August News

WELCOME BACK!

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

After a much deserved summer break for students, faculty, and staff, the start of the new year is finally here. We are extremely excited that we will soon have students back in the building and classes underway. Our aim is to do everything we can to ensure that students will be able to learn in-person, 5 days per week. I see the 21-22 school year as our opportunity to forge ahead, continuing to do what we do best--foster learning in our students. 

We have created a Q & A page with items we believe our students and parents are curious about as we kick off the new year.  If you are curious about whether or not we will continue to have 2 lunch periods, change clothes for PE, or what time you should arrive at school in the morning, this is the page for you. https://macomb185.org/609/Return-to-Learn-Fall-21

NEW FACULTY

We would like to introduce our the new faculty members:

  • Logan Brown, Geometry
  • Ben Green, Biology, Conceptual Physical Science
  • Theresa Twaddle, Accounting, Computer Applications, Consumer Ed, Project Tech
  • Jennifer Waller, English 9, 10 & 11
  • Hailea Hadsall, Special Education
  • Nicole Lyles, Special Education
  • Sarah Kerfoot, Special Education

When you see them, please congratulate them and give them a warm welcome to Macomb!

NEW STUDENT/FRESHMEN ORIENTATION

The high school will host an orientation session for 9th grade students and students new to the district on Monday, August 16, 1:00-3:00.  This event is intended for students only in an effort to maximize our social distancing. Masks are required in the building.  The session will start in Fellheimer Auditorium with information from administrators and counselors. Students will also have the opportunity to follow their schedule in an abbreviated schedule so they can meet each teacher in their classroom.  Students should be dropped off at the "CC" doors in the East parking lot (on the side of the tennis courts).

BACK TO SCHOOL VIDEOS

We want to provide parents with an opportunity to learn a little about their student's classes and teachers. This year, we will again offer this through some video presentations created by our teachers. While an in-person back to school night is desirable and is normally well attended, we feel this is the best option considering social distancing guidelines.  Links to Back to School Videos will be posted on our website before the first day of school.

HOMEROOM SCHEDULE

We plan to pilot hosting homerooms for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. At the end of the first nine weeks, we will evaluate if homerooms will continue in the same format or if any alterations might be implemented. Homeroom Schedules will not impact the start and end times for the school day.  Instead, a 25-minute homeroom period will be built into the schedule between 4th and 5th periods. Each instructional period will then be 46 minutes instead of 51. Again, we plan to use the homeroom schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The first day we will use the homeroom schedule is Tuesday, August 24th.

The use of homerooms will allow faculty/staff to support students in many areas, including basic technology use, study strategies, eligibility checks, missing homework checks, digital citizenship, and more.

AFTER SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY, TUTORING, HOMEWORK HELP

We are happy to announce that high school students can benefit from help on missing assignments, tutoring in specific subject areas, and credit recovery courses after school. We intend to offer an after school session, supervised by MHS staff, from 3:15-4:15. Transportation home after the sessions can be arranged.

MHS Parents, you can complete an interest form here.

UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE

Athletic Physicals: Thursday, August 5th, 5:30 p.m. -MJSHS Commons

9th Grade Orientation: August 16 1:00 pm Fellheimer Auditorium

1st Pupil Day of School:   Thursday, August 19th- full day

Picture Day:  Monday, August 23rd

MEAL PRICING & FEES

From the District Community Letter:

FOOD SERVICE: The USDA has extended free lunches through 2021-2022. If students wish to purchase additional meals or milk, they will be charged the following prices:

  • Breakfast (including milk) preschool/prekindergarten through grade 12 $1.75, and adults $2.15.
  • Lunch (including milk) preschool/prekindergarten $2.35, K - 3rd $2.70, grades 4-6 $2.70, grades 7-12 $2.95 and adults $3.45.
  • Milk $0.55 · The Breakfast/Lunch Menus can be found on the district website.

Any questions should be directed to Aramark at (309) 837-2335.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

 Course planning and course requests for the upcoming year were completed in January. From February-May, schedule conflicts were resolved and all schedule changes were completed by June 1st. After school begins in August, further changes will be allowed only in accordance with the guidelines below:

 *DROP/ADD POLICY Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 classes (5 plus PE or 6 if PE waived) at all times. Drops will be allowed, in accordance with the guidelines listed below, only if 6 classes can be maintained. 

1st week of the 1st quarter/1st semester, a student may drop a class for a study hall only, with-out drop notation on transcript. 

2nd thru the 9th week of the 1st quarter/1st semester, a student may drop a class with a W/P or W/F showing on the transcript. 

Within 2 days after 1st quarter report cards are issued to students, drops may be made (W/P or W/F). After that time, no drops may be made until after the semester has ended. 

Procedure starts over at the beginning of the 3rd quarter/2nd semester. 

A student who struggles in a class and is determined to be inappropriately placed may be moved to a lower level class.

 A student who provides documentation that he/she needs a particular class as an entrance requirement to a college, university, or technical school may make a class change, at an appropriate time, during the course of the school year.

Important to Remember

--to read the Student/Parent Handbook . 

--to have a physical and immunization record on file when school begins.

 --to call the Attendance Office at 833-2484 by 10:00 a.m. the day of the absence.

 --that all vehicles parked at MHS must be registered by September 10. The cost is $35.

 --that school pictures will be taken—Monday, August 23

OFFICE HOURS & PHONE NUMBERS

Macomb High School Office 837-2331 (Grades 9-12) 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Attendance Office 833-2484 (Grades 7-12) 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

WEBSITE www.macomb185.org  

Rotary Youth Exchange

Spend the 2022-23 school year as a student in another country through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

If you become a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will open your life to countless experiences and opportunities. You will start building relationships with students from around the world as an outbound student preparing for your year abroad by interacting with current Rotary Exchange Students from around the world who are living in your region. This will provide you with a foundation for what you can expect out of your experience. During your exchange year, you will experience personal growth, gain new family, and build lifelong friendships all while immersing yourself in a new culture (and possibly a new language). You will discover new things about yourself throughout your journey, which could be anything from a new hobby you had never tried before to your life's passion and future goals. This is an opportunity that will develop you into an individual who can readily adapt to new situations and communicate cross-culturally, distinguishing you from other people your age. If you are worried about missing out on experiences back home, remember that this program is only one year long. What you gain from it will outweigh those missed experiences back home because you will be too busy creating your own unique experience abroad.

For parents who are apprehensive about their student doing the Rotary Youth Exchange - your student is going to have amazing support with Rotary from the time they decide to apply to years after they return from their exchange year. Rotary prepares the students for their exchange year with various activities prior to their departure and provides guidance on getting paperwork submitted and travel plans. While your student is on their exchange, they will have a host family (maybe even multiple) that will bring them into their home, providing them essential needs and more. They will also have a host Rotary Club and meet other Rotary Exchange Students in the region, serving as an additional support system. If your student does experience an issue while abroad, Rotary is quick to act whether it be resolving a situation or providing assistance with an emergency. Your student will not be alone at any point in this experience - they will have people there to guide them every step of the way.

Due to COVID-19, the Rotary Youth Exchange program is suspended 2020-21 through 2021-22. Over the years many Macomb Senior High School students have participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. During the 2018-19-year 2018 MHS graduates Emma Wohlstadter and Maggie Long were exchange students. Emma spent the year in Spain and is currently attending Monmouth College. Maggie was in the Czech Republic and is now a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The program is open to students who are ages 16 to 18 ½ at the time they go on exchange. Students must be in the upper half of their class and have a minimum 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Rotary member volunteers coordinate the program in participating countries. The value of the hosted Rotary program is comparable to a $10,000 scholarship. Participating students are expected to pay the transportation, insurance and associated costs of from $6,000 to $8,000 depending on the exchange country.

For application information contact John Maguire, Youth Exchange Officer, Macomb Centennial Rotary Club: tlmaguir@macomb.com telephone 309-833-2629.