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

May 2019, 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


Congratulations to Kaitlyn Harris and Elliana Schneider on being selected MHS's Senior Students of the Month!!!


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


Final exams will be given on May 22, 23, and 24. Do not schedule vacations during final exams. Final exams MUST be taken on the scheduled dates. If a student is not present to take finals, they will receive a zero which is 20% of their grade.

  • May 21 - 4th hour exams
  • May 22 - 1st and 5th hour exams
  • May 23 - 2nd and 6th hour exams
  • May 24 - 3rd and 7th hour exams


The Mascoutah School Board approved a calendar change for the end of this school year. It has been decided that students will not attend school on Tuesday, May 28, originally scheduled as a half-day. The last day for students is now Friday, May 24.  A new finals scheduled has been created and is shared in this edition of Smoke Signals.


Final grades and report cards for Semester 2 will be available in Qmlativ (Skyward) once grades have been finalized the week of May 28. Report cards will not be mailed home.


Graduation is just around the corner. Begin to check the announcements and the Google Classroom page for important information and deadlines concerning graduation. We will start collecting information for graduation, some items will have deadlines in April and May.  

Seniors' last day is May 17. On senior last day we will have the senior breakfast, academic assembly, and graduation practice.

Any senior needing to take finals will be notified. Finals for seniors will be scheduled during the week of May 13.

The Class of 2019 Senior Letter was recently emailed to parents and students. If you did not receive it, please contact the MHS Office.


If you have your student's e~Fund account set up to make an auto-deposit when they go below a certain amount, please have this option turned off by May 14th. Any positive balance will be transferred into siblings' accounts; if no sibling the refund (under $50.00) will be given out to students with their graduation tickets.


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 ensure that school physicals and immunizations are completed prior to the start of the 2019-2020 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.


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.


Returning Students - Residency Verification, Fee Payment and Schedule Pickup

Centralized Process held at: MHS on July 30-31

*Registration Requirements: Federal or State issued Photo ID, Proof of Residency and Student Fee Payment-Student fees will be collected at registration. Fees may be paid in advance using e~Funds, and then parents must bring in receipt. Fees must be paid in order to pick up schedules. Student fee schedule is located on the school district webpage.  

*More information will be shared soon.


Summer School begins on June 3rd. All classes are now closed except Personal Finance and an English Recovery Class.

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, 2020

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 Recovery and Personal Finance. 


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 May 3rd to register for the June 8th* test date. Please visit for more information.

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


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!  There are many scholarships with April deadlines so keep searching. Scholarship Night for seniors will be on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm in the Auditorium. Invitations will be sent in early May to those students receiving scholarships that evening.

Juniors-Sign into your College Board account and create a college list. This is part of a new process to get into a scholarship pool for many College Board Scholarships next year.  This is a great opportunity to earn FREE MONEY!

Dual Credit

Cultural Anthropology is a FREE dual credit class through SWIC that is being offered next year.  Students interested must take the Accuplacer Placement test on April 3rd during 5th-7th hour in the MHS Library.  Prior to taking this test, students must have a SWIC ID number. See Ms. Frey if you still need a SWIC ID number. Exemptions to this placement test include an ACT score of 22 English and 22 Math or SAT 29 Reading Subscore, 28 Writing Subscore, and 520 Math.

College Visits

Please be sure to check announcements for April 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.

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 have a College Signing Day on the 3rd in support of all of graduates who will be attending college or a branch of the military in the fall.

Boys State

There was a presentation in the MHS auditorium on March 6 regarding American Legion Boys State. Clyde Minish, representative from the American Legion, was here to speak to Junior Boys about the program.  You can apply online or turn in an application to Ms. Frey by May 1. More information can be found at American Legion: Boys State.


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

  • Students continue to be recognized for their birthdays in the cafeteria during lunch.
  • 89% of our students continue with one or less tardies all day during 3rd quarter.
  • Thanks for your support of PBIS.
  • The 4th quarter reward wass the Carnival on Friday, April 26th

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