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Weekly News Update - Jan. 7, 2019

PTO UPDATE - The next meeting and COFFEE with Principal Robert Parga will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:45 am in room 125. Immediately following the meeting you are invited to stay on for PTO Presents @ 8:15 am.  The topic of discussion…”Let’s talk about grades...weighted vs. unweighted.” 

 

 

Medfield High School's first-ever E-SPORTS team has qualified for the state playoffs! They are currently the #21 ranked team in Massachusetts, and will have their first-round matches on Tuesday, 1/8/19. A new season will be starting up in February with new game options. Stay tuned for more information and GO WARRIORS!

LAST WEEK OF SEMESTER 1

The last week of Semester 1 is January 14-18.  During that week, our students will have full day classes, Monday-Thursday, with a district-wide half day scheduled for Friday, January 18th.  As we communicated in the fall, we have changed our mid-year format based on faculty and student feedback. This has been in conjunction with the ongoing district-wide social/emotional initiatives.  We have looked at the purpose and value of these exams, as well as the amount of instructional time lost during the four days of testing.

For this school year, we will not be administering mid-year exams across all subjects.  In our discussions, we recognize the value of student data gathered from assessments for subjects that rely heavily on building block skills such as math and world language.  This year, only the math and world language departments will be administering mid-year assessments during the week of January 14th, and students will take these two assessments during their scheduled block period.  There will no other tests that week. In previous years, the mid-year exam counted for 20% of the students’ semester grade. With this year’s change, the world language and math mid-year assessments will be weighted similarly to tests within that course.  Students will receive more detailed information regarding these assessments from their teachers.

 

CHALLENGE SUCCESS STUDENT SURVEY

As you may know, Medfield High School is working closely with Challenge Success.  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.  As part of this work, all of our students will be taking the Challenge Success student survey on Friday, January 25th.  This survey will be taken during 5th period and will last approximately 30 minutes.  The surveys will be analyzed by researchers at Stanford University who will then provide us with a detailed report. Click here to find the Research Information Sheet Regarding Survey Participation.  Please contact Robert Parga or Heather Mandosa if you have any questions/concerns.

 

KINGSBURY CHRONICLE DEBUTS LATEST ISSUE!  Check out the work of our hard working MHS journalism students in the latest issue of the KINGSBURY CHRONICLE...Click HERE to view.

 

FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE

ATTENTION JUNIORS & JUNIOR PARENTS - SAVE THE DATE! - The Guidance Department is hosting a College Panel on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium. Juniors and their parents will learn about the admissions process and have an opportunity to ask questions. Admission counselors from the following colleges will be in attendance:

  • Bentley
  • UMASS Amherst
  • Hobart and William Smith
  • Boston College
  • Westfield State University
  • University of New Hampshire

We look forward to seeing you there!

AP EXAM REGISTRATION INFO. FOR 2019 - All students enrolled in AP course will be able to register and pay by visiting the APTS website.  All registrations must be done online through the APTS registration website.

COST FOR EACH EXAM:  $100.00

REGISTRATION WINDOW:

JANUARY 22nd--MARCH 7th, 2019

**LATE FEE FOR ANY REGISTRATION AFTER MARCH 7th:  $15.00**

In April, counselors will meet with all AP students to discuss the following:

--Details of the Medfield-specific AP exam schedule

--How to send scores to colleges.

--Accommodations for AP exams

--Potential conflicts with exams

--Financial Aid

PLEASE NOTE: If paying for any AP exam presents a financial hardship of any kind, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS THE CORRESPONDING  INFORMATION:

--2019 AP Exam schedule

--2018-2019 AP BULLETIN FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

--APTS REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFO FLYER

 

ANGP/SENIOR FASHION SHOW UPDATE - The Senior Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, March 23rd.  The Class of 2019 will take center stage modeling this Spring’s prom fashions to help raise money for their All Night Graduation Party.  A PARENT INFORMATION & VOLUNTEER MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7:00 pm in MHS cafeteria.  Volunteers are needed to help seniors select gowns and tuxes and work the night of the show.  Parents of all classes are welcome. Questions email Co-chairs, Katie Scales (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jeannie Walsh (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

To view the MHS Daily Announcements, click HERE.

MEDFIELD MUSIC ASSOCIATION NOTES - The MMA meets from 7:00-8:30 pm, Tuesday, January 8th, in the MHS Music Room (adjacent to the auditorium). On the agenda includes Band, Orchestra and Choir updates, fundraising news, spring planning, and more!  All are welcome to attend.

Special thanks to all who attended the Alumni Jazz Jam at the Zullo Gallery this past Saturday night, and especially members of the MHS Jazz Band who performed. The night raised funds for both the music program and the Zullo, while also serving as a wonderful opportunity for former and current band members to connect and perform together.

 

MCPE UPDATE - On February 8, MCPE will host its Annual Trivia Night. Gather your team and get ready to show your collective brainpower. This year's event will be held at Primavera in Millis. In a fun change of format, teams can have up to 8 people, so the competition should be even more lively this year! More details about Trivia night and how to register will be coming soon on our website (www.medfieldcoalition.org).  Please contact: ambrooslin@aol.com if you have questions about this changed format.

Attend a free "COMING OF AGE" WORKSHOP for parents, guardians & young adults to understand the citizenship, financial & legal obligations of becoming an adult in Massachusetts & the documents that should be in place to continue to be an advocate for your teen after they turn 18. There will be an opportunity to sign the forms for anyone prepared to do so. A notary and witnesses will be present to formalize the forms at no cost. Must be 18 to sign. No legal advice will be provided.

 

Date/time: Saturday, January 12 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location: Medfield Public Library

Speakers: Tim Borchers, Esq., from Borchers Trust Law, and Maria Baler, Esq., from Samuel, Sayward & Baler.

Registration: www.PeakCommunitySeminars.org/upcoming-seminars

LOOKING AHEAD:

The next meeting of the Medfield High School SITE COUNCIL is Monday, January 14th at 3:15 pm in the main office conference room.

The Millis and Medfield SEPACS are having a social event on Wednesday, January 16th!  To find out more, click HERE.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th is a TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DAY.  MHS students will be dismissed at 11:10 am.  MONDAY, JANUARY 21st all Medfield Public Schools will be CLOSED in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Term 2 ends on FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th.  Report cards will be available via the Aspen portal at the end of the day on MONDAY, JANUARY 28th.

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