News From the Middle School- January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

 

A reminder that there is a full day of professional learning planned for our faculty and staff on Friday, January 12, 2018 and there will be no school for students.  There will also be no school for students on Monday, January 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

 

Student Drop-off and Pick-up

The safety and security of our students is always our top priority.  The record cold weather over the past couple of weeks and last week’s snow accumulation has resulted in an increased traffic volume during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  Additional safety concerns have been raised about the pick-up/drop-off areas, including traffic passing stopped vehicles while students are being loaded or unloaded.  I have been in regular communication with our school resource officer, Officer O’Neill, and police department safety officer, Sergeant Watson, who are working with us to maximize student safety. Please review the important information below in order to ease some of the congestion in the morning, and create the safest drop-off/pick-up for every student.

 

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).

 

Walkers

  • 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.

 

We are hopeful that these adjustments will ease the congestion caused by the increased volume that we are experiencing presently and result in safer conditions for our students.  We recognize that there is a need to address the middle school drop-off/pick-up loop and we will continue to work with the Medway Police Department to develop a long-term solution.  

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.  

 

Student Meetings

Over the course of this week, we look forward to speaking with students regarding respect, responsibility, and rising above. Specifically, we have focused on the idea of leaving a place better than you found it. The PBIS team and Mr. Menna are spearheading a Drive for Respect for students as a way for students to reflect on how they can improve in showing respect for public spaces. We hope to instill the belief that students, and everyone for that matter, is responsible for the way in which we enact caring and understanding mindset on daily basis.
 

Student Karaoke- Friday January 19, 2018

The Performing Arts department is excited to announce an upcoming fundraiser for our musical, Shrek, Jr..  Next Friday, January 19th will be a Karaoke Night after school in the auditorium.  5th & 6th Grades will have their event from 2:10-3:45 and 7th & 8th grade students will have theirs from 5:00-6:30 (7th and 8th grade students will need to go home after school and return to the school beginning at 4:45).  There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend this event and should accompany the signed permission slip.  Space is limited and students must sign up before Thursday, January 18, 2018.  Come sing, eat snacks, and have fun with your friends to support a good cause!  Please see Ms. von Jena, Mr. Herbst, or Mr. Swavey for more information and to get a permission slip.

 

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.

 

iReady

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.

 

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 dherbst@medwayschools.org

 

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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