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School Information

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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

Capoeira assembly for Thomas Paine students

May 19th, 2014

On April 10th, 2014 the students had an opportunity to watch a special kind of assembly. The assembly involved individuals native to Brazil, who performed Capoeira. Capoeira is a Brazillian matrial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. The show was very interactive, high energy, and the students loved it! The group also performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


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 Thomas Paine 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 Thomas Paine 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 Thomas Paine Elementary school is:

Thomas Paine Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3602


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First graders studying citizenship with help from special guests

October 9th, 2013

Mrs. Thurston’s first grade class had a few special guests to help them with their citizenship studies.  Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing and the Chiefs of Police and Fire came to the class to help the students understand citizenship, what it means to be a good citizen and what we can do for the community to implement such qualities.  Both the Fire and Police chiefs brought along some of their big equipment to help with the lesson.  The class will discussed Urbana’s 180th and Thomas Paine Elementary’ s 50th birthday as part of this topic.

Community Involvement coordinator Angie Armstrong was particular happy with the students that day.  “I was especially proud of how our students welcomed our Mayor and Chiefs!  They were so respectful!” she said.  Mayor Prussing also had great things to say about Mrs. Thurston’s students to the WCIA news crew.  The students gave the Mayor a number of cards they made celebrating the birthdays of the City of Urbana and Thomas Paine Elementary.

Kids learn lesson of citizenship by WCIA news


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Students and staff celebrate 50 years of Thomas Paine

September 18th, 2013

The students, teachers, staff, and community recently held a birthday party for Thomas Paine Elementary School.  The 50th celebration included cup cakes and balloons, but also had an inspirational speech by Fire Marshall Phil Edwards, and a history lesson by fifth grade students Phoebe Gerstenecker and Ben Pond.  This will be the first of several events throughout the year celebrating Paine’s 50th anniversary.

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Class of 2012-2013 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 1st, 2013

Thomas Paine 5th grade class of 2013 marked the end of their elementary school career with a dramatic and musical celebration shared with family, teachers, staff and community members.


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