Important news about Medfield High School
Dear Medfield High School community members:
I hope this letter finds you enjoying the summer. We have just concluded a terrific year at Medfield High School, which included awards, state and national recognitions, and a state championship. We are proud of our students, both current and past.
This year's graduating class was special indeed. Of the 230 graduating seniors, 96% will continue on to colleges across the country. These schools include Harvard, MIT, Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, The Berklee College of Music, and the Rhode Island School of Design, among others. Senior Ida Xu was a finalist for The Presidential Scholars Award (one of just 140 students nationwide) and was also named to the All National Symphony Orchestra, and senior Rachel Thornton was a National Merit Scholarship winner. MHS students were quite busy away from school as well. Senior Ben Bushnell took his first solo flight and will study Aviation Technology at Purdue University. Freshman Addison Chung qualified for the U.S. Junior National Gymnastic team and will spend his summer at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and sophomore Sid Arun will represent Massachusetts in the National High School Chess Championship in Orlando this summer. These are just a few examples of the many talented students who walk through our halls each day.
MHS received several state and national awards this past year. The 2013 MCAS scores were once again among the top 5% in the state and all MHS students received passing scores in the subjects of English, science and math. In addition, the College Board notified us that MHS had the highest Advanced Placement test scores in the entire Commonwealth. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report awarded MHS with the Gold Award, the highest award given to a public high school. This publication has MHS ranked among the top 200 in the country and in the top 10 in the state.
Our athletic department continued its run of excellence. The Warriors brought home Tri-Valley League titles in Girls' Basketball, Boys' Hockey, Boys' Lacrosse and Boys' Tennis. The Boys' Indoor Track team won the Tri-Valley League meet and coaches Evan Moon (Boys' Tennis), John Isaf (Boys' Lacrosse) and the late George Callahan (Boys' Golf) were named TVL Coach of the Year in their respective sports. The Boy's Hockey team had a historic season as they reached the state title game at the Garden for the first time in school history and the Boys' Lacrosse team avenged last season's championship title loss by winning this year's state championship in June. The Warriors have now won an amazing 18 state titles since the year 2000 in eight different sports.
Success has followed many of our alums as well. Broadway performer Uzo Aduba ('99) continued her ascent into stardom as she played a major role and was nominated for an Emmy for her part in the series "Orange is the New Black." Alums Jake McDermott ('10), Peter Gill ('11) and Garrett Read ('11) helped lead Tufts University to the DIII Men's Lacrosse National Championship in May, and we inducted longtime community supporters and siblings Thomas Kelly ('73) and Nancy Kelly Lavin ('74) into the MHS Hall of Excellence. There is no shortage of MHS alums on staff as Susan (Flynn) Curtis ('82), Ashley Estes ('07) and Amanda Santucci ('04) will be joining us at MHS this year. Other alums on staff include Sarah (Cain) Brown ('91), Adam Coyle ('99), Jon Dunn ('94), John Kendall ('02), Anne (Vozzella) Lodge ('98), Evan Moon ('05), John Panciocco ('88), Sarah (Buckley) Rodenhi ('96), Ann Marie (Fratolillo) Sabra ('89), and Thomas Woods ('04). What a great impression these adults make on our students on a daily basis and I'm excited that 13 students from the Class of 2013 have already declared education as their major in college.
Though we've experienced a great deal of success, our staff is committed to finding new and exciting ways to engage students in the classroom. Next year, we will continue incorporating tablets and other devices into the classroom as our 1:1 program expands into more grades. Over the summer, more than 20 MHS teachers will spend over 250 hours developing and refining our curriculum to ensure that we are providing the best learning opportunities and experiences for all of our students. This is important work and I want to thank our staff for their efforts.
Recognizing the small world in which we live, we'll expand opportunities for students who are interested in acquiring international experience. In February, we'll send students to the Dominican Republic to participate in a community service program. This trip is in addition to the other travel opportunities we offer to France, Spain and China. Our new Global Citizenship program is designed to foster students' global awareness, and in so doing, provide MHS students with the essential skills needed to successfully contribute to an increasingly globalized society. We will continue to focus on these and other 21st century skills.
The level of achievement we've reached could not take place without the support provided by the Medfield School Committee, the MHS PTO and the Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE). These parent groups have helped to establish an environment where teachers are encouraged to create and students are allowed to explore and grow in an exciting and engaging learning environment. This is our recipe for success.
I want to sincerely thank our students, families, and alums for your continued support and wish you a safe and relaxing summer vacation.
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Hosting Opportunity Update - July 29, 2014
July 29, 2014
Dear Parents, Legal Guardians, and Community Members,
As part of the school district's efforts to expand its global education program, Medfield High School has invited several international students to join us for the 2014-15 school year. From all indications, we are receiving excellent students and have found some wonderful host families to date. However, with approximately a month left before their arrival, we still do not have enough host families to accommodate all of our incoming guests. At this point, we really need the community's help.
To help us attract our final host families for the fall, we are working with gphomestay, a sister company of The Cambridge Institute of International Education, our corporate partner on this program. For applications submitted from July 29 to August 15, 2014, Cambridge is now offering a special $1,000 promotional bonus as outlined below.
The promotional bonus will be offered to the following:
Any Medfield family that directly applies and is matched with a student for the fall of 2014.
Any individual who refers a Medfield family that is matched with a student for the fall of 2014.
I am asking if you would consider participating as a yearlong host, a host for a semester, or as a respite (short term) host for one of these students. If you would be interested in becoming a host family, you would need to provide the student with a private room, three meals a day, and a supportive home environment in Medfield.
To ensure that this initiative is a success, gphomestay is providing the following resources:
A $7,000 stipend to yearlong host families to offset the costs for bringing an international student into your home or an adjusted stipend for shorter term hosts
An orientation program for the international students, host families, and the school
Access to a local residential coordinator who will be available twenty-four hours a day
Support as needed from gphomestay's bilingual and bicultural staff
We are very proud that these students have already chosen Medfield High School from among many other fine high schools in the state. If you are interested in participating in this culturally enriching experience, please contact David Harris at 781-966-0428 (email@example.com).
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NEWSFLASH HIGHLIGHTS - SUMMER 2014
District Calendar for 2014-2015 Approved
The District Calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved by the School Committee.
When school is closed, delayed or dismissed early, the new Blackboard-Connect Notification System will send a call to each household land line and parent cell phone number currently on file. In addition, the announcement will appear on:
Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Marsden regarding this new method of notification.