Here’s a Look at the Work in Progress at Melrose High School

New circulation desk in the Learning Commons

New circulation desk in the Learning Commons

This year’s renovation of Melrose High School is almost complete and I wanted to share some photos with you.

While the school looks great, this is not just a facelift. It’s a major reorganization of the space in several areas of the school to create new classrooms, upgrade technology to modern standards, and make it easier for the staff to collaborate and work creatively with each other and the students.

The walls of the collaborative classroom in the Learning Commons are a wraparound whiteboard.

The walls of the collaborative classroom in the Learning Commons are a wraparound whiteboard.

The former library has gone from a cavernous, partly empty space to a a well configured study area with a new checkout desk, bookshelves, study tables, and student seating areas. On the second floor (the library’s main floor), we have added a blended learning classroom, a computer lab, a collaborative space where teachers can bring two classes together for joint learning, and a graphics lab. There is also a performance space with seating for 200 and a small practice room with video display capabilities.

The performance space, with sound baffles hanging overhead

The performance space, with sound baffles hanging overhead

On the mezzanine level we have completely renovated the classrooms. We now have a brand-new CAD lab with high-performance computers, a business classroom, computer lab, and TV studio. We have taken the CAD lab from the periphery of the school and brought it into this cluster because it makes more sense for it to be near the business and computer areas.

The new CAD classroom, which will have high-peformance computers

The new CAD classroom, which will have high-peformance computers

In the first-floor Art Wing, we have added a fully equipped Maker Space with a 3D printer and high-performance computers.

The entrance to the new Guidance Suite

The entrance to the new Guidance Suite

We have made one additional, very important change: We have consolidated the administrative offices by converting the former “fishbowl” into a Guidance Suite across the corridor from the Principal’s Suite. By removing a blank wall across from the principal’s office we have changed an awkward arrangement into an administrative wing. The Guidance Suite includes six offices for guidance counselors, a conference room, space for an administrative person, and student computers and printers. We have also created five offices nearby for department heads, including the METCO Director, with space for an administrative assistant there as well. The principal’s office will remain where it was, and the Athletic Director will be located there as well. This provides a centralized location for parents who may want to confer with several administrators.

All these areas will be fully functional by the first day of school, and we will hold an open house for the public in September.

A view from above of the student seating area in the Learning Commons

A view from above of the student seating area in the Learning Commons

The student computer station in the Learning Commons

The student computer station in the Learning Commons

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One response

  1. Josephine Bruzzese | Reply

    Its great for a senior to see the school young adults are attending. Wonderful improvement to their classrooms. Although I live in Boston, several of my nieces/nephews and now great niece have attended MHS. At times I wish I have had the same opportunities to learn in such beautiful classrooms.

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