Wednesday evening was a fun evening for many Medfield students who attended Spaghetti with Santa at the High School. It was fun to visit for awhile and see so many excited students!
Grants from MCPE
We were so grateful to receive a grant to bring Jessica Minahan to Medfield. We also were thrilled that Medfield Talks donated $1,000.00 to this grant and the purchase of her book for teachers, The Behavior Code. On February 6th, Ms. Minahan will present to parents in the morning and staff throughout the rest of the day. More details will follow.
Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, or high-functioning Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex mental health profiles and learning needs.
She a blogger on The Huffington Post, the author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, with Nancy Rappaport (Harvard Education Press, 2012), and author of The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
She holds a BS in Intensive Special Education from Boston University and a dual master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College. She has a certificate of graduate study (CGS) in teaching children with Autism from the University of Albany and received her BCBA training from Northeastern University in Boston. She is sought-after internationally to speak on subjects ranging from effective interventions for students with anxiety to supporting hard-to-reach students in full-inclusion public school settings.
Unfortunately, the MCPE also voted not to fund an outdoor classroom or gazebo for Wheelock School. We requested an outdoor classroom similar to one awarded to Memorial School last year. With the Victory Garden and the robust instruction of science and literacy by our teachers, an outdoor classroom would have enhanced the learning experience of our students for years to come. In any case, however, we thank the MCPE for considering that proposal also and understand there were 12 grants to consider for this round.
These students' names were chosen at our December Hoot drawing. They all selected special privileges as their awards. Time with Franklin remains a very popular choice!
Our Principal's Hoot Breakfast for those students earning hoots during Term 1 was celebrated this week.
Have a great weekend,