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  • 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.

  • Dist. 203 targets an environment ‘good for all kids’ Jun 3, 2014 5:18 PM
    A committee focused on promoting acceptance of growing diversity in Naperville Unit District 203 hosted a forum on equity, got more involved with the DuPage County branch of the NAACP and created a video to help recruit diverse teachers — all within the past year. “They’re having meaningful conversations about inclusive environments,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said about the committee.

  • Weather to factor into Dist. 203 graduation evaluation May 29, 2014 10:42 AM
    With this year's seniors graduated from the two high schools in Naperville Unit District 203 a day later than expected, it's now time for officials to take a step back and examine how the commencement ceremonies went. “The role the weather plays in our assessment of how successful graduation was would be natural for us to consider,” Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn said Wednesday.

  • Curtain closing for District 203 students on Letterman? May 16, 2014 4:07 PM
    Kids, silly science and a late-night comedian. Put those ingredients together and — voila! — you’ve got television gold. “It’s a good shtick for TV,” said Lee Marek, a retired chemistry teacher from Naperville, who will be taking five students to New York City next week to appear on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

  • 3 cheers for ‘HURRAH’ volunteer leader in Naperville May 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    A volunteer program Russ Marineau of Naperville was recruited to lead on his first day of retirement now has his stamp all over it as he recently was recognized for 23 years of leading HURRAH, or Happy Upbeat Retirees (and other) Residents Actively Helping in Naperville Unit District 203. “I like to make it more than just a volunteer organization,” Marineau said about HURRAH. “We wanted to have more of a social club atmosphere."

  • Taxes on rise for Naperville District 203 residents May 6, 2014 1:29 PM
    The completion of the all-day kindergarten rollout in Naperville Unit District 203 is one of the highlights of a budget the district is developing that would keep student fees unchanged but raise property taxes by $206 for the average homeowner. The proposed budget also adds $1 million to operations and maintenance to jump-start some building projects and creates a contingency fund in case of unforeseen repair needs.

  • Dist. 203 developing blueprint of learning priorities May 5, 2014 10:33 PM
    Naperville Unit District 203 is finalizing a blueprint that will lay out actions toward four main goals to achieve by 2020. The blueprint is expected to be presented to the community during a state of the district address in early fall, Superintendent Dan Bridges said Monday. “The purpose is to really create clarity, to give us a sense of purpose in what we’re doing," Bridges said.

  • Former tenant questions Dist. 203 use of commercial building Apr 24, 2014 4:51 PM
    When Naperville Unit District 203 bought a commercial building on 5th Avenue in late 2012, the rationale was to save money over time by no longer having to lease several spaces it was already using. But a former tenant of the property at 700-722 W. 5th Ave. now says the district left money on the table by not renewing leases held by other businesses after it bought the building.

  • Naperville junior high entrance work gets one dissenter Apr 22, 2014 10:23 AM
    Madison Junior High in Naperville will be getting a new front entrance with security and energy efficiency upgrades this summer, but one school board member questioned why that school is getting special treatment. “I know we have lots of schools that could use that,” Crotty said about the safety and security enhancements Madison will be receiving. “I was surprised to see it on the agenda.”

  • 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 ...

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