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1-11-18 Announcements

Attention 8th grade parents:  At Mariemont Junior High School, we strive to ensure every child who enters our buildings feels comfortable and safe, both physically and emotionally. Next week, students in grade 8 will participate in the Signs of Suicide program. The goal of the program is to help students recognize the symptoms of depression and/or suicide for themselves, their friends and their loved ones. The purpose of this program is not to help the students identify if they are suffering from depression, but rather to give them to tools they need to identify any symptoms that indicate a need for help.
Unfortunately, we have seen more and more news coverage on teen suicide and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure our students feel safe and supported. The program will take place at Mariemont Junior High School on January 17 & January 18. Half of the class will participate on January 17 & the other half on January 18. The program will last approximately 45 minutes. A counselor and classroom teacher will be present during the lesson, which includes a video about depression and the signs of suicide, a brief screening for risk, and information about the resources available to our students. At the conclusion of the lesson, the counselor will score the screening and initiate individual discussions with students who showed signs of risk on the screening. Before the end of the day, parents and guardians will be notified and referrals made for those students who we identify as needing support. By logging into the Signs of Suicide Parent Portal you will be able to view portions of the video that will be shown to the students, take a screener on behalf of your child and have access to many educational resources to help you.  Go to: Username: mjhs-par Password: warriors  We hope you can use these materials to generate discussion with your child. This is our second year of implementing this program and the selection of grade 8 for participation in the Signs of Suicide program is based on data from our Olweus and Hope survey results. If you do not want your child to participate in this program, please contact Amy Skinner, Mariemont Junior High School counselor, at 513- 272-7315. The Signs of Suicide program is paid for through funds raised at the Warrior Run in partnership with the Mariemont School Foundation. Mental illness affects approximately one in five teens and adults, and 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. We must remain persistently vigilant and work together to maintain a safe and positive environment for all of our children to ensure they can thrive academically, socially, physically and emotionally.  As always, please let Amy or me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks! ~Molly



The 8th grade boys basketball team played a great game against Wyoming, winning 47 - 38. Wyoming tried to close the gap in the second half, but our boys were not to be denied, improving their record to 3 wins and 2 losses for the year.


The 8th grade girls basketball team beat the Wyoming Cowboys - 36-18 last night in their first game back from the break. Natalie Shriver and Ann Gilbertson led the way with strong performances with each scoring double digits in points and rebounds as Natalie grabbed a total of 10 rebounds and Ann added 4 rebounds along with 4 steals. Erika, Ally, Marley and Lucy also scored with Marley leading the team with 6 steals. Shannon O'Brien also added 4 rebounds and 4 steals to complete the team led effort. The girls will play Deer Park next Wednesday.


The Mariemont Stock Club will begin on Tuesday, January 23 during lunch.  Members of the stock club meet weekly during lunch in the library to compete against other junior high school teams from Ohio with a virtual portfolio of $100,000 to invest in the "Stock Market Game".  The Cincinnati Enquirer covers the contest listing top teams every Saturday during the contest.  The top three teams will win a cash award and be highlighted in the Enquirer.  The competition runs February through April and allows for a limited number of teams. Teams can have up to 6 students per team.   If you are interested in joining Stock Club, please pick up a sign-up sheet from the office.  Sign-up sheets are due back in the office no later than Thursday, January 18. 


Art Club is canceled for today due to early dismissal.  Art Club will meet again next week.



Attention Power of the Pen:  Don't forget we have practice today in Mrs. Jordan's room! If you didn't write last week, then you need to make up by Wednesday!



Hear ye, Hear ye! All Junior High Students! The Spring Play is soon approaching and script samples are now available! You can pick up a script and character descriptions for Romeo and Winifred from your Language Arts Teacher or Ms. Collins sometime before auditions. Auditions will be held February 5th-8th from 3-4 p.m. in the commons. For audition forms or further questions, please see Ms. Collins in room 212. Click on the following link for additional information



SAVE THE DATE:  8th Annual State of the Schools Address on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Mariemont High School Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Late Arrival / Early Dismissal Procedure:  Parents please send a note to school with your student if they need to leave early for an appointment or other reason.  Please remind your student to bring the note to the office upon arrival (prior to first bell class) where they will receive a pass to leave class early and wait at the office until you arrive.  If this procedure is followed, your student will be sent outside to meet you upon your arrival.  In place of a note to school you may email Mrs. Murray prior to 8:30