Williamsville-Sherman CUSD #15
800 S. Walnut St.
Williamsville, IL 62693

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

WCUSD15 News

Updated for January 2017

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Updated December 2004-2016

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January 5, 2017

Dear 2017-18 Kindergarten parent,  

Welcome to the beginning of an exciting adventure-the start of your child’s elementary school education! We at Sherman Elementary are pleased to be a part of this moment and look forward to discussing how we can work together with you to best support your child’s development.

This upcoming school year, Sherman Elementary is pleased to announce the possibility of an exciting program called PreK5, which will be open to children turning 5 years old by September 1, 2017. This program will be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten that will give children whose birthdays fall late in the year an opportunity to learn important academic and social skills in a hands-on way that supports their development. We are asking ALL parents of incoming kindergarten students to participate in an interest survey regarding this type of program.  Please visit https://goo.gl/forms/ze923SzSRoULa1CA2 to take the 12 question survey.  We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, March 17, 2017.  To be considered for the PreK5 program, parents must pre-register their child.  Regardless of program availability, we are asking all parents to pre-register their kindergarten age eligible child so that we can plan accordingly with our staff needs.

*Disclaimer: In order for the district to hold the PreK5 Program, a minimum of 12 students must be enrolled each year.

This is important because kindergarten standards and curriculum have changed over the years, and many of the skills children were once taught in first grade are now expected in kindergarten. PreK5 is a wonderful new option that will allow families to give their children the gift of time to develop at their own pace and continue building the social, emotional and academic skills that will help them succeed in elementary school.

Using a unique, specialized curriculum based on the kindergarten standards, the PreK5 teacher will help children develop social skills through activities that build confidence and communication. They will expose children to reading and math in an exciting, interactive way.  The students will be using educational games to learn about words and sentences and to help them understand mathematical concepts like counting and patterns. The social, emotional and academic skills children learn in Pre-K 5 will help them succeed in kindergarten, become leaders in the classroom and confidently navigate the school day routine.

If you need more information or have issues accessing the survey link, please feel free to call me at 217-496-2021 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Thanks again for your participation in the interest survey.

Respectfully,
Mrs. Lindsey, Principal

2017-18 Kindergarten Pre-registration

          Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year is underway.  Parents are encouraged to come to the elementary office from 8:00 am-3:00 pm any day to pre-register their kindergarten age eligible child. It is extremely important in our planning for the next school year to have an accurate count of kindergarten students.

If you live in the Williamsville School District and have a child (or children) who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, please plan on pre-registering your child.  If at all possible (but not necessary to pre-register), please bring the following items with you:

Seven WHS musicians were selected for ILMEA All-State Ensembles this year. This is the highest honor a student-musician can receive in our state. It is only through years of hard work and dedication to musicianship that this highest level of achievement is possible. It is a credit to the students and all of those that support them that they have progressed to this point. They will all participate in a 3-day state festival in late January and perform in ensembles with the best student musicians from around the state. Please help us in offering them congratulations!

All-State Band
Athena Welander, junior, flute
Lizzie Bleyer, junior, clarinet

All-State Jazz Band
Jacob Hinds, sophomore, trombone
Tommy Sagins, junior, drums

All-State Honors Chorus
Morgan Fleck, senior
Samantha Mool, senior

All-State Chorus
Hunter Pierce, junior

Citizenship 101

Staff and Residents of the Williamsville-Sherman School District are invited to respond to this survey. This short survey is part of the Superintendent selection process being conducted by the Illinois Association of School Boards. The survey closes on January 1, 2017.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BG2DNDT

Updated October 2004-October 2016

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School board members are ordinary people who wear many different hats in their everyday lives. They might be farmers or bankers, homemakers or doctors, truck drivers or professors, business owners or retirees.

But they all put on the same hat when they get to the board room. It’s a hat that represents an extraordinary dedication to our public schools, and it’s time we thanked them for their untiring efforts.

The time school board members spend in board meetings represents just a fraction of the actual hours that they devote to leading their districts. They attend meetings and seminars to learn how to be better board members. They attend extracurricular events to support their schools and are often involved in other community activities representing themselves, their community and their district.

School board members are charged with a unique job. They must listen to the voices of their community and then craft a vision, mission and goals for their district that accurately reflect those voices in the design. They must guard two of the community’s most precious resources— their children and their tax dollars — while they create the best educational environment possible with the money available.

Too often communities are quick to criticize school board members without really knowing all the details that went into their decisions. As a result, the efforts of school board members often go unrecognized and unrewarded.

November 15, 2016, has been designated as School Board Member Day in Illinois. This is a time to show appreciation and to begin to better understand how school board members work together to provide leadership for schools.

Join with others from throughout Illinois in a “tip of the hat” to the men and women who
provide the grassroots governance of public schools. Make a special effort to tell each school board member his or her hard work has been noticed and is very much appreciated.

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