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THURSDAY, September 17th

Dear Merit,

We will be holding Parent Teacher Conferences on:

Monday

September 28th

4:00 to 8:00 PM

In Teachers Classrooms

Masks are Required to be in the school unless you have a medical waiver on file with the school.

If you do not prefer to wear a mask please schedule an alternative time to meet with your teacher on a Zoom Online Call.

Please do not bring children or others who do not need to be in the conference so we can keep social distancing rules as much as possible.

Thank you for helping your students succeed and for helping us keep Merit safe and open!!!!

Take Care,

Dr. Meeks

TUESDAY, September 8th

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL MERIT STUDENTS!!

Important News from the Kitchen

Great news!  USDA is allowing all students enrolled in Merit to eat for free on a special grant until the funding runs out between now and December 2020. 

This is for both breakfast and lunch. 

If you have a balance on your account, you are still responsible for paying it off, and if you have a credit balance, it will just remain on your account. 

So if you want to try our lunches for free, now is your chance!

Remember on Thursdays we send home breakfast and lunch for Friday after school, so pick one up!

Merit Club Opportunity

FCCLA, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, a Student FACS Leadership Organization, is meeting after school tomorrow in the commons to learn more about the organization. 

We will meet from 2:00-2:45 for a game of BINGO. Treats are provided.

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Thank you all for for being so kind and considerate as we work together to keep Merit open and thriving during this unique year!
 
Stay Strong!!
 
Dr. Meeks

FRIDAY, September 4th

Dear Merit,

No School On Monday – Labor Day – September 7th, 2020. Enjoy a long weekend!

  • Teachers will no longer stream the first 20 minutes of their classes. After teachers striving to make this work and after parent / student surveys, we have found that it is not the best choice for our Face-to-Face students because of teacher flow and ineffective multitasking, and is not as effective for our online students as we had hoped. 
  • Teachers will still continue to record instruction and other learning activities for our online students and may invite online learners to other live or after school and Friday zoom meetings.
  • Friday is online – there are no face to face meetings with students or parents on campus. If you need to talk to or meet a teacher on Friday please arrange an online meeting by communicating through teacher email. 
  • Picture Day is Wednesday September 9th – time to look great for yearbook pictures!!
  • PTO Update:

Hello, Merit Academy parents!

As you read in a previous email, Picture Day for the students at Merit Academy will be next week, Wednesday, 9/9, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
 

We need THREE parent volunteers to help with picture day. Your primary responsibilities will include ensuring the students maintain social distancing while waiting in line for their pictures, and perhaps helping the occasional student to straighten a collar or brush down a stray hair. As you know, all volunteers will be required to wear a mask while at the school.

We are so impressed with the outpouring of support we’ve received already; let’s keep the momentum going!

If you are able to help with this volunteer opportunity, please click here and sign up:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044CAFAF2CA13-merit1

 
Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions!
Heather Tolen, PTO President
 
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Thank you all for for being so kind and considerate as we work together to keep Merit open and thriving during this unique year!
 
Stay Strong!!
 
Dr. Meeks

THURSDAY, September 3rd

School picture day is this coming Wednesday, September 9.

Flyers/pay envelopes are being passed out by the English teachers this week.  They are also available in the front office. 

 

All students may order their pictures ahead of time without the paperwork by going to mylifetouch.com and putting in Merit’s picture day ID:  EVT32FSN6 

 

Online or blended students are welcome to come in on Wednesday between 8:30-10:30 am to have their picture taken. 

 

Note: Please have your picture taken even if you are not planning on buying them so that you will be in the yearbook. 

Retakes will be on October 21st if you are unable to come in on September 9th.

MONDAY, August 24th

Hello Merit Families,

Here are some important reminders:

  • Remember, if your student has any symptoms of sickness keep them at home.
  • If your child tests positive for Covid-19 please call or email Mrs. Amanda Kuhnz Spencer at amanda.kuhnz@meritacademy.org or call the school and ask for her, she is our Point of Contact (POC) for this health issue.
  • Send a water bottle to school with your students – the water fountains are off but they may use water bottle filling stations.

Here is a tune-up on the Attendance Policy:

Absences

4 excused absences are allowed per class, per term.

An absence must be excused by a parent within 5 days.

Covid-19 related illness resulting in absences will not count towards your 4 excused absences.

Tardies

After 4 tardies in a class during a term parents and students will receive a notification letter.

A tardy is given if you arrive late within the first 20 minutes of class – after that you will be marked as absent. 

Tardies may not be excused.

Truancies (Sluffs)

Unexcused absences are truancies (sluffs).

A truancy will result in a No Credit (NC) in the class missed. The NC can be removed by going to attendance school.

Multiple truancies will be sent to In-School-Suspension (ISS).

Miscellaneous

Use pre-approved absence request forms for family events 

(vacations, funerals, weddings, medical appointments, etc).  These forms are in the office.

School activities will not count towards absences.

You may make up attendance issues with your teacher or in attendance school.

20/20 Rule

You will not be allowed to use a hall pass during the first 20 minutes and the last 20 minutes of your class. 

We have had a strong start!

Let’s keep working together to decrease health risks and keep Merit’s doors open for face-to-face learning!!

Also, we have fully online and blended learning programs so we can meet the needs of all of our students – tell your friends about Merit and let’s work together to educate the fantastic youth in our communities!

Stay Strong!

Dr. Meeks

WEDNESDAY, August 19th, 7am

Hello Merit Families,

 
We are so excited to begin a new school year with you. This year all students will be using Canvas to complete assignments and schoolwork. Here is the link to Canvas:
 
You can also find the link on our homepage if you scroll down the page a little ways here: https://meritprepacademy.org/ 
 
Your Merit email address is your username. You can click  “forgot password” if you do not have a password setup or if you cannot remember your password from last year.
 
 
If you are a new student, your Merit email address is as follows, firstname.lastname@meritknights.com
 
Your password for your email address is student1234 (replace 1234 with your student I.D.)
 
If you have any issues logging into Canvas please reach out to jacob.dalton@meritacademy.org or jordan.tolman@meritacademy.org
 
If you have any issues logging into your merit email account, please contact the front office at 801 491 7600.
 
Best,

 
Jacob Dalton

 

TUESDAY, August 18th, 5:04pm

Dear Merit Families,

 

See you tomorrow for school! 

  • Face masks are required to come into the school – for students, parents, visitors, employees, etc. Facemasks have to cover the nose and mouth and secure aroudn the chin and fit snugly against the side of the face. Medical exemptions are the only accommodation and must be on file at the front desk. If you do not wish to wear a face mask please call for assistance: Front Office (801) 491-7600. Merit is a public school and this is a requirement issued by the Utah Department of Health and the Office of the Governor.

 

  • The doors to the school open at 8:00 AM. School is out at 2:00 PM. Students not with a teacher after 2:00 PM will not be allowed to stay in the school to avoid any social gathering and there is no supervision after school, please pick them up promptly!

 

  • All outer doors but the front doors lock automatically at 8:30 AM for security.

 

  • Drop off and Pick up is on the West Side. DO NOT STOP in the front of the school. Thank you!

 

  • There will not be a Lost and Found for clothing this year to avoid contaminants. Random found clothing will be immediately disposed of or donated. 

 

  • The microwave in the commons will not be available for use.

 

  • Send your students ready to learn with basic supplies!

 

Below is the class schedule.

 

Monday – Thursday

1st Lunch 

 

8:30 – 9:40 W1/T1 (70 min.) 8:30 to 8:50 – Instruction streamed and  recorded

9:45 – 10:55 W2/T2 (70 min.) 9:45 to 10:55 – Instruction streamed and recorded

10:55 – 11:30 1st Lunch (35 min.)

11:35 – 12:45 W3/T3 (70 min.) 11:35 to 11:55 – Instruction streamed and recorded

12:50 – 2:00 W4/T4 (70 min.)  12:50 to 1:10 – Instruction streamed and recorded

2:00 – 3:00 Online / face-to-face tutoring

3:00 – 3:40 Face-to-face and online teacher prep time

 

Monday – Thursday 

2nd Lunch 

 

8:30 – 9:40 W1/T1 (70 min.) 8:30 to 8:50 – Instruction streamed and recorded 9:45 –

10:55 W2/T2 (70 min.) 9:45 to 10:55 – Instruction streamed and recorded

11:00 – 12:10 W3/T3 (70 min.) 11:35 to 11:55 – Instruction streamed and  recorded

12:10 – 12:45 2nd Lunch (35 min.)

12:50 – 2:00 W4/T4 (70 min.)  12:50 to 1:10 – Instruction streamed and recorded

2:00 – 3:00 Online / face-to-face tutoring

3:00 – 3:40 Face-to-face and online teacher prep time

 

Friday

Students will not have classes on campus but will continue their studies at home and work to meet their weekly learning objectives.

Faculty and Staff will be on campus to perform their duties

8:00 to 10:00 Professional Development

10:00 to 3:40 Face-to-face and online instruction preparation. Online tutoring. 

Note:

–   Synchronous – the first 20 minutes of class will be streamed online using Zoom – students can login with their classmates and teacher live for a robust learning experience.

–   Asynchronous – the above Zoom meetings will be recorded and uploaded on Canvas/Youtube and students can access them at will to watch or rewatch instruction.

–   All class learning materials and instruction will be uploaded to the Canvas Learning Management System.

 

TUESDAY, August 18th, 4pm

Welcome back to the breakfast and lunch program 2020 style!

 

As with everything else, there are some changes in the kitchen this year, that you will notice coming back to school.

 

https://forms.gle/KwAVwaMR6ZNLKxT58

 

  • AT HOME LEARNERS – We will offer the same breakfasts and lunches to those who would be willing to come and pick them daily between 11:30 – 12:30 at the east blue doors, outside the kitchen (the same place we had the grab n go last spring) We would appreciate you filling out the google doc to order meals so we can have enough ready. Please click on the link.

Here is the link:

https://forms.gle/KwAVwaMR6ZNLKxT58

 

  • LUNCH – We will have two separate serving areas, and during both lunch periods.
  • The regular line, be sure to stay 6 feet apart. This also applies to eating in the cafeteria, every other chair on the lunch tables with patricians between sides.

 Grab and go will be located OUTSIDE the east kitchen doors as the weather permits (instead of in the commons). Please exit down the hall next to the theater.  Once you have your lunch  you can eat on any of the lawns outside.  Please be sure to throw your trash away.

 For those who are schooling at home you can come and pick up the breakfast and lunch OUTSIDE the east kitchen doors between 11:30 – 11:55 with no few students in line. We will be serving until 12:30, but you may have to wait and other students will be in line.

 

  • BREAKFAST – Will be served daily between 8:00 am – 8:25 am. We will not be able to serve breakfast later in the morning.

 

  • FREE / REDUCED forms. Please fill these out, even if you don’t think you would qualify.  If you did quality last year you must fill out a new form for this year. Be sure to sign the form and include every member of your household.

 

  • SPECIAL DIETS – if you have allergies or health concerns please see Chef Sharon or Audrey as we do our best to accommodate.

 

  • MENUS – here is the upcoming menu for August and September. We have tried to make the same excellent meals you are used to having from our kitchen.  At first we will not have as many salads and choices but will add items as we can. We will not be able to offer the salad bar at first this year. The menu is subject to change at any time.

 

  • Friday breakfast and lunches will be available after school on Thursday in two areas: by the buses and in the commons on your way out the front doors.

Thank you all!

Food Services Team

THURSDAY, August 6th, 4pm

Dear Merit Families,  

The counselors are excited to welcome you back for the 2020-2021 school year. Your student schedules are built and ready to view on Aspire

Go to this link to access your schedule:  https://merit.usoe-dcs.org/Login/  If you are a new student and already received a copy of your schedule, your username is your student number indicated on the top of your schedule. If you don’t have your username, please email your counselor. Your password is: changeme5  Make sure to change your password to something else on your first login.

Like everything else in the world, we will be changing how we do things in the counseling office this school year to keep our students, parents, and staff safe.  We will not be meeting with parents and students for class change requests.  All requests must be made by filling out this Google form on our website: www.meritprepacademy.org/counseling Please review our master schedule, also located there, so you will know specifically what changes may or may not be possible.  We will review the requests in the order they are received, and will contact students via email letting them know whether or not their class change request was made.  

 

  1. Beginning August 19th, you will be charged a $5 class change fee each time the form is submitted and a change is made to your schedule.  (If the class you requested is full and the change cannot be made, you will not be charged).
  2. You cannot be added into a class that is already full.
  3. Friday August 21st is the last day to submit a class change request for the first semester through the Google form (the form will close at 2:30 pm that day).
  4. Make sure the email address you provide on the Google form is one that you check often. 

 

During these next two weeks, we will be meeting with new students and current students who have chosen the online and blended schooling option. This will make our time limited for other appointments. As such, please follow the steps in paragraph two of this message, unless you meet one of these two criteria. We will not be meeting with parents and students who walk in without an appointment. 

You are welcome to email us questions you may have, and we will do our best to respond within a timely manner. 

Lindsey Freestone – Last Names (A-I):

https://calendly.com/lindsey-freestone

lindsey.freestone@meritacademy.org

 

Scott Jenkins – Last Names (J-Z):

https://calendly.com/scott-jenkins

scott.jenkins@meritacademy.org

MONDAY, August 3rd

Dear Merit,

Please fill out this VERY IMPORTANT survey (English and Spanish) so we know what learning option your student will be choosing at Merit for the 1st Semester.

Merit is providing the ultimate in flexible learning options for your students! We look forward to seeing you all, face-to-face, fully online, or blended.

Here is the link in English:

https://forms.gle/mkj88MDDRZbqDstU8

Here is the link in Spanish:

https://forms.gle/QyyV6asL3aLyDB2M8

Thank you for being awesome!

Dr. Meeks

FRIDAY, July 31st

Dear Merit,

Please see our Board Approved reopening plan below. We have also included the full document submitted to the state and this abbreviated document below in pdf format.

Please discuss learning options as a family. We will send out a survey questionnaire next week for you to choose your preferred learning option for the first semester.

Thank you for being such wonderful Merit community members. We look forward to another great year of learning and of providing your families with a wonderful educational and social environment!

Best Regards,

Dr. Meeks

THURSDAY, July 30th

Hello Merit Families!

 

We are so excited to see our wonderful students again on Wednesday August 19th at Merit!

 

If you want your student(s) to ride the bus this coming year, please read this email carefully and follow all of the instructions.

 

We will be running the same routes as last year. There will be a north route (covering from Orem to Springville) and a south route (covering Santaquin to Springville) -see attached bus route for details.

 

The cost is $45/semester.  An extra sibling will be $5 per semester.  The first payment is due in full by Monday, August 10th, 2020.  The second payment is due in full by Monday, December 14, 2020.  Payments can be made at the school (cash or check or by credit card, with a 3% fee) or online at our website at https://secureinstantpayments.com/sip/cart/event.php?EID=1730 (with a 3% fee). Lost/stolen/damaged passes are $10 to replace.

 

Bus passes will be issued beginning the first day of school if the fee is paid.  After August 19 (and after January 10 for second semester), students will not be allowed to ride the bus if they do not have their pass.  Passes are non-transferrable and cannot be used on a phone.  Students must have the actual pass with them.

 

All students must have a Transportation Liability Waiver on file with Merit in order to ride the bus (attached).  The bus rules are also on this form.  You may also get a waiver from the Main Office.  Please return waivers to the Front Office.

 

We look forward to this school year and are excited to have your son/daughter join us for the “ride!”

 

Please email our Director of Operations Jacob Dalton with any questions at jacob.dalton@meritacademy.org

 

Thank you,

 

Mr. Dalton

WEDNESDAY, July 29th

Dear Merit Families,

 

I hope you are getting excited to come back to school!

 

Merit is planning to open its doors again for another year of robust learning, and we hope to open the minds of your children to bigger and better things.

 

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19th at 8:30 A.M. The doors open at 8:00 A.M. for breakfast.

 

Our mission is to provide an outstanding educational experience designed to instill excellence, build a love of learning and service, and create principled leaders, who will engage in real world challenges and opportunities.

 

Covid-19 is a real work challenge, but working together, our Merit community can make this an opportunity to grow and be better human beings and take education to the next level. We will not settle for a humdrum year of learning; let’s go for it, together!

 

What we can control:

  • Having a faculty that cares and is doing their best to provide a world class education

  • Following state guidelines and recommendations to provide the safest environment possible for face-to-face learning

  • Using Canvas to provide better communication to students and families for face-to-face and online students.

 

The 3 options for student learning and instruction this upcoming school year are as follows:

  1. Face-to-face learning – traditional classroom instruction in the building for all courses

  2. Online learning – online home learning for as many courses as feasible

  3. Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face in-school learning and online home learning. You can choose to take some classes online and some at the school. (You can’t be on campus if you’re not in class.)

 

Merit is a public charter school so we follow all state and public health guidelines.

 

What we can’t control:

  • School closures mandated by the state

  • A late start is mandated

  • Less students in the building if they mandate that

  • Wearing face coverings and cleaning protocols – we will work together to be safe!

 

Friday, after the Merit Board of Trustees approves our reopening plan, we will send you more details and the full plan. We will also send a survey so you can tell us what option you choose for learning this year – details on Friday! Until then, know that we are busy preparing for your students whether they are face-to-face or online.

 

See you soon!

 

Dr. Meeks

WEDNESDAY, July 22nd

Dear Merit Families,

We are working non-stop to ensure that this coming school year will be your best!

Yes, there will be changes due to Covid-19!

Yes, we will start school on time and follow our calendar! (see attached)

Yes, Merit teachers are super excited to see you all and have been working hard to provide your students with the best education ever!

Yes, we will be following the Governor’s requirements like all other Public Charter and Public District Schools in the state.

Yes, we will make every effort to keep your children and our faculty and staff safe and mitigate risk at every level.

Yes, we will be able to facilitate all your learning needs!

All students/families will be given learning options to choose from that best fit their needs. The 3 options this upcoming school year are the following:

Face-to-face learning – traditional classroom instruction in the building for all courses
Online learning – online home learning for most of our courses
Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face learning and online home learning
We are working on our re-opening plan and the Board will be reviewing it and approving it soon. We submit this plan to the Utah State Board of Education on August 1st.

Soon, we will be sending out a survey form where you will request how you want your students to learn this year so please be talking as a family about the options listed. Details of the programs will follow before August 1st.

Be strong. Merit is here to help your students be great and perform with excellence in the midst of real world challenges. We consider these times as an opportunity to learn and grow and become better people in every way.

See you soon!

Dr. Meeks

TUESDAY, July 21st

Dear Parents,

It’s time to send in the free / reduced lunch applications.  Please fill it out, even if you don’t think you will qualify.  There have been changes to income thresholds made and more people will qualify this year.  Remember that you must fill out a form each year, so please help us by getting this to us early.

1 – Go to meritprepacademy.org
2 – Click on students,
3 – Click on LUNCH MENU
4 – Click on gray box to apply on line.

If you do want to print a copy and bring it in that is also on that page.
If you have any questions please email audrey.merighe@meritacademy.org

Thank you,

Audrey Merighe & Sharon Warner

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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