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  • Jonathan Herath, 37, a music teacher and band director at Lakewood School, died earlier this month after battling an unknown aggressive infection that was compounded by kidney disease and previous cancer treatments. Herath had been at Lakewood for seven years and helped secure a $40,000 grant for instruments.

    District 300 music teacher remembered by faculty, studentsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jonathan Herath, the 37-year-old music teacher and band director who served as a role model for his students and secured $40,000 in instruments for the Carpentersville school in which he worked, died earlier this month after battling an unknown infection, a school official said. “He was just very dedicated, he was very dedicated to his family and his friends and just well loved,” Lakewood School Principal Asia Gurney said.

     
  • Katie Avery’s class at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin creates their own hardcover books, thanks to a small grant Avery received for the project. Here she works with third-graders Haley DeRossett, left, and Jessica Gawrysiuk.

    Neubert School students writing own hardcover booksMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    A third-grade class at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin will shine in the spotlight Friday as they sip tea, munch on snacks, autograph and discuss their books with the adoring public — their parents. The 22 students are writing and illustrating their own hardcover books thanks to their teacher, Katie Avery, who secured a $125 grant for the program. “Even though it’s a small grant, I try to do as much as I can with it,” Avery said.

     
  • Search firm uses district, community input to find superintendentFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Using input from Community Unit District 300 staff, board members, parents and the community, a search firm, hired to find the district’s next superintendent, began a key component of its recruitment process Wednesday. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates has compiled a profile based on the feedback and posted it to their website Wednesday morning, said Steve Humphrey, the firm’s executive vice president. They are using it to help recruit the person who will replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Bregy.

     
  • Colin Bokowy plays Bobby Strong and Katie Conomikes plays Penelope Pennywise in Jacobs High School’s production of “Urinetown: the Musical.”

    Jacobs to present ‘Urinetown: the Musical’Feb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Don’t let the title fool you; “Urinetown: the Musical,” which opens this weekend at Jacobs High School in Algonquin, is not a show about toilet humor. “Urinetown” is a musical comedy by that takes a somewhat ... unpleasant premise, and turns it completely upside down, producing a witty and entertaining evening of contemporary musical theater.

     
  • Community Unit District 300 will move its headquarters from Carpentersville, shown here, to an area near Jacobs High School, a move that frees up the current central office to house Oak Ridge School.

    District 300 headquarters moving to AlgonquinFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    After spending at least 25 years operating from Carpentersville, Community Unit District 300 is packing up and moving its central office to Algonquin. By a unanimous vote Monday night and amid criticism from three parents, the school board approved erecting a new administration building — estimated to cost between $5 million and $5.5 million — on property it owns near Jacobs High School at Golden Eagle and Harnish drives.

     
  • Dist. 300 students to stage variety of musicalsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    The spring musical season is beginning at Community Unit District 300. The students will put on productions ranging from Broadway classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Bernstein and Sondheim to an edgy comedy musical to Disney favorites.

     
  • Juan Tinajeros, a first-grader at Meadowdale Elementary School in Carpentersville, sails across the floor on a scooter as he and his classmates try out their own version of skeleton Friday, as part of an Olympics unit. Next week, students will learn about cross-country skiing.

    D300 students learning life lessons from OlympicsFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Susan Sliwoski has brought the excitement, the drama and the spirit of the Sochi Olympic Games to her physical education students in Community Unit District 300. As part of Sliwoski’s Olympics unit at Meadowdale Elementary School in Carpentersville and Dundee Highlands in West Dundee, students march into the gymnasium to the grandeur of the Olympics theme song, learn about a winter sport and its technique on YouTube, then cheer each other on while they perform the sport to dance music.

     
  • Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 is considering moving its headquarters to Algonquin near Jacobs High School. That would free up the current central office for Oak Ridge School students.

    Dist. 300 considers new central office to help Oak Ridge studentsFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Depending on the outcome of a vote Monday, Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 could be building new headquarters in Algonquin, a location an official says will better serve the district's entire population. “The building is called the 'central office' but is far from central to the community that we serve,” district spokeswoman Allison Strupeck said.

     
  • Terri Cornelius, left, and her husband, Gerald Jacobs of Lake in the Hills, talk about what they want in the next superintendent to lead Community Unit District 300, during a community forum held Wednesday. They were among 11 people attending.

    Community has its say on next Dist. 300 superintendentFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The next person to lead Community Unit District 300 should trust the staff’s expertise, inspire greatness among students and staff, hold people accountable for their performance, support special education students and possess the political chops to fight for the district, about a dozen parents and residents said Wednesday. It also wouldn’t hurt if the future superintendent is willing to abandon failing policies.“No matter how brilliant you are, you’re going to have bad ideas every now and then,” said Curtis Faessler of Algonquin.

     
  • Audit: District 300 bus concerns are unfoundedFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The basis for a comprehensive review of the company that buses Community Unit District 300 students, namely, some parental concerns about safety and improperly maintained school buses, was unfounded, according to a transportation audit unveiled Monday.

     
  • Kane Co. to choose educator of the year at banquetFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 39th annual Kane County Educator of the Year Awards Banquet will be held Friday, May 2. It will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. This awards dinner provides an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the education profession in Kane County and to promote awareness of the quality education being provided in our schools. Special recognition is also given to those retiring from education this school year.

     
  • Dist. 300 wants your opinion on future leader Feb 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Community Unit District 300 leaders seek a superintendent whose main priorities are education and technology in the classroom — qualities they already have in outgoing Superintendent Michael Bregy. But the public might have a different vision for the next superintendent and both sides need to get on the same page. That's why district officials want the public to share their ideas at a focus group scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at central office, 300 Cleveland Ave., in Carpentersville.

     
  •  Travis Brown, also known as Mr. Mojo, will bring his “Mojo Up” anti-bullying program to a pair of Hampshire schools Monday.

    Anti-bullying coach to share tactics with Hampshire schools Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sticks and stones don’t just break bones. Words hurt for a lifetime. That’s an alternate take on the childhood cliché that Travis Brown, an anti-bullying coach based in the Indianapolis suburbs, has reworked and internalized. Brown, 37, founder of the Mojo Up anti-bullying program, is embarking on a national tour that Monday takes him to Hampshire, specifically to students at Gary D. Wright Elementary School and Hampshire High School.

     
  •  Weronika Zeliszczak, a 7-year-old Carpentersville girl battling leukemia, holds one of the more than 200 cards she received in the mail Tuesday from well wishers. Her mother, Katarzyna Zeliszczak, started a campaign on Facebook encouraging her friends to mail cards to her daughter that congratulate her for completing an intense round of chemotherapy. Weronika hopes to return to school in March.

    Facebook campaigns rallying for Carpentersville girl with cancer Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Weronika Zeliszczak, a 7-year-old girl battling leukemia, is the subject of a pair of Facebook campaigns her mother and teacher have launched to support her. One campaign aims to send cards to the girl for completing chemotherapy, while the other encourages people to support her by "liking" her picture.

     
  • Michael Bregy

    District 300 leaders knew Bregy could be recruited awayJan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    When Michael Bregy, outgoing superintendent of Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300, led the high-profile charge three years ago to get Sears to cough up more tax money to the district, a school board member figured his tenure might not last much longer. “That told our board that we were going to have a hard time holding onto him,” Joe Stevens said.

     
  • Michael Bregy

    Dist. 300 superintendent Bregy leaving for new job Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Michael Bregy, superintendent of Community Unit District 300, is leaving the sixth largest school district in the state to head Highland Park-based North Shore School District 112, officials confirmed Tuesday night. Bregy, 47, has spent 14 years in the Carpentersville-based district. “I would not be the educational leader that I am today without my experiences in District 300,” Bregy said.

     
  • The Village of West Dundee has been hit hard with two of its largest tax generators leaving town. Best Buy, far left, closed in 2012. Target is slated to close in May.

    Filling West Dundee's Target vacancy might not be easy Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    With Target's pending departure from West Dundee, securing another retailer may not be as easy as some people think, since Target, which owns the building it occupies, might not want a similar operation taking its place. West Dundee leaders hope to avoid that situation by having a conversation with the corporation, Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro said. “Target may not be willing,” Cavallaro warned, noting that the corporation runs three other stores nearby in Algonquin, Elgin and Hoffman Estates.

     
  •  Terry Stroh, head of the science department at Jacobs High School, works with the Green Eagles club inside the greenhouse they renovated on the roof of the Algonquin school. Stroh and the club cleaned the old, unused greenhouse and are now growing food in it for local food pantries.

    Jacobs students grow fruits, veggies for the needy Jan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Led by science department head Terry Stroh, the Green Eagles Club at Jacobs High School secured a grant to renovate a greenhouse atop the school and now use it to grow food for the needy. Stroh and his students are people to be thankful for.

     
  • Stephanie Siers

    Teen who died in Oak Brook accident remembered as ‘giving’ Dec 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Funeral services will take place Sunday and Monday for a 19-year-old Carpentersville woman who died last week after falling from a snow and ice removal truck in Oak Brook. According to news release issued by the Oak Brook Police Department, the accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Dec. 22, near 22nd Street and Clearwater Drive in Oak Brook.

     
  • Photo courtesy of Lisa Feltman Lisa Feltman, a fifth-grade math teacher at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, was named by President Barack Obama as one of 102 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She also was a state finalist for the award in 2012 and 2008.

    Algonquin teacher wins award from Obama Dec 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Algonquin teacher Lisa Feltman, one of 102 recipients nationally of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, says her absolute passion is teaching math. The award is just the latest among several accolades for Feltman, a fifth-grade teacher at Neubert Elementary School, who also was a state finalist for the award in 2008. “I’m very strong at math, and I’ve always excelled in math. I love math,” she said.

     
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