McLean County

Unit District No. 5

Educating each student to achieve personal excellence.

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  • SCHOOL HOURS - 2021-2022

    Elementary: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    High Schools:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Junior High:  8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    Early Childhood:  7:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - AM CLASS

    Early Childhood: 11:45 am - 2:15 pm - PM CLASS



    Unit 5 is hosting a Watch Party to celebrate alum Leah Marlene during her  American  Idol journey. 

    The family-friendly event is Sunday, May 22, at Normal West. 

    There will be a 40-Foot Screen (the largest in town), food trucks, face painting, yard games, and the chance to win a Leah Marlene CD. Bring blankets and lawn chairs if you don't want to sit in the bleachers. And we will certainly have the cheapest concession prices in town! 

    T-shirts will be available for sale.

    Here is a link to purchase tickets:

    Pre-party festivities will be from 5-6:30 pm that will be immediately followed by the viewing party at 7 pm. Tickets for this event will be $3 (with no additional credit card fees). 

    No matter where you watch American Idol Sunday night, make sure to vote for our Unit 5 alum. Go Leah Marlene!


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    logoUnit 5’s mission is to educate each student to achieve personal excellence. Our students have access to opportunities few other districts provide. While enjoying all the benefits of a big school district, our staff works tirelessly to build relationships and foster a sense of connectedness with students and families.

    To put Unit 5 on more stable financial footing and ensure our students continue to have access to the quality education they deserve, we need our community to come together to collaborate on a plan for the future of our school district.  Over the next several months, we will be engaging members of the community to help us develop a sustainable, long-term plan for Unit 5’s future. We hosted three public engagement sessions to help us review our options. 

    Last month, Unit 5 kicked off its community engagement process by hosting three public meetings to engage members of the community to help develop a sustainable, long-term plan for Unit 5's future. Based on feedback from those meetings, Unit 5 is assembling information to address the district's future needs, and again we would like your guidance on how to proceed. 

    We are continuing this community-driven process by hosting three more public engagement sessions.

    You are invited to attend one of these sessions:

    • Wednesday, May 18 - 6 to 7:30 pm - Parkside Junior High School, 101 N. Parkside Road, Normal

    • Monday, May 23 -- 6 to 7:30 pm - Normal Community High School, 3900 E. Raab Road, Normal

    • Tuesday, May 24 -- 6 to 7:30 pm - Virtual Meeting - To attend the virtual meeting, participants should register using this link.  

    Here is a link to the presentation in Phase 1.

    We hope you are able to attend one of the public engagement sessions that will help determine the future of our schools.


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  • info2022-2023 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

    The calendar for the 2023-2023 school year has been approved. 

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    Unit 5 kindergarten registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Children reaching the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2022, will be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten and should contact their home school. Registration will be virtual. Here is a link for more information: Welcome to the Class of 2035!
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    On May 19, 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education unanimously adopted a Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning. 
    Unit 5 is planning to have all students in person five days a week, with regular school hours, for the 2021-2022 school year.
    Exceptions may be made for 1) Students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health, or 2) students who may be eligible pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/14-13.01
    If you feel your child may be eligible under option 2 please complete this form and return it ASAP.
    Here is a link to the form.
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    There is a new mandate for a 9th grade dental exam.  

      • All Illinois children in kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 6, and Grade 9 are required to have an oral health examination. 
      • Examinations must be performed by a licensed dentist, and he/she must sign the Proof of School Dental Examination form. 
      • Each child is required to present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15 of the school year. 
     • School dental examinations must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15 deadline.
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