Notice to Parents
Sunday, July 17 2016 @ 12:08 PM EDT
Notice to Parents
Thursday, July 14 2016 @ 11:02 PM EDT
As I close the first week as Principal of Saint Joseph School, I am overjoyed at the support
and kindness that I have received since Monday. SJS is a wonderful school with a dedicated
faculty and staff. Fr. Ed and Deacon Bob provide extensive support and guidance to the
school. This week I have had the opportunity to meet with teachers, parents, and other major
school stakeholders and begin the process of learning about your unique culture.
Over the next several weeks, you will begin to see several changes unique to my leadership
style. I hope that when these new tools are introduced, they will enhance the School-Parent-
Teacher relationship that is so vital in today's educational world. My e-mail should be up and
running soon and will be firstname.lastname@example.org I am in the office daily now
on Monday-Thursday until at least 1:30PM. Please feel free to drop in to say hello at any time
with or without an appointment. Please continue to check into this site often for news and
Cheers Dr. M
News and Notes
1) Reminder regarding FACTS Tuition Account Set-Up:
This is the second school I have had the privilege to guide through the total implementation of
the FACTS Tuition System. The system is now mandatory in all Catholic Schools in the
RCAB. The FACTS system allows you to set-up different payment plans that best suit your
unique needs. The set-up process is very simple and will not take long. A reminder that all
tuition payments in 2016/17 must be paid through the FACTS system. I thank you in advance
for setting up your tuition account now so your children can be officially enrolled in their
2) There is a plan in the works to bring a new and exciting technology to SJS. Beginning in
early September, parents will be able to log-on to a specific "Parent Portal" and see your
child's grades, report cards, attendance, school-wide communication, and private e-mail with
your child's teacher. Your child will also have their own unique "Student Portal" where they
can look at all of the same information and upload and download assignments for school. I
am sure that all of you will be pleased with the new Student Management System. More
information regarding a launch date will be given the coming weeks.
3) Soon, you will be seeing a "Web Site Refresh". The new site will be more powerful and
contain exciting information about what is going on in our school on a daily basis. I am looking
forward to getting your feedback when the new site launches in the coming weeks.
4) Finally, follow us on Twitter @SaintJSMedford. Teachers (and the new Principal lol) will be
updating the Twitter account during each school day with pictures of all the wonderful things
happening in the classroom (some in real time). A new Facebook refresh will follow soon as
well so like us!
5) Need me after school hours? Reach me on the cell at 978-430-6161 or the old fashion
land-line at 978-452-9376
Enjoy the warm days of summer!
Next update 7/21/16
Friday, June 03 2016 @ 01:57 PM EDT
KC Hatching Ducks
The students in Miss Termine’s Kindergarten class at Saint Joseph School have been studying Animal Life Cycles as part of their big end of the year science project. Perhaps the most exciting piece of it all has been the life cycle unfolding right before their very eyes with the incubation and hatching of duck eggs in their classroom!
Students have played a huge role in the success of their project. Using their “Hatching Journals” to record their observations, they kept track of the duck eggs’ growth and development through candling (a method that uses a bright light to show what is happening inside of the egg), making predictions, books, and music. They were also responsible for the job of “Egg Turner,” in which students manually rotated the eggs three times a day to ensure the health of the duck embryo.
As a culmination to this science unit, the students have been given the opportunity to “duck-sit,” and take the ducklings home so they can share their excitement with their families! Not only has this project helped the children foster their sense of responsibility, but it has been such a rewarding hands-on learning experience, and something they just couldn’t be more proud of!
Friday, May 27 2016 @ 07:27 AM EDT
Shade Foundation's 2016 Poster Contest First Place Massachusetts State Winner
Karolina Alvarez, a fifth grade student at St. Joseph School, may not have her driver’s license yet, but her driving tip to prevent skin cancer made her the first place Massachusetts State winner of the Shade Foundation’s 2016 Poster Contest. She and her fifth grade classmates studied radiant energy and learned about the harmful effects of the sun’s rays from the Shade Foundation’s SunWise curriculum.
This program was begun by Shonda Schilling, wife of baseball pitcher, Curt Schilling, in 2002 when she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common cancer, affects one in five Americans, and is 95% preventable. Learning about sun safety at a young age is crucial to help avoid skin cancer in the future.
As a culminating project, the students created posters that reflected tips to stay sun-safe. Students must draw a poster that includes five SunWise action steps. Judges base the posters on “creativity, originality, the ability to show at least five of the Sun Safety Action Steps, and quality of artwork.” Karolina’s piece included the slogan, “Don’t drive into skin cancer, turn around, and take the right path.” She will receive a Shade Foundation backpack and Sun Safety Kit for being the state winner and will join a pool of competitors from other states for the national prize featuring a trip to the award ceremony in Washington D.C. and a tour of the U.S. Capitol. We wish her luck!
Tuesday, May 24 2016 @ 09:48 AM EDT
Muffins With Mommies
On Friday, May 6, the PreK1 students welcomed their moms to school. The students recited a poem and sang songs for their mothers. After their performance, they had the opportunity to show their moms all of the amazing work that they had on display. The family quilt was quite a hit with the mothers. The children also bought their mothers into the lunchroom for coffee, juice, and muffins.
Wednesday, May 11 2016 @ 01:50 PM EDT
Tuition Link (2016)
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Friday, April 15 2016 @ 12:25 PM EDT
MWRA School Education Program Contest
The sixth grade class at Saint Joseph School participated in the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's 35th Annual Poster Contest. MWRA received close to 4,000 posters. It was very difficult to only choose seven winners.
One student at Saint Joseph School made it to the final judging session and should be very proud of herself. Although her poster was not chosen for a prize, it was selected to be among the few to make it to the final judging session.
We want to acknowledge Charlotte Knightly's (Homeroom 6A) poster as the one finalist at Saint Joseph School. She is a talented artist and we want to recognize her hard work.
A note from Meg Tabacsko (MWRA School Education Program): We wish you continued success in school and hope that you maintain your interest in the water environment.
Wednesday, April 13 2016 @ 01:59 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 13 2016 @ 01:34 PM EDT
Tuesday, March 29 2016 @ 01:15 PM EDT
Luck Of The Irish Winners
LUCK OF THE IRISH WINNERS:
MARCH 7 $100 Carl J. Cianci sold by: Sister Catherine
MARCH 8 $50 Elsa Roderick sold by: Logan Roderick
MARCH 9 $50 John Almerena sold by: Alex Yore
MARCH 10 $50 Jon DiMartinis sold by: Alex Yore
MARCH 11 $50 Edwidge Jean-Jacques sold by: Alijah Jean-Jacques
MARCH 14 $50 Nancy Pino sold by: Alex Yore
MARCH 15 $50 Diane Barett sold by: Sam McInerney
MARCH 16 $50 Franz Israel sold by: Gabriel Portal
MARCH 17 $200 Patty Smith sold by: Matthew Smith
MARCH 18 $50 Kathleen Manning sold by: Charlie Manning
Thursday, March 24 2016 @ 09:16 AM EDT
Grade 6 Oreo Moon Lab
The sixth graders at Saint Joseph School embarked upon a hands-on Moon Lab activity involving Oreos. Each group was prompted to create a model of the eight phases of the moon, in order to analyze which positions of the moon created natural phenomena. They worked in pairs of four to create Oreo cookie models of each moon phase. They learned how to identify the different moon phases on Earth, as well as how specific phenomena occur on Earth, because of the moon. This lab was designed to help students understand an important concept in Earth Science.
Wednesday, March 02 2016 @ 10:22 AM EST
Disney Raffle Winners
We held our Disney Raffle today.
Our winners are Tom and Shelgh Yee.
They will be getting a three bedroom condominium from April 16 - April 23, 2016. (April Vacation Week)
Thank you to all who contributed.
A special thanks to Ms. LaHaise for the wonderful donation to our school.
Wednesday, March 02 2016 @ 09:43 AM EST
Fifth Grade Activities
The fifth grade students at St. Joseph School have become quite the scientists in Mrs. Kelley’s class. At the onset of the year, they learned about conductivity by testing materials with their firefly circuits. Then they had fun connecting their circuits together to make one very large series circuit. Solutions were a huge hit when they grew their own sugar crystals from a solution of water and sugar. The sugar crystals became even more fascinating when students observed them under a microscope and got to eat them in class. What a sugar rush!
During the second term, they learned about chemical reactions, inertia, sound energy, and radiant energy. They made play dough to learn about chemical reactions. The fun continued when students went into creative mode and made sculptures. Inertia became exciting when students tried to pull an index card stacked with cubes from the top of an open jar. Then they applied their knowledge of sound energy by creating their own musical instruments and demonstrating high and low pitches. When it was time to learn about radiant energy, they used iPads to take pictures of themselves and each other using thermal, x-ray, tunnel, kaleidoscope, and squeeze and stretch optical effects. The pictures were hysterical! Then it was slime time to simulate the formation of mountains by the viscous mantle on which the tectonic plates float. The best part is there’s a lot more to learn and do.
In addition, Jez Laverdure proved quite a feat when she learned short division. She was able to divide a 101 dividend by a single digit divisor accurately. That was a first for Mrs. Kelley’s math class.
In Mr. O’Brien’s class, students made 1000 paper cranes after having read the book Sadako. The story is about a Japanese girl who got leukemia at age two from an atom bomb attack in Hiroshima. Sadako tried making 1000 paper cranes, so the gods would grant her wish to get better, but unfortunately, she died at age twelve. The cranes will be sent to the Children's Monument in Hiroshima's Peace Park as a gesture for peace around the world.
Friday, February 12 2016 @ 01:13 PM EST
First Quarter Honor Roll
SAINT JOSEPH SCHOOL - FIRST QUARTER HONOR ROLL - 2015
Joseph DeSimone, Steven DiLeo, Briana Hamilton, Hallan Maxwell, Angela Mayes, Samuel McInerney, Luca Picariello, Alexander Yore
Jakob Carvalho, Colleen Dooling, Samantha Germain, Peyton Hanley, Anthony Pisa
Richard Ata, Tracey Costa, Jamal Jean-Jacques, Jillian McEleney, Ji Woo Park, Angelina Spinosa
Isabella Beausoleil, William Carroll, Reese DeVincent, Flora Dickens, Brianna Fountain, Julia Gagnon, Gavin Kelley, Kelley Munger, Kieran Paar, Mekayla Saleh, Ava Sarno, Laura Silva, Stephanie Wilson
Ryan Anthony, Gianna Egan, Vanessa Lott, Gwyneth Malcher, Brian Merdani, Joseph Osborn, Gabriel Portal, Rebecca Singh, Sophia Tirachen
Britney Awad, Leticia Biella, Kevin Louis-Jacques, Isabella Donovan
Thomas Barros, Sophia Bost, Charlie Dilman, Charlotte Knightly, Jack Lawhorne, David Marks, Joy Muiruri, Rachel Murphy, Brenda Soares, Andrew Sullo, Serene Thapa, Makenzie Williams, Maggie Yore
Anita Capone, Tenzin Dolma, Deysi LaFrazia, Sophia Roderick
Vanessa Bianco, Igor Brasil, Joshua Bruno, Myles Galluzzo, Anna Gomes, Bryce Hudock, Clifford Jean-Paul, Donnie Kergo, Andres LaFrazia, Megan Lynch, Israel Marzuca, Prisco Moscato, Fiona Nikoras, Victor Scarpatto, Geoffrey Sebballe, A.J. Trenga
Jezabel Laverdure, Chloe Randazzo, Justin Smith
Karolina Alvarez, Sophia Brown, Jared DeSimone, Gabriel Diaz, Chloe Kelley, Mackenzie Kelley, Alejandro Kennedy, David Martin Jake McGovern, Daniella Oliveira, Christopher Ortiz, Jonathan Ortiz, Kaila Penrose, Paul Pisa, Diego Portal, Nora Reilly, Theo Rudolph, Bruno Savi, Andrew Toomey, Danielle Tully, Majie Welton
Wednesday, February 10 2016 @ 02:22 PM EST
Tuesday, February 02 2016 @ 07:33 AM EST
Friday, January 29 2016 @ 12:13 PM EST
Thursday, January 21 2016 @ 09:17 AM EST
Wednesday, January 13 2016 @ 04:56 PM EST
Monday, December 28 2015 @ 04:05 PM EST
Tuesday, November 17 2015 @ 03:21 PM EST
Tufts University Pairs up with Grade Six Students
Tufts University pairs up with the grade six students of Saint Joseph School in Medford, every Wednesday, to improve their skills with engineering by providing fun and educational experiments to enrich their minds. Some activities include acting out electricity, creating alternative wind energy resources, creating buildings to withstand conditions on Mars, and creating robots out of Legos for building programs for life on Mars.
Monday, November 02 2015 @ 03:47 PM EST
Monday, November 02 2015 @ 03:33 PM EST
First Grade Firefighter Steve Visit
Firefighter Steve made his annual visit to the first grade students on Thursday, October 22, 2015. The students listened intently to him as he explained what to do in case of a fire. Steve put all of his equipment on to demonstrate how different a firefighter will look in a fire situation and not to be afraid. The highlight of the visit for the students was being able to try on his jacket!
Monday, November 02 2015 @ 03:21 PM EST
Charleston Wrap Winners!
The final numbers are in for the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser.
We sold over $26,000! Thank you to everyone who participated!
Mrs. Santos class (3A) won for the highest sales. They will be enjoying a trip to Colleens for all of their efforts!
$100 winner - Margo Mederios
3 tickets to Legoland or Showcase cinema - Alexander Mahoney
$100 winner - Justin Smith
3 tickets to Legoland or Showcase cinema - Andrew Browne
We also have some honorary mentions that outdid themselves in sales! They will each win a $25 gift card to Colleens: Jordan Chan Grace Lonergan Cameron Magee Margo Medeiros Matthew Smith Justin Smith
The Preschool will be enjoying a day with pizza and hoodsies!
Thank you again!
Wednesday, October 28 2015 @ 01:46 PM EDT
Fourth Quarter Honor Roll 2015
Joseph DeSimone, Colleen Dooling, Briana Hamilton, Hallan Maxwell, Samuel McInerney, Alexander Yore
Jacob Carvalho, Tracey Costa, Samantha Germain, Jillian McEleney, Anthony Pisa, Luca Picariello, Tenzin Tshering, Angela Mayes
Richard Ata, Jamal Jean-Jacques
Isabella Beausoleil, Flora Dickens, Gianna Egan, Brianna Fountain, Julia Gagnon, Vanessa Lott, Gwyneth Malcher, Kelley Munger, Kieran Paar, Mekayla Saleh, Ava Sarno, Laura Silva, Stephanie Wilson
Britney Awad, Brian Merdani, Sarah Paulo, Gabriel Portal, Rebecca Singh, Sophia Tirachen, Reese DeVincent
Ryan Anthony, Leticia Biella, William Carroll, Isabella Donovan, Garvens Coq, Brooke DeVincent, Sebastian Joseph, Gavin Kelly
Thomas Barros, Charles Dilman, Deysi LaFrazia, Rachel Murphy, Brenda Soares, Mackenzie Williams, Maggie Yore
Vanessa Bianco, Sophia Bost, Igor Brasil, Ana Gomes, Bryce Hudock, Andres LaFrazia, Jack Lawhorne, Edward Luchetti, D. J. Marks, Joy Muiruri, Fiona Nikoras, Sophia Roderick, Lydia Simers, Andrew Sullo, Serene Thapa
Tenzin Dolma, Prisco Moscato, Geoffrey Sebbaale
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