USD #116 Ask Me – Q&A page


Dr. Owen, Superintendent of Urbana School District #116 and his Tiger Staff are looking to answer your questions about Urbana Schools, education in general, blogging as the superintendent, and the weather! Ask your question here! Answers will be posted below.  If you have a questions that needs an individual response, please include your name and contact information (phone and/or email).  Names and contact information will not be published with the questions on the web site.


My 4th grade son has autism. Does a district have any social skills groups that he could join? 30. March 2017

A:  Thank you for the question!  If you have questions about possible supports or programs for your son, please contact the building principal or social worker at the school where he attends.

Is it possible to register a kid for Kindergarten if s/he turns five by the end of December? 25. January 2017

A:  Thank you for contacting the Urbana School District.  In the state of Illinois, for a child to attend Kindergarten, they must be 5 by September 1.  Children who turn 5 after that date, can register for the following school year.  Our school year runs from August to May.

Who to call about truant students 11. January 2017

A:  Thank you for your question.  If you are concerned about a student you believe to be truant, please contact the school directly.

First year parent of a 6th grader. Where can I find the honor roll requirements? Also, is there a place listed on the website once the quarter has ended to find out if your child is on it? 20. October 2016

A:  Thank you for your question.  Honor Roll requirements are located in the UMS Student Handbook (pg. 11).  It says:

Honor Roll Any student who earns a Grade Point Average of 4.0 or higher with no C, D, or F grades in a quarter is an “honor” student for that quarter. Students may attain one of three levels of achievement:

                             Honor Roll                             Grade Point Average 4.0-4.4

                             High Honor Roll                    Grade Point Average 4.5-4.9

                             Highest Honor Roll               Grade Point Average 5.0

Current UMS Honor Roll lists are posted on the wall in school for students to see about 1-2 weeks after grades are posted.  Report cards were run this week and have been sent to families.  At this time, we do not post the Honor Roll names on the web site.

fees of 1st grade in public school 15. August 2016

A:  Thank you for your question.  There is a $100 registration fee per student per year for Urbana School District #116, Early Childhood through 12th grade.  The fee can be reduced or waived if the family qualifies for free/reduced lunch.

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