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At Thomas Paine School, our goal is to provide a safe, educational climate. Children's learning is enhanced by effective communication and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff, parents and students. We recognize that children each have a unique intelligence and learning style, and we encourage their talents. Because we expect children to be responsible individuals, we support and assist them as they learn to make good decisions about their behavior.

Address: 1801 James Cherry Dr. Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 217-384-3602
Attendance: 217-384-3572
Fax: 217-344-1835
School Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Principal: Sandy Cooper

School News

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January’s PBIS Character Trait – Responsibility

January 20th, 2017

Thomas Paine’s first week back after the holiday break started with a bang with January’s PBIS character trait assembly. Thomas Paine celebrated last month’s character trait by recognizing students and staff that best demonstrated acts of generosity throughout the month of December. Mrs. Cooper and the PBIS team introduced January’s character trait, Responsibility. Students from the audience gave examples of what responsibility at Thomas Paine would look like, such as being respectful to other students and staff and completing work at school and homework.


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Thomas Paine students celebrate the holidays with annual musical

December 19th, 2016

Thomas Paine Elementary students recently performed their annual holiday musical, which entertained and delighted parents, grandparents, mentors, and other community members. The holiday program at Thomas Paine has become so popular that this year, in order to accommodate all the guests, the show ran three performances! Angela Wyatt, Thomas Paine’s dance and drama teacher, produced a creative and festive program of singing, dancing, and drama. Mrs. Wyatt, in collaboration with the fifth grade drama club, wrote the holiday-themed comedy about Rudolph and his nose. The drama club students performed the play in between musical numbers. Each grade level at Thomas Paine danced and sang holiday favorites, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” What a great way to kick off the holiday season!


New for the 2015-16 school year – parent drop-off!

August 7th, 2015

Over the summer, a new parent drop-off was created at Thomas Paine Elementary.  The video below shows the flow of traffic to and from the front door.  Parents and families will be able to drop their students off and then proceed out through the new driveway, back to Florida Ave.

Staff will be on hand to help parents and families navigate the new driveway.  We look forward to another exciting year at Thomas Paine!

New Thomas Paine Parent Drop-off


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Thomas Paine students loves authors!

October 22nd, 2014

During the University of Illinois sponsored Youth Festival, Thomas Paine students and staff welcomed two marvelous writers to our school, Barb Rosenstock and Keiko Kasza.

Ms. Rosenstock and Ms. Kasza spoke to the students about the ins and out of being an author and explained what inspires them.  Students also created and participated in special classroom projects to honor the authors’ work and even had the opportunity to ask the authors questions about their lives!   Read the rest of this entry »


Thomas Paine celebrate PBIS with UI Women’s gymnastics team

May 19th, 2014

On April 25th, 2014 we had our April PBIS celebration! During this celebration, the students met members of the University of Illinois Women’s gymnastics team! The team shared their experiences from the National competitions, what it means to be apart of a team, and how hard they have to work to balance school and a sport they love. Two students from each class also participated in a head or hand stand competition where the college athletes were the judges!


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