Inspired to help

Cancer sufferers of all ages inspired Monticello fourth grader Logan Chupp to grow out his hair this school year. Now that it has surpassed the 8 inch minimum, he will have it cut this week and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that provides wigs to children.

PARCC testing goes well in area districts

Any fear surrounding the new, computer-based Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests at area public schools was – for the most part – erased with the reality of the four-week testing window opening earlier in March.

Students compose books, then share with first graders

Washington Elementary School fifth grade students came up with their own books, taking the lead of children’s titles by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond that include “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Local students came up with their own stories, illustrations, bound the volumes and read them to first graders at Lincoln Elementary School on Mar

Cerro Gordo approves administrative restructuring

A number of personnel decisions were made at Cerro Gordo’s monthly school board meeting Wednesday (March 18) but none may have a bigger impact than the board’s decision to reduce the number of district principals from three to two.

Kepley, Lawson renewed at Bement schools

The Bement school board has renewed the contracts of middle school/high school Principal Doug Kepley and Curriculum Coordinator Jill Lawson.

At its March 18 meeting, board members renewed Kepley through the 2016-17 school year and Lawson through 2015-16.

Cost of renovations being sought

Last spring, the Monticello school board was planning a new menu for the high school cafeteria. This year the term ‘a la carte’ could instead refer to a list of possible building renovations and upgrades should the district go that route to address aging facilities.

Restructuring of Cerro Gordo school administrative staff proposed

The Cerro Gordo school district may have one less building principal starting with the 2015-16 school year.

Camp Invention returning to White Heath

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program that is supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), is coming to White Heath School the week of June 8, 2015.

School board discusses site evalations

Site evaluations at a glance
1 – Northwest corner of I-72 and Bridge Street – scored a 2.32 (out of 4). Lack of road access and utilities were the main problems cited. 50 acres

Preschool screenings April 8 and 10 for Monticello

Preschool screenings for the Monticello School District are scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10. These screenings are for children from 3 to 4 years old. The screenings are not for children who will turn five before Sept. 1, 2015.

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