IHSA Updates – Link Provided

IHSA is providing constant guidance for schools and administrators regarding high school athletics. With each new IHSA announcement comes additional questions for school administrators, coaches, parents and students. The IHSA had directed those with questions to their COVID-19 resource page, https://www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19. Please frequently check this website to obtain the latest IHSA guidance. For specific guidance on how MTHS is responding to this direction, athletes should contact their coach to obtain guidance and clarity.

 

Jostens Class Ring Delivery – January 28 & 29, 2021

The Jostens representative will be here to deliver class jewelry on Thursday, January 28, 2021 and Friday, January 29, 2021 during 5th hour in the Commons. You may bring cash or check that day or pay online prior to delivery day using the postcard and emailed invoice. Students in the JPAY Payment Plan in good standing will receive their ring! Any student may place an order for a class ring that day, or use this day as a service day to get your class ring repaired or resized. Please contact Jostens with any questions.

ASVAB Testing Scheduled – Friday, February 19, 2021

The ASVAB test, hosted by MTHS, has been scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2021. What is the ASVAB test? ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. This timed multi-aptitude test is maintained by the Department of Defense for all branches of the military. The score from the ASVAB test determines qualifications for certain military occupations and enlistment bonuses. Any student who is considering joining the military needs to take the ASVAB test. However, the test does not commit you to military service. To sign-up for the test, please contact the Guidance Office by Friday, February 5, 2021.

AP US and World History Course Request Information

As we prepare for next school year (2021-2022), students interested in scheduling either the Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. or World History courses need to be aware of the course requirements and request process. Both the AP U.S. History and AP World History courses are designed to be a college level class that will allow students to earn three hours of college credit if the student passes the AP exam, while also earning honors credits toward a student’s high school GPA. With this fact in mind, the History Department would like to emphasize that students will be expected to do college level work. This means that most of the course reading and studying will need to be completed outside of the classroom. Class time will be used for higher level skills, such as critical thinking, persuasive writing, and class debate. These courses require students to complete a summer reading and writing project based upon selected works. The assignment will go out no later than May 18th, and it will be due the second day of class in the fall. Please note that students who do not complete the summer work will not be allowed to drop down to a regular History course. Students would start the class with zero out of 100 points.

Requirements for AP History include:

  • Internet access for an average of 30 minutes a day outside of class.
  • Basic understanding of online academic resources.
  • Completion of a summer reading unit and response paper.
  • Preparedness for the AP exam by May.
  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments before deadlines.
  • Submit the class request form to Mr. Finch by March 1, 2021.

Please download, complete and submit the 2021-2022 AP History Request Form to Mr. Finch by March 1, 2021. For further questions please email Deric Linder at dlinder@mths.us or Eric Sliger at esliger@mths.us.

Seniors – FASFA NOW and Illinois Graduation Requirement

ATTENTION SENIORS

FAFSA:  All families must fill out the FAFSA form this year. It is an Illinois graduation requirement.

  1. Starting Oct 1 – Have parent/guardian fill out FAFSA https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

(required for most college financial aid)

    1. Must apply for FSA ID beforehand (at least 48 hours)  (fsaid.ed.gov)

Other steps to be taking if you are going to college next year:

  1. Choosing a college:

    1. Need help finding the right college for you – visit https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

    2. Watch virtual tours of colleges online. Many have tours on their websites.

    3. Schedule college visits on campus through the university.

    4. If campus tours are not available, visit on your own by walking around campus.

  2. Start applying to colleges NOW!

    1. Apply online on the university website.

    2. Common App is available (apply to multiple colleges) www.commonapp.org

    3. Transcripts requests:

      1. Use Parchment.com

      2. If taken dual-credit, will need ICC transcript

    4. Many early admission deadlines are Nov 1-Dec 15.  Apply early.

  3. Start looking for scholarships. See Guidance website or talk with your counselor.

If you wish to opt out of this graduation requirement, please complete the FAFSA Nonparticipation Form and submit it to the Guidance Department.  Please note, that if either the FAFSA or waiver are not completed by the anticipated graduation date, the school will withhold your diploma.

See your counselor with any questions and see the Guidance website for resources!

Virtual Madrigal Dinner – Watch Now

The 2020 Virtual Madrigal Dinner premiered on December 4, 2020.  Although it was not our “norm”, we enjoyed the opportunity to showcase our talented MTHS Music Department. The event included performances from the Madrigal Singers and Madrigal Brass, as well as past photos, videos, and audio clips to celebrate this 45-year long tradition.

To view the performance please use this link:  https://tinyurl.com/2020mthsmadrigaldinner

The following students are rockstars! The students had to overcome the challenge of not having the ability to meet as an ensemble in order to make this event possible!
           Madrigal Singers
Directed by Jennifer Seiler
             Madrigal Brass
Directed by Kelly Jarosz
Meg Ciko Owen Cushing
Carrigan Craig Sean Harper
Sean Harper Kyle Loring
Elyse Palmer Jimmy Martin
Makenna Reeves Tegan Roberts
Zoie Roach-King
Sierra Staab
Lily Sturgell
Taryn Vedder

While we all missed the sights, sounds, and smells of our traditional dinner event, it was fabulous to have the ability to continue this MTHS holiday tradition.

Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Presentation

Powerpoint Presentation Attached – MTHS staff and faculty welcome and look forward to meeting next year’s Freshman students. To view the 2020 Incoming Freshman Parent Night Presentation please click HERE.

To view short videos of Freshmen elective options please click the following links:

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.