December 6th Superintendent's Message
Dear Medway families:
As we turn the calendars to December, we are sure to continue to experience a wide range of opportunities to see our students highlighted. We encourage you to make time to take in the upcoming athletic events, musical concerts, and art displays. Please see below for important information from our district.
Armand Pires, Ph.D.
Strategic Planning Community Forums: One Remaining
Thanks to those who have already joined us in conversation regarding the action steps connected with the Strategic Plan’s strategies and initiatives. Just a reminder that there will be one more opportunity to meet with Dr. Pires, Superintendent, and Gabrielle Abrams, Assistant Superintendent, on Wednesday, December 7 from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School. We hope you are able to join us.
Please Join Us! Medway High School Winter Concert and Art Walk
Our entire Medway community is encouraged to join our high school musicians and artists as they showcase their fall work on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Medway High School beginning at 7:00 PM. We hope to see you at the Medway High School Winter Concert and Art Walk.
Reminder: Elementary Early Release: Thursday, December 8, 2016
A reminder that our Burke-Memorial and McGovern students will be dismissed early this Thursday, December 8, for the purpose of Parent/Teacher conferences. Dismissal time for Burke-Memorial is 11:30 AM and dismissal time for McGovern is 12:00 PM.
2017-18 School Calendar Approved
At the December 1 School Committee meeting the 2017-18 school calendar was approved. Please find it here: 2017-2018 School Calendar
WBZ Takes an Interest in Medway’s Project Lead the Way Program
On November 18, WBZ-TV visited Medway High School to record an Eye on Education piece featuring our Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program. It was quite an honor! The segment aired during the 5:00 PM news hour on Monday, December 5 and has not hit the the web page yet for viewing but when it does, it can be seen at the following http://boston.cbslocal.com/tag/eye-on-education/ in its entirety. Thanks again to Mr. Jasinski and his students, as well as Dr. Heller, Principal McCarron and Deans Pearl and List for their efforts to share Medway High School’s engagement with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) with the greater community!
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Winners Announced
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has informed us of our seniors who have qualified to receive four-year John and Abigail Adams Scholarships based upon acceptance into Massachusetts public institutions of higher education. These students have qualified based on high academic achievement on MCAS exams. A complete list of these student scholars can be found here.
Specifically, students had to:
- Score in the Advanced category on one of three high school state assessment tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics or Technology/Engineering)
- Score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the remaining two high school state assessment tests
- Have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
Special Olympics Fundraising Event: Be a Below Zero Hero!
Medway has been a participant in the 5 Town Special Olympics program for a number of years. This event provides a great opportunity for many of our exceptional learners to showcase their love of sports and competition in organized events and to be honored and recognized for their efforts and competitive spirit. A highlight for our community every year, the 5 Town Special Olympics will take place at Medfield High School on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Fundraising for the 5 Town Special Olympics will include a Polar Plunge challenge this winter. On February 25, 2017 participants will gather in Sharon, MA to take the plunge to raise money for the 5 Town Special Olympics. This effort is being coordinated by our high school Peer Buddies in conjunction with their advisor, Ellen Hester. Please find preliminary information here.
Team Meeting Survey
Special Education will be going live in December with a real-time team meeting survey at each school. The survey is meant to collect data ranging from parent satisfaction to clarity of evaluation information shared at the meeting. This is a significant attempt to capture parent experiences in the moment. The data generated will allow us to better identify and focus on areas for improvement. Using a dedicated iPad at each school, team chairs/liaisons will offer the device to parents/guardians at the end of the team meeting so that a short (2-4 min.) survey may be taken.
Elementary Wellness Committee
The Elementary Wellness Committee completed the first phase of their work by submitting a proposal regarding the adoption of an elementary health education model to Dr. Pires this week. This same team will continue their work by investigating elementary wellness curricula to determine which curriculum best supports the needs of our students. This is well aligned to the work delineated in the strategic plan under Goals #1, 2, and 4: Improved Student Learning, Social/Emotional Wellness, and Positive Learning Culture.
Inclement Weather Procedures
With the first flakes of snow already causing some slow downs on the road on Monday and some additional snow expected on Wednesday, it is time to think about our winter weather plans in case of more severe weather.
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. 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 send an 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 and will be prominently displayed on the district’s website: www.medwayschools.org.
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 departments need additional time to plow or sand the streets to ensure safety, then a determination for a one- or two-hour delay will 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, carried on local television channels, and displayed on the district website.
Please keep in mind:
- Bus routes will begin by a one- or two-hour delay, including all special education transportation for out-of-districts 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.
- AM PreK and Kindergarten sessions will be canceled.
- 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 the district is unable to send home.
Emergency Bus Stops for Walkers
During winter inclement weather conditions, additional bus stops may be provided for students who normally walk to school, and have no other means of transportation. We initiated this procedure last year 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.
If your child(ren) is/are typically a walker and there are no other transportation options for him/her on days of inclement weather, please complete this brief form so that we can set up an appropriate bus stop for these students. We will communicate additional information when bus stops have been established. Thank you!
Additional Reminders for Parents
- Be sure your child’s school has your updated contact information.
- Have a family emergency plan in place so your child knows what to do if sent home for any of the reasons noted above.
- If your child regularly drives to school and you or he/she feels it is unsafe to drive during the inclement weather, then have your child ride the school bus to and from school that day.
Upcoming District Events
December 7, 2016 Strategic Planning Community Forum, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 3:30-5:00 PM
High School Winter Concert and Art Walk, High School, 7:00 PM
December 8, 2016 Elementary Early Release, Burke/Memorial & McGovern Schools
School Committee Budget workshop meeting, Middle School, 5:30 PM
December 13, 2016 Elementary Early Release, Burke/Memorial & McGovern Schools
SEPAC meeting, Library, High School, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
December 15, 2016 Middle School Chorus Concert, High School, 5:30 PM
December 21, 2016 Middle School Band Concert, High School, 6:00 PM
December 26, 2016 -
January 2, 2017 Holiday Vacation - No School
January 11, 2017 MEPTO meeting, McGovern School 7:00 - 8:00 PM
January 13, 2017 Professional Day - No school for students
January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday - No School