Superintendent's Message 10/12/15

October 2, 2015

Dear Medway families,

We hope that this communication
finds you well as we transition into fall and anticipate a cool down in our
temperatures.   Please find some information and updates
below.    

Spring 2015 MCAS

Official school and district MCAS results were
released to the public on Thursday September 24, 2015.  Families can
expect to receive student reports in the mail in the next month.  While we
find these results do help to fuel important conversations around individual
student and sub-group performance, we primarily see these results as
information to help inform our decision making regarding our own school and
district improvement efforts.  Public results can be found at the
following:  
MCAS results.  

 

District Improvement Plan Approved

The District Improvement Plan is developed
annually and is designed to identify the highest improvement priorities in our
district.  It also serves to communicate an action plan to achieve each
identified goal.  The approved plan can be found here:  
District Improvement Plan

 

Nutritional Information of School Lunch

We are pleased to provide you with electronic
access to nutrition information for school lunches.  
This interactive
technology allows us to more vividly and accurately communicate our menus, and
makes them convenient and accessible to parents and students.  A special
allergy filter makes it easy to identify foods that contain a certain
ingredient, allowing parents to feel comfortable that their child with a food
allergy can make safe choices at school  In addition, visitors to the site
will see information about district-specific food service promotions or events,
and nutrition education.  
School Lunch Nutritional Information

 

Education Express

We are pleased to share with you our first Education Express of the 2015-16 school year.  The Education Express is a quarterly communication that aims to
highlight and celebrate programs and successes of our students and staff. 
It is an interactive newsletter with embedded videos and links that allow you
to access further information.  You can access this latest edition at
Education Express.  Should you have any feedback or questions regarding this publication, please feel free to contact the office of the assistant superintendent at ckopec@medwayschools.org or by calling (508) 533-3222.

 

Strategic Planning

We are pleased to invite you to access the Strategic Planning Survey that will collect your perceptions regarding what the Medway Public Schools do well and in what areas they need to improve.  This survey is an essential part of the data gathering phase of our strategic planning process.  This phase of the process seeks the answers to the question, What
do you value?
, from all of our various community members, and will fuel the development of our Strategic Plan.  

 

In addition to the information gathered through
the survey, we are excited to be engaging with the community during several
forums on October 7.  We hope
that you will consider joining us in conversation on October
7th
from 9:00-10:30 AM
or 7:00-8:30 PM at the
Thayer Homestead located at 2B Oak Street, Medway.  All of our community
members are encouraged to participate in both the survey and a community
forum.  Please find links below to: additional information about the
Strategic Plan development process, access to the survey, and a sign-up to
participate in a community forum.

 

 

To access the district
webpage
that further explains this process, please click
here.
-To access and complete the Strategic Planning Survey, please click here.
-To sign-up to participate in
one of our
Community Forums, please click
here.

 

October 9, 2015 - Professional Development Day

Just a reminder that we will host our first
professional development day of the year on Friday,
October 9, 2015
.  This is a day for professionals to
engage in essential learning and collaborative experiences that allow them to
heighten their expertise and practice.  No students attend school on this
day.  Schools will also be closed on Monday
October 12, 2015
in observance of Columbus Day.  We
wish you a wonderful long weekend.

 

Decision related to PARCC

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education began piloting the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
for College and Careers (PARCC) as a potential replacement to the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  You may recall that, after the
first year of the field test, the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education provided communities with a choice related to whether they would
pilot PARCC or continue with MCAS during the 2014-2015 school year.  In
June 2014, the Medway School Committee voted to remain with MCAS for the
2014-2015 school year.  Throughout this time there was a high level of
community engagement on this topic.  Given the high level of interest, I
thought it helpful to share some additional information about the upcoming
decision.

 

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