Framingham Public Schools

News and Announcements from across the District

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Beyond the Black and White

Beyond the Black and White is a district-wide project that aims to highlight the diverse accomplishments of Framingham Schools’ students through exhibitions of and about student work. Through a weekly distribution featuring different articles, we plan to showcase the incredible variety of talent, passion, and stories that make Framingham unique. Though the content will be moving and inspiring, our name reminds readers of the hope that they will look beyond the black and white words on the page and appreciate the people, named or unnamed, behind each piece.

We hope to celebrate not only students who are often appreciated for their academic or extracurricular achievement, but those with a wide range of different abilities, particularly students who have not been recognized. After all, diversity is a foundation for Framingham Schools!

Orientation Day for Incoming Framingham Kindergartners

Monday, June 3, 2019 all children who will be entering kindergarten in Framingham in September 2019 will be invited to an orientation at their assigned school for next year. Parents should keep that date available as it is very important that every child/family get to know the staff and routines of their new school. It lasts up to 2 hours and will take place in the morning, but the specific times will vary by school.

ENJOY and please make every effort to attend!! Please note—there will be no school on that day for the current Framingham Kindergarteners.

Program Spotlight: Resiliency For Life

You may or may not have heard about the Resiliency for Life Program - but they are doing some incredible things. Just take a look at the program description and read about some of their Alumni achievements - it is quite impressive. Consider this your intro to the program and the benefit the program provides to some of our most vulnerable high school students.

Read more about the program in this FPS News Item!

K-5 Summer Programming

Under the Summer Scene umbrella and through Framingham Public Schools students in grades K - 5 will have access to four weeks of programming! Families may choose to sign up for programming from 8AM-3PM or 8AM-6PM and students will be able to choose from four different programs:

  • Artists, Athletes, & STEAMers
  • Club Exitos (Spanish)
  • Club Successo (Portuguese)
  • Youth Theatre Company (takes place at FHS)

The program will be located at King Elementary School, 454 Water Street, Framingham, MA. Free breakfast and lunch are provided to all students although you can choose to send your child with breakfast or lunch. Transportation is also available at a separate cost.

Learn more about Summer Camps and Programming for K-5

Free* Summer Programming for 7th and 8th Graders

*These programs are grant-funded. There is a $25 registration fee per child, per session.

There will be two 2-week sessions featuring programs designed to culminate in a project or event and as such, full attendance and participation is highly encouraged. Missing more than 3 days, of the 10 day session, may result in dismissal from the program.

Our program offers free lunch and breakfast to those who need/want it. You are also welcome to have your child pack their own. Limited transportation is available for pick up and drop off.

Program Partnerships and Description:

  • The Christa McAuliffe Center For Integrated Science Learning: During this session students will work on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related project that culminates in a space mission at the McAuliffe Center.
  • Access Framingham: This program is designed to give students hands on Media and Production experience. Students will get to experience working in front of and behind the camera, as well as learning about and operating the control room. Students will also work with script writing, acting, and media literacy.
  • Discoverers Service Learning Program: Students will create fun and engaging projects with a focus on environmental awareness.

Learn more about these amazing grant-funded summer programs for rising 7th and 8th graders.

2020 Open Space & Recreation Plan

The City is embarking on the 2020 Open Space & Recreation Plan update and needs your input! Does your family play at local playgrounds or ballfields? Do you swim at the local beaches, enjoy Farm Pond Park amenities, or skate at Loring Arena? Do you walk on trails in Framingham or explore the wooded areas of the community? Would you like to learn more about these amenities?

Please fill out the survey and consider attending the Public Visioning Workshop on Wed, May 22nd from 6-8 PM. Learn more!

New books in students' native languages throughout the FPS Libraries

This year the K-12 Libraries designated a significant portion of our budget to update our book collections to reflect the linguistic diversity of our students' native languages. We are excited to provide more options for students to read for pleasure in their home languages.

Below: New books in many languages, on display at the Hemenway Library

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The FHS Summer Institute

Framingham High School (FHS) and The Department of Community Resource Development (CRD) are proud to introduce ‘The FHS Summer Institute’, a reimagining of summer school. The FHS Summer Institute will offer two types of courses: Original Credit and Credit Recovery.

Learn about the program and opportunities for FHS students to earn credit this summer!
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Be Heard Listening Tour

In an effort to strengthen the relationship between the Framingham Public Schools and our families, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Development (OEDCD) will be hosting a listening tour entitled "Be Heard" where individual members of the Superintendent's cabinet will go out into the community to engage families in intimate conversations on how we can further improve on work within the district.

Organizations interested in hosting a community conversation or families interested in hosting a convening at their home are encouraged to complete the following form. A member of the OEDCD will be in touch to schedule the visit.




Teacher Appreciation Week

It is National Teacher Appreciation Week. First and foremost - THANK YOU to our INCREDIBLE Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Aides, and Substitutes who give their all day in and day out. You are appreciated!

We are fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals who are so knowledgeable and skillful in what they do and how well they do it! If you have a moment to write a short note to recognize and thank the staff who work with your child, it is greatly appreciated and treasured by all. Please send your kind words to OR engage with our Facebook post and Tweet!

National School Nurse Day

Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. The day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. National School Nurse Day was celebrated yesterday within National Nurse Week.

Thank you so much to our school nurses who carry many importance responsibilities:

  • Significantly decreasing the amount of days missed due to asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism, accounting for more than 14 million missed days annually
  • Managing students with chronic conditions such as diabetes and seizures to allow them to stay in class
  • Identifying and treating accidents and injuries; and
  • Counseling students about physical and emotional issues

Spring Session begins May 7th

Flyers by Night (FBN) is a program of Framingham Public Schools. Its mission is to increase access to affordable educational opportunities for families and residents of Framingham. Located within Framingham High School, FBN offers continuing education course in: Art, Health and Wellness, Culinary, Finance, and Trades.

[Reminder] Last Day of School

While we experienced some cold weather and a few delayed starts, we were fortunate to only have one snow day this year! Please see below for a breakdown on the last day of school and half-day hours.

Last Day of School (as of April 29, 2019)

  • BLOCKS: Monday, June 17th
  • Kindergarten: Monday, June 17th
  • Grades 1 - 11: Tuesday, June 18th
  • Grade 12 (Seniors): May 16th (Last day of classes, but exams begin after that. For dates and details, please refer to the Senior Calendar of Events which is available at the High School and will be shared home in an upcoming Flyer Family Update.)

See the full news item with school hours on the FPS website.

Recap of the BSO Field Trip

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - more than 800 fourth graders from across Framingham Public Schools left their elementary schools for an incredible opportunity to experience the Boston Symphony Orchestra - many of them for the very first time.

[EVENT] Walsh Middle School to Host a Zumba Fundraising Event

Learn More

WHEN: Saturday, May 18th from 2pm - 5pm

WHERE: Walsh Middle School

ABOUT THE EVENT: Walsh Middle School will be holding its first Zumba Community Fundraising Party on Saturday, May 18, from 2-5. The funds raised will support LEA (Latinas En Acción) and MAS (Mentoring and Academic Support). More than 15 Zumba instructors will lead a gymnasium full of students and adults. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, Columbian empanadas, and more.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please register in advance.

Bus Transportation Registration is Open for the 2019-2020 School Year

Framingham Public Schools has opened bus transportation registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year. We are are asking all families to submit requests online using Aspen X2.

The deadline for transportation sign-up is June 10, 2019. Transportation requests received after the deadline may not be processed until after the start of the school year.

Please refer to the Transportation Department website for general information or the 2019-2020 Request Pages in English, Spanish, or Portuguese for specific registration information.

For students who attend McAuliffe Charter School and any of the private or parochial schools; please contact the school your student will be attending to sign up for transportation.

Framingham Public School buses are equipped to monitor bus activity with the use of audio and visual recordings. By giving permission for your child to be transported on a Framingham Public School bus, you consent on your child’s behalf to such recordings.

Framingham Public Schools

The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.