District News Archive

Have a Fantastic Winter Break!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We hope you have a wonderful winter break!

School will resume on Monday, February 27.


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!

MHS/MTHS to Completely Close on Monday, February 20, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Please be advised that Medford High School/Medford Technical High School will be CLOSED for ALL activities on Monday, February 20th.

There will be a full system shutdown of electricity and plumbing related to the construction project so no one can enter the building unless part of the construction group.

Please see the activity calendar for hours of operation during the remainder of February vacation week.

Thank you for your cooperation,

MARV the Art Bus Design Contest

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

MARV the Art Bus

Abou MARV the Art Bus

Last year, Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI) purchased an 18-seater school bus to turn into a roving art vehicle that could bring all types of art events to neighborhoods in Medford.

MACI reached out to Dr. Riccio to collaborate with students and staff at Medford Technical High School on converting the yellow school bus into MARV the Art Bus. Work started in September in the Automotive Collision department, where the bus seats were removed, and the outer body was patched and sanded to prepare for a new coat of bright aqua paint.

About the Contest

MACI has launched a contest to design a fancy coat over that aqua background. Artists or groups can submit proposals for a design that will be painted on the bus as a community event in the late spring and early summer. The contests is open to anyone with Medford ties, and the award for the winning design is $1,000.

You can read more about the contest at http://medfordart.org/design-contest-fancy-new-coat-for-marv-the-art-bus/, but don’t wait too long because submissions must be in by March 20, 2017.

Kindergarten Registration Information for 2017/18 School Year

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Kindergarten Registration for the School Year 2017/2018

Kindergarten Enrollment is for children who will be five (5) years of age – by August 31, 2017.

All registrations must be submitted in person at the Parent Information Center, no exceptions.

Please note: Registration forms will not be mailed out; all forms can be downloaded below.


Parent Information Center located in the main lobby at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street


Beginning Monday, March 6, 2017:
Parent Information Center Hours
7:00 AM-3:00 PM

Extended hours:
Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, April 12, 2017
3:00 PM-6:30 PM

April vacation:
Tuesday, April 18 & Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Early registration is recommended to ensure placement in your neighborhood school.

Parent or Legal Guardian must bring the following:

1. Registration Forms- download here (PDF)

2. Proof of Residency
a. 2 current utility bills (i.e. water, gas, electric, mortgage statement or lease) in Parent or Legal Guardian’s name OR
b. Notarized Residency Affidavit (download here) signed by the home owner and and two current utility bills in the name of the person with whom you are residing.

3. Student’s Birth Certificate

4. 4. Student’s immunization record, a physical exam within one year, lead test results, tuberculosis test results or tuberculosis risk assessment, and vision screening with stereopsis. All incoming kindergarten students must be medically cleared before the start of school.

5. Photo Identification of Parent or Legal Guardian. Legal Guardians will have to provide a Caregiver Authorization Affidavit. (Available at the Parent Information Center)

6. For Special Education students: please provide district with Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Registrations will not be processed unless all of the required documents (listed above) are received.

All students are assigned to their proximity zone/geographical zone school. The School Assignment by Street listing can be found here. Parents who wish to send their child to a school outside their proximity zone may fill out a choice selection form at the time of registration. Choice assignments are granted based on space availability, sibling preference and diversity plan guidelines. If requests are approved, parents will be notified at the end of August. Transportation to a non-proximity zone school is the parent’s responsibility.

Registration forms for our Before School and Afterschool programs will be available for new families beginning Monday, April 3, 2017. Space availability is on a first come, first serve basis. A child must be registered with the Medford Public Schools in order to register for Before and Afterschool programs.

Non-English or limited English speaking students will be assessed by the ELL staff.

If an Interpreter is needed to interpret this information, please call the ELL office at 781-393-2348.

– Casa necessite de um Interprete para traduzir esta informacao, por favor contactar o escritorio de ELL no numero: 781-393-2348 (Portuguese)

-Si un Interprete es necesitado para tradusir esta informacion, por favor contacta la officina de ELL en numero: 781-393-2348 (Spanish)

-Si w bezwen yon Entèprèt pou tradui enfòmasyon sa a pou wou, souple rele biwo ELL nan nimewo sa a: 781-393-2348 (Haitian-Creole)

Free Science on Saturdays Events at MIT

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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February Vacation Camp for Grades K-6

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

February Vacation Week
At Medford Community Schools
489 Winthrop Street, Medford
Kindergarten through Grade 6
February 21st to February 24th

Community Schools is offering their popular vacation week at Medford High School with our Summer Fun Director, Anthony Petrelis and Staff. Your child will participate in a number of activities from basketball, baseball, softball, arts, crafts, movies, outdoor activities and much more. We provide breakfast each day.

Price: $125.00

Time: 7:30 AM—4:30 PM

Application: Download PDF

Medford Family Network Winter Newsletter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
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Weather Conditions & Outdoor Recess Policy/Procedure

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Recently some elementary parents have raised a concern that students were not allowed to have an outdoor recess on certain cold weather days.

We all recognize that “recess” is an important element of the school day. It provides an opportunity for students to get a break from academics and to burn off excess energy through exercise. Current “time and learning” regulations as well as the curriculum demands of school limit the amount of time we can allow for recess at this time.

Outdoor recess is desirable in most instances because it changes the environment and provides a fresh air opportunity to students. However there are significant reasons to keep students indoors when weather conditions are adverse. There is no national standard for keeping students indoors for school recess. As a result site principals make the decision based upon local conditions.

Pediatricians point out that many children are more vulnerable to cold weather than adults. “Children are not small adults.” Children are more susceptible to hypothermia.

Temperature alone is not sufficient to control decision-making. Wind chill, rain, ice, snow, and other factors must be considered.

Not all students have sufficient layered clothing to withstand extreme cold and other weather factors. Student safety is the most important consideration. Decisions cannot be made with “a broad brush.” We can encourage outdoor recess but ultimate decisions must rest with the building principal at the local school site.

The following are some steps that we can take to make outdoor recess more likely. They are drawn from various sources:

  • Advise parents to provide layered clothing including hats and gloves to children during the winter months. Schools may be able to stock a limited supply of supplemental items for students who come unprepared.
  • Re-schedule recess for a warmer part of the day if possible.
  • Shorten the time spent outside. Mix indoor with outdoor time.
  • Differentiate which students are best equipped to handle outdoor recess by age on a given day.
  • Closely monitor certain students who may be more susceptible to cold conditions.

The Superintendent will direct Principals to keep a log of the days when outdoor recess is not implemented. We will collect the data and review it this spring to see what patterns emerge.

In the interim it is my strong recommendation that Principal discretion be maintained. We trust our Principals to make many safety decisions regarding students. This is just one of the many safety decisions they make on a regular basis.

School Superintendent Roy Belson

Medford Community Directory for Families with Young Children

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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– Created by our Early Childhood/Afterschool Program.

Free Public Skating at LoConte Rink- Updated Feb. 6th

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Free Public Skating at LoConte Rink, 97 Locust Street

Regular hours (during season) are as follows:

Saturdays: 7 – 9 pm
Sundays: 2 – 4 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 10 am – 12 pm

February vacation hours:

Monday, Feb. 20th 11am – 1pm
Tuesday, Feb. 21st 2 – 5pm,
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd 1 – 3:30pm
Thursday, Feb. 23rd 2 – 5pm
Friday, Feb. 24th 2 – 5pm
Saturday, Feb. 25th 7 -8:45 pm
Sunday, Feb. 26th 2 -3:45 pm

Admission is free. Skate rentals $5.

Any changes to the schedule due to high school hockey will be posted here and on the front page of the website under Latest News.

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

Master Events Calendar

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Register for the 2016-17 After School Program

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Online Payment Introduction Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for registering with the Medford Public Schools (MPS) in the afterschool program.

We are pleased to offer you a convenient online method to enroll in a payment plan with FACTS Management Company. This letter pertains to all families who are not receiving state vouchers.

Go to FACTS to set up a payment plan by July 1, 2016:

To begin, simply type the Online Access address into the address bar of your internet browser. After registering you can sign-in: click on the Set up a Payment Plan link for your child’s program at MPS. If you are a returning FACTS family, see the information provided.

At signup, families choose the day of the month convenient for budgeting. Families must set up their monthly payment plan by July 1 to select either a 5th of the month payment date beginning in August or a 20th of the month payment date beginning in August. Initial preregistration will not be completed until a payment date is set up. (Reminder: Your yearly Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 is due at the afterschool office by August 20. Afterschool starts on the first day of school, August 30, for children in Grades 1-5 and September 7, the first day of school for kindergarten children). If you enroll after July 1, you may jeopardize your afterschool slot and payments will be spread over fewer months resulting in higher monthly payments. Tuition amounts will be posted shortly after you register. You will receive an email once your tuition costs for the 2016-2017 School Year have been posted to your FACTS account. If you have questions regarding tuition, please contact Cheryl Alpers at the afterschool office.

Cheryl Alpers


We are excited to offer this tuition payment system! If you do not have a computer, or access to a computer, contact the Afterschool Office.

Letter to Returning Families

Happy Spring! Afterschool enrollment for School Year 2016-17 for new afterschool families begins April 4, 2016. If you are signing up for afterschool remember to return the enclosed Pre-registration form along with the required registration payment of $50 (families receiving vouchers do not pay a fee). No FAXES or emails will be accepted. For further assistance contact Cheryl Alpers at 781-393-2102. Paperwork can be mailed or dropped off at the afterschool office, 489 Winthrop Street.

  • Do I need to pay a new registration fee? All families are now required to pay a yearly $50 non-refundable registration fee if your child(ren) will be enrolled in one or more of the following Medford Public Schools programs: Before School, After School, McGlynn Preschool, Kids’ Corner, Make Way for Kids, or MEEP. You will need to pay the $50 fee for each program at the time of registration but your first payment will be credited if you enroll in more than one Medford Public Schools program. Note: Afterschool families receiving vouchers do not pay a registration fee.
  • Do I pay a deposit? Deposits will only be required if a family has a voucher. The deposit will be due by August 20 along with an eligible voucher.
  • How will I pay my monthly tuition payments? All tuition payments for families not receiving a voucher will be made using FACTS Tuition Online Payments (see attached letter).
  • What are all the Enrollment Steps for families not receiving vouchers? The process will be as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form along with a check or money order for $50. (2.) Register with FACTS (if you do not have a voucher) by July 1, 2016 and determine payment date. If you already have a customer number you will keep that number. (3.) Make your first payment for August/ September’s tuition by August 20, 2016. (4.) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 by August 20, 2016. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 will be on the Medford Public Schools website beginning the week of July 5 and mailed/emailed beginning the week of August 1. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the Afterschool Office.
  • What are all the Enrollment Steps for families receiving vouchers? The process will be as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form. (2) Confirm by August 20 that the Afterschool Office has a current voucher on file for the start of School Year 2016-17. (3) Pay invoice (minimum payment: deposit plus one week’s tuition). (4.) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 by August 20, 2016. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2016-17 will be on the Medford Public Schools website beginning the week of July 5 and mailed/emailed along with an invoice beginning the week of August 1. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the afterschool office. Please note that we will no longer accept cash or personal checks. Payment must be in the form of a bank check or money order. If you wish to do online payments, please contact Cheryl Alpers (781-393-2102).
  • What if I want to add/change days after I register? Unless there are extenuating circumstances, e.g., family member loses a job, families may make a schedule change effective October 1. (The adding of days is based on program availability.) All requests must be in writing (email is acceptable). Note procedure: We now require a two-week written notice to drop days with schedule changes only going into effect the first of the month. October 1 is the first month of allowable schedule changes.
  • When does afterschool start? Afterschool starts on August 30, the first day of school for children in Grades 1-5. Afterschool starts on September 7, the first day of school for children entering kindergarten.

Financial Assistance remains limited. If you are interested in a scholarship please contact Cheryl Alpers at 781-393-2102 or calpers@medford.k12.ma.us.

Thank you for following these guidelines. Your pre-registration is official when paperwork and payment is returned and you have completed the FACTS registration process by July 1.

2016-17 Afterschool Program Registration Form

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Job Postings and Stipend Positions- Updated Feb. 8, 2017

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Please note that some positions might be part-time as determined by the needs of the school district.

Some of the below files are linked to additional information in a PDF.

Current and Anticipated Openings


  • Paraprofessional openings: Columbus Elementary, MVTHS: Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us
  • Secondary Transition Grant Workgroup Stipend Positions Available (PDF)
  • Full time high school Italian and Spanish teacher. Must be able to start right after winter break. Interested candidates should contact Director of Foreign Language, Rita DiCarlo rdicarlo@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • FT Special Education Mathematics Substitute Teacher: To educate in a separate classroom, co-teaching, and inclusionary model. The successful candidate has strong mathematics applications and special education background. High School license for special education, required. Secondary mathematics license is preferred. Interested applicants email Heidi Riccio, MVTHS Principal, at hriccio@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Elementary Lunch Attendant Interested applicants please forward your letter of interest, and resume to Suzanne Galusi, Brooks Elementary School Principal at sgalusi@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • High School Physics Teacher– Immediate Opening. Candidates must have the appropriate MA-DESE licensure for the position in Physics (9-12). Forward a letter of interest, resume, and copy of licensure to Rocco Cieri, Director of Science, via email at rcieri@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Lifeguards – We are looking for certified lifeguards to work at the Medford High school pool this summer for day and evening hours. Contact Rachel Perry at rperry@medford.k12.ma.us 781-393-2280 for more information.
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired (PDF)
  • School Year 2016-17: The Medford Public Schools Afterschool Program has four site locations: Brooks School, Columbus School, McGlynn School and Roberts School. We need group leaders and assistant group leaders. Positions available in expanding afterschool programs. Schedule Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Wed 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Group Leader receives an additional one-half hour for prep. Experience with children K-5 is preferred. Activities include homework time, free play, gym and outdoor time, activity time, i.e., art, science. School Year Schedule. Interested applicants please forward letter of interest and resume to Shelley Gross, EC/Afterschool Program at sgross@medford.k12.ma.us.

Substitute Teachers

Medford Public Schools utilizes the AESOP online substitute placement and absent management service.

Substitute teachers for preschool through grade 8 are needed for daily on-call basis to fill in for teacher absences. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to subteachers@medford.k12.ma.us.

Application Information

Please click here to download our employment application (in Microsoft Word)

The Medford Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Medford Public Schools to ensure equal opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law. Medford Public Schools prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.

The Medford Public Schools pays competitive salaries and fringe benefits.

Please send resumes and job application letters to the following address unless otherwise noted above:
Mr. Roy E. Belson
Superintendent of Schools
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155