Email this morning from the Superintendent and Police Chief to school families –
Dear Medfield Families,
The Medfield Police Department received a phone call this morning that referred to a possible violent act at Medfield High School. The Medfield Police responded immediately, assessed the situation, and determined it was a hoax. All of our students and staff are safe. Many area communities received the same “swatting call” this morning. The purpose of these phone calls is to disrupt the school day with threats of violence while tying up local law enforcement. The Medfield Police did not recommend a “lockdown” at Medfield High School based on the information from multiple area police departments that received this same swatting call earlier than Medfield.
The Medfield Police and Medfield Public Schools are always in constant communication and have a collaborative approach to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff. We remain committed to working together to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable learning environment for all students.
Posted onNovember 16, 2022|Comments Off on Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report
Legacy Fund Grantees Report
Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.
Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Societyreported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”
About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.
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The Medfield High School class of 1972 donated a linden tree that was planted and dedicated Saturday, 9/17/22 in front of the Blake Middle School (which in 1972 had been their MHS). They are celebrating their 50th reunion this weekend. Members I knew were Ron Gustafson, Tom LaPlante, and Bob Meaney.
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MEDFIELD, MA – Through various actions, Medfield has long prioritized preservation of the Medfield State Hospital buildings and campus layout. The Medfield State Hospital (MSH) was first listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. At the time of listing the district encompassed 78 contributing resources and 8 noncontributing resources. The Hospital Farm Historic District was created by Town Meeting in 1994 and includes the buildings and the historic landscape surrounding the buildings north of Hospital Road, and established local review of the eventual reuse of the property long before the Hospital’s official closure in 2003.
According to the National Register Registration Form (page 6), the original or first-phase buildings (1896-1897) were designed in the Queen Anne style by Boston architect William Pitt Wentworth. They are unified by the repetition of materials and decorative motifs and are distinguished by individualized plans and massing. All are characterized by red-brick construction, granite foundations, slate roofs, heavily corbelled cornices, segmentally arched windows which typically contained 6/6 sash and transoms, red sandstone watertables and lintels, and decorative angled soldier courses connecting first-story window heads. Those facing the green are arranged in a complex mirror-image pattern.
Later buildings from the early 20th century (1898-1914 and later) are generally somewhat larger in scale and designed in a variety of Classical Revival styles. Nevertheless, they generally continue the original red-brick construction, but often substitute cast stone for natural stone trim. Several smaller-scale Craftsman-style cottages and a number of the support/agricultural buildings were added at this time as well. In some cases, the siting of these buildings maintains the complex mirror-image plan. Architects identified for these buildings include such noted Boston firms as Park & Kendall, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, and Winslow, Wetherell & Bigelow.
The Medfield State Hospital meets criteria A and C of the National Register of Historic Places and is significant on the local and state levels. As a whole, the buildings and landscapes of Medfield State Hospital retain a high degree of integrity and clearly reflect the period of significance from 1892 to 1940.
Trinity Financial’s proposal recognizes and seeks to preserve the historic buildings and layout. Trinity’s plan, as described in the proposal, seeks to substantially rehabilitate and preserve virtually all of the buildings to be sold by the Town, consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. Trinity’s plans include utilization of federal and state historic tax credit resources in the financing structure, as well as a permitting process and schedule that includes participation with the Town of Medfield, Medfield Historic District Commission, the Medfield Historical Commission and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
More public information meetings will be announced soon, but please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
June 9 at 7 pm: Trinity Financial presentation; location TBD
June 18 at 9 am: Trinity Financial open office hours at the Medfield Town House – all are welcome
Posted onMarch 29, 2022|Comments Off on 27th Annual Student Faculty Show – 4/7 opening reception
From Kate Jones, K-12 Art Department Chair, Medfield Public Schools –
For the twenty-seventh year, the Zullo Gallery, in collaboration with the K-12 Visual Arts faculty of the Medfield Public Schools, is hosting its Annual Student-Faculty Art Exhibit. The Zullo Gallery offers a fantastic opportunity for deserving student artwork to receive special notice by our community in a professional gallery setting. The show is designed to highlight student work and pieces are chosen as examples of student learning within the art curriculum. This year’s exhibit will be held from April 2nd through April 24th.
We are excited for the return of the in-person reception on April 7th from 5-7pm. Please join us to celebrate these artists with their art teachers.
The Zullo Gallery is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 5 PM. Over the course of the exhibit, the Zullo Gallery is typically visited by hundreds of viewers, enjoying the display of our wonderful student artwork.
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