District News Archive

School Committee Meetings Oct. 16 & Oct. 18

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Medford School Committee
Regular Meeting – October 16, 2017
Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

I. Approval of Minutes of October 2, 2017

II. Approval of Bills/Transfer of Funds

III. Approval of Payrolls

IV. Report of Secretary

V. Report of Committees

VI. Community Participation
Joseph Viglione – Open Meeting Law

VII. Report of Superintendent

1. Report on NellieMae Education Foundation Grant

2. Report on Online B Good Academy

3. Report on Global Scholars Program

4. Recommendation to Accept Bench Donation to the Brooks School Library in memory of Victor and Anita Lepore by Mark Tonello. The bench was built by School Committee Member Robert Emmett Skerry Jr.

5. Report on Kiwanis Book Donation

6. Report on Professional Development Day November 7, 2017

7. Report on Elementary Science Program SY 2017-2018

8. Report on Vocational Technical Advisory Committee Schedule

9. Negotiations and Legal Matter
– Update on Pending Legal Matters

VIII. Old Business
– Selection of Delegate/Alternate for MASC/MASS Conference

IX. Communications

X. New Business

School Committee Resolution
Be it resolved, that the Medford School Committee express its sincere condolences to the family of Al Cannava. Mr. Cannava was the father of former School Committee member Richard Cannava and former art teacher Christine Cannava.

School Committee Resolution
Be it resolved, that the Medford School Committee express its sincere condolences to the family of Rosemary Sweeney. Ms. Sweeney was a paraprofessional for the Medford Public Schools.

School Committee Resolution
Be it resolved, that the Medford School Committee express its sincere condolences to the family of Officer Louis Remigio. Officer Remigio was the brother of Brooks School Librarian Natalie Pereira and uncle of Ms. Pereira’s two children that attend Medford High School.

School Committee Resolution
Be it resolved, that the Medford School Committee express its sincere condolences to the family of Ann Volpe. Ms. Volpe was a former elementary teacher at the Kennedy school and the wife of the late Larry Volpe former Director of the Vocational School.

School Committee Resolution
Be it resolved, that the Medford School Committee express its sincere condolences to the family of Eleanor Demos. Mrs. Demos was the wife of James Demos former Director of Pupil Services and the mother in law of Shannon Demos Assistant Principal of the Brooks School.

XI. Requested Reports
– Report on Policy Outlining Protocol for Instate and Out of State Travel (1/23/17)
– Report on PTO’s including how they are helping community and what they are working on (4/24/17)
– Update report on Enrollments in January 2018 including perspective number of students in new developments with units of 100+ (9/18/17)
– Report on number of students in each shop at the vocational school and list of cooperative jobs. (10/2017)

To: Medford School Committee Members

From: Mayor Stephanie M. Burke

Re: Committee of the Whole Meeting

Date: October 13, 2017

There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, Medford High School 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide the School Committee with a brief overview of the MCAS scores that are being released to the public on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The school department will receive information on Monday. The information will be embargoes and cannot be shared until Wednesday.

Medford Special Education PAC Events

Monday, September 25th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Welcome Back to School!
Back to school social and update. Keep an eye out for monthly “Coffee with the Principals” hosted by the SEPAC at your school

October 11, 2017 Let’s Get Organized
Join us as we learn great tips for organizing all that IEP and 504 elated paperwork. We’ll have supplies and snacks!

November 8, 2017
Basic Rights in Special Education

What are your rights when it comes to the IEP and 504? What are procedural safeguards? Where do you go for problem resolutions?

December 13, 2017
Celebrate the Winter Solstice!

Join us for a winter wonderland of meeting other families, socializing and having fun. Perhaps special guests will be in attendance.

January 10, 2017
General Meeting followed by Turning 3 Transition

Meet other parents of children with special needs and join us for our Turning 3 workshop – transitioning into the school system.

February 14, 2017
Meet representatives from the Department of Education (DESE)

Network and socialize with representatives from several DESE departments.

March 14, 2017
Executive Functioning

What is Executive Functioning? How can my child be more organized?

April 11, 2017
Create a Financial Plan

Learn how to plan for your child’s future.

May 9, 2017
SEPAC Elections and Self Care

Come vote for your SEPAC representative and join us for chair massages, manicures, self-care tips and socializing.

June 13, 2017
Family Picnic

Join us for a family picnic in the park

Events topics subject to change – Please check online at https://www.facebook.com/SepacMedfordMa

All events take place at the Andrews Middle School (3000 Mystic Valley Parkway) unless otherwise noted

Free “Science on Saturday” Program at MIT for K-12 Students

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Science on Saturday website

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Medford Family Network Fall Newsletter- Updated

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
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School Committee Regular Meeting Schedule- Updated

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

September 11, 2017- Caron Theater, Medford High School
September 18, 2017- Community Access TV studio, MHS
October 2, 2017- Community Access TV studio, MHS
October 16, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 20, 2017
December 4, 2017
December 18, 2017
January 8, 2018 (Organizational & Regular Meeting)
January 22, 2018
February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 19, 2018
April 2, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 7, 2018
May 21, 2018
June 4, 2018
June 18, 2018

All meetings are at 7:00 pm and take place at Medford City Hall unless otherwise noted

Bus Schedule 2017-18- Updated Oct. 5th

Monday, August 21st, 2017

There will be no bus stop changes until further notice as of the 9-18-17 update to provide a routine schedule and consistent route for all.

School Year 2017-18 Bus Routes
As of October 5, 2017

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

School Year 2017-2018 Transportation Routes

  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

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Jun. 30th

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Master Events Calendar

School Holidays (no school)

Monday, October 9- Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 7- City Election & Teacher Professional Dev. Day

Friday, November 10- Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24- Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 22 – Monday, January 1- Winter Break

Monday, January 15, 2017- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23- February Vacation

Monday, March 12- Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 30- Good Friday

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20- April Vacation

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day

School Calendar

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Fall 2017 Medford Technical Institute Adult Education Offerings

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Classes Start Monday, September 18, 2017
Please note: brochure has incorrect start date.

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2017-2018 Afterschool Program Registration- Updated

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Afterschool Pre-Registration and Payment Procedures for School Year 2017-18

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

Happy Spring! Afterschool enrollment for School Year 2017-18 for new afterschool families begins April 3, 2017. Paperwork can be mailed or dropped off at the afterschool program or afterschool office (Medford High School). No FAXES or EMAILS will be accepted.

Do I need to pay a registration fee? All families are required to pay a yearly $50 non-refundable registration fee if your child(ren) will be enrolled in the Medford Public Schools Afterschool Programs. NOTE: You will need to pay the $50 fee at the time of registration for each Medford Public Schools program that uses the FACTS payment system but your first payment will be credited $50 if you enroll in more than one program. 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 21, 2017 along with an eligible voucher if one is not on file.

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.

What are all the Enrollment Steps for families NOT receiving vouchers? The process is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form along with a check or money order for $50. (2) Register/reregister with FACTS (if you do not have a voucher) by July 1, 2017 and determine payment date. If you already have a customer number you will keep that number. (3) Be sure your first payment for August’s/ September’s tuition is made by August 21, 2017. (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed beginning the week of July 31. 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 is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form. (2) Confirm by August 21 that the Afterschool Office has a current voucher on file for the start of School Year 2017-18. (3) Pay invoice (minimum payment: deposit plus one week’s tuition). (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed along with an invoice beginning the week of July 31. 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. Payment must be in the form of a personal check, bank check, or money order. If you wish to make online payments, please contact Cheryl Alpers (781-393-2102).

What if I want to add/change days after I register? 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 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 29, the first day of school for children in Grades 1-5. Afterschool starts on September 6, the first day of school for children entering kindergarten.

Financial Assistance remains limited. If you would like to be considered for scholarship assistance, please contact Cheryl Alpers at calpers@medford.k12.ma.us. We will contact you in July to complete paperwork and discuss eligibility.

Thank you for following these guidelines. For families not receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and the registration fee are returned and you have completed the FACTS registration process by July 1. For families receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and an active voucher are on file. (Note: You will only receive notice if you have been placed on a wait list.)

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

2017-2018 Before School Program Registration

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Registration for new Before School program students begins Monday, April 3, 2017.

Please bring completed registration form to the Assistant Superintendent’s office at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street between 8 am and 12 pm or 1 pm and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Medford Public Schools’ Before-School Program is available to assist working parents & guardians with early drop off for students in grades K-5 at the four elementary schools. The program runs from 7:30 AM until the start of the school day.

Enrollment is offered on a first come, first served basis.

$127.30 per month for 5 days a week
$95.50 per month for 3 days a week

Medford Community Directory for Families with Young Children

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Updated September 5, 2017

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– Created by our Early Childhood/Afterschool Program.

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Job Postings and Stipend Positions- Updated Oct. 5, 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

  • Spring coaching positions: Head Girls Lacrosse and Head Boys Tennis. Interested candidates should send resume and 2 references to Bob Maloney at rmaloney@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Long Term Substitute Social Studies Teacher at Medford High School. Appropriately licensed candidates should submit resume and cover letter to Bernadette Ricciardelli, Director of Curriculum and Instruction – bricciardelli@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Classroom based Nurse (RN): Classroom positions for Registered Nurse are available immediately. Applicants must be a graduate of a Registered Nursing program approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration and must hold a current Massachusetts nursing license and CPR/First Aid certifications. A minimum of 2 years of experience in pediatric, community health or emergency room nursing is required. Experience with tracheostomy care is required. Please send letter of interest, resume and copies of licenses and certifications to Toni Vento, MS, RN, NCSN (tvento@medford.k12.ma.us).
  • School Physician School Physician position available November 1, 2017 for Medford Public Schools. Applicant must hold a valid license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and knowledge about the health needs of children and adolescents. Additional preferred qualifications include Board Certification in the areas of Pediatrics, Family Practice or Adolescent Medicine and an active practice or significant connection to the City of Medford. Scope of Responsibilities: The school physician contracts with the school department to provide medical expertise and consultation in the development and implementation of the comprehensive school health program. Please send letter of interest, curriculum vitae and copies of licenses to Toni Vento, MS, RN, NCSN (tvento@medford.k12.ma.us), Supervisor of Health Services, Medford Public Schools, Medford, Massachusetts.
  • Paraprofessional: Therapeutic Learning Program (Columbus Elementary and Andrews Middle School) Paraprofessional with behavior intervention experience: Elementary paraprofessional position. Applicant must hold a high school diploma or equivalent, Baccalaureate degree preferred. Training and experience in working with students with significant social-emotional-behavioral disabilities preferred. The paraprofessional will work to support students with disabilities who learn best when taught using a social emotional learning approach. Experience with implementation of behavior support plans, specialized curriculum, and curriculum modifications required. Ability to read a behavioral support plan, implement this plan, and collect data across the school day required. Please send resume to Susan Callahan at scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Paraprofessionals (Medford High School, Roberts Elementary) Classroom Assistant positions. Applicant must hold a high school diploma or equivalent, Baccalaureate degree preferred. Chosen paraprofessional will support a cohort of students with disabilities. Duties include: working with general and special education teachers to develop and prepare instructional materials; support students in gaining academic, organizational, and social skills, with a focus on increased independence; assist teachers in collecting and maintaining data on students’ progress. Please send resume to Susan Callahan at scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Interested applicants please forward your letter of interest, resume and credentials to Susan Callahan at scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us
  • School Year 2017-18: 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.
  • High school advisors and lunch room monitors (PDF)
  • Adult Education Electrical III Teacher Medford Technical Institute, located at Medford Technical High School is looking for an adult education teacher for the fall and winter semester. The candidate should possess the required license from the MA Division of Professional Licensure. This course is for Electrical III standards. Please send resume and statement of qualifications/interest to Rich Cormio, rcormio@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • EL elementary and secondary teachers (subject to budget approval). Exemplary oral and written English language skills, excellent interpersonal skills, ESL licensure. To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Leslie H. Trotta, EL Director, ltrotta@medford.k12.ma.us, and to Mr. Roy Belson, Superintendent, Medford Public Schools, rbelson@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Special Education Teacher: Middle School Inclusion Support Program– Teach and case manage students requiring specialized supports within the general education classroom and small group setting. The program goal is to provide students with the skill instruction they need to be successful within a full or partial inclusion program. Applicant must hold a Massachusetts Moderate Disabilities PK-8 or Moderate Disabilities 5-12 license, an additional general education content license is preferred. Please send cover letter, resume, and copy of license to Susan Callahan at scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Humanities Lead Teacher (PDF)
  • (1) ELA Tutor to support tenth grade vocational students as they prepare for the MCAS. Must hold a license in ELA, grades 9-12. Please send all letters of interest to Nicole Chiesa and Heidi Riccio.
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired (PDF)

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