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  • Prachi Aggarwal

    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentionsMay 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

  • The Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team at Elgin Community College. In front: Sarah Atac, Batavia High; and from left, 2nd row, Kevin Wilde, Cary-Grove and Caroline Hutton, Dundee-Crown; 3rd row, Madeline Dulabaum, Elgin Academy; Anna Ward, Rosary, and Alexis Raven Guttilla, Westminster Christian; and back row, Alexander Park, St. Charles East and Rian Cort Kormos, Geneva High. Not pictured: Srisha Kotlo, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Brian Simon, Marmion Academy.

    Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic TeamMay 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

  • Susan Harkin

    Dist. 300 explores how to pay for new officesMay 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Community Unit District 300 officials are weighing how to finance a new administration building if an expected $35 million to $60 million the state owes them doesn’t come through in time. Wednesday night, the finance committee discussed the merits of using debt certificates versus borrowing the money from within the district’s budget to cover the building. “If we don’t anticipate receiving that money by December, this is our backup plan,” Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin said.

  • Police probe possible student-teacher relationship at Hampshire High SchoolMay 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Authorities are investigating a possible teacher-student relationship at Hampshire High School. Authorities have obtained search warrants for the phones of an 18-year-old from Gilberts and a 23-year-old female Spanish teacher. According to the search warrant, the teacher performed oral sex on the student at least twice in 2013 and provided him with test answers. Th teacher also admitted to police that she erased some data from her phone, the warrant said.

  • Top Kane County educators namedMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The top Kane County educators were honored Friday night by the Regional Office of Education at the 39th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet in St. Charles. Carol Mertes, first grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School in East Aurora Unit District 131, won the Educator of the Year Award, while Stephanie Ramstad, principal of Carpentersville Middle School in Community Unit District 300, was named School Administrator of the Year.

  • Housna Ghazoualine, with her daughters Farah Hakimi, 3, and Zaynab, 5, said Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program has been invaluable to her and her family. “They teach (the students) how to be independent. They teach them how to be responsible,” she said.

    Mom from Morocco finds early childhood program invaluableMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Since she discovered Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program, mother-of-two Housna Ghazoualine has found peace of mind in more ways than one. Not only has the program helped her older daughter, 5-year-old Zaynab Hakimi, with her English and other skills, but Ghazoualine has benefited from the social network that helped her overcome feelings of isolation after emigrating from Morocco.

  • Teacher Mandy Konwent works with Diego Artzate and Esteban Hernandez in the 3- and 4-year-old special education prekindergarten class at Barrington Unit District 220’s Early Learning Center in Barrington.

    New early learning centers in suburbs help make Illinois a leaderMay 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A wave of new, purpose-built early learning centers among suburban school districts stands as local evidence for the claim of experts and advocates that Illinois is a national leader in the field of early childhood education. “If you look at where you can be best invested to make a difference, preschool is one of the best investments you can make,” said Larry Joseph, research director for Voices for Illinois Children.

  • Karri Haiges, 18, of Algonquin, has been named the 2014 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.

    Algonquin teen named Youth of the YearMay 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Growing up in a family with a history of mental illness and learning disabilities, Karri Haiges has been through a lot in her 18 years. But the teen, a college-bound honor student at Dundee-Crown High School, would rather say she’s had a hard day, never a hard life. She's succeeding, despite her background and has been named the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township's 2014 Youth Of the Year, the club's highest honor.

  • $35,000 settlement for Dist. 300 student beaten on bus rideApr 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    A $35,000 settlement has been reached in the case of a special needs student at a West Dundee middle school who sued Community Unit District 300 and Durham School Services after she was beaten and injured on a school bus in October 2010. District 300 was dismissed from the case months ago; the Warrenville-based Durham settled in April.

  • Nathan Jarot, new principal of Lake in the Hills Elementary School.

    New leadership hired for three D300 schoolsApr 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    New leadership is inbound for three schools in Community Unit District 300. Monday night, the school board approved hiring principals at Oak Ridge School and Liberty Elementary School, both in Carpentersville, and at Lake in the Hills Elementary School.

  • District 300 renews push for late state fundsApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Community Unit District 300 officials kicked off a legislative campaign Monday night, one they hope results in the state handing over between $35 million and $60 million it has owed the district for 10 years. Officials hope to use a portion of that money to fund a new administration building expected to open in December.

  • AP Photo Lunch programs should be only part of a comprehensive food policy for school districts.

    Editorial: School nutrition is more than lunchApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial points to the need for school districts to take a big-picture approach to good nutrition for students.

  • Sara Tompkins, left, and Jeff Marschke, both students at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, plant hostas during a “planting party” for Earth Day/Arbor Day along First Street by the Fox River in downtown West Dundee.

    Earth Day planting set for Saturday in West DundeeApr 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Easter, not the weather, is to blame for West Dundee getting a late start on its annual Earth Day planting and clean up party. Volunteers will gather on from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 26, at the village hall, 102 S. Second St., to plant rose bushes along Second Street. If a large crowd of volunteers shows up for the planting party, some will be asked to pull weeds and pick up trash along the walk on the banks of the Fox River.

  • Channing Sparks, one of four gypsies who narrate “Robin Hood,” leads the group in a featured dance.

    Original ‘Robin Hood’ musical debuts in ElginApr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A medieval tale gets a modern makeover this weekend, when Children's Theatre of Elgin debuts its original "Robin Hood" musical. Written by Allison Cherry, the show will include songs by Bruno Mars and Queen. "I think audiences will really enjoy the surprises we’ve added," Cherry said.

  • Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, introduces an education funding reform bill at the state Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

    Study: Suburban schools could lose or gain if income tax dropsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Most suburban school districts would see cuts in funding if the state’s temporary income tax increase is rolled back as scheduled, according to a state board of education figures circulated by Illinois Democrats. But a few suburban districts, such as in Wauconda, Carpentersville and even Barrington, would actually receive substantially more money.

  • Michael Bregy

    District 300 close to naming next superintendentApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A decision on who will lead Community Unit District 300 could be taken in two weeks, a district official said Monday. The school board has narrowed its list of candidates for the superintendent’s job to two finalists. The board will interview the candidates a second time in closed session this week, said Joe Stevens, board vice president.

  • Candy, movies in school: What’s district’s view?Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A nonstory? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

  • A parent at Dundee Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee takes issue with teachers rewarding students with candy as an incentive to behave and showing movies during recess that have nothing to do with the curriculum.

    Mom upset over candy, movies at daughter's schoolApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A parent at Dundee Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee takes issue with teachers rewarding students with candy as an incentive to behave and showing movies during recess that have nothing to do with the curriculum. As a result, the school will devise a survey to poll parents on both topics, Nickels said.

  • It’s the classic tale of Sharks vs. Jets as Dundee-Crown High School students rehearse for “West Side Story” Monday in Carpentersville. The orchestra providing the musical score is made up completely of students.

    Four musicals take the stage at Fox Valley high schoolsApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Springtime is musical time at many high schools in the Fox Valley. This weekend is no exception, as at least four schools will present the culmination of many hours of hard work rehearsing and preparing for the show. What goes into putting together a high school musical, and what do audiences enjoy about them? We asked directors to share their thoughts.

  • It’s time to purge. Algonquin residents can get rid of old furniture and other items cluttering up their homes when the village and Waste Management join forces for a Spring Cleanup — no stickers required.

    Algonquin helps residents declutterApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    April is the month for spring cleaning in Algonquin, so if you’ve got a pile of furniture, grills, old clothes and toys, now’s your chance to purge. The village is offering a cleanup program for single-family homes and townhouses that receive residential refuse and recycling services.

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