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  •  Senior Jake Livingston plays a talking donkey in Batavia High School’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” which takes place this weekend.

    Batavia High School brings ‘Shrek’ to the stage Nov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    This weekend, theatergoers can travel to a faraway kingdom filled with fairy tale characters when Batavia High School presents “Shrek the Musical.” Based on the 2001 animated film “Shrek,” the musical will be performed at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.

     
  • David Martin, a physical education student teacher at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn, works with a kindergartner on a “building words” exercise during a time when all students in the building concentrate on reading and writing. Such exercises helped the school make significant progress on standardized testing.

    How one Kane County school bucked the odds Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School Principal Laura Garland says there is no "magic solution" to improving students scores on state-mandated standardized tests. Just lots of hard work and attention paid to how individual students are doing, which is how Stewart School moved backin to the win column with its scores documented in the 2013 state report card.

     
  • Lunch at Batavia schools is set to go up by 10 cents per meal. The district, which participates in the National School Lunch Program offering healthier options like the apple slices at this Minnesota school, is trying to bring costs more inline with the federal program.

    Batavia school lunch fees increasing to meet federal law Oct 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Paying for your children's school lunches will cost a little more come January in Batavia, as the school board raised prices Tuesday. It had to address an inequity between what it charges for all students, and what the federal government pays in reimbursement for low-income students' lunches.

     
  • Batavia Youth Baseball, the Bulldog Booster Club, the varsity baseball team and Eagle Concrete will begin renovations of the athletic fields at Batavia High School by donating materials, labor and money for new backstops and dugouts for the varsity baseball field.

    Donations leading to Batavia ballfield improvements Oct 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    A concrete company, a youth baseball league and others got approval Tuesday to make improvements to the varsity baseball field at Batavia High School. “This to me is almost a no-brainer. They put their money where their mouth is: 'We will make this happen and it won't cost the taxpayers any money,' ” school board member Gregg Hodge said.

     
  • Batavia joins study of online learning consortium Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Batavia school district is joining several others to study whether to make an online/blended learning consortium. The effort grew out of the failed attempt this year by an outside group to form a virtual online charter school from 18 districts in and around the Fox Valley.

     
  • Batavia expands in-school laptops to all sixth-graders Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Batavia school district is expanding its testing of using Google Chromebooks to include all sixth-graders. Preliminary results of a pilot done last spring with one section of sixth grade show promising results, according to the district's information technologies officer.

     
  • Batavia school board OKs $80.8 million budget Sep 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Batavia school board adopted an $80.8 million budget Tuesday night for the 2013-14 fiscal year that began July 1.

     
  • The Batavia High School varsity football team wraps up the school’s homecoming parade last year on Wilson Street. This year’s parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from the school.

    Batavia homecoming parade route changedSep 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Due to construction on West Wilson Street, Wednesday's Batavia High School homecoming parade will be re-routed. Parade units will begin staging at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the student lot at the high school off West Wilson Street. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and proceed east on West Wilson to Lincoln Street, turn right onto southbound Lincoln to Main Street, and turn right onto westbound Main, ending at the high school parking lot at Main and Millview Drive.

     
  •  A consortium studying online learning could lead to important advances in tailoring technology to meet individual students’ needs.

    Editorial: Pooling resources will help boost digital learningSep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Five suburban districts are wisely working together to provide online learning opportunities to students, many of whom may do better in a non-classroom environment, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • West suburban districts collaborating for online educationSep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    In 2013, many schools already incorporate some form of online learning into everyday instruction, but five West suburban districts are moving forward with plans to offer a more comprehensive online learning program as soon as 2014. Naperville Unit District 203, Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, Batavia Unit District 101 and Kaneland Unit District 302 have formed a consortium to study how to provide more digital learning options for their students.

     
  • Batavia school board, parents talk priorities Aug 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Dozens of people spent two hours Tuesday pleading with the Batavia school board about whether to spend an estimated $13 million on a revamp of athletic fields at the high school; changes in art and music instruction at an elementary school; and a new extracurriculars policy at the high school.

     
  • Emmerson Pierce, 5, is not quite sure what the first day kindergarten holds for her as she stays close to her mom Tuesday at H.C. Storm Elementary School in Batavia.

    Mostly smiles at first day of school in Batavia Aug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The wheels on the bus went 'round and 'round Tuesday in Batavia, as children returned to school. "I like my kids' excitement about the first day of school," said Megan Gabriel, after her first- and second-graders were inside H.C. Storm Elementary School.

     
  • Batavia board learns nuts-and-bolts of school budgeting Aug 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    During a budget workshop Tuesday night, Batavia school board members decided that sometime this fiscal year, they want to talk about what to do with the increased property taxes the district will get from the Aurora outlet mall.

     
  • Ann Kallenbach

    Bartlett High School dean remembered for her kind spirit Aug 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Beloved Bartlett High School dean Ann Kallenbach, who joined the BHS staff in 1998, died Friday at age 50. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 but fought it for three years, rarely missing a day of school. “Over the course of the last three years, Ann’s really been an inspiration for a lot of people in the community,” a former principal said.

     
  • Batavia schools’ proposed budget counting on more taxes from Aurora mall area Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The 2013-14 Batavia schools budget will be helped somewhat by the receipt of additional tax dollars, from property that is in an Aurora tax-increment financing district that has expired.

     
  • Sports fields revamp added to Batavia schools' capital plan Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    A plan to revamp athletics fields at Batavia High School moved forward Tuesday, with the school board agreeing to work it in to the district's overall capital-improvement plan. "But again, reiterating, this is just accepting a plan," said board member Gregg Hodge, stressing the board hasn't actually decided to spend any money or do the work, roughly estimated at $13 million.

     
  • Who else wanted to be a Batavia school board member? Jul 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Who else applied for the vacancy on the Batavia school board, besides eventual nominee Melanie Impastato? Two men who sought election in April, and two critics, were among the 10 applicants.

     
  • Batavia school board fills vacancy Jun 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Batavia school board appointed a replacement Tuesday for former trustee Kathy Roberts.

     
  • Of the more than $1 million spent by 97 Batavia Unit District 101 employees using district-issued purchase cards last year, almost $25,000 was spent on food, according to district financial records.

    Why $25,000 in food on Batavia school charge cards? Jun 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Batavia Unit District 101 purchase cards were used by employees 253 times last year to buy almost $25,000 worth of food and other goods totaling more than $1 million. District officials signed off on all the purchases and contend checks and balances are in place to make sure use of the 97 cards is justified, but one taxpayer disagrees. “They're not really being good stewards of the taxpayers' dollars,” Carl Dinwiddie says.

     
  • Suburban districts spend $320,800 opposing online charter school planJun 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    The appeal process for a proposed suburban virtual charter school was cut short last week — but not before 18 suburban school districts spent more than $320,800 in legal fees fighting the issue. Not to mention the hundreds of hours school staffs spent researching the proposal, officials say.

     
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