Sidney Stiers is NUMBER ONE in the NATION in FFA Creed-Speaking!

Williamsfield Schools is so proud of our National Winner in FFA Creed Speaking … Sidney Stiers!

Sidney worked with Mr. Rigg and Mr. Binder routinely over the last several months to prepare, fine-tune, and improve her performance.

She also received coaching support from several teachers, relatives, FFA Alumni, many community members, and local leaders.

The Creed-Speaking Leadership Development Event is a public speaking competition for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade members of the FFA. For the competition, FFA members must recite the FFA Creed and answer three impromptu questions related to its meaning as it applies to today’s world and the agriculture industry. To reach the national stage, Sidney first won her local section-level competition, district competition, and then the state of Illinois contest in the spring of this year as a Freshman. She represented Illinois at the national level, competing against 47 other state FFA winners. She advanced through three rounds of national competition before being declared the national winner at the FFA Convention. The FFA Creed outlines the National FFA Organization’s beliefs regarding the industry of agriculture, FFA membership, and the value of citizenship and patriotism.

Williamsfield Schools is so very proud of Sidney - you represent what it means to be dedicated, innovative, and passionate.

You are Billtown.


IN THE NEWS (click the pic)

Who are the Billtown Bombers? Where is Williamsfield Schools? I'm glad you asked...

"It's not just a small school. It's a community. It's a family. These are our kids." - Mrs. Lori Secrist, Life Science Instructor 

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Federal, State, and Local Leaders visit Williamsfield Schools

Williamsfield Schools recently played host to a variety of federal, state, and local leaders. The event was part of the US Department of Education's 2015 Back-to-School Bus Tour which was led by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a senior member of President Obama's cabinet. Upon arrival, Secretary Duncan was treated to a Smartgrid presentation from members of our STEM team, after which Mr. Duncan paused so Hunter could get a selfie of the group (a pic that turned out to be one of the Secretary's favorites from the multi-state bus tour). After the student presentation, Mr. Farquer led a round-table discussion with a group of educational leaders. The focus of the conversation was "Open Education Resources (OER)" and how OER is being utilized to enhance teaching and learning in our classrooms. Round-table participants included:

  • US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • US Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
  • IL Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis
  • President of Carl Sandburg College Dr. Lori Sundberg
  • Associate Director of the Center for Workforce Development Jeanne Kitchens
  • Williamsfield Schools Life Science Pathway lead Lori Secrist
  • Williamsfield Schools Business Pathway lead Kathy Wight
  • Williamsfield Schools Principal Zack Binder
  • ROWVA CUSD Superintendent Joe Sornberger
  • Galva CUSD Superintendent Doug O'Riley 
  • Knoxville CUSD Superintendent Steve Wilder
  • Williamsfield Schools Superintendent Tim Farquer

The event included the naming of Andrew Maricnek as the first-ever 'Open' Resources Adviser by the Department of Education. Andrew's role will be to help states and districts make a transition similar to ours, from conventional textbooks to more dynamic openly licensed learning resources. This announcement was a very big deal within the "open" community. The announcement indicates additional federal support for the open sharing of information, knowledge, and ideas. Williamsfield Schools is very honored the Department chose our school and our community as the location to make this historic announcement. A few of the national news stories that followed the event can be viewed by clicking the hyperlinks below.

The high profile nature of the event brought many state and local leaders to town in addition to those who participated in the round-table. Prior to the event, many of them were treated to campus tours by student ambassadors from 4th, 8th, and 12th grade. The feedback we received from VIP tour participants was outstanding! Everyone left extremely impressed with our students, our building, and our staff. Please enjoy a few of our favorite pictures from the event. We can't wait to host additional dignitaries as we continue to strengthen the innovative learning opportunities we provide our kids.




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