The mobile dental clinic, Miles of Smiles, will be holding a dental clinic at the Primary School on February 19th. They provide exams and preventative services (cleaning and sealants) for students in Early Childhood through 5th grade; plus 6th, 8th, and 9th grades to fulfill dental services required by the state for school attendance. They will accept private and Medicaid/All Kids insurances. Forms went home with students this week. You must provide the billing information that is located on the form. Please be sure to complete all areas, sign, and date at the bottom of the form. Contact the school nurse if you need another form. The exam provided meets the State of Illinois school dental requirements due by May 15th. Remote learners can participate. Parents are responsible for transportation. Please be aware that there are no appointment times. Contact the school nurse with any questions.
Friday, January 15, is a half day with an 11:40 AM dismissal. We are offering our students a self-care, wellness day including the following activities. Please ask them about this first-ever, exciting day and use these resources at home on those evenings, weekends, and breaks that you want some quiet and calm in your house! • New Breathing Exercise: Finger Breathing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bvYNX6Roge2mQ8iS89AXXYEb6rYeLp_w/view?usp=sharing • Yoga: Cosmic Kids https://www.youtube.com/results?sp=mAEB&search_query=cosmic+kids+yoga • Mindfulness Video: This woman does a great job explaining mindfulness and why it is a good exercise to start practicing. https://youtu.be/8rp5bpFIUpg • YouTube playlist for Just Dane videos: These videos are of all difficulties. These videos are great for movement. Children need to move throughout their day to keep their minds focused and body’s ready to listen. Here is a great way for kids to move and have fun at the same time. Mr. Forbes gave a tip: I usually simplify harder ones by focusing on the top half of the body, then you can add in lower half when you’re comfortable (the feet are usually the hardest parts of the choreography). https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFtrDKHAEj7VleHJ5L7wLjroM4_JvwI4 • Stress ball activity: Go Noodle has this activity in case anyone wants to use it Friday along with their stress ball activity. https://app.gonoodle.com/activities/how-to-make-a-squishy-stress-ball?sp=search&sn=search&st=video%20versions&sid=96 • Read alouds My Many Colored Days by: Dr. Seuss (All Grade Levels) https://youtu.be/EjNNE-cLQ-o Llama Llama Mad at Mama (Pre-K/K) https://youtu.be/-YyFW8Nm37c When Sophie Gets Angry…. Really Really Angry (K-2) https://youtu.be/ZJboHWzVgp8 Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (K-5) https://youtu.be/Px8pj-vIErY Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book (2-5) https://youtu.be/4N-ULcZOKI0
Good Afternoon Parent and Guardians, We have had a lovely week getting back into a solid routine and it feels good to be here! We are currently sitting, for a second week here at the Primary School, with zero COVID cases among staff and students. We do have some quarantines but those exposures are occurring outside of the school setting. Please stay aware of any COVID symptoms and remain home with all children if you or someone in your home is testing for COVID and do not hesitate to reach out to us for general guidance about quarantine and attendance when you need. We are benchmark assessing over the next two weeks using STAR (online benchmarking) and BAS (one on one reading assessment) so please encourage your children to try their very best on these. We will continue to go outside for recess daily as often as possible. Please dress your children accordingly and if your child needs a coat, hat, or gloves please, please let us know. We have received a donation of items and would love to help your family if needed! Lastly, for the safety of all children, we MUST walk your children into the building to sign in if you arrive after 8:00 AM. You must also walk your preschool children to the east side, preschool doors. We want to make sure that all students are accounted for safely and these are two areas we are committed to in promoting this safety and accountability. Important dates: Half Day Friday January 15: Dismissal at 11:40 AM No School Monday: MLK Jr Day Please stay tuned to your email and Facebook page for two additional notices. One describing some assistance we are seeking here at the Primary School and another outlining our Student Wellness Fair tomorrow. Thank you for your continued efforts in partnering with us as your local education provider!
Ms. Gough’s class worked VERY hard on a class goal coming back from break. Their goal was to earn 50 tally marks Monday through Thursday. They had to show genuine acts of kindness and expected behaviors. They did it and earned a puppy party, compliments of Ms. Livengood!!! We thoroughly enjoyed our puppy cuddles today!
Happy Thursday Parents and Guardians! We had a bit of a slow start, I think we were all feeling a little sluggish after those two weeks off. I know many of us, students and staff alike, had to readjust to all of the COVID requirements of masking, temp checks, distancing, etc. But, we have picked up the pace and are feeling a little more into a routine by today. I have a few reminders for some of our building procedures and upcoming dates to note: 1. Transportation Please call the transportation department with any daily or permanent bus changes by 1:00 PM at (309) 968-3020 so we can plan accordingly. When dropping off your children, if you will exit your car you must park in the lot and walk them to the building. Please do not leave unattended vehicles in the car drop off lane. • Preschoolers must be escorted to the outside classroom doors by a parent as well as retrieved from the classroom doors in the afternoon. They cannot be left alone to navigate down the busy sidewalk with the moving buses and middle and primary schoolers. • Kindergarteners must also be picked up at the front doors with line-of-sight contact from the teacher that is monitoring. We appreciate your attention to those transportation reminders to keep all of our students, especially our youngest ones, as safe as possible. 2. Outerwear We are continuing to go outside as weather permits to get that fresh air and sunshine, if the clouds and fog would ever leave us. Please send hats, gloves, coats, etc. to keep your children warm out there. If they forget something, please tell them to ask a teacher or the office and we will lend them what they need to stay warm. 3. COVID We continue to temp check, distance, clean and sanitize often, and wear masks. Though some guidelines are changing for essential workers, including educational staff, due to several factors, there will be no changes to our current COVID policies for the general student population per health department guidance. Most importantly, if you or your children are being tested and/or awaiting COVID test results, please isolate at home and do not send any children in the home to school until you have negative test results. If anyone in your home is symptomatic, please contact the school at (309) 968-6464 so speak with Nurse Shyla. If you receive test results or anything urgent you need to share over a weekend, please email Nurse Shyla at email@example.com or Principal Timm at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your diligence to all of the above matters and we continue to be successful because of your partnership with our staff! 4. Upcoming Dates January 15 Half day, dismiss at 11:40 AM January 18 No School: MLK Jr. Day Have a great end to your week and weekend!
Good morning parents, I have many items to cover, I will do my best to be concise! January 4, 2021 Return and Remote Learning: The district is ending remote learning as of today for anyone who does not have medical need and corresponding doctor's request. However, we will still be dismissing at 2pm upon our January return so that we can provide education and contact to those students that will be in and out of quarantine. We return on January 4, 2021 and we will still be requiring masks, social distancing, and prefer that your children bring a water bottle to fill. Christmas Program: Stay tuned to your email and Facebook for the link to our Christmas Program designed and conducted by our Music and Band teacher, Mr. Forbes. This should come by tomorrow at latest, pending any technical difficulties of creating a virtual music/band concert! RADA fundraiser: These products are slated to be here today by noon and we intend to efficiently distribute to your children to bring home this afternoon. Please take a look at your orders and email me with any discrepancies email@example.com. COVID: Today we end with 1 staff member and 2 students positive, two of which never entered our building ill and did not require contact tracing. This number is still exceptionally low. I also must point out that our quick quarantines have continued to be successful meaning that none of our quarantine situations have led to an additional positive student case. We are hopeful for new guidance coming that will actually decrease the length and restrictions of quarantines to get students and staff back sooner! If you have any COVID situations that arise that effect your children in the school setting upon leaving today or shortly before returning on January 4, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally, here is a link for a document you can use in coordination with the health department if you need a return to school/work letter: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pviBkHG6PEu6OZPRNwkEGrEzG0iOJS1GgHbvtQUODJBUMk5PUzdBR1QxTTJMVVVaSDNYRU9JNTNFSi4u Lastly, we have made it. Nobody thought we could make it this long this year, but we did, with the diligent, persistent, courageous efforts from you and our staff. Thank you does not feel like enough to say so in screaming capitals, here it is: THANK YOU!!! If you need anything over break, please reach out to me. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Check out the MCPS holiday concert... COVID style. We wish you could be here, but this is the next best thing! 🙂 As noted in the beginning, the recording of each of these songs was done in less 15 minutes to eliminate the close contact risk. Enjoy! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fIxPEny4CW4mpIGXCa_Jt1n3IbApexPD/view?usp=sharing
Good day all, I want to share with you my decision-making chart for outdoor play. This is from the Iowa Department of Public Health, which has similar weather patterns as Illinois. This chart is referenced by the governing bodies over Illinois Preschools, so we are going to utilize schoolwide here at the primary school to help us determine when it is safe to play outdoors and when we should stay inside. Outdoor, gross motor play is highly beneficial to children of all ages for learning, social, emotional, and physical health and we will opt for it as often as possible. Please provide a coat with hat and/or an additional hat, as well as gloves daily with the anticipation that we will be outdoors for recess and PE. If you are in need of these for your children, please contact us directly and we are happy to help! https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/Files/FamilyHealth/weatherwatch.pdf
Dear Raider students and families, While this school year has not been what anyone would wish for, I hope each of you can find gratitude and something you are thankful for this holiday season. My mom had a Thanksgiving tradition that may be especially important this year. Before we could eat our Thanksgiving meal she asked everyone to go around and say one thing they were thankful for. You may consider trying that this year with your family. I know I am personally thankful for the support of my family, our teachers and support staff, who have adapted to incredibly difficult circumstances, our bus drivers, who have gone the extra mile for our students, our parents, who have altered their work schedules, our custodial staff, who have kept our buildings clean and sanitized, our cafeteria workers who have prepared meals, and our principals who have provided their leadership. Mostly, I have gratitude for our students who have demonstrated tremendous patience and understanding as they navigate new learning models through this pandemic. At the end of the day, each of us are trying to do the best we can under incredibly difficult circumstances. It hasn’t always gone smoothly, but I believe we have learned a lot since the first day of school that will make us more prepared and stronger for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year and beyond. Our Thanksgiving break will begin today and students will return Monday, November 30th to in-person learning. We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring all student and staff health. Our current plan is to only close grade levels or buildings as necessary. As of today, our plan does not include a district-wide shut down. I hope to continue to be able to say that after Thanksgiving break. It’s been a challenging year, but we will continue to get through this together. Please be safe this holiday season and have a Happy Thanksgiving. Sincerely, Dr. Todd Hellrigel
Ms. Coile's class has been learning about early explorers and ended their unit with a Ship Regatta Event. Students paired up and created a ship that would have to float, sail across the oceans blue with a wind test, and hold weight. We had one ship that held 66 marbles before it sunk to the bottom of the ocean. The students had a wonderful time creating and testing out their ships!
Raider Nation Proud! Alum, Taggart VanEtten recently made national news for an amazing accomplishment. Check out this article: "Morton runner doesn't waste much time making quick name for himself in 100-mile race." https://www.pjstar.com/story/sports/2020/11/21/taggart-vanetten-runs-second-fastest-time-american-history-tunnel-hill-100/6353110002/
I cannot express how excited I am that we have made it another week. We are now 13 weeks in with students, and half way through the second quarter. You should have received your children's progress reports this week. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your children's teacher to discuss further. We have had a jam packed week of learning with an extra focus on literacy during our Literacy Week: Read Around Your Home. Please view the fun on our Facebook page, especially the read alouds recorded by our very own Literacy Star, Ms. Crawford. Her read alouds have been viewed around the world, literally! Today we are celebrating our PBIS theme for the month, "We are Thankful" with a popcorn and movie party within individual classrooms. We have heard so many of your children recognize and express what they are thankful for and it has been a pleasure to experience! We also have an 11:40 AM dismissal. You might notice your children coming home from school with snack pack bags or lunch bags each week. The state has offered free lunch to all families. If you would rather not take this, just let your children's teacher know and they will communicate that with the kitchen staff. We have just two days next week that will be full of learning so please make sure your children attend in-person or online if they are remote learning or quarantined. Today, our current positive rate between staff and students is 0.2%, the lowest we have been in a few weeks. It is with your continued efforts and partnership with us that we can keep our staff and students safe to attend in-person instruction. I sent this information earlier this week but am posting here again for review: 1. If you, anyone in your home, or anyone that your child has spent time with in the 48 hours prior begins to have COVID-like symptoms, please keep all children home from school for a 10-day quarantine or until you have received negative COVID results should you choose to test. Though not an all inclusive list, the COVID symptoms that we are seeing are fatigue, fever, wheezing, coughing, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain. If anything seems even subtly unusual about your child, please consider quarantine and/or testing. 2. Most importantly, if you, anyone in your home, or anyone that your child has spent time with in the 48 hours prior is awaiting COVID test results, you must keep all children home from school until you receive results. I wish you all the best Thanksgiving and hope that you have some time off as a family! P.S. Though I was a little chilly last Friday morning on the roof, I did enjoy the excitement it gave to every student in this building...and the staff! The afternoon included a clear, blue, sunny sky!
Hello Parents, If your in-person or remote learning student(s) need additional teacher support, please keep in mind that our teachers are available every weekday from 2:00 - 3:00 PM for all students. Your student(s) are welcome to stay after school and get in-person learning support. This is especially helpful if they’ve been absent from a quarantine. Please take advantage of this time by having you or your student arrange with a teacher or teachers to stay after school. We’re also running courtesy bus routes at 3:00 PM to take these students home. Dr. Hellrigel
Check out our Thursday Read Around Your Home with Ms. Crawford! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rcb8tgKSm7H9dEp-kzNdWOpaiwj0RchJ/view?usp=sharing
Check out our Wednesday Read Around Your Home with Ms. Crawford! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OiI2ACkuPS6kHmALGIbmS7GeZE7FVDFU/view?usp=sharing
Check out our Tuesday Read Around Your Home with Ms. Crawford! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IIzTbX_ZOEUAlK9jOeCms3oAsXDJMnz5/view?usp=sharing
Congratulations to Kenyon Jodlowski for being awarded a PNC grant for $985. The grant will be used for a new laptop computer for our CNC wood router as well as some other accessories for the router, such as noise suppressant earmuffs and clamps. Great work Mr. Jodlowski! AND... A big congratulations to Alex Frank for receiving a PNC grant for $508 to purchase social thinking curriculum! Way to go Mrs. Frank!!
JOIN OUR TEAM – We currently have 2 Part-time Primary School Paraprofessional openings. The positions will each be 29 hours per week; $11.00 per hour to help with the additional duties related to COVID. These positions will be hired through a grant with Career Link and are 12 month positions. The successful applicants will be working directly at Midwest Central Primary School helping supervise students in a variety of settings. For more information or to apply please call Maria Resource Room Technician/Clerical Staff Support at 309.807.1386.
Good Afternoon Primary School Parents! Can you believe this weather?! We have enjoyed so much time bringing our classrooms back outside with this nice weather, and how timely that we have been able to do so with this sudden rise in COVID in our communities. We want to assure you that we are continuing to implement all recommended safety procedures and are making some adjustments in our movement throughout the day to reduce exposure risks to larger groups. When we contact trace, we look at all settings and examine who is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes and quarantine those students and staff. In one of our preschool classrooms, we had a sudden rise in potential COVID symptoms that included fever in staff and students so we decided to be cautious and close that room for 2 weeks while some people pursued testing. This could be any other illness, but with a group of students and staff in one setting with symptoms, caution was our best option. To date, the Primary School has had 4 positive staff and/or student COVID cases, a .8% positivity rate. Locally in Mason and Tazewell counties, the rolling positive rate is 9.4%-9.7%. School continues to be a safe place to have our staff and students. If you have any other questions regarding our procedures with COVID or anything else, please give me a call! Upcoming Dates of Importance: November 6: End of Coin Wars-get those coins to school with your child to put Ms. Timm on the roof! November 9-19: STAR Benchmark Assessing November 11: Veteran's Day-be on the lookout for a presentation put together by our music classes! November 12: Board of Education Meeting 6:30pm @ High School Have a great, warm, weekend!!
Mrs. Crawford is back with a special Halloween tale. Do not get spooked by this creepy read aloud! A Creepy Pair if Underwear by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. https://youtu.be/snju66GpMm8
This is a reminder that we have Parent/Teacher Conferences from 3:00 - 7:00 PM tomorrow (Thursday) and 8:00 - 11:00 AM (Friday). Although the calendar shows a 1 hour early dismissal for Thursday, this was under the assumption we were running a normal schedule. Since we're currently running a 1 hour early dismissal everyday, Thursday's dismissal will be at 1:45 for the Middle School, 1:50 for the High School, and 2:00 for the Primary School. I'm sorry for any confusion the calendar may have created for you. Students have no school on Friday. Also, a reminder that next Tuesday has also been declared a state holiday this year and we were unable to waive that day, so students will also be out next Tuesday, November 3rd. Please reach out to our teaching staff to schedule an in-person or remote conference. They're eager to hear from you. Sincerely, Dr. Todd Hellrigel
In light of eliminating Halloween costumes for this school year, we would like to have a Spirit Week next week! If a majority of children in a classroom participate, Ms. Timm will give $1 per class per day to the Coin Wars! The following are the themes for each week: Monday October 26: Sports Day-wear your favorite team gear Tuesday October 27: Silly Sock Day-silly or mismatched socks Wednesday October 28: School Spirit Day-Raider gear or colors (black, silver, white) Thursday October 29: Halloween shirt or colors (orange, black, purple, etc) Let's put Ms. Timm on the roof!!
MCPS students are participating in a change war beginning Monday, October 26. The classroom that raises the most money will win a PIZZA party!! As a school, if we reach our fundraising goal of $1,000, our principal will have to spend an entire school day on the ROOF!! Please help our school reach our goal by digging into your couch cushions, cup holders, and pockets for all your loose change! Thanks!!
Today, the Midwest Central Primary School teachers and staff celebrated their leaders for Bosses Day. Ms. Timm and Ms. Taft have shown how amazing their leadership skills are, in the most trying school year we've ever had. The MCPS staff wants to thank Ms. Timm and Ms. Taft for working so hard for the Midwest Central community. Happy Bosses Day!
Hello Raiders, Midwest Central will again be offering a flu shot clinic this fall. For your convenience, Primary School students will have the necessary papers sent home to fill out. Middle School students can pick up the packet at the nurses office and High School students can pick up the packet at the main office counter. If you have questions, please contact our nurses at either the Primary School or High School, and they'll be happy to assist you. Very Best, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
Hello Raiders, This is a reminder that we need to have health records for all students (remote and in-person) by October 15th. As of today we will have to exclude students from school beginning October 16th if we do not have the appropriate records. This is a state law we have to comply with. If you have questions or need to speak with someone, please call your student's school and ask to speak to the nurse. Primary School 309.968.6464 Middle School 309.352.2300 High School 309.968.6766 Best Regards, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
The Manito-Forest City Rotary Club purchased 420 water bottles for MCPS. The need for water bottles is largely due to limitations for drinking fountains because of COVID. The money came from Project Kids that the rotary club sponsors through donations from the community and the club. Thanks you Rotary Club, we really appreciate this kind gesture!
On this night 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 9:40 AM Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. Consider taking a moment of silence today to remember and honor the lives we lost 19 years ago.
Hello Raiders, I just wanted to pass along this information provided by CassComm. Currently, there are free open WiFi access points at the locations listed below on the link. There are 2 in Manito, 2 in Forest City, 1 in Goofy Ridge and 1 at Spring Lake. Please use the link below to find the spot closest to you. Normally these are only available to CassComm customers, but they have generously opened them up for anyone to access the internet during this time of pandemic. We'd like to thank CassComm for their generous donation to our communities. https://home.casscomm.com/wifi-hotspots/ Thank you, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
Good Morning Raiders, I've been contacted by the Census Bureau to get the word out about taking the Census. Currently, our district completion numbers are pretty low compared with other areas. I know these types of things are a pain, but the future funding of the district will be greatly impacted by our responses. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this, so we can continue to provide the many great programs we have for our students. Oh, and tell your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same! https://my2020census.gov/ Thank you, Dr. Todd Hellrigel
I can't thank our parents and students enough for their kind cooperation. We're all on edge right now, and the cooperation and kindness shown this morning makes me proud to be a Raider!! I realize our rules are strict on students coming to school presenting any symptoms. Below you will find a link to yesterday's IDPH guidance on how we must treat students and their siblings if they come to school with COVID-like symptoms. Please keep in mind this has changed at least 2 times this week and we expect further changes. Again, it's exciting to have our students back. We've heard from many of you about how happy you are about school being mostly in-person. Our community survey reported 93% of respondents wanted in-person instruction and we're listening. From the Board of Education, Administration, Teachers, and Staff we can't thank you enough for all you do to support our efforts. We'll keep working hard to give our community the best possible experience while trying our best to follow IDPH and CDC guidance. Raider STRONG! Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/875475/IDPH-School-FAQs.pdf
Ms. Timm and the Primary School community said goodbye to the Bradford Pear trees in front of the school this week. Planted 40+ years ago, the trees have outlived their life expectancy. As seen in the pictures, these trees have had large falling branches after strong, and even not so strong winds. Midwest Central has had certified arborists inspect these recently and they have been deemed a safety hazard, with many having split deep into the trunks. For the safety of our students, our staff, and our buses we made the decision to remove the trees. We will replant new trees in the near future!
Hello Raiders, I know you've been flooded with communication, and I thank you for taking the time to read through all of the information we send. This is just a reminder that our future funding will be tied to the data collected from Census 2020. If you haven't taken the time to fill out your Census, please do so. Here is a link with more information. https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/programs-surveys/sis/resources/2020/sis-take-home-flyer-english.pdf Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
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.
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.
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.
Hello Raider Parents, This year we are transitioning to an online registration format. Midwest Central has opened the online registration portal. 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 from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Note the change from previously advertised 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM). 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 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM 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 mail or 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 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM August 5th through August 11th. Finally, in order to prepare for the online registration format, you can see below a guidance document with some helpful tips of items that can be done in advance of registration. Please take a moment and review the documents below. For the best possible experience, please follow the instruction documents. Fees may be paid online with a credit card and processing fees have been waived or you may provide cash or check by dropping fees at the school between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Our goal is to give you and your students the best possible experience we can this fall. Sincerely, Todd Hellrigel, Ed.D.
MS 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=CUMWOcaOy0KxKBgbihjfBXNqZPhcbx1GgitYJByQ8nFUN1k3WEJVV0RLQktFSk5XMVhSTjM4U05NRC4u&fbclid=IwAR1fpX3eUlyB0pr3lpx-XYgHXNSqm9foO7n8Cn5XR8QF2Q3praaFdzPke2M
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
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.
Good morning Raiders. Please remember to register for your MS sports online if you are a 5th grade girl interested in playing JH softball or basketball or a 5th grade student interested in running cross country. Click on the following URL link to get to the registration page. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=CUMWOcaOy0KxKBgbihjfBXNqZPhcbx1GgitYJByQ8nFUN1k3WEJVV0RLQktFSk5XMVhSTjM4U05NRC4u
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.
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.
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.
The Primary School yearbooks are in. You may pick up your yearbook during the hours of 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Monday - Friday at the Primary School. If you still haven't picked up your child's school items and dropped off their last packet, please do so by Wednesday. Thank you.
One last read aloud to jumpstart your summer! I hope you have enjoyed listening to these read alouds as much as I have enjoyed making them! Hopefully the next time I read to you, it will be in your classroom. Have a great summer Readers! — Mrs. Crawford The Thank You Book by Mo Willems https://youtu.be/CZ1-8GPr6DU
It’s almost time for summer vacation! Get prepared with this read aloud, The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing. https://youtu.be/yPQT9Y9NFd0
On May 13th from 6:00am – 6:00pm, the Primary School will be open for student items to be picked up and dropped off. We ask that only 1 parent / guardian from the family come to pick up and drop off items. Students will not be allowed to enter the building. If you are unable to attend, another parent may pick your student(s) items up for you. If you are ill or have symptoms, please do not come. Below is a link to a map where to enter the building and location of the items. The parent / guardian will be allowed into the building, while practicing social distancing, and walk through the library to pick up their student(s) items. The items will be arranged by grade level and teacher. Staff will be located throughout the library to assist with the flow of the parents. The parent will exit the far library door and then exit the building. Here is the link to the map. https://5il.co/g0z2
Enjoy your Friday workout with Mr. VanEtten! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfz8txBYmsM&feature=youtu.be
Here’s a silly read aloud for this sunny day! I hope you like How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin https://youtu.be/c4N0conU6EM
Today’s read aloud is dedicated to our teachers. We appreciate all you do! Also, a shout out to all our Raider families for stepping into the teacher role, we appreciate you too! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! What Teachers Can’t Do by Douglas Wood https://youtu.be/cE0idbG6NR0
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.isbe.net/nutrition
Happy May Day Readers! Beginning next week I will post read alouds on only Tuesdays and Thursdays until the end of school. Today’s story is all about monsters and friendship. It’s another Mo Willems great: Sam the Most Scaredy-cat Kid in the World. https://youtu.be/9Ty4JI9_LiQ
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.
Today’s read aloud is a 2 in 1! Meet gizmo the tadpole and the learn about how tadpoles become frogs in How Frogs Grow by Stanley Francis. Then listen to a fun fiction frog story, I Don’t Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty. https://youtu.be/xG-9dur2P-U
It’s a beautiful day Readers. Here is a bit of poetry for the last day of April! Happy listening! Poems by Shel Silverstein Hug O’ War Messy Room The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt https://youtu.be/wHwrtedurxM
We’re celebrating Virtual Staff Appreciation Week this year to honor the staff who are working so hard to keep our kids learning. Even if your children are not physically in school, we’ve put together some ways that you can celebrate your favorite teachers and staff and show your gratitude while practicing social distancing.
What's better than a Wednesday workout with Mr. VanEtten??!?! Enjoy Raiders! https://youtu.be/1apX2EIdnVs
Hey readers! It’s another Math Monday! Today’s read aloud comes to you from my classroom. We also have a very special guest to help us read Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes! https://youtu.be/j9MY_5MhXKU
Today’s read aloud is about an ornery pug named Pig! He reminds us that sharing is important. Have a phenomenal Friday and enjoy Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey https://youtu.be/D0_ULJYg8gM
Happy Friday Raiders! Who is ready to get your workout on with Mr. VanEtten? https://youtu.be/Rt0JFC8JyYY
April is National Poetry Month! Today’s read aloud is 3 short poems by my favorite children’s poet, Shel Silverstein. Tree House; Homework Machine; Haunted. Happy listening readers! https://youtu.be/jQkrYplXotM
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.
Did you know your words are amazing and powerful? This read aloud helps us understand the power our words have! Words and your Heart by Kate Jane Neal https://youtu.be/7UYEj0X_Jtc
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
It’s a Math Monday read aloud today! You can count on Mrs. Crawford to bring you some number fun with Donald Crew’s book Ten Black Dots. Be sure to watch for the special math activity at the end of the video! https://youtu.be/1s9iq2xXmwg
It’s a fun Friday read aloud! Do not miss this super silly book! The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak https://youtu.be/X4cKq8XsjBI
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
Mrs. Crawford is back with another read aloud! And well, it’s ok. Enjoy The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. https://youtu.be/_ie1HJjGDDk
Parents, if you can and have yet to do so, please join the music Facebook page “Music with Mr. Forbes”. I will be posting resources and you can post your students’ work and/or musical experiences they are having while at home! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2577650239221353/?ref=share
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
Ms. Ranallo would like to share the following information from IDHS: The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support. Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services. https://files.constantcontact.com/f1e178eb701/52334ca1-10cc-4c16-99c3-3ed1099d9f5a.pdf
Please turn in your Math-a-Thon money when you turn in your packets to the school on Monday or Tuesday.
Video of pictures that the students sent into Mrs. Garman to make a video of. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vV-0xdZdHTs&feature=share
Mr. VanEtten has made the news with his workout videos he had been sending out to the students. https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/top-stories/amid-gym-closures-its-still-important-to-stay-active-at-home/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WMBD
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
Mr. VanEtten has created a YouTube channel for workouts. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/LSF9IeMF7wU
Grab some crayons and a coloring book for this read aloud with Mrs.Crawford! https://youtu.be/HILxM2hlT8c
Thanks to everyone for being patient as we completed distribution of food and learning packets Wednesday! We will continue meal deliveries/pickup using bus routes and buildings on Friday -20th, Monday - 23rd, Wednesday -25th, Friday-27th, and Monday -30th. ROUTES: Buses were running 30-40 minutes faster than the time we distributed. Please be on the lookout for an early arrival, as we expect this trend to continue, and note the arrival time the next drop off. PICKUP: Buildings will operate pickup from 10 AM to 12 PM (with exceptions as necessary).
On specified days, students can receive MEALS and LEARNING PACKETS either by pick up at each of the buildings or by bus route. The amended bus routes (attached) reflect an adjustment for all bus routes to start at 9 AM and conclude by 1:15 PM. For MEALS, routes will run on March 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 27th, & 30th, and for LEARNING PACKETS, routes will run on March 18th and 23rd (includes a pickup of completed learning). The Transportation department will be calling home to confirm times with families on March 17th. If you are unsure about your arrangement for meals and learning packets, contact the appropriate school before NOON on Tuesday, March 17th.
Midwest Central is planning to provide meals to students during the closure. We need YOU to let us know if we should prepare meals for your student! Please complete the survey link below by NOON on MONDAY. Please share with others. https://forms.gle/ENMZg6gXfoAEYmfS6
Mrs. Herrin's class did an experiment to show how important hand hygiene is. They touched the bread with dirty hands, after washing hands, after using hand sanitizer, and then rubbed it on a table. The dirty hands was definitely the winner with the most mold. Surprisingly, the hand sanitizer had no mold at all! Keep your hands clean and be well, Raiders!
Mrs. Herrin's class did an experiment to show how important hand hygiene is. They touched the bread with dirty hands, after washing hands, after using hand sanitizer, and then rubbed it on a table. The dirty hands was definitely the winner with the most mold. Surprisingly, the hand sanitizer had no mold at all! Keep your hands clean and be well, Raiders!
In February, Ms. Hamblin’s fourth grade social studies classes learned about Black History Month and the many people that had an impact on history. As a final activity, students were given a person to research and write about them. They colored 3 hexagons and used tesselations to make two grade level quilts to display on the wall.
Next Tuesday, November 19th, will be the day that all the pies will be coming in. Please make arrangements to pick them up.