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September 26, 2021

MRHMS LATEST NEWS FOR YOU

Calendar Dates to Remember!

 

  • October 5, 2021 - Club Day - EARLY RELEASE
  • October 21, 2021 - End of 1st Quarter
  • November 9, 11, 2021 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 12, 2021 - NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)
  • November 24, 2021 - NO SCHOOL
  • November 25-26, 2021 - NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)

Student of the Week

 

Connor Kalagian is our 7th grade student of the week.   Connor is a model of our MRHMS Cornerstones.  He works hard and is always prepared for class.   Connor is friendly and helpful, and creates a welcoming environment for staff and students alike.  He is an active participant in class, always ready to listen to others and share his learning.  Way to go Connor!

 

Mason Callahan is our 8th-grade student of the week! Mason is intentional and diligent, reaching out to others to both give and receive support. He fully engages in classroom activities and demonstrates the cornerstone of leadership by using consistently focused learning strategies. Mason is a great addition to our 8th-grade team this year and we look forward to seeing all that he will accomplish. Way to go, Mason!!!

 

 

Student of the Week is sponsored by:

 

PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES

 

Many schools are sending out progress reports in the next week or two. In response to the pandemic, we have truly focused on relationships, reviewing power standards from the previous year, and have not recorded a significant amount of grades so far this year. Expect more grades to be entered soon as the learning picks up. You can always check Powerschool or communicate via email or phone with teachers to learn more about your child's progress. In addition, expect communication the week of October 4th for setting up conferences for the fall. Conferences are scheduled for November 9 &11.

 

Student Birthdays

(Week of Sept. 26 - Oct. 2)

 

Happy Birthday,

?MRHMS Scholars!

 

  • Jackson Williams - 9/26
  • Francis Tohouenou - 9/27
  • Michael Maloney - 10/1
  • William Ode - 10/1
  • Alexis LaRose - 10/2
  • Aidan Essick - 10/2

Weekly Learning

 

8th Grade Science: Pollinatory Study

 

8th Grade Science: Pollinator Study

This week, eighth-grade science dove into their Pollinator Study! They started by discussing the proper observation techniques and how to collect and organize data from observations. Classes implemented these techniques outside in our MRH gardens and bee yard. They made observations of different flowering plants and the pollinators they attract. Mr. Henske guided students on certain aspects to look for in their observations and provided fun facts for almost every plant and a few pollinators along the way!

Students persevered through our changing temperatures to get accurate pollinator counts and are excited to continue collecting data. They will culminate their findings with a presentation in a few weeks!

Making Good Choices

 

 

Moving to middle school can be hard and coming out of a pandemic adds some complexity to the situation. We are heading into October and we are still experiencing some student behaviors that have been distracting and sometimes disruptive to the learning environment. Please know that staff may be reaching out via email or phone to ask for your help. We know that it takes a strong relationship between school, home, and the student to achieve the highest levels of academic and behavioral success for each student. We look forward to collaborating with all families to make MRH Middle a better place for learning and belonging.

 

Health & Safety Begin at Home

 

In order to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, we need to work in close partnership with all of our families. You can help us keep the schools open in several important ways:

 

Complete a daily health check on your student every morning before sending them to school. Be particularly mindful of nasal congestion, coughing, difficulty breathing, and fevers. If your student has any symptoms, please do the following:

 

 

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  • Contact your primary healthcare provider and consider getting tested right away.

 

If we work together, we can safely and effectively keep our schools open for in-person learning.

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.

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.

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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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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