Monticello Girls' Softball Team wins 3rd Place at Class 2A State Finals. Video courtesy of IllinoisHomepage.net.
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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 will consider the adoption of a revised Board Policy on Bullying at our meeting in October. This revised policy along with other resources can be found at the links below.
The Monticello Area Education Foundation and historic Allerton Park and Retreat Center announce an exciting event to raise money and have fun while supporting Monticello’s students and schools.
The historic mansion of Robert Allerton will be transformed into a Las Vegas style casino for one night only on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Food, drink, raffles, and auctions will accompany our many gaming tables. Unlike Vegas, the house doesn’t always win because all proceeds will go to support the MAEF and its mission to support, enrich, and enhance the educational opportunities and initiatives in Monticello CUSD #25.
To purchase tickets go to: https://maef-vivalassages.eventbrite.com/
$25 dollar ticket gets you entry into the event, fun money for gambling, and complimentary appetizers; additional fun money, cash bar, raffle and live auction will also be available. Space is limited so order your tickets today; 21 years old and over only. Also consider becoming an annual member of the Education Foundation for $35 per year.
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."
“Shall the Board of Education of Monticello Community Unit School District No. 25, in Piatt, DeWitt and Champaign Counties, Illinois, acquire, construct and install a project to acquire the site for and construct a new high school, construct renovations to the existing high school and Washington elementary school and close out White Heath and Lincoln elementary buildings, and related fixtures, equipment, facilities, improvements and costs, and issue bonds of such School District to the amount of $40,000,000 for such purpose?”
A full bond sale is estimated to cost the owner of a property with a market value of $100,000 at most $190 in new taxes. If approved a New Monticello High School would be constructed, elementary students would be combined onto one campus, and Lincoln and White Heath Schools would be closed out and re-purposed. The Board has four priorities for this project going forward (1) enhance/maintain current programming at all grade levels, (2) build on a school site close to town, (3) retain the elements of traditional school construction, and (4) enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the district through green technologies.
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