MHS Welcome Back Letter

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Welcome back to school.  It is with excitement and pride that I prepare to start the 2017-2018 school year as the Principal of Melrose High School.  This year, I look forward to building on the very  positive culture of learning that has been established at MHS.  I am excited to continue our journey together, as we establish what is important to us, and shape the future of our high school.  My expectation is that everyone in our school community is engaged in an individualized educational experience, where they feel important, respected and connected to their school.  Treating people with kindness, creating a supportive environment, and cultivating cultural awareness and responsiveness are important to our school, our community, and to me as the educational leader of this building. Our students’ success will not depend on their transcript alone, but on their ability to communicate effectively, collaborate inclusively, and build and sustain relationships through empathy, acceptance, and appreciation.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday August 22nd 9:00-12:00  9th Grade/ New Student OrientationThis is an opportunity for students to hear about our expectations and goals for them as Melrose High School students, tour the building, and ask questions.  This is for students only.  All 9th graders and students new to MHS are expected to attend.
  • Wednesday August 30th first Day of School for Students. School starts at 7:45.
  • Wednesday September 27th MHS Open House 6:30 pm

Student Schedules

Students and families can log into Aspen to find student schedules starting Tuesday, August 15th.  Please be aware that your schedule may not be a “final schedule” at this time.  Some adjustments may be made before the start of school.  In many cases, schedules will look the same as they did when students saw them in June.  Classroom room numbers may also change before the start of school, so please check again on August 28th.   

Mandatory Data Collection

Each year it is imperative that the schools maintain updated contact and emergency information. We request that you log onto your Aspen account and update your contact information.

Posted on our website – www.melroseschools.com – you will find information relative to the start of school.  Click on the “Welcome Back” tab found on the home page.  Here you will find instructions on how to electronically update your contact information and the necessary forms you need to complete for your child.

We ask that you use your assigned Aspen account to update Contact Information, Media Release, and ConnectEd participation.   The collection of this information is mandatory and will provide your child’s school and the district information to communicate with families more effectively.  As data collection is time sensitive, we ask that you review, update, and acknowledge no later than Friday, September 1st.

If you are unsure of your Login ID or Password or having trouble accessing the account please send an email to [email protected].

Student Code of Conduct

The Melrose Secondary Schools Code of Conduct has been updated for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please read it and complete the following form to let us know that you have read the code of conduct.  Thank you for your cooperation.http://tinyurl.com/MelroseHandbookSignOff

Flex Block (No more Advisory)

We will no longer have Advisory room assignments.  Students will go to one of your scheduled classes during each Flex Block.  The schedule will be available ahead of time.  Students will have the opportunity to make up work and and get extra help during this time.  Flex Block will meet twice a week; Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

*Students should report to A Block at 7:45 on Wednesday August 30th.

Bell Schedules  

Bell schedules and the unchanged block rotation are available here: http://melrosehigh.melroseschools.com/our-school/schedules

Pineapples

You will again see Pineapples around the building this year.  The Pineapples are displayed as a sign of “welcome” to our building.  They serve as a constant reminder to all of us that every one of us is a welcome and important member of this school community.  Our differences are what make us great.  

How To Grow Good Corn… An important story to the culture and climate of our community.

http://tinyurl.com/cornstory

Kindness.  “One of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another.  If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand.  Do not wait for a thank you.  True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.”  -unknown

Keep Each Other Well,

Mr. Merrill

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