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Monticello CUSD #25

2014-15 Chomebook Pilot

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ChromebookMonticello School District will be offering an opportunity for students and teachers to pilot Chromebooks this next school year, 2014-2015.

Students in the grades 6th – 12th for the school year, 2014-2015, can apply to be a part of our Student Chromebook Pilot.  Click on the “Student” link for more information.

There will also be a pilot for teachers to have a class set of Chromebooks for their classroom.  Any teacher in the Monticello School District may apply to be a part of this pilot.  For more information and an application, please click on the “Teacher” link.

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County School Facility Sales Tax Presentation

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The Monticello CUSD #25 hosted an informational meeting on February 13, 2014 about the County School Facility Sales Tax (CSFST).  The presentation on the tax was made by Kevin Heid of Stifel Nicolas.  Eighteen counties in Illinois have implemented the tax including Macon, Champaign, and Douglas Counties.  DeWitt, McLean, and Shelby Counties have the tax on the ballot for the March election.  Piatt County has not implemented such a tax at this time.  A majority vote of the county would implement up to a 1% additional sales tax to be distributed to county school districts based on enrolled students.  Dollars from the tax could only be used for facility improvements, maintenance, upgrades, new facilities, or paying off debt for these facilities.  The dollars cannot be used for personnel, supplies, or textbooks.  The current tax rate in Piatt County is 6.25%, while Macon and Champaign Counties rates are over 9%.  The additional 1% sales tax does not apply to vehicles, farm equipment, farm inputs, prescriptions, or food from the grocery stores.  If an item is not currently taxed it will not be taxed if the CSFST is adopted.  Please see below for the presentation and a video on the County School Facility Sales Tax.          

CSFST Presentation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLN9yacb4dE

Local Teacher Highlighted By Illinois Education Association

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Jennifer Smith, a Monticello Middle School Science Teacher, was recently chosen to receive the SCORE Grant from the Illinois Education Association.  The SCORE Grant's purpose is to "encourage early career members and their local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service or school projects that were substantive and meaningful."

For Smith, the grant helped start a Science Club that focuses on baking and to help the students understand how science plays a role in everyday life.  The food they've made has then been shared with other schools in the district and with local community organizations.

Smith has also been selected as one of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, which are chosen for "their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom."

Board Of Education Approves School Calendars

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CalendarThe Monticello CUSD #2 Board of Education approved the school year calendars for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

School Calendar (Highlights) - 2014-15
School Calendar (Highlights) - 2015-16

New ISBE Illinois School Report Cards Unveiled

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Illinois Report CardThe Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unveiled a new Report Card this year.  The new School and District Report Cards provide more information about student learning, reflecting the statewide move toward more rigor in the classroom and higher performance expectations at an earlier age to ensure Illinois K-12 students are on track for success in college and the workforce.  The new report cards aim to help drive community and family engagement with more transparent and easy-to-understand metrics.

The report cards can be found by searching IllinoisReportCard.com, or by clicking the direct links, on each of our school pages, titled "Illinois School Report Card".  The old style school report cards are available, in PDF format, below.

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