District News Archive

Medford High School Pool Free Swim Days Dec. 26 & 28

Monday, December 18th, 2017


Medford High School Pool

Tuesday December 26, 2017 & Thursday December 28, 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

– Open to all Medford Residents

– Parents /guardians must stay on the pool deck while children are swimming

– Participants must be toilet trained

School Committee Meetings Dec. 18 & 21

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Medford School Committee
Regular Meeting – December 18, 2017
Council Chambers – 7:00 p.m.

Medford Public Schools Fine Arts Department Holiday Music Presentation

I. Approval of Minutes of December 4, 2017

II. Approval of Bills/Transfer of Funds

III. Approval of Payrolls

IV. Report of Secretary

V. Report of Committees
– Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2017

VI. Community Participation
– Maureen Ronyne

VII. Report of Superintendent

1. Recommendation to Accept Gift to Robotics Club

2. Report on Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility

3. Report on Statement of Interest Application to MSBA

4. Report on Security Cameras

5. Recommendation to Approve School Lunch Charge Policy

6. Negotiations and Legal Matter

VIII. Old Business

IX. Communications

X. New Business

XI. Requested Reports

– 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)

– Update and Next Steps for RTI requested on February 1, 2018 (10/16/17)

– Report on return of free/reduced lunch applications (Dec. 4, 2017)

– Report of Business Office staff names/job titles

To: Superintendent Search Sub Committee Members

From: Paulette Van der Kloot, Chairperson

Re: Sub Committee Meeting

Date: December 15, 2017

There will be a Superintendent Search Sub Committee meeting on Thursday, Dec. 21st at 7:15 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

The purpose of the meeting is to review documents and to make recommendations regarding the informational materials and processes for the search.

Cc: School Committee Members

Winter Vacation Reminder

Thursday, December 14th, 2017


Friday, December 22 is an early release day for all students K-12.

Our winter vacation ends on January 1 and school resumes on Tuesday, January 2.

Medford Voc-Tech Culinary Arts 12th Annual Holiday Bake Sale

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Culinary Arts holiday bake sale

Pre-Order List

Per Bag Items $3.50
Chocolate Fantasies
Jelly Centers
Tuxedo Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Breads $8.00
Babka, Pannetone,or Brioche

Small Tea Breads $3.00
Datenut, Banana, Lemon Poppy Cranberry –

Pies & Tarts
Our World Famous Three Berry pie – $15.00
Pear & Frangipane Tart – $ 15.00

Fruit Cakes or Figgy Pudding – $25.00

Hand-crafted Chocolates – $10.00/per box
Peppermint Bark or Chunky Fruit & Nut Bark Mix

Please submit orders by email to cafeelectra@medford.k12.ma.us or call 781-391-1182 during school hours (7:45 am to 2:18 pm)

Orders due by 2:00 PM Monday, Dec. 18. Please provide contact info with your order.

Pick up on Thursday, Dec. 21, 9am – 1pm in the new Bistro 489 (2nd floor, MVTHS)

Happy Holidays!

Medford High School Pool Winter Special

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


Sign up between December 4, 2017 and January 31, 2018

3 month Lap swim membership $99.00
3 month Family swim membership $125.00

To sign up, call the community schools office at 781-393-2226

*Low income rates available

Supt. Belson’s Statement On Superintendent Succession Plan

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Superintendent Belson delivered the following statement during the November 20, 2017 School Committee (watch here):

“In June 2016, the Medford School Committee approved a succession plan for the position of Superintendent of Schools. A copy of that plan is attached to this report/recommendation. While it is within your discretion to keep, modify, and/or change the plan, it is a fundamental blueprint to begin the processes of succession and transition.

It has been my privilege and honor to be an educator in the Medford Public Schools for fifty years and to serve as your Superintendent of Schools for twenty-three years. I have greatly benefitted from the high quality and diligence of the professionals, support staff, school committee members and citizens who have worked with me throughout my career. I am eternally grateful to them for making my tenure and responsibilities as productive and rewarding as reasonably possible.

I have been very fortunate to have seen former students become teachers, administrators, and staff in our schools. I have had the experience of enrolling the children and grandchildren of former students.

While no one does significant work alone, I have had the opportunity to build new schools, establish a full range of programs, and acquire hundreds of millions in grants for our community and school district. Understandably, there is always room for improvement, but much has been done and more will be done in the months ahead. No one gets to finish everything, but we have put a lot in place that will be a solid foundation for the future.

Therefore, I am herein informing the Medford School Committee that it is my intention to retire from the position of Superintendent of the Medford Public Schools at the completion of my contract on June 30, 2018. This decision has been made without reference to any governmental change and/or issues that are in our community. It is simply the right period for me to spend more time with my family and to pursue special causes and interests that have not been possible given the schedule and work responsibility of an active School Superintendent.

It is my intent and plan to be fully engaged in the months ahead as your Superintendent. We have a lot of positive opportunities ahead of us and I will do everything possible to optimize and achieve our goals. Furthermore, I will be fully committed to ensuring a smooth and effective transition to new senior leadership.

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as Superintendent for the last 23 years. I am grateful to all.”

The School Committee commented after his remarks:

Mayor Stephanie Burke – “Mr. Superintendent, you have served this school system for over 50 years, with great pride and respect. I want to personally thank you for staying on during my first term as Mayor to help me adjust to the Chairman’s position. If you have any school question at all, you would get your answer from Roy. You will be greatly missed!”

Ann Marie Cugno – “Thank you Superintendent Belson. I speak out of respect for your dedication and devotion to the Medford School System. Roy is looked upon as a leader in education throughout the state. Most Superintendents stay in a district 3 years. We are very, very lucky to have had you for as long as we have.”

Paulette Van der Kloot – “Mr. Superintendent, you are an exceptional leader, unparalleled in your service. You work late into the night and on weekends. You are available to us at anytime of the day or night, or even if you are away at a conference or on vacation. You always return our calls. You respond to us immediately. You are compassionate leader as well, always ready to assist staff in their time of need. You have been a pioneer in this community, pushing the importance of early childhood education and the establishment of the Medford Family Network. A remarkable leader, you will be dearly missed.”

Kathy Kreatz – “Mr. Superintendent, you are a great leader who I am fortunate to have had guide me in my first term of office. You are always accessible to us and to the parents. Your retirement is bittersweet for me. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Robert Emmet Skerry, Jr. – “You have had a long run, a great run and dedicated 50 years of life to education. Medford is a better place because of you educationally. You are a master at the budget and always keep the needs of the children front and center. Don’t be a stranger.”

Mea Mustone – “Mr. Superintendent, I extend my congratulations and wish you well in your retirement.”

Erin DiBenedetto – “Mr. Superintendent, the blue and white run through your veins. You are leaving on a high note. Congratulations and best wishes.”

Free Public Skating at LoConte Rink

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Free public skating begins on November 28th and ends on March 1st.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
Saturdays 7 – 8:45 pm and Sundays 2 – 3:45 pm
*Additional school vacation hours will be added

Admission is free. Skate rentals $5. LoConte Rink is located at 97 Locust Street.

Any changes to the schedule due to high school hockey will be posted here.

Medford Special Education PAC Events- Updated Dec. 11

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

Program flier

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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- Community Access TV studio, MHS
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. 24th

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 24, 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 (Early Release Day) – Monday, January 1- Winter Break (School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2018)

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

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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 October 18, 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 Dec. 14, 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

  • Speech Pathologist Immediate opening for SLP-CCC full time position servicing students in preschool through grade 5. Please email a cover letter and resume to Susan Callahan at scallahan@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • Middle School Mathematics Substitute Teacher – Long-term substitute to begin January 2, 2018. Interested candidates please send resume and transcripts to Ms. Carolyn Joy, Director of Mathematics & Integrated Sciences, Medford Public Schools at cjoy@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • McGlynn Middle School ELA Teacher Interested candidates contact Bernadette Ricciardelli Director of Curriculum and Instruction at bricciardelli@medford.k12.ma.us.
  • 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.
  • Paraprofessionals (Medford High School, McGlynn Elementary, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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