June 2nd Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

The last two weeks have been filled with opportunities to celebrate the achievements of our students.  We have been energized by the concerts, Senior Awards and Scholarship Night, Senior walkthrough of McGovern School, and the opening of the permanent art collection.  The excellent achievements of our students are a testament to the commitment of parents, educators, and the community.

Thank you!


Armand Pires, Ph.D.



High School Graduation

Congratulations to our 187 graduates who will be receiving their diplomas this Sunday as a symbol of their hard work and commitment to their studies.  We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and wish them well in their future endeavors, whether they venture on to future learning, service to our country, or work in their fields of choice.  The following students will be graduating at the top of their class:


Jacquelyn Zinchuk

College: Umass Amherst, Commonwealth College Honors Program

Major: Animal Science/Pre-Vet


Jackie has a multitude of academic achievements. She has been a member of the National Honor Society in both grades 11 and 12. She achieved a perfect score on the 2015 National Latin Exam as well as  excellence awards in History, Physics, English, Latin, Mathematics and Spanish in grades 9-11. Jackie is an AP Scholar with Honors, awarded by College Board to recognize students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken or scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.  She was commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program for her performance on  the PSAT. In her junior year, she received the Elmira College Key Award..  Her extracurricular activities have included Track, Historian of the LEO’s Community Service Club and horseback riding as a member of the IEA, Interscholastic Equestrian Association.  Earlier this year she was awarded the Superintendent’s Award.


Alexander Neamtu

College: Northeastern University

Major: Biology



Alex attained Summa Cum Laude and a Gold Meal on the National Latin Exam.  A two-year member of National Honor Society, Alex is also a member of the Science Olympiad member earning a Gold Medal in Cellular Biology and a bronze medal in Anatomy. A three-year Varsity Athlete for Cross Country, Winter Track and Spring Track, he was a Co- Captain of Winter Track Team during his senior year.  Alex has been a member of Student Senate and Student Government,  and an  Officer of the LEOS Community Service Club. Outside of school he is an active volunteer at Cornerstone Assisted Living Center and has worked as a Bank Teller at the Middlesex Savings Bank.


Jacob Rozak

College: Dartmouth College

Major: Biomedical Engineering


Jake has received academic excellence awards in Biology, English, Chemistry and was a National Latin Exam Silver Medal recipient.  Jake has been a two-year member of the National Honor Society.  In junior year he received a University of Rochester  Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. A four-year member of Science Olympiad, he was Vice President during his junior year and President during his senior year. He is the recipient of two bronze, two silver, and five gold medals for Science Olympiad with a record of league champions since freshmen year. Jake received Honorable Mention at the 2015 White House Student Film Festival for his short film entitled “Feeding and Clothing the Homeless” on the subject of “The Impact of Giving Back”. The film has been used by the High School Youth Group at St. Joseph’s Church in Medway to give encourage service to the homeless. A three-sport athlete, Jake has been a leader on the Varsity Ski Team and has been a member of the Varsity Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee Teams.  He is the Founder and President of the Fishing Club, and has been an IPEC Leader.  Outside of school, he has been a member of the St. Joseph’s Youth Group and is a certified Massachusetts Grade 8 Soccer Referee.


Cooper Bussberg

College: Colby College

Major: Undeclared, Interests in Government and Economics



Cooper earned  a gold medal and summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam. He has also been recognized as a Massachusetts Scholar Leader, received  the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Award from University of Rochester iu junior year, and academic excellence in Spanish in grades 10 and 11, and Social Studies in Grade 11.  Cooper also received a Scholastic Honor Award in Grades 9, 10, and 11.  A leader in his class, Cooper is Secretary of the Class of 2017, and co- vice president of the Peer Counseling Program this year.  He has been an active, committed and passionate leader in both roles.  He has participated in soccer and basketball. He is currently a member of the winter and spring track teams and was a co-captain for winter track and  for cross country in senior year.


Teaghan Murphy

College: Boston College

Major: Lynch School of Education majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development



Teaghan was the recipient of the Excellence in English Award in grade 9, was a Latin Exam Gold Medalist in grade 10, and was chosen as recipient of the Smith College Book Award in grade 11.  Teaghan has also been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years.  In addition to her academic achievements, Teaghan has dedicated her time to a variety of clubs and teams. In 11th grade, Teaghan was the Treasurer for Best Buddies and now serves as Secretary. She has been a Peer Counselor since 11th grade, playing a vital role in the program due to her dedication and genuine concern for others. Teaghan has also been a Musical Production Cast Member since 2013. Athletically,  Teaghan played Freshman and JV Soccer and is a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Teaghan has given back to the community, volunteering at the Special Olympics and participating on the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team.


Emily Pollock

College: Case Western Reserve

Major: Mathematics and Computer Science



Emily was recognized as the Top Math Student two years in a row.  Emily also won 3rd place at an Art Show in Norfolk, MA on a piece called “The Peach”. She is involved in Diplomacy Tournaments around the United States (a strategic board game involving seven players where players spend much of their time negotiating with other players and forming beneficial strategies) and has won numerous awards at these tournaments.. On her own time she plays the piano, having studied and played since kindergarten with an interest in both classical and popular pieces.



Thomas Harvey

College: Northeastern University

Major: Engineering



Tom has been a distinguished leader during his time here at Medway High School.  Tom has been the Class President for the past four years and a National Honor Society member for two years. A member of the Peer Counseling Program, Tom has worked hard to ensure that all students feel supported and appreciated.  Tom was the recipient of University of Rochester  Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology in junior year.  Tom is a Project Lead the Way student body representative and has played a huge role in increasing the involvement of STEM classes throughout the community. Tom has been a student athlete since his freshman year, participating on both the soccer and track teams. Tom is actively involved in a foundation very close to his heart, the Ryan Harvey Foundation. The Foundation, created by his family, is in memory of his brother who died of a rare pediatric brain tumor.


Christopher Assad

College: Boston College, Carroll School of Business

Major: Business



Chris is very academically driven and has been recognized over the years for his accomplishments. In sophomore year, Chris attained Maxima Cum Laude with silver medal on  National Latin Exam and received the Top Latin Student Award.  As a junior, he was awarded the Clarkson University Leadership Award. Chris has served as President of the National Honor Society during his senior year;  as well as Vice President of his class for all four years. He has been a member of Student Senate Committee both Junior and Senior Year. A three-year Varsity tennis player, Chris served as Captain this spring, and was a two-year member of the Varsity Boys Soccer team.



Anne Sigl

College: Northeastern University

Major: Biology and Mathematics



Annie’s academic achievements include the Clarkson University High School Achievement Award in junior year, and academic excellence awards in CADD and French.  A two-year member of National Honor Society, she served as Treasurer in her senior year.  She is also a four-year member of Microfinance Club serving as Treasurer in junior year and President in senior year, and has been a  four-year member of Student Government. Anne has worked as a Math tutor for the past two years. Outside of school, Annie is active in dance classes, as a member of a dance competition team and has an assistant dance teacher for children, ages 5-10.



Colin Smith

College: Villanova University

Major: Biology



Colin is a member of National Honor Society and he also earned academic honor awards each year in high school. Colin plays soccer both for Medway High School and for a club team. In senior year, Colin was Captain of the Boys Varsity team.  As a Peer Counselor this year,  Colin has served as a mentor to freshmen students, offering support to these individuals in adjusting to the high school setting. Colin has been a quiet leader in the group and goes above and beyond what is asked of him; not for praise of recognition, but because he genuinely cares for others and wants to make a positive difference.


Elementary Assistant Principal Appointment

Thank you to Amanda Luizzi, Burke-Memorial principal, and Katherine Bird, Human Resources Coordinator, for co-chairing our elementary assistant principal search committee.  Also, we would like to thank the members of the screening committee for their work during this process.  We were pleased to have three very strong finalists for the position.  After reviewing feedback from each constituent group, there was great consensus in the best candidate for the position.  We are pleased to formally announce that Mr. John Kelley will serve as our Elementary Assistant Principal beginning this summer.  Background information about Mr. Kelley is below.


John Kelley

Mr. Kelley has served as an Adjustment Counselor at Burke-Memorial Elementary School for the past 3 years.  Previously, Mr. Kelley worked as an English Learner Program Coordinator and Counselor for a Boston Public Elementary School and prior to that, he held counselor positions in both public and therapeutic schools.  Mr. Kelley received a Bachelor of Social work from Westfield State College and a Master of Social Work from Salem State University. Mr. Kelley is also expected to complete his Master of Education in Administration from Endicott College in July 2017.


Middle School Choral Concert

Our middle school choral students performed an amazing concert on Thursday, May 25.  Congratulations to Ms. Von Jena and our choral students.


Grade 4 Choral Concerts

The grade 4 choral concerts held at Burke-Memorial on Thursday and Friday were a pleasure to attend.  The students highlighted a nice array of patriotic tunes in honor of Memorial Day and Ms. Luizzi recognized the commitment of our armed forces.


Bicycle Safety

As you may be  aware, in less than one week there were two incidents that involved students riding their bicycles (grade 2 and grade 7) being struck by a vehicle.  We are relieved to report that injuries were minor and both students will make a full recovery.  We have been in conversation with our new School Resource Officer,  Officer Bobby O’Neill, who is working to arrange a bicycling safety program for students before the summer break.


Summer Construction at Elementary Schools  

As we have shared in previous communications, our upcoming construction of the front entrances of our elementary schools is set to begin soon.  This construction project will ensure double entry of our school buildings which enhances the safety and security of our buildings.  Special thanks to Medway’s Capital Improvement Planning Committee and to the Town of Medway for their support of these essential projects.  Metrowest Daily News recently covered this topic.  A copy of the article can be found here,


Transition Planning:  New Universal Screener / Diagnostic Tool  Gr. 1-8 Pilot 2017-18

As part of our work to enhance our student learning driven decision making and support our educator’s access to meaningful formative information about the learners in front of them, we have been in the process of exploring tools, 1-8, to screen and diagnose learning needs - specifically in literacy and mathematics - to pilot in the coming year.  Our use of GRADE as a screener in literacy has provided us useful information in terms of learners who are not meeting national benchmarks but the time to facilitate and score this assessment has proven challenging.  In addition, there is a missing diagnostic element as well as optional tier 2 resources that are available through other tools.  A collaborative team representing administration, grade level and content area educators, and our instructional coaches met last week to review two tools to support this effort.  We will be making a decision regarding a full pilot prior to the end of the school year.

Permanent Art Collection Gallery Opening

Last evening, we welcomed over 40 family and community members and student artists representing grades K-12 for the first Gallery Opening of our Permanent Art Collection.  Thanks to generous funding through the Medway Foundation for Education, the Permanent Art Collection will serve as a reminder of the value of the arts in Medway.  Individual pieces of art were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Excellent achievement or demonstration of skills
  • Good craftsmanship/high quality example of student work
  • Exemplary effort and motivation by the student

Copies of each of these pieces will be on display in the Superintendent’s corridor and will build year after year, with new pieces representing the highest quality work selected from each grade level, each year.  Additionally, prints and other merchandise that feature these works can be purchased using this form.  Proceeds from the sales will allow us to sustain this collection in future years.  A special thank you to our visual arts’ educators for their commitment to this new effort:  Maureen Brodeur, Alyssa Champagne, Marc Davidson, Laura Conner, Christine Moyer and Noelle Fiori-Jackson, as well as our Fine and Performing Arts’ Coordinator, Todd Swavey.  A special congratulations to our featured artists!:


Francesca Wilke - Kindergarten

Gwenevere Fullerton - Grade 1

Emersyn Cox - Grade 2

Raya Akar - Grade 3

Reilly Guilmartin - Grade 4

Sinead Bergeron - Grade 5

Mary Keating - Grade 6

Chloe Redfield - Grade 7

Carlton Meredith - Grade 8

Lillian McHugh - Grade 9

Caroline Williams - Grade 10

Carson Cronin - Grade 11

Leanne Hooper - Grade 12


Partnership with Medway Fire Department:  S.A.F.E. Grant

The Medway Fire Department has been awarded the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant, which funds fire safety and education in grades K-12.  Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness, and Gabby Abrams, Assistant Superintendent, met with the MFD recently to discuss how the S.A.F.E. program can be integrated into established curriculum and events.  The MFD’s first initiative is to give a presentation about “Summer Safety” for our elementary students prior to the end of the school year..  


Norfolk County Mosquito Control

Spraying will begin around our schools starting June 12, 2017, and continue weekly as directed by the Department of Public Services.    For additional information, please visit: Children and Families Protection Act

To view notice and safety information.   For any additional information, please contact James MacLean, Director of Facilities, 508-321-4712.


Last day of School  and 2017-18 School Calendar

As you are aware, at this time we have had THREE snow days.  Whenever we have a snow day, the last day of school is changed.  At this time, our last day of school is anticipated to be WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017.  For your convenience, the 2017-2018 Calendar can be found here::  2017-2018 School Calendar


Upcoming District Events

June 4, 2017

Graduation Ceremony, High School Gym, 2:00 PM

June 6, 2017

Memorial School Arts Festival, 6:00 PM

June 7, 2017

Middle School Spring Band Concert, High School Auditorium, 6:00 PM

June 12, 2017

Scholastic Awards Night, Medway High School, 6:30 PM

June 14, 2017

Marvelous Medway, Memorial School Cafeteria, 7:00 PM

June 15, 2017

School Committee Meeting, Middle School Presentation Room 7:00 PM

June 19, 2017

Grade 8 Promotion Celebration, Middle School, Time is TBD

June 21, 2017

Last Day of School, Early Release

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