Principals' Message
Valentine’s day is approaching, and while we may not be able to go outside for a picnic (the high is projected to be 41 degrees!), the spirit of friendship and caring is very alive. The sweet treats from all who donated Wednesday lifted our spirits – thanks to our ViP team and our parents! 

Valentine’s day is not just about romantic relationships; it’s about positive relationships with friends, coworkers, and our loved ones. We see red, pink, white, and shapes of hearts all around. We typically will see roses, chocolate covered strawberries, balloons, and teddy bears. Secret admirers and significant others will go out of their way to show their special someone just how much they mean to them. Let’s all surprise a special someone on this upcoming day! 

Consider encouraging your child to honor a special friendship, family member, or a teacher. Here are few COVID-friendly/no-cost ways to show someone in your life that they matter and they hold a very special place in your heart:  

  • Call and leave a special voice mail message. Record a mini video message and share it!
  • Write a short Haiku or poem and send it electronically. 
  • Provide a service like washing the dishes, doing the laundry, or cooking a meal.
  • Meet up virtually and reminisce about old times. Watch an old movie, a family favorite. 
  • Listen to great songs and share the memories that come from listening to the music. 
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Asynchronous Day February 12

Please remember that tomorrow, February 12, is an asynchronous instructional day. As with the asynchronous days that we’ve had thus far, we will not have Zoom classes. This is a day for students to catch up on work that was already assigned, or get ahead on work that is coming up. This is also a day for teachers to work on grading and planning for instruction.

For attendance purposes, we ask all students to complete a Google form for each of their A-day class periods and let us know what they will be working on Monday (it’s fine if they are working on B-day classes, but we are tracking attendance for this asynchronous day through A-day class periods 1-4). This google form was sent to students via ManageBac yesterday.
Student Holiday Monday, February 15

We have a school holiday Monday. Enjoy the day off!


School Lunch Note Monday

Our Cafe Crew plans to hand out lunches for Distance Learners as usual Monday from 11 am to noon. However, if we continue to have severe weather, it may be moved to Tuesday at the same time. Look for updates on our website and on the Meridian and Cafe Crew Facebook pages.


Winter Weather Advisory for Next Week

We are monitoring the winter weather expected next week. Be prepared for the possibility that school will be conducted from home (remote learning) for all students if it is unsafe to travel one or more days next week due to the weather and road conditions. Be on the lookout for more school communications on this topic.
Lift Every Voice and Sing Assembly Thursday

On Thursday during advisory, Meridian students will attend Zoom assemblies as Meridian choir participants honor Black History Month through their beautiful rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, known as the Black National Anthem. Students, parents, staff, and alumni participated in this choir by recording the song individually (under the direction of Primary Music Teacher Sal Stow and Director of Student Enrichment/DEI Coordinator Monique Swain), and the piece was compiled by John Griswell.
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TACAC Virtual College Fair Feb. 23-24

This free program from the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling is open to all high school students February 23 and 24, from 4 pm – 7:45 pm.
 
It's your opportunity to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country.  You may choose which colleges you want to hear from, and participate live with questions for the college representatives.
 
This program also includes college knowledge sessions on "The College Search" and "Paying for College."
 
Action Requested for Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Planning Conferences with Counselors
Counselors start individual planning conferences next week for students in grades 10 and 11. These annual conferences are designed for counselors, students and parents to discuss valuable information regarding high school and post-high school planning. Please review the information and sign up for a conference date that is most convenient for your family.
Secondary Clubs, Groups and Athletics News

Yearbook Photos for Secondary Clubs & Groups are scheduled for Tuesday, March 23.


Sports Photos are scheduled for Wednesday, March 24.
Upcoming Events and Useful Links
Holidays and Holy Days

Last week was a very “lean” week for holidays and holy days. This week, however, we are feasting!  Lunar / Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Parinirvana Day, Lincoln & Washington’s Birthdays, Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday all occur in the next week! Read on ...


Events At-a-Glance
  • February Cafeteria Calendar: Breakfast and Lunch and Distance Learning menus
  • Overview of secondary events; subject to change
  • Asynchronous Days: February 12, March 5, April 30
  • School Holiday February 15
  • Look for a Counselor Speakers Series Video featuring Megan Ibanez Feb. 24, "Grief and Children: Understanding and Supporting our Loved Ones"
  • Picture Day for Secondary Clubs and Groups March 23
  • Picture Day for Athletics March 24
Student or Curricular Concerns

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

Principals

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

Middle School Counseling: Laura Docherty
High School Counseling: Carrie Proctor
College Counseling: Kathy Gregg

Additional Contacts

Middle School Attendance: Olga Alexander
High School Attendance: Shawn Seaman
Cafe: Chef Leslie Sterzinger