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MCSD #404 Mission Statement
MCSD #404, in an active partnership with family and community, will empower all students to be engaged learners and decision-makers, enabling them to become respectful, productive, and responsible citizens.
Ask the Board
Community members desiring to ask the Board questions about the District can click on the link below. Questions and answers thought to be of interest to others will be posted publicly (person who asked question will not be identified).
SB 0550 was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on January 16, 2017. It requires all schools (Pre-K through 5th grade) to test for lead in water used for drinking and cooking. Schools built after January 1, 2000 are not required to test at this time. Please click here for additional information and results for Mercer County Schools.
Mercer County School District 404 Goals Update - 2019
Mercer County School District 404 is happy to present an update on our district goals for the 2019-2020 school year. Click the link below for the video.
Phone Notification System
The automated phone notification calls from the district generate from the number (844) 223-9224. To ensure you are receiving the notifications, save this number to your phone.
Substitute Teachers and Paraprofessionals Needed!!
Mercer County School District is in need of Substitute Teachers. Please click the link below or call the ROE at 309-734-6822 for further information.
Mercer County School District is in need of Substitute Paraprofessionals. Please click the link below or call the ROE at 309-734-6822 for further information.
New Crime Stopper App - P3 Campus
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As part of Mercer County School District's commitment to students' safety and mental health, beginning today we are launching an anonymous reporting program, which will allow students and parents to make anonymous reports about concerns of safety or student wellness. Our program is student-focused, as opposed to crime focused, meaning it is a tool for alerting caring adults about students who need help-not snitching. This is part of our continuous effort to increase campus and student safety, and provide students with a safe, completely anonymous outlet to share concerns.
Students can use our new P3 Campus app to report: bullying, suicide concerns, depression, sexting, stealing, threats, cutting, abuse, dating and domestic violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others. Their reports will be addressed by a trained team of school officials and law enforcement, when necessary.
When you or your student have a concern, you can go to P3Campus.com on your computer, tablet, or laptop- or you can download the free P3 Campus mobile app-- and make a 100% anonymous report in less than five minutes.
The use of anonymous reporting apps in state programs like Safe2Tell Colorado have proven to be successful in providing the tools and information needed for school officials and to proactively address concerning behaviors, potential incidents of violence, and other harmful situations on campus before they develop. We look forward to working with you and your student to continue making the Mercer County Schools safe.
Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation
Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation is a non-profit group that was created to supplement funding to the school district in order to provide an excellent education for our students.
The mission of the Mercer County Schools Excellence in Education Foundation is to
provide its students with quality education that will develop the skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively, prepare them for lifelong learning, and advocate
responsible citizenship through strong moral values, resulting in productivity and
healthy contributors to our modern society.
Donation opportunities are available.
The Eagle Eye
Mercer County School District News
"What happens when I'm sick?" (revised - 08/20/20)
A flowchart has been created to assist with different scenarios if a student or staff member is sick.
Click the image to the right to enlarge the chart.
MERCER COUNTY FFA BANQUET - CANCELLED
The 2021 Mercer County FFA Banquet scheduled for March 4, 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual Mercer County FFA Awards presentation will be released on that date.
BLACK HAWK REGION ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR!!
Congratulations to Mr. Hofer on being selected as the Black Hawk Region Assistant Principal of the Year!! Region winners will be recognized on Monday, March 1st by the Illinois Principals Association.
Thank you for all you do for the students and staff at MCHS!! We are proud to have you as a leader here at MCSD!!
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER APPRECIATION DAY - 1/9/2021
Mercer County School District would like to recognize Officer Clayton Brendal and Officer Troy Brock for their hard work and dedication to our district!!
Thank you for keeping our students and staff safe!!
We appreciate you!!
LETTER FROM THE MCSD COUNSELING TEAM - 01/5/2021
We are thrilled to let you know about an exciting program taking place in our Elementary, Intermediate, and Junior High buildings! Over two decades of research has helped us understand the important roles social and emotional skills play in each child’s success in school, in the community, and, eventually, in higher education and the workplace. Skills such as demonstrating self-control, persisting at challenging tasks, making good decisions, and working well in groups are all necessary to be successful students and adults. The process is called social and emotional learning for students to gain these skills. To support our students in developing essential social and emotional skills that will help them become successful and responsible adults, we are implementing the social and emotional learning Second Step curriculum.
As part of this program, our teachers and counselors will be using a tool called the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, or DESSA. This tool asks teachers to rate how often a student has demonstrated specific social and emotional skills in the past month.
The purpose of the DESSA is to identify which social and emotional skills your child has already learned and what skills he or she might still need to develop. Our goal is to ensure that your child is continuously developing the social and emotional skills that they need for lifelong success. There is also an option for parents to complete ratings at home for all students, including remote learners!
We want to make sure that you are informed of our use of this instructional tool. We believe that the information gathered from the DESSA will be beneficial to your child’s overall success both inside and outside of the classroom.
The following link can be used to read more and access at-home Family Resources:
We are excited to continue to implement a social and emotional learning program, and add the DESSA this spring! If you have any questions, please feel free to call your school counselor.
MCSD Counseling Team
HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE - 1/14/2021
Dear Mercer County Families and Staff:
This letter is to inform you an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at New Boston Elementary School. We are coordinating our efforts with the Mercer County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.
To prevent further spread of the disease, Mercer County School District is taking the following steps:
Placing staff members and students who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case in quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Mercer County Health Department
Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.
We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:
Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
Face coverings are required at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.
We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.
As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Mercer County Schools, and your local health department.
We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment, and we encourage our students to exercise the same care outside of school. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families.
COVID SYMPTOM REMINDER - 10/23/2020
Reminder: If ANYONE living in the household, including parents, is symptomatic or awaiting COVID test results, please keep your kids home.
IDPH COVID TESTING UPDATE - 10/20/2020
IDPH now states that the 15 minute Rapid COVID tests are NOT allowed by schools for readmittance of students.
In order to return to school, symptomatic students will need to make sure they have a negative result from a PCR TEST and NOT a Rapid Screening test (Antigen Test). Any PCR testing that is done will work and so does an alternative diagnosis. If you are having your student tested, please ask your medical provider what type of test they provide.
Mercer County School District appreciates your continued cooperation as we work to help protect our students and staff!!