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Secondary Principals Coffee: September 14

Our first Secondary Principals Coffee of the year is Monday, September 14 at 9 am. We have five of these each year, and they are an opportunity for parents to get updates on what is going on in the Middle and High Schools and ask questions. The Principals Coffees will be held via Zoom. So brew yourself a nice coffee or tea, grab a pastry, and log in!

Secondary Principals Coffee Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 881 9809 3865
Passcode: 685891

Note: In order to prevent “Zoom bombing,” the meeting is set so that “only authenticated users can join.” You must log into Zoom on your device prior to joining. Before the meeting, make sure you have created a Zoom account for yourself, using your correct name.
Improving Your Home Network Connectivity

Our network specialist has shared information for families who are having issues with their internet connectivity. 

When Your Child is Absent from Class

Parents, when your child is absent from class due to illness, a doctor’s visit, etc., please email the attendance office so that the absence can be marked as “excused”. Absences will be marked as “unexcused” without a parent email.

Middle School attendance office. High School attendance office.

If a student is not ill but is unable to get into a class due to technical difficulties, they should email the teacher. If they are able to get into class later, they may still be counted present. If not, they still may be counted present if they complete classwork and turn it in by the end of that day (i.e. by that evening).
Secondary Open House Curriculum Night Plans
The format of our Open House Curriculum Night will be different this year. On Friday, September 2, we will post videos made by each teacher in which they introduce their class. Parents may watch the videos for all of their secondary students’ classes. 

The following week, parents will have an opportunity to connect online with each teacher for a live Question and Answer session. The Middle School Open House Q & A will be Tuesday, September 8, and the High School Open House Q & A will be Wednesday, September 9. Be looking for a schedule for the night and Zoom links in next week’s Lions Share!
Extracurriculars Update

On the website under COVID-19 Updates, you can find Extracurriculars Updates. 

Clubs & Organizations: see our list of current clubs.

Model United Nations

Model UN gives students the opportunity to practice research, speech-writing, debate, presentation, and diplomacy skills while learning about today's global issues. During COVID-19, most conferences will be virtual, although in-person conferences and travel could be possible in the spring of 2021. Ms. Lane, Ms. Machczynski, and Ms. Perkins are co-sponsoring Model UN this year. 

There is a Mandatory Parent & Student Meeting for all Model UN members and potential members Thursday, September 3, 6-7 pm. The link to the Zoom webinar is in next week's Lions Share.

Athletics

Check here on Tuesday, September 1 for the 2020-2021 Athletics Plan and for the results from the Parent Feedback Survey.

Download a blank physical form and find tips for successfully submitting your physical form.
Senior Parking Space Painting
Seniors may paint their parking space on September 12 or 13. Mrs. Holcombe has emailed seniors directly with details.  
Last Chance to Buy the 20-21 School Directory:
Sale ends August 31

Each year, we offer a printed school directory for families to purchase. This includes names, emails, and phone numbers of Meridian families and can be used to help you communicate with one another. The directory will prove extra helpful this year, as we come up with creative ways to connect to friends and classmates.

The directory is only available for pre-order through August 31. Directories can be ordered on MySchoolBucks.com.

Do you want to support Meridian School and advertise your business to everyone purchasing a directory? Meridian families receive a great discount on ad space; it's open to non families as well!
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
Cafe: Chef Leslie Sterzinger


Principals

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