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UHS Social Justice Class presents at UIUC

November 21st, 2014

Eight students from the Urbana High School Social Justice class visited the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for a field trip on November 18th.  The students were invited to present their social justice work to an undergraduate class taught by Dr. Yoon Pak on the Social Foundations of Education. They presented the social justice class overview and objectives, as well as the findings of their youth participatory action research at UHS.  The below pictures are from their presentation on campus.

After the presentation, the UHS students toured and networked with students and university employees, the LGBT Resource Center, The Diversity Ed Project at the Campus YMCA, La Casa Cultural Latina, and the Bruce B. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center.  Additionally, the students met with faculty and administrators from the College of Education and students from the Minority Association of Future Educators (MAFE).

The trip was planned and led by Dr. Anjalé Welton, UIUC, graduate student at UIUC Tiffany Harris, UHS Minority Enrichment Program Coordinator Rashidah Salaam, and Dr. Joseph Wiemelt, Director of Equity & Student Learning, USD #116.


UHS Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence with Tours & Cake

November 21st, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first day of student instruction at Urbana High School.

The celebration will include cake on Monday for all students and staff courtesy of Ararmark Foods.  Starting at 6:00pm, there will be a short informational meeting with UHS building tours open to the public from 6:15pm to 7:30pm.  The meeting and tours will be led by UHS Principal Matt Stark and USD #116 Superintendent Don Owen and will give a historical background for the building, as well as a look at it’s current use.

Brief Early History of Urbana High School:

The high school was conceived by famed architect, and Urbana graduate, Joseph Royer and built upon land donated by former Congressman from Illinois (both House and Senate), W.B. McKinley.  The tudor styled building began construction in October of 1913 (cornerstone laid) with the promise of a fall 1914 opening.  The actual opening of the school was pushed back by numerous events, including construction delays. When school started in the fall of 1914, students continued to attend Thornburn High School until the current building was opened on November 24.  Additions and major renovations were made to the school and surrounding complex in 1916, 1955, 1965, 1977, 1986, and 2011-12, including Cobb Memorial Auditorium and McKinley Field Athletic Complex.

A quote taken from the October 26, 1914 News-Gazette, “In 1914: Unless something unforeseen occurs the new high school for Urbana will be ready for occupancy by next Monday. The school represents an investment of about $160,000 and has been backed by taxpayers to the limit. It is on five acres, half of which was donated by former Congressman W.B. McKinley for athletic purposes. The building has been constructed so that it can be doubled at any time by building to the east. Hundreds of people called on the building yesterday, but were disappointed to find it locked.”  (http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-10-26/area-history-oct-26-2014.html)

The building is currently home to approximately 1,200 students, faculty, and staff.  Facilities include academic space incorporating the latest technology and old-school learning tools, world class athletics fields, a school-based health clinic, historical auditorium used for school and community theatre and musical performances, and diverse, extra-curricular spaces used by USD #116’s award-winning students.

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Results for the UHS Math Team at the Rose-Hulman Competition

November 14th, 2014

The Urbana High School (UHS) Math Team took three individual awards and one team award when they competed in the 48th Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Mathematics Contest on Saturday, November 8, 2014. This annual event, held on the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Terre Haute, Indiana campus, is one of the Midwest’s largest academic contests.

Out of 470 students from thirty competing schools from several states, UHS’s Anna Lubienski placed 9th in the Freshman competition. YeFan Shi placed 10th and Henry Ando placed 6th in the Junior competition. Overall, the UHS Juniors (Henry Ando, YeFan Shi, Haoxiang Li, and Hanyu Zhang) placed 3rd.  All students took the same twenty-problem, one-hour test; however, they only competed against other students within their age group. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Homecoming Parade

October 7th, 2014

*Update* & now with video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7rE5muy2kY

The 2014 Homecoming Parade had a little bit of everything – Marching Band, walking Principal and Superintendent, Corvettes, antique MTD bus, and lots of students celebrating what makes UHS great: namely our students!  Below are pictures from the beginning of the parade.

Location change for Boys Soccer games vs. University High

October 4th, 2014

Urbana – The Saturday, October 4, 2014 Urbana High School boys soccer games vs. University High School will now be played at Urbana.  UHS McKinley Athletic complex will host the games previously scheduled at the University High location on the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus.  The JV game will start at 10am, with the Varsity game starting directly after.

Urbana High School is celebrating their 100th anniversary.  The Joseph Royer-designed building saw its first students in November of 1914.  Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at Urbana School District #116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.

UHS Commencement Twitter Chat

May 23rd, 2014

On Thursday, May 22, Principal Stark and Superintendent Owen participated in a Twitter Chat to answer questions and discuss 2014 Commencement.  Follow the “more” link to the Twitter chat, which is Storified for ease of reading Read the rest of this entry »

ICTM State High School Mathematics Contest Results

May 20th, 2014

On Saturday May 3, 2014, 3230 students from 224 schools competed at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Contest Finals held at the University of Illinois. The contest is organized along ISHA guidelines, so the schools were divided into four regions based on size of school. Urbana High School Math Team competed in the 3AA contest. Schools were invited to participate based on the results of the Regional contests held in March.  At each site, eleven competitions were offered and students could compete in, at most, three of them.  For more information about the contest, please visit http://www.ictm.org/links/contest.html.

Individual Competitions were 50 minute, 20-questions tests with calculators allowed. Each individual submitted an answer sheet and “teams” consisted of at most 6 individuals.  The team total was the sum of the top 4 individual scores. UHS results were:

·      Algebra 1: Jialin Li placed 7th.

·      Geometry: Haoxiang (Howard) Li placed 11th and Henry Ando placed 13th.

The Algebra 1 Team took 7th place. (Team Members: Jialin Li, Shin Imai, Reka Manton, David Owen, Rachel Rosset, and Yasir Badillo-Acosta)

The Geometry Team took 7th place. (Team Members:  Haoxiang (Howard) Li, Henry Ando, Ruijan Han, Mohamed Radwan, Stephen Paul, and Tashriq Khandaker.) 

2-Person Team Contests consisted of ten questions, flashed one-at-a-time on a screen. Calculators were allowed only on questions six through ten. Pairs of students worked together to solve the problems. Any team correctly answering a question in the first minute received six points; in the second minute, four points; in the third minute, three points. The first correct answer earned a two-point bonus.

Two-Person UHS Junior Senior Team won 6th place. (Team Members:  Zikang Tong and Boyu He)

Relay Events: Teams consisted of four students arranged in a row, one behind the other. Each student in the row solved a different problem, recorded the answer, and then passed the answer to the team member sitting directly behind him/her. Two points were earned for each correct answer plus five or three bonus points for correctly solving the problem in fewer than three or fewer than five minutes.

The UHS Freshman/Sophomore team took 3rd place. (Team members: Shin Imai, Jialin Li, Reka Manton, and David Owen.)

The Orals Contest is the most prestigious event of this contest. Students studied a mathematics topic – this year’s topic was Geometric Probability. Two students, the presenter and the assistant, are allowed ten minutes to answer a list of questions. They moved to a presentation room where the presenter had seven minutes to present their answers to two judges, and then both students answered three extemporaneous questions. For more information about this event, please seehttp://www.ilmathcontest.com/hs/MANUAL2013.pdf.

UHS Orals Division won 9th place. Team members: Aidan Epstein and Henry Ando; coach: Kevin Kennedy

School Awards are given once all points are totaled. The UHS Math Team won the award for the most improved team in 3AA. When the scores for every regional throughout Illinois is considered, the Urbana Team had the 12th highest total number of points in division 3AA.

2014 Tiger Open!

May 20th, 2014

The 2014 Golf Outing will be a great time for golfers of all ages and skill levels. We offer premium drink service for all foursomes who register for this event and purchase a hole sponsorship. There will be over $1,000 in prizes raffled away. Registration will begin at 11:30 and lunch will be provided at this time. Dinner and drinks will be served at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds raised at this event will go to the UHS athletic program by helping finance the renovation of the current high school weight room and developing the John Gremer Strength and Conditioning Facility.

2014 Tiger Open Brochure & Registration

UHS track facility closed today, April 30 – open hours on Thursday, May 1

April 30th, 2014

Urbana – UHS track facility will not have open hours for the public on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Instead, there will be open hours for the public on Thursday, May 1, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, weather permitting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at Urbana School District #116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.


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The Rosemary Yearbook staff honored with award

April 28th, 2014

The Rosemary Yearbook staff was honored by Jostens for UHS’s yearbook program.  It was named a 2014 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence designation recognizes dynamic school yearbook programs. The program recognizes yearbook staffs and advisers who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities.

The Urbana High School award winning yearbook program is led by Editors: Maeva O’Brien, Makayla Perkins, and Abby Ngamboma under the direction of Cortney Thomas, Urbana High School yearbook adviser.

“The staff has worked incredibly hard to achieve this distinction. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication that this staff has put forth,” Thomas stated.

Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year – in May for yearbooks delivered in the spring and in September for yearbooks delivered in the fall. The Award was presented to the UHS yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

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