Graduation Ceremony Information – Participation Form Added

Class of 2020 Please Complete This Survey
Graduation Ceremony Form


The Class of 2020 is unique in every possible way. While it certainly didn’t take a global pandemic for us to recognize this, it is during this crisis that we have learned so much about their persistence, kindness, compassion, resolve, dedication and commitment to their peers and our school community. As it became increasingly clear we would not be returning for on-campus classes for the 2019-20 school-year, our focus shifted to the Class of 2020 celebrations that traditionally occur during the month of May. In early May, MTHS sent out a communication indicating the postponement of the graduation ceremony until July 25th. We learned very clearly through our conversations that our seniors are hopeful about everything that lies ahead including their graduation ceremony. It is through the lens of hope we announce the following schedule modifications as we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2020 at this year’s graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, July 25th, at 10:00 am.

Currently we are moving forward with two possible scenarios for July 25th at 10:00am.

  1. A formal ceremony with graduates seated on the football field, families and guests in the stadium seating. It is still unclear if we can allow guests to attend and if we are, how many will be allowed. When there is more guidance from our governing agencies we will communicate final plans.
  2. A personalized graduation will be offered if a formal ceremony is not possible. A personalized graduation would entail each student coming to the high school in their cap and gown with immediate family. The ceremony would take place in the auditorium. We would have one family at a time enter the stage area, the student’s name would be read, the student would receive his/her diploma, and pictures would be taken. If we need to conduct these personalized graduation ceremonies, they would begin at 10:00 am on July 25th and would continue throughout the day. Students would be given a time slot for their graduation based on the first letter of their last name.

* A form will be sent out the week of June 22nd to students so they may indicate if they will be participating in a graduation ceremony.

*If there is inclement weather we will follow the personalized graduation plan.

We are also very aware that July 25th will not work for every student, especially those choosing to serve our country in the military. We will work with any student who would like to have a private ceremony. To set up a private graduation ceremony, please call Principal Pete List at 367-4151 ext. 520. We feel terrible for our seniors that their year was not able to end as they have hoped, but have great confidence in what they can accomplish as they leave MTHS.

Sincerely,
MTHS Administration

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Officially Cancelled

Due to current restrictions this year’s Spring Musical – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been officially cancelled.  Though this was not unexpected, we are deeply saddened to bring this news.  Over 130 students were involved in bringing this show to life, and we wish to thank every one of them for their efforts.  Thursday night’s performance will always be a treasured memory for all of us.
Given that the Musical is funded by ticket sales, a number of parents have reached out and asked that their tickets be donated back to the program.  We want to thank you greatly for that generous gift.  However, these are difficult times and we want to ensure a full refund for anyone wishing reimbursement for their tickets.  For refunds, please email our Auditorium Manager, Angie Kimbro.  She can be reached at:
akimbro@mths.us    Please contact her no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.
We look forward to next Spring and continuing the proud tradition of MTHS musicals.

MTHS Return to School Planning

Dear MTHS Community,

I hope you are enjoying your summer. Yesterday, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools for the 2020-21 school year.

This sixty page document will help provide a road map for returning to school this fall. This document covers several topics including a return to in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. I am quite aware that there are strong feelings about the guidance provided by I.S.B.E. and the Illinois Department of Public Health. I am already receiving emails this morning about the document. I, and the Board of Education, welcome your feedback but would also encourage you to provide feedback to our policy makers at the state level including your local elected officials, the I.S.B.E., the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office. I have attached both the I.S.B.E. planning document and the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-40 to this email for your review. Schools are in an interesting place as we try to digest ever changing guidance and directives. I.S.B.E notes in their document that the guidance they have provided is subject to change.

Today, I will be reviewing the document further and trying to digest the entirety of its guidance. The MTHS administration has already been in discussions with our Department Chairs and School Nurse about what school may look like in the fall and how we as administrators can best support our students, staff, and parents as we prepare for another unusual school year.  We will strive to take care of our students’ educational, physical, and social/emotional health needs to the best of our ability. Next week, I will be meeting with our feeder district administrators to discuss their reactions to the ISBE document and listen to their plans for a return to school and how we might be able to coordinate planning to help support parents who have children in multiple districts if possible.

I appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we work to process this new guidance and plan to welcome your children back into M.T.H.S.

I will be back in touch when we have more information to communicate.

Thank you,

Sean O’Laughlin

Superintendent

Starting The School Year – ISBE Guidance

State of Illinois Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

2020-2021 Parking Pass Purchase Dates Announced

Upcoming Seniors and Juniors, mark your calendars now if you would like a parking pass for next school year (2020-2021). Upcoming Seniors (only) may purchase their parking pass on Monday, July 27, 2020. Upcoming Seniors and Juniors may purchase parking passes on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Passes are $50 each and students must have ALL fees paid to purchase a pass. Passes will be sold at the MTHS office, which will be open from 8 am to 1 pm. The vehicle registration form, which is required, is available at the link below.

NOTE: Any upcoming Junior or Senior who will not able to show up in person, you MUST communicate in advance with the Assistant Principals’ Office.

2020-2021 Vehicle Registration Form

 

MTHS Public Sale

A few used items are not needed within the new CTE wing, therefore are available for purchase.  Office furniture, storage cabinets, shelving, bookcases and a Hunter RM 9000 lbs drive-on lift with alignment machine. To see the full list of available items please use this link:  MTHS Public Sale Items  –(PDF or MTHS Public Sale Items- as of 5.21.2020) Items will be available for viewing June 5th 8 am – 12 pm.  Bids are due by June 12, 2020. You may also place a sealed bid in person on June 5th.

For questions regarding the automotive lift, please contact Mr. Vedder at cvedder@mths.us.

To place an electronic bid, please use this link: MTHS Public Sale Bid Form

 

Mid-Illini Virtual Art Show

MTHS is proud to host this year’s Mid-Illini Art Show. Typically the art show is displayed at the Prairie Center for the Arts located in Peoria. This year Mr. Danner and Mrs. Wyse-Fisher have created a virtual art show to share the impressive work of  our Mid-Illini students. Congratulations to all!

Special kuddos to our MTHS award winners:

  • Sarah Kimbro – Merit Award for photography
  • Maragaret Noe – Honorable Mention Award for photography
  • Lindsey Gilles – Honorable Mention for photography
  • Annabelle Level – Merit Award for photography
  • Rachel Grebe – Merit Award for photography and Honorable Mention for painting
  • Karissa Koval – Honorable Mention Award for photography
  • Amber Myers – Merit Award for sculpture
  • Kyndall Fries – Honorable Mention for sculpture
  • Lindsey Dyer – Merit Award for drawing
  • Liz Emery – Honorable Mention for drawing
  • Karlie Schaffer – Honorable Mention for collage/drawing
  • Liz Mueller – Merit Award for drawing
  • Kathryn Blackburn – Honorable Mention for painting

To view the Virtual Art Show please click HERE.

 

MTHS Tennis Courts Closed for Renovations

Tennis Courts Closed for Renovation

We apologize that the tennis courts will be closed from April to August for use.  A construction project will be done to replace the courts. The courts were originally constructed in 2000 and resurfaced in 2013.  After two decades, the usable life span of the facility has reached its end. The project is funded by budgeted expenditures from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years.  A facility assistance grant application has also been submitted to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). For additional questions, please contact 309-367-4129.