Superintendent's Message - September 10, 2018

jeverett Fri, 09/07/2018 - 9:08am
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Thank you to our families, students and staff for the great first week and a half! We also appreciate everyone's patience and understanding around the issues concerning transportation and the road work happening on Hannegan at the Ten Mile bridge. Please enjoy this video of students and happenings around the district this past week and a half. We host a FaceBook page, Meridian School District 505. Please Follow and enjoy information about our many events around the district! Have an outstanding week!

Open Houses
We also appreciate the great attendance at our many open houses over this past week and next week. Meridian Middle School hosted it's first before the school year event on August 23rd. It was a great success! The Meridian Parent Partnership Program hosted it's open house on September 5th, meeting students and parents. It was also extremely well-attended. Irene Reither Elementary also enjoyed a great crowd at their event on September 6th. Meridian High School is hosting it's open house tomorrow evening, September 11th, from 6:30-8:00 pm. It's an important starting point for our teachers. That initial connection between parents and teachers at the beginning of the year helps provide insight into your child's strengths and areas of emphasis. And, parents, please don't feel like our open house structure is the only time to connect with teachers. We are all here to serve you! Email or phone your child's teachers or principal - me even - when you have a question. We will get back to you and answer your questions. Or, if we don't know, we'll try to find out! 


Rachel's Challenge Presentation
Meridian Middle School (9:30 am) and Irene Reither Elementary (1:30 pm) are both hosting Rachel's Challenge Presentations on Wednesday, September 12th for their students. An evening parent and community event have been scheduled for September 12th at 6:00 PM in the high school auditorium.

Rachel's Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. Fully implemented, partner schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Today, Rachel's Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, and communities. The objectives of this program are all the same; to continue Rachel's legacy of kindness and compassion.
Click on Rachel's Challenge to learn more.

6th Annual Hall Pass Tour - Date Change!
In our summer newsletter, we advertised for community members to join our 6th Annual Hall Pass Tour, then scheduled for September 12. We are moving the date back two weeks to avoid interfering with Meridian Middle School's Rachel's Challenge assembly and to allow more time for participants to sign up. All interested community members are invited on a special tour.  Come to see what school looks like in 2018 in Meridian.  Get the “big picture” of District operations and see kids and teachers at work in their classrooms. 

  • Meet and chat with District Superintendent Dr. James Everett, who will lead the tour.
  • Ride a big yellow school bus to each school.
  • Have a 20 minute guided walking tour at each school (MHS, MMS, IRE, and MP3) with the school Principal.
  • Enjoy a box lunch at MHS at the end of the tour provided by the Meridian School District Food Services.

Tour Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The tour will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the School Board Room on the MHS campus and proceed to each of the four Meridian schools via a district school bus.  The tour will end back at MHS at approximately 12:00 p.m. To reserve a “Hall Pass” for the tour please contact the district office at (360) 398-7111.

Attendance Awareness Month
September is Attendance Awareness Month! We are emphasizing great attendance in our newsletters and with all of our students. It's incredibly important for our students to be present and active in learning - and that starts with great attendance! It's about lost instruction, not whether an absence is excused or not. Students can't learn if they aren't in school. Students who miss more than 2 days of school are at a distinct disadvantage in achieving grade-level progression. Please take a few minutes to visit Attendance Works - an informative website developed to address issues around attendance and provide practical support for students and families.

New Transportation Director
I'm excited to announce our new Transportation Director, Kathy LaFreniere. Kathy joins the Meridian Family with 14 years of experience driving for the Sedro-Woolley School District. She has been a Driver/Trainer for the Sedro-Woolley School District since 2012 and is currently the Transportation Director of Concrete School District. Kathy has recently completed the Central Washington University Pupil Transportation Management Program as well. Kathy shared she is thrilled to join the Meridian family and looks forward to the opportunity to serve students and staff of Meridian.