Mustang Minute

Medway High School's Bi-Weekly Newsletter

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, 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, 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, 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

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October 21, 2018

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

Challenge Day

Medway High School will host our first Challenge Day on Wednesday, March 20th. 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. On Tuesday, students received an email to apply to be a part of the program. This is one piece of the process for organizing a 100 student cross-section of our student body for the event. Teachers and Counselors are also nominating students for the event. Next week, the Deans and Counselors will make the final decisions for this year's group and permission slips will be sent out. Challenge Day has been a successful event in many communities across Massachusetts and across the globe. For more information about Challenge Day visit www.challengeday.org.