October 2-Powderpuff Football: 7:00 pm-bring canned goods for admission
October 6- High School Late Start (9:00 am)
October 7-Stunt Night 7:00 pm, attendance reserved for juniors, seniors, and members of performing groups. The event will be livestreamed to parents.
October 8-SIP In person attendance until 11:33 am
October 8-Homecoming Parade 4:00 pm; Homecoming Game 7:00 pm
October 9-Homecoming Dance-7:00 pm, held outside, no attendees from other schools
October 11-Columbus Day No School
October 12-Jostens Senior Presentation-Caps, Gowns, and Announcements
October 20-Picture Retakes
October 21-Jostens Collecting Senior Orders
October 22-End of 1st Quarter
October 27-Parent Teacher Conference 5:30-8:00 PM
October 28-NO SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
October 29-NO SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
October 30-Trunk or Treat-see below for more information
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.
Technology-Where to Find Information
The Macomb School District website serves as the central source of information. Everything that is going on in the entire district is posted here including daily announcements, current events, lunch menus, building newsletters, photos, ePay, sporting events and much, much more!
Counseling Department News
We will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT Exam on Wednesday October 13, 2021. This optional test is offered to 11th and 10th grade students. This test is separate from the state mandated SAT or PSAT 10 that students will be required to take in the Spring. Students who take the PSAT in grade 11 enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. The cost of the exam is $18. Payment and registration forms are due back to the Counseling Office by Wednesday, September 8th. Juniors will receive a registration form in English class. Sophomores interested in taking the exam can pick up a registration form in the Counseling Office. Please note that space is limited, and priority will be given to Juniors.
Students enrolled in AP courses have until Oct.1st to register for their selected AP Exams. Registration forms have been given to students in their AP courses. Additional forms are available in the Counseling Office. The overall cost of each exam is $96. A $40 per exam non-refundable deposit is due with the registration form no later than Oct.1st. Outstanding exam balances are due no later than March 1, 2022. Exam fee reductions are available for students that are eligible for free or reduced lunch. For those students, the total cost is $53 per exam.
On Thursday, October 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., representatives from the Office of Financial Aid at Spoon River College will be providing information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The state of Illinois requires that ALL seniors complete the FAFSA application to be able to graduate unless you choose to complete a Non-Participation form.
To comply with current guidelines, we ask that you please limit your attendance to just the student and parent(s)/guardian(s). After the completion of the brief presentation, you will have the opportunity to work with financial aid staff to complete the FAFSA application. To be able to do this, we ask that you please bring your personal laptop. Your student’s school issued device would work, as well. More details will be sent out closer to the event.
Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 4 video auditions are due by October 8. Several Macomb HS Band and String students will play their best to see if they make the District IV Festival performing on November 6 at WIU. Audition scores will be used to consider eligibility to the All-State music ensembles in Peoria in January. Good luck!
Email is a very timely means of communication. I, and probably you, send email every day. I send important information about field trips, rehearsals, all sorts of things. Check your SPAM filter and ensure that my address firstname.lastname@example.org is allowed to deliver. Thank you!
Band Boosters, what is it, where is it, who is it? The answer is YOU! Please consider becoming an active participant in your student’s musical life by becoming a Band Booster. Meetings are usually the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm on Zoom. Let me know if you would like to attend.
Marching Competition season is upon us. Great job, Marching Bombers, last month at the Morton Invitational. Keep up the forward momentum as we travel to Dunlap on October 16 and then University of Illinois on October 23. If you wish to travel as a chaperone, please email me to volunteer!
FALL FEST, formerly the Chili Supper, is Wednesday, October 20. Look for ticket forms in your email. This is primarily a JH event, but HS parents are welcome to help. The “Go To” person this year is Stacie Petitgout, and she will be organizing parent volunteers for prep, kitchen help, dessert tables, clean up, etc. The schedule is as follows:
Supper begins at 5 p.m.
5:15 p.m. 6th Grade Band
5:25 p.m. 7th Grade Band
6:00 p.m. 8th Grade Band
6:30 p.m. Marching Bomber Band
Keep these dates for upcoming MHS Band performances:
Wednesday, October 20 - Chili Supper night in the JH/HS Commons
Tuesday, October 26 – Concert Band chair auditions and Formal Wear fittings
Saturday, November 6 - ILMEA District 4 Festival Concert @WIU (select students)
Monday, December 13 – 6-8 Grade Band Concert in Fellheimer
Tuesday, December 14 - HS Band Concert in Fellheimer
Thank you for supporting music in Macomb!
Doug Mattsey, band director