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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Student Awards 2017-2018
The annual Meridian Secondary Student Awards ceremonies will be the evening of Monday, April 30.  Both ceremonies will be in the M Building Gym, with the Middle School ceremony beginning at 6:00 pm and High School at 7:30 pm. All students and parents are invited to attend. Email invitations were sent out yesterday to the parents of students receiving awards.
 
Among the awards are Cum Laude (90 or higher average of all courses for year) and Magna Cum Laude (95 or higher average of all courses for year).  These are calculated based upon the first semester and third quarter averages. If you did not receive an email invitation denoting one of these awards, but based upon your calculations believe your child qualifies, please email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Meridian Athletics All-Sports Recognition Ceremony & Social
All students who participated in competitive sports for Meridian during the 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend the All-Sports Recognition Ceremony & Social on May 1st. There is no fee to attend, although each family should plan to contribute appetizers or desserts for the social.
  • The deadline to RSVP to the All-Sport Recognition Ceremony & Social was Tuesday, April 24th. 
  • Please sign up to contribute a platter of appetizers or desserts  here.
  • Learn more about the All-Sport Recognition Ceremony & Social here. 
Questions? Contact meridian-athletics@mwschool.org
Feed a Senior! Needed: Food Donations for the "IB Oasis"
To help relieve the pressure of 3 weeks of IB examinations, we provide an "IB Oasis" for seniors to relax, chat, and enjoy snacks before/after/and in between their IB exams. Families with students of ALL ages are encouraged to show some love for this year's senior class in this special way! All donations should be delivered to the HIGH SCHOOL LOBBY.

Sign up to donate for this year's "IB Oasis" HERE.  Thank you so much!
 
The Lion King Jr.
Performances will be on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27th at 6:30 PM, and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM in the Mays Building Gym. Tickets will be on sale in Mr. Peebles' or Mrs. Crowl's room starting on Monday, April 23, or you can buy them at the door. The cost will be $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free. Concessions will also be available for $1 each. We look forward to a great turnout!

Please contact a.crowl@mwschool.org if you have any questions.
 
Pick Up Medication From the School Nurse
Please start picking up non-emergency medication that you have left with the school nurse earlier in the year.  Emergency medications can be picked up on the last day of school. Any medication not picked up by 3:00 on Tuesday, May 29th will  be discarded. Medications do no transfer from one school to the next.
 
Win a YETI Cooler at Meridian's First Thursday Celebration!
Make plans to attend Meridian's First Thursday Celebration  in downtown Round Rock next week!
 
Student Art Show
 
Band & Orchestra Performances
 
Samples from Chef Leslie
 
...and more!!!



 
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!

Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!

 
TONIGHT!!! Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety (4/25)
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 (TONIGHT!) at 6:30pm. 
 
Click here for more info.
 
Click HERE to reserve a seat.
 
Outside Courses/Credit by Exam information
If students wish to take summer courses online or at ACC for enrichment purposes only, they are encouraged to do so. If, however, the intention is that the course be recorded on their Meridian high school transcript, they must first receive approval through the Outside Course or Exam Approval Form.
 
Generally courses are approved for dual credit (i.e. appearing on the Meridian transcript) only if the student has transferred to Meridian and is trying to make-up credits they would have received if they had been a student at Meridian, or if the student is trying to catch up with the most advanced instructional track offered at Meridian (for example, a rising 10th grader wanting to take Algebra II so they can be prepared for pre-Calculus in 10th grade on IB DP Math Higher Level track, or a rising 9th grader wanting to take Spanish 1 over the summer so that in 9th grade they can be in Spanish 2 with their peers).
 
If you have any questions, please direct them to your middle school (Nancy Spence) or high school (Carrie Proctor & Kathy Gregg) counselor!
Spring Lettering and Letter Jackets
On May 17th and 18th, our letter jacket partner, Herff Jones, will be on campus to accept orders for Meridian letter jackets and patches.
 
Learn more about Letter Jackets and Lettering here.
 
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
The deadline to pre-register fro Triple A and the al la Carte Program is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • April 25 - Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
  • April 26 (Thurs) - April 28 (Sat): Lion King Performances
  • April 30: Student Awards MS 6:00; HS 7:30 (M Gym)
  • May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
  • May 1 (Tues): Meridian Athletics All-Sport Recognition Ceremony & Social 
  • May 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 3 - Win a YETI Cooler at Meridian's First Thursday Celebration!
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 8 (Tues): Registration deadline for fall sports and 2019 soccer
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • May 17 & 18 (Thurs & Fri): Letter jacket ordering 
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
2018-2019 School Year
  • May 30 (Monday): 6th grade Lions Camp
  • August 3 (Friday): High School Schedule Pickup
  • August 6 (Monday): 6th Grade Orientation; Middle School Schedule Pickup
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • August 27 (Monday): Middle School Open House Curriculum Night
  • August 28 (Tuesday): High School Open House Curriculum Night
  • September 4 (Tuesday): Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Theravada Buddhist New Year
There is much diversity of Buddhist practice around the world, but the two largest divisions of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana. Most use a lunar calendar, and according to Buddhanet, in most countries that practice Theravada Buddhism, "the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April...[while in most] Mahayana countries the new year starts the first full moon day in January." The first full moon of April is Monday, April 30 this year (2018), making this date the beginning of New Year for most Theravada Buddhists.

International Jazz Day
Jazz music is an American invention, arising from a fusion of African and European musical elements.  It has since spread around the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) began recognizing April 30 as International Jazz Day in 2011.  According to the US Department of State website, "in its inaugural year, International Jazz Day was celebrated in more than 100 countries, highlighted by star-studded concerts in Paris, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.  In 2013, Jazz Day events were held in all UNESCO Member States, with Istanbul, Turkey serving as the global host city." This year the official celebration of International Jazz Day will be held in Osaka, Japan, which has an active jazz scene dating back to the 1920s. 
 
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Jewish American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month, a time to recognize the contributions to the United States of those of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. It is also Jewish American Heritage month, for the recognition of contributions to American culture and society by those of Jewish heritage.
 
May Day
Traditionally in Europe, May 1 was celebrated with various rites of spring, such as the gathering of flowers, dancing around maypoles bedecked with ribbons, and the crowning of a May king and queen. According to Encyclopedia Britannica online, in America, New England puritans condemned Mayday for its non-Christian origins, and so the festival never attained the importance that it had in Europe.  In the late 19th and 20th century, May 1 came to be increasingly associated with organized labor and socialism.  Today it is known as International Workers Day, and is a workers holiday in countries around the world-but not in the United States, whose version of this day, "Labor Day", occurs the first Monday in September.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
April 25, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Progress Reports
Four week progress reports were sent home with students this week. These only have the average, current as of their printing. For further information, please check the txConnect grade portal. After checking the grade portal, if you have questions about a particular class, please contact the individual teacher.
 
The Lion King at Meridian
Meridian is proud to present our second annual secondary school musical, Disney's The Lion King Jr.! The Lion King Jr. is the enduring story of a young lion cub, Simba, who learns that the most important journey one takes in life, is the one where you learn who you were meant to be; a force of love, strength, determination, and hope within the circle of life.

Performances will be on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27th at 6:30 PM, and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM in the Mays Building Gym. Tickets will be on sale in Mr. Peebles' or Mrs. Crowl's room starting on Monday, April 23, or you can buy them at the door. The cost will be $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free. Concessions will also be available for $1 each. We look forward to a great turnout!

Please contact a.crowl@mwschool.org if you have any questions.
 
Student Awards 2017-2018
The annual Meridian Secondary Student Awards ceremonies will be the evening of Monday, April 30. Both ceremonies will be in the M Building Gym, with the Middle School ceremony beginning at 6:00 pm and High School at 7:30 pm. All students and parents are invited to attend. Email invitations will be sent out to the parents of students receiving awards by early next week.
 
Awards recognized at the ceremonies include:
  • Cum Laude: students who have maintained a cumulative average grade of 90 or above for the entire 2017-18 school year (average of all first semester grades and 3rd quarter grades).
  • Magna Cum Laude: students who have maintained a cumulative average grade of 95 or above for the entire 2017-18 school year (average of all first semester grades and 3rd quarter grades).
  • Duke TIP: middle school students who have received recognition through the Duke TIP program.
  • National Merit Scholar: high school seniors who were recognized as National Merit Scholars by the College Board based upon their achievement on the PSAT.
  • All Region Band and Orchestra: students who have distinguished themselves in band and orchestra competition.
  • Learner Profile: one student in each grade is recognized as representing one of each of the ten learner profile traits (ten awards per grade total).  Students nominate each other, and grade-level teachers select award recipients from the nominees.
  • Subject: each subject teacher selects one student (or in middle school one boy and one girl) who has been outstanding in their class this year.  This is not necessarily the highest grade, but a combination of achievement, effort, and enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Overall outstanding scholarship: one student per grade is selected by the grade level teachers for being outstanding across the subjects.  This is the highest academic award for the year.
  • Trevor Duff Memorial Scholarship: a college scholarship for service endowed by the Duff family.  High school seniors apply with essays regarding their Creativity, Activity, and Service experience, and the recipient is chosen through nominees selected by Meridian administrators and then a blind panel of IB professionals outside of Meridian.
  • Salutatorian and Valedictorian: the two students with the highest cumulative weighted grade point average from 9th through 12th grade.  These are the highest academic awards, as they encompass all four years of high school.
Teacher of the Year
Another award presented at the awards ceremonies on April 30 is one Middle School and one High School Teacher of the Year. The recipient is chosen by the Meridian administration based upon nominations by students, parents, and teachers. Who do you feel should be recognized as teacher of the year? Please complete this  Teacher of the Year Nomination Form (go to the "File" menu and select "make a copy") and email it to principalsecondary@mwschool.org, or turn in a written form to the middle school or high school receptionist by Monday, April 23.
 
Austin information session for universities in England 
Has your child considered studying in England?  Find out more and meet reps from 4 English universities at this student and parent information session and mini college fair on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:00-10:00 pm, at the Doubletree by Hilton, 1617 IH 35 North, Austin 78702
 
Participating colleges:
Keele University
Lancaster University
Manchester
Northumbria University Newcastle
 
Exploring Educational Excellence - an evening with Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Rice
Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell and Rice for an information session for prospective students and their families on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 7:00 pm, at Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road.

Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. You must register to attend.
 
Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety (4/25)
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. 
 
Click here for more info.
 
Click HERE to reserve a seat.
 
Outside Courses/Credit by Exam information
If students wish to take summer courses online or at ACC for enrichment purposes only, they are encouraged to do so. If, however, the intention is that the course be recorded on their Meridian high school transcript, they must first receive approval through the Outside Course or Exam Approval Form.
 
Generally courses are approved for dual credit (i.e. appearing on the Meridian transcript) only if the student has transferred to Meridian and is trying to make-up credits they would have received if they had been a student at Meridian, or if the student is trying to catch up with the most advanced instructional track offered at Meridian (for example, a rising 10th grader wanting to take Algebra II so they can be prepared for pre-Calculus in 10th grade on IB DP Math Higher Level track, or a rising 9th grader wanting to take Spanish 1 over the summer so that in 9th grade they can be in Spanish 2 with their peers).
 
If you have any questions, please direct them to your middle school (Nancy Spence) or high school (Carrie Proctor & Kathy Gregg) counselor!
Spring Lettering and Letter Jackets
On May 17th and 18th, our letter jacket partner, Herff Jones, will be on campus to accept orders for Meridian letter jackets and patches.
 
Learn more about Letter Jackets and Lettering here.
 
Physicals for Students Interested in Playing Meridian Sports 2018-2019
Students who would like to play sports for Meridian next year, note the following:
A valid and cleared physical form must be submitted to participate in Meridian Athletics. The physical form should be valid throughout the sport's season.
 
On Saturday, May 19th. Baylor Scott & White Round Rock is offering a FREE Physicals Event. This is your chance to get your physical done and be physically eligible for all of 2018-19 Meridian Athletics!
 
Because they are offering this service for free, Baylor Scott & White encourages participants to donate to their school's Athletics programs. Meridian has set up our registration form for this event that allows for an optional donation towards Meridian Athletics. (No donation is required.)
 
You must register by Tuesday, April 24th to participate in this Free Physicals Event! Learn more and find the registration form here.
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
Full-time/Extended Day and a la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration is NOW OPEN.
 
Though Triple A is the primary after school program, and many of the a la carte options are for primary students, there are several options open to secondary students, including Band, Chess, Coding, Lego Robotics, Martial Arts, Orchestra, and perhaps others that I am overlooking.
 
The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • April 20 (Friday): Student Holiday
  • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
  • April 23-24 (confirmed): 10th Grade College Trip
  • April 25 - Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
  • April 26 (Thurs) - April 28 (Sat): Lion King Performances
  • April 30: Student Awards MS 6:00; HS 7:30 (M Gym)
  • May 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • May 22-25: Semester Exams
2018-2019 School Year
  • May 30 (Monday): 6th grade Lions Camp
  • August 3 (Friday): High School Schedule Pickup
  • August 6 (Monday): 6th Grade Orientation; Middle School Schedule Pickup
  • August 8 (Wednesday): First day of 2018-2019 School Year
  • August 27 (Monday): Middle School Open House Curriculum Night
  • August 28 (Tuesday): High School Open House Curriculum Night
  • September 4 (Tuesday): Heifer Ranch 8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting
  • October 8-12: October Break 2018 
  • October 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Ridván
The Bahá'í festival of Ridván begins at sunset on Friday, April 20 and ends at sunset, May 2 (yearly).  According to Sacred Acts, Sacred Space, Sacred Time: Bahá'í Studiesby John Walbridge, this festival commemorates the period in 1863 when the founder of the Bahá'í faith, known as the Bahaá'u'lláh, announced his claim to prophethood. The name refers to a garden in Baghdad (in present-day Iraq) which the Bahaá'u'lláh named Ridván, meaning "Paradise".

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

The first, ninth, and twelfth days of Ridván are major holy days when adherents to the Bahá'í faith do not work.  Bahá'í elections also occur during this period.
 
Earth Day
Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day. According to "Earth Day Facts: What it is, when it began, what to do" on NationalGeographic.com, the beginnings of Earth Day are "rooted in 1960s activism" about the environment, and the desire to protest damage that pollution and other human activity was causing to the environment. The first Earth Day was held in the United States on April 22, 1970, and over 20 million participated across the country. Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, says that today it is celebrated by over 1 billion people in 120 countries worldwide. Rogers encourages people to use the day to make a "public commitment to take environmental action."
 
Armenian Remembrance Day
April 24 is Armenian Remembrance Day, commemorating the deaths of between 500,000 to 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire during World War I (according to National Geographic Magazine online). Widely seen by historians as the first genocide of the 20th century, it is not labeled as such by the governments of Turkey or the United States. The proximity of Armenian Remembrance Day to Yom Hashoah (April 11-12) provide an opportunity to reflect upon the millions who died through violence and persecution during the 20th century.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
April 18, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Outside Courses/Credit by Exam information
If students wish to take summer courses online or at ACC for enrichment purposes only, they are encouraged to do so. If, however, the intention is that the course be recorded on their Meridian high school transcript, they must first receive approval through the Outside Course or Exam Approval Form.
 
Generally courses are approved for dual credit (i.e. appearing on the Meridian transcript) only if the student has transferred to Meridian and is trying to make-up credits they would have received if they had been a student at Meridian, or if the student is trying to catch up with the most advanced instructional track offered at Meridian (for example, a rising 10th grader wanting to take Algebra II so they can be prepared for pre-Calculus in 10th grade on IB DP Math Higher Level track, or a rising 9th grader wanting to take Spanish 1 over the summer so that in 9th grade they can be in Spanish 2 with their peers).
 
If you have any questions, please direct them to your middle school (Nancy Spence) or high school (Carrie Proctor & Kathy Gregg) counselor!
Principal's Coffee (4/16)
Monday, April 16, will be the last Secondary Principal's Coffee scheduled for this year. Doors will open at 8:30, providing an opportunity for parents to visit with one-another. The coffee officially begins at 9:00 and lasts until 10:00. Please come to the high school lobby.
 
The Secondary Principal's Coffee does not have a set agenda. It is an opportunity for you to come with any questions you may have and get answers from members of the Secondary School leadership.  We hope to see you April 16!
 
Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety (4/25)
We invite you to our end-of-year Parent Meeting on April 25 at 6:30pm. 

Click here for more info.


Click HERE to reserve a seat.
 
Spring Lettering and Letter Jackets
On May 17th and 18th, our letter jacket partner, Herff Jones, will be on campus to accept orders for Meridian letter jackets and patches. All sophomores, juniors and seniors can order letter jackets this spring, which will arrive and be distributed on campus in August. All Meridian students have earned the privilege to put the IB insert in the "M" patch. All other "M" patch inserts must be earned by lettering in a qualifying Meridian extra-curricular activity. Freshmen can only order a letter jacket if they meet the lettering requirements of their extra-curricular activity in the fall or spring of their freshman year.
 
Lettering in an extra-curricular activity at Meridian is one of the most distinguished honors a student can achieve. Spring Lettering includes winter and spring sports and competitive clubs and leadership organizations. Specifically, Spring Lettering includes the following extra-curricular activities: Art, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Model UN, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Spring Tennis, Student Council/Class Officers, Swimming and Theatre. There are four requirements which must be met to letter in these extra-curricular activities. Learn more about the lettering requirements here.
 
Coaches and club sponsors will be making their Spring Lettering nominations this week. Those who meet all four lettering requirements and therefore "letter" in their extra-curricular activity will be announced the week of April 30th. These students will be eligible to order Meridian letter jackets and "M" patch inserts as well as jacket sleeve patches representing their extra-curricular activity on May 17th and 18th.
Learn more about Letter Jackets and Lettering here.
 
Physicals for Students Interested in Playing Meridian Sports 2018-2019
Students who would like to play sports for Meridian next year, note the following:
A valid and cleared physical form must be submitted to participate in Meridian Athletics. The physical form should be valid throughout the sport's season.
 
On Saturday, May 19th. Baylor Scott & White Round Rock is offering a FREE Physicals Event. This is your chance to get your physical done and be physically eligible for all of 2018-19 Meridian Athletics!
 
Because they are offering this service for free, Baylor Scott & White encourages participants to donate to their school's Athletics programs. Meridian has set up our registration form for this event that allows for an optional donation towards Meridian Athletics. (No donation is required.)
 
You must register by Tuesday, April 24th to participate in this Free Physicals Event! Learn more and find the registration form here.
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
Full-time/Extended Day and a la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration is NOW OPEN.
 
Though Triple A is the primary after school program, and many of the a la carte options are for primary students, there are several options open to secondary students, including Band, Chess, Coding, Lego Robotics, Martial Arts, Orchestra, and perhaps others that I am overlooking.
 
The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Science Saturday -- THIS WEEKEND!
 
 
 
April 14th (1-5pm)
 
Mays Building

Science Saturday is back! Don't miss it - Tell your friends! If you have been before, it's even better this year.  If you have never been, ask around. We have had two years to plan. It's going to be huge so show up early! 

We have UT Chemistry and UT Physics shows returning. More new activities this year including virtual reality experience, drone soccer (yes, you get to fly the drones), reptiles, robotics, solar viewing and entomology. Tour the STEM Scouts Vortex Mobile Lab and the National Weather Mobile Museum at the event. Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Click HERE for a list of showtimes and activities.
 
Click HERE to help out.
 
Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Questions?  
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • April 11 (Wed): STAAR 7th Math (Pre-Algebra), 8th Reading
  • April 12 (Thurs): STAAR EOC English 2 10th
  • April 14 (Saturday): Science Saturday
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 20 (Friday): Student Holiday
  • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
  • April 23-24 (confirmed): 10th Grade College Trip
  • April 25 - Parent Meeting: Focus on Safety
  • May 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • 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 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Yom Hashoah
Sundown, April 11, through sundown, April 12, marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. Named "Yom Hashoah" in Hebrew, this day was established by the Israeli parliament in the 1950s, and is also recognized by the US Congress as a national Holocaust Remembrance Day. The UN established an International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the date recognized by the United Kingdom of Great Britain (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website). Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the deaths of an estimated 6 million Jews and millions of others persecuted by the Nazi government of Germany.
 
Vaisakhi
This festival, celebrated by both Hindus and Sikhs, is a harvest festival that takes place on April 14. According to the guide to Punjabi culture "Ask Auntyji", it is of particular religious significance to Sikhs and is "the most celebrated religious festival of Sikhs in India" and many other countries. In addition to the festivities of the day, Sikhs will pray, do community service, and donate food to charity.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
April 11, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
2018/2019 School Calendar - Approved by Board
The 2018-2019 School Calendar was approved by the Meridian Board at last Thursday night's meeting. Please take note of dates for start of school and vacations!
 
Meridian Students Receive Scholarships for IB Conferences
At last week's Board Meeting, Mr. Fernández announced that several Meridian students have received scholarships to attend one of the three IB World Student Conferences offered this summer.
 
The International Baccalaureate Organization awarded five all-expense paid scholarships to students in Texas, and three of those students attend Meridian:
 

Teanna Barrett - Washington D.C.

Ruth Befekedu - Hong Kong

Vidya Choutagunta - Rotterdam

 
Texas International Baccalaureate Schools (TIBS) awarded 11 of their 14 partial scholarships to Meridian students. Each will receive all but their airfare at no cost (this includes registration, room & board, and ground transportation):
 
Eric Bowers - Hong Kong
Peyton Cole - Hong Kong
Isabelle Hanna - Hong Kong
Katherine Jackson - Hong Kong
Isabella Juarez - Rotterdam
Mohit Nadkarni - Hong Kong
Carson Raleigh - Hong Kong
Edith Vigushin - Washington D.C.
Amie Walling - Hong Kong
Kiernan Work - Rotterdam
Jocelyn Xu - Hong Kong
 
To learn more about the Washington D.C. conference click here.
To learn more about the Rotterdam (The Netherlands) conference click here.
To learn more about the Hong Kong conference click here.
 
Picasso International Creative Skills Art Awards
Last week, Meridian high school Art teacher Cynthia Castillo submitted 10 artworks from Meridian student artists to an International Online Art Competition. Picasso International Creative Skills  is an international online art contest with participants from over sixty-three countries, and is certified by the International Organization of Standardization.  All artworks are judged based on Innovation, Creativity, Engaging, Perfection, Age of Artist, Presentation and Artistic Ability.
 
All ten Meridian entries received either Creative Star, Creative Diamond, or Creative Gold Artist awards for their age groups! Because of the number of entries and because all students received higher ranking awards, Meridian is now listed as a Gold Award Top Performing School for 2018.
 
The award winners are listed below:
 
9th Grade:
Shriya Swamy- Creative Gold
Aidan Fontenot- Creative Gold
Amelie Vain- Creative Gold
 
10th Grade:
Kiley Gaddis-Creative Star
Katherine Jackson-Creative Star
Sapna Mistry-Creative Gold
Chloe Smith-Creative Diamond
Sejal Naik-Creative Diamond
Caroline Short- Creative Diamond
Lili Xu-  Creative Star
 
Congratulations Meridian artists!
Spring Lettering and Letter Jackets
On May 17th and 18th, our letter jacket partner, Herff Jones, will be on campus to accept orders for Meridian letter jackets and patches. All sophomores, juniors and seniors can order letter jackets this spring, which will arrive and be distributed on campus in August. All Meridian students have earned the privilege to put the IB insert in the "M" patch. All other "M" patch inserts must be earned by lettering in a qualifying Meridian extra-curricular activity. Freshmen can only order a letter jacket if they meet the lettering requirements of their extra-curricular activity in the fall or spring of their freshman year.
 
Lettering in an extra-curricular activity at Meridian is one of the most distinguished honors a student can achieve. Spring Lettering includes winter and spring sports and competitive clubs and leadership organizations. Specifically, Spring Lettering includes the following extra-curricular activities: Art, Band, Baseball, Basketball, Model UN, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Spring Tennis, Student Council/Class Officers, Swimming and Theatre. There are four requirements which must be met to letter in these extra-curricular activities. Learn more about the lettering requirements here.
 
Coaches and club sponsors will be making their Spring Lettering nominations this week. Those who meet all four lettering requirements and therefore "letter" in their extra-curricular activity will be announced the week of April 30th. These students will be eligible to order Meridian letter jackets and "M" patch inserts as well as jacket sleeve patches representing their extra-curricular activity on May 17th and 18th.
Learn more about Letter Jackets and Lettering here.


5 Year Recognition
At the Meridian School Board meeting last Thursday, the board recognized faculty and staff that have worked for Meridian for five years. In addition to the public recognition and reception, they receive a bonus, a raise, and (perhaps most treasured by many) a Meridian Lion pin or medallion necklace.
 
This is a tradition that began in spring 2016, when Meridian celebrated the first five year anniversary for faculty who had been at Meridian since it opened its doors.  This year's group is particularly special to me personally, however, because I started at Meridian five years ago with this group.
 
Those secondary faculty recognized for their five year anniversary are:
  • Pam Byers (Dyslexia Support Teacher)
  • Kathy Gregg (College Counselor)
  • Shannon Haulotte (Middle School Assistant Principal)
  • Kathy Ilgen (Head of School Executive Assistant & Secondary School Campus Manager)
  • Wendy Riley (Math Instructional Coach and High School Math Teacher)
  • Kaylene Rudd (IB MYP Coordinator and DP Visual Arts Teacher)
  • Charles Ryder (Principal of the Secondary School)
  • Sabrina Ryder (High School French Teacher)
  • Shawn Seaman (High School Receptionist)
  • Lacy Vain (Middle School Visual Arts Teacher)
Mark Rogers Pursuing Professional Opportunity Next Year
A valued member of the inaugural group of Meridian teachers, Mark Rogers, will be leaving Meridian at the end of this year to pursue a professional opportunity at Austin Achieve.  He has long wanted to be a kindergarten teacher to, in his words "understand how we learn through the full K-12 spectrum, and next year is when I will begin at a school closer to my home in downtown Austin. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to each member of the Meridian community for supporting me. Meridian is special because each time I faced a challenge, a colleague, parent, student, or administrator helped me."
 
We also would like to thank Mr. Rogers for devoting the past seven years at Meridian, as a math teacher in grades 7 through 12, Economics and IB DP Theory of Knowledge teacher, leader, student advocate, and colleague.  We wish him luck on his future path!
DP Visual Arts Exhibition scheduled for Friday, April 6th
Each spring, Meridian seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Each student is designated their own "space" to exhibit the original artwork they have created over the last two years as it would be displayed in an actual art museum. In 2016, we had five seniors participate, and in 2017 we had seven students participate. We are proud to have twenty students participating this year, so this will be our biggest DP Visual Arts Exhibition event yet! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of these student artists in this important, culminating event on Friday, April 6th from 5:00-7:00pm in both the High School and Mays buildings. You are sure to be impressed with their artwork; we hope to see you there! Please check in the the Mays Building Lobby for a map of exhibition spaces.
Partnership with RRPD
We are in the process of developing a partnership with the Round Rock Police Department in the interest of community relations, increasing their familiarity with our school so that they can better support us and our students, and so they can assist in the training of our faculty.  So you may notice an increased police presence at the school. If you see a parked police car, they won't necessarily be here to help us with a particular situation--they may just be here for lunch!
 
Science Saturday (4/14)
 
 
 
April 14th (1-5pm)
 
Mays Building

Science Saturday is back! Don't miss it - Tell your friends! If you have been before, it's even better this year.  If you have never been, ask around. We have had two years to plan. It's going to be huge so show up early! 

We have UT Chemistry and UT Physics shows returning. More new activities this year including virtual reality experience, drone soccer (yes, you get to fly the drones), reptiles, robotics, solar viewing and entomology. Tour the STEM Scouts Vortex Mobile Lab and the National Weather Mobile Museum at the event. Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Click HERE for a list of showtimes and activities.
 
Click HERE to help out.
 
Mark your calendars and we will see you there.
 
Questions?  
Principal's Coffee (4/16)
Monday, April 16, will be the last Secondary Principal's Coffee scheduled for this year. Doors will open at 8:30, providing an opportunity for parents to visit with one-another. The coffee officially begins at 9:00 and lasts until 10:00. Please come to the high school lobby.
 
The Secondary Principal's Coffee does not have a set agenda. It is an opportunity for you to come with any questions you may have and get answers from members of the Secondary School leadership.  We hope to see you April 16!
 
Upcoming State STAAR Testing 
Next week, students in several grades will be taking state STAAR tests. Please help all testing students to be well-rested and prepared. Students in all testing grades should bring a sack lunch to school and will not have access to a microwave (lunch will be eaten in the testing room).  Students who do not bring a sack lunch will have the opportunity to purchase a sack lunch, which they will eat in the testing room.

Students are welcome to bring a snack to the testing room, as long as it is not distracting to other students in the testing environment.

Students should not bring electronic devices to the STAAR testing room.  Accessing or even having an electronic device in one's possession during testing can lead to invalidation of test results and will have serious disciplinary consequences as well.

April 10: 7th (Writing) & 9th (English 1) grade testing
April 11: 7th (Math Pre-Algebra) & 8th (Reading) grade testing
April 12: 10th grade testing (English 2)

Further STAAR testing will take place in May (see the upcoming dates section below for specifics).

Again, please help your child be well-rested, focused, but not overly stressed.  They should do well!
Physicals for Students Interested in Playing Meridian Sports 2018-2019
Students who would like to play sports for Meridian next year, note the following:
A valid and cleared physical form must be submitted to participate in Meridian Athletics. The physical form should be valid throughout the sport's season.
 
On Saturday, May 19th. Baylor Scott & White Round Rock is offering a FREE Physicals Event. This is your chance to get your physical done and be physically eligible for all of 2018-19 Meridian Athletics!
 
Because they are offering this service for free, Baylor Scott & White encourages participants to donate to their school's Athletics programs. Meridian has set up our registration form for this event that allows for an optional donation towards Meridian Athletics. (No donation is required.)
 
You must register by Tuesday, April 24th to participate in this Free Physicals Event! Learn more and find the registration form here.
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
Full-time/Extended Day and a la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration is NOW OPEN.
 
Though Triple A is the primary after school program, and many of the a la carte options are for primary students, there are several options open to secondary students, including Band, Chess, Coding, Lego Robotics, Martial Arts, Orchestra, and perhaps others that I am overlooking.
 
The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • April 6 (Friday): DP Art Exhibition 5:00-7:00
  • Meridian Night at the Round Rock Express - RESERVE TICKETS BY FRIDAY @ 12pm!
  • April 10 (Tuesday): STAAR 7th Writing, EOC English 1 9th
  • April 11 (Wed): STAAR 7th Math (Pre-Algebra), 8th Reading
  • April 12 (Thurs): STAAR EOC English 2 10th
  • April 14 (Saturday): Science Saturday
  • April 16 (Monday): Principal's Coffee (Secondary School) 9:00am
  • April 20 (Friday): Student Holiday
  • April 20 (Friday): Junior-Senior Prom
  • April 23-24 (confirmed): 10th Grade College Trip
  • May 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • 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 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • 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,
 
April 5, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Math on the Sidewalk
If you've been out on the high school sidewalks this week, you might have noticed some sidewalk art. Coming closer, you would see that it is math! Ms. Rothenberger's Algebra II class has been working on polynomial long division, the weather was nice, and to liven things up they went outside and did their math on the sidewalk in brightly colored chalk. Sometimes it is just simple things that enhance learning and fun. It's been washed away now by last night's rain, but they will surely be outside again soon, doing more math. In the meantime, here are some pictures!
 
 
Personal Project Presentation-the culminating MYP event - TODAY!
Meridian's 10th grade students have been hard at work over the last year planning, investigating and developing their Personal Projects. This Thursday, March 29th, 2018, the Meridian Community will be able to participate in their experiences by attending the Personal Project Presentation. The entire community is invited to attend the event, which will take place in the Mays Gyms from 4:30-6:00 pm.
 
Appointments Near the End of School Day
Remember that if you have an appointment close to the end of school and don't want to get stuck in dismissal carline, you can park in the high school office parking and walk around to the middle school office to sign out your middle school student.  Just make sure you plan enough time!

DP Visual Arts Exhibition scheduled for Friday, April 6th
Each spring, Meridian seniors pursuing Visual Arts in the Diploma Program curate an exhibition of their own artwork. Each student is designated their own "space" to exhibit the original artwork they have created over the last two years as it would be displayed in an actual art museum. In 2016, we had five seniors participate, and in 2017 we had seven students participate. We are proud to have twenty students participating this year, so this will be our biggest DP Visual Arts Exhibition event yet! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of these student artists in this important, culminating event on Friday, April 6th from 5:00-7:00pm in both the High School and Mays buildings. You are sure to be impressed with their artwork; we hope to see you there! Please check in the the Mays Building Lobby for a map of exhibition spaces.
Upcoming State STAAR Testing 
Week after next, students in several grades will be taking state STAAR tests.  Please help all testing students to be well-rested and prepared. Students in all testing grades should bring a sack lunch to school and will not have access to a microwave (lunch will be eaten in the testing room).  Students who do not bring a sack lunch will have the opportunity to purchase a sack lunch, which they will eat in the testing room.

Students are welcome to bring a snack to the testing room, as long as it is not distracting to other students in the testing environment.

Students should not bring electronic devices to the STAAR testing room.  Accessing or even having an electronic device in one's possession during testing can lead to invalidation of test results and will have serious disciplinary consequences as well.

April 10: 7th (Writing) & 9th (English 1) grade testing
April 11: 7th (Math Pre-Algebra) & 8th (Reading) grade testing
April 12: 10th grade testing (English 2)

Further STAAR testing will take place in May (see the upcoming dates section below for specifics).

Again, please help your child be well-rested, focused, but not overly stressed.  They should do well!
Physicals for Students Interested in Playing Meridian Sports 2018-2019
Students who would like to play sports for Meridian next year, note the following:
A valid and cleared physical form must be submitted to participate in Meridian Athletics. The physical form should be valid throughout the sport's season.
 
On Saturday, May 19th. Baylor Scott & White Round Rock is offering a FREE Physicals Event. This is your chance to get your physical done and be physically eligible for all of 2018-19 Meridian Athletics!
 
Because they are offering this service for free, Baylor Scott & White encourages participants to donate to their school's Athletics programs. Meridian has set up our registration form for this event that allows for an optional donation towards Meridian Athletics. (No donation is required.)
 
You must register by Tuesday, April 24th to participate in this Free Physicals Event! Learn more and find the registration form here.
Upcoming College Exploration Opportunities
There are several opportunities to find out more about colleges this April.  One is a visit to Meridian by representatives of Hendrix College on April 5. Another is the Austin National College Fair on April 10.  And the Texas IB Schools College Fair, held in the DFW area on April 24, is part of the itinerary for the Meridian 10th grade college trip.
 
For more information on these three events, please see College Exploration Opportunities.
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
Full-time/Extended Day and a la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration is NOW OPEN.
 
Though Triple A is the primary after school program, and many of the a la carte options are for primary students, there are several options open to secondary students, including Band, Chess, Coding, Lego Robotics, Martial Arts, Orchestra, and perhaps others that I am overlooking.
 
The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • March 29:  Personal Project Presentations
  • March 30:  HOLIDAY
  • April 6 (Friday): DP Art Exhibition 5:00-7:00
  • April 10 (Tuesday): STAAR 7th Writing, EOC English 1 9th
  • April 11 (Wed): STAAR 7th Math (Pre-Algebra), 8th Reading
  • April 12 (Thurs): STAAR EOC English 2 10th
  • 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 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • 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 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
Passover (Pesach) and Easter
The Jewish festival of Passover begins this week, at sundown the evening of Friday, March 30.  The last day of Passover will be Saturday, April 7. Chabad.org notes that this eight day Jewish festival "commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt."  The holiest days are the first and last two days of Passover. Holiday candles are lit at night and accompanied by celebratory meals, and many also recognize these Jewish holy days by not working, driving, writing, or using electronic devices.

Christian Holy Week also concludes this week with Easter this Sunday, April 1.  The coincidence of these events is a result of the fact that the Christian Bible describes the crucifixion of Jesus as taking place during Passover.  In French, "Easter" is known as Pâques. In Spanish, Pascua.  And in Greek, Pascha.  These all derive from the Hebrew word for Passover, Pesach. According to the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia,  the name "Easter" in English and other Germanic languages (German Oster) is of less clear origin, though according to some sources the name is derived from an old Germanic goddess of the rising sun and spring.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
March 29, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Thank you so much to everyone who donated clothing or shopped at our store at the garden party last Saturday! With your help, we raised money for Model UN, collected awesome clothes to donate to a great organization (Treasure City Thrift), and finished our CAS project with 3 weeks to spare!
 
-Shelly, Olivia, & Alec

 
 
 
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Personal Project Presentation-the culminating MYP event
Meridian's 10th grade students have been hard at work over the last year planning, investigating and developing their Personal Projects. On March 29th, 2018, the Meridian Community will be able to participate in their experiences by attending the Personal Project Presentation. The entire community is invited to attend the event, which will take place in the Mays Gyms from 4:30-6:00 pm. The Meridian Personal Project Presentation functions largely like the Primary Exhibition, where students will have displays set out and speeches prepared so that parents and other students are able to circulate. Students will be at their projects displays discussing with large and small groups organically, much like a science fair. The event will end promptly at 6pm so that our hard working 10th grade students can take part in a celebration of their completion of a project that they have been working on since their 9th grade year!
 
9th grade students and their parents are also encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to see what to expect in the upcoming year!
 
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
Full-time/Extended Day and a la Carte Program 2018-2019 Registration is NOW OPEN.
 
Though Triple A is the primary after school program, and many of the a la carte options are for primary students, there are several options open to secondary students, including Band, Chess, Coding, Lego Robotics, Martial Arts, Orchestra, and perhaps others that I am overlooking.
 
The deadline for pre-registration is May 15thClick here to thoroughly review the registration process.
Sat 3/24 - Annual Garden Party & Farmer's Market
There will be something for all ages and interests!
 


 
There are also lots of volunteer opportunities for secondary students:

 
Sat 3/24 - "Clothing Swap + Thrift Shop" (CAS Project)
A few of our high school students have been taking action by collecting clothing for their CAS project. 
 
Come to the Garden Party on March 24th and get one free item for every item you donated!
 
Questions?  Please email Michelle.Lu@meridianstudents.org.
Navigating your Child's Social Media
Coffee and Technology
 
In this crazy world of social media, do you know who is following your student on Instagram? Are you aware if your child is being bombarded with harassing or scary posts or images? How can you be sure that Suzy or Johnny is actually doing homework instead of surfing the web?  How can you play a part on monitoring safety?Breigh Ann Roberts, one of our Meridian Parents, has worked for AT&T, Microsoft, Travelocity & Expedia in developing and executing software and has been on diverse projects surrounding the marketing digital design of mobile apps as well as leading the execution of integrated communications programs. She has offered to give hands on help with parents directly managing and overseeing their children's social media. In November, the Round Rock Police visited with valuable information on safety scenarios, what to look for, and suggestions on management. Ms. Roberts is offering to revisit that, but also to help you directly set up your phone or computer to have more access and control to your student's accounts.  Please feel free to attend the session in our Secondary Library hosted by Jan MacWatters and Nancy Spence. It takes a community to support our children and their safety.
 
When:    March 27th 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Middle School Library
What to bring:   Laptop or SmartPhone (or simply take notes)
Contact:  Ms. Spence, MS Counselor for details
 
We are currently working on offering a second session, during the school day.  More details one that will be announced when the second session is finalized.
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Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • March 24:  Annual Garden Party & Farmer's Market
  • March 24:  High School Semi Formal (9th & 10th grade)
  • March 29:  Personal Project Presentations
  • April 10 (Tuesday): STAAR 7th Writing, EOC English 1 9th
  • April 11 (Wed): STAAR 7th Math (Pre-Algebra), 8th Reading
  • April 12 (Thurs): STAAR EOC English 2 10th
  • 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 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 7 (Mon): STAAR EOC 8th grade Algebra 1
  • May 9 (Wed): STAAR EOC 9th Biology, 11th US History, 10th ACT
  • May 14 (Monday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major Assessments
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed) - May 21 (Monday): Review Days
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
  • 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 17-19: 8th Grade Class Trip to Heifer Ranch
  • October 24 (Wednesday):  PSAT for all 10th and 11th grade students; 8:30-12:30
End of Lent and Easter
For Christians, the sacrificial period of Lent ends with Holy Week and Easter, seen by many Christians as their most important holy day.  This period commemorates Christian belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Christians start this weekend with "Lazarus Saturday" (March 24), celebrating the Biblical account of the resurrection of Lazarus.  In Greece, this day is accompanied by the eating of spice breads known as "Lazariki." Christians in the Western tradition generally start the week with Palm Sunday (March 25), and it culminates with Good Friday on March 30 and Easter on Sunday, April 1.  According to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, the painting of eggs is one of the oldest customs associated with Easter.  It may have arisen because the eating of eggs was forbidden during Lent, but also because of the metaphorical connection between an egg and birth or resurrection.

Why does the date of Easter move around every year?  According to the Christian Council of Nicea (325 A.D. / C.E.), Easter is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Vernal Equinox.  The Vernal, or Spring Equinox is based upon the solar calendar, but there are 12 solar months in a 365 day solar year, but 13 lunar months. Therefore these calendars do not exactly coincide.  The Vernal Equinox was on March 20, and this year (2018) the next full moon is on March 31, and Easter falls on the first Sunday afterwards, April 1.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
March 22, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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Proposed 2018-2019 Calendar
Please see this letter from Head of School Rick Fernández regarding the proposed 2018-2019 school calendar.
 
As stated in the letter, if you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Rick Fernández at headofschool@mwschool.org on or before noon on Friday, March 9, 2018.
 
Navigating your Child's Social Media
Coffee and Technology
 
In this crazy world of social media, do you know who is following your student on Instagram? Are you aware if your child is being bombarded with harassing or scary posts or images? How can you be sure that Suzy or Johnny is actually doing homework instead of surfing the web?  How can you play a part on monitoring safety?Breigh Ann Roberts, one of our Meridian Parents, has worked for AT&T, Microsoft, Travelocity & Expedia in developing and executing software and has been on diverse projects surrounding the marketing digital design of mobile apps as well as leading the execution of integrated communications programs. She has offered to give hands on help with parents directly managing and overseeing their children's social media. In November, the Round Rock Police visited with valuable information on safety scenarios, what to look for, and suggestions on management. Ms. Roberts is offering to revisit that, but also to help you directly set up your phone or computer to have more access and control to your student's accounts.  Please feel free to attend the session in our Secondary Library hosted by Jan MacWatters and Nancy Spence. It takes a community to support our children and their safety.
 
When:    March 27th 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Middle School Library
What to bring:   Laptop or SmartPhone (or simply take notes)
Contact:  Ms. Spence, MS Counselor for details
 
We are currently working on offering a second session, during the school day.  More details one that will be announced when the second session is finalized.
Social Media Conversations with Students
Last week, Middle School Counselor Nancy Spence visited 6th-8th grade students classes to discuss appropriate use of social media.  If you would like to follow up on this by having a discussion with your child, see the link for a bulleted overview of her presentation:  Talking Points on Responsible Use of Social Media.
 
When High School Counselor Carrie Proctor holds her annual one-on-one meetings with 9th and 10th graders, one of the items she addresses is responsible social media use.  In addition, next month she will be visiting 11th and 12th grade classes to address this topic.
ATTN: 11th Grade Male Students & Parents
Are you an 11th grade male interested in Government, Law, Civil Service or Politics?

This is the last chance to get an application-interviews are THIS SUNDAY!
 
American Legion Hall Post 447 in Round Rock
Sunday, March 11th at 3pm
 
You must be available to attend Boy's State in Austin June 10th -15th if selected. Please see Ms. Seaman for an application, complete it and bring it to your interview.  Please show up dressed to impress (job interview attire).


BIG Fundraising Opportunity for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Students!!!
If you would like for your student to start raising money the for the IB exams and/or for the Senior Class Trip, please join us for a meeting about RS3 Concession fundraising opportunities on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00-6:30pm in the Old Secondary Cafeteria in the high school building.

Students can begin working when they turn 15. Even if you are not sure if your student will participate in the senior trip, he/she can begin raising money for the IB exams which cost approximately $925 total.  Our students have earned close to $45K via RS3 over the last several years.  Come and learn how your family can get plugged in!

Questions? Contact s.holcombe@mwschool.org
Spring Picture Day (3/9)
All primary students (grades K-5) will take Spring pictures, but secondary students (grades 6-12) are NOT automatically pulled for pictures.  Secondary students (grades 6-12) will be called out of class to take pictures on Spring Pictures ONLY IF:
 
1) The parent signs them up using  THIS Google form (by 11pm on 08 March); OR
2) The student brings a completed ORDER FORM WITH PAYMENT on picture day. Order forms will be distributed the week of Feb 26th.; OR
3) You pre-order online, print the receipt, and the student brings it to school on picture day.
 
Dress for Spring Picture Day:  Students who are taking pictures may wear "dressy attire" for the day, but their clothing choices must be school appropriate.  No short shorts, dresses/skirts that are excessively short, no torn jeans or jeans with holes in them, no leggings/tights, t-shirts, etc.  Please use good judgment when choosing attire.
 
Students who are not taking pictures should wear regular school uniform for the day. Please email questions to s.holcombe@mwschool.org.
Attendance
If your child is absent, please remember that we must have an email or letter, i.e. documentation in writing, of the reason for the student's absence.  This is required if we are to excuse the absence.
 
Please email attendance-hs@mwschool.org (for high school) or attendance-ms@mwschool.org (for middle school).
Advanced Math at Meridian
Meridian students in general take advanced math, with 8th graders taking Algebra 1 (traditionally a 9th grade class).  This course of study, with students taking Geometry in 9th grade and Algebra 2 in 10th grade, prepares students well for most IB Diploma Program mathematics courses in 11th and 12th grade.  However, students planning on pursuing an extremely math-heavy course of study in college, such as an engineering or mathematics degree, are best prepared by IB DP Mathematics Higher Level (Math HL).  The Math HL course requires that students take a pre-calculus course by 10th grade.  To prepare for this, students might take Algebra 1 as early as 7th grade.  
 
Letters concerning this most advanced course of study were sent home with students when course selection forms were handed out.  If you are interested and did not see one, however, here is the Course Acceleration Letter.
 
Course acceleration forms are due by March 29.
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!
2018-2019 Course Selection Sheets Overdue
Course selection sheets for both middle and high school students were due several weeks ago.
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:
CAS Project: "Clothing Swap + Thrift Shop"
A few of our high school students are taking action by collecting clothing for their CAS project. They are collecting clothing for a "Clothing Swap + Thrift Shop" through the week after Spring Break. You can do some "spring cleaning" over the break, and donate items to support our students with this endeavor.  Message from the students:
 
"If you want to donate clothing, whether it be something your child grew out of or something that's not "cool" enough anymore, we ask that you follow these simple steps:
1. Wash (if necessary) and fold your clothing
2. Place folded clothing into a bag
3. Label the bag with your name/your child's name and the sizes of any tagless garments
4. Bring the bag to school and put it in a collection bin in the HS or MS lobbies by March 21st.
5. Come to the Garden Party on March 24th and get one free item for every item you donated!
 
Questions?  Please email Michelle.Lu@meridianstudents.org.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • March 9 (Friday): Spring Picture Day
  • March 10-17:  Senior Trip to Ecuador
  • March 10-18: Spring Break
  • March 24:  Garden Party
  • March 24:  High School Semi Formal (9th & 10th grade)
  • March 29:  Personal Project Presentations
  • 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
International Women's Day
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. According to InternationalWomensDay.com, "following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honored the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland." In 1917, a march in St. Petersburg, Russia on International Women's Day proved to be the spark that started the Russian Revolution. Today, March 8 is a worldwide celebration of the economic, social, and political achievements of women.
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight Savings Time will begin at 2:00am this Sunday, March 11.  So don't forget to "spring forward" to 3am!
Irish National Day
The importance of St. Patrick's Day as a commemoration of Ireland and all things green is well known in the United States. It is "national day" in the Republic of Ireland, celebrating Irish independence, and in Northern Ireland it is a bank holiday. This year, Irish National Day falls on Saturday, March 17.

Mr. Peebles is extremely proud of his Irish heritage and hosts an annual St. Patrick's day party on a Saturday near date. He is very excited that this year the party can actually be on St. Patrick's day!
Spring Celebrations
Tuesday, March 20, marks the official astronomical start of spring, the Vernal Equinox. It is also central to the celebrations of many religions around the world, including the Shinto Spring Festival in Japan and Noruz, the start of the Persian New Year.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
March 8, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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It has certainly been an eventful couple of weeks! Safety has been much on everyone's mind. Here is a link if you missed the  School Safety Procedures Message that went out last night.
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Proposed 2018-2019 Calendar
Please see this letter from Head of School Rick Fernández regarding the proposed 2018-2019 school calendar.
 
As stated in the letter, if you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to Rick Fernández at headofschool@mwschool.org on or before noon on Friday, March 9, 2018.
 
Federal Report Cards Available
Federal Report Cards for the state, the district, and each of the district's campuses are now available on our website and are also available on the Texas Education Agency's website . Just do a search for "Meridian World School." (Not to be confused with Meridian ISD in Meridian, Texas!)
 
More information can be found HERE.
Secondary Principal's Coffee Monday (3/5)
The penultimate Secondary Principal's Coffee of the year will be this Monday, 05 March, in the high school building. Doors will open at 8:30am and parents can come in to socialize, and the coffee will be from 9:00-10:00. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with members of the secondary administration and ask questions that might be on their mind.
Attendance
If your child is absent, please remember that we must have an email or letter, i.e. documentation in writing, of the reason for the student's absence.  This is required if we are to excuse the absence.
 
Please email attendance-hs@mwschool.org (for high school) or attendance-ms@mwschool.org (for middle school).
Advanced Math at Meridian
Meridian students in general take advanced math, with 8th graders taking Algebra 1 (traditionally a 9th grade class).  This course of study, with students taking Geometry in 9th grade and Algebra 2 in 10th grade, prepares students well for most IB Diploma Program mathematics courses in 11th and 12th grade.  However, students planning on pursuing an extremely math-heavy course of study in college, such as an engineering or mathematics degree, are best prepared by IB DP Mathematics Higher Level (Math HL).  The Math HL course requires that students take a pre-calculus course by 10th grade.  To prepare for this, students might take Algebra 1 as early as 7th grade.  
 
Letters concerning this most advanced course of study were sent home with students when course selection forms were handed out.  If you are interested and did not see one, however, here is the Course Acceleration Letter.
 
Course acceleration forms are due by March 29.
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!

THIS WEEK (Week #3):
Did you miss the previous weeks? It's not too late to get caught up!
We want to hear from you:
Week #2
 
Week #1: 
2018-2019 Course Selection Sheets Overdue
Course selection sheets for both middle and high school students were due several weeks ago.
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:
Performances by 7th Grade Theater Arts
Meridian seventh grade Theater Arts students will be presenting their play, The Invention of Theatre by theatre teacher Amy Crowl on March 5-7. This production is the result of an interdisciplinary unit between Mrs. Crowl's Theater and Mr. Costin's Design classes. This original play tells the story of theatre history in all its zany comic glory. Starring a pair of confrontational cavemen, an overdramatic Oedipus Rex, a sinister Shakespeare and some morose Method Actors, and ending in a musical, this play will inform and delight secondary audiences. Mrs. Crowl's classes will present the play in the Black Box Theatre according to the schedule below. Admission is free, but seating is limited and priority will be given to seventh-grade families!  
 
Monday, March 5:
6:00 PM- 1st period
7:00 PM- 3rd period
 
Tuesday, March 6:
6:00 PM- 4th period
7:00 PM- 5th period
 
Wednesday, March 7:
6:00 PM- 7th period
7:00 PM- 8th period
CAS Project: "Clothing Swap + Thrift Shop"
A few of our high school students are taking action by collecting clothing for their CAS project. They are collecting clothing for a "Clothing Swap + Thrift Shop" through the week after Spring Break. You can do some "spring cleaning" over the break, and donate items to support our students with this endeavor.  Message from the students:
 
"If you want to donate clothing, whether it be something your child grew out of or something that's not "cool" enough anymore, we ask that you follow these simple steps:
1. Wash (if necessary) and fold your clothing
2. Place folded clothing into a bag
3. Label the bag with your name/your child's name and the sizes of any tagless garments
4. Bring the bag to school and put it in a collection bin in the HS or MS lobbies by March 21st.
5. Come to the Garden Party on March 24th and get one free item for every item you donated!
 
Questions?  Please email Michelle.Lu@meridianstudents.org.
Sign Up for Junior Parent & Student Conference with Counselor
If your family would like to divide the cost of the IB exams over time, this is a reminder that installment #2 was due on February 1st.  Please write "Class of 2019 IB Exam Payment" in the memo of your check. Questions about IB exam fees/payments can be addressed to Mrs. Holcombe at s.holcombe@mwschool.org.
 
Class of 2019 
Due Date
Installment
15-Nov-2017
$185
1-Feb-2018
$185
1-May-2018
$185
1-Sep-2018
$185
1-Nov-2018
$185
Total
$925
 
Spring Picture Day (3/9)
All primary students (grades K-5) will take Spring pictures, but secondary students (grades 6-12) are NOT automatically pulled for pictures.  Secondary students (grades 6-12) will be called out of class to take pictures on Spring Pictures ONLY IF:
 
1) The parent signs them up using  THIS Google form (by 11pm on 08 March); OR
2) The student brings a completed ORDER FORM WITH PAYMENT on picture day. Order forms will be distributed the week of Feb 26th.; OR
3) You pre-order online, print the receipt, and the student brings it to school on picture day.
 
Dress for Spring Picture Day:  Students who are taking pictures may wear "dressy attire" for the day, but their clothing choices must be school appropriate.  No short shorts, dresses/skirts that are excessively short, no torn jeans or jeans with holes in them, no leggings/tights, t-shirts, etc.  Please use good judgment when choosing attire.
 
Students who are not taking pictures should wear regular school uniform for the day. Please email questions to s.holcombe@mwschool.org.
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • 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
Women's History Month
March is National Women's History Month, a time to commemorate the contributions of women to United States and world history.Next Thursday, March 8 will be International Women's Day, a day observed internationally since the early twentieth century.
 
Purim
The evening of Wednesday, February 28 through the day of Thursday, March 1 mark the Jewish holy day of Purim. This day commemorates when, according to the Book of Esther in the Torah, the Jewish population of Persia was targeted for extermination, but was saved when Esther convinced the king of Persia to spare them. This holy day is celebrated by fasting, feasting, and the giving of gifts to charity.
Holi
Holi, the Hindu new year, begins the evening of March 1 and ends March 2. According to Encyclopedia Britannica online, "participants throw coloured water and powders on one another, and, on this one day only, license is given for the usual rankings of caste, gender, status, and age to be reversed. In the streets the celebrations are often marked by ribald language and behavior, but at its conclusion, when everyone bathes, dons clean white clothes, and visits friends, teachers, and relatives, the ordered patterns of society are reasserted and renewed."
 
Hola Mahalla
A martial arts festival originally created to distract Sikhs from the Hindu festival of Holi, the festival of Hola Mahalla begins March 2 and ends March 4.
 
Texas Independence Day
Friday, March 2, is Texas Independence Day.  On this day in 1836, as the siege of the Alamo was underway in San Antonio, delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos voted to declare independence from Mexico.  Independence was won with Texans' victory at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, beginning the Republic of Texas' ten year stint as an independent nation.

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

Sincerely,
 
March 1, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR
    A/B CALENDAR
STUDENT
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE to view the current announcement slides shown in advisory class.
 
 
 
 
Click HERE for more info!