Mustang Minute

Medway High School's Bi-Weekly Newsletter

January 9, 2022

Brief Mustang Minute

This was quite the week. In some respects, this snow day could not have come at a better time! We expected the Covid cases to spike after the holiday, and they certainly did. We believe that our enhanced mitigation protocols will keep students and staff as safe as possible while in school. Students who are out due to Covid protocols will need to stay in touch with teachers and utilize Google Classroom as much as possible if they are feeling well enough to do so. Once students return to school, they will need to work hard to make up the work they missed. We have staff in place to assist with this, and my expectation is that many students will utilize Flexblocks as well to get caught up academically. The term ends on January 26, so it is important to keep working hard.


In the meantime, please do everything possible to stay safe and healthy. We will work hard to maintain as normal a routine as we can, with a regular school day and after-school activities. For athletics, we will limit attendance at our home games to family members only for the next two weeks. This move is consistent with other TVL schools and most schools across the Commonwealth. Our hope is to weather this surge through January and hopefully, we'll be able to get back to more normalcy for February and beyond.


Thank you to all of our students and families for your support of our enhanced protocols this week. I'm very proud of how diligent our kids were with adhering to our enhanced covid protocols.

Quick Reminders

  • Monday is a Day 4
  • Flex will be on Wednesday this week
  • No School on Monday, January 17th in honor of MLK Day
  • No School on Tuesday, January 18th (district-wide PD Day)

January 2, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope all of our students and families had an enjoyable holiday season! Over the break, we saw an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases in our school community. While this is concerning, we are confident that the protocols we have in place will keep everyone safe in school. As we return to school, we plan to re-emphasize the protocols that we started the year with such as full enforcement of our mask policy. We've also made some adjustments to our practices for the start of the school day and our lunch spaces to promote distancing.


Our goals since the start of the school year have been:


  • Minimize exposure to the virus for students and staff in school.

  • Maximize the number of in-person learning days for every student

  • Educate students IN our schools every day, as close to a typical experience as possible


We believe that our vigilance in enforcing these protocols will allow us to continue to meet these goals.


I will hold a full-school zoom meeting tomorrow at the start of school to review our COVID safety protocols. I am sharing the slides with you below as this week's Mustang Minute. As we continue to weather this surge, we'll be in contact with students and families if additional changes are necessary. We thank you for your continued support!


Best,

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

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December 12, 2021

I hope you've all had an enjoyable weekend. We have a week and a half to go before the winter break and we're looking to finish strong. We've reached the mid-point of Q2. All grades will be up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus at the end of the day on Tuesday. There's still over a month to go before the next report card so there will be lots of opportunity for growth between now and then.


Last week, I asked for help with tardiness to school in the morning and we saw some improvement. This week, we're looking for some support with masks. We've seen an uptick in COVID cases in our school and community recently. We've been fortunate that the new cases are not the result of in-school transmission. However, as the prevalence of COVID in the community rises, we'll be looking to remain vigilant in the wearing of masks. Also related to masks, we're seeing some poor behavior with students snapping and breaking masks off each other's faces. We will be working on curbing this behavior. Also, we're cleaning up masks all over campus. We need to work together to keep our campus clean. Thanks for your help with these items.


On 12/23, we have a half-day. Our schedule for the morning will have all 7 classes and a concert courtesy of our band and chorus. This will be the last Mustang Minute before the break. Thank you to all of our students and families for your support over the last 12 months. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays. We're looking forward to an even brighter 2022.


Sincerely,

John Murray

Principal

Medway High School

School Counseling Update

The School Counselors will be hosting two career speakers during the month of December, Griffin Electric and the Medway Fire Department. Students were sent an email and a post to their Google classrooms to complete a Google form if they are interested in attending. The School Counselors will sign students up in Infinite Campus.


Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021

Time: H block (12:12-1:19pm)

Who: Griffin Electric

What: Learn how to become an electrician through Griffin Electric’s training program.


Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Time: H block (12:12-1:19pm)

Who: Medway Fire Department

What: Learn about the steps to become a firefighter and what training is involved.


Please fill out the google form below by Monday, December 13th.

Career Speakers during H Block


Class of 2023 Fundraisers

Join the Class of 2023 for a fundraiser at Supreme Pizza in Medway Commons on Thursday, December 16th! Order online, in-store, or by phone between 11:00 AM and 9:00 PM to participate. When ordering in-store or by phone, mention that you wish to participate in the fundraiser, and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Class of 2023. If you are ordering online, write “Class of 2023 Fundraiser” in the comments section to participate. We hope to see you there!


Class of 2023 Lanyard Fundraiser MHS lobby AM 12/13 -12/17


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MFE HOLIDAY CARDS

Are you still looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for our fabulous Medway Schools Staff members? How about giving the gift of charity? When you choose to honor any MPS staff member through a donation to the MFE, they will receive a donation card AND a gift card to a local business like Medway Nutrition!

Go to www.mfeducation.org to order yours!

All orders must be placed by Friday, December 17th to ensure delivery of their honoree cards before the holiday break.

Student Vaccination Status Request- COVID and MENINGITIS

As you may be aware the CDC recently made available the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11. As your elementary and middle school children become fully vaccinated we ask you to please share proof of their vaccination with our school nurses by completing this form: K-8 Vaccination Status Response. If your student attends Medway High School and we have previously reached out to you for proof of immunization and you have yet to respond, you may share their information through the use of this form: 9-12 Vaccination Status Response.


Parents, just a reminder about the Meningitis vaccine. We have approximately sixty 11th and 12th graders who still do not have their needed second dose of the Meningitis vaccine. Students will also need this vaccine if they plan to attend College. Please try to get your child's second Meningitis vaccine completed before the end of January. If you need to claim a religious or medical exemption, please email Janice DiSalvio RN at jdisalvio@medwayschools.org.

COVID-19 Flow Chart

Please review the Flow Chart regarding Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students.

MHS Winter Art Show

The Winter Art Show was this past Wednesday night at MHS. We're pleased to share some of the art work below!

December 5, 2021

I hope you have had a nice weekend and Happy Hannukah to our families who celebrate the holiday. This week, we hit the ground running, and there is a lot of academic progress being made in every class throughout the school. Winter sports kicked off on Monday, and we are looking forward to another very successful season. Please know that it is still a requirement that masks are worn in every school building throughout the day, and this will include practices and games - players and spectators.


Our Fine and Performing Arts takes center stage this week with our Winter Art Walk and Winter Concert on Wednesday. Our first live concert since December 2019!


We are quickly approaching the mid-quarter update on December 14. I anticipate students will have tests, quizzes, and projects due in each of their classes prior to the 14th and the next holiday break. It will be important for students to remain committed to their studies, miss as few days as possible, and come to school on time each day to get to the break on a high note.


Please make sure to reach out to your child's teachers, school counselor, or Assistant Principal if you have questions or if your child needs additional supports.


Thanks for your continued support!

COVID Update

As you know, the Medway School Committee voted to enact the mask exemption, for fully vaccinated students and staff, when five specific criteria are met. Please find below an update on our progress toward meeting the criteria. Please note that the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases has resulted in a higher Town of Medway positivity rate. At this time we are not meeting two of the five criteria.


No instances of in-school transmission at MHS

This criteria has been met


No identified clusters within in-school groups (classroom, activity)

This criteria has been met


School testing positivity rate of less than 3%

This criteria has been met


Town of Medway positivity rate of less than 2%

Criteria not met - rate is 3.15%


Weekly testing of at least 50% of students and staff

Criteria not met



Beginning December 9, testing will move to Thursdays during the lunch block for students. Since we have moved to four lunch periods, it should be much easier for students to participate in testing with minimal wait time and without any concern about being late to class.


We continue to strongly encourage all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, to participate in the weekly COVID-19 safety checks. To participate in these testing options, please complete this consent form and select Medway as your district as well as the appropriate school for your student.

Tardy to School

Tardiness to school has been on the rise this year. Please be mindful of having students in school before 8:04. When students reach their tardy limits, they receive an email notification of their detention date and time which will also be shared with parents.

Detention will be held in the Guidance Suite and no phones are allowed during this time. Phones will be held at the Guidance desk until completion of detention time.


Students who are chronically late could lose senior privileges, club and activity privileges, or not be permitted to attend athletic practices. Please make every effort to be in school on time.

Medway High School Winter Concert & Art Show

December 8th is our Winter Art Show (6 pm in Lobby) and Winter Concert (7 pm in Auditorium). Come listen to our talented music students and enjoy the creative display of the art students!

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Massachusetts Music Educators Central District Senior District Festival

Several students from MHS auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Central District Senior District Festival via video this year and did a wonderful job preparing a solo piece of repertoire. The following students were accepted into the ensembles:

Chorus

Matt Bullard

Rebecca Chleboski

Liv Dwyer

Lucas Farlow

Sienna Flotta

Grace Gerard

Band

Abigail Brown

William George

England/Scotland Tour - April 2022

We have received preliminary approval for our Health Sciences tour of England and Scotland rescheduled from April 2021. We are hosting a virtual info session on Thursday at 6pm for those who have signed up for the trip and anyone interested in joining the trip. This meeting is important to attend since individual decisions are required before 12/24. Please see the info below to register for the meeting.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Dec 9, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqf-GvpjMoHtEFWhVTwm3T4m_ASjvMRCq-


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Congrats MHS Science Olympiad

Our Science Olympiad students did a great job in their second meet this year competing against Olive Ames, Bridgewater Raynham and Milford High Schools.


Competing in Codebusters,, Ian Khoo, Willem Khoo, and Caleb Perkins won Gold medals. Silver was won by Gustavo Mercier, Maddie Gagnon, & Pedro Tose.


Competing in Remote Sensing, Silver medals were won by Riley Ashok & Alex Montana, with Katie Gage winning Bronze.


Competing in Astronomy, Rebecca Chleboski won a Silver medal with Nora Sullivan & Palak Yadov winning Bronze.


Competing in Wright Stuff, Chris Tomasetti and Logan Casasanta won Bronze.


Congratulations to all participants!


From Health Services

Freshman and Sophomore parents: As required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations, We will be conducting hearing, vision, height, and weight screenings for all 10th-grade students and postural screenings for all 9th-grade students during IPEC classes on 12/3, 12/7, 12/10, 12/14 and 12/17. Every effort will be made to protect student privacy. If your child does not meet the hearing and vision requirements, a letter suggesting further evaluation and follow-up with your provider will be sent home. The screening for scoliosis is mandated with the purpose of early detection of spinal problems. If your child has unusual findings, you will be notified. For 9th graders, leggings and sports bras are recommended for female students on the day of screening. This type of clothing permits more accurate observation of the back. As always, it is your right to “opt-out” of screenings by sending an email or letter asking to opt and providing a reason why to jdisalvio@medwayschools.org.

Medway Friends of the Performing Arts Updates

Need some treats for the holidays, make a visit to the MFPA Bake Sale/Cookie Walk! The holiday treats will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All proceeds go directly back to the Medway Performing Arts students, including lesson grants, scholarships, and enrichment activities for the music curriculum.

We are still looking for a few more bakers. Please email medwayfriendsofperformingarts@gmail.com by December 5th if you are interested. All baked good donations must be individually wrapped and dropped off at the high school lobby by 5 pm.



The MPFA is excited to announce the arrival of Medway Performing Arts gear! Use the link below to access the online ordering site for a variety of items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, blankets, and more. Time to show off some pride for the talented Medway students in Band, Chorus, and Drama.

A portion of all orders will directly benefit the MFPA to help us support the Performing Arts at all Medway Schools.

https://www.customapparelcai.com/medwayperformingarts

Attention Seniors! Do you want to design the yearbook cover?

Show off your artistic skills and submit your designs to Mrs. Brodeur by January 10th!


Designs can be:

  • Painted

  • Digital

  • Photography

  • Mixed media

  • Designs should be 9x12 is size FRONT AND BACK

  • Designs should include the words Medway High School and 2022

  • ALL DESIGNS, ART WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL, no stealing from the internet

November 21, 2021

We've made it to Thanksgiving week and are thankful for so much! While we are still not back to full normalcy, we are thankful to be in school every day and bring back so many events for students and families. We're thankful for our dedicated teachers and staff who have worked so hard this year. We're also thankful for the continued support from our community. I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

Q1 Report Cards

Reports cards are now available on the Infinite Campus portal. Please log in to your account and click on the reports tab in the left-hand column. There will be a PDF with the report card for you to view. Please reach out to support@medwayschools.org if you have any questions about accessing your report card or your Infinite Campus account.


Quarter 1 grades provide just a snapshot of how your child is performing up to this point in the school year. This is a great time for students to reflect on what worked well or needs refinement as we move into the second quarter. Please make sure to reach out to your child's teachers, school counselor, or Assistant Principal if you have questions or if your child needs additional supports.

Peer Counseling Grade 9 Check-in

The Peer Counselings will be hosting an event for all freshmen during the H flex block on Monday, November 22nd in the cafeteria. The Peer Counselors are looking forward to reconnecting with their freshmen groups for check-in and fun activity!


Important Message for Seniors

Q1 Grades:

Transcripts with Q1 grades will be sent automatically to the colleges/universities you have applied to. If you have not yet scheduled your Senior Appointment, please reach out to Mrs. Rondeau to do so! jrondeau@medwayschools.org

Sending of school documents:

Please know that when your application is submitted or your transcript is sent, it is not instantaneous like a text! These items must be downloaded by the college. There are numerous documents being sent; the application and test scores (STUDENT), teacher recommendations (TEACHER), counselor recommendation, school profile and transcript (SCHOOL COUNSELOR). These items will be sent at different times. Please do not panic if you receive an email indicating the college/university is missing materials for your application. You must call admissions in this instance and confirm. They can tell you if the documents are in the system, but not downloaded. If nothing has been received or downloaded, contact your school counselor.


Pre-Thanksgiving 1/2 Day Workshops

We will once again be offering a multitude of half-day workshops led by our wonderful Medway High School staff on the 1/2 day prior to Thanksgiving. The sessions will be followed by a pep rally focused on fun and games for all. On Monday, students will have the opportunity to sign up for sessions. To facilitate the signup Mr. List will Zoom live into classrooms at the start of 2nd period. He will walk students through how to sign up for each session.


Thanks to everyone for offering such a wide variety of interesting, fun, and engaging activities! A special thank you to Melissa Cecchi, StuCo, and David List for organizing the event!

1/2 Day Schedule

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Pep Rally info

The Pep Rally will be outside on Hanlon Field. During the Pep Rally, there are going to be games with class competition. Below is a form to fill out if you are interested in participating in any of the activities. Please fill out the form by next Monday 11/22.


Pep Rally participation form

Also we will be wearing our class colors on Wednesday and they are as follows:

Freshman: red

Sophomore: blue

Junior: white

Senior: black


Thanks from the MHS Library

Dear Medway Families and the MHS Book Club,

Thank you for your generous support of our school library! We are thrilled with the number and variety of books donated by our Medway High School community. Your support will help us as we seek to foster or rekindle a love of reading in our students. And a special thanks to the Book Club! Without your promotion efforts, we wouldn't have these wonderful new books.

Reena Johnson, ELA Educator

Sarah McCann Vaillancourt, Library Paraprofessional

Tina Stoval, Library Media Specialist


Driving Hours Dismissals

We are seeing more students being dismissed from school to complete their driving hours. This is disruptive for student learning and the absences are not excused. Please avoid scheduling Driving Times during school hours.

Scenes from MHS this Week!

Thank you MSPTO for our Faculty Soup Lunch!

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November 14, 2021

It's a very busy season here at MHS! Our athletic teams have performed well during postseason play. Our Fall Play will be performed this coming weekend. Tri-M has their induction and a Coffeehouse this week. Our Freshman will have class elections and we have multiple clubs promoting events before school in the foyer. Our quarter 1 report cards will be issued later this week as well. Though this year is still not totally back to normal, we're working hard to make sure kids are having the most normal experience possible. We have just a few updates for you below. Have a great week!


Roll Stangs!

John Murray

Principal

Fall Post-Season Athletic Update

Our Girls Volleyball team and our Boys Soccer team were victorious this weekend and are moving on to the Final Four in their respective divisions. Soccer will play on Wednesday vs Norwell High School at 5 pm at Doyle Field in Leominster. Volleyball will play against Lynnfield. We are still waiting on the date, time, and location for that matchup.


A special congratulations to our Football and Cheer team and Girls Soccer team who fought hard in defeat this week. Thank you to our seniors on the Girl's soccer team for a great four years. Our Football team and Cheer squad will play again on Thanksgiving morning (10 am) vs. Millis on Hanlon Field.


Congrats to our Cross Country team for their strong performance at the Divisional Meet on Saturday and to Erin Shipos who qualified for the All-State Meet.


Stay tuned to AD Jeff Parcells' Twitter and Instagram (@medwayathletics) updates for additional information.

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Class of 2025 Elections

We will hold elections for our freshmen on Wednesday during the second half of Flex Block. Candidates will give speeches in the auditorium during a grade 9 assembly. Voting will take place electronically immediately afterward. We'll announce the class officers on Friday and include the names in the next Mustang Minute.

Report Cards

Quarter 1 Report Cards will be posted on Infinite Campus at 5 pm on November 19.

This Week's Events

November 16 Winter Sports - Meet the Coach Night

November 17 Tri M Induction 6:30 pm Auditorium

November 17 Boys Soccer State Semifinal vs. Norwell

November 18 School Council Meeting

November 18 School Committee Meeting

November 19 Quarter 1 Grades Posted

November 19 Tri M Coffee House - 7pm -9pm Library

November 20 Fall Play 7PM - 9PM Auditorium

November 21 Fall Play 2PM - 4PM Auditorium


Girl's Volleyball TBD

Pre-Thanksgiving Workshops and Pep Rally

On the day before Thanksgiving, we will bring back our 1/2 day workshops and the Pep Rally. The Student Council and our staff have been developing a series of fun and interesting workshops for students to participate in on the day before break. This is a great opportunity to build community among students and staff. Our Pep Rally will cap the event and will be held on Hanlon Field. Stay tuned for workshop info, sign-up info, and class colors for the Pep Rally.

November 5, 2021

Mask Exemption Update

Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to address the high school community via zoom to review the Mask Exemption with students. We also hosted a webinar for families to review our plan for implementation and address any questions. As a reminder, we have met the 80% vaccination rate threshold to apply for the waiver. In addition, in order to implement the mask exemption, MHS must meet the following five additional criteria:

  1. No instances of in-school transmission at MHS - criteria met

  2. No identified clusters within in-school groups (classroom, activity) - criteria met

  3. Town of Medway positivity rate of less than 2% - criteria met

  4. Weekly testing of at least 50% of MHS students and staff - criteria not met

  5. School testing weekly positivity rate of 3% or less - criteria met


While we saw an uptick in testing participation this week, we will not meet the criteria to implement the mask exemption for next week. We will test again on Tuesday and I will report back to students and families about the rate of participation. As a district, we are looking at additional testing options to make it easier for students to participate. This may include adding another day for those who miss testing on Tuesdays. I've included a link to the presentation that was shared with students and families this week. Feel free to review and reach out to me with any questions.

Updated Bell Schedule (4 Lunches)

  • On November 8th, we will move to 4 lunches.

    • All lunches will take place in the cafeteria or outside.

    • We plan to move out the individual desks and bring back the lunch tables.

    • We also plan to move as many study halls as possible out of the cafeteria and into classrooms.

    • The library will no longer be a lunch space. We can begin transitioning the space back to a more traditional library

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Grades Close November 9th

Please make sure to monitor student work completion and assessment grades via Infinite Campus and Google Classroom. If you are not sure how your child is doing, please reach out to the teacher directly and make sure to cc: the guidance counselor. We have one FLEX this week on 11/8 before grades close for students to have access to teachers built into the day. Students should also check in with teachers about availability before and after school. Report Cards will be posted on November 19th

Fall Play- Movies through the Decade

We are excited for the return of live, in-person performances on stage at Medway High School! Our students will perform Movies through the Decade, a collection of scenes from movies from 2010-2020. Performances will be on Saturday 11/20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday 11/21 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $10 dollars each. We will be selling tickets in the foyer before school 11/15 through 11/19 and at the door for both shows. We will be accepting cash only for the shows.

Signs of Suicide Program

Freshmen will receive the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program during their Wellness class this month. In this evidenced-based program, students will review the symptoms of depression, risk factors, and warning signs for suicide and where students go to get help and will complete a screening.

Signs of Suicide Program and participation Information

MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey

All students in grades 9-12 will be participating in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey on November 12 during H Block. Medway High School has been participating in this survey since 2008. The questions on the survey cover many topics including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; violence and safety; nutrition and physical activity; sexual behaviors; online behaviors; and mental health. This project will help our district develop and enhance its health education and prevention programs. The survey takes a full period to complete. Please see the letter below for more information.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Saturday & Sunday, November 13-14, Sat. 9am-9pm, Sun. 10am-7pm

Barnes & Noble Bellingham

270 Hartford Ave, Bellingham

Purchase anything at the store to help raise funds for our high school library!

Students will be performing on Saturday.

SPONSORED BY THE MHS BOOK CLUB

October 31, 2021

Mask Exemption Update

Mask Exemption Request to DESE (from Community Update)

Last week, the School Committee authorized the execution of a mask exemption request to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on behalf of Medway High School. As you are aware, Medway High School qualifies for this exemption request with a vaccination rate of over 80% among students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the required vaccination rate, in order to implement the mask exemption, MHS must meet the following five additional criteria:

  1. No instances of in-school transmission at MHS - criteria met

  2. No identified clusters within in-school groups (classroom, activity) - criteria met

  3. Town of Medway positivity rate of less than 2% - criteria met

  4. Weekly testing of at least 50% of MHS students and staff - criteria not met

  5. School testing weekly positivity rate of 3% or less - criteria met

MHS currently meets four out of five of the approved criteria. We are pleased to report that there was an increase in testing participation at MHS this week. Additionally, we have received feedback from students and staff that the time of day may not be optimal in gaining participation. We will continue to review our practices and identify opportunities for improvement.

A few notes:

It is important to note that the execution of the mask exemption, for vaccinated students and staff, will not go into effect until all five criteria are met. We will not meet the original November 8th date to implement the exemption. The earliest this could happen would be November 15th.


Important points to highlight connected to the implementation of the mask exemption

  • Vaccinated students and staff will have the option to not wear a mask, but those who wish to continue to wear their mask will be encouraged to do so. Our messaging will promote a safe and inclusive environment for those who must continue to wear a mask and those who wish to continue wearing a mask. We will not tolerate bullying and harassment.

  • Unvaccinated students and staff will still have to mask.


**There will be a school-wide zoom meeting during announcements on Monday to share this news with students. **

Attention students taking an AP course

Fees are due November 5th. There is a late fee of $40 dollars. All students are expected to take the AP exam.

Optional MCAS testing for Grade 12

We are writing to share important information regarding the upcoming MCAS test administration at Medway High School. As you are aware, this assessment is the state-mandated graduation requirement. Due to the pandemic, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has updated their MCAS requirement information and has determined that students currently enrolled in grade 12 will no longer be required to take and pass the Math and ELA MCAS to graduate.

Although the current 12th grade students do not need to take the Math, ELA MCAS to graduate, the tests are still what is used to determine which students qualify for a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

As this is no longer a graduation requirement, yet still determines eligibility for the Adams Scholarship we ask that you let us know if you would like your child to participate in this year's MCAS testing by filing out this form.

Math Test - November 9th and 10th

ELA Test - November 16th and 17th

To learn more about the qualifications required to attain the Adams Scholarship, please click here.

To see a more detailed explanation of the updated MCAS graduation requirement for the class of 2022, please click here.

Science Olympiad

Medway Science Olympiad Club completed their first Meet on Monday, October 25th. Our students competed against Olive Ames, Bridgewater Raynham, and Milford High Schools, .

Congratulations to Katie Gage & Destiny Ojukwu for earning Gold medals and Maggie Gagnon & Rebecca Chleboski for earning silver in Cell Biology. Nora Sullivan & Carter Pomponio for earning Gold medals and Caleb Perkins & Zhiwen Loo for earning bronze in Green Generation. Alex Montana & Emma Reardon for earning silver medals in “Write it do it.”

Congratulations to all participants!

Medway Lions sponsored High School Student Speech Competition.

If you want to win some money or an award the Medway Lions Club sponsors a high school speech competition. It provides an opportunity for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic of general interest. This year’s question is ” Why is accountability important?

The competition starts at the local club level and proceeds through several levels of competition ending with a statewide competition. In between there are zone, region, and district levels of competitions where the winner of each level has the opportunity to proceed to the next level.

There are prizes and/or awards for each contestant at every level of competition. The prizes at the State Competition are $1,500 to the winner and $500 to each runner up. Prizes at other levels of competition are at the discretion of the Clubs or District Governor.

If you are interested in competing see Mrs. Hallett room 214-1 or come to the Leos next meeting Wednesday, November 3rd BEFORE school at 7:30.


First contest is being held virtually on December 15th. All sign ups need to be completed by Monday November 15th.

Read more at the Lions Youth Speech Competition website https://lionsyouthspeech.org

October 24, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conference Feedback

Thank you to all of the parents who participated in our virtual Parent-Teacher conferences. We're interested in gathering feedback from families about how we run conferences in the future. If you attended, please take a moment to reply to this 2 question form.

Yearbook

The Yearbook is looking for student submitted photos of clubs, activities, and events this year. Any club that would like to have their group included in the Yearbook should take and submit photos to mbrodeur@medwayschools.org. Any seniors who took photos from the recent Boat Cruise should submit them to the same address for inclusion in the yearbook.


ATTN: AP Students

Registration and payment for exams happens early in the school year.

  • The deadline to complete registration for the exam and submit the fees is Friday, Nov 5th.

  • To register, students MUST also “Join” their AP Classroom Section (different from Google Classroom) and select “YES” for taking the exam. Your student received instructions and join codes from their classroom teacher.

  • More information is available at AP Exam Registration.

The fee is $96 for EACH AP exam. There is a $40 late fee per exam for payments after November 5th. There are two options for payments:

1) Make checks payable to “Medway” and give them to Mrs. Rondeau, school counseling secretary. Use one check for all exams (1 exam $96, 2 exams $192, 3 exams $288, etc.). Students eligible for fee reductions should contact their school counselor. More information about eligibility for fee reductions is at Fee Reductions.

2) Pay via UNIpay by visiting https://unipaygold.unibank.com/default.aspx. Search Medway Public Schools, Click “Student Activities” on the left hand menu, click “AP Exam Fees” and proceed with the payment process. *Remember it is $96 per exam

All students taking an AP exam will prepare throughout the year. Teachers will be reviewing both test content and test strategy in class. Practice exam questions are available through the College Board at AP Exam Preparation. AP exams will be given between May 2nd and May 13th. The schedule is set by the College Board. The most up to date information about AP Exams is available at AP Test Dates. AP exams allow students to earn college credits (with a qualifying score). Students usually take an AP exam after completing an AP course; however, any student can take an AP exam. Additional information is available at Taking AP Exams.

Students approved for College Board testing accommodations will receive them for the AP exam. If you have an IEP or a 504 plan and have not received approval from the College Board for testing accommodations, please notify Ms. Allison Jasmin at ajasmin@medwayschools.org if you would like to submit an application to the College Board.


T.H.R.I.V.E Event- Dr. Lisa Damour

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. and Medway SEPAC are excited to host a virtual parent event on November 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled, returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. Damour details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help parents to reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young women. To register for this event, please click here.


PLEASE CONFIRM INFINITE CAMPUS INFO

The Parent Portal within Infinite Campus, our student management system, is a vital resource to help families stay up to date on students’ assignments, grades, and contact information. If you are a family that does not have an account, please email parent@medwayschools.org and we will forward a personal activation code to create one. ALL families are asked to please complete the Online Registration [OLR] option, better known as the “beginning of year packet,” within the parent portal system. This process allows parents to see the information we have on file and make updates if needed. We also require review and sign-off of our Responsible Use Policy and Handbook as part of this process. If you haven't already, please complete this process by selecting MORE (on the left menu) then Online Registration from the menu options.

Absence Reporting in Infinite Campus

Parents have the ability to report absences and dismissals in Infinite Campus! Save yourself a phone call, email, or trip into the building and use our IC site instead. Directions below.

MSPTO Update

Welcome to the new school year! It’s great to be back! We need your support! Although school has looked vastly different from past years, what has not changed is the need for your support. Your donations ensure that MSPTO is able to continue supporting our students, parents, and teachers. We need everyone’s help in making the 2021/2022 school year a success. Any gift of any size is important and appreciated! Please realize that this is our ONLY fundraiser. We are happy to offer Venmo (@Medway_MSPTO) and PayPal (medwaymspto@outlook.com) as easy payment options. Thanks for supporting the MSPTO and Medway Public Schools. Our donation form can be found here.

We hope you will join us for our kick off MSPTO meeting on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Medway Middle School library. This will be an in person meeting and we are excited to see everyone in person. Our 2021/2022 meetings will be a combination of in person and virtual. We are also excited to bring back our annual Pop-up Shop! We will host this on Tuesday, November 30 at Medway High School, followed by our November meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone! Mark your calendars! Our 2021/2022 Meeting schedule is below:

Wednesday, October 27 room 202 (MS)

Tuesday, November 30 room 202 (HS)

(7th Annual Pop-Up Shop is Back! @ 6:00PM, followed by meeting@ 7:30 @ Medway High School)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (Virtual)

Wednesday, April, 27, 2022 (MS)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (HS)

The MSPTO is currently seeking volunteers! We need volunteers for the Middle School snack shack, Middle & High School Ski clubs, and teacher appreciations. We are also currently seeking Executive Board Members for 2022/2023 year. Please feel free to contact one of our Board members if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the MSPTO. We look forward to connecting with new volunteers!


Co-President/MSPTO

Kathy Campbell & Stacy Hanbury

Campbellka66@outlook.com

stacyhansbury@gmail.com



Co-Vice President/MS

Laura Connolly & Beth Levasseur

leconnolly@gmail.com

mrsjleva@yahoo.com



Co-Vice President/HS

Carolynne Benedetto & Jodi Leary

carb424@yahoo.com

jleary1271@gmail.com



Secretary

Susan Rozak

srozak6@gmail.com



Treasurer

Beth McHallam

beth.mchallam@gmail.com

October 18, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences, which have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 19th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Parents/guardians may select a five-minute block of time for each teacher, during which individual progress, grades, successes, and challenges can be shared.

This year we will be using Zoom to host the conferences. Before the 19th, we will send out a reminder email that will include the Zoom link for each conference. The Zoom link will also be available on the website where you book the conferences.

Scheduling of appointments begins on Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm. (Scheduling closes at noon on Tuesday, October 19th)

The appointment scheduler can be found at http://medwayhs.schoolappointments.com/. When you arrive at the site, the following instructions will help you register and schedule appointments for your student(s):

School Appointments - Parent Instructions

*Registration into the system must be completed anew each year and opens on Thursday, October 7th at 6:30 pm. Please be aware that this is just the registration and does not guarantee or schedule an appointment

1. Go to our school appointments website: http://medwayhs.schoolappointments.com/

2. Register for an account by clicking the "REGISTER" menu tab and filling in the online form. Choose a user id and password for yourself and then click the "Register Now" button.

3. Add your children into the system by clicking the "Add a Student" button. Click the "Insert New" button to add more children.

On the day of registration please continue with step 4 (10/12-10/18)

4. Click the "date" icon beside each child's name to schedule appointments. Select the staff you wish to book appointments with and the "View Calendars" button. Use the "Ctrl" or "Command" key to select multiple staff to view at the same time.

5. Click on available time slots to book your appointments and then click the "Book Appointments" button to save your bookings.

If a time slot is not available, or you are unable to find a mutually convenient time, the system has an option to request a phone call/email back; teachers will honor that request for a call/email back within a week.

We thank you for your involvement, and our teachers look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

School Counseling Updates

H BLOCK COLLEGE APPLICATION HELP SESSIONS:

Counselors will be offering college application help sessions during H block on 10/18 and 10/26. Seniors should plan to sign up for H block if application ass

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling invites you to our Virtual Fall College Fairs!

During the following times, College Representatives will be available in their virtual booths. You’ll also have access to important documents, videos, and more!

Virtual LIVE Dates & Times-

October 21 from 6-8:00pm

Registration for the College Fair is required, but it is FREE! To register, please visit: https://neacac.swoogo.com/Registration. If you already registered for an in-person fair, please log into your account at https://neacac.swoogo.com/Registration and click on the red “modify” link to add the Virtual Fair to your registration.


Q1 Progress Reports

In danger of failing letters for Q1 are being mailed home this week. Parents and families should connect with teachers regarding specific questions for an individual class. Teacher conferences are an excellent way to communicate with teachers about academic performance and suggestions. If you have a broader concern about academic progress, school counselors are available.

Nurses Update

Parents, please provide new medication orders and allergy or asthma action plans for your child(ren) who need to have prescription medications during school, such as Epipens. Medication orders are only valid for one year.


Also, please check to see that you have provided an updated physical exam and immunizations. Students are required to be vaccinated for Polio,Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and for students 16 or over, Meningitis. This does not apply if there is documentation of a medical and/or religious exemption. A medical exemption requires a doctor’s note. The exemption is required every year.

Save the Date Parent Event- Lisa Damour: Under Pressure

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. and Medway SEPAC are excited to host a virtual parent event on Nov 3, 2021at 7:00 PM. Lisa Damour, Ph.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Untangled, returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. Damour details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help parents to reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young women. To register please click here.

SENIOR BOAT CRUISE!

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October 11, 2021

Principal's Message

I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend! We have reached the halfway point in quarter one. Assignment grades are up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus. The first six weeks have been important for your students and for our educators to get a sense of where they are in their learning. We've been able to see where the gaps are in learning for students and are making plans to make adjustments. We're also seeing gaps in school habits that we'll make adjustments for. Part of that process will be to enhance our transitional support for grade 9 students. The last time they had a full, normal year was in the 6th grade. On Wednesday, we'll have a morning of learning for them around academic habits of mind and team-building exercises. We're working on putting together more Freshman Skills sessions that you'll begin to hear more about as well.


If your child has struggled with making the transition back to school, we have a variety of supports available from Flex Block, to NHS tutors, to reaching out and connecting directly with the teacher or school counselor. We also recommend signing up for a parent-teacher conference. If your child is doing well, there are still important conversations to have about sustaining the momentum and continuing to practice the skills that have brought success thus far. The mid-cycle update is a snapshot of where your child is at the moment. There is still plenty of time and support to meet the academic outcomes they are hoping for.


Best,

John Murray

Principal

Parent Reminders

We have a series of reminders for students and parents. We would appreciate your support with the following:


-Please remind students to bring everything they need into school with them at the start of the day. We are not able to escort students to their cars for a forgotten item.


-We can NOT accept parent drop-offs or deliveries for Starbucks, Dunkin, Take-out, Door Dash etc.


-COVID testing for students is on Tuesdays


-Please remind students to clean up after themselves. We continue to find trash and discarded masks across campus.


-Please remind students to scan in/out when entering/departing school


PSAT grade 10 + 11

Please read the important information below regarding the PSAT’s on Wednesday, October 13th.

When is the test? Wednesday, October 13th, 2021, beginning promptly at 8:04. More information about the PSAT is at: PSAT Information

  • All 10th and 11th grade students will be assigned to rooms and must take the test in the assigned room. Please arrive at school no later than 7:45 am on that morning.

  • Go to your assigned testing room when the bell rings.

  • If you arrive between 8:04 and 8:15 - Please report to the main office, then your assigned testing room.

  • If you arrive after 8:15, you will not be able to test. After reporting to the main office, you will be directed to another non-testing room.

  • An email will be sent out on Tuesday with room assignments.

What do I bring:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers

  • An approved calculator

  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing.

What is not allowed?

  • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content

  • Protractors, compasses, rulers

  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils

  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language

  • Food and drinks—including bottled water—unless approved by the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities.

If you have not signed up for the test yet, please bring a check made out to Medway High School to Mrs. Rondeau in Guidance. All students are expected to participate in the test.

MHS PSAT Website

Please see the link below for a full overview of our PSAT day plans for all 4 grades.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

A free flu vaccination clinic will be taking place Oct 14, 2021 from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM at Medway High School and Oct 20, 2021from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM at Medway Senior Center. The clinic is open to all Medway residents, ages 3+. For more details please click here.


Ally Week

TADA will be hosting daily activities in the Foyer the week of 10/12 - 10/15, culminating in a Friday in the Foyer. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities and learn how they can be an ally.


Senior Boat Cruise

Dear Class of 2022,


Based on our ticket sales, it appears that the majority of the class can join us for Boat Cruise on Saturday, October 16th. We are excited by this great turnout and are looking forward to the event. Below is a breakdown of the day. Please reach out as soon as possible if you have any questions.


4:00 - Students may begin to arrive at MHS

4:30 - Presentation of instructions, last call for restrooms

4:45 - Begin boarding buses

5:00 - Depart MHS

6:00 - Arrive at Spirit of Boston dock

7:00 - Boat departs from the harbor

10:00 - Boat arrives in harbor, reboard buses

10:15 - Last call, return trip to MHS

11:15 - Return to MHS, students depart property


FAQ’s

  • Masks - must be worn on the bus, while boarding/departing the boat, and while inside the boat. Students may remove masks if outside or while eating/drinking.

  • The cruise will occur rain or shine, as there are indoor and covered spaces. (Dress accordingly!)

  • Dinner will be served on the cruise. No outside food/drink allowed. Please reach out if you have additional allergy concerns.

  • Students are required to ride the bus to and from the cruise.

  • Students must have their own transportation home upon arrival back at MHS


Looking forward to setting sail with you all soon!

Picture Day

This summer, we engaged in a vetting process for potential school photographers for the high school. Over the past few years, we received feedback from families that our school photography vendor was not meeting the needs of our community, specifically in the area of customer service. Parents provided feedback which was helpful to the administration for this process.


We are pleased to share that we are moving forward with Legacy Studios. Legacy Studios serves many communities and universities throughout the Northeast. We have engaged in a one-year partnership with them with the hopes of continuing for years to come.


As you may know, school pictures serve as a school fundraiser. Our former provider also provided schools with a percentage of the sales. Proceeds from school picture fundraising with Legacy Studios will support pictures, yearbooks, and prom tickets for students in need.


Information about school picture packages will be sent to you via email soon and the picture dates are as follows:

  • Picture Day: October 19, 2021

  • Make-up Picture Day: December 1st, 2021

Information for those wishing to use Legacy Studios for senior portraits will be sent out separately.


We know that school pictures capture a special moment in time and we are excited to move forward with Legacy Studios.


533 Community Service Club

533 Community Service club is holding a drive for Medway House, a homeless shelter in Medway that houses 12 families. They are collecting laundry baskets (plastic or cloth), bandaids (all sizes), antibacterial cream, alcohol wipes, instant ice packs, and tweezers. There is a bin in the lobby to put these items. For every two items donated, NHS members will receive one hour of community service, for up to five hours total. This is based on the honor system. Please consider donating to help out members of the community!
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October 3, 2021

Principal Message

We are quickly approaching the midpoint of quarter 1. On Friday, all grades will be up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus. The first few weeks have found all of us reacclimating to school and having a more normal classroom experience. We are working hard to identify the academic and social-emotional impact the pandemic has had on our students. We're seeing that students are having challenges in both areas and are working on the necessary adjustments to meet their needs.


We're also seeing some challenges with reacclimating to normal school routines and some uncharacteristic behavior. The emergence of negative Tik Tok challenges and an uptick in vaping is particularly concerning. While I believe that the majority of our students are behaving appropriately, I bring this to your attention so that we can tackle the problem together. We will step up our efforts to address these issues across the school and include additional education regarding vaping. I'm hoping you can address these concerns with your students at home. I encourage students to share their concerns with any of the adults in the building.


Thank you,

John Murray

Principal

Homecoming

We had a great time at Homecoming last night! The kids were great and it was a beautiful night to be outside. We had 450 students in attendance. Thanks to all who joined us!

PSAT- October 13

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given to sophomores and juniors on October 13th. The test is a practice for the SAT. Students taking the test also receive access to SAT practice materials through Khan Academy can receive information from colleges, and (for juniors) may qualify for scholarships based on test scores.

Information about the test, including links to additional resources, as well as registration and fees have been passed out to students on September 15th and September 17th. The cost of the test is $18. Checks can be made out to Medway High School and can be dropped off to Mrs. Rondeau in the Guidance office. Students eligible for reduced fees should see their school counselor regarding payment.


October 13th is a Day 6 but we will have a special schedule for the day beginning with Flex Block (H). We will have special activities planned for grades 9 and 12 while 10 and 11 test.

Ally Week: 10/12 -10/15

TADA will be hosting daily activities in the Foyer the week of 10/12 - 10/15, culminating in a Friday in the Foyer. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities and learn how they can be an ally.


COVID-19 Testing

We are encouraging all staff and students, regardless of their vaccination status, to participate in the weekly COVID-19 safety checks. To participate in these testing options, please complete this consent form and select Medway as your district as well as the appropriate school for your student.

Medway High School students should report to the gym lobby upon arrival Tuesday for testing.


Parent-Teacher Conferences- October 19 (Virtual)

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place virtually on October 19th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to select a five-minute block of time with each teacher to discuss individual progress so far this year. The virtual meetings were well received last year due to their ease and efficiency. Later this week, we'll share registration information for conferences.

National Merit Commended Scholars

Congratulations to the following students for being awarded a National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation!


Rebecca Chleboski

Madeline Gagnon

Sarah McCarthy

Gustavo Mercier

Sean Parrinello

NHS In-School Tutoring

The National Honor Society in-school tutoring program is underway on Monday. Students who have studies can drop into work one-on-one with an NHS tutor. Mrs. Donovan will be able to keep track of attendance.


NHS Room Schedule 2021-2022


Post-Secondary Meeting Follow-up

Last Tuesday, our School Counselors shared a post-secondary planning presentation via GoToWebinar. Please see the link below to view a recording of the presentation.


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7753209959811623952

INDIVIDUAL SENIOR APPOINTMENT WITH COUNSELOR

  • Starting October 1st, seniors may begin to schedule their individual senior appointment with their counselor.

  • To schedule an appointment students will need to email Mrs. Rondeau, the School Counseling Secretary at jrondeau@medwayschools.org.

  • Your appointments must be during your senior priv, a study hall, or an H block.

  • If you have an ED or EA deadline make sure to set up your senior appointment ASAP!

School Lunches

Per the USDA and DESE each school age child is allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day. ALL OTHER meals or additional items must be paid for by the student. In order to account for ala carte and second meal purchases, we will set up terminals where students can scan their individualized barcode which can be found in the Infinite Campus application.


If a student wishes to get a 2nd meal or get an ala carte item, it will be expected that they pay for these items. As this process is touchless students will not be able to pay for 2nd meals or ala carte items. Please make sure to load your child's lunch account if you suspect they may want to buy a 2nd lunch or ala carte items.


News from the MSPTO

*News from the MSPTO**

Welcome to the New School Year! It’s great to be back!

We need your support! Although school has looked vastly different from past years, what has not changed is the need for your support. Your donations ensure that MSPTO is able to continue supporting our students, parents, and teachers. We need everyone’s help in making the 2021/2022 school year a success. Any gift of any size is important and appreciated! Please realize that this is our ONLY fundraiser. We are happy to offer Venmo (@Medway_MSPTO) and PayPal (medwaymspto@outlook.com) as easy payment options. Thanks for supporting the MSPTO and Medway Public Schools

Our donation form can be found here: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AnigJta8cq9n4iIBW1l-qc9PlTbj

*Special Raffle for HS Seniors* Enter to win the monthly VIP parking spot! Winners are drawn on the 1st of each month and will begin October 1st. This month's winner is Andrew Rozak

We hope you will join us for our kick off MSPTO meeting on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:00PM in the Middle School library. This will be an in person meeting and we are excited to see everyone in person. Our 2021/2022 meetings will be a combination of in person and virtual. We are also excited to bring back our annual Pop-up Shop! We will host this on Tuesday, November 30th at Medway High School, followed by our November meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone! Mark your calendars! Our 2021/2022 Meeting schedule is below:

Wednesday, October 27th 202 (MS)

Tuesday, November 30th 202 (HS)

(7th Annual Pop-Up Shop is Back! @ 6:00PM, followed by meeting@ 7:30)

Wednesday, January 26th 2022 (Virtual)

Wednesday, April, 27th 2021 (MS)

Wednesday, May 25th 2022 (HS)

  • The MSPTO is currently seeking volunteers! We need volunteers for the Middle School snack shack, Middle & High School Ski clubs, teacher appreciations. We are also currently seeking Executive Board Members for 2022/2023 year. Please feel free to contact one of our Board members if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the MSPTO. We look forward to connecting with new volunteers!



Co-President/MSPTO

Kathy Campbell & Stacy Hanbury

Campbellka66@outlook.com,stacyhansbury@gmail.com



Co-Vice President/MS

Laura Connolly & Beth Levasseur

leconnolly@gmail.com, mrsjleva@yahoo.com



Co-Vice President/HS

Carolynne Benedetto & Jodi Leary

carb424@yahoo.com, jleary1271@gmail.com



Secretary

Susan Rozak

srozak6@gmail.com



Treasurer

Beth McHallam

beth.mchallam@gmail.com



  • We were thrilled to help welcome back students and staff to the 2021/22 school year!! The MSPTO is happy to support our amazing teachers, staff and students!

September 19, 2021

Good Evening,


I'm sharing a brief Mustang Minute with you to share a reminder about the Back to School Night, some updates from our school counselors, and a new plan for addressing student pick-up in the afternoon.


I look forward to welcoming you back to MHS this week and providing an overview of our programs and practices for the '21-'22 school year. We'll have student reps from NHS and Peer Counselors on hand to assist you in finding your way around the building. As we've said before, we're trying to keep things as normal as possible. We're just wearing masks and distancing indoors. We'll have those same protocols in place for our parents on Tuesday night and we hope that you'll support our efforts.


Thank you,

John Murray

Principal

Back to School Night

MHS will host Back to School Night on September 21st from 6:00 pm-8:15 pm. This event is an opportunity for parents/guardians to follow their child's schedule and meet with each of their child's classes for 10 minutes. Teachers typically share a brief overview of their course and their expectations for student learning. Teachers also share other information like their method for communication, grading policy, and how to access Google Classroom. Teachers are always available to answer questions by email or phone call, however, this event is not intended to answer questions about individual students.


The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Murray and the administrative staff in the auditorium at 6 pm.


This will be an in-person event with attendance limited to one parent/guardian per student and follow masking and distancing guidelines.


Students schedules will be available in the main lobby, however, we strongly encourage you to access the schedule via the Infinite Campus: Campus Parent Portal.


Also, each grade will be conducting a dues drive in the lobby. Our partners from the MSPTO and the MFE will also have a table in the lobby with information to share.



BTSN SCHEDULE

DAY 1 + B, G

Period A - 6:35 – 6:45

Period C 6:50 – 7:00

Period D - 7:05 – 7:15

Period E - 7:20 – 7:30

Period F - 7:35 – 7:45

Period B- 7:50 – 8:00 (First Block Day 2)

Period G - 8:05 – 8:15 (Last Block Day2)

Physical Education classes scheduled to meet in the gym will meet in Cafeteria.

Updates from School Counseling

NEACAC COLLEGE FAIR

Please save the date! Worcester State University is excited to host an in-person NEACAC college fair on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Wellness Center, Competition Gymnasium. Over 100 colleges and universities will be in attendance.

  • This event is free and open to the public.

  • Ample parking is available on-site

  • Facial coverings are required to be worn at all times while indoors.

What: NEACAC College Fair

Where: Worcester State University, Wellness Center

486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA

When: Sunday, October 3, 2021 (11 am - 1 pm)

PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given to sophomores and juniors on October 13th. The test is a practice for the SAT. Students taking the test also receive access to SAT practice materials through Khan Academy can receive information from colleges, and (for juniors) may qualify for scholarships based on test scores.

Information about the test, including links to additional resources, as well as registration and fees have been passed out to students on September 15th and September 17th. Students eligible for reduced fees should see their school counselor regarding payment.

Students, you can pick up a Study Guide for the PSAT's in Guidance.

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

A reminder that the counselors will be meeting with all seniors on Tuesday, September 21st or Friday, September 24th from 12:12-1:19 pm during H block

  • Seniors will be assigned to their counselor for this presentation during one of the above dates and times. Students should check their Infinite Campus to see which day they are scheduled.

  • Counselors will review the college application process and procedures.

JOB FAIR

On Wednesday, we hosted a job fair for students. If your child missed out on the job fair or would like more information, please note that the School Counseling Office has copies of resources and applications for the many wonderful organizations that were in attendance.

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Student Pick-up

We recognize that the line for student pick-up in the afternoon has been a challenge so far this year. Starting tomorrow, we will return to having parents drive around the perimeter of the building and into the admin lot for pick-up. We're hopeful that this will allow for more cars to access campus and allow for the buses to enter the school for pick-up which will go back to the center loop. We'll continue to monitor this situation.
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533 Club Homeless Shelter Drive

  • The 533 Club is collecting items for the homeless shelter starting this Monday, September 20th. There will be bins in the main lobby outside of the office where donations can be dropped off.

    The shelter is need of the following items:

    • Laundry baskets

    • Plastic laundry baskets

    • Cloth laundry baskets

    • Bandaids (all sizes)

    • Antibacterial cream

    • Tweezers

    • Alcohol wipes

    • Instant ice packs

Homecoming: Under the Lights!

Saturday, Oct. 2nd 2021 at 7-9pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

Save the Date! Ticket sales begin 9/27. MHS students only.

September 12, 2021

We've had a positive start over the first few days of school. It's been great to have the students back in the building and to see them actively engaged in learning again. We had our first flex block with a clubs and activities fair to promote student involvement and to help build connections. We've had opening games for all of our athletic teams capped off by a great football win on Friday night. It was great to see a packed house and hear the cheers from the Stable. We'll have info to share soon about a Homecoming Dance on October 2nd and we'll begin selling tickets to our Senior Boat Cruise this week. We're working towards offering the students as much normalcy as possible. It's so great to be back! Please check out the notes below and reach out with any questions.


Best,

John Murray

Principal

Back to School Night

MHS will host Back to School Night on September 21st from 6:00pm-8:15pm. This event is an opportunity for parents/guardians to follow their child's schedule and meet with each of their child's classes for 10 minutes. Teachers typically share a brief overview of their course and their expectations for student learning. Teachers also share other information like their method for communication, grading policy, and how to access Google Classroom. Teachers are always available to answer questions by email or phone call , however, this event is not intended to answer questions about individual students.


The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Murray and the administrative staff in the auditorium at 6pm.


This will be an in person event with attendance limited to one parent/guardian per student and follow masking and distancing guidelines.


BTSN SCHEDULE

DAY 1 + B, G

Period A - 6:35 – 6:45

Period C 6:50 – 7:00

Period D - 7:05 – 7:15

Period E - 7:20 – 7:30

Period F - 7:35 – 7:45

Period B- 7:50 – 8:00 (First Block Day 2)

Period G - 8:05 – 8:15 (Last Block Day2)

Physical Education classes scheduled to meet in the gym, will meet in Cafeteria.


We will follow up with information about how to access schedules.

School Council Members Needed

We are looking for parents to join the School Council. School Council is a group of educators, students, parents, and community members who support the development of school programs and improvement plans, review policy, and play an advisory role to the principal. The School Council has been instrumental in bringing about many of the changes at MHS over the past several years. We meet on the last Thursday of every month from 3:00pm-4:00pm. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to me directly.


Updates from School Counseling

Senior Workshops

  • Tuesday, September 21st and Friday Or September 24th from 12:12-1:19pm during H block

    • Seniors will be assigned to their counselor for this presentation during one of the above dates and times. Students should check their Infinite Campus to see which day they are scheduled.

    • Counselors will review the college application process and procedures.


Individual Senior Appointment with School Counselor

  • Starting October 1st, seniors may begin to schedule their individual senior appointment with their counselor.

  • To schedule an appointment students will need to email Mrs. Rondeau, the School Counseling Secretary at jrondeau@medwayschools.org.

  • All seniors should have completed their Student Data Portfolio (in ℅ 2022 School Counseling Google Classroom) and Activity Resume (in Naviance) prior to individual appointments with counselors.

  • Your appointments must be during your senior priv, a study hall, or an H block.

  • If you have an ED or EA deadline make sure to set up your senior appointment ASAP!


Virtual Senior Family Post Secondary Planning Night

  • Come learn about the college application process and procedures for senior year

  • This will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30pm

  • GoToWebinar registration link to follow


College Financing with MEFA

  • The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) will only hosting virtual webinars

  • Please visit: https://www.mefa.org/events and and sign up for one or both of the suggested webinars:

    • College Financing

    • Understanding the FAFSA


Virtual College Representatives Connect with Medway High School

  • College representatives have been requesting visits to Medway High School. This will allow students to learn more about colleges they are interested in. Representatives will provide an overview of their college to students and answer questions.

  • These sessions will be held during H blocks in person or virtually.

  • Students must sign up in advance to meet with the representatives.

  • The list of visiting schools can be viewed on Naviance’s homepage under “What’s New” and continue with the registration process by clicking “Register” at the top right of the screen.

  • Students will receive a link to virtually join these sessions 15 minutes prior to the meeting or will be informed if the session is in person.


Standardized Testing Information

Job Fair- September 15

Representatives from local businesses will be present during Flex block on Wednesday, September 15th to meet with students about employment opportunities. Local businesses include:

  • The Willows at Medway

  • Shaw’s Supermarket

  • The Little Gym of Medway

  • The Adirondack Club

  • Walgreens

  • CVS Pharmacy

  • Papa Gino’s

  • Dunkin Donuts

  • Town of Medway Parks and Recreation

  • Medway Community Education Department

  • Galante’s Restaurant

  • Medway Fire Department

  • Medway Manor

  • Supreme Pizza

COVID-19 Updates

Student and Staff Testing Options

This school year we will again be conducting COVID-19 safety checks (formerly pool testing), for students and staff. We have partnered with CIC Health. To learn more about CIC Health, please visit their website. We saw great success with our testing program last year and are grateful for the opportunity to continue testing this year.

In addition to the weekly COVID-19 safety checks we will also conduct diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing is a self-administered, anterior nares test, similar to weekly testing, that can be used within schools to test students if they are displaying symptoms during the school day or who are deemed a close contact. These results are available 15-20 minutes after testing. We are encouraging all staff and students, regardless of their vaccination status, to participate in the weekly COVID-19 safety checks.

COVID-19 Protocols

As we have shared, the updated COVID-19 protocols are different than last year, and are more confusing. We also know, as we experienced last year, there will continue to be changes to these protocols as we gain experience with the Delta variant of COVID-19. As these changes occur, we will communicate them as quickly as possible.

One recent change to the protocols relates to the determination of a COVID-19 positive individual’s quarantine timeline. The change that was approved by the Department of Public Health establishes the start of the quarantine timeline on the receipt of a positive COVID-19 test, not at symptom onset, as was the previous protocol.

Finally, we have developed flowcharts to assist in determining the protocols to follow for a positive individual, as well as, a close contact. The flowcharts can be found here.

Odds and Ends

  • Early Dismissal? Enter it in Infinitie Campus, send in a note, or email Janet Suarez (jsuarez@medwayschools.org)
  • Morning Drop-off- We are aware that there is traffic on Summer St. We anticipate that this will be a daily occurance. Please give yourself plenty of time in the morning for student drop-off. Our classes begin at 8:04am and we are holding students accountable for being tardy to school.
  • Afternoon pick-up- Please try not to arrive to MHS for afternoon pickup before 2:25pm. The early arrivals are making it difficult for the buses to enter the high school from Summer St.
  • Lockers- All 9th grade students have been assigned a locker. Lockers are available for grades 10-12 by request. Please fill out this form if you are interested in getting a locker.

Weekend Student Nutrition Program Interest Survey

During the 2021-2022 school year Medway Public Schools plans to support student nutrition by offering student-friendly food items and nutritional staples to all interested families. The intent of this survey is to gauge interest in our program and to gather feedback on how to best design it to meet student and family needs. We ask that all interested families please complete this survey by Friday, September 17. Thank you for your help!


August 29, 2021

Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had a restful and relaxing summer! We are excited about our return to school this coming Wednesday, September 1st. Our faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing their lessons and getting the building ready to welcome everyone back. As you are aware, we will have additional safety protocols in place including universal masking and distancing in classrooms and in eating spaces. While that might be disappointing to some, we are in a much better space than we were a year ago. Of utmost importance is that we are all together from day 1! We’ve also learned a lot about how to run a school in this environment. Other than masks and distancing, school will resemble what it looked like prior to the pandemic. Students will be able to engage in cooperative work, clubs and activities will run before and after school, traditions that we weren’t able to do will return, etc. We will also return to our protocols for daily attendance, monitoring tardiness to school, and our off and away cell phone policy. We’re looking to get back to as much normalcy as we can. As we return to school in this environment, I am hopeful that we will continue to have the support of the community in enforcing the COVID based protocols and our return to our typical expectations for students.

We will continue to use this space to share updates about school protocols and the happenings at MHS this year. Please feel free to reach out to any of our administrators directly if you have any questions or concerns.


We can’t wait to see our students next week!


Roll Stangs!

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

2021-2022 Back to School Webinar and Flow Charts

Thank you to those families who were able to join our 2021-2022 Back to School Webinar last evening. Please find a recording of the webinar, presentation slides, and responses to questions that were asked by attendees at the following links:

Webinar Recording: 2021-2022 MPS Return to School

2021-2022 MPS Return to School Webinar Presentation

Attendee Questions and Answers

We are also including the 2021-2022 Medway Public Schools Return to School Plan for your review. This plan will be updated as needed and as additional guidance from the state becomes available. We will continue to alert families to these changes.

Finally, the link below will bring you to flowcharts that more effectively describe the process to follow should if your child is symptomatic for COVID-19 or deemed a close contact.

COVID-19 Key Actions Flowchart

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First Two Days of School

For the first two days of school, our students wil meet with all 7 blocks on their schedule. Students should report directly to their A block class when they arrive to school. As a reminder, we will not have a staggered open this year and school will begin at 8:04 for everyone. During A block on Wednesday, students wil receieve a paper copy of their schedule. Our school administrators will then provide an overview of our protocols and expectations this year via an all school Zoom meeting. Please see the schedule below.
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Cellphones- "Off and Away"

We are returning to our "Off and Away" policy for student cell phone use while in academic classes. It's important for students to engage in their learning free from as many distractions as possible. Some teachers will incorporate cell phones as part of lessons. Some students need to access their phones to monitor medical needs. For the most part, however, students have access to their chromebooks for any of their electronic needs. Students can access their phones during non academic times like between classes, during lunch, and in study halls.
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Student-Parent Handbook

Please see the 2021-2022 Student-Parent handbook below. It's important to familiarize yourself with our policies including our attendance, GPA, and discipline. Please reach out with any questions.

Social Media Platforms

Over the past few years, our administrators and teachers have increasingly used Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as communication tools. These platforms provide us with a great opportunity to share information with our community in short, informative snippets.


Please see below for the official social platforms for our school. We invite you to follow, share, and like all content shared within the district throughout the coming year.

Facebook:

Medway Public Schools @MedwayPublicSchools

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. @MedwayThrive


Twitter:

Medway Public Schools @MedwaySchools

Medway High School @MedwayHighInfo

Medway Athletics @MedwayAthletics

Medway Wellness @MPS_Wellness_


Instagram:

Medway Public Schools @MedwaySchools

Medway High School @MedwayHighSchool

Medway Athletics @MedwayAthletics

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Summer 2021 Update

Greetings from Dr. Murray

Dear Students and Families,


I hope that you and your family have been able to enjoy a restful and relaxing summer! After the past year and a half, it has been great to enjoy a sense of normalcy with family and friends. While we wish to savor every moment of the summer, we are rapidly approaching the start of school and are in the process of finalizing plans for Opening Day on Wednesday, September 1st. We look forward to having students back in our classrooms and hallways filled with energy and enthusiasm for learning. On behalf of the administrators and staff at Medway High School, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!


This year, our work will be guided by the Medway Public Schools 2019-2024 Strategic Plan: Excellence for All: A Medway Mindset. On day one and every day thereafter, it is our goal to improve learning for all by engaging students in active-continuous learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. We are also committed to supporting the needs of all of our students by forming relationships built on trust and mutual respect that enhances our positive learning environment. Through these efforts, our students will be prepared and empowered to thrive at MHS and beyond.


Our families play a critical role as partners in the students’ journey and we strive to keep you informed in a variety of ways. Follow Medway High School updates on Twitter (@MedwayHighInfo) and look for biweekly email updates from me via the Mustang Minute. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, or administrators with questions or concerns.


As part of our preparation, we wish to share some important updates with you (below) to help prepare you and your child(ren) for the start of school. Because there is so much to share, we’ll follow up again to offer an opportunity for parents and students to participate in a webinar closer to the opening of school. At this time, we do not have any updates to share with you about our COVID protocols. We anticipate that more information and guidance will be coming soon to help inform the next steps for our school and district. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,


John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

Student Schedules

Student schedules will be posted on the Infinite Campus portal on August 18th around 3pm. Students will receive an email when the schedules are released. Medway High School develops a school schedule based on course recommendations and student elective requests. This process began in the spring and included opportunities for students to override recommendations and request changes during their academic advising appoints. This process allows us to build classes that are balanced in size and meet the needs of all students. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accomodate requests to change courses or levels at this point in the process. We are also unable to honor requests for teacher changes. Please click here to review that course scheduling process which was shared in the spring.


School Counselors will be available to review schedules that are missing acadmic courses, graduation requirements, or student services. Students may use this form to request such a review for the reasons above.

Freshman Orientation

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2025 to Medway High School! On Wednesday, August 25th, we are hosting our Freshman Orientation from 9:00am to 2:30 pm. You are invited to join us to learn more about our school, our culture, and beginning getting acclimated with high school.


Orientation will be a time for incoming freshmen to…

  • Learn tips for high school success and set goals for freshman year.

  • Learn about student organizations and school expectations.

  • Understand the schedule rotation and locate lockers and classrooms.

  • Participate in our Clubs and Activities Fair and meet student representatives.

  • Receive access and engage in activities on Naviance, our online college and career tool.

  • Enjoy lunch in our cafeteria courtesy of the Class of 2022. Lunch will consist of pizza, salad and fruit. If a student wishes to bring their own lunch, they may do so.

Our Peer Counselors, a group of upperclassmen who are trained to support students in their transition to high school will play a major role in our Freshman Orientation. Each Peer Counselor has been paired with a small group of freshmen. During the summer, the Peer Counselors will contact each student to introduce themselves and extend a personal invite to Freshman Orientation.


Parents are invited to arrive for the opening session with students at 9:00 am. Students will leave the opening session with Peer Counselors at 10:00am. Parents may remain until 10:25 am for questions and answers with administrators, or depart and return for student pick up at 2:30pm.


Students are asked to bring their backpack with a writing instrument, chromebook and charger. If your child is new to Medway or does not have their device from 8th grade, they will be able to pick up your device from the Medway High School Library at 10:30am.


We look forward to seeing you at Freshman Orientation. We strongly encourage all freshmen to attend though attendance is not mandatory. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer! Please reach out if you have any questions.

1:1 Chromebook Program

All incoming grade 9 students and returning 10-12 MHS students should bring to school the chromebooks that the school has been prevously issued to them for daily use. Students who are new to our district should access our Chromebook website to learn about our distribution and insurance process.


Fall Athletics Meeting and Start Dates

The Annual Athletic Meeting and Fall Season Meet the Coach Night will take place on Tuesday, August 17th at 6:00pm. The meetings wil be virtual and the links will be sent out by Mr. Parcells on Monday morning. This meeting is for all high school student-athletes and at least one parent/guardian (regardless of the season of play). Please contact AD Jeff Parcells (jparcells@medwayschools.org) with any questions.

  • Football and Cheer practice begins on August 20th

  • All other fall high school sports begin on August 23rd.


Interested in playing a sport in the fall? Visit this link for more info!

Upcoming Dates

August 17: Fall Sports - Meet the Coach Night - 6 pm

August 25: 9th Grade Orientation - 9:00-2:15

August 25: Clubs and Activities Fair- 11:00 -1:00 (Gym)


September 1: First Day of Classes

September 3: No School

September 6: No School - Labor Day

September 7: No School - Rosh Hashanah

June 12, 2021

Final Week of School

We have finally made it to the last week of this extraordinary school year! The year was filled with many unknowns, lots of shifts and adjustments, and a tremendous amount of flexibility and resiliency among our students, families, and staff. As we begin to return to normalcy, we look forward to identifying the academic and social emotional impact of the pandemic and develop plans to address gaps in each area. As you may have seen, the district has organized a "Summer of Discovery" to begin supporting student needs. Also, it will be important for us to reestablish some of our norms and expectations for attendance and behavior for the start of the next school year. We'll continue to communicate with families over the summer with summer work, updates about our fall return, and important changes for a more normal '21-'22 school year.


I hope that you all take time to rest, relax, and recharge over the summer. Thank you for all of your support this year!

Important Info

On Friday, we learned about an incident that occurred on school grounds that targeted our LGTBQ+ community. The individuals involved shared the incident on social media and have been identified. This event has caused significant hurt and upset among students and staff in our school. School administration was able to address the issue and have the social media post removed quickly and has taken appropriate action. On Friday, after school, we also met with members of our 40% Club and TADA Club and their faculty advisors to gather feedback and begin planning a response to help unify our school community in the message that there is no place for hate at Medway High School.


Any form of homophobia or hate speech is upsetting and unacceptable at our school, and within the Medway Public Schools. It’s important to me as the principaI, that I reiterated our belief that hate has no home at Medway High School. This is a message that I share with students when they enter in grade 9 and at the beginning of the school year with all students and families. We may come from different backgrounds and have a variety of belief systems, but our school must be a safe space for any student to learn, grow, and thrive no matter how they identify. I also ask students to report things that they see violating this commitment which is how we learned of the incident on Friday. As students enter school on Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week, members of our student groups have offered an opportunity to show support for our LGBTQ+ community and to reaffirm the belief that there is no place for hate at MHS in a variety of ways. While this will be voluntary, we hope that students and staff will join in this affirmation as a unified school community.

Last Week of School Schedule

Monday (Regular Schedule)

Freshman Awards (B block)


Tuesday (Grades Close)

Sophomore Awards (Flex Block)

Freshmen Ice Cream Truck (Flex Block)

Junior Scholastic and Book Awards

(6:30pm)


Wednesday (Regular Schedule)


Thursday (Half-day)

Teacher grades due 9am

11:34 dismissal

Underclass Awards Schedule

We're looking forward to honoring our students in grades 9-11 who have excelled academically this year. Students will be recognized for their accomplishments with department based awards and awards for achievement across the school year. Our rising seniors will also be recognized with Book Awards sponsored by local colleges and universities. The 9th and 10th grade recognition is during the school day for students only. The 11th grade recognition is an evening event in the auditorium. Recipients and members of their family will be invited to attend. As these are indoor events, masks will be required.


Here's the schedule:

Grade 9- Monday June, 14 (B block: 8:20am-9:20am)

Grade 10- Tuesday, June 15 (Flex block: 1:40pm-2:26pm)

Grade 11- Tuesday, June 15 (6:30pm-7:30pm)

MHS- Virtual School Transition Events

We have planned a series of transition events to welcome back our students that attended our Virtual School this year. If you are a VS parent, please fill out the form below and let us know which events your child plans on attending, we would really appreciate it. As we come closer to the events, we will be reaching out to you directly with specific details for each event. If possible, please fill this form out by the end of the day on Monday, June 14th.

Summer of Discovery Program Published; Information Webinar on Tuesday, June 8

The Community Education Department, in collaboration with Medway Public Schools, is excited to offer a unique back-to-school opportunity for all students at no cost for families. This program aims to support a successful transition into the 2021-2022 school year. Our Summer of Discovery will run for eight days during the last two weeks of the summer break. Detailed information about the numerous offerings can be found here. We hosted a webinar for families interested in learning more tonight last night. The webinar can be accessed here.

Summer Food Program

Medway Schools will offer free meals to anyone under the age of 18 this summer. Those interested can pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches (14 meals) on Tuesday mornings between 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at Medway Middle School, door 24 (enter from Kelley St.) To order, please complete the Summer Meal Order Form by Sunday at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions or need special accommodations (food delivery, allergies, etc.), please contact Shawn Fallon, Director of Food Services, at sfallon@medwayschools.org

Technology Update - Year End Procedures

Please use the following link to review our year end procedures, including our summer expectations and timeline for inventory collection for grades PK-4, found here. In summary, all students in grades 5-11 are expected to retain their devices over the summer; students in grades K-4 will leave their devices in the classroom by the last day of school, and virtual students in grades K-4 should plan to return the device and charger to the middle school technology office by June 25. Year End Procedures can be found here.

INCOMING GRADE 9: Freshman Orientation - August 25th! More info to follow!

May 31, 2021

Happy Memorial Day! Today we honor and remember all who gave their lives in service to our country.


It's hard to believe that we have just over two weeks remaining in this school year! We're looking forward to finishing strong and beginning our preparations for next school year. Based on the latest update from DESE, next year is looking like a return to our normal protcols with no COVID restrictions. Next week, we'll have summer assignment information for students and families. Updates on AP courses and electives that require summer work should be available by June 18.


This week's update includes information about MCAS this week, a link to our Class of '21 events page, and some pictures from around campus this week.

MCAS this week

Tuesday June 1- ELA Session 2 (Grades 10/11)

Wednesday June 2- Math Session 1 (Grades 10/11) & Biology Session 1 (Grade 9)

Thursday June 3- Math Session 2 (Grades 10/11) & Biology Session 2 (Grade 9)

Friday June 4- MCAS Make-up Day


Please remember to charge your Chromebook!

Senior Exit Survey

As part of the graduation process, you must complete TWO surveys in Naviance. In total, both surveys should only take about 10 minutes of your time!

Follow the steps below:

1. Go to Naviance and log-in

2. Click on the 'About Me' Tab

3. Click on 'My Surveys'

4. Click on 'Surveys Not Started'

5. Complete both the: Graduation Survey and the Medway High School Graduation Survey

**Please note: Surveys are confidential. Only counselors will be able to see the results. It is imperative that admissions decisions are updated correctly as this affects college statistics and scattergrams that will be used by future seniors.

**Please complete this by Graduation Rehearsal on June 3rd. If you have not completed it at this time, you will need to complete it after rehearsal before the BBQ. We will provide laptops on site.

Thank you!!

Grade 8 Step-up Day!

Students from the Middle School will be visiting the High School for Grade 8 Step Up Day on Monday, June 7th from 10:15am to 12:40pm. This day is designed to introduce students to Medway High School and instill confidence prior to 9th Grade Orientation and their first official day as Medway High School students. This program is run by the Medway High School Peer Counseling Program. Additional student leaders at the high school are also involved. An information session will also inform students about the resources available to them and provide portraits of multiple student experiences. Students will have the opportunity to tour the building and will eat lunch at the high school and will return to the middle school by 1:00pm. Transportation from the middle school to high school will be provided.


Grade 8 virtual school students will have the opportunity to attend this day in person. A google form will be sent out shortly for those interested. There will be a virtual presentation for any Grade 8 student who wishes to not attend this day in person. The virtual presentation will be held:


Around MHS this week

Engineering Sharktank!

May 23, 2021

Last week was an exciting week at MHS. With the unexpected changes in COVID-19 protocols, students were able to enjoy being outside for lunch and for PE classes without masks on. This is another step in the return to some normalcy in the near future. Below, you will see some updated protocols for our school that we anticipate will be in effect for the remainder of the school year. We have several outdoor events coming up, including graduation, that will include adjustments to the mask policy to allow students and adults to attend without masks on. We will continue to enforce masks inside at school and are looking for your support and encouragement for your students to comply with this request.


This week, our seniors have their final week of classes and their field day, we conclude our AP exams, and MCAS testing begins. There are a lot of moving parts but it's pretty typical for this time of the year. As always, please reach out with any questions.

Updated Covid-19 Protocols

As we shared earlier this week, the state has made changes to the health and safety requirements regarding masking, sharing materials, and gathering limits, that directly impact schools. As a result, some of our practices will also change, effective immediately, to align with these new guidelines. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has put together some FAQs to clarify these changed regulations. The FAQs can be found here.

In summary, the changes are as follows:

  • Students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained.
  • Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained.
  • At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks inside schools and on the bus.
  • Students can now share classroom materials.
  • In alignment with state guidance, the gathering limits for school events with outside participants will be lifted starting May 29, 2021.

MCAS Update

MCAS testing begins Friday, May 28 and continues through Friday, June 4. Below are the tests by date and grade. Mr. List will send an email to each testing group on Monday with specific information.



Friday May 28- ELA Session 1 (Grades 10/11)

Tuesday June 1- ELA Session 2 (Grades 10/11)

Wednesday June 2- Math Session 1 (Grades 10/11) & Biology Session 1 (Grade 9)

Thursday June 3- Math Session 2 (Grades 10/11) & Biology Session 2 (Grade 9)

Friday June 4- MCAS Make-up Day

Final Week of AP's (time change)

AP Physics (5/24) and AP Statistics (5/25) start times have been changed to 12:30pm. Students, please arriveto your testing location at 12:15.

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New Bell Scedule 2021-2022

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Highlights:

  • Classes begin at 8:04 (no DSB)
  • 5 periods per day
  • 67 minute classes
  • 6 day cycle
  • (3) 22 minute lunches
  • 2 Flex Blocks per cycle (H)

Special Olympics

Congratulations to our HS student athletes, Thomas Proctor, Ryan D.Souza, Matthew Caputo who participated in the Special Olympics Unified Virtual Games this year. Student athletes were able to choose to participate in a variety of virtual events such as the 50-100 meter dash, standing long jump, or ball bounce on a racket. Along with support from our physical therapist, Jessica Bartha, students from McGovern, Memorial, Medway Middle and High School met to capture their skills on film to earn their medals. Here is a link to a video put together to honor our Special Olympic athletes. Special Olympics 2021


Seniors! Early Enrollment Program Credit

Seniors, did you take a class for college credit through the EEP at Rhode Island College with Mrs. Brodeur, Mrs. Lynch, Mr. Petrarca or Ms. Nutting?? If so, you will want to request to have an official RIC transcript sent to the college that you are attending in the fall. This request can be made through your MyRIC account. Please email Mrs. Harkins with any questions.


Scences from MHS this week.

May 16, 2021

What a beutiful weekend! We are gearing up for the most exciting 3 weeks of the school year with athletics in full-swing, music and theatre performances, and celebrations for the Class of 2021. We are so pleased to be able to offer more in-person opportunities for students and look forward to a greater sense of normalcy in the weeks ahead and as we prepare for the next school year. As a note of caution, the guidelines for masking and social distancing in our schools and at our events has not changed with the CDC guidelines. We ask for your continued support of our school protocols in school, at the fields, during our performances, and projecting ahead to graduation. We're very excited to see our students in action and to celebrate their successes. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Best,

John

Mid-Quarter Grade Update

Quarter 4 grades will be up to date and available for viewing on the Infinite Campus portal by the end of school tomorrow. Please reach out to teachers and cc; counselors with any questions.

Half-Day Schedule May 19th

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Important Summer Planning Underway

Following a school year unlike any other, we are excited to be planning unique and targeted experiences for the summer in support of student learning and connection. To finalize our thinking, we are seeking family interest and input. Thank you for taking a few moments to complete one survey per child: Summer 2021 Boost Programs - Initial Interest Survey


Guardian and Student Information Changes

MPS would like to advise guardians that the Infinite Campus Parent Portal system provides a mechanism to request changes of email and phone numbers. Simply select MORE > Family Information from the menu options, then Update on the individual you wish to update. Please note that address changes can not be made through this system, as they require proof of residency. Please forward any address changes to parent@medwayschools.org, including a copy for proof of residency.


Attention Class of 2023!

Happy Spring! We can’t believe our year is wrapping up - and what an extraordinary year it has been. The Class of 2023 0fficers have been organizing a great deal behind the scenes and we wanted to update you on our end-of-the-year and future events.


Sophomore Class Ring Dance...now Field Event!

Our class officers have been working diligently to host an event to honor the receipt of the class’ rings. While we are unable to host a dance this year, we wanted to make sure that our students will be celebrated! On June 8th, sophomores will be released to Hanlon Field during their Flex Block period (1:41 p.m. - virtual students will also be released early to join the event if they wish to attend). At the field, students will be able to enjoy their choice of ice cream from the Juniper Hill Ice Cream Truck (free of charge), play various (socially-distant) field games, receive their rings, and watch our Pie-A-Staff Member event.


Thank you to everyone who reached out to help. As of right now, we believe we have enough staff to help coordinate the day.


Pie-A-Staff-Member Event

Between May 31st and June 4th, students will be able to purchase votes for our Pie-A-Staff-Member event during our Sophomore Field Event on June 8th. Votes will be 1 for $1.00 and 3 for $2.00. The three staff members to receive the most tickets will be “pied” by one of the raffled vote purchasers. We hope this will act as a fun way to raise money for the Class of 2023. Thank you to Dr. Murray, Mr. List, Mr. Jasinski, Mr. Rojee, Mr. Perry, Mr. Hohn, Mr. Lowder, Ms. Jasmin, and Ms. Gentile for their willingness to be “pied!” Check out our instagram @medway_class_of_2023 to see pictures of the pieing!


MHS Junior-Senior Prom 2022!

We are thrilled to announce that on May 20th, 2022, Medway High School’s Class of 2023 will be hosting the Junior-Senior Prom at Lake View Pavilion in Foxborough, Massachusetts! Thank you to everyone who paid their class dues, which allowed us to secure this beautiful location.


Class Dues

If you are in a position to pay your student’s class dues now, this would be helpful in raising the funds needed to help with additional prom costs and fund senior week events. This can be done by visiting the district’s Uni Pay site and submitting your payment through the “class dues” link. The dues are as follows:

Freshman Year: $30.00

Sophomore Year: $35.00

Junior Year: $40.00

Senior Year: $45.00

You may pay for the class single year, multi-years, or the full amount ($150.00) in your transaction. Unfortunately, students will not be able to purchase prom tickets next year unless they are up-to-date on their class dues. Thank you to all of our families who have already paid their class dues!


We are looking forward to a strong finish to our year!


Be well,

Maureen Brodeur and Aubrie Rojee

2023 Class Advisors

Mental Health Awareness Month

Please review these resources shared by our School Counseling Dept. The slides include info about who to go to at MHS for any help or support!

Congrats to our MA Student Government Day Reps!

Connor Gilmore

Billy Reynolds

Maggie Connors

The Next Two Weeks

This week (May 17-May 21)

Here’s what’s ahead for this week:

Monday- Mid-quarter grades due

AP Computer Science Test


Tuesday- Seniors T-shirt Decision Day (Part 2)

Senior Picture during Flex (Hanlon Field)

Tri-M Coffeehouse (Flex sign ups)

Band Concert (7pm Hanlon Field)



Wednesday- Grade 9 Civil War Reenactment Day

Half day (11:33 dismissal)

Dept. based PD


Friday- AP Spanish 8am

AP French 12pm


Next week (May 24- May28)

Monday- AP Calc and AP Physics


Tuesday- AP Chem and AP Stats

Cabaret Performance (Flex)


Wednesday-Dept. Meetings

Cabaret (Auditorium 7pm)


Thursday- AP Bio

Sharktank-EDD Capstone


Friday- MCAS (ELA session 1 gr 10 and some 11)

Last Day for Seniors (Field Day)

May 2, 2021

May is finally upon us and things are starting to pick up! Last week, our in-person students had their first 5 day week. Things quickly felt more normal and students were able to get into the new routine with the new schedule. Our Seniors had their first ful class with the Boston's Baddest Burger's Food Truck and we were able to host the NHS Coffeehouse with live student performances. Spring sports are off and running and games will begin this week. We're so thankful to be able to offer these opportunities to our students and thankful for the grace of everyone involved to comply with the COVID protocols that have to be in place to make it all possible.


Next week, our AP exams begin and there's information below that's important for all test takers to review. Later this month, we'll begin our MCAS testing for grades 9, 10, and 11 with some new optional info for 11th grade students.


With so much going on, I anticipate that there will be lots of communication coming out from the high school with important information about upcoming events. Thanks in advance for all of your patience and understanding as we try to make our events run as safely as possible.


Best,

John

AP Information

This is a reminder that AP exams will be offered in person for all of our exams this year beginning with AP U.S. Government on Monday, May 3 and continuing throughout the month. Please refer to the schedule below for specific days/times. Students are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to the exam.


Also, please know on the day of exams your child will need to sign off that they have received and agreed to the AP Exams Terms & Conditions which can be found HERE.


1. Please review the day(s) and time(s) of exams in the chart below.

2. Students must arrive 15 minutes early to their exam.

(Except for students taking Digital Exams) - where they must arrive 30 minutes early)

3. It has been past practice that students can come in late or leave early on days of their exam. Students who want to take advantage of this must have their PARENT/GUARDIAN fill out the google form located in their Google Classroom.

4. Families will need to coordinate transportation accordingly as the exam times run outside of our normal school hours. For your reference students need to arrive at 7:45am for an 8:00am exam and arrive at 11:45 for 12:00pm exam. Standard time exams are between 2-3.5 hours long (extended time exams will take even longer). HERE you can find details about specific exams. You can click on the specific exam, then click on “go to course”, and then click on “about the exam”.

5. HERE is a list of things students should and should NOT bring on exam day.

6. HERE is a list of exams that use calculators and what type of calculators are allowed


If you are taking a Digital Exam please review THIS document for an overview of the process. Miss Gentile will be entering classrooms or meeting with students individually to review this information.


* Please have students double check their days/times of exams in the chart below. If students have any exams that may overlap due to scheduling and/or accommodations please have them contact Miss Gentile directly at cgentile@medwayschools.org. On days when students have 2 exams they will be allowed time for a longer break to have lunch and reset.


Please reach out to Miss Gentile at cgentile@medwayschools.org should you have any questions.

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YEARBOOKS

Yearbook orders are due by May 3rd. Please use this link to order a yearbook.


MHS International Thespian Society and Drama Club Virtual One Act Festival

April 25, 2021

Important Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts

Update on Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts:

Over the break the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education updated their guidance for schools regarding close contacts in schools. Since our classrooms are set up to have more than 3 feet of distance between students, we should no longer have close contacts in classrooms that require students to quarantine. It is still possible for students to be close contacts of a COVID positive individual because of their interactions outside of the classroom. While we're pleased with the updated guidance, it will be imporant that we remain vigilent in our practices for the remainder of the school year. Please see the statement from DESE below.


Close contacts who were exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom or on the bus while both individuals were masked do not have to quarantine unless they were within 3 feet of distance of the COVID-19 positive individual for a total of 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. This does not apply if someone was identified as a close contact outside of the classroom or bus (e.g., in sports, extra-curriculars, lunch, etc.) or if masks are not worn by both persons at the time of the exposure. All other close contacts must follow the standard protocol for when a close contact may return to school.





Full Return- 5 day a week schedule

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Students can find their new schedule on Infinite Campus starting 4/25 (Example below)

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Virtual College Fair

Mark your calendars for the upcoming VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR!!

Medway & Millis High School College Fair, Thursday, May 13th @ 6-8pm

See below for more information, what colleges will be attending and be sure to register!

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Important AP Information

1. Please review the day(s) and time(s) of exams in the chart below.

2. Students must arrive 15 minutes early to their exam.

(Except for students taking Digital Exams) - where they must arrive 30 minutes early)

3. It has been past practice that students can come in late or leave early on days of their exam. Students who want to take advantage of this must have their PARENT/GUARDIAN fill out the google form located in their Google Classroom.

4. Families will need to coordinate transportation accordingly as the exam times run outside of our normal school hours. For your reference students need to arrive at 7:45am for an 8:00am exam and arrive at 11:45 for 12:00pm exam. Standard time exams are between 2-3.5 hours long (extended time exams will take even longer). HERE you can find details about specific exams. You can click on the specific exam, then click on “go to course”, and then click on “about the exam”.

5. HERE is a list of things students should and should NOT bring on exam day.

6. HERE is a list of exams that use calculators and what type of calculators are allowed

If you are taking a Digital Exam please review THIS document for an overview of the process. Miss Gentile will be entering classrooms or meeting with students individually to review this information.

* Please have students double check their days/times of exams in the chart below. If students have any exams that may overlap due to scheduling and/or accommodations please have them contact Miss Gentile directly at cgentile@medwayschools.org. On days when students have 2 exams they will be allowed time for a longer break to have lunch and reset.

Academic Advising Appointments

Juniors, you should have all had your appointment by now! If you were absent or missed it, email Mrs. Rondeau to reschedule!

Sophomores and Freshmen, your appointments will begin after April vacation and run through May 14th. This will be your opportunity to meet with your school counselor one-on-one to review both your course recommendations and elective requests for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Appointment dates and times will be located in several locations. Please check the spreadsheet that will be posted in the Main Lobby where students scan into the building, on the doors outside the School Counseling Office, and on classroom doors. Students will also receive an email the day before your appointment from Mrs. Rondeau. Please remember to check these locations daily so you do not miss your appointment. Should need to reschedule, please contact Mrs. Rondeau by email or in person. We look forward to meeting with you soon!


Ms. Gentile, Mrs. Harkins and Ms. Jasmin

Class of 2022

Class of 2022!


Reminder that Junior Appointments with your counselor have begun to be scheduled!


To schedule your Junior Appointment, you MUST:


Complete the Student Data Portfolio (with Parent Brag Sheet) and Activity Resume


1. Student Data Portfolio (with Parent Brag Sheet): Assigned to you in School Counseling ℅ 2022 Google classroom


2. Activity Resume: Naviance--About Me--My Stuff--Resume


Once both documents are completed, email Mrs. Rondeau at jrondeau@medwayschools.org to set up your Individual Junior Appointment.


Student COVID-19 Testing (Electronic Signature Update)

In light of the expected uptick in student travel during April vacation, we will test students twice during the week after April vacation. Testing will be on Tuesday April 27 and Thursday April 29. If your child is still not part of the program, we encourage them to sign up using the process below.



We are pleased to share that our testing company, Ginkgo, is now offering an online consent form that accepts an electronic signature. The consent form can be found here. Attached below are additional instructions to guide you through the consent process. The access code you will need on the second screen is mutating-medway.

Please note:

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, do not fill out Ginkgo's consent form.

If you have already completed and sent the previous consent form, your consent is still valid. There is no need to complete this new form.

If you would like a paper copy of the consent form, you can pick one up at your child’s school.

Questions or concerns about the consent form or the testing program can be directed to Kylie O’Neill at koneill@medwayschools.org.

Also, please find the following informational resources that may be useful:

Instructions for Gingko’s Consent Form

Recording of Medway Public School Webinar- January 27, 2021

Slideshow about Regular Student Testing Program from Webinar

FAQs for Student Testing

COVID-19 Student Vaccines

Students who are 16 and older that work in certain industries or qualify for medical reasons are now eligible for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, and all persons 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine as of April 19, 2021. If your student has received both doses of the vaccine, we ask that you please let Janice DiSalvio, MHS School Nurse, know. She can be reached at jdisalvio@medwayschools.org, Students who have been fully vaccinated no longer have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact. Having proof of your student's vaccine status on file will help us to ensure that your student isn't inappropriately identified as a close contact through contact tracing. For more information about student eligibility, please click here.

NHS Coffeehouse

Friday, April 30th 2021 at 7-8:30pm

Hanlon Field, 88 Summer Street, Medway, MA, USA

The Spring Coffee House is a live musical event where MHS students and even teachers perform! This year, the event will be on Hanlon Field at 7:00 on Friday, April 30th. All COVID protocols will be enforced during the event. Tickets are available for students for $10 in the lobby before school this week. Please reach out to Mr. Nassiff with questions.

MHS Virtual Choir Performances

It is pleasure to share the release of the Medway High School choral program virtual choir videos. The students and teachers have been working on the performances and the video taping since December. I think you'll find the performances and the video quality to be very professional. Enjoy!
Medway High School Treble Choir, Homeward Bound
Medway High School Mixed Choir, Bridge Over Troubled Water

Lifetouch Retake Day 4/30 8:00am - 9:30am

April 11, 2021

Full In-Person Return Message

Important Updates for In-Person Learners this Week

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Parents-please follow the arrows all the way around the building. Pick-up will take place in the bus lot.

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STEM FAIR FRIDAY (In-Person and Virtual Students)

A pandemic cannot stop WiSTEM from providing the students of Medway High School a STEM Fair! This year, our students will experience a virtual STEM Fair to maintain the safety of all. Our virtual fair will be packed with eighteen, thirty minute workshops that will feature professionals from a variety of fields. The fair will take place during Flex Block on Friday, April 16th. We are looking forward to showing all students of MHS that STEM is a part of numerous fields and present in many aspects of everyday life!

Virtual School Updates

Material Pick-up

Our next district-wide Virtual School material pickup will be Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Families will be contacted directly if there are materials to be picked up. Pick-up Location: Middle School Door #7


Virtual Meeting with Dr. Murray

FYI- Dr. Murray will be scheduling a meeting with Virtual Students during the week after April vacation to hear from students about their VS experience. Students will be asked to provide feedback that will be helpful in planning opportunities for VS students to connect with in-person students this spring, summer, and in the fall.

Report Cards available on 4/20

April 4, 2021

I hope everyone has enjoyed the long holiday weekend! We've reached the last week of hybrid learning. We're looking forward to closing this chapter of our educational experience and moving towards a more normal teaching and learning experience. I'm sure the week before the shift will bring about a variety of feelings of excitement, anticipation, and concern for our students. We are mindful of these concerns and our teachers and school counselors are preparing for what the week may bring. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teachers or counselors if you need some support with the transition.


This week's update includes info about Academic Advising appointments for next year and the schedules for the next few weeks. There is also a link to sign up for the webinar on Wednesday night where I will provide an overview of the full return. Students are encouraged to join though I will review on Monday April 12th during the first block class. We've heard from students that they haven't seen some of this info. Please know that each week, I include the students on the Mustang Minute email distribution list. Please feel free to ask them to check their email for Mustang Minutes or other email updates so they remain in the loop.


Have a great week!


John

Academic Advising Appointments

Attention Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen:

You will have an opportunity to meet with your school counselor one-on-one to review both your course recommendations and elective requests for the 2021-2022 academic year. Course selection appointments begin Monday, April 5th and will run until May 14th.

Appointment dates and times will be located in several locations. Please check the spreadsheet that will be posted in the Main Lobby where students scan into the building, on the doors outside the School Counseling Office, and on classroom doors. Students will also receive an email the day before your appointment from Mrs. Rondeau. Please remember to check these locations daily so you do not miss your appointment. If you should need to reschedule, please contact Mrs. Rondeau in person or at jrondeau@medwayschools.org We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Ms. Gentile, Ms. Harkins and Ms. Jasmin

April 5-9 Schedule (Final Hybrid Week/Last Week Q3)

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April 12-16 (4 Day Full Return/ Wednesday Remote)

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April 26-June 18 (Full 5 Day In-Person Schedule)

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Course Recommendations and Electives

Recently, teachers entered course level recommendations for next year's courses into Infinite Campus. On Monday students will be able to view those via the IC portal. On Monday, students will also be able to begin requesting electives. Our new Course Scheduling site contains all the documents, timelines, and tutorials you'll need to make your requests and your alternates. It's important to request courses and alternates that you will be willing to take after the process is complete. We must make all changes this spring prior to running the schedule. We base the number of sections for each course based on your requests.


I've added the incoming 9th grade site and the Course Scheduling site for 9-11 below. It is also on our webpage mhs.medwayschools.org. Feel free to reach out to your counselor with questions.

Full Return Webinar

Wednesday, April 7th 2021 at 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join Dr. Murray and Mr. List for a detailed overview of the Full Return plan. This will be an interactive webinar with an opportunity to ask questions.


Please register for MHS Full Return Webinar on Apr 7, 2021 6:30 PM EDT at:


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2658688799131365901


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Spring FOOD DRIVE – Please Donate! (40% Club)

The Medway High School 40% Club is running a Spring Food Drive to benefit the Medway Food Pantry. Collection of gift cards, non-perishable food, and toiletries items will take place from Monday March 29 through Friday April 16.

In this challenging time, many of our neighbors are without jobs, or make too little to support and feed their families. The Medway Food Pantry provides relief by offering emergency food to families and individuals in need of help. They can only help those in need through your generous donations. Please help by sending your donations to school with your child and make someone else’s life better! Thank you!!!


40% Club 2021 Spring Food Drive

Attention MHS students with musical talents they are willing to share!

If you are interested in sharing your musical talents with residents of local nursing homes, please click the link to the google form below. As part of our Tri-M service project, we are looking for students to submit short videos of themselves performing a song, either vocally or instrumentally. Please submit these videos by emailing them to soshea@student.medwayschools.org by midnight on April 26th. If you have any questions, please email soshea@student.medwayschools.org! We are looking forward to hearing your performances!

Kaitlyn and Scotty O'Shea

March 28, 2021

TWO WEEKS TO GO!

There are two weeks remaining in our hybrid model before the full, in-person return. Across the school, we actively preparing to welcome students back. This is an exciting time for our school community and we look forward to celebrating together.


I'm referring to the next two weeks as our Spring Training with April 12th as Opening Day. As we go through the next two weeks, our students will hear more reminders over the announcements, in the hallways, at lunch, and in their classes about following the protocols. We've been doing this all year, but there will be an added sense of urgency here. We need everyone's support here!


Thank you to all of the families who attended the Curriculum Night, MSPTO meeting, and my morning webinar. We know there's a lot going on and we appreciate all of your support and feedback. This is a reminder that there is no school on Friday. To our families who celebrate the holidays, Happy Passover and Happy Easter!


Best,

John

AP/MCAS Dates

Here are all of the AP and MCAS dates for May and June. These are in-person exams for all students (Full-return and Virtual). We are in need of proctors for AP exams. If interested, please email Charlsey Gentile (cgentile@medwayschools.org). Parents of students taking the AP exam can not sign up to proctor.
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Meal Access for Remote Learners

As we prepare for more students to make their full return to school, remote meal distribution will now take place on Thursday mornings from 7 am to 9 am. Beginning Thursday, April 1, 2021 students who have opted for remote learning may pick-up meals at Medway Middle School on Thursdays from 7 am to 9 am at the Door # 24 on the Kelly Street entrance side of the building. A week's worth of meals will be offered during this pick-up date each week. Please see the food services website for menus. https://medwayschools.nutrislice.com/ Please contact Shawn Fallon at sfallon@medwayschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

The Pandemic Effect: Student Social and Emotional Challenges

Save the Date: Medway Thrive presents The Pandemic Effect: Student Social/Emotional Challenges on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Elizabeth Englander for a FREE webinar about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students’ social and emotional health. Event registration and information can be found here: https://bit.ly/3d3w8OY. Please note, Dr. Sherman will send an all-parent email a week before the presentation and another as a reminder the day of. We hope you can join us!

March 21, 2021

I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend. Over the last week, I’ve had an opportunity to hear from many students, parents, and staff about our full in-person return. I’m happy to hear that so many are looking forward to our return and to the beginnings of a return to normalcy. Many of those I have spoken to have also shared concerns that people are starting to relax their practices around masking, social distancing, and gatherings. We are committed to opening school in the safest manner possible for all. Our community has supported us so well in these efforts all year and your vigilance is appreciated. In the three weeks leading up to the return, please continue to support us in this effort by continuing to stress the importance of mask wearing (over the mouth and nose), participating in our weekly COVID testing program, and limiting gatherings.


We also continue to plan supports for the mental health and social and emotional needs of students. We recognize that our return can bring about anxiety about being in full classroom spaces with larger groups of people or concerns about being with people they have not seen all year. We have also seen violence and hate in Atlanta this week against Asian Americans that has raised questions and concerns for many students. It’s important to reaffirm that our schools will not condone or tolerate acts of racism and must continue to be safe spaces for all students to learn. Our teachers and school counselors are prepared to support our students’ needs if they have concerns about events in our world or close to home.. Please feel free to reach out to them or to me with any questions or needed support


This week, our planning continues for the 2021-2022 school year. On Tuesday night, we will welcome incoming 9th grade students and families to join us for Curriculum Night. This will be followed by a Curriculum Night webinar for current 9-11 students. We will also share a website that offers students and families a more interactive way of engaging with our Program of Studies. By the end of the week, our teachers will have entered recommendations for course levels for next year and the process of requesting electives will begin.


Thanks again for all of your support as we continue to plan for what’s ahead of us in the short and long term.


Best,

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal


COVID-19 Testing for Students: It’s Not Too Late to Enroll Your Students

If you would like your child to participate in pool testing, we ask that you complete and return the attached Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form as soon as possible. The form should be completed, signed (we can not accept an electronic signature), scanned, and returned to us via email to: testingconsent@medwayschools.org. If you have already submitted a consent form, you do not need to submit another form. The previously completed consent form is valid for the rest of the school year.

If you would like a paper copy of the consent form, you can pick one up at your child’s school.

Questions or concerns about the consent form or the testing program can be directed to Kylie O’Neill at koneill@medwayschools.org.

Also, please find the following informational resources that may be useful:

Explanatory Video on How to Scan and Email a Document

Recording of Medway Public School Webinar- January 27, 2021

Slideshow about Regular Student Testing Program from Webinar

FAQs for Student Testing

Testing Partner Information - Concentric By Ginkgo

Ginkgo Webinar Registration Link

Additional Information from Concentric by Ginkgo


Curriculum Night

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 at 7:15-8pm

This is an online event.

Join us for an interactive webinar to learn more about the available courses for 2021-2022 and to ask questions of the MHS administration. Please register for Curriculum Night (current MHS students) on Mar 23, 2021 7:15 PM EDT at:


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/109682196057893388


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Full return Q&A with Dr. Murray

Thursday, March 25th 2021 at 8-8:30am

This is an online event.

Please join Dr. Murray for an opportunity to learn more about the school reopening on April 12th.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwucOmgrT4tHdMqoJJCWjrUCMnJNzkMzSwE


Half-Day Schedule Wednesday (All Students Remote)

Full Return Schedule

Please click the button to review the full-return schedule. This schedule will go into effect during our first 5 day in-person week (April 26) and will be in effect for the remainder of the year.

Class Dues

Our class officers are sharing a friendly reminder to send in class dues for all grades if you haven't already. Class dues provide important funding for class events, and we thank you for your contributions. We're hopeful that we'll be able to offer more in-person activities as the weather improves and as gathering limits allow.


Freshman $30

Sophomore $35

Junior $40

Senior $45


Class dues can be paid single-year, multi-year, or all together for $150. Pay online through Unibank on the Medway Public Schools website (under Parents & Students, Unibank Online Payments) or by using the following link: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=7272. Sophomores, if you are unsure if you have paid already, email Mrs. Brodeur at mbrodeur@medwayschools.org.


Voice of MHS

As we plan for the full return, we're looking for a new voice for announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning. Students interested must be in school by 8:04 each morning. Please reach out to Jill Aldorisio (jaldorisio@medwayschools.org) in the Main Office if interested.

New Class of 2024 Officers!

Congratulations to your newly elected Freshman class officers!

President: Elizabeth Kenney

Treasurer: Ava Fahey

Secretary: Megan Keavany


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March 14, 2021

Full, In-Person Return to School April 12th!

We are pleased to share that we are planning a full, in-person return to school for students in the hybrid model beginning on April 12th. The Virtual School will remain intact for students learning in the fully remote model. While there are a series of logistics that we are working on, in this full in-person model, students and faculty will still follow important safety protocols. All members of the school community will be required to wear masks, be socially distant, wash and sanitize their hands regularly, and stay home when sick or symptomatic. In addition, we will continue to implement cleaning protocols, effective ventilation, and other important mitigation strategies. However, physical distancing in most classrooms will now be at less than 6' to accommodate all of our students. Lunches will remain at 6' of social distancing.


Last Tuesday, the district shared a webinar with families in grades 6-12 that outlined the return and the metrics that we used to determine that now is the time for this return. I have shared the slides and recording below.


We are excited to welcome the students back in full next month. We also recognize that for some of our students and families, this shift can cause some discomfort. Over the days and weeks ahead, I will share more detailed plans about the reopening including updated safety protocols and an updated bell schedule. I will also have drop in time weekly for parents and host sessions during H block to hear student concerns about the return. We will also host a webinar for all students and families the week before the return like we did before the start of the school year.


Thank you for your patience and support throughout the year. We're looking forward to this next phase for our school and the prospect of brighter days ahead.


Best,

John

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Full Return Follow-up with Dr. Murray

Wednesday, March 17th 2021 at 7-8pm

This is an online event.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlde2tqDkpGNJd1gymbe1P9HNkySHF1RFR


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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MHS Newswatch

This week's Newswatch includes an overview from Dr. Murray about the upcoming return to school! Click here to watch (2:00).

Junior Post-Secondary Planning Night

Tuesday, March 16th 2021 at 7-9pm

This is an online event.

School Counseling Updates

Junior Post Secondary Planning Night (register above)


SAT (May 8th, Medway High School)- We've increased our seat capacity for the May test at Medway High School. Please make sure to sign up as soon as possible.



Individual Junior Appointments:

Beginning March 22, 2021 through June

Students must complete:

  1. Student Data Portfolio & Parent/Guardian Brag Sheet (located in ℅ 2022 School Counseling Google classroom). *Juniors were given this join code during school counselor presentations on March

  2. Activity Resume (Naviance)

  3. Once completed, students must email Mrs. Rondeau at jrondeau@medwayschools.org to request an appointment.

  4. Counselors will review courses selected for senior year, testing plans, letters of recommendation, college major interest, colleges students are interested in, and create TO DO list for the summer

Junior Spring ‘To-Do’ Checklist:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11fZfAejwJaD9smmDLKImV-JqMf1AZM-1fWLTY3TIWT8/edit

Students and Parents: Please continue to review this resource below regarding ongoing virtual college fairs, webinars and other post-secondary planning resources:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iF_qiGC_h6uY1i8h0tAF-y_P300raBAQqdPBMt2UGTI/edit

College Essay Summer Workshop: https://www.medwayschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_547022/Image/Department/CommEd/summer%20insert%2021.pdf

Q3 Mid-Quarter Update

All graded assignments are up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions about their progress so far this quarter. It is also helpful to cc: the school counselor.

Week of Gratitude and Self-Care:

The month of March can be difficult both physically and emotionally for many. In an effort to rejuvenate our spirits, especially during this challenging year, the Peer Counselors along with the 40% Happiness Club and Student Council, will be hosting a 'Week of Gratitude and Self-Care' March 15th-19th. There will be music and surprise handouts in the lobby, a Muffin House gift card raffle, gratitude and self-care related activities during DSB Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, along with fun H block activities on Tuesday and Friday hosted by students and staff! We look forward to hosting this week filled with fun events for you all which we hope will give you a chance to relax, de-stress and most of all, have fun!


March 7, 2021

Later this week, we'll mark the one year anniversary of the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago this week, we played in several state tournaments games, were preparing for our Financial Literacy Fair, and were looking forward to enjoying Anything Goes; our musical for 2020. We were all aware of COVID-19 heading into this week, but I don't think anyone realized that our entire world was about to change. While we are headed in a better direction right now, we will find a way to pause this week to reflect on the past year and it's impact on our lives.


As a school system, we'll also have a chance to share with you Planning for a Full Return, an interactive webinar to be held on Tuesday, March 9 for Middle and High School Families starting at 6:00 p.m. During the webinar, we will share an update on our planning for a return to full, in-person learning for those students currently in the hybrid model. We will also collect parental feedback regarding concerns about the full return. This session is interactive and participant questions will be answered. Please find more information about the webinar, and the registration link, here and below. We hope you can join us!


This week's Mustang Minute includes detailed information about the course scheduling process for next year's classes. Please make a copy of the links so that you can refer back to them. This process was reviewed with all students (all cohorts and Virtual School students) last week. We will also host a Curriculum Night for parents and students currently in grades 9-11 on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7:15pm (immediately after the incoming 9th grade session beginning at 6:30pm). At that meeting we'll review the process, answer questions, and share a website with information from each department about their course offerings. We'll share a link as we get closer to the date.


Best,

John

Planning For a Full Return

Tuesday, March 9th 2021 at 6-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Course Scheduling 2021-2022


The scheduling process for the 2021-2022 school year is underway! This week our Program of Studies was approved by the Medway School Committee and on March 2nd and 5th the school administration presented the scheduling process information to students in grades 9-11. Similar presentations will be scheduled for the 8th grade students at the middle school. Below are important links about the process, dates to follow, and the Program of Studies which outlines our course offerings. We hope this information will help guide the important conversations that will occur between students, parents, teachers and counselors over the coming weeks. We'll also share additional resources as the process continues including a breakdown of electives by grade level.


2021-2022 Scheduling Timeline

2021-2022 Scheduling Process Letter

2021-2022 Infinite Campus Scheduling Instructions

2021-2022 Medway High School Program of Studies


If you have any questions regarding course recommendations for next year, please reach out to your child's teacher. Should you have any questions about graduation requirements or the scheduling process please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Curriculum Night

Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 at 7:15-8pm

This is an online event.

Registration link coming soon!

School Pictures this week

School pictures will be on Tuesday, March 9th and Friday March 12th during H Block and Lunch. Students will be escorted to the auditorium with their teachers and all social distancing guidelines will be followed. Students who miss pictures in the morning will be able to have them taken during lunch. Seniors coming in after their Senior Priv will be asked to have their picture taken prior to going to class. Mr. List has also shared instructions with Virtual School students with their picture time via email.


Medway High School Math Team Accolades

Congratulations to the Medway High School Math Team, who are competing for their second year in the New England Online Math League.

With one more contest to go, they are three points away from being in the top-scoring high schools for New England.

The Math Team members are:

Simon Beyzerov

Rebecca Chlebboski

Ava Fahey

Katie Gage

Alex Montana

Destiney Ojukwu

Jess Signore

Nick Tomasetti

Lilly Woodard

Palak Yadav


Student Participation in Central District Massachusetts Music Educators Association

We are pleased to share and extend congratulations to the following Medway High School and Medway Middle School students who were accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Central Junior Districts Festival:


Medway High School

Jaina Campbell

Bella Diamandis

Sienna Flotta

Macie Hoben

Megan Keavany

Lily Mitchell

Alexandra Montana

News from our clubs: 533 Club

The 533 Community Service Club: Maisie Donohue, Elizabeth Downing, Katherine White, Kirsten Downing, Ellie Capalbo, and Veronica McAdams, made 6 warming hand tied fleece blankets and donated them to homeless shelters in Boston. They are collecting toilet paper and paper towels during the month of March and will be donating the items to the Medway Food Pantry located at Mahan Circle. Donations of the paper goods can be dropped off in a box located in the high school lobby.

Thank you for your support!


Technology Update

The IT department strongly encourages all to manage their technology devices as safely as possible. Supply chains for new devices and repair parts are stretched to the limit, with many devices and parts not available for the foreseeable future. This is causing prolonged repair times. Please take care of and speak to students and children in regards to taking care of the devices.


In addition to the above, as we approach the April and May MCAS testing season, the IT department requests that all students in need of device repair inform our department immediately. This will insure devices and students are prepared for the testing windows with a fully functioning device. Support can be reached by emailing support@medwayschools.org.



February 28, 2021

I hope all of our students and families are safe and well as we move into March. As we get closer to the one year anniversary of the school closure, I'm more optimistic about what lies ahead for our students and our school than I have been in the last year. The spread of COVID-19, while still a serious concern, continues to decline in our community and in the Commonwealth. Our staff COVID testing continues to show no new cases over multiple weeks and our second week of student COVID testing yielded no student cases. The pandemic is not over, however, we are able to begin conversations about what a return to school could look like. Over the next few weeks, students and families will hear from Dr. Pires and from me about the prospects for a full return for students in the hybrid model.


We also continue to work hard behind the scenes to identify ways to add in more activities for students during the spring, provided that we can do so while following safety guidelines. Our student athletes began the new "Wedge" season this past week and a traditional Spring season will follow. All of our performance groups are in the midst of planning for live performances in the spring. Many clubs and activities are in the process of planning outdoor activities as well. I am also thankful to the MSPTO who have taken the lead in collecting ideas for activities for students including Senior activities. We anticipate the spring to be very busy once the weather improves. It can't be stated enough that many of our activities will look different (masks, distancing, etc) and there will be some things that we won't be able to do. We are committed, however, to making every effort to bring some normalcy back for students before the year is out.


Best,

John Murray

Principal

IMPORTANT CALENDAR UPDATES

Change of March 10 Early Release Day to March 24

During the February 25 School Committee meeting, the early release day scheduled for March 10 was changed to March 24. There will be no early release day on Wednesday, March 10. The early release times for all schools for Wednesday, March 24 will be as follows:


Medway High School (including Medway High Virtual School students): 11:34 a.m.

Update on Full, In-person Learning Plans- March 9, 2021

Please join Dr. Pires for an important webinar to hear an update on our planning for a return to full, in-person learning for those students currently in the hybrid model. Please find more information about the webinar, and the registration link, here and below.


Class of 2021 Graduation Date

At the February 25 School Committee meeting, the Committee approved the request of Dr. Murray and the Superintendent to change the Class of 2021 graduation date. The NEW Class of 2021 Graduation date is now Sunday, June 6, 2021. The last day of classes for seniors is now May 28, 2021.

Medway High School Program of Studies

During the February 25 School Committee meeting, Dr. Murray presented the 2021-2022 proposed Medway High School Program of Studies changes to the School Committee. The Committee will review these proposals and vote at the March 4 meeting. The presentation can be found here. If approved on March 4, the full Program of Studies will be made available on the MHS website.


Medway High School is planning to review the Program of Studies and the Course Request process with students and families on March 23rd via a webinar. We will host one session for current students and another for incoming 9th grade students and families. Please stay tuned for registration links.

MHS Student Testing Reminders:

If your student is signed up for pool testing and has senior privileges on their testing day, they must arrive at the high school by 9:45 in order to participate in testing. They will check-in at the office and be directed to the testing location. Cohort A/C students are tested on Tuesday and cohort B students are tested on Thursday.


2021 Medway High School National Merit Commended Students

Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. We’re pleased to recognize the following students as Commended Students:

  • Sujith Atluri
  • Nicholas Zanella

Congratulations!

MHS Student Art Showcase

Beginning in March, one studen'ts work will be showcased in the Art case in the MHS lobby. This month, we're proud to showcase the work of senior Ellie Early.
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All-State Music Festival

Congratulation to Medway High School senior Sophia Flotta and junior Grace Gerard who were selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival. Read more here: https://bit.ly/37PYY3A

MHS Selected as Finalist for GreatSchools.org College Success Gold Award 2021

We’re thrilled to be one of the 2,158 schools in 29 states across the country to be recognized with a College Success award. Schools that receive this distinction have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year. As a two time recipient (2019 & 2020), we have been entered as a finalist for a Gold Award. We'll keep you updated as we learn more!

Medway High School Selected Into PBLWorks First MA School Leader Cohort

We are pleased to share that Medway High School is one of 8 schools in the state that has been selected to participate in the PBL School Leader Networks through PBLWorks - Buck Institute of Education. We became aware of this opportunity over a year ago and engaged in learning and conversation with leadership at PBLWorks to explore what this opportunity could provide for the educators and students at MHS. Project based learning, by definition, is an opportunity for students to authentically demonstrate their learning through active engagement in meaningful and real world projects.


From the PBL Works website :

PBLWorks is proud to announce the launch of our PBL School Leader Networks. Beginning in California and Massachusetts, we intend to grow regional networks across the U.S. to support the rapidly rising interest in bringing high-quality PBL to all students.

Each network will bring together school leadership teams from across their region to learn with and from one another, solve common problems of practice, leverage the experiences of leaders in their area, and share what’s working and what’s not in a safe and collaborative space. PBLWorks will provide a blend of online and face-to-face professional development and virtual coaching to the school leadership teams, led by our experienced staff and National Faculty members. The program will also include school visits and collaboration among the network members.

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February 21, 2021

I hope all of our students and families had a safe and relaxing vacation week! We're looking forward to getting back into a little more of a routine this week. Quarter 3 and new semester classes are underway. After getting report cards last week, students should assess their progress over the first half of the year and set new goals for the second half of the year.


In just a few weeks we will begin our planning for the 2021-2022 school year. On March 5th, the Program of Studies for next year's course will become available. Students and families will be able to plan out the courses they wish to take next year. Teachers and counselors will play a key role in recommending and advising students in this process as well. Please be on the lookout for scheduling timelines, Virtual Curriculum Night info, and the Program of Studies over the next two weeks!


Finally, we continue to work on ideas and plans for students to be more engaged in clubs, grade level activities, music, theatre, and athletics as we head into spring. Before break, I had the chance to meet with multiple student groups who presented exciting ideas for the spring. We're hopeful that as the weather improves, we'll be able to implement some of the plans our students and advisors are working on to offer some fun activities while complying with social distancing guidelines.


Have a great week!


Attendance on Remote Learning Days

Beginning Monday 2/22, students will no longer be required to enter their own attendance on their at-home learning days. Teachers will now take all attendance in Infinite Campus for each class. The “check-in” button will no longer be available in Infinite Campus. Students will be marked Present, Absent or Tardy for each period. Please make sure that you are present in the class Google Meet or Zoom during the synchronous learning time.

School Counseling Updates

The school counselors have put together a large update for students and families about the post-secondary process. Topics include:


  • FAFSA
  • Virtual College Fairs
  • Post-Secondary videos from the College Guidance Network
  • Updates from six area colleges
  • Gap year info
  • Other Free Resources.

Please see the link below.

National Honor Society Tutoring

The National Honor Society is providing free, one-on-one, remote tutoring sessions to students at the high school in most subjects. Due to popular demand, the National Honor Society is also providing small study groups for the following subjects:

Math 9 CPII

Physics CPI and CPII

Chemistry CPII

To sign up for these opportunities, parents should contact their child's guidance counselor. Once a request is made, tutors can be assigned in as little as two weeks, depending on availability.


MHS Student Testing Reminders

If your student is signed up for pool testing and has senior privileges on their testing day, they must arrive at the high school by 9:45 in order to participate in testing. They will check-in at the office and be directed to the testing location. Cohort A/C students are tested on Tuesday and cohort B students are tested on Thursday.


Student COVID testing will resume this week on Tuesday, February 23rd, and Thursday, February 25th. If you would like your student to participate, please complete the consent form. The form should be completed, signed (we can not accept an electronic signature), scanned, and returned to us via email to: testingconsent@medwayschools.org. If you have previously completed a consent form, you do not need to resend a new one.

Panorama Survey (Social/Emotional Learning)

This week, during H Block, we’ll ask students to participate in the Winter version of the Panorama Survey. The feedback is helpful as the questions are the same as the questions from the fall. The questions fall into the following categories:

  • Teacher-Student Relationships

  • School Safety

  • Sense of Belonging

  • School Climate

The results give us an opportunity to understand the social and emotional well-being of our students and a chance to develop programming to support their needs.


Students may access the survey using the link below and entering the access code.

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/medwayschools

Access Code: 7953707989


Mental Health Focus Group- MHS Parents Needed

MHS has partnered with the Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit that seeks to help schools strengthen their mental health and suicide prevention programs and systems. Our partnership will last at least three years, during which the Jed Foundation will help us to assess our current mental health supports, create a strategic plan to strengthen our student offerings, and implement the action steps that have been identified. As part of the assessment phase, the Jed Foundation will be hosting a parent focus group to gather parent feedback about student mental health and our school’s practices. The focus group will be held on Tuesday, 2/23, from 7-8 pm via Zoom. To register, please click here.

Virtual Auditions- One Act Festival

The International Thespian Society is hosting virtual auditions for a One Act Festival. All are welcome to audition. Please check out the link below if interested.

https://sites.google.com/medwayschools.org/one-act-festival-auditions/

This Week's Schedule

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February 7, 2021

We have reached the end of quarter 2 and semester 1. Tomorrow, most of our students will begin a new class. Students will receive a copy of their semester 2 schedule in their A block class tomorrow. For our 9th grade students, Peer Counselors will be visible throughout the school to help students navigate their new schedule.


This week, our teachers are finalizing their grades to submit at the end of the day on Friday. We recognize that while the term is officially closed, however there are students continuing to submit assignments due to absences or extenuating circumstances. This is also a great opportunity for students to reflect on their performance for the first half of the school year and make plans for what success will look like for the remainder of the year. Over the next month, students and families will begin to hear about course offerings for next year and an overview of the course request process. The Program of Studies will be released on March 5th.


This week we’ll also begin our student COVID testing program. Below, we have shared the consent forms with you. Students who turn in consent forms by the end of school on Monday will be included in this week’s testing. We will continue to accept consent forms for testing for the weeks and months ahead. Testing will occur on Tuesday for cohort A and C and Thursday for Cohort B. We are happy to make testing available to all of our students. This is another step on the road to a possible full return to school at some point this year.

Junior Workshops and Big Future Days!

Junior Workshops

Counselors will be meeting with juniors for their Junior Seminars that will take place on Tuesday, February 9th and Friday, February 12th during H block.


Junior College Planning Night which will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, March 16th at 6:30pm.


College Board is hosting their first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days!

We are encouraging sophomores and juniors to sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. Students will have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps.


To learn more and sign up students can visit cb.org/bigfuturedays . This information has also been posted in the C/O 2022 and 2023 School Counseling Google classrooms along with virtual college fair tips and questions to ask at a college fair.


Save the Dates

You can attend any event and more than one. Explore your college options in each region!

BigFuture Days West + Southwest Saturday, February 6

BigFuture Days Southeast Tuesday, February 23

BigFuture Days Northeast Sunday, March 7

BigFuture Days Midwest Thursday, March 11

MHS Virtual Art Show

We are please to share our MHS Virtual Art Show with our community. Our students made some beautiful work this semester while navigating numerous COVID related challenges. Given the volume of the art produced by our students, we've broken down the show into two parts. Part 1 includes pieces from our introductory Foundations students along with work from our Painting and Drawing students. Part 2 includes the artwork of our upper level courses. Throughout the films, you will hear music selections from our MHS Band and Chorus groups along with narration from Ms. Noelle Jackson. Congratulations to teachers Ms. Jackson and Ms. Brodeur along with all of our Art students. We're so proud of all of you!


Fall Art Exhibit- Part 1 Introductory Courses
Fall Art Exhibit- Part 2 Upper Level Courses

All-State Chorus

We're pleased to announce that Grace Gerard (grade 11) and Sophia Flotta (grade 12) were accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Chorus this year after auditioning via video. Congratulations!


Congratulations MHS Math Team!

Medway's Math Team has completed 4 of 6 contests and is in second place for the public schools in Norfolk county! Medway's Simon Beyzerov is one of the top-scoring individuals for the entire New England Math League with a cumulative score of 21/24. Great job mathletes!

Volunteer Opportunity- Tri-Valley Inc.

Tri-Valley, Inc. supports elders (60 and up) and individuals with disabilities in the community in southern Worcester county. We are working on supporting elders with local volunteers in a safe manner. Currently we are seeking volunteers (ages 14 and up) to shovel for elders in Medway. I have attached our flyer. We have quite a few National Honor Society students that are volunteering for their community service hours. If you could share with your students and on the community news page, that would be great. Volunteers may sign up through our volunteer webpage www.trivalleyvolunteers.org.


February Vacation- Out-of-State/Country Travel for Families and Staff

Per the Governor of Massachusetts, effective August 1, 2020, any Massachusetts resident who travels outside of a lower-risk state for anything more than transitory travel, must follow the MA Travel Order in place with the following changes:

All personal travel by employees to any area that is not specifically exempt from the Governor’s executive order regarding travel must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-travel-form and self‐quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon return to Massachusetts or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

A Message from the MSPTO

As our school community continues to navigate through the 2020/2021 school year, we remain hopeful that some of our year-end traditions will continue for our Senior class, 8th Grade students and our teachers appreciations.

The planning of these events is beginning and we are asking for you to share any ideas or suggestions you may have with us. To simplify the process, please send your ideas and suggestions to the MSPTO @ medwaysecpto@gmail.com The MSPTO will collect all suggestions and share them with the student councils and administration. We have received some great ideas already, so keep them coming! You can also join us at our next MSPTO meeting on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 7:00PM

In order to continue all of our Medway traditions, we ask that you support the MSPTO! Our only fundraising effort is through family donations. Our donations remain quite low for the 2020/2021 year and we are asking that you consider making a donation so we can continue with all our programs. For your convenience, we now accept Venmo! Our Donation form can be found here: MSPTO Donation Form --2020-2021

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Here is more information on donating to the MSPTO:

Now accepting Venmo - @Medway_MSPTO and PayPal medwaymspto@outlook.com as easy payment options.

We promise to skip all the fundraisers and just ask you to give once a year as generously as you can to the MSPTO.

Click on the link below to donate. MSPTO is a 501c3 nonprofit organization listed as Medway Secondary PTO ~ Tax ID# and W-9 available upon request for corporate donations/matching gift.

Our form can be found here: MSPTO Donation Form --2020-2021

Thank you for supporting the MSPTO and Medway Public Schools

Save the Date- Picture Days March 1st & March 4th

PreSchool Lottery/Registration

Our preschool supports and educates three and four year old students who have been identified with a disability, along with a limited number of “community peers.” You can find out more information about our Integrated Preschool program, proposed costs, and additional lottery information in our Preschool Lottery and Registration Information document.

The preschool lottery, for community peers, will take place on Monday,

March 8, 2021from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. In order to be considered for the lottery you need to complete either the online or paper Lottery Registration Form. Please click here for an online Lottery Registration Form. If completing the paper version (Page 6 of the "Preschool Lottery and Registration Information" Document), the lottery application should be returned to the McGovern School no later than March 5, 2021. We will notify families of lottery results by March 10, 2021. Finally, registration for students attending the Integrated Preschool must be completed by April 14, 2021.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school at

508-533-3243 or via email amcdonald@medwayschools.org. Finally, here is a quick overview of the registration process for community peers.


Kindergarten Registration

The district will open registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year on March 1, 2021.

Please share with your neighbors and friends that live in Medway and who have children that will be 5 years old by August 31st as they are eligible for kindergarten.

More information and timelines about the "Road to Kindergarten" will be shared in the next newsletter. Registration will take place electronically, and to help with your planning, the following documents are required for online registration:

  • Proof of Residency

    • Utility bill

    • Signed purchase and sale (occupancy must take place within sixty days)

    • Current tax bill

  • Birth Certificate (Children must be 5 by August 31, 2021)

  • Copy of most recent physical exam- should be within the last year

  • An immunization record from the physician

  • A copy of current 504/Individual Education Plan (IEP), if applicable

  • Legal court documentation of guardianship, if applicable. If divorced or separated, you will need to show legal or official court documentation indicating that you are the custodial parent and have physical custody of your child.

  • Free and reduced price school meals application, if applicable

Please note, all of the above must be submitted to complete the registration process: No child will be able to register without the documentation.


January 31, 2021

End of Quarter 2 and Beginning of Semester 2

This week we are winding down to the conclusion of Quarter 2 and the end of our Semester 1 classes. The last week of any term is usually a busy time for students as they are taking final assessments or scurrying to turn in any missing work to bring up their final grades. Last term, we saw a tremendous effort by our students to meet the final deadline for the quarter. We also saw staff making numerous accommodations due to this year's circumstances to continue to allow that one more revision, that one more test corrections, that one (or more) assignment to be turned in well after the due date. While our circumstances have not changed from quarter 1 to quarter 2, we continue to make adjustments to our workload and expectations to ensure that students have the time they need to complete assignments on-time.


The official close of the term is Friday, February 5th. Teachers have discretion to continue to accept work between the close of the term and the report card date. We are also aware that there was an uptick in absences connected to COVID-19 this quarter. If impacted students are unable to successfully complete the quarter, we have some flexibility to offer an Incomplete. Students and parents with questions about this should connect with teachers and school counselors.


Report Cards will be available on February 12, 2021



SEMESTER 2 (Quarter 3)

Semester 2 will begin on February 8th. Nearly every student will have at least one new class on their schedule as we move into the second semester. Please remind your child to review their schedule on Infinite Campus. As a reminder, we are unable to accommodate requests for changes in student schedules at this time.

Reminder: Remote Learning Guidelines (including Snow Days)

As a reminder, I am sharing our guidelines for students and families about our synchronous (virtual, live, scheduled) learning time for our students during their at home learning days. Connected with that, I want to ensure that we are ready IF we need to transition to a fully remote learning model or have a remote snow day as we see snow in the forecast.


IF we ever needed to transition to a fully remote schedule (including a remote snow day), we would follow our weekly schedule rotation and follow the times below for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Our Wednesday schedule would not change.


Please read the link for Remote Learning Guidelines for Families. Please reach back to the building principal with questions. You can find the form here: Remote Learning Family and Student Guidelines.

Attendance Reminder

A reminder to parents about attendance:

Please contact the main office at (508) 321-4729 or Loretta Benman at lbenman@medwayschools.org if your student is going to be absent.

Students are marked "absent" if they are not in the building on a day that they are scheduled to be in school. If a student is working remotely on a day that they are scheduled to be in the building, they will still be marked "absent". This is to help us with contact tracing and to know who is in the building. A doctor's note will make the absence "excused".

Travel Advisory

With the February break approaching, please be reminded of Governor Baker's Travel Order. All visitors entering Massachusetts are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. If for some reason, you are unable to be tested prior to leaving the higher-risk state, you must arrange to be tested within 24 hours of your return to Massachusetts. Currently, the only lower-risk state is Hawaii. Please turn in any negative test results to your building’s School Nurse. While waiting for test results, your child must remain at home under quarantine and not return to school until a negative test can be produced or quarantine has been completed.

This Week's Schedule

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Update from Dr. Pires about Student COVID testing

As you know, earlier this week we presented a webinar on a student regular COVID-19 testing program. The rollout of the program was delayed when the decision was made to take part in the new system that was being implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as it was much more cost effective for us.

Details about the DESE-sponsored COVID-19 Testing Program can be found by reviewing the slideshow or video of the webinar held on Wednesday night. In addition, during the webinar participants were invited to ask questions. We have reviewed and answered those questions. Resources to learn more can be found here:

Recording of Webinar

Slideshow about Regular Student Testing Program

FAQs for Student Testing

As noted in the presentation, we are targeting a start of student testing during the week of February 8 for students in grades 5-12. Other grades are anticipated to begin in early March. In order for your child to participate in the regular testing program. We were excited to learn today that Concentric by Ginkgo will be our testing partner. You may recall that this company provided our first round of staff testing in November. We will send more information to you early next week regarding completing a consent form for your child to participate. Concentric by Ginkgo is offering parents the opportunity to participate in a webinar and ask questions. Please find the registration link here. There is also some additional helpful information from Concentric by Ginkgo that can be found here.

Class of '21

Seniors! I know this year has been really challenging for all of you and I wanted you to know that we are working on an exciting Spring for you. While we don't have all of the details yet, please know that we are working with your class officers and the MSPTO to put together ideas for when the weather improves and when the state allows us to gather. We already have plans for lawn signs and the board at Choate Park. We know we're going to have graduation and at least one other full grade event outside at the end of the year. We have other proposals coming to my desk in the next week. I also believe there is a class meeting on the horizon to share information about scholarships and awards. It's hard when you don't see the results of any of these efforts yet, but please know they are happening.


We are looking for your input on the Yearbook. We need responses to the questions in the form below. These personalized responses will be listed under your picture in the Yearbook. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND MUST BE SCHOOL APPROPRIATE. Due February 5th

https://bit.ly/36o6AJN

Nurse's Update (Not Covid Related)

For all parents with students who have life-threatening allergies, please make sure to send in medical orders for your student's Epipen as well as an allergy action plan. If your child is carrying an Epipen and will not have one in the nurse's office we would like to know that, but they will still need the paperwork completed. Please contact Janice Disalvio at 508-533-6643 x 5008 with any questions


Navigating School During Uncertain Times

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E., in collaboration with Medfield Public Schools, hosted a webinar event on Tuesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. This virtual event, Navigating School During Uncertain Times, was facilitated by Stanford University’s, Challenge Success. The event was attended by approximately 50 families. If you missed the event and would like to watch a recording of the webinar please click here.

Valentine Flower Sale

Hail Hail the Valentine Flower Sale is on again this year!!! Don't miss out.

A Rose - $5.00

A Carnation - $3.00

A Note - FREE

We can deliver flowers and/or a personal note! Flowers will be sold this Thursday and

Friday continuing through the first week of February before school in the lobby.

Flowers and notes will be delivered on February 9th for Cohort A

February 12th for Cohort B.

Congratulations to our MHS Senior VIP Monthly Parking Spot winners for February!

Cohort A * Evan Casasanta


Cohort B * Eliza Rossi


Thank you for supporting the MSPTO!

Save the Date- Picture Days March 1st & March 4th

January 19, 2021

I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend! I apologize for getting these notes out on a Tuesday afternoon. As you will see in the biweekly COVID data table, we've seen a rise in COVID positive cases at Medway High School over the past week. Most of our new cases, along with the number of close contacts associated have been connected to winter athletics. We are happy to report that none of the cases to this point have caused serious illness.


I am looking for your support to stress the importance of continuing to follow COVID guidelines with your children. Our kids have been great for most of the year with following the masking, distancing, and one way hallways. Lately though, we’ve had to give a few more reminders to students to keep their mask on or above their nose, to keep their distance from one another, and to follow the arrows. All of these guidelines are there for their protection and for the protection of the adults.


We are also starting to hear more and more about students gathering outside of school which is concerning. I ask that you continue to speak with your children about not letting their guard down while we are in the midst of a surge. It's still so important for all of us to adhere to the masking and distancing guidelines both in and out of school to limit the potential for outbreaks that could result in the need to move to a remote learning model. There is light at the end of the tunnel if we can get through the next few months. I’m hopeful that we can have different conversations about pathways to a full return once we get through this surge. The efforts we put in to limiting the spread now, will pay off in just a few months.


Sincerely,


John

Coffee Hour with Dr. Murray

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2021 at 10-11am

This is an online event.

Join Dr. Murray for a coffee hour on Thursday. This is an open forum and a great opportunity to ask questions and get additional updates on the happenings at MHS. This meeting will be recorded and shared out later in the day. Please use the link below to register for the Zoom meeting.

https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/j/98343803301?pwd=cHhMQXFjb3JDT1duN2NjOGVyUXN0UT09

Synchronous Learning at Home

Please see the letter attached below for important information about a change in our Synchronous Learning model

Attendance Reminder

A reminder to parents about attendance:

Please contact the main office at (508) 321-4729 or Loretta Benman at lbenman@medwayschools.org if your student is going to be absent.

Students are marked "absent" if they are not in the building on a day that they are scheduled to be in school. If a student is working remotely on a day that they are scheduled to be in the building, they will still be marked "absent". This is to help us with contact tracing and to know who is in the building. A doctor's note will make the absence "excused".

IMPORTANT FLU VACCINE UPDATE

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.


DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

The updated schedule can be found here.

T.H.R.I.V.E. Event

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. in collaboration with Medfield Public Schools will be holding a webinar event on January 26, at 7:00 pm. This virtual event, Navigating School During Uncertain Times, will be hosted by Stanford University’s Challenge Success. For more information and to register for the event please click here.


Happy New Year 2021!

Happy New Year! I hope all of our students and families enjoyed a safe and relaxing holiday break! We're looking forward to welcoming students back to MHS tomorrow and to taking on whatever challenges 2021 brings. I’m hopeful that as we move towards the spring, our testing programs and the deployment of a vaccine provides a realistic pathway towards regaining some sense of normalcy before the end of the school year.


We anticipate that the next few weeks will be challenging, however, as COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts are on the rise within the community. Last week, we continued to monitor positive cases in the community and will continue to monitor cases closely as we return. It continues to be important for all students and parents to monitor for symptoms and remain home if the student is not feeling well. In school, we will continue to be extra vigilant in following our COVID guidelines including mask wearing, hand hygiene, ventilation (classroom doors open and windows cracked), and physical distancing. Even after our break, I know we are all fatigued by COVID-19. If we can get through these next few months, I think brighter days are ahead! Here’s to a healthy and happy 2021 for all!


Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently updated their close contact guidelines to align with MA DPH recommendations. The updated guidance reduces the quarantine period for asymptomatic individuals from 10-14 days to 7-10 days. We have updated our district flowchart to reflect this guidance, which can be found here.


If you traveled out of state during the holidays and did not have a COVID test within 72 hours of your return, per Massachusetts order, you child must quarantine and can not return to school. Students who traveled out of state must have a negative COVID test to return to school. Please inform Loretta Benman (lbenman@medwayschools.org) in the main office. Students may log in to their classes while they are out. Students will find the expectations for classes on their Google Classroom pages.

This week's schedule

Virtual School Families: Potential Mid-Year Learning Model Transition

Thank you to those families who joined us for our Virtual School webinar and to the nearly 140 families who completed the initial commitment survey. Based on the initial results, about 10% of our current Virtual School families are considering a transition to the hybrid or in person learning models beginning on February 1. We will be sending a final commitment survey to families following the new year and will require a 100% response rate by January 8, 2021. Thank you again for your continued partnership.

Class of 2021 Graduation Date

At their meeting on Thursday, December 3, the School Committee voted to approve June 13, 2021 as the graduation date for the class of 2021.

December 13, 2020

Good Evening MHS Students and Families,


We’re fast approaching the end of 2020 and the prospect of a far better 2021 is ahead of us. Before we get there, we’re looking forward to a strong close to the year with a full week of instruction this week followed by in-person learning for Cohort A on 12/21 and 12/22. Wednesday, December 23rd is a regular Wednesday schedule with synchronous remote learning ending at noon. With assessments coming up in most classes, it will be important for our students to remain as consistent as possible with their attendance both in-person and during at home learning days. If your child is going to be absent due to illness or a COVID related concern however, please share that info with our nurse or main office secretary so that we may set the student up with support in their absence. I wish you all a safe week and a Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating the holiday!


Best,

John


National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

On Tuesday evening, we inducted 54 new members to the National Honor Society via Zoom.

Congratulations to the following on their induction:


Sophie Brady

Caroline Calnan

Noelyn Campbell

Ellie Capalbo

Olivia Cardillo

Ella Cence

Rebecca Chleboski

Zachary Cioppa

Sophia Coletti

Maggie Connors

Megan D'Souza

Sarah DiBiasio

Kirsten Downing

Paige Dwyer

Allison Eddy

Lily Erving

Sydney Fleming

Madeline Gagnon

Connor Gilmore

Liam Harrigan

Michae lHevey

Jackson Huckins

Daniel Hudon

Margaret Labbe

Ryan Laidlaw

Anna Longval

Hannah Marsh

Sarah McCarthy

Gustavo Mercier

William Miller

Evan Monaghan

Sean Parrinello

Khushboo Patel

Sarah Pepin

Selena Phillips

Carter Pomponio

Jenna Rankin

Chloe Redfield

Margaret Regan

Maeve Richardson

Barbara Salgado

Jared Selby

Paige Sheehan

Erin Shipos

Gabrielle Smith

Jayline Steiding

Andie Taraborelli

Addison Thompson

Anna Tonelli

Adaeze Uzoegbu

Katherine Whyte

Mather Williamson

Brendan Woodring

Alaina Zambrowski



Here's a link to the video from the event.


https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/rec/share/luG5zoA0cYvVJafvaZetM6bupjn2NtM6_PVwBm2avT2yOM41Z5oFCjtz6C7Z031e.qAUXYzTmyHU1AzEl


Passcode: C7X58vB@

Travel Advisory

With the December break approaching, please be reminded of Governor Baker's Travel Order. All visitors entering Massachusetts are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. If for some reason, you are unable to be tested prior to leaving the higher-risk state, you must arrange to be tested within 24 hours of your return to Massachusetts. Please turn in any negative test results to your building’s School Nurse. While waiting for test results, your child must remain at home under quarantine and not return to school until a negative test can be produced or quarantine has been completed.


Healthy Minds Survey

Medway High School is partnering with The Healthy Minds Network, a collaboration of universities surveying students across the country in order to guide schools in the creation of effective interventions to support student mental health.


The Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2) is a research study of adolescent mental health and related topics that gathers information about student well-being through an anonymous online survey. Medway High School is participating, along with other secondary schools. Your student’s participation will help improve understanding of how schools can support student mental health more effectively. The survey typically takes about 25 minutes to complete. Your student’s responses will be kept confidential and secure, and will not be connected with their name, email, or any other information that identifies them.


The survey will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec 15th during H Block (cohort A) and Friday, December 18th during H Block (cohort B) and on Wednesday, Dec 16th during an extended homeroom for the Virtual School.


If you would like to view the survey ahead of time you must come to the school to view it. To keep the integrity of the survey it cannot be released. Please contact Mrs. Kathryn Cumming at kcumming@medwayschools.org to make an appointment to view.


If you would like further information about The Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2) research study, please click on the link below.

https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dRo4qzWXca2tff


If you want to opt your child out of taking the survey, please send their child's name to: hms2-coordination@umich.edu

Updates from the Music Department

Several students from MHS auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Central District Senior District Festival via video this year, and did a wonderful job preparing a solo piece of repertoire. The following students were accepted into the chorus:


  • Rebecca Chleboski
  • Sophia Flotta
  • Grace Gerard
  • Joe Harrahy
  • Charlotte Kealey
  • Sarah McCarthy
  • Jared Selby



Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into the Tri-M Music Honor Society

  • Julia Francis
  • Maeve McKean
  • Rebecca Chleboski
  • Sophia Flotta
  • Jared Selby
  • Lile Simmons
  • Olivia Basso
  • Scotty O'Shea
  • Gabby Smith



Congratulations to all!

Testing Updates- MCAS, PSAT, SAT

Last week, I shared dates for the PSAT and MCAS in January and February. Since then, the DESE postponed the MCAS until later in the Spring. We will still host PSAT on January 26th for 11th grade students. We are looking into the possibility of hosting the PSAT10 test which can be given in February/March and an school-day SAT option for 11th graders this spring. There are numerous logistics to work out but wanted families to know that these opportunities are on our radar if we can make it work.

This Week's Schedule

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December 6, 2020

I hope all of our families had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and a healthy start to the holiday season. Tomorrow, our report cards will be released for quarter 1 which represent a snapshot of our student's progress to this point in the school year. Overall, I'm pleased by the efforts of our students and our staff to work through a variety of challenges that learning in a hybrid or remote environment pose for all of us. Throughout the quarter, we've made adjustments and developed practices for what learning in person looks like and what is effective for learning at home. We have been able to offer more in-person learning to students with exceptional needs and struggling students and are working towards adding more synchronous or "live" instruction on remote days. It is so important though for our students to remain consistent with their attendance both in-person and during at home learning days. While our attendance rate is high on the whole, it's important to continue to remind our students that attendance on remote days and on Wednesdays is as important as the in-person learning days. As always we appreciate your efforts to support all aspects of your child's learning here at school and at home. We're looking forward to a successful quarter 2 for our students.


We have also seen an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 within our school community. While none of the recent cases were infectious while school was in session, it's important to continue our vigilance with following our school protocols and guidelines. We continue to see with proper masking, physical distancing, ventilation, and washing, we can maintain a school environment as safe as possible for students and staff. We continue to encourage our families and students to adhere closely to the established health and safety guidelines, as well as guidance from the state. As we enter a period of increased positive cases across Massachusetts, our ability to continue to keep our schools open rests on all members of our community.


Best,

John

Q1 Report Cards

Quarter 1 Report Cards will be available on Infinite Campus @ 6pm on Monday, December 7th. An email reminder will be sent when the report cards are live.

IXL Update for Grade 9 and 10 Students

Students in grades 9 and 10 ELA and Math recently completed a diagnostic assessment using the online program IXL. This tool provides students with a personalized pathway to improve skills in both ELA and Math and is intended to identify and remediate any gaps or strengthen conceptual knowledge. In order for the diagnostic to stay up to date and for progress monitoring to continue, it is important that students answer 15-20 questions per week. These questions will their individual areas for growth and provide important feedback for the student and the classroom teacher. Please join us in encouraging your child to stay up to date with their IXL practice particularly on their remote days.

National Honor Society Induction- Tuesday December 8th

Our annual National Honor Society induction ceremony will be on Tuesday evening at 7pm. This event will be held virtually and parents and guest of members and inductees will receive an invitation to register to attend. The ceremony will be recorded and shared out for anyone to view. We're excited to welcome 54 new members to NHS! Congratulations!

Tri-M Induction Ceremony

This week, during our two flex blocks, we will induct 20 new members into the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Tri-M stands for "Mondern Music Masters" and honors students on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Each inductee will recieve a certificate and show a recorded video performance to their respective cohort. The two ceremonies will be recorded and shared with families sometime next week. Congrats to our inductees!

Healthy Minds Survey

Medway High School is partnering with The Healthy Minds Network, a collaboration of universities surveying students across the country in order to guide schools in the creation of effective interventions to support student mental health.


The Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2) is a research study of adolescent mental health and related topics that gathers information about student well-being through an anonymous online survey. Medway High School is participating, along with other secondary schools. Your student’s participation will help improve understanding of how schools can support student mental health more effectively. The survey typically takes about 25 minutes to complete. Your student’s responses will be kept confidential and secure, and will not be connected with their name, email, or any other information that identifies them.


The survey will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec 15th during H Block (cohort A) and Friday, December 18th during H Block (cohort B) and on Wednesday, Dec 16th during an extended homeroom for the Virtual School.


If you would like to view the survey ahead of time you must come to the school to view it. To keep the integrity of the survey it cannot be released. Please contact Mrs. Kathryn Cumming at kcumming@medwayschools.org to make an appointment to view.


If you would like further information about The Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2) research study, please click on the link below.

https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dRo4qzWXca2tff


If you want to opt your child out of taking the survey, please send their child's name to: hms2-coordination@umich.edu


SADD Toy Drive

SADD is holding their annual toy drive during the month of December for the Santa foundation. They are asking for new toys for children of all ages. There is a bin in the front lobby where you can drop off the unwrapped toys. Please bring in anything you can when you're in school before the holiday break. Due to Covid-19 times there are even less donations than usual so if you are able to make any donation it is very valued and will make children’s Christmas.

Congratulations to our MHS Senior VIP Monthly Parking Spot winners for DECEMBER!

Cohort A * Samuel Abraham

Cohort B * Zack Tarbox


November 21, 2020

Mustang Minute 11/22

Upcoming Dates

Half Day: November 25, 2020 @ Noon

End of Quarter 1: November 25, 2020 @ Noon

School Resumes: November 30, 2020

Report Cards: December 7, 2020 @ 6:00pm via Infinite Campus


*Off and Away for Cell Phones during instructional time and H block returns 11/30*

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT TRAVEL

With the Thanksgiving and December breaks approaching, please be reminded of Governor Baker's Travel Order. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet one of the state’s exemptions and have traveled to a high-risk state (or from international travel) are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. If, for some reason, you are unable to be tested prior to leaving the higher-risk state, you must arrange to be tested within 24 hours of your return to Massachusetts. Please turn in any negative test results to your building’s School Nurse. While waiting for test results, your child must remain at home under quarantine and not return to school until a negative test can be produced or the 14-day quarantine has been completed.

Currently (11/21/20), there are 2 states which have been classified as lower-risk. All remaining states are higher-risk. The 2 lower-risk states are: Hawaii and Vermont. Please continue to check the following website for more information as changes frequently occur: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order#lower-risk-states-

Important MCAS Info: Class of '21, '22, '23

Updates from Student Council

Typically, the week before Thanksgiving, we are preparing for our spirit week, a Pep Rally, and Thanksgiving football. This year, we're working on a few items to share our gratitude to our friends and family and a scavenger hunt that can be played at home or in school this week.


Gratitude Padlet

Students, please take a moment to share with us something you are grateful for. It could be anything from family to even a thank you note to our teachers and faculty. The link for the padlet is here: https://padlet.com/mcecchi/szh73nx2a593die8


Scavenger Hunt

We are holding a scavenger hunt for all students. Using the app "Goose Chase" we will hold two scavenger hunts, one Cohort A/C and one for Cohort B/Virtual School, on Monday and Tuesday. Each grade has an email in their inbox from Melissa Cecchi with the passwords and detail. Student Council has prizes for the winners! Please join in the holiday fun.

Remote Learning Expectations for Students and Families

Please take a moment to review and acknowledge the expectations for students when they are learning from home.

‘SUP Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. Event

This past Wednesday, ‘S.U.P. Medway, a newly formed youth substance use prevention coalition who teamed up with Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. to host a community event: Planning for Prevention on November 18. During this 30-minute webinar, community members learned from Aubrey Ciol, Prevention Specialist, about how to engage with youth in discussions around substance use. Attendees also learned about how community coalitions have been shown to decrease youth substance use significantly and how they can join the ‘S.U.P. Coalition. To access a recording of the webinar, click here, and to sign-up to support the coalition, please complete this form. To learn more about the resource Aubrey mentioned in the webinar “Talk. They Hear You”, please click here.

ATTN: Sophomores: HOBY Candidate Information

The 2021 HOBY Conference will take place Virtually 5/1 - 5/2/2021

How can I apply to be considered an ambassador?

Please type an essay of no more than 500 words to the following prompt:

“Please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community”

Please return your essay to Miss Gentile in the school counseling office or by email at cgentile@medwayschools.org by Wednesday December 2nd by 2:30pm. There will be a selection committee that makes their final decision.


Medway School Store

Our Athletic Department has set up a school store to purchase 'Medway Swag'. As today is the GRAND OPENING, we were able to get a 25% discount on most items by using the code GRANDOPENING20 when you check out. This code will work for about a month.

To visit the store, please go here: http://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/massachusetts/medway/medway-high-school

MEDWAY NEWSWATCH

Have you seen the latest episode?

November 15, 2020

Parent-Teacher Conferences this Tuesday!

On Tuesday evening this week, we will host virtual parent-teacher conferences. While many of the appointments are now full, there is still time to sign up for any remaining slots. Please check this link, if you missed out on the sign-up for conferences. Parents should have received reminder emails with links to the meetings on Friday evening. Please reach out to David List with any questions about accessing your appointments.


Our conferences are only 5 minutes long so it’s important to come in with some questions in mind. Having recently had this experience for my own children, it was helpful to identify the most important things that I needed to know about my child’s progress going into the meeting. This seems obvious, but the virtual nature of the meeting and the need to hold tight to the five minute windows forced me to focus on a few items. I wanted to know where my child’s strengths and areas for growth are? Are they struggling with the workload? What are some things that are coming up in this class that I should have on my radar (projects, tests, etc.)? Do you have any concerns about their social-emotional well-being? I also have two totally different learners in my house and I made sure to take a few moments to explain what type of learner my child is. Since we’ve had fewer in-person class meetings this year, sharing this info with your child’s teacher will be valuable information if they are still just getting to know them. I hope that some of these tips are helpful for you as you navigate your meetings Tuesday night.


Remember, there are multiple ways to keep up with your child’s progress. Parents have access to assignment info on infinite campus and google classroom. Parents are also always encouraged to reach out to teachers and school counselors if your child is struggling academically or has a social-emotional need. We are always here to support your child in any way that we can.


Best,

John

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

This week on Tuesday and Friday, we recognized our John and Abigail Adams recipients during H block. These are seniors who scored Advanced or Proficient on their ELA and Math MCAS exams and are in the top 25% of their class. Students who earn this scholarship will receive a scholarship that can be used for tuition at any of our state colleges or universities. We are proud of the 46 recipients of this year's scholarship!

Outstanding Alumni 2020

On November 10, we honored and recognized this year’s Outstanding Alumni recipient Michael Bhatia ‘95. Michael was nominated by members of the Medway High School Alumni Association and our student reps in February before the close of school due to the pandemic. The original plan was to present the award at the Alumni Dinner in May which wasn’t able to occur this year. We are pleased to be able to make the presentation this week with Michael’s family and the Alumni Association joining us virtually.


Michael was a 1995 graduate of Medway High School who went on to study International Relations at Brown University. He dedicated his life to humanitarian work and conflict resolution in war-torn countries. Michael was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 while embedded with the US Army Human Terrain Team #1 while attempting to initiate negotiations between local tribes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for his work in Afghanistan including the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.


A plaque in honor of Michael is on display in the Hall of Excellence joining past recipients, Colonel Michael Matondi, A WWII Veteran from Medway High School, and Harry Buzz Johnson. Please see the link below to view the dedication.

Counseling Update

Scholarships

· Monitor scholarships on Naviance by going to the “College Tab”, scroll down to Scholarships/Money; Click:

· Scholarship list

· National Scholarship Search

· Scholarship Match

· Scholarship Tips and Tricks and Scholarships 101 (Handouts located on Naviance homepage~Document Resources ~under 12th grade)

· Network for scholarships

· Medway High School Scholarship Procedure (application available in Spring)


Senior Appointments

· Any senior that has not set up their Senior Appointment yet, please email Mrs. Rondeau to do so. jrondeau@medwayschools.org

Panorama Surveys

We have sent surveys out to students and families to gather feedback about the start of the school year. The information we receive is helpful for us to make the necessary adjustments to our learning model going forward. If you have not completed the survey yet, please taken a moment to share your feedback with us. Parents/Guardians of students in grades PK-12 are asked to complete one survey per child. These surveys are a mix of free response and likert scale questions. Families can access the link to the survey here:

Update from the Nurse

Reminder to turn in flu and immunizations verification due by Nov 30th. Please check the expiration dates on your EpiPens and be sure to supply nurse with EpiPens and associated Medication Authorization Forms.


‘S.U.P. Medway / T.H.R.I.V.E. Event: Preventing Teen Substance Use

‘S.U.P. Medway is a newly formed youth substance use prevention coalition who has teamed up with Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. to host a community event: Planning for Prevention. During this 30-minute webinar community members will learn from Aubrey Ciol, Prevention Specialist, about how to engage with youth in discussions around mental health and substance use. Attendees will also learn about how community coalitions have been shown to significantly decrease youth substance use and about how they can join the ‘S.U.P. Coalition. The event will take place on Wednesday, November, 18th from 7:00-7:30 pm. To register please click here.


This week's Rotation

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Reminder: Yearly Student Information Update - Online Registration

We request that all families complete the beginning of year packet [Online Registration] in the parent portal to ensure we have the most up to date information for you and your child. To access OLR in the portal, login and choose MORE > Online Registration. Please follow the prompts to complete this information. If you are new to Medway or in need an access code to create an account, please email support@medwayschools.org.

November 9, 2020

Good morning and my apologies for the Monday Mustang Minute. It was truly a gift to have such a beautiful weekend and I hope you all had a chance to get outside and enjoy the sun. We are moving towards the final weeks of quarter 1 and the Thanksgiving break. This upcoming break can’t come soon enough for our students and staff. We went into this year with a lot of unknowns and a lot of new practices and procedures. Our kids and staff have been great about the day to day adjustments to learn and grow in the hybrid model. It’s taken some time for everyone to adjust to learning at home three days a week and learning at school two days a week. It’s taken time for students and staff to figure out how to manage the workload at home and in school.It’s taken some time for students to figure out how to use their time efficiently when at home and when they have designated time in school. Entering week 9, we’re starting to see some things click for students and staff and I believe that we’re starting to hit our groove. Many of our teachers are offering more synchronous interactions with students in the classroom and at home. Counselors are reaching out proactively to students and families who need support with learning in this model and we continue to identify more students who would benefit from joining Cohort C for more in-person support. Later today, you will have the opportunity to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences next week (Tuesday, 11/17) and I’ll have office hours for parents Thursday morning at 8:30am. We’re thankful for your support as we continue to shift and adjust our practices to offer the best education possible in this hybrid environment.


Thanks,

John


Important Dismissal Changes

Beginning on Monday, we will be adjusting our staggered dismissal times and locations. Bus pickup will now be in front of the building in the visitor lot beginning at 2:25pm. After our first snow 10 days ago, we recognized that it will be safer for the buses to pick up out front vs. driving around back. We will then dismiss drivers and students being picked up at 2:31pm. All student pick-up will occur in the main circle. This shift will help us recoup some instructional time while still offering a safe and orderly pick-up for all.


A note about drop off in the morning: please pull all the way through the circle before dropping your child(ren) off. If you are several cars back, please wait til the cars in front of you leave before letting your child(ren) out. We’re hoping to avoid parents pulling out to drive around cars in front of them that are unloading. We’ve had a few near accidents. Thanks for your consideration.


Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences- 11/17

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences, which have been scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. As we have done for past years, parents/guardians may select a five-minute block of time for each teacher, during which individual progress, grades, successes, and challenges can be shared.

This year we will be using Zoom to host the conferences. Prior to the 17th, we will send out a reminder email that will include the Zoom link for each conference. The Zoom link will also be available on the website where you book the conferences.

Scheduling of appointments begins on Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm. (Scheduling closes at 12:00pm on November 16)

The appointment scheduler can be found at http://medwayhs.schoolappointments.com/. When you arrive at the site, the following instructions will help you register and schedule appointments for your student(s):

School Appointments - Parent Instructions

*Registration into the system must be completed anew each year and opens on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30pm. Please be aware that this is just the registration and does not guarantee or schedule an appointment

1. Go to our school appointments website: http://medwayhs.schoolappointments.com/

2. Register for an account by clicking the "REGISTER" menu tab and filling in the online form. Choose a user id and password for yourself and then click the "Register Now" button.

3. Add your children into the system by clicking the "Add a Student" button. Click "Insert New" button to add more children.

On the day of registration please continue with step 4 (11/9-11/16)

4. Click the "date" icon beside each child's name to schedule appointments. Select the staff you wish to book appointments with and the "View Calendars" button. Use the "Ctrl" or "Command" key to select multiple staff to view at the same time.

5. Click on available time slots to book your appointments and then click the "Book Appointments" button to save your bookings.

If a time slot is not available, or you are unable to find a time that is mutually convenient, the system has an option to request a phone call/email back; teachers will honor that request for a call/email back within a week’s time.

We thank you for your involvement, and our teachers look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Best,

David List

Assistant Principal

Medway High School

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

This week on Tuesday and Friday, we will recognize our John and Abigail Adams recipients during H block. These are seniors who scored Advanced or Proficient on their ELA and Math MCAS exams and are in the top 25% of their class. Students who earn this scholarship will receive a scholarship that can be used for tuition at any of our state colleges or universities. We will share out a press release to congratulate our recipients.


Outstanding Alumni Award

On Tuesday, we will honor and recognize this year’s Outstanding Alumni recipient Michael Bhatia ‘95. Michael was nominated by members of the Medway High School Alumni Association and our student reps in February before the close of school due to the pandemic. The original plan was to present the award at the Alumni Dinner in May which wasn’t able to occur this year. We are pleased to be able to make the presentation this week with Michael’s family and the Alumni Association joining us virtually.


Michael was a 1995 graduate of Medway High School who went on to study International Relations at Brown University. He dedicated his life to humanitarian work and conflict resolution in war-torn countries. Michael was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 while embedded with the US Army Human Terrain Team #1 while attempting to initiate negotiations between local tribes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for his work in Afghanistan including the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.


A plaque in honor of Michael will be on display in the Hall of Excellence joining past recipients, Colonel Michael Matondi, All WWII Veterans from Medway High School, and Harry Buzz Johnson. Our ceremony will be filmed by Medway Cable and shared with the community later this week.

Principal's Coffee Hour

Thursday, Nov. 12th 2020 at 8:30am

This is an online event.

Please join Dr. Murray for an open Q+A session on Thursday morning from 8:30am -9:15am. Please register in advance at:

https://medwayschools-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqd-itpzksGtF3VJ5xJyFB0yjydyoVwn2p

Yearbook 2021

We are sharing the link to the class of 2021 yearbook. Students, staff and family can use this link to order the yearbook, submit photos, and purchase ads. Please feel free to access this form to share any photos that we can add to this year's edition.

medwayyearbook.com


October 25, 2020

It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into the last week of October. We’ve been fortunate thus far to have great weather and students and teachers have taken advantage of the outdoors for lunch, mask breaks, and some classes. Our students and staff have done a great job of adhering to the safety guidelines and taking the steps necessary to keep our school community as safe as possible. With numbers rising in other communities and the colder weather heading our way, it will be important to maintain that level of vigilance with mask wearing, handwashing, and distancing in and out of school.


Following these guidelines allows us to continue to have in-person learning available for students and allows us to explore additional ways to return more students to school over the weeks ahead. In the last week, we’ve been able to offer a return to Cohort C for students with high needs in grade 9 and will be offering the same to students in grades 10-12 in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. We will continue to explore ways to offer additional in-person learning opportunities as there is space in our current model to do so. We appreciate your patience, support, and adherence to our guidelines as we work through this process.


In case you missed it, Sonja Metcalf, Assistant Principal at MHS and the Virtual School Administrator will be leaving our district later this week to return to teaching. I’d like to thank Sonja for her efforts and support to our students over the past year and wish her well. Brian Menna, the Assistant Principal at the elementary schools will support the Virtual School. Jeff Parcells, our Athletic Director, will step in to assume some additional responsibilities at MHS including supporting grade 9 students and overseeing clubs and activities. A thanks in advance to both Brian and Jeff for their help and support!


Have a great week!

John

Mid-quarter Update

On Wednesday, October 28, all graded assignments will be up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus. Families may also see assignments and receive weekly updates from Google Classroom if their children invite them to have access. This is a great tool for parents to check to see assignments turned in and assignments missing. Feel free to ask your child to add you to their Google Classroom. As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please reach out directly to the teacher first.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 17th from 6:00pm - 8:00 p.m. Though the conferences will be virtual, parents/guardians may select a five-minute block of time for each teacher, during which individual progress, grades, successes, and challenges can be shared. Scheduling of appointments begins on Monday, November 9 at 6:30pm. Scheduling closes at 12:00pm on November 16th. We will share the scheduler website with you during the next Mustang Minute.


Remote Learning Guidelines for Families

We have learned a great deal over the last 4+ weeks in school and continue to refine and grow our instructional practices.


As we work to bring more synchronous (virtual, live, scheduled) time to our students during their at home learning days and also continue to enhance our practices to ensure readiness SHOULD we need to transition to a fully remote learning model, we have crafted some "rules of engagement" to support students, their families, and our faculty and staff.


Please click the link below to read the Remote Learning Guidelines for Families . Once you have read the guidelines, please fill out the form to indicate that you have read and understand the terms. Please reach back to the building principal with questions.

Remote Learning Guidelines for Families

Please click this button and fill out the form.

School Counseling Update

ATTENTION SENIORS WITH NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINES!

Students should be sure to reference the MHS College Application Procedures which can be found in C/O 2021 School Counseling Google Classroom and also located in Document Resources on the Home page of Naviance in 12th grade.

1. Add colleges to 'Colleges I'm Applying to List"

2. Be sure that your Common App account is matched with your Naviance account. Here is the link to the video of how to connect these accounts: https://www.screencast.com/t/gxEQkElyo1

3. If you have not already done so, request your teacher recommendations in Naviance.

  1. Click on the COLLEGES tab in Naviance

  2. Click on APPLY TO COLLEGE

  3. Click on LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS

  4. Click blue box ADD REQUEST

  5. Select your teacher from the drop down box Indicate if you want your teachers letter to go to all colleges or click on specific colleges

  6. Include a personal note with your earliest deadline!

  7. Then click SUBMIT

3. Once you have submitted an application...CRITICAL! (#8 Step in MHS College Application Procedures Handout)

****Students MUST log-in to Naviance, click on the COLLEGE’S I’M APPLYING TO list and click the EDIT link to the RIGHT of the college YOU JUST APPLIED TO. Then, check the box that says I’VE SUBMITTED MY APPLICATION. Then click SAVE COLLEGE APPLICATION

● This updates your status that you have applied to ‘X’ college/university

● This step must be completed in order for your documents to be sent

If you do not complete these steps, your application will be late.


College Financing with MEFA

  • Given the circumstances of COVID and for safety measures the Family Financial Planning night will be online

  • The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) is hosting four webinars every day

  • Please visit: https://www.mefa.org/events and and sign up for one or both of the suggested webinars:

    • College Financing

    • College Financing, Understanding the FAFSA


Koplik Scholarship

If you qualified for this scholarship based on your MCAS results, you should have received a letter in the mail with information on how to apply and what additional tests scores required. The application can be found in Document Resources in Naviance and in the C/O 2021 School Counseling Google Classroom. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Harkins at aharkins@medwayschools.org.


VHS

Please make sure you are checking the Private Thread for messages from your teacher on a daily basis! This is how they reach out to you and the best way for you to ask them for help!! Term 1 ends November 10th so make sure you are caught up in your class and contact your teacher if you need any help!


Student Health and Wellness Update


Medway Public Schools COVID-19 Information Hub

To provide families with the latest information and resources related to COVID-19, we have created a COVID-19 information hub, which can be accessed here, and by visiting our district’s homepage. Please visit this site for information about school/community COVID-19 health data, positive test reporting, student protocols, and local testing sites.


Calls from the Nurse

We are looking for your help and support when your child stays home from school. If a parent leaves a child's name on the absentee line, the health office staff will follow up with a phone call and/or email to learn more about your child’s absence. In an effort to keep our school population safe and avoid transmission of the COVID virus, school nurses are required to contact the parent of every student who is called in sick this school year. We are able to help parents have an understanding if the child’s symptoms could be COVID related or not. Please help us by returning our calls and emails in a timely manner.


Flu Shots Required by December 31, 2020

The state of MA now requires that all students receive the influenza vaccination. Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all students attending school in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.


Senior Class Halloween Dress-up

We are thankful to our Senior Class Officers for coming up with a way to maintain an MHS tradition for Halloween in a COVID-safe manner. Please see the letter below from the Senior Class Officers to their classmates:

Dear Parents and Students of the Class of 2021,


Given the high and rising numbers of COVID around us, the senior class officers have come up with a plan in lieu of the traditional parade that we believe is the best way to get the class involved and excited while keeping everyone safe.


The plan is to have 2 separate Senior Halloween Spirit Days where seniors will show up to school in their costumes like it’s a day out of spirit week.


For Cohort A: 10/27 and for Cohort B: 10/30


The costume and safety guidelines include

  • Costume MUST be worn the whole day

  • No face coverings other than a mask that would be worn on a regular day

  • No props

  • Must be school appropriate

    • No reference to racism/discrimination, drugs, violence, etc., If not school appropriate the student will be asked to change

We'll be having the officers taking pictures of all the students in costume throughout the day and compose a senior Halloween slide show to share with the class and families showcasing everyone. We thank you all for your support and patience through all of this. We know this isn't how we pictured our senior year, but we'll be working hard all year to make the most of this year regardless.


Free School Lunch and Breakfast For ALL STUDENTS for the Entire 2020/20201 School Year

The USDA recently announced that school breakfast and lunch would remain free for ALL students for the entirety of the 2020/2021 school year. We realize that parents and guardians are being asked to do many different things in support of their children this school year. We are pleased to be able to take one thing off of your plate by providing your student with breakfast and lunch.


Reminder- No School on November 3rd!

October 12, 2020

I hope you have all had an enjoyable long weekend! This week we are excited to welcome our families to our classrooms for our virtual back to school night. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our teaching and learning practices for students learning in person and at home. We have been working hard to learn and grow in this model and to support the growth of your children as well. Over the coming weeks, we will get a clearer picture of how are students are performing in the hybrid model and the adjustments that will be needed. Along with meeting the teachers, families will be able to share feedback with me during a parent coffee hour on Thursday.


We are also beginning to identify available space in our building and students who would benefit most from a return to school in Cohort C (4 days/week). While there are logistical challenges to manage, we believe that it is important to return as many students as possible while maintaining our 6' distancing protocols. We will be sharing more details with families in the weeks to follow.


We recognize that our work this year is ever evolving and that a strong partnership between the home and schools will be more necessary than ever. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to "seeing you" sometime this week.


Best,

John

Back to School Night- This Thursday!

Our Back to School night is Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This is a virtual event that will begin with welcome remarks from the principal and the administrative team as well as an overview of the evening. Beginning at 6:20 p.m., you will have the opportunity to follow your child's schedule by attending ten-minute virtual presentations from each of your child’s teachers. Each teacher will share a brief overview of their course along with their expectations. Because of time constraints, teachers will not be able to talk with you about individual students. Those meetings can be arranged by appointment or at Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences in November.



We will follow a Wednesday schedule for the event with all 7 classes meeting A-G. Family members will be able to enter each of the sessions via the link on the student’s Google Classroom page. Please ask your child to share a copy of their schedule and to be available to help you access each of their classes via Google Classroom. Only student accounts can access Google Classroom. I have shared the times for each block below. We hope that you will be able to join us!



Event Schedule

Opening Meeting with School Administrators 6:00pm- 6:15pm via Goto Webinar (Registration link)

A Block 6:20pm - 6:30pm via Google Classroom

B Block 6:35pm - 6:45pm via Google Classroom

C Block 6:50pm - 7:00pm via Google Classroom

D Block 7:05pm - 7:15pm via Google Classroom

E Block 7:20pm - 7:30pm via Google Classroom

F Block 7:35pm - 7:45pm via Google Classroom

G Block 7:50pm - 8:00pm via Google Classroom

This week's rotation

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Clubs and Activities Fair

Our annual Clubs and Activities Fair will be held virtually during the Core Values block on October 14th. Students and their advisors have been hard at work creating informative videos about their club or activity to share via a padlet for students in all grades to explore. Each group will also share a signup form for new members. The padlet will be shared via email on Wednesday morning.

In School SAT- Seniors

We are offering a second round of in school SAT’s to Seniors on Wednesday, October 14th. Students who have signed up for the test have been notified and will be excused from remote class on Wednesday.


MHS Parent Coffee Hour

This Thursday, I am hosting a Parent Coffee Hour from 8:30am-9:30am to hear feedback from families and to offer the opportunity to have any questions answered. If you wish to attend please click on the link to register. Please send along any questions you have to this form prior to the meeting if you'd like. I will share out the video after.

News from the MSPTO

News from the MSPTO:

Welcome to a new school year! Although vastly different from past years, what has not changed is the MSPTO’s need for your support. The Medway Secondary Parent Teacher Organization (MSPTO) is a 501c3 parent volunteer organization developed to help support all Medway students, parents, and teachers.

We are asking for your annual support so MSPTO can continue to support our schools as we navigate the new year. We need everyone’s help in making the MSPTO year a success. Any gift, of any size is important and appreciated!

We are happy to now offer PayPal & Venmo as easy payment options.

*Special Raffle for HS Seniors* Enter to win the Monthly VIP parking spot! Winners are drawn on the 1st of each month.

October 3, 2020

This week we were faced with our first positive COVID-19 case involving a member of the MHS community. As Dr. Pires and I shared in our letter to the community this week, we anticipated that at some point our school community would be faced with positive cases. It is still unsettling when it happens though. After completing our letters and contact tracing, our school counselors, administrators, nurse, and learning support team gathered Friday morning to map out a plan to support the impacted members of our community with any academic or mental health supports necessary. We also developed a plan to support concerned students and to share a video with students with an update about the situation. We will follow this internal process shall additional cases arise to ensure we’re providing as much support as possible for our community members.


It is important for our students, families and staff to remain vigilant in their mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing practices both in and out of school. Following the guidelines and protocols we have established is crucial to limiting the risk of being in close contact of someone with the virus. I am encouraged to see the vast majority of our students take the necessary steps to follow the protocols around distancing, masking, and hand washing. We can not be complacent though. Recently, I have to remind some to keep their mask above their noses, to not come together in small circles, or to not touch each other. This week’s news should be a reminder for all of us of the importance of following the school guidelines around masks, distancing, and hand washing. I ask that you reinforce this message with your students and thank you for your support!



This week's schedule rotation

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Back to School Night

Our Back to School night is Thursday, October 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. This is a virtual event that will begin with welcome remarks from the principal and the administrative team as well as an overview of the evening. Beginning at 6:20 p.m., you will have the opportunity to follow your child's schedule by attending ten-minute virtual presentations from each of your child’s teachers. Each teacher will share a brief overview of their course along with their expectations. Because of time constraints, teachers will not be able to talk with you about individual students. Those meetings can be arranged by appointment or at Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences in November.


We will follow a Wednesday schedule for the event with all 7 classes meeting A-G. Family members will be able to enter each of the sessions via the link on the student’s Google Classroom page. Please ask your child to share a copy of their schedule and to be available to help you access each of their classes via Google Classroom. Only student accounts can access Google Classroom. I have shared the times for each block below. We hope that you will be able to join us!


Event Schedule

Opening Meeting with School Administrators 6:00pm- 6:15pm via Goto Webinar (Registration link)

A Block 6:20pm - 6:30pm via Google Classroom

B Block 6:35pm - 6:45pm via Google Classroom

C Block 6:50pm - 7:00pm via Google Classroom

D Block 7:05pm - 7:15pm via Google Classroom

E Block 7:20pm - 7:30pm via Google Classroom

F Block 7:35pm - 7:45pm via Google Classroom

G Block 7:50pm - 8:00pm via Google Classroom

Senior Postsecondary Night

Thank you to all who attended the Senior Postsecondary Night. Our school counselors provided a tremendous amount of information about the process. If you were unable to attend, we've added the link to the webinar, slides, and Q+A below. The counselors also met with the Seniors this past Wednesday to begin the planning cycle with them and to make them aware of upcoming events including 1:1 meetings and virtual college rep visits. Please stay tuned for more updates from the school counselors and reach out with any questions.


Senior Postsecondary Planning Webinar

Slides

Q+A


List of Virtual College Rep Visits

MHS Parent Coffee Hour

This past Thursday, I hosted a Parent Coffee Hour to offer parents the opportunity to have any questions answered. If you were unable to attend and wish to view the session, please click on the link below. I will host another session on October 15th from 8:30am-9:30 am.

MHS Parent Coffee Hour

Flu Clinic

Medway Public Schools & CVS Pharmacy are offering a flu clinic on Wednesday,10/7 at Medway High School (ages 9+). No appt. necessary and open to the public! Show up any time between 2:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Remember to bring your insurance card & wear a mask.

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September 28, 2020

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It's hard to believe that it will be October later this week! We're now two weeks into our hybrid learning model and each day we gain a better understanding of teaching and learning in this environment. Last week during our Core Values Block I was able to meet and gather feedback from students in grades 9-11 while the Assistant Principals met with grade 12. I'm happy to share that our kids are energized with the return to school and that has been evident when they are with us. They were also able to give us some feedback about the new safety protocols in the building (positive) and what their experience has been when learning at home. By and large, understanding how classes meet on at-home days and timelines for work completion has gotten easier for kids to manage. It is so important to listen to student voices as they experience teaching and learning in our hybrid environment.


We're interested in hearing from you as well. I will host a Virtual Parent Coffee Hour on Thursday morning at 8:30am. Parents may register via this GotoWebinar registration link.


Please feel free to send questions ahead of time using this Google form.


Later this week, we'll have info for you about a Virtual Back to School Night that will be held mid-October.


I hope you have a great week ahead!


Best,

John

This week's Schedule Rotation

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Spirit Week 2020!

This year’s spirit week will look a little different than in year’s past. Our Student Council is asking students to film themselves dancing to Dancing Queen in Flexblock on Tuesday and Friday. The videos will be turned into a full video that will be shared with students on Saturday night 10/3, which is the night of our originally scheduled Homecoming Dance. There will also be a padlet where those who are at home can upload pictures of their spirit. The most spirited of each grade will win a gift card. Students will receive information for how to participate on Tuesday. This is totally voluntary.

Each year during Spirit Week, we always have themed dress up days. Here are the themes for this year:

9/29: Medway Stands with suicide prevention month wear blue and purple

9/30: Background Wednesday (as we are all remote have a unique and school appropriate background

10/1: Media day

10/2: Football Friday


Senior Post Secondary Planning Night

Wednesday, Sep. 30th 2020 at 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

Please join Medway High School's Counselors to learn more about the college application process and procedures for senior year. This event is geared towards Seniors but all are welcome to join the webinar. This will also be recorded and shared with the community.

Register here for a link to the webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/637311434187922699

Virtual Senior Workshops

Wednesday, September 30th from 1:35-2:31pm during Core Values Block
    • Counselors will review 'College Application Procedures' which includes steps on how to move colleges to the 'College's I'm Applying to List', steps on how to update Naviance once a student submits an application, linking Common App with Naviance, submitting standardized test scores and how to request teacher and counselor recommendations and the timeline for doing so.

    • Seniors should check their email for the link.

Senior Individual Guidance Appointments

  • Starting October 5th, seniors may begin to schedule appointments (virtually or in person) with their counselor

  • To schedule an appointment students will need to email Mrs. Rondeau, the School Counseling Secretary at jrondeau@medwayschools.org

  • All seniors should have completed their Student Data Portfolio and Resume on Naviance prior to individual appointments with counselors

  • Your appointments must be during your senior priv, a study hall, or on Wednesday afternoons during comprehensive wellness/core values block

Exploring COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Webinar

In an effort to continue to try and minimize risk within our school community, the Medway Public Schools has been exploring COVID-19 Surveillance Testing for students, faculty and staff. Pool testing would be conducted approximately every other week and continue throughout the duration of the 2020-2021 school year. The results we gain from testing will allow us to quickly identify positive cases within our school community and take action that is connected to each specific circumstance. The belief is that regular surveillance testing will allow our district to more quickly, and appropriately react and respond to situations.

The district has planned a webinar to share more information on this potential testing program, and to gauge community interest in moving forward. The webinar has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The webinar requires pre-registration. You can register for the webinar here: Exploring COVID-19 Surveillance Testing in the Medway Public Schools. We hope that you are able to attend so that you can share feedback with us.

Student Self-Scheduling for Health Office Visits

Medway Middle and High School are implementing new processes by which students access the Health Office. Many of our procedures that we have used in the past are changed due to COVID-19. One of the procedures our nursing team has investigated is improving how students schedule an appointment with a school nurse. Nancy Whitehouse and our school nurses brought a model forward to the principals which allows students to engage in self-scheduling visits with the Health Office. With the exception for those students with critical need, this allows nurses to prioritize care; effectively clean and disinfect between students visits; decrease students seeing the nurse as a task avoidant behavior; decrease out of class time; reinforce a necessary life skill for adolescents; and allows reports to be generated that support student health and access to care.


Students may access the self-scheduling module via the Infinite Campus homepage.

Community Flu Clinic

Medway Public Schools is offering a flu vaccine clinic for our community. Please see details and registration link below. Unfortunately, CVS does not offer the flu vaccine for children under the age of 9. This will have to be scheduled with your pediatrician.

Clinic Date/Time: October 7, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Medway High School, 88 Summer Street

Clinic Registration Link to be shared TBD

Clinic ID: CI088845

Pharmacist Contact Information:

Name: Lauren Barakian

Phone: (508) 353–0862

September 20, 2020

It was great to see all of our cohort B and C students for the first in-person days of school! There were a lot of changes from when they were last with us and the kids demonstrated a tremendous amount of flexibility and maturity. They brought great energy and spirit to the building as well. We all felt great about the first few days of school!


Our Cohort A students did an excellent job of navigating Google Classroom for assignments, checking themselves in for attendance and persevering through the various zoom and meet links throughout the day. It wasn't perfect but we've already seen improvements from Wednesday to Friday. We have some kinks to work out on the tech end that we are aware of. We also need to clear up any confusion for you about when and if you need to access links for streaming. Not all classes are zooming students into all classes and some are only doing it for small chunks of time. Many classes have a series of videos and assignments on Google Classroom for students to progress through each period. Our teachers reported that there was strong engagement and effort from our cohort A students while working from home.


Tonight, students will receive an email from me with information for our Cohort A students who join us in person for the first time tomorrow. There is also an update for Cohort B to make sure to check their Google Classroom carefully for this week's assignments and if/when they should be available for a Zoom or Meet session.


We'll have a staggered arrival for the in-person cohorts and students will report directly to B block. They will receive paper copies of their schedules, a walking map of the building, and a Mustang mask. I will then virtually review several important changes for students and we'll be off and running! Students in Cohort B do not have to check in to DSB and can begin working on B block assignments at 8:34. Cohort B also does not have to sign up for Flex Block for Tuesday. That is independent work time for at home learners. You can reach out to teachers for extra help if needed.


Thanks for all of your support over the opening days! We look forward to having another first day of school tomorrow!

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This week's Schedule Rotation

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School Counseling Updates



  • Virtual Senior Family Post Secondary Planning Night

    • Come learn about the college application process and procedures for senior year

    • This will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30pm

    • GoToWebinar registration link to follow


  • College Financing with MEFA

    • Given the circumstances of COVID and for safety measures the Family Financial Planning night will be online

    • The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) is hosting four webinars every day

    • Please visit: https://www.mefa.org/events and and sign up for one or both of the suggested webinars:

      • College Financing

      • College Financing, Understanding the FAFSA


  • Virtual Senior Workshops

    • Wednesday, September 30th from 1:35-2:31pm/ Comprehensive Wellness & Core Values Block

      • Counselors will review 'College Application Procedures' which includes steps on how to move colleges to the 'College's I'm Applying to List', steps on how to update Naviance once a student submits an application, linking Common App with Naviance, submitting standardized test scores and how to request teacher and counselor recommendations and the timeline for doing so

      • A link will be sent to your senior next week via email


  • Senior Individual Appointment to be schedule with Mrs. Rondeau

    • Starting October 5th, seniors may begin to schedule appointments (virtually or in person) with their counselor

    • To schedule an appointment students will need to email Mrs. Rondeau, the School Counseling Secretary at jrondeau@medwayschools.org

    • All seniors should have completed their Student Data Portfolio and Resume on Naviance prior to individual appointments with counselors

    • Your appointments must be during your senior priv, a study hall, or on Wednesday afternoons during comprehensive wellness/core values block




  • Virtual College Representatives Connect with Medway High School

    • These will be held Wednesday afternoons virtually during comprehensive wellness/core values blocks

    • College representatives have been requesting visits to Medway High School. This will allow students to learn more about colleges they are interested in

    • Typically, representatives will provide an overview of their college to students and answer student questions

    • Students must sign up in advance to meet with the representatives

    • The list of visiting schools can be viewed on Naviance’s homepage under “What’s New” and continue with the registration process by clicking “Register” at the top right of the screen.

    • Students will receive a link to virtually join these sessions 15 minutes prior to the meeting

    • We have asked the colleges to make sure that all security measures are put in place for their virtual meetings.


  • Senior student to-do

    • Complete Student Data Portfolio and Resume on Naviance

    • It is important that students take responsibility for identifying deadlines for applications and financial aid; as well as application requirements for each of the colleges they plan to apply to. Naviance can help with this!

    • Let teachers and your counselor know of your earliest deadline so your letter of recommendation is ready on time!It is customary for students to give teachers and counselors two weeks notice prior to needing the recommendation.

    • Make sure to apply for the FAFSA or CSS Profile for financial aid opportunities

    • Continue to explore colleges / reach out to admissions regarding ways to engage with them. Many colleges are offering virtual tours, webinars, and live Q&A sessions

    • Engage in virtual college fairs via https://www.nacacfairs.org/





  • AP Exams Information

    • Please make sure your student has joined the AP Classroom. Your student should have received instructions and and join codes from their classroom teacher

    • Payment information

      • Fee $95, per exam

        • If a student is on free or reduced lunch please see Ms. Gentile

      • Payments can be made via UNIpay by visiting https://unipaygold.unibank.com/default.aspx,

        • Search Medway Public Schools, Click “Student Activities” on the left hand menu, click “AP Exam Fees” and proceed with the payment process. *Remember it is $95 per exam

      • Please bring cash and check payments to Mrs. Rondeau, the school counseling secretary

    • Please have your student join their AP Classroom(s) and submit payments no later than Friday, October 9th


  • Standardized Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:


  • Thank you for your patience and understanding during the scheduling process this year. It is greatly appreciated every year, but even more so this year.

Students: If you have not returned all your books from last year, please return them to the book drop in front of the main office.

BACK TO SCHOOL WEBINAR

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September 11, 2020


Dear Students and Families,


Over the past two weeks, we have welcomed our faculty and staff back to Medway High School to begin preparing in earnest for the start of the school year. We have reviewed numerous safety protocols and procedures to ensure that we are working with students in the safest way possible. We have engaged in a series of professional development opportunities to enhance our teaching and learning practices to support students in person and in an at home setting. We have begun to see students in the building with our peer counselors leading tours for our incoming freshman in a modified freshman orientation. It has been great to see familiar faces and engage in academic conversations once again. The work to get here has been exhaustive and all encompassing for all, however, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome students back to school on Wednesday, September, 16th


This will not be a normal school year. As you know, we have had to modify much of the way we do school in a relatively short amount of time to make our opening possible. We have modified our daily schedule, our student schedules, developed cohorts for student grouping, among many other new procedures which we will share with students below and over the first few meetings. Our goal from the beginning has been to return to school in the safest manner possible for students and staff according to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Some of these adjustments require more effort and some come with disappointment. The flexibility and accommodations that we are accustomed to may not be possible in a variety of scenarios this year, however, we will continue to make adjustments as we learn and grow in this new environment.


I have appreciated the understanding and support from our students and families around the efforts that have gone into making the return to school possible. I will continue to ask for your grace and understanding in the days and weeks ahead. None of this is easy, but we know that our return to education for our students and families will be worth all of the steps needed to get here. I look forward to partnering with you in supporting your children's education this year.


Stay safe and be well,


John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

Medway High School

MHS Back to School Webinar

Tuesday, Sep. 15th 2020 at 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Please register for MHS Back to School Webinar on Sep 15, 2020 4:00 PM EDT at:


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1995167612275300880


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


This webinar will be recorded and a link shared with the MHS Community by 6pm for those unable to attend.

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First Week Schedule

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Wednesday, September 16

On Wednesday, September 16, the school year will begin for all Medway High School students remotely. Prior to Wednesday, all students will receive information from their teachers for how to access the Google Classroom for each course. Google Classroom will be the hub for all of our learning materials and links to access zoom or google meet sessions. Students should check their email regularly where they will receive their Google Classroom invitations or join codes. If you have any issues accessing your email or Google Classroom, please contact support@medwayschools.org. All of our student schedules are available on Infinite Campus. Please review your schedule and your Google Classroom pages for each course so you are aware of the sequence of courses on Wednesday and have the links ready to access to enter your sessions.


Wednesday sessions are inclusive of students in all cohorts. During the first session, your teacher will likely provide you with an overview of what the year will look like for that course, expectations for entering and engaging in the class during in-person sessions, and begin building connections and relationships with the students. Each session on Wednesday will be live online and students will be expected to have their cameras on for the 25 minute class session. Synchronous learning on Wednesday’s will begin at 8:04 and continue for all seven periods until 11:59. All students are expected to take a lunch break from 12:00-12:30 and then engage in two asynchronous learning sessions from 12:30-2:30.


Our first Wednesday afternoon sessions will be an opportunity for students to learn about our new in school practices and protocols to prepare them for their first day in the building.

Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18

Thursday and Friday this week, will be our first school days in the Hybrid model. Cohort B and C will attend school in-person and Cohort A will attend from home. On Thursday, students will attend periods A,B,C,D and on Friday E,F,G, and our new Flex (H) block. All assignments for students in person and learning at home can be accessed via the Google Classroom page. This will be especially important for our at home learners who are expected to be available and engaged in learning during each period of the day. Teachers will review expectations for students during the Wednesday remote session.

What's DSB and Flex Block (H)?

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Printable Schedule Rotation

MASKS

Masks on at all times at Medway High School. This includes inside and outside the building while on campus. The only times that students may remove their masks is during scheduled mask breaks, to eat or drink in the cafeteria or to grab a quick sip of water. Gaitors, bandanas and valve masks are not permitted by the School Committee Policy.

Chromebooks

Students are expected to bring their Chromebooks to school each day, fully charged. While most of the programs we will be using can be accessed on home computers, the school issued Chromebook should be the primary device used for all academics, both in school and at home. This will allow the district to push out new applications to all machines, run diagnostics and address technical issues that might arise. We have limited capacity to power devices in the classroom. The battery life for a district provided Chromebook is more than sufficient to last for the entire school day if fully charged.


Anyone in need of technical assistance or device repair is encouraged to visit our Technical Support site. Medway Technical Support can be reached via email at support@medwayschools.org or by phone at (508) 321-4799. Requests will be managed as quickly as possible.

School Supplies

Given the fact that half of our learners will be attending their classes online each day, our overall instructional approach for all students will feature a greater use of digital tools than the traditional classroom model. We will be using Google Classroom as our primary learning platform and the majority of materials will be made available for students electronically. Using these tools provide greater opportunities for students in school to safely collaborate with peers in class and at home. It also allows students who are absent for any reason to access the instructional materials. For some classes, such as art and music, students will be issued supplies that should be used in school and at home. We will have limited capacity to share materials, so it is important that each student have a sufficient supplies of pens and pencils. Most math classes will require a graphing calculator as well. We strongly encourage students to also supply their own wired headphones and dry erase markers. Other school supplies will be identified in the expectation sheets provided by the teachers. Please reach out to the main office if you require any assistance in acquiring school supplies.

Attention Seniors

  • Privs will begin immediately if you have a Directed Study Block first block or last block
  • Privs have been extended to include Flex Block on Tuesday and Friday when it falls first block or last block.
  • There will be a Senior Parent Night on Wednesday 9/30 @ 6:30pm. This will be held virtually.
  • We will host Virtual College Rep Visits during the Comprehensive Wellness/Core Values Blocks. There will be two time slots every Wednesday that students will sign up on for through Naviance.

More details to follow

August 29, 2020

I hope you are all enjoying the final days of summer! Opening day for our students is fast approaching and we’re hard at work finalizing all of the details to ensure that our opening is as safe and smooth as possible. On Monday, we welcome our faculty and staff back to the building. Over the next two weeks, our staff will be immersed in new protocols, safety procedures, and instructional methods in preparation for welcoming students back to school. As you already know, our first day back to school will be on September 16th which is a remote school day. Between September 8-11, we will have opportunities via webinar sessions for each cohort and their families to learn more about our return to school process and some of our new protocols for a safe return to school. In the meantime, you’ll receive your cohort information on Friday, August 28th and we’ll release student schedules on August 31st both at 4pm.

Please stay tuned as we continue to share updates over the days to come. We look forward to welcoming you back to school in two weeks!

Cohort Information

Our central office recently shared cohort information via email for the 2020-2021 school year. If you receive this communication and the details of the cohort placement are different than what you expected, please reach out to the building principal of your child(ren)’s school to seek clarity. We will not be able to honor requests to change students from Cohort A to Cohort B as these shifts will create imbalances elsewhere and the data that we have is also supporting our work to finalize transportation routes.

Class Schedules

Class schedules will be released on Monday at 4pm. Our schedules represent a combination of courses that students were recommended for along with electives that match the interests of our students. During the course request process, we asked students to request course alternate courses and engage in a placement review process if the course recommendation did not match the desired level of challenge that the student desired. Our administrators and counselors were able to meet the vast majority of requests and organize classes that have balance in class sizes throughout the school. This process was beneficial as we were faced with developing cohorts to accommodate students in classrooms with 6’ distance between desks and chairs. We are also fortunate that we’ve been able to maintain our vast core and elective offerings for our students during this difficult time.


The complexities of scheduling for the hybrid model along with our new daily schedule model for this year only (4 periods/day) have made it imperative for us to limit the number of directed study blocks built into student schedules. Most students will find that their schedules are more full than they are used to, especially grades 9 and 10 which are fully scheduled. We have built our daily schedule to ensure that all students have a directed support block with one of their teachers to begin each school day and a Flex Block to meet with an academic teacher of their choice on Tuesdays and Fridays.


With student schedules set and cohorts established, we are able to support student learning with our cohort model that does not exceed any of our staff or classroom capabilities. As we laid out in the spring, we would not have a summer override process and will not be able to make any changes to courses this year. Please understand that changes to our schedule has a cascading impact throughout the district on everything from the number of students in electives all the way to the number of students on the bus. This is not the way we usually do business but it is what is necessary this year. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support with student schedules.

Freshman Orientation- Allison Jasmin

We’re excited to welcome our incoming 9th grade students to our orientation on either Wednesday, September 9th or Thursday, September 10th. Each Peer Counselor and their group of freshmen have been assigned a one-hour time slot. We ask that each incoming 9th grade student fill out the google form using their Medway school account to find their time and sign up to attend (Times and Sign-up Form). The time slots are spaced out every 15 minutes so that one Peer Counselor and their group of freshmen will be in the building at a time.


We ask that Freshmen are dropped off at the front of the building and meet their Peer Counselor outside. After all freshmen attending are accounted for, the PC's will proceed into the building and provide their group a tour of the building. Students will also have the opportunity to locate their classes along the tour. After the tour, the group will meet outside behind the cafeteria for Q&A. During this time, the Peer Counselors will reshare the link to the padlet that was created during Grade 8 Step Up Day. This will be their go-to for all things related to their transition to MHS. We ask that parents pick-up their child behind the cafeteria. As a reminder, all students must be masked and maintain their physical distance throughout the orientation. Please reach out to Allison Jasmin with any questions.

2020-2021 School Calendar

The School Committee approved the recommended, amended 2020-2021 School Calendar which can be found here. The calendar takes into account the additional 10 days of professional learning and planning days prior to the start of our student return which will be Wednesday, September 16. The two days at the end of the year are being held in abeyance in case we need them sometime during the year in support of a student learning model transition (i.e. move from hybrid to full remote, etc.)

Health and Safety Updates:

The District is moving forward with the purchase of air purifiers with HEPA filters for each classroom, teaching space, and office. These devices have the ability to sanitize the air, depending on size, every 15 minutes. We are hopeful we will receive delivery prior to the students starting school.

While this exceeds the recommendations provided by DESE, we believe that this is an essential purchase for a few reasons:

  • It adds another layer of protection for students, faculty and staff

  • It allows us to more effectively operate our ventilation system, while complying with guidance, as the weather shifts

Face Covering Policy

At the August 20, 2020, School Committee meeting, the committee approved the following policy regarding masks and face coverings. Please make sure to read and reach out to the school with any questions.

Chromebook Repair Services and Supports:

Anyone in need of technical assistance or device repair is encouraged to visit our Technical Support site. Medway Technical Support can be reached via email at support@medwayschools.org or by phone at (508) 321-4799. Requests will be managed as quickly as possible.

Free and Reduced School Meal Program

Every child needs a healthy, nutritious meal to learn. Medway Public Schools offers nutritious meals to children each school day, often at a free or reduced price for those who need it. Medway Public Schools participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLBP), a federally funded program that helps children receive free or reduced meals.

Click here for additional information and to find out if you qualify.


Fall Return to Sports-Jeff Parcells

Hello Mustang Nation!

I am writing to you today with some positive news pertaining to high school sports and the upcoming fall season. Last night, I presented an overview of our plan to safely return to athletics for the upcoming fall season to the Medway School Committee. The information highlights the plans by which Medway HS and the Tri-Valley League will be following for the upcoming season. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here.

Fall 2020

A major change for the upcoming fall is three of our typical fall season programs will be moved to a new season which will begin in late February; referred to by the MIAA as ‘Fall Season II or the Floating Season’. Those three programs are Football, Cheer and Volleyball. If you registered and paid for one of those programs, we will automatically move your registration and payment to the new ‘Fall Season II / Floating Season’. If you would like a refund, please contact me as soon as possible. The MIAA just released their ‘Sport Modifications’ to abide by the rules set forth by the EEA for the sports running this fall. Those documents can be found here.

Spectators (2020 only)

By a unanimous vote of the Tri-Valley League Principals, spectators will not be permitted at any TVL event this fall, including practice and tryout sessions. While likely unpopular, it is in line with capacity recommendations from the state and many leagues across the state are utilizing this model. All Medway athletic events held on Hanlon Field will be available to view via live-streaming on the NFHS Network. We are very thankful for the Medway Booster Club’s donation and their commitment to bring this capability to our campus. More information to follow pertaining to the live-streaming of our events.

Coaching out of Season

Out of season student-athletes/teams (Winter, Fall Season II, and Spring) are not permitted to participate in any sport-specific physical activity or practice sessions with their team or coaches. Off-season practice sessions are not allowed or sanctioned by Medway Public Schools or the Tri-Valley League. The Tri-Valley League Principals voted unanimously to keep MIAA Rule 40 (Coaching Out Of Season rule) in place for the entire 2020-2021 school year. We will allow our coaches who are currently out of season to meet with their team candidates but those meetings must be optional and limited in frequency. There cannot be any expectation that a student-athlete attend any meeting considered out of season based on the seasons listed in the slide presentation. If coaches plan on meeting with their team candidates, all school district rules pertaining to social distancing and face coverings must be adhered to. Virtual meetings are the preferred method at this time.

User Fees

Sport user fees will not be reduced as our costs for transportation, game management, staffing and PPE have increased. The online Unipay payment system is now available to accept payments for the Fall I Season. To register for a Fall Season I sport, please go here.

Four Season Student-Athletes (2020 only)

Please note the MIAA is allowing student-athletes to participate in four seasons this school year. This means that student-athletes who would normally participate in football, cheer or volleyball may elect to try out for another fall team that is running (cross country, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer or golf) and vice versa.

Office Hours

To help answer any questions you may have, I will conduct office hours on Monday to answer any questions pertaining to high school athletics. Student-athletes can register for the 3:00-3:30 p.m. session here. A second meeting to answer any question from parents/guardians is scheduled for 4:00-4:30 p.m. and you can register here.

Thank you for taking the time to read through all of the details and the slide presentation. I look forward to seeing all of you in the very near future. Wishing you a safe and healthy 2020-2021 school year! GO MUSTANGS!

Best,

Jeff Parcells, Athletic Director

August 16, 2020

This has been an incredibly important week for the Medway Public Schools. We hosted multiple informational webinars both with faculty as well as our community in order to inform everyone about our Return to School Plan. In addition, last night the district leadership team presented to the School Committee with our recommendation. The result of the meeting was the approval of the Hybrid model

We know that these are incredibly challenging times to plan for and that our plans can change in an instant based on state and local information. We also know that our plans include big picture planning and we still have many details to finalize.

I am appreciative to the leadership team, Medway High School task force, and all faculty and staff that we have engaged in conversations and suggestions about the fall return.

We have created a student centered, thoughtful, and aligned approach across all schools as well as consistency within the models. Ms. Luizzi and I have been working closely to align the secondary schools as well as Ms. McDonald and Mr. Kelly at the elementary level.

We learned a great deal from last year and are focused to work together as a school community to make this year an even more dynamic experience for our students. Finally, as you have heard in the webinars, we have centered our decision making process in our district core values.

Please see more information below to access webinar recordings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out or Submit questions here. I will also host a live office hour meeting for parents on Tuesday, August 18 at noon. Please sign up here and a link will be sent at 10am on August 18th.


Best,

John Murray,

Principal

Return to School Webinar- District

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Dr. Pires and the leadership team shared our Return to School Plan via a webinar. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can view the recording here. In addition, you can find a link to the slidedeck using this link:

COMMUNITY_ Recommendation_ Medway Public Schools Fall 2020 School Return Framework.pdf

MHS Return to School Webinar

Medway High SchoolI hosted a "Return to School" webinar on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 as a follow up to the district level webinar. We reviewed our school’s plans for our return to school this fall. If you missed the webinar, you can find the recording here. In addition, the powerpoint slide deck can be found here.

Daily Schedule 2020-2021

For the upcoming school year, students will meet with 4 classes on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday whether they are learning in person or at home. On Wednesdays, all students will be learning from home and will meet with all of their classes. Below is the bell schedule for 2020-2021.
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Students schedules will have courses scheduled for periods A-G plus an H block that is an academic Flex block. We will rotate the blocks where A-D will always meet on Mondays and Thursdays and E-H will always meet on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each week the blocks will rotate within their scheduled day. Please review the rotation below. We will send out the weekly cycly each week. We will create a video to explain the new schedule for students.
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Counselor Assignments 2020-2021

We are pleased to share the counseling assignments for 2020-2021. As you may be aware, Ms. Emily Reznick will be joining the staff at Medway Middle School and her caseload has been redistributed among the other counselors. For our rising seniors, please know that Ms. Reznick is still available to write your college recommendation and answer any questions that you may have pertaining to your post-secondary search process. Please reach out to Ms. Maura McCormack or your school counselor with any questions.


Class of 2024 (Grade 9):

Ms. Charlsey Gentile: A-G

Mrs. Amanda Harkins: H-M

Ms. Allison Jasmin: N-Z


Class of 2023 (Grade 10):

Mrs. Amanda Harkins: A-Bo & L-P

Ms. Allison Jasmin: Br-C & Q-Z

Ms. Charlsey Gentile: D-Di & Do-K


Class of 2022 (Grade 11):

Mrs. Amanda Harkins: A-Bo & L-P

Ms. Allison Jasmin: Br-Cl & Q-Z

Ms. Charlsey Gentile: Co-Di & Do-K


Class of 2021 (Grade 12):

Mrs. Amanda Harkins: A-Bo & L-P

Ms. Allison Jasmin: Br-C & Q-Z

Ms. Charlsey Gentile: D-Di & Do-K

Message from Dr. Pires

Please click here to read the latest Superintendent’s Update that was sent to the community on Friday (8/14/20).


Communication

If you are not receiving email communications from the district or the schools, we are here to help. Please email parent@medwayschools.org and a team will work to ensure that you are connected.


Important Dates

August 14th - Final “commitment” surveys sent to families regarding their plans for the Fall 2020 school return

August 17th- Virtual School Webinar, 3:00 pm

August 19th- Final Fall 2020 School Return surveys due (student learning model AND transportation surveys)

August 20th- School Committee Meeting, 5:00 pm

Early September, TBD: Student and Family Orientations

September 16th- 1st day of school

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August 9, 2020

Happy August!

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome back the Class of 2020 for an in-person graduation ceremony. It was great to see our graduates and their families as a group one last time to say a proper farewell. While our graduates have received a great deal of attention, we are also thinking about how to build connections and community for all of our students. We’re excited for our incoming twelfth graders to begin their senior year. While I’m sure this year’s activities will look and feel different, we’re committed to making the experience for the Class of 2021 special throughout the year. We’re also welcoming a new group of students in grade 9 and are looking forward to sharing details for what their welcome will look like and how to make our freshman feel at home at MHS.


We continue to meet as a district leadership team and with members of our high school staff to plan what the fall return will look like. Certainly there is a great deal of thought and detail that goes into planning for multiple scenarios. As Dr. Pires stated in his August 5th, communication, "We anticipate that we will migrate among and between each of the student learning models (full in-person, hybrid, and remote) during the 2020-2021 school year." While we prepare for all student learning models, our district will share information and updates during a district-wide webinar on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5pm and via a live-streamed School Committee meeting this Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5pm. We hope you will be able to join us to learn more about our reopening plans and to have questions answered.


Best,


John Murray

Principal

Medway High School

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District Return to School Webinar

As Dr. Pries shared in his Superintendent’s Update on Wednesday, we invite the community to join us for a Return to School webinar on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:00PM. We will again use a webinar format to share our presentation. The event will also be recorded and shared with our community. Attendance requires registration. If you would like to attend, please Register here


Medway High School Return to School Presentation

Medway High School will host a community meeting on Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. The purpose of this meeting will be to review the plan we presented at the Return to School Webinar on Tuesday, August 11th. During this session, we will provide additional details about the plan as it relates to MHS. We also plan to take questions from the community about specific aspects of our plan. In order to best prepare for this meeting, we are asking that families submit their questions after the August 11th meeting, but prior to our building based meeting. This will allow us to ensure we address your questions and concerns. Please submit questions here.

MHS Return to School Webinar

Wednesday, Aug. 12th 2020 at 3-4pm

This is an online event.

Please register for Medway High School- Return to School Webinar on Aug 12, 2020 3:00 PM EDT at:


https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6486369145778190863


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Upcoming Dates

Important Dates


August 11th - Community Return to School Webinar 5pm


August 12th- Medway High School Return to School Webinar 3pm


August 13th- Review of Fall 2020 School Return recommendation with the Medway Public Schools School Committee (for approval) - This will be a live streamed meeting- 5pm


August 14th - Final “commitment” surveys sent to families regarding their plans for the Fall 2020 school return


August 19th- Final Fall 2020 School Return surveys due

In case you missed it- July 29th Office Hours

June 12, 2020

Last Week of School

It's hard to believe that we've reached the last week of school. There are truly no words to fully describe what this year has been like for our students, parents, faculty and staff. From the beginning, we have stated that we're all in this together and we each have had our own unique experiences during the school closure. It hasn't always been easy. We've learned a great deal about ourselves and our abilities to adapt to an ever changing set of guidelines and circumstances. I wish I could tell you what lies ahead for us. We should get those guidelines over the next few weeks. Whatever the guidelines are, we will be here to partner with you and your children to provide the best education possible in the safest environment. Though the school year ends Friday, we will continue to update students and families with the latest information as we get it and determine the impact on our schools.


Thank you to all of our students and families for your care and support throughout this most challenging year! I look forward to supporting you and yours in whatever lies ahead!


Best,

John

Underclass Awards

As is tradition at Medway High School, we are proud to present our students in grades 9-11 awards to commemorate hard work and effort for this school year. We will also present Junior Book Awards to deserving members of the class of 2024. These awards have been prerecorded and will be shared with our community on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30pm. A link to the ceremony will be mailed to all to view the event!

Student Town Hall: Conversation about Race

As a follow up to the district-wide: A Community Conversation About Race, Medway High School and Medway Middle School will host a student town hall forum to discuss race in our schools.

We are pleased to welcome our long standing partners in this essential work, IDEAS’ allies (Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students), to guide our students in learning and dialogue. We are pleased to host members of our grades 5-12 UNITY, TADA, World of Difference, Peer Counselor, Student Council, and 40% club who will participate in this program. Pre-registration is required and we ask that questions and comments be submitted ahead of time. The event will be Wednesday, June 17 at 4pm and will be recorded for those unable to join us. Registration and questions/comments will be mailed out on Monday. Log-in credentials will be sent to all registered participants just prior to the event.

2020-2021 Schedule Release

We are nearly ready to release our schedule for the next school year. As mentioned above, we anticipate the release of state guidelines for what next year will look like within the next two weeks. We anticipate that the guidelines could require some adjustments to our schedule for next year which will likely delay the release for a few weeks. We are releasing the summer reading and summer AP assignments below. We will also email all AP students at the end of next week to confirm their enrollment for next year.

Freshman Pick-Up and Drop Off

Grade 9 students will come to the high school at their scheduled time to receive their locker contents in a bag “curbside”. They will then return their books in book bins labeled by department. We will publish a map that includes the pick up and drop off locations along with a plan for traffic. MHS staff will be on hand to manage the process. Below are the dates, and times by alphabet for each of the grades. Each grade will receive an email that includes a reminder of what to return.


Grade 9

June 17th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abbott - Carpenter

June 17th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - Caton - Fowles

June 18th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Foy - Knowlton

June 18th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Longval - Pobudziej

June 18th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Potnis - Zufriategui


Final Pick-up/ Drop off

This includes Lockers, Gym and Athletics

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Refunds for Ring Dance and Prom

All refund requests have been sent to the town for processing. Our understanding is that the checks should begin hitting mailboxes on Monday, June 15th.

Q4 Grades/ Final Report Cards-6/22

June 1

Message from Dr. Murray

Dear MHS Students and Parents,


We are all saddened as we have watched events unfold on our national stage over the past few days regarding racism and inequality in America. We know that our children have witnessed the ongoing protests and unrest in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which I’m sure has brought about questions and concerns in households across our community. Connected to these concerns is an external email received by members of our junior class at the end of last week from someone claiming to be part of our Medway High School community. In this communication, the author writes, in part, “As a student here at Medway high things haven't been always alright for me. Students are purposely being racist towards the people of color, and that is not right. So please if you are being racist towards someone, please stop it. Try to bring peace in our world today.” Though our security settings should have prevented this email from reaching an internal distribution list, it is important to acknowledge and address the frustration and sentiments expressed in the message with our students and families.


As principal of Medway High School, it brings me great pain to read a message from a student asking for acts of racism that they have experienced or witnessed to stop. To be clear, we will not tolerate or condone acts of racism in our school. I have reached out to the author and asked to have a conversation to learn more about their experiences, investigate their concerns, and to take the appropriate actions. I invite other students who may have similar sentiments or may have witnessed such acts to share their experiences with me. Every student in our high school community has a right to learn and engage in a safe environment free from racism and bias.


We recognize that our efforts to develop and maintain a culture of equity and empowerment for all is never finished and we continue to have work to do in this area. Our school community is committed to confronting issues of bigotry, hate, and injustice. We will continue our efforts to educate our MHS community to recognize these behaviors and provide additional support when confronted by these issues. We will also continue to engage in learning and partnership with professional organizations equipped to provide support in our work to build an environment that is free from hate. Finally, we will provide tools for parents to engage in conversations about race with your children. These conversations may be uncomfortable to engage in but are meaningful and important. We hope that you will remain committed to engaging in this essential work with us.


We value your partnership as we continue to build a school community in which all of our students feel safe and supported. Please feel free to reach out to our school leadership team or school counselors if you or your children have questions about the topics discussed here.


Sincerely,

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

Medway High School


Junior Pick-up and Drop-off

Juniors will be able to pick-up and drop-off items at the scheduled times below this Thursday and Friday. Juniors will first drive to the Gymnasium entrance to pick up the contents of their locker/gym locker. Students should write their last name on a piece of paper and place it on their passenger window. An MHS staff member will place your belongings on the sidewalk near your car. Students should then drive around back to the cafeteria patio to return books by department. Please place your name in all of your books. At all times, students must wear a mask. Please reach out to Mr. List with any questions.



Grade 11

June 4th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abbott - Capalbo

June 4th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - Cardillo - Flood

June 5th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Flotta - MacLeod

June 5th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Maddox - Pratt

June 5th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Proctor - Zanella

Cap and Gown Pick-up and Class Day- June 7th

Cap and Gown pick up for the Class of 2020 will be on Sunday, June 7th from 10am-1pm at Medway High School. Graduates will be invited to the school at a designated time to pick a bag with their cap and gown and other important items and gifts. More details will be sent directly to graduates and their families by Thursday. Thank you to the MSPTO for your support in organizing this event.


Also, on Sunday evening, Medway Cable Access will broadcast Class Day. Class Day includes several student speeches, a class will, and our the naming of our scholarship and award recipients. The awards will be aired at 6:30pm on Medway Cable and streamed live via Medway Cable's Facebook page. More information will be included in our Thursday communication.

High School Science MCAS Decision Finalized

At their May 26, 2020 meeting, the members of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted and approved to modify the requirements for High School MCAS testing in Science and Technology/Engineering for students in the classes of 2021-2023 due to the COVID-19 emergency. The details of the meeting can be found here.

For students in the classes of 2021–2023, the competency determination in STE would be awarded upon demonstration that the student earned credit for a course in the relevant subject matter and demonstrated competency in one of the four tested disciplines (biology, chemistry, introductory physics, technology/engineering) during their high school career. The process and timeline for awarding the modified CD will be announced at a later date.


Students in the classes of 2021–2023 will still be able to qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award, which currently require students to earn certain test scores in all three subject areas (ELA, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering). We are working with the Department of Higher Education to determine a fair approach to modifying the criteria for the scholarship programs and will announce those changes shortly.


Students in the class of 2024, who were in grade 8 this year and are entering grade 9 next year, will be expected to participate in STE testing in 2021 or 2022, according to their school or district plan for high school STE testing.

MHS School Counseling Update

Attention Seniors:

Scholarship Extension:

The DESE has extended the deadline for the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction to June 30th (it had been May 1st).

Below please find a link for information about the scholarship:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X60kry2lkllpXaHbX2sooQAOqdI_bUQxkRVAqk3glmY/edit?usp=sharing

Senior Exit Surveys:

Seniors should have received information about filling out two senior exit surveys. This is just a reminder that the deadline to complete them is Friday, May 22nd. Students should log into their Naviance account to access both surveys.


Attention Juniors:

The Junior Post-Secondary Workshops have now been completed. School Counselors have started meeting with Juniors individually by appointment. Students should join the Class of 2021 School Counseling google classroom (the code was given out at the Junior Post-Secondary Workshop) to review the Junior Seminar #4 Power Point as well as other helpful handouts. Juniors should complete their student data portfolio and their activity resume in Naviance and once completed, email Mrs. Rondeau at jrondeau@medwayschools.org to set up their Junior appointment. If students have any questions about signing up, please email your school counselor.


Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Resources for HS Juniors

Below please find a link that MEFA has created with some helpful resources for high school Juniors. The link provides information about a timeline for the financial aid process, webinars offered by MEFA for the financial aid and college admissions processes, as well as Blog posts by MEFA representatives with information about applying to college.

https://image.s1.sfmc-content.com/lib/fefc16747c6004/m/3/18299d9f-4fc6-4b78-a90b-d35baff4c6a0.pdf



Additional Links from MEFA with information about expenses students may have when entering college for the first time:

https://www.mefa.org/how-much-will-i-need-for-non-billed-college-expenses/?utm_campaign=Guidance2019&utm_source=GuideGrade12Wave24&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA2

https://www.mefa.org/how-health-insurance-can-affect-your-college-bill/?utm_campaign=Guidance2019&utm_source=GuideGrade12Wave24&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA3

Quick Memorial Day Update for May 25-May 29

This week's schedule

With the Memorial Day holiday, we've had to adjust our remote learning schedule. Please see the schedule below.
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Senior Pick-up and Drop-off

Seniors will be able to pick-up and drop-off items at the scheduled times below this Thursday and Friday. Seniors will first drive to the Gymnasium entrance to pick up the contents of their locker/gym locker. Students should write their last name on a piece of paper and place it on their passenger window. An MHS staff member will place your belongings on the sidewalk near your car. Students should then drive around back to the cafeteria patio to return books by department and their chromebook. Please place your name in all of your books. At all times, students must wear a mask. Please reach out to Mr. List with any questions.


Grade 12

May 28th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abrams - Dennehy

May 28th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - DeRosa - Higgins

May 29th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Hollis-Zicko - Morales

May 29th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Moran - Schwab

May 29th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Shea - Woytaszek

Class Elections

We will hold elections for each class via a GoTo Meeting Webinar during the week of May 25. Students will be sent a link to register for the event and will receive a link to enter the meeting on the morning of the meeting. Only students who register for the event will be able to enter. Students will have the opportunity to view pre-recorded video speeches at the times below. This will be the only opportunity to view the videos. Please review the times for the class election meetings below.
  • Tuesday 5/26 1:00 = Grade 9 Class Meeting
  • Wednesday 5/27 1:00 = Grade 10 Class Meeting
  • Thursday 5/28 1:00 = Grade 11 Class Meeting
Immediately following the class meeting, students will receive a link via email to vote. Voting will remain open for 2 hours.
All of the election results will be shared on Friday 5/29.
If you have any questions about class elections, please reach out to Ms. Metcalf.

ICYMI- Graduation Announcement

Medway High School Class of 2020 Announcement

Term 3 Report Cards

Term 3 report cards will be shared via Infinite Campus on Wednesday, May 27.

May 19th Update

This week is bittersweet for all of us as our seniors officially finish their classes at MHS. This is not the ending that any of us imagined. We are so excited about the opportunities ahead of us to celebrate this class before they take the next important steps in their lives. It has taken us longer than we had hoped to solidify our plans. We sought feedback from students and families, received additional feedback and ideas along the way, and continued to hold back in hopes that we would get additional support and guidance in making a decision about graduation that is consistent with the wishes of our students. On Friday, Senior Class President Sam McKeown and I will share a video with our students and families that outlines our plan and date for graduation. We think folks will be happy with our plan and we look forward to sharing it with you!


In the meantime, we can announce that graduation will not be on June 7th. Instead, we are planning a drive-thru cap and gown pickup (with a faculty cheering section) and a virtual Class Day for June 7th. We’ll have more details to share about that event on Friday as well. Finally, our Senior Class Council is working on our annual Superlatives Event to be ready sometime mid-June.


More details to follow!


This week’s Mustang Minute also highlights information about our locker cleanout and our book return process for all grades. This process is challenging to plan logistically and signals to students that the end of the school year is near. I encourage you to continue to support your students in finishing the year strong as we still have four weeks to go. Our teacher, counselors, and AP will continue to support struggling students to ensure that they are successful by the end of the year.

Locker Cleanout and Return of MHS Resources

As senior classes end this week and our classes for grades 9-11 end shortly after, we have organized a system for students to obtain items from their lockers and return books and resources to the school. This process will be organized by grade level with specific times arranged alphabetically to ensure an orderly process that meets current social distancing guidelines. In short, students will come to the high school at their scheduled time to receive their locker contents in a bag “curbside”. They will then return their books in book bins labeled by department. We will publish a map that includes the pick up and drop off locations along with a plan for traffic. MHS staff will be on hand to manage the process. Below are the dates, and times by alphabet for each of the grades. Each grade will receive an email that includes a reminder of what to return.


Grade 12

May 28th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abrams - Dennehy

May 28th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - DeRosa - Higgins

May 29th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Hollis-Zicko - Morales

May 29th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Moran - Schwab

May 29th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Shea - Woytaszek


Grade 11

June 4th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abbott - Capalbo

June 4th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - Cardillo - Flood

June 5th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Flotta - MacLeod

June 5th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Maddox - Pratt

June 5th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Proctor - Zanella


Grade 10

June 11th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abrams - Day

June 11th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - DiBiasio - Jorgensen

June 12th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Kewley - Nisbet

June 12th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - O'Connor - Sigrist

June 12th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Sioras - Wu


Grade 9

June 17th, 11:30am - 1:30pm - Abbott - Carpenter

June 17th , 1:45pm - 3:45pm - Caton - Fowles

June 18th, 9:00am - 11:00am - Foy - Knowlton

June 18th, 11:15am - 1:15pm - Longval - Pobudziej

June 18th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Potnis - Zufriategui

May Parent Wellness Newsletter: COVID-19 Edition

These last several months have certainly been a challenging time for families and have drastically changed most household dynamics. With that in mind, we have put together a second edition of a COVID-19 Wellness Newsletter, which can be accessed here.


May 10, 2020- Update

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of our Medway Moms! We are so appreciative to our mom's for the love, care, and support that they provide to our students. I hope you enjoyed this beautiful day!


This week, I am sharing important information about our grading plan for the terms 3 and 4 and our grading calculation for the year. It took quite awhile to get this settled and available for our families. There were several shifts in our learning plans and changes made to our potential return dates until we learned that we would be out for the rest of the year. It was also important to me to get the pulse of what made sense from our students, teachers, and parents in determining the proper weighting of all of the grades.I ran the numbers through spreadsheets to make sure that students were not negatively impacted by the grading plan. I also compared what we were thinking in terms of grading with what our neighboring communities were planning for their grades to ensure that our grading was in line across the region. It took longer than I had hoped, but I am pleased to share grading information with you below. This plan gives students credit for all of the work that they completed for each of the three terms that we were in school and a Pass/Fail grade for term 4 that will help support the overall final calculations. This plan was accepted at school committee on Thursday evening. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

MHS Grading Plan

Term 3

  • Students will receive a numerical grade and report cards for Term 3

  • Third term was originally scheduled to run from January 29-April 2

  • Term 3 will retroactively run from January 29- March 13 (our last day in school)

  • Assignments given between March 13 and April 12 are part of the Alternative Enrichment Plan and will not receive grades towards Term 3 or towards the remote learning plan

  • We are offering students the opportunity to submit missing or incomplete term 3 assignments to be turned in through May 15 without penalty.

  • Most students will not need to submit any assignments to close out term 3.

  • Last week, teachers identified missing or incomplete assignments that can be submitted for credit from students who were unable to submit prior to March 13th due to absences or extenuating circumstances.

  • These late submissions can only improve Term 3 grades.

  • Term 3 grades will reflect only completed assignments for the term.

  • Term 3 report cards will be shared via Infinite Campus on Wednesday, May 27.

  • Term 3 grades will count for 18% of the overall grade

Term 4

  • Fourth Term began with remote learning on April 13.

  • Student progress will be reported for the Fourth Term as Pass/Fail.

  • Individual assignments will be assessed for completion, effort*, and understanding and recorded as credit or no credit . Written and/or oral feedback will also be provided to students on their assignments.

  • Students will earn a passing grade (P) for Fourth Term if they earn credit on 60% of assignments during the Remote Learning period (April 13-June 19).

    • It is our intention to support all students so that they meet the requiremnts to earn a P for quarter 4.

  • Term 4 will count for 12% of the overall grade.

  • Last day of classes and end of term 4 for Seniors is May 22

  • Term 4 ends for grades 9-11 on June 19

  • Term 4 report cards will be released on June 22.

Determination of Final Grades

For full-year courses, terms will be weighted in the following manner:

    • T1 30%

    • T2 30%

    • Midyear Exam 10%

    • T3 18%

    • T4 12%

  • Cumulative weighted GPA for the year will be calculated using the final grade average for full year and first semester classes.

  • Semester Two half-year courses will be graded as Pass/Fail for the semester and will not be calculated into the GPA.

End of Year Updates- Seniors

Thank you to the students and parents who reached out to me about my update regarding end of year events for our class of 2020. On Thursday, I met with our Senior Class Council and began brainstorming how to run some of the events that lead up to graduation. We meet again this week to discuss further and begin solidifying plans for those events. Our Scholarship and Awards committee are working on identifying our award recipients. I am also meeting with members of the MSPTO this week to hear their feedback. I anticipate an update from Gov. Baker that will be helpful for us to formulate next steps. Once we have some guidance from the state, I will schedule meetings to provide further updates. I appreciate everyone's patience with a most difficult situation.


In the meantime, please know that the last day for Seniors is May 22nd. We will have Senior grades finalized by June 3rd and will know who our Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and top 10 students are.


At the end of this week, we will share plans for Seniors to return books, chromebooks, and pick up items from their lockers. If there are items that students need this week, please fill out this form.

AP Exams

AP Exams begin on May 11 and run through May 22. Last week students were encouraged to test their computers to make sure that it meets the testing requirements. The College Board has issued 5 Steps to Get Ready which students should review prior to their exam. Of most importance is that students remove the Grammerly extension for the test to function properly. Testing times are 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. Students may choose to be absent from their class if they need the additional time to study for their exam. Absences must be reported to Mrs. Benman (lbenman@medwaynews.org). It is still the responsibility of the student to stay up to date with their assignments. If students have any questions they should contact Mr. Reznick.

Class Elections

We are pleased to share class election information with our grade 9-11 students. Our class elections will look different than previous years and it is important to review the steps below.

  • Friday 5/8: Class advisors will post the Intent to Run form in your Google Classroom

  • Monday 5/11: Intent to Run form is due to Ms. Cecchi.

    • No signatures are required this year.

  • Monday 5/18: All candidates will submit their election speech video to Ms. Cecchi.

    • Videos need to be school appropriate.

    • Ms. Cecchi and Administration will review all videos.

    • Videos should be 2-3 minutes in length. ( 3 minute MAX)

  • We will hold elections for each class via Google Meet during the week of May 25. Students will have the opportunity to view pre-recorded video speeches at the times below. Students may view the speeches via Google Meet's stream function with no chat function available. This will be the only opportunity to view the videos.

    • Tuesday 5/26 1:00 = Grade 9 Class Meeting

    • Wednesday 5/27 1:00 = Grade 10 Class Meeting

    • Thursday 5/28 1:00 = Grade 11 Class Meeting

  • Immediately following the class meeting, students will receive a link via email to vote. Voting will remain open for 2 hours.

  • All of the election results will be shared on Friday 5/29.

Prom and Ring Dance

Unfortunately, we are unable to have a Prom or Ring Dance this year. We have met with both the Sophomore and Junior class council over the past few weeks and have decided to postpone the events. We will begin sending refunds to families over the next few weeks. We intend to reschedule the Ring Dance at MHS in the fall. For the Prom, we will reconvene our planning committee when we return to school in the fall and assess our options for rescheduling. Any rescheduling of the Prom would include consideration for inviting members of the class of 2020.

Locker Request Form

  • If you require materials from your locker in order to complete your Remote Learning assignments, please fill out the Locker Request Form, which will be emailed to you this afternoon.

  • Once we receive your request, materials will be gathered from your locker and placed in a bag with your name on it.

  • You will then receive an email with your assigned day and time for curbside pick up at MHS.

  • No students will be allowed into the building.

  • Please follow all social distancing guidelines and wear a mask/face covering.

  • There will be additional opportunities to pick up materials and drop off school owned materials at a later date.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. and SEPAC Event: Pandemic Parenting

T.H.R.I.V.E. and SEPAC, in collaboration with Medfield Public Schools, will be co-hosting Pandemic Parenting, presented by Rachel Simmons. This virtual offering will be held on Tuesday, May 19th, at 8:00 pm. For more information about the webinar please click here. Participants must register for this event by clicking here.

Supporting Student Nutrition During School Closures

In order to ensure that students’ nutritional needs continue to be satisfied during this period of school closure, we are continuing to offer families the opportunity to have access to school meals and food to prepare meals at home. As a Medway family, you have the opportunity to access meals in three different ways:


Breakfast and lunch pick-up: A “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, outside of the Medway Middle School main entrance from 7:00-9:00 a.m. On Monday and Wednesday, students will be offered two days' worth of meals (two breakfast and two lunches) and on Friday students will be offered three days' worth of meals. Each meal will include an entree, side of fruit and/or vegetable, and milk. Parents and guardians are able to pull-up to the Medway Middle School front entrance and pick up their meals without having to leave their vehicle.


Weekly food pick-up: A week’s worth of food can be picked up at the Medway Village Church Food Pantry on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or by scheduling an appointment time with the Food Pantry Director. Food offerings will include “family size” portions of meal ingredients and kid-friendly single-serve meals.


Breakfast and lunch pick-up and weekly food pick-up: Medway families are more than welcome to participate in both of the above options in order to access daily prepared meals and larger sized ingredients each week.


To register for one or both food pick-up options please click here.

April 27th Update

Last Tuesday’s news of the closure of school for the remainder of the year was very disappointing for everyone in our school community. Though it may not have been a surprise, the finality of the news struck a chord across the district louder than anticipated. Our hearts break for all of our students, and of course for our seniors who won't be able to gather together in our schools like they have for many years.


We want our students to know that we miss them and that we will continue to work hard to make sure they continue to have access to high quality remote learning plans for the remainder of the year. This week, our district will send out a survey to students and parents to gather feedback about our remote learning plan thus far. Our goal is to identify areas of improvement as we continue learning in this model.


The close of school has brought several questions to the forefront that we hope to finalize answers to later this week. As you likely recall, the guidance from the state has recommended the use of pass/fail or credit/no credit for reporting of student learning during this time of closure. We are working to finalize our plans around "grading" for the year, calculating GPA, along with our expectations for virtual attendance during remote learning. We recognize the incredible challenges that families and students are experiencing during this time and are finalizing our plans to reflect sensitivity and understanding of these challenges.


Finally, it is important that we continue to enhance our connections with students during the closure. Last week, I sent a message to our seniors and asked for their feedback about senior events. This morning, I will send out messages to each of our grades. I will be working with the class advisors and grade-level class councils to identify their priority areas of concerns and begin developing plans to address them. For example, we know that the juniors have concerns about post-secondary planning and are wondering about the prom. We know that our sophomores and freshmen have many concerns as well and I look forward to hearing from them too. While the physical building is closed for the year, we will continue to identify ways to build community with and among our students.


Be safe and well,

John

Junior Post-Secondary Meeting

Monday, April 27th 2020 at 7pm

This is an online event.

Please join us via Zoom at 7pm this evening for the Junior Post-Secondary presentation by our School Counseling Department. We will also be available for Q+A at the end of the presentation. A link to the Zoom presentation will be sent to Junior Parents and Students this afternoon.

School Counseling Update

Medway High School’s School Counseling Department is here to support you and your family during the COVID-19 crisis. We have been participating in local and national professional development webinars to obtain the most up-to-date information regarding the college admission and financial aid process. Below you will find some information regarding standardized testing, admissions, financial aid, as well as some online resources to help guide you through this process.


Our school counselors will be holding virtual Junior workshops for students at the beginning of May. They will then be scheduling individual follow up meetings with each junior on their caseload to help support their students through the process. Counselors are also available to meet with seniors as they are now receiving their financial aid award letters and are starting to make decisions about the Fall. If a senior has any questions regarding their post-secondary plans, they should email their school counselor so a virtual appointment can be scheduled.


Once our grading practice is updated, Medway High School will be updating our school profile to include an explanation of the school’s rationale behind grading during COVID 19.


Below please find some topics that were highlighted during all of our professional development webinars.


  • Current High School Seniors should remember:

    • To make decisions that are right for their family

    • Consider what is a good financial fit for their family

    • Transferring colleges is always an option


  • Current High School Juniors should remember:

    • Every school is coming up with their own grading criteria during this time and colleges know this.

    • To continue to do their research, colleges are trying to make as much information as they can virtual on their websites such as Open Houses, tours, alumni panels etc.

    • To reach out to the schools they are the most interested in, email the admission offices directly.


  • College Essays

    • If the Common App allows you to address your experience w/ COVID, use that section and then use the Writing section (College Essay) to answer it as you normally would.


  • College Visits in Fall

    • They plan on visiting schools in the fall, if they are not able to do so, then they will figure out a plan to speak with students virtually.


  • Application Deadlines

    • No decision has been made yet about moving the Early Action/ Decision deadlines back. Answers to the Early Action / Decision deadlines may be available in the summer. Colleges are still making decisions.


  • Reviewing transcripts with Pass/Fail grades

    • Colleges & Universities will continue to look at rigor and strength of the student’s program.

    • Consideration given to pass/fail grades--students will not be put at a disadvantage.

    • Many colleges will continue to honor AP credit.


Financial Aid:

Seniors Families with Change in Financial Status

  • If you have questions or need help advocating with your college’s financial aid office, please reach out to your school counselor.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markkantrowitz/2020/03/21/how-to-ask-for-more-college-financial-aid-due-to-the-coronavirus/#13bd1ed639b4



Standardized Testing:

https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

  • The Collegeboard has canceled the June 2020 test administration. For the most up-to-date information regarding testing, please click on the link above.

  • Some schools have made the decision to move to test optional for fall admissions due to the current pandemic however some colleges will still require submission of SAT and ACT (students will need to review specific college websites for this information)


Helpful Articles & Websites:








Webinar with College Admission Representatives on Thursday nights @ 7:00 pm ET for students and families:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_83ZmQn2eTDmDqGa9f5y6lQ

How College Admissions are Responding to COVID-19

Read responses from 30 College Reps across America

MHS Senior Scholarship Deadline- May 1st

We are still planning to award scholarships to our wonderful graduating seniors. Please note, the deadline for all application materials has been extended to Friday, May 1st. All applications, documentation, essays, etc should be submitted electronically via Classroom. Please email Mr. Borden at cborden@medwayschools.org with any questions or concerns.

Accessing the Building

We have recieved several requests from students and families looking to gain access to lockers to gather belongings. We are developing a plan for students to request their belongings that we will have for families in the next Mustang Minute. There are numerous logistics involved and ask for your continued patience as we organize the plan.

April 20th Update

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend! Last week, our students and teachers completed the first week in our new remote learning plan. We heard a number of positive reports from students, parents, and teachers about the improved structure and the ability to get back to some normalcy with learning. Our teachers reported that it was great to see and speak with their students. This is still new territory for us and we know that it is not perfect. We will continue to tweak some of our practices this week to keep improving. Our students are new at learning online as well so we’ll work with them to help them improve their ability to learn in a live remote atmosphere. We will also clarify our expectations for virtual attendance, credit/no credit assignments, and send a feedback form students about the remote learning experience. Overall, we've had a very positive start. THANK YOU!


There are several big picture questions that we will continue to be deliberate about coming to conclusions on such as grades for the year and the impact on G.P.A among others. We are gathering info from neighboring schools, the College Board, and area colleges and universities to help inform our decisions. We will pass some of that info on to you below. We will also host a Junior Parent Post Secondary Planning Forum via Zoom next Monday night at 7:00pm. We will address the common questions we are receiving along with questions you may have. I will be reaching out to our Juniors as well to schedule a class meeting with them.


This week we will have classes from Tuesday - Friday at each school in the district. Please review the schedule below. I emailed the schedule to students on Friday, but please feel free to remind them.


Be well and stay safe,

John

Remote Learning Schedule

Spring MCAS Cancelled

We were notified that all Spring MCAS tests will be cancelled for this year. The full notification can be found here.

State Seal of Biliteracy

In response to the COVID-19 situation, ACTFL and Language Testing International (LTI) have made the Assessment of Performance Towards Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) and the ALIRA (Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment) available for remote administration. The AAPPL (for all languages) and the ALIRA (for Latin students) are the tests that need to be taken in order to qualify for the MA State Seal of Biliteracy. We will be communicating with the students that requested to test for the Seal of Biliteracy, and sharing with them the testing date, overall requirements and logistics. Students who are interested in obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy should contact Dr. Ocasio-Varela, World Languages Coordinator, at mocasio-varela@medwayschools.org. Students should communicate their intent to test for the MA State Seal of Biliteracy by April 14, 2020.

REMOTE LEARNING INFO- April 14

Dear Medway High School Families,


We hope this message continues to find your family safe and healthy during this time of so much uncertainty. While these recent weeks are unprecedented for all of us, we continue to be appreciative for your continued patience and support as we have worked to provide academical, social, and emotional support to your students.


Given the unprecedented changes in our daily routines and schedules, replicating our school day is just not possible as we all work to balance our families’ needs, home schooling, and in many cases, working from home. It is not possible to mirror the efforts of our teachers’ work with students to acquire skills and knowledge, as well as the personal connections that staff members and students have forged while at school each day. As I am sure you have read from Dr. Pires’ communications, we are now transitioning to providing students with remote learning opportunities where students can engage in both prior and new content that is essential for our students to be successful at the next grade level.


As a follow up to Dr. Pires’ message to our community, we hope to provide you with a high school focused follow-up to what remote learning will look like for our students.


Medway High School Remote Learning Schedule

Starting on Monday, April 13, all Medway Schools will begin using formal schedules unique to each building for remote learning. Whereas the current model of learning is “optional” for students, starting on Monday, April 13, student engagement and work completion will be required.


We have developed a schedule that we hope will provide both predictability and flexibility needed by each of us during this time. In some cases, many families have more than one child at home for whom you need to juggle lessons, activities, and meals while working from home as well. Similarly, our teachers are home juggling these same responsibilities. In developing this schedule, we attempted to not overwhelm, but to reestablish some of the structure and routine of our school day.


Your child’s schedule will include direct, virtual-in-person engagement and connection with each of their teachers in a modified way. Each of their courses will occur at a designated time, Monday through Thursday. We designed the schedule so that students will engage with their teachers in virtual in person classes and office hours each week on a regular basis. This schedule will allow students to meet with the classes on their schedule (A-G) at least twice a week for instruction and feedback.


Students are required to attend classes as listed on their schedule AND office hours each week. Teachers will be completing class attendance through Infinite Campus, and students will be expected to complete assignments from their teachers outside of the scheduled class time. If a student is not able to attend these remote classes due to illness, parents and guardians should report that absence to Mrs. Benman at lbenman@medwayschools.org.


Our Remote Learning Schedule (shown below) runs from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday will be designated for students to complete assignments for the week and submit them via Google Classroom. Teachers will continue to be available by email and by appointment to provide support for students. When our educators are not providing direct instruction to students, they will be assessing and providing feedback on student work, collaborating with one another to develop new lessons and units, attending virtual meetings, and communicating with you.

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As has been done over the past three weeks, teachers will continue to post their learning plans, activities, and assignments each Monday morning with the goal being for students to submit their work by the following Friday. Teachers will continue to use their Google Classrooms and email to answer questions and provide students with feedback throughout the week as well.


In starting this remote learning, teachers will help students with this transition as we reset our expectations and routines around transitioning to remote learning as they meet next Monday and Tuesday. This will include reviewing expectations around student attendance, student work, as well as reviewing our expectations around the use of virtual meeting platforms.


Grading

Unlike the past few weeks, students will now receive a grade and feedback on their submitted work. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom and Infinite Campus in assessing students’ progress and providing feedback. Students will earn a grade of “credit” or “no credit" for assignments. These grades will be compiled to determine a grade of "Pass/Fail" for the duration of the closure. There are still questions for us to answer in regards to determining credit for the year and impact on GPA. For now it is important for students and families to understand that students will be assessed on the completion of their assignments and that attendance is required.

Behavioral Expectations

The common sense practices that guide our efforts when we are physically together extend to this remote learning environment. Students will be provided with a set of expectations that they should adhere to throughout our remote learning experience. Most importantly, we want to ensure the online safety of our students and staff.


We ask that you take the time to review these guidelines with your student(s):


  • School rules always apply. Please show respect for all, always.

  • You may use headphones if you have them, but they are not required.

  • Keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking. Each student is in charge of their own microphone.

  • Use the comments area for messages that are on-topic for the discussion. Some teachers may decide to turn off this function.

  • Only share your screen when asked to do so by the teacher.

  • Take turns and do not interrupt others when speaking.

  • If you turn off your video during calls for privacy for your household, be sure that your profile picture is school appropriate.

  • Students are not allowed to change the background in the videoconference.

  • Students should not record or take pictures during a video conference session.

  • Students should not record or take pictures during a video conference session.

    • Massachusetts state law requires consent from all parties before recording in any way, this includes screenshots

  • Avoid multitasking: open only the tabs you need for your session

    • Don’t play games, watch videos or surf the web

  • Follow your teacher’s instructions for speaking, asking questions, and turning your microphone on or off.

  • Please be aware that you are video chatting into people’s homes and the teachers’ homes. Appropriate dress, drinks, behavior, decoration, etc. should be considered for all participants.


If a student is consistently disruptive or inappropriate and cannot be redirected by the teacher, a warning will be given to the student. If disruptive behavior continues, the student may be removed from the video session, and/or the session may be ended for all participants.

  • If this happens, the building Principal or Assistant Principal will be called to address the situation.

Parent Support

Parents and family members play an essential role as our partners. While we know that families understand the complexity of helping their child(ren) with remote learning, here are a few suggestions:

  • Help your child establish a daily routine and daily expectations, and an environment free from distractions and conducive to being productive.

  • Encourage your student to ask for help if they need any directions or questions read to them.

  • If students are confused about an assignment, please encourage them to reach out to the classroom teachers through Google Classroom or email.

  • If you or your student has questions or requires additional support, please reach out to their school counselor.

Although we recognize that the classroom has now made its way into your home, we understand that parents/guardians may observe online lessons but may do so only in a non-disruptive manner. This will allow for the focus of your student’s virtual sessions to be the interactions between students and staff.

Thank you! We'll Get Through This Together!!

Please continue to reach out to any of us, administration, counseling staff, and teachers, should you have questions or concerns about your child(ren). It is important for us to remember that some students will likely thrive with remote learning, while others may struggle; we remain committed to supporting them and you. We hope that this remote learning schedule will bring some routine to our lives despite the challenges and disruptions that are occurring around us.
MHS Remote Learning Site

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We are Medway 2020

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Thank you to Tim Rice for taking this class photo at our Senior Class Meeting!

AP Forum

On Wednesday, Dr. Murray and Mrs. Reznick hosted an AP Forum for students and teachers. Please feel free to review the slide show from the presentation.

April 5th Update- Remote Learning Plan

We hope you have enjoyed the nice weather this weekend. I wanted to follow up to Dr. Pires' email from Friday with some high school specific information that will be helpful for students and parents this week. We anticipate this to be the final week of the optional Alternative Enrichment and Enhancement learning opportunities for students with a shift to a new Remote Learning plan beginning on Monday, April 13.


The Remote Learning Plan will highlight three important shifts:


  1. Student work will be required, provided that we take into consideration equity issues and do not penalize students who are unable to gain access. Students will not be graded traditionally, but may receive credit/no credit for the completed work.

  2. Students who qualify for specialized services will receive a form of service during this closure related to the Free and Public Education (FAPE) requirement. Services will NOT be the same as they would if schools were open, but instead services are intended to provide access to the general education curriculum, and provide direct and/or indirect support/service to students and/or their caregiver, using their current environment as a learning opportunity.

  3. Students should be engaged in meaningful and productive learning for approximately half the length of a regular school day.


We anticipate sharing specifics of the Remote Learning Plan with families early to the middle of next week, so that everyone can prepare for the shift to Remote Learning on Monday, April 13. I anticipate hosting Q&A sessions for students and families once the plan is released. Stay tuned for more information.

This Week's Assignments- Due APRIL 9th

Teachers have posted assignments for this week on Google Classroom and on the MHS Enrichment and Enhancement page due on Thursday, April 9th. We are pleased by the number of students who remain engaged with their classes and assignments during this extended closure. Our goal is for 100% participation from all students via participation in office hours, email communitcation and work submission. We strongly encourage students and parents to continue to engage with a new set of assignments for this shortened week.


This week should be a sneak peak of what to expect for assignments as we transition to new content and work that counts for credit starting April 13th. If you have yet to participate, use this week to get familiar with learning remotely. Check in to your teacher’s office hours to learn more about their remote learning style or to say hello. We’re looking to stay connected with all of you! We know this isn’t easy, but the connections we maintain are what get us through these difficult times.

Senior Class Meeting

We invite all members of the Class of 2020 to attend a virtual class meeting with their Class Advisors and the Administration Team via Zoom at 12:00-1:00PM on Tuesday, April 7th. We want to check in and see how everyone is doing, and share any updates that we have about senior events, Scholarship and Awards, and the Yearbook. Please check your school email prior to the start of the meeting to access the Zoom link.


Advanced Placement Update and Meeting

There has been a great deal of uncertainty regarding what will happen with Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Dr. Murray and Mrs. Reznick will host an AP Forum for all students taking an AP course this year to share information and answer any questions students have. The College Board provided the following update:


AP Exams will be given from May 11–22. Students can choose to take exams at home or in schools, assuming we return to school on May 4th. Here is a link to the full testing schedule. Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5. Each subject's exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide. For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.


Most exams are designed to have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question. Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We'll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.


Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.


Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

If you are a student that needs accommodations and have gone through the process with your counselor to get extra time approved through CollegeBoard - you will be getting your accommodations on your exam. More to be released on this is an AP Exam Student Guide to be released at the end of April.


We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we're investing so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can contact us directly to let us know by April 24.


The College Board is offering free, virtual classes for Advanced Placement (AP) students in addition to at-home AP testing. Students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time and will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75 percent of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25 percent of the course.


The College Board will allow any student already registered for an exam to cancel free of charge.


The College Board has also added frequently asked questions to their website so you can find answers to important topics, including information for students with accommodations, details about exam fees and cancellations, credit and placement, calculator policies, and more. They'll continue to make updates on the site and share them with you through email, online educator communities, and social media.


MPS School Closure Website

Students and families should continue to access the our MPS School Closure Website to access for up to date information from the district, town, and state. There are resources here for additional learning and enrichment, food security, and access to technology.

Upcoming Dates

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March 31- Update

Community Update - Remote Learning

We hope that everyone is well and safe during this extended closure. I'm sure we were all disappointed last week as Gov. Baker announced that we would remain closed until at least May 4th. We miss our students and are all hopeful that schools will reopen at that time! Currently, districts across the Commonwealth, like Medway, have provided rich, alternative enrichment or enhancement student learning plans that are recommended but not graded or required. With closures now extended into early May, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has provided new guidance to school districts to shift to a Remote Learning model. With this new guidance, our team along with various stakeholders are exploring an implementation plan for Remote Learning based on this new guidance. We believe we are well poised for this transition as we have most elements of the plan already in place. We are hopeful to have an update to families by the end of this week. The full guidelines from the DESE can be found: DESE Remote Learning Guidance.


In the meantime, please encourage your students to continue to engage in the assignments that our faculty has designed. This includes checking Google Classroom and email often for important updates. We will also send out information to students about small group and large group meetings designed to gather feedback about this experience academically and to check in on their well-being. We know this isn't easy for anyone involved. I have been impressed by the spirit in Medway over the past week though. Seeing families come together in this challenging time gives me assurance that this community will pull through this ordeal together.


Stay tuned for more info! Be safe!

John

Quarter 3 Update

A look at our calendar would indicate that grades for Quarter 3 are scheduled to close on Thursday, April 2nd. Since we have not been in school for two weeks and have not asked students to submit assignments for grades, we will not be closing Quarter 3 at this time. Please know that our administrative team is developing a plan to address grades for Quarters 3 and 4 that will be included in the upcoming remote learning plan.

Infinite Campus Contact Information

In order to facilitate communication with our students and families, our office staff is currently working to ensure that all of our student records are up to date and complete in Infinite Campus. Over the next few weeks, they will review all student entries in Infinite Campus and reach out via a phone call to verify and add contact information as needed. Please be aware that you may receive a phone call from one of our office staff members.

Senior Class Meeting

We invite all members of the Class of 2020 to attend a virtual class meeting with their Class Advisors and the Administration Team via Zoom at 12:00-1:00PM on Tuesday, April 7th. We want to check in and see how everyone is doing, and share any updates that we have about senior events, AP Courses, and the Yearbook. Please check your school email prior to the start of the meeting to access the Zoom link.

School Counseling Updates

SAT, ACT & Advance Placement (AP) Updates:

  • The May SAT has been canceled. Students who were registered for the March or May SAT will receive refunds. At this time, the June SAT is still available.

College Admissions Information:

  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has created a database to reflect the status of various colleges around the US.

If you received the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction please read the following information:


Reminder of Initial Requirements:

To initially qualify, a student must score Advanced on one Grade 10 MCAS assessment (either in Mathematics, English Language Arts, or Science) and either Advanced or Proficient on the other two. Students who have met this requirement will receive an eligibility letter from their high school during their junior year.


Application:

Students must complete and submit the application for the Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction by May 1st of their senior year in high school. The application must be submitted to Mrs. Harkins, the high school‘s Koplik Coordinator and School Counselor for proper review, certification and submission to the ESE, in the Guidance Office.


2020 Application


Standardized Test Requirement* (per Massachusetts 603 CMR 31.05(2)):

Students have the choice of ONE of the following options:

a. two Advanced Placement exams with scores of “3” or better, or

b. two SAT Subject Tests (subjects and minimum required scores listed below), or

c. one SAT Subject Test and one Advanced Placement exam, or

d. one of the above mentioned tests/exams and one Other Academic Achievement


You can find the current application for the class of 2020 in Naviance under Document Resources, in the 12th grade folder. Please email Amanda Harkins at aharkins@medwayschools.org with any questions.


AP Information and Resources

On March 20, 2020, the College Board issued AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus In summary the College Board wrote:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.

  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

  • To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.


On March 25, 2020, the College Board issued news and updates about free, virtual Advanced Placement classes. In summary the College Board wrote:
  • The College Board is offering free, virtual classes for Advanced Placement (AP) students in addition to at-home AP testing.

  • Students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time and will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75 percent of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25 percent of the course.


If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our AP Coordinator, Mrs. Emily Reznick, at ereznick@medwayschools.org

MHS Scholarship Program - Class of 2020

We are still planning to award scholarships to our wonderful graduating seniors. Please note, the deadline for all application materials has been extended to Friday, May 1st. All applications, documentation, essays, etc should be submitted electronically via Classroom. Please email Mr. Borden at cborden@medwayschools.org with any questions or concerns.

Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid Awards

This past fall, financial aid expert Steve Wynne met with parents and shared his Paying for College presentation. The event was well attended and well received. Mr. Wynne graciously offered to host a presentation on Understanding and Comparing Financial Aid at MHS this month that, unfortunately, we have to cancel. However, Mr. Wynne has kindly made this content available digitally to inform and help parents navigate this important process. The program description is below and the presentation is available via this link.


Financial aid Awards arrive with, or soon after, students receive college acceptances. But comparing Awards can be a challenge. They all look different, with unique layouts, content, and use of terminology. How can a family decide what school has given a student the best aid package?

Noted financial aid expert Steve Wynne can help. He has created an overview of the Award process, with a guide to your financial aid options, and tips on comparing Awards. This overview is a great tool to better understand what each Award letter offers so when choosing a college, students and families can make the most favorable financial decision.


Understanding and Comparing Aid Awards Topics:

- Status to date, where you are in the Paying for College life cycle

- Awards, and the types of aid awarded

- Comparing awards for positive outcomes

Junior Post-Secondary Planning

The School Counseling Department is in the process of developing a virtual Junior Parent Post-Secondary Presentation that we will have available shortly. In the meantime, we encourage junior students to continue exploring their post-secondary options by utilizing the Naviance resources learned through in class school counseling lessons this year. As a reminder please consider the following:

  • Completing their Resume and Student Data Portfolio (These MUST be done)
  • Continuing to explore career options and review results from “Do What You Are” (completed sophomore year)
  • Exploring best fit colleges through the Naviance College Search Tool
  • Curating a list of target, reach, and safety schools based of Naviance scattergrams / knowledge of GPA, Standardized Test Scores, and selectivity of each school
  • Also we encourage you to explore virtual college tours via:

March 23- Update


We hope our students and families have had a safe and enjoyable week! This week, our faculty and staff have been hard at work developing learning plans for each of their classes, reaching out to their students, and virtually meeting with one another colleagues to develop guidelines for alternative enrichment opportunities. It is no small feat and I am so thankful to our staff for their efforts. It's so important to us that we provide students with opportunities to remain connected to learning and connected to each other. While it is impossible to replicate the teaching and learning while we are together at Medway High School, we strongly encourage all students and families to fully engage in the learning activities that you will find in your Google Classrooms. We also encourage you to take advantage of the Office Hours that all of our staff are making available to you. Please reach out to any of our teachers, staff, or administrators with any questions and we'll be happy to support you!


Below you will find additional information about the student learning plans we have developed and other important updates.


Best,

John

Mustang Minute

Enrichment and Enhancement Experiences Beginning Monday March 23rd

By Monday, March 23, all students will receive, through email or Google Classroom, outreach from their teachers. We have also created a central site for all of our School Closure Resources and Supports which will include alternative enhancement student learning plans each week. This site can be accessed through our website, www.medwayschools.org under the Welcome message on the main page or through this link.


Student Learning Expectations

Student work will not be graded during this time. We strongly encourage all students to responsibly engage in work setup by their teacher. We hope that students will continue to think about curriculum in each subject area.. This work is not about grades, but an opportunity to engage in curriculum in a different way and receive teacher feedback.



Student Guidelines

In an effort to simplify the process, the following guidelines are in place for all enrichment and enhancement experiences:


  • Every course will have enrichment and enhancement experiences.

  • All students will be enrolled into a Google Classroom for the courses that they are enrolled in. Most courses are already utilizing a Google Classroom.

  • All enrichment and enhancement plans will be posted on Google Classroom for students to complete for the week.

  • All assignments will be submitted for teacher feedback through Google Classroom.

Virtual Office Hours

Educators will have office hours for at least 1 hour per day where they are available to check in with students via email, chat, or Google Meet/Zoom to respond to student and parent/guardian questions and providing feedback to student work


Teachers will share individual availability at this link and on Google Classroom.


Administration Office Hours

A Medway High School administrator is available to meet virtually with students and/or parents for at least an hour a day and anytime via email. These are drop in meetings to answer questions or provide any support. Please click on the hours hours below to access the link to the office hours that best meet your needs.

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal

johnmurray@medwayschools.org

M, W, F 2:00-3:00pm


David List

Assistant Principal (10+12)

dlist@medwayschools.org

Thursday 11:00-12:00am


Sonja Metcalf

Assistant Principal (9+11)

smetcalf@medwayschools.org

Tuesday10:00-11:00 AM


Christine Noonan

Evaluation Team Specialist

cnoonan@medwayschools.org

Tuesday 1:00- 2:00pm


School Counselors Office Hours and Resources

Our school counselors are available to provide a variety of support to our students while school is not in session. We look forward to maintaining our connections with students and continuing the support systems that we typically have in place. We are developing a schedule to reach out to all of our students and share resources/strategies with students and families. We also intend to continue academic advising with students and offer our post-secondary planning support. Please reach out via our office hours or via email.


Emily Reznick

ereznick@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 10:00-11:00 AM


Charlsey Gentile

cgentile@medwayschools.org

Monday 8:00-9:00 AM

Tues-Fri - 9:00-10:00 AM


Amanda Harkins

aharkins@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 9:00-10:00 AM


Allison Jasmin

ajasmin@medwayschools.org

Monday - 11AM-12PM

Tues - Fri - 10-11AM


Maura McCormack

mmccormack@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 8:30-9:30AM


Kathy Cumming

kcumming@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 10:00-11:00AM


Andi Weiss

aweiss@medwayschools.org


Chris Massey

cmassey@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 11AM - 1:00 PM


Debra Dodge

ddodge@medwayschools.org

Mon-Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM

Virtual Learning Lab

We will be offering a Virtual Learning Lab from 10:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-2:00pm Monday-Friday. The Virtual Learning Lab will be staffed by Ms. Donovan and Ms. Merrihew. Virtual Learning Lab will support students with organization and planning with their enrichment activities or making up previous Quarter 3 work. The lab is open to all students and can be accessed through Google Meet.

  • Ms. Merrihew's session will be from 10:00am-11:00am and can be found using this link
  • Ms. Donovan's session will be from 1:00pm-2:00pm and can be found using this link.

COVID-19 Update- March 17

As Superintendent Pires indicated in his March 16th communication to families, we are all experiencing challenging and unusual times. I hope that you and your family are well and continue to practice social distancing and other safety recommendations that have been and will continue to be shared with us. A list of these recommendations can be found here


As we all learn how to adjust our daily lives over the next few weeks, it is clear that we will all benefit from creating routines. Developing routines and expectations for these new days together can provide a sense of stability and comfort in these trying times. I'm sure by now you and your families have established some effective routines that include many of the following activities:

  • Academics

  • Leisure Activities

  • Independent Reading

  • Quiet Time

  • Exercise

  • Meals

  • Family Time

  • Electronics

  • Bed Time


We are happy to share additional information with families about the learning opportunities available for students while school is closed. Students will need the support of their families to incorporate these learning opportunities into their daily plans that we know will engage them and challenge them in meaningful ways. Later this week, we will follow up with additional guidance and opportunities for students to check-in with their teachers and their counselors. We intend to do everything we can to keep students connected to our school. We appreciate your support in those efforts.


We will continue to use this space to share updates and announcements about learning opportunities and new information as we receive it. Please review the announcements listed below. They contain information about at home learning opportunities for students and updates from the Superintendent's recent communication. We recognize that parents and students will have many questions that require follow up. Do not hesitate to reach out via email to me, Sonja Metcalf (grades 9+11) and David List (10+12) if you have questions or concerns. Stay well and know that my thoughts are with you all.


John Murray

At Home Learning This Week

Our educators are developing learning plans this week for students to begin working on starting Monday, March 23. In the meantime, students are encouraged to complete any work that is in progress, assigned last week, or already posted on Google Classroom. Students may also consider completing any outstanding work from Quarter 3. Additionally, this Padlet has several educational options and resources for high school students to explore and stay engaged throughout this week.

Enrichment and Enhancement Experiences Beginning Monday March 23rd


As mentioned in Dr. Pires’ email, educators across the district are engaging in conversations with colleagues to develop teacher-facilitated enriching and engaging learning plans. These plans will begin Monday, March 23 and can be found in each of your course pages on Google Classroom.

Teachers are using these guiding questions to create their plans. We hope that you will think about these questions as well while engaged in the learning.

  • What learning experiences can we engage in with students that allow them to think critically about something they have already learned? How can we deepen or extend this learning?

  • How can students become more fluent in their language, reading, and mathematics learning in a way that is engaging and consistent with their known routines?

  • How can we help students further their engagement in daily life habits in support of emotional wellness, healthy eating, and physical activity?

  • What opportunities can be created for students to connect with peers and adults during their time away from school?

  • How can we ensure our students are engaged creatively through continued explorations in the fine and performing arts?

  • How can we engage in an opportunity to provide feedback to students on their thinking, writing, speaking, etc. without the pressure of grades?

Student Learning Expectations

Student work will not be graded during this time. We strongly encourage all students to responsibly engage in work setup by their teacher. We hope that students will continue to think about curriculum in each subject area.. This work is not about grades, but an opportunity to engage in curriculum in a different way and receive teacher feedback.


Student Guidelines

In an effort to simplify the process, the following guidelines are in place for all enrichment and enhancement experiences:

  • Every course will have enrichment and enhancement experiences.

  • All students will be enrolled into a Google Classroom for the courses that they are enrolled in. Most courses are already utilizing a Google Classroom.

  • All enrichment and enhancement plans will be posted on Google Classroom for students to complete for the week.

  • All assignments will be submitted for teacher feedback through Google Classroom.


We intend to build in structures for students to check-in with their teachers and school counselors over the weeks ahead. We'll follow up with availability later this week.

Mental Health, Emergency & Other Resources

Please click this button to access the supports that are available to Medway students and families.

Student Services

Medway’s Office of Student Services is working with school principals to support the enriched learning that is being offered to all students. As plans at the state and federal level are formulated, we will provide you with the most up to date information that we have.


Those guidelines may be found in this document issued by the Office of Special Education Programming: OSEP Guidance issued March 2020. At this time, the district’s guidelines may be found here.

Access to Technology

If your household does not have access to wifi AND/OR if you have one or more child in your household who will require access to a chromebook and power cord that you do not have available to them during this school closure, please complete this FORM by Wednesday, March 18. We will follow up with you at the phone number/email address that you indicate with a time to pick-up the resources that you need. All pick-ups will take place at Medway Middle School located at 45 Holliston Street.

In addition, families may benefit from knowing that Comcast has made their Internet Essentials product free during this current situation. More information can be found here.


Medication Pick-up/Return to Families- EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY

School nurses will be present to distribute student medications to parents at the Medway Middle School front drop off lane from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Please fill out the google form found here no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2020, so that we may ready your medication for you.

NOTE: Only parents can be given student controlled substances. Students ages 12 and above can be given insulin, EpiPens, and inhalers (only). Due to the need to practice social distancing, staff, students and families should plan on a focused retrieval of their medication with minimal personal contact with each other. We will ask that parents leave their car and approach the table located outside the middle school doors and we will have the medication bagged and ready for you at that time. Kindly keep 6 feet of distance between you and other parents. Please be sure to have your identification and a pen to sign for the pick-up. We will ask that McGovern/Burke-Memorial families pick up at : 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m and middle school and high school families pick up at: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. THE DATE FOR PICK-UP IS Wednesday, March 18, 2020.


Support of the Greater Community

Through a rich partnership with the Medway Village Church Food Pantry, and our Wellness and Food Service Departments, we will be ensuring that our families are supported with meals during this challenging time. Families in need of support are asked to review the following options and sign-up for a choice that best matches their need

Daily breakfast and lunch pick-up: A “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up, once a day, at the same time, outside of the Medway Middle School main entrance from 7:00-9:00 a.m. These meals will include an entree, side of fruit and/or vegetable, and milk. Parents and guardians will be able to pull-up to the Medway Middle School front entrance and pick up their meals without having to leave their vehicle.

Weekly food pick-up: A week’s worth of food can be picked up at the Medway Village Church Food Pantry on Saturday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. or by scheduling an appointment time with the Food Pantry Director. Food offerings will include “family size” portions of meal ingredients and kid-friendly single-serve meals.

Both daily and weekly food pick-up: Medway families are more than welcome to participate in both of the above options in order to access daily prepared meals and larger sized ingredients each week.


March 9, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

This morning, Supt. Pires sent out an email with an update about our district's efforts to monitor and and support families with the ever changing landscape around COVID-19. We at the high school follow all of the measures outlined in that communication as well. If you have not seen the email, you can click here to read the update.


At Medway High School, we have stepped up our cleaning and sanitizing efforts to ensure that all "high touch" areas are wiped down frequently to help prevent the spread of any germs. We have also installed additional wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building and will add several additional units over the next few days. We will also work with our teachers and wellness staff to encourage additional hand washing with students and add additional signage as an encouragement.


We take the care and safety of your children seriously. We will follow up as a school or district if the guidelines around supporting our school community change.

Tournament Updates

  • Congrats to our Girls Basketball team for winning the Central Mass sectional championship. Their next game is the State Semifinals on Wednesday at 5:30 at Western New England University in Springfield.

  • Congrats to our Cheerleaders who won the Division 3 Regional Championship and will compete at the State Championship on Sunday at Worcester State University (Time TBD)

Financial Literacy Fair and Early Dismissal Friday

On Friday, March 13th, we will host our first Financial Literacy Fair for grades 11 and 12. The fair is a simulation of students’ lives at age 25. Students have been assigned an occupation, company, degree, salary, and credit score based on a career interest survey and credit quiz taken prior to the fair.

Here is the schedule for the event:

Grade 11

8:04-8:15 - Homeroom: students will receive an information packet for financial literacy fair.

8:20 - 10:10 - Financial Literacy Fair

10:15 - 11:30 - Post Secondary Planning with Counselors in Cafeteria

Grade 12

8:04-8:15 - Homeroom: students will receive an information packet for financial literacy fair.

8:20-9:45 - Mandatory graduation and senior planning meeting in the cafeteria.

9:50-11:30 - Financial Literacy Fair


What happens at a Financial Literacy Fair?

  • Students will approach a series of informational booths where volunteers will advise students on various financial decisions. Each booth will have one or more posters that outline the choices students have to make. Students will record their choices and payments for each booth on their budget sheets.

  • Each student will have a personalized budget sheet with their unique information.

  • At the end of the simulation, students will review the amount of money they have remaining in their checking account, the amount they have saved in their savings account, and how much money they put on their credit card. They will also review their quality of life.


We're excited to give our students this opportunity to experience some of the real world decisions they will face over the next few years.


Students in grades 9 and 10 will attend classes for the morning. We will run periods A, B, and C.

School Counseling Updates

Alumni Panel

On March 13th from 10:15-11:30 am, the School Counseling Department invited back alumni from, both public and private colleges to speak with our current juniors about the differences between high school and college. Panelists will reflect on what the college process was like for them while offering advice to our current juniors. Students will be given the opportunity to ask the panel questions.


School Counseling Workshops:

School counselors have conducted their third out of four classroom workshops for the 10th and 11th grade students. Grade 9 workshops are currently planned once academic advising is complete.

The workshop topics included:

Grade 10: Reality Check & College Fair Preparation

Grade 11: College Searches & Tours


Academic Advising- March 2-13

Each student will have an individual academic advising session with their school counselor after the elective requests and course recommendations are in Infinite Campus. These short meetings will ensure that all students are fully scheduled for courses, are meeting all graduation requirements, and are appropriately challenged.


Understanding & Comparing Financial Aid Award Letters Presentation:

On Tuesday, March 31st, Steven Wynne, a financial aid strategy expert, will lead a presentation, discussion and Q&A to help senior parents Understand and Compare financial aid award letters. The presentation will be held in the Medway High School Library at 6:30pm.


Junior Post-Secondary Planning Night:

Tuesday, April 7th, the School Counseling Department will be presenting a "Junior Post-Secondary Planning" night. The night will give an overview of the post-secondary planning process for Juniors. Representatives from both two-year and four-year colleges will be in attendance. The event will be held in the Medway High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.


Career & College Fair:

The Medway High School School Counseling Department is hosting a Career and College Fair on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in the gymnasium at Medway High School, from 8:00-11:15 a.m. We have sponsored our Career and College Fair for over 10 years now. While this event is primarily targeted towards our sophomores and juniors, any member of our school community will have the opportunity to meet with college representatives as well as local trades and businesses to learn more about their institutions and/or companies.

MHS Musical- Anything Goes

Medway High School is proud to present Anything Goes on March 13th and 14th for 3 shows. Come see our outstanding cast of 75 students perform in what is sure to be the hit of the season! Please see the link below to purchase tickets online. Look for info in the next edition for students and parents to purchase in person tickets. Hope to see you there!


This year the in-school sales for students are as follows:

Wednesday, March 11th &

Thursday, March 12th

11:15am-1pm (Cafeteria)

and

Friday, March 13th

7:40am-8am (MHS Foyer)


Anything Goes tickets

Medway Wellness Update- T.H.R.I.V.E.

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about the T.H.R.I.V.E. Community Book Read, teen depression, the latest research on screen time, and more.


T.H.R.I.V.E. is sponsoring its second annual Medway Community Book Read. This year’s book is The Yes Brain, which received the most votes by Medway parents. The book read is taking place from March 1- April 1 and will conclude with two opportunities to take part in a parent lead book discussion group. Books can be picked at numerous local businesses including, T.C. Scoops, Muffin House, Starbucks, The Little Gym, and many more. An audio and e-book version of The Yes Brain can be accessed through the Medway Public Library. For more information about the book read and to register for a discussion group please click here.

February 24, 2020

Leaping into March

It was nice to see our students rested up and ready to get back to school today. I hope everyone was able to have an enjoyable break. We ended the week before break with an outstanding STEM Fair and the start of our course request process. Our hope is that students and families find this process to be user friendly and that the documents below provide a solid frame of reference. All of our students will have a 1:1 session with their counselor to make sure that they have all of the courses that they need along with the appropriate number of elective and alternate requests.


Over the next few weeks, our students will be performing in athletic tournaments, on stage in our musical, and our Sophomores will have their Ring Dance. It's an exciting time to be at MHS!

2020-2021 Course Request Process Update

This is a reminder that the course request portal for the 2020-2021 school year is open on Infinite Campus and will conclude on Friday 2/28 at the close of school. We're encouraged that so many of our students have already made their requests. If your child has not completed the process, please encourage them to complete the process prior to the deadline. As a refresher, I've included the links to the Scheduling Process, Program of Studies, and the Scheduling Instructions to assist you.


Special Note to our 8th grade parents

8th grade students should choose:


  • One language
  • Three electives
  • One Alternate

Students will automatically be enrolled in IPEC 9 so please do not worry about entering that.

Medway High School 2018-2019 DESE Report Card

Each year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education publishes a report card for each school in the Commonwealth. Please click the link below to access an overview of the report card from Assistant Superintendent Gabby Abrams along with our report card for 2019-2020. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Medway High School 2018-2019 DESE Report Card

School Counseling Updates

Academic Advising- March 2-13

Each student will have an individual academic advising session with their school counselor after the elective requests and course recommendations are in Infinite Campus. These short meetings will ensure that all students are fully scheduled for courses, are meeting all graduation requirements, and are appropriately challenged.

On Tuesday, March 31st, Steven Wynne, a financial aid strategy expert, will lead a presentation, discussion and Q&A to help senior parents Understand and Compare financial aid award letters. The presentation will be held in the Medway High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, April 7th, the School Counseling Department will be presenting a "Junior Post-Secondary Planning" night. The night will give an overview of the post-secondary planning process for Juniors. Representatives from both two-year and four-year colleges will be in attendance. The event will be held in the Medway High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.


The Medway High School School Counseling Department is hosting a Career and College Fair on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in the gymnasium at Medway High School, from 8:00-11:15 a.m. We have sponsored our Career and College Fair for over 10 years now. While this event is primarily targeted towards our sophomores and juniors, any member of our school community will have the opportunity to meet with college representatives as well as local trades and businesses to learn more about their institutions and/or companies.

Mustang Nation Newsletter

Check out the Mustang Nation Newsletter for information about this week's athletic tournament games.

Ring Dance- Starry Night!

The Class of 2022 is excited to host their Starry Night Ring Dance on March 20th. Tickets will be on sale in the foyer before school every day this week. Tickets are $35. Students should be up to date with their 9th & 10th grade dues before purchasing dance tickets. Sophomores who have paid all 4 years of dues upfront will receive $5 off their ticket. Checks can be made out to Medway High School.

February 8, 2020

Program of Studies 2020-2021

We are proud to present our Program of Studies for the 2020-2021 school year. Please join us on Monday evening to learn more about this year's offerings. Please click the button below.

Program of Studies/Curriculum Night for Students and Families- February 10

On February 10th, we are inviting all incoming 9th grade students and current 9th-11th grade students to join us for our first Curriculum Fair.

The event will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a meet and greet in the lobby with the high school administration. Light refreshments will be served. This will be followed at 6:00 p.m. by a presentation in the auditorium about the transition from middle school to high school and the course request process. Students and families will then have the opportunity to move about the high school "fair style" from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to meet with educators from each department who will provide course information and answer any questions you have about the courses we offer.

We are offering a similar program for our current 9th-11th grade that begins at 6:30 in the auditorium with an overview of our program of studies and the course request process. Students and families will then have the opportunity to move about the high school "fair style" from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to meet with educators from each department who will provide course information and answer any questions you have about the courses we offer.

We believe that this is a great opportunity for students and families to speak directly to educators as they are making decisions about the courses that they wish to take next year and over their MHS career. We hope you will be able to join us!

Schedule

Current Grade 8

Light Refreshments- 5:45 p.m. (Lobby)

9th grade Overview- 6:00 p.m. (Auditorium)

Curriculum Fair - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Gym)

Current Grades 9-11

Program of Studies/ Course Request Overview- 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Auditorium)

Curriculum Fair - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Gym)

FLEX Advisory Thursday

Seniors will report to the auditorium to learn about our local scholarship program. All other students will report to their homeroom to review the 2020-2021 Program of Studies, elective requests, and course request timeline.


STEM Fair this Friday!

The Annual MHS STEM Fair will take place on Friday, 2/14. Students will attend F period (first block), then will be dismissed to the fair schedule below. This year, all students will attend two workshops and an assembly. A normal class schedule will resume after long block, starting with B period.


STEM Fair Workshop Sign-up


Visit this website for details on the workshops being offered.


Grades 9 and 12:

In Responsive Scheduling, students should select the workshop of their choice for Workshop 1. YOU MUST SIGN-UP FOR A WORKSHOP LABELED 9/12. If you sign-up for the wrong grade level, you will be reassigned to an available workshop. Workshop 2 will be automatically assigned for you.


Grades 10 and 11:

In Responsive Scheduling, students should select the workshop of their choice for Workshop 1. YOU MUST SIGN-UP FOR A WORKSHOP LABELED 10/11. If you sign-up for the wrong grade level, you will be reassigned to an available workshop. Workshop 2 will be automatically assigned for you.

STEM Fair Schedule:


FRESHMEN & SENIORS:

9:03-10:06 - Keynote Presentation A (Assembly in Auditorium)

10:09-10:39 - Workshop 1 (See Responsive Scheduling-Infinite Campus)

10:42-11:12 - Workshop 2 (Follow your teacher from Workshop 1)

Freshmen and Seniors will first report to the auditorium for an assembly. After the assembly, students should report to Workshop 1. At the end of this workshop, the teacher will lead students to Workshop 2 (this workshop has been assigned to the teacher and students).


SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS:

9:03-9:33 - Workshop 1 (See Responsive Scheduling-Infinite Campus)

9:36-10:06 - Workshop 2 (Follow your teacher from Workshop 1)

10:09-11:12 - Keynote Presentation B (Assembly in Auditorium)

Sophomores and Juniors will first report to Workshop 1. After this workshop, the teacher will lead students to Workshop 2 (this workshop has been assigned to the teacher and students). After Workshop 2, students will report to the auditorium for an assembly.

February Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about the T.H.R.I.V.E. Community Book Read, the TikTok app, the 2018 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey Results, and more.

Medway Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Medway Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) has the following upcoming meetings and events:

  • meeting on February 12, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Medway HIgh School Library
  • 504 presentation conducted by the Federation of Children With special Needs (FCSN) on March 11, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Millis High/Middle School Library
  • meeting on April 8, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Medway Middle School, Presentation Room 7

MFE Trivia Bee!

Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) is hosting the annual Trivia Bee contest on Wednesday February 26th from 7-9 pm at the Burke/Memorial School Cafeteria. This is a unique trivia contest that features a DJ who uses music to help provide hints on each question. You will find Medway teachers, students, parents and alumni competing for the Trivia Bee Trophy. Last year a team of MHS teachers sponsored by local law firm Kenney & Kenney won the trophy for the third year in a row, so if you are good at trivia, let’s give them some competition! MFE is still looking for teams. Please visit www.MFEducation.org for details on registering your team or if you are interested in sponsoring a team of teachers or students. Alternatively, you can email MFE President Brian Gray (bgray_123@yahoo.com) or MFE Secretary Aimee Selby (aimeeselby30@gmail.com).

February 2, 2020

Semester II officially began on Thursday. Students have begun new classes and report cards with grades for quarter 2 and midyear exams will be available on Thursday evening on Infinite Campus. At the midpoint of the school year, it's important for all of us to reflect on how the year has gone thus far, continue the things that are working well and make adjustments to our areas for growth.


The planning for 2020-2021 is about to begin as well. Over the next two weeks, teachers and students will engage in conversations about level placements for next years courses, our program of studies will be released, and shortly after vacation, students will select their electives. As important as it is to reflect on this year's performance, it will be equally important for students and families to carefully plan out a course of study for next year. Our hope through the process is that students are able to combine their interests and the appropriate level of challenge into a balanced course load.

2020-2021 Scheduling Process

On Thursday, January 23rd, the Program of Studies was presented to the School Committee and a final approval is anticipated on February 6th. The next step in the process is for teachers and students to engage in conversations regarding recommendations for next year’s courses. With the shift from MMS to Infinite Campus, it is important that we outline the step-by-step process. There are five major steps involved in the Scheduling Process.


I. Course Recommendations (entered by teachers)

II. Placement Review Process (initiated by the student)

III. Elective Request Process including AP electives (entered by students)

IV. Academic Advising (with School Counselors)

V. Building the Master Schedule


As this is our first year working with this process, we ask for your patience and feedback so that we can improve the process going forward.


Please click the button below to access the full explanation of the Course Scheduling Process

School Counseling Updates

Junior Workshops- February 2-14

Over the next two weeks, our school counselors will be holding classroom workshops with the juniors. The following topics will be covered during the workshops:


  • College exploration

  • College characteristics

  • Campus visits and college fairs

  • Conducting a college search in Naviance and SuperMatch

  • Finding appropriate schools: reach, target and safety

  • Scattergrams


Academic Advising- March 2-13

Each student will have an individual academic advising session with their school counselor after the elective requests and course recommendations are in Infinite Campus. These short meetings will ensure that all students are fully scheduled for courses, are meeting all graduation requirements, and are appropriately challenged.


On Tuesday, March 31st, Steven Wynne, a financial aid strategy expert, will lead a presentation, discussion and Q&A to help senior parents Understand and Compare financial aid award letters. The presentation will be held in the Medway High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, April 7th, The School Counseling Department will be presenting a "Junior Post-Secondary Planning" night. The night will give an overview of the post-secondary planning process for Juniors. Representatives from both two-year and four-year colleges will be in attendance. The event will be held in the Medway High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.


The Medway High School School Counseling Department is hosting a Career and College Fair on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in the gymnasium at Medway High School, from 8:00-11:15 a.m. We have sponsored our Career and College Fair for over 10 years now. While this event is primarily targeted towards our sophomores and juniors, any member of our school community will have the opportunity to meet with college representatives as well as local trades and businesses to learn more about their institutions and/or companies.

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. Community Book Read Vote

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. will be facilitating its second annual community book read through the month of March. We have narrowed the list of potential books to a list of 6 and we’d like you to help us decide which book to select. Please cast your vote for the book you are most interested in by February 14, 2020, by clicking here.

MFE Trivia BEE!

Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) is hosting the annual Trivia Bee contest on Wednesday February 26th from 7-9 pm at the Burke/Memorial School Cafeteria. This is a unique trivia contest that features a DJ who uses music to help provide hints on each question. You will find Medway teachers, students, parents and alumni competing for the Trivia Bee Trophy. Last year a team of MHS teachers sponsored by local law firm Kenney & Kenney won the trophy for the third year in a row, so if you are good at trivia, let’s give them some competition! MFE is still looking for teams. Please visit www.MFEducation.org for details on registering your team or if you are interested in sponsoring a team of teachers or students. Alternatively, you can email MFE President Brian Gray (bgray_123@yahoo.com) or MFE Secretary Aimee Selby (aimeeselby30@gmail.com).

January 26, 2020

Midterms Continue

Our mid-year exams continue tomorrow with exams C+D. School will begin at 8:15 on exam days and students will be dismissed from school at 11:30 Monday and Tuesday and 9:45 on Wednesday. This will allow students ample time to prepare for their next exams and give teachers time to grade and give feedback on the exams. Below is the schedule of exams for the next three days.

Exam Schedule

January 27, 2020 Period C (8:15-9:45) and Period D (10:00-11:30)

January 28, 2020 Period E (8:15-9:45) and Period F (10:00-11:30)

January 29, 2020 Period G (8:15-9:45) and Makeup Exams: (10:00-11:30)

*Make-up exams are available to students who missed the exam due to an excused absence or other extenuating circumstances. Students should see their Dean if they know that they are going to miss an exam and need to schedule a make-up.

Buses for 1/27 and 1/28, will pickup students at 11:35 am.

Buses for 1/29 will pickup students at 9:50 am.


It's important for all students to take care of themselves during midterm exams. In an effort to promote keeping a healthy body and mind during exam week, the Peer Counselors will be hosting the following activities:

Friday-1/24: A visit from the therapy dogs.
Monday-1/27: The first 100 students to school will receive a stress ball.
Tuesday-1/28: Peer Counselors will host morning greetings and pass out positive and inspirational quotes.
Wednesday-1/29: Music in the lobby before exams.

January 26, 2020

Semester 2- Thursday!

Semester 2 begins on Thursday. Students will report to Homeroom to receive a new copy of their schedule which will have some new semester courses. Students should follow their new schedules and connect with their counselor during a study, at lunch, or via email if there is a conflict.


Students will also take part in two surveys. One survey is to gather feedback from students about the school culture and climate. The other is a homework survey. The results of both surveys will gives us information that will be helpful to see what's working well and some areas of growth in both areas. I look forward to sharing the results with students, faculty, and families.


Here's the schedule for the day:

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Challenge Day!

Medway High School hosted Challenge Day this past Wednesday. Over 100 hundred students and faculty participate in this full- day interactive event designed to build connection and empathy, fulfilling the vision that every child should be able to live in a world where he or she feels safe, loved and celebrated. The goal for the day was for students to feel more connected and accepted by their peers, feel stronger socially and emotionally, and develop communication and resiliency skills.


Our Challenge Day participants shared overwhelmingly positive feedback about the day and you couldn't help but feel the positive energy spread through the halls of MHS. Challenge Day will be back again next year!


Peer Counselors Meeting with Grade 8!

Report Cards available February 6, 2020

January 13, 2020

Reminder- Midyear Exams

Each year at the end of semester 1, students in all grades take part in mid-year exams as an opportunity to demonstrate their accumulation of knowledge and learning over the first half of the school year. Unlike tests given on regular school days, mid-years are designed to be more in- depth and address a wider range of topics which necessitates more time for preparation and more time in class to complete. With that in mind, the school has organized four school days as half-days with two tests scheduled each day for students. School will begin at 8:15 on exam days and students will be dismissed from school at 11:30 each day. This will allow students ample time to prepare for their next exams and give teachers time to grade and give feedback on the exams.


We know that preparing for longer exams can cause additional stress and anxiety for students. In the days leading up to mid-years, teachers will work closely with students to review for the exams and offer strategies for students to be successful. Our School Counselors are also available to meet with students or provide support around exams. Beginning next week, our student Peer Counselors will have a daily tip or morning event to help students prepare or keep their spirit up through the exam season. There is a tremendous amount of support available for students to access around exams. Please encourage your children make use of all of these opportunities. Here's the schedule:

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Review Days Schedule

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Semester II Courses

Nearly all students are enrolled in at least one semester-long course that ends on January 23rd. For most students, these would include classes such as Physical Education, Art, or an elective course. All of our Seniors are in semester-long English courses that are an important component of our graduation requirements. Beginning on January 30th, students will begin new courses to replace the courses recently completed. We will start that day in Homeroom to deliver new schedules to students. Students may also access their schedules on the Infinite Campus portal. Finally, if students have a Directed Study and are interested in adding a semester course, we do have some space available. Please contact your School Counselor for more info.


January 3, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome back and happy 2020!! I hope all of our students and families had a wonderful break! The new year brings about an opportunity to reflect upon the year that just ended and look ahead to the possibilities that await us. We are approaching the end of semester 1 and soon our students will have the opportunity to reflect and share what they've learned over the first half of the school year during their mid-year exams. After mid-year exams, semester 2 will begin and many students will have schedules that include new half year courses in a variety of subjects. The bulk of this Mustang Minute will present you with all of the details about mid-year exams and semester 2 info. As always though, feel free to reach out to anyone here with any questions or concerns.

Best,

John J. Murray, Ed.D.

Principal


*Make-up exams are available to students who missed the exam due to an excused absence or other extenuating circumstances. Students should see their Assistant Principal if they know that they are going to miss an exam and need to schedule a make-up.

Buses for 1/24, 1/27, 1/28, will pickup students at 11:35 am.

Buses for 1/29 will pickup students at 9:50 am.

January Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about the MHS healthy vending, eating healthy on a budget, Rachel’s Challenge, and more.

Upcoming Events

January 7, 2020

MFPA Meeting, Alumni Conference Room, Medway High School, 7:30 p.m.


January 8, 2020

MHS Winter Chamber Concert, Auditorium, Medway High School, 6:00 p.m.


January 9, 2020

School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 p.m.


January 13, 2020

T.H.R.I.V.E. Event: Vaping and Hidden in Plain Site, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 6:30 p.m.


January 14, 2020

Senator Spilka hosts Social Emotional Learning Event, Strategies for Student Stress, Warren Conference Center, 529 Chestnut Street, Ashland


January 17, 2020

SEPAC Board Meeting, September 19, 2019, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 6:45m p.m.


January 20, 2020

No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


January 21, 2020

No School: Professional Development Day


January 22, 2020

Medway High School Challenge Day Medway High School


January 23, 2020

School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

December 15, 2019

Holidays upon us!

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend! We have a full week coming up and everyone is working hard to finish the calendar year on a high note. Please enjoy the updates below and feel free to reach out with any questions. This will be the last Mustang Minute of 2019. Thank you to all of our families and friends for your continued support throughout the year. I wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!


MidQuarter Grade Update- Infinite Campus

This past Friday marked the midpoint of quarter 2. Assignments are up to date and available for viewing on Infinite Campus. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any question or concern.


Midyear Exams

Midyear exams come up quickly after the holiday vacation. We have made a change to the schedule to give students two reviews days prior to exams. This second day will ensure that the students who attend Challenge Day will have a review day prior to exams. Here's the calendar outlook for Midyears:

FlexAdvisory on Thursday!

Our next Flexadvisory is on Thursday. We will ask the students to choose what flex session they wish to attend Tuesday during morning announcements. This is a great opportunity for students to get extra help during the school day.

One option of note: Come begin a multi-week course on Financial Literacy during FlexAdvisory with Mr. Borden.

School Counseling Updates

College Scholarships

College Scholarships

Since September, the Medway School Counselors have been meeting with Seniors for individual senior appointments to discuss post secondary plans. As part of these meetings the counselors have provided resources for students to apply for scholarships.

Local scholarships are continuously coming into the Counseling office. Please check Naviance on a weekly basis for new scholarships that may be added.

Please reference the MHS Scholarship Tips and Tricks document (MHS Scholarship Tips and Tricks) for more information.


DAR Scholarship

The Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution, Inc. are offering a scholarship to local graduating seniors. Here are the requirements:


  • Must be a Massachusetts resident

  • Member of the senior class of a secondary school in Massachusetts

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Must be accepted or planning on attending an institution of higher learning

  • Application must be filled out completely.


Here is the application: DAR 2020 Scholarship Application


You can also get a hard copy of the application from Mr. Borden in 112-1, any questions can be addressed to him or to Jean Silva at jeansi@comcast.net or Cheryl Cody at clccc64@gmail.com


The deadline for applications is February 10th, 2020