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MHS Smoke Signals
MHS Smoke Signals
Saturday, March 02, 2019

September 2019 Vol. II

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

A Note From Mr. Woodrome

We had quite a memorable day on Monday, August 19.  Due to a faulty stage light in the auditorium, the auditorium filled with smoke and we were forced to evacuate the building following our fire emergency protocol.  Despite the heat on the football field, and considering we had yet to have an official fire drill this school year, our students handled the event remarkably well. Our first priority is always student safety.  With that, our faculty and staff handled their responsibilities as the professionals we know them to be and our first responders are to be commended for all of their efforts. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries and no major damage to the building. Other than that… the 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start!  Athletics and other co-curriculars are in full swing and homecoming week is just around the corner. It is an exciting time to be a Mascoutah Indian.  

Homecoming will be celebrated from Monday, September 30 - Saturday, October 5.

  • The annual parade and bonfire will be held on Wednesday, October 2 

  • The parade begins at 6:00 pm starting at MMS and proceeds down Harnett to MHS.  

  • The bonfire begins at the conclusion of the parade and ends at 8:30 pm.


Please visit our website's Events Calendar for all important upcoming dates. For athletic events please visit our Athletic Calendar.


September 2: Labor Day - No School

September 18:   Financial Aid Night

September 25: Junior Class Ring Assembly With Juniors during Advisory

September 13: Jr Class Ring Orders are due

Sept 30 - Oct 4: Homecoming Week

October 2: Homecoming Parade & Bonfire

October 5: Homecoming Dance

October 9: College Week

October 9: FAFSA Completion Night

October 11: End of 1st Quarter

                     Teacher In-Service - No School

                     ASVAB Test Day

October 14: Columbus Day-No School

October 15: Chorus Concert 7:00 pm

                     Picture Retake Day

October 16: PSAT/NMSQT

October 23:  Parent/Teacher Conferences 

                      5-8pm (Students are in attendance)

Oct. 24: Parent/Teacher Conferences 

                     12-8pm (No School)

Oct. 25: No School

November 7: Senior Graduation Announcement Assembly

November 8: Jazz Concert 7:00 pm

November 11: No School - Veterans Day

November 27-29: No School-Thanksgiving Break

November 30: Blood Drive

December 17-20: Final Exams

MHS Homecoming Information

Student Council will once again be hosting the Mascoutah High School Homecoming Dance.  This year’s dance will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the MHS gym.  Our theme this year is “There's No Place Like Homecoming.”  Tickets are $10 and will be on sale outside of the auditorium from Thursday, September 26 - Thursday, October 3 during the following times.

Thursday, September 26 -  7:25 - 7:50 am 

Friday, September 27 - 7:25 - 7:50 am AND Lunch Period A

Monday, September 30 -  Lunch Period B AND 2:35-3:00

Tuesday, October 1 - 7:25 - 7:50 am AND Lunch Period C

Wednesday, October 2 - Lunch Period D AND 2:35-3:00

Thursday, October 3 - Lunch Period E AND 2:35-3:00

There will be no ticket sales on Friday, October 4.   Please plan accordingly. You may purchase as many tickets as you would like, AS LONG AS, you have each student's ID with you for whom you are purchasing. 

Any student wishing to bring an out of school date, must have the out of school date form completed before purchasing a ticket.  Students must be in attendance five (5) full periods on Friday, October 4.  All students must arrive to the dance by 8:00 pm. Homecoming court coronation will begin at 9:00 pm.  Parents wishing to watch coronation may come at 8:45 pm. Please remember this is a formal dance, so jeans and casual hats are not allowed.

Parent-Teacher Conference


  • October 23 (school in session) - 5-8 pm 
  • October 24 (no school) – 12 pm-8 pm

Information on scheduling your student’s conference will be shared soon.


PSAT/NMSQT - 10th grade October 16, 2019

PSAT 9th and 10th Grades - April 14, 2020

SAT - 11th Grade April 14, 2020

ISA - Course-Based: Biology March 23 - March 27, 2020

ACT - October 26, 2019 and April 4, 2020 (not offered during the school day)

ASVAB - Interested Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors October 2019

Identification Cards

Student IDs are issued once yearly at no cost to the student.  The purpose of the student ID is to provide a safe, secure, and educationally sound learning environment.  The ID will act as the student’s identification, library card, and cafeteria card. All students MUST display their ID around his/her neck and on the outside of his/her clothing at ALL times during the day while on school property.  If you have misplaced/forgotten, lost, or defaced your ID, there will be $5 charge for a new ID.  Students will not be able to ‘borrow’ a school ID.

Patriotism Day

On September 17, MHS is hosting our third annual “Patriotism Day.”  We will be hosting a voter registration drive for all eligible students, everyone will be encouraged to wear red, white and blue themed clothing, and we will pay special recognition to Patriots Day (September 11), Constitution Day (September 17) and the Air Force Birthday (September 18).  More information will be shared with students at school.


Parents are responsible for calling the school (618-566-8523) before 9:30am if their child is going to be absent.

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 

Follow us on Twitter:  @MHS19Counselors

Information from Your School Counselors

Senior Meetings:

All counselors will be meeting individually with seniors during the month of September and October. It will be at this time that we will discuss their responses to their senior survey, along with graduation credits, the ACT & SAT, college applications, scholarships, college representative visits, college fairs, financial aid, and letters of recommendation. Please expect a letter home in October that lists your student’s current classes needed to fulfill graduation requirements, as well as an updated number of current graduation credits. 


The FAFSA filing date is October 1st. The Counseling Office at MHS is having a Financial Aid night for senior parents in the high school auditorium on September 18th at 6:00 pm. Additionally, FAFSA Completion Night will be held at MHS in the library on October 9th at 6:00 pm


If you missed registering for the September test, you have until September 20th to register for the October 26th test date. Please remember, Mascoutah High School is a testing center for the October test date. Please visit for more information.  

SAT & The Khan Academy: 

In  preparation for the SAT/PSAT, 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.  


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, then ACT Profile {} can help! ACT Profile is an interactive site where students are able to take three inventories (interest, ability, and values) that lead them to college and career clusters that they are able to further explore and gain relevant information from. The counselors encourage students to utilize their accounts and remember their logins and passwords, as this is the tool that will be used to help all grade-levels plan for their futures.  Another great source for exploration of college and career planning is College Board association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.  Juniors will need to register for the ACT or the SAT on their own this year. Information was given to them at their registration meeting on January 28 including testing dates, timelines, and prices.  Juniors will want to take a college entrance exam at least once before their senior year.

PSAT Test: 

During the end of August, the counselors will be visiting all tenth grade honors English classes, as well all junior English classes, to handout information regarding the PSAT. The deadline to sign-up for the PSAT is Friday, September 16th. The cost of the test is $30. The PSAT will be given to those students who sign up, on Wednesday, October 16th during 1st through 4th hours (7:45 am-11:35 am). More information to come.   For Juniors, this test is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarships.  Other grades are welcome to take the test for practice, but the National Merit Scholarships are reserved for juniors only.

AP Dual Credit (1818): 

Early September, counselors  will visit AP classrooms and dual credit classes to discuss AP testing and enrollment in the 1818 program at St. Louis University. Students enrolled in AP US History, AP European History, AP Calculus, AP Lang/Comp, PreCalculus, Honors Precalculus or AP Chemistry and have a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible to enroll in dual credit through the 1818 SLU program.  Mr. Carr will be back in those classrooms to register students for dual credit on September 10th and 11th.  Please contact Mr. Carr with any questions regarding the program or the enrollment process. 


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 workers.  Students are referred to the program by counselors, social workers, 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 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.

The Counselors and Social Workers at MHS want to say WELCOME to the 2019-2020 school year! Please be sure to contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student. Here’s to a wonderful start of another exciting new school year! We wish all of our students much success!


MHS Tribe Talk: View students in action on our YouTube Tribe Talk Channel.


At MHS we have PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions & Support. We call it Mascoutah Pride.


PBIS Mascoutah PRIDE Fun Facts

  • PBIS recognizes student birthdays weekly. Birthdays are announced in the cafeteria during lunch and students receive a coupon. 

  • Students continue to receive arrowheads for doing the right thing. Weekly drawings are then held for prizes.

Be the kind of person who inspires others with their positive changes.

Dr. Sonia Weyers