Melissa Masonic Lodge to hold open house

The Melissa Masonic Lodge is having an open house and invites the community to come out on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Want to know more about Masons? Want to meet Masons in our community? We will be there to answer any questions you may have. We are located at 1709 Cooper St. Refreshments will be served.

Community partnerships, CTE program developments continue at Melissa Schools

For the last two years, Melissa ISD has worked in conjunction with the City of Melissa to develop the Melissa Sports Facility.

Along with development of the facility came the newly-formed private partnership Melissa Sports, LLC. On the advisory board are two Melissa Schools representatives: Duke Sparks, Director of Athletic Operations and Community Partnerships, and Dr. Debi Crawford, Executive Director of Technology and H.I.R.E. Education.

The inclusion of Sparks and Crawford in this partnership will aid in the development of the Melissa ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

“I am so very pleased with the continued collaboration between the city and schools,” said Superintendent Keith Murphy. “It’s been a priority of mine to work with our school board to create innovative streams of revenue and support for our students. Our school board encourages thinking outside of the box, and with that, has collectively supported the work of Mr. Sparks and the hiring of Dr. Crawford. This is the first of many great things that will develop in the next few years for our students, city, and community.”

Mr. Sparks expressed his appreciation for the Board of Trustees and for the opportunity to work in community partnerships.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Crawford who brings tremendous expertise in the field of CTE,” Sparks added. “In doing so, we will work with the city and this private partnership, which includes individuals that have a passion for the success of the CTE program, facilities, and students of Melissa Schools.”

Student physicals offered on May 16 for 2018-19 school year

Students have the opportunity to get a physical on Wednesday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Melissa Middle School and Melissa High School. Physicals cost $15 per student.

Payment can be submitted online at via PayPal in advance, or at the door with a check payable to Melissa Booster Club, Inc.

Students must bring a completed UIL Pre-participation Physical Evaluation form to their physical. This form and all other required documentation is available on the athletics web page at

All middle school and high school students participating in athletics, cheerleading and band must complete a physical ahead of each school year.

Physicals are being organized by the Melissa Booster Club and will be conducted by local medical professionals in conjunction with Newberry Vision Center, Physical Therapy of Melissa and QuestCare Medical Clinic. Proceeds will benefit student programs at Melissa Schools.