Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The achievement gap at Framingham's eight public elementary schools is widening according to report by the State of Massachusetts. At one elementary school, 79 percent of students were proficient in English, at another school only 33 percent.
There are "wide variations in proficiency rates across the eight elementary schools" in Framingham, according to a Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education District (DESE) Review report. The State's DESE review report looks at data from 2007 to 2011 and made in person visits to 12 of the 13 Framingham Public Schools in May 2012. "The differences in proficiency between the highest- and lowest-performing elementary schools widened during this period for both ELA (English language arts) and mathematics," concluded the report. Framingham does not have neighborhood elementary schools, instead parents have a limited school choice. Parents prioritize from 1-8 which elementary school they would like their child to attend. The District, …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Framingham Superintendent of Schools: "The kindergarten expo will certainly go forward with whomever is able to join us."
Teachers will not participate in tonight's kindergarten expo, according to several parents and at least one elementary school principal. The reason, according to parents who contacted Framingham Patch, is the lack of a contract for the teachers. The Framingham Teachers Association has been without a contract since August. Monday night, Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott said "the kindergarten expo will certainly go forward with whomever is able to join us. It is an exciting opportunity to welcome the new parents and make them feel comfortable and getting ready for the beginning of next year, so hopefully teachers will take advantage of that opportunity." "I realize that they (teachers) are still picketing and 'work to rule' …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Framingham Superintendent of Schools issued letter to staff, in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary stating "It will be a challenge for all of us to remain strong during this time but a challenge I know we can and will overcome."
While some school systems across the country are updating its security systems following the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT Friday, Framingham Public Schools upgraded its security system, including new buzzers, automatic door openers and video equipment, in the fall. Editor's Note: Having visited many of the schools since August. Visitors ring a buzzer at the front door. Office staff can view who is at the door, talk to the person via the system and if they choose, open the door for the person to enter the building. Many of Framingham Public Schools principals sent out emails, letters and ConnectEd phone calls to parents Friday and over the weekend. Most reminded parents of the current security measures in place. This was …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
What to wear on the first day of school was a hard choice for one Dunning Elementary boy.
Trey Adrian knew what he wanted to wear the first day of school - a Red Sox shirt. When the Boston Red Sox when they made the largest trade in baseball history this month, it threw a curve ball into Adrian's plans. (The photo sent to Framingham Patch and attached to this report says it all.) The Dunning Elementary fifth grade had a solution. Check out photo #2 for what he wore for the first day of school yesterday. *** Framingham Patch would love to see everyone's first day of school photos from yesterday (and today's kindergarten students). Upload them at this link!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wally, the Green Monster surprised students at Dunning Elementary School last week as they prepared to compete in the Summer Reading Olympics program.
Wally, the Green Monster surprised students at Dunning Elementary School last week as they prepared to compete in the school's Summer Reading Olympics program. Students, in grades k-5, will be asked to compete in various categories as part of the school's summer reading program. Wally helped light the Olympic torch at the event. Later, Wally particpated in story time, with a book featuring him as the lead character, with the students, and led those assembled in a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Student Emily Simeone did everything from meetings, to classroom visits to calling the buses at the end of the day.
Dunning Elementary School student Emily Simeone, a fourth grade student, was principal for a day on Thursday, May 31. Simeone's parents won the prize of "Principal for the Day" at the Dunning Elementary Spring Fling Auction in March. "Principal Emily" got the chance to tour the school, spend time in classrooms, carry a walkie-talkie, help with the preparations for Monday's kindergarten Orientation, assist with monitoring the cafeteria, sit in on a meeting about summer school, have lunch with Principal Kim Taylor and a few friends, visit the central offices at Fuller Middle School and call buses at the end of the busy day. Principal Taylor ended the day by thanking Emily for all her hard work and help over the public address system before…
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Four schools, 30 teams and more than 125 students participated in the Framingham Education Foundation's LEGO League Celebration at Fuller Middle School Sunday.
Four schools, 30 teams and more than 125 students participated in the Framingham Education Foundation's LEGO League Celebration at Fuller Middle School. Elementary school students from Barbieri, Dunning, Potter Road and Wilson participated in the event Sunday afternoon. Each team's structure was reviewed and verbal feedback was provided to each team. Each team that participated was awarded certificates. Check out Framingham Patch's slideshow of photos and feel free to add your own. Below is a list of each team and their volunteer coach(es): Barbieri Elementary: Red Serpents: Coached by Casey Jewell & Rich Davino; team members were Kianna Alford, Diego Castrillo-Vilches, Maxwell Davino, Nicholas Jewell, Alexander Lopez and Sophia …
Monday, April 2, 2012
A dozen teams and more than 40 elementary students participated in the 2012 Robot Maze Challenge Sunday.
More than 40 students, divided into a dozen teams, participated in the Framingham Education Foundation's 2012 Robot Maze Challenge Sunday at Fuller Middle School. Elementary school students, from Barbieri, Dunning and Potter Road, competed this year. Each team of three, four or five students programmed their robot using a computer and then had three tries to get it through a maze designed by Steve Goldberg. Students received bonus points this year; for example knocking over a cup or maneuvering over a block of wood. Trophies were awarded to the teams with the fastest time through the maze, the most points and the team with the best spirit. The elementary robotics program coordinator is Jacqui Goldberg. Referees and timekeepers for Sunday's…
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Dr. Seuss was loose all over Dunning Elementary School last week. Classrooms were invited to decorate their doors in Seuss' themes as part of Read Across America week.
Dr. Seuss was loose all over Dunning Elementary School last week. Classrooms were invited to decorate their doors in Seuss' themes as part of Read Across America Week.
Friday, September 2, 2011
A few parents are outraged over children not dropped off from school until 5 p.m. Others are unhappy to hear on Day 3, they have new bus drivers, who don't know the routes.
On the first day of school, parents may not want any school bus problems, but they are understanding. This year, not only did Framingham Public Schools have a new bus company, a couple of dozen new drivers, but it was also dealing with the aftermath of storm Irene, which closed roads and caused detours. Day one tales including children never picked up and buses as much as 30 minutes later and as long as hour later dropping off after school. Day 2, Framingham Patch heard from many parents that things had improved. That was not the case on Day 3, Thursday, Sept 1. "My childrens' bus was an hour late getting home today. I can understand some amount of difficulty keeping to the schedule at the beginning of the school year as new drivers learn …