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2017-18 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of January 22, 2018

2017-18 Meridian Junior High Announcements

For the Week of January 22







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January 27

7th Girls BBall @ Rochelle 4:00

8th Girls BBall vs. Rochelle 4:00

Wrestling @ Genoa 4:00


Wrestling @ Lena Winslow 4:00 

6th Girls BBall @ Oregon (Nash Center) 4:00


7th/8th Girls BBall Tournament @ Byron 9:00


Important Dates Coming Up:  February 7 - MJHS Spelling Bee; February 9 - Winter Wonderland Dance 7-9 pm


  • The MJHS Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 2:45 pm in Room 214 (Mrs. Stewart).  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students can sign up and pick up an informational sheet in MJHS Office.  Winner will move on to the Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee.  G-O-O-D L-U-C-K!

  • From the MJHS Library:  Thank you so much for supporting the Winter Book Fair.  We raised $3600 and $300 in free books for our library.

  • Report cards were passed out 9th hour on Friday.  Some students may not have received them due to PBIS assembly.  If your student did not bring one home, you can always find your students grades on Family Access under gradebook tab. 

  • If you have questions or concerns a bout a grade your student received, please contact the teacher directly.  All teacher email addresses can  be found in their agenda or on district webpage.  Click on Meridian Jr. High School and click Faculty Contact.

  • Yearbook order forms have been handed out.  if your student wishes to purchase a yearbook, please return the form with $18.00 payment to the MJHS office.  Checks are made payable to MCUSD 223.  If your student did not receive or lost their order form, please have them see Mrs. Gale in room 215.  You can still turn in order forms through February 28.

  • Remember to send in your Box Tops to your first period teacher.  The first period class with the most box tops collected by February 23rd wins a hot chocolate and donut party from the MJHS Library.

  • The season of sickness is upon us.  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.

  • 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

  • Please remind your student that they are not allowed to walk to Casey's or Marathon in the morning after exiting the bus.  They need to enter the building upon exiting the bus.  Breakfast is served in the small gym.

  • 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.

  • Like the District Facebook page @ Meridian CUSD 223 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!

  • Remember students cannot text or call you to come pick them up if they are sick.  They must come down to see the nurse in order for the absence to be excused.
  • If you have a student involved in athletics and/or activities you must turn in all required paperwork and pay the athletic fee before your student can participate.  You can find the 8 to 18 registration link on the right side of the district website.

  • 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 Bird  Buck Store the first Thursday 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 Janet Hall at jhall@mail.meridian223.org 

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:  Meets Friday's:   January 19, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 11
7TH GRADE BOOK CLUB:  Meets Friday's:   February 23, March 16, April 13
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. 

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

  • We are looking for a few more chaperones for the Winter Wonderland Dance/Rec Night on February 9.  Please contact PTO President Bethany Denton at meridianjrhighpto@gmail.com if you are available.

  • We are selling our spirit wear samples at a discount-please check out our website to see what is available and to place your order.  Items will be delivered to your student - please include their name and grade during check out.  www.mjhspto.com

  • 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!

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

  • Next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm at Cardinal Cafe.  All current MJHS parents and teachers are welcome.

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

PBIS STORE:  The next PBIS store is Thursday, February 8.  New Hours for the PBIS Store 10:50 - 2:00.  Please have all your birdbucks signed.  

LOST AND FOUND:  The Lost and Found is located outside the MJHS office. Please make sure your student claims his/her lost items. You are more than welcome to come and check it out for yourself.

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. 


  • 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.

BIRD BUCKS:  Have you earned any bird bucks?  There is always time to get caught being GREAT!  Use them in the  BIRD BUCK STORE.  Make sure your name is on them.

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

6th Grade - 85 Million Words - 36,987,275 Read - 44%
7th Grade - 88 Million Words - 44,005,766 - 50%
8th Grade - 90 Million Words - 49,115,400 - 55%

Every grade level has already reached the 9 million word mark!! Keep reading!!


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.  
Let's stay healthy through this cold & flu season!

Coca Cola Rewards:  A HUGE THANK YOU for all that have donated their lids and points to MJHS.  

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.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The following are the students of the month of SEPTEMBER- RESPONSIBILITY!

6th Grade:  Tesla Goike & Braden Rogers
7th Grade:  Norah DeRosso & Aiden Livingston
8th Grade:  Sandra Laccer & Braden Shaw

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The following are the students of the month of OCTOBER- KINDNESS!

6th Grade:  Niyah Spotts & Levi Coppernoll
7th Grade:  Molly Tomash & Drake Stewart
8th Grade:  Lillie Doss & Madix Barrett

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The following are the students of the month of NOVEMBER - THANKFUL!

6th Grade:  Valynnzia Correa & Storm Hickey
7th Grade:  Brooke Hannebaum & Jacob Fitzsimmons
8th Grade:  Valerie Bierdz & Robert Haymes

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

6th Grade:  Lainey Dorsey & Kizer Winn
7th Grade:  Samantha Gonzalez & Hunter Peterson
8th Grade:  Addison Wythe & Dylan Davis

PBIS WINNERS:  Congrats to our 2nd quarter PBIS Winners!!

6th Grade:  Addison Hanners & Johnny DeKlerk
7th Grade:  Samantha Gonzalez & Kaley Doyle
8th Grade:  Lewis Beck & Cullen White

Congrats to Our Winners !!