Merritt Academy Latest News

Latest News

Good afternoon Merritt Academy families. Please read the very important attached information concerning how Merritt Academy is being directed to handle covid quarantine situations.

 See everyone later today for open house from 3:00-6:00 and after join us for a little Merritt Academy football! Game time is 5:00 vs. Carsonville Port Sanilac.

AUGUST

  • 19th - Paperwork/Uniform Day Noon - 6:00
  • 27th- Home Football vs. Kingston 5:00

September

  • 2nd- Open House Time 3:00-6:00
  • 2nd- Home Football vs. CPS 5:00
  • 7th- First Day of School/Full Day 7:45-3:15
  • 2021-2022 School Year Update

PPE
Merritt Academy does not currently have a mask requirement for students and staff. Students and staff members may choose to wear a mask.
Seating will be spread out whenever possible. 
Cleaning & Screening 
Teachers will have access to extra cleaning supplies for their classrooms.
Enhanced daily cleaning procedures by custodial staff will remain in place. 
Staff and students should continue to monitor for symptoms before each school day.
Any student or staff member exposed to Covid will be required to contact the school for further guidance. 
Merritt Academy will work with the Macomb County Health department for reporting. 
School Day
Merritt Academy will continue to use the drop off and pick up procedures in our parking lots that were put in place last year. 
Students will be using the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch.
Transportation
Bus transportation will be available for students to and from school. It will also be available for athletes for some away athletic events. 
At this time everyone is still required to wear a mask when riding public transportation per a federal mandate that all school districts must follow. 
Athletics
Merritt Academy will return to traditional procedures and guidelines for athletics and continue to follow guidelines set by MHSAA.  
This document reflects current procedures, but is subject to change based on requirements from state and local agencies. 

Merritt Academy will continue to communicate any requirements or recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Macomb County Health Department when needed.

Good Afternoon Merritt Families,

As we turn the calendar to August we wanted to get the revised dress codes into all of your hands as we know school shopping will start soon for most of you. The goal of tweaking the dress code this year was to make it simpler for students, teachers, and parents to navigate.  The 2021-2022 dress code gives more options and we took out a few items that we did not think was necessary to enforce anymore. With these changes students still will maintain a professional look.  The highlights of the dress code changes are below, but please read through your child's dress code for their grade levels as there are more changes than just the highlights listed below.  

Khaki bottoms are now school wide K-12
Shoes must be black, brown, or navy and with closed toes and closed heels. Maximum heel or platform height is 1 inch.  Markings on shoes are allowed in the colors of black, grey, white, navy, or brown. 
Grey uniform shirt available in elementary now.
Game day clothing for athletes is away games must be dress clothes and home games must be jersey and uniform bottoms.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school. Uniform shirts will be able to be purchased at our paperwork/uniform day on August 19th.

 

AUGUST

  • 10th- Prospective Parent Open House 6:00 p.m.
  • 17th - Prospective Parent Open House 6:00 p.m.
  • 19th - Paperwork/Uniform Day Noon - 6:00
  • September
  • 2nd- Open House Time TBD
  • 7th- First Day of School/Full Day

1.  Paperwork/Uniform Change of Date

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we have to change our paperwork/uniform day from August 12th to August 19th from noon to 6:00 p.m. The reason for this delay was that our inventory of uniform shirts was not going to be in on the 12th of August. Again we are sorry for having to change this date.  

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