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Did you miss a Lions Share?  These important topics were recently covered:
  • Yearbook Delivery Delayed
  • Spring Picture Update
Find information on these topics and more in  previous editions of the Lions Share.

This week's edition of the Lions Share includes information on:
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Graduation 2020
Congratulations once again to the Class of 2020! Despite social distancing, many are calling our 2020 Graduation "the most fun graduation ever." You can view the morning and evening ceremony Zoom Webinars in THIS Google folder (look for the Zoom mp4 files).
Mrs. Holcombe would like to thank:
  • Alexia Thex - Lead Parent Volunteer for Graduation 2020
  • Eric Derby - Technology Director (Zoom Webinars and Facebook Live)
  • Sarah Hoyt, Daniel and Laura Valdez, Nitha Ramesh - Decor Team
  • With additional, valuable support from: Montique Chance, Patty Garza, Kristen Myers, Elizabeth Sherry, Leah and Dennis Murphy
  • Deb Robison and Mike Chapel for power washing the main parking lot "cage" area for the morning ceremony.
Final Item Carline - TODAY! (6/8)
Today, Monday, June 8, we will host our final item carline for families of primary and secondary students. The joint event will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and again from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Unlike the previous item carline, you may visit at any time within these time ranges. Please review  Item Carline Guidance for instructions and details, as well as   this visual for where to drop off or pick up your belongings.  

Please note that unreturned inventory will be billed to families through Please also remember to stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness. If everyone follows these directions, we are anticipating a smooth experience for all. 

Questions? Contact Matthew Castaneda at for secondary and for primary. 

End of Year Report Cards
End of Year report cards are now available on the Ascender Parent Portal . From the "Summary" page for your student, simply click on the green "Report Card" button.
Remember that grades for the 4th Quarter, 2nd Semester, and Year were Pass (a "P" on the report card) or Fail (an "F"). In addition, teachers have made comments on the general quality of student work completion during Quarter 4 distance learning, with comment codes ranging from A through D.
Exemplary: Student work consistently exceeded expectations.
Proficient: Student work met expectations (i.e. passing) at least 75% of the time.
Developing: Student work met expectations (i.e. passing) at least 50% of the time.
Below Expectations: Student work did not meet expectations most of the time.

Student Awards
The recipients of the 2019-2020 Meridian School Student Academic and Learner Profile Awards are below.
Congratulations to these fantastic Meridian lions!
Middle and High School Teachers of the Year
We normally announce the Middle School and High School Teacher of the Year Award recipients at our annual student awards ceremonies. This year, like with student awards, we will announce those here.
We are pleased to announce that the award recipients are:
  • Middle School Teacher of the Year: Chris Fancher, 8th grade Design
  • High School Teacher of the Year: Rachelle Cameron, 10th grade English II
Congratulations to these two talented, devoted professionals.  Thank you for all that you have done for Meridian students!

All A and A-B Honor Rolls
Because of the final quarter of the year being Pass - Fail, there will be no All A or A-B Honor Rolls for Quarter 4. Below are the Honor Rolls for Quarters 1 through 3.
Note that if we have documentation on file that a parent does not want their child's name publicized on the web, we have not included their name on the honor roll list. If this is an error or you would like this revised, please contact . If you notice what you believe to be errors or omissions on the honor roll, please email either (for high school) or (for middle school).
Quarter 3
Quarter 2
Quarter 1
Congratulations to each of these students for their achievement!
Student Parking for 2020-2021 for Juniors & Seniors
Ms. Holcombe sent Student Parking Surveys via school email to rising juniors (Class of 2022) and seniors (Class of 2021) on Friday, June 5th. Parents were copied on that email. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, June 12th. Please reach out to Ms. Holcombe with any immediate questions or concerns at . Thank you!

Athletics Corner
  • The Athletics Department Is Closed May 29-July 19 - Find Athletics Contacts  here .
  • No Summer Training or Clinics - Due to COVID-19, there will not be training or clinics available this summer. Find activities you can do while safely social distancing on the Staying Fit During COVID-19 webpage
  • Physical Forms & 2020-2021 Sports Registration - Physical forms will be due at the end of the sport's registration window. The current plan is to announce the registration windows in July/August 2020. The registration window is expected to be brief for 2020 Fall and 2020-21 Year-Round Sports. Please see detailed instructions for establishing and maintaining physical eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year on the  Eligibility webpage  
Please watch  Athletics News and the Lions Share newsletter for updates during the summer.

Upcoming Date Summary  ( additions or changes in bold)
  • July 23 (Thurs): Math Acceleration placement test for incoming 6th graders (9am)
  • July 30 (Thurs): Math Acceleration placement test for incoming 7-10th graders (9am)
Shavuot, the Jewish "feast of weeks," began the evening of May 28 and continued through May 30 (2020). This feast is held seven weeks after the second seder (or meal) of Passover. Its beginnings are rooted in an ancient harvest festival, but its main religious association is with God's delivery of the Ten Commandments to the ancient people of Israel.

This year, Pentecost for Western Christians took place on Sunday, May 31, and for Eastern Orthodox Christians it takes place on June 8 (2020). Also known as Whitsunday, the 7th Sunday after Easter is known as Pentecost, and commemorates an event described in the Christian Bible when the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus. It is seen as the birth of the Christian church.  The Greek word "Pentekostos" means "50," representing the fact that Pentecost takes place 50 days after Easter.  Easter was originally tied to the Jewish commemorations of Passover, and Shavuot occurs 50 days after the second seder of Passover. Thus many scholars believe that the holy spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus as they were gathered in celebration of Shavuot.  

Eastern Orthodox All Saints Day
In Eastern Orthodox churches, All Saints Day (which is generally observed on November 1 by Western Christians) is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost.  This day, on June 14 (2020), commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

Flag Day
June 14 is Flag Day. According to, the idea of celebrating the "birthday" of the US flag originated in 1885 when a Wisconsin teacher had pupils commemorate June 14, chosen because 108 years earlier the "stars and stripes" flag had been officially adopted by the US Congress. The commemoration spread, and in 1916 Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 to be "Flag Day," and in 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress officially designating the day. So fly the stars and stripes on June 14!

On June 19, 1865, United States General Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the US Civil War had ended with the surrender of the Confederacy to the Union, and all slaves in Texas were now free.

Celebrations of this date were coined "Juneteenth" which is typically celebrated with a variety of activities, which according to include "rodeos, fishing, barbecuing, and baseball."

This year Juneteenth is likely to take on particular poignancy, given the building movement for justice and righting of inequity in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and many others.

Summer Solstice
June 20, 2020 is Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the date when the sun at its zenith is farthest from the equator and the day is longest. In the southern hemisphere, this date is winter solstice, and the day is shortest.

Father's Day
June 21, 2020 is a day for children of all ages to show appreciation for their fathers and father figures. Mother's Day came first, with the first recognition going back to the 1860s and becoming a national holiday in 1914. According to the Readers Digest website, the origins of Father's Day lie begin in " 1908 when a church in West Virginia held a sermon to honor 362 men who were killed the previous year in a coal mining explosion." The next year, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd began working for the establishment of a national Father's Day. It was celebrated in her home state of Washington in 1910, and then spread from state to state, but did not become a national holiday until President Nixon signed a 1972 law.

Around the world, Father's Day is commemorated on different dates. In Europe, like in the United States, Father's Day is the third Sunday in June. In Australia and Fiji it is the first Sunday in September, and in South America it is generally March 19.


Charles Ryder & Melina Berduo

Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email the appropriate contact for support:

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, 9, and 10: Crystal Lane-Cox (
Assistant Principal for grades 11 & 12: Stela Holcombe ( )
IB MYP Coordinator: Kristen "Mac" Machczynski (
IB DP Coordinator: Stela Holcombe ( )
Secondary Special Education Coordinator: Haley Weisbrod ( )
Secondary Librarian: Jan MacWatters ( )

Additional Contacts
School Nurse (
Middle School Attendance: Olga Alexander ( )
High School Attendance: Shawn Seaman ( )
Giving - Annual Fund & Car Decals (

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

June 8, 2020

Charles Ryder
High School Principal
Melina Berduo
Middle School Principal