SJO looking at leaving lunch program

St. Joseph-Ogden High School's cafeteria may look different next year.

Unless the district opts out of the national school lunch program.

"New federal guidelines that take effect next year will not allow us to sell many of the a la carte items that we currently offer," said Superintendent Jim Acklin.

'Think before you hit send'

Praireview-Ogden Junior High students learned about responsible social media use last Friday.

Dan Bolsen, a University of Illinois Academic Counseling Graduate Assistant, spoke at PVO Junior High to tell students about the power of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

District school board making more cuts to combat lower revenue

 In front of an audience of around 15 teachers and parents at their March  meeting, the St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District board made several decisions about the 2014-15 school year.

The board awarded two new bus leases to Midwest Transit: one replacing the expiring lease on Bus 19 and one entering into a new lease using Bus 15 as a trade-in.

Plight of the Monarch to be shown

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Initiate ALICE

Last week St. Joseph-Ogden High School administrators introduced ALICE to their students.

"If you hear Initiate ALICE over the intercom you will know something is going on," SJO resource officer Alicia Maxey told students. "We wish we didn't have to discuss it but we do."

Voters to consider referendum

On March 18 voters in the Prairieview-Ogden district will be faced with a choice.

The district is asking voters to approve a tax increase.

The district has told voters that the increase on a $120,000 home would equal $160 in new taxes every year.

Food packing event to take place at church

Volunteers will gather at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on March 8 with one goal.

To feed the hungry.

Church member Susan Goldenstein said the church is hosting a meal packing event with Illini Fighting Hunger.  

This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Heart Smart

Changes are coming to the St. Joseph-Ogden physical education department.

The department received a donation from Health Alliance to fund heart monitors for students in every physical education class.

Physical education teacher Kristin Allen approached the company and asked for a donation.

SJO to serve as a pilot school for PARCC test

St. Joseph-Ogden Principal Brian Brooks is a little worried.

This spring SJO will be a pilot school for the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

"My one concern is I think it's been done way too quick," he said.

Olympian speaks to SJO students

When she walked through the halls of Centennial High School in Champaign, Gia Lewis-Smallwood didn't plan on being an Olympian, she told track athletes at St. Joseph-Ogden High School on Feb. 20.

She planned on being a professional basketball player.

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