Medford Vocational Technical High School News Archive

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

Daily Notices for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

“C” 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 May 1st 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.

Junior prom tickets will be on sale after school outside of the Library this week. 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. Tickets will also be on sale after vacation.

Attention students: TODAY is the last day to purchase May bus passes!

Reminder to orchestra students: tonight’s rehearsal is our final rehearsal before our May 4th concert.

The GSA would like to invite you to an information meeting next Tuesday, May 2nd, 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, May 2nd in LH2 from 2:30-3:00. You will NOT be allowed to participate if you do not attend the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Attention AP students – the AP pre-administration session is scheduled for TODAY during 6th period in the cafeterias. If you are taking an AP exam, you are required to attend.

Come join us this Friday 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.

There will be a Foreign Language Club meeting after school in Senora Lepore’s room C103.

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 3 pm. All are invited and refreshments will be served.

Reminder that Interact is meeting in C315 TODAY after school. New members welcome – the door is always open!

The Magic and Cardistry Club will be meeting right after school TODAY in Ms. Littman’s room, B307, until 3:00 pm.

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.

Dr. Riccio Leaving at End of School Year

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Dr. Heidi Riccio has been appointed to the position of Career and Technical Education Director at North Shore Essex Technical High School in Danvers. This school, built in 2014, united Essex Agriculture with North Shore Technical High School. Dr. Riccio will assume her new duties on July 1, 2017. She is committed to completing the current projects here in Medford and to assist the Superintendent and School Committee in the search for her successor.

Over the course of the last four years, Vocational Technical Principal/Director Dr. Riccio has made a substantial and significant contribution to the advancement of our educational program. Her vision, knowledge, and energy have propelled the Vocational Technical High School into the 21st Century.

Dr. Riccio created and developed nine, new, state-of -the art, Chapter 74 approved programs and strengthened the previously existing, eleven offerings. She has acquired multiple grants and in-kind resources to support their evolution. Her work with Headmaster Dr. John Perella and staff has unified Medford High and the Medford Vocational Technical High School into a coherent educational institution that enables all students to benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare them for college or career. An important result of her work is being able to recapture out of district tuition along with the generation of a regional model that will support and sustain advanced technical training and education for years to come.

Dr. Riccio established twenty career/technical advisory committees that bring real world expertise into the classroom. Her recruitment of key personnel has created multiple cooperative field based education opportunities for students and produced partnerships with relevant industries.

Heidi Riccio has traveled to Medford daily from Salisbury, Massachusetts, and spent long hours constructing and improving our technical education program. This commitment has caused her to miss many family events and the opportunity to participate regularly in her daughters many activities. This spring, a professional opportunity emerged which will enable her to significantly reduce her daily commute and to recapture the many lost hours with her family that includes two high school aged daughters and a college freshman. It is no wonder that after the powerful impact she made here, it made her a highly sought after educational leader for a Vocational/Technical school district.

Superintendent Belson commented, “We are very appreciative and thankful for Dr. Riccio’s immense contributions and achievements. We wish her and her family all the best as she moves onto her new position at Essex Tech. Medford’s Vocational/Technical program has a solid foundation and we are confident that the future will continue to be bright with the momentum that has been set in motion under the leadership of Dr. Riccio.”

“She has been such an asset to the Medford Public School system as a whole. She certainly changed the course for technical education in our community and I would imagine beyond our borders as well … We wish her nothing but the best,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke.

Dr. Riccio also commented, stating, “I would like to thank Superintendent Belson and the Medford School Committee for taking a chance on me four years ago. The families I have encountered in Medford care deeply about vocational education and it has given me the opportunity to expand programming beyond the vocational school and into the high school. Collaboration with the high school has been one of the highlights of my time in Medford as the leadership shares a common vision and purpose in ensuring all students are given a high quality education regardless of their pathway. As a firm believer of career and technical education, I am proud of the work accomplished by the school as a result of the dedication of staff who worked tirelessly to grow and improve programming at Medford Tech. In addition, I greatly appreciate the support of the advisory board members, industry partners, and the Medford Tech Alumni. While I am leaving to a position closer to home, I will always have a connection to Medford and the community I was fortunate enough to serve.”

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.

Acceptance Information Update

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Wondering if your child is accepted to Medford Tech? Letters will be sent after April vacation.

Although we are deepening our collaboration with the high school, vocational education students has some guidelines that are unique. We are maintaining our admissions policy for the following reasons:

We believe it is important to determine the interest-based students through the application process because they will need to make a choice to continue their CTE (career technical education) curriculum. The reason we are doing this is as follows:

1. CTE reporting purposes to the state as far as program vs. course
2. Interest of student in CTE vs. taking an elective course
3. If there is a waitlist for a program, it will be determined by commitment to CTE.
4. This will ease the process for grade 10 scheduling of CTE programs and the student’s career pathway.

Guidance counselor forms are not needed this year! If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Berube, our Enrollment Coordinator at

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.

Join the new Medford Technical Alumni Association!

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Medford’s Technical High School, formerly the Medford Vocational Technical High School, is growing in leaps and bounds!

There are now over (20) major courses of study available and Tech students can now take courses in the High School, and High School students can now take courses in the Technical School. Whether you attend the comprehensive High School or the Technical High School, college is definitely a choice for all students now.

“Medford’s Technical High School offers many new options for students. As a Voke Alumni, we are appealing to you for guidance and support. It is our hope that you will join our newly formed Alumni Association and assist us in helping to educate the next generation of Technical High School students. Technical High Schools are the wave of the future. Please consider joining the Medford Technical Alumni Association,” said Rich Cormio, Organizer, Medford Technical High School Alumni Association.

Please click on the link below to complete this form:

Apply to Medford Tech Online

Monday, November 14th, 2016

You will need two forms- the online Application for Admission (link below) and a Guidance Counselor Recommendation form (download below).

Apply Online

Guidance Counselor Recommendation

Applications due April 1st!

Now accepting Everett students!

All out of district applications must be completed and received by April 1, 2017.

Watch the Latest Mustang Video Reports! Updated Apr. 7th

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, 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

Master Events Calendar

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2017-2018 Calendar (next year)

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

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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Uniform Policy- Updated Aug. 8, 2016

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

All vocational high schools in the state of Massachusetts follow OSHA standards and regulations. As a result, uniforms are a necessary part of the safety of your child. Whether it is work boots or safety glasses, or un-torn jeans, they are all intended to keep your child safe. There have been many safety accidents and deaths in recent months. Many of these have occurred because of untrained employees, not wearing appropriate clothing, or carelessness. At MVTHS, we are committed to educating your teen worker so that safety is first and foremost. Proper uniform is also important in teaching your child key employability skills that will take them into the workforce at an advantage to others. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you need assistance in paying for uniform, please contact the Principal’s office at 781-393-2369.

Please note the following: ALL grade 11 and 12 students are expected to enter homeroom in full uniform during their CTE program week. ALL grade 10 students are expected to be in uniform upon arrival to their CTE program time.

The handbook clearly states infractions to the uniform policy. If a student is not prepared for class, a phone call will be made immediately and the parent/guardian will need to bring the uniform in for the child to participate. We strongly encourage parents to communicate with their child the importance of their uniform.

If there are questions related to this, please contact your CTE instructor.

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