The 8th Annual State of the Schools Address is TONIGHT at the Mariemont High School Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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: www.sossignsofsuicide.org 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
Jr. High student trip to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: An exciting event is scheduled for all MJHS kiddos next week. On Wednesday, January 24th, we will be taking a school trip to see the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra! This performance, part of their Young People’s Concert series, is designed especially for students in grades 6-8. Not only will this be a chance to see this amazing group perform, but the performance will take place in the newly renovated Music Hall! A huge thank you to our PTO for their assistance in making this opportunity possible for our kiddos! On the concert day, students are encouraged to dress up if they would like. We will be leaving school around 9:45am and returning around 12:00. We will have a bit of a later lunch when we return to school, but the cafeteria will be open for students to purchase lunch here at school if they wish. We will be transported by Mariemont bus and chaperoned by teachers. Since you signed off in Final Forms giving permission for field trips, there is nothing else that you need to do at this time to give permission. Thank you as always for your ongoing support. We are thrilled to be able to provide these experiences for our kiddos! ~Molly
Additional information about the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performance: The concert we will be seeing is Express Yourself. For centuries, people have turned to music to express emotions and ideas that can’t be described through words alone. Join the orchestra and explore the power of music to communicate emotion, share different cultures, and ignite change. This concert features Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5, music inspired by the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou, American patriotic songs, and the winner of the annual YPC Melody Contest!
More information can be found here: http://cincinnatisymphony.org/education-plus-community/for-schools/young-peoples-concerts/
Attention Power of the Pen: Don’t forget we have practice on Thursday in Mrs. Strall’s room! Don’t forget our Little Miami competition is FEBRUARY 13th . See Mrs. Jordan if you can’t compete. Our practice schedule is every THURSDAY.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org