Category Archives: MCPE – Medfield Coalition for Public Education

Linda Frawley, MFi volunteer awards nominee

Tracey Rogers nominated Linda Frawley for the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards mainly for her work with Girl Scouts, but also for her All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) and Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) service.

This was Tracey’s nomination:

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LINDA FRAWLEY

St. Francis would tell his disciples, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  I begin my nomination for Linda with this quote as I can think of no better way to convey her lead-by-example style and dedication to Medfield Girls Scouts (MGS) over her 13 year involvement.

During this period, Linda has served in many capacities.  Most notable was her six year tenure as Service Unit Manager where she was responsible for both the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for MGS.  Each year MGS typically encompasses nearly 400 girl scouts and their familes and over 75 adult troop leaders.  Additionally, Linda has served as a troop/patrol leader (12yrs), community service coordinator (3yrs), treasurer (3yrs), CORI coordinator (5yrs) and she has organized the following events – end of the year Bridging ceremony for Scouts (5yrs), the parent/volunteer appreciation dinner (3yrs), encampment for over 100 scouts (4yrs) and MGS’ 100th anniversary celebration in 2016.

As you can see, Linda is a doer.  No job is too big or too small for her.  Her efforts have increased awareness of the benefits of scouting to Medfield families and within the overall community.  This is why MGS is one of the largest and longest running service units in the Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ organization.

Linda has taken the principles of a national organization that is steeped with tradition and shaped them into a relavent and vibrant LOCAL girl scout organization that meets the needs of girls ranging in the age from five to 17.  She accomplished this by developing a program that offers scouts a range of opportunities to grow as individuals and at their own pace as well as one that equally supports adult troop leaders working with scouts in the field.

But more importantly, Linda has made a true impact on the lives of the girl scouts themselves.  Even with all her managerial responsibilities, Linda maintained her role as patrol/troop leader for her daughter’s grade as she never lost sight of the importance of working directly with the girls and the significance of her time with her daughter, Hannah.  Under Linda’s guidance, 17 scouts in the Class of 2016 bridged to adults and eight of the scouts earned Gold Awards – the highest award a girl scout can attain.

The benefits of a strong and active MGS to the Medfield community are numerous.  MGS is an organization that is open and accessible to all Medfield girls. It is an organization that is collaborative and works to improve the common good.  For example, MGS is one of the largest supporters of the Medfield Food Cupboard, organizes the annual Spring clean-up at Wheelock fields, visits regulary at Upham House, Tilden and COA.  Linda’s work has built MGS into what it is today – an organization that Medfield non-profits have come to depend.  When she retired last year, she left in place an infrastructure and culture that will support MGS for many years.

When I think of Linda the following expressions come to the forefront – gets the job done, breath of fresh air, sigh of relief and tireless worker.  With these characteristics in mind, please accept my nomination of Linda Frawley for MFi’s Volunteer of the Year.  Given the longevity, scope and lasting results of her work in the Medfield community, she is truly the most befitting choice for this award this year.

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MCPE’s Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament 3/24

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MCPE will host its second annual Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament, at the American Legion in Medfield on Friday, March 24. LCR is a fast-paced team dice game. This highly entertaining game of luck promises a night of laughs and fun, and a chance at winning $100! LCR is played in teams of eight to ten players. Visit www.medfieldcoalition.org for more information or to register your team. All event proceeds will support grants to the Medfield Public Schools.

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MCPE annual meeting at Zullo Thursday

 

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This Thursday, May 26th, please join us for the MCPE Annual Meeting at 7:00 PM at the Zullo Gallery. All are welcome.

We will be honoring and celebrating the following award winners:

  • MHS Principal Robert Parga is the recipient of the Robert C. Maguire Global Perspectives in Education Award because of his leadership, work behind the scenes, and openness. He creates and supports an environment that gives teachers and administrators the latitude and resources to present students with a variety of international study opportunities.
  • Fifth grade teacher Kerry Cowell and Principal Steve Grenham are the recipients of the Elizabeth Busconi Memorial Award for their grant request for a new graphic novel section in the Dale Street School Library dedicated to former Wheelock teacher Elizabeth Busconi.
  • The recipients of the Thomas Reis Award are:

Randie Groden, Melissa Bilsborough, Marissa Foley, Steve Grenham, Orla Berry, Phil Brown, Rudy Cassidy, Kyle Keegan and John Stewart. The award, which was established in 1995 to honor former Superintendent Reis, annually recognizes the grant which promotes cooperation among schools, develops

new programs of study and highlights creativity and innovation. This year’s award is shared between three robotics grants from Memorial, Dale Street and the High School. These grants funded three separate, but related, creative, innovative advances in the study of robotics, fostering a commitment to the discipline, beginning with students as young as PreK and continuing through the completion of high school.

MCPE’s Blue Ribbon Program

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 MCPE’s Blue Ribbon Program

MCPE’s Blue Ribbon Program recognizes teachers, administrators, school coaches and staff for making a difference in a student’s life. This program is an easy way to acknowledge school employees at the end of the school year. Click on the following link (formstack.com/forms/?1155510-ms8sVhWlW6) to make your donation online, and MCPE will take care of the rest. Each recipient will receive a personalized card announcing a donation was made by you in his or her honor. Your tax-deductible donation will help support future educational grants awarded by MCPE.

In addition to receiving a personalized card from MCPE, the recipient will be recognized in MCPE’s annual newsletter. Each year’s newsletter includes a list of the recipients from the most recent Winter Holiday period, as well as the prior Spring/Summer end-of-year gift giving period.

PLEASE NOTE: due to publication deadlines, end-of-year donations made after May 31st of each year will be included in the following year’s newsletter. To ensure the delivery of your card prior to Thursday June 23, please submit your request by Friday, June 17th.

Finally, the amount of the donation will not be disclosed to the recipient. Your name and your donation will not be listed in any MCPE communications.

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MCPE’s LCR on 4/29

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Ed issues film & talk 3/29

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“Most Likely to Succeed” Film Screening & Discussion: A Medfield Community Event

Most Likely to Succeed offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of when given the opportunity. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been an official selection of two dozen of the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, Cleveland, Dallas, Milwaukee, Sarasota, Seattle, Virginia, and Bergen. It has been featured at leading conferences on education, including ASU/GSV, SxSWedu, Harvard/GoldmanSachs, and NewSchools Venture Fund. Audience members call it the most compelling film ever done on the topic of school.

The film will be shown from 6:30-8pm, with small group discussions with Medfield Public School Administrators from 8-9pm.

You are invited to see the film and join the conversation! This is not one solution to education. This film asks us to ask questions, which will hopefully lead us to our own answers.
When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Medfield High School Auditorium – 88 South Street, Medfield

 

Please visit the MCPE website to view the trailer and to register: www.medfieldcoalition.org

 

 

Spelling bee

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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/