This year Wheelock School invited me to read, and this morning I had the distinct honor and pleasure to read Stellaluna, one of my all time favorites.
The train hat is left over from a Medfield Day I ran about fifteen years ago where I had the volunteer train drivers wear train engineer hats with the town seal on the front. The kids recognized the town seal, even though it is pretty small.
When we talked about how bats are able to “see” in the dark, one boy explained that it was by “echo location” – impressive!
The Girl Scout celebrate 100 years of scouting in Medfield at its spring gold awards and bridging ceremony on 3/19. The gold award recipients always have such interesting, thoughtful, and substantive projects. It is also great to see so many girls having such a good and productive time together and with family.
Marie Pendergast shared with me the photos she took of her class and I reading the Dr. Seuss book on Wednesday, Wacky Wednesday. I brought along about five hats and the jester hat was the “reading hat” the class voted for me to wear.
11th Annual Spelling Bee – Registration NOW OPEN
This much loved, low-key, low stress, FUN, spelling event will take place on April 5th at the MHS auditorium. This year’s theme is “Release Your Spelling Bee-st”. The online registration is now open (from March 1st – March 18th). The cost is $60 per team of three. Each registrant gets a cool Spelling “Bee-st” T-shirt. Concessions will be available for sale.
Click here for more information and Bee registration: http://www.medfieldcoalition.org/events-programs/spelling-bee/
Each year Memorial School invites people in to read to the children on the birthday of Dr. Seuss (111th) as part of Read Across America, and today I got to read Dr. Seuss’ Wacky Wednesday. The children found all of Dr. Seuss’ multitude of wacky things in the story, as the wacky items per page climbed from one to twelve. The kids voted my jester hat as the one I should wear while reading, and corrected me about my tie really showing Goofy and Donald, not Bert and Ernie, not the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote. A fun morning, and a great tradition.
This article is from the Medfield Press.
At the Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) meeting this morning, that focused on the high levels of student stress and mental health issues noted in the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, Jeff Marsden, the Superintendent, said that the full survey will be released after the March 9 presentation on the data to parents. Seeing in the data the high numbers of our kids that are contemplating suicide requires us, as a town, to respond.
Posted Feb. 29, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Medfield often receives praise for its small-town community atmosphere and strong school system, but similar to other towns in the region, more Medfield adolescents are experiencing stress, feelings of sadness, and suicidal thoughts, according to the most recent MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey administered in 2014.
In addition to stress-related data, parents and community members at large will have a chance to learn what other important information the survey revealed about Medfield students at a special presentation at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 in the Medfield High School auditorium.
Speakers will be Susan Cowell, head of the Wellness Department for Medfield Public Schools, and Christi Barney, RN, MSN, a mental health expert from Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, who will talk about the unique signs of adolescent stress and share strategies parents can use to help their children.
“On the positive side, the survey showed a decline in cigarette and marijuana use, however, the uptick in areas related to mental health are very concerning,” said Cowell, who has overseen student participation in the biennial survey since it was first administered in 2006.
Other areas of concern based on survey findings include:
- Distracted driving
- Sleep deprivation
- High-risk alcohol use
- Unhealthy weight loss and body image
- Use of e-cigarettes (“vaping”)
“Medfield is not alone in trying to address student stress and related mental health issues – it’s a problem affecting youth across the MetroWest region and beyond,” said Cowell. “We also know mental health issues are on the rise in college-aged adults too.”
Medfield Superintendent of Schools Jeff Marsden said, “It is critical that all of us – the school community and greater Medfield community – become more aware of the issues impacting the health of our youth and identify ways we can work together to support them. Our presentation on March 9 will be an important step in the right direction.”
The MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, developed by the MetroWest Health Foundation, is part of a long-term initiative to monitor trends in health and risk behaviors. Based on 2014 responses, more than 40,000 students in grades 6 through 12 from 25 towns took the anonymous survey.
According to Cowell, with a few exceptions, Medfield’s local data reflects the regional data. Regional data on all health topics surveyed among high school students can be found at http://bit.ly/1QnskE4.