Logan County Community Invited to Send Messages of Hope and Support to Local Veterans The newly formed Central Illinois Veterans Commission has partnered with 2X4's For Hope of Quincy to build homes in Lincoln to be given to local veterans. Thanks to generous local support, the first of these homes is scheduled to be completed within the next few months, with more of these tiny homes being built and gifted in the future. The backbone of the 2X4's For Hope organization revolves around a single piece of lumber, called a 2X4, which is used to build the framework of a tiny home. These 2X4's, prior to the homes being built are signed, and decorated with messages of love, support, wisdom, and success by the community to your veterans, so that once the home is completed, the veteran recipient will always be surrounded by the love, honor and respect of the community for a new beginning, a new day, and hope. The Logan County Community is invited to come to a 2X4 signing event, to be held at RP Lumber in Saturday, April 24th from 8-12 noon. Come and send your message of hope and support to the veterans who will be honored to receive the gift of a home. A groundbreaking for the first home is being planned for 1:30pm on Saturday, April 24th at the building location on 6th Street and College. On any given night in the United States, it is estimated that over 48,000 homeless veterans are searching for a place to sleep. The mission of the CIVC is to provide Central Illinois veterans with the tools and support systems to enable them to move forward to obtain permanent sustainable housing. Help send the message of hope!
Reserve your tickets for the MPHS production of Little Shop of Horrors! Go online to order: https://mphsdrama.ludus.com/10019
Tomorrow (4/16) is a School Improvement Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
This week was the hybrid FCCLA State Conference. Students competed virtually on Monday and Tuesday and then were able to attend an in-person election and recognition session today in Springfield. MPHS FCCLA was lucky enough to have a student who helped plan the meeting as he has served the last year as an Illinois FCCLA State Officer. We also had another student who ran for State Office at this meeting. She was elected and will serve for the next year. Additionally, we had four students who competed in events and were recognized for their hard work accomplishments with 1 silver and 3 gold medal ratings! What an awesome end to an unusual and somewhat trying FCCLA year. MPHS has truly remarkable students that I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with!
Reminder: There is no school tomorrow (Friday, 4/2). There is no school on Monday, 4/5. Enjoy the short break!
Parents - Questions about TikTok & Instagram? Don't understand what your kids are doing on those apps? Need help navigating social media with your kids? You're invited to attend an online Zoom event! The event is offered on 2 different nights - April 7 & April 8 (same content each night) - This event is offered by the Illinois Attorney General's Office. Commonly Used Apps (Part II): TikTok & Instagram Wednesday, April 7, 2021 6:30 PM (Central Time) - Click to sign up for this night: https://ilattorneygeneral-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TbfW12HDRai4fq-VfAxqmA Thursday, April 8, 2021 6:30 PM (Central Time) - Click to sign up for this night: https://ilattorneygeneral-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_snLK27RcSDeKilSml29A5g (Please, register in advance. You must have or create a Zoom account to register since Zoom is the platform being used for the event.) For more info on IL ICAC please visit: https://illinoisicac.org/ For parent and educator resources or scheduling virtual events please visit: https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/cyberbullying/index.html
We are opening the doors for a maximum of 200 home spectators at HS volleyball games and 150 home spectators at JH girls basketball games on a first come - first seated basis. Additionally, spectators are not allowed to bring food or drink (with the exception of water bottles) inside the buildings for home athletic events. Opposing teams will be allowed 2 spectators per player. Thank you for your cooperation.
MPHS Soccer Game for TONIGHT has been rescheduled. We will play North Mac at Home on 4/13 at 4:30pm.
Tomorrow's Volleyball Game has been cancelled.
Tonight's girls volleyball game has been CANCELLED.
Next week is Topper Week 2021. Let's have some fun and show some spirit! Monday is PJ Day. Tuesday is Purple and Gold Day. Wednesday is Flannel Day. Thursday is Holiday Day. Friday is Class Color Day.
Baseball season is approaching. Get your Topper Baseball spirit wear! The deadline to order is March 24, at midnight. https://shop.primodesigns.net/toppers_baseball/shop/home
The girls JV & Varsity basketball games tonight can be streamed on the IBHS Athletics youtube channel. The JV game begins at 6 p.m. Here's a link to their channel page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX_aR4dhfsU_sVz9NVylEiw
Tonight is Senior Night for boys basketball! The Senior Night program will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. For fans with Varsity game tickets, doors open for the Varsity game at 7:15 p.m.
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/
Watch the boys game beginning at 6 PM tonight versus LuHi on their YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCbo-3VqUqCJNaKQVcDx1aWw
High School Boys Basketball against game against Midwest Central TONIGHT is being streamed. https://www.facebook.com/events/850596302155499/
The girls varsity basketball game tonight has been rescheduled for 3/2 at 6 PM.
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!
Parents don’t forget to take our 5 Essentials Survey! http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ (If you have students at both schools, please take it twice - once for each school. Also, both parents can take it!) Thank you!
Happy Counselors Appreciation Week to Miss Hinson! With her help, juniors have been researching careers, colleges, trade schools, military branches, etc. for the last few weeks in US History and English. Here she is helping students understand how much money they’ll need to earn in order to live the kind of lifestyle they want.
All practices/contact days/open gyms for tonight have been cancelled.
With the school day extension approaching, take a look at the new 2:00 PM dismissal schedule. Students will be able to access the schedule in TeacherEase after 2:00 PM the afternoon of Monday, January 25, by clicking "schedule" and toggling the view from "Fall" to "Spring." Additionally, when we begin the schedule on Tuesday, January 26, all high school students will receive a paper copy of their new schedule during their first period class that day. We are looking forward to this increased learning opportunity for all of our students.
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
Congratulations to senior Colton Hagan whose poem “Success” was chosen for publication!
Congratulations to the FFA Agronomy team for placing first in the section Agronomy contest last week. Lucas Kuhlman earned high individual over the whole contest. Evan Cooper was 2nd, Clay Aylesworth 3rd, and Elana Bruns 4th. Other top members on the team included Oran Kuhlman, Kate Beckers, Karson Mott, Hailee Daigh, Walker Allen, and Jayda Allspach. Nice job team!!
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.
HELP WANTED!! Mt. Pulaski High School is in need of a full-time night custodian AND a full-time assistant cook. Both positions include 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Terry Morgan, 206 S. Spring St., Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548. Apply now!
Today’s student council held a mock election. Mr. Clark helped us set up an electoral college system which each study hall had a set number of votes depending on its population. President Trump carried nine study halls while Vice-President Biden won in two rooms. Thank you to Mr. Clark and to everyone who voted!
Today we got the last section of our lumber storage shelves built, making the new storage room complete. There were a lot of Industrial Arts students that had a hand in building them, and their help is greatly appreciated! The new storage cabinets also look great and have allowed us to get everything organized. It’s very exciting to see it all come together!
Mark your calendar for this year's Halloween Movie Double Feature! It will take place Friday 10/30 at 7:00 PM. We're planning to project our movies onto the shed behind the school this year, so dress warmly and bring a lawnchair (and maybe a pile of blankets!). There is no cost for this event. Student council will be choosing the movies tomorrow, and we will announce them next week. Since we must limit our event to 50 students, we do ask that you sign up in the office to receive a ticket.
Students, start planning your costumes for this year's costume contest! Categories include scariest, funniest, group, inflatables, character/historical figure, impression, and best overall. Send a photo of you (or you and your group) to me by Tuesday 10/27 since our contest will be virtual this year. Plan on wearing your costume to school on Friday 10/30 whether you enter the contest or not!
Seniors tomorrow is the SAT. You need to be here by 7:45am. Be sure to bring a calculator and eat a good breakfast.
Our last FAFSA Completion Night is tonight. There are seats available still so if you are needing help with your FAFSA, you are encouraged to attend. We can only have 10 people, so please let Miss Hinson know if you want to attend. 6:30pm in Mrs. Myers room.
Seniors and parents-Next Wednesday the 14th is SAT day! We will be testing in the New Gym (Multipurpose Room). Students need to be at school by 7:45 so we can start testing promptly at 8am. Testing will last until 12:15-12:30 and students will be dismissed once the entire testing time is completed. Bring your own calculators. If you have questions, contact Miss Hinson
Last night MPHS FCCLA had our first chapter meeting! This year it was virtual and we joined 170 other members from around the state via Zoom to interact with the State Officers, brainstorm plans for the upcoming year, and compete in a statewide pumpkin decorating contest. There were three categories in the contest; painted, carved, and state officers. MPHS had representation in all three categories. We also have the state winners in carved and state officer. Way to go guys!
Our second FAFSA Completion Night is tonight at 6:30 in Mrs. Myers room. We do have spots available if anyone is needing to attend. Parents and Students-please have your FSA ID made PRIOR to attending tonight. Let Miss Hinson know if you need to attend or if you have any questions!
Our first FAFSA Completion night is tonight at 6:30pm in Mrs. Myers room. If you would like to attend tonight and have not signed up, let Miss Hinson know. You will need to bring - Social security numbers (students and parents/guardians) - 2019 Tax information (parent and student-if applicable) - Driver’s License numbers (student and parent/guardian) - Record of assets - Month and Year of marriage, separation, divorce, or other changes in marital status
Our first FAFSA Completion night is this Thursday, October 1st at 6:30pm at MPHS! We will be holding a completion night on October 5th and 8th as well. Reminder-if you plan on attending you MUST sign up with Miss Hinson as spaces are limited. Contact Miss Hinson ASAP at email@example.com if you want to attend
PROM GLASS ANNOUNCEMENT Simple Moments become Precious Memories.... Nothing Simple about Prom of 2020 Coronavirus made it gray But don't be sad, we have a gift for you to remember the day that was taken away.... 16 oz pint glass - available to Class of 2020 for pick up at the office. Please inform Sarah or myself that you are wanting the glass by Oct. 1st. After Oct. 1st all other MPHS students during 19/20 will be allowed to get one.
Both the MPGS and MPHS Boosters will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30pm at PizzaMan in the party room.
Extra Hilltop Yearbooks are available to purchase. Anyone wishing to purchase a 2019/2020 yearbook may do so by contacting Mrs. C at firstname.lastname@example.org Yearbooks are $45 cash or check payable to MPHS - memo - yearbook.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Yearbook Pickup for anyone who ordered a Yearbook last school year - Monday, August 17, from 5pm - 7pm @ MPHS parking lot/Waterkotte door area
Yearbooks have arrived! Class of 2020 are able to pick up in front of Farmer’s Bank today from 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Classes of 2021, 2022 & 2023 will be able to pick up next week (time and place to be determined).
The class of 2021 will take the SAT on October 14th during the school day. This test is paid for by the state, so there is no charge for our students. This test replaces the SAT they normally would have taken during their Junior year. More information will be provided as we receive it. I hope you all are doing well!
Class of 2021 and 2022, if you are planning on taking Dual Credit Speech or English for the 2020-21 school year you must complete the online application for Lincoln College. The link was emailed to all the juniors and seniors with all of the information. If you have questions, please contact Miss Hinson
MPHS Soccer Open Fields Set to Begin Tomorrow! This is a FANTASTIC way to check out if soccer is for you (no commitment/no pressure). We will only meet Monday this week (5:30-7:00pm), as coach is leaving town Tuesday. We will resume again the following week (meeting Mon, Tues, and Thurs evenings at 5:30-7:00). These days and times may change down the road to accommodate schedules better. While these are not required practices, they are very important for both recruits and returning players Please make every effort to attend. Players, your parents will need to fill out a release form (which I will try to get you early, but will also have at the field). Bring water. If you are unable to attend but interested, or if you have any other questions - email coach: email@example.com
Congratulations to the following Toppers for being selected for publication by the American Poetry Foundation: 2020 graduate Reggie Fairchild; senior Rylan Lindley; and sophomores Mallory Shehorn, Jayda Allspach, Jackson Fricke, Jesse Carter, Justin Maas, Elizabeth Reynolds, Keyleigh Stewart, and Ethan Payne!
Parents and girls interested in playing basketball- please join “MPHS GIRLS BASKETBALL” on team app. Here you will find important information for summer open gyms and schedules during the season. Please email Coach McVickers with any questions or concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org
The High School office will be closed on Friday, May 29, and Monday, June 1, due to construction.
Congratulations to COLTON HAGAN for being chosen as a semifinalist in the annual IFI Father’s Day essay contest!
If any students are wanting to get their woodworking projects home before break, please contact me. I will bring them to the cafeteria on your scheduled day to pick up school supplies. Checks can be made payable to MPHS.
Seniors, Senior Parents, & Community Members: Due to the weather, the senior car parade today is being moved to 7:00 PM today. According to several weather apps, the rain is expected to stop around 4:30 PM. Seniors should line up between 6:40 PM and 6:50 PM in the high school parking lot. We apologize for any inconvenience this time change may cause your family.
Special thanks to MPHS freshman, Kaleb Hild, for this video showing daily construction progress. This is a daily compilation of photos he took from the Band room windows during school. https://youtu.be/LKI9G8kCRNQ
Normally this would be our FFA Week, but due to the situation we cannot enjoy the week as planned. This Friday, May 1st, the Mt. Pulaski FFA would love for our students to participate in the “Drive your Tractor to School Day.” This is a tradition every year! Anyone who decides to participate can drive their tractors around the school from 7:45 AM until 8:00 AM. Please, do not pull into the parking lot. If you are wanting to do this you must contact Mr. Allen to let him know. Only licensed drivers are allowed to participate.
Due to the construction, the HS Office has been relocated to the classroom by the SW parking lot entrance. The temporary phone number is 792-7276. Mr. Morgan is in from 8 AM until noon on weekdays if you need to contact him at the office.
LET'S GET MOVING, HILLTOPPERS! Tired of sitting around? Need a challenge to get you motivated? C'mon, Hilltoppers...LET'S GET MOVING! Here's the scoop: between now and May 5th, you're invited to join a group of other Hilltoppers (staff, students, family members) in setting personal goals, taking steps each day to meet them, and then accomplishing them! Your goal can be anything you want it to be---we ask for 1 thing only: that whatever activity you choose to do, you choose to do it for 55 minutes. [get it? May 5th...55 minutes!] So, your Let's Get Moving goal could be: I want to walk more. Or, I want to jog. Or, I want to ride my bike. Or, I want to Zumba. Or, I want to use my kickboxing bag...for the first time! Or, a combination of any of those, for example. Just train for it to last for 55 minutes on May 5th starting at 5:00pm and going until 5:55pm. The link to learn more and to join: https://forms.gle/1oVANvp9Y3Mif85Z6
I hope everyone is doing well. If anyone is struggling with their mental or emotional health right now, please go to my teacher page, click on MPHS Counseling Dept, and utilize some of resources listed in the announcements. These resources are for children, teens, and adults.
HS Students: Get in on the Lunch Menu Tournament! Check your email for directions on how to participate! https://youtu.be/p7OziLfn6vs
All offices are closed today due to the power outage. Offices will reopen at 8 AM on Tuesday, April 14.
High School Winter Sports pictures are in. Pick up will be from 10 AM until noon on Thursday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 14. To pick up, go to the southwest entrance in the back parking lot. Call the office at 217-792-3209 to tell them whose pictures you are picking up and the pictures will be brought to you at that entrance. Questions/comments? Call the office at 217-792-3209.
SENIORS--if you have scholarship applications that you need to turn in still let me know. If you are still wanting to apply for some scholarships I can email the application to you--just let me know!
Students and parents, If you have any questions or need anything I am available through email and Zoom (video chat). I hope everyone is staying safe (and sane)! :)
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 school play is still on for tonight! The curtain opens at 7 o’clock.
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.
Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Cheerleading pictures will be taken tomorrow, March 5, during school hours. Athletes need to bring their uniforms to school. Order forms and payments are due at the time the picture is ordered. Athlete didn't bring home a form? You can order online using the code 48546F at www.inter-state.com/order
In just a few days, the next phase of the high school construction project begins. Yesterday, all students were asked to clean out their PE lockers. Today, the last of the furniture is being moved out of Mr. Deibert’s office. Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4, the locker rooms will be closed for the reminder of the school year. Demolition will begin on Thursday and the asbestos abatement will begin on Monday, March 23. This is a very exciting time at Mt. Pulaski High School. We look forward to new locker rooms in the fall.