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Wiley students and the case of motion around us

May 22nd, 2014

Wiley 5th grade students recently made a visit to Krannert Center, where they collaborated with members of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Consilience Project, which is part of the University’s I-STEM Education Initiative.  I-STEM published a great story about the visit and the students’ work with this group.  The story can be found here: http://www.istem.illinois.edu/news/consilience.html

Updated: Calendar for the Year End – Wiley School

May 20th, 2014

Dear Parents,

Hear are several events to be aware of for the last weeks of school.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, dates have changed.

1. Wednesday, May 28th – Fun Day Color Run and Student/Staff Kickball Game

In the afternoon, we will have our Staff/Student Kickball game with the 3-5 graders.
After the kickball game and a break, we will begin our Wiley Character Mini-Color Run!   (Permission forms were sent home – please contact the office if you did not receive one)

2. Thursday, May 29th 3rd-5th Graders Informance (Informal Dance Assembly)

1:30pm in the gym
Families welcome!

3. Tuesday, June 3rd – 5th Grade Musical Gotta Be Jazz!

1:30 pm
Performance for school

6:30 pm
Fifth Grade recognition follows the musical.  Families welcome!

4. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL -  FULL DAY   (8:10-3:00)

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 Wiley 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 Wiley 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 Wiley Elementary school is:

Wiley Elementary School
Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 12:30pm & 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(217) 384-3670


Traffic flow changes on Anderson St. starting Monday, March 10

March 7th, 2014

In order to improve safety at Wiley Elementary for our students, families and staff, and to improve efficiency before and after school, officials from the City of Urbana and Urbana School District #116 are announcing a change in traffic flow starting Monday, March 10, 2014.

The change will have Anderson Street from Florida to Pennsylvania becoming a Northbound One-Way street from 7:30am to 8:30am and again from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday when school is in session.  In addition to the one-way street, Wiley families will now have a drop-off area where they can pull in right in front of the sidewalk to drop the students off in the morning. The Urbana Police Department will be on site during the first few days of this change to assist with the traffic flow.

A letter from Wiley principal Barbara Sartain was sent to all Wiley families and all the neighbors in the immediate area around the school that could be impacted by the change.  Wiley Elementary, USD #116, and the City of Urbana appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while the change is implemented.


Wiley students and staff honored by Scholastic

February 24th, 2014

During February’s Coyote College, Dawn Carpenter, parent volunteer, and Sue Olson, Scholastic Book Fair representative, presented Wiley’s students and staff with a banner commemorating their One Million Minutes Read goal achievement.

Ms. Carpenter told the assembly that Scholastic was so impressed with Mr. Valencic’s idea that they included it in their “Idea Book,” that is distributed to teachers across the country.  On behalf of Scholastic, Ms. Olson then presented Mr. Valencic and Mrs. Sartin the banner congratulating Wiley students and staff on their wonderful achievement.

How they did it

Right before the 2013-14 school year, Mr. Valencic attended a conference that provided the idea for the One Million Minutes Read goal. During the school year, Wiley students read books, graphic novels, comic books, newspapers, magazines, websites, or even listened to someone reading counted towards their minutes. It was decided that once the the school reached that goal of one million minutes read, Mr. Valencic would allow a fellow teacher to shave all his hair off; his known-for, very curly, long locks that had not been cut since before summer of the previous year.

The school was very close to reaching their goal in April, and decided to finish with a group reading sprint that started at 2pm on a warm Monday during that month.  The entire school (students, faculty and staff) started to read.  Those minutes put the group over the one million minutes read mark, fulfilling the goal Mr. Valencic and the Wiley community set back in September of 2012.  Shortly after, during an all-school assembly, a fellow teacher cut off all of Mr. Valencic’s hair in fulfillment of the promise he made when the school reached the agreed upon goal.

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