Merritt Academy Latest News

Latest News

February

  • 22-26- Spirit Week
  • 25/26- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 26th- ½ Day of School Noon Dismissal 

1.  Lunch Menu Change for This Week

Attention Parents: There is going to be a menu change for Wednesday and Friday. If you ordered the Friday meal for your child (Baked Mostacioli or grilled cheese) they will receive it on Wednesday of this week. Friday's meal will be the wow butter sandwich because of the 

half day. Thank you.

January

  • 28th- Board Meeting 8:00 a.m.
  • February
  • 12- Mid-Winter Break No school for in person or virtual
  • 15- Mid-Winter Break No School for in person or virtual
  • 22-26- Spirit Week
  • 25/26- Parent/Teacher Conferences

1.  Arrival and Dismissal Refresher

With the second semester starting this past Monday and Merritt welcoming back over 50 students campus wide we thought it would be a good time to revisit the arrival and dismissal procedures. Most of our procedures are still in place from the beginning of the year. However, there are a few procedural items that have changed to be aware of:

  1. K-12th grade starts at 7:45 and has a dismissal time of 3:15. On most days the students in K-5 start coming out of the buildings by 3:10 while a bell releases the 6th-12th grades at 3:15.
  2. A diagram is attached to this e mail showing drop off and pick up locations on   campus as well as what the traffic flow should look like.
  3. Parents can NOT come into the buildings so the need to park in one of our parking lots should not be needed. Please keep with the traffic flow and drop off at the designated areas.  

Arrival

  • Masks must be worn when arriving on campus everyday for ALL students K-12.
  • Do NOT arrive earlier than 7:25 to drop off your child(ren). There will not be staff present at the drop off locations until 7:30. 
  • Elementary students report to their classrooms, middle school reports to either the big gym using the north gym doors to go to their first hour elective class or they have Spanish up in the front preschool building, and high school enters through main doors in the high school and report to their first hour class.

Dismissal

Again there is a diagram attached showing where each pick up location is going to be located. K-3 students pick up is on the outdoor basketball courts, 4th and 5th grade is located between the 4-8th grade building and the preschool, and middle and high school students get picked up in front of the high school. There will be staff members getting students to latchkey and the bus for our elementary. 

Please stay in the flow of traffic and avoid parking in the middle and having your children come to you. Students coming from all different places and angles is what makes the parking lot unsafe. 

January

  • 22nd- Early Dismissal Records Day/End of First Semester
  • 28th- Board Meeting 8:00 a.m.

February

  • 12- Mid-Winter Break No school for in person or virtual
  • 15- Mid-Winter Break No School for in person or virtual
  • 22-26- Spirit Week
  • 25/26- Parent/Teacher Conferences

1.  Reminder Tomorrow Friday, January 22nd is ½ Day

There is a ½ day of school for records day on Friday, January 22nd with a noon dismissal. There will be no lunch provided on this day. There is a bus schedule attached to this e mail of drop off times for the students riding the bus that day.

There will be latchkey available on this day until 6:00 p.m.

January

  • 18th- No School Face to Face or Virtual MLK Day
  • 22nd- Early Dismissal Records Day/End of First Semester
  • 25th- Board Meeting 8:00 a.m. 

1.  Upcoming Dates January 18th and January 22nd

On Monday, January 18th there will be no school for both our in person  and virtual students in order to celebrate Martin Luther King's legacy.

Also, there is a ½ day of school for records day on Friday, January 22nd with a noon dismissal. There will be no lunch provided on this day. There is a bus schedule attached to this e mail of drop off times for the students riding the bus that day.

There will be latchkey available on this day until 6:00 p.m.

December

  • 21st- No In Person Instruction Virtual Day for ALL Students
  • 21st- Virtual Student Lunch Pick Up 2:00-3:00
  • 22nd- No In Person Instruction Virtual Day for ALL Students
  • 23rd- Christmas Break Begins
  • 4th- School Resumes

1.  Student of the Quarter 

We are very proud of all the students both face to face and virtual who were chosen as Students of the Quarter. Their hard work and dedication to their academics stood out from their peers. Here is a list of these students:

December

  • 10th NHS Virtual Induction Ceremony 6:00
  • 11th- Middle of 2nd Marking Period Progress Reports Distributed
  • 11th- Canned Food Drive Ends
  • 14th- Giving Tree Gifts Due Back to School
  • 23rd- Christmas Break Begins No In Person or Virtual Learning
  • 4th- School Resumes

1. Progress Reports

Progress reports will be put in folders or given to the K-8 students this Friday. This marks the mid-way point of the second marking period and we are quickly approaching the end of the semester on January 22nd.

October 2020

  • 6- Home Middle School Football vs Caseville 5:30
  • 7- Count Day/ Dress Down For Free
  • 7-9- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 8-  Picture Day Pre School - 12th Grade On line and Face to Face Students
  • 9- ½ Day Noon Dismissal
  • 12- Start of Spirit Week
  • 16- Home Football Homecoming vs Burton-Atherton 4:00 

Parent/teacher Conference Parent Requests Now Being Accepted Middle and High School

Parent/teacher conferences are for online and face to face families and will be spread out across three dates from Wednesday, October 7th to Friday, October 9th. Here is an update of how we are handling conference moving forward:

Good Evening Parents,

Our staff reported back yesterday to start putting the wheels in motion for what administration has been planning all summer for virtual and face to face learning. Now that we have shared certain information with them we can now share important details and information with you about the days leading up to and the start of school:

Face to Face and Virtual information-

1.   Attached to the this email blast is a question and answer informational sheet. This answers additional questions about our school year for BOTH face to face and on line students. PLEASE make it a point to go over this information with your child(ren). 

2.   There will be an open house for all Kindergarten families and all 1st - 12th grade new families from 3:00-6:00 on Wednesday, September 2nd. At this open house our new and kindergarten families will be able to meet their teachers and see their classroom(s). 

Dear Merritt Academy Families,

The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching. For our students coming back face to face in the fall we need to figure our transportation situation and what students absolutely need busing to get to and from school. 

If your child(ren) will require busing to and from school please respond to Mr. Seiferlein at nseiferlein@merritt-academy.org by Friday, August 14th.  Respond with the following information contained in the e mail:

1.    Student Names and Grade Level

2.    What stop they will be using (List of stops are listed below)

3.    If only one of either pick up or drop off is needed

Good Morning Merritt Families,

We hope this update finds you and your family doing well.  Please read the updates and news below as it contains some very important information for all of you to know:

1.  We wrapped up our final day of students picking up their personal belongings and dropping off Chromebooks yesterday. 
We are still missing about 75 Chromebooks and chargers that were borrowed and they have not been returned.  Please make it a point to get those returned to school ASAP as our technology company is going to be taking inventory, cleaning, and reimaging those Chromebooks for our students to use next fall.  Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:00 this week and next week.  In the agreement that was signed each family was responsible for returning the Chromebook and charger.  We do not have the extra $25,000 in our budget to replace the missing Chromebooks that were borrowed.  

Hello Merritt Families,

The senior parade on Friday has come and gone.  Wow!  What a great turnout on the parade route from the senior's families and friends!  There must have been more than 300 people out to support them on the night that they were suppose to be graduating from Merritt Academy. 

Don't forget Merritt Academy's senior commencement is being planned for Thursday, July 16th.  A start time and how many family members and audience members will be announced very soon, but please plan on that date for sure.  We are waiting to see what kind of social gathering restrictions are going to be in place for indoor and outdoor gatherings in the next few weeks and then we will announce this information. 

It is my hope that this update continues to find your family safe and healthy. Since my last communication, the Governor has begun to act on the phased approach to relaxing the stay home order reopening different businesses and industry to restart our economy. Just last week we have seen portions of the northern part of the state reopen before the holiday weekend with strict social distancing guidelines. This is a step in the right direction. Our top priority, besides graduating our seniors, right now is discussing the best way to tackle what next fall looks like. Make no mistake that our desire is to resume in the fall with our normal school routine but we will work to have alternate plans as necessary. Every option we are discussing involves keeping our students as safe as possible with a thorough cleaning of our schools occurring daily and a deep cleaning happening twice weekly being one of our main focuses. Additionally, we are consulting with school leaders from across the state and reviewing plans that are being put in place both nationally and internationally as we look to implement the best practices possible while also being able to allow for some local control.

Good Evening Merritt Families,

I hope this e mail finds everyone doing well on this Easter Weekend. Attached you will find the document that explains our remote learning plan for the remainder of the school year.

Please read it over as it starts on Monday, April 13th. It is important for each student to do their best job on these assignments and attend the zoom meetings each week as they all have a chance to improve their current grades for this semester and from last marking period.

Google Classroom will the main educational platform used and as this is not a new tool for our middle and high school students it is for our elementary students. Elementary families you will be getting information from your child's teacher how to set up your child's Google Classroom before Monday.

Additionally, there will be a Merritt Academy Online Instruction document sent out to each family this weekend that will contain important information to access the weekly on line zoom meetings.

I hope this plan will answer all your questions and alleviate some concerns. As always please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.