Peabody Energy recognizes Collinsville High principal

News-DemocratMarch 11, 2014 

Collinsville High School Principal Eric Flohr has been recognized asa 2013-14 Peabody Energy Leaders in Education for his dedication and commitment to students.

Flohr has worked as an educator for nearly 20 years and has served as principal at Collinsville High since 2006.

He provides support and professional development opportunities to teachers to assist them in growing as instructional leaders. He also implemented the school's Freshman Focus program, an introductory program for incoming freshman to ease the transition from middle school to high school.

The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated education professionals -- from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors -- who inspire and motivate youth to succeed. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.

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Students from 29 southwestern Illinois high schools competed in the Illinois Sectional tournament of the 2014 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge held Monday at McKendree University. The top schools in each of four divisions, based on enrollment size, were: Governor French Academy in Belleville, Nashville, Waterloo and Edwardsville.

Participants came from Belleville West, Bond County (Greenville), Central Community (Breese), Centralia, Chester, Christ Our Rock Lutheran (Centralia), Collinsville, Dupo, Edwardsville, Freeburg, Gibault (Waterloo), Governor French Academy (Belleville), Highland, Lebanon, Marissa, Mascoutah, Mater Dei (Breese), Mulberry Grove, Nashville, O'Fallon, Okawville, Red Bud, Salem, Sandoval, South Central (Farina), Sparta, Steeleville, Waterloo and Wesclin.

The Academic Challenge tests high school students in seven subjects: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, math and physics. Students compete individually and on school teams.

Eight school teams -- Governor French, Okawville, Nashville, Freeburg, Waterloo, Mascoutah, Edwardsville and O'Fallon -- and over 40 students advanced to the state finals in Champaign next month.

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Father McGivney Catholic High School in Maryville is now fully-recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, according to Principal Mike Scholz.

The Illinois State Board of Education's recognition process takes over a year, as each applying school must operate for an entire academic year before receiving its official state visit. During official recognition visits, members from both the Illinois State Board of Education and the Diocese of Springfield came to examine the school, including its files, classrooms, and teachers' lesson plans.

"We were very impressed with the level of education going on here at Father McGivney. Normally for a beginning school it takes a little while to get their feet beneath them, but they seem to have hit the ground running. We could not be prouder of our new Catholic high school," said Jean Johnson, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Springfield.

With becoming fully recognized by the ISBE and the Diocese of Springfield, Father McGivney is now officially welcomed as part of the Illinois High School Association and the National Honor Society organization.

Father McGivney Catholic High School opened its doors in August 2012. The school currently has an enrollment of 50 students. It's currently housed in a private wing at the St. John Neumann Catholic School campus on Wilma Drive.

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Marco's on Main in Belleville is hosting a fundraiser for the St. Clair County Youth from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Marco's on Main is located at 6401 W. Main St. in Belleville.

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Immaculate Conception School in Columbia will hold registration for pre-school, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and new students for all grades for the 2014-15 school year from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria. For more information, visit http://www.icscolumbia.org or contact the school at 618-281-5353.

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Harmony School District 175 is holding its kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 19, 20 and 21 at Ellis School, 250 Illini Drive. An evening registration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20. For more information, contact the school at 538-6114.

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The Illinois Sheriffs' Association is a principal sponsor for the annual Cebrin Goodman Institute on Substance Abuse, formerly Illinois Teen Institute. The sheriffs' association will be awarding scholarships to cover the cost for students to attend the program.

The Cebrin Goodman Institute on Substance Abuse is a week-long youth leadership training for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills and meet other youth from the around state. This years' conference will be held at Eastern Illinois University July 20-24.

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association will be awarding 60 scholarships statewide. Any student who wishes to attend can contact their local sheriff's office or the Illinois Sheriffs' Association for an application and further information.

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