The Voice - Mt. Carmel High School

March 2015
Volume 13 Issue 7
The Voice
A Mt. Carmel High School Publication
Mr. Pat Cheesman
In order to better accommodate the parents of our students the Spring
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 26th from
5:00-7:30 p.m. and on Friday, March 27th from 8:00-11:30 a.m. The sign
up procedures:
Parents may call the school office at 262-5104 or may stop
by during school hours (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) to make appointments.
Students may also set these appointments up for their parents in the Main
Office at the school.
2. An appointment schedule for each teacher will be kept in the school office. Appointments will be 15 minutes
in length with a short break in between each one.
3. There is no deadline for sign-up; however, the sign-up procedure will be on a first come-first serve basis.
4. Parents are encouraged to sign-up for appointments prior to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25th. This way
an appointment schedule can be furnished to each teacher in order to properly prepare for their upcoming
5. Parents who cannot attend a conference on these scheduled dates are encouraged to contact individual
teachers for appointments on other dates.
Summer School
As you know high school graduation requires completion of many State of Illinois and Mount Carmel High School
mandated courses. During the past school year a few students have failed one of the following classes either 1st, 2nd
semester or both: English I, English II or English III; Algebra 1, Geometry.
In order for students to stay on track, Mount Carmel High School offers these courses on the following dates and
Session 1 Beginning on June 1st ending on June 25th from 8-12
English I (fall course)
English II (fall course)
Algebra 1 (fall course)
English III (fall course)
Geometry (fall course)
Mr. Pat Cheesman
[email protected]
201 Pear Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
(618) 262-5104
Mr. Michael Brewer
Assistant Principal
[email protected]
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Session 2 Beginning on June 29th ending on July 23th from 8-12
English I (spring course)
English II (spring course)
Algebra 1 (spring course)
English III (spring course)
Geometry (spring course)
A student may need to take only the one session. They will only be able to participate in one course per
session. To ensure the class will be offered we have to have a minimum of ten (10) students participate. There is a
small fee for registration that goes to Wabash Valley College. Paperwork and fee payment will occur during the first
week of each term. Please phone M.C.H.S. Guidance office for your son/daughter’s enrollment into these courses.
Successful completion of these courses will allow your son/daughter to be placed in appropriate classes in the fall of
2015. If you have any questions or problems, feel free to call Mrs. Paddick or Mr. Cheesman at 262-5104.
Mount Carmel High School will also offer Driver’s Education classroom for students who are incoming freshmen
in the fall of 2015 or other MCHS students who have not taken the classroom portion of driver’s education.
Parents, the State of Illinois requires that a student has to have their white slip for nine (9) months before a student
can get their driver’s license. We suggest that any student who has already turned 15 or who will turn 15 before
November or any marching band student take this summer school course.
More information will be provided in April. Mr. Tyler Buss will offer the classes two or three days each week for
eleven (11) days from 8-11 in the morning.
We will also offer American Government and Consumer Economics to students who will be entering their senior
or junior year during the summer. If your son or daughter is interested in taking any of these courses, please contact
the guidance department and place their name on the class list.
Career Pathways
Mount Carmel High School (MCHS) will be attempting to create career clusters or pathways of study in preparation
for careers. Students will be given opportunities to research jobs within their desired fields, then expand their
knowledge and narrow their focus upon a career cluster. Following this, their High School coursework would
provide hands-on education with application of knowledge within that coursework. Finally, this coursework would
cumulate in either a job related work experience during the school day or a partial day of higher education at
Wabash Valley College (WVC).
At present, we have began coursework in the medical field with the Principles to Bio-Medical Sciences for
freshmen and sophomores followed by the Human Body Systems for sophomores and juniors, plans are underway
for the Medical Interventions course in the Fall of 2015 for juniors and seniors. Seniors who have a desire to
further their education in health care have the option to apply for the Health Care Occupations course that starts the
day out at Wabash General Hospital in the classroom and during clinical. Students will earn a Certified Nursing
Assistant certification and have an opportunity to continue into Wabash Valley College nursing program or be better
prepared for University course work in the medical field.
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MCHS has also developed the engineering/drafting field of study. Students begin with Introduction to Engineering
and Design to develop their ability to design on the computer and understand basic engineering knowledge.
Following this course students decide to either proceed into the traditional metal and wood manufacturing courses
or continue into the engineering field. Traditional courses for sophomores include the Introduction of Woods for a
semester and Introduction of Metal Manufacturing. Juniors would take a one hour course in either woods or metals
to further their knowledge and skills. As seniors, woods students would proceed into a two hour course that is
designed for completion of individual or school related projects. Metals students would have the option of a two
hour course taught at WVC that includes Robotics, Welding, Computer Aided Drafting, Industrial Electricity and
Manufacturing Material & Process. Those students who are interested in engineering will take the Principles of
Engineering as sophomores or juniors, as juniors and seniors they will they the opportunity to continue course work
in Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
MCHS is looking at developing other pathways for students. They are in the planning stages and must include
WVC and other business partners. Areas that are being researched include: Agriculture and Communication
to Radio Broadcasting Technology. At the present time if a student is interested in Radio Broadcasting
Technology they will need to sign up for service learning and specify that they want to be in the 4th period Radio
Broadcasting class at WVC.
March brings the end of the third quarter and the midpoint of
the second semester. It is during this time that students can become lax
with attendance, grades, etc. While there may be time to improve one’s
Mr. Michael Brewer
grades throughout the semester, in regards to attendance this is not so.
Assistant Principal
When a day has been missed, it is permanently recorded (the same is true
of tardiness). This is important when considering that absences of any
kind (excused or verified) count the same when it comes to final exam
exemption. This is not a punishment for excused absences but a requirement to show that you have an understanding
of the content even though you have missed class time. Consideration should also be given to the fact that absences
are tracked by period, so if a student misses more than three times in any one period, that student will be required to
take ALL exams. The following is found on page 17 of the student handbook:
First and second semester exams are optional to those student who meet the following eligibility
1. Any student who maintains school attendance in all enrolled classes with three (3) or fewer absences during the semester.
The guidelines under the MCHS Attendance Policy are:
*Three (3) or less absence passes. (Verified Absence passes are issued for parent discretionary purposes, including
student illness and important family matters. Excused Absence passes are issued for doctor appointments, funeral, or
other similar circumstances.)
2. Certain disciplinary assignments or other attendance issues may automatically disqualify the student from this program.
They are:
a. The student may not have any “truant” unexcused absence passes. (Truant passes are issued for truancy from a class
period or day of school.)
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b. A student may not have been sent to the office for disciplinary reasons by teacher.
c. Any student who has been assigned to Saturday School Detention, In-School Suspension (AER) or Outof-School Suspensions during the year is ineligible to participate in this optional final exam program.
d. Any student who receives a total of five (5) tardies throughout the semester.
3. Any student who meets the above standards but receives a failing grade in only one class maintains exempt status in all
but the one class; however if a student receives a failing grade in either quarter of more than one course they will be required
to take all exams.
*Additionally, to be eligible to receive credit for a class you must pass at least one semester. If a student has failed BOTH
semesters of a course they will not be allowed to take the final exam for that course.
Nurse News For Parents with Students Entering Kdg – 12th Grade in
the 2015-2016 School Year:
It is time to start making your physical appointments for your upcoming Kindergartener, 6th or 9th grader. As you know it is state mandated
that your child have a physical for the Kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th
grade years. This needs to be completed prior to registration or your child will not be allowed to start school until it
is completed. A physical form will be sent home with each 5th and 8th grade student on May 4th . If you have the
physical done anytime from now through the month of June you may stop by the office and pick up the form to take
with you then bring it to the office and it will be filed until registration time. You will not have to worry about keeping it safe over the summer! If it is done after these dates please bring the completed form with you on the central
registration day. Also, please be sure that all the highlighted areas are filled out. Please don’t wait to make your appointment because the physician’s fill their openings quickly.
Mrs. Stephanie Kolb
District 348 Nurse
**Tdap Immunization Requirement**
Any child entering 6th through 12th grade shall show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap (defined as tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTap, DT or Td dose.
Chicken pox Vaccine(Varicella) requirement for 2014-2015:
Any child entering Kindergarten, 1st, 6th, 7th, 9th or 10th grade shall show proof of having received two doses of
varicella vaccine. It is recommended that all students K thru 12th grade have two doses prior to the 2015-2016
school year.
Meningitis(MCV4) requirement for 2015-2016:
The requirement is for 6th and 12th grade entry. All students entering 6th grade must show proof of one dose of
MCV4. All students entering 12th grade must show proof of two doses of MCV4. The second dose must be after
16 years of age. If the first dose of MCV4 was given after age 16 then only one dose is required at 12th grade. It is
recommended that all students 6th grade thru age 15 have one dose of MCV4.
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School vs. Sports Physical
If your child is entering the appropriate grade level that requires a school physical then that physical will be accepted
as a sports physical as well. Please note that the IHSA sports physical form WILL NOT be accepted as a school
Self-Carry Medication
If your child is required to self-carry an inhaler, epi-pen, or diabetic medication then the Authorization for SelfCarry/Administration of Medicine must be filled out by the physician and the parent/guardian. Please ask the
school nurse for this form prior to visiting the physician. It is also recommended that an extra dose of medication
be brought to the school and left in the nurse’s office in the instance that the medication is not available.
* State Dental Exam Requirement*
Parents, please note that the State of Illinois requires that all children entering Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grades
have an oral health examination. A licensed dentist must perform the examination and he/she will need to sign the
proof of examination form. Each child shall present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2016. The
exam must be recorded on the Illinois State Form and must have been completed within 18 months of the deadline
(completed between 11/15/14 and 5/15/16). Anyone either failing to provide the required exam or filing a waiver
with the school will have their report card withheld until such time as they become compliant. These forms will be
sent home with the physical forms on May 5th.
If you have appointments prior to the forms being sent home please stop by the office to get the form to take
with you.
*State Vision Exam Requirement*
It is required that children entering Illinois schools for the first time at kindergarten or after receive an eye exam.
Therefore, if you have a child that will be entering kindergarten in 2015-2016 then an eye exam will be required to
be completed by May 15, 2016.
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School Physical Exam
Up-to-date immunizations
Lead Screening
Dental Exam
Vision Exam
1st Grade
Up-to-date immunizations
2nd Grade
Dental Exam
3rd/4th/5th Grade
Up-to-date immunizations
6th Grade
School Physical Exam
Up-to-date immunizations
Dental Exam
7th /8th Grade
Up-to-date immunizations
Sports Physical if needed
9th Grade
School Physical Exam
Up-to-date immunizations
10th/11th/12th Grade
Up-to-date immunizations
Sports Physical if needed
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**Up-to-date immunizations:
If your child is in need of an immunization,
a form was mailed stating which immunizations are
2015-2016 6th and 9th graders will have their
physical forms sent home May 4th with immunization
All registration and health forms can be found for your
convenience at
If you have any questions please call 262-5104 ext 112.
Thank you!
Stephanie Kolb RN-BSN, PEL-CSN
District #348 School Nurse