January News

Calendar of Events-JanuaryOIP

January 3-Teachers Institute

January 4-School Resumes

January 5- MAP Testing

January 5-1st Semester Ends

January 10- High School Late Start Wednesday (classes begin at 9:00 am)

January 15-No School-Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Observation

January 22-Board of Education Meeting-7:00 pm MJSHS Library

January 24- High School Late Start Wednesday (classes begin at 9:00 am)

January 26- School Improvement Day-Early Dismissal


We would like to recognize Elena Jones, daughter of Emily Sutton and Josh Jones, and stepdaughter of Chris Sutton, for being chosen Senior of the Month for the month of November 2023. Elena participates in many school activities. She is the president of the Thespian Troupe and is the first MHS student to be selected to be an Illinois State Thespian Officer. She has been in every MHS show the last four years, both on and backstage. Elena also re-founded the Interact Service Club and serves as president. She played varsity tennis all four years and is also a member of the choir, student council and Spanish club. Elena has been active in the community, volunteering for Rising Stars Theater Camp since she was in 8th grade. She is also very politically active and enjoys encouraging others to vote, alongside her mother. Elena has earned many honors. She is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected by the College Board as a National Rural and Small Town Scholar. She has also been a High Honor Roll student throughout her entire high school career. Elena enjoys playing tennis with her friends and family and acting in local productions. She also loves reading, playing with her dog, and binging TV with her little sister. Her work experience includes lifeguarding for two years and working as a barista at Bold Brew House. She has also enjoyed babysitting for several families and working at her mother’s law firm part-time. After graduation, Elena plans to attend a 4-year university to major in biology on the pre-medicine track. She hopes to become a family physician and help advocate for rural and small-town hospitals.

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.


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.

Skylert is the district's notification system that enables school personnel to notify all parents/ guardians of an emergency or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation or late start.  Please make sure you login to Family Access and click on the Skylert tab to confirm all information is up to date. If you would like additional people to receive notifications, you can enter the information in the additional contact fields.  (If you have forgotten your Family Access login information, please contact your child’s school office for assistance.)
In addition to the call and email, families can opt into receive text messages.  To receive text messages, you must complete two steps.

  1.  Log into your Skyward Family Access account and click on Skylert in the toolbar on the left-hand side, confirm your cell phone number is in the "Text Messages Numbers" field in the Skylert tab in Skyward.
  2. Text Y to the number 67587. 
To learn more about, Skylert, please visit the district website.


E-Learning Learning Day Schedule 





Early Bird 



Students: Online Class Session with Course Instructor & Support Personnel 




























Student study time. 

Teachers provide extra support for students in need. 
Students/Teachers schedule individual or small group Teams meetings for extra assistance. 


When there is a school closing due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the day will be a Remote Learning Day. The day will count as an instructional day and attendance will be taken for state reporting purposes. K-12 students will meet via Microsoft Teams.  Learning experiences will be communicated through the teachers' Daily Tasks document which can be found in Microsoft Teams or in Clever, email or distributed by the classroom teacher.   

If you have any questions pertaining to the activities, teachers, will be available throughout the course of the day via email. Thank you for your support as we work together on making the most of these days.


On Tuesday, January 30th, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school Commons, representatives from the Office of Financial Aid at Spoon River College will be providing information and assistance on how to complete the new and updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The State of Illinois requires that all seniors complete the FAFSA to be able to graduate unless they choose to complete the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form. If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA process, please call or email your student's counselor.


 Macomb High School Choral Department  



    Congratulations to the following choir members who were selected for the ILMEA All-State Honors Chorus: Andrew Butcher, Barrett Dennis, Darah McFadden and Sam Powell. Additionally, congratulations to Addison Bainter and Alyssa Shockency who were chosen for the ILMEA Future Music Educator Seminar. They all will participate in the ILMEA All State Festival in Peoria January 24-27, 2024. 



♫ Upcoming Events: ♫ 




Who is involved? 

Jan. 16-18, 2024  

Musical Auditions for Oklahoma! 

Auditorium/Choir Room  

6-9 pm  

Interested Students  

Jan. 24-27, 2024  

IMEA All State   

Peoria, IL   

Selected Students-9-12 grade   

Thurs., Feb. 8, 2024  

Circa’ 21 musical and workshop  

Circa’ 21 Theater   

Rock Island- 9am-3pm  

Madrigal, B. Bellas and B. Basses  

Mon., Feb. 12, 2024 


6-12 grade Pops Concert  



9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024  

Optional Choir Trip to see “Mamma Mia” in St. Louis  

All Day  

Interested Students  

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024  

Middle School Solo and Ensemble- WE WILL NEED HELPERS!  

Hosted by Macomb Middle School  

All Day  

Interested Students who would like to volunteer to help! 😊   

Sat. March 2, 2024  

IHSA Solo and Ensemble   

Place: TBA  

Time-All Day   

Interested Students   


Thurs-Sat, April 4-6, 2024  

MHS Spring Musical, Oklahoma 

Fellheimer Auditorium  

Interested Students  

Fri/Sat., April 12/13, 2024 

IHSA Organization Contest 


9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Wed., May 1, 2024 

HS Spring Choir Concert  

Fellheimer Aud.   7:00pm  


9-12 Grade Choir members-required  

Wed., May 8, 2024 

6-8 Grade Spring Choral Concert 

7:00 pm 

Fellheimer Auditorium 

Bomber Bellas & Bomber Basses 

Sat., May 18, 2024 

MHS Graduation-Concert Choir will sing  

Western Hall-7:30pm  

Concert Choir-required  


Mrs. Stefanie Johnson and Mr. Jonathan Chu from the McDonough County Health Department presented information on food safety and sanitation to the MHS FACS classes on January 10-11. Students who pass the training will receive their Food Handler’s Certificate.
Thank you for a wonderful presentation!