Congratulations to these Bluford Grade School students for achieving academic success for trimester 1 of the 2020-2021 school year: HIGH HONORS: 5th Grade - Teiryn Andrews, Jacob Braden, Owen Burke, Bryden Dalby, Ethan Fitzjerrells, Lily Rains, and Kylie Snow 6th Grade - Kadi Bain, Hailei Marlow, and Walker Rightnowar 8th Grade - Baylee Adams, Chloe Adams, Graham Bertrand, and Kylee Halbin HONORS: 5th Grade – Emilee Loker and Abriella McElveen 6th Grade – Jaunston Capps HONORABLE MENTION: 5th Grade – Trevor Jones, Jacob Marlow, Rielly Norman, and Emerey Withrow 6th Grade – Landon Cook and Conner Withrow 7th Grade – Raymond Andrews, Chloe King, and Elizabeth Thomas 8th Grade – Stacie Bullard, Amaya Hefner, Ashton Stilley, and Shelbi Yanez
Yes sports fans good news! We are starting winter sports practices cautiously and optimistically. All school safety guidelines must be followed to the letter for it to continue but we are on a positive path now. Boys HS will go after school and girls will go at 5:00 this week. Girls JH will go Tue.-Thur. after school and Boys are TBA this week.
You can't beat that Trojan Pride....21:18 HSCC Sectionals@ Swansee
Here are some upcoming important dates. Oct. 30- No School- Teacher In Service Nov. 3- No school- Election Day Nov. 6 - 11:30 Dismisal Nov. 9- Dental Safari Nov. 17- Beta Club Blood Drive Nov. 18 - Picture Retakes Nov. 20- No School Nov. 25, 26, 27- No School
Unfortunately with the press release from the Governors office yesterday, which shifted basketball to a "high risk" activity, all basketball activities have been postponed until we have more guidance. All tryouts and practices are cancelled until further notice.
Grade School girls basketball open gym will be from after school till 5 Tuesday, and after school till 4:30 Wednesday and Thursday.
High School boys basketball open gym will be from 3:20 to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday. Any boys interested in playing is encouraged to attend these so we can get an accurate head count of players. Regular practice will begin Nov. 16 for boys and girls.
JH Boys Basketball open gym will be next week Tue and Thur from 3:15 to 5:00. JH Girls will be in the big gym next week as well.
The boys' jr. high cross country team headed out with Coach Pierce and Coach Marlow at 7 am this morning for the Duquoin State Cross Country Meet. You can view races livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9lhaAlbFN6CJodOId8MFw Good luck Trojans! #herewego
Girls Junior High Basketball conditioning will start Monday, October 19, after school until 4:30pm. Girls in grades 5-8 interested in playing this year should plan to attend. It will be outside so please dress accordingly. Sweat clothes and tennis shoes are preferred. No jean material please. For more information contact coach Forristall at 731-0967.
Big time shout out to our JH Regional Champion Cross Country Team!! Congratulations to the team and coaches Pierce and Marlow on an outstanding performance. Way to go guys, way to show what Trojan Pride means. Best of luck at state!
Best of luck to our JH cc team at regionals today. Go Trojans! I was just notified spectators will not be allowed at the state meet in DuQuoin. I know this is a huge disappointment but we at least have a state meet. Reminder, be sure to not post any pictures you may take today of your student-athlete without a mask on facebook. This could seriously jeopardize future events. Thank you for your understanding.
The internet is out at the school at this time, which effects our phone lines. If you try to call the school you will get a busy signal. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to report any absences until we are able to get the issue resolved later today.
Parent Teacher Conferences - October 28th from 3:30 - 7 pm and October 29th from 3 - 7 pm. Conferences will be held by PHONE or through ZOOM video conferencing. Call the grade school at 732-8242 or the high school at 732-6121 to schedule your conference.
the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature. Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
A crew is back working on Bluford Road. An alternative route into town is suggested.
The Boys Junior High regional baseball game will be played Wed. Sept. 30 at 4 :00 here. The boys High School game Wed. will be played at 6:30, after the JH game.
Girls JH softball will be made up Tuesday, September 29, 6pm at Lincoln Park in Mt. Vernon. JH boys is tentatively scheduled here tomorrow at 4:30 weather and field conditions permitting.
It's official now sports fans, the hat trick of cancelations. Girls JH softball today is postponed. Makeup date being worked on.
Todays High School baseball game at Cisne has been canceled.
Todays Junior High Boys regional game here has been postponed. I am looking to reschedule for Tuesday if the field is ready. I haven't heard about girls softball yet. That game is at Lincoln Park in Mt. Vernon and they are still seeing if they can make it playable.
Saturday is going to be a great day in Bluford! The Ruritan Club is hosting their monthly breakfast from 7:00 - 9:00 and this is the month they split half of all the proceeds to Bluford Schools. Also, we are hosting our first cross country meet in over a decade. The race starts at 9:00, so come have breakfast and then cheer on the xc runners!
Congratulations to our Junior High boys baseball team on having a fine season that earned them a #4 seed and home field in the first round regional game Monday Sept. 28 at 4 :30. Please come cheer our boys on.
PARENTS of SENIOR STUDENTS: If you received a letter alerting you to the need of Meningococcal Immunization, you can schedule one here at the school on Friday, October 9 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. To schedule the immunization: 1. Call Nurse Mary at 732-8242. 2. Have your child pick up an Informed Consent form or Nurse Mary can email it to you. 3. If your child is UNDER 18, a custodial parent must be present. 4. The only insurance we have been advised that does not cover the immunization is Meridian.
Due to our opponent having an issue with Covid virus Tuesday's boys high school baseball game has been postponed. A make up date will be released as soon as possible.
Girls Junior High Softball for today has been canceled,
Although the Class of 2020 was unable to have their scheduled Prom, students voted to select senior prom attendants. Through the voting process, the 2020 Webber King & Queen were selected from the top votes. Here is a video link revealing the 2020 candidates, as well as the King & Queen. Congratulations! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E8staw3nEY
The IDPH updated guidance for schools last Friday. This is good news as it allows our professional school nurse to determine exposure risk for students exhibiting any symptom. With this series of questions, students may not need to have a COVID test or be excluded for 10 days with the display of symptoms. The revised school plan can be found at the link below. https://tinyurl.com/y6pbswvb
Paving has begun on Bluford Road. An alternative route into town is suggested.
Please remember to follow IDPH guidelines when in attendance at any extracurricular activities. If you are unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet from those not in your household when you are outside, please wear a face mask. This reminder comes now because we were notified of a spectator from another school who has tested positive for Covid-19. It is in the best interest of our student athletes, for all spectators to follow these guidelines so that it does not jeopardize our ability to continue playing. As always, if you are not feeling well or develop symptoms, please stay home and away from others.
We recieved word today that Bluford Rd. will be resurfaced this week with construction possibly beginning tomorrow. Please use caution in work areas and allow for more time getting to school.
Jr. High Baseball and Softball 8th grade night will be Monday Sept. 21, at 4:15 on the diamonds. Please plan to attend. The games will start after the ceremonies.
The school district received $345.85 the quarter through the Kroger Rewards program! We have 83 households signed up. If you shop at Kroger, you can sign up for the school to receive reward funding by visiting this link. https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards
It is disheartening that we must share this reminder every school year. When you see a bus with red flashing lights and an octagon sign labeled, STOP, that is exactly what you should do. The Jeff Co. Sheriff's Dept. is very cooperative the our photographic evidence when vehicles choose to run a stop sign. Two vehicles were turned over today.
More bad news baseball fans. The high school baseball games for Thursday, Aug.27 and Monday Aug. 31 are postponed. We will be rescheduling those and I will let you know when those dates are.
Today's boys high school baseball game at Christ Our Rock has been postponed. Thursdays game at Wayne City has not been determined at this time. I will keep everyone abreast of situations as they occur best I can. Stay tuned to this challenging year folks.
Parents: As we begin our fall sports season today, we are asking for your help. Ensuring proper distance at ball games between households will be crucial in being able to continue with the season. We ask for your help in making sure that as you attend ballgames that you adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you! #herewego
Regular school dismissal will be 3:10 pm. Car rider pick up will be similar to last year in that you will enter from Chestnut Street (around the curve). One difference is that we are going to have two lanes of traffic. Those picking up students in grades K-2 will be the inside lane which will be closest to the school. K-2 students will be coming out the doors on the west end of the building, so you will stop at the sidewalk by the corner of the building. Those picking up students in grades 3-5 will use the outside lane. Students in grade 3-5 will be walked out the front entrance by the elementary gym that we have used in the past. These lanes of traffic will will continue down the front of the building. There will be a staff member outside directing traffic. If you have a child in grades 6-8, please park in the lot closest to the grade school office and those students will make their way out to the car. Those picking up high school students should park in the angled parking in front of the high school entrance. If you have multiple grade levels to pick up, get in the line of the youngest child and please tell a staff member so they can direct you where to go next. Please be patient with the process as we adjust and work keep the kids safe through the dismissal process. #herewego
Tomorrow is the big day! Please remember student arrival is 7:50 am. If you are dropping off students in grades K-4, let them out at the front entrance at the west end of the building by the elementary gymnasium. Students in grades 5-8 who are being dropped off in the morning should enter at the main entrance by the grade school office. High school students should be let out at the main entrance of the high school. We can't wait to see you all! #herewego
Attention high school boys. We are seeking all boys interested in playing baseball. Americas favorite Pastime needs you! Without enough players we may not be able to have a fall season. Please come to practice Monday Aug. 17, 6:00.
As we are about to begin a new school year, we have no idea what the future may hold. We have very strategic plans in place to limit they amount of contact any child will have with another. Parents, rest assured as your children would most likely be exposed to more people in a grocery than throughout the day at school. All of this is to help ensure proper social distancing. As we begin Monday, we hope our plan will allow our students to attend in person because feel that is vitally important for children. However, if at some point we are forced to shift to remote learning, we are much better prepared than last time. At the opening staff meeting, I shared a new moto with the staff for the year, #herewego. We don't know what the future holds but, #herewego. Our first day with kids in 22 weeks is upon us, #herewego. Monday! #herewego
Due to upcoming bad weather Jr. High Softball tryouts scheduled for today, Aug.12, and tomorrow, Aug. 13 have been postponed until Monday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 5, and Tuesday, Aug.18 from 3 to 5.
GS Softball Tryouts - rescheduled to Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th from 3-5 pm.
Boys high school baseball tryouts will be held Thursday, August 13 at 6 30. Any boy entering freshman to seniors should plan to attend.
We will have a school supply drop off for grades K-5 as follows: Kindergarten- arranged by K teachers Grades 2, 4, 5- Thursday, August 13, 4:00 - 5:00 Grades 1, 3- Friday, August 14, 4:00 - 5:00 (These are split in order to limit the number of people in the building.) Junior high and high school can bring their supplies in their book bag on the first day of school. A face covering is required for anyone in the building.
The landscape of our athletic scene is ever changing but we are proceeding safely as per official guidelines at my direction, With that in mind: High School Boys Basketball open gym this Tue. and Thurs. 7:00, H.S. Baseball open field Wed. Aug. 5, 6:00 and Mon. Aug. 10, 6:00
Have you completed online registration? If you have, thank you. If you have not, please do so. If you are not completing online registration, for whatever the reason, then you must call the school tomorrow, August 4th to complete the process over the phone.
Due to the recent rain, today's grade school girls softball is cancelled and has been rescheduled to Thursday from 5-7 pm.
Here is our full Return to Learn plan. School begins Monday, August 17, daily from 8:10 - 3:10. The video below provides some additional information. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/830786/Return_to_Learn.pdf https://youtu.be/ARl7gegvzME
Good news sports fans, there will be athletics at Webber this year after all. Through collaberative efforts of the IHSA, IDPH, and ISBE, as well as just recent SIJHSAA guidlines are out for us to have a successful sports year. Rest assured I am staying abreast of all the safety guidlines and have shared those with coaches. We will continue to conduct everything we do in a safe manor and continue our preparations for a strong, competetive athletic year. Parents please continue to support and encourage our student/athletes to be part of workouts as we prepare to represent Bluford. Go Trojans, Jr. Trojans, and Trojanettes(???)!
Due to wet conditions the junior high softball open field scheduled for tonight is cancelled.
We have received many inquiries about masks. Since a face covering will be required by all students and staff, the district will be providing two cloth masks for everyone. We will collect and launder masks daily for students in grades K-5. We also have a stock of disposable masks. If a student finds a face covering that is more comfortable for them, they may bring their own.
This goes back a while. "Bluford" High School is featured in this months Basketball Museum of Illinois magazine. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/823169/Basketball_Museum_of_Illinois_August_2020.pdf
One of our projects over the last couple of months was upgrading the jr. high classrooms with the help of excess Title funds. New seating and upgraded technology including digital displays that interact with an iPad similar to the way a Smartboard would. We are ready to have kids back in this new learning environment!
Boys Jr. High baseball open field for tonight, Thursday July 23, has been canceled due to wet grounds. Next scheduled event will be tryouts July 30 and 31.
Jr. High boys baseball tryouts will be Thursday, July 30 at 4 to 6 pm and Friday , July 31 from 5 to 7 pm. All boys entering grades 5 to 8 interested in trying out should attend. Tryouts will be conducted at the high school baseball field.
The 2020-2021 student handbook is ready and available to view at the link below. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/813351/2020-2021_Student_Handbook__1_.pdf
Online registration will begin on Monday, July 27. Simply login to your TeacherEase account to complete the process. Due to COVID and due to the fact that all registrations are completed online anyway, we will not have a walk in registration. If you do not have computer access, call the school on Tuesday, August 4, from 8:00 - 3:00 and we will be happy to go through the process over the phone. Any new students to the district can pick up a registration packet from the grade school office any day from 8:00 - 3:00 beginning August 3.
2019-2020 BGS yearbooks are in. If you ordered a yearbook, you may come pick it up at the grade school office this week from 8-3. There are several that can go out with lunch pickup Wednesday. Those unable to be picked up this week will be held until the start of school unless other arrangements are made.
Bluford Community: Please find a letter with information pertaining to the opening of school and a link to a survey to gather your opinions below. https://forms.gle/6qXfQMkJAxC1tzdM7
BUSD is proud to announce that during the school closure, staff served 21,663 meals to children throughout the district. This means we averaged almost 471 meals a day! Thank you to food service staff, transportation staff, and other staff who helped coordinate deliveries each week. Summer meals continue today with pick up from 11:00 - 12:00.
This message is for anyone receiving summer meals. We received word this morning that our delivery truck will not arrive until around 11:00 today. Staff will be packing bags as quickly as possible, but pickup will be slower than anticipated. Arrival after 11:30 will help. Please pull up to the front of the school. Also, unfortunately we learned yesterday that the Cusumano produce and dairy boxes will not be delivered until tomorrow. We will have pick up times from 10:00-11:00 on Friday and 9:00-10:00 on Saturday.
Here is the link for the high school athletic awards program. Topic: Webber High School Athletic Awards Program Time: May 21, 2020 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85387783220?pwd=bVprd1pMQkdIeGRLYVJWSnV6VTZNZz09 YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCes8KnjzyT-puat9nBKQXSQ/
Here are the links for the grade school athletic awards program. Topic: Bluford Grade School Athletic Awards Program Time: May 21, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86226067851?pwd=MVU4Z3JqNDU1TVU2ZXpJVUszOTdkZz09 YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCes8KnjzyT-puat9nBKQXSQ/
To honor our senior athletes who were unable to compete in the Spring season. Click the link to view the WHS Spring athletes. https://youtu.be/ufmaRIxR9wU
We will be hosting athletic awards programs Thursday, May 21. We will share a Zoom link and it will be streamed on YouTube. High school will begin at 5:00 and the grade school will begin at 7:00. We will share the viewing links this week.
Reminder: We will be at the school from 10:30-11:30 to pass desk and locker belongings. Drive up to the front door and we will bring it out to you.
Webber High School Seniors were scheduled to have their graduation ceremony tonight, May 15. We are all disappointed we are unable to host it as scheduled, but want to honor and celebrate these young men and women with a graduation video. As soon as graduation plans are finalized, we will get that information made public. Congratulations WHS Class of 2020! Click the following link to view the video: https://youtu.be/sgCM4uUkSRY
Our 8th grade class was scheduled to have their graduation ceremony yesterday, May 14. While we were unable to host it as scheduled, we would like to honor and celebrate them at this time with a graduation video. As soon as graduation plans are finalized, we will get that information made public. Congratulations grads! Click the following link to view the video: https://youtu.be/-Lvypf63U58
We will be at the school tomorrow morning from 10:30 - 11:30 for anyone who wants to pick up desk and locker items that are still at the school. Drive up to the front door and we will have your student's belongings ready to bring out.
Our kiddos love Mystery Doug. Check out the info below for a live event through Mystery Science next week. Mystery Doug invites you to another LIVE SCIENCE SHOW. Doug is excited to answer kids’ questions with the help of astronaut Jessica Meir, who filmed videos for us while she was in space! (Seriously!) Make this part of your lesson plans. Forward this email to your families to invite them. Thursday, May 21 12:00 pm Central mysteryscience.com/live
Go to Twitter and vote for the Webber High School gym! Search @hslogoscom and find Webber vs. Freeport.
I wanted to pass along a quick update with our meal program. We are scheduled to wrap up the "school year" program with our last delivery on Wednesday, May 20. This day will include six days of meals (20, 21, 22, 25, 26, & 27). We had intended to begin our summer program with a pick up on Mondays. However, due to available food deliveries, the first day for summer meal pick up will be Thursday, May 28. From there moving forward, we will receive our food deliveries on Wednesdays, so meal pick up will have to occur on Wednesday each week beginning at 11:00 on June 3. If this causes an issue for you, please let us know. Also, if you would like to still sign up, please call the school or complete this form. https://forms.gle/LX78fD44XPcHnMmq6
Seniors: Thursday 5/14 from 2-5 pm and Friday 5/15 from 8-11 am, you may stop by to pick up your cap and gown as well as your locker belongings. If these dates & times do not work for you, please call the school and make alternate arrangements. We are in the process of collecting information about your preference for a graduation ceremony. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please do. We hope to have a clearer direction next week and will update you.
We are honored to present the March BGS students of the month! These kids have have gone above and beyond given the current circumstances. Nice work! https://youtu.be/4i16V4mx_DE
We received the following information from ISBE: I am passing this along for any families who may want to take advantage. With our CEP program (free breakfast/lunch) all families who live in the Bluford school district would be eligible for this. Pandemic EBT Application Available The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) launched the Pandemic EBT application for families on May 1 at https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access/. P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge. Families that currently receive SNAP benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families who do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive NSLP free or reduced-priced meals will need to apply directly with IDHS. The fastest way for families to receive benefits is to complete the application for P-EBT available online (Click “Apply for Benefits” at the link.) A paper application in English and Spanish is also available and can be submitted by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@illinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. We are asking NSLP sponsors to share this flyer with their families.
We released information yesterday about the end of the school year. The last remote learning day for seniors is May 8. The last remote learning day for all other students is May 15. More information can be found at: https://www.blufordschools.org/article/238064?org=bluford-unit-school-district-318
One of the high school science courses had an assignment to make a Rube Goldberg. Check out the finished product! https://youtu.be/8mJjCOVDb14
Just a quick note from Mrs. Henson and I. Hope you all are doing well! https://docs.google.com/document/d/18AIXG_14kENFa9nUMdjkrByPPrYpr641Lhq01PdcNQE/edit?usp=sharing
Greetings from the Staff of Bluford Schools. We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BntE3iiCQ8
Attention Juniors & Seniors: Here is another two week dual credit (0.5) opportunity offered through RLC. This would be beneficial for those considering the nursing field as a career. Here is the link: https://rlc.coursestorm.com/category/healthcare
For many of us with younger children at home the thought of "teaching" reading is scary. The link below provides a short framework to help with the disruption we are experiencing. One thing to remember is as your child is reading to you don't let them guess words. Have them implement the phonic strategies their teachers have taught them. They can go back and sound it out. If they can't, simply say the correct word for them. https://righttoreadproject.com/2020/04/07/the-abcs-of-teaching-reading-at-home/
Unfortunately today we learned that the school closure has been extended until the end of the school year. For more information check out the link below. https://youtu.be/JS808718KhQ
Here is an updated link to the Career Exploration course RLC is offering. https://rlc.coursestorm.com/course/career-exploration-in-healthcare#!
SOPHOMORES: Rend Lake College has virtual registration for the ACCUPLACER. You will need to pass this test in order to enroll in dual credit classes. Click on the link to register. Zoom access will be needed. ACCUPLACER placement testing: 10 testing slots per day, Monday-Friday rlctesting.youcanbook.me
Check this out ... These individuals are keeping Bluford students fed. #blufordstrong https://youtu.be/JC7YS3-xt2k
As a reminder, Friday, April 17th is the last day to enter hours for Read to Succeed. Students who read at least 6 hours qualify for a free Six Flags ticket. Use the school code SJRU9 to register your child at the website below. https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/parents/welcome.aspx
Here is a link to the folder with learning resources that teachers have put together. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-dUwcVMCKAyXulcJC5a7FUr9VTooUCiA Also, attached is information about the shift in student expectations.
Students, if you have not logged on before, your email will be you graduation year, first initial, last name @stu.bufordschhols org. Example email@example.com.
Hey Students! If possible, please remember to check your school email. Your teachers want to hear from you! There are a variety of ways to communicate and return school work including Google Classroom, email, meal delivery days, and drop boxes outside of school.
We came across this free resource from Audible. Your students can listen to books and you don't have to set up an account! https://stories.audible.com/start-listen?ref=adbl_ent_anon_pdp_hm_hb
There is a blood drive scheduled for April 3, at the Ruritan building.The Red Cross has stated that there is a critical need for blood donations right now. Click below to sign up! https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Bluford
At this point, we are unsure how long the school closure will last. In order to best serve our students, the district needs to gauge how much access our students have to computers and the internet. Please help us by answering the questions below. https://bit.ly/33RCbRt
To all who are receiving meal deliveries: Given the current "shelter in place" proclamation from the Governor, the district is shifting to delivering meals twice a week. Monday will include food for Mon/Tues. Wednesday will include food for Wed/Thur/Fri. We are now serving over 200 kids and happy to do so!
Part of today's governor's address included announcing that the school closure is extended until at least April 7. We will continue with food delivery for the duration of the closure. As we move through next week, we will further develop plans to help with the continuity of learning and will share more information. We miss our kids. Stay healthy.
We are taking orders to begin food delivery tomorrow! As of now, we have orders for 168 meals a day. Breakfast for tomorrow is being sent with kids today. Beginning tomorrow, we will deliver lunch for that day and breakfast for the next! https://forms.gle/vyq9AFH9gu5GhSfB9
The hunter safety course scheduled for April 17th and 18th has been cancelled per IL DNR instructions. There is no reschedule date at this time.
BUSD Community: As all are hopefully aware, we will be shut down from March 17, through at least March 30. We are tentatively scheduled to return on March 31. Attached and through this link (https://bit.ly/2J1cnch) is a document with various pieces of information relevant to the shut down. If you have any further questions not addressed here, please contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school at 732-8242. The office will be staffed by administration during the shut down.
Plans are in the works for the district to provide breakfast and lunch to every child in the school district who wants a meal. The details will be provided soon.
Update on school sponsored activities.https://docs.google.com/document/d/11cntnjfBLyZfxINUdEbb8L38TWVLBf1gxdNomghFc4M/edit?usp=sharing
Parents are invited to stop in to view a "Hidden in Plain Sight" display that will be set up in the Junior High gym on Thursday, March 12 from 3-7 during parent-teacher conferences. The display looks like a typical bedroom. However, among the “normal” items are dozens of items that could signal a young person might be involved in risky activities. It’s a great way to learn how to spot possible warning signs and get tips for communicating with your teens. Stop in and check it out!
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce recognized teachers from throughout the county this morning for being awarded grants for classroom projects. Ms. April Flexter, a first grade teacher at BGS, received a grant for an iPad and an Osmo kit. Jessica Case, a BUSD board member and first grade teacher at the Primary Center, received a grant for the school's PBIS store!
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the high school media center for the parents of any sophomore who wants to participate in the dual credit program at Rend Lake College. This meeting will be informational in nature and will detail the programs available and the benefits of participating in the program. If your student has any interest in taking academic or vocational courses including automotive and welding, I encourage you to attend.
The HS Boys Basketball team begins regional action tonight at Edwards County. The Trojans face Wayne City at 7:30pm. Also tonight, the JH Lady Trojans play at home against Field in volleyball. C game begins at 5:00 followed by JV at 5:30 pm
For anyone who was not able to join us today for the Kindergarten USA show, here is a link to the performance! https://youtu.be/xsd5B350lAA
Students using some Dell 2 in1's to program robotic arms in Technical Inquiry. https://youtu.be/gZ-RrDBlNY8
Home Games Tonight! HS Boys BKB Trico vs Webber 6 pm start. JH Vball New Hope vs Bluford 5pm C -game JV 5:30pm
Just a reminder: For our students’ safety, we ask that if you’re picking your child/children up from school you should use the care rider line. This policy is to ensure the safety of our students and reduces the congestion where our students load the buses. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
We have a new piece of equipment in the ag. shop! A Sawstop table saw would save a finger in the event of an accident. Watch this video to learn more. https://youtu.be/eiYoBbEZwlk
The Read to Succeed deadline has been extended this year to mid-April. There is still time for parents of students in grades K-6 to log 6 hours of reading to earn a free ticket to Six Flags St. Louis. To earn the free ticket, parents must log their child’s hours on sixflags.com/books. Use the school code SJRU9 and select your child’s teacher from the list to register and begin logging your child’s reading minutes. Tickets for students who complete the program will be issued in late May.
UPDATE! Tonight's HS Girls game against Galatia will be Varsity only! Varsity starts at 6:00 pm
HS Girls BKB will be at home tonight vs Galatia! JV will start at 6:00 pm.
The high school Booster Club is looking for help. Beth has done a wonderful job over the last couple of years, but she is looking to step down as the Booster Club President. If you have any interest in stepping into that role, we are looking for someone. Please reach out to the school or Beth Moser.
Due to the possibility of inclement weather this evening. The HS Boys BKB game against at Sandoval has been cancelled. A make-up date TBD.
With our 11:30 dismissal tomorrow, we are trying something new. We will serve a sack lunch to all K-8 students to eat in the classroom at approximately 11:10. All high school students will have the option to sign up for one to grab on their way out at 11:30. With grandparents day tomorrow, second grade will be sent home with them as well.
The HS Boys MTC Bracket has been released! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TeyDy3gD8wwYc8clNRARhRiIqzLrioOev9ZKQWlcatA/edit?usp=sharing
Tonight the JH girls travel to New Hope to play Field Elem. at 6pm for the first round of Regionals. Also HS Boys play at home tonight against Johnston City. JV starts at 6:15pm.
One of our excellent teachers, Mrs. Putt, put together an awesome video for Teresa Phelps, who retired in December. Check it our here. https://youtu.be/47DtMDgz6Xg
Students in grades 4-12 will soon be completing the UChicago Impact 5 Essentials Survey. Click/Copy the link below for more information. https://docs.google.com/document/d/11nEZhC1svDMNvFXztvf5t7lFK3Y-vhxMXT50h7eXosw/edit?usp=sharing
For anyone interested, here is a link to the grade school Christmas program from today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8eDXhA9n0&feature=youtu.be
With the potential for the weather to continue to deteriorate, the Bluford Unit School District will dismiss students at 2:00 p.m. Also, all PM events are canceled for this evening.
Reminder: If you or someone who lives away from this area are unable to attend games at WHS, we stream all of our high school basketball games on the NFHS network. Visit https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ for subscription information.
A special thank you to all of you who have signed up for the Kroger Community Rewards program. This quarter the school received $340.18 just by you shopping at Kroger! If you haven't signed up, please visit the link below. https://www.kroger.com/topic/community-rewards-9
Webber High School is excited to announce that we have recently added a broadcasting system in which all high school athletic events held in the gym at WHS will be streamed for you to view anywhere. You do have to purchase a subscription to be able to watch. Details can be found at this link, https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/webber-high-school-bluford-il
Webber boys’ basketball plays at Elverado Thursday, December 5. Elverado is hosting a benefit that night for Coach Emling’s family. Their son, who will arrive sometime in January, has been diagnosed with a cleft palate. Attached is the flyer for the event. If you’re planning to attend the game, please consider supporting the fundraiser while there.
Lifetouch check refunds have arrived for those who purchased pictures with cash or check. Those refund checks will be sent home tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20 with the students. Please be sure to ask your child about the check. If you have any questions regarding the refund, please contact Lifetouch at 618-288-7896.
The school district is occasionally in need of substitute custodians. We primarily need help during second shift, but it is occasionally for the day shift as well. If you are interested please contact the school at 732-8242 and ask for Jeff.
Due to hazardous rural road conditions, Bluford schools are canceled for Tuesday, November 12.
Congrats to Seth Hamerski who ran at the state cross country meet! As a sophomore, he placed 61 out of 209 with a 5:19 per mile pace. The state champ broke the state record, running 14:30, which is a 4:50 per mile pace.
Six Flags Read to Succeed is for students in grades K-6. Students who read at least 6 hours can earn a free ticket to Six Flags. Parents can log their child’s hours at sixflags.com/books from Nov. - Feb. Use school code: SJRU9 and select your child’s teacher from the list to register your child. Tickets for students who participate in the program will be available next May.
The high school cheer coach position has been posted since October 15. As of now, we have not received any interest in the position. The boys basketball season begins on November 11, so we are nearing the point at which we would not be able to offer the cheer program if we do not have a coach. If you have any interest, please contact the school at 732-6121.
The link I sent out earlier for the video requires permission. I am working on a way to get the video out that does not require you to ask permission to view the Google video. In the meantime, I will give access to those as I receive them.
We have had some questions about getting alerts about sport schedule/time changes. Here is a quick tutorial on how to add alerts for the sports teams that you are interested in. Copy and paste the link into Chrome. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_iS0HW16LmH2xz-V0Q7ZTnQr99SMr7PM
Reminder: We will have the drawing for the chair seats for boys and girls basketball during P/T conferences on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. To have first pick, please be present for the drawing. If you cannot attend, we will call after the drawing to ask your preference. If you want to be added to the list, please call 732-6121.
Parents: We have continued to follow up with our photo company in regards to the grade school pictures from August 23. The company has a technical glitch which they are trying to fix. We have been informed that the company is going to process refunds tomorrow and has remained committed to still printing the photos which have been ordered. Unfortunately, they do not have a timeline for when the photos will be printed. If you have issues receiving your refund, please let administration know and we will continue to pursue that. Hopefully soon, they will figure out how to print the photos and we will receive those as well.
Due to a shortage of available bus drivers, we will have to run a double route during the afternoon of Friday, October 18. Ray's (blue bus) town route will be dismissed at 2:25 to board the bus. All other students will be dismissed at the normal time. However, students on Marla's (yellow route) will be held in the cafeteria until she returns from running the blue route. Students should be boarding the yellow route around 3:20.
Last call for 1 pound BBQ pulled pork preorders! Call Julie at the GS office if you are interested!!
The HS Technical Inquiry class has been working on a Rube Goldberg challenge. Sometimes the best learning is through what went wrong so we can adjust. Shortly after this attempt, they were successful! https://youtu.be/ZP2EUhGCQIM
Parent-teacher conference time is quickly approaching! Our parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 24 from 11 am - 7 pm. Please call the grade school/high school office or contact your child's teacher to set up a time. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about your child's progress.