Local School Praised For Anti-Bullying

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford students are using new techniques to prevent bullying and those techniques are getting the school recognized. Washington Elementary is considered an “exemplary school” for how its staff members implement anti-bullying strategies. Paul Messenger is the school’s Positive Behavior Coach. He works with students every day teaching what he calls “recess school.” … Continue reading »

Judge Sides On Medford School Complaint

MEDFORD, Ore. — An administrative judge has sided with Medford school employees in their recent complaint against the district. The complaint was filed with a labor union board claiming the contract given to employees in 2011 was unfair. The district faced a budget shortfall and asked its employees to take an 8% pay cut. The … Continue reading »

Police, Schools Up Security from Threats

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police are responding to reports of gun threats in Medford schools but a threat school districts are hearing across the nation. District officials and police said Facebook and other social media websites are feeding into these types of rumors. They believe the recent shootings at the Clackamas Town Center Mall and in … Continue reading »

Local Schools Saddened Over Sandy Hook

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local teachers and administrators are heartbroken over the Connecticut school shooting. The Washington Elementary School staff are pretty shaken by the Connecticut school shooting. In their line of work, when it involves children or school administrators, it hits close to home. It’s a sober day at school with the sadness spreading to … Continue reading »

Officials Meet To Discuss School Needs

MEDFORD, Ore. — Legislators from across the region will be in Medford on Tuesday to hear from residents what the needs of local schools are. Josephine and Jackson County residents are invited to the North Medford High School Student Commons, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Superintendents from most of the two counties school districts … Continue reading »

Medford School Promotes Online

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford School District is hoping to give the region a boost when it comes to attracting potential employers or parents to the region. Each school has produced an informational video that is available for viewing on the web. The district said it’s a new tool for exploring our schools. Each video … Continue reading »

Medford School Named Historic Location

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Medford elementary school built more than 80 years ago is being honored for its history in the community and it’s been a long history for Washington Elementary School. The school was originally built in the late 1800s, then after a fire it was moved to the current site of the Jackson … Continue reading »

Parent-Teacher Conference Days Cut

MEDFORD, Ore. – Several Rogue Valley school districts are going without parent-teacher conferences this year, and now a Medford group wants to fix that. Normally as November nears, teachers are preparing for a week of meeting one-on-one with parents. At a couple school districts, that’s changing this year. A Medford group wants to make sure those … Continue reading »

Changes For Oregon In Student Grading

MEDFORD, Ore. – A new law has students across the state facing stricter graduation requirements. Students at secondary schools in the Medford School District, like at Central Medford High School, will soon see changes in their grading and school work. The district plans to make these changes gradually in the next two years. Superintendent Phil Long … Continue reading »

Medford School District Budget Cuts

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District has released a plan to cut tens of millions of dollars from the budget over the next three decades. Changes in the new plan will impact non-union employees including administrators. The changes include: reduced district contribution to medical benefits, an end to the early retirement plan and a … Continue reading »

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