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Greetings Parents/Guardians,

At Robert L. Merritt Jr. High, we envision a school culture that focuses on producing high levels of student achievement and staff effectiveness in leadership, instructional practices, and positive student teacher interactions. Our goal is growth for all students and we will do our very best to collaborate with you to make our goal attainable.

            I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking forward to a very productive partnership with you to ensure the children of Sunflower County Consolidated School District will achieve their highest academic potential at Robert L. Merritt Jr. High. We believe that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from home and school. A strong partnership with you will make a huge difference in your child’s education and have a positive impact on our school’s environment.

We want all of our students to have a positive experience as they soar academically in all of their classes. Some of the ways we will ensure students have a good experience is by rewarding them throughout the year with incentives for doing well in academics and behavior. So if your child would like to be included, he or she must be mindful of their conduct and their academic performance. The expectation is that your child will be academically engaged and display acceptable conduct in order to maximize his/her potential.

            We ask that you support your child’s learning by making sure that he/she attends school daily and arrives on time ready to encounter more learning experiences. Please make sure that your child has materials such as paper, pencils, notebooks, folders, backpack, and other supplies necessary for school. He/she should complete all homework assignments given by teachers for this ensures that your children will have more time to practice on important skills given by the teacher. Also, please encourage your child or children to read daily to improve literacy skills and ask your child to inform you and his/her teachers if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject. Lastly, your child needs to know what you expect him/her to have a successful year at Merritt. 

Your child/children will receive a copy of the student handbook so that you and your child can review it together. If you have any questions about the expectations set forth in the handbook or in the classroom, please feel free to contact me or discuss them with your child’s teacher. It is very important that you and your child are fully informed regarding expectations related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year. The wonderful staff at Robert L. Merritt Jr. High and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to meeting and working with you.

Christopher Turner, Principal