2017-18 School Year in Review

Scroll down for a look back on Melissa Moments from throughout the 2017-18 school year.
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July 2017

Mighty Cardinal Band recording takes first place at ATSSB state-level competition

The Melissa High School Wind Ensemble took first place in the state competition for Class 4A March in the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) Outstanding Performance Series (OPS).

Cardinal Fan Bus

August 2017

Cardinal Fan Bus unveiled at Meet the Cardinal Night

Melissa Schools and the Melissa Booster Club unveiled a new Cardinal Fan Bus at Meet the Cardinal Night. The fan bus features a built-in TV display, stereo sound system, coolers, storage, and bench seating.


August 2017

Team Melissa celebrates Convocation

Melissa Schools staff came together as a team for the district’s annual Convocation. Eight students from shared stories they had written about their experiences at school.

Homecoming Parade

September 2017

First Annual Melissa Homecoming Celebration

The parade line-up featured over 25 groups, including cheerleading, band, volleyball, football, and the 2017 Homecoming Court, to name a few.

Salute to Broadway

September 2017

MMS Performing Arts presents “Salute to Broadway”

Melissa Middle School Performing Arts presented “Salute to Broadway”, an annual musical showcase of Broadway tunes from various shows.

College Fair

September 2017

Melissa High School hosts 11th Annual College Fair

Melissa High School welcomed over 85 post-secondary institutions and students from five area high schools.

Rick Gagarin

September 2017

Rick Gagarin selected as 97.5 KLAK “Teacher of the Month”

Gagarin received $500 from radio sponsors along with a “Teacher of the Month” plaque. He was interviewed on air and is the first Melissa teacher to receive the award.

MISD & Unleashed Spirit Wear Logo

September 2017

Unleashed donates equipment, spirit wear

Unleashed Spirit Wear donated $79,000 worth of screen printing equipment and inventory to Melissa High School.

Best Band in the Land

October 2017

Best Band in the Land

The Mighty Cardinal Band was named the “Best Band in the Land” by 99.5 The Wolf for the third consecutive year. They were recognized on the air and awarded a $100 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.

Hats for Harvey

October 2017

Students raise $750 for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Students at Melissa Middle School and Melissa Ridge Intermediate participated in a “Hats for Harvey” fundraiser and raised $750 for Refugio ISD.

Elementary students in classroom

October 2017

Teachers receive materials through

Second grade teachers Susannah Croft and Alyssa McClure received a total of over $1,300 worth of classroom materials through

Robotics Competition

October 2017

Robotics team advances to state

The Melissa High School Robotics team competed at the BEST Robotics regional championships and placed high enough in five divisions to advance to the state tournament.

MEF Logo

October 2017

MEF Gala raises over $74,000

The annual Melissa Education Foundation gala netted almost $75,000 to support teaching grants and student scholarships at Melissa Schools.

Classroom Read-Aloud

November 2017

Second Annual Reading Festival

Harry McKillop Elementary hosted the second annual Melissa Reading Festival featuring a helicopter landing, live music, local vendors, reading performances, and classroom read-alouds and activities.

The Wedding Singer Promotional Image

November 2017

Melissa High School Theatre presents “The Wedding Singer”

The Melissa High School theatre program presented their production of musical comedy “The Wedding Singer” in five shows.


November 2017

Elementary carnival raises over $51,000 for schools

The Melissa Elementary Fall Carnival raised over $51,000, a record high for the fundraiser and family-fun event. For the first time, the event supported both Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate.

Patricia Polacco

November 2017

Patricia Polacco visits Melissa Schools

Renowned children’s author and illustrator Patricia Polacco spent a day with students and staff at Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate.

Honoring Our Vets

November 2017

Elementary students honor veterans with music program

Third grade students at Harry McKillop Elementary debuted the school’s annual patriotic music program, “Honoring Our Veterans”, in two presentations.

Speech & Debate Team

November 2017

Speech and debate team named sweepstakes champion

The Melissa High School speech and debate team was named the Sweepstakes Champion and 10 students earned individual awards.

Lady Cardinal Volleyball Team

November 2017

Lady Cards earn All-District, Academic All-District awards

Nine athletes from the Melissa High School Lady Cardinal volleyball team received 2017 All-District honors for District 11-4A, and 13 Lady Cards were named 2017 Academic All-District winners.

Read Under the Stars

November 2017

Families “Read Under the Stars” at Cardinal Stadium

Over 300 attendees participated in the second annual “Read Under the Stars” event at Cardinal Stadium, where they lounged on the football field reading a book beneath the Melissa stars.

Cardinal Football

November 2017

Cardinals advance to regional final

The varsity Cardinal football team won district 5-4A, bi-district, area, and the regional semifinal, advancing to the regional final at 12-1.

Middle School All-Region Band

December 2017

Record number of Melissa Middle School students selected for All-Region Band

A record 39 students from the middle school band program earned a chair in the ATSSB Region 24 All-Region Band, holding 25 percent of the total region band spots – the most for any school.

High School All-Region Band

December 2017

Record number of Melissa High School students selected for All-Region Band

A record number of 29 students from the high school band program earned a spot in the ATSSB Region 24 All-Region Band. Five students earned a first chair and 15 students advanced to area.

Toshiba Certification Presentation

December 2017

30 students earn Toshiba Continuous Training certification

Toshiba representatives visited the Computer Maintenance classes to speak to students and present them with their Continuous Training certificates.

Omar Landrum

December 2017

Omar Landrum joins Board of Trustees

Omar Landrum was sworn in as the Place 5 board member at the December 2017 regularly scheduled board meeting.

Expresso Yourself

December 2017

Melissa Schools hosts third annual Expresso Yourself

The third annual Melissa Schools Expresso Yourself fine arts event featured performances from students in band, choir, and theatre, story time, a walk-through student art gallery, and snacks and refreshments.


January 2018

High school cheer takes sixth at UIL Spirit State Championships

The high school cheerleading team competed in the all-level coed division at the UIL Spirit State Championships, which included 1A through 6A teams. Melissa placed in the top 10, in sixth place overall.

ATSSB All-State Band Students

January 2018

Mighty Cardinal Band students selected for ATSSB 2018 All-State Band

Melissa High School senior Cale Hayes and junior Jasper Murphy were selected for the 2018 ATSSB All-State Band. Only 280 of the 2,288 students who auditioned at area were selected for all-state honors.

Rachel Wresh

January 2018

Choir student selected for 2018 All-State Choir

Melissa High School junior Rachel Wresh was selected to perform with the 2018 Texas All-State Small School Choir.

Melissa Schools Move Logo

February 2018

Previewing the Melissa Schools Move

The Melissa Schools Move web page at was launched to serve as a hub for the latest information about the 2018-19 school reconfiguration and a timeline of events for 2018.

Jaclyn Rodgers

February 2018

Lady Card leads region in powerlifting

Jaclyn Rodgers earned a first place finish in the 259 lb. weight class at the Lone Oak Invitational and held a first place ranking in the region.

Debi Crawford

February 2018

Dr. Debi Crawford joins Team Melissa

Dr. Debi Crawford joins the administrative team at Melissa Schools in July as the Executive Director of Technology and H.I.R.E. Education for the district.

Tennis Athletes

February 2018

Tennis team brings home three champion wins

The Melissa High School tennis team placed in the singles and doubles at a Princeton tournament, earning three champion wins.

Lady Cardinal Softball

February 2018

First Melissa tournament hosted at Melissa Sports Facility

The first annual Lady Cardinal Softball Tournament at the Melissa Sports Facility welcomed teams from Blue Ridge, Paris, Valley View, Gunter, Van Alstyne, S&S, and Ferris.

Lady Cardinal Basketball Team

February 2018

Lady Cardinal Basketball advances to regional quarterfinals

The Lady Cardinal basketball team won the bi-district and area playoff games and played in the regional quarterfinals. They finished the season 32-4.

MEF Board with McKillop Leadership

February 2018

Harry McKillop Elementary awarded $5,000 MEF grant

Harry McKillop Elementary was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Melissa Education Foundation.

Boundary Map Preview

March 2018

Elementary school zoning boundaries released

Templeton Demographics provided a detailed map of the Melissa ISD elementary boundary lines.

Jasper Murphy

March 2018

High school student wins Lone Star Youth Winds Concerto Competition

Jasper Murphy was selected as the winner of the Lone Star Youth Winds Concerto Competition. Murphy is the first “small school” student to ever win the competition, being from a school in class 4A and below.

Reading Initiative Logo

March 2018

$38,000 grant awarded by Region 10 ESC

The Region 10 ESC awarded a Title I Mutually Beneficial Funds Grant of $38,000 to Melissa Schools for the 2018-19 school year. Funds will benefit the elementary literacy program.

Special Olympics Track Meet

April 2018

10th Annual Special Olympics Track Meet

The 10th Annual Melissa ISD Special Olympics Track Meet welcomed over 300 athletes from 12 delegations representing area school districts.

Golf Teams

April 2018

Golf teams win district championship

The Melissa High School Cardinal and Lady Cardinal golf teams participated in the District 11-4A golf tournament, where both teams earned a district champion title.

Cardinal Track Team

April 2018

Cardinal track takes first at district

The Cardinal track team competed in the 11-4A district meet and came away with the district championship with 200 points.

Marcus Eckert

April 2018

Marcus Eckert promoted to Acting Principal

The Board of Trustees endorsed Marcus Eckert as the acting principal at Melissa Middle School.

Peter and the Starcatcher

April 2018

“Peter and the Starcatcher” One Act Play named runner-up at state

The first Melissa High School play to ever advance to state, “Peter and the Starcatcher” earned the runner-up title at the state competition.

Melissa STREAM Night

April 2018

Melissa STREAM Night

Harry McKillop Elementary hosted Melissa STREAM Night featuring interactive, hands-on stations and demonstrations focused in the areas of science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math.

State Art Finalists

May 2018

Students earn first state medals in art

Three art students advanced to the state art competition for the first time in school history. Haley Bass and Clayton Vaughan received state medals and Vaughan received a perfect score.

Open Golf Tournament Players

May 2018

Melissa Open Golf Tournament raises over $100,000

Melissa Booster Clubs, Inc. hosted the 15th Annual Melissa Open Golf Tournament and raised over $100,000 through sponsorships. This is the largest amount raised in tournament history.

Lone Star Cup

May 2018

Melissa stands in Top 5 for Lone Star Cup

Melissa High School ranks in the Top 5 for the 2018 UIL 4A Lone Star Cup standings with a total of 59 points.

Kindness Week

May 2018

Students, staff celebrate Kindness Week

Students and staff shared #CardinalKindness Stories. Students also shared their answers to the question, “What does kindness mean to you?”

Choir State Solo & Ensemble Medalists

May 2018

Choir students earn medals at State Solo & Ensemble

Four Melissa High School choir students earned medals at the State Solo & Ensemble contest.

Cardinal Conversations

May 2018

Mr. Murphy interviews students for Cardinal Conversations

Cardinal Conversations is an ongoing video series where Superintendent Keith Murphy interviews students at Melissa Schools.

National Signing Day

Eyes on the Future

National Signing Day

Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, a total of 12 Melissa High School seniors each signed a letter of intent to play a sport at their respective college or university after graduation. Signing Day celebrations take place during mega lunch.

See All Signings

Reading Initiative


Reading Initiative

Our district-wide reading initiative is a continuous effort to encourage reading in all. See our #Read2Grow hashtag for more.

#Read2Grow Page

Cardinal Commendations


Cardinal Commendations

At each monthly school board meeting, Cardinal Commendations are awarded by our principals to standout students, faculty, and community volunteers.

See All Commendations

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


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