Medfield HS newsflash (February 10, 2020)

MEDFIELD TALKS: The Impact of sleep on student health & performance

                                  TUESDAY, February 11, 7:00 Р8:30 PM (MHS auditorium)

A5 CLUB presents a PANEL DISCUSSION re: HUMAN TRAFFICKING @ 7:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, February 12 (United Church of Christ, Medfield)

MHS BOYS TRACK FUNDRAISER: THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 5:00-8:00 pm, Italian Groceria

SCHOOL VACATION WEEK: February 17 – 21

MHS SITE COUNCIL MTG:   MONDAY, February 24 @ 3:15 pm (main office conference rm)

GRADE 8 PROGRAM OF STUDIES NIGHT: THURSDAY, February 27, 6:30 – 8:30pm

MHS A CAPPELLA NIGHT – FRIDAY, February 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (MHS auditorium)

SPRING ATHLETICS INFO. MTG: MONDAY, March 2 @ 6:00 pm (Click HERE for more)


MHS INDOOR TRACK GIRLS RELAY TEAM BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Whelan, Olivia Tomlin, Alex Lusby and Ava Blake for breaking the school record in the 4 X 800 meter relay this past weekend.  GO WARRIORS!


GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY 2020

Last Friday, February 17th, two of our junior athletes, Camilla Silk and Sabrina Lee, (along with Assistant Principal, Heather Mandosa) attended this annual celebration of ‚Äúthe many opportunities girls and women have to compete in sports throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.‚Ä̬† Held at the historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, this event is sponsored by MIAA and the women of the New Agenda: Northeast, whose mission is ‚Äúto advance the role of girls and women in sports‚ÄĚ. It is an honor to be chosen to represent the entire student body at this celebratory event. Congratulations, Camilla and Sabrina!

                                        Sabrina Lee (left) & Camilla Silk (at right)


LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER NEWS

Save the dates! Medfield High School will be recognizing Read Across America with a week-long celebration March 9th Р12th, 2020. During our 17th annual Café Read-A-Latte, the Library Media Center will be transformed. We create the atmosphere of a coffee shop inside a bookstore. We will be offering students beverages and snacks for $1.00. All students will have a chance to browse for books during their English classes. We will have displays of many new books for students to check out.

This year, young adult guest author Karen McManus, will be speaking to classes in the library on Friday, March 13th. She is the author of One of Us is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret If One Is Dead, and the newly released One of Us Is Next. Students can pre-order copies of the books by filling out the following form and returning it to their English teachers. Forms will also be available in English classes. Karen will be available to autograph books during period 5.

Order Karen McManus’s books

         

 


 

FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE

PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES…

Save the Date! Sophomore Parent Night is Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 pm. Join the Guidance Department and learn about career exploration, future planning, course selection, mental health, and finding balance. Hope to see you there!


REMINDER:  The deadline for online registration through Collegeboard.org for the March 14th SAT test is this FRIDAY, February 14th.

AP EXAM INFORMATION 

COST FOR EACH EXAM:  $100 LATE FEE  $15 per test

PAYMENT WINDOW:¬† January 21st–March 1st, 2020

If paying for AP exams presents a hardship of any kind, please speak to your child’s guidance counselor.  For students taking a high volume of exams we can set up monthly payment plans if necessary. If you have any questions regarding the AP exams, please contact the guidance office.  For more information please see the AP Bulletin for Students & Parents here:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap/2019-10/ap-student-parent-bulletin-2019-20.pdf


MHS THEATRE SOCIETY PROGRAM NOTES

The Medfield High School Theatre Society will present Into the Woods with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 pm or Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 pm.

DON’T MISS OUT! You can purchase your tickets            here https://medfielddrama.weebly.com/ordering-tickets.html



MHS YEARBOOK 

If you haven’t yet designed/purchased a recognition ad (otherwise known as a baby ad) for a graduating senior, please do so! It has become a special tradition for families to acknowledge their soon-to-be graduates via baby ads. The¬†DEADLINE¬†is February 13. Here is the link:¬†https://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_flash.asp?CID=270741&PFID=20190619041521990169.¬† We really appreciate your interest and support!


A5 CLUB presents a PANEL DISCUSSION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The MHS A5 Club, supported by the Amilia’s Light organization, will host a panel discussion on February 12, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the United Church of Christ.  The panel will be comprised of experts in the field of anti-trafficking. The event is free and open to all. To find out more, click HERE.

A5 is a club at Medfield High School, with a mission to spread awareness about human trafficking. The club works on an annual project to highlight the dark world of commercial sex trafficking and exploitation, with a focus on what is happening locally in our towns, throughout Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.


CLICK HERE to view the MHS DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS.



ANGP SENIOR FASHION TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Tickets are currently on sale for the MHS Fashion Show 2020! Come support our seniors in the biggest fundraiser for the All Night Graduation Party.  Follow the LINK on the ANGP website to get your tickets before they sell out!


MEDFIELD MUSIC ASSOCIATION NEWS

Borchers Trust Law presents the third annual Medfield A Cappella Night on Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm in the HS auditorium! Come hear Medfield’s own MHS Soundwaves, the Junior Jazz Choir, and groups from Newton North, Xaverian Brothers, and Montrose High Schools at last count. Tickets can be purchased at¬†medfieldmusicassociation.com¬†or will be sold at the door.

 

 


SENIOR PARENTS NIGHT OUT –¬†a night of fun for our CLASS OF 2020¬†PARENTS¬†hosted by Jennifer O‚ÄôConnor to support the All¬† Night Grad Party 2020.

TIME: Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-11:30 pm

PLACE: Dover Legion, 32 Dedham Street

The cost is $25 per person.  You can VENMO @jennifer-oconnor-77402 or mail a check to 6 Juniper Lane.  There are only 250 tickets available.  Get yours NOW! Contact Jennifer O’Connor at Jennoconnor2000@hotmail.com or 508-479-0561 with any questions. Click HERE to view flyer.


MASSACHUSETTS MISS AMAZING!

Save the date!¬†Massachusetts Miss Amazing is coming to Medfield High School for its seventh annual event! Miss Amazing‚Äôs mission statement reads, ‚ÄúMiss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.‚ÄĚ Join us in supporting this goal and giving these girls and young women an opportunity to shine. This full-day event is Saturday, March 28th, 2020 and will be held in the Medfield High School Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Ticket sales are open to the public beginning on March 14th at¬†ma.missamazing.org. If you would like to donate, visit¬†https://missamazing.org/donate/. If you want to volunteer with the event, you can sign up to be a buddy, half day volunteer (helping hand), or a right hand man online at¬†https://missamazing.org/volunteer/. If you know a girl or young woman who might want to participate in this event, refer them to the Miss Amazing website so they can learn more! Sign up a participant at¬†https://missamazing.org/participate/. See you there!¬†


 

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Medfield HS newsflash (January 27, 2020)

Weekly News Update - January 27, 2020

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 27, 2020

MEDFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

MONDAY, January 27th (end of day) – Term 2 report cards available via Aspen portal

TUESDAY, February 4th – Teacher Professional Day – EARLY DISMISSAL @ 11:10 am

WEDNESDAY, February 5th – MHS PTO mtg (tentative start at 6:30 pm), HS Library

THURSDAY, February 6th – 2021 Students & Parents – College Rep. Panel (see Guidance news below for details)


SCHOLASTIC WRITING AWARDS ANNOUNCED!

A round of applause to our MHS students who have recently been recognized for their excellence in writing.  Please join us in congratulating senior Ella Kohler who received a Gold Key award for her personal essay and a Silver Key Award for her critical essay.  MHS students receiving the Honorable Mention recognition include seniors, Christian Daley, Nicolina Farmer, Kayla Keegan, Matthew McGrory and Bruce Salisbury; junior, Antonia Rijo and sophomore, Nimai Kim. GO WARRIORS! 

 


FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE

Attention Class of 2021!

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE PANEL

to visit MHS on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2020

From 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the MHS auditorium

MHS guidance counselors are inviting¬†all students (‚Äė21) AND parents¬†to attend our college representative panel.¬† Representatives from the following colleges will be in attendance:

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, UMASS AMHERST, PROVIDENCE COLLEGE,

BOSTON COLLEGE, WESTFIELD STATE, HOBART COLLEGE


AP EXAM INFORMATION 

All students enrolled in an AP course(s) will be receiving invoices for AP exam beginning on January 21st.  The invoices will explain the format/instructions for payment.

COST FOR EACH EXAM:  $100 LATE FEE  $15 per test

PAYMENT WINDOW:¬† January 21st–March 1st, 2020

As we get closer to the May exam dates we will be meeting with students to explain:

-The AP exam schedule

-Sending scores to colleges

-Eligibility for extended time

-Potential conflicts with exam and/or field trips

-Financial Aid

If paying for AP exams presents a hardship of any kind, please speak to your child’s guidance counselor.  For students taking a high volume of exams we can set up monthly payment plans if necessary. If you have any questions regarding the AP exams, please contact the guidance office.  For more information please see the AP Bulletin for Students & Parents here:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/ap/2019-10/ap-student-parent-bulletin-2019-20.pdf


MHS THEATRE SOCIETY PROGRAM NOTES

The Medfield High School Theatre Society will soon present Into the Woods with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  The show was originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine, with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.

A red cape, a strand of yellow hair, a golden slipper, and a milk-white cow. These are the unlikely treasures sought by a simple baker and his wife.  Desperate to reverse a curse set upon their household, the couple journeys Into the Woods with the deceptively simple wish to have a child of their own.

Join beloved fairy tale favorites such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood as they, too, travel Into the Woods in search of their hearts’ desires.  Will they find what they seek? How far will they go to achieve their goals?  And what will happen when you find yourself lost in the woods?

Please join us on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 pm, Saturday, March 14th at 7:00 pm or Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 pm at  Medfield High School’s Lowell Mason Auditorium at 88 South Street, Medfield, MA. You can purchase tickets here https://medfielddrama.weebly.com/ordering-tickets.html

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performances are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com


CLAY CLUB PRESENTS EMPTY BOWLS

Clay Club presents Empty Bowls, a collaborative community dinner of soup and bread to raise money for Medfield Food Cupboard. A $25 ticket bought in advance gets you dinner along with two pottery classes to create a bowl to eat dinner out of and bring home with you. No time to make your own bowl? Choose a bowl, handmade by local artisans, fill it with delicious soup donated by local restaurants, and take your bowl home with you! All ages welcome!


MHS YEARBOOK 

Happy New Year! The yearbook staff has been hard at work for months, creating and submitting pages in batches to Jostens. This process will continue until everything is ready in mid May. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy of the yearbook, please do so! It is available at a discounted rate of $95 until the end of January, at which point the cost will go up to $100. Here is the link:¬†http://www.jostensyearbooks.com/. If you haven’t yet designed/purchased a recognition ad (otherwise known as a baby ad) for a graduating senior, please do so! It has become a special tradition for families to acknowledge their soon-to-be graduates via baby ads. That deadline is February 13. Here is the link:¬†https://www.jostens.com/apps/shop/yrbk_ra_flash.asp?CID=270741&PFID=20190619041521990169.¬† We really appreciate your interest and support!


CLICK HERE to view the MHS DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY 2020 UPDATES

All Night Grad Party Design Teams РPlease join us on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm in the HS Library to share your design ideas with the rest of the teams and discuss helpful hints about decorating your space.  http://www.medfieldangp.com

SENIOR PARENTS NIGHT OUT –¬†a night of fun for our CLASS OF 2020¬†PARENTS¬†hosted by Jennifer O‚ÄôConnor to support the All¬† Night Grad Party 2020.

TIME:        Saturday, March 28th from 7:00-11:30pm

PLACE:     Dover Legion 32 Dedham Street

The cost is $25 per person.  You can VENMO @jennifer-oconnor-77402 or mail a check to 6 Juniper Lane.  There are only 250 tickets available.  Get yours NOW! Contact Jennifer O’Connor at Jennoconnor2000@hotmail.com or 508-479-0561 with any questions. Click HERE to view flyer.


BOX TOPS for Education

Please keep sending in your box tops.  Although the program is changing over to individuals scanning receipts, there are still some box tops on products that can be clipped and sent in. You can drop them off at the HS front office box, Blake front office box,  the window sill box at Shaws or the magazine room box at the library. All the money collected from these collection boxes benefits Blake Middle School as high schools are not able to receive the money. Thank you very much.  Any questions contact LizSandeman@gmail.com


MEDFIELD COALITION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION UPDATE

MCPE’s Treasured Experiences Online Auction opens January 30! There’s something for everyone from VIP seats at graduation, to dance and icecream parties with teachers to student principal for a day! Go to¬†medfieldcoalition.org¬†beginning on Thursday to start bidding!


MASSACHUSETTS MISS AMAZING!

Save the date!¬†Massachusetts Miss Amazing is coming to Medfield High School for its seventh annual event! Miss Amazing‚Äôs mission statement reads, ‚ÄúMiss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.‚ÄĚ Join us in supporting this goal and giving these girls and young women an opportunity to shine. This full-day event is Saturday, March 28th, 2020 and will be held in the Medfield High School Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Ticket sales are open to the public beginning on March 14th at¬†ma.missamazing.org. If you would like to donate, visit¬†https://missamazing.org/donate/. If you want to volunteer with the event, you can sign up to be a buddy, half day volunteer (helping hand), or a right hand man online at¬†https://missamazing.org/volunteer/. If you know a girl or young woman who might want to participate in this event, refer them to the Miss Amazing website so they can learn more! Sign up a participant at¬†https://missamazing.org/participate/. See you there!

 

DID YOU KNOW that you can now follow us on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM (@medfieldhs) and on TWITTER (@MedfieldHS)?  If you are a fan of social media, you can keep up with the latest news from MHS by following us on any of these platforms.

To submit items to the WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE, please email MJ Ingram at mingram@email.medfield.net by 8:00 AM on Monday mornings.

Medfield Challenge Success Year 1 update

Dear Parents,

Since the spring of 2018, Medfield has partnered with Challenge Success, a program out of Stanford with this mission statement:  Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.  This program is designed to support and provide resources to our student and parent community.  The Challenge Success team in Medfield has been working to identify and develop strategies to meet the social/emotional needs of our students.  We have outlined highlights of this work:

  • Jon Kleiman, the Challenge Success School Program Director, visited Medfield in the spring of 2019.¬† Jon worked with the high school faculty, and shared data from the student survey, as well as strategies we can all use to help support our students.¬†
  • All students in grades 6-12 completed the Challenge Success student survey.¬† The Executive Summaries from this data are here‚Ķ
  • At Medfield High School, programming updates include a change in the midyear exam format and incorporation of studies as an elective for students.¬† The school is currently exploring aspects of a master schedule that support many of the Challenge Success principles.
  • Over the past year, various activities for high school students have included an all-school assembly and Stress Tree advisory activity designed to provide an opportunity for students to provide feedback regarding the various challenges they have in maintaining balance in their lives.
  • The advisory program in grades 6-12 has focused on Challenge Success initiatives identified from the survey.¬† Staff and students spent professional development time this past summer to revise the programs at both schools.¬†
  • The Medfield Challenge Success Parent Group presented several events including the Well-Balanced Student K-8 and a district-wide book talk: Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students by Denise Pope.
  • The Challenge Success working team has increased in size which now includes district and building administrators, four high school students, four parents (representing both elementary and secondary schools) and four teachers.¬† This team has partnered with the district-wide SEL taskforce.¬†

We encourage all community members to access the Medfield Challenge Success website for helpful updates and resources throughout the school year.  We hope you will attend the upcoming parent event, Help Your Young Athlete Win the Race:  Finding Balance in Youth Sports on Monday, October 28.

Finally, we want to thank our community members for supporting this work, especially the Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE), the Medfield High School PTO and the Blake Middle School PTO.   

Sincerely, 

Medfield Challenge Success Team

Welcome Back

September 2019

Dear Students/Families:

Hopefully this post finds you off on a good start to the school year.  The beginning of school always brings excitement and energy as our students and staff settle into the structure that our schedule provides.  I want to thank our teachers and our administrative and custodial staff for all their work in preparing for another successful opening.

In what has become a tradition at Medfield HS, our Student Council and approximately 40 Senior Ambassadors welcomed our freshmen class on Day 1.  With our staggered opening, we were able to dedicate all of our attention to the Class of 2023.  In our morning orientation sessions our freshmen toured the building, attended Advisory, set up their Google classroom, attended a Student Council presentation and met with each administrator in small groups.  I want to thank our staff and upperclassmen for all their help with our new students.

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This year, we will continue to focus on supporting the social/emotional needs of all our students.  The Medfield HS Challenge Success working group, as well as the district-wide Social/Emotional Task Force will look at best practices and whenever possible, provide resources for all of our community members.  In October, Dover-Sherborn High School will host, The Well-Balanced Student.  Medfield parents are welcomed to attend!  Please click here for more information.  For those of you new to Medfield, please check out our Challenge Success website which contains information regarding resources and upcoming events.

Similar to many surrounding towns, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has elevated the Town of Medfield’s risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) to the critical stage. The DPH has released this statement for Medfield.  As a result, all outdoor school activities including sports, will need to conclude by 6:30pm until otherwise noted.  For sports scheduling updates, please follow Medfield HS Athletic Director Eric Scott’s Twitter feed, @MedfieldAD.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • September 26 – Medfield HS Open House, 6:30pm
  • September 30 – No School, Rosh Hashanah
  • October 3 – College Financial Aid presentation, 6:00pm

Medfield HS students making a difference

March 2018

Dear Students and Families:

Happy spring! I hope you are enjoying the recent warmer temperatures.  These un-welcomed March snowstorms made for a long winter and like many of you, I am very much looking forward to being able to partake in some exciting outdoor activities.  

Despite the dreary winter months, I am always impressed at the level of community engagement and support many of our students demonstrate. ¬†The notion of being a positive and contributing member of a community is important. Two years ago, we inducted MHS alum Uzo Aduba (‚Äė99) into the Medfield HS Hall of Excellence. ¬†Uzo‚Äôs success on Broadway and in film has been impressive, but even more impressive, is the work she has done around the world by bringing awareness to Human Rights issues, promoting young women, and being a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ community. ¬†Uzo has indeed been a positive and contributing member of her community.

Over the past several months, I have been inspired by the efforts of many of our students who in addition to fulfilling their academic responsibilities, have taken it upon themselves to make a difference. ¬†One of the more active clubs at Medfield HS is Best Buddies. Nearly 50 students participate weekly in after school activities including gym time, art, and music. Co-Advisor Russ Becker said, ‚ÄúThe best thing about what our students are doing is building genuine relationships and making sure all students feel that they are a part of our community.‚ÄĚ ¬†This club has participated in 5K runs, the Polar Bear Plunge on Cape Cod and most recently, the Special Olympics held last week in Medway.

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Last weekend, Medfield HS seniors Chloe Rogan and Lucy Nealon hosted the 2018 Massachusetts Miss Amazing pageant.  There is a considerable amount of time needed to plan and organize this event. The mere idea of two high school seniors hosting a pageant to a packed house of over 500 people is quite impressive.

In March, senior Jack Morrill was named the 2018 Medfield Foundation Youth Volunteer of the year. Jack‚Äôs volunteer efforts include working at the Medfield Food Pantry, volunteering (on his day off of school!) at Medfield‚Äôs Digital Learning Day, helping out at the Millis Library book sale, volunteering at junior football camps, and at the aforementioned Miss Amazing Pageant, and he is a church youth leader & youth basketball coach. ¬†Medfield HS assistant football coach Brian Gavaghan stated, ‚ÄúJack is hard-working, and can commit to causes bigger than himself.‚ÄĚ Well done, Jack!

Recently, a group of MHS students across all grade levels formed to create the RENEW project (Rebuilding the Environment Necessary for Emotional Wellness). This student-led initiative aims to improve the emotional well-being of students across the high school. The students plan to address problems with stress and emotional wellness, with the end goal being to promote the culture of emotional wellness throughout the school community. The focus of RENEW is to ensure that the high school experience is better socially and emotionally for everyone.  There are currently nine students involved with others no doubt on the way. These students are posting resource sheets and positive affirmations around the school which are the first building blocks of a foundation of what we hope will be a successful and fulfilling project. Big thanks to Dave Worthley and Russ Becker for supporting this movement.

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There have been many other causes that students have supported this year.   I am proud of their efforts in being positive and contributing members of the Medfield HS community.

Fall wrap-up

November 2017

Dear Medfield HS:

I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the fall weather and excitedly preparing for Thanksgiving.  As we head into this extended weekend, I want to take this opportunity to share highlights from this past month at Medfield HS.

Our students‚Äô many talents were on full display during the fall. ¬†We know they work hard and take their studies seriously, and those results are often reflected in academic recognition for our learning community. ¬†However, we are just as proud of their work beyond the school day. ¬†As I‚Äôve mentioned often, the experiences that we can provide our students after school, are just as important as what we have to offer from 7:40-2:07. With that, I want to congratulate the Medfield HS Theatre Society for a great performance of The Snow Queen. ¬†Under the guidance of our new theater director, Andrea McCoy, our students shined on stage. ¬†With the support of our stage crew, the entire production was impressive…take a bow, students!drama 9.jpeg

Our student-athletes turned in another stellar season. ¬†Girls and boys soccer, girls volleyball and football all qualified for the state tournament. ¬†Our girls soccer team won the Tri-Valley League title and advanced to the sectional semi-finals. ¬†Our girls volleyball team went deep in the playoffs before losing in the sectional finals to eventual state champion Westboro, and our football team put together one of its best seasons under Coach Ormberg. ¬†The football team qualified for the state playoffs and have an 8-2 record with one game remaining against rival Dover-Sherborn on Thursday morning at MHS, 10am. ¬†This morning, the seniors from both teams got together for the annual Sportsmanship Breakfast…big thanks to DS for hosting.IMG_0069.jpgIn addition to an outstanding record, the Warrior football team was named winner of the TVL Sportsmanship Award. ¬†Congrats and #WarriorPride!

Our teachers continue to work hard to ensure that we are providing an exciting learning environment for our students.  Recently at a faculty meeting, we spent time reflecting on various ways many have incorporated the ideas discussed in George Couros’ book, The Innovator’s Mindset.  Some of these ideas include:

  • Flipped classroom (social studies)
  • Project based learning activities (social studies, art, English)
  • Social/Emotional Learning website (guidance)
  • Digitally sharing of information (math)
  • Piloting a student book club (English)

Although we still have plenty of work to do, these and other ideas remind us of all that has been done to move our instruction forward.  The high school leadership team will continue to look for ways to provide our teachers with time to collaborate and share.IMG_0036.jpg

On behalf of the staff at Medfield HS, I want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks for a great start Medfield!

September 2017

Dear Medfield HS Community:

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the 3-week mark in the 2017-2018 school year.  We had a great opening and we’re now well into semester I.  As our learning community is settling into the school year, I want to highlight a few items with the hope of keeping you up to speed with what’s happening at Medfield HS.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers for their preparation and our students for their patience as we worked through a few Google and Aspen bugs during the first few days. ¬†As we‚Äôve stated many times, technology can make us remarkably efficient and it can also be the bane of our existence. ¬†Fortunately, our tech support has been incredibly helpful…kudos to them!

As we do each year, we welcomed our freshmen on the first day with an opening assembly. ¬†It‚Äôs always exciting to see the new faces, some confident, some perhaps not so much. ¬†I‚Äôm always amazed at how quickly our freshmen are able to become familiar with their new surroundings. ¬†Their transition comes with the help of many at Medfield HS. Big thanks to the Medfield High School student council officers (aka the ‚ÄúWelcoming Committee‚ÄĚ), for sharing their enthusiasm and school spirit, and thanks to the 80 senior ambassadors who helped show the freshmen around. ¬†As always, we are looking to make this transition even better so please don‚Äôt hesitate to reach out if you have any feedback.

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We opened the school year with the always popular senior cruise which for many years, took place in the spring. ¬†Several years ago we moved it to the fall, as we found the spring to be a very busy time for the seniors and their families. ¬†This change has been well-received and in fact, has created a nice bonding activity for the seniors. ¬†This year‚Äôs 3-hour cruise of the Boston Harbor aboard the Spirit of Boston ended in spectacular fashion as we were all able to enjoy a fireworks show…big thanks to whoever ordered that one up!

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Over the past couple of weeks, I‚Äôve enjoyed visits to the classrooms. ¬†It‚Äôs always on my to-do list, however the nature of my job often derails me from getting to do what I enjoy most, watching students who are engaged and excited about learning. ¬†I‚Äôm determined to make more classroom visits this year! ¬†Last week, I spent time with our journalism students (big thanks to Ms. Broks for the invite). ¬†We talked about the many challenges that exist for journalists in this volatile political climate. ¬†The roles of journalists have changed and our students are aware of the many characteristics that represent good journalism. ¬†I am looking forward to seeing what they produce this year. ¬†Also this week, some of our students took a Google Expedition in their social studies classes. ¬†Our students went on a virtual tour of the 9/11 Museum located in New York City. ¬†Google has done a terrific job of creating virtual field trips that allow students the opportunity to experience various landmarks around the world…all in a 360 degree environment ¬†(Click here for more about Google Expeditions.) ¬†Big thanks to Mrs. Lohan, Mrs. Emerson and our technology guru Mr. Sonnenberg, for sharing with our students.

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This year, I‚Äôm excited to cover a senior advisory. These seniors have been together for the past 3 years, so I get to play the role of the new guy on the block. ¬†During our first meeting, I had the students share their responses about, ‚ÄúWhat I‚Äôm looking forward to most this year?‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWhat makes me nervous about this year?‚ÄĚ ¬†The students are all looking forward to their many end-of-the year senior activities. ¬†To nobody‚Äôs surprise, the overwhelming response to what makes them nervous is the college application/acceptance process that seniors will go through this fall (we will talk more about that throughout the year.) ¬†What was the highlight you ask? Of course, it was the obligatory first advisory of the year photo!

 

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Finally, athletics at Medfield HS are well underway. Please make sure to swing by the gymnasium as the floor has a new look. ¬†This summer, the floor was repainted with a slightly different color scheme…as you can see below, it looks fantastic! ¬†I want to wish all of our fall teams much success including soccer, cross country, field hockey, football, girls volleyball and golf. ¬†Make sure to follow Medfield Athletic Director Eric Scott‚Äôs Twitter feed at @MedfieldAD. ¬†

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Don’t forget to check our weekly newsflash that is emailed every Monday and as always, I’ll continue to post highlights and other info on my Twitter feed @MedfieldHS.

Thanks for a great start Medfield!