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School Year 2019-20 

Starts August 26, 2019 for Teachers, Starts August 27, 2019 for Students. First four days of school will end at 2:00 PM. See Calendar here

Our Story

Welcome to Effingham Unit #40.  We are excited to share the story of our students' journey towards academic excellence.  Every day, a team of dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff collaborate with one another in an effort to prepare our students for the global stage.  

Student Learns Engineering Principles
A student in the Multimedia class at EHS is engineering one of the first animated machines called a Zoetrope. The device was created in the 1830's and wowed audiences for decades. The student used cardboard, styrofoam and a small motor. When finished, the device will feature several interchangeable animations. From the project he has had the opportunity to learn how to design a machine, the fundamentals of electricity, optics and the principles of mechanics. Check out the first beta test of the device.


Former EHS Football Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame
Unit #40 would like to congratulate former EHS Football coach Mike McDonald for being inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.  


Feature Stories

Students in Mrs. Haarmann's Foods 2 classes worked hard this week
while preparing for Cupcake Wars. The students prepared cupcakes and
icing from scratch. Then they decorated cupcakes based upon their
chosen theme. The students learned a lot from this experience and
had fun doing it.

EJHS 6th graders have been challenged to build suspension towers in
science! STEM days are some of their favorites!

Check out more episodes of U40TV.

District Dashboard

For your convenience, we put together a District Dashboard that provides our stakeholders with the ability to view how the district uses its resources to ensure student growth is occurring.  [This site is best viewed in Chrome.]

The dashboard provides users with a unique view of how the district's learning environment and financial resources are used to ensure student success. 

Additional information, including the school report card, is available on the district's academic performance page.

In closing, we want to thank the community for its ongoing support and providing us with the ability to create an environment "where the search for excellence" occurs in classrooms across the district on a daily basis. 


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Community Support

April 8
Community Member Donates Items to EJHS

Daniel Young donated several ancient Egyptian and Roman artifacts to the History Department at EJHS. Thank you Mr. Young!

Student Success Stories

April 8, 2019
Central Students Raise Money for Local Charity

Central Grade School staff donated to the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation as a part of their Jeans Day fundraiser. Members of the Gobczynski family came to Central to accept the donation for the organization. The foundation supports those in our community who are facing adversity. Funding helps to support the heart testing program that the organization implemented. This program tests all sophomore student-athletes to search for potential heart anomalies that cannot be found through regular physicals.

April 8
South Side Students Create Dioramas of Ancient Worlds

Students in Mrs. Wiedman’s class at South Side School were busy researching various dinosaurs. They are working on their diorama.

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District Calendar

April 22
No School - Spring Break
No School - Spring Break
Apr 22
District Calendar
April 29
Board of Education Meeting
6:00 PM
2803 S. Banker St., Effingham
Board of Education Meeting
Apr 29
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
2803 S. Banker St., Effingham
District Calendar

Click #Unit 40 Calendar to access a complete listing of all events happening in the district. 

Phone Numbers

  • Board:  217.540.1500
  • High School: 217.540.1100
  • Junior High:  217.540.1300
  • Central:  217.540.1400
  • South:  217.540.1530
  • ELC:  217.540.1460
  • Transportation:  217.540.1491

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