Heritage students travel to Oz

The members of the Drama Club at Heritage High School want community members to follow the yellow brick road as they present the Wizard of Oz on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Heritage High School. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students.

Balloon project featured in video

Last school year students at Prairieview-Ogden Junior High completed a three-year quest to send a helium-filled oversized balloon into the upper atmosphere.

Now those students can relieve the accomplishment.

A seven-minute video has been published on YouTube documenting the project.

Proposed bill would hurt district finances

Prairieview-Ogden does not want bill 318 to become law.

The bill would freeze property taxes for two years while increasing state funding for high-poverty school districts. It would also create a commission to change Illinois’ school funding formula.

Superintendent Vic White said the bill would have devastating effects on PVO.

SJO to educate students about distracted driving

A 30-second video could win St. Joseph-Ogden High School $100,000.

The district is participating in the Celebrate my Drive contest held by State Farm.

The video, which will feature SJO students, will show how the district is educating students and the community about the Drive 2N2 campaign.

Fundraiser a success

The St. Joseph-Ogden athletic fundraiser is a success, said Assistant Principal Brady Smith.

SJO changed the way it fundraised this year. Instead of each athletic program running their own fundraiser the athletic department as a whole fundraised.

Schools continue to implement ALICE

The St. Joseph-Ogden school district is implementing ALICE during the 2015-16 school year in ways that are similar to previous years.

ALICE  is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.

Homecoming events take place this week

Homecoming at St. Joseph-Ogden High School isn’t just about fun costumes, football games and dances.
It is also about giving back.

‘His legacy is SJO’

Jim Acklin first announced his retirement from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 2013.

Two years later, after serving as interim superintendent, Acklin cleaned out his office and walked out the door of the school he has devoted more than 35 years to.

On June 23, when he left SJO for the last time, he did so quietly.

Teachers learn self defense at Prairieview-Ogden

Teachers and administrators in the Prairieview-Ogden district learned how defend themselves on March 13.

The district had Casey Fuller of Team USA SAFESPORT teach the group how to use pepper spray to defend themselves against attackers.

Superintendent Vic White said he felt Fuller was more than qualified to teach the class.

Heritage RIFs business teacher

The Heritage School board voted to reduce in force four teachers last Monday night and reduce the workload of another.  

The board approved a reduction in force of second grade teacher Carly Shonkwiler, middle school social studies teacher Kit Brown and Chapter I reading teacher Jennifer Stemle.

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