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2020 - 21 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of October 26, 2020

2020-21 Meridian Junior High Announcements 30







October 26

October 27

October 28

October 29

October 30

October 31

Students A-Le - MJHS
Students Lf-Z - Remote

Don't Forget to Bring Your Chromebooks/
Chargers to School EVERY DAY!

Online Book Fair-Through FRIDAY!

see link below

Students A-Le - MJHS
Students Lf-Z - Remote

MJHS Student Council Wear Pink Donations collected in am


Online Book Fair-Through FRIDAY!

see link below

All Students

6th Remote Schedule

7th Remote Schedule

8th Remote Schedule

Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences 4-7pm Sign up in Skyward

Online Book Fair-Through FRIDAY!

see link below

Students A-Le - Remote
Students Lf-Z - MJHS





Online Book Fair-Through FRIDAY!

see link below

Students A-Le - Remote
Students Lf-Z - MJHS

MJHS Student Council Wear Pink Donations collected in am


Online Book Fair-Through TODAY!

see link below




Important Dates Coming Up:  October 27 -MJHS Student Council Wear Pink; October 19-30 - Online Bookfair; October 28 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference 4-7 pm; October 29 - MJHS StuCo Pumpkin Contest Submissions due before 8am.; October 30 - MJHS Student Council Wear Pink;  November 3 - No School Election Day; November 4 - In-person learning day for M/T Students; November 9 - No school Observance of Veterans Day; November 10 - 5 days a week face to face instruction starts; December 4 - Picture Retakes 8-11

E-Learning Helpers

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Homework Page
Google Classroom 

Homework Page
Google Classroom

Homework Page

Google Classroom

NOTES FROM MRS. DAVIS: Newer info is in green

  • Students must sign into the google meets when their class begins.  Students are being marked absent if they are not in the live portion while they are in remote learning.  If your student is telling you they are in google classroom, that is great, but they need to join the live link for live instruction.  If you need help with this, let me know.  

  • 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.

  • Parent Teacher Conferences will be virtual this year!  Have you signed up?  They are October 28 from 4-7 pm.  Please watch this short video for directions:  Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up

  • 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.  We are a little late, but we are finally celebrating our September Leaders of the Month!  Congratulations! September Leaders of the Month Video!

  • If your student is interested in cheerleading, please fill out this form as soon as possible.  Our cheer coach, Coach Cicogna needs to find out how many students are interested.  Obviously everything sports and activities related is subject to change.  Cheerleading Survey 

  • Math Contest       Sign Up Sheet          Math Contest Letter

  • Every year the counselors organize a drive for families during the holiday season called Holiday Hope Chest. This year we have gone virtual. Please complete the form if your student is in need of winter wear (coat, boots, snow pants, etc). If there are any other items that you need for the holiday season, such as toys. Please visit Toys for Tots online to sign up for the toy donation program. We ask that you complete the form no later than October 23rd.  

  • Student Council is excited to host a pumpkin decorating contest!  The Rules are simple:

    1. Choose the coolest looking pumpkin you can find

    2. Decorate it however you'd like (school appropriate please) using whatever you want... carve it, paint it, put stickers on it... Whatever!!

    3. Bring it to school (If you are an in person student) or send a picture to Ms. White at mwhite@mail.meridian223.org NO LATER THAN the MORNING OF 10/29 at 8:00am.  

    We will number the pumpkins and send out a google form to all students to vote the morning of 10/30.  Students will vote either in PE class or on their own. Each student gets one vote (Ms. White will monitor on the Google Form Sheet that generates).  We will have one winner for each grade - winners will be awarded a giant size candy bar!

  • Erin’s Law was passed in Illinois in 2011.  This law requires public school districts statewide to provide sexual abuse prevention education each year for K-12 students.  Erin’s Law presentations will take place the week of October 26th-30th during PE classes; even to our totally remote students.  A representative from the Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling Center will be doing these presentations.   For more information visit www.erinslaw.org

  • MJHS Online Book Fair:  October 19-30  Click HERE for more information!!  Thank you for supporting MJHS Library!  LAST WEEK!

  • Athletics:  Boys Basketball could be starting November 16.  Be sure to have your sports physicals done.  Click HERE to stay up-to-date.  

  • Please make sure you have read the email from Dr. Caposey that was sent on October 1 regarding our updated reopening plans.  We will be moving to 5 days a week of face to face instruction on Tuesday, November 10!  You do have the option to remain remote or move to all remote.  You need to fill out the form only if you are changing your child’s placement (in person to remote or remote to in person.)  If you need help or have questions, please contact me!

  • 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. Picture Retakes:  Picture Retakes will take place on Friday, December 4th from 8:00-11:00.  Remote learners are welcome; must self certify or get your temperature taken and wear a mask.


  • 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!

  • Teachers may be recording lessons and/or Google meets when teaching remotely.  These recordings can or will be used for reteaching purposes.

  • Please make sure your student is bringing his or her chromebook each day to school. Have them carry the cord in their backpack please.  We are running out of loaner devices and cords.  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.

  • Please remind your students about our cell phone policy.  Since students are not using lockers, and carrying their backpacks, cell phone violations are creeping up.  The policy is found on page 15 of the student agenda:

    • Cell phones may be be brought to school for before and after school  use or if required by a teacher for a specific lesson.  8th grade students are allowed to use them at lunch.  They will lose this privilege for misuse.  Phones should be turned off while in class.  If a student’s phone is observed during school hours, like in the hallway or in the classroom, it will be confiscated and brought to the office.  The principal will keep the phone until the end end of the day.  Students will be assigned an after school detention or a Saturday school.  

  • Beginning Thursday Sept, 3, 2020 the Meridian School District  Food Nutrition Services Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide free meals for all children in the District.  This ensures those children who rely on nutritious meals are able to continue doing so, even when they are not in the building for live instruction. This program will run until December 31 or until the money runs out. The deadline for ordering for remote days is every Monday by 11:00 a.m.  Orders can be picked up at SVHS on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:30 or 4:00-5:00.  You can find the link on the front of the district website under Departments/Food Service.

    • All students are currently not being charged for lunch under this program.  There are no microwaves available for students at this time.

  • Our mantra this year is Grace and Flexibility...with that in mind, students will remain in the groups they are in, but they will be changing classrooms.  Desks will be cleaned between each class, students will remain in the same seating chart in each room, and social distancing will be followed to the best of our abilities.  This change became essential because of disruptions in instruction with teacher movement.  

  • If your student is going to be absent from school, whether for in person learning or 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!   

  • As you are aware, we are currently not letting visitors into the building.  If you need to pick up your student early, you will need to bring your identification and ring the doorbell on the left set of doors.  We will check your id, find your student and bring him or her to you.  This process does take a few minutes, so you may want to come a little earlier if you are trying to make it to an appointment!

  • 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

  •  Students will follow their schedule each day, whether remote or in person.  Attendance will be taken.  

    1. For example, a student who is coming in person on Tuesday, will follow the schedule found in skyward.  

    2. Wednesdays are a remote learning day for everyone.  Wednesday schedules have been shortened.  See Class page for that information.

  • Self Certify your student before they come to school.  If they have a phone they can show this to enter the building.  If you self certify them at home you can print off the pass or we will be able to look it up.  If you do not self certify your student, their temperature will be taken before they can enter the building.  Self Certification Instructions/Link
    • Students are to report to the following locations:
      • 6th grade - band room

      • 7th grade - small gym

      • 8th grade - large gym

      • Students are asked to not stop at their lockers in the morning.  We are developing new routines for lockers to maximize social distancing.

  • Don’t forget the required masks!  Students should be bringing chromebooks and refillable water bottles daily.  The drinking fountains are not available, but the bottle fillers are.  Don't forget to charge your chomebook every night too.

  • LIBRARY - This year instead of students coming to the library, the library is bringing books to the students. Students are also welcome to request books using the MJHS online catalog. For all information relating to the library, visit our new website at Library Website.  You can also find this link under LIBRARIES on the school website.  ***Important!  Please make sure your student is checking the availability of the book before requesting it!  Last week a few parents showed up for books that we didn’t have because their student did not check the availability!  Watch this video to learn more about 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 - It's not just for remote students anymore!  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

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

  • Mrs. Ziztke's Counseling Page

  • Yearbooks have been distributed.  There are extras ordered, they will be available first come, first served. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Gale at kgale@mail.meridian223.org.  Yearbooks are $15.00.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 October 14 at 6:00 pm at Davis Junction Park.  All current MJHS parents and teachers are welcome. Any questions, please contact melhhj1@gmail.com
  • 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 1st Semester PBIS Winners!!

    6th Grade
    7th Grade:  
    8th Grade:  

    Congrats to Our Winners !