Principals' Welcome
Distance Learning classes started Monday, and it has been wonderful seeing everybody in virtual Zoom classrooms. Of course, we would rather have everyone back for in-person classes, but, still, it is good to start the school year! 

Thanks to our teachers for their hard work putting together quality virtual instruction, and thanks to our counselors, administrators, and staff for their work supporting students. Thank you to our students for a good start to the year --teachers are reporting that attendance has been excellent. And thank you to our parents for all you do to support your children and the school, not only in this difficult time, but all of the time.

Roar, Lions, Roar!
Student Cannot Get into Class?
We have noted that some students have been unable to visit their classroom on Zoom due to technical difficulties.

We are aware of a few reasons for why this may happen:

  1. Your student may be arriving too early to class. Because many teachers are dismissing students to work asynchronously before the official end time of class, many students attempt to log onto their next class before it has started (or find that their teacher will not admit them into the class). Students should wait until their designated class times to log into their Zoom.
  2. Your Zoom account needs an update. Like any software, updating Zoom may "smooth out" any errors that students may be encountering.
  3. Your student encounters the message, "waiting for the host to start meeting." Though this message is meant to communicate that the host has not logged onto their Zoom yet, sometimes this is not the case. There have been cases where this message will not go away despite the teacher having begun class. To resolve this issue, simply exit out of the Zoom screen and attempt clicking the link again.

If your student is still having difficulty attending class, please encourage them to email their respective Assistant Principals immediately:

Matthew Castaneda (AP for grades 6 &7)
Crystal Lane (AP for grades 8-10)
Stela Holcombe (AP for grades 11 &12)
2019-2020 Yearbook Pick Up
If you did not pick up your Meridian 2020 yearbook last week, here are your options:

Option 1: Curbside Yearbook Pickup
When: Monday, August 17 from 11:00 am to 1 pm at the Middle School building.

Please use regular carline procedures and have a sign on your dash with the student name. Mr. Manuszak will be stationed outside and will assist you. Please stay inside your vehicle. 

Option 2: Email to Arrange Pickup Day/Time
If you absolutely cannot pick up at this time, please email Nick Manuszak. He will verify your order and it will be given to the high school receptionist, Shawn Seaman, in the high school office. You will then email her directly to coordinate a pick up day and time. Please be prepared to show your ID or a printed receipt upon pickup.

If you have any questions about pickup, please email Nick Manuszak.
Sale of Extra 2019-2020 Yearbooks
We have a limited number of extra 2019-2020 yearbooks for sale. Please complete this Google Form by Friday, August 21 at 5 pm if you would like to purchase a book. If you want to buy more than one book, simply fill out the Google Form more than once.

If DEMAND is higher than SUPPLY, we will determine who gets to buy the books via a LOTTERY. The cost is $65 per book, which will be billed via My School Bucks.

Questions about yearbook purchase should be directed to Stela Holcombe.
Zoom Meeting for Class of 2022 Students and Parents
Class of 2022 … welcome to your JUNIOR year! 

Mrs. Holcombe invites all Class of 2022 Students and Parents to a Zoom Meeting on Thursday, August 20 from 7 to 8 pm. Students, a calendar invitation with a Zoom link was sent to your school email. Parents, you will receive an email with Zoom info directly from Mrs. Holcombe. 

We will discuss the senior trip, class officer elections, academics/student expectations for the school year, and more! We hope to see you there! 
College Counseling Conferences with Seniors and their Parents

One-on-one conferences with our College Counselor, Kathy Gregg, will begin next week. You are encouraged to sign up for a conference time to discuss important topics for your student's senior year, including graduation requirements, college applications, and post-high school plans. 

Please review the sign-up calendar below and select a time convenient for students and parents to attend a conference together. Times offered during the school day should be chosen only during study hall, not academic class time, and students should always check in for attendance with their study hall teacher before joining this meeting.

Mrs. Gregg is looking forward to meeting with each and every senior soon!
Distance Learning Student Orientation

Students were shown this Distance Learning Student Orientation 2020-2021 slideshow on the first day of class. Take a look for information on school procedures and student norms.
 
Quick Checklist for the First Day of School

This resource, which was shared in the Lions Share last week, is a handy sheet with instructions for logging into class, Zoom links, and the schedule all in one place.

Supplies

Once students return to the school building, they will need more traditional school supplies. Here are the supply lists for when we return to the building (after Labor Day, at the earliest).
 
Upcoming Events and Useful Links
Upcoming Holidays, Holy Days and Observances
Secondary Events At-a-Glance
Questions or Concerns? We're here to support you.
Counselors

Middle School Counseling: Nicole “Coco” Cole
High School Counseling: Carrie Proctor
College Counseling: Kathy Gregg

Student or Curricular Concerns

Assistant Principal for grades 6-7: Matthew Castaneda
Assistant Principal for grades 8-10: Crystal Lane
MYP Coordinator for grades 6-10: Kristen Machczynski
Assistant Principal for grades 11-12: Stela Holcombe
IB Diploma Program Coordinator: Stela Holcombe
Secondary Special Education Coordinator: Haley Weisbrod
Secondary Librarian: Tina Van Winkle

Additional Contacts

Middle School Attendance: Olga Alexander
High School Attendance: Shawn Seaman


Principals

Middle School Principal: Melina Berduo
High School Principal: Charles Ryder