October 30, 2020 Dear Mustang Families, This school year has presented all of us with some unique challenges, and I’m very proud of how our students and staff have responded. Our return to in-person learning has been successful. At the same time, the amount of COVID-19 cases in the community continues to increase and it is having a significant impact within our schools. We have had to quarantine well over 100 students and staff to date and closed multiple classrooms due to students and staff who have been required to quarantine. Thankfully, we have managed this very well with the support of the Midland County Department of Public Health. However, this has placed an extra burden on students, families, and staff who have been directly impacted. We are doing our best to support students while they are quarantined, but this is proving to be challenging due to the number of students and staff impacted. Due to these circumstances, I am making a change to the school calendar. Students will not report to school on Friday, November 13th. Students will be assigned remote learning for that half-day. This will allow school staff to be provided with additional training on supporting students who are not in school for an extended period. We will also use this day to do an extended deep cleaning of all of our buildings. I want to continue to emphasize that the choices that are being made, especially small group gatherings, are having a great impact on the community spread of COVID-19. Schools in the county remain very safe as there has only been one outbreak traced back to a school setting. The one thing that we really need help with is to have those that are exhibiting symptoms to remain home. While we have heard about many symptoms such as fever, dry cough, and the loss of smell or taste, there are some less obvious symptoms such as a runny nose. While I understand that staying home with mild symptoms such as a runny nose goes against what many of us think we should do, this is contributing to the increase in numbers. The conversation around whether or not schools may close is certainly one that I’m well aware of. We are committed to remaining in-person and have the support of the health department. It is a certainty that students and staff will continue to be quarantined and that classrooms and/or grade levels may need to learn remotely for a period of time, so please bear with us as we work through those issues. Perhaps the biggest current threat to in-person learning is staffing levels as there is a shortage of subs for teaching, transportation, and cleaning. All decisions will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis in order to do what is best for students and staff. Yours in Education, Craig D. Carmoney
Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Meridian’s Craig Carmoney Named 2021 Michigan Superintendent of the Year LANSING – Craig Carmoney, Superintendent at Meridian Public Schools in Sanford, was announced as the Michigan 2021 Superintendent of the Year award winner by the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) tonight during a surprise agenda item at the district’s virtual board of education meeting. The Michigan Superintendent of the Year Award is presented by MASA to an association member who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community as a whole. “I’ve known Craig Carmoney for a long time and there is no one more deserving of this year’s Michigan Superintendent of the Year award,” said MASA Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr. “His spirit, determination, and leadership have been a driving force in the community for many years. Whether it’s embarking on new ways to educate students or supporting students and families through a pandemic and history-making flood, Craig is a leader for the ages. We are so proud to have him representing our state with this honor.” Carmoney’s nomination for the award included input and support from staff, students, local leaders, and colleagues across the state. “Craig is a well-regarded mentor to teachers, administrators, and colleagues, actively supports colleagues partnering for student achievement, and has been instrumental in the success of his community through COVID-19 and a 500-year flood event this spring,” said Jim Walter II, Superintendent of Clare Public Schools and the person who nominated Carmoney for the award. “As a friend in the same position in a neighboring district, Craig has been instrumental in my learning curve success as a superintendent. He is adept at allowing others to speak and cultivating everyone's opinion in a group as equally valued, but not afraid to call out a practice that may be wrong. Public education needs more leaders such as Mr. Craig Carmoney.” Carmoney was named Superintendent of Meridian Public Schools in July of 2011. Meridian Public Schools is 21st Century school district that has partnered with the New Tech Network, Project Lead the Way, and Delta College to offer project-based learning, 1:1 technology, and early college for all students. Meridian is the only district in the state of Michigan to operate a full-school early college and partner with the New Tech Network to support K-12 project-based learning for every learner. Meridian Early College High School has been recognized annually since 2013 as a National Demonstration School by the New Tech Network. Carmoney has dedicated his career to ensuring that every child is given the opportunity and pathways to succeed in life, college, and careers in the 21st Century. Under his leadership, the first-year college completion rate at Meridian Public Schools has more than doubled to nearly 80 percent and its most recent graduation rate increased to more than 95 percent. Meridian students now earn more than 3,000 college credits per year – 30 times the amount of credits earned prior to Carmoney’s tenure. “Meridian Public Schools have truly been transformed by Craig's vision and leadership,” wrote Sharon Mortensen, President/CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation in a letter of support for Carmoney’s nomination. “As a superintendent, he is willing to challenge the status quo and look at things differently. He brought educational ideas that veered from a traditional approach and successfully implemented them in a rural district. I can think of no superintendent more deserving of this award than Craig Carmoney given his leadership during these most challenging of times.” Carmoney holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. He is also successfully completed the Michigan Leadership Institute Supes Academy, the Great Lakes Bay Alliance Leadership Program, and the Saginaw Valley State University Gerstacker Fellowship Program. Before coming to Meridian, Carmoney served as Middle School Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Bullock Creek Schools. He was also a classroom teacher in both Bullock Creek and Alpena Public Schools. Outside of his work in the district, Carmoney is an active and involved volunteer. He has served as a part of numerous national, statewide and local organizations, including MASA, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the New Tech Network District Leadership Council, the Midland County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Committee, Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Midland Business Alliance, the Midland County College Access Network Leadership Team, the Saginaw Valley State University External Advisory Team, the Greater Midland Area Community Center and the Midland County DARE Board of Directors. MASA’s superintendent selection committee includes representatives from Michigan’s various education stakeholders, including superintendents, school boards, principals, and teachers. The committee selected Carmoney from a pool of highly qualified nominees from across the state As the MASA honoree, Carmoney is now in the running for the national Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). AASA will convene a Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee to select four national finalists in December. The four finalists will participate in a national briefing and interviews in January at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The National Superintendent of the Year winner will be announced in February at the AASA National Conference on Education, where all state winners are recognized as well. In addition, Carmoney will be formally recognized at MASA’s 2021 Midwinter Conference in January.
15 minutes until our first installment of Mustang Football Friends bedtime story. Tonight's feature reader is Meridian Varsity Offensive Line and Defensive End, Tristan Martin. Join us at 7PM on the Meridian Public Schools facebook page to hear him read "Ten Thank-You Letters" by Daniel Kirk.
Meridian Public Schools is excited to announce that per a USDA Ruling, effective immediately ALL students enrolled at Meridian Public Schools will receive FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch through December 31, 2020 or until USDA funding runs out. Please contact Food Service Director Melissa Gohl at email@example.com or 989-687-3212 if you have any questions.
Good Morning, We are asking families to please fill out the form attached, so that we can have accurate information out to everyone regarding bus stop times. Please make sure to fill out the form before Sunday, August 16th. Thank you Transportation Information Update: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSei5LNlS1qlVw-TvIZPwzGuCEgNE8fCJEcU42zfH3fcD_nsLQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Good Evening Mustangs, Thank you to those who attended our Virtual Academy Webinar yesterday. To find all of the information discussed, the presentation, information on how to sign up, and a recording of the webinar, please go to www.merps.org and click on MENU and Meridian Virtual Academy. Thank you Meridian Public Schools Staff
REMINDER: MERPS Virtual Learning Academy Webinar is TONIGHT, 6PM via Zoom. Register to attend here: tinyurl.com/merpsvirtual . This webinar will provide an overview of the Meridian Public Schools fall virtual learning option. Who should attend? Families looking to return to fall learning at home, in a completely online format with the instructional support of MERPS teachers. Unable to attend? The webinar will be recorded and posted on the website with additional information for review.
Good Morning, The Sanford-Meridian Flood Relief Fund was designed to assist our students and their families affected by the recent flood. The Sanford-Meridian Disaster Relief Committee consists of several community members and agency representatives. Together the committee is working to distribute resources to residents in the Sanford-Meridian community whose livelihood and primary homes have been impacted by the 2020 flood and dam breach. The information you provide will be reviewed and used by the committee to help distribute financial support by means of a $500 in-store voucher for eligible primary households in the Sanford-Meridian community. Applications are due by Wednesday, August 5th at 3 PM. PLEASE NOTE: SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD. Apply here: https://bit.ly/merpsrelief2 Thank you
July 15, 2020 Dear Meridian Mustang Families: The last few months have been very difficult for our community as we have faced the challenges of both COVID-19 and dam failure. No one could have predicted either of these events or provided guidance on how schools, families, and communities should respond. We are now asked to tackle the task of rebuilding our community and coming up with plans to return to learning this fall. There is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty as we head into the 2020-2021 school year. We face additional uncertainty due to the potential loss of students as a result of the flood and the certain loss of state funding due to COVID-19 that may result in historically large cuts in school funding. Fortunately, we are well-positioned to overcome these challenges. We will continue to support our students with one-to-one technology, provide free internet services, and be a statewide leader in education. On June 30th, the Return to School Advisory Council issued the 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap. The Roadmap provides schools with requirements and recommendations for returning to school depending on which MI Safe Start Phase the region is in (currently Phase 4). · Phases 1-3-Schools are closed for in-person instruction · Phase 4-In-person instruction is permitted with required safety protocols · Phase 5-In-person instruction with minimal safety protocols Schools are required to develop plans for each of these three phases which must be approved by the Board of Education by August 17, 2020. Superintendents have agreed to work cooperatively, and in consultation with county health department officials, to develop common plans. Those plans will include in-person instruction, a hybrid model, and virtual learning options. Meridian Public Schools will do everything in our power to return to in-person instruction in the fall with appropriate safety protocols. We know that this is the best option for learning. After what this community has endured, we know that our students need to return to school and have a sense of normalcy. They need to be surrounded by the familiar faces of their classmates and teachers. We know that many of our children are still suffering from trauma as a result of our community tragedy. School and normalcy is more important than ever for these children. We will also be offering a hybrid model in the event that we move between phases or are required to close due to illness or other issues that are outside of our control. The hybrid model will be similar to what occurred this spring. This will allow us the best return to in-person instruction with the least amount of interruption. The last option that we will be offering is a virtual learning option. This will be a K-12 available to all children. We will be hosting a virtual webinar on August 4, 2020, for those who are interested in learning more about this option. The registration link is: https://tinyurl.com/merpsvirtual There is still a lot of work and planning that will occur over the next few weeks, so more detailed information will be coming. Please know that many of the choices will not be within the control of local schools and both public and private schools within each region will be required to follow the Return to School Roadmap. Educating our children will bring us new challenges in the upcoming months, but the Meridian staff will ensure that learning and safety are always the priorities. Sincerely, Craig D. Carmoney
The Sanford-Meridian Flood Relief Fund was designed to assist our students and their families affected by the recent flood. The Sanford-Meridian Disaster Relief Committee consists of several community members and agency representatives. Together the committee is working to distribute resources to residents in the Sanford-Meridian community whose livelihood and primary homes have been impacted by the 2020 flood and dam breach. The information you provide will be reviewed and used by the committee to help distribute financial support by means of a $500 in-store voucher for eligible primary households in the Sanford-Meridian community. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 24th at 3 PM. Applications can be submitted at https://bit.ly/merpsrelief Looking to donate to the flood relief fund? Donations are accepted at bit.ly/merpsefunds PLEASE NOTE: SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD.
Congratulations to the following Meridian Early College 4-Year & 5th Year Students who will be receiving their Associates Degrees from Delta College on June 20th in a Cruise-In Commencement: Cassidy Forbes, Alan Yaroch, Serena Chase, Sydney Clever, Aubrey Erskine, Brooklyn Kelly, and Audrey Kielpinski! We are so proud of you!
MECHS Class of 2020 Senior-Send Off Parade is scheduled for TODAY, Thursday, June 4, 7PM, at Meridian Public Schools. At 8:20PM, for 78 minutes, Senior Night Lights will wrap up this celebration. 1 minute in recognition for every MECHS Class of 2020 member! With current COVID-19 restrictions of groups larger than 100, your support is requested in ensuing we adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining in your car or shining your porch light in support of these individuals. If you must leave your car, please maintain social distancing requirements and show support from designated community/family zones noted on the map below. Check out the Class of 2020 banners on M-30 connector bridge. These serve as a bright spot with all of the significant challenges facing our community. A formal graduation is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 7PM at Meridian Football Stadium.
Class of 2024: Please join us TONIGHT Wednesday, June 3rd, 6 PM, to discover why MECHS is "not your average school" in the comfort of your own home. To attend, simply register HERE :https://tinyurl.com/nacho2024 MECHS staff and guests will explore the opportunities available to 9th grade students at Meridian Early College High School. Topics include: Unique opportunities available to MECHS students Technology and support Course offerings College and Vocational Options Student/Faculty panel Club/Athletics overview
Public Service Announcement The Midland County Health Department is conducting additional shot clinics for Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Wednesday, June 3rd 10am – 3pm Meridian Public Schools Admin Building Friday, June 5th 10am-3pm Jerome Fire Station (Irish St)
Goods, Food, and Supplies still available at Meridian Elementary and Sanford Senior Center TODAY! Large trash bins, fans, cleaning buckets and much more for FREE until 4PM TODAY, Sunday, May 30. A huge thanks to the volunteers for supporting our community this weekend. #sanfordstrong
Meridian Public Schools would like to extend sincere appreciation to all who donated to support our local flood victims. Through your generosity, over 900 people have been helped since Friday, May 22. This grass roots effort resulted in 6 days, 1000+ items collected, and over 900+ people supported. Thank you to all who were able to help. #sanfordstrong
Public Service Announcement The Midland Country Health Department is hosting a shot clinic tomorrow for hepatitis A and tetanus from 10:00-3:00. The tent will be set up near the Administration Building on campus. Another clinic will take place on Monday at the Jerome Township Fire Department. All those involved in cleanup efforts are strongly encouraged to make sure that they are up to date on those vaccines. The United States Post Office now has a mobile unit on campus at Meridian Jr High School. It is expected to be open next week and further information will be communicated as soon as those details are known.
This is an update on the remainder of the school year. We know that many of our students and families are not currently able to participate in learning at this time and we have staff members who are in the same position. With that said, we still have requirements from the state that we must meet, so in order to be in compliance, we will resume learning on May 28th for those that are able. Based on our most recent survey, we understand that many will not be able to do so and that is both understandable and okay if you are not able to participate for any reason. Learning is certainly way down the priority list for a good portion of the families in this community.
Class of 2024 NACHO night virtual meeting has been postponed until WEDNESDAY, June 3rd, due to ongoing power and restoration efforts within our community. Register tiny.url/nacho2024. You do NOT need to register if you have already done so. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
01 J Boyer LH Digital CONTACT: Selina Tisdale, City of Midland Public Information Officer Bridgette Gransden, County of Midland Public Information Officer PHONE: City PIO: 989-633-1014 County PIO: 989-633-1015 DATE: May 26, 2020, 5 p.m. Midland County Damage Assessment Teams Collecting Data; Beware of Scams Related to Flood Restoration Damage assessment teams working with the Midland County Operations Center (EOC) are currently canvassing areas of Midland County to assess flood damage and assist property owners with completing the Midland County Flood Damage Assessment Tool. These teams will ask property owners questions related to their flood damages only and will not require or ask you to sign documents or provide as part of their data collection process. Team members will be wearing high-visibility vests and will not ask for any personal identification information such as social security numbers, household income, or birthdates. These individuals are volunteers working in coordination with the Midland County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and are not affiliated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Securing state and federal assistance is a detailed process that begins with in-depth damage assessment at the local level. In order to provide a clear picture of the horrific devastation in this community to the state and federal governments, it is critical that every residential, business and non-profit property sustaining flood damage complete the Midland County Flood Damage Assessment. FEMA will not be directly involved until a presidential disaster declaration has been issued. Residents should not attempt to contact FEMA directly regarding their flood damages Residents should visit the Flood Damage Assessment Tool link at the following locations: · Top of the County of Midland website: www.co.midland.mi.us · Top of the City of Midland website: www.cityofmidlandmi.gov · On the Midland County 911 website: www.midland911.org · Via the direct link: https://arcg.is/1H00aG · By calling 2-1-1 for those without internet access Some residents have reported being contacted by individuals identifying themselves as government representatives or private contractors asking for personal identification information. These individuals are not affiliated with FEMA or any Midland County Residents are cautioned to be mindful of scams and should be aware when from agencies you’re not familiar with that want to sell you restoration or flood-related services. Do not be pressured into signing any documents or paying up-front costs for services that will be provided at a later date. Please continue to monitor updates and conditions via the following resources: www.midland911.org www.cityofmidlandmi.gov Facebook channels for the following entities: Midland County Emergency Management (MI) Midland County 911 City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI Call 2-1-1 Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com ### END ### Katie Guyer, CPM Communications Coordinator City of Midland 333 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640 989.837.3307 | cityofmidlandmi.gov
Good Evening Mustang Community, Here is the latest information that I have to share. Today was certainly a little slower with calls for assistance and the number of volunteers in the community. This is certainly understandable as many have returned to work and hopefully we are finally starting to catch up with some of the demand. That being said, there is still a need for more volunteer assistance. Many places still need assistance with demo work and trash removal. It is recommended that debris be bagged to the extent possible and that metal and appliances be separated from the other debris. That makes the job of trash removal and running to the dump for volunteers much more efficient. We are finally at the point where United Way and Dow Chemical are taking over the call center, volunteer check-in at the Sanford Pharmacy, and the donation and distribution center at Meridian Elementary School. Another Donation and Distribution Center will operate at the Sanford Senior Center on West River Road. Our call center will now redirect callers to the 211 number for the community. We are very grateful for their support and this will allow our staff time to regroup and plan for the end of the school year. Speaking of the end of the school year. We sent a survey out to our families and staff to help assist us with that planning. It can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdx0jO7D7i-zLUjFi849xkPkK6U21-k-oJJfi7IfRZGAar6SQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1Hi Friends, The School Food Service Program will begin again this Thursday. We once again need families to sign back up as we truly do not know the number of families can get to the school, how many have homes, power, or the ability to store the items at this time. Here is that link. Summer Meal Program Sign Up bit.ly/summermeals1 Internet Access is available at Meridian High School during normal business hours. It is set up in a way that will allow for social distancing. We are also working on laundry services for the community. We were contacted about setting this up and have offered space and resources. As soon as we have confirmation we will share out that information. The United States Post Office has also been authorized to set up a mobile location on our campus until repairs can be made to their facility in the Village. There is also help on the way in terms of debris and trash collection by the county. This is separate from your normal trash program. This should be making its way into the community later this week. I promise that the school district is not going to abandon the community during this crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and needs and respond accordingly. We will also advocate for assistance on your behalf as we tell our story and communicate our needs. The message below is from the Midland County United Way. We appreciate their support as we recover from this tragedy. Regards, Craig Carmoney While this is probably one of our toughest chapters, there is good happening every day. We know you and those you serve must have many questions and we want to keep you in the loop as information continues to emerge. As we all work together to press forward, our team at United Way wants to walk alongside you. If you’d like to request volunteer assistance, please complete United Way’s volunteer request form. We will then contact you to confirm details. Our team will post your opportunity on our online portal and communicate it to the public so people can easily register. We've also added an FAQ section to our Flood Resources page. This will be updated frequently to ensure you have access to accurate information. Feel free to refer to this site for helpful answers to common questions. You can also visit reliefmidland.org for additional disaster relief information and resources. To minimize questions and help spread the word, we encourage you to like and share United Way's social media posts. Thank you for all that you are doing. Your efforts matter—and they are making a huge difference.
Supplies, Food, Water, Aide Available TODAY, May 26, Meridian Elementary School 8AM-4PM.
Good Evening Mustang Families, First of all, this community deserves so much credit for how quickly it has responded in this time of crisis. So many from within and outside of this community have mobilized to support our community. This is the latest information that I have to share with you and I apologize for any confusion. We are trying to provide accurate communication, but there are times when the information changes. There is a lot of confusion over where things stand with FEMA. At this point, the President has declared an EMERGENCY for this area. Unfortunately, until there is a DISASTER declaration in this area, no FEMA relief will be provided. The teams that are in the area are from Midland County Emergency Management and they are taking flood damage reports. Please use the Flood Damage Tool: https://arcg.is/1H00aG Midland County Emergency Management has also provided information on proper documentation prior to demolition or restoration projects. You are advised to use written documentation, receipts, photos, and videos. Meridian Public Schools virtual learning is still suspended. We will meet tomorrow to evaluate the situation in our area and provide information to our students and families on when things will resume. We understand that many families and staff have been impacted by this disaster. Your school district has focused its efforts over the last several days on providing relief to this area. Many of us were on Ground Zero on day one or hearing from our community about our needs and responded as quickly as we could. Some of our early efforts were a bit disorganized, but done with the best intentions. At this point, our systems are greatly improved. We have: · set up a donation and distribution center at Meridian Elementary School that is being run by staff and volunteers. · Setup a call center to collect information fromresidents and businesses in need of assistance. · Provided buses to runvolunteers to businesses and residences that are in need of assistance toeliminate congestion. · Provided assistance to four volunteercheck-in centers in the community to coordinate volunteers. Manythanks to our students, staff and volunteers who have made this all possible. We are hoping to hand off many of these tasks to other local agencies in the near future. In the last two days, more than 400 volunteers got dispersed to several locations throughout the greater Sanford Area. We continue to work with county officials to coordinate other efforts such as providing internet access at Meridian High School. I'm hopeful that another major community service announcement in partnership with Meridian Public Schools will occur soon. We are happy to provide our campus and resources to serve this great community to support our students and families. Regards, Craig Carmoney See Below for information form Midland County Emergency Management Teams from Midland County Emergency Management are out in the communities taking flood damage reports. More than 1200 damage assessments have already been submitted for the area. Keep up the great work until we get them all in! Damage assessment teams from the county are assisting areas with limited internet and phone access. As a business, individual, or non-profit organization that has sustained any damage or loss as a result of the flood, please visit the Flood Damage Assessment Tool link at the following locations: · Top of the County of Midland website: www.co.midland.mi.us · Top of the City of Midland website: www.cityofmidlandmi.gov · Via the direct link: https://arcg.is/1H00aG Residents and businesses are reminded to thoroughly document damage prior to demolition and restoration projects using written documentation, receipts, photos, and videos. This step is extremely important to assist in possibly receiving federal funding for Midland County. Once you click the link, you will be directed to a map. Enter the property address and search for the damaged property. When the property is found, a pop-up box will appear. Click the link “Click here to fill out a damage report” to be directed to the online form to report flood damage. The form takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete and includes a section to provide photos of flood damage. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact 2-1-1 for assistance in completing the form. Volunteer Information All volunteers wanting to assist with flood cleanup in the greater Sanford area should report each day to one of three volunteer check-in locations: Sanford Family Pharmacy parking lot, 28 West Saginaw Road; Cleft of the Rock Church on West River Road, or at the intersection of W. Center and Oak streets. Volunteer check-in sites are open every day from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Debris Disposal Information The Midland Sanitary Landfill will be open to residential customers from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 to dispose of trash, flood debris, and yard waste. The Landfill will then resume its regular operating hours, open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Customers accessing the Landfill will be required to show proof of Midland County residency. Debris generated outside of Midland County will not be accepted. Due to the high anticipated volume of customers accessing the Landfill, wait times may be significant. The Village of Sanford has dumpsters available downtown and volunteers available to assist with removal of items from residents’ vehicles. Curbside collection of flood debris will also be provided for village residents. Residents with flood debris should place their items at the curb for collection. Residents in other areas of Midland County should take flood debris and other items to the Midland Sanitary Landfill for disposal. Please continue to monitor updates and conditions via the following resources: www.midland911.org www.cityofmidlandmi.gov Facebook channels for the following entities: Midland County Emergency Management (MI) Midland County 911 City of Midland, Michigan – Municipal Government Twitter: @CityofMidlandMI Twitter: @MidlandCountyMI Call 2-1-1 Sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com
We are going to be restarting our food program effective Thursday May 28th. We will no longer be offering delivery due to the current road conditions, we apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. Please complete this new form even if you have signed up in the past. Summer Meal Program Sign Up bit.ly/summermeals1 We have new times and locations to choose from; this form must be completed by Wednesday noon to be eligible to pick up 7 days worth of meals on Thursday, the 28th. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we get started up again.
Impacted or helping with flood relief efforts? @DwynesDreamTeam is offering a drive-through Jambalaya dinner tonight at 6pm at @MeridianJuniorHigh and a gumbo lunch tomorrow at 12pm at @CleftoftheRock. Thanks to @UnitedWayofMidlandCounty for connecting us with them. #LiveUnited #SanfordStrong
Help Sanford-Edenville-Beaverton-Greater Midland Area Clean Up All volunteers looking to assist with the flood cleanup in Sanford, Edenville, and Beaverton areas should report to the United Way volunteer check in center everyday between 9AM-4PM. Volunteers will be given a cleanup site to fit their time, ability and focus! Additional volunteer check in locations have been added to support the impacted surrounding communities. New Check in locations: Meridian Elementary School 3353 N. Meridian Rd Sanford, MI Cleft of the Rock Church 2575 N. W. River Rd Sanford, MI Village of Sanford locations: 28 W. Saginaw Road Sanford, MI Intersection of Center and Oak Want to help but not sure where to go? Need information on how to help? Text UWS to 31996 to receive information on where to volunteer and resources available!
Midland County Emergency Management now taking damage reports for the recent flooding in Midland County. If you are a homeowner, business or non-profit organization that has sustained any damage or loss as a result of the flood, please complete a report at https://arcg.is/1H00aG The Midland Damage Assessment app was developed for people to self-report damage to their property. The app has several questions to help the Midland Damage Assessment team determine the extent of damage in our community. Once you click the link, you will be directed to a map. Enter the address and search for the damaged property. The app will zoom to the property if it is found and a pop-up box will appear. Link to the online form to report flood damage. It should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete and submit the information. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact 2-1-1 and they will assist you in completing the form.
Quick Flood Relief Update. FEMA has teams on both sides of Sanford Lake that are going door-to-door at this time. Specific times when they will be in certain areas are unknown. They are aware that the entire area was greatly impacted by this disaster.
Supplies, Food, Water, Aide Available TODAY, Sun., May 24, noon to 2PM at Sanford Elementary Early Childhood Center AND Meridian Elementary School 8AM-4PM. Need support with flood relief? Call our LOCAL response 989.495.2284 for help TODAY! Want to volunteer? Text 31996 to help!
Help Sanford Clean Up All volunteers looking to assist with the flood cleanup in the greater Sanford area should report to United Way volunteer check ins everyday between 9a-5p. Volunteers will be given a cleanup site to fit their time, ability, and focus! Check In Locations: Pharmacy Parking Lot 28 W. Saginaw Rd Intersection of Center & Oak Want to help but not sure where to go? Want information pertinent to volunteers? Text UWS to 31996 to receive information on where to volunteer and resources available!
Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network & MERPS partner to bring nonperishable food and cleaning supplies to Sanford Elementary Early Childhood Center TOMORROW, May 24, from 12 noon to 2 PM! Spread the word! Thank you MCEFPN! #sanfordstrong
Residents of the greater Sanford area: We have created a hotline if you are looking to report a need for volunteer assistance at your home! If you need help with damage, debris removal, or general clean up, you can call (989) 495-2284. Please note the call center is staffed from 8a-5p, but answering service is monitored 24 hours a day. We look forward to serving you!
Please read this for important information related to relief efforts and public safety. First of all, the FEMA team is currently on site in the Village of Sanford doing an assessment of the damage. Earlier today, I met with US Senators Stabenow and Peters, US Representative Moolenaar, former Michigan Attorney General Schuette and a leader from FEMA. They toured the area to see the devastation first-hand. Since pictures don't do justice to what took place, it's extremely important to have these officials here in person to see the impact on our community. They were able to see the hundreds of volunteers who were out assisting homeowners and businesses with cleanup. I was able to share the stories that I heard from residents who had lost everything and insisted that they were just fine during this time of crises. All of the volunteers who went door to door today heard similar stories and it speaks to the resilience and human spirit that exist in this great community. I emphasized with these officials that our homeowners and small businesses are hurting, worried, and need their assistance. I can assure you that between what they witnessed and heard about that Sanford left a lasting impression. I know that many of us fear that Sanford will be forgotten and left out of the recovery efforts. I've been assured that we will not be forgotten, but we need significant financial assistance for this area in amounts that can only come from the federal government. I would ask that you continue to share our story to get the word out. Like many of you assisting with the recovery efforts, it frustrates me to see the tourists come through and yet I had to remind myself that the more attention that we receive, the better off we may be when it comes to our story getting out and assistance coming our way. There are some public safety concerns to share. Consumers Energy is currently identifying live gas lines. Many of the lines are in places where there is a significant amount of debris. This especially true in the Village south of Saginaw Road. If you see signs about gas lines, please know those mark lines that are live and to not do any digging or work in those areas. The other public safety concern is that children and adults are walking on what was the bed of the lake. This is extremely dangerous as the banks are steep, slippery and unstable. As I was told many times today, we incredibly came through this without losing any lives and that's the most important thing. So let's make sure that we use caution and common sense and keep everyone safe. Lastly, please continue to check the Meridian website at www.merps.org for the latest area updates. Keep the faith and stay Sanford Strong. Craig
URGENT HELP NEEDED: Anyone have connections who can get dumpsters to town? Comment below:
SANFORD RELIEF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 352 W Center, Sanford. NEEDS PEOPLE ASAP. Comment below if you can help!
SANFORD RELIEF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 211 Cedar, Sanford Needs muscle to pull carpet. NEEDS PEOPLE ASAP. Comment below if you can help!
SANFORD RELIEF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 351 Center, Sanford NEEDS PEOPLE ASAP. Comment below if you can help!
URGENT HELP NEEDED: 381 W Center, Sanford : Needs packing boxes. Comment if you can help!
SANFORD RELIEF EFFORT HELP NEEDED ASAP Scott's Builders are helping to remove debris but need MORE wheel barrels, shovels, etc are needed ASAP. Location: 119 W. Railroad and across from the hardware on Saginaw Road. PLEASE HELP!!!!
If you are in need of shelter, several hotels in Midland have been made available through donated funds. Please contact me at Craig.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of shelter. I’m unsure of the demand or availability, so I’d encourage you make your request quickly . We are also working on additional community supports and will keep everyone posted. Please check the website at Merps.org and the Meridian Public Schools Facebook page for additional information.
Clean up help still needed at 710 Lincoln Street TODAY!
Our community is truly amazing! The outpouring of volunteers is moving. We are navigating through the calls and texts to assign support as needed. At this time, continued clean up assistance is needed downtown on Cedar Street. Manpower and trucks needed.
Good Morning Mustang Families The Village of Sanford is in need of volunteers with trucks that would be willing to haul debris to the landfill. Please contact HS Principal, Tara Mager, (989) 928-9532i if you are able to help. Thanks Craig Carmoney
Sanford Area Relief Support: Are you need of clean up supplies OR basic need items? Item/supply pick up: Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday 8-4PM Meridian Elementary School 3353 N Meridian Rd Sanford Questions: Call 211 or email email@example.com Donations also accepted!
The Food Service Program will be suspended this week due to the impact of the flooding in our community. It is our plan to reimplement the program next week, but an assessment of many things needs to take place in order to do that. We will send out additional information once we know more.
It is with a heavy heart that I reach out to our Mustang Families. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. There are shelters in the area at Coleman High School, Bullock Creek High School, Midland High School, West Midland Family Center and the Midland Mall. At this point, we are suspending all learning until further notice. Please stay safe. I have great faith that this community will pull through this.
Midland Kiwanis recognizes all Midland County Top Seniors for their accomplishments! Congratulations seniors! #ReachHigher https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Midland-Kiwanis-nbsp-acknowledges-county-s-top-15252675.php
Looking to sign up for the meal program? Sign up at bit.ly/merpsmeals. If you have already signed up, we have you on the list. This is for new families. Registration for meals is open Friday 8am through Sunday at noon.
MECHS is putting a video together to thank all of Meridian's essential workers! If you would like to say thank you to them, send us a picture with a message of thanks to Sarah.Rivard@merps.org by Thursday, 4/30, at 8pm. #ReachHigher #ThankYouEssentialWorkers
Looking to sign up for the meal program? Sign up at bit.ly/merpsmeals If you have already signed up, we have you on the list. This is for new families. Please note: the location of the evening pickup has changed. The 4pm-6pm pickup location is now at MERIDIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Thank you for your support! 💙
Good Evening Mustangs, I hope that is communication finds you and your family well as we navigate through these uncertain and unfamiliar times. Meridian Public Schools are continuing to make plans in the likely event that the school closing order extends beyond April 13th. We have put together a survey that is intended to find out how we can further support our students and families. The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete. We would ask that you complete the survey no later than Friday, April 3rd. We certainly miss all of our students and look forward to seeing them as soon as we are allowed too. Survey: bit.ly/merpssupport If you are looking to sign up for our meal distribution program, please sign up at bit.ly/merpsmeals. If you have already signed up, no need to sign up again. We have you on our list.
Did you miss meal sign up? Don’t worry! You can still sign up here: bit.ly/merpsmeals Reminder that meal pickup or deliver is on Monday and Thursday! If you have already signed up, no need to sign up again; we have you on our list. #ReachHigher
Meal signup reminder: if you are looking to sign up your child 18 or younger for our meal program, please do so by 8am Wednesday. You can sign up at bit.ly/merpsmeals If you have already signed up, we have you on the list. Please do not sign up again. Thank you!
Meridian Public Schools has complied a list of resources for everyone to use during this time. From food to mental health, internet and transportation; you can find a resource here. You can view it here: bit.ly/MerpsResources
For those who are still looking to sign up their children 18 or younger for our food program, please do so with this link: https://forms.gle/ogscz2bK3RHnPiRf8 If you have already signed up, you are on the list. This is for those looking to sign up for the first time. Responses are due by Wednesday at 8am.
Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network Mobile Pantry is giving away free no questions asked food TODAY, 3/20. Please bring empty bags and/or boxes Proof of income will not be needed Signatures are not required. Registration: 9:00 AM in your car. Distribution: 11:30 AM. Food brought to your car. Stay in your car. Aldersgate United Methodist Church 2206 Airfield Lane, Midland Ph: 989-486-9393
Did you miss signing up for meals this last week? You can sign up for them now! This is open to any children under 18, regardless of income. IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR MEALS LAST TIME, PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP AGAIN - you are on our list still. Please use this link to sign up for meals: https://forms.gle/sPzdDj74r1wGBMGo6 Responses are due by 3pm on Friday. Thank you for all of the support! We were able to provide 3,300 meals to 330 students in 141 families! It’s a great day to be a Mustang! 💙💙💙💙 #ReachHigher
Reminder: food sign ups must be completed by TODAY at 4pm. If you have NOT signed up yet, sign up at https://forms.gle/wvNyfLUFm1XGaRmi8
Our meal program has been finalized. Meals will begin on Thursday. They are available for pickup at Meridian Junior High from 12-2pm or Sanford Elementary from 4-6pm. Delivery is available if you do not have the ability to pick up. Delivery is Monday & Thursday from 12-2. Pickup days after will be Monday and Thursday at the same times. If you did not fill out the form before needing meals, please do so: https://forms.gle/jnYorHCtwgWLTGHi6
Meridian will be providing meals to children under 18 during the school shutdown. We are looking to see if families are interested in this. Please complete the survey at https://forms.gle/377QfQhobxaKEjDk8 or by going to www.merps.org and click on menu, quicklinks and school shutdown meal information. Responses to this form are due by MONDAY, MARCH 16, AT 9AM.
Charter Communications is offering free internet access to families with school age and college age children during the school shutdown. Starting March 16, this will be available for 60 days. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived.
Meridian Public Schools are closed on Tuesday, February 18th. Several inches of heavy snow followed by rain have made driving conditions very difficult. Stay safe Mustangs and see you Wednesday.
Meridian Public Schools are closed on Monday, February 10th. Stay safe Mustangs and we will see you on Tuesday.
Safety and security of MECHS learners and staff is our top priority. MECHS held a schedule lockdown drill today, Feb. 5th, at 1PM . These drills are required by law and in the event of a safety/security threat help ensure students and staff are prepared to respond appropriately.
Meridian Public Schools is hiring! We are looking for a MTSS Coordinator & Student Support Specialist. See the attached job posting, or head on over to our website www.merps.org/human-resources--77 to find out more about other available positions! #ReachHigher #Employment
We want to take a few minutes to thank our wonderful School Board Members for their many years of service and dedication to the students and staff of Meridian Public Schools. We want to especially thank Board President Michael Bowen for his 25+ years of service and Board Secretary Dennis Cole for his 18+ years of service. We truly appreciate all of the time and hard work that all of our Board Members have put in towards being a Meridian School Board Member and we want them to know that we couldn't be where we are today without their support. Please thank our Board Members in person if you see them around! Michael Bowen - President, Deborah Passmore - Vice-President, Dennis Cole - Secretary, Rebecca Hitsman, - Treasurer, Kristy Brawt - Trustee, Janice Goodall - Trustee, Stephen Grubaugh - Trustee
Meridian Public Schools is hiring! We are looking for: 3 paraprofessionals, one driver/server in the kitchen, and Junior High Track coaches! Use the link below to be taken to the list and find answers to questions you may have! #ReachHigher #WeAreHiring http://bit.ly/MerPSHiring
MECHS is always striving to improve. We need your help in collecting feedback regarding how we communicate. This survey is only 10 questions and should take less than 2 minutes to complete: https://forms.gle/2VLMiX2UkEtQu4Gs8
Meridian Public Schools is looking for substitutes! We are looking for subs in the food service department, custodial crew, and for paraprofessionals. Interested individuals can apply at https://www.edustaff.org Come and join the team! #ReachHigher #ComeAndJoinTheTeam!
Half Day Reminder: TOMORROW, Friday, October 25, is a half day of school. Meridian Elementary releases at 11:25, Junior High at 11:15, and High School at 11:20. Have a great day!
Last Friday, Governor Whitmer signed snow day forgiveness legislation for the four days that were declared as a State of Emergency. As a result of that legislation, Meridian Public Schools will return to the originally published school calendar and end with a half day on Thursday, June 6th. We thank you for your patience as we waited on our legislators in Lansing to take action.
Phones are currently down at Meridian Elementary. If a message must be delivered to our office, please contact the Administration Office at 989-687-3200. Thank you.
To clarify, the previous message regarding early dismissal is for the high school ONLY. The high school will dismiss at 2PM tomorrow to allow safe travel time for those heading to Petoskey. We apologize for any confusion.
Students will be released at 2PM tomorrow to allow adequate travel time to make it safely to the boys' basketball quarterfinal game in Petoskey. Buses will still run at 3 PM for all students who remain on campus at the end of the day. Look for an email with more information.
There will be no pre-sale tickets for the basketball game tomorrow night. Tickets must be purchased at the door.
Meridian is hiring! See the attached postings for more information, or visit https://www.merps.org/o/meridian-public-schools/page/human-resources--77
The Meridian Public School District is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the Board of Education. An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant position until the November 3, 2020 election. Interested persons are to submit a letter expressing interest along with their qualifications for the position, no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 11, 2019 to: Meridian Administration office, Attn: Board President Bowen, 3361 North M-30, Sanford, MI 48657 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Following a review of the submitted materials, the board will schedule interviews with interested candidates at their March 18, 2019 meeting. If you have any questions concerning the role of the Board of Education and the responsibilities of a Board Member, please contact Craig D. Carmoney, Superintendent of Schools, at (989) 687-3200.
Meridian is hiring! We are looking for a full time special education teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! See the attached job posting for more information. You can find the employment application and contact information on our website at www.merps.org under Human Resources.
Meridian Public Schools is currently having an online auction of used equipment. Items 1-66 are from our district. If interested, check out the sale here. https://jmarshauctionsandestatesales.hibid.com/auctions/
The Competitive Cheer meet WILL BE held as scheduled tonight.
Meridian Public Schools will be again on Wednesday, February 13th. Many of the roads that were plowed yesterday have drifted back shut.
Meridian Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 12th as conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the morning hours.
Meridian Public Schools is closed again on Thursday, February 7th. Freezing rain is creating very slippery conditions this morning with temperatures not expected to rise above freezing until mid day.
Meridian Public Schools are closed on Wednesday, February 6th. The latest storm has brought a slippery wintry mix that continues to get worse. Unfortunately, it also appears that we could be dealing with similar issues on Thursday as well, so just a heads up that more ice is possible for later in the week.
The boys basketball games scheduled for tonight in Clare WILL BE PLAYED as scheduled. Go Mustangs!
The High School Boys Basketball games that were scheduled to be played against Houghton Lake have been rescheduled to Monday, February 4th at HOME. All teams (Freshmen, JV, and Varsity) will play with Freshmen beginning at 4:30pm. Go Mustangs!
Meridian Public Schools will be closed on Friday, February 1st. With actual temperatures expected to be lower than this morning when they were around-20 and lowering the thermostat to comply with the Consumers Energy request, we are making the decision early to assist families in their planning. The forecast for next week is much better, so school will resume next Tuesday. Monday is a scheduled day off in the school calendar.
Girls basketball games have been CANCELLED for tonight. They have not been rescheduled yet.
The High School wrestling meet scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED.
Meridian Public Schools will be closed again on Thursday, January 31st due to the extreme cold that is expected to continue. We are hoping to be in session on Friday as the warning is set to expire tomorrow with very light wind during the night on Thursday. This means that the decision on Friday might not be made until the early morning hours in order to monitor real time conditions. In addition, we will not know anything on make up or forgiveness days until perhaps April or early May.
All evening activities have been CANCELLED for tonight. Please stay safe and warm.
Due to a declared State of Emergency and Wind Chill Warning, Meridian Public Schools will be closed again on Wednesday, January 30th. We will evaluate the conditions for later in the week tomorrow and provide as much early notification as possible.
The competitive cheer meet for tonight has now been cancelled.
Meridian will be closed again on Tuesday, January 29th. The Road Commission is reporting that secondary roads will not be plowed until tomorrow and some not until Wednesday.
All athletic events and practices have been CANCELLED for today. Please stay safe.
The High School bowling competition scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED.
Meridian Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 28th due to the expected winter storm. Please stay safe and warm.
The wrestling meet scheduled for tonight in Gladwin has been CANCELLED.
The Competitive Cheer meet for tonight has been CANCELLED.
The wrestling meet will be held as scheduled tonight. 6pm start. Go Mustangs!
Meridian Public Schools is closed on Wednesday, January 16th due to icy road conditions.
Wanting to watch the basketball game tonight but don’t want to travel the roads, our game is being broadcast online at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hemlock-high-school-hemlock-mi/gam9074f6c35d Go Mustangs!
The Competitive Cheer meet scheduled for tonight has been CANCELLED. The boys basketball games schedule for tonight WILL BE PLAYED as scheduled.
Meridian Public Schools is closed on Tuesday, January 14th because of freezing rain that fell during the night. All untreated surfaces are very slippery.
From all of us here at Meridian Public Schools, Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🎅🏻🎄
Meridian Public Schools Student/Parent Transportation Handbook Changes. The Meridian Board of Education recently authorized changes to the Transportation Handbook. Specifically, an adjustment was made to the “Temporary Changes” portion of the Handbook. The previous requirement for “Temporary Changes” was a notice of 72 hours. The new policy is as follows: · Temporary Changes to the scheduled transportation for a student may be made upon written request at least 24 hours in advance from the parent/guardian. The timeline for 24 hours advance notice is no later than 2:00 pm the day prior to the request. · Temporary Changes must be for a currently established stop. · Changes must be directed to the Meridian Transportation Office using forms that are available on-line or at the school office. · The Transportation Request must include the student’s name and destination and must be signed by a parent/guardian. · The decision to approve the request will be based upon seating capacity of bus. We cannot guarantee seating and because we attempt to maximize seating on buses for efficiency, it is unlikely that large groups can be accommodated. · If we are not able to honor the request, the Transportation Department will notify the parent/guardian. · Request will be honored in order of submission. · School personnel, upon receipt of your written request, will authorize your request and/or complete a bus pass that will given to the driver. · The revisions will begin on January 2, 2019.
Boys Basketball games WILL be played tonight at normal time. Go Mustangs!
Meridian is closed. The weather is expected to deteriorate over the course of the morning.
All girls basketball practices at the High School have been cancelled. All Junior High practices have also been cancelled.
Due to a partial power outage, the elementary, JH, & HS buildings have limited lighting. Parents who are able can pickup children after 11:30. We will keep those who stay until 3pm to avoid sending kids home to empty houses. Grandparents Day at the elementary has been cancelled.
Phones at Meridian are not accepting calls at this time. We are working on getting them back up and running. We will let you know when they are back up. Have a great day
On the November 6th Ballot is a is a proposal to add School Resource Officers to Midland County Public Schools. The attached brochure provides information on this issue. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18BZvWbI3qO_Vma3wPN_qbKkjh4uq9F3U/view
Reminder: High School Parent/Teacher conferences are TONIGHT from 4-7pm. We encourage students to attend with their parents. We hope to see you there!
Phones are back up and working at all buildings. Have a great day!
Incoming phone calls to all district buildings are offline. We are working on the issue and will update you when they are back up.
Did you know that you can pay for items online? Check out E-Funds! You can pay via checking account or debit card. There is no fee is you pay with a checking account. You can pay for items like: Food Service, Daycare, Pay-to-play, Sports passes and more! http://bit.ly/mpsefunds
Do you know someone looking for a job? We are hiring! Check out the open positions that we have on our website! We are looking for paraprofessionals, teachers, cooks, and a receptionist! http://meridianpsmi.apptegy.us/o/meridian-public-schools/browse/23936
Today's Cross Country meet has been rescheduled for tomorrow, 9/6.
And don't forget to check out our new Android and iOS apps!
Welcome to our new website!