MTHS Designated Exemplary!
As part of the new support and accountability system that launched this year, ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) has identified MTHS as EXEMPLARY based on the new ESSA (replaces No Child Left Behind) designations. The exemplary designation is reserved for schools performing in the top 10% of schools statewide, with no under-performing student groups. While we recognize this is just one data point, we take pride in being recognized for the great things we know go on inside our building. There is always room for growth and we plan to utilize this data towards our continuous improvement as a school and integral part of the community. We will continually build on the talent of our incredible teachers and staff and look forward to including parents, families, and community partners in the work ahead.
Illinois 5Essentials Survey – Parents Please Read
Parents: Below is a form letter provided by the Illinois 5Essentials Survey organization. This letter informs you about a survey that is being given to parents, students, and teachers across the state. The letter explains the rationale of the survey and how it will be used to drive school improvement efforts. I am asking you to please read the letter and then take the survey. The parent survey will be open from October 23, 2018 through January 18, 2019 and the student survey will be open from November 15, 2018 through January 18, 2019. The survey is estimated to take less than twenty minutes. MTHS values your feedback! The survey can be found at: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/
Your student will be taking this survey over the next month. All responses are anonymous. We are always looking for ways to improve and hope all students, parents, and teachers fill out the survey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me. Parents can have their student opt out of the survey by filling out the Opt Out form below. All Opt Out forms are due back on 11/12/2018 or your student will be enrolled in the survey.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and for your continued support of M.T.H.S.!
New Link Added to Main Menu – Social Media Safety Video
School Improvement Ideas – Link Added
After receiving School Improvement memos from Mrs. James’ keyboarding classes, the administration was impressed with some of the feedback from students. We have created a link under the “Students” tab on the school website that allows students to enter suggestions for improvements throughout the year. There is not a guaranteed timeline to get back to students on these ideas, but know that the administration will look through them and reflect on the pros and cons of each.
The College Financial Aid Process
Recently the Guidance Department hosted a presentation on The Financial Aid Process. A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission shared valuable information to students and parents who will soon be or are attending college. The presentation covered the types of financial aid, sources of financial aid, college loan programs (subsidized vs unsubsidized), FAFSA and much more. To view the presentation please click the following link: The Financial Aid Process
Guidance Department on Twitter!
MTHS is excited to announce that the Guidance Department has created a Twitter account. The purpose is to keep followers up-to-date on events such as: financial aid nights, college visits, testing dates, scholarship opportunities, etc. Please follow us on Twitter at @mthscounseling to stay in-the-know! If you have any questions, please contact Jeaneen Bohanan in the Guidance Office.
ALiCE Protocol – Safety Procedure
MTHS has adopted the ALiCE protocol in case an armed intruder gains access to the building. The acronym ALiCE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. No longer will we simply ask individuals to lock doors and huddle in classrooms. The procedure gives teachers the freedom to take actions they believe will increase the safety of students, including evacuating the building or staying in the room and barricading the door. Our teachers have been trained on the procedures. Our ultimate goal is to increase the safety of everyone in the MTHS community. The protocol is now posted on the website under Parents/Community – ALiCE Info – ALiCE Protocol for your reference. Please contact Mr. Hodel, Assistant Principal if you have any questions regarding this safety protocol at 309-367-4151 x 530.