Marsh Gator Newsletter

October 17th- 21st


What's Happening this Week?

Monday, October 17th

Clubs at lunch!

Tuesday, October 18th

Clubs at lunch!

Breast Cancer Awareness Day - Wear Pink

Wednesday, October 19th

Clubs at lunch!

Thursday, October 20th

Clubs at lunch!

*CJSF meeting Thursday 10/20 at 7:30am. CJSF will also be taking 8th graders to Parkview for the Big Buddies program Friday October 28th

Harvest Festival 6 - 8 PM

Carved Pumpkin Drop Off in the Library 7:30 - 8: 00 AM

Friday, October 21st

Clubs at lunch!

Lunch time fun

Marsh Junior High School PBIS

The California PBIS Coalition recognized Marsh Junior High School as a Bronze PBIS recipient for our implementation of Positive Behavior Implementation and Supports.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Learn More.

Don't forget to wear Pink on 10/12 to show your support!!

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Marsh Gators Write Encouragement Cards to Cancer Patients

During advisement class this last week our Marsh Gators took time to write an encouraging message on cards that will be delivered to local facilities that have people battling cancer.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2022

October was first designated as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the 1980s and has been recognized every October since. It is a time to celebrate people with Down syndrome and make others aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

Red ribbon Week is October 24th-28th

National Bullying prevention Month

October in National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. During this month, we will push out weekly tips and strategies to help bring awareness and ultimately help stop bullying. Please review this information with your Gator, and reach out if the Marsh Administration or counseling team can help support your student. Thanks!

What is Bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can also take place through technology, known as cyberbullying. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

There are many other types of aggressive behavior that don’t fit the definition of bullying. This does not mean that they are any less serious or require less attention than bullying. Rather, these behaviors require different prevention and response strategies.

What to Do If You’re Bullied

There are things you can do if you are being bullied:

  • Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
  • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.

There are things you can do to stay safe in the future, too.

  • Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
  • Stay away from places where bullying happens.
  • Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.

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Making Marsh Jr. Even Safer

In an effort to improve pedestrian and bike safety for our students we have been collaborating with Chico Velo and the Chico Police Department to promote bike safety and sharing these videos in our Marsh News. In addition, we have been collaborate with CUSD and Caltrans to improve the pedestrian and bike safety of the intersection of El Monte and Humboldt Rd. Caltrans has responded quickly to our request, and will be installing and advanced walk feature at this intersection crosswalk. This is projected to be installed by the end of next week. This feature will provide pedestrians and bikes a advanced walk signal prior to motorists getting a green signal. This will make pedestrians more visible to motorists by providing 3 - 6 seconds advanced walk time. In addition studies have shown that Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) reduces conflicts and crashes for pedestrians. We are so thankful for this collaboration, and look forward to making Marsh even more safe for our Gators!

Learn more about bike safety!

Bike Lanes
NHTSA's Bike Safe, Bike Smart
Where Should I Ride?

Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Carving Contest - Oct. 20th

Gator Families,

Mark your calendars, as our annual Harvest Festival is quickly approaching and we cannot wait to see you there. This year’s Harvest Festival will take place Thursday, October 20th from 6 – 8 PM. This fun filled family event will have carnival games, a haunted hallway, an art display, a music concert, a pumpkin carving contest and dinner/dessert options. Activity wrist bands are $5 and will get you into all the harvest games and activities. PTSO will be selling a variety of dinner and dessert options so be sure to come hungry. If you are interested in helping support the harvest festival this year, please consider signing up to supervise, or donating a bag of candy to the main office. This candy will be used as prizes at the harvest festival. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Parent Supervision Needed

Gator Families,

We are looking for parent volunteers to help supervise some of the carnival activities at this year’s Harvest Festival Oct. 20th from 6 – 8 PM. These activities will be led by Leadership students, but an extra pair of adult eyes is always appreciated. If you are willing to help cover a supervision shift, please use the Sign Up Genius attached to sign up. Thank you in advance for helping make this night a memorable one for our Gators!

Drop off your carved pumpkin to the Library Thursday, Oct. 20th before school starts - 7:30 - 8:00 AM

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Donations Needed for Harvest Festival

Dear Families,

Our annual Harvest Festival is fast approaching, and we have more fun and activities than ever before. Leadership has been busy purchasing activities and treats for the event. However, the need may be greater than expected. Leadership is wondering if you could help support the fun by donating a bag or two of candy prior to October 18th. All candy donations can be turned into the office with a note that says, "Harvest Festival" and Leadership will do the rest.

Thanks for your support in helping our Gators create positive and lasting middle school memories!

Lunchtime Percussion band-Whirlygig

Gators prepare for the Parade of Lights and Treat Street Performance

Parade of Lights

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Raising the Flag

Each day at Marsh Junior High School we have a student raise the American Flag. This is an honor for our Gators, and one of the highlights of the week. Our Gators take this patriotic duty very seriously, and have been trained on the significance of such an event. Check out our school president, Alexis Serna rising the flag this week, you u can see the pride and joy in her face.

Chess club is here!

Marsh will be starting up a Chess Club runs after school in D-17 from 3:00 - 4:00 on Tuesdays. This is an excellent opportunity for our Gators. Check out the article below regarding the benefits of Chess. We hope to see you there!
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8th Garde Baby Pictures/Dedications

To reserve a spot for your 8th grade baby picture/dedication, head to the MJHS Online Gator Store. Spots are $25. Fill out the Google Form at the point of purchase to submit photos and dedications or you can email them to Questions regarding purchasing can be directed to

Attention Parents, Library Loaners must not come home!

If your student brings a Chromebook like the one pictured here please remind them to return it to the library the next day!

Boys Basketball!

Attention 6, 7, and 8th grade Boys. Basketball tryouts are coming up and you must attend BOTH tryout days. Tryouts will take place 10/26 & 10/27.

Tryout Dates:

6th Grade Boys: 10/26 & 10/27, 3:00 - 4:00

7th Grade Boys: 10/26 & 10/27, 5:15 - 6:15

8th Grade Boys: 10/26 & 10/27, 6:15 - 7:15

The Boys Basketball session will run from mid-November - February.

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Multicultural Club

This week the Multicultural Club created Ojos De Dios in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Club Offerings at Marsh

Clubs and Activities are a great way to get connected to Marsh!! Check out our Marsh Website for more information about what clubs and sports are offered at Marsh Jr.

Check out our Clubs and activities page for more information on clubs and after-school programs!

Mark Your Calendars

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Parents we need your help - Late Start Wednesdays

Parents we need your help on Wednesday mornings!

Did you know that the Marsh campus opens at 7:00 AM daily? We welcome students to come early, have a warm breakfast, visit the library and connect with friends on campus.

Please be advised that we do not have school supervision at the 7-11/Great Harvest area. ALL Marsh students who are frequenting this area should be accompanied by an adult. Please be advised that Chico PD will be monitoring behaviors.

Please keep in mind, that if a student is dropped off at the Marsh campus, they are NOT to leave. If a student does leave campus, it is considered a cut, and the student will be assigned Saturday School.

PTSO Meeting Calendar

Our Marsh PTSO will be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at Round Table Pizza on Forest Ave. at 5:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn about what is happening at Marsh and how PTSO can help to support our school. We would love to have you join our meetings.


Oct. 19

Nov. 16

Dec. 21

Jan. 18

Feb. 15

March 22

April 19

May 17

Find us on amazon smile!

The marsh PTSO is on Amazon smile! Support us by searching Marsh parent-teacher student staff organization on amazon smile! A portion of the funds from your purchase will go to help support our PTSO!

Get your Gator Swag!!

Are you looking to show off your Gator pride with a Marsh tee-shirt, hat, sweats, or water bottle? If so, check out our Gator store online or in person.

Marsh Online Store

Office Hours:

Monday 7:30 - 11:00

Tuesday: 7:30 - 3:15

Wednesday: CLOSED

Thursday: 7:30 - 3:15

Friday: CLOSED

Attendance Matters at Marsh Junior High School

Students who attend school regularly and arrive on time do better academically and are more likely to establish work habits that help them succeed in life and work. You play a vital role by helping your child attend every school day possible.

Rules and Policies

There are multiple ways to report your child’s absence. The preferred way is to respond to the notification sent to you in ParentSquare. If you don’t have an account set up for ParentSquare, please click the following link for instructions on how to do so: . If you need instructions for how to report an absence on ParentSquare, please click the following link: You can also use the “Report a student absence” link on the Marsh homepage located on the right side, call (530) 895-4110 and press option 1, or email our Attendance & Counseling Staff whenever your child is absent.

Please provide the following information:

  • Child's Name
  • Date of the Absence
  • Reason for the Absence

All absences must be cleared within three school days or they will be considered unexcused. Thank you for your help.

It is very important that a parent or guardian notify the attendance office when a child is absent. When there is no verification within three (3) school days, the absences are considered unexcused and the student is truant. (ED Code 48260)

Tardy Policy: The school day begins at 8:20 Students arriving after the 8:20 tardy bell must come to the Attendance Office for a tardy slip.

Attendance Letters: Excused Absences: A letter to notify you of Excessive Absences will be sent after 7 absences. Doctor notes will be REQUESTED at this time but after 10 absences the Doctor note will be REQUIRED to excuse the absence.

Drop in math help is available!

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IXL Student Support

Welcome to IXL! IXL is personalized learning that helps students excel! It features a comprehensive, standards based curriculum, a real-time diagnostic, that tailors lesson to each student's skills.

Students should invest 45 - 60 minutes a day in each subject - Math and English.

IXL Parent Guide: What to know if your child is using IXL at school
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IXL Leaderboard

Way to go Marsh Gators! You are doing an amazing job in IXL.

Check out this week's leader board. These students will be given a VIP pass to the IXL pizza party hosted at the end of the month. Keep up the Great work Gators! We hope to see your name on the leaderboard soon!!

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Did you know that Marsh is an AVID School site?

What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an in-school academic support program for grades seven through twelve. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for college eligibility and success.

AVID Elective

The core component is the AVID Elective, which supports students as they tackle the most rigorous classes. For one period a day, AVID students learn: organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable.

Furthermore, AVID students become academically successful leaders and role models for other students.

AVID Schoolwide

The AVID instructional program focuses on methodologies that will help students prepare for - and participate in - a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. These methodologies are referred to as WICOR:

W - Writing. Students clarify and communicate their thoughts and understanding of material.

I - Inquiry. Students ask questions which allow them to clarify, analyze, and synthesize material.

C - Collaboration. Students challenge, help, and learn from one another.

O - Organization. Students learn how to organize, retrieve and maintain their materials and data.

R - Reading. Students analyze, question, critique, clarify, and comprehend material.

All of our Marsh Teachers have been trained in AVID WICOR instructional strategies and implement this methodology in the core class setting.

Take a moment to check out more about AVID on our Marsh Website.

AVID WICOR Spotlight

This week's AVID WICOR Spotlight is Mrs. Larrance's Math A Class. This week Mrs. Larrance's class used vocabulary foldables to learn about geometric measurements. They started the activity by using their textbook tools to look up the meaning of the vocabulary word. They then went on to write the definition, draw a picture representation, and then show an example of how you solve the measurement problems. This is a great tool to deepen students' understanding around vocabulary and concepts. Great job Mrs. Larrance's class, you are WICOR all-stars and we are so proud of all you are learning!!

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Mr. Stephen's and Mrs. Thomas-Melly's Co-Taught English Class. This week students have been reading the novel Touching Spirit Bear and working on similes and metaphors. To further their understanding, Mr. Stephens walked students through a graphic organizer activity that compared the main character to some baby birds in the book. They analyzed text pulling out the similarities and differences between the two. This then led to a writing activity where students used sentence starters to complete their analysis of the two items. Great job Gators, we are so excited about all you are learning!!

Classroom Spotlight

This week Suzanne King had Dr. Kuhne, trauma surgeon, come present to the class as a guest speaker. Students learned about bones, and the process o repairing fractures bones. At the end of the presentation, students worked in groups learning how to cast an arm. His presentation was inspiring and captured the attention of our Gators! Thank you Dr. Kuhne, for investing in our Gators!!
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Atta Gator Award

Check out last week's Atta Gator Award winners! The Atta Gator award is chosen by staff who nominate a student who showed excellency that week!

This week Nominations go out to:

Gator Greatness Award Winners

This week's Gator Greatness Award goes to the following students. These students continually demonstrate the Gator Way: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. Way to go, we are so proud of you!!

Attendance Winners for the Week

The following students are our attendance winners for the week. These students had zero tardies and have 95% or better attendance rate!! Keep up the great work Gators!

Attendance Winners

Alesandroni Cintia

Mercer Miles

Ventura-Castro Diego

Birthdays this week

Happy Birthday to these awesome gators this week! Make sure to wish them a happy birthday if you see them around campus!

This Week's Birthdays

Tianna Atkins, 10/17

Kylie Rhodes, 10/17

Elianna Giannola, 10/18

Anthony Martone, 10/18

Ethan Matsumoto, 10/18

Alina Nguyen, 10/18

Kobe Savitt, 10/18

Jordan Shuba, 10/18

Taytum Thomas-Hartnett, 10/19

Raylinn Cervantes, 10/20

Makayla Chanthakhot, 10/20

Jakson Fabian, 10/20

Emerson Harris, 10/20

Ella Looper, 10/21

Reyna Chan, 10/22

Imani James, 10/22

Kinzie Maurer, 10/22

Luna Xiong, 10/22

Juan Reyes-Bernal, 10/23

Parker Rusten, 10/23

Licensed Therapist, Matt Reddam - Trauma101


Lunchtime Fun!!

Are you looking for something fun to do at lunch? Do you like games or sports? Would you like a place where you can hang out with friends? If so, check out these fun activities happening during the lunch period.

Games In the Library -

* Fuego, Uno, Battleship, scattegories, and much more!

Sports Activities - back courts

* Basketball, 4 square, volleyball, football

Meet the Counselors

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Lunchtime Fun

Students have many opportunities to stay connected and have fun during the lunch period at Marsh. Gators check out some of these activities next time you are at lunch.

Cube Club - Wednesday

Club Live -Tuesdays and Thursdays

Flag Football - back field

Basketball - basketball courts

4 Square - back courts

Volleyball - back courts

Board Games and Cards - library

Fun Friday; Spikeball cornhole, and music - WIFI area

Marsh School Culture: #Gatorpride

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Stay Informed and Connected

Marsh Junior High School Website

Get up to date information for Marsh Junior High School

MJHS Facebook

Join Marsh Junior High School Facebook

MJHS PTSO Facebook

Join the Marsh Junior High School PTSO Facembook Page

Make your voice heard! Join us for LCAP

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