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No School Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 5:24am

Due to weather conditions, Champaign Unit 4 School District will not hold school on Friday, Feb. 14.  Only Essential Personnel Groups 1 and 2 are to report to work. All evening activities will be held.

Three Unit 4 students named National Merit Scholarship finalists

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:26pm

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced three Champaign Unit 4 students as part of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Two of the three district honorees attend Centennial High School (Anushka Agrawal, Min-Seung Kang) and one attends Central High School (Davin Yoo).

Unit 4 2019 Annual Report released in hybrid print and electronic format

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:03am

Champaign Unit 4 School District has released its 2019 Annual Report in a hybrid print and electronic format.

“An Annual Report has been a District tradition for many years. In the past, a print copy of the report was mailed to every household in the District. In today’s electronic world, many people prefer to receive information via smartphones, tablets and PCs,” said Board of Education President Amy Armstrong. “Accordingly, we transitioned this report to a hybrid print/electronic means of production and delivery.”

Board of Education Confirms Administrative Appointment to Fill Vacancy

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 7:39pm

Champaign Unit 4 School District announced one administrative appointment to fill a vacant position at its Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Ashlee McHaney Named Assistant Director of Operations

Parent reminder: 5Essentials survey deadline approaching

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:26am

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois State Board of Education’s eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to
generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school.

The survey is open through February 14, 2020. To take the survey visit:

Reduced bus service for Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 6:09am

The Champaign Unit 4 School District will have reduced bus services for Thurs., Feb. 6, 2020.

There will be no yellow school buses operating morning or afternoon for elementary or secondary students living in the areas listed immediately below.

No Bus Service Area:

Bondville Churchill Downs Drive
Any Rural Address Belmont Drive
Hartwell & Hartwell (by U of I golf course) Laurel Park Place
Field Stone – Savoy
Lake Falls
Liberty on the Lake
Summerfield Road (Old Church west of Staley)

School to resume as normal at Central High School on Wed., Feb. 5

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 4:21pm

Repairs to the water leak at Central High School have been completed and heat has been restored to the entire building. 
School will resume as normal tomorrow, Wed., Feb. 5.

La reparación del goteo de agua en la escuela secundaria Central ha sido completamente reparada.
Las clases vuelven a su normalidad mañana 5 de febrero.

On a réparé la fuite de l’eau à l’école et le chauffage marche encore:

On reprendra l’école demain, mercredi le 5 février comme d’habitude.

NO SCHOOL for Champaign Central H.S. Students on Tuesday, Feb. 4

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 10:57pm

There will be NO SCHOOL for Champaign Central High School students on Tuesday, Feb. 4 due to ongoing repair of a water leak that affects the building's heating. Staff will report to Central and will work in the heated half of the building.  Additional information will be provided as the process progresses.

Learning more about ALICE Drills: ALICE training for parents

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 9:49am

The safety and well-being of our students remain a top priority for the District. Part of keeping our students safe involves holding safety drills throughout the school year so our students will be prepared in the event an emergency occurs.

New state legislation (Public Act 100-0996) mandates that students present at school participate in one active shooter drill each year.

New Address for South Side Elementary

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 4:29pm

After renovations, including a new entrance, South Side Elementary has a new address. It is now located at 715 S. New Street, Champaign.

Champaign Unit 4 School District to celebrate NAAPID on February 10

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:31am

In honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) on Monday, February 10, each Unit 4 school is inviting parents to visit their child’s school and take part in special activities. Below is a summary of activities at several of our campuses. 

National African-American Parent Involvement Day Activities
February 10, 2020 (unless other date specified).


Mark your calendar: Family Job Fair

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 3:51pm

Champaign Unit 4 Schools is hosting a Family Job Fair for parents, guardians and families of Unit 4 students on Thurs., Jan. 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Mellon Building located at 703 S. New St. 

High school teams qualify for IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:13am

After first semster grades have been calculated, several high school teams have qualified for the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award. The award recognizes varsity teams that maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout their respective seasons. The program is designed to reward teamwork not only in competition, but in the classroom as well. 

Find a list of each team who qualified for this award below.

Moving forward after decision not to switch Garden HIlls and IPA campuses

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 3:02pm

After input from various stakeholders and two community listening sessions, the discussions surrounding switching students/staff of Garden Hills and International Prep Academy have been discontinued.

Superintendent, Dr. Susan Zola has made the following recommendations to the Board of Education moving forward:

Unit 4 Kindergarten Registration 2020-21 important dates

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 2:12pm

Families with incoming kindergarten students residing in the Champaign Unit 4 School District may register for the 2020-21 school year and rank their elementary school preference as part of the Schools of Choice process. The registration period is underway and continues through March. All applications received during the registration period, regardless of date submitted, will be processed equally.

South Side Open House for new addition

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:00am

The Champaign Unit 4 School District is excited to provide families, neighbors and community members the opportunity to see the new building addition at South Side Elementary during an open house on Tues., Jan. 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

South Side staff, District staff and members of the project team will give tours of the new space and answer questions. Parking is available off of New St., east of the new addition and south of the Mellon Building. You should enter through the new east main entrance. 

Message from Superintendent Dr. Susan Zola

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 4:02pm

Based on feedback from various stakeholders over the last several weeks, Superintendent Dr. Susan Zola has suggested to the Board of Education that the District discontinue conversations focused on switching students/staff of both Garden Hills and IPA.

After listening to community and staff input, Dr. Zola is recommending that the District focus on each school, at the current location, in addressing campus needs over the next several months. 

CU One-to-One Mentoring Program celebrates National Mentoring Month throughout January

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 3:06pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The C-U One-to-One Mentoring Program will celebrate National Mentoring Month throughout January. Over 600 community-based adults in the Champaign-Urbana area serve as One to One Mentors. Of that figure, 400 mentors serve Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

Unit 4 students announced as MLK Jr. "Living the Dream" Scholarship recipients

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 3:25pm

Champaign Unit 4 congratulates the recipients of the 35th Annual MLK Jr. “Living the Dream” Scholarships. The students will be honored at that 35th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Service of Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.

Unit 4 students announced as MLK Jr. "Living the Dream" Scholarship recipients

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 3:25pm

Champaign Unit 4 congratulates the recipients of the 35th Annual MLK Jr. “Living the Dream” Scholarships. The students will be honored at that 35th Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Service of Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020.