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2020 - 21 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of January 18, 2021

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January 18

January 19

January 20

January 21

January 22

January 23

Martin Luther King Day - No School

In Person Learning Starts-

Late Start - 8:30 am





8th grade Book Club 2:30



Important Dates Coming Up:   January 18 - No School Martin Luther King Day; January 19 - Return to Full 5 Day a week in person learning

E-Learning Helpers

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Homework Page
Google Classroom 

Homework Page
Google Classroom

Homework Page

Google Classroom

NOTES FROM MRS. DAVISNewer info is in green

  • We will be returning to 5 days a week on Tuesday, January 19

  • If your student does not ride the bus, please try and bring them as close to 8:00 a.m. as you can!  Morning supervision:  6th grade Band room area; 7th grade small gym; 8th grade large gym.

  • We still are not allowing visitors into the building yet.  Ring the doorbell if you need anything!

  • If your student has a phone please self certify them before they arrive at school.  They can then show the green admit to the door supervisors.  If they are unable to show the green admit screen, the door supervisor will be checking their temperature before they can enter the building. (see next page for link, qr code, etc.)

  • Students need to bring their chromebooks and chargers each day.  Lockers are only going to be used for coats...and you know most junior high kids don’t wear coats.  Students can carry backpacks for supplies.

  •  Water bottles should also be utilized, the drinking fountains cannot be used, but the bottle fillers can.

  • Please send back all library books!  We have lots out there!  

  • If your student will not be attending school please call the office.  If your student has to be quarantined, they are still expected to attend remotely!  If they become ill and are unable to attend remotely you still need to notify the office.

  • Remote learning is not ideal for any of us.  If you need some talking points to motivate your student to finish the semester strong try these:

    • If he/she wants to participate in sports or other activities they need to be eligible.  Students are ineligible to participate if they are failing a class.  This is run weekly.

    • Students who fail more than one class may need to attend a required 10th period during the 3rd quarter.

    • Summer school may be required for students who fail more than one class at the end of first semester.

  • Students who are having chromebook issues must call the office for problem solving and/or swapping out computers.  Due to the limited availability, we cannot do any swapping without prior arrangements made through the office staff.

  • Remind your student to check his or her email daily!  Teachers, Student Council, Mrs. Zitzke and myself often communicate through there!

  • Please continue to call the office if your student is going to be absent from school whether for appointments, personal or illness!  

  • I will let you know if and when I get picture retakes rescheduled!  Interstate, the new company that we are using, must really love me by now! 

  • Remember late start Wednesdays began on December 2.  They are now a full day of school. Time schedule is on class pages 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade 

  • MJHS Yearbook is going to happen this year! Order your copy of the yearbook today! Don’t wait! These are the days your student will treasure forever. Make sure they have this keepsake to capture the memories. Price: $10.00 (due to this unique school year, we are lowering the price)  There are 2 ways to order:  1.  You can order ONLINE – here is the link www.inter-state.com/yearbook  and the code for MJHS Yearbook:  53606N    2. If your student received an order form you can place them in the mailbox outside the junior high with payment  or you can place it in a regular envelope labeled with your students name, grade, and MJHS Yearbook. Cash or checks made payable to: Meridian CUSD #223. Due Date: March 12 so we can order the correct amount and receive them in time for distribution in May.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Gale at kgale@mail.meridian223.org or 815.645.2230 ext 4215

  • During remote learning, your student must be using their district issued chromebook!  Teachers are able to utilize the goguardian feature to reach out directly to your student.  If your student is using a different device, the teacher may look at goguardian and think they are absent.   REMEMBER:  GoGuardian is our software monitoring system that we use to keep kids safe while they are online.

  • With our strange new year, we had to update our process for choosing Leaders of the Month.  Until we have a return to normal, whatever that may mean, teachers will be choosing our Student Leaders each month.  Check out Student Leaders of the Month page!

  • Athletics:  Click HERE to stay up-to-date.  

  • An updated Chromebook Camera Policy.  A Message from Dr. CaposeyUn mensaje de el Dr. Caposey     Please read and discuss this with your student!

  • Pictures can be ordered via the link: MJHS Interstate Orders. Pictures were sent home .  


  • MJHS Reading Word Challenge

    6th grade: 50 million words (Currently at 8,215,707)

    7th grade: 60 million words (Currently at 9,112,242)

    8th grade: 70 million words (Currently at 10,210,023)

    Any grade that achieves their goal as a team will earn an ice cream sundae bar during lunch at the end of the school year. (To qualify students MUST have contributed to the group goal)  The grade that earns the BIGGEST percentage of their goal will have their grade engraved on the plaque and their class picture in a poster.
    Please remind your student that if they have requested a book using our online library to please check their emails so they know when it is available!☀

  • LIBRARY - For all information relating to the library, visit our new website at Library Website.   PLEASE KEEP READING!  There will be no library fines accrued during remote learning. Students wishing to check out library books during remote learning may do so by requesting online or emailing Ms. Hong ehong@mail.meridian223.org    Ms. H will call to set up a pickup time. Students wishing to return completed library books may return them to the mailbox outside the front doors by the District Office.  Please visit the Library website for directions to request online, to see new available books, and other library-related information.   ***Important!  Please make sure your student is checking the availability of the book before requesting it! How to Request a Library Book

    • If you need a book in between library times...check this out from the Julia Hull library:  https://www.juliahull.org/student-tutorials

    • If your student has any questions relating to the library, programs, or requesting books, please contact Mrs. Brooks at dbrooks@mail.meridian223.  Students can request books through the online catalog or by emailing Mrs. Brooks or Ms. Hong.  Check out the Meridian Libraries K-8 website to see new book arrivals! 

    • CURBSIDE PICKUP -   We hate for students to have to wait a long time for a book. If a student needs a book on a day they are not in attendance, please contact the Junior High library via email or phone call to make a request and set up a time. Ms. Hong:  ehong@mail.meridian223.org or Mrs. Brooks dbrooks@mail.meridian223.org.   Direct library line: 815-645-1613

  • MJHS Student Council News Meridian Jr High Student Council and the Jr High PTO are excited to launch our Online Spiritwear Store - just in time for Christmas!  Please follow this link to browse our selections and make a purchase. Orders can be picked up at either Cornerstone Location (Stillman or Byron) or Delivered to your door. Feel free to share the link!  There are some great looking Christmas presents in here! Remember all proceeds go back to our students and Jr High School!  https://cornerstonesports.tuosystems.com/stores/cardinalsspiritstore

  • Please, please don’t talk to the teacher while your student is in a meet session.  When you ask questions, talk about your student’s grades, or share personal information every student in the class can hear you.

  • During remote classes teachers have begun to enter skipped classes into the student attendance portal.  What is happening a lot is that students are signing into the meet session, leaving their camera off, and then are never active in the class.  Some parents have asked me how can we tell if their student has skipped, teachers often ask questions and have students respond in the chat, when a student doesn’t answer in writing or verbally chances are they aren’t there!  Goguardian is utilized to call students outside of the meet, when a student doesn’t answer the call, it is assumed they aren’t there.

  • Automated phone calls will be sent out on Wednesdays for students who have one or more F’s.  The purpose of these phone calls is to alert you to check your students To Do List in Google classroom!

  • Remind your students that chromebook repairs and replacements are expensive!  We have had a few broken screens recently!  This is the price list for repairs/replacements from the tech department.  If you are having technology issues, please go Meridian223.org; hover over the student tab, you will see a drop down for the student help desk.  You can enter your tech issues here; please be descriptive!

  • Repair Needed


    Replace keys on keyboard (not a keyboard replacement)


    Headphone jack replacement


    LCD screen replacement


    Keyboard Replacement


    Touchpad Replacement


    USB Port


    Body/Hinge Replacement



    ***Charger replacement is $30.00***

    The cost for a replacement device will be determined at the time of the need for a replacement device. As of August 20,2020, a replacement Chromebook cost is $290.00, but is subject to change based on federal tariffs and other factors.

  • If your student is going to be absent from school during remote learning, you will still need to call the office to report the absence.  Students that are remote still need to sign into their classes following their schedules.  That means everyone needs to be logged in for attendance each period!   

  • Logging into chromebooks: A student logs in using their email address; their password is their student id number.  Watch this short video to see how to do thisLogging into your chromebook.  If your student does not know their student id number you can log into Family Access and find it under the student information tab.  It is directly under the student picture listed as other id.  If you need directions for logging into Family Access Family Access Information

  • Remote Learning Expectations:  Remote Learning for the 20-21 School Year

  • Remember we are using Google classroom!  Parent Guide to Google Classroom

  • Mrs. Ziztke's Counseling Page

  • The District has developed an anonymous tool for anyone to report information that may be of concern to them.  Use this link to access the form. You will also soon find this link on the district webpage.  MCUSD Anonymous Reporting Form

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

  • 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****
  • MJHS PTO NEWS:  Please click HERE to see the PTO news: Next PTO Meeting is  at 6:00 pm at Davis Junction Park.  All current MJHS parents and teachers are welcome. Any questions, please contact melhhj1@gmail.com.  Scrip has been so fast getting orders filled and shipped that there is still plenty of time for the PTO to get in one more order to have gift cards before Christmas. You can use the attached form and email it to Melanie Costello at melhhj1@gmail.com or go online to ShopWithScrip.com and enter our code: E8E3674852378. If using the form, please have it to Melanie by 12/10. She will submit the order on 12/11 and expect to receive the cards early the following week. If you have any questions, please reach out to Melanie Costello at 815-751-1583 or melhhj1@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting the MJHS PTO!