This Needs to Stop…

I’ve done it, maybe you’ve done it, too.¬† And I’m embarrassed to say I’ve done it.

What am I talking about?  Texting or emailing while driving.  In Illinois, legislation was recently passed to make it illegal to text while driving. In 2009, there were 1,300 auto crashes in which cell phone distractions, including texting, were the primary or secondary cause of the crash Рa 9 percent increase over 2008. Preliminary data from 2010 shows that the number of crashes where cell phone distractions were a primary or secondary cause was down, but still nearly 1,100, and more than 360 of these crashes resulted in at least one injury.

Please watch the video at this link.¬† It only takes about 11 minutes to view.¬† Watch it with your son or daughter who can drive.¬† Watch it with your son or daughter who isn’t old enough to drive.¬† Please watch.¬† And please stop.¬† I intend to stop. Thank you.

No Change in 2010-11 Calendar

We will not be attending school on Presidents’ Day this year. There had been some preliminary discussion that we may look to replace one of the Emergency Snow Days taken last week by attending school on February 21st. This is NOT the case.

Tentatively our last day of school for the 2010-11 school year is Friday, June 3rd.

So essentially this means that the School Calendar for this year remains intact.

Geneseo High School Lockdown and Code Red Drill- February 11th

There has been a great deal of rumor flying around the District regarding the lockdown scheduled for tomorrow at Geneseo High School.

A Code Red Drill has been scheduled for February 11, 2011 and has been posted on the high school calendar for months. On days that the high school conducts Code Red Drills with law enforcement officials, we typically lock down the building as a matter of procedure.

Though there are many other rumors related to tomorrow’s lockdown and Code Red Drill, I can assure you that the safety of our students is of utmost importance to our staff and administration, and that it is our intention that tomorrow will be as safe and productive as all of our school days.


Going up a hill through a one lane tunnel not wide enough for a bus.
Main bus route southwest of town this afternoon

Schools will be closed again, Friday, February 4th.

Conditions have certainly improved, but after driving with Pinks’ Bus Representatives today, we believe that we will be in significantly better shape on Monday to return to classes.

There will be no S.A.F.E. Program on Friday.

Further announcements will be made regarding activities for Friday, mid-day Friday.

The District Office and HS Office will be open regular hours on Friday, February 4.


All schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 3rd.  There will be no S.A.F.E. Program  tomorrow.

We will make a final decision on practices and evening activities for Thursday after 1 pm on Thursday.

The District Office and the High School office will be open from 9 am-3pm on Thursday.

Photo submitted of Ms. Arndt, Elementary Music Teacher, to show the height of one of the drifts on the south side of Millikin School!

She may not be too tall, but that's still a big Illinois drift!