October News

Important Dates:


October 2-Powderpuff Football: 7:00 pm-bring canned goods for admission

October 6- High School Late Start (9:00 am)

October 7-Stunt Night 7:00 pm, attendance reserved for juniors, seniors, and members of performing groups. The event will be livestreamed to parents. 

October 8-SIP In person attendance until 11:33 am

October 8-Homecoming Parade 4:00 pm; Homecoming Game 7:00 pm

October 9-Homecoming Dance-7:00 pm, held outside, no attendees from other schools

October 11-Columbus Day No School 

October 12-Jostens Senior Presentation-Caps, Gowns, and Announcements

October 20-Picture Retakes

October 21-Jostens Collecting Senior Orders

October 22-End of 1st Quarter

October 27-Parent Teacher Conference 5:30-8:00 PM



October 30-Trunk or Treat-see below for more information


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. 

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks is an afterschool program designed for Macomb High School students to receive tutoring assistance, get homework and organization help, complete missing assignments, and have Credit Recovery work time.  The program will meet from 3:05 to 4:15 Monday-Friday in the Auditorium Foyer. 
Each day is going to focus on a specialty, though students can attend for anything. The schedule will be:
  • Monday - Math
  • Tuesday - Social Studies / Technology / Spanish
  • Wednesday - Science
  • Thursday - English
  • Friday - Free for additional subjects

COVID Vaccination Clinic

Vaccine Clinic Opportunities:

There will be a clinic hosted by the IL Health Equity Task Force, and will be held in the MHS Commons on Friday, Oct 1 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Use door K at the Circle Drive. The corresponding 2nd dose clinic will be three weeks later on Oct 22.  Both the 1st and 2nd dose clinics are followed by home football games.
Oct 1: The Varsity Football game vs. Elmwood/Brimfield starts at 7:00 PM at the MHS Stadium. 
Oct 22: Varsity Football vs IW at 7:00 PM at the MHS Stadium.
This clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine and is open to anyone in our community ages 12 and up. A parent must be present with anyone under the age of 18.
*We just learned those eligible for a Pfizer booster can receive it at this clinic

ISBE Macomb High Visit

We are proud to announce that Macomb #185 has been selected to host the Illinois State Board of Education's October board meeting.  The meeting will be held on October 19 in the C.T. Vivian Library at Macomb Junior-Senior High School.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place October 27 5:30-8:00 pm, October 28-All Day, and October 29-All Day. These will be offered both in person and on-line via Teams. More information will follow. 


Senior of the Month-September

Carl Blome son of Paul and Carrie Blome has been selected by members of the MHS Faculty Council as Senior of the Month for September, 2021. This program is sponsored by the Mid-America National Bank who established the program to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding senior students.

Carl participates in Cross Country Team, Scholastic Bowl, Science Club, Math Team, and National Honor Society. 

He is a member of the Boy Scout Troop 4332. He is also a member of the Macomb 4-H. He participates in Megabots Robotics Club and the Dead Theologican's Society Chapter 128. 

Carl has earned many honors which include Eagle Scout, Honor Roll, President of the Dead Theologican's Society, and National Honor Society.

Some favorite pass times are robotics, video games, tutoring math and science students, fishing and camping. 

After high school, Carl plans to attend University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and major in computer science. His goal is to work in software development. 

Congratulations to Carl for being selected Senior of the Month for September, 2021!

Trunk or Treat

MHS athletic teams, clubs, and organizations will be hosting a trick or treat event on the MHS track from 6:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, October 30. The Macomb community is invited to attend.

Technology-Where to Find Information

District Website:

The Macomb School District website serves as the central source of information.  Everything that is going on in the entire district is posted here including daily announcements, current events, lunch menus, building newsletters, photos, ePay, sporting events and much, much more!  

To quickly access the Macomb School District website, create an "app" on your phone by following these steps.

Notify Me:

To get notification of building specific calendar events, subscribe to the calendar events in Notify Me. By subscribing, information will be delivered via email or text message directly to you. Directions on how to sign up are located on the website www.macomb185.org.

Daily Announcements:

If you have a child that attend MJH and MHS be sure to check out the daily announcements for the most up to date information.


We have our own Facebook page! Search Macomb 185 Schools.

Digital Backpack:

Check out the Digital Backpack. All school district and community flyers are placed in the digital backpack on the website instead of by paper in backpacks.


Skyward allows you to view your child’s information, report card, attendance, lunch account, school announcements and other helpful information. If you have not received your login and password please contact the school.


Skylert is the School District’s notification system that sends important alerts. Your contact information pulls from Skyward. To receive text messages, each family member must sign into their Skyward account and enter the cell phone number in the Text Message field. See the Skylert - School Notification System page for more information.


#mac185 allows the Macomb School District to share the great things going on in and around the classrooms.  Teachers, students, families and the community are encouraged to share using #mac185.  Search the hashtag on social media to see first hand what the Macomb School District is up to!

Italy 2023

There will be an informational meeting for those who are interested in traveling to Italy during the summer of 2023. The meeting will be held in room 155 at Macomb High School on October 13, at 7:00PM. This trip is available for high school students and their parents/guardians. There will be more details to follow in future newsletters.

Counseling Department News

We will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT Exam on Wednesday October 13, 2021. This optional test is offered to 11th and 10th grade students. This test is separate from the state mandated SAT or PSAT 10 that students will be required to take in the Spring. Students who take the PSAT in grade 11 enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. The cost of the exam is $18. Payment and registration forms are due back to the Counseling Office by Wednesday, September 8th. Juniors will receive a registration form in English class. Sophomores interested in taking the exam can pick up a registration form in the Counseling Office. Please note that space is limited, and priority will be given to Juniors.

Students enrolled in AP courses have until Oct.1st to register for their selected AP Exams. Registration forms have been given to students in their AP courses. Additional forms are available in the Counseling Office. The overall cost of each exam is $96. A $40 per exam non-refundable deposit is due with the registration form no later than Oct.1st. Outstanding exam balances are due no later than March 1, 2022. Exam fee reductions are available for students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch. For those students, the total cost is $53 per exam.

On Thursday, October 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 you choose to complete a Non-Participation form.

To comply with current guidelines, we ask that you please limit your attendance to just the student and parent(s)/guardian(s). 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, we ask that you please bring your personal laptop. Your student’s school issued device would work, as well. More details will be sent out closer to the event.

Band News

Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 4 video auditions are due by October 8. Several Macomb HS Band and String students will play their best to see if they make the District IV Festival performing on November 6 at WIU. Audition scores will be used to consider eligibility to the All-State music ensembles in Peoria in January. Good luck! 

Email is a very timely means of communication. I, and probably you, send email every day. I send important information about field trips, rehearsals, all sorts of things. Check your SPAM filter and ensure that my address  mattseyd@mcusd185.org is allowed to deliver. Thank you! 

 Band Boosters, what is it, where is it, who is it? The answer is YOU! Please consider becoming an active participant in your student’s musical life by becoming a Band Booster. Meetings are usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm on Zoom. Let me know if you would like to attend. 

Marching Competition season is upon us. Great job, Marching Bombers, last month at the Morton Invitational. Keep up the forward momentum as we travel to Dunlap on October 16 and then University of Illinois on October 23. If you wish to travel as a chaperone, please email me to volunteer! 

FALL FEST, formerly the Chili Supper, is Wednesday, October 20. Look for ticket forms in your email. This is primarily a JH event, but HS parents are welcome to help. The “Go To” person this year is Stacie Petitgout, and she will be organizing parent volunteers for prep, kitchen help, dessert tables, clean up, etc. The schedule is as follows: 

Supper begins at 5 p.m.  

5:15 p.m. 6th Grade Band  

5:25 p.m. 7th Grade Band  

6:00 p.m. 8th Grade Band  

6:30 p.m. Marching Bomber Band 

Keep these dates for upcoming MHS Band performances: 

Wednesday, October 20 - Chili Supper night in the JH/HS Commons 

Tuesday, October 26 – Concert Band chair auditions and Formal Wear fittings 

Saturday, November 6 - ILMEA District 4 Festival Concert @WIU (select students) 

Monday, December 13 – 6-8 Grade Band Concert in Fellheimer  

Tuesday, December 14 - HS Band Concert in Fellheimer 

Thank you for supporting music in Macomb!  

Doug Mattsey, band director