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September 2010  
HomeLogic keeps parents informed of students' progress
Mattoon School District participates in Relay for Life
MHS graphic arts earns accreditation in 10 areas
Hearing, dental exam dates scheduled
Willis recognized as Art Educator of the Year
Student-Led conferences lead the way for MMS
News from Mrs. Kremitzki Grade 2 at Riddle School
Introducing the MHS-Mirror
Gifted Program at Williams School
From the Transportation Office
Williams PTO Fall Festival
Mattoon CUSD #2
1701 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon IL 61938
Tel: 217-238-8850
Web: www.mattoon.k12.il.us
Email: Newsletter@mcusd2.com
HomeLogic keeps parents informed of students' progress

 by Krista Lewin

Homelogic iconGone are the days when parents wondered how their child was progressing in school until they received a progress report or report card.

At the beginning of the school year, Mattoon school district introduced a new program known as HomeLogic. The computer-based program allows parents and students to access their grades and assignments throughout the school year. Parents are able to log in anytime and view their children’s assignments and the grades they received. Daily attendance, lunch charges and

Mattoon School District participates in Relay for Life

On Saturday, September 18th, over 100 Mattoon school district employees gathered at Peterson Park to support Coles County’s annual Relay for Life event.  According to the American Cancer Society’s Website, Relay for Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer, with more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States and other countries participating to raise funds and awareness to help save lives from the disease.  Each year, Coles County is a large...

MHS graphic arts earns accreditation in 10 areas

Mrs. Roberts assisting a student in Graphic ArtsMattoon High School’s graphic arts program earned national accreditation from the Graphic Arts Education Research Foundation.

GAERF is a national accreditation program, based on industry standards, for graphic communications courses of study at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

PrintED has identified six standards that encompass the elements of a solid training program. In order for a program to become accredited, it must...

Hearing, dental exam dates scheduled

School nurses will conduct hearing screens with all preschool, kindergarten, first, second and third-graders and all special education students.

Parents or caregivers who do not want their children to participate in the hearing screen should contact Vicky Wright, the school nurse, at 238-7815. More information about the screening process is...

Willis recognized as Art Educator of the Year

The Illinois Art Education Association has selected Mattoon Middle School art teacher Jamie Willis as the recipient of the Illinois Art Education Association Middle School Art Educator of the Year for 2010. 

"Jamie Willis is a warm, caring teacher who makes learning exciting and enjoyable for her students," said Mattoon Superintendent Larry Lilly.  "We are very fortunate to have an excellent arts program throughout the district, and we are extremely proud of Jamie's well-deserved recognition," Lilly added.

Mrs. Willis is in her 29th year of teaching art in Central Illinois, including the...

Student-Led conferences lead the way for MMS

Parents new to the middle school may notice a change in the upcoming parent-teacher conferences at MMS this fall. 

Traditionally, the parent and child come to school and the adults sit and discuss the child’s progress over the course of the first quarter.  The past three years have seen student-led conferences emerge at Mattoon Middle School, and the results have been astounding.

MMS Principal Jeremie Smith explained, “Rather than sit with the teachers, the parent and child sit with...

News from Mrs. Kremitzki Grade 2 at Riddle School

The good news is the wiggling and squirming aren’t the students in Mrs. Kremitzki’s second grade classroom.  They are the worms they are studying.  The students in Mrs. Kremitzki’s class will busy conducting experiments and learning  about worms during an animal unit they are completing in science.  

The children will conduct experiments to find out whether worms prefer wet versus dry paper towels.  They will also check to see if the worms prefer a...

Introducing the MHS-Mirror

Mattoon High School's newspaper, The Mirror, is scheduled for publication Oct. 4. To view the full-length October edition, as well as editions throughout the school year, log onto www.mattoon.k12.il.us OR mhsmirror.org.

The October edition features the following stories:

  • Take a closer look at the updated MHS discipline system and how it...
Gifted Program at Williams School

Mrs. Stefnie Crites and Mrs. Julie Gosnell continue to work with students in the school district’s gifted program, while offering opportunities for whole classes at Williams Elementary to experience enrichment of the curriculum.

Williams Principal and District Gifted Coordinator Kris Maleske said, “As part of our ongoing efforts in addressing our mission statement for all students, the objective of enrichment is to gain an opportunity for students to explore their own interests, develop personal identity, advance their knowledge, increase...

From the Transportation Office

The Transportation Department recently completed the Bus Safety Program at both Williams and Riddle Schools. “This year marks the sixth year that we have presented the safety program to all elementary students,” said Transportation Director Mark Nelson. “Students are reminded that while school busses are the safest form of transportation, each year several students are injured, some fatally when struck by a bus after they have exited.”

 “Never go back is the safety message that...

Williams PTO Fall Festival

Williams Elementary PTO is sponsoring a fall festival, to be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on the school grounds.  The festival will include many activities, such as a hay rack ride, face painting...

Superintendent's message

The school year is just underway and our students and staff have already been heralded for their accomplishments. Last month, the Mattoon FFA earned a two-star rating nationally; and just recently, Mattoon Middle School art teacher Jamie Willis was honored as the Illinois Art Education Association Teacher of the Year!

Other notable accomplishments include the Board of Education’s sale of the Central School property to Commercial Refrigeration of Mattoon.  Additionally, business manager Tom Sherman reported to the Board that our budget is in the black even though the State of Illinois owed us $1.3 million at the end of our fiscal year in June.  Recently, our employees and students raised and donated thousands of dollars for cancer research and walked in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Peterson Park.  This was the sixth year Mattoon district employees and students have given back to the community through their participation in Relay for Life.

And following an overwhelming response, the district's newsletter marks its second edition. If you like what you are reading about Mattoon Schools, please invite others to log onto www.mattoon.k12.il.us and sign up for the newsletter. Don't forget to log onto www.mattoon.k12.il.us throughout the month for further updates on Mattoon school events.

Yours in education,

Larry D. Lilly,

Superintendent of Schools

Important Dates in Oct. & Nov.

Oct 08: Regional Teacher Institute
Oct 11: Columbus Day - NO School
Oct 15: End of 1st Qtr
Oct 21: Early Dismissal - 2½ hrs early (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Oct 22: Parent/Teacher Conference (Report Cards sent home)
Nov 11: Veteran's Day - NO School
Nov 12: End of 2nd 5 week Progress Report Period (available on-line)
Nov 25: Thanksgiving - NO School
Nov 26: NO School

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Station Celebration - Oct 15, 2010

• Re-Dedication Ceremony at 12:30.
• Tours of the rehabilitated Depot will be presented after the re-dedication between 1:30 and 3:30 on Friday, October 15. Tours will start on the half-hour.
• Exhibits will feature before and after images of the rehabilitated ICRR Depot and information on railroads and their influence on Coles County over time.
• Rob Doyle, manager of the Museum in the Depot, will greet the public as a railroad conductor, the person in charge of the train, during the October 15 re-dedication and open house.
• Watch the 6:00 p.m. north bound train arrive to pick up the first passengers embarking from the newly re-dedicated Depot

Riddle Important Dates for October/November

Oct 04: Girl Scout Jr. Troop 2652

Oct 12: PTA—6:00 

Oct 18: Girl Scout Jr. Troop 2652

Oct 29: Harvest Parties—2:30 

Nov 02: Picture Retakes

Nov 09: PTA—6:00

Nov 10: Veterans Day Parade—2:30

Nov 23: Project Extra Play at RES—1:00

Important Telephone Numbers

Administrative Service Center:
(217) 238-8850

Hawthorne School:
(217) 238-8800

Mattoon Middle School:
(217) 238-5800

Mattoon High School:
(217) 238-7800

Riddle Elementary School:
(217) 238-3800

Williams Elementary School:
(217) 238-2800

Transportation Office:
(217) 238-3270

Community Calendar

Mattoon Chamber 2010 Business Expo

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Cross County Mall
Mattoon , IL, 61938
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Annual Used Book Sale

Friday, October 01, 2010
Mattoon Public Library
1600 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon , IL, 61938

Annual Used Book Sale

Saturday, October 02, 2010
Mattoon Public Library
1600 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon , IL, 61938

Family Weekend

Saturday, October 02, 2010
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston , IL, 61920

YMCA Last Chance Tri 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010
221 N 16th Street
Mattoon , IL, 61938

Lake Land Duathlon

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Mattoon , IL, 61938

Lake Land College Duathlon

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lake Land College
Mattoon , IL, 61938
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