Mark Your Calendar...

  • December 22 – January 5: No school
  • January 8: Financial Aid Night at 7:00 P.M. in the Cafeteria
  • January 14 - 16: Finals
  • January 19: No School
  • January 20: Second semester begins
  • January 22 - 24: "Figments" winter Play at 7:00 p.m. in the Aud
  • February 4: Early Dismissal at 11:10 a.m.
  • February 19: Band and Orchestra concert at 7:00 p.m. in the AUD
  • February 26: Parent Teacher conferences from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • February 27: No School
  • February 27: Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30 a.m. - Noon
  • February 28: Sadie Hawkin’s Dance from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Wharton

Spotlight on…

New Traffic Pattern Coming soon
There will be new traffic arrangements for dropping off and picking up of students in the back (south side) of the building very soon. Parents, students, and drivers need to be aware that the east-west drive behind the high school (between the baseball diamond corner and the main entrance in the back of the building) will no longer have two lanes of one-way (east bound) traffic. Special Ed buses will now be driving west in that stretch, in order to pick up students at the overhang entrance directly at the back of the school. Those buses will then exit south to 26th Avenue. All drivers are cautioned to be aware of these new traffic patterns and obey posted signs and painted markings on the pavement. Everyone is encouraged to drive slowly and be alert. Student safety is the number one priority!

Share Joys Achieves Sweet Success!
The totals are in! This year’s “Share Joys” raised $47,865 to clothe 260 elementary through high school students in the Moline/Coal Valley School District. The Share Joys program has raised $1,060,477 since it began in 1949. The donut eating contest brought in close to $15,000.
Every year, Moline High School staff members and students take part in a unique fundraiser called “Share Joys.” The purpose of this program is to buy clothing for students who need assistance. High school students participate in events to raise money and many students help shop for the clothing for the families. This year’s theme was “Candy Land – Making it Sweeter for Others” and specific Share Joys events took place in the classrooms on December 11th and 12th. Thanks to all who participated in making this another successful Share Joys!

Students Named as Illinois State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission named 48 MHS seniors as 2015 Illinois State Scholars. The students were honored at a ceremony on December 16th. The State Scholar program recognizes Illinois high school students for outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations to all our Illinois State Scholars!

New Security System in Place
As part of the Moline High School safety plan, all exterior doors are locked at 9:00 a.m. This includes the main entrance doors at the front of the building. A new security system is now in place that requires visitors to push a button to signal their intent to enter. Once visitors have been verbally acknowledged by a security person inside the building, the door will release to allow entrance. All visitors must sign in with the front door attendant upon arrival. This security system is the same as the ones in place at other buildings in the district.

New Club formed at MHS
Moline High School student athletes have created an after school club entitled “Sports Unlimited”. This club pairs students with special needs with student athletes to develop friendships and increase student involvement through non-competitive games and activities. The club meets approximately once per month after school. The club sponsors are Sue Dell, Kristin Sanders, Jeff McCracken, and Lisa Martinez.

Finals Schedule Released
The schedule for first semester finals is as follows:
Wednesday, January 14

  • Period 1 – 4 Regular bell schedule
  • Period 5 - 12:20 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Period 6 - 1:05 – 1:40 p.m.
  • Period 7 Final – 1:50 – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

  • No Lunch Served. Students are dismissed at noon
  • Period 1 Final – 8:10 – 9:20 a.m.
  • Period 2 Final – 9:30 – 10:40 a.m.
  • Period 3 Final – 10:50 – Noon

Friday, January 16

  • No Lunch Served. Students are dismissed at noon
  • Period 4 Final – 8:10 – 9:20 a.m.
  • Period 5 Final – 9:30 – 10:40 a.m.
  • Period 6 Final – 10:50 – Noon

Guest Conductor Visits MHS
The Symphonic Orchestra had a special treat on December 5th, when Quad City Symphony Orchestra conductor and Music Director, Mark Russell Smith, held a master class clinic with the orchestra students. He conducted the class, providing students with great insight into the composers and the nuances of the music they were playing. To conclude the class, he borrowed a cello and performed for the students. It was a wonderful opportunity for orchestra students to learn from a master conductor!

Enter PTA Arts Contest
The National PTA Reflections Program contest theme for the 2014 – 2015 school year is “The world would be a better place if…” Student entries in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts are encouraged. The information and participation rules are available at: PTA Reflections Art Program

Period 1 Opportunities for Students
Students, who are not enrolled in a period 1 class, have several opportunities during period one to improve their skills and understanding of the curriculum. Period 1 is available for students to make up tests, get extra help, and complete assignments. There are several intervention rooms available for students to utilize from 8:10 – 9:00 a.m. The staffed Intervention rooms include English (rooms B207 & B217), Math (rooms B301 & J307) and Science (room J115.) Students may show up any morning during period 1 and receive a pass to an intervention room. Students must bring their student ID.

Public Notification of Grant Application
Moline High School is applying for a 2014 – 2015 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant. These are federal funds used for academic, enrichment, and recreational services offered beyond regular school hours. The application will be submitted by August 11, 2014. Any questions regarding this application may be directed to Diane Sommers at dsommers@molineschools.org or 309-743-8807.