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Monticello CUSD #25

Monticello CUSD #25 School Survey

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5Essentials SurveyMonticello CUSD #25 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the fifth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From November 16 through January 16, students, teachers and parents will be asked to take a 25-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:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in March 2017. Survey results will also be reported publically on the 2017 State School Report Card website and the full 5Essentials Reports will also be released in the fall. An optional parent survey is again available to all schools as a supplement to the 5Essentials Survey for teachers and students—results from the parent survey supplement will be included only in the individual school 5Essential Reports. Since 2013-14, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey has been normed using the 2012-13 statewide results so that all schools can demonstrate progress over time.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact is providing Illinois 5Essentials to schools statewide. Teachers, students, and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online at https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/. For more information please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

2016-17 and 2017-18 Calendars Approved

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The Monticello Board of Education approved school calendars for the next two years at the December 16 meeting.

2016-17 School Calendar

2017-18 School Calendar

Monticello Teachers Receive Award For Dyslexia Program

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Dyslexia AwardMONTICELLO (Journal-Republican) — Monticello’s Lincoln and White Heath Elementary schools have received an award for their dyslexia screening and intervention program that was put into effect in 2012. Intervention teacher Jenna Branch and special education instructor Mary Rhodes received training on how to identify those with dyslexia, and since 2012 have screened about 110 incoming elementary students per year.

The efforts have been recognized by Everyone Reading Illinois, which awarded the schools with the 2015 “It Takes a Village” award.

“The award is nice, but I think mainly I see that we’re helping kids, and bottom line that is what is most important to me,” said Rhodes, who along with Branch will be a presenter at the ERI fall conference, “Dynamics of Dyslexia” on Oct. 7 in Naperville.

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School District Tax Rate Lowest in Central Illinois

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The Monticello CUSD #25 total school tax rate for upcoming bills will be $3.3373 per $100 of assessed valuation in Piatt County. This is a reduction of $0.013 from last year’s tax rate. The district saw an EAV increase of 2.4%. Our tax rate continues to be the lowest of all school districts in Piatt, Macon, Champaign, DeWitt, and Ford counties as well as in the entire state of Illinois for unit school districts.  Area school tax rates can be found HERE.

Anti-Bullying Policy and Resources

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Public Act 98-669 and Public Act 98-801were signed into law this summer and place enhanced requirements on school districts when dealing with bullying issues among students.  Our district has addressed these issues annually and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to elimnate bullying from our hallways, playgrounds, cafeterias, and classrooms.  These laws include an outline of guidelines for schools, many of which our district has been following for years, including timely report investigations, follow-up, and access to social services.  Also included are criteria for dealing with cyber-bullying that may occur outside of the school day but creates a negative impact within our schools.  Our Building Principals will be dicussing this information with faculty and staff, training has been made available, and information will be sent home to parents to the topic of bullying.  Our School Board adopted a revised Board Policy on Bullying at our meeting in October.

 

Parent Resource Guide

Be A Hero Student Resources

Bullying Report Form

Revised Policy

 

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