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The Mission of Vienna Public School District #55
To serve every student so that they will be provided an equal opportunity to unlock their unlimited potential in a safe and healthy learning environment. All staff will continuously learn and grow professionally to support all students in meeting their individual needs.

The Vision of Vienna Public School District #55

  • Vienna District #55 is a learning hub within our community.

  • Vienna District #55 is a place where all students, staff, parents, and stakeholders are excited to attend.

District #55 Expectations

  • Prioritize individual responsibility, respect, and positive rapport among students, staff, and parents.

  • Ensure that we are a student-centered learning environment

  • Collaborate with all stakeholders for the purpose of continuously improving our learning environment

  • The curriculum will be adjusted to fit the child.

  • Instructional technology is a functional and productive means to facilitate learning for all students

  • All student learning will be connected to state and local learning standards within a valid scope and sequence of learning.

  • Our organization will be continually researching, analyzing, and evaluating best professional practices in education to ensure student growth

  • All students will be prepared to be college and career ready subsequent to earning a high school diploma

A little History About   Vienna Public School District #55
Prior to the construction of the original three-story Vienna Grade School building in 1896, the number of school houses in the [Johnson] county in 1878 was 52 ; 25 of them were log. In 1884, of the 62 school buildings then erected, 2 were brick, 52 frame and 8 still remained of log. In less than 50 years from the beginning of the present system, 1855, all log buildings were eliminated. At the present time, there are in the county, 7 brick, 65 frame school buildings, all meeting the standard of construction and sanitation required by the act of 1915.  The custom of an annual graduating exercise for the pupils of the county who had finished the eighth grade was begun in 1891 under the supervision of M. T. Vancleve,  County Superintendent.  These exercises were always held at the county seat sometime after the close of the school term with appropriate program and are a stimulus to the students to finish the course, especially those who intend to take a higher education. These county certificates entitled the holder to entrance in any accredited high school without an examination.

The location of the original Vienna Public School was purchased from Samuel Copeland and his wife, Lucinda, consisting of 2.25 acres on August 1st, 1865.  A large three story building was erected in 1892.  The two lower floors were used for grades 1-8 and the third floor was temporarily used for high school students.  John S. Whittenburg was superintendent of the Common Schools of Johnson County, 1868.  The building was began in 1892 and completed in 1898 at a cost of $16,000.

In 1910, W.T. Jobe was principal; teachers were, Amy Galeener, Irene Balance, Gertrude Isom, Lula McCorkle and Harris Ridenhower.  School Board members in 1925 were, John W. Carlton, Jack Hood, Joe Woelfe, Will Jackson, W.C. Settlemoir, Harry Bridges and Almus Ragsdale.  Ms. Eva Bean was principal in 1927.  Green Wheelyer was the custodian in 1927; his duties included cleaning all three floors and firing the furnace.  In 1938, Lloyd B. Robertson was County Superintendent.  Teachers were Irene Baker, Esta Peterson, Mary McKenzie, Zelma Carlton, Mable McCorkle, Zona Bridges, Elizabeth Gillespie and Phyllis Allard. 

Students walked to school, and could be seen going to school from all directions.  At noon, those fortunate to live close by went home for lunch.  The rest would eat their lunch on the school grounds or in the building.  Ms. Gertie Hundley, who lived across the road from the school, would frequently make coffee and cake for the teachers who would go over to her house at recess.  They call this “Aunt Gertie Day” and was eagerly anticipated.  The Hundley home was a first aid station for students who became ill or hurt at school.  Ms. Hundley would care for them until their parents could come get them. 

1950 was the year of change for the school.  A gymnasium was built for indoor activities.  Consolidation of small country schools brought the need for bus service.  Bus drivers were Robert Fairless and Robert Bellamy.  Indoor plumbing was installed in 1951, and a cafeteria for hot lunches.  Cooks were Frances Alford and Christina Mathis.  According to a Vienna Times article on July 10th, 1958, “The razing of the old [original] building will accent the passing of a landmark familiar to Vienna since 1892.  Four generations have passed through the south portal and under the inscription Quaintest Sapere – knowledge is Power.”

A new modern, one-story building was built in 1957, named the Stanley Veach Building (in honor of the former principal).  Some other principals and teachers through the years were, Halleck Webb (principal), Helen Chester, Marie Taylor, Jack Gorden, Bryan Kerley (principal), Nysabea Veach, Ruth McHahan, Lowell E. Trovillion, Lizzie Simpson, Ola Simpson, Fayetta Elkins and Carl Summers (Superintendent).
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The original Vienna District #55 building was erected in 1892 in the city/village of Vienna.  What is now the courtyard to our building, today, was the location of the original structure.  A breakdown of the building improvements since 1950:

  • Old Gym (named Jack Gorden Gym in the 1990’s), built in 1950.  9,912 sq. ft.

  • Old Cafeteria (under Jack Gorden Gym), installed in 1951, 6,510 sq. ft.  (no longer in use!)

  • Primary Wing (Stanley Veach Building), built in 1957, 10,146 sq. ft.

  • Demolition of the original three-story building was in July of 1958

  • First Grade Edition, built in 1962, 1,890 sq. ft.

  • Jr. High Wing, built around 1972, 11,383 sq. ft.

  • Kindergarten Wing, built in 1992, 5,544 sq. ft.

  • New Cafeteria (1st floor) and Supplemental Classrooms (2nd floor) built in 2002, 13,254 sq. ft.

  • New Gym and Commons, built in 2010, 12,310 sq. ft.

 Note:  If anyone has any other pertinent history about Vienna District #55, we would greatly appreciate your help!

Bullying Prevention Is A Priority @ Vienna Grade School
Bullying Prevention
Anti-bias And Anti-hate Resources

 *VGS certified staff continues the work of "unpacking both IL Math and ELA Learning Standards (K-5) and pinpointing student performance gaps in Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies, annually (using state and local assessment data).  The purpose is to clarify and re-write the IL Math and ELA Learning Standards in "student friendly" language that is easier to understand and measure.  This very important work also allows our grade level teaching teams to identify areas of needed improvement as well as areas of strength based on students' performance on both state and local student performance data.  The sharing of teachers' "best instructional and assessment" practices were also key in addressing continuous growth for both teaching and learning.  These "local" documents are essential for our growth towards ensuring that all students are meeting/exceeding respective grade level Learning Standards in Math and ELA.

What is the District #55 Response to Intervention Program?
Response to Intervention (RtI) is an approach for redesigning and establishing teaching and learning environments that are effective, efficient, relevant, and durable for all students, families, and educators. RtI involves an education process that matches instructional and intervention strategies and supports to student needs in an informed, ongoing approach for planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction, curricular supports, and interventions. RtI is also a process designed to help schools focus on and provide high quality instruction and interventions to students who may be struggling with learning. An intervention is a specific type of instruction that is used to help with a specific type of problem. Interventions are matched to student needs. Student progress is monitored often to check the effectiveness of the instruction and interventions. The data collected on a student’s progress are used to shape instruction and make educational decisions. Use of an RtI process can help avoid a “wait to fail” situation because students get help promptly within the general education environment. RtI has three important parts: 1) A multi-tiered model of school supports, 2) Using a problem solving method for decision-making at each tier, and 3) Using data to inform instruction at each tier.

Vienna District #55 has had a long-standing history of success with providing a multitude of targeted supports designed to improve student performance.  As the comprehensive needs of our students continues to evolve, additional means must be provided by the District to ensure growth all of our students.  This includes academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports.  A system of support must include supports for every student regardless of their current academic standing.  District #55 continues to learn, grow, and evolve to provide additional systems of support to better ensure growth for all of our students no matter where each student is at academically or social-emotionally.  Keep in mind that we cannot separate Resiliency from Response to Intervention Supports, nor from our Districts Positive Behavioral Intervention Programming.  In short, supporting student growth is entirely comprehensive and must be ready to adapt and change while being results driven. 

The "Why" Behind RTI


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