Education

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.


Administrators support resource officers in schools

St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Prairieview-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School recently approved the contract for their student resource officer.

Sheriff's Deputy Alicia Maxey splits her time between the three districts.

SJO pays 70 percent of her contract because she spends the majority of her time at the school.


Cell phone policy could change at Heritage schools

Students in the Heritage district may be allowed to have their cell phones in class.

The district is discussing allowing students to have their cell phones during lunch periods, it was announced during the May meeting.

In the future, students may be able to have their phones in class.


Library holds animal safety event

In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana handled nearly 180,000 cases about pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances.

Topping the list for the sixth year in a row are prescription human medications.

ASPCA worker Sam Wright said that it is very easy for animals to ingest human medication.


SJO seeking to raise funds for new scoreboard

St. Joseph-Ogden  High School could get a new scoreboard at the Spartans' football field.

The current scoreboard is at least 40 years old and began malfunctioning during football season last year.

Superintendent Jim Acklin said scoreboards can range in cost between $50,000 and $90,000.


Emergency agency grants school $25 million for safety projects

Todd Pence hopes no school district ever has to deal with an incident like the Columbine, Sandy Hook or Virginia Tech school shootings.

But starting next year, the St. Joseph schools chief and his staff plan to be armed with a new tool to rapidly alert each other and law enforcement in case of an emergency situation — all from the palm of their hand.


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