McGlynn Middle School News Archive

A Letter to MMS 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.

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.

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.

Weekly Bulletin – Week of February 12, 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

 

February 19-23: Winter Break

February 27: Term 3 mid-term grades close

February 27: Grade 8 Course Selection Night — MHS

March 5: Faculty Meeting, 2:30 pm in the Library

March 7: Term 3 Mid-term progress reports sent home with students

March 12: MMS Council Meeting, 7pm

March 15: 5th Grade Open House/Night to Celebrate Academic Excellence, 6 pm

March 21: Early Release, 12:00pm

March 29: term 3 grades close

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.

MIDE Engineer Activity Dates

Monday, February 12th, 2018

MIDE Engineers will be conducting activities with 6th graders on February 13 and March 6, and with 7th graders on March 1st.

Flu Symptom Check List

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Hats and Scarves Available!

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Donated Hats and Scarves

Medford resident Judith Hayden and her mother have crocheted a bevy of matching hats and scarves with each set wrapped in a bow to distribute to McGlynn middle schoolers who need them. These were a welcome gift during the recent frigid weather. Thanks Mrs. Hayden!

knit hats and scarves

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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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

2017-2018 McGlynn Middle School Yearbook!

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Yearbooks are now on sale!

Order your yearbook online at www.ybpay.lifetouch.com .

The yearbook ID code is 13017918. 

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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

Medford Public Schools Dress Code

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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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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McGlynn MS & Andrews MS Bus Routes

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Middle School Bus Routes

Late Bus Routes

McGlynn MS Important Dates

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

February 7: Early Release, 12:00pm
February 9: Valentine’s Dance, 6-9pm
February 19-23: Winter Break
February 27: Term 3 Mid-term grades close

March 5: Faculty Meeting, 2:30 pm in the Library
March 7: Term 3 Mid-term progress reports sent home with students
March 12: Professional Develop Day – All Teachers – No School
March 12: MMS Council Meeting, 7pm
March 15: 5th Grade Open House/Night to Celebrate Academic Excellence, 6 pm
March 21: Early Release, 12:00pm
March 29: Term 3 grades close
March 30: No School (Good Friday)

April 2: Faculty Meeting, 2:30 pm in the Library
April 2 – May 4: ELA MCAS Test Sessions
April 3 – May 25: Math MCAS Test Sessions
April 4 – May 25: STE MCAS Test Sessions
April 6: Term 3 Report Cards sent home with students
April 9: MMS Council Meeting, 7pm
April 11: Talent Show, 7pm, McGlynn Auditorium
April 13: Talent Show for entire student body during the day
April 16-20: Spring Break

May 7: Faculty Meeting, 2:30 pm in the Library
May 10: Middle School Orchestra Spring Concert
May 11: Term 4 Mid-term grades close
May 16: Early Release, 12:00pm
May 21: Term 4 Mid-term progress reports sent home with students
May TBA: Grade 8 Semi-Formal Dance, 7-10 pm
May 28: No school, Memorial Day
May 29: Nat’l Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30pm

June 1-2: Grade 8 trip to NY City
June 8: Grade 8 Trip to Canobie Lake Park
June 13: Early Release, 12:00pm
June 22: Last Day of School with 7 snow days
June TBA: Grade 8 Moving On Ceremony