Marsh Gator Newsletter

September 26th - 30th

What's Happening this Week?

Monday, September 26th

Clubs at lunch!

Tuesday, September 27th

Clubs at lunch!

Wednesday, September 29th

Clubs at lunch!

Thursday, September 30th

Clubs at lunch!

Friday, September 31st

Clubs at lunch!

Lunch time fun

Marsh 80's Electric Dance Highlights

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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 Coming to Marsh Jr.

Marsh will be starting up a Chess Club after school from 3:00 - 4:00 on Tuesdays starting 10/4. This is an excellent opportunity for our Gators. Check out the article below regarding the benefits of Chess. If you are interested in attending please be sure to attend October 4th.
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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.
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Attention Gators! Scholarship opportunity below! Win up to 5000 dollars!

Marsh Gators,

Please see the attached documents regarding a fantastic opportunity for our Marsh students. The VFW is dedicated to promoting and investing in our future generations and middle school students have a chance to win $5000, and teachers have an opportunity to win $1000 for themselves and their school. Each year the VFW asks students across the nation to write an essay related to America’s history. This years these for middle school is “My Pledge to Our Veterans”. If you are interested participating please check out the materials attached.

Learn more about bike safety!

NHTSA's Bike Safe, Bike Smart

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!

Join the Parade of Lights!

Sign up for the historic parade of lights! Applications can be found online at this link here or downloaded at
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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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Chico Unified College Fair!

Chico Unified will be hosting a free college fair on Monday, September 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Chico High School big gym. We will have 35 plus schools in attendance. We would like to have middle school and high school students and families attend our fair.
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Join us for 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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Welcome Back BBQ

Gator Families,

Thank you to all of the families that came out to campus this last Friday for Marsh's Welcome Back BBQ. It was so nice to see all of our families on campus. A huge shout out to Marsh Leadership for organizing this fun evening and Jim Parrot and our School Resource Officers for BBQing. Check out some pictures from this fun-filled, family evening!

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.

Announcement from PTSO

Hi! Happy almost end of September!!!!

We have a Schubert’s night planned at Schubert’s Homemade Ice cream and Candy scheduled for Tuesday September 20th from 3-6pm. PTSO will be raising funds for our Marsh Turkey dinners that we have been donating to our needy families for the holiday season. This is our 5th year!!! Come out and support and say Hi!! Schubert’s address is 178 E 7th St down town Chico!

CHANGE IN VENUE!!!! Looking forward to our PTSO meeting scheduled for Wednesday the 21st at 5:30 in the MARSH LIBRARY due to cheer tryouts that afternoon! Looking forward to seeing some new friendly faces! We are always looking for helpers!

PTSO is so excited to see everyone at the 1st school dance this year! Can’t wait to see all our gators dressed up and ready to party like it’s 1989!!! See you Friday!!!

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.


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Nov. 16

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Feb. 15

March 22

April 19

May 17

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.

Library Tech Center

Marsh Junior High school Students,

Are you needing some support with technology? would you like to know more about how to how to reset your password, clear your cache, insert audio into slides, and much more?? If so, check out our Library Tech Support Page on the MJHS website.

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 Mr. Bishop's History class. Mr. Bishop helped students organize their writing by using note taking strategies. Students used timelines to learn how historical events were tracked and the meaning of B.C. and A.D. In addition students furthered this understanding by determining primary sources and identifying fact vs. opinion. Great job Mr. Bishop's class, you are WICOR all-stars!!

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Mrs. King's science class. This week students have been learning about bacteria. As a group students grew their own bacteria in a lab. Students analyzed the affects of mouthwash on bacteria in the mouth vs. no mouthwash. Students charted the growth of bacteria and recorded their results in their science notebooks. Ultimately they will determine if mouthwash prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Way to go Gators, we are so proud of all you are learning!
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This week students have been building robots in Mrs. Metzger's STEM II class. Robotics is included in STEM. Robotics can also boost STEM learning, as technology can play an important role in STEM. Technology, such as robots, can help students engage with these subjects. Robotics is an interactive approach to science, technology, engineering, and math. Robotics provides a microcosm of technologies that support STEM education. STEM Robotics involves engineering, and computer science incorporated with design, construction, operation, application, and computer systems to produce something called robots.

The 5 major fields of robotics are:

  1. Operator interface: This refers to the Human-Robot Interface that explains how the human and the robot communicate.
  2. Locomotion based robots: Robot locomotion is the collective name for the various methods that robots use to transport themselves from place to place.
  3. Component-based robots: In this case, it is the component within the robot that makes it do the specified job.
  4. Ways of delivering a message to the robot: Commands need to be given to the robots with the help of different means. Today there are over one thousand programming languages and each robot interprets the given instructions in their own way.
  5. Based on how robots sense and perceive: This component helps the machines identify things in and around their environment and react.

Here are a few ways STEM robotics jobs impact the real world:

Robotics Engineer: Robotics engineers are responsible for designing, testing, and building robots.

Robotics Technician: A robotics technician builds, installs, tests, maintains, and repairs robots.

Robotics Software Engineer: Robotics software engineering is the field where you develop software for robot control and automation.

Robotics Operator: Robots can reduce human effort and save time, but they cannot do any of this without human involvement. They need constant and consistent controlling or at least monitoring, this is where a robotics operator becomes important.

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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!

Student Spotlight

Student's in Ms. Metzger's Science 8 class are writing a biography on a scientist. Shubhansh Tandon wanted to do his biography on this paleontologist who he's idolized for years and has read a book authored by.

When Shubhansh was researching this scientist today, he came across an office phone number for him, Mrs. Metzger coached him through how to conduct a professional phone interview, just in case this guy picked up the phone, and he did!

So Shubhansh and I introduced ourselves to him over speaker phone and then Shubhansh spent the rest of the period interviewing one of his long-time role models for his report! He was elated 😊

He also conducted himself very professionally and represented MJHS well. It was adorable.

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

Aurora Thoa - 8th grade

Parker Birdseye - 7th Grade

Lucy Miner- 6th grade

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

Grace Clarson 9/26

Adi Shapiro 9/26

Hayden Sesterhenn 9/27

Rylie Wallace 9/27

Holadae Gardner 9/28

Kayden Millsaps 9/28

Cintia Alesandroni 9/29

Sean Baldivid 9/29

Sydeny Batista 9/30

DeJuan Allen 10/1

Donnell Allen 10/1

Alex Iwabuchi 10/1

Aven Bradley 10/2

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

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!
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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

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