March 28th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

Spring has officially arrived!  We are all hopeful to be enjoying some warmer and sunnier weather soon.  There are a great number of activities taking place throughout the district in the coming months.   Please find important updates related to the FY18 Budget, McGovern Principal Search, the Medway High School NEASC accreditation visit, follow-up to our cultural proficiency work, and many others below.  

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Public Forum on FY18 Budget

The School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on its proposed 2017-2018 School Department Proposed Budget on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 45 Holliston Street, Medway.  A copy of the budget proposal will be available for review forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting in the Superintendent’s Office.  The Medway School Committee welcomes comments from the public on its budget, however this is a presentation as the public forum was held on March 2, 2017.

Update on Route 109 Project

As has been shared on through town communications, progress on the Route 109 project continues.  Here is the latest information that was shared with us.

Drainage work will begin again this week and continue for several weeks.  Multiple crews may be working at two to three locations along the route.  This should have minimal impact on travel.  Two lanes will remain open until 9 am each day and work will be over for the day in time for the evening commute.

At some point in May there will be extensive work done at the intersection of Route 109 and Holliston Street with the construction of a retaining wall near the Charles River Bank.  Similarly, culvert work at Choate Park will be extensive.  This is likely to have a large impact on traffic getting through both the intersection and the Lincoln Street areas.

Reclamation work is scheduled to begin in June or July.  Jersey barriers will be placed along the construction route creating two lanes that will shift as work necessitates.  This will likely slow traffic along Route 109 significantly.

It is expected that 2017 road work will have a considerable impact on traffic in Medway.  Please support local businesses, but use alternative routes when appropriate.

As a reminder, there is a dedicated webpage<http://www.townofmedway.org/route-109-transportation-improvement-project> for this project where you will find the latest updates.  The Town will also post weekly updates on social media.  You can also subscribe<http://www.townofmedway.org/subscribe> to receive weekly email updates.

McGovern Elementary Principal Search

Thanks to our community members who joined us on Monday night as we welcomed three finalists as part of the principal search process at McGovern School.  This forum followed each candidate visiting the district for a full day.  We will be collating the feedback that we collected during the visits, checking references and reaching a decision in the coming week regarding the best fit for our school and district moving forward.

Cultural Proficiency Partnership

We are excited to share that we recently agreed to partner with EDCO Collaborative's IDEAS Program in our efforts to enhance the cultural sensitivity and proficiency practices of our school district.  Aligned with our efforts outlined in our Strategic Plan, this important work has been recently punctuated as a need with events connected with student behavior that is not reflective of a community that celebrates and appreciates diversity.  We are excited about this partnership which will include building based self assessments, leadership training, and staff professional development.  We anticipate that this work will lead to deep reflection and learning that will come from this work.  

As part of this effort, we would like to continue the conversation we started with our community on January 30.  On Monday, April 3, Kalise Wornum, founder of KW Diversity INC., will be returning to Medway.  This event is for parents/guardians and will be hosted in the auditorium at Medway High School.  We hope to see you there.  A flier of the event can be found here.  

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.      

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Hosted Events - All Welcome

Our Medway SEPAC will host two events in the coming month of interest and importance to our families.  On March 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM, a free workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education, a workshop for parents and professionals will be hosted in the Medway High School library.  On April 11, 2017, Director of Student Services, Kat Bernklow and Director of Wellness, Ryan Sherman, will co-facilitate a session entitled, Promoting Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning at 7:00 PM in the High School Library.  All parents are invited.

Next Generation MCAS

Last Monday, we welcomed some families for a Superintendent’s Chat to share information about the Next Generation MCAS.  We have included a copy of the presentation that was shared here.   Below, please also find the master schedule for assessment throughout the district as well as a link to Web-based practice tests that are available for anyone to review.  

Date

Test Session

Grade Level

March 21

ELA Composition

10th Grade

March 22

ELA Sessions 1 and 2

10th Grade

March 23

ELA Session 3

10th Grade

April 5

ELA Session 1        CBT

8th Grade

April 6

ELA Session 2        CBT

8th Grade

April 11

ELA Session 1

ELA Session 1 CBT

ELA Session 1

3rd Grade

4th Grade

7th  Grade

April 12

ELA Session 1

ELA Session 1 CBT

ELA Session 1

3rd Grade

4th Grade

7th  Grade

April 13

ELA Session 3

ELA Session 4 CBT

3rd Grade

4th Grade

April 25

ELA Session 1

5th Grade

6th Grade

April 26

ELA Session 2

5th Grade

6th Grade

April 27

ELA Session 3

5th Grade

May 2

Math Session 1

7th Grade

May 3

Math Session 1

Math Session 2

5th Grade

7th Grade

May 4

Math Session 2

Math Session 1

5th Grade

6th Grade

May 5

Math Session 2

6th Grade

 

STE Session 1

May 17

 

STE Session 2

May 18

May 9

Math Session 1 CBT

8th Grade

May 10

Math Session 2 CBT

8th Grade

May 16

Math Session 1 CBT

Math Session 1

4th Grade

10th Grade

May 17

Math Session 1

Math Session 2 CBT

STE Session 1

Math Session 2

3rd Grade

4th Grade

8th Grade

10th Grade

May 18

Math Session 2

STE Session 2

3rd Grade

8th Grade

June 5

STE Session 1

9th Grade

June 6

STE Session 2

9th Grade

*CBT=Computer Based Test

 

Medway High School NEASC Site Visit

Last week marked our high school’s NEASC 10 year visit following the completion of the school’s self study process which looked at the following areas:  core values, curriculum, instruction, assessment, school culture and leadership, and school and community support and resources.  Last Wednesday afternoon, the visiting team presented the emerging themes to the faculty and staff.

Principal McCarron shared the following with his parent community, “Our reaccreditation visit from The New England Association of Schools and Colleges began on Sunday and successfully concluded with a presentation to our faculty and staff in the auditorium.  We received both commendations and recommendations from the committee’s chairperson in a brief overview of the committee's work.  The chairperson will write the full report and share it with me within two months time.  Upon receipt of the report, I will respond to the chairperson with any factual errors that need to be corrected and once that process has been completed, the report will be sent to me and I will share the report with the district. I want to thank the members of  the visiting committee for their attention to detail in the process and the long hours of work that each member dedicated to the process.”

Thank you to our colleagues at the high school for the significant time and dedication that they gave to this self reflection process in service to students.  

Medway Clean Sweep/ Day of Service PLEASE Sign up HERE!

In partnership with the Town of Medway, the Medway Lions Club and the Medway Public Schools, this year’s Medway Clean Sweep will feature additional service experiences of which communities members can sign up and be a part.  A first effort to expand our opportunities for our entire community to engage in different types of services experiences on a large scale like this, we hope that this morning of April 8, 2017 is able to expand in future years to include many more experiences throughout the town.  Please click on the link that follows to review the various experiences that have been planned for this year - noting that each experience could use both people power of all ages and supplies - and sign for as many that catch your eye as you want.  Should you have any questions about Clean Sweep, please email us at cleansweep@townofmedway.org or ir you have questions about the Day of Service events, please email us at medwaymasslionsclub@gmail.com

Sign up for service events here: Medway Clean Sweep / Day of Service Sign up

Medway High School Spring Concert

Congratulations to Ms. Kendra Nutting and Ms. Amanda Webster and their vocal and instrumental students for highlighting their growth during the Spring concert.  Follow the link to see The Unaccompanied Minors performing; it is worth a view.  Unaccompanied Minors

3rd Grade Music in Our Schools Month Concerts

Congratulations to our third grade musicians under the leadership of Emily Bilodeau for a terrific set of performances on Thursday and Friday morning.  Their vocal and instrumental work - recorder and orff instruments - were a great way to honor Music in Our Schools Month!  https://t.co/TbfIabKuHQ

STEM Saturday for Girls Event

Our community enjoyed a terrific day of learning at our 2nd annual STEM Saturday for Girls event on Saturday, March 25 at the Burke-Memorial School.  The day featured presentations from female scientists across many STEM fields and allowed our young scientists a glimpse into their potential futures.  Special thanks to an extremely hard working STEM Saturday Committee for their planning:  

  • Stephanie Cares and Mary Evans, Co-Coordinators
  • Amanda Luizzi
  • Cari Perchase
  • Shanley Heller
  • Kristy Macedo
  • Danielle Witter
  • Mary Beth Curran
  • Marissa Keleher
  • Nicole Ball
  • Megan Munger
  • Larry Brown
  • Julie Dennehy (parent)
  • Susan Rozak (parent)

2017 5-Town Special Olympics

April 7, 2017 marks the date for the 5-Town Special Olympics Games.  Hosted by Medfield, these games will focus on basketball and will be attended by 12 Medway athletes and approximately 13 peer supporters.  The day begins with a bus parade of athletes beginning at the Medfield State Hospital and ending at Medfield HS.  Opening ceremonies begin at 10 AM, followed by an 8 station rotation and at 12:00 PM an awards ceremony will take place.

MFE Logo Contest 2017

The Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) is a non-profit community foundation established in 2002 to fund innovative educational programs and technologies for Medway public schools that are beyond the normal school budget.  Since the inception of the foundation, MFE has provided over $255,000 in grants that directly benefit our students, teachers, administrators and parents.   Visit www.MFEducation.org or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MedwayFoundationforEducation)  for more information on our work and mission.

The foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised primarily of parents of current and former Medway students.   The Board is interested in developing a fresh new logo for MFE, one that reflects its mission and the beneficiaries that it serves.   

At some point in the past, the MFE logo was created as follows:

Medway Foundation for Education

The Board would like to invite Medway students to submit a proposal for a new, fresh MFE logo.   Although the past logo included a tagline, the future logo does not require a tag line.

Contest Guidelines:  

  1. The logo should look professional.  It will be used on our website, social media venues, stationery, etc.   
  2. The logo should reflect Medway Schools and the inclusive, supportive educational culture we have instilled here.
  3. The artistic talents of the student are encouraged, whether that is with a writing instrument, painting instrument, etc. or through the use of digital technology.    Any written or painted artwork would need to eventually be digitized to form an official logo file (i.e. JPEG).   
  4. Integrity – the logo submitted cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. Must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.
  5. There are no color limitations, but the logo must be recognized when printed in color or black and white.

Eligibility:   Students in any class at the elementary, middle or high school are eligible.   

Submission:   Please submit your proposals by email to Kylie O’Neill (kylie6574@gmail.com) or Clarissa Marroquin (elizabethmqn@yahoo.com).  Proposals should include the logo and a brief description of why the logo best reflects MFE.   Any questions can be directed to Kylie or Clarissa.

Deadline:   April 15, 2017

Winner:   The winning proposal will be selected by the acting MFE Board, Superintendent Dr. Armand Pires, and Assistant Superintendent Gabrielle Abrams in May 2017.   Date TBD. The proposal with the majority vote wins.  

Contestants agree that MFE may publish their logo and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing/communication materials in the future. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the logo, to MFE.  Additionally, MFE may alter, modify or revise the logo as it sees necessary.  MFE reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.  

Prize:The MFE Board is offering a $200 Visa gift card to the winner along with a certificate of appreciation for their work.  The winner will also be recognized on the MFE website and other social media platforms.  

2017 Peer Prom

‘A Night Under the BigTop”  is the theme for this year’s Peer Prom for members of the MHS Best Buddies and other students of the Medway Public Schools who have special needs and who are in grades 8-12.  This annual event, supported by the  Peer Counselors, provides a night of dancing complete with a red carpet experience!  This event is scheduled for March 31,2017 at Burke-Memorial from 7-9 PM.

School and Community/Parent/Guardian Wellness Team Take on a Brand

Our district has long benefitted from the energy and enthusiasm of a group of dedicated parent volunteers who have strived to bring programming to the district that addresses many areas under the social, emotional and wellness umbrella.  Past events sponsored by these volunteers have included the Screenagers viewing, the opioid panel, and Chris Herren, to name just a few.  

As our efforts to more systematically ensure the overall wellness of our school and community members are addressed through strategic and thoughtful planning take shape, a mission statement and a “brand name” were definitely in order.  The following has been drafted as the brand and new mission.  Recruitment efforts are underway to ensure that this group represents membership from each of our support organizations and is therefore built for sustained successive growth over time.  While we are seeking to have an individual representative from each of our current support organizations (MEPTO, MSPTO, SEPAC, MFPA, MFE, Athletics, etc.), should you have a particular interest in serving on this advisory and working towards success of this mission outlined below, please contact Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness at rsherman@medwayschools.org.

T.H.R.I.V.E. is an organization which provides wellness-related programming and resources to families, in order to equip them with the Tools necessary to foster Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness, Vitality and Empowerment in Medway’s youth.
 

 

Upcoming District Events

March 28, 2017       High School National Honor Society Blood Drive
  SEPAC meeting, High School, 7:00 PM
March 29, 2017       MSPTO, High School, 7:30 PM
March 31, 2017       MEPTO Basket Raffle
  Peer Buddies/Counselors Prom, Memorial School Cafeteria, 7:00 PM
April 3, 2017         Community Conversation on Race, Part 2, Medway High School, 7:00PM
April 6, 2017         Public Forum on Budget, Middle School Presentation Room 7:00 PM
  School Committee Meeting, Middle School Presentation Room 7:30 PM
April 7, 2017         Medway Middle School Musical Legally Blonde Jr., Medway High School Auditorium 7:30 PM
April 8, 2017         Medway Clean Sweep and Day of Service, 8:00 - 11:00 AM
  Medway Middle School- Musical Legally Blonde Jr., Medway High School Auditorium, 2:00PM & 7:30PM
April 11, 2017       Medway Friends of the Performing Arts meeting, High School Room 138-3 Conference Room 7:00 PM
  SEPAC, Promoting Wellness and Social Emotional Learning, Medway High School Library, 7:00 PM
April 12, 2017       Medway Middle School Curriculum Night, Middle School Cafeteria, 6:00-8:00 PM
April 14, 2017       Good Friday - No School
April 17-21, 2017     Spring Vacation - No School
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