Thomas Reis Award
The Thomas A. Reis 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 the award went to Donna Olson, principal at Wheelock and Steve Grenhan, principal at Dale street for bringing Urban Improv, a Boston Theatre group, to present six, one-hour workshops (two at Wheelock for third graders and four at Dale for fourth and fifth graders). Urban Improv is a professional acting ensemble with experience in education, psychology, and theater for young people. At Wheelock, the performance troupe addressed important topics and issues pertinent to the environment, child development and health and safety, while weaving the subjects of diversity, mindfulness and empathy into the skits. At Dale, the theme was treating others with respect and/or with empathy while also addressing impulse control, conflict resolution and decision making.
2016: The award winners were from Memorial School: Randie Groden and Missy Billsborough; from Dale Street School: Marissa Foley and Steve Grenham; from Medfield High School: Orla Berry, Phil Brown, and Rudy Cassidy, and also from the high school: Juniors Kyle Keegan and John Stewart for introducing robotics and demonstrating how the robotics learning process is continuing throughout the Medfield schools.