Superintendent

Another Great School Year & Best Wishes Class of 2022

Another school year is nearing completion and the end of the challenging road to graduation for the class of 2022 has arrived. The journey for these students has been filled with great accomplishments and successes inside and outside the classroom. Our graduating class has represented our school district with class on all levels and it has been a privilege to be part of their educational experience at Williamsville Schools. The time has come for them to take the skills and qualities attained through their schooling experiences and impact our world in a positive manner. It is not a time to say goodbye to our graduates, but welcome them to a world of opportunity in which they are prepared to succeed.

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WCUSD#15 Community

For your review, I am sharing the November District Dispatch, "Time To Give Thanks."

District Dispatch Novmember 18, 2021.pdf

After you have read the article, be sure to consider applying for our open positions.

3 - Bus Drivers

3- Cooks

3 - Paraprofessionals

IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLET AND A BEE BEE!

Time to Celebrate & Best Wishes Class of 2021

May 3-7 was Teacher Appreciation Week. May 6 was Nurse Appreciation Day, and May 7 was Cafeteria Cooks appreciation day. On behalf of the WCUSD#15 Board of Education, I would like to personally thank all the WCUSD#15 staff for what they do every day for our students. The WCUSD#15 staff is the most important variables in the district, and our staff unselfishly meet this challenge daily.

As challenging as it was, it is time to celebrate the academic success of another great school year at WCUSD#15. We have great schools with many opportunities for students. We have successfully navigated the challenges of COVID-19. Our teachers and staff do a wonderful job instructing, caring, and challenging our students.

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APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS & END OF THE YEAR SCHOOL INFORMATION

April and May are the months when the county clerk & township assessors finalize the taxing body’s levy extensions, mail out the property tax bills to the local tax payers, and send the final levy tax extension reports to school districts. Springtime is when the county clerk finalizes each taxing body’s tax rates. From these tax rate calculations, there are several tax extension/rate variables that are out of the school district’s and other taxing body’s control. Taxing bodies have no control over final township property assessments, property re-evaluation, township multipliers, Consumer Price Index (CPI), property tax appeals, and property tax exemptions. Increases or decreases in all of these uncontrollable variables affect a taxing body’s final tax rate which affects each individual property tax payer.

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WEAR YOUR MASK-WASH YOUR HANDS-WATCH YOUR DISTANCE

Welcome back Bullets and Bee Bees! I hope you enjoyed a summer vacation or time off filled with fun and exciting memories with your family, friends, and loved ones. Each school year starts a new chapter and new choices in everyone’s lives. Everyone has the opportunity for a fresh new start, to make a change, challenge themselves, and set new personal goals. Everyone is undefeated!

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Communication Video: https://youtu.be/2riDT9AltIg

GOOD EVENING WCUSD#15 Parents and Families,

I want to give you an update and communicate a change to the WCUSD#15 Return To School Plan.

We all agree in-person learning as much as possible is the best option for our students. The BOE, administrators, teachers and staff understand your concerns. We are compassionate of the challenges we all are facing to today’s society. At this time, we needed to modify our Return To School plans based on the following information and data.

• The current COVID-19 status of Sangamon County is not good, and the trend data does not look positive for the future.
• A concern for the information provided by Sangamon County Department of Public Health and area physicians for lack of pediatric testing and their inability to support local school districts.
• Having a 50% capacity allows for improved social distancing, scheduling, and transportation.
• Changing our model should provide a safer environment for all students and staff.

WCUSD#15 Return To School 2020-2021 (Summary of major points)
• Return to School Hybrid Remote Learning at approximately 50% Capacity - Hybrid Schedule: Students will receive 5-days of instruction. Students will attend two days per week in-person with early dismissal and three days remote learning. (AA/BB with one day remote learning for all.) Students will be divided into two groups with a split schedule. We will keep families assigned together. Daily early dismissals are needed for additional building cleaning and teacher Remote Learning Planning. Within the next few days, Building Administrators will communicate the AA/BB student groups for assigned in-person attendance days.
• ISBE, IDPH, and Sangamon County Department of Public Health Guidelines and Mandates will be followed.
• In-person instruction students will have 5-days of instruction. 2-days in-person and 3-days remote learning.
• Parents will still have the opportunity to choose FULL REMOTE LEARNING ONLY with a commitment through December 18.
• This Hybrid 50% plan will be evaluated weekly through October 2, 2020.
• Sangamon County Department of Public Health COVID-19 exposure, contact, and tracing guidelines will be followed.
• Parents and families need to be prepared to go Full Remote Learning at any time.

This is a fluid situation and we may receive additional guidance, recommendations, or directives between now and August 17. We will continue to be committed to listening and responding to your needs. Over the next several weeks, building administrators will be communicating additional information. A detailed outline of the Return To School Plans and Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) documents will be emailed to parents and posted on the WCUSD#15 website. We are partners with parents and families. Your patience, flexibility, and understanding are greatly appreciated. GREAT SCHOOLS = GREAT COMMUNITIES

An important reminder is: Parents and families need to be prepared to go Full Remote Learning at any time.

We have confidence this can be done – we are all in this together. Wear A Mask-Wash Your Hands-Watch Your Distance

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLET AND A BEE BEE!

Tip Reedy - WCUSD#15 Superintendent

Communication Documents...

WCUSD#15 RETURN TO SCHOOL 8-5-20

WCUSD#15 FAQs for Return To School 2020-21 (Aug 5 2020)

WHAT WILL SCHOOL LOOK LIKE IN THE FALL

I want to encourage parents and families to be prepared for three types of school in August (In-person “normal school”; Remote Learning School; Hybrid School.) In the next three weeks school districts are supposed to be receiving guidance and direction from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). I believe schools are made for social connections not social distancing.

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District Dispatch May 2020

COVID-19 HAS AFFECTED EVERYTHING

COVID-19 has affected our district financially, educationally, and our historical end of the year academic celebrations. COVID-19 has and is going to cause major challenges in all areas of operations of WCUSD#15. Together our two Villages are resilient and will be able to successfully navigate through COVID-19.

I feel it is important to take the time and reflect on the positives of WCUSD#15.

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WCUSD#15 Parents and Community Members:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year. 

Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at WCUSD#15, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program. 

Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back. 

However, the final chapter of this school year has not been written yet. These past few weeks have proven our school community is more resilient, more capable, and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized. I am confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger.

Having said that, today’s announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district. As this announcement about the end of the school year was just made by Governor Pritzker this afternoon, it will take us a few days to sort out the many schedule details and school activities that are on the school calendar for the remainder of the year.  Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.

We will do our best to have a Class of 2020 Graduation in some form or manner.  

Your patience, cooperation, and understanding will be greatly appreciated.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow, and out of this Pandemic, we will emerge stronger. 

Your child’s teacher will continue to provide Remote Learning through May 18, 2020.

It is important we continue to work together and support our students. I cannot thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this. 

IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLET AND A BEE BEE!

Tip Reedy

WCUSD#15 Superintendent

WCUSD#15 Teachers have done an excellent job in planning for this event. In the remote learning plan, all students will be counted as present for learning that will take place in accordance with ISBE Regulations and policy. It is important families monitor these situations in the community and district. Working together, we can encourage learning to the best degree possible.

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WCUSD#15 Staff and Community,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed through at least April 8, 2020. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.

During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program.

In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.

No decision at this time has been made regarding the WCUSD#15 Spring Break April 10-17.

IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLET AND A BEE BEE!

Tip Reedy

WCUSD#15

Superintendent

Memo below regarding lunch availability to WCUSD#15 Free and Reduced Lunch Students. The lunch program will begin Thursday March 19 with pick up at the SES Gym Door. Email Pauline Osman if interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As long as the schools are closed in Williamsville-Sherman School District, we will be offering a free sack lunch to all of the students who are currently qualified to receive free- or reduced-priced lunches.

These lunches will be available for pickup at Sherman Elementary School between 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Our plan is for cars to pull up to the school gym door, and the lunches will be handed through the car window. At that time, we will ask for the student name(s) who will be receiving a sack lunch in order to check them off of our list.

Monday’s afternoon pickup will include 3 sack lunches (for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Thursday’s pickup will have 2 sack lunches for Friday and Monday.

Every lunch will include: a sandwich, fresh or canned fruit, fresh vegetables, baked chips or packaged snack, and a milk carton. The sandwiches will rotate every day for the 5-day period: turkey/cheese sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich*, mini cheeseburgers (2-pack)*, ham/cheese sandwich, and a stuffed pepperoni (turkey) sandwich*. Items listed with an asterisk (*) will need to be heated by microwave or in an oven.

Please note: For food safety all sack lunches must be refrigerated until eaten.

In order to have enough lunches prepared, we request that you reply to this email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm YES or NO: YES, you will be picking up lunches each Monday and Thursday for your student(s), or NO, you will not be picking up lunches for your student(s). Please commit to picking up the lunches every Monday and Thursday during the entire school closing; we will not be able to fluctuate the number of lunches between days of the week.

If your reply is YES, that you will be picking up lunches, please also send the name and current grade of each student.

These sack lunches will be distributed beginning this Thursday afternoon, March 19.

Please don’t hesitate to also reply to this email if you have questions or if your child needs a modified lunch due to food allergy or intolerance.

Sincerely,

Pauline Osman
District Dietitian/Food Service Director
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WCUSD#15 Families and Friend

Please disregard the earlier voice message and email to Sophomore Parents. The earlier information was from our Regional Office Of Education.

The Sangamon County Health Department and the Illinois Health Department have contact me and stated NO STUDENTS WERE EXPOSED to the latest Springfield resident with COVID-19. We will post additional information as it comes to us.

I apologize for the earlier message we are communicating the best we can from what we are told.

All District Offices and Facilities are closed March 16 - March 30. Limited phone communication will be available.

Building Administrators and Teachers will be contacting parents via email using Teacherease and other communication platforms. For learning plan communication - please email your teachers

Please stay tuned for updates as the situation is ever changing.

Thank you

WCUSD#15 Families and Friends

I wanted to share a document and press release from the Sangamon County Public Health Department and a link to their website https://scdph.org/

3-15-20covid-19_jointpressrelease (004).pdf

All District Offices and Facilities are closed March 16 - March 30. Limited phone communication will be available.

Building Administrators and Teachers will be contacting parents via email using Teacherese and other communication platforms.

For learning plan communication - please email your teachers

Please stay tuned for updates as the situation is ever changing.

Thank you

Out of an abundance of caution and to do our part in social distancing, WCUSD#15 will be closed Monday March 16 2020.

NO Student or staff attendance Monday March 16.

Your patience, flexibility, and understanding is greatly appreciated as we work to create alternate learning plans over the next week.

Please keep an eye open for communication from the district on social media, principal emails, and teacher communication portals as this situation is ever changing.

We understand the hardship and stress this is causing on everyone. Together we will get through this.

WE ARE FAMILY!

IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A BULLET AND A BEE BEE!

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Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
451 S. Pine St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Events - WCUSD15

27 May 12:00AM
End of Trimester 3
29 May 05:30PM - 06:30PM
WHS Graduation
30 May 12:00AM
Memorial Day - No School Day
31 May 12:00AM
Early Dismissal* - Last Student Day* - SES 11:00;Williamsville 11:30
31 May 12:00AM
End of 4th Quarter
31 May 07:15AM - 09:00PM
8th Grade Six Flags Outing
01 Jun 12:00AM
Teacher In-Service - No Student Attendance*
15 Jun 06:30PM - 07:30PM
Board Meeting
20 Jul 06:30PM - 07:30PM
Board Meeting
03 Aug 06:30PM - 07:30PM
Board Meeting

Williamsville High School
900 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3361
Fax: 217-566-3792
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville Junior High School
Grades 6-8

500 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-3600
Fax: 217-566-2475
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Sherman Elementary School
312 South Street
Sherman, IL 62684

Voice: 217-496-2021
Fax: 217-496-2473
Attendance: 217-566-2325

Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
451 S. Pine St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

Voice: 217-566-2014
Fax: 217-566-3890
Attendance: 217-566-2325

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