2016-2017

Character Education

One of our primary goals to build upon and improve our school culture is the execution of the K-12 Character Education Program developed in 2014-2015.  Educating students about character and behavior expectations is an integral part of our day.  FRCS Faculty and staff teach and model these expectations and we mirror and support these messages through signage and the FRCS Character Pledge.

Respect || Responsibility || Safety

FRCS has two sets of expectations for our K-12 community, one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12.  Expectations are taught to our students starting in the first week of school and are reinforced daily.  In the elementary school the program includes Morning Meeting’s, Falcon Pride Awards and other active teaching tools that have contributed greatly to promoting positive behaviors.

This year we expanded our Character Education program and are now purposefully teaching character education in grades K-8!  FRCS K-4 Guidance Counselor, Melissa Costa and Middle School Character Education Counselor, Emily Anderson, taught our students once a cycle this year on the different aspects of character education.  Each month there was an overarching focus for our school.  Please see below for the monthly focus areas for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • September: Respect (includes cooperation and team building)
  • October: Empathy & Friendship
  • November: Citizenship
  • December: Self-Control (Includes problem solving)
  • January: Courage and Self-Motivation
  • February: Fairness
  • March: Perseverance
  • April: Honesty
  • May: Kindness
  • June: Pride

The new merit & demerit system in our middle school (grades 5-8) was launched this year.  It was developed over the summer of 2016 by both students and staff.  We have had thousands of merits given out to students for showing kindness, responsibility, integrity, and many more.  Students have been earning rewards based on the number of merits they receive in one week.  The merits and demerits can also be tracked through the parent portal.  Please click here to read about our merit and demerit system in detail.

As we teach our students about character and what it means to be a student in our school, about how to look out for and support each other, and good decision making skills, we like to recognize them with the Falcon Pride Award.  Click here to view our photo album of the 2016-17 class winners.

FRCS Middle School Honor Council – Character Education 

The Honor Council consists of a small group of students in grades 6-8 who have been training in restorative justice practices with Ms. Haynes, Ms. Anderson, and Ms. Russell all year through their Community Service Learning courses.

The students partnering with school culture staff meet with students who have been identified as breaking school rules or expectations in some way to help those students work through what happened and identify what they need to do to “make it right”. FRCS and the MS Honor Council help middle school students own up to their choices and face appropriate consequences.  Together they work through issues with a trained and professional group of peers. Our Honor Council students have been working hard all year to prepare and recently held their first hearing.  They were consummate professionals during the hearing: warm, empathetic, reasonable, and thorough. Congratulations Honor Council on your hard work and success – we are so proud of you!

Honor Society Inductees

Our highest-achieving students are recognized each year at the Honor Societies Induction Ceremony.  The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and National Art Honor Society are the premier organizations recognizing student achievement.  These societies are founded on four central pillars: Leadership, Scholarship, Character, and Service.  A faculty council selects young adults to be inducted into these organizations based upon these four criteria.  Once a member, all are expected to continue demonstrating these attributes both in and out of school by engaging in community service programs and other leadership opportunities.

In May we celebrated dozens of high-achieving students at our Honor Societies Induction Ceremony.  FRCS has several chapters that are the premier organizations recognizing outstanding student accomplishments.  These include:

  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Spanish Junior Honor Society
  • National Art Honor Society
  • Junior National Art Honor Society
  • National Green Schools Honor Society
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society

These societies are founded on four central pillars: Leadership, Scholarship, Character, and Service.   A faculty council selects young adults to be inducted into these organizations based upon these four criteria.  Once a member, all are expected to continue demonstrating these attributes both in and out of school by engaging community service programs and other leadership opportunities.  Please click here for a list of our new inductees.  Congratulations to all for this special distinction!

Career Fair Grades 6 and 10
The 6th and 10th Grades Career Fair, now in its 10th year and 4th year respectively offers students the opportunity to hear about interesting careers from parents and community members.  Held in March each year this event allows students get to hear firsthand why professionals love their careers.

Our sophomores arrived with prepeared research and questions, their resumes and job applications.  They were dressed professionally, and each student participated in two separate interview experiences.

It was such an amazing event that serves as an important element of preparing our students for college and career.  It is important we provide our students the technical knowledge they will need to pursue their dreams.  It is also important to help develop the soft skills that prove critical to success in just about all fields.  This event combines the two.

We thank all of the participants who highlighted their careers and interviewed our “candidates.” This partnership is greatly appreciated.  Some of the professions represented were Corporate Recruiter, Chief Estimator (General Construction), Psychologist, Civil Engineer, Registered Orthopedic Nurse a College Admissions Officer and more.

Experiential Programs Provide Opportunities for Student Learning & Growth

Throughout the years, we have added and strengthened our experiential programs to enhance classroom lessons.  Some of these include Nature’s Classroom, Ropes Courses, Travel Abroad, Outward Bound exploration, the Holocaust Stamps project, Independent Enrichment, Internships and site-based research projects, among others.

Students in grades 6 and 7 participated in an anti-bullying and community building field-trip at the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleboro in October 2016.  Based upon the curriculum, Adventures in Respect, they engaged in teambuilding activities as well as had meaningful discussions to actively address bullying.  Students also challenged themselves on the high ropes course. With cheers and encouragement from their peers, students tested their limits and enjoyed an engaging learning experience. Check out the trips highlights here.

In February and March students in Grade 5 participated in an anti-bullying program. The BOSTON vs BULLIES program is an award winning educational program from The Sports Museum that leverages the power and example of Boston sports to help stop bullying in schools and communities.

The direct delivery program offers multiple integrated on site sessions facilitated by a former Middle School educator and incorporates clips from professional Boston based athletes (Mookie Betts, Evan Turner, Cydney Ross, Tory Krug, Andrew Farrell, Kristie Mewis, Aly Raisman, Martin Bowes, and Patrick Chung). The program has a set curriculum that focuses on: What is bullying?, bullies, victims, bystanders, and cyberbullying. The program emphasizes presentations, group discussion, and role plays using the power of sports to help kids build character and prevent and stop bullying.

International Travel Opportunities Expanded Greatly in 2016-2017

Four years ago, FRCS created sister school partnerships with schools around the world. Through these relationships, our schools have set up exchange programs for students and staff.

FRCS sent Ms. Shelly Ruato to visit our Handan, China sister school in November 2016.  FRCS students Sarah DeFanti, Niyana DePina, and Wildnese Leveque joined her.  Each of our students have already mastered Spanish and were learning Mandarin in preparation for their trip.  We hosted our Chinese student and teacher ambassadors in 2017.

Mr. Ron Griffin and Ms. Amanda Goddard escorted two students, Nora Kingman and Amanda Hernandez, to Ghana for eight days over the Thanksgiving break.  There, they participated in an intensive community service project, working with villages and schools.

During February break 2017 our Valencia, Spain sister school welcomed Ms. Hannah Moore and students, Sheaffeel Gedeon and Isabell Spiezio to their campus.  They traveled to Bilbao, Spain and attended school at Berrio Otxoa staying with a host family during their 15 day stay. They enjoyed trips to the seaside, visited Ernest Hemingway’s Pamplona, walked the route of the “Running of the bulls” and ventured over the border to France to explore ancient caves!

Mr. Obenchain accompanied our Costa Rica team during February break – the students explored Rincón de la Vieja National Park and learned about the remarkable array of plant and animal life. They visited the Arenal Volcano and took a boat tour of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.  They visited La Fortuna Waterfall and participated in a coffee tour to learn how Costa Rica’s plantations produce some of the world’s best beans!

2016-17 was a fantastic year for travel and learning for FRCS World Language Department students!

Substance Abuse Prevention

As part of our substance abuse prevention program, FRCS hosted “No First Time”. It’s a program in which students hear firsthand accounts of the impact of addiction and substance abuse. It’s a tremendously powerful presentation that partners schools with first responders and families impacted by addiction. This is part of a larger program that also includes SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Schools around the state are working to battle opioid and other substance abuse through a comprehensive public health approach for delivering early intervention and treatment! Health teachers are collaborating with nursing and counselors to help our students tackle this very serious issue

Red Ribbon Week

This is an ideal way for parents, students and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse.  Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon. The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG-FREE AMERICA. Support living drug free, take the pledge go to the National Family Partnership website and take the pledge on line.

Dental Visits

The nursing department each year works with the Massachusetts Department of Oral Health to bring dental sealants free of charge to FRCS students.  Registered students in Grades 2 and 6 receive sealants.

Nature’s Classroom

The 5th grade team takes their entire grade level to Nature’s Classroom each year.  Students learn science, mathematics, teamwork and communication skills while building lifelong bonds!  Each year our grade five students outperform the entire state on MCAS Science and master the skills they need through a combination of hands on learning projects, traditional instructional strategies and authentic learning experiences like Nature’s Classroom.  Click here to view this year’s photo album.

Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program is a supervised, fee based program for students in grades K-8. It operates throughout the school year. The hours are 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Monday – Friday.  2017-2018 forms for students in grades K-8 may be downloaded this summer and submitted online.  This program offers various after school activities as well as a homework room. It also provides students with a healthy snack. The Extended Day program does not charge for holidays, school vacation or any days that the school is closed.