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See the lists of possible titles for Champaign high schoolers to read this summer

I wrote a story for today's paper about Champaign high schools requiring all its students to read at least one book this summer.

The school district sent me PDF files of the three lists with suggested titles for each class. (Juniors have their choice of two books.) Here are links to those PDF files on our website.

Graduation speech by Christina Kohlmann of The High School of St. Thomas More

Here's the text of the graduation speech delivered by Christina Kohlmann of The High School of St. Thomas More. She's the valedictorian of the Class of 2012, and spoke at the ceremony May 20, 2012.


Graduation speech by Joseph Song of University Laboratory High School in Urbana

Here's the text of the graduation speech delivered by Joseph Song of Uni High in Urbana. Uni's graduation ceremony was Saturday, May 19.


Ben's Bells making their way around Champaign, Urbana and Rantoul

I wrote a story for Saturday's paper about Ben's Bells, which are windchimes handmade by local students, encouraging local residents to be intentionally kind.

The Champaign school board and Robert's Rules of Order

Last night's school board meeting was an interesting one. Robert's Rules of Order governs the school board (and many other bodies) but I've never seen it come into play quite so prominently during a meeting.

Agenda posted for Monday's Champaign school board meeting

The agenda for the Champaign school board regular meeting scheduled for Monday has been posted.

Meet informally tonight with Champaign school board member; deadline for open Champaign school board seat approaching

Two things I wanted to mention today, both concerning the Champaign school board:

Tonight, Board Member Jamar Brown and Champaign schools' Chief Operating Officer Gene Logas will be available to talk with the public at 6 p.m. tonight in room 215 of the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

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