The Merrill Minute

September 27, 2019

School CNXT

Greetings, Merrill Families,

Today we wrapped up a full day of professional learning at Merrill where we had time to reflect on the first 20 days of school and collaborate with each other around how we can continue to strengthen our school community over the course of the next 20 days.

Part of our learning toady was focused on continuing to find avenues to stay connected with all of you! Our teachers downloaded an app called School CNXT, a platform that many of you may already be familiar with. It is a quick and easy way to share school and classroom news, send messages back and forth between home and school, and stay in touch without having to wade through the 5 million e-mails you all receive.

School CNXT utilizes two-way translation in over 100 languages empowering all families to engage with our school community. The app allows each of us (families and school faculty) to have the ability to text, speak, and listen in our preferred language when communicating via the app.

If you aren't already connected, you will be receiving a text message early next week on your mobile phone with a link to download the app. Please click the link and follow the directions to create an account.

While we will continue to use other platforms to communicate (Infinite Campus, Merrill website, e-mail), we are excited about this opportunity and look forward to communicating with you through School CNXT.

Yours in connecting,


Kathryn Panek


Merrill Middle School

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Panorama Social-Emotional Learning Survey

Social-emotional learning (SEL) describes the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. At its core, SEL focuses on students' fundamental needs for motivation, social connectedness, and self-regulation as prerequisites for learning. The 21st Century skills that make up SEL are an important part of a well-rounded education.

This fall, and again in the spring, your child will be asked to complete a brief social-emotional learning survey from Panorama Education. Panorama's Social-Emotional Learning Survey is designed for students to reflect on their school environment and experiences to help educators learn more about how to better support students' needs. To learn more about this survey please visit the Panorama website at

To view sample surveys, click on the links below.

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Part 2:

Mustang Events

To find out what's happening each day at Merrill, please check out the Mustang Event and/or Calendar link(s) below.

Mustang Events PPT (Weekly Club/Activity Calendar)

The calendar on the Merrill Website is updated daily.

Mustang Calendar Updated Regularly w/ Clubs/Activities

Meet the Merrill Language Arts Team!

Upcoming Dates

October 8 - Unified Sports Day

October 18 - Picture Retake Day

October 19 - DMPS Graduation Walk

October 25 - Dance, Games, and Movie 3:25-4:45 (Sponsored by Sisters 4 Success)

October 28 - PTA Meeting in Media Center 6:30

October 31 - No School, Conferences 8:15-3:15

November 1 - No School, Professional Development

November 4 - No School, Professional Development, Conferences 4:00-7:30

November 5 - No School, Election Day