The Monticello CUSD #25 School Board held a special meeting, board retreat and community input forum on December 15 at 6:30PM at the MHS Media Center. Several community members attended and provided input on the November 4 referendum results and the future direction of facilities for the district. Discussion on next steps, retooling the plan and another referendum at some future point were discussed as well as potentials for remodeling the high school and making upgrades to other schools was included at the meeting. Information from architects on site evaluation, renderings, and cost estimates was also included. The Board indicated a preference not to include a ballot question on the April 7 election date regarding school facilities. The Board asked for community input on the future of White Heath School. The district will consider the possibilities going forward with a possible referendum to be considered in the future.
Monticello CUSD #25 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the third statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From January 12 through March 13, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success including Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction. Students in grades 6-12th will complete the survey at school. If you prefer that you child not participate please complete this opt-out form and return it to your school by January 10, 2015. All parents and teachers PK-12th grade will be invited to participate via district email. A link to the survey will be provided in mid-January.
For more information visit: https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
The Monticello CUSD #25 Board of Education heard the 2014 version of the State of the District Report Card. The report is a snapshot of how Monticello CUSD #25 is doing on a variety of education-related variables. Information included in the report is compiled throughout the school year.
The purpose of the report card is to share school district information in an organized way that is readable and understandable to the public. The report also includes a comparison of the school district with nine other similar school districts in our area on selected variables. The State of Illinois School report cards can be found at http://www.illinoisreportcard.com/.
Each year, Voya selects 100 finalists to receive a $2,000 award, while three of them are selected as Top Winners to receive additional grants.
According to Voya's Unsung Heroes Website, Jennifer "Smith’s innovative teaching idea, 'Sages in 3D,' is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of all aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts through hands-on experiences using 3D printers. The program will enable students to learn how to create and build prototypes and create designs using 3D printers. Students will improve their problem solving skills as they navigate the use of new, cutting edge technology. Students will also be encouraged to create manipulatives and models using the 3D printer as a way to increase not only their understanding of scientific concepts, but also their understanding of the potential of 3D printing. In order to help the middle school students identify practical applications for 3D printing, they will create manipulatives that the teachers and students will use throughout the district’s middle school classrooms. Through this project, students will directly see how technology can positively impact the future. They will also be encouraged and challenged to build creatively and critically."
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