The Melissa Schools staff assembled in the Student Union at Melissa High School on Monday, Aug. 12 for the district’s annual Convocation, later dispersing to professional development training sessions as part of the Melissa Live Conference.
The focus of the day was how every member of Team Melissa will strive to serve as a #DifferenceMaker for students.
The #DifferenceMaker theme will continue throughout the 2019-2020 school year and for years to come, as have the district’s themes for the last four years: Joy and Gratitude (2018-2019), Tell Our Story (2017-2018), Team Melissa (2016-2017), and Core Values (2015-2016).
Melissa High School senior, Ian Keever, opened Convocation with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge, and spoke to the staff about his experience at Melissa Schools. Keever moved to Melissa as a fourth grade student and will graduate in the spring with the Melissa High School Senior Class of 2020.
“The material you teach is fundamental in creating prosperous students, but the character you embody and teach, I will also carry with me throughout life. Melissa is awesome, and for all the new faces here, you will see this for yourself quickly. There are so many people here that make accomplishing tasks and achieving goals a reality.” – Ian Keever, Melissa High School Senior
Keynote speakers at Convocation included Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Keith Murphy, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Robert Rich, and Deputy Superintendent Mrs. Kim Boedeker.
“We all chose to be Cardinal educators,” said Dr. Rich. “We have chosen to commit ourselves to our core values. […] It’s about never giving up on a kid. For our kids not to be average, we can’t be average.”
Members of the Melissa Schools Board of Trustees – including Jason Granger, George James, Omar Landrum, and Bruce Minchey – presented the awards for Teacher of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Difference Maker.
2020 Teachers of the Year
2020 Volunteers of the Year
2020 Difference Makers
2018-2019 Perfect Attendance
Convocation also featured the #DifferenceMaker video presentation, in which students from Kindergarten through 12th grade each spoke about a teacher who has been a #DifferenceMaker in their life. Watch the video below.Share the Video on Facebook
For the next two weeks, Melissa Schools will continue to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year.
Students return for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Visit the Back to School pages for information related to the upcoming year that is specific to your child’s school.
Maddie Coe, Director of Communications