October 4- High School Late Start (9:00 am)
October 6-SIP in person attendance until 11:33 am
October 6-MHS Homecoming Parade/ Football Game
October 7-Homecoming Dance 7:00 PM
October 9-Columbus Day No School
October 10-MHS Fall Choral Concert 7:00 p.m. Fellheimer Auditorium
October 17-End of 1st Quarter
October 17-Grades 6-12 Band Chili Supper 5:00 PM MHS Commons
October 18-High School Late Start (9:00 am)
October 23-MHS Picture Retakes
October 25-Parent Teacher Conferences-Evening Only
October 26-NO SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
October 27-NO SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
October 30-NO SCHOOL TEACHER INSTITUTE
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.
Parent Teacher Conferences will take place October 25 5:30-8:00 pm, October 26 12:00-4:00 and 5:30-7:30, and October 27-8:00-12:30. These will be offered both in person and on-line via Teams. More information will follow.
Vape Prevention Program
We are pleased to announce that MHS will be partnering with the McDonough County Health Department to provide vaping prevention education during our Health classes. Supports for the instruction come from the "Catch My Breath" program. Lessons are set to begin 2nd semester. More information about the program can be found at https://catch.org/program/vaping-prevention/#parents.
Counseling Department News
PSAT for Juniors
Every year the state of Illinois mandates that our juniors take the SAT in the Spring. Taking this exam is a state graduation requirement. College Board, the company that develops the SAT, is switching from paper & pencil to an all-digital format this year.
We expect the new format to be a learning experience, both for student testers and for us. In an effort to better prepare our students for the new digital format, we are paying for all Juniors to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. The format of this test will be exactly the same as the SAT in the spring. In addition, there are other advantages to taking the PSAT. Students can then participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program, connect with college/career interest tools, and link their test performance to Khan Academy for SAT prep resources.
Below is some information about the timing and grouping of the PSAT/NMSQT:
Standard testing will occur during a three-day window from October 10th thru 12th. We will divide these juniors into three testing groups; each group will only test on one of the days.
Students testing with accommodations will be testing during a 2-day window, October 18th thru 19th.
If you have any questions, please contact your students assigned School Counselor.
Financial Aid Spoon River College
COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2024 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Scott Sullivan, principal of Macomb High School announced today that Lorelei Taylor-West has been named a Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2024 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2024 competition by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). 1,487,233 juniors took the assessment nationwide.
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
"Chopped Lab"-MHS FACS Classes
Sergeants Lipcamon and Pratt of the Illinois National Guard conducted a "Chopped" lab September 28
♫ Macomb High School Choral Department ♫
♫♪♫ OCTOBER NEWSLETTER ♫♪♫
From: Mrs. Butcher
♫ Congratulations to the Mixed Chorus Officers: President –Delaney Bartlow, Vice-President –Megan
Redding, Secretary– Sophie Hansen.
♪ Congratulations to the Concert Choir Officers: President – Sam Powell, Vice-President –Quinn Kurasz,
Secretaries –Kayla Ratermann & Abby Wallace, and Equipment Manager/Librarians – Andy Butcher & Celena
♫ Please become a member of the Macomb Choir Boosters. (Membership forms can be found:
http://macombchoirs.org/boosters) Membership 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: ♫
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023
Deadline for ILMEA District/All State Music Virtual Audition Submission
Virtual Audition videos will be submitted by this date.
Thurs., Oct. 5, 2023
Stunt Night- Choir will sing
MHS Gym- 7:00 pm
9-12 Grade Choir members-required
Monday, Oct. 9, 2023
MHS Choir Fire
Horn Field Campus
Tues., Oct. 10, 2023
HS Fall Choir Concert
9-12 Grade Choir members-required
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023
Culver-Stockton Honor Choir
Oct. 17-Oct. 31, 2023
Choir Annual Poinsettia Sale
All Choir students
Thurs., Oct. 19, 2023
National Anthem at the Varsity Volleyball Game
Washington Street Gym
Sat., November 4, 2023
ILMEA District Festival
WIU- all day
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023
Choir Poinsettia Distribution
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
WIU Holiday Festival of Choirs Performances
Wesley Church- all day
2:00 pm performance
7:30 pm performance
Concert Choir and Madrigals- required
Wed, Dec. 6, 2023
HS Winter Choir Concert
9-12 Grade Choir members-required