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SENIORS FIELD TRIP Wednesday, October 7th is the field trip to Capital Area College Fair in Springfield. Lunch will be at McDonald's in Litchfield...Remember to bring money!
POWDER PUFF WAIVERS Are due by today. Both players and coaches need to turn these forms in to Ms. Blasa or YOU WILL NOT PLAY. Also, the t-shirts are in and can be picked up after school in Ms. Blasa's room.
COURTYARD LUNCH Students: After lunch the last two days, garbage has been left all over the courtyard. Please use the garbage can that is placed in the middle of the courtyard. Unless this changes, students will remain in the cafeteria for the duration of lunch.
HOMECOMING PEP ASSEMBLY Will be next Thursday, October 8th. Students will be released via intercom at 2:30 PM to go to the gym. Seniors will be required to stay for homeroom on that day.
SOPHOMORES Today is the day you needed to have your float supplies turned in to Mrs. Haenel or Mrs. Halpin.
NHS MEETING On Monday during homeroom in Mr. Yoch's room.
SENIORS Will start working on the float this coming Monday at 6:00 pm at Kelly's house. Other nights will be Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Any student wishing to volunteer to work at the Fall Festival coming up on October 17th, there is a sign-up sheet in the office. NHS students can earn hours for working this event, but is open for ANY student to volunteer. You may sign-up through October 7th.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED For St. Michael's OCTOBERFEST in Staunton this Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd & 4th. Anyone can volunteer to help with this event. NHS students will earn time volunteering to work the event. If interested, please sign up in the office by Friday morning.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Relay for Life is taking T-shirt orders thru Wednesday, October 7th. Students, Parents, and Teachers can pledge to be tobacco & drug free. Pledge $1 for your name to be on the back of the t-shirt or purchase a t-shirt for $10 and get your name on the back showing your pledge. Let's team up to fight the battle of tobacco & drug use and raise money for Relay for Life to beat the battle of cancer. Forms are available on the information table in our front lobby.
SENIORS Please bring in a favorite baby picture for the yearbook, along with a short message from your parents. Pictures need to be turned in to Margaret by next Friday.
LUNCH TODAY Pepperoni Pizza

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Congratulations Junior High Softball Girls - Congratulations to the Junior High softball girls for winning their sectional game and heading to state on Friday in Bloomington. Game time is 4:00.

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A Note From The Superintendent's Desk - The 2015-2016 school budget is now on display in the district office. The picture is not pretty. The projected budget has $384,527 more expenses than revenue. The school district has already made a large number of cuts to try to reduce expenses. There have been numerous staff reductions over the past six years in an effort to curb expenses. In my opinion, there is nothing left to cut that won’t directly affect student learning.
The State of Illinois has prorated or cut funding to public schools for the past five years. The Mt. Olive School District has lost over $1,000,000 during that period of time. On top of the difficult situation in Springfield, the EAV (equalized assessed value) of the local property in Macoupin County has gone down 5% in the Mt. Olive School District area this year. That equates to over a $60,000 loss in local revenue for the Mt. Olive School District.
All the stakeholders (board members, administration, teachers, staff, parents, and community members) need to work together to develop a plan to fix the deficit budget. I believe that by working together we can do what is best for the future of the students at Mt. Olive School District.

Patrick Murphy
Mt. Olive Superintendent

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