McGlynn Elementary School News Archive

5th Graders Participate in Spelling Bee

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The fifth graders at the McGlynn Elementary School have been working tirelessly all year to increase their knowledge of vocabulary and spelling.  Each week students are provided with a new list of spelling words from the district-wide English Language Arts program, Journeys.  Students practice these words through in-class activities, reading, and homework assignments in order to prepare for a weekly spelling test.

The fifth grade teachers have compiled all of these spelling words as part of their annual spelling bee competition.  Students were given six weeks to review and practice the spelling words.  Each of the four classes then conducted a spelling bee to find the top five students from each class that would go on to the final spelling bee.

This year’s spelling bee finale had a special guest moderator, Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke.  Twenty students competed, resulting in nine finalists.  The nine students from Ms. Brearley’s, Ms. Notaro’s, Mr. Petrelis’s and Ms. Pyrcz’s classes, each made their way through the entire spelling word list.

   

    

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

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Play

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Mrs. Ewing’s Grade 2 Class at the McGlynn Elementary School put on a play to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. Check out some photos here!

(Photos courtesy of Nadia Turchi Purifory)

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

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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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.

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

McGlynn Elementary 2016 DESE School Report Card

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of the Columbus School’s “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) for 5th Grade Science and Technology and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests as compared to the district and the state. Because we took PARCC last year, the school was held harmless.

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. One school in the district increased their scores and so we are no longer Level 3.

– 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 14. This means that our school is performing higher than 14 percent of the elementary 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. The Columbus PPI did not meet target.

To improve student achievement in our school, we are conducting MOCK MCAS 2.0 sessions three times per year at all grade levels – 3 through 5, Tuft’s tutors for grades 2 and 3, Mystic Valley Elder Care Services to offer support in the classroom, the support of a Math Coach, practice with Open Response type assessment questions, implementation of Response to Invention blocks, instructing students to reply to all assessment questions with best estimates, and differentiated instruction; to name a few instructional strategies.

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 the full report card visit http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. 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 781.393.2333.

Sincerely,

Diane Guarino

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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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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
781-393-2102
calpers@medford.k12.ma.us

FOR ALL OTHER QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PAYMENT SYSTEM PLEASE CONTACT FACTS AT 866-441-4637.

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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