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2018-19 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of January 14, 2019

2018-19 Meridian Junior High Announcementsy 30







January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

January 18

January 19

6th Grade Girls Basketball Starts.  Practices are at MC

Student Council meeting 7:30 am

Girls Basketball Jr High Night at Girls Basketball game



Wrestling vs Lena Winslow 4:30


Wrestling @ Byron Tournament


Important Dates Coming Up:  January 14 - 6th Grade Girls Basketball starts-practices at MC; January 15 - Junior High Night for Girls Basketball players at SVHS Game; January 21 - No School-MLK day; January 22 - Winter Sports Pictures after school; February 1 - Candyland Dance 7-9 pm; February 6 - Spelling Bee


  • All Junior High Girls Basketball Players must be registered on the 8 to 18 site, including payment, and have a current sports physical turned in, in order to begin practice.  http://il.8to18.com/stillmanvalley

  • Remind your student that we do not allow students to wear their hoods up!  And that cell phones need to be turned off and in lockers! I intercepted a few phones last week!


  • MJHS Spelling Bee:  Wednesday, February 6   2:45 in Room 214 – Stewart.  The bee is generally over by 3:30 -4:00 but we will spell until we have a winner.  If a student misspells a word, they may stary for the entire bee or leave at the end of that round.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Winner of school spelling bee will attend the Lee/Ogle Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 21, 2018 at Dixon High School from 10am to approximately 12 pm.  Winner will also need to attend the practice session on Wednesday February 20 from 4:30-6:30 at Dixon High School.  Sign up in office if you want to participate.  Any questions, please see Mrs. Stewart.  G-O-O-D  L-U-C-K

  • MJHS PTO has spirit wear!!  Click HERE to check out the merchandise and instructions on how to order!

  • You can still order a yearbook.  There are lists posted around school to check to see if name is on list for turning in order form.  Cost of the yearbook is $15 and checks are made out to Meridian CUSD #223.  Order forms are found in the office or in room 215.

  • 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.

  • Please remind your students to keep their items in their locked lockers.  Writing student names inside any clothing and shoes, will ensure that lost items are returned to the proper owners.  The Lost and Found has started accumulating. Please have your students check here for any missing items. Anything not claimed by Christmas break will be donated

  • After meeting with our school resource officer and members of the crisis management team the district  will be implementing a new protocol when someone rings the buzzer to enter a school. After you ring the bell, you will be greeted by a member of the office staff and asked to state the purpose for your visit.  This will happen for everyone, even if we know you! We are hoping this little extra step will support us in keeping our school safe.  Also, Remember to come a little early when needing to sign your student out of school early.  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.

  • Over the last several weeks I have heard and received information of a few instances of name calling that have been related to race, gender, etc.  I cannot allow this. Please support us as we talk to our students that comments and/or name calling like this whether used lightly or with intent to harm are never appropriate.  

  • 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.

  • 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 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 @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 Bird  Buck 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 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: February 8, March 8, April 5, May 3, Pizza/Movie Party Date TBD
7TH GRADE BOOK CLUB:  Meets Friday: January, February, March, April, Pizza/Movie Party Date TBD  
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: 

  • Through schwans-cares.com, you can order from Schwan’s Home Delivery and help out the MJHS PTO meet its fundraising goals.  When you order by November 13, 2018, 20% of product and 40% of egift card sales

  • 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, February 4  at 6:00 pm at Cardinal Cafe.  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 Tuesday, January 15.  Hours for the PBIS Store 10:50 - 2:00.  Please have all your birdbucks 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.

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!!



Percentage of yearly reading goals met as of 12-07-2018:

6th Grade: 28,091,407 words read = 40% (Yearly Goal = 71 million)

7th Grade: 28,746,419 words read = 31% (Yearly Goal = 94 million)

8th Grade: 32,512,461 words read = 36% (Yearly Goal = 92 million)


MILLION WORD READERS:  Congrats to our newest Million Word Readers! Cera D, McKenna A, KJ C, Amy C, Lauren H, Ada H, Katheryn K, Jackson M, and Katherine Y have logged more than 1,000,000 words in the AR platform. Who will be next? 

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!

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:  Taylor Davidson & Jaxon Barrett
7th Grade:  Kristin Lewis & Braden Engel
8th Grade:  Jenna Shelburne & Jared Fitzsimmons

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

6th Grade:  Ameris Correa & Ethan Szarkowicz
7th Grade:  Lainey Archibald & Storm Hickey
8th Grade:  Brook Hannebaum & Kenneth Shearer

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

6th Grade:  Brooklyn Lee & Henry Hildreth & Logan Lalor
7th Grade:  Anna Bradle & Aaron Walter
8th Grade:  Lauren Kerr & Rylen Hildreth

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: The following are the students of the month of DECEMBER - COMPASSIONATE!

6th Grade:  
7th Grade:  
8th Grade:  

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

6th Grade:  Kelcie McCullough & Jacob Ingram
7th Grade:  Brooklyn Thomason & Storm Hickey
8th Grade:  Molly Hurst & Luka Travar

Congrats to Our Winners !!