Thursday, October 22, 2009

October is flying by

October has been a busy month for Lifelong Learning. We are collaborating with the high school on the MCAS Academic Support Program, as well as supporting the activities associated with Panther Pride Night. Panther Pride Night is a wonderful celebration of all that is Franklin High School and it is shared with incoming Grade 9 students and their families.

Solutions has had a busy fall with its traditional before and after programs, a day long program for Yom Kippur, an early release Professional Development Day for faculty and staff and the launching of another session of enrichment classes. Some of the offerings include: Backyard Sports, Goosebumps Reading Club, and Just the Facts ... Learning to Type. Solutions has a number of activities every afternoon and they often draw on the seasons of the year. During October students are making a recycled haunted house, glue ghosts, paper bag pumpkins, creepy crawlies, and more. There is homework club every afternoon. Also, Solutions has an annual overarching theme. This year it's Lifelong Wellness.

The String School and Elementary Band programs are up and running. Monday and Thursday afternoons these students and their teachers and mentors do their best to infuse the Music Rooms at Horace Mann Middle School with music.

Learning is a Lifelong activity!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Music Filled Week

Lifelong Learning began and ended last week with efforts linked to music. Tuesday evening included the first Faculty Recital. Faculty members participating in the event were: Santiago Diaz, John Dorizzi, Eric French, Chip Halt, Leighanne Jezierski and Kevin Donegan, Luke Krafka, Lori Labedz and Rick Andre, and Rich Labedz. The instrumentation and music performed ranged from Handel's Sonata No. 6 on tuba to En Tierras de Jerez on classical guitar, to a performance of Miami Beach Rumba on flute and steel drums. It was a wonderful evening.

The intent behind the initiation of a faculty recital was twofold. First, Lifelong Learning wanted to showcase the incredible music talents of the Music faculty. Second, this faculty group teaches outside the traditional school day. The recital provided an opportunity for these musicians to be more fully included within the culture of the Franklin Public Schools.

At the other end of the music spectrum Elementary School Band Program, under the direction of Kevin Donegan, began the 2009 - 2020 school year on Thursday. Beginning students and their parents/guardians filled the auditorium at the Horace Mann Middle School. Beginning instruction is offered in Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet. The students are instructed in groups of 6 students and will rehearse for the school year. They will have a recital in January and May 2010.

Today, October 5, the String School of Franklin, under the direction of Diane Plouffe and Kathleen Woods, begins another season of beginning string instruction, as well as ensemble-based instruction for advanced string students. In addition to the directors, faculty includes Richard Balest, Luke Krafka and Carla Loukota.

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