June 20th Community Update

As the 2016-17 school year draws to a close, I would like to take this moment to thank you for your continued partnership in our efforts to serve each and every one of our students in meaningful and supportive ways.  We have experienced growth in all areas of our work in the past 10 months and this is due, in no small part, to our families, School Committee, volunteer organizations, faculty and staff, and the great partnership that continues to exist between our town and school departments.  I continue to feel incredibly fortunate to serve the town of Medway in this capacity and look forward to future success and improvements in the years to come.  Wishing you and your loved ones a productive and enjoyable summer break.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to the Medway Schools on Tuesday, August 29!

 

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Last Day of School/2017-2018 Calendar

Reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21 is an early release day and the last day of school.  Enjoy your summer with your family and friends.  Dismissal times are as follows:  

High School 11:34 AM

Middle School 11:02 AM

Burke/Memorial 11:30 AM

McGovern 12:00 PM

Here is a link to next year’s calendar:    2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Summer Capital Projects

Thank you to the community for their continued support of the schools.  As you may know, the School Entrance and Lobby Renovation Project for the Memorial and McGovern Elementary Schools will begin right after the close of the school year as scheduled.  In addition, replacement classroom furniture for the Middle School has been ordered and will begin arriving in late July.  The food service replacement equipment for the Middle School cafeteria has also been ordered and is scheduled to be installed around mid to late August.  Finally, construction of a new fire alarm system will also take place this summer.  We appreciate the support from the School Committee, the Capital Improvement Committee, the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting for these projects!   

Construction Projects at Elementary Schools - Building Access

Due to the summer construction projects at our elementary schools , the front entrances to both the McGovern and Memorial Schools will be closed to the public.  Staff and parents who wish to gain access to the Principal and staff at Memorial should use the main entrance of the Burke school visible from Cassidy Lane for the entire summer.  Staff and parents who wish to gain access to the Principal and staff at McGovern should use the door off of the teacher’s parking lot on the right side of the building as you drive in.   This entrance will also serve as the handicapped accessible entrance for the entire summer.  We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this entire project.  Additional instructions for the opening of both schools will be finalized in early August.  

High School 1:1 Informational Night for Families

Last week, David List, MHS Dean, and Ryan Camire, Grade 5-12 Technology Integration Specialist, met with families of rising grade 9 and grade 10 students to share with them the planning around the 1:1 digital learning initiative for the 2017-2018 school year.  Families heard about the process by which Medway High School has decided to incorporate 1:1 learning, the logistics of distribution, insurance options and security.  The high school has created an informational, one stop shop, website for families which can be found through this link. Another information night will be held in the Fall.

Medway Public Library Summer Lunch Program

Medway Library would like to nourish both bodies and minds during the summer break. As part of a pilot program, every Thursday, at 11:45 am, from July 13th through August 24th the library will have story time for young children and drop-in craft and STEM activities for older children and pre-teens.  A nutritious lunch, donated by a local business or community organization will also be served.  All children and their caregivers are invited.

 

2017-18 District Improvement Plan and Priorities

Our most recent conversation with the Metrowest Daily News focused on the District Improvement Plan that was presented at last week’s meeting. The link to his article can be found here.

A copy of the 2017-18 District Improvement Plan can be found here.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. (Tools for Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness, Vitality and Empowerment), a committee dedicated to providing wellness related, family enrichment opportunities to the Medway community, met for the second time on June 15.  During their meeting this group of parents and school personnel created a calendar of events for the 2017/2018 school year.  Work groups were also established who will be responsible for the facilitation of learning experiences connected with mental health, substance use prevention, celebrating differences, and digital citizenship.  The T.H.R.I.V.E. committee will meet again on August 31st.  In an effort to plan ahead, below please find the dates for which our T.H.R.I.V.E. events will take place.

2017-2018 T.H.R.I.V.E. Events which will all be held from ~7:00-9:00 PM, locations TBD:

  • October 11, 2017- Mental Wellness- Minding Your Mind
  • January 17, 2018- Celebrating Differences
  • March 21, 2018- Substance Use Prevention
  • ​May 9, 2018- Digital Citizenship
     

Scholastic Night at the High School

Congratulations to all of our grade 9-11 students who were honored for their scholastic achievements and contributions to Medway High School on Monday during the school’s Scholastic Night.  Congratulations also to Jon Jasinski who was selected as the Medway High School Teacher of the year, an annual tradition that takes place each spring. Congratulations, Mr. Jasinski!

Medway Foundation for Education Grants

Thank you to the Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) for their generous support through the approval of over $13,500 in grant applications to enhance the teaching and learning experiences within our schools.  We are excited about the potential impact that these funds will have on our programs.

Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess

The Superintendent's Task Force On Middle School Recess held their second meeting on June 13.  During this meeting,  task force members reviewed and summarized the research regarding recess related to classroom behavior, social and emotional development, and academic performance.  Task force members will spend the summer months reviewing research about recess and physical activity and creating parent, teacher, and student survey questions.  The task force will reconvene in the fall.  

Universal Screener Pilot Decision

After careful review and consideration, our building leaders have collaborated and decided to pilot the iReady screener and diagnostic tool, produced by a company called Curriculum Associates, in Literacy (grades 1-8) and mathematics (grades 5-8) to support our continued learning and growth around utilizing formative measures to support educational improvement.  As this will be a pilot year, there will be several check-ins throughout the year that will support our final decision making process.

Mathematics’ Curriculum Review Process

As part of our cycle to ensure that our content, assessment and instructional practices are consistently analyzed and reflected upon, this year we began our Mathematics’ Curriculum Review process.  This is the self study phase of the work and which will extend deep into the 2017-18 school year.  Representatives from  PK-12 are serving on this team and will be extending the analysis they started into the summer months as they are thoughtfully taking the time to respond to some of the early identified needs as they uncover them.  

Senior Walk at McGovern

We had a wonderful opportunity to kick off, what we hope will be, a new tradition for the Medway Public Schools. Just prior to Class Day, the graduating class of 2017 visited the McGovern Elementary School with a parade through the hallways to visit students and staff.  The feedback has been very positive and we hope to extend this tradition with all of our schools next year.  Here are some of the highlights captured by the Metrowest Daily News.

Senior Walk

Graduation

We enjoyed a very special celebration of our graduating seniors on Sunday.  The words offered by all of our speakers were meaningful and personal and reflected the vision for success after high school that we hope our students will attain.  If you were not able to attend the ceremony here is a link to the video:

2017 Medway High School graduation

Remembering Mr. Dixon

As you may know, this past summer, Medway Middle School lost a loved and respected member of our faculty, Mr. Sean Dixon.  Mr. Dixon worked in Medway for 43 years, both as a seventh grade social studies teacher and guidance counselor. A committee of middle school faculty members met throughout the year to discuss how we could best honor Mr. Dixon’s memory.  As a result, The Sean Dixon Award has been established.  This award will be given to a seventh grade student who demonstrates the pillars of the Medway Middle School community.  The student will regularly demonstrate an appreciation and curiosity for history, value friendship, is kind to others, is inclusive of all, and is dedicated to making MMS a better place. The Medway Middle School faculty will nominate and select award recipients.

The first annual award was presented to a grade seven student last night at the Grade 8 Promotion and Awards Ceremony.  Congratulations to Rebecca Chleboski!

Middle School Band Concert

Congratulations to our middle school instrumental musicians who wowed the crowd last week with their talent.  Special thanks to Mr. Doug Dufresne for his leadership and support of this program.

Burke-Memorial Arts Night

We enjoyed a special visit to the Burke-Memorial Elementary School on Tuesday for their annual Arts’ Night.  We were most impressed with the work of our student artists and especially excited to see our first ever 4th Grade Instrumental Program performance.  As you recall, the School Committee supported a $10,000 School Choice allocation last year to support the start of this program.  Thanks to the hard work of Emily Bilodeau and Erin Cronan, we have seen great success this year.  ~50 4th grade musicians participated this year.  We are anticipating an 80% retention rate in 5th grade and also are anticipating an additional ~50 students joining anew as 5th graders.  

Upcoming District Events

June 21, 2017

Last Day of School, Early Release Times

High School 11:34 AM

Middle School 11:02 AM

Burke/Memorial 11:30 AM

McGovern 12:00 PM

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