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  • Author Paul Tough to talk childhood success Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    An author who writes about childhood issues such as what makes some children succeed and others fail will talk about his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrington High School Auditorium, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. Paul Tough’s new book “How Children Succeed: Grit Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” is about how he thinks nature and nurture are intertwined and explores how childhood stresses modify life successes.

  •  Kindergarten students move to “Dance Your Sillies Out” as teacher Tim Gapp plays guitar at North Barrington Elementary School in 2012. Barrington Unit District 220 is considering offering full-day kindergarten.

    Barrington school board discusses full-day kindergartenJan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Unit District 220 leaders began discussions this week on offering full-day kindergarten for the students of parents who choose it. While details are scarce at this early stage of the district’s budget planning process, board members agreed that any full-day kindergarten would have to pay for itself, possibly through an additional tuition charge.

  • The plaque at Forest View Educational Center.

    A passionate advocate for women and education Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Catherine M. Lee, a sitting board member of District 214’s Continuing Education Foundation and the driving force behind its ESL training and literacy for immigrant women, has died. Mike Field, executive director of District 214’s continuing education foundation, said Lee was the catalyst of the Women and Children’s Center. “Catherine Lee was truly a citizen of the world who believed that when one life is improved, it causes a positive chain reaction affecting many others,” Field said.

  • District 220 board supports laptop planJan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    A majority of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members on Tuesday agreed to support a plan to put a laptop into the hands of every student at Barrington High School next year. Board member Joe Ruffalo said the district was falling behind other suburban districts in the area of digital age learning and that the board needed to act now. “It's the way these things are going,” Ruffalo said.

  •  CFC volunteers freshen the nesting sites on Baker’s Lake Island with discarded live Christmas trees from Barrington. Eighty to 100 trees were taken across the ice to the island.

    Caring in Action: CFC helps natural habitats to thrive Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Saving the natural habitat in the greater Barrington area has been Citizens for Conservation's mission for more than three decades. January's Caring in action feature highlights one of the foremost conservatory organizations in the suburbs - and the large vlunteer network it has to get things done.

  • Cure cabin fever at Winter Blast fundraising event Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kick those winter blues by attending the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation’s annual social fundraiser, “Winter Blast! A Night in the North Woods.”

  • What’s next - if anything - for Barrington 220 advisory council? Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Following the decision to change the academic calendar for Barrington School District 220 schools, the question facing the Input 220 Advisory Council — a special panel of community members created to examine the calendar issue — is what topic, if any, is next. District 220 school board members meeting this week offered different takes on the council’s future.

  • Dist. 220 honors teachers for national certification Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Three Barrington Unit School District 220 teachers who recently received a national teaching certification were recognized for their accomplishments by the district’s board of education this week. Cristi Barry, of North Barrington Elementary; Jennifer Conant, of Hough Street Elementary; and Colleen Zenner, of Barrington High School, earned National Board Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

  • Barrington Hills principal returns from paid leave Jan 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The principal of Countryside School in Barrington Hills will return from paid administrative leave Thursday with the full confidence of Barrington Unit District 220 officials, Superintendent Tom Leonard reported Wednesday. Kimberly Foster-Thomas went on leave in mid-December to help resolve a confidential personnel issue that did not concern any parent or student or require a police investigation, Leonard said.

  •  Members of the Barrington School Employees Organization protested their lack of a contract outside the Barrington Unit District 220 Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. The two sides have been negotiating for a new deal since May, and are now in federal mediation trying to reach an agreement.

    Barrington schools contract dispute sparks protest Jan 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    About 75 Barrington Unit School District 220 support staff employees stood in silent protest outside Tuesday night’s board of education meeting to draw attention to the ongoing contract negotiations between their union and district officials The protesters formed a human tunnel in the Barrington High School hallway, arranging themselves so board members would have to walk past them on their way to the public meeting.

  • Barrington Relay for Life Kickoff Jan. 16 Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Relay For Life of Barrington will hold its 2014 Kickoff Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Francesca’s Famiglia Restaurant, 100 E. Station St. in Barrington. Everyone in the greater Barrington area is invited to help start efforts to raise funds to find a cure for cancer through this year’s Relay For Life event. In 2013, the Barrington Relay raised $322,000 for the American Cancer Society and was second in Illinois for such fundraising efforts.

  • Severe cold could force school closures Monday Jan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Subzero temperatures predicted next week could force suburban school districts to cancel classes just as students are scheduled to return from winter break. Administrators are anxiously monitoring weather forecasts, even though some say severe cold alone doesn't automatically warrant school closings.

  •  Barrington Unit District 220 board members voted Tuesday to accept an 11.25-acre donation from Barrington Hills resident and businessman Tom Wamberg. The property is across from Barrington High School on the west side of Hart Road.

    District 220 receives 11-acre site near Barrington High School Dec 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Barrington Unit District 220 board members Tuesday morning voted to accept an 11.25-acre undeveloped site across Hart Road from Barrington High School from a private donor for a purpose yet to be decided. The donation was made by Tom Wamberg on behalf of his family, including his wife, former District 220 board member Dede Wamberg.

  •  Ciena Gilday admires a cardinal flower growing in the new rain garden habitat outside Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington. The project recently was awarded The Barrington Area Conservation Trusts Conservation@School award.

    North Barrington School honored for conservation efforts Dec 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Area Conservation Trust is showing people how to incorporate native plant species into the landscaping of their own homes, schools and businesses. Montessori Children’s House of North Barrington recently became the first school in the Barrington area to receive the trust’s Conservation@School award for applying the principles of native-species restoration and sustainability to its own grounds.

  • Barrington H.S. band in London New Year’s Parade Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Members of the Barrington High School Marching Band will be starting 2014 a little ahead of their classmates as they cross the Atlantic to participate in London’s New Year’s Day Parade. They will be among 10,000 participants who will be viewed by more than 500,000 people in person and more than 280 million in broadcasts worldwide.

  • Barrington District 220 staff face off in student video Dec 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you’ve ever wondered what happens in your local high school after the students and teachers have all left for winter break, the talented teens of Barrington High School’s BHS-TV have provided a hilarious answer. In “‘Twas the Night Before Break,” Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard is joined by Barrington High School Principal Steve McWilliams and Athletic Director Mike Obsuszt in reprising their BHS-TV roles as fictionalized versions of themselves with great comic timing.

  • Barrington H.S. finals moved before winter break Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Barrington High School students will take final exams three times in 2014, due to the school board’s 4-2 vote Tuesday to move the end of first semester from January to before winter break next school year. Barrington Unit District 220’s final decision to follow the recommendation of a 35-member advisory panel and make the change was no more smooth and unanimous at the end than it was at any other point during the nearly yearlong process.

  • Barrington Hills school principal on paid leave Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The principal of Countryside Elementary School in Barrington Hills is on temporary paid leave because of what Barrington Unit District 220 officials call an internal matter. Kimberly Foster-Thomas’ administrative leave was mutually agreed to as the best way for both she and the district to resolve the confidential personnel matter, district spokesman Jeff Arnett said.

  •  Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard, left, coordinates the ribbon-cutting at the dedication of local artist Susan Hanson’s 35-foot-long nature mural at the district’s Early Learning Center Friday.

    Barrington Early Learning Center unveils mural Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    In Barrington Unit District 220, children’s lasting first impression of school has been transformed from a long blank wall to a vibrant, changing scene designed to open up eyes and minds. The district Friday dedicated a 35-foot-long mural depicting a prairie scene spanning all four seasons in the foyer of its 3-year-old Early Learning Center. “It’s such a teaching piece,” Principal Barbara Romano said. “It’s the cherry on top of the sundae.”

  • Barrington District 220 asks residents not to burn leaves Dec 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    On behalf of students and staff members with chronic respiratory conditions, Barrington Unit District 220 is reaching out to neighbors of its 12 school buildings this week to ask them to refrain from burning leaves.Though some of the villages within the school district, as well as unincorporated Lake County, don’t permit open leaf burning, for some neighborhoods this is a busy time of cleaning up yards before the first major snowfall of the season.

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