Lions Share

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SECONDARY NEWSLETTER
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It has been a very difficult week.  Thank you for all of your support, understanding, and patience as you received messages about the important and urgent events occurring on campus.  I look forward to your continued support as we finish the final five weeks of the 2016-17 school year!

 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
 
Emergency Response
We have been reviewing what went well and what can be improved about our emergency response, and one way that parents can help is by refraining from texting their students inside the school. If the emergency is individualized, we try to avoid disruption of classes, and texting draws attention that something else is going on. Additionally, some seem tempted to send photos of what is going on, which not only has the potential to increase alarm but can sensationalize and may breach the confidentiality of students involved. In our releases to students and parents we work hard to balance what everyone needs to know and concern for student confidentiality and emotional well-being. We greatly appreciate your support in exemplifying reflective, principled, and caring conduct for our students!
MYP Site Visit Feedback
It already seems long ago with everything that has gone on in the past week, but you just might recall that an IB site visiting team was at Meridian at the beginning of last week. This is the penultimate stage of the MYP authorization process, and we should receive an authorization report from IB some time in the next few months.

The leader of the site visiting team, Bill Shell, shared the following with us at the exit interview, and I wanted to share it with you. It is based upon student comments, which often offer a pretty good window of what is really going on at the school. And even though these were MYP students (grades 6-10), I think it says a lot about the whole school.  So I asked him if he could put this in writing so you could hear it, and this is what he wrote.  We are proud of our Meridian community!

From Bill Shell:

Thank you for the opportunity to visit Meridian and observe your MYP. It is always so invigorating to see such a good school that is destined for great things.

Below are the comments from the students when we asked them for "one word" that best describes your school.  Following the "one word" descriptors, you will find the comments from the students when we asked them for clarification.
Expressive
Amazing
International
Unique
Accepting
Open-minded
Cultured
Diverse
We can express ourselves in a variety of ways.
We have great teachers.
We take action locally and globally.
We each have our own personalities and that is OK.
The school asks for our viewpoint and our curriculum looks at a lot of different viewpoints.
The school is open to a lot of ideas.
There is a lot of different cultures such as students that do not have a lot and students that come from other cultures.
A lot of different cultures.
Inquiry is big here and we ask a lot of questions.
We are caring.
We are thinkers.
We are open minded.
We get to do a personal project.
Our teachers are mindful of our workload. (Students said that teachers coordinate tests and projects)
Teacher of the Year Nominations
Who do you think should be honored as this year's Meridian Secondary Teacher of the Year? We are asking for input on this from students, teachers, and parents.

Please complete this Teacher of the Year Nomination Form. You can either print it out and turn it into Mrs. Seaman, or make your own electronic copy and write an email to principalsecondary@mwschool.org sharing an electronic copy.

We appreciate your input!

Nominations need to be submitted by Monday (5/1)
Art Awards
We have more exciting news about Meridian art student accomplishments! Meridian art teacher Cynthia Castillo entered 19 Meridian students into the Celebrating Art Competition run by Celebrating Art.com. Celebrating Art is an online art competition that allows teachers to submit exceptional work to be considered for publication in a special art book that displays high merit works from students across the US. Students who place in the top 25% are selected to be published. Typically less than 30% of all submitted artworks are accepted for publication.

100% of Meridian student artwork submitted was selected and accepted for this session's publication! The 19 winning students from the Spring 2017 competition are:
 
Sapna Mistry-9th
Caroline Short-9th
Kiley Gaddis-9th
Valeria Gonzales-10th
Jocelyn Xu-9th
Samantha Sherry-9th
Shriya Swamy-8th
Amelie Vain-8th
Nero Kearns-10th
Sejal Naik-9th
Laurel Grimes-10th
Ryan Beeber-9th
Alexander Short-9th
Katie Jackson-9th
Madison Huckins-9th
Kelly Babb-9th
Chloe Smith-9th
Michal Michart-10th
Mary Monk-10th

We also had 5 other students place in an earlier Picasso International Art competition. These students received honors as Golden and Golden Plus artists. Their works are one display in the Flag Hall of the M Building. The winners in these categories are:
 
Kira Bowling
Jocelyn Xu
Sapna Mistry
Daniel Cahak
Mary Monk

Michal Michart received the honor of Star artist, which is the highest award for the Picasso Art Competition.
Resolution
At last month's Meridian School Board Meeting a Resolution Supporting the Student Community was adopted. This is similar to what has been done in area districts and matches well with the IB philosophy!  The Resolution can be found on our website and on Facebook. Click here to read the Resolution.    
Upcoming May STAAR and IB DP Testing
May is a busy month for testing.  Not only are semester exams coming up, but most students in grades 6-11 have STAAR tests, 10th grade has the ACT test, and 12th grade has IB Diploma Program exams.

Please avoid optional absences on your child's testing days.  You can help them to be prepared by making sure that they get a good night's sleep, a balanced breakfast, and are at school on time. STAAR testing students will eat lunch in their testing room and will not have access to microwaves. They should either bring a sack lunch that does not need to be reheated, or order lunch from the cafeteria.

The Testing calendar is below. All STAAR and ACT tests begin first thing in the morning, at 8:30am. IBDP exams are only taken by seniors. An (AM) IBDP exam begins at 8:30am. A (PM) IBDP exam begins at 12:00pm. Although it is a lot of testing for the school as a whole, most grades only take 1-2 tests prior to semester exam week. IBDP seniors are the exception, but after completing exams for IB they are exempt from semester exams.
May 1
Mon
Alg 1 STAAR EOC (8th Grade); IBDP Exam - Biology Paper 1 and 2 (PM)
May 2
Tues
IBDP Exam - Biology Paper 3 (AM)
May 3
Wed
US History (11th grade) and Biology (9th grade) STAAR EOC; ACT (10th grade); IBDP Exam - Eng Lit Paper 1 (PM)
May 4
Thur
IBDP Exam - Eng Lit Paper 2 (AM); Math Paper 1 (PM)
May 5
Fri
IB Exam - Math Paper 2 (AM)
     
May 8
Mon
Math (6th grade) STAAR
May 9
Tues
Retest Reading (8th grade-iif did not meet standard on March STAAR)
Reading (6th & 7th grade) STAAR
IBDP Exam - History Paper 1 and 2 (PM)
May 10
Wed
Science (8th grade) STAAR; Algebra 2 (10th grade) STAAR EOC; IBDP Exam - History Paper 3 (AM)
May 11
Thurs
Social Studies (8th grade) STAAR; IBDP Exam - Chemistry Paper 1 and 2 (PM)
May 12
Fri
IBDP Exam - Chem Paper 3 (AM)
     
May 16
Tues
IBDP Exam - Spanish Paper 1 (PM)
May 17
Wed
IBDP Exam - Spanish Paper 2 (AM)
May 18
Thurs
IBDP Exam - French ab initio Paper 1 (PM)
May 19
Fri
IBDP Exam - French ab initio Paper 2 (AM)
     
    Semester Exam Week (grades 7-11)
 
May 22
Mon
1st and 2nd period semester exams
May 23
Tues
3rd and 4th period semester exams
May 24
Wed
5th and 6th period semester exams
May 25
Thurs
7th and 8th period semester exams
May 26
Fri
First day of summer for students!
Seeking Parent Volunteers for Testing Dates
On STAAR/EOC test dates our campus needs parental support to help ensure students do not talk about the test while in line for the restroom and to monitor that there is only one student in the restroom at a time. As all teachers/staff are needed to administer tests or monitor the hall/relieve test administrators, we depend upon parent volunteers for this role on test dates. Rest room monitors sign up for 2 hour shifts, you will have written guidelines and a restroom log to keep record of students and their time out of testing. Electronic devices cannot be used but you are welcome to bring print material to read when you do not have any students. We greatly appreciate your support of our campus and the donation of your valuable time!
       
Food Donations for the IB Oasis
To help relieve the pressure of 3 weeks of IBDP exams, we provide an "IB Oasis" for seniors to relax, chat, and enjoy snacks before/after/and in between their exams. Please consider donating food items for the "IB Oasis".  You can write an encouraging word in the "comments" section on the sign up genius, or you can send a written note with your donation and I will gladly share it with them!  Thank you so much!  
-Stela Holcombe, IB Diploma Program Coordinator and High School Assistant Principal

Secondary Principal's Coffee (4/24)
The final Secondary Principal's Coffee will be Monday, April 24.  It will be held in the High School building.  Doors will open at 8:30 for those who wish to come in and socialize, and the Q&A will be from 9:00-10:00.  If you have questions or just want to sit back and listen, come on by!
Class of 2019 (10th Grade) Senior Trip Meeting Monday (4/24)
After surveying students and parents, we have chosen Paris, Provence, and Barcelona for our Class of 2019 Senior Trip! Forty-eight students responded to the survey and 77% chose this destination. Furthermore, the majority of parents who took the survey chose this destination as well. The class of 2019 is very excited to be the first class to go to Europe!

10th graders and Parents, please join us for the official introductory meeting for the 2019 Senior Trip on Monday, April 24th at 6:30 pm in the Old Secondary Cafeteria. We will go over important information regarding the trip itinerary, cost, registration process, and we will also discuss the opportunity students have to raise funds through the RS3 program.
IB Exam Payment Due for Class of 2018 (5/1)
This is a reminder to the Class of 2018 (juniors) that the 3rd installment of IB Exam Fees is due on May 1st. Please send cash or check payable to Meridian School to the attention of DP Coordinator, Stela Holcombe. The payment schedule is as follows:

November 15, 2016:   $185
February 1, 2017         $185
May 1, 2017:               $185
September 1, 2017:     $180
November 1, 2017:     $180
Stand-Up! Anthology of Literary and Artistic Works by Meridian High School Students
We are pleased to announce the publication of 
the third annual Stand Up! anthology, containing a variety of written and artistic works from our talented, secondary students in grades 9-12. Students and parents may order the 2017 High School Literary Anthology online here: Stand-Up Order.
$11.76 plus $3.99 for shipping
Save $1.69 with the COUPON CODE: FWD15

Printing takes 3-5 days from purchase -- then, allow another 2-6 business days for standard mail shipping. You should receive your anthology between 5 to 11 days from ordering it.
College Information
College Info Session: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and University of Chicago
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin
Information session to learn more about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life.  An admissions officer from each school will be available to answer university specific questions.

RSVP at:  www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org and bring a copy of your registration confirmation email to the event.
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Final Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook (4/30)
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th (while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available. IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May. Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book!

Click here to order yearbook..
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletics Recognition Ceremony and Social
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 15, Monday; Awards Ceremony
  • May 17, Wednesday: Relay for Life Dodgeball Tournament
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Ridvan
The Bahá'í festival of Ridván begans at sunset on Wednesday, April 19 and ends at sunset, May 1.  According to Sacred Acts, Sacred Space, Sacred Time: Bahá'í Studies by John Walbridge, this festival commemorates the period in 1863 when the founder of the Bahá'í faith, known as the Bahaá'u'lláh, announced his claim to prophethood.  The name refers to a garden in Baghdad (in present-day Iraq) which the Bahaá'u'lláh named Ridván, meaning "Paradise".

According to the Bahá'í Faith website, "Bahá'ís view the world's major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity."  Bahá'ís believe Bahaá'u'lláh to be the most recent of a long line of prophets, including "Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad."

The first, ninth, and twelfth days of Ridván are major holy days when adherents to the Bahá'í faith do not work.  Bahá'í elections also occur during this period.
Earth Day
Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day.  According to "Earth Day Facts: What it is, when it began, what to do" on National Geographic.com, the beginnings of Earth Day are "rooted in 1960s activism" about the environment, and the desire to protest damage that pollution and other human activity was causing to the environment.  The first Earth Day was held in the United States on April 22, 1970, and over 20 million participated across the country.  Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, says that today it is celebrated by over 1 billion people in 120 countries worldwide.  Rogers encourages people to use the day to make a "public commitment to take environmental action."
Yom Hashoah
Sundown, April 23, through sundown, April 24, marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. Named "Yom Hashoah" in Hebrew, this day was established by the Israeli parliament in the 1950s, and is also recognized by the US Congress as a national Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The UN established an International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the date recognized by the United Kingdom of Great Britain (United States Holocaust Museum website).  Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the deaths of an estimated 6 million Jews and millions of others persecuted by the Nazi government of Germany.
Armenian Remembrance Day
April 24 is Armenian Remembrance Day, commemorating the deaths of between 500,000 to 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire during World War I (according to National Geographic Magazine online).  Widely seen by historians as the first genocide of the 20th century, it is not labeled as such by the governments of Turkey or the United States.  The proximity of Armenian Remembrance Day to Yom Hashoah provide an opportunity to reflect upon the millions who died through violence and persecution during the 20th century.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
April 23, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
TX Public Charter Schools Rally
Wednesday, April 26

 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
 
MYP Site Visit
The IB Site Verification Visit team was on campus Monday and Tuesday, and it went extremely well! They really could not say enough about how impressed they were with Meridian students, parents, teachers, and administration. We are expecting good news when the official authorization report comes out this summer!

For more information on the Middle Years Program at Meridian, check out the Meridian website (the Academic Program of Studies and the MYP page are both good places to look). There you can find general academic information, information on the Personal Project, draft policies on assessment, academic honesty, language, and special needs, and more!
Presentation to Students: Cyber Bullying
Ernie Rivera, from the Travis County Constable's office; Javier Rodriguez, from the Office of The Attorney General; and Victoria Walker from the NCMEC, will be on campus April 17th and 18th to visit 8th-11th grade classes on Cyber Safety. They have been trained through NCMEC's NetSmartz program to help teens navigate this ever complex world of social media. NetSmartz  is a multimedia internet safety presentation which utilizes the latest statistics, online resources, videos, and expert tips to educate, to engage, and to empower children to be safer on and offline. This presentation will teach teens to recognize risky behaviors, to evaluate their online choices, and to encourage communication with trusted adults.
Secondary Parent Cyber Safety Presentation (4/18)
Sgt. John Rowe from the Round Rock Criminal Investigation Division will be conducting a parent information night on Cyber Safety. His talking points include trending applications that our youth are using, how to monitor your teen's social media, and the issues involving risky youth behavior pertaining to Internet use.
Due to discussion points that may not be age appropriate for children, this presentation is geared solely for parents.
Meridian Secondary Student Talent Show
The Meridian Secondary Student Talent Show will be next Monday, April 17th, from 6:00-8:00pm. Tickets have been on sale throughout this week in Mr. Rudd's room for $3. They will be $5 at the door on the night of the show. Come out and support our wonderful, talented secondary students!
IB Exam Payment Due for Class of 2018 (5/1)
This is a reminder to the Class of 2018 (juniors) that the 3rd installment of IB Exam Fees is due on May 1st. Please send cash or check payable to Meridian School to the attention of DP Coordinator, Stela Holcombe. The payment schedule is as follows:

November 15, 2016:   $185
February 1, 2017         $185
May 1, 2017:               $185
September 1, 2017:     $180
November 1, 2017:     $180
Stand-Up! Anthology of Literary and Artistic Works by Meridian High School Students
We are pleased to announce the publication of 
the third annual Stand Up! anthology, containing a variety of written and artistic works from our talented, secondary students in grades 9-12. Students and parents may order the 2017 High School Literary Anthology online here: Stand-Up Order.
$11.76 plus $3.99 for shipping
Save $1.69 with the COUPON CODE: FWD15

Printing takes 3-5 days from purchase -- then, allow another 2-6 business days for standard mail shipping. You should receive your anthology between 5 to 11 days from ordering it.
College Information
Austin National College Fair
Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Palmer Events Center
Free and open to the public, National College Fairs allow students to meet face-to-face with college admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions from across the United States.

Register for this free event at www.gotomyncf.com

College Info Session: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and University of Chicago
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Austin
Information session to learn more about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life.  An admissions officer from each school will be available to answer university specific questions.

RSVP at:  www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org and bring a copy of your registration confirmation email to the event.
Secondary Principal's Coffee (4/24)
The final Secondary Principal's Coffee will be Monday, April 24.  It will be held in the High School building.  Doors will open at 8:30 for those who wish to come in and socialize, and the Q&A will be from 9:00-10:00.  If you have questions or just want to sit back and listen, come on by!
Student Research Resources Parent Meeting
Parents: interested in learning more about the database resources Meridian has available for students, as well as effective search techniques for research? Then come to meet with librarian Jan MacWatters for a parent night Wednesday, April 19. The location will be the secondary library in the new M Building, 6:00-7:00pm.
Big News for TX Charter Schools

Several bills are moving forward in the legislative process that if passed would help narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts

Benefits of these bills:
  • General per student funding could increase
  • For the first time, charter schools could receive facility funding
  • Charter schools could receive access to low finance bond money
How can you make a difference?

We encourage you to take ACTION:
  • Share your story. Write letters to your lawmakers encouraging them to pass these bills. (See here for a sample letter.) Drop off your letter at any Meridian office or email  giving@mwschool.org, and we'll make sure they get in the right hands.
  • Join us for a rally at the Capitol on April 26 to support Texas public charters schools.

Click here ( Bipartisan Push for Facilities Funding) and here ( Update on the 85th Legislative Session)  to learn more about bills that have been submitted to the legislature.

Click here to RSVP and reserve a spot on the bus leaving Meridian and going to the Capitol. (Rally begins at 12pm. Bus will leave Meridian at 9amand return at 3pm.)
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Final Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook (4/30)
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th (while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available. IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May. Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book!

Click here to order yearbook..
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 14, Friday:  Student Holiday
  • April 18, Tuesday: Parent Session--Students and Improper Use of Social Media (M Cafeteria, 6:00pm)
  • April 19, Wednesday: Student Research Resources Parent Meeting, Library 6:00-7:00pm
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 22, Saturday:  Prom
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletics Recognition Ceremony and Social
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 15, Monday; Awards Ceremony
  • May 17, Wednesday: Relay for Life Dodgeball Tournament
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Passover/Easter
As noted in last week's Lions Share, the Jewish festival of Passover began Monday and ends the evening of April 18.  This week is also the Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter on Sunday, April 16. The coincidence of these events is a result of the fact that the Christian Bible describes the crucifixion of Jesus as taking place during Passover. In French, "Easter" is known as Pâques.  In Spanish, Pascua. And in Greek, Pascha.  These all derive from the Hebrew word for Passover, Pesach. According to the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia,  the name "Easter" in English and other Germanic languages (German Oster) is of less clear origin, though according to some sources the name is derived from an old Germanic goddess of the rising sun and spring.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
April 13, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
Meridian Tournament
April 15, 2017
More info HERE.
 
 
Stay Connected

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Meridian School
2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
 
MYP Site Visit
As you know, Meridian is an authorized IB World School for the Primary Years Program and Diploma Program, and is seeking authorization for the Middle Years Program. One of the final stages of the authorization process, a visit to Meridian by IB educators, will take place next Monday and Tuesday (April 10-11)!  A team of three experienced IB educators will meet with faculty, administration, representative groups of students and parents, and visit MYP classrooms.  They will then report their findings back to the International Baccalaureate organization, and we should receive notification of authorization by sometime this summer. We are very excited!

For more information on the Middle Years Program at Meridian, check out the Meridian website (the Academic Program of Studies and the MYP page are both good places to look). There you can find general academic information, information on the Personal Project, draft policies on assessment, academic honesty, language, and special needs, and more!
Correct Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
The high school office lot is not for regular drop off or pick up. In order to allow parking space in this lot for those who have business in the office, please be sure to use the proper carline when dropping off in the morning and picking up after school.  Only those parking and walking into the high school office should use the high school lot.
Arts Alliance - THIS Saturday
We have a great lineup of activities and performances:
  • Live music
  • Digital arts
  • Balloon art
  • Guitar lessons
  • Henna art
  • African dance
  • Culinary arts
  • Kung fu
  • Indian dance
  • Concessions & pizza
  • 10th Grade Personal Projects
  • Open mic in the black box theatre
  • Write your name in Mandarin
  • Visit the website for more!
Purchase Meridian spirit wear and watch it be screen-printed while you wait! Two designs to choose from:
 


Please consider signing up to volunteer. Slots are timed so that parents can volunteer and still enjoy the event with their families!

Sign up HERE!

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at elizabethsbooth@gmail.com
Big News for TX Charter Schools

Several bills are moving forward in the legislative process that if passed would help narrow the funding gap for students attending a public charter school and those at traditional school districts

Benefits of these bills:
  • General per student funding could increase
  • For the first time, charter schools could receive facility funding
  • Charter schools could receive access to low finance bond money
How can you make a difference?

We encourage you to take ACTION:
  • Share your story. Write letters to your lawmakers encouraging them to pass these bills. (See here for a sample letter.) Drop off your letter at any Meridian office or email  giving@mwschool.org, and we'll make sure they get in the right hands.
  • Join us for a rally at the Capitol on April 26 to support Texas public charters schools.

Click here ( Bipartisan Push for Facilities Funding) and here ( Update on the 85th Legislative Session)  to learn more about bills that have been submitted to the legislature.

Click here to RSVP and reserve a spot on the bus leaving Meridian and going to the Capitol. (Rally begins at 12pm. Bus will leave Meridian at 9amand return at 3pm.)
Student Research Resources Parent Meeting
Parents: interested in learning more about the database resources Meridian has available for students, as well as effective search techniques for research? Then come to meet with librarian Jan MacWatters for a parent night Wednesday, April 19. The location will be the secondary library in the new M Building, 6:00-7:00pm.
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Final Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook (4/30)
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th (while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available. IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May. Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book!

Click here to order yearbook..
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • April 7, Friday:  10th grade play "The Tasteful Art of Murder"
  • Apr 8, Saturday: Arts Alliance
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 14, Friday:  Student Holiday
  • April 19, Wednesday: Student Research Resources Parent Meeting, Library 6:00-7:00pm
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 22, Saturday:  Prom
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletics Recognition Ceremony and Social
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 15, Monday; Awards Ceremony
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
End of Lent and Easter
For Christians, the sacrificial period of Lent ends with Holy Week and Easter, seen by many Christians as their most important holy day.  This period commemorates Christian belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Christians start this week with "Lazarus Saturday" (this Saturday, April 8), celebrating the Biblical account of the resurrection of Lazarus.  In Greece, this day is accompanied by the eating of spice breads known as "Lazariki."  Christians in the Western tradition generally start the week with Palm Sunday (April 9), and it culminates with Good Friday on April 14 and Easter on Sunday, April 15.  According to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, the painting of eggs is one of the oldest customs associated with Easter.  It may have arisen because the eating of eggs was forbidden during Lent, but also because of the metaphorical connection between an egg and birth or resurrection.
Pesach (Passover)
Passover begins the evening of Monday, April 10, and ends the evening of Tuesday, April 18. Chabad.org notes that this eight day Jewish festival "commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt."  The holiest days are the first and last two days of Passover.  Holiday candles are lit at night and accompanied by celebratory meals, and many also recognize these Jewish holy days by not working, driving, writing, or using electronic devices.
Theravada Buddhist New Year
There is much diversity of Buddhist practice around the world, but the two largest divisions of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana.  Most use a lunar calendar, and according to Buddhanet, in most countries that practice Theravada Buddhism, "the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April...[while in most] Mahayana countries the new year starts the first full moon day in January."  The first full moon of April is Tuesday, April 11 this year (2017), making this date the beginning of New Year for most Theravada Buddhists.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
April 6, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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April 15, 2017
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Houston Museum of Natural Science & History--6th Grade Class trip (3/31)
The trip will be tomorrow (Friday, 3/31). Please pack your student a brown bag lunch to be enjoyed on the grounds of the Houston Museum. Remember to pack lunch in containers that can be thrown away, we will not have the capacity to be able to store lunch boxes, etc.  
 
If your child needs daily medication during the trip, a Meridian Short Term Medication Form is required to take medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter.  All medication will be stored and administered by an adult chaperone while at The Space Center.  All medication must be in its original prescription bottle or over-the-counter container. If medication will be needed please fill out the  Meridian Short Term Medication Form and return with the medications to the middle school office by Thurs. 3/30 to avoid delay in leaving on Friday morning.
Fundraiser Meal at Pizza Rev for Model United Nations
The MUN club is having a fundraiser next week and all Meridian families are invited to participate. All you need to do is to come have a meal! The fundraiser is at PizzaRev (RR Outlet mall) next Friday, March 31st, during the whole day. Model UN officers will be there after school greeting guests and appreciating their support; although the benefits will be given from open to close, as long as you mention to the cashier that you are there to support Meridian's MUN club.

Senior Visual Arts Exhibition (3/31)
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building.  Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Spring Pictures Monday (4/3)
SPRING PICTURES TO BE TAKEN ON MONDAY, APRIL 3RD

Secondary students will have the opportunity to take casual Spring Pictures on this Monday, April 3rd IF the parent does ONE or BOTH of the following:

1)    Pre-order pictures using the paper order form that was sent home with your student earlier this week. Students who bring the order form with payment on Monday will have their picture taken.  If you want to make sure we pull your student for his/her picture, please complete #2 below.

OR

2)     If you do NOT wish to pre-order, your student can take a photo IF you register your student to take a photo using this Spring Picture Sign Up Form.  You will receive a "proof" and then decide if you want to purchase a package later. Note: Pre-order prices are cheaper than purchasing after picture day.

Note:  Only students whose parents complete  #1 or #2 above will have their picture taken on Monday, April 3rd.
 
FAQs:
 
What can my child wear for casual Spring Picture Day on Monday, April 3rd?  Students and parents are asked to use good judgment when choosing attire for Spring Picture Day.  Sleeveless tops, tank tops, short skirts, jeans with holes in them, tights/leggings etc. are not allowed.  Ideally, students are dressing up a bit for these photos.
 
What happens if my child is absent on picture day?  We are sorry, but there will be not be a make-up picture day.  Your order form and payment will be returned to you.  If you pre-ordered and paid online you will need to contact Lifetouch for a refund.
 
What happens if I pre-pay, but then do not like my child's picture? Lifetouch offers a 100% money back guarantee.  Return the complete package to the school within one week of receipt and you will be issued a refund.
Questions?  Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Monday (4/3)
Several new members will be inducted to the National Honor Society Monday evening. Meridian students become eligible for membership in this prestigious organization at the end of their 10th grade year. Students are selected based upon their record of academic achievement, service, and character. New members to be inducted Monday include: Musab Abdullah, Ian Adair, Magdalen Asbury, Teanna Barrett, Jennifer Bechtold, Colin Bowling, Vidya Choutagunta, Anna Dienstbier, Madison Dimas, Julianne Flores, Aaron Gonzalez, Emiliano Gonzalez, Valeria Gonzalez, Laurel Grimes, Isabelle Hanna, Payton Holcomb, Shraddha Joshi, Michal Machart, Calvin Miller, Mary Monk, Mohit Nadkarni, Inchara Nelogal, Nicolas Newburn, Manini Penikalapati, Sofia Roybal, Abigail Thomas, Amie Walling.

Congratulations!
10th Grade College Trip Next Week
The 10th grade college trip will be next week, April 4-5.  We will be visiting the University of Dallas, Texas Christian University, and the University of Texas at Arlington to get a sense of some of the variety to be found in colleges, small or large, faith-based or secular, private or public, etc.  We will also visit the Texas IB Schools College Fair in north Texas.
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Final Deadline to Pre-Order Yearbook (4/30)
The final deadline to pre-order your yearbook is April 30th (while supplies last). The current price is $45. Personalizations are no longer available. IF we do not sell out online, extra books will be sold for $55 on a first-come, first-served basis when the books are delivered in May. Order today and save yourself $10 and a panic attack when you realize your kiddo could end up without a book!

Click here to order yearbook..
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • March 30, Thursday: STAAR English 2 EOC (10th)
  • March 31, Friday: 6th grade class trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • March 31, Friday: Senior IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition
  • April 3, Monday: NHS Induction Ceremony
  • April 4-5: College Trip for 10th graders
  • April 7, Friday:  10th grade play "The Tasteful Art of Murder"
  • Apr 8, Saturday: Arts Alliance
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 22, Saturday:  Prom
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletics Recognition Ceremony and Social
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
March 30, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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Art-Spanish Interdisciplinary Unit & Award
Last quarter, 10th grade Art 2 and Spanish 2 students worked on an interdisciplinary unit involving human face drawing techniques and Mexican Folk Art traditions of Dia De Los Muertos. Several finished works from this unit were entered into an art contest that had over 1000 entries from 40+ areas around the world such as India, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka,  and Hong Kong.

Congratulations to Michal Machart for being selected as a STAR artist, the only only student winner from the US across all age groups!

Sixth Grade Survival Guides
Sixth grade students in Language Arts have completed survival guides that are in display in the Hall of Flags of the M Building. Check them out!
 
Personal Project Presentation
Tonight (Friday 3/24) from 5:00-6:15, 10th graders will be presenting their Personal Projects. The Personal Project is a culmination of the students years in the IB Middle Years Program, and students have been working on it since 9th grade. Come and see!
STAAR Testing
Next week students in several grades will be taking state STAAR tests.  Please help all testing students to be well-rested and prepared. Students in all testing grades should bring a sack lunch to school and will not have access to a microwave (lunch will be eaten in the testing room). Students who do not bring a sack lunch will be escorted to the cafeteria to get lunch, and then return to the testing room to eat it.

March 28: 7th (Reading) & 9th (English 1) grade testing
March 29: 7th (Math) & 8th (Reading) grade testing
March 30: 10th grade testing (English 2)

For more details, please see STAAR Testing March 28-30 on the school website.
 
Please consider volunteering while the testing takes place.

Further STAAR testing will take place in May (see the upcoming dates section below for specifics).
Food Policy
Some students have recently tried having food delivered to school or brought food to share with others. Students are not allowed to order food to be delivered to school, and sharing food is a violation of policies stated in our handbook.  For more information on Meridian food policies, please see the Parent Student Handbook, pages 22-24.
Absence Due to Doctor Appointment
If a student is absent due to a Doctor Appointment, please be sure to bring a note from the physician when the student returns to school! This is required in order to count the absence as excused. Additionally, if a student is absent in the morning for an appointment but returns to school with a doctor's note, the school receives attendance funding as if the student were present the entire day.
Houston Museum of Natural Science & History--6th Grade Class trip (3/31)
The trip will be next Friday, 3/31. Please pack your student a brown bag lunch to be enjoyed on the grounds of the Houston Museum. Remember to pack lunch in containers that can be thrown away, we will not have the capacity to be able to store lunch boxes, etc.  
 
If your child needs daily medication during the trip, a Meridian Short Term Medication Form is required to take medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter.  All medication will be stored and administered by an adult chaperone while at The Space Center.  All medication must be in its original prescription bottle or over-the-counter container. If medication will be needed please fill out the  Meridian Short Term Medication Form and return with the medications to the middle school office by Thurs. 3/30 to avoid delay in leaving on Friday morning.
Fundraiser Meal at Pizza Rev for Model United Nations
The MUN club is having a fundraiser next week and all Meridian families are invited to participate. All you need to do is to come have a meal! The fundraiser is at PizzaRev (RR Outlet mall) next Friday, March 31st, during the whole day. Model UN officers will be there after school greeting guests and appreciating their support; although the benefits will be given from open to close, as long as you mention to the cashier that you are there to support Meridian's MUN club.

Senior Visual Arts Exhibition (3/31)
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building.  Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • March 23-24:  11th grade play, Chicago
  • March 24, Friday: Personal Project Presentation, 5:00-6:15pm
  • March 28, Tuesday: STAAR Writing (7th), English 1 EOC (9th)
  • March 29, Wednesday: STAAR Math (7th grade takes 8th grade Math test), Reading (8th)
  • March 30, Thursday: STAAR English 2 EOC (10th)
  • March 31, Friday: 6th grade class trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • March 31, Friday: Senior IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition
  • April 3, Monday: NHS Induction Ceremony
  • April 4-5: College Trip for 10th graders
  • Apr 8, Saturday: Arts Alliance
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 22, Saturday:  Prom
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletics Recognition Ceremony and Social
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Spring Celebrations
Monday, March 20, marked the official astronomical start of spring, the Vernal Equinox. It is also central to the celebrations of many religions around the world, including the Shinto Spring Festival in Japan, Noruz, the start of the Persian New Year, and Holi, the Hindu New Year.

Other important celebrations and holy days have also taken place over the past two weeks, including Irish National Day (St. Patrick's Day) and Purim, a commemoration of the Jewish population in Persia being targeted for extermination and then spared.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
March 24, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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Internal Assessments in the IB Diploma Program
One of the aspects of the IB Diploma Program that provides more balanced and authentic experiences for students than other advanced examinations (such as Advanced Placement) is the portion of IB exams known as the Internal Assessment (IA). The Internal Assessment is one or more assessments conducted and graded by the Meridian IBDP teacher. These assessments are then moderated by an IB examiner to assure that our grading is consistent with IB standards. The Internal Assessment offers an opportunity for more authentic and well-rounded experiences than a standardized multiple choice test, or even an essay. The IA takes different forms in different subject areas:  in Visual Arts it is a sketch and research workbook, in Mathematics it is a complicated question that students come up with and then research and answer mathematically,  in the Sciences it is a questions students formulate and then answer through designing an experiment, and in History it is a research paper exploring a topic of student choice.
 
In the languages the IA is an oral presentation. In January our seniors completed their Individual Oral Commentary in IBDP English Literature, an oral presentation in which each student analyzes a piece of literature or poetry in an interview recorded by the teacher.  Over this week and the next, students in IBDP French and Spanish are completing their Individual Orals.  For these, each student is shown a "visual stimulus," a picture related to topics covered in the course and the culture of French / Spanish speaking countries. These tend to be relevant to significant global issues, such as climate change, genetically modified foods, or immigration and cultural assimilation. The individual students is then describes the scene in French or Spanish and give their own opinion on the issues, leading to a broader conversation with the teacher. Ideally, it should not seem so much like an interview as it does a natural conversation.
 
In IB we are developing the Learner Profile traits in students, and the Internal Assessments definitely help them to develop in a variety of ways, inquiring and they think about global issues and communicate their analysis and personal views!
Meridian Model United Nations Conference This Weekend
Model United Nations (MUN), is a club in which students learn to research global issues, write position papers and resolutions, and debate. The International Baccalaureate website notes the value of participation in Model UN, noting that "by being globally engaged, students can develop multiliteracies, expand their understanding of language and culture, and build the competencies they need in order to make ethical decisions, solve problems and manage conflict... [Model UN] participants play the role of diplomats representing a country or non-governmental organization (NGO) in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations. It is a place where students can debate global governance and current issues. There are also multiple opportunities for students to develop leadership experience. Anything from leading the building of a coalition or chairing a committee, up to managing the conference as a whole."

There are several conferences Meridian students attend, including BUMUN (at Baylor University), CTMUN (at UT Austin), MUNSA (at Trinity University in San Antonio), CWMUN (at the UN Headquarters in NYC) and GEMUN (for Middle School, at Brookhaven College in Dallas).

On Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th, some of our secondary students will be participating in our in-house conference, MAMUN II. High School students have been working hard and professionally to organize this event with the vision of having it grow in the future into a bigger, inter-school event. This should be a successful and enriching experience for the almost 100 students which will be involved in this activity.

Thanks to faculty advisors Gina Farres, Chris Fancher, and Kaylene Rudd for their guidance, and to the Meridian Model UN Secretariat for their hard work organizing this in-house conference.

Mohit Nadkarni
Secretary General
Payton Holcomb
Under Secretary General
Shraddha Joshi
Director of Communications
Shragvi Balaji
Director of Administration
Neal Davar
Director of Technology
Aman Momin
Director of Academics
Shragvi Balaji
Director of Administration
 
Carson Raleigh
Chief of Staff
Meridian Student to Serve as Delegate to JDRF Children's Congress
Isabelle Hanna (Sophomore) was selected as one of 150 delegates for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress out of over 1,300 applicants! She will be going to Washington D.C. July 24-26, 2017 to meet with US Senators and Representatives to advocate for continued federal funding of live-saving diabetes research.
Parent Member on Meridian's Board of Directors
A message from the Volunteers in Partnership leadership:
We would like to like to thank Alexia Thex for her time and dedication serving as the parent member on the MWS Board for the past four and a half years. For the first time since 2012, the board is considering candidates for the position. On March 7th, parents are invited to meet the proposed parent candidate with a Q&A during a General ViP Meeting. This meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the primary cafeteria. All parents are invited to attend and participate as our next parent representative is selected to serve on the MWS Board.
Questions? Please contact vipleaders@mwschool.org.
10th Grade College Trip
The 10th grade class trip will take place April 4-5.  The theme of the 10th grade trip is College Planning, which works in conjunction with the College Readiness class that all 10th graders at Meridian take.  The goal of the trip is to give students an idea of their college options and what type of college would be the best fit for them personally.  We visit two very different college campuses so that our students can get an idea of the diversity of options before them.  In previous years we arranged visits at both public and private universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  This year we are unable to visit UT Arlington or UT Dallas, but the two universities we are visiting still present a good contrast. The University of Dallas is a small (approximately 3,000 students), private, Catholic college with a core liberal arts curriculum very focused upon classical learning.  Texas Christian University is a mid-sized (approximately 10,000 students), private college. It is religiously affiliated (chartered by the Disciples of Christ), but this is a less pronounced aspect of the TCU identity, and TCU offers the more varied curriculum and wider student life and athletic identity often found at larger universities.  In addition to presentations and guided tours of UD and TCU, however, we are also hoping to do a self-tour of a large public university in the area, UT Arlington.

A central reason for scheduling the 10th grade College Trip on April 4-5 and going to the DFW area is that this enables us to attend the Texas IB Schools College Fair.  The TIBS College Fair is open only to students from IB schools, and representatives from a wide variety of public and private Colleges and Universities attend specifically to meet with IB students. In addition to meeting with these representatives, our students can attend various breakout sessions where they can learn more about topics such as the college admissions process, financial aid, and selecting a major.

10th grade forms and payment are due by Thursday, March 9th (next week!).  Those in need of financial assistance, please contact the business office.  

If you have questions about the trip, please email High School Assistant Principal and IB Diploma Program Coordinator Stela Holcombe ( s.holcombe@mwschool.org).
Principal's Coffee March 6
The next Secondary Principal's Coffee is next week, Monday, March 6.  It is officially from 9:00-10:00am, but you can arrive as early as 8:30am if you would like time to socialize.  It will be located in the high school building.
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition (3/31)
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building.  Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Course Selection Guide
Curious about more information on Meridian course choices?  See here for the 2017-18 Course Selection Guide. The focus is 11th and 12th grade (Diploma Program), with course descriptions for all IBDP options currently offered at Meridian.  Though it does not have course descriptions for required courses in grades 6 through 12, it contains 6th-12th grade Course of Study tables for the classes of 2018 (next year's 12th grade) through 2024 (next year's 6th grade) and course descriptions for all high school elective choices (Computer Science 1 & 2, Design Technology 1 & 2, Personal Financial Literacy, Physics, and Study Hall) .

For detailed information on the IB programs and secondary school academic policies and procedures (including excused and unexcused absences, late work, class rank, and GPA), take a look at the Academic Program 2016-17.

Both of the above documents, and much more information, can be found on the Meridian website under Academics-->Secondary-->General Info!
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • March 6, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • March 9, Thursday: Board Meeting
  • March 11-18:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 13-17:  Spring Break
  • March 23-24:  11th grade play, Chicago
  • March 24, Friday: Personal Project Presentation, 5:00-6:15pm
  • March 28, Tuesday: STAAR Writing (7th), English 1 EOC (9th)
  • March 29, Wednesday: STAAR Math (7th grade takes 8th grade Math test), Reading (8th)
  • March 30, Thursday: STAAR English 2 EOC (10th)
  • March 31, Friday: 6th grade class trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • March 31, Friday: Senior IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition
  • April 3, Monday: NHS Induction Ceremony
  • April 4-5: College Trip for 10th graders
  • Apr 8, Saturday: Arts Alliance
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 22, Saturday:  Prom
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 25, Tuesday:  Athletic Banquet
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
National Women's History Month
March is National Women's History Month, a time to commemorate the contributions of women to United States and world history.  Next Wednesday, March 8, will be International Women's Day, a day observed internationally since the early twentieth century.
Texas Independence Day
Thursday, March 2, is Texas Independence Day.  On this day in 1836, as the siege of the Alamo was underway in San Antonio, delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos voted to declare independence from Mexico. Independence was won with Texans' victory at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, beginning the Republic of Texas' ten year stint as an independent nation.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
March 1, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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Ten at a Time Wins $10,000 Award
Ten at a Time was founded in 2014 when two Meridian brothers, Calvin and Carter Miller, banned together with 8 of their friends and started pooling their money together ($10 each, every month) in an effort to find their own way to making a positive impact in the world. Today there are 20 members of Ten at a Time, including Meridian students Niko Smith, Evan Highland and Luke Rubenstein.


Ten at a Time recently participated in a voting campaign competing for a grand prize of $10,000 from the Austin-based Recognize Good Foundation. With the help of many awesome students and faculty at Meridian, Ten at a Time won the $10,000 with over 54,000 votes! Over the next couple of months the Ten at a Time boys will be giving away their $10,000 award to nonprofits and causes throughout Texas. Interested in learning more about Ten at a Time?  See www.10atatime.org.  
Congratulations to Meridian Visual Arts Students
Meridian students represented their artistic prowess in numbers on Saturday, February 4th for the regional Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). All but three students medaled for our region (receiving perfect scores on the grading rubric), and Laurel Grimes has advanced to STATE VASE this spring.
 
9th grade participants: Sejal Naik (2 medals), LiLi Xu, Chloe Smith, Alexander Short, Caroline Short, Sapna Mistry, Madison Huckins, Katherine Jackson, Adia Williams, Aanoosh Qureshi, Sabrina Pitkanen, Dhanushree Srinivasan, Kelly Babb, Kiley Gaddis, Angelica Sadsad. 10th Grade: Mary Monk, Abby Thomas, Sofia Roybal, Kira Bowling, Laurel Grimes (advanced to state), Vidya Choutagunta, Michal Michart, Amie Walling, Valeria Gonzales, Emiliano Gonzales. 11thGrade: Emily Jefferson, Siya Askatar, Victoria Ayala, Emma Cutler, Evicka Rapose, Camila Odom. 12thGrade: Claudia Humphrey, Rachel Brockhausen.  Congratulations!
Future Meridian Pre-Kindergarten School
When the Mays Building was renovated in 2016, a separate entrance and four classrooms on the east side were designed and outfitted to be the future home of Meridian's preschool. Eventually serving a total of 80 three and four-year-old students, the preschool would be an extension of the PYP. (Yes, there's an IB curriculum for preschoolers!)

As we experienced much growth over this past year, the staff recommended and the board agree that leadership efforts should be focused on integrating the student and staff growth into Meridian's culture, thus delaying the opening of the preschool until such a time when adequate effort is available to open at the level of excellence expected at Meridian.

Many of you may be anxiously awaiting the preschool's opening and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to open in the future.
Principal's Coffee March 6
The Secondary Principal's Coffee originally scheduled for next Monday is being pushed back one week, to Monday, March 6.  The time will still be from 9:00-10:00 and April 24th
Senior Visual Arts Exhibition (3/31)
Every year Meridian Seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Last spring was the very first exhibition for senior visual artists, and five students put on an overwhelmingly exciting show. Seven seniors will be working both collaboratively and independently to present their work to the Meridian Community on March 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in the M Building.  Please save this date to help our young visual artists celebrate their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Course Selection Guide
Curious about more information on Meridian course choices?  See here for the 2017-18 Course Selection Guide. The focus is 11th and 12th grade (Diploma Program), with course descriptions for all IBDP options currently offered at Meridian.  Though it does not have course descriptions for required courses in grades 6 through 12, it contains 6th-12th grade Course of Study tables for the classes of 2018 (next year's 12th grade) through 2024 (next year's 6th grade) and course descriptions for all high school elective choices (Computer Science 1 & 2, Design Technology 1 & 2, Personal Financial Literacy, Physics, and Study Hall) .

For detailed information on the IB programs and secondary school academic policies and procedures (including excused and unexcused absences, late work, class rank, and GPA), take a look at the Academic Program 2016-17.

Both of the above documents, and much more information, can be found on the Meridian website under Academics-->Secondary-->General Info!
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • February 23-24:  Orders taken for class ring and graduation regalia / announcements during "C" lunch
  • February 24: Deadline to turn in Box Tops (any office)
  • February 27, Monday: Senior Parent Ecuador Meeting
  • March 6, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • March 9, Thursday: Board Meeting
  • March 11-18:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 13-17:  Spring Break
  • March 24, Friday: Personal Project Presentation, 5:00-6:15pm
  • March 28, Tuesday: STAAR Writing (7th), English 1 EOC (9th)
  • March 29, Wednesday: STAAR Math (7th grade takes 8th grade Math test), Reading (8th)
  • March 30, Thursday: STAAR English 2 EOC (10th)
  • March 31, Friday: 6th grade class trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • March 31, Friday: Senior IBDP Visual Arts Exhibition
  • Apr 8, Saturday: Arts Alliance
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • April 24, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent
Lent begins for the Eastern Orthodox Church on Monday, February 27 ("Clean Monday"), and begins for most western Christians on Wednesday, March 1. For many Christians, including Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics, Lent is a period of fasting leading up to one of the most important Christian holy days of Easter. Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday" in French) is a well-known festival, or carnival, held just prior to Lent, when many Roman Catholics hold a celebration and feast the day before they begin to fast for Lent.  In fact, the word "carnival" comes from the Latin carne vale, or "goodbye meat" (at least according to many-the origin of the term is somewhat in dispute). The exuberant annual Brazilian festival of Carnival occurs slightly earlier than the French Mardi Gras, beginning this Friday, February 24.
Baha'i Intercalary Days and Nineteen Day Fast
March 1 marks the beginning of the "19 Day Fast" for members of the Baha'i faith.  According to the Baha'i Faith website, in this period Baha'is ages 15 through 70 fast dawn through dusk, and it is a time for meditation, prayer, and spiritual reflection.  The 19 Day Fast ends with the spring equinox (March 19), which is the Baha'i  and traditional Persian New Year.  Similarly to the tradition many Christians follow of preceding the fasting period of Lent with a feast (Carnivale or Mardi Gras), the Baha'i Nineteen Day Fast is preceded by "Intercalary Days" from February 25 through February 28, marked by activities such as feasting, charity, the giving of presents, and aiding the poor and sick.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
February 23, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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Course Selection Guide
Curious about more information on Meridian course choices? See here for the 2017-18 Course Selection Guide. The focus is 11th and 12th grade (Diploma Program), with course descriptions for all IBDP options currently offered at Meridian.  Though it does not have course descriptions for required courses in grades 6 through 12, it contains 6th-12th grade Course of Study tables for the classes of 2018 (next year's 12th grade) through 2024 (next year's 6th grade) and course descriptions for all high school elective choices (Computer Science 1 & 2, Design Technology 1 & 2, Personal Financial Literacy, Physics, and Study Hall) .

For detailed information on the IB programs and secondary school academic policies and procedures (including excused and unexcused absences, late work, class rank, and GPA), take a look at the Academic Program 2016-17.

Both of the above documents, and much more information, can be found on the Meridian website under Academics-->Secondary-->General Info!
Cell Phone Use in Carline
We continue to see drivers in carline while talking on their cell phone. While the large majority do not do this, it is important to note that it is dangerous for anyone to be on their cell phone during carline. Additionally, it is against the law to use a hand-held phone in a school zone or on school property, unless the car is parked.  We appreciate your attention to this in the interests of the safety of all!
International Mother Language Day
Tuesday, February 21, is International Mother Language Day, a day designated by the United Nations to celebrate global linguistic diversity. We ourselves have considerable linguistic and ethnic diversity in the Meridian community, and have planned activities on Tuesday to recognize the value of this diversity. An interpreter will speak to students about career opportunities in language, and we are gathering stories from students and faculty about their linguistic and cultural heritage and its impact on their lives. It will be a great opportunity to get to better know ourselves and each other!
Meridian Represented at Rotary Club Camp Enterprise
Congratulations to the following Meridian students who were selected to participate in the Austin Rotary Club's Camp Enterprise: Hannah Edmiston, Dinesh Balakrishnan, Juan Sada Farres, Marco Vasquez, Taran Nudurumati, and Crystal Theimer. Only 100 Central Texas high school juniors are selected to participate each year. One of our students, Crystal Theimer, was a member of the winning team at Camp Enterprise. On Jan. 31st, her team presented at the Austin Rotary Club luncheon meeting and toured the Texas Capitol Building.
Meridian Counselors Serve the Counseling Community
Nancy Spence is the new Capital of Texas Counseling Association President, the local chapter of the Texas Counseling Association. The chapter represents counselors in Burnet, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Her presidency began in January and will conclude on June 30th of 2018.  

Carrie Proctor was elected in November to serve a 3 year term (President Elect, President, Past President) for the Texas Counseling Association which represents over 8000 members throughout the state. Carrie assumes her role of President Elect on July 1st, 2017.

Congratulations to both of them and thanks for their service!
Note from the School Nurses: Young Athlete Heart Screening
Registration is already happening for this August 19th date!

The next Young Athlete Heart Screening will take place on:
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Heart Hospital of Austin (Austin Campus)
3801 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
8:00am - 12:00pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
PLEASE CALL(512) 478-3627
9th-10th Grade Student & Parent RS3 Fundraising Meeting
9th and 10th grade parents and students, please join us in the Mays Building Cafeteria on Thursday, February 16th from 7:00-8:00pm to learn about a great fundraising opportunity for our 9th and 10th graders. Students have the opportunity to work concessions at Cedar Park Center & Dell Diamond year-round at their convenience from the summer after their 9th grade year through the fall of their senior year. This is done via a company called "RS3".  In 2016, Meridian families earned over $20,000 from this program!

RS3 concession fundraising is a central fundraising opportunity for Meridian high school students.  Money raised can go towards IB Exam Fees ($900+) and/or towards the senior trip.  Please come and learn how your family can benefit from this great fundraising opportunity!
Mardi Gras Celebration for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade (2/18)
Saturday, February 18  (6-10pm)
Meridian Middle School
DJ, dancing, snacks and drinks, photo booth and more!

$10 tickets pre-sale Thursday, Feb 16 and Friday, Feb 17 in Middle School Lobby from 7:30-8:30AM.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Song request list:  https://goo.gl/L5k8j6
Meridian Middle School students only.
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • February 16, Thursday:  RS3 Fundraising Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • February 16, Thursday: Herff Jones class ring presentation to juniors
Herff Jones graduation regalia presentation to seniors
  • February 18, Saturday:  Middle School Dance / Mardi Gras Celebration
  • February 20, Monday:  Student Holiday / Faculty Professional Development
  • February 23-24:  Orders taken for class ring and graduation regalia / announcements during "C" lunch
  • February 25, Saturday:  Arts Alliance
  • February 27, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • February 27, Monday: Senior Parent Ecuador Meeting
  • March 2, Thursday: Board Meeting
  • March 11-18:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 13-17:  Spring Break
  • March 24, Friday: Personal Project Presentation, 5:00-6:15pm
  • March 28, Tuesday: STAAR Writing (7th), English 1 EOC (9th)
  • March 29, Wednesday: STAAR Math (7th grade takes 8th grade Math test), Reading (8th)
  • March 30, Thursday: STAAR English 2 EOC (10th)
  • March 31, Friday: 6th grade class trip to Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • April 10-11: IB MYP Site Verification Visit
  • April 13, Thursday: 4 Week Progress Report (reports go home following week)
  • April 17, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • April 20-21: Letter jacket orders (all juniors & seniors, and 9th-10th who have lettered)
  • May 1-19: IBDP Exams (12th grade)
  • May 1, Monday: STAAR Algebra 1 EOC (8th grade)
  • May 3, Wednesday: STAAR Biology EOC (9th grade), US History EOC (11th grade)
  • May 8, Monday: STAAR Math (6th grade)
  • May 9, Tuesday: STAAR Reading (6th-7th grades)
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams


2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Japanese Internment Day of Remembrance
Seventy five years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order leading to the internment of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry. This date is now recognized as a Day of Remembrance. On this date in 2014 Congressman Ami Bera, a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement: "On this day...more than 120,000 Japanese American citizens were unjustly incarcerated and relocated to internment camps, stripped of their homes, businesses, and basic civil liberties. The anniversary of Executive Order 9066 marks a dark moment in our nation's history, one which must serve as a reminder that, even in times of crisis, we must remain vigilant in upholding the equal rights of all Americans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or creed."
Washington's Birthday
Monday, February 20, is the national holiday officially celebrating the birthday of George Washington (and it is a Meridian student holiday). The "Father of Our Country" was born on February 22, 1732. According to the United States National Archives website, Washington's birthday was celebrated long before it officially became a national holiday. The centennial of Washington's birth in 1832 saw celebrations across the nation. But it was not until 1879 that Congress officially added February 22 to the official list of national holidays.  In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holiday Law to "provide uniform annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays." This law established that Washington's birthday would be celebrated the third Monday of February. Ironically, this means that the holiday never falls on his actual birthday, February 22, as the third Monday can never be later than February 21.

Contrary to popular belief, the holiday is not officially called "Presidents Day." In the eyes of the federal government, at least, it is George Washington's Birthday.  When the Monday Holiday Law was being debated, there was some talk of renaming the holiday "Presidents Day," in part because Lincoln's birthday is February 12. In the end, however, the name was not changed. Boston.com cites historian and author C.L. Arbelbide, who points out that many state governments did change the name of the holiday to "Presidents Day." Texas is one of the states for whom "Washington's Birthday" is called "Presidents Day."  Not surprisingly, in Virginia, George Washington's birthplace, it is called "George Washington Day." In Lincoln's home state of Illinois,Washington and Lincoln each get a separate holiday.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
February 15, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
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Junior Extended Essay Field Trip (tomorrow)
Juniors are going to the University of Texas this Friday, Feb 10th to do research at the UT Library for the Extended Essay, a central component of the IB Diploma Program.

Students should report to the high school courtyard by 8:00 am sharp.  We will depart UT promptly by 4:00pm with expected arrival to Meridian around 4:45pm.  Students should either pack a lunch from home or bring $10 to purchase lunch at UT.  Students should also bring their own device along with a USB in order to scan pages from books.

Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org with any questions about this field trip.
4 Week Progress Reports
All students received a 4 week progress report to take home earlier this week.  It should be returned with a parent signature by Monday (2/13).

The progress report only states a current grade average. Please check txConnect for more details, such as grades for individual assignments. If you still have questions, feel free to email the individual teacher!

Don't have a login to txConnect or ManageBac? See Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Scholarship & Enrichment Opportunities
Meridian 10th grader Inchara Nelogal has put a lot of effort into gathering together on her own website resources on scholarships and enrichment opportunities. Click this link to see more!

Also check out Academics-->College Planning on the school website.  Here you can find information on Testing at Meridian (PSAT, SAT, and ACT), College Fairs, Scholarships, and Summer Enrichment Opportunities--as well as a link to Inchara's wonderful web page!
IB Diploma Program Class of Handout
See this IB Diploma Program Class of 2019 handout for information on the IB Diploma Program, including the fee schedule for taking IB exams.

See the IB Diploma Program Presentation to 10th grade parents if you would like more information on the Diploma Program in general.
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Procedure if Student Feels Ill at School
If a student feels ill at school, they should ask to be sent to the nurse. The nurse will evaluate them, provide whatever care she can, and call a parent if the student needs to be sent home.

Students should not text / call a parent asking to be picked up, particularly if they have not been seen by the nurse. Students will not be released to go home with an excused absence without first being evaluated by the nurse.

Note that as a general rule students are not permitted to take medications (prescription or over-the-counter) without nurse approval. If your child needs to take medication, please contact the nurse.

High School: Joann Raskin, RN (j.raskin@mwschool.org)
Middle School: Patricia Crawley, LVN (p.crawley@mwschool.org)
Club Picture Order Form
Club photos (e.g. Student Council, Model UN, Science Club, etc.) were taken for the yearbook on Tuesday, February 7th. You can order a copy of your secondary student's club photo(s) by completing THIS ORDER FORM. Note that $14 payment per photo must be sent to the attention of Stela Holcombe by Tuesday, February 14th.  

Questions?  Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org.
9th-10th Grade Student & Parent RS3 Fundraising Meeting
9th and 10th grade parents and students, please join us in the Mays Building Cafeteria on Thursday, February 16th from 7:00-8:00pm to learn about a great fundraising opportunity for our 9th and 10th graders. Students have the opportunity to work concessions at Cedar Park Center & Dell Diamond year-round at their convenience from the summer after their 9th grade year through the fall of their senior year. This is done via a company called "RS3".  In 2016, Meridian families earned over $20,000 from this program!

RS3 concession fundraising is a central fundraising opportunity for Meridian high school students.  Money raised can go towards IB Exam Fees ($900+) and/or towards the senior trip.  Please come and learn how your family can benefit from this great fundraising opportunity!
Mardi Gras Celebration for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade (2/18)
Saturday, February 18  (6-10pm)
Meridian Middle School
DJ, dancing, snacks and drinks, photo booth and more!

$10 tickets pre-sale Thursday, Feb 16 and Friday, Feb 17 in Middle School Lobby from 7:30-8:30AM.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Song request list:  https://goo.gl/L5k8j6
Meridian Middle School students only.
Principal's Coffee Recap
Please click here for a summary of the Principals Coffee Q&A for 30 January 2017.  
Advanced Math in Preparation for DP Mathematics Higher Level
The standard path that all Meridian School follow is to take pre-Algebra in 7th grade, Algebra 1 in 8th grade, Geometry in 9th grade, and Algebra 2 in 10th grade. This is a more advanced path than that taken by the majority of students in traditional public schools. To provide additional opportunities for Meridian's most skilled math students, however, we offer students who demonstrate readiness the opportunity to take a math course one year more advanced than that which Meridian students at their grade level normally take. Taking this more advanced path means taking a more advanced preparation for IB DP courses in the 10th grade year, Pre-Calculus, and is required for students who wish to take IB Diploma Program Mathematics at Higher Level the 11th and 12th grade years.

Students may demonstrate readiness either by taking a summer school course or taking an End of Course Exam (EOCE). Students who demonstrate mastery with a grade of 85 or higher in the prerequisite summer school course or EOCE will be placed in the more advanced Meridian math course next year.

A letter and parental permission form concerning this option was sent home with interested students this week. Please click here for this Course Acceleration Letter.  This most advanced math path is required for students to pursue Mathematics Higher Level in the IB Diploma Program, but this is not the most appropriate path for all students.  For many students who have strong Math skills, Mathematics Standard Level is the best choice.  Please click here for the IB Diploma Program Presentation to 10th grade parents.  More information on IB Diploma Program math course options, and for whom each course might be the best fit, can be found on slides 20-23.
Afternoon of Gratitude (2/15)
Snacks and supplies will be provided.
Secondary Students & Parents are invited to participate in our first ever Afternoon of Gratitude next Wednesday (2/15).
 
We can't give too much away because teachers receive these emails, but we'll be making learner profile crafts (and more) for our loved ones and teachers. There will be something for everyone to do -- no special skills needed!
 
Please RSVP here so we know how many to expect. Then we'll email you back with more details of what to expect.
 
  Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org          
High School Meetings with Counselor
From January 31 to March 3 the College Counselor, Mrs. Gregg, will hold one-on-one conferences for each Junior. These conferences will cover topics ranging from current graduation status to college planning and life after high school.  Parents are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Please review the conference times on the link below and choose a time that corresponds with your student's Study Hall or elective class time.

Mrs. Proctor will also be meeting with every 10th grade student and their parent(s) this spring. The purpose is to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses in progress, credits earned, current GPA, course selections for next year and their 4 year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and we suggest that you sign up for a time slot that coincides with your student's Study Hall or College Readiness class, if possible. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minute increments, so please be sure to arrive on time!
Sophomore 1:1 Conference Sign Up
Access to Grades via TxConnect and Assignments via ManageBac
Remember that parents and students have access to grades in teachers' electronic gradebook (via txConnect).
 
When keeping track of assignments, students should be using some sort of planer where they write down assignments as they are assigned in class.  As a back-up source of information, however, don't forget ManageBac!
 
If you have not yet set up your access for either txConnect or ManageBac, see here for more information:
 
Information on txConnect and ManageBac Access
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • February 9 & 10: 6th grade Spinal Screening through PE
  • February 10, Friday: Junior trip to UT Library for IBDP Extended Essay
  • February 11, Saturday: 9th-10th grade Semi-Formal Dance
  • February 11, Saturday:  Destination Imagination Show Off Night
  • February 15, Wednesday: Afternoon of Gratitude
  • February 15, Wednesday:  Middle School New Applicant Info Session
  • February 16, Thursday:  RS3 Fundraising Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
  • February 16, Thursday: Herff Jones class ring presentation to juniors
Herff Jones graduation regalia presentation to seniors
  • February 18, Saturday:  Middle School Dance / Mardi Gras Celebration
  • February 20, Monday:  Student Holiday / Professional Development
  • February 23-24:  Orders taken for class ring and graduation regalia / announcements during "C" lunch
  • February 25, Saturday:  Arts Alliance
  • February 27, Monday: Secondary Principal's Coffee 9:00-10:00am
  • February 27, Monday: Senior Parent Ecuador Meeting
  • March 2, Thursday: Board Meeting
  • March 11-18:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 13-17:  Spring Break
  • March 24, Friday: Personal Project Presentation, 5:00-6:15pm
  • March 28, Tuesday: STAAR Writing (7th), English 1 EOC (9th)
  • March 29, Wednesday: STAAR Math (7th grade takes 8th grade Math test), Reading (8th)