Principals' Message
We have just wrapped up celebrating Black History Month (see Lift Every Voice and Sing below!), and are beginning the March celebration of Women’s History Month. It is also exciting that, after the historic winter storm we experienced two weeks ago, we are now only one week away from spring break and two weeks from the Vernal Equinox, the official start of spring!

There is also hope that we are rounding the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. In Texas, we are down from the January 16 peak seven-day average of 23,006 new cases per day to the current seven-day average of 7,253 new cases a day. That's two thirds lower. About 10% of the nation’s population has been vaccinated, and more are being vaccinated every day.

These trends are very positive. But the pandemic is not over yet. 

When Governor Abbot implemented the statewide mask mandate on July 2, the Texas seven-day average was 6,497 new cases a day--lower than it is currently. To continue the current positive trend, we need to continue to take safety measures. 

Meridian School continues to implement the same safety protocols that we have been implementing for the 2020-2021 school year, including requiring the wearing of masks on campus, social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing surfaces.

Together we can beat this!
Lift Every Voice and Sing

As part of our school-wide celebration of Black History Month, Meridian staff, alumni, and students from primary through high school formed a choir to sing the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. Choir members rehearsed at home with recordings made by former primary choir director and parent Kimberly Pollini, and in Zoom sessions with current primary choir director Sal Stow, then recorded themselves singing. The recordings were then assembled by our skillful volunteer video editor John Griswell.

On February 25, we held an assembly where students and staff explained why they participated and what the experience meant to them, and then we played the terrific final product: Meridian School Presents: Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the choir, and especially to those who organized--not least of whom is co-executive producer and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator Monique Swain!
Equity at Meridian

We welcome your feedback on the draft of our equity vision statement to guide our work through the upcoming years.
 
  • Share your thoughts in a conversation on Thursday, March 11 from 5:30–6:30 pm via Zoom 
  • Meeting ID: 883 8889 7224
  • Passcode: 216485
  • Submit your thoughts regarding our Equity Vision Statement draft by March 22.
Meridian Lion Proud Moment: Design Competition Award

As part of the Fielding International Designing Equitable Learning series, Ms. McInerney's high school Design students participated in a competition in which youth from around the world created a product to address equity in education. The following Meridian students were recognized on the fanschool website: Adith Chandraiah, Sydney Leightenheimer, Ellah Wambach, Major Moss, Advaith Parab (Honorable Mention), Donovan Cho, Gabriela Noble, Aadeel Shah, Suhas Jatla, and Garrett Hayden. 

Roar, lions, roar!
March Mammal Madness gives families chance for Tournament Fun

Ms. Reihman, 7th Grade Science teacher, invites Meridian families to join in March Mammal Madness. While 64 species come into the tournament, only one emerges as champion! Will you choose the winners? Fill out your brackets and post to Padlet before March 7 to be considered. Read more.
Adopt a Senior from the Class of 2021

Our seniors have not had the year they always dreamed about. Please consider showing your support by signing up to “adopt” one or more seniors. This will really lift their spirits. Get your younger students involved!  Find details on the Sign Up Genius. More slots will be added as the sign up fills up! Thank you in advance!
No Secondary Principals Coffee March 8

Due to a conflict with training related to the Teacher Incentive Allotment which will involve Meridian administration and teachers in all departments, the Secondary Principals Coffee that had been planned for March 8 is canceled. The next Secondary Principals Coffee is currently scheduled for April 27.
Mask and Sock Fundraiser ends March 7

Meridian School is excited to partner with We Help Two to sell custom Meridian mask packs and funky socks. Order through through Sunday, March 7.

The masks come in a pack of 3 for $20 and proceeds from the mask sales go toward next year’s 8th/9th grade field trip. The masks will be delivered to your child at school or available for pick-up for distance learners after spring break.

Funky socks ship directly to your house, and proceeds provide money and supplies for children to attend school in Uganda. Packs include three pairs of socks for $12.
Secondary Clubs & Athletics Update

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

Sports Photos are scheduled for Wednesday, March 24.
Varsity Baseball is canceled due to COVID-19.
Reminders

The Q4 Commitment Form is due March 5. Please check your email from February 26 for the form. No action is required if you wish to continue with your current learning method.

Check out the recorded presentation by Megan Ibanez with Central Texas Child and Family Counseling on "Grief and Children."

Access the video at any time; enter passcode: 39^7kvY#
Upcoming Events and Useful Links
Holidays and Holy Days

International Women's Day is Monday, March 8. Read on ...


Events At-a-Glance
  • March Cafeteria Calendar: Breakfast and Lunch and Distance Learning menus
  • Overview of secondary events; subject to change
  • Picture Day March 4
  • Asynchronous Days: March 5, April 30
  • Picture Day for Secondary Clubs and Groups March 23
  • Picture Day for Athletics March 24
Principals

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

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
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