Medford High School News Archive

Spring Crew Mandatory Parent Meetings

Monday, February 27th, 2017

All high school Crew parents must attend one mandatory information meeting for spring 2017 men’s and women’s crew.

Two times are being offered: March 8, 6:30-7:00 or March 14, 6:00-6:30. Both meetings are taking place in Room V222 (second floor near athletic department).

Come and find out about our spring rowing season!

Grade 8 Course Selection Night Tuesday, Feb. 28th

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Grade 8 Course Selection Night

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

6:30 – 9:00 PM

6:30 pm Live music in the lobby provided by the MHS Orchestra
7:00 pm in the Caron Theater with the Headmaster, Dr. John Perella
7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Library with Curriculum & All Departments

Daily Notices for Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

“E” Day

Attention seniors: Do not forget to apply for scholarships in 1st floor guidance. New scholarships have come in, and every little bit helps!

Attention students: the sale for March bus passes has been extended through TODAY. Do not miss your chance to purchase one.

FREE swim lessons will be offered for Medford High School students for 4 weeks starting WEDNESDAY, March 8th from 2:45 to 3:45. If interested, please see Mrs. Perry to sign up.

Attention MHS: the Foreign Language Club’s Carnaval/Mardi Gras Dance will be Friday, March 17th from 7-10 pm in the Lobby. See Senora Lepore for more information.

Library Book Club will be held in the Library Viewing Room right after school. All are welcome!

Annual Transition Fair March 16th

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Medford Public Schools and Winchester Public Schools Offices of Special Education have come together and organized their Annual Transition Fair designed for students 14 years of age and older with disabilities to help plan for life after high school.

The Transition Fair is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Medford High School’s Library, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA.

Parents, Guardians and students are encouraged to attend this FREE event to learn about community-based services available for adults with disabilities, including, but not limited to, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities.

Twenty-five exhibitors will be attending, including: the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Developmental Services, Middlesex Community College’s Transition Program, Eastern Middlesex ARC, Triangle School-to-Career Program, Outside the Lines Art Program and many more. These exhibitors will include information regarding support for independent living skills, vocational training, adapted educational programs, recreational opportunities and supported housing.

FREE Informational Sessions are also included this year:
6:15 PM – Employment (MA Rehab Commission)
6:50 PM – Social Security Benefits (BenePLAN)
7:25 PM – Self-Advocacy (Boston Center for Independent Living)

This informative fair is an important resource for young adults with disabilities and their families who will be leaving high school.

For a complete list of vendors, please visit their web page at https://sites.google.com/winchesterps.org/transitionfair2017/home

For any questions, please contact Dr. Jan Hollenbeck, Medford Public Schools Special Education Coordinator at jhollenbeck@medford.k12.ma.us.

All are welcome to attend!

MARV the Art Bus Design Contest

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

MARV the Art Bus

Abou MARV the Art Bus

Last year, Medford Arts Center, Inc. (MACI) purchased an 18-seater school bus to turn into a roving art vehicle that could bring all types of art events to neighborhoods in Medford.

MACI reached out to Dr. Riccio to collaborate with students and staff at Medford Technical High School on converting the yellow school bus into MARV the Art Bus. Work started in September in the Automotive Collision department, where the bus seats were removed, and the outer body was patched and sanded to prepare for a new coat of bright aqua paint.

About the Contest

MACI has launched a contest to design a fancy coat over that aqua background. Artists or groups can submit proposals for a design that will be painted on the bus as a community event in the late spring and early summer. The contests is open to anyone with Medford ties, and the award for the winning design is $1,000.

You can read more about the contest at http://medfordart.org/design-contest-fancy-new-coat-for-marv-the-art-bus/, but don’t wait too long because submissions must be in by March 20, 2017.

Free Science on Saturdays Events at MIT

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
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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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Construction & School Parking Lot Notice

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Parents, guardians, community members: we are excited to share that the kick-off meeting for the Medford Cable Access TV construction has been completed and the project is poised to begin. As an overview, the project has a tentative 5-month window beginning in November and completion anticipated in the spring.

IFCC is the General Contractor that will be on-site at the High School for the duration of the project. Mobilization of equipment, materials and staging around the construction site is scheduled to begin the week ending November 4th. Please note that you may begin to see vehicles and contractors around the corner location at the front main entrance and corner leading up to the vocational entrance. There will be a chain link fence to isolate the construction zone but there will be a lot of activity in and around that section of the school. Additionally, general parking may be limited in the far corner to accommodate construction crew vehicles.

Please be advised that all safety measures have been reviewed and considered to minimize traffic and accessibility disruption in and around the building. We will continue to communicate with you as major milestones are reached and/or information needs to be shared regarding this very exciting project.

Thank you all for your support and understanding during this process.

Watch the Latest Mustang Video Reports! Updated Feb. 17th

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Brought to you by students in Mr. Dempsey’s Video class

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 raise.me, 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 raise.me “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 www.raise.me/parents for more information.

For more information, see this recent article.

We hope using raise.me 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 tklein@medford.k12.ma.us or send an email to support@raise.me. Increasing numbers of public and private colleges continue to join the raise.me 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.

Sincerely,

The Guidance Department

MHS/MVTHS Calendar of Important Dates- Updated Feb. 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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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

Master Events Calendar

School Calendar

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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.

STUDENTS 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.

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:

December
November 22, 23, 28, and 29th

January
December 20, 21 and 22nd

February
January 25, 26 and 27th

March
February 16, 17 and 27th

April
March 27, 28, and 29th

May
April 25, 26 and 27th

June
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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