Marsh Gator Newsletter

October 10th- 14th


What's Happening this Week?

Monday, October 10th

Clubs at lunch!

Tuesday, October 12th

Clubs at lunch!

Breast Cancer Awareness Day - Wear Pink

Wednesday, October 13th

Clubs at lunch!

Thursday, October 14th

Clubs at lunch!

Friday, October 15th

Clubs at lunch!

Lunch time fun

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Learn More.

Don't forget to wear Pink on 10/12 to show your support!!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2022

October was first designated as Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the 1980s and has been recognized every October since. It is a time to celebrate people with Down syndrome and make others aware of their abilities and accomplishments.

SUPPORT MARSH Associated Student Body!

Make your voice heard! Join us for LCAP

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Making Marsh Jr. Even Safer

In an effort to improve pedestrian and bike safety for our students we have been collaborating with Chico Velo and the Chico Police Department to promote bike safety and sharing these videos in our Marsh News. In addition, we have been collaborate with CUSD and Caltrans to improve the pedestrian and bike safety of the intersection of El Monte and Humboldt Rd. Caltrans has responded quickly to our request, and will be installing and advanced walk feature at this intersection crosswalk. This is projected to be installed by the end of next week. This feature will provide pedestrians and bikes a advanced walk signal prior to motorists getting a green signal. This will make pedestrians more visible to motorists by providing 3 - 6 seconds advanced walk time. In addition studies have shown that Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) reduces conflicts and crashes for pedestrians. We are so thankful for this collaboration, and look forward to making Marsh even more safe for our Gators!

Learn more about bike safety!

Bike Lanes
NHTSA's Bike Safe, Bike Smart

One Chip Challenge Warning

THE ONE CHIP CHALLENGE - Spicy and Dangerous

What is the One Chip Challenge?

The Paqui One Chip Challenge is a social media challenge promoted by Paqui, a tortilla chip company. Paqui sells small containers, each containing one spicy chip and the label “One Chip Challenge”. The challenge involves eating the single spicy tortilla chip, then waiting as long as possible before eating or drinking anything else. The Paqui website challenges people to wait as long as possible after chip consumption, characterizing those who can last a full hour without eating or drinking as “invincible” (people who eat or drink a minute after eating the chip are dismissed as being “powerless”). Participants in this challenge are also encouraged to post their reactions on social media.

Please see the attached video explaining what the one chip challenge is and its danger.

Dangers behind the One chip Challenge:

People who eat capsaicin-containing products, including tortilla chips featured in the Paqui One Chip Challenge, often experience mouth irritation, pain, or burning, along with intestinal discomfort. Capsaicin consumption can also cause more serious health problems, including chest pain, heart palpitations, and even heart attacks. Consumption of larger amounts of capsaicin can also cause repeated vomiting that can lead to life-threatening esophageal damage.

Support from Parents/Guardians:

Talk to your students about the possible dangers of such challenges. Have a conversation about peer pressure on social media and the influences to participate in such a challenge. It is also important to remind students that social media does not always share the negative side effects of the challenge.

Please be Advised:

Due to its popularity, local vendors such as 7-11 are selling these products to our students. We want to advise parents and students that this challenge is dangerous and for the student’s safety they are prohibited on our school campus. If a student is caught with these products or is participating in the One Chip Challenge on the school site, they will lose their upcoming dance privileges.

As always, thank you for your support,

Marsh Junior High School

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Donations Needed for Harvest Festival

Dear Families,

Our annual Harvest Festival is fast approaching, and we have more fun and activities than ever before. Leadership has been busy purchasing activities and treats for the event. However, the need may be greater than expected. Leadership is wondering if you could help support the fun by donating a bag or two of candy prior to October 18th. All candy donations can be turned into the office with a note that says, "Harvest Festival" and Leadership will do the rest.

Thanks for your support in helping our Gators create positive and lasting middle school memories!

Marsh Games Club in the Library at Lunch

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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.

Thank you for supporting marsh!

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Special Needs Carnival

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Chess club is here!

Marsh will be starting up a Chess Club runs after school in D-17 from 3:00 - 4:00 on Tuesdays. This is an excellent opportunity for our Gators. Check out the article below regarding the benefits of Chess. We hope to see you there!
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8th Garde Baby Pictures/Dedications

To reserve a spot for your 8th grade baby picture/dedication, head to the MJHS Online Gator Store. Spots are $25. Fill out the Google Form at the point of purchase to submit photos and dedications or you can email them to Questions regarding purchasing can be directed to

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.

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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Join us for Hispanic Heritage month!

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Multicultural Club

This week the Multicultural Club took part in the Mexican card game called Loteria in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Learn How to Play Loteria

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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Marsh Jr. Library at Lunch

The Marsh Junior High School Library is a popular hangout at lunch. Students are able to connect with friends by playing board games, doing puzzles, and checking out books of course. Come on by and check it out!

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.

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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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 Mrs. Neilson's Spanish Class. This week students used collaboration and inquiry to further develop their understanding of Spanish vocabulary around numbers. They started with a communication activity with a partner where they asked each other questions which required a Spanish numeric response. They then used inquiry to go around an complete a written numeric scavenger hunt. This led to a collaborative group activity where students created numbers based upon the number the teacher verbally said. Great job Mrs. Neilson's class, you are WICOR all-stars and we are so proud of all you are learning!!

Classroom Spotlight

This week's classroom spotlight is on Mr. Gunther's IRI class. This week student's practiced their multiplication skills through an engaging Multiplication Marathon game. Each level of multiplication students were able to master led to students earning additional toppings for their ice cream sundae. This fun and competitive activity had students motivated to practice their skills. Great job Gators, we are so excited about all you are learning!!

Social Group Spotlight

This week's spotlight is on Mrs. Blizman, Mr. Kassel, and Mrs. Ellen's social group. This group meets every Tuesday during Advisement and focuses on building social skills for students. This is a collaborative effort with special education and general education students is designed to support student's social abilities. This week students posed questions through conversation starters to learn more about their social group partners.

Clash of the Staff

During advisement our ASB leadership class has been working hard to develop engaging, culture building activities. One of these activities is Clash of the Staff. In this activity teachers compete against each other in their like subject matter area. Based upon their ability to complete tasks, the ASB judges determine the ultimate staff winners for that event in Clash of the Staff. This week Mr. King competed against Mrs. Moretti for arts, Mrs. King and Mrs. Bladorn competed for Science, and Mrs. McGarr and Mr. Carriere competed for PE.

Mrs. Moretti (Art) had to recite Mary had a little Lamb on the xylophone while Mr. King (Music) had to recreate Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Mrs. King and Mrs. Bladorn (science) had to compete to create a science experiment which involved a fun chemical reaction.

Mrs. McGarr and Mr. Carriere had to compete to see who could do the most clapping pushups.

Great job to all of our amazing Marsh Teachers! Thank you for making this such a fun and memorable experience for our Gators!!

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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!


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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

Alesandroni Cintia

Mercer Miles

Ventura-Castro Diego

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

Ezard, Braeden L 10/10

Quezada, Mario A 10/10

Vowles, Marlee S 10/10

Blades, Jacob J 10/11

Brouhard, Rio K 10/11

Le, Triet B 10/11/2008

Smith, Harper B 10/11

Smith, Nathaniel K 10/11

Watson, Kaleb 10/13

Arevalo-Ortega, Leslie 10/14

Campbell, Edith D 10/14

Campos, Hercules D 10/14

Harrington, Makayla A 10/14

Serrano, Camden 10/14

Coleman, Caydence R 10/15

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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