Melrose Middle School Students Attend Moving Presentation from Holocaust Survivor

Melrose Public Schools
Superintendent Cyndy S. Taymore
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose , MA 02176

For Immediate Release

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Middle School Students Attend Moving Presentation from Holocaust Survivor

Left to right: MVMMS eighth student Sonia Marks, her father David Marks, grandmother and Holocaust survivor Bella Tovey and mother Roberta Tevoy. (Photo Courtesy of MVMMS)

MELROSE– As Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School students learn about World War II in class, eighth graders had a chance to hear Holocaust survivor Bella Tovey speak about her experience in Nazi-controlled Europe.

The event was organized to coincide with the eighth grade class reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” — the personal account of a 13-year-old Jewish girl who went into hiding in Amsterdam following the Nazi occupation of Holland.

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, eighth graders and their parents gathered in the MVMMS auditorium to listen to the 91-year old Tovey — the grandmother of eighth grade student Sonia Marks — share her honest and heartbreaking story.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 270 people, Tovey relayed her account of the war. Born in Poland in 1926, she witnessed the country fall to the Nazis at age 13. By 14, she was sent to a labor camp and separated from her parents, sister and brother, all of whom did not survive. 

At the end of the war, Tovey endured the death march to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, from which she was later liberated in 1945. She was 17 years old.

“Ms. Tovey spoke in poignant detail, as if the events happened last week, not 75 years ago, as she described nearly four years of her life, including the two years she spent in a concentration camp, losing loved ones and witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust,” Principal Conway said. “You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium for over 45 minutes with many students and adults shedding a tear.”

Tovey has shared her account of the war many times in the U.S. and abroad, and her story is highlighted at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She now lives outside Washington D.C. and was married to the late Henry Tovey, who was also a survivor of the Holocaust.

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Melrose Middle School Student Falls Through Thin Ice on Ell Pond

Melrose Public Schools
Superintendent Cyndy S. Taymore
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose , MA 02176

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Middle School Student Falls Through Thin Ice on Ell Pond

MELROSE — Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway reports that a seventh grade student fell through the ice on Ell Pond this morning and was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.

At approximately 7:40 a.m., the Melrose Police Department received a 911 call reporting that someone had fallen through the ice on Ell Pond near Tremont Street.

Melrose Police and Fire responded to the scene and, upon arrival, found four seventh grade students, two boys and two girls, on the shore of Ell Pond.

An on-scene investigation revealed that the four seventh grade students were walking to school when one of the boys ventured out onto the ice and fell in up to his chest. A seventh grade boy and girl were able to pull him from the water while the other seventh grade girl called 911.

The boy who had fallen through the ice was transported via ambulance to the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

Given the fluctuation in weather, Melrose Police and school officials would like to remind the community to remain off the ice, as it seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate.

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Photos: Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief

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Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Police Looking to Identify Credit Card Thief

MELROSE —  Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a resident’s credit card and used it to make multiple purchases.

On Jan. 15, a Melrose resident noticed eight fraudulent charges on his credit card, totaling nearly $700. The purchases occurred on Jan. 13-15 at locations like Honey Dew Donuts, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Shaw’s in Melrose, as well as at a Cumberland Farms outside of Melrose and an auto supply store in Woburn.

Upon further investigation, the resident determined that his vehicle had been broken into and his credit card and $200 were missing.

“We’re hoping that members of the public can help us identify this individual,” Chief Lyle said. “If you recognize him, please contact the Melrose Police Department immediately.”

All tips can be submitted to Melrose Police by calling 781-665-TIPS or by filling out the department’s tips form here. All tips can remain anonymous.

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Melrose Middle School Student Wins First Round of National Geographic Bee

Melrose Public Schools
Superintendent Cyndy S. Taymore
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose , MA 02176

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Melrose Middle School Student Wins First Round of National Geographic Bee

Left to right: Alex Harriott, sixth grade geography teacher Rob Mahoney, the event coordinator, Anya Schneider, Morgan Hartwell, Nat Geo Bee winner Peter Sevastyanov, Liam Gagliano and Owen Dewey. (Courtesy Photo Melrose Public Schools)

MELROSE — Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS) Principal Brent Conway is pleased to announce that eighth grade student Peter Sevastyanov won the school-wide competition of the 2018 National Geographic Bee.

The competition, which was held at MVMMS on Tuesday, Jan. 9, was the first round in the 30th Annual National Geographic Bee – a competition put on by the National Geographic Society that recognizes students’ curiosity about the world. Each year, students across the United States in grades four through eight partake in the bee for the chance to win college scholarships.

This year, Sevastyanov took home first place. Eigth grade students Anya Schneider, Morgan Hartwell, Alex Harriott and seventh grade student Liam Gagliano all tied for second place. 

“Students really get into the Nat Geo Bee competition each year,” Principal Conway said. “It provides a perfect opportunity for them to test their knowledge learned in the classroom in a fun setting. Congratulations to Peter for his win and we commend all students who participated!”

In the next round of the bee, school champions, including Sevastyanov, take a qualifying test and the top 100 scorers are eligible to compete in their state bee on April 6.

State winners are then invited to an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., where they will participate in the national championship rounds from May 20-23. 

The first place national champion receives a $50,000 scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic Society, including a subscription to the National Geographic magazine, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and $500 cash. The second place winner earns $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The third place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and $500 cash. The fourth through 10th place winners each receive $500 cash.

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