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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New Teacher Orientation

Aug. 6, 2018

Over 50 new faculty join Melissa Schools for 2018-19 school year

Melissa Schools welcomed over 50 teachers who are new to the district on during New Teacher Orientation at the Home Office.


Aug. 14, 2018

Staff celebrate gratitude, upcoming year at Convocation

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.

Mobile Lunch Menus

Aug. 15, 2018

Melissa ISD partners with SFE for food service, child nutrition

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.

School Dedication

Aug. 26, 2018

Two-part dedication held for new school facilities

Students, staff, and stakeholders celebrated the opening of the new Melissa High School and North Creek Elementary facilities with a two-part dedication ceremony.




College Fair

Sept. 13, 2018

Students explore college, career options at high school College Fair

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.

Homecoming Pep Rally

Sept. 19, 2018

Melissa celebrates Homecoming with second annual parade, pep rally

The three-part community-wide Melissa Homecoming Celebration returned for a second year, featuring tailgating, a parade, and a pep rally.




Hearing & Vision Screenings

Oct. 5, 2018

Medical assisting students conduct hearing, vision screenings

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.

Accepted Wall

Oct. 15, 2018

#Accepted wall celebrates seniors’ future plans

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.

City Awards Safety Grant

Oct. 16, 2018

City gifts $40,000 grant to Melissa Schools

The City of Melissa gifted a $40,000 grant to Melissa Schools to help enhance safety and security throughout the district.

Jasper Murphy

Oct. 24, 2018

Jasper Murphy named Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Program

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.




Robotics Competition

Nov. 1, 2018

Robotics team advances to state for second year

After placing high enough at regionals, the Melissa High School robotics team advanced to state for the second consecutive year.

Chief Davidson

Nov. 6, 2018

Chief Davidson leads school safety forum

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.

Lady Cardinal Volleyball

Nov. 7, 2018

Lady Cards advance to first volleyball regional semifinal in five years

The Lady Cardinals advanced to the regional volleyball tournament for the third time in Melissa High School history; their first appearance in five years.

Judson Greer

Nov. 8, 2018

Judson Greer wins cross country state championship

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.

Mighty Cardinal Band

Nov. 9, 2018

Mighty Cardinal Band takes sixth place at state

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.

FIRST Report

Nov. 14, 2018

Melissa ISD earns superior rating on fiscal report

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).




Middle School One Act Play

Dec. 5, 2018

Middle School One Act Play takes first at UIL competition

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”.

Goal-Setting Workshop

Dec. 6, 2018

Trustees, administrators set new district goals

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.

Matt Nally

Dec. 20, 2018

Nally promoted to head football coach

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.

District Portfolio

Dec. 21, 2018

District portfolio published

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.




Expresso Yourself

Jan. 7, 2019

Expresso Yourself returns as four-part series

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

Two students selected for All-State Choir

Rachel Wresh and Andru Wilson were selected for the Texas All-State Small School Choir after competing at the district, region, and area levels.

Middle School UIL Academics

Jan. 29, 2019

Melissa Middle School wins district championship in UIL academics

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.




Performance Rating

Feb. 7, 2019

Melissa ISD earns “A” rating for overall district performance

Melissa ISD received an “A” rating for overall district performance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the 2017-18 academic year.

Feed the Need Donation

Feb. 7, 2019

Elementary schools raise over $2,600 for North Texas Feed the Need

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

Winterguards take first at NTCA competition

The middle and high school winterguards took first place at the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) winterguard contests and were promoted to upper divisions.

State Cheerleading

Feb. 15, 2019

Cheer places in top 10 at state competition

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.

Lady Cardinal Basketball

Feb. 20, 2019

Lady Cards advance to first 4A regional basketball tournament

The Lady Cardinal varsity basketball team reached the UIL 4A Basketball Regional Tournament for the first time in school history.

Growth & Development Timeline

Feb. 22, 2019

Growth, development timeline released

Melissa Schools released a timeline of the district’s development milestones from 2015 to 2019, along with a list of current and future projects.

Julie Nally

Feb. 22, 2019

Julie Nally to serve as principal of Melissa Ridge Education Center

Julie Nally will serve as the principal of the Melissa Ridge Education Center. Nally previously served as the assistant principal at North Creek Elementary.

Walter Perez

Feb. 22, 2019

Walter Perez promoted to Director of Elementary Education

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.

Multicultural Day

Feb. 28, 2019

Students travel the world for Multicultural Day

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.

Melissa STREAM Night

Feb. 28, 2019

Melissa STREAM Night provides an evening of interactive learning

Families visited North Creek Elementary for Melissa STREAM Night, an annual community event celebrating science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math.




Keith Murphy

March 21, 2019

Superintendent Murphy receives Distinguished Administrator award

Keith Murphy, Superintendent of Melissa Schools, was named a Distinguished Administrator by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) for his support of the arts.

Krissy Womack

March 28, 2019

Krissy Womack selected as principal of Harry McKillop Elementary

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.

Michael Murphy

March 28, 2019

Student animated short film recognized among best in state

Michael Murphy made school history as the first Melissa student to compete in the UIL Young Filmmakers Competition and finish as a state finalist.




School to Watch

April 5, 2019

Melissa Middle School re-designated as “School to Watch”

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.

Lady Cardinal Soccer

April 15, 2019

Lady Cards advance to first soccer state championships

Standing at 21-0-2, the Melissa Lady Cardinals advanced to the UIL 4A Soccer State Championships for the first time in school history.

CTE Computers

April 22, 2019

Melissa CTE students build new computers for engineering lab

Students in computer maintenance and computer networking built 21 new computers for the engineering lab at Melissa High School.

State One Act Play

April 23, 2019

One Act Play named runner-up at state

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.




Jamie Dockery

May 6, 2019

Jamie Dockery’s 13 years in Melissa, first graduating Cardinals

Jamie Dockery reflects on her 13 years teaching Kindergarten in Melissa, as six of her first Cardinals – now seniors – prepare to graduate in June.

Judson Greer

May 14, 2019

Judson Greer breaks 29-year 4A state track record

At the 2019 UIL Track & Field State Meet, sophomore Judson Greer won two gold medals and broke a state record held for 29 years.

Precious Bale

May 20, 2019

Assistant principals selected for Harry McKillop Elementary, North Creek Elementary

Lindsay Pitts and Precious Bale will join the elementary leadership team at Melissa ISD as assistant principals in the upcoming school year.

Kindness Week

May 20, 2019

Students, staff, and community celebrate Kindness Week

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.

Medical Assisting

May 23, 2019

Five seniors to graduate with medical assistant certifications

Five students in the Melissa CTE program became the first to have completed the requirements to become certified clinical medical assistants.

State Art Students

May 29, 2019

Three students receive top scores at state art competition

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.




National Signing Day

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.

See All Signings

Students Reading


Reading Initiative

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.

#Read2Grow Page

Board member Jason Granger awards a Cardinal Commendation to a student


Cardinal Commendations

At each monthly school board meeting, Cardinal Commendations are awarded to standout students, staff, and members of the community.

See All Commendations

“It’s a special time in a special place.”

#MelissaSchools #CardinalJoy

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