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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

May 2020 Vol. X

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

*** The best way reach administrators or teachers at this time is via email. All email addresses can be found here:

Congratulations Senior Students of the Month Dalton Grove & Dylan Lyons!

US News and World Report has again listed Mascoutah High School as a “Best School” in the region, state, and nation.  Read more about it here:


Semester Grades

  • Final semester grade will be determined by averaging Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 grades

    • As long as a student demonstrated above normal participation in class, a grade no lower than third quarter grade will be awarded.

    • Students choosing not to participate during Quarter 4 will receive an incomplete for the semester.  Though GPAs will not be impacted, credit will not be earned and students will be expected to make up the work or retake the course.

  • There are NO FINALS planned for this semester.

  • Report Cards - We will communicate with families as soon as report cards are posted in Skyward.  We expect the turn-around time may take longer than normal.  


Teachers will be tracking “attendance” through student participation, turning in work, reach out with questions, respond to teacher emails, etc.  Though no “daily attendance” will be taken, it is important for students to frequently check in with their classes through email, Google Classroom, etc. (checking in daily is strongly encouraged)  Teachers will be communicating with parents if they have not heard from a student.


Seniors - Last week of instruction May 4-8

*Assignments can still be turned in through May 12 *Following this  counselors and administrators will be contacting students at risk of not graduating to work with them on a plan to complete work to meet state and district requirements for graduation.

Everyone Else - Last week of instruction May 11-15

*Assignments can be turned in through May 19

*At that time counselors and administrators will focus on contacting students identified as receiving “incompletes” during remote learning to work with them on a plan to complete assignments in an effort to earn credit for the semester.

Note : Teachers will remain available to students please reach out if you need support or additional time. 

Locker Clean-out and District Property Returns

In an effort to safeguard and protect everyone’s health while still taking care of the essential end-of-year responsibilities, we have developed a plan that will respect social distancing guidelines for all participants.  We understand the plan may not be perfect so we do appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience through the process.  


  • Wear a face mask/covering upon entering the building. 

  • Bring their own marker or pen to sign off on items returned.  

  • Bring a bag to collect all personal property 

No more than 10 students in the building at a time.  Students enter the building by themselves  If, for any reason, parental assistance is needed, we will work with you case-by-case. 

Scheduled Times are linked below by class:   

Senior Junior Sophomore Freshman

If a student is unable to be here for their scheduled time, please email Mr. Junker at


We are still planning summer school.

  • Tentative dates remain the originally planned dates of June 1-30.

  • Tentatively we are considering an online version that will meet the requirements for high school credits. Once we have a final approved plan in place, we will let you know. 

  • If we are required to go online, we will offer refunds for any family wishing to opt out.  


Class of 2020 

You continue to impress the faculty and staff of Mascoutah. You are modeling grace and maturity through this pandemic. Please know you continue to be in my thoughts. This quarter is supposed to be filled with lasting memories. There is no doubt you will remember the 4th quarter of your senior year - just not the way you expected. 

At this time there has been no decisions regarding May 17 Commencement. We are keeping a close eye on events and will communicate any decisions with you and your families as soon as we are confident in the actions we should take. The one promise I can make is that we will do everything we can to make sure you will have positive memories of graduating from Mascoutah High School.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs

 A great way to show support for your senior.  For information on one available option click here: SENIOR YARD SIGNS

Virtual Scholarship/Honors Night

  • Wednesday, May 12 at 6:00pm 

  • Scholarship announcements 

  • Special building and community honors

  • A link to the stream will be made available via social media and emailed to seniors and their parents. 

  • Scholarship paperwork, plaques, and certificates will be available for pick-up at a later date.  


Informational email has been sent to seniors and their parents.

  • Diploma Distribution Dates: May 13-15

    • Time schedule shared in email

  • Virtual Commencement: May 22 @ 6:00pm

    • Link to be shared

  • Lighting of Alumni Field and Graduate Parade: May 22 @ 8:20

  • In-Person Commencement

    • Mid to Late July if permitted by State

    • Date to be determined and shared out ASAP

Teacher Appreciation week is May 4 - 8

Thank you to our dedicated staff of educators.  We are grateful for all they do for our students.

MHS Retirees:

In addition to our seniors, we have a number of faculty members that are ending their careers without a proper goodbye.  We are grateful for their dedicated service to our students and community and wish them each a joyful and rewarding retirement

  • Brenda Cook (Spanish)

  • Val Collom (Special Ed)

  • Noreen Frame (Special Ed)

  • Ken Monroe (JROTC)

  • Mike Mueth (Industrial Tech)

  • Scott Oltmann (PE)

  • Lisa Segelhorst (PE)

  • Brenda Snyder (CTE-Business)

Moving On:

Additionally, we wish the following educators the best of luck as they pursue exciting opportunities outside of Mascoutah School District

  • Katie Hofmann (English)

  • Amy Wysocki (Assistant Principal)

Note from the School Nurse:

I hope you’re all doing well! 

With the always changing information of COVID19, please remember to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). They will be your most up to date and accurate resources for staying healthy during this pandemic.  

2020-2021 School Year

Incoming 9th Grade:

A school physical, proof of immunizations and dental examination, is required for all students entering 9th grade.  

Incoming 12th Grade:

Students in grades 12 must show proof of  immunization against meningococcal disease (2 doses).

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. Kearney ASAP at 566-8523 ext 5107.


May 11-12 Senior Locker Clean-out

(See emailed schedule for times)

May 12 Virtual Scholarship/Honors

(Link to view will be shared)

May 13-15 Diploma Pick-up

(See schedule emailed out for 

Specific times)

May 18-19 Junior Locker Clean-out

(See emailed schedule for times)

May 20-21 Sophomore and Freshman 

Locker Clean-out

(See emailed schedule for times)

May 22   Virtual Commencement @ 6:00pm

(Link to view will be shared)

June 1 - 30   Summer School Dates

Awaiting guidance from Illinois on

What platform we will use


The Fall Sports Meeting will be held July 28th at 6:30.  All athletes need a current physical to tryout and participate in all school sponsored sports. Athletic physicals expire annually.  MHS plans to host a sports physical night in early August.  More information to follow.

School physical and immunization requirements

  • With the approach of the summer months soon upon us, the Mascoutah CUSD #19 nursing staff wants to provide information regarding the health requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.   The health requirements for all grade levels affected are provided below. If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse at your child’s school.

Ninth Grade: 

  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school 

  • Up-to-date immunizations including 2 doses varicella

  • NEW REQUIREMENT! Dental exam: due May 15, 2021

Twelfth Grade: 

  • two doses of meningococcal vaccine with one dose received at 16 years of age or older; if first dose was received at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required

Please schedule your physical appointments now with your healthcare provider. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse at any of the Mascoutah District schools.

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. 

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

AP Testing: 

AP testing will be online this year. Students have been added to a Google classroom page with information regarding testing. Students will need to be aware of testing dates and required technology. The AP online testing guide can be found here. The testing day checklist can be found here. Videos walking students through what they can expect on test day can be found here. Lastly, test prep and review information can be found here. Students with specific questions can reach out directly to their AP teacher or to Ms. Gordon at gordons@msd19.or


CollegeBoard hopes to coordinate with schools to provide a school day SAT in the fall for class of 2021 so that students still have the opportunity to partake in the test free of charge. This likely will not be further arranged until we return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.

In terms of Saturday tests, CollegeBoard added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, CollegeBoard is also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.

If you have questions, call CollegeBoard Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international) or visit for more information. (

SAT & The Khan Academy: 

In preparation for the SAT testing, 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. 


For ACT plans to reconvene in person testing their June test date. If you signed up a test that was cancelled due to COVID-19, be sure to check your emails from ACT to see how to transfer your test ticket to a new date., You have until May 8th to register for the June 13th test date. Please visit for more information. 

College Signing Day: 

On May 1, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama rolled out Reach Higher because she wanted to inspire every student across the country to pursue and complete a postsecondary degree, whether at a traditional 4-year college, a 2-year community college, or through an industry-recognized training program. This May, Mascoutah High School will celebrate College Signing Day on the May 1st through a virtual video in support of all of graduates who will be attending college, joining a branch of the military in the fall, or jumping right into the workforce.

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.