SAT – April Test Cancellation & Information

Junior student,

We hope this message finds you well and that you are successfully navigating this unexpected new norm. This email is to give you information about the SAT that was scheduled for April 14. The state has decided to cancel that test administration, with the hope of rescheduling it in the fall. There is no reschedule date determined at this time, but that information will be shared with you as soon as we are made aware of it. Just like the April administration would have been, a fall test will take place on a school day and will be funded by the state and therefore given at no cost to you.

We understand that some of you may not want to wait until fall of your senior year to take a standardized test, as you will be applying to colleges early in the fall that may need test scores. At this time, the College Board is still offering test dates for you at your expense. Those test dates are:
June 6, 2020 with a registration deadline of May 8

August 29, 2020 with a registration deadline of July 31
The regular registration cost is $49.50 without essay and $64.50 with essay. Late registrations cost an extra $30.
The tests are being offered at Illinois Central College at the East Peoria campus. Students should go to collegeboard.org to register for a test date.
The ACT is another option if you want to test on your own. ACT test dates are:
June 13, 2020 with a registration deadline of May 8

July 18, 2020 with a registration deadline of June 19
The regular registration cost is $52 with no writing portion and $68 with the writing portion. Late registrations cost an extra $30. The tests are being offered at Illinois Central College in East Peoria as well as at Bradley University, Peoria High School, and Richwoods High School in Peoria. Students should go to actstudent.org to register.
Both testing websites given above have test prep information, including full length practice tests, and Khan Academy is also a great option for test prep. You should already have login information for Khan Academy.

Again, more information will be shared with you as it is made available to us. In the meantime, if you have testing questions, you may direct them to Mrs. Bohanan at jbohanan@mths.us. Always feel free to reach out to your counselors during this time if you have questions related to academics, college/career, or if you are experiencing social-emotional issues. We are thinking about all of you and we will get through this together.

We hope to see you soon!
The Guidance Team

48th Annual Lincoln-Douglas Run – June 27th

Register now to participate in the 48th Annual Lincoln – Douglas 3 mile & 8 mile runs and a half mile kids fun run on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Packet pickup is at the Metamora High School between 6:30 am and 7:15 am.  The 3 mile & 8 mile runs start in front of MTCO at 7:30 am and finish at the Historic Metamora Courthouse.  The kids fun run starts at 8:00 am and is free for all participants.  To learn more about specific races times and fees please access the link at 48th Annual Lincoln- Douglas Run. For a paper copy of the registration form, please click on this link to access the 2020 Lincoln Douglas Entry Form.

Musical Postponed

It is with deep regret that I announce that we are postponing the musical. Yesterday, Governor JB Pritzker recommended that events of 250 or more should be cancelled. Based on current ticket sales, we are estimating total attendance for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s performance to be over 500 people each night. This is a difficult decision as I know the countless hours our students, directors, and staff have put in to prepare for this amazing show. However, I feel compelled to follow the suggestions of our Governor and health officials in the interest of the health and safety of our students, parents, grandparents, and the wider community. We hope to be able to have the performance at a later date, so please hold on to your tickets.

MTHS COVID-19 Readiness

Dear Parents and Guardians of MTHS Students:

As you are aware, the COVID-19 virus is in the news on a daily basis. As more cases in the U.S. appear, the media attention will only grow possibly alarming you, our students, and our community in general. Our school nurse, Lisa Doty, has been in contact with the Woodford County Health Department receiving updates and guidance. I have been receiving updates through the Regional Office of Education from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In their memo, the IDPH has created an outline for what people should be doing at the present moment. This advice includes

*Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
*Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
*Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
*Staying home when you are sick
*Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash
*Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

At this time, the IDPH does not recommend

*the use of masks or gloves
*cancelling mass gatherings
*cancelling classes

Additionally, the IDPH is not calling for any special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning at this time.

In the unlikely event that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Illinois State Board of Education would call for the closing of schools, we have to be ready with a plan to continue student learning. I feel we are well-positioned to accomplish this task through Google Classroom. I have been working with our Technology Director, Bill Upp, about developing a process to distribute Chromebooks to students who might have Internet at home but not a reliable computer or a computer that is shared by several family members. To be proactive, I am asking our teachers to be thinking about steps they could take to continue instruction if we had to close for a period of time to keep learning going if we are allowed to do so by ISBE. While we have always had handwashing and hygiene posters around school, we will be hanging more up today as a reminder to everyone. The main symptoms the Health Department is advising people to be mindful of in making a determination to attend school or work are fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.

Two useful websites for factual information include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. This message is trying to inform without alarming you. I think it is important to be proactive, knowledgeable, and calm as we navigate the next few months. Our students will be looking to you for information and reassurance.

Thank you,

Sean O’Laughlin Superintendent

Stop The Spread Of Germs – Graphic

MTHS Theater productions present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  has been called ‘one of the most enduring shows of all time.”  This amazing show, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his brothers, and his coat of many colors. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1967, this colorful, energetic, fun trip to Egypt has had audiences thrilled to attend repeat performances since its opening in London’s West End in 1973. The show has been on tour, made into a movie with Donny Osmond, and revived over and over again. This family favorite has earned 6 Tony award nominations and won 1 Olivier award. All will surely leave the theater singing memorable tunes such as “Any Dream Will Do,” “Go, Go, Go Joseph,” and “Close Every Door.” Come sing with us!

See this classic story, rich in music, dance, and vibrant color at the Kenneth H. Maurer Performing Arts Center at Metamora Township High School during March of 2020. Show dates are: March 12 , 13, and 14 at 7:00 P.M. as well as Sunday the 15th at 2:00 P.M.

Tickets go on sale February 20th. Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for senior citizens 65 and older. Non-MTHS students 8th grade and under are $5.00. Tickets can be ordered by phone by calling the auditorium office at 367-4151 ext. 574, Monday through Friday between 8:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

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: