Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Report to the Board of Education - February 16, 2016

Superintendent's Report
to the Urbana School District #116 Board of Education
February 16, 2016

Washington School Discussion
As part of the Agenda, the Board discussed the current state (not good) and options related to Washington School (formerly WEC) on North Broadway Avenue.  The News-Gazette covered the story and posted this article:  http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2016-02-16/early-childhood-building-urbana-has-substantially-declined.html

7th Grade Boys Basketball Recognition!
Congratulations to the 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team for their 3rd Place Trophy in the IESA Tournament!  Coach Adams led the team to the best record in school history!  #GoTigers

Kudos to Allyssa Harpst - IL Excellence in Education Award!Each year at the annual IAER (Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) conference awards are presented to professionals who have been nominated and identified as an outstanding educator. Allyssa Harpst, USD116 Teacher for the Visually Impaired, was recognized by administrators, colleagues, and parents as an exceptional teacher. She was nominated and selected for the Illinois Excellence in Education Award. The Illinois Excellence in Education Award has been designed to acknowledge the work and dedication of an educator who has positively impacted the lives of persons with visual impairments as well as the profession in Illinois.

Cheer on UHS Wrestlers and UHS Girls Basketball:
Two wrestlers, Felix Imbanga and Luke Luffman placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in their weight classes at the sectional match, and they will be wrestling this weekend at the IHSA State Meet at State Farm Center!  

The UHS Girls Basketball Team beat Central tonight, and they will play in the Regional Finals against St. Thomas More on Thursday at 7PM at Central High School in Champaign.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sharing ThoughtExchange Results: #USD116Engage

Earlier this evening, I shared the results and analysis of our first ThoughtExchange engagement from last October and November.  Thank you to everyone who participated, and for of you who didn't, please consider this an open invitation to engage in our work to improve our schools and chart a course for the future.

The presentation has the district level analysis and themes that arose from the answers to the following questions:

  • What are some things you appreciate about our school?
  • What are some concerns you have about our school?
  • What are some things you would like your child to experience that they currently cannot?
The top thoughts from each school are analyzed and combined into themes to give an overview, and the top thoughts from each school are combined to give a high level view for the district.  My presentation will be available on the USD116 YouTube Channel in a few days.

Even more exciting is that everyone has the opportunity to explore the results for each of the schools and the district through this interactive website:

We hope you will take time to discover what people shared and starred in this process.  We also hope you will share your ideas about these results.  We will be using this data to help us create our next set of questions, develop new goals and revise and update our strategic plan.