March 8 Cohort A in person/B Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 9 Cohort A in person/B Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 10 Cohort A in person/B Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS Advisory-11:10 AM
March 10 No Place for Hate virtual assembly @ 12:30 PM
March 10-12 Term 3 Open Gradebooks via Aspen portal
March 11 Cohort B in person/A Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 11 National Latin Exam
March 12 Cohort B in person/A Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 15 Cohort A in person/B Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 16 Cohort A in person/B Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 17 Cohort B in person/A Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 18 Cohort B in person/A Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
March 19 Cohort B in person/A Remote - ALL SYNCHRONOUS
MHS CHAMBER MUSIC ORCHESTRA
Have you been missing the sounds of the Medfield High School music ensembles? We sure have! MPS K-12 Director of Music, Jason Bielik, recently shared this video of the MHS Chamber Music Orchestra in an after school rehearsal. Click HERE to view and to listen to the sights and sounds of these talented musicians.
MHS Visual Arts students shine
at the Massachusetts Art Education Recognitions Exhibit
Last fall, the artwork of 5 MHS students was selected to be featured in the MAEA Student Recognitions exhibit, sponsored by Mass Art Ed Association. The virtual exhibit is now live & may be viewed at the following link: MAEA Recognitions Exhibit
MHS sophomore, Paulina Derevyanko, has been awarded a gift certificate by the Worcester Art Museum for her drawing Empty Glasses (this week's banner photo). A gallery of award winners may be seen at the following link: Award winners
Congrats Avery Ayer, Nigel Lau, Grace O'Donnell, Emery Swirbalus, and award winner, Paulina Derevyanko! We are so proud of you all!
FROM THE MHS HEALTH OFFICE…
COVID Pooled Testing has begun at MHS. Please fill out this Consent Form to have your child/student included. We encourage you to sign up to be a part of this data collection tool to keep our students and staff safe and to help us move towards further in person learning. We have over 70% of students signed up so far. Here are a couple bullet points about pooled testing:
It is a painless, self-administered nasal swab (not the deep naso-pharyngeal swab).
It takes less than a minute to complete and no class time will be missed.
If a pool (classroom) of students/staff are negative, we presume all are negative.
If there is a positive person in the pool, your child will not miss school. We will use our rapid tests to individually test all students/staff and isolate the positive case.
For additional information, please use this LINK. If you have any questions, please email us or call (508)242-8568.
Thank you (from your MHS School Nurses)!
MHS THEATRE SOCIETY PROGRAM NOTES
Those interested in participating in this year's musical (students as well as parents/guardians) are welcome to attend.
Not sure if you want to participate?
No worries. Come hear what we're planning and decide later.
Can't make it Monday?
Email student stage manager Katie and she'll send you details afterwards.
MHS PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION NEWS
GIFT CARD DONATIONS
Medfield's Digital Learning Day is March 26th. The Medfield K-8, High School and town wide PTOs would like to collect gift cards for the teachers and staff that can be raffled off throughout the day for some fun and to show them we care! If you would like to donate a gift card or more, please sign-up HERE. Thank you for your support!
The MHS PTO is looking for a treasurer for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT PTO MEETING
Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. All MHS parents & guardians welcome to attend. More information regarding Zoom sign-in coming soon.
NO PLACE FOR HATE virtual assembly - Wednesday, March 10 at 12:30 PM
No Place for Hate is a national tour dedicated to promoting bullying prevention in schools. We are excited to bring this interactive, entertaining, and engaging program to MHS! Students will receive more information including the link to the assembly soon, and we encourage all students to attend. For more information, click HERE.
GUIDANCE OFFICE UPDATES
LAST OF THE COLLEGE DECODED WORKSHOPS WILL BE PRESENTED THIS WEDNESDAY!
Students beginning their college search process are invited to join any of the workshops listed below, hosted by Trinity College Office of Admissions. For details and to register, click here.
March 10 at 8:00 AM & 6:30 PM
"Understanding the Importance and Role of Demonstrated Interest
For details and to register, click here.
SAT DAY for MHS JUNIORS is coming...Wednesday, March 24th
In preparation for the SATs on Wednesday, March 24th, please adhere to the following protocols and abide by the following directions.
REPORT TIME: 7:45 AM
COHORT A enters through Main Entrance (DOOR 1)
COHORT B enters through GYM Entrance (DOOR 2)
COHORT A: MATH/ENGLISH WING (2nd floor).
COHORT B: LMC/HISTORY WING (1st floor).
Rooms & Rosters will be posted by the entrances.
ITEMS TO BRING:
#2 Pencils, calculator, ID, MASK.
Snacks are allowed, but only during breaks.
7:45 AM Report time. 8:00 AM testing begins.
Testing times will range between 4.5-6 hours.
Cell phones will be collected; feel free to leave them at home/in car.
Due to COVID protocols you cannot switch from essay to no essay and vice versa.
If you decide to NOT test on Wednesday, March 24th, you are expected to report to all scheduled school zooms. Those taking the SAT are excused from class zooms.
If you feel ill, please do not report to the SAT session on Wednesday. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming SAT on Wednesday, March 24th, please contact your guidance counselor.
The ANGP committee is in the process of planning a wonderful event for the Class of 2021. We are working on getting approvals from the town, police, fire and administration. As soon as we have all the appropriate approvals, we will announce our plans for ANGP this year. We know everyone is anxiously awaiting the event details, but we need to make sure everything is done according to protocol and safety standards. We appreciate your patience with this.
In the meantime, there are three things you can do:
1. Make a donation to the ANGP. There are no tickets to purchase. Instead, we rely on your tax-deductible donation in support of your student’s attendance to one of Medfield’s time-honored traditions. Check out our website for updates and to make a donation. https://www.medfieldangp.com/
2. Send in photos of your senior. Please see the flyer above for detailed information on what is needed from you. We want to make sure EVERY senior is represented in the End of Year tribute video to the Class of 2021. The above flyer has specific details regarding photo submissions.
3. Volunteer. Please sign up HERE if you are interested in volunteering. Decorating, set-up, clean -up, fundraising are just some of the many tasks that need to be done to make this a successful and fun night to remember. There’s something for everyone.
QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Price & Janie Boylan at email@example.com
What is Challenge Success? A national non-profit organization (affiliated with Stanford University graduate school of education) that partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of “success” and implement research-based strategies to promote student well-being and engagement with learning.
What does Medfield Challenge Success do? We meet monthly to brainstorm ideas to reduce unhealthy pressures and demands, and to build resilience among MPS students. We have mostly been active at the middle and high schools, but we are hoping to expand to younger grades.
If you are interested in learning more about our past and future initiatives, check out: https://sites.google.com/email.medfield.net/medfieldchallengesuccess/home
Contact CS parent reps:
Eric Baacke (high school): firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Careau (middle/upper elementary): email@example.com
Nicole Hall (lower elementary): firstname.lastname@example.org
MCPE is looking for new board members-men and women from the Medfield community with various skill sets and interests who want to have a voice in the improvements that reach our classrooms! Board members do not need to have kids currently in the school system—just a desire to support and enrich the Medfield Schools. Board members will serve a 3-year term and attend meetings one evening a month during the school year. The time commitment required to join the Board can be organized to fit the schedules of both stay-at-home and working parents. Interested? We’d love to hear from you! Apply here by MONDAY, March 8th: ps://www.medfieldcoalition.org/volunteer-application-form
FLORAL HEART PROJECT COMES TO MEDFIELD
ON THE FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR COVID-19.
WHAT: On March 1st, the first National Day of Mourning for COVID-19, volunteers will lay heart garlands for The Floral Heart Project in over 75 locations across America, to pay respect to those who have lost their lives or are suffering from the effects of COVID-19. Kristina Libby, a NYC artist and activist, started to reveal these dedication sites last April and has partnered up with 1-800-flowers and Bloom Studios to expand this endeavor nationwide.
WHERE: Front lawn of Medfield Town Hall; this is a private event due to Covid-19 gathering restrictions.
WHEN: On March 1st at 6:00 PM, a small gathering will take place to unveil the memorial, made up of flowers and a dedication board, where people are invited to leave notes. Medfield Strong, a community service group, will live stream the event on Facebook. The memorial will be exhibited through March 8th for citizens to visit, reflect and embellish upon.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
1. On the night of March 1st, families are invited to join in a moment of silence remotely and light a candle to display on their front step in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to this virus.
2. Families are invited to visit the memorial at the lawn in front of Medfield Town Hall from March 2nd - March 8th.
3. High schoolers will participate in a moment of silence at school and will be invited to visit a memorial at school, set up just outside the office, to reflect and leave notes.
WHY? This project is aimed to help our community have a safe space to grieve and remember what we have lost at the hands of this pandemic. To learn more about this initiative, visit floralheartproject.com.
To submit items to the MHS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE, please email MJ Ingram at email@example.com by 8:00 AM on Monday mornings. If you would like to submit photos or flyers, please convert to jpg files (if possible).