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SECONDARY NEWSLETTER
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This has been an entertaining day.  First an early morning evacuation of the M building due to a sulfur smell (the fire department investigated and found nothing amiss), then a power outage in the M building. Unfortunately, the transformer that failed cannot be repaired until tomorrow morning. This means that the Meridian Teacher Talent Show scheduled for tonight will have to be re-scheduled. We are currently working out those details, and will let you know when a decision has been made.
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Please Pack Lunches Tomorrow (Fri. 11/17)
While we don't anticipate there to be an issue with our power after the transformer is repaired tomorrow morning, we ask that rather than planning to purchase a school lunch on Friday, November 17, students should pack a lunch that does not requiring microwaving. 
Progress Reports
Progress reports for the mid-point of the second quarter grading period were sent home with students on Tuesday. We have instituted a new procedure. We are no longer sending home two copies of the report and expecting that a copy be returned to the school with a student signature. Instead we are only giving students one copy and asking them to initial that they received it. This copy is for you to keep--it does not need to be returned.

If you would like more detailed information on your child's grades, please check the txConnect online grade portal. If you still have questions after checking the detailed grades on txConnect, please contact the teacher!
Lion Pride: Volleyball and Model UN
In the state tournament last Saturday, both our Middle School Red and High School Varsity girls volleyball teams swept their semi-final matches, advancing to the state final. The Middle School Red team won state final, and our High School Varsity team took second place in state. Congratulations to these fantastic Meridian Lions and their coaches. And thanks to everyone who came out to the games in support!

Meridian's Model UN Club traveled to the University of Texas this weekend and competed in the Central Texas Model UN (CTMUN) Conference. 31 students from 8th to 12 grades made the trip and represented our school in wonderful fashion. In addition to being actively involved in around a dozen committees 3 of our students came home with awards: Shraddha Joshi received a Distinguished Delegate award in her committee. 
 
Ryan Trefny received the Best Delegate award in his committee. The biggest award went to Gabriel Odom who received a $1000 scholarship. Gabriel was one of 15 seniors who were in contention for the annual scholarship and we are very proud of him being recognized as the top senior delegate at CTMUN.

 
Congratulations to the students, and thanks to Kaylene Rudd and Chris Fancher for all the time they have put in to make Meridian Model UN the strong program it is!
 
Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents
Sgt. John Rowe's presentation on CyberSafety (What parents need to know) is being revisited this year on November 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. Sgt. Rowe covers information on current sites your child may be visiting (some concerning), how to set parent controls, how to monitor those controls from your phone, uncovering embedded apps, bucking up your child's security settings, inappropriate texting in terms of the law, how to view your child's browser history even if it is set as incognito, and revealing hidden Apps.

If you missed this information last year or simply want to ask questions that have popped up since Sgt. Rowe's first visit, then please attend.

Email Nancy Spence, middle school counselor, with any questions you may have about the upcoming program.
Yearbooks - ON SALE NOW!
Our school yearbook, The World, is now on sale! Order your copy by November 30th to get the lowest price of $45. This $45 does NOT include the name stamp personalization on the front cover; this price includes the yearbook only. Please order package #3 or package #4 if you want your child's name or family name stamped on the front cover. Activity icons (e.g. basketball, volleyball, etc,) can be added to packages #3 and #4 for an additional cost. 
 
In celebration of our MYP Authorization which made us a K-12IB school... this year's yearbook theme is "Continuum." The cover is super cool and we have added some pages this year! 
 
All yearbook package prices increase by $5 on December 1st.
 
Click HERE to order today!
Spirit Wear - ON SALE NOW!

Hoodies, pullovers, caps, tees, and more! 

Order by 11/26 for delivery before the holidays.

Click here to visit the store. 
LAST DAY TO BID!
The talent show is being postponed, but the auction will still end tonight at 10:30. This is another way our teachers go above and beyond to support Meridian is by providing experiences in our annual silent auction.

These are just a few of the many teacher experiences that are available year:
 

Bidding ends at 10:30pm TONIGHT!
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
    • Teacher Talent Show being rescheduled to another date, TBA
    • November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
    • November 26: Deadline to Order Spirit Wear
    • November 28-30; Book Fair in Middle School
    • December 7 (Thursday): Band Concert
    • December 8 (Friday): Orchestra Concert
    • December 14, 15, 18, 19: Semester Exams
    • December 16 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar (NEW DATE!) & Polar Express -
      MORE INFO COMING SOON!
    • December 20-January 7: Winter Break 
    • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition Day
    • January 13 (Saturday): Homecoming Dance
    • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • March 10-18: Spring Break
    • April 3-5: 10th Grade College Trip
    • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
    • April 23-24 or 24-25 (tentative): 10th Grade College Trip (changed from 4/3-5)
    • May 22-25: Semester Exams
 
2018-2019 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Niiname-sai
Niiname-sai is a Japanese national holiday that falls on November 23.  It originated as a festival of the Shinto religion, the traditional religion of Japan.  During Niinamesai, the Japanese imperial family performed rituals giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. According to BBC.com, today Niinamesai is celebrated as a "labor-thanksgiving day" in Japan.
Thanksgiving Day
This year Thanksgiving Day in the United States is Thursday, November 23.

Though in the United States this holiday is often thought of as commemorating the "first" Thanksgiving feast between the Wampanoag Indians and the English "Pilgrim" colonists of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 CE, it did not become a national holiday until almost 250 years later.  New England colonists would frequently declare days of "thanksgiving" after momentous events, such as a military victory or the end of a drought, but those outside of New England, particularly southerners, were slow to adopt the custom.

In 1863, during the Civil War, in an effort to promote unity President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be a day of national thanksgiving. Subsequent presidents proclaimed a holiday every year thereafter, usually on the last Thursday in November.  The holiday became more or less permanently installed on the last Thursday in November with a joint resolution of the US Congress and a proclamation by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942.

Canada also celebrates a Thanksgiving Day.  Similar to in the US, the holiday began with "days of thanksgiving" periodically celebrated after momentous events. It became a national holiday in Canada in 1879, and is now celebrated the second Monday in October.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
November 16, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Dia de Los Muertos Interdisciplinary Projects
Ms. Castillo's Art classes collaborated with Sra. Tobin's Spanish classes to learn about the cultural traditions surrounding Dia de los Muertos. Here are images of the ofrendasset up in the M Building flag hall.
 

Middle & High School Volleyball Teams in State Tournament
 
Last year our Junior Varsity won the state title along with our Varsity team, but this year our conference will not hold a Junior Varsity state tournament.  OurJunior Varsity team is the Regional champion this year.

This year our MS Red and HS Varsity girls volleyball teams will be competing in the state tournament.  They need your support, so I hope you can come out!
 
Details can be found HERE.
 
Teacher Talent Show - Nov. 16
Purchase your Teacher Talent Show tickets before they sell out! Then be sure to get your wristbands in advance so you can avoid the lines:

WRISTBAND PICKUP TIMES (Primary Entrance)

Thurs 11/9 @ 7:30am-9:00am
Thurs 11/9 @ 11:30am-1:00pm
Thurs 11/9 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 11/11 @ 10:00am-11:30am

Tues 11/14 @ 7:30am-9:00am
Tues 11/14 @ 11:30am-1:00pm
Tues 11/14 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 
Silent Auction of Teacher Experiences
Another way our teachers go above and beyond to support Meridian is by providing experiences in our annual silent auction.

These are just a few of the many teacher experiences that are available year:
 

Bidding ends at 10pm on 11/16
 
Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
Fall Picture Retake/Make-Up Day - Next Week on Tues, Nov. 14th
If you are not satisfied with your child's yearbook image that was taken on our Fall Picture Day on Tuesday, October 17th, your child may do a "retake" on Tuesday, November 14th ... IF you do the following:
 
1) Complete and submit THIS GOOGLE FORM by noon on Monday, November 13th.
 
2) If you purchased a picture package, return it to the school office by Monday, Nov. 13th with the word "RETAKE" written on the envelope in large print.
 
3) You may request a retake even if you did NOT purchase a package. Please retake ONLY if the original photo was truly not a good one because the retake IS the photo that will be used in the yearbook.  If you still have it, please send your child's picture proof back to the office with the word "RETAKE" written on the envelope in large print.
 
You do NOT need to complete the above GOOGLE FORM if your child was absent or not yet enrolled when pictures were taken on October 17th; we will automatically pull your student to be photographed. 
 
Questions? Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org. Thank you!
 
Graduation 2018
Attention parents of the class of 2018! Our 2018 Commencement ceremonies will be held at the Alma Thomas Theater at Southwestern University on Saturday, May 26 at 2 PM. We want to make sure that tickets are distributed to those who need them in a timely manner, and so the deadline for the reservation of tickets is November 15.

Please see this Graduation Message for information on Graduation tickets and how to reserve them.
Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents
Sgt. John Rowe's presentation on CyberSafety (What parents need to know) is being revisited this year on November 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. Sgt. Rowe covers information on current sites your child may be visiting (some concerning), how to set parent controls, how to monitor those controls from your phone, uncovering embedded apps, bucking up your child's security settings, inappropriate texting in terms of the law, how to view your child's browser history even if it is set as incognito, and revealing hidden Apps.

If you missed this information last year or simply want to ask questions that have popped up since Sgt. Rowe's first visit, then please attend.

Email Nancy Spence, middle school counselor, with any questions you may have about the upcoming program.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
    • November 9 (Thursday):  Board Meeting
    • November 11 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar Craft Day - POSTPONED! NEW DATE TBD!
    • November 14 (Tuesday):  Fall Picture Retakes K-12
    • November 14 (Tuesday):  Chicken Coop Design Presentation 6:00pm
    • November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
    • December 7 (Thursday): Band Concert
    • December 8 (Friday): Orchestra Concert
    • December 14, 15, 18, 19: Semester Exams
    • December 16 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar (NEW DATE!) & Polar Express -
      MORE INFO COMING SOON!
    • December 20-January 7: Winter Break 
    • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition Day
    • January 13 (Saturday): Homecoming Dance
    • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • March 10-18: Spring Break
    • April 3-5: 10th Grade College Trip
    • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
    • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
    • April 23-24 or 24-25 (tentative): 10th Grade College Trip (changed from 4/3-5)
    • May 22-25: Semester Exams
 
2018-2019 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Veterans Day
Fighting in World War I ended with an armistice signed at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918. Since then, November 11 has been celebrated as "Armistice Day" in many countries that fought in the "War to End All Wars." This hopeful title proved to ring hollow, as fighting began again in the 1930s, culminating in World War II.   According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, in 1954 as the United States was fighting the Korean War, the US Congress changed Armistice Day to "Veterans Day," making it a day to honor US veterans of all wars.  In contrast with Memorial Day (last Monday in May), which is primarily intended to commemorate those who have given their lives in war, Veteran's Day's main purpose is to thank living veterans for their service.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
November 8, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Interesting Elements
In Ms. Kieke's 6th grade Science class, students created a giant periodic table. Each student researched important and interesting facts about an assigned element, then created a square on the periodic table complete with an image illustrating the element (capturing its "spirit") and creating a motto for the element.  The table is now gracing the wall of our library!
 
Email Attendance for Transportation Changes
There is a "transportation@mwschool.org" email address, but this is just for primary parents to email changes to their regular end of day pickup plans. Any secondary parents with changes to their end of day pickup plans, such as an early pickup, should email:
 
attendance-hs@mwschool.org (for high school)
or
attendance-ms@mwschool.org (for middle school)
No Saturday Opportunity School This Weekend
Due to the International Festival, there will be no Saturday Opportunity School (SOS) this Saturday, November 4. SOS is an opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12 to come to school, get work done, and get extra help on their work.  It takes place almost every Saturday, from 9:00am-12:00pm in the high school building. SOS will resume next Saturday, November 11.
 
First Annual International Festival (11/4)
Come this Saturday to Meridian School's first annual International Festival!  

We are kicking it off tomorrow at the end of the school day, with a parade of flags representing the diversity of the United States and Meridian School (the parade will be led by the Statue of Liberty, bearing the United States flag--"Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free..."
The International Festival will begin at 10:00am on November 4, and lasts until 3:00pm. From 10:00-1:00 there will be performances in the M Building gym by primary students singing international songs.  Then at 1:30 secondary students will put on an International Talent Show. Meanwhile there will be booths with a variety of international activities outside, including:
  • Holi - Festival of Colors (wear a white or light colored shirt to participate)
  • Henna Art by the famous Ms. Soni
  • Petanque
  • Soccer
  • Pinata
  • Cake Walk
  • Temporary Hair Color & Tattoos
  • and more!
 
Come Saturday and see what is going on!
 
 
Election Day November 7
 
November 7 is set aside in US law for the election of public officials. This Tuesday, November 7, there are several Texas constitutional amendments on the ballot (see VoteTexas.gov). See www.wilco.org/Elections for information on polling locations.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
 

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"Neck-up" Costumes for Halloween
Halloween is in less than a week (Tuesday, October 31). Four years ago, Meridian secondary students began the tradition of celebrating Halloween "from the neck up." This means that on Tuesday, October 31, students must wear their regular uniform, but may dress up in a costume "from the neck up." They should not wear dress that interferes with or conceals any part of their uniform (so no capes, no gloves, etc.). They also should not conceal their identity, so no masks that conceal any part of the face other than the eyes (a Lone Ranger or costume ball style eye mask is acceptable).
 
Students may wear crazy hair, a costume hat or wig, costume ears, costume makeup, etc., so long as the costume is only "from the neck up" and a student's identity is evident.
 
Our seniors get an additional privilege--they may dress in a full costume on Tuesday, as may their teachers.  
Revision to A & B Day Calendar
The 2017-2018 A & B Day school calendar has been revised. For the most part, the revisions are minor, except for in May, when many days have been flipped from A to B or vice-versa.  

See here for the revised 2017-2018 AB Calendar.
 
Days marked "A" follow the 1st-4th period "A-Day" schedule, and days marked "B" follow the 5th-8th period "B-Day" schedule. Days marked "AB" have all eight class periods, for 45 minutes each. For example, the last day prior to semester exams is an AB day, one final opportunity for all eight classes to review for exams. Days marked "SL" are "Service Learning" days. Regular classes do not meet on these days, and instead students have alternate activities surrounding service learning or other aspects of IB, such as MYP Personal Project or DP Extended Essay or CAS.
Meridian Night at Pei Wei (10/27)
Come and enjoy great food at Pei Wei on Friday, October 27, from 5-9 pm! Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to support Meridian's newly founded Interact Club, which is a branch of Rotary, International. Flyers will be handed out in Advisory this Friday, October 27th. Just bring the flyer with you to Pei Wei and say that you are with Meridian...and you will be helping our newest service organization get off the ground!
 
Secondary Principal's Coffee (11/6)
Monday, November 6, the second Secondary Principals Coffee will be held from 9-10am. This is an opportunity for us to sit and have coffee and tea while discussing any questions that you would like for me or other members of Meridian faculty and staff to address. Doors will open at 8:30, giving parents an opportunity to visit prior to the start of the coffee.
 
This will be the second of five coffees scheduled this year.  Dates on the others can be found in Upcoming Dates below.

World Parade (11/3)
Our first annual World Parade will take place on Friday 11/3 at 1:40pm. Students are invited to participate in the all-school parade by dressing in clothing representing one of THESE 70 countries/territories. Students not dressed in special attire will observe as spectators.

Students should wear their clothes to school and keep them on for the day...or bring accessories to quickly put on and off. 

For planning purposes, we ask that you sign up your students in advance HERE.

Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
International Fest & Secondary Talent Show (11/4)
Meridian's International Festival will replace our annual Fall Fest. Rather than celebrating just Thanksgiving, we will celebrate all cultures with a variety of international performances, activities, and food!
 
All students and their families are invited on Saturday, November 4th from 10am-3pm. The International Talent Show will take place at 1:30pm in the Mays Gym.
Families will set up booths for students to "visit" countries and learn about different cultures. Students who fill up their passport may wear spirit wear on Mon. 11/6!

Volunteers are needed to make these events happen! Please sign up HERE.
 
Questions? Contact vipleaders@mwschool.org
Revisions to After School Study Hall Procedures
Please note the revisions to after school study hall procedures first announced in last week's Lions Share. If your child attends After School Study Hall, even occasionally, please read the After School Study Hall Agreement, and print the signature page and return it to Lisa Powers with your and your child's signature the next time they attend After School Study Hall. Please note that there have been several changes to the procedure since last year. Also, in order to better ensure student accountability and safety, a new change is that all parents must complete the After School Study Hall Student Registration Google form in order to register their child for After School Study Hall and list those with permission to pick them up.

Some highlights of changes include:
  • In order to attend After School Study Hall, students must be registered on the After School Study Hall Student Registration Google form.
  • After School Study Hall's end time has been extended to 5:45pm. A late pick up fee of $1 a minute will be assessed after 5:45, and students with a pattern of late pickup may lose the After School Study Hall privilege.
  • Unless a student drives themselves home, parents must enter the cafeteria to sign their child out of After School Study Hall.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Powers (l.powers@mwschool.org), or principalsecondary@mwschool.org.
3406/Old Settlers Bridge Closed Eastbound (10/27 to summer)
As of Friday, October 27 the 3406/ Old Settlers bridge will be closed to all eastbound traffic. This situation is expected to last for the remainder of the school year.

Those living on the east side of IH-35 or south of the school should not be impacted. Those coming from the north or west will need to take another route to school, such as going down to 79, making a u-turn, and driving up the northbound access road to school.
Read more HERE.
Anonymously Reporting Bullying
Meridian School has opted to utilize Anonymous Alerts® to support the passing of SB 179, otherwise known as David's Law. Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying and cyber-bullying to school officials across each of our school campuses. The Anonymous Alerts® link is found on our webpage under "Parents"or by clicking HERE.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)  
The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test that is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense, and is offered at high schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide.
 
Any student who is serious about joining the military should take this test to get an Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score that determines whether they are qualified to enlist in the U.S. military, as well as determining qualification for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses.  
 
This test is free, and will be offered to students in grades 10-12 at Meridian on a school day in the spring semester.  If your student is interested in this test, they need to sign up in the Secondary Office by Tuesday, October 31, to be on the list for the spring test date. 
Chicken Coop Design Presentation
Meridian School will be building a couple of chicken coops! On November 14Tuesday night, the 8th grade design students will be presenting their Chicken Coop Designs to the public. All 8th grade parents and those interested in the chicken coops that Meridian will be getting are invited to attend this presentation. The event runs from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will be held in the M-Building Cafeteria. 8th Grade students who do not go home are expected to go to after school study hall and to have something to work on from 4 to 5:30. Students who go home are asked to arrive at school no later than 5:30 for preparations for their presentations. 

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play, 110 Stories, 6:00pm
  • October 27 (Friday): Meridian Night at Pei Wei 5-9pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • October 30 (Monday): Spirit Night at PizzaRev 11am-10pm
  • November 3 (Friday): World Parade
  • November 3 (Friday): Dress Rehearsal for Talent Show 6pm
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival 10am-3pm
  • November 4 (Saturday): International Talent Show 1:30pm
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • November 6 (Monday): 9th Grade Play, Game of Tiaras
  • November 9 (Thursday):  Board Meeting
  • November 11 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar Craft Day
  • November 14 (Tuesday):  Fall Picture Retakes K-12
  • November 14 (Tuesday):  Chicken Coop Design Presentation 6:00pm
  • November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29 (Wednesday):  Holiday Bazaar
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Reformation Day
October 31 commemorates the date in 1517 AD when Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" on the church door in the city of Wittenberg (in present-day Saxony-Anhalt, Germany), the event that is seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
 
Halloween and All Saints / Souls Day
Halloween is commonly seen as having its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, occurring at the end of October.  Samhain was a celebration of the end of the harvest season, but the Celts also believed that during Samhain the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead were blurred. According to History.com, the ancient Romans, who conquered Celtic lands, also had a festival at the end of October commemorating the dead.

After the fall of the western Roman Empire, Pope Boniface dedicated the Pantheon (a temple in Rome that originally had honored all Roman gods) as a Christian church in honor of martyrs who had died for their Christian faith. The Roman Catholic Church later declared November 1 to be a day to honor martyrs (this came to be known as "All Saints Day," or "All Hallows Day") and November 2 a day to honor the dead ("All Souls Day").  This is the day that is celebrated as "Dia de los Muertos," or "Day of the Dead" in Mexico and in many parts of the United States.

The evening prior to "All Hallows Day" came to be known in England as "All Hallows Eve", shortened to "Hallow'een." Halloween was not much celebrated in the early US, in part due to strong Puritan beliefs against it. It grew as a holiday as more immigrants came to the US in the 19th century, particularly from Ireland. The custom of children "trick or treating" in costume, however, appears to be a purely American invention.  Halloweenhistory.org states that the first print references to the practice can be found in the 1930s.
 
Native American Heritage Month
November is national Native American Heritage Month, a time for recognizing the history of American Indians and their contributions to the United States.

 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
October 25, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
STUDENT
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
 
 
 
Click HERE for more info!
 
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Revisions to Study Hall Procedures
This week we were pleased to welcome Lisa Powers to the Meridian School faculty. In addition to managing the Content Mastery room during the school day, Ms. Powers is in charge of After School Study Hall.  If your child attends After School Study Hall, even occasionally, please read the After School Study Hall Agreement, and print the signature page and return it to Lisa Powers with your and your child's signature the next time they attend After School Study Hall. Please note that there have been several changes to the procedure since last year. Also, in order to better ensure student accountability and safety, a new change is that all parents must complete the After School Study Hall Student Registration Google form in order to register their child for After School Study Hall and list those with permission to pick them up.

Some highlights of changes include:
  • In order to attend After School Study Hall, students must be registered on the After School Study Hall Student Registration Google form.
  • After School Study Hall's end time has been extended to 5:45pm. A late pick up fee of $1 a minute will be assessed after 5:45, and students with a pattern of late pickup may lose the After School Study Hall privilege.
  • Unless a student drives themselves home, parents must enter the cafeteria to sign their child out of After School Study Hall.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Powers (l.powers@mwschool.org), or principalsecondary@mwschool.org.
3406/Old Settlers Bridge Closed Eastbound
As you have likely noticed, construction on the 3406 / Old Settlers bridge over IH-35 has been progressing. Up to this point they have been working on a u-turn bridge, but are now ready to begin work on the main bridge. This means that as of Friday, October 27 the bridge will be closedto all eastbound traffic. This situation is expected to last for the remainder of the school year.

Those living on the east side of IH-35 or south of the school should not be impacted. Those coming from the north or west will need to take another route to school, such as going down to 79, making a u-turn, and driving up the northbound access road to school.

Of course, this complicates our lives--but we can look forward to great improvements on the bridge in eight to ten months!
 
Read more HERE.
Anonymously Reporting Bullying
Meridian School has opted to utilize Anonymous Alerts® to support the passing of SB 179, otherwise known as David's Law. Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying and cyber-bullying to school officials across each of our school campuses. The Anonymous Alerts® link is found on our webpage under "Parents"or by clicking HERE.
Cross Country Team Advances to State
Good luck to our 20 cross country runners who are advancing to the State Meet this Saturday at the Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley:

Varsity Boys
Francisco Cabriales
Caden Jones
Nathan Leightenheimer
Weston Orsborn
John Parks
Juan Torres
Kiernan Work

Varsity Girls
Victoria Ayala
Kiana Chance
Bella Juarez
Arifah Momin
Emma Rubenstein

Middle School Boys
Dylan Becker
Will Countiss
Nicholas Crovello
Devin Kress
Jake Parsons
Grayson Roberts
Hudson Skross

Middle School Girl
Kylee Krupnick

Roar, Lions, ROAR!
National Merit Commended Scholars
Each year, over 1.6 million juniors take the PSAT National Merit Qualifying Test. These students before you scored in the top 3% of these students when taking the PSAT last year, earning them the distinction of National Merit Commended Scholars. Meridian is proud to congratulate five seniors who have earned this distinction: Dinesh Balakrishnan, Ellie Dieringer, Alec Haulotte, Anna Jackson, and Lauren Mack.

Our sophomores and juniors will be taking the 2017 PSAT on October 25.  Good luck to all of them, and good luck to the juniors in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship qualifying!
 
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)  
The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test that is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense, and is offered at high schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide.
 
Any student who is serious about joining the military should take this test to get an Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score that determines whether they are qualified to enlist in the U.S. military, as well as determining qualification for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses.  
 
This test is free, and will be offered to students in grades 10-12 at Meridian on a school day in the spring semester.  If your student is interested in this test, they need to sign up in the Secondary Office by Tuesday, October 31, to be on the list for the spring test date. 
Chicken Coop Design Presentation
Meridian School will be building a couple of chicken coops! On November 14Tuesday night, the 8th grade design students will be presenting their Chicken Coop Designs to the public. All 8th grade parents and those interested in the chicken coops that Meridian will be getting are invited to attend this presentation. The event runs from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and will be held in the M-Building Cafeteria. 8th Grade students who do not go home are expected to go to after school study hall and to have something to work on from 4 to 5:30. Students who go home are asked to arrive at school no later than 5:30 for preparations for their presentations. 

Hearing / Vision Screenings for 7th Grade (10/23 & 24)
Middle School Nurse Patricia Crawley will be conducting state mandated seventh grade hearing/vision screenings on Monday and Tuesday, October 23rd and October 24th during 7th grade English Language Arts class.

If your 7th grader has a vision prescription, please help them to be prepared by reminding them to bring or wear their most recent pair of glasses or contact lenses on their screening day.   
Heifer Ranch Trip
Next week over 100 8th graders will be accompanied by 20 faculty members on the Heifer Ranch class trip to Arkansas. This excellent experiential learning activity focuses upon the scarcity of global resources, sustainable development, empathy for the challenges many face, and collaboration.  Plus it is a lot of fun! 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play, 110 Stories, 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 3 (Friday): World Parade
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • November 6 (Monday): 9th Grade Play, Game of Tiaras
  • November 9 (Thursday):  Board Meeting
  • November 11 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar Craft Day
  • November 14 (Tuesday):  Fall Picture Retakes K-12
  • November 14 (Tuesday):  Chicken Coop Design Presentation 6:00pm
  • November 29 (Wednesday):  Holiday Bazaar
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Diwali
Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is commemorated on Thursday, October 19 (2017). This festival can be up to five days in length and is recognized by many Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, and as noted on CNN.com is one of the most important Hindu celebrations in India. The festival celebrates the legend of the return of the Hindu god Rama to his kingdom after a long exile.  Lamps are placed in houses to light his return, houses are thoroughly cleaned, and brightly colored geometric designs known as rangolis are drawn at the entrances to houses and businesses.  It is commonly believed that the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, will visit locations that are cleaned, beautifully decorated, and lit.
 
Twin Baha'i Holy Birthdays
Two central holy figures of the Baha'i faith, the Bab ("Herald of the Baha'i faith) and Baha'u'llah ("Glory of God", foretold by the Bab) have their birthdays commemorated by followers of Baha'i worldwide on October 20 and October 21 (2017), respectively. According to Bahai.org, "In the middle of the 19th century, [the Bab] announced that he was the bearer of a message destined to transform humanity's spiritual life. His mission was to prepare the way for the coming of a second Messenger from God, greater than himself, who would usher in an age of peace and justice."  Baha'u'llah "is the Promised One foretold by the Báb and all of the Divine Messengers of the past.Bahá'u'lláh delivered a new Revelation from God to humanity."

The Bab and Baha'u'llah are believed by followers of Baha'i to be "twin Manifestations of God." In Baha'i belief, Manifestations of God, such as Moses, Abraham, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Krishna, and Buddha emerge in various periods of history to found the world's great religious systems. There are several million followers of the Baha'i faith worldwide, with the greatest concentration being in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

These two birthdays are among nine holy days of the Baha'i calendar when adherents to Baha'i do no labor.
 
United Nations Day
October 24 has been recognized since 1948 by the United Nations Organization as United Nations Day, commemorating the day in 1945 when the United Nations charter went into effect. Since 1971, the UN has recommended that all UN member states commemorate United Nations Day as a public holiday.  It is not a public holiday in the United States, but each year United Nations Day is traditionally recognized through a presidential proclamation calling for the observation of United Nations Day "through appropriate ceremonies and activities" (in the words of the 2013 proclamation by President Obama).
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
October 19, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Smile for the Camera! Fall Picture Day is Tuesday, October 17th
All students in grades 6 through 11 will take school pictures on Tuesday, October 17th(Tuesday immediately after Fall Break). These are the head and shoulder shots that are used in the Meridian yearbook; please wear regular school uniform.  Paper order forms were given to students on Monday, October 2nd. Parents may order online at  mylifetouch.com using Picture Day ID: JD157070Y0 (0 = zero, not the letter o). Seniors will not take photos on Oct 17th; they will take photos in November. Questions? Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org.  
Parent Book Group: Brainstorm by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Our next meeting will take place on October 18th at 9:00 a.m in our middle school teacher's lounge (2nd Floor).  To enhance our discussion, Julie Reardon, M.D. will join our group to share some of her experiences working with families on her LIVE IT approach (Learn, Integrate, Vitalize, Exercise, Imagine, Think) as we continue to explore Dan Siegel's studies on brain health. The platform for our conversations will be based the following book group questions on the link: Brainstorm questions.  This book group is open to all Meridian parents who have an interest in the topics discussed.  If you would like to be receive a monthly reminder email, then please contact Nancy Spence, middle school counselor.
Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip Deadline Passed
Though the deadline to sign up for the Heifer Ranch 8th grade trip was October 2, we are still accepting forms. We want all 8th graders to be able to participate in this unique experience. The trip will be the week of October 23 through 27, and regardless of whether students are in the first cohort (October 23-25) or second (October 25-27), school activities will center around Heifer all week. Attendance of the trip is vital part of these activities.

A preliminary list of students in each cohort was posted in the Middle School this week. Please note that, if all students expected do not attend the trip, it may be necessary to rebalance the cohorts.
 
 
Purchase spirit wear supporting this year's class trip HERE

MYP Parent Meeting: ManageBac (10/17)
Want to know all the mysteries and uses of the ManageBac parent portal? Mark your calendars for the first Meridian ManageBac Parent Session! We will offer a parental training/information session on October 17th from 6-7pm in the M Building cafeteria. You will need to have already signed up and logged in successfully to your ManageBac account, and will need to bring a fully charged device with you to log in/explore. There will be a guest wifi password emailed out prior to the start of the session.

This meeting is targeted towards parents of Middle Years Program (grade 6-10) students, but as DP students use ManageBac as well, all parents grades 6-12 are welcome.
 
Please RSVP HERE to reserve a seat.
Freshman Conferences with Counselor
Freshman parents: every 9th grade student will have a 1:1 conference with High School Counselor Carrie Proctor this fall to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses and four year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and should use the Sign Up Genius link to select a time slot that corresponds with their child's PE, Study Hall, Computer Science or Design class time. Please arrive on time for your appointment as each one is scheduled for 20 minutes. Fall conferences will begin on September 18th and run through October 27th.

Spirit Wear - Last chance to order!


Click HERE to purchase the 
latest spirit wear t-shirt!




 
 
 
Click HERE to purchase
cold-weather spirit wear!!
 
 
 
 
 
Deadline to order is October 6!
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • October 9-13: No School--October Break
  • October 17 (Tuesday): Student School Pictures
  • October 17 (Tuesday): MYP Parent Info Meeting/Managebac 6:00pm
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play, 110 Stories, 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Sukkot
Sukkot begins the evening of Wednesday, October 4, and ends the evening of Wednesday, October 11 (2017). Known as the "festival of the booths," Sukkot is a harvest festival that also commemorates the period when, according to Jewish sacred writings, their people wandered in the wilderness for 40 days after fleeing Egypt. Booths known as sukkah are constructed to represent the shelters used in the wilderness, and foods eaten are ones traditionally associated with the autumn harvest.
 
Columbus Day
The second Monday of October, this year October 9, is Columbus Day. The first national commemoration of Columbus Day was declared by President Benjamin Harrison in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage. Commemorations of Columbus soon came to be championed by Italian-Americans, who, like many immigrant groups in the United States, faced discrimination. They rallied around Columbus Day commemorations and parades as a time to showcase the positive contributions of Italians. The first state to officially observe Columbus day was Colorado, in 1906, and it became a federal holiday in 1934. The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization of American Catholics, proved to be central in the creation of the holiday.

NPR.org notes that, since the 1970s, both scholars and the American public have taken a more critical look at Columbus, with a particular focus upon his treatment of Native Americans he encountered. Three states with significant Native American populations, Hawaii, Alaska, and South Dakota, do not observe the day at all. South Dakota celebrates "Native American Day," Hawaii "Discoverers Day," and Alaska has a separate "Alaska Day" on October 18.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
October 4, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Dropping Off of Forgotten Items
An increasing number of forgotten items are being dropped off at the school by parents. Please be aware that, in order to avoid excessive interruptions of instruction, the following procedure will be followed if a student forgets an item and the parent later brings it to school:
  • Items will not be delivered to class.  The student will need to pick them up from the school office.
  • At the end of the class immediately prior to lunch, students will be notified that they have an item to pick up.
Remember that students are not permitted to use cell phones during school hours. They should not be texting or calling home to say they have forgotten something, nor should they be reading a text from home notifying that something is being dropped off for them.

We appreciate your understanding.
Car Tags
Please remember when in afternoon pickup to display your car tag throughout the entire time you are in carline. This helps us get your children to your car quickly and keep the line flowing, reducing the wait for everyone. Cars without car tags may be asked to park.
Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip Deadline October 2
The deadline to sign up for the Heifer Ranch 8th grade trip is October 2. All forms, including copy of medical insurance card, are due October 2. We want all 8th graders to be able to participate in this unique experience. The trip will be the week of October 23 through 27, and regardless of whether students are in the first cohort (October 23-25) or second (October 25-27), school activities will center around Heifer all week. Attendance of the trip is vital part of these activities.
 
A preliminary list of students in each cohort was posted in the Middle School this week. Please note that, if all students expected do not attend the trip, it may be necessary to rebalance the cohorts.
 
 
Purchase spirit wear supporting this year's class trip HERE

CAS Meetings: Juniors - Class of 2019
All 11th grade students should make plans to stay after school on Wednesday, October 4th for their initial meeting with their CAS Advisor. These meetings will be held between 2:15 - 3:15pm. CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service) is one of the core requirements of the IB Diploma Program and is required of all Meridian students in the 11th and 12th grade. If you have questions, or if your student has a schedule conflict on October 4th, please email CAS Coordinator, Pam Trefny, at p.trefny@mwschool.org
 
MYP Parent Meeting: ManageBac (10/17)
Want to know all the mysteries and uses of the ManageBac parent portal? Mark your calendars for the first Meridian ManageBac Parent Session! We will offer a parental training/information session on October 17th from 6-7pm in the M Building cafeteria. You will need to have already signed up and logged in successfully to your ManageBac account, and will need to bring a fully charged device with you to log in/explore. There will be a guest wifi password emailed out prior to the start of the session.

This meeting is targeted towards parents of Middle Years Program (grade 6-10) students, but as DP students use ManageBac as well, all parents grades 6-12 are welcome. A signup will be in next week's Lions Share.
Flu Policy & Prevention
FEVER POLICY:  Student must be fever free and vomit free for 24 hours after a temperature greater than 100.0F degrees without fever reducing medication.

If your student has a fever, and they have a test or project  that day, please do not send them to school with the plan of picking them up after the test. They are contagious! Keep them home, and arrangements will be made for make ups.

Tips for Avoiding Spread of Flu:
  • If you plan on getting a flu shot,  the sooner the better.
  • Remember to wash your hands well several times per day, and remind your children.
  • Remind your family to cough into their elbows, not their hands; wash hands often and discard  tissues as soon as they are used.
Even one contagious person can infect  many others.  Thank you for working together with us so that we can stay as healthy as possible!
Freshman Conferences with Counselor
Freshman parents: every 9th grade student will have a 1:1 conference with High School Counselor Carrie Proctor this fall to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses and four year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and should use the Sign Up Genius link to select a time slot that corresponds with their child's PE, Study Hall, Computer Science or Design class time. Please arrive on time for your appointment as each one is scheduled for 20 minutes. Fall conferences will begin on September 18th and run through October 27th.

Spirit Wear - ON SALE NOW!


Click HERE to purchase the 
latest spirit wear t-shirt!




 
 
 
Click HERE to purchase
cold-weather spirit wear!!
 
 
 
 
 
Deadline to order is October 6!
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • September 30 (Saturday): Meridian Chess Tournament for grades 6-12
  • October 9-13: No School--October Break
  • October 17 (Tuesday): Student School Pictures
  • October 17 (Tuesday): MYP Parent Info Meeting/Managebac 6:00pm
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
2017-2018 School Year
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Yom Kippur
As noted in the Lions Share last week, the highest holy days in the Jewish faith are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day in the month of Tishrei of the ancient Hebrew calendar, which this year begins sundown on Sunday, September 29, and continues until sundown Monday, September 30 (2017).

Yom Kippur is the "Day of Atonement," marking the end of the "Ten Days of Awe" that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Huffington Post notes that "during the Days of Awe, Jews seeks forgiveness from friends, family and co-workers, a process that begins with Tashlich, the symbolic casting off of sins that is traditionally observed on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah by throwing bread into a body of water. On Yom Kippur, Jews attempt to mend their relationships with God. This is done, in part, by reciting the Vidui, a public confession of sins. The holiday has the most extensive prayer schedule of the Hebrew calendar and arduous abstinence from food, drink, sexual intimacy and animal-based clothing, such as leather."
 
Ashura (Shi'a Muslim)
There are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, and 2 billion Christians (together about 55% of the world population). Like Christianity, the faith of Islam has many different sects. The two largest of these sects are Sunni and Shi'a. The roots of this division can be traced back to the leadership of the Muslim faithful following the death of Muhammad. After Muhammad died 632 CE, a caliph was chosen to be the head of state of Islam. The third caliph was killed thirty years later, and those who came to be known as the "Shi'a" sect of Islam (often called "Shiite" in English) maintained that the only legitimate successor was Muhammad's closest living male relative. A Muslim civil war broke out over the succession. Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, was killed at the Battle of Karbala.  This event is mourned by the Shi'a faithful as the Day of Ashura.

This year the observance of Ashura begins at sundown on September 29, and the day of Ashura is September 30 (2017). According to the Islamic Centre website, Ashura is a day of prayer, religious study and observance, good deeds, and finally to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
September 29, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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8th Grade Parents: STAAR and SSI
8th grade students who do not reach the passing "approaches" standard on the Reading STAAR (taken on April 11, 2018) may not be promoted to 9th grade without taking additional tutorials and retaking the Reading STAAR test in May. This is known as the Student Success Initiative (SSI). A state-required brochure on SSI is being sent home with 8th grade students.

Please note that most Meridian students take the 8th grade Mathematics (Pre-Algebra) test in 7th grade. As this test is taken a year early, reaching the "approaches" standard is not required for promotion to 8th grade. Most Meridian 8th grade students take the Algebra 1 STAAR End of Course exam. Reaching the "approaches" standard is not required for promotion to 9th grade, but is required to graduate from high school. Through their 9th through 12th grade years, students are given multiple opportunities to reach standard on STAAR EOC tests so that they do not interfere with their graduation.
Excused & Unexcused Absences
Please email the school whenever your child is ill and cannot attend school, and also in advance of pre-planned absences. If possible, email well in advance of pre-planned absences in order to determine if the absence will be excused. Late penalties will be applied to grades on assignments due on days of unexcused absences.

More details on Meridian Secondary School policy on absences can be found in Meridian Policy on Excused and Unexcused Absences on the school website, under "Academics"--> "Secondary"--> "General Info."

Email for Middle School (6th-8th grades) Attendance-MS@mwschool.org
Email for High School (9th-12th grades) Attendance-HS@mwschool.org
Flu Policy & Prevention
FEVER POLICY:  Student must be fever free and vomit free for 24 hours after a temperature greater than 100.0F degrees without fever reducing medication.

If your student has a fever, and they have a test or project  that day, please do not send them to school with the plan of picking them up after the test. They are contagious! Keep them home, and arrangements will be made for make ups.

Tips for Avoiding Spread of Flu:
  • If you plan on getting a flu shot,  the sooner the better.
  • Remember to wash your hands well several times per day, and remind your children.
  • Remind your family to cough into their elbows, not their hands; wash hands often and discard  tissues as soon as they are used.
Even one contagious person can infect  many others.  Thank you for working together with us so that we can stay as healthy as possible!
IB Exam Schedule for the Class of 2018
Our seniors will have a busy May. After exams, however, they can look forward to Senior Week the last week of school!

Weds, May 2 PM
IB Exam - Math SL/Math Studies SL Paper 1
Thursday, May 3 AM
IB Exam - Math SL/Math Studies SL Paper 2
Friday, May 4
NO IB Exams Today
Monday, May 7 PM
IB Exam - Eng Lit Paper 1
TuesdayMay 8 AM
IB Exam - Eng Lit Paper 2
TuesdayMay 8 PM
IB Exam - History Paper 1 and 2
Weds, May 9 AM
IB Exam - History Paper 3
Thursday, May 10 PM
IB Exam - Physics Paper 1 and 2
Friday, May 11 AM
IB Exam - Physics Paper 3
MondayMay 14 PM
IB Exam - Biology Paper 1 and 2
TuesdayMay 15 AM
IB Exam - Biology Paper 3
TuesdayMay 15 PM
IB Exam - Spanish/Spanish ab initio Paper 1
Wednesday, May 16 AM
IB Exam - Spanish/Spanish ab initio Paper 2
Wednesday, May 16 PM
IB Exam - Chemistry Paper 1 and 2
Thursday, May 17 AM
IB Exam - Chem Paper 3
Thursday, May 17 PM
IB Exam - French/French ab initio Paper 1
Friday, May 18 AM
IB Exam - French/French ab initio Paper 2
College Fairs and Visit Opportunities
Many opportunities are coming soon, including:
  • U.S. Service Academy Information Day
  • International College and University Fair
  • RRISD College Fair
  • Leander ISD College Fair
Plus individual school information sessions from Johns Hopkins, Emory, Hendrix, Rhodes, Boston University, Columbia, UCLA, Williams, Notre Dame, Tulane and Duke.

Please visit "College Fairs and Visit Opportunities" under "Academics"--> "Counselor"--> "Secondary Counseling" on the Meridian website for details on these events.

Senior Conferences with Counselor-FINAL OPPORTUNITY
Senior parents: take advantage of your final opportunity to meet with Kathy Gregg and your senior child regarding graduation requirements, post-secondary planning, financial aid and the college application process. Conferences will end September 29. Please consult with your student to select a time that is convenient for their class schedule and then sign up online at: Senior Conference Signup
Freshman Conferences with Counselor
Freshman parents: every 9th grade student will have a 1:1 conference with High School Counselor Carrie Proctor this fall to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses and four year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and should use the Sign Up Genius link to select a time slot that corresponds with their child's PE, Study Hall, Computer Science or Design class time. Please arrive on time for your appointment as each one is scheduled for 20 minutes. Fall conferences will begin on September 18th and run through October 27th.

Yard Spirit Signs - LAST CHANCE!
Show your team and school spirit by displaying your personalized spirit sign in your own yard. For more information, to see all the yard sign options, and to order yours, please see Yard Sign Options & Ordering.

Hurry, the deadline to order is TOMORROW, September 21st.

For questions, please contact Nicci Bassett at nicci118@yahoo.com.
Fundraising Meeting for Parents of 10th (Class of 2020) and 11th (Class of 2019) Graders
If you would like for your student to start raising money the for the IB exams and/or for the Senior Class Trip, please join us for a brief meeting about RS3 Concession fundraising opportunities on Monday, September 25th @ 6:00pm in the Old Secondary Cafeteria (High School Building).Even if you are not sure if your student will participate in the senior trip, he/she can begin raising money for their IB exams which cost approximately $900 total.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • September 25 (Monday):  RS3 Parent/Student Meeting 6:00pm
  • September 27 (Wednesday): College shirt & jeans day (last Wednesday of month)
  • September 30 (Saturday): Meridian Chess Tournament for grades 6-12
  • October 9-13: No School--October Break
  • October 17 (Tuesday): Student School Pictures
  • October 17 (Tuesday): MYP Parent Info Meeting/Managebac 6:00pm
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
Islamic New Year
The new year on the Islamic calendar begins the evening of Wednesday, September 20 this year (2017). This event, known as Al-Hijra or Muharram (Muharram being the first month in the Islamic calendar), marks the date of Muhammad's departure from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE, known as the Hijra and marking year 1 on the Islamic calendar. According to the "Religions" page of the BBC website, unlike important Muslim holy days such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Al-Hijra is a low-key day with no required religious observances. Many Muslims view the date as a time to reflect upon the Hijra and the coming year.
 
Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Wednesday, September 20 and continues until the evening of Friday, September 22 (2017). Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (which begins September 29) are the two Jewish High Holy Days, the most important days on the Jewish religious calendar.  Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish new year, and observant Jews celebrate it by attending synagogue and hearing the blowing of the shofar, a long ram's horn. It is also frequently celebrated with blessings of others and the eating of apples dipped in honey to symbolize the wish for a sweet year.
 
Sharad Navaratri 
The Hindu festival of Sharad Navaratri is celebrated from September 21 through 29 this year (2017). There are various "Navaratri" festivals celebrated at different times of the year in India, but, according to the Navaratri Days website, the Sharad Navaratri festival is the most popular. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, worshipping a universal mother goddess referred to by different names in different regions of India, such as Durga, Devi or Shakti.  Sharad Navaratri marks the start of fall.
Autumnal Equinox
Friday, September 22 is the Autumnal Equinox, the mid-point between the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) and the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year). As such, it is one of two days in the year when the length of day and night are roughly equal, the other day being Vernal (Spring) Equinox. Autumn Equinox is also considered to be the first day of Fall.

It's worth remembering, however, that all of this is only the case in the northern hemisphere.  South of the equator, September 22 is Spring Equinox!
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
September 20, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Progress Reports This Week
This is the fourth week of the first quarter grading period.  At the end of the fourth week of each grading period, progress reports are sent home with every student.  Your child should have brought one home yesterday.  After you have reviewed it, please sign the progress report.  Students need to return their signed progress reports to their 4th period advisory teacher by this Friday (9/15).

Progress reports only reflect the current average in each class.  For more detail, please check on txConnect.  If you have questions, please email the teacher of the class you are wondering about.
 
Friday IB Continuum Celebration
In Spring 2017 we received word that Meridian School was officially authorized as an IB World School for the Middle Years Program. This means that Meridian is now one of the few "IB continuum" schools, that is, schools that offer the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma programs all in the same school. There are only four schools in Texas that currently do so!
 
On Friday, during the start of 4th period, we will have a brief celebration of our being an IB Continuum school.  Part of this will involve a photograph.  Please help us by making sure that the spirit attire that students wear Friday (9/15) is either red or grey(no old Wellness Day shirts that are non-Meridian colors).
Ten Texas Teacher Finalists Presidential Teaching Award
A September 11 press release from the Texas Education Agency declared "Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that 10 Texas teachers have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2017 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom."  

One of these ten teachers is Meridian's own "Mark Rogers - Grades 11 and 12 International Baccalaureate mathematics teacher at Meridian World School in Round Rock"

"To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must apply or be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators review the applications and select the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status. After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select one mathematics and one science teacher from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award."

Congratulations to Mr. Rogers for being among this distinguished group of Texas educators chosen as finalists for the national award!
Yard Spirit Signs ON SALE NOW
Show your team and school spirit by displaying your personalized spirit sign in your own yard. For more information, to see all the yard sign options, and to order yours, please see Yard Sign Options & Ordering.

Hurry, the deadline to order is September 21st.

For questions, please contact Nicci Bassett at nicci118@yahoo.com.
Extended Essay Meetings on Wednesday (9/20) for Class of 2018
All Class of 2018 students (both full diploma and co-seated students) should please make plans to stay after school on Weds, September 20th to meet with their Extended Essay (EE) supervisor. The purpose of this meeting is to get feedback on the rough draft so that students can make final revisions to their EE.  There is a light at the end of the Extended Essay tunnel! A detailed meeting schedule will be shared with students this week.
Fundraising Meeting for Parents of 10th (Class of 2020) and 11th (Class of 2019) Graders
If you would like for your student to start raising money the for the IB exams and/or for the Senior Class Trip, please join us for a brief meeting about RS3 Concession fundraising opportunities on Monday, September 25th @ 6:00pm in the Old Secondary Cafeteria (High School Building).Even if you are not sure if your student will participate in the senior trip, he/she can begin raising money for their IB exams which cost approximately $900 total.  We hope to see you there!

Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip
A parent meeting with information on the Heifer Ranch 8th grade trip was held on September 5. If you are the parent of an 8th grader, or a 7th grader (who won't attend until next year, but has the opportunity to fund raise this year), and were unable to attend the meeting, please see the Heifer Ranch Trip Slidedeck.
Further information and forms can be found on the mwschool.org website, under "Students"-->"Class Trips"-->Heifer Ranch 2017
Freshman Conferences with Counselor
Freshman parents: every 9th grade student will have a 1:1 conference with High School Counselor Carrie Proctor this fall to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses and four year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and should use the Sign Up Genius link to select a time slot that corresponds with their child's PE, Study Hall, Computer Science or Design class time. Please arrive on time for your appointment as each one is scheduled for 20 minutes. Fall conferences will begin on September 18th and run through October 27th.

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • September 14 (Thursday): Meridian Parent Meeting
  • September 15 (Friday): Students should wear red or grey for all-school photo 
  • September 15 (Friday):  Middle School Dance; Blue Hawai'i - PLEASE NOTE: students should enter from the south side of the Mays Building
  • September 25 (Monday):  RS3 Parent/Student Meeting 6:00pm
  • September 27 (Wednesday): College shirt & jeans day (last Wednesday of month)
  • September 30 (Saturday): Meridian Chess Tournament for grades 6-12
  • October 9-13: No School--October Break
  • October 17 (Tuesday): Student School Pictures
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
Patriots Day 9/11
The anniversary of the September 11 attack is commonly known as "Patriots Day." Meridian has an annual tradition of recognizing the service of firefighters and policemen on this day by presenting cards and treats to our local fire and police departments.
 
Ethiopian New Year
September 11 was the start of the Ethiopian New Year. Ethiopia is a predominantly Christian nation and follows an ancient Egyptian Coptic calendar which differs from the Gregorian calendar used in much of the West and elsewhere. Bill Petro (billpetro.com) has an interesting commentary on Ethiopian New Year: "Enkutatash is the name for the Ethiopian New Year, and means 'gift of jewels' in the Amharic language. The story goes back almost 3,000 years to the Queen of Shebaof ancient Ethiopia and Yemen who was returning from a trip to visit King Solomon of Israel in Jerusalem, as mentioned in the Bible in I Kings 10 and II Chronicles 9. She had gifted Solomon with 120 talents of gold (4.5 tons) as well as a large amount of unique spices and jewels. When the Queen returned to Ethiopia her chiefs welcomed her with enku or jewels to replenish her treasury..."
 
"...The celebration is both religious and secular. Typically this is the end of the long rainy season and the countryside is covered with yellow daisies. The day begins with church services followed by the family meal. Young children will receive small gifts of money or bread after the girls gather flowers and sing and boys paint pictures of saints. Families visit friends and adults drink Ethiopian beer."
 
National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and is a time for recognizing the history and contributions of those of Hispanic (Spanish language) heritage. According to hispanicheritagemonth.org, the roots of Hispanic Heritage Month go back to 1968. September 15 is the national independence day for five Hispanic countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Three more countries (Mexico, Chile, and Belize) also celebrate independence day during the period of September 15 through October 15.
Constitution Day
The United States Constitution was signed by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It then had to be ratified by at least nine of the thirteen states in the United States of America in order to go into effect. This was not easy to accomplish, as many criticized the Convention for creating a new, more powerful national government rather than simply amending the existing Articles of Confederation.

Writing under the pseudonym of "Publius," Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay published numerous essays urging ratification. Today these collected essays are known as "the Federalist Papers." Many remained unconvinced, and urged that the Constitution be amended to specifically guarantee that the national government would not use its new powers to abridge rights a wide range of natural rights. After promises that this "Bill of Rights" would be added to the Constitution, many of the more reluctant states ratified the document. In May of 1790 Rhode Island became the last state to ratify the Constitution. By this point George Washington was already a year into his first term as president, having been elected after the first ten states ratified the Constitution, and starting his term in April of 1789.

September 17 is recognized nationally as "Constitution Day," and is a day to recognize our constitutional form of government, rights, and duties.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
September 14, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Service Learning Day (9/8)
As we work to further integrate service learning into our curriculum, we are excited that Friday will be the first of four days planned this year that will be devoted entirely to service learning and other IB tasks.

Instead of regular classes, our students in grades 6 through 9 will be learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim of developing a plan for how they will work with a particular goal on the subsequent service learning days later this year. 8th grade will also be working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but with a particular focus upon the Heifer Ranch trip which is coming up in October.

10th grade students will be working on their MYP Personal Projects, 11th grade students on DP CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service), and 12th grade students on the DP Extended Essay.
Volunteer Fair Saturday (9/9)
Saturday (9/9) from 1:00-3:00pm Meridian will be holding our third annual Volunteer Fair in the M Building cafeteria.  Though this may be of particular interest to our juniors who are beginning work on CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) for the Diploma Program, students from all grades 6 through 12 might want to come by and see what kinds of opportunities there are to match personal interests with a way get involved in the community! Parent volunteers are needed. Please sign up HERE.
Meridian Class Trips
Bi-annual class trips are an important Meridian tradition. Starting in the Primary School, every even grade goes on a major class trip that increases in magnitude as students get older. In the secondary school, these trips allow students to extend classroom learning and provide opportunities outside of school for students to bond with one-another and with faculty.
  • 6th grade: the class trip goes out of town. Recently we have gone to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. More details on the 6th grade class trip will be sent out later this year.  
  • 8th grade: students take a two night trip to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas, to extend classroom learning on sustainable development and world hunger.
  • 10th grade: students are preparing for college through the College Readiness class, and so take a college-themed class trip, visiting colleges with extremely different characters and the Texas IB Schools College Fair.
  • 12th grade: students engage in a summative international experience. For our first senior class the destination was Costa Rica, last year and this year it is Ecuador, and next year it will be Barcelona & Paris.

If at all possible, 100% of Meridian students should have the opportunity of experiencing the enrichment provided through Meridian Class Trips. In that vein, if you have an 8th grade student, see below!
Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip
A parent meeting with information on the Heifer Ranch 8th grade trip was held Monday night (9/5). If you are the parent of an 8th grader, or a 7th grader (who won't attend until next year, but has the opportunity to fund raise this year), and were unable to attend the meeting, please see the Heifer Ranch Trip Slidedeck.
Further information and forms can be found on the mwschool.org website, under "Students"-->"Class Trips"-->Heifer Ranch 2017
CAS & EE in the Diploma Program
In addition to taking challenging academic classes in six different subjects and the Theory of Knowledge class, Meridian juniors and seniors balance their learning with the IB Diploma Program requirements of CAS(Creativity, Activity, Service) and the EE (Extended Essay).

One aspect of the IB Diploma Program is the "CAS Experience." All Meridian juniors and seniors are involved in extracurricular activities that are creative (such as band or Model United Nations), active (such as playing on the Meridian basketball team or going on Boy Scout backpacking trips), and service oriented (such as working for Habitat for Humanity or organizing the Meridian "Dodgeball for Life" tournament). CAS really helps students to involve themselves in and reflect upon experiences outside of the classroom, and develop into well-rounded, balanced individuals.

The Extended Essay (EE) is meant to be a culmination of student experiences in the Diploma Program, just as Exhibition is a culmination of PYP and the Personal Project is a culmination of MYP. For the EE, juniors choose a subject in which they are taking a Diploma Program class (English, French, or Spanish Language & Literature; History; Science; Mathematics; Theater or Visual Arts). They then develop a question which they research and write a 4,000 word research paper, which is due in the fall of the senior year.  This is an excellent preparation for the challenging research and writing assignments they will encounter in college.
Progress Reports Next Week
This is the fourth week of the first quarter grading period. At the end of the fourth week of each grading period, progress reports are sent home with every student. Progress reports will go home next week, so be sure to be looking for them!

Progress reports only reflect the current average in each class.  For more detail, please check on txConnect. If you have questions, please email the teacher of the class you are wondering about.
Use of Reserved Handicapped Spaces
Please do not park in spaces reserved for the handicapped unless you not only have a permit for such a spot but also have a disabled person who will be loading or unloading from the vehicle. There have been instances when a driver with a valid permit has used a handicapped space, but the individual exiting the car was not mobility impaired. Due to this, a student who was mobility impaired was not able to use the spot.  Please be considerate of this situation and only use handicapped spaces when required by the person loading or unloading.

Deadline to Reserve a Chromebook is Monday, Sept 11th (High School Only)
High school students are expected to have their own device (a laptop/Chromebook, etc.) for daily use. We have a number of students who are taking advantage of our "Lease Your Own Device" program--so many that we are currently out of devices! Action Requested: If you would like to lease a Chromebook for your student, please email Mrs. Holcombe at s.holcombe@mwschool.org by Monday, Sept 11th to reserve a device. We plan to order additional Chromebook devices on Tuesday. The cost to lease a device is $160 for the full year or $90 per semester. Financial aid is available. Please contact Mrs. Holcombe for more information.
7th Grade Duke Tip Identification Program
In early September, the Duke Tip identification letters are being sent home to 7th grade students who qualify. Any 7th grade student who scored at or above the 95% on a their most recent STAAR standardized test is automatically qualified to register for the SAT or ACT. This is how Meridian identifies our potential Duke Tip students. However, there are some qualifying factors that Meridian would not be aware of such as your child  scoring 125 or above on an accepted IQ test that is no more than two years old. If you feel your child would do well and you are interested in them being part of the Duke Tip program, please do not hesitate to call or email Nancy Spence, MS Counselor for an application form.  Students who make high scores on either the SAT or ACT may choose to be enrolled in the Duke Tip program that offers e-studies and summer enrichment programs. The test results cannot be used for college applications.
Planners
All 6th and 7th grade students were issued Meridian School planners at the beginning of the year. These are a wonderful resource, allowing students to develop the skill of keeping track of assignments and due dates in a planner, and the planners are also chock-full of helpful MYP information on Approaches to Learning, the Global Concepts, etc.

Students in grades 8 and up have the option of purchasing a Meridian School planner for themselves! If you are interested, please see Kristi Anderlohr in the M Building office. The cost is $11. Please bring exact change or a check made out to Meridian School.
Heifer Fundraiser: $2 T-Shirt Tuesday (9/12)
Students in grades K through 12 will have the opportunity to help us lower the per student cost of the 8th grade Heifer Ranch trip by participating in $2 T-Shirt Tuesday(9/12). Students who donate $2 before Tuesday may wear jeans and a t-shirt, either of their favorite non-profit charity, or a Meridian spirit shirt.
Financial Aid Information Night for Senior Parents (9/12)
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 pm
Senior parents are invited to attend this information night to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as the overall financial aid process in colleges. The presenter, Stacy Flood, is currently a college financial aid officer and has many years of experience helping students and parents with this process at both public and private university settings.
Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Parents (10/18)
Wednesday, October 18, 6:00
This is not an information session, but rather an opportunity for parents and students to work on their individual FAFSA with the assistance of Stacy Flood.  Parents may sign up for a specific time on Sign-up Genius:
Senior Conferences with Counselor
Senior parents: as a follow-up to the Junior Student-Parent Conferences held last spring, High School College Counselor Kathy Gregg will meet with each senior this fall to review graduation requirements, post-secondary planning, financial aid and the college application process.  Conferences will take place August 30 - September 29. Please consult with your student to select a time that is convenient for their class schedule and then sign up online at: Senior Conference Signup
If you are unable to attend, Mrs. Gregg will schedule a time to meet with each student before October 1 to be sure they have a plan in place for graduation and fall 2018.
 
Freshman Conferences with Counselor
Freshman parents: every 9th grade student will have a 1:1 conference with High School Counselor Carrie Proctor this fall to answer any questions they may have and review their high school courses and four year plan. Parents should attend this important planning meeting and should use the Sign Up Genius link to select a time slot that corresponds with their child's PE, Study Hall, Computer Science or Design class time. Please arrive on time for your appointment as each one is scheduled for 20 minutes. Fall conferences will begin on September 18th and run through October 27th.

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • September 8 (Friday):  Student Service Learning Day
  • September 9 (Saturday): Volunteer Fair 1:00-3:00pm, M Cafeteria
  • September 12 (Tuesday): $2 T-shirt Tuesday (Heifer fundraiser)
  • September 14 (Thursday): Meridian Parent Meeting
  • September 15 (Friday):  Middle School Dance; Blue Hawai'i
  • September 25 (Monday):  RS3 Parent/Student Meeting 6:00pm
  • September 27 (Wednesday): College shirt & jeans day (last Wednesday of month)
  • September 30 (Saturday): Meridian Chess Tournament for grades 6-12
  • October 9-13: No School--October Break
  • October 17 (Tuesday): Student School Pictures
  • October 23-25 / October 25-27, 2017: Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Class Trip
  • October 25 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
  • October 26 (Thursday):  12th Grade Play 6:00pm
  • October 28 (Saturday):  High School Dance
  • November 4 (Saturday): First Annual Meridian International Festival
  • November 6 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
Teachers Day Celebrated in India
September 5 (yesterday) is celebrated in India as Teachers Day. According to The Indian Express, the recognition of this day began in 1962.  "Internationally acclaimed teacher, philosopher par excellence" Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President of India (1952-62) and second President of India (1962-1967). When he became president, his students wished to honor him by celebrating his September 5 birthday as "Radhakrishnan Day." President Radhakrishnan declined, suggesting instead that all teachers be honored on September 5.  Now "every year, on September 5, classrooms across India fill up with greeting cards, chocolates, flowers and performances as student showcase what their teachers mean to them."
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
September 6, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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STUDENT
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Emergency Notifications
Anytime there is a need for school to be postponed or cancelled, we will send an emergency text as we did Sunday night. You can also check  the website and Facebook accounts for updates.  

If you did not receive a text from Meridian on Sunday evening, please email admin@mwschool.org to get added to the text list.
Clubs & Extracurricular Activities
Is your Meridian Secondary School child interested in extracurricular before and after school activities? These are announced to students through Announcements during Advisory period (before 4th and 8th period, every day except Wednesday). Would you like to see Announcements? It's on the