Guidelines were provided today for how Meridian will proceed with Remote Learning Days. Please see our District website for this information along with other resources for COVID-19 and the school closure period.
Do you still need to order a 2019-2020 MMS yearbook for your child? The last day to order is Wednesday, April 8. Yearbooks can be ordered online at https://magic.collectorsolutions.com/magic-ui/Login/meridian-cusd-15 under "miscellaneous." Please put "MMS Yearbook Order" as the brief description. The cost is $15.00.
Change in meal distribution - Beginning Monday, March 30th we will be adjusting our grab and go meal pick up schedule to fewer days in an effort to reduce the number of people having to get out. Our new pick up days will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. We will give out multiple days at each pick up day. The distribution sites will remain the same and the times will remain from 11:15-12:30. The pick-up sites are MES, MMS, Boody Post Office, and Hyde Park office. Meals are available to all students at any of the locations and are FREE for all students!
Thank you for all the support and encouragement this week! We are so proud of how our students (and teachers!) have handled e-learning during this time. After today’s announcement by Governor Pritzker, we will plan for school to be closed until April 8. During this time, we will continue to provide lunch. Students should continue to check email and Google Classroom daily. If you have subject specific questions, please email that teacher directly. We will continue to update you as information becomes available. Keep up the great work! 💚 #wearemeridian
Have you complete your 2020 Census? If not, it can be completed online by visiting https://2020census.gov/en.html. If you have a child at home, involve them in the process. Use this experience to explain the importance of completing a census every 10 years - other than the fact that it is required by law and in the Constitution! The results will determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and also helps to determine federal funding for schools hospitals, fire departments, etc. https://2020census.gov/en.html?fbclid=IwAR2aP8vLwmJM-SzaN1Yjj1KelT0iPnJdzQf1zO-HqpggM-6-1tboDc4yRzk
Beginning today, March 18, the Meridian School District will be expanding its free lunch program during the mandated school closure. All students within the district may pick up a free lunch at the entrances of Meridian Middle School, Meridian Elementary School or the Hyde Park Office or Post Office in Boody. Pick up times are between 11:15-12:30 with "curb side" delivery to your vehicle. Those who are picking up lunches in Hyde Park or Boody should look for the Meridian School District bus which will be parked at each location. As a reminder, this free lunch is open to all students to take advantage of. Stay Safe and Go Hawks!!!
A Grab and Go lunch will be provided tomorrow for school age children (snack provided for pre-k ages) as stated in tonight’s message from Mr. Pygott. Pull up to the entry of either MMS or MES between 11:15-12:30 for a sack lunch. An adult worker will meet you at your car to find out how many lunches are needed. Starting Wednesday, we will also have 2 satellite locations with meals available. A bus will be parked at the office in Hyde Park and at the Post Office in Boody from 11:15-12:30 to best provide these lunches to our kids who do not live in Macon or Blue Mound. If you are interested in participating, we encourage you to call the office to let us know. We will, however, have plenty of lunches prepared, so this is not a requirement.
With the closure announcement made yesterday, we will NOT begin IAR testing on Monday. Instead, teachers will use class time to communicate E-learning expectations. Students will also be encouraged to take all materials home for the break.
Governor Pritzker and the State Superintendent of Schools announced that Illinois public schools will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17. Students will return to school on Tuesday, March 31. More information will follow for our E-learning plans and extra curricular activities.
The MJHS Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, February 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the MMS/MHS Auditorium. Congratulations to those students who meet the criteria and will be inducted tomorrow!
Congratulations to Maggie Pritts for finishing in the top 4 of the Macon County Spelling Bee! Because she was one of the top 9 spellers, Maggie will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee at Eisenhower High School on Saturday, March 21.
Time is running out to order from our Fannie May candy order. Sales end on TUESDAY! Haven’t ordered yet? Contact an MMS student or send us a message! Boxes are $13.00 (cheaper than retail with no tax!), and money raised will help with school-wide student incentives. No need to pay until the order comes in! Thank you in advance for supporting MMS.
Because of the dangerously cold temperatures, school has been cancelled for tomorrow (Friday, February 14). Extracurricular activities will be decided/announced later. Also as a reminder, there is no school on Monday, February 17 for Presidents’ Day. Stay warm!
After school activities and events are cancelled today (February 5) due to the threat of hazardous weather and travel conditions later this afternoon and evening. Thanks!
The District Spelling Bee was held this morning in the auditorium. The top 8 spellers from each grade level (4th - 8th grades) competed in today’s bee. All participants did a great job! Congratulations to our top 4 District Spellers who will advance to the Macon County Spelling Bee at Richland Community College on February 18! 1st Place: Maggie Pritts 2nd Place: Charlotte Pritts 3rd Place: Alayna Bickel 4th Place: Kyle Miller
The District Spelling Bee will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, January 28) at 9:00 a.m in the MMS/MHS Auditorium. If you plan to attend, please enter through the MMS entrance. The top 8 spellers will represents grades 4th - 8th in this spelling bee. The top 4 spellers will advance to the Macon County Spelling Bee in February. Good luck to all spellers!
The volleyball game scheduled for tonight (January 23) at home vs. Edinburg has been cancelled. The Lady Hawks will practice from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The home basketball game scheduled against Taylorville on 1/22 has been changed to Monday, January 6. This will be our 8th grade night and will also be our Student Council sponsored Pack the Place night. The 7th grade game will begin at 6:00 p.m. Make plans to attend and cheer on our Hawks!
The MMS basketball games that were scheduled for tonight at home against South Fork have been cancelled.
MMS volleyball practice for this afternoon (Monday, December 16) is cancelled due to the snow. A Remind message was also sent out by Coach Hayes.
School is closed tomorrow (Monday, December 16) due to the weather and road conditions. Extracurricular activities including practices will be decided later. Stay warm and safe!
The MMS/MHS Christmas Chorus Concert will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. The MMS Christmas Band Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. Both events will take place in the district auditorium and are free to attend. Thank you in advance for supporting our Music Department!
Lunch change for tomorrow (Wednesday, December 11) - Popcorn Chicken (23 g) Mashed Potatoes (14 g) Broccoli (5 g) Mixed Fruit (18 g)
Art Club for MMS will begin next week. The group will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday in the art room to work on winter watercolors and collaging. Interested students do not currently have to be in art, but they should sign up on the sheet posted on the art room door. Students do not have to attend all 3 days if there are after school or transportation conflicts.
Thank you to everyone who purchased Texas Roadhouse gift cards through our school. We earned 10% of all purchases! Money earned will directly benefit our student incentives at MMS. Congratulations to these top sellers. They earned one free meal per month in the year 2020!! Mark your calendars - We will have a “Dine to Donate” night at Texas Roadhouse on Sunday, January 12 from 11:00 - 10:00 p.m. MMS will receive 10% of all purchases!
Wednesday, November 27 is a 1:30 p.m. dismissal. It is also our next Student Council sponsored spirit day - DECADE DAY. Students can show school spirit by dressing from their favorite decade!
Do you enjoy eating at Texas Roadhouse, or are you looking for an easy Christmas gift that will also benefit the school? Meridian Middle School students are currently taking pre-orders on Texas Roadhouse gift cards that can be used at ANY location. MMS will earn 10% of each card sold ($5 minimum)! Orders are due on Monday, November 25 and will be delivered before Christmas. To order, contact a middle school student or call the office at (217) 764-3367. Thank you in advance!
Pack the Place for our Girls’ basketball teams will take place on Thursday, November 14. The 7th grade game will start at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening for students at 5:30 p.m. Make plans to help the MMS cheerleaders cheer the girls on to victories against the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans. Student Council will have walking tacos available for purchase and a 50/50 raffle. There will also be a class attendance competition. This is a great chance to hear the MMS band too! Go Hawks!
The girls’ basketball games that were scheduled for tonight at Sangamon Valley have been cancelled.
School is closed today (Tuesday, November 12) due to the weather and road conditions. Extracurricular activities including practices will be decided as the day progresses. Stay safe!
Are you cleaning closets to get ready for winter? SADD is collecting gently used (clean) coats this month to be donated locally. Donations can be placed in the box near Mrs. Greenwood’s office!
Red Ribbon Week for Drug & Alcohol Awareness & Prevention is this week. Tomorrow’s theme is “Send a Message, Stay Drug Free.” Students are asked to send a drug-free message by wearing RED on Monday.
If your student is selling cards to raise money for Washington DC, the Cards for a Cause order forms and payment are due before school on Monday. Please drop them off with Mrs. Brown before school begins!
Halloween Candy Grams are currently on sale for $2.00 each. Interested in sending one to your child? Contact Mrs. McGuire at email@example.com.
Just a reminder - Because of Parent-Teacher Conferences, there is no school on Friday, October 25.
First quarter ends today! Report cards will be sent home with all students on Wednesday, October 23. If you have a student at MMS, please sign and return the signature portion as soon as possible. Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place after school on October 23 & 24. Team leaders have contacted and scheduled conferences as needed. Because our teachers can’t meet with every family, please contact the classroom teacher with any questions or concerns!
Today is an 11:10 a.m. dismissal. We DO have school on Monday, October 14 - Columbus Day.
MHS Homecoming parade is tonight at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at the high school and head north on Wall Street.
In light of Friday’s tragedy in Sullivan, many area schools are showing their support for the student’s family by wearing blue tomorrow, which was his favorite color. Meridian would like to join this support by asking students to wear blue to school tomorrow.
We did it! We met our goal of selling 1500 fundraiser tickets! THANK YOU for supporting our students and this year’s fall fundraiser. Money raised goes directly back to class accounts for all students to benefit from! Top sellers will begin drawing raffle winners on Tuesday!
The baseball boys play first round of Regionals this afternoon at 4:30 in Argenta. Go Hawks!
Our fall fundraiser kicked off Friday and will run through Friday, September 20. Raffle tickets are $10 each and gets you a chance to win cash during the month of October! Tickets can be purchased from any MMS student. Money raised from the fundraiser goes back into the class accounts to help fund class incentives, supplies and other educational resources. Thank you in advance for supporting MMS!
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Student Council representatives - 8th Grade: Camryn Brown, Annabelle Nailer, Emma Pistorius, Maggie Pritts 7th Grade: Gracie Hicks, Reagan Jesse, Alexa Oliver, Will Warnick 6th Grade: Alayna Bickel, Furie Fringer, Ted Jones, Austin Merritt, Lily Windell Student Council Officers: President: Jolie Witts Vice President: Lexi Marion Treasurer: Jacob Clapp Secretary: Isabel Pistorius
Has a Meridian teacher changed your life and made you want to learn? The Herald & Review is honoring local outstanding teachers. To nominate a teacher for the A+ award, go to herald-review.com/contests .
Mark your calendars! Parents/Guardians are invited to attend our MMS Open House on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. You will follow your child's daily schedule while spending 7 minutes in each class. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, learn classroom expectations, and tour the building. This is for parents/guardians only - Students should not attend!
Do you have a daughter interested in trying out for the MMS Lady Hawks basketball team? There will be a mandatory meeting for both parents and players interested in trying out on Sunday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the MMS cafeteria.
Both softball and baseball games scheduled for today - Tuesday, August 20 - have been canceled.
All students at MMS had pictures taken today by Interstate Studios. Did you forget to order? You can order online within the next 24 hours at www.inter-state.com. Use order code #41525QA. Picture retakes are scheduled for October 14.
Both softball and baseball games scheduled for today - Saturday, August 17 - have been canceled.
Picture day at MMS is Monday, August 19. Order forms were sent home with students today. To place an order online, visit inter-state.com/order and use order code: 41525QA. All students will have a picture taken for a student ID.
Chromebook Orientation will take place in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13. All 6th grade students/parents and new students to the district (6th-12th grade) should attend.
Welcome Mrs. McGuire to her new role as the Middle School Principal for the 2019-2020 school year!
Looking for a school to adopt during the 2019-2020 school year? Box Tops for Education have gone digital, and Meridian Middle School would love the support! After downloading the app, enter 62544 for the zip code to find our school. It’s easy! Scan your receipt after you grocery shop and let the app do the rest of the work. Thank you in advance for the support! 💚
MS Softball for Fall 2019: Mandatory parent mtg on Sunday July 21 @ 7 pm MS Cafeteria. Tryouts begin on Monday July 29 & all required forms must be completed to try out along with a current physical within the last calendar year (6th-8th gr. girls)
Congratulations to the students who were elected as 2019-2020 MMS Student Council officers - President - Jolie Witts Vice President - Lexi Marion Treasurer - Jacob Clapp Secretary - Isabel Pistorius
6th & 7th gr Awards Night- Thursday May 16 7 pm Auditorium. Invitation letters sent to students/parents if receiving and Academic Award. Students and parents should plan to attend this special recognition evening.
Applications for Student Council officer positions are now available in the office and in Mrs. McGuire's room. Applications are due to Mrs. McGuire by Wednesday, May 15. The election will take place electronically during Study Hall on Friday, May 17. Current 6th grade students can run for either Vice President or Secretary. Current 7th grade students can run for either President or Treasurer. Students do not currently have to be in Student Council to run for an officer position for the 2019-2020 school year.
Is your 7th grade student interested in going to Washington DC next year? There will be an informational meeting after the 6th & 7th grade Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 16th in the auditorium. Information will be sent home with all 7th grade students prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Conlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. McGuire (email@example.com).
Congratulations to the MS students that qualified for the Rebecca Caudill Reward Party in the Library. Congratulations to Layla Hackert for winning the $100 prize drawing and Kaylin Moreland for winning $50. It really does pay to read!!
Fannie May Candy orders are in and students are delivering these to customers. Thank you for the support of this popular MS Spring Fundraiser!!
6th gr Orientation for the 2019-2020 school year is on Tuesday April 16 @ 7pm in the MS/HS Auditiorium.
The next Student Council sponsored spirit day is Friday, March 22. Students are asked to represent their favorite sport's team!
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing (IAR) begins on Tuesday March 19 for Middle School students. Testing schedule provided with the last Newsletter for students; all students mus have earbuds/headphones for testing days (wireless earbuds not permitted).
Pennies for Patients Drive to collect spare change from now until March 19. Charitable proceeds benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and their research/treatment efforts for blood related cancers that affects children. Please donate & donate again!!
Congratulations Maggie Pritts! Moving on to the Regional Spelling Bee after finishing in the top 8 at the County Spelling Bee!
Good luck to Maggie and Sean in the County Spelling Bee on Tuesday February 19!
The Student Council sponsored Valentine's Day dance is Friday, February 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the MMS gym. The dance is for MMS students only. There will be concession items and pictures available to purchase. All items are $1.00 so smaller bills are appreciated!
Valentine Candy Grams are now on sale during both lunch periods at MMS! The cost is $2.00 per SWEET treat and will be distributed to students on February 14. If you would like to order a Candy Gram for your child, please email Mrs. McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Student Council sponsored spirit day is Friday, January 25. The theme is Pajama Day! Students must following the dress when planning outfits for tomorrow.
The 7th grade boys' basketball Regional game for Saturday Jan. 19 has been postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday January 22 at 6:15 in Hillsboro.
The 6th grade girls' volleyball tournament at Argenta-Oreana for Saturday Jan. 19 has been cancelled due to the weather forecast. Still waiting for information from the host school for the 7th grade boys' basketball Regional game at Hillsboro.
District Spelling Bee: Tuesday January 29 @ 9:00 am; MS/HS Auditorium The top 8 spellers in grades 4th-8th compete for the chance to move on to the County Spelling Bee at Richland CC in February!
The MS Boys' Basketball game for Saturday Jan. 12 vs Clinton at 10:30 (home) is cancelled and will be rescheduled due to the weather forecast. Girls' Volleyball at Edinburg is also cancelled and will be rescheduled to finish the tournament. Stay safe!
Meridian Middle School students dismissed at 1:30 today (Friday Dec 21) for Christmas/Holiday Break. Students return on Tuesday Jan 8, 2019. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Student Council will have Semester Exam Survival Kits available for students to purchase before school on Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $4 and will include bottled water, a Rice Krispy treat, granola bar, bag of cookies, and fruit snacks. Students can enjoy these snacks in the classroom during our exam schedules. Thank you in advance for supporting Student Council!
MMS Students are feeling festive today in Christmas sweaters!
The next Student Council sponsored Spirit Day at MMS is this Friday, December 14. The theme is (ugly) Christmas sweater day!
Are you great at trivia? Do you want a fun after school activity? Try-outs for the 2019 MMS scholastic bowl team will take place tonight and tomorrow night from 2:45-3:45 in Ms. Deckard's room. Students only need to come to one night. Email Ms. Deckard for details!
THANK YOU to the fans - both Meridian & Monticello - for attending last night's Pack the Place game at MMS. Through various organizations and donations, we will be sending approximately $1,500 to the Taylorville tornado relief fund! A special thanks to Coach Houser & Jason Brelsfoard for rallying the crowd and the Jeff & Toni Brown family for donating their winning portion of 50/50 back to the cause. #wearemeridian
Join us for Pack the Place night on Thursday, December 6th when our boys' basketball teams take on the Monticello Sages. The first game will start at 6:00 p.m. in the MMS gym. Student Council will have walking tacos for sale and a 50/50 drawing. Proceeds from 50/50 will be donated to help with tornado relief efforts in Taylorville. MMS Students - don't forget to sign in! The first 50 students will receive a Meridian Hawks wristband. Go Hawks!
Texas Roadhouse Gift Card Sales taking place; great Holiday Gift or for personal use since they can be used any time at any Roadhouse location. Pre-orders now; custom Hawk logo when they come in and our school receives a % back for each card amount sold.
Make plans to support our Lady Hawks at Pack the Place Night on Tuesday! Student Council will have nachos available to purchase. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and both class & individual attendance prizes! MMS students need to make sure to stop by the attendance table to enter! The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open. First game starts at 6:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the 8th grade for being the first team to reach their goal for the MJHS Food Drive. Currently they have 339 cans, followed by the 7th grade with 217. The 6th grade, at 206 cans has made up a lot of ground! Remember, there's just two more days!
Day two of the MJHS Food Drive is in the books, and the race is close! The 7th grade is in the lead with 169 cans, followed closely by the 8th grade at 136 cans! The 6th grade made up a lot of room today, bringing their number up to 112. Keep up the great work!
Thanks to all who donated and made the annual Socktober Sock Drive such a success. Student Council will be donating 260 pairs of new sock to Northeast Community Fund!
Wednesday, October 31 is the last day for students to turn in socks for the Socktober Sock Drive. Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks tomorrow (Tuesday) in support of Red Ribbon week and Socktober.
Halloween Candy Grams are currently on sale during both lunch periods at MMS! The cost is $2.00 each and will include a full size Hershey bar and a special Halloween message. Student Council will pass the candy grams out during study hall on 10/31. If you are interested in sending your child a Halloween Gram, email Mrs. McGuire at email@example.com.
Meridian Middle School Student Council will host a Halloween dance for MMS students on Saturday, October 27. The dance will take place in the MMS gym from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. This is a costume dance, so students are encouraged to dress up. There will be snacks, drinks, and picture opportunities available for students to purchase.
Middle School Fall Fundraiser items to be delivered to students on Wednesday- including Cookie Dough. Students that ride a bus with large orders may need to consider alternative transportation home to help with orders. All student prize items provided when order money turned in!
High School Homecoming Parade- Wednesday September 26; leaves school parking lot at 6:00 pm. Friday September 28: Green & White Spirit Day for all Meridian students. GO HAWKS!!
MS Fall Fundraiser to benefit Class Accounts; customized Tervis Tumblers, Cookie Dough and incredible pricing for magazine subscriptions (either print or electronic) along with on-line ordering options. Thank you for any support you, family, friends, neighbors may provide!
Congratulations to the MS Boys' baseball team on their 13-0 Regional win over Argenta-Oreana. They move on to play in the 2nd round against Sullivan on Saturday at noon in Macon. Good luck!!
Good luck the MS Boys' Baseball team when they begin Regional play today and host the Bombers from Argenta-Oreana at 4:30 pm GO HAWKS!!
MS boys' baseball game for today- Friday Sept 7 and Saturday Sept 8 are cancelled due to weather.
The girls' softball Regional 2nd round game against Mt. Zion for Saturday Sept 8 has been rescheduled for Monday September 10 at 6:00 pm at Meridian's softball diamond. GO HAWKS!!
Congratulations to the girls' softball team on their 1st round Regional win over Pana Jr. High today- 15-0. The ladies move on to host the 2nd round of Regional play on Saturday at noon against the Mt. Zion Braves. GO HAWKS!!
Thank you to the parents that attended our annual MS Open House last night. We always appreciate parent involvement and attendance at these special events! Our school Fall Fundraiser begins on Sept. 7 which includes magazine subscriptions at great prices among other items.