Melzer School

Empowering all students to succeed in a changing world

A Message from the Principal

Pacheco Dear Melzer Families and Visitors,

Welcome to our Melzer webpages and thank you for your interest and involvement in Melzer School.  We offer an inclusive, diverse learning environment for all students (there are 31 languages represented within our 480-member student body!)

Students at Melzer are challenged daily with a rigorous and balanced core program, emphasizing not only academic content but also 21st -century learning skills, such as collaboration and critical thinking. We are excited this year about the addition of the Eureka Math as our core math program, and we’ll continue to incorporate rich vocabulary into writing across the content areas, ensuring that we are creating crafty writers and readers.

Melzer also stands out in its commitment to multi-age classrooms: students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades loop with their teacher to the next grade level. That means that on the first day of each school year, our teachers already have great insight into half the class's academic, social, and emotional characteristics, and can use this information to plan for instruction at students’ readiness levels.  We also often notice significant gains among students from the lower grade level in each classroom due to teachers’ high expectations and the influence of their older peers who often act as mentors.

Learning goes beyond academic boundaries at Melzer. Our students are well versed in the “Melzer Musts” and assist one another in ensuring that all students are respectful, responsible, and peaceful. They also have opportunities to participate in service to the community – from Pasta for Pennies, supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to fund raisers for local animal shelters. Students also have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, including Student Council and intramural sports. 

We are proud of our partnerships with our parents and the community, including our active Parent Teacher Organization and the Morton Grove Library. Please consider joining the PTO and assisting us in continuing to meet the needs of our dynamic and marvelous Melzer students.

Your Partner in Education,

Jennifer Pacheco