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  • Dist. 203 already moving toward Future Focus goals Dec 18, 2013 5:30 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 2:00 PM
    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 5:30 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.

  • District 203 studying ways to add ‘new’ sports Dec 6, 2013 2:48 PM
    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 5, 2013 8:15 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.

  • All-day kindergarten approved for all Dist. 203 schools next year Nov 4, 2013 9:56 PM
    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.

  • Dist. 203 Kennedy students learn of JFK through his words Nov 1, 2013 8:20 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.

  • Some DuPage schools keep more scores above new benchmarks Oct 31, 2013 5:52 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 4:20 PM
    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.

  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 5:27 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.

  • Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror students Oct 15, 2013 5:11 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.

  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy builds business ideas in Naperville Oct 15, 2013 6:57 PM
    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.

  • All-day kindergarten may expand in Dist. 203 Oct 9, 2013 4:41 PM
    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 still debating drug testing for extracurricular activities Oct 8, 2013 10:17 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.”

  • Naperville District 203 clears up 'cheating' definition Oct 8, 2013 2:19 PM
    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.”

  • 2 Naperville schools celebrate first garden harvests Oct 4, 2013 1:03 PM
    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.”

  • Naperville taking comprehensive approach against heroin Sep 22, 2013 6:46 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 lacrosse clubs want official team status Sep 19, 2013 11:32 PM
    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.

  • Editorial: Pooling resources will help boost digital learning Sep 18, 2013 5:00 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 10:04 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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