News From the Middle School- January 2, 2018

January 2, 2017


We hope that everyone enjoyed the winter break with family and friends!  


A Message from Mr. Menna, Assistant Principal

Dear Medway Middle School Parents and Guardians,

It is an honor to join the Medway Middle School as Assistant Principal. 2018 brings a new year and a new job for me, and I am eager to join the Medway community.

Middle School is a formative time for any student and I look forward to ensuring that all receive the skills needed to succeed in the twenty-first century. Recently becoming a parent has instilled even more determination to make certain that students learn to be respectful, responsible, and gain an understanding so they can make a positive impact as local and global citizens.

Medway Middle School’s focus on respect, responsibility, and rising above echos the same principles that I have. Personally, I try to act and instill the work of Anthony Burrill: “Work hard, and be nice to people.”

I arrive to Medway as a proud father of an eleven month old daughter, an avid Arsenal fan (soccer), and a person who loves to cook.

Please introduce yourself when you come by the middle school. A Parent Coffee on January 31 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm will present another opportunity for us to meet. I look forward to meeting and working together to accomplish the best for the all Mustangs.


Brian Menna


Parent Coffee Hour- January 31, 2018

Our next Parent Coffee hour is scheduled for Wednesday, January 31 at 6:00 pm.  All members of the middle school community are invited to attend.  The focus of this meeting will be to get to know Mr. Menna, our new assistant principal, and to preview the scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year.



This year, the district is piloting iReady, an online assessment tool, which will assess students across the key domains in reading and mathematics. The iReady diagnostic is an adaptive test that provides us more information about your child's areas of strength and areas of need in reading and mathematics.   Students will be completing the mid-year iReady assessment in their math and ELA classes in early January.  After the diagnostic tests are administered, teachers will use the information to plan instruction.  We will also use this information to identify students who require additional interventions or possibly reduce the level of interventions for some students.


Morning/Afternoon Drop-off/Pick-up

Information regarding student drop-off and pick-up procedures can be found on our website.  In the mornings and afternoon, we ask that you form a single lane around the perimeter of the parking lot. Please do not drop-off or pick-up in the gravel parking lot or at the Kelley Street parking lot.  Traffic volume in the afternoon is heaviest between 1:58 and 2:05.  Many families have reported that waiting until 2:05 to arrive at the middle school to pick up their child, reduces wait times.  The bus loop in the front of the school will be closed to families until 2:15 pm.  Thank you for adhering to the pick-up procedures for the safety of our students.  


Looking for Donations

Activities/Game During Lunch

Thank you to everyone who has sent in games/cards.  As we prepare for cooler weather, we are brainstorming activities that students could choose to do on days that we can not go out during lunch.  We will continue to accept donations of gently used games (checkers, chess, Connect Four, or other games that can be played in shorter amounts of time), cards (Uno or playing cards), or coloring pages/activities that students may choose to use.  Donations can be dropped off in the main office.  Thank you.


Grade 6 Film Series

Coming up in January, the 6th Grade and the Student Activities Group would like to extend an invitation to all 6th grade families.  In school, students are wrapping up their units on South Africa and apartheid, learning about the discriminatory laws placed on blacks from 1948 to 1991, the subsequent repeal of those laws, and the election of Nelson Mandela as the country's first black President in 1994.  In addition to these lessons, part of the discussion was about how Mandela reunited his country through sport.  The movie "Invictus" is a representation of how Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted by South Africa, to unify the people of South Africa.  We invite you, both students and parents, to join us on January 10th at 6:30 pm to watch this film in the MMS auditorium.  More information and a Permission Slip will be sent home with students after the Holiday Break, but we hope that you will be able to spare some time to join us for this event as we try to connect the student's studies with their families.  There is no cost for this event, we just hope you can make it!  If you have any further questions, please reach out to Mr. Herbst at


Upcoming T.H.R.I.V.E. Event ~ Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our next T.H.R.I.V.E. event will take place on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM  in the Middle School Auditorium.  The topic will be Celebrating Differences, presented by Roots and Wings.  For more information about the event please follow this link: Celebrating Differences

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