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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.


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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.


Parents and guests are welcome to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Wiley students

January 15th, 2014

Parents and guests are welcome to attend…

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly
  • Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • 1:45 – 2:20 PM
  • Wiley Gym

Students at each grade level will commemorate Dr. King. The celebration will start with the Wiley Kindergarten students


Wiley teacher wins Dairy Queen Treat for Teachers contest

January 13th, 2014

GroupPhotoWhen Alex Valencic’s 4th grade students at Wiley Elementary return from winter break, they may find more supplies in their classroom then were there when they left.  Mr. Valencic was recently notified he was selected as one of the ten grand prize winners in the 2013 Dairy Queen Treat for Teachers contest.  Local Dairy Queen operators Bobby and Mita Patel where on hand to congratulate Mr. Valencic, along with Wiley parent and DQ manager Piyush Patel and Wiley Principal, Barbara Sartain.

The national contest, which ran from August to September this year, asked for teachers to “submit an essay in 149 words or less on why their classroom deserves new supplies this school year.”  The entries were judged on content, essay development/organization, relevance to theme, and creativity/originality.  As one of the ten grand prize winners, Mr. Valencic will receive a check for $1,490.00 to go towards classroom supplies.

Mr. Valencic was happy and surprised his essay was picked as one of the grand finalists.  “The essay I submitted was 147 words long.  My first draft was over 250,” he said with a laugh.  He thought if he was awarded one of the $149 prizes, his classroom would at least get a new map.  He’ll be able to get that map and more!


Wiley Elementary School, in partnership with Aramark, is going “Green”

October 31st, 2013

On Monday, November 4, 2013 we will start a Re-usable Basket Pilot Program at Wiley Elementary School. We are looking to stop using the typical five compartment Styrofoam tray used in School Lunch Programs across the U.S. This will have MANY benefits on our environment as well as to Urbana School District. We will show the students our baskets for the pilot this week and wanted to make you aware of this change at our school!!!

Here is a “sneak-peek” as to what they will look like:


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