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The Summer Newsletter is out!

Be sure to click HERE to view the summer newsletter. It is packed full of important information for the upcoming year! 

Anticipated Board of Education Vacancy

Williamsfield Schools is currently accepting applications for an anticipated open seat on the Board of Education. The opening is due to the anticipated departure of Mr. Robert Rask, who anticipates moving to Oak Run in Persifer township with his family. Candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must have been a resident of the district for at least 1 calendar year
  3. Must be a resident of a township other than Persifer (there is a limit of 3 BOE members per township, 3 current members reside in Persifer Township)
  4. Other qualifications per BOE policy and state law

Qualified? Interested? Submit a letter of interest to Pam Courson in the district office by NOON Wednesday, July 5th. Questions? Contact Superintendent Tim Farquer at 309.639.2219.

Williamsfield Schools Selected to Participate in Innovative Pilot

After a lengthy application process, Williamsfield Schools has been chosen as 1 of 10 school districts to participate in a statewide competency-based learning pilot. The Illinois State Board of Education launched the pilot program to spur innovation in the way high schools prepare students for meaningful careers. The program is a product of the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act, passed unanimously by both legislative houses and signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2016.

“The way we prepare students for college and career must evolve if we want to fuel a thriving economy and healthy communities,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “When students leave our schools, they should leave with the keys to open multiple doors, any of which can lead to a successful future.”

“The 10 school districts participating in the first cohort of the Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot are opening new doors for students and educators,” said Smith. “These districts are modeling the future I want to see in Illinois - innovative, led by educators, supportive of the whole child and of every student reaching their full potential, and with schools at the center of healthy communities.”

Participation in this pilot gives us increased flexibility to meet the needs of our kids. It allows us to place greater emphasis on skill development and less emphasis on “seat time.” It also allows us to better personalize the high school experience, giving our kids more opportunities to pursue their passions and position themselves for success. At the end of the day, our participation in the pilot program will help us transition our high school culture from one of chasing credits in order to be done to an environment where more of our students view the high school experience as an opportunity to prepare themselves to lead personally productive lives.

Be sure to check out the News Channel 8 feature on Williamsfield Schools here. We couldn’t be more excited for our students and staff, and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate. We can’t wait to see the positive impact this has on our kids!

$110,000 Awarded to Williamsfield Schools for STEM Courses

Williamsfield Schools is extremely excited to announce our selection to receive $110,000 from Project Lead the Way! This grant will fuel our continued effort to revitalize STEM classrooms and curriculum. The funds will be used over 3-years and will help us create the engaging, hands-on classrooms that empower our students to strengthen their STEM knowledge and skills. Teacher training, curricular materials, and classroom equipment/supplies will be purchased with this generous award. This money will go a long way in helping us create the new STEM Lab our students, staff, and community deserve.

To learn more about Project Lead the Way (PLTW), check out www.pltw.org. Grant funding will support integration of the following courses beginning next school year:

  • PLTW Gateway (6-8)
  • PLTW Computer Science
  • PLTW Engineering
  • PLTW Biomedical Science

We can’t wait to see the positive impact this money has on our teachers, our courses, and our kids!

Contact Us

325 Kentucky Avenue
Williamsfield, IL, 61489
School Office: (309)-639-2216
District Office: (309)-639-2219