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 - Term 3 Interim Reports go home
Blake Site Council Mtg - 3:30 p.m.
5/14 - SEL Task Force - 3:30 p.m.
5/16 - Blake PTO Meeting - 7 p.m.
Challenge Success Parent Meeting - 7 p.m.
5/17 - 7th/8th Grade Dance - 7-9 p.m.
5/21-5/24 - 8th Grade to Washington, D.C.
5/21 - SEPAC Meeting - 7 p.m.
5/22 - Youth Football Info Night (see details below)
5/27 - Memorial Day (No School)
5/28 - Blake Chorus Concert - 6:30 p.m.
Blake Band Concert - 7:30 p.m.
5/29 - Blake Art Reception - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m.f
5/31 - Great East Music Festival
6/3 - Blake Marathon
6/7 - Creature Feature Family Open House
6/10 - Creature Feature Field Trip
6/11 - Blake Marathon Rain Date
6/13 - 8th Grade Graduation
6/14 - Last Day of School!
Topic/Question for the Dinner Table
To help encourage conversations and dialogue about making time to ‘do nothing’, our topic/question of the week is: What can you do to become 'less busy' and find time to step back and 'do nothing'? Making Time for 'Nothing' (Week of 5/5/19) (This is an anonymous Google Form)
Term 3 Interim Reports
Next Monday students will be bringing home their interim reports for the third 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 end of the year. Our hope is that this communication 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 child. If questions still exist, you should contact the teacher directly to gain more insight.
Nature’s Classroom Info for 6th Grade Families
The final payment for Nature’s Classroom is due on May 17th. Students should drop off the payment to Debbie Avery in the Guidance Office.
Summer Reading Info for Incoming 6th-8th Grade Families
Last Wednesday's Summer Reading Book Sale, held in the Blake LMC, was a huge success. Thanks to Park Street Books and Jim James for setting up and running the event. Thanks also to Medfield's Teen Librarian, Erica Cote, for spending the day at the event as well. This summer, every current sixth and seventh grader should read one of their four grade-level "core four" books. They should also read one additional book of their choice that they have not read before. The below link takes you to an overview of the program and also includes titles and descriptions of the core four books as well as optional book suggestions.
Blake Summer Reading 2019
8th Grade Closing Ceremony
Our 8th grade closing ceremony and goodbye evening will be on Thursday, June 13 at 6:30 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.
This week in Project Happiness students will be deepening their understanding of the difference between sympathy and empathy through discussion and working through different examples. Ask your students about it! A few notes for your reference...
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.
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.
Demystifying the Risk of Playing Youth Football
Parents and students, please join us for a conversation and information session about youth football.
When: May 22nd, 2019
Where: Blake Middle School LMC
Erik Ormberg, Varsity Head Football Coach
Brian Gavaghan, Varsity Football Assistant
Brian Frazier, Varsity Football Volunteer/Parent
George Chung, Middle School Football Coach
Maria Hutsick, Athletic Trainer
Susan and Frank Cosolito, Captain Parents
This event is open to ALL parents of ALL 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students are welcomed to attend as well. Please take this quick Survey
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/
Honor a Medfield teacher or staff member this Teacher Appreciation Week with an In Recognition donation to MCPE. We will recognize your named teacher in a District-wide newsletter and will send them a personalized note as well. Your gift will go towards grants that help enrich and enhance your child's classroom experience. Take a moment and donate today: https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/donate
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