June 20th Community Update
June 20, 2016
Dear Medway community,
As we finish the 2015-2016 school year, please find several updates, reminders and wishes for a wonderful end-of-year and summer with your families. The leadership team and I will be available throughout the summer and will provide updates as necessary.
It continues to be an honor to be a part of a district so committed to its children’s and community’s success.
Armand Pires, Ph.D.
Last Day of School
A reminder to families that our last day of school is Tuesday, June 21, and will be an early release day for all students.
2016-2017 School Year Calendar
Please click here for the approved calendar for the next school year.
Medway Community Education Summer Programs
Wellness Director Hiring Process
As we have shared, our top priority for funding this year was the hiring of a Director of Wellness, someone with responsibility to coordinate the many aspects of our school community’s support of wellness. We have completed the first round of the search process with an interview committee meeting with candidates last Tuesday and Wednesday. The committee has recommended candidates to move forward for a second round of interviews with our leadership team members. We will provide an update when the finalist candidate is identified.
Elementary Construction Projects
As you know, the community supported reconfiguration of the front entrances at both the McGovern and Burke- Memorial Schools. We are excited by this support and know that these changes will further enhance safety and security at our schools. A rendering of the reconfiguration can be found here.
We expect construction will begin in early July. We are optimistic that the majority of the work will be completed prior to the start of school and allow for regular use of the entryways.
Medway High School Hosts Lt. Governor
On June 7, Lt. Governor Karen Polito, a co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, visited Medway High School to observe classrooms utilizing Project Lead the Way, and to understand from students, teachers, and administrators the opportunities and challenges presented by that curriculum. Our recent PLTW accreditation opens up opportunities for our students for preferential college admission, college credit for courses taken in high school, and scholarships. We are excited and proud to have reached this important milestone in our collaboration with PLTW and were happy to share this work with the Lt. Governor and her team.
Congratulations to all of our spring coaches and athletes for a great season. The regular season ended and a few of our teams ventured into post-season play. Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, and boys’ baseball advanced. Baseball also secured the Tri-Valley League (TVL) title and competed deep into division post-season play. Our baseball and boys’ tennis coaches were also recognized as TVL coaches of the year. Lastly, we have a group of track athletes in the high school, and the middle school, who competed in the State meet.
We celebrated the success, memories, learnings and anticipations with the Class of 2016 on Sunday, June 5. The class remembered Maddie Lamson and Shawn Langley during the ceremony. The graduation ceremony, as well as many other milestones, are available to watch on the Medway Cable Access website (http://www.medwaycable.com/).
Richard Eustis, School Committee member, told the graduating seniors that the secret to being happy is caring for others. Principal McCarron encouraged graduates to look challenge in the face and say “yes” to these challenges. Lastly, Superintendent Pires shared with students the wisdom to enjoy the journey along the way to the achievement of goals. We are most proud of our Class of 2016 for their commitment to each other, their studies, and their engagement with the community at large and wish them nothing but success in their future endeavors.
Preview of 2016-2017
Next year looks to be as productive as this one with the first phase of work on our 2016-2019 Strategic Plan taking shape. Over the summer, we will be providing you with updates on these conversations and plans, and, most importantly, will be asking you to engage in another forum during the Fall to assist in the development of action plans around initiatives. This experience proved to be invaluable to both this process and to the building of more collaborative bridges between the town and school district.
June 20, 2016 Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony and Dance, Medway Middle School 6:30 PM
June 21, 2016 Last Day of School (Early Release)
June 25, 2016 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Medway Public Library's New "Maker Space," 11:00 AM