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Paolo Dulcamara
Friday, January 31, 2020

January/February 2020 Newsletter

It is a New Year and a New Semester!

Engaging every student...every day!

Dear Parents / Guardians,

We had a great break and we all hope to see no more snow or anything leading to inclement weather days. Another important issue that comes up this time of the year is illness. Please see below in the newsletter a note from our nurse, Ms. Henson, about illness and school. Students need to make it to school on time and need to make it to school regularly. My dad always told me, “Son, if you are well enough to watch TV, you are well enough to be at school.” I guess an updated version would replace “watch TV” with “play Fortnite” or “watch classic vines”. It is a bit of an exaggeration from my old dad...but there is a kernel of truth. If you are sick, stay home and do not spread illness, but if you are not contagious and you can make here.

February will come and go before we know it. The 8th grade will take the ISA (Illinois Science Assessment) in March and then in April the middle school will be taking the IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness). Then, it is May and the end of the year Though this semester seems to go quickly there is still plenty of time for students to make the most of their learning opportunities. Students need to take every opportunity to grow in their learning by asking questions, staying after school, or contacting their teacher about getting help before school. Encourage your student to maximize this time before it is gone. 

Parents, we are thankful to you all and very appreciative for all that you do getting kids to school, helping them stay on task, supporting their studies, and supporting the school in its role of educating students. We are a team and we cannot do our job without you. Do keep in mind that as we grow our PTO, this can be an opportunity to be of service and to support your student, other parents, and the school. Also. I would like to add thanks to the PTO as they work to form their fundraising and teacher appreciation committees. We are all working together, home and school, to lead our students to success.

Thank you for all you have done this year and keep up the good work!


Mr. Paolo Dulcamara


Office News

There have been issues with some parents on occasion parking in the bus zone before dismissal and buses having their access or parking blocked. After 2:45pm, there can be no parent parking in the bus zone. If you came for a meeting but it has not completed by 2:45 you will need to move your car at 2:45.

I have added this map. Again, buses can start arriving anytime after 2:45. Cars parked in the bus zone makes for a hazardous area for children. Please note the parent parking area will be utilized starting Feb 3rd, Monday.

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony:

The 8th-grade Recognition Ceremony will take place at MHS on May 21st, at 6:00 pm, in the main gym.  The purpose of the Recognition Ceremony is to celebrate student growth and success through the middle school experience.

Doors will open and seating will begin at 5:30 pm. Students should arrive at this time to be readied for the ceremony. School appropriate clothing is required.  That said, as a rule, when attire is is questionable and hence generally not approved. If students have any questions,  please contact administration.

Students who are retained due to failing two more core classes, or who are suspended or expelled on the day of the Recognition Ceremony will not be able to participate. Students must be present at school on the day of the ceremony to participate. Additionally, all fees must be paid prior to this time to be eligible to participate. 

8th-grade students are exempt from attendance, on the last half-day of school. 

*Note: Attendance is expected on any possible snow day attached to the end of the academic year, prior to the last half-day.  The Recognition Ceremony will be held on May 21st regardless of the last day of school.

Some important dates:

  • February 7 - Electronic progress reports will be available after 4pm

  • February 13 - P-T conferences(5-8pm) by appointment only

  • February 14 - Teacher In Service Day (No student Attendance)

  • February 17 - Presidents Day (No School)

  • March 3 - Dental Safari program

  • March 13 - SIP day (½ day student attendance)

  • March 13 - End of 3rd quarter

  • March 20 - Electronic Report Card

Braves’ Matters

From the Desk of Nurse Henson


Now that the flu and cold season has arrived, please review and refer to the information below when determining if you should send your child to school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mrs. Henson, MMS school nurse.

Children who are ill or show signs of becoming ill should not be sent to school. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Fever 100° or Above: Student must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: No further incidence for 24 hours.

  • Strep Throat: 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic.

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Antibiotic treatment for 24 hours and no drainage from the eye.

  • If any concern of contagious illness, please contact your healthcare provider for further guidance before returning to school.


If it’s determined that your child needs to go home due to illness or injury, a parent or guardian will be notified and shall provide or arrange immediate transportation. Please check Skyward to make sure that the emergency contact information for your child or children is up-to-date.

More Nurse News - SMILE PRETTY! 

On March 3, 2020, Mascoutah Middle School will host a dental program for all students to provide dental exams at no cost to families who would like to participate. In order for your child(ren) to participate, an online parental consent form must be submitted. Students with or without private dental insurance will receive an exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants if needed. Licensed, experienced dentists, hygienists, and assistants provide all services.

This exam will fulfill the state’s dental exam requirement for 6th grade students. For those students who will be in 9th grade next school year, this exam will also fulfill the Illinois state requirement for 9th grade students to submit a completed dental exam during their 9th grade year.

If you are interested in participating, please go to and click on the “Forms/Downloads” tab to complete an online parental consent form or for more information about the Dental Safari program. If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, contact Mrs. Henson, school nurse, for a paper copy of the parental consent form. 


Please remind your student, if they are missing any items, to check the lost and found. We will soon be sending items to Goodwill or the like. Items are starting to pile up.



The MMS PTO has formed two committees, Teacher Appreciation and Fundraising.

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 5th at 6pm in the MMS library.

Student Services 

Here are a few dates regarding 8th graders transitioning to MHS.

  1. February 6th is Freshman Orientation at MHS from 6:30-8:00pm.  A presentation in the gym will start the evening which will be followed by a self guided tour.  Students will be able to get information about all of the clubs, sports, and activities available at MHS.  This is a great opportunity to begin thinking about what high school life will be like for your son or daughter.

  2. February 10th is the start of summer school registration for incoming freshman.  

  3. February 10th and 11th during social studies classes there will be a mock registration where the 8th graders will learn more about the high school curriculum and look through the high school course catalog.

  4. February 18th and 19th, 8th grade students will meet with the MHS counselors during their science class to register for high school.  If you are interested in meeting with the MHS counselor with your child, call the Mascoutah Middle School Office to set up an appointment on February 20th.

Information about your 6th and 7th grade registration will be coming in March...Stay Tuned!

Leu Civic Center Announcement:

Athletic Department

2019-2020 Mascoutah Middle School Athletics

Please see the calendar for sporting and other school events:

Cafeteria Menusfor February

Remember to checkout the MMS website for News, Events and our Live Feed. Follow us on Twitter and follow the District’s Facebook page for even more information.


Mascoutah Middle School.

846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

618-566-2305 / Fax: 618-566-2307