Letter from MHS Principal Robert Parga…

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Dear Medfield High School community members:

I hope this letter finds you enjoying the summer. We have just concluded a terrific year at Medfield High School, which included awards, state and national recognitions, and a state championship. We are proud of our students, both current and past.

This year’s graduating class was special indeed. Of the 230 graduating seniors, 96% will continue on to colleges across the country. These schools include Harvard, MIT, Penn, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, The Berklee College of Music, and the Rhode Island School of Design, among others. Senior Ida Xu was a finalist for The Presidential Scholars Award (one of just 140 students nationwide) and was also named to the All National Symphony Orchestra, and senior Rachel Thornton was a National Merit Scholarship winner. MHS students were quite busy away from school as well. Senior Ben Bushnell took his first solo flight and will study Aviation Technology at Purdue University. Freshman Addison Chung qualified for the U.S. Junior National Gymnastic team and will spend his summer at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and sophomore Sid Arun will represent Massachusetts in the National High School Chess Championship in Orlando this summer. These are just a few examples of the many talented students who walk through our halls each day.

MHS received several state and national awards this past year. The 2013 MCAS scores were once again among the top 5% in the state and all MHS students received passing scores in the subjects of English, science and math. In addition, the College Board notified us that MHS had the highest Advanced Placement test scores in the entire Commonwealth. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report awarded MHS with the Gold Award, the highest award given to a public high school. This publication has MHS ranked among the top 200 in the country and in the top 10 in the state.

Our athletic department continued its run of excellence. The Warriors brought home Tri-Valley League titles in Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Hockey, Boys’ Lacrosse and Boys’ Tennis. The Boys’ Indoor Track team won the Tri-Valley League meet and coaches Evan Moon (Boys’ Tennis), John Isaf (Boys’ Lacrosse) and the late George Callahan (Boys’ Golf) were named TVL Coach of the Year in their respective sports. The Boy’s Hockey team had a historic season as they reached the state title game at the Garden for the first time in school history and the Boys’ Lacrosse team avenged last season’s championship title loss by winning this year’s state championship in June. The Warriors have now won an amazing 18 state titles since the year 2000 in eight different sports.

Success has followed many of our alums as well. Broadway performer Uzo Aduba (’99) continued her ascent into stardom as she played a major role and was nominated for an Emmy for her part in the series “Orange is the New Black.” Alums Jake McDermott (’10), Peter Gill (’11) and Garrett Read (’11) helped lead Tufts University to the DIII Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in May, and we inducted longtime community supporters and siblings Thomas Kelly (’73) and Nancy Kelly Lavin (’74) into the MHS Hall of Excellence. There is no shortage of MHS alums on staff as Susan (Flynn) Curtis (’82), Ashley Estes (’07) and Amanda Santucci (’04) will be joining us at MHS this year. Other alums on staff include Sarah (Cain) Brown (’91), Adam Coyle (’99), Jon Dunn (’94), John Kendall (’02), Anne (Vozzella) Lodge (’98), Evan Moon (’05), John Panciocco (’88), Sarah (Buckley) Rodenhi (’96), Ann Marie (Fratolillo) Sabra (’89), and Thomas Woods (’04). What a great impression these adults make on our students on a daily basis and I’m excited that 13 students from the Class of 2013 have already declared education as their major in college.

Though we’ve experienced a great deal of success, our staff is committed to finding new and exciting ways to engage students in the classroom. Next year, we will continue incorporating tablets and other devices into the classroom as our 1:1 program expands into more grades. Over the summer, more than 20 MHS teachers will spend over 250 hours developing and refining our curriculum to ensure that we are providing the best learning opportunities and experiences for all of our students. This is important work and I want to thank our staff for their efforts.

Recognizing the small world in which we live, we’ll expand opportunities for students who are interested in acquiring international experience. In February, we’ll send students to the Dominican Republic to participate in a community service program. This trip is in addition to the other travel opportunities we offer to France, Spain and China. Our new Global Citizenship program is designed to foster students’ global awareness, and in so doing, provide MHS students with the essential skills needed to successfully contribute to an increasingly globalized society. We will continue to focus on these and other 21st century skills.

The level of achievement we’ve reached could not take place without the support provided by the Medfield School Committee, the MHS PTO and the Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE). These parent groups have helped to establish an environment where teachers are encouraged to create and students are allowed to explore and grow in an exciting and engaging learning environment. This is our recipe for success.

I want to sincerely thank our students, families, and alums for your continued support and wish you a safe and relaxing summer vacation.

Best,

Robert Parga

*For the latest MHS news, follow Robert Parga on Twitter @MedfieldHS

Letters to Alumni, MHS Today

Adele Hardy Retirement Party

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Calling all MHS alumni who are former students of Mrs. Adele Hardy!

Please email any memories you have of being in her classes to Karen Renaud (krenaud@email.medfield.net) so that they can be included in a surprise gift of a memory book to be given to Mrs. Hardy upon retirement. Thanks!

adelehardy

Adele Hardy’s Retirement Celebration
Wednesday, June 11th from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Medfield High School– Library Media Center

Please RSVP to  scowell@email.medfield.net

 

 

Events

MHS Jazz Night 2014 on April 9th

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JAZZ NIGHT 2014
featuring Grammy-nominated Donny McCaslin

PRESENTED BY NEEDHAM BANK

7 TO 9 P.M., Wednesday, April 9,
Medfield HS Lowell Mason Auditorium

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

$10 adults; $5 seniors, children & students

Sold at:
Park Street Books
Needham Bank (Medfield Branch)
Online by clicking here
At the door (if event does not sell out)

Click here to read more!

Ticket sales benefit the ENTIRE MEDFIELD MUSIC PROGRAM!

MHS Today

Senior Parent Night Out on April 5th

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The MHSAA is sponsoring Senior Parent Night Out* for the class of 2014 to celebrate a job well done!

Parents of the senior class of 2014 are invited to a casual get-together to relax, reconnect and reminisce.
Event Info:

Date:           Saturday, April 5, 2014   Time: 7:30- 11:00PM

 

Location:    Medfield American Legion Hall

 

Cost:            $15/person or $25/couple

 

Payable to: MHSAA (Medfield High School Alumni Association)

 

Tickets will be available at Park Street Books starting on 3/5 and at the door the night of the event.

 

This is the 4th annual Senior Parent Night Out and the proceeds will benefit MHSAA scholarships for the Senior Class of 2014!

 

Any questions please contact: Annemarie Keleher (awkeleher@comcast.net), Lisa Cahill (lisa.r.cahill@gmail.com), Mary Tschirch (ptschirch@msn.com), and Katie Adams (katieadams2@verizon.net)

*This event is not sponsored by Medfield High School

Events, MHS Today

MHS Jazz Band Finalists in Essentially Ellington

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MHS Jazz Band has again been selected as finalists in this year’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program.

Here they are in concert at December’s Winterfest 2013.

Arts & Letters, MHS Today

Chief Bob Meaney (MHS ’72) on Medfield TV with Ann Thompson

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MHS Alum, police Chief Bob Meaney, interviewed by Ann Thompson for “Medfield People.”

Alumni in the News, Medfield

Video– A Portrait of Medfield High School

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Here is a documentary made by two of our seniors, Ben Bushnell and Nathan Grossman.

The documentary is called “A Portrait of Medfield High School.” The boys shot terrific footage of the campus using a camera mounted to a remote-controlled plane and some creative panning in the auditorium and gymnasium. This was part of their TVP project. This Youtube video cannot be viewed on a mobile device; you have to use a computer.

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ2dZBFORIg

Robert Parga
Principal
Medfield High School
88R South Street
Medfield, MA. 02052
Phone (508) 359-4367
***Follow Robert Parga on Twitter @MedfieldHS
MHS Today

Nominate someone for the Medfield High School 2014 Hall of Excellence Award

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Medfield High School Principal, Robert Parga, has announced that he is accepting nominations of Medfield High School alumni for induction into the “Hall of Excellence.

 

The Hall of Excellence Award is given annually to an MHS alumnus who excelled while at MHS and was able to take what he/she learned during those four years to achieve distinction in his/her profession and give back to others and his/her community.

 

Some of the past recipients of this award include Ambassador Donald Booth, Class of 1972, Richard DeSorgher, Class of 1970, Dr. Arthur R. Stagg, Jr., Class of 1956, Vincent “Red” Palumbo, Class of 1936, Dr. Paula Quatromoni, Class of 1981, Pauline Goucher, Class of 1943, Dr. Judith Cardell, Class of 1984, and, most recently, Todd Caruso, Class of 1986. Inductions of award recipients typically take place during Class Day ceremonies, which, this year, fall on Friday, June 6.

 

Please submit nominations for this year’s award NO LATER THAN March 1, 2014. Nominations can be sent to Robert Parga, Principal, Medfield High School, 88R South Street, Medfield, MA 02052 or via email to rparga@medfield.mec.edu.

Alumni in the News, Hall of Excellence

Medfield High Alumni Trivia Night Returns March 1st

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On Saturday, March 1, at the American Legion on Peter Kristof Way, the Medfield High School (MHS) Alumni Association will host its third annual Trivia Night, a fundraiser for the scholarships given out every spring to graduating Medfield High seniors.

This year’s scholarships will be given in memory of long time MHS teacher Elaine Pederzini (1929-1971) and long time high school teacher and golf coach, George Callahan, who died this past year. Previous scholarships were given in memory of Estelle Stahl, Susan Pope, and Madeline Greene.

Here is your chance to match wits with Medfield natives, Medfield High Alumni and newcomers alike. The event kicks off at 7 p.m., and the game will begin at 7:30. The last round will end at 10:15 p.m. Cash prizes will be given to tables placing first, second, and third.

If purchased in advance of the day of the event, the cost of each ticket will be $20 or $150 for a table of 10. On the night of the event, the cost of each ticket will be $25 or $200 for a table of 10. You may purchase a table for you and your classmates or friends, or you may purchase a single ticket and sit at a table with other singles.

Tables are encouraged to join in the new tradition of table-gating, where tables bring their own theme foods. Otherwise snacks will be provided and the Legion’s cash bar will be open.

Tickets will be on sale at Park Street Books and Toys on 504 Main Street. You may also purchase advance tickets by contacting Georganne Iverson at georg8069@ aol.com or by mailing a check to MHSAA, 38 Spring Street, Medfield, MA 02052.

Trivia will cover a wide range of topics, including arts and entertainment, TV, sports, geography, news and current events, and popculture. There will also be questions about the history of Medfield courtesy of local historian and Medfield High alum Richard DeSorgher.

For further information, visit www.medfieldhighschoolalumni.org. 

Events, MHS Today

Honoring the Undeniable Past

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Karen O’Keefe went to Medfield schools in grades 1 through 8. Today she’s a writer and columnist in Gaithersburg, MD. She writes here about the impression those years had on her, and have on today’s children.  http://towncourier.com/2014/G1/pdf/TCGOne0114Web.pdf#page=10

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