We are now accepting submissions for the 12th Annual Dr. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest! This contest is open to all Framingham Public School system students in grades K-12. There will be at least one winner per grade level. The prize is a certificate and an age appropriate poetry anthology and the opportunity to participate in an evening celebration in May.
We are hoping to have entries from every school, so help spread the word! Poems may have been written any time during this school year. Poems may be written in class, at home, in response to an assignment or in a student's free time. Poems may be written in any language (please provide translations.) Middle and high school entries should be typed. Please make sure that each entry includes the student’s full name, grade, school and teacher on the back!
Submissions may be sent to the Framingham Education Foundation mailbox at the Perini Building, Suite 5, via the F.P.S. pony, or mailed to FEF at P.O. Box 3287, Framingham, MA 01705. Entries should be received no later than Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. If you have any questions, please e-mail contest coordinator Susan Whittaker at email@example.com.
This holiday season, there is an easy way for you to help us help the teachers and students of the Framingham Public Schools! Do your online shopping through AmazonSmile!
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Framingham Education Foundation Inc. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-3121807 and support us every time you shop.
Your support allows us to help fund meaningful and engaging learning opportunities in F.P.S. classrooms and schools, such as those created by our 2015/2016 Grant Recipients!
We are an all volunteer organization and the only Framingham non-profit that supports curriculum based pilot projects, pre-K through high school, in the F.P.S. system. The Framingham Education Foundation is an independent, community-based nonprofit founded in 1990 to provide strategic support to the schools of the Framingham Public School System.
The Ed Foundation provides grant funding, outside of the regular school budget, to teachers and staff, pre-school through high school, who are developing unique and relevant approaches to delivering curriculum. Additional FEF programs support professional development, technology and student development.
Thank you for your support!
What do we do with the money raised at the Spelling Bee? We grant it to Framingham Public School teachers and staff who want to try a new way of delivering curriculum to their students!
We rarely fund field trips (because the idea of field trips is not new,) but we were taken by the idea of using art analysis, appreciation and discussion as a means to teach English to English Language Learners. We were also excited by the integration of History and Language Arts.
F.H.S. teacher Heloiza Castellana sent us the following report about her grant project, Framingham High Students From the East and West Find Themselves In the Art They Meet at the Museum of Fine Arts.
“(The trip) was a great success and students are still talking about it!
My students are mostly (WIDA levels 2-3) English proficiency language learners from countries such as Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka and Kuwait, who have been in this country for no longer than 20 months. In our intermediate ESL classes we practiced English by learning and discussing immigration to the U.S. between 1820 and the present day. It was interesting for the students to see how artists from different cultural backgrounds have contributed to the American Identity.
After the tour, we looked at the Hokusai exhibit and at some of Van Gogh's paintings. This helped them connect with some of the texts about Van Gogh's art we read in class. These readings dealt with the effects of color on a person's mood as well as with how the choice of color made by a painter like Van Gogh could reflect his emotional state. We also read about Van Gogh's interest in Japanese art and his copies of Hokusai's and Hiroshige's woodblock prints.”
Ms. Castellana sent along pictures and a variety of student work including reflections about an artwork they liked and about their experience at the Museum. (The document may take a minute to load, but it is worth the wait!)
For those 2015 spellers who would like to study, here is the 2015 Study List!
Remember: spellers do NOT have to study! Just by participating at the Bee, you are supporting the students and teachers of the Framingham Public Schools and we appreciate your time and effort.
We are looking forward to a great evening, full of fun and good-natured competition!
We are accepting grant proposals until this Friday for projects that will run this school year! Up to $1000 is available for innovative, curriculum-driven pilot projects for F.P.S. classrooms and schools,pre-K through 12th grade. Questions and applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be sent via F.P.S. pony to the Framingham Education Foundation mailbox, c/o Central Office at the Perini Building.
Please read our guidelines to become familiar with what we do and do not fund.
We are proud to sponsor the Childrens' Scavanger Hunt at the Framingham History Center's Living History and Civil War Encampment on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th on Framingham Centre Common!
The event will include a working telegraph, spinning wheel demonstrations, a tin smith and black smith and children's Civil War Era games. For more information, visit the Framingham Historty Center website.
2015 DR. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest
Winning Poets and Special Recognitions
“It is Spring”
Malak Boukantar, Kindergarten
Teacher: Mrs. Casavant, Charlotte A. Dunning
Lily Feldberg, 1st Grade
Teacher: Amy Cheever, Brophy
Dylan Goncalves, 2nd Grade
Teacher: Mrs. Gazard, Charlotte A. Dunning
“Selfie With a Bunny”
Alexis DeLeon, 3rd Grade
Teacher: Rebecca Lally, Barbieri
“Sheriff of the Desert”
Benjamin Peck, 4th Grade
Teacher: Mrs. Weinstock, Hemenway
“Ode to Blacksmithing”
Martine Schwan, 5th Grade
Teacher: Mrs. Hoehlein, Potter Road
“Bright Eyes On a Blank Page”
Madelyne Gooltz, 6th Grade
Teacher: Mrs. Ciccarelli, Walsh Middle School
Neha Senthil, 6th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Sanford, Walsh Middle School
“Little Rock Nine”
Hadley Calder, 7th Grade
Teacher: Mrs. Piantedosi, Cameron Middle School
“The Kingdom Come”
Aidan O’Leary, 9th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Pimental, Framingham High School
Cesar Gray, 10th Grade
Teacher: Ms. Conroy, Framingham High School
“The Path of the Night Time Sun That Guides the Daytime Owl at Midnight”
Anna Parra, 11th Grade
Teacher: Mrs. London, Framingham High School
Haley Santaflorentina, 12th Grade
Teacher: Mr. Cook, Framingham High School
Special Recognition for Poetry in Another Language:
“L’Amour est un Trajet”
(Love is a Journey)
Alberto J. DeJesus, 10th Grade
Teacher: Mme Hennelly, Framingham High School
Special Recognition for Creative Collaboration
Brophy Elementary School's Courtyard Poetry Stroll
Teachers: Andrea Baer, Charlotte Carr, Megan Nee & Lisa Phillips
We are accepting submissions for the 11th Annual Dr. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest! This contest is open to all Framingham Public School system students in grades K-12. There will be at least one winner per grade level. The prize is a certificate and an age appropriate poetry anthology and the opportunity to participate in an evening celebration at the Framingham Public Library on Monday, June 1st!
Poems may have been written any time during this school year. Poems may be written in class, at home, in response to an assignment or in a student's free time. Poems may be written in any language (please provide translations.) Middle and high school entries should be typed. The student’s full name, phone number, grade, school and teacher ‘s name should be written on the back.
Submissions may be sent to the Framingham Education Foundation mailbox at the Perini Building, Suite 5, via the F.P.S. pony, or mailed to P.O. Box 3287, Framingham, MA, 01705. Entries should be received by Friday, May 1st, 2015. Questions may be directed to contest coordinator Susan Whittaker at email@example.com.
The Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest began in 2004 to celebrate Dr. Mark C. Smith, Superintendent of the Framingham Public Schools from 1996 to 2003. When members of the community began exploring ways to honor him upon his retirement, Dr. Smith shared that, rather than a gift, he welcomed something that would benefit the students of the Framingham Public Schools. Dr. Smith’s love of poetry was well known and the Smith Poetry Fund and the poetry contest it supports were created. The Framingham Education Foundation is proud to be the steward of both the Smith Poetry Fund and the Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest.
Congratulations to the Barbieri Barbierians, winners of our 2014 Spelling Bee!
The Barbierians, sponsored by the Barbieri Elementary PTO, was comprised of Rick Donovan, Melissa Figueroa and Wendy Habeski.
Joining the Barbierians in the final round were The Angry Bees, Dont Stop Bee-lievin’ and the Framingham Community Theater RadioActors.
Ann Beaudet, Jessica Hanna and Kathleen Halpin made up The Angry Bees and they were sponsored by the Friends of the Framingham Education Foundation. Dont Stop Bee-lievin’, sponsored by the Potter Road Elementary PTO, was comprised of Hilary Reisberg, Julie Wolf and Larry Wolpe, and the Framingham Community Theater RadioActors, sponsored by Keyes North Atlantic Inc., featuredLJ Carroll, Deborah DeBourdieu and Kayla Wilbanks. Congratulation to them all!
A big thanks to ALL the spellers and our sponsors! Thank you for returning, or spelling for the first time.Thanks for giving of your time to benefit the students and teachers of the Framingahm Public Schools!
Please support our sponsors and thank them for their generosity.
The Angry Bees: Ann Beaudet, Jessica Hanna and Linda Lemay Sponsored by Friends of The Framingham Education Foundation
The Autocorrects - F.H.S. Teachers: Holly Boland, Will Carr and Michaela Fischer Sponsored by Benjamin & White, P.C.
The Barbierians: Rick Donovan, Melissa Figueroa and Wendy Habeski Sponsored by the Barbieri PTO
The Bee Musketeers: Sarah Hofschire, Nancy Rogerson and Kristin Romine Sponsored by TownWide PTO
BOSE: Eric Doherty, Shannon O'Neill and Dan Sullivan
The BroBee Bulldogs: Lisa Cohen, Michelle Feudo and Eric Wisneski Sponsored by Align Credit Union
Cameron Middle School: Chris Hepp, Jenn Eisenberg and Michelle Melick Sponsored by the Cameron Middle School PTO
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage: Rudy Caballero, Mervi Cunningham and John Tehan
The Digraph Divas: Cecelia Gloski, Jill Larrabee and Jen McCarthy Sponosred by the McCarthy Elementary School PTO
Don't Stop Bee-Lievin': Hilary Reisberg, Julie Wolf and Larry Wolpe Sponsored by the Potter Rd. Elementary School PTO
Framingham Community Theater RadioActors: LJ Carroll, Deborah DuBourdieu and Kayla Wilbanks Sponsored by Keyes North Atlantic, Inc.
The Lifesavers: Caroline Dawson, Claire McCollon and Deb Skeath Sponsored by the MetroWest Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Spelling Baes - F.H.S. Students: Francie Freedman, Andre Gonzaga and Jack Schneiderman Sponsored by the Framingham Teachers Association
Stapleton Elementary School: Karen Bilodeau, Beth Gibson and Andy Rushford
The Woodrow Wilson Wizards: Jaimie Flaherty, Eileen MacQueen and Tina Miller Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School PTO