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  • Larsen students make their mark at state science, math competition Jun 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Larsen Middle School students delivered a winning streak after gaining several high scores at the Regional Illinois Junior Academy of Science Science Fair in March and the IJAS State Competition last month.

  • Bartlett High students’ app now on Google Play Jun 7, 2014 8:00 AM
    A team of six Bartlett High School freshmen has developed an app that allows people to track calories and graph their exercise progress. It earned the school top honors in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Bartlett was among four winning high schools that placed nationally. Its team also earned the titles of best in state and the Midwest region. “The making and designing of the app was a thrilling experience,” said Autumn Chung, 15.

  • Second Bartlett High grad killed in war on terror Jun 4, 2014 5:48 PM
    Editor’s note: We are republishing our story from Sept. 16, 2009, on the death of Matthew Martinek of Bartlett on Sept. 11, 2009, of injuries suffered in Afghanistan in light of the recent controversy over how he died.

  • Family, friends honor soldier Jun 4, 2014 5:49 PM
    Editor’s note: We are republishing our story from Sept. 27, 2009, on the death of Matthew Martinek of Bartlett on Sept. 11, 2009, from injuries suffered in Afghanistan in light of the recent controversy over how he died.

  • U-46 seeks to change law on filling board vacancies Jun 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials are seeking a change in state law that would allow school districts additional time to fill school board vacancies. The school board approved a resolution Monday night that will be proposed to the Illinois Association of School Boards, which represents local school districts’ interests in Springfield. It seeks to raise the time to fill a school board vacancy to 60 days, instead of the 45 days allowed by the Illinois School Code.

  • U-46 superintendent issues Summer Reading Challenge Jun 2, 2014 8:06 AM
    School District U-46 Superintendent Dr. José M. Torres issued his annual Summer Reading Challenge in a video message, encouraging every student to participate in the summer reading library programs offered at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Bartlett Public Library, and Poplar Creek Public Library in Streamwood.

  • Elgin Young Professionals Network names scholarship winners Jun 2, 2014 8:18 PM
    Elgin Young Professionals Network has announced the recipients of its 2014 Elgin Clumsy Chefs scholarships, benefiting students from Elgin High School’s award winning culinary program.

  • Elgin charter school group receives grant for recruiting students May 30, 2014 3:05 PM
    The group proposing a charter school in Elgin has received a $30,000 grant to support outreach and student recruitment efforts in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, and to recruit a principal, a spokeswoman said. The state and Elgin Area School District U-46 will determine the fate of the proposed Elgin Math and Science Academy (EMSA) Charter School. The district is reviewing the charter application and will conduct a public hearing June 23.

  • U-46 sixth-grader wins National Chess Championship May 30, 2014 2:12 PM
    Sycamore Trails sixth grade student Marissa Li earned first place in the Under 12 category of the 2014 National All-Girls chess competition organized by the Kasparov Foundation and the Renaissance Knights.

  • Horizon teacher nominated by Bartlett VFW for award May 29, 2014 8:25 AM
    Horizon Elementary School, Hanover Park, sixth-grade teacher Ginger Olson was selected by Bartlett VFW Post 11018 for nomination for the prestigious Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

  • U-46 needs parents to join leadership institutes May 27, 2014 7:33 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is looking for qualified parent volunteers to join the 2013-14 African-American Parent Leadership Institute or the Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute.

  • Should suburban school districts hire lobbyists? May 27, 2014 5:11 AM
    Can hiring lobbyists help suburban school districts influence education policy and bring home more tax dollars? It’s a question Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 have been pondering in the wake of proposed legislation that would overhaul state funding of schools. “In Springfield, one of the things that we find when we’ve gone down there, school District U-46 is one of 868 districts outside of Chicago,” U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said.

  • Elgin school teaches whale of a lesson May 23, 2014 12:53 PM
    Creekside Elementary School third-graders became so engrossed in their lesson about the ecosystem that they decided to build a life-size whale to understand the true size and feel of the mammal. Students built the 50-foot whale with painter's tarp and packaging tape. The exhibit housed in the school's gym allows visitors to walk inside the whale.

  • U-46 considers digital devices for all students May 21, 2014 4:36 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 may join a growing number of districts switching from textbooks to tablets and other such digital devices in classrooms. The cost of outfitting the district’s 40,000 students with such devices could be huge. But first the district needs to better communicate with parents why students need the devices, said Melissa Lane, CAC curriculum committee chairwoman and a parent representative for Larkin High School. “We are not talking about pricing,” Lane said. “Textbooks have a cost. So does a device. It’s not so much how you deliver the content, but how are students learning to analyze what’s out there.”

  • U-46, community partners to address education issues May 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is moving forward with an initiative that will bring together businesses, community organizations, and schools to solve educational issues. School officials and community leaders have been working on the Alignment Education Initiative for nearly two years. It’s a partnership between the city of Elgin, the Grand Victoria Foundation, United Way of Elgin, Elgin Community College, Judson University, and school districts U-46 and 301.

  • Suburban schools can no longer require birth certificates May 20, 2014 9:57 AM
    Federal officials say school districts' policy requiring an original birth certificate to register students for school discriminates against undocumented immigrants. Many suburban districts are now scrambling to figure out how to verify the age of potential students. “We don't deny anybody an education or access to school. But it does present some difficulties and challenges as to verifying a child's real age,” a Palatine school official said.

  • Fox Valley area schools get state funding to improve security May 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    Several Fox Valley area school districts and colleges will be beefing up campus security with federal funding released in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. School districts will be using the funds to reinforce doors, install shatter resistant glass or film, and other security measures to improve safety for students, employees and visitors.

  • Elgin teacher named Environmental Educator of the Year May 19, 2014 7:37 PM
    Deb Perryman’s love for the environment started at an early age and has become her life’s passion. The Elgin High School teacher was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. “It’s an honor to receive this award, and my real reward is showing students how they can make a real impact for environmental causes,” said Perryman, 48.

  • Pension penalties drop, but some schools still owe over $100,000 May 18, 2014 8:33 AM
    Two of the largest suburban school districts paid six-figure penalties for giving pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators in the 2012-2013 school year, eight years after a state law was adopted to discourage schools from doing so. But another suburban school district, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, paid about $25,000 in penalties for the 2012-2013 school year — far less than the year before, when it paid nearly half a million dollars, according to records from the state's Teachers' Retirement System.

  • Hanover Park fifth-graders play college counselors May 16, 2014 7:40 PM
    Ontarioville Elementary School students played the role of college counselor for their parents and peers during a two-hour college fair Friday intended to inspire interest in higher education. “Some of our struggling learners have just come out of their shell for this project and just blossomed,” teacher Nicole Tucker said. “This is like their life-changing moment in fifth grade.”

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