Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Superintendent's Report to the Board - August 18, 2015

Facilities Summer Projects Update from Ota Dossett
We had the most aggressive summer of construction and renovation projects in recent memory. The weather and several issues outside of our control delayed many of the projects. We apologize to teachers, principals, and buildings whose rooms were not ready for you to prepare for the first day of school.

Dr. Williams Elementary:
Central HVAC = Completed 2 weeks late - construction continues all year

Leal Elementary:
Main Office carpets = Completed on schedule

King Elementary:
Roof replacement = Not complete - several weeks behind schedule

Thomas Paine Elementary:
Driveway/Parking Lot = Completed on time

Yankee Ridge Elementary;
Window replacement = Completed 3 weeks late

Urbana High School:
Tuckpointing/Sealing = On schedule to be done in 2 weeks
Kitchen/Commons = On schedule - Work continues all year
Library carpeting = Completed on schedule

Opening Day Institute
We had a successful start to the school year. The entire staff was welcomed by the Urbana High School Tiger Marching Band. Speakers included 2015 UHS Graduate, Abram Washington, and the Director for the Center of Education in Small Urban Communities, Dr. Bill Trent. The remainder of the day focused on professional development about restorative practices, curriculum, and assessment.

First Day of School
The first day of school for K-9 students (½ of Kindergartners) on Wednesday, August 19! UECS has Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 19; EC-12 (other ½ of Kindergarteners) attend school on Thursday, August 20. All students are in attendance on Friday, August 21.

King, Thomas Paine, and Dr. Williams are all having Open House/Back to School activities tonight. UECS has New Parent Orientation/Open House tomorrow (August 19; 3:30-5:30PM). UHS has an Open House for 9th Grade and Spanish Speaking families from 6-7PM and a general Open House from 7-8PM (August 19). UMS has a Family Curriculum Night on August 24 (6:30-8PM). Yankee Ridge has a Back to School Night on August 27 (6-7:15PM). Leal is having grade level parent nights: K (tonight, August 18); 1st (August 25 - 6:30-7:30PM); 2nd (August 24 - 5:30-6:30PM); 3rd (August 27 - 5:30-6:30PM); 4th (August 25 - 5:30-6:30PM); 5th (September 1 - 5:30-6:30PM); and a school-wide Ice Cream Social (August 26 - 6:30-7:30PM).

Celebrations
Congratulations to UHS Art Teachers, Susan Gleason and Jill Lagerstam, who collaborated with two teachers from CUSD4 to write a Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Collaborative Grant, which will allow students from both districts to spend a day at Krannert Art Museum and then collaborate to create their own artwork that was inspired by their trip to the museum. The grant was for $2700.

Congratulations to Beth Gatsche, Assistant Principal of Gerber School, for being named the Cunningham Children’s Home Employee of the Quarter.

Congratulations to Alicia Burge, UHS Science Teacher, who was named one of the 40 Under 40, by the News-Gazette’s Central Illinois Business Magazine.