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Welcome to Dr. Preston L. Williams, Jr. Elementary

Prairie Elementary School students

Dr. Preston L. Williams, Jr. Elementary is one of six neighborhood elementary schools in the Urbana School Distrit #116 and is one of two schools that house the district's Dual Language program. The former Prairie School was built at this site in 1965. Our school colors are red, white, and blue and our mascot is the Eagle.

Our primary goal at Dr. Williams Elementary is to help each student develop and maintain a high level of self-esteem and a “can-do” attitude. We believe that parent support and involvement are essential to a child’s success in school.


School News

Prairie Students celebrate Arbor Day with City of Urbana

May 6th, 2014

Prairie Elementary students and staff helped the City of Urbana and the community celebrate Arbor Day on April 24.  The celebration took place outside of the school, in the front lawn area.

Students were able to hear from the City Arbortist, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing and help spread mulch around newly planted trees.

Below are pictures taken of the ceremony by Chris Fuller.

Did you miss Kindergarten Connection

May 6th, 2014

Kindergarten Connection at the Urbana Civic Center on April 8th was a success!  We had 184 families attend this first step into kindergarten!

If you missed the Kindergarten Connection and your child will be entering Kindergarten at Prairie Elementary school this fall, you are encouraged to go to the school to begin the sign-up process.

At the school, you, the parent or legal guardian, will complete the registration forms, sign-up your student for an August kindergarten screening, and receive a handbook with information about Urbana’s kindergarten classes and how to ensure success for your child.

Each neighborhood elementary school has set aside time between now and the end of the school year (June 4th) for parents who missed Kindergarten Connection but still need to start the registration process.  Dates and times for Prairie Elementary is listed below.  Starting the process now will help you to avoid the long “New Student” lines at Centralized Registration on July 29th – July 31st.

Kindergarten Connection/registration times for Prairie Elementary school is:

Prairie Elementary School
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
(217) 384-3628


Kindergarten classes celebrate 100th day of school!

February 27th, 2014

The Prairie kindergarten classes celebrated the 100th day of school recently.  With glasses shaped like a 100 and crafts designed to help students understand the concept of 100 items, all kindergarten students got together in the Prairie cafeteria to help mark this milestone.

Thanksgiving events for Prairie Families

November 22nd, 2013

Elementary will host two family Thanksgiving events on Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27.

Tuesday, November 26 is Family and Friends Day at Lunch!  Come join your student and the Prairie staff for lunch during your child’s lunch time.  We encourage you and your student to eat the Thanksgiving lunch that will be prepared that day.

On Wednesday, November 27 – all Prairie Kindergartens and their families are invited to join other students, their families, and the Prairie staff for Thanksgiving “Fun Time!”  You are encouraged to join your kindergartner’s classroom for a small treat and a literacy activity from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.  Come and find out how the kindergarten classrooms make learning fun!  This event is sponsored by Title I.  Title I is a federally funded program.

Constitution Day at Prairie

September 20th, 2013

The students and staff at Prairie Elementary celebrated Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  Mrs. Presiado’s Dual Language Kindergarten class read the book, I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, and all the students made hand print flags.

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