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  • Yuks for Youth lets students in on the joke Feb 24, 2015 4:04 PM
    Even when it seems like everything is all in good fun, it’s really about learning. At least that’s true in Naperville Unit District 203. The annual Naperville Education Foundation Yuks for Youth fundraiser, which will happen Saturday to benefit District 203, will feature iO Theater’s performance of “The Improvised Musical.” At the end of the evening, 16 Naperville high school students will join the actors to create some more laughs.

  • Cold only one factor in school closure decisions Feb 19, 2015 6:30 PM
    Area school superintendents say they considered more than just the record cold Thursday when they decided whether to hold classes. Despite the frigid temperatures, which bottomed out at an official -8, superintendents in Naperville Unit District 203, Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and Glenbard High School District 87 said they decided to remain open after considering the availability of bus transportation, the condition of their facilities and the safety of students and faculty.

  • ‘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."

  • Meet Naperville North High School’s next principal Jan 26, 2015 8:54 AM
    The next principal of Naperville North High School says she aims to bring a “breath of fresh air” into a school that’s already well-regarded for educational excellence. Stephanie Posey, who is principal at Belleville East High School in southwest Illinois near St. Louis, has been named as Naperville North’s next principal to follow the retiring Kevin Pobst. "This is going to be an opportunity and a challenge for me that I’m looking forward to,” Posey said.

  • 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.”

  • DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions Jan 7, 2015 2:47 PM
    DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions, 2014-2015

  • 2014-2015 DuPage County Leadership Team Jan 7, 2015 2:48 PM
    Grace Watson puts it best when she says, “I am very proud to say that I have found a way to make some type of difference as a teen.” That’s what volunteering has allowed the senior at Naperville Central High School to accomplish. Watson and other members of the 2014-15 Daily Herald Leadership Team all found ways to make a difference in their communities. We’d like you to meet the members of the DuPage team — winners and honorable mentions.

  • Editorial: Later school start times deserve study Jan 6, 2015 10:41 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says local schools are wise to begin working with parents to study later times for beginning the school day.

  • Longtime Kennedy teachers celebrate 25 years Jan 5, 2015 4:43 PM
    Five staff members at Kennedy Junior High in Lisle celebrated a quarter-century of service as the school took photos to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The newest junior high in Naperville Unit District 203 opened Jan. 3, 1990 and four of its first teachers and the head custodian have stayed through all the years. "This was a destination," language arts teacher Mary Weber said Monday.

  • Celebrating some of District 203’s outstanding students Jan 5, 2015 1:02 PM
    Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges celebrates the accomplishments of some of the district's top students.

  • Would later start times mean better high school students? Jan 5, 2015 5:19 AM
    Would starting school later in the day help make students more productive and safe? That discussion is taking place in some suburban districts, including those based in Barrington, Elgin and Naperville. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends schools delay start times for middle school and high school students until 8:30 a.m. or later. “If their brain is still sleepy, then it’s much harder for them to be able to pay attention in class," one expert said.

  • ‘Failing’ label gone, school improvement work continues Dec 27, 2014 7:46 AM
    No matter how long a school had been deemed “failing” under the No Child Left Behind education act of 2001, it has shed that label now and gained freedom from several mandates. What remains, educators say, at school districts in Elgin, Naperville and Round Lake is a commitment to strategically improving every school — whether it was at one time “failing” or not — and providing each student what he or she needs to grow.

  • 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.

  • ‘Limited success’ in loan repayment factors into Dist. 203 levy talks Dec 3, 2014 9:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 was looking to save money by paying back some bonds early, but bondholders weren’t biting. Out of $10 million in loans the district tried to pay back before their due date, officials only were able to repay $500,000. Now the school board is factoring that in to discussions about how much to collect in next year’s tax levy.

  • Naperville North students make good on pledge to shave heads to battle cancer Nov 16, 2014 5:38 PM
    In front of a room packed with cheering family and friends, best friends Bridget Gustafson and Kira Couch had their heads shaved Sunday to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. “I feel overwhelmed with love!” the newly shorn Bridget said while friends hugged her. Kira agreed. “This is really amazing,” Kira said. “And I just want to keep feeling my head!”

  • Naperville students shaving heads for new brain cancer nonprofit Nov 13, 2014 10:13 AM
    Two teenage girls with long locks and freshly double-pierced ears will be going bald Sunday as one of them marks her 17th birthday. The dual head-shaving fundraiser in Woodridge will benefit the Swifty Foundation, a nonprofit formed in honor of Bridget Gustafson's twin brother, Michael, who died nearly 2 years ago at age 15. “I'm definitely nervous, but I'm also very excited,” Bridget said about shaving all her hair. “I'm more nervous of actually just having my hair gone because hair is such a defining feature on people; it will be very different.”

  • Naperville considering property tax increase Nov 8, 2014 7:30 AM
    Naperville is considering asking its residents to pay more in property taxes for the first time in four years as it faces a projected $12.7 million budget gap. The average homeowner could see a $24 increase in the city’s portion of the property tax bill if Naperville seeks to levy a total of $48 million to support its fiscal year 2016 budget. "It's going to be tough to close this gap," city council member Steve Chirico said.

  • District 203 schools celebrate community connections Oct 31, 2014 12:02 PM
    The school-year is in full swing and at Naperville Unit District 203 we continue to have much to celebrate, Superintendent Dan Bridges says. Highlights include community engagement meetings, collaborations with neighboring school systems and a new cable television show.

  • Naperville Central teacher aims to create awareness of faith traditions Oct 20, 2014 11:01 AM
    Naperville Central High School social studies teacher Seth Brady is using his platform as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year to promote an idea he has to increase global awareness among students. “I think what the Global Scholar Certificate would do would be to coalesce classes around this common concept, allowing people to make those connections between science, social studies, politics and art, and giving them really a congealed skill set that they can take into another context,” Brady said.

  • Naperville elementary race instills early love of running Oct 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    The annual Crosstown Classic running meet involved all 14 elementary schools in Naperville Unit District 203 and it brought out hundreds of runners as young as 5 on Tuesday afternoon to test their speed and endurance. “I really liked it,” 11-year-old Ashley Kushner, who won the fifth-grade girls quarter-mile race with a time of 1:17, said about the race. “I’ve come here since kindergarten and each year it gets bigger and bigger.”

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