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SPS District 186 Parent Engagement Roundtable

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December 2015

District Updates!

Superintendent Gill shared:

Food Service

  • District 186 currently has 12 schools that receive fresh fruit and vegetables through food service from a grant. Schools are also provided lessons for students on what are different types of fruit and vegetables and where they are grown. To build on this District 186 is learning about possibilities and seeking funding to possibly collaborate more with GenHkids, Chef Greg Christian from Beyond Green Partners, and Lincoln Land Community College to move to sustainable food service in school cafeterias. Some of the first steps is to provide education and training to kitchen staff on 'scratch cooking' and food waste.
Technology Project
Mrs. Gill led a discussion on technology plan and needs with the group. She shared;
  • Currently: Elementary schools have many iPads and/or computers. Middle and High schools do not have as many computers for the students.
  • Technology is a long term consumable that needs to be replaced after 3-5 years.
  • Ongoing professional development is needed for staff with technology.
  • District did pilot different Chromebooks last year to see if this was a viable & affordable way to get more technology to middle and high schools.
During discussion family accessibility to technology and internet was brought up as a concern. A suggestion was made to investigate what community and faith-based computer sites are available to families after school.


Supt. Gill met with Senator Dick Durbin to discuss the new Every Student Succeeds Act (formerly NCLB/ESEA).

Enjoy the Winter Break!

High school finals will be held after the winter break!

All students have 60 minute early dismissal December 18th.

Regular Calendar returns January 5, 2016.

Balanced Calendar returns January 12, 2016.

Online Backpack

All parents/families have access to flyers sent home from community organizations, District 186 & your child's school here.
Stay informed this year! District 186 School Board Meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month in the Board Room of the administrative offices located at 1900 West Monroe Street. They are open to the public, on Channel 22 & YouTube.

Parent Engagement Roundtable Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 6th 2016 at 5:30pm

1900 W Monroe St

Springfield, IL

District 186 has District level Parent and Student Groups that meet regularly with Superintendent Gill. Contact Peggy Cormeny for more information at pcormeny@sps186.org or 217-525-3027. Meeting dates are flexible and subject to change.

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This content is based on Superintendent Parent Engagement Roundtable monthly notes.