MMS January 2022 Newsletter

It's a Great Day to be a Brave!

Principal’s Message 

Dear MMS Families,

We want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with family and friends during this break. We look forward to a brand new year and the second half of our school year. 

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

Sincerely,

Travis Klein, Principal

MMS Upcoming Events 

  • 12/17 - End of the Quarter, Talent Show (1/2 Day for Students - dismiss at 10:45am)

  • 12/17 (PM) - 12/31 - WINTER BREAK

  • 1/3/2022 - 3rd Quarter Begins

  • January is School Board Appreciation Month

  • 1/5/22 - PTO meeting 6:00 pm in the library

  • 1/6/22 - Q2 Report Cards will be available on Skyward Qmlativ by 4pm

    • This is also Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - be sure to show your appreciation to Law Enforcement, especially our SRO Officer Sunnquist 

  • 1/17/22 - Martin Luther King Day - No School 

  • 1/31/22 - Q3 Progress Check available on Skyward Qmlativ by 4pm

Office News

Thank you for your support with the Fall fundraiser.  With your help, we raised over $9,600

to help fund our PBIS program!

 

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. 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 impact your student arriving on time. Being tardy not only impacts your child’s learning but it can be an interruption to instruction when students enter class tardy after instruction has begun.

Please help your child make it to school on time. After the first phone call home, usually at the 3rd unexcused tardy to school, a 3 Day Lunch Detention is assigned. After that students receive an After School Detention per unexcused tardy to school.

Chronic Absence vs Truancy: students who are absent 10% of the time are considered chronically absent and the policy is found on pg 5 of our Attendance policy in our Student Handbook concerning Truancy and Tardiness.This document: Truancy Not to be Taken Lightly - outlines truancy information from our Regional Office of Education.

January Word of the Month 

Each month we introduce a different character trait to students. The January word of the month is Empathy: Understanding someone else’s feelings; putting yourself in another’s shoes

PTO

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, January 5th, at 6pm in the library.  All are welcome!  Babysitting will be available.  

Looking to volunteer with the PTO?  Email us at haasml@msd19.org

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 Mulvihillor your child’s homeroom teacher.

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 7:25 am

Drop off time at 7:25 am

Same    

Drop off at 8:25 am 

Breakfast begins at 7:25 am 

Breakfast begins at 7:25 am

Same

Breakfast begins at 8:25 am

Doors open at    7:40 am 

Doors open at   7:40 am

Same  

Doors open at   8:40 am  

School starts at 7:45 am 

School starts at 7:45 am

Same    

School starts at 8:45 am    

 Dismissal -           2:40 pm

  Dismissal -          1:40 pm

 Dismissal - 10:45 am 

  Dismissal -         2:40 pm    

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!

Sports

Mascoutah Middle School Athletic Information

Girls Volleyball-                **Completed physical turned in by Jan. 4th

6th Grade -    Jan 5-6-7 ` 2:45-4:45 p.m.

7th Grade-     Jan. 19-20-21 2:45-4:45 p.m.

8th Grade-    Jan. 19-20-21 2:45-4:45 p.m. 

Health/Wellness

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: Just a reminder that 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.

6th Grade Dental Exams: All current 6th grade students are required by the state of Illinois to have a dental exam on file with the school by May 15, 2022. You may submit the completed dental form anytime as long as the exam was done after November 15, 2019. If your child receives regular dental exams at least yearly, there is a good chance that this requirement has been completed. Dental exam forms are available through the link in blue. These can be printed and taken to your dental care provider. Please be aware that if the required dental exam is not on file with the school nurse by May 15, 2022, your child may be excluded from the end of the year activities, including field day participation. Please contact Mrs. Henson, MMS school nurse, if you are unsure whether your child has completed this requirement or not.

Also as a reminder, Mascoutah Middle School will be hosting an event in March to have Dental Safari available to provide dental exams at no cost to those students who need to have this completed. To take advantage of this event, simply go to the Dental Safari website to complete the online consent forms. If you have any further questions about this, contact Mrs. Henson.

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.

Coping with Stress During the Holidays

  • Keep Expectations Manageable

  • Be realistic about what you can and cannot do

  • Leave the past in the past & look toward the future

  • Do something for someone else

  • Enjoy outdoor activities or take a break to enjoy

  • Spend time with loving and supportive people

  • Save time for yourself

  • Check out the Counseling Department’s Mindfulness website for some relaxing activities to try over the break!

Mindfulness 101 During the Holidays (compliments of the Megan Meier Foundation)

The holidays can be a stressful time.  We can feel scattered and pulled in all different directions.  Use these strategies to help yourself be more mindful and present.

OBSERVE-Contemplate what’s around you and take each moment as it comes.

FEEL-Let yourself feel your emotions without letting them control you.

BREATHE-Focus on the pattern of your breath as you inhale and exhale.

ACCEPT-Accept where you are at this moment and trust your process.

ABSORB-Slow down, absorb what you hear, taste, and touch with every activity.

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

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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