News From the Middle School- August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

 

It is hard to believe that another summer has passed us by!  We hope that you and your families have had time to rest, relax, and have fun this summer.  It was a pleasure to see so many students and their families this afternoon for the building walkthrough!  We are excited for the upcoming school year and look forward to seeing our students tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29th, for the first day of school.  We will ease back into the school year with a four day weekend, September 1st through September 4th, in observance of Labor Day!  

 

Opening Day Information

Medway Middle School is looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year. We ask that families do not drop their child off at the school before 7:15 am, when our morning supervision begins.  Students who arrive prior to 7:25 am should report to the following locations:

 

Grade 5 Students    Auditorium

Grade 6 Students    Small Gym

Grade 7 Students     Cafeteria

Grade 8 Students     Anderson Gym

 

The school day begins at 7:25 am and all students are expected to be in homeroom prior to 7:35 am.  Students who arrive after 7:35 am are considered late to school.  The school day ends at 1:58 pm and we ask that families and students confirm after school plans in the morning.

 

Front Bus Loop

The front bus loop is closed to cars between 7:00 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Additionally, there is no parking allowed in the front circle driveway from 1:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. in order to accommodate the buses.  This represents a change in practice to ensure the safety of students during drop-off/pick-up.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

New Position at the Middle School: Housemaster

The middle school years can be a challenging time for students.  We continue to see an increase in the frequency and complexity of student management issues.  In an effort to better support our students and teachers in meeting the complex needs of our students, we have established the position of Housemaster.  The Housemaster is an educator who will be focused primarily on student supervision.  This position will complement the current structure of principal and assistant principal at our middle school.  We believe that the addition of this position will further improve the quality of education our students receive.

 

We are excited to share that Mr. Dan McMahan has been appointed Housemaster for 2017-2018.  Mr. McMahan has been a trusted and respected member of the Medway Middle School community for over 20 years. Mr. McMahan is committed to establishing strong relationships with students and will work closely with families to support their continued growth and development.  

 

Communication

At the start of every school year, there is always a lot of information that we need to share with you.  You can expect more frequent communications during the first weeks of school.  After things settle down, you can expect News from the Middle School about every two weeks.  

 

Effective, home-school communication is necessary to support our students.  Below, please find the different ways that Medway Middle School communicates upcoming events and other important information.

 

Blackboard Connect

Blackboard Connect is a communication system that allows us to directly email our school community.   Blackboard Connect is used to directly communicate specific information with families throughout the year, including the News from the Middle School.  We also use Blackboard to automatically communicate with parents  when students have not been called in as absent. When this occurs, parents will receive an automated call from the school with specific follow up directions.  

 

Website

Visit Medway Middle School’s website by clicking here. The website is regularly updated to include reminders about our school (under News and Notices), the  Student-Parent Handbook, Quick Links to other important information, and review the school and district calendar (see more below).  We encourage you to click on the STAY CONNECTED link in the Action Center on the bottom left hand side of our page to receive electronic updates.

 

Calendar

Visit our calendar  by clicking on the link or visiting our website.  We are in the process of updating the calendar with the known events and do our best to keep the calendar current.  You can also view and or download the district calendar by clicking here.

 

Twitter

For quick, under 140 character updates & reminders about school events, follow us on Twitter @MedwayMiddle.  We also post photos of school happenings and publicize snow days and delayed openings on this page.  Please consider following us to receive quick updates and reminders from Medway Middle School.

 

Guidance Counselors

Guidance counselors play an important role in supporting students in middle school.  Below, is a listing of the guidance counselor assignments for the 2017-2018 school year.  

Lynne Peloquin

Grade 5    All Students

Grade 6          Students with last names ending with A-F

 

Taralyn Turner

Grade 7      All Students                  

Grade 6          Students with last names ending with G-O

 

Marcus Hatt

Grade 8      All Students

Grade 6      Students with last names ending with P-Z

 

Handbook/Internet Use Form

The Medway Middle School Student/Family Handbook contains important information about building specific procedures and district policies.  We ask that you review the Student/Family Handbook with your child and refer to the handbook throughout the year.  

 

Media Policy

Many school events and student accomplishments are publicized through print and electronic media, including local newspapers, local cable television, and the district website. The School District Media Policy (School Committee Policy #88) was approved in 2013. This policy provides an opportunity for any parent/guardian who does not wish his/her child's image to be photographed, displayed electronically or in print to opt his/her child out by submitting a letter to the office of the building principal at the beginning of the school year.  

 

Back to School Night

This year's Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  More information about the evening will be communicated as we approach the date.

 

News from the Athletic Director

The fall Middle School Sports meeting will be held in the middle school auditorium on September 7 at 6:00.  Athletic Director Rob Pearl will provide an overview of the guidelines and programs; and the coaches will be available to talk about practice and game schedules, as well as their expectations. Fall sports being offered this year are Cross Country for grades 6-8; Volleyball for girls in grades 7-8; Field Hockey for grades 7-8; and Instructional Tennis for grades 6-8.

 

News from the Director of Wellness

Medway Public Schools believes that nutrition plays a key role in preparing our students to feel energetic and ready to learn.  To ensure that our students have access to nutritious meals and snacks, the Medway Wellness Department and Chartwells Food Services have collaborated to enhance our offerings:  

 

Breakfast

Medway Middle School is a proud recipient of the 2017 NFL Play 60 Grant.  Grant funds, provided by the National Football League and the New England Dairy Association, will be used to start a breakfast and before school exercise program at MMS.  Breakfast will be available to all MMS students who arrive to school by 7:20 am.

 

Snacks / Desserts

This school year MMS students will continue to have the option to purchase a healthier snack / dessert and/or a traditional snack/dessert, however when choosing a traditional snack/dessert students will be limited to purchasing one serving.   If you prefer that your child not be given the option to purchase a snack, please contact Shawn Fallon, director of food services, at sfallon@medwayschools.org

 

Safe Routes to School

 

In collaboration with: the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program (link to flyer here), Medway Public Works, the Medway Police Department and Project Alex, Medway Public Schools has mapped out safe walking routes for our K-8 students to use to get to and from school.  These “walking school bus” routes are designed to allow families and groups of students commuting to school to obtain the health benefits of regular walking, while remaining safe.  

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