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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
We came across this community resource. If you are looking for contact information for community resources, check this out. http://www.roe21.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Resource-Guide-2019.pdf
Due to a scheduling conflict, Webber Homecoming has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7-10 p.m.
The new BUSD Sports Calendar is up and running. In Google calendar, add a calendar by URL. Copy and paste the link below to add our sports calendar to your personal calendar. webcal://ical.schedulestar.com/iCal_NOW.cfm?i=A045B89F-9287-428F-9E439E86E92A5635
Grade school pictures have not come in yet. As a result, picture retakes will not be on Friday, October 4 as previously announced. Retakes are not going to be rescheduled until we have received our first set of pictures. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
We are currently looking for a Pee Wee (3rd and 4th grade) girls basketball coach. Last year, there was not a team because not enough girls signed up, but eight girls are interested in playing this year, so now we are looking for a parent volunteer. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Henson at the school.
Attention High School Students. We want to hear from you! Please take this short survey about our grab and go lunch and breakfast options. The first ten students to respond to the survey will receive a PBIS token! Copy and paste the link below. https://forms.gle/7GoYQEavcFNDJx5f7
Basketball tryouts for junior high girls will be held on Monday, September 30, after school until 5:00 p.m. for any girl (5th-8th grade) interested in playing. Please wear practice clothes and gym shoes. If you have any questions please call, 618-731-0967.
Hey sports fans! Our new sports website is up and running. We are still working on a few items so please be patient. This website includes up to date schedules. Visit www.blufordsports.org
The school district now has two separate phone numbers for the grade school and high school. The grade school can still be reached at 732-8242 and the high school number is 732-6121.
Pictures tomorrow will be for the following: high school retakes high school fall sports grade school fall sports We have not yet received the grade school pictures, so grade school retakes are going to be rescheduled for October 4.
I am thrilled to announce that because of your participation in the Kroger Rewards program, the school received $249.87 this quarter! This money is used to provide extra incentives for our kids. (pizza parties, PBIS rewards ect.) We currently have 61 households signed up for the program. If you haven't signed up and would like to, simply visit this site. https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/
The Marlow Cardinals 4-H Club recently constructed and donated a lending library to Bluford USD. Today, the 4-H club helped Jeff, our head of maintenance, install it. Please feel free to leave a book you have read and would like to share with others, then look through the selection to find a book that interests you. Thank you Marlow Cardinals 4-H Club for commitment to bettering our school and community!
Have you read the Student Handbook yet? Copy and paste the link below into your web browser and check it out. You can also visit our website. Need a paper copy? No problem. Call or stop by and see us! https://5il.co/8tr3
Junior High baseball and softball games are cancelled for today, Tuesday, Sept. 3. The opposing teams did not have enough players to field a team.
Your child won't be at school today? Running late and on your way? Whatever the case, give us a call by 9 am and let us know. Thank you!
The Jr. High softball and baseball games scheduled for Thursday, August 22 against Spring Garden have been cancelled.
Please join us Saturday, August 24, at 9:30 a.m. for our official dedication ceremony for the new Webber High School. We will begin the gymnasium with a formal ceremony to recognize individuals who played significant roles in the project. Following that, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony. We hope to see you there!
The jr. high softball and baseball games scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 have been cancelled due to the weather.
For an update on the high school and information on procedures for the first day of school, check out this article. https://www.blufordschools.org/article/125866?org=bluford-unit-school-district-318
Webber High School will be hosting a Freshman Orientation for students and parents/guardians on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30 pm. Please park in the existing parking lot and use the main entrance to the grade school. I look forward to meeting you and showcasing our new facilities!
Welcome back to school! https://www.blufordschools.org/article/124053?org=bluford-unit-school-district-318
Reminder: This Thursday is the Back to School Splash at the Aquatic Zoo hosted by the BGS Booster Club from 6:15 - 8:00. Admission is $1 and all students need to be accompanied by an adult.
The Booster Club is hosting a back to school splash at the Aquatic Zoo next Thursday, August 8, beginning at 6:15 p.m. All Bluford Grade School students are invited to attend. Admission is only $1!
Parents: This is a reminder that online registration is still active and can be completed at any time. Also, a reminder that walk in registration is scheduled for tomorrow from 8:30 - 2:30. This will also be completed online with a school device.
Junior high baseball tryouts have been postponed to Friday, July 26, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Parents: Here are the supply lists for the upcoming school year! They are also available at Walmart and Staples. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/406321/School_Supply_Lists.pdf
This message is for any fifth through eighth grade student interested in playing junior high baseball this fall. Coach Hicks will have "open field" next week (July 15 - July 19) Monday - Friday from 5:00 - 6:30. Tryouts will be on Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, from 5:00 - 6:30. Please be reminded that each student must have a physical and proof of medical insurance on file with the school. Physicals are valid for 395 days. Also, as a reminder the Orthopaedic Center is providing sports physicals for our students on Friday, August 2, from 8:30 - 12:00. If you need paperwork, please contact the school. A similar announcement will soon be made for junior high softball.
Did you know that Bluford schools, with the help of the BGS Boosters, invested over $20k into our playground to make it safer and more fun for our kids. Healthy and happy kids = better learners. Join us at Bluford schools!
Hey, Bluford community, check this out! https://www.blufordschools.org/article/118768?org=bluford-unit-school-district-318
Thanks to your generosity, the school district received another $268.68 this quarter from Kroger Rewards. We now have 56 households signed up for the program. If you haven't signed up yet, visit this site to get going. https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/
Congratulations to these Bluford Jr. High athletes for placing at the Class S state track meet at Herrin Saturday. Elicia- 7th shot put Jeffrey- 8th 400M dash Aidan- 5th 800M run Elijah- 1st 200M dash 800M Relay 4th- Aidan, Hunter, Jeffrey, Elijah The boys team finished 9th overall. Proud of all you
Best of luck to all of the kids competing at the junior high state track meet today!
If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, head on down to the state track meet at Herrin. Bluford Grade School has six students participating and would appreciate your support. Best of luck to Elicia Marlow, Jaxon Dalby, Jeffrey Hargrove, Elijah Marlow, Aidan Reed, and Hunter Schoenrock. It has been a great season and I appreciate your hard work and talent!
Jr. High/grade school awards will be Monday, May 13 at 2:00 pm in the gymnasium.
May 6th - May 11th Athletics Schedule Monday -HS Baseball Home vs Christ Our Rock 4:30 -HS Softball Home vs St. Elmo/Brownstown 4:30 -Pee Wee Track @ Mt Vernon 4:00 Tuesday -HS Softball @ Christ Our Rock 4:30 Wednesday -HS Track Sectional @ Fairfield 3:30 Thursday -Pee Wee Track @ Mt. Vernon 11:00 AM Friday -HS Baseball&Softball @ Wayne City 4:30 Saturday -HS Softball @ Galatia invite 11:00AM & 12:30PM -Junior High Track State Meet @ Herrin 9:00 Busy week for our Trojans and Lady Trojans. Good Luck to all! 🔷🔶
Our new gymnasium was featured in this months issue of Athletic Business! https://www.athleticbusiness.com/gym-fieldhouse/how-a-gymnasium-floor-gave-a-new-high-school-its-wow-factor.html?bid=2432245&eid=222372590
Amazing performance of Big Top Destiny Mystery Dinner by the Webber Drama Club! It was an entertaining evening accompanied by a great meal. If you have never attended one of their performances, you should fit it into your schedule next school year. They have two performances each year. Thank you Mrs. Cramer, Ms. Baine, cast, and crew!
Parents: we have added two additional 11:30 dismissal days on Friday, May 3, and Friday, May 10! The staff will use this time for professional development.
Pre-K had fun bowling some frames this morning!
Today’s softball game @ Christ our Rock has been cancelled. The game is rescheduled for April 24th
Parents: We received our first quarterly rewards payment from Kroger. We received approval for the program on February 12. The earnings quarter ended on February 26. In that short two week period, we had 37 households sign up and received $22.70. We are looking forward to participating in the program! Thank you to everyone who has signed up. If you have not, find information at this link. https://www.blufordschools.org/article/89647?org=bluford-unit-school-district-318
Explore the new Webber High School at, https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=WgjkA3M4fhP&utm_source=4 . A special thank you to S.I. Drone for your help with this project!
Pennies for Patients sponsored by Beta Club will be February 11th-22nd. The first place class collecting the most money will receive a pizza party. The second highest collecting class will receive a donut party. It does NOT have to be pennies.
GAME CHANGED. Due to a scheduling conflict, Webber High School Girls Basketball team will travel to Elverado High School this evening. There will only be 1 Varsity game starting at 6:00.
After driving district roads this morning, many are in okay condition, however, there are several which are covered in ice. As such, school is canceled for Tuesday, January 22. A decision on PM events will be made later in the day.
As other schools in the area are closing for tomorrow, I wanted to put out a message that as of now, we are still in session tomorrow. I drove many of the district roads this afternoon and found them to be in good enough condition to travel. I will be out early in the morning as well to see if there is any icing over night.