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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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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.


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