Newsletter - November 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
November 27 - 29
December 23 - January 1
March 23 - March 27
Hello Merrill Middle School Families,
Thank you for a great start to the school year. Our students are busy learning and growing both socially and academically at school everyday. We truly have amazing students and that is because of all of your hard work at home instilling the values of respect, responsibility, and kindness! Thank you for your continued support of Merrill Middle School.
It is getting cold outside, with the cold Wisconsin Weather comes a couple of reminders to make sure your child is safe and warm at school. We have had a number of students underdressed for the cold weather that arrive really early at school. Student “Drop-Off” or "Arrival" for the start of the school day is 8AM (7:50AM for the Breakfast Program) with the building opening at 8:10AM. It is important that students only come to school when supervision is available. Also, please help us make sure your child is warm by dressing them for the weather. If your child does not have a jacket, please have them stop at the main office so we can help get them a jacket!
We hope to see all of you this month at Parent Teacher Conference (November 14 & 19, 4-7PM)!
Merrill Middle School
Parent/Teacher Conference Information
Merrill Middle School Parents/Guardians,
We would like to invite you to attend Individual Parent-Teacher Conferences. These meetings are a valuable chance to meet with your child's teachers to discuss how your child has settled in since the start of the year, review their progress, and consider next steps in their learning.
We are hoping to provide our parents flexibility to attend conferences at the families convenience. Teachers will be available two evenings this Fall: Thursday, November 14 (4 to 7 PM) and Tuesday, November 19 (4 to 7 PM). Conferences will be limited to 10 minutes to ensure that all families have access to Merrill Middle School Teachers. Please be mindful of the time you spend with each teacher.
At the Middle School Level, we encourage children to attend and take part in these meetings with their parents and teachers.
If you are unable to attend Parent Teacher Conferences on one of the designated evenings, please contact your child's teacher to discuss their academic progress at Merrill Middle School.
|Parent Teacher Conferences||Thursday, November 14 and
Tuesday, November 19
4:00 - 7:00
|Boys Basketball (start time is 3:55 pm)||
11/5 vs. Webster 7th away 8th home
Salvation Army Oshkosh Holiday Assistance Program
Please click on this link for more information on how to sign up.
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.
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.
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.