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Success Story:  Geography Card Games Help Students Create Their Own “Mental Map” of the World

By on November 20, 2015

Grant Year:  2014-2015 Recipients: Rob Mahoney (lead), Hannah Reagan, and Amy Dylengoski, MVMMS 6th Grade Social Studies Teachers Students were able to practice skills in different way than was previously possible; it made the learning fun.” – Rob Mahoney The sixth

Success Story: MHS Students Get Hands On with Electrical Engineering

By on November 20, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-15 Recipients: Elizabeth Giovanardi, CAD and Engineering Teacher, MHS David Carbonneau, Physics Teacher, MHS Teaching electricity without these kits in their hands is like teaching a 16-year-old to drive without being in a car.”  – Elizabeth Giovanardi Engineering

Success Story: MVMMS Rolls Out Active Seating Pilot

By on November 20, 2015

Sitting on stability balls helps students concentrate on schoolwork while providing an outlet for excess energy. By Christina Gagliano, co-president, MVMMS PTO Note: This article appeared in the Melrose Weekly News on November 27, 2015. Sitting on the stability ball has

Success Story: Science A-Z Readers and STEM Solar Robot Kits

By on November 3, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2015 Recipients: Susan Herook, Teacher, Winthrop School Students were able to problem solve with their teammates and use procedures to build a design. The class was excited to have the opportunity to put science and engineering skills to

Success Story: Impacting Students, Anytime, Anywhere

By on October 30, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2015 Recipient: Tom Scudder, Library Media Specialist, Melrose High School My original intention was to simply provide the library with a reliable and portable workstation… I accomplished much more than that. Beyond simple library work, I was able

Success Story: Increasing Student Comprehension of Rigorous Texts and Student Ability to Generate Complex Questions

By on October 30, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2015 Recipients: Adam Azia, Grade 7 ELA Teacher, and Charesah Agha, 7th Grade Special Education Teacher We were able to incorporate cold reading strategies into our classroom the week after the conference.” — Adam Azia, 7th Grade ELA Teacher Strong

Melrose Free Press: Students, Teachers Benefit from Melrose Ed Foundation Grant

By on October 30, 2015

By Maribeth Darwin “You are going where? To do what?” If you are living with a teenager, you have probably asked these questions. More than once. But rarely at 7am. On a Saturday. For a group of Melrose High School

Success Story: Supporting 21st Century Skills in Freshman Seminar through Chromebooks

By on October 3, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2015 Recipients: Kim Talbot, Global Language Director, Melrose High School The freshman seminar teachers are moving more and more toward using 21st century tools, such as Chromebooks, to guide students toward connecting their high school experience to the

Success Story: Advanced Placement Training for Teachers and Classes for Students

By on September 10, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2015 Recipient: Marianne Farrell, Melrose High School Master instructors, many of whom were AP graders, came to Melrose to teach Saturday classes to our students. This gave a different perspective on content and teaching styles.” — Marianne Farrell, Melrose

Melrose Free Press: Melrose Ed Foundation marks second birthday

By on June 24, 2015

By Aaron Leibowitz MELROSE (Posted Jun. 18, 2015 at 12:26 PM) – A lot of good can happen in just two years — just ask the folks at the Melrose Education Foundation, and the teachers and students who have benefited from

Melrose Free Press: World Cultures Fair held at Roosevelt

By on June 24, 2015

They organized the World Cultures Fair with the help of a grant from the Melrose Education Foundation.” By Aaron Leibowitz MELROSE (Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 11:52 AM) – More than 80 students and their families celebrated their own cultures and

Video Story: Expert in Residence at the Middle School

By on May 20, 2015

Success Story: A Multi-Sensory Approach to Writing for Special Education and ELL Students

By on March 26, 2015

Grant Year: 2014-2014 Recipient: Alicia Serafin, Lincoln School A newcomer student with no English, who started late in the year, accessed the curriculum in her first classes with the use of picture-assisted writing using academic language, like tsunamis and volcanoes.”

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By on March 22, 2015

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January Grant Ceremony Celebrates 22 Grant Awards

By on March 6, 2015

Trying to teach electrical engineering without these kits would be like teaching a 16-year-old how to drive without a car.”  — Betsy Giovanardi, Melrose High School On Thursday, January 29, 2015, winners of the Fall 2014 Melrose Education Foundation grants

Success Story: Movement Activities Improve Students’ Focus

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Jennifer C. Papasodoro, Franklin ECC and Horace Mann “This grant has allowed me to show my students that practicing certain movement tasks over and over can help their brain to improve their focus and attention for

Success Story: Document Camera Helps Kindergarteners Learn New Skills

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Rebecca DiLeo, Roosevelt “My students always ask to share their work on the HoverCam. They love being the teacher and I love to see them excited to share and explain their thinking. Every classroom at every

Success Story: Elementary Students Have More Ways to Learn Sight Words

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Jennifer Sinapius, Hoover School “I have a more comprehensive understanding of the teaching and learning of phonetics. If one strategy does not work, I am able to use another.” — Jennifer Sinapius, academic interventionist More than

Success Story: Middle School Art Students Mix Art Theory and History with New Technology

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Heather K. Aziz, MVMMS “The students were introduced to artists and art-making processes that without the magazines they would not have been able to discover.” — Heather K. Aziz, visual art teacher With a Scholastic Art

Success Story: Document-based Writing Grant Gives MHS Students a More Complex View of History

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Hannah Edsall, MHS “Using a set of documents about Pearl Harbor, students examined the deeper reasons that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.  These resources helped students not only view history through multiple perspectives, but truly illustrated the

Success Story: iPad Pilot Success Offers Franklin ECC Students More Ways to Engage with Content

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Jill Tully, Franklin ECC  “The potential for devices like these is truly limitless and we are excited to continue exploring how they can enhance our instruction to help meet the needs of all learners.” — Jill

Success Story: 2014 Summer Institute Prepared New and Veteran Educators with Best Practices and New Materials

By on February 27, 2015

Grant Year: 2013-2014 Recipient: Angela Singer, Melrose Public Schools The investment that we are making in the education and experience of our teachers is tremendous.” — Angela Singer, ELA director Funded by a grant from the Melrose Education Foundation, department

Melrose Free Press: ‘Blending’ Technology into Classrooms

By on November 3, 2014

By Elizabeth Christopher Technology has always been part of the classroom, from chalk boards to smart boards and calculators to Chrome books. As the technologies students are using become more digital, school districts across the country are looking at how

Now Accepting 2014 Fall Grant Applications

By on October 7, 2014

Applications from Melrose Public School Educators Due November 10 MELROSE (October 6, 2014) – The Melrose Education Foundation – in partnership with the City of Melrose – is making $20,000 in grants available to Melrose Public School educators and staff

Video Story: Generation Citizen

By on June 23, 2014

Melrose Free Press: Melrose Ed Foundation Grant Helps Students Learn Math

By on June 13, 2014

By Elizabeth Christopher So much of the math we do every day depends on our ability to visualize numbers, quantities, and relationships. Every time you roll a pair of dice, you don’t count the number of dots to figure out

Video Story: Designing the Future

By on May 23, 2014

Video Story: Melrose Professional Development Goes Live!

By on May 20, 2014

Melrose Free Press: Mini-grants offered to local educators

By on April 15, 2014

Following its successful round of grants to educators this fall, the Melrose Education Foundation announces the availability of mini-grants to Melrose Public Schools staff. The foundation is pleased to make available a limited amount of funding for smaller grants to

Now Accepting Spring 2014 Mini-Grant Applications

By on April 7, 2014

Following its successful round of grants to educators this fall, the Melrose Education Foundation announces the availability of mini-grants to Melrose Public Schools staff. For more information, visit: Application Guidelines Online Application The Foundation is pleased to make available a

Boston Globe: In Melrose, students learn how to make an impact with Generation Citizen

By on April 6, 2014

Note: The Foundation, in partnership with the City of Melrose, announced a grant  this fall to fund Generation Citizen at the high school and middle school.  The program is already up and running and having a big impact as the following

Melrose Free Press: Budget matters in Melrose

By on March 26, 2014

It’s Easier Than Ever to Weigh in on School Spending by Jen McAndrew Whether it’s your family’s budget, or that of a corporation or a nation, annual budgets answer basic questions about how we raise and allocate our financial resources:

Boston Globe: School data forum Wednesday

By on March 23, 2014

By Kathy McCabe Public school parents are invited to attend a forum on Wednesday to learn how student assessment is used to develop teaching strategies. Margaret Adams, the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, will discuss how data is collected

Boston Globe: Family Math Night Thursday

By on February 2, 2014

By Kathy McCabe Family Math Night will be held on Thursday for elementary school children and their parents. Math coaches, school principals, and volunteers will run several game stations, where families can brush up on math skills. Margaret Adams, assistant

Boston Globe: Reception for grant recipients

By on January 26, 2014

By Kathy McCabe The Melrose Education Foundation on Tuesday will honor its first round of grant recipients during a reception scheduled for 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The nonprofit awarded $18,000 in grant money to fund programs and projects addressing

Melrose Free Press: Understanding the school budget process in Melrose

By on December 3, 2013

By Lory Hough Have you ever wondered how much of your tax dollars cover teacher salaries? Or what it would take to fund a librarian for all of the elementary schools in Melrose? Are you interested in how the school

Melrose Free Press: Educator grants can make a difference

By on November 27, 2013

by Kim Broberg A wonderful example of how a single grant can affect the larger community is  what Donna Rosso, current director of the Franklin Early Childhood Center (ECC),  did with the Innovation Grant she was awarded last year from

Boston Globe: Friday deadline to apply for education grants

By on November 24, 2013

By Kathy McCabe Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for public school teachers and staff to apply for grants from the Melrose Education Foundation. Professional development opportunities, project-based learning, guest speakers, and other ideas to enhance classroom learning will

Boston Globe: Pink flamingos flocking to city in fund-raiser

By on October 18, 2013

By Kathy McCabe Always wanted to put a flock of pink plastic flamingos on someone’s front lawn? The Melrose Education Foundation can make it happen. The nonprofit, which raises money for the public schools, is sponsoring Join the Flock through

Letter to the Editor: Melrose Education Foundation thanks school supporters

By on October 15, 2013

Letter to the Editor: The Melrose Education Foundation thanks everyone who attended our Work Out-Night Out kickoff events on Saturday, Sept. 21. Many families started their day with a Work Out led by Joy Fay of Melrose Boot Camp to

Melrose Free Press: New group invests in Melrose schools, community, August 30, 2013

By on September 6, 2013

by Elizabeth Christopher When I think about the 10 great ideas that got funded [through the Innovation Grants,] I’m excited that in a few years, instead of just 10 great ideas, we’ll have 30 and then 50 great ideas, and

Thank you Whole Foods-Melrose for supporting the Foundation

By on September 6, 2013

A big thank you to Whole Foods Market-Melrose and to everyone who shopped on opening day! Whole Foods generously donated a percentage of opening day sales to the Foundation and several other great local non-profits.  On August 28, 2013, Store

Boston Globe: Melrose Education Foundation Formed

By on June 15, 2013

by Kathy McCabe The new Melrose Education Foundation aims to raise $10,000 to $20,000 to provide grants for public school teachers. The foundation is planning to give out the first round of grants in the fall and a second round

Melrose Free Press: Nonprofit created to foster learning in Melrose Schools

By on June 10, 2013

by Jessica Sacco Teachers have a new opportunity to implement their ideas for instruction and learning in the classroom by working with the Melrose Education Foundation. Click here for the full article.

Science Fairs 2013

By on May 20, 2013

Over 650 students in grades K-5 participated in Citywide science fairs at all five Melrose Elementary schools this winter.  Students used the scientific method to test their own hypotheses about the weather, food, plants, animals and many other topics.  Students,

2nd Annual STEM Expo a Success!

By on May 20, 2013

Hundreds of Melrose students and their families packed the Melrose Middle School for the 2nd Annual STEM Expo on Saturday, November 17.  Children of all ages participated in a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities, including: building