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Saturday, March 02, 2019

March 2019, Vol. VIII

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, Bailey Burman, on being selected MHS's Senior Student of the Month!!!


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


Summer School begins on June 3rd. All classes are now closed.


Prom will be Saturday, April 27th, 6:00pm-10:00pm, at The Shrine. Tickets are $45.00 and will be on sale on the following dates:

  • April 2nd: 6:00pm-7:30pm, indoor concession stand
  • April 4th: 2:35pm-3:30pm, room 270
  • April 5th: 2:35pm-3:30pm, room 270  
  • April 8th: 6:00pm-7:00pm, indoor concession stand
  • April 9th: 2:35pm-3:30pm, room 270


Graduation is just around the corner. Begin to check the announcements and the 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. Ms. Frey 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.


April 9th will be a busy day at Mascoutah High School. All Juniors will take the SAT as required by the State of Illinois. Sophomores and Freshmen will be taking a practice SAT known as the PSAT. Seniors will not be in attendance and should make plans for visits with college, career, or military recruiters.   

A detailed testing-day schedule will be released to students in the coming weeks.  In addition the Illinois Science Assessment will be administered to all students enrolled in a Biology course. This assessment is scheduled for the week of April 15-19. Testing will be online and will occur in class. Schedules will not be impacted.


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


If your student will not be returning next school year, please contact MHS's registrar Anita Kearney before April 30th at 618-566-8523, ext 5107.


The Mascoutah High School Chorus proudly presents Anything Goes.

Spring Musical Information

Performance dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm
  • Friday, April 5, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 6, 7:00pm

Tickets will be available March 1st 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 performances in the past years.


Students are not to use cellphones in the halls or in the classrooms without teacher permission. Cellphones and earbuds must be placed in the locker at the start of school at 7:55am. We appreciate your support.


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.


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 2019-2020 school year prior to June 1, 2019. 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 2019-20 school year.

Re: School physical and immunization requirements

The Mascoutah CUSD #19 nursing staff wants to provide information regarding the health requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. The School Board has adopted Policy 7:100 that now requires all students entering grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades to provide new and updated physicals and immunizations by the first day of school. Students in grades 6 and 12 must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal disease. If the required documentation is not provided, your child will be excluded from school attendance beginning the first full day of school.  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.

Pre-K (entering school for the first time):

  • a completed physical examination on the State of Illinois, Certificate of Child Health Examination Form dated within one year of the start of school year
  • Up-to-date immunizations including at least one dose of pneumococcal vaccine
  • Proof of Lead screening must be addressed on Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form


  • 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
  • Proof of Lead screening must be addressed on Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination Form
  • Eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

Second Grade:

  • Dental exam: due May 15, 202

Sixth 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 Tdap booster, 2 doses varicella and one dose of meningococcal vaccine
  • Dental exam: due May 15, 2020

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, 2020

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.


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


Mascoutah High School Counseling Office
Andrea Barriger, Last Names A-Hi & 504 Coordinator
Nancy Frey, Last Names Ho-R & Running Start Coordinator
Christine Renth, Last Names S-Z & Students with IEP
Monica Lynch, School Social Worker
Brandi Garlich, Social Worker

Registration for the 2019 School Year

The Counselors wrapped up registration at MMS on February 22nd. At this time, all Counselors will be meeting with students who were absent and missed registering for next year. Please keep in mind our new schedule change policy. If your student wishes to request a schedule change for the 2019-2020 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, 2019. No exceptions! 

New 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: 

  • They are a new student to the district and register over the summer
  • New students to the district have 3 school days to make a schedule change
  • A teacher has recommended they drop their class due to a low grade
  • There needs to be a level-change due to a failing grade 
  • The student did not fulfill the prerequisite requirement for an elective 
  • The student needs to add a class for college
  • The student has taken the course before and received credit
  • The change is necessary to balance class size
  • The student needs a class to graduate

Schedule changes will not be made for the following reasons:

  • Student changed their mind
  • Student preference of a teacher
  • Student does not want to do the work required in class
  • 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 English. 

AP Testing

On February 26th, those students who are enrolled in an AP class(es) were given registration handouts and information regarding AP testing. If your students plans to take any AP tests, $94 is due for each test they plan to take by Wednesday, March 27th. All students must have their money and completed registration form in order to sign up for a test. Please make checks payable to MHS. Please contact Mrs. Barriger with any questions ( or 618-566-8523, ext. 5193).


If you missed registering for the March test, you have until April 4th to register for the May 4th test date. Please visit  for more information, including deadlines

SAT & The Khan Academy

All juniors will take the SAT test free of charge in April. 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 13th* test date. Please visit for more information.

*Mascoutah High School is a National Testing Site for the April 13th test.

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 29 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 Ms. Frey by Feb. 20; Testing took place on Feb. 26; Retesting will take place March 19 after school in the MHS Library. Once a student has tested into the program, with registration for the required summer class and Fall 2019 classes will take place on March 26. See Ms. Frey 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 website to view new scholarships as they come in. 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 the scholarship link. Money is waiting for you!

MHS/Community Scholarships that are due in March include the following: SWIC Foundation Scholarships, Township Officials of IL, Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Turkey Hill Grange, Zonta Club, Mascoutah Police Benevolent, Metro Area Professionals, MCHS Alumni and Friends, VFW Art Scholarship, and the MHS FFA.

College Visits

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

Dual Credit

St. Louis University offers dual credit in AP English, AP Chem, and AP US History, AP Euro History, Honors/Dual Credit Statistics, Honors Precalc, Precalc, and AP Calculus through the 1818 program. SLU requires a 3.0 to enroll in dual credit. If your student enrolled in any of these classes in February, you will be billed $65 per credit hour by mid March. Your payment is due in full by May 1 and needs to be paid through your students SLU account. MHS does NOT collect money for SLU dual credit classes. If your student is enrolled in two or more classes and wants to drop one of the classes, it must be dropped by March 28. See Ms. Frey for help with this process.

College and Scholarship Night for Juniors and Junior Parents

If you are the parent of a Junior, mark your calendar for April 11 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. Also in April, Juniors will be taking part in College 101 presentations to learn about the application process.

Boys State

There will be an American Legion Boys State presentation in the MHS auditorium on March 6 during 4B advisory (11:05-11:35), 5C advisory (11:35-12:05) and 6F advisory (1:05-1:35). Clyde Minish, representative from the American Legion,  will be here to speak to Junior Boys about the program.  Parents are welcome to attend. More information can be found on The American Legion website.


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 618-277-1800, 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 618-277-1800 or speak to Monica Lynch in the Counseling Office at MHS. Unfortunately, the students of Mascoutah High School 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.



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


PBIS Mascoutah PRIDE Fun Facts

  • The 3rd quarter tardy challenge continues with students competing for pizza parties.
  • The Mascoutah High School Quarter Auction was on Friday, March 1st. It helps support student through PBIS (Mascoutah Pride).
  • The 4th quarter reward is the Carnival on Friday, April 26th


Honesty (on-uh-stee): Truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness

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All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be a folly. To believe none so is something worse." - John Quincy Adams