Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, Since we've moved to an online registration format there have been some questions about how parents will be informed of bus routes and times. Once registration is complete we'll sort through all the relevant information and determine routes and times. All bus riders will get a phone call, email or text before school starts with their bus route information. Very Best, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
3 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hello, This is just a reminder that online registration is open. The payment portion is now working as well. We've waived all fees for paying online, and we encourage you to do so if possible. If you've already registered and still need to pay fees you can now do so. Thank you, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
4 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
The Raider family is grieving an awful loss today!
8 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join Our Team
8 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, We've had a huge response to online registration. That's Awesome! Currently our provider is experiencing online payment difficulty. We've shut that feature off for now. You're still able to register, but you'll need to go back in later to pay your fees. We'll get back to you once we know online payments are working again. Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
9 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join Our Team!
9 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Kindergarten Screening Information
11 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Softball tryouts will be TOMORROW, 8/4 from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Green Valley Park. Students interested in participating must have a sports physical and filled out the sports registration at the link below. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=CUMWOcaOy0KxKBgbihjfBXNqZPhcbx1GgitYJByQ8nFUN1k
11 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
We have received a couple of questions/comments lately about emails from Dr. Hellrigel that are going out to parents regarding school related things. If you are not receiving your emails, please use these tips.
14 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Reminder - Important Date Changes
15 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Here is a link Mason County Health Department shared with us. We thought our Raider community might find it useful. Stay healthy Raiders! https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites
15 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, Midwest Central is exploring interest in offering a before and after school daycare program. Parents, if you have not already done so, please complete the following survey to help us better understand the need and interest. It's 2 quick questions. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfg_bUJQS-doKziqg2SLEsTdPRUQQeadEvob11RGDRasogN3g/viewform Very best, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
15 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join our team!
17 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Preschool Screening reminder... there are still some open time slots! Also, procedures for day of appointments.
20 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
IESA has cancelled the 2020 Softball, Baseball, and Cross Country seasons due to COVID-19. Please read their statement at the link below: https://www.iesa.org/?fbclid=IwAR2UXx2T-POe8tYkb7NnGSVECJv6wpm4xE156RHpaBivTBQKQdB0wHKWsoU
21 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Although no one really likes wearing a mask, we're doing what we can to help keep everyone safe. ;-)
21 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Check this out! Also, here's a big shout out to the Midwest Central High School Cheerleaders for helping unload food today for Saturday’s give away.
23 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, I'd like to start by thanking you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to develop our fall plans to return to school. I know you have questions and concerns on many levels. The Board of Education and Administration have been discussing the situation all summer and we continue to be focused on returning 5 days a week to in person instruction. We have the safety of all our students and employees in mind as we look at various options. Naturally, in person learning will look different than it has in the past. We will have to navigate social distancing, face masks, and illness. I learned this morning that the State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health will be holding a meeting this Friday to discuss the return of students to in person learning. We expect further guidance to come from that meeting next week. Our intention is to provide families a plan towards the end of next week. I realize many area districts are already announcing their plans; however, I feel many of these are premature and will ultimately need to be altered. I appreciate all those that completed our survey and we're using that information to develop our plans. Please look for our plan to be published towards the end of next week. It will be emailed to all parents and posted on our website www.midwestcentral.org Thank you again for your support of our district. Very Best Regards, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
25 days ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
It's time to start SOFTBALL!
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Wishing all of our Raider families and community a very happy and safe holiday weekend!
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join Our Team
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
June 30, 2020 Hello Raider Parents, As my previous email stated we do plan to start school in person this fall. This is the time of year that we would normally inform you of school registration details. To that end, we’d like to provide you with registration information so you can mark dates on your calendars. This year we’re transitioning to an online registration format. Midwest Central will roll out the online registration format on August 3rd in the afternoon. For those individuals that have poor internet access or have other technical issues we will hold an in person registration on August 11th at Midwest Central Primary School. During the August 11th registration we will have you use one of the school computers to complete the online registration for your student. We will have onsite help available from 7am to 7pm that day. If you are able to complete the online registration in advance of the 11th you will not need to attend the in person registration. If you choose to attend the in person registration, we ask that only one person per household attend in order to limit the number of people. Please do not bring your children to the in person registration. Although registration is being completed online we will still need to have physical copies of your student’s health documents. Attached to the email is a list of the documents that are needed for individual grade levels. You can drop off necessary documents at any school in the district for your student and they will be routed to the appropriate building. Health records may be dropped off between 8am and 3pm August 3rd through August 11th. Also, if you prefer paying for registration by cash or check, you will be able to drop a check or cash by any building to pay for registration costs. Finally, in order to prepare for the online registration format I have attached a couple guidance documents with some helpful tips of items that can be done in advance of registration. Please take a moment and review the documents attached. We will send out additional registration instructions August 3rd. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the ever changing state mandates. Our goal is to give you and your students the best possible experience we can this fall. Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
June 30, 2020 Dear Raiders, Last week the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year. This 63-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process. Several area schools have already released statements about what the 2020-21 school year will look like; however, we believe this may be premature and anticipate changes between now and the time school starts. Right now we don’t have all the answers to provide you, but we’d like to communicate to you what we know now. We plan to return to school this fall for in person instruction 5 days a week following our current published calendar. There will be a couple of calendar changes coming out later this month and we’ll be sure to communicate those changes. Naturally, our instruction days may look different and we’ll most likely have several safety guidelines in place for students, faculty, and staff. Midwest Central is aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and anticipate sharing a more detailed plan later this summer. We plan to release our full transition plan the week of July 27th. We will be releasing a survey later this week to collect some information to help us plan for this coming year. It will be short and sweet, and we would appreciate your participation. I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment. Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Preschool Screening Info
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Is your Raider ready for FY21?
about 1 month ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join our team!
2 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
The kitchen renovation at the High School continues! Concrete floor pour happening today!
2 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
Forman Valley Library is now taking sign-ups for their Summer Reading Program from now to June 5, 2020. It is for ages preschool to adults and starts June 10 - July 8, 2020. Please call the library (10 am -3 pm) for more information at 309-968-6093 or email them at formanvalleylibrary@yahoo.com.
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Once again we encourage everyone in our school district to please complete your 2020 Census. The future of our district funding and programs depends on you taking the time to fill this out. Thank you for your help!
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
We're just started our high school graduation ceremony! Feel free to watch live here: https://youtu.be/wbO3bsgvFSM
3 months ago, Don Lazarz
Don Lazarz
Our faculty and staff are in route for our end of the school year town drive by!! We have rows of cars and smiles! Step outside and wave hello!
3 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
Congratulations to Ms. Sarff for winning the $5,000 Century Link grant. The money will be used for the PE heart rate monitor project! Thank you CenturyLink!!
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join our Team - 2nd Grade Teacher Vacancy
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Happy National Nurses Day! To all the nurses out there on the front line, we appreciate you! Nurse Denise and Nurse Shyla, you ladies are top notch and we are blessed to have you as part of our Raider family!
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
Midwest Central High School will hold a modified graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 17th, between 11 AM and 5 PM. We worked with local health officials to determine a method that would meet social distancing guidelines while providing an opportunity to recognize this great accomplishment. Participating seniors will be assigned a time slot where they'll be able to walk the stage and receive their diploma, in the presence of up to 6 family members of the same household. We will also live stream the event on YouTube (details to follow). Details can be read in the pictures below. It will also be distributed by email and mail. Seniors expecting to participate should contact the school to confirm attendance.
3 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, We have received the following correspondence from the State Board of Education that they are releasing additional food benefits for all Midwest Central families. Since Midwest Central is a Community Eligible school every student enrolled in Midwest Central is eligible for this benefit whether they qualify for free lunches or not. In order to receive the additional benefit you must apply (information is below) unless you are currently a SNAP recipient. We have been asked to communicate this to our parents. I have also attached a flyer for more assistance. Thank you, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D. Pandemic EBT Application Available The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge. Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families. ISBE is working in partnership with IDHS to ensure that this validation is available for all NSLP sponsors, both public and non-public. Thank you to all the schools that participate in the NSLP for submitting data by the April 17 deadline. We are asking that you please continue to verify that count, so that all families who are eligible can access the additional financial support provided by P-EBT. Instructions for this crucial verification can be found online. If NSLP sponsors need assistance with the data submission/update, please email the ISBE Nutrition Department at cnp@isbe.net. If families need technical assistance with the application, please direct them to email IDHS at DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. Nutrition Department, Illinois State Board of Education 100 N. First St., Springfield, IL 62777 cnp@isbe.net, www.isbe.net/nutrition
3 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
Haven't switched over to Midwest Central's new app yet? Get the most current information and notifications by downloading our updated app. For ANDROID: http://bit.ly/3005X4y or iPHONE: https://apple.co/35BmKfD.
3 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raider Parents, We have been diligently working on high school graduation and 8th grade transition plans for the past couple of weeks. We were trying to develop alternate plans while also staying in the guidelines of social distancing. We received approval yesterday from the Mason County Health Department to move forward with our plans, and we had planned to email out tomorrow what those plans were going to be. However, as of last night the State Board has banned any kind of graduation ceremony except virtual (online). They have banned any in person type of ceremony including drive up or drive by ceremonies. This is incredibly disheartening for Midwest Central, our seniors, and our 8th grade students. We do not feel a virtual ceremony is appropriate to commemorate these events. We've had this happen to us multiple times already where we've made plans only to have them taken out of our control by the State Board of Education or the Governor. Midwest Central has the desire to do something special for our seniors and 8th grade students; therefore, we're again putting high school graduation and 8th grade transition on hold until we have some better guidance. Our hope is that by waiting we'll be able to do something in June or July although we can't anticipate to what extent at this point. We realize none of this is ideal, and we're also frustrated with the Chicago machine dictating downstate plans. Unfortunately our hands are legally tied right now. As we receive more information, rest assured we'll update you on how we can honor our senior and 8th grade students. I've attached the State Board's email for your information. I'm sorry I have to keep sending you unfortunate news. This will eventually pass, and we'll eventually go back to normal. Sunny days are ahead. Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join our team! We have an opening for Reading Interventionist.
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Join our team! We have an opening for a 1:1 Paraprofessional.
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Happy Administrative Professional's Day! MC is lucky to have an amazing group ladies in this category! Thank you all for your hard work, allowing the students to have a better educational experience and making the day to day operations of the the District run as smoothly as possible. You are truly the best! Raider Nation - If you get a chance, make sure to thank an Administrative Professional today.
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Dear Raider Parents and Community Members: I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Friday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at Midwest Central, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program. Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back. I wanted to update you with the current plans for the remainder of the year: 1. We will provide a 3rd learning packet to students next week. We will have a pick up on Wednesday, April 29th from 6am - noon and Thursday from noon - 6pm. These will be due May 13th. We’d ask you to drop off your 2nd learning packet April 29th. 2. We will be using a pass/incomplete grade for the 2nd semester grades. We again ask that you work with your student to do the best they can in completing these packets. I have asked our building principals and teachers to work with those students that were failing 3rd quarter as this is an opportunity for them to bring up their grades. 3. Lockers will be cleaned out by the custodial staff and student items will be bagged for a pick up on the 13th of May. Student items in classrooms will also be bagged up for a pick up on the 13th of May. 4. We ask that you bring both class texts and library books to return when you pick up your packet on the 29th or 30th or when you drop off your packets on May 13th. These are expensive items so we ask that you work hard to get them returned to us. 5. High School Graduation and Middle School Transition are currently on hold. As we get further guidance on social distancing our hope is we can perhaps hold some sort of recognition for these in May. (thinking positive). Unfortunately, we’re at the mercy of our Governor on this. We are committed to trying to do something to recognize the hard work of both our 8th grade students and our seniors who have been robbed of these special moments. 6. We will continue to serve meals through the 22nd of May. Don’t forget to pick up meals M, W, and F if you’re not on a delivery route. 7. Last official day for seniors is May 8th and for all other students it will be May 15th. Sincerely, Dr. Todd Hellrigel
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hello Raiders, I hope you're all staying home and staying safe. These are certainly strange times, and I'm sure cabin fever is getting old at this point. We appreciate all you're doing to help your students. We had a great packet pick up turn out and I wanted to thank you all for your efforts. We've also been asked to share with you food bank locations. Here is a link to area food bank locations. https://tazewellcounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Nearby/index.html?appid=bcaaa73edb8043febd79c83b70c94c26 Thank you for your support in these troubling times. Keep smiling! Dr. Todd Hellrigel
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
To improve access to technology at home and assist remote learning, Midwest Central will be selling our older Chromebooks (with soft case) to district families for $15 each. These Chromebooks were purchased by the district approximately 5-6 years ago and are no longer supported by Google; however, they all have been reset to factory settings and work very well. Students will need to use their gmail account to log into them. We will be organizing the sale based on demand and need. Midwest Central will not providing service or support for devices after sale. INTERESTED? Please fill out this form OR call your school between 8-2 on Wednesday. https://forms.gle/d8ToRbtasTxzMadW8
4 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
April 3, 2020 Parents and Students, On March 27th, the Illinois State Board of Education communicated information to all school districts pertaining to the development of Remote Learning plans. Midwest Central values all students as learners. After reviewing the details of this document, please contact your child’s principal if you have any questions. Remote Learning Rationale Remote Learning is designed to: • Maximize student learning in a challenging situation. • Promote instruction focused on Core Content • Communicate a commitment to our high educational standards through regular and meaningful contact with each student and/or family. • Promote independence and responsibility for our students as learners. • Promote flexible learning in a family-friendly manner. • Model technology use in the digital age. Core Content For the purposes of this document, Core Content refers to the standards that are most significant for student success in subsequent years. Core Content must be aligned to state standards. Teachers will work in collaboration to determine Core Content. Family-Friendly Instruction For the purposes of this document, Family-Friendly Instruction means: • Flexible due dates. • Flexible ways for students to work on mastering and demonstrating mastery of Core Content . • Clear, consistent and reliable ways for students and parents to receive support from teachers. Process Starting April 13 and continuing through the end of the remote learning period, Midwest Central weekly schedule will be: • Every two weeks students will be provided learning packets to complete. The first packet pick up will be Monday, April 13th. • Packets will need to be picked up at your student’s respective school. • Packets will be available for pick up from 6am – Noon Monday, April 13th and Noon – 6pm on Tuesday, April 14th. • Please return the 1st packet with completed work when you pick up the 2nd packet. • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday meals will continue to be provided either by pick up or delivery by bus. Student Attendance No formal reporting of attendance is required during this time, but teachers will keep track of which students are engaged in the process and how often each student is involved, based on student responses. Grading Teachers will continue to grade student work that is turned in and will assign grades to work as normal. Regards, Dr. Todd Hellrigel
4 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Don Lazarz
Midwest Central has transitioned to a NEW website and app! It provides better access to content and enables us to keep you more informed. Download the app on Android: http://bit.ly/3005X4y or iPhone: https://apple.co/35BmKfD.
4 months ago, Don Lazarz
Shawnna Rule
Staff volunteers getting ready for deliveries today!
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Rodney Norris
Staff preparing the packets and meals for tomorrow’s delivery to our students.
5 months ago, Rodney Norris
Shawnna Rule
Join our team! Opening for Primary School Principal.
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Notice regarding an upcoming asbestos abatement project at the High School.
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Tomorrow is Colon/Colorectal Awareness Day. There have been employees of our district directly affected by this! Raider Nation - Please consider showing your support by wearing BLUE tomorrow. This would be encouraging AND help raise awareness! Thank you!
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Notice regarding an upcoming asbestos abatement project at the High School.
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Reminder - Tomorrow, March 6th, is a 1/2 day for students.
5 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
No school on Monday, March 2 in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Check out 2 Special Education openings in the District for next school year.
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Reminder - College Night is right around the corner. We hope to see you there! This is open to families outside of Raider Nation, so please feel free to share and invite all your friends and family that may be interested.
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Job Vacancy - Reading Interventionist
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
You won't want to miss our District Band & Chorus Concert!
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Shawnna Rule
Hope to see you there!
6 months ago, Shawnna Rule
Apptegy Support
Good morning, students!
10 months ago, Apptegy Support