survey on summer reading.  Your feedback is very much appreciated. 
  • A reminder that our 10th grade students will be taking the English Language Arts MCAS next week from March 27th through March 29th.  We will be communicating with all students during the course of this week in their English classes. We will be sharing room assignments at that time.  We encourage students and parents to reach out to their house offices with any questions.
  • Finally, a reminder that last week’s PCC meeting has been rescheduled to tonight.  We will be meeting in the Library Media Center at 7:00 pm. We will have presentations from Mr. Ron Taylor, math department head and Mr. Bill Bobrowsky, science department head.  Mr. Peri and Mr. Klements will be discussing school safety/security. We hope to see everyone there!!

Sincerely,

Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education

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March 14th
Hello Panther Families, 

We are writing this afternoon to provide a quick, brief update on today’s Walk-Out.


  • Early indications are that it was a success; students were appropriate and respectful in both locations
  • The event began with a moment of silence in memory of the 17 victims
  • 14 students read each of the names of the students that were lost, and 3 staff members read the names of the educators killed in Parkland
  • Student leadership read a poem written by a Parkland survivor
  • Flyers asking students to share, “Why I walked out…” were distributed
  • The students who ran the event are continuing to work on next steps including encouraging peers to pre-register/register to vote, promoting Young Democrats, Teenage Republicans, and Girl Up, posting their reasons why flyers, and encouraging peers to contact their local representatives
  • A big thank you to all the students and staff that helped in a variety of ways
We encourage you to follow the FHS twitter page @FranklinHS as well as @FranklinPSNews or the hashtag #NationalSchoolWalkout for additional pictures and commentary.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge that there are strong beliefs and emotions on this subject both here in Franklin as well as across the nation.  As an administration, we were only concerned with providing a safe opportunity for all students to share and/or be heard. But we would be remiss if we did not compliment the manner in which our students represented themselves.  Both the student leaders that organized the event as well as the hundreds of students that participated were respectful to one another, welcomed opposing viewpoints, and impressed all nearby adults with their maturity and poise. We hope you are as proud as we are of these fine young adults.


If there are any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out!

Sincerely,


FHS Administration

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March 6th

Hello Panther Families,
We hope this email finds everyone warm, safe, and dry after this past weekend’s storm, and on the eve of yet another!  After what was likely a disruptive weekend for many, it was comforting to come back to a regular routine in a warm well-lit building!
This email is shared on the heels of two assemblies (9th/10th and 11th/12th) for students that were conducted last Thursday.  We covered several topics, each of which will be briefly explained here. However, as with all communications, please reach out with any and all questions.  
 
School Safety
We stressed our focus on relationships, some of which was addressed in last week’s communication, and reminded students how important it is to know one another, build connections with peers and teachers, and to be kind.
We reviewed our lockdown procedures, and let students know that we will continue to practice fire and lockdown drills.  Usually we do not let students/staff know ahead of time that we will be having a drill. However, given recent events we will be providing everyone with 24 hours advanced notice.

School Walkout on March 14th

There will be a student-led walkout on March 14th at 10:00
FHS administration and staff will work with students to afford them a voice.  As the protest becomes more clear, communication will follow.
Students will NOT face discipline for choosing to participate.
Students who choose not to participate may head to the gymnasium, where they will be supervised.
Students will be welcomed back to classes at 10:17.
Rules and Expectations
Students should keep their ID’s with them at all times
No hats/hoods during the day
Clarification of lunch policies, practices, and locations
Student use of earbuds and cell phones are at teacher discretion
Anti-Bully/Harassment
We defined several key terms including harassment, discrimination, and protected classes
Provided hypothetical instances of harassment, accompanying education, and proactive next steps which include ongoing conversation in large groups, touching upon this content in upcoming advisory periods, and remaining in conversation with counseling and support staff
Delineated different types of harassment including discrimination based on disability and gender status
We reviewed bullying, cyberbullying, and how bullying and harassment can coincide
Defined and addressed the concept of protected classes, which include but are not limited to disability, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, color, veterans status, genetic information, political affiliation, national origin, or religion.
We defined the concept of Retaliation and stressed there is no place for it at FHS
 
As is often the case, especially with such emotionally charged topics as these, conversations between students and their families are likely to arise.  While we are always happy to clarify any of the points listed above, if families are looking for guidance in navigating these conversations we would suggest the following:
Stress the importance of building relationships and getting to know one another.  Feel free to reference our last communication
Remind students to take every opportunity to be kind.  Be kind to themselves, their peers, and one another.
Ask your children who their support networks are here at FHS.  If they were to be bullied or harassed, or if they know someone who has...what would they do?  Who are their trusted adults once they leave home?
We look forward to our continued discussion on how to help each of our students make the best decisions possible.

Sincerely,

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal
Craig Williams, Assistant Principal
Maria Weber, Assistant Principal
Pam Myette, Assistant Principal for Special Education
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February 26th

Hello Panther Families- 

Today’s memo will touch upon a topic that is often on our collective minds, but even more so in the recent days: school safety. 

First, parents and families, we need your help.  Please, please make sure that you are sending your students to school with their school ID’s every day.  The reasons for this are many and include but are not limited to: printing, attendance, and accountability.  But first and foremost it allows us to monitor and maintain who does and does not have access to our school.  Every student was issued a school ID at the start of 9th grade.  In the event that your child has lost their ID or needs a replacement, please stop by the main office.  The cost for a replacement ID is $8.

School administration spent the week of February break returning phone calls and emails from parents and families that reached out with specific concerns about school safety or protocols.  Our general message has been and remains that we are fully committed to ensuring that every person at Franklin High School is safe physically, emotionally, and psychologically.  Since our communication that went out to parents on February 16th, we have been in regular communication with both central office and the Franklin police to ensure that we are doing everything we can to analyze our current processes and procedures and are in process of identifying what we can improve and how we can do so.

We had an additional lockdown drill scheduled prior to events in Parkland, FL.  Given the circumstances we feel it important to continue to practice, and we will be communicating more proactively ahead of this coming drill in an effort to reassure students, staff, and families.

Finally, as our country is buzzing with opinions about school safety and staff and students’ well-being, we are well aware that there is no shortage of opinions.  We recognize that this disparity of opinions and beliefs exists here in our own town.  However, one core belief that we practice is this:  The single most important deterrent to violence and catalyst to promoting a healthy school environment is the relationships that exist among the people inside our school.  This holds true for students, staff, families, and all combinations thereof.  The more we know one another and care for each other, the safer our schools and communities will be.  Please know that we are not proposing a focus on relationships will eliminate all potential problems that could arise, but it will better enable us to identify people who need help, how to best assist them, and the people to whom we should turn with questions or concerns.
 
If you see something, say something.  We always conclude our communications by encouraging you to reach out with questions, comments, or concerns.  That has never been more true than now.
 
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal
Craig Williams, Assistant Principal
Maria Weber, Assistant Principal
Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education

February 16th
Dear Panther Families,

I spoke to our students this afternoon to address this week’s shooting in Florida.  Just this week, Franklin was on a list published online identifying us as the safest city/town in the nation with a population over 25,000.  Despite our close knit community, which has safe schools and tremendous employees in each of the 11 buildings throughout our district, Franklin is not unique.   It is alarmingly tragic and also disturbingly sad that shootings have become a regular occurence in our society.
 
Today when speaking with students I echoed the request that has come from the mouths of many law enforcement agents: “If you see something, say something.”  That could potentially be a shift in mindset for some students, who may be concerned about being called a snitch or a rat.  However, in today’s world if we are actually going to do something to turn the tide of incidents like Parkland, Sandy Hook, or scores of other similar incidents, we all have a responsibility to share information and concerns.  We all bear a portion of this burden that has been placed upon us.

Dr. Ahern sent a message to the community last night.  We are fortunate that Franklin High School is a state of the art facility designed with a specific focus on student safety. Despite this, we are continually looking to improve our practices and maintain regular and open communication with central office, Franklin Police Department, and other key stakeholders in the community.

To those families and students that have reached out to administration with the past few days, please know that we will be responding individually to all calls and emails over the next week in as timely a manner as possible.

Regards, 

Paul Peri

FHS Principal

February 6th
Hello Panther Families!
As we write this we are seven days away from our February break.  Our winter sports teams continue to dominate the Hockomock league, we are in the midst of a slate of concerts and performances, and Term 3 is off to a smooth start.  At this time, grades for Quarter 2 should be available online.  We would encourage students or families to reach out to the classroom teacher first with any questions.
PARKING/TRAFFIC/DROP-OFF AT FHS

We have several topics related to parking and student drop off that we need to share with you.  Please bear in mind that many of these stem from what is currently the largest student enrollment in the history of Franklin High School.  We have experienced an uptick in accidents and aggressive driving and need to work together.  Please note:

Parking and drop off before and after school can be difficult under optimal circumstances, and with the winter weather it can be even more tenuous.  In an effort to improve everyone’s safety, we ask you to please take a look at the attached picture, which delineates where families are able to drop off their children.  The bus loop and pulling into the lots designated for student/staff parking is off-limits for anyone picking up or dropping off.
At this time we will no longer be able to accommodate any more students parking at the rink.  Typically in years past as students have received their license they would park at the rink if there were no more available parking spots.  We do not have that flexibility this year.
Please note: The management of the Pirelli Veterans Arena has continued to allow our students to park in their lot free of charge.  As they have been and continue to remain more than generous, it is critical that we not abuse this generosity and cause congestion problems in their parking lot.
Students should only be parking in designated student lots if they have submitted necessary paperwork to the third floor house office and have received a parking pass.
Finally, we have received complaints from staff and families at both Horace Mann Middle School as well as Oak St. Elementary and ECDC.  We ask students and families to not be in these lots without specific permission.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.  Please know that we continue to remain in contact with FPD and Franklin DPW and will continue to explore potential solutions to this problem.
To Recap:
Student lots are for student drivers only.  Do not pull into/drop off in these areas.
Please see the attached map that showcases where parents/guardians are to drop off and where they are not.  Look for the green arrows.
Exhibit patience with our most inexperienced drivers.  Observe all local traffic regulations while on school grounds.


As always, please feel free to reach out to any member of the administration with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas!
We would also like to remind everyone that FHS clothing makes a great gift for any occasion.  It’s a great option for a belated Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or even to celebrate Presidents’ Day.   ...click here!

For all of the latest FHS sports action please click here!  
 

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal
Craig Williams, Assistant Principal
Maria Weber, Assistant Principal
Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education


January 22nd
Hello Panther Families!

We hope that you will all be able to join us tonight for the first PCC meeting of the year.  We’ll be in the FHS library/media center and will be joined by Ms. Carolann Tebbetts of the FAA and Art Department as well as Dr. Joyce Edwards, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning.  We are always looking for new faces to join us!

A reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday, January 25th.  The signup times are the same as when we registered for the original date that was snowed out.  If you are unable to schedule a time with a specific teacher, you are encouraged to reach out to that teacher directly to find a mutually agreeable time.

As we continue our work of examining our assessment practices to ensure that students’ grades accurately report their understanding of critical skills and content we have made several small changes to our midyear assessment schedule.  The impact on students and families should be minimal, but please see below for an email that was sent to staff last week

This email comes to share some clarifying information about the conclusion of Quarter 2 and mid-year assessments.  While the changes are few, they come from conversations that began as early as last year with both Educator’s Council and department heads and represent an ongoing effort to work within the confines of our current building schedule to meet the needs of both students and staff.

  • Due to the two snow days from earlier this month and recent staff feedback, we have extended the end of the term from Tuesday, the 23rd to Friday, the 26th.  Quarter 3 is now scheduled to begin Monday, the 29th.  This move also prevents us from beginning a new quarter on a half-day immediately following the night of parent teacher conferences.
  • Rather than adjust the bell schedule as we have in previous years, we will be following our traditional schedule rotation.  This is due largely in part to the fact that when staff was polled, fewer than 40% have administered mid-year assessments over the past few years.  Additionally, we are hoping that this will provide students and staff with our most precious commodity...more instructional time together!
  • There is no expectation that staff must administer a midyear assessment.  While teachers are certainly welcome to do so, it is not a requirement.
  • One exception: teachers of semester long courses must administer some sort of final assessment as there is currently a field on our Report Card.  Seniors with an average of 90% or above are exempt from taking the assessment.
  • Teachers of like courses should have similar plans for assessments.  For example, teachers of courses with multiple sections like Spanish 3 or Algebra 2 should communicate with one another and their department head to avoid scenarios where some are giving assessments while others are not.
  • If it would be helpful, teachers should feel empowered to split assessments over multiple class periods.
  • In an effort to be supportive without being overly prescriptive, we will not be designating certain periods or days for certain exams.
  • We would ask that staff remain mindful of quantity of homework during the next week.
  • Finally, as we have been discussing throughout the course of this year, what we are most concerned with is that regardless of that type of assessment, if any, is chosen that we are making efforts to ensure that students’ grades accurately report their understanding of critical skills and content.
Course Selection

Starting next week and continuing through 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 and can be found on the school’s website.  

Teachers will be making recommendations for students through ASPEN and students will work on their course selections with their guidance counselors during their English class between January 29th - March 9th. Please feel free to reach out to your son/daughter’s guidance counselor at any time during this process.

This Wednesday, January 24th, we are proud to host our FHS Jazz Concert in the Auditorium.  The show begins at 7:00!   Additionally we are hosting the Claflin Hill Symphony Open Rehearsal @ FHS on January 30th at 7:30 pm...and our Jazz Cafe is scheduled for February 2nd at 7:00 pm!


or all of the latest FHS sports action please click here!  

And for really cool FHS (non-sport, non-club specific) clothing...click here!

 s always, please feel free to reach out to any member of the administration with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas!

 Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal
Craig Williams, Assistant Principal
Maria Weber, Assistant Principal
Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education

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January 9th
Hello Panther Families!

Happy New Year!!  After all of the arctic air, we hope you are as excited as we are to be looking at some “tropical” temperatures.  The latest forecasts are calling for temperatures as high as 53 this Friday.  That’s a 60 degree increase from this past weekend!

We are a day late as the two snow days pushed our calendar back just a bit!  Here is the Monday Memo on a Tuesday!
 
A few items as we wrap up one calendar year and look towards another: 

  • Thank you to the families that sent holiday cards.  They are still up in the FHS mailroom and put a smile on our faces every time we walk by.  We would love even more next year!
  • If you are noticing a pleasant new voice on the other end of the phone when dealing with student attendance or when calling to the third floor house office, you are speaking to our new secretary, Mrs. Jen Petrillo.  Please join us in welcoming her to her new role here at FHS!
  • Due to last week’s storm, our Parent Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled for January 25th.  We will be following the same schedule as originally planned.  Students will be dismissed at 10:50.  All conference times will be the same as what was originally scheduled for January 4th.  If for some reason you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please email that teacher(s) directly.
  • Please note that students are also scheduled for half-day dismissals on Friday, January 26th and Monday, February 5th as originally noted on the 2017-18 calendar.
  • Teachers will be beginning conversations with students about course recommendations for next year.  These will be taking place between January 16th and 26th.  In addition to listening to what courses students aspire to take for the 2018-19 school year, teachers will also speak to students about related skills needed for a class (ie. Algebra for Chemistry; independence for AP; etc.) while also taking into account performance to date, work ethic, and motivation.
  • Our winter sports team continue to shine.  We are having tremendous success at the team and individual levels, and this week alone Franklin had five separate athletes nominated for Hockomock Athlete of the Week!For all of the latest FHS sports action please click here!  
  • And for really cool FHS (non-sport, non-club specific) clothing...click here!
Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education
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December 19th-Regarding Parent Teacher Conference sign ups
Good Evening!

Parents and guardians should be able to register for conference times by using the following link.


Please be aware that due to limited number of spaces, some teachers' schedules may fill quickly.  In the event you are unable to find an available time on January 4th, we recommend emailing your child's teachers to schedule a mutually agreeable time to speak.  We will make every effort to be as accommodating as possible.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions!

FHS Administration
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December 19th

Hello Panther Families!


As we head into the final week of school for 2017, we wish you, your families, and your friends the happiest of holiday seasons.  We hope you all stay warm, celebrate, and enjoy time with loved ones.
 

  • Following an outstanding opening week of Winter Sports, we wanted to mention that our boys’ and girls’ varsity swim teams have two meets this week.  Today against Milford, and Thursday against Sharon.  Our apologies to our swim teams for not mentioning you in last week’s memo.  Go Panthers!
  • For all of the latest FHS sports action please click here.  
  • Thank you to everyone who donated toward Light Up a Life.  There are some impressive photos on our Twitter page.  And while you’re there, please feel free to follow us!  It’s another great way to stay up to date on many things FHS.
  • Don’t miss our production of Fahrenheit 451 in the auditorium the nights of December 20th and 21st.  We can’t wait to see the show!
  • Information about Parent Teacher Conferences, which are scheduled for January 4th, will be coming out later this week!
  • Check out our new online school store by clicking here!  Great stuff that celebrates Franklin!  This is a great way for ALL students, parents/guardians, family members, etc to show their pride!

In closing, if any families have extra holiday cards and would like to send one to FHS at 218 Oak St, we will be sure to display them proudly in the main office.  From our FHS family to yours, Happy Holidays!!


Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education
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December 12th
Hello Panther Families!

Welcome to a bonus (and slightly belated) Monday Communication.
 

To all members of the Franklin community who begin celebrating Hanukkah tonight, Chag urim sameach!


  • Last week’s Holiday Concert was a tremendous success.   Thank you to all of our student musicians for a wonderful night, and thank you to friends and family for coming out and showing their support!
  • A reminder of the first FHS open mike night in the FHS library at 6:00 pm on Thursday night.
  • Tonight our girls’ basketball teams kick off their home openers against North Attleboro.  The varsity game begins at 6:30 pm.
  • Our girls’ hockey team has their first home game of the season against Mansfield at 12:30 on Saturday, December 16th.
  • Our varsity track teams have their first home meet against King Philip On December 16th.
  • Wrestling has their first home match against Milford at 7:00 on December 20th.
  • Don’t miss our production of Fahrenheit 451 in the auditorium the nights of December 20th and 21st.  It’s gonna be hot!
  • Our gymnastic team hosts Sharon to kick of 2018 the evening of January 3rd.

Just a reminder for those looking for some totally sweet gift ideas to check out our brand new online school store by clicking here!

In an effort to reduce costs as much as possible, we still have room for interested students to join the ski club.   Click here for more information!

Finally, please see the following message from our basketball booster for this Friday night.  

FHS Boys Basketball teams will be hosting a Toy Drive at their home opening games this Friday, December 15th.  All fans who donate an unwrapped toy will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win $25 cash.  Toys will be collected at all 3 games.

Stay warm!!  Eight more school days until the break!
 

Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education

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December 4, 2017
Hello Panther Families!


December seems to be one of those months where if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves spread too thin or pulled in too many directions at once!  In an effort to minimize that as much as possible and to aid with scheduling, we are trying to include dates for upcoming events here at FHS.  We are excited about all that is going on!


It is also worth mentioning that after receiving student feedback, this communication will be sent to our student body as well (thank you Hamlet authentic writing assignment!).
 

Tuesday, December 5th - FHS Hosting Exchange Students from Fuji City, Japan.  For the second year in a row, we will be hosting staff and students from Fuji City, Japan.  As our relationship with these families and the Wuhan No. 6 High School, continues to grow we will be playing host to 45 students for the day as they shadow FHS students and experience life in an American high school.


Wednesday, December 6th - FHS Holiday Concert at 7:00 pm.  Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Select Chorus, and two orchestras are performing!  Arrive early to enjoy the K-12 art show that will have student work on display from throughout the district!


Thursday, December 14th - FHS Open Mic Night at 6:00 pm.  Come hear some of the most talented student musicians/artists/performances in the comfort of our very own FHS Library Media Center!


Friday, December 15th - FHS Boys’ Hockey and Basketball Doubleheader.  Come out and support the first game of the season for both boys’ hockey (5:00 pm at Pirelli Veterans Arena) and then follow it up immediately afterward with a boys’ basketball game at home against Milford!  RattleCity will be there.  Will you??


Wednesday & Thursday, December 20th and 21st - FHS Student Drama Performances.  Come see what our award winning FHS drama program has been working on for the past few months as the curtain comes up on Fahrenheit 451.  Tickets will be sold at the door at the price of $12 for an adult, $5 for students. They make a great holiday gift!


Thursday, January 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm - FHS Parent Teacher Conferences.  This day is scheduled as a half day, with a dismissal at 10:50 am.  Much more information to come on this, but please save the date.


Other upcoming information: 

  • Please click here, or follow the FHS Athletic Dept’s twitter account for information on all of our Winter sports teams & schedules
  • Last week concluded the tryouts for FHS Winter Sports.  Thanks to everyone who came out!  For students who did not make a team or a roster, please consider Wrestling, Indoor Track & Field, or Strength & Conditioning.
  • PSAT results will be available on December 12th for those students who took the test back in October.  Please click here for important information about receiving your scores
  • Barring any future cancellations, Quarter 2 is scheduled to end Tuesday, January 23rd.  While some classes may still administer midyear assessments, unlike previous years we will not be running a modified bell schedule during the last few days of the quarter.
  • We have been approached by parents, students, and staff with concerns over student drop off and pickup.  We kindly ask that parents drop off/pick up students only in the drop off loops, and refrain from pulling into parking lots or using the bus loop.  We appreciate your help in this matter.  We are working with our tech department to put out some additional information with visuals soon.
 

As always, we are available for feedback, thoughts, ideas, or questions.  We hope that you all enjoy the start to this holiday season!
 

Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education


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November 21, 2017
Hello Panther Families!

We would like to begin by sharing the fact that we had no reported incidents of drug use or alcohol consumption at last Friday’s Neon Dance.  It was everything that a school dance should be: music, laughter, and dancing in a safe environment.  Going back to last spring’s Senior Week, this is now the third FHS event without any student issues with drugs/alcohol!  In an effort to keep this momentum of healthy decision making moving forward, we would like to discuss a new trend we are noticing more and more.

We are writing to share some information with you about the recent increase in e-cigarettes and vaporizers (or “vapes”) and to ask for your help to make sure our students are not bringing them to Franklin High School.

While this information may be new to some, we find ourselves in the midst of the vaping fad.  They are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers, and schools and media outlets are making efforts to communicate with families.  Within the past week, Remington, Annie Sullivan, and Horace Mann Middle Schools have all put out letters to their respective communities.  Five days ago, The Boston Globe featured an article on the topic that can be found by clicking here.  Additionally, middle and high schools throughout the region are writing similar letters to this one.

Here is some information we think parents may find helpful when talking to students about vaping.

  • Vape pens can hold nicotine, THC (the chemical in marijuana), different flavored juices, ar any other number of controlled substances.
  • Vape pens can look like regular pens, USB flash drives, credit cards, and other every-day items.  You can see images of different vaping devices by clicking on these links or searching these names:



  • Students can access YouTube tutorials on how to conceal vaping materials - socks and shoes are a common hiding place - and how to vape without getting caught (blowing vapor into the neck of a sweatshirt, for example).

Students may view vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, but vaping is quite harmful.  Even if students are vaping using nothing but the flavored juices, they are inhaling diacetyl and acetyl propionyl, chemicals that have been linked to respiratory disease.

In addition to the health ramifications, there are specific disciplinary consequences for students who are discovered to be in possession of a vape or are found using one.  Consequences range from in-school suspension to out of school suspension of various lengths depending on individual circumstances (repeat offenses, the substance that is being vaporized, etc).  Massachusetts is consistent (through the MIAA) that use of a vape is considered to be a chemical health violation and results in a 25% loss of an athletic season for a first offense.

Here at Franklin High School we have received multiple reports that students have been vaping in the bathrooms and even in class.  Students have told us that they are easy to purchase.  All they need is a Visa or American Express gift card and they can buy them online and have them shipped to a friend’s house.  As a staff we are being as transparent as possible with students and doing our best to monitor student behavior in the building.  However, we would prefer to educate and be proactive rather than catch students in the act and distribute disciplinary consequences.

We are asking you all to have honest and straightforward conversations with your children about the decisions they are making.  Share the contents of this letter, voice your concerns, and use some of the resources included in this communication to continue the conversation over time.  We will continue to reinforce our expectations that Franklin High School is an environment that should be free from drugs, alcohol, vapes, and e-cigarettes. 

Some additional resources can be found at the end of this letter.  As always, we are happy to continue to communicate as we work together to support students in healthy decision making.

We wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!

Sincerely,

Paul Peri, Principal

Bill Klements, Deputy Principal

Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal

Craig Williams, Assistant Principal

Maria Weber, Assistant Principal

Pam Myette, Assistant Principal of Special Education
 

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November 15, 2017  (Sent to Senior Families (2018) only)

Dear Panther Families,

Today the Class of 2018 met with their advisors and school administration to continue the conversation about caps and gowns. This has been an ongoing conversation amongst the administration, advisors, and the officers for the Class of 2018 dating back to last year. Earlier this fall we sent an email on September 20th as we began deeper discussion on this topic.

Highlights of today’s class meeting include:

A recap and review of how the discussion began
A detailed overview of the data from recent student surveys
A presentation from a representative of Jostens

With all of this taken into consideration, Franklin High School is excited to move forward as one class with one color robes. The robes will be a richer, darker blue which is more in line with our school’s colors and will be a higher quality fabric than robes from previous years. Seniors will also be adding a new white stole that will showcase the Class of 2018 logo, as well as our school logo. These white stoles are customizable and provide a great opportunity for individualization.

In regards to the traditions of the blue and white robes from the past, the administration provide the opportunity to have a photo taken in these robes during Senior Week. While moving forward, we wanted to remain mindful of graduates with older siblings and those families’ desires to have matching pictures.

We also want to stress that cords, pins, sashes and other distinctions for group or individual achievements will continue to be a part of the Franklin High School graduation ceremony. Please know that we are fully aware of the emotions that rise to the surface during any conversation about tradition.

We are closing this letter with the same message that we closed with when meeting with the Class of 2018. Recently our society both here in Franklin as well as throughout the country has seen a dramatic increase in divisive thoughts, words, and actions. From acts of violence and hate speech to a political climate that seems more frenzied by the day, the world into which our graduates are about to step can be difficult to navigate on the best of days. We hope that by having 478 young men and women appear as one on June 1st, The Franklin High School Class of 2018 can send a message of unity, inclusivity, and optimism as they carry forth this message to the next chapter of their lives.

We wish you and your families the happiest of Thanksgiving breaks.

Sincerely, The FHS Administration
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November 13th

Good Morning Panther Families-

This coming Friday (11/17) we are set to host Franklin High School’s Neon Dance.  The dance runs from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will be in the FHS gymnasium.  Tickets can be purchased  by clicking on this link.

As we did prior to the Homecoming Dance, we will be hosting short informational meetings for the parents of students who are interested in attending the dance.  If a parent attended one of the meetings in October before the Homecoming Dance, they DO NOT need to attend these meetings.  The same message will apply, but parents only need to attend one of these meetings if their child(ren) would like to attend the Neon Dance and did not go to one of the meetings before Homecoming.

As we looked back on our meetings prior to Homecoming, we were encouraged that we hosted a dance for almost 1,100 students and there were no issues with drugs or alcohol.  However, we have also learned from our mistakes and are selling tickets online instead of at these meetings.  This should eliminate the frustration of having parents/guardians waiting in line beforehand!

As we communicated previously, we recognize the value of everyone’s time and do not take the decision to make this meeting mandatory lightly.  We care about your children and want to do everything in our power to ensure that their extra-curricular events are safe, fun, and free from drugs and alcohol.

Please join us on either:

-Thursday, 11/16 at 9am in the FHS Auditorium

-Friday, 11/17 at 6:15 pm in the FHS Auditorium (immediately prior to the dance)

We look forward to seeing you and your children later this week 

Sincerely,
The FHS Administration
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November 6, 2017

Hello Panther Families:

As always, there are many things going on in and around FHS!

We have several days off in the coming weeks. For scheduling purposes please know:
  • Tuesday, November 7th - No School due to Election Day/Professional Development for Teachers
  • Friday, November 10th - No School in observance of Veterans’ Day
  • Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Break
Our fall athletic seasons are beginning to wrap up, but there are still a few games and competitions left!
  • Volleyball has a playoff game this Tuesday night in Hopkinton.
  • Our football team hosts Wellesley this Friday night at 6:00. Come on out for the last home game of the season! This year’s annual Thanksgiving matchup against King Philip will be played at KP.
  • Girls’ cross-country won both the Hockomock championship and the league meet.
  • Cheer finished second in the league meet (hosted yesterday here at FHS) and are on to regionals!
  • Our field hockey team and girls’ soccer also qualified for post-season play!
As always, please reach out to our Athletic Department with specific questions.

After a successful homecoming dance last month, we are now looking ahead to the Neon Dance scheduled for the evening of Friday, November 17th. Parents/Guardians of students who did not attend the Homecoming Dance will be required to attend a brief meeting prior to the dance (more information on those coming soon). Students whose parents attended one of the meetings before the homecoming do NOT need to attend a meeting before the neon dance. The only parents who will be asked to attend one of these meetings are those whose children want to attend the Neon Dance and did NOT attend one of the homecoming meetings.

Despite the fact that it seems like the first day of school was yesterday, we are now officially into Quarter 2!

Grades for Quarter 1 should be available on Aspen on Tuesday, November 14th. We are always happy to be a part of the discussion, but if there are questions about individual student grades, we ask you to first reach out to that teacher directly. Thank you!

We are hosting our next FHS PCC meeting on the night of Monday, November 13th at 7:00 in the Library/Media Center. On the agenda is an opportunity to hear from Mr. John Menard, English Department Head and Ms. Tricia London, our new Library Media Specialist!

Kudos to our outstanding music department for a tremendously successful BeatleMania show this past Friday night!!

Please be on the lookout for future communication about student drop off and pickup as well as parking and traffic patterns.

As always, if there are any questions, comments, thoughts, or ideas, please feel free to reach out to any member of our administration.

There is no such thing as too much feedback!

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Craig Williams, Asst. Principal
Brenda Redding, Asst. Principal
Pam Myette, Asst. Principal of Special Education

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October 16, 2017

Hello Panther Families-

Let us begin this week’s memo with some good news and some thanks you’s.

Our most sincere thanks to every parent/guardian who attended one of the meetings last week in preparation of the homecoming dance.~We realize the value of everyone’s time, and while we tried to convey our appreciation during the meetings, it warrants mentioning one more time.~Thank you for taking the time to work with us in providing a safe support system for our students, and thank you for all of the positive feedback we received via email!

We are thrilled to report that with nearly 1,100 students at the dance on Saturday night, we are not aware of any issues with students involving drugs or alcohol!!~We hope to carry this momentum into next month’s Neon Dance.~This success comes as a result of a collective group effort. Thank you!! We also want to remind parents that if you attended a meeting last week, there will not be a need to attend a similar meeting prior to the neon dance.

We have many events going on this week at FHS.~In addition to a full slate of athletic events, clubs, and activities, we also have:
  • Unified Basketball at 3:30 on both Monday and Wednesday of this week.~Games will be in the FHS gymnasium, and all concession sales will benefit Unified Athletics.~The first scrimmage was a tremendous success, and we fully expect these games to be a blast for both the athletes and audience!
  • Tonight, at 7:00 pm the Metro West Commission on the Status of Women is hosting a forum at Franklin High School on teen sexting, with a focus on the harm, the recovery, and the changing law.~This is being put on by Representative Jeff Roy, along with members of the Franklin Police Department and staff from Bridgewater State University.
The FHS drama department is pleased to put on our annual Cabaret variety show this Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.~Tickets can purchased at the door.~The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students.~

  • This Thursday evening we will be hosting our Panther Pride night for 8th grade students and parents from 5:30 to 7:30 in the FHS gymnasium.~We’ve communicated this information out to each of the middle schools, but any help spreading the word would be much appreciated!~It is a showcase of all athletics, clubs, and activities so that the members of the FHS Class of 2022 can get a true sense of “Panther Pride”!
As always, if there are any questions, comments, thoughts, or ideas, please feel free to reach out to any member of our administration.~There is no such thing as too much feedback!

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Craig Williams, Asst. Principal
Brenda Redding, Asst. Principal
Pam Myette, Asst. Principal of Special Education
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October 10, 2017

Hello Panther Families-

This is an abbreviated (and slightly belated due to the long weekend) version of our usual Monday communication.~As we will be hosting several parent meetings in preparation for this weekend’s homecoming activities, we will be keeping today’s memo short.

First, a quick note from our Student Activity Accounts Coordinator:
At the end of each month, Account Statements will be available in Aspen under Published Reports. This is in the same section where you found your students schedules. Please understand that students must be in good standing with the school, including having paid for all outstanding charges, in order to participate in school activities such as Banquets, Dances, Prom and Senior week activities.
Please note: This will not apply to the Homecoming dance, due to the event being at the beginning of the school year.
If you need to reset your Aspen password, please send an email to:correias@franklinps.net

*We are currently noticing significant numbers of students with overdrawn balances on their lunch accounts.~Any attention paid to this would be greatly appreciated!
Second, stay tuned for a “new look” Monday communication coming in six short days on Monday, the 16th with plenty of useful information~
In the meantime, please feel free to contact us at any point with any questions, ideas, comments, or concerns.~There’s no such thing as too much feedback!

We look forward to seeing many of you this week!

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Craig Williams, Asst. Principal
Brenda Redding, Asst. Principal
Pam Myette, Asst. Principal of Special Education

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September 25, 2017

Good Evening Franklin Panthers!

As we find ourselves beginning to settle into the routines of the school day here at Franklin High, it is hard to believe that we are entering into the last week of September!~There are so many things happening here on a daily basis that it would be near impossible to capture each of them, but please know we couldn’t be happier with the level of involvement and activity we are seeing from both students and staff!
We are keeping this memo shorter than usual as it contains much information about Curriculum Night, coming up this Thursday, September 28th from 6:30 to 8:30.~Please note that we recognize that conflicts regarding night events exist across the district.~With twelve schools, including Tri-County, we found ourselves in the position of overlapping with other schools and events.~We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and have begun planning for next year already.~While it may never be perfect, we will work to improve.~The remaining information on Curriculum Night can be found at the end of this memo.

After a very successful start to our 9th grade chromebook exchange last week, we still have about 90 students who have yet to exchange their chromebooks.~If your child is in 9th grade and has not exchanged the chromebook he/she received during high school experience, they should bring their chromebook, charger, and student ID to the library during lunch or a direct study and they will be able to trade in their computer for the brand new chromebook they should have received originally.

This week at FHS is Ally Week.~Our SAGA club is excited to spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and what this community needs from fellow students, educators, and the larger community. In the cafeteria during lunches this week, you will find SAGA members available to share, distribute, and chat about the following resources:
* Informational pamphlets about topics such as gender vs. sexuality, allyship, and SAGA itself
* Tips on gender neutral ways to group students and ways to make students comfortable in the classroom
* Purple heart stickers to wear as a show of support for the community

This Thursday we will be proudly hosting our second annual Club Fair in the FHS Courtyard.~With over 70 clubs and activities, we will be showcasing many different opportunities for students to become more involved in the FHS community.~Schedules will be shared with students and staff tomorrow.

Finally, please click here, for much more information about Thursday’s Curriculum Night.

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Craig Williams, Asst. Principal
Brenda Redding, Asst. Principal
Pam Myette, Asst. Principal of Special Education
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September 10, 2017

Good Afternoon Franklin Panthers!

This is our first memo since the start of the 2017-18 school year.~Today marks the 8th day of school, and the start of our second cycle of our rotating schedule.~It has been a great start to the year, and we are looking forward to many great things to come!

Last week, our new superintendent wrote two letters to the community.~Both letters are attached to this email.
  • The first is a message of inclusivity.~It has been signed by every administrator in Franklin Public Schools, and is a message behind which FHS firmly stands.~We will continue to do everything we can to make sure that each student and person feels welcome and safe in our community.
  • The second addresses the continued work on the turf fields at Pisini and Beaver Pond.
As with all topics, please feel free to reach out with any questions/comments/reactions.

Now that we are into the second cycle of school, students with questions about their scheduled electives may now make an appointment with their guidance counselors.
As you have already noticed, we have a new face in our guidance office.

Our guidance secretary, Chris Stobbart, retired at the end of August after 26 years at FHS.~If you happen to drop in, or notice a new smiling face on the other end of the phone, please take a moment to welcome Marybeth Dolan to the position. She is joining us from Remington Middle School, and has a been a fantastic addition!

Here are a few upcoming dates to add to your calendars:
September 18th - Our first PCC meeting at 7:00 pm in the library.~We would love to have as many new and familiar faces there as possible!!
September 28th - Curriculum Night.~There will be more details to follow.
October 19th - Panther Pride Night.~There will be more details to follow.

The deadline to purchase Chromebook insurance is this week, September 15th. We strongly encourage all families to purchase this insurance at the cost of $25. A reminder that this insurance must be purchased annually.

While there will be many more communications this year, please understand that our school administration welcomes any and all feedback.~We want to know how you and your child are doing here at FHS.~We want to hear of your successes, and we want to know if there are ways we can better support you.~Please feel free to reach out by phone or email at any time!

Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Maria Weber, Asst. Principal
Craig Williams, Asst. Principal
Brenda Redding, Asst. Principal
Pam Myette, Asst. Principal of Special Education
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August 1, 2017

Good Afternoon Panthers!!

We hope that everyone has had a wonderful July recharging your batteries with time spent relaxing, vacationing, unwinding, and enjoying the sunshine!~While the first day of school is still a few weeks away, we wanted to provide everyone with a few updates of ongoing summer projects, important dates, and plans for the beginning of the school year.

  • Now is the perfect time to log those summer reading pages!!!~As of this morning, FHS has read 124,041 pages.~As we went into the summer, our goal was for students and staff collectively to read one million pages over the summer.~Despite our current count, that number is still within reach if everyone logs their pages!~Any reading counts!~Books, magazines, articles, e-books, etc.~We felt this was a great way to empower students with the choice of what to read over the summer as opposed to a more traditional required summer reading list.~
  • Chromebook insurance needs to be purchased annually.~The cost is $25, and we STRONGLY recommend purchasing and/or renewing your policy.~The link to purchase insurance can be found here.~
  • The use of a locker at Franklin High School is available to all students. We have noticed in recent years that the majority of students do not utilize their lockers during the school day.~For this reason we are giving sophomore, junior and senior students the option of choosing whether or not they would like to have a locker assigned to them.~All freshmen will be assigned a locker and information about the location of that locker as well as its combination will be given out during High School Experience.
        We are asking that all sophomore, junior and senior students who DO WANT a locker for the upcoming 2017-18 school year, to please sign up here.

  • Crews have been working hard on facilities.~In addition to the outstanding work by our custodial crew to get the inside of this building ready for students and staff...
  • We began the process of refinishing the gymnasium floor in June, and couldn’t be more pleased with how it has turned out.~We’re looking forward to a great fall athletic season!
  • New turf installation has also begun on Pisini field, the turf itself should be be completed by next week, and the new track should be down by mid-August.~Everything is on schedule to be completed before preseason football begins on August 18th.
  • A few dates for students and families to keep in mind:
  • High School Experience will be taking place at FHS from August 8th through the 11th.
  • Students can come pick up their parking passes from August 22nd through the 24th at the community entrance.~We will be sending a separate communication with more parking info coming Monday.
  • Orientation for students who were unable to attend High School Experience or for upperclassmen new to Franklin will take place at FHS on August 24th.
  • The first day for FHS students is Tuesday, August 29th.
  • More information will be forthcoming on all of these events.
  • A reminder that the summer hours for the FHS Office is Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 2:00, and our Guidance Office is open Tuesday through Thursday during those same hours.~Call or stop in with any questions!!
As we continued to gain momentum heading into August, our excitement is growing for what is certain to be a great school year.

There will be more communications in the coming weeks, but please in the meantime please do not hesitate to call, email, or drop in. We’d love to hear from you!

Go Panthers!
Paul Peri, Principal
Bill Klements, Deputy Principal
Brenda Redding, Assistant Principal
Craig Williams, Assistant Principal
Maria Weber, Assistant Principal
Pam Myette, Assistant Principal



 
 


 
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