January News

Calendar of Events-January ❄❄❄

January 3- School Resumes

January 5- High School Late Start Wednesday (classes begin at 9:00 am)

January 14-1st Semester Ends

January 17-No School-Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Observation

January 19-MAP Testing

January 19- School Improvement Day-Early Dismissal

January 24-Board of Education Meeting-7:00 pm MJSHS Library

Inclement Weather

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.

In addition to a parent/guardian receiving a phone call and an email from Skylert, the District’s notification system, the following radio stations and TV channels will announce delays, dismissals or school closings:

  • WIUM (FM 91.3)
  • WCAZ (FM 93.1)
  • WKAI (FM 100.1)
  • WJEQ (FM 102.7)
  • KHQA (Quincy Channel 7)
  • WGEM (Quincy Channel 10)

For More information on school closing and cancellations, please see the following page:

School Closing | Macomb School District - Official Website (macomb185.org)

Senior of the Month-December

Sydney Bentz daughter of Daniel and Tiffany Bentz has been selected by members of the MHS Faculty Council as Senior of the Month for December, 2021. This program is sponsored by the Mid-America National Bank who established the program to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding senior students.

Sydney participates in varsity cheerleading, MYLO, FFA, and National Honor Society. 

She volunteers at the local food pantry, the hospital, helps serve Thanksgiving lunches at the Eagle's Club, serves pork chops at Heritage Days, helps clean up our local parks, and helps with cheer clinics. 

Sydney has earned many honors. She received the 8th place FFA State Creed Speaker, the FFA Section 11 Prepared Public Speaker Runner Up (multiple times), most improved cheerleader, as well as earned a state FFA Degree. 

Some favorite pass times are spending time with family, traveling, collecting records/antiques, and watching movies. 

Sydney has work experience babysitting for multiple families over  three consecutive years. 

After high school, Sydney is still undecided where she wants to attend college, but plans to major in agriculture communications or agriculture business. 

Congratulations to Sydney for being selected Senior of the Month for December, 2021!

December Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Karen Morgan for being selected as the December Teacher of the Month. Mrs. Morgan was nominated by one of her fellow colleagues. She was nominated for starting up the blood drive at Macomb High School after not being able to hold the blood drive for several years. Mrs. Morgan is also the sponsor of National Honor Society and put a lot of time and work into planning a safe National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for our students,

Mrs. Morgan is being recognized for making Macomb High School a better place because donating blood is a gift of life to a person that needs it. Mrs. Morgan is also a very positive colleague and a role model to her students. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Morgan for being selected as the December 2021 Macomb High School Teacher of the Month!

5-Essentials Survey

Beginning January 11, 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.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials. 

All teachers and 4th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2021 and will also be included in the State School Report Card. 

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Macomb parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted January 11, 2022 through March 11, 2022. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted during that same timeframe. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or impact-surveys@uchicago.edu. 


Scott Sullivan
MHS Principal

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What a month!!! I am so proud of all the band students for their hard work and preparation during November and December. Thank you to all the parents, faculty, staff, administration, and especially the students for the Holiday Concert on Monday December 13th. Your students continue to amaze every day!  

Pep Band continues. Boys BB (BBB) will be at MHS, and Girls BB (GBB) will be at Washington Street Gym. Report times vary so always check the calendar. Games are: 

Jan 21- BBB, Jan 24- GBB, Jan 31- BBB, Feb 7- GBB, Feb 11- BBB, Feb 17- BBB 

 Illinois Music Education Conference will be at the end of January. The following students were selected to attend and perform in the All-State ensembles: Nellie Zhang and Valerie Mattsey. 

Students were given Solo and Ensemble music in preparation for Contest on March 5. This is a great opportunity for the individual player to mature as a soloist. Contact your accompanist soon to set up a rehearsal schedule. I have piano accompanist music and will deliver packets to them personally in the next few weeks.  

Upcoming dates of interest: 

Future dates: 

Saturday, March 5 Solo and Ensemble Contest @ Warsaw High School  

Wednesday, March 9 Collage Concert in Fellheimer (7-12 grades)  

Thurs-Saturday April 7-9 MHS Musical 

Tues, May 3 Spring Band Concert in Fellheimer 

Thank you for supporting music at MHS. 

Doug Mattsey, band director 


 Macomb High School Choral Department 



♫       Dessert Auction/Pops Concert Information- Monday, February 14, 2022


The Dessert Auction/Pops concert is on Monday, February 14th 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 14th for the Pops Concert/Dessert Auction!



Upcoming Events:




Who is involved? 

Jan. 18-20, 2022

Musical Auditions for Wizard of Oz

Fellheimer Aud/Choir room- 6-9pm

9-12 grade interested students

Jan. 26-29, 2022

IMEA All State 

Peoria, IL 

Selected Students-10-12 grade 

Monday, Feb. 14, 2022


6-12 grade Pops Concert 

Commons- 5:30-8:00pm 

9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Sat. March 5, 2022

IHSA Solo and Ensemble 

Place: TBA

Time-All Day 

Interested Students 


April 7, 8, 9, 2022

Spring Musical- Wizard of Oz


April 7- 7:00 pm

April 8- 7:00 pm

April 9- 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Interested students

Thursday, May 5, 2022

HS Spring Choir Concert 

Fellheimer Aud.   7:00pm 


9-12 Grade Choir members-required 

Sat., May 21, 2022

MHS Graduation-Concert Choir will sing 

Western Hall-7:30pm 

Concert Choir-required 



Scholastic Bowl

On January 8, 2022, Macomb Rotary Clubs hosted the 25th Annual Rotary Varsity Scholastic Bowl Invitational at Macomb Senior High School. Macomb placed second in the tournament. Springfield A won the tournament, Dunlap placed third, and Southwestern A, fourth. Members of Macomb A were Captain, Henry Jones, Brooke Baker, Carl Blome, Edan Clow and Georgeanna Greene. Henry Jones made the All-Tournament Top Ten Team by placing fourth out of 122 players

The following were scores for the matches:

Macomb v Southwestern B: 455-20

Macomb v Dunlap: 205-365

Macomb v Moline: 400-155

Macomb v QND: 445-30

Macomb v Southwestern A: 335-215

Macomb v Williamsville A: 375-245

Macomb v Chatham-Glenwood A: 415-175

Macomb v Springfield A: 200-480

Rotarians Jordan Pounders and Rotary president, Tom Stites, coordinated workers for the event. Matt Hasquin, Chair of the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches’ Association, kept statistics for the rounds. Doug Ericson also helped in the morning with stats. MHS Scholastic Bowl captain, Henry Jones, created brackets for the online statistics portion of the tournament, and the MHS JV team kept score electronically. Macomb Rotary Clubs and Engraving by Lin provided medals and trophies for the teams. Rick Cortes generously provided lunch from Jimmy John’s for the workers.

The following Rotarians, Macomb community members, and past and present Scholastic Bowl parents and players helped by being moderators or scorers: Alysson Bernards, Carrie Blome, David Bravermann, Dan Colvin, Nancy Colvin, Rick Crossett, Jim Ditulio, Cathy Early, Doug Ericson, Matt Glaser, Katy Gorsuch, Steve Gray, Steve Hopper, Nancy Jameson, Steve Knowles, John Maguire, Kelly Maningas, John McMillan, Barrie McVey, Jackie Miller, Jill Myers, Suzan Nash, Chris Norton, Julie Anne Pickett, Mark Pfleiger, Jeremy Robinett, Todd Rodeffer, Amber Schultz, Ryan Schultz, Alisi Stone, Lin Stults, Chris Sutton, Emily Sutton, Zach Sutton, William Taylor, and Dan Voorhis.

The MHS A team has also qualified for National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Small School National Championship Tournament in Rosemont, IL and High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, GA. The team placed second in the nation for small schools at the 2021 SSNCT.

The Macomb High Scholastic Bowl team deeply appreciates the support of everyone who helped with the tournament. They are all truly friends of MHS Scholastic Bowl.

beMHS Scholastic Bowl Team A placed third at the Pretzel Tournament at New Berlin December 11, 2021. Team A players were captain, Henry Jones, Brooke Baker, Carl Blome, Edan Clow, and Patrick Taylor. Henry Jones made the All-Tournament Team as the third top player out of 113. 

The following are scores for each match:
Macomb A v Triopia: 375-165
Macomb A v Dunlap B: 325-230
Macomb A v Auburn: 435-100
Macomb A v Riverton: 255-370
Macomb A v Quincy A: 400-265
Macomb A v Dunlap A: 285-300
Macomb A v Pleasant Plains: 320-270
Macomb A v IVC: 380-260