Andrews Middle School News Archive

A Letter to the AMS Community 2/23/2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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No School Monday, February 26, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

As many of you know, during the past few days there has been a significant amount of community discussion and concern about safety in the Medford Public Schools.

A decision was made that classes for students have been cancelled and faculty (including paraprofessionals) will engage in professional development specific to school and safety concerns on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Medford Public Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Medford Youth Volleyball Spring League

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

With Medford High Varsity Coach Taylor Dyer and varsity players

Monday and Wednesday
April 9th through May 16th
McGlynn Middle School
6th Graders 6:00-7:00 PM
7th and 8th Graders 7:00-8:00PM

Every player will make a team and practice with coaches on Mondays. They will learn a solid foundation of volleyball along with the rules of the game. Wednesday nights all the teams will play against each other in a round robin, parents are welcome to come and watch. Contact Coach Taylor at tdyer@medford.k12.ma.us

Download the registration form (Word)

Superintendent Search- Updated Feb. 12, 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Community Forums

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), a consultant for the Superintendent Search Committee, will be hosting Focus Group Forums this week. MASC Executive Director Glenn Koocher will be present to obtain input from the Medford community about what they would like to see in their new Superintendent.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 12 noon – 2:00 pm – In the CCSR Bloomberg Room in the MHS Library – For School Administrators

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 pm – In the CCSR Bloomberg Room in the MHS Library – For Teachers/Staff

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 3:00- 5:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm – in the Alden Memorial Chamber, City Hall – For The General Public/All are welcome

The meetings will be set up as open forums where individuals will be able to present oral testimony (5 minute maximum), or provide written statements to MASC.

In addition, all are welcome to complete the Superintendent Survey (see links below).

Survey

The Medford School Committee has created a survey that provides the opportunity for citizens, parents, faculty and staff to have electronic input into the Superintendent Search Process. Surveys are provided in (4) different languages. They can be accessed below via the following links.

“We encourage people to fill out the survey during the month of February, so that the Search Committee has the benefit of the input as we review potential candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools,” said Mayor Burke.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedfordSuperSearchEN

Portuguese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedfordSuperSearchPT

Haitian Creole: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedfordSuperSearchBI

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedfordSuperSearchES

Search Committee

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke announced the members of the Superintendent Search Committee.

“We had over 70 applicants and it was my goal to produce a diverse committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators and community leaders,” said Mayor Burke.

The Mayor will serve as Chairperson of the Search Committee. Veteran School Committee Member Paulette Van der Kloot will serve as the Vice Chairperson. The other School Committee representative will be Paul Ruseau.

Additional members include the following parents: Joanne Bell (Brooks Elementary, Andrews Middle School and Medford High School), Jenny Graham (Brooks Elementary School), Alexis Rodriguez (Roberts Elementary School), and Jane Wright (McGlynn Elementary School, McGlynn Middle School, and Medford Vocational Technical High School). Melanie McLaughlin (Brooks Elementary and Medford High School), will serve as both a parent as well as the SEPAC representative.

Teachers who will serve include: Douglass Bowen-Flynn (Medford High School), Sarah Grant (Andrews Middle School), and Joseph Plati (Columbus Elementary School). The Administrator will be McGlynn Middle School Assistant Principal Jody Liu.

The student representative will be Medford High School student Justin Tseng. Also serving on the Committee will be the City’s Diversity Director Neil Osborne.

Should the need arise, Mayor Burke has also chosen the following alternates: Parent-Doug Nagengast (Roberts Elementary School), School Committee Member Kathy Kreatz, Teacher Larry Brown, (Medford Vocational Technical High School) and Administrator Bernadette Riccardelli.

The search process will be coordinated in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Schedule

Mayor Burke has implemented the following schedule in anticipation of being able to publicly interview candidates by the week of March 27th.

The Superintendent Search Committee Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 7 will be the first meeting of the Superintendent Search Committee, where the committee will meet with Glenn Koocher from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, (MASC). He will provide the Committee with an orientation session to acclimate the group to the search process.

Focus group meetings will be held on February 14th (internal) and February 15th (parents/guardians, community members) at 7 PM at Medford High School.

Potential interview questions from the Search Committee will be due to the Mayor by February 25th.

Interested candidates for the position of School Superintendent must file their applications with the Search Committee by February 28th.

MASC will assist by going through all the applications and presenting them to the Search Committee by March 1st.

The Committee will meet on March 6th to select who they would like to interview and finalize the questions they will ask each of the candidates.

Preliminary interviews of candidates will be conducted from March 10th– March 20th in executive session. The expectation is to recommend finalists to the full School Committee, who will then conduct public interviews, by March 21st.

Interviews will likely begin around March 27th.

“We have set forth an ambitious agenda with the goal of selecting a new superintendent by early April. The selection process will remain public and transparent. By working together we will be able to select a Superintendent who will continue to move the Medford Public Schools forward”, said Mayor Burke.

Flu Symptom Check List

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Bus Schedule 2017-18- Updated Jan. 18th

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

There will be no bus stop changes until further notice as of the 9-18-17 update to provide a routine schedule and consistent route for all.

School Year 2017-18 Bus Routes
As of January 18, 2018

Starting times are indicated for the first stop of each bus route. Plan on roughly 5 minutes between every stop on the route.


School Year 2017-2018 Transportation Routes

  1. Please be 10 minutes early to your morning pickup location. Buses tend to run a little behind the first days of school and will settle into a timely routine in 2-3 weeks.
  2. Afternoon runs tend to run behind as well the first 2-3 weeks.
  3. Be respectful of the personal property that abuts the bus stop.
  4. No “boom boxes” will be allowed on the buses.
  5. If transporting musical instruments on the bus, check with the driver as to where they should be placed. Space is tight as each bus has a large number of riders.
  6. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade must be met by a parent/guardian/or designated other. If not, they will be returned to school and must be picked up there.
  7. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade will be provided (at school) a bus tag that must remain on their backpack for the duration of the school year.
  8. Please see your school’s handbook for bus riding rules.
  9. Only student bus riders may board the bus. Parents/guardians/designated others must wait curbside.

Questions? Please email transportation@medford.k12.ma.us.

Thank you!

– Medford Public Schools

February Vacation Camp for Grades K-6

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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AMS 2017 DESE School Report Card

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Dear Parents or Guardians:

We are pleased to enclose the Andrews Middle School 2017 DESE “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 Next Generation Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS 2.0) test as compared to the district and the state.
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 No Level because of Students in this school participated in the 2017 Next Generation MCAS test.

• 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 has no percentile because of Students in this school participated in the 2017 Next Generation MCAS test.

• 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 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 the Andrews Middle School.

Sincerely,
Paul D’Alleva

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School Report Card, Accountability Information, & “Right-to-Know”
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires districts to annually prepare and distribute district and school report cards to the parents/guardians of all children enrolled in district schools. Report cards must include information related to (1) assessments, (2) accountability, and (3) teacher quality as that information applies to the district as a whole and as it applies to each school within the district. In addition to the report cards themselves, federal law requires that certain information be communicated to families of children enrolled in a district’s schools. This information must include, at a minimum: (1) the accountability and assistance level of the child’s school and district; (2) the reason for the level designation, such as the aggregate or high needs groups not meeting cumulative progress and performance index (PPI) targets; (3) an explanation of what the level designation means; (4) an explanation of the school and/or district improvement activities the district has initiated to increase performance in Level 2-4 schools, and how parents/guardians can become involved in school and district improvement activities; and (5) for Title I schools, information about right-to-know requirements regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher(s).

Student Clubs

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

New Clubs Available

The McGlynn Middle School is starting up three new clubs: GEM, BOOK CLUB, and ODYSSEY OF THE MIND! Andrews students are invited to join, too. Read more here.

Current McGlynn Middle School Clubs

Book Club – First meeting in 310 with Ms. Cerasuolo and Ms. Sanford

Builder’s Club – Is meeting every Thursday in 312 with Mr. McGillicuddy and Mr. Kuzmicz

World Culture and Language– Wednesdays with Mr. Tiberi and Ms. Bonaccorsi in 122

GEM – First meeting on November 14 in 324 with Ms. Bellini, Ms. Taylor, and Ms. Tremble

Printing Club (Art) – Thursdays, first meeting November 9 with Ms. Fee in 301

Odyssey of the Mind – With Ms. Zeckman in 128 on Wednesdays; first meeting is November 8

ANDREWS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN!!!

Parents’ Guide to MCAS 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The guide is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education website

Next Generation MCAS Update from DESE for Parents/Guardians

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Medford Special Education PAC Events- Updated Feb. 9

Monday, September 25th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Welcome Back to School!
Back to school social and update. Keep an eye out for monthly “Coffee with the Principals” hosted by the SEPAC at your school

October 11, 2017 Let’s Get Organized
Join us as we learn great tips for organizing all that IEP and 504 elated paperwork. We’ll have supplies and snacks!

November 8, 2017
Basic Rights in Special Education

What are your rights when it comes to the IEP and 504? What are procedural safeguards? Where do you go for problem resolutions?

December 13, 2017 Celebrate the Winter Solstice!
Join us for a winter wonderland of meeting other families, socializing and having fun. Perhaps special guests will be in attendance.

January 10, 2017 General Meeting followed by Turning 3 Transition
Meet other parents of children with special needs and join us for our Turning 3 workshop – transitioning into the school system.

February 14, 2017
Meet representatives from the Department of Education (DESE)

Network and socialize with representatives from several DESE departments.

March 14, 2017
Executive Functioning

What is Executive Functioning? How can my child be more organized?

April 11, 2017
Create a Financial Plan

Learn how to plan for your child’s future.

May 9, 2017
SEPAC Elections and Self Care

Come vote for your SEPAC representative and join us for chair massages, manicures, self-care tips and socializing.

June 13, 2017
Family Picnic

Join us for a family picnic in the park

Events topics subject to change – Please check online at https://www.facebook.com/SepacMedfordMa

All events take place at the Andrews Middle School (3000 Mystic Valley Parkway) unless otherwise noted

Free “Science on Saturday” Program at MIT for K-12 Students

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Science on Saturday website

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McGlynn MS & Andrews MS Bus Routes

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Middle School Bus Routes

Late Bus Routes

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Feb. 23rd

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Master Events Calendar

School Holidays (no school)

Monday, October 9- Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 7- City Election & Teacher Professional Dev. Day

Friday, November 10- Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24- Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 22 (Early Release Day) – Monday, January 1- Winter Break (School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2018)

Monday, January 15, 2017- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23- February Vacation

Monday, February 26- Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 30- Good Friday

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20- April Vacation

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day

School Calendar

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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