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  • U-46 CEO: A few things could create $24 million deficit Nov 1, 2014 7:35 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 could be up to $24 million in the hole this school year, CEO Tony Sanders says. That could happen if a few things happen to contribute to the deficit. “If the state does not have the money to fund education, we would be seeing significant reductions in our budget by this school year,” Sanders said.

  • 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.

  • U-46 appoints new special ed director, aims to revamp services Oct 28, 2014 6:33 PM
    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board recently appointed Leatrice Satterwhite as the district’s new director of specialized student services. Satterwhite has served as the assistant director of specialized student services since July 2012. She helped with the planning, implementation and evaluation of special education curricular programs. The district also is looking to revamp services for students with special needs. CEO Tony Sanders said officials want to make sure they are staffing appropriately for student needs.

  • State commission denies Elgin charter group's appeal Oct 29, 2014 11:02 AM
    In a unanimous vote Tuesday, a state commission denied the Elgin Charter School Initiative's appeal of its charter application, upholding an earlier rejection by the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board.

  • U-46 seeks participants for STEM expo Oct 27, 2014 5:22 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 will host a series of kickoff events in November to encourage students from kindergarten through high school to develop STEM project ideas. “It’s like a way just to get students engaged to start thinking about what type of projects they would like to do for the STEM Expo,” said Heather Rocen, U-46 science instructional coach. The 2015 STEM Expo is Feb. 28 at South Elgin High School.

  • Mixed feelings on U-46’s new grading system Oct 21, 2014 6:41 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials say a new standards-based grading system being used at the secondary level has been successful, despite complaints from some parents and students that the system is not being applied uniformly. Officials said the biggest change with the new grading system has been a significant drop in the number of students earning A's on exams, and an increase in B's, C's and passing grades. The number of students receiving D's, E's and F's are falling.

  • Lincoln Elementary goes for the record Oct 14, 2014 4:16 PM
    At a recent student council assembly at Lincoln Elementary School, the focus was on several issues including the new student council makeup, what the Pledge of Allegiance means, and information on fundraisers such as their annual food drive. Elgin Lions Club Food Drive chairman Ed Bates spoke to the students and delivered the red collection container for them to see and spoke briefly about the Elgin Lions Club and the Community Crisis Center, the recipient of the food.

  • Two suburban marathoners running 26 for Special Olympics Oct 13, 2014 8:13 AM
    Among the thousands of runners at Sunday's Chicago Marathon will be about 75 from more than 30 states raising money for Special Olympics Chicago. And among that group are two suburban women, Bartlett resident Maureen Lue and Carpentersville native Becky Gould, for whom the cause is very dear to their hearts. “They're just about the sweetest kids you could meet,” Lue said. “They have such great sportsmanship. They enjoy everything!”

  • Elgin area veterans are needed for special video project Oct 8, 2014 12:42 PM
    Elgin area veterans are sought for a video that's now in production. The tribute video will feature stories, photos and memorabilia shared by local veterans.

  • Parent unhappy with U-46 after student brings BB gun to school Oct 8, 2014 6:07 PM
    Amid a parent’s concern of not being notified quickly enough, school officials said Wednesday they are investigating the circumstances involving a middle school student bringing a BB gun to Abbott Middle School in Elgin. The student invited two other students into the boys bathroom to show off the gun, and later threatened one of the students warning him to keep quiet about it, Elgin Area School District U-46 officials said. But Mike Holte, parent of one of the nthreatened boys said there no follow-up after the matter reported. “They were sent back to class as if nothing happened," he said.

  • U-46 parents, students criticize new grading system Sep 30, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several Elgin Area School District U-46 parents and students complained at Monday night’s school board meeting about a new standards-based grading system as being too subjective. Parent Colleen Ottens called the rollout and implementation of this new grading system “an unmitigated disaster.” “As an educator, I understand the intent of this new system; however, it is a bit idealistic, even if being used correctly,” she said.

  • State hears from both sides on Elgin charter school plan Sep 30, 2014 11:38 PM
    Supporters of a proposal to create an Elgin charter school denied by Elgin Area School District U-46 took their case to a higher authority Tuesday. Members of the Illinois State Charter School Commission heard from dozens of parents, teachers, district administrators and community members at a public hearing appealing the charter application denial at Larkin High School in Elgin. “I would like to see the entire community rallying around the schools that exist and supporting the programs that we have,” said Shannon Pennington, a teacher mentor specialist at U-46.

  • “Manufacture Your Future” this week at Elgin library Sep 29, 2014 11:57 PM
    The Elgin Development Group and Gail Borden Public Library, in partnership with Elgin Community College, Elgin Area School District U-46 and local business leaders, will host an exhibit of leading manufacturers from the local area. The exhibit is designed to showcase modern manufacturing, products made/sold locally and related career opportunities. ACME, Bison Gear, Bystronic, Custom Aluminum, Elgin Sweeper, Fabric Images, Hoffer Plastics, Norlux Corp., Otto Engineering, Plasmatreat, Winergy, and Wittenstein will be exhibiting on both floors of the main library. ECC, U-46, Manufacturing Careers Internship Program and Gail Borden Public Library will also have displays. The exhibit event, “Manufacture Your Future”, will run from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5, at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

  • Judson University sees 10 percent spike in enrollment Sep 29, 2014 6:01 AM
    Elgin-based Judson University’s fall enrollment is up 10 percent from last fall, officials said. The university also saw its highest enrollment ever at 1,290 this year. While traditional enrollment remained stable, the growth is mostly among adult, graduate and certificate programs, officials said.

  • U-46, Dist. 301 schools raise funds to combat hunger Sep 26, 2014 12:42 PM
    Sixteen schools from Elgin Area School District U-46 and Burlington Central Unit District 301 have joined forces to raise funds for the Change for Hunger Challenge to help feed families in need. “Every penny counts,” said Michelle Frampton, director of community outreach for Food for Greater Elgin, the organizer and beneficiary of the program, now in its third year.

  • 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.

  • Elgin High’s Perryman named to national science panel Sep 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Elgin High School environmental science teacher Deb Perryman is among 15 educators named to Earth Echo’s Learning Education and Advisory Panel. Earth Echo, launched by Philippe Cousteau Jr., is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to using adventure to enhance environmental education and empower young people to help restore the planet.

  • Elgin’s Lowrie school marks 125 years Sep 20, 2014 7:40 AM
    Former and current teachers, students and employees of Lowrie Elementary School will mark 125 years since the Elgin school opened its doors Sunday. Officials are hosting an open house from noon to 2 p.m. at the school, 264 Oak St. Families of students, alumni and community members are invited to view a history exhibit and tour the school.

  • Elgin High teacher lauded for reviving theater program Sep 20, 2014 1:07 PM
    In her three years teaching at Elgin High School, Jessica Vaillancourt has revived the school’s performing arts program from virtual nonexistence. For her efforts to rebuild the program, Vaillancourt has been named Illinois Outstanding Young Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association, the state’s largest professional group for theater, speech, debate, and communications teachers.

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