DISTRICT UPDATE: Due to the state guidelines for returning to in-person instruction, wearing a face mask or a face shield will be mandatory to attend school in Phase 4. The district has ordered enough cloth face masks to distribute one per student. However, it is recommended that students have extra face masks for the upcoming school year. Personal face masks worn by a student will need to comply with school dress codes. The district is currently preparing accommodations that will make in-person instruction possible for this upcoming school year. This school year will certainly be different than any previous school year. As this summer continues, we will continue to communicate new developments and procedures.
The video to the Jr. High Awards Recognition can be accessed via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaWjkWF2K-0 Congratulations to our outstanding students!
Good news, bad news... The video for the Class of 2020 Awards can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEfsHOLQbcQ . Bad news is after we did some editing with adding pictures and names to this video, we realized we would not be doing the Jr High justice by not doing the same. It took longer than we thought, so unfortunately, the Jr.High video likely won't be available until Monday.
NURSE NEWS for Parents with Students Entering Kindergarten–12th Grade in the 2020-2021 School Year. For your convenience, health forms can be found on the district website, https://www.wabash348.com/o/wabash-cusd/page/health-information--32. If you have any questions, please call 262-5104 ext 112. Thank you!
Congratulations to Mr. Michael Gordon, English Teacher at MCHS!! Mr. Gordon was the recipient of a Claes Nobel Education of Distinction Award by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). He is recognized among educators for outstanding efforts in supporting and growing both the academic and personal successes of students to make a positive impact in the global community. We are so proud and grateful to have his talents in our school district.
We at District 348 are aware of the outage of some internet in the county. It is our understanding that it will be on later today. Therefore, if you are unable to continue remote learning, it is fully understood and accommodations will be made for any assignments.
This past week, our educators have put together Learning Resource Opportunities for our students/parents. These rich resources are designed to keep your child academically engaged throughout this mandated shut-down. Websites, Activities, Google Classroom information and Social Support are available through the School Website. This information is updated hourly. Any information that is found helpful will be added. Visit https://www.wabash348.com/ and click the REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY/COVID-19 INFORMATION button and it will take you to the Informational Page with links that include school learning resources. From the APP, it can be accessed through the Wabash Community Unit School District #348 and choose the COVID-19 INFO from the Menu. Please understand that this is a new, ongoing learning process for everyone. The administration is working on all the details as the information becomes available from the Illinois School Board of Education. Thank you for your patience.
A note from the Superintendent: Today, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker ordered a shelter-in-place for Illinois. All Illinois schools, including Wabash CUSD #348, will be closed until April 8th. The state will re-evaluate the situation at that time. During that time, Wabash CUSD #348 will be on spring break. Therefore, the schools are tentatively scheduled to reopen on April 13th. Additionally, we will remain committed to continuing our remote learning opportunities for our students. As the Illinois State Board of Education delivers more guidance, we will be able to better address our situation moving forward. Thank you for all your support in this difficult matter as we continue to work through uncharted waters. Stay safe and Go Aces!
Copy/Paste this link to a Parent's Guide to Google Classroom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iowi-gmbys
Although tonight’s school board meeting remains an open meeting, we ask that only people with specific business attend the meeting. This recommendation is advised by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Thank you.
Wabash CUSD #348 Press Release At 3:30 pm today, Governor Pritzker announced a directive that all public and private schools in the state of Illinois will be closed March 17th-30th. These closures are directly related to the concern over the COVID-19 virus. District #348 will follow this directive and remain closed until the 30th. The governor did stress he may continue closures. During this time, all District curricular and extracurricular activities will be cancelled. As more information and details emerge, it will be disseminated on the website www.Wabash348.com, District app and District Facebook page.
Effective March 13, 2020, all K-12 school districts in Wabash County are closing indefinitely due to concerns pertaining to COVID-19. Additionally, all extracurricular activities will be suspended. The closings come with a recommendation from the Wabash County Health Department and are designed to protect the community. To my knowledge, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, but this precautionary move is designed to inhibit the spread of this virus. As of this time, there is no timetable to reopen the schools. However, it is the intention of the Districts to reopen as soon as possible. I will continue to communicate with the public via our website, app, and all calls. Chuck Bleyer, Ed.D. Superintendent
School will be dismissed today, March 13, 2020 at normal school dismissal. There will be more information to come.
Due to the high number of cases this year of influenza A & B, strep throat, and potentially COVID-19, during the second semester the District will suspend all attendance requirements pertaining to semester finals and perfect attendance awards. This change in policy is in accordance with the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The District does not want to promote or encourage students attending school while not feeling completely healthy. As for returning to school from illness, it is District policy that the student must be fever free for twenty-four hours without the use of fever reducing medication prior to returning. If you have any questions, please call your child’s school office.
District #348 is seeing a slight increase in the number of students absent. The increase has been due to positive results for influenza and strep. There are still some cases of the gastrointestinal virus popping up. To help your child stay healthy take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. *Try to avoid close contact with sick people. *While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. *If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu. These are healthy habits that should be practiced daily to help reduce exposure to germs.
MCES is having a boiler issue that will be fixed soon. Please dress your children in layers tomorrow, March 3, as it could be chilly in the morning and really warm by the afternoon. Thank you, Sheila Odom
Congratulations to Mrs. Ellen Wall, Band and Choir/Varsity Director at MCJHS and MCGS!! Mrs. Wall was recognized as a truly outstanding Music Educator and recipient of the 25-Year Recognition Award from the Illinois Music Education Association at the Illinois Music Education Conference today. We are so proud and grateful to have her talents in our school district.
Parents enrolling a Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year, will be required to have an eye exam for their child completed and on file with the school nurse by October 15, 2020. Please schedule these appointments early. If you have any questions please call 262-5104 ext 112
Looking ahead to 2020-2021 school year, if you have a student that will be entering Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th or 9th grade, a dental exam will be required to be on file with the school nurse by May 15, 2021. This notice is being sent out to let you know that a dental exam being completed between the dates of 11/15/2019 and 5/15/2021 will complete this requirement. If your child has had their dental exam recently, please turn it in to the school office for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions please feel free to call 262-5104 ext 112.
Parents of current Junior Students: Notifications have been mailed out stating your child will need an immunization (Meningitis) before registering for their senior year of school. This can be done anytime prior to registering for the 2020-2021 school year, but the sooner the better due to busy schedules prior to school starting. Please send updated immunizations to the school nurse when completed. If you have any questions please feel free to call 262-5104 ext 112.
On Tuesday, I was able to attend the second grade Christmas Concert at the elementary school. The show was a lot of fun, and the students were awesome. This was a lot of work by the teachers and students. A special appreciation goes out to Brandy Mayer for her phenomenal job of coordinating, producing, and conducting the show.
This afternoon, there was an unsubstantiated comment made by a student that required the assistance of the Mt. Carmel police to respond. The administration and the police deemed that comment was not a threat. At no time were any students in danger and school operations were not altered.
Wabash County Health Department will be holding a Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, November 19th from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Wabash CUSD #348 will be closed tomorrow, November 12, 2019, due to hazardous road conditions. Thank you and be safe.
Earlier today, the Elementary and Grade Schools were put on a soft lock down for precautionary reasons. After police investigation, no threat was detected and the schools resumed normal activities.
Exciting News!!! Dental Safari provided 132 of our students with dental care during their recent visit. They will be returning on Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st to provide treatment services to those children identified as needing further care. The GREAT NEWS is they will be able to see children for screenings that day also, so if you missed the first chance now is the time to have your child seen. You can contact your child's school to complete the consent form. If you have any questions please feel free to call the school office and speak with the nurse. Thank You!!
Wabash Community School District #348 will have a one hour early dismissal this Friday, September 20, 2019. This includes the entire district. The Homecoming Parade is scheduled to hit Market Street as close to 3:30 p.m. as we can time it. Thank you.
Reminder: Dental Safari will be at Mt. Carmel Grade School tomorrow, September 5th seeing children who have turned in a signed consent form. It is not too late to take advantage of this service, if you would like your child to be seen by the dentist please notify your child's school regarding a consent form. All Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, and 9th grade students are required to have a dental exam on file for compliance. This is a great opportunity to fulfill that requirement if your child does not have a dental home established. Please feel free to call 262-5104 ext 112 if you have any questions.
Dental Safari forms need to be turned in no later than Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Great opportunity for those who do not have a dental home or the means to see a dentist on a regular schedule. If you have questions please call your child's school.
This is a reminder that the schools will be operating on a 3 hour early dismissal on Friday, August 30th. Schools will be closed Monday, September 2 for Labor Day Holiday. Thank you.
Just a reminder: If you plan to utilize Dental Safari for your child's dental screening, please have consent from signed and returned to your child's school office by this coming Friday, August 30th.
Dental Safari will be visiting our district on Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th and will be giving dental exams to any student who does not have a regular dental home. If your student has not completed the required school examination, this will complete that requirement. Please request a consent form from the office or fill out directly online at www.wabash348.com and clink the Dental Safari link. If you have any question please feel free to call me at 262-5104, ext. 112
ONLINE Registration is now OPEN!!
We are thrilled to announce our new website!!
COMING SOON!!! Wabash CUSD's new App. Stay Tuned!!!!!!!
The MCHS Class of 2019 class photos are in -- those that ordered a copy may stop by the main office M-Th, 8-2:30 to pick up.
MCHS students have several innovate science classes to choose from. One such course is Project Lead the Way's "Human Body Systems." This course is inquiry-driven, project-based and provides the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health. A central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain internal balance and good health. Students use data acquisition software to monitor body functions and study body structure. Our students have used the pictured Anatomy in Clay Models all year to explore anatomy of the human body. On the last day they added a few "Finishing Touches!"