February 9th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

We hope that this note finds you well and enjoying the start of the shortest month of the year.  As we have now crossed the halfway mark of the 2017-18 school year, we have been engaging in deep discussions connected with the plans for the future.  Below, please find several important updates.

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Budget Development Update

As you may know, the 2018-2019 Medway Public Schools Budget is currently in development.  At the February 15, 2018, Superintendent Pires and Mr. Aicardi, Director of Finance, will present a preliminary budget to the Medway School Committee.  We are appreciative to the Town for providing additional resources to the District through funding from Exelon.  The presentation will be available on our website following the meeting.

Math Curriculum Review ~ Parent / Guardian Survey

As a district, we are committed to ongoing reflection and refinement of our various curriculum areas.  The Medway Public Schools has developed and implemented curriculum review processes over the last few years in an effort to ensure that the time is cleared and focused for these meaningful reviews.  Outcomes of these reviews have included the addition of positions, resources, and targeted professional development experiences.  These reviews are foundational to a continuous learning process.

Beginning during the 2016-17 school year, we engaged a team of educators representing the PK-12 spectrum within the school district to review our mathematics curriculum (content, assessment, and instruction).  This team is near the end of the Self Study phase of this work but needs your help to complete this process.   An essential element of any curriculum review process is the qualitative information that we are able to garner from students, educators and families. To that end, we would like to request your participation in our Mathematics Curriculum Review Parent Survey (just click to participate).  We ask that you please complete the survey once for each child.  The survey will be open until the end of February, 2018.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Recommendation at the School Committee Meeting

Last Thursday, Dr. Pires shared his recommendation with the School Committee to transition to Tuition Free Full Day Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.  An article highlighting this recommendation can be found in the Milford Daily News here.

Library Task Force Presentation at the School Committee Meeting

Last week, Assistant Superintendent, Gabby Abrams, shared an update with the School Committee connected with the conversations that have been taking place within the Medway Schools Library Task Force.  This Task Force has been researching options for a potential re-design of our library spaces to support our aspirations to enhance the collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication opportunities for our students.  The presentation that was shared can be found here.

High School Program of Studies Presentation

Also at the last School Committee meeting, High School Principal, Tim McCarron  shared the Medway High School 2018-19 Program of Studies.  That presentation can be viewed here.

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten registration packets are now available for parents either online or to pick up in the McGovern Elementary School Office, 9 Lovering Street or at the Medway Public Schools Superintendent’s Office, 45 Holliston Street (door #4). These packets should be completed and returned at the time of registration.

Kindergarten registration will be held in the Library of the McGovern Elementary School, 9 Lovering Street, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

To be eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year, a child must reach the age of five (5) years on or before August 31, 2018. It is not necessary for the child to accompany the parent/guardian to the registration. A kindergarten screening program for students will be announced at a later date.

Preschool Lottery Information Announced

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Medway Public Schools will offer three sections of integrated preschool programming, two half day sessions and, we are excited to share that there will also be a limited number of full day preschool slots for which  students will be selected through a lottery process.  

Integrated preschool is overseen by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).  This is mandated to ensure that eligible 3, 4, and 5 year-old children with disabilities are appropriately identified as eligible for special education and receive developmentally appropriate special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs.  This is in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - 2004 (IDEA-2004) and Massachusetts Special Education laws and regulations.  Part of the service for these students includes the integration of non-disabled peers who are available as peer models.  

If you wish to be considered for this program (either the full day or ½ day sessions), integrated lottery forms are now available for parents either online or to pick up at the Office of Student Services, 45 Holliston Street (door #4). These forms are to be completed and returned to the Student Services Office by Thursday February 22 at 2:00 p.m.  We will be conducting a public lottery on Friday February 23, 2018, at the McGovern School at 9:30 a.m.

If your child’s name is chosen through the lottery process, we will contact you.  Please note that we cannot guarantee any particular session for your child. Once the lottery system is completed we will maintain a waiting list with the remaining names.  

Once the lottery process is completed and students are identified, the, integrated preschool registration will be held in the Library of the McGovern Elementary School, 9 Lovering Street, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Medway Sports Updates

Congratulations to the MHS girls basketball team who won the TVL title this week! It was a special night as it was also Medway youth basketball night for the younger girls as well as senior night. This Friday, February 9,  the girls will travel to Millis where senior captain, Riley Childs, who is just 15 points away from achieving 1,000 points, may reach this milestone.  It will be a very special night for Riley, the team and Medway girls basketball. Go Medway!

Congratulations also to Medway Track’s Ava Vasile, who was named MVP of the Tri Valley League!

Special Olympics

The 6th Annual 5 Town School Day Games are well into the planning stages and are scheduled for March 23, 2018.  Medway Middle School will host the games this year and, once again, Medway’s theme is soccer.  Unique within the Commonwealth, the 5 Town School Day Games are the result of an ongoing collaboration among Medway, Millis, Medfield, Ashland, and Holliston in an effort to provide our students and families with the excitement, social networking and feel of a hometown games despite the relatively small sizes of our towns.  During these games, students will have the opportunity to participate in the traditional Opening Ceremony, compete in more than five activities and be awarded for their accomplishments.

The 5 Town School Day Games has announced a tasty fundraiser! The group is partnering with Chipotle to raise money to support the annual games.  The fundraiser will take place on February 27 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Chipotle, 5 Franklin Village Drive, Unit 1.  Merely mention the 5 Town School Day Games and Medway, bring in the flyer, or show the flyer on your smartphone, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics 5 Town School Day Games.  The flyer is here:   Special Olympics fundraiser.

4th Grade Performing Arts Performances

Congratulations to our 4th grade instrumentalists and vocalists for a wonderful performance last week!

Middle School Science Fair

Last Thursday, the Annual Science Fair was held at the middle school.  This event allows students in grades 7 and 8 to focus on researching a science topic or conducting a science investigation.  This is always a wonderful event where students are able to share their passion for a topic in science.   Twenty-five students participated this year.   An article highlighting the event from the Milford Daily News can be found here.  The top winners were:

3rd Place (Tie):

Name:  Sarah Longval and Annie Bomfim (7th Graders)

Project:  “Not Just for Drinking” (Other Uses of Coca-Cola)  

Area of Science:  Chemistry – Scientific Investigation

 

Name:  Anna Tonelli (8th Grader)

Project:  “Where are the Sharks?” (Shark Migration)  

Area of Science:  Life Science - Research

 

2nd Place

Name:  Noelyn Campbell and Kirsten Downing (8th Graders)

Project:  “The Other 95%” (Dark Energy/Dark Matter)  

Area of Science:  Earth and Space Science - Research

 

1st Place

Name:  Tiffany Sheedy (8th Grader)    

Project:  “Alzheimer’s, A Medical Mystery”  

Area of Science:  Chemistry and Behavioral Science – Scientific Investigation

 

Medway SEPAC Basic Rights in Special Education

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 SEPAC will host Jonathan Smith of the Federation for Children with Special needs at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library for the presentation, “Basic Rights in Special Education.”  All are welcome!  Additional information can be found here.

In the News

Medway Public Schools has been highlighted in the last couple of weeks connected with work within the district.  The first article features our exciting computer science learning that is taking place at the elementary level. This article can be found here.

The second article is connected with the study and recommendation for middle school recess.  A task force led by Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness completed their extensive study and forwarded a recommendation to Superintendent Pires that included a 15-25 minute recess recommendation for 5th and 6th graders and a 9-20 minute recess for 7th and 8th graders.  Many thanks to the members of this Task Force for their energy and efforts to bring this recommendation to fruition.  The article can be found here.

Medway Foundation for Education Events

The MFE Trivia Bee will be held Wednesday,  February 28, 2018,  from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., at the Burke Memorial Cafeteria.   MFE is proud to host this annual event again with musical DJ and Trivia Master, Dave Verdolino, at the helm.    Come join our students, parents and teachers and try to unseat our current champions, the High School Teachers’ Team.   You can register for this event by completing this form.    

The popular Dodging 4 School” Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Medway Middle School, 45 Holliston St. Medway, MA. Sponsored by Charles River Bank.  New this year, an “elite” adult division has been added for those who take their dodgeball very seriously. The “House” adult division will be for those looking to have some fun but still be competitive! Teams from outside of Medway are welcome.  For children, the tournament will be broken down into age/grade divisions. The day will start with a drop-in session from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for children ages 4-7. They will play a modified and supervised version of the game. Grade divisions will be:  1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12.  The cost is $160 per team of 8 players. Deadline for registration is March 14th.  First and second place winners will be recognized in each division. Prizes will be given in each division for first place and best team costume. So get creative and sign your team up now by going to MFEducation.org. For questions email us at mfedodgball@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.com/MedwayFoundation for Education.  Radio station Myfm 101.3 will be broadcasting their Saturday Morning sports show Myfm Sports LIVE from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. Refreshments will be available including snacks, Pizza, and Ice Cream form TC Scoops. Come join the fun!

Community Bulletin Board

The Medway School District values multiple methods and modes of communication to most effectively keep our students, families, faculty/staff, and the greater community updated on the happenings within our school and greater community.  Our Community Bulletin Board hosts a great deal of information for families about events and information throughout Medway.  If you have not already done so, please subscribe to receive weekly updates connected with the Community Bulletin Board by clicking here.  Once on the page, you will be able to select the groups with which you would like to be associated.  A direct link to see the items on our Community Bulletin Board can be accessed by clicking on the Community tab, then Community Bulletins on the Medway Schools website.  A direct link can be found here.

Upcoming Events

February 11, 2018    MEPTO Chili Fest, Medway VFW, 12:00 p.m.

            MEPTO Providence Bruins Family Day, Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, 3:05 p.m.

February 12, 2018    Medway High School Parent Forum, Medway High School, 6:00 p.m.

February 13, 2018    SEPAC Meeting, Medway High School, 7:00 p.m., Basic Rights in Special Education, presented                     by the Federation for Children with Special Needs

February 15, 2018    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

February 19, 2018    School Offices Closed- Presidents Day

February 19-23, 2018    No School- Winter Vacation

February 27, 2018    SEPAC Board Meeting, Medway High School, 7:00 p.m.

    Chipotle Fundraiser, 5 Franklin Village Drive, Franklin MA, 4:00 p.m.

February 28, 2018    MFE Trivia Bee, Burke-Memorial Cafeteria 7:00 p.m.

            MSPTO Meeting, Medway Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

March 1, 2018    Public Forum on Budget Development, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 6:00 p.m.

    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

March 9, 2018        MHS Musical, “The Little Mermaid” Medway High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

March 10, 2018        MEPTO Shamrock Shuffle, Medway High School, 9:00 a.m.

            MHS Musical, “The Little Mermaid” Medway High School Auditorium,

2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

March 12, 2018        Medway High School Parent Forum, Medway High School, 6:00 p.m.

March 14, 2018        Medway High School Spring Concert and Art Showcase, Medway High School, 7:00 p.m.

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