Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Please Help the MSPTO Help Us!

Dear Parents,
I just want to comment that the MSPTO is a wonderful organization that has done numerous things to support our students. Please attend a meeting or contact them to offer support, even if is is small. As you will read below, after years of supporting students, the PTO needs your help, and the only way they can get it is through you.

Dr. Dias

The Medway Secondary PTO Needs Your Help:

What we really want is YOU!

We hope to see you at our next PTO meeting at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5th, in the High School Guidance Area.

The PTO relies on parent and guardian involvement, without which it would not exist. Our organization supports ALL students by sponsoring such enrichment events as:

o    Ski Club

o    Scholastic Awards

o    Guest Speakers

o    Senior Scholarships

o    Teacher Appreciation

o    School Beautification

Please join us to strategize on how we can keep these events available for our kids!

The PTO is a cheerleader and big spirit-raiser for the Middle and High Schools, and in return for our hard work, we receive the gratitude from seeing the kids getting additional support in what they need to go forth into this world.

We need you, as a parent and guardian of one of the 1.800 students in this schools, to look at giving a little of your time to help.

Some of the things you will learn/do at our meetings:

  • Meet our principals/vice principals.
  • Find out where the funds come from for Scholastic Awards, 8th grade Reception and shirts, Guest Speakers at the Medway Middle School.
  • Learn what is going on with Scholastic Awards, Senior Night Reception and Scholarships at the Medway High School.
  • Meet our School Committee Liaison and find out what is happening at their meetings.
  • Help coordinate the after school snack cart.
  • Help fund and coordinate the teacher appreciation luncheon
  • Get on the committee is for the senior scholarships and help choose the recipients.

The real issue at hand is that our school budget is constantly under pressure; parents are over-fundraised and as students grow, it becomes more challenging to remain actively engaged in groups like ours.

Believe us, we understand.  After years of volunteering at the elementary school and working eight or more hours each week, we are all tired, but…..for our children, we do it.

Parents know that their children get the best education, and we want to continue supporting additional programming, like those listed above, for years to come!

The PTO is struggling to come up with a feasible plan to continue providing the quality programming and scholarships that we have provided in the past.

The truth is…we are at a critical juncture this year and entering into the next school year and beyond. We need your help!

How do we compete with other programs requesting funds throughout the school year?

Our PTO currently consists of three dedicated board members and about 10 parents to support the 1,800 students in our middle and high schools by giving their time to help keep the PTO alive.

Some board members have been serving in one capacity or another for nearly 15+ years and will be leaving at the end of 2014.  Ask yourself this after reading all about us: What will next year and the years beyond look like without a PTO? Who will step up to take our place? Please join us on March 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the High School to help plan for the future!

A few parents cannot do it all, and the more we have, the easier and better it is for everyone; a quote from the Amish, “Many hands make light work.”   Please come and be among those many hands.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Posture Screenings for Grade 9

Medway Public Schools
Department of Nursing Services
Christine Babicz RN, MSN
Nurse Leader Medway Public Schools
School Nurse Medway High School


Dear Parent/Guardian,

The physical education teachers and I will be conducting the Annual Postural Screening on the students in the 9th grade over the next few months.

The purpose of this screen is for detection of early signs of spinal problems in children grades 5-9.  It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take your child to his/her physician for evaluation.  The majority of students exhibit no findings.  If nothing unusual is found, you will not be notified. 

Female students are asked to bring a 2 piece bathing suit top, sports bra, or halter top, and shorts to school on the day of the screening.  This type of clothing permits more accurate observation of the back. 

As always, you have the option of “opting out” of the screening.  I will need all requests to have your child “opt out” of the postural screening by March 12, 2014. In addition, if I have a copy of your child’s physical exam with documentation that a screening was completed at your physician’s office from August 2013 to present date, your child will not be screened. 

If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thank you.


Christine Babicz

88 Summer Street

Medway, MA 02053


508-533-3246 fax

Grade 8 Student and Parent Orientation Follow-up

I'd like to thank the almost 300 middle school students and parents/guardians for joining us last night for our Orientation. The night was a great success, and I want to give a special thanks to the 2017 Class Officers and Student Government representatives how spoke about their experiences and gave tours throughout the night.

As promised, here are links to the presentations and handouts from the night:
Opening Slideshow
Agenda and contact information
Elective Course Offerings
Student Services Presentation
Humanities Presentation
STEM Presentation
Athletic Handout

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grade 8 Student & Parent Orientation

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students of the Class of 2018,
We wish to extend your first official welcome to the Medway High School!  Now that you are more than half-way through your eighth grade year, we are looking forward to your becoming a part of our high school community in September.  Medway High School is a wonderful place, designed to meet the needs of students of all abilities by providing a rigorous academic program, in addition to a broad range of elective offerings, and numerous extra-curricular opportunities.

This event is for all current grade 8 students and their parents.

So that you may learn about the high school, the MHS administration, staff, and students are presenting a program on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, beginning at 6:30 pm in our auditorium. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the high school and the many options that will soon become available to you.  

The administration, educational leaders, and athletic director will each give a brief overview of the ninth grade experience, and also talk about course expectations and the differences between levels at the high school.  You will then break into smaller groups and have an opportunity to tour our facility and hear from faculty and students about our many exciting academic, elective, and extra-curricular programs. 

Please be aware that this event involves guided tours of the building. Our building is large, and I recommend that comfortable shoes be considered. The event concludes by 9:00 pm.

Turning 18

If you are or will soon turn 18 years of age, here is a helpful document produced by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General to explain many of the responsibilities that come along with being a legal adult: HERE.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Course Selection Day Approaches

Course selection day for students in the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 is Monday, Feb10 (weather permitting). On that day, students will receive a color-coded sheet similar to the links, below, that they will bring to their teachers to initial their recommendation. It is also the opportunity for students to indicate their elective courses and alternate courses (alternate courses are scheduled if the student is unable to be enrolled in their chosen elective course).

The links to the forms, below, are to assist students and parents, and are to be used only for planning purposes. The core courses entered into the database are based on teacher recommendation, as recorded on the aforementioned color form that will be handed out to students on February 10. Once the recommendations and elective selections are input, parents can review them for accuracy. An email will be sent once their are ready for review.

For Classes of 2015 & 2016:
Here are links to the documents:
Page 1: Core/Mandatory Classes
Page 2: Electives 
 or you can download the PDF of both by clicking here. 
For Class of 2017:

Page 1: Core/Mandatory Classes
Page 2: Electives
or you can download the PDF of both by clicking here.

For Class of 2018:
[Under Construction- check back Feb 25]

More information on course selection is located on earlier blog posts, but here are a few to help:

Student/Parent presentation
2014-2015 Program of Studies

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dance Feb 13

There is a dance scheduled for February 13, from 7-10PM. For more information on our dance procedures, please check out the Student Activities link on the high school web site. Look under Events.