Superintendent's Message

February 12, 2021

Thank you, Mr. Sanderson!

It was almost a month ago that Mr. Jerry Sanderson informed us he was going to take a leave for the remainder of the school year. This news spurred us to post for an interim principal to lead Meridian Middle School for the remainder of this school year. This past week Mr. Sanderson shared he has decided to retire from nearly four decades of serving students in the Meridian School District. Mr. Sanderson began as a second-grade teacher at Irene Reither Primary School and held teaching positions at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. While at Meridian Middle School he served as the middle school activities coordinator and administrator’s/principal’s designee for many years. He has capped his career and honored to serve as principal of Meridian Middle School for 18 years. He was named the interim principal in 2002 and became the principal in 2003.

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Mr. Sanderson shared, “I was proud to be able to watch my own kids attend and progress through the Meridian system from grades K through to their high school graduation. This community and this school system are and will always be a part of my soul. I am happy that I have been able to serve for so many years.”


Four decades in any profession is remarkable. When one stops to consider the number of children and families impacted by Mr. Sanderson over that span, it is extraordinary. We want your help to honor the dedication and commitment Mr. Sanderson has shown the Meridian community. We know many of you have stories and experiences with him he would love to revisit – especially if they come from you. Many of us in education continue and continue, trusting there is an impact. Sometimes we receive feedback. Most times we don’t. For those of you with something to share, please click this link to share your memories with and for Mr. Sanderson: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sandersonmemories. We will honor him a bit later this Spring – and your stories will be an important part of that celebration. We will leave this survey open until March 12. Thank you. And, THANK YOU, MR. SANDERSON!

FlashAlert System

Meridian School District continues to partner with FlashAlert.net for emergency school closure and school delay information. As you may know, we have adjusted our approach to closing school for inclement weather. We will alert all of you if we are needing to shift our in-person school days to remote school days because of the weather or some other interruption to our regular operation. Each building principal should have already communicated what that may look like for your specific child. If you are unsure, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or school office. This will typically occur the evening before. Sign up at http://www.flashalert.net/signup.html for free to receive a text message any time that we declare an emergency closure or delay or go to http://www.flashalertseattle.net/ for news on local school closures or delays.


I hope you have a great weekend and stay warm!


James