MMS September 2022-23 Newsletter

MMS Family Newsletter September 2022

It's a Great Day to be a Brave!

Principal’s Message 

Dear MMS Families,

Summer break is long gone and we are in full swing here at the middle school. This has been a very positive start to a new school year for myself, the staff, families and students of Mascoutah Middle School.  We have set our expectations for behaviors by modeling positive behaviors throughout the building, we have participated in team building activities to build positive relationships and we have set our academic goals at high levels. We are poised and ready for a successful 2022-2023 school year! 

Thank you for all you do to support our students and as always, “It’s always a GREAT day to be a BRAVE!”

Travis Klein, Principal

New Administrator Introduction

Hello MMS Families, my name is Mr. Sargent and I am the new assistant principal here at MMS. I began my teaching career at Kankakee Junior High School in 2010; I continued my teaching career at Central Middle School (in the Riverview Gardens school district), Riverview Gardens High School, and Mascoutah High School. During that time, I have served in several different roles in my teaching career including teacher's aide, classroom teacher (both middle and high school), dean of students, athletic director, and coordinator of remote learning. Last year was my 1st year with the Mascoutah School District, where I served as the virtual/remote learning coordinator and interim assistant principal at Wingate Elementary School. I currently live in O'fallon, IL, with my wife and 4-year-old son.

Thank you for the warm welcome Mascoutah Middle School.  I am happy to be here!

Stephen Sargent, Assistant Principal

MMS Upcoming Events 

9/5   Labor Day - No School

9/22 Law Enforcement/Intruder Drill

10/11 Fire Drill # 2 w/MFD

10/13 MMS Chorus Concert

10/19-10/20 Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/21 No School

10/25 Picture Retake Day

Office News

All parents should have received a link to the JostensPIX website.  Create an account here.

 If you have any additional questions, please contact the Customer Care Line: 1-877-515-1447 or email our team at and someone will respond within one business day (if not sooner).

 MASCOUTAH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Event Code: FE259122

 

YOUR PHOTOS ARE READY!

Good news! JostensPIX was recently at your school to photograph picture day,

and your student's photos are now available for viewing and ordering!

Click on the button below to get started.

VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE

https://shop.jostenspix.com

 

FIND YOUR STUDENT USING EVENT CODE: FE259122

DID YOU KNOW?

  • You can personalize your photos with a variety of backgrounds and text

  • Photos are shipped directly to your home

  • High-res digital downloads are available

 

 

Attendance and Absences

Please contact the office 618-566-2305 if your child will be absent. Please call by 9:00 AM.

Please help your child make it to school on time. After the 3rd unexcused tardy to school, the student's parent/guardian will be notified, and a 3 Day Lunch Detention is assigned. After the 4th unexcused tardy to school, the student will receive an After School Detention per unexcused tardy to school.

*At the semester, the student will start with a warning when their first tardy is recorded and progress towards the consequences outlined above

New Staff Introductions

  • 6 SpEd (Echo/Sierra)- Caitlyn Black

  • 6 SpEd (Echo/Sierra) - April Brooks

  • 6 ELA (Echo) - Danielle Schnable

  • 6 MATH (Echo)- Catherine Jasionowski 

  • 7 SpEd - Amy Grochowalski

  • 7 ELA (Victor)- Faith Schallert

  • 7 MATH (Alpha)- Jessica Lievers

  • 7 SCI (Victor) - Nikki Schaefer 

  • 8 ELA (Romeo)- Heather Preziosi-Mendoza

  • 8 ELA (Bravo)- Meaghan King

  • PE - MaryAnn Kolda (new placement)

  • PE- Amy Amann

  • Social Work - Haunah Vanlaningham

  • Head Custodian - Jason Dressler

  • Study Skills - Kristin Staten (new placement)

  • 7 MATH Math - Emily Kessler (new placement)

  • Instructional Aide - Jessica Higbee

  • Instructional Aide - Lloyd (L.P.) Wills

  • Instructional Aide - Megan Hazzard

  • Instructional Aide - Rebecca Ledee

  • Supervisory Aide - Kim Steiger

  • Assistant Principal - Stephen Sargent

Library News

We want to welcome our new librarian, Eden Crothers. She is excited about her new position here at MMS and has a lot of wonderful activities planned for our students.  Please stay tuned for more exciting news from Mrs. Crothers.

September  Word of the Month 

Respect: Showing regard for self, others, property, and those in authority

PTO

$1 Donut Wednesdays are back!  Starting Wednesday, September 7th, we will be selling donuts on the blacktop before school.  $1 = 1 donut

Our BRAVES spirit wear online store is coming.  Look for details to come out soon.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm in the library.

PTO PAGE - click here to view our page

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 our 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.

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

Parents wanting to avoid the pick up line at dismissal, are asked to have your student leave campus to be picked up. We occasionally see parents picking up in the parking lot of the ASC Building (the Administrative Support Center / District Central Office on Harnett). Please do not do so as it creates an unsafe situation with students crossing our very busy parking lot with buses coming in and out. Students are encouraged to go to Scheve Park if wanting to get picked up off of campus and avoid the pick up line.

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

Baseball, Softball, and Cross Country are having great seasons and gearing up for the postseason.  

In order to play sports, each student must have a current physical.  Please check with the school nurse to make sure we have one on file.  

618-566-2305   Ext. 6101

Cheer Tryouts for 7th and 8th Graders Sept. 21-23

Girls Basketball Tryouts 6-8  October 4-6

Boys Basketball

6th Boys October 4-6

7th Boys October 13-14

8th Boys October 11-12

Counseling & Social-Emotional Support

  • Beginning January 1, 2022, 1-12th grade students will be allowed five (5) mental health days per school year.  Parents will still need to report their student’s absence as a mental health day.  This absence will then be considered an excused absence. Mental Health Day Letter 

  • Please visit our Counseling Office Website and MSD19 Health Center for further resources.

  • 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.

Erin’s Law and Sexual Abuse Preventions

As a result of Erin’s Law, Public Act 96-1524, all Illinois public schools are required to implement prevention-oriented child sexual abuse education for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.  MMS school social workers and school counselors have worked to create developmentally-appropriate presentations to teach our students personal body safety and how to ask for help if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.  Presentations will take place in September. The concepts that will be discussed include:

  • Personal safety

  • Asking for help

  • Appropriate peer interactions

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Social media/technology safety

For more information and resources, you may visit http://www.erinslaw.org/for-parents/ . Our school social worker and school counselors are also available to answer questions or connect you with resources to support your child.  

Cafeteria: Lunch and Breakfast

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.

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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