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Solar Eclipse Notice

by J. Williams
Solar Eclipse Notice

Monday’s August 21, 2017, solar eclipse has been named The Great American Eclipse because it will be visible across the continental United States. It is the first visible total eclipse in the United States during the twenty-first (21st) century; the next total eclipse will occur in seven (7) years. Mercer County Schools is excited about taking this teachable opportunity and sharing it with our youngsters. Our teachers have been planning for this event for several months. As a result, on Monday, we will be operating on a regular schedule.

In southern West Virginia we will experience approximately ninety (90) percent coverage of the sun by the moon. Therefore, we have considered and teachers have instructed and will continue to instruct the students on the dangers of looking directly at the sun. Because it will be a little darker than normal, you may want to pick your child up after he or she arrives at the bus stop.
We also hope that you will reinforce this learning opportunity with your child. If you would like additional information on the eclipse, you may visit the WVU Planetarium & Observatory website at the following link (http://planetarium.wvu.edu/eclipse) and/or the time and date website which illustrates the path of the eclipse (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/charleston-wv).

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please read the original letter from Dr. Akers here.

2017-2018 ACT Fee Waivers

by J. Williams
2017-2018 ACT Fee Waivers

ACT Exam Fee Waivers have just arrived!

A limited number of ACT Fee Waivers have arrived in the office. Students must meet all the requirements set by ACT to receive a waiver. ACT limits the number of waivers (2) a student may use.

1. Be currently enrolled in high school in the 11th or 12th grade.
2. Be a US citizen or testing in the US, US territories, or Puerto Rico
3. Meet one or more of the indicators of economic need listed below:
–Enrolled in a federal free or reduced lunch based on USDA income levels*
–Enrolled in a program for the economically disadvantaged (for example, a federally funded program such as GEAR UP or Upward Bound or Greater Appalachian Outreach)
–Resides in a foster home, is a ward of the state, or is homeless
–Family receives low-income public assistance or lives in federally subsidized public housing
–Family’s total annual income is at or below the USDA levels for free or reduced lunch*

Come by the office and pick up a waiver if you’re eligible!

* See USDA income levels

13 Reasons Why Talking Points

13 Reasons Why Talking Points

There is a new Netflix show based on the book “13 Reasons Why” that many young people across the country are watching. The story deals with difficult topics such as sexual violence, bullying, and teen suicide. Although it is thought that the makers of the show were trying to portray the tragedy of the situation, there are reported cases of students responding negatively to the story.

Because the issues shown are so uncomfortable, the SAVE and JED anti-suicide foundations have created a “13 Reasons Why Talking Points” list to use when discussing the story. Please see the linked document and if you feel you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the school. You can contact me, Mr. Havens, Ms. Stone, or any staff member. We can never be too concerned with our kids!

Click here to read the 13 Reasons Why Talking Tips

2017-2018 Scheduling

2017-2018 Scheduling

As a reminder, all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students and parents/guardians must have a PEP meeting with their advisor to request courses for next year and update the student’s career interest.

Several students have already completed their PEP updates for next year. Montcalm High School students continue to choose courses that will help them reach their goals and we are exited to help students plan their futures.

Therapeutic Services, Careers in Education/Tomorrow’s Teachers, Automotive Technology, and Welding programs are nearly full at this time. Please do not hesitate to schedule your meeting soon, as we hope to help every student choose a program that will assist them in reaching their goals.

Nail Technology/ Cosmetology Apps Available

by J. Williams
Nail Technology/ Cosmetology Apps Available

Registration forms for the MCTEC Cosmetology Program are available in the office. In addition to the completed application, students must provide:

1. A $25.00 money order or cashier’s check payable to The West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.
2. A copy of the school transcript showing the student enrolled in the next year.
3. A copy of the student’s Social Security card.
4. A government issued form of ID. (Preferably a driver’s license)
5. A recent “head-shot” photo 2″x 2″ in size.
6. A recent TB skin test along with a physical from the doctor stating that the student is able to stand and perform this kind of work with no restrictions.

All required items must be returned to the MHS office.

YLA Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

YLA Teen Entrepreneurship Summit

Now in its 40th year, this camp week is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Local Chambers of Commerce, and the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association with special support from business and industry, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Department of Education, West Virginia Development Office and local schools.

Discover the principles of entrepreneurship, civic leadership and volunteer service in six days of fun interactive learning. Meet business persons and successful entrepreneurs, make connections and discover new possibilities for your future.

This year’s summit dates are June 11-17, 2017. Students who are interested should visit the Youth Leadership Association site for details and applications. Montcalm High School has two scholarships to offer, one male and one female, which makes the cost of attendance only $75, so hurry and secure your spot!