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March 6, 2020


March 6, 2020



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.

Calendar Events



END OF 3RD QUARTER - March 6, 2020


STUDENT LED CONFERENCES - March 10 & March 12, 2020 - Parents please sign up for your conference! You will be receiving an email from "Signup Genius" which is the platform that is used to schedule the conference. Please make sure you check your SPAM for this email if you have nor previously used Sign Up Genius. 


NO SCHOOL - March 13, 2020 - Professional Development Day


SPRING BREAK - March 16 - 20, 2020 Students will return March 23, 2020


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Expedition to The Luminary


Eighth grade scholars traveled to The Luminary this week to further explore the themes of oppression and resistance through arts integration. Before their expedition, students spent time learning about the elements of art design and created an original piece based on their chosen literature circle book (Monster, The Hate U Give, The Help, or Dear Martin). In order to do this, students selected a quote from their book that they believe represents oppression or resistance and focused on keywords that they wanted to communicate through their chosen medium and design elements. Once at The Luminary, students examined the exhibit America’s Mythic Time which focuses on the impact of racial profiling, police brutality, and mass incarceration on the poor and communities of color. Students analyzed various pieces of artwork by making observations, collecting data on design elements and reading artist’s statements. These steps allowed them to reflect on how the elements contributed to the meaning of the author’s work. Before leaving, students also had the opportunity to meet with artists. Once back at school, they used what they learned to write a written analysis of their own work.

Students of the Week - Recognized by our staff for upholding our cornerstones of Leadership, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Stewardship. With last weeks snow day we have two students of the week for both grade levels.


Logan Phillips

Logan is our 7th grade student of the week! Logan brings positivity and a sense of humor everywhere he goes. He is an enthusiastic learner that enjoys seeking out and preserving through academic challenges. We appreciate the leadership, organization and problem-solving skills Logan brings to our team!!


Kayla Brooks

Kayla Brooks is our 8th grade student of the week! Kayla upholds the cornerstones of scholarship and citizenship. She is persistent in completing all of her assignments and never gives up in the face of challenge. Kayla is remarkably kind to peers and staff. She can always be found giving her all in quiet yet noticeable ways. Thank you, Kayla, for being a very important part of our 8th grade team!


Alexandria Dickerson

Alexandria Dickerson is our 7th-grade student of the week! Alexandria exemplifies positivity and growth mindset. She is a scholar and leader in the classroom, always wanting to try her best and give it her all. Alexandria is cheerful, direct, and persistent. She asks good questions and tells it like it is. Thanks, Alexandria for your humor and classroom leadership.


Qais Al Horania Brooks

Qais Al Horani is our 8th grade student of the week! Qais upholds the cornerstones of scholarship, leadership and citizenship. He strives diligently to complete all learning tasks and even encourages others to do the same. Qais offers help to others, both students and faculty, when he sees a need. He greets everyone with a smile and shows generosity and kindness. Thank you for enhancing our 8th grade learning community!

Out apologies for not having a photo for our students of the week. With expeditions and students being out ill it has been difficult to get them all in the same space. Stay tuned and we will be posting it to Facebook.



A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030: That's 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and so much more. This is your opportunity to help ensure they have a bright future!


2020 Census Flyer - English version

2020 Census Flyer - Spanish version


To view the flyer in 12 additional languages - see the link below.




The following dates are set for Track Meets:


  • Thursday, April 16th HOME Meet
  • Thursday, April 23rd @ Bayless High *No Field Events
  • Wednesday, April 29th @ MICDS
  • Monday, May 4th @ Ladue High School


All meets are scheduled to start at 4pm, with a coaches meeting at approximately 3:45 pm


Girls on the Run! – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.


Heart & Sole Flyer


Here's a video to view!


Registration for the Middle School opens up Friday, January 17, 2020! Girls on the Run Flyer


Practices will be held Tuesday & Wednesdays from 3:05 pm to 4:20 pm. To register please visit Girls on the Run Registration



Stay tuned for information heading your way regarding our end of year expeditions to Tremont and Ocean Springs. Less than 10% of our students do not attend our end of year expeditions due to health, family obligations, or behavior issues. Below is an excerpt from our handbook that was shared with all families at the beginning of the year regarding behavior concerns and attendance to our end of year expeditions.



The student’s primary job at school is to grow as a scholar, leader, citizen, and steward. During the learning process, we want the students to enjoy working with the teachers and classmates. In order to do that, it is important that we make sure that each student understands exactly what is expected of them to uphold the cornerstones. 

The middle school curriculum is built on the principles of expeditionary learning. Most units of study involve field experience, reflection on the learning, and exhibits of excellent student work. Field experiences can vary and range from local trips to area businesses, community and county parks, or out of state trips to the Smoky Mountains or Gulf of Mexico. Daily student behavior related to safety may directly impact participation in these experiences. 

**Students may not be allowed to participate in expeditions if they demonstrate unsafe or uncooperative behavior. In these circumstances, students will meet with the teachers and/or administration to determine if they will be allowed to participate in the extended expeditions. Students are also expected to meet expectations for being in class on time and attendance to school. 


How can I help as a parent?

Lately, we have had parents ask how they can help our Middle School. One of the things we try to provide for the students are healthy snacks! Daily we have students who have missed breakfast or just need a little extra because they are hitting growth spurts. Next time you go grocery shopping, please feel free to pick up a box of granola bars or some other type of healthy snack for the office.

A special thanks to any parent that has donated snacks to the Middle School! Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


If a student is going to be absent, please remember to call or email Mrs. Jonas, our Middle School Administrative Assistant, by 9 a.m. She can be reached at (314) 644-4406 or

Leaving School Early

If a student needs to be picked up early, parents should go to the Central Office to sign their child out. The Central Office will contact the Middle School Secretary. The Middle School will send your student to the Central Office for check out. In order to protect instructional time, students will not be called from class until the parent has arrived at school.

Morning Arrival and Morning Academic Support Information

A reminder that students should not be dropped off or allowed to walk to school and arrive prior to 7:45 am. We do not have official supervision until this time. 


Students may be dropped off or arrive at 7:45 if they are attending an academic lab prior to school. The schedule is pictured above. If your child is not attending an academic lab in the morning, then there is no need for them to arrive prior to 8:00 am. Last year, we purposely moved our start time back to 8:30. This decision was based on the research of teens and their sleep patterns.  


Please make sure you are having conversations with your children about their plans after school. Students are always welcome to use our office phones after school to notify you they are going to a friend's house, Maplewood Pool, The Heights, Learning Labs, etc. Undoubtedly, the middle school student will at some point forget to tell you where they are going. If this happens, please contact the school at (314) 644-4406 or (314) 446-3900.  


Permission Slips

We spend time away from school to learn through our metaphor - School as Expedition. Because of this, we would be sending home permission slips on a weekly basis. However, when your child enrolls at MRH, parents sign a permission slip for students to leave campus, making weekly permission slips unnecessary. The middle school operates under a “duty to inform” parents that we will be taking your child off-campus. Expect to see these via email. 


Lunch and Breakfast Menus

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