Student Council meeting today has been cancelled due to no internet at the school and in the area. Mrs. Varvel will let students know when it will be rescheduled.
Our phone lines and internet service are down district-wide. At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when they will be up and running again.
Parents and Guardians: Please don't forget to take the 5Essentials survey! The information that is reported back from this survey helps guide improvements for our school district. Each parent may take it once for each building in which he/she has a student enrolled. Current response rates are 35% for MPGS parents & 40% for MPHS parents. Thank you to everyone who has participated! To take the survey, visit: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Parents and Guardians: Please don't forget to take our 5 essentials survey. The information that is reported back from this survey helps guide improvements for our school district. Every parent can also take it, you only need a separate email address. http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
All athletics are cancelled today. This includes practices, the junior high volleyball games, the junior high basketball games, and the high school basketball games. Stay safe and warm!
Attention parents of PreK-5th grade students, we want each of our students to take the pledge to be heart healthy! Students were given the following information this week regarding our Kids Heart Challenge happening now. Our school has set a fundraising goal of $500.00! You can register online at https://www2.heart.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app30108a?company_id=285438&fr_id=5547&pg=company&NONCE_TOKEN=D9F248DDE9093567863FE75A31971731
Get ready grades PreK! Kids Heart Challenge is coming soon! We’re excited to learn about heart health and emotional well-being while having FUN and SAVING LIVES. Sign up today so you don’t miss out! https://www2.heart.org/site/TR?company_id=285438&fr_id=5547&pg=company
Spring pictures will be taken Thursday, March 4th. To order spring pictures please visit www.inter-state.com/order use order number 56950RA.
Parents don’t forget to take our 5 Essentials Survey! http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Any parents of students in 5th - 8th grade that are interested in participating in Jr. High Track and Field will need to join "MPGS Track and Field" on Team App. I will be posting information about the upcoming 2021 season. Please email me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we couldn’t have solo and ensemble this year, Mt. Pulaski choir (also known as forte forte) had our own performance on Thursday during chorus class. We performed our song that we have been working on since we got back from Christmas break with piano and had a judge give us comments over zoom. All students were six feet apart and wearing masks during performance. The choir got a division 1 and got medals for their awesome performance. A special thanks to Becky Kunken for being our piano accompaniment and for Jonathan Parker for being our judge for this event.
Parents & Guardians: Morning Drop Off - please pull your vehicle all the way to the first barricade. If you are between barricades, please have your child exit your car. If you have to get out of your vehicle to assist your child please try to pull all the way forward and do so quickly. If your child is eating breakfast please have them dropped off at 7:45 so they have plenty of time to eat. Breakfast is 7:45-8:00.
Parents and Guardians, now that we are having recess please have your child dress appropriately along with wearing a coat. We will be going out for recess as long as the weather and temperatures are appropriate. This is all students Kindergarten through 8th grade.
8th grade parents please turn in your Jostens order ASAP to the grade school office.
Attention 5th grade parents and students: It is time to start band! Please fill out the Google form linked below to receive more information. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRyoSGafitdMZrdnnmttQBSPLi6tTXc2nUeMp1nvl7_TmKsQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
As a reminder, tomorrow (Friday, 1/15) is an 11:30AM dismissal for school improvement. This means that all students are dismissed at 11:30AM and no afternoon online sessions will be conducted. Additionally, there is no school on Monday, January 18. If you have questions, please contact your school office. MPGS - 217.792.7220 MPHS - 217.792.3209
Grade School Drop Off Parents, in order to get our drop off line moving more quickly, we would like to start having the cars pull to the crosswalk and the front 4-5 cars drop off at the same time. If your child would then walk straight to the building through the parked cars onto the sidewalk we will be able to get the kids in the building more efficiently. We will be helping with this each day this week to see if this alleviates the congestion of the drop off line. Thank you for your continued help and support!
Supporting your child’s education means more than just computer troubleshooting. In particular, parents and caregivers have faced challenges when it comes to fostering social emotional learning (SEL) while still supporting traditional academic learning. The LTC SPARK program has created a self-paced course for parents & caregivers. In this course, written by SEL educator and coach Abby Lyons, participants will learn how to develop learning spaces at home, support student engagement, and encourage self-regulation. Parents and caregivers will also walk away from this course with the skills needed to manage their own social emotional well-being – no matter what challenges remote learning throws at them. Sign up for “Parenting in a Pandemic” today and begin working toward completing this engaging new course at your own pace. To sign up, visit: https://ltcillinois.org/events/courses/?_course_audience=parents&utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=hfricke%40mtpulaski.k12.il.us&utm_content=November+2020_LTC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=November+2020+LTC+Newsletter
As a reminder, there is no school for students this Wednesday (11/25). This is a Remote Planning Day for teachers. Additionally, there is no school on Thanksgiving (11/26) or this Friday (11/27). Enjoy your Thanksgiving break. Remember to be safe - wash up, mask up, and follow social distancing recommendations.
Thank you to everyone who supported our bands in the recent donut fundraiser. With your help we raised nearly $700! If you purchased donuts don't forget to pick them up tomorrow, November 13th, at the HS cafeteria doors from 11:45am-12:45pm or 3:00pm-6:00pm. In the meantime check out this video of some of our sixth grade band members playing Let's Go Band! - https://drive.google.com/file/d/183qsMAauUgWaSpy9_mTB3kX8CcwqLrqI/view?usp=sharing
HELP WANTED!! Mt. Pulaski Grade School is in need of a full-time assistant cook. This position includes insurance as well as retirement benefits. Interested candidates can see the district page of the website for an application. Applications will be accepted via e-mail to email@example.com or mail to Danielle Lora, 119 N. Garden St., Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548. Apply now!
Tomorrow is picture re-take day at MPGS! If you had an issue with your original package, you must return the original package at the time the new photo is taken tomorrow. If your student did not get a picture on the 1st picture day, they will be photographed tomorrow. Only online orders will be accepted for school photos this year. To order, go to this website: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry Use code: 54039SA
Our very own 3rd grade teacher, Carly Powell, received the October nomination for the Graue Chevrolet Amazing Teacher Award! She will be entered into a drawing to win a 2016 Chevy Cruz as well as receiving a $100 gift card. Congratulations to Carly, thank you for all you have done for our students at MPGS!
IESA Contact Days start tomorrow: 11/2 - 12/18 Volleyball - M/W - 5:30pm - 7:00pm @ new MPHS gym Girls Basketball - T/TH - 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ MPGS Boys Basketball - TBA Cheerleading - TBA IESA and MPGS follow all IDPH guidelines: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf
Due to COVID restrictions our book fair has gone virtual! Support our school by shopping The Scholastic Store Online, where you will find an expanded selection of exclusives, new release, value packs, and more! All orders ship directly to your home and book-only orders over $25.00 ship for free. Every purchase benefits our school! The book fair begins Monday, November 2nd through the 15th, you can shop online at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mtpulaskielemschool.
Due to the new guidelines issued today by the Illinois Department of Public Health, MPGS boys basketball open gyms are canceled until further notice.
Any parents of students entering 5th - 8th grade that are interested in playing Jr. High Girls Basketball will need to join "Honeybear Basketball" on Team App. I will be posting information throughout the fall, winter, and also during the 2021 season. Please email me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PASE Fall Pie Fundraiser! Order forms for PASE’s annual Fall Pie Fundraiser went home with the kids yesterday. Order are due by 10/15/20 and pie pick up day is 11/17/20 from 3pm to 6pm. This year you can also place your orders online. Please visit https://app.scoreboard.coach/storefront/sales/zX2FzUwXc0BQ0OrpZG3A to place orders online. PASE thanks you for your continued support.
Parents and Guardians, If your student is not able to report in-person or remotely for a class or classes we need you to report your child’s absence to the main office. Feel free to let teachers know as well, but it is vital you report it to the office. You can call 217-792-7220 or email email@example.com Mrs. Lora
MPGS and MPHS Boosters will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30pm at PizzMan in the party room. All are welcome to attend.
Don't forget tomorrow is school picture day! You can order pictures online at inter-state.com/order, you must use order code# 52702RA. Baseball and Softball Pictures will also be taken on Wednesday, September 16th. You can order those pictures using the same website but order code#53066MA. Baseball Pictures will be taken at the grade school at 9am and Softball pictures will be taken at the Field at 3:30pm. Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.
Baseball Picture Change! Baseball pictures will now be taken at the grade school at 9:00am on Wednesday, September 16th. Please be sure your athlete brings their uniform to school. You can still order online at www.inter-state.com/order. You must use order code 53066MA. If you have any questions please contact the grade school office at 217-792-7220.
Superintendent Lamkey has a request for all of our community to help bridge our past to our future. He is looking for photos of past community school buildings (Elkhart Grade & High Schools, Mt. Pulaski Grade & High Schools, as well as Chestnut, Lake Fork & Cornland Schools. Depending on what pictures are available, we hope to incorporate the old pictures in the construction. If you have pictures available for reproduction or possibly to loan, please contact Superintendent Lamkey at 217-792-7221 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take this breakfast/lunch survey! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNkKE3sc4K9FE5nhOzdSThvJS6N4DOnKghPKpmV5F5bq_MsQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Good afternoon Parents and Guardians! We made it through our first in-person day here at MPGS and we were thrilled. There are still a few bumps in the road when it comes to dismissal, but we are going to work those kinks out. We apologize for the delay in getting students out of the building today. Here are a few things that will help us out: 1. Please communicate with your child each day on whether they should be getting lunch. We are taking lunch count every morning and we want to make sure we have an accurate count. 2. If you have any plastic grocery sacks that you would like to get off your hands we will take them from you. You can send them with your child if you wish or drop off at the office. We are so excited to have your students back in the building! Mrs. Lora
Please remember to come and pick up your mask and lanyards. They will be outside of the school all weekend for you to access. There have been a few changes to our routines. All walkers and pickups will be coming out the front main office doors. The kindergarten teachers will still walk them down towards the kindergarten door for you to pick up. All junior high students will be staying in one room for the duration of the school day except for their electives. 6th and 7th grade art will be in the art room, 8th grade art will be in the library. 6th grade band will remain in their classrooms and they will be instructed on where to go. 7th and 8th grade band will report to the band room. Choir students will report to the choir room. In order to find out what section your junior high student is in please look under the section number in teacherease. 6A - Wahls room (downstairs ELA, Kloba’s old room) 6B - Kloba’s room (downstairs Reading, Maske’s old room) 7A - Meeker’s room (Science room) 7B Washko’s room (Social Studies room) 8A - Library 8B - Tarrant’s Room (math room)
If your student is doing remote learning please stop by the school on Thursday or Friday between 8-3 to pick up their materials that they will need.
The Hot Spot order is going in today! If you haven't registered, we need to know if you need a hot spot, if your student will attend remotely or in-person, if your student intends to purchase lunch/breakfast daily, and if your child needs transportation. You can email your answers to these questions to email@example.com. You can also call the grade school office (since the HS doesn't have phones) at 217-792-7220. We need this information ASAP! Also, you will still need to visit the correct office to turn in registration paperwork.
Junior high students will need to bring supplies as needed each day. Teachers will communicate with students on what is needed on specific days. They will not be utilizing lockers as of now. There will not be anywhere to store their excess materials. They also will not need to have PE clothes to change into or a lock. Suggested everyday materials would be notebook, folders or tapper keeper, pencils, highlighter, colored pencils, calculator, and a charged IPad.
During registration this week, we will be collecting school supplies. If you would like to bring your child’s school supplies there will be marked locations for their classes on the bleachers. Please have all supplies and bags labeled.
Reminder: If you need registration paperwork, it is available at the grade school between 8 AM and 3 PM this week. Enter the front door and it's on a table just inside the lobby. Registration is this Thursday and Friday at the grade school gym from 3 PM until 8 PM - and on Saturday from 9 AM until 1 PM. Please read through the registration article for specific details: https://www.mtpulaski.k12.il.us/article/283330?org=cusd23
The lost and found items will remain outside this evening for those that weren’t able to make it to the school today.
Parents, if your child has not picked up their belongings from their classroom or their PE locker there will be a table out front of the school on Thursday from 9-2 with all the items that were not claimed. Please refrain from coming into the building and respect others while social distancing. What is not claimed will be donated.
Mt. Pulaski School district #23 is looking for 2 assistant cooks. We are looking to fill one position at the high school and one at the grade school. If interested please send a letter of interest to Terry Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle Lora email@example.com. You can also find an application for employment on the district website.
Hi Parents, Did you order your prepackaged school supply kit? This is the safe, easy and affordable way to order supplies from the comfort of home. Avoid a trip to the store and get everything needed in one easy box. This is the last chance to order, so order your kit today! Late orders will not be accepted! Order no later than Tuesday, June 30th at www.shopttkits.com; use account #: 15826
Any parents of students entering 6th - 8th grade that are interested in trying out for the JH baseball team needs to join "MPGS Baseball"on the Team App. Coach Burgard will be posting information throughout the summer and during the season. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mt. Pulaski Grade School parents, Here is a link to buy school supplies for next school year! They will be shipped directly to the school prior to the first day. This is a great way to get your child everything they need. Check lists to make sure there isn’t something you need that is in the optional add on items due to some teachers needing specific items. Go to the following link http://www.shopttkits.com/ our account number is 15826.
Any 5th - 8th grade girls who are interested in playing softball this fall and are not on the "team app" please contact Coach Lingafelter - 312-632-0197
8th Grade Parents: Please email email@example.com with the photo and information needed for the 8th Grade Tribute video. Details went out via email this week and last week. Thanks!
The public library is wanting to gather as many email addresses as possible so they can notify families about the summer reading program. If interested, click this link to sign up! https://mailchi.mp/24aa7a494727/mplibrary
Any family who has a student that is kindergarten eligible to begin school this fall (age 5 prior to Sept. 1st, 2020) needs to pre-register with Mr. Newton. If your child was already pre-registered, or was already signed up for a kindergarten screening, you do not need to contact the office. You can contact Mr. Newton at 217-792-7220 on weekdays between 8 AM and noon. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All offices are closed today due to the power outage. Offices will reopen at 8 AM on Tuesday, April 14.
Congratulations to Mr A on being selected as an IBCA Jr. High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year!!
Staying Connected: More Pics of What We're Doing at Home - Want your pics posted too? Email them to email@example.com - We'd love to see what more of our families are up to!
General Music and Choir activities have been emailed and posted on my teacher page https://www.mtpulaski.k12.il.us/o/mpgs/teacher_pages#/teachers/3478/bio.
4A Parents, I am only posting the game board and leader board on our class page. To access this, click on the "Staff" link and find my name. Once there, you will find a link (next to the chain icon). It will ask you for permission to leave the app. Look for 4A! Presto!
All junior high reading class material has been uploaded to Showbie, my classroom page on the website and through email. Paper copies are also available in the office if you need to pick up copies.
With so many uncertainties for all of us, we do not want providing food for our families to be another. Many of our circumstances are changing quickly (jobs, childcare, finances). So, lets continue to work together to get through this! The local churches and community have come together in this time to help one another. Many people have donated food and money to help meet needs. If you are in need of food, we want you to have it! TODAY, food will be available from 3-7 p.m. at the front of the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center (114 N. Lafayette). Just pull on up near the doors, pop your trunk, and I (Casey McCormick) will come out alone and figure out how we can meet your family’s needs. We’ll get you on your way as quickly as possible. If you need food, but this time doesn’t work, please contact me (Casey McCormick) at 217-331-8471 to make arrangements to get you what you need. It would be best to get this food into your hands as quickly as possible, as we don’t know what restrictions will be implemented next.
Due to growing concerns over Covid19, Mt. Pulaski Schools will be operating on a half day schedule releasing students at 11:30 AM. Any families choosing to keep their students home from school today will receive an excused absence with no consequences, including high school students seeking to not take finals. Teachers will have home instruction packets available for student pick up by the end of the school day today. The building will be open during the rest of the week from 8 AM to 1PM daily for families to pick up student supplies and resources. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Per the guidance of the State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Carmen Ayala, ALL in-person school-sponsored activities that were scheduled during the statewide school closure are suspended until school resumes. This includes athletic contests and practices, meetings, award ceremonies, athletic/FFA banquets and events, and other evening events at the schools.
Teachers are busy planning at home activities for the upcoming weeks for students. Expectations will be communicated with students tomorrow. Realizing some parents will choose not to send their children to school tomorrow, these expectations will also be emailed to all parents. If you are a parent that does not utilize TeacherEase, you need to call the school office tomorrow to get your information added to the system in order to receive school emails. HS office: 217-792-3209 GS office: 217-792-7220
Governor Pritzker has announced the closure of all Illinois schools from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Monday, March 30, 2020. Mt. Pulaski schools will be in session this Monday, March 16, 2020. School will resume on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Check out Mr. Lamkey’s vlog regarding this closure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qyuRVwZrog&feature=youtu.be Decisions regarding activities and events will be announced on Monday, March 16, 2020. We understand you may have questions and want more information. We are working diligently to gather and disseminate information as quickly as possible. The safety of our staff and students of highest priority.
The IESA 2A Volleyball Regional Championship game tonight has been postponed. At this time we do not have a reschedule date set.
Come out and support the 8th grade volleyball team tonight in the IESA regional semifinals against Sangamon Valley at HOME - 6pm
Mt. Pulaski Schools conducted a “lockout” in both schools by request of the Mt. Pulaski Police Department due to a local incident. The “lockout” has been lifted and both schools are once again operating as usual. The local incident had no connections with the schools; the lockout was a precaution for student and staff safety.
Come out and support our 7th grade volleyball team in the regional championship game tonight @ HOME - 6pm
Good Luck to the 7th grade volleyball team tonight. Last night they defeated Sangamon Valley - 25-5 and 25-8 to advance to the regional semifinals tonight at HOME - 7pm against Tri-City.
Mt. Pulaski Grade School has a need for substitute cooks.If you are interested or want more information, please contact Gene Newton at the grade school office 217-792-7220.
MPGS volleyball 8th grade night is this Tuesday 2/25. Order of events: 5pm - 6th grade game ***8th grade night festivities*** 8th grade game 7th grade game
All the Second Graders enjoyed the January AR Party. It was snow-themed games in the library.
Today we learned about field (dent) corn during our AG in the Classroom lesson.
Landon Smith is the January 8th Grade Student of the Month at MPGS. He has demonstrated excellent behavior in and out of the classroom, has a positive attitude toward learning, is respectful of peers and adults, and consistently strives for academic success. Landon is the son of Rob and Alissa Smith of Elkhart. Congratulations Landon!