Medford High School News Archive

Important Update from Dr. Perella

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Good day students and families.

I hope you are enjoying the waning moments of this fabulous summer.

We are very excited about the upcoming year. There are a lot of new and exciting changes at the high school that we will be briefing students on during the first week of school. One change of particular importance is the addition of a fourth, class Assistant Principal. We are fortunate to have Mr. Ian Charles join our team as the freshman AP. In addition, Mr. David Blauch will be moving into the position of the sophomore AP.

Student Schedules

All student schedules will be mailed out Thursday morning August 24, and available online in SchoolBrains at noon on Friday, August 25th. Grade 9 students, who will be in Orientation on the 24th, will receive a copy of their schedule during the activities.

During the first week of school (Tuesday 29th – Thursday the 31st), all students will be provided the opportunity to address any major subject scheduling issue during the school day. We anticipate very few changes will need to be made due to the extensive scheduling review process last spring.

Please continue to check our school website for additional information. We will be updating the site often over the next few weeks.

I hope that you all enjoy your last few days of your break. Remember, the first day of school for all students is Tuesday, August 29th.

We will see you soon!

Dr. John Perella
Headmaster

MBTA Bus Passes for 2017-18 School Year

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Prices and Rules Information for FY 2017-2018

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

September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

$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 to 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 are 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.

STUDENT’S NAME, ADDRESS and GRADE MUST BE WRITTEN ON THE MONEY ORDER.

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.

Passes should be available for your child on September 1st.

A new M7 Card can only be purchased on the 1st of every month; no exceptions. If you are reactivating your active bus pass, this NEEDS to be done by the 27th of each month.

Example: You have an active card for the month of September. To keep the same card active you need to bring a money order for $30 on or before the 27th of September to have an active card for October. If you miss the renewal date, your card will only stay active for the remainder of the month. You will then need a new card that can only be issued on the 1st of the following month. We encourage you to keep your current card active month to month so there is no interruption.

Months and Dates to Purchase a Monthly Pass:

October
September 25, 26 and 27th

November
October 25, 26 and 27th

December
November 20 21, 22, and 27th

January
December 20, 21 and 22nd

February
January 24, 25 and 26th

March
February 16, 26 and 27th

April
March 23, 26, and 27th

May
April 25, 26 and 27th

June
May 23, 24 and 25th

Summer Math Packets for Algebra 1 Students

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Incoming ninth graders enrolled in Algebra I for this coming school year are expected to complete the summer mathematics packet for the first week of school.

Packets were distributed through the district’s middle schools in June.

Copies are available at the Main Office of Medford High School 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Freshmen Orientation Thursday, Aug. 24th

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, Medford High School and Medford Vocational-Technical High School will host the Grade 9 Orientation for all students entering 9th grade. The event will take place from 8:00 – 11:00 am at Medford High School. Please plan to have your child arrive to the Medford High Main Lobby no later than 8:00 AM for registration.

During the orientation, students will engage in the following activities:

– Class of 2021 assembly with introductions from the Headmaster, Vocational Director, Assistant Principal and other administrators.

– Class of 2021 group photo

– Scheduling question & answer session with guidance personnel and the Headmaster

– Tour of the school

– Getting familiarized with his or her Homeroom Advisory and locker

– Activities in Homeroom Advisory

During the event, all high school and vocational school administrators and a number of teachers and guidance/support staff will be present to help address students’ questions or concerns. Please mark your calendars and plan to have your child attend this important event.

Fall Sports Tryouts Schedule 2017- Updated Aug. 1

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Girls Volleyball
Aug. 24th, 25th & 28th
8 am – 12 pm
Medford High School, Cooper Gymnasium

Golf- Updated
Aug. 28th 6:00 am
Aug. 30th 3:15 pm
Unicorn Golf Course in Stoneham

Football
Aug. 21-23
9 am – 12 pm
MHS

Cross-country
Aug. 24th & 25th
8:00 am
Edgerly Field behind MHS

Girls Soccer
Aug. 24th & 25th
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Edgerly Field behind MHS

Boys Soccer
Aug. 24th & 25th
7 am – 3 pm
Edgerly Field behind MHS
**bring a lunch

All student athletes MUST have the following: updated physical, medical questionnaire and concussion form signed by both the parent and student athlete. Register online: https://medford-ar.rschooltoday.com/.

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Jun. 30th

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Master Events Calendar

School Calendar

Tuesday, August 29 is the first day of school for grades 1 through 12.

Wednesday, September 6 is the first day of school for kindergarten students.

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Summer Reading 2017

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

summer reading

ELA: Elementary Grades K-5

ELA: Middle & High School Grades 6-12

Social Studies: High School Grades 9-12

New MBTA Charlie Card Process for the Summer

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that beginning this summer, all 2016-2017 academic school year Student Charlie cards will remain active through August 31, 2017. This will allow all students with an active Student Charlie card full access to the MBTA at reduced fares over the summer months.

Effective at midnight on June 30, 2017 all M7 Charlie cards and Student Stored value Charlie cards (s-Card) that are active, will both FUNCTION as a Stored Value S-Card, Giving Students the ability to load both their M7 and S-card with stored value (pay per ride) or a monthly pass at MBTA Fare Vending Machine(FVM) located at any MBTA subway station.

Medford schools is opting out of administering cards during the summer months when school is not in session. If a card is lost over the summer, there are no replacement cards and you will be responsible to obtain a new card.

Students! It is highly recommended that you use all the stored Value (pay per Ride) down to zero $0.00 before August 31, 2017 so you don’t lose any funds.

New M7 Cards will be available in the Business Office beginning September 2017 for the new School Year. Have a safe and happy summer vacation!

http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/reduced_fare_programs/

Summer School Information

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Grades 6 & 7

Grades 8-12

Summer Camps & Other Activities- Updated

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Grades K-6

The Summer Fun Program will be offered through Medford Community Schools at Medford High School.  The program runs for (8) weeks from June 26th – August 18th, for students K-6.  Students will have an opportunity to participate  in a number of activities including sports, games, arts, crafts, movies, swimming and much, much, more.  Families can sign up on a weekly basis.  The program runs from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  The cost is $145 per week and includes breakfast everyday and pizza on Fridays!  Contact the Community Schools Office at (781) 393-2226 or download the registration form here.

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Middle School Computer Science Camp will provide students with the opportunity to explore the field of computer science and design, as well as, program real working mobile apps.  This camp is available to Medford through the Middle School Pathways in Computer Science Program, and is funded by the National Science Foundation, so there is no fee to attend.  Lunch is provided daily.  The camp is located at the McGlynn Middle School.  Camp dates are:  Mon/July 17th -Fri/July 21st.  Camp runs from 9 AM – 3:30 PM.  For information about this camp, please contact Molly Laden at mladen@medford.k12.ma.us

Medford Vocational Technical High School  CTE Explore Camp is for incoming 8th grade students from the McGlynn and Andrews Middle Schools who would like the opportunity to explore the various offerings in career and technical education that are offered at MTHS.  CTE Explore will run for two weeks:  July 10th-13th and July 17th-20th (Monday-Thursday) from 8 AM – 12 noon.  The cost for the two week program is $150 and includes one hour of swimming and a daily snack.  Due to the nature of this program, availability is limited.  Students will be enrolled on a first come/first serve basis.  For more information, please contact Jill Sawyer at jsawyer@medford.k12.ma.us

All Ages

The Medford Recreation Department is offering weekly events all summer.  There are events at local parks, plus Wrights Pond and the Tufts Pool will be opening at the end of June.  All information about Medford’s Summer Recreation Program can be found online at www.medfordma.org/summer or in the Recreation Guide which can be picked up at Medford City Hall, the Medford Family Network, the Medford Public Library, and at many other locations throughout the City. Stop by the City of Medford’s table at Medford Day on June 4 and Circle the Square on June 15 to learn more about the programs being offered and to pick up a Recreation Guide.  To speak with someone about all programs, please call 781-393-2486 or email medfordrecreation@medford-ma.gov.

Ages 0-5

The Medford Family Network hosts Traveling Playgroups in different parks, all summer from 9:00 AM – 11 AM, weather permitting The park schedule runs  Mondays-Thursday.  The Medford Family Network also hosts different events throughout the summer.  To obtain a complete list of the Traveling Playgroups Schedule, along with any MFN special summer events, you can go to medfordfamilies.org.

Sports Camps (ages vary)

The Mustang Basketball Program will once again be hosting a summer camp the weeks of June 26th and July 10th.  Girls and Boys entering grades K-9 are encouraged to participate.  The camp will held at Medford High School.  The time of the camp, is daily, 9 AM – 2:00 PM. and the camps will be held  June 26th – June 30th and  July 10th – July 14th.   Cost per camper – $160 for one week – $290 for two weeks.   Family cost (2 or more children) – $135 per student per week.  For further information, please contact Coach John Skerry at jskerry@medford.k12.ma.us

There will be a Swim Clinic at the Medford High School Pool – August 14th- 18th from 2 PM- 5 PM – Cost $75 per student Ages-8-13 years old – The Swim Clinic exposes swimmers to competitive swim team activities.  Student will watch swimming technique videos, do exercises and drills on land and in the water to strengthen swimming form and efficiency.  They will do relay games. Swimmers should be at least a Level 3 Swimmer, and able to swim on top of the water and float in deep water without assistance.  For further information or to register, please contact Coach Mary Judge at mjudge@medford.k12.ma.us

Summer Soccer Camp- all ages- August 14 through August 18. Please click here to download the flier & registration form (Word).

Medford Volleyball Camp Come join the Medford High School Volleyball team and Head Coach Taylor Dyer for a week of skills, drills, and game play. Boys and Girls, grades 6-9, are welcome to come and learn all about the sport of volleyball.

When: July 31st- August 4th

Time: 8:30 am – 12:00pm

Where: Medford High School

Cost : $110

Please contact Coach Dyer at tdyer@medford.k12.ma.us

City of Medford Summer Recreation Program

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is excited to announce the 2017 Summer Recreation Program. Registration is now open for over 20 athletic and hands-on programs.

Athletic clinics include soccer, flag football, softball, swimming and more for ages ranging from 3 to adults. Hands-on programs introduce youth ages 5-14 to creative activities such as computing, filmmaking, Lego workshops, rocket-making and more.

Medford’s popular 6-week Parks Program is also returning, giving youth an opportunity to get outside and play from 9am-1pm each day from July 10 to August 18. This year, all activities will take place in a different single park throughout Medford each week, bringing all youth together in one location. Activities will include sports, games, crafts, and more and the park locations will be Harris Park, Barry Park, Carr Park, Tufts Park, Morrison Park, and Playstead Park. The Free Lunch Program will provide youth ages 18 and under with lunch at no-cost at five of the six locations. (There will be no free lunch at Playstead Park).

Residents are also invited to get out and cool off at Wright’s Pond and Tufts Pool which are scheduled to open on June 24. Wright’s Pond is open to residents only, and vehicle and walk-in passes will be on sale beginning June 1st. Tufts Pool is open to residents and non-residents, and family and individual passes will also be on sale on June 1st. All passes can be purchased online at www.medfordma.org/summer, by mail, or in the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Medford City Hall during normal operating hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm; Wednesdays from 8:30am to 7:30pm, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Pool passes can no longer be purchased at Tufts Pool.

“In the winter of 2017, over 1,300 people responded to a survey designed to gather feedback about what our community wants to see in a Recreation Program in Medford,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We’re excited to incorporate this feedback into our summer program, and will be proposing during budget cycle a full-time Recreation Department for the fall of 2017 which will offer year-round programming and will further incorporate the important feedback from the community gathered in the survey.”

All information about Medford’s Summer Recreation Program can be found online at www.medfordma.org/summer or in the Recreation Guide which can be picked up at Medford City Hall, the Medford Family Network, the Medford Public Library, and at many other locations throughout the City.

To speak with someone about all programs, please call 781-393-2486 or email medfordrecreation@medford-ma.gov.

Take a look at the new 2017 Recreation Guide!
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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 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 781.393.2204.

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Absentee Phone Lines

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Grade 10 & 12 students: Jane King @ 781-393-2245

Grade 9 & 11 students: Kathy Johnson @ 781-393-2285

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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