January 9th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

Happy New Year!  As we ease into 2018 with challenging weather conditions and some disruption to the school schedule, we also hold high hopes and anticipation for a productive and fulfilling year.  Please see below for timely updates and information connected with the work of the Medway Schools.

 

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

Budget Forum ~ Thursday, January 11, 2018 ~ 6:00 p.m.

Medway School Committee Forum on Budget Develop.m.ent

The Medway School Committee invites interested community members to attend a public forum to discuss budget priorities for the 2018-2019 school year.  The forum will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. at Sanford Hall, Town Hall, 155 Village Street, Medway.  The goal of this interactive forum is to provide community members with an opportunity to learn more about  the budget develop.m.ent process and for the School Committee to gather your feedback about budget priorities.   Some resources that may be helpful as community members prepare to engage in this discussion are linked below.

 

Medway Public Schools Strategic Plan

2017-2018 Medway Public Schools Budget

ClearGov

 

We are hopeful that you can join us.

 

On behalf of the Medway School Committee,

 

Diane Borgatti, JD, M.Ed.

Medway School Committee, Chair

 

No School Reminders

This is a reminder for families that this Friday, January 12, 2018, is a Professional Development Day for faculty and staff and there will be no school for students.  Monday, January 15, 2018, is also a no school day in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

Snow Day Reflections The weather conditions of last week created great challenges to us as we aimed to ensure that our students’ safety was the primary driver in school cancellation decisions.  While Thursday’s decision to cancel was a relatively smooth process, the lack of clarity regarding the state of the roads and windchill impacts created a much more challenging decision making process heading into Friday.  Please know that the decision whether or not to cancel or delay the start of school is a collaborative process involving multiple contributors within the town and school departments.  We make every effort to ensure that our decisions are well informed and, of the greatest importance, student safety focused.

 

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 have 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 and go to participate).  We ask that you please complete the survey once for each child.  The survey will be open until the end of January, 2018.  Thank you!

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.

 

Medway Foundation for Education Trivia Bee

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, Bob Verdolino, at the helm.    Come join our students, parents and teachers and try to unseat our current champions, the High School Teachers’ Team.   A flyer for the event can be found here.  You can register for this event by completing this form.

 

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 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 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 llekas@verizon.net.  If you would just like to come to Burke-Memorial to participate in a service project, we hope that you will.  All are welcome to attend!

 

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 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.​​ 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 sheller@medwayschools.org.

 

Upcoming T.H.R.I.V.E. Event ~ Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. would like to invite you to attend Celebrating Differences, presented by  Root and Wings.  Roots and Wings will facilitate an interactive conversation to support leadership and identity develop.m.ent, communication and cultural competency that is global and universal.  This interactive presentation will support our families in their efforts to embrace difference and explore the impact of race, culture and equity on becoming a citizen of the world. The topic connects to our strategic plan and aids in our ongoing work to strengthen community partnerships and cultivate a positive learning culture as well as cover approaches that will support your child’s develop.m.ent of the “21st Century Skill: Navigating the World as a Global Citizen.” For more details about this event please follow this link: Celebrating Differences

 

Central Registration Now Available

In an effort to streamline and improve consistency of new student registration processes and procedures, we are excited to share that a centralized new student registration process started on January 2, 2018.  Families new to Medway can 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.  Please note that Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will still take place at McGovern Elementary at the end of February.

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten registration packets will be available for parents to pick up beginning February 1 in the McGovern Elementary School Office, 9 Lovering Street, Medway, the Superintendent’s Office, 45 Holliston Street, Medway and online. 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. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 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.

 

Upcoming Events with the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (MEPTO)

During the month of January, B. Luxe, located at 165 Main St in Medway, will donate 10% of their proceeds for all hair and makeup service to MEPTO. All you need to do is mention “MEPTO fundraiser” at the time of booking!

MEPTO has partnered with the Medway VFW (Holliston Street) for their annual Chili Fest. It is a family friendly day of food, beverages, raffles and much more. Come show off your cooking skills! All age groups have open spots to join the competition or just come enjoy a day of food and friends. Email MEPTOfundraisers@gmail.com for an entry form or MEPTO hopes to see you there!

 

Upcoming Events

January 11, 2018    School Committee Budget Forum, Sanford Hall, 6:00 p.m.

School Committee Meeting, Sanford Hall, 7:00 p.m.

January 12, 2018    No School- Professional Develop.m.ent Day

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

             Day of Giving Back, Burke-Memorial Cafeteria, 11:00 a.m.

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

             MHS Winter Chamber Concert and Honors Recital, Medway High School, 6:00 p.m.

January 18, 2018    School Committee dinner w/Leadership Team, Thayer House 5:30 p.m.

             School Committee Meeting, Thayer House, 7:00 p.m.

January 24, 2018    MHS Grade 8 Parent and Student Night, Medway High School, 6:30 p.m.

January 25, 2018    MHS Program of Studies Night Grades 9-11, Medway High School, 6:30 p.m.

January 30, 2018    SEPAC Board Meeting, Medway Public Library, 7:00 p.m.

January 31, 2018    MSPTO Meeting, Medway High School, 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 2018    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

             Kindergarten Registration Packets available

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

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