February News

published February 10, 2021

Course Registrations

Students are currently making course selections for next school year. Mrs. Huston and Mr. Johnson recently conducted presentations about 21-22 course registrations. The presentations took place during English courses.

  • Monday, February 1st- All current 11th grade English courses. 
  • Tuesday, February 2nd- All current 10th grade English courses. 
  • Wednesday, February 3rd- Dual Credit Virtual Parent Meeting 6pm 
  • Thursday, February 4th- All current 9th grade English courses.

If you have questions about course registration, please contact your counselor:  Mrs. Huston, hustonj@mcusd185.org (Students last name A-K) or Mr. Johnson, johnsonj@mcusd185.org (L-Z).

FEV Tutoring Now Available

Hello MHS students:
Would you like to earn an Amazon gift card while getting support in one or more of your classes? FEV might be the service for you! Through a grant, MHS has been able to partner with FEV Tutor, which provides online tutoring services to high schools all over the country.FEV

Go to this page https://macomb185.org/584/FEV-Tutor to learn more and to signup.

Sincerely, 
Mr. Sullivan

Daily Attendance Summary

We recognize that it is sometimes difficult for a parent to know if a student is in attendance online when scheduled to learn at home. Often, a parent is at work when they are trusting that their student is learning at home and attending Teams meetings. Skyward can help!

Parents can sign up to receive notices from Skyward when students miss class and other types of information.  Attendance summaries are sent at 4:00 p.m.  If you are interested, please see below.

If you have any questions or need help with your Skyward login, please contact Amy Howe at (309) 837-2331.

Thank you!

How to Receive Daily Attendance Summaries

After logging into Skyward Family Access, find and click the “My Account” button near the top-right of the screen.

 

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Next, while viewing the account settings, scroll down to see Email Notifications.  Select “Receive Daily Attendance Notification for my student by” and choose the method, most likely “Email.”

email notifications

5-Essentials Survey

Beginning February 3, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the ninth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials. 

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021 and will also be included in the State School Report Card. 

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Macomb parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted February 3, 2021 through April 2, 2021. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu. 

Sincerely,

Scott Sullivan
MHS Principal

Graduation

The graduation ceremony is set for May 22nd at 7:30. Traditionally, graduation is held at Western Hall on the WIU campus. While we do still hold a reservation for the date and time at Western Hall, we do not yet know that we will actually be able to hold a ceremony there. Given our current mitigations, it is not likely we would be able to host the traditional ceremony at Western Hall. We hope that our seniors, and their parents, know that we are continually monitoring the relevant information related to graduation. Our mission to provide the seniors with the best experience possible for their senior graduation.

Final Exams

We have not yet made any decision to change the status of final exams for second semester.  As of today, final exams are still scheduled for the week of May 24-27th.

MAP Assessments

The high school will conduct MAP assessments on the first two Wednesdays of February. The assessments will be done online from home. Each student will log into Teams with their first period teacher at 8:00. This is the only period for the day.  Seniors do not take the MAP.  February 3 is MAP Reading. February 10 is MAP Math.

National Merit Scholarship Finalist

FarrMacomb High School is pleased to congratulate Adam Farr for his nationally recognized academic achievement. Adam has been selected as Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Adam is a senior at Macomb High School and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Curt Farr of Macomb. 

Adam was first selected as a semifinalist in September of 2020. He next participated in an extensive application process.  After reviewing the semifinalists’ applications, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation notified Macomb High School on February 5th that Adam has advanced to the status of finalist.  Finalists will now be considered to determine which will be awarded National Merit Scholarships. Scholarship winners will be announced in a rolling process, beginning in April, and ending in June of 2021. 

Over 1.7 million juniors entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  The test served as an initial screening of program entrants.  Adam performed higher on the PSAT than ninety-nine percent of his peers nationwide. For more information about the National Merit Scholar Program, visit https://www.nationalmerit.org.

After graduation, Adam intends to major in Engineering at the University of Missouri. 

State Assessments

SAT (11 Grade)  April 13

PSAT 10 (10th Grade)  April 13-23  Testing Window

PSAT 8/9 (9th Grade)   April 13-23 Testing Window

Illinois Science Assessment March 15, 2021 (earliest) - May 14, 2021 (latest)  Testing Window

Streaming Athletic Events

Macomb Athletics YouTube Channel

Bomber Sports Network with Justice Keene via FaceBook Live

*Please note, not all games will be available. Some away contests will be streamed by the host school. The services above will be streaming most of our home games and a couple of road contests.

Scholastic Bowl 

Congratulations to the MHS Scholastic Bowl for placing 3rd in the Jesse Brown Virtual Tournament in Glasgow, Kentucky January 30th. Team members were Stan Melkumian, captain, Sanjana Babu, Georgeanna Greene, Jael Henning, Henry Jones and Sumner Roberts. Stan Melkumian was 5th in the top ten individual players. 

Spring Break

There are no plans to change the schedule. Macomb will be taking spring break on March 15-19.