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Learning for All... All for Learning

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, one of six elementary schools in Urbana School District #116, is located in northwest Urbana in the King Park neighborhood. Our students come from over 50 countries and speak more than 40 languages. The multicultural, multilingual nature of the school population provides a rich learning environment for King School students. The presence in the building of teachers from other countries makes it possible to provide instruction in a language other than English to most students.


Address: 1108 W. Fairview Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 217-384-3675
Fax: 217-344-5610
School Hours: 8:10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Principal: Dionne Webster

School News

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 King 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 King 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 King Elementary school is:

King Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3675

Arbor Day Celebration at King School

April 27th, 2014

On Friday, April 25th King Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day by having students plant hundreds of Native Illinois plants in the King School Courtyard.  This was all made possible through the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.  Urbana School District Instructional Coach Bryan Lake and King teacher Charity Bundren submitted the request for the $905 grant to expand the area for Native Illinois plants in this outdoor learning space. The grant also provided students the opportunity to plant their own plants in biodegradable cups using seeds donated to King from Sarah Tavis, an art teacher at King Elementary.

Ingram’s Nursery and Landscaping Inc. donated six Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Shrubs for the courtyard space.  The Landscape Recycling Center of Urbana donated mulch and compost to use for the planting.  Also, McCabe Bros. Tool Rental donated a rototiller to prepare the ground for planting.  Finally, Champaign County Ag in the Classroom donated their time on Friday, April 25th to help the students plant their plants in the courtyard space.

2014 Civil War Performance

April 22nd, 2014

Matt Mockbee and Sally Thompson’s fifth grade classes and Juliana Arazi’s fifth grade ESL students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School collaborated with Scott Schwartz and Martin Stromberg from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, on an in-depth social studies project on the American Civil War.  The culminating project was an informational musical performance on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  The fifth grade students did an outstanding job showcasing their research for other classrooms and guests.

Dance Assembly

April 17th, 2014

Mrs. Kinnamon hosted a Dance assembly on Tuesday, April 15 as a culmination of the classes she has been teaching for the past six weeks.  Each class performed a different dance that was developmentally appropriate for their grade level.  The classes that performed were:  Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Campbell, Ms. Manolakes, Mrs. Martin, Ms. Darr,  Ms. Nott, and Mr. Martin.  Families were invited to attend, and many did.  The students were very excited to perform for their peers and families; they all did a great job performing the dances they worked hard to learn!

2014 Math and Science Family Night

April 15th, 2014

King School Students and Families participated in Math and Science Night on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00-7:30.  All of the students that attended the event received a Family Resource Math Packet to enhance their math skills at home. Students and Families enjoyed a variety of activities created by their teachers and University of Illinois Students.  University of Illinois students provided bioengineering, nanotechnology, geometry lab, and chemistry experiments for students to enjoy.

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