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Superintendent's Weekly Memo - February 2, 2024

Superintendent's Weekly Memo - February 2, 2024
Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent

Dear Mustang Families,

February is Black History Month, and this year’s theme is “African Americans and the Arts.” Throughout American history, Black Americans have made countless contributions and innovations in Literature, Poetry, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Music. This month, Medford students will take the time to learn about these contributions and the everyday impacts of Black History on all our lives.

As an African American educator, I always looked forward to learning about the positive contributions and inventions of other Black Americans. I also look back and reflect on the sacrifices of other civic leaders during the Civil Rights movement. Although those leaders may not have known the impact that they would make on society, I sincerely believe that I’m a direct beneficiary of their work. 

As I take inspiration from Reverend Dr. King and many others, I hope that I inspire all of our students and staff to pursue their dreams and never discount their potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender, or culture. If I can achieve my dreams despite obstacles, others can as well.

Important reminder, do not forget that this Wednesday, February 7 is an early release day for all students. 

Today’s Memo includes:

  • Register for Spring Sports
  • Become a "Swing Set Superstar" and Support the New McGlynn Playground
  • DESE English Learner Education Review
  • Crash Prevention Training for Student Drivers
  • Job Openings in Medford Public Schools

Register for Spring Sports

Registration for spring sports is currently OPEN.  Please register your student-athlete as soon as possible. Click here to register!

We are looking forward to a great athletic season this fall for our Mustangs but we need you and your athlete to be part of the action! Medford competes in the Greater Boston League for Middle and High School Athletics. You can learn more about our athletics program by clicking here.

Become a “Swing Set Superstar” and Support the New McGlynn Playground

The Medford School Committee invites members of the Medford community to support the new McGlynn Elementary School playground, which will be Medford’s first universally-accessible playground, by making a donation to the playground fund to offset project costs and future maintenance. Donors will be recognized at the following donation “tiers”:

  • "Hopscotch Hero" Tier (Donations of $50 - $249)
  • "Swing Set Superstar" Tier (Donations of $250 - $499)
  • "Slide Savant" Tier (Donations of $500 - $999)
  • "Climbing Frame Champion" Tier (Donations of $1,000 - $4,999)
  • "Merry-Go-Round Mastermind" Tier (Donations of $5,000 and above)

Donor benefits will include recognition in a district-wide press release, memorialization on a plaque at the playground entrance, and an invitation to the playground ribbon-cutting.

Visit the Fundraiser web page to make a donation, and thank you for your support!

DESE English Learner Education Review

During the week of February 5, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a review of the Medford Public Schools English Learner Education (ELE) Department. PSM visits each public school in Massachusetts every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state ELE regulations. You can learn more about the review here.

Parents of English Learner students may call Judith Magloire, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3571 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, DESE will make the necessary arrangements.

Crash Prevention Training for Student Drivers

Hands-on crash prevention training is available for free to Medford High School students with a learner’s permit or driver’s license.

In Control Crash Prevention has partnered for years with MHS and Medford Police to offer driver safety and crash prevention training to novice drivers. Graduates have a much lower chance of crashing and qualify for auto insurance discounts up to 10%.

Visit DriveInControl.org/medfordhsmrs for more info and to register online today. Space is limited!

Job Openings in Medford Public Schools

Come work with us! Medford Public Schools has a variety of job openings available now, including teachers, coaches, paraprofessionals and a variety of other roles. Consider applying or forwarding a posting to a worthy candidate!

Upcoming Events

We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for all school activities and events. Please contact your school’s 504 Coordinator or Assistant Principal to make an accommodation request. Requests should be submitted at least 5 days prior to the event. 

  • February 5: Meeting of the Medford School Committee, 6:00pm at Medford City Hall and via Zoom 
  • February 5-9: Kindergarten Report Card Conferences
  • February 6: 100th Day of School
  • February 7: Early Release Day for All Students (Middle Schools release at 11:30am, all other schools release at 12:00pm)
  • February 10: Lunar New Year
  • February 12: Meeting of the Medford School Committee, 6:00pm at Medford City Hall and via Zoom
  • February 19 - February 23: February Break, No School
  • February 19: Celebrating Black History Month at Medford City Hall, 10:00am
  • February 24: Black History Month Vendor Fair at the West Medford Community Center, 12:00pm
  • February 27: Building Bridges to Kindergarten - Information Session on 2024-2025 Kindergarten Registration, 6:30pm via Zoom

Yours in Partnership for Children, 

Marice Edouard-Vincent signature

Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent