Content – Priority 6 Detail

Vision – We engage all students in learning, raising the aspirations of all students by embracing them in a learning environment designed to meet the needs of all learners.  We provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards that challenges and prepares all learners from Pre K to 12 and beyond.  The curriculum is research-based and consistently integrates best practices to provide a focus that is aligned horizontally and vertically across all grades and addresses the needs of all students.  The Melrose Public Schools employs highly-qualified teachers and administrators who engage students in a positive and dynamic manner, are student-focused, and work individually and collaboratively to effectively deliver instruction and assessment and advance student performance in all areas of learning.  (excerpt:  Melrose Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015)

Theory of Action – If educators plan instruction with clear learning objectives, develop a culture and climate that fosters strong relationships within the school community, design a current and well-articulated curriculum, and apply the best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.

Strategic Objective – Content and Curriculum: Provide deep, rigorous, and culturally inclusive content that fosters the development of higher-level thinking skills and supports the attainment of college and career readiness for each student.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Building on last year’s work, expand the use of science and engineering practices, Focusing on science inquiry and including the NGSS Standards, in order to improve the content and mastery of science, technology, and engineering in K-12.



New science units in physical science are being implemented in grades K-5 this year.

Stemscopes, a digital curriculum resource for science teachers, is being piloted in grades K-5.

New units in earth science aligned to the new standards for grades K-5 are currently being developed for implementation next year.

New units in grades 6-8 are being implemented and revised according to the newly adopted MA Frameworks.

In grades 9-12, units in Chemistry and Physics are being implemented, with new curriculum writing beginning in Environmental Science, Marine Science, and Anatomy & Physiology to align with new MA Frameworks.

Teachers in Science are continuing their work with development and modifications of the Cross District Science Mapping UBD work, as well as development of UBD units for electives aligned to the newly adopted 2016 STE Frameworks.

Science units in physical science were revised this spring given feedback from staff. New units for earth science were completed this year and revised based upon staff feedback. Units will be shared with staff at the beginning of the school year in August.

Transition from elementary science fairs to Kids Inquiry Conference completed at all five elementary schools, aligning research methods with the science practices taught under the new framework.  Every student participated as opposed to previous years where participation was optional.  An additional option of a night time KIC was made available to students who wished to compete on another level.