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2018-19 Meridian Junior High Announcements

Week of March 18, 2019

2018-19 Meridian Junior High Announcementsy 30







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Student Council 7:30 am  


Chess Club 2:30-3:30

Track clothing orders due!!  See below for info


Early Release 11:10


Important Dates Coming Up:   March 21 - End of 3rd Quarter; March 22 - Early Dismissal - 11:10; March 25-29 - Spring Break


  • Congrats to Holland Reynolds for reciting the most numbers in the Pi Challenge.  He recited 189 numbers!!

  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - Thursday, May 30 5:30 at Stillman Valley High School.  More info will follow.

  • Track clothing orders are due by March 20th.  Please log on to https://t-topshop.com/store/ today to order your apparel.  The only Mandatory item is the T-shirt (for students ONLY) at a discounted price of $7.50.  Any questions call Jill Clinite (815)335-7058.

  • Student Council is having a Pop Top Tab competition. The grade that brings in the most pop top tabs for the next two weeks will get a dodgeball game before school (7:30am) on April 3rd! We will be collecting in both gyms in the mornings. These pop top tabs will be turned in at our Student Council State Convention. All of Illinois chapters’ tabs will then be recycled and the money will be sent to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America! We are super excited about being able to participate in something bigger than ourselves.

  • Thank you to all of you who contacted me regarding different social media sites that you have had concerns with.  The Winnebago County Sheriff shared this picture last week. I thought you may find it useful. The best advice I can give is know that passcode to your child’s phone, and monitor what they are doing!  With three teenagers of my own, this is a daunting task!

  • I am across a new website/app that has me very concerned. It is called OMGELE. Launched in 2009, OMEGLE markets itself as an app where users can talk to strangers. When teens login, it randomly pairs them with another user and allows them to chat together privately through text or video. Officer Ruggeberg, our school resource officer, and I investigated a case this week concerning this app. It became very apparent that predators pressure minors into sending them explicit photos. The predators than extort the victims, telling the minors they will share their photos with the victim’s friends or families if they don’t do as they are told. Please make sure your students are not using this app! If you have any questions, please contact me.

  • All Junior High Track Members 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!

  • 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.

  • 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:  April 5, May 3, Pizza/Movie Party Date TBD
7TH GRADE BOOK CLUB:  Meets Friday: 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. 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, April 2 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, April 2.  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 3-15-2019:

6th Grade: 52,349,738 words read = 74% (Yearly Goal = 71 million)

7th Grade: 64,562,648 words read = 69% (Yearly Goal = 94 million)

8th Grade: 57,065,538 words read = 62% (Yearly Goal = 92 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.  
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.

PBIS WINNERS:  Congrats to our 3rd quarter PBIS Winners!!

6th Grade:  Kiersten Mannix & Andrew Gibbs
7th Grade:  Grace Costello & Kaenan McDevitt
8th Grade:  Elizabeth Burtch & Beth Crumpacker

Congrats to Our Winners !!