Sunday, September 9, 2018

Strategic Plan Action Team Invite

Urbana School District #116 is excited to look toward a future in which we transform the experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for all of our students. We believe in equity, educational excellence, and engagement. We invite you to join us in the process of developing our strategic plan and action steps that will help us meet our highest aspirations.

Over the past two years, we have worked to refine our district goals that will shape the work of our strategic plan. You can lean more by reviewing the Strategic Planning Board of Education presentation from April 3, 2018 BOE Study Session. We have also created a one page overview of the Action Teams and District Goals for quick reference.

We are at the stage to form Action Teams and create a specific Action Plans for each district goal. We are extending the invitation to all members of the Urbana community to participate in the creation of our Strategic Plan.  To volunteer to be a member of one of the Action Teams, please sign up by filling out this short form. The Action Plans that these teams create will be will be presented to the Board of Education for further discussion, refinement, and formal approval in the Spring of 2019.

The Strategic Plan becomes a living document that will guide us as we determine how to best use our resources to create the best outcomes for our students. Your commitment to this process is essential to the success of the district, and the Action Planning Teams will provide an opportunity for almost everyone who is interested to participate in this important process.

Estos documentos estarán disponibles en español pronto y serán publicados en la página Web del distrito y en Facebook.

Nous publierons les versions en Espagnol et en Français de ces informations sur le site et sur la page Facebook du district dès qu'elles seront traduites.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Statement from USD116 Superintendent and Urbana Mayor

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin and I would like to make sure that our community works together to reduce the impact of gun violence on our youth and families:

It is with much sadness that we share information about a tragedy that occurred this week in our community. David Sankey, Champaign high school student attending READY school was fatally shot the evening of August 28, 2018. Urbana School District #116 and the City of Urbana extend our thoughts and sympathies to David’s family and friends. We understand that these incidents affect our students, our families, and the entire community. Our school district and community leaders will do what we can to support all students as they process their grief and emotions. If your student would like to speak to a counselor or social worker, please contact Urbana High School at 217-384-3505 or Urbana Middle School at 217-384-3685.

The police investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to please contact Champaign Police at 217-351-4545. Information may also be shared anonymously via Crime Stoppers by phone (217-373-TIPS), online (, or the P3 Tips mobile app.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Tiger Talk - Engaging Family and Community in the USD116 Strategic Plan


I want to thank all of the families and community members who attended the USD116 Family and Community Forums about our strategic planning process over the past three weeks. Not only did we get great feedback about strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, but we also enjoyed being able to answer and address some concerns immediately.

One suggestion was that administration, faculty, and staff continue these forums on a regular basis as a means of fostering family engagement and communication. In response, I am happy to announce “Tiger Talk,” a time to come and speak to building and district leaders about our strategic goals, initiatives, and any other topics you wish to discuss. This fall, we will hold Tiger Talk on the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30PM-7PM in the Boardroom at 205 North Race St.

We value your input and feedback as we aim to transform the outcomes and experiences of our students. By September 6, I will be sending out information to all faculty and staff, families, and community members about how to sign up for specific Strategic Planning Action Teams.

Thank you for your partnership and support!




Quiero agradecer a todas las familias y miembros de la comunidad que asistieron a los Foros Familiares y Comunitarios de USD116 en las últimas tres semanas sobre nuestro proceso de planificación estratégica. No solo obtuvimos excelentes comentarios sobre fortalezas, debilidades y oportunidades, sino que también pudimos responder y abordar algunas inquietudes de inmediato.

Una sugerencia fue que la administración, la facultad y el personal continúen estos foros de manera regular como un medio para fomentar el compromiso y la comunicación familiar. En respuesta, me complace anunciar "Tiger Talk", un espacio para venir y hablar con los líderes de las escuelas y del distrito sobre nuestros objetivos estratégicos, iniciativas y cualquier otro tema que deseen debatir. Este otoño, realizaremos Tiger Talk el primer martes de cada mes de 5:30 p.m. a 7 p.m. en la sala de juntas de la oficina central en 205 North Race St.

Valoramos su opinión y comentarios a medida que trabajamos para transformar los resultados y las experiencias de nuestros alumnos. Para el 6 de septiembre, enviaré información a todos los maestros y empleados, familias y miembros de la comunidad sobre cómo inscribirse en equipos de acción de planificación estratégica.

¡Gracias por su participación y apoyo!