October News

Office Hours & Phone Numbers

MJH School Office   -7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   -309-833-2074

Attendance Office    -7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   -309-833-2484

Co-Principal's E-Mail Addresses

Dana Isackson isacksond@mcusd185.org

Brock Bainter bainterb@mcusd185.org

Asst. Principal's E-Mail Address

Brett Burton burtonb@mcusd185.org


October 7, 2022-Half day attendance AM

Columbus Day - No School 

October 10, 2022

Butter Braid Pick Up

October 11, 2022 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm in MJSHS Commons 

Picture Re Takes 

October 11, 2022

MJH Glow Run

The Annual MJH Glow Run will be Thursday, October 13 at 7:00pm at Veteran's Park.  

MJH Halloween Dance

The MJH Halloween Dance will be held Friday, October 21, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the MJSHS Commons.

Parent - Teacher Conferences 

October 26 - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

October 27-12:00 pm-4:00 pm & 5:30 pm-7:30 pm - NO SCHOOL

October 28 - 8:00 am - 12:30 pm - NO SCHOOL

School Laptops

Please make sure you are charging your laptop at home every evening.  Please bring your laptop charger cord to school every day.

Clay Club

Clay club meets on Tuesdays after school in room 170 from 3:00 to 4:40. Please contact Mrs. Biggs for more details. biggsj@mcusd185.org

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club will meet Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00 in Mrs. Cooper's Room #185.

MJH Athletic Family Pass

2022-2023 Jr High School Athletic Pass will allow immediate family members admission to regular season Jr High Athletic Events only.  (IESA State Series Athletic Events are not included)  $75.00 per Family Pass (Immediate Family Only)  These passes are available in the Athletic Office at the Jr Sr High School.

JH School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jr. High classes begin at 8:00 a.m.  Outside doors are unlocked at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving before 7:50 a.m. should go to the Commons.  Students are dismissed from the Commons at 7:50 a.m. to go to the restroom, and/or get a drink.  Students need to be in their seats for their first hour class at 8:00 a.m.  Buses arrive between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  

Breakfast is served  at 7:30 a.m.  Jr. High students should budget their eating time daily, so they are not late for their first hour class at 8:00 a.m.


1st Hour 8:00- 8:43

2nd Hour 8:46-9:29

3rd Hour 9:32- 10:15

4th Hour Class 10:18-11:01

(4A Lunch 10:18-10:53)

5th Hour Class 10:56-11:39

(5B Lunch 11:04- 11:39)

6th Advisory 11:42-11:57

7th Hour 12:00-12:42

8th Hour 12:45-1:27

9th Hour 1:30-2:12

10th Hour 2:15- 3:00

Attendance/Passes/Bus Pass

If your child is absent from school any portion of the day, the parent/guardian must notify the school by 9:00 am.  A parent may call the office anytime before 7:30 a.m. and leave a message on the voice mail.  After 7:30 a.m., please call and speak with office personnel.

If a child is absent and no notification from the parent has been made, a reasonable effort by the school to notify the parent will be made.  A parental note is required on the next date of attendance.  This is in addition to the contact made between the parent and school on the day of the absence.   The note should be submitted to the Attendance Office or Jr. High Office before the student begins classes.  The Attendance Office or Jr. High Office will issue a pass to re-enter class.

If your child has an appointment during the school day, please send a note to school with the student.  The student should bring the note to the Jr. High office and a pass to leave class will be written.  It is very difficult to ensure a timely response if you show up unannounced requesting a student.  For example: PE classes may be hard to find so you may be late for an appointment if we are not notified in advance.  

Bus drivers try to ensure safety for all students on the bus.  Limiting numbers of riders is necessary to ensure safety.  Therefore, if a student needs a bus pass, the student must have a signed note from the parent.  We cannot accept phone calls.  A written request with the parent/guardian signature is required for a bus pass.

Sporting Events 

Jr. High students attending sporting events like Macomb High School football game are required to sit in the Jr. High section of the bleachers.  Students need to refrain from playing football, running around, or loitering as well as using inappropriate language.  If a student does not follow these rules, they may be banned from attending sporting events for the rest of the year.

Drop Off/Pick Up Locations & Procedures

Safety is our main concern in creating procedures for drop off and pick up.  With safety in mind, please follow procedures noted below:


Parents who drop off/pick up their child should do so in the circle drive or east entrance (Door A) at the Jr/Sr High School.  The circle drive is located by the football field on the northwest side of the building.  The east entrance is on the tennis court side of the building.  

Students who ride with high school sibling/students should enter the building at the circle drive entrance into the Commons. High School students park in the west parking lot by the football field.  High School students bringing Jr. High students should have them in the Commons before 7:55 am.  Jr. High students should be in their seats at 8:00 am or they will be marked tardy.   


Students who walk to/from school should enter/leave the Commons.  Student walkers may leave from the east doors or Commons.  They are advised to walk on the grass, not through the parking lot.  


There is a bike rack on the side of the building.  Students should park AND LOCK their bikes at the bike rack.  They should enter/leave the building in the Commons.  


Students riding a bus will be dropped off and picked up at the main entrance (Door H)  southwest side of the Commons.  At dismissal, students should go directly to the Commons, be seated, and wait to be dismissed when their bus is called.

Jr. High students riding home with their high school sibling should wait in the Commons for the high schooler.


Students are allowed 9 parent excused days.  These days are to be used for family related reasons. 

Mental Health Days are used for actual social/emotional stress related absences.  When mental health days are reported, families should call the school to report this to the school.  A counselor will be advised so that support can be available at school.      

2022-2023 MCUSD 185 Visitor Notice 

When entering any Macomb CUSD #185 school building, all visitors will be required to leave a PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARD during their visits. Staff will provide approved visitors with a badge before allowing them into the building.  When leaving the building, visitors will have their photo ID returned.   Sign-in sheets for visitors will no longer be used. 

New Cell Phone Policy  

In order to support student learning, the cell phone expectation at Macomb School District #185 is that all students, pre-k through grade 8 will not have cell phones in our classrooms and will leave their phones in their lockers when they are brought to school. This policy was already in place through grade 6 and as we transition to a new middle school model, we find it beneficial to extend the policy through grade 8.   The cell phones are to remain in the locker until the end of the school day.  If parents need to reach their child due to an emergency, please call the office of the building your child attends. Students contacting parents needs to be consistent. Students will ask teachers before they contact parents when they are ill, upset or require something. Teachers will assist students in contacting home through the classroom/office phone.  

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days 2022 

 Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days 2022   (October 17-21)

Monday, October 17-- Our Future's Too Bright--wear neon, bright colors 

Tuesday, October 18-- Hats off to Being Drug Free--wear a hat

Wednesday, October 19 --Red Ribbon Day--wear red  

Thursday, October 20 --Be on the Drug-Free Team--jersey day  

Friday, October 21 -- Orange and Black Day 

Parent-Teacher Conferences (October 26-28)

Macomb Junior High School Choral Department  



     Macomb Choir Boosters 

Please become a member of the Macomb Choir Boosters. (Membership forms can be found: http://macombchoirs.org/boosters) Membership dues can be mailed to Macomb Choir Boosters, P.O. Box 117, Macomb, IL, 61455.  Levels of membership include “Soloist”-$25, “Barbershop Quartet”-$26-$49, “Vocal Ensemble”-$50-$99, “Chamber Choir”-$100-$249 and “Choral Society”-$250-up. 




♫ Upcoming Events: ♫ 

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 

Seventh and Eighth Grade Fall Choral Concert   

7:30 pm Fellheimer Auditorium  

*Required of 7th and 8th grade students  

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 

IMEA Virtual Audition deadline for submissions (only select 7th and 8th grade students)  

Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 2022 

Annual Poinsettia Sale   

Grades 6th – 12th   

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022                

IMEA District Festival at WIU 

Selected 6th, 7th and 8th grade students   

Sat. Nov. 19, 2022 

Optional Choir Trip to Chicago to see “The Lion King”- all day 

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022    

Poinsettia Distribution –   

MHS Fellheimer Auditorium 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 

Seventh and Eighth Grade Winter Choral Concert   

7:30 pm Fellheimer Auditorium  

*Required of 7th and 8th grade students  

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023    

 6-12 grade Pops Concert/Dessert Auction *REQUIRED  

 5:30-8:00 pm   Fellheimer Auditorium 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 

IGSMA Solo/Ensemble Contest   

Optional for 7th and 8th grade choir & band students  

Place: TBA/Time: All Day 


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