Superintendent's Weekly Memo - November 3, 2023
Dear Mustang Families,
As fall marches toward winter with morning frost forming daily we are reminded to set our clocks back for an early blanket of darkness. This weekend is the biannual official shift of our clocks. Please remind your child to use caution when traveling home after participating in extracurricular events. Your clocks need to “fall back” one hour at 2:00am on Sunday morning, November 5th.
Medford City Elections are on Tuesday, and all schools will be closed to students. Voters can visit their regular polling place on Tuesday, November 7 between 7am and 8pm. To check your polling location, visit sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA. If you have questions about voting, you can contact the Medford Elections Commission at email@example.com or 781-393-2491.
Although school will be closed to students on Tuesday, staff throughout the district will participate in Professional Development sessions, including training focused on bullying prevention, literacy instruction, data-informed teaching, and the importance of building strong relationships between educators and students. Our Medford educators are always working hard to improve their teaching skills, academic knowledge and professional abilities!
Schools will also be closed on Friday, November 10 in order to observe Veterans Day, which falls on a Saturday this year. Veterans Day honors all U.S. veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve for the common good. Students across schools and grade levels will take time this week to learn about the many contributions of U.S. military veterans over our history. Many of our Medford Public Schools teachers, staff and family members have served bravely and honorably. If you are a veteran, we sincerely thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Today’s Memo includes:
- Mustangs Recognized for Excellence
- SEPAC “Meet the Administrators” Meeting
- Winter Coat Drive
- Bullying Webinar for Caregivers & Parents
- Job Openings in Medford Public Schools
Mustangs Recognized for Excellence
Congratulations to the Medford Mustang Marching Band, who placed first with a gold medal at last Saturday's NESBA Semi-finals in Reading, MA. They also won Best Music, Best Color Guard and Best Overall General Effect!We wish them luck as they head to Championship Finals in Lawrence this weekend. Go Mustangs!
In football, senior safety/fullback Luiz Barbosa was recognized last week as a Boston Globe Player of the Week for his incredible performance in the Mustangs’ victory over Lynn English on October 27. In soccer, Girls’ Varsity athlete JK Kouyate was selected to play in the EMGSCA (Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association) All Star Gamelater this month!
At the middle school level, the Girls’ Softball team finished their fall season undefeated and were named the Greater Boston League Champions!
SEPAC “Meet the Administrators” Meeting
Medford’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council - (SEPAC) is hosting a “Meet the Administrators” Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00pm. This meeting provides caregivers with an opportunity to meet Central and Special Education administrators and coordinators. All are welcome to attend and bring your questions regarding the roles and responsibilities of the special education team.
Winter Coat Drive
Cold winter weather will be here soon, and the Medford Health Department’s Office of Prevention and Outreach is partnering with MFN, Police, and the Medford Public Library to collect winter coats for an upcoming Winter Preparedness Event on November 13. Please help families in need by donating clean new or used winter coats that can last them through winter. Donations will be accepted at the Medford Public Library, police station, the Medford Family Network and City Hall until November 3. More information is available in the following languages:
Save the date for the November 13 Winter Preparedness Event, which will include free winter supplies such as coats and emergency blankets; and information about resources like utility assistance, housing information, food assistance, MassHealth and more.
Bullying Webinar for Caregivers & Parents
Please join Medford Public Schools and the City of Medford's Office of Prevention and Outreach for a Bullying Webinar for Parents & Caregivers at 6:30pm on November 14, 2023.
Dr. Elizabeth Englander is an award-winning author and the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University. As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for almost 30 years, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children's use of technology.
You can learn more about the event and get the Zoom link here.
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!
- Vocational School Electricity Teacher
- Special Education Science Teacher (Secondary)
- Cafeteria Worker (All Schools)
- Classroom Paraprofessional (All Schools)
- Daily Substitute (All Schools – Great role for retirees or college students)
- November 4: Electronics Recycling Day to Benefit Medford Rowing at Hormel Stadium, 9:00am - 1:00pm
- November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends – Turn back your clocks by one hour!
- November 7: No School, Election Day
- November 8: SEPAC Meet the Administrators Meeting via Zoom, 6:00pm
- November 10: No School, Veterans Day Observed
- November 11: Tufts University’s Veterans Day Ceremony at the Memorial Steps, 11:00am
- November 13: Winter Preparedness Event at Medford Public Library, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- November 14: Bullying Webinar for Caregivers (Zoom webinar), 6:30pm - 8:00pm
- November 16: Mystic Project JustFlix Screening at Royall House & Slave Quarters. 6:00pm
Have a wonderful weekend!
Yours in Partnership for Children,
Dr. Marice Edouard-Vincent, Superintendent