Garden Hills

Summer Construction Projects Underway

Throughout the Champaign Unit 4 School District, construction is occurring this summer. 

Westview, Bottenfield, Kenwood and Robeson Elementary Schools will all receive new windows this summer. Not only will this improve the appearance of these buildings, but new windows will produce significant energy savings for the District. Lowering energy costs helps to keep dollars in the classrooms and improve learning conditions for students. 

Garden Hills takes next step to become IB World School

Garden Hills Elementary School has taken the next step in becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme School. Principal Cheryl O’Leary received word last week that Garden Hills’ application for candidacy has been accepted and that Garden Hills is now recognized as an IB candidate school for the Primary Years Programme as of September 1, 2001. This school is pursing authorization as an IB World School.

Garden Hills Elementary scientists at work

Fifth grade students at Garden Hills are hard at work pollinating flowers using dead bees.

This type of hands-on project based learning is only the beginning for Garden Hills as it making strides towards earning the Primary Years Program (PYP) designation and becoming an authorized International Baccalaureate world school. With this magnet school focus, Garden Hills will join an international network of schools well known for delivering an internationally recognized quality of education.

Garden Hills' magnet program will strive to push independence

By Jodi Heckel

CHAMPAIGN – Children at Garden Hills Elementary School read "The Two Bobbies" this year, a true story about a dog and a blind cat that survived Hurricane Katrina, and after four months of wandering, were rescued by a shelter and eventually adopted.

The story demonstrates the concept of caring, one of the attributes or "learner profiles" that children will be expected to develop as part of the school's magnet theme.

Garden Hills student chosen Champaign Fire Chief for a Day!

The 2010 Champaign Fire Chief for a Day will assume his place of honor Friday, December 3. 

Garden Hills student, Dwayne Hubbard, will ride to Champaign Fire Department Headquarters at 307 S. Randolph visiting with Fire Chief Doug Forsman and learning the “ropes” from on-duty fire personnel.

Chief Forsman and CFD Chief Officers will treat Chief Hubbard to lunch at a local pizza parlor and then return him to his classmates.


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