***Meridian is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Diploma Program Campus.  The school submitted the application for candidacy for the Middle Years Program on April 1, 2015.***  

Meridian School Board

Joseph Burke, President
Jessica Loera, Vice President
Alexia Thex, Secretary
Michelle Adamolekun, Member
Bhavani Parpia, Member

Upcoming Events

HOLIDAY
Date: 5/25/2015
Professional Development
Date: 5/26/2015
Professional Development
Date: 5/27/2015
Professional Development
Date: 5/28/2015
Professional Development
Date: 5/29/2015
Badger Dog Writing Camp
Date: 6/8/2015, 9 AM 12 PM
Location: 6th grade classrooms
Badger Dog Writing Camp
Date: 6/9/2015, 9 AM 12 PM
Location: 6th grade classrooms
Badger Dog Writing Camp
Date: 6/10/2015, 9 AM 12 PM
Location: 6th grade classrooms
Badger Dog Writing Camp
Date: 6/11/2015, 9 AM 12 PM
Location: 6th grade classrooms

Headlines

IB: Full Steam Ahead at Meridian
The April 16 parent meeting focused on the IB Continuum. Ann Wink, retired IB America’s development specialist and current Texas IB Schools’ (TIBS) advisor, delivered a presentation on the IB Continuum. Ms. Wink, who has worked with or visited hundreds of IB schools, stated that Meridian does a remarkable job of offering IB programs with true fidelity. She also said that she has never seen an IB school with only four years of existence exceeding the IB standards and practices. Wink credits this to the founders unwavering commitment to IB, the administrators expertise with IB, the dedicated teachers, the highly motivated students, and the supportive parents.

Head of School, Rick Fernández, surprised the audience by presenting TIBS scholarships for the IB World Student Conference at La Salle – Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. Colton Bolton, Makenna Brandt, and Katie Neighbors were awarded scholarships that include registration, lodging, and meals. Gabrielle Lewis was awarded an all-expense paid scholarship. Texas IB Schools awarded a total of 11 scholarships and Meridian received four. Gabrielle was the only Texas student to receive a full ride to the Barcelona conference. The theme for the seven-day conference is “Technology in a Global Society.”

Fernández also announced that Elizabeth Petty, 3rd Grade teacher, earned an all-expense paid trip to the IB Academy. The IB Academy is a very competitive opportunity for IB educators to be trained as official IB Organization trainers, consultants, and school authorization visitors. After Ms. Petty’s training, she will join the ranks of Kelly McBride, Leah Delafield, Charles Ryder, and Rick Fernández as official IB Organization trainers.

On April 26, Meridian School was informed that Mr. Mark Rogers, secondary math and IB Theory of Knowledge teacher, is the recipient of the 2015 TIBS Innovative Teaching Award. The award will allow Meridian to purchase an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Rogers’ project will encourage students to fly a UAV, and experience the thrill of new technology while analyzing multi-tiered mathematical problems, understanding the art behind high-altitude perspective, and debating the privacy concerns inherent of this cutting-edge machine.
Wellness Day 2015

Wellness Day 2015 Wellness Day #4 was a wonderful experience for our students! Thanks to Coach Simmons and all who are part of her volunteer army for a great job. Click here for more information!
Summer Camp Registration Deadline Extended to May 6th
Basketball Skills Camps for 2nd-11th Grade
World Sports Camp for 1st - 5thGrade
Enrichment Camps for Kinder - 3rd Grade

Half-Day, Monday - Thursday. Tuition: $120/week
Contact: summercamp@mwschool.org
Badgerdog coming to Meridian!

Badgerdog coming to Meridian! Creative Writing Summer Camp, June 8-26 from 9am to noon. This high quality writing program offered by the Austin Library will be available in Williamson County at Meridian this summer!
Science Saturday

Science Saturday Thanks to all who are responsible for the organization of Science Saturday and to those who provided the activities such as KXAN (see their wonderful blog report on Meridian at
http://blogs.kxan.com/2015/04/12/meridian-world-school-science-day/#more-20462 ),
IBM and RRPD. The third annual event was even better than in the past and a large crowd enjoyed activities ranging from holding a snake to watching chemical demonstrations with exploding balloons! Thanks to all who attended to share in the excitement! Click on link for more info! More pictures on the Academics Primary Photo Album page!
IB Continuum Parent Information Night Held on April 16th

IB Continuum Parent Information Night Held on April 16th Meridian parents enjoyed a special presentation about the International Baccalaureate continuum of programs (PYP, MYP, and DP) by Ms. Ann Wink, a retired IB Development Specialist and former charter board member of Meridian School. She helped guide us through the common threads that make the IB Continuum such a tremendous program and shared the unique characteristics of each individual program that makes them stand-outs on their own. The Meridian Administration also shared important updates and newsworthy information on Meridian's future and the ViP leadership shared some exciting changes to look forward to for 2015-2016.
For "News" and highlights in the Primary Years Program (K-6), go to the Academics - Primary tab above!

For "News" and highlights in the Primary Years Program (K-6), go to the Academics - Primary tab above! The primary school has a new webpage and photo album. We will continue to share stories and information in the coming weeks, months, and years!
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