January 2024 News

Office Hours & Phone Numbers

Middle School Office   -7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   -309-833-2074

Attendance Office    -7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   -309-833-2074

Principal's E-Mail Addresses

Brock Bainter bainterb@mcusd185.org

Asst. Principal's E-Mail Address

Brett Burton burtonb@mcusd185.org

Teacher's Institute - No School 

January 3, 2024

MLK Birthday - No School

January 15, 2024 

MAP Testing

January 17 & 18, 2024  

SIP Day

January 26, 2024-Half day attendance AM

MJH Athletic Family Pass

2023-2024 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 Sr High School.

JH School Hours

8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Middle School classes begin at 8:10 a.m.  Outside doors are unlocked at 7:35 a.m. Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. should go to the Commons.  Students are dismissed from the Commons at 8:00 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 8:10 a.m.  Buses arrive between 7:35 and 7:50 a.m.  

Breakfast is served  at 7:35 a.m.  Middle School students should budget their eating time daily, so they are not late for their first hour class at 8:10 a.m.

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 before the student begins classes.  The Attendance 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 or call the office by 11:00 a.m.  The student should bring the note to the Middle School 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.

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:

Drop Off Procedures

  1. Busses will use the north parking lot entrance (closest to the high school).  All bus students will be dropped off in the West Lot near the main entrance.  
  2. All car riders will use the south entrance on the back side of the middle school.  Cars should follow the drive along the backside of the middle school and proceed around the curve to the front of the building.  Please stay to the right and go around the small circle drive in the east parking lot and pull up along the sidewalk to drop the students off.  Cars should then proceed back around the backside of the building and exit out the south lot.  Please stay to the right so traffic can move in both directions.
  3. Any students walking to school or riding with a sibling to MHS and then walking to MMS, should use the sidewalk between the two parking lots to enter the building.
 
Dismissal Procedures
 
Macomb Middle School will dismiss at 3:10. The north entrance will be for busses only after school from 3:10 to 3:30.  
      
  1.  Busses will use the north parking lot entrance (closest to the high school).  All bus students will be picked up at the West Lot near the main entrance.
  2.  All car riders will use the south entrance on the back side of the middle school.  Cars should follow the drive along the backside of the middle school and proceed around the curve to the front of the building.  Please stay to the right and go around the small circle drive in the east parking lot and pull up along the sidewalk to pick students up.  Cars should then proceed back around the backside of the building and exit out the south lot.  Please stay to the right so traffic can move in both directions. (Same procedures as the morning)
  3. Walkers will exit out the main doors and use the sidewalk between the east and west parking lot.

PARENT EXCUSED DAYS & MENTAL HEALTH DAYS

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 is given. 

2023-2024 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. 

Reminder

It is the student's responsibility to pick up items brought to school and dropped off at the office by parents/guardians.

Thank you for helping your student remember to bring all items to school.  For example:  homework, musical instruments, lunch money, etc. 

Asbestos

ASBESTOS CONTAINING BUILDING MATERIALS MANAGEMENT PLAN – This is to notify you that Macomb Community Unit School District #185 has submitted its Management Plan prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA, 40 CFR 763) for XXXXX School. Copies of the Management Plan are available in the Administrative Office of the School District and in the Administrative Office of the school building. These plans are available for your inspection during normal business hours of the office (Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and during other times by special arrangements. We request that appointments be made with us to review the plans. To make arrangements, please contact Mr. Brock Bainter, Principal at (309) 833-2074.

Telephone Calls

We encourage parents and children to communicate before he/she arrives at school. This provides a sense of security for students throughout the day.  They know what's going on with family.  Please limit phone messages to emergencies, if possible.  If a student needs to make a call during the school day, they should report to the MS Office.  A phone log is maintained.  The office phone is not for making plans with friends.  The main office closes at 4:00 pm. 

Change of Address

Please notify the office of any changes regarding: home address, employer information, home/work/cell phone numbers, emergency contacts.  Family access is available for you to view various students data such as attendance, grades, emergency contacts, food service summaries and other similar types of information. Please keep your account u

E-Learning Days

Here is the District link for E-Learning Days.  Our chart with shortened schedule is posted.

When there is no school due to inclement weather or other emergencies,
the day will be an E-Learning Day. Students will meet via Microsoft Teams 
and complete Daily Tasks. The day will count as an instructional day and
attendance will be taken for state attendance reporting purposes.



MMS E-LEARNING DAY SCHEDULE 2023-2024

1st Hour 8:30- 8:50 Students: Online Class Session with Course Instructor

2nd Hour 8:55-9:15 Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor                      

3rd Hour 9:20- 9:40 Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor 

4th Hour  9:45-10:05 Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor.  If this is                                                       your lunch hour you have a break.

5th Hour  10:10-10:30 Students: Online Class Session with Course Instructor.  If this is                                                      your lunch hour you have a break.

6th Hour  10:35-10:55 Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor. If this is                                                        your lunch hour you have a break.

7th Hour 11:00-11:20  Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor

8th Hour 11:25-11:45  Students:  Online Class Session with Course Instructor 

9th Hour                       Exploratory Classes will not meet on these days.                      

Lunch      11:45- 12:20  Lunch

                 12:20- 3:00   Student study time.  Teachers provide extra support for students                                        in need.  Teachers can be reached through email or Teams.                                               Students/Teachers schedule individual or small group Teams                                              meetings for extra assistance. 

Winter Weather Information

If the weather becomes questionable, a parent/guardian will receive a phone call and an email from Skylert, the District’s notification system, will announce delays, dismissals or school closings. More information can be found on the School Closings page on the school website.

INCLEMENT WEATHER/NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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.
 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.
Text Y to the number 67587.

To learn more about, Skylert, please visit the district website. 

Change of Address

Please notify the office of any changes regarding: home address, employer information, home/work/cell phone numbers, emergency contacts.  Family access is available for you to view various students data such as attendance, grades, emergency contacts, food service summaries and other similar types of information. Please keep your account updated.  

7th Grade News

We are continuing to celebrate students on Fridays that work hard in class, participate and exhibit positive citizenship is ongoing and our 7th graders enjoy this engaging time. Our second quarter P.B.I.S incentive will be attending the Western Illinois University Recreation Center to participate in some fun and relaxation. Please remember to utilize lunch study hall and enrichment center from Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:30pm. The second quarter will be coming to a close soon so we highly encourage students to complete will their missing assignments. Enjoy your time over winter break!


Choir News

♫ Macomb Middle School Choral Department ♫

♫♪♫ JANUARY NEWSLETTER ♫♪♫

♫ 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.


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♫ Upcoming Events: ♫

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 Macomb Choirs Pops Concert Fellheimer Auditorium 5:30-8:00pm Required of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Saturday, Feb. 24,

2024 Middle School Solo/Ensemble Contest Macomb Middle School All day. Any participating 6th-8th grade student.

Friday, March 22,

2024 WIU Honor Choir WIU Campus 9:00am-4:00pm. Select 7th-8th grade students.

Friday, April 26,

2024 IESA Organization Contest Rushville, TBA Required of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 MMS Choir Trip – TBA TBA Any participating 6th-8th grade students.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade Spring Choral Concert Fellheimer Auditorium 7:00pm. Required of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

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