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Summer is here! Here is a Lions Share with some of the information you need to know heading into summer. Another Lions Share will come out later this summer with more information, such as 2017-18 supply lists, and other details.
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
 
Report Cards & STAAR Results Reports
Secondary report cards will be mailed home at the end of next week. Student reports for March STAAR tests (7th grade pre-Algebra & 8th grade Reading) will be sent home with report cards.

Student reports on STAAR tests taken in May have not yet been received from the state--we expect them in another week or two. We will not mail them home over the summer. If you would like to see the report, please come to the high school office to pick it up. All reports not picked up over the summer will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.
Correspondence Course Test Dates
Students taking correspondence courses (such as for acceleration in math) over the summer through Texas Tech University ISD (TTUISD) may arrange to have their semester exams proctored at Meridian , for no fee, on the following dates:
June 12, June 19, July 10, July 17, July 24

Please notify us in advance through principalsecondary@mwschool.org to arrange to come in on one of these dates.

If you wish another date, this can be arranged through the UT Testing Center for a fee of approximately $30.
Summer Math Support - e-camps
At Meridian we strive to provide your student with the best possible support in mathematics. To this end, we have put together resources that students can work on over the summer to ensure that they are ready for next year's math classes at Meridian.
 
Below are the links to our summer e-camps. Each link contains a list of prerequisite topics as well as videos, notes, and practice. Please encourage your student to work through these topics so that they are prepared and comfortable in math next year!








6th Grade Camp & Orientation
All incoming 6th grade students are invited to a half day camp to get prepared for life in the Meridian Middle School. This camp will be the morning of July 31.

There will be an orientation for incoming 6th grade students and parents that goes over more specifics on 6th grade policies and procedures on August 7. This will be a half day in the afternoon.

Mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Student Driving Permit: Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form
Students applying for driver's permits and driver's licenses are required to obtain a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form from their school. 

During the summer, email admin@mwschool.org to request a VOE form.
Parent Book Group: Summer Reading
As the school year concludes, our parent book group met for one last time. They decided to choose a book over the summer. Dan Siegel's BrainStorm: the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain draws from research on brain development and the importance of the parent/child relationship. All are invited to join the club in the new school season to discuss Dr. Siegel's research in order to increase understanding of the teen(s) in our lives. Book group has been meeting the second Wednesday of the month and this may change for the next year. If you are interested on being put on an update list, please notify Nancy Spence at n.spence@mwschool.org

International College Fair in Houston, TX
Is your student interested in attending college abroad (specifically, Canada, UK, and Europe)?  The Council of International Schools, in collaboration with IB Americas, is hosting in international college and university fair in Houston, TX in September 2017.  See: http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=3716
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • June 29 (Thursday): Board Meeting
  • July 31 (Monday): 6th grade Meridian Lions Camp
  • August 4 (Friday): 9th-12th grade schedule pickup
  • August 7 (Monday): 6th grade orientation & schedule pickup
  • August 7 (Monday): 7th-8th grade schedule pickup
  • August 9 (Wednesday): First Day of School
  • August 24 (Thursday): Board Meeting
  • August 28 (Monday): Middle School Open House
  • August 29 (Tuesday): High School Open House
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day
In the United Kingdom, eight official Bank Holidays are sprinkled throughout the year, generally on Monday. These Bank Holidays are parliament-approved national holidays, but their roots tend to be found in traditional Christian or agricultural holidays and festivals. This past Monday, May 29 was Spring Bank Holiday in the UK. This holiday used to be the first Monday after the Christian celebration of Pentacost, and a day known as Whit Monday (last year, Whit Monday was June 9, but this year it coincides with the May 25 bank holiday).  In 1971, however, parliament moved this Bank Holiday to the last Monday in May.

In the United States, Monday will be Memorial Day.  According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, after the US Civil War it became common in many localities to set aside a day in May to commemorate those who died in the war. This day was frequently called "Decoration Day," as the graves of war dead were decorated with flowers and other memorials. After World War I, the day was expanded to commemorate those who had died in all US wars, and in 1971 the US Congress designated the last Monday in May as Memorial Day, an official national holiday.
Ramadan
The most holy month of the year for Muslims is that of Ramadan, which on our Gregorian calendar began the evening of May 26 and will end the evening of June 24 (2017). One of the five central tenets, or "pillars" of Islam is the observance of Ramadan. According to BBC.com, Ramadan is often known as "the month of the Qur'an", because of the believe that the central holy book of Islam, the Qur'an, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad at the beginning of this month.

Muslims spend the days of Ramadan fasting, and the month is also devoted to prayer and introspection, recitations of the Qur'an, and performing good acts for others.

Ramadan ends with the "feast of fast-breaking", or Eid-al-Fitr. This day, occurring on July 18 this year, is spent feasting and celebrating. Timeanddate.com notes that in celebration of Eid-al-Fitr Muslims often wear their finest clothes, decorate their houses, forgive old wrongs, donate to the poor, and generally dedicate the day to God.
Shavuot
Shavuot, the Jewish "feast of weeks," began yesterday evening and continues today, June 1.  This feast is held seven weeks after the second seder (or meal) of Passover. Its beginnings are rooted in an ancient harvest festival, but its main religious association is with God's delivery of the Ten Commandments to the ancient people of Israel.
Pentecost
This year, Pentecost takes place on Sunday, June 4 (2017).  Also known as Whitsunday, the 7th Sunday after Easter is known as Pentecost, and commemorates an event described in the Christian Bible when the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus.  It is seen as the birth of the Christian church. The Greek word "Pentekostos" means "50," representing the fact that Pentecost takes place 50 days after Easter. Easter was originally tied to the Jewish commemorations of Passover, and Shavuot occurs 50 days after the second seder of Passover. Thus many scholars believe that the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus as they were gathered in celebration of Shavuot.  
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
June 1, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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NO EARLY RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY (5/24)
Due to semester exam week, school will not be released until 4:00pm on Wednesday, May 24.
Semester Exam Schedule
Students in grades 7 through 12 have semester exams next week.  Here is the  Spring 2017 Semester Exam Schedule.

Students in 6th grade do not have semester exams, but they will be following the same schedule.  Though they do not have semester exams, they do have work that they are completing in class.
College Shirt Wednesday and Spirit Shirt Thursday
Wednesday (5/24) will be a college shirt and jeans day.  Thursday (5/25) will be a Meridian spirit shirt and jeans day.  And it's the last day of school for students!

Meridian Wows at GEMUN 2017
Last weekend, 22 Meridian middle school students travelled to Dallas to compete in the Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN) conference.  Four Meridian high school students attended as well, with the honor of serving as committee chairs.  

Model United Nations is an activity in which students research world issues, in preparation for conferences in which they role play delegates to the United Nations, debating the issues from the perspective of the country they represent.

At GEMUN 2017, Meridian students represented the delegations of Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States.  They made a huge impression at the conference, winning about half of the awards presented.

Award winners were Ireland Griffin, Srivi Balaji , Elyssa Gall, Tanner Tyndall, Zakaria Amor, Mustafa Hess, Pranav Pillai, Aidan Weatherford, and Liam Patel.

Thanks to faculty sponsors Gina Farres and Chris Fancher.  Congratulations to the award winners, and to the entire Meridian Model UN GEMUN team.  You make Meridian Shine!
 
Option of Taking Both French and Spanish
We want to inform our current 8th graders that it is possible to double up in IB Group 2 (language acquisition) and take both French and Spanish in high school. This is recommended for student who have a sincere interest in developing fluency in more than one foreign language and who are strong language learners. Students who take both French and Spanish do so instead of having a study hall or taking Design or other elective courses.  Students can continue to take both French and Spanish all the way through the IB Diploma Program.  If your 8th grade  student is interested in taking both French and Spanish next school year in 9th grade, please email our high school counselor, Carrie Proctor at c.proctor@mwschool.org.
Student Driving Permit: Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form
Students applying for driver's permits and driver's licenses are required to obtain a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form from their school. To receive a VOE form, you must pick up a request form from Ms. Seaman in the High School office.

If a VOE is needed over the summer, please turn in the request form to the high school office prior to May 25. It will be available for pickup from the primary office on June 8.

During the summer, email admin@mwschool.org to request a VOE form.
Parent Book Group: Summer Reading
As the school year concludes, our parent book group met for one last time. They decided to choose a book over the summer. Dan Siegel's BrainStorm: the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain draws from research on brain development and the importance of the parent/child relationship. All are invited to join the club in the new school season to discuss Dr. Siegel's research in order to increase understanding of the teen(s) in our lives. Book group has been meeting the second Wednesday of the month and this may change for the next year. If you are interested on being put on an update list, please notify Nancy Spence at n.spence@mwschool.org

International College Fair in Houston, TX
Is your student interested in attending college abroad (specifically, Canada, UK, and Europe)?  The Council of International Schools, in collaboration with IB Americas, is hosting in international college and university fair in Houston, TX in September 2017.  See: http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=3716
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22, Monday:  Senior Parade and Graduation Practice
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 25, Thursday: Last Day of School
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Declaration of the Báb
Beginning the evening of Monday, May 22, through the day of Tuesday, May 23 (2016), is when followers of the Bahá'í faith celebrate the "Declaration of the Báb." According to Bahá'í Topics, in 1844 a Persian merchant foretold the coming of a divine messenger.  Because of his role in foretelling the divine messenger, the merchant took the Arabic title of "Báb", meaning "gate" or "door."  This messenger of whom he spoke would be the Bahá'u'lláh, the central prophet of the Bahá'í faith.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
May 18, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
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SPRING RAFFLE
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25 for $20
 
2016-2017
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 Round Rock, TX 78664
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Meridian Middle Years Program Authorization
It's official! As of an International Baccalaureate letter dated 08 May 2017, Meridian is becoming an authorized IB World School in for the Middle Years Program!  There are many districts around the state that offer the IB continuum, but very few that have the advantage of offering the continuum in the same school.  Meridian will be the fourth IB continuum school in Texas, and the first that is not in north Texas (the other three are Westlake Academy, Imagine International Academy, and North Hills Preparatory)!

There are lots of advantages to having all three programs at one school, not the least of which are the opportunities for interaction between students and faculty. For example, the PYP 5th graders are finishing up Exhibition right now.  As they were starting, they were visited by MYP 10th graders who had just finished their Personal Project, who added to the 5th graders excitement about Exhibition by showing them some of the cool things it can lead to in 10th grade Personal Project.

We as a school are excited to have finally achieved our goal of becoming an IB continuum school!

Roar, Lions, Roar!!!
Additional Assistant Principal in Middle School
Another thing that we are excited about is the decision to add an additional Assistant Principal in Middle School for the 2017-2018 school year.  This will strengthen our ability to support Meridian students and faculty as the Middle School grows next year to its full capacity of 450 students.
 
Transition to Middle School
Over 100 5th grade parents, and a few students, attended Monday night's Transition to Middle School presentation.  See here for a copy of the presentation:

There will be a more in-depth presentation for students and parents in August, through both a half-day Meridian MYP culture camp and a half-day orientation. Dates will be announced soon--but it will most likely be in the days right before the start of school.

Much sooner, current Meridian 5th graders will get a chance to experience a little part of 6th grade during Meridian Primary Switch Day, the morning of May 22.
Commentary Upon University Top 10 Percent Admissions Policies
A recent article in Community Impact Newspaper took a look at the top 10 percent automatic admission to Texas public universities, and the impact of this policy depending upon which high school a student attended. The article highlights a question that I have heard asked before: Is my child better off attending a challenging school where it would be more difficult to be in the top 10 percent, or attending a less challenging school where they have a better chance being in the top 10 percent and gaining automatic admission into Texas public universities?  When asking this question, many parents are thinking about UT Austin, for which the automatic admission cut-off is top 7 percent. Another question that I am asked frequently is: how much does being an IB Diploma candidate help a student gain admission to UT Austin?

Interested in more commentary and analysis in reference to these questions?   Click here for my elaboration.
Note From Nurses: Pick Up Medication
Parents:  if your child has medication at the nurse's office, please be sure to pick it up by the last week of school. Any medication not picked up by Friday, May 26will be discarded.
 
Suicide Prevention Information Session for Meridian Parents and Students (5/11) 
Thursday May 11th 6-7pm with short Q&A following (M Building Cafeteria)
 
Please plan to attend this important presentation by Damien Robinson from Rock Springs Hospital and the Jason Foundation. He will be discussing suicide prevention, recognizing the warning signs of someone contemplating suicide, and how to report/find help.
May STAAR and IB DP Testing Continues
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 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!
College Information
Dartmouth College
Family and friends are invited to an upcoming presentation:
7:00 pm on Monday, May 15
Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd, Round Rock
 
For more info and to RSVP, please visit "Dartmouth Comes to You" at www.dartgo.org/ontheroad.
 
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Rice University
University of Chicago
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm
 
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
Upcoming Dates Summary 
  • May 10, Wednesday: STAAR Science (8th), Algebra 2 EOC (10th)
  • May 11, Thursday: STAAR Social Studies (8th)
  • May 13, Saturday:  Extended Essay Work Saturday, 9:00-12:00
  • May 15, Monday; Awards Ceremony, 6:00-7:00 MS; 7:30-8:30 HS
  • May 17, Wednesday: Relay for Life Dodgeball Tournament
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22, Monday:  Senior Parade and Graduation Practice
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 25, Thursday: Last Day of School
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Wesak
Wesak, Vesak, or the Buddha's birthday is celebrated by Buddhists around the world. Lunar calendars differ, so though May 10 (2017) is commemorated as Wesak by many, it is celebrated in April in China, Japan, and Korea. BBC.com notes that Buddhists often visit temples on this day, offering prayers and gifts of candles, flowers and food to monks.  Statues of the Buddha are often ritually bathed to remind believers to cleanse their own minds of "greed, hatred, and ignorance."  In Indonesia and Thailand, Wesak lanterns of paper and wood are crafted, and in Thailand caged birds are often released as a symbol of spiritual liberation.
Mother's Day
This Sunday, May 14, is Mother's Day.  The tradition of honoring our mothers has deep roots.  In western civilization, observances honoring mothers can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans.  In Britain, the fourth Sunday of Lent is known as "Mothering Sunday", and has been celebrated at least since the 17th century.  According to Legacyproject.org, Julia Ward Howe, "a pacifist, suffragist, and author of the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic" suggested a Mother's Day in the United States back in 1872. Disturbed by the wars of her time, she asked "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?"

Mother's Day as we celebrate it today had its beginnings in the early 20th century, when Anna Jarvis campaigned for a national Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May.  She was successful in her campaign, but in 1923 she filed a lawsuit trying to stop a Mother's Day festival, arguing that she "wanted a day of sentiment, not of profit."

So let's have a sincere, sentimental Mother's Day this weekend!
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
May 10, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
 
 
SPRING RAFFLE
1 for $1
25 for $20
 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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It's an interesting confluence of recognitions right now. Meridian Teacher Appreciation Week goes along with National Stress Awareness Month. And of course we are having STAAR testing, practice ACT, and IB Diploma Program exams! So lots is going on, but it's also an exciting time, with summer approaching! 
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
 
Supporting Your Child During Difficult Times
During Stress Awareness Month, our counseling team would like to share some information on recognizing if your child may need extra support, steps to take if that is the case, and addressing difficult conversations when you are concerned about their emotional world. Below are two reading resources that address recognizing the symptoms of a child in crises and how to help your child if they have experienced an emotional upheaval whether personal or as a community.


Flyer:

Please remember that Middle School counselor Nancy Spence and High School counselors Carrie Proctor and Kathy Gregg are available to address any questions or concerns you may have!
Suicide Prevention Information Session for Meridian Parents and Students (5/11)
Thursday May 11th 6-7pm with short Q&A following (M Building Cafeteria)
Please plan to attend this important presentation by Damien Robinson from Rock Springs Hospital and the Jason Foundation. He will be discussing suicide prevention, recognizing the warning signs of someone contemplating suicide, and how to report/find help.

When I sent out a message about this earlier this week, one comment I received was "those were really scary statistics." Here are some more statistics from a 2010 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services:
  • Deaths to teenagers 12-19 were a small fraction (0.68%) of the overall deaths in the US from 1999-2006.
  • The leading cause of death for teenagers was accidental injury (48%), and ¾ of these injuries were due to traffic accidents.
  • Homicide accounted for 13% of teen mortality, and suicide 11%.
I take heart from these statistics that teens are not likely to suffer a premature death. Nevertheless, suicide is a risk to be aware of, is preventable, and we should be educated about it so we can do more to prevent it!
 
Important Message from Rock Springs Hospital on "13 Reasons Why"
You may have heard of or have already watched a new Netflix series called, "13 Reasons Why" which is based on a novel by Jay Asher. Many of us are concerned about the negative impact this series can have on teens who are already struggling with thoughts of suicide. Our HHSC contacts have reported an increase of emails and calls to the national suicidology since the release of this show in late March, which may be correlated with an increase in teen suicide attempts. We want to make sure you know this series is out there and that you have some tools to address it. Please see the website:  https://www.jedfoundation.org/13-reasons-jed-point-view/. On this website you'll find a video called "Beyond the Reasons" which is worth watching, whether you've seen the series or not. The TV series, in and of itself, should not be used as an educational tool on suicide or suicide prevention. Discussion and guidance is suggested for our teens who may be watching the series.
First Thursday
Come on out to the First Thursday celebration in downtown Round Rock this Thursday, May 4.  While you are there, visit the opening of the exhibition in ArtSpace Gallery, featuring the welded Mexican eagle MYP Personal Project of Meridian 10th grader Emiliano Gonzalez!

First Thursday, May 4
6:00-8:00pm
Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main Street, Round Rock
May STAAR and IB DP Testing Continues
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 3
Wed
US History (11th grade) and Biology (9th grade) STAAR EOC; Practice 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!
Transition from PYP to MYP: Meeting for 5th Grade Parents (5/8)
Are you the parent of a 5th grader and would like to know more about their transition from Meridian PYP to MYP next year? Monday, May 8, we will be having a meeting for 5th grade parents on this very topic!  The meeting will be from 6:00-7:00 in the cafeteria of the M Building (Middle School / Mays Building).

Register here.

This meeting is for parents.  Students are welcome to attend, but there will be another, more in-depth orientation session for students and parents in August.
College Information
Dartmouth College
Family and friends are invited to an upcoming presentation:
7:00 pm on Monday, May 15
Austin Marriott North, 2600 La Frontera Blvd, Round Rock
 
For more info and to RSVP, please visit "Dartmouth Comes to You" at www.dartgo.org/ontheroad.
 
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Rice University
University of Chicago
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 pm
 
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
Upcoming Dates Summary 
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Cinco de Mayo
In 1861, France invaded Mexico in an attempt to add it to the French overseas empire. France succeeded in installing a figurehead "Emperor" Maximilian  governing Mexico, but forces loyal to the deposed Mexican President Benito Juarez continued to resist. May 5 ("Cinco de Mayo") commemorates the date of an important battle in this resistance.

Although there are celebrations commemorating this battle in Mexico, "Cinco de Mayo" is arguably a much more important celebration in the United States, where it has become a time for Mexican-Americans to celebrate their cultural pride and heritage.
Nurse and Teacher Appreciation
Sunday, May 6 is National Nurse Day, and Tuesday, May 9 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Thank you for all your support this week for helping show how much we appreciate our teachers and nurses!
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
May 3, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
SILENT AUCTION SUPPORTING MERIDIAN'S BAND
 
 
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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:
 
Senior Surprise Today!
Many of the senior class of 2017 were up at school late last night preparing a surprise for Meridian students and faculty. I appreciate their creativity, as well as the principled planning that builds up tradition in a way that can be sustained by future graduating classes. Go class of 2017! You may be giving up your polos, but you will always be Meridian Lions!
 
 
Meridian Student's Personal Project Selected for Round Rock Art Exhibit
For his MYP Personal Project, Meridian 10th grader Emiliano Gonzalez drew upon his artistic talent, cultural heritage, and family to create an impressive piece of work. Emiliano's father is a welder (though not an artist), and Emiliano had never welded before. For Emiliano's Personal Project, his father taught him to weld and he created a stunning sculpture of a Mexican eagle. It was in display in the M Building for weeks, but now it has been selected for exhibition at the ArtSpace Gallery in downtown Round Rock! Unfortunately, I don't have a picture to show you, so you will just have to go see it!

This is Emiliano's first professional gallery experience, and he will exhibit his work alongside professional and other local artists in the area. Opening night is Thursday, May 4, from 5:30-7:00pm, which coincides with this event hosted by the school at the same location.
 
ArtSpace Art Gallery, 231 East Main Street, Round Rock, Texas 78664.
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)
May STAAR and IB DP Testing Starts Next Week
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; Practice 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

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: Order Stand Up!.
$11.64 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 29, Saturday:  Extended Essay Work Saturday, 9:00-12:00
  • 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 13, Saturday:  Extended Essay Work Saturday, 9:00-12:00
  • May 15, Monday; Awards Ceremony, 6:00-7:00 MS; 7:30-8:30 HS
  • May 17, Wednesday: Relay for Life Dodgeball Tournament
  • May 19: Last day to turn in missing work for 4th Quarter
  • May 22, Monday:  Senior Parade and Graduation Practice
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
  • May 25, Thursday: Last Day of School
  • May 27, Saturday: Graduation
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month, a time to recognize the contributions to the United States of those of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. It is also Jewish American Heritage month, for the recognition of contributions to American culture and society by those of Jewish heritage.
May Day
Traditionally in Europe, May 1 was celebrated with various rites of spring, such as the gathering of flowers, dancing around maypoles bedecked with ribbons, and the crowning of a May king and queen. According to Encyclopedia Britannica online, in America, New England puritans condemned Mayday for its non-Christian origins, and so the festival never attained the importance that it had in Europe. In the late 19th and 20th century, May 1 came to be increasingly associated with organized labor and socialism. Today it is known as International Workers Day, and is a workers holiday in countries around the world-but not in the United States, whose version of this day, "Labor Day", occurs the first Monday in September.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
April 28, 2017

Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
SILENT AUCTION SUPPORTING MERIDIAN'S BAND
 
 
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Meridian School
2555 North IH-35
 Round Rock, TX 78664
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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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 Round Rock, TX 78664
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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
 
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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Pinterest
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:
 
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
 
STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
2016-2017
Annual Fund
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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:
 
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: