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  • Naperville North High School students pack high-protein meals Wednesday during the sixth annual student-led Food Fight event. Naperville Central junior Jared Prosapio, center, is leading student organizers in this year’s effort to pack 158,000 meals for starving people in other countries.

    ‘Food Fights’ at Naperville-area schools pack meals for needy countriesApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students from from Naperville Central, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Yorkville high schools expect to pack 158,000 meals this week to help feed starving people in other countries. “I see there’s a struggle that needs to be worked with, and we need to do what we can do to help,” said Naperville Central junior Jared Prosapio, who is in charge of student leadership this year. “As high school students, we do have the ability to do that.”

  • Fourth-grader Andrea Shimp drops a household item into a donation bag Thursday as Longwood Elementary School in Naperville kicks off its 25th annual food drive for Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry.

    Naperville school’s food drive enters 25th yearMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The longest-running school food drive for Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville kicked off its 25th straight year Thursday as students at Longwood Elementary went home with grocery bags to be filled with donations. “While there are a lot of schools that participate both in (Naperville Unit District) 203 and (Indian Prairie Unit District) 204, this is definitely the longest-serving school,” Loaves & Fishes spokeswoman Jody Bender said about Longwood. “The kids are so delighted about being part of the community and helping out.”

  • Elaine Modine, a former science teacher at Waubonsie Valley High School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, says the district’s educational foundation helped support “things you think you’d never be able to do in the classroom.” The foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event Friday, March 21, featuring the talents of students and alumni and the stories of teachers like Modine whose efforts benefitted from foundation grants.

    Indian Prairie celebrates stories of foundation’s supportMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an event Friday, March 21, that will bring back prominent alumni for a who's who and showcase performances by nationally recognized music programs and other talented students.

  • Longtime Indian Prairie Unit District 204 administrator Michael Popp has been named superintendent of East Aurora School District 131.

    Indian Prairie administrator to take reins in East AuroraMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A longtime administrator in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Michael Popp, has been named superintendent of East Aurora School District 131. The East Aurora school board voted unanimously this week to hire Popp, 48, who currently is the executive director for teaching and learning for kindergarten through 12th grade in District 204. Popp is scheduled to begin working April 1 in East Aurora. He replaces Jerome Roberts, who will retire March 28 after serving as superintendent since 2006.

  • Mike Popp

    Indian Prairie administrator to head East Aurora schoolsMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A longtime administrator in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, Mike Popp, has been named superintendent of East Aurora School District 131. Popp, 48, is expected to begin work April 1 in East Aurora. The District 131 school board voted unanimously Monday to hire him after another candidate withdrew to stay in his home district.

  • Katherine Smirnov, 10, displays the medal she received Thursday for winning the elementary division of the fall 2013 InvestWrite essay contest for her piece recommending Boeing and Microsoft as sound long-term investments. Katherine attends Naperville’s Fry Elementary School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and wrote the essay as part of a class taught by Sharon Phares.

    Naperville fifth-grader wins national essay contestFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville fifth-grader became an award-winning investment analyst Thursday as she learned she won a national contest that challenges students to study stock options and make financially sound recommendations. “This is a big award for me because I got recognized for writing a really good essay,” 10-year-old Fry Elementary fifth-grader Katherine Smirnov said.

  • Sushmitha Suresh, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, practices her singing not long after her voice was featured as part of a Super Bowl commercial for Coca-Cola. Sushmitha, 15, sung part of “America the Beautiful” in Hindi for the commercial, which promoted the theme “America is Beautiful.”

    Aurora teen’s passion shines in Super Bowl adFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Silence is rare in the life of Sushmitha Suresh of Aurora, who is always singing or playing piano. But silence was all the 15-year-old could hear during the second quarter of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, when she was awaiting a Coca-Cola commercial that would feature her voice, singing part of "America the Beautiful" in Hindi. “Every time a commercial would come, it would be dead silent,” Sushmitha said.

  • Karen Sullivan

    New 204 superintendent shows ‘passion for the district’Feb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has chosen Karen Sullivan, an educator with a passion for helping improve student achievement and a character of integrity as its next superintendent, school board President Lori Price said Monday. The board on Monday night approved a three-year contract with Sullivan that gives the 33-year educator a base salary of $238,000 starting July 1, when Superintendent Kathy Birkett retires. “I love this district; I’m very committed to this district,” said Sullivan, 55, of Hinsdale.

  •  Fifth-grader Noah Ranson, sporting a snazzy cape, has a word with author Jeramey Kraatz, author of the “Cloak Society” series, after a Naperville READS presentation Thursday at Longwood Elementary School.

    Naperville READS brings heroes, villains, athletes to schools Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Superheroes and villains squared off not against each other on Thursday, but against athletes like football players. The battle was far from literal, but it was, in fact, literary, as it took place during a Naperville READS assembly at Longwood Elementary School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.

  •  Fourth-grader Adam Read hoists the book “Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze” on Wednesday as he introduces the book’s author, John Kloepfer. Authors Tom Watson and Jenny Lee also presented at May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, where the authors led a pep rally-style assembly as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program.

    Students cheer for books in Naperville READS pep rallies Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pep rallies about reading came to several Naperville-area elementary schools Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program, which this year is highlighting 12 children’s authors. Students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 heard Wednesday from authors Tom Watson, Jenny Lee and John Kloepfer during a presentation in which students were divided into teams rooting for different books.

  • The Soapbox Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    There's still much to say about the weather, editors find, as well as topics like school air-conditioning (yes, in February) and the governor's speech.

  • Indian Prairie considering referendum to add air conditioning at 20 schools Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 might look to voters for additional money to pay for air-conditioning units for 20 of its schools that don't have cooling systems. The school board this week began considering ways to pay the estimated $13.6 million cost of installing units called ductless air conditioners to cool roughly 650 classrooms.

  • Kathy Birkett

    Superintendent search ‘on schedule’ in Dist. 204 Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie District 204’s search for a superintendent to succeed Kathy Birkett is progressing on schedule, and board members plan to choose the right candidate for the job by late February or early March. School board President Lori Price said board members who reviewed resumes during a recent closed meeting “were very impressed with the candidates” that poured in from across the country through Iowa-based search firm Ray and Associates, Inc.

  • Dist. 204 likely to remain in online learning consortium Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 have agreed to go forward with the second phase of planning for an online learning consortium, and on Monday night, board members in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 could decide to jump in with them.

  •  Frances Hung of Naperville and her daughter Elizabeth, 11, mix ingredients for peppermint crunch puppy chow during Toasty Tales, Gregory Middle School’s first family reading night. The cooking activity challenged kids to use their reading skills to follow a recipe, said Esther Bevan, director of the school’s library media center.

    Toasty Tales celebrates fun of reading in Naperville Jan 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gregory Middle School in Naperville recently hosted its first family reading night, drawing roughly 275 people for Toasty Tales, an evening of literacy-themed activities. “Everything we do comes back in some way to reading,” Bevan said. “The variety of activities we had really showcased how important literacy is and that things that involve literacy are fun.”

  • The Soapbox Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors are talking about school transparency, nice new roads and the suburbs' Olympic hopefuls, among other things.

  • Engineering course offerings expanding in Dist. 204 Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Basic engineering classes will become a part of the middle school and high school curriculum next year for more students in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, as the district looks to expand a program of engineering-related offerings. Nearly 3,500 middle school and high school students already are taking engineering courses through Project Lead The Way, a nationwide pre-engineering curriculum the district has been phasing in since 2011.

  • Dist. 204 inches closer to hiring next superintendent Jan 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 is inching closer to choosing its next superintendent, as the search firm the district hired has finished accepting applications for the position and is working to narrow the field of candidates. The district has been searching since September, when board members hired Ray and Associates, Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to find a successor to retiring Superintendent Kathy Birkett.

  • Aurora districts eyes STEM partnership school agreement Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Educators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 are “energized” and “excited” about their potential participation in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School set to open in August on the campus of Aurora University. “I’ve often heard we need to work together with other districts to make ourselves stronger,” District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett said. “This is an example of that.”

  • Darrell Echols

    Former actor, 22-year educator hired as Metea principal Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The man chosen to be the second principal at Metea Valley High School in Aurora began his career an actor, but for the past 22 years, Darrell Echols has played the role of educator. Echols, 49, is set to succeed retiring Metea principal Jim Schmid, pending Indian Prairie Unit District 204 school board approval Monday. “I’m about two things and that’s student learning and excellence,” Echols said. “Those will be the cornerstones I try to build.”

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