October

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

October 2021    Vol. III

A NOTE FROM MR. WOODROME: We were excited to be able to host homecoming events for our students a couple of weeks ago. Based on the participation, it is safe to say students (and staff) had a wonderful time. It is always impressive to see all of the purple and white around town and the support on local business marquees.

As a reminder, Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 20 and 21.  I hope to see you there! Please see page 2 sections regarding social media challenges and handbook reminders.-- Mr. Woodrome

Congratulations Senior August Student of the Month Sydney Etter!


Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held October 20 (school in session) - 5-8 pm October 21 (no school) – 12 pm-8 pm Sign up for conferences will be on the website (bottom of page) starting in early October. Parents should select the link and follow the instructions to sign up with your child’s teachers. The program will send you a confirmation with the date and time.  If you have any questions please contact Traci Huber 566-8523 ext. 5197.  The sign ups will be closed at the end of the school day on  10/18/2021.

October 8 is the end of 1st quarter! Please be sure your student has any missing assignments they can still turn in completed to allow them the best opportunity for success!

District FY22 Budget At its September 14th meeting, the Board of Education approved the District's FY22 Budget.  The Budget can be found on the Budget Page of the District website (msd19.org) or a physical copy is available at the District's Administration Support Center (421 Harnett Street, Mascoutah).

Social Media Challenges We have recently seen the results of a current national social media challenge at Mascoutah High School and Mascoutah Middle School. The challenge involves destroying or dismantling school bathroom fixtures and accessories. Mascoutah Middle and High School continue to experience some issues related to the challenge in our restrooms, and they are investigating each incident. Students found to be responsible will face disciplinary consequences and will be charged the cost of replacing the damaged or stolen district property.

We want to reach out to our parents and ask for help in discussing the dangers of all social media challenges with their children: Often people do not think of the consequences of these simple challenges, and the consequences can often be severe. To learn more about the possible dangers of social media challenges and how to talk to children about them, you may read this article from Common Sense Media from 2019.

Student Handbook Policy Reminders: Vaping devices, e-cigarettes, tobacco products of any kind are no allowed on campus. Please remind your child to arrive to school on time. We have seen a much larger amount of 1st hour tardies than we experienced pre-Covid. First hour class begins at 7:35am. Cell phones are to be turned off and remain in student’s locker the entire day. Shirts and blouses should be continuous from neckline to waist. The mid-section should not show.  Hats/hoods are not to be worn during the school day (with the exception of religious and medical reasons that are preapproved). As always thank you for your support!

Testing Schedule PSAT/NMSQT - October 13, 2021(registration required), PSAT 9/10 - Testing Window April 13-29, 2022, SAT - March 23, 2022, ISA - Course-Based: Biology March 1-April 29, 2022, ACT - October 23 and April 2, 2021 (not offered during the school day), ASVAB (grades 10-12)- October 21 @ 12:00pm and February 18 @ 8:00am

DATES TO REMEMBER
All students should be checking their school email daily at this time for important communications from teachers - including invitations to Google Classrooms

Oct 8: End of 1st Quarter
Oct 8: Teacher In-Service - No School
Oct 11: Columbus Day - No School
Oct 13: PSAT/NMSQT testing 
Oct 18: Josten’s Junior Class Rings
Oct 20: Parent/Teacher Conference 5-8pm
Oct 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences, ASVAB (grades 10-12) 12pm
Oct 21-22: No Student Attendance
Oct 23: ACT
Oct 27: Josten’s Class Ring order
Nov 3: Lifetouch Picture Retakes
Nov 9: Josten’s Senior Meetings
Nov 11 : Veteran’s Day - No School
Nov 18: Josten’s Senior Orders
Nov 24-26: Thanksgiving Break

*Please note - the last day of the 2021-2022 school year is set for May 24 (unless inclement weather cancellations occur)

COVID Information Please see information on our district website under “MSD19 Health Center” for COVID related resources. https://sites.google.com/msd19...

Student Absences PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CALLING THE SCHOOL (566-8523) BEFORE 9:30AM IF THEIR CHILD IS GOING TO BE ABSENT. 

Masks & Social Distancing: Masks continued to be required by all individuals inside Mascoutah High School. Masks must be worn by all students during bus transportation. We will strive to provide at least three feet of social distance in classrooms and other areas where students are gathered together for extended periods of time.  This will not always be possible. Students required to quarantine due to Covid symptoms or exposure are to work asynchronously on assignments teachers share through Google Classroom and individual communication via email. Please reach out to teachers directly with any questions regarding assignments.

COVID UPDATES Vaccination Clinics at MHS Mascoutah High School Commons
October 2 @ 8:00am-2:00pm Available at the clinic: First Vaccine Second Vaccine - if you attended the clinic at MHS on September 1.

Nurses’ Reminder: Please keep sick children at home. If they are exhibiting one or more COVID-19 like symptoms, get them tested for COVID-19. Symptoms include the following: 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, and muscle or body aches from unknown cause. There is updated information from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding guidelines if there is an ill household member: 

If the ill household member is tested within 24 hours of first notification of symptoms, other household members/siblings do not need to be sent home unless there is a high suspicion the ill person has COVID-19. Please provide proof of the test. If testing does not occur within 24 hours, unvaccinated household members must be excluded immediately, per the Public Health Interim Guidance for Local Health Departments and Pre-K-12 Schools – COVID-19 Exclusion Protocols (updated 9/23/2021)

BREAKFAST and LUNCH INFORMATION The USDA has announced that school districts can offer breakfast and lunch meals at no cost. The District will follow this guidance and will not charge any registered student for their breakfast or lunch until the offer expires. To see the daily menus, visit the Dining section of your student’s school website. The Food Service Team is serving hot lunches. *This does not include a-la-carte menu items

Free and Reduced Counts: Even though breakfast and lunches are free for everyone this school year, the district is still in need of those who may qualify for ‘free and reduced’ to fill out the  Household Eligibility Application form. This important information has financial implications for federal funding and other reports District 19 must provide. Thank you for your help with this.

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. Seniors are encouraged to use March 23 (SAT Test Day) as a college visit day.

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.

Mascoutah High School Counseling Office 

Sarah Gordon -- Last Names A-G                    

 Caitie Morrell -- Last Names H-O & Running Start Coordinator 

Christine Renth -- Last Names P-Z
Ty Smith -- School Social Worker 
Carleigh Baker- School Social Worker Intern

Information from Your Counseling Office
Schedule Changes:  General schedule changes can no longer be made for the 2021-2022 school year. If a student is struggling in a class, please make sure to reach out to the teacher.  

ACT:  ACT has the following fall test dates available: October 23 and December 11. Please visit www.act.org to register. 

SAT/PSAT: The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered October 13th. Registration has ended. Students who have registered will receive communication from Ms. Gordon with room assignments. Students will also complete preregistration bubbling during their advisory periods on October 5th. 

Upcoming national SAT dates include October 2, November 6, and December 4. Please visit www.collegeboard.org to register.

ASVAB: The ASVAB will be given at the High School on Oct 21 @ 12:30pm.  Signups will be posted on google classroom starting at the beginning of October.  You will need to provide your own transportation. 

Scholarships: 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. 

Senior Updates and Planning for the Future:  Counselors hosted a senior class meeting in advisories on September 22nd to discuss next steps for post high school planning. Counselors will begin one on one senior meetings this month. Please check out the Senior Planning Guide, for all your College and Career questions.   

Social/Emotional Needs: Just a friendly reminder if a student needs social/emotional assistance, the social worker can be reached via email (smitht@msd19.org), phone (extension 5190), or in person within the Counseling Office. Teachers can also refer students to her services. She is  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. 

Financial Aid Presentations/Workshops: Beginning with the class of 2021, the state of Illinois now requires all seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to graduate. Waivers are available. Please request a waiver from your student’s counselor, if your student does not plan to fill out the FAFSA. 

The Financial Aid application opens October 1. MHS will be hosting two  FAFSA workshops to assist you in completing the Financial Aid application. The first will be in person on October 6th at 6:00 pm in the MHS library. The second will be October 14th at 4:00pm via Zoom. To register for the Zoom workshop, please visit this link to register. 

AP Test Registration Students enrolled in AP classes that plan to take the AP test had  classroom visits from Ms. Gordon on 9/21 and 9/22. Students who plan to take the AP test will have to register. Students are not automatically registered for the exam just because they are in the class. Registration and payment will be online through Total Registration. Registration will begin 9/22 and will close 10/29. AP Exams have a cost of  $100 per exam and payment is due online through the student’s Total Registration account  by 10/29. Visit this website to register.

AP exams will only be offered at MHS for the AP classes we provide. If you have any questions regarding AP, please reach out to Ms. Gordon at gordons@msd19.org.

College Visits
Now is the time for juniors and seniors to start scheduling campus visits to colleges of interest. College visit absences require pre arranged approval through the attendance office. Students should acquire a pre arranged absence form from the attendance office to have teachers sign. This should be done three days prior to the absence. Students will also need to bring back documentation/proof of college visit.


PATHWAY TO PROGRESS The Mascoutah Learning Community recognizes that this pandemic has affected us all and in many different ways. Yet, we are committed to the safety of all staff and students while ensuring all students are engaged in quality learning opportunities every day.  Following guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, we have prioritized in-person learning for all students.  At this time, the district will support K-12 students engaging in learning remotely if a medical condition, of the student or a family member whom the student lives with, would be exacerbated due to COVID-19 exposure.  Every attempt should be made to prioritize in-person learning for all students. To accelerate learning for students, a district-wide committee composed of teachers, administrators, parents, Board of Education member, and support staff identified five research-based instructional strategies that have been linked to students achieving one or more years of progress within one academic year.  While the following strategies are not the only strategies our faculty will use (and many already use them) when facilitating learning, they are strategies we will use regularly and monitor: providing and communicating clear learning targets daily so that students know what they are learning; giving students the success criteria for each learning target so that they know what success looks like along the path to achieving the learning target; giving timely and effective feedback so that students can make the necessary adjustments in their learning progression;using classroom discussions with quality questioning to promote academic discourse and making meaning and the transfer of learning; and scaffolding which is a process by which teachers may break up the learning into chunks and provide tools, strategies and support to help students throughout the learning process. We believe that partnering with families and providing high quality learning opportunities coupled with the above five strategies is key to accelerating student learning for all students.  We also recognize that all students and staff need to be a safe place physically and emotionally for this to occur. Therefore, we are continuing to make social-emotional learning a priority by incorporating daily mindfulness activities,ensure each student in the building has at least one positive connection with a school adult and revisit quarterly, and other supports deemed necessary after a needs-assessment is completed. When a student is quarantined, building administrators will work with classroom teachers to provide learning opportunities for students.  This may consist of assignments and resources/technology needing to be picked-up from the student’s home school, the student receiving instructional materials via google classroom or some form of a video.  Parents will need to ensure students have access to the necessary resources so that all assignments are completed and submitted in a timely manner.