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  • Dist. 203 already moving toward Future Focus goalsDec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville school officials are moving quickly to implement some of the 27 suggestions they received this week from participants in the Future Focus community engagement process. Superintendent Dan Bridges said several initiatives to improve Naperville Unit District 203 already are in the works. “We’re a little impatient,” Bridges said.

  • Dist. 203 to levy for 83 percent of its revenue Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 will be gathering 83 percent of its total revenue for next year through a $221,102,000 tax levy approved Monday night. The levy increases a total of 2.7 percent from the $215,282,213 collected last year.“The levy ... supports District 203’s high quality educational programs while remaining consistent with that history of fiscal responsibility.”

  • Dist. 203 plotting guidelines for future success Dec 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 has been focusing on its future for the past nine months, and on Monday night, board members heard the findings of a series of community engagement sessions that will help plan for that future. “We’re excited as an administration and a school district to begin to address some of the issues and the recommendations that were brought forward by our community,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said Monday night.

  • Boys and girls lacrosse clubs at Naperville North and Naperville Central high schools will remain clubs for the spring season, but the school board could consider deeming them official sports by spring 2015.

    District 203 studying ways to add ‘new’ sports Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Girls and boys lacrosse clubs at Naperville Central and Naperville North high schools will not become official school sports this year, but Naperville Unit District 203 is developing a process for evaluating ways to allow lacrosse to be added by spring 2015. Board members this week began discussing a process developed after lacrosse players and parents approached them in September seeking official sport status.

  • District 203 looking to consolidate elementary summer school Nov 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 plans to offer all elementary summer school programs at one location next year, hoping to coordinate with the Naperville Park District to offer a full day of productive activities for kids while school is out, district officials said Monday. All summer school classes for elementary students are scheduled to take place at Mill Street Elementary, pending approval from the school board at its next meeting Monday, Nov. 18.

  •  Naperville Unit District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges says the expansion next year of all-day kindergarten to students at all 14 of the district’s elementary schools will help educators provide the best head start they can for the district’s youngest learners. The school board Monday night unanimously approved extension of the program to seven more elementary schools beginning in August 2014.

    All-day kindergarten approved for all Dist. 203 schools next yearNov 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elementary principals at the seven schools in Naperville Unit District 203 that did not begin all-day kindergarten this year applauded Monday as the school board approved expansion of the program to their buildings next year. “I’m very excited. I know this is the best decision for children,” said Gwen Bockman, principal of Maplebrook Elementary.

  • Photo courtesy David Hollander Eighth grade history students at Kennedy Jr. High School in Lisle are learning about their school's namesake in advance of the anniversary of his assassination in November. In an after-school meeting, these students are putting together artifacts and news articles for inclusion in a display case recalling Kennedy's assassination.

    Dist. 203 Kennedy students learn of JFK through his words Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Who was John Kennedy? Ask a middle schooler two generations removed from our 35th President, and you might assume answers to range from a president to an unfaithful husband to a man who died of an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago this November. Students at District 203’s Kennedy Junior High in Lisle, the only school in DuPage County named after the former president, are embarking on a project to learn more.

  • Elizabeth Torres and Teddy Ritchie read informational texts in their third-grade classroom at Longfellow Elementary in Wheaton. Longfellow saw one of the smallest decreases in DuPage County in students who meet or exceed testing standards, despite the state's move to increase the cutoff scores necessary to qualify as meeting or exceeding.

    Some DuPage schools keep more scores above new benchmarks Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    For administrators at many of DuPage County's top-performing elementary schools, the release each year of state report card data usually brings an extra reason to celebrate during Halloween festivities. But this year's data offers a more complicated story, as higher cutoff scores mean fewer students met the mark to be classified as meeting or exceeding state standards. “What used to be a 'meets' is no longer a 'meets,'” said Faith Dahlquist, assistant superintendent for educational services in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

  • Downers Grove doctor screens Naperville students’ hearts Oct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    A couple thousand students at Naperville North High School have spent four minutes on massage chairs over the past two days, undergoing a “quick, simple and painless” test for potentially life-threatening heart conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest if unnoticed and untreated. “We’ve identified hundreds of kids who have life-threatening cardiac conditions,” said Dr. Joseph Marek, a cardiologist with an office at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

  •  Tim Wozniak, an eighth-grader at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville, introduces his business idea — a gym offering fitness through obstacle courses and dodgeball — during a meet and greet the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored for participants in its first class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

    Young Entrepreneurs Academy builds business ideas in NapervilleOct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Adam Russo says his foray into entrepreneurship wasn’t intentional.“So many people fall into this by accident,” said Russo, who now has owned and operated Edgewood Clinical Services in the Naperville area for nine years. “Everyone learns on the fly.” That won’t be the case for 24 students enrolled in Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a 30-week program the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering for the first time.

  • Future Teachers Club members from Elgin's Larkin High School, left to right, Kailin Sepp, Nathaniel Evans, Emily Fischer and Symantha Clough read to kindergartners at Gifford Elementary School in Elgin. Officials of Elgin Area School District U-46 hope some of the diverse student population will return as teachers.

    Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror studentsOct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 has a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. It's a similar story in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, East Aurora Unit District 131, and others. “Moving forward, we must make a concerted effort to reach out to underrepresented group members," a Round Lake Area Unit District 116 official said.

  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

  • All-day kindergarten may expand in Dist. 203 Oct 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Support appears strong for expanding the all-day kindergarten program debuting this year at half the elementary schools in Naperville Unit District 203. Superintendent Dan Bridges said the district soon will present details of how all-day instruction could be implemented in August 2014 at the seven schools not offering the program this year.

  • Naperville District 203 clears up 'cheating' definition Oct 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Terms like “cheating” and “self-plagiarism” now have clearer definitions in the student code at Naperville North and Naperville Central high schools, but the code's new academic integrity statement introduced this year doesn't change the adage “honesty is the best policy.” “The old code was a few sentences and basically said 'if you cheat you get a zero,'” Naperville North Principal Kevin Pobst said. “It was not a good teaching document.”

  • Naperville North Football players line up for offensive drills during a morning sesion.

    Naperville District 203 still debating drug testing for extracurricular activities Oct 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    As heroin-prevention efforts ramp up in Naperville, one school district is continuing to consider mandatory random drug testing for students in extracurricular activities. Board members said any policy should not focus on punishing students found to be using drugs. “It's not a 'gotcha.' That's not what we're looking for,” board member Susan Crotty said. “We're looking to support these kids and their families.”

  • Anna Arriola, a fifth-grader at Beebe Elementary School in Naperville, points out a pumpkin growing around a fence Thursday during a harvest day celebration at the school's new garden.

    2 Naperville schools celebrate first garden harvests Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two simultaneous harvest celebrations took place Thursday afternoon in Naperville as Beebe Elementary and Naperville North High School picked the first fall crops from gardens planted this spring. “(Beebe) is the first elementary school that has a garden like this,” said Kristin Fitzgerald, a Naperville Unit District 203 school board member. “I think it's great — they can learn in many different ways for multidimensional learning.”

  • Students at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville are among those participating in the second year of a program to combat heroin abuse.

    Naperville taking comprehensive approach against heroinSep 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two years after heroin killed seven young people in Naperville, the community has decided a far-reaching problem needs an equally comprehensive solution. Attacking heroin from a unified front is the idea behind the city's revamped social services grant, which is funding three efforts to reach all segments of the community with heroin-prevention messages.

  •  Naperville North girls lacrosse players are asking Naperville Unit District 203 to designate their group as an official sport instead of a club.

    Naperville lacrosse clubs want official team statusSep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Naperville lacrosse players who change in bathrooms instead of locker rooms and have nowhere to store their equipment but classrooms or cars are asking Naperville Unit District 203 to make their teams an officially sanctioned sport. The clubs have existed since the mid-2000s and parents say now is the time to give them official school and district backing. “It’s exploding as a sport. It needs to be recognized as such,” parent Derke Price said.

  •  A consortium studying online learning could lead to important advances in tailoring technology to meet individual students’ needs.

    Editorial: Pooling resources will help boost digital learningSep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Five suburban districts are wisely working together to provide online learning opportunities to students, many of whom may do better in a non-classroom environment, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Naperville Dist. 203 expands addition for Steeple Run school Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    A construction project planned to begin next spring at Steeple Run Elementary in Naperville Unit District 203 grew in cost and scope as school board members decided to address two building needs at once. For $2.46 million, Steeple Run will be getting a new multipurpose room, a new main office, renovations to the current main office and parking lot improvements to increase safety. “The intent was to provide opportunities for small group instructional spaces that are currently in the learning resource center and create additional spaces for specialists and small groups,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said.

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