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        Students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.


On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction


Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials. All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2017 and will also be included in the State School Report Card. Additionally, our district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Moline High School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.  The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 16 through January 16, 2017. To take the survey please visit  and select the appropriate survey to begin. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or



Mr. Dan McGuire
Link to Student Survey                                                                                  Link to Parent Survey










Share Joys is a program in which money is raised to buy needed clothing for children in Moline and Coal Valley. Share joys started in 1949 when Betty Hasson, editor of the school newspaper, the Line 0' Type, originated an idea to have a toy contest where all entries would be given to children in need. After a couple of years, clubs and organizations began to donate money so that extra toys could be purchased. LO'T staff members decided that the campaign for toys should have a name and called it "Share Joys Buys Toys." The program was expanded when paper tags were sold for 25 cents each for classes to display in their rooms. Always, the emphasis was to prepare students to be "sharers" and to learn to care.

Share joys, as we know it, began in 1965.  The LO’T staff members thought that the money might be better used to buy needed clothing rather than toys. At that time, the words "buys toys" were dropped and the program became known simply as "Share Joys." The money came mostly from clubs and activities in classes and homerooms. Share Joys was two weeks long in the early years. It was then reduced to one week for class activities, and today has been reduced to two days in December. Toys, and later clothing, were presented to children in an assembly program. Mrs. Youngdahl, LO’T advisor from 1958-1974, thought that although the assemblies allowed many people to see how important the program was, the assemblies put the children on display. The assemblies were discontinued in 1968.

Over the years, many different activities such as eating goldfish and selling pets have been curtailed by guidelines. Over the years, various student groups have helped the LO'T staff, including Student Congress and the National Honor Society. The Moline Student Congress first selected a theme in 1979, and has sold buttons and t-shirts to publicize Share Joys, sold and delivered candy canes, and encouraged individuals, classes, clubs and school groups to share through donations. The LO’T is responsible for obtaining the names of the children needing clothing as well as buying and delivering the clothing.

The National Honor Society has been in charge of large projects such as student and staff raffles, a variety show, a doughnut eating contest, and many other contests. These efforts have been major factors contributing to raising a majority of money the last several years. Although most of the money is raised through individual classes, many departments have joined together to raise money through a variety of activities. EACH TEACHER DECIDES WHICH ACTIVITIES, IF ANY, ARE DONE IN CLASS FOR THE DAYS ALLOWED ON THE SCHEDULE. Subject plays, trivia games, selling food, carnivals, movies, board games and other activities have been used. Many teachers allow students to plan and organize their Share joys activities (within the guidelines and with teacher approval) and some teachers collect money with no special incentives, rewards or activities. Everyone- students, teachers, secretaries, administrators, custodians, monitors, parents, cafeteria workers, counselors and others-donate extra time, work and effort to the success of this project.

All donations, large and small, quickly add up to the total amount available to be used to buy the clothing. Each donation, even pennies, is as valuable as any other to the success o f the program. The most important aspect is that all donors realize the great need of the children of our area and how important each contribution is, whether it be a donation, a chance at a prize, buying food,  or participating in an activity. Share joys is one of the most worthwhile projects Moline High School students conduct, hopefully preparing them to be charitable and caring for their entire lives. One of the most commonly asked questions by returning alumni is, "How is Share joys doing?"

The total amount raised last year was $49,425. Over two hundred sixty children in the Moline-Coal Valley school district receive needed clothing each year. Just over $1,109,902.00 has been raised for clothing since 1958.





The deadline to buy the 2017 Moline High Yearbook at the current price of $47.00 is Friday, January 20th, the end of first semester.  The books can be purchased at the MHS bookstore with either cash or a check.  After this deadline the books will be $52.00 and NO books will be sold after February 15, 2017.  Since no books will be sold at the end of the school year, please make sure you purchase your book before the final deadline.

Moline High School students receive recognition in the
2017 National Merit Scholarship Program
Congratulations to Karthik Prakash--Commended Student, Connor Dessert--Semifinalist, Nathan Fields--Commended Student, Lucas Petre--Commended Student, Ashley Barker--Commended Student, and Pranjal Kadwe--Commended Student! 
Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test last October.  Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.  
Semifinalists In the National Merit Scholarship Program are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors.  They are the only participants to qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2017.  


School Safety

Moline High School is pleased to announce that for the 2016-2017 school year we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System to build on campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students safe is knowing who is in our building at all times. The Raptor System will better allow us to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our school.


Upon entering Moline High School, all visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be scanned into the system. The Raptor system will check the national database to identify dangerous or wanted individuals and sex offenders. It is important to note the Raptor system only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with the national data base. Student safety is our highest priority and the Raptor Visitor Management System provides a consistent way to deter people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the school must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols at MHS.




MHS Counselors

A – C:  Mr. Bodeen 743-8824
D – HOF:  Mrs. Hoover 743-8823
HOG – MON:  Mr. Woods 743-8825
MOO – SAN:  Mrs. Ryser 743-8827
SAO – Z:  Ms. Stone 743-8822


MHS Department Chairs

Art, Business, FACS, Industrial Tech, Music: Mr. Ryser 743-8874

Counseling:  Mrs. Ryser 743-8827
English: Mr. Calhoun 743-8798
Math: Mr. Weller 743-8885
PE: Mr. Gorgal 743-8914
Science: Mr. Bohnsack 743-8934
Social Studies: Mr. Scott Ehlers 743-8950
Special Services: Mr. Joe Ehlers 743-8955
World Languages: Mr. Castro 743-8865

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3600 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265
(309) 743-1624

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Guardian Summers

The Moline-Coal Valley School District has enabled Guardian Summaries as part of Google Classroom.  

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