As we get ready to break in recognition of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to thank the community. Thank you for your trust, partnership, and patience as we continue to work to meet the needs of our students. Through collaborative efforts and opportunities to come together, I know we will ensure that students and their needs remain our collective focus.
Happy Thanksgiving - I hope that you are able to take some time to be with the people who are most important in your life. Please find several updates and informational items below. The full update can be read here: https://www.medwayschools.org/article/918356
MSPTO's 8th Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop is on Wednesday, December 7. All are welcome to stop by the Medway High School lobby from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for some holiday shopping with local artisans.
The Medway Friends of the Performing Arts (MFPA) will be having their annual fundraising bake sale during the MHS Winter Concert and Art Walk. Join us on December 14 at 6:00 p.m.at the High School.
The next meeting of the caregiver support group is December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Paula LeBlanc, Family Partner at You Inc., will be facilitating this month's work group called Holidaze: A Survival Guide. Register using this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yobv3kp8FcRuNcfIpwSNGehaFtjjJxcX/view
The work group will be held at the Medway Public Library located at 26 High Street
The next meeting of the school committee is Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend the meeting at the Middle School, 45 Holliston Street (Door 7). Agenda items include the introduction of school committee student advisory representatives, the approval of donations, preliminary approvals of high school overnight trips (boys hockey tournament, travel change from Peru to Costa Rica, French class trip to Quebec), Superintendent Award of Excellence to Destiny Ojukwu, '22 MCAS presentation (Grades 3-10) and a Wellness Program update. Discussion items and reports include student advisory committee purpose and membership, FY23 budget update, ThoughExchange follow up, Clerk role on school committee, update on solar project proposals and update on discipline law 37H3/4. Agenda: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/2606/mps/2572844/November_17__2022___Agenda___R_.pdf
Paula LeBlanc, Family Partner at You Inc., will be facilitating this month's workgroup aimed at Balancing Technology Use. The meeting will be held at the Medway Public Library, 26 High Street on November 16 at 6:30 PM.
Monthly sessions are offered for those caring for children with mental health concerns. These sessions are designed to help caregivers figure out how to best support their loved ones while finding time for self-care.
Register using this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yobv3kp8FcRuNcfIpwSNGehaFtjjJxcX/view
Reminder - There will be NO school tomorrow, Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of Veterans Day.
PLEASE JOIN US: November 17 @ 5:30 p.m. Superintendent Chat: Student Services/Special Education Program Update and Question and Answer Session
We are pleased to kick off our first Superintendent Chat of the 2022-2023 school year with an opportunity for family members to engage in a brief informational update and then a question and answer session with our Student Services Team. Dr. Ryan Place, Director of Student Services, and Sue Frederick, Assistant Director will be available to answer questions. This Chat will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room at Medway Middle School (Door #7). All families are welcome.
Superintendent Chats are typically opportunities for Central Office leaders to engage with families around specific topics of interest. Future Superintendent’s Chats are planned to discuss: Student Assessment (12/1 @5:00 p.m.) and the FY24 Budget Development (2/1 @ 6:00 p.m.). More information will be shared soon.
There will be no school on Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of Veterans Day.
This week's Superintendent's update acknowledges the official end of the first quarter of the '22/'23 school year, as well as the recognition of the achievements of the fall sports athletes and a shout out to the middle and high school performing arts students who shared their love of theater in two productions. The full Community Update can be found by clicking this link: https://www.medwayschools.org/article/902427
Fast Fact from 'SUP Medway coalition: According to the National Cancer Institute, studies have shown that alcohol is a carcinogen causing many forms of cancer.
This week's Superintendent's update recognizes the two new Memorial Plaque inductees. The plaque at the Memorial School was created to honor those community members who have made a significant contribution to the town and honor those residents who sacrificed their lives for freedom in service. We were pleased to celebrate Mr. John Foresto and Ms. Dawn Rice-Norton for their contributions to the community. The full Community Update can be found by clicking this link: https://www.medwayschools.org/article/888135
The next meeting of the Caregiver Support Group will be held at the Medway Public Library located at 26 High Street tomorrow night, October 26 at 6:30 PM
Paula LeBlanc, Family Partner at You Inc., will be facilitating a monthly group aimed at supporting caregivers of children with mental health concerns and creating peer connections.
A high percentage of Medway youth are learning to manage their mental health concerns, and most are supported by a parent or caregiver. Those caring for children with mental health concerns often feel overwhelmed with figuring out how to best support their loved ones while finding time for self-care. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevBD_ene0-hCaL6kaNKeDxZp5lHryUuAXHe-tGtFj95k58xQ/viewform
Medway High School presents The Canterbury Tales. Performances will take place on November 5 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. in the Medway High School auditorium. Tickets are available for sale at the door and are based on availability.
The next meeting of the School Committee is TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to join the meeting which will take place in the Presentation Room of the Medway Middle School located at 45 Holliston Street. Agenda items include a discussion of the following donations: MFPA donation to the music program for transportation to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, MEPT donation to Burke/Memorial for Grade 3 tables, and a donation from the Medway Lions to Nature's Classroom. A presentation from the Director of Facilities, Michael Grennon on the upcoming Capital Improvement Plan requests.
Discussion items and reports include a video excerpt from open meeting law training by Medway Town Counsel, and a report on school committee communication & community engagement. Equity assessment steering committee update and a report from Tri-County Vocational Technical School Liaison, Tracy Stewart. The full agenda: https://bit.ly/3Si8fpk
Join us TONIGHT, October 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m in the Memorial School Cafeteria, 16 Cassidy Lane for Medway T.H.R.I.V.E.'s Speaker Series. Tonight's presentation will have an elementary student focus.
Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. is offering opportunities for parents/guardians to learn how they can promote student self-efficacy and sleep. Joanie Geltman, MSW, will share best practices for growing children’s self-efficacy, and Judith Owens, MD, will help parents and guardians understand the impact of sleep on academic and athletic achievement. All the details and the link to register can be found here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4416215267786412815
Hidden in Plain Sight. A mock bedroom demonstration for Parent/Guardian Education will take place at Medway High School, 88 Summer Street (during parent/teacher conferences) on Tuesday, October 18 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
REMINDER - A 2nd vaccine clinic will be held on November 3 from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to children ages 6 months to 11 years old, and the flu vaccine will be offered to anyone over 3 years old. The vaccine clinic will be held at the Burke/Memorial Elementary School Cafeteria. Register here for the COVID vaccine: https://bit.ly/3Bctz9b
Register here for the Flu vaccine: https://bit.ly/3QLAYSt
Have questions or want an opportunity to discuss School Committee matters with two of our members in a more casual setting? Please join us at one of our upcoming Office Hours! Committee members Melissa Greenfield and Lauren Nassiff are pleased to host the first Office Hour of the 2022-23 school year this Friday, October 14th from 9:30-10:30am at the Muffin House. This is not a formal meeting and there is no agenda -- just an opportunity to chat, answer questions, and hear about what's important to you. Additional dates, times, and formats will be offered throughout the year.
The Muffin House is located at 116 Main Street in Medway.