Education

One word can officially describe Collinsville school — Excellent

Kreitner Elementary School earned the National PTA School of Excellence Award. The school’s PTA found ways to increase parent involvement in the school, and did so by having a school talent show last year, pictured, and having a translator at school events. Parent participation in the PTA has tripled since.
Kreitner Elementary School earned the National PTA School of Excellence Award. The school’s PTA found ways to increase parent involvement in the school, and did so by having a school talent show last year, pictured, and having a translator at school events. Parent participation in the PTA has tripled since. Provided photo

Kreitner Elementary School, of the Collinsville School District, has been named a 2016-2018 National PTA School of Excellence. The designation recognizes strong family-school partnerships, and was given to only two schools in Illinois and 173 schools nationwide.

“The partnership between Kreitner Elementary and Kreitner Elementary PTA is a true example of what can be accomplished when schools and families work together,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA. “They have put strong practices into place that involve families in the life of the school, and we are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence.”

Kreitner’s students come from Fairmont City and State Park. According to the district, about 75 percent of the students are Hispanic, and about half of the students have limited English.

The school will celebrate the designation at the next Parent Teacher Association meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 13, at the school at 9000 College Avenue in Collinsville.

All-year reunion coming up

Buy your tickets now for the all-year class reunion for Litchfield HIgh School. The reunion is from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Litchfield Community Center, with a catered meal and live music. Day-of events include tours of the high school, the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, and the Shoal Creek Conservation Area. Advance tickets are $30, tickets at the door, without a guaranteed meal, are $35.

For a ticket request form, go to www.Visitlitchfield.com/events; go to Litchfield City Hall at 120 East Ryder Street; or call 217-324- 8147.

Shimkus accepting academy applications

Congressman John Shimkus is now accepting applications from those interested in attending one of the United States military academies.

“As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies,” Shimkus said in a news release.

To be eligible for a nomination, a candidate must be an American citizen, at least 17 years old and no more than 23 years old on July 1, not married, under no legal obligation to support a child, and a legal resident of the 15th District of Illinois.

Applications are accepted for the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Students can apply for a nomination at shimkus.house.gov/services/academy; applications must be received by Nov. 1. For more information, call 618-288-7190.

Shimkus nominates to the academies, however, academy officials make the final selection regarding admission. Those accepted into an academy will be notified in early 2017.

Congressional App Challenge is open

The Congressional App Challenge is open for high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District, says U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis. The contest is to encourage coding and interest in science, technology, engineering and math related fields.

Students may compete in teams of four or on their own. The deadline is midnight Nov. 2; when students must submit the app’s source code, a video demo explaining the app, and what the student learned in the process.

For more information, go to http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/.

New music teacher at Waterloo school

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, in Waterloo, has a new music teacher and band director.

Grant Unnerstall, originally from Columbia, has a bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Musicology. Unnerstall performs with the St. Louis based big band called Ambassadors of Swing.

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