Medford High School News Archive

Daily Notices for Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, April 28th, 2017

“D” Day

Seniors – Time is running out and there’s a lot of money left! Don’t forget to submit your scholarship applications. Scholarships are posted in Naviance and available in the Guidance Office.

Sign up for the Key Club Blood Drive sponsored by the Red Cross in C117 with Mr. Wilson. The Blood Drive will be held on Monday in the Gym from 8:00-1:00. If you are interested, and are over the age of 16, please visit room C117 to see if you could qualify to donate.

TODAY is the last day to purchase junior prom tickets outside of the Library. You must bring your signed Junior Prom packet in order to purchase a ticket. The tickets are $80 and include the “Up All Night” Party at the Gantcher Center.

The GSA is having an information meeting Tuesday, for the Day of Silence that will be observed on May 4th. The Day of Silence brings awareness to silencing the effect of anti-LGBTQ+ bullying, harassment and discrimination. Silence can bring about change. Silence in numbers can make a statement. If you are interested, you must attend the mandatory meeting on Tuesday, in LH2 from 2:30-3:00, or you will NOT be allowed to participate.

Come join us TODAY after school in the courtyard for a fun-filled hour of digging, planting and mulching in the garden. Thanks to a grant, we were able to purchase some apple and peach trees! Come on by and get your green on! Community service hours are available.

Seniors Lucy Pellegrini and Lyndsey Demarco are hosting a forum on the topic of gender equality in sports and equality for the LGBTQ community on May 3rd in Café 1 at 3pm. All are invited and refreshments will be served.

Attention all students that traveled to Italy – Ms. Chalifoux has something for you! There will be a mandatory meeting in C303 on Monday, at 2:30! It will be about 15 minuti!

Prom Tips & Facts

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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Café Electra Open Friday

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Open 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Dine-in or take-out
Please call 781-391-1182 or email before 10:30 am

Soup $2.25
Portuguese Kale & Chorizo soup

Large Caesar Salad $3.25
w/ grilled chicken add $1.50

Entrée #1 $5.75
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Tips
Served with biscuit, collards, potato salad & corn on the cob
{Vegetarian option of above with stuffed green pepper}
(Ernst, Deb, Jacob)

Entrée #2 $5.75
Chicken & Pasta Salad
With curried mayonnaise & apples
(Deb & Terrance )

Dessert $2.00
Warm Dutch Apple Pie w/ cinnamon ice cream

Beverages $1.25
Coffee, tea, milk

Gender and LGBTQ Equality in Sports May 3, 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Seniors Lucie Pellegrini and Lyndsey Demarco are hosting a forum on the topic of gender equality in sports and equality for the LGBTQ community on May 3 in Caf I at 3 p.m.

All are invited and refreshments will be served.

Save the Date- Freshmen Orientation August 24, 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Grade 9 Orientation for September 2017 will be held on August 24, 2017 at MHS from 8-11 am. Further details will be provided as it gets closer.

National Honor Society Tutors in the MHS library

Friday, March 31st, 2017

The NHS tutors are available in the library from 2:45-3:45 on Mondays and 2:30-3:30 Tuesday-Thursday.

Please click here to view who is available each day.

Junior Prom ‘Up All Night’ Party Information

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Click to download participation contract

FAQ about Up-All-Night Party

What kinds of activities are planned?
Hypnotist, DJ, tattoo artist, caricature artist, “Disco Dome”, “Bungee Run”, “Adrenaline Rush Extreme” obstacle course, soccer, volleyball, board games, movies, and lots of food!

What is the dress for the Up All Night party?
Comfortable and casual! Sweats, jeans, etc.

By what time do I have to be there?
Students can arrive between 11:30 and 1:00. You must be there by 1:00 a.m. At 1:00 we call the parents of any students who are not there.

How should I get there?
Students are not allowed to drive to or from the party, you must be dropped off and picked up. Students are not allowed to walk home from the event.

Can I come to the Up All Night Party if I don’t go to prom?
Yes! Any junior can attend.

How much are tickets?
Tickets are $5 and are included in the cost of your prom ticket. If you don’t go to prom, you pay $5. Everyone who attends must have a signed contract. Click to download participation contract

What happens if my prom date isn’t a junior?
Your prom date is welcome to come to the party but they don’t have to. Some juniors bring them and some don’t. If they do come, they have to fill out a contract.

What time is the party over?
Party ends at 5 a.m. and an adult must come pick you up. Carpools are encouraged and an adult can take home other students.

What if I have an event the next day and can’t stay til 5 am? Can I leave early?
Yes, as long as you have an adult pick you up and sign you out.

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

Course Selection Forms for Incoming 9th Graders

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The following course selection forms are for students who will be in grade 9 next year at Medford High School/Medford Technical High School.

MHS 2016 DESE School Report Card

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of Medford High 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.

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 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 781.393.2204.

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Incredible Scholarship Opportunity for Medford Students and Families!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

As the cost of higher education becomes more and more costly, the Guidance Department is extremely excited to offer a resource to make college more affordable for you and your students.

Through a new program called, your student can automatically earn scholarships from colleges each time he or she achieves any of the following goals in school:

– Get an A in a course ($100 – $1,000)

– Get a B in a course ($50 – $600)

– Participate in a school club or sport ($25 – $250)

– Volunteer or provide community service

– And, much, much more.

What’s incredibly exciting, is that your student can earn scholarships for activities that typically are not recognized by colleges, such as baby-sitting, working part time, and helping out in the community.

Medford is among the first High Schools in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges.

Here is how you can best support your student to get the most from this opportunity:

1) Ensure that your student creates an account by clicking on this link (which will also earn you a $100 scholarship!)

2) Make sure you select “Medford High” as your High School.

3) Regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her “Portfolio” in order to earn “Micro-Scholarships” from colleges. Your student is eligible to receive scholarship money for each achievement from the start of 9th grade until midway through 12th grade.

4) Visit for more information.

For more information, see this recent article.

We hope using will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable.

If you have questions, I encourage you to contact Tim Klein at or send an email to Increasing numbers of public and private colleges continue to join the program. Colleges are added on a monthly basis and you can request colleges at any time. Your student will automatically get related Micro-Scholarships from all new colleges as they become available.


The Guidance Department

MHS/MVTHS Calendar of Important Dates- Updated Apr. 4, 2017

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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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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Monthly MBTA Bus Passes

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Prices and Rules Information for FY 2016-2017

The MBTA Board of Directors approved the following fare structure for student’s passes

September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

$30.00 monthly for a 7-day pass

If your child desires to purchase an MBTA monthly Bus Pass, the following procedures must be strictly adhered to:

Students must purchase a pass from Joanne Mortell in Accounts Payable Department at Medford High School on the dates listed below. The Accounts Payable Department is located on the right of the main lobby. Hours to purchase a pass are 7:00 A.M to 8:30 A.M and at the end of the school day. The phone number for the Accounts Payable Department is 781-393-2266.

No cash or personal checks area accepted money orders only. All money orders are made out to The City of Medford. You can get a money order at a bank, post office or at some grocery stores.


The 7 day Student Monthly pass is $30.00 per student per month. You can also purchase a 10 month yearly card for $300.00.

NOTE: Special arrangements will be made at the beginning of the school year for the purchase of September Pass. Passes should be available for your child the first week in September.

Months and Dates to Purchase a Monthly Pass:

November 22, 23, 28, and 29th

December 20, 21 and 22nd

January 25, 26 and 27th

February 16, 17 and 27th

March 27, 28, and 29th

April 25, 26 and 27th

May 25, 26 and 29th

Absentee Phone Lines

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Grade 10 & 12 students: Kathy Johnson @ 781-393-2285

Grade 9 & 11 students: Jane King @ 781-393-2245

Welcome to MHS Video

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The following video was created by Mr. Dempsey’s media students for our Grade 8 Open House:

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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