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  • Best and worst on Fox Valley report cards Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    A majority of Fox Valley high schools saw an increase in their ACT composite scores, according to 2014 Illinois Report Card data released today. Only 10 of 23 high schools scored at or above the state average score of 22.2 for the college entrance exam. The best among them was Kaneland, which improved the most going from 21.1 to 22.2. Geneva High School maintained the highest ACT score at 24.2.

     
  • Overall improvement in Fox Valley schools Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    For the second year, Fox Valley school districts saw modest gains, and significant dips in standardized test scores. Yet, educators at the two largest school districts say their students are “improving” in the areas of mathematics and reading per a new “growth” score assigned to each district based on the progress of individual students. Judging a school’s performance by test scores alone is no longer the primary measure, said Laura Hill, assessment and accountability director for Elgin Area School District U-46.

     
  • Funding plan punishes successful schools Oct 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Fred Heid: I support the state in their effort to develop a formula to better fund public schools. However, I cannot support any formula that penalizes efficiently run school districts that operate below the state average for expenditure per pupil and achieve higher than state average performance scores.

     
  • Suit: Teacher’s firing from Dist. 300 retaliatory Oct 23, 2014 8:28 PM
    A former first-grade teacher at a West Dundee school claims in a lawsuit she was fired after complaining that a special needs student was hurting other students and no one attempted to stop it. Jeanette Runge is suing Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300, the school board and Dundee Highlands Elementary Principal Patricia Schmidt, seeking damages under the state’s Whistleblower Act.

     
  • District 300 festival celebrates cultural diversity Oct 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hampshire-based Community Unit School District 300 will host its second Multicultural Festival Sunday at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. The festival, held in partnership with Dundee Township Park District, will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1072 Spring Hill Mall. It is free and open to the public. Visitors can learn about and experience a diversity of cultures through displays and musical performances, said Nancy Zettler, event co-chairwoman.

     
  • Dundee Middle School gears up for 24-hour relay race Oct 9, 2014 5:32 PM
    Dundee Middle School will host its 13th annual Midnight Mile Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. The Midnight Mile is a 24-hour relay run challenge where Dundee Middle School students and parents are grouped into teams, with each running a one-mile leg of a continuous relay.

     
  • Career workshops at McHenry County College Oct 1, 2014 2:28 PM
    McHenry County College hosting career workshops beginning next week.

     
  • Elgin City Council supports charter schools Sep 25, 2014 6:00 PM
    After the second spirited debate on the topic in two weeks, the Elgin City Council approved a resolution supporting charter schools. Councilman Toby Shaw proposed the move. Mayor David Kaptian and councilwomen Tish Powell and Rose Martinez opposed it.

     
  • Heid named District 300 superintendent Sep 11, 2014 5:28 PM
    Fred Heid has been named superintendent of Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300, officials said Thursday. Heid has served as District 300’s chief executive officer since June 2. He is District 300’s first bilingual superintendent. The school board confirmed Heid’s appointment following the Illinois State Board of Education’s approval of his superintendent certification. “This was the last hurdle to jump while I transitioned to Illinois full-time,” said Heid, who lives in Sleepy Hollow with his wife, Patti, and 7-year-old son who is a second grader in the district.

     
  • East Dundee takes a bigger role in Heritage Fest Sep 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    With East Dundee taking more of an active role in Heritage Fest, the three-day eventl, which starts Friday, Sept. 12, and spans both East and West Dundee, will be full of international food, more regional and local entertainment, and history lessons.

     
  • School nurse is parents’ partner in health care Sep 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    Toward the beginning of Sherrie Schmidt’s career as a school nurse, she recommended a parent take her daughter to an optometrist after the kindergartner failed a vision screening. The parent returned a couple weeks later, nearly in tears, and hugged Schmidt.

     
  • Neubert students celebrates ‘Summer of Learning’ Sep 7, 2014 3:56 PM
    Students at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin join in an ice cream social in recognition of their summer learning efforts

     
  • Suburban schools moving finals to before holiday break Aug 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Instead of making study guides and cramming for finals, Lily Moradi will spend winter break this year relaxing and enjoying time with her friends and family. Moradi, a senior at Barrington High School, is just one of thousands of students in the suburbs benefiting from a growing trend of school districts changing their schedules to place first-semester exams before, rather than after, winter break. “Now kids can finally have a stress-free vacation,” she said.

     
  • U-46 parent summit offers tools to better engage in child’s education Aug 21, 2014 8:01 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 will host a Parent Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Larkin High School to educate parents of elementary school students about how to engage and participate in their child’s education.

     
  • Elgin U-46 putting Arndt, Sanders at the helm for now Aug 14, 2014 9:15 PM
    On Monday, the Elgin Area School District U-46 board is expected to appoint Kenneth Arndt as interim superintendent, while Tony Sanders, chief of staff for outgoing Superintendent José Torres, will take on the role of chief executive officer. “I have informed the District 300 superintendent (Heid) that I plan on resigning effective Sept. 12,” said Arndt, 59, of Algonquin.

     
  • ECC to give backpacks full of help to needy students Saturday Aug 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Community College and its partners will give away thousands of backpacks with school supplies and food to students in need Saturday during the college’s fifth annual Project Backpack. "There is still a great need (within) the school districts in our area, between homeless students and the students in need," Katie Storey of ECC said.

     
  • District 300 names two new principals Jul 30, 2014 2:54 PM
    The Community Unit District 300 school board recently appointed two new principals for Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Lake in the Hills and Parkview Elementary School in Carpentersville. Mark Wetzel, formerly an assistant principal at Hampshire Middle School, takes the helm at Lincoln Prairie, while Jorge Almodovar, the district’s Title I facilitator, is the new principal at Parkview Elementary.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders’ Days Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    By Lauren Rohr

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town’s founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders’ Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
  • Paddle board fans sought for Founders’ Days competition Jul 22, 2014 3:54 PM
    Returning to the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival for the second year in a row is the stand up paddle board competition. The challenge will begin at Riverfront Park, and competitors will race down the Fox River in two separate timed events. Prizes will be given out to the winners in each division.

     
  • Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders' Days Jul 22, 2014 9:01 PM
    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town's founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders' Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

     
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