December 14th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

This will be our final update prior to the winter holiday break. We wish you a restful and fulfilling extended time with family and friends and hope that this break provides you with much joy.  Below, please find several updates connected with the work of the Medway Public Schools.


Armand Pires, Ph.D.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

At its November 16 meeting, the School Committee voted to approve the 2018-2019 school year calendar.

From the Medway School Committee - Vacancy on School Committee

On Monday night, six interested individuals participated in interviews for the vacant School Committee seat.  The next phase of the process is scheduled for Thursday evening when the Board of Selectmen and School Committee members will vote for their preferred candidate.  This individual will serve in this role until the May, 2018 election when this seat will be up for re-election.

Women in STEM Club - Speakers Wanted

Once again, Medway High’s Women in STEM Club will be hosting its annual school-wide STEM Fair. Our goal for the fair is to encourage exploration into the wide variety of STEM-based careers.  This program aims to help students grasp the transcendence of STEM skills and knowledge into all aspects of our world. We are looking for professionals with engaging STEM projects or stories they are eager to showcase to high school students. This year’s fair will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 PM​​ on Friday, February 16, 2018.

If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested in creating and facilitating a 35-minute interactive workshop or presentation this year, please reach out to Dr. Shanley Heller at

Upcoming T.H.R.I.V.E. Event ~ Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our next T.H.R.I.V.E. event will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM  in the High School Auditorium. The topic will be Celebrating Differences.  A speaker from the organization Root and Wings will be here to speak to the community.  We hope to see you there!

Central Registration Coming to Medway Public Schools

In an effort to streamline and improve consistency of new student registration processes and procedures, we are excited to share that we will be centralizing our new student registration process starting on January 2, 2018.  Families new to Medway will report to the Superintendent’s Office at 45 Holliston St., door #4, to register their children.  Registration packets will be available online or families can come into the Superintendent’s Office to pick one up.  Kindergarten registration will still take place at McGovern Elementary at the end of February.

Medway Middle School Assistant Principal Process

After a thorough process that included feedback from faculty, staff, and parents, we are pleased to share that Brian Menna will serve as the  Medway Middle School Assistant Principal. Mr. Menna will be starting with us on January 2, 2018..  In the transition, Susan Fontecchio, an experienced, retired Assistant Principal will remain on board at the middle school to provide support.

Hour of Code

Last week our middle school students participated in the Hour of Code, which is a global event that encourages all students to participate in at least one hour of computer programming. Medway Middle School has participated in this event since its inception in 2013 and once again joined over 180 countries in this movement. All of the coding experiences were student directed and were completed at their own pace on chromebooks or desktops.

Day of Giving Back

Medway’s 2nd annual Day of Giving Back (Day of Service last year) will take place on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in the Burke Memorial Cafeteria.  This event is a collaboration between a Senior Girl Scout troop and the Medway Schools.  The event will involve many options for members of our Medway community to engage in service. If you are part of a community organization and would like to sponsor an activity during this event, please contact Lisa Lekas at All are welcome to attend!

Milford Daily News Article on NFL Play 60 Grant

NFL’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” Grant was featured in the Milford Daily News last week.  The grant will fund programs intended to promote wellness in the middle school.  The middle school received a $2,600 award funded by the new England Dairy Farmers to supplement the breakfast program and fund a walking club. The article from the Milford Daily News can be viewed here.

Medway High School Winter Concert and Arts Showcase

Congratulations to all of our students who took part in last Wednesday’s Winter Concert and Arts Showcase.  The student performances and works of art were terrific and a pleasure to view and enjoy.

Discovery Center at McGovern

In an effort to engage learners in additional hands-on, minds-on learning at McGovern, Chris Baldiga, instructional coach, and Paula Johnson, technology integration specialist, have utilized a large open space at McGovern for some student explorations.  Last week, students worked with the new programming Bee Bots in a learning experience that challenged them to give directions to a partner that could be programmed into the Bee Bot.  This learning was featured in the Milford Daily News and can be viewed here. Thank you to MFE for providing the grant to make this possible!

Chris Herren Comes to Medway Middle School

On Monday, former Boston Celtics player, Chris Herren, came to the middle school to speak to the students.  Chris is known not only for his athletics, but for his past challenges with addiction.  Chris speaks to over 250 groups a year in an effort to support children and adults in struggles with addiction and to help prevent others from falling victim to this disease.  We are thankful to our MSPTO for their support in bringing Chris back to Medway.  Chris was so moved by the involvement of our high school Peer Counselors in this effort that he donated his fee back to this special organization.  

McGovern Principal Resignation

It was announced to McGovern faculty, staff and parents last week that the principal of McGovern Elementary, Christina Cooney, has tendered her resignation, effective in the coming weeks.  We are in the process of identifying an interim principal to step into this role for the remainder of the year.  We will commence a search for a permanent replacement in the new year.

Library Task Force Process and Recommendation

Our Library Task Force met again on Monday afternoon to finalize the first phase of this process.  The Task Force members will be visiting innovative Library spaces in the coming months and identifying elements for a potential redesign of these areas in the coming years.  

Inclement Weather Procedures

Before we know it the forecast will include the threat of snow. We wanted to be sure that we shared information about inclement weather with you as soon as possible.  

It is the goal of the superintendent to hold school whenever possible.  Parents and students should plan accordingly and leave plenty of time on winter mornings to arrive at school safely.   Please know that the final decision about a child attending school during a weather event always rests with individual families.  There may be occasions when deteriorating weather will mean that schools should close due to unsafe conditions.

The superintendent will review anticipated road and sidewalk conditions, access to schools, projected weather forecasts, and consult with the police and public works departments in order to make a determination between approximately 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. if conditions will be safe for students to come to school.

The following plans will be in effect for inclement weather:

No School Announcement

If the superintendent has determined the conditions are unsafe, school will be canceled.  The district will utilize the emergency notification system that will contact your home/cell phone and  email using the information you have provided to your child’s school.  The “no-school” announcement will also be carried on local television channels 4, 5, and 7.

All classes, school activities, before and after school programs, the Medway Extended Day program (MEDI), daycare program, adult education evening classes, and any school facilities use activities will be canceled.  Transportation of students to out-of-district schools will also be canceled.

One- or Two-Hour Delayed Opening Announcement

If the superintendent has been notified that the public works department needs additional time to plow or sand the streets to ensure safety, then a determination for a one- or two-hour delay may be made.  As with no-school announcements, the delayed opening announcement will be made using the emergency notification system to home/cell phone and email and carried on local television channels.

Please keep in mind:

  • Bus routes will begin by a  one- or two-hour delay, including all special education transportation for out-of-district schools.
  • Do not send your child to school earlier than the delayed opening, as the school grounds may not be plowed and there will be no staff available to supervise early arrivals.
  • PreK and ½ day Kindergarten sessions will take place if a one hour delay is called,  and will be cancelled for a two hour delay.
  • School lunch will be served at its regularly scheduled time.
  • Schools will be dismissed at their regular times.

Emergency Early Release Announcement

If a severe weather condition or other emergency develops during the school day, the district may release students before the end of the school day.  Parents will be notified by home/cell phone and email and the announcement will be carried on local television channels, and displayed on the district website.  As appropriate, the district will work with public safety officials to shelter students in the district is unable to send home.

Inclement Weather Bus Stops for Walkers

We understand that inclement weather days can prove challenging to getting your child to school.  If your child(ren) is/are typically a walker and you are unable to find another means of transportation during inclement weather, or when sidewalks have not yet been plowed, please complete this brief form .  We will use this information to set up “inclement weather bus stops.”   We have provided this service as a way to support safe transportation to school.  Please note that these stops will only be activated during storms or following a storm when sidewalks have not yet been cleared, and as communicated. We will communicate additional information when bus stops have been established.  

Additional Reminders for Parents

  1. Be sure your child’s school has your updated contact information.
  2. Have a family emergency plan in place so your child knows what to do if sent home for any of the reasons noted above.
  3. If your child regularly drives to school and you or he/she feels it is unsafe to drive during the inclement weather, please determine an alternative means of transportation to school.

Upcoming Events

December 14, 2017    Middle School Choral Concert, Medway High School, 6:00 PM

School Committee Budget Reconfiguration Meeting, Sanford Hall, Medway Town Hall, 6:30 PM

School Committee Joint Meeting, Sanford Hall, Medway Town Hall,  7:15 PM

School Committee Regular Meeting, Sanford Hall, Medway Town Hall, 7:45 PM

December 20, 2017    Middle School Band Concert, Medway High School, 6:00 PM

December 25-January 1    No School- Holiday Vacation

January 4, 2018        School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

January 12, 2018    No School- Professional Development Day

January 15, 2018    No School- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Day of Giving Back, Burke-Memorial Cafeteria, 11:00 AM

January 17, 2018    T.H.R.I.V.E. event-Celebrating Differences, Medway High School Auditorium,7:00 PM

January 30, 2018    SEPAC Board Meeting, Medway Public Library, 7:00 PM

January 31, 2018    MSPTO Meeting, Medway High School, 7:30 PM

February 1, 2018    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

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