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Donation Drive for the People of Puerto Rico

Urbana Middle School staff and students in conjunction with Puerto Rico Rises (Champaign) are holding a donation drive for the People of Puerto Rico from Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20. UMS Dual Language teacher Darienne Ciuro-Sanchez said the donations can be dropped off at the Urbana Middle School […]


Dr. Joseph Wiemelt selected for English Language Specialist Program

Urbana – Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, Director of Equity and Secondary Bilingual Programs, was selected to participate in the English Language Specialist Program by the US Department of State and Georgetown University.  Dr. Wiemelt will be on assignment in Andalusia, Spain for three weeks in November 2017. The ELS program, one of […]


Superintendent’s Blog: It’s about lots of things …

Superintendent's Blog: Urbana Tiger Pride Dr. Owen presented his Superintendent’s Report at the August 22, 2017 Business Meeting of the Urbana School District #116 Board of Education. He posted several of his reports, about the 2017 Eclipse, school funding and the status of SB 1, and a surprise visitor to […]


News Release: Required Lead Testing – USD #116 Results, Reporting, and Mitigation Plan

Required Lead Testing – USD #116 Results, Reporting, and Mitigation Plan *Update 8/23/2017 – Superintendent Owen presented on the testing and mitigation at the August 22, 2017 Board of Education Business Meeting.  The presentation can be found here: #7.01 Lead Mitigation Presentation Urbana – The safety and health of our […]


Superintendent’s Blog: The Disappointing State (of IL) of Public School Funding – August 2017 Edition 1

Superintendent's Blog: The Disappointing State (of IL) of Public School Funding – August 2017 Edition Article X of The Illinois State Constitution declares that, “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”  Illinois holds the dubious distinction of having the most inequitable and regressive funding […]