March 9th Community Update

Dear Medway families,

As we transition into March, please note the great number of events, activities and updates that require your careful attention.  Wishing you all a smooth transition into the changing time and season!

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, March 16, 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.

McGovern Elementary Principal Search

We have recently been notified that 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.

We have begun the process of searching for the next principal of McGovern Elementary School and are seeking are community’s involvement in a couple of different ways:

  • If you would like to serve on the Interview Committee whose role it will be to recommend which candidates advance to the next round in the process, please contact us at ktucker@medwayschools.org by the end of the day on Friday March 10, 2017.  All Interview Committee members would need to be available to preview candidate packets in district sometime prior to March 15th at 3:00 PM and also be available for interviews from 4:00 PM-6:15 PM on both Wednesday March 15 and Thursday March 16, 2017.  Should we have more interest than we are able to accommodate, we will select names randomly.  
  • A second way that our parent community can become involved in this process is by participating in our finalist site visits which are scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday March 22 and 23.  On these days, a special time has been reserved for our parent community to meet with each candidate from 4:15-4:45 PM in the McGovern Library.  This will be a time to meet each finalist, hear about their background and experience and then ask them questions.  All parents are welcome to join this experience.  

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 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 - and the 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 children 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 two 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 Tuesday, June 20, 2017.      

Superintendent’s Chat:  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 on 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.

Social/Emotional /Learning Steering Committee

As you know, Goal #2 of the Medway Public Schools Strategic Plan is:  Social/Emotional Wellness:  Foster the social, emotional, and healthy development of all students.  In an effort to achieve this goal, a SEL Steering Committee was formed.  The SEL Steering Committee had its first meeting on March 1st.  The committee is co-chaired by Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness and Ms. Kat Berklow, Director of Student Services, and is made up of a representation of K-12 faculty and staff.  The committee will meet three additional times before December, to accomplish the goals of: establishing a district wide SEL vision, conducting an SEL gap analysis, identifying SEL programming that would enhance the district’s current structure and delivering a formal recommendation to building principals, the assistant superintendent and the superintendent.   

MCAS Information

As noted above, we will be hosting a Superintendent’s Chat on Monday March 20, 2017 to share with families updates regarding the shifts connected to the next generation of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests. The MCAS will take place for all students in grades 3-8, 9, and 10 in the coming months.   This year’s assessment is the first in the next generation of assessments which is intended to better align to the 2011 Mathematics and English Language Arts Frameworks.  All 4th and 8th grade students will be participating in computer-based assessments for both of these content areas.  As we recognize that these types of experiences often create discomfort for our students, please know that our messaging around these tests, throughout the district, is for students to simply do their best.  We believe that the results of these assessments provide us with useful information about our own practices and look to the information gleaned from these assessments as a source for future planning.  The Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education recently published a link to view Web-based practice tests for schools and parents/guardians.  

Date

Test Session

Grade Level

March 22

ELA Composition

10th Grade

March 23

ELA Sessions 1 and 2

10th Grade

March 24

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

4th Grade

May 17

Math Session 1

Math Session 2 CBT

STE Session 1

Math Session 1

3rd Grade

4th Grade

8th Grade

10th Grade

May 18

Math Session 2

STE Session 2

Math Session 2

3rd Grade

8th Grade

10th Grade

June 1

STE Session 1

9th Grade

June 2

STE Session 2

9th Grade

*CBT=Computer Based Test

Medway Clean Sweep/ Day of Service

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

Education Express

We have published our second edition of Education Express, which is a celebration of student learning throughout the district.  You can view this interactive newsletter through this link.

Fall 2016 Highlights ~ Education Express
Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess

As we continue to work to best address both the academic and social/emotional needs of our students, we are excited to engage in a formal process to further explore structures and supports for our middle school learners.  Middle school recess is a topic of conversation that has gained interest in our community.  In an effort to deeply explore this topic, we will convene a Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess.  This Task Force will be chaired by Dr. Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness, and Mr. Paul Gamache, Middle School Assistant Principal.  We will send additional information about the process and how our community may become involved soon.

2017-2018 Program of Studies’ Presentations

At our February 2 School Committee meeting, Medway High School Principal, Tim McCarron, and Medway Middle School Principal, Cari Perchase, presented the Program of Studies for 2017-2018.  The presentations can be found here:

2017-18 High School Program of Studies  

2017-8 Middle School Program of Studies.

 

Shamrock Shuffle

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It’s that time again! Come join us on Saturday, March 11 for the 6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K event. This annual event is to benefit the Medway Elementary PTO. It will be held at Medway High School, 88 Summer Street, Medway, MA at 9:00 AM (pre-register 8:00am). Registration is $30.00/person and anyone 17 and under is $15.00.  Gift cards will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers and ribbons will be awarded to the top place male and female finishers in all age categories. There will be prizes awarded for the best costume! To register or for more info please visit www.mepto.org or Medwayshamrockshuffle2017.racewire.com.

Save the Date:  Summer Programming Night

While there is still frost on our cars, it’s about time to start thinking about summer! For some parents this brings excitement, but for others, this brings stress. Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. It is also a time when kids have a lot of down time. It can be a challenge for parents to find safe and affordable programming that is the right fit for their child.
   

The Medway Wellness Department has reached out to several summer program providers, and is hosting a community night! Parents will be able to gather information to help make plans for their kids, and sign up if interested. Families of kids from ages 4-15, are invited to join us for a drop in informational open house. 

                Date: March 15, 2017
                Time: 6pm-8pm
                Location: Memorial School Cafeteria

Programs joining us:

  • Franklin and Hopkinton YMCA
  • The Sunshine Group
  • Medway Community Education
  • Medway Public Library
  • Tri-County Vocational  

While some of these services are free, most are not; however, everyone joining us has flexibility around funding and transportation if these are challenges for your family. Medway Schools and the chosen providers, never want finances to stand in the way of great experience for our students.   Please join us! The summer will be here before we know it. If you have any questions, concerns, or are a provider not listed that has an interest in partnering with us please call:

    Ryan Sherman, Ph.D., RCEP            John Kelley
    Director of Wellness                Adjustment Counselor
    Medway Public Schools                         Memorial School
    508-321-4714                    508-533-3265

 

S.T.E.M Saturday for Girls ~ Click Here for Registration

Thanks to a successful grant application to enhance offerings and excitement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Medway’s female students, Medway Public Schools is excited to host our second annual S.T.E.M Saturday for Girls!  The event will include opportunities for girls in grades 2 through 8 to participate in a variety of hands on activities to learn and explore different science, technology, and engineering topics.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from women who have fostered their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math to pursue careers in various STEM fields. The event will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  More specific information will be shared shortly!  

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2017 Special Olympics and Polar Plunge

It’s that time of year again and our Spring 2017 Special Olympics celebration is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017.  The location will be at Medfield High School and the sport will be basketball.  Additionally, the 5 Towns Special Olympics (5TSO) are taking part in the March 4, 2107 Polar Plunge at Nantasket Beach (think ice bucket challenge in mid-winter with thousands of gallons of frigid water!).  The event is being coordinated by the Best Buddies group at the High School.  Please consider contacting Ellen Hester (ehester@medwayschools.org) or Kristin Connors (kconnors@medwayschools.org) to donate to this remarkable event.  The money raised is used to defray costs of the 5TSO yearly games event.  #freezinforareason  #brrrr!

Updates from Medway Foundation for Education

Dodgeball

The Dodging4School event is already accepting team registrations on the website and is heavily advertised on our Facebook page as well.   This event will take place on Saturday March 18th at the Middle School Gym.    Kristin Connors, Sue Olson and several others are working on this project now.   You will see signs across Route 109 this month and a bunch of social media announcements as well.   

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.  

Kudos on High School Musical Success!

Congratulations to the cast, crew and supporting musicians for a job well done on their performance of Once Upon a Mattress!  

Upcoming District Events

March 11, 2017        MEPTO Shamrock Shuffle 5K, HS, 9:00 AM

March 14, 2017        SEPAC meeting, Medway HS library, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

March 15, 2017        Summer Programming Meeting, Burke-Memorial School, 6:00-8:00 PM

March 16, 2017        Medway High School, National Honor Society, Coffee House, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

    Public Hearing on FY18 Budget, Middle School Presentation Room 7:00

        School Committee meeting, Middle School Presentation Room 7:30 -9:00 PM

March 17, 2017        Early Release - All Schools

March 18, 2017        MFE Dodgeball Tournament, Middle School, 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

March 20, 2017        Superintendent’s Chat, MCAS, Middle School Presentation Room 6:30 PM

March 23, 2017        High School Spring Concert, 6:00 PM

March 25, 2017        STEM Saturday, Burke-Memorial Elementary School

            High School Ring Dance, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

March 28, 2017        High School National Honor Society Blood Drive

March 29, 2017        MSPTO, High School, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

March 31, 2017        MEPTO Basket Raffle

    Peer Buddies/Counselors Prom, Memorial School Cafeteria, 7-9 PM

April 3, 2017        Community Conversation on Race, Part 2, Medway High School, 7:00 PM

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