Champaign school board to revisit proposed calendar

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school board will take another look at the calendar for the coming school year, when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Bottenfield Elementary, 1801 S. Prospect Ave., C.

The board approved a calendar for the 2008-09 school year in February. Most students begin Aug. 18, and finals for high school students are before the winter break.

Urbana High teens not shaken up by ceiling mishap

URBANA – For students performing in the Urbana High School musical, "All Shook Up," the show must go on – even if their performance space is shut down.

Sometime before school Friday, part of the ceiling fell in the high school auditorium, where the students planned to open their show next Thursday.

Event helps youths perfect life skills

URBANA – Imagine shaving with your eyes closed. Or putting on lipstick while wearing binoculars. The results probably wouldn't be pretty.

But, with practice, they could be perfect.

Post-prom events are meant to keep kids safe, sober

Area high school students have spent months preparing for prom.

They've purchased glittering dresses and rented stately tuxedos, scheduled pictures and booked dinner reservations.

But they're not the only ones making big plans. At many area schools, parent groups have banded together to host huge post-prom parties.

C-U Foundation to give $200,000 a year to area teachers

CHAMPAIGN – The C-U Schools Foundation will give away $200,000 a year to teachers in Champaign and Urbana schools through a new grant program.

The foundation announced the Splash Grant Program at its 20th anniversary benefit gala Friday night.

Track, field are ready for inauguration

DANVILLE – Before the first official event on the new all-weather track gets under way Tuesday, Danville school officials will christen the facility as the Danville Community Athletic Complex.

"It's so much more than a track," Associate Superintendent Mark Denman said of the facility, which has been known for years as Danville High School's practice field.

Three area students earn honor in history

URBANA – When Rob Diehl, Brian Wang and Erica Kirk wanted to learn about history, they started in their own backyard.

What they found earned them the title of 2008 State Historian of the Year, shared among 14 of the state's high school students, who will each have their history essays published in Illinois History magazine (

Local teams set for Science Olympiad opening

CHAMPAIGN – Jo Ellen Machesky and Julie Mallare looked like the middle school version of CSI scientists earlier this week, with their lab coats, safety goggles and box full of equipment.

The Franklin Middle School sixth-graders were practicing their crime-busting skills, figuring out the identity of certain substances by looking at them under a magnifying glass and seeing how they react to water, vinegar and iodine. The "crime" they solve will be a scenario and clues given to them in the Illinois Science Olympiad state tournament this weekend on the University of Illinois campus.

School officials begin program to end bullying

DANVILLE – Jordan Moore used to have a secret – one he was too ashamed to talk about.

The 10-year-old was being taunted by five or six boys. It hurt his feelings, and sometimes it even made him afraid to go to school.

Mahomet board discusses activity fees, tax funds

MAHOMET – Money was on the minds of Mahomet-Seymour school board members Tuesday, as most of their meeting discussion centered on the topic.

It came up when parent Sandra Nielsen presented the board with a chart of Mahomet-Seymour's sports and activities fees compared with fees of other districts in the area, including Blue Ridge, St. Joseph-Ogden and Monticello.