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Superintendent's Weekly Memo - March 29, 2024

Superintendent's Weekly Memo - March 29, 2024
Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent

Dear Mustang Families,

This weekend is Easter, the most important holy day of the Christian calendar and a day for worshipfamily time and celebration across the world. Most Protestant and Catholic denominations mark Easter this weekend with special holiday services, but we’re also mindful that many Orthodox Christians will celebrate the holiday a couple of weeks later. Easter also incorporates many traditional celebrations of the coming of spring, featuring fresh flowersbright colors, and sometimes a visit from a very generous Bunny! Happy Easter to those who celebrate!


We’re also looking ahead to the following No School days later in April:

  • Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, April 10
  • April School Vacation from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19

Today’s Memo includes:

  • Safe Routes to School Survey
  • Help the MHS Ethics Bowl Team Compete in North Carolina
  • 2024 Summer Programs Open for Registration
  • Become a "Swing Set Superstar" and Support the New McGlynn Playground
  • Job Openings in Medford Public Schools

Safe Routes to School Survey

Earlier this week, we launched the Safe Routes to School family travel survey. Please take a moment to complete it! The responses will help us identify routes and other resources to encourage and enable more Medford students to walkbike, and roll to school. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and asks about a student's modes of transportation to and from school.

You can access the survey here. If you are completing the survey on a mobile device, we encourage you to turn your phone sideways to make it easier to read. The survey is open until Tuesday, April 9. Schools with 50% or higher participation will receive an incentive from the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program.

Harlem Wizards vs. Medford Teachers Basketball Game

Save the date of Thursday, April 4th to come and watch Medford's middle school teachers take on the Harlem Wizards in basketball at Medford High School. Game time is set for 7:00pm on Thursday, April 4. 

At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. It's two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you are in the stands, you are more than a spectator, you are part of the show! Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame “Wiz Kids” warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways and more! There will be Harlem Wizards swag, a concession and half time entertainment! The game will conclude with the Wizards signature dance celebration that will have everyone on their feet and moving to the beat!

Please click this link to purchase your tickets. 

If you are willing to volunteer to help the AMS and MMS PTOs at the event, please sign up here to do so.

Help the MHS Ethics Bowl Team Compete in North Carolina

Based on the team's victories at the New England Ethics Bowl and Regional Playoffs, Medford High School's Ethics Bowl Team has qualified for the 2024 National High School Ethics Bowl.

This competition will be held next month at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The estimated cost of the trip is $1,000 per student, including participation, airfare, lodging and meals. However, without additional fundraising, the team may not be able to attend the competition!

Please consider making a secure donation to support the MHS Ethics Bowl competitors as they travel to North Carolina!

2024 Summer Programs Open for Registration

The Medford Public Schools Performing Arts Department will once again offer a 2-week Jumpstart Music Campat Medford High School where students can get a jumpstart on their band and orchestra instruments! This program is ideal for beginner musicians and more experienced intermediate-level students. Camp will run during the weeks of August 5 and August 12 from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and is open to Medford Public School students entering grades 4-9. Students will present an End-of-Camp Showcase on August 16th at 11am, which is free and open to all family and friends! Get more information and sign up for Jumpstart Music Camp here!

Medford Community Schools is once again offering the popular Summer Fun Program for kids entering Grade 1through Grade 6. Students will participate in a wide variety of fun activities including sports, arts & crafts, movies, field trips, swimming, and more! Summer Fun holds 6 one-week-long sessions beginning July 1 and ending August 9Complete your Summer Fun registration form today!

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 donating to the playground fund to offset project costs and future maintenance. Donors will be recognized in a district-wide press release, memorialized on a plaque at the playground entrance, and invited to the playground ribbon-cutting.

Visit the Fundraiser web page to donate, and thank you for your support!

Job Openings in Medford Public Schools

Come join our team! 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 before the event. 

Yours in Partnership for Children, 

Marice Edouard-Vincent signature

Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent