September 18th Superintendent's Message
September 16, 2016
Dear Medway families:
The upcoming week brings us to an official welcome of fall. We hope that the opening days of the 2016-17 school year have proven to be relatively smooth and that your child (ren) has/have transitioned well back to routines and familiar structures. Our newest learners, the members of the Class of 2029, started kindergarten on Wednesday, August 31. They were visibly engaged in their learning when we visited their classrooms on opening days. We expect an successful year ahead and thank you, in advance, for your continued partnership in this work.
Armand Pires, Ph.D.
Strategic Plan Action Plans
As you will recall, this past spring, the Medway School Committee approved the Strategic Plan. The approval of teh plan marked the beginning of the work. Since its approval, the leadership team has been working to DRAFT action plans for each of the identified initiatives. This work will be shared with our faculty, staff, and community. We look forward to providing you with frequent updates.
Screenagers - Upcoming Family Event
On Monday, September 26, at 7:00 pm, families throughout Medway are invited to join us at the Medway High School for a viewing and discussion of the documentary Screenagers. As synopsized on the website,
“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”
Medway Foundation for Education
The Medway Foundation for Education will be holding a “NON-TELETHON” this September in place of the annual Phone-a-thon conducted at the beginning of the school year for the previous 12 years. The fundraiser will be conducted entirely through social media beginning September 26. “We realize that the old method of calling people at home for donations is outdated, as many residents no longer use house phones,” said Brian Gray, MFE President. “So we will be conducting the annual fundraiser through our website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as other social media means. If you have donated to the MFE in the past or are newly acquainted with our organization, please consider making a donation this year.”
The Medway Foundation for Education is an all-volunteer 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization formed in 2000. The MFE provides funds in the form of grants for innovative programs in the Medway schools not already covered by the school budget.
For the 2016-2017 school year, over $16,000 in funds were granted for the following programs:
A permanent District Student Art Collection, BOKS (Reebok Foundation before and after school physical activity), Flexible classroom/Differentiating Instruction, Micropipettes for Molecular Genetics Applications, 6th Grade Speakers’ Series, Fostering Curious Readers, Students Tools Project, and JSTOR (access to the highest quality Academic Journals, Books etc.) These grants were awarded to teachers from each of Medway’s four schools, providing innovative programs, technologies and materials to a wide range of students.
Last year over $27,000 was awarded to seven worthy grant requests including: Science Saturday for Girls, The WeatherBug System, Middle School Garden, Investigating Rotational Motion, and several others. The MFE also provided the funds to bring “The Herren Project” to Medway last year, an event coordinated with the MSPTO Board that brought in over 400 parent and student attendees. The MFE has funded over $250,000 in grants since inception and is in the process of building a long-term endowment fund for future generations to utilize.
“We are so thankful for the support and generous donations made to the MFE each year by members of our community. People as well as local businesses have continually shown support for our fundraisers throughout the school year. Teachers from each of our schools submitted some wonderful grant proposals for consideration, and we are happy to be able to grant funds to many of those,” said Sue Olson, MFE Vice-President.
Donations can be made through the MFE website - MFEducation.org, or by going to: facebook.com/Medwayfoundationforeducation.
Checks may be mailed to the Medway Superintendent office C/O MFE, 45 Holliston St. Medway Ma. 02053 or Dropped off at Charles River Bank or Middlesex Savings Bank.
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/MedwayFoundationforEducation, and Twitter @MFE_Medway for updates on our fundraising events
Route 109 Project
As you are aware, the construction and improvement of Route 109 has begun. The Town has a page on their website dedicated to providing regular updates on this project. The page can be accessed here. The information on this page will provide a useful resource as the project progresses and results in traffic changes. You can subscribe to weekly email updates here.
Comcast Internet Essentials Program
Families seeking information about Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, a low cost option to ensure that homes have online access, should check out https://internetessentials.com/ or contact Gregory Franks at Gregory_Franks@cable.comcast.net.
Upcoming District Events
September 22, 2016 School Committee Meeting, Middle School Presentation Room, 7:00 PM
September 26, 2016 Screenagers, Medway High School, 7:00 PM