News From the Middle School- June 20, 2017

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It is hard to believe another school year is coming to an end!  We are so proud of the growth that every child has made; socially, emotionally, and academically.  While we do not wish the summer away, we are looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year!  Please look for periodic updates over the summer months.  Our regular communications will begin in mid August.

 

We hope that you have a fun filled summer and that you are able to enjoy quality time with family and friends!

 

Sincerely,

Cari Perchase

 

 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  Students will be dismissed at 11:02 am.  

 

New Classroom Furniture/Summer Access to Middle School

When students return to MMS in the fall, they will enter classrooms with new furniture.  We are grateful to the residents of Medway for supporting this capital improvement.

Each summer our facilities department works hard to ready the building for students’ return in the fall.  The removal of the old furniture and the installation of new furniture will result in additional coordination and will begin on the last day of school.  The scope of this project will also result in limited access to the building throughout the summer.

 

Digital Citizenship and Social Media

Medway Middle School is committed to partnering with families to support our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.  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 students 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, along with a couple additional resources, 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/

 

Making a Makerspace!

The Makerspace movement is coming to Medway Middle School! Approximately one year ago the Medway Public Library launched their makerspace. A great write up on page 13 of the Medway & Millis Local Town Pages can be found here. With the success of the town library space and the necessity to develop 21st century skills that include the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking), the development of a school based Makerspace allows for an engaging and student centered learning environment.

 

A makerspace is the tool for redefining the educational experience. The tools and resources that are present in a makerspace environment allow student expectations and lesson objectives to be easily redefined.  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.

 

Medway Middle School would like to ask the community to donate any supplies to help support this effort. Some of the desired supplies include: Legos, cardboard, crafting sticks, straws, rubber bands, batteries, toothpicks, duct tape, glue guns and sticks,  Play Doh, K’Nex, Lincoln Logs, Keva planks, Electronics, and more. Any supplies can be dropped off at the Middle School main office, care of Ryan Camire.

 

In addition to the donation of supplies and materials, in the fall, we will asking community members to volunteer their time and share their expertise to come and assist students in using the tools and resources in this space.  Thank you!

 

Summer Reading

Medway Middle School teachers want to encourage students to read 3 to 5 books this summer 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.

 

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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