2016-2017

FRCS has a variety of school wide committees to ensure that decisions are reflective of all stakeholder input. Committee membership is voluntary and open to staff, parents, board members and community members.

  • School Health and Wellness Committee
  • Golf Tournament Committee
  • Road Race Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Behavior Management Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Enrollment Committee

Health and Wellness Advisory Committee

Each school district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is required to have a wellness policy in place and implement procedures that support the well-being of all children. Foxborough Regional Charter School was one of the leaders in the state to be  in compliance with this mandate. The school was awarded a Gold Level Coordinated School Health Award in 2011, recognizing the innovative approaches to ongoing needs of students.  In order to continuously review procedures and ensure that they are relevant and purposeful, the school has a committee that meets each term to review details of the policy.  The focus of this committee is a school- wide coordinated approach to support healthy food choices and physical activity and health education. This  approach will enhance student, staff, and community awareness in making healthy lifestyles decisions.

Vist the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee’s webpage here.

AHA Teaching Garden

What is growing this year?….radishes, peas, carrots, lettuce, kale, chard, broccoli, and spinach, sage, lemon thyme, dill, mint, and in the spring the most brilliant display of daffodils and tulips! What is the name of our Teaching Garden? Bonito Jardin de Salud! (Beautiful Garden of Health) the name was selected by students.  Student volunteers from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade during recess on the large playground, extended day students, the H.S. Garden Club, as well as Mrs. Bartucca, Mrs. Solivan, and Mrs. Sepe each weekend are the BEST garden caretakers! What is in store for our garden?  Please visit our web page here to learn more.

PARCC – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Massachusetts is one of over 40 states to have adopted the Common Core, a national curriculum proposed by the federal government.  With this adoption, Massachusetts will also be changing the standardized assessments typically administered by the state (MCAS) to a new assessment (PARCC – Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) which is aligned with the Common Core.

As Massachusetts has continued to demonstrate over many years, our students perform at the highest levels on standardized tests compared to others across the nation.  There are some who would then question why the state would adopt a different curriculum and assessment system. According to those who developed the new model, the Common Core and PARRC are designed to better prepare students for college and career readiness, looking to measure not only content knowledge, but also critical skills and abilities.

Safety and Security Task Force continues to research, drill, train, and invest

We take the safety and security of our entire school community very seriously.  In fact, it is our primary job.  Over the years, we have worked with a dynamic team of security professionals to create a comprehensive Emergency Management and Multi-Hazard Plan.  Specifically, we have focused significant attention on our training and response in the case of an intruder.  This has resulted in moving toward a Run, Hide, React model rather than just a hide/lockout down approach.  Research and lessons learned over the years demonstrate a clear need to provide options based upon specific situations.  Of course, training for those options and appropriate responses is critical.

Over the past year, we have been holding lecture and interactive training sessions with all staff.  We had practiced Hide/Lockdown drills, but we have recently been introducing the Run component.  This is based upon responding to the best information available at the time, including both an immediate Run/ Evacuation and a Run/Evacuation after going into a Hide response (a threat is no longer in the immediate area).

Todd McGhee, retired State Trooper and head of anti-terrorism at Logan Airport, is our primary trainer and developer of our model.  He is joined by expert law enforcement officers and trainers who serve as group facilitators.  The school provides evaluators assigned to each group to document our training.  Afterward, we debrief as a group (first with all participants and then just with the trainers/evaluators).  Local and regional law enforcement officers and first responders are also part of our team.

Throughout the spring we continued to practice, evaluate, and debrief.  All of these scenarios engage faculty and staff only and were not held during normal school hours.  While this is a task we certainly wish we did not need to give such special consideration, it is our responsibility to take the necessary measures to keep our community safe.