Marsh Gator Newsletter

April 11th- April 15th

What's Happening this Week?

Monday, April 11th

Games at lunch-Library

Neurodiversity Monday – To celebrate the beauty in the diverse spectrum of the human mind, wear rainbow or tie-dyed clothes to school!

Tuesday, April 12th

Club live at student lunch

Games at Lunch - Library

What’s your Passion Tuesday – One characteristic of Autism is to be incredibly focused on a passion or topic of interest. What are you passionate about? Dress to show something you love!

Wednesday, April 13th

KLEAN Club Meeting, 6th grade lunch, P-29

Cube Club at lunch!

Workout Wednesday – Our friends with Autism must really work out difficult situations that may not seem difficult to others. Let’s work it out and show our support by wearing workout clothes.

Thursday, April 14th

Football at lunch - back field

Games at Lunch-Library

Friendly Thursday – Love and acceptance go a long way. So, let’s wear school colors to show our support and acceptance to our friends with Autism.

Friday, April 15th

No school!

April is Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness Month! If you would like to learn more about Autismand theri unique qualities, check out these infographics provided below!
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Soccer schedule!

Marsh Students present at the Chico Unified School Board

This week Isabella “Bella” Sanchez, Jacey Lower, Cole Ingersoll, and Senora Neilson shared with the school board their experience with inclusion during Intro to Spanish. Bella, using her eye gaze communication device, expressed how inclusive classrooms are a general education classroom where students, with and without challenges, learn together. Jacey, Cole and Senora Neilson shared examples of how they worked together to support Bella’s academic, social, emotional and communication growth. They won the hearts of the board members and many others who were present or watching abroad. Thank you Gators for being accepting and understanding to differences!

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Bella utilizing her eyesight to text device!
Bellas drawing!

Career fair fun!

This last week students from our IRI Academic Support Class, Math Lab, and Language Live English Elective were invited to Career Day. This special event highlighted local businesses as well as Chico High and Pleasant Valley Career Pathway classes. Students were able to tour around the stations, ask questions and walk away inspired about their future. A huge thank you to Kyle Gunther, Brittany Hodges, and Kirsten Southam, as well as Chico High School, Pleasant Valley High School and our local businesses that came out to make this event so meaningful for our Gators!

Letter Regarding CAASPP Assessment.

Please view this letter regarding the ongoing CAASPP Assessment. The letter can also be found online here
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Attention 6th Grade Families

Attention 6th Grade Families:

All 6th grade students need an immunization called Tdap before you can start 7th grade. It is recommended that you make an appointment for this immunization ASAP as doctors’ offices get full quickly. Please bring proof of immunization to the health office as soon as possible to get a better chance of getting your preferred elective. If your student does not have proof of this vaccine by August 15th they will not be able start school until they get it. If you already got the vaccine, please turn the paperwork to the health office. Thank you!

Incoming 7th and 8th Graders - After School Program Registration is OPEN NOW!!

The Marsh After School program registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Register at the main CUSD website here for clubs, fun activities and homework help! Blast is an amazing resource, and your student will have a BLAST!

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A Special invitation to LCAP from our Principal

Dear Marsh Gator Families,

Every year about this time, school districts in California hold their annual parent/community input meetings as part of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process. The LCAP is essentially the district's plan for how it will allocate taxpayer dollars to best meet the needs of the local student community. In turn, each school site has their own site-level LCAP plan (sometimes referred to as The School Plan for Student Achievement, or SPSA).

As you know, at Marsh Junior High School, we try to solicit your input throughout the school year and we use all forms of communication (newsletters, website, official meetings, emails, texts, phone calls, etc.) to increase the likelihood that you as an individual family will feel like you have a voice in our school community. We would also like to invite you to attend these upcoming LCAP meetings to provide your input and be a part of the process. I have linked the document with all of the dates and times HERE.

You will notice that some meetings are focused on targeted student populations (like Students with Disabilities or English Learners). State law requires these specialized meetings to ensure that districts' plans address the unique needs of all learners based on available data. I want to clarify that ANYONE may attend ANY meeting. The meeting times/dates will also continue to run in our weekly Marsh newsletter.

Please reach out to me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you at these important planning meetings.


Jessica Kamph
Principal, Marsh Junior High school
530 -891-4110

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Summer camps are coming!

Attention Gators! Summer is just around the corner and we’re excited to see so many summer camp options available within our local community. If you’re interested in having some much overdue fun this summer, check out the CARD website and search programs by age. Registration for summer camps starts April 4th.

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A Spring reminder for behavior expectations.


Drop in math help is avaliable!

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SEL word of the week! Positivity and choice!

The words that you say to yourself matter! Focusing on positive self-talk can help us persevere through challenges, support others when needed, and stay true to out unique voice and contributions. Self talk can be used to re-center out attention on what matters most to help us be productive and present in our work and out relationships with others.

This week we will be watching an interview with Geena Aguilar, and having a special guest, former student Emily Dodd's.

Believe in You: Season 3 - Geena Aguilar

Yearbooks are still available

Yearbooks are still available for purchase in the Marsh Student Store (Main office). Yearbooks are $45 and available for purchase online or in the main office.

Student Store Hours:

Monday: 7:30 - 11:00

Tuesday 7:30 - 3:15

Thursday: 7:30 - 3:15

Yearbooks can be purchased

online at the MJHS online store:

Store | Featured (

Questions regarding Yearbook

Purchases contact:

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Mrs. Blizman's class. Mrs. Blizman is an influential teacher who builds a strong classroom community around the Gator Way - Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. This week she had her students practice social skills and how we respond to others. Great job Gators, we are so proud of all that you are learning!

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Celebrating Influential Women in History - Women's History Month

Our teacher librarian in connection with the library team, created an education slideshow for Women's History month which was shared with our Gators. Last week Mrs. Farrell's English class was invited in for a special activity where students were assigned one influential woman from the slideshow. They then watched the video, learned about the women's contributions and then wrote an acrostic poem describing the female. Their poems were then put into a beautiful poster that is displayed on campus in our Marsh Library. Way to go Gators, we are so proud of you!

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Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a proven learning support structure, known as WICOR , that incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels.

Marsh’s teachers have been trained in the WICOR principles and incorporate their proven strategies into their lessons. This week's WICOR spotlight is Mr. Bishop's Social Studies class. Students are currently studying about the Medieval Times. In this activity students were tasked with creating their manor tasks and shield. They had to come up with a Manor name, colors, and a character to represent their manor. All of this information will then be put into the manor shields and presented to the class. This project was a great example of collaboration, inquiry, writing and organization. Great job Mr. Bishop, you are a WICOR Rock Stars!!

April 8, 2022

Gators show their support for Butte Humane Society!

Our amazing Gators have been collecting and donating items to help support Butte Humane Society. Last week Trooper, the Butte Humane Society mascot made a special appearance as our Marsh Gators filled the Butte Humane Society van with donations. In addition some of our amazing Gators will get to tour the new Butte Humane Society facilities on Monday, April 11th. We are so proud of all of our Gators and appreciate all the families that generously donated to this cause.
April 8, 2022

Science Field Trip to the Creek

Mrs. Metzger's Science Gators were able to see real life science in action at Little Chico Creek this week. Students were tasked to identify biotic and abiotic components of a local ecosystem, as well as observe and record the real-life examples of various types of species interactions that they have been learning about.

Birthdays this week!

Here's our list of birthdays for this week! Make sure to wish them a happy birthday if you see them on campus!

Porter A.

James P.

Melanie A.

Zach A.

Bella L.

Emma L.

Josh M.

Ezra M.

Henry V.

Ben C.

Ryder G.

Violet J.

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!

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!

Bella Leffler, 7th Grade

Bryn Cooper, 6th Grade

Jackson Fabian, 6th Grade

Jully Ibrahim, 7th Grade

Daniel Horgan, 8th Grade

Join the Junior Viking sports teams!

Positions are open in both junior Viking football and cheer teams! No tryouts necessary! Ages 6 to 14 welcome!
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Forebay Aquatic Center is open for students!

Join the Forebay aquatic centers 2022 school programs!

links resources in the poster can be found here!


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Rentals and more information can be found on their website at

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Mental Health Education Series

Over the past 4 years Butte county children, families, and schools have experienced a high degree of stress and trauma due to the ongoing crisis. Join us for an educational series designed to increase awareness of your child's mental health, your own wellness, and examine ways that you as parents can intervene more effectively. This series will be led by MS, MFT and NMT certified Matt Reddam, who specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and general psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

This week's video focuses on Strategies for Talking to Teens about Mental Health

Talking to Teens about Mental Health

Join the KLEAN Club!

The Kids Leading Everyone Against Nicotine club seeks to provide a fun, engaging learning environment to teach middle schoolers to stand up against nicotine addiction and vaping. Every Wednesday in P-29 KLEAN club will host engaging activities and opportunities at lunch!

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, tcheck out these fun activities happening during the lunch period.

Games In the Library - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

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

Sports Activities - Tuesdays and Thursdays

* Basketball, Football, Soccer, and more

Marsh Multicultural Club

Join the Marsh Multicultural Club - everyone welcome. This club is a fun way to learn, explore, and foster appreciation for the cultural diversity on our campus. Through this club you’ll have the opportunity to meet new people while contributing to building better school climate for all.
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Life saving skills for california students and school staff

Please join Living works youth summit for an online training program based on supporting our students through suicide prevention. This free training can be accessed through the link provided here or by texting "start" to 888-707-0780. The program is open to all California students and staff!
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Suicide Prevention 101 Webinar for Parents in English April 20 and Spanish April 21


Please register for the upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do. This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their teen, actions to take if their teen is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources. The webinar is provided in partnership with the California Department of Education, the California Mental Health Services Authority, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line. The webinar is offered in English and Spanish.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children and youth ages 10-24. It is imperative that we provide information to parents on how to recognize signs of suicidal ideation and how support their children who may experiencing emotional distress.

In English:

Registrese para este seminario gratuito virtual que también sera transmitdo en vivo por Facebook: Módulo 1—Prevención del Suicidio para Padres: Las Señales y Qué Hacer. Este seminoario gratuito proveera información y recursos sobre las prevención del suicidio que incluye: cómo reconocer las señales de advertencia de suicidio, cómo tener una conversación con tu hijo/a, y que hacer si tu hijo esta pensando en el suicidio.

El suicidio es la segunda causa principal de muerte para niños y jóvenes de 10 a 24 años. Es muy importante que brindemos información a los padres sobre cómo reconocer los signos de contemplamiento de suicidio y cómo apoyar a sus hijos que pueden estar experimentando angustia emocional.

In Spanish:

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Counseling posters

Need help from a Counselor? Come scan any one of these posters, or click poster itself to get in contact with one of our team!

Allstar Parent Program

The Allstar parent program, based on the curriculum, is a workshop designed to promote communication and understanding for both parents and kids. This event will be hosted for 13 weeks at Emma Wilson Elementary, Wednesdays at 5:45pm, with meals provided at 5:15. Please contact your schools targeted case manager to sign up for the second session

El Programa de Padres Estelares esta basado en el currículo de Rezilient Kidz y es un taller de 13 semanas diseñado para construir familias más fuertes, proporcionando confianza, herramientas y capacidades que los padres necesitan para criar hijos saludables, responsables y atentos. Este evento comenzará el dia 23 del febrero en la escuela Rosedale (Sesión de Español de 9:30 AM-11:00 AM) y la escuela Emma Wilson (Sesión de Ingles de 5:30 PM-7:30 PM). Habrá comida y cuidado de ninos. Comuníquese con el administrador de casos específico de su escuela

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The Care Team

THRIVE's newest project - The CARE Team. This program is for Butte County high school-aged youth.

The CARE Team helps connect young people and their immediate circle with support and resources . Their mission is to prevent and limit the recurrence of youth suicide in our community and ensure every young person knows just how much they matter. Click the links below to learn more.

Visit the North Valley Community Foundation THRIVE Online Resource Page

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Visit the North Valley Community Foundation CARE Team (Community, Assessment, Response and Education Team) Website

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Attendance/Parent Square Communication

Did you know that Parents and Guardians can view Attendance Notices on their app or website and can submit notes back to the school? See how in the information flier below.
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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

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