Articles filed under Naperville Unit District 203

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  • ‘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.”

  • 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.

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