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FEATHERBRAINED
Melrose Free Press 4/7/16: 'The Melrose Public Schools have ditched the dreamcatcher as their official logo. Pending a larger discussion about Melrose High School’s Red Raiders mascot and its Native American associations, the logo for now is simply a red block...
Views: 1479   Replies: 44
Last Post: May 22, 2016 11:07am
by In the Pudding
What kind of school system Does Melrose want and One that works - the current version doesn't!
What kind of school system Does Melrose want and One that works - the current version doesn't!
Views: 388   Replies: 4
Last Post: May 20, 2016 10:46pm
by Old Story
Abysmal Felon
Teachers are not paid enough in Melrose or most places. BUT to be lectured by SC Member, Ed O'Connell that the money paid to MPS staff is "Abysmal and Embarrassing" is a joke. The fact that the disbarred attorney (convicted of stealing 1.5 million dollars) was ele...
Views: 370   Replies: 5
Last Post: May 20, 2016 10:21pm
by The Grim Reaper
Draft FY17 School Budget - Same Old Story
Well folks - we have the same old, tired, refrain from Superintendent Taymore: cut-backs to major programs, new fees to be enacted as well as increased fees, elimination of departments and consolidation of others, and of course, more professional development which me...
Views: 889   Replies: 25
Last Post: May 19, 2016 8:48pm
by Spoiled Little B...
Proposed Activity Fees Are Not Legal
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/not-free-after-all-public-school-fees-add-6C10851880 As suspected, it has been determined elsewhere (and should be here, also) that the School Committee's entire roster of fees, but especially their newly voted "activity fees" for m...
Views: 737   Replies: 18
Last Post: May 15, 2016 9:45pm
by Mom
299rh
Melrose teachers pay is 299th out of 314 school districts? Does anyone continue to wonder why the school system is in turmoil? All the great teachers are going to better paying districts. Those with the higher degrees, those who really care are not going to work for...
Views: 1211   Replies: 37
Last Post: May 14, 2016 7:02pm
by Sick and Tired
Searching for Data
As MM seems to be a center of private school parent congregation I am hoping a private school parent can help me with some questions. As a precursor, my family cannot afford $50,000+ for a preparatory school, or even the $20,000+ BC High and St. John's Prep now cost...
Views: 5440   Replies: 106
Last Post: May 14, 2016 3:08pm
by Jackie
Does the Rec Dept Always Announce College Acceptances?
Does the Rec Dept Always send out an Email announcing MHS college acceptances? I don't remember seeing this previously. I am going to get petty here but a city's rec dept is for the population of the entire city. Not just repping the public school students. Most rec...
Views: 521   Replies: 17
Last Post: May 14, 2016 12:08pm
by mhs
MPS vs Catholic Schools
I'm starting a new thread but this is a topic I see in many of the school threads. Bitter words between Melrose public school defenders and perceived private school parents. These private school parents are mainly counted as parochial school parents because these...
Views: 503   Replies: 13
Last Post: May 14, 2016 9:54am
by Smasher Blaster
SC Chair publicly attacks parents' only option for quality education in Melrose
The following was sent to The State House Ways and Means committee in support of legislation that would allow public school officials to meddle and tear down a proven educational option for children in Melrose and elsewhere. Honestly, doesn't this women understand s...
Views: 772   Replies: 30
Last Post: May 11, 2016 10:25pm
by Not Hmmmm
ANOTHER OVERRIDE ? WAKE UP MELROSE
Excerpts from the Atlantic Magazine's May issue cover story: "The secret shame of the middle class" by Neal Gabler: "Since 2013, the federal reserve board has conducted a survey to 'monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.' The answer to one...
Views: 701   Replies: 19
Last Post: May 7, 2016 6:07pm
by PUBLIC SERVANT
SC Voted to Eliminate 3 Department Chair Positions & Raised Fees Outrageously (20% for Ed Stations!)
http://melrosecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=2668 https://vimeo.com/164362232 Last night the School Committee voted to eliminate the hard-fought Arts Chair position, along with the Math Chair and presumably the History chair positions (consolidat...
Views: 1051   Replies: 27
Last Post: May 6, 2016 1:42pm
by Unclear
NY Times Interactive Map
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/29/upshot/money-race-and-success-how-your-school-district-compares.html?action=click&contentCollection=upshot®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&smid=tw-upshotnyt&smtyp=cur&_...
Views: 339   Replies: 3
Last Post: May 2, 2016 10:54am
by Real Facts
Override Scheduled?
Did the Aldermen sanction to put an Override to voters? It will be predictable that the morally bankrupt Aldermen who take UNEARNED taxpayer monies will have to approve an Override. They owe Dolan for manipulating a legal loophole to pay their family health insuran...
Views: 946   Replies: 37
Last Post: May 1, 2016 12:10pm
by Need all the pie...
Charter School MVRCS
MVRCS looks like the only option if I want to buy a house in Melrose. I heard even Mayor Dolan is trying to pull strings-to transfer his son in. Telling
Views: 1865   Replies: 57
Last Post: Apr 29, 2016 1:44pm
by Interesting
MFD
What's Wrong with Our School Committee?
At Tuesday's school committee during the public session, school activist, Gerry Mroz again noted that our school handbook is in violation of state law in not allowing proper due process for students being considered for suspension or disciplinary action.The law has b...
Views: 264   Replies: 4
Last Post: Apr 28, 2016 8:53pm
by Mom
Last night's school committee meeting
Didn't get to watch last night. Did they vote to eliminate positions? If so, which ones. Is 5th grade going to MVMMS and 8th grade going to MHS? If so, does it start this year. Any other pertanent info?
Views: 287   Replies: 0
Last Post: Apr 27, 2016 9:31am
by Long time reside...
Teen Stress/Suicide
From, Taking Notes in Melrose MHS/MMS PTO Meeting: Stress Management for Teens Many parents came out this past snowy Monday night to learn more about helping their children and their children’s friends sort out and address responses to stress. The MHZ a...
Views: 1157   Replies: 41
Last Post: Apr 26, 2016 9:24pm
by Focus
$1 Million Dollar Budget Woe $
I see handwringing over "where is the one million dollars going to come from" to fund the school budget? Woe are us says the school committee. I am sincerely asking here, How can this be? Is there really a shortfall? How did costs increase by one million in...
Views: 1631   Replies: 37
Last Post: Apr 25, 2016 10:39am
by Conversations AS...
5th graders to MVMMS 8th graders to HS
The discussion of the elementary population explosion is going wild on FB and the usual mouth pieces for CT and the School Administration are out in full force with their usual support of any idea CT puts forth. The concept of 8th graders moving to the HS does not...
Views: 501   Replies: 7
Last Post: Apr 23, 2016 3:57pm
by mom
US News High School Rankings
Spent my lunch looking at US News report on High Schools. They're messed up. They ranked the top 75 in the state. They put Mystic Valley(#7),Arlington(#16), Framingham(#37), Malden(#49), Cambridge(#60), Revere(#63) and Medford(#70) all ahead of Melrose. Melrose didn'...
Views: 339   Replies: 8
Last Post: Apr 21, 2016 8:42am
by MFD
Real Issues Please, Enough with the Fluff
With all of the real problems facing Melrose (not just schools), the well-meaning community/parents who are in an uproar would do well to consider the post (below) from earlier this week. They are already demonstrating battle fatigue in their short-lived outrage, esp...
Views: 395   Replies: 3
Last Post: Apr 20, 2016 11:23am
by yes
April 12th School Committee Meeting - Secondary Student Handbook - State Violation?
At the April 12th school committee meeting, we saw on video why many members of our community believe our school superintendent and school committee do not care about community input to the point that it will not even acknowledge their mistakes – even though th...
Views: 712   Replies: 28
Last Post: Apr 18, 2016 6:50am
by Bruce
SchoolSpring MVMMS 2 Science Teachers
http://www.schoolspring.com/jobs/job.cfm?jid=2535404&status=20,30 Wondering if this is connected to some sort of deal worked out with the 2 middle school science/tech teachers each of whom were "investigated" (yeah, right!) after charges of "inappropriate" (as in...
Views: 243   Replies: 1
Last Post: Apr 16, 2016 11:51am
by Slash School $
Junket?
The AD, PR is retiring at the end of the academic year. Why is she out in San Diego at the "Safe Steps" conference with the SpEd Director and MAAV's Mooney? I'm assuming a grant is paying the travel, hotel and per diem costs. RM and PW-L SHOULD be sponsored. But i...
Views: 411   Replies: 6
Last Post: Apr 15, 2016 9:13am
by Disgusted
Coalition Meeting
Melrose Messages Friends: I have set up the first coalition meeting to begin our fight to bring back Melrose. The meeting is to be held at Friendly's in Stoneham Friday at noon. I have reserved the first booth on the left. If 5 of us actually exist the manager...
Views: 462   Replies: 13
Last Post: Apr 14, 2016 10:20pm
by Winchester
OMG
Colleen Murphy's excellent letter to the Free Press
Colleen Murphy wrote the most amazing letter to the Free Press calling out the MEF parents who issued their "Together for Melrose" mandate last week. Hopefully the letter will also appear in the free paper tomorrow because it is the best written account of everythin...
Views: 4021   Replies: 110
Last Post: Apr 14, 2016 12:39pm
by Melrose Resident
Maribeth Darwin's Feigned Ignorance
Re-posting because her letter is not Colleen Murphy's letter Your pretend wide eyed please-explain to me act is reprehensible because I know you're not that stupid. It's dishonest. Maybe you didn't go to college because if you did, you would realize that colle...
Views: 1116   Replies: 34
Last Post: Apr 13, 2016 2:50pm
by Finally!
Storm Coming
as a person who works inside of the highschool and middle school i can say that the feather change is detremental in the long run. Remeber its the athletes and students mascot. The murmer around campus from what i can pick up is that there will be pushback from the s...
Views: 668   Replies: 8
Last Post: Apr 11, 2016 3:33pm
by resident
Are Murphy's facts correct?
The leading bullet of Colleen Murphy’s letter reads as follows: “The decline in college matriculation rates. As Ms. Kourkoumelis pointed out in her evaluation, in 2005-6, 95.9% of Melrose High School graduates attended either 4-year or 2-year colleges....
Views: 504   Replies: 24
Last Post: Apr 10, 2016 4:37pm
by Some more number...
Storm Coming
as a person who works inside of the highschool and middle school i can say that the feather change is detremental in the long run. Remeber its the athletes and students mascot. The murmer around campus from what i can pick up is that there will be pushback from the s...
Views: 329   Replies: 3
Last Post: Apr 9, 2016 8:16pm
by Agree
Superintendent Taymore to Change State Name
Have you heard yet - it is still a rumor but from a reliable source. Since Ms. Taymore has been successful in changing the school district logo - getting rid of the dreamcatcher - she has been discussing with a select group the possibility of changing our state name...
Views: 285   Replies: 6
Last Post: Apr 8, 2016 4:45pm
by Please
Jumping to Conclusions at the Middle School
This is in regards to the latest email about an infraction at the middle school. Don't jump to conclusions that something happened. The thought in the email is for the people of Melrose not to jump to conclusions based on rumor. Administration will come forward af...
Views: 782   Replies: 13
Last Post: Apr 6, 2016 11:02pm
by the kids are al...
Let's Make a List
There are so many threads on this site linked to the schools, now Colleen's letter, the newest middle school investigation. I've also seen a few people saying stop complaining, what would you do? So how about if on this thread post the top 5 things you would do to...
Views: 965   Replies: 24
Last Post: Apr 6, 2016 9:54pm
by Heinous Mole?
Most recent email from Middle School
It seems as if every week we receive a new message from the Middle Scool about a new issue. The one tonight just seems to add to the already uncomfortable community this school is living in. What is happening here and how can this city fix it????
Views: 1347   Replies: 32
Last Post: Apr 5, 2016 8:56am
by Minuteman
Relax
To all of you helicopter parents who have nothing better to do than blow every single thing that goes on at your children's schools completely out of proportion, WE ARE ALL FINE. There is nothing happening at any Melrose schools that is not happening at every...
Views: 637   Replies: 21
Last Post: Apr 4, 2016 4:41pm
by Nope
Complete Joke
What is going on with the "Not" Melrose Free Press. It's not even a news paper. Its 30 pages of garbage stories, ads, and articles about schools and kids outside of Melrose with 1 or 2 local stories sprinkled in. Who cares about a kid from Saugus playing for MC, o...
Views: 998   Replies: 37
Last Post: Apr 3, 2016 7:20pm
by patricia wright
Middle school is a nightmare
This issue is just the latest in a school that has no direction, no supervision and absolutely no accountability. Every week we parents, receive a new email about different concerns, intimidations, rumors, sexual exploits of minors that we are to be made aware only...
Views: 646   Replies: 8
Last Post: Apr 1, 2016 7:24pm
by Concerned
Current Job Postings, Erosion and Eventual Destruction of Fine and Performing Arts Department
Public Postings Date Job Title School/Site Mar 17 Paraprofessionals - long term substitute (2) Melrose High School Mar 8 World History Grade 8 Long Term Substitute Teacher Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Mar 8 Nurse - CAMPUS KIDS -- Various -- Ma...
Views: 718   Replies: 14
Last Post: Apr 1, 2016 10:56am
by parent
METCO
Honest question. What deems the METCO program a success or not?
Views: 1055   Replies: 31
Last Post: Mar 31, 2016 11:42am
by Reality
Please explain for the rest of us
As a long time Melrose resident, I'd like to understand the issues being discussed in these threads, but it seems I've come late enough to the conversations here that it's hard to figure out what the underlying issues and facts actually are. So I'd like to ask...
Views: 797   Replies: 16
Last Post: Mar 29, 2016 12:08am
by Guessing Here
Budget Farce Being Perpetrated by Administration
From the this week's Free Press: "Among the tools available to the School Committee is the option to raise fees. On Tuesday, the committee voted to increase tuition at the Franklin Early Childhood Center by 8 percent, a move projected to bring in roughly $112,000...
Views: 528   Replies: 11
Last Post: Mar 28, 2016 5:06pm
by Good Question
Lack of Communication Examples
During the recent SC meeting the topic of communication was discussed yet again. I just don't understand how this school system can be so inept at simple communication. As a parent, I have received several emails regarding the career fair tonight at the Middle Scho...
Views: 1286   Replies: 21
Last Post: Mar 26, 2016 4:17pm
by Mom
MFD
Chairperson Driscoll Doesn't Believe the Pubic Has a Right to Know!
School Committee Chair, Margaret Driscoll, has informed this author, in a recent email, that the public has no right to know the details of any school senior staff decision or to question them since she claims by law, prevents the public from knowing the intimate det...
Views: 486   Replies: 14
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:43pm
by Duggan is Inappr...
Craziest Yet: SC re Taymore Award
School Committee meeting last night: https://vimeo.com/160040052 @ 2:45:00 Absolutely nuts Complete with choking up and tears. You'd think this woman should receive a Nobel instead of the door! This is the School Committee response to Mrs. Kourkoumelis' c...
Views: 753   Replies: 28
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:40pm
by Over-compensatin...
Campaign Finances re Failed Yes Campaign
http://d3gog7eahb0dp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CFR-Pre-Election-2015-YFM.pdf So Linda O gave $1,000 Dolan's campaign gave "in-kind" printing etc. etc. No mystery about who is connected to whom and this link is just for the pre-election report
Views: 269   Replies: 4
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:32pm
by Frank
Taymore Award
Cyndy Taymore got an award from her "Super" Colleagues. Now, I have heard everything! NUTS! Political agenda behind this action is multifaceted and questionable.
Views: 1082   Replies: 46
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 10:30am
by Nah
Budget
Watched the Mayor pontificate endlessly (again) about the school budget at last night's SC meeting. Especially interesting to me was his contention that health care costs will rise by 9% this year. Is he pulling numbers out of his butt again? According to GIC, the...
Views: 762   Replies: 8
Last Post: Mar 24, 2016 3:26pm
by MFD
Superintendent Taymore for her resignation due to her illegal actions in the OCR case.
Superintendent Taymore for her resignation due to her illegal actions in the OCR as example .School Committee meeting last night: https://vimeo.com/160040052 @ 2:45:00
Views: 264   Replies: 2
Last Post: Mar 23, 2016 10:40pm
by Department
Warehousing our Students
I would like to make the community aware of a terrible situation at the high school. There is a lot of absenteeism among the teachers and not enough substitute teachers for whatever reason. They take a large number of classes and put them all simultaneously in the...
Views: 830   Replies: 19
Last Post: Mar 23, 2016 5:48am
by The Truth
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