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Students are Bombarded with Notifications on Cell Phones This is the best article and/or post I have seen that shows in real time how often our students are sent notifications throughout the day on their cell phones from apps.  This disruption even if not answered still has an impact on students wanting to check phones and see what they assume to be "missing".   I can tell you during my career as a student I am so grateful I did not have to have the constant stress of cell phone interruptions as kids do today.  I cannot imagine keeping streaks alive for days on end, checking all the app notifications coming in each hour, or the neverending texts from everyone.  I have it in my professional life now, but at 52 years of age, I am able to walk away when I want and not feel that I am missing the next best thing! This article/ post really sums it up and was an experiment a teacher did in just one class period.  Please read Superintendent Jacobs
Posted by mjacobs  On Mar 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM
Posted by mjacobs  On Jan 04, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Giving thanks... Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for all the things in our lives that are true blessings.  I am here in my office on this snow day and wonder why we do not give thanks all the days of the year? **Do we get so busy with life that we forget to be thankful for the people in our lives? **Do we get so involved with what our own kids are doing that we forget to be thankful for friends and family that surround us? We are all so busy and get tied up in the daily happenings in our lives we forget to reflect and be thankful.  I feel very blessed to be able to lead this district and to care for all the students and staff who enter the doors at every school.  This community has shared their most precious gift with me and my staff.  Our number one job is to keep them safe and let them know we are so glad they are here with us.  We are thankful for that! While "Black Friday" shopping (yes, my daughter dragged me out), it hit me that people forget to be kind to one another.  Being kind seems like such a simple gesture yet, when it comes to deals and getting the last item on sale, people forget that all together.  The people working at the shopping places were very kind to the people screaming at them many of whom had children with them.  It makes me wonder what we are teaching our kids when they see us not being kind or thankful?  I am thankful for all of you and for all the wonderful educators and support team working with our students each and every day! Good luck with your shopping... just remember to be kind. Michele Jacobs
Posted by mjacobs  On Nov 26, 2018 at 1:28 PM
Veteran’s Day Photos- 2018.pdf
Posted by mjacobs  On Nov 13, 2018 at 4:20 PM
Had a little fun today on Halloween! Where's Waldo.pdf
Posted by mjacobs  On Oct 31, 2018 at 3:28 PM
Being prepared: Why do we practice drills at school?  We practice fire, tornado, earthquake, and evacuation drills to be prepared.  We want to go through the steps of what we would do if something happens in order to equip students and staff with the tools they need in case the need arises.  Putting ourselves in a situation where we have to think on our feet or make a decision based on a given scenario helps us to feel more prepared in a real crisis.  It also allows us to work on things that don't always work out the way we planned them.  For example, if we are staying to shelter for a tornado drill we can see where we need to move classrooms in case of a crowding issue.  It also allows us to assess and debrief to improve the protocol and system in place. A huge THANK YOU to the police (Local and County), fire and rescue squads that helped today during our evacuation drills.    
Posted by mjacobs  On Oct 19, 2018 at 3:03 PM
PARENTS NEED TO KNOW: JUUL and JUUL-ing I know you have seen these reports on the news but I want to make sure you understand the impact. Juul is one of the latest smoking devices on the market, it’s got a pack of cigarettes-worth of nicotine in each pod and, it is in our community and schools.  The Juul is an e-cigarette that looks more like a flash drive than something used to smoke, probably because, it plugs right into a computer to charge. Despite the company’s effort to keep Juuls out of the hands of minors, it is currently at the high school and in our community.  Students who have been caught with the Juul materials are suspended. Please talk to your student and be on the lookout for these disguised addictive devices.   Other stories to learn from: Kathleen Campbell is a medical malpractice attorney and the mother of three teenagers. “I want to stop but the habit of juulig is just so intense,” Jack Solomon, 15, who is featured in the PSA, told "Good Morning America. “E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco products among youth,” Dr. Rosen said, “and Juul, specifically, is the number one selling e-cigarette as of January 2018.”
Posted by mjacobs  On Sep 28, 2018 at 3:16 PM
Pride- Pride in ourselves, pride in each other, pride in our students, pride in our community, pride in our schools.  Being prideful means being respectful of each other and of our surroundings.  I was so proud of the community coming together Friday night and honoring one of our own.  It shows we are proud of who we are and where we come from.  Our community has a lot of great people and things of which to be proud.  Each and everyday students or staff members say something or do something to make me proud to be leading this district.   Our new facility is a place we can all be proud of and take ownership of using.  If we want to keep things looking nice we must be willing to put in the extra time it takes to pick up after ourselves.  When I see litter, I pick it up. I do not think anyone is above picking up and taking care of our schools, buildings, grounds, or facilities.   The front gates will be open for walkers or runners to use the track. Please help us keep it looking nice so we can all be proud for many years to come!
Posted by mjacobs  On Aug 29, 2018 at 10:15 AM
This time of year is when I send a letter to all staff members signifying the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  I thought I would share the letter that I sent to all Dee-Mack Staff Members.  Dear Dee-Mack Family,   Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  This letter signifies the return to school is upon us and summer vacation is coming to an end.  It has been a busy summer here in the district! We have a beautiful new stadium project almost completed.  We have roof work and parking lot work happening at the high school. These facility upgrades will no doubt attract more families to our district, however, it is the teaching and learning that will keep students here!  I can’t say enough about the great staff we have here at Dee-Mack!!!   I am honored and excited to be leading our district alongside our strong administrative team: Mary Lanier, Mitch Holmgren, Teri March (Principal @PJHS), Matt Thomann (new AD/Asst. Principal @ PJHS), Lance Hawkins, and James Lines.   We have many exciting things happening here for our community of learners. A few of the areas include the junior high implementing 1:1 technology after a successful three years of implementation at the high school; standards-based reporting completed for grades K-3, therefore focusing on intermediate grades 4-6; and creating assessments, rubrics and templates for standards-based reporting in grades 7-12. We are excited to have Theresa Holly’s expertise and involvement in this process. We have so many great things happening at all levels and these are just snapshots of some of them.     We will start the school year with a state budget in place for the first time since 2015.  Although we have a budget, there are schools across our state taking hard cuts for Pre-K, ESSA, EBF and their overall bottom line.  We are holding steady but will continue to be conservative with expenditures. Evidence-based funding is now the way in which schools are allocated funds, therefore we will be watching closely to see if we get our mandated categoricals this year as opposed to past years.  As usual, funding education in Illinois is kind of like the weather, give it time and it will change. I will do my best to give you abreast of the latest updates as I get them.   What I really want to focus on this year as a district is “PRIDE”.  Pride in our students, school, community, and each other.  The culture we set for our students through the relationships we develop and cultivate speaks volumes about who we are as a district.  We can show pride in many ways. Pride does not mean being boastful but instills strong qualities in each hallway, classroom, and building of respect, kindness, patience, tenacity, acceptance, hope, and high expectations both academically and behaviorally. We need to champion our students and let them know we care!     We can’t do it alone or in separate buildings, we need to come together...because together we make this district great!    Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you all on August 13th!   Michele Jacobs Superintendent  
Posted by mjacobs  On Aug 05, 2018 at 2:19 PM
Dear Deer Creek & Mackinaw Families, I am so excited for the upcoming school year!  This is my first blog post and I will continue blogging stories and updates throughout the year.  I am honored and privileged to be taking on the role as your Superintendent of Schools. This is both a career and way of life for me, and I want to be a positive and effective representative for our communities. I plan to be at events and help out wherever I can.  I want to become an even bigger part of the community by attending events, meetings, and activities. If you are having an activity, meeting or event that you would like me to attend, please reach out and call our office at 359-8965. I have an open door policy - I enjoy engaging with the families and folks in our community.   As a teacher for 18 years I was able to make an impact on a classroom of learners each year; as a building principal I was able to make an impact on a building of students each year; and as the superintendent, it is my goal to make a positive impact on our collective district.  We have a lot of great programs going on in this district and I want to highlight as many students, teachers, and programs that we can. If you take pictures this year of an event, activity, program or outreach program please send them in an email ( to me so we can get them on our website. We are all in this together!   Thank you for all the support and encouragement I have already received in the first couple of weeks on the job! Superintendent Jacobs
Posted by mjacobs  On Jul 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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