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  • Naperville group looking for drug, alcohol abuse solutions Jan 19, 2015 12:11 PM
    The Community Alliance for Prevention in Naperville is conducting a community needs assessment to determine how it should focus future drug and alcohol prevention efforts. “A lot of things that happen to address substance abuse are not in line with what research says is helpful,” said Karen Jarczyk, prevention director for 360 Youth Services and coalition leader. “We're focused on using the best science available.”

  • Elementary teams join Naperville robotics competition Jan 17, 2015 5:02 PM
    Elementary teams joined the fray for the first time at the WiredCats VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday at Neuqua Valley High School. Fifteen groups of students as young as third-graders competed in a robotics game called Highrise, in which they used a robot they built in cooperation with another team’s robot to score points during short challenges.

  • Indian Prairie Dist. 204 approves air conditioning for 19 schools Jan 13, 2015 5:18 AM
    Nineteen elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 will be getting partial building air conditioning systems under a $2.7 million contract the school board approved 5-2 Monday night. While the topic was air conditioning, the discussion was heated. School board members disagreed about the wisdom of taking on the $2.7-million expense when the timing of state payments is uncertain.

  • Candidates aplenty in DuPage County’s hottest school races Dec 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Six seats; 26 candidates. That pretty much defines what are likely to be the two hottest school board races this spring in DuPage County, where 14 candidates are pursuing three seats on the College of DuPage board of trustees and 12 candidates are seeking three seats on the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board.

  • Naperville third-graders ‘amazed’ by new robotics club Dec 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Students as young as 8 and 9 at two Naperville elementary schools are finding they don’t have to be high schoolers to learn their way around the 850 parts it takes to build a robot. Piece by piece, students at Cowlishaw and Kendall elementaries are assembling “clawbots” during afterschool meetings of new robotics clubs launched this October. “I thought it was fun because you could built robots and I’d never built a robot in my whole life,” said 8-year-old Rachel Adu, a Cowlishaw robotics club member.

  • Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide.

  • Glen Ellyn District 41 among hot races in DuPage Dec 15, 2014 2:35 PM
    It’s only the first day of filing, but Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 appears to have the hottest school board race in DuPage County. Nine candidates have already filed for the three 4-year seats on the district’s school board, and none of them are incumbents. That’s a much different picture from Naperville Unit District 203, where three seats are also up, but only one person — incumbent Terry Fielden, who is seeking a third term — has filed.

  • The Soapbox Dec 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors comment on suburban stories such as teachers who excel, the Grammys phenomenon in District 204, and hopeful reconciliation in Kane County.

  • Metea, Waubonsie reach Grammy semifinals Dec 11, 2014 4:18 PM
    The recordings are in the mail and it’s up to the judges to determine whether Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley high schools in Aurora will remain in the running for one of the nation’s top awards for public high school music programs, the Grammy Signature Schools award. “It would provide tangible evidence or recognition of the outstanding work that our students do and the quality of music education here in (District) 204,” said Don Devany, fine arts department chairman at Metea Valley High School.

  • Numbers grow at second Naperville Marathon Nov 10, 2014 6:50 PM
    A marathon is a race of numbers, and organizers of the second annual Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon say they’re satisfied with the tally that came in from Sunday’s race. So satisfied, in fact, that they're already planning to come back next year on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. “The same location will certainly be an option because that worked out so well,” Race Director Craig Bixler said Monday. “It’s certainly big enough to hold as many runners again or more if we decide the race should grow.”

  • Improving DuPage scores show ‘teaching math finally makes sense’ Oct 31, 2014 6:21 AM
    Students at many West suburban elementary schools are showing more growth in math than in reading despite new math standards educators say are more rigorous and a more difficult test. “We showed growth in math in spite of the introduction of all Common Core items,” said Patrick Nolten, executive director of research and assessment for Indian Prairie Unit District 204. "People were predicting all doom and gloom, but we didn't see that."

  • West Chicago kindergarten teacher explains ‘in-depth’ focus on math Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Teachers have updated their lessons to better prepare students for the math elements of the Common Core, a set of state standards that are more rigorous than previous requirements to help prepare students for college and careers. The Daily Herald talked with Karen Brogan, a kindergarten teacher at Wegner Elementary in West Chicago, to learn how teachers have adjusted curriculum — even at the earliest grades — to provide a more “in-depth” understanding of math concepts.

  • 27.0 average leads ACT performance in DuPage Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    With average ACT scores as high as 27.0, 25.2 and 25.0, several DuPage County high schools shined on standardized tests taken this spring. Hinsdale Central led the way with an average ACT score of 27.0 among students who took the test this spring, while students at Naperville Central averaged a 25.2, and those at both Naperville North and Neuqua Valley high schools compiled an average score of 25.0. ACT scores were listed as part of school report card data released Friday by the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Bomb threat cancels activities at Neuqua Valley, school open Friday Oct 30, 2014 7:26 PM
    After school activities were canceled on Thursday due to a bomb threat at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, but officials said school will be open on Friday because police do not consider it a “viable” threat.

  • Kiwanis Club of Aurora readying for “Coats for Kids” Oct 27, 2014 3:39 PM
    This winter, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora is part of a citywide effort of getting coats to needy children. The effort is called “Coats for Kids.” This year, they hope to raise some $22,000 from the community and to distribute some 2,000 coats to needy students at the elementary through high school level at West Aurora Unit District 129; East Aurora Unit District 131; Indian Prairie District 204, and Oswego District 308. Coats are going to be distributed Oct. 29-30 to some 29 schools based on a need assessment by the school’s social worker.

  • Dist. 204 students promote Naperville development in ‘real-life marketing situation’ Oct 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Roughly 250 students in marketing classes at three Naperville-area high schools are getting the chance to market empty storefronts and vacant lots in a south Naperville development to potential new business tenants. “It’s a real-life marketing situation that they could have a real-life impact on the community,” Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Karen Sullivan said about the competition, called Mission 60564. “We always try to simulate things, but this is for real.”

  • Candidates talk political activism at Waubonsie Valley Sep 30, 2014 5:35 PM
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent — what’s important is being active in the political process. That’s the message candidates from local, state and national races relayed to about 400 students during a forum Monday at HYPERLINK ""Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora.

  • DuPage school districts talk state funding with legislators Sep 24, 2014 6:57 PM
    Representatives from three suburban districts had a chance to hear from leaders on both sides of the aisle Wednesday about how local students would be affected by a proposed bill to make sweeping changes to the way state funding for school districts is determined. Administrators and board of education members from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 met with legislators over breakfast at Lincoln Junior High in Naperville to discuss the possible impact of Senate Bill 16.

  • Dist. 204 'committed' to air conditioning Sep 23, 2014 7:08 AM
    Board members in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 approved a budget Monday night that provides money to install partial air conditioning at 19 elementary schools where students and teachers suffered through sweaty conditions a year ago. But proposed changes to education funding could jeopardize the plan. “We would have to significantly cut or find a new revenue source to run the district like we have” if both school funding changes and a pension cost shift are approved, said Jay Strang, assistant superintendent for business.

  • Naperville students raise money to build school in Ghana Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    All it took was the announcement of a Naperville middle school’s quest to raise $25,000 to build a school in Ghana for the connections to start pouring in. "The goal is to see how the kids could take this and grow it on their own,” Crone Middle School Principal Allan Davenport said about the fundraiser, which is being conducted through the international organization Pencils of Promise. “I’ve encouraged the parents to let the kids think of their own ideas.”

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