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Parents and community members won't get to see the artwork in this year's Celebrate Art event until this weekend. But the panel of judges charged with picking the best of the best got a sneak peak a few weeks ago.
At their Monday night meeting the Mahomet-Seymour School Board gave the formal go-ahead to a plan to offer full-day kindergarten next year.
An assistant principal at Heyworth Junior/Senior High School and former instructor at Mahomet-Seymour has been hired as the next principal for DeLand-Weldon schools.
Students at Lincoln Trail Elementary in Mahomet welcomed P.E. teacher Lu Rippy to the gym on Friday afternoon with a chant of "Rip-py! Rip-py!" and a round of applause.
The assembly was a surprise, honoring Rippy for the twenty years in which she's spearheaded the school's participation in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.
The Mahomet-Seymour school board okayed a five-year plan on Monday night, laying out goals they'll be pursuing and the steps necessary to get there. The plan includes everything from technology upgrades to new security measures, but the component that's likely to garner the most attention in the short term concerns full-day kindergarten.
Mahomet-Seymour High School was recognized this week by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of the best high schools in the state.
MSHS ranked 36th out of 689 entries on the Sun-Times' annual list of Illinois' top high schools. Rankings are based on juniors' average reading and math scores on state achievement tests.
Mahomet-Seymour hopes to cut its energy bills in the coming year—providing much-needed savings for the school district in these lean financial times.
At the end of December, the school board voted to hire energy consulting firm Ameresco to spearhead a project to replace inefficient lighting with new fluorescent fixtures.
Mahomet-Seymour broke ground for the district's new early childhood center last Tuesday morning, inviting the over 200 students at the current Middletown Early Childhood Center to join in the celebration.
Students and staff at Middletown Early Childhood Center are seeing double this year, with seven sets of twins in the kindergarten class.
Principal Carol Shallenberger said that there's usually one set of twins in kindergarten in the average year—though there have been unusually high numbers of twins at the school in years past.
With a new job, a new town and even a new coat of Bulldog-orange paint on his office wall, Mahomet-Seymour Superintendent Rick Johnston is ready to start a new school year.
Johnston replaced former superintendent Keith Oates, who took a new job in Marion, Ill., at the end of June.