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Construction has begun!

June 5th, 2017

The much anticipated multi-million dollar renovation for Yankee Ridge has begun!  IGW Architecture has designed 2 additions to the current building, as well as major and minor remodeling of much of the existing 40,625 square foot building.  The additions will include a new gym, kitchen and 3 fine arts classrooms to the north and west edge of the building.  Eight classrooms will be built on to the east wing of the building, changing Yankee Ridge from having 2 classrooms at each grade level to having 3 classrooms in most grade levels. These 26,750 square foot additions will increase the building size to 67,375 square feet.  Additional parking and a bus drop off area will be added on the north side by Mumford Dr.  The east parking lot on Anderson St. will be expanded to include more staff parking and a parent drop off area. This summer Yankee Ridge’s playgrounds will be relocated to accommodate the changes. We are grateful to our generous PTA which purchased some additional playground equipment to further enhance our students’ recess times. Read the rest of this entry »


Because … Science!

April 12th, 2017

Jr. Scientist Day was held on April 7th…also known by Yankee Ridge students and teachers alike as the most fun learning day of the whole school year! This year’s topics  included such themes as: birds, fish, geology, archeology, entomology, future cities, riding a Segway, and trebuchets.

The event, in its 15th year, was initiated by former Yankee Ridge parents Kris Hedman and Pete Heinricher to inspire students to learn about science. Scientists from the wider Urbana-Champaign community come to present a variety of concepts in many creative and fun ways.

The Yankee Ridge community gives a huge thanks to all our presenters and volunteers who made this day special for our students!  We especially thank Yankee Ridge parent, Jeff Birdsley, for presenting and coordinating the Jr. Scientist Day this year!


Coming soon – Yankee Ridge Wolves!

February 21st, 2017

Yankee Ridge recently held a school-wide election to adopt a mascot. Students were given the opportunity to make suggestions. They also wrote about WHY they thought their idea would be a good mascot for Yankee Ridge.  A committee of staff and parents then narrowed the list down to 4 choices: the Yankee Ridge Dragons, Owls, Tiger Sharks and Wolves.  Students and staff then voted and, with 54% of the vote, the Yankee Ridge Wolves won!

Several students suggested the wolves, so it was no surprise when the idea won the vote.  Some of the reasons students gave for wolves as the mascot:  “We’re like a pack!”; “Because the students are swift, agile and quick learners.”; “Wolves are strong like us.”; “Wolves are usually in packs, but they do just fine on their own, symbolizing cooperation and independence.”; “Wolves come in many different colors and sizes…yet they still form a pack regardless of these differences, demonstrating racial justice and equality.”; and “I like wolves and they are cool and I want to be cool.”


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Yankee Ridge student dancing it up!

December 9th, 2016

Yankee Ridge recently had a Dance Party assembly for reaching 20,000 RRS tickets being earned by students!  RRS tickets are given to students for being Respectful, Responsible and Safe at school.  Students were also given glow bracelets to help celebrate. Thanks to our very own Dan Church of Bugbee’s DJ Plus for providing the music for this lively celebration!


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Family Reading Night at Yankee Ridge

November 22nd, 2016

Yankee Ridge recently hosted Family Reading Night.  The event was a success with over 100 students and family members participating in reading based activities.  The theme for the event was Super Hero Night, and many students came dressed to the event as their favorite book character or superhero character. Highlights included students reading superhero books, making a mask, reading books to family members and friends, making a comic strip, and creating a superhero using alliteration.  At the end of the evening, students were given two free books to encourage reading at home.


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