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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

March 2020 Vol. VII1

Mr. Brandon Woodrome, Principal; Mr. Jeff Junker, Asst. Principal; Ms. Amy Wysocki, Asst. Principal; Mr. Scott Battas, Director of Athletics/Activities; Office Hours:  7:00am-4:00pm

Congratulations Senior Student of the Month Darius Campbell!!!

Upcoming Testing…

April 14 will be a busy day at Mascoutah High School.  As required by the State of Illinois, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be testing.  Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking a practice SAT known as the PSAT and Juniors will take the SAT.  Seniors will not be in attendance and should make plans for visits with college, career, or military recruiters.   

On March 24, the Illinois Science Assessment will be administered to all Junior students enrolled in a Science course.    

Detailed testing day schedules will be released to students in the coming weeks. 


Begins on June 1st, All Classes Closed


Prom will be Saturday, April 25th 6:00-10:00 at The Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, IL.  Tickets are $45.00 and will be on sale on the following dates:

April 6th: 6 - 7:00pm by the indoor concession stand

April 7th:   2:35 - 3:30pm in room 270

April 8th:   2:35 - 3:30pm in room 270  

April 13th:  6 - 7:00pm by the indoor concession stand

April 15th:  2:35 - 3:30pm in room 270


Graduation is just around the corner.  Begin to check the announcements and google classroom page for important information and deadlines concerning graduation.  Check out the notes from the counseling office about scholarships. Many scholarships have deadlines in March. Mr. Carr and Mrs. Rudolphi will be sending out questionnaires in the near future about future plans, activities and organizations participated in, awards, and scholarships.  This information will be needed for the graduation program and the honors assembly.

Note from the School Nurse:

9th graders: Dental examinations are due May 15, 2020. These can be from any dental exam completed after November 15, 2018.

School Physicals

A school physical, including proof of immunizations, is required for all students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades.  Students in grades 6 and 12 must show proof of immunization against meningococcal disease.   

Previously enrolled students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 6th, 9th and 12th grades must meet the above requirements on the first day of school.  This includes any students new to the district that enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year prior to June 1, 2020.  Failure to provide a school physical with proof of immunizations will result in exclusion from school until the appropriate health records are provided.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s physician to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to assure that school physicals and immunizations are completed prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Asthma:  The State of Illinois Public Act 099-0843 requires schools to request parents of students with asthma to provide an Asthma Action Plan from the student’s healthcare provider.  This action plan will be kept on file with the school nurse. This action plan needs to be submitted at the start of each school year.


If your student will not be returning next school year, please contact Mrs. Beckemeyer before April 30th at 566-8523 ext 5107.


The Mascoutah High School Chorus proudly presents, “Legally Blonde”.  

Performance dates are: Thursday, April 2; Friday, April 3; Saturday, April 4 - 7:00 pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Tickets will be available March 1 for advance purchase online at Dates/times for in- person sales in the MHS auditorium lobby will be announced.  Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults. 

Tickets will also be available at the door before each performance.  Please note that tickets have sold out for the Friday night performance in the past years.


March 6 Career Conference - morning

March 7 Dodgeball Tournament 6pm

March 13 SIP Day- ½ Day Student Attendance

March 13 End of 3rd Quarter

March 20 Report Cards available in Skyward

April 2-4 Legally Blonde Spring Musical

April 9-Apr 10 Spring Break

April 14 SAT/PSAT Tests  Senior College/Career Visit Day

April 17 National Honor Society Induction

April 24 PBIS Carnival

April 25 Prom

April 29 College & Scholarship Night for Junior Parents 6:30

May 13 Scholarship Night 7pm

May 14 Choir Senior Spotlight 7pm

May 15 Graduation Practice Time TBA

May 17 Graduation 2pm

May 26 Last day of school (as of 2/29/2020)

June 1 - June 30 Summer School Dates

Mascoutah High School Counseling Office

Sarah Gordon -- Last Names A-G 

Matt Carr -- Last Names H-O & Running Start Coordinator

Christine Renth -- Last Names P-Z 

Monica Lynch -- School Social Worker

Brandi Garlich -- School Social Worker

Information from Your School Counselors and Social Workers

Registration for the 2020 SY:

The Counselors wrapped up registration at MMS on February 20th. At this time, all Counselors will be meeting with students who were absent and missed registering for next year. Please keep in mind our schedule change policy. If your student wishes to request a schedule change for the 2020-2021 school year, they need to pick up a Request for Schedule Change form in the Counseling Office and have it signed and turned in by April 1st, 2020

Schedule Change Policy: 

Students will NOT be able to change their schedule after April 1st for the next school year unless they meet one of the following criteria: 

  1. They are a new student to the district and register over the summer

    1. New students to the district have 3 school days to make a schedule change

  2. A teacher has recommended they drop their class due to a low grade

  3. There needs to be a level-change due to a failing grade 

  4. The student did not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for an elective 

  5. The student needs to add a class for college

  6. The student has taken the course before and received credit

  7. The change is necessary to balance class size

  8. The student needs a class to graduate

Schedule changes will not be made for the following reasons:

  1. Student changed their mind

  2. Student preference of a teacher

  3. Student does not want to do the work required in class

  4. Student has a grade of an A, B, or C

Summer School Registration: 

At this time, ALL courses offered during summer school are closed/full with the exception of credit recovery English. 


If you missed registering for the National SAT March test, you have until April 3rd to register for the May 2nd test date. Please visit  for more information. (

College and Scholarship Night for Juniors and Junior Parents::

If you are the parent of a Junior, mark your calendar for April 29th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium for College and Scholarship Night.  Information will be shared about the college application process and applying for scholarships.  

Illinois Career Information System (ILCIS):

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have recently had accounts created on the Illinois Career Information 

System. Students can log into these accounts at any time to complete college searches, interest inventories, career exploration, and learning inventories. Accounts can be accessed at: Students will utilize their school email address for their login and their passwords can be found on their Google classroom pages. Students are encouraged to utilize these tools to drive elective choices and career exploration

SAT & The Khan Academy: 

All juniors will take the SAT test free of charge in April at school. In preparation for the test, students are strongly urged to visit the Khan Academy {} website to prepare for the test. Through the Khan Academy, students are able to create their own personal account, answer questions that will in turn generate a unique educational roadmap specific to their needs, and begin working in the areas of English, writing and math to help improve their skill sets before starting practice tests. All students who are planning to take the SAT are encouraged to utilize this free test prep site to help prepare for the test. 


If you missed registering for the February test, you have until March 8th to register for the April 4th test date. *Mascoutah High School is a National Testing Site for the April 4th test. Please visit for more information. 

Running Start

Current Sophomore students who have at least a 3.2 GPA and have completed Advanced Geometry and are currently enrolled in Advanced Alg 2 were invited to a meeting on January 28 at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium to learn about the Running Start 2.0 Program.  A letter was sent to eligible students mid January. If you were not able to attend this meeting and your student is interested in the Running Start Program, please reach out for an information packet. The Running Start Program offers high school juniors the opportunity to attend SWIC full time their junior and senior year and earn an Associate's Degree in addition to fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Junior students meeting the above criteria are welcome to attend as well to learn about the Running Start 1.0 Program which will earn college transfer credit towards a degree, but doesn’t earn a full Associate’s Degree.  Here are some dates to consider: Paperwork was due to Mr. Carr by Feb. 7; Testing took place on Feb. 11; Retesting will take place at SWIC. See Ms. Carr for more information.


Many scholarship deadlines are in March.  If you have a senior looking for money to help pay for college, please visit the Counseling Office on our website ( to  view new scholarships as they come in. Go to “Staff,” “MHS Counseling Office” and then click on “Scholarships.” The website has a new look so if your students have been looking at scholarships, it will look a bit different.  The Foundation Scholarships now only require one application packet to apply for all scholarships. This application can be found under th scholarship link. Money is waiting for you! 

College Visits: 

Please be sure to check announcements for March college and military visits. Thank you!

Illinois Career Information System (ILCIS):

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have recently had accounts created on the Illinois Career Information 

System. Students can log into these accounts at any time to complete college searches, interest inventories, career exploration, and learning inventories. Accounts can be accessed at: Students will utilize their school email address for their login and their passwords can be found on their Google classroom pages. Students are encouraged to utilize these tools to drive elective choices and career exploration


Ms. Beisel has been placed in the high school full time, located in the Counseling office, for any military impacted families. MFLCs can assist students with issues such as:  school adjustment, deployment, moves related to base relocation, stress management, grief/loss, and many other issues. Her counseling is considered non-medical, so no records are kept or put into a student’s school file. A signed consent from a parent or guardian is required for Ms. Beisel to see a student individually. For more information, Ms. Beisel can be reached at (618) 975-3637 or she can be found in the Counseling Office.

Erin’s Law:

Erin’s law is legally mandated in the state of Illinois with the goal to educate children in public schools, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, on sexual abuse prevention through age appropriate curriculum giving children the tools to speak up and tell if anyone has ever touched them inappropriately rather than keep it a secret. Erin’s law mandates educating children on safe touch, unsafe touch, safe secrets, and unsafe secrets, how to get away and tell today. The same way we teach children on bully intervention, stranger danger, internet safety, and DARE; yet we fail to give them a voice if someone is violating them. Unfortunately, without being educated, most children will be repeatedly abused for years because often the only message they get comes from their abuser threatening them into silence.  Erin’s mission is to shatter the silence and stigma around sexual abuse and educate children and empower them with their voice. Erin’s Law also requires educators to be trained on the prevention of child sexual abuse. Erin’s Law has been passed in 7 states with 10 more introducing it. Erin Merryn is on a national crusade going state-to-state passing Erin’s Law with the mission to get all 50 states teaching it. Starting in January 2020 through April 2020, the students at MHS will receive education on the prevention of sexual abuse as required by Erin’s law. Parents are encouraged to talk to their students about what they learned and ways they can keep themselves safe.  If there are any questions or concerns or a need for resources, please contact Monica Lynch or Brandi Garlich, School Social Workers, at 618-566-8523.


Teens and Grief (TAG) Program will be offered again this year at MHS.  The program is run by the Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice and is supported by the high school counselors and social worker.  Students are referred to the program by counselors, social worker, teachers, staff and other students or by self-referral. Students with a recent loss are welcome, as are students with a loss from the past that they are continuing to cope with and understand. Grief for young people is an ongoing, developmental issue, not something that is resolved in a few months or a year. The group will be comprised of teens with different kinds of losses, encompassing different time frames, but working together, they will find support and an increased ability to cope with their life changing experiences.

The group is completely voluntary and runs at varying times during the school day, so students do not regularly miss the same class. TAG is an opportunity for students to receive grief support and grief education in a peer support framework. Trained staff from the Heartlinks Center lead the group. There is no charge for the program that is paid for, in part, by PBIS funds and your tax dollars.  As a part of the group process, participants will fill out brief personal information, and assessment forms on their grief and loss history. These documents will be used as teaching tools and reference points for students as they move through the grief process. The Heartlinks Grief Center, as a part of Family Hospice, is subject to the Federal Healthcare Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA). Just like the forms you regularly receive from your physicians, dentists and other health care providers, privacy policy information is available; just call me, Diana Cuddeback at 277-1800, for more information. All records are kept private. If you would like your student to participate in this group, please contact Monica Lynch in the Counseling Department.  If you have concerns or questions, please contact Diana Cuddeback at 277-1800 or speak to Monica Lynch in the Guidance Department at MHS. Unfortunately, the students of Mascoutah High have experienced many losses in their lives; the TAG program through the Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice seeks to be a resource to assist them in the process of growing through their grief.

Information from Your School Counselors and Social Workers

MHS Wellness Guide

Promoting physical, emotional, and mental well-being among our students, families, and staff through helpful tips.

March Tip:  Make Social Connection a Priority -- especially Face-to-Face

No matter how much time you devote to improving your mental and emotional health, you will still need the company of others to feel and function at your best.  Humans are social creatures with emotional needs for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation.  Our social brains crave companionship--even when experience has made us shy and distrustful of others.

The key is to interact with someone who is a “good listener”--someone you can regularly talk to in person, who will listen to you without their own conceptions of how you should think or feel.  A good listener will listen to the feelings behind your words, and won’t interrupt, judge, or criticize you.

Reaching out is not a sign of weakness and it won’t make you a burden to others.  Most people are flattered if you trust them enough to confide in them. If you don’t feel that you have anyone to turn to, there are good ways to build new friendships and improve your support network.  In the meantime, there is still a great benefit to interacting face-to-face with acquaintances or people you encounter during the day, such as neighbors, people in the checkout line or on the bus, or the person serving you your morning coffee.  Make eye contact and exchange a smile, a friendly greeting, or small talk.

TIPS for connecting to others: 

  • Call a friend or loved one now and arrange to meet up

  • If you don’t feel that you have anyone to call, reach out to acquaintances

  • Get out from behind your electronic screens and talk

  • Be a joiner-try new clubs and activities

  • Don’t be afraid to smile and say hello to strangers you cross paths with

At MHS we have PBIS.  Positive Behavior Interventions & Support.  We call it Mascoutah Pride. Information can be found on the website by clicking on the tab on the left labeled Mascoutah Pride/PBIS. 

PBIS Mascoutah PRIDE Fun Facts

  • 3rd quarter tardy challenge continues with students competing for pizza parties

  • Mascoutah High School Color Run is set for Saturday, March 21st. Help support student through PBIS. (Mascoutah Pride)

  • 4th quarter reward is the Carnival on Friday, April 24th