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High School Update

May 24, 2024
Vicki Thurman | Principal of Miriam High School

 

Vicki Thurman, Miriam High School Principal

Dear Miriam High School families,

Well, that’s a wrap of my first year as Miriam High School Principal, and what a remarkable year it has been! As we reflect on our achievements and look forward to the future, I want to share some of the milestones we reached together.

Past Year Accomplishments:

  1. MyMiriamPortal Expansion: This year, we significantly expanded the use of MyMiriamPortal, making it an essential tool for our community. The portal is now widely used for attendance tracking, school forms, and report cards at the high school, providing a more streamlined and efficient process for everyone involved.
     
  2. Miriam Essentials Curriculum Launch: We successfully launched our pilot year of our new Miriam Essentials curriculum across all grade levels. This comprehensive program is designed to ensure that we educate the whole child and foster developmental growth, tailored to meet their individual needs and interests in the five essential areas.
     
  3. Discovery Days and Transition Programming: We introduced Discovery Days, providing unique programming focused on transition and next-step opportunities for all students. These initiatives have been invaluable in helping students explore their interests and plan for their futures.
     
  4. Updated Individual Learning Plans: We have updated our Individual Learning Plan (ILP) processes, enhancing data collection and improving communication with parents. This ensures that everyone is well-informed and actively involved in their child's educational journey.
     
  5. Enrollment Growth: Our enrollment has increased as the year progressed. This growth is a testament to the dedication of our community in sharing the benefits of our individualized approach with other families of unique learners. Thank you for your ongoing support and for helping us reach more students who can thrive in our environment.
     
  6. Graduating Seniors: We proudly celebrated the graduation of 21 talented and amazing seniors. These students have shown incredible resilience and achievement, and we are excited to see what they accomplish in their next endeavors.

As we conclude this school year, I am filled with gratitude for the hard work and commitment of our students, parents, and staff. Your support has been instrumental in making this year a success, and I am excited to continue our journey together in the coming years. Thank you for being a part of the Miriam High School family. I look forward to many more years of growth and success.
 

Warmly,
Vicki Thurman  



Important Reminders:
 

  • If your student would still like a YEARBOOK, please contact Mrs. Schnarr since we do have a few extras remaining. 
     
  • Schedules and Forms: Please check your emails and MyMiriamPortal this summer for details regarding forms for the 2024-25 School Year as well as your student’s class schedule when they are available.  
     
  • Medical forms for 2024-25: Per the handbook, each student must have a medical examination form completed and submitted every year at the high school. Medical forms will be assigned as a checklist item in MyMiriamPortal over the summer. The forms you should be prepared to submit are: 

    • Annual Physical: We do not have a specific physical form we require to be completed and will accept the physical form you receive from your student’s physician. 
       
    • Health Action Plan(s): If your child has a health condition that requires a health action plan such as a food allergy, diabetes, asthma, and/or a seizure disorder, please submit an updated plan for next school year as well. 
       
    • Immunization Record: Please submit your student’s most up-to-date immunization record. 
      • For Rising Seniors: Please remember the Missouri State immunization requirement for all students to receive their booster dose of Meningococcal (MCV) by the time they enter their Senior year.  You can find the most up to date Missouri School Immunization Requirements for next school year that Miriam follows HERE
         
  • Students' final report cards for the 2023-24 school year will be shared through Blackbaud within the next two weeks. You will receive an email indicating when they are available. 
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