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  • Illinois Math & Science Academy - Jr. High Science teacher, Michael Blair has been recognized as a top IMSA Fusion teacher and will present his creative extensions to the existing IMSA curriculum at the summer training in July.  All IMSA Fusion teachers from across Illinois will be present at the training. Congratulations Mr. Blair!
    Unity Point students visit France 
    Unity Point students learn about railroad safety
    Region 8 Science Fair, SIUC, March 29, 2011 Unity Point Students win $1450 in Monetary Awards,  26 Gold Awards and 1 Silver.  18 Students will Advance to State Competition  results...
    Unity Point Polar Plungers take the plunge at Campus Lake.

    For Immediate Release April 7, 2010 ISBE awards $10 million to schools for technology upgrades.
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education announced today it will distribute $10 million in recovery funds toward enhancing student achievement in literacy and mathematics with the use of one-to-one technology such as laptops, computer notebooks and iPod touches. The competitive grants were awarded to 15 districts across the state as part of a federal grant program designed to improve student academic achievement through the integration of technology in schools and help every student become technologically literate by the end of eighth grade.  Read the full story…

    Illinois Spotlight School 
    The Illinois State Board of Education has recognized Unity Point School as a Spotlight School—a high poverty school where high academic performance is closing the "achievement gap."  Criteria for selecting these schools are rigorous. All schools must be making Adequate Yearly Progress. At least half the students are from low-income families and at least 60% (62.5% in 2008) must be passing the state achievement tests in both reading and in mathematics.  In 2009, 90% of Unity Point students met or exceeded these standards. Congratulations faculty and students on this accomplishment!  Unity Point has achieved the Illinois Honor Roll award each year since 2006.
  • Class Act: iPads and Netbooks - Video
  • Unity Point kicks off one-to-one iPad and Netbook program with Professional Development - View the Southern Illinoisan video.
  • These Teachers Rock! Christopher Midden joined thirty-three elementary, middle and high school teachers for lectures and hands-on activities at Chestnut Mountain Resort near Galena, Illinois for the Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society, presented by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP).
  • Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, UP fruits and vegetable program - WPSD Video and story.
  • Kathy Fuller, Jr. High Social Studies Teacher, 2009 Illinois History Teacher of the Year!  View the KFVS12 News Clip.
  • Samantha Hunt, 5th Grade Teacher, one of KFVS12 The Heartland's Best Teachers of 2009!  View the KFVS 12 Heartland’s Best Teacher interview with Samantha Hunt.
  • A quick visit: State Sen. Luechtefeld stops by Unity Point to chat with students
  • Unity Point Elementary School focuses on technology
  • Trying to break the record - Video
  • Class Act - Students Get Living History Lesson -Video 
  • Students Benefit from Gift for PE Program - Video
    The Southern Illinoisan:
    Kathy Fuller, Jr. High Social Studies Teacher, named 2009 Illinois History Teacher of the Year!  
    Samantha Hunt, 5th Grade Teacher, named one of KFVS12 The Heartland's Best Teachers of 2009!


    Congratulations to

    2008 Best Buy Teach Award Winners Announced!

    Congratulations Unity Point School!  Our district was selected to receive one of only 50 - $10,000 Best Buy TeachTM Awards in recognition of its creative use of interactive technology to make learning fun for students. The winning application was submitted by Michael Blair. 

    As a result of this award, Unity Point School District 140 now has the opportunity to compete for one of eight National Best Buy Teach Awards valued at $100,000 each to benefit the entire school district.

    Unity Point School Best Buy Teach Award History: 2006 (Kathy Fuller), and 2007 (Michael Blair).

    The Carbondale Wal-Mart has participated in a Fast Start Program with Frito-Lay.  The Wal-Mart store has qualified to receive a school gift card that will be donated to the school of their choice.


    Congratulations . . . Your school has been chosen to receive this award.  Frito-Lay and Wal-Mart hope that you will find this $500 gift card to be a great help to your facility and can purchase supplies needed at your local Wal-Mart store.



    Fast Start Award


    Pictured: Shannon Cremeens (Manager Carbondale Wal-Mart), Jim Berezow, Principal, Unity Point School), Brian Darbe (Frito-Lay Representative), Daniel Powell (Co-Manager, Carbondale Wal-Mart)