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AR Family Reading Night -
Come and enjoy an evening of reading with your family at the Mt. Olive Elementary/Jr. High on Wednesday, November 12th anytime from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.! You can read with your family or listen to our guest “Mystery Readers” and earn AR points! Word has it that our new principal, several of our community officials, and even Junie B. Jones with her friends Olivia the Pig and the “Egyptian lady” will be sharing their favorite stories. You don’t want to miss the “book walk” where students can win a free book or the door prize which is a basket of books and a gift certificate to Little Italy’s Pizza! Don’t forget to create a bookmark of your favorite book and enjoy a snack while you are there!

High School Announcements -
Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Football equipment is to be turned in on Wednesday at 3:45. Meet at the locker room. MVP and other awards will be selected at this time.
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Nanowrino informational meeting Wednesday after school from 3:10 - 3:30 in Mrs. Caveny's room
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Saturday School Will be in Mrs. Haenel's room from 8-12 this Saturday, Nov. 1.
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Students Tonight's volleyball matches are a part of the ISHA Regional. Passes are not valid. Admission is $4.00. Do not let others into the facility at doors other than the athletic entrance.
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Study Skills There will be no English study skills on Tuesday, October 28.
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Any DARE students working in the Haunted House Thursday thru Saturday be at Bob's house at 5:00 for make-up. BRING your Costumes!
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Sophomores Class rings will be delivered Thursday, October 30th. Josten's will be in our lobby from 7:30 to 8:05 am.
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Boys Basketball and Wrestling Must have a physical turned into the office by Nov 10th
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WRESTLERS The sign-up for the Mt. Olive/Gillespie coop wrestling program will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 6:30 pm in the High School gymnasium. Please enter by the east front door of the gym. Athletes are reminded that they must have a current physical, a signed insurance waiver, a completed emergency action form, a concussion form, and a steroid form on file in the office or turned in to the coach by November 10th. The forms will be handed out at the meeting or can be obtained in the High School office. The first day of practice will be after school on November 10th.
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Post Prom is hosting a Painting for Post Prom event for students in grades 4-12 to be held on November 16th at the Mt. Olive Zion Lutheran Church from 3-5pm. If you are interested in attending you must pick up a registration form from the office and complete the registration process by Nov 7. Cost to participate is $20 per person.
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Lunch today Taco Crunch
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Breakfast tomorrow Cinnamon roll w/icing
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Lunch tomorrow Hot dog on bun.

Mt. Olive CUSD #5: Connecting the Community Community Computer Lab -
The Mt. Olive CUSD #5 is excited to announce the opening of a community usage computer lab. The computer lab is located in the Junior High building and can be accessed by using the west doors of the building. The lab will be open every Monday-Thursday from 3:45-6:45pm, except for holidays or inclement weather.

The lab will provide users access to the Windows based computers, internet, Microsoft office programs, basic computer training, and Illinois WorkNet. Illinois WorkNet is a free online training portal that can help users prepare and obtain jobs.

Users will be required to sign the District internet usage policy and also the computer lab usage policy. Users younger than Junior High age must have an adult accompany them. Additionally, there is a 25¢ per page printing fee for papers that are not school related.

Mt. Olive High School Yearbook -
Yearbooks will be available for purchase online this year from TreeRing.com. Click above to view the demo video on the new process.
First time signing in? After watching the video click “Create an Account” and enter our School Passcode: 101408988673966 to activate your account.

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Senate Bill 16 Need Our Support Now. - A Note From The Superintendent's Desk

Families and Friends of Mt. Olive Community Unit School District #5,

I am writing to ask you to join in my effort to raise awareness and support the Illinois School Funding Reform Act of 2014, also known as SB16. This bill helps better fund our student's education and provides fairness for ALL the students in Illinois.

For the first time since the 90's, Illinois has the opportunity to change how schools are funded. In May, the Illinois Senate passed legislation (SB16), which better directs existing state dollars to the neediest students. While there is no doubt that as a state we need to invest more in educating our children, first we must fix how we invest those dollars. We are only as strong as our neediest children.

If we get this right we ALL win. The time is NOW. We cannot wait. Here is why:

* Illinois has cut $1.4 billion from public education since 2009.
* Funding disparities continue to worsen in a state with one of the largest equity gaps nationwide.
* Majority-minority districts have been hit the hardest.
* The state spends $2,500 less per-student than what the state's independent funding commission recommends.
* Low-income students have been hurt the most. For four years now, Illinois school districts that are most reliant on state support have been hit hardest.
* Illinois contributes just a quarter of the total investment in K-12 education statewide while other states, on average, cover half.

Under our current system, no one wins. Nationally Illinois ranks 49th in state funding for students and the reality is that under our current system we all lose.

Who supports SB16?

A long and growing list of districts, leaders and organizations can be found at fundingilfuture.org





How can you help?

Reach out to your State Representative to let them know you are paying attention to the SB 16 and support state dollars going to those students most in need. That's what state dollars are supposed to do.
If you are involved in local organizations, reach out to them, set up a meeting, and encourage them to get involved.
Senate Bill 16 would be transformational for communities across the state whose needs are not being fully assessed. We currently have a funding formula that is broken.
We should all advocate for more education funding overall. But during these dire times in education funding, there is even greater need for a system that directs state dollars to the kids that need them the most.
Given what's at stake for our community, and more broadly for our entire state, I urge you to get involved and have your voice heard.

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