Springfield Public Schools Foundation to host pop-up book shop downtown (springfielddaily.com, 10/12/17)

45752_1434421799The Springfield Public Schools Foundation will host its first-ever Pop-Up Book Shop on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 AM to 4 PM. “One Eighty Six Books” will be conveniently located in the heart of the Old Capitol Farmers Market at 407 E. Adams in downtown Springfield.

Proceeds from the event will be used to supply books for school libraries and classrooms district-wide.

“We hope families will check out the new format of the event this year,” said Kate Dunne, Foundation Board Member and a co-chair of the event. “It is a unique opportunity to enjoy shopping downtown while supporting the students of District 186.”

There will be a wide variety of books available for purchase for both children and adults. Shoppers will also be able to fulfill specific book requests made by each District school.

The Pop-up Book Shop is just one of the new and exciting experiences that the Foundation is offering the community and its donors this school year. The Annual Dinner and Art Auction, is set for Saturday, February 24, 2018, in a new location at Horace Mann in Downtown Springfield. It will be the first event of its kind at the company’s headquarters.

Each year, the Springfield Public Schools Foundation funds a number of classroom education, classroom library, special project, extracurricular and special education grants for the teachers and students of District 186. Teachers must complete an application to be considered for funding.

Full Story: https://springfielddaily.com/news/local/springfield-public-schools-foundation-host-pop-book-shop-downtown/

Superintendent Gill’s response to bomb threats recognized by IL State Supt. (ISBE.net, 10/11/17)

I’ve been celebrating many of the wonderful things I’ve been seeing at the start of the school year. This week I am also recognizing something positive — it’s just that the conditions that prompted the recognition are tough to talk about.

Every day educators and administrators in our schools are placed in unexpected situations that could affect lives forever. When external forces violate our schools, they not only rob our students of their opportunity to learn, they also rob them of their feelings of safety, security, and well-being. This is something many superintendents, principals, teachers, and staff did not anticipate being a part of their work and it has unfortunately become a part of our daily responsibility.

I want to recognize Springfield Public School District 186 for all they’ve gone through since school began this year. Someone has called in threats against schools on multiple occasions. Responding to these multiple threats, the district team has demonstrated tremendous leadership and preparation to protect students and adults. Superintendent Jennifer Gill is demonstrating remarkable grace and resolve to ensure everyone’s safety as the community deals with these threats. In each incident, families were immediately notified via automated calls and follow-up communications were continued throughout the ordeals each week. Students and staff were evacuated to safe sites where weather and technology needs were taken into consideration. The district continually provided a consistent message for students and offered follow-up support through social workers and psychologists.

Full Letter: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Weekly-Message-Display-Form.aspx?ItemId=43

Retired Dist. 186 Educator To Speak On Lincoln And Education (nprillinois.org, 10/9/17)

paulashotwell.jpegThis Thursday evening, the Lincoln Legacy Lectures take place on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

Traditionally, these have featured Lincoln historians. But with the topic “Lincoln and Education”, one of the guest speakers is a retired educator.

Paula Shotwell taught for years in District 186. She also created a living history program for 5th graders.

“I’ll be able to give the experience of working with kids for over 30 years,” she said.

Shotwell points out Lincoln often resonates less with students from the Springfield area, despite the strong ties to the former president. She lays part of the blame on budget cuts that have reduced field trips where children can see the Lincoln story up close. Also, Shotwell said the focus on test taking limits the time available for such learning.

“If we’re going to have Lincoln in our curriculum, it really does take a village in terms of resources, both monetary and volunteers,” she said. “We need our historic sites and historic volunteers, our historians, our universities, our teachers, our educators, our school districts all to be working together and communicating and pulling their resources so that together we can give our kids the best education we know how.”

Full Story: http://nprillinois.org/post/retired-dist-186-educator-speak-lincoln-and-education#stream/0


Southeast High School grads, staff reflect on past 50 years (SJ-R.com, 10/7/17)

The Springfield School District’s youngest high school, Southeast, turns 50 this year.

To mark the occasion, alumni are planning a celebration at Southeast, which opened on Sept. 6, 1967, at 2350 E. Ash St., during Homecoming festivities on Friday and Saturday.

Melissa Remolina, president of Southeast’s parent-teacher organization, said the celebration is a way to bring older and newer generations together.

“We wanted to celebrate the Spartan family and showcase what a great school it is and how it’s developed over time,” Remolina said.

At Friday football game at 7 p.m., Remolina said, the school’s first graduating class and former principals will be honored. Alumni from the band, choir, poms and cheer teams also have been invited to join the field, she said.

On Saturday, a celebration is planned at the school from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and doesn’t require a RSVP. More information about how to get involved can be found on Southeast’s school website.

Full Story: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20171007/southeast-high-school-grads-staff-reflect-on-past-50-years

Springfield District 186 Bomb Threats (NPR 91.9, 11/7/17)

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.

A local juvenile, described as a person of interest, has been detained, according to local authorities. Schools are being given the all clear signal. District officials say they take each threat seriously.

Police Chief Kenny Winslow says it’s “not a joke, not a prank.” He says those responsible will be held accountable.

10:31 AM
1. Franklin Middle School has now received the all clear to return to school.

2. We are asking parents to allow students to remain at evacuation sites at this time.

10:04 AM
From Springfield police: The Springfield Police Department is working in conjunction with District 186 to fully investigate the below incidents. Investigators and canine units are onsite conducting thorough investigations and assisting with Districts 186’s response plan, ensuring the safety and security of the students and faculty. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

10 AM
From District 186:

We are currently responding to bomb threats at Franklin Middle School, Lanphier High School, Southeast High School and Springfield High School. The threats began via phone calls at approximately 8:40 AM this morning.
Students and staff at each building are safe, but all schools are being evacuated to sites off campus out of an abundance of caution.
We are cooperating with police in searches at all schools.
Franklin Middle School is being evacuated to Southside Christian Church.
Southeast High School is being evacuated to Abundant Faith Church.
High School is being evacuated to Caritas Hall.
Springfield High School is being evacuated to Westminster Presbyterian Church.
We are notifying parents via automated calls and text message.

Source: http://nprillinois.org/post/springfield-district-186-bomb-threats

14-Year-Old Still In Custody In Bomb Threat Case (WMAY.com, 10/6/17)

A 14-year-old District 186 student will remain in the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center as he awaits his next court appearance in a bomb threat case.

State’s Attorney John Milhiser says that while there was some brief consideration to charging the teen as an adult, prosecutors took his age and other factors into consideration in deciding to leave the case in juvenile court.

Milhiser would not discuss whether the teen had any prior record… and is not ruling out the possibility of additional charges. The teen is accused of phoning in threats that led to the evacuation of four Springfield schools Thursday.