Andrews Middle School News Archive

Deadline is May 12th … Medford Middle School Community Read

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Do you want to come to the community read book event?  

You still have time, but the deadline is approaching (May 12th)!

Read the book now and complete two activities to get your invitation.  Books are available in the library.  More information is on the school homepage or please see the librarian.

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Announcing the Middle School Community Read for 2016-17…

Join us in this year’s community read.

All middle school community members are invited to read one of this year’s community read books in the Wonder book series by R.J. Palacio:  Wonder and the new companion book, Auggie and Me.

You only need to read one of the books to participate, but you are more than welcome to read both!  We highly recommend reading Wonder first.  If you have already read Wonder, then you can read the companion book, Auggie and Me.

There will be activities during the school year and a community read event at the end of the school year.  To attend the community read event, you will be required to read one of the two books, participate in the Community Read Google classroom activities, and complete a Community Read Participation Form.  

For complete rules on participating and attending the final event, please read the Community Read Program Requirements.

For more information on the books and the program, please visit the Middle School Community Read website.

This program is funded by the Andrews Middle School PTO, the McGlynn Middle School PTO, Medford Educational Foundation, and Medford Public School Libraries.    Many thanks to these groups for making this program possible.

 

Save the Date- Freshmen Orientation August 24, 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Grade 9 Orientation for September 2017 will be held on August 24, 2017 at MHS from 8-11 am. Further details will be provided as it gets closer.

Check Out Our MCAS Video!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

AMS 2017 MCAS 2.0 Testing Schedule

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Spring Street Sweeping April 10 through April 28

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Please note that the City of Medford will be conducting its annual spring street sweeping Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 28.

There is no parking between 8:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M. during street sweeping in the designated zone. All vehicles within the designated zone MUST remain off of the roadway between the hours of 8:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M. while street sweeping is taking place.

The complete schedule and street listing is available here.

In particular, the following dates and locations affect our schools:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (near Columbus Elementary and Curtis Tufts)
From Union Street to Henry Street from Main Street to Mystic Ave., all streets within these boundaries

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (near Roberts Elementary)
From Central Ave. to Fellsway West (including Salem Street), Forest Street to Cypress Road, and all streets within these boundaries

Monday, April 24 (near Medford High School)
Winthrop Street to High Street to Playstead Road, and all streets within these boundaries

Thursday, April 27, 2017 (near Brooks Elementary)
From High Street to Winthrop Rotary to Mystic Valley Parkway to Arlington Line, and all streets within these boundaries

Full sweeping schedule and details available here

Course Selection Forms for Incoming 9th Graders

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The following course selection forms are for students who will be in grade 9 next year at Medford High School/Medford Technical High School.

Making Mobile Apps Free Summer Camp

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A Free 5-Day Camp for
Middle School Students

Don’t just use apps, learn to make them!

Spend a week with friends and school mates making apps that work on mobile devices. Learn about the exciting world of programming. Make apps that help you and your community!

Students will learn to use MIT App Inventor, a visual programming tool, that is powerful yet easy to learn, and allows creation of amazing apps that run on Android tablets and phones.

Campers will participate in project based activities with the assistance of qualified computer science educators.

Campers will collaborate with community partners, develop problem solving and programming skills while learning about the field of computer science.

Activities center around learning new skills, working in groups, and working with community partners. Students will form a team and publish a real, functioning app in the Google Play app store.

At the end of the week, campers will present their final apps to their friends, family and other members of their community.

This is the final year of our grant-funded summer camp. There is no charge for registration students attend for free. Lunch and all necessary materials are provided.

No prior experience necessary. Space is limited!

Registration Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Camp dates: July 17th – 21st (1 Week)

Camp schedule: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Camp location: Medford McGlynn School

Contact:
Akira Kamiya
akamiya@medford.k12.ma.us
781-396-9952

See more information and register here: cspathways.org/families

Register online at link above or by mail with paper form (download here).

AMS 2016 DESE School Report Card

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Dear Parents or Guardians:

We are pleased to enclose the Andrews Middle School 2016 DESE “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:
Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
• Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
• Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
• The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
• Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

Assessment results: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and/or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests as compared to the district and the state.
School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:
• Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because of Not meeting gap narrowing goals.
• School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 51. This means that our school is performing higher than 49 percent of other the middle schools in the state.
• Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
• Encouraging your child’s learning at home
• Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
• Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
• Encouraging other parents to become involved

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at the Andrews Middle School.

Sincerely,
Paul D’Alleva

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School Report Card, Accountability Information, & “Right-to-Know”
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires districts to annually prepare and distribute district and school report cards to the parents/guardians of all children enrolled in district schools. Report cards must include information related to (1) assessments, (2) accountability, and (3) teacher quality as that information applies to the district as a whole and as it applies to each school within the district. In addition to the report cards themselves, federal law requires that certain information be communicated to families of children enrolled in a district’s schools. This information must include, at a minimum: (1) the accountability and assistance level of the child’s school and district; (2) the reason for the level designation, such as the aggregate or high needs groups not meeting cumulative progress and performance index (PPI) targets; (3) an explanation of what the level designation means; (4) an explanation of the school and/or district improvement activities the district has initiated to increase performance in Level 2-4 schools, and how parents/guardians can become involved in school and district improvement activities; and (5) for Title I schools, information about right-to-know requirements regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher(s).

8th Grade 2017 NYC Trip Forms

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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School Year 2016-17 Bus Routes- Updated Jan. 11

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
  1. Please be 10 minutes early to your morning pickup location. Buses tend to run a little behind the first days of school and will settle into a timely routine in 2-3 weeks.
  2. Afternoon runs tend to run behind as well the first 2-3 weeks.
  3. Be respectful of the personal property that abuts the bus stop.
  4. No “boom boxes” will be allowed on the buses.
  5. If transporting musical instruments on the bus, check with the driver as to where they should be placed. Space is tight as each bus has a large number of riders.
  6. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade must be met by a parent/guardian/or designated other. If not, they will be returned to school and must be picked up there.
  7. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade will be provided (at school) a bus tag that must remain on their backpack for the duration of the school year.
  8. Please see your school’s handbook for bus riding rules.
  9. Only student bus riders may board the bus. Parents/guardians/designated others must wait curbside.

Questions? Please email transportation@medford.k12.ma.us.

Thank you!

– Medford Public Schools


School Year 2016-17 Bus Routes
As of Jan. 11, 2017

Starting times are indicated for the first stop of each bus route. Plan on roughly 5 minutes between every stop on the route.

2016-17 School Calendar- Updated Mar. 13

Monday, August 8th, 2016

School Holidays

The following is a list of NO SCHOOL DAYS this year:

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 – Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Election Day/Professional Development Day for Teachers/Staff
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, December 26 – January 2, 2017 – Winter Recess (school resumes January 3, 2017)
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20 – 24, 2017 – Winter Vacation (school resumes Monday, February 27, 2017)
  • Monday, March 13, 2017- Staff professional development day
  • Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
  • Monday, April 17 – 21, 2017 – Spring Vacation (school resumes Monday, April 24, 2017)
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day

Tentatively, the last scheduled day of school, including (5) snow days, would be June 21, 2017.

Elementary Schools are in session from 8:40 AM – 2:35 PM

Middle Schools are in session from 8:00 AM – 2:20 PM

Medford High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

Medford Vocational Technical High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

Master Events Calendar

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2017-2018 Calendar (next year)

2016-2017 AMS PTO Pledge Letter

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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