Marsh Gator Newsletter
Feb 28th - March 4th
What's Happening this Week?
Monday, February 28th
Tuesday, March 1st
Club live at student lunch
Games at Lunch - Library
Wednesday, March 2nd
KLEAN Club Meeting, 6th grade lunch, P-29
Cube Club at lunch!
PTSO meeting- 5:30 in the marsh library
Thursday, March 3rd
Football at lunch - back field
Games at Lunch-Library
Friday, March 4th
Games at lunch- Library
A Special invitation to LCAP from our Principal
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.
The first Family & Community meeting will be held on March 8 at the Marsh Junior High School Library, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided.
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.
Principal, Marsh Junior High school
Attention 8th grade parents with student planning to attend PV!
GATORS SAVE THE DATE!
A Spring reminder for behavior expectations.
Drop in math help is avaliable!
The Great Kindness Challenge - Marsh Junior High school
Gators, we are so proud of the many kind acts you completed through the Marsh Kindness Challenge. You truly showed what it was to be a Gatorific Gator!! Your kind acts make a huge differenc on our campus. Our challenge to you is to continue to show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS!!
Parent Support for the Gator Shack
We would greatly appreciate more donations for our Gator Shack! If you are able to assist, here are some
items we are in need of at the Gator Shack that can be purchased from our Amazon Wish List https://a.co/6y6CWqA or in any store:
Blue Now & Laters
Rice Crispy Treats
Hershey's Chocolate Bar Variety Pack
Check out some highlights from the CJSF trip to Parkview Elementary!
Support for Quarentined and Absent Students
We have implemented several supports for our Gators who are out on quarantine or absent and may need support getting caught up with their assignments. we encourage our Gators to take advantage of these supports..
Center for Success:
Students who are returning from quarantine will be placed in our Center for Success program at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They’ll receive a front of the lunch line pass and go straight to a teachers classroom to work on assignments from their absence. They can continue to attend Center for Success as long as they need to get caught up.
We also offer Saturday Academy various Saturdays of the year. Students attend the full session from 9-1 and work on any current or absent work with the support of a teacher.
While absent, students may take advantage of our Virtual Support, hosted by a teacher from Marsh. Students can access the school wide Google Classroom and log on at the specified times to meet and ask for help from the host teacher. Students have received log on instructions in their English class.
Students who are absent or on quarantine should monitor their Google Classroom regularly and reach out to their teachers by email. They are also encouraged to complete any work that was started before going on quarantine to prevent more build up of assignments when they return. You've got this Gators!!
Yearbooks are still available
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 (myschoolcentral.com)
Questions regarding Yearbook
Parent Education Series - Mental Health
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 Grief and Loss:
This week’s classroom spotlight is Mrs. Schaeffer's After School Program. Mrs. Schaeffer was asked to design an after school program to support our Marsh Gator's academic and social emotional success. The program started with a total of 60 students and has now grown to house 100 Marsh students after school.
The BLAST After School Program is provided at no cost to families and is open to all Marsh Jr. students (students are added to the waiting list once program is full -- CURRENTLY FULL). Students receive academic support during HW Hour, an optional snack during Snack Break, and the freedom to choose which recreational or enrichment activity they would like to participate in. These activities rotate on a daily basis and range from more active physical activities (kickball, indoor soccer, capture the flag, basketball, etc.) to more mellow and enriching activities (garden club, ceramics, beads, board games, etc.)
2:45 – 2:55 Check In (Room E22)
2:55 – 3:50 Academic Hour (Homework help)
3:50 – 4:10 Snack / Transition
4:10 – 5:00 Enrichment and Recreation
What are the benefits of an After School Program for students and families?
Improved academic performance
Studies have found that more than 40 percent of students showed improved reading and math grades after attending quality afterschool programs. Regular attendance and stellar instructors also help to realize these gains.
One of the main draws is time devoted to completing homework. This is especially helpful for kids who need more instruction to understand a particular lesson. Completing work right after school, even in a more informal setting, is better than waiting until later when children are tired.
Be sure to choose a program with a qualified instructor or teacher who can help in areas of need.
Healthier social and emotional intelligence
Kids who attend afterschool programs with smaller teacher/student ratios exhibit more socially appropriate behavior. They’re getting attention and help with their school work. As a result, they feel less frustrated and are less likely to act out. Programs promoting cooperation, support, and respect encourage kids to join in activities and start conversations.
Afterschool activities that also allow time for play, with adult supervision, help students to blow off steam. Active kids have more opportunities to develop healthy identities. They manage emotions more effectively.
An afterschool program doesn’t feel as strict as school. For instance, there isn’t the same level of pressure. Kids are more relaxed and subsequently feel freer to ask more questions than during regular class time.
This is also an opportunity for them to give sports and creative arts a try. Since many school districts are cutting these subjects, outside school is the only chance for some kids to try them. Taking healthy risks like performing for an audience or playing a soccer game can also lead to higher self-esteem.
When kids feel better about themselves, they don’t utilize sick days as often and dropout rates go down.
Improved eating habits
Quality afterschool programs usually offer plenty of water and healthy snacks. This is important. Kids left on their own don’t always make the healthiest choices.
When kids are bored, they eat more. They tend to pick snacks filled with sugar and trans fats. On the contrary, overeating reduces boredom and overeating in children.
Any good program should emphasize healthy options and regular physical activity. This will help encourage better lifestyle choices as kids grow older.
A wider circle of friends
After school is also a great time for kids to meet new people.
Programs can provide kids with chances to make friends from outside their classrooms. Interacting with kids from different backgrounds will broaden a child’s horizons.
Improve verbal and nonverbal communication skills
STEM, arts and sports programs encourage kids to work together as a team. Projects, games or performances help foster cooperation. Participants learn to rely on one another.
Kids also pick up cues and learn that facial expressions can be as powerful as verbal commands. This helps them communicate more effectively with their peers.
Make learning more enjoyable
It’s meaningful for kids to take part in activities they enjoy. It also helps them retain knowledge. If they’re having fun while learning, long-term memory storage is the result.
AVID WICOR Showcase
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. Preston's Math class. Students were asked to collaboration and inquiry to answer higher level questions regarding how they solved math problem. Studnets shared multiple ways of how to solve the same math problem. They were tasked with showcaseing their method to the class. Way to go Mr. Preston, you are a WICOR Rock Star!!
What is AVID?
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach to teaching. It is designed to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.
Students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.
AVID Instruction promotes:
- WICOR Strategies
- 21st Century Skills
- Student Leadership Skills
- Rigor for All
AVID School Wide Culture fosters:
- College Awareness and Preparation
- Common Belief in Student Success
- Family and Community Involvement
- High Expectations for All
- Positive and Safe Learning Environment
Marsh teachers use AVID WICOR strategies to promote students success, close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life. WICOR is an acronym for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading and provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels. Within WICOR are variety of teaching strategies essential to student learning and work well in all types of classrooms. Why WICOR?
- WICOR is: A proven learning support structure, for any content area.
- Teachers who WICORize: Guide students to deeper comprehension and increasing skill levels. Choose WICOR strategies appropriate to the content and skill objectives of their content area.
- Students who WICORize: Actively work with new information in order to think, talk, write, read, and ask questions, leading to long-term learning. Develop skills and attitudes that will serve them well in postsecondary life.
Atta Gator Award
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!
Gabriel Agurkis, 6th Grade
Amo'r Edwards-Patrick, 7th Grade
Anamarie Lor, 8th Grade
Finnley Puritz, 7th GradeHenry Vue, 8th Grade
SEL word of the week- Enthusiasm!
Join the KLEAN Club!
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
Social Emotional Learning SEL Showcase
-Cough (new onset not related to asthma or allergies)
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste/smell
-Fever above 100.4
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion/runny nose
- Fatigue/muscle or body aches
In an ongoing effort to help maintain a healthy campus environment, Chico Unified School District is offering FREE COVID-19 testing opportunities for CUSD students, staff and volunteers at their current school site. View the Testing Schedule
Parent/Guardian COVID-19 Resources & Information
- CUSD COVID-19 Reporting & Information Hotline: (530) 801-2813 (phone line is staffed school days M-F from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
- Butte County Public Health Department Community Resources: https://www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Home/fbclid/IwAR3fSGcPIbTuP9oMALIinPe68ft2E_vscQm2hDlGwwyilvdXog7KZwY9vTw
PE Pickle Ball Highlights!
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Allstar Parent Program
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
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
Attendance/Parent Square Communication
Please remember to contact the attendance office for absences
Please remember to contact the Attendance Office if your student is going to be absent via Parent Square, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 895-4110 ext 42113, please include your student’s name, the date of absence, and the reason for the absence. You may also use the report absence button on the marsh website.
If your student is ill please contact the Attendance or Health office to screen for any symptoms. Students need to be symptom-free for 24 hours before they return to school. Thank you all for your continued help and cooperation.
When students are out for any reason, sick, quarantine, Dr. appointment., etc. please make sure to have them email their teachers and check their Google classroom to get their work.
For COVID-19 related questions and to report test results, please call the CUSD COVID-19 Reporting & Information Line at 530-801-2813.
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
Stay Informed and Connected
MJHS Website: http://mjhs.chicousd.org/
MJHS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChicoUnified.MJHS/
- Address: 2253 Humboldt Road Chico, CA 95928
- Phone: (530) 895-4110
- Fax: Fax(530) 895-4111
- Attendance: (530) 895-4115
- Parent Portal
MJHS PTSO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233308576872298/