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Weekly News Update - September 23, 2019
Weekly News Update - September 23, 2019
MJ Ingram
Monday, September 23, 2019

REMINDER: MHS OPEN HOUSE (our PIN Night) is this THURSDAY, SEPT. 26th! ALL Grade 9-12 PARENTS and GUARDIANS are invited to our optional programs which begin at 6:00 pm and/or the class schedule for the evening which begins promptly at 6:45 pm. Please see the email sent to you this morning (Sept. 23) for MORE DETAILS.



The following college representatives will be visiting MHS during 2nd and 3rd lunch this week in the Guidance office. Please log in to your Naviance account to schedule a visit.

Monday: Bentley University, Colgate University, Stony Brook University  

Tuesday:  Case Western Reserve University, Lasell University 

Wednesday:  Assumption College, Curry College, University of Maine, Plymouth State University

Thursday:  Bard College, Elms College, Fairfield University, Thomas College

Friday: Emerson College, Fitchburg State University, George Mason University, Guilford College



Registration for the October 19th PSATs is now OPEN.  We encourage all members of the Class of 2021 to take the PSAT in preparation for future college entrance exams.  Students can register for the PSAT by visiting:

Upon registration, students can pick up a prep booklet in the MHS guidance office.  The deadline to register is Friday, October 4th. If financial assistance is required, please contact the guidance office at 508-359-2482 to request a fee waiver.


This week is National Banned Book Week with the theme Censorship Leaves Us In the Dark, Keep the Light On. Typically held during the last week of September, this week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Book Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. 

The LMC currently has displays throughout the library of books that have been included on the banned book list. Mrs. Panchuk has invited Erica Cote, the young adult librarian from Medfield Public Library, to collaborate for a book talk this Friday during reading periods. Students will hear about the history of Banned Book Week and discuss some of the books and why they were banned. All students are invited and can sign up for period 5 reading.

FYI: the LMC website and librarian’s blog are now updated. Please visit to find out what’s new in the LMC.


MHS CLUB DAY premiered this past Friday, Sept. 20th.  Current club members set up display tables in the gym and all students were invited to visit during their lunches to see if anything sparked their interest.  The event was very well attended, especially by this year’s freshman class. To find out more about MHS clubs and student organizations, click HERE.

One of the new clubs showcased at CLUB DAY was recently started by several MHS students and their advisor, Ms. Karen Shaffer. The Medfield DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Warriors is a business club through which students develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills and compete with other high schools. DECA leaders include Jack St. Mary, Isaac Popper, Deeya Yadapadithaya, Joe Nickerson and Kelsey Quint. 




Thank you to all that have already donated.  We appreciate it! There is still time to donate on-line with our NEW website or write a check made payable to MHS PTO and return to the main office with the yellow Fall Appeal form you received on the first day of school.  Your donation helps enrich academic, athletic and extracurricular activities for all MHS students. Unlike grades K-8, we do not participate in fundraisers to obtain our funding, we only ask once a school year, during the Fall Appeal, for your donation.


The snack shack is looking for Fall Sports/Club teams to sponsor a night at the snack shack by providing volunteers in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.   The PTO will take expenses out and divide the proceeds by the number of games we are open. Teams can expect to make between $500 and $800 per game but if we have good turnout and weather, that amount could be higher.  

 If your team is interested in this fundraising opportunity, please reach out to SUE FINN with date you would like to sponsor the snack shack and she will forward a link to the sign-up genius for you to share with parents on your team.  We will need between 6 and 8 people per game, one of the snack shack organizers will be at each game for training and support. 


Games we plan to be open:

Saturday 9/21 from 12:00 pm  to 4:00 pm - Sponsored by Football

Friday 10 /11  from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Sponsored by Cheerleading 

Tuesday 10/22 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Open

Friday 10/25 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm - Sponsored by ANGP

Thursday 11/28 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  - Open

 In addition, we plan to open for playoff games for soccer and football dates TBD.  If the dates are all taken you will have first choice at the playoff games (2-3 more games).

SNACK SHACK COORDINATORS NEEDED (2020-2021 Volunteer Opportunity) 

We are looking for two or more people to manage the concession stand at the MHS turf.  You can split the duties making it a fun and easy volunteer experience. This is great to do with a friend or group of friends.  This is a volunteer opportunity. Duties include: 

  • Opening the concession in the Fall & Spring 

  • Closing the concession at the end of each season

  • Coordinating volunteers for games, shopping for food and supplies at BJ’s 

  • Meeting volunteers at the concession before each game and  showing them what to do. Stay and support the volunteers if necessary.  

  • Count money after each game and make a deposit into the PTO account within a day or two.  

The total time commitment depends on how many people work together, but you can expect to spend between 2-5 hours for each game which includes shopping and running the concession.  Fall games are typically every other week with a total of 6-7 in the season. Spring playoff games are in late May, early June, and require 2-4 hours each. One person coordinating everything alone can expect to spend about 30 hours in the Fall and about 12 hours in the spring total.  With a friend or friends you can divide and conquer reducing commitment times in half or more. Please contact Sue Finn with any questions.


DESIGN CONTEST: PEP RALLY T-SHIRT - Students have the opportunity to design the PEP RALLY t-shirt this year.  Submissions are due to Mrs. Drew by October 7th.  


The Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. As participants of YIP, students learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant up to $10,000 to nonprofits benefiting youth.


This free, 17-week program is for high school students who live and learn in Needham or surrounding communities. YIP will meet on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, at the Needham History Center & Museum. The program begins on January 23 and runs through May 26. (Full Schedule) For more information about YIP and to apply, visit  Priority deadline to apply is November 15; rolling admissions to follow.

 Don't forget to follow MHS PTO on Facebook and Twitter.


Reminder to music families that Uniform Try-On Night is Oct. 1 at 6:00 pm. Freshmen and upperclassmen in need of new uniform pieces should report to the music classroom corridor to try on pieces. Volunteers will be there to assist with ordering and make sure you get the right fit!

The first regular MMA meeting will be on Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm in the band room. All music parents welcome at this meeting during which we'll discuss the year's initiatives with music staff.



SENIOR PARENTS - You should have received a request for donation letter from ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY two weeks ago in the mail regarding the event.  There are no tickets to purchase for the party. Instead, we rely on your donations. Please make a tax-deductible donation in support of your student’s attendance to one of Medfield’s time-honored traditions, celebrating our graduating Seniors and their FINAL night together as THE CLASS OF 2020!  With an average cost of $200 per student to run this event, your generosity is greatly appreciated. You can donate easily online or make a check payable to  MHS All Night Grad Party and mail to P.O. Box 38 Medfield, MA 02052.  A big thank you to all that have already donated. Donate by October 31st and receive an MHS Class of 2020 car magnet!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The ANGP is looking for volunteers!  Check out our NEW WEBSITE for EVERYTHING All Night Grad Party - Senior, Parent, Volunteer, Donating, Decorating Info and more!  Parents, Guardians and Volunteers please follow our ANGP Facebook Page.  Please reach out to Janie Boylan or Kim Price with any questions  Here’s to the Class of 2020!


MCPE is excited to announce that tickets for the FALL FEST fundraiser for the Medfield Public Schools being held on Friday, November 15th at Walpole German Club are currently SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, please complete the ticket order form.  You will be contacted if tickets become available.

 To sponsor this event, make a donation of an auction item or for more information, please reach out to  Starting on November 1, 2019, MCPE will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization - and the more items we have, the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help.


ALL Medfield Public Schools will be CLOSED on MONDAY, SEPT. 30th.

 The MHS Guidance Department is hosting the annual FINANCIAL AID NIGHT on Thursday, October 3, 2019. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm in the HS auditorium.  All junior and senior parents interested in learning more about the college/financial aid process are welcome to attend.  A financial aid expert from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will present topics including: financial aid application process, completing the FAFSA, information on scholarships and loans, and resources for families.

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 by 8:00 AM on Monday mornings.