What's Happening at MRH!
MRHMS is Green Schools Innovator Award Winner

MRH Middle School takes home a prize in the 20231-2022 Green Schools Quest for a project titled "Pollinator Problems and Solutions."

Using data they collected, MRHMS students identified the decline in native pollinators as a problem and set out to make habitat improvements on their campus. They created several products from beeswax to raise money for the improvements. They also developed a series of lessons for elementary school classes and performed pollinator raps in the STEAMaster rap battle.

31 schools and 28 mentors participated in the Green Schools Quest and, according to the numbers in their final reports, 1,788 students and 118 faculty and staff were directly involved, and an additional 10,672 students, staff, and community members were impacted through the projects this year!

Way to go, Blue Devils!
Can the MRH Middle School Esports Squad Repeat?

The MRH Middle School Esports Team is dreaming of a back-to-back state championships.

The battles begin today (May 9). Check out the action here.
New ECC Artwork Made Possible by Grant

The beautiful work-in-progress you see here was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Education Fund for Teachers, and will become a permanent fixture at the MRH Early Childhood Center.
 
In her grant application, ECC art teacher Kari Schepker-Mueller explained:
 
"Sam Falls is an American artist who works in clay, and uses nature as his subject. His art is accessible to the children of our community and we will be inspired by his work for this experience. As an instructional activity, we will travel to Laumeier Sculpture Park to see and learn about the work of the artist. Amongst nature trails children and adults can walk, talk, and collect natural materials of interest and see his work. Post-park visit, both children and staff will be able to use their collected treasures to make impressions in the tiles and extruded clay. Individual pieces would be connected into one large work of art put on display in our building to signify our resilience and reunification.
 
After a year of online art instruction, children need to create together now more than ever. They need to walk in the woods now more than ever. They need to connect to school adults, now more than ever. Now more than ever teachers need to dive into social-emotional learning components through shared experiences to combat feelings of social isolation.
 
Through this first experience of clay, for many children, we will build community and a sense of belonging, teach art history, the technical skills of clay such as clay care and tool usage and beautify our space and create a permanent piece of art that reminds us of our collective journey through recent history."
 
Congratulations to Kari on the successful grant procurement and thank you to the Arts and Education Fund for Teachers for your vision and generosity. 
Healthcare-Themed Summer Enrichment Program for K-5

In an effort to continue to expand our Summer Enrichment program at MRH, we are excited to announce a new partnership with Little Medical School, a pioneering developer of hands-on interactive programs for children with a focus on healthcare. This partnership has allowed us to offer several new courses during our Summer Enrichment program for students currently in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. This linked brochure will show you all of our Summer Enrichment programs being offered, with the new courses highlighted in yellow. You will be able to click on the course title to take you to the registration link. Registration will be open until May 20 or until they are filled. If you have any questions, please email Craig Maxwell, Summer School Coordinator.
Who's New in the Hallways:
COMING TO MRH MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Candice Viers (below, left) has been teaching for 15 years in the Special School District of St. Louis County. Candi graduated from MRH back in 2003 and is looking forward to getting to teach in the school district she became familiar with as a student. Candi has a wonderful husband (Daniel) and they have a wonderful nine-year-old daughter (Zoey). She enjoys movies and reading fantasy novels. She looks forward to getting to know all of her students and fellow co-workers this coming school year!

Ms. Rachel Prowell (below, right) comes to us from a local district with two years of experience teaching mathematics in middle school. Rachel graduated from Lindenwood University where she received her degree and qualifications to teach 5-9 Mathematics. Prior to teaching middle school, Rachel worked with St. Louis County Library, YMCA, and numerous schools as a substitute teacher. Rachel is an educational practitioner in love with the teaching and learning process. In her time away from school, Rachel enjoys balloon decorating, event planning and traveling. Rachel is eager to get to know our students, parents and staff. 
Parents As Teachers Seeks Baby Wipes

Families wishing to donate may send the wipes to school with your children; direct them to the Student Council Station in the stairwell in front of the High School office. Thanks!
MRH Food Support Program Needs Your Help

Weekend on Wheels, the MRH donations-based nutrition support program, is facing a critical shortage of food items and boxes which are used to deliver the food items to clients across the District. 

Immediate needs include the following:

Canned green beans, corn, peas, carrots, pasta sauce; pasta/Rice-A-Roni type sides; hearty soups; mac & cheese; ramen; canned fruit; cereal.
Less critical needs include Pop Tarts, rice and jelly.  

Please email Naomi Warren to arrange delivery of your donation. Thank you!
What's Happening in Our Community!
Freedom School is Back in Maplewood This Summer!

Freedom School is for children who have completed grades K-5. It's a free six-week literacy and empowerment summer program that is full day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and it is FREE for the children and families. The sponsoring church supports the scholars' fees. They are hoping to welcome 30 children this year.

More info below, PLUS, there are job opportunities for 16 y.o. and older students to work as peer counselors at Freedom School. 
Summer Robotics at Maryville U

Maryville Summer Science and Robotics Program runs from July 11-15 and July 18-22. Many classes have filled but there are still a few spots remaining. Learn all about the available courses here.
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