D301 events to feature info, fun
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News October 23, 2012 11:34AM
Updated: November 25, 2012 11:37AM
BURLINGTON — Two upcoming events will allow Central Community Unit School District 301 residents to learn more about the district and have fun while raising money for local schools.
The district will hold an information meeting and focus group from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Central High library.
According to district officials, “Central administration will be presenting information related to district goals, curriculum initiatives, score trends and finances. The administration will be highlighting areas of strength, addressing areas of concern and sharing the ongoing improvement efforts that are under way.”
Following the information portion of the event, there will be a brief online survey in the computer lab and a focus group forum where participants will discuss their views on the vital components to academic success.
Parents will have the opportunity to share what the schools can do to better support parent involvement in academics.
Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Pam Israelson at email@example.com or call 847-464-6005 by Wednesday, Oct. 31, so the appropriate amount of materials can be prepared for the event.
Also, the fifth-annual Trivia Schmivia will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave. in Elgin. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 7 p.m. The 301 Central Education Foundation is hosting the event.
The cost to participate is $50 per person. Prizes will be awarded for first place and best table theme. Teams each have a maximum of eight players. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other District 301 news:
The board school board approved changes to the athletic eligibility academic requirements. Any high school student who receives two failing grades will be ineligible to participate in school sports.
“We’re upping the bar,” said Steve Diversey, Central High athletic director.
A program that once provided transportation for students involved in after-school activities will soon be up and running again.
The district announced that sign-up sheets for the “Activity Bus” will be available at Central High, Central Middle School and Prairie Knolls Middle School. Buses will provide rides for students at those schools who stay after hours in order to participate in athletic activities and club meetings.
“This program was offered a few years ago,” said Rusty Lemcke, the district’s director of transportation. “I will meet with athletic and club directors before setting the times that the buses will run. The times will then be announced on the district website and via eBlasts. We’re hoping to start the program during the first week of November.”