News From the Middle School- June 6, 2017

End of Year Recognition

Again this year, students in grades 5 through 7 will be recognized in a school day celebration with their teachers and peers.  In addition to being recognized for their third trimester academic performance, students will also be recognized for their positive contributions to the school community.  The end of year celebration will be similar to the recognition ceremonies that take place at the end of each trimester.  This year, we will also continue to celebrate the successful completion of middle school during the Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony.  Families and friends are invited to attend this evening

 

Remembering Mr. Dixon

This past summer, Medway Middle School lost a loved and respected member of our faculty, Mr. Sean Dixon.  Mr. Dixon worked in Medway for 43 years, both as a seventh grade social studies teacher and guidance counselor. A committee of faculty members have met throughout the year to discuss how we could best honor Mr. Dixon’s memory.  As a result, The Sean Dixon Award has been established.  This award will be given to a seventh grade student who demonstrates the pillars of the Medway Middle School community.  The student will regularly demonstrate an appreciation and curiosity for history, values friendship, is kind to others, is inclusive of all, and is dedicated to making MMS a better place. The Medway Middle School faculty will nominate and select award recipients.  

 

 

Guest Speaker

Today, students in grades 6 and 8 had the opportunity hear Joyce Davis share her family's story of surviving the holocaust.  Ms. Davis provided an engaging telling of her family's story and the impact that the kindness of the Kraus’ had on the survival of her family.   A documentary film was made that chronicled the event.  A link to an overview can be found here

 

“The Machine” Jesse Green

We are excited to welcome Medway’s own, “The Machine” Jesse Green, to MMS on June 8, 2017.  Jesse will share Chainsaws, Chesseburgers, and Rock n’ Roll, a fun, fast-paced, 40 minute multimedia slide show is about the power of perseverance, courage, and determination.  Jesse will be filming the presentation to use in the creation of promotional materials.  

 

Late Bus

The last late bus will run on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

 

Medway Middle School Spring Concerts

We were impressed with our chorus’ performance on May 25th and are looking forward to seeing our band perform on June 7, 2017!    Please see below for  information about the band concert.  The Auditorium will be open for audience members 10 minutes before the concert start time.

 

Wednesday, June 7th Band Concert

 

Where: Medway High School Auditorium

When:   Grades 5 and 6 – 6:00 PM

                   5th & 6th Student arrival time 5:15 PM - 5th meets inside the band room, 6th meets inside the chorus room.

           Grades 7 and 8 – 7:00 PM

               7th & 8th Student arrival time 6:15 PM –

7th & 8th grade students should enter the building through the doors by the GYM not the front entrance. 8th grade students should quietly enter the band room (first door on the right of the music hallway) and 7th grade students will meet in the chorus room.  The first concert will be in progress – you need to be quiet!

 

News from the Athletic Director

Any 8th grade student interested in playing football at the high school in the fall must attend the information meeting with the coaching staff and athletic director on June 8, 2017 at 6:00 in the Middle School Auditorium.

 

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 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.

Drinks in Schools

As the warmer weather approaches,  we encourage students to stay hydrated by carrying water bottles with them throughout the day.  Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of students who are bringing other drinks, including iced coffee and energy drinks, to school with them in the morning.  These types of drinks do not assist with hydration and students will not be allowed to bring them into classrooms. Thank you for your support and assistance.

 

Lost and Found

Medway Middle School’s lost and found is overflowing!  Please encourage your child to look through the items on the tables in the lobby for any items that they may be missing.  Parents are also welcome to look through the items after 2:00 pm.    

Cell Phones

Cell phones can be an extremely helpful communication tool and many families are comforted to know that they can contact their child after school through the use of a cell phone. While useful, cell phones can also create a distraction to student learning and can cause a disruption to the learning environment. Recently, we have begun to see an increase in cell phone use during the school day which is causing disruptions to the learning.  Students at Medway Middle School are expected to keep their cell phones turned off and put away throughout the school day.  Students are encouraged to lock their cell phone in his or her locker, to minimize distractions.  We ask that you remind students that they should not be using their cell phone during the school day. We also ask that you refrain from texting students during the day.   If a child needs to contact their family during the day, they may use the phone in the office. This allows us to make sure that we know when a student may not be feeling well and provide necessary supports.  Thank you for your support and assistance in this matter.

 

Students Riding Bicycles to School

We are pleased to see a number of students riding their bicycles to school.  This is great way for students to get in additional exercise and is environmentally friendly.  We have noticed that some students are not wearing a helmet while riding.  If your child is riding their bike to school, please remind them wear their helmets.  

Dress Code

As the warm weather approaches, we would like to remind students and families about our dress guidelines which can be found in the Medway Middle School Student/Parent Handbook.  It is commonly understood that the school environment is influenced by the dress and appearance of students. Students are expected to dress appropriately for the school setting.  The following guidelines should be kept in mind when making clothing choices.  Thank you for your support.

Guidelines

1. Head apparel and hats, except for religious or medical purposes, must not be worn inside the school building.

2. No wearing of coats within the school building. (Exceptions will be made when warranted by building temperature.)

3. Clothing/jewelry cannot include obscene, sexually suggestive, drug/alcohol/tobacco related messages.

4. Student’s clothing, tops and bottoms, must provide appropriate coverage.

a. Neckline of tops must provide complete coverage of chest.

b. Undergarments and midriffs (front and back) must be covered at all times.  Tops must reach the waistline of pants, shorts, skirts or skorts.

c. Tops must include wide enough straps to provide appropriate coverage.   Students should refrain from wearing strapless tops or tops with spaghetti straps.

5. Any other clothing deemed inappropriate by the administration will not be permitted.

 
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