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CALENDAR FFA Member Auction March 13 Mt. Pulaski FFA Alumni will be holding the annual FFA Member Auction Sun. March 13 at Mt. Pulaski High School. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with the auction of the mem- bers to follow. Please join us for a fun evening and help support the Mt. Pulaski FFA Chapter. Meeting Date Changed Mt Pulaski Township March meeting has been changed to Wed. March 23 at 7:30 pm. Spring Brunch Sunday April 10 The Brunch will be at the Mt. Pulaski American Legion Hall from 9 am - 1 pm. It is sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary-Unit 447. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are every Thursday evening, 6 to 7,30Pro in the Mr. Pulaski Christian Church, Family Life Ce nte ,7o n"ElYayette. Mt. Pulaski 175th Celebration meetings are at 9 a.m., first and third Saturdays of each month at the Mt. Pulaski VFW Hall, South Side of the Square. Next meeting March 19. Mt. Pulaski Library Playgroup meetings are every Friday from 10am to Noon for children birth through preschool age. An adult must accompany children Mt Pulaski Library Storytime March 8 & March 15 K-3rd grades, 3:15 to 4:15 Story March 8 AlphaBeasts, craft & snack. Story March 15 Leprechauns, cra& snack Online tax submission assistance at Vonderlieth, March 22 Call the Oasis Senior Center of Lincoln at 732-6132 to schedule an appointment. Deadline: March 31 is cutoff date for Mt. Pulaski bandstand brick orders.Pick up order forms at the Library or call Bill or Judy Cavestani 792-3286 Newspaper Deadline Tues Mar 15 for Sat Mar 19 issue. Advertising Deadline Mon Mar 14 Haley Casper Haley is the daughter of Kristi Powell of Mt. Pulaski and Michael Casper of Springfield. ,Mt. Pulaski High School Senior of the Month Haley is a high honor roll student and an active member of many organizations at the high school. She is senior class president, FCCLA president, Student Council president, and Spirit Squad president. She also par- ticipates in WYSE academic challenge, Science Olympiad, drama club, and is a member of National Honor Society. Haley plans to attend Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She will major in biology, and plans to eventually become a fertility doctor. The Senior-of-the-Month program is co-sponsored by Mr. Pulaski Pharmacy and Johnson's Food Center of Mt. Pulaski. Monthly winners receive $100 savings bonds and are eligible to compete for the $1000 Senior-of-the- Year award. Where is MPGS on the Illinois Honor Roll List?. Many of you may have seen the recent reports iden- tifying Illinois's 2010 Honor Roll schools and wondered, "Where is Mt. Pulaski Grade School?" Illinois Honor Roll recog- nizes schools in 3 categories: Spotlight School, Academic Improvement Award, and Academic Excellence Award. All have different criteria, some of which MPGS does not qualify. To be awarded one of the Spotlight Schools, your school must have at least 50 percent of its students identi- fied as low-income over the last two years. Low-income students are determined by the free/reduced lunch program. Mt. Pulaski Grade School does not meet this 50 percent guideline. The Academic Improve- ment Award qualifications are, your sc.hool must improve 7.5 percent for 2 consecutive years or 15 percent total for 2 consecutive years. This per- centage is the number of stu- dents who meet or exceed on the annual Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). To improve these percentages the school's test scores must be fairly low to begin with so such improvement can be made. Mt. Pulaski Grade School's scores have consis- tently been very strong, which prohibits such improvements. Finally, the third category the Academic Excellence Award's qualification is to have the school at 90 percent meet or exceed on the ISAT (grades 3 - 8) for 3 consecu- tive years. This award is one that MPGS does qualify for, and we are constantly striving to meet this lofty goal. Over the last four years we have shown steady improvement and are on the verge of quali- fying for this award. In 2007 MPGS had 82 percent meet or exceed, 200885 percent, 2009-86 percent, and 2010-89 percent. We at Mt. Pulaski Grade School are not where we strive to be and will continue to work hard to improve and meet these higher standards. Congratulations to the schools that received these awards this year. Just know that some of those schools not on the Illi- nois Honor Roll in 2010 are doing a great job too. Gene Newton, Principal Mt. Pulaski Grade School Mt Pulaski e Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year lmes,l00O March 5, 2011 "It's oM news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain Phoenix Entered February 19 the Mt. Pulaski Phoenix Fire Department entered a team in the second annual Fight for Air Climb at the Springfield Hilton put on by the American Lung Asso- ciation. This was a charity event to raise money for the Lung Association. The event is a stair race to the top of the Hilton up 30 floors. There are a number of classes that can be entered that include men's, women's, different ages, and different teams. The Phoenix Firefighters entered the Firefighter Full Gear class. This class climbs dressed in 60 pounds of fire gear. The rest of the 500 climbers compete in regular gym clothes. The Phoenix Firefighters had a great day and finished second behind Decatur Fire Department Extreme Team. The Phoenix team consisted of Chad Kern, Shaun Tyson, Chuck Cannon, Jared Max- heimer, Cody Letterle, and Ethan Taylor from Latham Fire filling in for Nathan Gee who was on the injured list. Everyone that competed last year bettered their times and the guys competing for the first time all had great Fight for Air Climb times. Everyone on the team feels that a win is possible and will be back next year with that goal in mind. The Phoenix has a long history of competition and this is a great event to carry on that tradition. Some others from the Mt. Pulaski area also competed, Cara Cannon came up from St Louis and climbed in the women's class and Kendal Gibb competed in the full gear class for Cornland Fire and had a great climb. (Kendal had the fastest local time and finished in the top 10 of all firefighters). Also, Matt Fuller and Herb Tarver from Elkhart Fire competed on Cornland's team. The Lung Association raised $70,000 for their fight against various lung diseases, and the Phoenix Firefight- ers raised over $700 for their part. The Phoenix would like to thank everyone that donated. The money really is going to a good cause. We'll all be back next year and we hope to see more people from Mt. Pulaski. Submitted By - Chuck Cannon WYSE Academic Challenge Winners Team Rankings 1. Pawnee 2. Illini Central-Mason City 3. Mt. Pulaski 4. Nokomis 5. Greenview 6. New Berlin Students from 20 high schools in the Lincoln Land Commu- nity College district competed in the 15th annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) regional level academic challenge held Thursday, Feb. 10 at LLCC's main campus in Springfield. DIVISION 300 Individual Rankings English Second - Haley Casper, Mt. Pulaski Chemistry First - Allison Haley, Mt. Pulaski Second - Mark Foley,. Mt. Pulaski Carly Powell, Mt. Pulaski Biology First - Mark Foley, Mt. Pulaski m ZOc