Medford High School News Archive

Graduation Information

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017


The Class of 2017 of Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School Commencement will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Gantcher Center at Tufts University at 6 pm.

Guests will be allowed inside the venue starting at 5:30 pm.

Parking is available in the Tufts University Parking Garage located on Boston Avenue. Please do not park in the residential streets around the Gantcher Center as you may be ticketed.

Please note that Tufts does not allow balloons, food, or drink (other than water) inside the Gantcher Center.

Daily Notices for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

“C” Day

TODAY we will be following an Advisory Activity Schedule, which takes place after second period. Grade 9 will be going to the Caron Theatre, Grade 10 will stay in advisory, Grade 11 will report to the Field of Dreams with Guidance, and Grade 12 will be in Café 3 taking a survey. Both juniors and seniors should bring a pen or pencil with them.

The first annual underground student film festival is now accepting submissions. Submissions must be 10 minutes or less in length. Submission deadline is June 7th. Please see Ms. Fraser in room V101 for more information.

If you are going to be a senior next year and are interested in auditioning to be the Voice of Medford High School, please stop by the Main Office and sign up!

On June 24th, Izaak Beusmans is helping with the Friends of the Mystic River to clean up the water chestnuts. If you are interested in helping, the sign-up sheet is on the door of room C209, Ms. Liu’s room.

Attention students: June bus passes will be on sale through Friday. Do not forget to purchase one!

Summer is coming! Weather permitting, Interact will be hosting an end-of-the-year car wash today and tomorrow from 2:45 – 4 pm. Just $5 gets you a freshly washed car. All profits will go towards the ASPCA. Stop on by!

Come one and come all to the GSA Spring Coffee House today from 6:30 to 8:30. There will be performances by your fellow students as well as some teachers and administrators. The event is Free of charge and will have baked goods for sale. See Ms. Simpson or Ms. Chalifoux with any questions.

Please join the Anime Club for a screening of Boruto Naruto the Movie TODAY in B211 after school.

Attention Garden Club- there will be a meeting TOMORROW after school. We’ll meet in C119 first, and then go out and plant some watermelons. New members are always welcome. Snacks and gloves will be provided!

The Arabic Club will be meeting TOMORROW to discuss the Iftar event next week.

There will be One Act Auditions TOMORROW in the Caron Theatre at 2:30.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Department Launches Website

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Check out!

Our Speech, Language, and Hearing Department staff have worked very hard to put together this site, which has the following goals:

  • To educate parents, guardians and caregivers
  • To give tips to build communication skills at home
  • To answer frequently asked questions
  • To provide a list of department staff members

April 2017 Mustang News

Friday, May 12th, 2017
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MHS Band Presents ‘A Night on Broadway’ June 3

Monday, May 8th, 2017

A Night on Broadway June 3

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Medford High School Pool
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. This course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water.

Course Dates:
Sunday 5/21 : 9am-6pm
Monday 5/22: 5pm-9pm
Tuesday 5/23: 5-9pm
Wednesday 5/24: 5-9pm
Thursday 5/25: 5-9pm
Tuesday 5/30 : 5-9 pm
Wednesday 5/31: 5-7

Course fee: $350.00

Register by May 15, 2017 by calling the community schools office at 781-393-2226

Important Dates for Seniors

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Pre-Prom Assembly
Tuesday, May 9

Cap and Gown Sales
Gym foyer
Cost – $17.00 each
Thurs. and Fri., May 11 and 12
First & second lunches

Documentation for excused absences due
(give to Health Office)
Deadline: Monday, May 15

Senior Prom Ticket Sales
Room C316- after school**
Monday, May 8-Friday, May 12 – $85.00
Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19 – $90.00

Prom King & Queen Nominations
Monday, May 15-Friday, May 19
Mrs. Treanor’s office

Academic Awards Night
Caron Theater
Thursday, May 18 7:00-8:30 pm

Documentation for Community Service due
(give to Guidance)
Deadline: Monday, May 15

Graduation Rehearsal
Friday, May 26 Period 3

Student Leadership Awards Night
Caron Theater
Thursday, May 25 7:00-8:30 pm

Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, May 31 7:00-8:30 pm

Senior Final Exams
Periods 4, 5 and 6 (10:50-2:18) Wednesday, May 31
Periods 1, 2 and 3 (7:52-10:47) Thursday, June 1
Make-up exams Monday, June 5
Make-up exams will be administered during the period of the class

Graduation Tickets Distributed
Wednesday, May 31 @7:45 in Advisory

Senior Prom – Hotel Sonesta
School attendance that day mandatory to attend prom
Thursday, June 1 7:00-11:00 pm

Senior Video/Brunch/Yearbook distribution
Caron Theater/Café 2/Community Schools courtyard
Friday, June 2 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Senior BBQ
Middle Courtyard/Underpass
Monday, June 5 6:00-8:00 pm
Additional grad tickets picked up here

(Gantcher Center, Tufts U.)
Wednesday, June 7, 5:00 pm (graduates’ arrival time)
Ceremony begins at 6:00 pm

** Ticket sale dates and ticket price subject to change

Prom Tips & Facts

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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Save the Date- Freshmen Orientation August 24, 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Grade 9 Orientation for September 2017 will be held on August 24, 2017 at MHS from 8-11 am. Further details will be provided as it gets closer.

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 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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Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Brought to you by students in Mr. Dempsey’s Video class

Incredible Scholarship Opportunity for Medford Students and Families!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Dear Parents and Students,

As the cost of higher education becomes more and more costly, the Guidance Department is extremely excited to offer a resource to make college more affordable for you and your students.

Through a new program called, your student can automatically earn scholarships from colleges each time he or she achieves any of the following goals in school:

– Get an A in a course ($100 – $1,000)

– Get a B in a course ($50 – $600)

– Participate in a school club or sport ($25 – $250)

– Volunteer or provide community service

– And, much, much more.

What’s incredibly exciting, is that your student can earn scholarships for activities that typically are not recognized by colleges, such as baby-sitting, working part time, and helping out in the community.

Medford is among the first High Schools in the country to take advantage of this opportunity, which is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. colleges.

Here is how you can best support your student to get the most from this opportunity:

1) Ensure that your student creates an account by clicking on this link (which will also earn you a $100 scholarship!)

2) Make sure you select “Medford High” as your High School.

3) Regularly add good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her “Portfolio” in order to earn “Micro-Scholarships” from colleges. Your student is eligible to receive scholarship money for each achievement from the start of 9th grade until midway through 12th grade.

4) Visit for more information.

For more information, see this recent article.

We hope using will make your student’s path to college both more fun and affordable.

If you have questions, I encourage you to contact Tim Klein at or send an email to Increasing numbers of public and private colleges continue to join the program. Colleges are added on a monthly basis and you can request colleges at any time. Your student will automatically get related Micro-Scholarships from all new colleges as they become available.


The Guidance Department

MHS/MVTHS Calendar of Important Dates- Updated May 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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2016-17 School Calendar- Updated May 15, 2017

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Last day of school is Thursday, June 22, 2017

School Holidays

The following is a list of NO SCHOOL DAYS this year:

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 – Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Election Day/Professional Development Day for Teachers/Staff
  • Friday, November 11, 2016 – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25, 2016 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, December 26 – January 2, 2017 – Winter Recess (school resumes January 3, 2017)
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 20 – 24, 2017 – Winter Vacation (school resumes Monday, February 27, 2017)
  • Monday, March 13, 2017- Staff professional development day
  • Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday
  • Monday, April 17 – 21, 2017 – Spring Vacation (school resumes Monday, April 24, 2017)
  • Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day

Elementary Schools are in session from 8:40 AM – 2:35 PM

Middle Schools are in session from 8:00 AM – 2:20 PM

Medford High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

Medford Vocational Technical High School is in session from 7:40 AM – 2:18 PM

Master Events Calendar

School Calendar 2016-2017

The last day of school is Thursday, June 22, 2017.

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2017-2018 Calendar (next year)

Monthly MBTA Bus Passes

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Prices and Rules Information for FY 2016-2017

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

September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

$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 on 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 area 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.


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.

NOTE: Special arrangements will be made at the beginning of the school year for the purchase of September Pass. Passes should be available for your child the first week in September.

Months and Dates to Purchase a Monthly Pass:

November 22, 23, 28, and 29th

December 20, 21 and 22nd

January 25, 26 and 27th

February 16, 17 and 27th

March 27, 28, and 29th

April 25, 26 and 27th

May 25, 26 and 29th

Absentee Phone Lines

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Grade 10 & 12 students: Kathy Johnson @ 781-393-2285

Grade 9 & 11 students: Jane King @ 781-393-2245

Welcome to MHS Video

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The following video was created by Mr. Dempsey’s media students for our Grade 8 Open House:

Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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