Articles filed under Indian Prairie Unit District 204

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  • Endorsement: A teen's brilliant answer to cyberbullying Apr 1, 2015 11:42 AM
    A Naperville girl's computer program to fight cyberbullying is a great example of why schools should continue to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for girls and minorities, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Naperville teen’s idea to end cyberbullying picks up steam Mar 31, 2015 5:30 AM
    A Naperville teen innovator with an idea to end cyberbullying has spoken internationally, appeared in a Super Bowl commercial and presented at the White House Science Fair since first gaining a national stage last fall. Trisha Prabhu, 14, was a global finalist in the 2014 Google Science Fair for her project called Rethink, a software program that prompts Internet users to reconsider potentially offensive messages before posting them on social media.

  • Dist. 204 choosing tests to measure student growth for teacher reviews Mar 30, 2015 6:05 PM
    Teachers and administrators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 are working to determine how to include student growth as a factor in teacher evaluations by the 2016-17 school year. The change in teacher evaluation procedures won’t be a “bone of contention” in negotiations between the district and the teachers union, whose contract expires at the end of this school year, union President Paul Gamboa says.

  • Board challenger critiques Dist. 204 spending Mar 27, 2015 5:40 PM
    Managing school district finances within a state as budget-challenged as Illinois is like “nailing Jell-O to a tree,” one candidate for school board in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 says. But only one candidate among four people seeking three school board seats, challenger Renata Sliva, is voicing any criticism of how the district is managing its roughly $300 million budget.

  • Air conditioning on track, but budget limits other District 204 facilities work Mar 24, 2015 11:38 AM
    Partial air conditioning systems are on schedule to be up and running by the beginning of next school year at 19 elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204. Contractors beginning the $2.7 million project will use spring break March 30 through April 2 to begin rooftop work at 14 schools. “Work will run into early August, but we expect all schools to be operational by the beginning of school in August 2015,” Todd DePaul, director of building operations, said.

  • Dist. 204 candidate: Celebrate American holidays in classroom Mar 19, 2015 1:12 PM
    One candidate for school board in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 is making a campaign issue out of holidays and whether kids are celebrating them in the classroom. Renata Sliva of Naperville, the lone challenger running against three incumbents for three seats on the board, said she wants to make sure the freedom to celebrate holidays is not restricted. “I think that it’s very important to keep American holidays in American schools,” Sliva said.

  • Who organized suburban PARCC boycott? Mar 20, 2015 10:24 AM
    Across the suburbs, hundreds of students are opting out of the new PARCC tests. While it's not clear if the objection is coming from students, parents or both, it does seem to be an organized effort. “It is our belief that the PARCC participation decision in some buildings was a parent- and student-led effort,” said District 214 Superintendent David Schuler.

  • Naperville parent paints 'magnificent' mural for kids in library Mar 18, 2015 5:37 PM
    Juong Kyung Cho kneels on a stack of old sheets atop a table in the library media center at Clow Elementary in Naperville where she is painting an elaborate bean stalk on a pillar. The work is part of a volunteer project the South Korea native started to help her learn English, and school leaders say she's making connections with students along the way. “It's been neat to see students form a relationship with Joung,” Clow Principal Sarah Nowak said. “Each day they would come in, they would really see something new.”

  • Jazz singer to ‘inspire’ at 204 fundraising concert Mar 16, 2015 5:39 PM
    Inspiration is the theme of a concert Friday that will raise money for the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation in District 204. Matt Belsante, a jazz recording artist and 2003 Neuqua Valley High School graduate, will be the grand finale of the Inspire 204 concert, which is about “sharing wonderful stories about what’s going on in our classrooms” and “shining a spotlight on good things happening in education here,” said Susan Rasmus, executive director of the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation.

  • Speakers inspire in Waubonsie’s ‘Movement ONE’ Mar 14, 2015 7:05 PM
    Five speakers worked to inspire an audience Saturday morning in only two hours at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora during the school’s first Movement ONE event. Based on the popular TED Talks, a series of short, inspirational speeches often given at universities and posted online, Movement ONE was designed simply to motivate and inspire, organizers said.

  • Volunteer Naperville middle school coach faces sex abuse charge Mar 13, 2015 4:51 PM
    A 22-year-old Naperville woman is being held on $100,000 bond in DuPage County jail on charges she had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl she met while volunteering as a girls basketball coach at Hill Middle School in Naperville. Shakyla Wilson, of the 700 block of Wildflower Circle, has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, authorities said. If convicted, she could face up to seven years in prison.

  • Waubonsie basketball fight leads to lawsuit Mar 12, 2015 4:38 PM
    A former Waubonsie Valley High School student has filed a lawsuit against another former student with whom he got into a fight during an intramural basketball game. The lawsuit, filed by Jordan Mosetich of Aurora, names as defendants former Waubonsie student DeMario Webb, the school and Indian Prairie Unit District 204. It claims Webb caused serious injury to Mosetich, but a police report completed two days after the fight said both young men struck each other during the fight.

  • Endorsements: Price, Karubas, Rising for Indian Prairie Unit Dist. 204 Mar 9, 2015 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Lori Price, Justin Karubas and Mark Rising in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.

  • Waubonsie students seek to inspire with new ‘Movement ONE’ Mar 6, 2015 11:17 AM
    Waubonsie Valley High School juniors Nick Spragg, Monica Griffin and Mitch Hammond are helping plan the first Movement ONE speaker series from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, as a source of inspiration to help listeners create positive change in their lives. “For people, if they come in open-minded, they’ll undoubtably be able to take away one thing and make a change somehow,” Monica said.

  • Teens win marketing contest with healthy plan for Naperville Crossings Mar 4, 2015 12:01 PM
    Nike, Lush cosmetics, Big Bowl Asian restaurant, Fleming’s steakhouse, an indoor go-kart venue and an indoor rock climbing facility should fill vacancies at Naperville Crossings at 95th Street and Route 59. That's the vision of five girls from Neuqua Valley High School who envision the area becoming a healthy lifestyle center.

  • Naperville bar stabbing victim testifies to drinking, not recalling much Mar 5, 2015 7:33 AM
    Willie Hayes said Feb. 3, 2012, was supposed to be a night of celebrating a football teammate’s birthday, but because he was drunk he recalls very little about that night. He does remember how it ended: with his stabbing in the chest. "I felt like I had been punched and I felt like I couldn’t breathe," he testified in the murder trial of Dan Olaska, accused of stabbing Hayes and fatally stabbing a school teacher in a Naperville bar.

  • Education foundation leads charity race in Naperville Marathon Mar 3, 2015 6:02 AM
    The third annual marathon in Naperville hasn't started yet, but one charity already is in the lead. The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation registered 108 participants — the most among any of the 26 charities affiliated with the race — during an early registration period that concluded Friday. "We could not be happier about it," Executive Director Susan Rasmus said. "I think people are just excited to find ways to give back."

  • Trial set to begin in Naperville teacher’s slaying Mar 2, 2015 5:30 AM
    Bruce and Jami Wild say they’ve spent the past three years carrying what seemed to be the weight of the world on their shoulders as they mourned the death of their son, Shaun. They hope some of that weight will be lifted this week as the Naperville man accused of the slaying finally stands trial in DuPage County.

  • Lori Price: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:24 PM
    Candidate information for Lori Price, running for Indian Prairie Unit District 204 School Board

  • Mark Rising: Candidate Profile Mar 10, 2015 5:25 PM
    Candidate information for Mark Rising, running for Indian Prairie Unit District 204 School Board

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