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Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale
7/30/2019
The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale has graciously opened their doors for any Unity Point family that may need child care assistance during the week of August 19-August 27. Please note: You do not have to be a member to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested please give The Boys and Girls Club a call at 618-457-8877.

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Academic Night and Book Fair

Join us for Academic Night Thursday 2/21/2019 5-7 p.m. 

Book Fair Open!


Yearbooks...Yearbooks...Yearbooks

Pre-order your yearbooks now at the pre-order price of $18.00! The only way to guarantee you receive a yearbook is to pre-order.Choose one of the options below:1. Online at www.balfour.com 2. Mail - mail it in using the enclosed form and envelope you should have received. 3. Phone - call 1-800-944-5930If you have additional questions or would like to order another way, please contact Amanda Hilt (ahilt@up140.org).Order deadline is December 19th, 2018 for all pre-orders.


Saluki Touch-a-Truck Event

This community-based event allows kids of all ages a hands-on experience with big vehicles. This is an interactive event, and children and adults will be able to touch and enter vehicles.A parent of guardian must accompany minors.

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Unity Point Goes to HARVARD!

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — The Illinois Education Association (IEA), Partnership for Resilience (PFR) and Resilient Southern Illinois (RSI) shared critical trauma-sensitive field research at the convening of By All Means 2.0, an initiative from Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab. Representatives from Illinois joined national experts, Harvard faculty and civic leaders at a two-day retreat at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education to jointly address the correlation between socioeconomic status and education outcomes.

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Resilient Southern Illinois launches program to help Students

"CARBONDALE – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) and Partnership for Resilience (PFR) are teaming up through Resilient Southern Illinois (RSI) to put support in place for students dealing with childhood trauma. RSI is partnering with 17 school districts throughout 16 Southern Illinois counties. Through RSI teachers and other school staff will for the first time be given resources to better assist students dealing with trauma, so those students can better manage their emotions and ultimately succeed in school."

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State Board approves 13 Exemplary and Commendable schools as IL-EMPOWER Peer Learning Partners
4/4/2019
State Board approves 13 Exemplary and Commendable schools as IL-EMPOWER Peer Learning Partners



Approved schools will share expertise with others in need of improvement



SPRINGFIELD— The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved 13 Exemplary and Commendable schools as IL-EMPOWER Peer Learning Partners. These 13 Peer Learning Partners will join the current network of vendors available to provide services for professional learning and school improvement to schools that received an Underperforming or Lowest-Performing designation in the state’s support and accountability system. Peer Learning Partners give schools identified for improvement the opportunity to work alongside educational leaders who personally faced and overcame challenges like theirs.



“We are grateful to have so many stories of success in Illinois’ schools and such willingness among school leaders to share their expertise with others,” said ISBE Executive Director of IL-EMPOWER Allison Sherman. “Illinois’ peer-to-peer learning structure grows from the belief that some of the best professional development occurs when peers share proven, effective practices.”



The addition of Peer Learning Partners to the vetted IL-EMPOWER network leverages the deep expertise in Illinois’ schools to support students in the greatest need. Each Lowest-Performing school receives at least $100,000 in federal school improvement funding and must work with an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner of their choice. Each Underperforming school receives a minimum of $15,000 and has the option of working with an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner of their choice.



Each school identified for improvement engages local stakeholders in a collaborative and data-informed needs assessment to identify a priority area of focus. Each school creates a Work Plan for School Improvement and, if applicable, selects an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner to work with on implementation.



Thirty-five schools applied to become Peer Learning Partners in this first round. The application was open to all schools that received an Exemplary or Commendable designation in the state’s support and accountability system. The first round of approved Peer Learning Partners includes:

Addison Trail High School in DuPage HSD 88
Carterville Intermediate School in Carterville CSD 5
Country Meadows Elementary School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
Gower West Elementary School in Gower SD 62
Henning Elementary School in Triad CUSD 2
Ivy Hall Elementary School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
Jane Addams Middle School in Valley View CUSD 365U
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
Prairie Elementary School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
Twin Groves Middle School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96
Unity Point School in Unity Point CCSD 140
Warrensburg-Latham Elementary School in Warrensburg-Latham CUSD 11
Woodlawn Middle School in Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96


ISBE used a comprehensive vetting process to carefully review each application. The process included evaluating each applicant’s evidence for:

Achievement of historical success in identified school improvement efforts and sustaining this success over time;
Articulation of a strong plan to support peers in designing, implementing, and monitoring continuous school improvement strategies/programming over time; and
Current school achievement as measured against success indicators within Illinois’ Every Student Succeeds Act support and accountability plan.
35th Annual Chapter MATHCOUNTS Champions
2-19-2019
Congratulations to the Unity Point Team (consisting of Nathaniel Gao, Jason Qin, Michelle Wang, Elaina Xiao, alternative Bill Xu) as they won the title and advanced to the State Competition.

In the individual competition, five Unity Point students entered the top ten and qualified for the State Competition, they are



2nd: Nathaniel Gao

3rd: Elaina Xiao

4th: Michelle Wang

8th: Bill Xu

10th: Jason Qin

The State Competition will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Lisle, Illinois.