| ||Thirty Uni students worked on Uni's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" in October, which included a sold-out Friday night performance. The next theater production will be Student Productions Nov. 17 and 18, with six directors and 28 actors.|
From Uni Director Jeff Walkington
- Through the help of parent and Yahoo employee Rajesh Lalwani, Uni was awarded a $5000 grant from the Yahoo Employee Foundation. The funds will expand our summer camp outreach and SSAT practice sessions.
- After a successful production of Arsenic and Old Lace last weekend, the next drama presentation will be the Student Productions, student-written and –produced plays and scenes, on Nov. 17-18. Our visual arts students will have opportunities to show their works at the Millikin University High School Art Show Exhibit opening, Nov. 5 through Nov. 19, and at the Link Gallery outside Krannert Art Museum on Dec. 10. The second event is the UI Fine and Applied Art High School Exhibit.
- I believe a recent News-Gazette article did a beautiful job of describing the spirit of the school, and I urge you to read it. The article, “Uni High Has Skills, Too,” captures the studious yet fun atmosphere of the hallways, the importance of students’ work at the University, the essential social mission of many of our clubs, and Uni’s intense academics, all while making its point that our school is where “some of the area’s top athletes thrive.”
- Varun Chopra and D.J. Nelson represented Uni High at the IHSA 1A Golf State Finals, where Chopra placed 4th and Nelson placed 22nd. Our subfreshman boys team placed second at the IESA Cross Country Sectionals Saturday; they advance to the IESA State Finals on the 15th. Two subfreshman girls cross country runners, Danbi Choi and Rani Ramrattan, advanced as well. Boys soccer regionals vs. Central High School are Oct. 18 at Central’s home field.
- Through Innovations in Learning, the school was able to purchase new furniture for Rm. 106N as we keep experimenting with the best models for our new mobile classrooms. The new chairs on wheels are ergonomic, have tablet arms, and a large area under the seat for backpacks.
Agora Days proposals
Uni High is seeking class proposals for its Agora Days program, Feb. 16-19, 2016. Anyone can propose a four-day (50 minutes per day) class suitable for high school students. Agora classes introduce students to topics they don't typically encounter in the curriculum. Past classes include various cooking classes, rocketry, Kung Fu and bike repair. Proposal deadline: Nov. 15.
Please complete the online form to submit your class, or contact Agora Coordinator Chris Guyotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patricia Miller Receives National Award
Patricia Lawder Miller, Uni ’53 and executive director of the Illinois HeritageAssociation, received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and LocalHistory (AASLH) during its recent annual meeting in Detroit. Miller has been director of the Illinois Heritage Association since 1982. The private nonprofit organization is based in Champaign and provides technical services to museums, historical societies, libraries, historic preservation groups, and others throughout Illinois. The prestigious national award from AASLH, one of its Leadership in History Awards, recognizes achievement in the preservation andinterpretation of state and local history. Ms. Miller’s award noted “her decades of work as achampion for small museums and state history.”
Subfreshmen in English teacher Kathy Rodems' class participated in an interdisciplinary activity designed to illustrate the concept of privilege and introduce students to social justice. The hands-on activity was part of a multi-week interdisciplinary unit on Race and Racism.