Articles filed under Naperville Unit District 203

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  • 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. 203 begins new community engagement talks Sep 18, 2014 5:36 PM
    Naperville Unit District 203 administrators kicked off a second series of community engagement sessions this week by sharing goals from a new strategic plan and reporting on the state of the district. “I believe the state of our district is one of ongoing continuous improvement and it is strong,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said Thursday.

     
  • Five suburban educators are finalists for Teacher of the Year Sep 9, 2014 2:41 PM
    Teachers at Naperville Central High School, William Fremd High School, Prairie Elementary School (Buffalo Grove), Southbury Elementary School (Oswego) and Grayslake North High School are among the 12 finalists for 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

     
  • Sides sign secret settlement in Cantera tax lawsuit Sep 5, 2014 4:59 PM
    A legal battle nearly a decade long between Naperville Unit District 203 and several taxing bodies in Warrenville has been settled for $250,000. But legal fees for all parties involved likely total more than $1 million, and how the agreement was reached is being kept secret by a court order. "I feel honor-bound to follow that agreement," Warrenville Mayor David Brummel said.

     
  • No cell towers at Dist. 203 schools Sep 4, 2014 5:24 PM
    Cellphone towers will not be coming to the properties of two junior high schools in Naperville Unit District 203 any time soon. A proposal from AT&T to install towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs is off the table, officials said Thursday. “Our superintendent will always bring alternative revenue sources to the board that he thinks are viable for our community, but at this point in time, the junior high proposal through AT&T is off the table,” District 203 school board President Jackie Romberg said Thursday.

     
  • 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 begins to ‘Celebrate 203’ Aug 20, 2014 5:17 PM
    A new front entrance for one school, a renovated science lab for another and students ramping up toward all-day kindergarten at seven more schools marked the first day of class Wednesday in Naperville Unit District 203. District officials said they are beginning the year with a “Celebrate 203” theme to recognize developments including the availability of all-day kindergarten at all elementary schools, a new English and language arts curriculum and a new online learning consortium with neighboring Indian Prairie Unit District 304 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

     
  • Naperville Dist. 203 celebrating improvements for new school year Aug 11, 2014 8:39 AM
    As Naperville Unit District 203 students prepare to head back to school, educators are adopting the theme "Celebrate 203." Superintendent Dan Bridges says the district has much to celebrate, including an updated logo, the advent of all-day kindergarten, a new English/language arts curriculumn and a partnership with neighboring districts.

     
  • Summer construction improving 3 schools in Dist. 203 Jul 25, 2014 6:12 PM
    Construction this summer is adding multipurpose space, improving security and updating science facilities at three schools in Naperville Unit District 203, including Naperville North High School, where a chemistry lab that used to be an art room is getting a facelift. “We’re just really updating this lab and allowing the students to have a true chemistry experience,” said Michele Chapman, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction.

     
  • Dist. 203 residents don't want cell towers at schools Jul 22, 2014 5:34 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 residents who said they would rather see their taxes increase than have cellphone towers installed on district property shared their concerns about the towers' potential health effects with school board members Monday night. “To expose a growing child's health for the purpose of revenue I don't think is a reasonable choice,” Lisle resident Sudha Srinivas said.

     
  • Dist. 203 educators learn new ways to teach writing Jul 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Seventy-five teachers in Naperville Unit District 203 will be heading into next school year with a new framework for helping their students learn to write. “It’s really about teaching the writer rather than the writing,” said Jayne Willard, director of curriculum and instruction. “It’s how do we make writing authentic for our students.”

     
  • 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.”

     
  • Raises for Dist. 203 maintenance employees Jun 30, 2014 5:42 PM
    Custodians and maintenance workers soon will be cleaning and repairing facilities in Naperville Unit District 203 for $1 more an hour under a new contract the school board approved Monday. The four-year agreement gives 147 members of Naperville Unit Maintenance Association a $1 an hour raise for the first year, followed by a 3 percent raise the second year and raises equal to the change in the consumer price index the third and fourth years, as long as the amount is between 1.4 percent and 2.5 percent.

     
  • Naperville Central claims first boys lacrosse title Jun 17, 2014 2:54 PM
    Members of the Naperville Central boys lacrosse club were honored before the Naperville Unit District 203 school board Monday for winning the state championship. “It was just a testament to the kids and how hard they worked to get back to this game, which is not easy, but then also to come away with a victory," assistant coach Jim Coakley said.

     
  • District 203 begins cell tower leasing debate Jun 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 officials said they weren’t out looking for cellphone providers who would pay to install towers at some of their schools, but the opportunity came to them when AT&T asked to build towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs. So now they're looking into it. “I anticipate that this will be just the beginning of a conversation about this topic,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said Monday.

     
  • State education board recognizes best suburban teachers Jun 11, 2014 9:56 PM
    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.

     
  • Test to factor student growth into Dist. 203 teacher reviews Jun 7, 2014 5:26 PM
    A new test is coming for 30 Naperville teachers. They will be evaluated based partially on student growth as Naperville Unit District 203 looks to incorporate pupil performance into educator reviews. "It doesn’t have any ramifications right now other than we want to experiment with it and we want to make sure we get it right,” said Mark Bailey, president of the Naperville Unit Education Association.

     
  • Editorial: Positive steps toward diversity, equality Jun 5, 2014 7:33 AM
    Positive steps to be more inclusive and cognizant of diversity need to be celebrated because it's clear there is still more work to do, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Budget spurs state education funding talks in Dist. 203 Jun 3, 2014 5:18 PM
    Discussion of the budget that’s set to take effect July 1 in Naperville Unit District 203 launched talks not so much about local spending, but about state education funding and potential reforms. Naperville Unit District 203 board member Susan Crotty asked what school board members can do to “stand up for our communities,” in light of proposed changes to state education funding. "When do we say to the state, 'Help?'" she said.

     
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