Home of the Bobcats and Bobkits!

Atten. Center for Grades PreK-8

Principal: Dena Hodge-Bates

201 W Main Street
PO Box 148
Neponset, IL 61345
Ph: 309-594-2306
Fax: 309-853-3820

Dena Hodge-Bates, principal of the Neponset Grade SchoolWelcome to Neponset Grade School, “Home of the Bobcats.” My name is Dena Hodge-Bates, principal of the Neponset Grade School and it is with great honor that my staff and I welcome all students, parents, and community members. Neponset Grade School is a PreK-8 attendance center with an array of educational, technological, and athletic opportunities.

At the Neponset Grade School, we offer an outstanding curriculum that fosters learning via current research based methodology, Illinois Common Core Learning Standards, engaged learning, and technological advances. Each classroom has internet access, computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and software programs to enhance student learning and foster success.

A variety of extracurricular activities are available to our students including: Scholastic Bowl, Science Fair, Family Fun Nights, and an outstanding Music/Band and Art Program. The Neponset Grade School offers a variety of athletic programs for our youth including: Girls/Boys Basketball, Cheerleading, Girls/Boys Track and Field, Girls Volleyball, and Football and Wrestling which is offered through our neighboring, Central Jr. High School. Through our athletic programs, students are encouraged to have fun and develop a sense of teamwork and dedication!

Kewanee CUSD #229 5 Essentials Survey Press Release

Kewanee School District #229 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the ninth 
statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique 
opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From now 
to April 2, students and teachers will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help 
identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The parent survey 
supplement will also be administered during the same survey window. These surveys will serve as an 
opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.
Kewanee School District #229 has consistently participated in the statewide 5Essentials Survey and 
is opting to administer the survey to teachers and students again this year to continue tracking 
and informing progress.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational 
culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:
▪     Effective Leaders
▪     Collaborative Teachers
▪     Involved Families
▪     Supportive Environment
▪     Ambitious Instruction
Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in May 2021. Survey results 
will also be reported publicly on the 5Essentials reporting site in Spring 2021 and on the
State School Report Card website in Fall 2021 .

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

It is our mission at the Neponset Grade School to provide a developmentally appropriate education for all and to ensure a love for learning and an appreciation for becoming a productive member in our culturally enriched, democratic society. The vision of the Neponset Grade School is to demonstrate an appreciation of everyone’s diverse needs, to recognize that all students are capable of success, and to ensure that all students will be provided with a safe, nurturing, positive learning environment which allows them to learn to their fullest capability. Core values to be followed are to value one’s individual differences and diverse needs, instill the importance of being a life-long learner, appreciate and value family involvement, self-respect, respect and value others, honesty, and instill the importance of inquiry, engagement, critical thinking, and problem solving through the implementation of the Illinois Common Core Learning Standards.

“Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of the fire.”

Dena Hodge-Bates, Principal