Mustang Minute

Medway High School's Bi-Weekly Newsletter

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 3pm 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 (insert name of school). 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, 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


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


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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.

2020 MHS Summer Reading & H/AP Summer Work

As another school year comes to an end, we hope that all of our families enjoy a summer full of rest, relaxation, and some exciting learning experiences. We are pleased to present you with our 2020 summer assignments!


Our summer reading program gives students the opportunity to explore a work of literature that is thematically rich and thought-provoking. Chosen literature includes themes, subject matter, and/or characters that are relevant to the age, experience, and interests of our students, and reading level and length are appropriate for our school community. The goal of MHS summer reading is to foster a lifelong love of reading.


MHS English Dept. 2020 Summer Reading


This summer, you will choose ONE of three books from the list for the course you are entering. Please read your chosen text carefully and thoughtfully. When school begins in September, you will compose, with teacher guidance, a short book talk on your selected text. To prepare for this book talk assignment, please make notes on ONE of the “look for” topics provided. You may type your notes in a document or handwrite them in a log as you read; please store your notes for use this September.


What will the book talk entail?

In September, your ELA teacher will present to you the directions and expectations, as well as a rubric, for your short book talk, which will engage you in the Speaking and Listening standards that you will focus on for the year. For the summer, please read your selected book and compose your topic notes. That’s all you need to do before school begins!


*Assignments for AP Literature and AP Language are unique; please see below.


Entering Grade 9:

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz


  • Growth and change of the main character

  • Search for and acceptance of identity (who you are)

  • A character’s place in society

  • The development of relationships throughout the novel




Entering Grade 10:

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay


  • Search for and acceptance of identity

  • Culture (values, beliefs, norms, customs)

  • Author’s use of language and writing style

  • Social commentary (author’s suggestion of a societal problem that needs fixing)



Entering American Literature:

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

  • Search for identity

  • Understanding the past and connecting it to the present

  • The power of human relationships



Entering ELA 12:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Educated by Tara Westover

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • Isolation

  • Character’s pursuit of knowledge

  • Character’s quest for identity


Honors & Advanced Placement (AP)

Summer Assignments

Click on the course to access your summer assignment. Students are expected to have completed the assignment prior to the first day of school. If your course is not listed, there is no summer assignment for that class.

AP Language and Composition:

Unique Assignments


AP Literature and Composition:

Unique Assignments


Social Studies Department

AP Euro

AP Psychology

AP Government

US I Honors

AP US


Science Department

AP Biology


AP Chemistry


Required Summer Work for Students Moving up a Level in Math

Current MHS students moving up a level should go to the MathXL for School link and click add a class. The appropriate code is below. If you are new to Medway, please contact the Mathematics curriculum and Instruction leader (kmioduszewski@medwayschools.org) and she will provide you with necessary access information.


Students moving from Math 9 CPI to Math 10 CPII: XL09-P1VU-2021-6JU3

Students moving from Math 9 CPII to Math 10 Honors: XL09-P1VT-2021-5JU3

Students moving from Math 10 CPII to Honors PreCalculus: XL09-P1VS-2020-4JU3


Please note: you should be utilizing the Question Help, then help me solve this or view an example options. You are responsible for any work not taught in previous level.


1) Log into your MathXLforSchool.com page

2) Click on your name in the top right corner

3) Choose "Enroll in Course" from the menu

4) Enter the code into the boxes on the next page

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, 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

The Leadership Intensive


Led by Ashley Olafsen, the Leadership Intensive is a 12 session program for high school students that focuses on topics such as body image, self esteem, mental health and relationships.

The program will cost $125.00 and be held Tuesdays evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 at Medway High School.

Spots are limited ( The Leadership Institute flyer ) , to learn more and register, please visit https://www.ashleyolafsen.com/the-leadership-intensive


Project AMP

Medway Public Schools is proud to offer a brief mentorship intervention called Project AMP.

In Project AMP youth participants are paired with young adult mentors who bring a wide range of skills and experiences including recovery from drugs and alcohol abuse. Mentors meet one-on-one with participants over four sessions. Project AMP is not counseling or a medical or behavioral health treatment, it’s a participant lead program to support youth for whom few prevention and early intervention resources are available. Please see flyer for more information (Project AMP). If you are interested in connecting your child with this resource, please contact your child’s school counselor.


Collegiate Summer Programs

UMass Summer Programs has put together an exciting lineup of pre-college programs for the Summer of 2020, please click on the link below for more information:

https://www.umass.edu/summer/programs/academic-programs.

In addition to their popular returning programs such as the McCormack Sport Leadership Academy, Summer Engineering Institute, Summer Design Academy, and many others, they have announced the following new programs!

New Programs for Summer 2020

  • Introduction to Programming in Processing

  • Foundations of Music Theory

  • Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation

  • Foundations of Data Science

  • Architectural & Landscape Watercolor Rendering

  • Economics of Hunger

UMass Summer Pre-College programs are residential, academic programs for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. With courses taught by UMass Amherst faculty and graduate students, award-winning dining, modern residence halls, and fun co-curriculars, our programs offer hands-on experience in college coursework and college life.

Applications open late December!


School Counseling Workshops


School Counselors have been going into classrooms of each grade level to deliver Guidance lessons.

So far, Counselors have covered the following topics with each grade level:


Grade 9 -Registered for Naviance

Completed the learning style inventory

Students began to complete their activity resume that they will continue to update


Grade 10 - Do What You Are survey with Naviance (this provides an in depth overview of the student personality and matches them with careers of interest based on the survey results)

PSAT Results workshop will be conducted in January


Grade 11 - Activity resume and student data portfolio (used for counselor letter or recommendation)

PSAT Results workshop will be conducted in January


Grade 12 - College application process 101

Follow up on common app and scholarship research

Challenge Day- January 22nd!

Challenge Day will return to Medway High School on Wednesday, January 22nd. Challenge Day is a 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 is for students to feel more connected and accepted by their peers, feel stronger socially and emotionally, and develop communication and resiliency skills.

Students still have time to sign up using the link below. Prior to the holiday break, the Assistant Principals and Counselors will make the final decisions for this year's group and permission slips will be sent out. Challenge Day was a tremendous success for us last year and we look forward to sharing this experience with a new group of students. For more information about Challenge Day visit www.challengeday.org.

From MHS Daily Announcements

*Sharing updates that have been emailed to students throughout the week*


Donate your gently used winter coats now through January. Drop off boxes are in the main lobby. Help us help kids and win a school prize!


The RAK winners for this month are: Dom Firnges, Charlotte Kealey, Alex Spezzano, Ryan Davin and Muhammad Akar. Please see Ms. Jasmin in the School Counseling Office to pick up your Muffin House gift cards. Congratulations to all!


Interested in poetry and/or performing? Medway Community Ed is offering Poetry Out Loud, a Nationally Recognized Poetry Performing Competition. It will take place at the school level. If you win you can move onto the regional level, state level, and NATIONAL level! The dates to practice and participate will be on Mondays from 2:35-3:35 pm on the following dates: 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3*Competition Date

Please see Ms Gentile if interested, you will need to register through FamilyID.


We will have a Best Buddies' Holiday Party on 12/19 in the Cafeteria. Please bring a $5 gift to exchange, if you want! See you at 2:30!


SENIORS:

December 18th This will be your LAST opportunity to sit with PRESTIGE for a spot in the yearbook. You must sit for this session in order to have a spot in the YEARBOOK. See the list on times outside room 020-3.


Musical auditions are quickly approaching! Head to the MHS Performing Arts website to register for auditions and to print out audition music! https://medwayhspa.wixsite.com/mhsperformingarts/musical-call-board


Design the cover of the 2020 yearbook open to all grades. All artwork must be original, can be drawn, painted, graphic design, photography. No smaller than 14x14 and must include Medway High School 2020 and be school appropriate.

Submissions are due January 17th no late submissions will be accepted

December 3, 2019

Snowday Edition

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with family friends! I wanted to take a few moments on this snowday to preview the events we have for December. There are only 13 days of school left in 2019 before our extended holiday break. There's so much to do before we get there! I hope you are able to attend one of our events and that your holiday season is filled with joy!

MEDcamp 2019

The MEDCamp sessions on the day before Thanksgiving were a huge success. This year, over 100 interest based workshops were offered for students followed by a Pep Rally organized by our Student Council. Please check out the video below courtesy of Medway Newswatch for some of the highlights.
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MSPTO Pop-Up

On Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00-8:00PM the Medway Secondary Parent Teacher Organization (MSPTO) is hosting their sixth annual holiday pop-up shop at the Medway High School The pop-up shop is in advance of the December monthly MSPTO meeting - all are welcome to stay for the meeting and win a gift from our retailers in a raffle. The MSPTO also supports Coats for Kids. We are asking that you Please bring your gently used warm winter coats - all sizes, adults, kids or infants - to be cleaned and redistributed back to those in need. (antons.com/cfk).

For additional information about the MSPTO, please click the button below.

FlexAdvisory on Thursday!

Our next Flexadvisory is on Thursday. We will ask the students to choose what flex session they wish to attend tomorrow during morning announcements. This is a great opportunity for students to get extra help during the school day.

Q2 Mid-quarter Grade Update- December 13

We are nearing the midpoint of quarter 2. On December 13th, grades for quarter 2 assignments will be up to date and available for viewing on the Infinite Campus portal. We will send out a reminder when they are ready for viewing.

Tri-M Coffeehouse

The Tri-M Coffeehouse will be this Friday evening (12/6) at 7pm in the MHS cafeteria. Please join us as students perform some of their favorite songs in a relaxed atmosphere among friends and family. All are welcome!

MHS Art Walk and Winter Concert

This year's Art Walk and Winter Concert will be next Wednesday, December 11th. The event begins with an open display of student art work in the MHS Lobby from 6-6:45pm. This will be followed by the Winter Concert in the Auditorium. We hope to see you there!

December Wellness Update

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about the McGovern Breakfast Program, helping your child find a “good fit” college, the upcoming T.H.R.I.V.E. event on vaping, and more.

Upcoming Events

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November 23, 2019

What a week!

Such an exciting time to be a part of the Medway community! This week we celebrated victories on the field and recognized students for the numerous academic achievements! Today our boys soccer team competes for a state championship. Tomorrow, our cheerleadeaders compete at states. Next week we go into the holiday with our 1/2 day workshops and pep rally. There's so much to be thankful for!

Boys Varsity Soccer- MIAA Division 3 State Championship

Saturday, Nov. 23rd 2019 at 2:30pm

305 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA

Game Day Info

The button above has all of the details for today's game including ticket info, parking, and fan behavior expectations.

MedCamp Pre-Thanksgiving 1/2 Day Workshops

We've created a separate newsletter with all of the information for our half-day on Wednesday. Please check out the link above for details. Signups for workshops will be Monday in Homeroom

MSSAA State Cheer Finals

Saturday, Nov. 23rd 2019 at 10:30am

486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA

National Honor Society

We proudly inducted 52 into the National Honor Society (NHS) at an induction ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 19. NHS recognizes students who show outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, leadership and community service. Medway High School juniors and seniors with a 5.6, out of 7.0, weighted GPA are eligible for induction. We are proud of the efforts of our inductees and congratulate them on their induction.

Student Recognition Breakfast

On Thursday, we recognized 55 students for their success on AP exams and the MCAS. Students who scored 3 or higher on multiple AP exams were recognized as AP Scholars. Students who scored Advanced or Proficient on the three MCAS tests and had scores in the top 25% of the class earned the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship which provides credit towards tuition at Massachusetts state colleges and universities. Congratulations to all for their outstanding academic achievement!

Veterans Project

Six local veterans were interviewed by high school students and their stories were shared at the 4th annual Veteran's Project event. Thank you to Courtney Riley, Senior Center Director, and Marcia Lombardo, Outreach Coordinator at the Senior Center, for seeking this partnership with the Medway Schools. Special thanks to Aubrie Rojee, high school history/social sciences teacher, for supporting our high school students through this special experience. Congratulations to high school students: Molly Britton, Elizabeth Downing, Sophia Boucher,Seeendhi Ravipati, Rena Weafer, Lillian Woodward, Alaina Zombrowski, and Maisie Donohue for their hard work and poise in sharing the stories of our veterans.

Medway High Schools Music Achievement

Congratulations to Matt Bullard, Sophia Flotta, Daphne Freeman, Grace Gerard, Sam Jacobs, Charlotte Kealey, Sarah McCarthy, Kenny Santos, and Ram Tysoe who will be representing Medway in the Central District Chorus this year. In January, these talented individuals will be performing with the top high school vocalists in Central Massachusetts.

Girls Soccer- MIAA Team Sportsmanship Award!

The Medway Varsity Girls Soccer team was selected to receive the MIAA Team Sportsmanship Award! Congratulations to Coach Rojee and all of our girls on this well deserved recognition. The award will be presented at halftime of today's championship soccer game.

November 16, 2019

Report Cards- Q1

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. An early look at our results indicate that many of our students had an outstanding quarter. 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 your child's teachers, school counselor, or Assistant Principal if you have questions or if your child needs additional supports.

MEDcamp Half-Day Workshops

The day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) is a half-day at Medway High School. Instead of running our normal bell schedule, students will be able to sign up for 3 sessions based on their interests and passions followed by a pep rally in the auditorium. This is similar to last year's half-day where we offered 106 different sessions followed by an exciting pep rally. The attendance for the day was great and we received tremendous feedback from students and faculty. We are finalizing the offerings and will have students choose their experiences next Monday.

MHS Fitness Center

We were excited to officially open the MHS Fitness Center this week. This was truly a community effort and we are thankful to everyone who supported the project from start to finish. All of our students have access to this state of the art facility to improve their personal wellness (one of our core values). The fitness center is open to students everyday after school from 2:45- 4:30. Additional programming will be offered in the weeks and months to come.
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Fall Sports Update- Go Mustangs!

  • Boys Soccer defeated Norton on Saturday and have advanced to the Division 3 state semifinals Tuesday night against Bedford. The game will be played at Manning Field in Lynn at 7pm.

  • Girls Soccer defeated Milford, Old Rochester and Dartmouth to advance to the Division 3 South Finals. They fought hard but lost to Holliston on Sunday. Congrats on a great season!

  • Cheer took 1st place in the TVL Championship and then went on to win the Wachusett Invitational last Sunday. They will finished in 5th place at the Cheer Regionals yesterday at Plymouth North High School. Time TBA.

  • Football defeated Norwell Friday night 28-21.

2019 MIAA Boys Soccer Division 3 State Semifinals

Tuesday, Nov. 19th 2019 at 7pm

76 Locust Street

Lynn, MA

National Honor Society Induction

Please join us as we recognize our students for scholarship, character, service and leadership as they are inducted into the National Honor Society. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in the MHS auditorium, 88 Summer Street.

Veterans Project

Please join us for our 4th Annual Veterans Day Project event at the Medway Senior Center, 76 Oakland Street. This year the event will take place on Thursday, November 21st from 4:00 pm. - 6:00 p.m. Medway High School students will present the life stories of 6 area veterans.

Turkey Trot

The 9th annual Medway Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning, November 28th at 7:30 a.m. at MHS, 88 Summer St. All proceeds support Medway High School Athletics. Music, prizes & t-shirt's (w/ timing chips). Register here: https://bit.ly/2QMoTOC
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October 31, 2019

Fall update

Somehow we have reached the end of the first quarter of the school year. Over the past two weeks, our students have participated in the PSAT, engaged in post-secondary planning with their counselors, and had time to build community with their classmates.


We had a great turnout at our Parent-Teacher conferences last week. It was a pleasure to connect with parents and hear about our student's experience thus far this year. A five minute conversation with the teachers provides only a snapshot of your child's progress. I encourage you to continue checking the portal for updates and asking your children to see what's going on in their Google Classroom.


On the field, our Boys Soccer and Volleyball teams won the TVL Small and will enter tournament play. Our Girls Soccer Team will also enter the tournament and are awaiting their seeding and opponent. Win or lose, all of our teams should be congratulated for great seasons! I'm most proud of the support our students show one another at all of the games. We are also thankful to our parents and booster groups who support each of the programs.

Continue reading for info about upcoming tournament games and info about our Fall Play, Scared Silly which I’m excited to see this weekend!

End of Q1

Our first quarter officially ends on Tuesday, November 5th. Students should have a good sense of where they stand academically this quarter but if they have any questions they should make connections with their teachers for more information. Some students have difficulty in engaging in that conversation with their teachers. Our school counselors can help students with strategies for how to advocate for themselves. There shouldn't be surprises at the end of the quarter. Report cards will be available on the Infinite Campus portal on November 13th at the end of the day. We will send an email to let families know they are posted. We hope that everyone ends the quarter on a high note!


Volleyball Tournament Game vs. Westwood

Thursday, Oct. 31st 2019 at 4:30pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

Our Varsity Volleyball Team earned the #8 seed in the Division 2 Central Tournament and will host #9 Westwood on Thursday at 4:30. Admission for this MIAA Tournament Event will be $5 for adults and $3 for all students/senior citizens.
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Football vs. Falmouth

Friday, Nov. 1st 2019 at 3:30pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: Students in grades 9-12 who have participated in community service over the past year may be considered by filling out the online application at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit, and submitted to Mrs. Rondeau in the School Counseling Office by November 5, 2019. Our school will select one top youth volunteer for state-level honors. Our school’s honoree, will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if the minimum number of volunteer hours qualify, and will become eligible to win an unrestricted award of $1,000 or more, and an all-expense- paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC next spring for special recognition. Medway students have received state-level honors and President’s Volunteer Service Awards!

Coat Drive

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November wellness update

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about mental health stigma at MHS, McGovern’s Weekly Walk to School, how to support child decision making, and more.

Next Two Weeks

November 5 Flu Clinic 3-5 PM

November 6-7 MCAS ELA Retest

November 7 Flex Advisory Block

November TBD IPEC Leader Field Trip

November 8 TADA Dance 7-10 PM

November 11 No School - Veterans Day

November 13 Report Cards

November 13-14 MCAS Math Retest

Senior Halloween Parade

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October 14, 2019

PSAT- This Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 16th will be a busy, activity- packed day at Medway High School!


While grade 10 & 11 students are taking the PSAT, activities have been planned for grades 9 & 12.

Reminder- No morning Senior Priv on October 16th.


All students should review the PSAT Schedule and information related to their grade below.

Grade 10 & 11

Grades 10 and 11 will report to assigned rooms for PSAT at 8:04. The test will begin right away. Room assignments will be posted in the lobby on Tuesday. Bring two #2 pencils and calculator! Test day checklist

Our expectation is that all 10th and 11th grade students participate in the test.The PSAT provides students with a diagnostic snapshot of their current skills and their areas of growth for college and career readiness. If you have not confirmed participation and would still like to take the test, please email Mrs. Rondeau (jrondeau@medwayschools.org) before school on Wednesday 10/16. We have a test for every student!

The afternoon schedule for grades 10 & 11 includes:

  • Lunch

  • School Culture and Climate Survey (baseline data)

  • Film- Screenagers Next Chapter: Empowering Youth with Stress Resilience

  • F Block

Grades 9 & 12

While grades 10 and 11 are testing, grades 9 and 12 will participate in a morning of activities. The morning schedule for grade 9 includes:

  • Meetings with School Counselors to get an overview of their high school years.

  • Film- Screenagers Next Chapter: Empowering Youth with Stress Resilience

  • Mini-IPEC day in the gym with the Physical Education staff

  • School Culture and Climate Survey (baseline data)

  • Class Election (Speeches and Voting)

  • Class photo on Hanlon Field

In the afternoon, grade 9 students will attend classes for E and F blocks.

The morning will look similar for grade 12 and includes:

  • Meetings with School Counselors for post-secondary planning

  • Film- Screenagers Next Chapter: Empowering Youth with Stress Resilience

  • School Culture and Climate Survey (baseline data)

  • Class meeting and ‘2 0’ class photo on Hanlon Field

In the afternoon, grade 12 students will attend classes for D, E and F blocks.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Parent-Teacher Conferences, which have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. As we have done for the past couple of 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.

Scheduling of appointments begins on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30pm. (Scheduling closes at 12:00pm on October, 21)



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 is now open. Please be aware that this is just the registration and does not guarantee or schedule an appointment


1. Go to our school appointments web site: 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.


Once appointment scheduling is open (Oct 15) please continue with step 4

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 look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Paying for College Event- Monday October 21, 2019

Regardless of your family income, having the right information on college financing can help you save money. Join us for a special event with financial aid strategy expert Steve Wynne who will lead a presentation, discussion, and Q&A to help simplify paying for college, including:

- how to successfully navigate the process of paying for college

- insights into available financial aid options and working with financial aid offices

- short term/long term strategies for loan repayment

WHEN: Monday October 21, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Medway High School Auditorium, 88 Summer Street, Medway, MA

Join us to learn what you need to know to pay less.

This event is sponsored by Medway High School Counseling in coordination with Medway Foundation for Education (MFE) and Richardson Financial Services.

October 5, 2019

FlexAdvisory- Thursday, October 10th

Our next Flexadvisory is Thursday, October 10 during the 25 minute Advisory period. This will be our first opportunity for students to use the Responsive Scheduler function in Infinite Campus to choose what flex session they wish to attend. All of our teachers are available during that time period and will offer sessions of their choosing whether it's extra help, guided learning opportunities, or enrichment.


Students will have time on Tuesday morning to make their selection in Infinite Campus. All sessions are limited and every student is expected to make a choice and attend their selection.

Grade 9 Parent Evening- The High School Years

To assist with the transition to high school, parents of Grade 9 students are invited to attend The High School Years on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6:30 p.m - 7:30p.m. In addition to mirroring information that will be provided during the year to students in classroom guidance lessons, including Naviance, and timelines and requirements for the high school years; parents will also learn about the adolescent brain and tips for navigating the adolescent years. Please mark your calendars!

New Library Pass System - LibraryTrac

As you’re aware, we implemented a paper pass system at the start of this year in hopes of providing some structure to the way students access the library from study halls. After evaluating this system during the first month of school, and based on feedback from staff and students, we have made an adjustment to our pass system. Starting on Monday, 10/7/19, we will utilize LibraryTrac as an online sign up system in place of the paper passes. Students will be able to sign up for the library online rather than having to pick up a paper pass each morning. We believe this will allow us to provide equitable access to the library for all students.


The link to the LibraryTrac is tiny.cc/MedwayStudy

Once students access this site, they can choose the day and period they wish to attend and sign up. Signups are available one day in advance of the study. Students will still need to go to their study hall first for attendance.


Students will also find QR codes such as this one, where they can access the sign up site.


This screencastify contains instructions for students for your reference. Students should check in with our Librarian, Mrs. Klemm, with any questions or issues accessing the site.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Parent-Teacher Conferences, which have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. As we have done for the past couple of 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.

Scheduling of appointments begins on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30pm. (Scheduling closes at 12:00pm on October, 21)



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 is now open. Please be aware that this is just the registration and does not guarantee or schedule an appointment


1. Go to our school appointments web site: 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.


Once appointment scheduling is open (Oct 15) please continue with step 4

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 look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October Parent Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter, you will find information about elementary nutrition, the District’s plan to address student vaping, an alert about the YoLo App and more.

PSAT- October 16th

Reminder to grade 10-11 students. If you have not signed up yet for the PSAT, you may still fill out the registration form below and turn in a check for $17 to Mrs. Rondeau in Guidance. We anticipate all students in both grades will want to participate in the exam.

PSAT Registration 2019 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

September 21, 2019

We've got Spirit!

We're thrilled to see the positive energy in our building continue as our first month together begins to wind down. Yesterday, our 40% club (positivity and happiness), placed positivity post-its on lockers throughout the building to share encouraging messages with all. We're looking for the good vibes to continue this week as we move into Spirit Week and Homecoming. This week's Mustang Minute contains updates about these and so many other happenings within our school. We hope you encourage your students to get involved!

Spirit Week

StuCo has planned different dress up days to celebrate Spirit Week and Homecoming! Each grade is competing with Muffin House gift cards available for the most spirited 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grader

The themes are:

  • Monday -Media/Meme Day

  • Tuesday - USA Day

  • Wednesday - class colors: Seniors-black, Juniors - red, Sophomores- White, Freshman - blue. Teachers - pink

  • Thursday - Tourist day

  • Friday - Fancy Friday (Picture Day)

We encourage all to get involved!

Homecoming

Homecoming is next weekend! On Friday afternoon, we'll have a full slate of Medway athletics competing on all of our athletics fields. Please come and spend the afternoon on campus to support all of our teams! On Saturday morning, our Varsity Football team will play Dedham High School at 11am on Hanlon Field. Our Boys Varsity and JV Soccer teams will play Longmeadow High School on North Field and the grass field beginning at noon.


Saturday night is our Homecoming Dance from 7pm-10pm! Tickets are $10 or $7 with a non-perishable item and will be on sale at the door. No students will be admitted after 7:30 and no student will be allowed to leave before 9pm without parent permission.

Summer Reading Book Chat

Our summer reading book chat is on Thursday during Flex Advisory. This year's program gives students the opportunity to explore a work of literature that is thematically rich and thought-provoking. Students will be schedule into classrooms based on the book they chose and participate in a book chat facilitated by one of our staff members. If your child has not entered their book choice yet, please have them follow the link below to make a selection. Room locations will be posted in the lobby on Wednesday morning.

Activities Fair

The Fall Activity Fair will take place on Friday, September 27th during the three lunch periods. This is an opportunity for all students to preview the wonderful variety of extracurricular activities available. We will set up tables in the hallways right outside of the cafeteria, as well as in the Senior Lounge.

Senior-Family College Planning Program & MEFA College Financing Night

Thursday, Sep. 26th 2019 at 5:30-7:30pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

Come learn more about the College Planning Processing and Financing Opportunities! Our School Counselors and representatives from MEFA will share insight and strategies to help demystify the post-secondary planning process.

Grade 12 Post -Secondary Planning Updates

Ongoing senior tasks and upcoming events:

  • If you have not already, complete the Data Portfolio posted on Naviance and update resumes. This information will be required by counselors in order to write recommendations and assist with the college application process .

  • It is important that students take responsibility for identifying deadlines for application and financial aid; as well as application requirements for each of the colleges they plan to apply to. Naviance can help with this!

  • Counselors will be visiting Senior English classes on Sept. 20-25, 2019 to review pertinent details of the application process.

  • Counselor appointments for seniors

    • Following the classroom seminars this week, seniors may begin to schedule appointments with their counselor though Mrs. Rondeau, our school counseling secretary. All seniors should have completed their data portfolio prior to individual appointments with counselors.

School Counseling News- September 2019

Click the button for additional School Counseling Updates

School Pictures

September 27th is school picture day. Students will be called from Study, Health and PE to the auditorium. Order forms for pictures are available in the Main Office.

Global Leadership and Citizenship Certificate

As you may be aware, Medway High School has designed a Global Leadership and Citizenship Certificate for students beginning this year. We are pleased with the student interest in the certificate from last spring's meeting. Our first trip associated with the travel component of the certificate will be a service-learning trip to Puerto Rico in February 2020. There are a few spots remaining for this trip and a meeting will be held in Ms. Cecchi's room on Tuesday Sept. 24 at 6pm for parents and students interested.


We are also hosting a meeting for students and families to present the GLCC program on October 2nd at 6pm in MHS Counseling Center.

PSAT- October 16th

Mark your calendars for PSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, to be administered to sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. This is a national testing date. Students do not register online through College Board for the PSAT. Sophomores and Juniors will receive a paper copy of the PSAT one-sheet along with the registration form in classes during the last week of September. Sophomores as well as the Juniors will take the PSAT again this fall for further practice and test familiarity prior to taking the SAT in the spring of 2020, and to be considered for National Merit Eligibility. Grade 10 students take the PSAT for test familiarity, to better understand strengths and weaknesses, and to access College Board tools and free Khan Academy resources related to their specific results. Grade 11 students are encouraged to continue to access test preparation and practice resources shared with them last school year. Cost will be $16. Students will receive details in the upcoming week.

PSAT Registration 2019 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. and SEPAC to co-host Screenagers: The Next Chapter

T.H.R.I.V.E. in collaboration with SEPAC will be hosting a screening of the film Screenager: The Next Chapter. The film explores the connection between the concurrent rise in adolescent screen use and mental health concerns. Medway Middle and High School students will be shown the film during the school day of October 16 and parents will have the opportunity to watch the film later that evening. For more information about the film and to watch the trailer please click here.

MSPTO Kick-off Meeting

Attention Parents of middle and high school age students: Come join the MSPTO Kick-off Wednesday, September 25th at the Medway Middle School Library @ 7:30 Get involved in your child's school and support our school community and lend your time and talent! We welcome our 5th grade parents and look forward to seeing you there! Coffee & refreshments will be served, we hope you will join us! Please visit our MSPTO website for all our updates and forms @ http://www.mspto.org

Next Two Weeks

September 26 Flex Advisory Block (Summer Reading Discussion)

September 26 Post-Secondary Planning/College Financing Night (MEFA)

September 27 School Picture Day

September 27 Athletics- Multiple Home Games- afternoon

September 28 Homecoming Dance 7:00-10:00 pm

September 30 No School - Rosh Hashanah


October

October 2 Tri-M Induction Ceremony, 7:00-8:30 pm

October 3 School Committee Meeting 7 pm

October 5 Boat Cruise Grade 12, 7-10:30 pm


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September 8, 2019

Great First Week!

I hope all of our students had a great opening week! There was a tremendous amount of energy in the building as students caught up with their friends, visited former teachers, and got to know their new teachers. We're off to a great start!


Students attended homeroom and all seven periods last week. These days were helpful for taking care of many housekeeping needs and to make adjustments to schedules. There are still some adjustments that will be needed this week to balance some schedules. We appreciate all of your patience as we transition to Infinite Campus!


Tomorrow, we're back on our regular schedule (Day 5). Students may access their schedules on the Infinite Campus portal.


https://medwayma.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/students/medway.jsp

Back to School Night

Our annual Back to School night is Thursday, September 12th.The evening will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the auditorium with welcome remarks from the principal and the administrative team as well as
an overview of the evening. Beginning at 6:35 p.m., you will have the opportunity to follow your child's schedule by attending ten-minute 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 Parent-Teacher Conferences in October.

Please ask your child to share a copy of their schedule or pick one up in
the lobby before 6:35 p.m. I have shared the times and order of the classes
below. We hope that you will be able to join us!


Event Schedule


Welcome remarks/ overview of evening. 5:45 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.

Community Partners/Student schedule pick up in the lobby 6:15 p.m. -6:30 p.m.


DAY 1 (1-7) SCHEDULE


Period 1 - 6:35 – 6:45

Period 2 - 6:50 – 7:00

Period 3 - 7:05 – 7:15

Period 4 - 7:20 – 7:30

Period 5 - 7:35 – 7:45

Period 6 - 7:50 – 8:00

Period 7 - 8:05 – 8:15

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

Have a great week!

Back to School Edition- September 1, 2019

Welcome Back

We're excited to welcome all of our students back on Tuesday! Below is some helpful information as students prepare to return.

First Week of School- September 3, 4, 5 & 6

We're pleased to share the opening week schedule with students and families. Students should report to homeroom to start the day on Tuesday and each day next week. Our students will also meet with all of their classes each day next week.


We plan to utilize our homeroom time to offer Infinite Campus training for students, run a fire drill, go over new policies, and review emergency procedures.


Below is a copy of the schedule for the week. All students will receive a paper copy of their schedule in homeroom on the first day.


First Week of School Schedule

Student Schedules

Students have access to their schedules through Infinite Campus. The counselors have been hard at work making necessary changes to student schedules since their return last week. If your child is in need of a course change, please use the link below to enter it on the form.


MHS Course Correction/Change Form (working link)



We anticipate that there still may be some issues with student schedules that will be resolved during the first week of school. We’ll ask that all students with an open block in their schedule to go to the cafeteria where the counselors will help students solve schedule issues. We appreciate all of your patience as we transition to Infinite Campus!

Back to School Forms

As mentioned in a previous email from the district, the“beginning of year packet” which includes student enrollment, health, and demographic information, will not be sent home this year. Families are asked to review all demographic information and submit requested changes via the Infinite Campus portal. These requests for changes are then reviewed internally and edits approved. These requests can be submitted at anytime by family members by selecting More from the left menu and reviewing all sections listed under this tab.


Families are also asked to complete the “Online Registration” option, listed under More, before school begins to ensure we have the most current information for our students. If, for any reason, families are unable to access the Parent Portal, they are asked to please email us at parent@medwayschools.org for support or to request a hard copy of these forms.


Upcoming Events

  • September 2 Labor Day (No School)

  • September 3 School Opens - Students report to Homeroom

  • September 12 Back to School Night 5:45pm-8:15 pm

  • September 18 Performing Arts Parent Meeting 7 pm

  • September 26 Flex Advisory Block (Summer Reading Discussion)

  • September 26 Senior Family Post Secondary Planning/6:00pm-8:00 pm

  • September 27 School Picture Day

  • September 27 Athletics- Multiple Home Games- afternoon/evening

  • September 28 Homecoming Dance 7:00-10:00 pm

  • September 30 No School - Rosh Hashanah

Helpful Links

2019-2020 Bell Schedule

Medway Public Schools Calendar

Student Parent Handbook- Please review important updates to the attendance policy.

July 12, 2019

Happy Summer!

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer thus far! It's hard to believe that we've been out of school for nearly a month. While school doesn't resume for another 8 weeks, I wanted to take a moment to check in with some updates that will be useful for everyone as we progress through the summer.

This week's Mustang Minute includes:


  • Introduction of Ms. Sonja Metcalf, our new Assistant Principal
  • Summer Reading Reminder
  • AP and Honors Summer Work Reminder
  • Freshman Orientation information
  • Outreach for Host Family
  • Important Summer Dates

Welcome Ms. Sonja Metcalf!

We're pleased to welcome Ms. Sonja Metcalf to Medway High School as our new Assistant Principal. Ms. Metcalf is excited about joining our community and is looking forward to meeting the students, families and staff at the high school! Most recently, Ms. Metcalf served as the Assistant Principal of North Attleboro High School for the past three years. Her teaching background includes 15 years as a Spanish teacher at both the middle school and high school levels, as well as 14 years as a Band Director. She is passionate about building connections and creating an inclusive environment where students and educators can thrive.


In describing her first few days in Medway Ms. Metcalf said, “I’ve already had the pleasure of attending two professional development days this summer, both with the District Leadership Team and with the Freshman Teaching Teams. I’m excited about the energy, enthusiasm, and dedication of these great colleagues. I look forward to working together in the upcoming school year.”


Ms. Metcalf will work primarily with students and families in grades 9 & 11. She joins Mr. David List who is now Assistant Principal working primarily with students in grades 10 & 12. The two Assistant Principals will remain with their classes each year through their graduation.


We would like to offer a few opportunities for parents and students to meet Ms. Metcalf this summer. We realize that it's difficult for folks to stop in during the summer and will be sure to offer additional opportunities in September. We hope you can join us for one of the times below.


Meet & Greet Opportunities:

  • Monday, July 22, 9:00-10:00 AM in the Medway High School Library

  • Wednesday, August 7, 9:00-10:00 AM in the Medway High School Library

  • Thursday, August 15, 9:00-10:00 AM in the Medway High Guidance Walk-in Center

Summer Reading

This is a reminder to students about our 2019 summer reading program. This year's program gives students the opportunity to explore a work of literature that is thematically rich and thought-provoking. Chosen literature includes themes, subject matter, and/or characters that are relevant to the age, experience, and interests of our students, and reading level and length are appropriate for our school community. The goal of MHS summer reading is to foster a lifelong love of reading.


This year, we’ve decided to offer students choice of any one of the five book choices offered at the MHS Book Tasting in April. The book choices are:


Student Expectations: The links above provide summaries and other useful information to help you make a selection. To date, the majority of the students have made a selection and are hopefully engaged in their reading. In the fall, students will participate in a small group discussion on the major themes and topics of their chosen text.


We have created a Summer Reading Google Classroom for students which they have all been added to If parents/guardians have questions about summer reading, we encourage you to reach out to summerreading@medwayschools.org.

Please click the link below to access the full Summer Reading information.

Honors and Advanced Placement Summer Assignments

Prior to the end of the school year, David List notified all students who are enrolled in an AP course confirmation of their enrollment and how to access their summer assignment. If students have not done so already, they should access the Honors and AP Summer Assignments section of the Summer Reading document (see button below). Students enrolled in AP/H courses must have their assignments completed by the start of school.

Freshman Orientation

The administration and staff at Medway High School look forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 to Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:30 pm at Medway High School.


Orientation will be a time for incoming freshmen to...

  • Understand the schedule rotation and locate lockers and classrooms

  • Learn about student organizations and school expectations

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

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

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

  • Enjoy lunch in our cafeteria courtesy of the Class of 2020. Lunch will consist of pizza, salad and fruit and is 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 8:45 am. The program will start promptly at 9:00am. Students will leave 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. Please reach out if you have any questions.

In Need of a Host Family

Medway Public Schools is collaborating with the Cambridge Network to host international students during the 2019-2020 school year. We currently have one rising 12th grade student who will be attending Medway High School in the fall and is in need of a host family who could host for the academic year. This a rewarding experience for our guests and for our students and families. We are looking to identify several host families. Families should please contact Joanne Routenberg at joanne.routenberg@cambridgenetwork.com or 1-617-749-6654 for more information!


Please refer to the information below if you are interested.

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Important Dates

July 22 Meet and Greet Ms. Metcalf 9:00-10:00 AM in the Medway High School Library

August 7 Meet and Greet Ms. Metcalf 9:00-10:00 AM in the Medway High School Library

August 15 Meet and Greet Ms. Metcalf 9:00-10:00 AM in the MHS Guidance Walk-in Center

August 15 Student Schedule Release online

August 16 1st day of football practice

August 19 Fall Athletic Meeting 6-7 pm

August 19 1st day of cheering practice

August 21 Counselors return- New student enrollments/schedules

August 21 Grade 9 Orientation/Activities Fair 8:45 am -2:20 pm

August 22 1st day of practice (all Fall sports)

August 26 & 27 New Staff Orientation

August 28 & 29 Professional Development Day

September 3 First Day of School

June 7, 2019

End of Year Exam Schedule

June 12th - periods G & F

June 13th - periods E & D

June 14th - periods C & B

June 17th - periods A & make - up

Buses on 6/12 - 6/14 will be available at dismissal time 11:30 am

Buses on June 17th will be available at 9:45 only

Last day of school - Tuesday June 18th - half day 8:04 - 11:31 am

Global Leadership and Citizenship Certificate update

In the fall, we will officially launch our Global Leadership and Citizenship Certificate program at Medway High School. In order to attain the certificate, students must take certain classes and complete a Global Learning Experience. There are a variety of options to meet the requirement including international travel, cultural exchange, internship, community service or a service learning project to name a few. We will be holding an informational meeting for students on Friday, June 14th from 7:45am- 8:10am and after exams from 11:30am-12:00 in the guidance conference room to share information with students who are interested in beginning the process this summer. If you are unable to attend the meeting you can find information about the program here or speak with your school counselor or Mr. List.

Summer Wellness Family Resource Guide

The end of the school year is met with a great deal of excitement as the start of summer vacation allows for some much needed and well-deserved downtime for our students. Summer break is also a time when some students are without the benefit of the daily structures and supports that accompany the routine of school. In anticipation of summer vacation, we’ve compiled a guide that contains articles and resources that can help parents and guardians support the social, emotional and physical well-being of their children this summer. Please find information and resources in the Medway Wellness: Family Resource Guide.

School Counseling News

Please click the link below to access the latest School Counseling News

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Class Officers

Senior Class:

Pres: Sam McKeown

VP: Ethan Core

Sec: Ram Tysoe

Treasurer: Tara Shippos

Historian: Tess Donnelly


Junior Class:

Pres: Elisa Alarmani

VP : Ellie Early

Sec: Sreenidhi Ravipati

Treasurer: Sam Abraham

Historian: Maise Donohue


Sophomore Class:

President - Zach Cioppa

VP - Caroline Calnan

Sec - Erin Shippos

Treasurer - Gustavo Mercier

Historian - Paige Dwyer

**Freshman Orientation will be on August 21st from 8:45 am- 2:20 pm**

1:1 Chromebook End of Year Info

From Medway IT:

Please be advised that an email listing the chromebook device, make, model, and insurance status was sent to all students last week. For those devices on which insurance will expire in August, we will be sending policy options in mid July and strongly encourage all families to purchase insurance for the school owned device(s).


During the summer months, any device in need of repair should be reported to Medway Technical Support via email at support@medwayschools.org. Please list the device, asset tag number, student name, and grade level in all correspondence. Repairs will be made at the Middle School IT Office. Anyone moving from Medway Public Schools will need to return the school issued device.

Locker Cleanout Tuesday Afternoon

Please remind your students to return all books, uniforms, and school items before they leave for the summer.

May 27, 2019

Senior Week and more!

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you have all enjoyed this beautiful day and weekend! While the past few weeks have been exciting, nothing compares to Senior Week! This week, we celebrate our Class of 2019 with a series of outings and celebrations capped off by graduation next Sunday. I've re-posted all of the info about events from the previous Mustang Minute below. For specific questions about this week's events, please reach out to Dean David List.


We've completed our post-secondary planning seminars with our Juniors and our counselors are now meeting with them individually to get them started towards life after MHS.


Our Sophomores just completed their final MCAS tests and are preparing for their IPEC day celebration on June 4th!


Our Freshmen are prepping for their Biology MCAS tests on June 3rd and 4th.



We're also preparing to welcome the Class of 2023. Below, you will find info about Step-up Day and Freshman Orientation.



That's just a sample of what's ahead at MHS in the next two weeks! For more info on these and other events, see below.

Class of 2019 End of Year Info

*From Previous Mustang Minute

We are so excited to begin celebrating the Class of 2019 over the next two weeks! Because there is so much info to stay on top of, we've created a separate doc that you can refer to for any senior related info. Please bookmark the link below to access all of the Class of 2019 activities and events between now and graduation. All updates to any events will be linked to this doc and resent to families with any additional info.

Senior Exit Surveys (Naviance)

Seniors are reminded that senior exit surveys must be completed in Naviance prior to picking up caps and gowns. Directions were sent by email by the school counselors. Final transcripts will be sent directly to the college in early June as required by colleges to finalize your matriculation,

Junior Post-Secondary Planning

Juniors have completed their junior seminars and are now asked to schedule individual appointments with their counselor if they have not already done so. The Student Data Portfolio, which helps counselors both advise students well and write meaningful recommendations, and the resume, started in Naviance during seminars, need to be completed prior to the individual appointment. To book your appointment, see Ms. Henken in the Counseling Office. Please make sure to check your email for updates.


Fall College Essay Workshop- Medway Community Education

Community Ed has added a Fall College Essay Workshop on September 21-22. This intensive workshop will provide students with the time and opportunity to begin the college application process and write their essay before senior year is in full swing. For more information and registration, visit www.medwayce.org

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International Thespian Society Induction and One Act Production

On Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00 pm, Medway High School will be adding a new charter to their list of societies when they become part of the International Thespian Honor Society. Members of the performing arts program at Medway High School will also perform a one act play about high school auditions for a play.

From the International Thespian Society website: "The International Thespian Society is the only theatre honor society for middle and high school students in the country. ITS recognizes, rewards, and encourages student achievement and celebrates the work of students in all aspects of theatre—performance and production. Each student is honored on a national level and gains access to opportunities and resources beyond those of their school."

Medway High School will be inducting twenty-three students, some of whom have dedicated almost four-hundred hours to the MHS theatre program. This event and production are open to all.


Step-Up Day

Students from Medway Middle School will visit Medway High School for Step Up Day on Monday, June 3rd from 10:15am to 12:40pm. This day is designed to introduce students to Medway High School and provide opportunities to get to know some of the people and values of our school prior to Freshmen Orientation and their first official day as high schoolers. This program is run by our Peer Counseling Program as well as additional student leaders at the high school. Students will tour the building and meet with Peer Counselors in small groups to learn more about the high school. We will get a head start with getting to know them better as well so that we can tailor the experience to meet their needs. Our day will conclude with lunch in our cafeteria with the Peer Counselors. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2023.


For more info on supporting the 8th-9th grade transition, please click on the pictures below.

Upcoming Events

  • May 27 No School
  • May 28 Senior Class Trip Hopkinton State Park
  • May 28 International Thespian Society Induction
  • May 29 Graduation Rehearsal and BBQ
  • May 29 Scholarship Night
  • May 30 Senior Class Trip to Six Flags
  • May 31 Senior Walk
  • May 31 Class Day, 1:00pm
  • June 2 Graduation 2:00pm
  • June 3 Step Up Day: incoming 9th grade
  • June 3 Biology MCAS (9th grade)
  • June 4 Biology MCAS (9th grade)
  • June 4 Underclassmen Scholastic Awards Night
  • June 12-17 Final Exams

May 11, 2019

Incoming 9th grade Parent Forums

We will be hosting a series of open forums over the next few weeks. The first series of forums is an opportunity for parents of incoming 9th grade students to learn more about the transition from middle school to high school. We will follow with end of year open forums for parents in grades 9-11 in June.

Open Forums

May 13: 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Alumni Conference Room

May 13: 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (before Town Meeting) MHS Library

May 20: 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Alumni Conference Room

May 20: 6:00 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. MHS Library

Reminder: Half-Day Friday May 17th

Schedule- Day 1
Period 1 - A - 8:04 - 8:58
Period 2 - B - 9:02 - 9:59
Period 3 - C - 10:03 - 11:34

  • Last day of classes for Seniors

  • Last morning of regular AP testing! (except for makeup exams)

  • Students attending Prom must be present in school to attend Prom

  • Senior 4th Quarter Grades close

  • Staff Professional Development Day

MHS Jr.-Sr. Prom

Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Norwood

Check in for the prom will begin at 4:45pm Student should enter through the side gym entrance. Only students will be allowed to enter the building. If you would like to take pictures please do so outside the school. We will begin loading the busses at round 5:15 for a planned 5:30 pm departure. The busses will return to Medway High School at around 11:30 pm. We will ask student to call on their way back from prom to provide an exact arrival time.

High School Assistant Principal Interviews

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, first round interviews for the high school assistant principal were held. There were 52 applicants for the position and we interviewed 8 candidates. Three finalists for this role will be returning to Medway on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15 to meet with students, teachers, parents, and members of the leadership team. They will also visit classrooms and take part in a performance task.


Parents are invited to meet the candidates in the MHS cafeteria at the following times:

May 14 - Candidate 1: 3:15- 3:45

Candidate 2: 3:50- 4:20

May 15- Candidate 3: 3:10-3:40


Parents will have the opportunity to share their feedback at the end of each forum.

Candidate names and bios will be sent out on Monday with a reminder about the meeting times.

Advanced Placement Exams (Week 2)

Reminder that AP tests are occurring May 6-17. Please see the attached link to the AP schedule with testing dates and times.

For students 2019 - Regular testing time

For parents


*The afternoon test on May 17 (Computer Science A) has already been rescheduled to May 22 at 11:30 due to the half day of school.


All students must be present in the designated classroom on time for the proctor to begin the test. Doors will be shut 5 minutes after starting time. Please DO NOT be late. Students should bring sharpened number 2 pencils and blue/black pens to the exam. If your exam requires a graphing calculator, please bring a charged graphing calculator. There is no food and or drink permitted in the testing room. Students must remain in testing room until full testing period is completed.


If there are any questions regarding AP Testing, please email Ms. Pegoraro at epegoraro@medwayschools.org or call at 508-533-6643 x 5005.

MHS Art Show and Pops Concert

6:00-7:00 PM Art Walk- MHS Lobby

7 PM Concert- MHS Auditorium

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School Counseling News

Juniors- Signs of Suicide Program

Juniors will receive the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program during their Health and Wellness or PE class this month. This an extension of the suicide awareness and depression screening they received their freshmen year. 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


Senior Exit Surveys

Seniors have received an email from the counselors with directions to complete their senior exit surveys. This must be completed prior to the last day of finals.


Also:

  • Added to Opportunities for Exploration are local programs being held by selective colleges. Great chance to learn about Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford and Case Western Reserve without traveling!

  • Individual Post Secondary Planning Appointments for Juniors- Helpful and important prior to the summer!

  • Summer activity tips and programs, including:

    • Grade level suggested activities to prepare for future

    • Dell Technologies Student Star Program in July for rising 11, 12 or 1st year college students. Great, free program!

    • An intensive week long introduction to the DBT skills within the 4 modules for teens: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Host an International Student

Medway Public Schools is collaborating with the Cambridge Network to host international students during the 2019-2020 school year. This a rewarding experience for our guests and for our students and families. We are looking to identify several host families who are could host a student for a semester. Please refer to the information below if you are interested. We will host a Host Family Info Session in June.

Upcoming Events


  • May 14 Senior Class Meeting and SADD Mock Accident 1:00-2:30
  • May 14 Asst. Principal Finalists, Parent Forum
  • May 15 Asst. Principal Finalists, Parent Forum


  • May 15 Pops Concert and Art Walk
  • May 16 Progress Reports


  • May 17 Early Release 11:34 (Blocks A, B, C)
  • May 17 Prom


  • May 17 Seniors Last Day of Classes
  • May 18 Alumni Banquet
  • May 20-23 Senior Exams
  • May 20 A & B
  • May 21 C & D
  • May 22 E & F
  • May 23 G & makeup
  • May 21-22 MCAS Grade 10 Math
  • May 23-24 Tentative SBIRT(CRAFT) Screening Grade 10
  • May 27 No School
  • May 28 Senior Class Trip Hopkinton State Park
  • May 29 Graduation Rehearsal and BBQ
  • May 29 Scholarship Night
  • May 30 Senior Class Trip to Six Flags
  • May 31 Senior Walk
  • May 31 Class Day, 1:00pm

April 27, 2019

Preparing for the home stretch!

As we move in to May, we're getting ready for the busiest 6 weeks of the school year. There are so many events on the horizon where we get to celebrate our students for their great work in and out of the classroom. We do still have MCAS, AP's, and Final Exams to look forward to as well. It's important during this stretch that all of our students, especially our Seniors, stay focused on finishing the year strong.

Assistant Principal Update

As you may be aware, we recently posted for an Assistant Principal position at Medway High School. This is not a new position, rather the result of a reorganization of our administrative structure. The Dean of Student Services and Dean of Academics and Activities positions will now become two Assistant Principal positions along with a new Coordinator of Counseling Services for grades 5-12. Each Assistant Principal will be responsible for the student management and accountability for two grades along with a greater focus on instructional leadership.


We would like to thank Dot Pearl, who will be leaving the Dean’s position at the end of the year, for her years of dedication and support to the students of Medway High School. We wish her all the best.


We have begun the process of identifying an excellent candidate for the Assistant Principal position. We are in the process of forming an interview committee and screening candidate applications. The interview committee will be comprised of faculty members, an administrator, two students and two parents from School Council, and a School Committee member. This process will be co-chaired by me and Katherine Bird, our Human Resources Coordinator.


We will begin interviewing on May 7th and invite finalists to the district the following week. Parents will be invited to meet the finalists and offer feedback during this experience. I will share updates with you after our first round interviews with specific dates and times for the parent meetings.

Book Tasting

We had a fantastic Book Tasting Friday. Five students each from the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes were chosen through a lottery to attend the event in the school library, during which they read, discussed and participated in activities pertaining to five books. At the end of the day, students were tasked with choosing one of the books to be assigned as this year's summer reading book


The five books students chose from on Friday included:

  • "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas

  • "Americanized" by Sara Saedi

  • "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein

  • "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls

  • "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford


The winning book will be revealed soon! Thanks to Kristyn McCarthy, Melissa Cecchi and Stephanie Thrasher for their work to organize and conduct the event! Thank you also to the MFE for supporting the event!

Local Scholarships Deadline

Seniors must return scholarship materials to Mrs. Barry or Mr. Borden by 3:00 pm on Friday, May 3. Please see the link to access details.

Leo Dugas Memorial Scholarship Program

School Counseling News

School Counseling News includes:

  • May 3, 2019 SAT information

  • Additional spring exploration opportunities for students in all grades. Note that there are a few Open Houses this weekend, next week and later in May, including larger regional fairs hosted by the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors.

  • Scholarships with upcoming deadlines

  • Senior Candidate Reply Date of May 1- Making final decisions

  • Summer opportunities

Upcoming Events


  • May 3 Progress Reports - Seniors
  • May 6-17 AP Exams
  • May 10 Senior Superlative Night, 7 pm
  • May 15 Pops Concert and Art Walk
  • May 16 Progress Reports
  • May 17 Early Release and Prom
  • May 17 Seniors Last Day of Classes
  • May 18 Alumni Banquet
  • May 20-23 Senior Exams
  • May 20 A & B
  • May 21 C & D
  • May 22 E & F
  • May 23 G & makeup
  • May 21-22 MCAS Grade 10 Math
  • May 23-24 Tentative SBIRT(CRAFT) Screening Grade 10
  • May 27 No School
  • May 28 Senior Class Trip TBD
  • May 29 Graduation Rehearsal and BBQ
  • May 29 Scholarship Night
  • May 30 Senior Class Trip to Six Flags
  • May 31 Class Day, 1:00pm

March 29, 2019

Quarter 3 ends in one week!

I hope you all had a great week! We are quickly coming to the end of the 3rd quarter and the final stretch of the school year is in sight. As we enter the last week, students should have a good sense of where they stand academically this quarter but if they are not aware, next week would be a good time for students to make connections with their teachers. There shouldn't be surprises at the end of the quarter. We hope that everyone ends the quarter on a high note!

Reminder: Course Recommendation and Requests


The deadline to submit requests for changes to course recommendations and requests has been moved to Monday, April 1st using this link.

As stated in the email to families earlier this week, we will make every attempt to schedule your child into his/her top elective choice(s). Depending on the combination of student requests and recommendations an alternate elective choice may be the only possible fit.

Please note:


  • This is not the student's final schedule for next year.
  • If the student receives Special Education services, these placements may not appear on the portal.
  • If the student is taking an AP or a course that requires summer work, they will be notified of the summer assignment prior to the end of the school year
  • Final schedules will be available in mid-August and there will be another opportunity to make change requests

Safety Drill

Within the next two weeks, we will practice a safety drill in conjunction with the Medway Police using our Inforce 911 computer-based alert system. This system is installed on every desktop computer in the school and is available as an app on our cell phones that we can utilize to simultaneously alert staff in the building and the Medway Police of a threat. The practice will have a teacher use the system to alert us of a concern in the building and we will go into lockdown. Directions will be given to all over the PA. Since this is the first time we will practice using this with students in class, we wanted to make sure that you were aware and had time to discuss any concerns with your children. As always, the safety of our students is our top priority and we appreciate your support in the practice of drills such as this.

Local Scholarships

Medway High Seniors attended a presentation of available local scholarships on Thursday and may begin applying for awards. Mr. Borden, our Scholarship Chair, has shared the scholarship information and application process in an email to students and has shared access to a google classroom. Senior parents may wish to review the presentation, Leo J. Dugas Memorial Scholarship Presentation, to understand the process and requirements. Note that there is a hard deadline of 3 p.m. on May 3rd.

Student Drivers

Every spring there is an uptick in the number of students who drive to school and the traffic trying to exit the high school. Please remind students who try to exit by going around the building to drive slowly and to not drive past school bus vans with blinking lights. This is the same as driving past a school bus with a blinking stop sign and is against the law. Medway Police have been on site recently to warn students about their driving habits and will continue to do in the coming weeks. Thank you for your cooperation.

MFPA Mattress Fundraiser

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Science Olympiad

Saturday March 23, the Medway Science Olympiad team competed at the Science Olympiad State meet at Framingham State University. Congratulations go out to all 19 competitors for a Great Meet!

Bronze Medals were won by Marie McCormick and Josie McGlynn for Write it Do it and Honorable mention go to Owen Read and Nik Petersen for Boomilever as well as to Ariya Ahona and Molly Britton for Anatomy & Physiology.

Medway High Book Club

Members of the Medway High School Book Club visited Medway Manor on Thursday after school. Students read Spring themed poems, made crafts, and chatted with some of the residents. Their advisor Reena Johnson from our English department, is proud of the way our kids interacted with the residents who greatly enjoyed the visit.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to Lauren Norton, who has qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award on behalf of President Trump by Prudential Financial. Earlier this year, Lauren was chosen as our local honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.


School Counseling Reminders

Juniors

If you are planning to take the May 4 SAT, the regular registration deadline is April 5. The deadline for the June 1 SAT is May 3. Medway is a test site for the May test only, and often fills quickly. Register at collegeboard.org.


Please refer to the School Counseling News from earlier this month for scholarship, summer and exploration opportunities coming up. Coming up this week:

Boston National Fair

https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/boston/


Seaport World Trade Center

Boston, MA

Thursday, April 4, 2019

9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Friday, April 5, 2019

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


March 17, 2019

What an Exciting Week!

The past week at Medway High School was jam packed with exciting events that gave students a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and celebrate. We're also starting to see some gains from the work we've been doing to enhance our school culture and climate. This week, we welcome Challenge Day for 100 students and 20 staff members in the hopes that this experience will have an impact on the school community. On Thursday, we shared a survey with students and the early results indicate that we are making some strides in the right direction. The early results also indicate that student perceptions around equity and empowerment requires continued attention. I will host a parent forum on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 in the library to share more feedback from the survey and to provide an update on the work we are doing to enhance our school culture and climate.

Once on this Island

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Once on This Island. The months of hard work culminated last weekend with 3 shows in front of a packed house. The musical is truly a team effort of students, staff, parents and community. We were all blown away by the quality of the show!

Mini College Fair

On Wednesday, the school counselors hosted our annual Mini College Fair for Sophomores and Juniors. The fair provides an opportunity for college representatives to better know our school and students and for our students to increase awareness of the variety of options available to them. Often the admissions counselors who attend are the ones who review our student’s applications. Here's a list of the schools that participated: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1orT_99t7cRK7thDSGuaP-y0eFw0sugmqdFPjX-JV2OI/edit

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Culture Fair

On Wednesday evening, the Minorities of Medway (MOM) and Medway's English Learner Education Program sponsored the first Culture Fair for the community. The fair was an opportunity to learn about and gain an appreciation for the various cultures that make our town of Medway so special. During the Culture Fair, students and families were provided passports to visit tables representing different nations and cultures. Sample foods and games were available at various tables. The event attracted well over 150 students and families members and we are proud to share that every family of a student supported by our English Language Program, K-12, was in attendance. Special thank you to Kate Fallon, Medway High School MOM advisor and Melissa Leveritt-King, Linda Lindsey, and Lauren Enzie for their organization of the event.

STEM Fair

The annual STEM Fair, sponsored by the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) at Medway High School, took place this past Friday. This year over 45 professionals conducted interactive workshops, panels, and presentations sharing how STEM has helped them in non-STEM jobs, a variety of STEM fields, and as women role-models in STEM. Special thanks to Kristy Macedo and Shanley Heller for their leadership of this group.


Judiciary in our Schools Week

Last week MHS celebrated Judiciary in Our School Week! Thank you to the Honorable Richard Eustis of Worcester County Courts and the Honorable Thomas Finigan of Norfolk County Courts for visiting with our US History II, Government, Criminal Justice and Forensics classes this week to discuss the role of a judge and issues facing the judicial system in Massachusetts courts today.

Ring Dance

The Ring Dance was a big hit with the Sophomores Friday night! We hosted 165 students for a Throwback to the 90's dance. The event is an annual tradition at MHS.

MPS Wellness Update

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter you will find information about vaping, what level of privacy to give your children, the T.H.R.I.V.E. Community Book Read, and more.

DBQ Project- Social Studies and English Dept. Update

We are thrilled to announce that Medway Middle School and Medway High School have adopted a new resource for our Social Studies and English classes in grades 6-12 to support student success in argument-writing. The DBQ Project invites students to answer compelling questions through the analysis of primary and secondary sources, including data found in graphs and charts. The six-step writing method guides students through interactive activities that support the creation of a thesis-driven, evidence-based work. To learn more about the DBQ Project, visit the program's site here. Thank you to our staff for their commitment to the successful integration of this valuable tool!

Upcoming Events

March 19 Parent Forum, MHS Library, 6:30-7:30pm

March 20 Spring Concert, 7:00pm

March 22 NHS Coffee House

March 26-27 MCAS Grade 10 ELA

March 26 K-12 Permanent Art Collection, MMS, 5:30 pm

March 29 Criminal Justice Field Trip

April 4 Term 3 closes

March 2, 2019

Parent and Student Update

I have been appreciative of the partnership and communication with many families over the last several weeks during our parent forums, via email and phone calls, and in conversation regarding our recent challenges. We have put measures in place this week in support of concerns raised and will continue to work collaboratively to support safety and culture building into the future. These measures include the following:


  • Heightened monitoring of all academic and non-academic spaces including main lobby, hallways, and restrooms

  • Increased presence and partnership with our School Resource Officer and the Medway Police

  • Enhanced enforcement of classroom attendance in partnership with faculty and staff

  • Exploration of a mobile app for students to anonymously share concerns with administration

  • Exploration of additional monitoring devices such as vape detectors in student restrooms

  • Development of an anonymous student survey to facilitate with students on Wednesday, March 6th during Homeroom. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about the students perceived areas of concern which will provide us with additional insight and direction

  • Facilitated safety drills to be previewed with students and families in advance


We have also begun our work around rebuilding our school culture and climate. On the March 15th half-day, our staff will participate in professional development that will provide knowledge, tools and resources to promote and enhance an inclusive learning environment. On March 20th, students will have the opportunity to participate in Challenge Day (more info below). Clubs and activity groups such as Student Government, Peer Counselors, World of Difference, and the 40% Club have also begun organizing events and experiences that promote unity and understanding within our school community.


Our community will take time to recover from the events of the last few weeks. I am committed to leading that work in partnership with all members of our community so that we can best support our students together. I will host a follow-up conversation with parents on March 19th in the Medway High School Library at 6:30 pm to provide an update on our work in the areas of safety and culture and climate.

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Once On This Island- Ticket Info

To purchase tickets online for Once On This Island visit:

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4075166

Or

www.medwayhighschoolmusical.bpt.me


You can also find updates and more information to this year's show on the Facebook page:

Medway High School Musical


Tickets can also be purchased in-person at MHS for students/faculty (cash/check only).


This year the in-school sales are as follows (not open to the public):

Wednesday, March 6th &

Thursday, March 7th

11:15am-1pm (Cafeteria)

and

Friday, March 8th

7:40am-8am (MHS Foyer)


Tickets will also be sold at the door for all performances until sold out. Last year’s performances of The Little Mermaid sold out online so please buy tickets ahead of time.

Culture Fair- March 13

Minorities of Medway and Medway's English Learner Education programs are excited to invite you to the Culture Fair. Minorities of Medway is a local high school club that embraces the cultural diversity that exists within the town and wishes to spread culture appreciation among all. To celebrate the existing diversity of the town, the Culture Fair will be open for all to attend. The fair is an opportunity to learn about and gain an appreciation for the various cultures that that make our town of Medway so special. During the Culture Fair, students and families will be provided passports to visit tables representing different nations and cultures. We will also have sample foods and games at various tables. The Culture Fair will be held Wednesday, March 13th from 5-7 pm in the Medway High School Cafeteria. This event is open to all, so everyone is welcome to bring a friend and celebrate together! Please fill out the following form (https://goo.gl/forms/LtEUFvVu1zBmdSlt2) to register so that we can plan accordingly. We hope to see you there!

STEM Fair- March 15 (half-day)

Every year, the Women In STEM club facilitates a fair for the whole school to provide opportunities for students to see women as role models in STEM fields, the variety of STEM fields, and the power of STEM in non-STEM fields. This year our fair is on the morning of March 15th. Instead of attending their regularly scheduled classes. Students will choose three different 35-minute sessions to attend and learn from a variety of professionals who have volunteered their time to present to our students.The sessions vary: panels, interactive presentations, workshops, etc. We will send out information to students this week regarding their choices.

School Counseling News

School Counselors have begun junior seminars and course selection advising sessions with all students. Please see School Counseling News for:

  • Junior Family Postsecondary Evening Powerpoint for those who missed this program
  • Senior information, Opportunities for Exploration
  • Paying for College Details including new scholarships
  • Summer Programs. See information on great local opportunity to explore colleges and careers being held at Ashland High School on March 16, 2019.
  • March 2, 2019 School Counseling News

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National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

The National Merit Scholarship Program has selected Finalists from 16,000 Semifinalists. Please join us in congratulating Marie McCormick who has met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing! She will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2019. Marie stands with Dr. Murray next to the musical sign she painted!

Another John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

Earlier this year we announced Medway High School seniors recognized as John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients for their achievement on MCAS. We have received notification of another recipient for Medway High School. We congratulate Ailish Fahey!

March Events

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February 8, 2019

2019-2020 Program of Studies

We are pleased to present the 2019-2020 Program of Studies for Medway High School. The Program of Studies includes information about courses available to students and the pathways they can elect to meet their interests and graduation requirements. Please click the Program of Studies button below to access the information.

Curriculum Fair

Monday, Feb. 11th 2019 at 5:45pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

On February 11th, 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. - 8:15 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. - 8:15 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. - 8:15 p.m. (Cafe + 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. - 8:15 p.m. (Cafe + Gym)

Course Request Process Begins Monday 2/11!


February 11th: Course Planning/Recommendation Form

Students in grades 9-11 will receive a Course Planning/Recommendation Form before school in the lobby on Monday, February 11, 2019.


February 11- Program of Studies/Curriculum Night for Students and Families (more info below)


February 11th - 14th: Course Recommendation Period

Teachers and students will have conversations about the most appropriate level placement for next year’s courses. Please enter your recommendation on the course request sheet and sign. Teacher recommendations are used to begin the build of the master schedule. Student placement is subject to change if student performance changes or through the override process.


February 14- Course Planning/ Recommendation Form Collection

During the last period, teachers will collect signed sheets from students and return them to the office.


February 25-March 1- Student Course Request Input

One Book, One Read

The ELA department is organizing the 2nd Annual One School One Read as our summer reading assignment heading in to the 2019-2020 school year. As you recall, we all read Ready Player One as our school-wide read last summer (Thanks MFE!). We were encouraged by the response of the students and are ready to begin this year's selection process. Including the voice of the students and community is an important component of the process which will culminate with a "Book Tasting Event" at MHS in April. We welcome your recommendations using the form below! The form will close on Friday, February 15th.


Book Recommendation Form link: https://goo.gl/forms/fNFajrkKGWw4UzJ22

Challenge Day- March 20th

February 1, 2019

Report Cards

Reports cards are now available on the MMS/Visions portal. The report card includes grades for quarter 2 and grades for the semester. These grades combined with grades from quarter 1 should provide a good indication of your child's progress in this year's courses. We are only at the half-way point of the school year though. We are hopeful that parents and educators use the report card as an opportunity to have reflective conversations with students about their progress thus far. All students can benefit from the support of the adults in their lives to help develop plans for improvement or sustained success over the weeks and months to come. Please make sure to reach out your child's teachers, school counselor, or Dean if you have questions or if your child needs additional supports.

2019-2020 Course Request Process Begins February 11th!

During the month of February, students will begin the scheduling process for the 2019-2020 school year. The process will begin with the release of our Program of Studies at the end of next week. The Program of Studies includes information about courses available to students and the pathways they can elect to meet their interests and graduation requirements. Following the release, there will be a series of steps we will follow to complete the course request process and build the schedule for the next school year. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:


February 11th: Course Planning/Recommendation Form

Students in grades 9-11 will receive a Course Planning/Recommendation Form before school in the lobby on Monday, February 11, 2019.


February 11- Program of Studies/Curriculum Night for Students and Families (more info below)


February 11th - 14th: Course Recommendation Period

Teachers and students will have conversations about the most appropriate level placement for next year’s courses. Please enter your recommendation on the course request sheet and sign. Teacher recommendations are used to begin the build of the master schedule. Student placement is subject to change if student performance changes or through the override process.


February 14- Course Planning/ Recommendation Form Collection

During the last period, teachers will collect signed sheets from students and return them to the office.


February 25-March 1- Student Course Request Input

Instructions to follow in the next Mustang Minute

February 11- Curriculum Fair


On February 11th, 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. - 8:15 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. - 8:15 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. - 8:15 p.m. (Cafe + 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. - 8:15 p.m. (Cafe + Gym)

New Athletic Director

We are pleased to welcome Jeff Parcells as Medway High School's new Athletic Director. Jeff brings tremendous excitement and experience to the role. Jeff joins us from Dover-Sherborn where he was AD for the past 4 years. You'll begin seeing him at events, tweeting out updates @MedwayAthletics, and emailing a weekly newsletter right away. Make sure to say hello!

"New" School Nurse

We are thrilled to officially welcome Janice Jorgensen DiSalvio as our “new” high school nurse. Janice came to us in November in a temporary capacity and was instantly a stabilizing force in our health office. Over the weeks that followed, it became clear to us and to Janice that this was a good fit. We're happy that Janice will continue supporting students in the Health Office for the foreseeable future.


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January 22, 2019

Midyears Continue

We hope you had a warm and relaxing long weekend! Our mid-year exams continue tomorrow with exams E+F. 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. Below is the schedule of exams for the next two days.


Exam Schedule

January 23, 2019 Period E (8:15-9:45) and Period F (10:00-11:30)

January 24, 2019 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 1/23, will pickup students at 11:35 am.

Buses for 1/24 will pickup students at 9:50 am.

Semester 2 Begins Friday

Semester 2 begins on Friday. 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.


There will also be class brief assemblies for each grade. Students will follow the schedule below.


January 25th Schedule - Day 1

8:04 - 8:11 - Homeroom

8:15 - 8:58 - A Block

9:02 - 9:59 - B Block

*9:40 - 9:59 - Freshman Class Meeting

10:03 - 11:13 - C Block

*10:52 - 11:13 - Junior Class Meeting

11:17 - 12:35 - D Block

12:39 - 1:33 - E Block

*1:03 - 1:33 - Sophomore Class Meeting

1:37- 2:31- F Block

*1:37 - 2:31 - Senior Class Meeting


* The bells will be on the normal schedule and we will call each class down at the appropriate time.

Report Cards available on Visions Portal on February 2nd!

Upcoming Events

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Junior Family Post-Secondary Planning Night

The School Counselors invite you to Junior Family Post-Secondary Planning Night on January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm. In addition to the school counselors introducing you to important information and the use of Naviance for the college exploration and planning process, a panel of college representatives will join us. These representatives will share perspectives of the private and public sector as relates to the admissions and college offerings. Both students and parents will benefit from attending this important program!

Preschool Lottery

The Preschool Lottery will be on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Preschool and Kindergarten registration will be on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 3:30-6:00 PM and on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Lottery information can be found on our website after January 16, 2019. Registration materials can be found on our website after February 1, 2019.


MFE Trivia Bee: February 27, 2019

7-9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Burke-Memorial School

Please join us for the 12th Annual Trivia Bee to support the MFE. This is your opportunity to show everyone just how smart you are when it comes to useless trivia! Are you the one in the office that "know's it all?" Get your team together and show us your stuff in a fun, relaxed evening.

Teams are made up of 3-6 participants and cost $300 to play. Trivia not your cup of tea? You can still sponsor a team and we will provide students from the High School National Honor Society to fill the spots.

All funds raised go directly to the MFE to provide grants for educational programs at each of our schools that are not funded by the school budget.


https://www.mfeducation.org/trivia-bee-registration

January 4th 2019

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and happy 2019!! 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. For me, the highlight of 2018 was becoming a part of this community and making connections with so many students and parents. I look forward to strengthening those bonds, enriching the learning opportunities for students, and congratulating the Class of 2019 in June! There is so much left to do before we get there though. 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

Mid-year 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:


January 17, 2019 Period A (8:15-9:45) and Period B (10:00-11:30)

January 18, 2019 Period C (8:15-9:45) and Period D (10:00-11:30)

January 21, 2019 NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day

January 22, 2019 NO SCHOOL- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

January 23, 2019 Period E (8:15-9:45) and Period F (10:00-11:30)

January 24, 2019 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 1/17, 1/18, 1/23, will pickup students at 11:35 am.

Buses for 1/24 will pickup students at 9:50 am.

Semester 2 begins January 25th

Nearly all students are enrolled in at least one semester-long course that ends on January 16th. 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 25th, 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 Visions 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.

Updates from School Counseling

Please click the link to the School Counseling News to get the latest updates from the School Counseling Department. This month's updates include:

  • Junior Post-Secondary Planning Night details

  • Interpreting PSAT Results

  • Career Development lessons for Grade 10

  • Upcoming Scholarships and testing dates

We would also like to congratulate Mrs. Carol Hopson who retired from her position as our School Counseling Office Secretary at the end of 2018. Carol spent many years in service to the Medway Public School and we are grateful for her work to support students and staff. We wish her a wonderful retirement!


We welcome Mrs. Christine Henken to our school community as our new School Counseling Secretary!

Junior Post-Secondary Planning Night

Thursday, Jan. 31st 2019 at 6:30pm

Medway High School Auditorium

The School Counselors invite you to Junior Family Post-Secondary Planning Night on January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm. School Counselors will introduce you to important information about the college and career planning process and give an overview of the use of Naviance for the college exploration. A panel of college representatives from area colleges and universities will also join us. These representatives will share perspectives of the private and public sector as relates to the admissions and college offerings. Both students and parents will benefit from attending this important program!


The counselors will begin junior post-secondary planning workshops in school beginning in late February. Each junior will meet in small groups until April and will cover the nuts and bolts of college exploration and planning.


January Wellness Updates

January Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter you will find information about MHS’s IPEC Program, cell phone policies, Marissa Keleher’s teacher of the year nomination, and more.


Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. Pick 2: Winter Parent Workshops

On January 30th, parents will have the option to attend 2 of the 4 workshops being offered on vaping, mindfulness, social media and childhood nutrition. For more details about the event please click here and to register, click here.

Class of 2018 Alumni Visit

A panel of alumni from the Class of 2018 returned to Medway High School on Friday to share their reflections on high school, the post-secondary planning process, and their experiences since graduation with our current seniors and juniors. We are so glad that they told us that they were well prepared for college and for life after MHS We are grateful for the time they gave to support our current students.


December 15, 2018

Holidays upon us!

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend! We have a full week coming up and I anticipate students and teachers 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 2018 and I'd like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!

Chris Herren

Chris Herren presented to the Medway High School student body on Tuesday. Students were thankful to Chris for his message of hope and perseverance.

The after school check-in with snacks and hot chocolate was a huge success as well. We had over 150 students stop by. This gave us a great opportunity to check-in with students before going home for the day. The kids were appreciative.


Chris also shared his story with Medway families on Tuesday evening at the St. Joseph's Parish Center. We're thankful to the MSPTO, MFE and Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. for organizing the events.

Progress Reports

This past Friday marked the midpoint of term 2. We encourage students and parents to review their progress to this point on the portal. Please reach out to your child's teacher with any question or concern.

Toy Drive- Extended

SADD & Medway Police Toy Drive has been extended through Wednesday, December 19th. All donated gifts will be delivered to the Santa Foundation in Franklin, where they will then be distributed to those in need. We suggest gifts such as board games, dolls, building toys, art supplies, action figures and coloring books. The Santa Foundation donates to children of all ages! We ask that all gifts be unwrapped. Donations may be dropped off in the outer lobby at MHS.

Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest!


Join the fun! Wear your holiday ugly sweater to school on Friday, December 21. Prizes sponsored by the MSPTO for the best/ugliest sweaters!

Coats for Kids Drive

Coats for Kids continues through January 6th. Donate winter coats for adults and children in the inner lobby at Medway High School. Thank you to Julie Dennehy for her work to engage our MHS community in this effort and to MHS students Olivia Dennehy, Hannah Dufour and Allison Lynch for assisting.

PSAT Results

PSAT/NMSQT results have been released by College Board. Students may log into their College Board accounts to view this information. MHS will receive hard copy score reports soon. The counselors will conduct workshops in early January to help students understand what the results mean for them. Students will gain a better understanding of their strengths and their areas for improvement. They will also begin to develop a study plan to prepare for future PSAT or SAT testing and learn to how to utilize College Board and Khan Academy preparation tools.

Upcoming Events


December 14, Progress Reports on MMS Portal

December 26-Jan 1, No School

January 2, School Resumes

January 15, Winter Chamber Concert

January 16, Semester 1 Ends

January 17, Midyear Exams- Periods A and B (11:34 dismissal)

January 18, Midyear Exams- Periods C and D (11:34 dismissal)

January 21, Martin Luther King Day- No School

January 22, Professional Development Day- No School

January 23, Midyear Exams- Periods E and F (11:34 dismissal)

January 24, Midyear Exams- Periods G and Makeup (11:34 dismissal)

December 10, 2018

Mustang Half-Minute

Important info: Chris Herren at Medway High School tomorrow!

This is a reminder that Chris Herren will return to Medway High School tomorrow afternoon for a full school assembly. The presentation will begin at 12:45 p.m. and will end around 2:15 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to process the presentation with their teachers immediately after the presentation. After school, we are hosting a hot chocolate and snack bar in the cafeteria with school counselors and administrators as another opportunity to process the presentation. We hope you encourage your children to stop by.


A special thank you to the MSPTO, the Medway Foundation for Education and Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. for sponsoring this event.


Don't forget that Chris Herren will also present his story to parents and guardians Tomorrow evening, December 11, 2018 at 7:00PM. This event takes place at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.

December 3, 2018

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to get back into the swing of things last week. The next few weeks will be very busy filled with events at school, at home and in our community. Whether you lit the first candle on the menorah last evening or are preparing for Christmas later this month, I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and happiness with family and friends. The holiday season can also be difficult and stressful for students and families. Our School Counseling department is ready to support any students or families in managing their holiday stress and have also shared resources with staff to help as well. There are also countless school and town organizations organizing drives from collecting coats or toys or holiday meals to help those in need. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share info on our Twitter page (@MedwayHighInfo) about the various drives for those interested in supporting or for those in need.


Thanks!

John

School Updates

Hour of Code

December 3rd- 9th is national Computer Science Education Week. To celebrate, we are sharing resources from Hour of Code with students to participate in the week-long event. The purpose of Hour of Code is to expose students K-12 to the principles of computer science and to broaden participation in the field. We welcome you to join in as well! https://sites.google.com/medwayschools.org/hourofcode/home

Chris Herren Presents: Hoop Dreams

A joint partnership between the Medway Foundation for Education, MSPTO, and Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. is sponsoring Chris Herren to return to MHS to present to our student body on Tuesday, December 11 at 12:45. He presented at the high school in 2015 and made quite an impact. Mr. Herren, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, played basketball at Boston College and then professionally for the Celtics before his struggles with drug addiction ended his professional career. Mr. Herren has since committed his life to sharing his personal experience with drugs and alcohol in hopes of helping others to make positive decisions.


The School Counseling Team and peer counselors will be available to support any students needing support on the day of the presentation and in the days following. If you wish to review, related resources are provided by the Herren Project. Herren Project Student Resources .

Chris Herren: Rebound

Tuesday, Dec. 11th 2018 at 7pm

St. Joseph Center 145 Holliston St. Medway, MA

Chris Herren will also present his story to parents and guardians on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018 at 7:00PM. This event takes place at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.
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Tri- M Honor Society Coffee House

A packed house was treated to 40+ acts by talented musicians from all grades on Friday evening.. The courage to perform in front of peers and parents, and the way the students all supported one another was very impressive. Thanks to the students, to Tri-M and to Kendra and Amanda!


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Winter Arts Night

Wednesday, Dec. 5th 2018 at 6pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

Another opportunity to see the talents of our student musicians and artists at Winter Arts Night on Wednesday, December 5. Visit the art displayed in the lobby beginning at 6 pm, and attend the concert immediately following.


MFPA Community Concert

Sunday, Dec. 9th 2018 at 2pm

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA

MFPA is pleased to present its 4th annual Community Concert at the Medway High School Auditorium at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 9. All are welcome to enjoy a free, entertaining performance of Twelfth Night, performed by Walking Shadow Shakespeare Project. Get ready for an adventure of music, mayhem, and mistaken identity! Join Feste the clown as she entertains the crowd by singing, dancing, or clapping along! Cheer your fellow audience members as brave volunteers take part as characters in the show alongside our actors! Complimentary refreshments will be served at the end of the performance, and cast members will be available to answer questions.


Wellness Updates

December Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter you will find information about MHS’s suicide prevention program, MMS breakfast, Challenge Success, Chris Herren, and more.

MHS Strength and Conditioning Coach

MHS recently hired Dale Fingar, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, as its strength and conditioning coach. Dale will be available to work with all students from 2:45-4:45 p.m., Monday-Thursday, in the MHS weight room. Dale is available to work with students on individual goals and will provide supervision and instruction for students who are using the weight room to work out on their own.


Scholarships and Awards

Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards

This year’s honorees are Lauren Norton and Sreenidhi Ravipati! Both students were honored for their volunteer service, initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Lauren, was selected as our local honoree with a Certificate of Achievement and Sreenidhi was awarded a Certificate of Merit. Congratulations to both!

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Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

The Profiles in Courage Essay Contest is designed for high school students to explore the contributions of a US elected official of their choice who served during or after 1917, the year President Kennedy was born, and describe how the leader displayed political courage.The author of the winning essay will receive $10,000; the author of the 2nd place essay will receive $3000; five Finalists will each receive $1000; and eight Semi-Finalists will each receive $100. Essays are due on January 18, 2019 in order to be considered. Those interested should see Mrs. Rojee in the Social Studies Office or email her at aurojee@medwayschools.org.


BRING ON THE SNOW!

Medway High School Ski Club

Registration for Medway High School 2019 Ski Club at Waterville Valley is OPEN. This program is limited and fills up fast so make sure you register early! Forms are found on the MSPTO website and Facebook pages, in the main office at the high school or here: Registration Form. Ski Programs begins Sunday, January 9th and runs for five weeks. We drive up in a luxury coach bus with a maximum capacity of 49 students. Registration ends on December 21st We've had waiting lists every year so don't miss out!! For more info, please contact Steve or Ann McElhinney at bogeymac@earthlink.net

Medcamp 1/2 Day Workshops

October 21, 2018

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What a Fall!

The energy and excitement that we started the school year with is still with us as we've reached the mid-point of Quarter 1. Over the past two weeks, our students have participated in the PSAT, engaged in post-secondary planning with their counselors, learned about the dangers of vaping and had time to build community with their classmates.


On the field, our Field Hockey, Football, Boys and Girls Soccer and Volleyball teams have clinched playoff berths, sit in first place, and have or have a chance to win the TVL Small! While the wins are great, I'm most proud of the support our students are showing one another at all of the games. We are also so thankful to our parents and booster groups who support each of the programs and have done amazing work raising funds to continue the battle against cancer.


We had a great turnout at our Parent-Teacher conferences this past week. It was a pleasure to connect with parents and hear about our student's experience thus far this year. A five minute conversation with the teachers provides only a snapshot of your child's progress. I encourage you to continue checking the portal for updates and asking your children to see what's going on in their Google Classroom. If you were unable to attend conferences this past week and have questions for your child's teacher, all of the email addresses are available on our website. The counseling department can also assist you with your questions or concerns.


The next few weeks should be equally as exciting! Check out the rest of the Mustang Minute for updates from our Wellness and Counseling departments.


Best,


John Murray

Principal

MIAA Playoff Football- #3 Medway vs. #6 Norwell

Friday, Oct. 26th 2018 at 7pm

Hanlon Field, Medway, MA, USA

Medway, MA

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for all students and children older than 5.

Welcome Tammy Kirsch- New MHS Nurse

We'd like to officially welcome our new Nurse Leader Tammy Kirsch who officially begins with us on Monday, October 22nd. Nurse Kirsch brings years of experience to Medway from Norwood and from Maine. We're excited for the care and support that she will provide for our students and their families. Welcome Nurse Kirsch!

October Wellness Newsletter

In this month’s edition of the Medway Wellness Newsletter you will find information about Fortnite, childhood/teen anxiety, social-emotional learning, upcoming Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. events and more.
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College Financing Night

Senior Families are invited to College Financing Night presented by MEFA, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, on October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the High School auditorium. Information about local scholarships and other helpful information will also be shared. Parents of seniors are strongly encouraged to attend this program that will assist you in navigating the college financing process, including types of financial aid, steps to apply, and financing options. This is especially timely and important for senior parents; however, any other interested parents are welcome to attend. If you wish to view the MEFA portion of the presentation, or visit MEFA’s website, MEFA.org to explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

School Counseling News

Highlighted in the School Counseling News this week are resources related to paying for college; as well as, new scholarships and exploration opportunities.
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Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: Students in grades 9-12 who have participated in community service over the past year may be considered by filling out the online application at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit, and submitted to Mrs. Pearl by November 6, 2018. Our school will select one top youth volunteer for state-level honors. Our school’s honoree, will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award if the minimum number of volunteer hours qualify, and will become eligible to win an unrestricted award of $1,000 or more, and an all-expense- paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC next spring for special recognition. Medway students have received state-level honors and President’s Volunteer Service Awards!

School Pictures

School pictures and ID's have arrived at Medway High. They are available in the Main Office. Make-up day is on October 31st.

Senior Boat Cruise!

October 5, 2018

New Format!

We're testing out a new format for this edition of the Mustang Minute. I'm hopeful that the presentation style allows you to get all the information that you need in a format that is easy to read on a computer or on the go. This format also allows us to easily add pictures as context to the information that we are sharing. As always, we welcome your feedback!

The majority of this week's Mustang Minute is a collection of important reminders for the PSAT day and Parent Conferences. We'll keep them short and to the point so you can get back to enjoying the long weekend!

PSAT

Wednesday, October 10th is a busy, activity- packed day at Medway High School!

While grade 10 & 11 students are taking the PSAT, activities have been planned for grades 9 & 12. Reminder- No Senior Priv on October 10th.


All students should review the PSAT Schedule and information related to your grade below.

Student Copy- PSAT Day Schedule

Grade 10 & 11

Grades 10 and 11 will report to assigned rooms for PSAT at 8:04. The test will begin, promptly at 8:10. Room assignments will be posted in the lobby. Bring two #2 pencils and calculator! Test day checklist


Our expectation is that all 10th and 11th grade students participate in the test.The PSAT provides students with a diagnostic snapshot of their current skills and their areas of growth for college and career readiness. If you have not confirmed participation and would still like to take the test, please email Mrs. Pearl (dpearl@medwayschools.org) before school on Wednesday 10/10. We have a test for every student!


After the PSAT, all students will report to G period classes and lunch. In the afternoon, grade 10 will attend a presentation about the dangers of vaping, followed by B period class. Grade 11 will attend class A period, followed by a presentation about the dangers of vaping

Grades 9 & 12

While grades 10 and 11 are testing, grades 9 and 12 will participate in a morning of activities. We emailed the students on Friday with all of the info but wanted to share the info with you. We've also included a schedule for the day. Grade 9 students will have time with their counselors to get an overview of their high school years. They will also learn about the dangers of vaping in a class assembly. Finally, the will participate as a class in team building activities in the gym.


The morning will look similar for grade 12. They will have time with their counselors devoted to post-secondary planning. They will learn about the dangers of vaping in a class assembly. They will also participate as a class in team building activities in the gym. We're also excited to organized them into a '1 9' formation for a class class picture on the football field that we don't want anyone to miss!


In the afternoon, students in grades 9 and 12 will attend G, A & B period classes.


This is a school day for all and attendance will be taken.

Parent-Teacher Conference Appointments

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our Parent-Teacher Conferences, which have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. As we have done for the past couple of 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.

Scheduling of appointments begins on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30pm. (Scheduling closes at 12:00pm on October, 15)


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 4 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 web site: 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

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 look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

School Council

Each school in the Commonwealth is legally required to have a school council. The purpose of the MHS School Council is to work collaboratively with the Principal to develop the school improvement plan consistent with system wide goals and student performance standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education. Council members plan ways to meet the diverse learning needs of all students; establish a school climate of tolerance and respect for every individual; involve parents in the life of the school; impact safety and discipline; enhance extracurricular activities and more. The School Council is also responsible for reviewing the student handbook and the annual school budget. The Council is composed of five staff members including the principal, parent representatives, teacher representatives,student members and other members drawn from the community. The principal is one of two co-chairs; the other co-chair is selected by the council as a whole at the first meeting of the school year.


We are in need of one new parent representative. Interested parents should email me directly (johnmurray@medwayschools.org). By law, we must hold an election which will occur at the Parent Conferences on October 16th.

Our first School Council meeting will be on October 18th from 3-4pm in the Alumni Conference Room.

Help support the Ring Dance!

The Sophomore class is in need of supplies and volunteers for the Ring Dance coming up on March 15th. Students are looking for donations for decorations, food, and parent volunteers for set-up and breakdown. This year's dance theme is the 90's. Please check out the link to their donation request if you are interested in supporting their efforts.


https://docs.google.com/a/student.medwayschools.org/spreadsheets/d/1UJxqC_AH4vCVGVcz_0hX2m5gC2H8WPXpcWRSureIZNk/edit?usp=drive_web

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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. 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:

February 10- Program of Studies Night Grades 8-11

We anticipate our Program of Studies for the 2020-2021 school year to be available on our website on Friday, February 7th. This is the official kick-off to the course request process for the next school year. On Monday, February 10th, we are inviting all incoming 9th grade students and current 9th-11th grade students to join us for our second annual Curriculum Fair. At this event, we will provide an overview of the course selection process and highlights from our new offerings next year.


Incoming 9th Graders and Families

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.


Grades 9-11

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. (Cafe + 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. (Cafe + Gym)

This Week's Schedule

With the Memorial Day holiday, we will need to shift our schedule for the week. We will utilize the schedule that we used for the April vacation week. Please see below.
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