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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

Letter from MHS Principal, Robert Parga

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November 2013

Dear Medfield High School Alums:

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the first days of the holiday season. I have always considered it a privilege to work in such a fantastic and supportive community…Medfield is truly a special place. Over the past seven years as Principal at the Blake Middle School and now at Medfield High School, I have had a front row seat to some amazing student accomplishments. Here are a few highlights:

  • Academically, our students continue to score among the highest in the Commonwealth, which includes, SAT, ACT, AP exam, and MCAS scores. Last year, U.S. News and World Report awarded MHS with its Gold Award, the highest award it gives to a public high school.
  • Our music department continues to receive national recognition and last year, our award winning Jazz band spent 10 days in China. The band members performed in concerts in Beijing, Bengbu, and Shanghai and held music clinics for students in various schools.
  • Many of our art students have had their work displayed in galleries across New England.
  • Our Theater Society continues to entertain us with unbelievable student performances.
  • Our Athletic Department has reached unprecedented heights, including an amazing 17 state championships over the past 10 years.

No matter what year you graduated, in some way, each of you has contributed to the above-mentioned successes. I encourage you to not only stay active with your fellow alums, but also keep up with the latest happenings at MHS. You can follow us on Twitter @MedfieldHS and visit our website, www.medfield.net.

On Thursday at 10:00am, we will host Dover-Sherborn High School in the annual Thanksgiving Day football classic. You and your family are always welcome. When you’re in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by…your former teachers would love to see you.

On behalf of the staff at MHS, I want to sincerely wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season.

Best,

Robert Parga

Principal, Medfield High School

rparga@medfield.mec.edu

Follow on Twitter @MedfieldHS

Welcome Video

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Welcome to the Medfield High School Alumni Association. Take a minute to watch this video from your fellow alumni Richard DeSorgher (1970),  Dan Krawec and Taylor Sipple (2009) and a faculty alum, former Dean of Students, Dave Gibbs.

Medfield High School Alumni Association Video

MHSAA is looking for Alumni interested in helping to develop the Database portion of this website. We are currently collecting registration data and hope to create a valuable resource for Medfield alumni.  A major important goal for the organization is to develop an online database of Medfield High School graduates which will allow MHS alumni to contact one another regarding a variety of interests, career goals, college choices, internships and MHS class reunions.  If you are interested in helping to develop the  on-line database  please contact us at MHSAA.org@gmail.com.   The goal is for alumni to be able to reach out to other alumni.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to hearing from more Medfield High School alumni.  Your questions and suggestions will be valuble as the organization moves towards it goals, please email them to us at MHSAA.org@gmail.com.  Also, join us on Facebook at Medfield High School Alumni Association.

Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you.  If you have not registered  yet, please visit the Alumni Registration page.

Thank You MHS  Alumni Richard DeSorgher (1970), Dan Krawec(2009), Taylor Sipple (2009) and Faculty  Alumni Dave Gibbs (2005) for your contribution to the 2010 Senior Giving Video.

Letter from Robert Maguire, Superintendent of Schools

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Dear Medfield High School Alumni,

It is with pride and excitement that I announce the formation of an alumni association for Medfield High School. While still in the formative stages, the alumni association has made significant progress since its inception in September of 2008.

Medfield High School is a “special place.” It is a safe and respectful environment where staff can teach and students can learn. More so, it truly embodies a culture and set of core values found in the community-at-large. Students at MHS experience a caring atmosphere that remains respectful of diverse opinions and committed to the pursuit of intellectual excellence.

The MHSAA is committed to providing experiences and services for alumni which enhance the school’s rich culture and tradition. Additionally, it is hoped, that future and present alumni will assist in this exciting and worthwhile endeavor by joining the association and registering on its website.

Read the the MHSAA Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose. For additional information, please go to medfield.net and link to the MHSAA website or email Dave Gibbs at dgibbs@medfield.mec.edu.

Thank you so much for your continued support and commitment to Medfield High School.

Sincerely,

Robert C. Maguire

Superintendent of Schools

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