Medfield Girl Scouts celebrate their first 100 years at the Gazebo at 6PM on June 15 –
Dear Selectman Peterson,
On June 15th Medfield Girl Scouts will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and we hope you can be a part of the celebration!
We are one of the oldest service units in the country. We’d like to imagine that if Miss Inches and Miss Haskell, the founders of Medfield’s Red Rose Troop One, were to meet our 350+ young Girl Scouts and 200+ Adult Volunteer Guides (AVGs) who assist in running the Medfield Service Unit, they would be very proud of what they put in motion for Medfield Girl Scouts 100 years ago. It is truly amazing that we continue to have a thriving and active Girl Scout community here in Medfield — which is a direct result of the commitment our young girls and teens have to the Girl Scout program–as well as the commitment our hundreds and hundreds of volunteers have made to Medfield Girl Scouts throughout the last ten decades.
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts USA in 1912, once said “Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best”. For the hundreds of Girl Scouts who participate in the Girl Scout program in Medfield, Juliette would have been proud of the service these girls put forth for the Medfield community. The commitment made by our Scouts in a day and age when there is so much that pulls at their time is truly commendable. From our youngest Daisy Scouts who earn their Daisy Petals as they learn the Girl Scout Law & Promise to our high school Senior and Ambassador Scouts, who carry their academic loads with high honors, play sports, participate in outside clubs and activities all while taking leadership positions, doing community service work and earning the highest awards as the Girl Scout Gold Award–are truly a remarkable group that accomplishes much for our community. We look to our past to Miss Inches and Miss Haskell for what they began here in Medfield, as we look to the future, to our current Scouts and volunteers who continue to carry Juliette Gordon Low’s mission forward and will do so as we move into the next 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield.
We invite you to come and be part of the celebration we are planning for our 100th Anniversary on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00-7:00 PM at the Gazebo and library green in front of the Medfield Library on Main Street in downtown Medfield. We would love for you to commemorate our very special day and be a part our brief ceremony that will be held at 6:30 PM. We will contact your office in the next few days to see if your schedule will permit you to participate in our anniversary festivities.
Thank you in advance for your support of the centennial celebration of the Medfield Girl Scout program.
100th Anniversary Medfield Girl Scouts
Come visit the HIPS exhibit at the Natick Mall tonight, and have a Medfield person as your tour guide, until 9 PM. The exhibit allows one to walk around in a teen’s bedroom full of all the things that indicate that substance abuse is happening.
Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) (www.MedfieldCares.org) is staffing the exhibit tonight.
From the Medfield Music Association –
MHS Jazz Band takes home awards — in time for May 6 Jazz Night!
The Medfield High School Jazz Band, which is scheduled to perform at Jazz Night at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6, took home several awards at the Music Showcase Festival last week in Williamsburg, Virginia, including “Best Overall Jazz Band”, “Best Overall Rhythm Section” and “Best Overall Jazz Soloist” awarded to junior guitarist Dan Stromland.
Over the years, the Medfield Jazz Band has had a long track record of success under Music Director Doug Olsen, a professional jazz trumpeter. The band also earned an All-State Gold Award in March, and as part of that top rating, the ensemble was granted a performance slot at the Hatch Shell in Boston.
At Jazz Night, Olsen and the MHS Jazz Band will have the opportunity to perform with guest artist, Berklee College of Music professor and saxophonist Dino Govoni. Also performing with Govoni will be three other jazz ensembles – one from the high school and two from Blake Middle School; the Medfield HS Jazz Choir – which earned a “Superior” rating at the festival — will also perform.
Jazz Night begins at 7 p.m. in the Medfield HS Lowell Mason Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased Park Street Books and the Medfield branch of Needham Bank ($10 adults, $5 children/students). Tickets can also be purchased online at https://medfieldmusicassociation.givezooks.com/events/jazz-night-2016-with-dino-govoni, or at the door. Jazz Night proceeds support the entire Medfield Music Program across orchestra, choir and band, as well as general music education at the elementary level.
This is the fifth year Needham Bank has been the presenting sponsor of Jazz Night, and it is especially proud to support the concert in celebration of Medfield recently earning the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation – one of just 476 school districts nationwide to receive the distinction.
From Tracey Rogers, Co-chair ANGP –
Please consider supporting the CLASS of 2016 by making a donation to this year’s All Night Graduation Party (ANGP). Medfield’s ANGP is a time-honored tradition that has provided a safe and fun way for Seniors to celebrate on graduation night for the past 24 years. The party held at the Medfield High School could not take place with out the support of our community. Graduation Day is Sunday, June 12th, for 232 Medfield Seniors. Use the blue form in the ANGP flyer that was recently sent to all Medfield families or simply mail your contribution to MHS All Night Graduation Party, PO Box 38, Medfield, MA 02052. THANK YOU!
At St. Edward’s this afternoon, above are the 17 MHS seniors in Girl Scouts, who as Ambassador Scouts bridged over to Adult Scouts. 7 of them also got Gold Awards.
Below are some of the Mom’s of the Gold Award scouts who made it all possible.
Katherine Steeger and Linda Frawley have been leading a remarkably strong resurgence of Girl Scouting in town for many years, and both of their daughters were among those being honored.
Gold Award projects were impressive, covering poverty, poetry, bats, bridges, tutoring, and volunteerism. See the longer descriptions I posted before.
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.
The MetroWest Healthcare Foundation anonomously surveys 40,000+ teens every two years about a range of risky behaviors and provides the results to the participating school systems. Last night about 50 parents and school administrators heard a two and a half hour presentation from Susan Cowell and a psychiatric RN at MHS about their analysis of the 2014 Medfield data, which showed:
- high levels of stress
- high levels of mental health issues (i.e. – depression, suicidal thoughts)
- high levels of drinking – 45% of MHS seniors binge drinking (5+ drinks) in last 30 days
- almost half the 10th graders had attended parties where alcohol and marijuana were available
- bullying occurring, even at school
The full Medfield data is to be released on-line by the schools now that this presentation has taken place. In the past, Medfield has unfortunately opted to not release the data, so kudos to the schools for this new openness.
The following is from the MetroWest Healthcare Foundation website about the data for the MetroWest area as a whole.
Adolescent Mental Health
As any parent can attest, adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life. The threats to the health of adolescents are not generally diseases or chronic conditions, but rather accidental injury from risky behaviors. It is also a time of high stress as youth confront the pressures of adolescence and seek to fit in.
Access to appropriate mental health services remains a major concern in the region. The 2014 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey (MWAHS) found that 4.5 percent of MetroWest high school students reported attempting suicide and 22 percent reported experiencing depressive symptoms in the past 12 months.
We also know that teens today are suffering real and serious consequences because of bullying. Bullying and cyberbullying victims report more mental health problems than those who are not bullied, according to the 2012 MWAHS.
Adolescent health has long been a priority of the foundation. The foundation will continue to invest in adolescent health, placing a priority on mental health prevention, intervention and access to treatment.
- Reduce the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying by supporting school policy change and community awareness and education efforts.
- Decrease the percent of adolescents in grantee communities reporting self-injury, suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide and depressive symptoms by funding purchase of evidence-based universal mental health curricula and programs as well as school-based intervention strategies designed for at-risk students.
- Lower Rates of Bullying
In 2010 the foundation launched a three-year bullying prevention initiative in five middle school districts, investing approximately $60,000 per community. As a result of their work, these five communities showed decreases in bullying exceeding the MetroWest average from 2010 to 2012.
- Stronger School Mental Health Programs
The foundation funded four school districts to conduct a Mental Health Capacity Assessment, which enabled schools to identify and prioritize which services and schools in their districts require support or modifications. The foundation has also funded several school districts to offer programs that support students returning from psychiatric hospitalization, modeled on the Brookline Resilient Youth Team program.
- Data on Adolescent Risky Behaviors
The foundation continues to fund the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey which includes data about mental health, bullying and other risky behaviors from every public middle and high schooler in the region.