Superintendent’s Blog – PARCC Information for USD116 Families

Dear USD116 Families, Starting on March 9, students in grades 3-8 and students in English Comp 9 and Algebra I will be taking the new state assessments known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The PARCC assessments replace the ISAT at grades 3-8 and the Prairie State Achievement Exam […]

Superintendent’s Blog: Vision 20/20

I believe public education is the vehicle that transform communities, the economy, and society. In order to accomplish this task, public education must have the support of both the community and the policy makers to allow for innovative practices, equitable funding, outstanding educators, and a clear and understandable accountability system. Fortunately, a group of educators, […]

Superintendent’s Blog: Updated – It’s about wind chill

Dr. Owen took to his blog in January to discuss the role wind chill and air temperature play in the decision to close schools.  He revisited the post just this past week.  Below is the updated part of the blog post: Updated Post (February 19, 2015) I am thankful that Winter 2015 has been milder […]



Inspire a Child to Dream Day at Yankee Ridge

On Thursday, January 29, community leaders from all over the Urbana-Champaign area came to Yankee Ridge Elementary to Inspire a Child to Dream. Patti Pattison, Community Involvement Coordinator with Yankee Ridge, wanted to find different community members to come talk with the YR students.  We asked presenters from all walks of life to come and talk […]

Leaders are Readers at Leal ASCCP!

On Wednesday, January 28, community members from all over the area visited the After School Child Care Program at Leal Elementary for a special day. These “Leaders” of our community spoke with students and read some of their favorite books to the group.  On leader even brought some shiny hardware for the students to see. Terry […]