December Newsletter - Decatur Public Schools

M r. Paul Rans te ad , P rin cipal
Principal’s Post...I’m amazed at all the pride MacArthur students have in their school, the community and the world around them. They continue to inspire! We sent Lincoln VanMeter off to
state in Cross Country, another 14 students to pursue internships with Pathways to Prosperity, and a
handful inquiring about the Sister Cities Exchange Program in order to visit Seevetal, Germany over
the summer. There are 15 sophomores through seniors being recognized as Central State 8 AllAcademic Team members this fall, meaning they are in the top 20% of their class and have a 3.6
GPA or higher. We are also celebrating student success at the Ameren Noon Rotary Luncheon this
month. I am looking forward to cheering on our Life Skills basketball team and checking out the
talent during the Team Soy Capital Turkey Tournament. Student Council held their fall blood drive
with several students successfully donating. Finally, we have a solid team working to plan our transition back to the renovated MacArthur High School - Home of the Generals. On behalf of the MHS
faculty and staff, we wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.
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Special Points of Interest:
Students who have their instruction permit and want to get their license before age 21, must take an approved behind the wheel course. The
cost of our behind the wheel course is $50. Payment deadline for the next behind the wheel session must be made no later than December 4.
Please make checks payable to DPS#61. For students currently enrolled in classroom driver education, payment is made to the classroom
teacher. All other students must pay Mrs. Brown in the main office.
Come out and enjoy some holiday music! The band and orchestra will perform their holiday concert on Tuesday, December 9, at 7:00 PM.
The winter choir concert will be Thursday, December 11, at 7:00 PM . Both concerts will be in the auditorium.
First semester final exams are Thursday, December 18th, and Friday, December 19th. A final exam schedule will be mailed with the IPR
reports on December 5th.
News from IJAG...Students in the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program at MacArthur High School will have a better idea what to expect
when they go to college as they take part in a “college shadowing” day on November 11th. The program will match up high school seniors who
are enrolled in the JAG program to go with them to a college class and to give the visiting students a personalized tour of Millikin University. The
Jobs for America’s Graduates Program, also known as the MacArthur Career Association, teaches students leadership skills and encourages career
development, while also focusing on qualities needed in the workforce, such as punctuality, teamwork, and time management.
Change in attendance and tardy procedures!
To report your child absent or tardy, please contact the student’s Community Office.
Freshmen Community:
Sophomore Community:
Junior Community:
Senior Community:
Picture retakes will be Tuesday, November 25, between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM in the Auditorium.
Upcoming Fundraisers:
The sophomore class is having a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Forsyth on December 6,
from 8:00-10:00 AM. Tickets cost $5.00. Contact Mrs. Bradford or the sophomore community
for more information. 217-876-8059 or 217-876-8017.
Art Club will be selling Christmas Ornaments. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Jones
via email at [email protected].
Holiday Break is from December 22nd to January 13th
Sports News….
Come out and support our student’s
participating in winter sports!
Winter sports include: Girls Basketball, Girls
Bowling, Boys Basketball and Wrestling.
Check the MacArthur High School website
for sports schedules or Twitter...
Athletics on Twitter: @MacAthletics_61
Join us for the 45th Annual Decatur Team Soy Capital Basketball
Turkey Tournament
When: November 25, 26, 28, 29
Where: MacArthur High School