Monticello Girls' Softball Team wins 3rd Place at Class 2A State Finals. Video courtesy of IllinoisHomepage.net.
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Our county and local residents are being called and receiving mailers from non-local sources. We have heard from several community members that have received calls about a survey on the Piatt County School Facility Sales Tax Coming from a number based In northern Illinois. The survey asks you to press one if you plan on voting YES for the Sales Tax and to press two if you plan to vote NO. Apparently, the survey does not accept at YES answer when you press one. The message goes on to share information about taxes in the State of Illinois. It also states that the increase is 400%. The increase for the tax rate would be 1% - going from 6.25% to 7.25%. These calls, this survey, and the mailers are NOT coming from Monticello CUSD #25 nor from local residents, but from a statewide group funded by a national organization that is opposed to this question. This group does not represent nor is it funded by our community, it's citizens, or residents. Mailers and newspaper inserts from Monticello CUSD #25, the Monticello Area Education Foundation, and other community groups have clearly labeled the information as coming from and being specific to our county and local questions. Please be an informed voter on November 4 on these local questions.
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.
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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