March 2010 Announcements
Contact Your Lawmakers
Illinois is facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis that is impacting education funding. If you are so inclined can contact your Illinois State Senators and State Representatives and register your comments regarding state funding for education. The legislators who represent District 116 are Representative Naomi Jakobsson and Senator Mike Frerichs. Also, Governor Pat Quinn has posted his proposed budget online. You can also post feedback about the state budget at the online site.
District Financial Information Online
District 116 has posted it's financial information online. As the district faces drawing up a Fiscal Year 2011 budget, you can research District 116 finances. If you have any questions about District 116 finances, be sure to call Director of Business and Finance, Carol Baker, at 384-3600.
Nominate a Teacher for the Gene Amberg Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Gene Amberg (Ph.D.) began his career in public education in 1972 as an elementary school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. He was named superintendent of Urbana School District in 1992. In 2003, the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Gene Amberg Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair was established to honor his leadership and dedication to children and educators throughout his career. Professional colleagues, friends, and family continue to contribute to this endowment, to be presented to an Urbana School District teacher every three years for excellence in teaching. Be sure to download and print out the award nomination form and nominate a deserving teacher!
Read Across America is Coming!
Read Across America is Saturday, March 6, from 10:00 a.m., until 1:00 p.m., at Lincoln Square Mall. The Urbana Education Association and Urbana Adult Education will be sponsors again this year. Washington Early Childhood School will have a booth at the event and there will be about 25 booths with literacy related activities for young children and their families. There will be local celebrities reading, and this year there will be a second stage for other languages. Each student will get a free bookbag and a new book. We hope to see you there!
Get Ready for the ISAT
In March, all students in grades 3-8 will take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. Parents, you can help prepare your child for the test starting now.