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National Honor Society has its Induction Ceremony TONIGHT at 7:00pm in the Commons.


Softball practice begins TODAY after school at 3:30 starting in the old gym. If you have forms to turn in, please get those turned in.


Come one come all to Seth Wax’s SENIOR NIGHT for HOCKEY.  We’ll have student pep bus leaving from Farmer City going to the Hockey game at the U of I Hockey Rink on Saturday, March 7th, with the bus leaving at 4:15pm.  The game starts at 5:15pm.  There is no admission cost to the game, but there is a $5 fee to ride the bus.  A bus sign-up sheet is in the office.  Come on out and support Seth in his final Hockey game of the season!


After school detentions this week will be with Mrs. Jones in her room and Lunch hour detentions will be with Mr. Marshall. 


Hot Lunch menu for today is:  Hot Dog w/bun or Regular or Spicy Chicken w/bun, Tiny Triangles, Baked Beans, Juice, Banana and Side Salad


Breakfast menu for Tuesday is:  Maple Mini Pancakes, Juice and Mixed       Fruit






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

 Attention Senior Parents:  The Yearbook committee needs 2 senior pictures, 2 baby pictures and 2 other pictures of your graduate by March 16th for the graduation video.  Your student may bring the pictures in to Ms. Thacker or if you have them digitally, email them to Ms. Thacker at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Thank you for your assistance!!

Mark your calendars! 

“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 .



Keeping up-to-date on the latest information from around the School District is easy. 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 atwww.blueridge18.org. Meeting agendas are published at least 48 hours prior to each meeting.

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

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. 

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 newsletters from BRIJHS and 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 each month. Announcements are also posted on each school’s webpage at www.blueridge18.org

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.

Website: Visit our website at www.blueridge18.org





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