Champaign schools to test alert system

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will soon begin testing a new emergency-notification message system.

Parents and staff will receive alerts from the district by telephone and e-mail when weather causes a school closing or schedule change.

Champaign school board weighs facilities issues

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board talked about facility issues, including consolidating some existing facilities and priorities for elementary school renovations, in a study session Monday night.

Teacher heading to India to share autism information

Working with autistic children is like trying to solve a puzzle where some of the pieces are hidden from view. It is Erin Quarnstrom's mission to put the puzzle pieces together and help students with autism learn in a way that best suits them.

'Letters to the future' project under way in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Phyllis Gingold's seventh- and eighth-grade students "went crazy" with their research so they might accurately describe what Champaign might look like in 50 years.

They are hoping that the ideas they wrote in "letters to the future" will have come to be by the time they are read by residents who crack open a time capsule in 2060.

Franklin Middle School named Breakthrough School

CHAMPAIGN – Franklin Middle School is one of five middle schools in the country – and one of 10 secondary schools – to be named a Breakthrough School by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Urbana High's meal tradition continues

URBANA – Urbana High School's annual community Thanksgiving meal is something of a family tradition for Korrine Spears.

"Since I was a freshman, I've been coming and helping," said the Urbana High School senior. "My mom went to Urbana High School. (She) kind of shared it with me. My family has been part of it for a long time."

Ex-Rantoul superintendent to get year's pay in resignation deal

RANTOUL – Former Rantoul Township High School Super- intendent Janet Koroscik will get one year's salary from the school district and medical and hospitalization benefits as part of a resignation agreement.

Deal means UI will host Science Olympiad more often

URBANA – The University of Illinois' Urbana campus will be host to the national Science Olympiad more often, as well as continue to host the state tournament, as part of an agreement between the UI and the nonprofit.

Central students serve Thanksgiving dinner for teachers, staff

CHAMPAIGN – The smells wafted through the hallways at Central High School – turkey, sweet potatoes, pie – drawing several teachers to the hallway outside the foods lab.

DACC plans vote on adding new women's sport

DANVILLE – Female students at Danville Area Community College may have an opportunity to compete in a new sport starting next year.

Trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to add the women's half marathon as an athletic program and provide five additional athletic waivers for participants.