Urbana School District Monthly
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April 2009

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent WilliamsDear Students, Families and Friends,

As the lawns begin to turn green that means we’re in the home stretch of the 2008-09 school year. There have been many exciting things that have happened this year, and we have many more things to be excited about.

First of all, be sure to vote on April 7, 2009. Not only will you be electing school board and municipal leaders, you will be able to vote on a referendum to enact a 1% Sales Tax for School Facilities. Please see http://www.usd116.org/files/boardmin0809
so you can make your own decision on this important question.

This has been a year to celebrate academic achievement in District 116. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators can all be proud of what we have accomplished.

We’ve seen great progress at the high school. UHS made NCLB-mandated adequate yearly progress for 2008. This achievement has turned the spotlight on to the high school as administrators have been asked to present the secrets of their success to the Illinois State Board of Education. Other high schools from around the state have also asked Dr. Laura Taylor and her staff to make presentations. This is no accident. This positive news is the direct result of hard work by all UHS constituents to commit to excellence.

It is great to see the progress made at each and every elementary school. It is so inspiring to see our young children learn new things every day and to see them yearn to learn. The Illinois State Board of Education has recognized five elementary schools with spotlight achievement awards for high academics, and all elementary schools made AYP for the second straight year. I salute all the hard work done at the elementary level.



Yankee Ridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Yankee Ridge Elementary School buildingOn March 14, Yankee Ridge Elementary School celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an open house. more

More news

Illinois State Board of Education Recognizes Five District 116 Elementary Schools
Wiley, King, Thomas Paine, Prairie, and Leal Elementary Schools received the 2008 Spotlight Schools Award.

Thomas Paine Elementary Brings African American History Alive
Thomas Paine 5th graders spent weeks researching African American history to present at an all-school assembly.

UMS Faculty, Students Square Off During Spirit Week
Spirit Week ends with staff vs. student games of volleyball and basketball.

UMS, UHS Music Programs Compete in Area Contests
Many competed in band and chorus competitions and won several awards.

Prairie Elementary School Celebrates Reading
Prairie students and teachers celebrated reading and Dr. Seuss during a "Read Across America" assembly.

Early Childhood Teacher Receives Award from U of I
Washington Early Childhood teacher Carrie Riggins received the 2009 Outstanding Beginning Educator Award from the U of I College Of Education.

Wiley Elementary School Receives Technology Upgrade
Wiley's Library has a new computer lab for both students and faculty.

Health Tips: Flu Prevention


April - June Calendar

Fri., April 3
End of Third Quarter (46 student attendance days)

Thurs., April 9
Staff Development Day Activities – No School for Elementary Students, Early Dismissal UMS: 1:15 p.m. UHS: 12:34 p.m.

Fri., April 10
Spring Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Fri., May 15
Half-Day Inservice - Early Dismissal Elementary: 12:45 p.m.; UMS: 1:15 p.m. UHS: 12:34 p.m.

Mon., May 25
Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Mon., June 8
Last Official School Day (88 attendance days)

Entire 08-09 calendar