Marsh Gator Newsletter

October 11th - October 15th

What's Happening This Week

Tuesday, October 12th:

Parent Education Series: Mental Health 101: 6:00 PM, Zoom

Wednesday, October 13th:

Allstar Parent Program: 6:00 PM, Emma Willson Elementary

Thursday, October 14th:

Makeup photo day- 8:00am, PE classroom

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!

Social Emotional Learning

This Week's SEL Empowerment Word

This Week's Social Emotional Learning is on Encouragement. Check out its definition and inspirational video to learn more about how you can show encouragement in your life.
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Believe in You: Season 1. Episode 5- Allison Schmitt

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration that begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month:

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Kindness Challenge

Make Kindness the norm at Marsh. This month our Marsh Leadership challenge to you is to shower your campus, peers and teachers with kindness. You will be receiving a Random Acts of Kindness Calendar in your 5th period class. This calendar is full of daily kindness challenges that you can complete to make someone's day brighter. As you complete the act, mark it off. At the end of the month your signed paper will be turned in for a chance to earn some amazing prizes. Good luck Gators, and let's be sure to make kindness the norm at Marsh!!
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Harvst Festival 2021

Marsh will be having our Annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 28th from 5 - 7PM. This fun filled family event will have carnival games and activities, student's carved pumpkins on display, an art showcase, and even an outdoor concert by our very own Marsh Junior High School chorus and band. This is an event you will not want to miss! Activity bracelets will go on sale the week of Oct. 25th and are $5 pre-purchased and $7 at the door. PTSO will also be on site with dinner and dessert options, so plan to come hungry and ready to have fun!! We hope to see you there.

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Show off your pumpkin carving skills this year at the Marsh Harvest Festival. Pumpkins will be judged on the following categories: cutest, scariest, funniest, most spirited, and most creative. Winners will be announced at the end of the Harvest Festival, and will also be spotlighted in the Marsh Newsletter. Good luck Gators!!

If you are interested in having your carved pumpkin on display, please bring your carved creation to the Marsh Junior High School Library on October 28th between 7:30 - 8:00 AM. ALL pumpkins must be picked up the night of the Harvest Festival.

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 6, with meals provided at 5:30. Please scan the qr code at the bottom of the poster below to sign up, or click the poster itself to be taken to the google form!

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 13 de octubre 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. Favor de escanear el cogido QR para registrarse o haga clic en el póster para acceder al formulario de Google.

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.

October 12th 6PM: Mental Health 101

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day, honored annually on October 10, was created to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize support to improve the mental health of people around the world. This year’s theme, “Mental Health Care for All: Let’s make it a reality” highlights the importance of access to quality mental health care for all individuals, especially with the additional toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on the physical and mental health in our communities.

Now more than ever, it is critical that we promote mental health awareness to reduce the stigma around the challenges we are coping with that can often prevent us from seeking help. It takes strength to acknowledge things we are struggling with, talk about mental health, support each other, and get help.

Chico Unified School District partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff, and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstance.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in any language
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

Click Here to View Other Chico Unified Resources on Our Website -

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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

Marsh Junior High ELAC Meeting

Marsh Junior High school invites you to attend ELAC on Tuesday, October 26th at 5:00 PM. The purpose of ELAC is to provide guidance and advice to the principal and staff about the needs of students who are learning English as a second language.
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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.

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is Mrs. Hoffman's IM1 Math class. Mrs. Hoffman knows how to make learning FUN! In this activity students re-enacted a math problem called the "Great Tricycle Race". Students had a bike race where times and distances were recorded. Student's record each rider's finish time then graphed the time and distance to find the equation and compute the speed in meters per second. It was clear to see that all students were engaged and having a blast solving real-world math problems. Way to go Gators!!

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!!

Annie French - 6th Grade

Ramiah Barbee - 7th Grade

Cole Ingersol - 8th Grade

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!

Rowan Beebe

Cece Davis

Amiah Harris

Nhi Lam

Nathan Van Laan

Student Led Events at Marsh!

This past Tuesday was national Pet day! Led by one of our amazing gators, students were encouraged to send in pictures of themselves with their pets! Each picture was shown on the marquee sign on the MPR during both lunches.
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Gators Impacting our Community

This week we are highlighting our former Gator, McKenzie Gorman. McKenzie is currently at Chico High and continues to impact our community in a positive way. After serving in student government at Marsh, McKenzie went on to serve in Student Government all four years and has been her class president Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and now Senior year. Kathleen Bishop, the Student Government teacher at Chico High, says that "McKenzie is incredibly hard working, has a great attitude, and I can always count on her to follow through with her commitments. She loves Chico High and her community and it shows! From the moment she stepped on Chico High campus she began sacrificing a lot of her free time to volunteer to be at any and all events to help them be successful. Chico High is lucky to have her!" Now as a Senior, McKenzie is exploring and applying to out of state colleges. Her hope is to attend college in Montana as she pursues a nursing profession. We have no doubt that McKenzie will continue to do great things and make our community and world a better place! Remember “Once a Gator, Always a Gator!”

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

New Murals at Marsh

Marsh has been given some artistic updates from local artist, Christian Garcia. Christian has created beautiful murals around campus embodying what it is to be a Gator. His images are vibrant and add such beauty to our campus. THANK YOU Christian!!

Christian Garcia is a Northern California based artist hailing from Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. At the age of 32 now, creating for many years he has a very large body of work. Starting at the young age of 15, he is a self taught street artist and muralist heavily influenced by graffiti. Christian creates art on a variety of different surfaces with all kinds of mediums, from pencil sketches to large spray paint murals. He blends a style of urban elements, graffiti techniques, graphic design, and a refined form of fine art creations. Residing in Chico, CA for over 20yrs, he has created many murals, worked with local organizations, and participated in many art events.. Christian creates visually stimulating artworks with a socially conscious effort for everyone to enjoy. Working locally with goals of traveling globally to share his gifts of art. Keep a look out for more works and content from Christian Garcia!

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Stay Informed and Connected

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