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Melrose Middle School Student Places Third in Statewide Essay Competition

Ruby Robicheau Receiving Award for Patriots Pen Essay

Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway is pleased to announce that eighth grade student Ruby Robicheau placed third in the statewide level of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay competition.

Open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, the annual writing contest asks applicants to share their views on American history and their own experiences in society by responding to a chosen theme. This year’s topic was “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

Robicheau titled her essay “The Greatest Gift from America to My Generation” and wrote about the eagle, which symbolizes the right to equal education, liberty and justice through the Constitution. She also spoke of the opportunities veterans created through their sacrifices.

The contest is held at the local, regional, state and national levels. The first level is sponsored by local VFW Posts. Post winners advance, one for every 15 entries, to the VFW District (regional) level where the one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (state) level.

Melrose VFW Post 2394 sponsored Robicheau in the contest. After moving through the local and regional levels, she became one of 1,722 essays submitted across 55 VFW posts throughout Massachusetts.

“This is very exciting, and is the highest any middle school student from Melrose has placed in this competition,” Conway said. “We want to thank VFW Post 2394 for giving our students the opportunity to participate.”

Robicheau’s entry earned her third place and $500 at the state level. She was honored at an awards banquet on Jan. 21 at the Double Tree Hotel in Milford.

The VFW and Auxiliary granted more than $17,500 to district winners for the Patriot’s Pen, Voice of Democracy and Teacher of the Year awards.

“It was daunting realizing that everyone was looking at me at the head table, but it was also exciting to see everyone honoring educators for their hard work,” Robicheau said about her experience at the awards banquet.

Melrose Public Schools Kindergarten Information Event is TONIGHT

Melrose Public Schools invites families of students who are age eligible (5 by Sept. 1, 2018) to participate in the following events:

INFORMATION NIGHT: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Meet and greet with school department personnel and building principals who will provide an overview of the kindergarten registration process and answer any questions.

SCHOOL TOUR NIGHTS:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Lincoln School and Horace Mann School. 45-minute tours will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from the all-purpose room.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Hoover School, Roosevelt School and Winthrop School. 45-minute tours will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. from the all-purpose room.

Note: The information night and tours are intended for adult caregivers so they may be informed of school specific details in order to make their Kindergarten choices. Incoming students will have an opportunity to visit their assigned Kindergarten classrooms prior to the start of school.

Important Information Regarding Kindergarten Registration in the Melrose Public Schools for 2018-2019

Melrose Public Schools invites families of students who are age eligible (5 by Sept. 1, 2018) to participate in the following events:

INFORMATION NIGHT: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Meet and greet with school department personnel and building principals who will provide an overview of the kindergarten registration process and answer any questions.

SCHOOL TOUR NIGHTS: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Lincoln School and Horace Mann School. 45-minute tours will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from the all-purpose room. Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Hoover School, Roosevelt School and Winthrop School. 45-minute tours will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. from the all-purpose room.

Note: The information night and tours are intended for adult caregivers so they may be informed of school specific details in order to make their Kindergarten choices. Incoming students will have an opportunity to visit their assigned Kindergarten classrooms prior to the start of school.

Information regarding the actual registration process will follow soon.

RIP Mr. Murphy, Mr. Ball, and Mr. Babineau

Three educators and Melrose residents who were influential to me as a young man and provided me with valuable advice as I was growing up and after I became mayor passed away over the last month. Those individuals are Jim Babineau, a former math teacher and president of the Melrose Teachers Association; Frank Ball, educator, coach, and neighbor; and Harry Murphy, educator, coach, and neighbor. These outstanding men had a positive impact on the lives of thousands. I wish I could do a blog post on every one of our teachers, and I ask each of you who reads this blog to think about an educator who influenced your life.

Thank you Mr. Babineau, Mr. Ball, and Mr. Murphy, and rest in peace.

No School on January 5 and Additional Storm Information

  • The Melrose Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 5, due to the continuing inclement weather.
  • The parking ban will be lifted at 6 a.m.
  • Trash, recycling, and Christmas trees will be picked up. Please refer to the revised schedule posted earlier.
  • The Milano Senior Center, the Melrose Public Library, and City Hall will be closed.
  • Please do not snowblow into the streets. By doing so you are creating a safety hazard for our community.
  • Temperatures will be dropping to dangerous levels, so please be careful when going outdoors.
  • In case of an emergency, call 911. All non-emergency calls regarding snow removal should be directed to the Storm Center, 781-665-0142.