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To pick up your FREE breakfast and lunch (for Merit students and their siblings): Please come to the East Blue doors by the kitchen MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY between 8:30am and 11am. Thank You!

MONDAY, May 11th, 11:03am

Hello Merit,

Don’t forget to purchase a 2020 Merit yearbook online at our school website: https://meritprepacademy.org/. They are $45 and look amazing! They will feature some unique, coronavirus-related pages, so we can say with certainty that this book is unlike any other yearbook you have ever purchased! 🙂 Get yours today! Instructions about yearbook pickup times will come soon. 
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In addition, we want to remind everyone that students cannot pick up their yearbooks until they have paid all their school fees. NOW is the time to check and make sure all school fees have been paid!
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Check out our Grab and Go Menu this week:

Monday (for Monday & Tues)
Breakfast Burrito with salsa (eggs, sausage, cheese and potatoes)
Muffins  
Cheese or Pepperoni Rippers
Pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans
 
Wednesday (for Wed / Thurs & Friday) 
Cold Cereal
Pancake on a stick
French toast    
Ham and Cheese hoagies or Chicken Caesar Wraps with chips & Side salad 
Chicken Alfredo pasta with broccoli
Teriyaki Chicken with vegetables over rice & fortune cookie
 
Have a great week!

MONDAY, April 20th, 3:54pm

Hello Merit,

Our April Public Board Meeting is tomorrow, April 21st – Tuesday – at 5:30 PM.

Electronic participation available for this meeting: 
 
PLEASE NOTE that due to concerns with the COVID-19 outbreak, there will be no physical meeting held at the school. Those wishing to join this month‘s board meeting may do so by using this LINK:
 
 
The agenda is attached.
 
Thank you!
 
Dr. Meeks

SUNDAY, April 15th, 3:56pm

Dear Merit,

Yearbook Update

We are still making and selling our yearbooks for $45! You can pay for them online at meritprepacademy.org. We are also adding coronavirus and quarantine pages to document this unique time, so please send pictures of how you’re spending your quarantine time to mcpayearbook@meritacademy.org, and they will be included! 

Thank you,                                                                                                               

Miss Brown

The Great Utah Shakeout

We encourage all families to participate in The Great Utah Shakeout on April 16, 2020 at home.  Below are some helpful videos.
 
Please take this opportunity to talk to your children about how we can be better prepared for such emergencies and then please practice with them.
 
Please send some fun pictures from your experience we can include on our website!
 
Wasatch Front Earthquakes: https://www.youtube.com/embed/OXIM4Nf3gZk 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you,
Mrs. Kuhnz-Spencer

SUNDAY, April 14th, 3:37pm

Dear Merit Families,

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced today that students will not be returning to their on site classrooms this academic year because of the effects of COVID-19 and our interest in protecting our students and the population of Utah.

Our amazing Merit Academy Faculty and Staff will continue providing quality instruction to your students.

Merit students will be able to earn credit for 4th term as usual as they stay engaged in learning in all of their classes.

It is important that we come together and finish the last half of the 4th term strongly. That means:

1. Teachers communicate clearly to families and students their learning expectations

2. Teachers provide quality learning opportunities to students

3. Students check the learning platform provided by the teachers to stay current with expectations

4. Students spend a reasonable amount of time each day learning and mastering classwork so they will be prepared for challenges and opportunities next year in school and in their futures!

5. Students turn in work to be assessed (graded) by their teachers in a timely manner and keep in contact with their teachers so we can monitor their engagement, learning, and attendance.

We will be sending out further updates regarding grading and graduation.

Thank you for your steadfastness and willingness to be successful even in difficult circumstances!

Stay Strong!!

Dr. Meeks

SUNDAY, April 12th, 4:12pm

Hello Merit,

Grab and Go

Merit will continue its grab and Go service from 8:30 to 11:00 AM Monday and Wednesday mornings during school dismissal. Please see the attached menus. Please respect social distancing during pickup at the school.

CLICK FOR APRIL MENU

Front Office Window Pick up and Drop off

The office window will also be opened at the same time to pick up and drop off homework, books, projects, art supplies, etc.

Stay Safe, Stay Home – extended until May 1st

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that he is extending his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive through May 1st, 2020.

The move, according to a news release, was to align with the Utah Leads Together Plan, which predicted that an 8- to 12-week “urgent response” phase would be necessary to combat the coronavirus. The plan outlines how Utahns can stay healthy and how the state can recover economically.

“We are seeing encouraging evidence that our efforts to stay home are making a difference,” Herbert said in the release. “We cannot let up on these measures. Working together, we can slow the spread of coronavirus, alleviate the stress on our health systems, and get Utahns back to work and to a level of normalcy more quickly.”

The directive asks Utahns to stay home as much as possible, only go to work if necessary, keep close to home for recreation and not to gather with people outside of their household.

Please see the attached flyers for Stay Safe, Stay Home, Social Distancing, and Self Isolation published by the State of Utah.

When do we come back to school?

We have not been updated about when or if school will start again this school year, the official dismissal is until May 1st.

I will send that information out as soon as we receive it. Thank you for being diligent in your studies and in staying in touch with your teachers. Merit is a great school and we are blessed with amazing students, parents, faculty and staff!

Let’s stay strong!!

Dr. Meeks

FRIDAY, April 3rd 8:28pm

Dear Merit Parents and Students,

It’s Spring Break!

This is no school this week, April 6th – 10th!

I have asked our teachers to take a break and I ask you to make sure your students do too! 

This year, more than most, there has been a lot more stress we are all dealing with and we should dedicate this Spring Break to recharging our batteries. We can all ‘hit the books’ hard when we return on April 13th.

Remember, no Grab and Go during the break.

Take care and know we love you all and appreciate your amazing sons and daughters!

Dr. Meeks

WEDNESDAY, April 1st 6:49pm

Hello Merit,

Classwork Pickup

Layne will be at the front office window on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM this week if you need to pick up or drop off any work. There are a ton of new books from the English Department that have not been picked up yet and cool globs of clay from the Art Classes that you need for your projects.

Grab and Go

The school and Grab and Go will be completely closed during Spring Break April 6th through 10th.

Grades and Class Credit

Thank you for making sure your students are on task and keeping in contact with their teachers and staying successful in their learning. We still have a month to go for school dismissal and there is a possibility it will extend to the end of the year, we just do not know yet.

It is so important to be successful at distance learning at this time so your students do not have to repeat failed classes next year.

Some advice to our students:

  • Stay diligent each day, work on assignments and turn them in at least weekly.
  • Meet with your teacher online if you can
  • Ask for help if you do not understand something
  • Email your teachers with questions and work with them online or on a phone call with the permission of your parent.
  • Find out why you have a low grade on an assignment and ask your teachers for help to bring up your grade.

Thank you!

Dr. Meeks

FRIDAY, March 27th 6:16pm

Dear Merit Families

The Governor of Utah upgraded safety recommendations to a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” protocol.

This directive is in effect until 11:59 PM, Monday, April 13th.

The front office will be open for pick up and drop off through the front office window only during Grab and Go hours on Monday and Wednesday the week of March 30th to April 3rd – 8:30 to 11:00 AM.

Spring Break is April 6th to April 10th – the school will be completely closed that week, including Grab and Go and teacher instruction.

 

Grab and Go Update

We have had a great response to our breakfast & lunch grab and go.  Thanks for making the effort to come and pick up healthy food for your students and their siblings. 

 In an effort to save everyone time and exposure we are only going to serve twice a week for the duration of School Dismissal.

MONDAY (for Monday and Tuesday) and WEDNESDAY (for Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

As you will be getting a lot of food all at once if you could bring boxes or bags to take it home it would be appreciated.

In an effort to maintain Merits reputation for healthy and tasty meals, Chef Sharon and her staff will be cooking the main courses so that they will be ready to REHEAT at your convenience.

Here is the planned menu for next week. March 30 – April 3rd.

 All meals come with milk, juice, fruit and vegetables

 

Pick up on Wed – April 1st ( for Wed/ Thurs / Fri)

 

            POP TART and gogurt

            PANCAKE on a stick 

            WAFFLE and syrup

           TERIYAKI CHICKEN & RICE with fortune cookie

            MAC N CHEESE and NUGGETS

            TOMATO BASIL SOUP & roll

 

We will not be serving meals over Spring Break, April 6 – 10.

We will be back on Monday April 13th.  Watch your email for a complete menu.

 

Here is a copy of the today’s announcement:

 

Governor Issues “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive

 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 26, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to all Utahns today. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. This directive seeks to make clear what individuals and businesses should do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state and communities.

 

“I’m tremendously grateful to all Utahns who are already taking steps to stay at home whenever possible,” the governor said. “While we are seeing positive indications that this is slowing the spread of coronavirus in our communities, we need to do more. The clear directives issued today will help Utahns understand what activities are safe — and if we unite behind these instructions as if our lives depended upon them, we will, in fact, save many lives.”

 

Goals of the directive are to flatten the curve, reduce the strain on hospitals and the healthcare system, and minimize the impact on medical resources for those with highest need. 

 

Utahns are expected to stay home whenever possible. The directive includes specific instructions for all individuals, high-risk individuals (60 years and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions), and children. The directives regarding hygiene, gatherings, travel, and outdoor recreation are effective immediately. 

 

Businesses that remain open are reminded to comply with all public health orders, offer telework options wherever possible, continue following strict hygiene policies, and implement enhanced social distancing measures in the workplace where telework is not an option. 

MONDAY, March 23rd 8:31pm

Hello Merit Families,

For those of you who missed the announcement the kitchen at Merit is providing BREAKFAST and LUNCH for not only our students but also their siblings. For FREE. If you come to the east, double blue doors, behind the kitchen we will be happy to feed you. We are here between 8:30 -11 am Monday – Friday.
We plan on serving the same balanced quality meals. Here is the menu for the rest of this week.

We send a juice box, carton of milk, whole fruit and vegetables with every meal. In addition we also have cold cereal, pop tarts and peanut butter sandwiches available.

Tuesday

Breakfast – French toast sticks with yogurt, milk, juice and fruit
Lunch – Pizza rippers and Granny B sugar cookies with
snap peas, mini peppers carrots & celery with ranch dip.

Wednesday

Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls (individually wrapped)
Lunch – Corn dogs, chips or Chef Salads

Thursday 

Breakfast – Breakfast burritos
Lunch -hamburger with chips or Turkey flat breads

Friday –

Breakfast – Chocolate or Blueberry Muffins
Lunch – Giant pretzels with nacho sauce, peanut butter and celery sticks
or Bean cheese burritos

If you have special needs or questions please feel free to contact me.
Thanks,
Chef Sharon
Merit Academy

MONDAY, March 23rd 6:07pm

Dear Merit Parents and Students,

We are going to be doing Distance / Remote learning for another 6 weeks, at least until Friday, May 1st, at which time the situation will be reevaluated!

The official letter released just a short time ago today is attached.

Let’s continue to be super positive about this. Merit’s Faculty and Staff are professional and dedicated to providing an amazing educational experience for your students.

Parents, please take the time to help your children be successful at school during this time. Be patient with them because they are learning a new skill and probably feel a little stressed out about it – but they are a determined group of students and have been preparing their whole lives to do hard things – they will come out of this stronger and smarter!

Please make sure your students are using their school assigned email to communicate with their teachers – they should not be using personal emails. The programs we use only use school emails. Reach out to the front office if they are having a problem with their email.

There are a few students who have not responded to their teacher’s instructions and invitations for learning – I know you are very busy but please connect with your sons and daughters and help them get in touch and stay in touch with their teachers – all of us dislike the stress we feel when we get behind in school!

I think about you all the time and the challenges you are facing. We will make it through this together!

Stay Strong!!

Dr. Meeks

MONDAY, March 18th 8:35pm

Grab and Go is still open to all!

8:30 to 10:30

Free to all who come.

Breakfast and Lunch!

Southeast double doors behind the kitchen!

MONDAY, March 18th 8:30pm

Hello Merit,

We have been encouraged by the State Superintendent of Utah Schools to close our building to protect you and our employees also. Teachers will not be doing classroom hours anymore.

Let’s work together to make this time of distance learning successful and do our part to keep Utah safe.

If there is an extenuating circumstance please reach out to your teacher.

Thank you for all the good energy Merit Knights are putting out into the community with the graful way we are handleing this new learning opportuntity!

Stay Strong!!

Dr. Meeks

MONDAY, March 18th 8:24pm

Dear Parents and Students,

Your teachers are using Email, Google Classroom, Canvas, Aspire, etc. and they use your school email address to keep in contact with you to do this.

If you are using a personal account these things will not work.

Please only use your school assigned email address. If you do not know your account reach out to the front desk, leave a message and they will return your call and get you set up!

Thank you!

Dr. Meeks

MONDAY, March 16th 1:29pm

Dear Parents,

 

Due to the recent school dismissal / soft-closure at Merit Academy, we will be making some adjustments in the counseling department. We will be working remotely from home, but available to meet your needs during this time. We will be available by email and appointments only, including video conferencing. 

 

For appointments we will meet by phone or Google hangouts. We understand this may be a difficult time for you and your students and want to make sure your students know we are still available to serve them in their needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Click here to schedule an appointment to meet with your school counselor:

 

https://calendly.com/lindsey-freestone

https://calendly.com/scott-jenkins

 

Class Schedules for next year

On Thursday, you will receive an email with detailed information about scheduling classes for next school year. Class Scheduling opens on the following dates and will stay open until May 1st.

Future Grade

Schedule Opening/Appointments Available

Seniors

March 23th

Juniors

March 24th

Sophomores

March 25th

Freshman

March 26th

8th grade

March 27th

7th grade

April 20th _ meeting with a counselor is recommended

 

Mental Health Lessons:

 

HOPE 4 Utah has this great resource for families. We encourage you to have an open dialogue about mental health wellness as you spend time at home. The link below has various lessons that may be helpful. 

https://hope4utah.com/intervention-2/?utm_source=Utah+Hope+Squad+Advisors&utm_campaign=f1fdeb6482-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_09_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0c04e93c23-f1fdeb6482-40050609

Thank you!

Merit Counselors

SUNDAY, March 15th 11:56pm

Hello Merit Parents and Students,

Monday and Tuesday the school will be locked and closed. Only Grab and Go will be open.

Wednesday the school will be open during normal hours, 8:00 AM to 3:40 PM. You may come in and pick up books, instruments, assignments your teachers may have for you, etc. After you pick things up and talk to your teachers you will have to leave.

After Wednesday and for the duration of the school dismissal you should only be on campus to meet briefly. Make sure you pay attention to your teachers office hours they will publish to you.

Parents, you will not be able to drop your students off for long periods of time, they will not be supervised and will not be able to stay on campus.

Remember, you may not congregate or have any social gatherings. You may meet briefly with your teachers and then you have to leave campus. You may not stay for study groups, go to the gym, play soccer, etc. Sorry about that!!!

Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch can be picked up at the southeast double blue doors at the back of the kitchen. The kitchen will not be accessible from the Commons inside. You may not eat on campus.

Teachers will communicate teaching and learning to you by Tuesday Night so please be patient until then.

We believe in you and believe that you will still be great students even though you will not be in your typical classrooms. Have fun this next two weeks. Enjoy learning at a distance, stay on task and be disciplined to get your studies done so your grades remain high and your minds stay sharp!

Be strong and have a great positive attitude during this unique time of your education!

Dr. Meeks

SUNDAY, March 15th 9:58am

Dear Merit,

We will serving Breakfast and Lunch each school day during the 2 week School Dismissal.

Pick up will be outside at the Blue Double Doors on the southeast side of the building behind the kitchen from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Regular fee waivers and fees apply.

Please answer the following survey so Chef Sharon and her team know how much to prepare:

Click this link to reply: ‘Grab and Go’

Or copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

https://forms.gle/N2wPXVf1rhnUKA4Q6

Thank you all!

FRIDAY, March 13th 4:50pm

Dear Merit Parents and Students, 

At 4:00 PM today the Governor’s Office and the State Department of Health have issued an order for School Dismissal.

This means there will be no regular school held on campus from March 16th through March 27th.

 Reopening or extended dismissal or closure will be determined during that time. 

 I want to assure you that learning and teaching will remain robust and it is even more important for you to mentor your students during this time as they learn a new skill of staying on task, on time, and ontrack in their learning while they are not at school with their teachers face to face.

I encourage you to monitor your students assignments on Aspire, by email, in Google classrooms, by packets of homework and assignments, etc. Help them be successful in time management during this time of off campus learning.

Monday and Tuesday March 16th and 17th will be teacher preparation days and the school will be closed except for breakfast and lunch grab and go food pickup (please stay tuned for details on this program). 

 Our school calendar, including Spring Break and Graduation dates, remains the same.

Academic Showcase is cancelled. 

Students will be learning, studying, practicing, exercising, etc. off campus and teachers will be using instructional methods that are not face to face.

Students who depend on breakfast and lunch will be offered a grab and go option during set times but will not be allowed to eat on campus.

There will be no bus service.

There will be no clubs, after school activities, sporting events or sport practices or sport club games or practices, play practices, or other official or unofficial school sponsored social gatherings. 

IDEA / SPED / 504 accommodations and modifications are still in place and must be met – please reach out to individual teachers if you have questions about this.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to show mastery of material in creative ways they may not have used previously – please work with your teachers for instructions about your classes.

 Teachers will be on campus Wednesday March 18th – students can come in starting Wednesday, May 18th to pick up instruments, equipment, things in their lockers, learning packets, binders, and other materials and return homework assigned. They may not stay and socialize or congregate in the building or on school premises.

If you need to meet with a teacher after March 18th please schedule that ahead of time to insure they are on campus for the meeting.

 Students may come and meet individually for short meetings if necessary but may not be dropped and stay at the school.

 Although students are not on campus, they should be engaged in meaningful learning activities for a similar amount of time at home.

 Thank you all as we respond to the needs of our state and communities. All schools are experiencing the same challenges during this time and we look forward together to create positive experiences and new memories and learning during this unique time in our history.

Go Knights! Thank you for being awesome!!

 

Dr. Meeks

THURSDAY, March 12th 10:30pm

Dear Parents,

If your student is sick with cold or flu symptoms (especially fever, coughing, and sneezing) during this time of particular concern, please keep them home until symptoms have completely cleared. 

As soon as possible, please let the attendance office know of the illness and they will excuse those absences, without them counting towards attendance school. This will be our procedure until the threat of COVID-19 has cleared. 

 

We will keep you updated by email with new information about our school status if it changes.

I recently saw the Mr. Rogers movie and was touched by the powerful message of his life. Here is one of his quotes that applies to what is happening right now in our lives:

“When I was a boy I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Thank you for being the kind of people who help each other and Merit succeed during difficult times!

Dr. Meeks

 

Some suggestions for you and your family at home or at school from the Department of Health:

 

  • Emphasize normally recommended actions to prevent the spread of disease.   

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands. 

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Sneeze into the crease of your elbow instead of your hands.

  • Provide adequate supplies for good hygiene.  

  • Do not touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands. 

  • Wipe down, clean, or spray frequently used surfaces with sanitizer



Jesse Meeks
Director
Merit College Preparatory Academy
(801) 491-7600 ext. 101

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