Superintendent's Corner, May 6, 2022 #bettertogether

Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) Surpasses $1 Million in Grants

Release from the MEF:

Social Emotional Learning, STEAM, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion were common themes running through grant requests from the Marshfield Public School educators this year. The grant requests very much speak to the time we are in and what is important to the students of Marshfield. This week the Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) will fund 9 grants for the 2022-2023 school year totaling $80,225. Since its inception, the MEF has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to the Marshfield Public School educators.

"Once again, the Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) has stepped up to support innovation and creativity in the MPSD classrooms,” shared Jeffrey Granatino, Superintendent of Marshfield Public Schools. “They have been enhancing our learning environments for twelve years and with this year's generous support, they have surpassed $1 million in total grants. We cannot thank the MEF enough as they continue to live up to our message of: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes."

John Giberti, President of the Marshfield Education Foundation added, “The MEF wouldn’t be able to provide funding for innovation and creativity in our classrooms without the support of our community. The MEF’s success is reflective of the families, donors and sponsors who step up every year to support our fundraising efforts, which includes the Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5k, Circus Smirkus each July, and our Fall Giving Campaign. Thanks to everyone involved over the years for helping the MEF surpass $1,000,000 in grants awarded since inception!”

Creativity, innovation, and improving education for the children are at the forefront of what the Marshfield Education Foundation stands for. Supporting Social Emotional Learning, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with the integration of STEAM in the classrooms continues to be a priority for the Marshfield Public Schools.

Grants being awarded by the Marshfield Education Foundation for the 2022-2023 school year include:

· Rising Voices: Every Voice Has a Story – Literature in every K-5 classroom across the district to educate more deeply around diversity while broadening the perspectives of our students. This will enable students to have more discussions about inclusivity and empathy. Included in the literature will be educational materials for the teachers themselves.

· Digital Microscopes – Twenty-four (24) digital microscopes for the Marshfield High School (MHS) in memory of Paul Mandeville, a former MHS graduate (class of 1972) and long-time believer that STEM builds character in young people. These microscopes feature cutting-edge technology for capturing and sharing high resolution images and video of specimens under a wide magnification range using laptop.

· Universal Reads – A grant going to Furnace Brook Middle School (FBMS) to fund popular print books and One Book One School choices in non-English languages that would socially, emotionally, and scholastically support and benefit the English Language Learner (ELL) population.

· Growing and Glowing – Funding this grant will enable FBMS to better utilize their Fitness Room and incorporate more yoga and mindfulness practices. This initiative will align physical education goals with CASEL core competencies of self-management, self-awareness, and social awareness, which helps to support students’ social, emotional, and physical development.

· Explore-Wonder-Solve – A makerspace at Eames Way School to increase student engagement by connecting hands-on, project-based, and inquiry-based STEAM learning experiences through the use of relevant, challenging, and high-quality curricula.

· STEAMing Up Literacy – A district-wide initiative for K-2 will increase student engagement by connecting hands-on project-based and inquiry-based STEAM learning experiences with a unique collection of grade level picture books that promote the MPSD district diversity, equity and Inclusion and social emotional learning initiatives.

· A SPOT of Excitement – Funding for this grant will go to the 1st grade classrooms at Governor Winslow School to create a Calm Corner. The Calm Corner will feature an enhancement of texts, including teacher guides, and sensory objects and materials to better support social emotional learning.

· Guitar Program Launch Materials – This grant will provide seed money to get the guitar program at MHS up and running. The grant will be used to purchase twenty (20) Yamaha acoustic guitars, strings, and a storage cart.

· Drama Drills – This grant will be awarded to the MHS drama department to replace current power drills in the theater shop. These replacement drills will allow students to build larger than life art projects which ultimately become the sets for theater productions.

Since its founding, the Marshfield Education Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in support of 181 grants across the Marshfield Public School district. This wouldn’t be possible without the great support of the Marshfield community and our sponsors who have continuously supported our largest fundraisers, the Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5k, Circus Smirkus, and most recently our Fall Giving Campaign.

To learn more about the Marshfield Education Foundation please visit, OR follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Below are pictures from the MEF Grants Ceremony.

MPSD Educator of the Week

Congratulations to Mr. Rick Wheaton for being named Educator of the Week. Mr. Wheaton is a Physical Education Teacher at the MES and he has been leading our young students, in the classroom and on the courts for over 20 years. Mr. Wheaton's classes are filled with energy and laughter as his students embrace the concept of "healthy body, healthy mind". He is a fantastic educator and an even better person.

The MPSD is lucky to have Mr. Wheaton on our team! #bettertogether.

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MES Art Show

Students at the Martinson Elementary School were able to display their fabulous artwork at the Annual MES Art Show on Wednesday. Here are a few examples of their amazing talents.

"Not My Kid" Presentation

On Wednesday, May 18th @ 7:00 PM, the MPSD will join with Marshfield FACTS to host the Not My Kid presentation. Not My Kid is a nationally recognized substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to educate parents and offer resources to support positive life choices.

This presentation, which was held here 6 years ago, is led by Canton Police Lieutenant, Chip Yeaton and Brockton Public Schools SRO, Nancy Leedberg.

The free event will be held at the FBMS Auditorium and is for parents only. While it is geared towards middle school parents, all parents/guardians are welcome to attend. We are excited to also have Plymouth County DA, Tim Cruz, MPD Chief, Phil Tavares and other law enforcement officials in attendance.

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FBMS Teacher Is Now An Author

Mr. Casavant is a name that may sound familiar. We highlighted the FBMS History Teacher a few weeks back as one of our Educators of the Week.

This week we get to recognize Mr. Casavant because he is now a newly published author. Mr. Casavant has written a novel for middle schoolers entitled, "The Greatest Cause of Mia Dubois".

The story focuses on a 12 year old and her family who are impacted by a severe climate event. This causes her and some friends to start an afterschool club focused on the environment. Through her actions, Mia learns lessons about climate change and climate justice. And in the end, she better understands how the actions of an individual can make a real difference.

Congratulations Mr. Casavant.

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MHS "Grad Nite Live"

Message to Families of MHS Seniors-

Grad Nite Live decorators need your pictures for our collages! We are asking for 5-10 pictures of your soon-to-be-graduate. Pictures can be baby, elementary school, middle school, and high school. Pictures of teams or classes are great too! (No family shots please as this is just for the grads.)

Pictures should be no bigger than 5x7 unless they include lots of senior friends together. These pictures cannot be returned and must be printed out (no digital pictures). The deadline was May 6th but we are extending it to May 13th. Pictures can be dropped off with Carl Howerton at the main entrance of MHS or at Marie Kurmin’s home on the front porch (793 Summer Street). We are so excited to create these collages for the kids!

Thank you!

The Decorating Committee for GNL

Covid-19 Update

The MPSD has been mask optional since February 28th and students, staff and families have been great at handling this newest transition. Distancing requirements in the classroom and dining areas have been relaxed, in line with new DPH/DESE protocols, and the number of new COVID-19 cases has been far less than what we saw earlier in the winter.

Since the week of February vacation, we have seen the following weekly totals of new cases among students and staff:

Week Ending February 23 - 2 cases

Week Ending March 2nd - 11 cases

Week Ending March 9th - 10 cases

Week Ending March 16th - 7 cases

Week Ending March 23rd - 16 cases

Week Ending March 30th - 9 cases

Week Ending April 6th - 27 cases

Week Ending April 13th - 18 cases

Week Ending April 27th- 26 cases

Week Ending May 4th- 48 cases

The number of COVID-19 cases in Marshfield has increased. Below is the latest data from DPH’s report from April 17, 2022 - April 30, 2022:

● Total number of confirmed cases is 92.

● Percent positivity 8.47% (up from 6.62%) - FYI the state rate is 6.17%.

● Average daily incidence rate per 100,000 the last 14 days is 25.4 increased from 20.7.

For information related to DESE's most recent revisions to COVID-19 Protocols, you can go to the District's Health Services LINK.

Cops For Kids With Cancer- May 12th

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MHS Drama Club Presents "Freaky Friday"

Shows on May 6, 7 & 13 @ 8:00 PM

Shows on May 14 @ 1:00 & 8:00 PM

Tickets available @ HTTPS://

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School Committee Election

Ms. Lara Brait and Mr. Richard Greer have been re-elected to the School Committee for another 3-year term. This will be Ms. Brait's 2nd term on the SC and Mr. Greer's 4th term.

Important Dates

May 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th MHS Drama presents "Freaky Friday"

May 11th Music Department/Friends of Music Awards Ceremony & Elementary Trimester Conferences

May 12th Cops for Kids with Cancer Annual Fundraiser (Haddad's)

May 18th "Not My Kid" Presentation

May 20th MHS Junior Prom & Last Day of Classes for Seniors

May 21st MHS Pops Concert

May 24th School Committee Meeting

May 30th Memorial Day- No School

June 2nd Scholarship Awards Night

June 4th MHS Graduation

MPSD School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 10th, 6:30pm

56 Hatch Street

Marshfield, MA