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  • Learn how to spot bullies in the workplace at MCCApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bullying in the schools is a serious problem for our children.What do you think happens to these bullies when they leave the playground? They go to work. Roughly one-third of the workforce will experience bullying in the workplace, said panelists of "Rebel Without A Cause: Best Practices for Responding to Workplace Bullying," at a recent section of Labor and Employment Law Conference in Chicago.

  • Dine at MCC’s student-run restaurantApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    For fine dining and innovative culinary delights, residents need only drive a short distance to McHenry County College's student-managed restaurant, Slàinte.

  • It’s the classic tale of Sharks vs. Jets as Dundee-Crown High School students rehearse for “West Side Story” Monday in Carpentersville. The orchestra providing the musical score is made up completely of students.

    Four musicals take the stage at Fox Valley high schoolsApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Springtime is musical time at many high schools in the Fox Valley. This weekend is no exception, as at least four schools will present the culmination of many hours of hard work rehearsing and preparing for the show. What goes into putting together a high school musical, and what do audiences enjoy about them? We asked directors to share their thoughts.

  • Huntley School District 158 is considering banning electronic cigarettes, such as these blucigs, after seeing students use them on school campuses.

    District 158 to ban electronic cigarettes on campusesApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Huntley School District 158 is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes at its campuses after seeing an increase in students using and possessing the alternative nicotine products at Huntley High School, and even some middle schools. “It’s just starting to become a problem, and we are trying to nip it in the bud,” said Terry Awrey, District 158 associate superintendent.

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    MCC announces Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2014Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    McHenry County College and the Friends of MCC Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. The alumni class will be honored at a reception and award ceremony, sponsored by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, April 17 at McHenry County College.

  • Huntley Park District officials are back to the drawing board on future expansion plans after voters last month rejected a roughly $18 million request for an indoor, artificial turf facility.

    Huntley parks officials return to drawing board on expansionApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Huntley Park District officials will be taking a fresh look at future expansion plans after voters soundly rejected the district’s roughly $18 million request to build an indoor, artificial turf facility. With not enough money to go it alone on such an expansion, officials have dropped the idea altogether, for now, Executive Director Thom Palmer said. “Without funding, it doesn’t get built."

  • District 158 seeks to replace chief academic officerFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Huntley District 158 is searching for a new chief academic officer with the upcoming departure of Mike Moan, who is leaving the district after 17 years to become superintendent of Woodstock School District 200. Moan’s last day with District 158 is June 30.

  • Huntley High expansion work to begin in springFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    The first phase of a roughly $35 million facelift of Huntley High School should begin in April as crews start work on redesigning the main entrance, new school bus and student parking lots, and a new field house addition.

  • Marisa Burkhart, director of educational technology for Huntley School District 158, works with third-grader Alexa Brown, 9, on her tablet. Burkhart has been named the Illinois Computing Educators “Educator of the Year.”

    District 158 technology director earns educator awardFeb 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Seeing children's faces light up as they explore the world of education through technology is the best reward, said Marisa Burkhart, director of educational technology for Huntley School District 158. Burkhart's work implementing technology in the classroom and training teachers how to use it has earned her the 2014 Illinois Computing Educators “Educator of the Year” award.

  • Students in a second-grade class at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills had a nice surprise waiting for them Wednesday. Besides an audio message via Sochi from Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, each student received a hockey stick autographed by Kane, a McDonald’s Sochi Olympics jacket, a Happy Meal Sochi mascot, and a gift card.

    Second-graders get surprise message from Patrick KaneFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hockey fans in a second-grade class at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills received an unexpected surprise Wednesday morning — a video message from Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane from Sochi where he representing the USA Men’s Olympic Hockey team. Kane was reponding to a Twitter message teacher Christy Gibbs sent on behalf of her students wishing him good luck.

  • Last part of seminar to focus on climate changeFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 2014 Great Lakes Bioneers Speaker Series concludes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake. The last of a three-part series, this seminar will feature the topic “Adapt to Changing Conditions: Embodying Nature’s Resilience Principles in the Face of Climate Change.”

  • Huntley high’s Orchesis show continues this weekendFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Orchesis, Huntley High School’s dance club, continues its annual showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 15, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Audience members attending this year’s show, “Marching On,” will enjoy performances featuring many styles of dance including modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, and Ukrainian.

  • Jazz Quartet to play at MCCFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • Rondout Elementary District 72 will collect $30,381 in property taxes per student this year, while East Aurora Unit District 131 has a property tax collection level of $2,816 per student.

    Which school districts tax the most per student? Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Property taxes collected to run public schools range from $30,381 per student in Rondout Elementary District 72 to $2,815 per student in East Aurora Unit District 131, with 90 other suburban school districts falling somewhere between. For schools at the bottom end of the ranking, the taxing disparity means more reliance on state and federal resources and more basic programs.

  •  This Huntley High School entrance off a gravel parking lot used by students and teachers on the west side of District 158’s Harmony Road Campus will be paved and have about 13 classrooms added. It will connect to the previous addition seen on the right, improving traffic flow and student access. It is part of a larger expansion project planned for Huntley High School this year.

    Huntley High expansion plans head to village Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Work on a $35 million facelift of Huntley High School should begin this spring once plans are reviewed by Huntley’s plan commission and village board. The Huntley village board and Huntley District 158 school board met Tuesday to discuss the school district’s expansion plans for its Harmony Road Campus that houses Huntley High School. The village board agreed to forward the conceptual plans to the plan commission for review. Plans call for a new field house, a redesigned main entrance, reconfigured parking lots and new classrooms and science labs. They also include designs for a new library in a renovated gym space, a larger cafeteria and multiple common areas.

  • Kevin Ruth, 16, concentrates on his work during an English class at Huntley High School. The school's ACT composite score of 22.4 was the third highest in McHenry County, but school officials are shooting for an average score of 23.5.

    How suburban districts are handling changing ACTJan 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The ACT has been the benchmark for measuring college readiness since 1959. It's still an important factor, but things have changed: the test is tougher, it's graded harder, and suburban students are more diverse. “It has no resemblance to actual student performance,” said Steve Cordogan of District 214. Administrators are looking for new ways to measure college readiness and new programs to ensure it. We examined approaches in four school districts. Here's what we found.

  •  Project Two, a group specializing in the music of Broadway, will perform a fundraiser concert at Huntley High School Saturday, Dec. 28. Members of the group are all from McHenry County.

    Project Two brings Broadway tunes to Huntley Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Project Two is back in town, and its members are ready to celebrate the holidays in support of the fine arts in local schools. They will be performing a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 28, raising money for the Huntley High School Thespian Troupe.

  •  Huntley High School’s new field house will be located where the parking lot is for the current events entrance, which faces south toward the school’s new track and football field.

    Huntley High School expansion set to begin in spring Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Starting next spring, Huntley High School will get a significant facelift as part of a $35 million addition/renovation project, which includes building a new field house, redesigning the main entrance, reconfiguring parking lots, and adding classrooms and science labs.

  • Zoe Detlaf, top, and Shea Robinson check out Cinderella and the prince dancing at the ball. They portray the ugly stepsisters in the Huntley High School production of “Cinderella.”

    Two versions of ‘Cinderella’ hit Fox Valley stages Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fairy tale fans will have something to smile about this weekend. Two Fox Valley High Schools, Larkin and Huntley, are performing the classic tale, "Cinderella." The Daily Herald checked in with Todd Duty, director of Larkin’s production, and Kate Duchene, who directs Huntley’s, to learn more about each show.

  • Gabi McCleish, left, and Kennedy O'Connell work on reading assignments at Algonquin Road Elementary School in Fox River Grove. The school's third-graders are at the top of students in the Fox Valley area “meeting” or “exceeding” state standards in reading and mathematics.

    Report card shows huge dips, some gains across Fox ValleyOct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Despite a significant drop in test scores, administrators at Fox River Grove School District 3 are happy the tiny district's roughly 500 students are doing far better than the rest of the state on standardized tests. The two-school district, like many others throughout the Fox Valley, faired poorly in the Illinois Standards Achievement Test with its composite score dipping 15.9 percentage points from the previous year,

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