Education

SJO grad urges students to reach for the stars

Lt. Col. Scott Swinford was a normal kid from St. Joseph.

He graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 1981 before spending five years at the University of Illinois.

"I was kind of wandering ­—not really sure what I was going to be when I grew up," he said.

Swinford addressed students during SJO's annual academic awards assembly.


Play honors 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

April 23, 2014 marked what would have been the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.  

The St. Joseph-Ogden Drama Department is throwing him a birthday party.

“To honor this event, we decided to present some short, humorous interpretations of “Comedy of Errors”, “Macbeth”, some of his sonnets, and “Romeo and Juliet”,” said director Larry Williams.


Parade to take place Friday

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council will be sponsoring their annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 3.

The parade, which will take place at 4:15 p.m., usually includes SJO students and groups.

This year that could change.

Student Council Advisor Jeff Kieffer said the council is looking to increase the amount of participants in the parade.


Residents help build playground

Heritage Elementary School has a new playground.

On Sept. 6 more than 30 community members came to the grade school to help install new equipment.

"It's amazing," said Principal Kristi Sanders.

Sanders said the school has been saving for a few years to afford the $20,000 playground. The Heritage Parent Teacher Committee donated $4,000.


Co-op enters second year

The overall consensus is that students in the Villa Grove/Heritage Co-op are in favor of the setup.

"Our kids love it," said Heritage board member Bruce Bryan.

In late August the school boards from Villa Grove and Heritage met at Heritage High School to discuss the co-op.

The co-op is entering its second year.


Community invited to participate in parade

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council is looking to expand their Homecoming parade.

The parade, which will take place Oct. 3 at 4:15 p.m., usually includes SJO students and groups.

This year that could change.

Student Council Advisor Jeff Kieffer said the council is looking to increase the amount of participants in the parade.


Contract sent back to teachers

During the August meeting, the Prairieview-Ogden Board of Education did not approve the tentative agreement between the Prairieview-Ogden Educators Association and the Board of Education  Negotiation Committee.

The board voted 5-2 against the agreement.

The board members that voted no said they felt the raises tentatively agreed upon were too high.


St. Joseph School Supply lists

St. Joseph Grade School  
Kindergarten
Pain apron or large tee shirt
Backpack or bookbag, large enough for papers/folders
Boys: bring the following supplies at the start of school.
Girls: Bring the following supplies after Christmas break.
1 box of 200-count tissues
2 rolls of Bounty paper towels
2 containers of antibacterial wipes (Clorox or Lysol)


Heritage band holds camp

The Heritage Marching Band is trying something new this year.

Previously, the marching band met during school hours in a classroom setting.

This year, the band is an independent study and the students schedule their own practice times.

"They are working their butts off," said Heritage Music Director Justin Lee.


Parents seek changes in sports co-op

Villa Grove parents asked for changes to the high school sports cooperative agreement with Heritage during a series of three roundtable discussions held over the last three months with Villa Grove Superintendent Mary Ann Manos.

Among the recommendations Manos heard:

— Revise the "no-cut" practice to allow coaches to structure team numbers more effectively.


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