2018-19 School Year in Review
Scroll down for a look back on Melissa Moments from throughout the 2018-19 school year.
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Aug. 6, 2018
Melissa Schools welcomed over 50 teachers who are new to the district on during New Teacher Orientation at the Home Office.
Aug. 14, 2018
Team Melissa kicked off the 2018-19 school year at Convocation with a theme of “gratitude”. Keynote speakers were Superintendent Keith Murphy and Dr. Isiah Joshua, Jr.
Aug. 15, 2018
Melissa Schools began a partnership with Southwest Foodservice Excellence. SFE manages food service and child nutrition for students at Harry McKillop Elementary, North Creek Elementary, Melissa Middle School, and Melissa High School.
Aug. 26, 2018
Students, staff, and stakeholders celebrated the opening of the new Melissa High School and North Creek Elementary facilities with a two-part dedication ceremony.
Sept. 13, 2018
Melissa High School hosted its annual College Fair, featuring more than 100 post-secondary institutions, where juniors and seniors could explore their college and career options.
Sept. 19, 2018
The three-part community-wide Melissa Homecoming Celebration returned for a second year, featuring tailgating, a parade, and a pep rally.
Oct. 5, 2018
Students in Hallie Venner’s Medical Assisting class got real-world work experience as they conducted hearing and vision screenings at North Creek Elementary and Harry McKillop Elementary.
Oct. 15, 2018
Seniors at Melissa High School celebrated their post-graduation plans throughout the year by submitting a photo to be displayed on the #accepted wall outside the counseling office.
Oct. 16, 2018
The City of Melissa gifted a $40,000 grant to Melissa Schools to help enhance safety and security throughout the district.
Oct. 24, 2018
Jasper Murphy was named a Commended Student after placing among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Nov. 1, 2018
After placing high enough at regionals, the Melissa High School robotics team advanced to state for the second consecutive year.
Nov. 6, 2018
Melissa ISD Police Chief Kelly Davidson led a school safety forum where he spoke about safety measures the district has put in place and answered questions from parents.
Nov. 7, 2018
The Lady Cardinals advanced to the regional volleyball tournament for the third time in Melissa High School history; their first appearance in five years.
Nov. 8, 2018
Sophomore Judson Greer was named the state champion at the UIL 4A Cross Country State Championship, after winning first place at both the district and regional meets.
Nov. 9, 2018
The Mighty Cardinal Band advanced to the 2018 UIL 4A State Marching Contest, where the band’s competition show “The Colony” qualified for the state final and won sixth place overall.
Nov. 14, 2018
For the sixteenth consecutive year, Melissa ISD earned a “superior” rating according to state fiscal accountability guidelines, as determined by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).
Dec. 5, 2018
For the first time in school history, Melissa Middle School won first place at the 2018 UIL One Act Play Competition with their play, “The Diary of Anne Frank”.
Dec. 6, 2018
The Board of Trustees met with the executive leadership team, campus administrators, and program directors to determine a new set of district goals for Melissa Schools.
Dec. 20, 2018
Matt Nally was selected as the new head coach of the Melissa High School Cardinal football team. Former head football coach, Seth Stinton, continues to serve as the boys’ athletic director of Melissa Schools.
Dec. 21, 2018
The 2018 Executive Portfolio was presented to the Board of Trustees and published online for the community to view. The 32-page book showcases the joy at Melissa Schools.
Jan. 7, 2019
Melissa Schools announced that the district’s annual Expresso Yourself fine arts showcase would return as a four-part series, traveling to each campus.
Jan. 25, 2019
Rachel Wresh and Andru Wilson were selected for the Texas All-State Small School Choir after competing at the district, region, and area levels.
Jan. 29, 2019
Melissa Middle School was named the champion of the UIL A+ Academics District Competition for the second consecutive year. Over 100 middle school students from Melissa participated in the competition.
Feb. 7, 2019
Melissa ISD received an “A” rating for overall district performance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the 2017-18 academic year.
Feb. 7, 2019
Harry McKillop Elementary and North Creek Elementary teamed up for a “Hats for Hunger” fundraiser benefiting North Texas Feed the Need, collectively raising over $2,600.
Feb. 8, 2019
The middle and high school winterguards took first place at the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) winterguard contests and were promoted to upper divisions.
Feb. 15, 2019
The Melissa High School cheerleading competition team placed in the top 10 at the 2019 UIL Spirit State Competition, earning ninth place out of nearly 100 competing teams.
Feb. 20, 2019
The Lady Cardinal varsity basketball team reached the UIL 4A Basketball Regional Tournament for the first time in school history.
Feb. 22, 2019
Melissa Schools released a timeline of the district’s development milestones from 2015 to 2019, along with a list of current and future projects.
Feb. 22, 2019
Julie Nally will serve as the principal of the Melissa Ridge Education Center. Nally previously served as the assistant principal at North Creek Elementary.
Feb. 22, 2019
Walter Perez will serve as the Director of Elementary Education at Melissa Schools, after serving for three years as the principal of Harry McKillop Elementary.
Feb. 28, 2019
Harry McKillop Elementary students traveled to 10 different countries as part of the school’s Multicultural Day. Parent volunteers presented facts about the geography, history, customs, and culture of their native country.
Feb. 28, 2019
Families visited North Creek Elementary for Melissa STREAM Night, an annual community event celebrating science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math.
March 21, 2019
Keith Murphy, Superintendent of Melissa Schools, was named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) for his support of the arts.
March 28, 2019
Krissy Womack was selected to serve as the principal of Harry McKillop Elementary after serving as the assistant principal for two years. Mrs. Womack received a unanimous recommendation by the interview committee.
March 28, 2019
Michael Murphy made school history as the first Melissa student to compete in the UIL Young Filmmakers Competition and finish as a state finalist.
April 5, 2019
Melissa Middle School was re-designated as a “School to Watch” and will be recognized nationally this summer among distinguished middle schools from across the country.
April 15, 2019
Standing at 21-0-2, the Melissa Lady Cardinals advanced to the UIL 4A Soccer State Championships for the first time in school history.
April 22, 2019
Students in computer maintenance and computer networking built 21 new computers for the engineering lab at Melissa High School.
April 23, 2019
Melissa High School theatre advanced to the 2019 UIL One Act Play State Meet for the second consecutive year. Their play, “The Old Man and the Old Moon”, was named the state runner-up.
May 6, 2019
Jamie Dockery reflects on her 13 years teaching Kindergarten in Melissa, as six of her first Cardinals – now seniors – prepare to graduate in June.
May 14, 2019
At the 2019 UIL Track & Field State Meet, sophomore Judson Greer won two gold medals and broke a state record held for 29 years.
May 20, 2019
Lindsay Pitts and Precious Bale will join the elementary leadership team at Melissa ISD as assistant principals in the upcoming school year.
May 20, 2019
Melissa Schools celebrated Kindness Week from May 20-24, 2019. Students, staff, and the community joined in on what has become an annual tradition at the end of the school year.
May 23, 2019
Five students in the Melissa CTE program became the first to have completed the requirements to become certified clinical medical assistants.
May 29, 2019
Haley Bass, Shelby Kennedy, and Kadyn King received top scores at the 2019 State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). Haley Bass won the highest award of a Gold Seal.
Eyes on the Future
National Signing Day
Sixteen seniors from Melissa High School signed a letter of intent to play a collegiate sport after graduation. Signing Day celebrations take place during mega lunch.
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Our district-wide reading initiative is a continuous effort to encourage reading in all. To learn more, visit the Reading Initiative page and search our #Read2Grow hashtag.
At each monthly school board meeting, Cardinal Commendations are awarded to standout students, staff, and members of the community.
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“It’s a special time in a special place.”
View the 2017-18 Year in Review