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  MARCH 23 - MARCH 27!!





FRIDAY, MARCH 20th    


STUDENTS:  Please remember to not put any books, binders, backpacks or bags of any kind on any of the floors during the day, they belong in your locker.  If they do not fit in your locker, please bring them to the office.  If you decided to place your belongings on the floors and you cannot find them, they’ll be in the Lost and Found in the office. 


If any student is new to driving to school, please see the office for paperwork to fill out with all of your car information on it.


Tech Prep Seminar will be held TODAY in Ms. Blackford's room during

7th & 8th hours.


Attention Seniors in Track, Softball and Baseball. Senior flag order forms are being sent to the coaches. If you would like to order a flag, get a form from your coach and turn in the form and payment to the office by April 2nd. 


The following SENIORS still need to turn in pictures for the yearbook: Justin Bailey, Mariel Bateman, Mackenzie Beck, Cheye Beres, Andria Brackenhoff, Bri Davis, Coale Dolbert, Tara Edwards, Miranda Gillis, Hanifa Johnson, Cole Mackey, Austin Benjamin, Katie Meiss, Christian Morrow, Mariah Morrow, Chris Ohlenkamp, Gabby Pearl, Mason Potts, Adrian Radlowsky, Jacey Raney, Nathaniel Rochester, Jeremy Schneider, Megan Tsevelekos, and Dylan Whitehead


Attention Junior and Senior Boys: If you are interested in being a Prom Tuxedo Rep for Men's Wearhouse in Champaign please see Mrs. Lagle ASAP. There are limited spots available. 


Tickets are now on sale for Donkey Basketball on April 2nd at 6:30pm.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see faculty/staff, local firefighters and HS students compete in the Junior High Gym!  Purchase tickets in advance for a reduced $6 price.  The night of the event, tickets will be $8.  All proceeds will go to BRJH Athletics.  We still need more riders!  If you are interested, talk to Ms. Blackford. 


The BRHS Boosters will be having their Cash Bash on Saturday, April 18th at the Farmer City Legion.

Please purchase a ticket from any Booster member.


Progress Reports will be handed out TODAY during 8th period and school dismisses TODAY at 2:20pm!  Spring Break is next week and school resumes on Monday, March 30th.


Today the Varsity Softball Team plays Tolono Unity at HOME beginning at 4:30. Go Knights!


Hot Lunch menu for today is:  Fish Sticks or Grilled Chicken or Cheeseburger w/bun, Sweet Potato Fries, Juice Apple Slices and Side Salad







Please remember to check on your family lunch account balances often. When the lunch account balance is under $10, you'll start receiving emails or letters from the office with a reminder.   If your family lunch account is negative your student will be receiving a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk in the lunch line.  Please call Mrs. Hardesty at the HS for any questions...  928-2622

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“Meet the School Board Candidate Night” set

The Blue Ridge Federation of Teachers and the Farmer City Kiwanis will be holding “Meet the School Board Candidate” night on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Schneider Elementary School Cafeteria in Farmer City.

Would you like to meet the candidates that are running for the Blue Ridge School Board and have an opportunity to ask questions and hear the answers in person?  If so, this is the night to do it!  Candidates that are running for a seat on the Blue Ridge School Board will be in attendance and everyone is encouraged to attend.  

Three (3) seats are up for re-election in 2015 when voting takes place on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 in the General Election.  Retiring from the board is President Mr. Bart Lytel and board members Mr. Dana Evans and Mr. Kevin Hawkins.  The six (6) candidates that are running are:  Mr. Matthew Althaus, Mansfield, Mrs. Elizabeth Foulks, Farmer City, Mr. Curtis Homann, Farmer City, Ms. Kelly Nichols, Farmer City, Mr. Dale Schneman, Mansfield and Ms. Elizabeth Slusser, Farmer City.


Moderator for the forum will be Mr. Lynn Hawkins. 



A Note from Superintendent Wilson for all Parents: 

Beginning January 12th through March 13th, parents will have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. This allows you to share your views on important elements of school effectiveness. 

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact will administer the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online. This survey is based on the Five Essentials for School Success, an evidence-based framework developed by the University of Chicago. This framework identifies how school performance on five factors or “essentials” can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Those 5Essentials are:


  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction
The parent survey takes approximately 10 minutes. Parents may skip any questions they do not wish to answer; however, they must click "Submit Survey" once they have reached the end in order for responses to be counted towards their school's response rate and included in the parent report.

To complete the parent survey: 
  • Visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ and select Parent Survey
  • Select the necessary language to complete the survey
  • Enter requested demographic information
  • Advance to survey questions
  • Answer all applicable questions
  • Click Submit Survey

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view 2014 Reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact 5Essentials Customer Support at 1-866-440-1874 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Keep up to date on the latest information from around the School District. There are several ways to stay informed:

 Board of Education Meetings: Attend monthly meetings of the Board of Education. Meetings usually fall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (with a few exceptions). The meeting dates and locations are posted at www.blueridge18.org. Meeting agendas are published at least 48 hours prior to each meeting.

Facebook: “Like” our Facebook page at “Blue Ridge CUSD 18”

Twitter: Follow Blue Ridge School District on Twitter: @BRCUSD18. Follow Schneider School on Twitter: @Schneider_elem

Website: Visit our website at www.blueridge18.org

Public Email List: Sign up for our public email list. Go to www.blueridge18.org and click on the link in the upper right-hand corner and enter your email address.

SchoolReach Calls/Emails: Parents of current students - make sure your contact information, including telephone and email addresses are accurate in Skyward. We upload this information each night so it is always current for SchoolReach calls. If you need to make corrections, contact your child’s school.  (Note: beginning in August 2015 SchoolReach will be known as SchoolMessenger.)

SchoolReach Text Message List: For select information we send out text messages (snow days, monthly superintendent’s message). If you would like to be included on this list you have to “Opt in” by notifying your child’s school.

Media: Local newspapers and radio stations provide coverage of school-related events and information.

School Newsletters: Sign up for the email newsletter from BRIJHS and daily announcements for BRHS (contact the school secretary). Schneider School sends their newsletter home to all PreK through 3rd grade students on the back of the lunch menu and posts it on the website each month.

PIE/Boosters:  Become active in Partner’s in Education (PIE) for grades PreK-6, Jr. High Boosters for grades 7-8, BRHS Boosters for grades 9-12, and BRHS Parent Advisory Committee. Groups usually meet each month. Volunteers are always welcome and needed.





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