About MELA






The mission of the Millwood Elementary Learning Academy is to ignite every child's joy in learning by creating experiences that challenge our intellects, engage our passions, peek our curiosities, embrace our identities, empower our voices, inspire our creativity and connect to the world beyond our school and our communities.     




The vision of the Millwood Elementary Learning Academy is that all children will be educated in an environment that consistently meets their unique academic, social, and emotional needs while providing equitable access to resources, experiences and opportunities that will build the skills necessary for academic and life success. 






Hello MELA Parents:


As our first day of instruction begins tomorrow, I want to send a message addressing some concerns that I have received.  


I want to reassure each of you that the MELA Communications Committee is working through the technology surveys to determine our needs and the best way in which to address them.  Therefore do not worry if at the present time your child does not have the ability to log on for the live instruction. Your child's teacher will be placing continuing learning activities, assignments, additional resources and other learning opportunities on class Dojo as another learning support.  In addition, multiple resources have been placed in the Google drive that was previously made available to parents.  


Please remember that the target of Distance Learning across the state is the retention of previously learned information, not the introduction of new learning.   Therefore continuing to read at home for 20 minutes and engaging in as many of the at-home activities as possible, is a great way for our students to continue learning. 


Parents have also reached out with some concerns regarding the use of the Zoom platform.  Every teacher has been given training in how to utilize the new Waiting Room and Lock function on Zoom.  We will also be exploring changing the use of this platform as we move forward. 

As always, reach out with any questions or concerns to either your child's teacher or me at our Millwood emails.  







Dear MELA Families:


We are 3 days away from the start of our new educational adventure as we continue to refine our plans for the remainder of your child’s school year.  We will be holding live distance learning opportunities for all students in grades Pre-K through 5 each Monday through Thursday.  


Live instruction will be offered through the ZOOM platform, with other resources and assignments being posted in your child’s Class DoJo portfolio.  Instructions for how to access your teacher’s individual Zoom classrooms will be forthcoming. It is recommended that the Zoom App be downloaded on whatever device your child will be using. As we move forward, we will continually evaluate the effectiveness of what we are attempting to do and make adjustments as needed.  The following are the weekly instructional times for each grade level. The exact schedule for 4th and 5th grade will be communicated by your child’s homeroom teacher.  


 I want to thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation, and flexibility during this difficult time. Stay safe and please let your child know that we all miss them and can’t wait until we can all be back together again.  



Susan T. Baldwin


Pre-K and Kinder:   8:30-9:30 Monday-Thursday

Grades 1 and 2:  10:00-11:30 Monday- Thursday

Grades 3-5:  1:00-2:45 Monday-Thursday

Support Hour:  3:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday  (Methods for support communication will be set up by  each individual teacher)


Our first hallway is complete and beautiful! The first grade and kinder classes are now in their new and permanent homes! I was very proud of our staff and students as they demonstrated their ability to be both flexible and focused throughout the moving process. It has been amazing to watch the learning never stop as the students took up residence and made themselves at home in their new classrooms. Everyone definitely demonstrated MELA moving SWAG! The main hallway has now been sealed off and the second grade classrooms relocated for the next phase of construction. We can’t wait to see the results! 


The staff of the Millwood Elementary Learning Academy thanks you for your willingness to embrace this new style of learning, and for all of your support given to each student as they express their creativity and curiosity through Project-Based Learning. Please Click the Fall 2020 Exhibition tab below to veiw the recap video. 

  • Doors open for breakfast at 7:25 AM, school begins at 7:55 AM.
    • Drop off between 7:25 AM and 7:55 AM  is at the Central Enrollment door area
  • After 7:55 AM, all students MUST be accompanied by a parent and enter in the main MELA office for tardy sign-in. Please do NOT
    • Drop your tardy student off into the parking lot or at the Central Enrollment doors.
    • Tardy students will be signed in on our SAFE STUDENT system. Tardies at MELA are carefully tracked and excessive lateness may result in administrative action including but not limited to removal of open transfers, reporting to the appropriate state agencies and grade-level retention.
  • Afternoon Procedures (consistent from the first day of school 8/20)
    • The school day ends at 3:30 PM
  • The dismissal process will begin at 3:35 PM
    • No student will be dismissed for early pick-up after 3:10 PM
    • Please do not text your child from the pick-up line. Students will not be released until their name is called by our dismissal team.
    • Students who are picked up after 4:00 PM must be signed out from the main office.                                                                         
Thursday Folder This is one of our primary means of communication. Please check your child's backpack for the weekly Thursday Newsletter
  • Eventually, we are hoping to move this communication to a digital format in order to streamline our efforts and save paper...stay tuned and let’s save those trees!
  • Thursday Newsletters will be uploaded to the MELA School Story in Class Dojo.
    Classroom/grade level newsletter:
  • Will be sent home on the first Thursday of each month.
  • Posting of the class newsletter will also occur on Class Dojo
    Class Dojo:
  • Every teacher will be reaching out in order to enlist your participation in Class Dojo
  • Class Dojo allows every parent to keep track of their child’s progress and engagement in all areas
    Google Classroom:
  • Information will be coming soon
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