Save the dates!
Reminder, no school tomorrow, enjoy your three-day weekend!
It is National Associate and Assistant Principals Week! Please join us in thanking our associate and assistant principals for their work and dedication to our students! #APweek23
Today Unit 4 Schools acknowledges the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve transgender justice. #TransgenderDayofVisibility2023
During Women’s History Month, we want to recognize Champaign Unit 4’s first female superintendent, Dr. Judy Wiegand. While the District had “acting” female superintendents prior to 2012, Dr. Wiegand is the first one appointed by the Board of Education. Dr. Wiegand began her career in Unit 4 in 1987 as a special education teacher. She also served as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal of Centennial High School, as well as Director of Secondary Education, and Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Pupil Services before being named Superintendent in 2012. During Dr. Wiegand’s tenure as Superintendent, she oversaw the planning and passage of the 2016 building projects referendum, bringing much-needed upgrades to seven of our schools and other important projects that positively impacted our students and community. Since her appointment in 2012, Unit 4 Schools has been led by a female in the superintendent’s role. We salute Dr. Wiegand for being a trailblazing leader. We honor all the women who have served and are currently serving in our District for their diligent work to help enrich the lives of our students and community as a whole.
Reminder: Returning student 1st through 12th grade registration is now open. All Kindergarten registration will be open at a later date.
Dr. Boozer featured in the News-Gazette's eight-page special section celebrating Women’s History Month today. You can read her self-reflection in this post below:
FYI, returning student registration has been delayed.
#womenshistorymonth celebration continues at Centennial High School. Here is a sampling of the decorations throughout the school. #womenempowerment
No school for students during parent teacher conferences and Spring Break. Have a great break!
On February 26, 1987 President Ronald Reagan officially declared Proclamation 5613 making March National Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation called for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The mission of Unit 4's Special Education Department is to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities by providing individualized instruction and services that will result in measurable and meaningful student growth.
Parents with children who receive special education services, please be on the lookout for a survey from the State Board of Education coming to you via USPS.
March 1 is the first day of Women's History Month. We will be celebrating throughout the month with features across our various platforms.
Black History Month Spotlight: Kenneth O. Stratton -Stratton Academy of the Arts is named after this dedicated educator and community leader -He was a teacher and administrator at Champaign Unit 4 Schools -He was the first black Council Member for the City of Champaign and Board Member on the Champaign School Board -He served as president of the Champaign Education Association -He was a charter member of the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club and the Champaign County Urban League -An active member of the civil rights movement, he was a member of the Black Coalition for Equal Opportunity Employment and helped organize for an integrated Champaign school system, Champaign housing, and the hiring practices in downtown Champaign stores -He was on the Board of Directors of the United Way and the Frances Nelson Health Center
In observance of Presidents' Day, Unit 4 schools and administrative buildings will be closed Monday, February 20.
Please see the flyers in this post for EL PAC's meeting on high school readiness.
Monday, February 13 is National African American Parent Involvement Day. All day our schools will be celebrating with various events. Be sure to check back at the link below for more information and event updates. https://www.champaignschools.org/article/997579
It's National School Counseling Week and we are grateful for our school counselors!
Black History Month Spotlight: Vernon L. Barkstall -Barkstall Elementary School is named after the late community leader -He was the Director of the Urban League of Champaign County for 28 years -He was a long-time member of the NAACP (Champaign) -He faced racism such as separate pools and playgrounds as a young child -His father once told him, “...don't fear anyone, and don't let anyone misuse you because of the color of your skin–or theirs…” -He was involved in reforming local hiring practices, banking practices as well as the Community Reinvestment Act
Champaign Unit 4 Schools celebrates Black History Month.