May News

Calendar Reminders

5/9/22-5/13/22: Senior Spirit Week! (Days will be posted on social media and there will be posters in the hallways once they're approved)

5/16/22: FINAL DAY of senior attendance, unless taking finals (see message from Mr. Fulkerson about checkout process for seniors.)

5/17-5/18: Senior final exams

5/18/22: SIP Day
5/18/22: Senior Meeting 12:30-1:30
5/18/22: Senior Convocation 1:30-3:00-parents welcome to come

5/20/22: Graduation practice (9:30) with elementary school walk-throughs to follow

5/21/22: Graduation and Project Graduation

5/22/22:  Rain Date for Graduation

5/25-5/27: Finals for 9-11, see below.

5/27/22-SIP Day-Last Day of School

Graduation Information

The MHS graduation ceremony is set for Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the stadium at Macomb High School. Masks are not required at the the ceremony and graduates may invite an unlimited number of guests.

As a precaution for bad weather, we will pre-schedule "rain dates/times" in the following order:
Sat, May 21 7:30 p.m. (scheduled time)
Sun, May 22, 1:00 p.m. (1st possible makeup)
Sun, May 22, 3:00 p.m. (2nd possible makeup)
Sun, May 22, 5:00 p.m. (3rd possible makeup)
Sun, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
We will do our very best to host and complete graduation even in the event of some rain sprinkles. However, we are not capable of dealing with too much consistent rain, wind, and/or lightning. If anything should change in the schedule above, Mr. Sullivan will use the School Alert calling system to notify seniors and their parents by phone, email, and text.

Final Exams for Grades 9-11

Time

Wed, May 25

Thu, May 26

Fri , May 27

8:05-9:55

1st period exam

4th period exam

8th period exam

10:05-11:55

2nd period exam

5th/6th period exam

Make-up Exams

12:00-1:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch/Early dismissal

1:10-3:05

3rd period final exam

7th period exam

SIP teacher meetings

Students earning an exemption from all of their final exams are not expected to attend on these days. Students earning an exemption from some, but not all finals, can leave the building for those periods without a required exam. Lunch during finals will be open campus for all students.

Spring 22 Attendance, Punctuality, Behavior & Grade Incentive

This began on April 11, 2022

We recognize that students have not been able to benefit from incentives for the last two school years due to Covid.  We feel the time is right to reinstate a modified incentive from which everyone can benefit. We will offer an incentive based on student attendance, being on time to class, and positive behaviors. 

 Students can qualify for an exemption from final exams if they meet the following criteria: 

A student must have zero (0) unexcused absences from April 11 thru the end of the school year. Excused absences do not count towards this criterion. 

A student may not be tardy to class more than five (5) times from April 11 thru the end of the school year. This is a cumulative count for all periods combined, including students late to first period. 

A student must not have any Level I, Level II, or Level III discipline referrals for any reason from April 11 thru the end of the school year. 

If all three criteria above are met, the student is eligible for an exemption in each course they have earned a grade of 73.5% "C" or better for second semester (S2). 

Clarifications & Reminders: 

We have purposely focused on limiting unexcused absences for this incentive because we do not want any student to come to school when sick. We excuse absences for illness so these will not count against a student for this incentive. 

Why might an absence be unexcused instead of excused? 
The most common reason is that guardian does not call the attendance office to communicate the reason for the absence. If we do not hear from the guardian, the absence is unexcused.  

The student has exhausted the number of days we can accept a guardian call to excuse the absence.  We accept guardian “call-ins” up to 9 days. After the 9th time, we only excuse illness if a Dr. note is provided. 

“Tardies” will start over for every student for the purpose of this incentive. Each student will be able to start Monday with none counting towards this incentive. 

This incentive applies to grades 9-12. Seniors are also eligible for the “A” incentive found in the handbook. This incentive has no bearing on WACS courses, dual enrollment WIU courses, dual credit Spoon River courses, and any other sources that have set their own policies. 

Students that earn exemptions from final exams still have the option of taking them to raise their grade. 

Game Coding, AI Design, and Websites Workshop

Macomb High School Coding WorkshopOn April 26, Vivian Li, Teddy Li, and Ian Wells conducted an online workshop for MHS students. They gave a general presentation on how the Internet works followed by three breakout sessions. Students could choose any of the three to attend which were each led by one of the guest hosts. Ian led students through an introduction of game development, Teddy led his group in AI design, and Vivian taught students the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

This was the second time Vivian has led an online workshop for MHS students. Her first was in October of '20 after she had reached out to Mr. Sullivan with the idea of giving back to her high school. Vivian (MHS '14) majored in computer science at the University of Illinois and currently works at Microsoft. She is set to transition to Substantial, a design and development company in Seattle, this spring. For latest workshop, she recruited her brother, Teddy, and a friend, Ian, to assist. Teddy is set to graduate from the U of I this spring and will work at Amazon. Ian and Vivian were classmates in the computer science department at the U of I. Ian currently works at Google as a software engineer where he works on Chrome development. 

This was a terrific experience for our students as they had the opportunity to learn from high level professionals, two with roots right here at MHS! Thank you Vivian, Teddy, and Ian.

Choir

Macomb High School Choral Department ♫

♫♪♫ MAY NEWSLETTER ♫♪♫

Thursday, May 5th Spring Concert Information

Our Spring Concert will be Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 pm in Fellheimer Auditorium.

Call Times:

6:15 pm Bomber Bellas meet in choir room

6:20 pm Bomber Basses meet in choir room.

6:25 pm Madrigals meet in choir room.

6:40 pm Mixed Chorus/Concert Choir call time

6:55 pm Sit with family

7:00pm Concert Begins

Tuesday, May 10th Bomber Basses/Bomber Bellas to perform at the JH Choir Concert

7:00pm Fellheimer Auditorium

Friday, May 20th Graduation Practice for Concert Choir

Concert Choir will practice for Graduation in the morning. More details coming soon!

Saturday, May 21st MHS Graduation

Concert Choir will be performing at Graduation on Saturday, May 21st at 7:30 pm.

Call Times: Sophomores and Juniors: Be there at 7:15 pm; be in your seats at 7:20 pm.

Dress: Sophomores and Juniors: Choir Robe AND Stoll! Black bottoms, black shoes. Please dress nicely!

Seniors: Graduation robe, any bottoms and any shoes

Grade: This is a required performance for Concert Choir Members and is worth 100 points.

Monday, May 23rd Auditions for 2022-2023 Extracurricular Choirs: “Madrigal Singers”, “Bomber Bellas” and “Bomber Basses”

Auditions for the 2022-2023 school year Madrigal Singers (SATB), Bomber Bellas (SSAA) and Bomber Basses (TTBB) will be on May 23 from 3:15-6:00pm. There is an informational sheet in the choir room (also attached) with requirements along with a sign-up sheet.

*2022-2023 Rehearsal Times: Bomber Bellas will rehearse on Monday from 3:15-4:00 pm.

Bomber Basses will rehearse Tuesday from 3:15-4:00 pm.

Madrigals will rehearse on Thursday from 3:15-4:00 pm.

For event information and a calendar of events, please visit: www.macombchoirs.org

Scholastic Bowl

Congratulations to Macomb High School Scholastic Bowl for placing 11th out of 55 teams at NAQT's Small School National Championship Tournament in Rosemont, IL April 22-24th. Team captain, Henry Jones, was the 8th top player out of 283 competitors. The team will compete at NAQT's High School National Championship Tournament next month in Atlanta. MHS Scholastic Bowl has qualified for PACE and NAQT national tournaments since 2012 by placing in the top 15% at area competitions using NAQT question sets. 
The team thanks Dr. Chris Sutton for his many years (since 2013) of chaperoning our teams to Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. 

Picture left to right: Celena Mangalaraj, Edan Clow, Brooke Baker, Henry Jones and Georgeanna Greene.

Scholastic Bowl Tournament