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Start Date For Hybrid Learning Push Back Until October 1st. Join Us For Weekly Thursday Meetings at 7 pm

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Upcoming School Year Information

Upcoming School Year Information

Student and Parents in Middle School or High School looking for information and resources about 2020-2021 School year click the link below. MELS is currently working to set up schedules for families. If you have not completed the DOE survey for the fall, please do so. Please reach out to our Parent Coordinator with any questions and to ensure that you are receiving our weekly email updates.

A NYC Outward Bound School

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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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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