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MHS
Thursday, November 12, 2020

November 2020 Vol. 4

Mr. Brandon Woodrome, Principal                                    Mr. Jeff Junker, Asst. Principal

Mrs. Michelle Cooley, Asst. Principal                               Mr. Scott Battas, Athletic/Activities Director

School Telephone:  618-566-8523,  Office Hours:  7:00 am - 4:00 pm

A NOTE FROM MR. WOODROME:

 We have been impressed with how well students have transitioned to in-person instruction during the hybrid phase of instruction that began on October 5. It has been great having students in the halls and sitting in classrooms. They have been respecting social distancing guidelines, self-certification expectations, and face mask rules. Thank you.  We will continue to strive to be proactive with safety protocols and will communicate any possible challenges and changes as they occur.  Please remember, students that are scheduled to attend in-person are expected to be in the building on their scheduled day. If your student is not in attendance, please remember to contact the attendance secretary. A student not in attendance will be marked unexcused unless we hear from a parent. Thank you for your understanding.   We are currently working on plans for administering finals at the end of the semester and will be sharing the finals schedule with everyone as soon as possible. We are thankful for your support as together we will most successfully be able to keep in-person instruction going!

FROM THE SCHOOL HEALTH ROOM:

It’s time to get your flu vaccine!

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. 

Flu season usually begins in October, and increases in the coming weeks to months.  The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year.  The vaccine protects against the three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the upcoming season.


 Hybrid Attendance Protocols

In-Person Attendance:  For a student to be counted as present they must physically be present in their classroom at school on their A (A-K) or B (L-Z) days. 
Remote Attendance:  Students who are on their remote day or are remote-only days MUST Zoom for attendance and instruction. Students who are attending school remotely and remote-only are to attend school in their classroom Zoom each period. 

If a student is going to be absent, for in-person or remote attendance, parents must call the office at 618-566-8523.

HYBRID LEARNING REMINDERS 

  • MHS Hybrid Learning Plan

  • District 19 Transition Plan

  • Remote learners are expected to follow the instructional schedule and participate in all daily class Zooms.  Absence from Zoom will be recorded as an absence from class.  

  • Tech Issues:

    • Contact the technology department Help Desk for any student technology concerns or questions. 

  • Health/Wellness:

    • In-Person Students  self-certify their health daily by wearing their self-certify lanyard as they enter the building.  The lanyards will be distributed on the first day of attendance. 

    • Masks covering the nose and mouth are required when in the building.

    • District Health Center Information

  • Food Service

    • In-Person students will complete an order form daily by first hour for lunch and to pre-order breakfast for their next attendance day.

    • District Food Service Information

BREAKFAST and LUNCH INFORMATION

The USDA has announced that school districts can offer breakfast and lunch meals at no cost. The District will follow this guidance and will not charge any registered student for their breakfast or lunch until the offer expires. 

To see the daily menus, visit the Dining section of your student’s school website. The Food Service Team is serving hot lunches. 

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 3 No School - Election Day

November 11 No School - Veterans Day

November 13 Mid-Quarter (Second Qtr)

November 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break

December 4 Senior Early Graduation Mtg

December 15-18 Final Exams

Dec. 21-Jan. 3 Holiday Vacation

January 4 Classes Resume

January 18 Martin Luther King Day-No School

Testing Schedule

PSAT 9th and 10th Grades - April 13,14, or 15, 2021

SAT - 11th Grade April 13, 2021

ISA - Course-Based: Biology March 1 - April 30, 2021

ACT - October 24, 2020 and April 17, 2021 (not offered during the school day)

FINAL EXAMS

We are still working out the final details of finals and will share them out soon. We do know that they will be held December 15-18, so please plan accordingly. 

We do apologize for the delay in details but want to eliminate, if at all possible, the need to make changes after plans are communicated. Thank you for your understanding.

Selective Service Registration

If you are male and getting ready to turn 18, you MUST register with the Selective Service within 30 days after you turn 18.  It is the Law for men 18-25 to be registered.  This helps you stay eligible for Federal Student Loans, Job Training Benefits, and other Federal Jobs.

The Fall Blood Drive has, unfortunately, been cancelled. For information on blood drives near us, please www.bloodcenter.org or www.redcross.org 

Remember Donating Blood Saves Lives!


Save the Date….Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 2 pm


COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

The world as we know it has changed. COVID-19 affects us all everyday. As we prepare to return to school in the near future, please review the precautions listed below and prepare to follow these guidelines.

  • Wash your hands frequently

    • Use soap & water when available

    • Make sure to scrub hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Singing Happy Birthday will take about this long!

    • Use hand sanitizer when soap & water are not available

  • Wear your mask at all times

    • Do not touch your face or the outside of your mask

    • Be sure both your mouth and nose are covered

    • Use a new, clean mask everyday 

    • Remove and apply the mask holding only the ear loops or strings. You can adjust the mask touching the upper and lower edges only.

  • Social distance

    • Keep at least 6 feet away from each other

  • Monitor your health daily

    • If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain from unknown cause, new congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches.), please stay home and contact the school nurse and your physician for further recommendations. All household siblings must also stay home per Illinois Department of Public Health protocol.

    • Complete the in-person certification for your school daily

  • Do not touch anyone or share food or drinks

    • No hand shakes or fist bumps

    • Use elbow bumps

    • You can remove your mask only if you are seated for eating or drinking

  • Limit your movement in the classroom as well as around the school

  • Cover your cough or sneeze

    • Cough into the bend in your arm

    • Use tissues when sneezing or coughing and immediately discard in a waste can after use

    • Wash your hands after coughing or using tissue

  • Remember to get your flu shot

    • This year’s flu season will run at the same time with the COVID pandemic. 

    • Protecting yourself from the possibility of the flu will help to lessen the severity of symptoms and possible hospitalizations, protecting some of the valuable healthcare resources available.


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 

Stacey Beisel - MFLC                  Follow us on Twitter:  @MHS19Counselors

Information from Your Counseling Office

Senior Guidebook: 

Senior year can be an exciting, but also stressful time as students plan for their next stops. The counselors have created a senior guidebook with information and resources to assist in this process. You can view the senior guidebook here.

FAFSA: 

The FAFSA filing date is October 1st. Beginning with the class of 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education has mandated FAFSA completion as a graduation requirement. If you need to request a waiver in regards to this graduation requirement, please reach out to your counselor or you can download the waiver here.  

SAT & The Khan Academy: 

In  preparation for the SAT/PSAT, students are strongly urged to visit the Khan Academy {www.khanacademy.org} 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.  

Scholarships:

Please explore all tabs for scholarship opportunities including ‘Scholarship Resources on the Web’ link.  This link will take you to many scholarship search engines that will allow you to search for nationwide scholarships. Keep checking for scholarships! More will be added as the year continues. 

College and Career Planning:

If your student needs help choosing the right career path or college, students are encouraged to utilize the Illinois Career Information System. Most students already have an account. If a student needs login assistance, please contact a counselor.

ACT: 

Upcoming ACT test dates include December 12, 2020, February 6, 2021, April 17, 2021, and June 12, 2021. Please visit www.act.org to register. 

SAT: 

Upcoming national SAT Test Dates include November 7, 2020, December 5, 2020, and March 13, 2021. Please visit www.collegeboard.org to register.

Social/Emotional Needs:

Just a friendly reminder if a student needs social/emotional assistance, the social workers can be reached via email (lynchm@msd19.org and garlichb@msd19.org), phone (extensions 5190 and 5191), or in person within the Counseling Office. Teachers can also refer students to our services. They are happy to help with emotional support and connecting students to community services as well! 

Transcripts:

Any senior requesting a transcript should access their Parchment account. Please contact the registrar, Mrs. Kearney (kearneya@msd19.org), with any transcript  concerns, questions, needs, or issues. 

TAG:

Teens and Grief (TAG) Program will be offered again this year at MHS; however, due to COVID, how this is going to be offered is currently being discussed.  Be on the lookout for more information in the upcoming weeks.

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.

November Tip:  Manage Your Expectations When Responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Do not underestimate the cognitive and emotional load that this pandemic brings, or the impact it will have on your productivity, at least in the short term.  Difficulty concentrating, low motivation, and a state of distraction are to be expected.  Adaptation will take time.  Go easy on yourself.  As we settle into this new rhythm of remote work, school, and isolation, we need to be realistic in the goals we set, both for ourselves and others.

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.