Friday, June 23, 2017

Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day in King Park

I hope everyone is enjoying the first few weeks of summer.  I want to invite you to an amazing community event in King Park (just North of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School).  Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day is named after a woman who saw a lack of community programing and activities as a problem.  She created her own block party in King Park almost 20 years ago.  Despite the fact that Mrs. Rhodes passed away shortly after the first event, her children and grandchildren have created a day of music, food, and community in the park that celebrates the strength of community.  

The 18th Annual Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day is tomorrow, Saturday, June 24 from Noon to 4PM.  It is a great family friendly event, and there is entertainment, informational tables, and activities for everyone.  

Urbana School District #116 and Urbana Adult Education will have a table set up and there will be a variety of building and district administrators present throughout the day.  If you make it out, please stop by the table and say hi or hang out for bit.

We look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Napleton's Teacher of the Year - USD116

Tonight marked the "First Annual" Napleton's Teacher of the Year Celebration.  Napleton's Auto Park of Urbana sponsored the award and the reception.  Three teachers (one elementary; one middle school; one high school) from USD116 and CUSD4 were chosen based on nominations submitted by students.

The three teachers from Urbana School District #116 who received the award for this inaugural year are:

Lorna Mesri, Yankee Ridge (pictured on the right)
Ashley Gentner, Urbana Middle School (left)
Becky Parks, Urbana High School (center)

Please join me in congratulating them! #ProudofU


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week - Please Thank a Teacher!

Teachers are amazing, and the teachers in Urbana School District #116 are the most amazing teachers I know.

This weekend I spoke do dozens of parents, former and current students, and members of the community, who were at events like the UMS and UHS musical productions (which were both amazing!). Each of the people I spoke to talked about how blessed they feel to live, work, or attend school in a district where the teachers do so much to support the students. As educators in this community, your contributions are noticed by more people than you realize. The work that each of you do as educators and support professionals has lasting impacts that shape students lives.

Thank you for all that you do help each student achieve his or her personal greatness. Your dedication, compassion, and perseverance are motivating and inspiring to me. I am honored and humbled to work with such dedicated educators.

Please take some time to make sure a teacher that has meant something to you or your child gets some extra appreciation!

Thank you,