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                 Thursday, April 24, 2014 


1.  The JV Boys Tennis match at Casey is CANCELLED. 


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Second Graders Skype with Solider


Sergeant Kyle Althoff is shown Skyping with his pen pals from Mrs. Jansen's second grade class.  Sergeant Althoff has been serving in Afghanistan since October of 2013.  He will be returning to the United States this July.

Ronald McDonald House Donation

T.G.S. thanks all who have saved aluminum can tabs this year.  On May 3 the Drees family will be making their annual trip to St. Louis where the donations will be used to generate funding for the Ronald McDonald House.  The Drees's became passionate about collecting tabs nine years ago when they stayed at the Ronald McDonald House while their daughter Allie was a patient at Cardinal Glennon.  They appreicate the help the T.G.S. students provide each year.  'It is simply amazing!" Mrs. Drees.



Boys and Girls Golf Coach(es)

Positions can be separated or combined.

Stipend/pay per contract amount.

Apply in writing as soon as possible to Andy Johnson, A.D.

TJHS Cheerleader Advisor

Stipend/pay per contract amount.

Apply in writing as soon as possible to Pat Drees, Principal.

TJHS Assistant Softball Coach

Stipend/pay per contract amount.

Apply in writing as soon as possible to Pat Drees, Principal.

Teutopolis Grade School to host Kindergarten Walk-Through

Children who will attend Kindergarten at Teutopolis Grade School during the 2014-2015 school year are invited to participate in the Kindergarten Walk-Through.  The Walk-Through will be held in the Teutopolis Kindergarten rooms on Friday, May 9, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Students, with parents or guardians, may come any time during these hours.

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Student of the Month recipients, Reed Hardiek and Audrey Hoene are pictured with Teutopolis Education Foundation member, Wendy Kreke.  The program is sponsored by the Teutopolis Education Foundation.


Seniors Reed Hardiek and Audrey Hoene were selected as the April Student of the Month recipients.  Both have achieved academic success, shown leadership abilities, and have contributed to school extracurricular activities.

Audrey has a grade point average that puts her in the number four ranking position in her class.  She was voted into the National Honor Society by the THS faculty and is also a recipient of the Illinois State Scholars Award.

In addition to her academic success, she is involved in many extracurricular activities.  She is an active member of the Vision, Band (Jazz and Chorus), Math Club, WYSE, Art Club, In-Touch, Scholar Bowl, Drama Club, and Varsity Club.

Audrey has assumed numerous leadership roles such as 4-H club president, Volunteens secretary, Math Club secretary, and Sigel Catholic Youth Group secretary.

She is also active in sports where she is a member of THS's track & field and volleyball teams.

Audrey plans to major in biology in the pre-med program at the University of Illinois or Illinois State University.  Then, she plans to attend medical school and become an OB/GYN or neurologist.  She also plans to marry and raise a family.

Reed Hardiek has been on the high honor roll all seven semesters of high school.  He was voted into the National Honor Society by the THS faculty.

Reed is very active in sports with a membership in the Varsity Club and participation on the THS baseball and basketball teams.

He has received numerous awards.  He has received the Basic Electronics Award, All Tourney at Lawrenceville Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament, All Tourney at Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Tournament, IBCA 4th team All State Basketball, and was part of the 3rd place baseball team at state.

After high school, he plans to attend Lake Land College for two years and finish his engineering degree at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

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Allison Apke and Devin Mette were selected as the April Rookie of the Month recipients.


Sophomore Allison Apke is rankied number three in her class for her academics.  She is an active participant in the Math Club, Volunteens, and Sudent Counil.  She also plays on the THS softball team.

Allison has been a recipient of the Silver Slugger Softball Award and has made the High Honor Roll.

Freshman Devin Mette has maintained a B+ average despite his battle with cancer this year.  He is a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and is a member of the THS Bass Fishing team.

 The NHS banquet is on Sunday, April 27th, at 12:00 pm in the THS gym.  (The banquet time was changed to accommodate the band concert.)  NHS members can pick up the invitation by the front office and will need to bring in a check for the dinners of any family members who will attend -- by Friday, April 10th.

Thank you to Philip Mette, Steve Browing  and John Walls of the 40 et Eight who presented flags and a very informative message to the T.G.S. first graders! Their annual flag etiquette and history presentation is always appreciated and enjoyed.DSC07417

6th Graders Give With Hopeful Hearts!

The 6th graders of Teutopolis Grade School learned the valuable lessons of helping and giving through a multidisciplinary project. The project started with a special presentation from Karen Luchtefeld from Fish Human Services who informed students about how the charity helps the poor and just how many people in our Effingham County are in need.  This Christmas it was 630 families.  In Reading class, students heard a story about an impoverished family’s daily struggles and in math class the poverty line was used to calculate the financial struggles too many people face in their daily lives. With this knowledge and huge hearts, students then began to write persuasive essays in English convincing others to donate to those in poverty.  They wrote that those in poverty often do not have the basic necessities that we take for granted like food, clothing and shelter. They shared their personal experiences and thoughts, asked their readers to imagine living a life devoid of the comforts we are all used to having, and finished by asking readers to donate whatever they could afford to those who need it most.  Three copies of each essay or letter were then sent to students’ family and friends. Students asked that monetary donations be mailed to Teutopolis Grade School in care of themselves. In Math class, students opened their mail and calculated the total amount collected.  Paper hearts with the amount received written on them were placed on a giant heart in the front hallway so they could share how much money was being raised.   The amount raised was updated on the hallway heart after every math class. 

Sixth grade teachers knew that this project would be more than a reading, writing and math lesson, but they had no idea just how generous the community would be and how excited and fortunate it would make students feel.   Students commented that from this project they learned to be less selfish and to appreciate all that they have in life, even the small things.   On Tuesday, March 25, students proudly presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Karen Luchtefeld from Fish!   Thank you to parents who helped provide money for postage; thank you to Scott and Tina Brumleve and Design’s Unlimited for donating the giant check used to present our donation to Fish; and thank you to all of the students who helped make someone else’s life better.  Excellent job, sixth grade!