A few weeks ago, the Arcola School District announced that the school board was considering the construction of a new front entrance area for the elementary school and the remodeling of the hallways in the elementary and cafeteria area. Since that time, a district committee comprised of administrators, teachers, support staff professionals and building staff have conducted several meetings to discuss what exactly would be needed in the project if it were to move forward. The main message from all parties on the committee was: “We need new bathrooms!” For more information and to view a drawing of the proposed construction, click on http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/facility-planning
Concrete being poured for new visiting football bleachers! Much needed.
Online school registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open on June 10th. Please read the attached form for complete details. https://5il.co/7xtr
The Special Olympics law enforcement torch run will come through Arcola this year tomorrow June 5. It will start for our athletes at unity motors at the 4-way and go to Casey’s. The torch should arrive here between 5:45-6pm. We are proud to have at least 3 of our athletes participating. Please come out to Rt 45 and support our athletes!
The Arcola School District is seeking candidates for a full-time paraprofessional for the elementary school. Person would most likely work in the preschool classroom in 2019-2020. Required qualifications include: having a love for children; being dependable; and having either a paraprofessional, teaching or substitute license. For more information on the requirements needed for obtaining a license, go to https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Educator-License-with-Stipulations.aspx. Applicants should mail or e-mail letter of interest to: Angie Gentry, Arcola School District #306, 351 W Washington, Arcola, IL 61910; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arcola School District is looking for full-time custodial work this summer. Hours will be 6:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Employment could turn into full-time afternoon shift (3 – 11 pm) once school starts if the individuals are interested (this is not required). Please contact Ken Vogt at 217-268-4963 or email@example.com if interested.
Late yesterday , a bus with first grade students from Arcola Elementary School was coming back from a field trip on Route 133 west of Arcola, when the bus was struck by a vehicle head on. Around forty students and ten adults were on the bus when the accident occurred. Several students and adults that were on the bus have been treated by medical professionals and everyone seems to be doing well. Reported injuries include scratches, bruises, scrapes, muscle soreness and a broken bone. The school will have counselors available at school today to support the students and any family members in coping with the incident. The bus driver, from Gould Bus Service, reacted quickly to the car and her actions prevented more serious injuries from occurring. In addition, school personnel and emergency response professionals were quick to scene and implemented emergency response protocols in an attempt to provide order to a chaotic situation.
Arcola Elementary students in bus accident safely reunited with families [Arcola, Illinois, May 9, 2019, 4:00pm] A bus with first grade students from Arcola Elementary School was coming back from a field trip on Route 133 west of Arcola, when the bus was struck by a vehicle head on. One student and one adult passenger on the bus were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. All other students were checked out by emergency response personnel and all students have been reunited with their families. Parents and legal guardians were contacted immediately after the accident via the School Reach communication system. There were several adults on board the bus, including staff, parent chaperones, and the bus driver. More information will be released after reunification has been completed and more details are known. For information regarding the accident or the driver of the other vehicle, please contact local emergency personnel, not the school. Please contact Superintendent of Arcola Schools Tom Mulligan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
The Arcola School District Board of Education discussed some exciting news at the board meeting on Wednesday relative to the elementary school building. For more information, go to http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/facility-planning
Grant promoting his business at the Douglas County CEO Trade Show at Yoders.
Douglas County CEO Trade Show will be held Thursday, April 25 from 5-7 pm at Yoder's in Arthur. Come out and see the businesses that the students have developed!
The Arcola School Board recently approved the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. Please use the legend at the bottom right of the document for clarity of abbreviations. http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/103288?org=arcola-cusd
Scott's Law – If It's Flashing Move Over Driver Education Instructors, So far in 2019, 14 Illinois State Troopers have been hit by motorists while stopped on the side of the road, compared to eight incidents in calendar year 2018. The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois State Police are working together to ensure all teen drivers, their parents, and families have the information they need to protect those who protect us. Scott's Law, also known as the Move Over Law, was named after Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver while assisting at a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Scott's Law mandates that upon approaching any stationary vehicle with flashing emergency lights, including commercial trucks and cars, all approaching vehicles shall: • reduce speed, • change lanes if possible; and • proceed with caution.
JH BOYS practice for Wednesday has been cancelled. We will practice after school on Friday instead until 4:30. JH GIRLS will follow the regular practice schedule.
Please feel free to share this press release for the Tim Ryan, "From Dope to Hope" event that is scheduled for April 16th. https://5il.co/72z1
Arcola Elementary School was recently featured on one of our partner's websites! Check it out at https://www.esparklearning.com/partner-stories/why-my-district-partners-with-with-espark-learning
Arcola School District Certified Job Openings. http://arcolail.apptegy.us/o/arcola-cusd/page/employment-opportunities--134?mode=edit
The Arcola Economic and Community Development (ACED) group is conducting a community-wide survey to gather important information about the future of Arcola. To serve your community, please take a few minutes and complete this brief survey no later than March 30. It should only take around 5 minutes. Please go to the following website link http://bit.ly/ArcolaSurvey. Some participants will be randomly selected for cash prizes.
Required State Testing is right around the corner! Students in grades 3-6 will begin testing on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessment on April 2. The 7th and 8th Grade students will be testing on the IAR March 28, April 2 &3 and high school juniors will take the SAT on April 9. For more details, go to http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/95484?org=arcola-cusd
Check out the softball fundraiser items at the link below. http://www.bodynsolesports.com/team-sales/arcola-softball
The Arcola Fire Protection District recently donated over $500 to the special service department of the Arcola School District. For more information click on http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/93576?org=arcola-cusd
Riders with the lead over Agenta 36-17 with two minutes left in half.
Erin Hemingway, a 1st grade teacher in Arcola, successfully completing the renewal process for her National Board Certification. Congratulations to Erin for this amazing accomplishment! For more information http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/90025?org=arcola-cusd
Menu change for Monday Feb 4th Cheese Quesadilla Salad Fruit milk
Due to the recent change in forecast, the Arcola School District will be closed for school tomorrow. Check the district social media sites and website tomorrow for information on evening activities.
Reminder, there is no morning preschool class tomorrow. Also, Kid Camp forms for Cheer are now due on Friday, Feb 1. Kid Camp runs next week on Tuesday, Feb 5 and Thursday, Feb 7 from after school until 4:30. The performance is set for Friday the 8th at Friday, during the HS Boys Game. The cost is $15 if your Little Rider attended the fall Kid Camp and $30 if this is the first one this year.
This is a reminder that the Arcola School District will have a “late start” on Thursday, January 31 starting at 10:00 am. The buildings will be open at 9:30 am for students to be dropped off. Anyone that normally does NOT ride a bus but will need a ride that day, please contact Gould Transportation at 253-2232.
The Arcola School District has cancelled school and all school activities including practices for Wednesday, January 30 due to the projected extreme cold temperatures. In addition, the district will have a “late start” on Thursday, January 31 starting at 10:00 am. The buildings will be open at 9:30 am for students to be dropped off. Anyone that normally does NOT ride a bus but will need a ride that day, please contact Gould Transportation at 235-2232.
The Arcola School District is seeking candidates for a full-time paraprofessional for the elementary school. For information click http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/employment-opportunities--134
Riders pull out game 3, 25-23!
Riders drop game 2 to Casey 25-16. Heading to the rubber game.
Junior high Girls win game 1 in volleyball 25-9 over Casey. Going to game 2
Drive slow coming into school today! Roads a little slick and fog out there.
Arcola School District to start Pre-Engineering Program in 2019-2020 School Year. For more information http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/82914?org=arcola-cusd
Please be aware, the sign off of Rt. 133 will be off during the construction of the new maintenance shed. Anyone that turned in requests to have birthdays ran on the sign, those will still be ran on the Elementary sign by the circle drive.
Waiting for Rider Cheerleader’s 1st Comp show of the season!
What in the world does a tax levy really mean? Are my property taxes going up? For more information, click on this article from Arcola Superintendent, Tom Mulligan. http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/77398?org=arcola-cusd
The Arcola School District will again be using a “Late Start” schedule as an option this school year when there is inclement weather. This means that on “Late Start” days school will start at 10 am and end at the regularly scheduled time. The regular bus routes will run two hours later than normal. A “Late Start” will be announced just like any school closing. We will publicize on TV and Radio, as well as send out information on our phone notification system and social media. To assist with transportation concerns, we have partnered with Gould Transportation to provide free in-town bus service on “Late Start” days for students that are not already on a regular route. If you live where district transportation is NOT currently provided and you are NOT on a paid in-town bus route but would like your student to be transported on “Late Start” days only, please contact Gould Transportation at 253-2232 to get signed up.
High School Football Today - Go Riders
Innovative Solutions and Talented Maintenance Staff Saves Arcola School District Millions. For more information, http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/71546?org=arcola-cusd
Get your second round playoff shirts. Orders and payment must be turned into the High School office no later than 3:00 PM Tuesday the 30th. http://5il.co/5ezo
Riders advance with a 31-13 win over Salt Fork
Riders take a 17-6 lead into the 4th quarter
Riders take a 10-6 lead into half against Salt Fork
Congrats to 7th and 8th Grade Girls on Conference Tournament Championships!
Riders 7th grade girls win 22-16 over Tuscola
7th grade girls b-ball team leads Tuscola 12-7 at halftime. Keep it going Riders.
Riders advance with a 27-12 win over Tuscola
Riders 21-11 at the end of the third quarter
8th Grade Girls B-ball up 11-4 over Tuscola at half.
The Arcola School Board recently approved a $37,000 project to install 20 new and replace 55 current access points throughout the district. For more information http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/68861?org=arcola-cusd
The Purple Rider Volleyball team will be holding their annual Pink Out game tonight, in the Jr. High Gym. Come out and support your Lady Riders and check out the items we have to raffle off. All money raised will be donated to Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Champaign, IL. We would appreciate your support.
Arcola School District is seeking candidates for the position of Evening Custodian Supervisor. This person will work from 2:30 – 11:00 pm Monday through Friday. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Position also offers health insurance benefits; paid vacation, holidays and sick time; and IMRF Retirement program, which includes a company match. If interested, please contact Ken Vogt by e-mail email@example.com or by phone 217-268-4963.
Arcola Purple Riders 35-6 over Cerro Gordo
Riders 21 to 0 Broncos halftime
The Arcola Community and Economic Development (ACED) Organization is looking for talented individuals willing to create and submit a logo design, that will be voted upon, to be used as the new “Marketing Brand” for the group. Go to http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/aced-branding-contest for details!
For the second year in a row, the Arcola School District received a perfect 4.0 score on the annual Financial Profile Score. For more information, click on http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/63124?org=arcola-cusd
Riders up 35-0. Early in 4th
Riders up 21-0 in 3rd.
Arcola will team up with WCIA news to "Tackle Hunger". Bring in any of what they call the Super Six: Canned Meats, Canned Meals, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Boxed Meals, or Peanut Butter. This will be another part of the Cola Wars, as Tuscola will also be collecting food during the week. The Eastern Illinois Food Bank will pick up the food and weigh it, the school with the heaviest amount will be the winner. They will also be collecting money and food at the gate the night of the game. The food/monetary donations will help "tackle hunger" in our community.
Thanks for James Hendrix for the awesome design and installation!
Arcola Elementary School upgrades preschool playground for safety and learning!. http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/57356?org=arcola-cusd
Arcola welcomes Golene Thrush as new 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher! Ms. Thrush will be teaching 3rd grade next year. She is replacing an elementary classroom teacher that recently resigned. She will be coming to us from the Georgetown School District and is also an EIU alum. At EIU, she was part of the prestigious Golden Apple Scholar program, which is a highly promoted teacher preparation program.
Arcola welcomes Aimee Lugo as new 6th Grade Classroom Teacher! Mrs. Lugo will be teaching 6th grade next year. She comes with several years of experience as well as she has been teaching at Shiloh Elementary School since 2012. She is married to Arcola veteran teacher Alex Lugo who has taught Art here for many years. Aimee is also a graduate of EIU and we are excited to have her as part of our team. She is filling a vacancy created because Ms. Cleeton will be moving from the classroom to a reading recovery intervention position.
Arcola School District is seeking candidates for the positions of Elementary School Attendance Clerk. Applicants should mail or e-mail letter of application and résumé to: Angie Gentry, Elementary School Principal Arcola School District #306 351 W Washington Arcola, IL 61910 firstname.lastname@example.org There is no deadline for applying but the position will be filled once the district finds the appropriate candidate.
Arcola welcomes James Caudle as new Junior High Math Teacher! Mr. Caudle brings a strong math foundation with being a high school certified math teacher and having twenty years of experience teaching junior high and high math in Lovington and then ALAH. Math teachers are very hard to find and the district is excited to find one with such strong credentials!
Don't miss our Fall Sports Kickoff this Friday beginning at 6:30 PM in the Jr. High Gym. Click on the link for more information. http://5il.co/4dvd
Arcola welcomes Zachary Klunick as new HS Spanish Teacher! Mr. Kluinick will be replacing Pilar Ramos as our high school Spanish teacher next year. Ms. Ramos will be going back to Spain after a three-year stay in the United States. Zach is also a veteran teacher that grew up in the Springfield area and is currently teaching at Illini Central High School. He has spent extended time in both Mexico and Peru, which shows his passion for the Spanish Language!
Arcola welcomes Amanda Mendez as a new JH-HS Counselor! Amanda will be filling the new junior high-high school counseling position that was added for next school year by the Board of Education. She has spent the last several years as a high school counselor in Monmouth-Roseville High School. She has worked with a very diverse student population in Monmouth and she is fluent in Spanish. She is also an EIU graduate and we are excited to have her sharing her talents in Arcola!
Arcola welcomes Robert Boyd as new HS Math Teacher. Mr. Boyd will be teaching High School Mathematics. This position was vacant because Riley Fore moved from the math position to the instructional coach position next year. Robert has over twenty years of experience teaching high school math. He comes to us from Tuscola High School.
If you need bus service for the upcoming school year be sure to call Gould Bus Service at 253-2232 to add your child to the bus route.
Arcola welcomes John Craig as new HS History Teacher! John will be filling the newly created High School Social Studies position, John graduated from Eastern Illinois University and taught many years at the Okaw Valley School District before moving with his family up north where he taught at River Grove Junior High. John will bring a wealth of classroom experience and a passion for history to our school!
Warm welcome to Greg Gisinger. Greg will be filling the newly created K-12 Physical Education teaching position. He will also be the new High School Head Boys Basketball Coach. Greg has many years of experience both in the classroom and coaching and he comes to us from the Watseka School District. He attended high school in Cerro Gordo. He will now be rooting for the Purple Riders instead of the Broncos!
Spanish Version of Free and Reduced Application https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/196225/spanish.pdf
2018-2019 School Registration Information: If you have not registered your child for school, you still have time. Online registration is still open. If you can not complete the registration process on your own we will have in-house registration on August 6th 7:00 - 9:00 AM and 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Please see link for more information. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/168469/2018_Arcola_CUSD__306_registration_press_release.pdf
Please click on the link below to read important message of new technology device insurance. http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/54219?org=arcola-cusd
Don't forget to register you student(s) for the 2018-2019 school year. The process is simple and can be completed at www.teacherease.com. If you do not have a parent email hooked to your student then email email@example.com with the email address to be added and the names of the kids to be link it too.
Arcola School Board just approved the purchase of all new technology devices for the students in Grades K-12 for the 2018-2019 school year. The students in grades K-6 will upgrade to an iPad 6 device and students in grade 7-12 will upgrade to a 10.5” iPad Pro Device that will also include an iPad Pencil along with a Logitech Slim Case and Keyboard combination http://www.arcola.k12.il.us/article/53048?org=arcola-cusd
School Registration: Online school registration for returning students will begin on Monday June 18th. Please read the letter attached for more details. http://5il.co/3lr1
The Arcola School Board recently approved some changes to the student fee schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. The Board approved an increase of $0.10 in lunch and breakfast prices for next school year. The increase would be from $1.95 to $2.05 for elementary and $2.20 to $2.30 for JH/HS. The increase for breakfast will be from $1.35 to $1.45. This change was required as part of the federal lunch program that the district participates in annually. The district is required to keep the paid prices close to the per meal reimbursement rate set by the federal lunch program. On the other hand, the Board reduced or suspended completely a variety of fees for students for the upcoming school year. The following are the changes that will be in effect for the 18-19 school year: • Reduction of Textbook/Registration Fee by $15 at all levels. The Fees will be ES - $30; JH - $40; HS - $45. • There will no course fees at the junior high or high school (these were $15 fees each for courses like Chemistry, Art, Ag, Business etc.) • There will be no $15 student activity fee for junior high and high school students. • There will be no $5 art fee for the elementary school students. • For junior high and high school extra-curricular activities, there will be a one-time $20 fee per student rather than a $20 fee per activity. The parents and community of Arcola has always supported the school district in tough financial times. The district is currently in strong financial condition and as a result, the Board decided it was time to reduce fees.
AHS students are at Tuscola High School this afternoon to hear Chris Herren, former NBA player, speak about addiction and self-destructive behavior. Linda Scribner, who lost her son Petey to a heroin overdose, helped organize the event and spoke to students from all over Douglas County before Mr. Herren.
Dear Arcola School Community, there was a rumor going around tonight about a potential school shooting tomorrow at school. The district has been working with the Arcola Police Department investigating the situation. There is no creditable information that has led to any concern about student safety tomorrow. Again, there is NO Creditable Threat. But as a precaution we will have a police presence at school tomorrow.
EIASE is hosting a parent panel on Autism Awareness on April 18th from 9:00 - 11:30 AM. See the link for more information. http://5il.co/346k
Riders lose a tough one in overtime 47-46.
Riders up 30-25 at the end of 3.
Arcola Boys Varsity up 21-11 at halftime of the first game of the regional.
Riders fall 40-35
33-32 okaw Valley over the Riders with 3:45 to go
Riders lead 30-29 after 3 Quarters. Go Riders!!!!
Riders trail Okaw Valley 21-15 at halftime
Rider JV wins 59-39 over Okaw Vally
Riders 51-31 end of 3rd Quarter
Arcola JV Boys up 35-18 at halftime over Okaw Valley
Reminder: School will dismiss at 11:30 this Friday for a teacher institute day.
Recruiting teacher candidates at EIU! Easy to sell Arcola
SENIORS: GET REGISTERED TO VOTE! Deana Shields from the Arcola Township Office will be at AHS Monday morning at 8:40am in the HS library. Any senior who has turned 18 can get registered to vote in time for the March primary. To register, you will need 2 forms of ID: driver's license and piece of mail, school ID, school schedule, transcript, etc.
Arcola loses a great game to ALAH 61 to 53.
54-48 ALAH with 1:40 to go in the game
50-43 ALAH with 2::48 to go
ALAH 43 - Arcola 31 end of 3.
Riders down at half 33-19
End of 1st. ALAH 15 - Arcola 7
Arcola JV defeats LSA
Riders up 43-24 end of 3rd quarter
Another day closer to website release!!!
The school district website is close to launching.
Can't make it to the Veteran's Day Assembly tomorrow? No problem! If we do not experience any technical difficulties we will be Live Streaming the event on the Torch Facebook page.
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