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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.


Recognized for positive behavior, YR students celebrate their achievements

November 7th, 2016

Yankee Ridge students recently participated in our first Quarterly Awards Ceremony.  In an effort to recognize the various forms of excellence students exhibit throughout the school year, staff members decided to hold a celebration with all students at the end of each quarter.  Awards were given out to students in each classroom for the following character traits or achievements:  Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation, Compassion, Perseverance, Most Improved, and Outstanding Achievement.   The awards were handed out in two different school assemblies.  The first assembly recognized the Kindergarten through second grade students, and the second assembly recognized the third through fifth grade students.

Students and staff also celebrated positive hallway behavior throughout the first quarter.  The hallway recognition came in the form of students learning, practicing, and performing the “wave”.  Hands went up and down in unison as the wave went back and forth across the gymnasium.  Students enjoyed the ceremony, and all were left with the encouraging fact that there are more awards to be earned throughout the next three quarters.

Meet Brian Anderson, Principal of Yankee Ridge

July 14th, 2016

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to introduce Brian C. Anderson as our new principal of Yankee Ridge Elementary School.  Mr. Anderson will start at Yankee Ridge on July 25, 2016.  He is taking over the helm from Mrs. Mary Beth Norris, who retired on May 31 after 29 years with the District, 18 of them as principal of the elementary school. Read the rest of this entry »


Yankee Ridge celebrates Tony Dezell Day

April 8th, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016 was TONY DEZELL DAY at Yankee Ridge.  Mr. Dezell was a teaching assistant at Yankee Ridge for many years.  Over the years, Mr. Dezell has done much for our Yankee Ridge family including organizing medivac helicopter visits, inviting readers for African American Read-In, bringing in lots of special visitors (including well known University of Illinois athletes), and coordinating an annual soul food luncheon for students in his classroom!  He recently left us for a new endeavor working for the Urbana School District #116 distribution warehouse. We are glad that we still get to see him when he comes by to deliver the school mail.

On Tony Dezell Day, Yankee Ridge staff presented Mr. Dezell with a framed “word cloud” with words that describe him, such as HARDWORKING, FUNNY, GENEROUS, HELPFUL and FRIEND.  He is very special to Yankee Ridge students and staff, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new position!


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes YR 5th Graders

March 16th, 2016

On February 17th and 18th, Yankee Ridge 5th grade students took day long field trips to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. The field trip was a “Behind the Scenes” look at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. The trip focused on exploring the spaces in the center; and the set, costumes, and music connected to the University of Illinois Lyric Theatre’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The students also participated in an acting workshop. A Big Tiger Paw of Thanks to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts and the University of Illinois Lyric Theatre for welcoming our 5th graders!

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