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Saturday, March 02, 2019

December 2019 Vol. V

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

From the School Health Room

Attention 9th grade parents:

New for this school year, all 9th grade students are required to have a dental examination performed by a licensed dentist. For this school year qualifications, the exam should be performed after November 15, 2018 and before May 15, 2020. 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, 2020. 

In March of 2020, Dental Safari will visit Mascoutah High School to provide dental exams at no cost for those families who would like to participate. If you would like more information or to sign up for this program, please visit


School will be dismissed Friday, December 20th at 10:55am to commence the holiday vacation.

Classes will resume Monday, January 6, 2020.




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


November 27-29 No School-Thanksgiving Break

December 4 Senior Early Graduation Mtg
December 12 Chorus Concert 7pm
December 13 Mascoutah’s Got Talent 
December 13 PBIS Quarter Auction
December 16 Band Christmas Concert 7pm
December 17-20 Final Exams
December 20 End of 1st Semester-1/2 Day of Student Attendance
December 20-21 Wrestling Tournament
Dec. 21-Jan. 5 Holiday Vacation
Dec.23, 27-28 Girls Basketball Tournament
January 6 Classes Resume
January 10 Report Cards on Parent Portal
January 13 Summer School Registration for current High School students
January 13-17 STAR 360 Testing Gr. 9 - 12
January 20 Martin Luther King Day-No School
January 28 Running Start Meeting 6:30
February 6 Freshman Orientation 6:30pm
February 10 Summer School Registration for incoming Freshman
February 14 Teacher In-Service Day-No School
February 17 President’s Day - No School
March 13 SIP Day ½ Day Student Attendance
March 20 Mr. Mascoutah
March 21 Mascoutah Color Run
Mar 2-Apr 30 ISA Testing
April 2-4 Spring Musical
April 9-10 Spring Break
April 14 SAT/PSAT Tests
April 24 Carnival
April 25 Prom
May 17 Graduation 2pm

Final Exams

Semester exams will be held December 17, 18, 19, & 20.  Please do not schedule appointments or trips during exams.  Students must take exams at the scheduled class time. Students who are not present for final exams will receive a zero (F) for 20% of their grade.   Parents, please communicate with your students about exams and attendance.  Seniors may be exempt from exams. 


  • December 17th - 1st and 7th 

  • December 18th - 2nd and 4th

  • December 19th - 5th and 6th

  • December 20th - 3rd

On Wednesday, December 18 & Thursday, December 19, students will take two exams.  On those days, students will be given the opportunity to go home or stay at school.  Students must earn this opportunity to leave early by having 5 or less tardies for 2nd quarter during the day and no suspensions.  Permission slips and more details will be sent home at a later date.

School and District Report Cards

Illinois School Report Card can be found by clicking on the banner found on the district website


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


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.


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.


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

SAT - 11th Grade April 14, 2020

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

ACT - April 4, 2020 (not offered during the school day)

ASVAB - Interested Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors March 20, 2020

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.

Reminder about Cell phones & Earbuds:

Students are not to use cell phones or Earbuds in the halls or in the classrooms without teacher permission.  Cell phones must be turned off and placed in the locker at the start of school at 7:55am.

5Essentials Parent Survey

The 2020 Illinois Parent Survey is now open and will close in February, 2020.  We guarantee that survey responses will never be connected to the identity of you or your child. School reports will only present aggregated information of how parents and students responded as a whole. Thank you for participating.

Link to survey:

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or


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

Late Start Procedures

In inclement weather situations, a “Late Start” option may be implemented.  Late Start procedures are as follows:

  1. Notification is provided through mass email, parent all-call, TV, radio, and school websites.

  2. Busses will run 1 hour later than the normal schedule for regular bus routes.

  3. School classes will begin at:

MHS - 8:55       MMS - 9:15

MES, SES, & WES - 9:25 

Save the Date...

 Graduation will be held Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ 2:00pm

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.

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

Schedule Changes:

Schedule changes will not be made for second semester unless students meet one of the following criteria:

  • Student has taken the course before and received credit

  • Student has not completed the prerequisite course

  • Change is necessary to balance class size

  • Class is needed for college

  • Class is needed to graduate

  • 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 

  • 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


If you missed registering for the December  test, you have until February 14th to register for the March 14th  test date. Please visit  for more information. 


If you missed registering for the December test, you have until January 10th to register for the February 8th test date. Please visit for more information.  

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.  


Please visit the Counseling Office on our website ( to see view new scholarships as they come in. Go to “About our School,” “Counseling Office” and then click on “Scholarship Resources.”

Registration for 2020 SY:

Sophomore Registration Information:
November 25  Sophomore Class Registration Information Presented in Auditorium
December 6 - 9 Registering Students during English classes

Freshman Registration Information:
January 10  Freshman Class Registration Information Presented in Auditorium
January 17-22  Registering Students during World Cultures classes

Junior Registration Information Presented:
January 27  Junior Class Registration Information Presented in Auditorium
February 3-5 Registering Students during US History classes

8th grade (Freshman) Registration Information: 
February 6 Freshman Orientation - MHS at 6:30 pm
February TBD Holy Childhood Meetings with Parents
February 18 MMS Classroom Registration
February 19 MMS Classroom Registration
February 20 MMS Parent Meetings

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


Teens and Grief (TAG) Program is available 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.

Erin's Law:

Erin’s law is legally mandated in the state of Illinois with the goal to educate children in public schools, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, on sexual abuse prevention through age appropriate curriculum giving children the tools to speak up and tell if anyone has ever touched them inappropriately rather than keep it a secret. Erin’s law mandates educating children on safe touch, unsafe touch, safe secrets, and unsafe secrets, how to get away and tell today. The same way we teach children on bully intervention, stranger danger, internet safety, and DARE; yet we fail to give them a voice if someone is violating them. Unfortunately, without being educated, most children will be repeatedly abused for years because often the only message they get comes from their abuser threatening them into silence.  Erin’s mission is to shatter the silence and stigma around sexual abuse and educate children and empower them with their voice. Erin’s Law also requires educators to be trained on the prevention of child sexual abuse. Erin’s Law has been passed in 7 states with 10 more introducing it. Erin Merryn is on a national crusade going state-to-state passing Erin’s Law with the mission to get all 50 states teaching it. In November, the students at MHS will receive education on the prevention of sexual abuse as required by Erin’s law.  Some of the things they will learn will be different types of sexual assault, warning signs, how to intervene or seek help if they are a bystander, and resources and steps to take after being abused.  Parents are encouraged to talk to their students about what they learned and ways they can keep themselves safe. If there are any questions or concerns or a need for resources, please contact Monica Lynch or Brandi Garlich, School Social Workers, at 618-566-8523.


The Mascoutah High School Counseling Office would like to welcome Ms. Stacey Beisel as our school MFLC (Military Family Life Counselor). Ms. Beisel has been placed in the high school full time, to work with military involved families. MFLCs can assist students with issues such as:  school adjustment, deployment, moves related to base relocation, stress management, grief/loss, and many other issues. Her counseling is considered non-medical, so no records are kept or put into a student’s school file. A signed consent from a parent or guardian is required for Ms. Beisel to see a student individually. For more information, Ms. Beisel can be reached at (618) 975-3637 or she can be found in the Counseling Office.

MHS Wellness Guide

Promoting physical, emotional, and mental well-being among our students, families, and staff through helpful tips.

December Tip:  Come Out and Take Some Fresh Air

Don't you feel happier when the sun is shining and you get to spend some time outside?  However, with many of us spending the major chunk in our stuffy office, it has become a rare deal to go out and spend some time with nature.   Research shows that getting fresh air affects the levels of serotonin that makes us feel good about ourselves.

Benefits of drinking water in the morning:

  • Good for lungs and skin
  • Improves blood pressure and heart rate 
  • Relieves stress and anxiety 
  • Makes you happier and energetic 
  • Strengthens the immune system


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

  • Red Ribbon week, many advisories showed their artistic talent by making posters. We had a lot of creativity.
  • Students enjoyed pizza, doughnuts, candy, and double lunches for rewards for no tardies 1st quarter.

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

Dr. Sonia Weyers