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Welcome to the Unity Point School News Archive!


Welcome to Unity Point School!

Superintendent - Dr. Lori James-Gross
Thank you for your interest in Unity Point School. On behalf of the school board and administration, I want to welcome you to our district...

Read full "Welcome Back" message from the Superintendent!

Read "Welcome Back" message from the new administration team!


Back to School Bash!

Unity Point Back to School Bash 2017-18


Join the Fight - Pass Illinois' Budget!
Please visit the Pass Illinois' Budget! webpage to view information and download documents related to the initiative.

Visit Pass Illinois' Budget!
By clicking here you can go directly to the documents page.

Pass Illinois Budget


School Facility Tax Information Hub

A School Facility Tax Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Makanda Community Center.

Exercise Your Right to Vote

Eligible voters will have the opportunity to participate in the Jackson County School Facilities Sales Tax Proposal put to ballot by the Boards of Education of Jackson County Schools on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. We are hopeful that you will exercise your right to vote.

School Facility Tax Homepage

View the School Facility Tax site for more information.

Click here for School Facility Tax Site


Superhero Training Camp!

On November 7th, 2015 from 6-7 p.m., your local Barnes and Noble will be hosting a Superhero training camp. Be ready to take on the evil villains in your neighborhood!

Download or print a copy of the attached flyer for more details and also to let the cashier know you are shopping for Unity Point School!

Download Flyer


2015-16 Yearbooks NOW on sale!

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Click $mart Pay logo above to order!

Pre-ordered yearbooks are only $18 and the deadline to order is October 24th!

If you are unable to use one of the preferred $mart Pay methods, return the order form and check or money order (Made out to Balfour) to your child's homeroom teacher!

Order forms can be downloaded here.


Congratulations to the 2014-15 Unity Point Volleyball team for
winning the SIJHSAA Class M Girl's Volleyball State Championship!
Enjoy a recap of their road to victory here.


An article written by several of Unity Point's faculty members describing our school's transition into the Common Core State Standards has been featured in

the Illinois School Board Journal. The article co-authored by Kerry Glenn, Maria Deaton, and Dr. Lori James-Gross may be found here.




Unity Point School would like to thank everyone that helped make Academic Night a success. This wonderful night could not have happened without the help of our

students, parents, and staff. If you missed the event you can use this link, to see a summary of the event put together by WSIL for this week’s Class Act.                           


Illinois Superintendent of Distinction
Unity Point School is proud to announce that our superintendent, Dr. Lori James-Gross, has been named an Illinois Superintendent of Distinction. Dr. James Gross and
20 other superintendents throughout the state of Illinois were selected by their peers for this prestigious honor. Please take a moment to read the press release posted


Hey Kids!
Do you have a tablet or eReader?                        
You can now check out eBooks on SHARE!
Grab a copy of the Unity Point 3M Cloud Library brochure and New Patron User Guide.
Visit the 3M Cloud Library page for support.

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Unity Point School was the focus of two stories in the Sunday, November 24th edition of the Southern Illinoisan. You can click on the following links  
to read the stories 1) "Testing Teachers" and 2)"One District's Story".




  Congratulations to Maggie Bathgate for finishing 8th at the 2014

  Class L Girls' State Cross Country Meet.



Congratulations to Mrs. Juanita Drue for being recognized by Z100 radio as a Southern Illinois Hometown Hero.  Mrs. Drue was

recognized for her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in helping the students and families at Unity Point.  She is our social

worker and interacts with many students, families, and teachers throughout her day. She was one of over 150 individuals to be

nominated. We are proud to say that out of that pool of individuals, Mrs. Drue was selected to be part of Z100's Southern Illinois Heroes

calendar to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Mrs. Drue is Miss April 2015! We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Drue at our

school and we congratulate her on this honor.                                                                                                                                                                        


     Congratulations to Irena Gao, Faith Golz , Leah Hall, and Marissa Ivory for creating a History Fair website that has been recognized as the
best in category for the state of Illinois and fifth place at the National History Fair Day competition.Their website  is about Robert Prager, who
was a German coal miner from Collinsville.  Ultimately, Prager was killed and his murderers were freed. The website can be viewed here.
Please take a moment to read the following press release.                                                                                                                                                            


      Congratulations to Mrs. Melanie Spears and the Environmental Club for being recognized by WSIL Channel 3’s Class Act. Please take
 a moment to watch the video and read the story as posted on                                                                                                                       


Barnes and Noble


     Molly Andrew, a teaching assistant in our ESL program, recently received the "My Favorite Teacher" award
through Barnes and Noble. Anandita Mahajan, a former Unity Point student, submitted an essay nominating Ms.
Andrew for the award. The essay explained how Ms. Andrew influences her life when she had just arrived to
the United States and how she guide her during her first experiences in an American school.
     Molly was recognized in a ceremony t the Carbondale Barnes and Noble on May, 5, 2014. For her
recognition, Molly received a $500 Barnes and Noble gift card and a Nook tablet.
     Congratulations Ms. Andrews!  


     The Unity Point School Board of Education, Administration, Teachers, Staff and Students would like to thank everyone who  
assisted in the recent passing of the 2014 Referendum.  A special thank you to our PTO and the Preservation Committee for  
their many hours committed to making Unity Point School a priority.                                                                                                     


UP Students Clean-Up 





     Unity Point School's 6th Grade class

investigated invasive plants and their impact

on the local ecosystem. As part of their

investigation they developed action plans that

included volunteering at a local nature preserve.

Students spent the morning removing garlic

mustard from Green Earth Inc.'s "David Kenney

Trail". This is the 4th year 6th Grade students

served their community by volunteering and

improving the local ecosystem as well as

improving their understanding of local ecosystem

functions. During this Problem Based Learning

unit students gained insights into their role and

responsibilities as responsible citizens and took

action based on scientific research to make a

difference in their community.                                


Scoring Buckets Against Bullying


Anthony "Buckets" Blakes talks to the student body about the ABC's of Bullying Prevention.
Catch the story on KFVS 12 news!