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  • Palatine school teams up with nonprofit for public art project May 6, 2014 7:05 PM
    Jane Addams Elementary students are installing a mural this week with the help of professional artists from Chicago. They are learning a process called bricolage -- blending mosaics, photography and sculpture -- and civic pride. "The whole goal is to build community and empower the kids," teacher Mary Mathey said.

     
  • Mom from Morocco finds early childhood program invaluable May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    Since she discovered Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program, mother-of-two Housna Ghazoualine has found peace of mind in more ways than one. Not only has the program helped her older daughter, 5-year-old Zaynab Hakimi, with her English and other skills, but Ghazoualine has benefited from the social network that helped her overcome feelings of isolation after emigrating from Morocco.

     
  • New early learning centers in suburbs help make Illinois a leader May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    A wave of new, purpose-built early learning centers among suburban school districts stands as local evidence for the claim of experts and advocates that Illinois is a national leader in the field of early childhood education. “If you look at where you can be best invested to make a difference, preschool is one of the best investments you can make,” said Larry Joseph, research director for Voices for Illinois Children.

     
  • Palatine Dist. 15 projects deficits Apr 16, 2014 6:23 PM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will continue to operate at small deficits under the latest fiscal projections. Officials, though, say the district has turned a corner after making budget cuts to close an estimated $10 million shortfall three years ago. "We're on firm financial ground," Assistant Superintendent Mike Adamczyk said.

     
  • GPS plan will allow Palatine district’s parents to track buses online Apr 10, 2014 10:59 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 named Apr 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    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.

     
  • District 15 reassigns Whiteley principal Jul 1, 2014 12:04 PM
    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.

     
  • Competitive spelling career over for Palatine 8th-grader Mar 3, 2014 1:25 PM
    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 kids Feb 24, 2014 5:00 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 expense Feb 24, 2014 5:00 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.

     
  • Dist. 211 hosts math, science conference for 5th-, 6th-grade girls Feb 19, 2014 3:45 PM
    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 Palatine Feb 14, 2014 10:20 PM
    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.

     
  • Palatine District 15 picks deputy superintendent Feb 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    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.

     
  • Palatine OKs new track for Sundling Junior High Feb 12, 2014 4:37 PM
    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.

     
  • Longtime Walter Sundling Junior High band director dies Feb 7, 2014 7:59 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 District 15 begins disputed scheduling changes Feb 1, 2014 8:00 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 1:39 PM
    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.

     
  • Schools seeing more diversity than communities they serve Dec 22, 2013 5:30 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.

     
  • Editorial: Remain vigilant on school safety Dec 13, 2013 5:00 AM
    One year after the Sandy Hook shootings, A Daily Herald editorial says schools should re-examine their safety procedures.

     
  • Resident miss millions in quirky Dist. 220 tax rebates Nov 28, 2013 5:25 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.

     
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