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Mystic Valley Consistently Improves Students More than Melrose
I make my living performing statistical analyses. There are others who may be able to do what I do for a living, but there is at least one person making deliberately misleading comparisons between Mystic Valley and Melrose schools with the shameless intent of making...
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Last Post: Sep 26, 2014 1:54pm
FreePress Sacco: Melrose Public Schools implement new safety policies
Coming to you live from the same folks who can't seem to manage phone or email. Great that somehow any attention was given to such an important thing. Not great that the same cast of characters who cannot seem to implement correctly and completely the simplest of sys...
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Last Post: Sep 26, 2014 8:18am
by well, yeah, but
Superintendent thinks things are "Pretty Good"
In the nonstop effort to spin things, in last night's meeting she talked about the 85% 2013 rate of MHS students going to college (two- and four-year). How any of these people can look themselves in the mirror is beyond! I heard one member (of course you-know-who) ch...
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Last Post: Sep 24, 2014 7:54am
What's Going on with Superintendent Cindy Taymore?
Not sure what is going with Superintendent Cindy Taymore and her unprofessional behavior and rant during last Tuesday’s school committee meeting. She displayed poor behavior in front of the cameras and before high school students present during the meeting. Thi...
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Last Post: Sep 24, 2014 7:53am
from NPR: The Myth of the Superstar Superintendent
One of the best quotes from this article: "When you see a district that's doing really well with a visionary superintendent, it may also have a very proactive school board, a very involved community and a whole bunch of other things...."
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Last Post: Sep 22, 2014 10:23pm
by Voting NO on The...
Melrose has higher percentage of students in Advanced and Proficient scores than Mystic Valley
Melrose again has a higher percentage of students in the Advanced & Proficient categories than the Mystic Valley Charter School. The MCAS measures districts in 20 different categories from grades 3 through 10 (including three “all grades” categories) and...
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Last Post: Sep 19, 2014 2:51pm
89-degree rooms at MVMMS and MHS
It is unconscionable that nothing was done to remediate the working conditions for students and teachers the past two weeks. Plenty of portable air conditioners were brought in so that that administrators and their secretaries would be kept comfortable. Classrooms at...
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Last Post: Sep 16, 2014 9:18pm
by Go away
WLocal: Contract extended for superintendent of Melrose Public Schools
Here's what was in the Free Press. So they went ahead and gave CT a new contract and now a salary nearly $170,000. Joe Casey left the district two years ago making $149,000. So in two years, there has been a huge jump in all administrator salaries and compensation pa...
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Last Post: Sep 15, 2014 1:38pm
by the reporter
high school laptops
My son is in the 8th grade @ the Middle School. Is it true that the high school does not offer laptops/note books to their students. I am told that surrounding cities and towns(Wakefield, Lynnfield and others) have this available. Can anyone clarify? Thank you
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Last Post: Sep 13, 2014 6:18pm
by district needs c...
Exodus to Private Schools
45 boys and their families who graduated from MVMMS have chosen to attend private high schools. Interesting statistic. How will CT, Rob and SC spin that fact?
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Last Post: Sep 3, 2014 8:17pm
by MFD
How to Reward our Best Teachers - Taymore Says - Ask the Union.
Did you see or hear the discussion concerning the results of the most recent teacher evaluations in our school district by school superintendent Taymore at last Tuesday's school committee meeting? She agreed that our best performing teachers should be rewarded (finan...
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Last Post: Sep 2, 2014 9:38pm
by Nerve
Globe re Roosevelt involuntary teacher transfer More changes for Roosevelt Elementary By Kathy McCabe | Globe Staff May 25, 2014 A real-life game of...
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Last Post: Aug 31, 2014 11:55am
by patricia wright
Scheduling disaster at MHS
Does it ever end? Thank you to the head of guidance and Special Ed at MHS for managing to screw up the schedules of the majority of MHS students AND teachers. These poor kids are on their own unless they have a parent that is paying attention. Parents of stud...
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Last Post: Aug 30, 2014 9:56pm
by Victim
Welcome Back
Congratulations to Acting Principal, Joyce Schlenger. She is the only Principal in the District who has a "Welcome Back" letter on the front of her school's web page. The letter was professional, warm and informative. Interesting to note all the new staff which sh...
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Last Post: Aug 28, 2014 9:50am
by and how many new...
MCAS Results are In - But Only Available to School Administrators
Was just informed that the spring MCAS results will be made available to the public by mid-September; however, our school principals and superintendent were given these results by the state in early August. This is school bureaucracy working at its worse! After all,...
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Last Post: Aug 27, 2014 5:51pm
by Comment
Superintendent Evaluation Video from MMTV
School Comm. July 22nd 2014 Part 1 on Vimeo
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Last Post: Aug 24, 2014 5:22pm
by Voting No on The...
Here ye, here ye, April 29th @ 7:00 p.m., on the MSC Agenda under 8. EXECUTIVE SESSION 9:45 P.M., 3., To discuss a complaint brought against an educator. HYMMM, now I wonder what that could possibly be about. Do we dare hope the school system actually did an invesita...
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Last Post: Aug 22, 2014 6:10pm
by No, actually....
"Sitting In" article in today's Free Press by Ed O'Connell emphazises the need for "investors" to provide the "resources" for the schools. Really ? Theatre of The Absurd ! Free Press proves by printing this "Opinion Piece" that Rob (and his not so secret Ghost w...
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Last Post: Aug 21, 2014 9:39pm
by Wake Up
Educator Evaluation Performance Rating for Melrose
Here is the link to the Mass DOE educator performance evaluation for our teachers and staff in Melrose. Why aren't the school committee, and the pe...
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Last Post: Aug 14, 2014 5:31pm
by MFD
School Committee Says Superintendent Taymore Works 24/7
If you attended or watched the last school committee meeting on cable, you would have discovered that our school superintendent works 24 hours, 7 days a week! This is one courageous feat given that you seldom find her in Melrose after 4PM each day, except when having...
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Last Post: Aug 14, 2014 5:20pm
by Great Work BA
Ms Taymore - Having a Problem with Simple Math
Did anyone watch the school committee Tuesday evening when, during the public comment session, Gerry Mroz informed the committee that the school site councils continue to be a gathering of exclusive groups rather than promoting inclusiveness within the community. He...
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Last Post: Aug 14, 2014 12:05am
by MFD
JSacco: Melrose officials evaluate superintendent
Melrose officials evaluate superintendent By Jessica Sacco / August 02. 2014 10:33PM Superintendent Cyndy Taymore was put under the microscope last week during her annual evaluation. School Committee members voiced their opinions, acc...
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Last Post: Aug 9, 2014 5:29pm
by MFD
Open positions in the district,30 Home > Postings Public Postings Date Job Title School/Site Jul 31 Special Education Paraprofessionals (5) -- Various -- Jul 31 School Psychologist Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Jul...
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Last Post: Aug 7, 2014 2:37pm
by parent
Melrose again has higher percentage of students with Advanced and Proficient scores than Mystic Vall
With all the discussion about the Mystic Valley I figured I would post the same comparison that I have posted that last few years. All of this data is directly from the MA DOE website at As I posted last year; there are 20 different...
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Last Post: Jul 28, 2014 4:21pm
by Huh?
MHS doesn't even rank now it's so low Mystic Valley #6 Malden is #51 Revere is #60 Melrose is a big fat zero. Gee, that new guitar class or AP Bio for freshmen really panned o...
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Last Post: Jul 24, 2014 11:33am
by mhs parent of al...
Superintendent Evaluation Tuesday 7 p.m.
Show up and say something at Public comment if you care.
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Last Post: Jul 23, 2014 5:33pm
by Well......
School Committee gives Taymore \$40,000 for Pay Staff Pay Raises
Can you believe this! The school committee (only no vote was CK) voted to give Superintendent Taymore $40,000 to give her non-union senior staff. This was a blanket, no requirement, no justification, gift to her staff! Wow Melrose, you must be rolling in
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Last Post: Jul 9, 2014 12:06pm
by MFD
School Dress Codes - Need Revision
Noted below is the current dress code from the school website" STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTION 5000 CONDUCT 5400 DRESS CODE 5412 Students should dress appropriately adding to a positive, productive school environment. Student dress is unacceptable if it is a...
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Last Post: Jul 1, 2014 5:18pm
by parent
Get Mayor off of School Committee
The mission of MAYOR D as a politician is to get reelected and in order to do that he spends his time at every SC meeting painting a picture of the idyllic version of Melrose Public Schools notwithstanding the facts. His being on the school committee is an absolute...
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Last Post: Jun 21, 2014 8:54pm
by Sighhhh.
Tenure on the Way Out
The fact that it's taking place on the 'Left Cost' is kind of suprising JudgeJudge strikes down teacher tenure, firing laws A California judge has agreed with nine students who filed a lawsuit, saying the laws keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out t...
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Last Post: Jun 20, 2014 8:13am
by MFD
School Committee Wasteland
Watched the committee meeting last night because of someone retiring. What a wasteland. Basically almost nothing of substance or intelligence, just a whole lot of nothing. Tried to find out what they were referring to by logging into the school site and getting that...
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Last Post: Jun 13, 2014 7:48pm
by ...
MHS Video
Check this out:
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Last Post: Jun 12, 2014 7:57pm
by Old Guy
Search for New Middle School Principal
Will there really be an honest search by this school administration for a new principal to replace outgoing Tom Brow? Answer: NO! It's all window dressing for public consumption by Cyndy Taymore who is determined to have her favorite, Brent Conway, assume the posi...
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Last Post: Jun 8, 2014 7:45pm
by whit elephant
Does anyone out here know the total cost spent by our city to implement ASPEN?
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Last Post: Jun 5, 2014 3:06pm
by parent
Laughable ReMax: "reputable school system" "4. How are the school systems in the area? Melrose has a reputable school system. The Melrose School District runs several schools including, five elementary schools, one middle school, and one...
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Last Post: Jun 4, 2014 9:40am
by Conflict of Inte...
Congratulations to the original 46 NHS inductees
Congratulations to the 46 MHS students who were inducted into the National Honor Society on September 17th, 2013. You were selected based upon your merits and have truly earned the honor. You all had the GPA, the leadership positions and the volunteer hours.
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Last Post: Jun 3, 2014 6:41am
by New Year
O'Connell to be MHS PTO President? & Site Council Representative?
How is this possible? Is Melrose some sort of parallel universe? From: Kristen Harvey Date: Mar 29, 2014 12:59:55 PM Subject: MHS PTO To: Kristen Harvey Good afternoon! Our next MHS PTO meeting will be, Monday, April 7th at 6:30 in the Resource Center of t...
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Last Post: Jun 2, 2014 10:44pm
by Citizen
Changes coming to Lincoln! 1 new principal 4 permanent new teachers (due to the retirement of 3 veteran teachers and the addition of another 4th grade) 3 temporary teachers (because 3 young teachers are going on maternity leave) So, the fall will bring 1+7= ove...
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Last Post: May 31, 2014 9:41am
by Blondie
Parent Petition: Keep Joanne Kimball-Sherman at Roosevelt Elementary School Keep Joanne Kimball-Sherman at Roosevelt Elementary School For 18 years Mrs. Kimball-Sherman has called Roosevelt Elementary s...
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Last Post: May 23, 2014 4:33pm
by elem
Sad MHS Awards Night
Said it all that so few of the faculty showed up, so many of the students being honored didn't show up, and such a small portion of the students and families from the whole class attended. Could the principal have said any less? What a pathetic presence. The head of...
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Last Post: May 22, 2014 9:25am
by Solution
Free Press: Police to charge Melrose teen in bomb hoax cases
Police say they've identified a Melrose High School student who is responsible for two of the three bomb hoaxes that occurred during the current school year. Along with Melrose officers, numerous other law enforcement agencies responded to the bomb threat on April 17...
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Last Post: May 17, 2014 8:51pm
by peanut gallery
KT out of control again
KT was back screaming at a member of the public again at the last SC meeting. He pointed out that the annual end of the year report for 2013 that our Melrose school department sends to the state DOE do not match with school numbers available to the public. He also...
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Last Post: May 16, 2014 7:51pm
by Patrol
Not Enough Money for Summer School for Most Vulnerable Students
So if the vague recountings of the superintendent are correct from last night's meeting, there isn't enough money for remediation programs for the most vulnerable students in the middle and high schools but there is plenty of money for exorbitant administrative and t...
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Last Post: May 14, 2014 12:20pm
by Veteran
Lincoln School
Are there any updates on the hiring of a new principal for the Lincoln School?
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Last Post: May 13, 2014 8:10pm
by Interim at Linc...
David Brady one of the finalists for the Roosevelt Principal job has also been named a finalist for a Principal job in Swampscott.
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Last Post: May 13, 2014 5:34pm
by Lincoln Principl...
Cops offer $5K reward, investigate bomb hoax at Melrose High School bomb hoax
By Jessica Sacco / April 22. 2014 5:01PM Cops offer $5K reward, investigate bomb hoax at Melrose High School bomb hoax Police brought bomb-sniffing dogs to Melrose High School on April 17 in response to a bomb threat. Anyone who can pro...
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Last Post: May 11, 2014 4:21pm
by peanut gallery
National Teachers Day
Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day Posted: May 06, 2014 NBC 10 News May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Day. Teacher Appreciation Day is part of the nationally-recognized National Teacher Week. The week is celebrated during the first week in May, and Nat...
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Last Post: May 11, 2014 8:57am
by Jock
MHS 2008 Grad getting it done for the U.S.
Ensign Ryan Webster, a 2008 MHS Grad and 2012 Graduate of the Coast Guard Academy is featured in this piece. He was a standout student and athlete at MHS and the CGA (Captain of the football team at both places) and is now getting it done for the U.S.A. http://www...
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Last Post: May 8, 2014 12:38pm
by Nice Work
Conway named next principal of Melrose middle school
Gross news from wickedlocal: Melrose middle-schoolers will have a new principal this fall. On Wednesday, Superintendent Cyndy Taymore announced that Brent Conway will take over leadership of Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS). Conway,...
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Last Post: May 6, 2014 1:51pm
by Ward
Melrose 6 years behind the eight ball once again
"Malden went from under 100 qualifying scores in these AP courses for 2008 to almost 250 qualifying scores in 2013." And that's because way back in 2008 Malden correctly identified a problem and acted to correct it, while Melrose focuses instead on perpetual PR, w...
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Last Post: May 3, 2014 11:23am
by parent
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