Superintendent's Update - Dated June 9, 2021

Superintendent's Update - Dated June 9, 2021
Posted on 06/09/2021
Superintendent's Update - Dated June 9, 2021

Dear Medway families, 

Congratulations again to the students and families of the Class of 2021!  Sunday’s festivities and all of the events leading up to Sunday will live in our memories for a long time.  We wish much success and joy to our students as they enter college, careers, the military, and their next stage of life.  Please know that you always have a home within the Medway Public Schools.

 

With just over one week remaining in our school year, and a heat wave in the area, we ask for continued support of our students to keep them learning, connected, and well in these remaining days.  Please be sure that students are dressed well for warm weather and that they are able to remain hydrated by sending them to school with water bottles.  We have some air conditioned spaces in our buildings and have put in place heat protocols to support student and staff safety over the next few days when temperatures will be especially high.  

 

Please find several updates from the district below.

 

Sincerely,

  

Armand Pires, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

Response Requested:  What Are the Silver Linings?

We are seeking feedback from the community about what went well during the pandemic that should continue moving forward.  What were the silver linings for you?

Please take some time to share your silver linings, via ThoughtExchange, with our community here.

 

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

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

 

Summer Food Program

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

 

Have An SEL Summer:  Action for Healthy Kids

By registering for Action for Health Kid's Summer SEL Challenge, you'll receive four weekly emails starting July 5 with a list of engaging activities for kids to help foster key SEL skills and build healthy habits.  Each week will also include a "pay it forward" activity to spread kindness and support throughout your community.  The weekly themes include Celebrate the Senses, Connect with Others, and more. 

 

Summer Activities to Keep Teens and Tweens Healthy and Engaged 

After a year or more away from group gatherings, kids may need extra time this summer to work on social-emotional skills like communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-management.  The summer is the perfect time to let kids practice these skills.  These ten summer activities that will support the social and emotional growth of teens and tweens. 

 

Medway Athletics Newsletter

The latest edition of the Medway Public Schools’ Athletics Newsletter, Mustang Nation, can be found here.

 

Meal Access for Remote Learners

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

 

COVID-19 Case Reporting

COVID-19 Reporting of Cases

It is important to inform us, as soon as possible, if your child tests positive for COVID-19.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please call 508-321-4779 or email covid@medwayschools.orgUsing the hotline helps to ensure an efficient response and protects student privacy.  If you are not reporting a positive COVID-19 test result but have questions about COVID-19 and your child, please contact your school nurse.  

 

Guardian and Student Information Changes

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

 

Technology Update - Year End Procedures 

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

Medway High School Cabaret Congratulations

Congratulations to the Medway High School Cabaret cast and crew and director, Ashley Nelson-Oneschuk, MHS choral teacher.  The event highlighted musical pieces from several generations and can be viewed here

 

Senior, Rebecca Chleboski, Receives Recognition

Rebecca Chleboski recently earned a prestigious scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth  to study Chinese this summer.  In normal circumstances, this would have been an all expenses paid trip to China for the summer to be immersed in the language and culture.  Instead, she will be taking an intensive course this summer virtually. Congratulations to Rebecca on this incredible achievement!

 

You can learn more about the National Security Language Initiative for Youth here:  https://www.nsliforyouth.org/

 

2021-2022 School Calendar

The 2021-2022 School calendar was approved at the February 25 School Committee meeting and can be found here.

 

MEPTO Updates 

MEPTO end of school year meeting will be held in person at the Burke-Memorial Library on Wednesday, June 9, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

If you didn’t get to purchase the 2019-2020 Elementary Yearbook, MEPTO has some available.  Please contact  

medwaypto@gmail.comMEPTO’s May Newsletter can be found here. The newsletter provides information on the work that MEPTO has been doing to support our elementary schools.  

 

Medway Public Schools In the News

Medway Public Schools to Welcome Three New Assistant Principals

Medway High School Student Achievements on Display During Engineering Showcase

 

Upcoming Events

June 10, 2021

School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 6:00 p.m.

June 14, 2021

International Thespian Society Ceremony, Medway High School, 4:00 p.m

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, Medway Middle School, 6:00 p.m.

June 15, 2021

Underclassman Scholastic Awards, Medway High School, 6:30 p.m.

June 16, 2021

Grade 8 Promotion Ceremony, Medway Middle School, Rain Date, More information to follow

June 17, 2021

Last Day of School: Early Release

McGovern Elementary School (including McGovern Virtual School students): 12:00 p.m.

Burke-Memorial Elementary School (including Burke-Memorial Virtual School students): 11:30 a.m.

Medway Middle School (including Medway Middle Virtual School students): 11:02 a.m.

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

June 18, 2021

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Day

June 21, 2021

Faculty and Staff Professional Development Day

June 24, 2021

School Committee Meeting, Presentation Room, Medway Middle School, 6:00 p.m.

 


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