Rossville-Alvin board considers reactivating high school closed in 2006

ROSSVILLE – Residents in the Rossville-Alvin school district may have the opportunity this spring to say whether they want to reactivate their high school that was closed almost five years ago.

Danville school board to consider South View renovation

DANVILLE – School officials are looking to keep renovations for South View Middle School on schedule.

Building and grounds director Ron Henton met with architects from Schmidt Associates last week to go over the school room by room. He and other school officials will soon travel to Indianapolis to view a computerized overview of the work to be done.

Girls demonstrate engineering skills

URBANA – Evan Petty smiled as she watched her robot maneuvering down a tabletop.

After safely avoiding some obstacles, the robot (named Kevin) used a light sensor to get into position to fire a small ball through a goal.

A group of wide-eyed small children who gathered around the tabletop applauded Kevin's feat.

Kindergarten 'readiness' session scheduled

CHAMPAIGN – The countdown to kindergarten has begun, with school districts holding information sessions and registration activities from now through the spring.

Is your child ready?

To help parents find out, the Champaign County Birth to 6 Council has scheduled a free "kindergarten readiness" session at the Champaign Public Library on Jan. 29.

Information resources on kindergarten

For more information on preparing your child for kindergarten:

– Champaign County Birth to 6 Council:

Includes a "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" calendar of family activities that you can download.

UI college combines three departments

CHAMPAIGN – The College of Education at the University of Illinois is combining three departments into one – but not to save money.

Dean Mary Kalantzis said the impetus to create the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership came from the faculty, not from a cost-cutting motivation, and "will create synergies for creative collaboration."

Washington, Garden Hills school lotteries to be held first

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will hold two kindergarten lotteries this year for families with children entering school next fall.

Danville schools will seek feedback on uniforms

DANVILLE – A meeting this week to discuss school uniforms for Danville students has resulted in a decision to survey both students and parents about the issue.

"The next step is to create the surveys and get as much feedback as possible," said Eliza Brooks, principal of Liberty Elementary School.

Mahomet will be only downstate site for math competition this spring

MAHOMET – Students with an interest in math can test their skills in an international competition later this spring.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High is one of the sites – and the only downstate site in Illinois – for the Math Kangaroo competition.

Classes on personal finance to be offered free

CHAMPAIGN – Free classes on personal finance will be offered on 11 consecutive Thursday evenings in February, March and April, courtesy of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and the PAID Program.

The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., starting Feb. 3 and running through April 14, at the Land of Lincoln office, 302 N. First St., C.