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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

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!

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

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.

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

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. 

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

Toys for Tots at November 9th– MHS Football Game

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u.s. Marine Corps Reserves
09 November 2012 at the Medfield High School Football Field 7:00 pm
Medfield Warriors vs. Millis Mohawks
The Medfield Police Department and Sea Street Signs Co. are sponsoring a toy collection to help support the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program
Help underprivileged kids this Holiday season by bringing an unwrapped toy to the last home game of the Warriors 2012 season
Money donations are welcome

MHS Alumni Association Scholarships

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2012 MHSAA Scholarship winners

At Senior Recognition Night on May 31, 2012, the MHS Alumni Association awarded two $1,000 scholarships in memory of Susan Pope. Susan had an illustrious 30-year career as a children’s librarian at the Memorial, Wheelock, and Dale Street schools here in Medfield. Some remember her fondly as Ms. Feigenbaum… some Mrs. Pope… in any case, her love of literature and learning has inspired so many people over the years. Susan passed away in 2009 but will always have a place in Medfield’s heart. The winners of the MHS Alumni Association’s two $1,000 scholarships in memory of Susan Pope are Evan Berry and Megan Tschirch (pictured together). Congratulations again!

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