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2019 - 20 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of October 14, 2019

2019-20 Meridian Junior High Announcements 30







October 14

October 15

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 19

No School - Columbus Day

MJHS Girls Basketball Open Gym 7:30


Late Start 8:30 a.m.

Chess Club 2:30-3:30 Rm 215


Academic Team Practice 2:40 - 3:10



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Important Dates Coming Up:   October 14 - No School - Columbus Day;  October 22 - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4-7pm; October 25 - Picture Retake Day; October 29 - Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4 - 7pm;  November 1 - 8th Grade Book Club; November 5 - MJHS PTO Meeting 6:30


  • The cold weather has begun.  If you are in need of assistance for coats, snow pants and/or boots please click on this link, fill out the form on the link and have your student turn it into the office by this Friday, October 18th.  If you are in need of help with Christmas gifts this year, please read the details here:

  • Always follow the communication from the coaches.  MJHS coaches are awesome and often over communicate to keep you informed.  Just remember, things are subject to change with sports scheduling. Stay in contact with the coach.

  • Please have a conversation with your student about a safety concern.  Remind your student to not let anyone into the building during the school day.  If an adult or a student is standing at a locked door and waves at your student to let them in, your student should not.  This includes adults and kids that they know. Once the school day begins everyone entering the building must be buzzed in by the main office.

  • Chess club will be held every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:00 starting September 4 through October 23 in room 216.  Any questions, please contact Mr. Hall at thall@mail.meridian223.org.

  • Talk to your students and make sure they are using their padlocks.  We have had several reports of “stolen items”, especially from the locker rooms.  Most students reported that they had not locked their lockers. 

  • Remember to check Student/Family Access (skyward).  Most of the  teachers post lesson plans, due dates and messages there.  Plus, you can see your student's grades and missing assignments.  If you need help logging in, please call the office 

  • Late start Wednesdays -  School will start ½ hour later at 8:30 every Wednesday. The school will still be open at 7:00 a.m. like any other day.

  • Remember to come a little early when needing to sign your student out of school.  Students will not be called to the office until we verify who is picking them up. This can take a couple of extra minutes - we are always trying to improve our safety measures.  Do not be offended if you are asked for your id.  In fact, bring it in with you.  It makes signing out much faster.  Please do your best to communicate with your student pick-up procedures before school starts.  If you are picking them up early, please write a note and have your student stop by the office before school.  You must come into the office to sign your student out.

  • County Market is giving away ore than $75,000 this year and our school can earn up to $5,000.  Eight $5,000 checks and over thirty $1,000 checks will be given to the top schools who have the most spending at County Market with registered Max Cards.  To register your card, please visit http://www.mycountymarket.com, only one school per card may be registered.  If you do not have a card, stop into any local County Market and sign up for a free Max Card.

  • Please make sure your emergency contacts are updated on Skyward. Per District policy, the office will not be able to release any student to those who are not listed as a family member or emergency contact.  Siblings must be aged 18+ to sign out a student.

  • We are looking for parent volunteers to support our teachers.  If you are interested in making copies, laminating, etc. contact Kelli Zitzke at kzitzke@mail.meridian223.org

  • Like the District Facebook page @MeridianCUSD223 to see all of the great things happening at MJHS.  

  • Lunch money needs to be dropped off in the office first thing in the morning.  If it comes in after 9:00 a.m. it will not be entered until the next day.

  • Breakfast is served in the small gym in the morning!

  • Please take the time to log in to Home Connect to see your student’s progress in Accelerated Reader and in Math 2.0!  Log in using your student’s Accelerated Reader username and password. (username = first name. Last name password is their student ID number)  Click here to log in to your Home Connect
  • We are looking for volunteers!  MJHS has a PBIS Cardinal Cash Store the first Tuesday of every month.  We are looking for parent volunteers that would be willing to work from 11-2.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Dana Brooks.

BULLYING:  Is It Bullying?

  • When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that is RUDE

  • When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and do it once, that is MEAN

  • When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it- even when you tell them to stop or show them you are upset, that is BULLYING

  ****Please remind your students this includes things they say/post on social media****
LIBRARY BOOKS AND FINES: Please make sure you have returned all library books and have paid any fines you may owe.  If you have any questions, please see the librarians. 
8TH GRADE BOOK CLUB:  Friday, November 1, Friday, December 6, Friday, January 10, Friday, February 7, Friday, March 13, Friday, April 17
ILL CHILD:  If your student does not feel well during the school day, they must come down to see the nurse. The nurse will contact you. If your student texts you and asks you to pick them up because they are sick, this may not be excused by the office. If you receive a text from your child, please direct them to the nurse. Remember, we don't collect homework for students until they have been absent 3 or more days.  Skyward often has lesson plans and assignments posted by various teachers.  Sometimes you can even find the PDF of worksheets you an print off at home.

MJHS PTO NEWS:  Please click HERE to see the PTO news: 

  • Did you know you can raise funds for the MJHS PTO without spending any extra money?  Download the Shoparoo app and select our school!  All you do is snap pictures of your receipts and submit them on the app - every receipt gives us points and every point earns cash.  Super Easy!

  • Just a reminder, if you do any shopping on Amazon, please visit www.smile.amazon.com. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Don’t forget to select Meridian Jr High PTO as your charitable organization.

  • Be sure to "like" Meridian Jr. High PTO on Facebook to stay up to date.

  • Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm at MJHS.  All current MJHS parents and teachers are welcome.

  • Contact anytime to get involved, volunteer or ask questions at meridianjrhighpto@gmail.com

PBIS STORE:  The next PBIS store is November.  Hours for the PBIS Store 10:50 - 2:00.  Please have all your Cardinal Cash signed.  

MORNINGS:  Remember there is no supervision before 7:00 a.m. If you drop your student off before that, they will be outside until the building opens at 7:00 am. Please remember that you are not allowed to walk to Casey's or Marathon in the morning after exiting the bus.  You need to enter the building upon exiting the bus.  Breakfast is served in the small gym.


  • If your student is involved in an activity, they must be academically eligible.  Academically eligible means they must be passing all classes each week.  The following steps will be followed involving eligibility: 
    • First Offense:  the student may not compete in any contests for that week, but may practice with the team.
    • Second Offense:  the student may not practice or compete in any contest for that week.
    • Third Offense:  the student will be dismissed from the team.
    • Remember if your student is involved in a club or sport, they must be in attendance at school for at least 4 periods in order to practice or play in a game.  The absence should be excused by a note from the dentist, doctor, etc.

AGENDAS:  If your student has misplaced his or her agenda, there are extras in the office that may be purchased for $8.00.

LOCKERS - Remember to lock your lockers!  Mrs. Davis feels sad when students’ items go missing, but if you locked your locker, you would not have an issue.  This also includes your gym locker.

LEAVING CAMPUS - Students are NOT allowed to leave campus and then return to get on the bus.  Mrs. Davis is responsible for your student from the moment they leave your house until the moment they get home. For example, they are not allowed to run to Casey’s and then come back on campus. If they are hurt crossing Route 72, Mrs. Davis is responsible.  Any student that does, this will not be allowed to get on the bus.

LIBRARY:  Remember to bring in your Box Tops to the library.  It helps us purchase items to make the MJHS library GREAT!!



Percentage of yearly reading goals met as of 10-4-2019:

6th Grade: 9,071,460 words read = 14% (Yearly Goal = 67 million)

7th Grade: 9,558,743 words read = 13% (Yearly Goal = 75 million)

8th Grade: 10,037,456 words read = 10% (Yearly Goal = 98 million) 

MILLION WORD READERS:  Click HERE to see the latest Million Word Readers!!

NOTES FROM THE NURSE:  Please continue to reinforce the 3 C's:  CLEAN, COVER, & CONTAIN.  

     CLEAN your hands often using soap and water or hand sanitizer.  
     COVER your coughs & sneezes with tissue or use your sleeve if no tissue is available.
     CONTAIN germs by staying home if you are sick. You should stay home at least 24 hours after being fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines.  

LUNCH BALANCE:  Please make sure your lunch balances are in the positive for this year.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) Reminders:  Students can only use cell phones and wear hats after school hours.  Cell phones need to be turned off and put away as soon as you enter the building.  If you have any questions about the PBIS reminders, please contact a teacher.

PBIS WINNERS:  Congrats to our 1st quarter PBIS Winners!!

6th Grade
7th Grade:  
8th Grade:  

Congrats to Our Winners !!