Monday, August 29, 2016

Urbana Hosts the Marching Illini and Centennial Chargers on September 2, 2016

The first home football game for the Urbana Tigers is always a big game. This season is it bigger than ever. On September 2nd, the Tigers will be playing their cross-town rivals, the Champaign Centennial Chargers. Both teams are looking for the first win of the 2016 season.

In addition to an exciting football game, the Urbana Tigers Marching Band will be hosting the Marching Illini. The Marching Illini will be helping the Urbana Tigers Marching Band kick things off before the game and will also be performing during half-time! It will be great chance to celebrate the fact that one of the drum majors for the Marching Illini is an Urbana graduate, Jordi Pakey-Rodriguez!

Admission prices are:
  • Adults - $5.00
  • Students (Grades 1-8; and 9-12 w/ ID) - $4.00
  • Senior Citizens and Military Personnel with ID - Free
  • Preferred Seating - Single Game - $7.00 ($6 for Senior Citizens)
  • Preferred Seating - Season Pass - $30.00 ($25 for Senior Citizens)
Kick off is at 7PM, but the bands will be warming up early. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival - August 26-27, 2016

Just a reminder that the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is starting tomorrow in Downtown Urbana.  South Race Street, Broadway, and Main Street will all be closed from 6AM Friday through Noon on Sunday (http://www.urbanaillinois.us/node/5957).  If you are planning to visit Urbana School District #116 Central Office on Friday, please be aware that you will have to approach Central Office from the north (University and Race).  

When I was a teacher at Urbana Middle School, the Sweetcorn Festival always marked the first weekend after school started.  It is a great event that draws the entire community to Downtown Urbana for music, food, and fun.

If you missed my last report to the Board of Education, here is what I said about the Sweetcorn Festival:

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
This weekend Downtown Urbana will be the site of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, hosted by the Urbana Business Association.  The Urbana Tigers Marching Band will be playing on Saturday evening (5PM) along with the marching bands from Central and Centennial.  Many of our UHS athletes will be volunteering during the event.  It is a great way to mark the end of the first full week of school.  Oh yeah, and there is lots of other music, food, and, of course, corn!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Report to the Board of Education - August 23, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to
Urbana School District #116
Board of Education
August 23, 2016


Welcome Back to School
The 2016-2017 School Year started with an amazing Opening Day for staff which featured The Urbana Tigers Marching Band and the UHS a capella group, VCR.  The first day of school for students was exciting, and the high school and middle school both had transition activities for students and parents of sixth and ninth graders in order to help them adjust to a new school.  Our numbers appear to be up, and Dr. Ivory-Tatum will present six-day enrollment numbers at the next board meeting.


Open Houses and Back to School nights have been very well attended, and we have a few more this week and next week.


Urbana High School is also holding “Neighborhood Meetings” at each of the elementary schools, and two community centers.  Mr. Stark plans to talk to parents and families about what UHS offers and how parents can engage with their students’ education during the high school years.  


Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
This weekend Downtown Urbana will be the site of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, hosted by the Urbana Business Association.  The Urbana Tigers Marching Band will be playing on Saturday evening (5PM) along with the marching bands from Central and Centennial.  Many of our UHS athletes will be volunteering during the event.  It is a great way to mark the end of the first full week of school.  Oh yeah, and there is lots of other music, food, and, of course, corn!


Marching Illini at First Home Football Game
The Marching Illini will be performing at the first UHS Home Football Game on Friday, September 2.  The Tigers will be playing Centennial, and the Marching Illini will be helping the Urbana Tigers Marching Band kick things off and will also be performing during half-time! It will be great chance to celebrate the fact that one of the drum majors for the Marching Illini is an Urbana graduate, Jordi Pakey-Rodriguez!


Walk as One Event for Kindergarten Readiness
Mark your calendars - The Community Coalition and Champaign Urbana Cradle2Career are teaming up to conduct a community walk through parts of USD116 and CUSD4.  The purpose of the walk is to talk to parents of 3, 4, and 5 year olds about the importance of social emotional development.  The message to parents is that it is vitally important to read, talk, and play with your child every day.  The Walk as One event will take place on Tuesday, September 13th from 5-7 PM.  The USD116 walk will use Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary School as the starting place.   To sign up to participate, please register at:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A45ABAF23A0FC1-walk


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.