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I was out of town much of last week, leading a workshop for IB Diploma Program administrators at Rice University. So there was no Lions Share last week. You will note that there are lots of dates commemorated at the end of this week's Lions Sharein the "Holidays and Holy Days" section. This is partly due to not having a newsletter last week, but mainly it is due to this simply being a very busy time of year in terms of commemorations.

Note that, due to missing a school day due to weather in January, we will have school on Monday, February 19. Despite the fact that February 19 this year is Clean Monday(the beginning of Orthodox Christian Lent), it is also Japanese Internment Remembrance Day, and is also the commemoration of George Washington's birthday, a federal holiday!
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Meridian High School Students Win Visual Arts Awards
Last week we were notified that three students received Silver Key awards for their entries to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Laurel Grimes, Abigail Thomas, and Lili Xu.
 
Another competition that has wider participation statewide is VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event), organized annually by the Texas Art Education Association. The regional competition was held this past Saturday, and 31 Meridian student artists took home regional medals! This included 10 Freshman, 13 Sophomores, and 7 juniors (2 juniors received two medals a piece). As a result of regional competition, junior Laurel Grimes will advance to the state VASE competition for the third year in a row.
 
Great job Meridian artists!
 
  
Meridian Model UN Shines in Toronto
This past week delegates from the Meridian School Model UN club attended our first international conference in Toronto. The club ethic is not to emphasize awards as a goal, but instead to have fun working on the research, writing, and debate skills that go into role-playing delegates to the United Nations representing a variety of countries. But if you do that, awards will follow, and our students are really building a name for Meridian in the Model UN world!
 
Mohit Nadkarni was in the top 1% of delegates to win a scholarship to the conference.  Other individual awards include:
  • DISEC Best Position Paper, Austin Eichler representing Poland (12th Grade)
  • WHO Best Delegate, Ellie Dieringer representing Australia (12th Grade)
  • SOCHUM Honorable Mention, Tanner Tyndall representing Belgium (9th grade)
  • UNHRC Outstanding Delegate, Shraddha Joshi representing Libya (11th grade)
  • ILO Outstanding Delegate, Avery Tyndall representing Denmark (12 grade)
  • AD HOC, Best Delegate, Ryan Trefny representing Rick Perry (12th grade) 
Finally, an "outstanding delegation" award is given for the best representation by a school overall.  Even though Meridian is a small school, due to the amount of participation we have in Model UN, we compete in the "large delegation" division. Meridian won the Toronto Model UN Outstanding Delegation award.
 
Congratulations to our Meridian Model UN team!
 
Meridian MiniMUN
Meridian is hosting a one day Model UN Conference for Meridian students only on April 21st, 2018 from 9:00am-6:00pm. If your student is interested in Model United Nations and has not had the opportunity to commit, this is a great opportunity to try out! All Meridian students 6th-12th grade are welcome and encouraged to register.
 
If your student is interested in participating in MiniMUN, please go to the registration link here: https://goo.gl/forms/BhA6jkFQI00NvJEA2 The cost is $10 per student, which includes lunch! Registration closes February 16.
Meridian Teacher Recognized by State Board of Education
Finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at the last meeting of the State of Texas Board of Education. Meridian's own Diploma Program Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge teacher Mark Rogers was among those recognized with this great honor. Congratulations, Mr. Rogers!
 
 
Mark Rogers is second from the left, joined by other finalists and the members of the State Board of Education
Parent Surveys - Please give your feedback!
We're trying something new this year by breaking up the annual parent survey into four small surveys. Each week we're sharing a new one, and each survey should take less than five minutes. Your feedback is very important to us!

 
LAST WEEK'S (Week #1): 
#LoveYourSchool
 
Valentine's Day may have passed, but it's still a great time to show how much you #LoveYourSchool!
 
It's not about how much you give; 
it's about your participation!
 
Be sure your family's name makes it on our
 
There's a box in the each lobby for completed forms OR click here to complete online.
 
#LoveYourSchool
 
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Now Accepting Nominations for Meridian's School Board
Would you or someone you know be a good candidate for Meridian's School Board?
 
Below you will find specific information regarding the selection process and the type of leadership we are seeking. Please note that parents of Meridian students are not eligible to fill the positions available at this time. Each link includes an application, that when completed, should be sent to board@mwschool.org.
 
Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2018.
 
10th Grade College Trip
Every two years, students go on a class trip. In 6th grade, the class trip this year is to the Perot Museum of Natural Science in Dallas. In 8th grade, the Heifer Ranch trip is experiential learning tied to the concepts of scarcity and sustainability. In 12th grade, the trip is international, and this year the destination is Ecuador.
 
The 10th grade class trip centers around the College Readiness class that all Meridian 10th graders take. We will be travelling to north Texas and will visit colleges of very different types to help students form an opinion on what type of school might be the best fit for them. We will visit Austin College, a highly regarded small liberal arts college featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. We also visit the University of Texas at Dallas, a large public university, particularly highly regarded for science and technology education. We also will visit the Bush Presidential Library at SMU, and will end our trip with the Texas IB Schools College Fair.
 
This year, the trip will take place April 23-24.  Information packets were handed out to all Sophomores in their College Readiness class this week. This packet includes an overview of the trip and expenses, plus all forms required to participate in this event. 10th grade parents, please review this information and return all forms and fees to Mrs. Ilgen in the high school office as soon as possible, but no later than March 1.  
 
This should be a great educational and bonding experience for the Class of 2020, and we hope that everyone in the class will join in!
2018-2019 Course Selection Sheets Due
Course selection sheets for both middle and high school students were due two weeks ago. Please check with your student to be sure he/she has turned in their signed selection sheet for next year. If you need a new copy, please choose the grade your child will be in the 2018/2019 school year (below) to print one for yourself.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email or call Nancy Spence (middle school counselor) or Carrie Proctor (high school counselor)
 
See here for course selection sheets:
 
For more details on course options and course sequence, please see the
 
For the slide shows from last week's IB Diploma Program parent information nights:
AB Day Calendar - Revised
Due to the school day we missed on January 12, which we will make up on February 19, the AB Day Calendar has been revised.  Note the following changes:
  • February 19 is an A Day
  • February 20 is a B Day
  • The AB Day formerly on May 21 has been moved to April 23, causing the A Days and B Days from April 24 through May 21 to shift.
Here is the updated AB Day Calendar.
Sign Up for Junior Parent & Student Conference with Counselor
Junior conferences with Mrs. Gregg, College Counselor, will take place January 31 through March 28. These conferences will include graduation status checks in addition to planning spring and summer activities that will ensure students are on track to complete the college selection and application process.
 
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this important planning meeting. Please consult with your student and sign up for a time slot that works best with their academic schedule.
 
Here is the link to Sign Up for Junior Conferences with Counselor

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • February 17:  Middle School Dance
  • February 19 (Monday):  Seniors order Graduation Regalia & Announcements
  • February 20 (Tuesday):  Seniors order Graduation Regalia & Announcements
  • February 22 (Thursday):  Group 4 Presentations
  • February 26 -27:  Senior Directed Scenes; 6:00pm in Black Box Theatre
  • March 2 (Friday): 6th Grade Trip to Perot Museum
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 9 (Friday): Spring Picture Day
  • March 10-17:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 14 (Saturday): Science Saturday
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
  • April 23-24 (confirmed): 10th Grade College Trip 
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
2018-2019 School Year
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lent
Lent begins for the Eastern Orthodox Church on Monday, February 19 ("Clean Monday"), and began for most western Christians on Wednesday, February 14. For many Christians, including Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics, Lent is a period of fasting leading up to one of the most important Christian holy days of Easter. Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday" in French) is a well-known festival, or carnival, held just prior to Lent, when many Roman Catholics hold a celebration and feast the day before they begin to fast for Lent.  In fact, the word "carnival" comes from the Latin carne vale, or "goodbye meat" (at least according to many-the origin of the term is somewhat in dispute). The exuberant annual Brazilian festival of Carnival occurs slightly earlier than the French Mardi Gras: it began on February 9 and ends on February 18.

According to the Lemons & Olives Greek cultural website, one interesting Greek tradition related to Lent is the creation of a Lady lent doll. This was commonly a paper doll or a cookie, with seven legs.  Each leg representing a week of Lent, and each week a leg would be removed. The doll would have no mouth, representing fasting, and her arms would be crossed, representing prayer.
 
Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 14 was Valentine's Day. This date apparently has its origins in the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia, a mid-February festival with links to fertility and romance. In an apparent attempt to Christianize the festival, in the 5th century CE Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be a feast in honor of St. Valentine. Who St. Valentine actually was, however, is historically unclear, and the romantic associations with the date did not go away.

Today Valentine's Day is primarily a secular holiday, growing increasingly commercial as mass production of greeting cards began in the 19th century. Giving the lack of clarity on the historical identity of St. Valentine as a reason, in 1969 the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine's Day from its roster of official feast days.
On Monday, February 12, Herff Jones will meet with all seniors on ordering graduation announcements and cap / gown.  Students will bring information packets home.

Parinirvana Day
Nirvana or Parinirvana Day is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8, and by others on February 15. It is a celebration of when Buddhists believe the Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama, achieved Nirvana, ending the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and thus ending desire and suffering. According to BBC.com, celebrations vary around the world, but Buddhists might commemorate the date by meditating, going to Buddhist temples, preparing special foods, or bringing gifts.
Lunar / Chinese New Year
February 16 marks the traditional Chinese New Year. This holiday is based upon the old Chinese lunar calendar.  From the early 20th century, however, China has followed the solar-based Gregorian calendar, and celebrated New Year's Day on January 1. Now the traditional Chinese New Year is known as "Spring Festival".

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

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

Sincerely,
 
February 15, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
2018-2019 Course Selection Sheets Due
Course selection sheets for both middle and high school students are due this week. Please check with your student to be sure he/she has turned in their signed selection sheet for next year. If you need a new copy, please choose the grade your child will be in the 2018/2019 school year (below) to print one for yourself.
 
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email or call Nancy Spence (middle school counselor) or Carrie Proctor (high school counselor)
 
See here for course selection sheets:
 
For more details on course options and course sequence, please see the
 
For the slide shows from last week's IB Diploma Program parent information nights:
4 Week Progress Reports Tuesday (2/6)
Next Tuesday, paper progress reports for the first four weeks of this grading period will be sent home. No need to sign them and return them, but if you child does not give one to you, you might want to ask about it.
 
Progress reports only show the current average for the class. For full information on grades, consult the  txConnect Parent Gradebook Portal. If, after doing so, you have questions about a particular class, please  
email the teacher.

AB Day Calendar - Revised
Due to the school day we missed on January 12, which we will make up on February 19, the AB Day Calendar has been revised.  Note the following changes:
  • February 19 is an A Day
  • February 20 is a B Day
  • The AB Day formerly on May 21 has been moved to April 23, causing the A Days and B Days from April 24 through May 21 to shift.
Here is the updated AB Day Calendar.
6th Grade Spinal Screening
Nurse Crawley is scheduled to be conducting spinal screenings for 6th graders on February 15 and 16.  For more information, please see the link to the letter below.
2018 6th gr spinal screening letter to parents
MiniMUN
Meridian is hosting a one day Model UN Conference for Meridian students only on April 21st, 2018 from 9:00am-6:00pm. If your student is interested in Model United Nations and has not had the opportunity to commit, this is a great opportunity to try out! All Meridian students 6th-12th grade are welcome and encouraged to register.
 
Model United Nations is  an organization in which students attend conferences that are simulations of United Nations sessions. Students research and practice for these conferences, where they will be role-playing delegates to the United Nations from countries around the world. These conferences help to sharpen students' research and debate skills, their ability to network with others, their knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and enable students to see world issues from the differing perspectives of the diverse nations of the world.
 
Meridian boasts a large Model United Nations club, with 130 active student members from 6th-12th grade. They attend five conference annually, and are about to embark on the first international MUN trip next week to Toronto, Ontario!
 
Again, all Meridian students in 6th - 12th grade may participate in MiniMUN, regardless of previous Model UN experience. If your student is interested in participating in MiniMUN, please go to the registration link here: https://goo.gl/forms/BhA6jkFQI00NvJEA2 The cost is $10 per student, which includes lunch! Registration closes February 16th.
DP Parents Take Successful Action!
A special thanks to all the DP parents who read our email over the weekend and took action! 
 
We received word yesterday that the State Board of Education voted that all the SL courses in the first reading be given two credits instead of one. This is wonderful news for all our students, and we're so pleased that our Meridian family helped play a part in making these changes. Thank you!


IMPORTANT DISMISSAL UPDATE!
Starting on Monday, February 5, there will be an 8ft barricade placed in the entrance to the Blue Lane every afternoon (see image below). 

This barricade is to help drivers follow these laws: 

1.)  NO LEFT TURN from Mays St. (city ordinance)

2.)  NO RIGHT TURN from second lane heading southbound on Mays (this is NOT a turn lane)

Sign Up for Junior Parent & Student Conference with Counselor
Junior conferences with Mrs. Gregg, College Counselor, will take place January 31 through March 28. These conferences will include graduation status checks in addition to planning spring and summer activities that will ensure students are on track to complete the college selection and application process.
 
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this important planning meeting. Please consult with your student and sign up for a time slot that works best with their academic schedule.
 
Here is the link to Sign Up for Junior Conferences with Counselor

Senior Parents: Please Have Seniors Turn in College Acceptance Information
Your help is needed for us to gather all the "Good News for the Class of 2018!" It's time to begin compiling a list of awards for this class.

Please check with your student to be sure they have turned in copies of all college acceptance and scholarship offers to Mrs. Gregg. Any form of verification is accepted: copies of letters, forwarded emails, screenshots of information, etc.

The information should be sent to Mrs. Gregg at k.gregg@mwschool.org.  

Congratulations on all the good news already received, and best wishes to those still awaiting decisions!  
 
Graduation Presentation by Herff Jones
On Monday, February 12, Herff Jones will meet with all seniors on ordering graduation announcements and cap / gown.  Students will bring information packets home.

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • February 12 (Monday): Herff Jones presenting to seniors
  • February 14 (Wednesday): Parent-Counselor Book Group; M Building (Nancy Spence)
  • February 17:  Middle School Dance
  • February 26 -27:  Senior Directed Scenes; 6:00pm in Black Box Theatre
  • March 2 (Friday): 6th Grade Trip to Perot Museum
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 10-18: Spring Break
  • April 14 (Saturday): Science Saturday
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
  • April 23-24 (confirmed): 10th Grade College Trip 
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
2018-2019 School Year
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, or National African American History month, in recognition of the contributions of African American and people of African ancestry. The roots of Black History Month lie in the early 20th century. At the time, history courses in the United States focused largely on the contributions of Europeans and those of European descent. In 1915, Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, with the mission of researching and promoting the achievements of African Americans and others of African descent. In 1926, the group began promoting a National Negro History week, choosing the second week in February to coincide with birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and the prominent former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglas. The first president to recognize a national Black History Month was Gerald Ford, in 1976, and February has been recognized as Black History Month by every US president since. A month is designated for the recognition of the achievements of men and women of African ancestry by many other countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada.

National Freedom Day
Today, February 1, is National Freedom Day. This day commemorates the 1st of February, 1865, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlaws involuntary servitude throughout the United States. In 1948, President Truman signed the first law declaring February 1st to be National Freedom Day, celebrating the freedom of all Americans.

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

Sincerely,
 
February 1, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Diploma Program Nights for 8th, 9th, & 10th Grades
Tuesday night we had two informational meetings regarding the IB Diploma Program.  In addition to information on the DP, the 8th and 9th grade presentation also contained items consider if a family is weighing whether to continue at Meridian or switch to a more traditional high school education.  The 10th grade presentation contained a bit more specific information on IB Diploma Program coursework, as 10th grade students are making those decisions on their course selection sheets right now.
 
Links to the slide shows are below:
2018-2019 Course Selection Guide
A few elective options were left off of the high school course selection sheets that went out over the course of the past two weeks. These electives, open to all students in grades 9-12, are as follows:
  • Band (for students who already play a band instrument)
  • Music (for students interested in vocal or instrumental music, but not band)
  • Personal Financial Literacy (one semester, paired with study hall the next semester)
In case this omission changes anyone's mind, the deadline for high school course selection sheets is extended to next Friday (Feb 2).
 
See here for course selection sheets:
 
For more details on course options and course sequence, please see the
 
Middle School counselor Nancy Spence has also been visiting 6th - 8th grade classrooms to review course scheduling.  Please look over the information on the course selection sheets they bring home, sign the sheet, and have your child return it to their Design / ATL teacher or Ms. Spence.  These Middle School course selection sheets are due Monday, January 29.

Sign Up for Junior Parent & Student Conference with Counselor
Junior conferences with Mrs. Gregg, College Counselor, will take place January 31 through March 28.  These conferences will include graduation status checks in addition to planning spring and summer activities that will ensure students are on track to complete the college selection and application process.
 
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this important planning meeting.  Please consult with your student and sign up for a time slot that works best with their academic schedule.
 
Here is the link to Sign Up for Junior Conferences with Counselor

MYP Personal Project Night Overview
Thank you to all the parents that came on Friday evening to learn about the exciting learning experience their 9th graders are about to embark upon! If you were unable to attend, please see the helpful documents below. Students will have the introduction to the Personal Project on February 21st, 2018.
 
Here is a link to the Slideshow.
 
Here is a link to the Personal Project Handbook.
Note that dates on the Personal Project are subject to change when the Meridian 2018-19 school year calendar is posted. Please don't print the handbook, as the dates are updated on the Google Document, you will be able to see them reflected in the handbook.
Yearbook Club Pictures
All secondary clubs (e.g. Chess Club, Math Club, Science Club), organizations (NHS, Model UN), and student leadership groups (Student Council, Class Officers, PALS), etc. will take group pictures for the yearbook on Tuesday, January 30th during the school day.  If you would like to purchase a copy of your child's club photo(s), please do the following:
 
1) Email s.holcombe@mwschool.org with the following info: Your Student's Name, Grade Level, and Club / Organization Name(s)
 
2) Send cash or check for $14 (per photo) in a sealed envelope marked CLEARLY to the attention of STELA HOLCOMBE. Payment must be received ON or BEFORE January 30th or your order cannot be placed.  
 
Note that TRIPLE A groups - BAND, ORCHESTRA, MARTIAL ARTS -will be taken AFTER SCHOOL on either January 30th or February 2nd.  These will be ordered via Lifetouch Order Forms and/or Proofs, so please do not email or send payment to Mrs. Holcombe to order these group photos.
Yearbook Deadline Approaching - January 31
January 31st is the deadline to order your 2018 yearbook, The World, with NAME PERSONALIZATIONS and/or ACTIVITY ICONS (volleyball, basketball, etc). If you wish to order with these options please place your order today!  Keep in mind that the only families who are GUARANTEED a copy of the book are those who PRE-ORDER.  We order only a limited number of extra copies and these are sold on a first-come, first-served basis after delivery in May.  Please check your credit card statements before emailing to ask if you have ordered a book this year.  Click HERE to order.
Senior Parents: "Good News" -- Help Needed!
Your help is needed for us to gather all the "Good News for the Class of 2018!" It's time to begin compiling a list of awards for this class.

Please check with your student to be sure they have turned in copies of all college acceptance and scholarship offers to Mrs. Gregg. Any form of verification is accepted: copies of letters, forwarded emails, screenshots of information, etc.

The information should be sent to Mrs. Gregg at k.gregg@mwschool.org.  

Congratulations on all the good news already received, and best wishes to those still awaiting decisions!  
 
Senior Parents: Update on Mid-Year Reports
Transcripts are now available for Mid-Year Reports. This form is often required by private schools, but usually not state schools. Students should check their individual college application status to see if this form is needed.  
 
Mid-Year Reports with transcripts have been uploaded for all students who applied through Common Application and listed a school that required this form. If students need this report for any other application, they should submit a Meridian Transcript Request form to Mrs. Seaman or via email to Ms. Gaudiesus at admin@mwschool.org.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • February 14 (Wednesday): Parent-Counselor Book Group; M Building (Nancy Spence)
  • February 17:  Middle School Dance
  • February 26 -27:  Senior Directed Scenes; 6:00pm in Black Box Theatre
  • March 2 (Friday): 6th Grade Trip to Perot Museum
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 10-18: Spring Break
  • 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
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
UN Holocaust Memorial Day
On January 27, 1945, the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz was liberated.  This date was chosen by the United Nations as a date to remember those who died in the Holocaust.

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

Sincerely,
 
January 26, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Administrative Changes 2018-19
Last week when speaking to the faculty, Meridian Middle School Assistant Principal Shannon Haulotte led with a quote from Winnie the Pooh: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." She was speaking to the fact that, for personal reasons, she will not be returning to Meridian for the 2018-19 school year, and thanked the faculty for all of the connections they made with her over the years.
 
Ms. Haulotte has contributed greatly to Meridian School in the five years she has been a part of the community, first as Primary School Assistant Principal, and then accompanying our sixth graders in the move to Middle School last year and building programs in the Middle School. She has made huge contributions to Meridian, and will be deeply missed. How lucky Meridian School is to have had the leadership of Shannon Haulotte for the past five years.
 
We will be interviewing for secondary school administrative positions for 2018-19. There is an opening for one of the two Middle School Assistant Principals positions. Additionally, we will be adding a second High School Assistant Principal, and so will be interviewing for that position as well. Prospective applicants should consult www.mwschool.org.
10th Grade Parent Meeting Rescheduled (1/23)
Due to school closure this past Tuesday, the 10th grade parent meeting regarding IB Diploma Program choices has been rescheduled to next Tuesday at 7:15pm.  For more information, see below.
 
8th, 9th, & 10th Grade Parent Meetings: IB Diploma Program
It is the time of year when counselors begin visiting classes to discuss course scheduling options for next year. At Meridian, all of these options culminate in the IB Diploma Program in 11th and 12th grade. Over the next two weeks we will hold two meetings for parents to help you learn more about the IB Diploma Program, its benefits, and its course offerings at Meridian. Parents of children of all ages are welcome, but the presentations are particularly targeted to the parents of 10th graders (who will start the DP next year), and 8th and 9th graders (who are making high school scheduling choices).
  • 8th & 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Tuesday Jan 23; 6:00-7:00 pm; M Cafeteria
  • 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Tuesday Jan 23; 7:15-8:30 pm; M Cafeteria
Sign Up for 10th Grade Meeting with Counselor
Every 10th grade student and their parent(s) should schedule  a 1:1 conference with the counselor in the spring to answer any questions they may have about the IB Diploma Programme, confirm their high school course selections for 11th grade, and review credits earned, current GPA, and their 4 year plan.

Parents should attend this important planning meeting and are suggested to sign up for a time slot that corresponds with their student's Study Hall or College Readiness class time, if possible. Conferences are scheduled for 20 minute increments, please be sure to arrive on time to your appointment.
 

 Sign up for Sophomore Conferences

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019
Please see here for the Course Selection Guide for the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to course description for Meridian School courses offered in grades 6 through 12 next year, it also includes a table with the basic Meridian School course of study in the 6-10 Middle Years and 11-12 Diploma Program, as well as more detailed Course Planning Charts for each subject group, showing the alignment of courses over time. It answers questions such as: if you take Algebra 1 in 7th grade instead of 8th, what IB Diploma Program math course will you take in 11th and 12th grade?

Important information for families who participate in the Waiters Program
Effective immediately, late pick up from the waiters program will result in late fees and may result in withdrawal from the waiters program.
 
Secondary siblings are required to pick up primary siblings from waiters immediately at secondary school dismissal, but this has not happened consistently. All waiters must be out of the waiting area by 4:10 / 1:40. The staff members who oversee these primary siblings are paid for their time each day, so it's important that they are able to leave at their scheduled departure time. Students who are not picked up by their secondary sibling on time will be escorted to the high school office, and a late pickup fee will be charged.
 
In other cases, secondary siblings pick up their primary siblings from waiters on time, but then the parent does not arrive by the end of carline (4:30 / 2:00).  In these cases as well, students will be escorted to the high school office (primary waiters may not attend secondary study hall), and a late pickup fee will be charged.
 
In both cases, repeated late pickups by either secondary students or parents may result in withdrawal of the primary students from the waiters program.
 
 
We appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain the waiters program through ensuring that students are picked up in a timely manner.

Austin LifeGuard Parent Meeting Thursday (1/18)

The Austin LifeGuard Human Sexuality Curriculum meeting for parents of students in grades 6 through 9 was supposed to be last week, but it had to be rescheduled.  It will be taking place this Thursday (1/18) at 6:00 pm in the M building cafeteria.

Parent Information Letter and parental permission form were sent home with students through PE class the week of January 8.

Here are topic overviews for 6th7th , 8th,  and 9th grade.

Coding Program (Signup ends Friday)
Students will be taught real-world programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript & Python in this structured, curriculum-based, after-school coding program. Students will experience coding at a higher level and build a solid foundation in computational thinking skills. No prior coding experience needed.
 
Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a monthly fee for this program. For more information and to enroll, please visit -- www.codewizardshq.com/meridian
9th Grade Parent MYP Personal Project Meeting (1/19)
There is a meeting for 9th grade parents regarding the MYP Personal Project scheduled for January 19 at 7:00pm. A more detailed message went out a few weeks ago--you can see it here: Message to 9th Grade Parents
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • January 18 (Thursday): Austin LifeGuard Parent Meeting 6:00pm
  • January 19 (Friday): 12th grade Parent Meeting: Senior Trip 6:00pm
  • January 19 (Friday): 9th grade Parent Meeting: MYP Personal Project 7:00pm
  • January 23 (Tuesday): 8th & 9th grade Parent Meeting-IB Diploma Program; 6:00-7:00 pm; M Cafe
  • January 23 (Tuesday): 10th grade Parent Meeting-IB Diploma Program; 7:15-8:30 pm; M Cafe
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • February 14 (Wednesday): Parent-Counselor Book Group; M Building (Nancy Spence)
  • March 5 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • March 10-18: Spring Break
  • 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
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
January 18, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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We are in the midst of Homecoming Week. The dress up days have been fun for students and faculty. And it was terrific having alumni of the Class of 2017 back on campus, meeting with parents and students to share their reflection upon the value of the Meridian IB education for college and work, as well as advice they have for Meridian students as they approach this next stage in their lives. We are looking forward to the remaining events of the week, and hope to see more alumni!
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Senior Breakfast (1/12) Signup
Let's help kick-off the seniors' last semester of high school with a nice breakfast on Friday, January 12th.  This has become an annual tradition at Meridian!  We need just a few more items to make this event a success for this great group of students. Sign up HERE. We appreciate your support!
Homecoming Basketball Games (1/12)
Everyone is invited to come cheer on our basketball teams on Friday, January 12th in the Mays gymnasium! Our teams will face-off against Harmony Science Academy of Pflugerville. Game times are as follows:
5:00 pm - Boys' Junior Varsity
6:15 pm - Girls' VARSITY
7:45 pm - Boys' VARSITY
 
Homecoming Dance (1/13) - Food Signup
If your child is planning to attend the Homecoming Semi-Formal Dance this Saturday night, please consider signing up to donate food HERE.  Thank you for your help!
Meridian Model United Nations Shines at MUNSA Conference
The Meridian Model United Nations club attended the Model United Nations San Antonio (MUNSA) Conference on January 7th-9th, 2018. 52 students spent two tireless days collaborating, debating, resolving and communicating with students from 18 other schools from our region but also with out of state and international (Mexico and Japan) representation.  

Meridian's club does not make winning awards a goal. We want students to learn the issues and international perspectives, write good resolutions, speak well, do a good job representing their country, and have fun doing so. This is exactly what our students did, and as a result they were recognized with more awards than ever before. Other schools are really starting to stand up and take notice of Meridian IB World School!

The following students were honored by the conference:
Ireland Griffin-Distinguished Delegate, Afghanistan, UN Children's Fund
Gabriel Odom-Distinguished Delegate, Crisis Committee 2
Camila Odom-Distinguished Delegate, Russian Federation, UN Economic and Social Council Council
Avery Tyndall-Best Delegate, Russian Federation, Economic and Social Council
Elise Whorton-Best Delegate, Mozambique, International Telecommunication Union
Ryan Trefny--Distinguished Delegate, Historical Crisis Committee 2
Payton Holcomb-Honorable Delegate, Nuclear Crisis Committee
Mohit Nadkarni--Honorable Delegate, Afghanistan, Future Security Council

Congratulations to these students, and to all of the 52 students who put in hard work preparing for the conference. And congratulations to MUN sponsors Kaylene Rudd and Chris Fancher for their hard work and dedication to Model UN!
8th, 9th, & 10th Grade Parent Meetings: IB Diploma Program
It is the time of year when counselors begin visiting classes to discuss course scheduling options for next year. At Meridian, all of these options culminate in the IB Diploma Program in 11th and 12th grade. Over the next two weeks we will hold two meetings for parents to help you learn more about the IB Diploma Program, its benefits, and its course offerings at Meridian. Parents of children of all ages are welcome, but the presentations are particularly targeted to the parents of 10th graders (who will start the DP next year), and 8th and 9th graders (who are making high school scheduling choices).
  • 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Tuesday Jan 16; 6:00-7:00 pm; M Cafeteria
  • 8th & 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Tuesday Jan 236:00-7:00 pm; M Cafeteria
Coding Program
(24 Seats Only)
 
Students will be taught real-world programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript & Python in this structured, curriculum-based, after-school coding program. Students will experience coding at a higher level and build a solid foundation in computational thinking skills. No prior coding experience needed.
 
Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a monthly fee for this program. For more information and to enroll, please visit -- www.codewizardshq.com/meridian
Guest Speakers Needed for Service Learning Day (1/17)
Mrs. Holcombe is looking for parents who are available to come in and speak to our current seniors about opportunities/careers that center on SERVICE to others.  Former Peace Corps volunteers, founders/agents of Non-Profit Organizations, Social Workers, persons with experience working in medical care/economic development in third world countries (e.g. Doctors without Borders, etc.). Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org if have have work/life  experiences that may inspire our seniors.  Thank you!

9th Grade Parent MYP Personal Project Meeting (1/19)
Mark your calendar--there is a meeting for 9th grade parents regarding the MYP Personal Project scheduled for January 19 at 7:00pm. A more detailed message went out a few weeks ago--you can see it here: Message to 9th Grade Parents

Don't know what the Personal Project is? Each IB program ends with a culminating experience: Exhibition in PYP, Personal Project in MYP, and Extended Essay in DP. Please click on Message to 9th Grade Parents to know more, even if you aren't a 9th grade parent!

Austin LifeGuard Letter Due (1/16)

Meridian School will be utilizing Austin Life Guard to deliver our Human Sexuality Curriculum to our 6th-9th grade students. 

Please see below for additional information.

Austin Life Guard presentations to students will take place in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade PE class in the window from Monday, January 22 through Friday, January 26.

Representatives from Austin Lifeguard will be at Meridian for a parent information sessionon Thursday, January 11 at 6:00pm.

Parent Information Letter will be sent home with students through PE class the week of January 8. A parental permission form will be sent home with students that same week and is due by Tuesday, January 16.

Here are topic overviews for 6th7th , 8th,  and 9th grade.

Book Group (1/17 & 2/14)
In December, book group began discussing Kristen Neff's Self-Compassion. We will continue the explore Dr. Neff's concepts, focusing more on the 2nd half of her book at our January meeting.  In February, we will take a look at The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. This discussion will be led by Tonya Hiland, LCSW who often uses this concept with her clients to springboard self-reflection and appreciation for our diversity. If you have time, Tonya would encourage you to read the beginning of each chapter to see if any of those traits resonate with you. The book group will meet on January 17 and February 14 in the M Building teachers lounge at 9:00am.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Spence, middle school counselor.

Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)

  • January 12 (Friday): 3rd Annual Senior Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  • January 16 (Tuesday): 10th grade Parent Meeting-IB Diploma Program; 6:00-7:00 pm; M Cafe
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 19 (Friday): 12th grade Parent Meeting: Senior Trip 6:00pm
  • January 19 (Friday): 9th grade Parent Meeting: MYP Personal Project 7:00pm
  • January 23 (Tuesday): 10th grade Parent Meeting-IB Diploma Program; 6:00-7:00 pm; M Cafe
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • 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
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Orthodox New Year
The Romans under Julius Caesar instituted a calendar with 365 days most years, but a 366 day year every fourth year. This was to prevent the calendar days from drifting out of alignment with the seasons, as astronomers of the time determined that it actually takes 365 and ¼ days for the earth to travel around the sun. This calendar, known as the Julian Calendar, was used by the Roman Empire and Europeans for over a thousand years.

In fact, rather than taking 365.25 days to circle the sun, the earth actually takes 365.2422 days. This means that by the middle of the second millennium, the Julian calendar was about 12 days out of alignment with the seasons. So in 1582 CE, Pope Gregory XIII declared a new calendar adjust for this.

Only adherents to the Roman Catholic Church, and eventually Western European Protestants as well, made this adjustment to the new Gregorian calendar. Orthodox Christians, such as in eastern Europe and the Middle East, continued to follow the Julian calendar.

Today, most people around the world use the Gregorian Calendar (and historians use the terms "CE", or "Common Era", and "BCE", or "Before Common Era" to reflect this common worldwide usage by Christians and non-Christians alike). Even many Orthodox Christians no longer follow the Julian Calendar.  But for those who maintain this tradition, because of the now 14 day disparity between the two calendars, the Gregorian date Sunday, January 14 (2018) is Orthodox New Year's Day.
Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is Monday, January 15 (2018), and is a school holiday.  Martin Luther King Jr. is well known for his leadership in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, and also his fight against poverty. In 1983 Congress designated a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., and in 1994 the federal holiday was designated a national day of service, with citizens encouraged to "take a day on, not a day off." If you are interested in more information on this, please see www.mlkday.gov.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
January 11, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Homecoming 2018
Homecoming week is a time when we welcome back and honor our alumni (classes of 2016 and 2017) and celebrate Meridian school spirit. The theme for this year's Homecoming celebration is 'Welcome to the Wild Side.' The festivities will include Homecoming Spirit Week (January 8th - January 12th), Alumni Recognition Day (January 9th), the Varsity Basketball Homecoming Games (Friday, January 12th), and the Homecoming Dance (high school only; Saturday, January 13th). 

Spirit Week (1/8 - 1/12)
Spirit Week is celebrated through themed dress up days. Students are encouraged to show their creativity while following the theme, and need to be conscious of school guidelines on casual dress (such as shorts needing to be at least mid-thigh in length and no tights or yoga pants that are not covered at least to mid-thigh).

Monday (Jan 8th): Zootopia - Be any animal you want to be.
Tuesday (Jan 9th): Tacky Tourist - Best venturing into nature wear.
Wednesday (Jan 10th): We are wild about the 80's!
Thursday (Jan 11th): Thrifty Thursday - What treasures can you find in the wild depths of the THRIFT STORE (or your closet)?
Friday (Jan 12th): Red Out! Show your Meridian Pride!!!

Alumni Recognition Day (1/9)
Meridian alumni return to visit the school. Members of the class of 2017 will visit 10th-12th grade classes to speak with students about the IB Diploma Program and their experiences in college. At the end of the school day we will have an assembly for 6th through 12th grade to honor the class of 2017 and present them with IB Diplomas, certificates, and membership in the Meridian LionsAlumni Association.

Homecoming Dance & Mum Sales - High School
The Homecoming Dance is for all Meridian high school students. Each high school student has the option to, with administrative approval, bring a guest who does not attend Meridian. Dress is semi-formal, meaning anything from date night attire to a suit and tie. Dress to impress!

The dance will take place from 7pm - 10pm on Saturday, January 13th and admission will be free with the purchase of a mum or $5 without. The dance atmosphere will all be focused on the 'Welcome to the Wild Side' theme. Animal themed masquerade masks and snacks will be provided during the dance.

Homecoming mums will be on sale to high school students throughout the spirit week. Convenient ready-made mum kits will be on sale for $10, with additional flair and accessory sets available for $1 per set.
Guest Speakers Needed for Service Learning Day (1/17)
Mrs. Holcombe is looking for parents who are available to come in and speak to our current seniors about opportunities/careers that center on SERVICE to others.  Former Peace Corps volunteers, founders/agents of Non-Profit Organizations, Social Workers, persons with experience working in medical care/economic development in third world countries (e.g. Doctors without Borders, etc.). Please email s.holcombe@mwschool.org if have have work/life  experiences that may inspire our seniors.  Thank you!

Parking
Parent parking spaces are unmarked.  Please do not park in a numbered or otherwise marked space, especially before secondary dismissal (4:00 pm MTuThF, 1:30 pm on Wednesday).

Please do not even briefly park in a reserved space, especially in the morning. Our faculty and students are arriving to find their space occupied. Even if you will be leaving in a few minutes, this does them little good if you are in their space and they have to drive around the block to try to find a space.

We know parking is limited, and really appreciate your support!
9th Grade Parent MYP Personal Project Meeting (1/19)
Mark your calendar--there is a meeting for 9th grade parents regarding the MYP Personal Project scheduled for January 19 at 7:00pm. A more detailed message went out earlier this week--you can see it here: Message to 9th Grade Parents

Don't know what the Personal Project is? Each IB program ends with a culminating experience: Exhibition in PYP, Personal Project in MYP, and Extended Essay in DP. Please click on Message to 9th Grade Parents to know more, even if you aren't a 9th grade parent!

Human Sexuality Curriculum Grades 6 - 9
Meridian School will be utilizing Austin Life Guard to deliver our Human Sexuality Curriculum to our 6th-9th grade students. There will be information sent home to parents the week we return in January. In addition to the information sent home, we will offer a parent information session on January 11th at 6:00 pm.

Please see below for additional information.

Austin Life Guard presentations to students will take place in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade PE class in the window from Monday, January 22 through Friday, January 26.

Representatives from Austin Lifeguard will be at Meridian for a parent information sessionon Thursday, January 11 at 6:00pm.

Parent Information Letter will be sent home with students through PE class the week of January 8. A parental permission form will be sent home with students that same week and is due by Tuesday, January 16.

Here are topic overviews for 6th7th , 8th,  and 9th grade.

Book Group (1/17 & 2/14)
In December, book group began discussing Kristen Neff's Self-Compassion. We will continue the explore Dr. Neff's concepts, focusing more on the 2nd half of her book at our January meeting.  In February, we will take a look at The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. This discussion will be led by Tonya Hiland, LCSW who often uses this concept with her clients to springboard self-reflection and appreciation for our diversity. If you have time, Tonya would encourage you to read the beginning of each chapter to see if any of those traits resonate with you. The book group will meet on January 17 and February 14 in the M Building teachers lounge at 9:00am.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Spence, middle school counselor.

Coding Classes in Spring Semester
As we surround ourselves with technology, programming skills are now essential in almost every field of study and work. Meridian and CodeWizardsHQ partner to offer a structured, curriculum-based, after-school coding program that addresses this need.

Students will be taught real-world programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python and more. It will also provide a solid foundation for high-school computer science courses.

Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a monthly fee for this program. For more information and to enroll, please visit - www.codewizardshq.com/meridian

PSAT Scores are Now Available
All 10th and 11th grade Meridian students who took the test in October should now be able to log in to their College Board account to see their scores. For more information about accessing and understanding scores, please go to:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores

College Board has entered into a partnership with Khan Academy, which offers extensive test prep service free of charge. This is available for Sophomores to use to help them prepare for the PSAT before they take it again next fall, and especially for Juniors to use as they prepare for the SAT this spring. Students can link to these services through their College Board account.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)

  • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition DayJanuary 13 (Saturday): Homecoming Dance
  • January 12 (Friday): 3rd Annual Senior Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 19 (Friday): 12th grade Parent Meeting: Senior Trip 6:00pm
  • January 19 (Friday): 9th grade Parent Meeting: MYP Personal Project 7:00pm
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • 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
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Epiphany 
Many Christians celebrate "Epiphany" to commemorate the visit of three wise men (or magi, or kings, depending on the tradition) described in the Christian Bible as visiting the infant Jesus. Western Christians celebrate Epiphany on January 6. There are various customs associated with Epiphany. In France, a Galette des Rois ("Cake of Kings") is eaten. A small figure of baby Jesus is hidden inside the cake, and the person who finds this figure in his or her slice of galette is crowned king for the evening!

The January 6 date of Epiphany is also celebrated as Christmas by many Armenian Orthodox Christians.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
January 3, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Parking
Parent parking spaces are unmarked.  Please do not park in a numbered or otherwise marked space, especially before secondary dismissal (4:00 pm MTuThF, 1:30 pm on Wednesday).

Please do not even briefly park in a reserved space, especially in the morning. Our faculty and students are arriving to find their space occupied. Even if you will be leaving in a few minutes, this does them little good if you are in their space and they have to drive around the block to try to find a space.

We know parking is limited, and really appreciate your support!
9th Grade Parent MYP Personal Project Meeting (1/19)
Mark your calendar--there is a meeting for 9th grade parents regarding the MYP Personal Project scheduled for January 19 at 7:00pm. A more detailed message went out earlier this week--you can see it here: Message to 9th Grade Parents

Don't know what the Personal Project is? Each IB program ends with a culminating experience: Exhibition in PYP, Personal Project in MYP, and Extended Essay in DP. Please click on Message to 9th Grade Parents to know more, even if you aren't a 9th grade parent!

Human Sexuality Curriculum Grades 6 - 9
Meridian School will be utilizing Austin Life Guard to deliver our Human Sexuality Curriculum to our 6th-9th grade students. There will be information sent home to parents the week we return in January. In addition to the information sent home, we will offer a parent information session on January 11th at 6:00 pm.

Please see below for additional information.

Austin Life Guard presentations to students will take place in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade PE class in the window from Monday, January 22 through Friday, January 26.

Representatives from Austin Lifeguard will be at Meridian for a parent information sessionon Thursday, January 11 at 6:00pm.

Parent Information Letter will be sent home with students through PE class the week of January 8. A parental permission form will be sent home with students that same week and is due by Tuesday, January 16.

Here are topic overviews for 6th7th , 8th,  and 9th grade.

Meridian Student Co-Wrote Article Published by Medical Journal
Meridian 11th grade Diploma Program student Manini Penikalipati co-authored a research paper that was recently published in two medical journals.  For more information, please see this KXAN article.
 
The article does not mention Manini by name, but she was one of the three authors, and we are very proud of her work!
Homecoming Week (1/8 - 1/12)
Our first week back in school in January will be Homecoming Week! More details will be in a separate Lions Share that will be sent over the break.

Book Group (1/17 & 2/14)
In December, book group began discussing Kristen Neff's Self-Compassion. We will continue the explore Dr. Neff's concepts, focusing more on the 2nd half of her book at our January meeting.  In February, we will take a look at The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. This discussion will be led by Tonya Hiland, LCSW who often uses this concept with her clients to springboard self-reflection and appreciation for our diversity. If you have time, Tonya would encourage you to read the beginning of each chapter to see if any of those traits resonate with you. The book group will meet on January 17 and February 14 in the M Building teachers lounge at 9:00am.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Spence, middle school counselor.

Coding Classes in Spring Semester
As we surround ourselves with technology, programming skills are now essential in almost every field of study and work. Meridian and CodeWizardsHQ partner to offer a structured, curriculum-based, after-school coding program that addresses this need.

Students will be taught real-world programming languages including HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python and more. It will also provide a solid foundation for high-school computer science courses.

Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. There is a monthly fee for this program. For more information and to enroll, please visit - www.codewizardshq.com/meridian

PSAT Scores are Now Available
All 10th and 11th grade Meridian students who took the test in October should now be able to log in to their College Board account to see their scores. For more information about accessing and understanding scores, please go to:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores

College Board has entered into a partnership with Khan Academy, which offers extensive test prep service free of charge. This is available for Sophomores to use to help them prepare for the PSAT before they take it again next fall, and especially for Juniors to use as they prepare for the SAT this spring. Students can link to these services through their College Board account.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)

  • December 20-January 7: Winter Break 
  • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition DayJanuary 13 (Saturday): Homecoming Dance
  • January 12 (Friday): 3rd Annual Senior Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 19 (Friday): 12th grade Parent Meeting: Senior Trip 6:00pm
  • January 19 (Friday): 9th grade Parent Meeting: MYP Personal Project 7:00pm
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • 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
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Bill of Rights Day / Law Day
The first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, were adopted by the United States government on December 15, 1791. Both a joint resolution of Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the 150th anniversary of this date by proclaiming December 15, 1941 as "Bill of Rights Day," and US presidents since then have continued this annual tradition of proclaiming December 15 to be "Bill of Rights Day."

Advent-Christmas Season
Events for Advent and the approach of Christmas continue, with a variety of observances by Christians around the world. One of these observances is "Las Posadas," a Mexican commemoration of Christmas from December 16 through 25, which includes processions re-enacting the journey to Jerusalem by Joseph and Mary (the parents to whom Christians believe Jesus Christ was born). 

Winter Solstice
Thursday, December 21, will be the shortest day of the year and official start of winter for the northern hemisphere-and the longest day in the year for the southern hemisphere, where this day will be Summer Solstice. Winter Solstice had great significance for agricultural societies, and is a significant part of the reason for the proliferation of festivals and holy days in this period.

Christmas Day
The large majority of Christians today celebrate Christmas, but this was not always the case. In the early years of Christianity, Easter was considered to be a major holy period, but the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. According to the History Channel website, this is one reason that 16th century Puritans condemned the celebration.  In fact, "from 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston."  The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia states that the first evidence for a Christian commemoration of the birth of Jesus was held by the Egyptian church around 200 CE. There is no direct statement in the Christian Bible on the date of Jesus' birth-the Egyptian feast commemorated the date in May.  

It was in the 4th century that Pope Julius I set December 25 as the celebration of Christ Mass. This is the date celebrated ever since by Christians of the Western tradition, though Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church tend to follow the Julian calendar and so celebrate Christmas on the date that is January 7 on the Gregorian calendar.  

Boxing Day
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26 throughout the British Commonwealth, including in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. According to an editorial by Claire Suddath on the Timewebsite, there is some dispute about the origins, but they are apparently related to alms-giving to the poor after Christmas. It has been a national holiday in England, Wales, Ireland, and Canada since 1871, and today festivities generally have less to do with charity than "football (soccer), visits from friends, food and drinking at the pub."

Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chairman of Black Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, as a way of bringing African Americans together in the wake of riots and discord in the 1960s. It is intended to be celebrated by those of all faiths.  

Kwanzaa, begins on December 26 and ends January 1. The name is derived from a phrase in the east African Swahili language meaning "first fruits."  There are a variety of traditions for celebrating Kwanzaa, but a central tradition revolves around seven candles representing unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, purpose, creativity, and faith. A candle is lit each evening, accompanied by a discussion of the associated principle.
New Year's Day
Civilizations have been celebrating the start of a new year for as long as they have had calendars. According to the History channel website, each new year four thousand years ago the Babylonians "celebrated the mythical victory of the...sky god Marduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat," and through this celebration symbolically renewed the monarch's divine right to rule.

There are many different calendars used today, with many different starts to the new year, including multiple Buddhist calendars, the Chinese calendar, the Islamic calendar, the Jewish calendar, and the Gregorian calendar that we use in the United States and that serves as a common calendar in much of the world today.
Epiphany 
Many Christians celebrate "Epiphany" to commemorate the visit of three wise men (or magi, or kings, depending on the tradition) described in the Christian Bible as visiting the infant Jesus. Western Christians celebrate Epiphany on January 6. There are various customs associated with Epiphany. In France, a Galette des Rois ("Cake of Kings") is eaten. A small figure of baby Jesus is hidden inside the cake, and the person who finds this figure in his or her slice of galette is crowned king for the evening!

The January 6 date of Epiphany is also celebrated as Christmas by many Armenian Orthodox Christians.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
December 20, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Cell Projects: Interdisciplinary and Cross-grade Learning
A few years ago, Dr. Bowers pioneered the "Giant Cell Project," where students in 9th grade Biology research an organelle of a cell (organelle = a membrane bound compartment or structure of a cell that performs a special function). They then built models of the organelle, presented what they learned to the class, then installed the organelle in a giant scale model of the cell.
 
 
This year Ms. Leandro has made the project even better by collaborating with a 6th grade interdisciplinary unit. First the 6th graders in Ms. Scott's Math class learn about calculating scale, which they then implement in Ms. Kieke's Science class by drawing two dimensional models of cells. They then visit Ms. Leandro's class for presentations from 9th grade Biology students on the functions of each organelle and see the organelles installed in a super large-scale three dimensional cell model. It was really interesting watching this interchange of learning between different disciplines and ages of students!
No Personal Gifts Valued at $50 or More
The holidays are a time of gift giving, and many of you are generous in giving gifts to your child's teachers. Gifts are not expected, and if you do give a gift, the smallest gifts are appreciated. If you are feeling particularly generous, however, please be aware that teachers and other school officers are prohibited by state law and school policy from accepting gifts valued at $50 or more.

Kind notes are always a morale booster!
Congratulations to Nancy Spence & Carrie Proctor
Meridian Middle School Counselor Nancy Spence has been elected middle school Vice President for the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) which is a division of the Texas Counseling Association (TCA). She will serve on their Board of Directors and represent MS counselors throughout the state.  

High School Counselor Carrie Proctor currently serves as TCA's President-Elect and was recently selected by Texas OnCourse, an initiative empowering Texas students to succeed in high school, college, and career, as one of 29 counselors and advisers from across the state to participate in a two-year Leadership Fellowship. Read more HERE.

Congratulations to Ms. Spence and Ms. Proctor. We appreciate their service to our students and to counselors statewide!

Last Day Late Work Accepted Wednesday (12/13)
Remember that Wednesday (12/13) is the last day that late assignments due earlier in the quarter will be accepted
AB Day (12/13)
Wednesday, December 13, is an AB day with all 8 periods meeting. 
 
Semester Exam Schedule
Click here for the 2017 Fall Semester Exam Schedule
 
Book Group:  Wednesday, December 13th at 9am
The book for our December meeting will be  Kirsten Neff's Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. All discussions center around application to our lives, our parenting, and our families. This is a space to learn about other's perspectives in relation to the content of the material.  Please feel free to join the group at any time. If you do choose to attend,  please sign in at the middle school office. We hold our meeting in the teacher's lounge at the top of the stairs. If you have any questions, please contact our middle school counselor Nancy Spence n.spence@mwschool.org

SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser
Back by popular demand...
 
Order by 12/12 and pick up 12/18-19.
 
Get your holiday shopping done early AND help support the school! Purchase gift cards from your favorite stores and Meridian will get a percentage back!
 

A special thanks to Jeanne Batterton for helping us get out the first round of cards!

Questions? Contact s.haynes@mwschool.org
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
 
  • December 7 (Thursday): Band Concert
  • December 8 (Friday): Orchestra Concert
  • December 9 (Saturday): Craft Day for Holiday Bazaar (7th grade) 9am-2pm
  • December 9 (Saturday): 9th Grade Social 6-10pm
  • December 14, 15, 18, 19: Semester Exams
  • December 16 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar & Polar Express 1-7pm
  • December 20-January 7: Winter Break 
  • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition DayJanuary 13 (Saturday): Homecoming Dance
  • January 12 (Friday): 3rd Annual Senior Breakfast 7:45-8:30am
  • January 18 (Thursday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Secondary Club / Group Yearbook Photos
  • January 30 (Tuesday): Deadline to order Personalized Yearbook
  • February 1 (Thursday): Yearbook Senior Ad Info & Balance Due 
  • 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
Pearl Harbor Day (United States)
Thursday, December 7 (2017), is the anniversary of the bombing of the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by Japanese armed forces. Many Americans think of this date in 1941 as the beginning of World War II, but war had actually been raging in Europe since October of 1939, and Japan and China had been at war since 1937.

World War II ended in 1945 and had a transformative effect upon the remainder of the 20thcentury, including the creation of the United Nations in an attempt to prevent future wars. Whether it was due to the UN, the advent of nuclear weapons, or other factors, there have been no wars of comparable magnitude since.

In 1995 the US Congress designated December 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and it is traditional to fly the US flag at half-mast.
Bodhi Day
Friday, December 8, is Bodhi Day, a holy day celebrated in many Buddhist traditions such as in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Bodhi Day commemorates when the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (of India) is believed to have first achieved enlightenment. It is not as widely celebrated as other holy days on the Buddhist calendar such as the Buddhist New Year, or Vesak, the Buddha's birthday. Many American Buddhists, however, place additional emphasis upon Bodhi day due to its proximity to Christmas.
International Human Rights Day
Saturday, December 10, was International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948.
Hanukkah
The Jewish religious observance of Hanukkah begins next Tuesday, December 12 at sundown, and runs through through Wednesday, December 20 (2017).

Hanukkah, or Chanukkah, is also known as the "festival of lights", lasting for eight days.  It commemorates a period when, in 167 BCE, a faction of Jews revolted against Seleucid Greek rule over their homeland and the imposition of Hellenistic customs and practices upon them. During the revolt, the supply of oil for the temple menorah lamp ran low, dwindling to a one-day supply.  The menorah was supposed to burn all night, every night. According to the Book of Maccabees, miraculously, the one-day supply of oil burned for eight days.  

The only religious observance related to Hanukkah is the saying of blessings lighting of the menorah, which holds nine candles. There is one candle for each night of Hanukkah, plus an additional candle which is used to light the others.  According to the Judaism 101 website, Hanukkah "is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas."  The religious significance of the holiday is "far less" than other Jewish holy days such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover. 

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

Sincerely,
 
December 7, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Character Atlases in 8th Grade English Language and Literature

An interesting project that Meridian 8th graders completed in Ms. Cameron's English Language and Literature class is currently on display in the flag hallway of the M Building: a Character Atlas. Students had chosen a book to read which dealt with immigration, and major themes of study were characterization, the development of a character through context and setting, the influence of environment and historical context upon relationships, and perspectives on fairness and justice.
 
Students then created fantastic "Character Atlases" that illustrated the protagonist's literal and figurative journeys. Each project had the elements we would expect from a published work of nonfiction, including a cover, table of contents, and an "about the author" section with the author's photograph. Additionally the "atlas" included a variety of maps, such as a physical map illustrating the character's global journey, a character map illustrating relationships, a mind map illustrating connections, and turning point map, et cetera. All was of course required to be supported with textual evidence and analysis, including page citations.  A great example of a project combining fun and quality learning!
 
Teacher Talent Show Rescheduled
The show must go on!  The Meridian Teacher Talent Show has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 6.  We'll be ready, and look forward to seeing you out there!
5:30 - Early Access (Donor Perk)
6:00 - Regular Access
6:30 - Show Starts

Hold on to those wristbands!

The show is SOLD OUT but you can still get tickets HERE! Questions? Contact giving@mwschool.org
 

Numbered Parking Spaces

You likely have noticed that, in addition to the student parking spaces that are marked with white numbers, many more spaces have been marked with yellow numbers.  These spaces are reserved for faculty and staff.  It is amazing to see how many faculty we have--we've grown so much from the little school that started here in 2011!

Please park only in unmarked spaces.
 
Last Day Late Work Accepted Wednesday (12/13)
Due to the fact that semester exams begin Thursday (12/14), the Wednesday prior is effectively the last day of the second quarter for the purpose of turning in assignments that were due earlier in the quarter. Wednesday (12/13) is the last day that late assignments due earlier in the quarter will be accepted. Along the same lines, retakes or makeups for assessments earlier in the quarter also must be completed no later than Wednesday (12/13).

The same will be true of the last class day prior to finals in the spring semester.

Note that the purpose of this deadline is to provide a clear cut-off for assignments that were due before review week and are now late. It does not negate extra time accommodations in students' 504 or special education paperwork.
AB Day (12/13)
Wednesday, December 13, is an AB day with all 8 periods meeting. Like other Wednesdays school ends at 1:30, and classes will be brief -- just under 30 minutes. This will provide time for a quick review the day before semester exams begin.

Middle School classes will have lunch during 6th period. High School classes will have lunch during 7th period.
 
Semester Exam Schedule
Click here for the 2017 Fall Semester Exam Schedule.  
  • Two exams per day
  • 75 minute study period followed by two hour exam period
  • Lunch assignments listed in right-hand column next to 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th periods
  • Study period is shortened on Tuesday (12/19) to accommodate for the end of exam activity (students will have the option of attending the faculty-student basketball game, or other end of exam activities, such as board games, or a movie).
  • Note that, though 6th grade students will not have a comprehensive semester exam in their classes, they will follow the same semester exam schedule.
Letter Jacket Orders
If you are a high school student who lettered in a fall sport or are a Meridian junior or senior, and you missed the at-school ordering event on November 16th & 17th, it's not too late to order your letter jacket and/or patches. Contact Meridian's letter jacket partner for the next steps in ordering your letter jacket and/or patches:

Herff Jones/Overall Recognition

Please note that students who missed the at-school letter jacket ordering event will be responsible for working with Meridian's letter jacket partner on their own to find the right size and place the order. These late orders will be held to the same lettering requirements as those ordered at school; however, these individually ordered jackets/patches will not be sent to the school with the Fall Lettering order and will be sent to the student's home directly at a later date.

Parents and students can learn more about Letter Jackets & Lettering here.

Book Group:  Wednesday, December 13th at 9am
The book for our December meeting will be  Kirsten Neff's Self Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. All discussions center around application to our lives, our parenting, and our families. This is a space to learn about other's perspectives in relation to the content of the material.  Please feel free to join the group at any time. If you do choose to attend,  please sign in at the middle school office. We hold our meeting in the teacher's lounge at the top of the stairs. If you have any questions, please contact our middle school counselor Nancy Spence n.spence@mwschool.org

2018-2019 School Calendar Update
Traditionally, Meridian has published its school calendar for the next year by November of the current year. Because approximately 60% of our families live in Round Rock ISD, we strive to follow the holiday schedule of RRISD for both the winter and spring breaks. This assists families who have students at Meridian while having other students at a district school. RRISD has not yet approved their 2018-2019 calendar.
 
The Meridian Board of Directors approved Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as the first day of the 2018-2019 school year and the week of October 8-12, 2018 as Fall Break with other dates to be finalized once Round Rock ISD has published its calendar.
SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser
Back by popular demand...
 
Order by 12/12 and pick up 12/18-19.
 
Get your holiday shopping done early AND help support the school! Purchase gift cards from your favorite stores and Meridian will get a percentage back!
 

A special thanks to Jeanne Batterton for helping us get out the first round of cards!

Questions? Contact s.haynes@mwschool.org
Yearbook - Price increases TOMORROW!
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!
STUDENT ACTION: Donation Drive for Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims
The Student Council is running a donation drive to benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico through December 8! Please donate any of the following items to the blue plastic bins in the high school, middle school, and primary foyers:
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, soap
  • Towels, blankets
  • Deodorant, razors, combs
  • Batteries
  • Baby food
  • Baby diapers, baby wipes
  • Canned food
  • Feminine hygiene products
Please donate as much as possible! Give so others can live!
Spelling Bee Results
55 scholars aged 5 to 14 gathered in the cafeteria recently to display their "entrepreneurial" spelling skills. These students utilized their orthographic "paraphernalia" to write 64 challenging words. A special thank you goes to Anne Jefferson, Kelli Doersam, Carol Leandro, Katy Garbus, Erin Miller, Eileen Roybal, Samantha Haynes, Emily Hammett, Elizabeth Horton, Anna Cornett, Jessica Boese, Leah Delafield, Lindsey Simmons, Kathy Gregg, Jan MacWatters, Christina Bowers, April Rodriguez, Miriam Rodgers, Linda Jensen, Jane Cosson, and Martha MacFarland for offering to grade. Eunice Elliott, Jackie Soto, and Geetanjali Soni helped organize the day-of activities. I appreciate everyone's help.
 
Please congratulate your students for participating. They all took a risk entering the Bee and gained educational exposure from this new experience. Their grade level teachers will be handing back their spelling papers soon. At the bottom of this message, please find the 64 spelling words. The list was shortened this year by 2 words per grade level to improve the functioning of the event.
 
Jesse Schauble from 5th grade correctly spelled 61 of 64 words and is our 2017-18 champion! Jesse will again represent our school at the Regional Bee in February. Congratulations Jesse!
 
Here are our grade level champions:
K: Vinay Anand (30 of 64 words spelled correctly)
1: Yana Abraham (43 of 64 words spelled correctly)
2: Yaniel Hernandez (58 of 64 words spelled correctly)
3: Shrethan Botla (59 of 64 words spelled correctly)
4: Arya Shah (60 of 64 words spelled correctly)
5: Jesse Schauble (61 of 64 words spelled correctly)
6: Donovan Cho (56 of 64 words spelled correctly)
8: Aaditya Deorukhkar (58 of 64 words spelled correctly)
 
Thanks again for a wonderful Bee!
Mr. Rogers
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
 
 
 
  • December 6 (Wednesday): Teacher Talent Show 
  • December 7 (Thursday): Band Concert
  • December 8 (Friday): Orchestra Concert
  • December 9 (Saturday): Craft Day for Holiday Bazaar (7th grade) 9am-2pm
  • December 9 (Saturday): 9th Grade Social 6-10pm
  • December 14, 15, 18, 19: Semester Exams
  • December 16 (Saturday):  Holiday Bazaar & Polar Express
  • December 20-January 7: Winter Break 
  • January 9 (Tuesday): Alumni Recognition DayJanuary 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
 
Mawlid, or Prophet's Birthday
Muhammad is viewed by Muslims as the last of God's prophets. According to the Time and Datewebsite, some Muslims "see the Prophet's birthday as an event worthy of praise [and] others view the celebration of birthdays as contradictory to Islamic law." And both groups cite Islamic sacred writings to support their views.

Muhammad was born in Mecca, present-day Saudi Arabia, in 570 CE. In many Muslim countries this day, "Milad-un-Nabi" or "Mawlid," is a public holiday celebrated with large parades and the decoration of homes and mosques. It is not a holiday in Saudi Arabia, however.

For Sunni Muslims, Muhammad's birthday takes place on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, (this year December 12, 2016). Most Shi'a Muslims mark Muhammad's birthday on the 17th day of Rabi'al-awwal (this year December 1, 2017).
Advent
Christmas and Easter are two of the most sacred events on the Christian calendar. The Advent season is recognized by most Christians worldwide as a preparation for the coming of Christmas. According to the Christian Resource Institute website, Advent is a time of fasting and penitence for many, such as Eastern Orthodox Christians who refer to this observance as the "Nativity Fast." Other Christians, such as Roman Catholics and Protestants, place more of an emphasis upon expectation or anticipation of the coming of Jesus Christ, celebrating the season through devotional activities and the progressive lighting of candles each Sunday and Christmas Eve during Advent.

Advent in the Roman Catholic and most Protestant churches begins this year on Sunday, December 3, and will end on Saturday, December 24 (2016). Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, is celebrated December 25.

For Eastern Orthodox Christians, however, the Christmas season begins with Winter Lent. Winter Lent begins Tuesday, November 28, and Orthodox Christians observe this period by fasting in preparation for the Christmas celebration of the birth of Jesus (which, rather than on December 25, Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7).

There are an estimated 200 million members of the Orthodox Church worldwide, with the greatest number being in Russia and eastern Europe. There are almost 1 billion Protestant Christians worldwide, and 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
November 30, 2017
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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