District News Archive

News Advisory

Friday, March 24th, 2017

A WBUR story has reported that an Eastern Bus Company driver allegedly has a serious criminal record. This individual does not and has not ever driven a Medford school bus.

We appreciate the concerns of parents and the community, but everyone should be assured that the individual is not involved in any way with the Medford Public Schools.

– School Superintendent Roy E. Belson

2017-2018 Afterschool Program Registration

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Registration for the Afterschool program for new Medford Public School (MPS) students begins Monday, April 3, 2017. The program is at each of the four elementary schools for children Kindergarten through Grade 5.

The program operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 P.M. on days when school is in session. Enrollment is offered on a first come, first served basis.

The registration form should be posted on the MPS website on Friday, March 31 along with a letter that explains registration questions.

Rates for the 2017-2018 School Year are as follows:

$190.00 per month for two days
$282.00 per month for three days
$342.00 per month for four days
$396.00 per month for five days

Note: There are still openings available for this year’s Afterschool program. Please contact Shelley Gross, sgross@medford.k12.ma.us or 781-393-2102, 2211.

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

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

Building Bridges to Kindergarten: A Presentation for Parents/Guardians

Friday, March 17th, 2017

This presentation includes information for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Medford High School Pool
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. This course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water.

Course Dates:
Monday 4/17: 9am-6pm
Tuesday 4/18: 3:30pm-9pm
Wednesday 4/19: 4-9pm
Thursday 4/20: 4-9pm
Friday 4/21: 9-5pm

Course fee: $350.00

Register by April 10, 2017 by calling the community schools office at 781-393-2226

‘Teen Brain Development & Risk for Addiction’ April 12th

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Medford Public Schools Health Services Department and Team Medford cordially welcome you to:

“What Every Parent and Teacher Must Know About Teen Brain Development and the Risk for Addiction”

FREE community health forum for parents/guardians, teachers and community health care providers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:30 P.M. – 8 P.M.
Caron Theatre, Medford High School

Featuring Dr. Ruth Potee

Dr. Potee will discuss how the development of the teen brain and brain chemistry impacts teenage risk taking behaviors including alcohol and substance use. She provides realistic guidance for raising healthy teens in today’s society.

Dr. Potee is a graduate of Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College and Yale University School of Medicine. She serves as a Family Physician with the Valley Medical Group, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She provides a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, and addiction treatment. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Potee serves as the Co-Chair for Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County & North Quabbin. She is also the school physician for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, and the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections.

Parents and guardians of students in the Medford Public Schools are strongly urged to attend this important and informative seminar. All attendees please RSVP to Toni Vento, MS, RN, NCSN, Supervisor of Health Services, at tvento@medford.k12.ma.us, no later than April 8, 2017.

Dr. Potee’s presentation is made possible by a grant from Team Medford, Medford Board of Health

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.

Where

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

When

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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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.

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

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

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Job Postings and Stipend Positions- Updated Mar. 22, 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

  • Summer English Learner Programs (PDF)
  • MCAS Math Support Program (PDF)
  • Grade 8 permanent substitute for social studies needed. Must hold a minimum of a preliminary license. Please send resume to nchiesa@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • ESL Certified Substitute for long-term maternity leave needed. Position will be needed from Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Please send a letter of interest, DESE certification, and a resume to Leslie Trotta, ELL Director, to ltrotta@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Special Education Department summer positions (download 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.
  • Anticipated opening for a full time Spanish/Italian teacher at Medford High School for the 2017-2018 academic year. Interested candidates should contact Director of foreign Language, Rita DiCarlo rdicarlo@medford.k12.ma.us, 781-393-2375
  • Paraprofessional openings: Columbus Elementary, MVTHS: Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to scallahan@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.
  • 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