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April 15, 2021

MRHMS LATEST NEWS FOR YOU

April 16, 2021

MRH MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

(314)644-4406

Students at MRH Middle School are immersed both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of experiences through the metaphor, “School as Expedition.”

Learning expeditions are in-depth studies of a topic that engage students through authentic projects, real-life studies, fieldwork, and service. Expeditions occur within the school walls when the community is brought into the classroom through expert guest speakers and outside of the classroom, as a journey to conduct fieldwork.

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STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Sponsored by the Blue Duck

 

Patrick Meyers is our 8th-grade student of the week! Patrick is a scholar and demonstrates exemplary work habits. He provides meaningful contributions to class discussions and asks thoughtful questions. Patrick displays a growth mindset, always striving to extend his knowledge and understanding. His outgoing personality creates a positive energy in the classroom. Way to go Patrick!  

 

Ella Markham is our 7th-grade student of the week! Ella exceeds expectations with the quality of her work, expresses ideas clearly and connects well with others to enhance classroom learning. She is a quiet yet strong leader who takes the time to not only master standards but apply them across the curriculum. Ella is a great scholar and teammate in our 7th grade family. Thank you, Ella!

 

 

 

WAY TO GO, Patrick & Ella!!?

 

?Patrick & Ella will receive a free pint of homemade ice cream

?courtesy of the Blue Duck.

Weekly Learning

 

7th Grade Science

 

 

Students have been working on the topic of pressure using a Phet simulation called Under Pressure. (sidenote: a couple of classes have decided to insert the song by David Bowie and Queen while we are working in class.....nice touch 7th graders!) Although, the simulation has them looking at pressure going into the Earth; we are making connections with what happens to fluids when we remove ourselves from Earth's surface.

 

To test this idea: students have made a variety of hot air balloons and borrowed a few from last year's class. Making connections about hot air rising, needing colder air temperature with smooth air for a good flight!

 

Some fails have happened, but we learn from this experience and make modifications. Maybe we will have a meteorologist out of this group.....maybe the names of clouds will stick to their neurons and help at a trivia night.....I'm sure they will be able to look up and decide what kind of weather will take place (locally) by cloud size, density and wind turbulence. 

 

CURRENT 8th GRADE STUDENTS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE INVITED!!!!

 

Please join Principal Dr. Kevin Grawer for a webinar on April 21st at 6 pm.

 

To join the webinar please click on the link here!

Springtime is here which means

seasonal allergies are too

 

Students will be spending more time outside as the weather continues to improve. If your student has seasonal allergies, we encourage you to speak with their healthcare provider about a treatment plan. 

 

Here are some tips to help avoid allergy triggers: 

 

1) Start their antihistamine and/or other control medicines for asthma and /or seasonal allergies early. 

 

2) If long-acting antihistamines make your student tired, give it to them at dinner or bedtime.

 

3) After being outside for recess or playing outdoors at home, have your student wash their hands and take a wet paper towel and wipe down their face and hair -- remove the pollen closest to their nose! 

 

Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms on the daily health screening form and call their doctor for clearance to return to school.

 

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies present similarly and your healthcare provider will be able to determine when it is safe for your student to return to school. 

 

As always, you are always welcome to call us regarding your student's symptoms.

Big Smiles Dental visit has been canceled.

 

We will send out the new date when it has been rescheduled.

 

7TH GRADE FAMILIES

?Please check with your 7th-grade student's medical provider to make sure they have received their Tdap and MCV (Meningococcal 4 Vaccine) and provide a copy of these vaccine records to our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, RN.

 

Missouri State law requires all upcoming 8th-grade student's parents to present documentation of these up-to-date vaccines (Tdap and MCV4) prior to the students starting 8th grade. 

 

Please view our REQUIRED immunizations according to the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Schedule, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.

 

If you have questions, I would encourage you to contact your child's medical provider. You may reach our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, at 314-446-3813, or you may call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Immunizations at 1-800-219-3224 for vaccine-related concerns. 

 

The direct fax number to the Middle School Nurse Office is 314-446-3997.

We have a limited supply of

?yearbooks for sale!!!

 

Our yearbook staff worked tirelessly on our yearbook this year!

 

The cost is $14.00. We are accepting cash or check. If you send cash, please send the exact amount.

 

Please make checks payable to MRH Middle School.

 

?Guidance

UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14.

 

You can read the updated Handbook here.

CALENDAR EVENTS

 

TEACHER COMP DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 14, 2021

Since there is no school on May 14th and to ensure four in-person learning days, students will attend on Wednesday May 12.

 

MEMORIAL DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 31, 2021?

 
Dr. Michael Dittrich | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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April 9, 2021

MRHMS Update (4/9/21) - Weekly Learning, SOTW & MORE!

April 9, 2021

MRH MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

(314)644-4406

Students at MRH Middle School are immersed both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of experiences through the metaphor, “School as Expedition.”

Learning expeditions are in-depth studies of a topic that engage students through authentic projects, real-life studies, fieldwork, and service. Expeditions occur within the school walls when the community is brought into the classroom through expert guest speakers and outside of the classroom, as a journey to conduct fieldwork.

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Weekly Learning

 

Social Studies

 

 

Thirteen Colonies

Historians in Mr. Mattia’s 7th grade Social Studies classes have been working on researching and exploring the founding of the 13 colonies. Students have been discovering and discussing the motivations, impacts, and types of government used in each of the three colonial regions. Through a deeper investigation of the regions, students have been able to make inferences about what made each colony successful. These lessons explore several themes including geography, government, religion and economics, and they also serve as a segue into their next unit of study. Students’ exploration of these colonial regions gives them a foundation for how the colonies will develop and become successful ventures for the British government.

Congratulations to our MRHMS SCHOLARS -

Blue Bynum, Logan Phillips, and

Patrick Meyers!!!

 

At the recent Civitas Model United Nations session, MRH middle-schoolers did an outstanding job of playing the role of a delegate.

 

In recognition of their effective representation of their country’s point of view, advanced public-speaking skills, creativity in problem-solving, and ability to collaborate, they have been invited to participate in the HONORS Model United Nations session. These three high-performing students have been chosen from 18 St. Louis-area schools [775 total students] who participated in Civitas Middle School Model United Nations during the 2020-21 school year.

 

Way to GO!

 

 

 

 

Report Cards will be mailed on Monday, April 12th.

 

 

We have a limited supply of

?yearbooks for sale!!!

 

Our yearbook staff worked tirelessly on our yearbook this year!

 

The cost is $14.00. We are accepting cash or check. If you send cash, please send the exact amount.

 

Please make checks payable to MRH Middle School.

Springtime is here which means

seasonal allergies are too

 

Students will be spending more time outside as the weather continues to improve. If your student has seasonal allergies, we encourage you to speak with their healthcare provider about a treatment plan. 

 

Here are some tips to help avoid allergy triggers: 

 

1) Start their antihistamine and/or other control medicines for asthma and/or seasonal allergies early. 

 

2) If long-acting antihistamines make your student tired, give it to them at dinner or bedtime.

 

3) After being outside for recess or playing outdoors at home, have your student wash their hands and take a wet paper towel and wipe down their face and hair -- remove the pollen closest to their nose! 

 

Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms on the daily health screening form and call their doctor for clearance to return to school.

 

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies present similarly and your healthcare provider will be able to determine when it is safe for your student to return to school. 

 

As always, you are always welcome to call us regarding your student's symptoms.

Big Smiles Dental visit has been canceled.

 

We will send out the new date when it has been rescheduled.

7TH GRADE FAMILIES

?Please check with your 7th-grade student's medical provider to make sure they have received their Tdap and MCV (Meningococcal 4 Vaccine) and provide a copy of these vaccine records to our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, RN.

 

Missouri State law requires all upcoming 8th-grade student's parents to present documentation of these up-to-date vaccines (Tdap and MCV4) prior to the students starting 8th grade. 

 

Please view our REQUIRED immunizations according to the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Schedule, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.

 

If you have questions, I would encourage you to contact your child's medical provider. You may reach our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, at 314-446-3813, or you may call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Immunizations at 1-800-219-3224 for vaccine-related concerns. 

 

The direct fax number to the Middle School Nurse Office is 314-446-3997.

 

?Guidance

UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14.

 

You can read the updated Handbook here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRHMS

?SCHOLARS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

?Alexander Kastanias - 4/11

Laila White - 4/11

Molly Hargrove - 4/13

Kionne Willis - 4/14

Devyn Loggins - 4/17

 

 

 

 We hope you enjoy

YOUR day!!!

CALENDAR EVENTS

 

 

 

TEACHER PD DAY/NO SCHOOL - April 16, 2021

Since there is no school on Friday, April 16, to ensure four in-person learning days that week, students will attend on-campus on Wednesday, April 14.

 

ON CAMPUS WEDNESDAY - April 14, 2021 - This will be an on-campus "A-day".

 

TEACHER COMP DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 14, 2021

 

MEMORIAL DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 31, 2021?

 
Dr. Michael Dittrich | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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April 2, 2021

MRHMS Update (4/2/21) - Weekly Learning, SOTW & MORE!

April 2, 2021

MRH MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATES

(314)644-4406

Students at MRH Middle School are immersed both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of experiences through the metaphor, “School as Expedition.”

Learning expeditions are in-depth studies of a topic that engage students through authentic projects, real-life studies, fieldwork, and service. Expeditions occur within the school walls when the community is brought into the classroom through expert guest speakers and outside of the classroom, as a journey to conduct fieldwork.

Facebook ‌ Twitter ‌

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

Sponsored by the Blue Duck

 

Christina Rupp is our 8th-grade student of the week! Christina is a conscientious and hard-working student. She comes to class prepared with a positive attitude and a desire to learn. Christina takes responsibility for her learning and is intrinsically motivated to do her very best. She is a friend to all and is held in high regard by her peers. Way to go Christina!

 

Peyton Nunnery is our 7th-grade student of the week! Peyton offers a strong voice of class contribution, always carefully crafting her response in discussions. She persistently follows through to complete all responsibilities, no matter the requirements. Peyton is a scholar who thinks critically about situations and issues, always considering the many angles and perspectives. She uses all of these skills to lead others in a forward direction of learning in and out of the classroom. Thank you, Peyton!

 

 

WAY TO GO, Christina & Peyton!!?

 

?Christina & Peyton will receive a free pint of homemade ice cream

?courtesy of the Blue Duck.

Weekly Learning

 

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY

 

 

A signature feature of an MRH education is the Seed to Table program. The weeks before and after spring break saw a return to the garden for all 7th graders! Students enjoyed a return to hands-on outdoor activities after months of virtual classes and being cooped up in the winter. They planted seedlings of lettuce, greens, and herbs they had started from seeds in February in a PE/Health lesson. They also planted peas, carrots, radishes, and beet seeds directly in the garden and thinned summer crops of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil that it is still too cold to plant outside. Speaking of cold, we tucked our tender plants under a blanket to protect them from Wednesday and Thursday nights' low temperatures. Later in April, we will weed and fertilize our plants as we learn about soil health and how it is connected to human health as part of our 4-lesson spring garden cycle.

 

In Introduction to Sustainability, students are learning to identify local species as part of a long-term ecological research study on phenology (the study of seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.) They are collecting data on bee activity and bloom dates of various flowers and flowering trees. Future classes will be able to compare data to see if ecological spring in our area is changing.?

Springtime is here which means

seasonal allergies are too

 

Students will be spending more time outside as the weather continues to improve. If your student has seasonal allergies, we encourage you to speak with their healthcare provider about a treatment plan. 

 

Here are some tips to help avoid allergy triggers: 

 

1) Start their antihistamine and/or other control medicines for asthma and /or seasonal allergies early. 

 

2) If long-acting antihistamines make your student tired, give it to them at dinner or bedtime.

 

3) After being outside for recess or playing outdoors at home, have your student wash their hands and take a wet paper towel and wipe down their face and hair -- remove the pollen closest to their nose! 

 

Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the symptoms on the daily health screening form and call their doctor for clearance to return to school.

 

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies present similarly and your healthcare provider will be able to determine when it is safe for your student to return to school. 

 

As always, you are always welcome to call us regarding your student's symptoms.

Big Smiles Dental is visiting MRH Middle School and High School on Wednesday, April 21st. The attachment explains Big Smiles COVID safety protocols and addresses some common questions and concerns. Tiers plan students and PLP students are able to be seen during this April visit.

 

 

For questions, you may call Big Smiles at 888-833-8441.

 

Parents need to use this link below to

access the website to enroll:

https://www.myschooldentist.com/Default.aspx

7TH GRADE FAMILIES

?Please check with your 7th-grade student's medical provider to make sure they have received their Tdap and MCV (Meningococcal 4 Vaccine) and provide a copy of these vaccine records to our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, RN.

 

Missouri State law requires all upcoming 8th-grade student's parents to present documentation of these up-to-date vaccines (Tdap and MCV4) prior to the students starting 8th grade. 

 

Please view our REQUIRED immunizations according to the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Schedule, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.

 

If you have questions, I would encourage you to contact your child's medical provider. You may reach our school nurse, Angel Goldberg, at 314-446-3813, or you may call the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Immunizations at 1-800-219-3224 for vaccine-related concerns. 

 

The direct fax number to the Middle School Nurse Office is 314-446-3997.

 

?Guidance

UPDATE

 

 

 

 

 

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Health, MRH has revised its Family Handbook to reflect the new recommended COVID-19 quarantine period as 10 days rather than 14.

 

You can read the updated Handbook here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRHMS

?SCHOLARS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

?Alexander Manipula - 4/4

 

 

 We hope you enjoy

YOUR day!!!

CALENDAR EVENTS

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING PARENT-TEACHER VIRTUAL CONFERENCES - April 6, 7 & 8, 2021

 

TEACHER PD DAY/NO SCHOOL - April 16, 2021

Since there is no school on April 16. To ensure four in-person learning days, students will attend on Wednesday, April 14.

 

TEACHER COMP DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 14, 2021

 

MEMORIAL DAY/NO SCHOOL - May 31, 2021?

 
Dr. Michael Dittrich | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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March 30, 2021

MRHMS Update (3/30/21) - Spring 2021 Parent Teacher Conferences!

March 30, 2021

Spring 2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences

(314)644-4406

Students at MRH Middle School are immersed both inside and outside the classroom in a variety of experiences through the metaphor, “School as Expedition.”

Learning expeditions are in-depth studies of a topic that engage students through authentic projects, real-life studies, fieldwork, and service. Expeditions occur within the school walls when the community is brought into the classroom through expert guest speakers and outside of the classroom, as a journey to conduct fieldwork.

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Spring 2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences

Families,

 

Below is important information regarding our Spring 2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences which will occur virtually over Zoom next week.

 

Dates:

Tuesday, April 6 - 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 7 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursday, April 8 - 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

 

Format:

Conferences will occur virtually via Zoom. Parents will sign up for 10-minute conferences with individual classroom teachers using a new system called PTC Fast (written directions, video directions and website below). You will get only this email instead of individual emails from every teacher. It was our way of streamlining the process. On the day of the conferences, an additional email will be sent out that contains a link to a spreadsheet that has all individual teacher Zoom links. This document will be used to navigate between meetings and conferences.

 

Conference Registration Website: https://ptcfast.com/schools/MRH_Middle_School

 

Directions:

  • Click the link above to head to the MS Conference Homepage.
  • Click the checkboxes next to ALL of the teachers that you would like to schedule a meeting with. Click submit.

  • The next page will allow you to select if the conference is for one or multiple students, choose the option that best fits your family by clicking the button.

  • Complete the registration information required. Then click submit.

  • After you click submit the next screen details that information for sign ups was sent to the email address you provided. The email will come from PTC Fast, so please check your spam folder if it is not in your regular inbox. Open the email and click "Click here to select conference time". This will allow you to choose times for ALL teachers that you selected previously.

  • Select the times you would like to meet with each teacher. Please note that the top of each column displays the teacher that you will be meeting with. Click the box next to the time that works for you for each teacher. Once you have done this, make sure to click "Confirm Selections and Exit" at the bottom to save. You will then be notified via email of the times that you have chosen.

  • After you have chosen times and clicked "Confirm Selections and Exit", you will receive the following message as well as an email with the times scheduled.

  • On the night of conferences, use the Zoom link spreadsheet that will be sent that day to access the Zoom meetings with each teacher. You will have to click the Zoom link for the correct teacher at your scheduled appointment times.
  • If all conference times are full, please reach out to the individual teacher to let them know that you would like to schedule a conference.

 

If you have any questions about conferences or sign-ups for conferences, please do not hesitate to contact the MS office.

 

See you all next week for conferences!

MS Office Staff

Link to Video Directions

Link to MRHMS PTC Sign Up Website

 
Dr. Michael Dittrich | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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