February 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

President's Day - No School

February 19, 2024 


February 16, 2024-Half day attendance AM

Jostens Commit to Graduate

8th Grade students brought a packet home that has information that was covered, along with an order form that they can use to order their class t-shirts and other high school apparel if they choose to. Order forms are due back to the middle school office no later than Tuesday, February 6th. You may also use the link below to place your order online. If you have any questions please reach out to our Jostens representative Brock Danko at Brock.danko@jostens.com.


Click Here to Order Online!

MMS Yearbook

Anyone wanting to purchase a 2023-2024 MMS yearbook must purchase by March 20, 2024. 
There will not be extra yearbooks for purchase after March 20. Order your yearbook @ https://inter-state.com/yearbookentry/82288P 

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.

Middle 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.


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. 


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 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.


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.


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. 

6th Grade News

  Math: We are currently working on percentages and proportions!

· Reading: We are currently researching Greek Mythology and creating projects to present!

· Science: We’ve been studying genetics and growth & development.

7th Grade News

The 7th graders are off to a busy and chaotic third quarter with all the wintry weather. We appreciate families and students for being patient and making sure students are consistently attending class during e-learning. Attendance is important so please make sure you are at school each day unless you are ill. We encourage students to check their daily tasks through Clever, in Teams, and our school website when they are absent to locate assignments. Remember to communicate with teachers to complete makeup work in case of an absence. The testing season is here, so please eat a healthy breakfast, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated. The 7th graders just completed map testing for math and reading. Please take the time to celebrate your growth and effort for map testing. Please let the 7th grade team know if you have any questions. 

8th Grade News

On Monday, January 29th, MMS eighth graders met with Jostens representatives and committed to graduate from high school in May of 2028. Friday, February 9th from 5-7pm, the MMS Student Council will host a game night fundraiser in the gym and cafeteria. Students can play a variety of games, compete in relay races, and enjoy some fun with their friends. Admission is $3; all proceeds will benefit the McDonough County Animal Shelter. Students can bring a few extra bucks to buy tapewho wants to tape a teacher to a wall? 🙂 Students who attend should have rides arranged for pick up promptly at 7pm. Our classes continue to prepare for our cross curricular unit on WWII and the Holocaust, which includes a tour of Auschwitz.  

Choir News

 Macomb Junior High School Choral Department  



    Dessert Auction/Pops Concert Information- Monday, February 12, 2024 

The Dessert Auction/Pops concert is Monday, February 12th in the Fellheimer Auditorium from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  This is the 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 


Choir            Call time            Performance Time 

6th grade Choir        5:20pm (Head to the stage)    5:30-6:00pm 

7th grade Choir        5:50pm (Sit with your parents)    6:00-6:30pm 

8th grade Choir        6:20pm (Sit with your parents)    6:30-7:00pm 


Uniform for the Auction 

Dress for the concert performers is as follows: 

Top: Macomb Music Shirt 

Bottom: Jeans/khakis. We ask for nice, complete jeans, not messy ones     with holes. 

See you on Monday, February 12th for the Pops Concert/Dessert Auction! 



Macomb Choir Boosters 

Please become a member of the Macomb Choir Boosters. (Membership forms can be found: http://macombchoirs.org/boostersMembership 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: ♫ 

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 

Macomb Choirs Pops Concert 

Fellheimer Auditorium 5:30-8:00pm 

Required of 6th7th 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 7th and 8th grade students. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 

MMS Choir Trip – 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 6th7th and 8th grade students. 

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