Superintendent’s Update

Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore presented the following update at the December 8 School Committee meeting.

Melrose Grad Receives State Advanced Placement Scholar Award
Class of 2015 MHS graduate Ms. Katherine Ilia has been selected by the College Board as the 2015 recipient of the State AP Scholar Award. Each year College Board selects only one female and one male from each state for this honor. The award is given to the students that have earned the most AP scores of 3 or higher statewide with an average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Katherine. We applaud her dedication to excellence and wish her well in her future endeavors!

Partners in Excellence
Eight members of the Melrose High School staff have been named Partners in Excellence by Mass Insight as a result of their work improving student outcomes on the recent Advanced Placement exams. Recognized teachers include Christina Cardella, Laurie Greenwood, Tanja Hiti-Stearns, Heather MacDonald, Brittney Martin, Nancy Naslas, Kerri Scott, and Suzanne Troy. They will be honored at a ceremony in April, 2016. They will be among the 54 Massachusetts teachers who have earned this distinction.

Hour of Code
The Melrose High School STEM students will be leading our Hour of Code again this year. The event will take place on December 9th from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Foreign Language Computer Lab at the high school. All grades are invited to participate.

Horace Mann Murals
The Melrose Cultural Council provided a grant to the Horace Mann Elementary School to create four mural-size paintings depicting the theme of friendship. Ms. Lynette Bruce, the Horace Mann art teacher, and a group of fourth and fifth graders created the paintings. Horace Mann will be holding an open house on December 15th from 2:30 to 4:00 to celebrate the installation of the paintings.

Learning Commons
Construction has begun on the Learning Commons. Heavy demolition will take place from December 7 to 21 from 3 P.M. to 10 P.M. The construction company will be fencing off part of the courtyard to safeguard students from equipment and debris.

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