News From the Middle School- November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

 

Halloween Safety Presentation

On October 31, 2017, we were excited to welcome the Medway Fire Department to the middle school.  The Fire Department held an assembly for our 5th and 6th grade students.  In addition to sharing Halloween safety tips with students, they also shared important fire safety tips. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Medway Fire Department in the future.   

 

Tri County Regional Technical Vocational High School  

On Tuesday, November 7, grade 8 students will be visiting Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin.  Students will return to the middle school around 11:30 am.

 

Cards for Jacob

This weekend, you may have heard the story from Maine about a  young boy with cancer named Jacob.  Jacob’s favorite holiday is Christmas and his family has invited others to send Jacob cards to help him celebrate the holiday.  During lunch today, students were given an opportunity to make a card for Jacob.  We were impressed with how many students made a card for him.  Mrs. Brewer will be putting the cards from MMS in the mail on Wednesday.  Students who did not get a chance to finish, are welcome to finish their card at home and bring it to Mrs. Brewer’s room by Wednesday.

 

Pictures

Students who had their pictures taken earlier this year, should have received their pictures.  If your child was not present on the original picture day or if you are not satisfied with your pictures, LifeTouch will be back at Medway Middle School in the morning on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

 

Outside Time

We have been fortunate to have beautiful weather so far this year and we are pleased to continue to provide students the opportunity to go outside daily.  We do have activities for students to do outside, including nerf footballs and soccer balls.  We would like to thank the MSPTO for providing additional equipment for students to use while outside. We do attempt to provide students latitude during this unstructured time.  With that said, student safety is always a priority.  We regularly communicate our expectations to students, including limiting physical contact.  Physical contact in the context of a game or horseplay can quickly escalate or result in injury.  Today during lunches, we again communicated our expectations to students.  We also explained that we were going to begin to have students sit out if they are not able to refrain from physical contact.  We ask for your assistance in reinforcing this important safety precaution with your child.  Thank you.

 

Looking for Donations

As we prepare for cooler weather, we are brainstorming activities that students could choose to do on days that we can not go out during lunch.  We will be accepting gently used games (checkers, chess, Connect Four, or other games that can be played in shorter amounts of time), cards (Uno or playing cards), or coloring pages/activities that students may choose to use.  Donations can be dropped off in the main office.  Thank you.

 

Thank you to MSPTO

This past Tuesday, the MSPTO provided our faculty and staff a delicious, homemade lunch.  On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I would like to extend our thanks.  It was such a treat to have lunch “catered” for us!  We especially enjoyed sharing a meal with our colleagues in our faculty lounge.  Thank you to all our families who made this event such a wonderful event.  Thank you!

 

There are still a number of crockpots/utensils in the main office.  Please do not forget to pick them up.

 

News from SEPAC

The Department of Student Services, in partnership with SEPAC,  will host Jessica Minahan, BCBA and author of The Behavior Code, on November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Middle School Auditorium.  This is a public event and all members of the middle school community are invited to attend

 

Library After School

We are excited that so many of our students are accessing the middle school library on a regular basis after school.  The library is a place where students are able to do their work independently, access technology to complete their homework, or access the Makerspace, while connecting with peers.   While the library is supervised each day until 3:00 pm, it is not always a distraction free environment.  If your child is staying after in the library, please speak with them about what your expectations are for them during that time.

 

Twin Day- Grade 5 & 6

Twin day is always a fan favorite!  On the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break, interested students in grades 5 & 6 can partner with friends to wear a creative, school appropriate costume.  The focus is on creativity and originality!  If your child wants to participate and needs some assistance with connecting with a peer, please complete this form.  Guidance counselors will attempt to connect students with a peer and share parent contacts with the students so they can connect outside of school.  

 

News from the Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess

The Superintendent’s Task Force on Middle School Recess is comprehensively examining opportunities for recess at the middle school level, including potential advantages and challenges.  To date, the task force has done an extensive review of recess related research and has examined if/how surrounding districts are currently implementing middle school recess.  The task force’s next step is to better understand the opinions of MMS parents and guardians on the matter.  Please share your thoughts by completing this brief survey: Middle School Recess Parent Survey.  Thank you for helping to guide this important work.  

 

Medway Middle School Musical Presents…...Shrek, Jr.!

We are excited to begin preparation for this year’s musical, Shrek, Jr.  Auditions for the spring play will be held on Tuesday, November 14th,  after school.  Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, November 15th,  after school.  Any interested students in grades 6, 7, or 8, may audition.  If you have any questions,  please see Ms. von Jena or Mr. Swavey.

 

Weight room open to grade 8 students

The weight room will be open to any interested grade 8 students after school,  on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting this week.   

 

Helping Hands Community Service- Candy Collection

Helping Hands is collecting all unwanted /leftover candy that you may have. We will be donating it to the Floating Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mahan Circle, and the Navy base in Newport. Some will be sent to the brother of two of our middle school students who is serving in the armed forces. Please have all donations to the Middle School by Thursday, November 9th.

 

Helping Puerto Rico

Sarah DiBiasio, an eighth grader here at MMS, in conjunction with the Student Council will be holding a fundraiser for Puerto Rico with the help of many faculty members and her friend, Jenna Rankin. They will be selling wristbands with the phrase “Bring Change To Puerto Rico” in order to raise money to be donated to Unidos.  The phrase on the wristbands suggests that anyone can donate change or money to help Puerto Rico and this will help Puerto Rico change, after the devastating hurricane . We will be collecting money starting next week for about 2 weeks. There is a suggested donation of $3.00, but any amount, big or small, would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your help!

 

We wanted to a shout out to the 8th grade students who led the St. Joe’s Community Service Project in support of Puerto Rico.  The kids did the collection drive last Saturday and the response was overwhelming!  They also collected $500.00 in cash donations. A big thanks goes out to the Fasolino Family for supplying the trailer and the Medway Fire Department.  

 

Lost and Found

Believe it or not, our Lost and Found is growing. If you are missing sweaters, sweatshirts, hats, lunch boxes or other items, please encourage your child to look through our lost and found, currently in our lobby.  Any item not claimed by the Thanksgiving break will be donated to a local organization.

 

Breakfast is Served

Medway Middle School is a proud recipient of the 2017 NFL Play 60 Grant.  Grant funds, provided by the National Football League and the New England Dairy Association, will be used to start a breakfast and before school exercise program at MMS.  Breakfast is now available to all MMS students who arrive to school by 7:30 am.

 
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