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November 2011  
Mattoon High School Hosts Parent Forums
Mattoon High School - Students of the Month for September & October
Riddle Elementary School Exploration in 5th Grade
Williams Elementary School 2nd Graders Study the Community
Mattoon High School Puts Students on the Job
Mattoon High School Starts New Positive Incentive Program
MMS takes a STAND!
School Bus Stop Arm Violations
Lake Land College announces local Financial Aid Nights this fall
Mattoon CUSD #2
1701 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon IL 61938
Tel: 217-238-8850
Web: www.mattoon.k12.il.us
Email: Newsletter@mcusd2.com
Mattoon High School Hosts Parent Forums

Mattoon High School has hosted two parent forums to date. The first parent forum, held September 28th in the MHS cafeteria was related to MHS's status toward the federal law, No Child Left Behind. Parents viewed the PSAE test students take during their junior year and discussed the school's results. On October 26th, senior parents participated in a forum related to college scholarships available for their students. Parents were provided with packets related to scholarships offered at a variety of colleges as well as information about local scholarships being offered. Parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors received their student's practice test scores from EXPLORE, PLAN, or ACT and conducted an activity related to their students college readiness. Small group discussions were held related to this information facilitated by MHS faculty.

Upcoming Parent Forums which will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the MHS cafeteria:

November 16, 2011 - Dual Credit. What courses are available at MHS? What are the benefits and costs? Angela Hampton from Lake Land College will be present as well as many MHS faculty who teach Dual Credit courses.

February 8, 2012 - MHS grading policies and standards-based grading.

March 7, 2012 - Talking to your teen about drugs and alcohol. Why have the talk? Also, The Coles County Law Firm of Hefner, Eberspacher, and Tapella, LLC will provide information about legal consequences for adults who make alcohol available to minors.

For questions abouth the MHS parent forums, please contact Principal Michele Sinclair at 238-7800 or msinclair@mattoon.k12.il.us

Mattoon High School - Students of the Month for September & October

Mattoon High School is pleased to announce the Mattoon High School students of the month for September and October. Courtney Considine and Ross Hutchinson were named September Students of the Month. Hannah Osborne and Gary Trepanier were October Students of the Month. Students were nominated by their teachers and were honored at the Rotary luncheons held on September 26th and October 31st.

Courtney, daughter of Chris and Kerry Considine, is currently serving as Key Club President and National Honor Society Vice-President. She participates in cross country, basketball, and track. She consistently earns high honors, taking college prep courses, and was chosen to represent Mattoon High School at Girls' State this past summer. She plans to attend college in the fall of 2012 and major in business management. Courtney was nominated by Ms. Kaleigh McRoberts, Mrs. Laura Roberts, and Mr. Vince Walk.
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Nominated by MHS math teacher, Mr. Dustin Foster, Ross, son of Jeff Hutchinson and Susan Hutchinson, participates in golf, the MHS Chess team and National Honor Society. He plans to attend a four year university and study biology. His dream job is to work for the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Ross earns high honors while taking a rigorous curriculum.
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Hannah, daughter of Bruce and Janelle Osborne, plans to attend college to pursue a degree in English. She is a member of the MHS tennis team and National Honor Society. She actively participates in her youth group, FIRE, at St. John's Lutheran Church. Hannah is in the running to achieve Summa Cum Laude status for earning straight A's while taking challenging capstone courses. Hannah was nominated by Physics and Chemistry teacher, Mr. Jim Sparks. 
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Gary, son of Merrie Trepanier and Richard Burns, was nominated by MHS teacher, Mrs. Meri Willaredt. Gary is a member of the National Honor Society, cross country and track teams. He also actively participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and EIU organization ACTS Christ Ministries. Gary regularly earns high academic honors. Gary plans to attend college and become a physical therapist or a youth pastor. 
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Riddle Elementary School Exploration in 5th Grade

All 5th grade students at Riddle Elementary School participated in the creation and production of the Exploration of North America Living Museum. The students researched their appointed explorer and wrote an informative paragraph about him or her. Then, they put together a costume to wear to portray their explorer at the museum. Sacajawea, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, and Amerigo Vespucci were just a few of the explorers who "came to life" as guests visited the Living Museum.
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Williams Elementary School 2nd Graders Study the Community

The second graders at Williams Elementary School have been recently studying how our community grows and changes. The students have been exploring the topics of transportation, technology, and how this impacts our community. We supported this learning with a community field trip on November 4, 2011. The students explored the newly renovated train depot, focusing on the significance of the railroads in Mattoon's past and present. Thanks to Jacqueline Record and Becky Thurn for organizing this learning experience. Our next stop included a tour of the remodeled YMCA and their facility. Blake Fairchild shared the technology and science that has been implemented in their renovations. The last stop on our trip was the Mattoon Public Library. Laura Huddleston shared fun facts about the history and present status of the library. The students were excited to hear a story and participate in an art activity they would share with other visitors to the library. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day walking from one location to another. We are excited to use this trip as background knowledge for our next theme ..... What makes a good community? Students then planned and created their own make believe towns and communities. We are proud of our community!

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Mattoon High School Puts Students on the Job


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Students at Mattoon High School's Graphic Arts 2 program in Mattoon, Illinois, have been getting a first-hand look at the contemporary workplace through a series of internships with local print businesses.

The program at Mattoon, which is PrintED accredited, regularly attracts some of the top students in the school, according to instructor Laura Roberts. This year, students in the advanced print technology class have been spending a week at Wave Graphics Printing, Wave Graphics Screen Printing, Multi-Print Solutions Printing, or Lake Land Colleges Print Shop.

"Students get the opportunity to work with designers, along with press, bindery, estimating, prepress and screen printing specialists." Roberts says. "They go to their internships in place of classes and are evaluated by the printers with whom they work. The students provide oral reports upon their return."

Mattoon runs a well-equipped print operation featuring two Hamada single-color offset presses, along with a Ryobi two color press and two six-color screen printing machines, all supported by a full array of prepress and finishing systems. "In the advanced class, we do all the printing for all of the schools in our district," Roberts says. The school district includes a high school, middle school, two elementary schools, a special education facility, transportation department and several other organizations that act as customers for Mattoon High School's print program.

Students take on all the jobs associated with a "real world" print shop, including acting as sales reps, providing estimates, and executing print jobs.

Roberts credits PrintED with helping her plan and deliver an educational program that meets the needs of the region's employers. That goal is also advanced every time Mattoon students venture into the workplace on internships.

For further information, contact Laura Roberts at (217) 238-7785 or robertsl@mattoon.k12.il.us.


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Mattoon High School Starts New Positive Incentive Program

On November 10, 2011, Mattoon High School honored over 680 of its 1050 students for positive behaviors and academics displayed throughout the first quarter. The first quarter award was a pizza party held during MHS lunch hours. Rural King donated 30 cases of water while Villa Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pagliacci's, Dominos and Papa Johns provided pizza for a greatly discounted price. Students are going to be taking a survey to determine the rewards for 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The MHS new incentive program awards students positive points: 1 point/day for attending, 1 point/day for no discipline infractions, 10 points each for meeting college readiness benchmarks in math, reading, science and English on EXPLORE, PLAN or ACT and 50 points each quarter for achieving a 3.5 GPA or better. Students must earn at least 70% of the points to earn the recognition.

The culminating activity for students earning at least 70% of the points is a field trip to Six Flags with an educational component. The field trip will be taken in April and/or May. Students will be asked to purchase the tickets for a cut rate of $21.00. Transportation and supervision will be provided. MHS will be seeking corporate sponsors for this activity. Sponsors will get their company name on the backs of T-Shirts the students will wear on the day of the field trip. Money donated by corporations will be used to off-set lunch costs and help students needing financial assistance with the ticket cost. Anyone interested in providing a donation is asked to contact Mrs. Sinclair, Principal of Mattoon High School, at 238-7800 or msinclair@mattoon.k12.il.us MHS teachers will be contacting local corporations for donations related to this cause, as well.

In addition to the positive quarterly rewards, MHS has initiated a new semester exam exemption policy to help with MHS attendance. Students who earn at least a C average for the semester with three or fewer absences will be exempt from final exams in that class. Students and parents should be aware that attendance at the high school level works like this: missing 1 to 3 periods of the day constitutes a ½ day absence while missing 4 or more class periods counts as a full day absence. Improving attendance leads to better grades and higher learning and also earns our local school district more money through the state aid formula related to student attendance.

We hope these positive incentives help provide our students with more compelling reasons to do their best each and every day!

MMS takes a STAND!

STAND! This is the message all Mattoon Middle School students are sending out this week in honor of National Bullying Prevention Week.

All week students have participated in a variety of activities to help emphasize the importance of not only standing up to bullying, but also being a bystander that is willing to help a victim of bullying.

Each day students at MMS have had the opportunity to dress in a particular way based on the day's theme. Themes were: MMS Students unite against bullying, Turn your back on bullying, Be a hero, make someone's day, Teach others to switch off bullying, and Let's all black out bullying.

Tuesday, each MMS student attended an assembly sponsored by the Mattoon Arts Council. "The Bully Show", presented by The Little Theatre on the Square, captivated the audience and had them rolling in their seats. Its unique script, which allowed for crowd participation, was a lighthearted way to address a serious issue.

Whether it was a bullying shirt being worn on Monday, an assembly Tuesday, or students dressed as a teacher/teachers dressed as a student on Thursday, the week proved to be successful in educating ourselves and others about bullying. As this week concludes, students and staff at MMS are committed to continuing their efforts to STAND. What do you STAND for?

School Bus Stop Arm Violations

by: Mark S. Nelson, Transportation Director

The Illinois Vehicle code states: "The driver of a vehicle shall stop such vehicle before meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus stopped at any location for the purpose of receiving or discharging pupils".

Passing a school bus with its stop arm deployed is a serious violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code and is a very dangerous situation for students getting on or off a school bus. There are students killed or injured every year after being struck by a vehicle that ignored the extended stop arm. This dangerous action faces a harsh penalty for those that violate this law. Loss of driving privileges for a period of three months is required if convicted, on the first offense. Subsequent violations bring a harsher penalty.

While this is something that I deal with on a regular basis as a transportation director, my most puzzling question is why do people who are normally good drivers ignore this law?
I think it could be for lack of understanding as this is a common occurrence at several of our schools that put buses and cars in the same parking lot at the same time. The law doesn't allow for cars to pass an extended stop arm even if the car and bus are in a parking lot or circle drive. While the danger may be greater on a two-lane road, it is nonetheless a dangerous situation while on school property.

The Transportation Office is working with the schools to get this important message out to all drivers. Remember; never pass a school bus with an activated stop arm. Help us keep our students safe.

Lake Land College announces local Financial Aid Nights this fall

Lake Land College will host Financial Aid Nights throughout the various communities in the Lake Land College district.

At the event, Lake Land's Financial Aid staff will present information on the 2012-2013 application process, including information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs. Parents, high school seniors or anyone planning to attend Lake Land or any two or four year college during the 2012-2013 school year are encouraged to attend.

"We will provide information about scholarships and grants that are available," said Danielle Downs, advisor for Lake Land College financial aid and veteran services. "We will also walk them through the steps of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid."

The list of Financial Aid Nights are as follows, and all locations are at the local high school unless otherwise noted. If you have scheduling conflicts and cannot attend one of the events in your town, consider attending one in a nearby town.

* Nov. 30 - Oakland at 6 p.m.
* Dec. 5 - Casey-Westfield at 6:30 p.m.
* Dec. 7 - Dietrich at 6 p.m.
* Dec. 8 - Cumberland at 6 p.m.
* Dec. 13 - Martinsville at 6:30 p.m.
* Dec. 14 - South Central High School at 6 p.m.
* Jan. 10 - Ramsey at 6 p.m.
* Jan. 11 - Mattoon High School at Lake Land College Campus in Webb Hall 081 at 6:30 p.m.
* Jan. 12 - Windsor at 6 p.m.
* Jan 17 - St. Elmo at 6 p.m.
* Jan. 18 - Brownstown at 6 p.m.
* Jan 26 - Kansas at 6 p.m.
* Feb. 9 - Sullivan at 6:30 p.m.
* Feb. 16 - Paris at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Lake Land College Financial Aid office at 217-234-5231. To see a complete list of the regional Financial Aid Nights visit www.lakeland.cc.il.us/financialaid/.

Important Dates in Nov - Jan

Nov 11: Veteran's Day: NO SCHOOL
Nov 23: End of 2nd 5-week Progress Period
Nov 24: Thanksgiving: NO SCHOOL
Nov 30: 2nd Progress Reports Sent

Dec 21: End of First Semester
Dec 22 - Jan 01: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Jan 02: School Resumes
Jan 06: Report Cards home (except MHS)
Jan 13: Dismiss 2 1/2 hr early - Teacher in-service
Jan 16: Martin Luther King's Birthday - NO SCHOOL

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Important Phone Numbers

Administrative Service Center:
(217) 238-8850

Hawthorne School:
(217) 238-8800

Mattoon Middle School:
(217) 238-5800

Mattoon High School:
(217) 238-7800

Riddle Elementary School:
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Williams Elementary School:
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Transportation Office:
(217) 238-3270

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Riddle Elementary School Annual Veterans Day Parade

The annual Veterans Day Parade was held at Riddle Elementary School on November 10. The parade was hosted by 2nd grade students carrying patriotic symbols honoring our Veterans. Many local Veterans and several other students joined in the parade. Riddle School is proud to show respect and admiration for the bravery, honor, and courage of our Vets.

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