Medford High School News Archive

Medford High School Pool Free Swim Days Dec. 26 & 28

Monday, December 18th, 2017

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Medford High School Pool
FREE SWIM DAYS

Tuesday December 26, 2017 & Thursday December 28, 2017

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

– Open to all Medford Residents

– Parents /guardians must stay on the pool deck while children are swimming

– Participants must be toilet trained

Daily Notices for Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday, December 18th, 2017

“A” Day

Pashmina scarves are on sale in the Main Office. They are just $10 and are perfect for holiday gifts! Buy yours while supplies last!

You go Glenn Coco! That’s right the Medford High Drama Club is hosting a candy cane fundraiser. Buy a candy gram for your friends, and they will receive a candy cane and a message from you! Candy canes will be sold for $1 during both lunches until Wednesday. Don’t miss out on your chance to spread some holiday cheer!

Everyone who ordered a sweatshirt for the Fall Play should bring money to the Main Office for pick up!

Do not forget to purchase your Snowman Tree Raffle Tickets from either the Main Office or Vocational Office. 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.

Attention juniors and seniors: All Credit for Life forms are due TODAY! No Exceptions!

Attention students: Activate your MBTA Charlie cards now for January before we leave for vacation. The last day is Friday.

There will be a mandatory Mock Trial Team meeting TODAY at 2:30 in Ms. McMahon’s room C219.

Winter Vacation Reminder

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Friday, December 22 is an early release day for all students K-12.

Our winter vacation ends on January 1 and school resumes on Tuesday, January 2.

Medford Voc-Tech Culinary Arts 12th Annual Holiday Bake Sale

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Culinary Arts holiday bake sale

Pre-Order List

Per Bag Items $3.50
Madeleines
Chocolate Fantasies
Jelly Centers
Tuxedo Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Rugelach

Breads $8.00
Babka, Pannetone,or Brioche

Small Tea Breads $3.00
Datenut, Banana, Lemon Poppy Cranberry –

Pies & Tarts
Our World Famous Three Berry pie – $15.00
Pear & Frangipane Tart – $ 15.00

Specialties
Fruit Cakes or Figgy Pudding – $25.00

Hand-crafted Chocolates – $10.00/per box
Peppermint Bark or Chunky Fruit & Nut Bark Mix

Please submit orders by email to cafeelectra@medford.k12.ma.us or call 781-391-1182 during school hours (7:45 am to 2:18 pm)

Orders due by 2:00 PM Monday, Dec. 18. Please provide contact info with your order.

Pick up on Thursday, Dec. 21, 9am – 1pm in the new Bistro 489 (2nd floor, MVTHS)

Happy Holidays!

Medford High School Pool Winter Special

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

pool

Sign up between December 4, 2017 and January 31, 2018

3 month Lap swim membership $99.00
3 month Family swim membership $125.00

To sign up, call the community schools office at 781-393-2226

*Low income rates available

Mustang Mall Announces Holiday Shopping Hours!

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Mustang Mall at Medford High School has announced extended Holiday Shopping Hours!

There is an abundance of items that will make great gifts, including Mustang sweatshirts, tee shirts, pajama pants, jackets, and vests. In addition, there are Jingle Bell aprons, Medford keychains, bath and body items, and much, much more!

Please plan to bring cash or a check; no credit cards are accepted.

Hours

  • Monday, Dec. 11th – Friday, Dec. 15th: 7:15 am to 4:45 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 18th – Thursday, Dec. 21st: 7:15 am to 4:45 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 22nd: 7:15 am to 11:00 am

Location:

  • 2nd floor B Building, outside of B210

Supt. Belson’s Statement On Superintendent Succession Plan

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.”

MVTHS Hosts Annual Canned Good Food Drive

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The Medford Vocational Technical High School has begun its Annual Canned Food Drive for the Holiday Season. MVTHS works in conjunction with the Medford Rotary Club to assist local families. The MVTHS Media Technology students produced the video below. Please consider making a canned good donation!

Parents’ Guide to MCAS 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The guide is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education website

Coffee with the Counselors Dates- Updated

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Coffee with Counselors

Medford Special Education PAC Events- Updated Dec. 11

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

Attendance Phone Lines

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Contact the assistant principal’s office with your child’s absence:

Grade 9 – Gina Citrano 781-987-2601

Grade 10 – Karen DeAngelis 781-987-2598

Grade 11 – Kathy Johnson 781-393-2285

Grade 12 – Jane King 781-393-2245

Vocational (Grades 11 & 12 only) Martha McCarthy – 781-393-2260

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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Assistant Principals by Grade

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Assistant Principals are available for each grade.

Grade 9: Mr. Charles (C building 3rd floor)

Grade 10: Mr. Blauch (MHS Main Office)

Grade 11: Mrs. Treanor (C building 2nd floor)

Grade 12: Mr. Tucci (C building 1st floor)

There is a “Meet the AP Night” scheduled for each grade- click here for details.

MHS/MVTHS Calendar of Important Dates

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Please click here to view the calendar

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

MBTA Bus Passes for 2017-18 School Year

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Prices and Rules Information for FY 2017-2018

The MBTA Board of Directors approved the following fare structure for student’s passes

September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

$30.00 monthly for a 7-day pass

If your child desires to purchase an MBTA monthly Bus Pass, the following procedures must be strictly adhered to:

Students must purchase a pass from Joanne Mortell in Accounts Payable Department at Medford High School on the dates listed below. The Accounts Payable Department is located to the right of the main lobby. Hours to purchase a pass are 7:00 A.M to 8:30 A.M and at the end of the school day. The phone number for the Accounts Payable Department is 781-393-2266.

No cash or personal checks are accepted; money orders only. All money orders are made out to The City of Medford. You can get a money order at a bank, post office or at some grocery stores.

STUDENT’S NAME, ADDRESS and GRADE MUST BE WRITTEN ON THE MONEY ORDER.

The 7 day Student Monthly pass is $30.00 per student per month. You can also purchase a 10 month yearly card for $300.00.

Passes should be available for your child on September 1st.

A new M7 Card can only be purchased on the 1st of every month; no exceptions. If you are reactivating your active bus pass, this NEEDS to be done by the 27th of each month.

Example: You have an active card for the month of September. To keep the same card active you need to bring a money order for $30 on or before the 27th of September to have an active card for October. If you miss the renewal date, your card will only stay active for the remainder of the month. You will then need a new card that can only be issued on the 1st of the following month. We encourage you to keep your current card active month to month so there is no interruption.

Months and Dates to Purchase a Monthly Pass:

October
September 25, 26 and 27th

November
October 25, 26 and 27th

December
November 20 21, 22, and 27th

January
December 20, 21 and 22nd

February
January 24, 25 and 26th

March
February 16, 26 and 27th

April
March 23, 26, and 27th

May
April 25, 26 and 27th

June
May 23, 24 and 25th

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 (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, 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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MHS 2016 DESE School Report Card

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of Medford High School’s “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) for 5th Grade Science and Technology and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests as compared to the district and the state. Because we took PARCC last year, the school was held harmless.

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. One school in the district increased their scores and so we are no longer Level 3.

– 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 14. This means that our school is performing higher than 14 percent of the elementary 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 the full report card visit http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. 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 781.393.2204.

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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