October News

Important Dates:


October 5- High School Late Start (9:00 am)

October 7-SIP n person attendance until 11:33 am 

October 10-Columbus Day No School 

October 11-Picture Retakes 

October 19-High School Late Start (9:00 am) 

October 21-End of 1st Quarter

October 26-Parent Teacher Conference 5:30-8:00 PM




Please use the Attendance Office telephone number when calling in students for absences, doctor appointments, etc.309-833-2484.  Please call by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.

Should a student become ill during the day, he/she must report to the school nurse in the infirmary.  No student will be released from school without approval of a parent or guardian. If a student becomes ill during the lunch hour while he/she is away from the school campus, the parent or guardian must contact the Attendance Office the same day in which the absence occurred for the absence to be excused. Under no circumstances may a student leave school during school hours without securing permission from the school nurse or an administrator. After securing  permission, the student must sign out in the Attendance Office or Infirmary.

Farm Safety

Katie Dowling, McDonough Co. Farm Bureau Manager, and Colby Hunt, McDonough Co. Farm Bureau president and a local farmer, visited the MHS Driver Ed. classes and talked to them about the importance of safely sharing the road with slow moving vehicles.  With harvest having begun or beginning in the near future and living in an agricultural community, it was a great time for the students to hear the importance of how to safely share the road with tractors, combines, grain carts, semis, ATVs, etc.  Martin Sullivan even provided a tractor that allowed the students to experience firsthand the view a farmer might have while on the roadways.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place October 26 5:30-8:00 pm, October 27 12:00-4:00 and 5:30-7:30, and October 28-8:00-12:30. These will be offered both in person and on-line via Teams. More information will follow. 

9th Grade Health Requirements

The State of Illinois requires that all students entering 9th grade have a school physical and up-to-date immunizations. Due to COVID-19, for the 2022-23 school year, Macomb School District will extend the due date for school physicals and immunizations from the first day of school to October 17th. State law requires us to exclude students who do not meet the physical and immunization requirements by October 15th.  Proof of appointment will be accepted. The physical exam must have been completed on or after August 19, 2021. A sports physical is not acceptable as a school physical. Ninth graders must also have a dental exam or dental waiver form completed by May 15, 2023. Health forms are available on the district website.

12th Grade Health Requirements

This is a general reminder for all 12th grade students. If you have already turned in the required health information, please disregard this message. The State of Illinois requires that all students entering 12th grade must present proof of receiving two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. The first dose should have been received on or after the 11th birthday and the second dose on or after the 16th birthday. Only one dose is required if the first dose was received at 16 years of age or older. Due to COVID-19, for the 2022-23 school year, Macomb School District will extend the due date for immunizations from the first day of school to October 17th. Proof of appointment will be accepted. State law requires us to exclude students who do not meet immunization requirements by October 17th. 

Skyward-Email Notifications

SKYWARD TIP - Email Notifications🎯
Always know current grades, attendance and food service balances by opting in to ‼️ Skyward Email Notifications‼️
•To receive email notifications, go the district website www.macomb185.org and click on the Skyward icon.
•Log into Skyward with your credentials.
•In the right-hand corner guardians and students will see a link called My Account.
The My Account area is organized into three sections: Account Settings, Email Notifications and School Directory. If you scroll down slightly users will see the option to opt in to receive email notifications on daily attendance, grades, progress reports or when food service balance is low.  These email notifications are dependent on your role as a guardian or student and also on the school building you attend.
Forgot your Skyward username and password???  Call the school office and they can assist you.
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Counseling Department News


On Thursday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m., representatives from the Office of Financial Aid at Spoon River College will be providing information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The State of Illinois requires that all seniors complete the FAFSA application to be able to graduate unless they choose to complete the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form. After the completion of the brief presentation, you will have the opportunity to work with financial aid staff to complete the FAFSA application. To be able to do this, please bring your personal laptop. Your student's school issued device would work. If you are unable to attend on October 6, financial aid staff will be available to assist with the FAFSA completion on October 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during Parent/Teacher Conferences. 


Wednesday October 12th, students that registered for the PSAT/NMSQT will take the exam during the first half of the school day. Students should report to the Commons by 8:00am. They will then be transported to Washington Street Gym for the exam and should return to the High School in time for lunch. Students are excepted to attend their afternoon classes. Students should bring several #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and a sweater/sweatshirt (in case the Gym is cool). Please contact the Counseling Office with any questions. 


Thursday Oct. 13th seniors have an opportunity to learn about a variety of career's available with local manufacturing companies. This is an all day event and lunch will be provided. Space is very limited so please stop by the Counseling Office ASAP if you have not already signed up. 


Tuesday, October 25th WIU will be hosting a Law Enforcement & Justice Administration Day. Students will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities including: Blood Spatter Analysis, Polygraph Demonstrations, Canine Investigations, Thermal Imagery, Mass Casualty Response/Resuscitation, Search and Rescue, Magnetic Dust Lifter & Fingerprinting and More. Interested students should stop in the Counseling Office to sign-up no later than Friday, October 7th. 

Flower Scholarship
Any MHS alumni that are currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please see the Counseling tab on the MHS Website to learn more about the George and Clarice Flower Scholarship. The deadline to complete the application is October 31. 

Final Exams

Final Exams are set for December 16, December 19, and December 20. THIS IS NOT THE END OF SEMESTER. First semester ends January 13th. 

December 16:

8:05-9:55--1st Hour Exam

9:55 - 10:05--Break

10:05-11:55--2nd Hour Exam

Lunch 11:55-1:00

1:00 - 1:10--Passing Period 

1:10-3:05--3rd Hour Exam

December 19:

8:05-9:55--4th Hour Exam

9:55 - 10:05--Break

10:05-11:55--6th Hour Exam

Lunch 11:55-1:00

1:00 - 1:10--Passing Period 

1:10-3:05--Make-Up Exam

December 20:

8:05-9:55--7th Hour Exam

9:55 - 10:05--Break

10:05-11:55--8th Hour Exam

Lunch 11:55-1:00

1:00 - 1:10--Passing Period 

1:10-3:05--Make-up Exam

Choir News

 Macomb High School Choral Department 



From:         Mrs. Butcher




♫ Congratulations to the Mixed Chorus Officers:  President –Addison Bainter, Vice-President –Dahlia Lauer, Co-Secretaries– Darah McFadden and Jackie Rouse, and Equipment Managers/Librarians – Samantha Hare & Griffin Schauble.


♪ Congratulations to the Concert Choir Officers:   President – Eva Weiss, Vice-President – Annaliese Goc, Secretaries –Elisah Garcia & Kayla Ratermann, and Equipment Manager/Librarian – Hyrum Michaelson.


Please become a member of the Macomb Choir Boosters. (Membership forms can be found: http://macombchoirs.org/boostersMembership dues can be mailed to Macomb Choir Boosters, P.O. Box 117, Macomb, IL, 61455.  Levels of membership include “Soloist”-$25, “Barbershop Quartet”-$26-$49, “Vocal Ensemble”-$50-$99, “Chamber Choir”-$100-$249 and “Choral Society”-$250-up.


Upcoming Events:




Who is involved? 

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

MHS Choir Fire 

Horn Field Campus

5:30-7:30 pm 

Interested students 

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 

Deadline for ILMEA District/All State Music Virtual Audition Submission 

Virtual Audition videos will be submitted by this date. 

Interested students 

Tues., Oct. 11, 2022 

HS Fall Choir Concert 

Fellheimer Auditorium 


9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 2022 

Choir Annual Poinsettia Sale 


All Choir students 

grades 6-12 

Sat., November 5, 2022 

ILMEA District Festival 

WIU- all day 

Selected students  

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 

Choir Poinsettia Distribution 

Fellheimer Auditorium-  

2-5 pm 


Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 

WIU Holiday Festival of Choirs Performances 

St. Paul Church- all day 

morning rehearsal-TBA 

2:00 pm performance 

7:30 pm performance 

Concert Choir and Madrigals- required 

Wed, Dec. 7, 2022 

HS Winter Choir Concert 

Fellheimer Aud.     


9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Jan. 25-28, 2023 

IMEA All State 

Peoria, IL 

Selected Students-10-12 grade 

February 9, 2023 

Circa’ 21 musical and workshop 

Circa’ 21 Theater  

Rock Island- 9am-3pm 

Madrigal, B. Bellas and B. Basses 

Mon., Feb. 13, 2023 


6-12 grade Pops Concert 



9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Sat. March 4, 2023 

IHSA Solo and Ensemble 

Place: Rushville HS 

Time-All Day 

Interested Students 


April 14-15, 2023 

Combined Choir/Band WorldStrides Festival Trip 

St. Louis 

Optional for 9-12 music students. 

Wed., May 3, 2023 

HS Spring Choir Concert 

Fellheimer Aud.   7:00pm 


9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Sat., May 20, 2023 

MHS Graduation-Concert Choir will sing 

Western Hall-7:30pm 

Concert Choir-required