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A message from the Director of Early Childhood:

Dear Parents and Friends,

I am excited and honored to have joined the Meridian Public Charter School team as the Director of Early Childhood during the 2017-18 school year. During my first visit before joining the team, I was able to see that Meridian is filled with enthusiastic students, supportive families who are interested in their children's education, and a dedicated professional staff committed to providing all students with a high-quality education. 

Professionally, I have over fourteen years of experience in the field of education in both Texas and DC. It was in Texas that my passion for helping young learners grow and reach their goals blossomed into supporting and developing teachers as well. This led me to obtain my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, from Grand Canyon University, in 2010. Throughout my career in education, I have coached instructional leaders across DC, held the positions of school administrator, literacy coach, and various other instructional and leadership roles. All of these unique experiences put me on the path to Meridian Public Charter School. 

I hope to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that includes differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each scholar. Our challenging instruction engages each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, while still encouraging students to explore and share new ideas. I look forward to meeting prospective families and I am thrilled to partner with current families to help your scholars continue to develop analytical skills and a positive self-image.

Sincerely,

Johnnette Garris
Director of Early Childhood
jgarris@meridian-dc.org

 

Pre-Kindergarten

Children are playful by nature. Their earliest experiences exploring with their senses lead them to play, first by themselves and eventually with others. Our Pre-Kindergarten program, Splash Into Pre-K, promotes this fun of learning through activities that teach children about the world around them.

Children change a lot throughout their Pre-K year. To address these changing needs, Splash Into Pre-K is adaptable and engaging, particularly good for children with special mobility or cognitive challenges. Our child-centered curriculum includes hands-on playtime and shared activities, with plenty of opportunities for exploration and fun.

Our Pre-K students are provided opportunities to think critically and challenge themselves while building a strong appreciation for the arts, leadership, social interaction, and physical well-being. Their daily learning centers include activities around science, creativity, role-play, literacy, math concepts, and motor development.

Some examples of Pre-K lessons and activities:

  • During math center, children are learning shapes using clay by making squares, circles and triangles.  
  • In dramatic play, children are retelling the story “The Three Little Pigs” using costumes and props.
  • During play activities, children learn to share classroom materials and use their words to express themselves with their peers.

 



 
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Elementary school

Elementary students are curious about their community and their world. At the elementary school, we nurture that curiosity through development of core competencies and engaging, hands-on activities. Our students often work to solve problems and create together.

The focus for students in K–6th grade is to develop their independence and take responsibility for their own learning through engaging student-led conversations. Conducted in every subject area, these conversations give them time to explain their thinking and show them how to provide feedback to each other.

In all classes, our curriculum emphasizes applications to real-world situations. For example, in math, numbers and mathematical concepts are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday lives.

In ELA courses, students read books and articles during class focusing on reading for meaning and making connections beyond a simple summary. They discuss specific passages in small groups to uncover deeper understanding. The process ensures that all students participate and get support from each other to gain comprehension without feeling singled out.

Our students have lessons in English language arts, math, social studies, and science each day, and our curriculum weaves the core literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and presenting across all disciplines.

Examples of classroom projects and events include:

  • Literature roleplay in English Language Arts
  • Students performing scientific experiments in pairs/small groups
  • Field trips to historic sites in DC to get hands-on experiences with history
  • Learning about fractions through making slime 
  • Using the scientific method to investigate how seeds students plant germinate and grow 
  • Gallery walks to determine the answers to math problems
  • Students create their own rhythms and compositions in music class

  • Students attend a city-wide health expo and create a project based on information they gather from presenters

Read more about our Specials and Electives.

 
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A message from the ES Principal:

Dear Meridian Families:

As Meridian’s Elementary School principal, I am truly honored and passionate about maintaining a positive school culture for our staff, students and families. Prior to joining Meridian in SY2016-7, I served as the middle school assistant principal for two years at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. A DC native, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Coppin State University where I was a track and field athlete. I began my teaching career in Prince George’s County as an elementary school math teacher and middle school math coach. I also earned a Master’s in Teaching from Coppin State and a Master’s in School Administration from Trinity University (DC).

We continue to focus on making our vision and mission the core of our daily work with children, teachers and families. Our goal is to maintain a culture of excellence and continue to build shared understandings about what this means and ways parents/guardians and teachers can work together to ensure that every scholar at Meridian Public Charter School is on the path of reaching his/her highest academic, social and emotional potential.

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at Meridian. It is vital and plays an integral role in each scholar’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your scholar’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings. 

I am excited to work together with current families to make our school a great place to work and learn each day! We welcome all families to our wonderful learning community at Meridian Public Charter School...a place alive with much energy...enthusiasm...and a high standard of excellence! 

Sincerely,

Ebony Crawford
Principal, Elementary Campus
ecrawford@meridian-dc.org



A message from the ES Dean:

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Dear Families,

I am Maya Bond and I am excited to be serving as the Dean of Students and Culture at Meridian. I greet you with a big smile and an eager heart ready to work with current families as we develop a strong Meridian culture.

I may be new to Meridian, but I am not new to the field of education. I served as a high school science teacher for ten years in the public and charter school community. As a classroom teacher, classroom culture and positivity were my legacy. I worked to develop a ninth-grade academy to streamline expectations for incoming freshmen through a collaborative classroom culture, resulting in increased student achievement. I am a recent graduate of Trinity University, where I received my Masters in School Leadership and Administration.

I strive to implement practices to strengthen the relationships between students, teachers, and parents, focusing on two areas: positive school culture, and consistent celebrations. Meridian is a place “Where the love of learning lives” and we want that love to be evident from the moment you walk through the front door. We focus on students’ strengths and support them through their challenges. Each year we will have many successes and inevitably some setbacks; but as long as we all work together with student success as our goal, we know all things are possible. 

I look forward to meeting current and prospective families and working with you and your students!

Sincerely,

Maya Bond
Dean of Students and Culture
mbond@meridian-dc.org