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Mystic Valley Lottery Draws Record Crowd

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter school saw over 500 people in attendance for this year's lottery.

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School held its annual Admissions Lottery on November 14th. Well over 500 people were in attendance anxiously waiting to see if their child’s number would be called as one of the members of next year’s Kindergarten class.

The school received a record amount of applications to attend Mystic Valley. Over 900 applications were received for grades K-5.  For just the 2013/2014 Kindergarten class, Mystic Valley received over 600 applications, also a record amount, including nearly 300 from Malden alone. With the lottery completed and wait lists updated, Mystic Valley has over 2,600 students on the waiting list to enter grades K through 5 for the 2013/2014 school year. There are currently 1,492 students enrolled at the school in grades K-12.

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david mokal November 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yes Mike..Pick the right pebble and your the Right Guy! Then you wont have to attend stupid public school like me and you'll be able to spell and walk and talk. In all reallity they must be doing something good with large turnouts like this. I wish I could Understand how its financed that part I don't get.
allamericancity1967 November 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
The kids who are "lucky" enough to get picked, get a solid education, I'll give you that, the lottery on the other hand, exitus acta probat . Success, at any cost, is a failure of its' moral rectitude.
MaldenMom November 24, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Frank you need to be educated on this information before you put it out there. It is a shame that people are not informed before they post. These are everyone's tax dollars and the charter school is a non profit. Would you be willing to give the taxpayers who send their children to private schools a voucher for the dollars they are pouring into the public schools. With the interest in public charter schools I believe the taxpayers have spoken.
AnnieOMalden November 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
How many public schools do you know that own homes and apartment buildings?
kevin lucey November 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Our ward did not want more condos ( Edgeworth ) we'd rather it be used as a school or for community usage
kevin lucey November 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM
What IS the percentage break down of students from all the towns they serve ? IE 5 towns 20% per town or what ?
Chris November 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Imagine all the money that went into the Charter School went into the Malden Public School budget. Would solve some of the financial woes of the school and restore some lost programs.Isn't the head of the charter school also a city councilor?
MaldenMom November 25, 2012 at 02:35 AM
what apartment building
MaldenMom November 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Imagine if the city of Malden did what the charter school did with their money we would not have to even worry about the budget. What programs need to be restored?
MaldenMom November 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
You know, if everybody stopped worrying about the charter school and worried more about other programs that exist not just in the city of Malden than we also would not have to worry about the budget we would be just fine.
kevin lucey November 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
MALDEN public schools nearly lost there accreditation long before charter schools so you can't blame it on them ,its a money game, same old malden
TIM H November 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM
I think one of the big benefits to a charter school is no teachers union.most of the teachers are right out of college.they are held accountable for how all their students do.the schools priority is educating the kids
fred November 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
AnnieO, that is a great question. I am amazed at the property that Neil has aquired in our city. he has to be a very smart business man, or is he getting help from the city of Malden. Does the charter school own any property outside Malden? Maybe Neil is wasting his time as a counselor, he is probably more suited as a budget director, or town manager or mayor right here in Malden. I would think that if he can run the Charter School as efficiantly as he has, the city of Malden would benefit greatly.
fred November 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM
From reading on these blogs, I use to think Neil was an arrogant @ole. After reading about the success of the charter school, my opinion has changed. Neil K for our next mayor.
AnnieOMalden November 25, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Malden Mom: The 5-6 unit place at 722 Salem St. and the two homes behind the school on Jacob St. No one knows who lives there or if they are losing money or making money on the maintenance and they sure don't pay taxes do they? Mike G.: There is a cap on how many kids can attend no matter what facilities they build or buy. TimH: While the teachers may by right out of college and have a lot of enthusiasm, it does not mean they know what they are doing. They are given a "script" to teach from yet they do not have the experience to deal with real life students or have the skills (yet) to command a classroom. There is such a turnover it is almost impossible to have confidence in the teaching staff. One year, the entire Math Dept. for the high school left and had to be hastily replaced. Over the course of that year, my kids had at least 3 teachers. Thankfully, they weed out the slow learners by high school so the kids who are left can keep up. The staff is treated with such disrespect that if they are any good, they head for the door at the first opportunity. When I would meet the teachers I would make a mental note whether or not they would make the end of the year. By the end of the year I knew who wouldn't make it to the next year. And it wasn't because they were bad teachers would they be gone.
Chris November 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
What job was given to you?
MaldenMom November 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Annieo only one of the houses in occupied the others are used for business, just like when city hall moves they will have to lease a place which will cost us all money. Who do you keep bashing the charter school enough.
Chris November 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Do the Malden Public Schools own any houses?
Michael Victor November 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Does it matter to Mystic Valley how Malden Public schools operate? Don't think so, in fact given that 300 kids from Malden came to sign up for Mystic Valley's lottery according to the story perhaps Malden Public should start looking at the Mystic Valley way of doing things as they clearly that is know what a majority of people want. Or is that not how its supposed to work in this Country? Its nobody's business where anybody else wants to sent their kids. As for taking somebodies money its not the Malden Public Schools money or Mystic Valley's Money or Melrose money its the kids money to be spent where hopefully their parents believe their kid can get the best education. Why is there any cap should be the real question. Who is that cap their to protect? Not a hard question to answer.
fred November 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM
That's funny Chris. My kids went to MHS and MC. I have no ties to that school or kinnon. I never met kinnon, but the more I read on these blogs the more i like him. He handled the gay porn star the way he was supposed to. He is building Malden in many ways. I learn alot about the school from annieo, but it is obvious she has a problem with Kinnon, but thats ok.
AnnieOMalden November 26, 2012 at 02:02 AM
fred: Kinnon got rid of the porn star who broke no laws but hired the suspended lawyer and disgraced former Council President after he stole from an elderly couple: http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/bd07-102.htm Yes, that is one of my problems with Kinnon.
Michael Victor November 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Fred like you I didn't go to this Mystic Valley and have no ties except as a citizen. I can see with my own eyes and talk to people who send kids there and see how many turn out to send their children there tells one all they have to know. I also have eyes for what this Councilor says and gets done and he may be like a pitbull but he fights tooth and nail for his Ward and from what I can see he stands by his convictions. The end result is definitely a big positive for Malden.
AppleBottom02148 November 26, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Why would you continue to send your children to a school you don't approve of? You have complained about the school and staff on several occasions, but 3 of your children went there. My question to you is this AnnieOMalden, for as much as you run your mouth and seem to have your facts in order why the Charter School? Are you going to tell me you did not know this before sending your children thete? I think you just like to complain, seems as though it's your nature.
AppleBottom02148 November 26, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Apparently with the amount of new enrollments parents are very impressed with the school. They provide an excellent education, transportation, extra activities/sports and much more. I would rather see a school make use of vacant buildings then more condos/highrises or houses rented where owners let them fall to the dumps. Well invested in our children seems to be a bad thing????? I feel thete is more success with the students attending the Charter School.
AnnieOMalden November 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Apple: As a founding family of the school I surely did not know what I learned as I went along. I attended the board meetings and did in fact effect some small changes yet no one tells Neil Kinnon what to do. The main reason for sending my boys to the school was I feared for their safety and it addressed my day care needs. I knew of students who were bullied at some of the Malden schools, including the high school and hoped to avoid putting my kids into that atmosphere which did not address this issue then. The other part was I had kids who learned at different paces and the school would put an advanced learner ahead into the upper grades for those subjects. Malden public was rigid in their curriculum and would not accommodate any change at least in the lower grades at that time. By the time my youngest (twins) got to high school (which again was trail blazing) they refused to leave the school as their friends were there. If a school cannot teach to a high level given 200 days and an 8-3:30pm day then they really must be incompetent. This school is evolving and there have been many gaps which I am still not sure have been filled but that is not my problem anymore. I am more concerned with the management of the school and the unseemly issues they continue to have. This is a good school yet could be even better, if you could believe that without the Neil Kinnon machine in there. How many people would lose their jobs if he was gone? Most of his family and friends!
fred November 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I believe everything annie o says about the charter school. (My only source) My guess is she is alot like kinnon. During all that teacher/porn stuff, i was pissed at the liberal responses. posters like carrol M and diana where defending that clown. That guy worked at that school for a couple of months. "The kids loved him". "He did nothing wrong. He should sue the school" I don't think Annieo was defending him. I was hoping Kinnon would fire the guy. There are too many good teachers out there that do not behave the way that guy did. (gay porn movies). Now I like kinnon's style. Annieo, what i mean by you two are alike, I mean strong willed, fearless, but feminine.
fred November 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
OK diana. Maybe you were not the one defending that teacher, but if you were posting at that time you would have defended him. Alright, go ahead (old snarky), give it to me.
AppleBottom02148 November 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
You found it fit enough to keep your children enrolled in the schhol after years of knowledge to the circumstances. With that being said I don't think the school is in any shape or form a bad school. I however think you just have a sour taste for Kinnon, so anything he is involved in your going to find complaint with. Your issues with Kinnon, tend to over power everything. Just because Kinnon, is not the brightest star in the sky don't mean he should be bashed for everything. You have been complain about this man for months even years. If you can do a better job them jump on the board of directors or become a city official.
AppleBottom02148 November 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM
As long as his private life is just that PRIVATE then he was fine. However when videos or teachers fb become public and a wealth of knowledge is put out there concerns arise. Personally I am not going to pass judgement on the teacher as I have never met him.
Diana November 27, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Of course I defended him. People shouldn't get fired for doing perfectly legal things on their own time; especially not when their employers make a practice of hiring people who've been genuinely disgraced.

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