1/29 - D-S Challenge Success Presentation (see details below)
1/31 - Term 2 Interim Reports go Home
2/3 - SEL Focus Group - 3:30 p.m. at MHS
2/4 - 1/2 Day for Students
8th Grade Career Day
Professional Afternoon for Staff
2/6 - Tri-County Interviews
2/10 - Blake Site Council - 3:30 p.m.
2/14 - Blake Volleyball Tourney
2/17-2/21 - February Vacation
3/4 - Incoming 6th Parent/Guardian Info Night (6:30 p.m.)
3/12 - Incoming 7th/8th Parent/Guardian Info Night (6:30 p.m.)
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about the ways we can allow ourselves to take a new perspective, reflect, and learn, our topic/question for the week is: What helps you to see something (i.e. an idea, perspective, concept, belief) differently or ‘in a new light’? A New Light (Week of 1/27-1/31) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Term 2 Interim Reports
This Friday students will be bringing home their interim reports for the second term. They will be spending time in their advisories reflecting upon the work they have accomplished thus far, and setting healthy/measured goals for the second half of the term. Our hope is that this communication tool will give you an update on the progress your child is making in school. If you have any questions about your child's work or the reports, please start by having a conversation with your own child. If questions still exist, you should contact the teacher directly to gain more insight.
Advisory Update for Blake
After our two week focus on learning styles, in Advisory on Wednesday students and advisors will be participating in a team building activity of choice!
Blake Wednesday Advisory Website
Black History Month Update
The Black History Month planning team has met twice to formalize plans to celebrate Black History Month at Blake. Plans are underway for a Black History Hallway Timeline, Picture Books for read aloud in advisory, activities via Current Events Classes, and highlighting important figures in Black History through content areas. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities. Please reach out to Kelly Campbell if you'd like to help or have ideas.
Blake Blood Drive Summary
The blood drive committee would like to thank everyone who played a role in our blood drive. It was an amazing success. We collected 87 units. When the nurses reported the number to me they remarked that drives this large do not usually occurs in small towns. The last time one of them had numbers like this was at Fenway and TD Bank Pavilion drives. Medfield is a special community and this proves how special Medfield is. Again, thank you everyone and I hope to see you all again next year.
Parent Information Nights - Mark Your Calendars!
3/4 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.
This night is for all parents/guardians of incoming sixth grade (current fifth grade) students. We will be presenting information about the 6th grade program of studies and curriculum, previewing the students' experience that they will have next year along with an overview of the middle school. A more detailed presentation about the logistics of the 2020-2021 academic year’s mobile learning Initiative will take place during this evening as well.
3/12 - Incoming 7th/8th Grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.
This night is for all parents/guardians of incoming seventh grade (current sixth grade) students. We will be sharing information about the 7th and 8th grade program of studies and curriculum, previewing the students' experience that they will have next year.
Message for 8th Grade Families
Medfield High School is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to MHS! Please be aware of these upcoming dates:
- January 2020 - Students take placement tests
- Thursday, February 27 - 6:30-8:30pm - 8th Grade Student and Parent Night
- Thursday, March 5 @ 3:00 - The Aspen portal is "live"
- March 6-12 - Students will complete course selections
The program on February 27th is for students and parents to learn about the culture, classes, and extracurricular offerings at the high school.
The 2020-2021 Medfield High School Program of Studies will be shared with all students and parents in early February.
Summer Reading Input?
It's summer at Blake! The summer reading team will meet in early February to begin looking at titles for this summer's reading choices. Have a book you'd like to recommend? Please share with Kara Gelormini, firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Reading!
Last year was our first annual Empty Bowls event, and this year we are back at it! For those who may not remember, Empty Bowls is a collaborative community dinner of soup and bread to raise money for Medfield Food Cupboard. A $25 ticket bought in advance gets you dinner along with two pottery classes to create a bowl to eat dinner out of and bring home with you. No time to make your own bowl? Choose a handmade bowl at dinner, fill it with delicious soup donated by local restaurants, and take your bowl home with you! All ages welcome! While advanced sign up is required, payments can be made via cash, check, or Venmo at the door. Last year was a lot of fun and we raised almost $2000 for the Medfield Food Cupboard! Please feel free to reach out with any questions and we hope to see you there! Contact Sara Higger with any questions - email@example.com.
Save the Date - Miss Amazing (3/28/20)
Massachusetts Miss Amazing is coming to Medfield High School for its seventh annual event! Miss Amazing’s mission statement reads, “Miss Amazing provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.” Join us in supporting this goal and giving these girls and young women an opportunity to shine. This full-day event is Saturday, March 28th, 2020 and will be held in the Medfield High School Auditorium at 6 PM. Ticket sales are open to the public beginning on March 14th at ma.missamazing.org. If you would like to donate, visit https://missamazing.org/donate/. If you want to volunteer with the event, you can sign up to be a buddy, half day volunteer (helping hand), or a right hand man online at https://missamazing.org/volunteer/. If you know a girl or young woman who might want to participate in this event, refer them to the Miss Amazing website so they can learn more! Sign up a participant at https://missamazing.org/participate/. See you there!
The Blake Site Council has taken time to review the data collected from last year's survey and an Executive Summary will be distributed to families in the coming weeks. Focus areas on the survey centered on the topics of school culture, academic workloads, stress, and habits. Our intent is to distribute the 2019-2020 survey in early February in the hopes of gathering the data by February vacation. Stay tuned!
Blake is Social - Any Submissions?
Blake is social is still looking for work to post on our instagram and our website. If you come across great work please consider asking your student to submit it. Work and submissions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Blake is always looking for substitute teacher applicants. Applicants need not have teaching licensure but should be energetic, flexible and enjoy working with children. For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools/page/employment-opportunites--7 and find applications under the tab "employment opportunities". Please contact Kelly Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
As with our teaching positions, from time to time our nurse, Tricia Williams, will be out of the building and we need a substitute nurse for these days. We are fortunate that we have several substitute nurses in the district who are able to work on those days. If you are a registered nurse and have an interest in potentially serving as a substitute throughout the year, please let us know. You can contact me (email@example.com) or Tricia Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org). By the same token, if you have friends in the area who would have an interest in serving as a substitute, please let them know that they can contact us as well. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority, and we would appreciate your interest in one of these roles.
D-S Challenge Success Presentation - 1/29/20
Dover-Sherborn has graciously opened up this event to the Medfield community...
A Mindfulness Presentation for K-12 Parents and Caregivers
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Choral Room, Dover-Sherborn Middle School
Psychologist and educational consultant Dr. Chris Willard will join the Dover-Sherborn community to speak with parents and caregivers about the tools and techniques he uses to help children and adolescents successfully navigate the stressors and anxieties in their lives. Dr. Willard is president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and author of several parenting books including Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience. Please RSVP here…
Raising Resilience with Dr. Chris Willard
For more information on Dr. Willard and his work, please see his website at http://drchristopherwillard.com.
Psychologist and educational consultant Dr. Chris Willard will join the Dover-Sherborn community to speak with parents and caregivers about the tools and techniques he uses to help children and adolescents successfully navigate the stressors and anxieties in their lives. Dr. Willard is president of the Mindfulness in Education Network and author of several parenting books including Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience. For more information on Dr. Willard and his work, please see his website at http://drchristopherwillard.com.
MCPE's Treasured Experiences Online Auction opens January 30! There's something for everyone from VIP seats at graduation, to dance and icecream parties with teachers to student principal for a day! Go to medfieldcoalition.org begining on Thursday to start bidding!
Borchers Trust Law presents the third annual A Cappella Night on Feb. 28 at 7pm at MHS Auditorium! Come hear Medfield's own MHS Soundwaves, the Junior Jazz Choir, and groups from Newton North, Xaverian Brothers, and Montrose high schools at last count. Tickets can be purchased at medfieldmusicassociation.com or will be sold a the door.
Blake PTO Update
There's always opportunities to get involved! Volunteer by clicking on the link to the volunteer form. Thank you!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVH6fbiK1-cVI5r7yu42e6szW5bnuT2EUO9qk3CLc