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Upcoming School Year 2024-2025 Information

Upcoming School Year 2024-2025 Information

Student and Parents in Middle School or High School looking for information and resources about 2024-2025 School year click the link below. Please reach out to our Parent Coordinator with any questions and to ensure that you are receiving our email updates.

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By using New York City as an extension of the classroom, students learn that sustainability means meeting current needs without compromising future generations. Through authentic, project-based learning expeditions in all disciplines, as well as experiences in science and technology, students become critical thinkers who gather information, carefully weigh their options, and make informed, thoughtful choices that effect change.

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In- Person Open House For Incoming 6th and 9th Graders

Prospective incoming families, Thank you for considering our school as a place where you may like your student to grow and prospect for the next few years of their academic life span. To apply to our school families have to go to Before doing so, we recommend attending one of our open houses toRead More Read More…

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Virtual Meet The Teachers Night and MELS Community TownHall

MELS Meet the Teachers Night  Thurs. Sep 28, 202 @ 6:30p  Purpose: This is an opportunity for our families to connect with all of their students’ teachers and learn more about what and how their students will be learning this year. Format: Meet the Teachers Night will be a virtual event this year. Crew teachersRead More Read More…

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MELS PTA Fundraiser February 9th, 2023

Need family dinner plans on February 9th? Support the MELS PTA by mentioning  “MELS” when ordering from Singas Pizza in Kew Gardens. You can dine in or take out! Spread the word! ~ ¿Necesita planes para la cena familiar el 9 de febrero? Apoye a la Asociación de Padres y Maestros de MELS mencionando “MELS”Read More Read More…

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Coaches will be having an informational meeting for students who are interested in FALL sports on Wednesday, August 4th @ 12 pm. Usually this is done at the end of the previous year, but due to the pandemic, information is ever changing. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to meet some of theRead More Read More…

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MELS Student Leadership Opportunity

For students interested in applying to be a MELS Ambassador please fill out the application here.  Please reach out to Ms.Barcia via email if you have any questions. Read More…

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12th Grade Graduation Class of 2021

We are beyond excited to celebrate the academic journey of our young scholars at MELS. We will be hosting a live graduation today at 4:30 pm on our black top.   If any family members are unable to join in person please share the live stream link with them! Topic: MELS Graduation Thursday Time: JunRead More Read More…

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8th Grade Families – Passages

In person passage will be taking place in front of our school building.   For families unable to join in person please join via live stream! Topic: MELS 8th Grade Passages Wednesday Time: Jun 23, 2021 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 1593 7486 Passcode: 623  Read More Read More…

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Making Crew Work During Remote Learning

Edutopia takes a sneak-peek into Jacobson’s 8th grade Crew during Remote Learning. Students share what makes that space impactful and meaningful for them. .[Released February 2021]  Read More…

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Addressing Anti-Asian Racism With Students

Dawoun Jyung speaks about the importance and necessity of talking and learning with students about Anti-Asian Racism both current and historically. She shares and references the common lessons created and shared with the entire MEL S community.  [Released April  2021] * Written article about a conversation with Ms. Jyung including links to Crew/classroom resources*  Read More…

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MELS Job Opportunity !

Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School is currently looking to hire an alumnus to fill the PAID position of CARA (College Access: Research & Action) Coach ! College Coaches will work under the supervision of the school’s college counselor from August 2021 to August 2022. Will work with graduating high school seniors to help them apply toRead More Read More…

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Blended Students Back Into The School Building !

Middle School students who previously opted for blended learning in September and November have returned back to the building  for the past two weeks. We have safety brought in these students 5 days a week and have gearing them with the laptops, headphones, and any other resources they need while being in the building. AlongRead More Read More…

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Town Hall Tonight @ 7pm!

MELS Family, as we have reached another Thursday, we will be having our weekly town hall meeting. As always we invite all families to join us as we give any announcement we have. We enjoy sharing this moment with community members! During this townhall around the 7:30 pm mark, we will be opening up theRead More Read More…

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Second Virtual Open House For Incoming 6th Graders

If you missed our last virtual town hall meeting, watched our recording of it (you can find that recording here ), but still feel like you want to learn more about our school or have specific questions that weren’t answered? You are in luck! We will be hosting another virtual open house! MELS Second Virtual OpenRead More Read More…

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Open House For Incoming 9th Graders & Incoming 6th Graders

  A current 8th or 5th grader? Interested in attending MELS? Want to learn more about Expeditionary Learning? Wondering whether MELS is the right choice for you? Check out our Open House Information for incoming 9th and 6th graders! MELS Open House For Incoming 9th Graders took place on November 18th via Zoom View ourRead More Read More…

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Resources for School Year 2020-2021

Happy First Day of School! While we miss seeing our students through our hallway we are excited to see you all through zoom cameras ! Ms. Demalderis, one of our high school English teacher has gone the extra mile and created a video tutorial for students to help log into DOE Zoom ! Click hereRead More Read More…

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Opt- In to 100% Remote Learning Deadline August 7th, 2020

Hello MELS Families, Please click on this link if you would like to opt for your child in for 100% remote learning for this upcoming school year. Families will have a time frame in quarters this upcoming school year if they like to transfer their students into blended learning. Families are automatically entered into blendedRead More Read More…

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DOE Update for Families on Reopening Guidance

I hope you are having a restful summer so far and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note, you will find this information organized by topic, including school schedules, healthRead More Read More…

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What is Crew Curriculum? How Does It Impact Our Students And Their Learning

With a diverse student body here at MELS, Crew Curriculum has been put in place to help address topics like differences and identity. EL Education produced this insightful video explaining what Crew Curriculum is and demonstrating how an intentionally planned Crew Curriculum can engage and support all learners using schools like River Bluff High SchoolRead More Read More…

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6th Grade MELS Student, Lily, Wins NYCDEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

In February to early March, one of our amazing art teachers, Ms.Gould encouraged 6th-grade students to create watercolor posters advocating for the protection of NYC’s water resources. Let us all send congratulations to Lily T., who has been selected as a winner for outstanding art entry submitted to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP)Read More Read More…

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2020 Gaynor McCown Excellence in Teaching Award

Ms. Jyung, a 6th-grade math teacher and crew leader at MELS, has been selected as the recipient of NYC Outward Bound Schools’ 2020 Gaynor McCown Excellence in Teaching Award. It is an award that is given to recognize and celebrate a teacher from the NYCOB network whose teaching exemplifies excellence. Ms. Jyung is recognized forRead More Read More…

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MELS Students Taking Part In Better World Day

In 2018 EL Education launched its annual nationwide campaign of sharing student work that directly correlates to improving communities and “bettering the world”. It is also a day to connect with other scholars across the country in acts of service. Better World Day this year is May 1! Join thousands of students taking action forRead More Read More…

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Why MELS Crews Are So Successfully

Now more than ever, Crews spaces are vital for us as a community to express ourselves and have a safe space to communicate. Click here to watch this incredible video that EL Education thoughtfully put together to get a sneak behind the curtains of MELS crew dynamic.   Read More…

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These are the best city schools no one knows about

Some lesser-known schools also shine — including these six recommended by Insideschools, the DOE and The Post. Read More…

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9th Grade Protests Jamaica Bay Closure

Last week, our students were supposed to present at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  Read More…

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Speech Team Excels at Yale

Last weekend, our team took a trip to New Haven to compete at the Yale Invitational Tournament. This was the first competition Read More…

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