March 20th Superintendent's Update

March 20, 2017

Please find just a couple of important and very timely updates for your immediate attention.


Armand Pires, Ph.D.


TONIGHT:  Superintendent’s Chat:  Next Generation MCAS, Monday March 20, 2017

We look forward to welcoming our community for an overview of the next generation state assessment during a Superintendent’s Chat TONIGHT:  Monday, March 20 at 6:30 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School.  This presentation will highlight the differences between the prior and new assessment and how we, as a district, will use the information from the assessment to support our ongoing work.

UPDATE:  McGovern Principal Search Finalists Announced and Parent Forum Schedule Change

As we have shared, Mrs. Yanuskiewicz, principal of the McGovern Elementary School, will be retiring effective at the end of the school year.  We are most thankful for the years of service that “Mrs. Y.” has dedicated to the Medway Public Schools and, specifically to our youngest learners at the McGovern School.  We hope that, in the coming months, many of our families will take the opportunity to thank “Mrs. Y.” for all that she has brought to our community.  

It is with great pleasure that I announce the three finalists for the McGovern principal position.  

Christina Cooney

Ms. Cooney is currently an Administrative Intern and Literacy Specialist at the Isaac Sprague Elementary School in Wellesley, MA.  Previously, Ms. Cooney worked as first grade teacher in Wellesley and as a bilingual teacher in grades 1, 2, and 3 in Framingham, MA. Ms. Cooney received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. Ms. Cooney is also expected to complete her Master of Education in Educational Administration from Endicott College in July 2017.  

Donna Brown

Ms. Brown has served in the role of Assistant Principal/Educational Team Leader of East Elementary School in Sharon, MA for the last 5 years.  Previously, Ms. Brown worked as a Head Teacher and Speech Pathologist in Norwood, MA. She also worked as a Special Education Team Chair for Willett Early Childhood Center in Norwood. Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College and a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Emerson College.  She completed her leadership licensure program through the Commonwealth Leadership Academy.

Brendan Keenan, Ed.D.

Dr. Keenan is currently the Principal of the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnell Elementary School in Groveland, MA where he has led the school since July 2015.  Previously, Dr. Keenan worked as School Adjustment Counselor in both Worcester and Douglas, MA, a Special Education Teacher in Worcester and Lancaster, MA and was Acting Assistant Principal for the Burncoat Elementary School in Worcester.   Dr. Keenan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Assumption College, a Master of Social Work from Salem State College Graduate School of Social Work and a Doctor of Education in Education Policy, Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Education. He is also expected to complete an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in April 2017.

 Parents, guardians, and interested community members are invited to meet our finalists in the McGovern Elementary School Library on the evening of Monday, March 27, 2017 as follows:


6:30-7:10 PM:  Dr. Brendan Keenan

7:15-7:55 PM:  Ms. Donna Brown

8:00-8:40 PM:  Ms. Christina Cooney

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