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Mr. Binder's Creative Challenge

Photo: Mr. Binder's Creative Challenge!  Encourage students to enter "Mr. Binder's Creative Challenge..." a friendly, whole-school competition to promote school spirit and unity. Here is the challenge: Students (any grade, PK-12), are to "create" a representation (can be a painting, drawing, collage...any artistic interpretation) that adheres to the theme :   WILLIAMSFIELD SCHOOLS:  ONE SCHOOL, ONE HOME, ONE FAMILY.    Entries must be no smaller than 8 x 10.   Entries must be submitted to the Principal's Office by Monday, September 22nd.   This challenge requires students to use creativity (think outside the box!) to represent our school in the best possible light.   Entries will be judged based on creativity, individuality, artistry, and most importantly, representation of theme.  1st Prize Winners will receive: $20 "Billbucks" to the Billtown Café (good for any lunch, ala carte, or concession item) Unveiling/Display in Principal's Office Published in The Weekly Post, Billtown Webpage & Facebook.  2nd Prize Winners will receive:  $10 "Billbucks" to the Billtown Café  (as well as all of the above).  Students will also be recognized at the next assembly.  All entries will be displayed throughout our building for students, staff and families to see.  Don't let age or experience hold you back...everyone is creative. This contest is about the strengths, talents and unique qualities that our school HOME.  So what are you waiting for? Start CREATING! It's time for Principal. Binder's Fourth Annual Creative Challenge! Mr. Binder is looking for creative, talented students to engage in a friendly school-wide challenge to promote school spirit and unity. Our theme this year is: "Billtown Brave: Wholeheartedly Embracing the Billtown 9." Billtown Brave is our mantra for the year. We believe that we grow stronger as a school and community by Trusting one Another and Working Together. Embracing the billtown 9, we are courageously creating a culture where all people are accepted. Together, we can accomplish anything! At Billtown, we are Braver, and Better, TOGETHER.

 

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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!

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Williamsfield, IL, 61489
School Office: (309)-639-2216
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