News from the Middle School- July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

 

Greetings!  I hope that this message finds you well and that you are enjoying a fun, safe, and relaxing summer with family and friends.  Mr. Gamache and I are busy preparing for the 2017-2018 school year.  While I am not wishing summer away for anyone, I do miss the energy that our students and faculty bring to the building!   We wanted to provide you with some quick updates as the summer gets into full swing.  Additional information about the upcoming school year will be communicated in early August.

 

 

Supply List for the 2017-2018 School Year

Please follow the links below to find the recommended school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.  Additional information will be included in the welcome letter that will be sent with your child’s schedule in August.  Please direct any questions that you may about the supply list to your child’s teachers once you receive your child’s schedule.

 

Grade 5 Supply List

Grade 6 Supply List

Grade 7 Supply List

Grade 8 Supply List

 

Summer Reading

Medway Middle School teachers want to encourage students to read 3 to 5 books this summer and have put together a list of summer reading recommendations! Information about Medway High School’s summer reading program are included at the end of the linked document.

Making a Makerspace- Call for Donations!

The Makerspace movement is coming to Medway Middle School!  The development of a school based Makerspace allows for an engaging and student centered learning environment.  Traditionally, the library is a location that supports the learning process taking place in the entire school. It does this by providing access to resources of different kinds, be it various texts, digital resources, technology, or collaborative learning spaces. The library is and should be the hub of student learning where all students and faculty can go. The addition of a makerspace is simply an extension of what the library already provides.

 

We are accepting donations for the following supplies to outfit our Makerspace.

  • Legos

  • Cardboard

  • Crafting sticks

  • Straws

  • Rubber bands

  • Batteries

  • Toothpicks

  • Duct tape

  • Glue guns and sticks,  

  • Play Doh

  • K’Nex,

  • Lincoln Logs

  • Keva planks

  • Electronics

 

Any supplies can be dropped off at the Middle School main office, care of Ryan Camire.

 

Medway Middle School Website- Primary Communication Source

We are in the process of updating the Medway Middle School website to ensure that it contains the most up to date information.  If you have not already done so, please subscribe to the website by following the link below and completing the electronic form.  After subscribing, you will receive email notifications every time the website is updated.  

 

http://www.medwayschools.org/subscribe

 

Digital Citizenship and Social Media

Last week, Dr. Sherman, Director of Wellness for the district, sent a letter regarding a new, dangerous social media game.  The summer months provide additional unstructured time and more opportunities for access to social media.  As we enter into the summer months, we encourage families to continue to actively monitor your child's online life, which includes having frequent, open and honest conversations about what they are sharing through social media and what is being shared with them.  It is important that children understand that what they post on social media may have consequences beyond the here and now.   Below, please find some resources that we have previously shared that you may find helpful to initiate these important conversations with your child(ren).

 

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/social-networking-tips

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/social-media-monitoring-kids?pnid=319669

http://cyberbullying.us/resources/parents/  

http://www.englanderelizabeth.com/downloads

http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/

https://www.xooloo.com/

Medway Public Library Summer Lunch Program

Medway Library would like to nourish both bodies and minds during the summer break. As part of a pilot program, every Thursday, at 11:45 am, from July 13th through August 24th the library will have story time for young children and drop-in craft and STEM activities for older children and pre-teens.  A nutritious lunch, donated by a local business or community organization will also be served.  All children and their caregivers are invited.

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