4/23 - 6th Grade ELA MCAS
4/24 - 6th Grade ELA MCAS
Challenge Success Parent Evening (see details below)
4/29 - 8th Grade Math MCAS
4/30 - 8th Grade Math MCAS
SEL Task Force - 3:30 p.m.
5/1 - Blake Book Fair
5/3 - 6th Grade Math MCAS
5/6 - 6th Grade Math MCAS
5/8 - 8th Grade Sci/Tech/Eng MCAS
5/9 - 8th Grade Sci/Tech/Eng MCAS
5/10 - 1/2 Day for Students
Professional Afternoon for Staff
5/13 - Blake Site Council Mtg - 3:30 p.m.
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about conditions for learning, articulating hopes and vision, and continuous growth for our community, our topic/question(s) of the week are: What are your hopes for the end of this school year? How do you want to grow as a learner? Conditions for Learning (Week of 4/21/19) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Seventh Grade Food Drive
The week of April 22 the seventh grade will be running a food drive to support the Medfield Food Cupboard. The food cupboard's current needs are as follows: kid friendly cereals, packs of individual snacks (granola bars, cheese and crackers), jams and jellies, canned beef stew, and canned fruits.
Blake Book Fair - 5/1/19
On Wednesday, May 1, sixth and seventh graders will have the opportunity to attend our Summer Reading Book Fair with Park Street Books. During their English class, students will head to the LMC to check out this year's choices and purchase their summer reading books. Flyers and titles of the summer reading choices will be emailed home on Thursday, April 25. Be on the lookout for that information.
Term 2 Report Cards
All outstanding report card signature sheets should be turned into advisors.
7th Grade Public Speaking Podcasts
The 7th grade Public Speaking students have finished recording and editing their podcasts that were just recently submitted to an NPR podcasting competition and they are ready for listening!
- Kneeling During the National Anthem - students discuss the debate behind Colin Kaepernik kneeling during the national anthem.
- 9/11 - Students interview teachers and share the biographies of 2 flight attendants on the plane, convincing the audience that 9/11 is a moment in history that all students should learn about.
- Social Media: Adults Just Don't Understand! students discuss with peers and interview staff about the use of social media. Do adults really understand social media after all?
Nature’s Classroom Information
The deposit and paperwork for the seventh grade trip to Nature’s Classroom were due Friday, April 12. The Nature’s Classroom Information Packet and Nature’s Classroom Forms to Fill Out for the trip are attached. Please print the forms to fill out single sided. The forms are given to different people while we are at Nature’s Classroom. Please be sure to fill out the date of your student’s most recent tetanus shot so the nurse at Nature’s Classroom has the information.
Everything can be turned into your student’s advisory teacher. Please let Judy Silva email@example.com Tricia Williams, Kelly Campbell or Tracy Allen know if you have any questions.
Zullo Student-Faculty Art Exhibit
For the 25th year, the Zullo Gallery, in collaboration with the K-12 Visual Arts faculty of the Medfield Public Schools, is hosting its Annual Student-Faculty Art Exhibit. The Zullo Gallery offers a fantastic opportunity for deserving student art work to receive special notice by our community in a professional gallery setting. This year's exhibit is open until April 28th. The gallery is located at 456 Main St in Medfield.
“The Well-Balanced Student”, a presentation by Challenge Success - Challenge Success School Program Director, Jon Kleiman, will host a presentation for parents on Wednesday, April 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the HS auditorium. Jon will share data from the recent MHS student survey, as well as strategies for parents who want to support their students in achieving balance at school and home. Jon will also be working with the MHS staff earlier that afternoon. See FLYER for more details.
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Blake GSA Information
The Blake Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) meets every Tuesday from 2:15 - 3:00, in room 101. The GSA provides a space for open dialogue about topics such as how to be better ally and how to make our school a safe place for LGBTQ students and families. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please feel free to contact Elise Malone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Russ Becker (email@example.com) or Amy Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns you may have.
The Gettysburg Address
Each year a 7th grader is chosen to recite Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Medfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln gave this address to dedicate a cemetery for Union soldiers a few months after the Battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was a three-day battle in Pennsylvania that was the bloodiest battle and a big turning point in the American Civil War. The student who is chosen will march at the front of the town parade with the Medfield Selectmen and will sit with the other speakers at the Ceremony. It is a wonderful honor and a chance to put yourself in the spotlight in a way that will make your community proud.
If you are interested in being the student selected this year, we will be holding auditions on Thursday, April 25 at 2:15 in Mr. Keohan’s room (#111). To audition, you must recite the first section of the Address (in yellow, above the dotted line) on the next page. You will present the speech to Mr. Mihalich, Mr. Keohan, Ms. Manning, and during the audition. They will choose a winner which will be announced the following day.
At the event, you may have a copy of the speech in front of you at the podium. You will recite the entire speech during the Memorial Day Ceremony. Please do not plan to audition if your family is not going to be home on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 27).
Message from Class of 2022 Officers
Hello Students, Staff, and Parents of Blake Middle School! The Class of 2022 Student Government (Mary Long, Emma Bannister, Kerry White, Lillie Cumming, and Alex Lusby) is selling customized Medfield Hype Socks to raise money for future high school events. Before break, we came during all lunches to walk around and talk to the students about the fundraiser so they may already have an order form. We realize that it was a very last minute visit but we are planning on coming back with more info. The socks are $13/pair and are very good quality that work super well for almost any occasion! This Pre-Order Form Link can be printed out. This form and a $13 check made out to Town of Medfield can be sealed in an envelope and brought to the main office at BMS where there will be a box labeled “Class of 2022 Hype Sock Forms”. Please consider buying some of these Medfield socks, the Class of 2022 appreciates your support!
Thank you so much,
The Class of 2022 Student Government
As we are now in 'MCAS season', the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asks that we review our expectations with students prior to testing. English teachers will be reviewing student responsibilities in English classes in the weeks ahead. I have posted the Student Responsibilities during Testing sheet that will be reviewed with students during the week in their classes. I would like to call your attention to the updated guidelines with regard to electronics (iPods, iPhones, iPads, phones, Apple Watches, all types of Kindles, Nooks, and e-readers). The DESE states: "Results will be invalidated for students who use cell phones or other electronic devices at any time during a session, including after a student turns in his or her test materials, during a break, or during the transition to a test completion area." Blake students will be instructed to turn off all devices and place them in their locked hallway locker. This is a good time to check in with your child to be sure that they still have a combination lock on their locker and that they are using it to secure their belongings. Please review this aspect of digital responsibility with your child.
While we do not want to foster undue anxiety or pressure for students, a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast will ensure that they come to school prepared to do their best. Please be sure that students arrive at school on time. Arrival by 7:30 allows plenty of time to get settled. If your student is sick on the day of a scheduled test date, it is best for your child to get some rest and take it on a make-up day. Make up tests will be given throughout the testing window. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kelly Campbell (email@example.com) or your child's guidance counselor.
May Dance for 7th/8th Grade
The final dance of the year is on Friday, May 17. A reminder that all students who wish to attend the dance should have submitted a dance contract. The time of the dance is from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Blake gym. A reminder that there are not cell phones or water bottles allowed in the gym. Students will have access to the water fountain, and there is a designated cell phone area. Additionally, students may leave early only if a pre-arranged parent or guardian picks the student up in person.
This week in Project Happiness students will continue with the theme of perspectice and choice. Students will be learning they have a choice with their thoughts, words, and actions. They will be working in groups in their Advisory to come up with a positive and a negative consequence for different situations they may experience in life and school. A few notes for your reference...
- The daily inspiration from Project Happiness is included in the morning announcements to staff and students.
- To subscribe: https://www.projecthappiness.org
- To follow on Twitter: @happyblakers #MedfieldProjectHappiness
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 medfield.net and find applications under the tab "employment opportunities", the. Professional Staff Openings. Please contact Kelly Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Blake Middle School Site Council Survey
The Blake Site Council has taken time to review the data collected from last year's survey and the Executive Summary can be found here: Blake Middle School Executive Summary 17-18. Focus areas on the survey centered on the topics of school culture, academic workloads, stress, and habits. Our intent is to distribute the 2018-2019 survey in the near future. Stay tuned!
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 medfield.net and find applications under the tab "employment opportunities". Please contact Kelly Campbell at email@example.com with any questions.
Please join SEPAC on Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm in the Blake Library to hear Karey Curley, Team Chair, and a panel of parents and students discuss "Increasing Student Attendance and Input at IEP Meetings." Families of students of all ages are encouraged to attend. Elections will also take place at this meeting for the 2019-2020 SEPAC Board. If you are interested in a leadership role, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about us, please visit our website: https://sites.google.com/mail.medfield.k12.ma.us/sepac/
MCPE is accepting nominations for the Robert C. Maguire Award. This award will be given to a Medfield staff member who inspires students to look beyond the town of Medfield and learn more about the global community through innovative programs and technologies. Nominations must be submitted by Saturday April 27th, and the winner will be announced at MCPE's Annual Meeting on May 23rd at 7 pm at Zullo Gallery. To nominate a staff member or to learn more about the Maguire Award, go to https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/robert-maguire-award
Blake PTO Update
THANK YOU for those who contributed to our annual appeal this year! If you didn't get to send in your contribution yet, don't worry, there's still time! Donate here http://www.medfieldk8pto.com/blake.html or you can mail a check to Blake Middle School (24 Pound St Medfield MA 02052) or send it in with your child. Checks should be made out to Blake Middle School PTO. Your contributions allow our students and teachers to benefit over the next year, as the students and teachers did before them. We thank you in advance for your financial support of the Blake PTO. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook (Medfield K-8 PTO) and follow us on Twitter (@MedfieldK8PTO). And for more information and calendar of events, please check out our website medfieldk8pto.com