Migrant Summer School Skyrockets in Size

MEDFORD, Ore. – While many kids are out enjoying their free time, Ernesto Hernandez is hard at work, flipping through theology notes with about 15 other students in history class. He says he’s grown used to the hard work since arriving from Mexico three years ago with barely a word of English to his vocabulary. … Continue reading »

First Day for New Superintendent

MEDFORD, Ore. – It’s the first day in the office for Medford’s new superintendent. Dr. Brian Shumate arrived for his first day on the job Wednesday, spending his time getting acclimated to his new post. That included an afternoon meeting with the Medford School Board to go over agenda items for the future. Shumate says … Continue reading »

Medford Schools Say No to Transfers

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford schools are closing their borders to students looking to enter or leave the district. The changes are due to new state law that school board members say leaves their hands tied. New state policy as of march specifies that districts can’t in any way discriminate against transfer requests. Not only are … Continue reading »

Medford Superintendent Retires

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford School District will be welcoming Dr. Brian Shumate as the a new superintendent. This comes after Dr. Phil Long fulfilled his final duties on Monday night before his retirement. Dr. Long sat in for the last night at the Medford School Board meeting. He worked 30 years with the Medford School District, … Continue reading »

Medford Expands Summer School Programs

MEDFORD, Ore. – Mike Mayben grades a small stack of quizzes from his Algebra 1 class. A small handful of students sits quietly nearby, each diligently working on a series of equations. Over the next two weeks, those kids will go through a curriculum that normally spans a nine-week semester. “You’re doing three-and-a-half hour sessions,” … Continue reading »

Expansion to Overcome Low Graduation

MEDFORD, Ore.– The Medford School District is launching a major expansion to try to get more students to graduate. The district is adding 26 licensed teaching staff at its high schools for its summer school program. Currently the district has a 67-percent, on-time graduation rate. The state as a whole rated 68-percent, which is the … Continue reading »

Medford Superintendent Packs Up

MEDFORD, Ore. –  On Saturday, Medford’s former school district superintendent packed up his office. Dr. Phil Long is retiring at the end of the month. He has worked for the Medford school district for 30 years, and for the past nine years has served as superintendent. During this time, he had to deal with many … Continue reading »

Parent-Teacher Conferences May Return

MEDFORD, Ore.– The Medford School District is looking to bring back parent-teacher conferences. District Officials said the conferences were discontinued during the 2011-2012 school year because of a lack of funding. Now the three days previously lost during that time are being added back, possibly allowing for the meetings to be reinstated. Parents were encouraged … Continue reading »

Teachers Protesting New Testing

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon teachers are calling for an end to the state’s new standardized tests before they even reach the classroom, arguing that the system is too rigorous and sets students up for failure. Next year, Oregon will adopt the Smarter Balance Assessment, joining more than 40 other states using the Common Core standardized … Continue reading »

Howard Elementary Gets New Principal

MEDOFRD, Ore. — The Medford School District announced the next principal for Howard Elementary School, and they have matched their choice with the needs of their students. Javier Del Rio has been working in education for 17 years, and currently coordinates federal programs in the Phoenix-Talent School District. Originally from Spain, Del Rio attended both … Continue reading »

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