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Performing arts students continue to overcome pandemic hurdles in a big, complicated way.

D-87 Returning To Remote Learning Nov. 23 To Dec. 4

Nov 11, 2020

District 87 will return to an all-remote schedule for the week of Thanksgiving, and the week after the holiday, the district announced during Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Besides that period of Nov. 23 to Dec. 4, a third all-remote week of Jan. 4 to 8 is planned after the winter break.  Officials also warned a local increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations, could even mean a switch to all-remote earlier than Thanksgiving week.

Performers on stage
University High School

Actors act, even in a pandemic. But what high school students are doing now is more subtle than the way they usually tread the boards.

Bob Loy
District 87

The legacy of Bloomington High School’s swimming coach began in 1979 and will continue long after his sudden death this week. 

Basketball player dribbling to the basket
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The Illinois High School Association’s move Wednesday to proceed with basketball this season left schools scrambling to remake schedules and decide if they even want to proceed with what the state considers a high-risk sport coronavirus surges across the state.

Brandon Thornton
Lyndsie Schlink

An Illinois Board of Education Teacher of the Year honor has landed in the hands of a Bloomington High School favorite. The Illinois State Board of Education named special education teacher Brandon Thornton its top teacher for the east central region of Illinois. 

Bloomington High School entrance
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District 87 has canceled its band camp at Bloomington High School after a student who attended the camp tested positive for the coronavirus.

Fans watching football game at Lexington High School
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Illinois high schools have sharply scaled back practices in response to new health data as their sports seasons remain in jeopardy during the pandemic.

Monica Estabrook

For Bloomington High School art teacher Monica Estabrook, losing the emotional connection she had with her students has been the most challenging aspect of the transition to online learning.

District 87 headquarters
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 is adding a new administrative position to help students with crisis prevention and intervention as part of a major district reshuffling.

Two Bloomington-Normal teenagers will be awarded for their commitment to making the town a better place at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Person vaping

U.S. health officials are investigating hundreds of cases of severe lung disease that may be linked to vaping, inciting calls for tighter restrictions to stop e-cigarette companies from marketing to teens. Meanwhile, parents are just trying to separate fact from fiction, for themselves and their children.

Alyssa and Brandon
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It’s been said that the success of future generations depends on the choices people make today, both individually and collectively. Two teachers chose to use their platforms to change lives this summer by bringing the legacy of the New Jersey “Lights On” program to Bloomington High School.

Taylor Harper and Campbell Albaugh
Eric Stock / WGLT

If it seems like graduation is coming early this year, you are right.

Bloomington High School teacher signing day
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington High School is looking to address the national teacher shortage by helping to groom new educators before they head off to college.

Tim Moore
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington High School is starting a pilot program to help students better connect with their teachers in ways to help them stay on track with their academics.

doors to a big room opening in the middle of the windowed expanse
Cindy Le / WGLT

Bloomington High School has cut the ribbon for its fine arts wing expansion and renovation.

District 87 School Board
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 school board members were treated at their regular meeting on Wednesday night to a parade of students and educators who came to thank them for completion of two of the biggest renovations Bloomington High School has seen in years.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Bloomington High School (BHS) welcomed this year’s freshman class Monday with a cookout and game day.

Gerald Herbert / AP

Plans are taking shape for Bloomington-Normal high schoolers to participate in a national walkout movement this month aimed at curbing gun violence in schools.