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McDonough Expeditionary Learning School (MELS)

Type
District
At MELS our students are learning to be: Mindful, Ethical, Leaders and Scholars.

The McDonough Expeditionary Learning School (MELS), grades 6-8, is an Expeditionary Learning School. Students engage in in-depth learning through interdisciplinary, project-based units of study. The units require students to engage in research, use the community in authentic ways, and communicate what they have learned through a presentation to outside audiences. Through this approach to teaching and learning, students will develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

MELS Habits of Scholarship:
I am MINDFUL: I treat others with dignity and respect. I follow all classroom rules and keep our environment neat and clean.I use reflection to learn from my mistakes.
 I am ETHICAL: I make no excuses; I take responsibility for my words and actions. I make positive choices, even when it’s difficult and no one is watching.
 I am a LEADER: I am a role model in supporting classroom learning. I pursue positive leadership activities in our school. I contribute to making our community a better place.
 I am a SCHOLAR: I come to class prepared and ready to learn. I grow by taking academic risk and giving and receiving feedback. I actively seek new learning and contribute to all learning activities.

Overview
Grades Served : 6 - 12
Type : Elementary
Zone : Zone 3
Lottery : • Neighborhood • Zone
Before Care : N/A
After School Programs : N/A
Special Features and Highlights
• Student leadership
• Sports for all students
• Technology: laptops and leadership opportunities
• Learning expeditions
• Art enrichment
• Strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
• Extended day programs
• Monthly newsletter “Bear Necessities” sent home to share information with parents on upcoming and ongoing events at MELS
Special Points
• Students empowered to pursue content knowledge on their own.
• Students demonstrate knowledge through multiple presentation modes.
• Students build connections to community and field experts.
• Integrated curriculum featuring Workshop Model instruction.
What People Are Saying
Students Say : “MELS has changed my attitude about school.The teachers are new and different from any teachers I’ve ever had before.”
Parents Say : “My child has attended this school since Pre-K. I’ve always felt a sense of security and genuine concern towards all students. McDonough’s transition to middle school was easy for us. I feel there is great communication between administration, teachers, and myself.”
Teachers Say : “MELS offer students an opportunity for hands on learning that is active, challenging and meaningful, Teachers receive weekly professional development in Expeditionary Model to enhance student learning and expeditions.”
Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:45 am – 3:55 pm
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Uniform
A black polo shirt with school logo “MELS” located on front/left, khaki pants or black MELS Gear athletic pants

Principal
Bethany Sullivan
Principal Email
Phone
(860) 695-4260
Address
111 Hillside Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
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