5/26-5/29 - Blake Art Show
5/27 - Blake Art Show Reception
MCPE Annual Meeting
5/28 - Navigating Through Online Lives as Modern Learners - Parent Workshop (see details below)
5/29 - Blake Six Flags Music Trip
6/1 - Grade 6-8 Band, 7-8 Orchestra Concert
6/2 - Blake Chorus Concert
6/3 - CSA Meeting (7 p.m.)
6/4 - Go Fresh Night for Blake
6/10 - PEM Field Trip for Koalas
MHS Athletics Info Night (see details below)
6/11 - PEM Field Trip for Otters
6/12 - PEM Field Trip for Sea Turtles
Grade 8 Mandarin Field Trip
6/17 - Grade 7 Creature Feature Field Trip
6/19 - Grade 7 Field Trip to Boston
6/22 - Transition Day
Grade 8 Closing Ceremony/Graduation
6/23 - Last Day of School
Topic/Question(s) for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations about purposeful learning for both students and adults, our topic/question of the week is: It is hard for a child to understand and value things through the perspectives of the adult. Therefore, the moment a student steps into the first classroom, the student should be given every opportunity to understand that the best form of appreciation is the kind that comes without solicitation; and it should become a natural act, one that it occurs even if the child does not fully understand what the adult has done is for their good. As for the adult, first they must always ask themselves and ask themselves again if what they are telling the students to do is the right thing, and second, the same opportunity goes in reverse; to a fault at times, for sure. Do you agree with any or all of this?
Memorial Day Weekend - No Homework Weekend for Blake
Thank you to all of the staff for their support and help in making our 'No Homework Weekend' for Blake this past weekend a reality. This effort was part of our continued work to provide down time for students, staff, and families.
Washington, D.C. Trip - #blakeindc
I encourage the entire Blake community to check out the hashtag #blakeindc to view the pictures and 'online journal' of our excursion last week. In addition you can follow me on Twitter (@nat_vaughn), as I am using this account as a communication and resource tool for the Blake community - tweeting up-to-date information, Blake happenings, links to sites, and articles on a daily or more frequent basis. You can also follow the hashtag #bmsed for Blake-related announcements and items of interest.
Thank you for all of the cooler donations. They can be picked up this week at the Blake office. Mrs. Williams has also asked that medication from the trip be picked up this week. Please contact her with any questions that you have (email@example.com).
Navigating Through Online Online Lives as Modern Learners
Throughout the year we have worked to establish a school-wide Digital Citizenship curriculum for our students. With every student using a mobile device, it’s more important than ever to begin "empowering students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.” (Common Sense Media). This work of empowering our students in understanding their digital life and your commitment to it is important. As with all of our endeavors, we are striving to make sure that this Digital Citizenship work is in line with our mission: Blake Middle School believes in a living mission statement, based on the concept that our community seeks and respects knowledge, integrity, character, wisdom, and the willingness to adapt to a continually evolving world.
Please join us for a Parent Workshop focused on this topic on Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. Our Digital Citizenship team comprised of teachers and administration will provide on overview of our work over the past year as well as outline the work that lies ahead. Please RSVP via this Google Form...
Navigating Through Online Lives as Modern Learners (5/28/15)
To help frame your thinking about this discussion, I encourage you to read What's Behind Bad Behavior on the Web? by Elizabeth Englander in Educational Leadership (this post is highlighted in this week's blog) and keep these questions in mind...
1. What points in the article do you feel are most important, and does this coincide with you think is most common?
2. How would you proceed if your child is involved in an unhealthy online situation? After the issue is addressed, what are the next steps?
iPad Planning Inventory for 2015-2016 - Please Complete
As you know we are continuing with our mobile learning program at Blake for the entire 6th-8th grade for the 2015-2016 academic year. To help us effectively plan for next year, we are asking all current 5th-7th grade parents/guardians (incoming 6th-8th grade parents/guardians for the 2015-2016 academic year) to let us know your plans for your student (Lease-to-Own, Bring an iPad from home, Borrow) for next year, by completing this brief survey by Thursday, May 14: iPad Planning Inventory at Blake Middle School for 2015-2016. This inventory is different than the initial survey sent back in January. Please fill out this inventory for each child that will be attending Blake next year. This decision is not binding and we recognize that your plans may change - confirmation and final decisions will be made by mid-June, 2015. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to complete this brief inventory and am hoping for 100% participation.
We have outlined the 2015-2016 Participation Options (Lease-to-Own, Bring an iPad from home, Borrow) for Blake students for this program. We are committed to providing an equitable learning experience for our students and appreciate the shared commitment and investment in the education of our students. As such we have a system in place for families with demonstrated financial need.
The 'minimum specifications' will still remain as the iPad 2, meaning the following are acceptable devices for students to use: iPad2, iPad Mini, iPad4 and the iPad Air. Although the iPad 2 is no longer manufactured by Apple, it will suffice for the students' needs in school as long as Apple continues to update the OS (operating system) on that device. If your family intends to purchase a new device this year, then the iPad4, iPad Mini, or iPad Air are the recommended devices. Our work over the last three years has provided a foundation as our teachers and staff continue to thoughtfully implement and review the effectiveness of this initiative. It is important to keep in mind that teachers and students will be following the same curriculum frameworks and the common core Blake curriculum.
For your reference I am sharing links below to documents about our initiative/program...
Mobile Learning in Medfield
Blake iPad Program Update for 15-16
Blake Mobile Learning General Information
Blake Mobile Learning FAQs 15-16
Blake Mobile Learning Participation Options 15-16
iPad Program Estimated Lease-to-Own Pricing Structure 15-16
We are excited about the prospects that lie ahead as we work to provide your students with the opportunity to learn with meaningful technology and are hopeful that we can foster and promote a positive and relevant learning experience. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, concerns, or thoughts that you may have.
The 3rd annual Blake Marathon is here!!
Who: Blake staff, students, & families
What: Runners/walkers will be grouped into 3 waves, by grade level.
When: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Where: The race will snake around the Middle and High School campuses for 2.1 miles.
Why: To bring our Blake Community together and raise money for a good cause - Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine!!
What do we need from families?
1) Parents MUST sign the attached Indemnity Form for ALL students (Runners, walkers, and cheering group) in order for students to participate.
2) This year’s registration “fee” is a suggested donation of $5.00 to Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine (Click on the link to find out more). “Fees” can be submitted in cash or checks made payable to Camp Sunshine.
3) Parents/guardians interested in helping with the following roles, should indicate in the Google form below – we’d LOVE any support you can offer, especially in providing cases of water!
Parent Help sign-up - Click here!Runner check-in - before the race
Recording running times– during the race
Runner water stations/ recovery zone set-up & clean up
Dropping off a case of water 6/2 or 6/3
Great East Music Festival
Our seventh and eight grade Band, seventh and eighth grade Orchestra, seventh grade Chorus, eighth grade Chorus, and Jazz Ensemble are all participating in the Great East Music Festival this Friday, May 29. Approximately 200 students are participating - we wish them the best!
Wounded Warrior Foundation Effort
The Wounded Warrior Foundation is a foundation that helps to honor and empower wounded service members. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well adjusted generation of wounded service members in ours nation's history. Students will be selling bracelets, and pins for a dollar outside of the school gym every morning from June 1-5. Every pin will come with a free sticker. If the school raises at least $300 there will be a grade wide dodgeball tournament on Friday during advisory. There will also be a spirit week to honor the Warriors and show respect for them. We ask the kids to wear camouflage and eye black to show they are true warriors on Tuesday. Wednesday is NFL or Red Sox day because they are both proud supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project. Thursday is Medfield Warrior day to show their Medfield Warrior pride. Friday is the grade wide dodgeball tournament if the school raises $300, advisories can plan to wear a color if they chose to. We thank you in advance for you support!
8th Grade Closing Ceremony
Our 8th grade closing ceremony and goodbye evening will be on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. This evening will be our opportunity to thank and recognize our 8th graders for their years at Blake and wish them well as they head off to high school. Families are welcome, and there will be a reception with refreshments, including allergen-free treats, in the cafeteria following the ceremony. We are hoping for a 'cool weather' evening.
High School Athletics Meeting
On Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00pm, there will be a meeting held in the gymnasium at the Medfield High School for all athletes and their parents interested in playing high school athletics this coming fall season at Medfield. This meeting is very important and will cover many questions and concerns you may have, as well as introductions to all high school coaches and staff. Immediately following this meeting, coaches will meet with their respective sports to speak about the season and answer any questions you may have.
*Sports offered for the fall season are:
Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
Soccer (Boys and Girls)
Field Hockey (Girls)
It's time for the 18th annual edition of the Blake Summer Reading Program. Each summer, our students are given the opportunity to read a variety of great books for both academic connection and pleasure. The cornerstone of the program is the all-school reading book. This year’s choice is The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen. It’s the story of 16 year-old Jessica, a high school track star who loses part of her leg in car crash. We journey with Jessica through sadness, anger, frustration and ultimate redemption. Students are also asked to read one required grade-level and one optional book as well, for a minimum total of three books.
ORDERING THROUGH BLAKE: All students should own a copy of The Running Dream and a copy of their grade-level required book – both will be used in English classes next September. Order forms will be distributed during the week of 5/25. Completed forms should be turned into Advisory teachers by Wednesday, June 10. Thanks to Jim James of Park Street Books, all profits from our Blake CSA book sale are used to buy books for the Blake LMC. Every purchase you make greatly enhances reading opportunities for Blake students – thanks for your support!
THE SUMMER READING AWARDS PROGRAM: All students who read 10 books will get to indulge in a free pizza-with-all-of-the-trimmings lunch held in the Blake LMC. All students who read 20 books will attend the pizza lunch then walk to Park Street Books where they will be able to choose a free book. Please do not read more than 20 books – go outside and play!
Click here to see our Summer Reading website: http://blakelmcproject.wix.com/blakelmc
The last CSA meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm. We will be introducing our new board, along with approving our budget for 2015-2016.
Please continue to support our ongoing fundraisers - BoxTops, SCRIP and the Textile recycling. And as always - we thank our generous local food vendors who contribute a portion of their proceeds on designated evenings.
Have you seen the new flowers in the planters at the Blake entrance? Thank you CSA board member Joellyn Ripp for helping to beautify our school.
Blue Ribbon Program for Showing Appreciation. As we approach the end of the school year, are you looking for a way to let a member of our school community (teacher/administrator/coach) know just how much you and your child appreciated them? Consider MCPE's Blue Ribbon Program: www.medfieldcoalition.org/events-programs/blue-ribbon-program. It’s a meaningful (and easy) way to say, “Thanks!” Requests need to be submitted by June 19th.
The AmazonSmile Program is perfect for Father’s Day and graduation shopping and is an easy way to support Medfield Public Schools, at no additional cost to you. Every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to MCPE, and, good news: your Amazon Prime account will continue to work the same way. As always, please support our local businesses when you can, but for those items you can't purchase locally, think of AmazonSmile and MCPE!