January News

Calendar of Events-January 

January 4-Teachers Institute

January 5- School Resumes

January 13-1st Semester Ends

January 16-No School-Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Observation

January 18- High School Late Start Wednesday (classes begin at 9:00 am)

January 23-Board of Education Meeting-7:00 pm MJSHS Library

January 27-MAP Testing 

January 27- School Improvement Day-Early Dismissal


On occasion, poor weather conditions or other emergencies may arise which make it necessary to delay the start of school, dismiss early or close school. Families will need to have a plan in place that addresses the change in routine when these situations arise.

It is important to have your Skylert information up-to-date. Skylert, is a broadcast service that is fully integrated with Skyward Family Access. Skylert is provided by SchoolMessenger.

Skylert will enable school personnel to notify all parents/guardians by phone, email, or SMS text message of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start. Skylert may also be used from time-to-time to communicate general announcements or reminders of food service balances. A low food balance notification of less than $5 will be sent on Mondays at 6 p.m. Negative Food Balance notifications will be sent on Mondays at 6 p.m.

Updating Skylert Fields in Skyward:

Each parent/guardian member that has a Family Access account can individually log in to their separate account and see the button on the left hand side called, Skylert. Upon clicking on the Skylert button you will be taken to a page that has each parent/guardians individual contact information, which was provided to the school office. The first field is the Primary Phone which is your home phone number (if you do not have a home phone your cellular phone is listed). The second field is the Work Phone number. No notifications will be sent to your Work Phone. The third field is your Cellular Phone and the last field is your Email Address. This information cannot be manipulated by you. If you need this information to be updated, please contact your child’s school office.

Additional contact information can be added in the “Additional Contact Info for Family.” Three fields are available: An additional Phone Number, Email Address, and Text Message field. Next to each of these fields are boxes that allow you to check which notification you would like sent to your phone, or email address. A work phone number can be added in the additional Phone Number field. Please make sure it is a phone number that rings directly to you, as the notification will be a recorded message not identifying who the call is for. If you would like to receive text messages, each family member with a Family Access account must sign into their account and enter the cell phone number in the Text Message field. You may see your Cell Phone number listed in the “My Skyward Contact Info,” but this is only for phone calls, not text messages. Providing it in this field is your way of agreeing to “opt-in” to this service. Please note, although the District does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges. In the “Additional contact Info for Family” you will also be able to check which notifications you would like to be delivered to which Phone Number, Email Address, and Text Message. Once you make changes in the “Additional Contact Info,” click “Save.”


Tali Stone, daughter of Brian and Alisi Stone, has been selected by members of the MHS Faculty Council as Senior of the Month for November 2022. This program is sponsored by the Mid-America National Bank who established the program to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding senior students.

Tali participates in many school activities, including Marching Band/Concert Band, Tennis, Spanish Club, Soccer, and Thespians. She has earned many honors, including Girls Tennis MVP, state qualifier for tennis, Young Womanhood Recognition after completing achievements for 8 values including integrity, virtue, and good works, and High Honor Roll.

Tali is also active in the community. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, participates in the “Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat” food drive, has done community cemetery clean-up, indexing, and tree planting, and played in the Dickens on the Square band. Tali works at the Sno Shack and also works high school sports admissions and concessions for community and out-of-town events. She enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, reading, watching movies on the weekend, and chemistry. 

After she graduates, Tali plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to further her knowledge in the field of science. She would like to have a job working outdoors with plants or animals. 

Congratulations to Tali for being selected Senior of the Month for November, 2022!

5-Essentials Survey

Beginning the end of January, 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. Please be on the lookout for more information on the 5-Essentials Survey in our next newsletter.


College Application Reminder
As we wrap up first semester, it's a great time to "wrap up" submitting your college applications. Contact your counselor if you would like any help.
FAFSA Reminder
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open for the 2023-24 school year. The State of Illinois requires that all seniors must complete the FAFSA application in order to graduate unless they choose to complete the FAFSA Non-participation Form. If you would like assistance with completing the FAFSA or if you would like a copy of the FAFSA Non-participation Form, please contact your assigned counselor.

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Day at WIU

Western Illinois University’s School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration will be hosting an interactive Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Open House on March 21, 2023. The event will allow you to experience first-hand!


This event will open your eyes to an amazing career path you may never have known existed. Plus, you will get to test your situational awareness skills and conduct search and rescue operations.

 To join us at this event please complete the registration https://form.jotform.com/230054006688150


Macomb High School Choral Department


       Dessert Auction/Pops Concert Information- Monday, February 13, 2023

 The Dessert Auction/Pops concert is on Monday, February 13th in Fellheimer Auditorium from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This is a required concert grade for the third quarter for the 6-12th grade choral students.   This is the only concert where students are dismissed after they perform, though they are welcome to sit with an adult and enjoy the rest of the evening when they are done singing.  Admission for the event is free, however, we hope that you are generous in your bidding for these prized pies and desserts.    

Dessert Auction Performing Order and Call Times

Group                                       Call Time            Perform 

HS Mixed Chorus                                                    6:50 p.m.               7:00p.m

HS Concert Choir                                                    7:20 p.m.               7:30 p.m.

Uniform for the Auction

Dress for the concert performers is as follows:

High School Students – MHS Choir T-Shirt and Jeans.

 We hope to see you all at the Macomb High School Commons on Monday, February 13th for the Pops Concert/Dessert Auction!

             Congratulations to the following choir members who were selected for the ILMEA All-State Honors Chorus: Sherman Bernards, Andrew Butcher, and Eva Weiss. They will participate in the ILMEA All State Festival in Peoria January 25-28, 2023.


Upcoming Events:




Who is involved? 

Jan. 25-28, 2023 

IMEA All State  

Peoria, IL  

Selected Students-10-12 grade  

February 9, 2023 

Circa’ 21 musical and workshop 

Circa’ 21 Theater     

Rock Island- 9am-3pm 

Madrigal, B. Bellas and B. Basses 

Mon., Feb. 13, 2023 


6-12 grade Pops Concert  



9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Sat. March 4, 2023 

IHSA Solo and Ensemble  

Place: Rushville HS 

Time-All Day  

Interested Students  


April 14-15, 2023 

Combined Choir/Band WorldStrides Festival Trip 

St. Louis 

Optional for 9-12 music students. 

Wed., May 3, 2023 

HS Spring Choir Concert  

Fellheimer Aud.   7:00pm  


9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Sat., May 20, 2023 

MHS Graduation-Concert Choir will sing  

Western Hall-7:30pm  

Concert Choir-required 


Class of 2023, please submit your senior picture to the yearbook by April 1 at macombyearbook@gmail.com. 
2022-2023 yearbooks can be ordered at jostens.com for $55. 
Graduates of 2021 and 2022— you can pick up your yearbook in the MHS office between 7:30 am and 4 pm. 
Did you forget to order a 2021-2022 yearbook? We have a few copies left if you would like to purchase one. Please contact Mrs. Allen at allenl@mcusd185.org.