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Mt. Olive High School Bulletin for Wednesday, May 27, 2015
BOYS BASKETBALL MEETING Will be today at 4:30 in the study hall room for anyone who is interested in playing basketball next season.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL For all students interested in playing high school football next year, there will be a meeting tomorrow with the new football coach in the high school study hall following the 4:30 basketball meeting. Start time for the football meeting should be around 5:00. If you have any questions, please contact the high school office.

SPRING AWARDS CEREMONY Will be held tomorrow, May 28th, in the high school gym at 7:00 pm. Sports recognized will be Bass Fishing, Boys' Track, Girls' Track, Baseball & Softball. This is a free event and is open to the public. Please come out and support our athletes.

YEARBOOK ORDERS The deadline to order your yearbook is fast approaching. Online orders can be placed at treering.com until July 1. Instructions for online ordering are located on our information table outside the HS office. If you prefer to send a check to the school office for payment, the check must be received by the last day of school. Yearbooks are $30 each. If you have any questions you may contact Kim Labonte. Also, don't forget to design your custom pages for inclusion in your yearbook. Instructions for designing your custom pages are also located on our information table outside the HS office.

WILDCAT LANYARDS Are on sale in the High School office for $2.00 each. Get yours today!!

WACKY OLYMPICS Our Mt. Olive Sesquicentennial celebration will be bringing back the WACKY OLYMPICS to the festivities this year. It will be held on June 20th at the Hagerman Park from 10 am to 2 pm. The cost is $5 per person which includes a t-shirt. Your team may consist of 4-6 people. Be sure to get in on this fun summer event. Flyers are located on our information table in the lobby.

KICK OFF SERVICE FOR SESQUICENTENNIAL Any students interested in singing at the KICK OFF SERVICE at the City Park Gazebo on June 17th at 7:00 pm for the Sesquicentennial Celebration, there are flyers on our information table in the front lobby.

LOST & FOUND Be sure to check through our lost and found items in the office and out in our front lobby. The items left behind will be donated if not claimed.

MODELS NEEDED 150 YEARS OF FASHION style show is in need of models for Friday, June 19th, at 7:00 pm in our City Park. This event is one of many events during our Mt. Olive Sesquicentennial Celebration this summer. If interested, please stop by our information table in the lobby and pick up a flyer.

LEWIS & CLARK FAMILY HEALTH CLINIC Located on the main campus of Lewis & Clark Community College in Fobes Hall is offering Youth School/Sports/Camp Physicals for $25. Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm. Flyers are on our information table in our front lobby.

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Spring Sports Awards -
The Spring Sports Awards will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 in the High School Gym. Sports being recognized are Softball, Baseball, Girls Track, Boys Track and Bass fishing.

Reptile Show - Click on the link to see more pictures of the reptiles brought in by Blackburn College to the Biology classes.

Frog Dissection -
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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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