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Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Thursday, May 21, 2015

JUNIOR NHS MEMBERS Please turn in your NHS hour sheets by tomorrow. Also, remember that next Thursday, May 28th, you are putting books away.

BOYS BASKETBALL MEETING Will be next Wednesday, May 27th, at 4:30 in the study hall room for anyone who is interested in playing basketball next season.

BOYS & GIRLS TRACK Boys & Girls Track athletes will be putting away track equipment after school tomorrow. Please bring any and all track gear if you are not attending the Boys State Track Meet next week.

CROSS COUNTRY Sign up sheet is in the office. If interested in participating next year, stop by the office and get signed up.

SATURDAY DETENTION Will be this Saturday with Mrs. Haenel.

LOCKER CLEAN OUT This Friday during home room, students will be able to clean out their lockers. Students must first report to home room for attendance and then will be released by intercom.

GIRLS SOCCER All girls interested in Soccer for the 2015-16 school year, there will be a meeting today during home room. Students that are interested must first go to their home room for attendance.

YEARBOOK ORDERS The deadline to order your yearbook is fast approaching. Online orders can be placed at 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.

WILDCAT LANYARDS Are on sale in the High School office for $2.00 each. Get yours today!!

WACKY OLYMPICS Our Mt. Olive Sesquicentennial celebration will be bringing back the WACKY OLYMPICS to the festivities this year. It will be held on June 20th at the Hagerman Park from 10 am to 2 pm. The cost is $5 per person which includes a t-shirt. Your team may consist of 4-6 people. Be sure to get in on this fun summer event. Flyers are located on our information table in the lobby.

KIDS CAFE Applications are located on our information table in the lobby. Once a week, on Thursdays throughout the summer, the Mt. Olive Care Center will provide a nutritious food bag to those families that qualify. Be sure to pick up a flyer for more information.

Lunch Today Ravioli

Breakfast Tomorrow Waffles w/Syrup

Lunch Tomorrow Pepperoni Pizza

Reptile Show - Click on the link to see more pictures of the reptiles brought in by Blackburn College to the Biology classes.

Frog Dissection -
Click on the left panel to see more pictures of the frog dissection.

High School News Letter May -
Click on the above link to open the May News Letter for Mt. Olive High School.

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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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