District News Archive

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.

School Committee Meetings Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The Medford School Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in the Library of Medford High School beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussion of security measures and policies for the medford Public Schools.

The School Committee intends to enter executive session for the following matters:

1. To discuss a public employee personnel complaint under Chapter 30A Section 21 (a) (1)

2. To discuss the deployment of security personnel and/or devices and/or other related security matters under Chapter 30A Section 21 (a) ((4)

The committee will return to open session at the close of executive session.


The Superintendent’s Search Committee will meet at Medford High School on Tuesday, February, 27, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. to continue their work on the Search.

The Committee reserves the right to enter Executive Session if necessary to review personnel related matters.

Mayor Burke’s Statement Delivered at Press Conference

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Watch press conference video here

As your Mayor and Chairperson of the Medford School Committee, I deliver this statement with profound disappointment.

The handling of a recent matter at the McGlynn Middle School put our entire community at grave risk.

On December 29th, 2017, a magazine clip loaded with at least one bullet was found in the McGlynn School Auditorium. However, neither the Medford Police nor my office were notified of this event until last Friday.

I am both professionally and personally astounded that I was not informed immediately of the incident. I am learning of the exact details through ongoing investigations and questioning.

I am deeply concerned about the way this matter was handled by the school administration.

The lack of attention to the potential threat this situation imposed, and the lack of notice and communication with police personnel as well as my office.

Handling a situation of this potential magnitude within the school system alone is unacceptable.

This was a matter for police and public safety intervention as well as communication with other municipal offices.

I assure you, a complete and expedited police investigation is ongoing and its results will be communicated as soon as the findings are received.

As students return to their classrooms on Monday, Medford Police Officers and I will have a reassuring presence at our schools.

We are taking the following actions regarding this matter –

1. Based on my recommendation, the school department has placed Jake Edwards, Principal of the McGlynn Middle School on paid Administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.

2. I have commissioned former Attorney General Martha Coakley of the Law Firm Foley Hoag, to lead an independent investigation. This investigation will be done independently, expeditiously and comprehensively. It will begin tomorrow!

3. We have 17 teams led by the Medford Police Department currently sweeping all our schools.

4. As Chair of the School Committee, I will be making further appropriate recommendations this evening.

5. As the Chair of the School Committee, Mayor of this City and as a parent I am going to meet privately next week with teachers of the McGlynn School to have candid conversations.

6. The School Committee will review a Reporting Policy on Weapons for ALL Employees.

7. The School Committee will review Rental Agreements for current and future renters.

As disturbing and unacceptable as these events are, we must use this as a learning experience to move forward.

You have my utmost assurance that the safety and wellbeing of your children and employees, has been and will remain my first concern.

I encourage everyone to join us this evening at Medford High School for a School Committee Meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Thank you.

School Committee Rules Subcommittee Meeting Feb. 26, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Medford School Committee Sub-Committee on Rules will meet on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Medford High School.

The purpose of the meeting is to continue discussion on the oversight guidelines for PTO/PTG organizations and internal 501(c)3 organizations and to make recommendations to the full School Committee.

Kathy Kreatz, Chairperson

Supt. Belson Statement On McGlynn School Security Incident

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

In and around December 29, 2017, over the school vacation break, the professional cleaning company assigned to the McGlynn School found a magazine clip, not a weapon, under a seat in the McGlynn School Theater. The cleaning company turned said clip over to the in-house custodian, who then locked it away in the principal’s office.

McGlynn Middle School Principal Jake Edwards was in his office on December 30, 2017, for the purpose of cleaning his office and he claims he threw several items away that could have included the clip.

Shortly thereafter, it was reported to the Superintendent of Schools Roy Belson, as well as the School Resource Officer. However, the Police Chief was not directly informed. In light of this incident, a full search of the McGlynn Middle & Elementary School was conducted on February 20, 2018.

The search was a conducted by a joint effort of Medford Police, Everett Police, Somerville Police and Arlington Police, along with weapon search dogs and drug search dogs. The search was supervised by Medford Police Detective M. Pellegrino. They did not find traces of any weapons or drugs on the premises.

“This was an isolated incident. The entire school system is committed to safeguarding the students, teachers and staff at all of our schools,” said Superintendent Belson.

‘Off the Square Screening Room’ Film March 1

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Off the Square Screening Room, a partnership between Medford Film Collaborative, Medford Community Media, and Media department of Medford Vocational Technical High School

Presents:

“Yarn”
A movie about the women transforming the art world stitch by stitch
http://www.yarnfilm.com/

March 1, 2018
7:00 pm
Medford Community Media Center
Medford Vocational Technical High School
489 Winthrop Street

For more information go to www.medfordfilm.org or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/medfordfilm

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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Building Bridges to Kindergarten Parent Information Events

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Informational meetings for parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students

Come to any scheduled informational meeting for:

– Program Overview and Highlights
– Question & Answer Opportunity

Facilitated by Shelley Gross, Early Childhood/Afterschool Director and Maria Micieli, Kindergarten Teacher, Brooks School

Wednesday March 7; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Medford High School Library, 489 Winthrop Street

Tuesday, April 10; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Medford High School Library, 489 Winthrop Street
preceded and followed by an Open House at the Medford Family Network Family Center
6:30 to 7:00 pm and 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Roberts Elementary School, 35 Court Street

Child Care / Interpreter(s) Available by Request
Requests must be received by Friday, March 2 for March 7 presentation, Friday, April 6 for April 10 presentation, and Friday, April 27 for May 3 presentation. Please call (781) 393-2106.

Kindergarten registration: See details and dates here.

Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2018/2019

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Children must be five (5) years of age by August 31, 2018 in order to register for kindergarten.

Where
The Parent Information Center located in the main lobby at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street

When
Beginning Monday, March 5, 2018
Parent Information Center Hours: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
Extended hours: Wed., Ma. 7 & Tues., Apr. 10, 2018 3:00 PM-6:30 PM
April vacation: Tues., Apr. 17 & Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

All registrations must be submitted in person. Early registration is recommended to ensure placement in your neighborhood school.

Parent or legal guardian must bring the following:

1. Registration forms (download forms here)

2. Proof of residency: two current utility bills, (i.e. water, gas, electric, mortgage statement or lease) in the parent or legal guardian’s name or a notarized Residency Affidavit signed by the home owner and two current utility bills in the name of the person with whom you are residing.

3. Student’s birth certificate

4. Student’s immunization record, a physical exam within one year, lead test results, tuberculosis test results or tuberculosis risk assessment, and vision screening with stereopsis. All incoming kindergarten students must be medically cleared before the start of school.

5. Photo identification of a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians will need to provide a Caregiver Authorization Affidavit (available in the Parent Information Center).

6. For special education students, provide the district with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Please note: registration will not be processed unless all of the required documents (listed above) are received.

All students are assigned to their proximity zone/geographical zone school. The school assignment by street listing can be found on our website at www.medfordpublicschools.org. Parents who wish to send their child to a school outside their proximity zone may fill out a choice selection form at the time of registration. Choice assignments are granted based on space availability, sibling preference and diversity plan guidelines. If requests are approved, parents will be notified at the end of August. Transportation to a non-proximity zone school is the parent’s responsibility.

Non-English or limited English speaking students will be assessed by the English Learners staff.

Medford Public Schools offers Before and After School Programs for registered students. The Before School Program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration for the Before School and After School Programs will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018. The After School Program for kindergarten students will use a lottery system if demand exceeds space. Pre-Registration forms must be received/postmarked with an April 2-6, 2018 date to enter the lottery. Registration forms for both programs will be available on the Medford Public Schools website. For questions, please contact Cheryl at 781-393-2102 for the After School Program office and Michele at 781-393-2310 for the Before School Program office.

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Make Way for Kids Preschool Enrollment Begins March 15

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Make Way for Kids Preschool

Enrollment for 2018-19 begins Friday March 15, 2018

Please call Michele Farquharson at 781-393-2210 to get your name on the waiting list now

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

Medford Technical Institute Courses

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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February Vacation Camp for Grades K-6

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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Medford Night at the Lowell Spinners

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 6:35 pm, the Lowell Spinners will be hosting Medford Night with the Columbus Elementary School.  ANYONE from Medford can attend!  Tickets can be purchased now!   Don’t be left out!

medford night at lowell spinners

Medford Family Network Winter Newsletter- Updated

Thursday, December 21st, 2017
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Free Public Skating at LoConte Rink- Updated Feb. 14th

Monday, November 13th, 2017

February Vacation Hours

February 17 through 25

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday
2 to 5 pm

Saturday
7 to 9 pm

Sunday
2 to 4 pm

Free public skating begins on November 28th and ends on March 1st.

Hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm
Saturdays 7 – 8:45 pm and Sundays 2 – 3:45 pm
*Additional school vacation hours will be added

Admission is free. Skate rentals $5. LoConte Rink is located at 97 Locust Street.

Any changes to the schedule due to high school hockey will be posted here.

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

Program flier

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School Committee Regular Meeting Schedule- Updated

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

September 11, 2017- Caron Theater, Medford High School
September 18, 2017- Community Access TV studio, MHS
October 2, 2017- Community Access TV studio, MHS
October 16, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 20, 2017
December 4, 2017- Community Access TV studio, MHS
December 18, 2017
January 8, 2018 (Organizational & Regular Meeting)- Postponed
January 22, 2018
February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018- 7:30 pm
March 5, 2018
March 19, 2018
April 2, 2018
April 9, 2018
May 7, 2018
May 21, 2018
June 4, 2018
June 18, 2018

All meetings are at 7:00 pm and take place at Medford City Hall unless otherwise noted