May 22-25 - 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C.
May 23 - CSA Meeting (7 p.m.)
May 24 - 4th-6th Grade Orchestra Concert (7 p.m.)
May 28 - Memorial Day; No School
May 29 - Blake Art Show (6:00-7:30 p.m.)
June 1 - Music Department trip to Six Flags
June 4 - Site Council Mtg (3:15 p.m. in Blake LMC)
7th/8th Grade Orchestra Concert (7 p.m.)
June 8 - Grade 7 Field Trip to Boston
Grade 6 Rock-n-Bowl Field Trip
June 12 - Medfield High School Fall Sports Night (see info below)
June 18 - Transition Day
Grade 8 Picnic
Grade 8 Closing Ceremony (7 p.m. in Blake Gymnasium)
June 19 - Last Day of School - 1/2 Day (Dismissal at 11:10 a.m.)
May 30 - Baseball/Softball @ Hopkinton (3:45 p.m.)
May 31 - Baseball/Softball vs Wayland (3:30 p.m.)
May 31 - Track @ Westwood (3:00 p.m.)
June 1 - Track vs Franklin (3:00 p.m.)
Congratulations to all of our students for completing another round of MCAS testing. A special thank you to Kelly Campbell and our guidance counselors for helping to organize the tests in a thoughtful and productive manner for our students.
8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip
We are all excited to be on route for the 8th grade trip to D.C. and look forward to an exciting week.
In honor of Memorial Day and in an effort to help raise money for our very own Vietnam War Memorial at Blake, Student Council will be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 and Thursday, May 31, 2012. Red, white, and blue silicone bracelets with the words "Build Blake's Memorial" will be sold that Wednesday and Thursday morning. They cost $2.00, and 100% of the profits will be donated directly to the construction of a Vietnam War Memorial at Blake Middle School. Join us in our efforts to recognize and honor those who served to preserve our freedom!
Exciting Blake Summer Reading Incentives
As if reading all of the great books on our lists is not enough, our new incentives now provide even more of a reason to read this summer. All students are required to read the all-school book, one grade-level required book, and one optional book. Beyond those, here's what we offer:
Best Buy $50 Gift Card Drawing: For every book read over the required three, up to a maximum of 17 books, students will get their names on a ticket for grade-level drawings for a $50 Best Buy Gift Card (separate card for each grade). The more you read, the better your odds!
Pizza Party/Park Street Books Trip: Read 20 books (the all school, 1 required grade level, and 18 from the grade-level optional list) and you get to take part in a pizza party followed by a trip to Park Street Books, where you may pick out a free book! Your name will also appear on 17 tickets for the Best Buy drawing!
Please refer to the Forms and Documents tab for copies of the 6th-8th grade reading lists for this summer. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Haycock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blake Art Show
It has been an active year in the Fine Arts Department at Blake Middle School. Many have been keeping track of our student artwork by visiting our website (http://www.medfieldk12finearts.net), or following us on our Twitter (@Medfieldk12Arts) and/or Facebook Page (Medfield K-12 Fine Arts) accounts.
But if you really want to see what has been going on all year in the Art rooms, you're going to have to come to our Blake Middle School Annual Art Show. This year the Art Show will be up for viewing Tuesday, May 29th - Friday, June 1st in the Blake LMC and Principal's Hallway. Our Artists' Reception will be held the evening of Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00-7:30.
Please mark your calendars, so you don't miss the opportunity to view the show. Our students have done such a remarkable job in their Art classes, and we are sure you will agree!
Gettysburg Address Contest Winner
Every year the town of Medfield celebrates Memorial Day with a parade and a ceremony to honor those that have given their lives while serving in the military in the center of town. Each year a 7th grader from Blake plays a major role by reading the Gettysburg Address at the event. Competition for the event is stiff as students try to earn a spot to represent the grade at the ceremony. Interested competitors are asked to memorize the first half of the Address and deliver it to the three social studies teachers. They are judged on the delivery of the message, the clarity of ther voice, the volume of their presentation, and the connection they make with the judges. This year, Liam Dewey, has won the honor of representing the 7th grade and delivering Lincoln's famous speech at the Memorial Day Ceremony. The parade will begin at 9:45 with the ceremony at Veterans Park to follow.
Medfield Jazz Night
Medfield Jazz Night is May 30! Tickets are available to the general public at Lords. With Grammy-nominated trombonist Conrad Herwig on board, plus MHS Jazz 1's participation in both Mingus and Essentially Ellington this year, May 30 is guaranteed to be a HOT night of music! Do not miss this night, which will also showcase the talents of MHS Jazz 2, Jazz Choir and the Blake Jazz Band. Surprises are in store!
Boys' Track Update
The boys' track team came back from last Monday's defeat at Hopkinton with a strong performance against King Philip. Blake, once again, swept the shot put with Mike Lundstrom taking first, Jeff Lundstrom taking second and Andrew Maritan taking third. J. P. Harrison took third in the long jump and Matt Keady and Jack Wagenseller took second and third respectively in the high jump.
In the running events, Binit Shah and Jack Doherty took second and third in the hurdles. Binit also took second place in the mile, with John Beaudoin taking third. Pat Coogan took first in the 100 meter, with Paul Bryant tying for second. Blake swept the 800 in the order of Jack Doherty, Liam McNulty, and Steve Loranger. J.P. Harrison took first in the 400 with Andrew Maritan taking third. Blake had a near sweep in the 200 with Pat Coogan taking another first, Will Shames second, and Joey Plump tying for third. Medfield sealed the victory with a Robert Miller, Will Shames, Alex Papadinoff, and Paul Bryant relay first place finish. The final score: Blake 57.5, King Philip 28.5.
Girls' Track Update
The girls' track team had a very strong outing against King Philip. In the field events Laura Greenwald placed first in the High Jump and Makayla D'Amore and Jayne Gotham tied for second place. The Medfield girls swept in the Long Jump event. Shannon Delaney and Grace Rankin tied for first place and Kathryn Giordano took the third place prize. In the Shot Put event, Naomi Lau grabbed second place while Shannon Davis and Kathleen Lanzilla tied for third.
In the running events Blake Girls again swept in the 100M Hurdles. Annie Phipps finished in first place, Olivia Feldman took second place and Lauren Stikeleather placed third. Krissy Rimmel continues her undefeated streak winning first place in the Mile with an amazing time of just under 6 minutes! Medfield Girls had a strong showing in the 100 meters with Annie Phipps taking second place and Julia Maclean finishing in third place. In the 800 Meter Race, Bianca Bisciotti had a terrific showing taking first place and Ali Clower finishing right behind in second place. Medfield Girls were very strong in the 400 Meter Race sweeping the event. Shannon Delaney took the first place prize, Lauren Constant grabbed second and Sophia Ouimette and Julie Letai tied for third place. In the 200 meter race Kathryn Giordano took second place and Rebecca Shames came in third. Medfield's 4x100 team of Ella Strickler, Lauren Stikeleather, Kathleen Lanzilla and Olivia Feldman finished just behind KP in a very tight race. Medfield Girls finished with an extremely strong score of 56.5 to King Philip's 21.5. Great job girls!
Medfield High School Fall Sports Night
All parents and athletes are requested to attend the Fall Sports Night for information on the 2012 season on June 12, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. All incoming 9th grade parents will meet the Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer in the Middle School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. for an introduction to Medfield athletics. At 7:15 p.m. all fall athletes and parents will meet in the High School auditorium for general expectations and then proceed to classrooms to meet with fall coaching staff. Please bring all required forms and fee checks. The informational flyer can be found on the Forms and Documents tab of this blog.
Arts and Athletics Golf Tournament
The first Arts and Athletic Golf Tournament is being held on Friday, June 15. This golf tournament is being presented in partnership with the Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts. The informational flyer and registration form can be found on the Forms and Documents tab of this blog.
There is still time to order you summer reading books and support the Blake Literacy Program. Park St. Books is generously giving back 40% of all sales of books from the summer reading list from now until June 1. This is the best list in years with something for everyone. We had a successful Open House on Tuesday, May 15 at Park St. Books where many students and parents stopped in and picked up their books and are already reading. Order forms were sent home with your students or are available on the Dale St. and Blake Middle School websites
Come join us for the last CSA meeting of the year, on Wednesday night, May 23rd at 7pm in the Blake library.