Monday, September 28, 2015

The Price You Pay-October 6th

Save the date: October 6th!

 Marshfield High School will host Drug Story Theater's debut performance, The Price You Pay, on October 6th. There will be two performances during the day for students and a public performance at 7PM for the community.

 Marshfield High School PTO will sponsor this event. The $3000 fee to present the program goes in part to support the writing and improvisational coaching for this and future productions, and in part to support 529 college funds for the performers.

 We are also seeking volunteers to help at all performances.

For more information on Drug Story Theater,read this Marshfield Mariner atricle:…/20150919/…/150917464

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Finest Hours Day at FBMS

Here's a few pictures from today's Finest Hours event at the Furnace Brook Middle School.  Great work by Mr. Sullivan and all of the staff in putting on this event and a big thank you to Finest Hours' author, Casey Sherman for being a part of this wonderful day


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Boston Red Sox & Jimmy Fund Come to Martinson Elementary School

Due to the terrific fundraising that MES students and staff have done over the past year on behalf of the Jimmy Fund, the school was treated today with a visit from Blake Swihart and Devin Marrero from the Boston Red Sox.  Below is a sampling of some of the scenes from the day.  Great job MES!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MES Recognized By Red Sox & Jimmy Fund For Fundraising Efforts

Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart will be visiting the Martinson Elementary School (K-Grade 5) in Marshfield, MA, this Thursday morning, September 24.  Martinson Elementary School School raised $6,064 for the Jimmy Fund this year which supports adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is the fifth year the school has participated in the Rally for the Jimmy Fund, having raised more than $15,500 in total. This is the first time the school is winning a visit from a Red Sox player.  The Rally for the Jimmy Fund program has raised more than $590,000 to date in 2015 - and more than $4.6 million in the program's ten year history. Blake will speak to students, answer questions, and be available for photographs at the appearance. 

Way to go MES!!

Spotlight on Excellence: Professor Jennifer Love

Professor Jennifer Love was honored at last night's School Committee meeting in their "Spotlight on Excellence" portion of the meeting.  Principal Pat Sullivan, from the FBMS, spoke on behalf of the district's principals who have benefited from Professor Love's hard work and passion for all things STEAM-related.

Below are the words Mr. Sullivan shared with the School Committee last night in recognizing Professor Love for her efforts:

"I am honored to say a few words regarding Professor Jennifer Love who has made significant contributions to the Marshfield Education Community.  Her influence can be experienced in the STEAM Labs at our elementary schools, our amazing Club Invention at the elementary schools, Club Invention Project at FBMS, the new CSTEM lab and Math Application classes at FBMS, and plans for STEM Lab carts at MES and DWS.  Her volunteerism has inspired our educational community to embrace inquiry based, problem-solving approaches in and out of the classroom.  STEAM (a blending of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in order to solve real-life problems) is a great way to teach 21st century skills that will prepare students for the work force and for life.  STEAM has energized educators by linking teachers and students back to that spark of wonder that fuels everything that is great in education.
Her most recent collaboration with Furnace Brook Middle School in co-writing a $26,000 MEF grant has offered our students a lab where they learn the introductory principles of computer programming using the interactive game and animation application “Scratch,” as well as the Lego Mindstorms Robot system.  Students are presented engineering design challenges (what is also known as problem-based science) such as designing a home with varied materials, modeling bridges, and constructing aerodynamic CO2 cars and pressure rockets. These problems enhance studentsproblem-solving skills and help to foster authentic engineering practices.  This grant also provided chrome books for math applications classes at FBMS.

Jennifer has been a huge influence on the STEAM lab initiative at South River Elementary, as she initiated and co-wrote the $20,000 MEF grant that allowed South River to establish a STEAM lab.  In collaboration with the assistant principal, principal, and teachers, she has been involved in all aspects of STEAM at SRS, including:  the physical setting of the lab, ordering furniture, supplies, curriculum materials, organizing PD for teachers through the Museum of Science, personally providing PD for teachers (both individually and in groups), and collaborating and co-teaching with educators at all grade levels to ensure that all students have access to STEAM education.  In addition, she helped to plan and present the SRS “Spotlight on Excellence” at the May School Committee meeting. 

Jennifer has been an outstanding volunteer at Governor Winslow School; sharing her time willingly in many ways, including:

·         Beautifying the outside of the building by helping with landscaping and gardening

·         Coordinating the Pre-school backpack program

·         Leading the STEM lab initiative at GWS and providing professional development for teachers

·         Teaching at the Club Invention summer program

She continues to support the GWS community by supplying valuable STEM information.

While her two children attended Eames Way, Jennifer collaborated with her children’s teachers by volunteering to assist with STEM activities (Hexbugs and Simple machines).  She collaborated with Peter Van Buskirk on writing MEF grants (two years consecutively) to provide STEM supplies to EWS.  Jennifer also presented at a EWS spotlight to school committee regarding STEM presenting the “Kind Hexbug lesson.”

Plans are also currently underway for Jennifer to collaborate with Martinson Elementary School and Daniel Webster Elementary School to help create STEM Lab carts. The Martinson and Daniel Webster communities are very excited for this collaboration.

On behalf of the Principals and the Marshfield Education Community I want to thank Jennifer Love for her enormous contributions.  We are all very fortunate to have Jennifer Love as a member of our community."

Friday, September 18, 2015

Bill Battis Named Assistant Principal at MHS

Below is a message that was sent out to the MHS community last week by Principal Keuther on the announcement of Bill Battis as MHS' newest Assistant Principal.  Bill took over for Jim Thomas, who departed after a long and fruitful career in the Marshfield Public Schools. 

I am excited to announce that Bill Battis has accepted the position of Assistant Principal of MHS.  Bill has a wealth of experience in education at Marshfield High School as a teacher, coach and department head. He has a student-centered approach and clearly has demonstrated his commitment to our learning community. Bill very much values the Marshfield educational experience, is himself a graduate of our schools and will continue to work daily to insure our school is a great place for students.

Bill will transition to his position over the next few weeks and will be working directly with grades 10 and 12. Please join me in congratulating Bill as he moves to this new leadership position. A big thank you goes out to everyone who served on the hiring committee.  Well done!

We are Marshfield!

Principal Keuther

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Elementary Back to School Curriculum Night- Tuesday, September 15th

We are excited to be hosting our first Back To School Curriculum Night this evening at all of our elementary schools.  The events will take place at each of the five elementary schools from 6:00-8:00 PM.
This parent/guardian-only event will provide an opportunity for principals, teachers and specialists to present an overview of their programs so that parents may gain a better understanding of their child's grade level expectations and curriculum. 
We hope you can join us at this very informative event.



Thursday, September 10, 2015

MPS District Goals

The following link will take you to the Marshfield Public Schools' District Goals for the 2015-16 School Year.  These goals were reviewed and revised by the leadership team over the summer and were voted on by the School Committee on September 8th.

District Goals 2015-16

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Images From First Day of School in Marshfield

A few images from this morning as the Marshfield Public Schools begin another school year.