Parent Involvement

Opportunities for Parent Involvement at the Curtis/Tufts

  • Call the office when your child will not be in school that day.
  • Call your child’s adjustment counselor when something is going on in your child’s life that will impact the school day.
  • Call if you have no idea what to do with your child!
  • Call if you have a tip about something that is happening/going to happen that concerns you.
  • Come in and meet with the team of people working with your child:
    -At the yearly team meeting.
    -When your child seems to be struggling at school.
    -When your child is struggling at home.
  • Join us for our parent group. We offer an 8-week cycle in the fall, and an 8-week cycle in the spring. We meet to share our worries, our ideas, and our successes! You can join us for any and all meetings.
  • Think about the needs of the school, and if you have a connection for a donation, whether it is for technology, cash, information for a class lecture, or plants for landscaping, please let us know.
  • Join us for our quarterly Parent Advisory Council. Check the news section on our website for upcoming dates.
    PAC Purpose:
    -Adopting educational goals for the school (that are consistent with local and state policies/standards)
    -Identifying the educational needs of CTAS students
    -Reviewing the annual school building budget (March meeting).
    -Formulating a school improvement plan.
    -Review student handbook to consider policy changes for coming year.
  • Keep informed with or look into becoming part of the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
  • Join us for the Curtis Graduation, always a wonderful family affair.
  • Call and talk to us if you are concerned about what is happening at the school, either because of students’ behaviors/reports, school staff, rules, or because you have a tip you want to let the staff know about.
  • Other ideas? Let us know!

One Parent’s Reflections About the Curtis/Tufts

Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing. Sick of hearing what a bad kid he is, knowing there are none better. Suspensions for behavioral problems that made no sense to me.

Knowing something wasn’t right, telling teachers what a great kid he is and having them look right through you. Kids are smart, they know exactly what is going on, how they can kick a kid when he is down is beyond me, yet I saw it for nearly 10 years in various school systems. My boy….suspended in kindergarten, told he was going to end up in jail one day….this at the age of 5. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

School systems ignoring the problem again and again. One administrator had a great idea….mainstream him, he is fine. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

Phone rings, he is with the police and there was a problem at school. Daily concerns realized. Teachers watching bullying and when it is too late, trying to break up a fight as several people were on him, teacher reaches in gets hurt. My boy in court, medical documents proving what I have been saying for years, yet Police and school condemn him. Police tell me what a bad kid he is, school kicks him out and refuses to listen to DOCTORS. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

Old school tells him he can’t go to Junior Prom because he is a bad kid that had 1 episode nearly three years earlier…condemned, when the person who condemned him could not pick him out of a lineup….judged guilty without a trial. Curtis Tufts fought for him and were denied by a faceless person who has no idea what great kids he has down the street, just glad he does not have to deal with them anymore. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

Curtis Tufts – At the beginning it was scary and yet it felt good, away from all his friends yet safe from the anxieties that have plagued him his whole life. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

Teachers at the Curtis Tufts, caring, nurturing and concerned. Patient and understanding. They opened their arms to my boy and welcomed him. They did not look through him, they looked inside him and saw what an amazing kid he is. No judgment about past transgressions. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing.

Curtis Tufts – Amazing personnel who care so much about the people that go to the school and don’t treat them like thugs, dummies or outcasts. Teach, a word they take to heart, they teach not only school curriculum, but patience and how to deal with individual issues of each student. Staying late, coming in early and showing a kindness that I have not seen in any school. My boy has confidence and a swagger that I thought I would never see.

It is truly amazing what this school has done for my boy. I know I can never repay this debt because it is something they do with all students and they feel it is their job. The teachers do not look for accolades from anyone, just improvements from their students. The one thing I noticed is they get results, I know they don’t come easy but they get them and the teachers at Curtis Tufts are incredible people whom I know my boy will never forget. They have the toughest job in the City and they come to work with a smile and a helping hand. They took my son in when no one wanted him, they helped my boy and I can’t thank them enough. Daily concerns for his safety, minute by minute worries of the phone ringing…no more. Thank You Curtis Tufts.