Marsh Gator Newsletter

October 25th - October 29th

What's Happening this Week?

Tuesday, 10/26/21

Club Live at lunch

Wednesday, 10/27/21

Cube Club at lunch

Thursday, 10/28/21

Club Live at lunch

Marsh Harvest Festival, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Pumpkin Carving Contest - drop off in library, 7:30 - 8:00 AM

Friday, 10/29/21

MJHS band to play at treat street, 3pm to 5pm in Downtown Chico

It's Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week focuses on providing drug awareness and prevention which happens in the last week of October from 10/25-10/29. Nationally this has become the most visible time of year for substance abuse prevention efforts. During this week there will be daily spirit dress up days as well as activities and information provided during lunch times about drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. We encourage students to be a part of this year's Red Ribbon Week spirit days as well as pledge to be drug free and live a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t forget to visit the library at during lunch all week long for activities and prizes! YOLO!

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Harvest Festival - THIS THURSDAY!

Marsh will be having our Annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 28th from 4 - 6 PM. 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 pizza, nachos and hotdogs for 2 dollars and 4 dollars for Schubert's Sundays!. so plan to come hungry and ready to have fun!! We hope to see you there.
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We are looking for Parent volunteers to help chaperone our game booths at the harvest festival this coming Thursday. If you are willing to help please use the sign up sheet attached to sign up for a time slot. THANK YOU!

Looking to donate? We are in need of some bags of bite sized candy for Harvest Festival prizes. If you would like to donate please drop off your donation at the main office this coming Monday - Thursday. THANK YOU for your support!

Marsh PTSO is looking for Volunteers!

The Marsh PTSO is looking for volunteers to help run the food booths at this years fall festival! Signups are available at or on The Marsh PTSO Facebook!

Next PTSO meeting is November 3rd in the MJHS library at 5:30!

Hope to see you there!

Following meetings will be the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30!

Pumpkin Carving 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.

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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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Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Ms. Jones's scary stories lesson with Mrs. Blaschke's 6th grade English class. Students watched Niel Gaiman read "Click Clack the Rattle Bag" live from the New York Public Library. Students were engulfed in the story and experience. Following the read, students showcased their own writing skills by writing their own scary story using discriptive details. It was a spooktacular lesson!!


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. Melton's Social Studies class. Mr. Melton had students use Jamboard to collaborate, share ideas, and brainstorm for their Roman Empire Timeline project. Students recalled and shared out Roman emperors, events, engineering, and choice events with dates to help them prepare for the timeline culminating project. Students were engaged and were able to use other's ideas to add to their own knowledge. Way to WICOR-ize your lesson Mr. Melton. You are a WICOR Rock Star!!

Marsh Cross Country

This year's Gators have been having a blast with Cross Country. A HUGE THANK YOU to Greer and Jordan Colby for helping our Gators find a love for running and being such positive and supportive cross country coaches. Our Gator's smailes say it all! THANK YOU!

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!!

Sophia Bussey- 6th Grade

Ayan Azad - 7th Grade

Benjamin Keller - 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!

Anela Ysabelle Agbuya- 6th grade

Anna Ball- 6th grade

Kaden Connor-8th grade

Paige Kermen-6th grade

Ramirez, Leslie- 7th grade

Former Gators Impacitng our Community

2012 8th grader to UC Davis Medical student

Thank you Jessica Kamph and the Marsh Staff for asking me to write some news about my daughter, Lily Justine.(2012 Marsh Gator)

Our family wanted to thank all of her former teachers and coaches who helped us to create such a motivated, smart, and caring Human being. Currently Lily is in her First year- second block/term of Medical School at UC Davis in Sacramento. She previously graduated UCLA in three and half years and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiological Sciences. During her time at UCLA she helped to earn her Bruin team their First NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship. Lily won the final point for her team in Gulf shores Alabama in 2018. The next year her Beach Volleyball team repeated and earned their second NCAA championship 2019. Unfortunately 2020 was hard on everyone including Lily so her Senior session was cut short due to Covid Protocols but there was a special award given to her by the NCAA that no other female Beach Volleyball athlete had ever won. Lily was inducted as a TOP 10 Scholar Athlete Award which we wrote about to all the CUSD staff in 2020.

Being her mother and now working at Marsh has put her experience of being a student into perspective for me. My Message is simple, I want all fellow parents and students to know they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. The teachers Lily had at CUSD from Neal Dow, Sierra View, MARSH, and Pleasant Valley helped to shape her. Trust the educational process, give back to your community, and support one another. Lily comes back to Chico and does just that. She spoke at Mrs. Ricci’s third grade classroom in 2019 and continues to teach and mentor students in Chico every Summer and talks to them about being a student-athlete. Maybe someday in the near future she can speak to her fellow Gators students about surviving and thriving Junior High school and beyond.

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50th Anniversary Almond Bowl: PV vs. CHS

Our Gators showed their spirt for the Almond Bowl by dressing in support of their team.

Fuego Friday in the Library - Lunchtime

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Halloween Door Decorating Contest

MJHS Teachers showed off their spooky door decorating skills in this year's door decorating contest. Congratulations Doug Haight for the winning door!
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Pura Vida Bracelet Fundraiser

PTSO is selling Marsh Spirit Pura Vida Bracelets for $5. This is a fundraiser, and all proceeds will go back to support Marsh students and staff. Students had an opportunity to purchase them last week at lunch. If you didn't get a chance to get yours they will be available for purchase at the Harvest Festival this Thursday from 4 - 6 PM.

8th Grade Yearbook Baby Pictures

Don’t miss out on this 8th grade tradition!

Purchase a spot in the 2021/2022 Yearbook for

an 8th grade baby photo and dedication.

● Spots are $25 per 8th grade student.

● Spots can be purchased on the MJHS

website and must be purchased by

December 6, 2021.

● Images and dedication must be submitted

by December 6, 2021. Please use the link

at the point of purchase to submit your


● If you need alternate arrangements for

submission, please contact

Purchase your 2021-2022 Yearbook Now

Don’t miss out on the lowest price

of the year!

● Books are now $40...price will

increase later in the year.

● Yearbooks can be purchased

online at the MJHS online store:

● Questions regarding Yearbook

Purchases contact:


As October ushers in the autumn season, our Library welcomes the macabre! All students will be given the opportunity to come in for a spooktacular lesson this month. These lessons celebrate incredible authors, eerie tales, and opportunities for self-expression that only junior high students are capable of. Want to know more? Ask a member of #teamlibrary, or email Keep it creepy, mwahahaha!

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!

Ongoing Angel Tree signups

The Salvation Army is offering signups to be the recipient of an Angel Tree this holiday season. The tree is offered to children up to the age of 13 and seniors up to the age of 60. Please check the poster below for more details!
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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

November 9: Trauma 101

December 7: Grief & Loss

January 4: Parent Overwhelm

February 1: Mental Health and Trauma Q & A

March 1: How to talk to your kids about mental health

April 5: Overwhelm in teens

May 3: Social emotional strategies at home

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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

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

Stay Informed and Connected

MJHS Website:

MJHS Facebook:

MJHS PTSO Facebook:

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