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Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Wednesday, November 19, 2014
YEARBOOK There will be a YEARBOOK meeting in Mrs. Adden's room today after school.
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PROM MEETING There will be a PROM MEETING today during homeroom in Mrs. Adden's room. Only those students who signed up may attend.
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STUDENT COUNCIL Student Council is holding a competitive canned food drive until November 21. Freshmen take your goods to Mrs. Swenson's room, Sophomores to Mrs. Halpin's room, Juniors to Mrs. Haenel's room, and Seniors to Mrs. Anderson's room. The class that collects the most cans will win a donut party.
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STUDENTS Turn in your coke caps, Campbell soup labels, and box tops for education into the office and add them in your class container. The class that turns in the most will recieve a free snack in the cafeteria after Christmas.
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WRESTERS, CHEERLEADERS, & GIRLS BASKETBALL WRESTLERS & CHEERLEADERS: Pictures will be taken this Friday, November 21st, at 3:20 in the High School gym. GIRLS BASKETBALL, you will have your pictures taken this same day at 4:45. If you wish to purchase pictures, the forms can be picked up from the office.
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THIS FRIDAY!!!! TNT Dance and Girl's Basketball PACK-THE-HOUSE Night is this FRIDAY!! Students get admitted FREE to the girl's basketball game if you wear BLACK, WHITE, or your TNT shirt(from last year). Admission to the dance is a canned good for the FOOD PANTRY. Dance immediately following the game (approximately 7:30 pm)until 10 PM.
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Lunch Today Hot Dog on Bun
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Breakfast Tomorrow Biscuits & Gravy
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Lunch Tomorrow Turkey & Gravy

TNT Dance -
The THT dance will be held Friday night after the Girls High School Basketball Game. Dance is over at 10:00 p.m.

Family Fun Night -

AR Family Reading Night -
Come and enjoy an evening of reading with your family at the Mt. Olive Elementary/Jr. High on Wednesday, November 12th anytime from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.! You can read with your family or listen to our guest “Mystery Readers” and earn AR points! Word has it that our new principal, several of our community officials, and even Junie B. Jones with her friends Olivia the Pig and the “Egyptian lady” will be sharing their favorite stories. You don’t want to miss the “book walk” where students can win a free book or the door prize which is a basket of books and a gift certificate to Little Italy’s Pizza! Don’t forget to create a bookmark of your favorite book and enjoy a snack while you are there!

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Senate Bill 16 Need Our Support Now. - A Note From The Superintendent's Desk

Families and Friends of Mt. Olive Community Unit School District #5,

I am writing to ask you to join in my effort to raise awareness and support the Illinois School Funding Reform Act of 2014, also known as SB16. This bill helps better fund our student's education and provides fairness for ALL the students in Illinois.

For the first time since the 90's, Illinois has the opportunity to change how schools are funded. In May, the Illinois Senate passed legislation (SB16), which better directs existing state dollars to the neediest students. While there is no doubt that as a state we need to invest more in educating our children, first we must fix how we invest those dollars. We are only as strong as our neediest children.

If we get this right we ALL win. The time is NOW. We cannot wait. Here is why:

* Illinois has cut $1.4 billion from public education since 2009.
* Funding disparities continue to worsen in a state with one of the largest equity gaps nationwide.
* Majority-minority districts have been hit the hardest.
* The state spends $2,500 less per-student than what the state's independent funding commission recommends.
* Low-income students have been hurt the most. For four years now, Illinois school districts that are most reliant on state support have been hit hardest.
* Illinois contributes just a quarter of the total investment in K-12 education statewide while other states, on average, cover half.

Under our current system, no one wins. Nationally Illinois ranks 49th in state funding for students and the reality is that under our current system we all lose.

Who supports SB16?

A long and growing list of districts, leaders and organizations can be found at fundingilfuture.org





How can you help?

Reach out to your State Representative to let them know you are paying attention to the SB 16 and support state dollars going to those students most in need. That's what state dollars are supposed to do.
If you are involved in local organizations, reach out to them, set up a meeting, and encourage them to get involved.
Senate Bill 16 would be transformational for communities across the state whose needs are not being fully assessed. We currently have a funding formula that is broken.
We should all advocate for more education funding overall. But during these dire times in education funding, there is even greater need for a system that directs state dollars to the kids that need them the most.
Given what's at stake for our community, and more broadly for our entire state, I urge you to get involved and have your voice heard.

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