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Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Monday, May 04, 2015...

SENIOR EXAM EXEMPTION FORMS Are now available out on the information table in the front lobby and must be turned back in to the office by May 5th.

TRACK MEET TODAY Track athletes and track managers are to be dismissed today at 2:30 for todays meet.

AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION Will be tomorrow from 3:15 to 3:45 with Mrs. Osmoe.

GOLF SIGN UP There is a Golf Sign-up sheet in the office. If you are interested in being on the team next fall, please stop in the office and get signed up.

PARCC TESTING Will be taken this Wednesday & Thursday. Classes will be held in different areas during these testing days. Please see the testing schedule that has been posted in our lobby or check with a teacher.

JUNIORS Any Juniors wanting to run for Student Council officer next year, please see Mrs. Osmoe or Ms. Blasa ASAP!

YEARBOOK ORDERS The deadline to order your yearbook is fast approaching. Online orders can be placed at treering.com until July 1. Instructions for online ordering are located on our information table outside the HS office. If you prefer to send a check to the school office for payment, the check must be received by the last day of school. Yearbooks are $30 each. If you have any questions you may contact Kim Labonte. Also, don't forget to design your custom pages for inclusion in your yearbook. Instructions for designing your custom pages are also located on our information table outside the HS office.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!! MR. YOCH! Congratulations Mr. Yoch for being awarded TEACHER OF THE YEAR in the Madison Teleco contest!!! This means a pizza party for Mr. Yoch's homeroom class...YAY!!!!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!! This week is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK. Be sure to THANK A TEACHER this week...they truly DO make a difference in the lives of our students!

Lunch Today Chicken Patty on Bun
Breakfast Tomorrow Egg, Ham, & Cheese Biscuit
Lunch Tomorrow Crispitos

7th Grade Field Trip - 7th Grade Field Trip is scheduled for May 6th. The students will be going to New Salem.

Band Concert - Band Concert will be held Sunday, May 3rd, in City Park. Students in Grades 5 - HS will be participating.

Projects made with a 3D pen - The bike, glasses and person were all made with a 3D pen. Technology is so amazing!

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk - On Friday, HB317 and HB318 were signed into law by Governor Rauner, authorizing a 2.25% budget across the board budget cut. These companion bills included a 2.25% reduction in General State Aid and other education line items. Ninety-seven million dollars was set aside to offset the impact on financially distressed districts but with 64% of districts projecting to deficit spend this year, mid-year cuts will be difficult for schools to manage.
Many districts have already made significant cuts, reducing staff, delaying maintenance and upgrades, and eliminating extracurricular activities. These reductions will be particularly challenging for the most vulnerable districts which rely upon state funds to help make ends meet. In a climate of budget cuts and limited resources, it is critical that we as a state seize the opportunity to update our school funding formula to ensure that scarce state resources are reaching students with the greatest need.
Also last week, Ed Trust, a nationally recognized education policy institute, released a report on K-12 education funding patterns across states. While it was found that there is a great deal of variation between states in their investment of funds in high need districts, Illinois was ranked dead last for equity in educational funding.
In our state, districts with the highest levels of students in poverty received almost 20% less state and local dollars than their counterparts with the lowest levels of students in poverty. Our current education funding formula is in direct conflict with research which consistently shows that students with the greatest need often require additional services and supports in order to be able succeed in classrooms and beyond.
The study revealed that nationally districts with the highest levels of poverty tend to receive roughly 10% less combined state and local funding per student than do districts with the lowest poverty levels. Additionally, districts serving the largest numbers of students of color typically receive about 15% less per student in state and local funding than districts with the fewest students of color.
All students deserve the opportunity to learn and grow. By allowing the resource gap to persist, we are failing thousands of high need students across the state. Over the past year, great strides have been made in advancing the dialogue around modernizing Illinois’ outdated funding model. As we prepare for the return of the state legislature, we must continue to work together to build momentum for this long overdue change!


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