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News Update - January 19, 2021
News Update - January 19, 2021
Medfield High School
Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Jan. 18 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 19 Cohort A in person/B Remote- ALL SYNCHRONOUS

Jan. 19 SEPAC presents: No Sibling Left Behind Education Workshop

                                                                @ 7:00 pm (details below)*


Jan. 21 Cohort B in person/A remote-ALL SYNCHRONOUS

Jan. 22 Cohort B in person/A remote-ALL SYNCHRONOUS


Jan. 25 Cohort A in person/B Remote- ALL SYNCHRONOUS

Jan. 26 Cohort A in person/B Remote- ALL SYNCHRONOUS

Jan. 26 Navigating School during Uncertain Times Webinar

                    @ 7:00 pm (details on flyer below)

Jan. 27 ALL REMOTE (Advisory @ 11:40 am)

Jan. 27 Guidance presents: A College Admission Information Webinar

                    @ 6:00 pm (see details below)

Jan. 27 MHS PTO meeting @ 7:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE.)**

Jan. 28 Cohort B in person/A remote-ALL SYNCHRONOUS

Jan. 29 Cohort B in person/A remote-ALL SYNCHRONOUS


MHS students submit artworks for Massachusetts Art Education Recognitions Exhibit

The MAEA Recognitions Exhibit is a juried exhibit open to high school students across the state. Each school may submit a maximum of 5 artworks, 1 artwork per student, with an accompanying artist statement. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 8th. The selected artworks will be featured in a virtual exhibit opening on March 1, 2021.  Exhibit will be posted on the MAEA website and further considered for Best in Category Awards. Good luck to all… and GO WARRIORS!

(Left to right, row 1 artwork by Grace O'Donnell,  Avery Ayer, and Emily Swirbalus, row 2 by Nigel Lau.  News Update cover art by Paulina Derevyanko)


START WITH HELLO will be presenting to students at Medfield High School starting this week! 


START WITH HELLO teaches students the skills they need to reach out and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within our classrooms and school. 

The START WITH HELLO presenter will be “zoomed” into the classrooms, where students will view the presentation with their classmates and teachers. Students will then have the opportunity to discuss and reflect about the presentation during an advisory period. The following are the dates for the presentations:

COHORT B -  Thursday, January 21, 2021

COHORT A -  Monday, January 25, 2021

ADVISORY -  Wednesday, January 27, 2021

For further information, please visit: Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s guidance counselor.


A new database has been added to the LMC webpage. It is located under Infobase and it is called Issues & Controversies. Last month, teachers were able to preview some new databases and there was favorable feedback for Issues & Controversies. The database includes many subject areas and will be a great resource for students and faculty alike. The library homepage can be found at  Infobase is located under the Database tab. Access directly to Issues & Controversies can be found at:


Please contact Mrs. Panchuk (, if you have forgotten the login username and password.





Please join the MHS guidance counselors on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:00 pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!) via Zoom, as they host an informative webinar program with college admission representatives. Admission representatives from the following schools will be in attendance:

UMass Amherst

University of Vermont

College of the Holy Cross

Northeastern University

 The discussion will provide important information including: an overview of each school, application timelines and components, standardized testing, financial aid, and how the Covid pandemic has impacted the admission process. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your guidance counselor.

Zoom meeting information will be sent via email from the guidance office the week of January 25th.

MHS to offer SAT SCHOOL DAY on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 

JUNIORS!  Given all the uncertainty about college testing and with Covid-19 safety protocols in mind, the March 13th SAT and SAT Subject Tests scheduled at Medfield High School have been cancelled.

MHS will be offering an SAT School Day Test for all Medfield High School juniors on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021.  Registration for the SAT will open up on January 6th.  You can visit to register and pay for the test.

Here are some facts about SAT School Day:

  1. You will pay & register to take the exam through AP TEST SERVICES, not through College Board.

  2. If you are looking for a refund or to switch payment from the March 13th SAT to another SAT you need to contact College Board directly at 866-630-9305.

  3. Only the SAT with essay or SAT no essay are offered on SAT School Day.  College Board prohibits subject tests on SAT School Day.

  4. If you have an SSD number and receive testing accommodations, you will be able to test on SAT School Day.

  5. If you were NOT registered for the March SAT in Medfield you can still take the test.  Registration information will be available later this week.

  6. The deadline to register for SAT School Day here in Medfield will be February 19th, 2021.

  7. The district will do a deep clean on the Tuesday night prior to the test and again on Wednesday after testing.

  8. Students will be split up on test day by cohort.  More information will be provided as we get closer to March 24th.

  9. If financial need is an issue, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor.

We are excited to offer the SAT to all Medfield juniors!  If you have any questions about the SAT Test Day protocols, please contact your guidance counselor at 508-359-2482. 



 Make Your WRITING CENTER Tutoring Appointments for: 



  Lab Reports

  College Supplements 

  College Resumes

  Scholarship Applications Writing

With all the writing assignments that January brings as Term 2 concludes on February 2, here's a reminder the MHS Writing Center is available to all students again this year. 

Ms. Garcia and Ms. Wren-Burgess (WB) have been meeting with students to work on essays and projects, college supplements and resumes, scholarship application writing, plus other writing assignments for classes. 

Signing up for a tutoring appointment is the same as it has been for several years: via the weekly Writing Center email, students simply click on the Sign Up Genius to fill in their names for the tutoring appointment time that works best for them in the coming week. 


  • Students receive an email from either Ms. Garcia or WB confirming their appointment day and time, together with a link for the zoom meeting, and a request for the student to share their writing with the teacher.  

  • Typically, students sign up for writing center appointments during their remote cohort days, and anyone can sign up for Wednesday Writing Center appointments. 

  • Remember! Students don't need to wait until they have a finished paper to make an appointment...Students who want help getting started, need help with their writing in the midst of their writing, as well as those who want to review finished pieces before submission, are all welcome to make appointments for the Writing Center! 

If you have questions or concerns about the Writing Center, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Garcia ( and/or WB at


Wednesday, January 27th** @ 7:30 pm  (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!)

Join this month’s MHS PTO meeting to learn about the new MHS 2021/2022 schedule that helps address student/teacher/parent survey feedback.  Zoom meeting information will be available the week of January 25th.



Now is a great time for families and friends to order/design recognition ads (AKA baby ads) to honor the graduating seniors. Jostens, in charge of that online process, has set the deadline for January 31. Here is the link: If you have any questions, please let Jostens know. Their recognition ad phone line is 800-358-0800.

On a separate note, if you have any photos you can submit to fit certain themes (senior sunsets at Hospital Hill, freshman fun outside of school, grade-by-grade random candids during the past several months, and senior throwbacks), please label them as such and upload them via this private link: If you get a screen asking you for a User ID, type in this number: 415464605.

Finally, if you want to order a copy of the yearbook, please use this link:

Thanks in advance for your support!


Medfield SEPAC & the Massachusetts Sibling 

Support Network (MSSN) present:


No Sibling Left Behind Education Workshop*

January 19, 2021 

7:00 - 8:30 PM 


This presentation is geared for siblings, parents, and providers reviewing the overall sibling experience, strategies to support siblings, and current trends in sibling research.

MSSN Presenter: Hillary Dunn Stanisz, Esq. a Medifled grad, MSSN Board Co-President, and Disability Rights lawyer

Join Zoom Meeting:






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