February 24, 2014
Good Afternoon. I have some important information to share about Meridian High School.
First, given the wild winter weather we have had and the tendency for the temperatures to drop overnight, please check the local news media for information regarding school tomorrow morning. For those who were scheduled to attend BTC's Try A Trade - it has been canceled and will be rescheduled. Please check in with Mrs. Waterman for details.
Second, one of the many advantages of our recent high school construction project was to plan for the ability to secure our campus for the safety of our students. Beginning March 3rd all exterior doors will be locked from the outside and any visitors will be required to enter through our main, west entrance during school hours. Visitors will be required to be buzzed in and sign in at the main office. This will be an adjustment but this new procedure will help keep our campus more secure. More information about this is on my Principal's Message page on our website.
Third, the director of the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, Linda Wise-Miller, will be hosting an informational meeting at Bellingham High School at 6:30 in room 115 on Wednesday, February 26th. She will be discussing information about the positive changes to the Academy programs at our campus, Mt. Vernon's, and Anacortes. She will also share information about summer programs.
Finally, our school board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th has been moved to Thursday, February 27th at 7:00pm in the Meridian Middle School Library. Incidentally, our Parent Round-table meeting is also on Thursday, February 27th at 6:00pm, in the Meridian High School Library. Both Mr. Harvill and I will be on-hand to meet with interested parents.
Please don't hesitate to contact the high school office tomorrow if you should have any questions about the content of this message. Our number is 398-8111. Thank you and enjoy your afternoon!
Principal & CTE Director
February 20, 2014
Dear Meridian Community,
Please join myself and Assistant Principal Kurt Harvill Thursday, February 27th from 6:00-7:00pm for our Parent Roundtable. It isan opportunity to meet with the principal and assistant principal about anything that is on one's mind.
One of the benefits to MHS's remodel (among many!) is the fact that we can increase the safety of our campus. We have been working on establishing a single point of access so we may better control who is on our campus at any given time. The importance of having an increased level of security was reinforced when the tragic Sandy Hook incident took place as we were half way through our construction project. We took additional measures to ensure we could better secure our campus.
Starting March 3rd we will enact our security option of being a closed, single point of access campus during school hours. We are coordinating with Irene Reither for this effort. As students access campus in the morning they will need to enter through our main entrance from the parking lot. Those coming off a bus will enter through the main gate into the courtyard. All doors inside our courtyard will remain unlocked throughout the day. All exterior doors will be locked at approximately 8:15am and until the end of the day. We have some unique pieces of our campus safety plan that we will share with our students this week to prepare them for this change. This will mean that our student foot traffic patterns will change on campus...and we will take a bit of time to refine our process.
This also means big changes for those visiting our campus. This also pertains to those students engaged in Running Start or attending our Academy classes. Starting March 3rd, visitors will need to access the MHS campus by entering our main West entrance after pressing a button and speaking with one of our secretaries to gain access to the building. When walking up to the entrance doors, one will find an intercom button on the left wall of the entrance. After pressing the button to share their name and purpose, a click will likely sound to unlock the far left door. Once through the two doors all guests are to enter the office to sign in and receive a visitor badge. On February 26th, we will start this process by locking all exterior doors, but leaving the main west entrance unlocked throughout the day. We recognize this is a huge change for a community that is used to just coming to any part of campus as they please. We really can't secure our campus if we continue to provide that type of access. And frankly, there were about 23 different way to access our campus prior to the remodel. This is much more than just funneling students through the front door…it’s about securing our campus for the safety of our entire school. Please don't hesitate to contact me or Mr. Harvill with any questions or concerns.
Principal & CTE Director