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  • Batavia school board hot among Tri-Cities races Dec 15, 2014 7:59 PM
    The Batavia school board race in April will be a highly contested one, as eight people filed this morning for theree seats. And one of those candidates is also seeking a seat on the Batavia City Council.

     
  • Where suburban teachers, principals stay on the job longest Dec 9, 2014 5:32 AM
    Schools that are good at hanging onto teachers include Fenton High School in Bensenville, McHenry Middle School, Rose Elementary School in South Barrington and Hampshire High School, a Daily Herald analysis shows. “We are well aware of how fortunate we are to have administrators and teachers who choose to stay at Fenton year after year,” school board President Mary Ribando said.

     
  • State awards grants for after-school programs Dec 3, 2014 6:59 PM
    The Illinois State Board of Education has authorized grants supporting before- and after-school enrichment programs serving nearly 70,000 students annually. Among the 87 grant recipients for 2015 are: Elgin Area School District U-46, East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Community Unit District 300, who collectively will receive $3.24 million of the $33 million in federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

     
  • Gilberts woman’s warmth ‘lights up’ children’s faces Nov 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Laura Factly loves seeing the faces of young children “light up” when she walks into the room. It’s motivated her to volunteer for the past eight years at Lakewood Elementary School in Carpentersville, where she herself studied. Factly, 31, of Gilberts, recently received Carpentersville's 2014 Community Service Award for her efforts.

     
  • Lakewood School volunteer earns award for community service Nov 13, 2014 12:53 PM
    Laura Factly, a volunteer at Lakewood School, was recently presented with the village of Carpentersville’s 2014 Community Service Award. The award, sponsored by the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce, recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to give back to the community.

     
  • Jacobs students learn about government from local representatives Nov 13, 2014 11:47 AM
    More than 40 Jacobs High School students enrolled in Steven Stukenberg’s AP and Honors government courses demonstrated their commitment to education by attending a legislative forum hosted by state Rep. Mike Tryon and state Sen. Karen McConnaughay on Oct. 30 at the Jacobs High School auditorium.

     
  • FISH Food Pantry hopes for turkey donations Nov 12, 2014 2:50 PM
    This Thanksgiving, don’t expect to receive a frozen turkey from volunteers at the Carpentersville-based FISH Food Pantry. For the second year, the holiday’s centerpiece will not be given to needy families, said Mary Graziano, FISH president.

     
  • Help feed 150 homeless students and their families at Nov. 17 food drive Nov 11, 2014 9:16 PM
    Help share hope this Thanksgiving join Lifeline Christian Church for “Food Fight for Local Families” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Brunswick Zone XL in Algonquin. For the fifth year, Lifeline Christian Church is working in conjunction with Community Unit District 300’s homeless committee to provide Thanksgiving dinner, “More Than a Meal” for the homeless students and their families.

     
  • Pingree Grove charter school hosts fundraiser for school bus Nov 6, 2014 1:45 PM
    Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove will host a fundraiser dubbed “Busapalooza” Friday to help pay for a new school bus after vandals torched the school’s only bus over the summer. The fundraiser is open to the public and is 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the school, 900 Wester Blvd.

     
  • 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.

     
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