Lyndsay Jones

Lyndsay Jones

ACE Student Award winner loves using her art for others

CHAMPAIGN — The ACE award that Natalie Wakefield won might be for her, but the art she makes is for others.

Civic-minded students roll up sleeves for democracy

They couldn't vote, but that didn't mean they couldn't help.

Across Champaign County on Tuesday, students and classrooms became instruments of democracy, either holding their own elections or abandoning the classroom to help others vote.

Class sizes, development, pay at heart of dispute between Unit 4, teachers union

CHAMPAIGN — From crammed classrooms to compensation for archery coaches, Unit 4 teachers and district administrators appear to be no closer on the terms of a new contract than they were when the last one expired in June.

E-mail: Urbana assistant superintendent placed on leave

URBANA — Urbana schools' assistant superintendent has been placed on leave for an unspecified reason, according to an email Superintendent Don Owen sent to staff Wednesday.

"This email is to notify you that Samuel Byndom is currently on leave," Owen wrote in the email, obtained by The News-Gazette. "Please refer any questions about this to me."

Teacher of the Week: Christine Krupp

Meet CHRISTINE KRUPP, a teacher at Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana who thinks of those in her classroom less as students and more like co-workers — albeit co-workers between the ages of 3 and 6.

Urbana teachers' grant funded project turns students into busy beekeepers

URBANA — Could beekeeping catch on in Urbana schools?

Nearly 40 students prove that the answer, at least on a surface level, is yes.

Five fights reported this week at Urbana middle, high school

URBANA — Law enforcement has been called to investigate reports of five fights at Urbana's middle and high schools so far this week, according to Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles.

The first incident, on Monday, involved a middle school student allegedly being battered by five students about 9 a.m. — close to the time that classes let out.

Teacher of the Week: LaDonna Helm

Meet LaDONNA HELM, a first-grade teacher at Leal Elementary. This school year marks No. 24 for the veteran teacher, who says she's always remembering that her first-graders are small people first and growing academics second.

Better late than never: Westview adds kindergarten class

CHAMPAIGN — The first quarter of the school year ended Friday for most Unit 4 students, but several Westview Elementary kindergartners are just getting started.

Family fighting vaccination policy enforced by Unit 4, Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — In a district of more than 10,000 students, 43 have been granted medical or religious exemptions and cleared for classes without getting immunization shots.