Thursday, April 14, 2016

Images From the Art/Sci/Tech Fair

For those who could not make it to the Art/Sci/Tech Fair this week at MHS, here are a few samples of the amazing work being done by students in grades K-12 throughout the district:

Hidden In Plain Sight @ MHS Thursday, April 14th 6:30-8:30

For the third night this week, Hidden In Plain Sight will be on display for Marshfield parents to see. The Furnace Brook Middle School and the Sanctuary Church hosted this event earlier this week. Tonight, the display will be set up in the Multi Purpose Room @ MHS from 6:30-8:30 PM.

As the banner promoting the event proclaims, Hidden In Plain Sight, "is an educational display showcasing household items that can be involved in at-risk behaviors and might be found in a teenager's bedroom.  The focus of this display is to help adults identify items of concern, raise awareness of youth at-risk behaviors and present strategies to help improve communication and discussion."

Those who have been able to see the display have walked away with a better understanding of what to look for, and what to do, if they see early signs of at-risk behavior in their teens.

We hope you can attend this very important event.  

MES Jimmy Fund Update

The following is a wonderful update from the Martinson Elementary School on the work they are doing to support the Jimmy Fund:

The Results from last week’s Penny Wars are in.  First grade collected the most pennies and won Fenway Forever wrist bands.  They raised $179.68 in pennies!  The winners of the Penny Wars with the least amount of negative change and winners of the extra recess are… 4th grade!   As a school we raised $2,271.00 in one week from loose change and dollar bills that will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.  Our grand total this year is $3,081.00.  Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated.  A special thank you to the 5th Grade Student Council for making posters and promoting the Penny Wars and to Sarah Beck, Lyndsay Picard, Lisa Roycroft, and Julie Walker for bringing change to the coin machines and gathering our grand totals. Let’s go Red Sox! 

MHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

A notice from the MHS Administration regarding upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences:

MHS will be using on-line scheduling for the upcoming April Parent/Teacher conferences. MHS is holding parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 11:30 AM – 1:45 PM. MHS will be using PTCFAST to schedule our conferences. This website allows parents to be in charge of their conference schedule and provides greater equity in terms of parent accessibility to teachers. We are excited about this system and hope that you find it beneficial. Term 3 Report Cards will be posted on Friday, April 15, 2016; it is the ideal time for you, as parents, to assess your child’s progress with his/her teachers.

Parents and Guardians may access the conference sign-ups starting at 3:00 PM on April 13, 2016 by clicking on the link and following the instructions below.  This link may also be accessed directly from the MHS web page.  

  • A list of all teachers by department will be displayed.
  • Click on the names of your child’s teachers with whom you wish to conference.
  • Select a time and enter the required information (child’s and parent’s name and email)
  • will send you an email confirmation. The email will give you all information if you need to change your appointment and will send you a reminder of appointments.

    As always, appointments do book quickly and are on a first come, first serve basis. If you are unable to access an appointment with your child’s teacher, please contact that teacher to discuss your child at a later date/time. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your child’s teacher to request a conference appointment. Should you have any questions about the scheduling process please contact Mr. Battis at or (781) 834-5050 (ext. 45807).

    Marshfield High School - Administration

FBMS Evening of the Arts

The following is a message from Principal Sullivan about a terrific event taking place tonight at the Furnace Brook Middle School:

We are excited for our second annual FBMS Evening of the Arts, which will take place inside and outside the FBMS auditorium tonight,Thursday, 4/14 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM.

The FBMS Evening of the Arts is a celebration of the arts at Furnace Brook Middle School. As part of the night you will get to experience student art work, music, and theatre performances.  
Schedule of Events:
6:00-Welcome and Eighth Grade Band Performance (Auditorium)
6:15-Solo and Small Groups Perform and Art Displays (Lobby and Hall Displays)
6:30-FBMS Strings Performance (Auditorium)
6:45-More Solo/Small Groups and Art Displays (Lobby/Hall)
7:00-FBMS Drama Club Performance (Auditorium)
7:20-More Solo/Small Groups and Art Displays (Lobby/Hall)
7:40-FBMS Jazz Band Performance (Auditorium)

We hope to see you at this fantastic event, which showcases our amazing students and our commitment to the arts at FBMS.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Medical Event at MHS

Dear Marshfield School Community,

Earlier this evening, prior to the start of the boys’ rugby game, an adult male MHS staff member had a medical event in the parking lot at MHS.  The staff member was treated on the scene by Marshfield Fire & Police and transported to a nearby hospital and is still undergoing treatment.  At this time, we have not been able to contact immediate family members, so we cannot share the name of the staff member. 

At the same time, police and fire had to treat the situation as a possible hazardous material-related event because of some of the details related to this medical event and they blocked off the area where the event took place.  Once the “hazmat” team was able to get on site, they quickly determined that it was not a hazardous material-related event and no one was in any danger.

We will try and keep you updated if/when there is new information that can be shared.  We will continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Not My Kid & Hidden In Plain Sight

A reminder about two very important events that will be taking place next week.  We hope you can join us.

Spring Concert 2016

Here are a few images from last night's wonderful MHS Spring Concert.  Congratulations to all who performed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Marshfield Educators Take Part In "Game Change"-Violence Prevention Program

Recently, the MPSD Comprehensive Health Coordinator, Marybeth Battis and MHS Special Education Director, Heather O'Neil, went through Phase 1 of training affiliated with Game Change, the New England Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership.  According to their website, Game Change is an innovative approach to violence prevention education. The program, funded by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, provides training for students, faculty, and coaches at 98 public high schools across Massachusetts.
The program will train 196 school personnel at six regional trainings across Massachusetts beginning in January. The trainings are conducted by Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), a nationwide leader in addressing violence prevention. Run by the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University, MVP uses a sports-themed curriculum and employs collegiate athletes and former professional athletes as trainers.
The program also includes online support tools for schools and an evaluation component to determine the effectiveness of the program in changing attitudes and behaviors.  
Marshfield is now hoping to be selected for Phase 2 of the training.  If chosen, this will entail more in-depth, in-school trainings to 30 high schools statewide.  Ms. Battis was able to share this information with the School Committee at last night's meeting.

MPSD Plans to Partner With Massasoit Community College

While the complete details have not yet been finalized, the Marshfield School District took another step towards partnering up with Massasoit Community College (MCC).  I informed the School Committee that I met last week with MCC President, Dr. Charles Wall, his Chief Financial Officer, William Mitchell, and our Director of Business & Finance, Tom Miller, to lay out plans by which MCC would be able to use Marshfield High School space to offer courses.

The college would like to start a Marine Technology program and have Marshfield be the center of that program.  In addition, they will be offering general education courses to run a few nights during the week.  Once the arrangements are finalized, MCC plans to offer these courses starting in the fall of 2016.

We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Massasoit Community College and we will keep everyone up to date as the process moves along.