Principal's Message, October 4, 2019

gsanders Fri, 10/04/2019 - 7:33am
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It is hard to believe that we are already welcoming in October. We have had a great start to our school year and it is wonderful to have our students back in the halls excited to be here.

Meridian Middle School students and staff are dedicated to making Meridian Middle School a safe learning environment and bully-free. During the first few weeks of school, our staff-led all students through the Second Step Program. As we well know, middle school is a time of change. Second Step teaches students powerful skills and competencies—like handling strong emotions, setting and meeting goals, making good decisions, and forging positive relationships—while building the safe, supported learning environment middle schoolers need to succeed. We are all working together to make our school a safe and inviting place for all students and staff. We hope that you will take some time at home to have some family discussions around anti-bullying and the importance of having a safe school environment for everyone.

After some consideration, and feedback that I received from a recent district communications survey, I am going to be making a few communication practice changes. I will be sending out to families a “Principal’s Message” twice a month. In addition, I will send a weekly bulletin on Monday. For students and staff, daily announcements will be read each morning. If there are any urgent messages, or a need to notify parents and community in a more timely manner, families will receive email messages via the Skyward system. If greater urgency requires, a voice message will be sent using the School Messenger system. I am always looking for ways to improve communication with families and the community while not placing too great a burden on parents or being too redundant.

The HIV/AIDS curriculum used for 6th-8th graders will be available to review on October 23rd from 6-7 p.m. in the Meridian Middle School library. It is required by law that one lesson per year is taught about the life-threatening dangers of HIV/AIDS. The lessons will be taught later in the school year in the 6th and 8th grade PE classes and the 7th-grade health classes. You are invited to come and look at the lessons being taught and it is our hope that you will gain a greater understanding of the curriculum and be better able to support your son or daughter in their understanding of this topic.

It is allowed by state law if you wish to exempt your child from participating in this program to object in writing. Students who do not participate may be excused and will be provided with an alternative activity designated by their teacher. Letters will
go home prior to the lesson so you know when your child will be learning about HIV/AIDS. If you choose to exempt your child from this lesson you will be able to do so at that time.


Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as students of the month for the month of September;

  • Sixth Grade: Kyndell Jones and Angel Gonzalez
  • Seventh Grade: Mariel Schmidt and Carson Campbell
  • Eighth Grade: Kristel Garcia-Velasquez and Willem Nichols

These students were recognized by the Meridian Middle School staff for being examples of good character and showing respect for others.

The “Hall Pass” Schools Tour has been scheduled for Thursday, October 10th. Any community members, parents, or friends of the Meridian School District who wish to “ride-along” please contact Kaitlyn Michaelson (360-318-2166) at the Meridian School District Office to reserve a seat on the bus. Please make reservations by 12:00 PM on October 9th.

There are two club advisor positions open at the middle school. Currently, we have positions for a Garden Club Advisor and Chess Club Advisor open. Both positions come with a stipend. Each club would meet after school once a week. If you are
interested please go to the Meridian School District website and complete the application process.

Meridian Middle School Fall Fundraiser Update.
As of 7:00 AM, this morning we were at 90% of reaching our goal. I want to express a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have helped us so far. We still have a way to so, to help your student please register your child, add a selfie, and add at least 15 emails at; The fundraiser ends on Monday
the 7th. Thank you for supporting Meridian Middle School.

Each year Meridian School District does a phenomenal job collecting food and non-perishables for our community through this food collection drive. Meridian Middle School will be collecting food during the week of October 7th. Please mark your calendars…Monday, October 14th is a contracted, teacher's workday. There will be no school for students. Plan a fun day with the family.





Jerry Sanderson
Principal, Meridian Middle School