District News and Announcements

January 21, 2021

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MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS UPDATES

In addition to the regular communication you may receive from teachers, school leaders, and Dr. Tremblay regarding academics, COVID-19, and operational updates, the District also wants to share news, announcements, and opportunities that impact the broader community. Please see below for several timely messages from various community partners and District leaders.

FULLER MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT

The team from Consigli has been hard at work on Flagg Drive. It seems like yesterday they were leveling the land and now there is a three-story building with lots to be proud of. Construction updates are made monthly to the website aligning with the School Building Committee meetings and new photos are added to the slideshow as well. Click the large image below to see a current photo slideshow with the project progress!

KAREN FORAN DEMPSEY SCHOLARSHIP

Click the image below to learn about Karen Dempsey, the scholarship in her name, how to donate, and how to apply for it.

Help us find and select the next Director of Multilingual Education

The complete process to identify and hire a Director of Multilingual Education is outlined in this Press Release. Framingham Public Schools’ Staff and Community Members are encouraged to complete a Director of Multilingual Education Focus Group Survey to help the District understand what they are looking for in the next Director of Multilingual Education.


Two Screening Rounds will follow. The District is seeking volunteers from both the staff and the community. If interested, please apply here by January 31st. All Screening Committee members must undergo a full training, which includes an anti-bias training, and commit to a significant amount of time. All meetings will be virtual.

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Reminder for Families with Incoming Kindergarteners

If you have or know a child that will be five years old by August 31, 2021, online pre-registration for incoming Kindergarteners for the 2021-2022 school year is open at https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/kindergarten2021. All new incoming Kindergarteners must be registered.


Please see below for video presentation playlists in English, Spanish, and Portuguese containing helpful information from the Parent Information Center and several of our departments including: Community Resource Development (CRD), Health and Wellness, the Office of Multilingual Education (OME), and Special Education.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Please help spread the word about the positions listed below!

Emergency COVID Response Classroom Supervisor (30-40 Openings)

This position will act as a collaborative partner to a teacher who will teach remotely while the individual who fills this position offers supervision and support to students in person. Emergency COVID Response Classroom Supervisors report to the building Principals. It is a temporary position (January - June) offering 7 hours per day, 5 days per week, $25-$30 per hour, paid 30-minute lunch, paid training, full benefits, and a guaranteed interview for a future job for the 2021-2022 school year.

Read the full job description and Apply Now

Emergency COVID Response Child Care Supervisor (~5 Openings)

This position will oversee children of staff by providing supervision and basic care for children's needs to enable staff to deliver Framingham Public Schools’ high expectations for achievement, equal access to high levels of instruction. This full-time position reports to the Director of Child Care Center and pays $25-$30 per hour.

Read the full job description and Apply Now

Director of Multilingual Education

The Director of Multilingual Education provides leadership and direction for the district’s multilingual program by working to ensure each student’s success in English language acquisition and staying current with research and best practices relating to English language acquisition and dual language programming to support an engaging, high quality, and equitable learning model.

The job is posted and open for applications. Apply Now.

School Committee Member - District 2 Vacancy

The City of Framingham is seeking a resident and registered voter from District 2 (Precincts 3 and 5) to serve as a member for a term ending December 31, 2021 on the School Committee.


Please review the Powers, Responsibilities, Duties, Eligibility, Compensation, and more by clicking this link: Notice of Vacancy and Application Process.

Introducing an exciting Evening Academy for our English Learners at FHS

The FHS Night School Academy for English Learners is set to launch in late January-early February. We have just received approval from the DESE OLA Office this past week. We are very excited to collaborate with FHS administrators, night school staff, and district offices in ensuring a successful program for our students. Congratulations to Hannya Lord who will coordinate the program along with teachers who will be teaching in this program. A huge thanks also go to Glenda Cohen and Cynthia Villanueva who have done so much planning for this program. We appreciate everyone's efforts to get this program up and running.

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Massachusetts Partnership for Youth's (MPY) Poster and PSA theme for the 2020-2021 is “We Stand Together.” This theme is inspired by Black Lives Matter at School (https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com), a national committee of educators organizing for anti-racism and racial justice in education. The suggested topics for “We Stand Together” are taken from Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles which can be viewed by visiting the MPY's PSA & Poster Project's website.


Poster Project
Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to submit original Posters and Public Service Announcements (PSAs). The Poster Project has three divisions – elementary, middle and high school. The deadline for submission is January 29, 2021. Posters must be one page and submitted electronically. Each poster must have a title.


Public Service Announcement (PSA) Project

There is one division for Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Videos must be original and be between 30 and 60 seconds long and each PSA must have a title. The PSA submission deadline is April 2, 20201.


Submissions from Framingham schools can go through the Art Teachers - they have all of the information!

Tree-Duce, Tree-Use, Tree-Cycle: Reserve Your Tree Today!

Each school year, Framingham High School consumes an immense amount of paper. This year, the Environmental Awareness Club at FHS is looking to give back to the environment in a new way! To be able to do this, they've partnered with Tree-Plenish, an organization that aims to replenish the environment with lost resources. Based on prior paper usage, their goal is to plant 210 trees in and around Framingham on May 1, 2021. If they achieve this, we would make up for all of the paper used by the school during the 2019-2020 school year!


Please consider joining in their efforts. You can begin now by requesting a tree to be planted in your yard or on your company’s property, or do both! Simply visit www.tree-plenish.org/framingham to read about the program and select your sapling!

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Highlights from the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham

Jane Cohen DeHaven is the Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) who helps children, families, and community partners navigate common pathways that support children's healthy growth and development and promote early education right from the start. The ECAF provides access to: resources and referrals, early literacy and school readiness activities in the home (nationally recognized ParentChild+ home visitation program) and in the groups (signature Play, Learn, and Grow Together groups), family education speciality programs, information about your child's development through the Ages & Stages Parent Questionnaire, transition support, and leadership opportunities.


Click the image above or here to read the ECAF's recent newsletter full of highlights and educational opportunities for our youngest learners.

Community Support: Virtual Events

Black Boys Beyond Stereotypes: A Call to Action

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Cosponsored by the FSU Division of Enrollment & Student Development, the Center for Inclusive Excellence, the Chris Walsh Center, and the Departments of Education, English, Psychology, and Sociology.


Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST


As part of Framingham State University's (FSU) commitment toward becoming an anti-racist institution, in recent months members of the FSU community have been encouraged to watch the documentary film Black Boys . The film takes a powerful look at the dehumanization of black males in the United States through "an intimate, intergenerational conversation at the intersection of sports, education, and criminal justice."

They now have an opportunity to have an important discussion about the film with students, faculty, and staff in the FSU community, as well as members of the public. This panel discussion will include two of the film's commentators: Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Conan Harris, former Executive Director of My Brother's Keeper Boston. Also speaking as a panelist will be FSU Mathematics and Secondary Education student Dan Karanja '21.

This event will take place over Zoom. You will receive the Zoom link after registering.


Panelists will discuss the documentary "Black Boys" (please watch in advance, free at https://www.blackboysfilm.com)


Learn More and Register on Eventbrite

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women - A Virtual Public Hearing

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women is holding a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, February 2, 2020 from 7-8:30 pm. They will be discussing racial inequality affecting women and families of color in MetroWest.

The purpose of the hearing is to listen to testimony from individuals who identify as female in the MetroWest area. While any testimony specific to the hardships women are currently facing will be heard, they are looking for specific testimony from women of color who have experienced racial prejudice and systemic inequality. They will gather this information to share with elected officials, community organizations and partners to continue the much needed work of ensuring people of color, especially women of color, have full access to equality here in our Commonwealth.

To meet the goal of identifying how they can best serve BIPOC women and families living in MetroWest, they encourage community members to join this important and timely event both to share experiences, and to hear from your neighbors about what they have faced in our community.

Additionally, they would love to invite Framingham students to attend the public hearing and would be very interested to hear their experiences in this area.


Visit their website, Like them on Facebook, and follow on Twitter for event updates and opportunities for engagement.

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.