Two "Pack the House" events

Putting out the last-minute call to “pack the house” in two seemingly separate events:

  1. TONIGHT! The “town hall” meeting at the Mellon Center to discuss the future high school site. 6pm – 8pm
  2. NO MORE JAILS IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY!!!” Tuesday, October 1st at 6 p.m. at the Brookens Admin Building, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana for a public meeting with Dr. Kalmanoff and the County Board. More info on the CUCPJ website

I say “seemingly separate” because most people probably think these two things have nothing in common. However, I would contend that they have a LOT in common, especially in our community. As we think about the future of public education in Champaign, we must also consider why we have so many fellow citizens in our jails. A measure of a successful public educational system should be how ready the graduates (all students, even those that drop out of the system) are to participate in and contribute to society. Overcrowded jails should be a shameful statistic for our entire community.

Some other events this week:

Anti-Bullying Moving Screening, Thursday, October 3rd at 5:30 pm, Centennial High School

A screening of the documentary Bully will kick off this evening. After the movie there will be a panel discussion to address questions, concerns and suggestions the audience has regarding the topic of bullying.

Included on the panel are:

  • Erika Harold, former Miss America
  • Dr. Dorothy Espelage, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michelle Petty, Eastern Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
  • Champaign Police Officer Ed Wachala, Centennial SRO
  • Principal Sara Sanders, Franklin Middle School
  • Dr. Susan Zola, Assistant Superintendent

This event is free and open to the Unit 4 community

Coming up:

PTA Safety Forum, October 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Southside Elementary School

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4 Responses to “Two "Pack the House" events”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    Unit 4 on Twitter says:

    Tweet us YOUR question for tonight’s Town Hall Panel on where to build a new Central High School! We’ll be taking q’s from Twitter

  2. Karen Says:

    I attended the anti-bullying event. I was late, so probably missed it, but, who sponsored this event? Brava to the local therapist who attended (as an audience member) and asked why some of her student clients (and their parents) report that nothing happens/nothing is done when they report bullying at school. A couple of responses from the panel were given that this or that is done in this or that case, but, obviously if these alleged things were being done consistently victims and their parents would know about it. Standardized procedures of investigation need to be written into policy and investigation needs to involve written documentation of the process and findings in each case. IMO, of course. Otherwise accountability, and, ultimately safeguards for students, are absent. FERPA issues are not an excuse for not documenting the process and keeping the parents of victims abreast of what is being done to address incidents. They are just something to work around.

  3. Sheri Williamson Says:

    Hi Karen! I was actually the one who coordinated the event. I’m going to (hopefully) be offering events like this one to discuss trending topics and/or topics parents want to have covered. The goal is then to offer a series of forums to follow so that the discussion doesn’t die with one event.
    The woman who spoke was Juli Kartel from Community Elements. Juli’s a great community resource. She’s always made herself available to talk about issues that face our youth and how collaboration can be done between the school district and the community to help our students.
    I’ve also talked to a teacher within the district about having more opportunities for parents and teachers to work together to identify the true issues that students face in the district. Parents and teachers are on the front lines when it comes to caring for the students so who better to include in the conversation?
    I’m glad you attended the event last night!


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