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  • Teachers bring teamwork to Palatine classroom Jun 9, 2014 12:48 PM
    Natalie Saia and Tony Leva started teaching together this school year, creating a collaborative classroom for students with special needs and ones without them. That atmosphere springs from their own example. Two teachers who treat each other as equals. Two teachers who learn from each other. “Words can't describe how awesome these teachers are,” said Brandyn Manzek, 12.

  • Children celebrate their day with games, stories in Palatine May 23, 2014 11:38 AM
    On Wednesday, April 30, the Palatine Library hosted a program celebrating Día de los Niños (Children’s Day). This is a day that celebrates children and connects them to the world of learning through books and libraries.

  • Suburban schools can no longer require birth certificates May 20, 2014 9:57 AM
    Federal officials say school districts' policy requiring an original birth certificate to register students for school discriminates against undocumented immigrants. Many suburban districts are now scrambling to figure out how to verify the age of potential students. “We don't deny anybody an education or access to school. But it does present some difficulties and challenges as to verifying a child's real age,” a Palatine school official said.

  • Palatine District 15 notches government transparency award May 18, 2014 4:15 PM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has received a Sunshine Award from the Illinois Policy Institute for its display of budgets, audits and other public information online.

  • Palatine District 15 searches for venues for proposed soccer teams May 16, 2014 5:00 AM
    Junior high school principals in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 are pushing for interscholastic soccer teams. The sport has a strong following among students, some of whom are kept on the sidelines because of the high cost of travel teams, officials say.

  • Rolling Meadows students get lessons blending the arts with STEM May 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Jeanne Wall sang, danced and performed with a puppet Wednesday for kindergartners at a Rolling Meadows school. But behind the giggles and clapping, she also taught science and math lessons usually reserved for the older kids.

  • New Dist. 15 assistant superintendent takes post May 27 May 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has hired Meg McEnery-Schnoor as a new assistant superintendent. She will assume the post May 27. "The district is fortunate to welcome Meg to the leadership team, and I know all of us will benefit from her work on behalf of students," Superintendent Scott Thompson said in a statement.

  • 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.

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