Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.

Monday, June 8, 2015

School Committee Meeting of 5/26 and Highlights for 6/9

Bridge Director Jennifer McAllister was on hand to present the on-going work being done in the organization. (The Bridge: A School-Community Partnership is the non-profit, volunteer coordination group for the Melrose Public Schools. Leadership is shared, as are costs, between Supt. Taymore and an independent Board of Directors.) Activities include volunteer registration and CORI’s; vision and hearing screenings; Community Reading Day; Trivia Bee; facilitating City Wide PTO, the elementary library coordinators, and the elementary enrichment coordinators; presenting and recruiting at school open houses and the Victorian Fair; and a variety of communication activities. (Note: if you’d like to learn more about volunteering in the schools, contact Jennifer at 781-979-2299 or jmcallister@melroseschools.com).

MHS science teacher Brittany Martin was recognized by the North Shore Science Supervisor’s Association for her commitment to making science accessible to a wide range of students; and elementary teachers Alexandra Cook and Carolyn McElligott presented at the annual Mass. Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages on the use of web tools.

Based on a recognized need to improve student outcomes at the Horace Mann School, the state has provided support in a number of areas at the school and across the district, including access to special trainings and collaboration activities, funding for additional instructional coaching, the development of some curriculum materials for the MHS advisory block, and substitute coverage for some learning walk-throughs.

Written comments were submitted regarding this year’s budget process, and they will be compiled in the fall when a recommendation for next year’s process will be discussed. New MHS School Committee representatives have been elected and will join us in the fall. The School Committee calendar was set for 2016. Committee SMART goals were discussed/approved for the 2015-2016 school year.

As always, you can find full agendas and packet documents at http://melrosecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/calendar.aspx and meeting replays on MMTV.

Next meeting is June 9th. On the agenda: Class of 2015 update; a fine and performing arts program review; discussion and vote on non-union raises; Committee action items for the SMART goals; a plan for the Supt’s evaluation; intentions around summer policy work for the Committee; and liaison reports.