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Thanks for trying to make all your points, and trying to do so respectfully. However, many would have to disagree with your basic premise. The teacher who was forced to step down has a history of very immature and inappropriate conduct. Her manner of dress is only one example of her unprofessionalism. I don't doubt that you are correct in your assertion that she did things that were of value that should be appreciated. However, there are few who don't consider her behavior to be basically immature and unprofessional regardless of her good intent. She devalued her own good work with her poor conduct. And the administration devalued themselves and their efforts by letting kids take the fall for poor decisions on their part.
Reducing the community service requirement for NHS from 40 to 25 hours is an example of the values of this administration. 40 hours of community service is a small amount to achieve. Most of the best students (raised with values involving the need for service and giving back) have completed hundreds of hours. If a student (and their family) cares so little that he or she considers it a burden to give a mere 40 hours, that is truly pathetic. Many MHS students have topped the 1,000 or 1500 hour mark of contribution without even listing a large portion of their consistent efforts. This is contrasted now with students lifting a shovel for a few pathetic minutes supposedly to help someone but then getting credit for hours--translation: cheating, just like they do for lots of other things, academically and otherwise. Reducing the GPA requirement is similarly cheap. Of course what MHS now has making it difficult for the honest hard-working students is a bunch of grade-grubbing students and equally disgusting parents, fueling a sickly competitive atmosphere that in the end helps no one. But these parents wouldn't think of allowing this system to be changed in lieu of one where class rank would be eliminated, making a more fair and healthful environment. No, it all works for these students and their parents, with grade inflation, lower requirements, etc. And then everyone wonders why Melrose students are finding it tougher once they leave the MHS womb and have to confront the real world.
At some point parents are going to have to accept that everybody is not going to win the prize. Does the candidate have a leadership position at MHS, what are they giving back to MHS, have they had a disciplinary action, what do teachers interviewed say? STOP BLAMING the advisor, there are issues, huge issues, no question. Parents should accept the decision and move on. This ridiculousness has made a mockery of the NHS process and the original inductees should be commended for their grace and maturity. They missed class to attend the "second" ceremony. They know that they earned their spot fair and square. There is no doubt that there is blatant favoritism at MHS. The other students are well aware of the unfairness of it all. It is what it is and appointments to "special committees" are a joke and meaningless. The admin lies and pretends that they offer opportunities to all but they do not and the students know it. It is a fact plain and simple. God help the poor kids in CP classes they are never considered. Lazy guidance dept and lazy admin.
And oh by the way, how come the recent bomb threat perp has not been caught? The kids know who it is.
Pretty apparent there is not much desire for success in MHS anymore. Lowering qualifications to please people is a joke. Your kid either qualifies or he doesn't, it has nothing to do with the teachers tattoos or low cut shirt. If they cannot focus around her then there is obviously immaturity issues, which probably stem from you guys bashing the teacher, complaining your kid didn't get in NHS, bragging about a D3 school early acceptance (congratulations, but it means nothing for division 3 since there is no commitments, scholarships, etc.), or saying "no one likes you private school parents." You all sound five. Leave the teacher alone, sorry your time has come and gone and you can no longer wear a low cut shirt since you are probably sagging to your elbows. The whole school has turned into a joke whether its discipline, academics, athletics, students or parents. Stop acclimating to poor performance all around and blaming so and so. Sad to see how much of the city is like this.
Another private school parent heard from. You sound like a moron. Athletics and academics are two entirely different things. There is early acceptance at D3 schools in exactly the same manner as there is at D1 schools. If you don't think so, try having your litte private school cherub apply via "early decision" into Tufts or Bates. Also, aside from the NESCAC schools there are all types of Merit-aid scholarships at schools at every level. Before you start swinging away at MHS understand what you are talking about you private school loser.
Actually went to a public school, just not MHS, thank God. And you are wrong. There isn't athletic money at division 3 schools. He has the same tryouts as everyone else there, no security. That's how it works. Division 3 is a slight step up from a good high school. You call private school people losers because they have division one players? Sounds like a typical Melrose inhabitant to me!jealously putting down other people. Find a private school player whose at a higher level and tell them they're a loser. They'll probably laugh hysterically at you.
The poster didn't say there was athletic money at D3. The poster said merit aid. Google it u moron.
corrected. poster did say merit aid that is my fault.
Sammie...i played i know how it works. a GOOD hs team is not what you have been watching. ill assume you never went through it and have no idea what you are talking about like most people on the forum.
Well, you'd be wrong again. I have been through it - three times. Two at D3 and one at D2. Three sport players in HS. Single sport in college. Let's take just one, the oldest, but all three had similar experiences. 4 year HS varsity soccer, 7 years in MAPLE. 3 yr varsity hoops, 3 in AAU. 3 yr varsity softball.
At the time the Middlesex league was one of the best, if not the best HS soccer leagues in the state. Winchester was the best team in the state, and Belmont, Wakefield, Reading and Lexington were all good. Stoneham was decent too, and so was Woburn. I've seen plenty of good HS teams, believe me, plus plenty of good MAPLE teams too. MAPLE team traveled all over the east coast playing tournaments like WAGS, NATCAP, etc.
Recruited by several D2 teams, but chose D3 for academics, and the FA package was almost exactly the same in every offer. Winchester was VERY good and extraordinarily well coached by Scanlon, and probably would have been able to play with a few of the third tier D3 teams, but would have had no chance at all against a good D3 team like Tufts, Wheaton, Amherst, etc, or even one of the second tier teams. A bunch of grown women, all the best players on their HS teams, playing against a bunch of kids on what amounts to a town travel team. Her U-16 MAPLE team scrimmaged her HS varsity team once - I thought someone was going to get killed.
D3 Athletes at NESCAC schools are heavily recruited. Most of the D3 athletes at the NESCAC Schools are at a minimum all conference in their respective sports and many were all state athletes...as have been the Melrose HS athletes that have gone on to these schools. To deny the fact that these schools don't recruit and their teams and athletes aren't the best athletes from their respective home teams/leagues only bears out your ignorance and is a clear indication you have no familiarity with the process.
You are absolutely right. NESCAC is a very good conference, and all you have to do is look at the team rosters to see how heavily they recruit. Imagine one of these teams playing a HS team.
Hoods for the NHS officers who ran unopposed,and ropes for the rest of the masses. Are you kidding? Cannot wait to be done and get on with my life. Thank you for putting a cloud over our accomplishments and cow towing to the elitist, MEAN, devisive clique. M what say you????????????????? M where are you??????????? Our money was for hoods not ropes.
There is still time to right a serious wrong. The outrage is there, but the kids are afraid to speak up.
Sad that this issue has to be posted on melrose messages because the administration is aware and does not care. They are condoning and have allowed this devisive action to take place. The officers deserve to be distinguished, however the contrast between the hood and the rope is ridiculous and humilating to the senior NHS members. They were told that they were paying for hoods, and that is not what they received. There was no vote, this is another form of bullying at MHS.
It is no wonder that so many eligible students don't even bother to apply.
I'd like to apologize to you for what you've had to go through, and for the way the school system has failed you. It makes me very sad that you not had the experience that you should have had, and deserved to have had.
Maybe you don't want to hear this right now, but just moving on to the rest of your life will only assure the continuation of the same sort of injustice. What I suggest to you is that rather than just putting it behind you, you remember with crystal clarity what has been done to you, or hasn't been done for you, and that you carry that into the voting booth. Let your anger be a weapon. Let's finally get rid of those who have enabled this injustice, and who will inflict the same mistreatment on more and more kids until they are done away with. Step up, stand up, and make a difference for the ones coming after you.
You deal with these people the same way you deal with any other bully - you walk right up to him (or her) and smash him (or her) right in the face.
The solution is simple and obvious, give the NHS students what they were told they were purchasing, HOODS and allow the NHS Officers to add the blue and gold ropes. How in the world was this allowed? The kids all have emails from September and as recently as March and April asking for money for Hoods. These kids have suffered enough humiliation.
Enough, fix this MF and CT, you are in charge do your job.
Who made this decision? Sounds wrong and mean and nasty. MF should never have allowed the officers do this to their peers.
Maybe actor Jamie Foxx will wear a hoodie in support.
Wow, Melrose Messages, I have hit the big time. How about boycotting the graduation ceremony fellow senior NHS members. We have been disrespected enough.
Sit tight Student, supposedly the NHS advisor and the admin are going to right this heinous wrong. The worst type of bullying, allowing certain individuals to wreak havoc to benefit only themselves is outrageous. This situation is the tip of the iceberg and a sympton of the nasty culture that has been allowed to fester within the NHS community this year.
It is unfortunate that parents and students cannot speak up directly to the admin without fear of retribution.
MF pooh poohed this when originally approached, well it is not going away nor should it.
All it takes is one person with a little character to step up and say "I've had it with this crap." You're a senior - they can't touch you now, so you have nothing to fear anymore. You're out of that rathole. Image a bunch of people holding signs standing outside graduation and refusing to participate. Go for it!!
Don't forget that this is on top of the email that was sent out to the class of 2014 personal emails with confidential details regarding academic status a couple of weeks ago. The contents of the email should NEVER have been sent to the world to see especially to the student body. MF or CT should have sent a letter of apology to the students and to their parents. MF swept it under the rug like everything else. Most parents are unaware that this humiliating and embaressing email was sent to their children. It gets better, the list was posted in the lunchroom and again MF thinks that it is no big deal.
She really does not get kids.
And then there are the NHS emails containing the personal and confidential information of students needing tutoring.
Where are the leaders? Where is the administration? The ship is sinking folks.
Don't give up NHS seniors, push back. We know that all of you worked quietly to fulfill your obligations with no fanfare. The way that it should be.
The prior poster is right. You're in a short window of time where you have the upper hand. I mean, what are they going to do with you - send you to Melrose High School? As a NHS member, you have a certain credibility. Speak out now and they won't be able to ignore you anymore, and just maybe you can kickstart the process of changing the culture there. If you're going to wait for this administration to do it, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Fight back don't let the pukes win! You have the upper hand. You were lied to and misled. You were promised and paid for something that you did not receive. Consumer fraud.
Heard about this and wanted to thank all those that are supporting us. Senior awards night on Monday will be an absolute joke and circus if the admin at MHS does not resolve this insane situation. It is wrong on so many levels. Hurtful and devisive.
Have heard nothing from MHS, anybody know what is going on?
Why is there even a discussion about Nahant High School students on this Melrose message board?
from some old fart, I think he might have said he goes by Wheeser, or something like that.
Thanks MHS for allowing the Mean Girls to get their way.
Shame on MF for allowing the mean girls to have their way. Stop lying, this issue was bought to your attention 2 weeks ago by complaining parents. You chose to do nothing. The girls will look like fools with their gold hoods because everybody knows what happened.
Looks like Graduation came and went withiut coming to a screeching halt over who was wearing what during the ceremony. I don't think anyone was paying attention to who had what on their head. The letters hit the mailboxes over the weekend for the incoming NHS admits. Now that the queen of the prom has been dismissed and the admission process changed over to a completely objective set of standards it should be much fairer and much smoother and finally legitimate.