• And the Band Played On
  • Patoka's plans for solar eclipse

    All Patoka students in grades K-12 will be experiencing fun and learning on Aug. 21, the day of the solar eclipse, but somewhat different depending on the grade.
    In the morning, all K-6 classrooms will be visited by someone from the Patoka Library.
    This volunteer will read to the students the book “The Big Eclipse,” by Nancy Coffett. This book reading will explain in their terms the eclipse, and how and why it’s happening, and also covers viewing safety.

  • Vandalia has permission form for solar eclipse

    Vandalia School District students will be allowed to view the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but in order to do so, they must fill out and return the permission document as shown here.

  • ROE No. 3 office schedules two TRS meetings in area

    The Regional Office of Education No. 3, in conjunction with the Teachers Retirement System, will hold group meetings to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.
    Members of the retirements systems who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend one of the group meetings:
    • Cafetorium at Effingham High School, 1301 W. Grove St.-Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.
    • Cafeteria at Taylorville High School, 815 Springfield Road-Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.

  • Business collecting supplies for area school districts

    Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency is part of the effort to provide school supplies for local children.
    Through its Back to School Community Program, the agency, located at 411 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of school supplies through Aug. 31.
    General supplies being accepted include spiral notebooks, tissues, three-ring binders, No. 2 pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils and hand sanitizer.
    The donated supplies will go to schools in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Ramsey.

  • VCHS Band Camp
  • Kaskaskia College

    Beginning beekeeping class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will hold a beginning beekeeping class throughout the KC District in August.  The course will be live at the KC Vandalia Campus and shown simultaneously at the Nashville, Salem and Trenton Education Centers.
    This class will meet on Monday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be an introductory course designed to acquaint the students with basic beekeeping.

  • KICK Painting for Kids Class
  • KICK Crafts for Kids Class
  • KC Board of Trustees Scholarships

    Three area students have been awarded Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees Scholarships for the 2017-18 school year – Rachel Green of Vandalia, and Katelyn Dugan and Kelsie Waters of Mulberry Grove.