Melrose School District Receives Regional DESE Grant to Further SEEM Collaborative Work

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Melrose School District Receives Regional DESE Grant to Further SEEM Collaborative Work

MELROSE — Superintendent Cyndy Taymore is pleased to announce that Melrose Public Schools has received a portion of a nearly $90,000 grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to improve student learning through the SEEM Collaborative.

The SEEM Collaborative is a 10-member organization that formed in 1986 to provide quality education to school districts and strengthen existing school programs and services that would otherwise not be accessible or affordable to local districts on their own.

Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington and Woburn applied for the DESE grant as a consortium, and will receive $88,900 to be allocated over a two-year period beginning in 2018.

The grant money will support each district’s work on improving inclusive practices. This includes providing identified teachers, administrators and members of child study teams with targeted professional development, coaching in Universal Design for Learning — a framework designed to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how we learn — and inclusive practices that support the achievement of all students.

“As the Melrose Public Schools strives to provide quality education for our students, it is imperative that our faculty continuously refine their skills for inclusive and engaging instructional practices that provide all students with opportunities to succeed,” Superintendent Taymore said. “We’re thankful that DESE awarded the SEEM Collaborative with this grant allocation so we can continue to provide the best services for all learners.”

Melrose Public Schools will also work to:
• Examine and question resource allocation in more depth, using data available in districts along with tools provided by DESE, particularly new Resource Allocation and District Action Reports.
• Make meaningful changes in resource allocation to support best practices and district improvement strategies.
• Measure the impact of resource shifts on the desired outcomes. Melrose schools will be paired with an action research consultant who will help gather data, measure impact and report results.


Statement from the Stoneham Police Department and SEEM Collaborative Regarding Incident at Campus Academy High School

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Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-533-9398

Statement from the Stoneham Police Department and SEEM Collaborative Regarding Incident at Campus Academy High School

STONEHAM — The following is a statement from Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre and SEEM Collaborative Executive Director Catherine Lawson:

“At noon today, Campus Academy High School received a report that threatening language between two students occurred over a social media platform earlier this week, where one student alluded to harming students at the school.

“Upon receiving this information, school officials immediately took action and notified the Stoneham Police Department.

“Stoneham Police identified the individual who made the threats as an adult male student. He was interviewed and is voluntarily seeking a mental health evaluation.

“Parents may have noticed an increased police presence at the high school during dismissal today, which was done out of an abundance of caution.

“We believe that there is no danger to the community or school. The incident remains under investigation by the Stoneham Police Department.

“The Stoneham Police Department and the SEEM Collaborative have a strong working relationship and a consistently open line of communication. That relationship enabled the police department to act quickly and contributed to an orderly investigation that was conducted with minimal disruption to the students, faculty and staff.

“We would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation today.”

SEEM Collaborative is an educational collaborative governed by 10 public school districts (Stoneham, Melrose, Lynnfield, Woburn, Reading, North Reading, Winchester, Wilmington, Saugus and Wakefield). The Collaborative provides a full range of services to students in the northeast region of Massachusetts. Services range from educational programming to consultative services that are provided in district and/or at home. Each student receives the blend of services needed to support his/her unique needs and to enable academic, social and emotional advancement.

SEEM Collaborative rents space from Stoneham public schools at the old Central School site on William Street. Students attending the old Central School are enrolled in the Campus Academy High School, The SEEM Middle School and the 45-day Assessment Center.  SEEM Collaborative programs are public day programs approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students attending the programs are on individual education programs designed to support their respective learning and social/emotional needs.