Chad Cox
Mrs. Belshaw and NCES would like to recognize and congratulate our "Fitness Award" winners for students in grades 5-6. We have 5th Grade winners, from L-R: Katherine Aitchison for 14 in. Sit-n-Reach, Aubrey Newlan for 60 laps in Pacer and for 41 Curl-ups, Caimen Huston for 20 Push-ups, and Brikelle Grange for 16 Push-ups. Our 6th Grade winners, pictured from L-R: Brooke Wasielewski for 18 in. Sit-n-Reach and for 21 Push-ups, Dalton Vass for 60 laps in Pacer and 16 Push-ups, Reese Vass for 157 Curl-ups. Way to go, 5th and 6th graders!
3 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Mrs. Belshaw and NCES would like to recognize and congratulate our "Fitness Award" winners for students in grades 3-4. We have 3rd Grader winners, from L-R: Cora Hancock 14.5 in. for Sit-n-Reach, Colton Schmitz for 66 laps in Pacer and for 110 Curl-ups, Sam Torgerson for 33 Push-ups, and Svana Grange (not pictured) for 20 Push-ups. Our 4th Grade winners, pictured from L-R: Avianna Young (not pictured) 14 in. Sit-n-Reach, Jordan Blunier for 55 laps in Pacer and 35 Push-ups, Jacob Hill for 86 Curl-ups, and Lila Schafer for 16 Push-ups. Nice work, 3rd and 4th graders!
3 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Mrs. Belshaw and NCES would like to recognize and congratulate our "Fitness Award" winners for students in grades 1-2. We have 1st Grader winners, from L-R: Kaleen Clark for 13.5 in. for Sit-n-Reach, Carson Martens 67 laps in Pacer, Brigham Bodily for 38 Curl-ups and 25 Push-ups, and Zoie Gallaher for 26 Push-ups. 2nd Grade winners, pictured from L-R: Annika Torgerson for 12.5 in. for Sit-n-Reach, Cody Compton (not pictured) and Madison Shaw tied with 55 laps in Pacer, Wyatt Johnson for 33 Curl-ups, Cody Compton (not pictured) for 38 Curl-ups, and 16 Sadie Gallaher for 16 Push-ups. Great work by all students!
3 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
May 18th, we honored our recent "Reading Counts" winners AND our "Top 2" Reading Counts points winners for 2021-22 school year! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 5/18/2022 during Viking Time. Also, the "Top 2" Reading Counts students for grades 1-6 will get a Pizza Party on May 20th! Pictured are 1st grade: Brigham Bodily, Maddie Ralph, Top 2 for 2021-22: Annie Burtalo, Talmage Squire; 2nd grade: Harley Kelley, Berlin King, Top 2 for 2021-22: Sadie Gallaher, Maddie Siegworth; 3rd grade Top 2 for 2021-22: Grant Squire, Colton Schmitz; 4th grade: Lila Schafer, Top 2 for 2021-22: T.J. Burtalo, Tatum Griffiths (not pictured); 5th grade: Levi Perego, Top 2 for 2021-22: Kat Aitchison and Avery Squire; 6th grade: Gavin Jackson, Top 2 for 2021-22: Brynlee Squire and Brooke Wasielewski. Great job reading, Vikings! We are very proud of you and your time dedicated to reading.
4 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
On May 18th, our Art Teacher, Mrs. French, hosted her Arts/Creative Vehicle Competition at NCES. Students displayed their artwork and tested how far their vehicles would travel on a downhill slope. Our winner, whose vehicle went 20.5 feet, was William Howe! The art sculpture winners were: 1st Place Jordan Gound for her "Fruit Bowl," and 2nd Place Elise Blakewell for her "Star." Congrats to William, Jordan, and Elise! Thank you to all students who built vehicles and/or created art projects for this special event. We are proud of all students for their creativity and innovation! Pictured from L-R: William Howe, Jordan Gound, Elise Blakewell.
4 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
On May 17th, our PreK students had a graduation ceremony at NCES. Our PreK Teacher, Ms. McConnell, PreK Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Hall, and PreK Aide, Ms. Jones, led the PreK students through this event in which the kids sang songs, acted out nursey rhymes, and received diplomas. Thank you to Mrs. Blunier for doing a PreK Slide Show as part of this event. Thank you to Mrs. Rose and her 4th grade students for supporting the PreK staff and students for this event. Thank you to Mrs. Belshaw for helping with set-up and decorations too. After the ceremony, the staff, students and parents enjoyed Bounce Houses and lunch at Steffy Park to celebrate. Congrats to all of our PreK students and THANK YOU to our PreK Staff for their time, efforts, and support for our PreK students this year. Enjoy the pictures!
4 days ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
FFA cupcake orders can be picked up after school on Friday, May 20th.
5 days ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
N-C Jr. High Track athletes who qualified for the IESA State Track Meet in Class 2A competed in East Peoria on May 13-14. Kade Hoskins (grade 7) placed 9th in Long Jump, 5th in the 100m, 6th in the 200m, and 7th with the 4x100m Relay Team; Tre Hoskins (grade 8) placed 2nd in the Shot Put and 7th with the 4x100m Relay Team; Evan Jackson placed 7th with the 4x100m Relay Team; Jordan Crowley placed 7th with the 4x100m Relay Team; and Porter Bodily was our alternate for 7th place 4x100m Relay Team. Pictured from left to right: Evan Jackson, Kade Hoskins, Tre Hoskins, Jordan Crowley, and Porter Bodily. Congrats to our 2022 IESA Class 2A State Finalists, we are very proud of you and your accomplishments this season! Thank you to Coaches Neva & Clair Koechle, for their time, efforts and support for our N-C Jr. High Track Team! #NCVikingPride
7 days ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Sign-Up for West Hancock Titans Girls basketball will be Friday, May 13th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be at the Hamilton High School cafeteria. Any 8th grade girls interested in playing high school basketball or participating in the summer basketball events should attend this meeting.
12 days ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Our Jr. High Track Team competed in the IESA Sectionals on Sat. May 7th. We are happy to announce the following student-athletes qualified for the IESA State Track Meet in Class 2A: Kade Hoskins in Long Jump, 100m, 200m, and 4x100m Relay; Tre Hoskins in Shot Put and 4x100m Relay; Evan Jackson in 4x100m Relay; Jordan Crowley in 4x100m Relay; Porter Bodily (alternate) in 4x100m Relay. They will compete in IESA State Track Meet to be held on May 13-14 at East Peoria. NCES will host an all-school assembly at 8:15 am May 12th to support our State qualifiers. This event is open to the public to attend. Pictured from left to right: Evan Jackson, Kade Hoskins, Tre Hoskins, Jordan Crowley, and Porter Bodily. Congrats and good luck at State! Go Vikings Go!
12 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Our school would like to congratulate 8th graders, Scott Allen and Aubree Karle, for being chosen by NCES faculty & staff as our students who best represent our school and communities. Scott and Aubree and their parents attended the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) Western Region "Student Recognition Breakfast" at the WIU Grand Ballroom on May 5, 2022, with Mr. Cox. The students and their parents were served a nice breakfast and the students were recognized in front of their peers and given medals for earning this special honor. Thank you, Scott and Aubree, for displaying all of the qualities our school wishes to see in every student, every day at NCES. #Viking Pride
18 days ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Thank you for all the wonderful treats, meals, and gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. The staff greatly appreciate the kind gestures throughout the week (and the school year). It was a wonderful and uplifting week made possible by all the donations from parents, administration and the Board of Education. Thank you!
18 days ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Track meet for today, May 3rd has been cancelled due to the weather.
20 days ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
NCES Parents/Guardians, Students, and Community Members, Havenlight Fine Art is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Mr. Dan Ayer with the proceeds to benefit Nauvoo-Colusa Elem. School. It will be May 5-7 online at https://havenlightfineart.com. Beginning at 8:00 A.M. May 5th and ending at 6:00 P.M. May 7th. Please read attached images for more information. We thank you for your support!
20 days ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Attention Track Parents! Pictures will now be Wednesday, May 4th instead of Thursday, May 5th due to the weather.
21 days ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our April 2022 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of their kindness, respect, and support for others at NCES. We recognized winners with certificates and treats on April 29th at Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Amy Childs, Mrs. Cindy Logan, Brayden Shaw, Annika Torgerson, Ms. Stephanie Roch, Sadie Gallaher, Mrs. Betsy Martens, Mackenzie Shaw, Tre Hoskins, Mateo Rikle, Mr. Trevor Knipe, Quinton Sparrow, and Gage Stull. Not Pictured: Eden Sutton. We thank these students and staff for showing their Viking Pride at NCES every day!
24 days ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
NCES congratulates our recent "Reading Counts" award winners! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 4/27/2022 during Viking Time. Pictured from left to right: Delaynie Schmitz, Adley Rose, Isaac Shurtleff, Eden Sutton, Ianna Feikert, Temperance Davis, Cora Hancock, Brooklyn Leonard, Grant Squire, Tristan Vass. Not pictured: Siouxfirra Young, Gavin Jackson. Keep up the reading, Vikings!
26 days ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
about 1 month ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our recent "Reading Counts" award winners at NCES! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 4/6/2022. Pictured from left to right: Austin Fortado, Alex Pilkington, Lila Schafer, Levi Perego, Caimen Huston, Dakota Cedeno, Jared DiPrima, Dalton Vass. Not pictured: Tempe Davis. Keep up the reading, Vikings, we love it!
about 1 month ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our March 2022 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of their random acts of kindness, respect, and support for others. We recognized winners with certificates and treats on March 25th during Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Madelyn Siegworth, Ellie Fink, Emma Bodily, Lori Savage, and Mr. Schneider. Not Pictured: . Loretta Young, Madison Shaw, Mrs. Bromley and Mrs. Radel. NCES students and staff, thank you for showing your Viking Pride every day!
about 1 month ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
NCES Stakeholders, check out the picture of this COOL project that takes up an entire wall in our Jr. High wing! It is called, "Periodic Table of Black History." Our Jr. High students did this project with support from Mrs. Bodily and Mrs. Hubbs. Each piece of paper has a famous black person who influenced the world in a special way. I am proud of this project and our staff and students who did it!
2 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Feb. 28-Mar. 4, 2022, NCES staff and students celebrated "Read Across America Week" with a variety of daily themes and events taking place at NCES. We appreciate everyone supporting reading and reading more to and with our children at school, at home and anywhere. Enjoy the pictures and keep reading!!!
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Parents/Grandparents/Guardians - If you are picking up your child/children, please stay in the car rider line UNLESS you are directed to pull forward! We've been having a few people "jump" the line or park on the side and get their kids. We want you to stay in line to avoid accidents (which we've had a few close calls with people jumping the line) and to keep our kids/staff safe. Please pass this information along if you are having someone different picking your child up.
3 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our February 2022 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of their random acts of kindness, respect and/or support for others at NCES. We recognized winners with certificates and treats on Feb. 25th during Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Mrs. Dickerson, Katherine Aitchison, Elizabeth Kohl, Avery Squire, Grace Hill, Brikelle Grange, Lori Savage, Ellie Fink, Aubrey Newlan, Markayla Barber, Zachary Mulch, Adam Pena, Jonathan Lucie, Hayden Jamerson, Zoe Dray, Kaia Figge, Evalynn Jones, Juris Pohren, and Hunter Froman. Not Pictured: Maci Boyer and Emma Bodily. NCES students and staff, keep showing that Viking Pride!
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Here are more pics from NCES celebrating "FFA Week" at NCES. We appreciate our local citizens who supported the Petting Zoo and/or FFA Breakfast events. Thank you so much!
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Feb. 21-25 is "FFA Week!" Check out these pics of our staff and students supporting Mrs. Clampitt and our FFA students! Thank you to everyone who supports our FFA and NCES, we appreciate it a lot. More pics will be posted. Enjoy :)
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our recent "Reading Counts" award winners at NCES! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 2/16/2022. Pictured from left to right: Jacob Coulter, Mesa Kohl, Lena Primmer, Madison Shaw, Annika Torgerson, Jordan Blunier, Mackenzie Shaw, Emma Bodily, Grace Hill, T.J. Burtalo, Gavin Jackson, Brynlee Squire, Liam Sumner. Keep on reading, Vikings!
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
On behalf of the NCES Staff and Students, we would like to congratulate our Boys Basketball Team, Coach Knipe and Coach Sinele, on an outstanding season. Our team lost in the Regional Championship last night, however, they finished with a season record of 17 wins and 2 losses. What a great year, Vikings! We are very proud of you!
3 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Notice the Change of date! Dear Nauvoo-Colusa families, On Friday, an Illinois judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by more than 700 parents across the state that challenged the state-mandated COVID-19 mitigations. For those districts named in the lawsuit, the Judge ruled against the Governor's mask mandate. Even though Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 was not part of the lawsuit, the school board will most likely vote not to require students and staff members to wear masks in the school building. The school board will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on the mandate. However, the administration will not punish students or staff members who choose not to wear masks on Monday, February 7, 2022. It is the parent's choice if they want their children to continue to wear masks at school. Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and staff. While it has been a challenging year, we will continue to push forward together. Sincerely, Kent Young Superintendent
4 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our Jan. 2022 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of their random acts of kindness, respect and/or support for others at NCES. We recognized award winners on Jan. 28th during Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Jacob Coulter, Talmage Squire, Anthony Evans, T.J. Burtalo, Madelyn Bolton, Sam Perego, Ms. Nicole McCarty, Mrs. Justyne Burtalo. Not Pictured: Ms. Brenda Adkisson. NCES students and staff, keep showing your Viking Pride!
4 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our most recent "Reading Counts" award winners at NCES! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 1/27/2022. Pictured from left to right: Annabelle Burtalo, Jacob Coulter, Sadie Gallaher, Adley Rose, Madelyn Siegworth, Miles Aitchison, Anthony Evans, Colton Schmitz, Grant Squire, Tatum Griffiths, Lila Schafer, Maci Boyer, Lori Savage. Not pictured: Liam Sumner and Avianna Young. Keep up the reading and learning!
4 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Please remember to start using the new phone number! To improve phone service at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School, there will be a new phone number as of January 3rd, 2022. The new number is 866-453-2600. This is a toll free number for everyone to use. There will also be a new fax number, 217-980-8013. Thanks!
4 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
"Germs, Germs, and more Germs!" This was the learning topic for students in Mrs. Patrick's 1st Grade class on 1/19/2022. Check out the models of "germs" her students created! Check out definitions of viruses vs. bacteria and the flow chart that show what germs can cause. Nice work, 1st Graders and Mrs. Patrick!
4 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Cross country ski lessons, anyone? Mrs. Fink brought in her skis and showed our Kindergarten students how to cross country ski on the snow-covered grounds at NCES last week. Check out the pics! The students and staff had a BLAST! Thank you, Mrs. Fink, for showing us we can have outdoor fun, even in the Winter!
4 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Today was "National Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day." To celebrate, Mrs. Bodily had her science students learning Morse Code, how to communicate via Morse Code, and the history and impact Morse Code had in U.S. wars. Ms. Adkisson brought her 5th Grade students to join Mrs. Bodily's class so all could learn more about and practice using Morse Code. Thank you, Mrs. B, Ms. A, and your students for celebrating and learning together!
4 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Please remember to start using the new phone number! To improve phone service at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School, there will be a new phone number as of January 3rd, 2022. The new number is 866-453-2600. This is a toll free number for everyone to use. There will also be a new fax number, 217-980-8013. Thanks!
5 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Today, I was very happy to have Mrs. Sandy Harman, from Nauvoo Food Pantry, here visiting NCES during Viking time to pick up a check from our school for $2,380.98 to donate to our local food pantry! That was the total amount of donations we collected during our schoolwide "Change Drive." NCES, we are so proud of our students, staff, and parents for their generosity and kindness to make this possible. Thank you all.
5 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our Dec, 2021 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of them and their random acts of kindness they took to earn this honor. We recognized them on 12/17/21 at Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Zoie Gallaher, Avery Squire, Millie Knowles, Zachary Mulch, Emma Dooley, Gage Stull, Zane Tripp, Ms. Brenda Adkisson, Mrs. Tammy Belshaw, and Mrs. Rena Rose. Other winner not pictured: Eden Sutton.
5 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congrats to our PreK-6 students on their great performance at the Winter Music Concert on 12/15/2021! Thank you to Ms. Roch for directing our elementary music program. Thank you to Mrs. Fink & Ms. McConnell for leading our PreK & Kdg. music program. Thank you to NCES staff and students who helped decorate our gym and foyer. We appreciate everyone who attended our music programs.
5 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
NCES would like to congratulate our Elementary & Junior High Band and Choir students on their awesome performance at the Winter Concert on 12/14/2021. Thank you to Mr. Kanauss, and Ms. Roch for leading and teaching our Band and Choir students. Thank you to the Nauvoo Visitors Center for allowing NCES to use their venue to put on our Winter Concert.
5 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
To improve phone service at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School, there will be a new phone number as of January 3rd, 2022. The new number is 866-453-2600. This is a toll free number for everyone to use.
5 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our most recent "Reading Counts" award winners at NCES! We honored them with certificates from Mrs. Litchfield on 12/8/2021. Pictured from left to right: Mesa Kohl, Lena Primmer, Madison Shaw, Isaac Shurtleff, Colton Schmitz, T.J. Burtalo, Allyson Tate, Avianna Young, Emma Bodily, Daniel Compton, Ellie Fink, Asher Hancock, Grace Hill, Caimen Huston, Lori Savage, Millie Knowles, Lauren Stevenson, Dalton Vass, Audrey Young.
5 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Congratulations to our 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team!!! The Lady Vikings will play Teutopolis on Thursday at 7:30pm in Havana, IL. There will be a short pep assembly at 2:30 pm for the public to attend. The team bus will leave NC at 4:00 with a police escort provided. There will also be a fan bus for the 7th/8th grade students that would like to attend the game. The fan bus will leave NC at 4:15 and stop at McDonald's in Macomb for supper before the game. Students are responsible for the meal and concessions. The sports boosters will pay for the students admission into the game. Parents need to stay in touch with students regarding arrival time back at Nauvoo- Colusa Elementary and Warsaw High School. Good luck Vikings!
5 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
NCES students and staff made and signed a school spirit sign for our Girls Basketball Team. We wish Coach Stambach and our Lady Vikings the best of luck tonight in their 8-2A Sectional game! We are all behind you and very proud of you!
6 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
NCES Parents/Guardians and Students, We were aware of a social media location-based app called "YikYak" which allows anyone who downloads the app to post anonymous comments. Other area schools and school districts across the United States are experiencing issues with students using this app and posting inappropriate content. We want you to be aware of this app and monitor your child’s social media accounts and apps for their safety and wellbeing. Although the app is anonymous, individuals using the app are required to provide a phone number, and police are able to identify users. Students should understand that comments here that are threatening in nature will be reported to police and investigated to the fullest extent possible. School officials will not hesitate to invoke school discipline as well as legal consequences for cyberbullying or threats posted to YikYak, or any other social media platform. Bullying will not be tolerated. Please also understand that sharing screenshots of content posted elsewhere is not helpful, perpetuates fear associated with the initial threat and impedes the investigation and resolution of each incident. If you see threatening content, report it to the school and/or the police immediately. Schools are advising that students delete this app immediately, and that parents continue to be vigilant and communicate the seriousness of using technology to make threats or cause distress and disruption at school. We will continue to provide a safe learning environment for all, but we need the cooperation of our students and families to maintain a positive school culture. Thank you for your support.
6 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls Basketball Team! Pictured L to R: Abby Stanley, Jaiyden Huston, Millie Harness, Jayden Climer, Brylee Balentine, Anna Haas, Kynlee Nichols, Giana Fisher. Not Pictured: Kaia Figge
6 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our Nov. 2021 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of them and their random acts of kindness they took to earn this honor. We recognized them today during Viking Time. Pictured, L-R: Brooke Wasielewski, Colton Schmitz, Ianna Feikert, Paxton Rawlings, Thomas Mansheim, Porter Bodily, Jordan Leonard, Aiden Lucas, Hayden Jameson. Other winners not pictured: Miles Aitchison, Mr. Dave Rhodes, and Dr. Kent Young.
6 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
On behalf of the NCES Staff, we wish our 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team the good luck tonight vs. Carthage in their 5:30 pm Regional Championship Game in La Harpe. Go Lady Vikings!
6 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our Oct. 2021 "Viking Pride" award winners! We are proud of them and the actions they took to earn this honor. We recognized them on Oct. 29th. Pictured, L-R, in costume or mask: Daniel Compton, Mesa Kohl, Anna Evans, Ellie Fink, Caimen Huston, Levi Perego, Liam Davis, Anden Goodwin, Jonathan Lucie, Kenley Nichols, and Mrs. Tammy Belshaw.
7 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Dear Nauvoo-Colusa Parents, Staff, and Students: On October 18, 2021, the Board of Education took action directing me to require the school community to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-22, which requires all individuals in Illinois, regardless of vaccination status, who are age two or over and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in an indoor public place, including school districts. Further, all individuals must wear face coverings on buses. The Board adopted these requirements under protest and reserved the right to challenge the validity of these orders in court, but has directed me to fully enforce these requirements at this time to preserve athletic opportunities and State and federal funding for students. Accordingly, as of October 29, 2021, all students, staff, parents, and visitors to the District will be required to wear masks in District buildings and on school buses. Any staff member, student, parent, or visitor who fails to follow this directive may be disciplined and/or excluded from District premises and/or school buses. Staff will be directed to enforce the District’s mask requirement.
7 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Check out these pics of "Fire Station Building" by students in Mrs. Belshaw's P.E. classes. Students used creativity and problem-solving skills to make their buildings. Nicely done!
8 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Congratulations to our students who did enough reading to earn points and get certificates for our "Reading Counts" program! Thank you to Mrs. Litchfield for leading this program and promoting reading. Students earned certificates for hitting the 25 and/or 50 point club, they are pictured from left to right: Colton Schmitz (3rd), Grant Squire (3rd), T.J. Burtalo (4th), Tatum Griffiths (4th), Mackenzie Shaw (4th), Allisyn Tate (4th), Avery Squire (5th), Brynlee Squire (6th)
8 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
On behalf of the NCES Faculty & Staff, we are proud to announce and congratulate our Sept. 2021 Viking Pride winners! Pictured from left to right: Adley Rose (grade 2), Alex Pilkington (grade 3), Ellie Fink (grade 5), Emma Bodily (grade 5), Samuel Perego (grade 7), Kennedy Harl (grade 8), and Jadyn Climer (grade 8)
8 months ago, Chad Cox
Chad Cox
Per Health Dept., a student who is quarantined as a close contact from a positive COVID test cannot attend school for 14 calendar days. Other options that could possibly allow a student to return in fewer than 14 days are unavailable to our students due to our mask optional policy. Dr. Kent Young
8 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Hello! This is Betsy Martens from Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary. We were notified today by the Hancock County Health Department of a laboratory confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary. The positive individual was last in the building on Thursday, August 26th. The HCHD is conducting contact tracing and will notify individuals whom they determine to be close contacts. Parents of all students at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary should continue to monitor their children for symptoms. Students who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not be sent to school. Thanks!
9 months ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Hello! This is Betsy Martens from Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary. We were notified today by the Hancock County Health Department of a laboratory confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary. The positive individual was last in the building on Monday, August 23rd. The HCHD is conducting contact tracing and will notify individuals whom they determine to be close contacts. Parents of all students at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary should continue to monitor their children for symptoms. Students who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not be sent to school. Thanks!
9 months ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Hello Parents! This is a message from Mr. Cox and Betsy from Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary. There will be a girls basketball meeting tomorrow after school. Please make arrangements for your girls to stay. There will be a bus that will bring baseball boys and basketball girls back to Warsaw High School. School pictures are Friday! Please make sure students arrive on time. We are inviting everyone to join us at our Open House on September 1st from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Please make sure to read the Return to School Protocols for Students that is posted on the Nauvoo-Colusa website. You can find this under Documents!
9 months ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Parents and Students: The Nauvoo-Colusa Board of Education passed a resolution to make masks optional on the school bus and at school during the 2021-2022 school year. The administration encourages masks to be worn but students will not be disciplined if they choose not to wear one.
9 months ago, Betsy Martens
Chad Cox
Hello, this is Chad Cox, Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary Principal. Due to a delay with building construction projects, we will move back the first day of school to August 23, 2021. We will make up days on October 11, 2021 (Columbus Day) and on December 20-21, 2021. Winter Break will now be from Dec. 22, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022. The tentative last day of the 2021-22 school year will now be May 20, 2022, unless there are additional snow days. Nauvoo-Colusa and Warsaw will remain on the same school calendar for 2021-22. Reminder: The first day of school will be on August 23, 2021. An "Open House" event is still to be determined for a later date.
9 months ago, Chad Cox
Betsy Martens
Hello Nauvoo-Colusa Parents/Guardians, My name is Mr. Chad Cox. I am the new principal at Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School this year. I hope this message finds everyone healthy, happy, and energized from a great summer break! I am excited to start the 2021-22 school year. I am writing this letter to share information about me. I was raised and educated in the Abingdon and Avon (“A-Town”) schools. After high school, I served three years in the United States Navy, where I was stationed in Bremerton, Washington. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in History from WIU. I taught in public schools at the high school and middle school levels in Illinois and Colorado until 2004. While in Colorado, I earned my Masters in Ed. Administration from the University of Phoenix, at a Colorado campus. I served 8 years as a high school principal, 6 years as middle school principal, and 4 years at the PreK-5 level, mostly in small, rural schools. I chose to come to Nauvoo so I could utilize my education and experience to help us fulfill our vision and mission and prepare our students for high school. I love to teach, coach, and lead with a team of dedicated educators like you. I am willing to listen, learn, lead, and/or follow, to get the best out of every student, every day. I have been in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator for 20 years. I am excited to be working at Nauvoo. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity to serve our PreK-8 students and their families. I believe, “It Takes a Village,” to raise and educate our children. I am excited to be in a district and school who values people over programs and holds high expectations for our students and staff. I feel Nauvoo is a great fit for me and my family. I am excited to join our team of educators to help our students learn, grow, and succeed in school and in life. My school email is chadcox@nauvoo-colusa.com. I close my introduction and welcome with one of my favorite quotes, from Margaret Mead, that I feel epitomizes my educational philosophy and aligns well with a small school like ours: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” With Viking Pride, Chad M. Cox
10 months ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School will no longer require COVID-19 checklists to be filled out and will no longer be checking temperatures for bus riders and students entering the school building.  Parents are still encouraged to screen their child/children before coming to school. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms or any other illnesses, please keep them home.  Siblings of the ill child will need to stay home as well. Students are still required to wear their masks and to practice social distancing.
about 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
The Hancock County Health Department received notification that an individual within the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary/Jr. High School has received a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. This individual was present on December 1, 2020. The Hancock County Health Department has worked closely with the school district to ensure that all guidelines have been followed. Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 has and will continue to follow the recommended CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect the school. The Hancock County Health Department and Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 are sharing this information to provide education, ease uncertainty and suppress rumors. Rest assured that the school district is working very closely with the Hancock County Health Department to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The school district and the health department have conducted contact tracing and identified those who were in close contact with the individual. These individuals have been provided quarantine guidance. All other students, teachers and faculty that were not identified as close contacts are designated as low-risk exposures and are asked to monitor for symptoms. If symptoms begin, it is recommended that individuals contact their healthcare provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Symptoms reported among patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. The Hancock County Health Department strongly urges people to take COVID-19 seriously. It is everyone’s responsibility to help reduce the spread of illness. People should cover their cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap and warm water and stay home if they are ill. In addition, face coverings should be worn in public when a distance of at least six feet from other persons cannot be maintained. If additional positive cases are confirmed within the school district, parents and guardians will be contacted. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Hancock County Health Department at 217-357-2171 or Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 at 217-453-2231.
over 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
The Hancock County Health Department received notification that an individual within the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary/Jr. High School has received a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. This individual was present on November 2, 2020. The Hancock County Health Department has worked closely with the school district to ensure that all guidelines have been followed. Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 has and will continue to follow the recommended CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect the school. The Hancock County Health Department and Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 are sharing this information to provide education, ease uncertainty and suppress rumors. Rest assured that the school district is working very closely with the Hancock County Health Department to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The school district and the health department have conducted contact tracing and identified those who were in close contact with the individual. These individuals have been provided quarantine guidance. All other students, teachers and faculty that were not identified as close contacts are designated as low-risk exposures and are asked to monitor for symptoms. If symptoms begin, it is recommended that individuals contact their healthcare provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Symptoms reported among patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. The Hancock County Health Department strongly urges people to take COVID-19 seriously. It is everyone’s responsibility to help reduce the spread of illness. People should cover their cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap and warm water and stay home if they are ill. In addition, face coverings should be worn in public when a distance of at least six feet from other persons cannot be maintained. If additional positive cases are confirmed within the school district, parents and guardians will be contacted. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Hancock County Health Department at 217-357-2171 or Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 at 217-453-2231.
over 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Parents! This is a reminder. If your child stays home sick from school, we must have a doctor note for your child to re-enter. The note must say there is an alternative diagnosis instead of COVID-19.
over 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
All students enrolled in the Nauvoo-Colusa School District remote learning or in-person learning, regardless of income will receive free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year. This program is only for students who are enrolled in the Nauvoo-Colusa School District.
over 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
The Hancock County Health Department received notification that an individual within the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary/Jr. High School has received a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result. This individual was at school from September 15, 2020 through September 17, 2020. The Hancock County Health Department has worked closely with the school district to ensure that all guidelines have been followed. Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 has and will continue to follow the recommended CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect the school. The Hancock County Health Department and Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 are sharing this information to provide education, ease uncertainty and suppress rumors. Rest assured that the school district is working very closely with the Hancock County Health Department to reduce the risk of additional transmission. The school district and the health department have conducted contact tracing and identified those who were in close contact with the individual. These individuals have been provided quarantine guidance. All other students, teachers and faculty that were not identified as close contacts are designated as low-risk exposures and are asked to monitor for symptoms. If symptoms begin, it is recommended that individuals contact their healthcare provider to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary. Symptoms reported among patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. The Hancock County Health Department strongly urges people to take COVID-19 seriously. It is everyone’s responsibility to help reduce the spread of illness. People should cover their cough or sneeze, wash hands with soap and warm water and stay home if they are ill. In addition, face coverings should be worn in public when a distance of at least six feet from other persons cannot be maintained. If additional positive cases are confirmed within the school district, parents and guardians will be contacted. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Hancock County Health Department at 217-357-2171 or Nauvoo-Colusa CUSD #325 at 217-453-2231.
over 1 year ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Parents- If you choose remote learning to begin the school year, we ask that your child continue with remote learning through the end of the first quarter. If remote learning doesn't work for your child, he/she may start face to face learning here at the school at the beginning of the second quarter. If you choose face to face learning at the school we ask that you continue with this choice through the end of the first quarter. Under special circumstances, your child may switch to remote learning with the approval of the administration. Be aware if this situation happens, your child will be ahead of the remote learning process and will have a week off before remote learning would start.
almost 2 years ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Dear Parents & Guardians, The following information is intended to help you with your decisions as you decide whether your student will do face-to-face, remote, or home-school learning this fall. The following procedures were drawn up and board approved in accordance with regulations given to us by ISBE. When you enroll there will be a form to indicate whether you prefer remote learning or face-to-face learning. Please enroll your students in a timely fashion so we can finalize plans for busing and allocation of supplies. If you are homeschooling, of course you would not register, but we would ask that you simply let us know so we can finalize plans. Face coverings will be required for all students any time they are in the school or on a bus. The exceptions for this will be if the student has a doctor’s note stating why that student should not wear a mask, when the student is eating, playing a band instrument, or is outside and can maintain social distance. We encourage parents to provide masks for their students, but the school will have masks available if needed. If a student refuses to wear a mask, then they may be moved to a remote learning situation. Students must be screened each morning before boarding the bus. Parents are permitted to self-certify their student. This will need to be done every morning. We will provide the forms to parents. If a student does not have a completed form, then the bus driver will take the student’s temperature and complete the form. If the student shows symptoms of Covid they will not be permitted to board the bus. If the student shows symptoms while at school, they will be separated from the other students and parents will be called. Students who are symptomatic may not return to school until the student has been fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Bus routes will be rearranged or added to in order to keep the number of riders under 50. Students who ride the bus will enter through the gym door. Bus unloading times will be staggered so that the first group of students can reach their rooms before the next bus unloads. Students who are brought to school by car will enter through the office door and will either show Betsy their self-certification form, or will have their temperature taken and a form completed in the office. When dismissing at the end of the day. Students will be dismissed by bus route or by car riders, so that we limit the number of students in the hall. Parents generally will not be allowed in the building (unless permission is given beforehand), but we will have staff members to meet Pre-K and kindergarten students at the door until the students learn the routine. We will also have staff to meet 7th graders to help them find their rooms. Parents are encouraged to transport their students. Lunches have been rearranged to limit the number in the cafeteria at a given time. 2nd grade will eat with 3rd-6th grade and the Junior High will be split into two groups, with one eating in the cafeteria and the other in the new gym. Breakfast will be served as usual unless numbers exceed 50. Teachers (especially those in the younger grades) will be encouraged to hold classes outside when weather permits. With social distancing, this will provide a break from the masks. PE classes will be encouraged to do the same and to modify curriculum when inside to something less strenuous. The music curriculum will also have some modifications to limit singing. Junior high students will have staggered passing times to limit numbers in the hallway. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. They may be filled at the water fountains without sanitizing between fills. If students drink from a water fountain it will need to be sanitized before the next person uses it. The school will provide a chrome book for each student in grades 1-8. Kindergarteners will be provided IPads. These will also be provided to those students who are remote learners along with whatever other materials are needed for the class. Students who are participating in remote learning will run on a schedule a week behind their classmates who are attending school in-person. This will allow students participating in remote learning to receive close to identical instructional opportunities as those students who are participating in in-person instruction. To provide instructional opportunities to students participating in remote learning, the District will record in-person lessons. The recordings as well as class materials will be made available to students participating in remote learning each week. Students are to return completed school work and class materials, including recordings, as applicable each week, when the next week’s school work is picked up. The school day will be from 8am until 2pm this year. I am sure there are some details that we will need to work out, but this is the basic plan. Thank you for being patient as we work through this trying time. Dan Ayer
almost 2 years ago, Betsy Martens
Betsy Martens
Attention Nauvoo-Colusa Alumni and Friends! Our esteemed Viking, Erik, (Did you know he had a name?) who has watched over our school since he was donated many years ago, is badly in need of some attention. Standing guard, in the elements, watching over our school and its children has taken its toll on him. He needs some repairs and paint. Erik will also be getting a new view, as he will need to be moved to accommodate some new construction. We received an estimate for repairs, which is in the neighborhood of $7000. Erik will also need a new concrete pad to stand on. A few years ago, we put out some feelers to see if anyone would be interested in donating to these repairs, and received a very positive response. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to put things in a holding pattern. Erik was recently mentioned in an article in the March 2019 issue of Illinois Country Living magazine. This, along with the construction project, has brought the idea of getting him repaired back up to the forefront. We are now ready to move forward on getting Erik the Viking back to his proud glory. We have an account at the State Bank of Nauvoo called, Nauvoo-Colusa Boosters Account. Anyone willing to donate can send donations, made out to that account, to State Bank of Nauvoo at P.O. Box 218, Nauvoo, IL 62354.
over 2 years ago, Betsy Martens