News and Events, Schools

Melrose Schools Make the News!

As today is the last day of school for the Melrose Public Schools, I want to wish everyone a safe and fun summer! To close the year on an uplifting note, here is a story WBZ did last week about our schools.

It Happens Here: Melrose, Pioneering A New Trend In Education

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‘Look What’s Happening Melrose’ Lists Community Events

Have you ever wished there was one community calendar for all the great events that take place right here in Melrose? That calendar is here! Look What’s Happening Melrose is the online, free, community calendar that supports and lists the many wonderful events that happen here in our city.

Over 80 local organizations and businesses have already set up their free membership and are posting their events. The Look What’s Happening site will only post community events that happen within 02176. It is not a site for individual events such as yard sales, parties, etc. We are the site for all-inclusive events that celebrate the great things that happen in Melrose – music events, drama performances, educational workshops, recreational programs, fairs, farmers market dates, library events, fundraisers, and so much more.

The Look What’s Happening calendar is a free resource for all our residents and visitors. We welcome new organizations to join at any time!

The idea for Look What’s Happening grew out of a frustration to find one site in Melrose that posted all the wonderful events that are happening here. We started talking to people in the community about making an all inclusive site for what is happening in town. The more we talked with people about the idea, the clearer it became that we are not alone in this frustration. After three years of tinkering with ideas and drafts of how it could work, we hope that this site will help bring people together in the community by providing a central location for sharing events and finding things to do with ease and without leaving town.

We are grateful for the support of the community calendar from the Melrose Cultural Council, MMTV, Melrose Bank, Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, Melrose Community Coalition and from the many groups that post their events.

Check out the calendar at and feel free to contact us at

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How to Help Guatemala Volcano Victims

On June 3rd, Guatemala was devastated by a volcanic eruption. To date (June 5th), 70 people have been confirmed dead, hundreds injured, and thousands displaced. Millions have been impacted in one way or another. These numbers are sure to grow.

A coalition of Guatemalan organizations in the United States from across the country are coming together to help the people most impacted rebuild from this tragedy by raising funds and ensuring aid is delivered to those who most need it. All funds will be distributed with the assistance of local leaders and organizations.

Select leaders from the US based organizations will be on hand to ensure all funds are administered appropriately and effectively. The organizations involved are:

Asi Es Guatemala
Casa Guatemala
Fraternidad Guatemalteca Del Norte De Nevada
Grupo Cultural Guatemalteco
All donations are Tax Deductible. Asi Es Guatemala is a 501(c)(3) Non profit organization. For more information contact:
Eddie Reyes or Elvis Jocol

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‘Preparing for Extreme Weather Events: A Listening Session’ on June 21

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21st, the City of Melrose will hold a public meeting to discuss our readiness to handle climate-related events and emergencies and how we can become more prepared. We want to hear suggestions and feedback from the entire community on this important topic. The meeting will be held in the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Cafeteria.

In recent weeks, the City of Melrose has been holding internal discussions regarding which potential hazards to address first, and how to make Melrose more resilient as we expect more extreme weather in the future.

This listening session is an important part of that process, and it leads directly to the next step, which is updating the Melrose Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. This plan is our blueprint for reducing the risk to the community from environmental hazards and improving our ability to recover from the stronger storms that we expect as the impacts of global warming continue to increase.

Please join us on June 21st at 7 p.m. to learn more about Melrose’s efforts to date and to provide your input. A full copy of the Summary of Findings from the preliminary Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness workshops can be viewed here:

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Friends of the Fells Announces All-Day Summer Youth Programs in the Woods

This summer, children will now have the opportunity to play and learn all day at their own pace in unique local nature programs at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Middlesex Fells Reservation.

By popular demand, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation announces full-day (9 am – 4 pm) versions of two core programs: Forest Explorers for children in K-2nd grade (ages 5-7) and Forest Adventurers for 3rd to 5th grade (ages 8-10). The flagship program, Forest Kindergarten, geared towards children ages 4-5, still offers half-day programs (morning and afternoon) as does Explorers and Adventurers. These 2½-hour sessions run from 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm for all groups.

Each day at Friends of the Fells Summer Youth Programs children explore and play in an experiential learning environment. They observe and learn about nature – plants, animals, earth, and sky – spending time with peers away from electronic devices and improving overall fitness. All of the offerings are structured with a 6:1 ratio of children to instructors, with two experienced and well-trained instructors per session, ensuring each child receives individual attention and guidance. The skilled instructors have been thoroughly trained, CORI-checked, and have CPR & First Aid training and certification. Through what the program informally terms “structured unstructured play,” summer sessions have also successfully integrated children with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, with children who have typical capabilities.

Depending on the children’s interests, the older age groups will have additional learning and recreational options, including engaging in environmental science, reading the work of nature writers, field sketching, poetry writing, photography, and more.

Kelli Hanson, a Forest Kindergarten instructor since 2016 and a special education teaching assistant, describes the program’s experiential quality in this way:

There is very little structure, and absolutely no “instructional materials.” Just the sky, the wind, the pond, and endless amounts of sticks and rocks and leaves. We throw rocks in the water to see how far they will go and what kind of sound they will make. We search for the perfect hiking stick. We build forts.

All summer youth programs run from July 9 through August 31 (Monday – Friday). Full-day sessions are $350 per week. Half-day (morning and afternoon) sessions are $150 per week. All will center at the DCR Botume House at 4 Woodland Road in Stoneham.

To register for Friends of the Fells youth programs visit: To review the program’s philosophy, instructions for parents and caregivers, and a roster of Forest Instructors visit:

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Melrose High School Junior Earns Spot in All-State Music Festival

Melrose High School junior Lucy Fleming earned a spot in the All-State Music Festival. (Courtesy Photo Melrose Public Schools)

Choral Director Kimberly Piper is pleased to announce that Melrose High School junior Lucy Fleming earned a coveted spot in the All-State Music Festival.

Fleming, a soprano, performed as a member of the chorus during a three-day event on March 1-3 at Symphony Hall in Boston.

She was the only student from Melrose to sing in the approximately 200 member chorus ensemble. The achievement is the culmination of many years of study—Fleming has been a part of the Melrose choral program since fourth grade and has participated in independent voice and piano lessons since the sixth grade.

To qualify for the All-State Music Festival, students had to first audition for and be selected to perform in the winter Northeastern Senior District Music Festival. At that event, performers then had to score in the top 50 percent, and were judged on rhythmic and melodic accuracy, intonation, diction, tone quality, articulation, interpretation and sight reading.

Fleming was one of 450 musicians that was selected from the 1,000 who auditioned statewide to be a part of the All-State Music Festival, where members of the chorus, band and orchestra performed.

“The All-State Music Festival is extremely competitive and is the highest recognition for a high school music student,” Piper said. “We’re so pleased that Lucy’s talents were able to shine at such a prestigious event.”