Andrews Middle School News Archive

Grade 8 Course Selection Night Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Grade 8 Course Selection Night

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6:30 – 9:00 PM

6:30 pm Live music in the lobby provided by the MHS Orchestra
7:00 pm in the Caron Theater with the Headmaster, Dr. John Perella
7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Library with Curriculum & All Departments

AMS Incoming 5th Grade Open House 3/2 6-8PM

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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Middle School Open Houses in March

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Andrews Middle School
Mr. Paul D’Alleva, Principal
Thursday, March 2, 6 to 8 pm
Parents/guardians and current grade 5 students invited
Mr. D’Alleva and staff will be available to answer questions
Student-led tours and classroom visits
Overview school programs

McGlynn Middle School
Mr. Jacob Edwards, Principal
Thursday, March 16, 6 to 8 pm
Parents/guardians and current grade 5 students invited
Mr. Edwards and staff will be available to answer questions
Tour of building and workshop for students
Overview school programs

Annual Transition Fair March 16th

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Medford Public Schools and Winchester Public Schools Offices of Special Education have come together and organized their Annual Transition Fair designed for students 14 years of age and older with disabilities to help plan for life after high school.

The Transition Fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Medford High School’s Library, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

Parents, Guardians and students are encouraged to attend this FREE event to learn about community-based services available for adults with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities.

Twenty-five exhibitors will be attending, including: the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Developmental Services, Middlesex Community College’s Transition Program, Eastern Middlesex ARC, Triangle School-to-Career Program, Outside the Lines Art Program and many more. These exhibitors will include information regarding support for independent living skills, vocational training, adapted educational programs, recreational opportunities and supported housing.

FREE Informational Sessions are also included this year:
6:15 PM – Employment (MA Rehab Commission)
6:50 PM – Social Security Benefits (BenePLAN)
7:25 PM – Self-Advocacy (Boston Center for Independent Living)

This informative fair is an important resource for young adults with disabilities and their families who will be leaving high school.

For a complete list of vendors, please visit their web page at https://sites.google.com/winchesterps.org/transitionfair2017/home

For any questions, please contact Dr. Jan Hollenbeck, Medford Public Schools Special Education Coordinator at jhollenbeck@medford.k12.ma.us.

All are welcome to attend!

Free Science on Saturdays Events at MIT

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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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).

Youth Softball Clinic for Girls in Grades 5-8

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Total Fitness and Skills Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Head Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey along with UCONN baseball star Tim Dempsey which is specifically designed for softball players focusing on speed, core strengthening and agility skills. It will incorporate the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 7 to 12. It will be held at the Medford High School gym cages 1 + 2 and also at the new balcony batting cages on Wednesday’s starting on Wednesday Feb 22ND from 7:00-9:00 pm. (4 clinics total: Last clinic will be held on Wednesday March 15th). Be sure to bring bats, gloves, helmets, sneakers and comfortable gym clothing!

Hitting Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Head Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey, the Medford High Coaching Staff, and some Medford High Varsity softball players. It will incorporate the fundamentals of hitting, slapping and bunting. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5 to 8. It will be held at the Medford High School batting cages located above the pool on Saturdays March 4th from 10-11 am, Saturday March 11th from 10-11 am, and Saturday March 18th from 10-11am.

Pitching and Catching Clinic

The clinic will be run by MHS Varsity Coach Jack Dempsey, the Medford High Coaching Staff and Medford High Varsity softball players. It will incorporate the fundamentals of pitching and catching. The clinic is open to all girls in grades 5 to 8. It will be held at Medford High School in the Balcony Batting Cages on Monday’s February 27th, March 6th, and 13th 7-8 pm.

AMS 2017 MCAS 2.0 Testing Schedule

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Medford Family Network Winter Newsletter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Boston Shakespeare Project comes to AMS

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Medford Middle School Community Read Launches

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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.

 

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 Feb. 17

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)
  • 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

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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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