St. Teresa registration

St. Teresa High School will hold a new student registration day 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the multipurpose room at the school, 2710 N. Water St., Decatur.

Students and families can receive hands-on registration help, a preview of their schedules and order school uniforms. Students are not required to attend, but are encouraged to do so.

Eighth-grade students and their families who are interested in St. Teresa can attend a campus visit day 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 3, when information will be available on academics, extracurricular activities, in-class experiences with current students and a tour of the school.

Call (217) 875-2431 or visit www.stteresa.org.


Muffley little libraries

Muffley School teachers Jessica Meier and Stephanie Meis are working on a project to provide reading materials to Muffley students over the summer months.

Students who don't have access to books at home, and no transportation to the Decatur Public Library, Meis said, often lose ground in their reading ability during summer vacation.

The teachers would like to set up “little libraries,” as they're often called, at the school grounds and at a few other locations within the Muffley attendance boundary. Students could borrow books, bring them back and trade for different books during their break.

They already have the books, and they need permanent and weather-proof places to hold them. Usually these are sturdy wood boxes on poles with glass doors.

To help, call the school, (217) 362-3340.


Market sale aids consumer science

A market sale will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Warrensburg-Latham schools.

The purpose of the sale is to raise funds to buy a dishwasher for the family and consumer science classroom, and interior design and architecture software for the class.

The sale will include baked goods and art created by students, plants raised by the horticulture class, and a garage sale.

Donations for the garage sale are needed, and donors may contact teacher Kristina Valentine, (217) 672-3321 or email her at valentinek@wlcusd11.org.

Class time is limited, said student Madison Lyon, an eighth-grader, and if the students have to spend half that time washing dishes, they lose instruction time.

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The software will allow Valentine to teach students about design and architecture, as well as create class projects in the tiny house movement and computer-assisted drafting.


Millikin president, wife lead parade

Millikin University President Patrick White and his wife, Chris, will be the grand marshals for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

The annual Run to Lock Stock will head off shortly prior to the parade, and following the parade, Knights of Columbus Council 577 will host a family-friendly party downtown at their hall, 577 E. North St.


New dance team seeks sponsors

A new majorette-style dance team, based out of Decatur and made up of members ages 7 to 18, is underway and needs sponsors.

Organizer and coach Aaliyah Buck said most of the dancers come from low-income families and many have never been outside of Decatur city limits.

Her vision is to enter the team into competitions and travel for performances, and sponsors at every level will receive multiple advertising opportunities. To help, contact Buck at (217) 317-3473.


Summer job placement

Young adults ages 18 to 24 who are not enrolled in high school or college are invited to a summer job placement information session 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Decatur Public Library. Call (217) 875-8766.


Schools to get budgets earlier

Chicago Public Schools principals will get their budgets for next school year several months earlier than in recent years, while the district also is changing how it distributes per-pupil spending in an apparent effort to help campuses struggling with dwindling enrollment.

Individual school budgets for 2018-19 will arrive in early April, CPS CEO Janice Jackson told principals Wednesday. After uncertainty over state funding last year, principals didn't see their budgets until July, less than two months before the start of classes.

The early budget delivery allowed the district to project an image of stability as Mayor Rahm Emanuel pursues a third term.


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