Monday, December 21, 2015

Report to the Board of Education - December 15, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to
Urbana School District #116
Board of Education
December 15, 2015

Board Meetings on YouTube
Remember that all Board Meetings are broadcast live on UPTV, Channel 6. They are also posted on the USD116 YouTube Channel within a few days of the meeting.

Happy Holidays!
We would like to thank everyone who made the 1st Semester of the 2015-2016 School Year successful.  We congratulate our December graduates and wish everyone a very relaxing and restful holiday season!

Qualified School Construction Bond Resolution
At the December 15 Board Meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution directing the administration to apply for the Qualified School Construction Bonds that were recently announced by the state.  The application is due January 15, and we should be notified in March regarding our application.  These bonds could help accelerate the renovation work at Yankee Ridge, Thomas Paine, and Wiley while saving nearly $5 Million in interest.  The QSCB requires that we complete the project within three years.  Our application will include the work at Yankee Ridge and Thomas Paine because we can complete those two schools within the three year timeline.  We will be able to fund the work at Wiley with a variety of other sources, but still complete and finish it earlier than we had anticipated if we receive these bonds.  

PARCC and 2015 School Report Card Information
Letters when home to families about the 2015 PARCC scores.  The individual score reports will be mailed home with end of semester report cards.  If any family has questions about their students’ PARCC scores, please contact the classroom teacher or building principal.  We plan on using the PARCC information, along with our other assessment information to improve teaching and learning for our students.  All of the 2015 School Report information can be found on the web at: https://illinoisreportcard.com/ or on the district website at: http://www.usd116.org/district/illinois-school-profiles/

Celebrations
Jean Korder, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, presented at the National Achieve Annual Conference, on December 3 and 4 in Washington D.C.  She was presenting about the work USD116 has undertaken to revise our assessment frameworks and the work our teachers have been doing to improve formative assessment and feedback for students.

Board Meeting Schedule Reminder
The Board will meet on January 5, 2016 with a representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards for a Board Self Evaluation. This will be an executive session that is not open to the public.  

The Board's Study Session will be January 12, 2016, and the Board's Business Meeting will be January 19, 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Report to the Board of Education - December 1, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to
Urbana School District #116
Board of Education
December 1, 2015


Board Meetings on YouTube
Remember that all Board Meetings are broadcast live on UPTV, Channel 6. They are also posted on the USD116 YouTube Channel within a few days of the meeting.


ThoughtExchange Engagement  #USD116Engage
We want to thank everyone who have participated in the first ThoughtExchange Engagement so far.  We had 701 participants share 3124 thoughts during the “Share” phase.  We had 933 participants assign 82,227 stars to those thoughts in the “Star” phase.  Next week, we will begin the “Discover” phase of looking at the results and analyzing trends in the ideas that our community prioritized.  Please remember that this first engagement was what we call a “temperature check” to help us get a baseline of the overall thoughts and attitudes about schools in the district.  The next round of ThoughtExchange will be more forward focused and more directed at the strategic planning process.  


Winter Concert Season has Arrived
This week and next week, the USD116 music teachers and teachers are highlighting their talents during a series of concerts:


Tuesday, December 1; 7PM - UHS Choir Concert at UHS
Thursday, December 3; 7PM - UHS Orchestra Concert at UHS
Monday, December 7; 7PM - 5th Grade Band Concert at UMS
Tuesday, December 8; 7PM - UMS Choir Concert at UMS
Thursday, December 10; 7PM - 5th Grade Strings Concert at UMS


We hope you can join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our talented students!


Winter Break Hours
Urbana School District #116’s Central Office (205 North Race) will be open from 8AM-4PM on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 - over Winter Break.


Celebrations
Three UHS Students were selected, based on their performances at the ILMEA District III Concert Festival in November, to participate in the All-State Festival in Peoria in January 2016.  The UHS All-State Music Students are: Yasir Badillo-Acosta (Band; Bb Clarinet); Lincoln Taylor (Band; Trombone); and Henry Ando (Orchestra; Bb Clarinet).  We are proud to have these three talented students representing UHS and USD116 at the ILMEA All-State Festival!