Hillsboro Community School District No. 3

1311 Vandalia Road, Hillsboro, IL 62049 Phone: 217- 532-2942 Fax: 217-532-3137

Hillsboro Community School District #3 fosters a student-centered culture with high expectations for each student to reach his or her full potential.

District News

  • Last day of School this Year

    Unless we have to use more snow days, the last day of school this year will be Tuesday, May 22.


    A Letter from the Superintendent about School Shootings

    February 20, 2018

    Hillsboro CUSD3 Students, Parents, and Community Members,

    As our hearts go out to the families and communities recently victimized by yet another school shooting, we are left wondering why these things happen and what we can do to prevent them.    

    While there is no plan that can totally prevent a random act of violence, our district has plans and procedures in place at each of our schools to handle emergency situations.  We review our plans with local law enforcement and fire departments and conduct practice exercises with staff and students.  We are constantly on the lookout for students in crisis, and we provide interventions and support where we find need.  At all of our schools, administration along with faculty and staff will continue to discuss and review emergency response procedures. 

    As part of the recently created District Strategic Plan, our school facilities will be undergoing significant security enhancements this summer.  These will include electronically controlled locked entrances, facility renovations that will contain and control visitor access to students, and greatly enhanced video surveillance. We will continually look for ways to make improvements in our security and response procedures.

    I also want to share with you some tips from the National Association of School Psychologists for helping your children cope with news of tragic events.

    What Parents Can Do:

    1. Focus on your children over the week following the tragedy.  Tell them you love them and everything will be okay. Try to help them understand what has happened, keeping in mind their developmental level.
    2. Make time to talk with your children.  Remember that if you do not talk to your children about this incident someone else will. Take some time and determine what you wish to say.
    3. Stay close to your children. Your physical presence will reassure them and give you the opportunity to monitor their reaction. Many children will want actual physical contact.  Give plenty of hugs.  Let them sit close to you, and make sure to take extra time at bedtime to cuddle and to reassure them that they are loved and safe. 
    4. Limit your child’s television viewing of these events.  If they must watch, watch with them for a brief time; then turn the set off.  Don’t sit mesmerized re-watching the same events over and over again.
    5. Maintain a “normal” routine. To the extent possible stick to your family’s normal routine for dinner, homework, chores, bedtime, etc., but don’t be inflexible.  Children may have a hard time concentrating on schoolwork or falling asleep at night.
    6. Spend extra time reading or playing quiet games with your children before bed.  These activities are calming, foster a sense of closeness and security, and reinforce a sense of normalcy. Spend more time tucking them in.  Let them sleep with a light on if they ask for it.
    7. Safeguard your children’s physical health.  Stress can take a physical toll on children as well as adults.  Make sure your children get appropriate sleep, exercise, and nutrition.
    8. Consider praying or thinking hopeful thoughts for the victims and their families.  It may be a good time to take your children to your place of worship, write a poem, or draw a picture to help your child express his/her feelings and feel that s/he are somehow supporting the victims and their families.
    9. Find out what resources your school has in place to help children cope.  Most schools are likely to be open and often are a good place for children to regain a sense of normalcy.  Being with their friends and teachers can help.  Schools should also have a plan for making counseling available to children and adults who need it. 

    Our students’ safety and security is our top priority.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact your building principals or my office.


    David E. Powell

    Superintendent of Schools


    Parent Satisfaction Survey Results Report

    Dear Parents,

    Recently you may have participated in the first annual Hillsboro Community School District Parent Satisfaction Survey, and I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who completed the survey. The results of the survey are in and provide the staff of our schools with your feedback to help us improve the service we provide our families and students. During planning sessions with all staff, we shared the results from the survey and focused on creating an action plan for improvement.

    The survey results for the District can be viewed here.  The results for each school can be found on the schools’ websites.   We will check in with you during the year to ask if you notice the change in our service to you. Our goal is to create the best possible environment for working and learning.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at 532-2942 or dpowell@hillsboroschools.net

    Thank you again for being a part of our HCUSD3 family.


    David E. Powell

    Superintendent of Schools


    Strategic Plan

    The Hillsboro CUSD3 has undertaken a strategic planning initiative to help chart a course for the future of the district.  This strategic plan will help us focus and prioritize improvement efforts and help ensure that we are all working together in a cohesive manner. The strategic plan will also serve as a tool to communicate our goals to all stakeholders. This plan is the result of a six month process that began in January when the District invited 14 stakeholder groups to participate in focus group sessions to provide valuable insight and information regarding the future expectations and challenges of the school district. Click on the link below to view the strategic plan. 

    Food Allergy Management Program 
    While it is not possible for the District to completely eliminate the risks of exposure to allergens when students come to school, a cooperative effort among students' families, staff members, and students helps the District reduce these risks and provide accommodations and proper treatment for allergic reactions. 

    Paying Online School Fees 

    Hillsboro CUSD #3 offers a more convenient way to pay all school fees including athletics, food service, registration, activities, etc.) ).  You can choose to pay online or at the school offices with a credit/debit card, cash, or checks.  

    To pay online:  
    • Visit the secure Web Store:  hillsboroschools.revtrak.net
    • Refer to the Online Payment Guide.
    • Pay with credit or debit card
    • Check your e-mail for order confirmation.  

    Food Service 

    District policy states that the Food Service department will provide an alternate lunch consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit or vegetable, and milk for any student whose Food Service account balance is negative by $25 or more.  If you would like to set up a plan to pay off the balance owed, please contact Kyle Hacke at 217-532-2942 or email at khacke@hillsboroschools.net.

    World Book Online 


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Pre-K and Kindergarten Screening


    Children *Kindergarten age or new to Pre-K this Fall 2018!  


    Child must be age 3 on or before *Sept 1, 2018.    Registration will be held at Coffeen and Beckemeyer Elementary schools during the week of April 9-13.  Stop in either building to set an appointment time and pick up registration paperwork for the May 16 or 17 Play-Based Screening at Coffeen Elementary School (217-534-2314). *If your child was enrolled in a district Pre-K classroom this year (Armbruster, Rivas, VanMiddendorp, Keillor, or Atkins classrooms) they do not need to be screened. 

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