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  Names and contact information will not be published with the questions on the web site.


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.

When are ums football tryouts

5. August 2016

A:  Thanks for your question.  At this time, Urbana Middle School does not have a football team.  8th graders looking to join the UHS football team when they become freshman will get an opportunity to try out in the Spring.  Those dates will be announced early 2017.

when are UMS girls softball tryouts?

1. August 2016

A:  Thanks for your question - according to the Tiger Times (found on the UMS web site): UMS Softball tryouts are August 1 and 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UHS field (at Washington and Broadway). 6-8th grade girls may try out, and there will be one team. Practices begin August 3rd and continue through the rest of the summer from 5:30-7:30 pm. Email

It is my understanding that USD 116 does not have a “gifted” student program. What, if anything, does the school offer for above average students?

21. July 2016

A:  Thank you for your question!  As you noted, Urbana School District #116 does not have a segregated gifted program, but rather a tradition of training and fostering the professional development of all our classroom teachers in differentiated instruction so that they can meet a wide range of learning styles and abilities. In addition to the comprehensive differentiated approach at our Early Childhood, all elementary schools, and middle school, Urbana High School offers dual credit courses, AP courses (and our students have the highest AP scores in the region).

It is really a philosophical choice that our district has made regarding concepts of inclusiveness, segregation and high expectations for all students.

If you ever have concerns that your children are not being challenged, please start by having a conversation with your child's classroom teacher. If you feel that your concerns are not heard there, please talk to the building principal. We all strive to provide the most challenging and engaging education for all students.

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