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September 12, 2021

MRHMS LATEST NEWS FOR YOU

Calendar Dates to Remember!

 

  • September 14, 2021 - Early Release Day (release time 1:23 pm)
  • September 24, 2021 - NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day )

 

Student of the Week

 

Catherine Rohlfing is our 7th-grade student of the week! Catherine Rohlfing is a game-changer in our middle school classrooms.  She is mature and focused, adding to her group and class discussions in ways that extend everyone’s thinking. Catherine is responsible, and advocates for herself.  She excels at balancing academics and social interactions, embodying our MRHMS Cornerstones.  Way to go Catherine!  

 

Grant Gittemeier is our 8th-grade student of the week. He advocates for his own learning, is willing to help others, and always asks questions to clarify understanding. Grant does a great job of motivating and initiating learning. He is an engaged student who often challenges others in their thinking. Grant is a true asset to our 8th-grade team. Way to go, Grant!

Student of the Week is sponsored by:

Weekly Learning

 

Citizens in Ms. Breed-Parks' Blue Devil Civics class visited Maplewood City Hall and met with community leaders and civil servants in the council chamber. The visit launches a semester-long problem-based learning project answering the question, "How can Maplewood and Richmond Heights improve the lives of community members?" Mayor Nikaylan Knapper, City Manager Mike Reese, the fire chief, police chief, and two additional representatives from fire and police departments answered questions composed in advance by the students. Students learned the structure of city government, process of amending the code of ordinances, changes in crime and fire patterns in our area, and some of the current issues facing our community. Finally, all panelists answered questions about a day in the life of their chosen career. On Thursday, students will meet via Zoom with the City Manager of Richmond Heights.

Middle School Clubs

Below you will find links for clubs that are available for middle school students.

 

Esports
URBAN FARMERS
GSA
Adventure Club
Dungeons and Gragons - Middle Earth

Tech Night Video

 

Did you have to miss our Tech Night? If so, we have great news...WE RECORDED IT JUST FOR YOU!!!

 

To view the video click on the button below!

Tech Night Video

Peanut Butter Allergy

 

We wanted to inform you that we have students in our school that have life-threatening food allergies. One student has an allergy to Peanuts/Tree Nuts. These foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death. The following symptoms may occur: hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea, swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat, itching and sneezing, loss of consciousness, and death due to shock. Even touching contaminated surfaces may cause a reaction.

 

School staff has been trained to recognize such a reaction and to administer medication (epinephrine) in an emergency.

 

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

 

  • Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening.
  • Look for substitutes for peanut butter and other snacks that contain peanuts. Our school cafe uses sunflower butter and kids do not mind at all.
  • Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them to avoid it.
  • Tell your child, “DO NOT SHARE FOOD.”
  • Frequent hand washing reduces the spread of viruses during the school year and helps protect food-allergic students. Wash hands thoroughly after eating. Similarly, encourage good hygiene before and after-school. If your child had peanut butter for breakfast please have them wash their hands. Wash hands and surfaces before handling textbooks, computers, or school equipment.
  • Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction.

Early Dismissal Procedures

 

  • Please call or email Mrs. Jonas before coming to pick your student up for any appointments or early dismissals. The more notice we have the better we can cut your wait time down.
  • Email: tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net, OR Call: 314-644-4406
  • Please remind your student that they must come to the middle school office to check out before leaving campus. Students will exit the building from the high school doors that face the track.

My Student is sick, what now?

 

Student Daily Needs

 

  • Fully charged Chromebook/charger
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Mask

 

Please help your student create great habits for remembering their mask, fully charged Chromebook and their water bottle. We will not have water bottles or cups for students to use.

Student Birthdays

(Week of Sept. 12 - Sept. 18)

 

Happy Birthday,

?MRHMS Scholars!

 

  • Lily VanSchaik - 9/13
  • Lily Vesper - 9/13
  • Emily Dillon - 9/17
  • Brayden Inman - 9/18
  • Brooke Inman - 9/18

Questions? Please contact MRH Middle School at

314-644-4406

tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net

MRH Middle School | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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August 27, 2021

Middle School Family Survey

We Want Your Feedback!

 

Parents & Students,

 

Everyone has room to improve, including us! We worked really hard this summer to communicate, plan, and prepare for students and families. We would love to hear your positive feedback and your suggestions for improvement.

Take our feedback survey!

Student of the Week

 

MRH Middle School will recognize two students each week for their dedication to upholding our cornerstones. Students who exemplify our district cornerstones of leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and stewardship will be featured here.

 

Students of the week are nominated by the grade level teams and will receive a free day pass to Climb SoiLL climbing gym (locations in Saint Charles and Lafayette Square) and cookies from The Blue Duck (located in Maplewood). Blue Duck is local and has been a constant support of the middle school and our district. Climb SoiLL has a tradition of being grounded in the community and has sponsored our Student of the Week for numerous years.

 

We look forward to announcing our first two recipients next week!

Weekly Learning

 

It has been a great first week of school at MRHMS! Students are getting acclimated with lockers and locks, diving into new novels, learning all about middle school, building rapport with peers and staff, and of course, having fun! Team building, class building, and brain break activities have returned, along with some student favorites, Kahoot! and Blooket.

 

We can't wait to see what learning the rest of the year has in store!

Expedition Notification - 7th Grade Group

 

7th Grade Parents/Guardians,

 

You should have received a more detailed email from Mr. Chris Smith about the 7th-grade expedition on September 3, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to allow parent volunteers at this time.

Peanut Butter Allergy

 

We wanted to inform you that we have students in our school that have life-threatening food allergies. One student has an allergy to Peanuts/Tree Nuts. These foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death. The following symptoms may occur: hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea, swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat, itching and sneezing, loss of consciousness, and death due to shock. Even touching contaminated surfaces may cause a reaction.

 

School staff has been trained to recognize such a reaction and to administer medication (epinephrine) in an emergency.

 

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

 

  • Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening.
  • Look for substitutes for peanut butter and other snacks that contain peanuts. Our school cafe uses sunflower butter and kids do not mind at all.
  • Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them to avoid it.
  • Tell your child, “DO NOT SHARE FOOD.”
  • Frequent hand washing reduces the spread of viruses during the school year and helps protect food-allergic students. Wash hands thoroughly after eating. Similarly, encourage good hygiene before and after-school. If your child had peanut butter for breakfast please have them wash their hands. Wash hands and surfaces before handling textbooks, computers, or school equipment.
  • Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction.

Early Dismissal Procedures

 

  • Please call or email Mrs. Jonas before coming to pick your student up for any appointments or early dismissals. The more notice we have the better we can cut your wait time down.
  • Email: tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net, OR Call: 314-644-4406
  • Please remind your student that they must come to the middle school office to check out before leaving campus. Students will exit the building from the high school doors that face the track.

Health Expectations/Report Illness

 

  • Students and staff members will be provided with two masks.
  • Face coverings should have at least two layers of washable, breathable fabric and be worn securely over the mouth and nose. 
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school.
  • Individuals who become symptomatic while at school will be immediately isolated.
  • Individuals will be asked to isolate and quarantine in accordance with St. Louis County Department of Public Health modified guidance.
  • To report your middle school student being absent due to any illnesses, please use this Reporting Student Illness Form.

Student Daily Needs

 

  • Fully charged Chromebook/charger
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Mask

 

Please help your student create great habits for remembering their mask, fully charged Chromebook and their water bottle. We will not have water bottles or cups for students to use.

Student Birthdays

(Week of Aug. 29 - Sept. 4)

 

Happy Birthday,

?MRHMS Scholars!

 

  • Basia Maness - 8/29
  • Maryam Spencer - 8/29
  • Stephanie Dickmann - 8/31
  • Vincenzo Piazza - 9/1
  • Cameron Bell - 9/2
  • Logan Krekeler - 9/4

Calendar Dates to Remember!

 

  • September 6, 2021 - District Closed (Labor Day)
  • September 14, 2021 - Early Release Day (release time 1:23 pm)
  • September 24, 2021 - Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

School Picture Day! September 1, 2021

 

Picture day will be September 1st. Please make sure your student comes to school dressed for pictures!

 

MS School Photos are available for pre-order!

 

We are doing all orders online through our MRH school store (here: 2021-22 Picture Order Form). You have 3 options available for purchase.

 

Please place all orders by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Please put your student's name and grade in the notes section.

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ALL PHOTOS WILL BE EMAILED TO THE STUDENT'S MRH SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT. Please give the high school a couple of months to get the photos to your student since all the work is being done virtually.

FREE! FREE! FREE! We have fantastic news for MRH families!!!

 

Free & Reduced Meal Applications are still needed to provide federal funding for MRH.

Questions? Please contact MRH Middle School at

314-644-4406

tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net

MRH Middle School | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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August 22, 2021

MRHMS LATEST NEWS FOR YOU

MRH Return to Learning 2021-2022

The first day of school is August 24, 2021.

Here's what MRH Middle School families need to know:

CLICK HERE FOR A RETURN TO SCHOOL VIDEO FROM DR.DITTRICH

In-Person Learning

 

  • In-person learning is the primary mode of instruction for the MRH 2021-2022 school Year.
  • Classes will be held five days per week.
  • Before school tutoring starts at 7:45 a.m. via the R&D entrance.
  • Academic assistance will be available based on student needs. We will have before-school academic assistance, after-school academic assistance, and evening zoom sessions.
  • MRH sports and extracurriculars will be offered in accordance with current safety guidelines issued by the St. County Department of Health.

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Safety Expectations for All

 

  • All individuals attending MRH schools will be required to wear a mask.
  • Individuals should maintain 3-6 feet of physical distance at all times to the greatest extent possible.
  • Assigned seating and records of seating will be maintained to assist with contact tracing.
  • Plexiglass or other physical barriers may be used in high-travel areas where distancing is difficult.
  • Special cleaning protocols will ensure regular disinfection of “high touch surfaces”.
  • MRH will practice and reinforce handwashing and healthy hygiene behaviors.
  • Systemic contact tracing will occur in collaboration with the local health department using modified quarantine guidelines.
  • MRH encourages the vaccination of all eligible individuals as a key mitigation strategy.
  • School doors will open daily at 8:15 a.m. (band door, track buzzer door, glass track doors near cafeteria). Students who arrive early may wait outside near the track bleachers.
  • Students who choose morning tutoring may enter via the R&D doors at 7:45 a.m. (Does not begin until week 2)

Transportation

 

  • All individuals will be required to wear a mask.
  • We will provide hand sanitizer.
  • Students will enter/exit the bus using safe distancing measures.
  • Buses will be treated with electrostatic sprayers.

 

Early Dismissal Procedures

 

  • Please call or email Mrs. Jonas before coming to pick your student up for any appointments or early dismissals. The more notice we have the better we can cut your wait time down.
  • Email: tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net, OR
  • Call: 314-644-4406

Health Expectations/Report Illness

 

  • Students and staff members will be provided with two masks.
  • Face coverings should have at least two layers of washable, breathable fabric and be worn securely over the mouth and nose. 
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school.
  • Individuals who become symptomatic while at school will be immediately isolated.
  • Individuals will be asked to isolate and quarantine in accordance with St. Louis County Department of Public Health modified guidance.
  • To report your middle school student being absent due to any illnesses, please use this FORM.

Student Absences Due to Experiencing Symptoms

 

The normal ways a student makes up for lost time include:

 

  • Checking itslearning pages for classwork and lesson plans
  • Contacting the teacher(s) for any missed notes or shared documents
  • Contact a classmate for any particulars or nuances missed
  • Attend our before-school tutoring sessions.

Student Daily Needs

 

  • Fully charged Chromebook/charger
  • Refillable water bottle

 

Please help your student create great habits for remembering their fully charged Chromebook and their water bottle. We will not have extra water bottles or cups for students to use.

 

If you have not received your Chromebook or lock you may pick up Monday between 10am and noon. If you are unable to make this, we will make sure every student has their Chromebook prior to the end of the first day.

A/B Schedule Calendar

 

To view the entire 21-22 A/B calendar, click on the picture below.

MRH School District Calendar

Questions? Please contact MRH Middle School at

314-644-4406

tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net

MRH Middle School | 7539 Manchester, Maplewood, MO 63143

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August 12, 2021

Chromebook Pickup, Locker Decoration & Meet the Teacher Night!

August 12, 2021

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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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Dear MRHMS Students and Families,

 

We are excited for the start of school and thrilled to be starting the year in person. We want to provide a few opportunities for you to be at the school, get ready for the year, and meet our staff. We want to provide these opportunities for students and families while also making sure we do so with safety in mind. Please read the information below about how Locker Decoration days and the Meet the Teacher night will look this year. During all activities, inside or outside, masks will be required. Please see below for a quick reference table and more detailed information regarding these events. Expect a tech and expedition invoice to be in your email tomorrow by noon. There will be another email on Monday with additional information for the start of the year.

 

Locker Decoration & Chromebook Pick-Up Days

August 16th from 11 - 3 PM 

August 17th from 2 - 6 PM

 

Students should only attend one Locker Decoration and Chromebook Pickup Day and plan on being here for about thirty minutes. Families will be able to enter the building through the front doors (trackside). Families will proceed to the gymnasium. Just inside the door you will have an opportunity to pay your tech and expedition fees (see info below on how payment can be made of if a payment plan is needed), pick up their Chromebook, and pick up a school-issued combination lock for the locker. If the lock is lost, there is a $5 replacement fee. Students may not bring their own lock. 

 

After paying your fees, picking up your lock and Chromebook, students will be allowed on 7th and 8th-grade hallways to put supplies in their locker and decorate the inside of their locker (families will need to exit the building and wait for their student outside). We do ask that all decorations be temporary and they are confined to the inside of their locker. Students may put in shelving and use magnets to decorate. We ask that no stickers be placed on the lockers.  

 

(Rumor has it there is a lock opening tournament for 7th grade and 8th grade at the beginning of the year.)

 

Back to School/Meet the Teacher Night 

 

Please join us on August 18th from 6 - 7 PM. We will be meeting on the track (weather pending) to allow both students and families to attend safely. We will also be splitting the time for students based on their last names.

 

Student last name A-L will attend 6:00-6:30

Student last name M-Z will attend 6:30-7:00

 

There will be tables for each teacher where you will get to meet them and learn a bit about what their class will be learning this year. You may enter the track from the Martini Dr. entrance. Please bring your schedule with you so you know which elective teachers to meet. If you have lost your schedule, we will have extras on hand. (The rain-out date will be August 19th from 6 - 7 PM).

 

 

Expedition Fee - MRH Middle School believes in the importance of student learning through the expeditionary model. The expeditionary model takes students outside of the typical classroom walls for learning approximately 15% of the school year. Expeditionary learning provides a platform for authentic learning through a hands-on approach. These opportunities provide a unique and excellent environment for your middle school child to excel in their learning and reach their potential. The expedition fee for all students is $75. This fee covers just a small portion of sending your child on local expeditions and out-of-state expeditions. As of now, 7th grade is scheduled to attend the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains in February and 8th grade is scheduled to attend Jekyll Island, GA, and the University of Georgia Sea Laboratory in May. The $75 expedition fee is not exclusive to these expeditions. The $75 helps cover local transportation, guest presentations, admission fees to museums, and expedition supplies when needed. Not attending the out-of-state expedition does not exclude families from this fee. If this fee is a hardship, please reach out to either one of us to work out a payment plan.  

 

Additionally, our 1:1 laptop initiative shows our commitment to the integration of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and inquiry through instructional technology. For several years, the Middle School has made a commitment to integrating Google Apps for Education into our instruction. Each student will be issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the 7th-grade year. That Chromebook will remain with the student through 8th grade. Students will continue to pay this technology fee through middle school and high school. When they graduate from MRH they will take their Chromebook with them. The technology fee is intended to offset maintenance and repair. The fees required to obtain a Chromebook for your student are as follows and must be paid before Chromebooks are issued to your student:

 

Students on Full Pay Lunch - $75 Expedition fee plus $30 tech fee = $105 total 

Students on Reduced Lunch - $75 Expedition fee plus $15 tech fee = $90 total 

Students on Free Lunch - $75 Expedition fee plus $5 tech fee = $80 total

 

 

Beginning August 16th, these fees, can be paid by using My School Bucks. You will receive an invoice (from My School Bucks) and then you can start the payment process using My School Bucks. Please expect these invoices to be sent out by Friday at noon.

 

My School Bucks Directions:

 

To access this service: 

1. Go to the district website at www.mrhschools.net

2. Click the Parents Link (top right), then click lunch menus (on the drop-down). 

3. Click the mySchoolBucks link. 

4. From this website, you can create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account, pay technology fees. All you need is your child’s name, school, and student ID number. The ID number is the same as last year.

 

 

If you are unable to use My School Bucks you can mail a check made payable to MRH School District to Mrs. Jonas at the middle school. Please use our new address: 7500 LOHMEYER AVENUE, MAPLEWOOD, MO 63143.

 

 

Lastly, fees can also be paid over the phone with a credit/debit card by calling the Middle School office at (314) 644-4406 between 8 am - 3 pm. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dr. Michael Dittrich    

Principal 

 

Dr. Craig Maxwell 

Assistant Principal

CALENDAR EVENTS

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (K-12) - August 24, 2021?

 

NO SCHOOL/LABOR DAY - September 6, 2021

 

EARLY RELEASE DAY  - September 14, 2021

 

PD DAY/NO SCHOOL - September 24, 2021

 
Dr. Michael Dittrich & Dr. Craig Maxwell | 7500 Lohmeyer, Maplewood, MO 63143

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