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January Cats Connection - You can now read The Cats Connection (school newspaper) on line. Click on the link to open the document. Enjoy our January edition.

FASFA Workshop -
A workshop for seniors and their parents will be held on Monday evening, Feb 9 from 6:00 8:00 P.M. in the computer lab, room #202, to assist parents and students in completing and submitting the FAFSA on the web. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used to apply for state and federal financial aid programs as well as college financial aid. A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be present to provide expert guidance.

High School Announcements -
Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Wednesday, January 28, 2015
SATURDAY SCHOOL will be this Saturday, January 31, with Mrs. Haenel.
MATH TEAM there is a practice in Mr. Yoch's room today during Homeroom.
SPRING PLAY There will be Spring Play tryouts today from 3:15-4:00 in Mrs. Haenel's room. If you signed up for an acting part, please plan on attending this meeting. In addition to the actors who have already signed up for the major roles in the spring play, Mrs. Haenel still needs other students who are willing to do very small parts of 1-5 lines each. Please see her if you are interested. Thank you!
GIRLS SOFTBALL There will be open gym this Friday from 7-8 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. This is open to students who are NOT currently in any other sports.
STUDENTS Don't forget to place your orders for the 2014/2015 yearbook. Orders can be placed online or you can place $30 in an envelope labeled "YEARBOOK", and drop it off in the HS office. Please be sure to include your name with your payment. Orders can be placed online by following this link and entering passcode: 101408988673966 when prompted. If you have difficulty creating/accessing your account, please email Mrs. Labonte ( for assistance. Also, be sure to access your treering account and create your custom pages to be included in your copy of the yearbook!
Lunch Today Hot Dogs
Breakfast Tomorrow Biscuits & Gravy
Lunch Tomorrow Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

TnT Pack the House Wrestling night -
Teaching Tolerance will be hosting a Pack the House night at the Wrestling meet this Friday, January 23. Celebrate senior night with the wrestlers. Meet starts at 6:00.

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk - The month of December seems to fly by with all the activities going on and preparing for the holiday season. Last week I stopped and ask myself, what is it about this time of year that makes me feel alive?
The answer was not hard to find. It is not receiving gifts. Even though I enjoy the seasonal music, it was not that either. The first answer that came to mind was giving and helping others.
I had the opportunity to take eighteen students to Alton Payless Shoe Store last week to receive a free pair of shoes. My heart was filled with joy watching the volunteers who helped the students pick out their shoes.
It is our responsibility to model kindness, caring, and helping others in need. The most common way to help is by giving money. But there are many other ways to show compassion for others; volunteering at a food bank, visiting a nursing home, or even smiling and complementing others.
Mt. Olive CUSD #5 promotes kindness and caring by having food drives sponsored by TNT (Teaching Tolerance) and Student Council at the Jr. High and High School level throughout the year. National Honor Society has a toy drive for the less fortunate. An annual coat drive is held at the elementary for children who need a warm coat during the winter months.
As a parent, I must model kindness, caring, and helping others. I will also create opportunities for my children to understand the joy of giving.
I challenge everyone to spread love and hope during this holiday season.

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