Newsletter - October 2019

108 W New York Avenue  •  Oshkosh, WI 54901
Main Office: (920) 424-0177 • Fax: (920) 424-7512

School Day Schedule:
8:19 a.m. - 3:37 p.m.

Ryan Peterson, Principal
    Amy Hughes, Dean of Students

No School Dates

October 25
November 27 - 29
December 23 - January 1
January 20
February 17
March 23 - March 27
April 10
May 25

Early Release Dates

November 13
December 11
January 8
February 12
March 11
April 8
May 13

Merrill Middle School Families,

Thank you for a great start to the school year.  Your children continue to amaze us everyday with all of the amazing things they do!  

As the cold weather is quickly approaching, please be sure to send your students to school with warm clothing.  We try to go outside and burn off some youthful energy as often as possible. This includes some colder days!

Also, please be aware of when you child is coming to school.  Middle School students should not be arriving any earlier than 7:50 AM; classes begin for our students at 8:19 AM.  Supervision is provided on the playground at this time.   

Ryan Peterson

Principal
Merrill Middle School

Important Upcoming Events

Oshkosh North Homecoming Spirit Week

Monday, Oct 14 - Friday, Oct 18
   
Parent Teacher Conferences
(Invitation Only)

Thursday, October 17
4:00 - 7:00

   
Student Council Halloween Dance Wednesday, October 29
3:37 - 5:15
   
Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, November 14 and
Tuesday, November 19
4:00 - 7:00
   

Salvation Army Oshkosh Holiday Assistance Program

Please click on this link for more information on how to sign up.

i Ready Assessment Details

We are excited to share that our school district  is implementing a math and reading assessment program for grades 3-8 called i-Ready. Below, you will find information on the program and how we will be using it in the classroom. i-Ready will support full implementation of our district adopted curriculum resources in math and literacy.  

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online assessment platform that will help us determine your child’s needs, personalize his or her learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child exactly where he or she is and provides data for us to increase your child’s learning gains. 

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on his or her answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning in the classroom. 

When will my child take the  i-Ready assessment?
We will do this assessment three times per year so that teachers can use the student learning information to adjust instruction for your child.  

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Student Information

Student Safety

The safety of students and staff is always a top priority!  All doors will be locked during the school day.  All visitors must have school related business and need to enter at the main entrance (Door #2) closest to the office.  If you are entering the building for any reason, you must sign in and out at the office and be issued a visitor badge before entering the building.

New Breakfast and Lunch Program

Dear Merrill Families:
We are pleased to inform you that the Oshkosh Area School District will be implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) while participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for School Year 2019-2020.
     What does this mean…            Great news!
All students enrolled at Merrill Middle School (including Merrill, Oaklawn, and Read Elementary Schools) are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch, at no charge, each day of the 2019-20 school year. Your students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application. Also, this will allow less cash handling, fewer negative balances and less judgement!
*The district will still be requesting applications from households with a student participating in the CEP; however, receipt of free breakfast and lunch meals does not depend on returning it. Completing the application is still necessary for other programs and may be used to determine if a household is eligible for these additional benefits.
If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at Food Services office at 920-424-4936.