November 2021 Newsletter

It's a Great Day to be a Brave!

November 2021

Principal’s Message 

Dear MMS Families,

I am not sure how you feel, but I cannot believe we are at the end of another month of school! The students have established the routines of school, positive behavior is being celebrated, our staff is working hard to identify essential learning standards with clear learning targets for their students, and the office is busy managing the day to day events of a middle school.  I am very proud of how hard everyone in our school is working!

Be sure to support our school fundraiser by encouraging your students to make sales online as well as in person.  These funds go towards our Positive Behavior and Incentives Program here at MMS.  This program supports our promotion of positive student behaviors and allows us to celebrate good behaviors happening throughout our school. See more information below.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday this month, take time to be grateful for all of the things we do have in our lives. Some of the health benefits resulting from gratitude include greater happiness, more optimism and positive emotions, new and lasting relationships, more progress toward personal goals, and fewer aches and pains. We as educators are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community of supportive parents and kind students. Thank you for all you do to help us do the best we can for your child.

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


Travis Klein, Principal

MMS Upcoming Events 

  • 11/11 - School will be closed in honor of Veterans Day (for all who have served, thank you)

  • 11/15 - Progress Reports will be in Skyward by 4pm

  • 11/16 - Board Meeting at 7pm

  • 11/24-26 - School will be closed for Thanksgiving Break

Office News

Our Fall Fundraiser continues through Friday, November 5th.  The money collected from this fundraiser will help to fund our PBIS program.  Students were given a packet to take home.     

Please open the Interactive Fundraising Packet through this link to learn more about selling and earning PRIZES.  

 The link to the online store is :

Continue to sell items and earn more prizes! Thank you for your support!


Attendance and Absences

Please contact the office 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. Please see the Student Handbook for more information (pgs 5-7). Both excused and unexcused absences have a negative impact on student learning and health.

Being tardy to school adds up and has a cumulative impact on a loss of learning time, as does being late for class. 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.

Starting the week of November 1st, students with no referrals and who have made it to school on time in the previous week will have a chance to win a prize. This is an incentive to promote respect:  behaving to MMS standards and having no referrals, and responsibility:  coming to school on time. 

Please encourage your student to behave accordingly at school and help them make it to school on time.

November Word of the Month 

Each month we introduce a different character trait to students. The November word of the month is 

Cooperation:  Working together to accomplish a task, play a game, or resolve issue


$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, November 3rd, at 7pm in the library.  All are welcome!  Babysitting will be available.  

Wear your purple every Friday to show your school spirit!

Homework Lab

Homework lab takes place from 2:45 to 3:30 every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and is open to any student in need of a quiet, supervised place to complete school work. Students wishing to stay for Homework Lab should report to the homework lab classroom for their team at 2:45. Once in the homework lab classroom, students will not be dismissed until 3:30. Students staying for Homework Lab must be picked up promptly at 3:30. Transportation after Homework Lab is not provided by the district. Questions about homework lab should be directed to assistant principal, Karen Mulvihill or your child’s homeroom teacher.


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 7:25 a.m.

Drop off time at 7:25 a.m.


Drop off at 8:25 a.m. 

Breakfast begins at 7:25  a.m. 

Breakfast begins at 7:25 a.m.


Breakfast begins at 8:25 a.m.

Doors open at 7:40 a.m. 

Doors open at 7:40 a.m.


Doors open at 8:40 a.m.

School starts at 7:45 a.m. 

School starts at 7:45 a.m.


School starts at 8:45 a.m. 

Dismissal - 2:40 p.m.

Dismissal - 1:40  p.m.

Dismissal - 10:45 a.m. 

Dismissal - 2:40 p.m     

All bell schedules here

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedure Map Here

Clubs and Activities

Most Clubs still have openings, this linked list will give you an idea of what we all have to offer here at MMS. Click here for the activities listing!


Mascoutah Middle School Athletic Information

Congratulations to our Fall Sports for an outstanding finish!

Boys Baseball finished 3rd in the SIJHSAA State Tournament.

Boys Cross Country finished 4th in the SIJHSAA State Tournament.

Girls Cross Country finished 2nd in the SIJHSAA State Tournament .

Boys and Girls Basketball have started the 21-22 Season.

Wrestling will Start on Dec. 6.

Bowling will Start on Dec. 13th.


We will continue to update you in all matters concerning Covid mitigation, exclusion 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. Students who are either called in ill with covid symptoms or go 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. 

8th Grade Parents

It may seem early, but now is a good time to call your 8th grader’s healthcare provider to schedule an appointment for a school physical for next school year. Physical examination dates are valid within one year of entry into high school. All students promoted to the 9th grade are required to have a new physical examination. Just a reminder that only the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form will be accepted for this requirement.

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.


One of the things that November is known for is Gratitude.  It encourages us to embrace what we have and what we have to share.   Gratitude is more than saying “Thank  You.”  It helps us move our mindset to looking at all of the positives in our lives rather than focusing on the negative.  Practicing daily gratitude will help us connect more deeply with ourselves and the people around us.  Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful.  It can enhance our mood, decrease stress, and improve our overall well-being.  Practice being grateful this month and see how it can impact your overall health.  Here are some ways that you can start being grateful this month.

  • Start a gratitude journal. Write about someone or something you’re thankful for every day. You’ll find your appreciation for those around you grows deeper and fonder the longer you keep it. When you read back on what you’ve written, you’ll be able to reflect on the relationships and their accomplishments.

  • Share your gratitude with others. Letting someone know you’re grateful for their care, service, or friendship often lifts their spirits or lifts a burden.

  • Show your appreciation by giving back to your community, neighborhood, or favorite organization.

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

Current Menu

Employment Opportunities

Mascoutah School District 19 has open positions in various fields. We would love for our community members to become a part of our MSD19 Faculty & Staff Family. If you are interested in employment possibilities in our District, please visit our Employment Opportunities page on our District website.


Mascoutah Middle School.

846 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

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

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