November 15th Superintendent's Update

Dear Medway families,

With the upcoming Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, we extend our gratitude for our continued productive partnership with our school community.  We feel most fortunate to be able to serve the district in our roles.

 Please find several updates regarding upcoming events and important district information.  We hope to see many of you at the Superintendent’s Chat on Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 PM in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School where we will host a Chat about MCAS.  

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.
Superintendent

TONIGHT - Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. - Wednesday, November 15th

“Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: How To Foster Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being” featuring Dr. Jacqueline M. Vorpahl is our next speaker as part of our T.H.R.I.V.E. event series.  Dr. Vorpahl  will explain how to best foster your child’s emotional well-being, by connecting mind and body.  This will take place from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Burke-Memorial cafeteria.  Children are invited to attend and will engage in a physical activity during the “parent talk” portion.  Children will then join their parent(s)/guardian(s) at the end of the session for a practice exercise.

Superintendent’s Chat ~ MCAS

Our next Superintendent’s chat has been scheduled for Thursday, November 16, from 6:00-7:00 PM.  The chat will immediately precede the scheduled school committee meeting.  The topic for this chat is MCAS.

Council on Aging: Veterans Project

The Medway Council on Aging, in collaboration with Medway High School, is hosting a Veteran’s Project on Thursday, November 16th from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Medway High School Auditorium.  Medway High School students will present the history of our local veterans.  Light refreshments will be served.  

Fall Athletics in Post Season

Congratulations to our volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer teams who ended their Fall seasons after well played post season matches.  

Last Saturday, our girls soccer team advanced in play with a win vs. Somerset/Berkley at Milford High School. Last  night they defeated Notre Dame in the D2 Finals on Tuesday, November 14th at Taunton High School.They will play in the state finals on Saturday.  

All cross country runners had personal bests at the State meet this past weekend.  Collin McGlynn finished 10th overall and has qualified for all-states next week. Cheerleading came in 3rd on Sunday and will move on to the States next Sunday at Worcester State.

Turkey Trot

We encourage our community to join us for the 7th annual Medway Turkey Trot.  It will take place at 7:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day at the high school.  Walkers, runners, strollers, and family members of all ages are welcome! Proceeds from the past 6 years have allowed Medway High School to purchase new uniforms for almost every varsity athletic team. The course and registration fees remain unchanged. There will be music and prizes, post race refreshments, and automated timing chips.  See this link for more information and to sign up.

Women in STEM Club - Speakers Wanted

Once again, Medway High’s Women in STEM Club will be hosting its annual school-wide STEM Fair. Our goal for the fair is to encourage exploration into the wide variety of STEM-based careers.  This program aims to help students grasp the transcendence of STEM skills and knowledge into all aspects of our world. We are looking for professionals with engaging STEM projects or stories they are eager to showcase to high school students. This year’s fair will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 PM​​ on Friday, February 16, 2018.

If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested in creating and facilitating a 35-minute interactive workshop or presentation this year, please reach out to Dr. Shanley Heller at sheller@medwayschools.org.

Invitation to Senator Karen Spilka’s  2nd annual exSEL forum

Last year, the School Committee, school leadership, and community members were invited to Senator Spilka’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Forum.  She is conducting the event again and has asked that we extend an invitations to the Medway School Committee and members of the community.  The SEL Forum will take place on January 9, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland. Here’s the link to sign up, and a flyer for the event.  

 

Project Here

Attorney General Maura Healey has opened registration to Project Here.  Project Here is a public/private partnership focused on making substance use prevention educational resources available to every public middle school in Massachusetts. For more information visit the official Project Here website.  On behalf of the district, Ryan Sherman, Director of Wellness, will look to explore this program.

 

Harvest of the Month Program

The Harvest of the Month Program will launch at McGovern and Burke-Memorial Elementary Schools this week.  This program will give students the opportunity to try a fruit or vegetable, prepared in two different ways, each month. Students will vote on which preparation they like the best and the winner will appear on the following week’s school lunch menu.  Each recipe will be shared with parents, so that they have the option of serving it at home.  

 

Mark Your Calendars - The Laramie Project at Medway High School

On November 17th and 18th, Medway High School Drama will present The Laramie Project.   A description of the play follows:  In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

The performances will take place from 6:00-9:00 PM in the Medway High School Auditorium.  Tickets are needed for the performance and will be on sale in the lobby before each performance for the cost of $10 each.  

Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess

The Superintendent's Task Force on Middle School Recess held its second meeting of the school year on October 24. Task force members reviewed the findings of the student focus group and identified the emerging themes from their research review. In the coming weeks the task force will administer teacher and parent surveys to gain a feel for how our school community feels about recess.  

Upcoming Events

November 15, 2017    T.H.R.I.V.E- Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds - Burke Memorial Cafeteria 6:00 PM

            Winter sports meeting for high school student athletes and parents, HS Gym 6:00 PM

November 16, 2017    Medway Veterans Project, High School Auditorium, 4:00 PM

            Superintendent’s Chat - MCAS,  Presentation Room, Medway Middle School 6:00 PM.                    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 17, 2017    Medway High School presents The Laramie Project  

High School Auditorium  6:00 PM

November 18, 2017    Medway Varsity Girls Soccer in State Championship, Time and Location TBD

Medway High School presents The Laramie Project  

High School Auditorium  6:00 PM.

November 20, 2017    National Honor Society Induction, Medway High School 7:00 PM

November 21, 2017    SEPAC Board Meeting, Medway Public Library, 7:00 PM

November 22, 2017    Half day - All grades

November 23, 2017    7th Annual Medway Turkey Trot, Medway High School, 7:30 AM

November 23-24, 2017    No School-Thanksgiving

November 29, 2017    Burke Memorial Literacy Night, Burke Memorial Cafeteria, 6:00 P.M.

    MSPTO Meeting and Pop-Up Shop, Medway Middle School, 6:00 PM

December 5, 2017    MEPTO Meeting, Burke Memorial School, 6:30 PM

December 6, 2017    Medway High School Concert and Arts Showcase 7:00 PM

December 7, 2017    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

December 12, 2017    SEPAC Meeting, Medway High School, 7:00 PM

December 14, 2017    Middle School Choral Concert, 6:00 PM

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