John H. Wood Jr. Charter District
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ABOUT Meridell Campus

John H. Wood Jr. Charter District’s Meridell Campus is housed on a scenic 63-acre ranch-style residential treatment center in Liberty Hill, Texas, 35 miles northwest of Austin. Meridell just celebrated its 75th year of operation. The Center provides therapeutic treatment for children and adolescents, specializing in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry for children (ages 5–11) and adolescents (ages 12–17). 

The school serves approximately 134 students from Texas and beyond, ranging from grades K–12 in a thematic and integrated environment that enriches students’ experiences and supports accelerated learning in multi-age classrooms. The faculty and staff consist of a principal, assistant principal, registrar, LSSP, diagnostician, case manager, fourteen highly qualified content area teachers that also are certified in special education, and nine certified instructional assistants. All classrooms contain student computers and interactive white boards, and students have access to a variety of technology tools. Teachers employ a district curriculum that requires instructional facilitation as well as technology support. Many different educational programs are used such as Study Island, STAR Reading and Mathematics, A+ Learning, accelerated math; for diagnostic testing, credit recovery, and both enrichment and acceleration purposes. The faculty provides a full educational continuum of services for students with gifted and talented needs to those of a struggling learning, RTI, 504, and special education. Of our current student population, about 40% receive special education services.

Our students are part of a school that:

  • fosters curiosity, opportunity, and exploration
  • engages students through school staff and faculty collaboration
  • inspires the creation of a life worth living!

This year, teachers utilize instructional methods that include provisions for engaging, hands-on learning opportunities. We teach appropriate behavior skills and provide opportunities for students to practice these skills, through courses employing Capturing Kids Hearts (Flippen) as well as 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Covey). We also help students fall back in love with learning by providing meaningful teachable moments individualized for each student. Completed courses and credits at John H. Wood are posted to the students (high school) transcripts, which are then transferred to students public and private schools throughout the USA and worldwide.

OUR Administration Staff

Wendy Rollins
(512) 528.2462
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Julie Esper
(512) 528.2150
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FROM the Principal's Desk

At the John H. Wood Jr. Charter School, Meridell Campus, our staff is committed to building and maintaining a safe school climate which fosters compassion for others, responsible citizenship, strong community relationships, innovation, creative problem solving, and a passion for learning. 

We utilize Flip Flippen’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts philosophy: “If you have a child’s heart, you have his head” (Sherwood, 2003). We provide a variety of opportunities to build and maintain positive, productive, and trusting relationships with our students, our community, and each other.

The focus at the school is on learning, rather than on doing. As a collaborative team, our staff will devote itself to helping every child achieve success. We use data to inform instruction, intervention, and enrichment. Our successes are celebrated. As well, everyone on our staff are ensured a support system with colleagues to lean on and from whom to learn.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead

Sherwood, R. (2003). It all began with a handshake. The Effective Schools Project Journal, 9, 6-11.

Campus Improvement Committees

Campus members regularly participate in a variety of committees dedicated to campus improvement of both the workplace and student life.

Our kudos board (an opportunity to recognize successes and contributions publicly) continues this year, and so does our process-based leadership committee.

Volunteers Needed! 

The Meridell Campus is currently seeking volunteers to serve as a surrogate parent in ARD meetings and to assist in other educational decisions for students with disabilities and in care of Child Protective Services. If interested, please call (512) 528.2146.

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

"What's for breakfast?" is a question that can be heard throughout most homes in America. To some parents it can be a dreaded question; especially in the rush to get everyone out the door to school on time. We have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what do we feed our kids for this ever important meal?

Studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Research Reviews have proven that children who eat a good breakfast perform better academically then those who don't.

Imagine your body is a machine; during the night your body depletes all the fuel your machine needs to keep running. Breakfast is the fuel to get your machine up and running again. 

Are all breakfasts created alike? No. The best combination for brain alertness and better learning is: a carbohydrate (whole grain variety) and protein. A breakfast that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein (think sugary breakfast cereals) seem to decrease brain stimulation.

Examples of a good breakfast are:

  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • Whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and a glass of skim milk
  • Fruit salad with cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese mixed in
  • Some other examples are found at Kids Health

If you find yourself running out the door late, here are some great breakfast ideas to go:

  • Trail mix of nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, and crackers
  • String cheese with whole wheat crackers
  • Single serving bowls of whole grain cereal

For additional ideas, check out the online sites: Cooking Light or Family Fun. Finally, according to Kids Health, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. So, when your children ask "What's for breakfast?" you can answer confidently with a variety of options to help them perform better in school.