Summer Mailing for Families – August 2021
This communication is being sent via email and via U.S. Postal Service.
The purpose of this communication is:
- To inform you of important dates and deadlines for the upcoming school year
- To alert you about some information you should have already received (either by mail or email)
- Proof of Residency verification process for students (https://bit.ly/2V1rKuy)
- Free/Reduced Lunch, Fee Waiver, (https://bit.ly/3BRVH11) and Infinite Campus registration information (https://bit.ly/3ljCkrV)
- Note: All school mailings are available on the school’s website (east.maine207.org) – the school site is the best source of accurate, up-to-date information about the start of the school year along with events and news throughout the school year.
- To provide other information that may be of importance to you
Dear Maine East Families,
The start of the 2021-2022 school year is almost here and we are looking forward to seeing our students back at school, in person, five days a week!
Link to full letter – Summer Mailing for Families
Fee Waiver Information for the 2021-2022 School Year
District 207 offers a program for free or reduced-price meals and waiver of school fees for the 2021-22 school year. For those interested in applying for a waiver, applications must be submitted by Friday, August 6, 2021.
To apply for a fee waiver please provide the following: (1) a completed application form (included in this mailing) and (2) documentation of your household’s gross income. Fee waiver applications may be mailed or dropped off to Maine East High School beginning Monday, July 5 through Friday, August 6. If you want to drop off your materials in person, please note that materials must be dropped off in the main office at Maine East High School anytime Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Everyone entering the building must wear a mask or other face covering as directed by the Governor. It is extremely important that you apply during this time period. While applications will be accepted at any time, they are effective on the date that they are approved and are not retroactive to the beginning of the school year.
Free/Reduced Price Meals: Your student(s) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The reduced-price meal is $1.25 for breakfast and $2.00 for lunch.
Waiver of School Fees: The Board of Education waives all school fees assessed by the district for a student’s required participation in any curricular or extracurricular program, as long as the parent/guardian meets the eligibility. “School fees” are defined in the Board’s policy as “any monetary charge collected by the school or district from a student as a prerequisite for the student’s participation in curricular and/or extracurricular programs of the school or district.”
New FULL DAY In-Person Schedule Starts February 16, 2021
This letter contains important information regarding the following:
- Expanded in school learning options begin Feb. 16
- New bell schedule will accommodate lunch service at school
- FAQ is available for families about updated plans
I believe I can speak for the entire Maine East Staff to say it has been wonderful to see students back in the building again this past week after our adaptive pause!
I am excited to share that beginning on Tuesday, February 16 (the day after Presidents’ Day), we will adjust our bell schedule so that students who attend in-person will be in the building for full days, including lunch service, Tuesday through Friday each week. All block periods Tuesday through Friday will continue to be “hybrid” blocks, in which some students learn in person and some learn from home in each class. Mondays will remain fully virtual, 8-period days. This slightly altered bell schedule will preserve the same amount of instructional time for all blocks that we currently have and will allow us the ability to manage lunch to maximize social distancing and safe procedures. Link for Complete Letter, FAQ’s and new Bell Schedule
Maine East Teacher Conferences – Online Appointment Scheduling
The annual Teacher Conferences are on October 8, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. These short, five-minute, virtual meetings provide an opportunity to meet with each student’s teachers and/or counselor to become better informed about student progress – giving parents/guardians a chance to become partners in their student’s success in school.
We will be using an online appointment scheduling system and video meeting. This will allow you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and receive an email confirming your appointments. The confirmation email will contain directions on how to log back in the system to click the video link on the day and time of the appointment.
Appointments can be made starting Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Adjustments can be made at any time until the appointment window closes on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Please visit https://maineeast.meettheteacher.com/ to schedule your appointments. Instructions on how to add appointments are included with this letter.
PE Exemption for Student Athletes
If you are a member of a School Athletic team for the FALL Season, you may be eligible to apply for an Exemption to Physical Education during your season.
The process for applying for an in-season exemption is as follows:
- Print and fill out the form (attached), or pick up a form from the Administrative Assistant in the Athletic Director’s Office, Mrs. Montanez.
- Fall Season Physical Education Exemption Form
- For the Fall season of 2020-2021, forms will be available in the Athletic Director’s office on Monday, August 24th.
To be eligible, a student must also be enrolled in 5 classes, not including PE. Include a copy of your schedule with your application.
- The form must have all signatures and be returned to the Athletic Director’s office by Friday, September 11th.
While Maine East does not encourage exempting Physical Education, the opportunity to do so is available. We ask that you speak to your sponsor/coach to determine what is the best course of action based on your specific situation and needs.
Class Schedules Visible in Infinite Campus
Greetings Maine East Students & Parents!
This is the first of several important messages you will receive this week related to the start of school.
Students and parents will be able to view class schedules in their Infinite Campus portals starting today 8/11.
Each student has been assigned to an “A” or “B” group which will be used to communicate which students will be coming to the building for in-person learning experiences. When students view their schedules, if they advance their calendars 8/17/20, they will be able to view which group (A or B) they have been assigned to – this is important information for students and parents to know because it determines the days when students will be coming to school for In-Person learning experiences (if they choose to come for in-person learning).
Additionally, we will send a personalized email to all students that clearly specifies the A/B group assignment.
First Day of School for Students
This varies, depending on your grade level – I will be sending another message very soon to provide detailed information so that you can plan accordingly.
9th graders will start in-person orientation on the week of August 18 – 21 (detailed information will be shared in a separate message); additionally, ALL 9th graders will start virtual learning on the afternoon of 8/25
10th graders will start virtual learning on the afternoon of 8/25; in-person orientation will be held on the mornings of 8/27 & 8/28 (A group students on 8/27, B group students on 8/28)
11th graders will start virtual learning on the afternoon of 8/25; in-person orientation will be held on the mornings of 8/25 & 8/26 (A group students on 8/25, B group students on 8/26)
12th graders will start virtual learning on the afternoon of 8/25; in person orientation will be held on Monday 8/24 (A group students in the morning, B group students in the afternoon)
Opt-out for In-Person Orientation Days
Along with the detailed information you will receive in the next few days for your grade level, you will receive a link to a form letting us know if you wish for your child to opt-out of in-person learning for the orientation days. For students who opt-out, we will provide a form of virtual orientation – more information to be shared.
I know that everyone has questions about the start of the school year and our staff at East is working hard to develop a plan that will keep students and staff members safe and that will also provide a positive start to the school year for our students. Watch your email and texts for additional information in the coming days – you can also check the school website for posted versions of all messages and information pertaining to the start of school.
Dr. Mike Pressler, Principal
Parent Teacher Conferences
The annual Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. These short five-minute meetings provide parents an opportunity to meet with each student’s teachers and/or counselor to become better informed about student progress – giving parents a chance to become partners in their children’s success in school.
Note: Conference appointments are extremely limited; therefore, if you do not feel a conference is necessary, please don’t feel obligated to sign up – you might wish to meet with only one or two of your child’s teachers. You are welcome to contact teachers at any time via email or phone; however, if you would like to meet with teachers during conferences, please use this link to sign up.
Meet the Teacher Night
Please see the attached file regarding Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 29, 2019, as well as other important information about available resources.
Freshmen Welcome Night and Ice Cream Social
Maine East will host a Freshmen Welcome Night and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for all incoming freshmen and their parents. This evening provides important information for both students and parents regarding activities and services available at Maine East, and will make the first day of high school go more smoothly. We hope to see you all there!
Principal’s Summer Mailing 2019-2020
Please see the following document for information about the start of school as well as important dates, deadlines, and changes in the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions please call (847) 825-4484.
2019-2020 Online Registration and Fee Waiver Information
Please see the attached documents for important information regarding registration, fee waivers, and other items and deadlines for the coming school year. Login information for Infinite Campus Registration was emailed to all parents. Please read the information carefully, and if you have any questions please contact the Associate Principal’s Office at (847) 825-4484.
Important Graduation Information for Parents and Students
Spring Break and the 4th quarter are upon us-so that means graduation is just around the corner. In addition to the commencement ceremony, there are a variety of events scheduled to help commemorate this special day. Please read through following letter and information carefully, mark your calendars, and return all required documents by the deadline. If you have any questions, please call Student Services (847) 692-8520 and ask to speak to your son or daughter’s counselor.
Important Information for Parents of Seniors
Please see the attached letter for some important dates for seniors, as well as a change in senior final exam procedures.
Yearly 5 Essentials Survey – Parent Consent Letter
We are writing to inform you that a student survey will be administered at Maine Township High School District 207 called the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This climate survey is a required part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. It asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.
Student participants will be required to log-in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material.
Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c) (1) (A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). Please feel free to review the Illinois 5Essentials survey questions: http://help.5-essentials.org/customer/en/portal/articles/800770-illinois-5essentials-survey-questions
If you do not want your son or daughter to participate, print this letter and fill out the information, and ask your child to return this sheet to the school’s Main Office or email [email protected] by January 11, 2019.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Dr. Mike Pressler, Principal
October – Parent Teacher Conferences and PSAT Testing
We would like to share some important information with you regarding the upcoming PSAT test and parent/teacher conferences in October, as well as the new format for the Principal’s Blog. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on October 9th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. These short meetings provide parents an important opportunity to meet with each student’s teachers and counselor and become informed about their progress in school. You will be receiving a mailing shortly which contains a Conference Letter and Instructions and October Save the Date Information which explains the registration process and when the registration window will open. Links to this and all other mailings will be posted on the school web site as well.
In addition to meeting with teachers and counselors, Mr. Mark Weber, our CCRC Admissions Specialist, will be available to meet with parents to answer questions about the college admission process and to assist with FAFSA completion. Please use the following link to schedule an appointment with Mr. Weber. CCRC Appointments
Now that we have fully migrated to the new website, we have also decided to use the blog program integrated within our web page to make it easier for students and parents to access the blog. Your can find the link for the Principal’s Page_News Blog on the lower right hand corner of the website, or you may bookmark the enclosed link. Please check the blog regularly for upcoming events, fundraisers, and student and staff accomplishments. In addition to the blog, please follow Maine East on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see highlights of the multiple events and activities our students are involved in.
Maine East Incoming Freshman and Transfer Student Welcome Night
Please click on the following link for information regarding Freshman/Transfer Student Welcome Night on August 9, 2018
PowerSchool Registration Mailing 2018-2019 Maine East High School:
Please follow the links listed above to find detailed information concerning PowerSchool registration for the 2018-2019 school year at Maine East High School. These documents provide detailed information on the registration process; instructions for applying for free or reduced-price meals and waiver of school fees; residency verification; Materials Pick-Up on August 7; and Chromebook information.
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