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Stay Informed, Engaged With Your School Board

Did you miss the latest meeting of the MRH Board of Education? ALL open meetings are streamed live and then archived on the Board's webpage.

There, you will also find a new feature called Board Briefs, a synopsis of Board activities of interest to families, students, and staff.

Special Education Survey

To All MRH Stakeholders,

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/Office of Special Education is asking for your help as it continues improving the education of students with special needs. DESE invites you, in your role as a relative, caretaker, or professional, to provide feedback through a short survey on these priorities: inclusion, transition, post-secondary outcomes, and parental involvement. This is anonymous and only takes 5-7 minutes. Thank you.

A Postcard From Antartica

"Hey, everyone, 

My time in Antarctica is running out here really quickly. Hopefully you have had a chance to read some of my posts about what it's like in Antarctica, what science we are doing, and some of the other facts of life here. Leave me a question or comment on a post! 

Here is our first campsite; this is about 12:30 at night. The sun never goes down in the summer. It's easy to stay up too late here!

This is Canada Glacier that melts a little in the summer sun. This tiny amount of water is all the soil organisms have for the entire year. Most of the water just evaporates into the extremely dry air. In the background is Ariel Waldman, a documentary filmmaker and alien life form enthusiast scouting locations for drone footage.

Here is one of our TV stations. Another plays 1950s war movies, one plays the weather, one plays the COVID instruction/galley menu/recreation activities, and one plays the helicopter schedule. There are no actual fires here because there is no wood (except in the very dry buildings.)

I miss my MRH kids and grownups. I am looking forward to sharing everything when I return in February." - Bill

Rolling in the Rabbit

Chinese New Year started January 22 but traditional celebrations can last up to 16 days. Celebrating that the darkest part of winter is over, this spring festival signals renewal and is observed across many Asian countries, in Chinatowns and major cities internationally. You can view our MRH New Years Animation HERE.

Our 6th Graders covered the holiday and cultural significance in their school broadcast. They write and produce the show themselves under the guidance of teacher Dan Lyons. It is a fortuitous story since many of these kids were born in 2011 and thus are rabbits in the zodiac. You can see their coverage HERE.

The date of the festival is determined by the new moon’s appearance between 1/21-2/20 each year. The Zodiac consists of twelve animals and five elemental symbols that create a combined 60-year cycle. This year we find the water rabbit ushering out 2022’s water tiger. During one’s zodiac year, your luck can be in peril with both good and bad repercussions. One of the most common ways to ensure good fortune during a tumultuous year is to wear red underwear. During the celebrations, observers wear red and avoid black and white clothing. It is also customary not to mention anything negative such as death or sickness during this time.

In China, the rabbit is often associated with the moon. In the zodiac origin story, the speedy rabbit arrived first at the finish line, but being over-confident, took a nap and thus finished 4th in the Emperor’s race. 

Some traditions of celebration include red decorations, firecrackers, family get-togethers, parades, lion and dragon dances, and of course eating celebratory foods.

If your family missed some of the local festivities for welcoming the rabbit, you might consider these upcoming events:

High School Conics Competition

Judes gathered Thursday in the Research & Design Center to evaluate some of our students' impressive conics projects. Done in addition to their regular workload, many of our hardest working sophomore to senior calculus students invest 30-60 hours in a two-month time frame to create images of their choosing using a program that synthesizes the complex network of math equations into an image using a system called Desmos for better user support.

Teacher Joe Spinks challenges students to apply their math skills by compiling equations that define lines via ellipses, circles, hyperbolas, and parabolas with certain limitations. These were first juried by a range of teachers and now the finalists are being reviewed by a guest panel of architects. Two previous students, Samantha Siemer and Aleksei Juracsik, assisted Mr. Spinks in introducing the concept and their own approaches to completing the project for the judges.t

2023 Winners

1st Place: Daniel Matz: Boxing Up Conics (see right image)

2nd Place: Nate Boyle: The National Mall

3rd Place: Lilli Powell: Magma

Other Conics Finalists:

Eli Bihun, Kathryn Chaves, and Amelia Swier

Scholarship Opportunities for Students of Color

Please visit our website for new information - including application forms - designed for students of color. These scholarships are sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Progress Updates


MRH Celebrates Lunar New Year


Computer Science Students Code Self-Driving Vehicles

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