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Softball/Baseball 4/16 -
The Boys Baseball game is home today and the Girls Softball game will be played in Raymond at 4:30. The bus will leave at 2:50 today.

High School Announcements -
Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Thursday, April 16, 2015
SOFTBALL & BASEBALL GAMES TODAY The Boys Baseball game is home today and the Girls Softball game will be played in Raymond at 4:30. The bus will leave at 2:50 today.
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DATE REQUEST FORMS Are located on the information table out in the front lobby. These forms are needed if your date does not attend Mt. Olive HS. Your date must be in at least the 9th grade and should not be over the age of 20. Please turn in these forms by next Wednesday, April 22nd.
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PROM CANDIDATES Must turn in their ticket money or any unsold tickets you still have by tomorrow.
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PROM COMMITTEE MEETING Will be tomorrow during Homeroom with Mrs. Adden.
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PROM INFO Singles or couples attending the Prom must all sign the Prom list in the office. JUNIORS who are available Friday after school need to stay to help unload the cardboard sheets for the gym floor. And ALL JUNIORS, there will be a Prom work day this Sunday at 1:00 pm in the gym-the more help we have the quicker we will get the job done, so please plan on helping.
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SENIORS Please check your caps and gowns to make sure the size is correct and make sure everything was included in your package. You will want to take your gown out of the package and hang it up to prevent wrinkles. Please let me know if there were any errors in your order so we can get Jostens contacted immediately.
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Lunch Today Beef & Noodles
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Breakfast Tomorrow French Toast
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Lunch Tomorrow Sausage Pizza

Baseball/Softball Game 4/13 - The game is back on and will be played at Gordon Moore Park in Alton. Game time is 4:30

Pre-K Screenings - Pre-K screenings will be held on Tuesday, April 7th and 8th. Please contact to the school to schedule a time.

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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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