Reminder: Illini Central teachers will be participating in school improvement activities during the afternoon of September 30, 2020. On Wednesday, we will dismiss school at 11:30. There will be no online learning activities in the afternoon.
The IC Board of Education approved an extension of the blending learning schedule (11:30 in person) through Friday October 16. For more details, please view the story on the "News" section of the IC website.
An individual at the IC Pre-K program has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19. The Pre-K program will be closed through October 7 as we work to contact trace and quarantine individuals. Only the Pre-K program will be closed. IC students K-12 will continue with in-person instruction as the case was isolated at the Pre-K building.
The Illini Central CUSD189 Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The meeting can be viewed through the Illini Central Sports Network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/illini-central-high-school-mason-city-il/evtf26ae21213 or through Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84494085266?pwd=S1FXeWRaMEVTc3BjOVR2amt1ZzF4QT09
Illini Central will still be having Parent/Teacher Conferences this Fall. Parents and guardians will be able to make an appointment with each of their student’s teachers, including Electives/Exploratory classes. Due to COVID-19, we are conducting conferences differently than we have in the past. All Conferences will be done via Zoom, a Google Meet session, or over the phone. Conferences will be held during the following times: Wednesday, October 7th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday, October 8th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Below you can find a link with instructions on how to sign up for conferences. If you have a ICGS student, you just need to select Homeroom instead of the subject. Here is the link: https://5il.co/laen #WeAreIC
Illini Central schools will return to in-school instruction beginning tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, 2020. All buildings, including Pre-K, will be open for students. Thank you for your cooperation over these past two days.
During the remote learning days of Tuesday 9/15 and Wednesday 9/16, meals will be provided to those students who are currently signed up for the service. Meals may be picked up at the school in west parking lot by Door K between 10:30am and 12:30 pm.
Correction--Closure on Tuesday 9/15 and Wednesday 9/16.
Individuals at Illini Central High School and Middle School have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19. As a result, we will close the building and have remote learning for all students on Wed. 9/15 and Thurs. 9/16. Please see the website for more details regarding remote learning.
School Picture Day is next week. Remote Learners should go to the Grade School All Purpose Room on Monday, September 14th between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. to have their picture taken. Forms will be available there. If you would like a form before then, contact the office to pick one up. Students who are attending in-person will have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 15th. Forms will be passed out to you later this week. Contact the office with any questions 217-482-5180 #WeAreIC
Tonight's baseball game in Lincoln has been cancelled and there will be no practice.
The Grade School Remote Learning Attendance Form has been repaired. Sorry for the confusion.
We are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system. At this time, we are unable to receive incoming calls. We are working to resolve the matter. If you need to contact school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We apologize for the inconvenience.
To the Illini Central Parents and Families: The first day of school is now in the record books. Thank you all for working with us through the challenges of reopening school. I think I can speak for all of our staff in saying that having students back in the building makes all of the hard work worth it. Your patience and cooperation went a long way in making today a great one. I know that the car drop off and pick up involved some long waits, but that will get better with practice. We are going to make a few changes in our screening process that may reduce the wait time. We will try to screen our walkers and student drivers before 7:45 so that they can enter right when the doors open. This may allow us to get to the car riders more quickly. I am asking that drivers help us out by doing two things: 1. Please line up to enter the east parking lot from the southbound lane of North West Avenue or from Pine Street. Please do not pull onto North West Avenue from Chestnut Street and enter from the northbound lane. I realize that this may mean that some cars have to go a little out of the way, but it will keep traffic flowing more smoothly at the north entrance of the parking lot. 2. When leaving the parking lot, please turn right and pull onto Chestnut. Again, try to avoid going north on North West. During pick up times today, I know we had some cars on Chestnut Street. This happens every year and usually improves with repetition. We will work on dismissing some of our car riders a little earlier so that we can hopefully begin filling cars right at 11:30. The first day usually brings some confusion with bus routes as well. I am happy to report that we had just a few situations today. Again, some of this happens under the best circumstances, and will improve with time. Please keep in mind that we changed some routes and drivers, so allow them a few days to perfect the system. Again, I want to thank everyone for the kind words and support. We will continue to evaluate what is working and what we can do to improve. Have a great evening. We will see you tomorrow.
Let's try this again... Since we can't have our open houses and orientations in person, here's the information we would like you to know before tomorrow morning! We can't wait to see you, and don't forget your mask and printed schedule! https://sites.google.com/illinicentral.org/open/home
Welcome Back to School!! You can view a welcome back message from the superintendent at https://youtu.be/rxbjkVLMDGE.
This past Thursday, Mr. Ward & Illini Central's Director of Transportation Mr. Elliot Hernan sat down to discuss the transportation portion of our reopening plan. This video includes important information regarding bus & car riders alike. There are some changes to how we have to do things before school & after. Please take a second to listen to this information. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/iqfd1AyZIgY Have a great weekend & take care. #WeAreIC
Earlier this afternoon...we were having issues with a test broadcasting link while checking for tonight's board meeting. If you have any issues with that broadcasting link...try the Zoom instead that was posted earlier. #WeAreIC
Tonight's Board of Education meeting can be viewed on the Illini Central Sports Network: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/illini-central-high-school-mason-city-il/evtedba77862c OR through Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86051443376?pwd=eUVVRGovVnMvbWxwOHdpUFJ6NDNvQT09
This morning, Illini Central Superintendent Mr. Mike Ward & IC School Nurse Mrs. Tonya Harris sat down to discuss some of the main challenges we are preparing for as we begin in-person learning next week. Our hope is that this video helps to explain the IDPH health guidelines that we will be expected to follow. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OD81aLNOqI The document that is seen in the video can also be found at this link: https://5il.co/jtlt #WeAreIC
The Illini Central CUSD#189 Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Modular Building #2. The meeting agenda link can be found on the district webpage under the Board of Education tab. The meeting will be broadcast on the Illini Central Sports Network at this address: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/illini-central-high-school-mason-city-il/evtedba77862c
ICHS/ICMS Principal Mrs. Durbin shares some information for high school & middle school students about how the "Black & Gold" block schedules will be working this Fall as well as some class scheduling information. Click on this link: https://youtu.be/Re3gT3zCEoo #WeAreIC
As we approach the start of school on the 25th...we will be releasing videos this week to explain our plan for getting things going in all areas of our reopening. Today's video explains our Technology plan. In this video, Mr. Wherley discusses Chromebook distribution, the Hot Spot sign-up form & how to get tech assistance this school year as well as how to make sure you stay connected to Illini Central. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rT08oIeYo8 Have a great weekend & Take care! #WeAreIC
Included in this post is a form to make sure all students needing meals during our blended learning phase OR in case of school closure (going full remote) get those meals. This will make sure our food service staff is getting enough food ordered and will be prepared to meet those needs in either case. Of course families can call in to the school if they change their minds or opt out. For instance, the ICGS teachers will hand out meals only to those signed up, so it’s important to be on this list to prevent bus delays etc. Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/ib1PWwHGN35J8e2E7 If you have any questions, please call the school 217-482-5180 or send an email to email@example.com #WeAreIC
Good morning, here are the links to the 2020-2021 Grade School & Middle School supply lists. Grade School: https://5il.co/imqu Middle School: https://5il.co/imqk If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Note: Today, July 27th...no staff will be in the school due to the annual Summer bug spraying. Have a great week & Take care. #WeAreIC
Illini Central CUSD#189 is seeking a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for the 2020-2021 school year. The CNA will assist the district's nurse in the administration of the Health Services as described in the Illini Central Board Policy Manual: the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines: and the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Anticipate work hours will follow the school day (approximately 35 hours per week). Candidates must possess at least a valid certified nursing assistant license. Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Mike Ward, Superintendent email@example.com
Here is the 1st video from our Communications Committee regarding where we are in the Reopening Illini Central planning process. The video includes: A couple of Thank you's The make-up of our reopening team Our goals for reopening & the date for releasing our plan Info on ISBE Guidelines & Requirements Presented by two of the faces of Illini Central...one is better than the other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QX3qIxwKP8 Take care & have a great weekend! #WeAreIC
The Budget Hearing and Regular June Board Meeting of the Illini Central CUSD189 Board of Education will be conducted using Zoom teleconferencing. The meeting will be Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 pm. The meeting is linked here. Anyone interested in providing public comment should contact Mike Ward at 217-482-5180 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to everyone who dropped off Chromebooks, hotspots & text and library books yesterday. We have heard from a number of people who couldn't make it during the day yesterday and we completely understand. To offer a weekend day & time, I will be at the school this Saturday, May 30th from 9 to Noon for anyone who still has items to drop-off. Since it will just be me, I will not be able to get personal student items for people who drop by. We are working on a plan to deliver those items in the near future. Thank you. Mr. Wherley #WeAreIC
Reminder: Chromebook drop off tomorrow at the high school entrance. 8am-4pm. Please bring any school property and technology devices. Please label the Chromebook with your student's first and last name.
Please take a second to read through our NEWS story about the Device Drop-Off day next Wednesday, May 27th. Thank you & Take care. https://www.illinicentral.org/article/250360?org=illini-central-cusd-189 #WeAreIC
The Illini Central Board of Education will hold its May 18, 2020 meeting using video conferencing technology. The public can log into Zoom to view the meeting. Instructions for logging on to the meeting can be found at the district website "News" section.
Attention middle and high school students: Today is the last day you will receive paper copies delivered. Any middle or high school student who has work to turn in to be graded, may do so in the homework return bin located outside door B by the high school entrance. Please return work inside the envelope and make sure the student’s name on it. All work must be received by Friday, May 22. Thank you!
Illini Central Schools will observe a remote learning planning day on Tuesday, May 26th. The last day of student instruction will be Friday, May 22nd. Teachers will participate in staff development activities on May 26th that focus on planning for the 2020-2021 school year.
This is a reminder that Illini Central schools will distribute student supply and property on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. Please check the district website for the schedule and details.
ICHS/ICMS Principal...Mrs. Durbin answers the Illini Central Cougar's question about the end of the school year & what we have coming up in the month of May. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrWqm2EMpi4&feature=youtu.be A PDF of these questions & answers can be found at the following link as well: https://5il.co/fn60 #WeAreIC
We have released a schedule for student supplies and property pick up April 30 and May 1. Please see the "News" section of the IC website for details
Illini Central has internet hotspots available free of charge to families who have no internet service. If you are in need of a device, please call 217-482-5180 extension 1815
The Illini Central Board of Education will hold its April 16, 2020 meeting using video conferencing technology. The public can log into Zoom to view the meeting. Instructions for logging on to the meeting can be found at the district website "News" section.
Good morning, we wanted to let you know that our internet is down at the school which takes the phones out as well. If you try to call the school this morning for information or to leave a voicemail...your call will not go through. Please feel free to email the school at email@example.com We will let you know when things are up & running again. Thank you & Take care. Mr. Wherley #WeAreIC
MS/HS PE Assignment for the week: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1efNN2mC6v4RWbAPHglBdDDwywKiYFBa01DjQdIZXSWY/edit?usp=sharing
MS and HS PE Remote Learning Workouts: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ToiG1_iCh1r0W_pZIr8AieEOpJUZ_I0idW_yTos0zSE/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you to all of the IC faculty and staff who have worked so hard over the past few weeks. We have adapted to a new learning environment practically overnight. We are providing meals to over 350 students. We are lucky to work with such dedicated people.
Governor Pritzker has extended the shelter in place order for Illinois until April 30. Remote learning will continue as planned.
Illini Central Middle and High School teachers encourage students to log on and join us in our virtual spirit week! https://youtu.be/BYu13LV-KgQ
Remote Learning Days begin March 31st. Please see district website for more details.
Any middle or high school student who would like to schedule a counseling session with either Mrs. Holley or Mr. Ollech may do so by filling out a counseling request form or by emailing them directly. They will be providing counseling services via Zoom. The counseling link and both email addresses are listed below. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com https://docs.google.com/…/1zhHGu8oJdQ6BkqhbJqhUB7br4Gg…/edit #WeAreIC
We understand that the internet is probably overloaded because of the increase of users. We recommend that you wait until later to try to access it.
Clarification: Any student in grades 2-12 may pick up a Chromebook tomorrow. It is not a requirement to have requested one in last week's survey.
The district’s Remote Learning Plan is now available at https://tinyurl.com/RemotelearnIC. The plan details the expectations for students and staff. Please take the time to review the plan.
Please check the Illini Central webpage at www.illinicentral.org for updates regarding the school closure. Parents, students, and staff-the updates have been sent to your email.
The 3rd Annual Illini Central Wax Museum is scheduled for Friday, March 13 from 8:45-10:15. Students in Mr. Burks' and Mr. Newton's classes have been working extremely hard on this project. This event is open to the public, and we would love to see you there!
Reminder: Permission slips for the middle school incentive field trip to the Peoria Riverman hockey game are due tomorrow, Friday, December 13th. Trip is Tuesday December 17th.
Middle School picture re-takes are scheduled for Tuesday, November 19. Forms are available in the office.
Reminder: IC schools will dismiss school on Thursday, October 31st at 11:15 in order for staff to participate in school improvement activities.
This Friday, November 1st, ICMS Pep Club will be hosting a costume dance from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. The cost is $5 and there will be soda and candy available for purchase. Students should be dropped off at the cafeteria doors. Students are not required to wear a costume to attend the dance, but the dress code is as follows: -No blood/gore/masks/weapons(real or fake) -Shirts/dresses must have straps -Shorts/skits/dresses must be an appropriate length
Picture re-takes for the high school will take place Tuesday, October 29. Middle school re-takes will be scheduled once pictures come in. So again, only high school re-takes will happen on Tuesday, October 29. Middle school re-takes will be announced soon.
We will dismiss school at 2:00 pm for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wed. Oct. 23 and Thurs., Oct. 24th. There will be no school on Friday, October 25th. The district will be spraying pesticide within parts of the building on 10/25.
On October 8, eighth grade will travel to Peoria for the Greater Peoria CareerSpark. The goal of this program is to "spark" an interest in students' future career goals. Permission slips have been sent home. Check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QClRoQssuVE
Beginning September 3, 2019, tutoring/study sessions will be available in the middle school from 3:00-4:00 each Monday through Thursday. We believe this is a great opportunity for extra support or additional work time for students.
Tonight's baseball game against West Lincoln Broadwell has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for Thursday night.
The 3rd & 4th quarter High Honor Roll, Honor Roll & Honorable Mention ICMS lists can be found in the folder labeled "Honor Roll" in the Documents section of the IC website & on our app. #WeAreIC
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the Class of 2023's Commitment to Graduate Ceremony at Illini Central. Here is a link to the FREE LIVE broadcast of the event. If you have family or friends that can't make it...we have you covered. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/illini-central-high-school-mason-city-il/evte8720009b3 #WeAreIC
Just a reminder that the Greenview 8-Man Football meeting will be taking place tonight in the ICHS gymnasium starting at 6:30. #WeAreIC