MVRCS THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, February 12, 2021 SCHOLARSHIPS | FROM PAGE 1 superintendent appears on popular WBZ radio show A lexander Dan, Director/ Superintendent of Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (MVRCS) recently fi elded questions from Dan Rea, the host of WBZ’s Nightside as well as from callers, providing details about the best practices MVRCS used to become the lone public school in Greater Boston to give parents the choice of fi veday in-person instruction, hybrid instruction or remote instruction. MVRCS recently commemorated 100 days of in-person instruction, more than half of the school year. Topics covered included the adherence to VACCINE | FROM PAGE 1 nationally and statewide have consistently bordered on nightmarish, with concerns over shortages of dosages, cancelled clinics and even worse, isolated instances where much-needed doses have been destroyed before being administered. But the Malden Dept. of Health Director's status update for the Councillors was more upbeat. Webb outlined Malden's "real-time" status and also announced plans for two local vaccination clinics for residents 75 years and older in the state's Phase 2 queue. Another key announcement was the Board of Health kickoff of a dedicated, Malden-based COVID-19 vaccination information call-in service, where residents can call by telephone to make vaccination appointments and ask any questions COVID-19 guidelines, diff erent learning models, the MVRCS reopening plan and its execution as well as general conversation regarding the school’s day-today operations. As of the start of February, more than 70 percent of MVRCS families had elected to enroll in the fi ve-day or hybrid instructional models. To access the recording of Dan’s appearance, visit the Nightside with Dan Rea homepage on WBZ’s website and search by date (the segment appeared on February 4) or access the appearance on the iHeart Radio app. about the vaccine and eligibility for vaccinations. Residents may call 781-6618500 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and they will get a "live" person to talk to and can either make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment and/or have their questions answered. If they call over the weekend and leave a message, there's a good chance someone will get back to them quickly as well. In addition, the Governor's offi ce and the Department of Public Health have developed a vaccine distribution timeline refl ecting what they have determined to be several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden. Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations can also be made based in Palo Alto, Calif., chose MHS senior Trang Thanh Ngo for a full scholarship through its National College Match Program. Tales Carneiro Passos is ranked 60th in the Class of 2021 with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.04, on a 4.0 scale. He received a full scholarship to Bucknell University in Bucknell, Pa.Elaine Du has a 4.37 GPA and is ranked 34th in her class. She is headed to Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in the fall on full, fouryear scholarship. Ana Dorner is ranked 18th in the senior class with a 4.56 GPA. She will study at Centre College in Danville, KY on full, fouryear scholarship. The fourth recipient, Trang Tranh Ngo, was awarded a full-cost, four-year scholarship to her fi rst choice, Princeton University, an Ivy League school located in Princeton, N.J. She is ranked 17th in the MHS Class of 2021 with a 4.57 GPA. through www.maimmuniztions.org or by calling "2-1-1". "People have to make sure that they are eligible to be vaccinated under the state Phasedin guidelines," Webb said. "If people make a vaccination appointment and go to the site and they are determined not eligible, they will not be vaccinated." He also said that it is actually illegal to make an appointment if not offi cially eligible, since providing false information on government documents is perjury. Webb said there are now two local vaccination clinics planned in this city next week to be administered by the Malden Health Department, with approximately 1,600 doses available to be administered between the two clinics, with 450 appointments already booked as of Tuesday night. The vaccinations will be held Page 9 The Questbridge National Match scholarship also covers transportation costs incurred by the student back-and-forth from their homes. With three of the colleges and universities surpassing $73,000 in annual tuitions, room and board, plus fees, the total value of the Malden High student scholarships is close to $1.2 million. The Posse Foundation has been awarding scholarships to Malden High students for a number of years. This is the fi rst Questbridge scholarship winner from Malden High school offi - cials could recall in recent years. All of the scholarships are awarded based on selections made after an extensive application and recommendation process, followed by interviews of the fi nalists for the scholarship awards. Malden Superintendent of Schools John Oteri and Malden High School principal Chris Mastrangelo each had high praise for the scholarship recipients. at the Salemwood K-8 School Fieldhouse, located at 529 Salem St., Malden. Appointments are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17 and Saturday, February 20. Sometimes slots will already have been filled by the time people call for the fi rst time later this week. Webb stressed that these clinics are primarily for Malden residents aged 75 and older who are now eligible under the Phase 2 guidelines. Others in the Phase 2 group have been pushed back in the line under direction of Governor Baker's offi ce, while others have been moved up.After the 75-older category, residents aged 65-older will be eligible for vaccination. Originally, teachers, administrators, staff and others in the fi eld of education were on the same level of eligibility as those "These high-achieving seniors bring great pride and honor to the Malden Public Schools and our community," Supt. Oteri told the members of Malden School Committee when he relayed the news at a recent meeting. "These are the types of students we are producing and it is great to see them achieve this success." "It is fi tting these students are rewarded for the many years of hard work and dedication they have put into their academics and extracurricular activities, including their time here at Malden High School," Mastrangelo said. "They are a credit to our school, the community and especially their families." Mastrangelo said it has been a challenging year for everyone, including Malden High students, which makes it even more inspiring when seniors can attain their goals so well. "It really brightens up our school community when our students represent us so well in a national spotlight in this way." 75-older, but they are now bumped down for eligibility in line after the 65-older category. There had been Malden vaccination clinics scheduled for local educators when the initial Phased plans were introduced in the fi rst week of February, but they were cancelled when the new "pecking order" moving the 75-older and 65-older age groups ahead in the list was announced. Councillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora asked directly when essential workers such as teachers would indeed be vaccinated. "Hopefully, it is as soon as possible. Teachers and other essential workers have to be prioritized," Councilor Spadafora said. Webb said it was hoped that this could happen in March, though stressing it was not easy to specuVACCINE | SEE PAGE 15                                        

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