Marsh Gator Newsletter

March 21st -25th

What's Happening this Week?

Monday, March 21st

Games at lunch-Library

Tuesday, March 22nd

Club live at student lunch

Games at Lunch - Library

Wednesday, March 23rd

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

Cube Club at lunch!

Thursday, March 24th

Football at lunch - back field

Games at Lunch-Library

Friday, March 25th

Games at lunch- Library

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.

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.


Jessica Kamph
Principal, Marsh Junior High school
530 -891-4110
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Attention 8th grade parents with student planning to attend PV!

Positions are open on the PV PTA board! check out this flyer for more details
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A Spring reminder for behavior expectations.

Parent signups for volunteering at the spring fling are open!

Volunteer slots for our spring fling dance are open! Concessions! Chaperones! Clean up crew! All are open! All help is appreciated! Sign up here at

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Drop in math help is avaliable!

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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!!

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CJSF Butte Humane society drive!

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Updates from the Library- Womyn Who Run the World!

We're celebrating this women's history month with a collection that honors some iconic figures such as Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Goodall, and Oprah Winfrey! From scientists to activists, we cover it all! Learn about the amazing achievements of women who run the world!

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.

Saturday Academy:

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.

Virtual Support:

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

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:

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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Classroom Spotlight

This weeks Classroom Spotlight focuses on Ms. O'Brien's science class! Last week her class joined hand in hand to complete a full circuit! Watch this video down below to see it in action!

Class Circuit experiment!

Five Proven Benefits of Incorporating Art in the Classroom

Five Proven Benefits of Incorporating The Arts in the Classroom

  1. Art Practicum Enables Essential Adolescent Development. Research finds that art education exposes students to activities that enable valuable physical and mental development.1 For young students, exposure to art education encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities. Such competencies allow for greater success in more traditional subjects, such as reading, writing, science, and math.

  2. Data Shows that High Arts Involvement Results in Higher Scores on Achievement Tests. Those who may believe that the arts only provide students with creative skills overlook the impact that art has on overall academic achievement. A study conducted by the University of California at Los Angeles utilizing a federal database of over 25,000 middle and high school students identified that students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Further, the study found that the more art classes a student takes, the higher the scores. Also, several independent studies have shown that high school students who take art classes produce higher math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no arts classes.2

  3. The Arts Enable Critical Connections to Underrepresented Students. According to a report titled, Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning, the arts help to reach students in unique ways. As a result, the study identified better student attendance and lower dropout rates among those students exposed to the arts in education.

  4. Exposure to the Arts Provides More Well-Rounded Students. Studies on the benefits of art education have further identified that high arts-involved students watched fewer hours of television, participated in more community service activities, and reported less boredom in school.3 Seemingly, exposure to the arts broadens student interests and can reinforce the importance of cultural and societal awareness, resulting in greater community interest and participation. In one recent study by The Brookings Institution, students who received more arts education were found to be more compassionate, in that they “are more interested in how other people feel and more likely to want to help people who are treated badly.”4

  5. Art Helps Students Understand The World Around Them and Their Place in It. Art therapists who encourage young people to use artistic methods and mediums as a way of expressing their emotions explain that art allows children to process their world and deal with difficult, sometimes negative emotions safely.5 Experts say art also provides critical sensory input for young people working through unfamiliar or challenging feelings. While not all students need art therapy, every young person can benefit from exposure to a practice that allows for personal expression and emotional development.


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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. Larrance's Math class. Students took part in a collaborative Readers Theater around Order of Operations. Students learned through the collaborative read the order of operations and the direction in which they solve the problems. Students then tested their knowledge with collaborative math problems. Way to go Gators we are so proud of all you are learning! Way to go Mrs. Larrance, you are a WICOR Rock Star!!

What is AVID?

Did you know that Marsh Junior High School is the only Junior High in Chico Unified that is trained as an AVID school? So what is AVID and how does it impact my midddle schooler?

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
    • Goal-Setting/Monitoring
    • 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

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!

Hunter Alderman, 7th Grade

Ramiah Barbee, 7th Grade

Riley Carr, 6th Grade

Jhayden Shae Galang, 6th Grade

Emiliano Montero-Cabrera, 8th Grade

SEL words of the week- Action and community!

You are involved in buidling out school community through your daily decisions and behavior. You can decide to be nice to your classmates. You can decide to help your teachers create a fun and safe classroom. you can also decide to help your classmates feel valued, respected, and included! Choose 3 kind words that you can share with your classmates this week. Then, share them as often as possible! Go be Great Gators!

We will be introducing Jason Greene. Jason is an excellent, inspiring leader who shares his experience and how we can be the person we want to be TODAY!

Believe in You: Season 3 - Jason Green

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 Dealing with Parent Stress

Parent Strategies to Battle Stress

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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PE Pickle Ball Highlights!

Check out some sweet highlights from McGarr's Pickleball unit!
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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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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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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:, 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.

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

MJHS Website:

MJHS Facebook:

MJHS PTSO Facebook:

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