Charleston CUSD #1 Parents/Guardians and School Community, You are likely aware of several recent world, U.S. and local developments regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). One primary strategy of containing the spread of the virus is that of “social distancing.” Such a strategy could include an extended closing of schools. Some Illinois colleges and universities are already planning such actions. As you know, our district’s schools are not in session next week during Spring Break. In the event that our schools need to close for an extended period of time after Spring Break, district staff representatives have met to discuss initial planning beyond what the State Board of Education has already provided to our district. Decisions regarding school closure status will be made in accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments and other State agencies. Please note that, as of the sending of this email, no decision has been made regarding a school closing status after Spring Break. We have encouraged teachers to begin planning for how to keep students engaged in learning in the event such a closing happens. There is no “one size fits all” approach to continuing the educational environment if schools are closed. We have asked teachers to urge students to take personal items (i.e. books, consumables, etc.) home with them prior to Spring Break in the event of a closure. It is essential that, as needed, families consider securing child care options now in the event of an extended closing. Again, as of the sending of this email, no decision has been made regarding a school closing status after Spring Break. Please understand that information we receive about this situation is rapidly changing. District staff are planning to provide more information through our website, app, social media and school messaging system as it come to us. Thank you all for your understanding and patience as we pull together for kids.
almost 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
https://youtu.be/efpS1pRxta4 Charleston High School graduate and current EIU student Holly Higgins talks about bringing quality education to rural schools.
almost 4 years ago, CUSD1
Holly Higgins
Is there one restaurant or business you would love to have here in town? Did you know that our community uses census data to help recruit new organizations to town? We all need to fill out the census later this month! For more information, please visit: www.colescounty2020.com
almost 4 years ago, CUSD1
Charleston Census
A media outlet mistakenly reported that Charleston schools are closed today. In fact, Charleston schools are in session today. Safe travels, everyone!
almost 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
At 4:45a.m. a light snow had just begun in Charleston. Forecasted snow appears to be staying primarily north of Charleston. As of this, school is in session. If we get some snow accumulation in our area, slow down and use caution on roads and walkways.
almost 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
Just a reminder that this coming Friday, February 28th is a 2 hour early dismissal for all CUSD1 students.
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
2 hour early dismissal schedules
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
Just a final reminder to all current parents of CUSD1 students: If you have not already completed the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please consider giving us a couple minutes of your time today to help us gain more results from the parent perspective before it closes tonight. Simply visit the following link: https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ In our continuing efforts to make our schools great places to be, we sincerely value your opinions and wish to thank all participants!
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
Illinois 5-Essentials Survey
CMS 8th graders Tyler Starwalt and Jacob Drake stopped by our Central Office with teacher Ms. Schmitz on Community Service Day. CMS students learn and lead every day!
about 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
CMS 8th graders Tyler Starwalt and Jacob Drake stopped by our Central Office with teacher Ms. Schmitz on Community Service Day. CMS students learn and lead every day!
What a beautiful winter morning! Road crews have been out pushing some snow and treating roads. We are holding school today! Gonna get cold, so bundle up and be safe! Let's learn and lead today!
about 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
District officials are monitoring weather forecasts for tonight and tomorrow. We prefer to make school closing announcements the day before a closing, but that's not always feasible. While we desire to hold school, we require to hold safety of all as a top priority. Stay tuned!
about 4 years ago, Todd J. Vilardo
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
Help Vocal Music programs…order a Singing Valentine today.. Call Tom Woodall 217-549-6671 and he will schedule a great barbershop quartet to sing (takes 3 minutes) for individuals or groups. They can sing in Mattoon and Charleston from 8 AM to about 2:30 PM…(schools, nursing homes, business, residences, etc. Recipients get a nice box of candy, a nice card, two love songs and a photo of the event = $40 All the profits to local HS Vocal Music Programs.
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
Order a Singing Valentine!
Check out the latest edition of our District Newsletter!
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
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Dirty's will be hosting a Dine-N-Donate night on Monday, January 27th from 4:30-8:00pm to help support CUSD1 in the CARE game competition against Mattoon. The event is being staffed by all Charleston alumni, and Dirty's will donate back 10% of all sales to the cause for anyone that mentions the schools or the CARE game that night. Proceeds from the CARE game will be going directly towards the immediate needs of local cancer patients at SBL Regional Cancer Center.
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
Dirty's CARE game Dine-N-Donate night
Charleston CUSD1 is now on Twitter! Follow us @CharlestonCusd1
about 4 years ago, CUSD1
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EXTRA! EXTRA! Charleston Middle School recently published its first edition of The Classroom Courier for the 2019-20 school year. Twelve CMS students currently write for the school newspaper, which is overseen by 7-Gold ELA teacher Mrs. Bickford. The paper covers the latest news about CMS and other schools in the district. The Classroom Courier is produced multiple times throughout the year.
over 4 years ago, Charleston CUSD 1
students with school paper
The support staff at Mark Twain are always willing to do whatever it takes for our students, even when that means playing musical chairs at our monthly celebration🎉 We appreciate all of our paraprofessionals, nurses, secretaries, and custodians!
over 4 years ago, Charleston CUSD 1
students and teachers
two teachers and a student
students and teacher playing musical chairs
One of our many dedicated Educational Support Professionals at CUSD #1....this is Ms. Ferguson, head custodian at Charleston Middle School. She takes pride in keeping the school clean and safe for students, staff and visitors....and, yes, that smile is genuine....her positive attitude is contagious! Thank you, Ms. Ferguson, for helping us learn and lead every day!
over 4 years ago, Charleston CUSD 1
Ms. Ferguson, head custodian at Charleston Middle School