Medford Vocational Technical 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.

Senior Banquet

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Read about the event and check out some photos on our school blog

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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Automotive Technology Launches Website

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The Automotive Technology department in the vocational school has launched its own webpage to highlight all of the great work that’s done! Check it out here:

Fall 2017 Medford Technical Institute Adult Education Offerings

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
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MHS Band Presents ‘A Night on Broadway’ June 3

Monday, May 8th, 2017

A Night on Broadway June 3

Come and Explore Career & Technical Education (CTE) this Summer!

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Attention all incoming 6th, 7th and 8th grade students!

You are welcome to check out what the Medford Technical High School has to offer. Students can sample a variety of programs in a fun and interactive environment. Our licensed teachers use their industry expertise to teach campers everything from technology to cosmetology. Finish the day with a hour free swim at the MHS Pool!

Week 1 – July 10th – 13th – (Monday – Thursday – 8 AM – 12 noon)
Week 2 – July 17th – 20th – (Monday-Thursday – 8 AM – 12 noon)

$150 per student – Snack Included – Transportation is NOT included. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing, a well as, demonstrate a strong work ethic.

A minimum of (12) students are necessary for program to run.

Please contact Martha McCarthy at 781-393-2260 or via email at, for registration information. You can also download the registration form here (PDF).

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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Dr. Riccio Leaving at End of School Year

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Dr. Heidi Riccio has been appointed to the position of Career and Technical Education Director at North Shore Essex Technical High School in Danvers. This school, built in 2014, united Essex Agriculture with North Shore Technical High School. Dr. Riccio will assume her new duties on July 1, 2017. She is committed to completing the current projects here in Medford and to assist the Superintendent and School Committee in the search for her successor.

Over the course of the last four years, Vocational Technical Principal/Director Dr. Riccio has made a substantial and significant contribution to the advancement of our educational program. Her vision, knowledge, and energy have propelled the Vocational Technical High School into the 21st Century.

Dr. Riccio created and developed nine, new, state-of -the art, Chapter 74 approved programs and strengthened the previously existing, eleven offerings. She has acquired multiple grants and in-kind resources to support their evolution. Her work with Headmaster Dr. John Perella and staff has unified Medford High and the Medford Vocational Technical High School into a coherent educational institution that enables all students to benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare them for college or career. An important result of her work is being able to recapture out of district tuition along with the generation of a regional model that will support and sustain advanced technical training and education for years to come.

Dr. Riccio established twenty career/technical advisory committees that bring real world expertise into the classroom. Her recruitment of key personnel has created multiple cooperative field based education opportunities for students and produced partnerships with relevant industries.

Heidi Riccio has traveled to Medford daily from Salisbury, Massachusetts, and spent long hours constructing and improving our technical education program. This commitment has caused her to miss many family events and the opportunity to participate regularly in her daughters many activities. This spring, a professional opportunity emerged which will enable her to significantly reduce her daily commute and to recapture the many lost hours with her family that includes two high school aged daughters and a college freshman. It is no wonder that after the powerful impact she made here, it made her a highly sought after educational leader for a Vocational/Technical school district.

Superintendent Belson commented, “We are very appreciative and thankful for Dr. Riccio’s immense contributions and achievements. We wish her and her family all the best as she moves onto her new position at Essex Tech. Medford’s Vocational/Technical program has a solid foundation and we are confident that the future will continue to be bright with the momentum that has been set in motion under the leadership of Dr. Riccio.”

“She has been such an asset to the Medford Public School system as a whole. She certainly changed the course for technical education in our community and I would imagine beyond our borders as well … We wish her nothing but the best,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke.

Dr. Riccio also commented, stating, “I would like to thank Superintendent Belson and the Medford School Committee for taking a chance on me four years ago. The families I have encountered in Medford care deeply about vocational education and it has given me the opportunity to expand programming beyond the vocational school and into the high school. Collaboration with the high school has been one of the highlights of my time in Medford as the leadership shares a common vision and purpose in ensuring all students are given a high quality education regardless of their pathway. As a firm believer of career and technical education, I am proud of the work accomplished by the school as a result of the dedication of staff who worked tirelessly to grow and improve programming at Medford Tech. In addition, I greatly appreciate the support of the advisory board members, industry partners, and the Medford Tech Alumni. While I am leaving to a position closer to home, I will always have a connection to Medford and the community I was fortunate enough to serve.”

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.

Acceptance Information Update

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Wondering if your child is accepted to Medford Tech? Letters will be sent after April vacation.

Although we are deepening our collaboration with the high school, vocational education students has some guidelines that are unique. We are maintaining our admissions policy for the following reasons:

We believe it is important to determine the interest-based students through the application process because they will need to make a choice to continue their CTE (career technical education) curriculum. The reason we are doing this is as follows:

1. CTE reporting purposes to the state as far as program vs. course
2. Interest of student in CTE vs. taking an elective course
3. If there is a waitlist for a program, it will be determined by commitment to CTE.
4. This will ease the process for grade 10 scheduling of CTE programs and the student’s career pathway.

Guidance counselor forms are not needed this year! If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Berube, our Enrollment Coordinator at

Join the new Medford Technical Alumni Association!

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Medford’s Technical High School, formerly the Medford Vocational Technical High School, is growing in leaps and bounds!

There are now over (20) major courses of study available and Tech students can now take courses in the High School, and High School students can now take courses in the Technical School. Whether you attend the comprehensive High School or the Technical High School, college is definitely a choice for all students now.

“Medford’s Technical High School offers many new options for students. As a Voke Alumni, we are appealing to you for guidance and support. It is our hope that you will join our newly formed Alumni Association and assist us in helping to educate the next generation of Technical High School students. Technical High Schools are the wave of the future. Please consider joining the Medford Technical Alumni Association,” said Rich Cormio, Organizer, Medford Technical High School Alumni Association.

Please click on the link below to complete this form:

Apply to Medford Tech Online

Monday, November 14th, 2016

You will need two forms- the online Application for Admission (link below) and a Guidance Counselor Recommendation form (download below).

Apply Online

Guidance Counselor Recommendation

Applications due April 1st!

Now accepting Everett students!

All out of district applications must be completed and received by April 1, 2017.

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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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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