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Click HERE for Current Announcement Slides
(slides are shown to grades 6-12 during advisory class) 
 
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This special edition of the Lions Share contains only the information you most need to know / be reminded of prior to the first day of school.
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
Carline: First Day Tips and Procedures
Please expect the first day of carline to take far longer than other days.  

In the morning, kindergarten parents and some other primary parents will be walking their children into the building, which tends to complicate carline. If you are only dropping off secondary students, if possible the first week, please arrive after 8:00am. Student drivers are being asked to arrive after 8:15 am, as we will be very short on parking until after kindergarten parents have left.

In the afternoon on Wednesday, please wait until 1:45  or even 2:00 to pickup, if possible. This will save you a long wait in line, although if this year is anything like the first day last year, carline will still continue until after 2:00.

As drivers learn the carline procedures, and as we troubleshoot and tweak, in the past we have been successful in decreasing wait times substantially by the second week of school. But the first day is always a challenge!

See the link to 2018-2019 Arrival & Dismissal Procedures and CHANGES for more information on procedures, changes to procedures, tips, and maps.
High School Schedule Pick Up (8/7)
High School Schedule Pick Up is tonight.

Enter via the High School Lobby.

4:00-5:00 pm 11th & 12th grade
5:00-6:00 pm 10th grade
6:00-7:00 pm 9th grade
 
The times above are suggested, in order to avoid overwhelming the schedule pickup lines (and the parking lot). However, if you are unavailable during your grade's assigned time, you can come during one of the other time slots.

Please bring the two boxes of facial tissue and two reams of copy/printer paper listed on the High School Supply List.

At schedule pickup you will receive your course schedule, family cartags, receive locker agreements, and a variety of other information, and will have an opportunity to walk the building and find your classrooms.  
 
(Note: Schedules will not be released to students who owe money for obligations that are due from last year such as library fines, lost books,  lunch fees, etc. Please bring cash or check to take care of these fees so you can get your schedule.)
6th Grade Orientation
Here is a link to the slide deck from the 6th Grade Orientation, held Monday night (8/6).
Orientation for New Families Grades 7-12
Here is a link to the slide deck from the Orientation for New Families Grades 7-12, held Monday night (8/6).

First Day of School Bell Schedule
The first day of school we will not have our regular bell schedule.  Instead, all eight classes will meet. Please click the link for the First Day of School AB Wednesday Bell Schedule (Wednesday (8/8) Bell Schedule).
Regular Bell Schedule
Starting Thursday (8/9), we will have our regular bell schedule. Thursday will be an A-day, with periods 1-4 meeting, and Friday will be a B-day.  Here is a link to the 2018-2019 Bell Schedule.
 
School Year Calendar A & B Day
Here is a link to a calendar of the school year, indicating the A-days,  B-day rotation:
School Supply Lists

NOTE: Please bring Kleenex and copy paper when you come to pick up your schedule, or drop off at either office on the first day of school.

Dress Code - Uniform Guide
Click HERE for general dress code information, including details on the new PE uniform.

Click HERE for the Secondary Uniform Guide.

Waiters and After School 6th-12th
Register TODAY for Waiters and  After School 6th-12th

Your PayPal receipt is confirmation that your spot is reserved. Please visit the respective webpages for more information. Contact Monique Swain for information not on the website.

If your primary school child will be waiting for their secondary sibling to be released from school in order to ride home with them, you must pre-register them in the Primary Waiters program. Primary waiters must be picked up during secondary carline, however.
 
If your secondary student is not picked up at the end of school, but stays and is picked up later, you must pre-register them for After School 6th-12th.  All secondary students in After School 6th-12th must be picked up by 5:45 pm.
Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the appropriate contact for support:
 
Middle School Counseling: Nancy Spence (n.spence@mwschool.org)
High School Counseling: Carrie Proctor (c.proctor@mwschool.org)
College Counseling: Kathy Gregg (k.gregg@mwschool.org)
 
Student or Curricular Concerns:
Assistant Principal for grades 6 & 7: Jeff Strickland (j.strickland@mwschool.org)
Assistant Principal for grades 8, 9, and 10 (A-L): Toby Bermudez (t.bermudez@mwschool.org)
IB Middle Years Program Coordinator: Katy Garbus (k.garbus@mwschool.org)
Assistant Principal for grades 10 (M-Z), 11, 12: Stela Holcombe (s.holcombe@mwschool.org)
IB Diploma Program Coordinator: Stela Holcombe (s.holcombe@mwschool.org)
 
Secondary Special Education Coordinator: Haley Weisbrod (h.weisbrod@mwchool.org)
Secondary Librarian: Jan MacWatters (j.macwatters@mwschool.org)
Middle School Nurse: Patricia Crawley (p.crawley@mwschool.org)
High School (and Primary) Nurse: Joann Raskin (j.raskin@mwschool.org)
 
Middle School Attendance: Olga Alexander (attendance-MS@mwschool.org)
High School Attendance: Shawn Seaman (attendance-HS@mwschool.org)
 
Middle School Principal: Melina Berduo (principal-MS@mwschool.org)
High School Principal: Charles Ryder (principal-HS@mwschool.org)
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • August 7 (Tuesday): High 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

Sincerely,
 
Charles Ryder & Melina Berduo


August 7, 2018












Charles Ryder
High School Principal
Melina Berduo
Middle School Principal
 
 
2018-2019
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We hope that everyone has had a long, refreshing summer.  Now the new school year is fast upon us! Teachers are back to work, and primary school is holding Meet the Teacher nights.  In the Secondary School we do not have Meet the Teacher, but have already held a 6th grade Lions Camp, and Monday is 6th grade Orientation (for parents and students), 7th & 8th grade schedule pickup, and an orientation that evening for 7th - 12th grade families new to Meridian.  On Tuesday we have High School schedule pickup (moved from Friday), and then school starts Wednesday!
 
This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
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High School Schedule Pick Up - now scheduled for Tuesday, August 7
Due to a delay in the finalization of student schedules, High School Schedule Pickup was rescheduled for Tuesday, August 7.

Enter via the High School Lobby.
 
Volunteers are needed to ensure these events run efficiently. Please consider signing up HERE to help out.

4:00-5:00 pm 11th & 12th grade
5:00-6:00 pm 10th grade
6:00-7:00 pm 9th grade
 
The times above are suggested, in order to avoid overwhelming the schedule pickup lines (and the parking lot). However, if you are unavailable during your grade's assigned time, you can come during one of the other time slots.

Please bring the two boxes of facial tissue and two reams of copy/printer paper listed on the High School Supply List.

At schedule pickup you will receive your course schedule, family cartags, receive locker agreements, and a variety of other information, and will have an opportunity to walk the building and find your classrooms.  
 
(Note: Schedules will not be released to students who owe money for obligations that are due from last year such as library fines, lost books,  lunch fees, etc. Please bring cash or check to take care of these fees so you can get your schedule.)
Orientation for 7th-12th Grade Parents and Students NEW to Meridian School Monday (8/6)
The evening of August 6th, from 6:30-8:00pm, we will have an orientation presentation for students and parents who are NEW to Meridian School in 7th-12th grades. Unlike the New Applicant information sessions held in February and July, this orientation presentation contains more specific information related to starting school at Meridian and will start promptly at 6:30pm. NEW 7th and 8th graders are invited to come early to get their schedules, cartags, etc. from 6:00-6:30pm because there will not be time for this after the orientation presentation.
Middle School Schedule Pickup (7th & 8th) and 6th Grade Orientation still scheduled for Monday (8/6)
Enter via the Middle School Lobby.
 
Volunteers are needed to ensure these events run efficiently. Please consider signing up HERE to help out.

4:30-6:00 pm 7th & 8th grade schedule pickup
If you can come between 4:30 and 5:30 (before 6th grade orientation), this would be best, both for potential length of wait in line and parking.  If not, come before 6:00pm.

5:30-7:00 6th grade orientation
In contrast with MS & HS schedule pickup, 6th grade orientation is not a come and go event. This event has presentations on what you need to know about 6th grade at Meridian, so it is important to arrive at 5:30. You will enter through the middle school lobby, and then report directly to the gym for the presentation.

For both events (7th/8th Grade Schedule Pickup & 6th Grade Orientation), please bring the two boxes of facial tissue and two reams of copy/printer paper listed on the Middle School Supply List. Disregard this request if the supplies were already brought during 6th grade Lion's Camp on July 30th.

At both events you will receive your course schedule, family cartags, complete locker agreements, and a variety of other information, and will have an opportunity to walk the building and find your classrooms.
 
(Note: Schedules will not be released to students who owe money for obligations that are due from last year such as library fines, lost books,  lunch fees, etc. Please bring cash or check to take care of these fees so you can get your schedule.)
2018-2019 Meridian School Secondary Administration and Support Staff
As we have continued to grow, we have restructured a bit. Below is our secondary administrative and support staff for this year.
  • Middle School (6-8) Principal: Melina Berduo
  • Assistant Principal (6-7): Jeff Strickland
  • MS Counselor: Nancy Spence
  • MS Campus Coordinator: Kristi Anderlohr
  • MS Receptionist/Attendance: Olga Alexander
  • MS Nurse: Patricia Crawley
  • Assistant Principal (8-10): Toby Bermudez
  • Special Education Coordinator (6-12): Haley Weisbrod
  • Middle Years Program Coordinator: Katy Garbus
  • Secondary Librarian: Jan MacWatters
  • Secondary Library Aide: Amy North
  • High School (9-12) Principal: Charles Ryder
  • Assistant Principal (10 -12) & IB Diploma Program (11-12) Coordinator: Stela Holcombe
  • HS Counselor: Carrie Proctor
  • HS College Counselor: Kathy Gregg
  • HS Campus Coordinator: Jessica Kress
  • HS Receptionist/Attendance: Shawn Seaman
  • School Nurse (primary and high school): Joann Raskin
Important E-mail Addresses
The principalsecondary@mwschool.org email address will no longer be used. Instead, use:
 
Middle School Principal: principal-MS@mwschool.org
High School Principal: principal-HS@mwschool.org
 
For Middle School Attendance: attendance-MS@mwschool.org
For High School Attendance: attendance-HS@mwschool.org

Bell Schedule
Here is a link to the 2018-2019 Bell Schedule.
 
On the first day of school, however, we will have a special first-day bell schedule. Here is a link to the First Day of School AB Wednesday Bell Schedule.

School Supply Lists

NOTE: Please bring Kleenex and copy paper when you come to pick up your schedule.

Dress Code - Uniform Guide - Spirit Wear
Click HERE for general dress code information, including details on the new PE uniform.

Click HERE for the Secondary Uniform Guide.

Tomorrow (8/5) is the last day to order Spirit Wear, which will be delivered during Open House nights later this month. In the meantime, students may wear a solid red t-shirt on Fridays.

Carline Procedures & Maps
Please expect the first day of carline to take far longer than other days.  

In the morning, kindergarten parents will be walking their children into the building, which tends to complicate carline. If you are only dropping off secondary students, if possible the first week, please arrive after 8:00 am. Student drivers are being asked to arrive after 8:15 am, as we will be very short on parking until after kindergarten parents have left.

In the afternoon on Wednesday, please wait until 2:00 to pickup, if possible. This will save you a long wait in line, although if this year is anything like the first day last year, carline will still continue until well after 2:00.

As drivers learn the carline procedures, and as we troubleshoot and tweak, in the past we have been successful in decreasing wait times substantially by the second week of school.  But the first day is always a challenge!

Click HERE for NEW INFORMATION - Be ready for what's new and improved and what challenges you may find the first few days of school!

Click HERE for secondary arrival and dismissal maps.
Waiters and After School 6th-12th
Register TODAY for Waiters and  After School 6th-12th

Your PayPal receipt is confirmation that your spot is reserved. Please visit the respective webpages for more information. Contact Monique Swain for information not on the website.

Class of 2019 - IB Exam Installment #4 - Due on September 1st
If your family would like to divide the cost of the IB exams over time, this is a reminder that installment #4 is due on September 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 - IB Exam Payment Schedule
Due Date
Installment Amount
Installment #1 15-Nov-2017
$185
Installment #2: 1-Feb-2018
$185
Installment #3: 1-May-2018
$185
Installment #4: 1-Sep-2018
$185
Installment #5: 1-Nov-2018
$185
Total Due (for full IB Diploma candidates)
$925
 



Parent Help with Duty:  Give the gift of TIME to our teachers!
Stela Holcombe is looking for a core group of approximately 10-15 parents who would be willing to commit to helping with morning or afternoon duty (e.g. crosswalk duty) on a weekly basis for a 9-week period so that our teachers are freed up to spend more time with students for tutorials, club meetings, etc.  Essentially, we are asking for a 30-60 minute commitment once a week for a 9-week period.
 
If you are interested in supporting this new effort to give the gift of time to our teachers for the benefit of our students, please send an email to Stela Holcombe at s.holcombe@mwschool.org
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • August 6 (Monday): 
    • 4:30-6:00pm - 7th/8th Schedule Pickup 
    • 5:30-7:00pm - 6th Grade Orientation (not a come and go event - please arrive no later than 5:30pm)
    • 6:30-8:00pm - Orientation for 7th-12th grade families NEW to Meridian School (not a come and go event - please arrive no later than 6:30pm)) 
  • August 7 (Wednesday): High 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
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
In 1994 the United Nations General Assembly designated August 9 as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This date was chosen because it commemorates the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. This day is intended to celebrate the richness of indigenous cultures while recognizing the challenges they face.  According to the United Nations website, "There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures."

Ghost Festival (Buddhist & Taoist)
Many East Asian countries celebrate a "Ghost Festival" in mid-August, founded on the belief that the spirits of dead ancestors can be calmed and ushered into the next life through chanting and offerings.  This several-day festival is celebrated in countries such as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the appropriate contact for support:
 
Middle School Counseling: Nancy Spence (n.spence@mwschool.org)
High School Counseling: Carrie Proctor (c.proctor@mwschool.org)
College Counseling: Kathy Gregg (k.gregg@mwschool.org)
 
Student or Curricular Concerns:
Assistant Principal for grades 6 & 7: Jeff Strickland (j.strickland@mwschool.org)
Assistant Principal for grades 8, 9, and 10 (A-L): Toby Bermudez (t.bermudez@mwschool.org)
IB Middle Years Program Coordinator: Katy Garbus (k.garbus@mwschool.org)
Assistant Principal for grades 10 (M-Z), 11, 12: Stela Holcombe (s.holcombe@mwschool.org)
IB Diploma Program Coordinator: Stela Holcombe (s.holcombe@mwschool.org)
 
Secondary Special Education Coordinator: Haley Weisbrod (h.weisbrod@mwchool.org)
Secondary Librarian: Jan MacWatters (j.macwatters@mwschool.org)
Middle School Nurse: Patricia Crawley (p.crawley@mwschool.org)
High School (and Primary) Nurse: Joann Raskin (j.raskin@mwschool.org)
 
Middle School Attendance: Olga Alexander (attendance-MS@mwschool.org)
High School Attendance: Shawn Seaman (attendance-HS@mwschool.org)
 
Middle School Principal: Melina Berduo (principal-MS@mwschool.org)
High School Principal: Charles Ryder (principal-HS@mwschool.org)
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Charles Ryder & Melina Berduo
 
August 4, 2018












Charles Ryder
High School Principal
Melina Berduo
Middle School Principal
 
 
2018-2019
SCHOOL CALENDAR
(COMING SOON!)
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This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:

Exam Preparation

As you know, there has been a lot of testing over the past month, with STAAR testing starting in April and continuing in May, through this past week, and for Diploma Program students the IB exams throughout the month of May, which just finished on Friday (5/18) with the IB Diploma Program French Paper 2.
 
This can be grueling, but consolidation and deepening of learning in preparation for an exam can be stimulating as well!  Some eye catching examples include:
  • Diagrams adorning the halls outside the Chemistry lab, crafted by 10th grade Chemistry students reviewing for semester exams and  illustrating learning from each of the year's units,
and
  • Illustrations, diagrams, and schematics drawn in chalk by Diploma Program Biology students as they prepared for the IBDP Biology exam last week.
  
Semester Exam Week
Monday will be "switch day" for 6th graders, as they host rising 5th graders in the morning.  For the remainder of Monday and the week 6th grade will be wrapping up coursework. Though they will not have semester exams, they will follow the same semester exam class schedule that grades 7-11 follow.
 
B-day classes meet Monday, and this is the last day of review for semester exams for students in grades 7 through 11, and they will have semester exams Tuesday through Friday.
 
Please note that school ends at 4:00 all week, including Wednesday.  
 
 
Seniors will not have semester exams.  They will be celebrating the end IB DP exams and the culmination of their time as students at Meridian with Senior Fun Week activities.  Congratulations to the Class of 2018. You've done a great job and we will miss you!
 
No Early Release Wednesday (5/23): School Ends at 4:00 pm
Again, due to semester exams, Wednesday (5/23) is not an early release -- 
school ends at 4:00 pm on Wednesday.
 
Yearbook Distribution
Yearbooks that were PRE-PAID online were distributed to students on Friday, May 18th. Parents, please look for these to come home and enjoy! Look carefully at the cover--you might see your child!  
 
Before writing in your book, please review your yearbook and report any defect to e.roybal@mwschool.org by 5:00pm Monday, May 21st. We will have a LIMITED number of extra yearbooks for sale.
  

Sale of Extra Yearbooks

Quantity is LIMITED!
 
Date: Tuesday, May 22nd
 
Time: 7:30-8:30am
 
Location: Middle School Lobby (NOT the primary lobby - this year we are selling in the MIDDLE SCHOOL lobby)
 
Cost: $55 cash or check payable to Meridian School
 
Instructions: Please form a single file line at the middle school lobby entrance. Books will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.
MYP Report Cards for Grades 6-10
In addition to regular end of year report cards, Meridian School will be digitally sending MYP Report Cards to each student's family in grades 6-10.  It is Meridian's first year as an authorized MYP Campus, and part of this authorization means that we communicate IB grades to our students and parents. MYP Report Cards will be distributed through ManageBac. If you have not yet signed up to have ManageBac access, please sign up here.
 
The single most important aim of MYP assessment is to support and encourage student learning. This means that teachers constantly gather and analyze information on student performance and provide feedback to students to help them improve their performance. It also means that students must be involved in evaluating their own progress using self assessment and reflection. In doing so, they develop wider critical-thinking and self-assessment skills.
 
The MYP assessment system used in grades 6-10 at Meridian is a "criterion-related" model. MYP assessment is not based on a 'bell-curve' distribution of scores, and is neither percentage graded (0-100) nor letter graded (A-F). Students are not ranked against others in their class or year group. MYP assessment emphasizes individual achievement, assessing the individual student based upon pre-determined levels of achievement.
 
Assessing students against criteria allows the student know in advance what needs to be done to reach a high level. It also aims to help teachers clarify and express their expectations about assignments in a way that students can understand. Students are assessed for what they can do, rather than being ranked against each other, and receive feedback on their performance based on the criterion level descriptors.
 
To get an idea of what this means in a bit more concrete terms, take a look at the following examples:
Note that the headers to the above documents say "Year 1" for grade 6 because 6th grade is the first year of the Middle Years Program, and "Year 5" for grade 10 because that is the fifth and last year of MYP.
 
The Report Card that will be sent to you via ManageBac this year will have all classes represented (8 classes in grades 6-8, 7 or 8 classes in grades 9-10).  For each class a final mark on a 0-8 scale will be reported for each of the four assessment criteria (criterion A, B, C, and D), along with an explanation of what each criterion represents. Also, similar on the IB Diploma Program exam, the marks for the criteria will be converted to an overall course grade on the IB 1-7 scale.
 
IB MYP Final Grade Boundaries
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1-5
6-9
10-14
15-18
19-23
24-27
28-32
 
1 Minimal achievement in terms of the objectives
 
2 Very limited achievement against all the objectives. The student has difficulty in understanding the required knowledge and skills and is unable to apply them fully in normal situations, even with support
 
3 Limited achievement against most of the objectives, or clear difficulties in some areas. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of the required knowledge and skills and is only able to apply them fully in normal situations with support.
 
4 A good general understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them effectively in normal situations. There is occasional evidence of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation
 
5 A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student generally shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.
 
6 A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a wide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation is shown where appropriate. The student generally demonstrates originality and insight.
 
7 A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them almost faultlessly in a wide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation is shown where appropriate. The student consistently demonstrates originality and insight and always produces work of high quality.
Summer School and Course and Grade Promotion
Any student who does not pass a course that is for high school credit (Middle School foreign language courses and Algebra 1 and Geometry, and all courses taken by high school students) must make up the credit over the summer through either an accredited summer school or online course. Students who do not do so will need to repeat the course credit next year.
 
In the past we have required middle school students who failed courses that were not for high school credit to take a summer school course as well. As surrounding districts have eliminated summer school for middle school courses, however, we no longer feel this is a workable requirement. We continue to invite students who fail a non-high school credit middle school course to improve their knowledge and skills through online course options, such as TTUISD, but this is no longer required.  Unless, again, the course is for high school credit.
 
For students middle school students who have failed three or more courses, we will be setting up a grade placement meeting either May 29th or May 30th which parents and students will be invited to attend. This meeting consists of reviewing your student's progress in order to determine promotion or retention. If your middle school child is at risk of failing three or more courses for the year, please be expecting an email with your scheduled date and time.
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.
  
If you have any questions, please direct them to your middle school (Nancy Spence) or high school (Carrie Proctor & Kathy Gregg) counselor!
Overdue Library Books and End of School Year
As the end of the 2017-2018 school year is approaching, there are over 120 overdue or lost books from the secondary library. Please check to make sure that your student has returned all library books and classroom to the library or the classroom teacher. Late library books are being assessed a fine of 10 cents per day per book with a maximum fine of $5 for each overdue book. Students who have lost or damaged a book beyond repair are expected to pay for the book. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. MacWatters in the secondary library.

Secondary "After School Study Hall" Changing to "Secondary After School" in 2018-19
Next year the secondary after school option known as "Secondary After School Study Hall" will be renamed "Secondary After School."  This year some changes were made to enhance supervision, safety, and functionality. Next year we will continue those changes with some other modifications along these lines.  This year we asked families to officially register their students with After School Study Hall. We will ask for official registration for 2018-2019 Secondary After School as well, and begin charging a $55 commitment fee, to be paid once annually.
 
For more information, and to register for next year, please see:
8th Grade End of Year Social (5/25)
8th grade parents are organizing an end of year celebration on May 25 at Brushy Creek Lake Park from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.  Please note that this is not a school-sponsored event, and Meridian faculty and administration will not be present to supervise.  For more information, please see Headed to High-School: Parent-sponsored 8th Grade End of Year Celebration
 
The flier linked above incorrectly states that the start time is 3:00.  School does not end until 4:00 on Friday, even though it is the last day!  So note that the correct start time is 5:00 pm.
US News Ranks Meridian School Among Nation's Best High Schools
This was in last week's Lions Share, but I think it is worth repeating, in case any missed it.
 
In its 2018 ranking of US high schools, US  News and World Report has ranked Meridian School #6 in the USA and #1 in Texas!
 
 
In order to be considered for a medal in the US News ranking, schools are first judged based upon student performance on state assessments (the STAAR in our case). Students as a whole at the school must do well on the state assessments, as must economically disadvantaged students and students representing historically underserved ethnicities. Schools who perform well against this benchmark and have high graduation rates are then ranked nationally and awarded bronze, silver, or gold medals based upon "college readiness," which for US News is the percentage of graduating seniors taking and passing at least one AP or IB exam.  Meridian School was one of 26 public high schools in the United States with a college readiness index of 100.
 
Because of a time lag in gathering state assessment, graduation rate, and AP & IB exam data, the data the 2018 ranking is based upon is from the graduating class of 2016. This was Meridian's first graduating class, 17 seniors who were all IB Diploma candidates. 100% of them took and passed IB exams. We are very proud of this group. We are also proud of our inclusivity--we are an open enrollment public charter school and want to provide all of our students access an IB education, even though, as our graduating classes grow, 100% of them will not be IB Diploma candidates. Though this means that in future years our ranking in US News will not be quite so high, we will continue moving towards our vision of ever improving, inclusive achievement--and celebrate any laurels that we receive as we progress towards that vision!
 
Go Meridian Lions!!!
Interested In Joining Meridian Lion Band? (5/24)
Students in 6th grade and up next year who think they might be interested in joining the Meridian Lion Band should come to the Instrument Exploration event on May 24.
 
2018-19 After-School Coding Program
As we surround ourselves with technology, learning to code is coming to be recognized as an increasingly fundamental skill to enable our children to successfully navigate our complex world.
 
Meridian World School has partnered with CodeWizardsHQ to offer a comprehensive coding program. Students who register for the program will attend classes once a week, after school at Meridian. Students will be learning real-world coding languages Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript.  
 
Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. This is paid program with a monthly fee. Please sign-up soon as seats fill up quickly.
 
For more information and to enroll, please visit
 
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 (May 25).  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.  
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
2018-2019 School Year
  • July 30 (Monday): 6th grade Lions Camp
  • July 28 (Saturday): Uniform Exchange
  • 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
Ramadan
The most holy month of the year for Muslims is that of Ramadan, which on our Gregorian calendar began May 17 and will end the evening of June 14 (2018).  One of the five central tenets, or "pillars" of Islam is the observance of Ramadan. According to BBC.com, Ramadan is often known as "the month of the Qur'an," because of the believe that the central holy book of Islam, the Qur'an, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad at the beginning of this month.

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

Ramadan ends with the "feast of fast-breaking," or Eid-al-Fitr.  This day, occurring on June 15 this year, is spent feasting and celebrating. Timeanddate.com notes that in celebration of Eid-al-Fitr Muslims often wear their finest clothes, decorate their houses, forgive old wrongs, donate to the poor, and generally dedicate the day to God.
Shavuot
Shavuot, the Jewish "feast of weeks," begins Saturday evening (May 19) and continues through the day of May 21.  This feast is held seven weeks after the second seder (or meal) of Passover. Its beginnings are rooted in an ancient harvest festival, but its main religious association is with God's delivery of the Ten Commandments to the ancient people of Israel.

Pentecost
Also known as Whitsunday, the 7th Sunday after Easter is known as Pentecost, and commemorates an event described in the Christian Bible when the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus.  It is seen as the birth of the Christian church. The Greek word "Pentekostos" means "50," representing the fact that Pentecost takes place 50 days after Easter. Easter was originally tied to the Jewish commemorations of Passover, and Shavuot occurs 50 days after the second seder of Passover.  Thus many scholars believe that the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus as they were gathered in celebration of Shavuot. This year, Pentecost takes place on Sunday, May 20 (2018).
 
Declaration of the Báb
Beginning the evening of Wednesday, May 23, through the day of Thursday, May 24 (2018), is when followers of the Bahá'í faith celebrate the "Declaration of the Báb." According to Bahá'í Topics, in 1844 a Persian merchant foretold the coming of a divine messenger. Because of his role in foretelling the divine messenger, the merchant took the Arabic title of "Báb," meaning "gate" or "door." This messenger of whom he spoke would be the Bahá'u'lláh, the central prophet of the Bahá'í faith.
 
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email principalsecondary@mwschool.org.

Sincerely,
 
May 19, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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US News Ranks Meridian School Among Nation's Best High Schools
In its 2018 ranking of US high schools, US  News and World Report has ranked Meridian School #6 in the USA and #1 in Texas!
 
 
In order to be considered for a medal in the US News ranking, schools are first judged based upon student performance on state assessments (the STAAR in our case). Students as a whole at the school must do well on the state assessments, as must economically disadvantaged students and students representing historically underserved ethnicities. Schools who perform well against this benchmark and have high graduation rates are then ranked nationally and awarded bronze, silver, or gold medals based upon "college readiness," which for US News is the percentage of graduating seniors taking and passing at least one AP or IB exam.  Meridian School was one of 26 public high schools in the United States with a college readiness index of 100.
 
Because of a time lag in gathering state assessment, graduation rate, and AP & IB exam data, the data the 2018 ranking is based upon is from the graduating class of 2016. This was Meridian's first graduating class, 17 seniors who were all IB Diploma candidates. 100% of them took and passed IB exams. We are very proud of this group. We are also proud of our inclusivity--we are an open enrollment public charter school and want to provide all of our students access an IB education, even though, as our graduating classes grow, 100% of them will not be IB Diploma candidates. Though this means that in future years our ranking in US News will not be quite so high, we will continue moving towards our vision of ever improving, inclusive achievement--and celebrate any laurels that we receive as we progress towards that vision!
 
Go Meridian Lions!!!
STAAR and IB Testing Continues
Next week we have the last STAAR tests of the year:
  • May 14 (Mon): STAAR 6th Math
  • May 15 (Tues): STAAR 6th Reading, 7th Reading
  • May 16 (Wed): STAAR 8th Science, EOC 10th Algebra 2
  • May 17 (Thurs): STAAR 8th US History
IB Diploma students have exams May 14 through 18, and then they will be done as well.
 
Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the day before an exam, and has a nutritious breakfast the next morning, and wish them luck!
 
Interested In Joining Meridian Lion Band?
Students in 6th grade and up next year who think they might be interested in joining the Meridian Lion Band should come to an Instrument Exploration event:
College Exploration Opportunities
May 14
Abilene Christian University, 6:30 pm at Westover Hills Church of Christ.
Workshop to help students learn more about their interests, strengths and core values, and work through a process to consider potential majors and career paths that are a fit for them.  
 
May 21
Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, and Sarah Lawrence College
Presentations from each college, plus a general session on the selective college admissions process.
 
May 23
Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford7:00 pm at Hyatt Regency
Information session for students and families.
 
Please visit the Meridian website for complete event details and registration information on these events:  https://www.mwschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=170391&type=d&pREC_ID=897381
2018-19 After-School Coding Program
As we surround ourselves with technology, learning to code is coming to be recognized as an increasingly fundamental skill to enable our children to successfully navigate our complex world.
 
Meridian World School has partnered with CodeWizardsHQ to offer a comprehensive coding program. Students who register for the program will attend classes once a week, after school at Meridian. Students will be learning real-world coding languages Python, HTML/CSS and JavaScript.  
 
Due to space/laptop restrictions, enrollment into the program is limited to 24 students on a first come, first serve basis. This is paid program with a monthly fee. Please sign-up soon as seats fill up quickly.
 
For more information and to enroll, please visit
 
Letter Jacket Ordering & Sizing with Herff Jones (5/17 & 18)
All those who lettered as well as sophomores, juniors and seniors who would like to order a letter jacket can order their jackets on campus on May 17th and 18th during "C" lunch. Parents are welcome to attend.
 
Learn more about Letter Jackets and Lettering here.
 
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.
 
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.
  
If you have any questions, please direct them to your middle school (Nancy Spence) or high school (Carrie Proctor & Kathy Gregg) counselor!
Win a YETI Cooler!

The raffle drawing will now be held on May 18.
 
One lucky winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 65!

Get the details HERE!

Purchase raffle tickets HERE!
Triple A & a la Carte Program Registration
The deadline to pre-register fro Triple A and the al la Carte Program is May 15th. Click here to thoroughly review the registration process.
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!
 
Upcoming Dates Summary (additions or changes in bold)
  • May 1 - Meridian breakfast program begins - Click HERE more information!
  • May 2 - 18: IB DP Exams
  • May 14 & 15 (Monday & Tuesday): Last Day for Quarter 4 Major AssessmentsMay 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 18 - Win a YETI Cooler at Meridian's First Thursday Celebration!
  • 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
Mothers Day
This Sunday, May 13, is Mothers Day.  The tradition of honoring our mothers has deep roots. In western civilization, observances honoring mothers can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans. In Britain, the fourth Sunday of Lent is known as "Mothering Sunday", and has been celebrated at least since the 17th century. According to Legacyproject.org, Julia Ward Howe, "a pacifist, suffragist, and author of the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic" suggested a Mothers Day in the United States back in 1872.  Disturbed by the wars of her time, she asked "Why do not the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?"

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

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

Sincerely,
 
May 11, 2018
 
Charles Ryder
Secondary Principal
 
 
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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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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