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  • New learning support system coming to early grades in Dist. 203 Apr 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    The youngest elementary students in Naperville Unit District 203 will be supported in a new way beginning next school year. Administrators say the new method of helping students who are struggling to read or challenging learners who already understand classroom material will be more integrated, collaborative and flexible.“Our students will benefit from teachers’ and assistants’ ability to collaborate and respond to their needs more immediately,” said Jennifer Hester, chief academic officer.

  • Groups raise concerns about Dist. 203 learning support changes Apr 20, 2014 6:35 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 officials who are proposing changes to the way educators support struggling students and challenge advanced students are hearing concerns from a variety of camps before a vote on the matter scheduled for Monday. “Our biggest concern is how we can know with confidence that the gifted and advanced learners will receive support in this new model?” said Sonia Harmon, past president of STAGE, or Supporters of Talented and Gifted Education.

  • District 203 considering uses for property on 5th Avenue Apr 17, 2014 2:18 PM
    Buses are parked near a brick commercial building in Naperville that once housed businesses like a women's workout facility and a catering company but actually is owned by Naperville Unit District 203. The district bought the property for $2.95 million in 2012 and now uses it for a variety of purposes, including overflow school bus parking, Superintendent Dan Bridges said. “We're looking at how that space can serve our needs long-term,” he said.

  • After nearly three decades, teacher Jeni Rogers knows how to reach her students Apr 14, 2014 8:48 AM
    After nearly three decades in the classroom, Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows what makes kids tick. She believes in building emotional bonds with her students based on mutual caring, respect and trust. “In a lot of ways,” Principal Tracy Dvorchak says, “Jeni is the heart and soul of this school.” Here's how she does it ...

  • ‘Food Fights’ at Naperville-area schools pack meals for needy countries Apr 9, 2014 4:22 PM
    Students from from Naperville Central, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Valley and Yorkville high schools expect to pack 158,000 meals this week to help feed starving people in other countries. “I see there’s a struggle that needs to be worked with, and we need to do what we can do to help,” said Naperville Central junior Jared Prosapio, who is in charge of student leadership this year. “As high school students, we do have the ability to do that.”

  • Dist. 203 delays vote on learning support jobs Apr 7, 2014 11:57 PM
    Naperville Unit District 203 school board members bought themselves more time to think about possible staffing changes that could allow a new model of support and enrichment for students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. A proposal to replace 31 full-time and 40 part-time assistants with 48 part-time instructional assistants could allow a switch to a philosophy of providing support or extra challenges to students within the classroom.

  • Dist. 203 changing learning support, assistant positions Apr 2, 2014 5:30 AM
    Administrators in Naperville Unit District 203 are changing the way students receive extra help and enrichment in kindergarten, first and second grades in an effort they say is designed to provide more flexible support. Beginning next school year, students in the district’s youngest three grades will no longer be pulled out of the classroom to meet one-on-one with an assistant for early literacy intervention, reading help or advanced enrichment.

  • Concussion policy OK sparks academics discussion in Dist. 203 Mar 20, 2014 4:54 AM
    A policy that governs when student-athletes who suffer concussions can return to practice and play is officially on the books in Naperville Unit District 203. As specified in Illinois High School Association guidelines, students who suffer a concussion during a game cannot return unless cleared by a certified athletic trainer or a doctor. The policy applies to both high school and junior high athletes in District 203, said Bob Ross, assistant superintendent for secondary education.

  • Dist. 203 LRC director to help plot future of school libraries Mar 19, 2014 2:33 PM
    The role of the school librarian has changed. There has been a general shift in the way people — including students — consume literature and content. No one knows that better than Josh Mika, LRC director at Naperville’s Beebe Elementary School. Mika recently was selected to participate in the prestigious Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover program, a yearlong initiative via the Illinois State Library.

  • Dist. 203 extends superintendent's contract until 2019 Mar 18, 2014 12:09 PM
    Dan Bridges will be continuing his work as superintendent of Naperville Unit District 203 until at least June 2019 under a contract extension the school board approved Monday night. Bridges' contract was set to expire June 30, 2015, but board members extended it another four years. “I'm very excited to have you here four more years,” board member Suzyn Price told the district's top administrator Monday night.

  • Dist. 203 keeping $3 million in taxes to help repay loan Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The average homeowner in Naperville Unit District 203 will not be refunded about $95 in property taxes this year, giving the district about $3 million it will use to pay back a loan early, board members decided Monday night. Keeping the funding and putting it toward early repayment of a $10 million loan that’s set to cost the district a total of $17.29 million by 2028 could save nearly $5 million in interest, Chief Financial Officer Brad Cauffman said.

  • Should Naperville Dist. 203 keep $3 million in tax revenues? Mar 10, 2014 5:19 PM
    A plan to keep $3 million in tax revenue that historically has been returned to property owners in Naperville Unit District 203 drew questions from the city’s business leaders Monday during a legislative committee meeting of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Some chamber members questioned whether the district needs to keep the revenue, which it has refunded four out of the last five years.

  • Addition to create 'space to spread out' at Steeple Run in Naperville Mar 6, 2014 3:37 PM
    Small groups of students will no longer be working in hallways once a $2.7 million construction project wraps up in September at Steeple Run Elementary School in Naperville Unit District 203. In addition, officials say, the facility's gym and lunchroom no longer will be one and the same and after-school programs will have space to spread out.

  • Dist. 203 could keep taxes for loan payment, facilities Mar 4, 2014 7:41 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 school board members who are considering whether to keep or return to taxpayers about $3 million in property taxes heard more from administrators Monday about proposed uses for the funds. Plan A would be to keep the money and use it to help pay off early a loan the district took out in 2008. Plan B would be to keep the tax and use it to fund capital improvements to schools.

  • Dist. 203 schools reviewing concussion policy for athletes, academics Mar 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 is likely to adopt a new policy on concussions and when student-athletes can return to practice and play. But one board member also is asking administrators to consider how students with concussions should be treated academically. “Something missing from this policy is there are significant academic impacts for students who are dealing with concussions,” board member Suzyn Price said.

  • District 203 looks to save by repaying loan early Feb 26, 2014 9:35 AM
    A list on the wall of Naperville Unit District 203’s Chief Financial Officer Brad Cauffman sheds a little light on one of the district’s aims: save money. Cauffman’s list of money-saving ideas includes two topics the school board recently began discussing. One includes avoiding years of interest payments on a loan the district took out in 2008 by repaying the bonds early, and Cauffman said the board has committed to exploring that possibility.

  • District 203 students finalists in White House film festival Feb 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    A video created by students at Naperville’s Highlands and Mill Street elementary schools is a finalist in the inaugural White House Student Film Festival. A team of students from Mill Street and Highlands and their art teachers, Kyle Wood (Highlands) and Chuck Hoff (Mill), will travel to Washington, D.C., for the festival Feb. 28 at the White House.

  • West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit Feb 4, 2014 6:51 PM
    A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former West Aurora High School student who was sexually abused by a former band director. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe, sued District 129, Superintendent Jim Rydland and former principal Dan Bridges for failing to protect her and report suspected abuse to DCFS. The matter prompted the Kane County state's attorney's office to enter into a five-year deferred prosecution program requiring all current and new district staff to be trained in their mandated reporting duties.

  • Dist. 203 principal remembered for hard work, happiness Jan 10, 2014 12:36 PM
    Students at Highlands Elementary School in Naperville described their principal, Susan Stuckey, as someone who wasn't just a principal, but a great friend to every student. Every time you'd walk past her, she had a smile on her face. Simply, she was “happiness in a bottle.” Those are some of the reflections students shared in an April 2012 YouTube video about Susan, who lost a 3 1/2 year battle with breast cancer on Wednesday at the age of 50.

  • No drug testing for District 203 students Jan 8, 2014 4:28 PM
    Athletes and club members in Naperville Unit District 203 will not be subjected to mandatory random drug testing, school administrators said. The district will focus on drug prevention programs rather than screenings, they said.

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