Good news from Melrose High School: The percentage of students who passed the Advanced Placement test increased this year for the fourth year in a row, with 82% of those taking the test earning a passing grade of 3 or higher. The number of students taking the test has also increased over the past four years. During the same time, the percentage of students in the state and overall who earned a passing grade stayed flat or declined.
To have scores go up while more students than ever before are taking the test is a double win. Congratulations to the students and staff of Melrose High School on this great achievement!
Last week we began work on three vital school construction projects: New modular classrooms at the Hoover and Winthrop schools and a partial renovation of the Horace Mann.
At the Horace Mann, we are renovating two classrooms, reconfiguring the administration suite, and updating the school library. We are also constructing the school’s first-ever dedicated music and arts classroom and re-establishing the main entry at the front of the building. The new entry will be handicap accessible and, to increase security, we are outfitting the entryway with locked double doors and a buzzer. These improvements to the school will enhance the educational experience of all Horace Mann students.
To accommodate higher levels of student enrollment, we are installing brand-new modular classrooms at both the Winthrop and the Hoover schools. These classrooms will have state-of-the-art technology that will provide our students with an up-to-date learning environment.
The Brown-McCarthy family just ended a 20-year consecutive run at the Hoover School—a member of their family has been attending every year from 1997 to 2017. Today was the last day of school, so everyone showed up to celebrate. Their T-shirts have their Hoover “graduation” dates on the back.
Congratulations to the Brown-McCarthy family, and best wishes for a safe and happy summer!
Melrose High School alumni will be welcomed back to the city for a Homecoming Weekend on the Columbus Day weekend this year.
While Melrose High has had homecoming dances, this is the first time that a weekend of activities is being geared toward bringing alumni and students together.
“What we would like to turn it into is an opportunity for Melrose High School graduates to come back and watch their teams play,” said John McLaughlin, who is organizing many of the weekend’s activities.
Homecoming will kick off (literally) with the Melrose-Stoneham football game on Friday, October 6, at Fred Green Field. The Melrose High School Band will perform at halftime. A number of other sports teams will have games on Saturday, and on Sunday there will be a 5K race to benefit the Victoria McLaughlin Foundation, which provides funding for the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School library as well as arts programs and after-school activities for the Melrose Public Schools.
“Homecoming is a great way for generations of Melrose High School alumni to come together, share their experiences, and network with one another,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “It is also an opportunity for alumni to see the great improvements we have made to the Melrose High School facilities in recent years, both the athletic fields and inside the building.”
Congratulations to the Melrose High School boys relay team! Last month they took first place in the state meet in Weston and qualified for nationals. They competed in the New Balance National Track Meet in Greensboro, NC, on Sunday and came in 3rd in their heat and 18th in the country. That’s now a wrap for these fabulous recent MHS grads. What a way to finish out their high school athletics career! Congratulations!!
The 15th Annual DPW Day will be held on June 15th (rain date of June 16th) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tremont Street Operations Facility, 72 Tremont St. Students in grades K-3 of the Melrose schools will attend the event as a field trip, and Melrose residents are also invited to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, ages 8 or younger, to join in the event any time after 9:30 a.m.
Because of the large number of children attending, the City Yard will be closed to residents dropping off yard waste/recyclables that day. In addition, Tremont Street will be closed in front of the DPW building (but open to traffic visiting businesses between DPW and West Emerson Street).
The DPW is hard at work preparing this fun and educational day for the children and residents of Melrose. Our theme this year is DPW STRONG! This year the event will feature a select group of 4th grade students from each school giving interactive presentations from a stage at home plate of Lewis Monk field from 9:30am-10:30am. The 4th grade projects will focus on sustainability, energy and environmental advancements made in the City of Melrose over the past 15 years, and ways that Melrosians young and old can help make their community clean and green. From solar power to single stream recycling, LED lighting, stormwater runoff, water conservation and the sewer system – you won’t want to miss this part of the day!
In honor of this 15th anniversary, DPW Day will feature historical photographs and items from Melrose over the past century (courtesy of Scott Macaulay). The event will also take a look into the future, with renderings of the new school additions and development projects elsewhere in the community. In addition to seeing the vehicles and workers that help keep Melrose’s streets safe and clear year-round, new exhibits, demonstrations and activities will engage kids in the DPW world of engineering, water, trash and recycling. Students will learn where their tap water comes from while designing their own gravity water system with the engineering department, practice their recycling sorting skills through a game made with upcycled materials, and consider the impact of using plastic bags on the environment while posing as a sea turtle in a photo booth made by the Melrose Reycling Committee.
DPW would also like to invite everyone to stop by the popular “Ducks in a Pond” game to thank our Water and Sewer Foreman, Matty Hickey, who will be retiring at the end of June after 45 years working for Melrose DPW.
For more information about this and other events, please visit the Melrose Recycles blog at melroserecycles.wordpress.com or call Sadie Brown at 781-665-0142.
Come join some of your favorite Melrose Drama Seniors as they present their farewell production, the Tony Award winning “Into the Woods.” The classic Grimm’s fairy tale musical will be performed at the Melrose High School Learning Commons on Sunday June 4th and Monday June 5th at 7:00 PM with a matinee on Monday June 5th at 3:00PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and will be available at the door.
Produced, directed and performed solely by students from the Melrose Drama senior class, “Into the Woods” takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them to life in a timeless, yet relevant, modern classic. The musical tells the stories of the Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella, who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, she reveals that she has placed a curse on their family and the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods is Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and two Princes who are desperately chasing after their loves. Though everyone’s’ wishes are finally granted, the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results. The fairy tale community must come together to save each other and their kingdom!
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” is sure to be another amazing production from the award winning students of Melrose Drama!
For more information, please contact Melrose Drama at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skip the cooking and dine at the Dockside in Wakefield tomorrow, May 31, and if you present the coupon below, 25% of the tab will go to the Melrose Orchestrators to support music in the Melrose schools. You must show the certificate—use the one below or e-mail orchestra teacher Luke Miller at email@example.com for a PDF if you like. The offer applies only on May 31 from 5-9 p.m., and it’s good for dine-in and take-out.