Articles filed under Indian Prairie Unit District 204

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  • 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.”

  • Naperville teen programmer takes on cyberbullying Sep 14, 2014 7:30 AM
    Trisha Prabhu of Naperville says she has found a way to prevent cyberbullying: give teens a chance to change their minds before posting potentially offensive messages. Based on research she conducted on local teens, Trisha is developing a program called "Rethink" and taking it to the Google Science Fair finals this month. "I knew I had to do something to stop this problem," the 14-year-old said about cyberbullying.

  • Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM
    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

  • Districts host childhood resource fair Sep 2, 2014 2:02 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and Naperville Unit District 203 will co-host the sixth annual Early Childhood Community Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20 at Prairie Children Preschool, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora.

  • New year brings new leaders in Dist. 204 Aug 26, 2014 12:24 PM
    A new school year started Tuesday for students, educators and administrators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, many of whom, such as new Superintendent Karen Sullivan, found themselves in new roles. “My goal for the district this year is to really get out in the community and introduce myself and to really listen to what the community has to say,” Sullivan said.

  • The Soapbox Aug 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors praise two female sports role models, lament the troubles of a local university and sound off on a number of other suburban issues.

  • Indian Prairie board members factoring heat into budget Aug 19, 2014 3:04 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 school board members have their eyes on the weather forecast as they prepare to approve their next budget because three "heat days" called for schools without air conditioning during the past two years caused the district to lose $750,000 in state aid. "If that happens again, we just continue to lose money," school board President Lori Price said.

  • Laptops increase classroom tech in Dist. 204 Aug 19, 2014 1:14 AM
    As Indian Prairie Unit District 204 moves into the fourth year of its Bring Your Own Technology program often called BYOT, administrators are challenging educators to go “beyond BYOT.” “This year we’re looking to go beyond BYOT into the deep instructional practices that will set our teachers ahead in terms of using technology to improve instruction,” said Stacey Gonzales, director of instructional technology.

  • Dist. 204’s new superintendent heading into first year Aug 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    As new Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Karen Sullivan counts down until the first day of school Aug. 26, the Daily Herald sat down with her to discuss her outlook for the year. “We’re excited,” she said about the new school year. “We’re in the midst of lots of initiatives that we’ve been working on for a number of years.”

  • Volunteers reboot Dist. 204 laptops for students in need Aug 5, 2014 3:38 PM
    Green progress bars that show “Data Recovery” slowly grow across the screens of roughly 30 laptops in a middle school wood shop where Taylor Swift songs are blaring. Led by a man whose name tag just says “NERD,” about two dozen volunteers are rebooting, cleaning and fixing as many as 548 laptops so the devices can have a second life. "The district has a lot of kids that can’t afford a computer,” said Sun Kwok, a team leader and one of the founders of the Computer Redeployment Program in District 204.

  • 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.”

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