Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Lifelong Learning has been busy even though the schools are closed. The Adult Education courses for the Winter Session, as well as the Spring session, are posted online. There are flip-books for both sessions that list and describe the courses. The Winter courses are available for registration. Registration for the Spring opens in January. Check out some of the newer offerings including: How to Run Your First 5K, Introduction to Weight Lifting for Women, Qigong, It's Personal: Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop and Selling Your Home Yourself, among others. There are numerous health/fitness/sport courses, photography, line dancing, foreign language, Early Childhood Educator professional development, ed2go courses, and food & wine tasting courses. There's something for everyone.

Enjoy a Lifelong Learning course in 2014!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday,. December 10, 2013

Lifelong Learning constantly works in the future, as well as the present. By that I mean that we are always working on learning initiatives for the upcoming semester and year, as we implement other programs/courses on a daily basis.

Yesterday we finished editing the Adult Education and Community Learning spring brochure. The brochure will be mailed to residents of Franklin, Bellingham and Wrentham. It includes a number of traditional offerings: Volleyball, Basketball, Yoga, Zumba, Language, Photography, Writing, Dance and more. Additionally, it features new courses offered in collaboration with businesses from Franklin and the surrounding communities: Kettlebells for Women with f.i.t. of Bellingham, Wine and Chocolate Tasting with Franklin Liquors and Green Mountain Chocolates, IPAs -- Hoppy Ales with Pour Richards, and Ladies Snowshoe/Trek and Ladies Light Hike with Nanci Cahalane and held in Foxboro.

We are in the process of receiving course proposals for the Summer Programs. Faculty and staff are proposing courses for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Their creativity and dedication make the Summer Program an enriching experience for all involved. Watch the Franklin Public Schools website in mid-January for registration information.

Lifelong Learning is a department within the Franklin Public Schools. The leadership provided by the Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Sabolinski, is critical to the success of this department. Her leadership reinforces and supports the mission and purpose of Lifelong Learning.

As always, please contact us with any questions:

Monday, December 2, 2013

After School Music

December 2, 2013

Franklin Public Schools provides after school music instruction on a variety of instruments, as well as in different settings.

The String School of Franklin, directed by Ms. Plouffe, rehearses on Monday afternoons at the Horace Mann Middle School. The  learning opportunities include beginner string instruction on violin, viola, cello and bass. As the student advances in music knowledge and playing ability, he/she enrolls in the Intermediate Orchestra followed by the Preparatory Orchestra. The Repertory Orchestra, participation by audition, includes advanced string players from the greater Franklin community.

The After School 4th/5th Grade Band, under the direction of Mr. Donegan, rehearses on Tuesday afternoons at the Horace Mann Middle School. There is beginner instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone (for 5th graders only), trumpet, and trombone. Fifth grade students, who studied a band instrument in the 4th grade, are eligible for participation in the Intermediate Band.

The 4th/5th Grade Honors Chorus, co-directed by Ms. MacMurray and Ms. Fuller, rehearses on Thursday afternoons at Oak Street Elementary School. Participation in this ensemble is limited to 60 students.

The Private Music Lesson program takes place at the high school on Monday through Thursday afternoons/evenings. The day of the week for lessons is determined by the faculty member's schedule. Instruction is available in voice, as well as the following instruments: bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar (acoustic, bass or electric), low brass, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and tuba.Private instruction is open to students from 5th grade through adult.

The String School, the 4th/5th Grade Band and the 4th/5th Grade Honors Chorus are currently in session. The Private Music Lesson program has rolling enrollment; students are able to register throughout the year, predicated on the availability of the music faculty member. 

For additional information:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Adult Ed. Courses

Monday, November 25

It's a few days before Thanksgiving and Adult Education and Community Learning is in the midst of registration for its winter intersession courses. The courses roll out in two sections: those beginning the first week in December and those beginning the first week in January.

December 2013 start date:

Tuesday, December 3: Men's Basketball (FHS)
Wednesday, December 4: Zumba Basics (Parmenter), Zumba Wednesday (Parmenter), Zumba Toning (Parmenter)
Thursday, December 5: Kettlebells for Women (in Bellingham), Intermediate Volleyball (HMMS)  and Men's Basketball (FHS)

January 2014 start date:

Monday, January 6: Zumba Monday (Kennedy), Intermediate Coed Volleyball (HMMS)
Tuesday, January 7:  Advanced Coed Volleyball (HMMS), Local Beers at Pour Richards (Grove St.)
Thursday, January 9:  Indoor Walking (FHS), Line Dancing (Parmenter), and Zumba Thursday (Kennedy)

For information and registration contact: Adult Ed. 508-541-2100x3178 or email us

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

June, 2014 marks the 50th graduation anniversary for the Franklin High School Class of 1964. This class was the second class to graduate from Franklin High School when it was located in the building currently known as the Horace Mann Middle School.

Members of the Class of 1964 are invited to process into the Field House as part of the graduation ceremonies of the Class of 2014. The presence of these Golden Graduates reinforces the threads that link the Franklin community with the Franklin Public Schools.

If you were a member of the Class of 1964 and would like additional information about this gathering, kindly email us or call us at: 508-553-4814.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Autumn 2013

November 6, 2013

We are at the beginning of November and Lifelong Learning courses are active, rigorous and engaging.

After school we have students studying music through: The String School of Franklin, the After School 4th/5th Grade Band, the 4th/5th Grade Honors Chorus, and Private Music Lessons. Over 1,000 student spaces are filled each week in Solutions, our Extended Day/Enrichment program that operates at each elementary school.

Adults are participating in Child Care Provider courses that award continuing education credit to the participant. Additionally, numerous adults are enrolled in Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba Basics, Zumba Toning, and Zumba. This semester, we partnered with several businesses to offer specialty courses: Getting Paid to Talk with Voice Coaches Development Group, Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting with Mark Lenzi of Franklin Liquors and Donna Lathams of Garden Farms, Beginner's Cold Process Soapmaking with Ann Fisher from The Soapbin, Molly's Apothecary, and Kettlebells for Women with Victoria Lynch of f.i.t. We also have adult students enrolled in Creative Writing, Watercolor, Zentangle, French 1, Italian 1, Digital Photography, and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The Advanced and Intermediate Volleyball classes meet at the HMMS on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and Men's Basketball meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the high school gym.

The Private Music Lesson program offers instruction to elementary school (grade 4 or 5) children through adults. Lessons are available for bass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar (acoustic, bass or electric), low brass, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, and voice. The lessons take place at the high school.

New students are always welcome ... just contact Lifelong Learning.