Features,  Honors & AwardsAnnouncementsMenus


Illinois parent educators converge on Lincoln for first-ever training program

[AUG. 14, 2001]  The first-ever Illinois Parent Educators Academy, sponsored by the Lincoln-based Illinois Family Education Center, will train more than 50 parent educators from all corners of the state on techniques that build stronger families and school communities. The group is gathering at the Lincoln Christian Church Activity Center on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Already this summer, the participants have conducted home visits with a number of families from schools in the Solid Foundation program. The parent educators will continue to work with parents this school year as the Solid Foundation program implements techniques and activities to build reading skills, study habits and responsible behavior among all kindergarten through fifth-grade students in 174 Illinois schools.

In addition to learning more about the Solid Foundation program, parent educators will discover how to encourage families to read to their children at home and how to help schools establish family resource libraries and family reading nights.


Included on the agenda is training on the process of interactive reading and storytelling. Parent educators will be making their own interactive storybooks by inserting prompts on each page for parents to ask children about vocabulary words, visual clues or mathematical challenges present in the text or illustrations. These books can then be shared with parents and students in the Solid Foundation program.


[to top of second column in this article]

Solid Foundation is supported by the Illinois Family Education Center, Illinois State Board of Education, Office of the Governor of Illinois, U.S. Department of Education, Regional Offices of Education and participating elementary schools.

The training runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Lincoln Christian Church Activity Center on Pekin Street. The workshop on interactive reading and storytelling runs from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

For more information, contact the Illinois Family Education Center at 732-6462, Ext. 10, 17 or 21.

[News release]

Zion School gains new classrooms

[JULY 26, 2001]  Last week two new portable classrooms were delivered to Zion Lutheran School in Lincoln. They will be used for the seventh and eighth grades.

This is first time in school history that each grade will have its own classroom.

The rooms will be able to hold about 30 students each, but the size of the classes is about 15 each.

The student in the picture is Amanda Baker, an eighth-grader.

[Bob Frank]


Three join LCCS faculty

[JULY 18, 2001]  Lincoln Christian College is pleased to announce three new faculty members.

Ann Spellman

Ms. Spellman, who has been employed at LCC since 1980, most recently as director of media services, has been granted faculty status as assistant professor of media services. Under her direction, the Media Services Department has expanded from a few thousand audiovisual items to a collection of nearly 30,000 resources and annual circulation of more than 60,000. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield, with a specialization in educational technology and management.

Jan Rutledge

Ms. Rutledge has been granted faculty status as assistant professor of general education. She will continue in her role as director of the Learning Resource Center, which she began in 1997. She assists students who are struggling academically or need encouragement. In addition, Ms. Rutledge as serves as a teacher in the General Education Department. She holds a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, with an emphasis in guidance counseling.



[to top of second column in this article]


Dr. James Sennett

Dr. Sennett, a 1981 graduate of Lincoln Christian Seminary, has been called to be professor of interdisciplinary studies and philosophy. He earned his doctorate in philosophy in 1990 from the University of Nebraska, where he also served as the campus minister for five years. Beginning in 1995, he served as professor of philosophy at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. He has written and edited several books and articles concerning Christian philosophy.

Lincoln College offers bachelor’s degree

[JUNE 29, 2001]  Starting with the fall semester, Lincoln College will be able to offer bachelor’s degrees in liberal arts and business management at its campus in Normal.

The North Central Association, the regional accrediting association, has approved Lincoln College’s request to offer a two-plus-two program. The program will permit students who have earned an associate of arts degree to continue with courses leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Lincoln College President Jack Nutt says the request stems from the demands of the local business community. "Employers have said to us that they would prefer to have liberally educated employees that they can train to meet the needs of a particular position," he said.

For more information about the new program, call Lincoln College at Normal at (800) 569-0558 or (309) 452-0500.

[News release]

Also see Lynn Spellman’s article "LC plans to offer 4-year degree in Normal," posted April 28 and 30 in LDN.  

Honors & Awards


Schools gear up for new school year: registrations, physicals and sports

Opening of District 27 schools

Opening day for Lincoln Elementary District 27 schools has been scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30. Students in grades kindergarten through six are to report to their respective schools at 8:30 a.m. on opening day, and Lincoln Junior High students are to report at 8:15 a.m.

On the first day, school will be dismissed for grades one through eight at 10:30 a.m. at all buildings in the district. Kindergartners will be dismissed at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30. All students in first through eighth grade will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 31, through Thursday, Sept. 6.

The school lunch program will begin on Friday, Aug. 31, at a cost of $1.25 per day. Students eligible for reduced price lunches will pay 40 cents per day.

School opening information for LCHS

Dates, times, fees

The first official day of classes for the 2001-2002 year at Lincoln Community High School will be Aug. 28. Students are to report to their first period classes at 8:05 a.m. Classes will be conducted on an abbreviated schedule with school dismissing at 10:20 a.m.

Buses will run the morning routes according to the regular bus schedule and will return the students immediately upon the dismissal of school. Note: No student living within 1˝ miles of the high school will be provided with bus transportation.

Student lunch prices for the 2001-2002 school year will be $1.60. There will be no cafeteria food service on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The staff in-service session for the beginning of the school year for all District 404 employees will be on Monday, Aug. 27, starting at 8 a.m. in the high school cafeteria.


Hartsburg-Emden school menus


(Milk served with all meals)

Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Pancake and sausage on a stick, syrup, orange juice

Thursday, Aug. 23 — Assorted cereal, pop tart, juice

Friday, Aug. 24 — Cinnamon tastries, fruit or juice

Monday, Aug. 27 — Scrambled eggs, toast, juice

Tuesday, Aug. 28 — French toast sticks with syrup, fruit

Wednesday, Aug. 29 — Cinnamon Texas toast, juice

Thursday, Aug. 30 — Sausage links, pancakes, juice

Friday, Aug. 31 — Muffins, fruit or juice




[to top of second column in this section]


(Milk served with all meals)

Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Chicken nuggets, barbecue sauce, green beans, fruit cocktail

Thursday, Aug. 23 — Hamburger on bun, nacho chips, cheese, lettuce salad, pears

Friday, Aug. 24 — Assorted sandwiches, tator tots, carrots, peaches

Monday, Aug. 27 — Crispitos, cheese sauce, peas, bread, applesauce

Tuesday, Aug. 28 — Sloppy Joe on bun, corn, pears, graham cracker

Wednesday, Aug. 29 — Pizza, lettuce salad, peaches, jello

Thursday, Aug. 30 — Toasted cheese, green beans, pineapple, vanilla wafers

Friday, Aug. 31 — Hot dog on bun, baked beans, french fries, mixed fruit



Lincoln District 27 schools


(Milk served with all meals)

Monday, Aug. 27 — No school

Tuesday, Aug. 28 — No school

Wednesday, Aug. 29 — No school

Thursday, Aug. 30 — No breakfast

Friday, Aug. 31 — Cereal, graham crackers with peanut butter, juice

Monday, Sept. 3 — Labor Day; no school

Tuesday, Sept. 4 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice

Wednesday, Sept. 5 — Silver dollar pancakes, sausage patty, fruit

Thursday, Sept. 6 — Cereal, bread and jelly, juice

Friday, Sept. 7 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice



[to top of second column in this section]


(Milk served with all meals)

Monday, Aug. 27 — No school

Tuesday, Aug. 28 — No school

Wednesday, Aug. 29 — No school

Thursday, Aug. 30 — No lunch

Friday, Aug. 31 — Hot dog on bun, pork and beans, pretzels, cheese stick, peaches

Monday, Sept. 3 — Labor Day; no school

Tuesday, Sept. 4 — Submarine sandwich, corn, carrot sticks, orange juice

Wednesday, Sept. 5 — Beefy nachos, green beans, jello, pears

Thursday, Sept. 6 — Hamburger on bun with cheese, french fries, celery with peanut butter, peach slices

Friday, Sept. 7 — Chicken tenders with sauce, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, fruit cocktail

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Letters to the Editor