MMS Family Newsletter October 2021

It's a Great Day to be a Brave!

Principal’s Message 

Dear MMS Families,

It is hard to believe we are already heading into the month of October and closing in quickly on the end of our first quarter of school. Despite our obvious major challenge, we continue to stay focused on our Pathway to Progress. I am very proud of the hard work put in by our staff and our students here at Mascoutah Middle School. Your continued support is also a  big part of our success.

Please read the newsletter carefully as it contains important information about our school and our district. If you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to help. 

Remember it's always a great day to be a BRAVE!

Sincerely,

Travis Klein, Principal

MMS Upcoming Events 

  • October 8 - End of the 1st Quarter - NO SCHOOL / Teacher Professional Day

  • October 11 - Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

  • October 12 - 2nd Quarter begins

  • October 12 - Picture Retakes and Pictures for Remote Students 

  • October 15 - 1st Quarter Report Cards available in Skyward at the end of the school day

  • October 20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 5pm to 8pm

  • October 21 - NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00pm to 8:00pm

  • October 22 - NO SCHOOL 

  • October 25 - 29 is RED RIBBON WEEK - click here for information

Office News

If you have not paid this year’s fees, please do so as soon as possible.  Late notices will be sent out soon.  Note that there is a $20 fee this year for all Band and Chorus students.  This charge has recently been added to those students’ accounts.  Please feel free to contact our office at 618-566-2305 with any questions.

 

If you participated in the Vaccine Clinic last month, Vaccine Clinic Offered at MHS. Click for more information!

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 20, 2021 from 5-8 PM and October 21, 2021 from 12-8 PM. Please click on the following link to schedule an in-person appointment today.

  Bravo

  Romeo 

  Alpha

  Victor 

 Echo 

 Sierra

Free to a Good Home

 If you are in need of school supplies or clothes for your middle schoolers, come to the gym lobby during parent teacher conferences.  Tables will be set up for you to browse through.  First come, first serve.

Attendance and Absences

Please contact the office beckerl@msd19.org or call 618-566-2305 if your child will be absent. Please call by 8:30 AM.

When it comes to being at school - every day matters. Please make sure your child comes to school each day that school is in session unless they are truly ill, quarantined or there is a legitimate family emergency / medical appointment. Both excused and unexcused absences have a negative impact on student learning and health.

If your student is having difficulty making it to school on time or the morning is stressful trying to rush out the door, try having your child get up five or ten minutes earlier. Also, keep in mind that students can eat breakfast at school for free. Don’t let breakfast at home affect your student arriving on time. Being tardy not only impacts your child’s learning but it can be an interruption to instruction when students come tardy to school.

October Word of the Month 

Each month we introduce a different character trait to students. The October word of the month is Responsibility: Accepting accountability for your own actions without blaming others

PTO

$1 Donut Days are every Wednesday.  Bring a dollar to purchase a donut on the blacktop before school.

We currently have spirit wear items available for purchase in the office.  Hoodies are $25 and t-shirts are $10.  

Next PTO meeting is Wednesday, October 6th at 7pm in the library.  All are welcome!  Babysitting will be available.  

Wear your purple every Friday to show your school spirit!

Chromebooks

Students need to bring their Chromebooks to school fully charged. There are opportunities to charge at breakfast and lunch but students are asked to  charge each night at home so it comes to school fully charged.

Arrival and Dismissal

Regular Day

Weds Early Release 

Half  Day

Late start

Bus drop off time at 7:25am

Drop off time at 7:25am

Same    

Drop off at 8:25am 

Breakfast begins at 7:25  

Breakfast begins at 7:25

Same

Breakfast begins at 8:25 

Doors open at 7:40am 

Doors open at 7:40am

Same  

Doors open at 8:40am  

School starts at 7:45am 

School starts at 7:45am

Same    

School starts at 8:45    

  Dismissal - 2:40pm

  Dismissal - 1:40pm

  Dismissal -10:45am 

  Dismissal - 2:40pm    

All bell schedules here

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedure Map Here

Clubs and Activities

Many activities and their sponsors are still being developed, but the linked list will give you an idea of what we all have to offer here at MMS. More details will come soon. Click here for the activities listing!

Sports

Mascoutah Middle School Athletic Information

 Congratulations to our Baseball and Softball teams for an outstanding regular season.  

Good Luck @ the State Tournament.  

Cross Country is wrapping up the season and will be Hosting the SIJHSAA Regionals October 8th at 4:00 p.m. 

Current Physical must be on file to tryout 

Girls Basketball Tryouts October 4-5 3:00-5:00

6th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts October 12-13 3:30-5:30

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts October 12-13 5:30-7:30 

8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts October 14-15     

Oct. 14 @ MHS 5:00-7:00  and  Oct 15 @ MMS 5:00-7:00

Health/Wellness

Your student’s vision is very important to his or her success in school. As part of the Illinois Department of Health’s efforts to ensure that students have every chance of this success, routine vision screenings are required for certain age groups including 8th grade, special education and all students new to the district. Vision screening for these students will begin soon with referrals mailed home for those identified with possible problems.  Mrs. Henson, MMS School Nurse, will screen the 8th grade students during his or her physical education class time.

Referral notices may be sent home for students needing a vision exam with an ophthalmologist or optometrist or for students needing their current glasses prescription checked. If you receive a vision/glasses referral notice from the school nurse, please make an appointment with your ophthalmologist or optometrist.  Take the vision referral form with you when your child goes for the eye exam appointment.  Your eye doctor will write his/her findings on the form.  Sign the parent section of the form and return it to the school.

These reports assist us in the education of your child. If there are financial concerns or help is needed to find an ophthalmologist or optometrist, please contact Mrs. Henson. If you have any questions about your child’s vision, call Mrs. Henson at the Middle School (566-2305).

We will continue to update you in all matters concerning Covid mitigation, quarantining protocols, or any masking regulations.  Mascoutah Middle School staff are committed to keeping all students safe and following all district safety/wellness policies. Please visit our webpage.

If your child has received the covid vaccination series, please submit a copy of the immunization card to the school nurse. In the event that we need to have an exclusion due to exposure to a positive covid case, your child would be allowed to stay in school with the following stipulations:

  1. Must wear a mask at all times (classes, PE, sports, etc).

  2. Will eat lunch in the lunch room alcove area to allow mask removal with 6 ft social distancing

 UPDATE As of 9/23/2021 - The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has updated some of the Covid-19 exclusion guidelines. Starting today, a student who is either called in ill with covid symptoms or goes home with covid symptoms, will need to submit proof of having obtained a lab collected COVID-19 test within 24 hours of absence. If the student has siblings in the district, those students do not necessarily have to be excluded immediately on the first day of the ill student's absence. If the ill student does not submit proof of having obtained the lab COVID test by the end of school the next day, then the siblings will be excluded for the remainder of the *14-day COVID-19 illness exposure exclusion. 

Counseling & Social-Emotional Support

  • School social workers and counselors are available to answer questions and provide guidance to students and families who may need additional support as they transition back to school.

  • MFLC-This is a reminder that we have a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at Mascoutah Middle School.  The MFLC can help with the day-to-day stressors of military life, the impact of deployment and reintegration along with other issues such as adjustment to a new school, communication, shift in family dynamics, grief and loss, and social skills/peer interactions.  These services are free of charge and are confidential to active duty service members and their families. The MFLC is a mandated reporter regarding situations where there is potential danger or threat to self or others, spousal abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, and possible criminal behavior or intent.  All services are otherwise confidential and anonymous and there are no written records kept. Signed parental consent is required in order for the MFLC to work with a student. This parental consent form is available in the Middle School Office. For questions or a copy of the consent form,  please call our MFLC at 618-666-3490 (work cell phone) or the school office and ask to speak with the MFLC.

  • Deployment Connections Group- This group will start in October. There will be one group per grade level. Students have been asked during homeroom to sign up if they have a family member currently deployed or who will be deploying by the end of 2021. A signed parent consent form is necessary to participate in this group. For students who are interested in joining this group, a parent consent form will be sent home. If you have any questions regarding this group you can call the Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) at 618-666-3490 or call the school office and ask to speak with the MFLC.

  • FALL is coming! Fall into Good Study Habits with these 10 TIPS!  Review these with your child.

  1. Create an appropriate study space - A distraction free zome will all of the materials your child needs to make the study time a success

  2. Use a Planner - Using the agenda book or online calendar to write down assignments will help make sure all homework is completed.

  3. Get into a Routine - Create a schedule and stick to it! Make sure the schedule has time for each subject.

  4. Make the most out of your class time - Being an active learner in class will help student learning.

  5. Take Good Notes - Paying attention to what the teacher is saying and documenting it is valuable.

  6. Review Notes Daily - Daily review will help with retention.

  7. Get to Know your Teachers - Rapport! Rapport! Rapport!

  8. Work Smart - Long term projects can become a big stressor.  Break it down into smaller chunks to make it easier.

  9. Be Social - Make a friend or two in each class!

  10. Manage Stress - Being back in the school setting can bring some stress.  Learn some breathing techniques and find some time to do things you enjoy for stress release.

Cafeteria: Lunch and Breakfast

We will continue to offer free lunch for all students throughout the 2021-2022 school year, just as we had the previous year. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, please fill out the Household Eligibility Form  linked here.  These forms and the numbers they generate have a huge impact on our funding.

Breakfast is served from 7:25am to 7:40am each day. Students must arrive prior to 7:35am in order to have time to eat their breakfast. After 7:40am the breakfast serving line is closed, and the cafeteria doors are locked.

Current Menu

 

 

 

Mascoutah Middle School.

846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

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

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