Factors for School Closures & E-Learning Days
Dear Momence Families:
Momence CUSD #1understands that our decision to open or close schools in bad weather has a big effect on our families. It is always a difficult decision whether to send students to school or not during inclement weather. Our top priority is the safety of our students.
Please understand that we make the decision to open or close the schools in bad weather based on a careful consideration of all factors, such as:
- Temperature and wind chill
- Information on road conditions
- Amount of snow and ice accumulated
- Weather predictions
- Building and parking lot conditions
- Communication with other school districts in the area
During periods of heavy snow or freezing temperatures, please listen to the local radio stations or visit our District website as we post updated information. A Teacherease telephone call or email will also take place with information concerning school closings. If you have not received one of these messages, check with your school to update your information.
These are the radio stations used by Momence CUSD #1 for official announcements regarding school closings:
(WKAN 1320 AM, WXNU 106.5 FM, WVLI 92.7 FM, WFAV 95.1 FM, WIVR 101.7 FM, WYUR 103.7 FM, and WGFA 94.1 FM.
We also contact TV stations WBBM (Channel 2), NBC (Channel 5), ABC (Channel 7), WGN (Channel 9), and WFLD (Channel 32).
These radio and TV stations will be notified as early as possible on days when school will be closed.
Also, if weather conditions worsen, we cannot reverse our decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on this information to plan for the day as they leave for work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to unsupervised bus stops and empty houses.
With weather being unpredictable, it is sometimes necessary to cancel school early. We will make every effort to keep students in school for the remainder of the day, but with safety being our top priority, conditions may dictate the need to have an early dismissal in some cases. We will give adequate notice to all parents. Please make sure your contact information is always current.
You can contact the District office at 815-472-3501 if you have questions or need further information. Thank you for your continued support as we make these difficult decisions.
Momence Schools Launch New Outreach Initiative
'The One' Magazine to Hit Mailboxes Soon
Momence Schools is proud to announce the launching of new, grant funded communication outreach initiative coming soon. A quarterly magazine, monthly podcast, and website portal will highlight the project which is slated to begin circulating roughly the end of January.
A postcard explaining the project was sent to all district mailboxes that highlighted what will be arriving soon, and a QR code on the card could be used to access the website directly.
The district will be telling its BIG story through a series of smaller stories, through the eyes of our students and staff.
Every 90 days or so, a fresh, new issue of our very own magazine, titled 'The One' will drop into every single mailbox, PO Box and commercial address in our district. The content will also be available digitally by visiting the website www.momenceone.com.
Monthly podcasts featuring some of our movers and shakers in the district can also be accessed by visiting the website, or also on Spotify and Apple Podcasts- The One Podcast- Momence Schools.
MHS Alum Recognized by Forbes
Featured by Forbes as a Top 10 Read of the Summer
‘The Memory Keeper of Kyiv’ by Erin Litteken
COURTESY OF BOLDWOOD BOOKS
The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken
Brought to life by an author who is a granddaughter of a Ukrainian refugee from World War II, the events of this novel are especially poignant given the ongoing invasion of Ukraine right now. Set in the 1930s, the book opens with Stalin’s army entering a tiny Ukrainian village and pressuring the locals to adopt collective farming—without question or comment. Soon anyone who speaks out disappears, compounding terror as the farming methods go bust, resulting in a man-made famine that costs millions of lives. Any kind of resistance is against the law, but 16-year-old Katya notes everything in her diary, which will resurface decades later.
MCUSD #1 Announces ALL students eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge in 2022-23!
Momence Community Unit School District #1 is pleased to announce that we will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2022-2023 school year.
What does this mean for you and your children?
Great news for you and your students!
All enrolled students of Momence Community Unit School District #1 are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of this school year.
No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application.
If you should have any questions or we can be of any further assistance, please contact: Marie Chico, Food Service Director, at 815-472-3510.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/how-file-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; 3. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Help Our Students Connect at Home
The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program that provides discounts of up to $50 a month for internet service at home. Participants also get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a device (purchased through a participating provider). A household can qualify if at least one member:
Participates in a federal assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid;
Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school meal program;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
Lost a job or experienced a substantial loss of income during the pandemic.
The program can only make a difference if the people who need it know about it, so we are asking you to please help spread the word! Please share information about this opportunity with your students and families. You can access a toolkit of printable and shareable Emergency Broadband Benefit awareness materials, including informational flyers and program applications.