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MHS
Tuesday, January 05, 2021

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

January 2021    Vol. VI

Congratulations Senior Student of the Month CALLIE ADKINS!!!


Second Semester Planning

Happy New Year from your Mascoutah High School administrators. We hope everyone is enjoying winter break and we look forward to a safe and successful second half of the school year.

We are set to return from winter break on Monday, January 4. We will continue with the 7:35-12:35 instructional schedule. As was communicated in Dr. Fiegel’s message on December 18, instructional plans for semester two at the high school will continue to offer remote instruction for those families signed up for it but we will begin to bring back all in-person learners 5 days a week beginning the week of January 18. 

Students should access their Skyward accounts for their semester two schedules prior to January 4.

Please review the “Second Semester Return” column on this page for the week-by-week return plan for MHS. As we transition and prepare for the return of students, the district will conduct safety assessments to determine any concerns with the timeline. Any timeline changes deemed necessary will be communicated with families if they are made. 

As was the case last semester, in-person students that are required to quarantine any time this semester will have the opportunity to continue their daily instruction and submit assignments remotely with no academic or attendance penalties until they are cleared to return to in-person instruction.

A link to the complete district plan can be found here: 

District Plans for Second Semester

*Information on breakfast and lunch meal plans can be found within the linked district plan.

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. 


 Second Semester Return

January 4-8

  • Remote Learning for all students 

January 11-15

  • Monday: Full Remote

  • Tuesday: A Day (A-K)*

  • Wednesday: B Day ( L-Z)*

  • Thursday: A Day (A-K)*

  • Friday: B Day ( L-Z)*

* Students will be in attendance as they were the week of December 7, 2020

January 18-22

  • Monday: No School in honor of Martin Luther King

  • Tuesday: A Day (A-K) Hybrid for 10th & 11th grade

    • In-person instruction for all 9th & 12th grade signed up for in-person

  • Wednesday: B Day (L-Z) Hybrid for 10th & 11th grade

    • In-person instruction for all 9th & 12th grade signed up for in-person

  • Thursday: All 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th in-person students are in attendance

  • Friday: All students choosing in-person are in attendance

For The Latest District Information

VISIT MASCOUTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT ONLINE:

www.msd19.org

VISIT MASCOUTAH HIGH SCHOOL ONLINE:

www.mhs.msd19.org

SEMESTER 2 LEARNING REMINDERS 

  • Second Semester Plans

  • 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.  Students without a lanyard must report to nurse upon arrival to school. 

    • 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

 Attendance Protocols

In-Person Attendance

  • For a student to be counted as present they must physically be present in their classroom at school. 

  • If not present, a parent must call the office to have absence excused.

Remote Attendance

  • Remote students (remote-only and due to a quarantine) MUST Zoom for attendance and instruction. Students 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.

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES

Notice must be made in writing to the Main Office 3 school days  prior to absence.

COLLEGE VISITS

Students and their parents are encouraged to visit colleges during the second semester of their junior year and first semester of their senior year.  We suggest that these visits be made during school holidays. Seniors are encouraged to use April 14 (SAT Test Day) as a college visit day.

SCHOOL MESSAGING SYSTEM

Mascoutah Schools notify parents through phone calls, text alerts, and emails about important issues and information.  Please keep the Counseling Office updated with changes to your contact information.


Testing Schedule

STAR 360- January 6-15 2021

PSAT 9th and 10th Grades - April 13-23,2021

SAT - 11th Grade April 13, 2021

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

ACT- April 17, 2021 (not offered during the school day)

Testing Information

  • Star 360 universal screening is scheduled for January 6-15. This screener assesses reading and math competency.

  • Illinois Science Assessment will be all 11th grade students during the week of March 1-April 30 (testing window).

  • SAT - All juniors will be taking the exam on Tuesday, April 13. 

  • PSAT - All freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PSAT between April 13-23.

  • ACT - April 17 (Not offered during the school day). Students must sign up on their own. Information will be made available through the counseling office.


DATES TO REMEMBER

January 4           Classes Resume

January 6-15    STAR 360 Testing Gr. 9 - 12

January 8           Report Cards on Parent Portal

January 18         Martin Luther King Day-No School

January (TBA) Summer School Registration for current High School students

February 12        Teacher In-Service Day-No School

February 15        President’s Day - No School

Mar 1-Apr 30     ISA Testing

March 12              SIP Day ½ Day Student Attendance

April 1-5                Spring Break


FROM THE NURSE:

Attention 11th Grade Parents:

Now is the time to start scheduling an appointment for your child's required immunizations. Prior to enrollment in the 12th grade, students must submit proof of meningococcal vaccination after their 16th birthday. Please take the time to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider so your child can be immunized prior to the new school year. Updated records being accepted now!

Attention 9th Grade Parents:

All 9th grade students are required to have a dental examination performed by a licensed dentist. For this school year’s qualifications, the exam should be performed after November 15, 2019 and before May 15, 2021. Please have your dentist fill out the dental form required by the State after your child’s exam and return it to the Health Office no later than May 15, 2021. 

Health Safety Reminders

  • Mask: Are to be worn properly at all times while in the building. Nose and mouth are to be covered

  • Health certification IDs are to be worn while in the building to signify you have no fever or symptoms connected to COVID

  • Together - we can work to keep our building open for in-person instruction!

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                           Christine Renth -- Last Names P-Z 

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

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 December 5, 2020 and March 13, 2021. Please visit www.collegeboard.org to register.

Course Selections for the 2021-2022 School Year

Counselors will be meeting with sophomores this month to discuss course recommendations and course selections for the upcoming school year. Students will be entering their course requests in Skyward. Sophomore registration window will be opened December 2nd at 10:00 am and will close December 9th at 1:00 pm. Any changes needed after that time must be submitted via a schedule change form which can be found on the counseling website and Google classrooms. After winter break, counselors will meet with current freshmen and juniors. Course descriptions and graduation requirements can be found in the course catalog linked here. This can also be found on the high school website → departments → counseling → registration

Schedule Changes  

Schedule changes for second semester are not permitted unless:

  1. a student requires a level change

  2. a student has failed a course first semester that results in a necessary change for second semester

  3. a teacher has recommended a student drop a class due to a low 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

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.

January Tip:  Work Your Strengths

Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task.  When we repeatedly do things we may not be good at, we take a hit to our self-esteem.  This then makes it difficult to want to try at new or difficult things.  When we do things we are good at and enjoy, we feel more confident in our abilities and trying new or challenging things!  Use those strengths!!



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.  

MHS Word of the Month

GO MASCOUTAH INDIANS

The Mascoutah YMCA Exploratory Committee has asked us to share the flyer below in an attempt to gather information from community members regarding your opinion on their proposal. If inclined to take their survey, it is linked below.