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  • Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will install GPS technology onto its fleet of school buses in time for the start of the next school year. The technology will allow parents to track their children’s buses from home.

    GPS plan will allow Palatine district’s parents to track buses onlineApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buses carrying Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students will be outfitted with GPS software that allows parents to track routes in real-time. "This is going to be hard, quick, accurate data for us to use," Superintendent Scott Thompson said. Officials are still considering whether to require students to scan ID cards each time they board a bus.

     
  • Golden Apple teaching award finalists namedApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The finalists were selected from a pool of 620 nominations and 272 applicants of fourth through eighth grade teachers in the metropolitan area.

     
  • Dist. 15 demotes Whiteley principalMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board on Monday reassigned longtime Whiteley Elementary School principal Mary Szuch to a regular teaching position for the next school year. The move, approved unanimously by the board in a special session, was not made at Szuch’s request, Superintendent Scott Thompson said.

     
  • Sarah Griswold at the Walter R. Sundling Junior High library, with two of her favorite books.

    Competitive spelling career over for Palatine 8th-graderMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Eighth-grader Sarah Griswold of Palatine came very close to punching her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in second at the Regional Suburban Cook County Bee. She survived 17 rounds and eventually went head to head with last year’s winner, Alia Abiad of Western Springs.

     
  • ‘Early release’ is at expense of D15 kidsFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Sandy Wiles of Palatine says that as District 15 administrators and teachers congratulate themselves on how well the Friday "early release" program is going, it's the students who are really losing out.

     
  • New track in D15 is a foolish expenseFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Kenneth Milowski is surprised and disappointed by the District 15 board's decision to install a new track at a junior high school.

     
  • Fifth- and sixth-grade students from Districts 15 and 54 participate in hand-on activities during the District 211 GEMS conference at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

    Dist. 211 hosts math, science conference for 5th-, 6th-grade girlsFeb 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 strives to introduce all of its students to various fields of study, and with an annual event, fifth and sixth grade girls get to explore mathematics, science, and engineering before they enter high school.The fourth annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) conference was held at Conant High School on Feb. 8, and area students participated in hands-on activities that focused on engineering, science, and math presented entirely by women.

     
  • 3 schools briefly locked down in PalatineFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Palatine High School was placed under a hard lockdown — and two nearby elementary schools were also locked down — after a threat at the high school shortly before noon Friday, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 announced Friday night.

     
  • Matthew Barbini

    Palatine District 15 picks deputy superintendentFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board this week hired Matthew Barbini as its new deputy superintendent of schools. Since 2007, Barbini has served as the assistant superintendent of student services in Highland Park-based North Shore School District 112.

     
  • It’s covered in snow today, but next year students at Sundling Junior High in Palatine will have a new track to exercise on. The village this week approved Palatine Township Elementary District 15’s plan to build a new, $340,000 at the junior high.

    Palatine OKs new track for Sundling Junior HighFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Palatine village council signed off this week on Palatine Township Elementary School District 15’s plan to replace the track at Walter Sundling Junior High School with a new, smaller version. Superintendent Scott Thompson said the district plans a new 200-meter track that will cost of about $340,000.

     
  • Sam Malambri spent more than 30 years teaching jazz to teenagers who called him the “Pied Piper of Palatine.”

    Longtime Walter Sundling Junior High band director diesFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sam Malambri, known to his Walter Sundling Junior High students as the "Pied Pieper of Palatine," has died. The Inverness man spent more than 30 years at the school as a band director and played gigs with some of the biggest names in jazz. “He always wanted to make people happy,” his daughter Julie Malambri said.

     
  •  Palatine Township Elementary District 15 began the first day of scheduling changes Friday. Most students were dismissed 45 minutes earlier to give teachers time for professional training. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Jody Nieman, mom to fifth-grader Sammy, left, and fourth-grader Edward.

    Palatine District 15 begins disputed scheduling changesFeb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a bitter debate that pitted parents against teachers, disputed scheduling changes began Friday in Palatine Township Elementary District 15. Most students got out of classes 45 minutes earlier to give teachers time for professional training. The move forced some schools to cancel extracurricular activities held on Fridays. "Right now, there's some constraints," the president of the teachers union said, "and we have to live within those constraints."

     
  • Candlelight Bowl to benefit Dist. 15 Special Olympics Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Blue Jays, District 15’s Special Olympics team, will host “A Night for the Blue Jays” Candlelight Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 8, at AMF Hoffman Lanes, 80 E. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

     
  • Jacque Erickson teaches a bilingual multi-age class of first- and second-graders, including Brayan Ponce, Ashley Aguilar, Victor Navidad and Emily Medina, at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine Elementary District 15, where the student minority population has grown to 56 percent.

    Schools seeing more diversity than communities they serveDec 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Diversity is a reality for more suburban school districts each year, as percentages of students from Hispanic, Asian, black and other minority backgrounds continue to grow. Educators such as Mary Zarr in Palatine District 15 see the face of these changes every day but wonder if the broader community is taking notice. “I don't think people have fully grasped the fast-changing demographics of the school district,” she said.

     
  •  A Dec. 18, 2012, file photo shows a memorial in Newtown, Conn., for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    Editorial: Remain vigilant on school safety Dec 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    One year after the Sandy Hook shootings, A Daily Herald editorial says schools should re-examine their safety procedures.

     
  • Property owners in the Lake County section of Barrington Unit District 220 have been receiving property tax rebates for being overtaxed due to an assessment quirk benefiting their Cook County neighbors, but the rebates don't cover the full tax loss.

    Resident miss millions in quirky Dist. 220 tax rebatesNov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    A quirky setup stemming from a long-running legal battle has Cook County property taxpayers in Barrington Unit District 220 paying rebates to their Lake County counterparts — but only if the Lake County homeowners sign up every year and pay one-third to a lawyer. “It's something that government, or whoever put this in, could take care of by writing rules correctly,” said Carl Koenemann, a North Barrington homeowner.

     
  • Quite a memorable Veterans Day event Nov 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Mike Patkunas of Palatine says he was fortunate to attend a wonderful Veterans Day program in Palatine last week.

     
  •  The most recent effort of the Winston Campus Elementary Make A Difference Club is to gather leftover Halloween candy and redirect it to those serving our country.

    Winston Campus Elementary students making a difference Nov 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Palatine’s Winston Campus Elementary has done a “spooktacular” job of embracing the Halloween spirit while serving others. The school’s Make a Difference Club members want to make a difference in their school and community as well as nationally, and they've done so by collecting costumes for those in need and by gathering leftover Halloween candy for soliders.

     
  • D15 arbitrator right to rule for early release Oct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Lisa Szczupaj says it is gratifying that the arbitrator for the late start/early release grievance in District 15 sided with parents. "It is now up to Superintendent Thompson and the district to make and execute a plan," she writes.

     
  • District 15 officials working to solve bus driver shortage Oct 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    School District 15 informed parents through email Friday about a bus driver shortage that has persisted since the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Scott Thompson informed parents that drivers are currently in training to fill the vacancies that have occured through attrition and as a result of drivers being released for violating safety procedures

     
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