Andrews Middle School News Archive

Superintendent Belson’s Statement On Succession Plan For A New School Superintendent

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Superintendent Belson delivered the following statement during the November 20, 2017 School Committee (watch here):

“In June 2016, the Medford School Committee approved a succession plan for the position of Superintendent of Schools. A copy of that plan is attached to this report/recommendation. While it is within your discretion to keep, modify, and/or change the plan, it is a fundamental blueprint to begin the processes of succession and transition.

It has been my privilege and honor to be an educator in the Medford Public Schools for fifty years and to serve as your Superintendent of Schools for twenty-three years. I have greatly benefitted from the high quality and diligence of the professionals, support staff, school committee members and citizens who have worked with me throughout my career. I am eternally grateful to them for making my tenure and responsibilities as productive and rewarding as reasonably possible.

I have been very fortunate to have seen former students become teachers, administrators, and staff in our schools. I have had the experience of enrolling the children and grandchildren of former students.

While no one does significant work alone, I have had the opportunity to build new schools, establish a full range of programs, and acquire hundreds of millions in grants for our community and school district. Understandably, there is always room for improvement, but much has been done and more will be done in the months ahead. No one gets to finish everything, but we have put a lot in place that will be a solid foundation for the future.

Therefore, I am herein informing the Medford School Committee that it is my intention to retire from the position of Superintendent of the Medford Public Schools at the completion of my contract on June 30, 2018. This decision has been made without reference to any governmental change and/or issues that are in our community. It is simply the right period for me to spend more time with my family and to pursue special causes and interests that have not been possible given the schedule and work responsibility of an active School Superintendent.

It is my intent and plan to be fully engaged in the months ahead as your Superintendent. We have a lot of positive opportunities ahead of us and I will do everything possible to optimize and achieve our goals. Furthermore, I will be fully committed to ensuring a smooth and effective transition to new senior leadership.

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as Superintendent for the last 23 years. I am grateful to all.”

The School Committee commented after his remarks:

Mayor Stephanie Burke – “Mr. Superintendent, you have served this school system for over 50 years, with great pride and respect. I want to personally thank you for staying on during my first term as Mayor to help me adjust to the Chairman’s position. If you have any school question at all, you would get your answer from Roy. You will be greatly missed!”

Ann Marie Cugno – “Thank you Superintendent Belson. I speak out of respect for your dedication and devotion to the Medford School System. Roy is looked upon as a leader in education throughout the state. Most Superintendents stay in a district 3 years. We are very, very lucky to have had you for as long as we have.”

Paulette Van der Kloot – “Mr. Superintendent, you are an exceptional leader, unparalleled in your service. You work late into the night and on weekends. You are available to us at anytime of the day or night, or even if you are away at a conference or on vacation. You always return our calls. You respond to us immediately. You are compassionate leader as well, always ready to assist staff in their time of need. You have been a pioneer in this community, pushing the importance of early childhood education and the establishment of the Medford Family Network. A remarkable leader, you will be dearly missed.”

Kathy Kreatz – “Mr. Superintendent, you are a great leader who I am fortunate to have had guide me in my first term of office. You are always accessible to us and to the parents. Your retirement is bittersweet for me. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Robert Emmet Skerry, Jr. – “You have had a long run, a great run and dedicated 50 years of life to education. Medford is a better place because of you educationally. You are a master at the budget and always keep the needs of the children front and center. Don’t be a stranger.”

Mea Mustone – “Mr. Superintendent, I extend my congratulations and wish you well in your retirement.”

Erin DiBenedetto – “Mr. Superintendent, the blue and white run through your veins. You are leaving on a high note. Congratulations and best wishes.”

AMS 1st Quarter Honor Roll Students

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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Jingle Bell Walk/Run Nov. 25th

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Jingle Bell Run/Walk Registration (to benefit all Medford Schools)- be sure when registering to include the school, team, or club you wish to benefit. See more here or Download registration form (PDF)

Modell’s Coupon – good now through December 7 and can be used multiple times and even on sale items (especially Black Friday!); 5% of sales with the coupon will go directly to Medford Schools. Kids- get your wish list together! Download coupon (PDF)

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!!!

No School Days in November

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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Tuesday, November 7
City-wide election and staff professional development day

Friday, November 10
Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving recess

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

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

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McGlynn MS & Andrews MS Bus Routes

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Middle School Bus Routes

Late Bus Routes

Bus Schedule 2017-18- Updated Oct. 24th

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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 October 24, 2017

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

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Jun. 30th

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 – Monday, January 1- Winter Break

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

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

Monday, March 12- Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 30- Good Friday

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

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day

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AMS 2016 DESE School Report Card

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Dear Parents or Guardians:

We are pleased to enclose the Andrews Middle School 2016 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 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and/or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests 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 Level 2 because of Not meeting gap narrowing goals.
• 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 51. This means that our school is performing higher than 49 percent of other the middle 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 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).

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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