Superintendent's Message – October 22, 2018

jeverett Fri, 10/19/2018 - 3:44pm
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Greetings Meridian Students, Families and Community!

There have been a number of outstanding activities and events occurring throughout the district this past couple of weeks. Our Transportation Department took the lead on the annual food drive, called "Stuff the Bus." Our fifth-grade students visited Western Washington University this past Tuesday as part of the annual Compass to Campus kickoff event. On Friday all of our K-5 students took part in Irene Reither's Annual Trojan Trot fundraising run, one fun aspect of the larger Trojan Trot Spirit Week. All of these events are reflections on the tremendous community support and educator dedication present in Meridian schools! We are thankful for the amazing October weather and offer thanks and congratulations to all who participated.

I am often visiting different schools to understand something better or to experience for the first time - or just to connect with a principal about a topic. This was the case when I visite Principal Michelle Siadal at MP3 Wednesday, October 17th. I was fortunate to walk into Brynn Beatty's math classroom because she was introducing an engaging lesson titled, "Cookies and Milk and Fractions, Oh My." More information is below...

We have some upcoming activities this week you may be interested in attending... Our next regularly scheduled school board meeting is this Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 pm. We invite all community members to attend! Irene Reither is also hosting their Snuggle Up and Read event where all ages are welcome to come with their families and hear great stories together. Snuggle Up and Read is at 6:30 at Irene Reither Elementary School Thursday, October 25th. Finally, conferences are coming quickly! On our annual calendar, conferences are marked as November 5-8 this year. Please know specific details are being shared now for how conferences are being approached at each building. Look for conference information from your students' building as conferences will be here before you know it - and we want everyone involved!

And...two big things are coming quickly: The end of Daylight Savings Time, November 4th and Election Day is November 6th. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, it is important to exercise our civic duty to vote. Everyone's voice is critically important in every election. Don't procrastinate. Submit your ballots this week! 



Stuff The Bus Success!

October 8th - 11th marked the Annual Community Food Drive, sponsored and facilitated by our Transportation Department. This year was the best ever! Thank you to all parents, students, and staff who donated to the annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive. This year our community, staff, and students donated a total 5824 pounds of food and $900.00 in cash, for those in need. Our total was matched by a generous local anonymous business owner which brought the total to 24,672 pounds donated. Thanks to Chantell Kruse, one of our devoted bus drivers who was instrumental in the organization and execution of this year’s “Stuff the Bus” food drive.  If you would still like to donate to this cause please contact Chantell Kruse in the transportation department at Thank you.



Compass to Campus Visit

Each year the Meridian, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington-Edison, Ferndale, Lynden, Mount Baker, Mount Vernon, Nooksack, Sedro-Woolley and Lummi School Districts and Western Washington University participate together in a project called Compass 2 Campus to provide a mentoring experience for students, starting in 5th grade.

This past Tuesday, October 16th, our students spent the day at WWU touring the campus, visiting classrooms and learning what college is all about. It was a beautiful day and our students had a fabulous time! 

Western students have enrolled in a course to learn about mentoring, have been instructed on appropriate mentor skills, and are committing their time to get to know our students and support them in our schools. They are interested in helping to encourage all students to do well in school, complete their high school education and perhaps consider going on to college. The WWU students will be visiting your child’s classroom after the field trip to help him/her with homework, classwork, etc. on a weekly basis. This connection of WWU students and 5th grade students is what Compass 2 Campus is all about!



Cookies and Milk and Fractions, Oh My

Brynn Beatty, MP3 Math Teacher, shared details about the fun math event she hosted - and was extremely grateful for all who participated.

The 5th graders at MP3 have been studying fractions for the past few months.  To celebrate their learning and stretch their thinking I hosted a "Cookies and Milk and Fractions, Oh My" math gathering. Parents were invited to attend. Two open-ended math tasks were presented, then students and parents teamed up to tackle the challenge. The two tasks involved determining the fraction of paper cut away from paper snowflakes the students had created. We paused throughout the morning to share strategies and ideas. The math talk was fantastic and it was wonderful to observe our families guiding and encouraging each other! (And yes, cookies and milk were shared!) Thank you to all who attended!  -Mrs. Beatty




Trojan Trot!

The Trojan Trot is an annual, PTA-sponsored event at Irene Reither Elementary. For those who have participated or donated in the past, prior to fall 2016, will know it as the Jog-a-Thon. The name and format have changed in recent years to incorporate Meridian Trojan Pride & Spirit. There was a lot of Trojan pride and spirit for the Trojan Trot last Friday!  

A few weeks ago students and staff attended an annual kick-off assembly. This was a couple of weeks before the big event to teach students how to safely gain sponsors and fund-raise, as well as learn the fundraising goals and incentive - usually the IRE principal and assistant principals committing to do something silly like the infamous Kiss a Pig event. Students and staff enjoy a festive spirit week full of dress-up days leading up to the Trojan Trot.

Irene Reither Elementary PTA members organize and plan the event. Family and community members volunteer to support the event and come out en masse as spectators to cheer for students and staff as they "trot" to rais funds for PTA sponsored events that support IRE students and staff. For my first Trojan Trot, I would say the event was a well-oiled machine! Each grade level came outside, progressed through the process of running their laps, and appeared to be having a phenomenal time! The PTA uses the proceeds from this annual fundraiser to fund a field trip for each grade Pre-K through 5, Missoula Children's Theatre, the Pacific Science Center Science Van, various family nights (skate nights, movie nights, Snuggle Up & Read, etc.), and staff grants. Thank you for all who came and supported this great event! 


National Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.

Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week. This year's campaign is titled, "My Driver, My Safety Hero!" The campaign spotlights the outstanding work of bus drivers who do an excellent job of safely transporting their students day in and day out. We appreciate our 21 authorized Meridian drivers, technicians and support personnel!