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  • South Elgin students march in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. Dec 4, 2014 4:06 PM
    About 350 South Elgin High School students organized a march Thursday in solidarity with “Black Lives Matter” — a national movement advocating equal treatment of minorities by law enforcement. The students’ march was prompted by the Aug. 9 police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

  • U-46 seeks adults to mentor students Dec 4, 2014 7:01 AM
    Game Changers is looking for volunteers to mentor at all Elgin Area School District U-46 middle and high schools. The goal is to connect students with adults working in fields they are interested in pursuing or an adult that will help them with goal setting toward their career interest.

  • Suburban college presidents meeting with Obama Thursday Dec 4, 2014 2:08 PM
    A delegation of suburban college presidents will meet with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden Thursday to talk about increasing the numbers of students completing college. Northern Illinois University President Douglas Baker is heading up the delegation, which includes Elgin Community College President David Sam, who is representing community colleges as part of the Northern Illinois Regional P-20 Network at the White House College Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • 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.

  • Constable: Celebrating a unique talent takes unique talent Dec 4, 2014 11:59 AM
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer might not have been a typical reindeer, but he got the job done for St. Nicholas. To celebrate Rudolph's 50th anniversary, student Ben Nicholas of Mount Prospect organizes a festive party with a 16-foot inflatable Rudolph for all the students at Miner School in Arlington Heights.

  • D118 trustee resigns: Dec 3, 2014 6:26 PM
    Wauconda Unit District 118 board member Maggie O’Hara has resigned, officials announced this week. She gave no explanation.

  • Hawthorn Elementary PTO to host Winter Boutique Dec 3, 2014 6:29 PM
    The Hawthorn Elementary District 73 PTO hosts its Winter Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

  • MHS holiday concert: Dec 2, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Mundelein High School bands and choirs will combine to present a holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein.

  • Two Libertyville District 70 school buildings are now solar-powered to save electricity costs Dec 2, 2014 11:42 AM
    Libertyville Elementary District 70 will take a slice out of its electric bills in the months ahead now that the largest two of its five schools are topped with solar panels.

  • Girls’ math, science conference Feb. 7 Dec 2, 2014 2:10 PM
    Registration is now open for the fifth annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Conference from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. The conference is for fifth- and sixth-grade girls and their parents in Palatine Township Elementary District 15, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 or any private schools within the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 attendance area.

  • St. Hubert students, faculty get ‘Happy’ over Blue Ribbon honor Dec 2, 2014 2:11 PM
    The faculty and staff of St. Hubert Catholic School in Hoffman Estates surprised their students at an assembly last week with an impromptu flash mob dance to the popular song “Happy” to celebrate the school’s recognition as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Students and faculty dressed in blue and wore sunglasses with the inscription “SHS 2014 National Blue Ribbon School” and Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod proclaimed the day as “St. Hubert Blue Ribbon Day” in the village.

  • Vernon Hills group donates sports equipment to schools in need Dec 1, 2014 9:37 AM
    Without assistance from a Vernon Hills charitable group, Farragut Career Academy in Chicago might be a different place. Farragut received sports equipment from The Sports Shed, started by Tina Sernett, that has helped keep the school’s baseball and softball teams playing, and in doing so, is giving teens a chance to make better choices.

  • Incoming University of Illinois president may start work early Dec 1, 2014 10:30 AM
    Incoming University of Illinois system president Timothy Killeen has said he would like to begin his new job earlier than his official July 1 start date. Killeen, in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, said he plans to be a regular presence on the University of Illinois campuses and his “start date might move forward.” Killeen, 62, is replacing the retiring university President Robert Easter. He didn’t give an exact date but says he hopes to start work in late spring. He is currently State University of New York’s vice chancellor for research. “Dr. Easter and I may overlap for a while — I in a junior role and he in his presidential role,” Killeen said. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees must give Killeen’s hiring final approval at its next regular meeting on Jan. 15. He was announced as the next system president on Nov. 19, in charge of overseeing the University of Illinois campuses and their multibillion-dollar operating budget. The university’s campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, along with smaller regional campuses in Rockford and Peoria, have more than 78,000 students and about 23,500 employees. Killeen said he will start this week consultations with an advisory group of about ten students and faculty. “I am very anxious to get the faculty voice and advice that any new, incoming president would want to get — an understanding of all the issues they care deeply about,” Killeen said.

  • Community colleges work to beat enrollment slump Nov 30, 2014 7:30 AM
    How to get students in the door. That's the challenge for Illinois' community colleges, where enrollment statewide has dropped for a fourth straight year. Suburban schools, with the exception of College of DuPage, are trying to offset declines or build on modest gains. “Everything’s slightly stagnant right now,” said Phil Garber, who tracks the numbers at Elgin Community College.

  • 80 Oakton part-time teachers could lose jobs over pension rules Nov 30, 2014 7:17 PM
    As many as 80 instructors at Oakton Community College are expected to get pink slips at the end of the school year — and it’s still not clear if legislation sitting on the governor’s desk will save their jobs.

  • Gurnee school in firehouse ceremony Nov 30, 2014 4:38 PM
    Students at Woodland Intermediate School will participate in a Gurnee Fire Department Keep the Wreath Red ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

  • Warren High collections Nov 30, 2014 4:35 PM
    Warren’s Future Business Leaders of America hosts two drives to benefit those in need. FBLA’s third annual Sole Searching Shoe Collection is now through Dec. 4.

  • How College of DuPage bucks state’s enrollment decline Nov 30, 2014 7:35 AM
    What’s College of DuPage’s secret? While Illinois’ community college system struggles with enrollment declines, the Glen Ellyn campus joined only two other districts that grew head count since fall 2010, officials say. COD President Robert Breuder invokes business principles when he explains how COD bucks the trend.

  • Warren students collecting gifts for needy children in Chicago through a Letters for Santa program Nov 28, 2014 9:45 AM
    Warren Township High School students, staff and community members are preparing to make the season a bit brighter for over 1,300 needy children in a Chicago public school.

  • Retired Lake County teachers meet Nov 27, 2014 4:34 PM
    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and I-94 near Libertyville.

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