10/1 - #MedfieldChat - 8 p.m. (see below)
10/8 - MMA meeting - 7 p.m.
10/9 - Yom Kippur - No School
10/10 - 8th Grade Math SBR Workshops (see info below)
10/14 - Columbus Day - No School
10/15 - 1/2 Day for Students
Professional Afternoon for Staff
SEPAC Mtg - 7 p.m.
10/16 - Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council - 9:30 a.m.
Blake PTO Meeting - 7:30 p.m.
10/18 - Go Purple Spirit Day - see info below
10/21-10/25 - STEM Week
10/21 - Blake Picture Retake Day
10/22-10/25 - 7th Grade to Nature’s Classroom
10/22 - SEL Task Force Meeting - 3:30 p.m. at MHS
10/24 - 8th Grade to Tri-County and Norfolk Aggie Visit
10/22-10/25 - Nature’s Classroom for 7th Grade
10/31 - Happy Halloween
11/1 - 7th/8th Grade Dance (7-9 p.m.)
11/11 - Veterans Day - No School
11/12 - SOS Parent/Guardian Presentation - 6:30 p.m.
11/14 - SOS Student Presentations
11/19 - SEPAC Mtg - 7 p.m.
11/20 - Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council - 9:30 a.m.
SEL Task Force Meeting - 3:30 p.m. at MHS
11/22-11/24 - Blake Fall Musical
11/27 - 1/2 Day for Students/Staff
11/28 - Thanksgiving - No School
11/29 - No School
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about collaboration and the importance of leaning on others, our topic/question for the dinner table is: How does collaboration help you learn? Leaning On Others (Week of 9/29/19) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Advisory Update for Blake
Last week the focus during Wednesday Advisory was to choose a way to track homework for the first term. This week the focus is on organization. Now that we are a month into school, it is a good time to make sure devices with documents, projects, and photos from last year are archived properly. Additionally, now that students are starting to collect more artifacts for this year, they should make sure they have a solid way of organizing their products that they have been working hard on. We encourage you to check out the Advisory website to stay apprised and connected with what is taking place at Blake!
Blake Wednesday Advisory Website
#MedfieldChat Twitter Chat on 10/1/19
Our next district-wide Twitter chat is Tuesday, 10/1/19 at 8 p.m. Our continued intent is to bring the five schools together (staff and administration) at periodic times to discuss pertinent topics in education, initiatives, and ideas to collaborate and share. I encourage you to follow the hashtag #MedfieldChat during the chat and to participate!
This is a reminder for parents that a student's absence or tardiness must be reported by a written note or a parental telephone call to the school absence line (508-242-8501) by 8 a.m.
October is Inktober Month!
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Inktober was created in 2009 as a challenge to improve drawing skills and develop positive creative habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. This year, Blake will be participating in this creative social media challenge by posting our artwork on twitter and instagram. Look for flyers posted around the school for the daily prompts and additional info. ANYONE CAN DO INKTOBER, JUST PICK UP A PEN AND START DRAWING!
The prompt for OCT 1ST is RING! What does that mean to you? Draw a picture in your sketchbook and submit it to the INKTOBER google classroom. See your art teacher if you have any questions. Check out inktober.com for more information!
Standards Based Reporting In Practice - 8th Grade Math Information Sessions (10/10/19)
This year the 8th Grade Math Team is implementing Standards Based Reporting as our formal system of feedback for all three teams. All 8th grade parents/guardians are invited to attend an information session to learn more about what SBR looks like in practice in each of our classrooms. The information sessions will take place on Thursday, October 10th at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to 8th Grade Math SBR Workshop
School Hours and Supervision Reminder for All Families
We have noticed that some students are being dropped off early at Blake and I want to remind parents/guardians of the expectations and guidelines. The Blake office hours are 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and these are the time parameters for students to be at school. Students who arrive before 7:30 a.m. will report to the gymnasium (sixth and seventh grade) or cafeteria (eighth grade). Supervision in these designated locations starts at 7:10 a.m., so students should not be dropped off prior to 7:10 a.m. unless they have a pre-arranged appointment with a teacher or are attending an announced extra help session. These extra-help sessions do not begin until 7 a.m., so students who are dropped off prior to that time should report to the main office. By the same token, students who are staying after school need to be with a teacher for extra help or in the library doing homework. They should be picked up promptly after their sessions are over, as they will not be supervised at that point. All students need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. as that is the time that the Blake secretaries leave. We need to make sure that all students are safe and supervised at all times. Thank you for your understanding, help, and cooperation.
Kara Gelormini and Meghan Thress are this year's advisors for Blake's ADL, Anti-Defamation League. The purpose of Blake's ADL is to:
- Promote positive social change at Blake.
- Learn about bias-related issues.
- Encourage a greater sense of social responsibility for a more respectful and inclusive community.
- Explore how students can become an ally for their peers.
- Develop student leadership.
This year is off to a great start for Blake's Gay-Straight Alliance club, with two well-attended meetings under our belts and plans for our first school-wide spirit day. In the coming weeks, we will share information about the Go Purple Spirit Day, a national event sponsored by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). On Friday, October 18, we encourage students to wear purple to show support for LGBTQ+ youth and take a stand against bullying. GSA meets every Wednesday from 2:15-3:00 in Ms. Malone's room. All are welcome!
Registration for Blake Middle School Winter 2019-2020 Athletics (Boys and Girls 8th grade basketball) is now open!
Please visit the following to register:
Check out these Blog Updates!
Check out the updated science curriculum blog
Author Dusti Bowling Visits With 6th Graders
8th Grade American Mathematics Contest
The 8th Grade American Mathematics Contest (AMC 8) is a multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. It is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The contest is held yearly in November. Students from all over the country participate in this contest both individually and on a school-wide basis. In the past, students in 8th grade Algebra I accelerated have participated. We will continue this tradition, but would like to extend the opportunity to participate in the AMC8 Contest to all 8th grade math students this year.
The exam will be given during E period on November 12th. Students who do not have math during this time slot will be excused from their class. Although the test is challenging, it certainly allows for a variety of learners to meet success and experience a high level of mathematical thinking. Below are several links that will allow you to explore this contest. All students in Algebra I Accelerated math classes have been registered. If your child is in Math 8 and you are interested in having them participate in this test, please complete this Google form HERE to sign up. Please note: If your child is in Algebra I Accelerated, they have already been registered.
For information about the AMC 8 Contest, click HERE.
For sample test questions, click HERE.
It is important to register by Wednesday October 16, 2019. There are a limited number of spots, so please respond as soon as possible. As always, please do not hesitate to contact your student's math teacher or Jessica Safer (Math Department Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Theme of Courage for 2019-2020
Our theme for this academic year at Blake is one of Courage. We believe that this theme will extend the work we have done over the last seven years with our themes of Community, Perseverance, Creativity, Acceptance, Collaboration, Empathy, Diversity, and Happiness. As a staff we have begun brainstorming ideas and I encourage all families to join us in the brainstorming process as well. As ideas and thoughts come to mind, do not hesitate to e-mail me (email@example.com) or Kelly C. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tricia Williams (email@example.com). 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.
Blake Site Council Book Discussion Group
Over the last two years the Blake Site Council has read several books and we will continue this practice during the 2019-2020 school year. Stay tuned for more information and we hope you can join in these discussions!
Challenge Success Parent Evening - 10/16/19
Dover-Sherborn has graciously opened up a parent education night to our community...
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Mudge Auditorium, Dover-Sherborn High School
Challenge Success School Program Director, Jon Kleiman, visits the Dover-Sherborn community to facilitate an engaging, interactive presentation of The Well-Balanced Student for K-12 parents and caregivers. When we are intensely focused on grades and performance, we mortgage our children's childhood for the sake of academics, denying our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up.
Jon will contextualize his remarks based on input from last spring's Challenge Success parent survey and Jon will also share recent research on college admissions and provide tools for parents to better support students through this process.
In this engaging presentation, parents and caregivers will see the data and hear the solutions to effectively:
- Establish a healthier, balanced home environment for school-aged children
- Dial down academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and
- Support student’s overall resilience, well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond.
Education Event at Wellesley College - 10/17/19
Save the date! I want to highlight a free event at Wellesley College on Thursday, 10/17 - Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor at University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, will be discussing her book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. This is part of the Diane Ravitch Lecture Series (https://www.wellesley.edu/events/node/167791).
Message from MCPE
MCPE is seeking sponsors for our Fall Fest! From food donations, to auction items like gift cards and experiences, to event sponsorship, there’s an opportunity for every budget! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Message from MMA (Medfield Music Association)
The first regular MMA meeting will take place on Oct. 8 at 7pm in the MHS band room. All music parents welcome at this meeting during which we'll discuss the year's initiatives with members of the music staff.
Blake PTO Update
Volunteers Needed for Blake! In particular, we are in need of a Hospitality Chair or Co-Chairs, which helps coordinates 3-4 teacher luncheons a year. It's a great way to get involved and appreciate the wonderful staff at our school! Please click on the link to the volunteer form below. Thank you!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVH6fbiK1-cVI5r7yu42e6szW5bnuT2EUO9qk3CLc-l9A8UQ/viewform
Also, our next meeting will be October 16 at 7:30 in the LMC