March News

Emotional Wellness Information

We are here to help! The pandemic has been hard on all of us.  If you are feeling the burden of it, please know you are not alone.  It is one thing to feel the burden, but if you are feeling overwhelmed there are staff available who want to help.  Besides teachers, your counselors, Mrs. Huston & Mr. Johnson, the social worker, Mrs. Fink, and the school psychologist, Mrs. Keck are available to help.  Reach out for support; we are here for you.     
Mrs. Huston (hustons@mcusd185.org)
Mr. Johnson (johnsonj@mcusd185.org)
Mrs. Fink (finke@mcusd185.org)

Mrs. Keck (keckr@mcusd185.org)

Wellness Groups

MJSHS is pleased to announce that we are partnering with McGruder Wellness Initiative, LLC to offer Wellness groups to students beginning in April. Students will receive the option to share their interest in the group later this week. More details to follow regarding this exciting opportunity 

Assessments

Each year our students participate in required assessments including the SAT, PSAT 10 & PSAT 9. Here are the dates 

SAT (11 Grade)  April 13

PSAT 10 (10th Grade)  April 20

PSAT 9 (9th Grade)   April 20

Illinois Science Assessment April 20

5-Essentials Survey

https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/

Beginning January 11, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the tenth 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 through March 11, 2022. 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

Senior of the Month-February

Congratulations to Casadi Keithley, daughter of Kelly and Rob Keithley, for being selected as the February Senior of the Month. Casadi is involved in many school activities, including Student Council (president), Senior Class Treasurer, Yearbook co-editor, Ecology club, Art club, Bomber Dance Team (captain), Varsity Girls’ Track, and National Honor Society (treasurer). Honors earned include National Honor Society, Academic All-Conference, Honor Roll, and Illinois State Scholar. Casadi works as a dance instructor at Project Dance Company and as a barista at The Study. She enjoys traveling, photography, staying active, and being outdoors. After graduation, Casadi plans to attend either Clemson University or University of Tennessee to pursue either Business Management or Biomedical Engineering 

Teacher of the Month-February


Congratulations to Mrs. Butcher for being selected as the February Teacher of the Month. She was nominated 

by a colleague for her positive presence, and tireless work with her choir concerts and work with the musical. 

She is a bright spot in the classroom, and the building is a better place with her in it.  

Prom

Prom will be April 30th this year, please look for the April newsletter for more information. 

Graduation

The graduation ceremony is set for May 21st at 7:30 at MHS Stadium. We hope that our seniors, and their parents, know that we are continually monitoring the relevant information related to graduation. Our mission is to provide the seniors with the best experience possible for their senior graduation. 

Jostens Class of 2022 Senior Pick-Up

Jostens will be here on March 25 both before school and during high school lunch hours to pass out senior caps/gowns and announcements. 

Final Exams

Final exams are scheduled for the week of May 23-27th.

Italy Summer 2023

Dear families of this year's 8th grade through this year's seniors,

Are you interested in seeing the Roman Colosseum, Pompeii, or Venice?  If you are, find your way to the online meeting about traveling to Italy during the summer of 2023. 

Several have already signed up for this opportunity, and we're most likely going to have a private, Macomb only, tour experience. 

All questions will be answered at the meeting on March 8th at 7PM. It is mandatory to register for the meeting at:     https://bit.ly/3JAwwD9

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Sincerely, Marshal Jordan

Choir

♫ Macomb High School Choral Department ♫ 

♫♪♫ MARCH NEWSLETTER ♫♪♫ 

From: Mrs. Butcher 

Pops Concert/Dessert Auction- Thank you to the parents, students and volunteers who helped make our February 14th Pops Concert/Dessert Auction a success!  We were able to raise over $6,000 for the Macomb choir program! 

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♫ Upcoming Events: ♫ 



Date 

Event  

Place/Time  

Who is involved?  

Sat. March 5, 2022 

IHSA Solo and Ensemble  

Place: Warsaw HS  

Time-All Day  

Interested Students  

Madrigals-required  

April 7, 8, 9, 2022 

Spring Musical- Wizard of Oz 

 

April 7- 7:00 pm 

April 8- 7:00 pm 

April 9- 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm 

Interested students 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 

ACDA Tenor Bass Festival  

WIU- 10-4pm 

Interested Students 

Thursday, May 5, 2022 

HS Spring Choir Concert  

Fellheimer Aud.   7:00pm  

 

9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Sat., May 21, 2022 

MHS Graduation-Concert Choir will sing  

Western Hall-7:30pm  

Concert Choir-required  

Guidance Office Information

Scholarship Information

Scholastic Bowl

Macomb High School Varsity Scholastic Bowl won the Illinois Masonic Scholastic Bowl Sectional at Macomb February 19th. The team advances to the state competition March 5th at Bloomington High School. The Illinois Masonic Lodges give out thousands of dollars every year in scholarships to teams placing in the top four at both competitions. The team thanks the Masons for sponsoring these tournaments and the following who moderated or kept score for the sectional: Chris and Emily Sutton, Josh Jones, Chris Norton, Angie Mendenhall Baker, Allysson Bernards, Carrie Blome, and Kerilynn Gibbs.

Picture back row left to right: Masonic Lodge representatives, Mr. Barry Beck, Mr. Tony Hayes, and Mr. Dan Phillips and varsity members, Celena Mangalaraj, Carl Blome, Georgeanna Greene, Henry Jones, captain; Brooke Baker, Edan Clow and Henry Egler.

Front row left to right: JV team members who timed the matches: Setema Stone, Emma Haskins, Caden Knoblock, Eliza Bernards, and Lynn Akoto.

Scholastic Bowl Picture


Congratulations to Henry Jones for being the #1 Prairieland Scholastic Bowl All-Conference player for 2022!

MHS Scholastic Bowl won the Prairieland Conference finals in Macomb on March 3rd. Conference matches were held every Thursday (unless it snowed) and Macomb remained undefeated! Henry Jones, team captain, was the #1 All-Conference Team Player. 

Picture front left to right: Lynn Akoto, Tucker Baldi, Henry Lauer, Patrick Taylor, Emma Haskins, Eliza Bernards, Celena Mangalaraj, Matt Clanin and Cullen Clow
Back row left to right: Henry Egler, Setema Stone, Edan Clow, Henry Jones, Georgeanna Greene, Brooke Baker, Carl Blome and Varek Venugopalan
Not pictured-Caden Knoblock 3-3 Scholastic Bowl Picture