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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

April 2021    Vol. IX

Congratulations Senior Student of the Month SYDNEY ALLEN & THOMAS CONROY!!!

Spring Final Exams

Due to continued social distancing restrictions caused by Covid, we are again only requiring students failing a class to take a final exam. A student will have the option to take the exam for any class that a passing grade has been earned. The optional exam will not negatively impact the student’s final grade. (Dual-credit courses and PLTW courses will follow exam requirements per the partner colleges, regardless of grade) We believe this will encourage students failing a class to dedicate themselves to improving grades in the hopes of passing the class prior to finals in order to earn the privilege of being exempt from the final. Additionally, since finals are worth 20% of the semester grade, a successful final could mean the difference between passing or failing a class.

In an effort to ensure the integrity of the final exams, all will be administered in-person at MHS. Remote learners concerned about class sizes will have an opportunity to take exams in a large room and in small groups and students medically excluded from school due to no physical or shots will take finals in small setting. Concerned students should contact their teacher directly to request an alternate site once the schedule is shared so we know how many to accomodate for. 

Do not schedule vacations during final exams.  Final exams MUST be taken on the scheduled dates.  If students are not present to take finals, they will receive a zero which is 20% of their grade.

4th Quarter Grades

Final grades and report cards for Semester 2 will be available in Skyward once grades have been finalized with the target date of completion of May 28.  Report cards will not be mailed home.  

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL and FINAL EXAMS

The last day of school for students will be May 25th. Dismissal is at  10:35am. Exams will be taken by students with a failing average or wanting to improve their grade and scheduled with the teacher.

 The exam schedule will be as follows:

May 21st - English, Business/CTE, & Science exams.

May 24th - Math, Social Studies, PE/Health/ROTC, & Fine Arts exams 

May 25th - Zero hour  and Make-up exams


US News and World Report has again listed Mascoutah High School as a “Best School” in the nation. We are also ranked the top Illinois School in the St.Louis Region!   Read more about it here:

US NEWS BEST SCHOOLS


Congratulations Class of 2021!!!

GRADUATION INFORMATION:

Graduation will be held Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 7:00pm on Alumni Field (weather permitting).  

Informational meetings were held on April 29 for all potential graduates during advisory and after instructional hours. A copy of the meeting notes is linked here: Graduation Information Meeting

The commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 7:00pm. Our plan is to host the event on Alumni Field at Mascoutah High School but weather forecasts may force a change of plans and a move into the main gymnasium. We will make the final decision on the location no later than 12:00pm on Saturday, May 22 and will share the decision via email and phone call to all Class of 2021 families. If the decision is to remain outside and weather conditions change drastically on Sunday making an outdoor event impossible, we will use the alternate date of Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00pm for an indoor commencement ceremony. Again, this decision will be made as early as possible.

Tickets are required for admission, gate opens at 6:00pm.  Tickets will be distributed to all seniors during graduation practice. On  May 20, we will be hosting a Senior Superlatives presentation and graduation practice at 8:00am. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, seniors must attend/participate in practice.

Please read the letter mailed out to members of the Class of 2021 and their parents on April 21 for additional information - Linked here: Commencement Letter

Virtual Scholarship/Honors Night

  • Thursday, May 19 at 6:00pm 

  • Scholarship announcements 

  • Special building and community honors

  • A link to the stream will be made available via social media and emailed to seniors and their parents. 

  • Scholarship paperwork, plaques, and certificates will be available for pick-up at after commencement on May 23..  


FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is part of the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not receiving these meals in school (defined as being offered a meal to eat in the school building) due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about the program, visit www.msd19.org or Read Linked Letter.

DATES TO REMEMBER
May 8                Prom
May 11               Band Concert 7:00 -Alumni Field
May 17              Seniors Last Day
May 18 & 19   Senior Exams if needed
May 19              Scholarship/Honors Virtual Presentation     
May 20             Graduation Practice (Time TBD)
May 23             Graduation (Alumni Field) 7:00pm
May 25             Back-up Graduation Date 7:00pm
May 21-25       Finals
May 25              Last day of school (as of 4/30/2021)
June 1-30       Summer School Dates
July (TBD)       Fall Sports Meeting 
August 11          Freshman Orientation - FMP Day   7:55-12:00
August 17         Classes Begin- ½ Day Attendance

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. 

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.

 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.


Locker Clean-out and District Property Returns

All students will be required to clean out lockers and return all district property the last week of school. District property returns include Chromebooks and chargers.

Schedules for locker clean out and property returns will be shared with students.


FROM THE NURSE:

COVID Vaccines:

While fully vaccinated individuals do need to quarantine if exhibiting symptoms, they do not need to quarantine due to exposures. If your child has completed the vaccine series, please send in a copy for our records to avoid unnecessary quarantine.

11th Grade Parents:

Prior to enrollment in the 12th grade, students must submit proof of meningococcal vaccination given after their 16th birthday. Failure to provide proof of immunizations will result in exclusion from school until the appropriate health records are provided. Updated records being accepted now! 

9th Grade Parents:

Dental exams are due no later than May 15th! Please send in your child’s exam (performed after November 15, 2019 and before May 15, 2021) as soon as possible. 

8th Grade Parents:

A current physical examination is required prior to enrollment in 9th grade.Failure to provide documentation will result in exclusion from school until the appropriate health records are provided.


ARE YOU MOVING?

If your student will not be returning next school year, please contact Ms. Kearney  at 566-8523 ext 5107 or email kearneya@msd19.org.


2021-22 Student Registration Information 

Information regarding online registration will be shared in early summer. 

*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 eFunds, and then parents must bring in receipt. Fees must be paid in order to pick up schedules. Student fee schedule will be located on the school district webpage.  

FALL SPORTS MEETING & PHYSICALS

The Fall Sports Meeting will be held in late July. A date and time will be shared out soon. All athletes need a current physical to tryout and participate in all school sponsored sports. Athletic physicals expire annually.  MHS plans to host a sports physical night in early August. Again, more information to follow soon.

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 7:35am.

DRESS CODE REMINDER:

As spring approaches, please keep in mind the district policy regarding dress code on pages 45-46 of the Student Handbook.  Students who violate this policy will be required to change into appropriate clothing.


Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7 is recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, more than ever, we recognize the countless sacrifices of our faculty and staff.  We are grateful for their dedication to the students of Mascoutah High School!

MHS Retirees:

In addition to our seniors, we have a number of faculty members that are ending their careers without a proper goodbye.  We are grateful for their dedicated service to our students and community and wish them each a joyful and rewarding retirement

  • Monica Lynch (Social Work)

  • Beth Mueller (Counseling Secretary)

  • Sue Sax (Athletics Secretary)

  • Melissa Wombacher (Math)


The faculty and staff at MHS bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2021!

Thank you & Good Luck!!


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, new loss of sense of taste or smell, 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. (Please note, abdominal pain, nausea, congestion, and runny nose have been removed from the list of qualifying symptoms as of 3/16/2021)

    • 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

  • Vaccines are now available!

    • Consider getting vaccinated.


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 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:

All scholarships that come into the Counseling Department are posted on the MHS Website, under Counseling Department.  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 June 12, 2021 and July 17, 2021. Please visit www.act.org to register.  Fee waivers are available to students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. Contact your counselor for more information regarding fee waivers.

SAT: 

Upcoming national SAT Test Dates include May 8, 2021 and June 5, 2021. Please visit www.collegeboard.org to register. Test waivers are available to students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. Contact your counselor for more information regarding fee waivers.

Schedule Changes  

Schedule changes for the 2021-2022 school year were due by April 1st.  

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.

May Tip:  Feeling Anxious?  Take a Trip Down Memory Lane and Do Some Coloring

Twenty minutes of coloring can help you clear your mind.  Pick a design that’s geometric and a little complicated for the best effect.  Check out www.justcolor.net for hundreds of free coloring pages.

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

ONE TEAM - ONE TRIBE - ONE FAMILY

GO INDIANS