Articles filed under Indian Prairie Unit District 204

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  • Candidates answer: Should 204 ask voters to fund air conditioning? Feb 26, 2015 9:14 AM
    Should Indian Prairie Unit District 204 spend more money to install full air conditioning in all of its elementary schools? Two of the four candidates seeking three school board seats in the April 7 election say that’s a question voters should answer.

  • Dist. 204 program helps ‘black and brown girls’ reach full potential Feb 25, 2015 4:14 PM
    A mentoring program for middle-school girls in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 aims to teach black and brown girls to love themselves, prepare for their futures and realize that their skin has nothing to do with their potential for success, Still Middle School Assistant Principal VaLarie Humphrey said. “When you say, ‘It’s the skin I’m in,’ you’re adjusting to that. You’re understanding that, yes it’s the skin you’re in, but that shouldn’t affect you in the classroom,” she said.

  • Metea student disciplined following fight with South Elgin student Feb 18, 2015 5:36 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 administrators say they believe they've identified the student involved in a Friday night fight that injured a South Elgin High School basketball player after an Upstate Eight Conference game in Aurora. Authorities said the victim, Matt Smith, a 16-year-old basketball player, said he was assaulted by several males thought to be Metea Valley High School players after the game between the two teams. The South Elgin junior required three stitches over his eye. Indian Prairie spokeswoman Janet Buglio said Tuesday a Metea student already has been disciplined in connection with the case.

  • Naperville students’ model buildings endure earthquake test Feb 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The design and construction skills of seventh-grade gifted science students at Crone Middle School in Naperville were tested Wednesday as structures they built were put through the test of an earthquake simulator. Some learned simplicity counts, teacher Anna Zuccarini said. “A simple design may survive better if it’s constructed well,” Zuccarini said.

  • Dist. 204 refinancing loan for savings Feb 10, 2015 5:08 PM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 has approved a financial move to refinance bonds and save taxpayers money. The savings from the move to refinance loans from 2006 should amount to a $15 savings for the owner of a $300,000 home beginning with the next property tax bill, Jay Strang, chief school business official, said.

  • Marketing students offer ideas for Naperville's 'second downtown' Feb 10, 2015 11:38 AM
    Marketing students in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 have weighed in on what type of businesses they'd like to see in the Naperville Crossings development at Route 59 and 95th Street. “This project truly gives our students a voice in the formation of the retail and entertainment establishments in their own backyard,” said Jill Hlavacek, District 204's director of encore curriculum.

  • ‘Emergency days’ becoming school days after Monday closures Feb 3, 2015 12:41 PM
    So-called “emergency days” at the end of yearly calendars now will be school days in districts across the suburbs after Monday’s widespread closures. Hundreds of schools closed Monday after the snow fell. “The closure wasn’t controversial — it was the fifth-largest snowstorm in history,” Michelle Fregoso, spokeswoman for Naperville Unit District 203, said Monday. “The main thing this morning was just student safety."

  • Kaneland board says ‘no’ to STEM school Jan 27, 2015 5:52 PM
    Kaneland schools will not participate in the Dunham STEM Academy at Aurora University, the school board decided Monday.

  • 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.

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