Category Archives: Schools

Elementary School Project – Sustainability Forum 7PM Thursday

Elementary School Project

Sustainability Forum this Thursday

Zoom Link:

https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/83347163639?pwd=N0phSWk0ZlViS3BPQlQ2TlhkdXBrdz09Hear from Arrowstreet, the new Elementary School Project architect, about the design considerations to be made over the next two months related to energy efficiency and net zero emissions:What is it?Why do it?Where is MA headed?Case StudiesOther Agenda Items:Utility incentives New Elementary School ProcessOther Building Types & Net Zero/Energy Efficiency Incentives for residential users Q&A/Break-out discussions  A net zero building uses only as much energy as it can generate and being able to achieve that is a function of the building design. 
 Please join us to learn more on Thursday!
 Sponsored by the the Sustainability Subcommittee of the Dale Street School Building Committee and the Medfield Energy Committee.

Please follow and share our Facebook page and visit our Elementary School Project website for updates.  Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

MCPE looking for volunteers

From Clair Meehan –

Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) is looking for new board members, men and women from the Medfield community with various skill sets and interests who want to have a voice in the improvements that reach our classrooms!

Board members do not need to have kids currently in the school system—just a desire to support and enrich the Medfield Schools.   

This year, MCPE has specific needs for applicants with skills that would be an asset to our grant review team, graphic & web design, PR & publicity, and corporate partner fundraising. All skill sets are welcome, and we strive to have a board with diverse backgrounds.

Applications are due March 8, 2021. For more information, or to apply, please visit https://www.medfieldcoalition.org/

MSBA email

The email below is from the Massachusetts School Building Authority today.

One of the next steps is for the town to evaluate using the MSBA’s Model School approach. Assistant Town Administrator, Nick Milano, reports that employing a Model School approach saved the City of Marlborough around $11m. on construction of a new school when he worked there, before coming to Medfield.

A subcommittee of the School Building Committee is also looking into whether the town can make the new school a net zero building. Lexington reported to the Select Board that its last new school was a net zero school that saved the town money from the first year, while also being better facility for the students, teachers, and the environment.

Unfortunately, the MSBA has yet to adopt a net zero Model School.

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RE: MSBA/Medfield: Dale Street Elementary School: Facilities Assessment Subcommittee Meeting

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

I would like to thank the Town of Medfield (the “District”) and its consultants for their presentation on the proposed Dale Street Elementary School project (the “Proposed Project”) at the Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (“FAS”) meeting on January 20, 2021.  

In addition to the comments which were discussed as part of the District’s FAS presentation, Christina Forde, MSBA Project Manager, included the following comments in her opening statements:

·         The academic organization of the proposed building;  

·         Site circulation; and  

·         Opportunities for outdoor learning. 

The following items were topics of discussion:  

·        Appreciation of the Educational Program;  

·        Inclusion and location of outdoor learning spaces 

·       Appreciation of the Main Street concept 

·        Appreciation of a campus approach 

The MSBA will be forwarding a formal Model School Evaluation to the District under separate cover shortly.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Christina Forde 

Thank you,  

Jenn 

Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

Dale Street School Project’s status

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –


The Dale Street School Project’s Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) was presented at the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Facilities Assessment Subcommittee (FAS) Meeting and was favorably received on January 20, 2021. In addition, the FAS was very complimentary to the Education Plan developed by the Medfield Public Schools. Representatives of the Town also saw the possible model schools that the MSBA has determined may work given our particular needs. The next step is for the Town to decide whether to proceed in the model school process which involves interviewing possible candidates. 

Please consider tuning into two upcoming Zoom meetings: 

– Monday, February 1 at 7pm: Wheelock Neighborhood Public Forum #2. Analysis of the recent traffic questionnaire will be shared.

– Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm: Joint meeting of the School Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee 

Further information about the project and to sign up for email updates please visit medfield.net. Please also follow the Dale Street School Building Project on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

SBC traffic survey – open to noon on 1/11/21

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Open until Monday, Jan. 11 at noon.

The School Building Committee has released a traffic questionnaire intended, but not limited to, the Wheelock School Neighborhood. The data from this questionnaire is anticipated to be used to fine tune existing traffic calculations and adjustments, to understand additional concerns other than traffic increases, and to most importantly focus on developing mitigation strategies that would best serve the neighborhood and the future school development.

CLICK HERE for the Traffic Questionnaire open until Monday, January 11th at noon.

For more information about the Project and to subscribe to our email list, please visit medfield.net. And follow our Dale Street School Building Project page on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

Thank you for your input and time!

Letter to MSBA today re PSR

<img src="https://medfield02052.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/20201223-msba-l_page_1.jpg?w=790" alt="December 23, 2020 Ms. Mary Pichetti MEDFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Office of the Superintendent 459 Main Street – 3 rd Floor Medfield, Massachusetts 02052 Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D Superintendent jmarsden@email.medfield.net (508) 359-2302 Director of Capital Planning 40 Broad Street Boston, Massachusetts 02109 Dear Ms. Pichetti: The Dale Street School Building Committee CSBC") has completed its review of the Feasibility Study's Preferred Schematic Report for the Dale Street School Project (the "Project") and on December 9, 2020, the SBC voted to approve and authorize the Owner's Project Manager to submit the Feasibility Study related materials to the MSBA for its consideration. The SBC, however, has informally authorized the Owner's Project Manager to submit the Feasibility Study related materials to the MSBA for its consideration. A letter of certification of the vote by the Superintendent of School and a copy of the SBC Meeting Minutes, which includes the specific language of the vote and the number of votes in favor, opposed, and abstained, is included in the Dale Street School Preferred Schematic Report Submission. Since the MSBA's Board of Directors invited the District to conduct a Feasibility Study on December 12, 2018, the SBC has held twenty-six (26) meetings regarding the proposed project, in compliance with the state Open Meeting Law. These meetings include: • SBC Meeting January 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 27, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 18, 2019 Town Hall, Warrant Committee Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 25, 2019 Medfield High School Library 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting May 6, 2019 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting October 23, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting November 13, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 11, 2019 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 17, 2019 Town Hall, Cherney Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting January 8, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting February 26, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 4, 2020 Public Safety Bldg., Training Rm. 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting March 26, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting April 22, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM Local Approvals and Actions Page 2 • SBC Meeting May 13, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting May 27, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting June 17, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting July 07, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting August 12, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 09, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting September 16, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting October 21, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting November 23, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 09, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • SBC Meeting December 21, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM The agendas outlining the topics of discussion at each meeting, the meeting minutes and presentation materials are provided with the Meeting Minutes in the Appendix of the Preferred Schematic Report Submission. All votes are recorded in the Meeting Minutes and all Meeting Minutes are posted on the Medfield Public Schools' Dale Street School Project website for public review at https: //www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools. In addition to the SBC Meetings listed above, the District held six (6) public meeting, which were posted in compliance with the state Open Meeting Law, at which the Project was discussed. These meetings were: • Public Forum December 9, 2019 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum January 28, 2020 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum March 9, 2020 Dale Street School Cafeteria 6:00 PM • Public Forum May 19, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM • Public Forum October 14, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 6:00 PM • Public Forum November 02, 2020 Online Webinar Meeting 7:00 PM The Public Forums were hosted by the Dale Street School High School Building Committee. Members of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen and Town Officials were present. The Public Forums were opened by Superintendent Marsden and presented by the Designer, Arrowstreet, Educational Consultant, New Vista Design and the OPM, LeftField. The public announcements that include the agenda, the meeting minutes and presentation materials are provided in the Appendix of the Preferred Schematic Report Submission. The presentation materials for each meeting, meeting minutes, and summary materials related to the Project are available locally for public review on the Medfield Public Schools' Dale Street School Project website at https://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools and at the Town of Medfield's website at https: //www. town. medfield .net/AgendaCenter /Search/?term =&CIDs=69 ,&startDate=&endDate =&dateRange=&dateSelector=. Hard copies are available and at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. To the best of my knowledge and belief, each of the meetings listed above complied with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, M.G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25 and 940 CMR 29 et seq. Local Approvals and Actions Page 3 If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Lynn Stapleton, Owner's Project Manager, lstapleton@leftfieldpm.com, 508-269-0457. By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certifi ation is true, complete, and acr-::>!'h… By: Osler Peterson Title: Chief Executive Officer By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certification is true, compl and accurate. Title: Superintendent of Schools Date: 1¥~ By signing this Local Action and Approval Certification, I hereby certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information supplied by the District in this Certification is true, complete, and accurate. / Title: Chair of the School Commi:e:

SEE THE MATRIALS AT:

Medfield Public Schools’ Dale Street School Project website at https://www.medfield.net/o/medfield-public-schools

and at the Town of Medfield’s website at
https: //www. town. medfield .net/AgendaCenter /Search/?term =&CIDs=69 ,&startDate=&endDate=&dateRange=&dateSelector=

SBC’s Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Open

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Now Open!

The School Building Committee has released a traffic questionnaire intended, but not limited to, the Wheelock School Neighborhood. The data from this questionnaire is anticipated to be used to fine tune existing traffic calculations and adjustments, to understand additional concerns other than traffic increases, and to most importantly focus on developing mitigation strategies that would best serve the neighborhood and the future school development.

CLICK HERE for the Traffic Questionnaire open until January 8th at noon.

For more information about the Project and to subscribe to our email list, please visit medfield.net. Please also follow the Dale Street School Building Project on Facebook.

Any questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

Thank you for your input and time!

MSBA approves town’s extension

Email received from the Massachusetts School Building Authority –

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From: Jennifer Flynn
To: osler.peterson@verizon.net <osler.peterson@verizon.net>
Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2020 3:11 pm
Subject: MSBA/Medfield- Dale Street Elementary School Extension Request

Good afternoon, Mr. Peterson:  

This email serves as notice that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (the “MSBA”) has approved the Town of Medfield’s (the “District’s”) September 24, 2020 request for an extension to the schedule and Feasibility Study Agreement for the Dale Street Elementary School project. The MSBA accepts the updated project schedule and notes the new Feasibility Study Agreement expiration date is November 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jenn

Jennifer Flynn

Senior Project Coordinator

Massachusetts School Building Authority

40 Broad Street; Suite 500

Boston MA 02109

617-720-4466

www.massschoolbuildings.org

54 confirmed, 7 active + Superintendent’s email + guidance from Kathy Thompson, RN, MPS Nurse Leader

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 54 confirmed, 7 active

UPDATEView all updates
October 13, 2020 08:53 AM
The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 54 confirmed, 7 active Read on
Click here for more information

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From: Marsden, Jeffrey <aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 6:26 PM
Subject: Message from the Superintendent- COVID-19 Update #25- Postive Cases
To: <jmarsden@email.medfield.net>

Dear Parents,

We were informed this afternoon by the Public Health Nurse that a student at Blake Middle School and a student at Medfield High School have tested positive for Covid-19. It’s important to note that these students did not participate with in-person classes during their infectious period, which is defined by the Massachusetts Department of Health as 48 hours before the beginning of symptoms. Because of this, there are no in-school close contacts. All community close contacts have already been identified and contacted.

Though we cannot provide specific information about the students who tested positive, if you have not been contacted, your child was not a close contact with either of the affected students. See the definition of a close contact below:

What is a close contact?: Per Massachusetts DPH, if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within 6 feet of the individual for at least 15 minutes, while the person was infectious.  All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of the test result. 

Our students and staff will continue to adhere to the safety protocols during school and during after-school activities including mask-wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are grateful for the continued vigilance of our families as your efforts, coupled with the school safety measures continue to help reduce the risk of transmission in Medfield. It is critical that families whose students/family members test positive for COVID-19 report the results to our school nurses and the Medfield Health Department. Please see the attachment with important COVID-19 resources.

Sincerely,

Jeff Marsden

Jeffrey J. Marsden, Ed.D

Superintendent 

Medfield Public Schools

508-359-2302

Follow me on Twitter @JeffreyJMarsden and @DaleStProject

#medfieldps  #medfieldpln–

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Medfield Public Schools
COVID-19 Resources
Kathy Thompson, RN, MSN
Medfield Public Schools Nurse Leader

  1. Daily Home Screening
    A. If your student has any of these symptoms or situations below, do
    not send them to school and please call the school nurse. We may
    recommend you call their health care provider for further follow-up
    and/or testing.
    ■ Fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or chills
    ■ Cough (not due to other known cause, such as asthma)
    ■ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    ■ New loss of taste or smell
    ■ Sore throat
    ■ Headache (in combination with other symptoms)
    ■ Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    ■ Fatigue (in combination with other symptoms)
    ■ Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other know
    causes such as allergies) and when in combination with other
    symptoms
    ■ Muscle aches and/or body aches
    B. If your student is a close contact of someone who has tested
    positive, they must quarantine for 14 days after last exposure to them.
    Close contact with a COVID + person is defined as within 6ft of them for
    15 minutes during their infectious period. The i nfectious period is 2 days
    before symptoms start or the date of positive test for individuals without
    symptoms.
    C. If your student travels outside of Massachusetts to a high risk
    state, they must follow the MA Travel Order BEFORE they can return to
    school. Please contact the school nurse if they have travelled outside of
    MA (or have plans to).
    2 . If your child needs to be dismissed through the nurse’s office, we ask that
    someone be available to pick them up within 30 minutes of the call. Be sure your
    emergency contacts in ASPEN are current.
    3 . If you/your student needs to get tested, it must be the more reliable PCR test.
    4 .Here is a list of all testing sites in MA: MA Testing Sites . It is advised that you
    check with your insurance before getting tested Stop the Spread Marlborough is
    a free site with relatively quick turn around (24-48 hours) for a PCR test.
    5 . Due to changes in where students eat snack/lunch and lack of Allergen
    Free table please refrain from sending your student to school with ANY foods
    containing peanuts or tree nuts.
    6 . Please have your student get a flu shot this year by 12/31 as it is a new
    immunization requirement for all Massachusetts school students.
    SCHOOL NURSE CONTACT INFO:
    Memorial , Kim Maguire, RN, BSN: (508) 242-8576
    Wheelock , Aimie Kiegan, RN, BSN: (508) 242-8577
    Dale , Kathy Thompson, RN, MSN: (508) 242-8573
    Blake , Tricia Williams, RN, BSN & Arlene O’Driscoll-Dricoll RN,
    MSN: (508) 242-8554
    MHS , Liz Bennett, RN, BSN & Brittany Hardiman, RN, BSN: (508)242-8568

Dale public forum – 6PM tomorrow

Posted at the request of Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Here is the Zoom link set to work – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861244383?pwd=R2toV1VoRjBIS3hLQkdMMFlQNEtZQT09

This public forum is being held by the School Building Committee, but the Select Board is holding a concurrent posted meeting as part of the public forum.