October 4th Community Update

Dear Medway families,

We hope that this communication finds you well.  We want to remind you that next Monday and Tuesday, October 9 and 10, are “no school” days in observance of Columbus Day and Professional Development Day.  Please find timely updates and information below.

Sincerely,

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Flu Clinic

Flu season is quickly approaching; make sure that you’re protected.  Medway Public Schools would like to invite you to receive a free flu shot on October 5th, from 3-5pm, at Medway High School.   Please follow this link for more information:  Flu Shot Clinic

CLEARGOV

We are pleased to share that we have recently partnered with an organization aimed at supporting transparent information to the community.  ClearGov is a product already in use by the Town, and is now available for school district information.  ClearGov provides easy to use interactive information about district finances, student academic performance on state assessments, and faculty and staff.  This tool allows users to compare items year over year, as well as review comparisons with neighboring communities.  

ClearGov may be accessed through our website or via this link.

T.H.R.I.V.E.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. (Tools for Health, Resiliency, Inclusiveness, Vitality and Empowerment), a committee dedicated to providing wellness related, family enrichment opportunities to the Medway community, has created a calendar of events for the 2017/2018 school year.  These learning experiences are connected with mental health, substance use prevention, celebrating differences, and digital citizenship.   In an effort to plan ahead, below please find the dates for which our T.H.R.I.V.E. events will take place.  We hope to see you at several of these events!

2017-2018 T.H.R.I.V.E. Events which will all be held from ~7:00-9:00 PM, locations TBD:

  • October 11, 2017- Mental Wellness- Minding Your Mind - Medway High School Auditorium - Please find a flyer describing this event following:  Minding Your Mind presentation flyer
  • November 15, 2017 - Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds- Burke Memorial Library 6:00 P.M.
  • January 17, 2018- Celebrating Differences
  • March 21, 2018- Substance Use Prevention
  • May 9, 2018- Digital Citizenship

iReady Diagnostic ~ Grade 1-8 Reading and Mathematics

Our grade 1-8 students are nearing completion of their first experience with our pilot diagnostic tool in reading and mathematics, iReady.  Building leaders and educators in these grade levels will be spending time together during the October 10 professional development day reviewing the data reports and identifying instructional plans for students in need of intervention and enrichment.  Building principals will be sharing their specific progress with families in the coming month.

Partnership with Medway Fire Department

The Medway Fire Department has received a grant to deliver fire and safety education to our K-12 students.  Wellness Director, Dr. Sherman met with the MFD to discuss how to best integrate their work within our health curriculum and to schedule a series of school / grade wide assemblies. This work will commence during the last week of October, in the form of Halloween safety training for our K-8 students.

MHS students receiving Letters of Commendation for 2016

Congratulations to our seniors who were  recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students in the 2018  National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are being recognized  for their past performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.  One student has been recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar for scoring in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT tests in our region.

Pictured from left: Ms. Pegoraro, Mrs. O’Leary, Dylan Sheehan (Commended Student), Kristy McSweeney (Commended Student), Madison Oppenheim (National Hispanic Scholar Recognition), Emily Ertmann (Commended Student), Ms. Jasmin and Ms. Gentile.

Community Interface Referral Service

We are proud to announce a new partnership between the Medway Schools and Medway Fire Department to provide access to all community members to Interface Referral Services  (https://interface.williamjames.edu/).  Interface Referral Service will support families by helping them navigate and access mental health services.  

We believe this partnership will increase access to care for our students and will help to relieve families and school counselors from the many hours spent coordinating outside mental health services for our students and community members.  Information on how to access this service will be shared within the next few weeks.  

The Metrowest Daily News featured this topic at the following link: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171001/medway-schools-fund-mental-health-referral-service

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New England Dairy & Food Council Grant

Last Tuesday, Jill Read from the New England Dairy & Food Council came to Medway Middle School to present Ryan Sherman a check in the amount of $2,613.  The Dairy farmers, along with NFL Play 60, offer this money to implement programs to get kids active and interested in eating healthy.  Ryan, Cari Perchase and Shawn Fallon in Food Services already have plans to start a breakfast program in the Middle School.

New Logo for MFE

We are excited to share the new logo of the Medway Foundation for Education.  This logo is attributed to the talented artistry of Shay O’Neil.  Last spring, MFE ran a logo contest and received several proposals with some very cool new logo ideas from our student population.  We are very fortunate to have so many creative and artistically talented students.   As you know, the MFE has been an extraordinary partner to the District and has granted more than $270,000 since its inception.


 

MFE Drive

MFE is in the middle of week 2 of their Annual Drive. Please consider donating so that they can continue to fund grant requests from teachers and members of the education community which will bring creative, innovative programs and materials to Medway classrooms.  New this year, MFE is offering a raffle prize at the end of each week. For every five dollars donated, you will receive an entry into the drawing. They will notify the winner each Friday.

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Currently,  $1,575 has been donated.  Thank you to everyone that has contributed so far!

Interested in donating? You can donate one of three ways:

1. Online: Donate here through Network for Good

2. By check You can mail to:  Medway Foundation for Education c/o Superintendent of Schools 45 Holliston Street, Medway, MA  02053

3. Dropboxes: These will be located at Middlesex Savings Bank and Charles River Bank.  Please donate if you can. Thanks!
 

Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess

The Superintendent's Task Force on Middle School Recess reconvened on September 26, to conclude the research portion of its work.  Task force members shared their findings, after reviewing research related to physical activity and recess.  Additionally, MMS Assistant Principal Gamache, shared his research regarding if and how nearby middle schools are currently instituting recess.  In the coming weeks the task force will be administering student, teacher and parent surveys to gain an understanding of how our school community feels about recess.  

 

Language Based Learning Disability Program Update

At the September 28th Medway School Committee meeting, Director of Student Services, Kat Bernklow, and educator, Jennifer Lindsey, provided an update on the Language Based Learning Disabilities initiative that has been underway in our schools.  The update included progress made, current and future planning efforts, as well as lessons learned connected with the district’s efforts to better support our students with Language Based Learning Disabilities was shared with the school committee during their September 28 meeting.  A copy of the presentation can be found here.

 

Community Education Summer Update

Our Community Education department highlighted the many experiences and offerings that took place during summer 2017 at the September 28 school committee meeting, as well as future programs.  Their presentation can be found here.

 

Medway Peer Counselors’ Presentation to School Committee

During the September 28 school committee meeting, members had the opportunity to engage with student leaders from the high school peer leaders program.  Student leaders described the program and the support that is provided to Medway High School students.  Their efforts and talking points are highlighted in this presentation.  The Metrowest Daily News also highlighted this wonderful program here.

 

Spring 2017 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Results

Public results of the Spring 2017 MCAS assessments for grades 3-8 and 9-10 in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science will be available on Wednesday, October 18.  We will be sharing an update on this information on October 19 as well as a comprehensive overview and analysis o during an upcoming School Committee meeting in November.

 

Upcoming Events

October 5, 2017        School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

October 9, 2017        No School- Columbus Day

October 10, 2017    No School- Professional Development Day

October 11, 2017        T.H.R.I.V.E. Emotional Wellness:  Minding your Mind,

Medway High School Auditorium 7PM

October 17, 2017    SEPAC Meeting, Medway High Library, 6:45 PM, Speaker: Dr. Jennifer DelRey on “The

Transition to College among Students with Special Needs.”

October 19, 2017    Memorial Plaque  Ceremony, 5:30 PM

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

October 25, 2017    MSPTO Meeting - Medway High School Guidance - 7:30 PM

October 30, 2017    Tri-Board Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 8, 2017    Medway High School National Honor Society Induction 7:00 PM

November 9, 2017    School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 PM

November 10, 2017    No School- Veteran’s Day

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

November 16, 2017    Superintendent’s Chat - MCAS,  Presentation Room, Medway Middle School 6:00 P.M.

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

November 22, 2017    Half Day of School - All grades

November 23-24, 2017    No School- Thanksgiving

 

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