News From the Middle School- January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018


Progress Reports and Semester Change

January 23, 2018 marked the midway point of the second trimester.  Families are encouraged to visit the parent portal at this point to view their child’s second trimester academic progress.  We encourage families to celebrate their child’s successes and identify opportunities for continued growth.

The second semester, or half, of the 2017-2018 school year begins on January 24, 2018.  Students who were in a technology education course moved to art and those in art moved to technology education.  We provided students with an updated schedule last week.   Please note that the grade that appears on your child’s progress report for their first semester art or technology class is their final grade for the course.  If you have any questions about this grade, then you are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher.

Project 351

We are pleased to report that Medway Middle School student Sarah DiBisaso, grade 8, represented Medway Middle School for Project 351.  Project 351 is an event which began seven years ago where 351 students, one chosen from each Massachusetts city or town, met for a day of service.  During this event, students gather to share ideas and conduct service activities.  Upon returning from this experience, participants share the message of service within their community and initiate a service learning project in their school and  community.  We are proud of Sarah and we are confident that she made Medway proud yesterday at the event.  

Purple Week- Big Success!

Last week, MMS participated in National Project Purple Week! Students were able to take the pledge to “go purple” and abstain from drugs and alcohol.  The winners of the purple poster contest will be announced later this week.  We want to thank the MSPTO for their continued support in bringing Chris Herren back to Medway and for supporting purple week!


Science Fair

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s Science Fair.  Your hard work and passion were evidenced in your impressive projects.  This year’s winners are:


3rd Place (Tie)

Sarah Longval and Annie Bomfim (7th Graders)

Anna Tonelli (8th Grader)


2nd Place

Noelyn Campbell and Kirsten Downing (8th Graders)


1st Place

Tiffany Sheedy (8th Grader)    


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.


Student Drop-off and Pick-up

I wanted to thank everyone for their help and dedication in making the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up safer for our students.  The adjustments that were made to the area have addressed the concern of traffic passing stopped vehicles while being loaded or unloaded and has resulted in less congestion. Please review the previously communicated information below and we ask for your continued cooperation.  


Parking Lot Safety (pick-up/drop-off)

  • We will be creating a one lane pick-up/drop-off area.  This will eliminate cars from passing stopped vehicles on the right and will create a safer pick-up/drop-off zone for our students.

  • Please remain in the queue when picking up and dropping off your child.  Having students walk through the traffic and among the parked cars (either in the gravel lot or in the paved lot) creates a dangerous situation for students.


Morning Drop-off

  • Have your child take the bus, if they are assigned to one.  

  • Drivers are asked to pull all the way up to the crosswalk in the morning.  Once all cars are stopped in the drop-off area (indicated by the traffic cones), your child may exit your vehicle, cross in front of your car, and walk through the coned area to the sidewalk.  Once cars can safely exit the drop-off area, the next group of drivers are asked to pull forward as much as possible. This will allow us to safely unload 6-8 cars at a time.

  • You can begin dropping students off at 7:15 am.  The traffic is heaviest beginning at 7:25 am.  


Afternoon Pick-up

  • Dismissal is at 1:58 pm and busses leave at 2:05 pm.  

  • Students should not leave the blue crosswalk area to get into cars, whether parked or in the queue.  

  • Waiting to arrive to the middle school until 2:05 pm may provide a shorter wait time for families.  Students are welcome to stay warm in the middle school until their ride arrives.

  • The front bus loop opens at 2:10 pm for cars (except for Friday’s during January and February to accommodate buses for the ski trip).



  • Students who walk to and from school will no longer be allowed to cross by the bus/driveway exit.  The crossing guard closest to the middle school entrance will cross students.  This will result in less pedestrian traffic by the drop-off/pick-up area.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation.  

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