The 2017 Young Author district winners were announced at the March school board meeting. Chris Bough, assistant principal, Riddle Elementary School, introduced Brooklynn Redfern, third-grader, Arland D. Williams Jr. Elementary School, and Aiden Hudson, fifth-grader, Riddle, as this year’s winners. The main character named June in Redfern’s book titled “Vacation Gone Wrong,” shares a story about “my most . . .
Mattoon High School Drama Club will present "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy." Two performances are scheduled for April 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 and available at the door. The book is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics are by Andrew Lippa. Fifth grade beginning band spring concert is April 25 at Williams Elementary School. The first concert is at 9:15 a.m., the second concert is at 10 a.m. . . .
Mattoon High School Alumnus Connor James explained to Mattoon Middle School eighth-graders that even though he lost his dad when he was only 13, there are probably students at MMS then and now who are dealing with the same amount or more pain than he felt at the time. James, 28, graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and he also played football at SIU. He is the CEO and founder of “MeaningFull Books.” . . .
Riddle Elementary School fourth-graders in BrittnieSimpson's class celebrated St. Patrick's Day by being engineers. The students were asked to build a leprechaun tower to keep the gold safe. In order to build the tower, students could only use: one small cup, 15 straws, 10 pipe cleaners, and one yard of masking tape. The tower had to be at least six inches tall and the small cup had to sit on the top of the tower. Students . . .
Mattoon Middle School is hosting a reception at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in the new gymnasium to celebrate the middle school and high school wrestling state finishes and to recognize the successful Kids Club wrestling. "Mattoon Middle School had four wrestlers go to State this past weekend,” said Jamie Sharp, athletic director, MMS. “The end result was a seventh place finish overall as a team, with a State Champion, a second . . .
Mattoon Mayor Tim Gover and Kyle Gill, city administrator, visited Rachel Stuart's fifth grade students at Riddle Elementary School. “We discussed what the students could do to be good citizens in the community,” said Stuart. Mayor Gover and Mr. Gill talked about what the Mattoon community does to encourage Earth Day. The fifth-graders are in the process of planning Earth Day lessons for the entire school.
Riddle Elementary School art teacher Rob Niemerg is piloting a Lunch Buddies program which matches Mattoon High School juniors and seniors with Riddle students. The student matches range from kindergarten through fifth grade. The students meet and eat lunch together. While eating lunch, the lunch buddies talk about their week. After eating lunch, the students and lunch buddies go to recess for a couple of minutes. . . .
Tryout information for the Mattoon Middle School Purrfections Dance Team is now available. (A link to the tryout packet is published below this paragraph). Clinics will be the week of March 27 and tryouts will be at 8 a.m. April 1. Any student that will be attending Mattoon Middle School during the 2017-2018 school year is eligible to tryout. All forms must be returned to the main office of the applicant's . . .
EIASE'S Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is hosting the Fifth Annual Spring Fling Bazaar March 25. Funds earned from the event will go to the fund The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Click on the flyer for more information.
Click on the flyer to view the dates and times of preschool roundup and kindergarten pre-registration.