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  • Partial air conditioning coming to Dist. 204 elementaries Jul 16, 2014 6:47 PM
    Officials in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 have found a partial solution to sweaty conditions in schools that lack air conditioning thanks to $3.7 million in unexpected funding from the state. “This is a way that we could partially air-condition our classrooms in an effort to really limit the amount of heat days that we could have to call,” school board President Lori Price said.

  • Teen driving book offers 'not-so-common' knowledge Jul 13, 2014 6:02 AM
    Two Naperville men have compiled tips about vehicle maintenance, parking, surviving the unexpected and even navigating the court system into a book called “What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road.” “I've driven through the worst of the worst across the country as far as weather conditions go, traffic conditions, everything,” said John Harmata, the primary author. “I can safely teach my kids things that are not being taught in driver's ed classes, that you only learn by years of experience.”

  • District 204 names three new principals Jul 3, 2014 9:22 AM
    New principals stepped into their new posts this week at two middle schools and an elementary school in Indian Prairie Unit District 204. The top administrators started July 1 at Granger and Scullen middle schools as well as McCarty Elementary School in the district that serves parts of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield.

  • Metea mourns loss of science teacher with passion for learning Jun 9, 2014 6:21 PM
    Michael Riley Wegrzyn was the kind of teacher who wanted his students to find their passion in life — and always was willing to help them pursue it. A science teacher at Metea Valley High School in Aurora since it opened in 2009, Wegrzyn, 32, died Friday after suffering a stroke several days earlier. “Mike truly enjoyed having a great time and had a tremendous sense of humor,” Metea Principal Jim Schmid said Monday.

  • Field trip around Naperville helps kindergartners find their place in their community Jun 2, 2014 1:14 PM
    After spending time studying communities, kindergartners from Brookdale Elementary School headed to downtown Naperville to explore just what - and who - makes their town special. “At this age, kids are naturally very curious how it all fits together,” teacher Betsy Cunningham said. "They love to think about their place in the world and on a map."

  • Dist. 204 celebrates career of 'awesome' superintendent May 23, 2014 10:21 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Kathy Birkett spent a career proving herself to people who doubted her as she rose through the educational ranks. But Thursday afternoon, as Birkett prepared for her last day with the district, she celebrated with people who understand all she has accomplished. “That right there is Kathy Birkett,” school board President Lori Price said. “Kathy Birkett is awesome and we are going to miss her.”

  • Gandhi grandson to Naperville kids: ‘Become the light’ Apr 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    Elementary students at Longwood school in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 heard a philosophical message from a descendant of a historical thinker Friday when Arun Gandhi shared lessons from his children’s book, “Grandfather Gandhi.” “The first lesson that my grandfather taught me was about understanding anger and being able to use that energy intelligently rather than abuse the energy,” Gandhi told students at the Naperville school.

  • ‘Food Fights’ at Naperville-area schools pack meals for needy countries Apr 9, 2014 4:22 PM
    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.”

  • Indian Prairie celebrates stories of foundation’s support Mar 13, 2014 5:30 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.

  • Naperville school’s food drive enters 25th year Mar 13, 2014 6:00 PM
    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.”

  • Indian Prairie administrator to take reins in East Aurora Mar 12, 2014 2:09 PM
    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.

  • Indian Prairie administrator to head East Aurora schools Mar 11, 2014 4:36 PM
    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.

  • Naperville fifth-grader wins national essay contest Feb 20, 2014 5:01 PM
    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.

  • Aurora teen’s passion shines in Super Bowl ad Feb 17, 2014 5:05 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.

  • New 204 superintendent shows ‘passion for the district’ Feb 11, 2014 12:02 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.

  • Naperville READS brings heroes, villains, athletes to schools Feb 6, 2014 4:53 PM
    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.

  • Students cheer for books in Naperville READS pep rallies Feb 5, 2014 5:30 PM
    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 5:00 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 3:33 PM
    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.

  • Superintendent search ‘on schedule’ in Dist. 204 Jan 29, 2014 4:11 PM
    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.

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